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  1. Hi St B Probably the auto ducking is the best you will get. Borate's demo was actually pretty good, but so much depends on the two audio levels. I suppose it's a bit like the auto exposure system on a camera where one goes from dark to light suddenly and for an instant it's over exposed; or auto microphone level systems that cut out background noise when one speaks. It can get annoying if there are a lot of sudden decreases in background sound interspersed with the commentary. If things are fairly level in both parts it might be simpler if the the background (e.g. music) is kept continuously at a lower level but fixed level than the voice. e.g. OBS.mp4 Nat
  2. Hi St B Yes, I agree it's a bit annoying when you grab the blue volume line in the clip preview window and it makes the cursor line itself (as well as the timeline cursor) move to that point also, but don't click the blue line without first fixing the line position with a marker. Try it this way.. As outlined above, the additional audio (Audio Track 2) is in the Clip Preview window and the preview cursor line is moved to the start of the audio change. Now the cursor lines are in position at for the exact start of the volume change. Click at the intersection of the blue line and the red cursor line in the Clip Preview window.. This will place a marker on the blue line without disturbing the position of the cursor lines. Don't drag or move it. The marker will fix the initial audio level. Move (or play) the Clip Preview cursor to the right where you want the maximum (or minimum) sound to be. Grab the blue line on the intersection once more and drag the blue line vertically up (or down) but keeping the mouse exactly on the cursor line. The volume line will now slope up from the previous marker to the new marker. Move (or play) the cursor along to the end of the "duck" Click the intersection again to create another fixed point of maximum (or minimum) audio. Move or play the the Clip Preview cursor to the right to the end of the volume change. Click the blue line again at the original audio level. Proceed in this way to produce periodic increases/decreases in the audio levels along the clip... The timeline cursor will move as you work along the clip but that is to be expected. The timeline audio clip (Track 2) should show the same volume changes... At any later time you can alter the position/height of the markers by previewing the specific audio clip and dragging the markers to a new position. Nat
  3. HI The Clip preview window cursor does not follow the Timeline cursor as it is related to a single clip and times on that clip (e.g. 10 seconds in) do not relate to the timeline position which may be 20 seconds in. If your project consists of a single clip with its audio then all you would need to do to match the Sequence preview position to the Audio Clip Preview position would be to copy the value shown under the Sequence Preview window and paste it to the box shown under the Clip Preview window. Both cursors would be in the same place Multiple clips starting at different points cannot be done in this way Try this instead..... Set up dual previews in Properties/Display....it's easier to see what is happening. Your main video and audio is on Track 1 Your additional audio is on Track 2 (or 3 or 4...) in the position you have set them. Right click the audio on the additional track. This will display the audio clip in the Clip Preview window (left pane) with the preview cursor on the far left Move the Clip Preview cursor along the preview window to the required point where you want to make your audio changes. Note that the Timeline cursor will now also move to that same point. i.e. the Clip Preview cursor controls the timeline cursor...but not the other way around. Once satisfied you should now have the position values for both the sequence and the individual audio clip,under each preview window. You should now be able to work the audio volume line from this accurate point using the Clip Preview audio display. Nat
  4. Hi Check if you have a vpsetup.exe or a vppsetup.exe file in your download folder. Double click this and it should re-install your program. Nat
  5. Hi With the "overlay" method the clip/image on the upper track will cover the clip/image on a lower track. The existing image on the lower track will not be altered in any way and won't need to be. If the image placed on the upper (overlay) track has a duration that is different to the existing image then it is easily altered by dragging the ends in/out. To "replace" an image on track 1... Use the II< or >II tabs under the Sequence Preview window to place the red cursor line at the START of the existing image on Video Track 1 Select the replacement image in the bin and select Overlay on Sequence at Cursor. This will place the image from the bin on the upper track at the cursor position. It will have the default duration which may be different to the existing image but that doesn't matter. You are going to alter this. Use the II< or >II tabs under the Sequence Preview window to place the red cursor line at the END of the existing image on Video Track 1 Drag the right hand end of the overlaid image left/right to the cursor line. The upper image will now play over the existing image and will have the same duration. The upper image will effectively "replace" the existing image when the timeline is played. Nothing on the main track will alter. Nat
  6. Hi All clips have to be in the bin before you can use them. The answer to your question is my reply higher up on this (oldish) thread. You basically place the clip from the bin on an overlay track and adjust its duration to equal the clip you are replacing.(covering up) Use the timeline cursor line to position it. If the overlaid clip has attached audio, eithere unlink this and delete it or simply mute it. Nat
