Creating a News-Intro Part 1

In this tutorial we'll show you, how to create a news intro with Sony Vegas and two animations from our website. Here is a small preview-video of what we are going to create:

Note: There is a voice sample included in the intro music, because the music is copyright protected. If you want to use the music, you can download it from Pond5:

Get the Music here


Tutorial Overview:

Creating a News-Intro Part 1 - The Background

Step 1

At first download background loop 140 (link) and the blue globe motion element (link) from our website.

Step 2

Start Sony Vegas and create a new project (PROJECT -> NEW). In the "Video"-field choose "match media settings" and select the downloaded background loop 140 from your hard drive. Sony Vegas will create a project with NTSC-widescreen settings (864x486 / 29,97 fps).

Step 3

Import loop 140 into your project (PROJECT -> IMPORT) and drag it from the project window (1) to the timeline on the video track (2). Now grab the right end of the loop and drag it to the right side until it reaches  timecode position 00:00:30:


Note: If your timecode doesn't show seconds and frames, you should set it to "Time & Frames". To do that, simply right-click the empty space (1) and select "TIME FORMAT -> TIME & FRAMES":


Step 4

Drag the loop again from the project window to the timeline on the video track above the first loop (1). Set the duration of this second loop to 30 seconds, so that both animations have the same length:


Step 5

Select the upper animation in the timeline, right-click (1) and select "VIDEO EVENT FX". From the pop-up window select "COLOR BALANCE" and enter the following values (2): RED:0,4825  GREEN: 0,0340 and BLUE: -0,4095. Now the preview window should show a nice orange version of our loop (3):


Step 6

Select the upper loop again, right-click and select "VIDEO EVENT FX". Now select "COOKIE CUTTER" from the effects menu and enter the values (1) shown in the next image. This adds a smooth transition between both loops (2):


Step 7

Let's add some text scrolling along the background: Right-click the empty video track above the two loops and select "INSERT TEXT MEDIA". Enter a short text-term for example "+++ NEWS " and repeat it for at least 25 times (1). Enter all the settings like shown in the following image and hit the tiny clock-icon (2) to animate the textline:


Step 8

After clicking the clock-icon of the location-settings, a timeline will appear with a keyframe on position 00:00:00. Drag the timeline-slider to the end of the text-animation (00:00:30) (1) and change the first parameter of the location-setting from 0,00 to 1,00 (2):


Step 9

Now let's create a second text-scroller. Therefore we need an additional video track. Select "INSERT -> VIDEO TRACK" (1) to create a new track (2):


Step 10

Right-click the empty track and create another text-line exactly like shown in Step 7 and 8. Make this second text a little bit taller (1). This time the first location-setting starts with "1,00" (2) and will be animated to "0,00". So the text will move the opposite direction:


Step 11

Click the clock-icon of the location-setting, move the timeline-slider to 00:00:30 (1) and change the location-setting from "1,00" to "0,00":


Step 12

Now adjust the opacity-setting of both text-animations. To do that, point the cursor at the top of a text animation until the cursor morphs to a hand-symbol. Now hold down the left mouse key and drag the opacity-line down until a setting of 20-30%.


The preview window should show something like this:


Step 13

Select "PROJECT -> RENDER AS" to create a Quicktime file. Select a folder and a name in the output-settings. Click on Quicktime and select the "Movietools - NTSC No Compression" template (1). If you don't created the Movietools Render-Templates for Sony Vegas before, please read here (link). Click on "Render" to create the movie.

Next time we'll create a customized wipe-transition for our news intro.

Thanks for reading :)



Comments (12)

  • Alexandr


    18 June 2014 at 01:24 |
    Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11.


  • Anonymous


    29 March 2014 at 19:42 |
    Which version of Sony Vegas is required to do this? Can you give the full name of the product?


  • Alex Schiller

    Alex Schiller

    26 March 2014 at 21:27 |
    When are you going to post part 5?
    I need this tutorial very much!


  • Andres Paez

    Andres Paez

    25 June 2012 at 08:52 |
    Hello I wanted to ask a question, in step 8 does not I get the opiones of: text-color-Location-Scale Animation and Timeline, all I get is the blank space on to write, the sources and tamaños.Que I can do?


  • Anonymous


    22 June 2012 at 02:39 |
    This tutorial is awesome!!!


  • mahi ismail

    mahi ismail

    09 March 2012 at 19:07 |
    merci beaucoup pour ses tutoriels


  • Joerg Wagner

    Joerg Wagner

    11 December 2011 at 22:02 |
    Part 2 and Part 3 will be available in a few days.


  • Renier


    11 December 2011 at 16:21 |
    Very cool


  • Anonymous


    02 December 2011 at 23:23 |
    When are you going to post part 2?




    21 October 2011 at 05:09 |


  • Anonymous


    20 October 2011 at 14:04 |


  • Chnell


    17 October 2011 at 17:18 |
    Very cool! Thanks!


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