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Foreword Thank you for choosing MAGIX Video Pro X2! Your new software offers you the tools to edit video material at a professional level, including many special functions like DVD authoring, multicam editing, and keyframe animation. The intuitive functionality featured by MAGIX Video Pro X2 will help you achieve great results even after a relatively short introductory phase. Thanks to the optimal hardware support, you can import your audio and video recordings from any source to your computer. Cut them and optimize them; add effects, titles, and transitions. MAGIX Video Pro X2 provides all of the detailed editing options you need for ambitious video projects. When you're finished, you can export your projects or burn them to disc in any conventional format. This documentation offers you an overview from the beginning, plus a quick start with the program. The sections at the end provide a detailed and systematic description of the numerous functions. Have fun using MAGIX Video Pro X2, The MAGIX team Foreword Table of Contents Copyright 2 Foreword 2 Support 9 Serial number Unlocking MAGIX Video Pro X2 10 10 System requirements 11 Introduction What is MAGIX Video Pro X2? What’s new in MAGIX Video Pro X2? Features Notes for MAGIX Movie Edit Pro users 12 12 12 14 18 Quick start Starting the program and orientation DV recording How to capture analog video Video editing Enriching movies 20 20 25 27 29 35 Workspaces Activating the main screen Media Pool Toolbars Program and source monitor Arranger Project folder Adjusting the workspace The "Burn" screen 37 38 38 43 50 53 55 55 56 Create new video project Movie settings New project settings or new movie Load project Save project Save project as... 1 Surround Using DVD audio tracks Scrubbing Mix down of audio objects 169 174 176 177 Managing video projects Backup copy Load backup project... 0 & 5.1) 276 276 Annex: Digital Video and Data Storage Video Editing on the PC MPEG Compression General notes on AVI videos Overview of the different disc types 277 277 277 278 278 MPEG-4 encoder settings MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 AMR AAC Multiplexer 285 285 290 295 296 296 7 8 Foreword Appendix: MPEG Encoder Settings General settings Video settings Advanced video settings Audio settings 298 298 299 300 300 MPEG glossary Motion estimation Bit rate Block Chroma format Field Frame GOP I frames Interlace P frames and B frames Prediction Quantization scaling 302 302 302 302 302 303 303 303 304 304 305 305 306 If you still have questions... Program help 308 308 Index 309 Support Support If you experience any problems with your software, please contact our support team: Support website: http://support.magix.net/contact/us This website takes you to the MAGIX user service page; the following free offers are also featured there: • FAQs (frequently asked questions) and general tricks and tips. In most cases, you’ll find the solution to your problem here. If not, use the email support form. • Email support form: Use the special form to inform our support staff about your system. This information is used to solve your problems quickly and competently. Simply fill it out and send it with a mouse click! • Support forum: You are not alone. Perhaps other users had a similar problem and can help you solve yours. Our support staff are also regular contributors. • Download section: Updates, improvements, and patches are likewise offered free of charge via download. Many problems you may experience are already familiar to us, and they can often be solved by downloading the latest patch. Besides patches, there are also wizards for checking and optimizing your system. • Links: The links list contains the contact addresses for all of the most important hardware manufacturers. Please note: To be able to use the support, you have to register your product using the serial number provided. This number can be found on the CD case of your installation CD or on the inside of the DVD box. You can also reach our support team by telephone: UK: 0203 3183666 (Mon. - Fri., 09:00-16:00 GMT) USA/Canada: 1-775-562-0527 (Mon.–Fri. 9 am to 5 pm EST) Denmark: Finland (Suomi): Norway: 699 18763 (Mon.- Fri. 10:00 - 17:00) 09 42419023 (Mon.- Fri. 11:00 - 18:00) 210 35843 (Mon.- Fri. 10:00 - 17:00) Sweden: 0852500713 (Mon.- Fri. 10:00 - 17:00) You can request a free access code to the phone support hotline by using this link: http://support.magix.net/phone. There you'll also get additional information and explanations about phone support. Please have the following information at hand: • Program version • Configuration details (operating system, processor, memory, hard drive, etc.), sound card configuration (type, driver) • Information regarding other audio software installed 9 10 Serial number You can also contact our support team by mail: UK/Scandinavia: MAGIX Development Support, P.O. Box 20 09 14, 01194 Dresden, Germany US/Canada: MAGIX Customer Service, 1105 Terminal Way #302, Reno, NV 89502, USA Customer service & upgrades (US only) Periodically, MAGIX offers users who purchased their software an upgrade from a previous product to the current version. For details about an upgrade, please call us using the following number: Sales Department 1-305-722-5810 Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm (EST) Serial number A serial number is included in each product. This serial number is required for the installation of the software and enables usage of additional bonus services. Please store this number in a safe place. What can a serial number do? With a serial number your MAGIX Video Pro X2 is clearly assigned to you and only you. This way improved and more targeted customer service is made possible. Abuse of the software can be prevented with a serial number, which ensures that optimum the price/performance ratio continues is guaranteed. Where can the serial number be found? The serial number can be found on the reverse side of your CD/DVD case. If your product is packed in a DVD box, then you'll find the serial number on the inside. For the versions that have been especially optimized for the Internet (download versions), you'll get your serial number for activating the software directly after purchasing the product via email. When will you need the serial number? The serial number is required when you start or register MAGIX Video Pro X2 for the first time. Note: We explicitly recommend registering your product (free), since only then are you entitled to download updates and use MAGIX support (view page 8) services. Unlocking MAGIX Video Pro X2 After MAGIX Video Pro X2 has been installed and the serial number has been entered, the software can be used for 30 days. After these 30 days have expired, MAGIX Video Pro X2 must be activated. System requirements System requirements For Microsoft® Windows® XPTM / VistaTM / 7TM • • • • • Intel® Pentium® IV or AMD® AthlonTM, 2 GHz or higher 1 GB RAM 1 GB free hard disk memory and a DVD drive for program installation Graphics card with a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768 Sound card (multi-channel sound card recommended for surround sound editing) Minimum requirements for HD editing • Intel® PentiumTM IV 3 GHz with hyperthreading, or dual core with at least 1.3 GHz • 2 GB RAM • DirectX® 9.0c compatible graphics card, min. 128 MB graphics card memory, and Pixelshader 2.0, ATI X300 or higher, NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better Recommended configuration for AVCHD editing • Intel® CoreTM 2 Quad with 2.83 GHz • 3 GB RAM • ATI Radeon HD 3000 series or higher with 512 MB VRAM 11 12 Introduction Introduction What is MAGIX Video Pro X2? MAGIX Video Pro X2 is a professional video editing program for Windows PC systems. High-performance, native HD editing, DVD authoring with up to 8 audio tracks, or keyframe animation with Beziér curve control is directed at users with higher standards. The program is clearly divided into intuitive modules. Videos, photos, and audio from a wide range of sources can be transferred from various devices to PC. Longer movies can be automatically separated into chapters or scenes. You can also do the opposite and combine individual recordings to make a single movie. Once your video is finished, you can use it in different ways: Transfer it back onto the tape or to your camcorder, export it in any conventional format, or burn it directly to Blu-ray, DVD, or another format of disc. What’s new in MAGIX Video Pro X2? Improved file import MAGIX Video Pro X2's support of video formats has been improved, and new formats have been added. • For DVD videos, multiple audio tracks, or the corresponding audio track (view page 84) may be selected. • OGG and MP3 are now read directly; conversion to the WAV format is omitted. To import DVDs with multiple audio tracks (e.g. multi-lingual videos), the corresponding audio track can be selected via the context menu for the respective audio object. Creating backgrounds The Media Pool (view page 42) features useful templates for various applications. For example, there are professional backgrounds for measurements, but there are also special templates with more creative freedom and adjustable color schemes. Performance test for your PC during AVCHD import A performance test has been integrated into MAGIX Video Pro X2 for loading AVCHD videos. This tests whether your computer is powerful enough to edit AVCHD material directly. Revised MAGIX MovieShow Maker MAGIX Slideshow Maker (view page 128) has been completely revised. Effects and fades can now be set and adjusted in detail. This program is accessible via "Edit -> Wizards -> Slideshow Maker". Object zoom Activate this mode and click on an object to zoom in for detailed editing. This allows individual drum hits in a loop to be edited in a very detailed way or cut. Select the object Introduction and then you will see a button with four arrows pointing outwards on it in the lower right section of the Arranger. Click this button again to reset the view to the original settings. Scrubbing Scrubbing (view page 176) originates from the time of tape machines and provides quicker monitoring of passages of a film or piece of music. This was technically implemented in these devices by keeping the tape head on the tape itself, but