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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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The functions are in five groups. MP3 music. which serves as a launch pad for every function within the InstantCD/DVD suite of programs. audio. make backups on disc.Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD Welcome to the Pinnacle InstantCD/DVD starter application. 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. and restore from those backups. Copy/Backup: Duplicate non-copy-protected CDs and DVDs. photo and video. Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD 1 .
Audio CD: Create a standard audio CD that can be played in an audio CD player. and view video on VCD or Super-VCD discs. audio and music. create your own musical compositions. Help: Access the read-me file. 2 InstantCD/DVD . Create The functions on this menu allow you to create various types of disc. on-line documentation and support resources for your InstantCD/DVD software.Media: Organize your music files. re-use a saved disc project. format a rewritable CD or DVD. create advanced disc types. Extras: Emulate a CD or DVD disc on your hard drive. and adjust InstantCD/DVD settings. and launch the Windows Media Player application. photo and video. Rip perfect WAV files from CD. Less common disc types – such as Apple HFS format .are also supported. Data Disc: Create data discs that can be used to share information with any computer equipped with a compatible drive. Available types include data.
Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD 3 . to make backups on disc. with menus. and use them to create video discs. on writable CDs or DVDs. You can even copy directly from one optical drive to another without having to stage the data onto your hard drive. The discs can be played back on just about any DVD player. Copy / Backup The functions on this menu allow you to copy CDs and DVDs. Copy CD/DVD: The InstantCopy program lets you duplicate virtually any non-copy-protected CD or DVD. Copy multilayer DVDs onto normal DVD-R or DVD+R media. Rip audio tracks to MP3 or WMA files. Photo/Video Disc: Capture video and digital photos.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). and to restore from those backups.
CD or DVD. EQ and effects. and save them on discs of your own music. to create your own musical compositions. and to launch the Windows Media Player application. encrypt back-ups using a password. then create CDs based on your playlists. Media Player: The Windows Media Player is a playback program that can handle many different media types. 4 InstantCD/DVD . record and enhance music samples to create songs. Media The functions on this menu allow you to organize your music files. Organize Music: Organize the audio files available to you in hard drive files and CDs. Restore from Backup: Restore some or all of the files from an existing back-up. This button provides a convenient way of launched Media Player while you are using InstantCD/DVD. Compose Music: Arrange.Backup: Back up your files to your hard drive. and even span back-ups across several discs. Create and save playlists with cross-fades. Compress files.
a virtual device on your hard drive that emulates a normal CD or DVD reader.Extras The functions on this menu allow you to emulate a CD or DVD disc on your hard drive. InstantDrive: Copy the contents of a CD or DVD onto InstantDrive. Raw/ISO/HFS. to format a CD-RW or DVD-RW for reusable storage. Advanced Project: This option lets you use InstantDisc to create advanced CD and DVD projects including Mixed Mode. Open Project: Open an existing project in the InstantDisc application. Enhanced. and Video/Audio DVD. InstantWrite: Format a rewritable CD or DVD to use like a floppy disc in your CD or DVD burner. where you can edit the project or use it to burn a disc. to create a CD or DVD from a saved InstantDisc project. and to view video on VCD or Super-VCD discs from your desktop. to create advanced disc types. InstantCinema: Use this slick player application to view Video CDs and Super Video CDs on your desktop. Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD 5 .
Contact Support: Contact Pinnacle’s Service and Support Center. Settings: Open the InstantCD/DVD settings dialog. and to configure the InstantCD/DVD starter application. Read Me: Read last-minute notes and advice regarding your version of the InstantCD/DVD application suite. on-line documentation and support resources for your InstantCD/DVD software. 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. 6 InstantCD/DVD . Manual: View an elecronically-readable version of the InstantCD/DVD documentation.Help The functions on this menu let you access the read-me file.
Versatile CD and DVD recording 7 .
To make working with InstantDisc an intuitive and familiar experience from the outset. InstantDisc is a versatile CD and DVD recording program. 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. Windows Me. 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. 9 . the interface has been made as similar as possible to that of Windows Explorer. Windows 2000 or Windows XP • 200 MByte free hard disk space for the application • If you only have one CD / DVD drive. which you can use to create your own CDs and DVDs quickly and easily.
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 . but for optimal performance the following are recommended: • Pentium 4 or AMD 1.InstantDisc is usable on a system that meets the requirements above.
The window is normally divided into two main areas: • The upper part is the Projects area. THE INSTANTDISC MAIN WINDOW For experienced users. reading CDs and DVDs. the main window is the place to start for creating new disks. similar to the Folders panel of Windows Explorer. and the main operations supported by the program. Click the symbol to expand the entry. it contains information about your disc creation projects and the recording hardware installed in the computer. • The lower part is the Source Files area. 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. Entries that can be expanded are indicated by a symbol to the left of the entry.Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc The topics in this section are designed to familiarize you with the InstantDisc user interface. The left part of both area contains a “tree view”. It displays the file system of the computer and can be switched on or off from the View menu. Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc 11 . editing music and much more.
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”. while past projects are stored under “History”. 12 InstantCD/DVD . The Projects area is used to obtain access to your stored projects. past and present.. Current projects are located in the “Disc projects” folder.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.
including audio and image.Data. When an audio track is selected in the tree view. The single track shown in the illustration above is of the data type. Tracks: The different kinds of tracks you can write to a disc are again distinguished by their own icons. You can expand a data track to show the folder structure to be created on that track on the output disc. each type with its own icon. 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 . You will encounter other types. audio and mixed-mode disc projects are all listed. The illustration above shows a data project open in the “History” folder.
Drag-and-drop Most actions in InstantDisc can be carried out using drag-and-drop. the drive entry can be expanded to show the tracks on the disc. From audio or data tracks to an existing disc project: The dropped tracks are added to the disc project. The dropped files and folders are added to the disc project. and the contents of the discs in those drives. From audio or data tracks to the disc project group: A new disc project is created. including the virtual drive created by the InstantDrive software. InstantCD/DVD 14 . From files to an existing disc project: The dropped files and folders are added to the first data track of the disc project.Hardware The projects area also lists the optical disc drives on your system. 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. Tracks: If there is a disc in a drive. Drives: Shows the drives installed in the machine. Writable devices are shown with a different icon than readers. From files to the disc project group: A new disc project is created. CDs may contain either or both of data and audio tracks. A data track is created if none already exists. whereas DVDs contain only data tracks. The dropped tracks are added to the disc project.
InstantDisc supports several parallel write procedures for this purpose.• 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. • 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. Disc projects that are currently being written or recorders that have already been used are shown "grayed out". Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc 15 . Many actions in the main form can be carried out using the right-button “context” menus associated with the elements in the tree view. • 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. Some very important actions can also be carried out using the icons at the top edge of the window. Write If the disc project has been selected. the write dialogue box can be opened using this icon in order to write the project.
Each track can be “sampled” by means of the playback controls below it. or MP3 (full version only). You can use the slide control for rapid navigation within the song. WMA. Check the box next to the tracks that you want to read. you can read audio CDs and save them as WAV.Rip disc With this function. 16 InstantCD/DVD . To rip the tracks: 1. The tracks on the CD in the selected drive are shown in the left part of the window.
and InstantDisc could not access the Internet directory service used for looking up the CD’s track list. The destination folder can be changed by means of the box above the destination list. Get titles When you insert a CD. The tracks will now be read and displayed on the right-hand side as they are ripped. Select a file format in the dropdown list in the bottom left-hand corner of the window. the tracks may be displayed with synthetic names like “Track 1” rather than the actual names of the songs.2. or the disc device does not have the capability of reading the names. 3. The Delete button can be used to delete the ripped tracks if desired. InstantDisc tries to obtain the names for the tracks on the CD. Click the rip button in the center of the window. Use the Get titles button after your Internet connection is made. Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc 17 . The default destination is specified in the Settings window. The tracks that have been read out can now be sampled with the playback controls. This happens when the track names are not stored on the CD.
or – if you need capabilities the Assistant doesn’t give you – to work directly with the controls in the InstantDisc Main window. an MP3 disc and a photo/video disc: Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 19 . From left to right. If you want to use the Assistant. begin by opening the InstantCD/DVD starter application from your Start menu with Programs InstantCD+DVD InstantCD+DVD. you can choose: a data disc. activate the Guide me option: Now choose which type of disc you want to create and click the appropriate button.Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs To create a new disc project the easy way. an audio CD. Select the Create tab: You can also choose whether to be guided through the disc creation by the InstantDisc Assistant.
Check the Use disc creation wizard option if you would like to use the InstantDisc Assistant when creating the disc. with (by default) four choices. a data disc. you will be offered many additional choices. The New Disc Project dialog appears. and select the New command from the context menu. Either click the New project button or right-click the Disc projects folder in the Folder tree. a mixed-mode disc or an MP3 disc. Note: If you check the Advanced projects option on the New Disc Project dialog. See “Creating discs in other formats” on page 29 for more information.Starting a project from the Main window You can also start a new disc project from the InstantDisc Main window. You can create an audio CD. 20 InstantCD/DVD .
In the final step. change to the required folder. Creating a data disc with the Assistant Follow the Assistant's instructions. If you have requested the aid of the InstantDisc Assistant. it will now appear. Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 21 . or to return to the main InstantDisc window for further preparation (Close this wizard). Allocate a name to the disc. and add the files you want using the Add or Add all buttons. you will choose whether to proceed with burning the disc immediately (Write disc).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.
The use you make of the other settings will depend on your particular requirements for the disc. 22 InstantCD/DVD . it is recommended that you should at least name the disc (or accept the default name). However.Creating a data disc without the Assistant If you are not using the Assistant. it is not necessary to make any entries in the Properties dialog. InstantDisc opens the Properties dialog for the project: In principle. After exiting the Properties dialog with the OK button you will be transferred to the InstantDisc main window.
Now click on the Write button and the data disc will be created. microphone. The progress bar shows you how much space is left on the disc. When the disc capacity is exhausted. In the first step. the bar turns from green to red. it will now appear. 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.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). etc.) Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 23 . If you have requested the aid of the InstantDisc Assistant. 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.
or direct input (Add additional audio tracks). No matter which you choose. the next step is to select the files in wav or mp3 format that you want to write using the Add button. The green progress bar will show you how much space is still available on the CD. the Assistant offers three choices of what to do next: • To proceed with burning the disc immediately (Write disc). • To add further audio tracks. or. but without the Assistant’s help. after you have added tracks from that source to the project. Audio files Under this option. You can audit files by marking them and clicking the Play button: 24 InstantCD/DVD . by switching to the main InstantDisc window (Close this wizard). • To continue working. If you have added multiple files.Each of these types of source is described below. you can change the order of the files using the Move up and Move down buttons. CDs. whether from files.
cue your input and click the Record button. Insert the source CD: its contents will be listed on the Add audio tracks page of the Assistant. and then recording will begin. 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. 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. 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. Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 25 .Existing CD Activate this option to import songs from an existing audio CD. The process of adding tracks is described under “Rip disc” on page 16. You will be asked to enter a filename. which takes you through the audio capture process without actually creating the audio file. For example.
and drag files into the right-hand panel of the Projects area. InstantDisc opens the Properties dialog for the project. The CD-Text tab on this dialog lets you enter information about the disc. You can also select files for the CD by selecting the New track command in the audio CD project’s context 26 InstantCD/DVD . When you close the Properties dialog.Creating a CD without the Assistant If you are not using the Assistant. locate the folder containing the audio data that you want to burn onto the CD. In the Source files folder browser. you will continue working in the InstantDisc main window.
This invokes the Assistant to help you with creating one or more tracks. The only difference with an MP3 project is that the option of using direct input to create an audio track is not available.menu. The amount of free space remaining on the CD is shown by the progress bar at the bottom of the main window. 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. it will now appear. In the first step. If you have requested the aid of the InstantDisc Assistant. 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. 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. 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. Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 27 . The audio data will be automatically written in mp3 format when your disc is created. See “Creating a data disc without the Assistant page” on page 22 for details.
28 InstantCD/DVD . CDs. • To continue working. • To add further audio tracks. The creation of your photo and video disc is carried out in the Pinnacle Expression application. The audio files will be converted to mp3 format when your disc is created.After you have added tracks from the chosen source to the project. or direct input (Add additional audio tracks). Creating an MP3 disc without the Assistant If you are not using the Assistant. the process of creating an MP3 disc is just the same as that for an ordinary data disc. by switching to the main InstantDisc window (Close this wizard). The only difference is that the files you select will be either mp3 files or audio files (wav or wma). the Assistant offers three choices of what to do next: • To proceed with burning the disc immediately (Write disc). 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. whether from files. Expression is covered in its own section of this manual. but without the Assistant’s help. or.
InstantDisc offers a number of less frequently used formats in addition to the usual ones. 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). The advanced options probably won’t be needed by most users. 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.
Chapter 5: The Wave Editor The InstantDisc main window provides many options open for editing your audio tracks. The track will open in the Wave Editor: Two editing options available to you: the Audio Editor and the Arranger. double-click on it in the Projects window. To begin editing a track. Chapter 5: The Wave Editor 31 .
THE AUDIO EDITOR This is the standard Wave Editor view. 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. The bands governed by the sliders increase in frequency from left to right. and down to reduce the level. each slider represents a range (or “band”) within the audio frequency spectrum. 32 InstantCD/DVD . Panorama The left-right balance is adjusted by means of this control. which determines the volume for the track. Push the slider up to increase the level of the corresponding band. Equalizer In this group of controls. It offers a number of controls that let you customize or apply corrections to the current audio track.
Tracks and indices Long tracks can be split or indices (jump targets) assigned by mean of the Tracks and indices bar. 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. 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. which Chapter 5: The Wave Editor 33 .
buttons Split tracks can be rejoined by means of the Join Tracks button or the Join Tracks command from the right-button context menu. • With of the Split Track and Set Index in the main window toolbar. the entire waveform is shown in the bottom graph. Project overview Where the upper waveform graph in the Audio Editor may show only a portion of the current track. Next. Or. and select either Split Track or Add Index from the context menu. 34 InstantCD/DVD .is immediately below the local volume control. 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. while the lower half is used to set indices. depending on whether you want to work with split-points or indices. Important: Indices. which make it possible to jump to a particular point within a track. cannot be written by all burners and cannot be read by all recorders. The upper half of the bar is used to set split points within the current track.
• Zoom in and Zoom out adjust to a more or less detailed view respectively. Pause. Stop Use these standard transport control buttons to begin. pause or halt playback. • Zoom selection focuses in on the area you have selected with the right mouse button in the Audio Editor. Effects The Effects toolbar button opens a dropdown menu of six different effects that you can apply to any track. Zoom controls These buttons allow to control the magnification of the Audio Editor view. or from the Chapter 5: The Wave Editor 35 .Audio Editor toolbar controls While the Audio Editor is open. the toolbar provides a number of useful controls. Selecting one of the effects from this menu. Play. From left to right: • Show complete fits the whole waveform into the visible area of the editor.
36 InstantCD/DVD . 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. • 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. • Delay: This effect adds an adjustable delay to either the left or the right audio channel. • Pitch: Modifies the playback speed and pitch of the track.Waveedit Effects menu on the main menu bar. • Reverb: This effect simulates the effect of acoustic spaces of varying size and reflectivity on the sound of the playback. • 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. Move the slider right to increase the speed and raise the pitch of the playback. or left to decrease the speed and lower the pitch.
In the projects area.Normalize The Normalize button adjust the level of all the tracks so that they share the same volume range. Save settings Be sure to save your settings before exiting the Audio Editor. This can be used to compensate for differences in the original levels of tracks from different sources. THE ARRANGER The Arranger helps you combine your project’s tracks into a single compilation. 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 . Unsaved changes will be lost.
Be sure to save your settings before leaving the Arranger! 38 InstantCD/DVD . For instance. you can shorten tracks by dragging with the mouse. You can now adjust the volume level by double-clicking and dragging with the mouse.Here you can arrange the tracks at will. The green line shows the current position in the project. Show / Hide You can show or hide the title by dragging the white boxes at the corners of the track. You will recognize track marks in the Arranger by a dotted yellow line. You can change to the editing mode by clicking on a white box with the right mouse button and using the Edit Mode command. 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.
choose Open. You can now arrange this information to your personal requirements. start the InstantDisc Label Editor. backgrounds etc. click once with the right mouse button and choose the Label command from the context menu. Chapter 6: The Label Editor 39 . The Label Editor will open and the information for your current disc will be automatically imported. Templates Want a different background or a more stylish layout? Click Template in the menu bar. text sizes. You can start the Label Editor from the InstantDisc main window. from the Wave Editor. or with View in the main menu bar. You can view inserts (front and rear) as well as the disc label. These templates contain different fonts. Back and Disc buttons. If you make changes to a template and want to use it as a template for other labels. and from the Arranger. save the label as a template using Templates and Save. and select one of the Pinnacle templates. View buttons You can view the label from all angles using the Front.Chapter 6: The Label Editor If you want to create a label for your CD or DVD. Mark the required project.
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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open the CDROM drive in Windows Explorer. double-click the My Computer icon on the Windows desktop. without having to use your hard drive for intermediate storage. Insert the InstantCopy CD-ROM. If it does not. 2. Despite its surface simplicity. InstantCopy has many powerful features. The language used by the set-up program is determined by your Regional Settings in the Windows Control Panel. • Copy a dual-layer DVD to a single writable DVD using your choice of automatic or user-configured compression. start Windows manually. Windows will start automatically on most systems.Chapter 7: Introducing InstantCopy InstantCopy is an easy-to-use program for copying CDs and DVDs. Chapter 7: Introducing InstantCopy 47 . and double-click the “Setup” or “Setup. 1.exe” file. • Perform copies – even those requiring compression – directly from one disc to another. To install InstantCopy: Switch on your computer. Note: You must log in with administrator rights to carry out the installation. If it does not. The set-up program will start automatically on most systems. for example: • Copy DVD video to either DVD or CD.
you should be able to run InstantCopy from your Start menu.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. Click the Next button to advance from one screen to the next. 48 InstantCD/DVD . 3. 4. After the installation is complete.
click on the device with the right mouse button and choose Copy CD/DVD from the local menu. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 49 .Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy InstantCopy can be started in two different ways: • With the InstantCopy command on your Windows Start menu. The InstantCopy windows appears: All connected drives are automatically shown in the Source and/or Destination device selection lists. To access this. • From the local menu of your disc-burner device.
• Copying from DVD to CD. To copy a disc using default settings: Select a drive on the Source side of the InstantCopy window by clicking on the drive name. There are three possibilities: • Copying from CD to CD. 2. Select one or more drives on the Destination side. 3. • Copying from DVD to DVD. but the disc you are copying from can be of any type that is readable in the source drive. many DVD discs include built-in protection that prevents them from being copied. Copyright considerations aside. DVD-RW. DVD+R) or rewritable (CD-RW. Press the Start button to begin copying. the disc you are copying to must be recordable (CD-R. DVD-R. For special considerations that apply when copying to more than one drive. please see “Writing to multiple drives” on page 56. DVD+RW). Note: You are responsible for ensuring that your disc copying does not infringe any copyright restrictions on the source material. 50 InstantCD/DVD . In each case. Of course. Please see “A closer look at disc copying” (page 52) and “InstantCopy settings” (page 56) for details. InstantCopy also provides a number of ways of customizing the copy process for particular requirements. 1.Copying a disc Most disc copies can be performed simply by selecting the source and destination drives and pressing the Start button.
which is described in detail beginning on page 71. You can specify Quick or Complete.Device menu If you right-click the name of a disc device in the Source and Destination lists. Erasing CD-RWs InstantCopy allows you to erase CD-RW discs. 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). Properties opens the Device Properties dialog box. To erase a CD-RW. The erase method you should use depends on your CDRWs and the CD recorder. See “Erasing CD-RWs” below. Determine Capacity tests the actual maximum writing capacity of the disc in the drive. right click on the CD recorder in the Source or Destination list and select Erase Disc from the context menu. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 51 . This should be somewhat greater than the disc’s nominal capacity. and can be used for “oversize writing” on some recorders when the disc at once write method is used.
