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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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and restore from those backups. The functions are in five groups. 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. audio. Copy/Backup: Duplicate non-copy-protected CDs and DVDs. make backups on disc. MP3 music. photo and video.Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD Welcome to the Pinnacle InstantCD/DVD starter application. Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD 1 . which serves as a launch pad for every function within the InstantCD/DVD suite of programs.
and launch the Windows Media Player application.are also supported. format a rewritable CD or DVD. Create The functions on this menu allow you to create various types of disc. Help: Access the read-me file. on-line documentation and support resources for your InstantCD/DVD software. and view video on VCD or Super-VCD discs. Data Disc: Create data discs that can be used to share information with any computer equipped with a compatible drive. and adjust InstantCD/DVD settings. 2 InstantCD/DVD . photo and video. Extras: Emulate a CD or DVD disc on your hard drive. create your own musical compositions. Less common disc types – such as Apple HFS format . audio and music. Rip perfect WAV files from CD. Audio CD: Create a standard audio CD that can be played in an audio CD player.Media: Organize your music files. create advanced disc types. Available types include data. re-use a saved disc project.
Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD 3 . Rip audio tracks to MP3 or WMA files.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. Photo/Video Disc: Capture video and digital photos. Copy / Backup The functions on this menu allow you to copy CDs and DVDs. The discs can be played back on just about any DVD player. to make backups on disc. Copy CD/DVD: The InstantCopy program lets you duplicate virtually any non-copy-protected CD or DVD. on writable CDs or DVDs. Copy multilayer DVDs onto normal DVD-R or DVD+R media. and use them to create video discs. You can even copy directly from one optical drive to another without having to stage the data onto your hard drive. with menus.
This button provides a convenient way of launched Media Player while you are using InstantCD/DVD. EQ and effects. Media The functions on this menu allow you to organize your music files.Backup: Back up your files to your hard drive. then create CDs based on your playlists. 4 InstantCD/DVD . and save them on discs of your own music. Compress files. encrypt back-ups using a password. Restore from Backup: Restore some or all of the files from an existing back-up. Compose Music: Arrange. CD or DVD. record and enhance music samples to create songs. Media Player: The Windows Media Player is a playback program that can handle many different media types. and to launch the Windows Media Player application. Create and save playlists with cross-fades. to create your own musical compositions. and even span back-ups across several discs. Organize Music: Organize the audio files available to you in hard drive files and CDs.
Advanced Project: This option lets you use InstantDisc to create advanced CD and DVD projects including Mixed Mode. and Video/Audio DVD. to format a CD-RW or DVD-RW for reusable storage. InstantCinema: Use this slick player application to view Video CDs and Super Video CDs on your desktop. to create a CD or DVD from a saved InstantDisc project. InstantWrite: Format a rewritable CD or DVD to use like a floppy disc in your CD or DVD burner. and to view video on VCD or Super-VCD discs from your desktop. Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD 5 . a virtual device on your hard drive that emulates a normal CD or DVD reader. Raw/ISO/HFS. Enhanced. Open Project: Open an existing project in the InstantDisc application. where you can edit the project or use it to burn a disc.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. to create advanced disc types.
Help The functions on this menu let you access the read-me file. Settings: Open the InstantCD/DVD settings dialog. on-line documentation and support resources for your InstantCD/DVD software. 6 InstantCD/DVD . Read Me: Read last-minute notes and advice regarding your version of the InstantCD/DVD application suite. 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. Manual: View an elecronically-readable version of the InstantCD/DVD documentation. Contact Support: Contact Pinnacle’s Service and Support Center. and to configure the InstantCD/DVD starter application.
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Windows Me. To make working with InstantDisc an intuitive and familiar experience from the outset. 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. the interface has been made as similar as possible to that of Windows Explorer. which you can use to create your own CDs and DVDs quickly and easily. InstantDisc is a versatile CD and DVD recording program.Chapter 2: Getting started Welcome to InstantDisc! The InstantDisc application is a vital component of the InstantCD+DVD suite. Windows 2000 or Windows XP • 200 MByte free hard disk space for the application • If you only have one CD / DVD drive. 9 . 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.
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.
Entries that can be expanded are indicated by a symbol to the left of the entry. • The lower part is the Source Files area. it contains information about your disc creation projects and the recording hardware installed in the computer. You can control the amount of depth displayed in the tree view by opening and closing (“expanding” and “collapsing”) parts of the “tree”. editing music and much more. the main window is the place to start for creating new disks. The left part of both area contains a “tree view”. and the main operations supported by the program. Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc 11 . similar to the Folders panel of Windows Explorer. creating labels. Click the symbol to expand the entry. The window is normally divided into two main areas: • The upper part is the Projects area. It displays the file system of the computer and can be switched on or off from the View menu. THE INSTANTDISC MAIN WINDOW For experienced users.Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc The topics in this section are designed to familiarize you with the InstantDisc user interface. reading CDs and DVDs.
Current projects are located in the “Disc projects” folder. 12 InstantCD/DVD . as well as projects you have created in the past. while past projects are stored under “History”. past and present. 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”.. The Projects area is used to obtain access to your stored projects.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.
audio and mixed-mode disc projects are all listed.Data. including audio and image. The illustration above shows a data project open in the “History” folder. When an audio track is selected in the tree view. The single track shown in the illustration above is of the data type. 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 . 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. You will encounter other types.
The dropped files and folders are added to the disc project. whereas DVDs contain only data tracks. 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. Drag-and-drop Most actions in InstantDisc can be carried out using drag-and-drop. The dropped tracks are added to the disc project. Drives: Shows the drives installed in the machine. including the virtual drive created by the InstantDrive software. CDs may contain either or both of data and audio tracks. From files to the disc project group: A new disc project is created. A data track is created if none already exists. From files to an existing disc project: The dropped files and folders are added to the first data track of the disc project. Writable devices are shown with a different icon than readers.Hardware The projects area also lists the optical disc drives on your system. 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. 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. InstantCD/DVD 14 .
Write If the disc project has been selected. Simply click with the right mouse button on the appropriate element and select the required action. Some very important actions can also be carried out using the icons at the top edge of the window. • 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. Many actions in the main form can be carried out using the right-button “context” menus associated with the elements in the tree view. Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc 15 . Disc projects that are currently being written or recorders that have already been used are shown "grayed out". • 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.• 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. InstantDisc supports several parallel write procedures for this purpose. the write dialogue box can be opened using this icon in order to write the project.
Check the box next to the tracks that you want to read. you can read audio CDs and save them as WAV. The tracks on the CD in the selected drive are shown in the left part of the window. 16 InstantCD/DVD . or MP3 (full version only). WMA.Rip disc With this function. To rip the tracks: 1. Each track can be “sampled” by means of the playback controls below it. You can use the slide control for rapid navigation within the song.
Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc 17 . Use the Get titles button after your Internet connection is made. The destination folder can be changed by means of the box above the destination list. the tracks may be displayed with synthetic names like “Track 1” rather than the actual names of the songs. 3. 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. Select a file format in the dropdown list in the bottom left-hand corner of the window. The default destination is specified in the Settings window. and InstantDisc could not access the Internet directory service used for looking up the CD’s track list. Get titles When you insert a CD. Click the rip button in the center of the window. The tracks will now be read and displayed on the right-hand side as they are ripped.2. InstantDisc tries to obtain the names for the tracks on the CD. or the disc device does not have the capability of reading the names. The Delete button can be used to delete the ripped tracks if desired.
Select the Create tab: You can also choose whether to be guided through the disc creation by the InstantDisc Assistant. begin by opening the InstantCD/DVD starter application from your Start menu with Programs InstantCD+DVD InstantCD+DVD. an audio CD. If you want to use the Assistant. an MP3 disc and a photo/video disc: Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 19 . or – if you need capabilities the Assistant doesn’t give you – to work directly with the controls in the InstantDisc Main window. activate the Guide me option: Now choose which type of disc you want to create and click the appropriate button. you can choose: a data disc.Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs To create a new disc project the easy way. From left to right.
you will be offered many additional choices. The New Disc Project dialog appears. a mixed-mode disc or an MP3 disc. Either click the New project button or right-click the Disc projects folder in the Folder tree. See “Creating discs in other formats” on page 29 for more information. with (by default) four choices. You can create an audio CD. Note: If you check the Advanced projects option on the New Disc Project dialog. and select the New command from the context menu. Check the Use disc creation wizard option if you would like to use the InstantDisc Assistant when creating the disc. 20 InstantCD/DVD . a data disc.Starting a project from the Main window You can also start a new disc project from the InstantDisc Main window.
