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Pinnacle InstantCD/DVD – Quick Start Guide Copyright © 2003 Pinnacle Systems Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this manual may be reproduced or transferred to other media without explicit written permission from Pinnacle Systems Inc. All brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. This manual is printed on chlorine-free paper using environmentally safe ink. Pinnacle Systems has written this manual to the best of its knowledge, but does not guarantee that the programs/systems will fulfill the desires of the user. No warranty is made as to the specifications of features. Pinnacle Systems retains the right to make alterations to the content of the manual without the obligation to inform third parties. All tenders, sales, supply and manufacturing contracts from Pinnacle Systems, including consultancy, installation and other contractual performance are subject exclusively to the General Sales and Delivery Terms of Pinnacle Systems.
Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD....................................................................... 1
INSTANTDISC ............................................................... 7
Chapter 2: Getting started......................................................................... 9 Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc .................................................... 11 The InstantDisc main window ............................................................... 11 Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs....................................................... 19 Creating a data disc................................................................................ 21 Creating an audio CD ............................................................................ 23 Creating an MP3 disc ............................................................................ 27 Creating a photo and video disc............................................................. 28 Creating discs in other formats .............................................................. 29 Chapter 5: The Wave Editor ................................................................... 31 The Audio Editor................................................................................... 32 The Arranger ......................................................................................... 37 Chapter 6: The Label Editor ................................................................... 39 Editing labels ......................................................................................... 41
Chapter 7: Introducing InstantCopy...................................................... 47 Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy ................................................................ 49 A closer look at disc copying................................................................. 52 InstantCopy settings .............................................................................. 56 Chapter 9: Advanced options .................................................................. 71 The Device Properties dialog box.......................................................... 71 Chapter 10: Reference topics .................................................................. 77
INSTANTAUDIO .......................................................... 81
Chapter 11: Introducing InstantAudio................................................... 83 Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window .................................................. 85 The Player.............................................................................................. 86 The EQ/FX panel................................................................................... 94 The Playlist.......................................................................................... 101 The Library.......................................................................................... 113 The Preferences dialog ........................................................................ 121 The context menus............................................................................... 127
INSTANTMUSIC ........................................................ 131
Chapter 13: Welcome to InstantMusic................................................. 133 Chapter 14: The Arranger..................................................................... 135 Working with arrangements ................................................................ 140 Marks................................................................................................... 142 Working with samples ......................................................................... 144 Audio recording................................................................................... 149 Editing properties and settings............................................................. 151 Chapter 15: The Sample Editor ............................................................ 155 Chapter 16: Output your arrangement ................................................ 157
EXPRESSION ............................................................ 159
Chapter 17: Overview ............................................................................ 161 Computer requirements ....................................................................... 162 Installing your software ....................................................................... 162 Connecting the camera ........................................................................ 164 On-line help ......................................................................................... 164 Abbreviations and conventions............................................................ 165 Chapter 18: Bringing in video ............................................................... 169 Chapter 19: Previewing the disc ........................................................... 177
Chapter 20: TV screen and remote control.......................................... 185 Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages .................................................. 189 Menu page elements ............................................................................ 189 The Style Chooser ............................................................................... 192 Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows............................................. 197 The Edit Video dialog box................................................................... 198 Trim a scene ........................................................................................ 211 Chapter 23: Making the disc ................................................................. 215 Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts................................................. 219
INSTANTCD/DVD POWER-TOOLS .......................... 231
Chapter 25: InstantWrite ...................................................................... 233 Using InstantWrite............................................................................... 235 Chapter 26: InstantBackup ................................................................... 239 Back up data ........................................................................................ 240 Restore data ......................................................................................... 243 Verify data ........................................................................................... 245 Creating a label.................................................................................... 245 Backup log........................................................................................... 246 Chapter 27: InstantDrive....................................................................... 247 Chapter 28: InstantCinema ................................................................... 249 Chapter 29: InstantTray ....................................................................... 253 Chapter 30: InstantInfo ......................................................................... 257
APPENDICES ............................................................ 259
Appendix A: Media types ...................................................................... 261 Appendix B: License agreement............................................................ 263 Index ........................................................................................................ 267
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audio.Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD Welcome to the Pinnacle InstantCD/DVD starter application. MP3 music. and restore from those backups. Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD 1 . Copy/Backup: Duplicate non-copy-protected CDs and DVDs. which you select with the tabs along the top of the window: Create: Use your disc burner to create a range of disc types including data. The functions are in five groups. photo and video. which serves as a launch pad for every function within the InstantCD/DVD suite of programs. make backups on disc.
Available types include data. on-line documentation and support resources for your InstantCD/DVD software. Help: Access the read-me file. and view video on VCD or Super-VCD discs. audio and music. and adjust InstantCD/DVD settings. Extras: Emulate a CD or DVD disc on your hard drive. Create The functions on this menu allow you to create various types of disc. format a rewritable CD or DVD. Data Disc: Create data discs that can be used to share information with any computer equipped with a compatible drive. re-use a saved disc project. Audio CD: Create a standard audio CD that can be played in an audio CD player. Rip perfect WAV files from CD.are also supported. photo and video.Media: Organize your music files. and launch the Windows Media Player application. 2 InstantCD/DVD . create your own musical compositions. Less common disc types – such as Apple HFS format . create advanced disc types.
The discs can be played back on just about any DVD player. Copy CD/DVD: The InstantCopy program lets you duplicate virtually any non-copy-protected CD or DVD.MP3 Disc: Create compressed CDs holding 5 to 10 times more music than a standard audio CD (but that can only be played using a special MP3 player). Rip audio tracks to MP3 or WMA files. Copy multilayer DVDs onto normal DVD-R or DVD+R media. on writable CDs or DVDs. and use them to create video discs. to make backups on disc. Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD 3 . Photo/Video Disc: Capture video and digital photos. with menus. and to restore from those backups. Copy / Backup The functions on this menu allow you to copy CDs and DVDs. You can even copy directly from one optical drive to another without having to stage the data onto your hard drive.
Compose Music: Arrange. and even span back-ups across several discs. 4 InstantCD/DVD . Organize Music: Organize the audio files available to you in hard drive files and CDs. EQ and effects. then create CDs based on your playlists. This button provides a convenient way of launched Media Player while you are using InstantCD/DVD.Backup: Back up your files to your hard drive. and to launch the Windows Media Player application. Compress files. encrypt back-ups using a password. Media The functions on this menu allow you to organize your music files. and save them on discs of your own music. Media Player: The Windows Media Player is a playback program that can handle many different media types. record and enhance music samples to create songs. CD or DVD. to create your own musical compositions. Create and save playlists with cross-fades. Restore from Backup: Restore some or all of the files from an existing back-up.
InstantCinema: Use this slick player application to view Video CDs and Super Video CDs on your desktop. and Video/Audio DVD. InstantWrite: Format a rewritable CD or DVD to use like a floppy disc in your CD or DVD burner.Extras The functions on this menu allow you to emulate a CD or DVD disc on your hard drive. Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD 5 . to create advanced disc types. to create a CD or DVD from a saved InstantDisc project. Open Project: Open an existing project in the InstantDisc application. Raw/ISO/HFS. Advanced Project: This option lets you use InstantDisc to create advanced CD and DVD projects including Mixed Mode. to format a CD-RW or DVD-RW for reusable storage. InstantDrive: Copy the contents of a CD or DVD onto InstantDrive. Enhanced. a virtual device on your hard drive that emulates a normal CD or DVD reader. and to view video on VCD or Super-VCD discs from your desktop. where you can edit the project or use it to burn a disc.
and to configure the InstantCD/DVD starter application. Contact Support: Contact Pinnacle’s Service and Support Center.Help The functions on this menu let you access the read-me file. Read Me: Read last-minute notes and advice regarding your version of the InstantCD/DVD application suite. Manual: View an elecronically-readable version of the InstantCD/DVD documentation. Settings: Open the InstantCD/DVD settings dialog. where you can adjust the behavior of the starter application to suit your own style. Home: Open your web browser and visit Pinnacle’s home page on the Internet where you can find additional information about and support for InstantCD/DVD. on-line documentation and support resources for your InstantCD/DVD software. 6 InstantCD/DVD .
Versatile CD and DVD recording 7 .
the interface has been made as similar as possible to that of Windows Explorer. InstantDisc is a versatile CD and DVD recording program. which you can use to create your own CDs and DVDs quickly and easily. 9 . Windows 2000 or Windows XP • 200 MByte free hard disk space for the application • If you only have one CD / DVD drive. System requirements Please make sure that your system complies with these minimum requirements • Pentium III or AMD 500 MHz processor • 64 MByte RAM • CD-R/RW • Windows 98SE.Chapter 2: Getting started Welcome to InstantDisc! The InstantDisc application is a vital component of the InstantCD+DVD suite. To make working with InstantDisc an intuitive and familiar experience from the outset. Windows Me. you will need sufficient hard disk space to be able to copy from CD / DVD to the hard disk and back again to CD / DVD.
InstantDisc is usable on a system that meets the requirements above. but for optimal performance the following are recommended: • Pentium 4 or AMD 1.2 GHz processor (or higher) • 128 MByte RAM • DVD-R/RW • Windows XP • At least one CD/DVD reader and one CD/DVD burner for "on the fly" copying 10 InstantCD/DVD .
It displays the file system of the computer and can be switched on or off from the View menu. it contains information about your disc creation projects and the recording hardware installed in the computer. and the main operations supported by the program. The left part of both area contains a “tree view”. Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc 11 . editing music and much more. Entries that can be expanded are indicated by a symbol to the left of the entry. Click the symbol to expand the entry.Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc The topics in this section are designed to familiarize you with the InstantDisc user interface. similar to the Folders panel of Windows Explorer. THE INSTANTDISC MAIN WINDOW For experienced users. • The lower part is the Source Files area. The window is normally divided into two main areas: • The upper part is the Projects area. the main window is the place to start for creating new disks. You can control the amount of depth displayed in the tree view by opening and closing (“expanding” and “collapsing”) parts of the “tree”. creating labels. reading CDs and DVDs.
The InstantDisc main window Drives and folders can be expanded in the file view in the right-hand panels of the display in the same manner as in Windows Explorer. as well as projects you have created in the past. while past projects are stored under “History”. Current projects are located in the “Disc projects” folder. Exploring the projects area This area lists your current disc projects.. The projects are listed under “My computer” in folders named “Disc projects” and “History”. 12 InstantCD/DVD . The Projects area is used to obtain access to your stored projects. past and present.
The single track shown in the illustration above is of the data type. You can expand a data track to show the folder structure to be created on that track on the output disc. including audio and image.Data. When an audio track is selected in the tree view. You will encounter other types. the usual file view in the right-hand panel is replaced by a special graphic view of the track: Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc 13 . each type with its own icon. Tracks: The different kinds of tracks you can write to a disc are again distinguished by their own icons. audio and mixed-mode disc projects are all listed. The illustration above shows a data project open in the “History” folder.
CDs may contain either or both of data and audio tracks. whereas DVDs contain only data tracks. From audio or data tracks to the disc project group: A new disc project is created. Drives: Shows the drives installed in the machine. the drive entry can be expanded to show the tracks on the disc. The most common actions are as follows: • From audio or data tracks to the file system: The • • • • audio tracks are read out as WAV files and stored in the target folder. Writable devices are shown with a different icon than readers. InstantCD/DVD 14 . Tracks: If there is a disc in a drive. From files to the disc project group: A new disc project is created. The dropped files and folders are added to the disc project. including the virtual drive created by the InstantDrive software. The dropped tracks are added to the disc project. From files to an existing disc project: The dropped files and folders are added to the first data track of the disc project. From audio or data tracks to an existing disc project: The dropped tracks are added to the disc project. and the contents of the discs in those drives. A data track is created if none already exists.Hardware The projects area also lists the optical disc drives on your system. Drag-and-drop Most actions in InstantDisc can be carried out using drag-and-drop.
the write dialogue box can be opened using this icon in order to write the project.• From files to a data track of an existing disc project: The dropped files and folders are added to the data track of the disc project. Many actions in the main form can be carried out using the right-button “context” menus associated with the elements in the tree view. Some very important actions can also be carried out using the icons at the top edge of the window. Disc projects that are currently being written or recorders that have already been used are shown "grayed out". • From a disc project to a CD or DVD recorder: This action starts the write dialog for the chosen project and selects the appropriate recorder. • From files or folders to a folder of a data track of an existing disc project: The dropped files and folders are added to the appropriate folder of the data track of the disc project. Simply click with the right mouse button on the appropriate element and select the required action. Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc 15 . Write If the disc project has been selected. InstantDisc supports several parallel write procedures for this purpose.
or MP3 (full version only).Rip disc With this function. WMA. Check the box next to the tracks that you want to read. You can use the slide control for rapid navigation within the song. The tracks on the CD in the selected drive are shown in the left part of the window. 16 InstantCD/DVD . Each track can be “sampled” by means of the playback controls below it. you can read audio CDs and save them as WAV. To rip the tracks: 1.
Select a file format in the dropdown list in the bottom left-hand corner of the window. This happens when the track names are not stored on the CD. Click the rip button in the center of the window. The destination folder can be changed by means of the box above the destination list. The tracks that have been read out can now be sampled with the playback controls. or the disc device does not have the capability of reading the names. 3. Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc 17 .2. The tracks will now be read and displayed on the right-hand side as they are ripped. Get titles When you insert a CD. InstantDisc tries to obtain the names for the tracks on the CD. The default destination is specified in the Settings window. the tracks may be displayed with synthetic names like “Track 1” rather than the actual names of the songs. The Delete button can be used to delete the ripped tracks if desired. Use the Get titles button after your Internet connection is made. and InstantDisc could not access the Internet directory service used for looking up the CD’s track list.
From left to right. activate the Guide me option: Now choose which type of disc you want to create and click the appropriate button. an MP3 disc and a photo/video disc: Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 19 . begin by opening the InstantCD/DVD starter application from your Start menu with Programs InstantCD+DVD InstantCD+DVD. an audio CD.Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs To create a new disc project the easy way. you can choose: a data disc. Select the Create tab: You can also choose whether to be guided through the disc creation by the InstantDisc Assistant. or – if you need capabilities the Assistant doesn’t give you – to work directly with the controls in the InstantDisc Main window. If you want to use the Assistant.
you will be offered many additional choices. The New Disc Project dialog appears. a data disc.Starting a project from the Main window You can also start a new disc project from the InstantDisc Main window. a mixed-mode disc or an MP3 disc. Either click the New project button or right-click the Disc projects folder in the Folder tree. and select the New command from the context menu. See “Creating discs in other formats” on page 29 for more information. 20 InstantCD/DVD . Check the Use disc creation wizard option if you would like to use the InstantDisc Assistant when creating the disc. Note: If you check the Advanced projects option on the New Disc Project dialog. You can create an audio CD. with (by default) four choices.
Creating a data disc with the Assistant Follow the Assistant's instructions. change to the required folder. If you have requested the aid of the InstantDisc Assistant.CREATING A DATA DISC Begin a new data disc using either the InstantCD/DVD starter application or the controls in the main window as described above. Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 21 . you will choose whether to proceed with burning the disc immediately (Write disc). it will now appear. Allocate a name to the disc. and add the files you want using the Add or Add all buttons. or to return to the main InstantDisc window for further preparation (Close this wizard). In the final step.
Creating a data disc without the Assistant If you are not using the Assistant. However. it is not necessary to make any entries in the Properties dialog. The use you make of the other settings will depend on your particular requirements for the disc. it is recommended that you should at least name the disc (or accept the default name). After exiting the Properties dialog with the OK button you will be transferred to the InstantDisc main window. 22 InstantCD/DVD . InstantDisc opens the Properties dialog for the project: In principle.
etc. you choose the source for the audio tracks you want to create: • Audio files • An existing CD • Direct audio input (turntable. CREATING AN AUDIO CD Begin a new audio CD using either the InstantCD/DVD starter application or the controls in the main window as described at the beginning of this chapter. the bar turns from green to red. Creating an audio CD with the Assistant The Assistant guides you through the process of creating an audio CD in a series of simple steps. If you have requested the aid of the InstantDisc Assistant. microphone. Now click on the Write button and the data disc will be created.) Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 23 . The progress bar shows you how much space is left on the disc.Open the required folder in the Source files box and simply drag the selected data into the target box as described under “The InstantDisc Main Window” (page 11). In the first step. When the disc capacity is exhausted. it will now appear.
Each of these types of source is described below. The green progress bar will show you how much space is still available on the CD. but without the Assistant’s help. Audio files Under this option. or. • To add further audio tracks. whether from files. • To continue working. or direct input (Add additional audio tracks). the next step is to select the files in wav or mp3 format that you want to write using the Add button. the Assistant offers three choices of what to do next: • To proceed with burning the disc immediately (Write disc). you can change the order of the files using the Move up and Move down buttons. after you have added tracks from that source to the project. If you have added multiple files. CDs. You can audit files by marking them and clicking the Play button: 24 InstantCD/DVD . No matter which you choose. by switching to the main InstantDisc window (Close this wizard).
you might connect a turntable to your sound card in order to copy vinyl records onto CD. Test that InstantDisc is receiving the intended signal by pressing the Test button. For example. cue your input and click the Record button. and then recording will begin. Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 25 . If everything is working you will see a response on the level meters when you play a record on the turntable or sing into your microphone: Following a successful test. The process of adding tracks is described under “Rip disc” on page 16. which takes you through the audio capture process without actually creating the audio file. You will be asked to enter a filename.Existing CD Activate this option to import songs from an existing audio CD. Insert the source CD: its contents will be listed on the Add audio tracks page of the Assistant. ending when you click the Stop button. or use a microphone to record yourself singing or playing a musical instrument. Direct audio This option lets you create tracks by recording audio directly from a device connected to the sound card.
You can also select files for the CD by selecting the New track command in the audio CD project’s context 26 InstantCD/DVD . you will continue working in the InstantDisc main window. InstantDisc opens the Properties dialog for the project.Creating a CD without the Assistant If you are not using the Assistant. and drag files into the right-hand panel of the Projects area. In the Source files folder browser. locate the folder containing the audio data that you want to burn onto the CD. When you close the Properties dialog. The CD-Text tab on this dialog lets you enter information about the disc.
menu. it will now appear. Creating an MP3 disc with the Assistant The Assistant guides you through the process of creating an MP3 disc in a series of simple steps. The only difference with an MP3 project is that the option of using direct input to create an audio track is not available. In the first step. CREATING AN MP3 DISC Begin a new MP3 disc using either the InstantCD/DVD starter application or the controls in the main window as described at the beginning of this chapter. See “Creating a data disc without the Assistant page” on page 22 for details. This invokes the Assistant to help you with creating one or more tracks. you choose the source for the tracks you want to create: • Audio files • An existing CD Both sources are described under “Creating an audio CD with the Assistant” on page 23. The amount of free space remaining on the CD is shown by the progress bar at the bottom of the main window. Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 27 . The audio data will be automatically written in mp3 format when your disc is created. If you have requested the aid of the InstantDisc Assistant. You can easily change the order of the titles with the help of the Move up and Move down buttons on the toolbar at the top of the main window.
or direct input (Add additional audio tracks). by switching to the main InstantDisc window (Close this wizard). or. The creation of your photo and video disc is carried out in the Pinnacle Expression application. 28 InstantCD/DVD . • To add further audio tracks. but without the Assistant’s help. CDs. whether from files. The only difference is that the files you select will be either mp3 files or audio files (wav or wma). Creating an MP3 disc without the Assistant If you are not using the Assistant. CREATING A PHOTO AND VIDEO DISC Begin a new Video CD or DVD of your digital pictures and videos using either the InstantCD/DVD starter application or the controls in the main window as described at the beginning of this chapter. The audio files will be converted to mp3 format when your disc is created. • To continue working. Expression is covered in its own section of this manual. the process of creating an MP3 disc is just the same as that for an ordinary data disc. the Assistant offers three choices of what to do next: • To proceed with burning the disc immediately (Write disc).After you have added tracks from the chosen source to the project.
InstantDisc offers a number of less frequently used formats in addition to the usual ones. Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 29 . but provided extra power for those who may require it.Creating a photo / video disc in Pinnacle Expression. The advanced options probably won’t be needed by most users. CREATING DISCS IN OTHER FORMATS If you use the Advanced projects option on the New Disc Project dialog (click the New project button in the main window).
double-click on it in the Projects window. Chapter 5: The Wave Editor 31 . The track will open in the Wave Editor: Two editing options available to you: the Audio Editor and the Arranger. To begin editing a track.Chapter 5: The Wave Editor The InstantDisc main window provides many options open for editing your audio tracks.
32 InstantCD/DVD . and down to reduce the level. Equalizer In this group of controls. each slider represents a range (or “band”) within the audio frequency spectrum. Push the slider up to increase the level of the corresponding band.THE AUDIO EDITOR This is the standard Wave Editor view. It offers a number of controls that let you customize or apply corrections to the current audio track. The bands governed by the sliders increase in frequency from left to right. which determines the volume for the track. The global volume control To the right of the audio waveform display is a vertical slider for setting the volume for it can be found the volume control. Panorama The left-right balance is adjusted by means of this control.
Drag the handles as required until you achieve the desired volume curve. Create new adjustment handles by doubleclicking within the volume control area.Local volume control You can correct the volume up or down at individual points on the track by means of the local volume control. Tracks and indices Long tracks can be split or indices (jump targets) assigned by mean of the Tracks and indices bar. which Chapter 5: The Wave Editor 33 . The wave graphs on the display respond in real time as you manipulate the volume: Local volume control (before) Local volume control (after) Tip: Right-click in the local volume area and select the Clear command to reset the volume curve.
the entire waveform is shown in the bottom graph. To split a track or assign an index: • Double-click in the upper or lower half of the Tracks and indices bar. click in the bar. buttons Split tracks can be rejoined by means of the Join Tracks button or the Join Tracks command from the right-button context menu. while the lower half is used to set indices. Next. Important: Indices. Project overview Where the upper waveform graph in the Audio Editor may show only a portion of the current track. Or. depending on whether you want to work with split-points or indices. • With of the Split Track and Set Index in the main window toolbar.is immediately below the local volume control. cannot be written by all burners and cannot be read by all recorders. 34 InstantCD/DVD . The upper half of the bar is used to set split points within the current track. which make it possible to jump to a particular point within a track. and select either Split Track or Add Index from the context menu.
Play. the toolbar provides a number of useful controls. Pause. • Zoom in and Zoom out adjust to a more or less detailed view respectively. Zoom controls These buttons allow to control the magnification of the Audio Editor view. Stop Use these standard transport control buttons to begin. Effects The Effects toolbar button opens a dropdown menu of six different effects that you can apply to any track. or from the Chapter 5: The Wave Editor 35 . pause or halt playback.Audio Editor toolbar controls While the Audio Editor is open. From left to right: • Show complete fits the whole waveform into the visible area of the editor. • Zoom selection focuses in on the area you have selected with the right mouse button in the Audio Editor. Selecting one of the effects from this menu.
Move the slider right to increase the speed and raise the pitch of the playback. • Flanger: Flanging is an electronic distortion effect that can be used to produce an eerie or “spacey” version of the audio track to which it is applied. 36 InstantCD/DVD . • Reverb: This effect simulates the effect of acoustic spaces of varying size and reflectivity on the sound of the playback. • Pitch: Modifies the playback speed and pitch of the track. or left to decrease the speed and lower the pitch. opens a dialog where you can select and configure the effect(s) you want to use: The available effects include: • Decrackle / Denoise: This filter reduces undesirable crackle and noise that may have been introduced when the audio track was originally recorded. • Delay: This effect adds an adjustable delay to either the left or the right audio channel. • Phase shifting: This effect combines the audio signal from the track with a “phase shifted” version of itself to produce a variety of interesting possible sounds.Waveedit Effects menu on the main menu bar.
Save settings Be sure to save your settings before exiting the Audio Editor. Unsaved changes will be lost. right-click the project you want to arrange and choose the Track arranger command: The Arranger opens in the right-hand panel of the projects area: Chapter 5: The Wave Editor 37 . In the projects area. THE ARRANGER The Arranger helps you combine your project’s tracks into a single compilation. This can be used to compensate for differences in the original levels of tracks from different sources.Normalize The Normalize button adjust the level of all the tracks so that they share the same volume range.
The green line shows the current position in the project. You can now adjust the volume level by double-clicking and dragging with the mouse. you can shorten tracks by dragging with the mouse. Show / Hide You can show or hide the title by dragging the white boxes at the corners of the track. For instance. Be sure to save your settings before leaving the Arranger! 38 InstantCD/DVD . Track marks You can define track marks so that the CD is written with different tracks and not with one track “in one piece”. Start and end marks are red lines. You can define the start of the project by means of a start mark and the end of the project by means of an end mark.Here you can arrange the tracks at will. You can change to the editing mode by clicking on a white box with the right mouse button and using the Edit Mode command. You will recognize track marks in the Arranger by a dotted yellow line.