This is one way to go about making multiple copies of a disc: first create a pdi image file on the hard drive. In addition. InstantCopy will ask you to choose an ifo file that is contained in a folder named “Video_ts”. the data to be copied must be in one of these formats: • A disc image file with the extension pdi. • A CUE file. or if you use InstantCopy to copy a DVD that does not have CSS encryption. These are available through the Advanced button. 52 InstantCD/DVD . See “InstantCopy settings” (page 56) for more information. That folder is created if you use a third-party product to copy a DVD to the hard drive. Copying to a hard drive Copying from CD or DVD to the hard drive creates a pdi file. Copying from a hard drive If a hard drive is chosen as the source of a copy. a local copy of the files as they should appear on the DVD. then make the copies from there. which can be the source for subsequent copies to disc. InstantCopy provides numerous settings that allow you to adjust and customize the copying process. the first step in the copying process is to select the source and target drives in the InstantCopy window.A CLOSER LOOK AT DISC COPYING As we have seen. • In the case of a video DVD.
Omitting unneeded tracks from the copy leaves more room for video data on the target disc. adjusting any settings as needed. If you have selected Customized Resize in your DVD Settings (see page 58). set up the video quality of the individual titles. which in general means higher-quality video. Copying DVD video to DVD Start the copying process as usual. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 53 . and remove audio and subtitle tracks from the list of items to be copied. the Customize Disc dialog box will shortly appear: This dialog lets you edit and delete DVD content. simply click on Start and follow the instructions in the program. by selecting the drives.Copying a CD or a data DVD After you have selected the source and target drives. and perhaps adjusted some settings. and clicking Start.
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. Note: The Customize Disc dialog box may sometimes appear even if you have selected Automatic Resize as your copy method. You can check the contents of individual video tracks by means of the Preview tab. 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. This occurs in cases where the program needs your input to produce the best copy. if InstantCopy’s further analysis of the source disc indicates a need for more user input. Most DVD players will play back VCDs. whether you are copying to a CD or to the hard disk. In order to create DVDs that can be played on standalone DVD players. 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). Next. but S-VCDs are less widely supported. begin by inserting a blank CD in the target drive and clicking Start. the dialog may even appear twice. “PCM” or “AC3” audio tracks must be available. and click Start. Under either method. 54 InstantCD/DVD . choose VCD or S-VCD as the target format. If you are copying to CD. Other audio tracks can be deactivated to make way for higher-quality video.
Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 55 . Audio streams Select which one of the listed audio tracks you wish to copy. 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. This is why you have the option of None when selecting the subtitles to copy. They can therefore not be turned off. 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.Because it is not possible to include audio tracks or more than one subtitle track in the copy.
click the Advanced button in the main InstantCopy window. 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. Writing to multiple drives InstantCopy enables you to write to several drives simultaneously. InstantCopy lets you adjust numerous options if required. In this illustration.After you have made your selections on the Select Title And Audio Stream dialog box. The best results are obtained when the same recorder models are used. the Write settings are currently selected. To access all the available settings. click OK to begin the copying process. 56 InstantCD/DVD . Open the settings area of the InstantCopy window by clicking the Advanced button. INSTANTCOPY SETTINGS Although in many cases you should be able to copy discs successfully using just the default settings. The drives must be of the same type and able to write at the same speed. The data from the DVD is converted to the target format and copied onto as many CDs as required. You can achieve this simply by selecting all the drives in the Destination list that you want to write to.
and 4. you have the option of running a simulated copy to test the set-up without wasting a disc. 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. For optimum results. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 57 .37 GB for a DVD). • 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. 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. Temporary directory The temporary directory specifies the directory for buffered data. After simulation In cases where there is concern that a copy done under some particular set-up might fail. this directory should be located on the fastest hard disk drive on your system. See “Simulate writing if possible” on page 67 for more information.
Pinnacle recommends the default setting. Automatic. Copy method These options affect the amount of data from the source DVD that will be written to the destination disc(s).Programming interface type This setting specifies how InstantCopy should communicate with the disc hardware. DVD settings This group of settings affect the way InstantCopy copies a DVD video disc to a recordable DVD or CD. and can thus interfere with copying if they activate while InstantCopy is writing to the disc. Select this option to prevent your screen saver from activating during the write process. The other choices are Windows SPTI and ASPI. is equivalent to ASAPI. 58 InstantCD/DVD . Disable screensaver while writing Some screen savers require a lot of system resources while they are running. The default choice. but the other interfaces are available for particular circumstances.
is ignored. then refocuses deeper into the disc to read the second layer. 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. The laser in the DVD player reads the first layer. Other video on the source disc. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 59 . it would ordinarily be impossible to copy a dual-layer DVD onto one layer. which can be up to 4. and why your 4. 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.4 GB of data on one side of the disc. When is a GB not a GB? Please see “Measuring storage” on page 79 for details about the units of storage. Single-layer DVDs are copied directly. 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.7 GB DVD disc. See “A closer look at copying” on page 52 for details. Main movie only: Only the main movie track and the main audio track are copied. including menus and other short items. special features and extra audio language tracks.7 GB. However.5 GB computer file is too large for your 4. Because the capacity of a blank DVD recordable disc is 4. To increase the quality still further.Most commercial DVDs are “dual-layered”.7 GB). the sophisticated technology built into InstantCopy is able to compress the duallayer DVD onto a single layer with minimal loss of quality. meaning that there can be up to 8.7 GB. Automatic resize: With this option. Direct: This option creates an unmodified copy of the source DVD. InstantCopy allows you to remove unwanted material such as trailers.
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. 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). CD aspect ratio This setting only applies to copies from DVD to VCD or S-VCD. When High Speed mode is selected. The Automatic (default) choice is High Quality. the compression will be up to four times faster. Note: If you have selected the customized resize copy method (see above). you will have the opportunity to set the reduction method on a track-by-track basis. Reduction method This option specifies the approach that InstantCopy should use when compressing a dual-layer disc onto a single recordable DVD. but you may expect slightly lower quality.Preferred destination The Automatic option sets the output disc type to DVD. 60 InstantCD/DVD .
but this time you’re specifying whether subtitle tracks in the given languages will be copied. of the indicated type of additional content you want to include in the copy. Settings The Settings button provides access to the Advanced DVD Copy Settings dialog box. if any. which creates a letterbox copy with a side ratio of 4:3.The Automatic option is equivalent to selecting the Letter Box option. The Anamorphic option is suitable for playing back on televisions that support the 16:9 widescreen format. Subtitles: The Subtitles page is organized in exactly the same way. with three additional tabs that you can use to further customize your DVD copying. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 61 . Each tab lets you control which components. Audio streams: Many DVDs include audio content in multiple languages. Check or uncheck the boxes on this page according to whether or not you want content in the corresponding language to be copied.
When the capability is needed.User prohibitions: Among the information stored on a DVD disc is a set of user prohibition codes. In Raw mode. including control and other data that 62 InstantCD/DVD . These tell playback equipment to disallow particular options or navigation actions. checking the boxes will remove chosen prohibitions from the copy even if they occur on the source disc. The available modes are User Data and Raw. however. the prohibited actions simply don’t apply to the content. all the information stored on the disc is transferred in unmodified form. which is not supported by all drives. In most cases. Transfer mode The transfer mode defines which data from the CD are read and written. CD settings The settings on this tab apply when the source disc for the copy is a CD. making it at best pointless to cancel the prohibitions.
• Errors are copied: the same error is reproduced at the equivalent location on the target disc. the extra data is not transmitted. you may be able to achieve a working copy using one of the other options. Raw mode. when available. User data is preferred. 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. Error handling Strategy: InstantCopy can handle errors reported by the source drive in three different ways: • Errors abort the process. The Automatic option defaults to User Data as the transfer mode. it can take a long time to read a sector. When you choose Ignore read errors.are not ordinarily passed on. is the recommended setting only if an exact copy is required. which should work with every drive combination. In the User Data mode. For normal copies. InstantCopy can test Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 63 . • Error reports are ignored: the copy operation continues as though no error had been detected. For copy-protected disks.
the faster the process becomes. In such cases. Fixed gaps between tracks Check this box to set the pause between CD tracks to two seconds instead of the original pause length. The higher the step width. This can be used to compensate for a drive that can’t reliably detect the original pause. you should deactivate this check box.for defective sectors in steps whose size is set by the Error seek range control. If a good sector is reported. On copyprotected disks the subchannel data may be a disk ID or other necessary information. 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. 64 InstantCD/DVD . InstantCopy seeks back to find the first available readable sector and continues to copy. Useful values for the step width generally lie between 100 and 1000. Write settings The Write tab gives you control over settings that affect the way writing to disc is carried out by InstantCopy.
Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 65 . Write speed InstantCopy normally selects the highest writing speed allowed by your disc-burning hardware. if you have selected Automatic or Disc at Once as the write method. However.Write method The write methods available to you depend on your disc burner hardware and drivers. However. the default write method – Disc at Once – will be used. Closing method This setting defines how the writing process is finished. Copies Enter the number of copies of the source disc you wish to create. See “The Closing Methods” on page 78 for more information. See “The Write Methods” on page 77 for more information. the Close Disc method will always be used. The Automatic option defaults to Close session. sometimes it can be useful to choose a lower speed. If you choose the Automatic option. InstantCopy will prompt you to insert new blank discs as required.
or to allow for speed limitations in the device being copied from. Under the Automatic setting the write speed will be set to High. the data will not be delivered to the target device quickly enough. check this box. It is recommended that you keep the default setting. only the speeds that are actually available for the target disc will be displayed. Overwrite rewritable media without confirmation By default.whether to decrease the demands on your system. However. 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. if you don’t want to be warned. This may be of particular value when reading from a CD-ROM. and write errors will occur. 66 InstantCD/DVD . 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. If it falls too low. InstantCopy warns you before it begins to copy if the target CD or DVD is rewritable (as opposed to “write-once”). Selecting Write to hard disk first causes the data to be buffered to the hard disk drive before being copied to the target device.
the destination disc is not affected and can be used after correcting the error. the write process cannot continue. During the simulation. If you anticipate possible problems with a disc copy. If an interruption does occur (due to a read failure. If you are not sure about the performance of your system you should always try a simulation before the actual write. If the writing procedure is discontinued. all read and write operations are executed normally. you can perform a simulated write first by checking this box before starting the copy. for example). Read settings The Read tab lets you control settings relating to reading from a source drive. but the write laser is switched off.Simulate writing if possible Successful writing to a CD or DVD depends on an uninterrupted flow of data from the source drive. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 67 . Note: Not all disc burners support switching off the laser as required for simulated writing.
Data read speed This setting controls the speed at which data tracks are read. 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. as with Software read retries. A reasonable minimum value for typical drives is 3. A normal value is 10 attempts. If you have already inserted a disc into the drive. the read speed will be set to Maximum. Hardware read retries This value specifies the number of times the hardware will read a sector until a read error is reported. you can decrease the value to speed up the process. 68 InstantCD/DVD . only the read speeds that are actually available for that disc will appear in the list. Audio read speed Use this setting to set the speed at which audio tracks are read. The optimum speed depends on your drive. the read speed should be at least double the write speed. If you choose the Automatic option. The recommended minimum value is 3. for instance. For special uses like copying discs with known read errors. you can try decreasing the value to speed up the process. the audio quality gets worse at higher speeds. With some drives. We suggest using the highest available speed. For direct copying from one optical disc device to another. A normal value is 10 attempts and. The Automatic (default) read speed therefore corresponds to Maximum. because drives will automatically move down to a lower speed if read errors occur.
Activity log Here you will find a report of InstantCopy’s activities during the current session. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 69 .
Chapter 9: Advanced options 71 . you should be able to operate InstantCopy successfully without having to modify the settings described here for your optical disc drives. The settings are in groups.Chapter 9: Advanced options In most circumstances. accessed by tabs across the top of the dialog. 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. When required. you can access these settings for the devices listed in the InstantCopy window. however.
General The General tab of the Device Properties dialog box displays the type of device along with version and manufacturer information. 72 InstantCD/DVD . The list of read features shows the disc types and speeds supported. and additional features like the ability to read ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) and UPC (Universal Product Code).
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. 74 InstantCD/DVD . Click the Refresh button if you insert a new disc while the properties dialog is displaying.
It doesn’t matter which location you access them from. Software read retries: This is the same as Software read retries on the Read tab. Read audio speed: This is the same as Audio read speed 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 data speed: This is the same as Data read speed on the Read tab. Chapter 9: Advanced options 75 . Set hardware retries: This is the same as Set hardware retries on the Read tab.
you can find out by right-clicking the drive and selecting Determine capacity (but be prepared for a somewhat lengthy operation). 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. Be sure to use valid UPC numbers. writing more data on a CD-R(W) than the guaranteed capacity of the disc – is possible if this option is checked.Use DirectWrite: Oversize writing – that is. If you are not sure whether the disc size is sufficient. 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. up to 20MB or so of extra space may be available for copying. Check this box if your drive is able to write CD-Text and you want to use this feature. Use Burnproof/Justlink: Burnproof and Justlink are technologies for preventing write errors due to “buffer underruns”. Depending on the brand of disc you choose. In any case. Such errors occur when the destination drive requests data faster than the source drive can supply it. so this step is not usually required. 76 InstantCD/DVD . If your disc burner supports either technology. 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. Invalid ISRC codes can cause the write process to fail. However. 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. as invalid codes can cause the write process to fail.
the Disc at once mode is suggested for audio discs. Until you finalize the disc you can add more sessions after the first as long as there is enough space left on the disc. 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. The tracks are written one by one and the table of contents is written after the last track.Chapter 10: Reference topics These topics provide additional details on the “write methods” and “closing methods” that are available to you when creating discs. Because of this. The write methods InstantCopy provides three standard methods of writing data onto the destination disc. Track at once This method is available for nearly all recorders. If you want to write additional audio tracks. Not all disc-burners support all three. do not close the session after the first write. Be aware that an audio CD player can only detect the first session on such a “multi-session” disc. Chapter 10: Reference topics 77 .
You cannot later add data to a disc written with this method. 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. Its main advantage is the optimum utilization of space. The current session stays open. the data are written to the disc in one pass. where some of the data written to the disc are created by the burner itself. Unlike Disc at once. the option of using DirectWrite (when supported by the recorder) and the absence of audible glitches between tracks. 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. Tracks can be appended to one another without pauses if desired. The closing methods The closing method defines how the write process is finished. InstantCopy is able to duplicate the source data exactly. 78 InstantCD/DVD . This makes it possible for InstantCopy to control the pauses between tracks. however. Raw Using this write method. and more tracks can be added to it. in Raw mode all data are controlled by the program. all the data that will eventually appear on the disc are written in one pass. CD-ROM drives and Audio CD players are not able to use such CDs until they have been finalized. With this feature.Disc at once Using this write method. making it possible to write data to the disc which otherwise couldn’t be written.
all the tracks should therefore be written one session: don’t finalize the disc until all your last track has been written. If you are creating an Audio CD. Not all CD-ROM drives can read CD-RWs. Measuring storage A blank DVD is often said to hold 4.Close session Once the session has been closed. Those slices are usually called kilobytes (abbreviated KB or Kbyte) simply because of the accident that 1024 is quite close to 1000. One common way to refer to the size of a computer file. most drives are able to read the disc. Close disc This option is a kind of write protection for the disc.7 GB disc – it’s too big! Computer storage is almost always organized in powers of two. Unfortunately. because the “GB” unit is used to mean two different things. even that seemingly simple statement is rather misleading. The result is that the 4. If you select this option. a quantity that has the prefix “kilo” in the SI system of measurement used by scientist and engineers. so “round numbers” of bytes are quantities like 1024 (two raised to the tenth power).5 GB file on your hard drive will not fit on your 4. is in terms of how many 1024-byte “slices” it contains. Chapter 10: Reference topics 79 . no one can change the content of the disc (although the disc can still be erased if it is rewritable). while a normal CD player is not capable of reading multi-session discs and will detect only the first session on your CD. Of course the medium itself must be readable. or a chunk of computer memory.7 GB of data.
37 GB in terms of computer storage. Rather than exactly one billion (one thousand million) bytes.000 bytes. we generally use “gigabyte” to mean 1024 MB. or 1. 80 InstantCD/DVD . for example) are “correct” according to this normal usage.096 kilobytes as normal SI usage would indicate. the third of these is generally preferred.700.000. With larger quantities. after the SI “mega” prefix.576 byte.741. so a “4.024. The same reasoning holds true when we move up to the next SI prefix and talk about gigabytes (GB or Gbyte).824 bytes.7 GB” disc in fact has a capacity of 4.048. 4096 bytes is equivalent to exactly four kilobytes – not 4. • 1000 KB. or 1.000 bytes – which corresponds to only about 4.073. the manufacturers of DVDs have chosen to use the SI meaning of “giga”. • 1024 KB.For instance. and again because of the way storage is actually organized. In fact. The file sizes reported by Windows (in Windows Explorer. this small but manageable confusion of terms becomes more tangled. or 1. Unfortunately. What do we mean by a megabyte (MB or Mbyte)? One might suppose it to be any of these: • A million bytes exactly.
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• Export audio in MP3. Wave. • Record audio and store it in MP3. • Encode and decode audio in mp3PRO format. WMA. Aiff.e. store and open playlists in three commonly used formats. Note: Some versions of InstantAudio have limits on the number of times you are allowed to use the mp3PRO encoder.Chapter 11: Introducing InstantAudio InstantAudio is a powerful and versatile program. With InstantAudio. Aiff or Ogg Vorbis format. Chapter 11: Introducing InstantAudio 83 . Real Audio and WMA format. mid or treble frequencies) and improve the sound using four additional real time effects. • Cut and edit MP3 files in an Editor. • Create. Aiff. mp3PRO is an improved MP3 format that cuts the files sizes in half while retaining the full quality. Ogg Vorbis and audio CD tracks. • Apply EQ (i. packed with features and underpinned by advanced digital sound-processing. • Create a database of your music – called the Library or the Pool – that allows you to enter additional information for each song. you can: • Open and play back audio files in the formats MP3. increase or decrease the level of bass. Wave. Wave. 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. you will need to purchase an upgrade to enable unlimited encoding. After you reach this limit.
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. See page 127 for information. • Set InstantAudio to automatically metanormalize audio files. • Create gapless playback or audio file arrangement on the CD. • Store EQ and effects settings with the playlist. • Simultaneously play back audio and trigger music- controlled visual effects on your screen. This can be used with all audio files that you export. In this manual. Different sets of user interface graphics (skins) are supplied with the program.• Load and apply up to two high-quality VST mastering plug-in effects to the songs that you play. • Show or hide individual program panels. • Store your songs on data CDs (as MP3 CDs) and/or audio CDs (CD recorder required). 84 InstantCD/DVD . • Access an on-line service to receive title names and artist information about the CD currently in your CD-ROM drive. The current skin can be changed using InstantAudio’s context menus. the default skin was used. We recommend that you also use the default skin when referring to the manual. play back or record onto CD. • Create crossfades between all tracks in a playlist. either upon file export or when recording a CD. • Switch between different user interface skins that give your program a different look and feel. save or record onto CD. attenuating them to the same average playback level.
or select Organize Music from the Music tab of the InstantCD+DVD starter application.Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window To open the program. This will start the program and open the InstantAudio window. or with the keyboard commands listed on that menu. 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. Playlist and Library. The panels are called Player. The Player panel is always visible. Effects. or with the View commands on InstantAudio’s right-button context menu. which is divided into several panels. select InstantCD+DVD Music InstantAudio on your computer’s Start menu. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 85 .