the motor doesn't drive the tape rolls in this case. Instead the tape is "manually" set to the desired position. Scrubbing in MAGIX Video Pro X2 is available beneath the transport controls via a large wheel, which may be used to move the playback marker. Audio effects animation in the Media Pool Audio effects can also be animated in the Media Pool in the same way as video effects. Automation curves that were normally difficult to draw can now be set and changes be made with just few keyframes. Because these curves are object-related, the entire arrangement remains clearly laid-out even with complex automations. The button for animations is located in the Media Pool (like video effects). Improved video upload Video uploads to video portals and communities (view page 218) can now even be done in HD quality, and in most cases, without recalculation on the video portal or community website. Upload functions are accessible via "File -> Internet". Revised DVD menu design The DVD menu design function has been generally revised. You can access this option directly via the "Burn" button. New Title Editor Titles, text, opening and end credits are now written directly in the preview monitor so that you can see exactly where your titles will be positioned right away. Click the "Title" button in the Media Pool, select a template and place it onto the track via drag & drop. You may now edit your titles in the preview window. Additional new MAGIX Video Pro X2 features • • • • • • • • • • • • Secondary color correction for impressive color effects Level display for audio file import Extended jump markers for improved project navigation Creation of colored surfaces/color scroll generator Upload videos to Vimeo Travel route animation MAGIX Music Editor with optimized user guidance Advanced support for Blu-ray and AVCHD discs Timeline zoom for individual objects 3-point cut Faster and improved direct support of Video DSLR (Canon 5D, 7D, etc.) Time code rendering direct into video 13 14 Introduction • Direct support of VST audio plug-ins • Direct entry of a desired target frame rate for easy up/down video clip speed adjustment Features Recording MAGIX Video Pro X2 provides the following recording options: • • • • DV cameras: Mini DV camcorders or DV video recorders HDV cameras: HDV1 and HDV2 camcorders Video: Analog TV, video input, VHS recorders, webcams Single frame: Single and series images from webcams, video recorders, video cameras, or TV cards • Audio: Microphones, cassette recorders, MiniDisc players, turntables • Screen: PC monitor Analog capture requires capture cards compatible with DirectShow. DV capture can be performed through an OHCI-compatible IEEE 1394 host adapter (FireWire or iLink). A TV card can be used to record programs from TV or from your video recorder. There is no limit to the length of your recordings. Now you may record video as long as there is available space on your hard drive. Using real-time compression during capture creates smaller file sizes and more available space. Import/Export file formats Video files: Video files in the video formats for Windows and DV-AVI type 1/2 (*.avi), MPEG-1 and 2 (*.mpg,*.mp2,*.MPEG), QuickTime (*.mov), MAGIX video (*.mxv), Windows Media, VOB streams from DVD (when unencrypted), AVCHD (only import), MPEG4 (*.mp4), XDCAM files (Sony PMW-EX4). Audio files: Wave, MP3 (Windows Media Player 10 or higher required for export), WMA, OGG Vorbis, MIDI files, and audio CD tracks. Graphic files (for slideshows or as a still behind a scrolling title): Windows bitmaps (BMP), JPEG, GIF, animated GIF, PNG, Adobe Photoshop (PSD), Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). Text files in RTF format: You may enter texts, such as credits with any formatted text and save them in universal text format (.rft). Loading such text into MAGIX Video Pro X2 creates a title object. Notes: AVI video files in DivX™ format can only be imported with the corresponding codec installed! The DivX codec can be downloaded from www.divx.com. The QuickTime library has to be installed to import QuickTime files (*.mov). Introduction Additional export formats: In addition to the above-mentioned audio and video formats, the following formats can also be exported: RealMedia™, BMP, Snapshot function (export any film motif as a bitmap or JPEG file). In addition, MAGIX Online Album can be used to create a Flash video. The video to be uploaded to the MAGIX Online Album will be exported in Windows Media format, and from there it can be exported as a Flash video. Note: To import and export AVC and MPEG-4 files, the MEPG-4 codec must first be activated (view page 275). A dialog will open if the codec is required. AVCHD standard support Files from AVCHD cameras can be either read directly or imported. Newer computers are capable of decoding and playing this format in real-time. MAGIX Video Pro X2 does a performance check in order to make sure that the computer has enough computing capacity. If the check indicates that the computer is insufficient, AVCHD material is transformed into a MPEG-2 file to allow older systems to edit it, too. Note: To import AVCHD video, the camera drive must be installed even if you are working with portable media (8 cm DVDs, SD memory card, etc.). Reason: AVCHD cameras use an improved UDF file system which Windows can't handle without the driver. AVCHD Lite MAGIX Video Pro X2 now also supports the AVCHD Lite standard, which is used by digital cameras for recording video (among other things). AVCHD activation details Attention: For AVCHD support, Dolby Digital Stereo and the MPEG-4 codec must be activated. To convert AVCHD videos to MPEG-2, the MPEG-2 codec must be activated. Burnable disc formats • • • • • • • • • 1:1 copies of DVDs & (S)VCDs Double-layer DVDs VCDs (MPEG-1 on CD-R) S-VCDs (MPEG-2 on CD-R) DVD (MPEG-2 on DVD) miniDVDs (MPEG-2 on CD-R) Blu-ray Discs AVCHD disc to DVD and Blu-ray Project backups and backup copies Program and source monitor MAGIX Video Pro X2 offers two video monitors for transport control which can be used independently. The program monitor shows the current project in the Arranger, the source monitor offers a preview for file import from the Media Pool. 15 16 Introduction Project folder The project folder is for storing your material. It's useful for preselecting the necessary media for your current project. Use it to store video, audio, titling files, and even edited versions or sections of films for use later in your projects. Savable window layouts MAGIX Video Pro X2 offers a flexible user interface which allows windows to be adjusted for any working situation. Both preview monitors can be enlarged to fullscreen and moved around, e.g. to use multiple monitors more effectively. Even the project folder, the Arranger, and the Media Pool can be scaled and moved as a separate window. Effects MAGIX Video Pro X2 offers numerous effects and effects settings options as described in detail in the chapter "Effects and titles". A short overview: • Every object (every video, every single scene, every photo, and every audio recording) can be provided with its own individual effects combination. Every effects combination can be saved separately so that you can use it later on different objects. Right click the object and choose the "Save video effects" option in the context menu. • Video effects are selected and set up in the "Effects" folder in the Media Pool. Most effects allow "keyframes" to control their behavior. The current settings only become effective beginning with the first selected keyframe. The next keyframe activates the settings present at that keyframe. The area between two keyframes approximates the corresponding effects settings ("tweening"). • Video effects can be controlled using effects curves. A curve is shown in the video's object display which controls the application of the effect; the higher the curve, the more intense the effect. Keyframes are indicated by curve handles, and these can be manipulated as desired. For every curve handle, Bezier handles can be generated to create harmonic curves and effects automations. • Effects presets are standardized effects configurations for the most important cases. They can be used via drag & drop; just hold down the mouse button and drag the selected effect from the Media Pool to the desired object - finished. • The effects mixer (”Slide FX”) combines or interweaves an assortment of recordings to create a complex visual arrangement. To execute this effect, simply drag the transitions to the space between two videos. Title effects with MAGIX 3D Maker The title editor features the MAGIX 3D Maker 3D program for especially high-quality 3D subtitles and texts. The title editor opens when a title template is dragged from the "Title" folder onto the track. The title editor provides access to MAGIX 3D Maker via the "As 3D title..." button. MultiCam editing MAGIX Video Pro X2 enables multiCam editing for up to four cameras. The different camera recordings can be played back in sync and edited together for a single version. Introduction Batch conversion Time-saving conversion of multiple movies and videos in a single target format via batch conversion (view page 212) is available under "File". Batch capturing When video material is imported from digital sources (miniDV cameras, DV video recorders, HDV cameras), scenes which you would like to use can be selected first and cut at once. To save space, HD files can be converted directly into MPEG format. Color correction MAGIX Video Pro X2 offers 3-way color correction (view page 110) for optimizing poor or incorrectly exposed videos. Color correction can be found in the Media Pool under "Effects". HD audio support MAGIX Video Pro X2 supports audio formats that conform to Intel's High Definition audio standard for sound cards. This means that MAGIX Video Pro X2 can be used to produce stereo signals at a sampling rate of 192kHz (32-bit) and 8-channel signals at a sampling rate of 96kHz (32-bit). DVD authoring with up to 8 audio tracks You can set your DVDs up with up to eight audio tracks. This is especially useful for creating multilingual DVDs or DVDs with different sound formats (5.1 Surround, stereo). More information about creating different audio tracks can be found in the chapter "Audio tracks (view page 174)". Synchronization