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Step 3: Marking On/Off Points for the Hologram and Adding the Hologram Sequence

Now you'll mark the point where the hologram should appear. This should be a fraction of a second after the actor gives his voice command or uses the keypad prop. Then you'll mark a point where the hologram "disappears," which should take place a second or so after the actor gives the "off" command.

Task: Add two markers to the Timeline by following these steps:

  1. Use the Zoom slider to fill the Timeline with the clip you have just placed on the Main_Video track.
  2. Using the arrow keys on the keyboard, move the Current Timeline Indicator (CTI) forward a few frames at a time, until you've identified the point where your actor "activates" the hologram.
  3. With the CTI in the correct position, press the asterisk (*) key on your keyboard's number pad to add a marker to the Timeline (see Figure 9).
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 of this task to create a second marker a few seconds after the actor has commanded the holographic projector to turn off. Putting the marker a few seconds later allows the hologram to "fade away," rather than get cut off in an unrealistic fashion.
  5. Finish this section by dragging the Hologram sequence from the Media view to the Hologram track of the Timeline. The start of this clip should be in line with the first marker on the Timeline and have a duration no longer than the second marker (see Figure 10).
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