  7. Hi The text scrolling smoothness depends a lot on the font size and the duration of the clip as well as the length of the text. A longer duration text clip will scroll more smoothly in general. From the point of view of positioning the text image use the Position effect and you can place the text anywhere you like within (or even outside) the frame. There are caveats though if you want to animate it. Scroll the text image using the Position effect with keyframes. Note that the text in this case must not be longer than the width of the screen otherwise it will get truncated. If you are looking to increase the size of the text during a scroll then add a Scale effect with keyframes. You may find that scrolling text using Position may be smoother than using the scrolling associated with the text editor. Think of making the duration of the text as long as is possible to get a smoother scroll. Experiment a bit and see what works best in your particular case. Nat
  8. Hi If you have an overlay clip in position (acting as a cut-away) and want to trim of a section at the start but leave it in position so it remains in synch with the main audio track, try this.....You may not need to group clips. In the example shown, the overlay clip on Track 2 starts precisely on a sound peak of Audio Track 1.... Its in synch but needs to start a little bit later Position the timeline cursor at the precise position where you want the cut-away on the upper track to start. In this example it's one of the smaller peaks to the right on Audio Track 1. Instead of trimming it using the START/STOP brackets which will trim the clip but cause it to move back, SPLIT the clip using the Split option under the Sequence Preview window. This will give you a choice of tracks. In this example pick Video Track 2..... The overlay clip will split at the selected point.... Right click the section of the overlay clip not required and Delete it. The remainder of the overlay clip will stay where it was and remain in synch..... You can do it in a similar fashion to shorten the overlay clip as well. Depending on requirements you can either mute the sound associated with the overlay on Audio 2; trim it separately or unlink it and delete it. Nat .
  9. Hi "...... You must have beefed up your box, Nat.😄 ......" No. same old Vista system! Bit of difference in definition with your two images. There is a delay in getting a sharp preview image when setting up a zoom with such a large image and mine looked pretty clear on export as I didn't zoom in quite to your area so did a repeat on the same area as yours. This is the area I started with in my first zoom test with this jpg. It's the first first frame from VLC 1920 x 1080 mp4 .... This looks acceptable and the zoom out was smooth. However...Odd result on a repeat though..... I hadn't closed VP so I simply readjusted the first keyframe to outline a smaller area (the same as yours) and waited for the VP previews to become les blurred (clear) They didn't- and the export was rubbish. (VERY blurred. ) Back in VP the previews had remained blurred until I clicked the (still blue) FX box to bring up the zoom effect window, whereupon the previews suddenly got much sharper. However the export was again rubbish. Playing around a bit I found hat setting a keyframe made it suddenly blur. Clicking the blue FX box sharpened it again. Setting a second keyframe made it blur (full frame image in the preview this time) then re clicking FX sharpened it again. Export still crap though. Distinctly poorer than the very first export (image above). Here is VP with blurred previews after a keyframe was set... This didn't happen first time around) Here it is after the blue FX box re-clicked... Suddenly sharper..but export rubbish. Maybe graphics memory prob but in this instance not usable with this particular image although it worked just fine first time around. Nat
  10. Hi I downloaded your jpg image 6000 x 3376 and loaded it into VP 10.43 (32 bit) with a default image duration set to 10 seconds. A zoom back from the centre to full screen using a keyframe at the start and a keyframe at the end and the then exported as a 1920 x 1080 mp4 produced a clip with a smooth zoom out of excellent quality. I got no judders at all. Nat
  11. Hi This is a edited reply I made to a similar query... If you have a wide horizontal image and want to pan across it then use just the Zoom Effect with key frames. You can set the AR for the output you require (9:16) by clicking the Aspect Ratio control shown in the effects parameter window in the images below. Steps would be.. Place the 16:9 source clip on the timeline. Click the FX box for the clip Select the Zoom effect Set Zoom AR from the list to 9:16 Move the red effect cursor line on the graph to the far left (for a left-right pan) which is the start of the clip Adjust the position/size rectangle to outline the area required. This will be the start frame. If you use dual previews then you will see exactly what the effect will be, You can set this with Options/Display When you are happy with the result click the Set Keyframe tab. This the start of the pan........ Move the red cursor line across the effect graph page to the far right which is the end of the clip Adjust the rectangle again if required (You may want your pan to zoom in or out as well as pan) otherwise keep the size values for the rectangle the same as at the start. Keep the height of the rectangle the same. Create a second Key frame. this will be the end of the pan.... e.g.... When played the project clip will pan from left to right (in this example) keeping an AR of 9:16. as seen in the Sequence Preview window on the right. The speed of pan will be relative to the duration of the clip. An image can be pulled out along the timeline to slow the pan down or it can be shortened to make the pan faster. With a video clip, altering the speed of the clip is the only way to adjust the speed of the pan. Using keyframes you can halt a pan at any point or make it start after an initial pause etc. Withe AR you require from a 16:9 clip there will be black bands at either side. Depending on the height of the rectangle you may lose some actual image. In the example shown the 9:16 rectangle was left full height You can, of course go back to the effect parameter window and alter the rectangle to suit. Nat
