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Montezuma

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  1. I think I may have identified the root cause of some of the problems that I have encountered, at least in part. It would appear that I am running a 32-bit version of win10 on a laptop that is capable of running the 64-bit version. Quite how this happened I do not know? I guess I must have ticked the wrong box somewhere along the line. I am informed that this can be rectified BUT it seems to be a complex process so I shall not bother to try it. This issue seems to effect some of the videos that I upload to YouTube, and may go some way to explaining why I have to lower the Youtube quality option when I initially play the stuff back after having uploaded it. Another strange happening relates to the audio reproduction. It may be more related to my earphones, or perhaps the imported Cubase audio track, or even my tinnitus, than to VideoPad. If I play the track back on external speakers it sounds ok (ish), but if I listen through my bass-boosted earphones, the bass guitar sounds strangely flat? Anyway, regardless of everything, I have uploaded the finalised track onto YouTube, and if anybody wants to check it out it is here:, for what it's worth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSH6TJxquzA Just don't listen using bass-boosted earphones. 🤣
  2. It must be something to do with the Laptop and PC having some sort of incompatibility issue with regard to specific image files. Maybe related to 32 or 64 bit or X64 or X86, although I wouldn't have a clue as to quite why ?? Maybe it's just gremlins lurking in my small household network. Hub, PC, Laptop, Notebook and Printer. I can live with the issue. Thanks for your help.
  3. With ref to the PM, I am struggling with the One Drive/Share process. I am told that the file is copied to clipboard, I can not find the clipboard, but I seem to have sent the existing zipped file to everyone in my address book. I am now going to give up on this. I will just live with this issue. Thanks for your help.
  4. I have uploaded the zipped file to Onedrive and sent the location to you via the PM option. I await your investigative report, with a degree of trepidation ? 😕
  5. Hmmm, I do not wish to appear as inept as I probably am, BUT, how would I do that ? 😕 The "Save Portable Project As" package in question is pretty much the same as the one that I sent to you several days ago, when I had queries about poor export quality. All the images are the same, the only tweaks have been in the transitions, timings and durations, relative to the audio track, so maybe you could take a look at those images, if you still have them; BUT, ………… It could all be a waste of your time, as you said that the whole thing worked fine. If that is the case then the problem I am seeing, will possibly not reveal itself to you, so I guess I will just have to live with the niggle ? Curious though? One would assume that portable is, as you say, portable. I have repeated the process a couple of times, and each time the same images refuse to load until I have 'tweaked and saved' them.
  6. Not really a problem; just rather odd ? Having more or less finalised the project, I used the "Save Portable Project As" option and then transferred the resultant folder on to another PC. When I opened the folder on the 'other PC' and and tried to run the project file, about 30% of the files failed to load ? Odd, because they were all .jpg files, of similar size, and all loaded and ran in the original location on the laptop upon which the project had been created. After much fiddling and diddling (a PC technical term) I discovered that if, in the new location, I opened each file that had failed to load, using MS Picture Manager, Auto-Corrected and saved it, then when I tried to run the project file again everything loaded and ran as it should. Is this something to do with' technical differences' between the laptop and the PC, or is it something else ? Just curious ?
  7. What Ho, Rufford old chap ! I somehow managed to download version 6.29, which lasted 14 days as a freebie. I have just exported a fair sized video, which I intend to stick on my YouTube Channel. It is 1920 x 1080 (1080HD) - .avi - 29.97 fps - 99.9Mbs - and it runs for just under 4 minutes. It included over 70 clips, multiple effects and a load of transitions. I was in the middle of compiling it, using Windows MovieMaker, on my old XP machine, when it became somewhat unstable, (old age, I guess) so I saved the images onto my laptop which is running windows 10, and started afresh with VideoPad. I had initially managed to download V6.3, but when it expired I somehow managed to download an earlier version. I can not recall whether, or not, it was via the NCH site or from a third party. The downloaded .exe file looked like this:- "VideoPadVideoEditorFree.exe" as opposed to the Version 6.3 which downloaded as:- "VideoPadVideoEditor.exe". Don't ask me how or why, I ain't no expert ! It is worth persevering with the programme, as it seems to be somewhat more 'sophisticated', offering a lot more options than did the original Windows MovieMaker, which I have been using for a long time. It may be worth noting that I altered all the image sizes to a 16:9 ratio, and maintained a height/depth of 500 pixels max, which produced a pretty decent image on the 15 inch laptop. I set the preview size to 512 x 288, in Tools: Options: Display. This was not to my knowledge available for adjustment in MovieMaker; if it was, then I never noticed it so, obviously, I never used it. I think that the .wmv format is also available for export in the free version, although I think there may be size limitations. I have a few glitches to sort out due to 'finger trouble', so I will be exporting again. I will check some of the other options and post the resultant info here, as and when. I hope this info helps. If not, just nip into the 'Hesketh Arms for a quick one, ……………. with your handle, you must reside somewhere near it . 😀
  8. Thanks for that chaps. I have had a closer look at what is going on here and can confirm that it is as Nat stated. If the clip is moved then the "X" effect at the end of the clip is lost, but the 'f' and 'FX' at the beginning of the clip remain. I am using Version 6.29 Free. maybe that has something to do with it ?