Chapter 6: The Label Editor If you want to create a label for your CD or DVD. click once with the right mouse button and choose the Label command from the context menu. These templates contain different fonts. Back and Disc buttons. and select one of the Pinnacle templates. You can view inserts (front and rear) as well as the disc label. View buttons You can view the label from all angles using the Front. If you make changes to a template and want to use it as a template for other labels. The Label Editor will open and the information for your current disc will be automatically imported. save the label as a template using Templates and Save. text sizes. backgrounds etc. Mark the required project. Chapter 6: The Label Editor 39 . from the Wave Editor. You can start the Label Editor from the InstantDisc main window. or with View in the main menu bar. Templates Want a different background or a more stylish layout? Click Template in the menu bar. choose Open. You can now arrange this information to your personal requirements. and from the Arranger. start the InstantDisc Label Editor.
The Properties command on the label’s right-button context menu lets you view and modify the current label information.
A CD tray insert created in the Label Editor. The General tab If you activate the Print guidelines check box, this may make it easier to cut out the sleeve later. The Font tab Here you can set the font, text size, style (e.g. bold and italic) and the color for any text on the label. The Background tab The current background will be displayed for the front and rear side and for the label. You can load a different background using the Load button. The Labels tab The current labels are displayed.
Tip: As the settings of the margins on different printers differ considerably, before making the final printout you should make trial prints on paper and – if necessary – change the position and the diameter.
As there are up to three labels on the sheet, you can specify which of the labels (top, middle, bottom) are to be printed. The Insert tab This is where you define the format of the insert. If you want a folding insert, activate this check box. If the front and rear are to be printed on one sheet, activate the corresponding option.
To edit the existing text: Mark the text, click with the right mouse button and choose Properties – or simply double-click the text.
Change at will. The Preview window shows how the text will appear.
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Adding new graphic objects to your label To add new text: Click the Text button, creating a text field. Now proceed in the same way as for editing text: either choose Properties from the new field’s context menu, or double-click the field. To add a rectangle: Click the Rectangle button. Now click in the label. A square will appear at the mouse position. To edit it, use its context menu Properties command. The properties you can modify for a rectangle include its size and position, line features (type, thickness, color) and fill color. You can select from a palette of standard colors or mix custom colors as required. If the rectangle is to be transparent, activate the Transparent checkbox. To add an ellipse: Click the Ellipse button. Now click with the mouse in the label. A circle will appear. To edit it, click with the right mouse button on the circle and choose Properties. As well as the size and position, you can change the line type, line thickness and line colour. The fill colour can also be changed. If the standard colours are not enough for you, simply mix new ones. If the ellipse is to be transparent, activate the Transparent checkbox. To add a picture: Click the Add picture button. Click Load, change to the appropriate folder and open the picture. Important: The picture must be available as a bmp file.
Manipulating graphic objects To bring an object to the foreground: To move an object in front of the other objects on the label, select the object and click the Move to front button. To move an object to the background: To move an object behind the other objects, select it and click Move to back. To group objects: Mark the objects that you want to group, either by clicking them in succession while holding down the Shift key, or by dragging a frame around the objects with the mouse. When you have the selection you want, choose the Group command in the Object menu. To ungroup objects: Mark the appropriate object and choose the Ungroup command in the Object menu. Other commands To zoom in or out: Click the Magnifying glass button. You can enlarge the label image by clicking with the left mouse button, and reduce it with the right button. To make the text circular: Click the Circle Text button then click within the label. The Properties dialog box will appear. As well as the size, position and the text attributes, you can also set up the circular alignment as you wish here.
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start Windows manually. Windows will start automatically on most systems.exe” file. for example: • Copy DVD video to either DVD or CD. • Perform copies – even those requiring compression – directly from one disc to another. If it does not. Insert the InstantCopy CD-ROM. and double-click the “Setup” or “Setup. The set-up program will start automatically on most systems. InstantCopy has many powerful features. open the CDROM drive in Windows Explorer. Chapter 7: Introducing InstantCopy 47 . • Copy a dual-layer DVD to a single writable DVD using your choice of automatic or user-configured compression. 1. To install InstantCopy: Switch on your computer. If it does not. The language used by the set-up program is determined by your Regional Settings in the Windows Control Panel. 2. Note: You must log in with administrator rights to carry out the installation.Chapter 7: Introducing InstantCopy InstantCopy is an easy-to-use program for copying CDs and DVDs. double-click the My Computer icon on the Windows desktop. Despite its surface simplicity. without having to use your hard drive for intermediate storage.
3. 48 InstantCD/DVD . 4.Follow the instructions provided within the installer program for entering your user information and for setting the directory where InstantCopy should be installed on your system. After the installation is complete. you should be able to run InstantCopy from your Start menu. Click the Next button to advance from one screen to the next.
To access this. click on the device with the right mouse button and choose Copy CD/DVD from the local menu. The InstantCopy windows appears: All connected drives are automatically shown in the Source and/or Destination device selection lists.Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy InstantCopy can be started in two different ways: • With the InstantCopy command on your Windows Start menu. • From the local menu of your disc-burner device. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 49 .
Press the Start button to begin copying. InstantCopy also provides a number of ways of customizing the copy process for particular requirements. Please see “A closer look at disc copying” (page 52) and “InstantCopy settings” (page 56) for details. please see “Writing to multiple drives” on page 56. DVD-R. Select one or more drives on the Destination side. Of course. There are three possibilities: • Copying from CD to CD.Copying a disc Most disc copies can be performed simply by selecting the source and destination drives and pressing the Start button. In each case. Copyright considerations aside. DVD+R) or rewritable (CD-RW. DVD-RW. the disc you are copying to must be recordable (CD-R. 3. 50 InstantCD/DVD . 2. • Copying from DVD to DVD. many DVD discs include built-in protection that prevents them from being copied. To copy a disc using default settings: Select a drive on the Source side of the InstantCopy window by clicking on the drive name. but the disc you are copying from can be of any type that is readable in the source drive. Note: You are responsible for ensuring that your disc copying does not infringe any copyright restrictions on the source material. 1. DVD+RW). • Copying from DVD to CD. For special considerations that apply when copying to more than one drive.
You can specify Quick or Complete. Properties opens the Device Properties dialog box. Determine Capacity tests the actual maximum writing capacity of the disc in the drive. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 51 . See “Erasing CD-RWs” below. Erasing CD-RWs InstantCopy allows you to erase CD-RW discs. right click on the CD recorder in the Source or Destination list and select Erase Disc from the context menu. and can be used for “oversize writing” on some recorders when the disc at once write method is used.Device menu If you right-click the name of a disc device in the Source and Destination lists. which is described in detail beginning on page 71. a pop-up “context” menu appears: Eject Disc simply opens the tray on the specified drive if it is currently closed. Erase Disc erases the current contents of the disc in the drive if that disc is a rewritable CD (CD-RW). To erase a CD-RW. This should be somewhat greater than the disc’s nominal capacity. The erase method you should use depends on your CDRWs and the CD recorder.
which can be the source for subsequent copies to disc.A CLOSER LOOK AT DISC COPYING As we have seen. InstantCopy provides numerous settings that allow you to adjust and customize the copying process. Copying from a hard drive If a hard drive is chosen as the source of a copy. These are available through the Advanced button. That folder is created if you use a third-party product to copy a DVD to the hard drive. or if you use InstantCopy to copy a DVD that does not have CSS encryption. See “InstantCopy settings” (page 56) for more information. InstantCopy will ask you to choose an ifo file that is contained in a folder named “Video_ts”. This is one way to go about making multiple copies of a disc: first create a pdi image file on the hard drive. Copying to a hard drive Copying from CD or DVD to the hard drive creates a pdi file. a local copy of the files as they should appear on the DVD. the data to be copied must be in one of these formats: • A disc image file with the extension pdi. the first step in the copying process is to select the source and target drives in the InstantCopy window. In addition. then make the copies from there. 52 InstantCD/DVD . • In the case of a video DVD. • A CUE file.
Omitting unneeded tracks from the copy leaves more room for video data on the target disc. Copying DVD video to DVD Start the copying process as usual.Copying a CD or a data DVD After you have selected the source and target drives. which in general means higher-quality video. the Customize Disc dialog box will shortly appear: This dialog lets you edit and delete DVD content. If you have selected Customized Resize in your DVD Settings (see page 58). simply click on Start and follow the instructions in the program. and clicking Start. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 53 . adjusting any settings as needed. and perhaps adjusted some settings. set up the video quality of the individual titles. by selecting the drives. and remove audio and subtitle tracks from the list of items to be copied.
“PCM” or “AC3” audio tracks must be available. Note: The Customize Disc dialog box may sometimes appear even if you have selected Automatic Resize as your copy method. begin by inserting a blank CD in the target drive and clicking Start. but S-VCDs are less widely supported. 54 InstantCD/DVD . Under either method. Copying DVD video to VCD or S-VCD VCD (Video CD) and S-VCD (Super Video-CD) are disc formats for storing video on CD media.You can achieve optimum picture quality for the currently selected track by ensuring that the Data Size bar is set as high as possible (but remains within the green area) after your adjustments have been made. This occurs in cases where the program needs your input to produce the best copy. and click Start. Next. choose VCD or S-VCD as the target format. Most DVD players will play back VCDs. This allows you to copy DVD discs even with a CD burner (though you will still need a DVD-ROM drive to read the source disc). You can check the contents of individual video tracks by means of the Preview tab. the dialog may even appear twice. If you are copying to CD. In order to create DVDs that can be played on standalone DVD players. if InstantCopy’s further analysis of the source disc indicates a need for more user input. Other audio tracks can be deactivated to make way for higher-quality video. whether you are copying to a CD or to the hard disk.
Subtitle The subtitles you copy onto VCD or S-VCD are not stored separately as they are on the DVD but are instead inserted directly into the video picture.Because it is not possible to include audio tracks or more than one subtitle track in the copy. the Select Title And Audio Stream dialog box is displayed: This dialog lets you choose one language (if multiple languages are available on the source disc) and one subtitle track (if there is more than one) for each source track. Audio streams Select which one of the listed audio tracks you wish to copy. They can therefore not be turned off. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 55 . This is why you have the option of None when selecting the subtitles to copy.
You can achieve this simply by selecting all the drives in the Destination list that you want to write to. The drives must be of the same type and able to write at the same speed. Open the settings area of the InstantCopy window by clicking the Advanced button. The data from the DVD is converted to the target format and copied onto as many CDs as required. This opens a new area at the bottom of the window with tabs to select the category of setting that you want to view or adjust.After you have made your selections on the Select Title And Audio Stream dialog box. In this illustration. click OK to begin the copying process. the Write settings are currently selected. 56 InstantCD/DVD . Writing to multiple drives InstantCopy enables you to write to several drives simultaneously. To access all the available settings. click the Advanced button in the main InstantCopy window. The best results are obtained when the same recorder models are used. InstantCopy lets you adjust numerous options if required. INSTANTCOPY SETTINGS Although in many cases you should be able to copy discs successfully using just the default settings.
• Start writing without confirming continues into the writing phase without requiring user input.General settings These are global or miscellaneous settings that affect multiple aspects of the copying process.37 GB for a DVD). this directory should be located on the fastest hard disk drive on your system. The After simulation setting determines how the write process will run after a successful simulation run: • Start writing after confirming means that user confirmation will be requested before the write process is begun. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 57 . After simulation In cases where there is concern that a copy done under some particular set-up might fail. See “Simulate writing if possible” on page 67 for more information. and 4. Temporary directory The temporary directory specifies the directory for buffered data. you have the option of running a simulated copy to test the set-up without wasting a disc. and that drive should have at least enough free space to accommodate a full disc’s worth of data (about 700 MB for a CD. For optimum results.
Automatic. DVD settings This group of settings affect the way InstantCopy copies a DVD video disc to a recordable DVD or CD. Disable screensaver while writing Some screen savers require a lot of system resources while they are running. Select this option to prevent your screen saver from activating during the write process. and can thus interfere with copying if they activate while InstantCopy is writing to the disc. The default choice. 58 InstantCD/DVD . is equivalent to ASAPI. The other choices are Windows SPTI and ASPI. Copy method These options affect the amount of data from the source DVD that will be written to the destination disc(s). but the other interfaces are available for particular circumstances.Programming interface type This setting specifies how InstantCopy should communicate with the disc hardware. Pinnacle recommends the default setting.
Most commercial DVDs are “dual-layered”. To increase the quality still further. A successful copy under this method requires that the amount of data on the source DVD is no larger than the capacity of the target DVD. meaning that there can be up to 8.7 GB). special features and extra audio language tracks. the sophisticated technology built into InstantCopy is able to compress the duallayer DVD onto a single layer with minimal loss of quality. See “A closer look at copying” on page 52 for details. Single-layer DVDs are copied directly. Because the capacity of a blank DVD recordable disc is 4. When is a GB not a GB? Please see “Measuring storage” on page 79 for details about the units of storage. The laser in the DVD player reads the first layer. Customized resize: This option lets you manually optimize the methods used to reduce the size of the video and audio data that will be copied. Automatic resize: With this option. Other video on the source disc.7 GB. and why your 4.4 GB of data on one side of the disc. Direct: This option creates an unmodified copy of the source DVD. is ignored.7 GB. then refocuses deeper into the disc to read the second layer. which can be up to 4. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 59 . it would ordinarily be impossible to copy a dual-layer DVD onto one layer. InstantCopy allows you to remove unwanted material such as trailers. including menus and other short items.5 GB computer file is too large for your 4.7 GB DVD disc. Main movie only: Only the main movie track and the main audio track are copied. InstantCopy automatically reduces the size of the source data on a duallayer DVD to fit within the storage capacity of a recordable blank DVD (4. However.
When High Speed mode is selected. You have many more customization options for DVDs than for the other types of disc. The choice of destination disc will be reflected in the disc customization dialogs (see page 52). Reduction method This option specifies the approach that InstantCopy should use when compressing a dual-layer disc onto a single recordable DVD. The Automatic (default) choice is High Quality. 60 InstantCD/DVD . Note: If you have selected the customized resize copy method (see above).Preferred destination The Automatic option sets the output disc type to DVD. CD aspect ratio This setting only applies to copies from DVD to VCD or S-VCD. but you may expect slightly lower quality. you will have the opportunity to set the reduction method on a track-by-track basis. It lets you specify how the wider frame-size of the DVD video should be adapted to the squarer (four to three) format of the target disc. the compression will be up to four times faster.
but this time you’re specifying whether subtitle tracks in the given languages will be copied. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 61 . of the indicated type of additional content you want to include in the copy. The Anamorphic option is suitable for playing back on televisions that support the 16:9 widescreen format. if any. Each tab lets you control which components. with three additional tabs that you can use to further customize your DVD copying.The Automatic option is equivalent to selecting the Letter Box option. Subtitles: The Subtitles page is organized in exactly the same way. Audio streams: Many DVDs include audio content in multiple languages. which creates a letterbox copy with a side ratio of 4:3. Check or uncheck the boxes on this page according to whether or not you want content in the corresponding language to be copied. Settings The Settings button provides access to the Advanced DVD Copy Settings dialog box.
all the information stored on the disc is transferred in unmodified form. In most cases. making it at best pointless to cancel the prohibitions. the prohibited actions simply don’t apply to the content. however. When the capability is needed. In Raw mode. The available modes are User Data and Raw. Transfer mode The transfer mode defines which data from the CD are read and written. including control and other data that 62 InstantCD/DVD . checking the boxes will remove chosen prohibitions from the copy even if they occur on the source disc. These tell playback equipment to disallow particular options or navigation actions.User prohibitions: Among the information stored on a DVD disc is a set of user prohibition codes. which is not supported by all drives. CD settings The settings on this tab apply when the source disc for the copy is a CD.
User data is preferred. when available. To minimize such delays. these further settings become available: Use error seek and Error seek range: When an attempt is made to read data from defective or protected areas of a disc. • Errors are copied: the same error is reproduced at the equivalent location on the target disc. you may be able to achieve a working copy using one of the other options. The Automatic option defaults to User Data as the transfer mode. In the User Data mode. For normal copies.are not ordinarily passed on. • Error reports are ignored: the copy operation continues as though no error had been detected. InstantCopy can test Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 63 . is the recommended setting only if an exact copy is required. Raw mode. the extra data is not transmitted. When you choose Ignore read errors. For copy-protected disks. it can take a long time to read a sector. which should work with every drive combination. Error handling Strategy: InstantCopy can handle errors reported by the source drive in three different ways: • Errors abort the process.
If a good sector is reported. the faster the process becomes. The higher the step width. InstantCopy seeks back to find the first available readable sector and continues to copy. In such cases. you should deactivate this check box. On copyprotected disks the subchannel data may be a disk ID or other necessary information. This can be used to compensate for a drive that can’t reliably detect the original pause. Fixed gaps between tracks Check this box to set the pause between CD tracks to two seconds instead of the original pause length. but the greater the chance of missing smaller readable areas. Repair subchannel data The information known as “subchannel data” is stored differently from the main data on the disk. Useful values for the step width generally lie between 100 and 1000.for defective sectors in steps whose size is set by the Error seek range control. 64 InstantCD/DVD . Write settings The Write tab gives you control over settings that affect the way writing to disc is carried out by InstantCopy.
the Close Disc method will always be used. Closing method This setting defines how the writing process is finished. sometimes it can be useful to choose a lower speed.Write method The write methods available to you depend on your disc burner hardware and drivers. If you choose the Automatic option. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 65 . See “The Closing Methods” on page 78 for more information. Copies Enter the number of copies of the source disc you wish to create. However. The Automatic option defaults to Close session. InstantCopy will prompt you to insert new blank discs as required. the default write method – Disc at Once – will be used. See “The Write Methods” on page 77 for more information. Write speed InstantCopy normally selects the highest writing speed allowed by your disc-burning hardware. However. if you have selected Automatic or Disc at Once as the write method.
Overwrite rewritable media without confirmation By default. 66 InstantCD/DVD . InstantCopy warns you before it begins to copy if the target CD or DVD is rewritable (as opposed to “write-once”). check this box.whether to decrease the demands on your system. and write errors will occur. This may be of particular value when reading from a CD-ROM. where even small errors can lead to a significant deterioration in the reading speed. and the effective read speed may be further reduced if errors occur. since any files that are already on the disc will be destroyed in the process. only the speeds that are actually available for the target disc will be displayed. However. the data will not be delivered to the target device quickly enough. Selecting Write to hard disk first causes the data to be buffered to the hard disk drive before being copied to the target device. if you don’t want to be warned. If it falls too low. Under the Automatic setting the write speed will be set to High. or to allow for speed limitations in the device being copied from. Write to hard disk first Devices that read optical discs are usually not as fast as hard drives. If you have already inserted a disc into the drive. It is recommended that you keep the default setting.
you can perform a simulated write first by checking this box before starting the copy. If the writing procedure is discontinued. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 67 . If an interruption does occur (due to a read failure. the write process cannot continue. but the write laser is switched off. all read and write operations are executed normally. for example). the destination disc is not affected and can be used after correcting the error. If you anticipate possible problems with a disc copy. Note: Not all disc burners support switching off the laser as required for simulated writing. If you are not sure about the performance of your system you should always try a simulation before the actual write. During the simulation.Simulate writing if possible Successful writing to a CD or DVD depends on an uninterrupted flow of data from the source drive. Read settings The Read tab lets you control settings relating to reading from a source drive.
A reasonable minimum value for typical drives is 3. you can try decreasing the value to speed up the process. the read speed should be at least double the write speed. as with Software read retries. because drives will automatically move down to a lower speed if read errors occur. the audio quality gets worse at higher speeds. A normal value is 10 attempts and. If you have already inserted a disc into the drive. For special uses like copying discs with known read errors. For direct copying from one optical disc device to another. for instance. you can decrease the value to speed up the process. A normal value is 10 attempts. Hardware read retries This value specifies the number of times the hardware will read a sector until a read error is reported. If you choose the Automatic option. Software read retries This value specifies how many attempts the software should make to read a sector when read errors are reported by the drive. With some drives. 68 InstantCD/DVD . Audio read speed Use this setting to set the speed at which audio tracks are read. We suggest using the highest available speed. the read speed will be set to Maximum.Data read speed This setting controls the speed at which data tracks are read. only the read speeds that are actually available for that disc will appear in the list. The optimum speed depends on your drive. The recommended minimum value is 3. The Automatic (default) read speed therefore corresponds to Maximum.
Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 69 .Activity log Here you will find a report of InstantCopy’s activities during the current session.
you should be able to operate InstantCopy successfully without having to modify the settings described here for your optical disc drives. accessed by tabs across the top of the dialog. however. THE DEVICE PROPERTIES DIALOG BOX Access the property settings for an optical disc device by clicking the drive in the Source or Destination device lists with your right mouse button and selecting Properties from the local menu. you can access these settings for the devices listed in the InstantCopy window. The settings are in groups. When required.Chapter 9: Advanced options In most circumstances. Chapter 9: Advanced options 71 .
72 InstantCD/DVD .General The General tab of the Device Properties dialog box displays the type of device along with version and manufacturer information. and additional features like the ability to read ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) and UPC (Universal Product Code). The list of read features shows the disc types and speeds supported.
Writer This tab of the Device Properties dialog box provides driver and feature information about the currentlyselected disc writer device. Chapter 9: Advanced options 73 .
The Read UPC button lets you read the disc’s UPC (Universal Product Code) if your drive supports this feature.Disc The Disc properties tab provides information about the disc currently in the drive. Click the Refresh button if you insert a new disc while the properties dialog is displaying. 74 InstantCD/DVD .
Set hardware retries: This is the same as Set hardware retries on the Read tab. Chapter 9: Advanced options 75 . Software read retries: This is the same as Software read retries on the Read tab.Settings Some of the settings on this page are the same as those provided on the InstantCopy Read tab (see “Read settings” on page 67). Read audio speed: This is the same as Audio read speed on the Read tab. Read data speed: This is the same as Data read speed on the Read tab. It doesn’t matter which location you access them from.
However. If you are not sure whether the disc size is sufficient. as invalid codes can cause the write process to fail. the option only works with disc-at-once recording and only with some CD recorders. InstantCopy has an internal database that includes capacity information for most CD-R(W)s. Invalid ISRC codes can cause the write process to fail. Write ISRC Code: Check this box if your drive is able to write ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) codes and you want to use this feature. Check this box if your drive is able to write CD-Text and you want to use this feature. In any case. writing more data on a CD-R(W) than the guaranteed capacity of the disc – is possible if this option is checked. Be sure to use valid UPC numbers. Depending on the brand of disc you choose. you can find out by right-clicking the drive and selecting Determine capacity (but be prepared for a somewhat lengthy operation). Write UPC Code: Check this box if your drive is able to write UPC (Universal Product Code) codes and you want to use this feature. 76 InstantCD/DVD . you can enable it by checking this box. Write CD Text: CD-Text is optional added text information included on some CDs and readable by some players. up to 20MB or so of extra space may be available for copying. Use Burnproof/Justlink: Burnproof and Justlink are technologies for preventing write errors due to “buffer underruns”.Use DirectWrite: Oversize writing – that is. If your disc burner supports either technology. Such errors occur when the destination drive requests data faster than the source drive can supply it. so this step is not usually required.
the Disc at once mode is suggested for audio discs. do not close the session after the first write. The write methods InstantCopy provides three standard methods of writing data onto the destination disc. Because of this. If you want to write additional audio tracks.Chapter 10: Reference topics These topics provide additional details on the “write methods” and “closing methods” that are available to you when creating discs. Be aware that an audio CD player can only detect the first session on such a “multi-session” disc. Track at once This method is available for nearly all recorders. Chapter 10: Reference topics 77 . A disadvantage of the Track at once write mode is that there will be a brief pause between tracks (up to two seconds) and there may be some hiss or crackle. Not all disc-burners support all three. Until you finalize the disc you can add more sessions after the first as long as there is enough space left on the disc. The tracks are written one by one and the table of contents is written after the last track.
InstantCopy is able to duplicate the source data exactly. 78 InstantCD/DVD . however. Tracks can be appended to one another without pauses if desired. Your choice of closing method determines whether or not you can later write more data to the disc – unless your write method is Disc at once.Disc at once Using this write method. Its main advantage is the optimum utilization of space. The current session stays open. in which case further writing is never possible and the closing method setting is not considered. Leave disc open This closing method finishes the writing of the track. CD-ROM drives and Audio CD players are not able to use such CDs until they have been finalized. all the data that will eventually appear on the disc are written in one pass. Unlike Disc at once. in Raw mode all data are controlled by the program. You cannot later add data to a disc written with this method. the data are written to the disc in one pass. The closing methods The closing method defines how the write process is finished. the option of using DirectWrite (when supported by the recorder) and the absence of audible glitches between tracks. making it possible to write data to the disc which otherwise couldn’t be written. This makes it possible for InstantCopy to control the pauses between tracks. With this feature. Raw Using this write method. and more tracks can be added to it. where some of the data written to the disc are created by the burner itself.
