Introduction: Wax Tutorial Chroma-Key and Snow Effects!

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In this Instructable you will learn how to use a free video editing program called Wax 2.0

To import the files right-click inside the grey box on the left of the timeline controls, and click add media to project. Once your media is in the project drag all the files to the timeline.
Make sure to only import image avi and wav files.

Step 1: Chroma-Keying or "Greenscreening"

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To take objects of certain colors and cut them out is known as Chroma-Keying or "Greenscreening".

Click on the Video Plugins Tab on the bar near your media library, then click Chromakey, and drag it onto your movieclip (A movieclip can be identified by a gray bar on the time line).
Then expand the ChromaKay drop menu and change the color to what you wish, also this will not work without sliding the tolerance bar to the right setting for you.
Note lighting is very important and will decide whether or not your ChromaKey works.

Step 2: Particles "Making It Snow"

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Next you will learn how to "Make it snow" in a video.
Go back to the video plugins tab on drag Particles onto your video clip. First if making snow uncheck the "Blend" box and check the "Linear Color" box. Then in the Creation dropdown menu change all colors to white and change the size to 1-5 (min-max). Then change the colors under the destruction menu to white also. Next move the timeline marker to the middle of your video, and open the Emitter dropdown menu and change the settings Of the radius to fit the whole video, and the dir of the "Y" to a negative number so the snow flows down, from then all the settings are fine to edit just make it how you want it!

Step 3: Saving

To save click on the project menu the settings change the path of saving and then go to the project menu and click render.


vbv_ptl (author)2010-03-24

hi....your tutorial was helpful.........but I don't fin the option to save it as a video.. it saves in a image format.. how can i save the entire video.... is there any option in wax. ....?
plz reply..    thank you..

knoxarama (author)2009-12-14

is it possible to add multiple chroma keys? i've only been able to get one key filter to work at a time which makes it difficult to key out the green screen when i can't get the lighting right

acksheep13 (author)knoxarama2009-12-14

What i would do is what you are doing then savethe video and import it into another project.

saxman12 (author)2009-08-09

hey I have a question I can't hear any sound in my vid how can I do that?

acksheep13 (author)saxman122009-08-09

you add the video and sound files you probably just added the video to the project check your media browser

killerjackalope (author)2009-05-26

I've just started on wax, it's a great program, the snow is more interesting to me because I've been playing with particle effects a bit, it's actually a brilliant little editor...

I agree but i thought it would be good since the problem with was that it didnot show everystep which confused many people

lemonie (author)2009-05-25

Have you got any images that show the chromakey, or a finished video? L

acksheep13 (author)lemonie2009-05-25

I will add that immediately thank you.

lemonie (author)acksheep132009-05-25

Video isn't always easy, but I think it would complete this rather nicely. L

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