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  1. If I'm exporting a 4:3 aspect ratio into a 16:9 aspect ratio, it will usually just show a pair of 2:9 black columns on either side, like this:


    The red zone is the area where the actual video shows up.

    However, sometimes I want to just export in 4:3. So ideally, it should look like this:


    Sometimes, Videopad exports like that. But sometimes, for no discernable reason, it will (A) add the 2:9 black columns onto the sides, (B) export the subsequent 16:9 aspect ratio video in a 4:3 aspect ratio in letterbox format! So the resulting export looks like this:


    Again, the red section is the section where the actual video can be found.

    Now, if I were taking a video clip that was already 16:9 to begin with, and I wanted to export that clip in 4:3, then it should probably be in letterbox format, like so:


    That at least makes sense. However, sometimes, even that's not what I'm trying to do. Sometimes, I really am just trying to crop out the two sides of the video.

    How do I get VideoPad to consistently export in just 4:3 with no black area on any of the four sides?

  2. I just started an entirely new project with new files, and this was after I updated the Nvidia drivers. I'm having the same problem as before.

    I shouldn't have to upgrade Video Pad itself, because i wasn't having this problem until very recently. I just want to get my performance back to the way it was before.

    So do you have any other ideas that don't involve upgrading?

  3. 2 minutes ago, borate said:

    Another thought is to break the project into several parts - perhaps ten minutes each - so there is less overload.  Export each, then combine the exported files into VP for the final edit.

    I've already long since adopted the practice of doing that. I break the entire project into sequences. Then I use the "export all sequences" feature to export all of them before dropping each of those sequences into one clip.

    So as you may have guessed, that isn't helping right now.

  4. 48 minutes ago, borate said:

    What is the project length

    I don't know what that means. The final version of the video is estimated to be in the ballpark of 40 minutes.


    the resolution and format of the source files?

    The highest resolution source file is a 1920x1080, 60fps video in MP4 format.


    Save the project, then Clear Unused Cache Files, under OPTIONS|DISK menu and reload the project.

    Oh, I already tried clearing the cache. it said there were no cache files to clear.


    Confirm on that menu page that the Cache Folder location points to a drive (usually C:\) that has ample free space.

    I already have it set up to warn me if it drops below 1,000MB. I haven't gotten such a message yet.


    Your Videopad version was released in late February

    No, my current version is the one I use because it was the last one to come out before my 6-month period was over. The first version I had under this license key was 6.32.

  5. I'm currently using Version 7.03. My six months worth of upgrades have long since expired, so I can't upgrade again without paying more money than I can afford to pay right now.

    However, this is a problem that has only recently started to occur, and I've been on Version 7.03 for a long time now. So I hope you can still assist me.

    Whenever I insert audio into a sequence and then attempt to play that audio, VideoPad will sometimes soft-lock. What that means is that I will hear the audio play. However, the red marker in the timeline never moves, the triangle icon beneath the preview window never switches to a double bar/pause icon, and the software stops responding to literally input I give it. It doesn't even highlight a file when I hover my mouse over it, let alone do anything when I click on it. The sequence audio will still play (which is why I call it a soft lock instead of a hard lock), but can't stop it from playing. When I reach the end of the sequence, the audio will stop, but the software still doesn't respond to anything.

    The only way I have found to get out of this softlock is to go into my task manager and end the process. The process isn't even listed as "not responding" in the task manger.

    For what it's worth, I originally used VideoPad on Windows 7, but kept the v7.03 installation executable and used it after I upgraded to Windows 10, and then used my existing license key for that. However, I've already told this software to run in compatibility mode for Windows 7, and I didn't notice any improvement.

    I even tried reinstalling the app from my control panel. That doesn't seem to have done anything.

    Does anyone have any idea what's causing this, and how I can get out of it?

  6. When the project is currently exporting, I can understand it taking up 100% of my processor. But as of Version 7.05, VideoPad takes up 100% of my processor even when it's idle. I don't even have to actually be making any edits! I can simply switch to firefox to check something, and my pointer on-screen is slow to respond to my mouse movements! Upon switching to my task manager, I find that the problem is that my processor is maxed out at 100%!

    I have an AMD FX-8350, the most powerful processor my motherboard can take! So I am not short on CPU horsepower. This is just unacceptable.

    Please tell me you have plans to fix this!

  7. I just upgraded to version 7.05. However, there's a big problem with this version that I've noticed almost immediately:

    When I take a snapshot of an image that already some transparency to it (e.g. by me applying a green screen effect), the transparency does not carry over to the snapshot. Instead, the background where the transparency is supposed to be is instead just black.

    If we want the background to be black, we can simply place a black blank rectangle behind the transparent image! Taking this feature out doesn't add anything, but it does make image & thumbnail creation more complicated.

    Please put that feature back in the next version! Or at the very least, give me an option in the settings to keep the transparency in a snapshot!

    EDIT: I'm also not a fan of the fact that, when I press Ctrl+T to add some text to the clip, it automatically has the words "title text" entered into it. I'm just going to replace that text with something else anyway, so all that does is add a superfluous step where I have to delete the default text before I can begin typing the message I want. The old system of it simply being blank by default worked perfectly.

  8. When I record raw footage using OBS studio, I usually record my headphones and microphone on separate audio tracks so I can edit them independently. I'm currently using version 7.03 of NCH VideoPad, and when I load a raw recording into a project, it automatically detects when it's a multiple audio track file and asks which audio track I want to load into the project. However, no matter which track I select, it always loads track 1 into the project.

    Reverting to version 6.32 fixes this problem.

  9. When I'm choosing background music to use in my videos, the songs will often have varying levels of amplitude. However, I need my background music to be relatively stable throughout video. I don't want the music so loud that it overshadows my voice or sound effects, but I also don't want the low points in the music to be so soft that the audience can't hear the music at all.

