Basic Digital Video Editing with VideoStudio

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  • Proceedings of the 2003 ASCUE Conference, www.ascue.org June 8 12, 2003, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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    Basic Digital Video Editing with VideoStudio Melanie O. Anderson

    Assistant Professor of Business and Director of Continuing Education University of Pittsburgh at Titusville

    504 East Main Street Titusville, PA 16354

    814-827-4415 moanders@pitt.edu

    Introduction Video clips to support classroom instruction are becoming more common. They can be inte-grated into internet tools such as BlackBoard, or into PowerPoint presentations. For example, chemistry experiments can be demonstrated, physical therapy methods can be replayed and prac-ticed in preparation for practicum, etc. Video editing software allows you to transfer footage from your camcorder. Then the scenes can be arranged, special effects applied, images overlaid, animated titles added, voiceover narrations added, and background music added. (These are separated into tracks for each layer.) Software Alternatives Uleads Video Studio is one of many products that are available for video editing. These prod-ucts differ in some features as noted in the table below. This is just a small listing of the soft-ware available.

    Product Ulead Video

    Studio

    Dazzle DVD Com-

    plete

    Video Explo-sion Deluxe

    Adobe Premiere

    Pinnacle Systems

    Studio DV

    Windows Movie

    Maker 2 Platform PC PC PC PC PC PC Version 7.0 n/a n/a 6.0 7 2 OS 98

    ME 2000

    XP

    98 ME

    2000 XP

    98 ME

    2000 XP

    98 ME

    2000 NT 4

    98 XP

    Min Drive Space

    500 MB 250 MB Not specified Not specified 150 MB 2 GB

    Min Proc-essor

    Pentium III 450 MHz

    Pentium Pentium II Pentium 300 MHz

    Pentium 233 MHz

    Pentium 600 MHz

    Min RAM 64 MB 128 MB 128 MB 32 MB 64 MB 256 MB Price $89 $59 to $89 $136 - $152 $99 free

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    VideoStudio VideoStudio uses an easy step-by-step methodology to easily and quickly create a movie. All the tracks in your movie are organized into a video project file (*.vsp), which contains all the video and audio information necessary to render your movie. System and hardware requirements VideoStudio is one of many software packages that makes movie making simple. The current version is 7.0, and retails for $89.95 (web download). VideoStudio was developed by Ulead, a company based in Taiwan (www.ulead.com). VideoStudio has the following system require-ments:

    q MS Windows 98, Me, 2000, or XP q 800 MHz CPU speed q 256 MB RAM q 500 MB of hard disk space; 4 GB recommended q Video for Windows or Direct Show compatible video capture card q Windows compatible sound card q CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

    In addition, a video capture interface must exist to capture digital or analog input. Digital A digital video camera or digital camera that will record video is assumed. To transfer the data to your computer, an IEEE 1394 capture card (firewire) card is necessary. This is usually con-nected to the camera with a cable, but may be wireless if Windows XP is used. Analog If taking video from an analog device, it must be connected to the capture card with audio/video jacks or S-video. VideoStudio recommends that the analog capture card support RGB or YUV capture. Other software and drivers must be installed to use VideoStudio, including QuickTime 6.0, RealPlayer 8.0, Indeo 5.1 (compression and decompression software), and Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0. (The help manual is a PDF file.) VideoStudio has improved dramatically from earlier versions (4.0 and lower). The software has many special effects and supports many of the popular file types. Ulead gets low marks by most reviewers for its telephone support, if you need to go beyond the help manual. VideoStudio recommends that the DV tape be formatted prior to shooting video. This can be accomplished by recording the entire tape with the lens cap on. This will facilitate batch capture and accurate location of time codes.