with external devices MAGIX Video Pro X2 features synchronization with external devices via MIDI or SMPTE (master or slave). Support of "Shuttle Pro V2" and "Shuttle Express" from Contour For easy work, an easy preset has been created that enables controlling MAGIX Video Pro X2 with "Contour Shuttle Pro V2" and "Contour Shuttle Express" quickly and efficiently. MAGIX Soundtrack Maker If you need a soundtrack, MAGIX Soundtrack Maker offers a massive selection of suitable sounds for background music in different variations, from "funky" to "easy listening" – simply add music to your movie project. The result is real movie background music with changing moods to perfectly match your images. Multimedia editable DVD menus The program includes many DVD menu templates (for chapter selection, etc.) for projects intended for TV, and some are also in 16:9 widescreen format. They can be easily inserted during the burning process to give the DVD a professional look. 17 18 Introduction Every menu template can be customized with your own photos, thematic animations, 3D titles, sound, intro videos, etc. Write with flowers if your video takes place on a meadow, or with clouds if you’ve flown somewhere. A lovingly created menu always makes a great impression. It's your video's calling card. Media library A license-free media library including music, video, and graphics files is included for free use and combination. All files are clearly arranged on your DVD in a well-arranged structure. Tip: For additional multimedia content, you can also browse the online media catalog Catooh by clicking "File -> Internet". Additional features • Automatic scene recognition: Long films are divided into shorter scenes as they are imported or retroactively. • Metadata logging during recording • Import of non copy-protected DVDs, including all audio tracks and chapter markers • Master audio level display on the timeline • Alpha channel support for AVI videos • Sample-exact positioning for audio objects on the timeline • Project-transfer from professional audio programs Samplitude or Sequoia via EDL interface • 6-channel PCM Surround on Blu-ray Discs Notes for MAGIX Movie Edit Pro users For users who are used to working with MAGIX Movie Edit Pro, the user interface can be switched to the "classical" Movie Edit Pro view via "File -> Settings -> Basic settings". Also, when the program is launched for the first time, a selection dialog appears for choosing settings from either "Movie Edit Pro" or "Video Pro X". Only those program settings will be changed that can be changed via "Menu -> Settings -> Program". In the "Program settings (view page 254)"chapter in this manual, you can learn more in detail about the individual settings. For everyone who has never used MAGIX Movie Edit Pro, we recommend using the "Video Pro X" mode. This operational mode provides the most options. The following provides a detailed overview of the differences between the operational modes: Video monitors • "Movie Edit Pro" mode only has a preview monitor which is used for both program and source monitor. When the project is stopped, files can be selected in the Media Pool and played back with the transport control. To play back the arrangement again, the Arranger has to be clicked first. • "Video Pro X" mode provides two preview monitors, one program monitor for previewing the project in the Arranger and a source monitor for previewing files in the Media Pool. Introduction Both preview monitors have different transport controls for separate control of the preview in the Media Pool and playback of the project. More information about the preview monitors can be found in the corresponding section of the chapter "Inserting objects into the project (view page 50)". Keyboard layout The preset keyboard shortcuts are different and can be displayed in both modes via "File -> Settings -> Keyboard shortcuts". MAGIX Video Pro X2 also allows familiar shortcuts from Movie Edit Pro to be loaded if they are easier to work with. More information about keyboard shortcuts can be found in the chapter "Keyboard shortcuts (view page 267)". Loading files • In "Video Pro X" mode, files are dragged (drag & drop) to the desired position in the Arranger or loaded via the commands from the insert menu. For more about commands in the insert menu, read the section "Insert modes (view page 45)" in the chapter "Workspaces". • In "Movie Edit Pro" mode, files can also be loaded form the Media Pool by doubleclicking them. Videos and image files are placed in the first track at the location of the playback marker, and the associated sound track lands on track 2. If another object is already there, then the new object will be appended behind the last object on the first track. Titles appear on tracks 3 and 4, and additional audio material on track 5. Space bar behavior Both modes allow playback to be started by pressing the space bar. Pressing the space bar again has different effects depending on the program version: • In "Movie Edit Pro" mode, the playback marker is placed at the last stop position. • In "Video Pro X" mode, the playback marker is kept at the current position. This corresponds with the functionality of a tape recorder when stopped. Note: Playback behavior can be switched via the dialog under "File -> Settings -> Program" and then the "Playback" tab. Project folder • In "Movie Edit Pro" mode, the project folder is not available. • In "Video Pro X" mode, the project folder is a separate window on the right side of the screen for intermediate storage or combination of any kind of project material. You can drag files from different Media Pool folders or edited objects from the Arranger to the project folder. More information about this can be found in the section "Project folder (view page 54)" in the chapter "Workspaces". Note: In the following chapters of the documentation, we will suppose that the program is operating in "Video Pro X" mode. If you want to operate the program in "Movie Edit Pro" mode, then deviations may result from the processes described here. You can switch the basic settings at any time via "File -> Settings -> Basic settings". 19 20 Quick start Quick start This chapter explains the basic functions of MAGIX Video Pro X2 with a step-by-step introduction. A systematic description of the program functions can be found in the chapters and in the extensive PDF manual. Tip: Open the tutorial video and the "Quick start" tutorial by clicking the "Help" menu. Starting the program and orientation Once you have installed MAGIX Video Pro X2, start the program from the Windows® Start menu. Start dialogs When you start MAGIX Video Pro X2 for the first time, multiple start dialogs will be opened. For MAGIX Movie Edit Pro users, a special dialog option is offered to select either the "Movie Edit Pro" or "Video Pro X" interface. If you have upgraded from MAGIX Movie Edit Pro and are interested in the differences between the different interfaces, then please read the "Notes for MAGIX Movie Edit Pro users (view page 18)". We basically recommend using the program with the Video Pro X interface, since this offers the most options. Over the course of this manual, we will assume that you have selected this interface (you can switch the basic settings at any time via "File -> Settings -> Basic settings"). Quick start In the next dialog, you can decide if you would like to "Load an existing project" or "Create a new project". Under "Options", you can "Create a new project folder". All data that belongs to the movie will be saved in this folder. We're still at the very beginning, so let's stick with keeping an overview of everything. Click "OK" to end the dialog and continue. Selecting, loading, and playing videos In the beginning, it's probably best to load a video file for test purposes and to get to know the program's functions. 21 22 Quick start • The Media Pool appears to the top right; this is a file manager which displays all usable files (besides movies, also photos, images, audio files, and even RTF text files for captions) in the current folder. • The navigation functions exactly the same way as other file managers: folders can be opened by double-clicking them. The arrow keys jump a step ahead or back in the folder structure. You can also have a folder tree and all of its branches displayed. • All of the files in the file list can be loaded and used. Find a video file, e.g. in the format *.mpg, *mxv, or *.avi. Quick start • In the upper-left area, you will see two preview monitors. • The left "program" monitor is responsible for playback of objects in the Arranger. The right "source" monitor displays a preview of files in the Media Pool. • In order to be able to play back movie files from the Media Pool in the right source monitor, double-click the file in the file list first. Double-clicking loads the file in the monitor first. • To play the video, click the play button on the transport control under the source monitor to the right.. • This method lets you select and play back different video files. Drag the selected file (hold down the mouse button) from the Media Pool down into the arranger. An object appears at the location on the track where you release the mouse button to represent this video file. 23 24 Quick start • Each object can be moved in any way in the Arranger with the mouse, i.e. horizontally on a track as well as vertically between tracks. Drag the video object on the first track all the way to the left to the beginning of the track. Note: If the video also has a sound track available, then a corresponding audio object will appear underneath it on track 2. Both objects are connected as a group. • Now that the first file has been loaded into the Arranger, it can be edited, cut, and exported. Other files can also be loaded onto the tracks to combine movies, audio files, and photos. • To play back the Arranger, click the play button on the transport control under the program monitor to the left. Tip: An even easier way to do this is by pressing the space bar on your keyboard. • During playback, a vertical line will move across the Arranger, i.e. the playback marker that displays the current position. You can reposition it by clicking at different locations as desired. Quick start • You can also define playback ranges, e.g. to freeze a certain position independent of the playback marker. Clicking in the timeline above the first track lets you define an end point, i.e. the start point of the playback range. If you right click further on, the end marker will appear to indicate the out point of the playback range. The length of the playback area is shown in the center of the section display. • The in and out points can be moved with the mouse. Left-clicking positions the "in" point, and the right mouse button sets the "out" point. • To play back the range, click the "Play back range" button on the transport control under the program monitor. Now you know how to load and play back media files in different ways. Would you like to try to make your own movie now? • If you want to continue with your own movie project instead of the demo, select the "New movie" option from the "File" menu and read the next chapters of the tutorial on analog/digital video recording. • If you wish to continue working with the test file, simply skip the following recording tutorials and begin reading the "Video editing" section. DV recording • Connect the DV device (DV camcorders or DV video recorders) to your PC. Switch the device's operating mode to "Video recorder" or "Playback". 