The Player can be used as an ordinary CD player. • To reset a fader to its default or “zero” setting. keep the Shift key pressed while moving the fader handle. You can also switch between the songs in the current playlist. activate various playback modes. and control the volume for both recording and playback. record and navigate within the audio of a song. without having to import the CD tracks to your hard 86 InstantCD/DVD . you can use the scroll wheel to set all faders in the program. click on it while the Ctrl key is held down. THE PLAYER The Player provides transport controls that let you play back. by clicking on it and dragging.General fader handling Here are some general principles for using faders and dials in InstantAudio: • You can use a dial like a fader. • If you want to “fine-tune” your settings. • If you are working with a wheel mouse.
drive: simply drag a CD drive icon from the left panel of the Library into the Playlist panel. Song information display In the top left corner of the Player. either by dragging the slider knob or simply clicking anywhere along the line representing the full duration of the song. The time displays The big counter display shows either how much time has passed since the start of the current song. 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. The song’s total duration is displayed in the smaller figures beneath the counter. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 87 . See “Importing files from CD” on page 118 for more information. the title and other information about the currently active song in the Playlist are displayed as a constantly repeated scrolling text. This provides playback only: the files cannot be exported or saved without first being imported to your hard drive. or how much time is remaining. Use the position slider at the bottom of the Player to quickly change the current song position.
From left to right the individual button functions are: Repeat song: Indefinitely repeat the song currently playing. The Record dialog box opens. Next song: Jump immediately to the next song in the current playlist. Record: Activate recording. From left to right the individual button functions are: Rewind: Rapidly move backwards in the current song until the button is released. 88 InstantCD/DVD . You can also halt playback from the keyboard by pressing [Space]. The playback modes On the right-hand side of the Player are four small buttons that select the various playback modes. See “Recording” on page 90 for details.The transport controls The seven transport control buttons let you start and stop playback or recording. Play: Play the current song back beginning at the current position. and navigate within the song or the playlist. Fast forward: Rapidly advance in the current song until the button is released. Previous song: Jump immediately to the previous song in the current playlist. You can initiate playback from the keyboard by pressing [Space]. Stop: Halt playback or recording.
there might be a clipping indicator at the top of each meter. The LED chain type meters indicate the playback volumes on the left and right channels. 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. Depending on the skin.Repeat all: Indefinitely repeat the entire current playlist. the Player might contain one or several level meters. clip indicators and/or a position fader. Depending on the skin used. Clipping should generally be avoided at all costs. Level meters. in random order. a level fader might appear as a bar in the middle of each level meter or as a separate element. (The recording level is controlled via the meters in the Record dialog. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 89 . To eliminate clipping: Lower the applicable volume fader until clipping no longer occurs. clip indicators Depending on which of the available program skins you use. You can set the volume by clicking on the fader or dragging the fader handle with the mouse. as it adds distortion to your audio. Random: Indefinitely repeat the entire current playlist.) The indicators will flicker as you play back a song. input/output faders. Mute: Turn off the sound while the Player continues to operate. To reset a clipping indicator: Click on the indicator. level and position faders.
To assign a rating with the bar graph: While playing back the title. It lets you set file location and format options. 1. See “The Record dialog” below. 3. levels and timing parameters for your recording. 90 InstantCD/DVD . Click InstantAudio’s Record button. position the mouse anywhere in the rating bar graph and drag to the left or right while holding down the left mouse button. Start playback of your source audio. 4.) 2. then click the Record button at the bottom left of the Record dialog. Numerically. which is covered on page 121. (Select the audio capture device in the Preferences dialog.Rating You can assign a rating of from zero to ten stars to any title in the Playlist. 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. Make the desired settings. The Record dialog opens. InstantAudio will record the song according to your settings. the rating values go from 0 to 100. each star representing a value of 10. The rating is displayed as a bar graph on the Player: Ratings are stored with the Playlist.
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. and specifying the directory and file name of the recording. 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. In the Level Control panel on the right. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 91 . setting format options. you can configure InstantAudio to start or stop recording automatically based on the volume level of the source. The panel on the left side of the dialog provides controls for defining the file format.
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. With this option. pause and halt recording respectively (from left to right). or select View Visualization from one of the right-button context menus available throughout InstantAudio. 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. Leave the Start at and Stop after options unchecked if you do not wish to record under timer control. a single file is created in which “silences” in the source material (as defined by the threshold value) are eliminated. The Timer panel at the bottom right of the dialog lets you define a start time and duration for the recording. The three transport control buttons at the bottom left of the Record dialog let you begin. To open a Visualization window: Click the Visualization button (the bottommost in the column of four buttons at the right of the Player). You can even have multiple visualizations open at the same time. The levels panel below the Timer panel provides a slider for setting the record level of the audio.To pause recording when the level falls below a given value: Check Pause on silence and set the threshold value. 92 InstantCD/DVD . 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.
See page 121 for more information. To select a visualization: Click the title-bar of the Visualization window and select any of the items on the pop-up menu.com Install any visualizations you download by copying them to the Components subfolder of the InstantAudio program folder. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 93 . When this mode is active.pinnaclesys. To change visualizations automatically: Press the S key on your computer keyboard to toggle visualization slideshow mode.The Oscilloscope visualization in action. You can also use the arrow keys on your computer keyboard to move forward and back through the available visualizations. all the visualization windows automatically change to a different visualization at an interval specified in the Preferences dialog. To obtain new visualizations: New visualizations may be made available through Pinnacle’s InstantAudio support web-site at: www.
Note: VST is a widespread plug-in standard. InstantAudio’s proprietary EQ and FX algorithms provide distortion-free playback of your music. 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. You can furthermore simultaneously load two external VST plug-in effects into the program’s VST plug-in slots.THE EQ/FX PANEL Show or hide this panel with the Show/Hide EQ/FX button in the Player. Hundreds of VST effects are commercially available. Four excellent built-in mastering effects (FX) are also located here. or by pressing Ctrl+E. or by selecting View Hide EQ/FX from a context menu. and store the settings as presets. These can be used to enhance quality and punch of your audio. regardless of the amount of effect used. 94 InstantCD/DVD . This panel provides a graphic equalizer that lets you adjust your audio in eight separate frequency bands.
Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 95 . Similarly. you must first activate the EQ master switch – the Bypass/Activate equalizer button – so that it lights up. Start by clicking the Save button. You will be given a chance to enter a new name for the preset before it is saved. the highlighting is removed and the control values revert to the previous state.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. which begins to flash. If you want to cancel the save operation while the Save button is flashing. The button highlights and the controls are updated to the values stored in that slot. If you click the highlighted slot again. Now click the button for the slot you want to overwrite. EQ and FX preset buttons The EQ and FX areas also provide five preset slots. You can overwrite any of the preset slots with the current set of control values. if you wish to use any of the FX controls. simply click it again. each representing a set of values for all the controls in the group. If you wish to use the EQ faders. Click one of the buttons to load the values associated with that preset slot. you must activate both the FX master switch – the Bypass/Activate effects button. and the on-button for the FX you want to use. This feature makes it easy to switch between two sets of values.
Note: Some dialogs (e. The Global button Your EQ and FX settings can be applied either to individual tracks or to the entire playlist. 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). the EQ and FX settings apply to the current track only.EQ and FX toggle buttons Each of the EQ and FX areas also includes a button with a minus sign: In both cases. 96 InstantCD/DVD . When the Global button is inactive. the button toggles between the manually-edited and the neutral settings for each song in the currently open playlist.g. the current EQ and FX settings will be used. “Convert File” and “Burn CD”). The Equalizer (EQ) The equalizer is a group of eight faders on the EQ/FX panel. Each fader affects a certain frequency range within the audio frequency spectrum. include an option called Apply EQ & FX. When songs are processed under this option. the current settings of the master switch buttons and the Global button will be ignored. Instead. If the Global button is active (highlighted).
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. Enhancer: Increases the width of the frequency spectrum in the audio and improves its clarity and transparency. no filtering takes place: all the frequencies present in the signal are passed through unmodified. whether subtly or dramatically.When all faders are positioned in the middle position (0 dB). Move a fader downwards to decrease the level of the corresponding frequency range. Compress: Reduces the dynamic range of the audio (closing the gap between softer and louder sounds). Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 97 . The built-in effects (FX) The EQ/FX panel has four built-in high-quality mastering effects. From top to bottom: Stereo spread: Enlarges the stereo width of an existing stereo signal. move it upwards to increase the level. Loud max: Increases the perceived loudness and signal density. If you have never used a graphic equalizer before.
This is automatically created upon installation by InstantAudio.The VST effect slots InstantAudio allows you to load external VST plug-in effects into one or both of two available slots. 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. VST is a widespread plug-in standard that is used to add additional functionality to programs that are “VST compatible”. For VST plug-ins to be accessible from within InstantAudio. the Internet or your music dealer. 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. some even free of charge.
2. Select one. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 99 . All the VST effects in your Vstplugins folder should be listed. its controls are immediately updated to reflect the new values. 3. You can display and edit the settings for the current program by clicking the Edit button at the left of each plug-in slot. the right-hand list in the slot is loaded with a default bank of named presets called programs. Each program in the list represents one combination of values for the settings provided by the current plug-in. Initially. Some VST effects provide their own editing windows. 1.Each time you choose a plug-in. The plug-in is loaded. and the particular settings it gives access to. To use VST plug-in effects within InstantAudio. You can change the name of a preset simply by clicking on the name and overtyping it. proceed as follows: Click the VST button in InstantAudio’s EQ section to open the VST effects rack. its name is displayed and the Edit and On buttons become active. Click the On button to activate the plug-in. vary from one effect to the next. while others employ a generic editing window provided by InstantAudio. If you select a different program while the editor window is displayed. both the upper and lower slots are empty. The appearance of the settings editor. and then the Edit button to open the editing window for the effect. Open the left-hand list in the first slot.
100 InstantCD/DVD . you should save them to your hard drive by clicking the File button and selecting Save Program from the popup menu. You can then reload the program with File Load Program at any time. and optionally provide a new name for the current program.4. • Exit InstantAudio If you want to be able to re-use the settings later. or. This makes it possible to employ as many named presets as you like when working with VST effects in InstantAudio. 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. Make the desired settings in the editing window of the effect. The program you load replaces the current one in the program bank.
The Playlist has numerous uses: • Open. Save the playlist content – not just the paths to the audio files. This is useful if you need to find out where particular files are located on your hard disk. Copy the playlist as text to the system clipboard. The list can also be generated automatically by InstantAudio itself to your specifications. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 101 . save. from which you can paste it into any text editor software and edit. print or send it to someone else.THE PLAYLIST The Playlist panel is located below the EQ/ FX panel in the InstantAudio window. save or create a list of audio files to be played • • • • back with the Player. Show files in Windows Explorer. Add titles to or remove them from the playlist. but the actual audio files themselves – to a different location.
New: This button clears the playlist in preparation for adding new songs. • Export and convert MP3. Apply EQ and FX to all files that you wish to convert. Wave. Select one or more song files or playlist files in any of the supported formats.• Burn a data CD (such as an MP3 CD) or audio CD. Create crossfades between audio tracks. When a playlist file is selected. Playlist operations Some common operations affecting the Playlist panel are available via six toolbar buttons. If you have made changes to the current playlist you will be offered a chance to save it before the existing list is cleared. allowing you to select a save folder. Three widely used formats are available: m3u. Edit the ID3 tags – information packets containing title. export or burn onto CD. pls and xml. Save: The Save Playlist File dialog appears. Transfer MP3 files to a connected portable MP3 player. WMA and • • • • • Ogg Vorbis files to any other of these formats. The conversion can done on either a single file or a batch of files. file name and file format for saving the current playlist to your hard drive. Metanormalize – constrain audio playback to the same average audio level over a group of files. artist and other information – that are included in MP3 files. its 102 InstantCD/DVD . Aiff. Add: The Add Files to Playlist dialog appears.
Generate a playlist: This command invokes the Generate Playlist dialog box. This is a permanent change to the playlist.songs are added to the Playlist panel just as if those songs had been selected individually. Normalize: Clicking this button sets all selected titles to be played back at a consistent playback volume. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 103 . but does not modify the playlist itself. Convert Files and Portable Player Manager). You can use standard Windows shortcuts for selecting multiple songs. despite whatever level differences may exist from one song file to the next. The Playlist menu also provides these additional commands: Copy as text: This command copies the current playlist titles as text to the Windows clipboard. Remove: Any selected songs are deleted from the current playlist. from which you can paste the list into another application such as a text editor. which selects songs from the playlist in a random order. Randomize: This command shuffles the current playlist. 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. 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. unlike the random playback mode in the Player. This function is also available in various InstantAudio dialogs (Burn CD. See page 105 for details.
104 InstantCD/DVD . Playlist columns A playlist can display up to eighteen columns of information about each song. Burn files: Opens the Burn CD dialog. its list entry is displayed in bold type and the loudspeaker icon changes to show that sound is being produced. See “Export files with format conversion” on page 107 for more information.Export files: Opens the Convert Files dialog box. A pop-up menu appears. The names of currently-displayed columns have a check-mark. When a song is actually playing. Click any name with the left mouse button to toggle the display of the corresponding column. Select which columns should be visible in the playlist by right-clicking in header area of the list as shown in the illustration. allowing you to create a CD from the files in the playlist. which lets you save the files in your playlist into other formats. listing the fields available for display. The “*” playlist column displays on the list as a small loudspeaker icon.
Begin by entering a name for the generated playlist and a duration. and entering a value (“Mudbunny”) in the text space. Enter a rule by making choices on the two drop-down lists. which you select using the radio buttons that appear to the left of all rules except the first: Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 105 .Playlist summary The total number of files and their total playback time are displayed above the list itself. from one to fifteen. The next step is to create one or more filtering rules. Check the Not option if you would like to reverse the meaning of the rule. each of which accepts a subset of the available songs while rejecting all the rest. the rule “artist is Mudbunny” would only accept songs performed by Mudbunny. specified in whole hours. Multiple rules can be combined in either of two ways. The Less and More buttons let you change the number of rules available. Automatically generating a playlist The Generate Playlist dialog opens from the context menu command Playlist Generate a playlist. For instance. It would change our example rule to mean “any artist but Mudbunny”.
1 kHz. To burn a disc: 1. the songs defined by the current rule will be included along with all the songs accepted after processing the rules up to that point. 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. InstantAudio can calculate your EQ. 106 InstantCD/DVD . level and other settings for each song and write the resulting changed audio file onto CD. containing only folk music recorded earlier than 1970 and digitized with a sample rate of 44. Activate the checkboxes in the Burn column for the titles you want to burn onto CD. a three-hour playlist has been specified. FX. Press the Generate button to let the program create the playlist.If the Or option is used. The Burn CD dialog The Burn CD dialog opens from the Playlist Burn Files command or the Write Disc button in the Library toolbar. In the example below.
Click the Start button.2.) Another dialog now appears where you can make additional settings and start the actual writing process. The files to be converted are listed on the left side of the dialog by title. otherwise the CD cannot be used. nothing is recorded onto the CD and the dialog box is closed. (If you instead click Cancel. artist. Remember: Writing a CD in one of the two supported formats is a continuous process that should never be interrupted. file name. format and file size. Use this dialog to convert the files in the current playlist into a different format or a different variant of their current format. Export files with format conversion The Playlist Export Files context menu command opens the Convert Files dialog. Checkboxes beside each title let you choose exactly Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 107 .
the Format options section in the dialog shows the appropriate parameters and file quality options. Use the Browse button to locate the folder with the aid of a Select Directory dialog box. any EQ and FX associated with songs in the playlist will be incorporated in the exported files. Aiff. Wave. 108 InstantCD/DVD . but does not consider the songs as a group. or use the Select All and Select None commands on the list’s right-button context menu. By default all the boxes are checked. According to which format you select. You can check and clear them individually. File Format: This drop-down list lets you choose which of the MP3. Make Playlist: Activate this button if you want InstantAudio to create a new playlist containing the exported files. Convert: Click this button to start the conversion process. Apply EQ and FX: When this box is checked. Close: Exit the Convert Files dialog. 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.which titles to export. WMA or Ogg Vorbis formats to use for the exported files. InstantAudio automatically sets up crossfades between all the exported files. Normalize increases the volume within each song such that the full dynamic range of the digital audio is being used. Crossfade: When this box is checked. Use Don’t normalize if you don’t want either of the other options Destination folder: Enter a path for the exported files.
quality or bit rate can’t increase the actual quality of the file. the mp3PRO encoding function is limited to 20 uses.) You can access and edit this information in the Info & Tagger dialog. a successor format to MP3. Note: In some versions of InstantAudio. MP3Pro InstantAudio’s mp3PRO option lets you encode files in mp3PRO. quality or bitrate into a file format with a higher resolution. It is available only when the Fraunhofer Encoder is selected.The limitations of file conversion Convertint a file with a low resolution. The Info & Tagger dialog In addition to the music itself. and the bit-rate is set to 96 kBit/s or less. an MP3 file can store information about the music in the form of “ID3 Tags”. There is no way to recover the information that was discarded when the lower-quality file was created. An update that allows unlimited encoding is available for purchase. This format cuts the file size by half without loss of quality. (InstantAudio actually uses version 2 of the ID3 specification – “ID3 v2”. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 109 .
or click the forward and back arrow buttons on either side of the file name. 110 InstantCD/DVD .) If you have selected several files in the Playlist. 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. the dialog initially displays the first one. either choose the file name in the drop-down list at the top of the dialog. To view the information for one of the other selected files.To open the Info & Tagger dialog. select one or more MP3 files in the Playlist then click File info on the list’s right-button context menu.
Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 111 . Tag – Album: The album on which this performance of the song was recorded. Use the arrow buttons to modify the current number. • Save image – Opens a file save dialog allowing you to store the image on your hard drive as a JPEG file. Use the arrow buttons to modify the current value. etc. Image: An MP3 file can contain a bitmapped image. Tag – Title: Enter the title that should be used for this song in InstantAudio and other MP3 Players. file size.) and encoding of the current. Pick the one that best fits the material. • Remove image – The image is deleted from the song file. Tag – Track number: The sequence number of the track on the album.Info: This box contains information about the format (duration. 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. Tag – Genre: The type of song. When you click this field. file. which can then serve as an icon or illustration for the song. Tag – Year: The year when the song was released. a drop-down list of 148 genres is displayed. Double-clicking the image has the same effect. or enter the new number directly. • Load image – Replaces the existing image (if any) with a JPEG or PNG image you select. or enter the year directly. Tag – Artist: The artist who performed the song. This is not the same as the file name.
The song files are updated with the new information. Use the arrow buttons to modify the current value. up to 30 characters in length. 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 – Comment: A remark about the song. Tag – Rating: A numeric rating for the song between 0 and 100. Close: Close the dialog. or enter the rating directly. The song file is updated with the new information. Click OK to approve your changes. Lyrics: Click this button to open a simple dialog where you can view or edit the text showing the song lyrics. Be sure to click Apply or Apply all before closing if you wish to preserve any changes you have made. Apply: Click this button to accept any changes you have made to the data for the current song in the Info & Tagger dialog. 112 InstantCD/DVD .
Instead. To explore further in the folders tree. The panel is divided into the folders tree on the left and the title list on the right. The folders. you can simply double-click the artist’s name in the title list on the right. the right-hand panel contains a listing of all the artists who have songs in your library. with names like “Artists”. let you choose and locate songs under any of those categories. the material is organized into categories that are more directly useful for working with audio. “Albums” and “Genres”.THE LIBRARY The Library panel – also called the “Pool” – gives you access to a powerful database of audio content. Because the “Artists” folder has been selected. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 113 . The folders tree. The folders tree This panel is organized in the same way as the folders pane in a Windows Explorer window. Alternatively. we can open the “Artists” folder (by clicking the button next to its name) then click the name of one of the artists. but the folders in this case are virtual: they don’t reflect the actual layout of the audio material on your disc.
and the playlist as well. Finally. or we double-click one of the albums in the right-hand panel. and select an album there. The title list now shows all the songs in our library that come from that album. and we have selected an artist named Slackjaw. we open the Slackjaw subfolder itself. The albums containing the Slackjaw songs in our library are now listed in title list. and we have selected an album named Birdfinger. The song title list The song title list consists of information organized in labeled columns.The “Artists” folder is now open. The other folders work in a similar fashion. The “Slackjaw” subfolder is now open. allowing you to drill down until you eventually see song titles in the right-hand list. individual columns can be selected and deselected on a pop-up menu that 114 InstantCD/DVD . As with the other title lists in the library.
