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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Hi Does 1.mp4 play sound OK in a separate video player like VLC? Nat
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Hi That is correct. VP Storyboard mode only shows the contents of Video Track 1. with any linked audio beneath. It's rather in the form of a slide show. Irrespective of the actual length of a clip on Track 1 the slides are all shown the same width. It can be useful to reveal any left behind tiny snippets of clips that are hardly visible in timeline mode. and it's the mode to use if you are simply making a slideshow. The layout is similar to NCH's PhotoStage slideshow generator application. VP Timeline mode, on the other hand will show all clips and images on all the used tracks at their correct length related to their duration. This is the usual editing mode. Nat
  17. Hi St B Yes, something like that but it is a somewhat clumsy solution. They wouldn't be inserts however, just text images all on the same overlay track. Certainly each small (short ) text block will remain in place once grouped with the respective main track clip but to monitor the text would mean losing sight of the main track. Easy to step through with II< or >II though. It would look a bit like this... Another drawback would be complications arising in using higher tracks in your actual clip editing.(Cutaways/overlaps/ proper texts etc) It suggests that the note texts would need to be placed on the highest track like this...... There might be a bit of mileage in this idea so just play about and see if something along these lines is useful to you. Put in a suggestion to NCH they may come up with a much more elegant solution. Nat
  18. Hi Unfortunately in VP there isn't a specific way to add notes to a particular point in the timeline. I have passed a suggestion on to NCH some time ago regarding the possibility of adding a fixed (but removable) mark to a specific frame that is fixed to the clip. Rather like the when editing film it was possible to draw an X or punch a hole actually in the film so as to define a splicing point. The nearest thing currently is the Bookmark line with an extended name. It's not, however fixed on the clip and would mark a different point in the timeline if the latter were extended or shortened. One possible way would be to create a short text image. Place this at the desired point above the clip and then group it to the clip. It will then stay in place if the clip were moved. It only needs to be around 1 second duration or so to be visible in the timeline. Set the full background of the text a particular colour and the note will be easily visible.Right click and it can be read in the clip preview window. Keep them all on the same track and then delete the track prior to exporting. Nat
  19. HI When VP opens there will only one empty track; Video Track 1. Load a clip or clips to VP (Add a File) and theywill appear as a thumbnails in the clip bin area at the top left of the screen Drag or more clips from here to Video Track 1 where it will display. You now have a singe track timeline which you add further clips to and edit. With a clip on Video Track 1 you will now see a black zone above the track with the words Drag and drop your video;text and image clips here to overlay. If required you can add (drag and drop) clips from the bin to this zone. This will create Video Track 2. Above this will be a further overlay zone which will become Video Track 3 and so on. Note that clips etc on the upper track will obscure clips on the lower tracks. You need to select a track first before the Menu/Track options are active. Until you have done this the sub-menu will remain greyed out. Select the track by clicking it at the far left. Nat
  20. Hi As an example of Crop and Scale... 16:9 clip at full screen... After using Crop and retaining the AR at 16:9 and clip preview rectangle moved to area required...... The chequered area is transparent. (If this clip was on Track 2 with another clip below it on Track 1 you would have Picture in Picture. ) Now the result is Scaled to full screen in Clip Preview using the square handles and centred using the circle......but Keeping the aspect ratio.....by ticking the box......... The export is what you now see in the Sequence Preview window..... Zoom is simpler to use and will crop and enlarge the selected area back to full screen in one step but choose the 16:9 AR from the list. Again what you see in Sequence Preview is what is exported. Nat
  21. Hi If you want to keep it full screen with either Zoom or Crop/Scale then maintain the AR to 16:9. Nat
  22. Hi St B Got it! That's what makes editing the more fun. Building your house with what bricks you have. But you get dancer errors??? We NEVER make mistakes in our orchestra, every bar and phrase perfect every time!! ...(Don't you believe it ! ) And as far as the editor forgetting something ...... doesn't happen. Good luck with the production. Nat
  23. Hi In effect you are creating a sequence of a single clip and being a "sequence" it will retain all the properties you applied to it. In essence a new clip. You will see a green clover leaf pattern when you drag the clip. The difference between this "sequence" and a true sequence of the whole timeline is that when it is re-used the audio track will be visible. Nat
  24. Hi St B ".......This works all perfectly until the other day when I started to do some “cropping” on the top levels.I noticed that that in the “black area” of the cropping, the lower level tracks will shine through and become visible instead of the black cropped area staying solid black...." You are suggesting that the "black area" of the cropping is expected to stay black. Is this what you are wanting to get? Under normal working..and its one way to get a picture in Picture...... With a single clip on the time line that has a Crop, the Clip Preview shows a chequerboard area but the Sequence Preview shows this as black...... This is normal .....The area in fact is transparent. Put this on Track 2 and then put another clip beneath it and you will see what I mean. The clip on Track one is a seascape... What you see however depends on which track you click. If the focus is Track 2 the Clip Preview shows the Track 2 clip with the chequerboard pattern whilst the Sequence Preview shows that the area (previously black with no underlying clip) is indeed transparent and revealing the sea clip....(Both previews show the orientation markings related to the image on Track 2) If the focus is Track 1 then the Clip Preview shows the Track 1 image only (the sea clip) and the Sequence Preview the Track 1 clip (the sea) in the cropped area. This is correct and is one way the effect is meant to be used. The black cropped area doesn't stay black and this is normal. It is not a problem or a bug. "...The only way I could solve this problem was to add another track with black “blank” inserts below the cropped track to block the shine through effect......" You have cropped the upper image correctly which will reveal part of the lower image as a result. Why do you then want it to go black and block the appearance of the lower image? Adding a black blank below this as you have done will achieve this? Are you just wanting a cropped image with a black surround? If this is what you are after your method is correct and is the only way you will achieve this without placing the cropped image over nothing or placing it on Track 1 in which case the transparent area will be black and export as black as well. Nat
  25. Hi Hi "....Lower levels video tracks shine through....." They will if the upper images are cropped to a smaller size. As you correctly say; Upper tracks will obscure lower tracks. The caveat here is that the lower track will be totally hidden only if the upper clip is the same size as the lower clip. If you trim around the upper track using Crop you will make it smaller. VP will not enlarge it). The effect will be identical to placing a small image on top of a larger image - you will see the larger image where it doesn't get covered up. Note that when you apply the Crop effect and reduce the size, the cropped off area becomes chequered and therefore transparent. If the cropped clip is placed over a lower clip you will see the lower clip in the cropped off area. If, on the other hand there is no lower clip (or the cursor is moved to a point where the clips are not above one another) you will see the transparent area as black. (There is nothing to be seen as the lower track at that point is empty.) However the black area should not remain black! Nat
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