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  1. Borate, Really invaluable, as usual. Thanks so much, Jeanne
  2. My main problem is that I have very minimal experience with adjusting color in photos or anywhere else. So as I work with visual effects in VideoPad, I'm keeping notes diligently. My problem is with those effects where I cannot write down a number; the Color Curves effect is only represented by a curve. I've just nudged the blue curve a tiny bit, and it's just perfect. I saved as a template for sure. But I'd like to understand what I'm looking: (1) Is there some numeric quantity that my curve represents? some math expression? How does one describe this in words? (Image1 here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0abuwerosbpxyfm/AADFCxnvQE80sPQ4fnOs3L8Ga?dl=0)? What are all four corners of this grid called? (2) At first I just had the curve as in Image1. When I applied my template later, I had what look like bar graphs with the curve (the other two images). So I thought that was the amount of blue over time? or some reading of the amount of blue at the beginning of the clip? The graph doesn't look like the curve to me, but this is not my forte. (3) Anyway, no, when I go back to the same effects icon on the same clip--a SECOND later--sometimes I've only got the curve again, no graph. Why does this DISPLAY change and change again? Honest. I couldn't make this up 😉 The Help file is not too helpful here: "Remaps each color in the image or video from the original color to one defined by the color curve." Clearly, I do not understand what this says in plain English, because I cannot guess why a curve as opposed to a simple number? I'm missing something significant. And while I'm here, can anyone recommend some reading on this subject? (Hue, saturation, temperature, gamma... what am I parotting?) I did some googling but still don't feel I've got a handle on this, but I hope to ask intelligent questions going forward. Many thanks for any enlightenment while I continue trying to learn what I can the hard way 🙂 Jeanne
  3. EDIT: I'll leave this here for the next poor soul. But it looks very much like this lavalier mic came with a defective extension cord. I cannot test it in my project at this moment, but prelim. troubleshooting suggest this. Notable that when I paid more attention, I realized that the extension cord did not fit into the phone as tightly as the mic itself. When I can test more fully, I'll report back on my theory. But I'm pretty confident at this point. Now to figure out whether the the fully functional lavalier itself does a good enough job in my context. ======================================================================================== Can anybody give some advice on getting a good mic? Suitable for a talking head video, where the subject turns to play the piano intermittently? The phone microphone is way too echo-y, and a new lavalier is insanely soft (like 1/3 or 1/4 the volume that the phone gets from six feet away (PowerDeWise, omnidirectional with Samsung/Android phone). But it is not the piano that is making the lavalier soft; it is soft from the get-go with speech only. Amplifying works pretty well but, of course, there's a low level background noise magnified to audibility. Notably, the lavalier was good enough recording a zoom meeting on a Windows desktop, but it practically disappears with the phone. Of course, I want to get this yesterday. While I don't need Hollywood-level gear, money is not the very first consideration. The problem is learning enough quickly to make a decent decision quickly. Any tips or direction to information will be gratefully accepted. Thanks for listening, Jeanne
  4. Borate, thanks for responding so very quickly. If I'd had to try to sleep without your hotlink, it would have been awful. Nat, apologies that I was soooooo stressed last night that the minute Borate gave me the link to downgrade, I went right to it and, while I was at it, cleaned up a bunch of shareable links that I'd had lying around for no good reason. Kinda compulsive. In case there is some small misunderstanding (moot by now), you wouldn't see the green bars in the *.vpj file, only in the exported video. I have a dim recollection that I did see the white line you mention. If so, since it didn't export in a video, I guess I just ignored it. I don't see it here in ver. 8.45. I've noticed pointless effects dialogues a couple of times myself. It is certainly just a rookie mistake, possibly related to splitting a clip. But a rookie mistake in any case. You have gone above and beyond with this project. I'll try to digest all this. My main problem is that the talking head has a lamentable habit of swallowing the last words of a paragraph. Then the click came out of nowhere (seemingly). And in addition, there are occasional synch problems in an interview recorded with zoom. It's been one nightmarish day after another. And I'm new here! boo-hoo. Really, thanks to both of you, Jeanne
  5. Again a million thanks to both of you, Borate & Nat. Nat: Correct, the green bars are NOT in the source files I've linked to the VideoPad project, only on the exported *.mp4. This is the exported video, upload-share.mp4, with the first green bar at about 1:45: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tyar3weofr6hre5/upload-share.mp4?dl=0 You'll see no green bars in the project file (upload-share.vpj). Here is the portable project file: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2ikkelknlpwvv4i/AAAVr5hiYZEwedkPVD8Rfz7Ia?dl=0. The clicks ARE in the source files. You'll find them in many of the most slender clips in the timeline, tho I have muted them. Some other slender clips have the sound amplified. Thanks so much, Jeanne
  6. Gosh, I hope someone can help me again. I've barely done anything else for four days and now I have an awful problem. I'm rendering an MP4 video, and intermittently, a bright green bar is showing up on the right side of the window. I believe that they correspond to places where I made a very very very tiny split. I had to do it to boost the volume and, even more, to mute an annoying click. Please tell me there is a way to get rid of this. I will be studying it very carefully while watching this space every minute. Jeanne EDIT: I might add that I've had other very small fragments before and never seen this. I do believe it is a problem coming from the audio track very specifically. EDIT 2: I thought it was related to using the mute checkbox in the clip (speaker icon). So I changed that to zero, but it didn't help. This almost never happens when I amplify but it does twice in those clips. So I'm thinking the narrow clips are the problem and I'm really stuck. The clicks are just not acceptable. And it happens once in the middle of a long clip with no audio effects. That's baffling.