25 26 Quick start • To open MAGIX Video Pro X2's recording dialog, click the red "Record" button on the transport control under the source monitor. • Select "DV camera" from the recording dialog. Uncompressed DV capture requires approx. 220 MB per minute of video. If you would instead like to record using the more space-saving MPEG format, then you should first activate the "Record DV as MPEG" option. • This opens the actual recording dialog. Check to see if a DV camera driver has been selected. • Name your recording. It's worth choosing a logical name which will allow you to find it easily again on the hard drive. • You can access the appropriate place on the camcorder tape by using the remote control buttons: shuttle forwards, backwards, and start/stop playback. To start recording, click the "Record" button. Keep an eye on the remaining hard-drive space. • Cease capturing with the "Stop" button and exit the record dialog. Tip: In the DV recording dialog, you can set clips from the DV video which will then be recorded one after the other (batch capturing). Quick start How to capture analog video 1. Wiring Connect the video out of your DVD or VHS recorder to the video in (TV, video or video in graphics card) of your computer, and the audio out to the audio in on your sound card. Due to the variety of device configurations, it is difficult to say which cables function best with your setup. If you’re not sure, check the manual of your VCR or your TV, video, or graphics cards. Example: Europe: Many VCRs and DVD players have a SCART, 3 RCA (2 for stereo sound, 1 for video), or S-Video/optical audio line out. In such case, you will need a SCART to RCA adapter, a cable with 3 RCA jacks, or an S-Video cable. North America: Many VCRs and DVD players have a 3 RCA (2 for stereo sound, 1 for video), or S-Video/optical audio line out. In such case, you will need a cable with 3 RCA jacks, or an S-Video cable. SCART/Cinch adapter SCART/Cinch adapter with 3 RCA jacks Stereo RCA/mini phone jack adapter Most sound card inputs are mini phone jacks. To connect the VCR audio out to the sound card audio in, you will need a stereo RCA / mini phone plug adapter. Therefore, you will most likely have to buy a cable with 3 RCA plugs and a stereo cinch/mini jack adapter from your local supplier. 27 28 Quick start 2. Program start and record • To open MAGIX Video Pro X2's recording dialog, click the red "Record" button on the transport control under the source monitor. • Select "Video" from the record dialog. If you would like to burn your video directly to a DVD, then first activate the box "Burn directly to DVD". • This opens the actual recording dialog. In the record dialog, select the appropriate driver for your video and audio cards (if you have more than one installed). A video preview window is now displayed. • Name your recording. It's worth choosing a logical name which will allow you to find it easily again on the hard drive. • Start recording now by pressing the "Record" button in the dialog and end it by pressing the "Stop" button. Pay attention to the number of "dropped frames": If you get a reading of more than 10 dropped frames per minute, then reduce the video quality to prevent your PC from overloading. • Cease capturing with the "Stop" button and exit the record dialog. Quick start Video editing Timeline mode All editing is done in the Arranger. Your movies are displayed according to time in "Timeline" mode, i.e. the longer the representative object in the track, the longer the associated movie. Handles: All objects can be shortened by moving the mouse to one of the lower corners of the object until it turns into a stretch symbol. You can now stretch the object as much as you like. At the top corners of every object, you’ll find two fade handles that can be adjusted to fade an object in or out. The handle at the top center can be used to adjust the volume of audio objects and the brightness of video objects. Selection: For advanced effects editing, the objects must be selected first. Each object can be selected by clicking it. Objects will change color to show that they have been selected. Multiple objects can be selected by holding down "Shift". You can also click and drag out a rectangle to select multiple objects. All objects included in the rectangle will be selected. 29 30 Quick start Editing effects: Selected objects can be edited with the effects from the Media Pool. The settings for each effect can be made directly in the Media Pool. Most effects are controlled with keyframe animations or effects curves. The intensity of the effect is controlled dynamically via individual points (keyframes) or via a drawn curve (effects curve). Every button for the keyframes or effects curve animations can be found after the effect is selected in the lower area of the Media Pool. Note: To activate an effects curve, an initial keyframe must be set first. Video mix (chroma key): You can mix two videos as foreground and background images. The video on the lower track makes up the background, a video on the track above it makes up the foreground. Backgrounds are usually landscapes or animations, whereas foregrounds are usually people or objects that are captured in front of single-color surfaces. If you have, for example, a recording of a dancer as the foreground in front of a blue area and a lake as a background, then drag the background lake to a track and the foreground dancer to the track beneath it and arrange it so that one is directly beneath the other. Now select the lower object and open the "Effects" tab in the Media Pool. The item "Chroma key" is available under "Video effects". Select the background color of your foreground video and you will already see the video-mix result in your monitor – the dancer dancing on the lake. Context menu: The context menu also offers a series of editing options for objects. You can open it by right-clicking on an object. Different trim editors can be opened which enable an exact cut with different transition parameters (for example). For video objects, there is another context menu. Quick start Removing unusable scenes One of the most important steps during import of your footage is cutting out unusable scenes from the material. There are two options in this case: • Option 1: First, the complete material is loaded into your project and the unusable scenes are cut out. • Option 2: You can cut the material already in the Media Pool, i.e. BEFORE you import it, and then proceed to import only the scenes you need. This process is recommended for long movies with a lot of editing. Cutting videos in the project Let's assume that you have already imported your film material into a project and would like to edit it now. • Play back your video by clicking "Play" on the program monitor's transport control (or simply press the space bar on the keyboard). • If during playback you have reached a scene that you would like to cut out, click the playback button in the transport control a second time. The playback marker stays near the start of the scene to be removed. Tip: In case of long films or to speed up the search, you can fast forward the video and follow the action with the preview monitor. To do so, pull the playback marker across the timeline while holding down the mouse button (but not too fast!). • Set the playback marker exactly at the start of the unusable material. The zoom function is recommended to get a better view of longer videos (the +/- buttons in the bottom right corner). • Press "T" on the keyboard. This will split the current scene into two sections at the playback marker. 31 32 Quick start • Repeat these steps for the end of the unusable material. Find the end of the unusable scene, place the playback marker at the end point, and then press the "T" key on the keyboard again. • Now you have "isolated" the unusable scene and may delete it from the video by pressing "Del" on the keyboard. Before this, the scene must be selected by clicking it with the mouse. • If you weren't very precise during cutting, don't worry; By using the bottom object handles, you can always lengthen or shorten the remaining objects and "pull" parts of the deleted material back in or "push" remaining parts of the deleted scene away. Quick start • After deletion, a gap will appear in the film sequence where the removed material was earlier. How can you remove the gap from the movie? Easy: Pull the later scenes up to the earlier scenes until they "dock" with each other. Please make sure that the later scenes are all taken along during the pull, otherwise the gap will have simply moved to the back of the film sequence. To pull up later objects, use "Intelligent" mouse mode, since this automatically takes all the objects found later on the timeline along with the object being pulled. Hint: If your project has not only a video track but also a sound track, then it is often necessary to cut both of these tracks simultaneously. After import from the camera, video and sound tracks are automatically grouped, which is why all cutting and moving actions have an effect on video and sound tracks simultaneously. However, if you have added a separate sound track which has not yet been grouped with the video sequence, then you should group them before starting to edit. To do so, select the video object and the audio object via "Ctrl + mouse button", and in the "Edit" menu select the "Group" option (or click the group tool). Feel free to experiment with the editing functions. Nothing can go wrong, since all editing functions (like all editing processes) are nondestructive. This means that all original material will remain unchanged on your hard disk. Importing individual scenes from longer movies If you have saved a longer video as a file on your hard disk and only want to use a section of it for your project, then proceed as follows: • Double-click the desired file in the Media Pool. Double-click the file to load it in the source monitor and play it back using the transport controls. • Find the range which you would like to import. Position the playback marker above the transport control at the start position of the range and click the "Set in point" button. 