  12. Hi If you just want to edit the video and leave the audio intact try this... Open the Sequence bin Right click the Sequence in the bin Select Save Sequence Audio as New File. Drag the new audio file down to Audio Track 2 and line it up with the audio on Audio Track 1. (You could move the cursor to the start of the timeline and then Overlay the new audio at the cursor.) When they play in sync Mute Audio Track 1 Lock Audio Track 2 if required Edit the video The linked audio on Audio track 1 will also edit but remain mute Nat
  13. Hi You can lock a track if you right click at the left end. But this might not be necessary To replace an image try this.. Hover over the image on the timeline and note the duration.(usually the Options default value) Now, in the bin, click the image you are going to replace it with. Select Change Clip Speed from the menu In the window that comes up Change the Duration value to the value you noted above and click Set On the timeline move the red cursor line to the start of the image to replace Select the new image in the bin and choose Overlay on Sequence at Cursor. It will be posted to a position over the clip to be replaced and have the same duration. Delete the old image Drag the new image down vertically . The stuff to the right will move along and the new image will be inserted. There are other ways to do this but this is reasonably intuitive. e.g.Once you have the new image the correct duration you can delete the old image (which will shorten the timeline) and then drag/drop the new one to the split point where the old image started. This will insert the new image and push the timeline back again to its original length. You could drop the new image to the front of the old one (i.e. insert it) and then delete the old image. All sorts of possibilities. If you make a mistake then click the Undo blue arrow on the toolbar and try again. You could also do a Save Project As so in the event of a real catastrophe you can start again. Nat
  14. Hi In both Storyboard mode and Timeline mode you can right click the TN and then Properties. The name of that particular clip(or parent clip) is at the top of the window that comes up. Unfortunately the name cannot be changed here. As Borate mentions you can rename the clips directly in the bin and this name is transferred to that clip (and its edited parts on the timeline) but this doesn't allow you to rename sub clips which AFAIK is not possible. (Separate edited bits all retain the parent clip name) and hovering the mouse over the clip on the timeline display will show the parent clip name. If you right click a clip on the timeline and select Show Original Clip. That clip is highlighted in the bin which might be of some use. (Best seen in List view) Nat
  15. Hi Using Drag and Drop with jpgs (but see lower down) ...Are you certain that you are releasing the image ON the track concerned. Obviously it will go to a higher track (Track 2) if it is not dragged low enough. e.g. this jpg will go to Track 2... This jpg will INSERT on Track 1 at the mouse arrow position..... However as Borate notes...png files and Text clips (images with transparency) will NOT insert and will automatically be placed on a higher track as they are expected to be used as overlays. However, they can be inserted with a second drag downwards to the track concerned. Nat
  16. Hi Yup! Note that locked tracks are hashed over and in fact the cursor line scissors with RED/BLUE brackets will not appear. Can be puzzling at first Glad it's running OK now. Nat
  17. HI "....Oops, how embarrassing....." Not at all. There are lots of things available in this program and bits are easy to miss even when we use it a lot. Nat
  18. Hi At either side of the split there should be a white block either side of the line...... Depending on the space available and the type of clip, You should be able to grab either of these and drag the clip in the required direction. e.g. In order to shorten or lengthen the duration of an image. A square brackets should appear when the block (handle) is grabbed...... . Are you saying these do not appear when this is done? Their absence (which is not normal) should not however prevent you deleting a split off a section of the clip so I am not sure what you mean when you say you can't "end" your video. If you are referring to the blue and red START and END brackets that are under the Clip Preview window, They should always be present but the buttons that control them, making them move to the cursor position may not be visible if the window is not wide enough. Try dragging the vertical white bar to the right or left to make the window wider and the buttons should appear. Again this shouldn't prevent the clip being trimmed since this is also manual operation by dragging the red/blue brackets on their own. Nat
  19. Hi Mel It's been put forward as a possible enhancement possibly making it more intuitive or even adding a right click menu item to the bin area. (e.g. Delete unused clips from the bin) Another point I mentioned was that whilst the TN view shows which clips in the bin(s) are marked as used with a green tick, the List view doesn't show this although in very early VP versions I feel certain they were. It would be nice to keep some continuity across the displays. Nat
