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DVE effects in Marquee with Avid Media Composer

It's been awhile since I've published a video tutorial. Here's a quick tutorial on how to use the DVE function within Avid's Marquee title tool. 

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Avid Marquee has a DVE that allows you to create some incredible effects using still images.

To start this Avid Marquee tutorial, navigate to the Toolsets menu and select the Basic Animation Toolset.

Now navigate to the file menu and import a mega-pixel photo that you’ve shot from your digital camera.

Click on the safe Action / Title button at the top of the Marquee toolbar.

If you scale down the viewable area of the Canvas window, this will give you an idea of the size of your image compared to a standard video frame size.

Next, navigate to the Object menu and choose Create DVE.

This will create a new DVE layer that will automatically resize the image to fit the size of your video frame.

Now that you have a DVE layer, you will not need your original image layer. 

Click on the original image and press the delete key. 

Then, click on the DVE image to re-select it.

Navigate to the Window menu and choose properties – DVE.

Within the DVE properties window, you will see a pull down menu where you can choose between several DVE effects.

In this example, I’ll choose the page curl.

Now, it turns out if you select the Page Curl as your DVE, Marquee will automatically animate it for you by placing key frames at the beginning and end of the timeline.

Notice how I can adjust individual parameters within the DVE window by using these control arrows.

Now, if you click on the rotate tool within the Marquee toolset you can now rotate your 3D DVE in 3D space.

Okay, I’m going use command Z a couple of times to undo my previous actions.  

Activate the Animation mode button in the Marquee toolset.

Doing this, will allow Marquee to automatically create key frames based on the position of your play head indicator within the Marquee timeline.

Move the play head indicator to the front of the timeline.

To see the key frame area in the timeline, click on expand button in the lower right corner of the window.

Then click on the show curves button.

Because almost everything in Marquee includes key frame graph, you'll need to be careful with which key frame graphics you choose to display.

In this example, twirl down the disclosure triangle for the DVE category.

Then twirl down the disclosure triangle for Page Curl.

Then finally turn on parameters for Angle and Curl time.

Click on the Angle parameter to highlight the key frame graph for that particular parameter.

Move over to the DVE properties window.

Set the angle to -180 degrees.

Then move to play head indicator the end of the timeline.

Set the angle back to 0, by clicking this reset button for the angle parameter.

Okay that’s it!

Back up and watch the final animation.

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