  9. I noticed some odd happenings as I edited the video that I am currently putting together. I have had a swift look around the forum but can find no mention of the topic.. I have one audio track which is locked, and two video tracks neither of which is locked. The primary video track contains image clips (all originally jpg files of a standard size – 890 x 500, or thereabouts) and the secondary video track just contains text clips which I have introduced via the Text or Title options. In some cases these text clips are cross faded, and where this is the case there is no problem. However, where I have spaces between the text clips, (as I have aligned some of them to specific ‘sound’ detail in the audio track), I am finding that the “fade in” and “fade out” options disappear if the clip is moved. I also noticed that when I select the ‘fade in’ or ‘fade out’ option, for the text clips, in the FX menu, these do not seem to show up in the window after having selected them, (using the green cross symbol in the top left corner of the “effects text clip” window), whereas any other effect, or at least all those I have used to date, seem to show up, and offer an option to delete in the blue title bar via a white cross at the right end in the “effects text clip” window. Am I missing something here, am I doing something incorrectly, or is all as it should be ? It’s no big deal really, but having finalised the video and exported it as an .mp4 file, I was a bit nonplussed when during the first playback of the exported video, I noticed that several fades, both in and out, were missing. Going back to the .vpj file I saw that the fades were missing from some of the text clips to which I had given final tweaks, immediately prior to the export. I had not noticed that the blue ‘X’ and/or “fx” icons, on the clips, had greyed out. Silly me, eh ? Any clarification would be most welcome.
  10. I have just tried it on my Windows 10 Notebook and it ran perfectly. So I guess there is sommat wrong with the Laptop ? Not surprising really, it is ancient, about 10 years old, and has suffered many indignities, having been through the mill from Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 8.1, to Win 10. It is an old Acer Aspire 5738, with a 32 bit X64 based processor, Intel core 2Duo CPU (T6400) @ 2.0Ghz, with 4Gb RAM (3Gb useable). It seems to do most things well enough, albeit somewhat slowly; I would have thought that it could have handled the video in question, but, obviously not ? Anyway, I will delete the data from one drive, later today, and would be grateful if you would make sure that your copy of the video is not available for public perusal. Thanks for all your help on this issue, I am much enlightened on the capabilities of this programme, and will probably buy it, ….. eventually.
  11. Cheers, Borate, It looks like my laptop is part of the problem. It ain't man enough, methinks. The version that you made available to me was a bit 'glitchy' in parts, but a lot better than my original efforts. Until I get a better computer, I would have to lower the various rates, sizes, frames and ratios a bit further to achieve a decent finished video. Thanks. for your help. I know what's what now, and I know it's my laptop at fault and nowt to do with the programme. I'll stick with the free version for now and start saving my pocket money towards a new PC of some description. If I upload any finished version of this video to YouTube, I'll send you a link. PS If you know about bedposts and chewing gum, you must be 'middle-aged' at least ??? ?
  12. Hmmmmmmmm, ……………….. Oddly enough, I uninstalled the programme, and re-installed the free version from a different source. It is even an older version I think. So I have some more export options, which I did not expect ! ? I may have figured out what's going on. Using Moviemaker on XP, when exporting the finished project, Moviemaker automatically selected the best 'export' options for the finalised video. BUT ……. using Videopad, one needs to sort the wheat from the chaff, i.e. I have to select the best/optimum options with regard to:- Bit rate, Display size, Aspect ratio and Frames per second. Selecting the absolute minimal options in each case, the video exported much quicker. Although the quality of the resultant video was not brilliant, and some of the text 'overshot' the screen, (which I can rectify, I think) it worked. Magic ! So now I will just bugger about with these options and see if I can find one that exports a set of video/audio images which are of a sufficiently decent quality to upload to my YouTube Channel. So, Mr. Borate, am I on the right track, or am I talking out of my bottom ? Your opinion (or anyone else's) will be most welcome.
  13. I have had a bash at the process outlined. It was a bit of a pain in the backside. I was unsure about the Zip process, I had no idea what OneDrive was, and I couldn't find the clipboard, as you can see I am no Geek. I have managed to create a link, but I will PM it to Mr. Borate, …………… if I can figure out how to do that ? ?