Genre: The type of music.appears when you right-click the top of the list. Track. the name of the artist who performed it. Bit rate. the number of the track (on its album). Channels. Length: The length of the song in hours. while the sample width is the number of digital bits (usually 16) in each sample. Title. Double-click the icon to play back the song. Added: The date the song was added to the Library. and the name of the album it appears on. Album: The title of the song. Comment: The year the music came out. Click the genre to open a pop-up list of 148 genres to choose from. Click any of the fields to edit it directly. Click any of the fields to edit it directly. there are 20 different fields to choose from: Asterisk (*): This field displays as a small loudspeaker icon. Sample rate. The bit rate is a measure of the amount of data that represents one second of the song. Year. minutes and seconds. The channels value will be either Mono or Stereo. The sample rate is the number of samples taken per second when digitizing. In this case. Higher values for any of these parameters (or Stereo rather Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 115 . Artist. and a brief text comment. Sample width: This series of values is the set of parameters used for encoding the song.
and the peak volume level in decibels (dB). Click the field to edit it directly. so be careful not to use this option unless you really want to do away with the selected material altogether. The same function is also 116 InstantCD/DVD . Last played: The number of times the song has been played.than Mono) imply higher-quality audio. Location: The full filename of this song. from 0 to 100. Play count. The same function is also available with the Pool Add Files To Pool context menu command. Multiple file selections are allowed in this dialog. which lets you navigate the storage devices in your system in search of audio files and playlists in any format supported by InstantAudio. Rating: Your numeric rating of the song. Peak: A value for the effective sonic pressure of the song. InstantAudio asks if you want to delete the underlying file(s) as well as removing the item from the database. RMS. Remove files: This button removes any items that you have selected in the title list or the folders tree. 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. Add files: This button invokes the Add Files To Pool dialog box. but also a larger file size and greater demand on system resources during playback. File deletion is permanent. and the date and time it was played most recently.
album title or comment. Choose where you want InstantAudio to search for song files on your system: a specific folder. and click the Start Search button. you can restrict the search to files of a certain bit rate or of a particular length. For example. to locate music by a specific artist. Extract from CD: This button opens the Import From CD dialog box. or use the Browse button to access a Select Directory dialog box. a single hard drive. Click the Search button in the dialog to begin the search. An Advanced Search tab gives you access to more options. If you want a specific folder to be scanned. which lets you specify the criteria you want to use to search for songs. InstantAudio performs the scan as requested. Scan computer: The Search Computer For Music dialog box appears. and adds any found files to the Library. The same function is also available Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 117 . Use it. or all your hard drives. Finally. Add Files To Pool context Search library: This button opens the Search In Pool dialog. enter the audio file types you want to scan for. The search library function is also available with the Pool Search In Pool context menu command. The songs that are found are added to the Library’s “Search Results” folder.available with the Pool menu command. for example. type its name into the Start in folder edit box.
4. Aiff or Ogg Vorbis files. 2. 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. Wave.with the Pool Import Audio CD context menu command. The actual underlying audio files are not affected. Use the Drive and Speed pop-up menus to select the CD-ROM drive that you wish to import from and the reading speed. Importing files from CD With InstantAudio you can import audio files from CD and save them as MP3. To import audio from CD: Insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. 118 InstantCD/DVD . The Format options section of the dialog shows the available parameters and file quality options for the selected format. See page 118 for details. or Ogg Vorbis formats to use for the imported files. Aiff. Write disc: This button opens the Burn CD dialog box. Click the Extract from CD button in the Library toolbar. 3. 1. Show help: This button displays InstantAudio’s online help. The Pool sub-menu also provides one additional command: Clean pool: This command removes all data from the Library database. The Import from CD dialog appears. Use the File Format drop-down list to select which of the MP3. Wave.
track title.If you selected “Wave File” or “Aiff File” as the file format. 16-bits stereo. each one contained in a file whose name is constructed from the track number and title. track number and year. backslash characters to indicate folder divisions. Use the Browse button in the Destination Folder area to specify where the imported files should be stored. The formats are built using place-holders for the artist. the “Artist\Album\Track Title” format means that there will be a directory in destination folder named for the artist. The “MPEG Layer 3 File” settings let you control the details of the MP3 encoding process. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 119 . 5. a higher rate is equivalent to higher quality (though the difference is not necessarily always discernible). containing within it a further directory named for the album. album. This may result in a smaller file size for equivalent sound quality. the higher the values. 7.100 kHz. the available quality settings are Sample Rate. The sole “Ogg Vorbis File” setting is a Quality slider where the quality value is expressed as a percentage. Sample Width and Channels. “CD quality” is equivalent to 44. the encoder matches the rate to the varying complexity of the source material. the better the quality. In general. With the Constant Bitrate encoding method. The Filename drop-down list lets you choose a folder and file name format for the tracks you import. and miscellanous punctuation text as required. For example. which in turn contains the imported songs. 6. With the Variable Bitrate method.
This makes it unnecessary to go back on-line to look up the information for the CD again. select it from the Presets list and click the Remove button. The area below the song list lets you use an Internet-based service to download track names and other information about the current CD. or searching in the database of the Windows’ CD player application). Use the checkboxes in the Grab column of the song list to deselect any titles you do not want to import. the previouslyobtained data are read from the hard drive. The downloaded data is stored locally in the InstantAudio directory. 10. If you have a permanent connection to the Internet. click the button beside the list to open a dialog named “Setup”. 8. such as a cable modem. 120 InstantCD/DVD . even if the Autolookup new disc option is checked.To create your own presets on the Filename list. If you later insert the same CD into your CD-ROM drive. 9. Click Get Titles to connect to the on-line server to get the CD information. You can also edit the Title and Artist fields for each song simply by clicking on the field and typing your revised information. Click the New button. then define the desired structure by clicking the buttons in the Add fields area of the window then clicking OK. To delete a preset. it might be useful to activate the Auto-lookup new disc option. and on Configure for additional related settings (like choosing a specific server.
The Play button toggles to Stop during playback. To restore Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 121 . Click the Import button to import the titles you have selected. To activate the changes on the current page without closing the dialog. You can use the position cursor in the time ruler below the list to locate a certain position within a title. or choose Options on the right-button context menu. to open the Preferences dialog. You can also play songs back from within the Import from CD dialog by selecting one or more songs and clicking the Play button. whether selected or not. The dialog is organized into pages. click the Apply button. If several titles are selected. THE PREFERENCES DIALOG Click the button in the Player panel. a playlist for the imported songs is automatically created and added to the Playlists folder in the Library. When you import files from CD. which you can access using the navigation panel on the left side. The two handles in the time ruler allow you to define a certain range.11. or Import All to import all titles. if you do not want to import the whole title. they will be played from top to bottom in the order they appear in the list.
click the Defaults button.the default settings for the current page. Playback The main Playback page on the Preferences dialog provides some technical settings relating to audio playback. 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 faders under Playback buffering let you define the size and number of the memory buffers used for playback. The Playback device drop-down list lets you select the audio card you wish to use for playback. 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 topics below cover the preferences settings in the same order as they occur in the navigation panel.
If Metanormalize tracks on playback is selected. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 123 . At this point. the crossfade will end. If the Report dropouts option is in force. Note: If you activate both automatic crossfading and gapless playback. Crossfade length: Here you determine the total length of the crossfade. songs that are played back are attenuated to a common average level. 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. 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. Use gapless playback: This is like a special crossfade.effective sonic pressure (RMS) value. 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. Percent of maximum trigger volume: By setting this value. only the former will be activated. a warning message will be shown when dropouts occur during audio playback.01 sec. possibly indicating a problem with your audio settings. This is used to attenuate the songs to a common average playback level when you use the metanormalization function.
You will have the opportunity to modify these selections when you actually initiate recording. File name: These fields set the default path and name for your captured audio file. Trim strings: This option forces the removal of all blanks from the beginnings and ends of text entries in the Pool. The best way to understand the display is to watch it carefully as you manipulate the other controls. Auto save time: Use this control to set the auto save interval in minutes. if a song ends abruptly. not just at the end of the session. Record folder.Forerun: This can be used to move the crossfade start and end to earlier positions. 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. In the lower part of the page. Record device: Select which sound device should be used to capture audio data. Pool This Preferences page provides options relating to the Pool (Library).g. This is especially important when you use VST effects. 124 InstantCD/DVD . the Pool is saved periodically during use. e. Recording This Preferences page provides options relating to audio recording. Preloading time: This lets you define the point at which to start the next song before the crossfade. This may also help you grasp their function more readily. Enable auto save: When this option is checked.
User interface: File types When you double-click a data file in Windows Explorer.User interface The main User interface page in the Preferences dialog provides the following settings: Language: Select your preferred language for menus. User interface: Controls The single option on this Preferences page lets you choose how the dial controls in InstantAudio should respond to the mouse. Folder for temporary files: Use this field. the file type is used to decide which application program should open to display the file. Use the checkboxes on this page to specify which file types you want handled by InstantAudio. Clear this checkbox to hide the tool tips if you prefer not to see them. The change takes effect the next time you run the program. to specify the folder for temporary files created by InstantAudio. buttons and other interface elements in InstantAudio. you control the dial simply by clicking on it. You can further modify the position by continuing to hold the mouse button down Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 125 . either directly or in conjunction with the Browse button. This immediately sets the dial angle to match the line between the center of the dial and the point where you clicked. Circular: In this mode. Show tips: InstantAudio can provide fly-by tool tips for many program elements when the mouse pointer hovers over them momentarily.
even though the on-screen controls may change. 126 InstantCD/DVD . but responds only in the dragging phase that follows. the visualization display might slow down other programs on your computer. Linear: This mode works like Relative circular except that you must drag the mouse in a vertical straight line rather than a circle. the same functions are available with every skin.as you drag the mouse. This is a quick way to set a dial. as you move the mouse in a circular path around the center of the dial. depending on your system. Visualization This Preferences page provides settings relating to the visualization plug-ins. 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. but might be a bit too lively for fine tuning. Select the skin you wish to use from the drop-down list. User interface: Skins Skins are the different user interface stylings you can apply to InstantAudio to change its look and feel. In general. The dial’s value increases as you move the mouse up. and decreases as you move it down. • Display mode: Select one of the available display resolutions for the visualization window’s full-screen mode. If this rate is set too high. Increasing the resolution too much could result in an unsatisfactory frame rate. • Frame rate limit: Set the maximum frame rate per second that the plug-ins may use.
• Show info when song changed: The next song title will be displayed in the visualization window when it is in full-screen mode. The Slide Mode setting lets you decide whether the visualizations should be changed in sequence or randomly. • Show info when visualization changed: With this option. the name of the visualization is displayed in the window. These give you quick access to functions that you need in a particular part of the program. on top of other open windows. • Always on top: When this option is in effect. if you change the visualization in full-screen mode (using a key command). changing from one to the next at an interval specified in seconds with the Slide Interval setting. the visualization window remains always visible. together with their properties. • Show plug-ins: Opens a dialog listing the available plug-ins.• Show framerate: Displays the used frame rate in the Visualization window. THE CONTEXT MENUS Throughout InstantAudio you can bring up different “context menus” by pressing the right mouse button. • 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. • Slideshow: The visualization plug-ins are invoked in turns. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 127 .
Open location: If you are connected to the Internet. if any. When the dialog opens. The final command on the View sub-menu is Show VST slots has the same effect as the VST button on the FX panel. The only panel you cannot hide is the Player. only the key command portion is visible. The current shortcuts for that command. this function can be used to connect to an Internet radio station: simply input the address (URL). Key commands: This opens the Key Commands dialog box. See “Visualizations” on page 92. click in the Type new key command box. please see “Playlist operations” on page 102. Another command opens a visualization window. View: This opens a sub-menu that lets you show and hide individual panels in the InstantAudio display. Use the Categories and Commands lists to locate the command for which you want to create a keyboard shortcut. See “The VST Effect slots” on page 98. Playlist: For the operations on this menu. 128 InstantCD/DVD . If you want to add a new command. Pool: For the operations on this menu. press the key or key combination you want to use. featuring the powerful but easy-to-use Key Command and Macro Editor. please see “Library operations” on page 116. then click the Assign button.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. you can use it repeatedly to open multiple visualizations. Skins: This opens a sub-menu where you can select any of the supplied user interface stylings (skins).
The Playlist files context menu This context menu appears when you right-click in the list area of the Playlist panel. 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. assign a common descriptive name to them and finally assign a key command to the macro. the Info & Tagger dialog provides forward and back arrows for moving from one song’s information to the next. If several songs are selected in the playlist when this command is given. open file.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. Show in Explorer: The audio file corresponding to the currently-selected song in the playlist is selected and displayed in Windows Explorer. which presents editable information about the selected song file. set volume. Options: This item opens the Preferences dialog. It adds three commands to the standard context menu: File info: This option opens the Info & Tagger dialog. Exit: Quits the program.g. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 129 . 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). play back file etc.
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The ability to read and write audio data directly from or to CD.Chapter 13: Welcome to InstantMusic InstantMusic is a powerful tool for the creation of your own songs. The ability to create mixes up to 80 minutes in length through simple drag and drop. A library of more than 100 high-quality samples. Chapter 13: Welcome to InstantMusic 133 . Recorded samples are saved to disk as WAV files. The created CDs can be played on any ordinary CD player. Its features include: • A complete recording studio with a real-time mixer • • • • capable of handling up to 16 stereo tracks. Real-time audio effects such as reverb and delay.
Chapter 14: The Arranger Launching InstantMusic brings up the Arranger screen. They consist of the samples (WAV-format audio files) you record or obtain. where you will be spending most of your time. Chapter 14: The Arranger 135 . InstantMusic projects are called arrangements. 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 most important functions are available through the four toolbars. the symbol bar and drag-and-drop behavior.The toolbars InstantMusic is controlled by the menu entries.
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 .
The Sample Explorer (see page 139) lets you import samples (WAV files) into your project using a familiar file-system “tree” control. Each header contain panning 138 InstantCD/DVD . The track headers Headers for each track appear in the Tracks panel to the left of the Arranger window. one for each of the up to 16 tracks in the arrangement. The Tracks panel (see page 138) contains the arrangement’s master volume and panning controls. are the master volume and panning controls for your arrangement: Next come the headers. At the top of the panel. above the track headers themselves.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.
They are still accessible through the Track Properties dialog (see page 152). The Sample Explorer displays the names of any WAV files in the folders you open. and suppresses other file types. Note: At lower screen resolutions. Simply drag any desired WAV files from the Sample Explorer onto the appropriate places in your arrangement. making it silent during playback regardless of volume settings. Navigate to your files using the familiar Explorerstyle interface. • V: Causes the volume curve (or “fade curve”) to be shown on each sample. Click the track icon at the left of the header to open the Track Properties dialog box. where these and other properties can be adjusted. however. • W: Causes the audio waveform graph to be shown on each sample.and volume controls similar to those in the master panel. Beside the pan control are three letter-buttons: • M: Mutes the track. The Sample Explorer The Sample Explorer is the fastest way to add samples to an arrangement. not all the controls shown above are displayed. Chapter 14: The Arranger 139 .
start time. end time and length of each track are displayed. Open the Track List with View Track List. called arrangements. A progress bar supplies visual feedback during these operations. 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. consist of up to 16 tracks with an arbitrary number of samples (WAV files) on each. Click the name to change it. The automatic label generation feature will use the new name when creating labels for your disc. Creating the CD Use the InstantDisc application to write your music out to disc after the arrangement has been completed. WORKING WITH ARRANGEMENTS InstantMusic projects. 140 InstantCD/DVD . The selected track will be highlighted in the list. or with the Open Track List button on the Track toolbar.The Track List This window displays information about the CD tracks that will be created from your arrangement.
Stop: Stops playback.Audio player InstantMusic’s integrated audio player lets you hear your arrangement any time you want. The following functions are available: Play: This function plays the arrangement from the current position of the play marker. Loop: If the loop feature is active the sample in the editior will be repeated until you click again. change the volume and the balance in real time while playing the arrangement.) The playback features are found in the Player menu and the toolbar. Click again to resume. (The play marker can be set to the beginning of the arrangement by double clicking the “Stop” button. Chapter 14: The Arranger 141 . (You must have a compatible soundcard installed. Digital multitrack mixer This digital mixer enables you to mute tracks. Click again to reset the play marker to the beginning of the arrangement.) Many editing features remain available during playback. but others are disabled. Pause: Pause playback.
it shows the current position while playing or merging the data.MARKS Marks represent particular points along the timeline of your arrangement. Start: This mark sets the beginning of the arrangement. Custom marks: Use custom marks to set CD track boundaries. The “End” mark is red with a triangle to the left side. The area between two marks is always one track on the CD. End: This mark sets the end of the arrangement. 142 InstantCD/DVD . They are represented by “flags” in the black bar across the top of the Arranger: You can set marks with the following menus. 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. Among other functions.
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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To fade out. While hold the button down. 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. drag the top right rectangle to the left: Cross-fade To create a cross-fade between samples. The rectangular fade handles in the corners of the sample have no role in a cross-fade. Enter Edit mode with with the Editmode button on the Main toolbar. or the Edit Mode command on the View menu or on a sample’s pop-up menu. drag the mouse into the next sample where the cross-fade should end and release the button. Click and hold the mouse button when you see the cross-fade pointer. 148 InstantCD/DVD .
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. Your mouse pointer changes to a small red rectangle. Move the pointer to the position where 1. 2. To remove all the volume control points from a sample. including a file name. choose Clear on the Main toolbar or the sample’s popup menu. click End Recording. To return all volume control points to the neutral position. The Start Recording and End Recording command are not enabled until your settings have been made. or create custom fades with any characteristics you choose. 3. After your performance. Chapter 14: The Arranger 149 . Edit Mode must be disabled after your volume edits are complete because samples cannot be moved while in this mode.To change the volume of a sample. Click Start Recording on the Player toolbar. AUDIO RECORDING To record audio data into InstantMusic: Set the recording settings. as required for the sample you are about to record. 4. double-click on the its volume line. You can readily change the volume in some parts of the sample or not others.
1 kHz.. If you see a “No insert” sign instead of the red rectangle. begin by clicking the Recording settings button on the Player toolbar. stereo). Interface note: To see the available audio source devices. The graphical display works in real time. Recording settings To record audio from external devices.you want to insert the recorded audio data and click the left mouse button. Recording start/end: This setting enables you to set fixed start and end times for the recording. Now you can adjust volume and balance to be sure not to create an overmodulated recording. Remember that you can set the arrangement length in the Arrangement Properties dialog. the new sample is too large for the available space in your arrangement. 16-bit.: Click this button to select the audio format you want to use.. 150 InstantCD/DVD . which opens the following dialog box: Edit. We suggest using CD quality (44. you must enable the mixer control by clicking the Mixer button. Monitor: Enable this feature to see the audio data to record in a spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope view.
EDITING PROPERTIES AND SETTINGS Dialog boxes are provided to give you control over the properties of your arrangement. The sizes of the main buffer and the preload buffer should not be changed casually. or with the Arrangement Properties button on the Main toolbar. Arrangement properties Open this dialog with the Properties command on the Arrangement menu or the arrangement’s right-button pop-up menu. Chapter 14: The Arranger 151 . Most of the settings provided can be modified at will to suit the needs of your project. and your Windows audio subsystem. the tracks and samples it comprises. Increasing the preload buffer size may result in faster merging.