In the final step. change to the required folder. If you have requested the aid of the InstantDisc Assistant. it will now appear. Allocate a name to the disc. and add the files you want using the Add or Add all buttons. Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 21 . or to return to the main InstantDisc window for further preparation (Close this wizard). 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. Creating a data disc with the Assistant Follow the Assistant's instructions.
22 InstantCD/DVD . The use you make of the other settings will depend on your particular requirements for the disc.Creating a data disc without the Assistant If you are not using the Assistant. it is recommended that you should at least name the disc (or accept the default name). After exiting the Properties dialog with the OK button you will be transferred to the InstantDisc main window. However. it is not necessary to make any entries in the Properties dialog. InstantDisc opens the Properties dialog for the project: In principle.
etc. Now click on the Write button and the data disc will be created. The progress bar shows you how much space is left on the disc. When the disc capacity is exhausted. 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). it will now appear. you choose the source for the audio tracks you want to create: • Audio files • An existing CD • Direct audio input (turntable. In the first step.) Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 23 . 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. microphone. the bar turns from green to red. If you have requested the aid of the InstantDisc Assistant.
You can audit files by marking them and clicking the Play button: 24 InstantCD/DVD . but without the Assistant’s help.Each of these types of source is described below. by switching to the main InstantDisc window (Close this wizard). CDs. The green progress bar will show you how much space is still available on the CD. after you have added tracks from that source to the project. the Assistant offers three choices of what to do next: • To proceed with burning the disc immediately (Write disc). • To add further audio tracks. you can change the order of the files using the Move up and Move down buttons. • To continue working. or. Audio files Under this option. If you have added multiple files. or direct input (Add additional audio tracks). whether from files. the next step is to select the files in wav or mp3 format that you want to write using the Add button. No matter which you choose.
cue your input and click the Record button. Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 25 . or use a microphone to record yourself singing or playing a musical instrument. Insert the source CD: its contents will be listed on the Add audio tracks page of the Assistant. and then recording will begin. Direct audio This option lets you create tracks by recording audio directly from a device connected to the sound card. The process of adding tracks is described under “Rip disc” on page 16. You will be asked to enter a filename. 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. For example. which takes you through the audio capture process without actually creating the audio file. ending when you click the Stop button. you might connect a turntable to your sound card in order to copy vinyl records onto CD.Existing CD Activate this option to import songs from an existing audio CD. Test that InstantDisc is receiving the intended signal by pressing the Test button.
you will continue working in the InstantDisc main window. locate the folder containing the audio data that you want to burn onto the CD. In the Source files folder browser. and drag files into the right-hand panel of the Projects area. When you close the Properties dialog. You can also select files for the CD by selecting the New track command in the audio CD project’s context 26 InstantCD/DVD . The CD-Text tab on this dialog lets you enter information about the disc. InstantDisc opens the Properties dialog for the project.Creating a CD without the Assistant If you are not using the Assistant.
Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 27 . See “Creating a data disc without the Assistant page” on page 22 for details. This invokes the Assistant to help you with creating one or more tracks. The amount of free space remaining on the CD is shown by the progress bar at the bottom of the main window. The only difference with an MP3 project is that the option of using direct input to create an audio track is not available. If you have requested the aid of the InstantDisc Assistant.menu. 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. 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 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. In the first step. it will now appear. The audio data will be automatically written in mp3 format when your disc is created.
• To continue working. the process of creating an MP3 disc is just the same as that for an ordinary data disc. 28 InstantCD/DVD . The creation of your photo and video disc is carried out in the Pinnacle Expression application. the Assistant offers three choices of what to do next: • To proceed with burning the disc immediately (Write disc).After you have added tracks from the chosen source to the project. Expression is covered in its own section of this manual. The only difference is that the files you select will be either mp3 files or audio files (wav or wma). by switching to the main InstantDisc window (Close this wizard). The audio files will be converted to mp3 format when your disc is created. Creating an MP3 disc without the Assistant If you are not using the Assistant. CREATING A PHOTO AND VIDEO DISC Begin a new Video CD or DVD of your digital pictures and videos using either the InstantCD/DVD starter application or the controls in the main window as described at the beginning of this chapter. or. • To add further audio tracks. but without the Assistant’s help. or direct input (Add additional audio tracks). whether from files. CDs.
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). Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 29 . InstantDisc offers a number of less frequently used formats in addition to the usual ones.Creating a photo / video disc in Pinnacle Expression. The advanced options probably won’t be needed by most users. but provided extra power for those who may require it.
Chapter 5: The Wave Editor 31 . To begin editing a track. double-click on it in the Projects window. The track will open in the Wave Editor: Two editing options available to you: the Audio Editor and the Arranger.Chapter 5: The Wave Editor The InstantDisc main window provides many options open for editing your audio tracks.
It offers a number of controls that let you customize or apply corrections to the current audio track. The global volume control To the right of the audio waveform display is a vertical slider for setting the volume for it can be found the volume control.THE AUDIO EDITOR This is the standard Wave Editor view. The bands governed by the sliders increase in frequency from left to right. Push the slider up to increase the level of the corresponding band. which determines the volume for the track. each slider represents a range (or “band”) within the audio frequency spectrum. and down to reduce the level. Equalizer In this group of controls. Panorama The left-right balance is adjusted by means of this control. 32 InstantCD/DVD .
Drag the handles as required until you achieve the desired volume curve. 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. Create new adjustment handles by doubleclicking within the volume control area. Tracks and indices Long tracks can be split or indices (jump targets) assigned by mean of the Tracks and indices bar. which Chapter 5: The Wave Editor 33 .Local volume control You can correct the volume up or down at individual points on the track by means of the local volume control.
Important: Indices. Next. click in the bar. Project overview Where the upper waveform graph in the Audio Editor may show only a portion of the current track. 34 InstantCD/DVD . Or. The upper half of the bar is used to set split points within the current track. depending on whether you want to work with split-points or indices. • With of the Split Track and Set Index in the main window toolbar. while the lower half is used to set indices. cannot be written by all burners and cannot be read by all recorders.is immediately below the local volume control. buttons Split tracks can be rejoined by means of the Join Tracks button or the Join Tracks command from the right-button context menu. which make it possible to jump to a particular point within a track. To split a track or assign an index: • Double-click in the upper or lower half of the Tracks and indices bar. and select either Split Track or Add Index from the context menu. the entire waveform is shown in the bottom graph.
Play. Pause. Stop Use these standard transport control buttons to begin. or from the Chapter 5: The Wave Editor 35 . From left to right: • Show complete fits the whole waveform into the visible area of the editor. Effects The Effects toolbar button opens a dropdown menu of six different effects that you can apply to any track.Audio Editor toolbar controls While the Audio Editor is open. Selecting one of the effects from this menu. pause or halt playback. the toolbar provides a number of useful controls. • Zoom selection focuses in on the area you have selected with the right mouse button in the Audio Editor. Zoom controls These buttons allow to control the magnification of the Audio Editor view. • Zoom in and Zoom out adjust to a more or less detailed view respectively.
• 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. • Pitch: Modifies the playback speed and pitch of the track.Waveedit Effects menu on the main menu bar. • Delay: This effect adds an adjustable delay to either the left or the right audio channel. 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. • 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. 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. 36 InstantCD/DVD . • Reverb: This effect simulates the effect of acoustic spaces of varying size and reflectivity on the sound of the playback.
Unsaved changes will be lost. This can be used to compensate for differences in the original levels of tracks from different sources.Normalize The Normalize button adjust the level of all the tracks so that they share the same volume range. right-click the project you want to arrange and choose the Track arranger command: The Arranger opens in the right-hand panel of the projects area: Chapter 5: The Wave Editor 37 . In the projects area. THE ARRANGER The Arranger helps you combine your project’s tracks into a single compilation. Save settings Be sure to save your settings before exiting the Audio Editor.