  14. Just before I disappear into the setting sun, I will report on my evaluation of Videopad. I finally got the hang of shuffling the various clips and setting the effects and transitions. The completed project ran nicely, and looked just as good as anything that I had previously put together in Windows Movie Maker. Then I exported it as a video file. The process took a long time, when compared with Movie Maker, about 20 minutes. The resultant video was very poor, lots of 'stuttering' during the transitions and effects, and some audio glitches. I tried again exporting into a different format. It was no better, and actually took even longer. Then my "free" period expired and all the export options disappeared. The upshot ? I will not be purchasing it on the off-chance that the purchased version will export satisfactorily. Sad, but there you have it. Now, what programme can I try next ?
  15. Got it. I admit to being confused between a clip that is inserted which already has audio content, and an inserted image clip to which one adds an audio track. I think. Time for bed, me brain hurts.
  16. That all seems to make sense, chaps, but Unlink is still elusive. I am assuming that if I right click on a video clip and Unlink does not appear in the menu,, then the clip/track is not linked in the first place? This begs the question; how does one link tracks, and what exactly does linking achieve ? Sorry to be a dim wazzok, but getting info from knowledgeable fellows in this forum is a lot easier than spending hours trawling through 'Help", or searching for answers that do not exist !
  17. That’s odd, Nat-Solo, (for a minute I thought you were Napoleon Solo from the old TV programme). I use Edge, Internet Explorer, Opera and Firefox at various times, it’s only a standard YouTube track, and it plays in all of them? Regardless, I am new to this software and haven’t figured everything out yet. Overlay track? Is that just a second video track or is it something totally separate? If it is just a second video track then I’ll give it a go. Like this? With the audio track locked, place a new clip into the second video track, and then, trim it to an approximate length and then drop into the first video track at the required place, between two existing clips? C-Major, old chap, thanks for the suggestion about Unlink, but I can’t seem to find that option ? All advice suggestions and assistance are most gratefully accepted. I just wish that the old XP version of Moviemaker would run in Windows 10, and that it was still available.
  18. Here's hoping, BUT, I need to ponder the purchase issue. To buy or not to buy, that is the question. I may have a shuffti at a couple of other programmes in the meantime. Shotcut, perhaps ?
  19. I appreciate that, Borate, but the audio tracks in question will be in lots of separate segments by the time I have done the amount of fiddling and diddling that is usually involved in one of my YouTube productions. I only noticed this issue when suddenly there were glitches in the audio track caused by overlaps that had inadvertently been created. As I said, it would be nice if clips could just be inserted into the video track without affecting the audio track, ………………… is there no way around this? The sort of thing I am creating can be viewed herer, if you are interested. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f-X9MPJqG0 Lots of changes to the video; overlaps and transitions of various types and lengths are used throughout. It takes me just as long to put the video together as it does to make the audio track in the first place. But, it's all good fun, init?
  20. I have just downloaded, and installed, VideoPad Video Editor Free, and I am evaluating it with a view to possible purchase. I have used the old, original version of Windows Moviemaker on my old stand-alone XP desktop PC for many years, but now the PC has finally blown up so I am looking at alternatives to Moviemaker, which will run, on my laptop, in Windows 10. I have installed Videopad on the Windows 10 laptop, and have put together a test video, however I have come across an annoying problem that is, hopefully, due to something I am doing wrong, rather than something within the programme itself. I created one video track and one audio track. In the Timeline mode, I tried to insert a video clip between two existing clips in the video track, the audio track split at the same point, and the split is the same length as the new video track clip. This is annoying. I locked the audio track, and inserted the new clip again. This time the new clip replaced the clip that should have been following it. This is also annoying as it means that all the subsequent clips must be moved along the Timeline, a gap created, and the new clip inserted into the gap. If I try the same thing in Storyboard mode; with the audio track unlocked the gap appears again, and if I lock the audio track then inserting the video clip just creates a second video track on which the inserted clip appears. This is also annoying. I appreciate that there are ways around this issue, but it would be nice if a clip could be inserted into a sequence, and all the existing clips just moved along the Timeline without cutting the audio track. Why is this an issue, for me, you may ask? I am trying to synchronise various image changes with certain points in the audio track, so suddenly having a gap in the audio track is a pain! Is this the way it is supposed to work or am I doing something wrong? Any advice would be welcome. I have scanned this forum, and can find no mention of this issue; I can not ask for tech help, as that is only available after payment is made, and if this is the way that the programme is meant to work then I probably won’t be purchasing it.
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