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  1. Hi As Borate asked...Are the images .png files? Like text files, .png images have a transparency property (even though there may not be transparent areas) and VP will automatically place them on an upper track. This is so that lower clips can be seen "behind" the text. If you use Place on Sequence at the Cursor these images are still placed on the next higher track unless the cursor is beyond the end of the previous image. Nat
  2. Hi Check Options/Media to see where new clips/images are to be added. Is it set to Place at Cursor on New Track ? If so change it to Place on Sequence at Cursor Nat
  3. Hi In version 10.56 (at least) the VideoPadSoundCache folder is held in the normal VideoPadCache folder.. If you delete the cache files using the VP Menu/Tools/Options/Disc page then the Sound cache is also emptied but is left in the folder. If, on the other hand you delete the contents of the VideoPadCache folder via the usual Windows delete then the sound cache folder is also deleted. This is not a problem though as starting your next project re-generates it. If you actually delete the whole VideoPadCache folder this is also not a problem as the whole folder is re-generated (along with a fresh VideoPadSoundCache folder) when you start a new project. In the Menu/Tools/Options/Disc page you can setup the location of the cache folder. (e.g. Desktop) This way you can easily find it and check its contents with the minimum of navigation. Nat
  4. Hi Can you open VideoPad? If it opens, don't load anything. Click Menu/Select Tools/Select Options Click the Disk tab. Click Clear Unused Cache Files. These actions should completely clear the cache. There will now be nothing in VP memory relating to any videos you may have edited or files/images you may have loaded to work on. If you have not moved/deleted or renamed any clip files/Audio files etc. from your last project and you have Saved or Saved As that project then you will have a .vpj file saved. Locate that .vpj file and open it. VP will now load that project and refill the cache correctly. Wait until it has been fully loaded. Can you now preview your project? Nat
  5. Hi An alternaive if you don't want to leave a gap in the audio track is to split the clip at either end of the section where the audio is not required and then right click it and select Mute Audio. If you don't want to split the video track then use the Split option under the Sequence Preview window and select to split just the desired audio track. Mute the split out section as mentioned above. Nat
  6. Hi B I agree. It's not VP. . I remember years ago a free disc with some magazine that had Philips Speech Recognition Program. After almost an hour of reading lines of text into my PC, correcting and repeating, the program had reportedly learnt my voice and was competent to write what was spoken. ....or what it thought it had heard. The output was hilarious. If you ummed or ahed, coughed, sniffed or rustled a paper it it heard it via the mike and wrote gibberish (which occasionally made sense) and if you sniggered or laughed (one couldn't help it when it was appearing in real time)... it simply made it worse. There were hours of fun to be had....It was a Philips Chinese Whispers generator! Nat
  7. Hi "........Anyone knows how this function works?........" In theory at least you.......... Open VP and place a video clip with sound or audio clip on the timeline and select it. Click the Audio tab on the top toolbar to open the Audio toolbar. The Speech to Text tab is now activated. Click the Speech to Text tab. This will open the video with a default text visible (Usually "Sample text") Set the Font; Colour etc. for the required speech text Click the Apply button. VP will now generate a text file based on the recorded audio. The text file is automatically placed on the overlay track at the Cursor position. That's how it should work. Obviously the audio file should be a speaking VOICE (not music or background sound.) You can, of course create audio voice files directly using the Audio Toolbar's Record Audio feature. The text generator engine of your PC should be capable of recognizing the language being used. e.g. According to the Control Panel on my French Vista machine (OK it's old!) this is the Microsoft 8.0 Voice recognition utility (francais France) So expecting text to come out in recognizable English if the audio is in english is, in this case a bit over-optimistic. The result of an audio clip saying 0ne two three four five six seven eight nine ten was.... Which was rubbish (although the words were all french.) The result of an audio clip saying un deux trois quatre cing six sept huit neuf dix was... Which was reasonable (although other attempts were less successful (to say the least ) RK might be for an unrecognizable word/sound. ..Un might be "heard" as err. I am called Nat came out as...... Which is actually french for I remember the act! .....Ooops...What did I do?? (It should have been je m'appelle Nat ) I would be interested to see some simple English examples like this. All in all this feature needs some refining. Nat
  8. Hi Can't get this to work either. As I have a French version of Vista and presumably a ST engine that works in French it still seems to produce gibberish. For example a clear audio of Maison....Maison.....Maison ... produces a non related text..... At a stretch of the imagination there might be SOME sound similarity but in practice it's useless! Other tests were equally fruitless, often seem to be random text...often hilarious. So IMHO this feature is best left alone. Similar sounding English and French words didn't work either. For example Table...Table...Table (repeated) came out as... La Thailande.. Thailande...Thailande.... and Tremblement de terre Tremble.... Obviously a very shaky table (Tremblement de terre is french for an earthquake. Sorry no good (but funny) Go here https://speechnotes.co/ and say what you want then save the result as a text file. Use this in VP it seems to work OK. Nat
