Using Edit Mode
When you first enter Studio, you're in Edit mode (
), where you'll
the bulk of your time. Capture mode and Make Movie mode, accessible via tabs at the upper left of the screen, enable their namesake activities.
Figure 2.6. When you first run Studio, you're in Edit mode, where you'll spend most of your time.
The Edit mode interface is
: the Album, the Player, and the Movie window. While in Edit mode, you have access to Undo, Redo, and Help
at the upper right of the screen.
The Album consists of seven windows, which you can select using the icons on the left panel (
). Three of these windows are for collecting video, audio, and still image files so that you can include them in a project (for details on how to do this, see Chapter 6).
Figure 2.7. Use the tabs on the left side of the Album to navigate among the various content types.
The other four windows contain libraries of effects supplied by Pinnacle, offering transitions, titles, sound effects, and disc
. For information on how to apply and customize these, see Chapters 8, 10, 11, and 12, respectively.
The Player is where you preview content and effects contained in the various albums, as well as your editing progress in the Movie window (
). Click the DVD icon at the lower right, and you convert the Player into a DVD playback remote control for previewing your DVD titles. Note that this icon doesn't become active until you've added a DVD menu to your project (more on DVD authoring in Chapter 12).
Figure 2.8. Polly want a cracker? The Player has the usual VCR-like playback controls, plus a scrubber that lets you manually move through the video files. The DVD button transforms the Player into a DVD remote control (see Chapter 12).
In Studio, you can toggle to full-screen preview by clicking the arrow key at the upper-right corner of the Player, returning to the main screen by pressing Esc on your keyboard. As we'll see in "Setting Up a Dual-Monitor Display," later in this chapter, the arrow key also toggles between preview in the Player and preview in a second monitor.
Note that you can't detach or enlarge the Player, because like all interface
, it's fixed, for simplicity. Since the Player is integral to virtually all editing operations, its use is discussed in most of the chapters in this book.
The Movie window
The Movie window has three views—Timeline (shown in Figure 2.6), Storyboard, and Text (called Edit List view in the Studio menu)—that you toggle using controls in the upper-right corner of the Movie window (see
). See Chapter 7 to learn how and when to use these modes. Three icons, the Enable Audio Scrubbing (to hear audio as you drag your cursor through the clip), the Razorblade (for splitting clips), and the Trash Can (for deleting clips), are available in all three modes.
Figure 2.9. You can easily switch among the Timeline, Storyboard, and Text views of the Movie window. Note the omnipresent Razorblade, for splitting your
, and the Trash Can, for deleting them.
corner of the Movie window is a Camcorder icon (
), which you click to
the Video toolbox (
seven editing functions.
Figure 2.10. The Camcorder icon opens and
the Video toolbox.
Figure 2.11. The editing tools in the Video toolbox.
The Video toolbox offers the following functions:
Use this tool to trim video and still image content to the desired length (Chapter 7).
Create or Edit a Title.
Use this tool to design and edit titles (see Chapter 10).
Create or Edit a Disc Menu.
Use this tool to link menus to content and customize DVD menus (see Chapter 12).
Frame Grab tool.
Use this tool to grab still-frame images from your camcorder or disk-based video files (see Chapter 5).
Create a Music Video Automatically.
Use this tool to convert your footage to a music video automatically (see Chapter 9).
Edit Video Overlay.
Use this tool to create and edit Picture-in-Picture and Chroma Key effects (see Chapter 9).
Add an Effect to a Video Clip.
Use this tool to access Studio's
correction facilities and other special effects (see Chapter 9).
You can click through the various options at will; click the Camcorder icon or the X in the upper right of all tools to close the Video toolbox. When I first started using Studio, the controls located in this tab were the ones I "lost" most often. You might click this window open and shut a few times to burn the location of these critical controls into your mind.
If you hover the cursor over the right side of the toolbox, Studio reveals a Speaker icon in the upper-left corner of the Movie window (
). You can click this icon to open the Audio toolbox, which contains its own set of unique tools (
Figure 2.12. The Speaker icon opens and closes the Audio toolbox.
Figure 2.13. The editing tools in the Audio toolbox.
The Audio toolbox provides the following functions (see Chapter 11 for more information):
Audio Clip Properties.
Use this tool, which is selected in Figure 2.13, to trim audio files to the desired length.
Change the Volume of the Audio Tracks.
Use this tool to adjust the
of the audio tracks.
Record a Voice Over Narration.
Use this tool to record your narration.
Add Background Music from an Audio CD.
Use this tool to rip CD-Audio tracks to include in your projects.
Create Background Music Automatically.
Use this tool to create custom background music of any length.
Add an Effect to an Audio Clip.
Studio 10 includes a range of audio effects, which you can add to your project using this tool (see "Using Studio's Audio Effects" in Chapter 11).