Be sure to save your settings before leaving the Arranger! 38 InstantCD/DVD . For instance. The green line shows the current position in the project. You can now adjust the volume level by double-clicking and dragging with the mouse. You can define the start of the project by means of a start mark and the end of the project by means of an end mark. You will recognize track marks in the Arranger by a dotted yellow line. Show / Hide You can show or hide the title by dragging the white boxes at the corners of the track. You can change to the editing mode by clicking on a white box with the right mouse button and using the Edit Mode command. Start and end marks are red lines. Track marks You can define track marks so that the CD is written with different tracks and not with one track “in one piece”.Here you can arrange the tracks at will. you can shorten tracks by dragging with the mouse.
You can view inserts (front and rear) as well as the disc label. save the label as a template using Templates and Save. Mark the required project. choose Open. Templates Want a different background or a more stylish layout? Click Template in the menu bar. start the InstantDisc Label Editor. and from the Arranger. from the Wave Editor. View buttons You can view the label from all angles using the Front. and select one of the Pinnacle templates. If you make changes to a template and want to use it as a template for other labels. The Label Editor will open and the information for your current disc will be automatically imported. You can start the Label Editor from the InstantDisc main window. click once with the right mouse button and choose the Label command from the context menu. text sizes. backgrounds etc.Chapter 6: The Label Editor If you want to create a label for your CD or DVD. Back and Disc buttons. Chapter 6: The Label Editor 39 . You can now arrange this information to your personal requirements. These templates contain different fonts. or with View in the main menu bar.
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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If it does not. • Perform copies – even those requiring compression – directly from one disc to another. and double-click the “Setup” or “Setup. double-click the My Computer icon on the Windows desktop. InstantCopy has many powerful features. The language used by the set-up program is determined by your Regional Settings in the Windows Control Panel. If it does not. The set-up program will start automatically on most systems. Despite its surface simplicity. Note: You must log in with administrator rights to carry out the installation.exe” file. 1. open the CDROM drive in Windows Explorer.Chapter 7: Introducing InstantCopy InstantCopy is an easy-to-use program for copying CDs and DVDs. Insert the InstantCopy CD-ROM. start Windows manually. without having to use your hard drive for intermediate storage. for example: • Copy DVD video to either DVD or CD. 2. To install InstantCopy: Switch on your computer. Chapter 7: Introducing InstantCopy 47 . • Copy a dual-layer DVD to a single writable DVD using your choice of automatic or user-configured compression. Windows will start automatically on most systems.
After the installation is complete. 3. 48 InstantCD/DVD .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. you should be able to run InstantCopy from your Start menu. 4. Click the Next button to advance from one screen to the next.
Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy InstantCopy can be started in two different ways: • With the InstantCopy command on your Windows Start menu. click on the device with the right mouse button and choose Copy CD/DVD from the local menu. The InstantCopy windows appears: All connected drives are automatically shown in the Source and/or Destination device selection lists. • From the local menu of your disc-burner device. To access this. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 49 .
3. In each case. • Copying from DVD to CD. Select one or more drives on the Destination side. DVD-RW.Copying a disc Most disc copies can be performed simply by selecting the source and destination drives and pressing the Start button. 1. DVD+R) or rewritable (CD-RW. • Copying from DVD to DVD. InstantCopy also provides a number of ways of customizing the copy process for particular requirements. Note: You are responsible for ensuring that your disc copying does not infringe any copyright restrictions on the source material. There are three possibilities: • Copying from CD to CD. the disc you are copying to must be recordable (CD-R. DVD+RW). Copyright considerations aside. Please see “A closer look at disc copying” (page 52) and “InstantCopy settings” (page 56) for details. please see “Writing to multiple drives” on page 56. DVD-R. many DVD discs include built-in protection that prevents them from being copied. but the disc you are copying from can be of any type that is readable in the source drive. 50 InstantCD/DVD . For special considerations that apply when copying to more than one drive. Of course. 2. To copy a disc using default settings: Select a drive on the Source side of the InstantCopy window by clicking on the drive name. Press the Start button to begin copying.
Erasing CD-RWs InstantCopy allows you to erase CD-RW discs. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 51 . Properties opens the Device Properties dialog box. right click on the CD recorder in the Source or Destination list and select Erase Disc from the context menu. Erase Disc erases the current contents of the disc in the drive if that disc is a rewritable CD (CD-RW). and can be used for “oversize writing” on some recorders when the disc at once write method is used. The erase method you should use depends on your CDRWs and the CD recorder. This should be somewhat greater than the disc’s nominal capacity. See “Erasing CD-RWs” below.Device menu If you right-click the name of a disc device in the Source and Destination lists. which is described in detail beginning on page 71. To erase a CD-RW. You can specify Quick or Complete. a pop-up “context” menu appears: Eject Disc simply opens the tray on the specified drive if it is currently closed. Determine Capacity tests the actual maximum writing capacity of the disc in the drive.
Copying to a hard drive Copying from CD or DVD to the hard drive creates a pdi file. • In the case of a video DVD. In addition. InstantCopy will ask you to choose an ifo file that is contained in a folder named “Video_ts”. This is one way to go about making multiple copies of a disc: first create a pdi image file on the hard drive. 52 InstantCD/DVD . • A CUE file. Copying from a hard drive If a hard drive is chosen as the source of a copy. These are available through the Advanced button. the first step in the copying process is to select the source and target drives in the InstantCopy window. InstantCopy provides numerous settings that allow you to adjust and customize the copying process. the data to be copied must be in one of these formats: • A disc image file with the extension pdi.A CLOSER LOOK AT DISC COPYING As we have seen. a local copy of the files as they should appear on the DVD. which can be the source for subsequent copies to disc. 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. then make the copies from there. or if you use InstantCopy to copy a DVD that does not have CSS encryption.
by selecting the drives. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 53 . If you have selected Customized Resize in your DVD Settings (see page 58). Omitting unneeded tracks from the copy leaves more room for video data on the target disc. and remove audio and subtitle tracks from the list of items to be copied. adjusting any settings as needed. simply click on Start and follow the instructions in the program. and clicking Start. the Customize Disc dialog box will shortly appear: This dialog lets you edit and delete DVD content. Copying DVD video to DVD Start the copying process as usual. and perhaps adjusted some settings. which in general means higher-quality video. set up the video quality of the individual titles.Copying a CD or a data DVD After you have selected the source and target drives.
Under either method. but S-VCDs are less widely supported. the dialog may even appear twice. choose VCD or S-VCD as the target format. if InstantCopy’s further analysis of the source disc indicates a need for more user input. Note: The Customize Disc dialog box may sometimes appear even if you have selected Automatic Resize as your copy method. Next. Other audio tracks can be deactivated to make way for higher-quality video.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. begin by inserting a blank CD in the target drive and clicking Start. Most DVD players will play back VCDs. whether you are copying to a CD or to the hard disk. You can check the contents of individual video tracks by means of the Preview tab. In order to create DVDs that can be played on standalone DVD players. and click Start. 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). 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. “PCM” or “AC3” audio tracks must be available. If you are copying to CD. 54 InstantCD/DVD .
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. They can therefore not be turned off. Audio streams Select which one of the listed audio tracks you wish to copy. This is why you have the option of None when selecting the subtitles to copy.Because it is not possible to include audio tracks or more than one subtitle track in the copy. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 55 . 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.
The drives must be of the same type and able to write at the same speed. the Write settings are currently selected. You can achieve this simply by selecting all the drives in the Destination list that you want to write to. 56 InstantCD/DVD .After you have made your selections on the Select Title And Audio Stream dialog box. click the Advanced button in the main InstantCopy window. INSTANTCOPY SETTINGS Although in many cases you should be able to copy discs successfully using just the default settings. InstantCopy lets you adjust numerous options if required. Open the settings area of the InstantCopy window by clicking the Advanced button. 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. To access all the available settings. click OK to begin the copying process. Writing to multiple drives InstantCopy enables you to write to several drives simultaneously. In this illustration. The data from the DVD is converted to the target format and copied onto as many CDs as required. The best results are obtained when the same recorder models are used.
