TechnobabbleWhat Is an Inlay?
The term inlay refers to an area of a Windows-based interface that is capable of displaying a video or still image.
When you first open Liquid Edition, it displays a black area in the Source and Master/Timeline Viewers. This area is where the image of a media clip (video or photograph) will appear, and it is called an inlay.
You will also see inlays in the Logging tool, the FX editors, the Trim tool, and the Clip Viewer.
Some of the more common inlay problems and possible solutions can be found in the Appendix.
Although the most important, the Timeline is just one of the many interface screens that Liquid Edition uses. The other interfaces of primary importance include the following:
- The Storyboard view. This view provides a simple way for you to choose the running order of your clips. This interface is an essential part of any moviemaker's planning. It's one of the more underused interfaces of Liquid Edition, but Chapter 5, "The First AssemblyStoryboarding," details how to get the best from it (Figure 1.13).
Figure 1.13. Storyboard view.
- The Logging tool. If you want to transfer (digitize/capture) material from a DV/HDV device or analog player, this is where you will do it. The Logging tool is daunting at first glance, but it simple to use in practice. Chapter 2, "Logging and Digitizing," explores the possibilities (Figure 1.14).
Figure 1.14. The Logging tool.
- The Effects Editors. Liquid Edition has several Effects Editors for a variety of different operations. Although each FX editor has a different function, each operates on a similar principle of adjusting sliders to alter the properties of the effect and adding key frames to create effects over time. These features are dealt with in Chapters 8, "Working with Transitions" and 9, "Working with Filters" (Figure 1.15).
Figure 1.15. The Effects Editors.
- The Audio Editor. Figure 1.16 shows the Audio Editor with the new 5.1 interface that is a new feature of version 6. To access this, you must have a sound card with ASIO 2.0 compatibility and a 5.1 speaker system. Further details are in Chapter 7, "Working with Audio."
Figure 1.16. The Audio Editor.
- The DVD Editor. One of the most exciting features of Liquid Edition is its ability to create DVDs from the Timeline without first having to export the whole movie to a third-party application. Figure 1.17 shows the Preview window open, which allows you to check that your menu and its buttons are working as expected before you commit yourself to burning the Project to a DVD. Chapter 12, "DVD Authoring," has more details on this cool feature.
Figure 1.17. The DVD Editor.
- The Trim window. You use this interface to trim media clips. Actually, it's much more complex than that, and it's also one of the interfaces that causes the most problems for new users. Chapter 6 has more details on understanding the complexities of the Trim window (Figure 1.18).
Figure 1.18. The Trim window.
- The Control Panel. This interface controls the various preferences and settings used to optimize and customize Liquid Edition. Chapter 4 has more details on this (Figure 1.19).
Figure 1.19. The Control Panel
- The Clip Viewer. This is a small, compact interface that is uncluttered and fast to work with. It also has a number of features that allow you more editing opportunities than are afforded by the Source window. It's, sadly, a vastly underrated part of Liquid Edition's tools. See Chapter 5 for details on how to open and use the Clip Viewer (Figure 1.20).
Figure 1.20. The Clip Viewer. The right-hand side of the interface is displayed by clicking the Extended Dialog arrow.
A Media Clip
This is a generic term that refers to anything you bring into Liquid Edition, either by capturing it or by importing it. This is normally a video clip, but it can also be an audio file, a title, a photographic image, or an animation.
- The Project Browser. All the media clips you work with are stored in the Project Browser. You open this area of the interface by clicking once on the Project Browser button . Once it is open, you can access and manipulate your clips (Figure 1.21).
Figure 1.21. The Project Browser is the heart of Liquid Edition, shown here in List View. Anything that is placed on the Timeline will be stored here.
The Project Browser has a second tab called Lib, which is used to access the FX library. Liquid Edition has a comprehensive range of effects you can use in your video projects. You'll find a full explanation of how to use these in Chapters 8 and 9 (Figure 1.22).
Figure 1.22. It is also the home of Liquid Edition's Effects Suite, where you can access an impressive range of filters and transitions. Here the new Audio filters are displayed.