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    Capturing Video Video can be captured from a connected input device (digital or analog). VideoStudio auto-matically detects the capture settings. This step is very resource intensive and requires large amounts of disk space. Other programs should be shut down, and best results are achieved with a dedicated video hard disk. Click on the capture menu item. When you start capturing/recording, there is a slight delay as the connections are made and recording begins so you may want to position the tape a little prior to the actual spot where you want to record. It is easy to trim later on if you have captured too much. Leave the video camera power on until the clip has been captured. VideoStudio offers scene detection, which will automatically break up your video into clips based on recording starts/stops, camera shifting, etc. There are also several other considerations during capturing, such as file format. DV video offers 2 types, DV Type 1 (AVI type, one stream) and DV Type 2 (AVI, separate video and audio streams). Video can also be captured to MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 formats. Video captured on machines with Pentium II, 300 MHz processors or less, with resolutions of 352 x 240 or less, should output MPEG-1 files. Otherwise, MPEG-2 format is recommended. Data from analog sources can also be captured straight to WMV (Windows Media Video) for-mats. In all, 10 file formats are supported. Options are also available to capture TV footage, split by scene, batch capture and capturing still images. After the video is captured, the steps that are detailed on the following pages can be performed in any order (editing, effects, overlay, titles, audio). The preview window allows you to test out your editing and other changes, including a quick, lower quality look without fully rendering the video.

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    Edit Step Clips can be arranged, edited and trimmed during the edit step. Editing can be accomplished in storyboard or timeline mode. Click on the Edit menu item to access this feature. Clips can be dragged and dropped to the storyboard. Clips can be trimmed there and transitions inserted. The timeline can be accessed by clicking on the tab next to the storyboard. The timeline is use-ful for trimming and editing the clips, and accessing all available tracks. The timeline is broken into Video, Overlay, Title, Voice and Music Tracks. Each track can be accessed by clicking on the tracks icon. Clips that have been put on the timeline can be trimmed by dragging the yellow trim handles on either side of the clip. Trims can be made frame by frame by clicking and holding down a trim handle, and using the left or right arrow key. The function keys F3 and F4 can also be used to set trim or mark in/out points. Video filters can be applied using the Edit Step. Filters allow you to change the clips style or appearance. Dark videos can be lightened, or colors can be balanced. A maximum of five filters can be applied per clip. The filter effect is selected, and dragged and dropped on to the clip in the video track. Effects Transition effects can be added to the timeline between clips. Thumbnail animations can be dragged and dropped to the timeline. Many different effects are available including 3-D, Build, Clock, Peel, Push, Roll, etc. Overlay A clip can be superimposed over another one as a special effect in a movie. The clip can be selected from the li-brary and dragged and dropped on the overlay track.

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    Clips added to the overlay track have an alpha channel automatically applied for transparency. Titles Titles can enhance your movie in the opening, as subtitles, and at the closing. Text can be created and animated in any Windows True Type font, color and size. Click on the Title menu item, then click on create title. The text is typed in the preview window. The text can be formatted and animated, as well as moved to a different position on the title track. Audio Audio files can be used to set the mood for your movie. VideoStudio lets you add background music, as well as record narrations in addition to the initial video audio. Voice Track The audio track can also be used to record a voice audio track to allow you to narrate your movie. The audio/voice track can be selected and volume adjustments made. The recording is then started and stopped. The recording can be trimmed (using methods discussed previously) and moved to the appropriate space on the timeline. Short (10 15 seconds) recordings are recommended, to make it easier to re-record, move, and adjust the narrations. Music Track Background music can be added from music files, or directly from CDs. Supported file formats include .mp3, .wav, and others. Music files can be dragged and dropped to the music track. Music can be faded in at the beginning or the end. The music can also be trimmed, in the same method as a video clip, to match to the video clip length. Share Click on the Share menu item to access the options to create a movie or DVD. After the desired tracks are complete, the final movie can be created. Again, not all the tracks must be used. The creation of the movie is called rendering. Rendering may take time,