The After simulation setting determines how the write process will run after a successful simulation run: • Start writing after confirming means that user confirmation will be requested before the write process is begun. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 57 . Temporary directory The temporary directory specifies the directory for buffered data. you have the option of running a simulated copy to test the set-up without wasting a disc. this directory should be located on the fastest hard disk drive on your system. After simulation In cases where there is concern that a copy done under some particular set-up might fail. For optimum results.General settings These are global or miscellaneous settings that affect multiple aspects of the copying process. See “Simulate writing if possible” on page 67 for more information. • Start writing without confirming continues into the writing phase without requiring user input.37 GB for a DVD). 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. and 4.
Programming interface type This setting specifies how InstantCopy should communicate with the disc hardware. Copy method These options affect the amount of data from the source DVD that will be written to the destination disc(s). The other choices are Windows SPTI and ASPI. and can thus interfere with copying if they activate while InstantCopy is writing to the disc. but the other interfaces are available for particular circumstances. DVD settings This group of settings affect the way InstantCopy copies a DVD video disc to a recordable DVD or CD. The default choice. 58 InstantCD/DVD . Disable screensaver while writing Some screen savers require a lot of system resources while they are running. Pinnacle recommends the default setting. is equivalent to ASAPI. Automatic. Select this option to prevent your screen saver from activating during the write process.
then refocuses deeper into the disc to read the second layer. When is a GB not a GB? Please see “Measuring storage” on page 79 for details about the units of storage. However. 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.Most commercial DVDs are “dual-layered”. See “A closer look at copying” on page 52 for details. it would ordinarily be impossible to copy a dual-layer DVD onto one layer. Other video on the source disc. InstantCopy allows you to remove unwanted material such as trailers. meaning that there can be up to 8. Single-layer DVDs are copied directly. 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. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 59 . special features and extra audio language tracks.7 GB DVD disc. Main movie only: Only the main movie track and the main audio track are copied. To increase the quality still further.7 GB).5 GB computer file is too large for your 4. Because the capacity of a blank DVD recordable disc is 4. Automatic resize: With this option. Direct: This option creates an unmodified copy of the source DVD. The laser in the DVD player reads the first layer. 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. which can be up to 4. including menus and other short items.7 GB.4 GB of data on one side of the disc. is ignored.7 GB. the sophisticated technology built into InstantCopy is able to compress the duallayer DVD onto a single layer with minimal loss of quality. and why your 4.
Preferred destination The Automatic option sets the output disc type to DVD. You have many more customization options for DVDs than for the other types of disc. When High Speed mode is selected. 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 will have the opportunity to set the reduction method on a track-by-track basis. but you may expect slightly lower quality. Reduction method This option specifies the approach that InstantCopy should use when compressing a dual-layer disc onto a single recordable DVD. 60 InstantCD/DVD . Note: If you have selected the customized resize copy method (see above). The choice of destination disc will be reflected in the disc customization dialogs (see page 52). The Automatic (default) choice is High Quality. CD aspect ratio This setting only applies to copies from DVD to VCD or S-VCD. the compression will be up to four times faster.
if any.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. which creates a letterbox copy with a side ratio of 4:3. Each tab lets you control which components. Check or uncheck the boxes on this page according to whether or not you want content in the corresponding language to be copied. Audio streams: Many DVDs include audio content in multiple languages. of the indicated type of additional content you want to include in the copy. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 61 . but this time you’re specifying whether subtitle tracks in the given languages will be copied. Settings The Settings button provides access to the Advanced DVD Copy Settings dialog box.
including control and other data that 62 InstantCD/DVD . the prohibited actions simply don’t apply to the content. CD settings The settings on this tab apply when the source disc for the copy is a CD. These tell playback equipment to disallow particular options or navigation actions. making it at best pointless to cancel the prohibitions. The available modes are User Data and Raw. Transfer mode The transfer mode defines which data from the CD are read and written. however.User prohibitions: Among the information stored on a DVD disc is a set of user prohibition codes. which is not supported by all drives. checking the boxes will remove chosen prohibitions from the copy even if they occur on the source disc. In most cases. all the information stored on the disc is transferred in unmodified form. In Raw mode. When the capability is needed.
is the recommended setting only if an exact copy is required. InstantCopy can test Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 63 . The Automatic option defaults to User Data as the transfer mode. User data is preferred. For normal copies. it can take a long time to read a sector. • Errors are copied: the same error is reproduced at the equivalent location on the target disc. 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. Raw mode. In the User Data mode.are not ordinarily passed on. when available. To minimize such delays. For copy-protected disks. you may be able to achieve a working copy using one of the other options. Error handling Strategy: InstantCopy can handle errors reported by the source drive in three different ways: • Errors abort the process. which should work with every drive combination. the extra data is not transmitted. When you choose Ignore read errors. • Error reports are ignored: the copy operation continues as though no error had been detected.
Useful values for the step width generally lie between 100 and 1000. Fixed gaps between tracks Check this box to set the pause between CD tracks to two seconds instead of the original pause length. On copyprotected disks the subchannel data may be a disk ID or other necessary information. 64 InstantCD/DVD . Repair subchannel data The information known as “subchannel data” is stored differently from the main data on the disk. InstantCopy seeks back to find the first available readable sector and continues to copy. The higher the step width. If a good sector is reported. the faster the process becomes. In such cases. Write settings The Write tab gives you control over settings that affect the way writing to disc is carried out by InstantCopy. but the greater the chance of missing smaller readable areas. you should deactivate this check box. This can be used to compensate for a drive that can’t reliably detect the original pause.for defective sectors in steps whose size is set by the Error seek range control.
the Close Disc method will always be used. However. the default write method – Disc at Once – will be used. InstantCopy will prompt you to insert new blank discs as required. See “The Closing Methods” on page 78 for more information. However. See “The Write Methods” on page 77 for more information. Copies Enter the number of copies of the source disc you wish to create. Closing method This setting defines how the writing process is finished. Write speed InstantCopy normally selects the highest writing speed allowed by your disc-burning hardware. If you choose the Automatic option. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 65 .Write method The write methods available to you depend on your disc burner hardware and drivers. sometimes it can be useful to choose a lower speed. if you have selected Automatic or Disc at Once as the write method. The Automatic option defaults to Close session.
only the speeds that are actually available for the target disc will be displayed. if you don’t want to be warned. where even small errors can lead to a significant deterioration in the reading speed. It is recommended that you keep the default setting.whether to decrease the demands on your system. Write to hard disk first Devices that read optical discs are usually not as fast as hard drives. Selecting Write to hard disk first causes the data to be buffered to the hard disk drive before being copied to the target device. 66 InstantCD/DVD . and the effective read speed may be further reduced if errors occur. check this box. and write errors will occur. If it falls too low. However. InstantCopy warns you before it begins to copy if the target CD or DVD is rewritable (as opposed to “write-once”). since any files that are already on the disc will be destroyed in the process. the data will not be delivered to the target device quickly enough. Under the Automatic setting the write speed will be set to High. or to allow for speed limitations in the device being copied from. If you have already inserted a disc into the drive. This may be of particular value when reading from a CD-ROM. Overwrite rewritable media without confirmation By default.
Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 67 . the destination disc is not affected and can be used after correcting the error. all read and write operations are executed normally. If you are not sure about the performance of your system you should always try a simulation before the actual write. Read settings The Read tab lets you control settings relating to reading from a source drive. Note: Not all disc burners support switching off the laser as required for simulated writing. for example). If an interruption does occur (due to a read failure. but the write laser is switched off. During the simulation. If the writing procedure is discontinued. you can perform a simulated write first by checking this box before starting the copy. If you anticipate possible problems with a disc copy.Simulate writing if possible Successful writing to a CD or DVD depends on an uninterrupted flow of data from the source drive. the write process cannot continue.