Most of these track properties can be set directly in the track header (see “The track headers”. The Reset button sets the pan and volume to their default values. 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.Track properties Open this dialog with Properties on the right-button pop-up menu in the track header. However. some track header controls may be suppressed if there is not enough screen space. page 138). 152 InstantCD/DVD .
Chapter 14: The Arranger 153 . 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. Apart from referencing information showing such things as the file name. size and format of the sample.Sample properties Open this dialog with Properties on the sample’s rightbutton pop-up menu.
Open this dialog with the Audio Properties on the View menu. Check these settings if sound doesn’t appear to be working properly on your system. or with the Audio Properties button on the Main toolbar. which can also be accessed through the Windows Control Panel.Audio properties This is the system audio dialog. 154 InstantCD/DVD .
You can edit not only normal samples but also looped and grouped samples.Chapter 15: The Sample Editor InstantMusic includes a powerful WAV editor offering a variety of special effects. Modified sounds can be saved to a new WAV file without leaving the editor. please see the InstantDisc section of this documentation. Start the sample editor with Edit Sample on the sample’s right-button pop-up menu. Chapter 15: The Sample Editor 155 . including detailed descriptions of the real-time effects. When you edit a normal or looped sample. it can be inserted back into the arrangement automatically. All effects work in real time so that you can adjust the sound while hearing the playback. For detailed information about its use. The same Sample Editor used in InstantMusic is also used in InstantDisc.
then “mixes down” your arrangement into a file or files in that directory. Record to device This command works in the way as the recording function in InstantDisc. InstantMusic asks you to select an output 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). Please see your InstantDisc documentation for a full description of the operation and the settings that affect it.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. Chapter 16: Output your arrangement 157 .
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First. or split scenes. Pinnacle Expression lets you create VideoCD. preview what your disc will look like on a DVD player. Next. 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. arrange the video scenes and/or photos in any order. Soon you’ll be able to send a friend or family member movies that they can play in their DVD player. Pinnacle Expression automatically breaks up your video into chapters. or delete. Pinnacle Expression lets you “capture video” or transfer the video from your camcorder to your PC’s hard drive. Chapter 17: Overview 161 . it’s as easy as 1-2-3. You can also include videos and stills you have saved on the PC. or DVD discs. The final step is to burn your movies and photos onto CD or DVD using your burner. From this screen you can access tools that let you pick a menu page style.Chapter 17: Overview Pinnacle Expression lets you use your personal computer to turn your home movies into DVDs and VideoCDs. With Pinnacle Expression. combine. customize menu pages.
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.
Example: Press the [Spacebar] to pause the slideshow. Example: Press Ctrl+A to select all the video scenes in the List View. A plus sign denotes a key combination.Choosing menu commands The right angle bracket symbol ( ) denotes the path for hierarchical menu items. to create a new file. Chapter 17: Overview 167 . the instruction would be: Example: Select File New Project Keyboard conventions Key names are underlined. For example. the default is always a left-click unless specified. Brackets denote keys that do not have names printed on them. Mouse clicking When a mouse click is required.
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. 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. When Expression captures your video to your hard drive. Your choices are: • Detect by Time Stamp: This option only works with DV video. 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.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). it automatically detects natural breaks that occur in the video. It detects scenes by sensing a discontinuity in the time of day recorded along with the video. It eliminates the drudgery of manually marking the beginnings and ends of video scenes. 174 InstantCD/DVD .
Use it when capturing video from a DV tape that has been dubbed or edited. when capturing from analog tapes made with a Digital8 camcorder. or with imported video files. works with any video.• Detect by Content: This option. which detects scenes by changes in brightness. • 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). Chapter 18: Bringing in video 175 .
The onscreen DVD Player Remote Control gives you a realistic feel for the interactivity you build into each project. and choose the output format you’ll be burning to. In addition to previewing your project. where Expression shows how your finished project will look when played on your DVD player and TV. create slideshow. You’ll learn more about these subjects in later chapters. rearrange and trim scenes. Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 177 . this screen is also where you design menu pages.Chapter 19: Previewing the disc Clicking on this TV icon takes you to the Preview/Edit screen.
the Output Media Settings button. the Edit Video and Slideshows button. the Output Media Settings dialog box and the Disc Meter. Use the remote control to return to menu pages. Click the scene icons within the menu pages to play the corresponding scenes. the TV Screen. the Remote Control. You can also use mouse clicks to navigate from one menu page to another. It displays menu pages as well as fullmotion video and still images from your project.The Preview/Edit mode displays six areas of interest: the Style Chooser. 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. and to play scenes in any order. This chapter describes the TV Screen. the Remote Control. The remote control This control allows you to navigate between menu pages. 178 InstantCD/DVD . and the Disc Meter.
To return to a menu with DVD. you can use the menu or title button. For VCD and S-VCD titles.Note: On a remote control. you must use the return button. play it by clicking the center button. DVD titles let you navigate through a menu page to select a button. press any two-digit scene number for direct access to the corresponding scene. and once a scene is selected. For VCD and S-VCD. the functionality of VCD and S-VCD is different than DVD. Down. Right) through a DVD menu page (will not work for VCD and SVCD titles). Go to the previous or next scene or menu page. you must use the number pad on the remote control to choose which button to select in the menu. Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 179 . Click on the button to return to the menu on a DVD title. Return to menu button Click at any time to return to the menu page on a VCD or SVCD title. The disc meter This display shows you the current recordable capacity on your output disc. Left. Navigation buttons Move (Up. Number pad When the menu page displays. 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.
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. 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. Expression can burn up to 90 180 InstantCD/DVD . Check the Pinnacle web site and VCDhelp. DVD (Digital Versatile Disc): A DVD disc is the ultimate in video quality. Check the Pinnacle web site and VCDhelp.com for a list of compatible players.Output media settings Click the Settings button to open this dialog box: Output format Select the type of disc you wish to create. S-VCD (Super-VideoCD): Super-VideoCD is an enhancement to the VCD format.com for a list of compatible players. VCD (VideoCD): This is an extremely popular format in China and other parts of the world.
DVD-R/RW or DVD+R/RW: Expression supports General and Authoring DVD-R (write once). For a list of compatible DVD burners. pick the one your target audience will be using. and DVD+RW (write many) media. Expression will prompt you as to which type of media is needed. If you are using CD-RW. As newer DVD players begin to support this format. General DVD-R/RW. Expression will prompt you to erase the disc. check the Pinnacle web site. Media Based on the output format you choose. TV standard The discs you create will work properly with only one of the NTSC and PAL television standards. If a choice is offered. CD-R (and CD-RW): Use for VCD and S-VCD titles.minutes of high-quality video and audio (or up to 232 minutes at decent quality) onto a DVD-R/RW or DVDR/RW disc. check the Pinnacle web site for updates. for professional use). DVD+RW. DVD+R (write once). There are five basic types of DVD burners – Authoring DVD-R (expensive. as this format cannot play in a standard DVD player. DVD-RW (write many). DVD+R/RW and DVD-RAM. Expression does not currently support DVD-RAM. Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 181 . Check Media button Place the blank or erasable disc into your drive and Expression will verify its usability.
the higher the quality of your video. Quality is expressed in terms of bit-rate in kilobits per second. While a short production may fit comfortably on disc at the highest quality setting. Best video quality: This setting allows you to force the highest possible bit-rate for your project. Keep in mind that in this 182 InstantCD/DVD . resulting in the best possible quality. as the duration increases the quality may have to be reduced. if you have 68 minutes of video in your DVD project. and is recommended for most users. 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. The higher the bit-rate. 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). are roughly equivalent to “VHS quality” – the playback quality of an ordinary VCR. A very high quality setting of 8000 kilobits per second will result in the the best video image that your DVD player can provide. 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.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. Because higher-quality video requires more information for each second of playback. in the realm of 2000 kilobits per second. For example.
Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 183 . 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. ranging from 3000-8000 kbps DVD and 2000-2500 kbps for S-VCD. 6553 kbps) if you prefer. After you close the Output Media Settings window. and vice versa. You can also type in your own bit-rate setting (e. 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). Expression accepts bit-rates as low as 2000 kbps. “Draft” mode: This setting accelerates the encoding of your project. but the quality of the video will not be as high. Expression will encode up to three times faster when the box is checked. Bit-rate: The pull-down list offers several bit-rate settings. Selecting a higher bit-rate from the list causes the "minutes on a disc" display to decrease accordingly. you will notice that the Disc Meter icon changes to reflect your selection.g. Check the icon after entering a custom settings to make sure you have not gone over the disc limit.
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. While most DVD players support MPEG audio. not all do.MPEG Audio: This setting is for DVD output only. 184 InstantCD/DVD . The "minutes on a disc" display will increase when this option is used.
It displays scene index menu pages as well as full-motion video and still images from your project. TV screen The TV Screen is designed to have the look and feel of a television you would find in your living room.Chapter 20: TV screen and remote control This is where Expression shows you how your project will look on a television screen. You navigate in the TV Screen with either your cursor or the Remote Control. Chapter 20: TV screen and remote control 185 . The DVD Player Remote Control gives you a realistic feel for the interactivity you build into each project.
and play. Remote control navigation The Expression Remote Control features all functions needed to navigate through VideoCDs. Super VideoCDs. for DVDs use the Go To Menu Page button (click for VideoCDs and Super VideoCDs) to return and to a menu page. Click any title with your cursor and a text field opens. come full-screen. then press [Enter] and the modifications are applied. Modify or create a new title. Then key in the scene number you want to access. 186 InstantCD/DVD . Click these arrows with your cursor to move through menu pages. Click any thumbnail with your cursor and the corresponding scene or still image will activate. and DVDs.and right-arrows appear at the bottom of the page to indicate previous or subsequent pages. and Expression plays that scene immediately. If you are not already on a menu page. Number pad The 10-digit number pad allows direct access to any scene in a movie. left.Cursor navigation If a project has more than one menu page.
• When a menu page is displayed. and do not affect scenes or menu pages. is Play Previous Scene and is Play Next Scene. Chapters on VCD and S-VCD discs can only be accessed using the number pad.DVD navigation buttons These seven buttons provide navigation to scenes within a menu page. Movie controls These are controls for the movie only. click the Settings button (see page 180) and verify that you’ve selected DVD as your output format. Down. Note: If you can’t navigate through DVD menu pages with the blue buttons. Left and Right. Blue buttons take you Up. The center blue button is Play Selected Scene. is Show Previous Menu Page. The two remaining buttons have dual functions: • When a scene is playing or paused. and is Show Next Menu Page. Chapter 20: TV screen and remote control 187 .
Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages This is where you choose premade styles for your scene index menu pages. and Frames. Background. The graphic elements are Layout. Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages 189 . here’s an overview of the elements which combine to make Expression menu pages. MENU PAGE ELEMENTS An Expression scene index menu page is comprised of four graphic elements and one audio element. Before describing both approaches. The audio element is a WAV or MP3 file you can assign to any menu page. a process described later in this chapter (see page 194). Text style. You can access each element when you customize a menu page. or design custom menu pages.
here are two Expression layout templates and their associated menu pages with background. text and frames. there is no main title. Layouts differ in the number and position of frames. To illustrate. The layout indicates the positioning of frames. and scene title are arranged on the page. main title. Layouts are selected in the Create Custom Menu dialog box (see page 194).Layout This menu page element is the template that determines how frames. Notice that although there are nine scenes in the top menu page. 190 InstantCD/DVD . and scene titles/numbers within the menu page. and the scene titles are limited to ascending numbers. and whether or not they include main titles or scene titles. main title.
Like realworld picture frames. TGA. PCT. or WMF file for use as a custom background. In addition to being a graphic element on the menu page. Text Styles are found in the Create Custom Menu dialog box. or a video file (MPEG or AVI) that specifies the background of a professional-looking motion menu. Expression will scale it to fit within the frame. The Expression background aspect ratio is 4 to 3. frames are highlighted to indicate which scene is selected when navigating through a DVD menu page. Expression offers you multiple text styles with different fonts and colors that you can apply to your menu pages. and fill the remaining area with the color of the top-left pixel of the imported image. PCD. Frames are found in the Create Custom Menu dialog box. If you import an image with a different aspect ratio. TIF. and also allows you to import any BMP. Frames A frame encloses each scene thumbnail. Text style With this menu page element. Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages 191 . Expression comes with a number of attractive backgrounds for staticmenus. Expression’s thumbnail frames come in a variety of styles and colors. JPG.Background This menu page element is an image that specifies the graphic background of an ordinary menu. Backgrounds are found and imported in the Create Custom Menu dialog box.
Sound Sound can be used as a menu page element. Navigating the Style Chooser The Style Chooser displays a thumbnail of the current menu page appearing on the TV Screen. sound effects. use the Expression Style Chooser. backgrounds. You can also import custom WAV or MP3 files (e. 192 InstantCD/DVD . Expression comes with a selection of music and sound effect WAV files.g. THE STYLE CHOOSER For fast and easy menu pages. or voice-over narration). Audio files are found and imported in the Create Custom Menu dialog box (see page 194). music. text styles and frames. each thumbnail is replicated in the TV screen for immediate viewing. You can attach any WAV or MP3 file to any menu page or still image. As you scroll forward or backward through the style choices. It’s pre-loaded with numerous styles featuring different combinations of layouts.
Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages 193 . the disc plays from start to finish without displaying a menu page. Click on the button at the bottom of the drawer to customize a menu page. 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 Drawer Click the Open Drawer button on the Style Chooser to display five style thumbnails at a time.The Style Chooser also offers a No Menu choice: when your disc is inserted in a player. displaying scene thumbnails and titles of imported or captured assets.
JPG. MP3 or . The Delete button does the opposite. PCT. PCD. Backgrounds: The background portion of your menu can be either a still image file in any of the supported formats (BMP. click the Import button and make your selection from the provided file browser browser. or a portion of the 194 InstantCD/DVD .Create Custom Menu Dialog Box Access this dialog box by clicking the Create Custom Menu button on the Style Chooser. Click on any choice and the sample menu page is immediately updated in the Preview screen with the new element choice. To use your own background images. TIF. removing the currently selected menu style from the Style Chooser. TGA. Click on any of the five element buttons and choices appear. The Save button on the left of the dialog box adds your customized menu to the Style Chooser (see page 192).WAV files. or WMF). This is where you may customize each element of a menu page. making it available for use in future productions.
see “Menu page audio files” on page 196).video from an AVI or MPEG video file. Select one that complements your project from the numerous provided types. 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. Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages 195 . Frames: These enclose the thumbnail images in your menus. The layout also controls the text that appears on the menu. You can also use the Import button to bring in a music file of your own choosing. location and size of the thumbnail frames on the menu. Menus with video backgrounds are known as motion menus. Layouts: Menu layouts are templates that specify the number. which represents either a frame of video or an image from a slideshow. Music: Select background music for your menu from the choices offered. 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. (For information about the duration of motion menus. each offering a combination of font. The icon for each layout contains colored rectangles representing three types of content. color and effects (such as shadow and “glow”). All the thumbnails provided by the menu layout use the same type of frame. or choose Silence.
This continues for as long as the menu page displays. whichever is less. 196 InstantCD/DVD . however. Audio with motion menus In the case of a motion menu (a menu whose background consists of moving video rather than a still image). • When displaying a menu page with a 300-second audio file attached. • When displaying a menu page with a 120-second audio file attached. Expression plays the audio file and adds another 25 seconds of silence before playing the file again. If the video file is shorter than this calculated duration. and the duration of the menu’s video loop is also set to that value. The duration of a motion menu in the absence of audio is set to 40 seconds or the length of the video file.Menu page audio files When attaching an audio file to a menu page. Expression plays the audio file and immediately plays it again (loops the audio file). the audio is truncated to match. the duration of added audio is calculated in the same way as just described. Expression plays the first 280 seconds and begins playing it immediately from the start. This continues for as long as the menu page displays. and the maximum duration at 280 seconds. This continues for as long as the menu page displays. Expression sets the minimum duration at 40 seconds. Here are three examples: • When displaying a menu page with a 15-second audio file attached.
you may wish to edit the video scenes and/or still-image slideshows that make up the body of your production. 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. Click the Edit video and slideshows button to open the Edit Video dialog box. The operations provided by this dialog box include: • Rearranging.
while the Icon list view is less detailed but more compact. The Thumbnail view provides more information about each item. 198 InstantCD/DVD . including a thumbnail image.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.
Slideshow names are editable in the same way as for video scenes. the title of the captured video file. The default name for a slideshow is the file name (without extension) of the first image in the slideshow when it was created. simply click the old one in the Thumbnail list view and type into the text field provided. The main difference between the two is in the trade-off between detail and compactness. the items appear in groups of two on backgrounds that alternate between shaded and white. The list views Each of the two list views provides a complete listing of the video scenes and slideshows in your production. this view displays the thumbnail representing the scene. the thumbnail image and the slideshow title are displayed. For a slideshow. Access the Thumbnail list view by clicking its tab at the top left of the dialog box. and the scene title. a few operations – like renaming . If you prefer to use a custom name.g.are available only in the Thumbnail view. In the illustration below. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 199 . “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. The name will appear next to the scene thumbnail in most menu layouts. Press Enter to complete the operation. For each video scene. This indicates that we have a chosen a menu layout with two “chapter” thumbnails per menu page. However.Expression gives each video scene a default name (e.
At this point. When your cursor passes over the scene thumbnail (or icon. Cut (Ctrl+X). simply click and drag to move the item. with less information about each item. in Icon list view). To make multiple selections in the list.. Duplicating selected scenes You can duplicate selected items using the standard Windows keyboard commands for Copy (Ctrl+C). indicated by dark blue highlighting. drag the mouse over multiple items. and Paste (Ctrl+V). it assumes the “grabber” shape. This is the better view to use when you want to rapidly reorganize the project using drag-and-drop. Working in the list views Click any item in a list view to select it. indicating that the item (or multiple-selected items) can be dragged to another location in the list. 200 InstantCD/DVD . or combine mouse clicks with the Shift and Ctrl keys in accordance with standard Windows multiple selection techniques. releasing the mouse button over the desired target point.The tab for the Icon list view gives a bird’s eye view of project. but more items visible at once.
Click the plus sign next to the thumbnail to open the slideshow. Like other list items. • 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. and the images themselves. the slideshow consists of a header.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. indented below the header. Whether it contains one image or many. They also support certain other editing operations (see “Editing still images” on page 208). The header corresponds to the menu page thumbnail as it will eventually appear on your disc. they can be moved by dragging within the list. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 201 . A slideshow appears in the list view in one of two states: • Closed (“collapsed”): Only the header is visible. Click the minus sign next to the header thumbnail to close the slideshow. while the images are the content to which that thumbnail will link.
right-click in one of the selected scenes and choose Combine from the pop-up menu. the resulting slideshow will be given the name of that folder. Individual or multiple image files imported in this way will create a new slideshow at the beginning of your production. It becomes active when two or more consecutive scenes are selected in either of the List Views. 202 InstantCD/DVD . (Equivalently. When you click the button. The edit tools Combine scenes This button allows two or more video scenes to play as one extended scene.) Split into multiple scenes This button divides a selected scene into one or more scenes by redetecting scenes from the source video. In either case. If you drag in a folder of images.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. 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. 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).
(Hint: use the Frame Forward and Frame Reverse buttons in the Player to choose the precise frame you wish to designate. (If you want the opposite operation – merging two slideshows – simply drag the images from one into the other.The fourth choice.) Delete This button sends the selected scene or scenes to the recycle bin. You have the option to restore deleted scenes to the list view. undoes any scene merges you may have performed with the Combine scenes button. For instance. This allows you to choose the most representative frame in any scene. The recycle bin Click this button to view deleted scenes. 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. then click the Thumbnail button to update that scene’s thumbnail). click this button to remove the unwanted portion. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 203 . Split scenes at edit points. rather than being locked into using the initial frame. This is a powerful editing tool when used along with the Delete button. after splitting a scene. creating two separate slideshows that can be separately manipulated thereafter. because it allows you to trim away the start or end of any scene with singleframe accuracy. Thumbnail This button creates a new scene thumbnail from the frame displayed in the Player window.