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    depending on the length of the clips and the tracks used. A new option of rendering changes only is also available. Your movie can be output as a DVD/VCD/SVCD title, streaming Web page video, or an e-mail attachment. The movie can also be sent back to your camcorder or VCR. Conclusion VideoStudio is easy to learn to use, and lives up to its tag line Movie Making for Everyone. Even if you choose to use another product, such as Windows Movie Maker, movie making is fun and easier than ever. It only requires some additional equipment, lots of disk space, and your own creativity. References 1. Ulead, VideoStudio 7.0 Help Manual, 2002. 2. CNET. VideoStudio Software Review. November 2002. Available at

    www.cnet.com/software via the Internet. Accessed January 10, 2003. 3. Microsoft. Create Home Movies with Windows Movie Maker 2. October 2002. Available

    at www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/moviemaker/default.asp via the Internet. Accessed April 2, 2003.

    4. Creating Digital Video Files. March 2002. Available at www.brp.terc.edu via the Internet.

    Accessed February 7, 2003.

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    A Really Small Computer User in Education, (About one year later)

    Jeff Brodrick Assistant Director of Research and Technology

    Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania 538 Venard Road

    Clarks Summit, PA 18411 (570) 585-9265

    jbrodrick@bbc.edu Abstract Our Association was originally organized in order to support small computer users in Education. The nomenclature of small computing is making a come back and this time it fits into a shirt pocket! This presentation will review statements and predictions made last year. It will also show the latest benefits of using a pocket computer by demonstrating the practical uses for it in educa-tion. The presentation will be given using pocket presentation software on the hand-held com-puter to a projector. Adventures of the One ARMed Man Memory Lane At the Convention of World Future Society in 1977, the President of DEC, Kenneth Olson de-clared these words. There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home. With the advent of mobile computing this supposed foolish statement is not too far off the mark. Writing about technology is like writing about vapor over a coffee cup. Here in an instant, and gone just as suddenly. The pocket-pc currently is an evolving breed of computer. Much of this paper may be put the recycle bin within six months. Many of the web sites may disappear, and another pocket pc will undoubtedly have much more to offer next year. Change is a constant. The hand-held computing device came in the early 80s with the introduction of Radio Shacks PC-1. Later the PoqetPad1 came and it ushered in the PCMCIA (Personal Computer Mem-ory Card International Association) device. Apples Newton made its debut in 1993 with a suggest retail price of $699. Many of these represent the early Personal Digital Assistatnt or PDA. Today, notable brands such as the Palm, or Hanspring are in the PDA category, while the more powerful PDAs are called Pocket PCs. Hereinafter, referred to as the PPC. This new breed of hand held device exceeds the capabilities of its forerunners by including common applications found on most desktop computers. The entrance of the PPC brought with it anywhere, anytime communication. Frankly, it also brought with it a higher price tag. But, the added value outweighs the added cost.

    1 Poquet Computer Corp., developed one of the first MS-DOS palmtops; MSRP: $2500.

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    Hand-held vs. Pocket-PC When classifying a really small computer, the main consideration is the display. A PPC has a quarter VGA screen (320x240). A hand-held has a half VGA (640x320) or full VGA (640x480, 800x600) screen. A laptop falls into the column of Hand held computer. Laptops are not de-signed for the ordinary shirt pocket. However, the PPC does a marvelous job of it. The CPU The PPC made its debut equipped with Intels 206 MHz Strong Arm chip. Operating System Most of the PPCs come standard with a pocket version of Windows called Windows CE.2 Linux exists for the PPC. Some PPCs can be purchased with Linux already installed. The majority of PPCs are using the Windows CE environment. Recently, third party developers have made a Palm emulation package for the PPC. This is pri-marily useful for running some of the older (and perhaps out-of-print) titles for the earlier PDAs aforementioned. Applications At the 2001 ASCUE Conference, Applied Business Technologies introduced to attendees of their presentation the use of PPCs and rightly predicted that the demand for this hand-held device will grow as more education-focused applications are created for these devices.3 As of this writing that demand is still increasing and applications for the Pocket-PC are growing exponentially. It is possible to find nearly all of the favorites available. All of the Pocket devices (including mobile-phones) have some kind of contact/address list. The PPC (with Windows CE) uses full i...

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