If you have already inserted a disc into the drive. you can decrease the value to speed up the process. the audio quality gets worse at higher speeds.Data read speed This setting controls the speed at which data tracks are read. The optimum speed depends on your drive. the read speed should be at least double the write speed. 68 InstantCD/DVD . A reasonable minimum value for typical drives is 3. 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. If you choose the Automatic option. For direct copying from one optical disc device to another. The Automatic (default) read speed therefore corresponds to Maximum. only the read speeds that are actually available for that disc will appear in the list. Hardware read retries This value specifies the number of times the hardware will read a sector until a read error is reported. We suggest using the highest available speed. A normal value is 10 attempts. For special uses like copying discs with known read errors. The recommended minimum value is 3. for instance. because drives will automatically move down to a lower speed if read errors occur. you can try decreasing the value to speed up the process. With some drives. Audio read speed Use this setting to set the speed at which audio tracks are read. as with Software read retries. the read speed will be set to Maximum. A normal value is 10 attempts and.
Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 69 .Activity log Here you will find a report of InstantCopy’s activities during the current session.
however. 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. When required. 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. The settings are in groups. accessed by tabs across the top of the dialog. you can access these settings for the devices listed in the InstantCopy window.Chapter 9: Advanced options In most circumstances.
The list of read features shows the disc types and speeds supported. 72 InstantCD/DVD .General The General tab of the Device Properties dialog box displays the type of device along with version and manufacturer information. and additional features like the ability to read ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) and UPC (Universal Product Code).
Chapter 9: Advanced options 73 .Writer This tab of the Device Properties dialog box provides driver and feature information about the currentlyselected disc writer device.
The Read UPC button lets you read the disc’s UPC (Universal Product Code) if your drive supports this feature. 74 InstantCD/DVD . Click the Refresh button if you insert a new disc while the properties dialog is displaying.Disc The Disc properties tab provides information about the disc currently in the drive.
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 . It doesn’t matter which location you access them from. Set hardware retries: This is the same as Set hardware retries on the Read tab.
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. However. 76 InstantCD/DVD . up to 20MB or so of extra space may be available for copying. so this step is not usually required. Use Burnproof/Justlink: Burnproof and Justlink are technologies for preventing write errors due to “buffer underruns”. you can enable it by checking this box. In any case. writing more data on a CD-R(W) than the guaranteed capacity of the disc – is possible if this option is checked.Use DirectWrite: Oversize writing – that is. the option only works with disc-at-once recording and only with some CD recorders. Be sure to use valid UPC numbers. InstantCopy has an internal database that includes capacity information for most CD-R(W)s. Depending on the brand of disc you choose. as invalid codes can cause the write process to fail. If your disc burner supports either technology. you can find out by right-clicking the drive and selecting Determine capacity (but be prepared for a somewhat lengthy operation). If you are not sure whether the disc size is sufficient. Check this box if your drive is able to write CD-Text and you want to use this feature. Write CD Text: CD-Text is optional added text information included on some CDs and readable by some players. 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. Such errors occur when the destination drive requests data faster than the source drive can supply it. Invalid ISRC codes can cause the write process to fail.
do not close the session after the first write. Track at once This method is available for nearly all recorders. Chapter 10: Reference topics 77 .Chapter 10: Reference topics These topics provide additional details on the “write methods” and “closing methods” that are available to you when creating discs. 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. Until you finalize the disc you can add more sessions after the first as long as there is enough space left on the disc. Because of this. the Disc at once mode is suggested for audio discs. The tracks are written one by one and the table of contents is written after the last track. If you want to write additional audio tracks. The write methods InstantCopy provides three standard methods of writing data onto the destination disc. Not all disc-burners support all three. Be aware that an audio CD player can only detect the first session on such a “multi-session” disc.
all the data that will eventually appear on the disc are written in one pass. in which case further writing is never possible and the closing method setting is not considered. The closing methods The closing method defines how the write process is finished. This makes it possible for InstantCopy to control the pauses between tracks.Disc at once Using this write method. Raw Using this write method. You cannot later add data to a disc written with this method. Unlike Disc at once. the option of using DirectWrite (when supported by the recorder) and the absence of audible glitches between tracks. where some of the data written to the disc are created by the burner itself. the data are written to the disc in one pass. and more tracks can be added to it. CD-ROM drives and Audio CD players are not able to use such CDs until they have been finalized. With this feature. making it possible to write data to the disc which otherwise couldn’t be written. however. Leave disc open This closing method finishes the writing of the track. 78 InstantCD/DVD . InstantCopy is able to duplicate the source data exactly. Its main advantage is the optimum utilization of space. 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. in Raw mode all data are controlled by the program. The current session stays open. Tracks can be appended to one another without pauses if desired.
Close session Once the session has been closed. while a normal CD player is not capable of reading multi-session discs and will detect only the first session on your CD. is in terms of how many 1024-byte “slices” it contains. One common way to refer to the size of a computer file. If you select this option. Close disc This option is a kind of write protection for the disc. a quantity that has the prefix “kilo” in the SI system of measurement used by scientist and engineers. Of course the medium itself must be readable. The result is that the 4. even that seemingly simple statement is rather misleading. Not all CD-ROM drives can read CD-RWs. Measuring storage A blank DVD is often said to hold 4.7 GB of data. most drives are able to read the disc. Unfortunately. all the tracks should therefore be written one session: don’t finalize the disc until all your last track has been written. or a chunk of computer memory. 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. Those slices are usually called kilobytes (abbreviated KB or Kbyte) simply because of the accident that 1024 is quite close to 1000. Chapter 10: Reference topics 79 . If you are creating an Audio CD.7 GB disc – it’s too big! Computer storage is almost always organized in powers of two. no one can change the content of the disc (although the disc can still be erased if it is rewritable). because the “GB” unit is used to mean two different things.
4096 bytes is equivalent to exactly four kilobytes – not 4.37 GB in terms of computer storage.824 bytes. • 1000 KB.576 byte. for example) are “correct” according to this normal usage. • 1024 KB. The file sizes reported by Windows (in Windows Explorer.024. so a “4.073.For instance.700.048.000 bytes. this small but manageable confusion of terms becomes more tangled. Unfortunately. after the SI “mega” prefix. Rather than exactly one billion (one thousand million) bytes. In fact. or 1.000.7 GB” disc in fact has a capacity of 4.741.096 kilobytes as normal SI usage would indicate. the third of these is generally preferred. the manufacturers of DVDs have chosen to use the SI meaning of “giga”. or 1.000 bytes – which corresponds to only about 4. 80 InstantCD/DVD . or 1. The same reasoning holds true when we move up to the next SI prefix and talk about gigabytes (GB or Gbyte). we generally use “gigabyte” to mean 1024 MB. and again because of the way storage is actually organized. What do we mean by a megabyte (MB or Mbyte)? One might suppose it to be any of these: • A million bytes exactly. With larger quantities.
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Aiff or Ogg Vorbis format. • Encode and decode audio in mp3PRO format. • Record audio and store it in MP3. • Create. packed with features and underpinned by advanced digital sound-processing. you can: • Open and play back audio files in the formats MP3. Real Audio and WMA format. After you reach this limit. Aiff. Wave. increase or decrease the level of bass.e. mid or treble frequencies) and improve the sound using four additional real time effects. • Export audio in MP3. 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. WMA. With InstantAudio. • Create a database of your music – called the Library or the Pool – that allows you to enter additional information for each song. • Cut and edit MP3 files in an Editor.Chapter 11: Introducing InstantAudio InstantAudio is a powerful and versatile program. store and open playlists in three commonly used formats. • Apply EQ (i. Aiff. Wave. Ogg Vorbis and audio CD tracks. Wave. you will need to purchase an upgrade to enable unlimited encoding. Chapter 11: Introducing InstantAudio 83 . Note: Some versions of InstantAudio have limits on the number of times you are allowed to use the mp3PRO encoder. mp3PRO is an improved MP3 format that cuts the files sizes in half while retaining the full quality.
We recommend that you also use the default skin when referring to the manual. Different sets of user interface graphics (skins) are supplied with the program. attenuating them to the same average playback level. In this manual. The current skin can be changed using InstantAudio’s context menus. • Access an on-line service to receive title names and artist information about the CD currently in your CD-ROM drive. • Show or hide individual program panels. • Simultaneously play back audio and trigger music- controlled visual effects on your screen. See page 127 for information. play back or record onto CD. either upon file export or when recording a CD. This can be used with all audio files that you export. • Switch between different user interface skins that give your program a different look and feel. • Store your songs on data CDs (as MP3 CDs) and/or audio CDs (CD recorder required). 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. • Create gapless playback or audio file arrangement on the CD. • Create crossfades between all tracks in a playlist. save or record onto CD. • Set InstantAudio to automatically metanormalize audio files. 84 InstantCD/DVD .• Load and apply up to two high-quality VST mastering plug-in effects to the songs that you play. • Store EQ and effects settings with the playlist. the default skin was used.