  9. Hi Right click the image in the sequence window and unselect the option Show Previous and Next Frames. Nat
  10. Hi B I think Vista (being old) is not supported with other TTS voices apart from Anna. I can download and install Mary and Mike. They display on the choice list in VP (below) but neither actually play. Registry entries for these are in a different format. to Anna so I have to assume they are incompatible with the Vista OS when it comes to the crunch. If they weren't, they would play in VP like yours do in Windows 10. Ah well! Nat
  11. Hi Borate Did they come with your version of Windows? Vista it seems just has Anna. Her friends are on holiday and she is working hard here but is the only voice listed with VP... I am not certain how I can get more although I have played about and tried. Is it the same speech engine? It's a good option for slideshows if the voice is OK. Nat
  12. Hi Open VP and click the Audio Tab on the toolbar Now click Text to Speech Type the text required into the box that appears (Synthesize speech) By default you should see that the voice is Microsoft Anna Click the blue box Synthesize speech. This now places the Sythesized speech.wav into the audio files bin Drag/drop or place the audio clip onto the timeline. There are other Microsoft voices that you can use if you have downloaded them and if they are compatible with the VP speech engine. Microsoft Anna is not TOO bad but is in an American accent and the inflections are not always correct. Some web based on-line T/S are indistinguishable from a live person reading but although you might hear the result it can't be downloaded without a fee. But give Anna try. Nat
  13. Hi Going back to your original problem... If you have images that are AR 10:6.65 they are not obviously 16:9 and will therefore display areas on each side that are chequered ... These will be transparent if the image is used on a higher track with clips below. (On Track 1 the chequered areas will be black and export black) If you Crop the image to 16:9 it will become smaller as you are Cropping it. Some of the image will be lost but what is left will have the 16:9 AR. The original crop frame will automatically be sized to fit the nearest sides of the image being used. In this case it will be fitted from side to side leaving an area at the top and bottom trimmed off. Now what you will see are the transparent sides just as before (The 16:9 frame fitted to the sides so nothing changed horizontally) but the top and bottom will now also be transparent as those areas have been cropped.... You can resize the Crop frame keeping the 16:9 setting and move it about but all you will achieve is a smaller cropped area with a wider transparent border... If you wish to retain a full frame 16:9 image of your clip/image use the Zoom effect set with AR 16:9. This will enable you to effectively crop to a selected area. Set the zoom rectangle to outline exactly the area required and VP will then enlarge this to fill the frame correctly and there will be no black borders..... Between 10:6.65 and 16:9 you will lose very little of your image. If everything else is 16:9 (usual videoclips) just export in the file type required (avi/mp4 etc) but setting the chosen 16:9 resolution values (1280 x 720...1920 x 1080 etc) Nat
  14. Hi If you want several/many video clips to be linked quickly in order on the timeline have them stored in a single folder. Highlight the clips in the folder and then Drag and Drop them as a block to the VP logo They will open VP and automatically be placed in the Video clip bin and be in alpha numeric order. Switch the bin display to List format. They will list in the same order but you can reverse that order by clicking the small triangular arrow in the Name heading box if required. Use Ctrl + A to highlight the list. Drag the highlighted block of clips to the empty Track 1. They will link end to end in the chosen order. (Either forwards or reverse order.) If you want to add clips in a different (e.g. user defined) order, select (right click) each one in the bin and then use... Place on Sequence/Place on Sequence at End Drag/drop is also OK but ensure you drop them correctly or you may miss the track or insert them etc. Nat
  15. Hi Does 1.mp4 play sound OK in a separate video player like VLC? Nat
  16. Hi This is a bit unusual. Check that you haven't got a clip or a bit of clip left or moved way down the timeline and out of sight. Click on the >I button under the Sequence Preview window and have a look, the cursor will stop at the end and you can check the length of your project. Alternatively look at Track 1. Switch into Storyboard mode and then scroll to the far right end. Nat
  17. Hi JKL editing not currently available with VP but you can play the sequence at varying speeds up to 5X with the setting Borate has suggested. If you know what clip you want to go to just right click it in the bin and select Jump to Clip in Sequence. If you have the same clip (or part of the clip) in two or more places there will be a choice of points that the cursor can be made to go. Not a keyboard action though. You can skip clip - clip forwards and backwards with SHIFT and the arrow keys. Holding down the keys will skip forwards and backwards pretty quickly. You can also switch to Storyboard mode and skip forwards and backwards with the same keys or mouse wheel. Marking a clip. Until NCH come up with something (suggested some time ago) you can mark a clip start position, or a specific point in a clip by by adding a very short blank image to a higher track (or a very short text clip with description) Group this to the clip in question.You can now now step through to the start of the blank (or text). Moving the clip or splitting the clip will move the "marker" without changing the position on the clip. This is a bit similar to placing an editing X on a particular frame in cine editing. Save a clip or a section of a clip to the bin by dragging it directly to the bin area. A green clover leave