  7. Apologies for not saying thank you sooner. I haven't been able to come up for air and I'm still not out of the woods. I came back to post a different question. But really, thank you so much. This is so robust, I'll have to print it out and study it. Jeanne
  8. Borate (and Nat too), I was having difficulty with accidentally leaving some fragment when I had to excise a fragment. (Such anomalies!) So I have been enlarging and correcting those. Any special trick? Or should I just max the magnification as much as possible as I am now doing? (I needed to split a few clips just to mute an annoying click in the audio. Unpleasant surprise.) I've been choosing FADE IN from the list of video effects, and I see that you used FADE THROUGH BLACK instead. So here comes the dumb question: Can you explain the difference? And why the different behavior? Because, I'll tell you, I just chose FADE IN and placed it at the beginning of another clip with the talking head. (I don't really need it at the very beginning, tho it's nice.) I saved and even took the precaution of SAVE AS. It disappeared and I promise, it's not a case of the insufficient magnification on the timeline. Omigosh... I'll leave the last para to paint the complete picture. But I just realized that you, Borate, mentioned using that symbol that only exists at the beginning of a sequence (top left). Does this mean that the program allows me to FADE IN in the middle of the sequence and displays a symbol to reassure me, but (surprise!) the effect will disappear sooner or later? Is that why you all(?) think I have no effects in there? Wow, did that cost me. Last, I finally realized how I got two dialogs for EFFECTS: one when clicking on VIDEO EFFECTS in the main menu vs. another when clicking the little X icon between two clips. And it took a while, but I think I understand why. If these two dialogs ONLY had titles, I'm sure I would have gotten in a lot less trouble and maybe even resolved my own problems. I'll call the little X "transitions" and the larger "effects." Aha! those are the words you, Borate, used in your message-before-last, and they meant nothing to me. (After all, FADES are listed among EFFECTS, eh?) Titling anything is always a good idea, and documentation would help a lot. And error trapping when someone tries to FADE IN wrongly, would be highly desirable. So among TRANSITIONS, FADE and FADE THROUGH BLACK look like they are the same. Yes? I see how they are both nicer than FADE IN, by the way. I have been troubled with how abrupt (un-smooth) that looks. Any further comments will be appreciated. But you've already done a lot. I am really really grateful. I can finish this today, I think. Jeanne (I would change my display name, but I don't see a way. Well, I'll remember to sign posts.)
  9. Ah. I wondered whether I should add a track, but I just inserted on the one timeline.
  10. Well thanks very much. The folder is here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/phdl5fjjxsidkt5/AAA-_bnAa3929p6t0yzYWZQIa?dl=0
  11. Watch the three fades at the beginning of the sequence: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zq2b11pj9p9fmef/disappearing.avi?dl=0 Thanks for your interest.
  12. Duh... you know, if you ask the wrong question, you'll never get your problem solved. And in this instance, I just didn't change paradigms. What I realized late last night was that I needed to delete what I was unhappy with, go back to the original clip, isolate the correct segment, and then "add on sequence." Dumb as I feel, I hope this helps some other newbie. Someday. Thanks for trying to help that newbie.
  13. The only problem with CONTROL+Z is that when one is focused at the end of the clip. one won't nec. notice that effects applied considerably earlier have disappeared. It is not immediately obvious. No bell is rung. But I do thank you for helping me understand better.
  14. Yup. Upgraded. Put in a few fades. Tried to split the last clip and all my fades disappeared. Ver. 8.55. I captured my maneuvers but I'm embarrassed to say I don't see how to upload the *.avi file. I've done this in other forums, but I'm not seeing it here. Anyway, the *.avi shows a few fades at the start of the sequence, and when I split the last clip, they disappear. Then when I do CONTROL+Z, the fades come back.
  15. Thanks so much, Borate. You have been a true friend today. But let me be sure I understand: 1) What do you call the and ? I've noticed that my video effects dialog is not always the same and I haven't managed to figure out what I did differently to be presented with a different dialog. There are two different functions? 2) Do I understand correctly that I cannot do a fade in and fade out on a one clip using the same function? 3) If upgrading to a new VideoPad will prevent my other effects from disappearing (as you so kindly addressed elsewhere), then I think I can go back to splitting the clip in order to do the fade in on the first and a fade out on the second. I'll be trying that very soon. 4) But if that doesn't work, thanks for the animation info and the additional link -- because it took me forever to do a simple zoom and so I look upon what you describe with some trepidation. I'll get through it if I have to tho, and it will be thanks to you. Most appreciative, Jeanne
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