Effects. The panels are called Player. Playlist and Library.Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window To open the program. select InstantCD+DVD Music InstantAudio on your computer’s Start menu. or select Organize Music from the Music tab of the InstantCD+DVD starter application. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 85 . or with the View commands on InstantAudio’s right-button context menu. This will start the program and open the InstantAudio window. or with the keyboard commands listed on that menu. The Player panel is always visible. 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. which is divided into several panels.
• If you are working with a wheel mouse. 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. • To reset a fader to its default or “zero” setting. and control the volume for both recording and playback. • If you want to “fine-tune” your settings. activate various playback modes. The Player can be used as an ordinary CD player.General fader handling Here are some general principles for using faders and dials in InstantAudio: • You can use a dial like a fader. by clicking on it and dragging. keep the Shift key pressed while moving the fader handle. click on it while the Ctrl key is held down. You can also switch between the songs in the current playlist. THE PLAYER The Player provides transport controls that let you play back. record and navigate within the audio of a song.
Click on the text to stop it from scrolling or to start it moving again. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 87 . Use the position slider at the bottom of the Player to quickly change the current song position. See “Importing files from CD” on page 118 for more information. Song information display In the top left corner of the Player. Choose which figure is displayed by clicking REMAINING or ELAPSED next to the counter. 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. either by dragging the slider knob or simply clicking anywhere along the line representing the full duration of the song. The song’s total duration is displayed in the smaller figures beneath the counter.drive: simply drag a CD drive icon from the left panel of the Library into the Playlist panel. The time displays The big counter display shows either how much time has passed since the start of the current song. or how much time is remaining.
You can also halt playback from the keyboard by pressing [Space]. Next song: Jump immediately to the next song in the current playlist. Stop: Halt playback or recording. and navigate within the song or the playlist. From left to right the individual button functions are: Repeat song: Indefinitely repeat the song currently playing. Previous song: Jump immediately to the previous song in the current playlist. The playback modes On the right-hand side of the Player are four small buttons that select the various playback modes. The Record dialog box opens. 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 .The transport controls The seven transport control buttons let you start and stop playback or recording. See “Recording” on page 90 for details. Play: Play the current song back beginning at the current position. You can initiate playback from the keyboard by pressing [Space]. Fast forward: Rapidly advance in the current song until the button is released.
) The indicators will flicker as you play back a song. input/output faders. in random order. Depending on the skin. clip indicators and/or a position fader. Clipping occurs if the signal strength jumps above 0 dB at the input or output. Level meters. To reset a clipping indicator: Click on the indicator. the Player might contain one or several level meters. clip indicators Depending on which of the available program skins you use. (The recording level is controlled via the meters in the Record dialog. Use these to check for signal clipping at the inputs or outputs of InstantAudio. Mute: Turn off the sound while the Player continues to operate. as it adds distortion to your audio. Depending on the skin used. level and position faders. there might be a clipping indicator at the top of each meter. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 89 . You can set the volume by clicking on the fader or dragging the fader handle with the mouse. To eliminate clipping: Lower the applicable volume fader until clipping no longer occurs.Repeat all: Indefinitely repeat the entire current playlist. a level fader might appear as a bar in the middle of each level meter or as a separate element. Random: Indefinitely repeat the entire current playlist. The LED chain type meters indicate the playback volumes on the left and right channels. Clipping should generally be avoided at all costs.
the rating values go from 0 to 100. The Record dialog opens. To assign a rating with the bar graph: While playing back the title. Make the desired settings. 90 InstantCD/DVD . Start playback of your source audio. 3. Numerically.Rating You can assign a rating of from zero to ten stars to any title in the Playlist. See “The Record dialog” below. which is covered on page 121.) 2. each star representing a value of 10. 4. (Select the audio capture device in the Preferences dialog. InstantAudio will record the song according to your settings. The rating is displayed as a bar graph on the Player: Ratings are stored with the Playlist. then click the Record button at the bottom left of the Record dialog. position the mouse anywhere in the rating bar graph and drag to the left or right while holding down the left mouse button. levels and timing parameters for your recording. Click InstantAudio’s Record button. Recording To start recording: Make sure the audio source that you wish to record from is activated in your sound card’s mixer software and that InstantAudio’s level indicators confirm the signal is being received. It lets you set file location and format options. 1.
and specifying the directory and file name of the recording. you can configure InstantAudio to start or stop recording automatically based on the volume level of the source. In the Level Control panel on the right. The panel on the left side of the dialog provides controls for defining the file format. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 91 .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. 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. setting format options.
The levels panel below the Timer panel provides a slider for setting the record level of the audio. To open a Visualization window: Click the Visualization button (the bottommost in the column of four buttons at the right of the Player). pause and halt recording respectively (from left to right). The three transport control buttons at the bottom left of the Record dialog let you begin.To pause recording when the level falls below a given value: Check Pause on silence and set the threshold value. 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. With this option. 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. You can even have multiple visualizations open at the same time. 92 InstantCD/DVD . 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. 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. or select View Visualization from one of the right-button context menus available throughout InstantAudio.
com Install any visualizations you download by copying them to the Components subfolder of the InstantAudio program folder. When this mode is active. See page 121 for more information. To change visualizations automatically: Press the S key on your computer keyboard to toggle visualization slideshow mode. To obtain new visualizations: New visualizations may be made available through Pinnacle’s InstantAudio support web-site at: www. You can also use the arrow keys on your computer keyboard to move forward and back through the available visualizations. To select a visualization: Click the title-bar of the Visualization window and select any of the items on the pop-up menu.pinnaclesys. all the visualization windows automatically change to a different visualization at an interval specified in the Preferences dialog. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 93 .The Oscilloscope visualization in action.
FX settings you apply to a title from the playlist are stored with the playlist and used whenever that title is played.THE EQ/FX PANEL Show or hide this panel with the Show/Hide EQ/FX button in the Player. and store the settings as presets. Four excellent built-in mastering effects (FX) are also located here. You can furthermore simultaneously load two external VST plug-in effects into the program’s VST plug-in slots. 94 InstantCD/DVD . This panel provides a graphic equalizer that lets you adjust your audio in eight separate frequency bands. or by selecting View Hide EQ/FX from a context menu. Hundreds of VST effects are commercially available. regardless of the amount of effect used. Note: VST is a widespread plug-in standard. These can be used to enhance quality and punch of your audio. InstantAudio’s proprietary EQ and FX algorithms provide distortion-free playback of your music. or by pressing Ctrl+E. Your FX settings can also be stored as presets.
the highlighting is removed and the control values revert to the previous state. if you wish to use any of the FX controls.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. each representing a set of values for all the controls in the group. If you click the highlighted slot again. Click one of the buttons to load the values associated with that preset slot. Start by clicking the Save button. you must first activate the EQ master switch – the Bypass/Activate equalizer button – so that it lights up. simply click it again. You will be given a chance to enter a new name for the preset before it is saved. The button highlights and the controls are updated to the values stored in that slot. You can overwrite any of the preset slots with the current set of control values. you must activate both the FX master switch – the Bypass/Activate effects button. EQ and FX preset buttons The EQ and FX areas also provide five preset slots. and the on-button for the FX you want to use. This feature makes it easy to switch between two sets of values. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 95 . which begins to flash. Similarly. If you want to cancel the save operation while the Save button is flashing. If you wish to use the EQ faders. Now click the button for the slot you want to overwrite.
the EQ and FX settings apply to the current track only. Each fader affects a certain frequency range within the audio frequency spectrum. 96 InstantCD/DVD . Instead.EQ and FX toggle buttons Each of the EQ and FX areas also includes a button with a minus sign: In both cases. The Global button Your EQ and FX settings can be applied either to individual tracks or to the entire playlist. The Equalizer (EQ) The equalizer is a group of eight faders on the EQ/FX panel. When the Global button is inactive. “Convert File” and “Burn CD”).g. the button toggles between the manually-edited and the neutral settings for each song in the currently open playlist. the current settings of the master switch buttons and the Global button will be ignored. When songs are processed under this option. the current EQ and FX settings will be used. If the Global button is active (highlighted). Note: Some dialogs (e. include an option called Apply EQ & FX. 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).