33 34 Quick start • Next, position the playback marker at the end of the section and click the "Set out point" button. • The currently selected range appears highlighted in blue in the range display. You can play back this range separately with the "Play back range" button. • All range limits can be moved by holding down the mouse button and dragging. Once the range matches the section that you want to import, click on the preview monitor and drag the section onto the track. An object will appear there featuring the material you wanted to import. If you're not sure where you would like to use the section in the project, you can drag in into the project folder instead of the onto the track. Regrouping scenes It will often be the case that you will want to move whole scenes or even groups of scenes to a different place within a film. This happens completely intuitively: Single scenes can be selected in any view by clicking them and moving them to the desired position (drag & drop). You can also create scene groups which can be moved together: "Ctrl" + mouseclick lets you select more than one scene, "Shift" + mouse-click selects all of the scenes that lie in between. Three final tips for advanced video arranging: • Using "Intelligent mouse (view page 49)" mode, you can move not only the selected scene, but also all elements directly bordering it (like transitions, fades and scenes following the selected scene, plus those on neighboring tracks). • The commands "Group (view page 222)" and "Ungroup (view page 222)" let you combine any scenes into groups which can then be moved together as a block. • If cutting and moving around parts of your project has left it a little unorganized, try using the project folder. The project folder is better suited for intermediate storage of all of the objects you want to use in your movie. You can either move all of the objects directly from the Arranger into the project folder by dragging them there (they will be removed from the corresponding track), or you can copy the objects and paste them into the project folder. Hold down "Shift" while you click to select multiple files. You can also drag sections of files or files from the Media Pool and drag them directly into the project folder. Quick start Note: Please ensure that the project folder is reserved for the respective project at hand. The contents will be saved together with the project and made available the next time the same project is opened, but not when another project is opened. Enriching movies Burning DVDs and Blu-ray Discs with interactive menus You can burn your projects onto DVD or Blu-ray discs with an interactive menu. Note: Authoring for DVDs and Blu-ray Discs is the same for both formats. For multiple films that are subdivided into individual scenes (chapters), the DVD selection menu becomes even more important, allowing you to jump to each movie or chapter using your remote control. To make sensible chapter divisions in your movie, it should be split into sensible sections. Place the start marker where you'd like to have it and choose the option "Chapter marker" from the "Edit" menu (keyboard shortcut: Shift + Enter). If you select the option "Automatic chapter markers", a chapter marker is automatically placed at the beginning of every scene. You can switch to the "Burn" screen by pressing the corresponding button at the top right. At the center of the monitor, you can see a preview of the current DVD menu. All movies appear in the uppermost entries, and all chapters appear as sub-entries. 35 36 Quick start Use the "Navigation structure" button to access the selection menu structure. You can delete unnecessary scenes by clicking the corresponding box. The entry will be removed from the menu, but the scene will not be removed from the movie. If you are satisfied with the subdivision of the movies and chapters, you can devote yourself to the layout of the menu. At the bottom of the screen, you'll see an array of preset menu templates. Use the scroll bar to view each template. There are plenty to choose from: • If you wish to fully apply a template, then click "Complete" on the template bar above and double-click the template of your choice. The complete template will then be applied. • You can also combine the various elements of the individual templates. For example, if you want to combine the text format of a template with the background of another one, then select "Font" first and double-click the template with the text of your choice. Then select "Order" and double-click the order you like. The preview in the middle shows you the results immediately. • Double-click the preview picture or a menu entry to change the film or chapter name and select a different preview picture. • The button "Design" at the top left enables detailed editing of each element. When all videos and chapters (scenes) are logically arranged and you are satisfied with the selection menu, you can go ahead and burn. Use the virtual remote control to test the behavior of finished discs to make sure that everything works as planned. Export video as file Besides burning your project, you can also export it as a video file. When exporting files your entire movie is put into one file and placed into a folder of your choice on your hard drive. The available export formats can be found in the "File" menu. If you would like to create videos for the Internet or send them per email, you should compress your file using a compression format like Quicktime or RealMedia. Workspaces Workspaces 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Upper toolbar: These are the buttons for quickly accessing important commands. Menu bar: Most functions in MAGIX Video Pro X2 can be accessed via the menu bar. Program and source monitor: Here you can preview video and picture objects. Templates: Here you can find the folders for transitions, titles, effects and pans. To preview a template, simply click on it. Media Pool: Load your photos and other media files via the Media Pool. Use the navigation buttons to access any drive or folder on your PC. Buttons for overview and multicam mode: Switches to "Overview" mode. Overview mode displays all of the objects on the first track and enables quick sorting of scenes. The right button activates "Multicam" mode. Lower toolbar: Select the "Timeline" or various different mouse modes for diverse editing functions. Timeline: Defines the playback range. Features a scaled timeline. Peak meter: The peak meter shows the sum of the current sound track's volume. Project folder: Provides all of the files needed for the project. Arranger: Drag & drop files from the Media Pool, then arrange and edit files in detail here. Scroll bars: The lower scroll bars can be dragged apart and pushed together for zooming with the mouse. The right scroll bar zooms into the tracks vertically. Click on the edge of the scroll bars with the mouse button held down to change the visible window in the Arranger. Note: Various screen elements are only available via MAGIX Video Pro X2's basic settings ("File -> Settings -> Basic settings"). 37 38 Workspaces Activating the main screen MAGIX Video Pro X2 always starts with this view. If the burn screen is visible, click the left button in the top-right corner of the screen (active in graphic). Media Pool The design and operation of the Media Pool is very similar to Windows Explorer. It serves to control and load multimedia files of all kinds: video files, audio files, fades, effects, and even entire projects. At the same time, it is used as a window for editing different tasks. Importing Navigation buttons The navigation buttons let you navigate through your computer’s drives and folders. Forwards/Back The "Back" button always returns you to the folder you last used. Up The "Up" button brings you to the next highest folder level. Folder tree Here you can activate a folder tree to navigate through your computer system. Search Browse history list and path details To quickly find specific files, use the search function. You can also specify file type, data and certain folders that should be searched. The current folder's path is displayed in the top center. Use the arrow button to open the menu to find the folders you previously visited. Workspaces Options Display options All functions of the context menu (switch views, rename, or delete files, etc.) can also be accessed via the options button. Settings for how detailed the entries should be listed can be made here. Search The Media Pool has an easy search function for finding files on the computer. It may be activated and turned off again with the shown button. File name: Enter any part of the name of the file you are looking for in the "File name" field. The X symbol deletes the entry. A "?" may be used as a placeholder for a single character, and "*" for any number of characters. File type: Here you can enter a file name extension. Multiple entries are separated using a semicolon. Below the entry field, various presets may be selected for often-used file name extensions. Date: Here, you can set time period limits on your search. Choose an entry from the list. Folder: If you don't want to search the entire computer, but only look on certain drives or in a single folder, you can define a certain search path. Search depth: Here you have various options that determine whether additional locations should be searched. • Search indexed locations and the selected folder • Search indexed locations, the selected folder and personal files. • Search indexed locations, the selected folder, personal files and the project file. "Indexed locations" are folders, which are searched and cataloged in Windows via the index list. If the index list is activated, the files in the indicated folders will be indexed while the computer is idling, so that the user's search query may be completed faster. Note: In Microsoft Windows XP™, the indexing service is usually deactivated by default. The search functions in Windows Vista™ may be installed with the current version of "Windows Search". They make it possible to easily add to the indexing service. Please refer to the installation instructions from Microsoft. 