The result is that the 4. no one can change the content of the disc (although the disc can still be erased if it is rewritable).7 GB of data. so “round numbers” of bytes are quantities like 1024 (two raised to the tenth power). If you are creating an Audio CD. Of course the medium itself must be readable. Unfortunately.7 GB disc – it’s too big! Computer storage is almost always organized in powers of two.5 GB file on your hard drive will not fit on your 4. because the “GB” unit is used to mean two different things. all the tracks should therefore be written one session: don’t finalize the disc until all your last track has been written. If you select this option. Close disc This option is a kind of write protection for the disc. while a normal CD player is not capable of reading multi-session discs and will detect only the first session on your CD. a quantity that has the prefix “kilo” in the SI system of measurement used by scientist and engineers. Not all CD-ROM drives can read CD-RWs. even that seemingly simple statement is rather misleading. Those slices are usually called kilobytes (abbreviated KB or Kbyte) simply because of the accident that 1024 is quite close to 1000. Measuring storage A blank DVD is often said to hold 4. Chapter 10: Reference topics 79 . is in terms of how many 1024-byte “slices” it contains.Close session Once the session has been closed. most drives are able to read the disc. or a chunk of computer memory. One common way to refer to the size of a computer file.
the third of these is generally preferred.000 bytes – which corresponds to only about 4.37 GB in terms of computer storage.For instance. we generally use “gigabyte” to mean 1024 MB. The file sizes reported by Windows (in Windows Explorer. • 1024 KB. the manufacturers of DVDs have chosen to use the SI meaning of “giga”.7 GB” disc in fact has a capacity of 4. or 1.824 bytes.096 kilobytes as normal SI usage would indicate.741. after the SI “mega” prefix. so a “4. What do we mean by a megabyte (MB or Mbyte)? One might suppose it to be any of these: • A million bytes exactly. The same reasoning holds true when we move up to the next SI prefix and talk about gigabytes (GB or Gbyte). 4096 bytes is equivalent to exactly four kilobytes – not 4.048. or 1. 80 InstantCD/DVD .576 byte. • 1000 KB. In fact. or 1. this small but manageable confusion of terms becomes more tangled. Rather than exactly one billion (one thousand million) bytes.000 bytes. for example) are “correct” according to this normal usage. and again because of the way storage is actually organized.700.000.024. With larger quantities. Unfortunately.073.
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WMA. store and open playlists in three commonly used formats. • Encode and decode audio in mp3PRO format.Chapter 11: Introducing InstantAudio InstantAudio is a powerful and versatile program. • Create a database of your music – called the Library or the Pool – that allows you to enter additional information for each song. Chapter 11: Introducing InstantAudio 83 . • Create. packed with features and underpinned by advanced digital sound-processing. • Apply EQ (i. Note: Some versions of InstantAudio have limits on the number of times you are allowed to use the mp3PRO encoder. • Cut and edit MP3 files in an Editor. Wave. Wave. • Export audio in MP3. Aiff. you will need to purchase an upgrade to enable unlimited encoding. mp3PRO is an improved MP3 format that cuts the files sizes in half while retaining the full quality. With InstantAudio. increase or decrease the level of bass. • Record audio and store it in MP3. mid or treble frequencies) and improve the sound using four additional real time effects. Ogg Vorbis and audio CD tracks. you can: • Open and play back audio files in the formats MP3. Aiff. After you reach this limit. Real Audio and WMA format. A flexible search function lets you display all songs in the Library for which a certain word or descriptive term can be found in the available categories. Aiff or Ogg Vorbis format.e. Wave.
84 InstantCD/DVD . • Set InstantAudio to automatically metanormalize audio files. either upon file export or when recording a CD. the default skin was used. In this manual. Different sets of user interface graphics (skins) are supplied with the program. The current skin can be changed using InstantAudio’s context menus. • Show or hide individual program panels. • Switch between different user interface skins that give your program a different look and feel. • Store your songs on data CDs (as MP3 CDs) and/or audio CDs (CD recorder required). play back or record onto CD. We hope that you will enjoy using InstantAudio! Important: Please note that InstantAudio’s look on your computer might differ from the screenshots in this manual. attenuating them to the same average playback level. We recommend that you also use the default skin when referring to the manual. • Create crossfades between all tracks in a playlist. See page 127 for information. • Simultaneously play back audio and trigger music- controlled visual effects on your screen. • Create gapless playback or audio file arrangement on the CD.• Load and apply up to two high-quality VST mastering plug-in effects to the songs that you play. save or record onto CD. • Store EQ and effects settings with the playlist. This can be used with all audio files that you export. • Access an on-line service to receive title names and artist information about the CD currently in your CD-ROM drive.
Playlist and Library. This will start the program and open the InstantAudio window. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 85 . select InstantCD+DVD Music InstantAudio on your computer’s Start menu. or with the View commands on InstantAudio’s right-button context menu.Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window To open the program. Effects. but you can show or hide the other panels individually by using the top three of the four small buttons at the right of the Player panel. or select Organize Music from the Music tab of the InstantCD+DVD starter application. The panels are called Player. The Player panel is always visible. which is divided into several panels. or with the keyboard commands listed on that menu.
You can also switch between the songs in the current playlist. • If you are working with a wheel mouse. by clicking on it and dragging. • To reset a fader to its default or “zero” setting. record and navigate within the audio of a song. activate various playback modes. click on it while the Ctrl key is held down. and control the volume for both recording and playback. The Player can be used as an ordinary CD player.General fader handling Here are some general principles for using faders and dials in InstantAudio: • You can use a dial like a fader. you can use the scroll wheel to set all faders in the program. without having to import the CD tracks to your hard 86 InstantCD/DVD . THE PLAYER The Player provides transport controls that let you play back. keep the Shift key pressed while moving the fader handle. • If you want to “fine-tune” your settings.
or how much time is remaining. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 87 . The time displays The big counter display shows either how much time has passed since the start of the current song. This provides playback only: the files cannot be exported or saved without first being imported to your hard drive. the title and other information about the currently active song in the Playlist are displayed as a constantly repeated scrolling text.drive: simply drag a CD drive icon from the left panel of the Library into the Playlist panel. Use the position slider at the bottom of the Player to quickly change the current song position. either by dragging the slider knob or simply clicking anywhere along the line representing the full duration of the song. The song’s total duration is displayed in the smaller figures beneath the counter. Choose which figure is displayed by clicking REMAINING or ELAPSED next to the counter. Click on the text to stop it from scrolling or to start it moving again. Song information display In the top left corner of the Player. See “Importing files from CD” on page 118 for more information.
The Record dialog box opens. Record: Activate recording. You can also halt playback from the keyboard by pressing [Space]. From left to right the individual button functions are: Repeat song: Indefinitely repeat the song currently playing. Previous song: Jump immediately to the previous song in the current playlist. The playback modes On the right-hand side of the Player are four small buttons that select the various playback modes. From left to right the individual button functions are: Rewind: Rapidly move backwards in the current song until the button is released. Fast forward: Rapidly advance in the current song until the button is released. 88 InstantCD/DVD .The transport controls The seven transport control buttons let you start and stop playback or recording. Next song: Jump immediately to the next song in the current playlist. See “Recording” on page 90 for details. You can initiate playback from the keyboard by pressing [Space]. Play: Play the current song back beginning at the current position. and navigate within the song or the playlist. Stop: Halt playback or recording.
Mute: Turn off the sound while the Player continues to operate. level and position faders. a level fader might appear as a bar in the middle of each level meter or as a separate element. Level meters.) The indicators will flicker as you play back a song. To reset a clipping indicator: Click on the indicator. Random: Indefinitely repeat the entire current playlist. in random order. Clipping should generally be avoided at all costs. Clipping occurs if the signal strength jumps above 0 dB at the input or output. Use these to check for signal clipping at the inputs or outputs of InstantAudio. the Player might contain one or several level meters. The LED chain type meters indicate the playback volumes on the left and right channels. You can set the volume by clicking on the fader or dragging the fader handle with the mouse. Depending on the skin. there might be a clipping indicator at the top of each meter. clip indicators Depending on which of the available program skins you use. input/output faders.Repeat all: Indefinitely repeat the entire current playlist. as it adds distortion to your audio. Depending on the skin used. To eliminate clipping: Lower the applicable volume fader until clipping no longer occurs. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 89 . (The recording level is controlled via the meters in the Record dialog. clip indicators and/or a position fader.
1. 4. It lets you set file location and format options. To assign a rating with the bar graph: While playing back the title. 3. (Select the audio capture device in the Preferences dialog. levels and timing parameters for your recording. Start playback of your source audio. InstantAudio will record the song according to your settings. then click the Record button at the bottom left of the Record dialog. The rating is displayed as a bar graph on the Player: Ratings are stored with the Playlist. See “The Record dialog” below. Make the desired settings.) 2. which is covered on page 121. Numerically. The Record dialog opens. each star representing a value of 10. position the mouse anywhere in the rating bar graph and drag to the left or right while holding down the left mouse button.Rating You can assign a rating of from zero to ten stars to any title in the Playlist. 90 InstantCD/DVD . Click InstantAudio’s Record button. Recording To start recording: Make sure the audio source that you wish to record from is activated in your sound card’s mixer software and that InstantAudio’s level indicators confirm the signal is being received. the rating values go from 0 to 100.
Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 91 . and specifying the directory and file name of the recording. In the Level Control panel on the right. The panel on the left side of the dialog provides controls for defining the file format. you can configure InstantAudio to start or stop recording automatically based on the volume level of the source.The Record dialog The Record dialog lets you configure and control the process of creating a digital audio file based on the material playing in the Player. setting format options. To begin recording when a particular volume level is detected: Check Start when sound detected and use the slider to set the threshold level at which recording should commence.
Leave the Start at and Stop after options unchecked if you do not wish to record under timer control. The levels panel below the Timer panel provides a slider for setting the record level of the audio. To switch to a new output file each time “silence” is deteced: Check both Pause on silence and Start new file on silence and set the threshold value. Visualizations InstantAudio offers a set of dynamic visual displays called visualizations that continuously reflect the changing audio content of your music as you play it back. You can even have multiple visualizations open at the same time. Pausing then resuming the recording does not create a new file but simply results in some of the source material being omitted from the single output file. 92 InstantCD/DVD . or select View Visualization from one of the right-button context menus available throughout InstantAudio.To pause recording when the level falls below a given value: Check Pause on silence and set the threshold value. The three transport control buttons at the bottom left of the Record dialog let you begin. pause and halt recording respectively (from left to right). The Timer panel at the bottom right of the dialog lets you define a start time and duration for the recording. To open a Visualization window: Click the Visualization button (the bottommost in the column of four buttons at the right of the Player). With this option. a single file is created in which “silences” in the source material (as defined by the threshold value) are eliminated.
You can also use the arrow keys on your computer keyboard to move forward and back through the available visualizations. To select a visualization: Click the title-bar of the Visualization window and select any of the items on the pop-up menu. When this mode is active.pinnaclesys.The Oscilloscope visualization in action.com Install any visualizations you download by copying them to the Components subfolder of the InstantAudio program folder. all the visualization windows automatically change to a different visualization at an interval specified in the Preferences dialog. See page 121 for more information. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 93 . To change visualizations automatically: Press the S key on your computer keyboard to toggle visualization slideshow mode. To obtain new visualizations: New visualizations may be made available through Pinnacle’s InstantAudio support web-site at: www.
or by selecting View Hide EQ/FX from a context menu. These can be used to enhance quality and punch of your audio. Note: VST is a widespread plug-in standard. FX settings you apply to a title from the playlist are stored with the playlist and used whenever that title is played. Your FX settings can also be stored as presets. and store the settings as presets. InstantAudio’s proprietary EQ and FX algorithms provide distortion-free playback of your music.THE EQ/FX PANEL Show or hide this panel with the Show/Hide EQ/FX button in the Player. or by pressing Ctrl+E. 94 InstantCD/DVD . Four excellent built-in mastering effects (FX) are also located here. regardless of the amount of effect used. You can furthermore simultaneously load two external VST plug-in effects into the program’s VST plug-in slots. Hundreds of VST effects are commercially available. This panel provides a graphic equalizer that lets you adjust your audio in eight separate frequency bands.
simply click it again. which begins to flash. You can overwrite any of the preset slots with the current set of control values. If you wish to use the EQ faders. Start by clicking the Save button. You will be given a chance to enter a new name for the preset before it is saved. If you click the highlighted slot again.EQ and FX master switch buttons Each of the EQ and FX areas includes a button that serves as a “master switch” for the controls in that area. If you want to cancel the save operation while the Save button is flashing. Now click the button for the slot you want to overwrite. the highlighting is removed and the control values revert to the previous state. This feature makes it easy to switch between two sets of values. you must activate both the FX master switch – the Bypass/Activate effects button. each representing a set of values for all the controls in the group. The button highlights and the controls are updated to the values stored in that slot. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 95 . if you wish to use any of the FX controls. Similarly. you must first activate the EQ master switch – the Bypass/Activate equalizer button – so that it lights up. EQ and FX preset buttons The EQ and FX areas also provide five preset slots. Click one of the buttons to load the values associated with that preset slot. and the on-button for the FX you want to use.
The Global button Your EQ and FX settings can be applied either to individual tracks or to the entire playlist. When the Global button is inactive. the EQ and FX settings apply to the current track only. When songs are processed under this option. The Equalizer (EQ) The equalizer is a group of eight faders on the EQ/FX panel. “Convert File” and “Burn CD”). the current settings of the master switch buttons and the Global button will be ignored. the currently active EQ/FX settings apply to all songs in the playlist (and to any songs that you start by double-clicking in the Library). include an option called Apply EQ & FX.g. Note: Some dialogs (e. If the Global button is active (highlighted).EQ and FX toggle buttons Each of the EQ and FX areas also includes a button with a minus sign: In both cases. the current EQ and FX settings will be used. Instead. the button toggles between the manually-edited and the neutral settings for each song in the currently open playlist. Each fader affects a certain frequency range within the audio frequency spectrum. 96 InstantCD/DVD .
The built-in effects (FX) The EQ/FX panel has four built-in high-quality mastering effects. Move a fader downwards to decrease the level of the corresponding frequency range. From top to bottom: Stereo spread: Enlarges the stereo width of an existing stereo signal. no filtering takes place: all the frequencies present in the signal are passed through unmodified. move it upwards to increase the level. If you have never used a graphic equalizer before. Loud max: Increases the perceived loudness and signal density. Enhancer: Increases the width of the frequency spectrum in the audio and improves its clarity and transparency. Compress: Reduces the dynamic range of the audio (closing the gap between softer and louder sounds). we recommend that you take the time to experiment with the EQ controls as the best way of appreciating how their use can affect the tonal balance of your music.When all faders are positioned in the middle position (0 dB). Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 97 . whether subtly or dramatically.
VST is a widespread plug-in standard that is used to add additional functionality to programs that are “VST compatible”.The VST effect slots InstantAudio allows you to load external VST plug-in effects into one or both of two available slots. Hundreds of plug-ins with a great variety of functions are available on the market. 98 InstantCD/DVD . they must be stored in a “Vstplugins” folder. the Internet or your music dealer. For VST plug-ins to be accessible from within InstantAudio. The names of the available VST plug-ins are shown in the left-hand drop-down list in each slot. Check the Pinnacle web site. This is automatically created upon installation by InstantAudio. some even free of charge.
its name is displayed and the Edit and On buttons become active. its controls are immediately updated to reflect the new values. Select one. The plug-in is loaded. Each program in the list represents one combination of values for the settings provided by the current plug-in. proceed as follows: Click the VST button in InstantAudio’s EQ section to open the VST effects rack. You can change the name of a preset simply by clicking on the name and overtyping it. You can display and edit the settings for the current program by clicking the Edit button at the left of each plug-in slot.Each time you choose a plug-in. Some VST effects provide their own editing windows. All the VST effects in your Vstplugins folder should be listed. and then the Edit button to open the editing window for the effect. while others employ a generic editing window provided by InstantAudio. and the particular settings it gives access to. Open the left-hand list in the first slot. vary from one effect to the next. 2. both the upper and lower slots are empty. If you select a different program while the editor window is displayed. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 99 . Click the On button to activate the plug-in. Initially. the right-hand list in the slot is loaded with a default bank of named presets called programs. 3. To use VST plug-in effects within InstantAudio. The appearance of the settings editor. 1.
You can also load and save the program banks themselves into named files with the Load Bank and Save Bank commands. Saving your settings A program you create in a VST effect’s settings editor remains valid only until you either: • Choose a different effect in that plug-in slot. The program you load replaces the current one in the program bank. and optionally provide a new name for the current program. 100 InstantCD/DVD . or. you should save them to your hard drive by clicking the File button and selecting Save Program from the popup menu. • Exit InstantAudio If you want to be able to re-use the settings later. This makes it possible to employ as many named presets as you like when working with VST effects in InstantAudio. You can then reload the program with File Load Program at any time. Make the desired settings in the editing window of the effect.4.
This is useful if you need to find out where particular files are located on your hard disk. save. Add titles to or remove them from the playlist. The list can also be generated automatically by InstantAudio itself to your specifications. print or send it to someone else. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 101 . from which you can paste it into any text editor software and edit. save or create a list of audio files to be played • • • • back with the Player. but the actual audio files themselves – to a different location. The Playlist has numerous uses: • Open.THE PLAYLIST The Playlist panel is located below the EQ/ FX panel in the InstantAudio window. Save the playlist content – not just the paths to the audio files. Show files in Windows Explorer. Copy the playlist as text to the system clipboard.
export or burn onto CD. WMA and • • • • • Ogg Vorbis files to any other of these formats. Create crossfades between audio tracks. Transfer MP3 files to a connected portable MP3 player.• Burn a data CD (such as an MP3 CD) or audio CD. Select one or more song files or playlist files in any of the supported formats. Wave. Aiff. If you have made changes to the current playlist you will be offered a chance to save it before the existing list is cleared. • Export and convert MP3. file name and file format for saving the current playlist to your hard drive. Edit the ID3 tags – information packets containing title. pls and xml. artist and other information – that are included in MP3 files. The conversion can done on either a single file or a batch of files. Apply EQ and FX to all files that you wish to convert. When a playlist file is selected. Playlist operations Some common operations affecting the Playlist panel are available via six toolbar buttons. allowing you to select a save folder. Add: The Add Files to Playlist dialog appears. its 102 InstantCD/DVD . Three widely used formats are available: m3u. New: This button clears the playlist in preparation for adding new songs. Save: The Save Playlist File dialog appears. Metanormalize – constrain audio playback to the same average audio level over a group of files.
Convert Files and Portable Player Manager). Generate a playlist: This command invokes the Generate Playlist dialog box. which selects songs from the playlist in a random order. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 103 . Normalize: Clicking this button sets all selected titles to be played back at a consistent playback volume. unlike the random playback mode in the Player. Remove: Any selected songs are deleted from the current playlist. You can use standard Windows shortcuts for selecting multiple songs. despite whatever level differences may exist from one song file to the next. from which you can paste the list into another application such as a text editor. The Playlist menu also provides these additional commands: Copy as text: This command copies the current playlist titles as text to the Windows clipboard. Randomize: This command shuffles the current playlist.songs are added to the Playlist panel just as if those songs had been selected individually. where you can instruct InstantAudio to generate a playlist of any given length from the material you have on hand according to selection rules that you set up. The Playlist menu Most of the functions provided by the toolbar buttons have counterparts on the Playlist sub-menu on the popup “context” menu that you can access by rightclicking in the InstantAudio window. This is a permanent change to the playlist. but does not modify the playlist itself. This function is also available in various InstantAudio dialogs (Burn CD. See page 105 for details.
its list entry is displayed in bold type and the loudspeaker icon changes to show that sound is being produced. Click any name with the left mouse button to toggle the display of the corresponding column. The names of currently-displayed columns have a check-mark. Playlist columns A playlist can display up to eighteen columns of information about each song. 104 InstantCD/DVD . A pop-up menu appears. which lets you save the files in your playlist into other formats. listing the fields available for display. Select which columns should be visible in the playlist by right-clicking in header area of the list as shown in the illustration. The “*” playlist column displays on the list as a small loudspeaker icon.Export files: Opens the Convert Files dialog box. allowing you to create a CD from the files in the playlist. When a song is actually playing. See “Export files with format conversion” on page 107 for more information. Burn files: Opens the Burn CD dialog.
each of which accepts a subset of the available songs while rejecting all the rest. which you select using the radio buttons that appear to the left of all rules except the first: Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 105 . Begin by entering a name for the generated playlist and a duration. For instance. Multiple rules can be combined in either of two ways. from one to fifteen. Check the Not option if you would like to reverse the meaning of the rule. and entering a value (“Mudbunny”) in the text space. Enter a rule by making choices on the two drop-down lists. The next step is to create one or more filtering rules. the rule “artist is Mudbunny” would only accept songs performed by Mudbunny.Playlist summary The total number of files and their total playback time are displayed above the list itself. It would change our example rule to mean “any artist but Mudbunny”. The Less and More buttons let you change the number of rules available. specified in whole hours. Automatically generating a playlist The Generate Playlist dialog opens from the context menu command Playlist Generate a playlist.
1 kHz. InstantAudio can calculate your EQ. The And option is much more restrictive: it means that a song will be included only if it satisfies the current rule and was accepted after considering all the prior rules.If the Or option is used. Press the Generate button to let the program create the playlist. FX. Activate the checkboxes in the Burn column for the titles you want to burn onto CD. level and other settings for each song and write the resulting changed audio file onto CD. a three-hour playlist has been specified. The Burn CD dialog The Burn CD dialog opens from the Playlist Burn Files command or the Write Disc button in the Library toolbar. To burn a disc: 1. In the example below. containing only folk music recorded earlier than 1970 and digitized with a sample rate of 44. the songs defined by the current rule will be included along with all the songs accepted after processing the rules up to that point. 106 InstantCD/DVD .
nothing is recorded onto the CD and the dialog box is closed. Export files with format conversion The Playlist Export Files context menu command opens the Convert Files dialog. (If you instead click Cancel. format and file size. file name. Click the Start button. Remember: Writing a CD in one of the two supported formats is a continuous process that should never be interrupted. Checkboxes beside each title let you choose exactly Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 107 .) Another dialog now appears where you can make additional settings and start the actual writing process. Use this dialog to convert the files in the current playlist into a different format or a different variant of their current format. otherwise the CD cannot be used. The files to be converted are listed on the left side of the dialog by title.2. artist.
According to which format you select. By default all the boxes are checked. InstantAudio automatically sets up crossfades between all the exported files. WMA or Ogg Vorbis formats to use for the exported files. Use the Browse button to locate the folder with the aid of a Select Directory dialog box. File Format: This drop-down list lets you choose which of the MP3. Normalization options: Choose Metanormalize if you want InstantAudio to adjust the volumes of the exported files so that they play back at the same perceived level. any EQ and FX associated with songs in the playlist will be incorporated in the exported files. Normalize increases the volume within each song such that the full dynamic range of the digital audio is being used. Make Playlist: Activate this button if you want InstantAudio to create a new playlist containing the exported files. You can check and clear them individually. Use Don’t normalize if you don’t want either of the other options Destination folder: Enter a path for the exported files. Aiff. but does not consider the songs as a group. Wave. or use the Select All and Select None commands on the list’s right-button context menu.which titles to export. Crossfade: When this box is checked. Close: Exit the Convert Files dialog. 108 InstantCD/DVD . Convert: Click this button to start the conversion process. Apply EQ and FX: When this box is checked. the Format options section in the dialog shows the appropriate parameters and file quality options.
Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 109 . Note: In some versions of InstantAudio. the mp3PRO encoding function is limited to 20 uses. a successor format to MP3. There is no way to recover the information that was discarded when the lower-quality file was created. The Info & Tagger dialog In addition to the music itself. and the bit-rate is set to 96 kBit/s or less. This format cuts the file size by half without loss of quality. quality or bit rate can’t increase the actual quality of the file.The limitations of file conversion Convertint a file with a low resolution.) You can access and edit this information in the Info & Tagger dialog. It is available only when the Fraunhofer Encoder is selected. quality or bitrate into a file format with a higher resolution. An update that allows unlimited encoding is available for purchase. an MP3 file can store information about the music in the form of “ID3 Tags”. (InstantAudio actually uses version 2 of the ID3 specification – “ID3 v2”. MP3Pro InstantAudio’s mp3PRO option lets you encode files in mp3PRO.
but most of the information fields are not available for use with those types. (The File info command also works for audio files of types other than MP3. select one or more MP3 files in the Playlist then click File info on the list’s right-button context menu. 110 InstantCD/DVD .To open the Info & Tagger dialog. To view the information for one of the other selected files.) If you have selected several files in the Playlist. either choose the file name in the drop-down list at the top of the dialog. the dialog initially displays the first one. or click the forward and back arrow buttons on either side of the file name.
Tag – Artist: The artist who performed the song. • Remove image – The image is deleted from the song file. • Load image – Replaces the existing image (if any) with a JPEG or PNG image you select. Double-clicking the image has the same effect. Tag – Album: The album on which this performance of the song was recorded. which can then serve as an icon or illustration for the song. Tag – Track number: The sequence number of the track on the album. or enter the year directly. Pick the one that best fits the material. Tag – Title: Enter the title that should be used for this song in InstantAudio and other MP3 Players.Info: This box contains information about the format (duration. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 111 .) and encoding of the current. file size. Image: An MP3 file can contain a bitmapped image. When you click this field. etc. This is not the same as the file name. Use the arrow buttons to modify the current number. Tag – Genre: The type of song. Use the arrow buttons to modify the current value. a drop-down list of 148 genres is displayed. or enter the new number directly. Right-click the image to open a special context menu with four commands: • View – Opens the image at its full size in a separate window. • Save image – Opens a file save dialog allowing you to store the image on your hard drive as a JPEG file. file. Tag – Year: The year when the song was released.
