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June 2019
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NAB 2019: vMix Talks Live Animated Graphics

Streaming Media Producer's Shawn Lam and Martin Sinclair of vMix discuss the new GT Title Designer in vMix 22 in this interview from the show floor at NAB 2019.

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Shawn Lam: It's Shawn Lam for Streaming Media Producer at NAB 2019, I'm here with Martin Sinclair from vMix. And we're going to be talking today about some of the advancements in vMix 22 specifically GT Designer. So what was the impenitence behind updating your existing designer.

Martin Sinclair: So we've been looking for a really efficient. high-performance animated graphics system for some time, and there's a lot of companies out there that do this, but none of them were fully integrated into the product, and usually required a separate system, separate PC. So we've decided, okay, let's just build into vMix. It's a large project and it's something I've been really excited to build for some time. So now what we have is animated graphics, you have the GT designer, which is this dedicated application it can bring in all of your elements, you can even import Adobe Photoshop. Brings in all your layers and then you have a choice of transitions, pretty much the same way as you might do transitions and animations in Microsoft Powerpoint. It's is as easy as that. We've decided to make it as easy to use as possible. So if you're familiar with power point, you can create animated high-performance graphics in HD and 4K for your production now with vMix 22.

Shawn Lam: I'm assuming that it's GPU-accelerated?

Martin Sinclair: Yes, so that was the key requirement. Now if you've got a reasonable graphics card, even graphics on laptops you can do these graphics without using any system performance usage. So it won't impact your production, in fact, it will probably speed it up if you're using the previous titles. Now you can use these fully animated ones, and also get some the performance back from your computer at the same time.

Shawn Lam: All right, let's have a look.

Martin Sinclair: So these are just a couple of the titles that we have. Of course we have scoreboard titles. We have these sort of titles with animations; we even have social media animated titles. So this one sort of has a psychedelic moving border. Both on the top and the bottom there that's fully animated. This one here even has a little bit of 3D effects. So we've got some 3D cubes. So we have over 200 built-in templates covering titles, tickers, scoreboards, and social media. So it can access the hamburger menu, as we affectionately call it. And we the new option called GT Title Designer. Pretty familiar to users of programs like Powerpoint, and other Office applications. Where I can drag and drop elements like that. I can create some text fields, and then I can go to the animation tab and I can choose Bounce, and let's just call it "fly." And then I can preview the animation affects, like that. And we have transition in, transition out. We have different pages, we even have continuous transitions, so if I wanted this cube to rotate, I could do that, set a speed for it. So it's as easy as point and click to create your own animated graphics.

Shawn Lam: What about Photoshop import, are you able to download that?

Martin Sinclair: So this will input it into the production, and here we can see all of the different elements from our Photoshop file ready to animate. So I could say, have that fly in from the left have this fly in from the right. And there we go I've created...

Shawn Lam: So you can still edit, so you can change halftime spelled out correctly right?

Martin Sinclair: Yeah, so it can... Adjust that a little bit

Shawn Lam: Okay.

Martin Sinclair: Adjust the font size. So it supports static, 2D elements from Photoshop, but then the text elements can be edited, right from in the editor. Just like that.

Shawn Lam: And once this is created, how do we get it into vMix?

Martin Sinclair: So once we've created this title, we can save it out so let's ... Title from Photoshop. And then all you have to do is go to vMix, title tab, recent and it'll be right there, ready to add to the production. Simply find it in the list, turn it on and there we go. As easy as that.

Shawn Lam: All right. Thank you very much Martin, this has been Shawn Lam for Streaming Media Producer, at NAB 2019.

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