39 40 Workspaces Computer The link button "Computer" displays the drives in the Media Pool. All drives will be listed along with their drive letters and can be opened with a double click. User directory The second button featuring the user's name opens their personal folder in the Media Pool. My media The "My media" button lets you select "Projects", "My videos", "My music", "My images", and "Recordings". Projects Switches to the folder where your projects and videos are usually stored. My vid eos Displays all usable files found in "My documents\My videos." My music Displays the contents of the "My Documents\My Music" folder. MAGIX Music Manager also suggests this folder for importing your music collection into the database. My pictures Switches to the "My documents\My pictures" folder. This folder is often used by digital cameras and scanners to store transferred images by default. The included MAGIX Photo Manager program also uses this folder (e.g. during image import). Recordings Recordings: MAGIX Video Pro X2 stores all recordings here to access all recordings as quickly as possible. MAGIX tools The "MAGIX tools" link selects links to "Downloads", "Database", "Online Album", and "Internet Media". Downloads: Use this button to access the media files that you downloaded with Catooh. Database: Use this button to open the database view. Right-clicking opens the database search. The database first has to be created using the supplied additional program, MAGIX Photo Manager. Online Album: This buttons opens MAGIX Online Album. This provides a shortcut to uploading and deleting data. To do this, you must first register on MAGIX Online Album. There are many ways to upload data: 1. While holding "Ctrl" down, select the data to be uploaded in the Media Pool, and select "Copy" in the context menu (opened by right-clicking). Switch to the MAGIX Online Album screen, open the desired folder, and select "Paste" in the context menu. Workspaces 2. In the Media Pool, click on "Online Album", and go to the desired directory. Open the Windows Explorer, select the desired data with "Ctrl" held down, and drag it into the Media Pool. Both options will result in your desired data being uploaded to your MAGIX Online Album. Hint: This function requires an Internet connection. To gain access, make sure you have your login information (email address and password) ready. Internet media: This opens MAGIX Video Pro X2's integrated browser (view page 264). It offers you the possibility to collect media from the Internet to use in the current project. Fades This provides a list of all fades sorted into categories. Clicking on a category shows all of the fades contained therein. To load a fade, click on it and drag it onto a scene which you would like to blend into. Alternatively, you can select the scene into which you would like to blend into before and double click on the fade in the Media Pool later. Tip: All fades will appear in the menu between two scenes, and they can also be selected there. Title Title presets and the Title Editor (view page 124) are located here. They are sorted into various categories and can be loaded via a double-click or drag & drop. You will also find templates for 3D titles here. The text of title objects can be changed in the program monitor by double-clicking on it. Effects Access the effects presets via "Video effects", "Movement effects", "Audio effects", and "Design elements". Video effects These are the various effects which can be applied to videos and stills. The effects can be set after an object is selected in the respective effects dialog which appears. For more information, see the "Video effects in the Media Pool (view page 108)" chapter. Movement effects These are movement effects you can use to animate the frame by using zoom or camera movements. For more information, go to the "Effects and titles" chapter in "Movement effects in Media Pool (view page 115)". 41 42 Workspaces Audio effects In addition to many different audio effects presets (echo, reverb, equalizer, compressor, etc.), you can also use the included synthesizer. A synthesizer can be dragged onto the arranger like a multimedia file. It will be displayed as a synth object. Use the corresponding control console to edit the synth sounds and melodies. The control console opens automatically when the synthesizer is dragged onto the arrangement for the first time. A synth object can be opened for further editing later by double clicking. Design elements Multi picture-in-picture: These are various effects presets for image stacking. Collages: These work similarly to normal picture-in-picture effects, but more objects are used. Depending on the collage, arrange the selected objects one after the other and drag the collage onto the first object. Portrait effects: Select individual effects which are especially suited to vertically formatted photos. Image objects: These are various image objects like black bars, thought bubbles for cartoons, etc. Intros/Outros: These are beginning and end scenes for films with various themes. Visuals: Graphical displays of any played sounds which can be combined with other video material. Various file list view modes In the file list, all of the supported multimedia files and subfolders of the currently selected folder are displayed. Three different views (list, detail, large symbols) can be set by right clicking on the Media Pool context menu. List: Only file names are listed. This view mode displays the most files simultaneously. Details: In the details section the type, size, and date of modification are shown for every media file beside its name. The list can be sorted by clicking on any of these details. Workspaces Large icons can be quite useful because they show a preview frame for each movie and picture file. This allows you to sort through the material quicker. One disadvantage is that it takes longer for the file list to be displayed. Preview function A preview function for all of the files in the Media Pool can be started by double-clicking or by pressing the playback button on the source monitor. There are also previews for effects that display their effects. The "Extras" button or the enhanced transport control function allows you to select sections from a longer video file in the Media Pool and load them. Please refer to the chapter "Inserting objects into the project (view page 50)". Toolbars Upper button bar The upper button bar can be found in the monitor to the top left. It has the following functions: New project Creates a new MAGIX Video Pro X2 project. A dialog with settings for a new disc project or a new film (view page 63) opens to get started. Keyboard shortcut: Shift + N Load project Use this option to load a movie into your disc project. Please note that all media files associated with it must be accessible. MAGIX Video Pro X2 will search for all used sounds and video files in the folders in which they were located when the movie was saved. Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + O 43 44 Workspaces Save project The current movie is saved with the name displayed in the project window. If you have not yet specified a name for your project, a dialog will open wherein MAGIX Video Pro X2 asks you to do so. Please note: In the project file (*.MVP), all information about the used media files, cuts, effects, and titles are saved, but not the picture and sound material itself. This is found in the recorded or imported media files that remain unchanged during the entire MAGIX Video Pro X2 editing process. To save the full movie into a dedicated directory, for instance to continue editing on a different PC, please use the command "Copy movie and media into directory". Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + S Program settings Opens the program settings (view page 254). Keyboard shortcut: Y Context help By choosing the context help entry from the "Help" menu, or by clicking on the button in the top toolbar, the mouse cursor will turn into an arrow with a question mark. Then, when you click on any button of the main screen, program help describing the control element in question will open. Shortcut key: Alt + F1 MAGIX News Center MAGIX can supply you with all of the latest information about your software. In the MAGIX News Center, you will find all of the links to current online tutorials as well as tips & tricks on individual topics or software application examples. You will also be informed of the availability of brand new updates and patches for your program as well as special offers, contests, and surveys. The news is split into three color-coded sections: • • • • Green for practical tips & tricks for your software Yellow reports the availability of new patches and updates for your product Red for special offers, contests, and surveys And if there are no new messages, then the button will be grey All available information is shown as soon as you click on MAGIX News Center. If you click on one of the news items you will be forwarded to the corresponding website. Workspaces Lower toolbar The following buttons are available in "Overview" and "Timeline" modes: Select a movie to edit Using the dropdown menu, you can control various movies within a project. Undo During project editing, you can undo the last changes you made. This way it's no problem if you want to experiment with critical operations. If you don't like the results, then you can always revert to the previous state by using "Undo". Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Z Restore The "Redo" function undoes the previous "Undo" function. Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Y Delete objects This function deletes the selected scene (or the selected object in "Timeline" mode). Keyboard shortcut: Del Title editor Opens the title editor (More Informationen can be found in the section "Title Editor" on page 124) for the selected photo, video, or title object. Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + T Mute button This button mutes the sound output. By clicking on the triangle, you can selected which track should be played back by default. Mixer This option allows you to display or conceal the real-time mixer. You will find further information, especially with regard to the integration of effects plug-ins, in the chapter "Mixer". Keyboard shortcut: M Paste modes MAGIX Video Pro X2 provides various options for how an object selected in the Media Pool will be pasted into the project. 45 46 Workspaces Apply automatically Pastes the file selected in the Media Pool into the arranger. Video and image objects will always be placed behind the last object into the first track; audio and text objects are separated into different tracks. Intelligent ripple Inserts an object from the Media Pool at the position of the playback marker and simultaneously moves the objects following it. • In contrast to automatic insertion, all objects will be inserted at the position of the playback marker. • Videos and images are placed on the first track. If another object is found at the playback marker position, then it will be cut continued at the end of the inserted object (so that the inserted object can start exactly at the point of insertion). • The objects lying further along on the track will be moved further down. • Objects on other linked tracks (all objects up to the first completely empty track) will also be moved further down. This includes sound tracks, fades, and titles, all of which will be moved together so that nothing gets mixed up. All objects will be moved which start at the same position as or behind the playback marker. Note: The prerequisite for a good ripple effect is that the soundtrack, most importantly, is cut at the position of the playback marker. Otherwise, the elements located further down would move down even more, while the soundtrack would stay at its old position, causing picture and sound to separate from each other. If you would like to create an intelligent ripple, make sure that the starting points of all objects that are to be moved are positioned at or behind the playback marker. If this is not the case, click on the screen to cut the corresponding object at the playback marker position. Single-track ripple Inserts an object from the Media Pool at the position of the playback marker and simultaneously moves the objects on the track following it. • The one-track ripple behaves similarly to the intelligent ripple, the difference is that only the objects on the target track are moved. Bordering tracks are unchanged. • In contrast to automatic insertion, all objects will be inserted at the position of the playback marker. • Videos and images are placed on the first track. If another object is found at the playback marker position, then it will be cut continued at the end of the inserted object (so that the inserted object can start exactly at the point of insertion). • The objects lying further along on the track will be moved further down. Workspaces Multitrack ripple The object selected in the Media Pool will be inserted on the target track at the position of the playback marker. All objects found at the playback marker position will be split and moved down the length of the inserted object. All objects on the track located further on will also be moved. • The multitrack ripple behaves similarly to the intelligent ripple, but the difference is that all objects on all tracks following the playback marker's position will be moved. • In contrast to automatic insertion, all objects will be inserted at the position of the playback marker. • Videos and images are placed on the first track. If another object is found at the playback marker position, then it will be cut continued at the end of the inserted object (so that the inserted object can start exactly at the point of insertion). • If other objects are located at the playback marker position, these will also be separated and moved further along the track. • Objects lying further along on all tracks will be moved further down. Replace Replaces the selected object with an object selected in the Media Pool. Overwrite Overwrites the object in the target track at the position of the start marker with the object selected in the Media Pool. Hint: In contrast to "Replace", no length adjustment takes place. With "Replace", any downstream objects are moved, while "Overwrite" overwrites downstream objects as well (sometimes only partially), depending on the length of the object being inserted in comparison to the object being overwritten. Cut button You can access the individual options using the dropdown menu. Split This command cuts a scene at the point where the playback marker is positioned. This way, two free-standing objects are created. Keyboard shortcut: T Remove start This command cuts a scene at the point where the playback marker is positioned and removes the material before the playback marker. Keyboard shortcut: K 47 48 Workspaces Remove end This command cuts a scene at the point where the playback marker is positioned and removes the material behind the back marker. Keyboard shortcut: U Hint: If the commands "Split" and "Remove beginning/end" are applied without a selection, all objects at the position of the playback marker are cut. Remove scene This command allows you to completely remove selected scenes. The scenes that follow will be automatically moved to the end of the scene in front of the scene to be removed. Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Del Split movie Splits the movie at the playback marker position into two sections within one project. These can be individually controlled using the "Window" menu or the button "Select movie for editing" (see above). Keyboard shortcut: Alt + W Additional buttons in Timeline mode The following buttons are only available in "Timeline" mode: Set chapter marker Sets a chapter marker at the position of the playback marker. This creates a chapter entry in the disc menu, in case you are planning to burn the movie to CD/DVD. You can rename your chapter markers by right clicking and selecting "Rename". The name then appears in the chapter menu. Shortcut: Shift + Enter Object grid Use this button to switch the object grid on and off. When the object grid is switched on, the objects snap into place beside one another so that everything fits in seamlessly. Workspaces Form group Orders all selected objects into groups. As soon as an object from the group is selected, all other objects in the group will be highlighted as well so that you can work on them collectively. Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + L Ungroup objects This turns all selected objects into free-standing objects again. Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + M Mouse modes MAGIX Video Pro X2 offers special mouse modes for different kinds of editing. They can be selected using the small arrow next to the button. . Mouse mode for individual objects This is the preset mouse mode which performs most of the work. Select objects with a left click. You can move an object by dragging it to the desired position. Keyboard shortcut: Alt + 1 Intelligent mouse mode In principle, this mouse mode behaves like the "Single object mouse" mode. However, all objects that border the object on the same or on adjacent tracks are also moved, starting from the mouse position. This means that all objects overlapping adjacent tracks (fades, fade effects) and those directly connecting to the next one (hard cuts) are pushed together up to the next empty space in the arrangement (the technical term for this action is "Ripple until black"). This is useful for preventing destruction of fades you have already set and want to move an object included therein. To move individual object, switch to "Single object mouse" mode. You can also drag an object vertically onto a free track, thereby breaking the connection with the following objects. You will then be able to move it freely without having to move other objects with it. Keyboard shortcut: Alt + 2 49 50 Workspaces Curve mouse mode This mouse mode is used especially for drawing effects curves. The effects curve controls the intensity of the effect: The higher the curve point, the more intense the respective effects parameter at this location. The curves can be used for video and image objects on the image tracks and also for audio objects on the audio tracks. More information about this can be found in the chapter "Animate objects", section "Editing object effects curves". Keyboard shortcut: Alt + 3 Stretch mouse mode This special mode is for customizing the length of objects. With timestretching, audio objects can be expanded or compressed using the handles at the bottom. The duration of the audio material is therefore lengthened without changing the pitch. Playback of the video objects is accelerated/decelerated with the help of the handles at the bottom. Attention! If the object to be stretched or compressed is going to be animated with an effects curve, then the option "Connect curve length with object length (view page 151)" should be set for the effects curve. Keyboard shortcut: Alt + 4 Pre view audio mouse mode This mode allows you to preview audio objects (as long as the mouse button is held down). In this mode, objects cannot be moved or changed. Keyboard shortcut: Alt + 8 Program and source monitor MAGIX Video Pro X2 features two preview monitors, i.e. a program monitor for object image output in the Arranger and a source monitor for previewing files in the Media Pool. Setting up the preview monitor The program and source monitors can be set up variably: • You can adjust the size of each of the monitors. This can be accomplished by clicking the screen with the right