will show when it is dragged. This isn't a save to the PC but it can be exported by placing it at the start of a higher unused track an then hiding all the other tracks on Output by clicking the eye icon for those tracks at the left end. Clips in the bin cannot actually be saved per se as it is assumed that they are present outside VP on the PC already but following shortening or splitting etc. the above method is a possible way of doing this. Make a suggestion to NCH. If your sole aim is to enlarge the preview area at the expense of the timeline then dragging down the white bar below it will succeed up to a point but after that the pane can only be enlarged further by right clicking the the unlock arrow at the top right corner. This opens a resizable window containing that particular preview pane. A full screen display will also be available. If the aim is to reduce the height of the tracks then click the solid triangular arrow at the extreme left which will reduce the height of that particular track. Nat
  18. Hi Probably barking up the wrong tree so don't shout. I use the usual method to cut a clip or calculate the split position as Borate describes. nevertheless...... The current length of a particular clip can be found in the autosaved.vpj file.... User name/Appdata/Roaming/NCH Software/VideoPad/autosave.vpj but it may require a bit of searching. Automatically doing this might require some string checking but manually, you can open the autosave .vpj file in notepad. Search for the line that has the clip name with its in and out points marked. The out value is the current length of the clip. e.g. a clip called BLACK CIRCLE on the timeline with a duration of 10 seconds shows the following line... .....name=BLACK%20CIRCLE.jpg&offset=0&in=0&out=10000...... You can change the out value to 5000 for a 5 second clip (or calculate a %.) Save the notepad so as to overwrite the original autosave and then re-run the altered autosave.vpj file. After a check window noting a change was made, VP will open with the clip now half its length. I am not certain whether this messes up other parameters however (like removing gaps etc.) but manually this seems to work on a single clip. Whether or not you can achieve this using scripts I don't know but the process might be worth looking into. Nat
  19. Hi The dialogue box comes up automatically when projects are exported. If you don't want it to show just minimise it. The progress bar will still appear at the bottom of the screen. Nat
  20. Hi This is a defect which is quite difficult to remedy and VP doesn't have any filters to do this. Probably the best result obtainable is by using the Auto Levels effect. Although in principle it would seem simple to add a graded image of a vignette, VP doesn't add or subtract the image from the defective one as in some photo correction programs. There are some vignette images such as this you can try...... You can copy and play with. It would need to be placed on Track 2 and made Negative with Contrast and Transparency adjusted.......but don't expect too much.......or more realistically don't expect any real improvement. It's worth a play with though.. An alternative approach is to add the same clip to the upper track and apply the Negative effect, then use Contrast and Transparency to reduce the centre and lighten the corners in Sequence Preview. Finally create a sequence, load it back and then alter contrast/exposure........Might work but I doubt it. You can nullify the main image as you are using a negative one above it but altering the brightness or contrast of this might have some mileage. In most attempts I have made the result is pretty muddy! Nat
  21. Hi Create another folder (say on the desktop) and call it PROJECTS. Move the vpj files you don't want to show into this folder. VP Menu/File/Recent Projects won't list them. Worth a try. Nat
  22. Hi There should be no black between properly positioned clips unless it exists in the the clips themselves. Use the Position effect to place the clips side by side and centre them. Monitor the result in Sequence Preview. Setting dual displays makes thing easier. There should be no black or grey bar between them....... As you are using portrait clips the total AR even when placed side by side and centred as above, will not be the same as the full frame so there will be black borders to each side unless the clips are scaled up to eliminate them in which case you will lose the top/bottom. If you are not bothered about a black bar between the clips then use the Split Screen effect on both with Horizontal 2 layout..... If you don't want a black bar between them then set the Resizing Mode control to Fill Region the clips will fit side by side with some sides (top/bottom) cropped. Use the Bias values to re-position each clip in its box to best suite the subject matter... Nat
  23. Hi Using VP 10.56 32 bit. Just added the same clip twice. and reversed the second one. In Sequence preview both clip played perfectly smoothly...forward and then in reverse. In the exported mp4 the reversed clip plays in a very jerky regular fashion as though it was encoded in short regular bits. Any ideas why? Might it be connected with reversed clips stopping??? Nat Untitled1.mp4
  24. Hi If you can't find a suitable circle try using a simple text capital O. A good circle is produced using the Bonnie font if you have it. Pick a suitable colour and font size. This can be further enlarged using Scale. Animate it using Motion or Position as Borate suggests. If you want a more complicated shape around your target and you have a draw program then make your own. You may in this case export it as a png with a transparent background, if not then use a green or blue or red background and set it up in VP with the green screen effect to make it transparent.. Nat Nat
  25. Hi You have posted to Videopad forum. Crescendo is NCH's music composition and notation application. This thread has been transferred to that forum Nat
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