Mapping Routes with the proDAD RotoPen

Mapping Routes with the proDAD RotoPen

Only available in VideoStudio Ultimate! Imagine you’ve just gone on a summer vacation and want to show the route you took on a map from destination to destination as an intro to your vacation video. Using the proDAD RotoPen filter in VideoStudio Ultimate, you can animate an object or image such as a vehicle along a set path. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to apply and customize a travel route, and how to add multiple paths to the same map image. You can also use the RotoPen filter to add animated pen effects to your video footage, illustrate with light, or apply animated effects to anything you can imagine!

Download a PDF copy of the written tutorial to follow along with the video below.

Mapping Routes with proDAD Rotopen

Imagine you’ve just gone on a summer vacation and want to show the route you took on a map from destination to destination as an intro to your vacation video. Using the proDAD RotoPen filter in VideoStudio Ultimate, you can animate an object or image such as a vehicle along a set path on a map image.

Accessing the proDAD Rotopen filter

Drag the image or video you want to use as a background onto the Video Track on the Timeline.

Click on the FX Filters tab and scroll down to RotoPen.

Click on the RotoPen filter and drag it overtop of your map image on the timeline.

The default filter is an airplane flying over the map on a set path. To modify the filter, double-click on the video clip or image, which will bring up the Effect tab. Select RotoPen and then click Customize Filter.

A dialog box will pop up, allowing you to create a custom path. With the yellow curser, you can hold down with your left mouse button to draw the path.

Draw your path on your background image or video and let go of your mouse once finished. A preview box will pop up on the bottom left of your screen showing your new path.

Click on Next to go to the Symbol and Design options. Then click on Style under the Path tab and choose a new path color or design.

The preview box will pop up again to show you what your new style selection will look like. Click on the Symbol tab and click on the box below Traveler Symbol. Here you can choose from a number of options including a plane, bike or boat.

If you want to choose your own symbol or image, you can click on Load Image to upload an image from your computer.

Now you can see your new symbol following the path in the preview pane. To adjust the way the symbol moves along the path, go to Retrace Route and click on the box.

Hover your mouse over the different options and it will show you how your chosen symbol will follow the path and also the direction the car or symbol will face. Choose your desired option and then click Apply.

To adjust the speed of the animation:

You can increase the duration of your video clip or image by clicking on your media and extending the clip length by several seconds.

Press Play on the preview pane and you’ll see that the animation moves slower along the set path throughout the duration of the clip.

How to add multiple paths:

Double click on the clip on your timeline once again, select RotoPen then click Customize Filter.

You’ll see the original path is still showing over the image. To make a new path, press down on the left mouse button once and drag to create your new path.

Click Next then click on the new path you want to customize. Now you can adjust your style options following the same guidelines you used above to create your first path, then click Apply.

You can preview your clip and you’ll see your first path will play out followed by the second path you created. Now you have a cool animation to showcase your summer vacation route!

Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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Comments (8)

  • Richard Reply

    I was very interested in the tutorial for drawing route maps using Roto pen in the latest Discovery Centre release.
    I have used Pinnacle Studio Ultimate for many years (Since Studio 8). I am currently using Studio 22 Ultimate and wondered if Corel had any intention of including this function in future Pinnacle releases?

    June 13, 2019 at 4:10 am
  • ZVI GINATI Reply

    I have a question regarding corel video (I use corel x6)
    I use Roto pen create a route route, go to symbole and load image, than look in my folders to choose an image in order to use it (such as aeroplne).
    I use an image like aeroplane.png bot when i play it i see the image with white square as background under it.
    What type of an image to use in order to view the aeroplane only without the white square under it.
    Second question is if i can add my images to the symboles ruller so that it will appear in the symboles permanently.
    Thank you

    July 22, 2018 at 8:11 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Zvi,

      It sounds like the aeroplane.png image background isn’t transparent! While PNG images support transparency, it is not uncommon to find ones with a white background. Usually this is because they were initially saved as a JPG file, which does not support transparency, and then were converted to PNG.

      You can convert that white background to transparent pretty easily though! In PaintShop Pro, just open the image, and select the background using the Magic Wand selection tool. You may want to fiddle with the tolerance value a little to tighten up the selection. Once the selection looks good enough, just press the delete key on your keyboard to remove the background! You can go over the edge with an eraser if there are any stray pixels the Magic Wand tool missed, but on this kind of monochromatic background it generally does a very clean job.

      Once that’s done, just save the modified image, and bring it back into your project!

      As for your second question, which ruler did you mean, and how were you importing images to it? We can certainly take a look at this with you.

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      July 22, 2018 at 12:47 pm
  • James Reply

    I want to upload a photo from my pc as symbol. What format should the photo have to eliminate the background. I have tried .png .jpg .psd
    Please advise.

    December 10, 2017 at 9:00 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello James,

      The most common format that preserves a transparency layer is .png. If you use .jpg, it does not support a transparency layer and the end result will fill in transparent spaces with colour.

      What tool are you using to erase the background of your image?

      Corel Discovery Center Team

      December 21, 2017 at 11:18 pm
  • Joe Lewis Reply

    I purchased VideoStudio Ultimate X9 and it doesn’t have ProDad. Can you help?


    September 1, 2016 at 1:34 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Joe,

      The Ultimate Edition content is installed using a separate download link from VideoStudio itself (found in the same email as the link for VideoStudio), and should be installed after VideoStudio X9. If you have installed it but ProDad is not showing up, we would suggest contacting support!

      All the best,
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      September 2, 2016 at 10:56 am

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