9 December 2010 - 14:03#50: Animated Video Playbar with Marquee – Part I

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This week and next, we’ll create a semi-transparent video progress bar as you know them from Youtube et. al.

We’ll create the elements in Marquee, then (next week) animate in Media Composer. The cool thing about this approach is that you’ll be able to change the length of the animation to fit your piece of video just by trimming it!

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Learn the Marquee basics here:


  • Andi

    Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to produce these great tutorials every week, they’re an excellent resource!

  • Ra-ey Saleh

    I loved this tut, Christian. Most people don’t really get Marquee (and being honest, it’s far from my favourite tool in the box) but you always find a way to make it look cool.nRa-ey

  • Ra-ey Saleh

    ps.nYou know if I could suggest a Tut for the future, I think a really basic 10min one on Marquee would be really beneficial. Most editors I know still won’t touch it, as it isn’t exactly user-friendly on the surface. Those tutorials are great, but very dry and long-winded and I don’t think cover the basic navigational tricks that alienate people when they first start playing around with it. You know, basic creating Text boxes, Edit Tool, Highlighting words, then individual characters, kerning, leading etc… All the stuff you can do in Title Tool essentially. Even saving to a bin! I think if people felt comfortable navigating the interface, they’d be able to work out a lot of the rest themselves.nJust an idea…

  • Anonymous

    You’re right, but I for one actually like the Marquee tutorial by Avidrna lot. It’s how I learned Marquee, and I think if you don’t have anrnhour to invest in getting to know a new tool, well…

  • Ra-ey Saleh

    I know what you mean and you’re absolutely correct, I just remember watching the tutorials (I think twice) over the years and not feeling very inspired. And then I eventually read the manual cover to cover, which is A LOT less inspiring. I actually think the very basics would be cool to give people an idea that Marquee is usable. It’s been around for I think 8 years now and still most Editors I know don’t ever use it. This is a shame.nThanks again.nRa-ey