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AVS Video Editor - Editing Video Overlay

Once a video overlay effect is added to the Timeline you can change the overlay properties. Click the video overlay at the Timeline and press the Edit Overlay button of the Timeline Toolbar. Or alternatively right-click the video overlay at the Timeline and select the Edit Overlay option of the right-click express menu. The following window will be opened:

Video Overlay Settings

You can change the following overlay properties:

Attributes tab
Attributes tab

Overlay Attributes window. Draw


  • Transparency - the transparency of the video or image used for the overlay (can differ from 0 - not transparent video - to 100 - full transparency).
  • Angle - the angle of the overlay in the video. The negative values correspond to counterclockwise rotation, positive values make the overlay rotate clockwise.

There is an alternative way to change the angle of the Video Overlay effect. Click the green circle Green circle (visible when the overlay is selected with the mouse) with the left mouse button, the mouse cursor will change into a round arrow - Mouse cursor on a green circle - click the mouse button and, without releasing it, drag it to change the video overlay orientation.

You can also change the Video Overlay box size using the black squares Black square on its boundaries (the mouse button will look like this Mouse cursor on a black square when you hover it over one of the black squares - click the mouse button and, without releasing it, drag it to change the video overlay size).

Overlay Attributes window. Animation


You can choose the effect used when the overlay appears in your video clicking the drop-down menu beside the Fade in Effect caption and selecting the necessary effect from the list of available ones. The same is done for the Fade out Effect.

The duration of the Fade in and Fade out for the video overlay is set on the preview slider. You can set Fade-in and Fade-out boundaries by dragging the cursor Cursor of the slider area of the slider area to the place where you want the Fade-in area to end and hit the Fade-in button button. The Fade-in area will be marked. Then drag the same cursor to the place on the slider area where you want the Fade-out area to begin and press the Fade-out button button. After that the Fade-out area will be marked.

It's also possible to direct the mouse cursor at the edge of the slider area and drag the boundaries inwards or outwards. If you want to set the Fade-out effect, drag the right edge of the slider area to the left. To apply the Fade-in effect, drag the left edge of the slider area to the right (see the figure below)

Setting Fade in and Fade out

Overlay Attributes window. Chromakey


You can use not simple but composite effects with the video overlay function. You can add video overlay that will be half transparent so that only part of it that has the specific color you need will be visible and all the rest will disappear to reveal the video underneath. To do that you need to enable the Chromakey option.

Select the color to be transparent clicking the downdward arrow near the Color caption. In the opened window select the color that forms the area you would like to be transparent. A window will be opened that will show the video used for overlay. Here you can use the color picker Color Picker to select a specific color from your video. The Zoom option lets you enlarge your video so that you could find the specific color more easily.

Overlay Attributes window. Chromakey

After that set the selected color Threshold that will set the limit of the chromakey. The video of the selected color within the overlay video effect will be transparent to the threshold you set.

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Trajectory tab
Trajectory tab

The Trajectory tab is used to change the path of the video overlay throughout the movie image. You can select one of the presets from the list:

Overlay Properties window. Trajectory

The selected preset will be displayed in the preview area with the chosen trajectory drawn (the green line). The small red circles show the overlay time stamps when the trajectory changes direction, the bigger ones mark the current overlay position. You can use the following buttons under the preview area to manage the trajectory:

Play button Playback Is used to start video file playback. Once you click it, it will turn into the Pause button to let you pause the playback when needed.
Frame Back button Frame Back Is used to step one frame back in the video.
Frame Forward button Frame Forward Is used to step one frame forward in the video.
Navigation buttons Navigation Is used to navigate through the trajectory time stamps. The Previous Time Stamp button lets you quickly go to the previous time stamp of the trajectory and the Next Time Stamp button to the next one. The digit field shows the current time stamp number.
Add Time Stamp button Add Time Stamp Is used to add a new time stamp at the current overlay position. You can change the trajectory at this time stamp after that clicking it with the mouse and dragging it to the desired position.
Remove Time Stamp button Remove Time Stamp Is used to delete the currently selected time stamp. The trajectory will be changed to a straight line connecting the two time stamps before and after the deleted one.

The necessary time stamp can be selected not only using the Navigation buttons, but also with the mouse. To do that, click a rhombus representing the necessary time stamp with the mouse (the mouse cursor will turn into a hand):

Selecting a Time Stamp

After that you can either delete the selected time stamp, or alter the trajectory, or change the time stamp position on the timeline. Click it with the mouse and, without releasing the mouse button (the cursor will turned into a closed hand), move the time stamp left or right changing its position:

Changing a Time Stamp position

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Any changes you make to the trajectory of the Video Overlay effect can be saved to a preset so that you can use them later if you plan to apply the same overlay trajectory to a different video.

Presets list

Use the Preset area of the appropriate tab, click the Save button to save the currently edited video overlay trajectory as a preset.

You can also remove unnecessary presets from the list using the Delete button of the preset area.

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Video Overlay Toolbar

You can use the Video Overlay Toolbar over the preview area to additionally manage the overlay. It has the following buttons:

Video Overlay Properties window Toolbar

Undo button Undo Use this button to undo the latest performed action.
Redo button Redo Use this button to redo the latest undone action.
Show Grid button Show Grid Use this button to show or hide the vertical/horizontal grid lines. This might be helpful if you want to align the overlay in the video.
TV Safe Zone button TV Safe Zone Use this button to show or hide the borders of the 4:3 CRT display, 4:3 LCD display and 16:9 LCD widescreen display so that you could see if the video and all its elements will be displayed correctly on a screen of your display/TV set during the playback.

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AVS Video Editor v.4
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Release Date:  05/03/2009
File Size:  56.20 MB
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