Show title when playing: This displays the scene title for 2 seconds at the beginning of each scene. This is a global setting for all scenes.The Thumbnail button also works to set the thumbnail for a slideshow header. 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. Activating this option deactivates Dissolve between scenes. If this choice is not made. 204 InstantCD/DVD . and so only appear when a slideshow is selected in the list view. Open the slideshow and select any of the images within it. This is a global setting for all scenes. They do not apply to individual images within slideshows. each subsequent scene plays automatically without user intervention. Edit options This button opens the Edit Options dialog box. Activating this option deactivates Fade to black between scenes. Some options apply only to individual slideshows (see page 205). There are actually two forms of this dialog. Dissolve between scenes: This places a dissolve transition between all scenes. Edit options The Edit Options dialog box offers choices that affect how your disc will be viewed by the user. then click the Thumbnail button. The cross-fade does not affect audio. Return to menu after playing: This returns the user to the menu page after each scene.
High-resolution still-image mode is not available for DVD slideshows. however. 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). 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). wipes.Slideshow options These options on the Edit Options dialog box (see page 204) apply only to the currently-selected slideshow. High-resolution still-image mode: By default. The archived images are unmodified by any cropping or other editing you may have used in the slideshow itself. etc. Its only drawback is that transitions (dissolves. within a folder named “images”. but they will be accessible as files when the disc is used in a computer. These image copies won’t be displayed along with the slideshow and other content when the disc is played back. For VCD and S-VCD discs.) between images are not available. The files are stored in a subfolder named with the slideshow’s title. High-resolution mode offers much better image quality than the default mode. your still-image slideshows are recorded to disc as ordinary MPEG video. 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. for example: \images\Scenery Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 205 . Background audio is not available for user-controlled slideshows.
The Length of time to display each still image setting (see above) is overridden. so that slideshow and soundtrack end simultaneously. which is only available when Use audio soundtrack has been selected. It leaves the pacing of the slideshow up to the viewer. All the images within a slideshow have the same duration. tells Expression to set the duration of each image in the slideshow to an equal share of the total duration of the audio. Background audio is not available with this option. the maximum is 999 seconds. 206 InstantCD/DVD .B. It 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. N. To use an audio file that is not already on the list. The soundtrack feature is not available if Show each slide indefinitely has been selected under the timing options (see below). Timing options • Show each slide indefinitely: This option is available only when the high-resolution still-image mode is used (see above).Use audio soundtrack: To add a musical background to your slideshow. click Import file and browse for any WAV or MP3 file on your system. • Show each slide for x seconds: This sets a fixed duration for the display of the images. • 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. • Fit slideshow to length of audio: This setting. The minimum duration is 1 second. check this option and make a selection from the drop-down list.
a direction can be specified using the neighboring Direction button.Transitions between images: This dropdown list lets you customize each of your slideshows with any of several standard transition types. the frame on which Preview stops becomes the selected frame. which places a randomly-selected transition between each pair of images. which is the default. The Scrubber shows at a glance your relative position within a scene. The selected transition is used between each pair of images in the slideshow. clicking it repeatedly cycles through the allowed directions for the transition you have selected. Scrubber: Grab the Scrubber with your cursor to quickly traverse forward and backward through the scene. The Player The buttons and controls in the Player window let you navigate through a scene. Play toggles to a Pause button. including wipes. with the left edge as the beginning. Play/Pause: The Play button previews the scene from the current position. slides. pushes and dissolve. Once preview begins. For several of the transition types. When this button is enabled. the Scrubber bar represents the entire length of the scene. Regardless of length. Two additional options on the Transitions between images list are “None (cut)”. Transitions are not available with slideshows that use the high-resolution still-image mode discussed above. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 207 . When paused. and “Mixed”.
with its own set of buttons for performing operations on still images. If the rotated image doesn’t fit exactly within the frame. Fast Forward: Plays the scene in fast-forward mode at 10x the normal speed. Blank areas are filled in with the current border color. Editing still images When a slideshow image is selected in the list view. Fast Reverse: Plays the scene in fast-reverse mode at 10x the normal speed. Rotate right: Rotate the image 90 degrees clockwise. 208 InstantCD/DVD . Go To Beginning: Moves the Scrubber to the first frame of your scene. The Frame Reverse button reverses the Scrubber by one frame with each click.Frame Forward/Reverse: The Frame Forward button advances the Scrubber by one frame with each click. the Player window takes on a new role: that of Image Editor. the extra space is filled with the current border color. Rotate left: Rotate the image 90 degrees counterclockwise.
. and “Choose color. as in a mirror. Click and drag on the control points to specify a zoom region within the image frame. Set border color: Since many images do not conform to the 4:3 aspect ratio of ordinary video. If you want the magnified image to maintain the original shape (“aspect ratio”). and the image is redrawn in the Player window within a frame containing eight control points at the corners and edge-midpoints.. manipulate the frame with its corner control points. By default. This often yields a good result. with any unused portions being filled in with the current border color. Repeating the operation restores the original appearance. 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. The button stays in its “down” position when clicked. such areas are filled in with the “auto-color” – the color of the top-left pixel in the image. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 209 . 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. white. blank areas can occur at the sides or top and bottom of the frame when the images are used in your Expression project. as just described. Crop/Zoom: This button initiates a mode in which an area of the image can be selected for magnification. After the desired zoom region has been enclosed.Mirror image: The image is reversed left-forright. black. click the Crop/Zoom button again to exit the mode.”.
Adjustments to both contrast and brightness may be needed to achieve the optimum effect. Use this to correct an overly light or dark image. Saturation: Modify the amount of color in the image. 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. or to achieve special visual effects within the context of your production. Contrast: Expand or reduce the range of intensities in the image. Pushing the slider all the way to the left results in a gray-scale image. Hue: Bias the overall color balance of the image. 210 InstantCD/DVD . They can be used to improve the technical quality of images. This can be used to correct a “color cast” affecting the entire image. canceling the effect of any edits you have made. this button opens the image at full resolution in its own window. the four sliders control these characteristics: Brightness: Increase or decrease the overall intensity of the image. Click anywhere in the opened window to close it again. pushing it all the way to the right usually results in colors that are garishly intense.Full-size view: In order to see details of the image that may not be evident in the small Player window. From top to bottom. Reset to original image: This button restores the image to its original form.
This is Tiger in the Expression List View: We want a new.” 1. Expression places both new scenes in the List View. 3. and names Frame 1 “Tiger. deselect them (either choice can be re-initiated after trimming). 4. giving a viewer the perception of motion. This is the first frame of your trimmed scene. To trim the scene: Select the scene. Click the Split button. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 211 . 2. Use the Frame Forward/Reverse buttons to display frame 2 in the Player. Use the Scrubber to move within proximity of frame 2. If either the Fade to black between scenes or Use dissolve transitions within combined scenes edit options are selected.” and Frames 2 through 7 “Tiger-1.TRIM A SCENE A video scene is a number of video frames joined together and displayed at a constant rate. we’ll use this sample video scene named Tiger. To trim a scene. 7 frames in length (for purposes of illustration). trimmed scene to start with frame 2 and end with frame 5.
and names Frames 2 through 5 “Tiger-1” and Frames 6 and 7 “Tiger-2. beginning at Frame 2 and ending with Frame 5. “Tiger-1” remains in the List View. 7. Select “Tiger-1” and scrub to frame 6.” 5. Click the Split button.Select “Tiger” in the List View and click the Delete button. Importing folders A time-saving technique for importing multiple images is to place them in a folder. Expression places both new scenes in the List View. 6. 8. Select “Tiger-2” in the List View and click the Delete button. “Tiger-1” remains in the List View and is our desired trimmed scene. and drag that folder from Explorer into the Captured and Imported Files list. This is the frame following the last frame of our new trimmed scene. 212 InstantCD/DVD .
the images appear in their original order.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.
Assigning your files If you’re making a VCD. you have the Transcoding. If you’re making an S-VCD or DVD. 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). and Disc Burning elements of making a disc displayed on-screen. you’re transcoding to MPEG-2.Chapter 23: Making the disc Prior to Making the Disc. These can be quite large files. When the Making the Disc window opens. depending on the length of your project. click the Start button to begin burning your disc. Chapter 23: Making the disc 215 . When you have your files assigned. By default. you’re transcoding your files to MPEG-1. Compiling. Expression assigns these files to a Temp folder in Pinnacle Expression on your C: drive.
480x480.) When "Return To Menu After Playing" is selected in the Edit Options dialog (see page 204). only the audio stream will be rendered. In order to make transcoding more efficient. etc. does not cause re-encoding. Reencoding is required: • When VCD is selected as the output format and the • • • • • file is not MPEG-1 with the proper VCD format (1. 216 InstantCD/DVD .) When S-VCD is selected as the output format and the file is not MPEG-2 in the proper format (1-2.5 Mbps. Simply splitting your input material into scenes. your MPEG video files are incorporated directly into your project without re-encoding wherever possible.) When DVD is slected as the output format and the file is not MPEG-2 in the proper format (2-8Mbps. However. if the video is compatible. When any editing is done that involves scenes being rearranged or deleted. etc. 352x240. other than 48khz for DVD).2Mbps. When combinations of files are used then only the noncompliant files are re-encoded. which makes chapter marks without modifying the video data itself. 720x480.g. The time needed for these operations depends on the speed of your processor. When the audio rate in an imported MPEG is not compatible with the chosen output format (e. 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.
Expression prompts you to load another blank. the screen reads “Finished” and your disc tray opens with the completed disc. Chapter 23: Making the disc 217 . Progress is displayed on the bottom bar. If you’re burning more than one disc. When the disc is completed.Burning the disc Expression takes the compiled files and burns a disc.
which offers two options: 218 InstantCD/DVD . Expression displays the Clean-up button.The Clean-up Temporary Files option Once you have transcoded and compiled a project. you can have potentially huge files.
If designing a label sounds like too much work. don’t worry: Expression’s Custom Labeler draws on information about your disc. and you’ve made your disc. Of course. Expression will suggest a finishing touch: printing out a custom label and case inserts. Now what? Immediately after it has burned your disc. You can use any of the provided designs as-is or adapt them in the labeler’s Edit Window. or by okaying the dialog prompting you to enter the labeler after burning a disc.Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts You’ve shot your video. you will actually print only the materials your particular project requires. you’ve put your production together. to automatically design each of the following: • a disc label • a VCD jewel case tray liner and booklet • a DVD cover insert. including menu styles and clip names. 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. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 219 .
Your text appears on the back of the case. The four types are: Create disc label: This label goes on the disc itself. 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. Create jewel case liner: This liner goes under the tray in a VCD or S-VCD jewel case. and along its left and right edges. 220 InstantCD/DVD .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. 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. Since VCDs. Create DVD case insert: This type of insert slips into the clear plastic liner on the outside of a DVD case.
The image you select is stretched to fit the type of label you are working on. Most standard image formats (jpg. 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. Add text to label: This button pops up a menu offering four varieties of text box you can add to the current label. bmp etc.) Change background of label: The default background of your label is the background image of your project’s menus.The Edit toolbar These four buttons access the main editing operations of the Custom Labeler. Simple text does not support the outline and shadowing features provided by the other types. 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). (Detailed editing of individual text boxes and images is carried out using your mouse and keyboard in the Edit Window. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 221 . which replaces the existing image while preserving its size and proportions. This button opens a browse for file dialog that lets you select any image file on your system. The size and proportions of the image can afterwards be changed as desired within the Edit Window.The usual browse for file dialog opens.) are supported. Add image to label: This button also opens a browse for file dialog in which you select an image file. plus horizontal and vertical stretching and skewing. The four types are: • Simple text: This type of text box supports word wrap. allowing you to select a new image file.
see “Rotating an object” on page 227. For information on the various ways of changing the size. 222 InstantCD/DVD . Your current label designs will be replaced by an entirely new set. To modify the text itself. or its font. just as though you were opening the Custom Labeler for the first time in this project. including the menu style you have chosen and the names of your clips and images. Expression offers several styles of generated labels with the Select Label Style dialog.• Curved text: This type has the same properties as simple text. These are based on the particulars of your production. style and color. please refer to “The text controls” on page 228.) • Stretchable text: For special effects. (To achieve a similar effect with other types of text box. see “The Edit Window” on page 223. • Angled text: This text box makes it particularly easy to position your text at an angle. a set of default designs for your labels and inserts is created automatically. Choose a style from among those offered then click OK. but is drawn around the edge of an ellipse instead of along a straight line (handy for disc labels!). this type of text box can be warped into any four-sided shape just by dragging with the mouse. Try different styles until you find the one that works best for your project. 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. proportions and angle of text boxes. The recreate from project button The first time you open the Custom Labeler from within a new Expression project.
The Edit Window The Edit Window is your main work area for customizing the appearance of labels and inserts in the Custom Labeler. Both the objects created for you by Custom Labeler and those you add manually (see “The Edit toolbar” on page 221) can be edited.Note: Any customizations you have performed on your labels and inserts after they were originally created are lost when you click recreate from project. see “The Print Custom Labels dialog box” on page 228. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 223 . In some cases you may prefer to update the labels manually to reflect minor changes to your project. Images vs. text Editing the size. the style and the text itself – see “The text controls” on page 228. shape and orientation of the objects – images and text boxes – on the current label. For more information. To edit the other properties of a text box – the font. shape and angle of the objects on a label or insert works the same way for both text and images. The print button To print out the labels and inserts your production requires. open the Print Custom Labels dialog box by clicking the print button. With your mouse and keyboard you can quickly edit the size.
double-click its position in the ruler. indicating that the object can be moved in any direction by clicking and dragging with the mouse. then click and drag as desired. To remove an alignment line. move your mouse pointer along the Edit Window ruler until you see a positioning cursor. making it easy to achieve perfect alignment. If you need to adjust the position of an alignment line. revealing the control points you can use to manipulate it with your mouse. To modify an object. When the edge of a text box or image is dragged into the vicinity of 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. Editing with control points Different types of object provide different numbers of control points for accessing the object’s properties and capabilities. This selects the object. the mouse pointer for a selected object is a cross of arrows.Editing with guide lines and alignment lines The Edit Window is ruled at regular intervals with light gray guide lines. the object will “snap” into place. Except on the control points themselves. 224 InstantCD/DVD . Use these as a visual aid for positioning and alignment as you move objects around on the label. You can also add alignment lines to the Edit Window by double-clicking at the desired position on the horizontal or vertical rulers.
The diagram at left shows: 1) an unskewed box. They do not affect the size of the text itself – only the size of the area on which the text is drawn. top. click on it with the left mouse button. and 4) combined horizontal and vertical skewing. with 14 control points. then “drag” the point while holding the button down.To use a control point. seem complex at first glance. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 225 . Skew box: The four skew control points tilt the text box either vertically or horizontally. releasing it when the point is positioned to your satisfaction. 2) horizontal skewing. govern the position of the edge or corner to which they are attached. The simple text and curved text objects. thereby controlling word wrap. When combined with the change box dimensions control points. eight in all. a little experimentation will quickly reveal how to operate the control points for a particular object. bottom and corner control points. 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. but the points are of only three clearly identifiable types: Change box dimensions: The side. and are used to resize the object. In most cases. 3) vertical skewing.
The Custom Labeler provides the same set of control points as just described for used with image objects.000 corresponds to the original size) as you work. except for the two stretch text points. While you drag a control point. then click the left mouse button. 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. hold down the Shift key. 226 InstantCD/DVD . 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. A pop-up window displays the current scale factor (where 1.Stretch text: These circular control points resize the actual text along with the text box. Now drag your mouse up to enlarge the object or down to shrink it.
To cancel the grouping. using the point where you clicked as its center of rotation. begin by double-clicking it with your left mouse button. A pop-up window keeps you informed of the object’s angle as you work. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 227 . The grouping is indicated by faint blue line that surrounding each of the objects as long as the group is in effect. not on any object).e. Click and drag to create a translucent group selection box. The object rotates. so if you want to rotate the object again. start over by double-clicking. begin with a left-click in any empty part of the Edit Window (i. and can be manipulated as a single object for positioning and dragging. Any objects partly or wholly within the box when you release the mouse are now temporarily grouped. click anywhere in the Edit Window except on one of the grouped objects. Click on or near the object with this cursor and move your mouse. Rotation mode ends when you release the mouse.Rotating an object To rotate an object. Grouping objects If you want to position or rotate more than one object at the same time. Your mouse pointer will change to show that the object is now in rotation mode.
its outline or its shadow. Switch off the Filling attribute. The first three selections open a Color dialog box in which you can choose a new color for the text. Click the bold and italic buttons to toggle these styles on and off in the object.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. 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 current text object has been set to use the “Elegance” font with the italic style. The second set of three selections lets you turn any of the three attributes on or off. The dialog is divided into three areas.. The Papers area: This leftmost area provides a list of label stationery types. for instance. In our illustration. 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. then move on to. Choose the type of paper stock you are planning to use. 228 InstantCD/DVD ..
Thereafter. before the first time you print labels. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 229 . you can cycle through them by clicking the previewed labels with the mouse. Printer. The second group of controls. The Control area: This area contains two main groups of controls. The Settings button lets you access the options available for the printer you have chosen. offers the Number of copies control. Paper. where you can specify how many copies of the label page should be printed. This option is useful on “two-up” disc label paper: if exactly one label is required. One of the possibilites you will be offered is that of not printing a particular label. 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. If there are multiple possibilities. which gives instructions on calibrating your printer to achieve optimum results. 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. more economical printing. Clicking the second previewed label to blank it will result in faster. a second label on the sheet represents only wasted ink.The Preview area: This area shows how your labels will appear on your chosen stationery. lets you select the printer you want use from a drop-down list of the printers available on your system. The first.) The Print button initiates printing using the options you have chosen elsewhere in the dialog box. The Calibrate button opens the Calibration Wizard. (We recommend that you always print a single test page to confirm your settings and calibration before carrying on to print multiple copies.
com/neato When inserting blank labels into your printer. be sure to follow any guide marks and other indications on the paper. It is expected that other label types will be supported in future versions of Expression.Printing tips The first release of Expression supports the paper types manufactured by Neato. Choose your particular label type from the list on the dialog box. For more information. please refer to: http://www. 230 InstantCD/DVD . the specialized paper stocks used for label and insert printing will only work properly when inserted exactly in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. In general.pinnaclesys.
InstantWrite InstantDrive InstantBackup InstantCinema InstantInfo 231 InstantTray .
or may be Chapter 25: InstantWrite 233 . 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. 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. The exact procedures differ from medium to medium.Chapter 25: InstantWrite With InstantWrite. See Appendix A: Media Types for information on special media types. Load and save files as usual from ordinary Windows applications to a writable CD or DVD . Important: The full functionality of InstantWrite can only be used when a CD or DVD recorder and a compatible writable disc are available. Those functions may appear on menus in Windows Explorer.
by one of these methods: • Run the InstantCD/DVD starter application and choose InstantWrite on the Extras tab. To access all of InstantWrite’s functions from one place. 234 InstantCD/DVD . Some commands (Format and Defrag) are available via Programs InstantCD+DVD on your Start menu. • If you are running the InstantTray application. you can open the InstantWrite command center.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. click on its tray icon and choose InstantWrite from the pop-up menu. Drag files onto a writable CD or DVD using familiar system tools like Windows Explorer.