112 InstantCD/DVD . Use the arrow buttons to modify the current value. Apply all: Click this button to accept any changes you have made to the data for all the songs since the Info & Tagger dialog was opened. Tag – Rating: A numeric rating for the song between 0 and 100. The song files are updated with the new information. Click OK to approve your changes.Tag – Comment: A remark about the song. Be sure to click Apply or Apply all before closing if you wish to preserve any changes you have made. up to 30 characters in length. or enter the rating directly. The song file is updated with the new information. Close: Close the dialog. Apply: Click this button to accept any changes you have made to the data for the current song in the Info & Tagger dialog. Lyrics: Click this button to open a simple dialog where you can view or edit the text showing the song lyrics.
Alternatively.THE LIBRARY The Library panel – also called the “Pool” – gives you access to a powerful database of audio content. but the folders in this case are virtual: they don’t reflect the actual layout of the audio material on your disc. you can simply double-click the artist’s name in the title list on the right. the material is organized into categories that are more directly useful for working with audio. Because the “Artists” folder has been selected. To explore further in the folders tree. The folders tree. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 113 . the right-hand panel contains a listing of all the artists who have songs in your library. with names like “Artists”. we can open the “Artists” folder (by clicking the button next to its name) then click the name of one of the artists. “Albums” and “Genres”. The folders. The folders tree This panel is organized in the same way as the folders pane in a Windows Explorer window. Instead. let you choose and locate songs under any of those categories. The panel is divided into the folders tree on the left and the title list on the right.
The other folders work in a similar fashion. we open the Slackjaw subfolder itself. The albums containing the Slackjaw songs in our library are now listed in title list. individual columns can be selected and deselected on a pop-up menu that 114 InstantCD/DVD . and we have selected an artist named Slackjaw. and select an album there. The “Slackjaw” subfolder is now open. The title list now shows all the songs in our library that come from that album. Finally. As with the other title lists in the library.The “Artists” folder is now open. and the playlist as well. allowing you to drill down until you eventually see song titles in the right-hand list. or we double-click one of the albums in the right-hand panel. The song title list The song title list consists of information organized in labeled columns. and we have selected an album named Birdfinger.
The bit rate is a measure of the amount of data that represents one second of the song. the name of the artist who performed it. Double-click the icon to play back the song. Click any of the fields to edit it directly. Click the genre to open a pop-up list of 148 genres to choose from. while the sample width is the number of digital bits (usually 16) in each sample. Bit rate. the number of the track (on its album). The channels value will be either Mono or Stereo. Channels.appears when you right-click the top of the list. there are 20 different fields to choose from: Asterisk (*): This field displays as a small loudspeaker icon. minutes and seconds. Sample width: This series of values is the set of parameters used for encoding the song. and a brief text comment. Title. In this case. Added: The date the song was added to the Library. and the name of the album it appears on. Year. Comment: The year the music came out. Click any of the fields to edit it directly. Sample rate. The sample rate is the number of samples taken per second when digitizing. Length: The length of the song in hours. Track. Genre: The type of music. Higher values for any of these parameters (or Stereo rather Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 115 . Album: The title of the song. Artist.
Click the field to edit it directly. but also a larger file size and greater demand on system resources during playback. and the date and time it was played most recently.than Mono) imply higher-quality audio. Multiple file selections are allowed in this dialog. from 0 to 100. RMS. Last played: The number of times the song has been played. The same function is also 116 InstantCD/DVD . which lets you navigate the storage devices in your system in search of audio files and playlists in any format supported by InstantAudio. Location: The full filename of this song. Add files: This button invokes the Add Files To Pool dialog box. The same function is also available with the Pool Add Files To Pool context menu command. Library operations At the top of the Library panel (which can be called either “the Library” or “the Pool”) is a toolbar of seven buttons. so be careful not to use this option unless you really want to do away with the selected material altogether. InstantAudio asks if you want to delete the underlying file(s) as well as removing the item from the database. Rating: Your numeric rating of the song. and the peak volume level in decibels (dB). Play count. File deletion is permanent. Peak: A value for the effective sonic pressure of the song. Remove files: This button removes any items that you have selected in the title list or the folders tree.
or use the Browse button to access a Select Directory dialog box. type its name into the Start in folder edit box. If you want a specific folder to be scanned. An Advanced Search tab gives you access to more options. or all your hard drives. enter the audio file types you want to scan for. InstantAudio performs the scan as requested. album title or comment. The search library function is also available with the Pool Search In Pool context menu command. Use it. to locate music by a specific artist.available with the Pool menu command. you can restrict the search to files of a certain bit rate or of a particular length. Finally. Add Files To Pool context Search library: This button opens the Search In Pool dialog. which lets you specify the criteria you want to use to search for songs. The same function is also available Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 117 . and adds any found files to the Library. and click the Start Search button. a single hard drive. The songs that are found are added to the Library’s “Search Results” folder. Click the Search button in the dialog to begin the search. For example. Choose where you want InstantAudio to search for song files on your system: a specific folder. Scan computer: The Search Computer For Music dialog box appears. Extract from CD: This button opens the Import From CD dialog box. for example.
Write disc: This button opens the Burn CD dialog box. The Pool menu Most of the functions of the toolbar buttons have counterparts on the Pool sub-menu on the pop-up “context” menu that you can access by right-clicking in the InstantAudio window. Show help: This button displays InstantAudio’s online help. See page 118 for details. The Import from CD dialog appears. Use the Drive and Speed pop-up menus to select the CD-ROM drive that you wish to import from and the reading speed. Click the Extract from CD button in the Library toolbar. The actual underlying audio files are not affected. Wave. Wave. 4. Use the File Format drop-down list to select which of the MP3. 2. 3. Importing files from CD With InstantAudio you can import audio files from CD and save them as MP3. 1. Aiff. To import audio from CD: Insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. The Pool sub-menu also provides one additional command: Clean pool: This command removes all data from the Library database. The Format options section of the dialog shows the available parameters and file quality options for the selected format.with the Pool Import Audio CD context menu command. 118 InstantCD/DVD . or Ogg Vorbis formats to use for the imported files. Aiff or Ogg Vorbis files.
and miscellanous punctuation text as required. The “MPEG Layer 3 File” settings let you control the details of the MP3 encoding process. This may result in a smaller file size for equivalent sound quality. album. track number and year. With the Constant Bitrate encoding method. 6. 7. the better the quality. “CD quality” is equivalent to 44. the encoder matches the rate to the varying complexity of the source material.If you selected “Wave File” or “Aiff File” as the file format. backslash characters to indicate folder divisions. Sample Width and Channels.100 kHz. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 119 . the higher the values. which in turn contains the imported songs. track title. the “Artist\Album\Track Title” format means that there will be a directory in destination folder named for the artist. The formats are built using place-holders for the artist. The Filename drop-down list lets you choose a folder and file name format for the tracks you import. containing within it a further directory named for the album. 16-bits stereo. With the Variable Bitrate method. each one contained in a file whose name is constructed from the track number and title. In general. Use the Browse button in the Destination Folder area to specify where the imported files should be stored. For example. a higher rate is equivalent to higher quality (though the difference is not necessarily always discernible). The sole “Ogg Vorbis File” setting is a Quality slider where the quality value is expressed as a percentage. the available quality settings are Sample Rate. 5.
10. To delete a preset. then define the desired structure by clicking the buttons in the Add fields area of the window then clicking OK. If you have a permanent connection to the Internet. select it from the Presets list and click the Remove button. and on Configure for additional related settings (like choosing a specific server. click the button beside the list to open a dialog named “Setup”. the previouslyobtained data are read from the hard drive. such as a cable modem. Use the checkboxes in the Grab column of the song list to deselect any titles you do not want to import. 120 InstantCD/DVD . or searching in the database of the Windows’ CD player application). The area below the song list lets you use an Internet-based service to download track names and other information about the current CD. The downloaded data is stored locally in the InstantAudio directory. it might be useful to activate the Auto-lookup new disc option. This makes it unnecessary to go back on-line to look up the information for the CD again. even if the Autolookup new disc option is checked. You can also edit the Title and Artist fields for each song simply by clicking on the field and typing your revised information. Click Get Titles to connect to the on-line server to get the CD information. 8. 9.To create your own presets on the Filename list. If you later insert the same CD into your CD-ROM drive. Click the New button.
The two handles in the time ruler allow you to define a certain range. You can use the position cursor in the time ruler below the list to locate a certain position within a title. if you do not want to import the whole title.11. To activate the changes on the current page without closing the dialog. or Import All to import all titles. The dialog is organized into pages. which you can access using the navigation panel on the left side. a playlist for the imported songs is automatically created and added to the Playlists folder in the Library. You can also play songs back from within the Import from CD dialog by selecting one or more songs and clicking the Play button. to open the Preferences dialog. Click the Import button to import the titles you have selected. or choose Options on the right-button context menu. whether selected or not. When you import files from CD. THE PREFERENCES DIALOG Click the button in the Player panel. The Play button toggles to Stop during playback. To restore Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 121 . they will be played from top to bottom in the order they appear in the list. If several titles are selected. click the Apply button.
The Playback device drop-down list lets you select the audio card you wish to use for playback. click the Defaults button. File formats The three Preferences pages under File Formats let you set the default quality and encoding options for: • Importing audio from CD • Exporting songs to other formats • Recording audio The controls on these pages are similar to the audio quality controls elsewhere in InstantAudio.the default settings for the current page. Checking the Scan track volumes in background option causes InstantAudio to scan the average level of all files in the Library and the Playlist panel for their 122 InstantCD/DVD . like those described for the Import from CD dialog box (see page 118). The topics below cover the preferences settings in the same order as they occur in the navigation panel. The faders under Playback buffering let you define the size and number of the memory buffers used for playback. Playback The main Playback page on the Preferences dialog provides some technical settings relating to audio playback.
effective sonic pressure (RMS) value. This is used to attenuate the songs to a common average playback level when you use the metanormalization function. you effectively determine a point within the last 30 seconds of a song at which the crossfade ends. where the two songs only overlap by 0. Use gapless playback: This is like a special crossfade.01 sec. the crossfade will end. Percent of maximum trigger volume: By setting this value. At this point. If the Report dropouts option is in force. songs that are played back are attenuated to a common average level. Playback: Crossfading This page lets you select from various crossfading options and set the corresponding parameters: Use automatic crossfading: All songs on the Playlist are automatically crossfaded into one another according to the crossfade parameters set below. a warning message will be shown when dropouts occur during audio playback. only the former will be activated. If Metanormalize tracks on playback is selected. Note: If you activate both automatic crossfading and gapless playback. Crossfade length: Here you determine the total length of the crossfade. You do this by telling the program to look for a point within those last 30 seconds of audio where the volume reaches the percentage value of the maximum value that you have set here. possibly indicating a problem with your audio settings. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 123 .
File name: These fields set the default path and name for your captured audio file. Preloading time: This lets you define the point at which to start the next song before the crossfade. Pool This Preferences page provides options relating to the Pool (Library). Enable auto save: When this option is checked. The best way to understand the display is to watch it carefully as you manipulate the other controls. Record folder. Trim strings: This option forces the removal of all blanks from the beginnings and ends of text entries in the Pool. if a song ends abruptly. This is especially important when you use VST effects. In the lower part of the page. not just at the end of the session. e.g. This may also help you grasp their function more readily. Pool folder: Use this field to set the file path for the Pool. you find a graphical display of the crossfade as it is currently configured. Record device: Select which sound device should be used to capture audio data. the Pool is saved periodically during use. Auto save time: Use this control to set the auto save interval in minutes. Recording This Preferences page provides options relating to audio recording.Forerun: This can be used to move the crossfade start and end to earlier positions. You will have the opportunity to modify these selections when you actually initiate recording. 124 InstantCD/DVD .
Folder for temporary files: Use this field. you control the dial simply by clicking on it. User interface: File types When you double-click a data file in Windows Explorer. Use the checkboxes on this page to specify which file types you want handled by InstantAudio. The change takes effect the next time you run the program. This immediately sets the dial angle to match the line between the center of the dial and the point where you clicked. the file type is used to decide which application program should open to display the file. You can further modify the position by continuing to hold the mouse button down Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 125 . Clear this checkbox to hide the tool tips if you prefer not to see them. to specify the folder for temporary files created by InstantAudio. buttons and other interface elements in InstantAudio.User interface The main User interface page in the Preferences dialog provides the following settings: Language: Select your preferred language for menus. Show tips: InstantAudio can provide fly-by tool tips for many program elements when the mouse pointer hovers over them momentarily. Circular: In this mode. either directly or in conjunction with the Browse button. User interface: Controls The single option on this Preferences page lets you choose how the dial controls in InstantAudio should respond to the mouse.
even though the on-screen controls may change.as you drag the mouse. the visualization display might slow down other programs on your computer. depending on your system. but responds only in the dragging phase that follows. The dial’s value increases as you move the mouse up. In general. as you move the mouse in a circular path around the center of the dial. Increasing the resolution too much could result in an unsatisfactory frame rate. This is a quick way to set a dial. 126 InstantCD/DVD . • Display mode: Select one of the available display resolutions for the visualization window’s full-screen mode. • Frame rate limit: Set the maximum frame rate per second that the plug-ins may use. If this rate is set too high. Relative circular: This is identical to the Circular mode except that the dial does not jump to the mouse position when you click the mouse. User interface: Skins Skins are the different user interface stylings you can apply to InstantAudio to change its look and feel. Select the skin you wish to use from the drop-down list. and decreases as you move it down. the same functions are available with every skin. but might be a bit too lively for fine tuning. Linear: This mode works like Relative circular except that you must drag the mouse in a vertical straight line rather than a circle. Visualization This Preferences page provides settings relating to the visualization plug-ins.
together with their properties. • Show playback time: This option displays the playback time of the currently-playing title in the visualization window when it is in full-screen mode. • Show info when song changed: The next song title will be displayed in the visualization window when it is in full-screen mode. if you change the visualization in full-screen mode (using a key command). • Show plug-ins: Opens a dialog listing the available plug-ins. The Slide Mode setting lets you decide whether the visualizations should be changed in sequence or randomly. THE CONTEXT MENUS Throughout InstantAudio you can bring up different “context menus” by pressing the right mouse button. changing from one to the next at an interval specified in seconds with the Slide Interval setting. on top of other open windows. • Show info when visualization changed: With this option. These give you quick access to functions that you need in a particular part of the program. the visualization window remains always visible. • Always on top: When this option is in effect. • Slideshow: The visualization plug-ins are invoked in turns.• Show framerate: Displays the used frame rate in the Visualization window. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 127 . the name of the visualization is displayed in the window.
you can use it repeatedly to open multiple visualizations. See “The VST Effect slots” on page 98. press the key or key combination you want to use. 128 InstantCD/DVD . See “Visualizations” on page 92. please see “Library operations” on page 116. The final command on the View sub-menu is Show VST slots has the same effect as the VST button on the FX panel. Key commands: This opens the Key Commands dialog box. If you want to add a new command. featuring the powerful but easy-to-use Key Command and Macro Editor. The only panel you cannot hide is the Player.The standard context menu This menu appears when you right-click in most areas of the InstantAudio main window. are shown in the Keys area. then click the Assign button. View: This opens a sub-menu that lets you show and hide individual panels in the InstantAudio display. When the dialog opens. if any. only the key command portion is visible. Pool: For the operations on this menu. this function can be used to connect to an Internet radio station: simply input the address (URL). Another command opens a visualization window. Use the Categories and Commands lists to locate the command for which you want to create a keyboard shortcut. Open location: If you are connected to the Internet. Skins: This opens a sub-menu where you can select any of the supplied user interface stylings (skins). Playlist: For the operations on this menu. The current shortcuts for that command. please see “Playlist operations” on page 102. click in the Type new key command box.
If several songs are selected in the playlist when this command is given. The Playlist files context menu This context menu appears when you right-click in the list area of the Playlist panel. It adds three commands to the standard context menu: File info: This option opens the Info & Tagger dialog. the Info & Tagger dialog provides forward and back arrows for moving from one song’s information to the next. Show in Explorer: The audio file corresponding to the currently-selected song in the playlist is selected and displayed in Windows Explorer. Show in Pool: The audio file corresponding to the currently-selected song in the playlist is selected and displayed in the Pool (also called the Library). Exit: Quits the program. play back file etc.). Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 129 . set volume. assign a common descriptive name to them and finally assign a key command to the macro.Click the Show Macros button to open a part of the dialog where you can create macro commands consisting of a number of successive actions (e. See “Preferences” on page 121. Options: This item opens the Preferences dialog. open file. which presents editable information about the selected song file. The Library folders context menu This context menu provides only one additional command over the standard context menu: Select all: Selects all the items listed in the right-hand panel of the Library.g.
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Its features include: • A complete recording studio with a real-time mixer • • • • capable of handling up to 16 stereo tracks. The ability to create mixes up to 80 minutes in length through simple drag and drop. The created CDs can be played on any ordinary CD player. Real-time audio effects such as reverb and delay.Chapter 13: Welcome to InstantMusic InstantMusic is a powerful tool for the creation of your own songs. Recorded samples are saved to disk as WAV files. A library of more than 100 high-quality samples. The ability to read and write audio data directly from or to CD. Chapter 13: Welcome to InstantMusic 133 .
InstantMusic projects are called arrangements.Chapter 14: The Arranger Launching InstantMusic brings up the Arranger screen. Chapter 14: The Arranger 135 . They consist of the samples (WAV-format audio files) you record or obtain. where you will be spending most of your time. plus the mixing parameters and effects that you specify using the rich set of available controls.
The Main toolbar gives quick access to common commands: First group: • Create a new project • Open an existing project • Save current project Second group: • Record to device • Record to file Third group: • Edit mode • Reset • Clear • Select all • Wave display • Refresh Fourth group: • Arrangement properties • Track properties • Label editor 136 InstantCD/DVD .The toolbars InstantMusic is controlled by the menu entries. The most important functions are available through the four toolbars. the symbol bar and drag-and-drop behavior.
Fifth group: • Digital mixer • Sample manager • Audio properties Sixth group: • Help index The Samples toolbar has the following entries: • Add sample • Split sample • Group sample • Ungroup sample • Duplicate sample • Remove sample • Mute sample • Loop sample • Lock sample • Sample properties The Track toolbar has the following entries: • Set track marker • Delete track marker • Find track marker • Edit track marker • Open Track List Chapter 14: The Arranger 137 .
one for each of the up to 16 tracks in the arrangement. The track headers Headers for each track appear in the Tracks panel to the left of the Arranger window. The Tracks panel (see page 138) contains the arrangement’s master volume and panning controls. At the top of the panel. are the master volume and panning controls for your arrangement: Next come the headers.The Player toolbar has the following entries: First group: • Play • Pause • Stop • Loop Second group: • Recording settings • Start recording • Stop recording The Tracks and Samples tabs The tabs at the bottom of the left screen area give access to the Tracks panel and the Sample Explorer. plus the headers for each of the tracks in your project. Each header contain panning 138 InstantCD/DVD . above the track headers themselves. The Sample Explorer (see page 139) lets you import samples (WAV files) into your project using a familiar file-system “tree” control.
• W: Causes the audio waveform graph to be shown on each sample. making it silent during playback regardless of volume settings. Chapter 14: The Arranger 139 . • V: Causes the volume curve (or “fade curve”) to be shown on each sample. not all the controls shown above are displayed. Click the track icon at the left of the header to open the Track Properties dialog box. They are still accessible through the Track Properties dialog (see page 152).and volume controls similar to those in the master panel. and suppresses other file types. The Sample Explorer The Sample Explorer is the fastest way to add samples to an arrangement. however. where these and other properties can be adjusted. Navigate to your files using the familiar Explorerstyle interface. Note: At lower screen resolutions. Beside the pan control are three letter-buttons: • M: Mutes the track. The Sample Explorer displays the names of any WAV files in the folders you open. Simply drag any desired WAV files from the Sample Explorer onto the appropriate places in your arrangement.
called arrangements.The Track List This window displays information about the CD tracks that will be created from your arrangement. WORKING WITH ARRANGEMENTS InstantMusic projects. The automatic label generation feature will use the new name when creating labels for your disc. The selected track will be highlighted in the list. Creating the CD Use the InstantDisc application to write your music out to disc after the arrangement has been completed. Load and save projects Load or save your arrangements by selecting the menu commands or toolbar buttons. The buttons below the arranger are a fast way to access the Track List window. The name. end time and length of each track are displayed. Click the name to change it. start time. 140 InstantCD/DVD . A progress bar supplies visual feedback during these operations. or with the Open Track List button on the Track toolbar. Open the Track List with View Track List. consist of up to 16 tracks with an arbitrary number of samples (WAV files) on each.
Pause: Pause playback. Digital multitrack mixer This digital mixer enables you to mute tracks. The following functions are available: Play: This function plays the arrangement from the current position of the play marker. change the volume and the balance in real time while playing the arrangement. but others are disabled.) Many editing features remain available during playback. Chapter 14: The Arranger 141 . (The play marker can be set to the beginning of the arrangement by double clicking the “Stop” button. (You must have a compatible soundcard installed. Stop: Stops playback. Loop: If the loop feature is active the sample in the editior will be repeated until you click again. Click again to resume.Audio player InstantMusic’s integrated audio player lets you hear your arrangement any time you want.) The playback features are found in the Player menu and the toolbar. Click again to reset the play marker to the beginning of the arrangement.
it shows the current position while playing or merging the data. Among other functions. End: This mark sets the end of the arrangement. The area between two marks is always one track on the CD. They are represented by “flags” in the black bar across the top of the Arranger: You can set marks with the following menus. Start: This mark sets the beginning of the arrangement. Custom marks: Use custom marks to set CD track boundaries. obtained by right-clicking in the black bar (left) or on a mark you have added (right): The following marks are available: Play locator: The green vertical bar in the arranger is called the play locator. The “Start” mark is red with a triangle to the right side.MARKS Marks represent particular points along the timeline of your arrangement. The “End” mark is red with a triangle to the left side. 142 InstantCD/DVD .
To add a custom mark, use Split Track from the Arrangement menu or from the right-button pop-up menu in the black bar above the arrangement.
The dialog above appears when you create a mark. You can adjust the mark’s time index, name and other characteristics. The Comment property can be very useful in big projects.
Custom marks can be deleted by right-clicking the mark and selecting Delete Track... from the pop-up menu.
A mark can be edited by right-clicking its flag in the black area above the arrangement and selecting Edit Track from the pop-up menu. You can change a mark into a region, which causes the addition of a second mark. You can also modify the mark’s comment, its time, and the state of its Fixed and Visible flags.
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Samples – WAV files – are the basic elements of your arrangements.
The Sample Manager
The Sample Manager is available from the main toolbar and from the View menu in the Arranger. It shows all the samples used in the current project.
The amount of detail displayed on the list is controlled by the commands on the Sample Manager’s View menu.
You can add a sample to the current arrangement by selecting the Sample Add menu command, clicking the Add Sample toolbar button, choosing Add Sample on the Arranger’s right-button pop-up menu, or pressing the Insert key. A file-open dialog box appears. Locate and select the sample you want to insert. When you have selected the sample, your mouse pointer changes to a small red rectangle. Move it to the position where you want to insert the recorded audio data and click the left mouse button. If you see a “no insert” sign instead of the red rectangle, the sample is too big to fit at the selected place in the arrangement. for the complete arrangement or the place to insert.
You can remove one or more samples from your arrangement by selecting the Sample Remove menu command, clicking the Remove Sample toolbar button, choosing Remove on the sample’s right-button pop-up menu, or pressing the Delete key. InstantMusic asks you to confirm the removal then carries out the operation. The sample is removed from the arrangement only, not from your hard drive.
Place and move samples
Samples can be moved in the arranger with drag and drop. Please remember that you can drop a sample (or group of samples) only where there is enough space available in the arrangement. Your mouse pointer changes to a red rectangle over places in the arrangement where your sample can be dropped. If you see a “no insert” sign, instead, the sample is too big for the location.
The Sample Duplicate command lets you insert a sample that is a duplicate of the selected one. You place the duplicated sample into your arrangement in the usual way (see “Insert sample”, page 144). The Samples toolbar and each sample’s right-button pop-up menu also provide the command. The Sample Duplicate command lets you insert a sample that is a duplicate of the selected one. The Samples toolbar and each sample’s right-button pop-up menu also provide the command.
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To loop a sample means to lengthen it beyond its actual duration by playing it repeatedly as long as required. A “looped” sample can be stretched to any desired length in the Arranger. To loop a selected sample, use the Loop command on either the Sample menu or the sample’s pop-up menu, or click the Loop sample button on the Samples toolbar.
Non-looped samples can be split by setting the Play locator (see “Marks”, page 142) at the split position, then selecting Split from the Samples toolbar or the sample’s pop-up menu. This dialog appears:
Looped samples cannot be split.
A group is created by left-clicking multiple samples while pressing the Ctrl key. While the samples are selected, choose Build Group on the Sample menu, the Samples toolbar, or the sample’s rightbutton pop-up menu. Like an individual sample, a group of samples can only be moved through and to a completely free area in the Arranger. No member of the group is allowed to overlap with another sample at any time.
