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After i downloaded the latest version of videopad i notice it is now only single track , how can i get more than one track back again.The old versions have gone from downloads.

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Hi

The latest version of VP (5.20) is no different in this respect to previous versions in that it will handle multiple video and audio tracks. Placing clips on the extra tracks is now however a little different. 

In version 5.20, on adding a new clip to the bin you will be presented with a choice of positions for clip placement. If this is ignored the clip will simply remain in the bin as before. As before any  clip can be selected in the bin and added to any part of the timeline by drag and drop just as before.

However,  in this version of VP if the opening placement choices on adding a clip to the bin are not made then clips can be added later as before using the Place button. NOTE however that the Place button (next to the dustbin icon) now  looks like two - - signs ; one black and one green. (And..Yes they are a bit small) You will notice top right of the screen that 5.20 is a Beta version and presumably there may be some alteration with this.)

 If you select the clip in the bin and then click the left hand minus  the clip is added to the  end of the timeline on Video Track 1.

if you select a clip in the bin and then click the right hand minus   you will open up a choice of positions for the clip placement and you can then move the cursor down and select one.

As before the subsequent tracks , Video Track2  Video Track 3 etc....(the overlay tracks) are not visible or labelled until a clip has been placed into the area above the main timeline track  labelled "Drag and drop your video, text and image clips here to overlay"

Nat

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thanks.I loaded it and it now says unregistered.I put my registeration code in and it says the code is for ver 4.xx software i remember paying to upgrade for multitrack version but don't remember getting a new code.unless it was for an older multitrack version.I think i bought it early 2016.

 

 

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how can i find out what old version this code is for xxxxxxxxx I think it was 4.xx and how do I download that multitrack version?

 

Edited by c_major
Remove registration key

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@clive lombari

All version support multi-tracks including unregistered versions. You can add new tracks by follow Nat's instructions above.

You can find the setup file for the version you've installed before in this folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\NCH Software\VideoPad. For example "videopadsetup_v4.58.exe".

Please contact our support team if you still have problems.

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thanks cMajor , what i want tp do is have one video track i.e. me singing the melody while also playing the melody notes one on my guitar then adding another audio track of me playing the chords to it and then mayb adding another audio track of me snare druming to it.Then rendering the finished song to mp4.Also how do i play the video and record another audio track at the same time. This must be quite a common requirement.Also how do u make a single audio version to multitrack or are all versions multitrack?

 

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Hi

This ought to be a new thread but as mentioned above All versions of VP are multi track. For your project the most intuative way is as follows but other ways are also possible...

  1. Film yourself singing and playing the melody notes
  2. Put this on Video track 1
  3. Now film yourself  playing the chords but listening  through earphones to your first recording on VP to keep in time. (You could make an mp3 using NCH recordpad or similar) It doesn't matter what the film is like as you will only need to use the audio.
  4. Place the new video on the overlay track.(Video Track 2)  Audio track 2 will be your chord recording.
  5. Click the "eye" icon at the left end of Video Track 2 to prevent the track outputting.
  6. Line up the sound with Audio Track1 by sliding Audio Track 2 so the peaks match with the melody. This might mean cutting the Video track 2 clip to get the required movement. (But see below)

You should now have a film of you singing and playing the melody with the chords and you can add other soundtracks in a similar way.

An alternative (possibly a bit easier) is to film the chords playing with the camera whilst listening to the timelime on VP via earphones to keep it at the correct speed. Load the clip you get to VP and then unlink the audio. Now save the audio as a separate file. With your main film on the sequence line this audio file can then be loaded like any other clip and dropped direct to Audio track 2 beneath Audio track 1. This way you will not be distracted by a second Video track.

Nat

 

 

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1 hour ago, Nationalsolo said:

Hi

This ought to be a new thread but as mentioned above All versions of VP are multi track. For your project the most intuative way is as follows but other ways are also possible...

  1. Film yourself singing and playing the melody notes
  2. Put this on Video track 1
  3. Now film yourself  playing the chords but listening  through earphones to your first recording on VP to keep in time. (You could make an mp3 using NCH recordpad or similar) It doesn't matter what the film is like as you will only need to use the audio.
  4. Place the new video on the overlay track.(Video Track 2)  Audio track 2 will be your chord recording.
  5. Click the "eye" icon at the left end of Video Track 2 to prevent the track outputting.
  6. Line up the sound with Audio Track1 by sliding Audio Track 2 so the peaks match with the melody. This might mean cutting the Video track 2 clip to get the required movement. (But see below)

You should now have a film of you singing and playing the melody with the chords and you can add other soundtracks in a similar way.