USING INSTANTWRITE The functions of InstantWrite follow the three stages of creating a disc: Format: The format operation prepares the medium for writing. the entire contents of the folder are copied along with it. The button labeled in the illustration opens the current device in a Windows Explorer window for viewing. InstantWrite copies the data to the current device. (The label in the diagram indicates the drop-down list where you select the target device for drag and drop. Chapter 25: InstantWrite 235 . Button ejects the disc from the drive. When you copy a folder.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. this operation is handled automatically.) Menu: Right-click in the command center to open a “context” menu of all InstantWrite commands. For many media types. Write: This is the main phase. (If you have only one device. With others. Buttons: Three small buttons on the command center provide access to common operations. you must give an explicit command to format the disc. it will be the only member of the list. Button opens the InstantWrite on-line help file.) When you drop files or folders onto the command center. in which you store and perhaps delete files on the medium.
click on the drive’s icon in Windows Explorer with the right mouse button and choose the format command. Formatting from the drive’s context menu To format a disc manually. Formatting Discs must be prepared for use by formatting. where you can both configure and carry out the formatting process. If an error message appears. CD-MRW and DVD+/-R(W) media. finalizing is handled automatically with many media types but not all. As with formatting. The particular set of options displayed depends on the type of medium inserted. Three methods of formatting are available. This brings up the Format dialog. but not CD-RW. 236 InstantCD/DVD . See Appendix A: Media Types for information on special media types. Formatting takes place automatically as you write to the medium.Finalize: In this phase the control information on the disc is modified in order to make it compatible with other systems. and the Auto format option is activated in Settings. Automatic formatting This convenient option works with CD-R. The command name will be along the lines of “InstantWrite DVD-R Format”. verify that you are using a previously-unformatted disc.
Chapter 25: InstantWrite 237 . or if the Autoformat option is activated. File operations can now be carried out either with drag-and-drop or with any application program that reads.Formatting using the Format Assistant Choose Format from the context menu in the InstantWrite command center (page 235) to bring up the Format Assistant. which will help you format the currently-selected drive. Reading and writing to CD and DVD After your writable CD or DVD has been formatted. The Format Assistant can also be opened with the command InstantCD+DVD InstantWrite InstantWrite format on your system Start menu. DVD±R). writes or deletes files. you are ready to begin actually using the disc. Caution! With “write-once” media (CD-R. This can lead to the disc becoming full even though the amount of data it contains is less than its rated capacity. no disc space is reclaimed when files are deleted.
the medium may be damaged. 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. In the case of rewritable CDs and DVDs this occurs automatically. 238 InstantCD/DVD . Note: The defragmentation operation is available only for DVD-RAM discs. If you switch off the computer during this time. With CD-R. DVD-R and DVD+R. the media must be “finalized” after modifications to it are complete. it will not be possible to read it on computers that do not have a CD/DVD recorder or UDF file system software. Important! The finalizing process can take several minutes depending upon the type of medium. Defragmenting Launch the InstantWrite disc defragmenter with the InstantCD+DVD InstantWrite InstantWrite defrag command.Finalizing To make InstantWrite media compatible with other systems. If the medium is not finalized. enabling you to finalize it manually if you wish.
click Backup button or the Restore button on the Copy/Backup page. Backed-up data can be restored at any time. In the starter application. The InstantBackup Welcome window will appear.Chapter 26: InstantBackup With InstantBackup it is easy to back up data on the hard disk to writable CDs or DVDs. Chapter 26: InstantBackup 239 . Starting InstantBackup Launch the InstantCD/DVD starter application (with the command Programs InstantCD+DVD InstantCD+DVD on your Start menu).
Using the InstantBackup Assistant If you choose the Guided Full Backup option. Click the Next button to advance to the second page. 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. The Assistant opens on the Welcome page.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 InstantBackup Assistant gathers your input in a series of pages. edit the back-up’s description as it appears in this space. the following controls are available: • Backup filename: Enter a filename for the back-up file that InstantBackup will create on your target drive. 240 InstantCD/DVD . On this page. • Use encryption: Check this box if you wish the back-up file to be encrypted. all the data in your system will be backed up.
Your whole system will be backed up. Afterwards you will be returned to the InstantBackup main window. choose the Backup button in the Welcome window to open the InstantBackup main window. make sure that you will be able to remember the password when you need. If you do not. you now select the folder or device where the back-up output file(s) should be stored. 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. Chapter 26: InstantBackup 241 . 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 can use the Backup button or View Backup menu command to open the back-up interface.• Encryption password: Enter the password to be used for encrypting the back-up file (if have chosen the Use encryption option). Click the destination in the folder browser window. • Encryption password verification: Re-enter the password to guard against typographical errors (since the password entry is masked with asterisks). 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. • 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. Moving on to the third page of the InstantBackup Assistant. Important: If you use the encryption option. The location will be entered for you in the Destination path edit box. If you are already in the main window.
Next time you use InstantBackup. such as a regular back-up of your work documents. 242 InstantCD/DVD . Choose a target drive or folder for the copy. The Arrange Backup Jobs choice on the Backup job list opens the Backup Job Manager dialog. This is the ideal way to set up jobs that you want to run repeatedly. This opens the Backup Options dialog. click on the Options button at the bottom right of the window. Click File Save if you want to save your fileselection information and options as a “back-up job” for re-use. The Select All. that job will be listed on the Backup job drop-down list at the top of the window. Use the browse button to help you locate the destination if desired. where you can rename or delete back-up jobs you have created. You will prompted to enter a name for the back-up job. which provides extra configuration options for the backup process. An optical disc writer is a typical choice of back-up destination.Select the folders and files you want to back up by means of the checkboxes in the file browser panels. If necessary. Invert Selection and Clear Selection commands on the Edit menu may help you carry out the file-selection phase more rapidly. but other locations – such as a hard-drive file or a Zip disk – are also valid.
Use the to help you locate the file if desired. Start your restore operation by choosing the back-up file in the Restore source edit box. A back-up file contains not just the files themselves. you can use either the Restore button or the View Restore menu command. but also the complete folder information needed to return those files to their original locations on your hard drive.Choose a target folder or drive then click Start. browse button Chapter 26: InstantBackup 243 . RESTORE DATA To retrieve data from a back-up. choose the Restore button in the InstantBackup Welcome window. In the main window.
if you use the Restore to original location option). however. With this menu. which provides extra configuration options for the restore process. the folder you specify in the text box will be used as the base path into which the back-up data will be restored. Select the files and folders you do want to restore. optionally with the aid of the selection commands on the Edit menu. You don’t need to restore all the backed-up files. the folder browser updates to show the folders that were backed up (and into which you can now restore. you can select existing profiles or create new ones. The options that are used for restoring can be saved in profiles.When you select a back-up file. Enter the password if necessary. 244 InstantCD/DVD . If you use the Restore to original location option. click on the Options button at the bottom right of the window. This opens the Restore Options dialog. If you use this option. If necessary. the files you restore will be written to the same folders from which they came.
select the back-up file. You can also instruct InstantBackup to carry out the verification step automatically upon completion of the back-up operation. Chapter 26: InstantBackup 245 . please turn to your InstantDisc documentation. you can create labels for the discs using the built-in Label Editor. In the main window. Check the Verify after backup box in the Backup Options dialog. Choose the Label editor button in the Welcome window.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. In the main window. then click the Start button. choose the Verify button in the Welcome window. For more information about the Label Editor. you can use either the Label editor button or the View Label editor menu command. you can use either the Verify button or the View Verify menu command. enter the password if required. CREATING A LABEL After backing up your data onto one or more writable CDs or DVDs.
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. In addition.BACKUP LOG The backup log file contains all the particulars of the last procedure carried out. 246 InstantCD/DVD . the complete log can be found as a text file in the InstantBackup directory.
Then start InstantCopy and create an image. the InstantDrive device is no different than any other CD or DVD reader. In either case. It appears in Windows Explorer. InstantDrive InstantDrive can also be opened from the InstantCD/DVD starter application: click the InstantDrive button on the Extras tab. If you have not yet created an image with InstantCopy. If you copy a disc image to the virtual drive using InstantCopy. From the point of view Windows and other software. The virtual drive is created automatically when you install InstantCD/DVD on your system. file dialogs and the like as an independent drive. choose Close this wizard and open InstantCopy to create a disc image.Chapter 27: InstantDrive InstantDrive uses space on your hard drive to provide a virtual optical disc reader on your system. the InstantDrive Assistant will open. Click the Next button in the Welcome window when it appears. Reopen InstantDrive and in the Assistant Chapter 27: InstantDrive 247 . Device Manager. 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.
You can now access this drive just like any “normal” drive. click on the drive with the right mouse button and choose the Eject command. 248 InstantCD/DVD . and then the Complete button. Click on the Next button. Ejecting the disc If you want to “eject” the virtual disc.choose the option Mount an existing image file as a virtual disc. Change to the folder in which the image is situated and select it.
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. you can view a wide variety of audio and video content on your system.Chapter 28: InstantCinema With InstantCinema. VideoCD and DVD. for example – depends on the particular version of InstantCinema you are using. or from your Windows Start menu (Programs InstantCD+DVD Video InstantCinema). or with the InstantCinema command on the InstantTray context menu. click the OK button to open the contents of that device for viewing. Exactly which media types – digital audio files. Whichever of these methods InstantCinema control panel opens: you use. Chapter 28: InstantCinema 249 . When you find the one you want.
save and use a playlist of any media supported by the software. This button opens a pop-up menu of the items on the current playlist. Show playlist: InstantCinema lets you create. Angle: A DVD-specific control for selecting a new viewing angle if any are available on the current disc. The outer ring of buttons in this group is as follows. or restarts playback.or vice versa. Show rootmenu / Resume from menu: This control goes back to the first menu on a disc.The central cluster in the next group of controls provides standard navigation buttons found on a DVD playback device. clockwise from the Source button: Source: Opens and closes the source device selection area described above. Create a new playlist: This button opens the Playlist dialog box. or a double-click on the window with the left mouse button) switches from normal view to the fullscreen view. this button (or the F9 function key. The one you choose immediately begins to play back. and can be used with versions of InstantCinema in which DVD playback is enabled. where you can select files (in the upper right panel of the dialog) from the 250 InstantCD/DVD . Switch to fullscreen: When you are viewing video content with InstantCinema.
the first song on the playlist immediately begins to play. • Load. If you choose the OK button. These are standard transport buttons. or downwards (towards the minus sign) to decrease it. Close: Both these buttons close the Playlist dialog. Save: Load a previously-defined playlist. On the right side of this area is a volume slider. The buttons along the bottom of the dialog are: • Down. • OK.current folder (the folder browser in the left panel) and add them to the list of files in the bottom right panel. Continuing rightwards we come to another circular group of controls. or save the current playlist for later re-use. Chapter 28: InstantCinema 251 . The next area of the control panel provides information about the file currently being played back. Click within the slider and drag upwards (towards the plus sign) to increase the volume. 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. • Remove: Remove the currently-selected file from the playlist.
which is a numeric keypad: To enter a menu number using the keypad. 252 InstantCD/DVD . The number appears in the small window at the top of the pad. Click the OK button (bottom right) when the full number has been entered correctly. which opens and closes the final panel. click the digits with the left mouse button.except for the bottom right button. Incorrect numbers can be removed with the backspace button (bottom left).
If you clear the checkbox for a program.Chapter 29: InstantTray When InstantTray is activated. all the applications in the InstantCD/DVD suite are available from the system tray area at the end of the Windows task bar. 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. it will no longer appear on the menu. These programs are those that are available for listing on the InstantTray menu. The main panel of the Settings dialog is a list of programs. Chapter 29: InstantTray 253 . 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. each with an associated checkbox.
The InstantTray Settings dialog. Move down: These buttons move the selected program up or down in the program list. Move up. your desktop. If you click on the name of a program. the name is highlighted. rather than the checkbox. showing that the program can be manipulated with the buttons on the right side of the dialog. Copy Disc is highlighted in the program list. Add: This button opens a file browser with which you can choose programs or documents to add to the InstantTray menu. 254 InstantCD/DVD . When you select the menu item the program or document will be launched exactly as if you had executed it from the Start menu. or Windows Explorer.
This button can only be used with programs you have added since InstantTray was installed. Run InstantTray on system start: InstantTray is automatically launched each time you restart Windows after installing InstantCD/DVD. not the installed ones. 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. 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. which can be used as a drag-and-drop target when copying files to a writable CD or DVD. Like Remove. Rename: The program name turns into an edit field where you can enter a new name if desired. this button only works with user-added programs. Chapter 29: InstantTray 255 .Remove: InstantTray removes the selected name from the list. is automatically launched each time you restart Windows after installing InstantCD/DVD.
If you run into problems of any sort while using the software. You can also launch InstantInfo from your Windows Start menu (Programs InstantCD+DVD Tools InstantInfo). To use the InstantInfo Wizard.Chapter 30: InstantInfo InstantCD/DVD is designed to provide intuitive and reliable tools for making the most of your writable optical devices and media. Chapter 30: InstantInfo 257 . follow the simple instructions on each page. The InstantInfo wizard helps you troubleshoot any problems that arise while using InstantCD/DVD. User support for InstantCD/DVD begins right on your desktop with the InstantInfo Wizard. 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. we’ll do our utmost to help you solve them.
A: Media types B: License agreement 259 .
51 No No Yes Yes CD -RW No No Slow Yes 1.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.51 Yes No Yes Yes CD -MRW Yes No Fast Yes 1.01 No No No Yes DVD +R Yes Yes Fast No 2.01 Yes No No Yes DVD -RAM No No Slow Yes 1. Appendix A: Media types 261 .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.51 Yes*1 No Yes*2 Yes*2 DVD -R Yes Yes Fast No 2.01 No No No Yes DVD -RW Yes Yes Fast Yes 2. CD -R Yes Yes Fast No 1.01 Yes No No Yes DVD +RW Yes No Fast Yes 3. *2: The driver is stored on the disc.
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58 Index B Background (menu page element). 165 Tapes. 221 Background image file formats. See Menu pages 267 . 165 Assigning your files. 196 Audio CDs Playing. 215 Audio Importing. 157 Properties. 141 Audio properties.Index 1 1394. 136 Arranger (InstantDisc). 58 Automatic resize (copy method). 216 8 8mm Video equipment. 203 Activity log. 75 Audio recording. 144 Advanced Button. 135 Toolbars. 58 Aspect ratio For menu page backgrounds. 60 Arrangement Load. 173 Menu button. 173 Renaming. 175 Anamorphic (aspect ratio setting). save. 57 Alignment lines (Custom Labeler). 191 Background (of label or insert). 151 Arranger Introduced. 68. 154 Audio read speed. 174 Menu. 193 Defined. 71 After simulation. 191 ASPI. 37 ASAPI. 191 Backgrounds. 32 Audio Editor toolbar (InstantDisc). 165 Accuracy in editing. and scene detection. 224 Analog Defined. 61 Advanced options for InstantCopy. 54 AVI files. 59 Automatic Resize option. 140 Output to disc or file. 56 Advanced button. 155 Audio file formats. 86 Audio discs Creating. 173 List. See IEEE-1394 Asset Deleting. 170 Assets And Style Chooser. 61 Automatic changeover detection (with ASPI). 35 Audio effects. 149 Audio streams (DVD copy setting). 69 Add Sample command. 165 A Abbreviations and conventions. 23 Audio editor (InstantDisc). 173 Asset List. 52 Advanced DVD Copy Settings dialog. 192 Audio player Described.
4 Backup job list. 56 Asset Menu. 173 Capture video. See Disc Tracks. 212 CD. See Discs Burning. 193 Options (in Make Disc mode). 173. 118 Changeover detection (with ASPI). 181 Clean up (temporary files). 173 Tools tips for. 240 Without InstantBackup Assistant. 58 Check Media button. 173 Capture video Button. 218 Create Custom Menu. See Tools C Cables and connectors Analog. 76 CD-R. 170 Bring In Video mode. See Voice-over Compiling. 169 Screen.Backing up data. 246 Bring In Video Defined.tool. 171 Dialog box. 223 Recreate from project. 60 CD audio disc Create. 78 Combine Scenes tool. 164 Transport control. 169 Build Group command. 222 Start (in Make Disc mode). 165 Camera. 165 Camcorder Capturing from. 217 Burnproof. 170 Camcorders DV. 170 Buttons . 218 Clipping indicators. 170. 169 Source material options. 242 Backup log. 65 Closing methods. 241 With InstantBackup Assistant. 62 CD text. 241 Backing up data with InstantBackup. 171 Connecting. 215. 3 Importing files from. 106 Burning the disc. 166 Open Drawer (on Style Chooser). 52. 164 Current mode. 215 Start capture. 199 Captured and Imported Files window. 140 CD aspect ratio setting. 4 Composite Cables and connectors. CD-RW. 240 Partial. 164 On menu pages. 215 Print labels and inserts. 173 Stop capture. 216 Compose music. 76 Button Read UPC. 50 Buttons Advanced. 194 Edit Video. 106 Copy. 79 Closing method (Write setting). 197 Help. 239 Backup files. 181 Clean up temporary files. 172 Title. See InstantWrite Commentary. 165 268 InstantCD/DVD . 171 Check Media. 202 Command center. 74 Start. 2 CD settings. 181 CDs. 89 Close disc (write method). 218 Clean up temporary files button. See Camcorder Capture Progress dialog box. 171. 79 Close session (write method). 147 Burning CDs.
200 Speed vs. 3 Photo/Video disc. 3 Create backup. 224 Printing. 75 Database of songs. 170 Create CD audio disc. 4 Restore from back-up. 68. 174 Creating CDs and DVDs. 203 Delete Track menu item. 3 Create Custom Menu button. 19 Creating DVDs and VideoCDs Three-step process. 164 Conventions and abbreviations. 219. 2 Data discs Creating. 53 Customizing menu pages. 6 Control Buttons (on transport controls). 50 Copyright. 3 Copying Advanced DVD settings. quality. 2 Create Thumbnail tool. 143 Deleting Assets. 148 Cursor navigation In TV Screen. 3 Copy method. 53 Customized resize (copy method). 224 Controls Tools tips for. 189. 113 Defragmenting DVD-RAM discs. 224 Fonts and styles. 51. 228 Rotating objects. 228 Custom marks. 228 Grouping objects. 162 Connecting the camera. 164 Contact support. 49 Determine Capacity command. 227 Positioning objects. 170 Control points (in Custom Labeler). 21 Data read speed. 53 From hard drive. 53 Closer look. 223 Editing objects in. 4 Copy/Backup Menu. 60 To hard drive. 52 Discs. 76 Device menu. 54 DVD video to DVD. 194 Create Menu. See Disc labels and inserts Edit toolbar. 2 Data disc.Computer Minimum requirements for. 51 Index 269 . 50 DVD video to CD. 58 Copy protection. 165 Converting files. 221 Edit Window. 245 Cross-fades. 56 Using default settings. 61 CD or data DVD. 186 Custom Labeler. 194 D Data disc Create. 52 To multiple drives. 50 Counter window. 194 Create Custom Menu dialog box. 161 Creating labels In InstantBackup. 227 Scaling objects. 52 Scenes and images. 107 Copies. 59 Customized Resize option. 65 Copy CDs and DVDs. 2 MP3/WMA disc. 238 Delete Scene tool. 226 Text controls. 50 Copy/Backup Copy CDs and DVDs. number of (Write setting). 203 Creating a slide show. 173 Destination device. 142 Customize Disc dialog box. 192.
