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Deconstructing the Demo: Creating a Video Colorization Effect

If you haven’t seen our ProShow Producer 5 demo show yet, check it out! The entire show was created in ProShow Producer 5 and is a great representation of what the software is capable of.

We’re going to be breaking down certain scenes in the show to explain how they were made so you can do it yourself!

This week we’ll focus on the video colorization effect you see at about 1:34 into the video. A video appears on the screen and slowly turns from color to sepia while it’s playing.

Looks cool right? Seems like it’s going to be hard to create doesn’t it? It’s not! It’s so easy.

Here’s how to do it yourself:

  1. First, add a video clip to your show, the same way you would add a photo.
  2. Double-click on the video slide to bring up Slide Options. Click on the video layer to select it, then click the Effects tab.
  3. This is where we’ll set up our color-to-sepia effect. We know we want to the color to slowly fade to sepia over the course of the slide. So, click on keyframe 2, then in the adjustments settings (to the right of the motion settings), click the Colorize checkbox.
  4. By default, when you activate the ‘Colorize’ option, ProShow turns the layer to grayscale. You will see this confirmed by the gray-colored rectangle to the right of the checkbox, next to a ‘Set’ button. To produce the sepia color we want, we need to define the correct destination color for the Colorize effect. Click on the ‘Set’ color button and select a sepia-tone color by using the color picker. It doesn’t have to be exact. Tip: We used a HEX value of #8C7A60). Click ‘Set Color’ to confirm the selection.

  5. Now, click Ok to close Slide Options. Play black your slide to preview the effect. Pretty cool! Your video is shifting from color to sepia over the duration of your slide.
  6. Hint: To create the reverse effect, i.e. shift from sepia to color, you would simply invert which keyframe has the Colorize option turned on. So, instead of keyframe 2, you would apply Colorize to keyframe 1 only.

From here, if you want, add in supporting still images to simulate the two additional photos that are overlaid on top of the video, as shown in the demo. Either a captured still frame taken from the video itself, or a particularly great still shot taken at the same session as the video was taken, are especially suitable for this photo fusion composition.

What’s even cooler is once you’re done perfecting your effect, you can save it as a slide style and re-use it again and again with different content.

Stay tuned, we’ll be deconstructing other cool scenes from the demo and revealing exactly how to recreate the effects yourself in ProShow 5.




As the head of the Creative team at Photodex, Leslie is involved in the design & production of ProShow demos, slideshows & special effects. She is a self-professed Crazy Cat Lady who is into horror movies, music, good food, and riding her bike around Austin.