A group sample can be restored to its original components with the Dissolve Group command on the Sample menu, the Samples toolbar, or the sample’s right-button pop-up menu.
Fading in, fading out and cross-fades
After inserting a sample you see a rectangle at each corner of the sample:
To create a fade-in, drag the top left rectangle to the right:
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drag the top right rectangle to the left: Cross-fade To create a cross-fade between samples. 148 InstantCD/DVD . Enter Edit mode with with the Editmode button on the Main toolbar. Click and hold the mouse button when you see the cross-fade pointer. The rectangular fade handles in the corners of the sample have no role in a cross-fade. or the Edit Mode command on the View menu or on a sample’s pop-up menu.To fade out. While hold the button down. drag the mouse into the next sample where the cross-fade should end and release the button. Edit mode Edit mode lets you modify the volume profile of a sample with much more flexibility than an ordinary fade-in or fade-out. move your mouse pointer into the lower area of the sample where you want the cross-fade to begin.
After your performance. Click Start Recording on the Player toolbar. Chapter 14: The Arranger 149 . including a file name. Move the pointer to the position where 1. The Start Recording and End Recording command are not enabled until your settings have been made. You can readily change the volume in some parts of the sample or not others. as required for the sample you are about to record. AUDIO RECORDING To record audio data into InstantMusic: Set the recording settings.To change the volume of a sample. double-click on the its volume line. To remove all the volume control points from a sample. 2. Your mouse pointer changes to a small red rectangle. 3. choose Clear on the Main toolbar or the sample’s popup menu. 4. To return all volume control points to the neutral position. choose Reset on the Main toolbar or the sample’s pop-up menu. Each double-click adds a volume control point that can be dragged at will. click End Recording. Edit Mode must be disabled after your volume edits are complete because samples cannot be moved while in this mode. or create custom fades with any characteristics you choose.
Interface note: To see the available audio source devices. The graphical display works in real time. Monitor: Enable this feature to see the audio data to record in a spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope view. which opens the following dialog box: Edit. you must enable the mixer control by clicking the Mixer button. Recording start/end: This setting enables you to set fixed start and end times for the recording. We suggest using CD quality (44. Recording settings To record audio from external devices. 150 InstantCD/DVD . Remember that you can set the arrangement length in the Arrangement Properties dialog.. 16-bit. If you see a “No insert” sign instead of the red rectangle.1 kHz. Now you can adjust volume and balance to be sure not to create an overmodulated recording..: Click this button to select the audio format you want to use. the new sample is too large for the available space in your arrangement. stereo).you want to insert the recorded audio data and click the left mouse button. begin by clicking the Recording settings button on the Player toolbar.
Increasing the preload buffer size may result in faster merging. Most of the settings provided can be modified at will to suit the needs of your project. Arrangement properties Open this dialog with the Properties command on the Arrangement menu or the arrangement’s right-button pop-up menu. The sizes of the main buffer and the preload buffer should not be changed casually.EDITING PROPERTIES AND SETTINGS Dialog boxes are provided to give you control over the properties of your arrangement. or with the Arrangement Properties button on the Main toolbar. Chapter 14: The Arranger 151 . the tracks and samples it comprises. and your Windows audio subsystem.
The Reset button sets the pan and volume to their default values.Track properties Open this dialog with Properties on the right-button pop-up menu in the track header. Check the Solo option if you want to be audition the track on its own without having to manually mute all the other tracks in the arrangement. page 138). 152 InstantCD/DVD . Most of these track properties can be set directly in the track header (see “The track headers”. However. some track header controls may be suppressed if there is not enough screen space.
the following settings are available: • Name of the sample • Start time of the sample in the arrangement • Waveform display on/off • Mute on/off • Freeze (disable dragging) on/off • Looped (on/off) The sample’s volume and balance can also be adjusted or reset with the controls on the right-hand side of the dialog. Chapter 14: The Arranger 153 . size and format of the sample. Apart from referencing information showing such things as the file name.Sample properties Open this dialog with Properties on the sample’s rightbutton pop-up menu.
Audio properties This is the system audio dialog. or with the Audio Properties button on the Main toolbar. Open this dialog with the Audio Properties on the View menu. which can also be accessed through the Windows Control Panel. 154 InstantCD/DVD . Check these settings if sound doesn’t appear to be working properly on your system.
You can edit not only normal samples but also looped and grouped samples. Chapter 15: The Sample Editor 155 . All effects work in real time so that you can adjust the sound while hearing the playback. For detailed information about its use.Chapter 15: The Sample Editor InstantMusic includes a powerful WAV editor offering a variety of special effects. it can be inserted back into the arrangement automatically. When you edit a normal or looped sample. Modified sounds can be saved to a new WAV file without leaving the editor. The same Sample Editor used in InstantMusic is also used in InstantDisc. including detailed descriptions of the real-time effects. Start the sample editor with Edit Sample on the sample’s right-button pop-up menu. please see the InstantDisc section of this documentation.
then “mixes down” your arrangement into a file or files in that directory. Record to file Choose this command if you would like to output your arrangement as a series of WAV files corresponding to the CD tracks you have defined with custom marks (see page 142).Chapter 16: Output your arrangement The Record Device and Record File menu options (and corresponding toolbar buttons) let you output your arrangement in the form of either audio tracks on a recordable disc or WAV files on your hard drive. Please see your InstantDisc documentation for a full description of the operation and the settings that affect it. Chapter 16: Output your arrangement 157 . Record to device This command works in the way as the recording function in InstantDisc. InstantMusic asks you to select an output directory.
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or split scenes.Chapter 17: Overview Pinnacle Expression lets you use your personal computer to turn your home movies into DVDs and VideoCDs. With Pinnacle Expression. Soon you’ll be able to send a friend or family member movies that they can play in their DVD player. Pinnacle Expression lets you “capture video” or transfer the video from your camcorder to your PC’s hard drive. First. From this screen you can access tools that let you pick a menu page style. Next. Pinnacle Expression lets you create VideoCD. You can also include videos and stills you have saved on the PC. or delete. or DVD discs. The final step is to burn your movies and photos onto CD or DVD using your burner. combine. and creates a scene index menu for accessing them! You can test your disc with the on-screen remote or just click on a menu page item and see it play. Super VideoCD. it’s as easy as 1-2-3. Pinnacle Expression automatically breaks up your video into chapters. preview what your disc will look like on a DVD player. customize menu pages. Chapter 17: Overview 161 . arrange the video scenes and/or photos in any order.
In addition to your Expression software, you need a PC-compatible computer with:
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MHz or higher for DV and AVI playback. A 1.2 GHz or higher processor is required for MPEG playback. Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium, Windows 2000 or Windows XP DirectX-compatible graphics card DirectX-compatible sound card 128 MB of RAM (256 MB recommended) 200 MB of free hard disk space to install software Your hard drive must be capable of sustained reading and writing at 4 MB/sec. All SCSI and most UDMA drives are capable of this. DV-format video consumes 3.6 MB of hard disk space for every second of video, so four minutes of DV video will require almost 900 MB of hard disk space. CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW burner Speakers Mouse
INSTALLING YOUR SOFTWARE
To install your Expression software:
Insert the Expression CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive. If you have Autorun enabled for your CDROM, Setup will run automatically.
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If you do not have Autorun enabled, navigate to your CD-ROM drive, and double-click on Setup.exe. Select the language of your choice. Enter your serial number (found on the Expression CD or printed on its sleeve). Agree to the Expression software license terms (click “I Agree”). If you do not accept or understand the terms, you should promptly return this product to your dealer. Choose “Typical” installation (recommended). Only advanced computer users should choose “Custom.” Click “Next” until the installation is completed. Restart. In some cases, you may be instructed to restart your PC. Next, you will be given the opportunity to register your copy of Expression. You can quickly and easily register using your Internet connection. Registration is important for three reasons: • Registration allows Pinnacle Systems to inform you of free upgrades to the Expression software • Registration makes you eligible for special offers and promotions from Pinnacle Systems • Registration is required to receive technical support
Obtaining software updates To check for Expression software updates that may be released from time to time to provide new features or correct issues, choose the Help Software Updates menu command. This uses your computer’s Internet connection to check Pinnacle’s web site for new releases of the product.
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CONNECTING THE CAMERA
After the software application installation is complete, connect your DV video device to your PC, using any IEEE-1394 DV cable (4-pin to 6-pin). If you have a laptop computer, you may have a 4-pin IEEE-1394 connector. To connect your DV camcorder/VCR to your PC: Connect the IEEE-1394 cable to your PC. Connect the 6-pin connector of the IEEE-1394 DV cable to one of the IEEE-1394 data ports on your DV board. 2. Next, connect the IEEE-1394 cable to the DV device. Connect the 4-pin connector of the IEEE-1394 DV cable to the DV IN/OUT or the DV OUT connector of your DV camcorder/VCR. Make sure that your camcorder is turned on and in VTR mode.
On-line help is right where you need it, when you need it, while you’re working in Expression. Standard on-line help: Click the Help button in the Expression main menu bar, or press F1 to display the table of contents page of the standard help topics. Click Help Help Topics if you want to search for a specific topic, or command. Tool tips: To find out what a button or other Expression control does, pause your mouse pointer over it and a Tool Tip appears explaining its function.
ABBREVIATIONS AND CONVENTIONS
This guide uses the following conventions to help organize the material. Terminology Expression refers to Pinnacle’s video capture and disc authoring software. The term DV refers to DV and Digital8 camcorders, VCRs, and tapes. The term 1394 refers to OHCI-compliant IEEE-1394 FireWire, DV, or iLink interfaces, ports and cables. The term Analog refers to 8mm, Hi8, VHS, SVHS, VHS-C or SVHS-C camcorders, VCRs and tapes, and to Composite (RCA) and S-Video cables and connectors. The term assets refers to video and audio files and scene index menu pages. The term video file refers to source video/audio from a DV capture device, or analog video/audio that has been digitized and saved to disk. The term MPEG refers to the type of compressed video and audio file that is burned onto the disc and can also be imported as an asset. MPEG-1 is used for VideoCD and MPEG-2 is used for Super VideoCD and DVD. Expression can import most MPEG file types. The exceptions are "elementary stream" files (consisting of audio or video but not both), and MPEG-2 "transport stream" files (as used in Sony's MicroMV camcorders, for example). Transport stream file support will be included in a future version of Expression.
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The term AVI file (Audio Video Interleave) refers to a type of video and audio file that is most commonly compressed, but can also be uncompressed. The type of file that is captured from a DV camera in Expression is called a Type-2 DV AVI file. In order to play an AVI file on a computer, a codec (compressor/decompressor) capable of handling the compression method used in that AVI file must be installed in Windows. Expression will import most AVI files, but may have trouble with proprietary and uncompressed types, or if the necessary codec has not been installed. If you are not sure about the compatibility of a particular AVI file, try playing it in Windows Media Player before importing into Expression. The term scene refers to a video file that Expression has Scene Detected and placed in List View. A video file can also be manually split into a number of scenes. A scene is also known as a chapter. The term scene index menu page (or just menu page) refers to a graphic background for up to 12 interactive buttons that link to scenes (chapters), slideshows, and movies, and to the layouts, text styles, and frame types comprising the menu page. The term thumbnail refers to the reduced-sized scene image covering each menu button. Dialog box and window names Names of buttons, dialog boxes, windows and related items are written in Italics so you can find them in the text faster. Example: Click the Accept button in the TitleDeko window.
the default is always a left-click unless specified. Chapter 17: Overview 167 .Choosing menu commands The right angle bracket symbol ( ) denotes the path for hierarchical menu items. For example. to create a new file. Brackets denote keys that do not have names printed on them. the instruction would be: Example: Select File New Project Keyboard conventions Key names are underlined. Example: Press Ctrl+A to select all the video scenes in the List View. Mouse clicking When a mouse click is required. A plus sign denotes a key combination. Example: Press the [Spacebar] to pause the slideshow.
Chapter 18: Bringing in video
You make a CD or DVD in three steps: (1) Bring In Video/Photos, (2) Preview and Edit your project in the TV Screen, and (3) Make your Disc. These modes are represented by three buttons atop the Expression interface, which are ordered in the sequence used to make a disc.
Bring In Video/Photos is the process of transferring a video file from a digital camcorder or other source to your PC’s hard drive. Your Bring In Video/Photos screen looks like this:
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Use the Transport controls to view your tape or seek to the tape location at which capture is to begin. The Counter window displays the current position of the tape, and the control buttons display the current mode of the camcorder or VCR.
Source material options
The three buttons on the right side of the screen allow you to capture video via a 1394 (FireWire) connection from a DV device, import video from an AVI or MPEG file, or import a digital photo. The Asset List: Expression shows the file name and type of each asset (the files you capture and import) in the Captured and Imported Files window (see page 173).
Capturing video from your camcorder Often you will want to start your project by bringing in video from your camcorder. Expression supports digital camcorders and VCRs using your PC’s 1394 (Firewire) interface. Your DV device (camcorder or VCR) is connected to your PC as described in the previous chapter. You may capture an entire tape, or start and stop capture at any point in the tape. The Capture video button begins the capture process by opening the Capture Video from DV Camcorder dialog box (see below). Import file Expression also allows you to import video files already on your PC’s hard disk. If you wish to import video from an AVI or MPEG file, click the Import video button to open a browser. Click the Import digital photo button to bring in still images from your hard drive. You can also import video and digital photos by dragging files from Windows Explorer into the Captured and Imported Files window (see page 173). All the digital photos and stills you import into the Captured and Imported Files Window will be grouped into a single slideshow. If you would like to have more than one slideshow in your production, split the single imported slideshow into multiple slideshows in the Edit Video dialog box (see page 198).
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The Capture Video From DV Camcorder dialog box
The Capture video button begins the capture process by opening this dialog box:
The Preview screen above the Transport Controls continues to display incoming video. When you choose the drive where the video will be captured, Expression calculates and displays the maximum capture time. Enter a name for your capture, and click the Start Capture button.
The Start Capture button triggers the display of a sample scene index menu page with scene thumbnails created from the initial frame of each video scene detected. Each new thumbnail becomes a chapter point in your production. When one menu page is populated with thumbnails, it slides to the right and another menu page is generated. This continues until you click the Stop Capture button to end your capture session.
The Captured and Imported Files window
As you capture and import, Expression shows the file name and type of each video asset in this window. Digital photos and other stills are grouped automatically into a slideshow. The Asset menu button at the top right of the window gives you commands for managing your assets.
Deleting and renaming video assets To delete or rename any video asset, select the file name from the list, click the Asset menu button, and select the desired operation from the pop-up Asset menu. This function does not apply to digital photos and other still images, which can instead be deleted from the Edit Window (see “The Edit tools” on page 202).
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Automatic Scene Detection is a key feature of Expression. Your choices are: • Detect by Time Stamp: This option only works with DV video. It eliminates the drudgery of manually marking the beginnings and ends of video scenes.Scene detection options The Scene detect options choice on the Asset menu opens the Scene Detection Options dialog box where you choose how you want Scene Detection to operate (see below). When Expression captures your video to your hard drive. Importing assets by dragging from Explorer Another way to import files is to select them in Windows Explorer and drag them onto the asset list. it automatically detects natural breaks that occur in the video. 174 InstantCD/DVD . You can instantly create a slide show by dragging in a folder of images in one operation! The Scene Detection Options dialog box Open this dialog with Scene detect options from the Asset menu in the Captured and Imported Files window. It detects scenes by sensing a discontinuity in the time of day recorded along with the video.
Chapter 18: Bringing in video 175 . which detects scenes by changes in brightness. or with imported video files. • No Scene Detection: This option skips the scene detection feature (don’t worry – you’ll still be able to divide video clips into scenes manually).• Detect by Content: This option. Use it when capturing video from a DV tape that has been dubbed or edited. works with any video. when capturing from analog tapes made with a Digital8 camcorder.
rearrange and trim scenes. this screen is also where you design menu pages. Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 177 . and choose the output format you’ll be burning to. You’ll learn more about these subjects in later chapters. create slideshow.Chapter 19: Previewing the disc Clicking on this TV icon takes you to the Preview/Edit screen. where Expression shows how your finished project will look when played on your DVD player and TV. The onscreen DVD Player Remote Control gives you a realistic feel for the interactivity you build into each project. In addition to previewing your project.
Use the remote control to return to menu pages. the TV Screen. the Remote Control. the Edit Video and Slideshows button. You can also use mouse clicks to navigate from one menu page to another. Click the scene icons within the menu pages to play the corresponding scenes. the Output Media Settings button. the Remote Control. The TV screen The TV Screen previews what you will see on your TV when the completed disc is played in a VideoCD or DVD player. 178 InstantCD/DVD . The remote control This control allows you to navigate between menu pages. It displays menu pages as well as fullmotion video and still images from your project. the Output Media Settings dialog box and the Disc Meter. This chapter describes the TV Screen.The Preview/Edit mode displays six areas of interest: the Style Chooser. and the Disc Meter. and to play scenes in any order.
Right) through a DVD menu page (will not work for VCD and SVCD titles). Return to menu button Click at any time to return to the menu page on a VCD or SVCD title. Down. press any two-digit scene number for direct access to the corresponding scene. Navigation buttons Move (Up. Number pad When the menu page displays. The disc meter This display shows you the current recordable capacity on your output disc. Click on the button to return to the menu on a DVD title. play it by clicking the center button. Go to the previous or next scene or menu page. Left. you can use the menu or title button. The figure depends on both the output format chosen in the Output Media Settings dialog box (see below) and the estimated space remaining on the disc. the functionality of VCD and S-VCD is different than DVD. DVD titles let you navigate through a menu page to select a button. and once a scene is selected. you must use the number pad on the remote control to choose which button to select in the menu. To return to a menu with DVD. For VCD and S-VCD. you must use the return button.Note: On a remote control. For VCD and S-VCD titles. Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 179 .
Check the Pinnacle web site and VCDhelp.com for a list of compatible players. DVD (Digital Versatile Disc): A DVD disc is the ultimate in video quality. VCD (VideoCD): This is an extremely popular format in China and other parts of the world. An S-VCD disc allows up to 39 minutes of near-DVD quality video to be burned onto a CD and is supported by a number of DVD players. A VideoCD disc allows up to 70 minutes of VHS-quality video to be burned onto a CD and is supported by a large number of DVD players. S-VCD (Super-VideoCD): Super-VideoCD is an enhancement to the VCD format.com for a list of compatible players. Expression can burn up to 90 180 InstantCD/DVD .Output media settings Click the Settings button to open this dialog box: Output format Select the type of disc you wish to create. Check the Pinnacle web site and VCDhelp.
pick the one your target audience will be using. There are five basic types of DVD burners – Authoring DVD-R (expensive. If you are using CD-RW. CD-R (and CD-RW): Use for VCD and S-VCD titles. Expression will prompt you as to which type of media is needed. for professional use). Expression will prompt you to erase the disc. DVD-RW (write many). Expression does not currently support DVD-RAM. check the Pinnacle web site for updates. As newer DVD players begin to support this format. TV standard The discs you create will work properly with only one of the NTSC and PAL television standards. DVD-R/RW or DVD+R/RW: Expression supports General and Authoring DVD-R (write once). Check Media button Place the blank or erasable disc into your drive and Expression will verify its usability. DVD+R (write once). DVD+R/RW and DVD-RAM.minutes of high-quality video and audio (or up to 232 minutes at decent quality) onto a DVD-R/RW or DVDR/RW disc. General DVD-R/RW. check the Pinnacle web site. If a choice is offered. Media Based on the output format you choose. and DVD+RW (write many) media. DVD+RW. Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 181 . For a list of compatible DVD burners. as this format cannot play in a standard DVD player.
Because higher-quality video requires more information for each second of playback. While a short production may fit comfortably on disc at the highest quality setting. and is recommended for most users. if you have 68 minutes of video in your DVD project. Expression will use the full capacity of the DVD disc by encoding your finished video at the highest possible bit-rate (6000 kilobits per second in this example). Low settings. It sets the highest possible quality for your project based on the amount of video and the number of stills you have included. Quality is expressed in terms of bit-rate in kilobits per second. the higher the quality of your video. in the realm of 2000 kilobits per second.Video quality / disc usage The three main choices here are presets that control the quality of the video that will be stored on your DVD or S-VCD discs (no options are provided for VCD discs because the standard dictates a single video quality setting). Automatic: This is the default setting. resulting in the best possible quality. as the duration increases the quality may have to be reduced. A very high quality setting of 8000 kilobits per second will result in the the best video image that your DVD player can provide. there is a trade-off between quality and the amount of video that will fit on a disc. A longer project with almost 2 hours of video would be burned at a bit-rate of 3000 kbps. Keep in mind that in this 182 InstantCD/DVD . The higher the bit-rate. For example. Best video quality: This setting allows you to force the highest possible bit-rate for your project. are roughly equivalent to “VHS quality” – the playback quality of an ordinary VCR.
After you close the Output Media Settings window. 6553 kbps) if you prefer. Expression will encode up to three times faster when the box is checked. Good quality mode: This setting allows up to 114 minutes of video on a DVD (39 minutes for S-VCD) while still maintaining good quality. Bit-rate: The pull-down list offers several bit-rate settings. Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 183 . Check the icon after entering a custom settings to make sure you have not gone over the disc limit. Expression accepts bit-rates as low as 2000 kbps. You can also type in your own bit-rate setting (e. and vice versa. ranging from 3000-8000 kbps DVD and 2000-2500 kbps for S-VCD. Selecting a higher bit-rate from the list causes the "minutes on a disc" display to decrease accordingly. Custom settings These settings are recommended for advanced users only.mode you will be able to get no more than 52 minutes of video onto your DVD (31 minutes for S-VCD).g. “Draft” mode: This setting accelerates the encoding of your project. but the quality of the video will not be as high. you will notice that the Disc Meter icon changes to reflect your selection.
The "minutes on a disc" display will increase when this option is used. not all do. While most DVD players support MPEG audio.MPEG Audio: This setting is for DVD output only. 184 InstantCD/DVD . You should therefore check this box only if you need to fit more video on your disc and you are sure your DVD player supports the format.
TV screen The TV Screen is designed to have the look and feel of a television you would find in your living room. It displays scene index menu pages as well as full-motion video and still images from your project. Chapter 20: TV screen and remote control 185 . You navigate in the TV Screen with either your cursor or the Remote Control. The DVD Player Remote Control gives you a realistic feel for the interactivity you build into each project.Chapter 20: TV screen and remote control This is where Expression shows you how your project will look on a television screen.
and right-arrows appear at the bottom of the page to indicate previous or subsequent pages. then press [Enter] and the modifications are applied. Click any title with your cursor and a text field opens. Click any thumbnail with your cursor and the corresponding scene or still image will activate. 186 InstantCD/DVD . and Expression plays that scene immediately. Click these arrows with your cursor to move through menu pages. Then key in the scene number you want to access. Modify or create a new title. and DVDs. If you are not already on a menu page. and play. Number pad The 10-digit number pad allows direct access to any scene in a movie. Super VideoCDs. come full-screen. for DVDs use the Go To Menu Page button (click for VideoCDs and Super VideoCDs) to return and to a menu page. Remote control navigation The Expression Remote Control features all functions needed to navigate through VideoCDs. left.Cursor navigation If a project has more than one menu page.
click the Settings button (see page 180) and verify that you’ve selected DVD as your output format. is Show Previous Menu Page. Chapter 20: TV screen and remote control 187 . The two remaining buttons have dual functions: • When a scene is playing or paused. and do not affect scenes or menu pages. is Play Previous Scene and is Play Next Scene. Down. and is Show Next Menu Page.DVD navigation buttons These seven buttons provide navigation to scenes within a menu page. Chapters on VCD and S-VCD discs can only be accessed using the number pad. Movie controls These are controls for the movie only. The center blue button is Play Selected Scene. • When a menu page is displayed. Left and Right. Note: If you can’t navigate through DVD menu pages with the blue buttons. Blue buttons take you Up.
You can access each element when you customize a menu page. and Frames. Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages 189 . Before describing both approaches. The graphic elements are Layout.Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages This is where you choose premade styles for your scene index menu pages. Text style. or design custom menu pages. a process described later in this chapter (see page 194). MENU PAGE ELEMENTS An Expression scene index menu page is comprised of four graphic elements and one audio element. here’s an overview of the elements which combine to make Expression menu pages. Background. The audio element is a WAV or MP3 file you can assign to any menu page.
190 InstantCD/DVD . To illustrate. The layout indicates the positioning of frames. and scene titles/numbers within the menu page. and whether or not they include main titles or scene titles. text and frames. Notice that although there are nine scenes in the top menu page. and scene title are arranged on the page. here are two Expression layout templates and their associated menu pages with background. main title.Layout This menu page element is the template that determines how frames. there is no main title. main title. Layouts are selected in the Create Custom Menu dialog box (see page 194). Layouts differ in the number and position of frames. and the scene titles are limited to ascending numbers.