Compress: Reduces the dynamic range of the audio (closing the gap between softer and louder sounds). move it upwards to increase the level. 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. From top to bottom: Stereo spread: Enlarges the stereo width of an existing stereo signal.When all faders are positioned in the middle position (0 dB). Enhancer: Increases the width of the frequency spectrum in the audio and improves its clarity and transparency. Loud max: Increases the perceived loudness and signal density. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 97 . If you have never used a graphic equalizer before. no filtering takes place: all the frequencies present in the signal are passed through unmodified. Move a fader downwards to decrease the level of the corresponding frequency range. whether subtly or dramatically. The built-in effects (FX) The EQ/FX panel has four built-in high-quality mastering effects.
some even free of charge. 98 InstantCD/DVD . VST is a widespread plug-in standard that is used to add additional functionality to programs that are “VST compatible”. This is automatically created upon installation by InstantAudio. they must be stored in a “Vstplugins” folder.The VST effect slots InstantAudio allows you to load external VST plug-in effects into one or both of two available slots. Check the Pinnacle web site. The names of the available VST plug-ins are shown in the left-hand drop-down list in each slot. the Internet or your music dealer. For VST plug-ins to be accessible from within InstantAudio. Hundreds of plug-ins with a great variety of functions are available on the market.
its name is displayed and the Edit and On buttons become active. If you select a different program while the editor window is displayed. its controls are immediately updated to reflect the new values. Initially. You can change the name of a preset simply by clicking on the name and overtyping it. the right-hand list in the slot is loaded with a default bank of named presets called programs. Some VST effects provide their own editing windows. both the upper and lower slots are empty. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 99 . 3. Open the left-hand list in the first slot. and then the Edit button to open the editing window for the effect. proceed as follows: Click the VST button in InstantAudio’s EQ section to open the VST effects rack. Select one. and the particular settings it gives access to. The plug-in is loaded. You can display and edit the settings for the current program by clicking the Edit button at the left of each plug-in slot. All the VST effects in your Vstplugins folder should be listed.Each time you choose a plug-in. 2. vary from one effect to the next. The appearance of the settings editor. 1. Each program in the list represents one combination of values for the settings provided by the current plug-in. while others employ a generic editing window provided by InstantAudio. Click the On button to activate the plug-in. To use VST plug-in effects within InstantAudio.
Make the desired settings in the editing window of the effect. 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. you should save them to your hard drive by clicking the File button and selecting Save Program from the popup menu. The program you load replaces the current one in the program bank. 100 InstantCD/DVD . You can then reload the program with File Load Program at any time. You can also load and save the program banks themselves into named files with the Load Bank and Save Bank commands. • Exit InstantAudio If you want to be able to re-use the settings later.4. or. This makes it possible to employ as many named presets as you like when working with VST effects in InstantAudio. and optionally provide a new name for the current program.
Add titles to or remove them from the playlist. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 101 . The list can also be generated automatically by InstantAudio itself to your specifications. print or send it to someone else. The Playlist has numerous uses: • Open. from which you can paste it into any text editor software and edit. Save the playlist content – not just the paths to the audio files. Copy the playlist as text to the system clipboard. save or create a list of audio files to be played • • • • back with the Player. save. This is useful if you need to find out where particular files are located on your hard disk. Show files in Windows Explorer. but the actual audio files themselves – to a different location.THE PLAYLIST The Playlist panel is located below the EQ/ FX panel in the InstantAudio window.
Select one or more song files or playlist files in any of the supported formats. New: This button clears the playlist in preparation for adding new songs. artist and other information – that are included in MP3 files. • Export and convert MP3. allowing you to select a save folder. Wave.• Burn a data CD (such as an MP3 CD) or audio CD. Create crossfades between audio tracks. Add: The Add Files to Playlist dialog appears. Playlist operations Some common operations affecting the Playlist panel are available via six toolbar buttons. When a playlist file is selected. Save: The Save Playlist File dialog appears. file name and file format for saving the current playlist to your hard drive. Aiff. If you have made changes to the current playlist you will be offered a chance to save it before the existing list is cleared. export or burn onto CD. Metanormalize – constrain audio playback to the same average audio level over a group of files. pls and xml. Edit the ID3 tags – information packets containing title. The conversion can done on either a single file or a batch of files. WMA and • • • • • Ogg Vorbis files to any other of these formats. Transfer MP3 files to a connected portable MP3 player. its 102 InstantCD/DVD . Three widely used formats are available: m3u. Apply EQ and FX to all files that you wish to convert.
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. This is a permanent change to the playlist. Remove: Any selected songs are deleted from the current playlist. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 103 . which selects songs from the playlist in a random order. See page 105 for details.songs are added to the Playlist panel just as if those songs had been selected individually. but does not modify the playlist itself. You can use standard Windows shortcuts for selecting multiple songs. 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. Convert Files and Portable Player Manager). The Playlist menu also provides these additional commands: Copy as text: This command copies the current playlist titles as text to the Windows clipboard. Generate a playlist: This command invokes the Generate Playlist dialog box. unlike the random playback mode in the Player. despite whatever level differences may exist from one song file to the next. from which you can paste the list into another application such as a text editor. Normalize: Clicking this button sets all selected titles to be played back at a consistent playback volume. This function is also available in various InstantAudio dialogs (Burn CD.
allowing you to create a CD from the files in the playlist.Export files: Opens the Convert Files dialog box. The names of currently-displayed columns have a check-mark. A pop-up menu appears. See “Export files with format conversion” on page 107 for more information. listing the fields available for display. 104 InstantCD/DVD . which lets you save the files in your playlist into other formats. Select which columns should be visible in the playlist by right-clicking in header area of the list as shown in the illustration. Playlist columns A playlist can display up to eighteen columns of information about each song. Click any name with the left mouse button to toggle the display of the corresponding column. When a song is actually playing. The “*” playlist column displays on the list as a small loudspeaker icon. its list entry is displayed in bold type and the loudspeaker icon changes to show that sound is being produced. Burn files: Opens the Burn CD dialog.
and entering a value (“Mudbunny”) in the text space. specified in whole hours. each of which accepts a subset of the available songs while rejecting all the rest. which you select using the radio buttons that appear to the left of all rules except the first: Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 105 . Check the Not option if you would like to reverse the meaning of the rule. It would change our example rule to mean “any artist but Mudbunny”. For instance. Enter a rule by making choices on the two drop-down lists. Multiple rules can be combined in either of two ways. Automatically generating a playlist The Generate Playlist dialog opens from the context menu command Playlist Generate a playlist. the rule “artist is Mudbunny” would only accept songs performed by Mudbunny. from one to fifteen. The Less and More buttons let you change the number of rules available. Begin by entering a name for the generated playlist and a duration.Playlist summary The total number of files and their total playback time are displayed above the list itself. The next step is to create one or more filtering rules.
Activate the checkboxes in the Burn column for the titles you want to burn onto CD. FX. The Burn CD dialog The Burn CD dialog opens from the Playlist Burn Files command or the Write Disc button in the Library toolbar. To burn a disc: 1.1 kHz. 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. a three-hour playlist has been specified. the songs defined by the current rule will be included along with all the songs accepted after processing the rules up to that point. 106 InstantCD/DVD . Press the Generate button to let the program create the playlist. In the example below.If the Or option is used. 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.
Checkboxes beside each title let you choose exactly Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 107 .2. format and file size. Export files with format conversion The Playlist Export Files context menu command opens the Convert Files dialog.) Another dialog now appears where you can make additional settings and start the actual writing process. file name. Click the Start button. Remember: Writing a CD in one of the two supported formats is a continuous process that should never be interrupted. (If you instead click Cancel. Use this dialog to convert the files in the current playlist into a different format or a different variant of their current format. The files to be converted are listed on the left side of the dialog by title. artist. otherwise the CD cannot be used. nothing is recorded onto the CD and the dialog box is closed.