    Is there a way for me to reduce the maximum amplitude of my audio track to a certain maximum decibel level without affecting any audio that was already beneath that decibel level to begin with?

    Also, is there a way for me to do the opposite? To amplify portions of the audio track that are below a certain minimum decibel range, to bring them up to the minimum, without touching any audio that's already above that decibel level to begin with?

    Perhaps I could put those two effects together to ensure that my audio tracks are always within a certain decibel range.

  10. In previous versions of VideoPad, I had an option of taking a snapshot at some point in my video and saving it as a still image. That option seems to have been taken out. I can still press the F11 key to take a snapshot, but I cannot choose the resolution for the snapshot anymore because the actual menu for it is gone.

    Is it really gone, or did you just move it? If it is truly gone, can you please put it back in a future version? I liked having the snapshot ability. It made it easy for me to get thumbnails for my youtube videos without having to switch apps!

  11. Whenever I save an audio clip as a new file, it always exports at a rate of 1,536kb/s. This is astronomically huge, considering that, when exporting a video clip, the audio portion of that clip can only export at a maximum of 320kb/s. It seems that the most HDD-efficient means of saving an audio-only clip is to export it as a video with a black screen with a resolution of 176x144.

    Is there any menu that lets me select the bitrate when I save an audio clip as a new file?

  12. So let's say I'm editing some audio using VideoPad. At the audio track's loudest point, the audio is simply too loud. I could simply reduce the volume of the audio, but that would reduce the volume of all sounds coming from that track. Some sounds may be reduced to such a point that it isn't loud enough.

    I'm looking for a type of audio effect whereby I set either a decibal level or a percentage as my "threshold." Any audio that is louder than this threshold would be reduced down to that theshold. Not eliminated altogether, but reduced down to that thresshold. However, sounds in the audio track that are at the thresshold or below it would not be de-amplified at all.

    Does NCH have such an audio effect I can apply?

  13. I recently upgraded to Version 6.30, so if this issue has already been fixed, let me know.

    Anyway, sometimes, when I export a video, the finished product will have a weird green and/or red blank screen over the footage. This usually happens whenever in between cuts (e.g. if i cut out a loading screen in a game), but sometimes, it can happen randomly.

    Is this glitch documented? Has it been fixed already, and if not, are there currently any plans to fix it?

    EDIT: I just exported a video using Version 6.30 and I still had this problem.

  14. My desktop currently has three hard drives on it: Two SSDs and one HDD. The HDD is 2TB. My C Drive is a 64GB SSD and then I have a 250GB SSD. The original idea was for me to just have my OS installed on the 64GB SSD, and then have everything else that would benefit from the load times of an SSD be on the 250GB SSD, while my archives and things that don't normally require they work instantaneously (like archived copies of finalized videos I have already created) could be stored on the massive but slow 2TB HDD.

    When I installed VideoPad on this system, it did not give me the option of where to install it. I had to install it on my C Drive.

    However, because my C Drive is so small (it was originally intended only to store my OS and most essential apps), the VideoPadCache in my Temp folder often bloats up to practically fill up my C Drive completely. Just right now, my VideoPadCache folder has 20.0GB of cache files inside it!

    I can choose which folder to save my snapshots and other VideoPad recordings in. Is there any way I could re-route the VideoPadCache files so that they save on my 250GB SSD, which is much better equipped to handle cache files of that magnitude?

  15. Here, maybe this can help clear up the confusion:

    Let's say that I'm starting out with an image of the Jagged Crown from Skyrim, with a transparent background.

    At the beginning, the image should look like this:


    Now, if I added a “border” to it, it would suddenly look like this:


    However, I want the outline to conform to the shape of the image, not simply to be a solid 16:9 rectangle.

    The “Shadow” effect (which I called “drop shadow” in the OP) will conform to the shape of a transparent image. Applying some blue shadow to this image causes it to look like this:


    However, that is blurry. I want my outline to be solid, not blurry.

    I could turn the blurriness down to zero (the default value is 10.000). But if I do that, the shadow appears to disappear completely.

    I can assign a “distance” of 0.01, but then it looks like this:


    The shadow only appears on one side.

    I can then add a second shadow, with an angle of 180 degrees so that it shows up on the other side. But then it looks like this:


    Ok, that just looks like complete ass.

    What I ideally want is something like this:


    Notice how the blue outline is a solid color. It conforms to the shape of the letters, rather being a rectangle, and it isn't blurry. It's as thick or as thin as I want it to be, and it's applies uniformly on all sides.

    When I'm typing text using Ctrl+T, I can get this outline around my letters quickly and painlessly by using this feature:


    However, I would like to also have that feature for objects that have transparent backgrounds as well.

  16. On 9/8/2018 at 2:06 PM, Nationalsolo said:

    Not sure what you mean by "Drop Shadow"

    I'm talking about this:


    The "shadow" effect will conform to the shape of the object, but it looks extremely blurry.

    The "Border" effect has a solid color, but it's always the shape of a 16:9 rectangle, even for images with transparent backgrounds.


  17. On 9/8/2018 at 9:42 AM, borate said:

    It's not clear whether the intent is to outline the inserted object -- freehand - or to simply outline the box that contains the object.

    If the latter, try the SHADOW effect, which can be positioned and colored to form a blurred frame.  Transparency, applied to the background, may also be of use.

    How are you creating a drop shadow around an object?

    No, I mean ... like Section 4 of this webpage:


    Notice how the thumbnails they're using for examples...


    ... have outlines (usually purple outlines) around the people's bodies.

    Video pad currently has a "shadow" effect, but it's extremely blurry. Notice that the thumbnails in these examples have clear, definite outlines around them.

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