Background This menu page element is an image that specifies the graphic background of an ordinary menu. PCD. frames are highlighted to indicate which scene is selected when navigating through a DVD menu page. The Expression background aspect ratio is 4 to 3. If you import an image with a different aspect ratio. Text Styles are found in the Create Custom Menu dialog box. In addition to being a graphic element on the menu page. Expression will scale it to fit within the frame. Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages 191 . Frames are found in the Create Custom Menu dialog box. TGA. or a video file (MPEG or AVI) that specifies the background of a professional-looking motion menu. Frames A frame encloses each scene thumbnail. Backgrounds are found and imported in the Create Custom Menu dialog box. JPG. Expression’s thumbnail frames come in a variety of styles and colors. and also allows you to import any BMP. Like realworld picture frames. Text style With this menu page element. or WMF file for use as a custom background. TIF. and fill the remaining area with the color of the top-left pixel of the imported image. PCT. Expression offers you multiple text styles with different fonts and colors that you can apply to your menu pages. Expression comes with a number of attractive backgrounds for staticmenus.
backgrounds. text styles and frames. Audio files are found and imported in the Create Custom Menu dialog box (see page 194). It’s pre-loaded with numerous styles featuring different combinations of layouts. music. each thumbnail is replicated in the TV screen for immediate viewing.Sound Sound can be used as a menu page element. You can also import custom WAV or MP3 files (e. 192 InstantCD/DVD . sound effects.g. You can attach any WAV or MP3 file to any menu page or still image. use the Expression Style Chooser. THE STYLE CHOOSER For fast and easy menu pages. As you scroll forward or backward through the style choices. Expression comes with a selection of music and sound effect WAV files. Navigating the Style Chooser The Style Chooser displays a thumbnail of the current menu page appearing on the TV Screen. or voice-over narration).
The viewer still has the ability to jump forward or back between scenes with the remote control. Click on any style and it appears instantly in the TV Screen.The Style Chooser also offers a No Menu choice: when your disc is inserted in a player. the disc plays from start to finish without displaying a menu page. displaying scene thumbnails and titles of imported or captured assets. Click on the button at the bottom of the drawer to customize a menu page. The Style Chooser Drawer Click the Open Drawer button on the Style Chooser to display five style thumbnails at a time. Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages 193 .
PCT. or a portion of the 194 InstantCD/DVD . TGA. The Delete button does the opposite. Click on any of the five element buttons and choices appear. or WMF). click the Import button and make your selection from the provided file browser browser. This is where you may customize each element of a menu page. Backgrounds: The background portion of your menu can be either a still image file in any of the supported formats (BMP. JPG. MP3 or . PCD. Click on any choice and the sample menu page is immediately updated in the Preview screen with the new element choice. TIF.Create Custom Menu Dialog Box Access this dialog box by clicking the Create Custom Menu button on the Style Chooser. making it available for use in future productions. The Save button on the left of the dialog box adds your customized menu to the Style Chooser (see page 192).WAV files. removing the currently selected menu style from the Style Chooser. To use your own background images.
Layouts: Menu layouts are templates that specify the number. location and size of the thumbnail frames on the menu.video from an AVI or MPEG video file. Further customization of the text appearance can be achieved by making your own choice of fonts with the Font for headings and Font for captions drop-down lists on the right-hand side of the dialog box. Menus with video backgrounds are known as motion menus. All the thumbnails provided by the menu layout use the same type of frame. or choose Silence. as follows: • Turquoise: thumbnail frames • Light purple: menu title (heading) • Dark purple: scene numbers and titles (captions) Text styles: Although the placement of text on a menu is controlled by the layout. its appearance can be modified by selecting one of the numerous provided styles. each offering a combination of font. color and effects (such as shadow and “glow”). The icon for each layout contains colored rectangles representing three types of content. You can also use the Import button to bring in a music file of your own choosing. The layout also controls the text that appears on the menu. see “Menu page audio files” on page 196). which represents either a frame of video or an image from a slideshow. Select one that complements your project from the numerous provided types. Music: Select background music for your menu from the choices offered. Frames: These enclose the thumbnail images in your menus. Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages 195 . (For information about the duration of motion menus.
however. Expression sets the minimum duration at 40 seconds. the duration of added audio is calculated in the same way as just described. Expression plays the audio file and adds another 25 seconds of silence before playing the file again. Expression plays the audio file and immediately plays it again (loops the audio file). This continues for as long as the menu page displays. the audio is truncated to match. 196 InstantCD/DVD . Audio with motion menus In the case of a motion menu (a menu whose background consists of moving video rather than a still image). Here are three examples: • When displaying a menu page with a 15-second audio file attached. If the video file is shorter than this calculated duration. whichever is less. This continues for as long as the menu page displays. Expression plays the first 280 seconds and begins playing it immediately from the start. • When displaying a menu page with a 300-second audio file attached. The duration of a motion menu in the absence of audio is set to 40 seconds or the length of the video file. and the duration of the menu’s video loop is also set to that value. This continues for as long as the menu page displays.Menu page audio files When attaching an audio file to a menu page. • When displaying a menu page with a 120-second audio file attached. and the maximum duration at 280 seconds.
trimming and renaming video scenes • Creating and organizing slideshows • Adding audio and transition effects to slideshows • Selecting thumbnails for scenes and slideshows Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 197 .Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows When you have chosen or designed a menu page to your liking. The operations provided by this dialog box include: • Rearranging. you may wish to edit the video scenes and/or still-image slideshows that make up the body of your production. Click the Edit video and slideshows button to open the Edit Video dialog box.
198 InstantCD/DVD .THE EDIT VIDEO DIALOG BOX This dialog box provides several areas that let you finetune your production: • Two list views of the video scenes and slideshows that can be accessed from your menu pages • A Player/Editor for viewing video scenes and editing your still images • An information box that annotates both your production as a whole and the currently selected item(s) in the list views • A suite of edit tools Both of the list views show a complete directory of your production. while the Icon list view is less detailed but more compact. including a thumbnail image. The Thumbnail view provides more information about each item.
The name will appear next to the scene thumbnail in most menu layouts. However. and the scene title.are available only in the Thumbnail view. Access the Thumbnail list view by clicking its tab at the top left of the dialog box. Press Enter to complete the operation. simply click the old one in the Thumbnail list view and type into the text field provided.g.Expression gives each video scene a default name (e. For a slideshow. The main difference between the two is in the trade-off between detail and compactness. “A Day at the Zoo #3”) based on the title of the captured video file and a sequence number reflecting the order in which the scenes were detected. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 199 . a few operations – like renaming . The list views Each of the two list views provides a complete listing of the video scenes and slideshows in your production. In the illustration below. This indicates that we have a chosen a menu layout with two “chapter” thumbnails per menu page. the items appear in groups of two on backgrounds that alternate between shaded and white. Slideshow names are editable in the same way as for video scenes. this view displays the thumbnail representing the scene. the title of the captured video file. For each video scene. If you prefer to use a custom name. The default name for a slideshow is the file name (without extension) of the first image in the slideshow when it was created. the thumbnail image and the slideshow title are displayed.
200 InstantCD/DVD . This is the better view to use when you want to rapidly reorganize the project using drag-and-drop. or combine mouse clicks with the Shift and Ctrl keys in accordance with standard Windows multiple selection techniques. indicating that the item (or multiple-selected items) can be dragged to another location in the list. Working in the list views Click any item in a list view to select it. At this point. releasing the mouse button over the desired target point. Cut (Ctrl+X). Duplicating selected scenes You can duplicate selected items using the standard Windows keyboard commands for Copy (Ctrl+C). it assumes the “grabber” shape. indicated by dark blue highlighting. simply click and drag to move the item. When your cursor passes over the scene thumbnail (or icon.The tab for the Icon list view gives a bird’s eye view of project. and Paste (Ctrl+V). in Icon list view). drag the mouse over multiple items.. but more items visible at once. with less information about each item. To make multiple selections in the list.
Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 201 . and the images themselves.Opening and closing slideshows A slideshow is a collection of still images that are accessed as a group from one of the thumbnails on your menu pages. Whether it contains one image or many. Click the minus sign next to the header thumbnail to close the slideshow. indented below the header. they can be moved by dragging within the list. Click the plus sign next to the thumbnail to open the slideshow. • Open ( “expanded”): Now the images belonging to the slideshow are also shown. which appears as an item in the list views along with any video scenes. The header corresponds to the menu page thumbnail as it will eventually appear on your disc. A slideshow appears in the list view in one of two states: • Closed (“collapsed”): Only the header is visible. They also support certain other editing operations (see “Editing still images” on page 208). Like other list items. the slideshow consists of a header. while the images are the content to which that thumbnail will link.
Importing images from Windows Explorer A quick way to build a slideshow directly within the Video Scenes and Slideshows dialog is to drag images onto either list view from Windows Explorer. When you click the button. (Equivalently. after the images have been imported you can rearrange them in any way you wish to integrate them with the other components of your production.) Split into multiple scenes This button divides a selected scene into one or more scenes by redetecting scenes from the source video. 202 InstantCD/DVD . Individual or multiple image files imported in this way will create a new slideshow at the beginning of your production. The edit tools Combine scenes This button allows two or more video scenes to play as one extended scene. a menu of redetection options is displayed: The first three choices are the same as those found in the Scene Detection Options dialog box (see page 174). In either case. right-click in one of the selected scenes and choose Combine from the pop-up menu. If you drag in a folder of images. It becomes active when two or more consecutive scenes are selected in either of the List Views. the resulting slideshow will be given the name of that folder.
You have the option to restore deleted scenes to the list view. rather than being locked into using the initial frame. This is a powerful editing tool when used along with the Delete button. then click the Thumbnail button to update that scene’s thumbnail). Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 203 . This allows you to choose the most representative frame in any scene. after splitting a scene. For instance. because it allows you to trim away the start or end of any scene with singleframe accuracy. The Split button can also be used within a slideshow. Split This button divides the currently-selected video scene at the frame displayed in the Player window. (Hint: use the Frame Forward and Frame Reverse buttons in the Player to choose the precise frame you wish to designate. Split scenes at edit points.) Delete This button sends the selected scene or scenes to the recycle bin. The recycle bin Click this button to view deleted scenes.The fourth choice. Thumbnail This button creates a new scene thumbnail from the frame displayed in the Player window. (If you want the opposite operation – merging two slideshows – simply drag the images from one into the other. creating two separate slideshows that can be separately manipulated thereafter. undoes any scene merges you may have performed with the Combine scenes button. click this button to remove the unwanted portion.
Open the slideshow and select any of the images within it. Edit options The Edit Options dialog box offers choices that affect how your disc will be viewed by the user. each subsequent scene plays automatically without user intervention. This is a global setting for all scenes. Return to menu after playing: This returns the user to the menu page after each scene. Dissolve between scenes: This places a dissolve transition between all scenes. Show title when playing: This displays the scene title for 2 seconds at the beginning of each scene. and so only appear when a slideshow is selected in the list view. then click the Thumbnail button. Some options apply only to individual slideshows (see page 205). There are actually two forms of this dialog. This is a global setting for all scenes. Activating this option deactivates Fade to black between scenes. If this choice is not made. 204 InstantCD/DVD .The Thumbnail button also works to set the thumbnail for a slideshow header. They do not apply to individual images within slideshows. The cross-fade does not affect audio. Fade to black between scenes: This option places a video cross-fade between all scenes. General options for all scenes The options in this group apply both to video scenes and slideshows. Edit options This button opens the Edit Options dialog box. Activating this option deactivates Dissolve between scenes.
for example: \images\Scenery Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 205 . however. wipes. High-resolution still-image mode: By default. High-resolution still-image mode is not available for DVD slideshows. Background audio is not available for user-controlled slideshows. etc. your still-image slideshows are recorded to disc as ordinary MPEG video. The archived images are unmodified by any cropping or other editing you may have used in the slideshow itself. High-resolution mode also gives you the ability to specify that the slideshow images should be navigated by the user (using the next chapter and previous chapter buttons on the remote control) rather than presented in sequence with preset timing (see “Timing options” below). High-resolution mode offers much better image quality than the default mode. but they will be accessible as files when the disc is used in a computer.Slideshow options These options on the Edit Options dialog box (see page 204) apply only to the currently-selected slideshow. you can choose an alternative mode in which your slideshow is saved as a sequence of still images at a resolution of 704x480 (NTSC) or 704x576 (PAL). Image archive: Check this box if you would like the original images that make up your slideshow to be stored as an archive on the output disc. These image copies won’t be displayed along with the slideshow and other content when the disc is played back. Its only drawback is that transitions (dissolves. within a folder named “images”. For VCD and S-VCD discs. The files are stored in a subfolder named with the slideshow’s title.) between images are not available.
the maximum is 999 seconds. It is only available when Use audio soundtrack has been selected. tells Expression to set the duration of each image in the slideshow to an equal share of the total duration of the audio. so that slideshow and soundtrack end simultaneously. Background audio is not available with this option. All the images within a slideshow have the same duration. click Import file and browse for any WAV or MP3 file on your system. which is only available when Use audio soundtrack has been selected. who moves from one image to the next using the remote control next chapter and previous chapter buttons. The minimum duration is 1 second.Use audio soundtrack: To add a musical background to your slideshow. Timing options • Show each slide indefinitely: This option is available only when the high-resolution still-image mode is used (see above). The Length of time to display each still image setting (see above) is overridden. • Show each slide for x seconds: This sets a fixed duration for the display of the images. check this option and make a selection from the drop-down list. N. The soundtrack feature is not available if Show each slide indefinitely has been selected under the timing options (see below). 206 InstantCD/DVD .B. It leaves the pacing of the slideshow up to the viewer. • Fit slideshow to length of audio: This setting. • Automatic beat-detection: This option lends a more dramatic mood to your slideshow by actually synchronizing the slides with the beat of the music on your audio soundtrack. To use an audio file that is not already on the list.
When this button is enabled. The selected transition is used between each pair of images in the slideshow. The Player The buttons and controls in the Player window let you navigate through a scene. pushes and dissolve. For several of the transition types. Two additional options on the Transitions between images list are “None (cut)”. the frame on which Preview stops becomes the selected frame. the Scrubber bar represents the entire length of the scene. a direction can be specified using the neighboring Direction button. Once preview begins. Play/Pause: The Play button previews the scene from the current position. and “Mixed”. which is the default. including wipes.Transitions between images: This dropdown list lets you customize each of your slideshows with any of several standard transition types. Play toggles to a Pause button. which places a randomly-selected transition between each pair of images. with the left edge as the beginning. Transitions are not available with slideshows that use the high-resolution still-image mode discussed above. Scrubber: Grab the Scrubber with your cursor to quickly traverse forward and backward through the scene. slides. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 207 . When paused. The Scrubber shows at a glance your relative position within a scene. clicking it repeatedly cycles through the allowed directions for the transition you have selected. Regardless of length.
208 InstantCD/DVD . Editing still images When a slideshow image is selected in the list view. Rotate left: Rotate the image 90 degrees counterclockwise. Go To Beginning: Moves the Scrubber to the first frame of your scene. the extra space is filled with the current border color. Blank areas are filled in with the current border color.Frame Forward/Reverse: The Frame Forward button advances the Scrubber by one frame with each click. If the rotated image doesn’t fit exactly within the frame. Fast Reverse: Plays the scene in fast-reverse mode at 10x the normal speed. with its own set of buttons for performing operations on still images. The Frame Reverse button reverses the Scrubber by one frame with each click. the Player window takes on a new role: that of Image Editor. Fast Forward: Plays the scene in fast-forward mode at 10x the normal speed. Rotate right: Rotate the image 90 degrees clockwise.
blank areas can occur at the sides or top and bottom of the frame when the images are used in your Expression project. such areas are filled in with the “auto-color” – the color of the top-left pixel in the image. Crop/Zoom: This button initiates a mode in which an area of the image can be selected for magnification. By default. black. Repeating the operation restores the original appearance. click the Crop/Zoom button again to exit the mode. This often yields a good result.. After the desired zoom region has been enclosed. as in a mirror. Click and drag on the control points to specify a zoom region within the image frame. manipulate the frame with its corner control points.Mirror image: The image is reversed left-forright. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 209 . white. and the image is redrawn in the Player window within a frame containing eight control points at the corners and edge-midpoints. and “Choose color. The marked region expands to fill the Player frame.. The last option lets you choose the border color from a standard Windows color picker dialog. If you want the magnified image to maintain the original shape (“aspect ratio”). Set border color: Since many images do not conform to the 4:3 aspect ratio of ordinary video. The button stays in its “down” position when clicked. but for special cases choose one of the four options presented when you click the Set border color button: “Autocolor”. Use the control points in the edges of the frame if you want the magnified image to have a different aspect ratio. as just described.”. with any unused portions being filled in with the current border color.
Click anywhere in the opened window to close it again. Adjustments to both contrast and brightness may be needed to achieve the optimum effect. Use this to correct an overly light or dark image. canceling the effect of any edits you have made. Reset to original image: This button restores the image to its original form. the four sliders control these characteristics: Brightness: Increase or decrease the overall intensity of the image. This can be used to correct a “color cast” affecting the entire image. or to achieve special visual effects within the context of your production. Color correction controls: This button opens a pop-out panel of sliders that can be used to modify the color and related attributes of the image. From top to bottom.Full-size view: In order to see details of the image that may not be evident in the small Player window. Pushing the slider all the way to the left results in a gray-scale image. pushing it all the way to the right usually results in colors that are garishly intense. Saturation: Modify the amount of color in the image. 210 InstantCD/DVD . Hue: Bias the overall color balance of the image. They can be used to improve the technical quality of images. Contrast: Expand or reduce the range of intensities in the image. this button opens the image at full resolution in its own window.
” 1. and names Frame 1 “Tiger. Expression places both new scenes in the List View. 2. deselect them (either choice can be re-initiated after trimming). Use the Scrubber to move within proximity of frame 2. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 211 . 4. giving a viewer the perception of motion. To trim a scene. This is the first frame of your trimmed scene.TRIM A SCENE A video scene is a number of video frames joined together and displayed at a constant rate.” and Frames 2 through 7 “Tiger-1. 7 frames in length (for purposes of illustration). To trim the scene: Select the scene. This is Tiger in the Expression List View: We want a new. Click the Split button. If either the Fade to black between scenes or Use dissolve transitions within combined scenes edit options are selected. Use the Frame Forward/Reverse buttons to display frame 2 in the Player. 3. we’ll use this sample video scene named Tiger. trimmed scene to start with frame 2 and end with frame 5.
6. 8. This is the frame following the last frame of our new trimmed scene. Click the Split button.Select “Tiger” in the List View and click the Delete button. Select “Tiger-2” in the List View and click the Delete button. Select “Tiger-1” and scrub to frame 6. beginning at Frame 2 and ending with Frame 5. Expression places both new scenes in the List View. and names Frames 2 through 5 “Tiger-1” and Frames 6 and 7 “Tiger-2. 7. 212 InstantCD/DVD . Importing folders A time-saving technique for importing multiple images is to place them in a folder. “Tiger-1” remains in the List View and is our desired trimmed scene.” 5. and drag that folder from Explorer into the Captured and Imported Files list. “Tiger-1” remains in the List View.
Still image ordering When importing a folder of still images. they can be rearranged in any order when you open the Expression List View. However. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 213 . Keep in mind that still images can be added or deleted once in the List View. the images appear in their original order.
When the Making the Disc window opens. Expression assigns these files to a Temp folder in Pinnacle Expression on your C: drive. Chapter 23: Making the disc 215 . Assigning your files If you’re making a VCD. By default. Compiling. you have the Transcoding. you’re transcoding your files to MPEG-1. click the Start button to begin burning your disc. and Disc Burning elements of making a disc displayed on-screen. depending on the length of your project. When you have your files assigned.Chapter 23: Making the disc Prior to Making the Disc. you’re transcoding to MPEG-2. These can be quite large files. Click the Options button to open a Browse for Folder dialog box where you can choose any location for these transcoded and compiled files. you must already have chosen the Output format from the Output Media Settings dialog box (see Chapter 19: Previewing the disc). If you’re making an S-VCD or DVD.
) When "Return To Menu After Playing" is selected in the Edit Options dialog (see page 204). if the video is compatible. When any editing is done that involves scenes being rearranged or deleted. other than 48khz for DVD).) When DVD is slected as the output format and the file is not MPEG-2 in the proper format (2-8Mbps. 720x480.2Mbps. etc. When combinations of files are used then only the noncompliant files are re-encoded.g. which makes chapter marks without modifying the video data itself. However. Simply splitting your input material into scenes. 352x240.5 Mbps. only the audio stream will be rendered. your MPEG video files are incorporated directly into your project without re-encoding wherever possible. When the audio rate in an imported MPEG is not compatible with the chosen output format (e. Reencoding is required: • When VCD is selected as the output format and the • • • • • file is not MPEG-1 with the proper VCD format (1. The time needed for these operations depends on the speed of your processor. In order to make transcoding more efficient.) When S-VCD is selected as the output format and the file is not MPEG-2 in the proper format (1-2. does not cause re-encoding. etc. 216 InstantCD/DVD . 480x480. etc.Transcoding and compiling your project The top progress bar tracks the process of transcoding and compiling your AVI and MPEG files and still images.
Progress is displayed on the bottom bar. the screen reads “Finished” and your disc tray opens with the completed disc.Burning the disc Expression takes the compiled files and burns a disc. Expression prompts you to load another blank. When the disc is completed. If you’re burning more than one disc. Chapter 23: Making the disc 217 .
Expression displays the Clean-up button. you can have potentially huge files.The Clean-up Temporary Files option Once you have transcoded and compiled a project. which offers two options: 218 InstantCD/DVD .
Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts You’ve shot your video. including menu styles and clip names. Of course. to automatically design each of the following: • a disc label • a VCD jewel case tray liner and booklet • a DVD cover insert. Expression will suggest a finishing touch: printing out a custom label and case inserts. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 219 . and you’ve made your disc. you’ve put your production together. Now what? Immediately after it has burned your disc. you will actually print only the materials your particular project requires. or by okaying the dialog prompting you to enter the labeler after burning a disc. The Make Custom Labels dialog box Open the Make Custom Labels dialog box by clicking the Custom Labeler button on the Making the Disc screen. If designing a label sounds like too much work. don’t worry: Expression’s Custom Labeler draws on information about your disc. You can use any of the provided designs as-is or adapt them in the labeler’s Edit Window.
220 InstantCD/DVD . Create jewel case booklet: This is a single folding sheet that forms the outside front and inside front covers of the VCD or S-VCD jewel case. S-VCDs and DVDs are all the same size (the same as an ordinary audio CD) the same label design will work with any output format. The four types are: Create disc label: This label goes on the disc itself. and along its left and right edges. Create DVD case insert: This type of insert slips into the clear plastic liner on the outside of a DVD case. Your text appears on the back of the case. Create jewel case liner: This liner goes under the tray in a VCD or S-VCD jewel case. Since VCDs.Label type tabs The four tabs across the top of the labeler select which type of insert or label you want to work on in the Edit Window.
The image you select is stretched to fit the type of label you are working on. Simple text does not support the outline and shadowing features provided by the other types. plus horizontal and vertical stretching and skewing.The usual browse for file dialog opens. which replaces the existing image while preserving its size and proportions. allowing you to select a new image file.) are supported. The four types are: • Simple text: This type of text box supports word wrap. Add text to label: This button pops up a menu offering four varieties of text box you can add to the current label. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 221 . The size and proportions of the image can afterwards be changed as desired within the Edit Window. (Detailed editing of individual text boxes and images is carried out using your mouse and keyboard in the Edit Window. Add image to label: This button also opens a browse for file dialog in which you select an image file.The Edit toolbar These four buttons access the main editing operations of the Custom Labeler. Most standard image formats (jpg. bmp etc. This button opens a browse for file dialog that lets you select any image file on your system. Change selected image: This button is only available when an image is currently selected within the Edit Window (see “The Edit Window” on page 223). The new image is stretched to a default size and proportion (a 4 to 3 ratio of width to height) and placed onto the label.) Change background of label: The default background of your label is the background image of your project’s menus.
style and color. proportions and angle of text boxes. If you would like your labels and inserts to reflect changes and additions you make to the project after the default design has been generated. click recreate from project. a set of default designs for your labels and inserts is created automatically. or its font.• Curved text: This type has the same properties as simple text. 222 InstantCD/DVD . but is drawn around the edge of an ellipse instead of along a straight line (handy for disc labels!). (To achieve a similar effect with other types of text box. • Angled text: This text box makes it particularly easy to position your text at an angle. just as though you were opening the Custom Labeler for the first time in this project. Your current label designs will be replaced by an entirely new set. For information on the various ways of changing the size. please refer to “The text controls” on page 228. including the menu style you have chosen and the names of your clips and images. To modify the text itself. The recreate from project button The first time you open the Custom Labeler from within a new Expression project. see “Rotating an object” on page 227. Try different styles until you find the one that works best for your project. this type of text box can be warped into any four-sided shape just by dragging with the mouse. Expression offers several styles of generated labels with the Select Label Style dialog. These are based on the particulars of your production. see “The Edit Window” on page 223.) • Stretchable text: For special effects. Choose a style from among those offered then click OK.