  20. Hi If you have a wide horizontal image and want to pan across it and retain a full screen then use just the Zoom Effect with key frames. If you want full screen AR 16:9 then set that value. Steps would be.. Click the FX box for the clip Select the Zoom effect Set Zoom AR from the list to 16:9 Move the red effect cursor line on the graph to the far left (for a left-right pan) which is the start of the clip Adjust the rectangle to outline the area required. This will be the start frame. If you use dual previews then you will see exactly what the effect will be, You can set these with Options/Display When you are happy with the result click the Set Keyframe tab. This the start of the pan Move the red cursor line across the effect graph page to the far right which is the end of the clip Adjust the rectangle again if required (You may want your pan to zoom in or out as well as pan) otherwise keep the size values for the rectangle the same as at the start. Keep the height vale the same. Create a second Key frame. this will be the end of the pan.... e.g.... Keyframe 1 Keyframe 2 When played the clip will pan from left to right (in this example) keeping a full screen AR of 16:9. as seen in the Sequence Preview window on the right. The speed of pan will be relative to the duration of the clip. An image can be pulled out along the timeline to slow the pan down or it can be shortened to make the pan faster. Using keyframes you can halt a pan at any point or make it start after an initial pause etc. Unless you include them inside your rectangle setting, there will be no borders. Depending on the actual AR of the clip you may lose some actual image. In the example shown the sky and grass has been cropped to allow a 16:9 frame to move a reasonable distance across the image. In this case making the 16:9 rectangle larger the pan would have been much shorter. You can, of course go back to the effect parameter window and alter the rectangle to suit. Nat
  21. Hi Further to this .... With the display set in a "normal" preview window size arrangement this method will remove the unused clips from only the one bin displayed and will need repeating for each bin in turn. However if you drag the preview screen(s) as wide as possible by dragging the vertical white bar to the left all the bins will display one under the other as they all become narrow with a vertical scroll bar to the right instead of at the top. It's easier to see if you switch to List view ........ The Ctrl+A step will now highlight all the bins together. The method (using Cancel) will now remove unused clips from all the bins in one go. The exception will be the sequence bin.(You can't delete a sequence if it is the last one,) so simply skip that when it is prompted. Nat
  22. Hi The lag you mention most probably due to the number of clips/slides being processed. Hence the advice to break the work into shorter sections and saving as Sequences (or even separate exports--although this would have been slower). As an experiment I loaded VP with 3000 1920 x 1080 jpgs and set it up as a 4 second crossfade slideshow with the addition of 12 mp4 videos of between 2 mins and 40 mins duration. This was on a old dual core Vista PC and running VP 8.43 (32 bit) There were over 3GB in the cache from this and processing rapidly slowed down when any editing was done. The total timeline duration was around 3 hrs. Although the cache simply holds certain file copies which don't alter hugely as you edit VP keeps a temp autosaved vpj file in the event of a crash and I suspect constant updating of this temp file as you edit slows things down a bit but PC processing ability is a major factor. The autosaved file is usually deleted when VP is exited normally. Nat
  23. Hi One way of working a project like this (indeed like a lot of long projects) is to... Load all the images clips etc to their respective bins. Start editing section 1 of your project, adding the required clips/images to the time line and trimming etc until that section of the project is edited as you want it. Do a Save Project As now (if you haven't done one previously) so you can return to this point later if you need to. Call it something like Slideshow Part 1 Back on the timeline click the + sign that follows Sequence 1 X to empty the timeline and create Sequence 1 in the sequence bin. Repeat these steps with the next set of clips/images so creating Sequence 2 Continue in this way until you have all the project finished in Sequences - Sequence 1; Sequence 2; Sequence 3 & etc. and each having a Save Project As .vpj file Slideshow Part 1 ; Slideshow Part 2 & etc. You can now load back the sequences to the empty timeline, so reforming the complete project. Finish any editing...Titles; background music etc. Export as required. Nothing should get out or order and all editing stages for sections will have been saved with their respective .vpj file. Nat
  24. Hi Also note... Ctrl + A will highlight a single bin of clips at a time. The clips in a bin will auto arrange in alpha numeric order If you view the bin in List view you can reverse the order by clicking the Name heading Using Control+A to highlight all the clips in a particular bin they can be dragged and dropped to the timeline en masse and will automatically be arranged in order. Usually bins are shown individually but by grabbing the vertical white bar between the bin area and the preview area and dragging it to the left, the bin area will be squashed and all the bins will be listed one above the other. The actual view obtained depends on the displaying mode chosen (List or TN) Although all the bins and their contents will be listed in this way (List view) , and highlighted with Ctrl + A they cannot be added en masse. as multiple bins will be highlighted and only a single bin works in this way. You can however, add all of a bin's contents if you simply drag and drop the Folder for the bin to the timeline. You will have to experiment a bit and find the way that suits you best. Nat
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