mouse button and selecting the desired size from the context menu - either from the presets submenu or self-defined (“Other resolution”). • You can also freely position both of the monitors. Click on the top bar of the monitor window and drag it down to any position you want. • By maintaining the original dimensionality, black frames appear if the display format of the monitor does not correspond to that of the video played. You only need to deactivate Workspaces this option if you want to display a distorted video intentionally, e.g. if it was incorrectly encoded. • The option "Display play time" displays a large time countdown in the program monitor. This shows the current position of the playback marker. The foreground and background colors as well as the transparency can be adjusted in the context menu. Tip: Useful presets for the Arranger and video monitor can be found in the tab "Display presets (view page 259)" in the program settings. Fullscreen view The option "Fullscreen" in the context menu maximizes the monitors. Alternatively, doubleclick on a monitor or select one and press "A + Enter" to maximize the window. The fullscreen view is especially recommended for working with two screens; one screen for the film preview in the preview monitor, and the other for the Arranger. You can also shift the monitor into full screen mode and access it via the context menu (right mouse button). There, you can also hide and display the basic transport controls. "Esc" returns you to the normal view (or click on "smaller" button to the right in the fullscreen mode). Film overview The option "Film overview" in the "Window" menu enables an overview of the entire Arranger. All objects in the Arranger will be displayed in the program monitor. The overview display is especially recommended for work with long movies because the reduced overview in the program monitor and the zoomed detailed view in the Arranger present a good combination. The film overview can be used for moving around in the movie and for editing certain parts: • When you click on a certain object in the program monitor, the Arranger will zoom into that object. • You can use the mouse to draw a frame in the preview monitor – the corresponding section will be zoomed in the Arranger. • When you move the playback marker in the program monitor, the Arranger playback marker will also move correspondingly. Tip: If you use this option very often, then try using the corresponding keyboard shortcut ("Shift + A"). 51 52 Workspaces Transport control Transport controls on the preview monitor enable you to play back video and image material in the Arranger or as a preview in the Media Pool. Transport control buttons Range: Above the playback functions, the range between the in and out points can be changed by clicking it. Playback marker: This marker indicates the location of the image currently displayed on-screen. Set in/out points: Defines the start and end of the playback range. To the start: This button sets the playback marker to the start of the current area. Playback by a frame: This button sets the playback marker just behind the current frame and plays it back. Play/Stop (pause): The playback button in the middle starts playback. A second click ends playback. Tip: In the menu "File -> Settings -> Program -> Playback", you can set whether the playback marker will go back to the start position (stop) after the second click or following the appropriate shortcut (space bar), or if it should stay at the current position (pause function). Area playback: This button plays back the current range. To the end: This button sets the playback marker to the end of the current range. Jog wheel: Using this wheel, you can move by single frames within the video and position the playback marker exactly at high magnifications. Shuttle control: The further the slider control is moved to the side, the quicker the arrangement is played in the corresponding direction. This way a certain position can be reached quickly. Workspaces Arranger MAGIX Video Pro X2 offers an editing interface for advanced editing: audio dubbing, professional editing, plus precise transitions and effects editing. Tracks The arranger offers tracks for multimedia material positioning and editing. The number of tracks displayed can be specified in the file menu under "Movie settings". In principle, any object type may be placed on any of the tracks. You can also combine video and bitmaps objects with MIDI and audio objects on any of these tracks. The maximum length of a movie is restricted to 6 hours. At the beginning of each track is a track box where you can mute a single audio track with the Mute button or play them Solo. Clicking the lock symbol protects all objects in a track against unwanted editing. The track name can be changed by double clicking the text above the buttons. Zooming The vertical zoom function sets the number of visible tracks in the window. For a lot of tracks, enlarging the view (zooming) is sensible for editing a single track or object. Use the horizontal zoom function to increase the visible section of the arrangement on the timeline. Enlarge objects: Vertical and horizontal zoom stages are enlarged so that all of the selected objects are able to be displayed at maximum size. If the function is switched off, the zoom stage will be restored. Multiple sound tracks MAGIX Video Pro X2 offers up to eight multi sound tracks, e.g. to include different audio streams on a single disc. An example of application might be the creation of multilingual discs. 53 54 Workspaces This kind of audio stream is assigned via the track box's context menu; select "DVD audio track 1" - "DVD audio track 8". Every multi sound track can be clearly named via the "Rename DVD audio track" entry in the context menu. Grid and snap The time of the arrangement is displayed by the horizontal course of the tracks. To structure this course, a timeline with a grid has been positioned at the top above the first track. A grid is also displayed in the arranger area. The raster ensures that the objects always "snap" to certain points so that they can be positioned precisely according to the beat. Two consecutive objects will seamlessly snap together even if they are on different tracks. This avoids undesired gaps or overlaps. Overview mode The "Scene overview" mode is a special view that improves manageability and categorization of scenes. All scenes are listed one after the other (in multiple lines, like in a text program) and can be copied, cut, moved, deleted and inserted. In the "Overview" mode, there are no start, play, or end markers. The scene being played back has a frame around it. Zoom fader This slider specifies how large the photos will appear in the storyboard. The smaller the scenes, the more of them you'll be able to fit on screen. Maximize: Use this button to maximize the scene overview to fullscreen. Workspaces Project folder This is a kind of catchall for all required files. A dialog opens for placing files (alternatively to drag & drop via the Media Pool) into the project folder. Create new folder: Creates a virtual folder. You can create as many folders as you need for sorting your media files. No folders can be created within folders. The "Up" button brings you to the next highest folder level. Search box: MAGIX Video Pro X2 searches through all file names for the text entered and then lists the results. Settings for how detailed the entries should be listed can be made here. Note: Folders in the project folder are not ordinary folders that are created on the hard drive. They are created directly in the project and are intended to keep complex projects clearly laid-out. Adjusting the workspace The source and program monitors, the project folder, the Arranger, and the Media Pool can be shut off completely or freely repositioned. Individual settings can be saved and reloaded. To do this, open the menu "Window -> Workspace -> Save...". The first three workspaces are automatically assigned to F9-F11, but these can be reassigned (view page 274). Under "Program settings -> Display templates" you will find a collection of useful presets for display presets. On systems with a connected monitor, only the first two templates make sense. The presets are explained on the right side of the dialog. All window properties of the Arranger, video monitor, etc. can be changed after the application of a preset. For larger arrangements, the program monitor can be used to show an overview of the Arranger ("Window -> Movie overview (view page 231)"). 55 56 Workspaces The "Burn" screen 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Preview menu: This is a preview of the selection menu. Read more in the "Menu (view page 213)" chapter Switch views: Here you can switch between the Preview and Edit views. Remote control: Check how your disc reacts when you press a button on your remote control. Output: Choose between burning a project, a show optimized for PC, or a web show. Play preview: Here you can playback the menu preview, which you can test with the remote control. Template category: Switch between different templates for designing your menus. Menu templates: Switch between different templates for designing your menus. Apply templates: Here you can select whether a template should be assigned to the page, menu or all disc menus. Functionality You can switch to the "Burn" screen by pressing the corresponding button at the top right. Here you can burn your movies (including a selection menu) onto CD or DVD or upload them to your MAGIX Online Album as a "virtual DVD". Create new video project All movies loaded into the project are taken into account during the burning process. If you want to take out some of the movies that are loaded, then you will have to switch back to the "Edit" screen and delete some of them from the project. To do so, switch to the corresponding movie, open the "File" menu and select "Manage movies -> Remove movie (view page 214)". For more information about the "Burn" screen, please read the chapter "Burning discs (view page 196)". Create new video project Movie settings Open the movie settings via "File -> Settings -> Movie..." or by pressing "E". The following dialog opens: The buttons at the top are for the four tabs in the dialogs: "Movie settings -> Synchronization ->