How to use and make Stingers Transitions in OBS
Written by Paul Richards on January 29, 2019
Stingers are a type of animated video transition that is now available in the latest version of Open Broadcaster Software. In this video, Paul Richards shows you how to use stinger transitions inside of your video production and how to make a custom Stinger video to be used inside OBS.
The stinger transition is an animated transition that everybody has grown to love. The effect combines a transparent video animation that evolves into a full-screen overlay which is timed with a cut transition. When your stinger video animation starts playing on top of your current video, you can program your production software to cut to your preview video input exactly when the video completely covers up the current scene. The stinger effect has been made popular by sports broadcasts who use the effect to notify the audience of a particular scene change. In this way, sports broadcasts have trained their audience to expect a stinger transition when an instant replay or prepared video screen is coming up. Really fancy stinger video animations often include perfectly timed audio which is included with lots of “whooshes” and “pops” perfectly timed to give the animation a realistic look. Remember that viewers have likely never heard of a “stinger effect” yet the nonverbal connection that is made to the audience takes effect immediately.
Let’s create our own custom stinger transition inside Adobe After Effects and import our work into both OBS and vMix for testing. In order to build a stinger, we want to create a 1920×1080 scene with an object that slides into the scene quickly, makes a brief appearance and then covers the entire area on exit. At the moment our stinger covers the entire screen, we will tell our video production software to initiate a cut. In this way, the stinger can create an animation that displays itself over any input we want to use it with.
Let’s start by opening up Adobe After Effects and creating a new 1920×1080 composition that is two seconds long. Next, we can drag in a .png file of our logo that we will use as our main file to animate. Let’s drag and drop this logo into our composition and click the drop-down arrow next to the title line to reveal the “transform” area. The transform area of our .png logo file is how we will tell After Effect how we want our logo to move throughout the two seconds of our composition. Let’s use the scale transformation option. To start a transform session, click the clock logo which will turn on animation over time and create a keyframe for us to use at the very first frame of our composition. Let’s scale you image to fill up the whole screen. Then you can drag your timeline slider to over a few tenths of a second. Now you can scale the logo down to a smaller size and After Effects will animate the transformation in between each of these two keyframes. Now let’s add a rotation into the mix, creating a keyframe at the zero mark and a keyframe exactly where our logo stops scaling. Finally, we can end our composition by scaling our logo past full screen toward the end of our 2-second composition. This is the point where our logo will cover the full screen and perform the cut to our next video input in the preview. Now that our animation is complete, we can export this video as an AVI file. Make sure to click the RGB + Alpha channel option when you are outputting a transparent video file from Adobe After Effects.
To set up our stinger video transition inside OBS first make sure you have the most up to date version of OBS (22 or later is required). Then click on the plus button inside the Scene Transitions area and select “Stinger”. This will open up a properties box where we can choose our .avi file and choose a transition point for our stinger. Since our stinger is 2 seconds long let’s choose 1900 milliseconds for our transition point which is just one-tenth of a second before our animation ends. The transition point is the time that OBS uses to cut between the preview and output scenes regardless of how much time is left on your animation. In this way, we want the animation to play into the next scene. We can now click the plus button in between our preview and output screens to add our stinger to our click transition button list used in studio mode.
TIP: You can set up a hotkey in the settings area of OBS for transitions. Consider using the spacebar as a hotkey for quickly cutting between two scenes. Once this is done you can set up another hotkey just for the stinger effect.
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