The print button To print out the labels and inserts your production requires. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 223 . see “The Print Custom Labels dialog box” on page 228. text Editing the size.Note: Any customizations you have performed on your labels and inserts after they were originally created are lost when you click recreate from project. Images vs. the style and the text itself – see “The text controls” on page 228. Both the objects created for you by Custom Labeler and those you add manually (see “The Edit toolbar” on page 221) can be edited. For more information. In some cases you may prefer to update the labels manually to reflect minor changes to your project. open the Print Custom Labels dialog box by clicking the print button. To edit the other properties of a text box – the font. With your mouse and keyboard you can quickly edit the size. shape and angle of the objects on a label or insert works the same way for both text and images. The Edit Window The Edit Window is your main work area for customizing the appearance of labels and inserts in the Custom Labeler. shape and orientation of the objects – images and text boxes – on the current label.
When the edge of a text box or image is dragged into the vicinity of an alignment line. If you need to adjust the position of an alignment line. the mouse pointer for a selected object is a cross of arrows. You can also add alignment lines to the Edit Window by double-clicking at the desired position on the horizontal or vertical rulers. making it easy to achieve perfect alignment. Use these as a visual aid for positioning and alignment as you move objects around on the label. then click and drag as desired.Editing with guide lines and alignment lines The Edit Window is ruled at regular intervals with light gray guide lines. move your mouse pointer along the Edit Window ruler until you see a positioning cursor. revealing the control points you can use to manipulate it with your mouse. Editing with control points Different types of object provide different numbers of control points for accessing the object’s properties and capabilities. the object will “snap” into place. indicating that the object can be moved in any direction by clicking and dragging with the mouse. double-click its position in the ruler. To remove an alignment line. select it by clicking somewhere within its area. Selecting an object The geometric properties of a text or image object in the Edit Window are defined by a four-sided area that frames its contents. Except on the control points themselves. 224 InstantCD/DVD . This selects the object. To modify an object.
but the points are of only three clearly identifiable types: Change box dimensions: The side. 2) horizontal skewing. releasing it when the point is positioned to your satisfaction. a little experimentation will quickly reveal how to operate the control points for a particular object. top. They do not affect the size of the text itself – only the size of the area on which the text is drawn. thereby controlling word wrap. When combined with the change box dimensions control points. then “drag” the point while holding the button down. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 225 . Skew box: The four skew control points tilt the text box either vertically or horizontally. eight in all. and are used to resize the object. In most cases. click on it with the left mouse button. The mouse pointer for a control point is a smaller version of the crossed-arrow “drag” pointer used for the main object (see “Selecting an object” above). any desired parallelogram can be created. bottom and corner control points. with 14 control points. govern the position of the edge or corner to which they are attached. seem complex at first glance. 3) vertical skewing. and 4) combined horizontal and vertical skewing. The diagram at left shows: 1) an unskewed box. The simple text and curved text objects.To use a control point.
The Custom Labeler provides the same set of control points as just described for used with image objects. Notice that the X co-ordinates increase from 0 as you move from left to right. Scaling: resizing without distortion If you simply want to change the size of the selected object without changing its shape. While you drag a control point.Stretch text: These circular control points resize the actual text along with the text box. hold down the Shift key. 226 InstantCD/DVD . A pop-up window displays the current scale factor (where 1. while the Y co-ordinates decrease from 0 as you move from top to bottom. a pop-up window shows the point’s coordinates within the Edit Window so that you can achieve precise positioning.000 corresponds to the original size) as you work. except for the two stretch text points. then click the left mouse button. Now drag your mouse up to enlarge the object or down to shrink it.
e. begin with a left-click in any empty part of the Edit Window (i. Any objects partly or wholly within the box when you release the mouse are now temporarily grouped. Rotation mode ends when you release the mouse. The grouping is indicated by faint blue line that surrounding each of the objects as long as the group is in effect. using the point where you clicked as its center of rotation. Your mouse pointer will change to show that the object is now in rotation mode.Rotating an object To rotate an object. To cancel the grouping. begin by double-clicking it with your left mouse button. The object rotates. Click and drag to create a translucent group selection box. and can be manipulated as a single object for positioning and dragging. Click on or near the object with this cursor and move your mouse. click anywhere in the Edit Window except on one of the grouped objects. Grouping objects If you want to position or rotate more than one object at the same time. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 227 . A pop-up window keeps you informed of the object’s angle as you work. not on any object). start over by double-clicking. so if you want to rotate the object again.
Click the bold and italic buttons to toggle these styles on and off in the object. Switch off the Filling attribute. The Papers area: This leftmost area provides a list of label stationery types. The second set of three selections lets you turn any of the three attributes on or off. its outline or its shadow. or select a font from the dropdown list. if you would like to create text in which the label background is visible through the letter outlines.The text controls Below the Edit Window is a set of controls that control the appearance of the text in the currently-selected text object. then move on to. The Print Custom Labels dialog box This dialog box is accessed with the print button in the Make Custom Labels dialog box (see page 219). The button at the top right of the text controls opens a popup menu with two sets of three options. for instance.. the current text object has been set to use the “Elegance” font with the italic style. The first three selections open a Color dialog box in which you can choose a new color for the text. In our illustration. Choose the type of paper stock you are planning to use.. 228 InstantCD/DVD . The dialog is divided into three areas.
One of the possibilites you will be offered is that of not printing a particular label. offers the Number of copies control. a second label on the sheet represents only wasted ink. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 229 . This option is useful on “two-up” disc label paper: if exactly one label is required. lets you select the printer you want use from a drop-down list of the printers available on your system. you can cycle through them by clicking the previewed labels with the mouse. Only those label and insert types that can be used with the paper type will appear. You should only have to calibrate your printer once. The Settings button lets you access the options available for the printer you have chosen. more economical printing. Clicking the second previewed label to blank it will result in faster.The Preview area: This area shows how your labels will appear on your chosen stationery.) The Print button initiates printing using the options you have chosen elsewhere in the dialog box. which gives instructions on calibrating your printer to achieve optimum results. The first. The Control area: This area contains two main groups of controls. (We recommend that you always print a single test page to confirm your settings and calibration before carrying on to print multiple copies. If there are multiple possibilities. Thereafter. The Calibrate button opens the Calibration Wizard. before the first time you print labels. rerun the Calibration Wizard only if you notice that the printing of your labels and inserts is not exactly positioned with respect to any registration marks on the paper. Printer. Paper. where you can specify how many copies of the label page should be printed. The second group of controls.
For more information. please refer to: http://www. In general.Printing tips The first release of Expression supports the paper types manufactured by Neato. be sure to follow any guide marks and other indications on the paper.pinnaclesys. 230 InstantCD/DVD . It is expected that other label types will be supported in future versions of Expression. the specialized paper stocks used for label and insert printing will only work properly when inserted exactly in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Choose your particular label type from the list on the dialog box.com/neato When inserting blank labels into your printer.
InstantWrite InstantDrive InstantBackup InstantCinema InstantInfo 231 InstantTray .
or may be Chapter 25: InstantWrite 233 . The exact procedures differ from medium to medium. See Appendix A: Media Types for information on special media types. Those functions may appear on menus in Windows Explorer. Launching InstantWrite Some of InstantWrite’s functions are available through integration with the Windows shell. you can use your writable CDs and DVDs in just the same way as normal floppy disks or Zip disks. Load and save files as usual from ordinary Windows applications to a writable CD or DVD .Chapter 25: InstantWrite With InstantWrite. Important: The full functionality of InstantWrite can only be used when a CD or DVD recorder and a compatible writable disc are available. You can format the media and store data directly on CD and DVD by drag-and-drop or from an application without having to resort to special programs.
234 InstantCD/DVD . Drag files onto a writable CD or DVD using familiar system tools like Windows Explorer. • If you are running the InstantTray application. Some commands (Format and Defrag) are available via Programs InstantCD+DVD on your Start menu. by one of these methods: • Run the InstantCD/DVD starter application and choose InstantWrite on the Extras tab.executed automatically when a disc is inserted or rejected. and to set up a handy drop target for dragging and dropping files to optical discs. To access all of InstantWrite’s functions from one place. click on its tray icon and choose InstantWrite from the pop-up menu. you can open the InstantWrite command center.
) Menu: Right-click in the command center to open a “context” menu of all InstantWrite commands. in which you store and perhaps delete files on the medium. it will be the only member of the list. Buttons: Three small buttons on the command center provide access to common operations. The button labeled in the illustration opens the current device in a Windows Explorer window for viewing. Write: This is the main phase. USING INSTANTWRITE The functions of InstantWrite follow the three stages of creating a disc: Format: The format operation prepares the medium for writing. When you copy a folder. (The label in the diagram indicates the drop-down list where you select the target device for drag and drop.) When you drop files or folders onto the command center. this operation is handled automatically. Button ejects the disc from the drive.Using the command center Drag-and-drop: At the bottom of the InstantWrite command center is a drop-down list of the writable optical disc devices on your system. you must give an explicit command to format the disc. the entire contents of the folder are copied along with it. (If you have only one device. InstantWrite copies the data to the current device. Chapter 25: InstantWrite 235 . Button opens the InstantWrite on-line help file. With others. For many media types.
and the Auto format option is activated in Settings. The particular set of options displayed depends on the type of medium inserted. Automatic formatting This convenient option works with CD-R. Formatting takes place automatically as you write to the medium. See Appendix A: Media Types for information on special media types. click on the drive’s icon in Windows Explorer with the right mouse button and choose the format command. finalizing is handled automatically with many media types but not all. As with formatting. If an error message appears. The command name will be along the lines of “InstantWrite DVD-R Format”.Finalize: In this phase the control information on the disc is modified in order to make it compatible with other systems. 236 InstantCD/DVD . Formatting Discs must be prepared for use by formatting. but not CD-RW. CD-MRW and DVD+/-R(W) media. verify that you are using a previously-unformatted disc. where you can both configure and carry out the formatting process. Three methods of formatting are available. Formatting from the drive’s context menu To format a disc manually. This brings up the Format dialog.
Reading and writing to CD and DVD After your writable CD or DVD has been formatted. Caution! With “write-once” media (CD-R. Chapter 25: InstantWrite 237 . DVD±R). which will help you format the currently-selected drive. or if the Autoformat option is activated. no disc space is reclaimed when files are deleted. This can lead to the disc becoming full even though the amount of data it contains is less than its rated capacity. you are ready to begin actually using the disc. File operations can now be carried out either with drag-and-drop or with any application program that reads. writes or deletes files. The Format Assistant can also be opened with the command InstantCD+DVD InstantWrite InstantWrite format on your system Start menu.Formatting using the Format Assistant Choose Format from the context menu in the InstantWrite command center (page 235) to bring up the Format Assistant.
238 InstantCD/DVD . a dialog box appears when you attempt to eject the disc. The defragmenter optimizes the layout of the files on your InstantWrite discs to achieve maximum retrieval efficiency. DVD-R and DVD+R. Important! The finalizing process can take several minutes depending upon the type of medium. the media must be “finalized” after modifications to it are complete. If the medium is not finalized. the medium may be damaged. If you switch off the computer during this time.Finalizing To make InstantWrite media compatible with other systems. enabling you to finalize it manually if you wish. In the case of rewritable CDs and DVDs this occurs automatically. Note: The defragmentation operation is available only for DVD-RAM discs. it will not be possible to read it on computers that do not have a CD/DVD recorder or UDF file system software. With CD-R. Defragmenting Launch the InstantWrite disc defragmenter with the InstantCD+DVD InstantWrite InstantWrite defrag command.
Backed-up data can be restored at any time.Chapter 26: InstantBackup With InstantBackup it is easy to back up data on the hard disk to writable CDs or DVDs. In the starter application. Starting InstantBackup Launch the InstantCD/DVD starter application (with the command Programs InstantCD+DVD InstantCD+DVD on your Start menu). click Backup button or the Restore button on the Copy/Backup page. Chapter 26: InstantBackup 239 . The InstantBackup Welcome window will appear.
Choose the kind of work you want to do: • Back up your hard drive using the InstantBackup • • • • Assistant Back up data without using the Assistant Restore data Compare data Make a label for your CD /DVD BACK UP DATA The InstantBackup menu offers two different methods of backing up: either with or without the InstantBackup Assistant wizard. the following controls are available: • Backup filename: Enter a filename for the back-up file that InstantBackup will create on your target drive. If you use this option you will need to enter a password that will be needed for unlocking the back-up when you want to restore files. • Comment: If desired. Using the InstantBackup Assistant If you choose the Guided Full Backup option. The Assistant opens on the Welcome page. • Use encryption: Check this box if you wish the back-up file to be encrypted. Click the Next button to advance to the second page. 240 InstantCD/DVD . The InstantBackup Assistant gathers your input in a series of pages. On this page. all the data in your system will be backed up. edit the back-up’s description as it appears in this space.
make sure that you will be able to remember the password when you need. • Fixed disk size for multiple disks: If the amount of data to be backed-up is greater than the size of one of your output disks. Click the destination in the folder browser window. Afterwards you will be returned to the InstantBackup main window. Important: If you use the encryption option. Your whole system will be backed up. choose the Backup button in the Welcome window to open the InstantBackup main window. If you are already in the main window. you will not be able to restore from your back-up and the data will be irretrievably lost! Backing up without the Assistant If you want to back up only part of your system. you can use the Backup button or View Backup menu command to open the back-up interface. Chapter 26: InstantBackup 241 . If you do not. • Encryption password verification: Re-enter the password to guard against typographical errors (since the password entry is masked with asterisks). The location will be entered for you in the Destination path edit box. Moving on to the third page of the InstantBackup Assistant. This option lets you specify that the the size for each back-up file that is created will be limited to the size you enter. you now select the folder or device where the back-up output file(s) should be stored.• Encryption password: Enter the password to be used for encrypting the back-up file (if have chosen the Use encryption option). the back-up will be spread over multiple disks. Click the Finish button on the final page of the Assistant to begin the back-up process.
such as a regular back-up of your work documents. Click File Save if you want to save your fileselection information and options as a “back-up job” for re-use. This is the ideal way to set up jobs that you want to run repeatedly. If necessary. Next time you use InstantBackup.Select the folders and files you want to back up by means of the checkboxes in the file browser panels. which provides extra configuration options for the backup process. An optical disc writer is a typical choice of back-up destination. click on the Options button at the bottom right of the window. Choose a target drive or folder for the copy. where you can rename or delete back-up jobs you have created. but other locations – such as a hard-drive file or a Zip disk – are also valid. You will prompted to enter a name for the back-up job. Use the browse button to help you locate the destination if desired. This opens the Backup Options dialog. The Arrange Backup Jobs choice on the Backup job list opens the Backup Job Manager dialog. 242 InstantCD/DVD . that job will be listed on the Backup job drop-down list at the top of the window. The Select All. Invert Selection and Clear Selection commands on the Edit menu may help you carry out the file-selection phase more rapidly.
In the main window. but also the complete folder information needed to return those files to their original locations on your hard drive. RESTORE DATA To retrieve data from a back-up. choose the Restore button in the InstantBackup Welcome window.Choose a target folder or drive then click Start. A back-up file contains not just the files themselves. browse button Chapter 26: InstantBackup 243 . you can use either the Restore button or the View Restore menu command. Start your restore operation by choosing the back-up file in the Restore source edit box. Use the to help you locate the file if desired.
you can select existing profiles or create new ones. optionally with the aid of the selection commands on the Edit menu. which provides extra configuration options for the restore process. Enter the password if necessary. The options that are used for restoring can be saved in profiles. Select the files and folders you do want to restore. 244 InstantCD/DVD . the files you restore will be written to the same folders from which they came. if you use the Restore to original location option). click on the Options button at the bottom right of the window. the folder browser updates to show the folders that were backed up (and into which you can now restore. If you use the Restore to original location option. the folder you specify in the text box will be used as the base path into which the back-up data will be restored. You don’t need to restore all the backed-up files. With this menu. If you use this option. If necessary. however.When you select a back-up file. This opens the Restore Options dialog.
Choose the Label editor button in the Welcome window. enter the password if required. you can create labels for the discs using the built-in Label Editor. you can use either the Label editor button or the View Label editor menu command. CREATING A LABEL After backing up your data onto one or more writable CDs or DVDs. you can use either the Verify button or the View Verify menu command. select the back-up file. then click the Start button. Chapter 26: InstantBackup 245 . Check the Verify after backup box in the Backup Options dialog. In the main window. please turn to your InstantDisc documentation. In the main window. choose the Verify button in the Welcome window. For more information about the Label Editor.VERIFY DATA In order to ensure that the data in the stored back-up are in fact identical to the original. In the main window. You can also instruct InstantBackup to carry out the verification step automatically upon completion of the back-up operation.
246 InstantCD/DVD . the complete log can be found as a text file in the InstantBackup directory. In addition. Pinnacle recommends that the log be checked after every action using the View Backup log menu command or the Backup log button in the InstantBackup main window.BACKUP LOG The backup log file contains all the particulars of the last procedure carried out.
file dialogs and the like as an independent drive.Chapter 27: InstantDrive InstantDrive uses space on your hard drive to provide a virtual optical disc reader on your system. Reopen InstantDrive and in the Assistant Chapter 27: InstantDrive 247 . In either case. Device Manager. Then start InstantCopy and create an image. choose Close this wizard and open InstantCopy to create a disc image. InstantDrive InstantDrive can also be opened from the InstantCD/DVD starter application: click the InstantDrive button on the Extras tab. the InstantDrive Assistant will open. Starting InstantDrive Launch InstantDrive with Programs InstantDrive from your Start menu. you can then play it back as though you had copied it to a physical disc. the InstantDrive device is no different than any other CD or DVD reader. The virtual drive is created automatically when you install InstantCD/DVD on your system. If you copy a disc image to the virtual drive using InstantCopy. It appears in Windows Explorer. From the point of view Windows and other software. If you have not yet created an image with InstantCopy. Click the Next button in the Welcome window when it appears.
and then the Complete button. click on the drive with the right mouse button and choose the Eject command. You can now access this drive just like any “normal” drive. Ejecting the disc If you want to “eject” the virtual disc. 248 InstantCD/DVD . Change to the folder in which the image is situated and select it. Click on the Next button.choose the option Mount an existing image file as a virtual disc.
When you find the one you want. Exactly which media types – digital audio files. VideoCD and DVD. click the OK button to open the contents of that device for viewing. or with the InstantCinema command on the InstantTray context menu. for example – depends on the particular version of InstantCinema you are using.Chapter 28: InstantCinema With InstantCinema. or from your Windows Start menu (Programs InstantCD+DVD Video InstantCinema). Chapter 28: InstantCinema 249 . you can view a wide variety of audio and video content on your system. Whichever of these methods InstantCinema control panel opens: you use. the The leftmost area of the panel lets you select a device containing material that you want to play: Use the up and down arrow buttons to move through the list of devices. Launch InstantCinema from the Extras page of the InstantCD/DVD starter application.
The one you choose immediately begins to play back.The central cluster in the next group of controls provides standard navigation buttons found on a DVD playback device. where you can select files (in the upper right panel of the dialog) from the 250 InstantCD/DVD . this button (or the F9 function key. Switch to fullscreen: When you are viewing video content with InstantCinema. This button opens a pop-up menu of the items on the current playlist. The outer ring of buttons in this group is as follows. clockwise from the Source button: Source: Opens and closes the source device selection area described above.or vice versa. Show rootmenu / Resume from menu: This control goes back to the first menu on a disc. save and use a playlist of any media supported by the software. Angle: A DVD-specific control for selecting a new viewing angle if any are available on the current disc. and can be used with versions of InstantCinema in which DVD playback is enabled. or a double-click on the window with the left mouse button) switches from normal view to the fullscreen view. Create a new playlist: This button opens the Playlist dialog box. Show playlist: InstantCinema lets you create. or restarts playback.
Continuing rightwards we come to another circular group of controls. On the right side of this area is a volume slider. If you choose the OK button. The buttons along the bottom of the dialog are: • Down. • Remove: Remove the currently-selected file from the playlist. the first song on the playlist immediately begins to play. The next area of the control panel provides information about the file currently being played back. • OK. or downwards (towards the minus sign) to decrease it. These are standard transport buttons. Up: Move the currently-selected playlist file down or up in the list. • Add: Add the currently-selected files in the upper right panel to the playlist. Save: Load a previously-defined playlist. or save the current playlist for later re-use. Click within the slider and drag upwards (towards the plus sign) to increase the volume. Chapter 28: InstantCinema 251 . • Load. Close: Both these buttons close the Playlist dialog.current folder (the folder browser in the left panel) and add them to the list of files in the bottom right panel.
Click the OK button (bottom right) when the full number has been entered correctly. Incorrect numbers can be removed with the backspace button (bottom left). 252 InstantCD/DVD . which is a numeric keypad: To enter a menu number using the keypad. click the digits with the left mouse button. The number appears in the small window at the top of the pad.except for the bottom right button. which opens and closes the final panel.
These programs are those that are available for listing on the InstantTray menu. Chapter 29: InstantTray 253 . Clicking on the button opens a menu from which the various applications in the InstantCD/DVD suite can be opened: Click the InstantCD+DVD Starter button in the system tray to open a menu of applications. all the applications in the InstantCD/DVD suite are available from the system tray area at the end of the Windows task bar. but it can be reactivated later on by setting the checkbox again. InstantTray settings The Settings command on the InstantTray menu opens a dialog box where you can configure InstantTray for your own requirements. it will no longer appear on the menu.Chapter 29: InstantTray When InstantTray is activated. The main panel of the Settings dialog is a list of programs. If you clear the checkbox for a program. each with an associated checkbox.
or Windows Explorer.The InstantTray Settings dialog. showing that the program can be manipulated with the buttons on the right side of the dialog. Add: This button opens a file browser with which you can choose programs or documents to add to the InstantTray menu. If you click on the name of a program. Move up. your desktop. Copy Disc is highlighted in the program list. rather than the checkbox. When you select the menu item the program or document will be launched exactly as if you had executed it from the Start menu. the name is highlighted. 254 InstantCD/DVD . Move down: These buttons move the selected program up or down in the program list.
Rename: The program name turns into an edit field where you can enter a new name if desired. Chapter 29: InstantTray 255 . Run InstantTray on system start: InstantTray is automatically launched each time you restart Windows after installing InstantCD/DVD. not the installed ones. The InstantCD/DVD programs on the list cannot be removed. Uncheck this box if you don’t want InstantTray to run until you start it explicitly from the InstantCD/DVD starter application. Show InstantWrite drop window on system start: The small InstantWrite command center window.Remove: InstantTray removes the selected name from the list. this button only works with user-added programs. Like Remove. Uncheck this box if you don’t want the command center to run until you open it explicitly from InstantTray or the InstantCD/DVD starter application. which can be used as a drag-and-drop target when copying files to a writable CD or DVD. is automatically launched each time you restart Windows after installing InstantCD/DVD. This button can only be used with programs you have added since InstantTray was installed.
Chapter 30: InstantInfo InstantCD/DVD is designed to provide intuitive and reliable tools for making the most of your writable optical devices and media. User support for InstantCD/DVD begins right on your desktop with the InstantInfo Wizard. To use the InstantInfo Wizard. follow the simple instructions on each page. Chapter 30: InstantInfo 257 . we’ll do our utmost to help you solve them. You can also launch InstantInfo from your Windows Start menu (Programs InstantCD+DVD Tools InstantInfo). The InstantInfo wizard helps you troubleshoot any problems that arise while using InstantCD/DVD. If you run into problems of any sort while using the software. then use the Next button to proceed to the following step if necessary. which you can run from the starter application by clicking the Support button on the Help tab.
A: Media types B: License agreement 259 .
51 Yes*1 No Yes*2 Yes*2 DVD -R Yes Yes Fast No 2. Appendix A: Media types 261 .51 Yes No Yes Yes CD -MRW Yes No Fast Yes 1.01 Yes No No Yes DVD +RW Yes No Fast Yes 3.01 No No No Yes DVD -RW Yes Yes Fast Yes 2. *2: The driver is stored on the disc.Appendix A: Media types This table summarizes the essential facts about the various types of optical media you can use with InstantWrite and other InstantCD/DVD applications.01 Yes No No Yes DVD -RAM No No Slow Yes 1.51 No No Yes Yes CD -RW No No Slow Yes 1.02 Yes*1 Yes Yes Yes Automatic formatting Manual or activated automatic finalization necessary Formatting speed Release of storage space after deleting data Recommended UDF version for formatting Write-verify possible Write-protection can be switched on/off Readable without additional driver under Win2K and later Readable without additional driver under WinXP and later Notes *1: Carried out directly by the hardware.01 No No No Yes DVD +R Yes Yes Fast No 2. CD -R Yes Yes Fast No 1.