224 Dual-layered DVDs. 71 Info & Tagger. creating. 5 Disc at once. 61 Burn CD. 141 Digital Versatile Disc. 19 Data. 217 Making. 5 New. 50 Creating. 49 Dialog boxes. 121 Record. 58 Disc Burning. 223 Label types. 51. 178 Use like a floppy. 76 Ejecting. 91 Select Title And Audio Stream. 162 Displays Song information. 78 DirectX Graphics card. 164 DVD Creation process. 257 Drag-and-drop In InstantDisc. 219. 219 Editing. 180 270 InstantCD/DVD . 147 Dissolves. 261 Disk space requirements. 162 Sound card. 51 Erasing. 76. 73 Device Properties dialog box. 75 Writer. 5 Discs Audio. creating. 175 Direct (copy method). 140 Previewing. 236 MP3. See Copying discs Copy-protected. 72 Settings.Device Properties Disc. 59 DirectWrite. 6. 3 Duplicate Sample command. creating. 174 Defined. creating. 87 Dissolve Group command. 215 Output to. 29 Photo and video. 87 Time. optical. 51 Finalizing. See Windows Customize Disc. 109 InstantAudio preferences. 200 Duration limits of sound files. 14 Dragging (in Custom Labeler). See DVD Digital8 Included under ‘DV’. 217 Copying. See DV Digital multitrack mixer. 20 Open. 55 Digital. 71 Device selection. 161 Described. 165 With analog tapes. 196 DV And automatic scene detection. 145 Duplicating Scenes and images. 165 DV equipment Installation. See Custom Labeler Creating. creating. 215. 5 Virtual drive. 23 Burning multiple. 59 Duplicate discs. 179 Disc project Advanced. See Optical disc drives Disc labels and inserts. 28 Properties. 53 Dialogs Advanced DVD Copy Settings. 222 Disc Meter. 74 General. 21 Determining capacity of. by type (chart). 27 Other formats. 162 Disable screensaver while writing. 221. 78 Disc drives. 106 Device Properties. 220 Recreating from project. 197 Documentation. 238 Formatting.
5 Open disc project. 218 Index 271 . 165 File formats Audio. 5 Use a disc like a floppy. 148. 133 File Defined. DVD-RW. 211 Editing with control points. 98 Eject Disc command. 220 DVD settings. 96 EQ/FX panel. 197 Fast Forward button. 187 Select as output format. 238 DVDs. 94. 189 Edit Scene Options dialog box. 165 Introduction to. 89 Using. 177. 147. 163 Upgrades. 161 Registration of. 162 Computer. See Discs Copy. 155 Editing scenes. 204 Edit toolbar (of Custom Labeler). 51 Ejecting virtual disc (InstantDrive). 197 Edit Video dialog box. 51 Error handling (CD setting). 53 DVD-R. 51 Erase Disc command. 181 DVD-RAM. 32 Equipment Video. See Volume curve Fade to black (scene option). 96 Level and position. 173 Create backup. 199 Editing labels. 216 Captured and imported. 215 AVI. 198 Thumbnail tab. 189 End User License Agreement. 215. 5 Extras Menu. 163 Software installation. 203 Effects. 163 Software updates. 5 InstantCinema. 163 Technical support. 162 Software license. management of. 54 Copying to DVD. 221 Edit tools. 162 Hard disk. 107 Expression Defined.Media type selection. 94 Equalizer. 185. 169. See Video equipment Equipment requirements. 248 Elements of menu pages. 122 Files Assigning. 86 Fades. 191 Preferences. 5 F Fade curve. 162 Erase disc. See EQ Equalizer (InstantDisc). 263 EQ. 3 E Edit mode. 192 Converting. 5 Virtual disc drive. 58 DVD video Copying to CD. 263 Exporting files. 181 Navigation buttons. 97. 63 EULA (End User License Agreement). 4 Large. 41 Editing samples. 143 Edit Video button. 215 DVD case inserts. 224 Editing with frame accuracy. 202 Edit Track menu item. 107 For menu page backgrounds. 204 Edit Scene Options tool. 208 Features. 163 Extras Advanced disc projects. 180 Transcoding. 208 Fast Reverse button. 204 Faders EQ.
200 Graphic Menu page background. 164 Help Menu. 163 Installing InstantCopy. 224 Guided Full Backup option. 64 Flags. 237 Formatting.MPEG. track. 208 Frames. 162 Typical’. 17 Gigabyte (GB). 5 Folders tree (in Library). 79 Go To Beginning button. 212 Previewing. See Media format Format Assistant. 172 Info & Tagger dialog. 221 Arranging. 1 FX Built-in. See Marks Floppy. 4 Temporary. See EQ Graphics card DirectX-compatible. See Menu pages In menu page layout. 228 Fonts for menu page text. See IEEE-1394 Images Adding to label or insert. 165 I ID3 tags. 6 Read the user’s manual. 57 Get titles command (InstantDisc). 216 Importing Backgrounds and audio. 236 Frame accuracy in editing. 213 Transcoding and compiling. 47 G General settings. 163 Software. 162 Requirements. 162 Group samples. 109 Installation Camcorder. 174 Folders (of images files). 6 Go to Pinnacle’s home page. 208 Frame Reverse button. 240 H Hard disk Performance test. 203 Frame Forward button. 161 Duplicating. 164 Manual (without Autorun). 200 Editing. 218 Finalizing discs. 227 Guide lines (Custom Labeler). 164 With DV capture sources. Use disc like a. 113 Font (Custom Labeler). 208 Grabber. 6 Help button. See IEEE-1394 Fixed gaps (CD setting). 162 272 InstantCD/DVD . 191 Functions (of InstantCD/DVD). 171 iLink. 75 Headers. 6 Read the read-me notes. 185 Reordering. 52 Hardware read retries. 6 Settings. 52 Copying to. 191 Graphic equalizer. 197 Importing. 109 IEEE-1394 DV cable. 138 Help. 236 Automatic. 97 Transferring video to. 169 Hard drive Copying from. 118 Incoming video display. 200. 212 Importing files from CD. cleaning up. 68. 238 FireWire. 147 Grouping (in Custom Labeler). 216 Restore from back-up. 190 Frames (menu page element). 194 Files from Windows Explorer. See On-line help Contact support. 191 Format. 6 Hi8 Video equipment.
See Menu pages Leave disc open (write method). 249 Control panel. 113 Operations. 220 Justlink. 39 Label Editor (InstantDisc). See Marks Log. 124 Searching. 76 Italics. 240 InstantCD/DVD Starter application. 47 Using. 55 Layout (menu page element). 6 Introduction. 133 Introduction to Expression. 127 Display. 49 InstantDisc Advanced projects. 39 Labels and inserts. 14 Label Editor. 78 Letterbox (aspect ratio setting). 15 InstantDrive. 85 User interface. 200 Navigating. 9 Hardware listing. 79 L Label Editor. 9 Working with. 167 Kilobyte (KB). 163 List of song titles. 76 K Keyboard conventions. 1 InstantCD/DVD settings. 19 Getting started. 257 InstantTray. 198 Multiple selection in. 238 Launching. 239 InstantBackup Assistant. 89 Library. 47 Introduced. 263 License terms. 11 Write command. 233 Reading and writing. 249 Launching. 253 Settings. 5 Assistant. 238 Finalizing discs. 125 InstantBackup. 245 Launching. 39 Main window. 247 Launching. 116 Preferences. 146 273 Index . 85 Features of. 253 InstantWrite. 247 InstantInfo. 199 Load arrangement. 5. 235 Using command center. 233 Defragmentation. 166 J Jewel case inserts. 190 Layouts. 237 Using. See Disc labels and inserts Language tracks. 71 Installing. 69 Loop Sample command.InstantAudio Context menus. 72. 53. 121 Starting. 200 List Views Thumbnail. 235 Internet support. 6 InstantCinema. 161 ISRC. 60 Level meters. 83 Preferences. 114 List views Introduced. 140 Locators. 117 License agreement. 5 Rip disc command. 200 Reordering scenes and images. disc. 16 System requirements. 113 Folders tree. 249 InstantCopy Advanced options. 11 Open project. 239 Creating a label.
1 Main movie only (copy method). 143 End. 219 Make Disc mode. 194. 193 Customizing. 56 Multitrack mixer. 169 Make Disc Mode.minimum required. 191. 196 Organize. 218 Manual installation. 167 Menu page Defined. 192 Compose. 215 Managing large files. 163 Marks. 169 Edit. 27 MP3/WMA disc Create. 180. MPEG-2. MPEG-1. 261 Megabyte (MB). 195 Thumbnails. 169. 190 Layouts. 4 Format. 195 Navigating. 192 Importing. 249 Media Menu. 4 Organize music. 3 MP3Pro. 141 Music. 142 Maximum duration of sound files. 3 Create. 191. 79 Memory . 5 Help. 142 Delete. 142 Add. 79 Media Checking. 215 Making the Disc window. 2 Extras. 59 Make Custom Labels dialog box. 191 Text styles. 178 Renaming scenes. 185 Aspect ratio of background. 192. 186 Menus Copy/Backup. 162 Menu commands. 194 Creating discs without. 189. 145 MP3 discs Creating. 215 Motion menus. 142 Start. 196 Mouse clicking. 187 Moving and placing samples. 4 274 InstantCD/DVD . 143 Custom. 4 Media Player. 177 Elements of. 143 Edit. 194 Editing. 191 Background. 177 Compose music. 196 Measuring storage. 198 Multiple. 186 Music. 196 Layout. 189 Frames. 215 Multiple output drives. 195 List views. 215 Media Player. 141 Modes Bring In Video. 6 Media. 196 Mixer. 4 Settings. 177. 4 Media types. 216 MPEG files. 192 Text style. 216 MPEG. 180 Type. 169. 195 Importing audio files. 109 MPEG Re-encoding for outpu.M Main menu. 4 File formats. 167 Movie controls On Remote Control. 181 Viewing with InstantCinema. 181 Choice of. 215. 166 Menu pages. 4 Minimum duration of sound files. 185. 186 Sound. 189 Make Disc.
190 O Objects (in Custom Labeler). 20 No Menu Style Chooser option. 164 How to use. 198 Playlist Columns. 178 In the Style Chooser. 186 New Disc Project command (InstantDisc). See Menu pages Music (menu page element). 6 Placing and moving samples. 193 Operating systems supported. 207 Player (in Edit Video dialog box). See Library Positioning of frames and titles. 85. 104 Features. 187 In menu pages. 208 Play/Pause. 139 N Narration. 192 Mute track. 162 Optical disc drives Properties. 86. 145 Play button. 157 Output media Checking. InstantCD/DVD. 180 Output to disc. 142 Playback Modes. 207 Photo and video discs Creating. 207 Play locator. 192 In TV Screen. 6 Organize music. 164 Types of. 28 Photo/Video disc Create. 164 On-line manual. 4 Output Index 275 . See Voice-over Navigating Thumbnail list view. 170 Scene. 6 On-screen remote control. 261 Options. 181 Format. 101 Generating. 207 Scrubber. 105 Menu. 51 Optical media types. 102 Pool. See Remote Control Open Drawer button (Style Chooser). 122 Playback controls Frame Forward/Reverse. 200 Navigation Buttons (DVD). 66 P Pause button. See Settings For Bring In Video. 215 Options. 157 To file.Music (for menu pages). 207 Playback Controls Fast Forward. 215 Output Media Settings dialog box. 208 Fast Reverse. See Expression Pinnacle home page. 88 Preferences. 140 Oversize writing. 161 Overwrite rewritable media (Write setting). 224 OHCI-compliant IEEE-1394. 3 Pinnacle Expression. 193 To disc. 76 Overview. 208 Player. 204 Scene detection. 103 Operations. See IEEE-1394 On-line help Button. 180. 208 Go To Beginning. 174 Options button (in Make Disc mode).
150 Recycle Bin tool. 203 Reduction method setting. 124 Recording settings. 90 S Sample Display volume curve. 237 Read-me. 177. 162 Restore files from back-up. 68 Audio. 163 Of Expression. 139 Sample Manager. 139 Sample Editor. 5 Projects Structure of. equipment. 200 Reordering images. 186 Number pad. 140 Projects area (InstantDisc). 145 Split. 145 Renaming Assets. 51 Q Quality. 200 Reordering Scenes and images. 185 Print custom labels dialog box. 145 Properties. 64 Requirements. 177 Previewing. 155 Sample Explorer. 243 Return to menu (scene option). 149 Preferences. See Settings Properties (of optical disc drives). 95 Preview window (video capture). user data (transfer modes). 173 Scenes. 12 Properties. 228 Product names. See Memory Raw (write method). 74 Reading and writing discs. 6 Record dialog. 216 Project. See Composite Read audio speed. See Edit mode Previewing disc. 78 Raw vs. 204 Ripping (InstantDisc). 163 Remote Control. 213 Repair subchannel data (CD setting). 4 Restoring data. 165 Programming interface type. 172 Preview/Edit mode. 58 Project Editing. 144 Duplicate. 146 276 InstantCD/DVD . 178 Transcoding and compiling. 153 Remove. 139 Display waveform. 67 Read UPC button. 77 Regions. 147 Insert. 60 Reference topics. See Data read speed Read settings. 16 Rotating (in Custom Labeler). 143 Registration And technical support. 178 Navigation in TV Screen. 5 Open. 177. See Audio read speed Read data speed. 91 Recording. 177. 186. 186 Remove Sample command. 178 Previewing project. disc Advanced. 62 RCA. 145 Group. 144 Samples. 227 R RAM. 121 Preferred destination setting. 60 Presets EQ and FX.Preferences InstantAudio. 146 Placing and moving. 138 Described. 144 Loop.
68. 200 Reordering. 76 Settings. 62 Use Burnproof/Justlink. 174 Options dialog box. 200 Titles of. 65 Write speed. 163 Index 277 . 58 Scrubber. 65 Copies (number of). InstantCD/DVD. 180 Overwrite rewritable media. 153 Simulate writing if possible. 54 CD. 67 Recording. 53 Data read speed. 60 Repair subchannel data. 163 Software read retries. 147 Volume profile (Edit mode). 191 Serial number. 151 Audio properties. 58 DVD. 174 Options. 76 Write ISRC code. 174 Menu command.Ungroup. 177. 253 Introduced. 57 Track properties. 185 Renaming. 163 Service and Support Center. creating. 173 Scene Options tool. 162 Upgrades. 226 Scene. 58 Error handling. 55 Selected scene (indicated by frame). 63 Fixed gaps between tracks. 197 Editing options. 191 Scene detection Explained. 174 Thumbnail frames. after. 57 Hardware read retries. 75 Automatic Resize. See Installation Show title (scene option). 161 Duplicating. 163 Software license terms. 179 Previewing. 84 Slide show. 166 Defined. 166 Selected. 60 Programming interface type. 148 Save arrangement. 211 Screen saver. 75 Disable screensaver while writing. 200 Editing. 57 Skins. 68. 66 Preferred destination. 75 Temporary directory. 68. 204 Scenes Arranging. 62 CD aspect ratio. 6 Setup. 150 Reduction method. 186 Renaming in list view. 199 Trimming. 204 Playing back. 65 Copy method. 152 Transfer mode. 67 Simulation. 64 Write CD text. 68. 140 Scaling (in Custom Labeler). 76 Write method. 52. 64 Sample properties. 61 After simulation. 67 Software read retries. 6 Settings. 66 Write UPC code. 64 General. 56 Output media. 207 Select Title And Audio Stream dialog. 58 Read. 68. 151 Advanced DVD copying. 75 InstantTray. 154 Audio read speed. 57 Arrangement properties. 76 Write. 60 Closing method. 65 Write to hard disk first. 75 Software registration Importance of. 204 Simulate writing if possible (Write setting). 174 Software Installing. 58 Customized Resize.
257 Television. 197 During capture. 192. 191 In Style Chooser. 192 And TV Screen. 136 Player. See Images Stop capture button. 143 SPTI. 215 S-VCD (Super Video-CD). 165 T Tapes. 165 S-Video Cables and connectors. 221 Text controls (in Custom Labeler). 173 Frames for. 57 Text Adding to label or insert. 202 Track 278 InstantCD/DVD . 54 SVHS. 196 Source device. 173 Storage. 50 Start button (in Make Disc mode). 63. 193 Drawer. 53. SVHS-C Video equipment. measurement of. 90 Sound. 114 Ratings. 192 No Menu option. 202 Create Thumbnail. See Videotapes Technical support. 186 Style. 87 Songs Database of. 203 Delete Scene. 191 Subchannel data. 190 Temporary directory. 191 Text styles (for menus). 138 Samples. 193 Time displays. 137 Track. 161 Thumbnail Defined. 257 S-VCD Described. See Menu pages Three-step creation process. 203 Edit Scene Options. 200 Thumbnails Changing. 192 Effects. 193 Styling menu page text. 173 Still images. 58 Start button. 204 Recycle Bin. 64 Subtitles. 190 Tool tips. 199 Navigating. 228 Text style (menu page element). 164 Toolbars Main. 137 Tools Combine Scenes. 203 Split Scene. 203 Split Track menu item. 55 Subtitles (DVD copy setting). 203 Uncombine Scenes. 113 List of titles. 163. 49 Source material options. 199 In menu page layout. 79 Style Chooser. 206 Titles Automatically assigned. 215 Start capture button. See S-VCD Support. 180 Select as output format. 193 Navigating. 87 Time to display (scene option). 163 Song information display. 192 Sound card DirectX-compatible. 166 Thumbnail list view. 146 Split Scene tool. 170 Split Sample command. 180 Transcoding. 192 File formats. 61 Super-VideoCD. 192 On menu pages.Software updates. See TV Screen Templates (for menu page layout). 162 Sound effects Importing.
165 Installation. 31 Index 279 . 171. 72. 172 Progress display. See VCD Creation process. 171 Dialog box. 171 Current mode. 175 DV. 211 TV Screen. 5 Virtual disc drive (InstantDrive). 139 Volume profile of sample. 161 Videotape Current position. raw (transfer modes). 215. 192 Volume Local (InstantDisc). 147 UPC. 62 Transition effects. 180 Media type selection. 92 Preferences. 202 Ungroup samples. 186 Navigation options. obtaining. 193 Navigation. 62 V VCD Described. 170 Installation. 197 Transport controls. 126 Voice-over. 62 User prohibitions (DVD copy setting). 152 Track at once. 185 And Style Chooser. 88. 86. 138 Track List. 165 Virtual disc drive. 185 Typical installation. 139 Properties. 181 Select as output format. 170 Videotapes Analog. 165 Video Displayed during capture. 172 Previewing. 180 Transcoding. 245 VHS. 94. 76 Updates. 216 Transfer mode (CD setting). 164 VCRs DV. 247 Visualizations. 138 Transcoding. 204 User data vs. 169. 163 Upgrades Information about. 54 VCR Capturing from. 33 Volume curve Display on sample. 148 VST plug-ins. 215 VCD (Video-CD). 173 Starting. 173 Stopping. 77 Track headers. 163 Use dissolve transitions (scene option). 170 Trimming scenes. 178. 140 Tracks and indices bar (InstantDisc). 28 Video capture Capture video button. 163 U Uncombine Scenes tool. 172 Hard disk requirements. 173 Video equipment Analog. See Scenes VideoCD. 173 Thumbnail frames. and scene detection. 98 Settings. 33 Tracks panel. 162 Preview window.Mute. 185 Video and photo discs Creating. 100 W Wave editor (InstantDisc). 192. 164 Video file. 165 Video scenes. VHS-S Video equipment. 165 Verifying data.
198 Make Custom Labels dialog box. 174 The Player. 162 Windows Explorer.Waveform Display on sample. 64 Write speed (Write setting). 171. 77 Write process. 58 Write settings. 207 Windows (operating system) Versions supported. 61 Windows Capture Progress dialog box. 65 Write methods. 11 Write method (Write setting). 212 Counter (on transport controls). 173. 1 Widescreen TV. 194 Edit (Custom Labeler). 215 Output Media Settings dialog box. 172 Captured and Imported Files. 212 Working with InstantDisc. 228 Scene Detection Options dialog box. 223 Edit Scene Options dialog box. 204 Edit Video dialog box. 139 Welcome. 66 280 InstantCD/DVD . 180 Print Custom Labels dialog box. 173 Capture Video dialog box. 170. 174 Windows Explorer. 65 Write to hard disk first (Write setting). 170 Create Custom Menu dialog box. 219 Making the Disc.
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