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Need Oscilloscope effect for movie compilation project...

Hello Experts!

I'm doing a project for one of my classes and basically I'm going to take a bunch of clips from documentaries that I've seen or downloaded and clip them together...I want to introduce each clip by narrating what is going to be seen next.

For this narration in-between clips, I want to have a black screen that has a "line" going across it - and as I talk the line "modulates" to my voice...just like an Oscilloscope would do.

I've never done anything like this, I think Adobe Premier would be the software to use to cut and paste the different clips together...and I can probably figure that part out well enough...the question is how do I go about adding the narration inbetween clips with the Oscilloscope effect?

500 points for the best answer!

Thanks!

-neo
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ramemCommented:
This project can be done using free tools:

1. Wndows Movie Maker (comes with XP, update to SP2 to get latest WMM 2.1)
2. Windows Media Encoder <http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/9series/encoder/default.aspx>
3. Windows Media Player 9 or 10 <http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/mp10/default.aspx>

Record your narration using Windows Movie Maker's record narration feature. Now play the narration file in Windows Media Player and change the visualization to Bars and Waves -> Scope. Observe the scope oscillating and rsize the window so that the visualization is playing on 320x240 (or some other standard size) area. Now we are going to capture the playing window using Windows Media Encoder. Start up WME and select Capture screen from the wizard and select "Region of the screen" int he next window. Also select "Capture audio.." . Complte the wizard and start recording. Now play the audio in Media Player from start.

Once the recording is complete, import the WMV file into Windows Movie Maker and start editing.
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neomage23Author Commented:
Thank you ramem!

This will work, but just out of curiosity do you happen to know of a spectrum analyzer or "scope" that I could customize to make it look a little nicer?

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ramemCommented:
How about other visualizations. Also have a look at http://www.wmplugins.com/
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