3Play supports two distinct types of transitional effect. Standard effects could be loosely lumped under the description of wipes. In generally, this type of effect involves the pixels of the current scene being progressively replaced by those of the incoming image.
In many cases, these transitions involve a blending of colors that follows some sort of pattern (Figure 156) – whether a simple ‘full-screen’ fade, an animated ‘radar’ or ‘blinds’ pattern, or something more elaborate. This said, some wipes in this class also perform translation (i.e., shifting of the imagery on x and y axes during the effect) and even stretching, compression, and rotation effects.
3Play also offers a second type of transitional effect called (for reasons that will be obvious) Animation Store effects. Even compared to the effects provided by typical broadcast video switchers, 3Play’s Animation Store transitions (Figure 157) constitute a powerful effect solution, eliminating the need to combine separate animations, transition effects, and sounds on the fly.
Animation Store effects can do everything that standard wipes can do, but usually also include embedded full-color animated overlays (hence the moniker) and can even include audio effects.
A useful set of sample Animation Store effects are included with your 3Play, but the real power of the Animation Store system is that you can quite easily create custom effects using the supplied Animation Store Creator add-on application. You can employ your own custom graphics, such as team logos, and more elaborate overlay animations along and embedded audio.
Note: Audio embedded in Animation Store effects is not currently supported for the programpreview transitions, but can be heard in PLAY LIST effects.
ANIMATION STORE CREATOR
The Animation Store Creator application is launched from 3Play’s Startup>Home page. Complete documentation for the application can be found using the Help icon (also on the Home page).
Briefly, to create an Animation Store effect, a black and white animated image sequence defines the transparency. When warping is desired, you prepare this Wipe Sequence animation using a supplied gradient image to stand in for video imagery.
This Wipe Sequence animation is then combined with a full-color Overlay Animation (Figure 157) to produce the final effect, which you can then apply on demand simply by pressing the AUTO button.