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See Menu pages 267 . 165 Tapes. 23 Audio editor (InstantDisc). 151 Arranger Introduced. 140 Output to disc or file. 75 Audio recording. 170 Assets And Style Chooser. 175 Anamorphic (aspect ratio setting). 174 Menu. 58 Automatic resize (copy method). 71 After simulation. 196 Audio CDs Playing. 165 A Abbreviations and conventions. 173 Renaming.Index 1 1394. 154 Audio read speed. 58 Aspect ratio For menu page backgrounds. 191 Background (of label or insert). 61 Advanced options for InstantCopy. See IEEE-1394 Asset Deleting. 86 Audio discs Creating. 37 ASAPI. 224 Analog Defined. 135 Toolbars. 157 Properties. 149 Audio streams (DVD copy setting). 68. 59 Automatic Resize option. 136 Arranger (InstantDisc). 61 Automatic changeover detection (with ASPI). save. 141 Audio properties. 57 Alignment lines (Custom Labeler). 191 Backgrounds. 192 Audio player Described. 173 List. 35 Audio effects. 52 Advanced DVD Copy Settings dialog. 56 Advanced button. 165 Accuracy in editing. 58 Index B Background (menu page element). 32 Audio Editor toolbar (InstantDisc). 155 Audio file formats. 173 Asset List. 221 Background image file formats. 69 Add Sample command. and scene detection. 54 AVI files. 215 Audio Importing. 203 Activity log. 173 Menu button. 165 Assigning your files. 191 ASPI. 193 Defined. 216 8 8mm Video equipment. 144 Advanced Button. 60 Arrangement Load.
See Tools C Cables and connectors Analog. 60 CD audio disc Create. 223 Recreate from project. 199 Captured and Imported Files window. 79 Closing method (Write setting). See InstantWrite Commentary. 172 Title. 50 Buttons Advanced. 246 Bring In Video Defined. 58 Check Media button. 2 CD settings. 147 Burning CDs. 106 Burning the disc. 171 Dialog box. 165 Camcorder Capturing from. 4 Backup job list. 212 CD. 218 Clipping indicators. 164 On menu pages. See Voice-over Compiling. 194 Edit Video. See Camcorder Capture Progress dialog box. 78 Combine Scenes tool. See Disc Tracks. 181 CDs. 62 CD text. 170 Bring In Video mode. 242 Backup log. 165 268 InstantCD/DVD . 76 Button Read UPC. CD-RW. 173 Tools tips for. 52. 171 Connecting. 171 Check Media. 240 Without InstantBackup Assistant. 166 Open Drawer (on Style Chooser). 241 With InstantBackup Assistant. 169 Build Group command. 170. 89 Close disc (write method). 173. 74 Start. 79 Close session (write method). 169 Source material options. 215 Print labels and inserts. 140 CD aspect ratio setting. 222 Start (in Make Disc mode). 218 Clean up temporary files button.Backing up data. 217 Burnproof. 4 Composite Cables and connectors. 171. 173 Capture video Button. 197 Help. 215. 3 Importing files from. 106 Copy. 76 CD-R. 241 Backing up data with InstantBackup. See Discs Burning. 173 Stop capture. 56 Asset Menu. 216 Compose music. 65 Closing methods. 164 Transport control. 164 Current mode. 193 Options (in Make Disc mode). 173 Capture video. 118 Changeover detection (with ASPI). 202 Command center. 181 Clean up (temporary files). 170 Buttons . 169 Screen. 170 Camcorders DV. 218 Create Custom Menu.tool. 215 Start capture. 239 Backup files. 165 Camera. 240 Partial. 181 Clean up temporary files.
238 Delete Scene tool. 164 Conventions and abbreviations. 224 Printing. 189. 61 CD or data DVD. 228 Grouping objects. 65 Copy CDs and DVDs. 53 Closer look. 245 Cross-fades. 51 Index 269 . 3 Photo/Video disc. 50 Copy/Backup Copy CDs and DVDs. 203 Creating a slide show. 60 To hard drive. See Disc labels and inserts Edit toolbar. 192. 2 Create Thumbnail tool. 56 Using default settings. 53 From hard drive. 226 Text controls. 3 Copy method. 165 Converting files. 50 Copyright. 51. 194 D Data disc Create. 170 Control points (in Custom Labeler). 54 DVD video to DVD. 76 Device menu. 224 Fonts and styles. 19 Creating DVDs and VideoCDs Three-step process. 52 Discs. 6 Control Buttons (on transport controls). 203 Delete Track menu item. 142 Customize Disc dialog box. 162 Connecting the camera. 3 Create Custom Menu button. 3 Copying Advanced DVD settings. 186 Custom Labeler. 227 Positioning objects. 107 Copies. 161 Creating labels In InstantBackup. 3 Create backup. 50 DVD video to CD. 59 Customized Resize option. 224 Controls Tools tips for. 2 MP3/WMA disc. 228 Custom marks. 2 Data discs Creating. 2 Data disc. 221 Edit Window.Computer Minimum requirements for. 113 Defragmenting DVD-RAM discs. quality. 53 Customizing menu pages. 228 Rotating objects. 174 Creating CDs and DVDs. 21 Data read speed. 148 Cursor navigation In TV Screen. 194 Create Custom Menu dialog box. 4 Restore from back-up. 52 To multiple drives. 53 Customized resize (copy method). 223 Editing objects in. 4 Copy/Backup Menu. 170 Create CD audio disc. 68. 50 Counter window. 219. 52 Scenes and images. 227 Scaling objects. 194 Create Menu. 75 Database of songs. 164 Contact support. 49 Determine Capacity command. 143 Deleting Assets. 200 Speed vs. 173 Destination device. 58 Copy protection. number of (Write setting).
creating. 224 Dual-layered DVDs. 145 Duplicating Scenes and images. 147 Dissolves. 141 Digital Versatile Disc. 73 Device Properties dialog box. 20 Open. 175 Direct (copy method). 238 Formatting. 221. 217 Copying. 180 270 InstantCD/DVD . 78 DirectX Graphics card. by type (chart). 106 Device Properties. 14 Dragging (in Custom Labeler). 109 InstantAudio preferences. 162 Sound card. See Custom Labeler Creating. 197 Documentation. 5 Virtual drive. See Copying discs Copy-protected. 217 Making. See Optical disc drives Disc labels and inserts. 59 Duplicate discs. creating. creating. 61 Burn CD. 196 DV And automatic scene detection. 87 Time. 49 Dialog boxes. 223 Label types. 19 Data. 162 Disable screensaver while writing. 219 Editing. 76. 29 Photo and video. 222 Disc Meter. 121 Record. 220 Recreating from project. 174 Defined. 51 Finalizing. 5 Discs Audio. 74 General. 51 Erasing. 5 Disc at once. 161 Described. 6. 50 Creating. 71 Device selection. 200 Duration limits of sound files. 164 DVD Creation process. 215 Output to. 91 Select Title And Audio Stream. 179 Disc project Advanced. See DV Digital multitrack mixer.Device Properties Disc. 71 Info & Tagger. 261 Disk space requirements. optical. 257 Drag-and-drop In InstantDisc. 55 Digital. 28 Properties. 75 Writer. 178 Use like a floppy. 236 MP3. 59 DirectWrite. 51. 165 With analog tapes. 21 Determining capacity of. 58 Disc Burning. 215. 23 Burning multiple. See DVD Digital8 Included under ‘DV’. 162 Displays Song information. 78 Disc drives. creating. 5 New. 72 Settings. 27 Other formats. See Windows Customize Disc. 165 DV equipment Installation. 219. creating. 140 Previewing. 76 Ejecting. 3 Duplicate Sample command. 87 Dissolve Group command. 53 Dialogs Advanced DVD Copy Settings.
32 Equipment Video. 263 Exporting files. 180 Transcoding. 192 Converting. 5 Open disc project. 94. 215. 163 Upgrades. 54 Copying to DVD. 107 Expression Defined. 162 Computer. 204 Edit Scene Options tool. 203 Effects. 189 Edit Scene Options dialog box. 204 Faders EQ. 51 Ejecting virtual disc (InstantDrive). 161 Registration of. 197 Edit Video dialog box. 215 DVD case inserts. 63 EULA (End User License Agreement). 5 Virtual disc drive. 224 Editing with frame accuracy. 107 For menu page backgrounds. 162 Software license. 173 Create backup. 197 Fast Forward button. 163 Software installation. 143 Edit Video button. 263 EQ. 248 Elements of menu pages. 218 Index 271 . 147. See EQ Equalizer (InstantDisc). 181 DVD-RAM. 53 DVD-R.Media type selection. 5 F Fade curve. 187 Select as output format. 86 Fades. 198 Thumbnail tab. 199 Editing labels. 165 Introduction to. 216 Captured and imported. 122 Files Assigning. 202 Edit Track menu item. 238 DVDs. 221 Edit tools. 162 Hard disk. 181 Navigation buttons. DVD-RW. 98 Eject Disc command. 204 Edit toolbar (of Custom Labeler). 94 Equalizer. 208 Features. 5 InstantCinema. 208 Fast Reverse button. 162 Erase disc. 96 Level and position. 89 Using. 163 Software updates. See Discs Copy. 133 File Defined. 211 Editing with control points. 220 DVD settings. 185. 96 EQ/FX panel. 165 File formats Audio. 163 Extras Advanced disc projects. 3 E Edit mode. 51 Erase Disc command. 51 Error handling (CD setting). See Video equipment Equipment requirements. 177. 155 Editing scenes. 163 Technical support. 41 Editing samples. 97. 191 Preferences. 4 Large. 189 End User License Agreement. 58 DVD video Copying to CD. 5 Extras Menu. 169. 148. 215 AVI. 5 Use a disc like a floppy. management of. See Volume curve Fade to black (scene option).
171 iLink. 4 Temporary. 194 Files from Windows Explorer. 174 Folders (of images files). See IEEE-1394 Images Adding to label or insert. 200 Editing. 138 Help. 237 Formatting. 5 Folders tree (in Library). 163 Software. 161 Duplicating. 6 Read the user’s manual. 162 Typical’. 191 Functions (of InstantCD/DVD). 238 FireWire. 64 Flags. 164 Manual (without Autorun). 213 Transcoding and compiling. 164 Help Menu. 191 Graphic equalizer. 236 Automatic. 169 Hard drive Copying from. 47 G General settings. 162 Group samples. 109 Installation Camcorder. 191 Format. 203 Frame Forward button. See EQ Graphics card DirectX-compatible. 212 Previewing. 208 Frames. 68. 162 Requirements. 6 Go to Pinnacle’s home page. 208 Grabber. 97 Transferring video to. See Marks Floppy. 6 Hi8 Video equipment. 163 Installing InstantCopy. 227 Guide lines (Custom Labeler). See On-line help Contact support. 162 272 InstantCD/DVD . 1 FX Built-in. cleaning up. 109 IEEE-1394 DV cable. 208 Frame Reverse button. 6 Help button. 164 With DV capture sources. 216 Restore from back-up. track. 147 Grouping (in Custom Labeler). 216 Importing Backgrounds and audio. Use disc like a. 236 Frame accuracy in editing. 224 Guided Full Backup option. 197 Importing.MPEG. 52 Copying to. 218 Finalizing discs. 118 Incoming video display. 6 Read the read-me notes. 57 Get titles command (InstantDisc). See Menu pages In menu page layout. 6 Settings. 113 Font (Custom Labeler). 228 Fonts for menu page text. 190 Frames (menu page element). 17 Gigabyte (GB). 200. 172 Info & Tagger dialog. 52 Hardware read retries. 212 Importing files from CD. 75 Headers. See Media format Format Assistant. 185 Reordering. 240 H Hard disk Performance test. See IEEE-1394 Fixed gaps (CD setting). 165 I ID3 tags. 79 Go To Beginning button. 221 Arranging. 200 Graphic Menu page background.
247 Launching. 125 InstantBackup. 47 Introduced. 72. 39 Labels and inserts. 140 Locators. 16 System requirements. 19 Getting started. 163 List of song titles. 6 InstantCinema. 249 InstantCopy Advanced options. 69 Loop Sample command. 49 InstantDisc Advanced projects. 89 Library. 161 ISRC. 238 Launching. 76 K Keyboard conventions. 39 Main window. 116 Preferences. 113 Operations. 247 InstantInfo. 233 Reading and writing. 190 Layouts. 1 InstantCD/DVD settings. 114 List views Introduced. 235 Internet support. 167 Kilobyte (KB). 55 Layout (menu page element). 239 InstantBackup Assistant. 53. 121 Starting.InstantAudio Context menus. See Disc labels and inserts Language tracks. 257 InstantTray. 240 InstantCD/DVD Starter application. 245 Launching. 83 Preferences. 9 Hardware listing. 14 Label Editor. 39 Label Editor (InstantDisc). 47 Using. 60 Level meters. 11 Write command. 237 Using. 146 273 Index . 5 Rip disc command. 249 Launching. 5 Assistant. 117 License agreement. 15 InstantDrive. 200 Reordering scenes and images. 79 L Label Editor. 238 Finalizing discs. 239 Creating a label. 113 Folders tree. 85 Features of. 198 Multiple selection in. 253 Settings. 124 Searching. 127 Display. 200 Navigating. 6 Introduction. 166 J Jewel case inserts. 76 Italics. disc. 85 User interface. 200 List Views Thumbnail. 133 Introduction to Expression. 233 Defragmentation. 253 InstantWrite. 220 Justlink. 9 Working with. 71 Installing. 78 Letterbox (aspect ratio setting). 5. 235 Using command center. 199 Load arrangement. 263 License terms. See Menu pages Leave disc open (write method). 11 Open project. 249 Control panel. See Marks Log.
167 Movie controls On Remote Control. 141 Music. 177 Elements of. 192 Compose. 191 Background. 215 Managing large files. 3 Create. 180. 169. 216 MPEG. 169 Make Disc Mode. 218 Manual installation. 192. 186 Sound. 261 Megabyte (MB). 189 Make Disc. 215. 194 Creating discs without. 193 Customizing. 142 Maximum duration of sound files. 4 File formats. 177. 194 Editing. 1 Main movie only (copy method). 191. 79 Media Checking. 141 Modes Bring In Video. 216 MPEG files. 2 Extras. 180 Type. 142 Start.minimum required. 5 Help. 4 Format. 142 Add. 215 Media Player. 143 Custom. 4 Organize music. 4 274 InstantCD/DVD . 109 MPEG Re-encoding for outpu. 4 Settings. 79 Memory . 195 List views. 215 Motion menus. 143 End. 194. 187 Moving and placing samples. 181 Choice of. 185 Aspect ratio of background. 191 Text styles. 56 Multitrack mixer. 192 Importing. 4 Media Player. 196 Layout. 4 Media types. 186 Music. 215 Multiple output drives. 59 Make Custom Labels dialog box. MPEG-1. 189 Frames. 189. 219 Make Disc mode. 192 Text style. 196 Mixer. 142 Delete. 195 Thumbnails. 215 Making the Disc window. 143 Edit. 6 Media. 169 Edit. 195 Importing audio files.M Main menu. 181 Viewing with InstantCinema. 185. 27 MP3/WMA disc Create. 163 Marks. 195 Navigating. 196 Measuring storage. 190 Layouts. 178 Renaming scenes. 162 Menu commands. 196 Mouse clicking. 167 Menu page Defined. 249 Media Menu. 198 Multiple. 169. 166 Menu pages. 4 Minimum duration of sound files. 177 Compose music. 186 Menus Copy/Backup. 191. 145 MP3 discs Creating. 196 Organize. 3 MP3Pro. MPEG-2.
164 On-line manual. 207 Scrubber. 4 Output Index 275 . 200 Navigation Buttons (DVD). 162 Optical disc drives Properties. 66 P Pause button. 6 On-screen remote control. 170 Scene. InstantCD/DVD. 193 Operating systems supported. 3 Pinnacle Expression. 193 To disc. 208 Go To Beginning. See Menu pages Music (menu page element). 186 New Disc Project command (InstantDisc). 192 Mute track. See Expression Pinnacle home page. 180 Output to disc. 180. See IEEE-1394 On-line help Button. 174 Options button (in Make Disc mode). 198 Playlist Columns. 208 Play/Pause. 224 OHCI-compliant IEEE-1394. 164 Types of. 208 Fast Reverse. 190 O Objects (in Custom Labeler).Music (for menu pages). 181 Format. 104 Features. 122 Playback controls Frame Forward/Reverse. 161 Overwrite rewritable media (Write setting). 105 Menu. 192 In TV Screen. 6 Placing and moving samples. 20 No Menu Style Chooser option. 101 Generating. 207 Play locator. 207 Photo and video discs Creating. 157 Output media Checking. See Library Positioning of frames and titles. 140 Oversize writing. 6 Organize music. 207 Player (in Edit Video dialog box). 215 Options. See Voice-over Navigating Thumbnail list view. 215 Output Media Settings dialog box. See Remote Control Open Drawer button (Style Chooser). 103 Operations. 204 Scene detection. 164 How to use. 142 Playback Modes. 86. 187 In menu pages. 207 Playback Controls Fast Forward. 157 To file. 102 Pool. 28 Photo/Video disc Create. See Settings For Bring In Video. 139 N Narration. 178 In the Style Chooser. 88 Preferences. 51 Optical media types. 261 Options. 145 Play button. 85. 76 Overview. 208 Player.
6 Record dialog. 4 Restoring data. 147 Insert. 163 Of Expression. 186 Number pad. 74 Reading and writing discs. 144 Duplicate. 78 Raw vs. 91 Recording. 178 Previewing project. 227 R RAM. 77 Regions. 68 Audio. See Composite Read audio speed. 124 Recording settings. 145 Split. 203 Reduction method setting. 173 Scenes. 58 Project Editing. 145 Properties. 216 Project. disc Advanced. See Edit mode Previewing disc. 186. 200 Reordering images. 243 Return to menu (scene option). 165 Programming interface type. 149 Preferences.Preferences InstantAudio. See Data read speed Read settings. 146 276 InstantCD/DVD . 90 S Sample Display volume curve. 16 Rotating (in Custom Labeler). equipment. See Memory Raw (write method). 67 Read UPC button. user data (transfer modes). 144 Samples. 178 Transcoding and compiling. 177. 145 Renaming Assets. 95 Preview window (video capture). 162 Restore files from back-up. 12 Properties. 145 Group. 62 RCA. 60 Reference topics. 60 Presets EQ and FX. 153 Remove. 163 Remote Control. 143 Registration And technical support. See Settings Properties (of optical disc drives). 178 Navigation in TV Screen. 200 Reordering Scenes and images. 213 Repair subchannel data (CD setting). 177 Previewing. 5 Projects Structure of. 139 Display waveform. 177. 64 Requirements. 150 Recycle Bin tool. 51 Q Quality. 204 Ripping (InstantDisc). 139 Sample Manager. 140 Projects area (InstantDisc). 228 Product names. 144 Loop. 185 Print custom labels dialog box. 5 Open. See Audio read speed Read data speed. 139 Sample Editor. 155 Sample Explorer. 138 Described. 121 Preferred destination setting. 146 Placing and moving. 172 Preview/Edit mode. 237 Read-me. 186 Remove Sample command. 177.
68. 179 Previewing. 52. 75 Software registration Importance of. 152 Transfer mode. 200 Editing. 68. 65 Copy method. 57 Track properties. 191 Scene detection Explained. 76 Write. 64 Write CD text. 163 Index 277 . 63 Fixed gaps between tracks. 6 Setup. 67 Software read retries. 204 Playing back. 61 After simulation. 64 General. 151 Audio properties. 67 Recording. 148 Save arrangement. 153 Simulate writing if possible. 58 Error handling. 207 Select Title And Audio Stream dialog. 58 Scrubber. 174 Options. 180 Overwrite rewritable media. 154 Audio read speed. 173 Scene Options tool. 204 Simulate writing if possible (Write setting). 163 Software read retries. 60 Programming interface type. 75 Temporary directory. 75 InstantTray. 75 Disable screensaver while writing. 66 Write UPC code. 84 Slide show. 66 Preferred destination. 75 Automatic Resize. 174 Options dialog box. 174 Software Installing. 76 Settings. 57 Hardware read retries. 60 Repair subchannel data. 140 Scaling (in Custom Labeler). InstantCD/DVD. 60 Closing method. 200 Titles of. 162 Upgrades. 191 Serial number. 253 Introduced. 62 Use Burnproof/Justlink. 6 Settings. 204 Scenes Arranging. 147 Volume profile (Edit mode). 163 Software license terms. 185 Renaming. 55 Selected scene (indicated by frame). 57 Arrangement properties. 166 Selected. 199 Trimming. See Installation Show title (scene option). 177. 186 Renaming in list view. 68. 150 Reduction method. 64 Sample properties. 62 CD aspect ratio. creating. 67 Simulation. after. 65 Write to hard disk first.Ungroup. 163 Service and Support Center. 58 DVD. 161 Duplicating. 174 Menu command. 58 Customized Resize. 54 CD. 58 Read. 166 Defined. 174 Thumbnail frames. 65 Copies (number of). 68. 211 Screen saver. 68. 151 Advanced DVD copying. 65 Write speed. 197 Editing options. 76 Write method. 200 Reordering. 53 Data read speed. 56 Output media. 226 Scene. 57 Skins. 76 Write ISRC code.
See TV Screen Templates (for menu page layout). 90 Sound. 64 Subtitles. 192 On menu pages. 87 Time to display (scene option). See Menu pages Three-step creation process. 54 SVHS. 202 Create Thumbnail. 146 Split Scene tool. 257 S-VCD Described. 61 Super-VideoCD. 202 Track 278 InstantCD/DVD . 164 Toolbars Main. 137 Tools Combine Scenes. 199 In menu page layout. See S-VCD Support. SVHS-C Video equipment. 191 Text styles (for menus). 206 Titles Automatically assigned. 57 Text Adding to label or insert. 193 Time displays. 170 Split Sample command. 180 Select as output format. 180 Transcoding. 186 Style. 137 Track. 58 Start button. 192 No Menu option. 215 S-VCD (Super Video-CD). 203 Split Track menu item. 143 SPTI. 166 Thumbnail list view. measurement of. 114 Ratings. 50 Start button (in Make Disc mode).Software updates. 203 Edit Scene Options. 87 Songs Database of. See Images Stop capture button. 197 During capture. 190 Tool tips. 63. 196 Source device. 49 Source material options. 79 Style Chooser. 257 Television. 165 T Tapes. 203 Split Scene. 203 Delete Scene. 199 Navigating. 192 File formats. 53. 193 Drawer. 173 Frames for. 192 Sound card DirectX-compatible. 191 In Style Chooser. 113 List of titles. 203 Uncombine Scenes. 193 Styling menu page text. 163 Song information display. 191 Subchannel data. 173 Still images. 192. 221 Text controls (in Custom Labeler). 173 Storage. 192 And TV Screen. 215 Start capture button. 136 Player. 190 Temporary directory. 161 Thumbnail Defined. 165 S-Video Cables and connectors. See Videotapes Technical support. 204 Recycle Bin. 162 Sound effects Importing. 200 Thumbnails Changing. 55 Subtitles (DVD copy setting). 228 Text style (menu page element). 138 Samples. 192 Effects. 163. 193 Navigating.
169. and scene detection. 76 Updates. 185 And Style Chooser. 170 Videotapes Analog. 139 Properties. 192. 165 Verifying data. 186 Navigation options. 245 VHS. 164 Video file. 171 Dialog box. 33 Tracks panel. 185 Typical installation. 170 Trimming scenes. 165 Video scenes. 170 Installation. See Scenes VideoCD. 172 Hard disk requirements. 31 Index 279 . 100 W Wave editor (InstantDisc). 94. 172 Progress display. 54 VCR Capturing from. 171 Current mode. 5 Virtual disc drive (InstantDrive). raw (transfer modes). 165 Video Displayed during capture. 172 Previewing. 86. 161 Videotape Current position. 98 Settings. 178. 138 Track List. 171. 163 Use dissolve transitions (scene option). 126 Voice-over. 202 Ungroup samples. 173 Stopping. 163 Upgrades Information about. 173 Video equipment Analog. obtaining. 147 UPC. 140 Tracks and indices bar (InstantDisc). 62 User prohibitions (DVD copy setting). 33 Volume curve Display on sample. 164 VCRs DV. 180 Media type selection. 173 Thumbnail frames. 77 Track headers. 173 Starting. 138 Transcoding. 215. 247 Visualizations. 28 Video capture Capture video button. 204 User data vs. 148 VST plug-ins. 62 V VCD Described. 152 Track at once. 193 Navigation. 211 TV Screen. 181 Select as output format. 62 Transition effects. 175 DV.Mute. 185 Video and photo discs Creating. 162 Preview window. 216 Transfer mode (CD setting). 72. 165 Installation. 197 Transport controls. 165 Virtual disc drive. 215 VCD (Video-CD). 192 Volume Local (InstantDisc). 139 Volume profile of sample. 180 Transcoding. 88. See VCD Creation process. 92 Preferences. VHS-S Video equipment. 163 U Uncombine Scenes tool.
66 280 InstantCD/DVD . 204 Edit Video dialog box. 174 Windows Explorer. 170. 180 Print Custom Labels dialog box.Waveform Display on sample. 65 Write to hard disk first (Write setting). 64 Write speed (Write setting). 173. 1 Widescreen TV. 198 Make Custom Labels dialog box. 219 Making the Disc. 207 Windows (operating system) Versions supported. 174 The Player. 228 Scene Detection Options dialog box. 170 Create Custom Menu dialog box. 162 Windows Explorer. 173 Capture Video dialog box. 172 Captured and Imported Files. 223 Edit Scene Options dialog box. 212 Working with InstantDisc. 77 Write process. 215 Output Media Settings dialog box. 171. 212 Counter (on transport controls). 139 Welcome. 194 Edit (Custom Labeler). 58 Write settings. 61 Windows Capture Progress dialog box. 11 Write method (Write setting). 65 Write methods.
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