An alternative (possibly a bit easier) is to film the chords playing with the camera whilst listening to the timelime on VP via earphones to keep it at the correct speed. Load the clip you get to VP and then unlink the audio. Now save the audio as a separate file. With your main film on the sequence line this audio file can then be loaded like any other clip and dropped direct to Audio track 2 beneath Audio track 1. This way you will not be distracted by a second Video track.

Nat

 

 

thanks i will have to study this as i have only a little knowledge , latency will this be a problem ,i do have a focusrite scarlett audio interface , and an 5 channel behringer mixer

 

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Hi Sam

Even simpler! :) I didn't think of using  Narration for producing a separate sound file. (What else?:rolleyes:)  In fact I never tried it  that way when I was making some videos of live Violin + MIDI Piano as I didn't think that the mike input would work at the same time as the earphone output on my PC.(I needed to hear the MIDI while I played without it re-recording) ...Just tried both jack plugs together and it does!  Great..Thanks for the info!

Nat

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21 hours ago, c_major said:

@clive lombari

Have you tried Main Tool Bar -> Home -> Record -> Narrate?

yes i have used that but wanted to find a better way to doing it , or should i say the proper way.I thought i was cheating and was unsure wether that way would make a quality recording as the narration track .Thanks for that anyway.By the way NCH have now given me a registered version of 5.11.This time i wont do any more updates lol

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thats good to know.So narrate certainly is the the way to go then , and if i want to add a third track like some drummimg ,render the two to 1 mp4 , reload and narrate the drumming onto (melody and chords mp4).I have Blue Yeti condenser usb mic , and a Shure XLR , a Behringer mixer , and a 2 input focusrite audio interface if i want to record direct into Videopad.So lots of options.I just need to learn how to use videopad properly.

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Nationsolo I have used your procedure.Once i have made the singing melody and guitar lead.I played it back continuously using real player listening on my headphones, then used videopad to record me playing the chords to it.I unlinked the video2 deleted it and just kept the audio.I loaded video 1 back into videopad and moved it down the bottom.Although both audio tracks were loud enough to listen to , the amplitudes were very small , making it very difficult to line them up (syncronise i guess).Am I still doing something wrong?Can u play and record on videopad at the same time like narrate does?

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Hi

I don't think you are doing anything particularly wrong. Unfortunately VP wont expand multiple tracks much. The best you can do is to click the + at the left end of the track where this is present when it will change to a - and the track will enlarge. (Audio Track 1 and Video track 1 are full height by default)

You can further increase the height slightly by grabbing the five dots between the Video and Audio tracks and dragging them up. You can do the same with the dots under the preview window. If you particularly want to use just the audio tracks then you can click the - icon for the Video tracksto reduce the heights and continue to pull the audio up. You can probably work with about 5 tracks then but the video thumbnails are then miniscule as will be the preview window which might need to be undocked. You will need to play around with the controls a bit to get the best effect. If you want to match peaks you can of course zoom it to the audio.

Nat

Edited by Nationalsolo
Posted to wrong thread!

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thanks for the above.I will study it.I bought Sony Acid Pro 7 which is probably a better tool for recording various music tracks then mixing them.But it was so complicated that i then bought videopad.Even this isn't easy , for what I want to do.Yet it must b quite a common requirement for putting music videos on your YOUTUBE video channel.Yet all my videos on youtube need deleting and me starting again as I think I have improved my singing so much recently.Unfortunatly tho although I have 2 £100 quality mics and the ability to record direct off my guitars into a focusrite audio interface , I am still absolute beginner at recording.Hence trying to learn about this.

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"i downloaded your video....." I didn't understand this part of the post , I only have videos on clive lombari channel on youtube.I am guessing it is somebody else's video.And i have bloggs on wordpress as arcangelolombari

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Hi Clive

OOPS!  You are right!  I replied to the wrong post! :o  Sorry!   Please ignore as it won't make complete sense.........Now where was the right one.........?

Nat

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