Apply EQ and FX: When this box is checked. Convert: Click this button to start the conversion process. Close: Exit the Convert Files dialog. WMA or Ogg Vorbis formats to use for the exported files. File Format: This drop-down list lets you choose which of the MP3. any EQ and FX associated with songs in the playlist will be incorporated in the exported files. By default all the boxes are checked. but does not consider the songs as a group. Use Don’t normalize if you don’t want either of the other options Destination folder: Enter a path for the exported files. 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. Make Playlist: Activate this button if you want InstantAudio to create a new playlist containing the exported files. According to which format you select. or use the Select All and Select None commands on the list’s right-button context menu. You can check and clear them individually.which titles to export. the Format options section in the dialog shows the appropriate parameters and file quality options. InstantAudio automatically sets up crossfades between all the exported files. Use the Browse button to locate the folder with the aid of a Select Directory dialog box. Crossfade: When this box is checked. Normalize increases the volume within each song such that the full dynamic range of the digital audio is being used. Wave. 108 InstantCD/DVD . Aiff.
quality or bitrate into a file format with a higher resolution. an MP3 file can store information about the music in the form of “ID3 Tags”. It is available only when the Fraunhofer Encoder is selected. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 109 . An update that allows unlimited encoding is available for purchase. and the bit-rate is set to 96 kBit/s or less. The Info & Tagger dialog In addition to the music itself. quality or bit rate can’t increase the actual quality of the file. There is no way to recover the information that was discarded when the lower-quality file was created. Note: In some versions of InstantAudio. This format cuts the file size by half without loss of quality.The limitations of file conversion Convertint a file with a low resolution.) You can access and edit this information in the Info & Tagger dialog. a successor format to MP3. (InstantAudio actually uses version 2 of the ID3 specification – “ID3 v2”. MP3Pro InstantAudio’s mp3PRO option lets you encode files in mp3PRO. the mp3PRO encoding function is limited to 20 uses.
either choose the file name in the drop-down list at the top of the dialog. select one or more MP3 files in the Playlist then click File info on the list’s right-button context menu.To open the Info & Tagger dialog. To view the information for one of the other selected files. 110 InstantCD/DVD . 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.) If you have selected several files in the Playlist. or click the forward and back arrow buttons on either side of the file name.
Use the arrow buttons to modify the current value. Double-clicking the image has the same effect. Tag – Title: Enter the title that should be used for this song in InstantAudio and other MP3 Players. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 111 . Tag – Album: The album on which this performance of the song was recorded. When you click this field. 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. • Remove image – The image is deleted from the song file. Tag – Year: The year when the song was released. Image: An MP3 file can contain a bitmapped image. Tag – Track number: The sequence number of the track on the album. Tag – Genre: The type of song. This is not the same as the file name.Info: This box contains information about the format (duration. which can then serve as an icon or illustration for the song. etc. a drop-down list of 148 genres is displayed. or enter the new number directly. Tag – Artist: The artist who performed the song. • Load image – Replaces the existing image (if any) with a JPEG or PNG image you select. Pick the one that best fits the material. 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. file. file size.) and encoding of the current. or enter the year directly.
Lyrics: Click this button to open a simple dialog where you can view or edit the text showing the song lyrics. or enter the rating directly. up to 30 characters in length. Click OK to approve your changes. Tag – Rating: A numeric rating for the song between 0 and 100. 112 InstantCD/DVD . The song files are updated with the new information. 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. Close: Close the dialog. Use the arrow buttons to modify the current value.Tag – Comment: A remark about the song. The song file is updated with the new information. Apply: Click this button to accept any changes you have made to the data for the current song in the Info & Tagger dialog. Be sure to click Apply or Apply all before closing if you wish to preserve any changes you have made.
but the folders in this case are virtual: they don’t reflect the actual layout of the audio material on your disc. Instead.THE LIBRARY The Library panel – also called the “Pool” – gives you access to a powerful database of audio content. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 113 . Because the “Artists” folder has been selected. we can open the “Artists” folder (by clicking the button next to its name) then click the name of one of the artists. The folders tree This panel is organized in the same way as the folders pane in a Windows Explorer window. “Albums” and “Genres”. The folders tree. the right-hand panel contains a listing of all the artists who have songs in your library. The folders. The panel is divided into the folders tree on the left and the title list on the right. To explore further in the folders tree. the material is organized into categories that are more directly useful for working with audio. with names like “Artists”. you can simply double-click the artist’s name in the title list on the right. Alternatively. let you choose and locate songs under any of those categories.
we open the Slackjaw subfolder itself. and the playlist as well. allowing you to drill down until you eventually see song titles in the right-hand list. The song title list The song title list consists of information organized in labeled columns. The “Slackjaw” subfolder is now open. As with the other title lists in the library. The title list now shows all the songs in our library that come from that album. and select an album there. The albums containing the Slackjaw songs in our library are now listed in title list. individual columns can be selected and deselected on a pop-up menu that 114 InstantCD/DVD . and we have selected an artist named Slackjaw. and we have selected an album named Birdfinger. or we double-click one of the albums in the right-hand panel.The “Artists” folder is now open. The other folders work in a similar fashion. Finally.
Track. The bit rate is a measure of the amount of data that represents one second of the song. Title. Higher values for any of these parameters (or Stereo rather Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 115 . Year. Artist. the number of the track (on its album). minutes and seconds. The sample rate is the number of samples taken per second when digitizing.appears when you right-click the top of the list. Channels. Length: The length of the song in hours. Sample rate. In this case. Click the genre to open a pop-up list of 148 genres to choose from. Bit rate. Click any of the fields to edit it directly. Album: The title of the song. Comment: The year the music came out. Sample width: This series of values is the set of parameters used for encoding the song. The channels value will be either Mono or Stereo. Genre: The type of music. Double-click the icon to play back the song. Click any of the fields to edit it directly. and a brief text comment. Added: The date the song was added to the Library. there are 20 different fields to choose from: Asterisk (*): This field displays as a small loudspeaker icon. the name of the artist who performed it. while the sample width is the number of digital bits (usually 16) in each sample. and the name of the album it appears on.
which lets you navigate the storage devices in your system in search of audio files and playlists in any format supported by InstantAudio. Click the field to edit it directly. Rating: Your numeric rating of the song. from 0 to 100. Remove files: This button removes any items that you have selected in the title list or the folders tree. The same function is also 116 InstantCD/DVD . Multiple file selections are allowed in this dialog. Peak: A value for the effective sonic pressure of the song. but also a larger file size and greater demand on system resources during playback. File deletion is permanent. and the peak volume level in decibels (dB). InstantAudio asks if you want to delete the underlying file(s) as well as removing the item from the database. so be careful not to use this option unless you really want to do away with the selected material altogether. Play count. Last played: The number of times the song has been played. 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. The same function is also available with the Pool Add Files To Pool context menu command. Add files: This button invokes the Add Files To Pool dialog box. RMS. Location: The full filename of this song.than Mono) imply higher-quality audio. and the date and time it was played most recently.
Add Files To Pool context Search library: This button opens the Search In Pool dialog. and click the Start Search button. and adds any found files to the Library. you can restrict the search to files of a certain bit rate or of a particular length. The songs that are found are added to the Library’s “Search Results” folder. Scan computer: The Search Computer For Music dialog box appears. or use the Browse button to access a Select Directory dialog box. which lets you specify the criteria you want to use to search for songs. The same function is also available Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 117 . For example. The search library function is also available with the Pool Search In Pool context menu command. Finally. Use it. If you want a specific folder to be scanned. InstantAudio performs the scan as requested. An Advanced Search tab gives you access to more options.available with the Pool menu command. album title or comment. or all your hard drives. type its name into the Start in folder edit box. to locate music by a specific artist. Click the Search button in the dialog to begin the search. enter the audio file types you want to scan for. Choose where you want InstantAudio to search for song files on your system: a specific folder. a single hard drive. for example. Extract from CD: This button opens the Import From CD dialog box.
Aiff. Use the File Format drop-down list to select which of the MP3. Aiff or Ogg Vorbis files. 4. The Format options section of the dialog shows the available parameters and file quality options for the selected format. See page 118 for details. 118 InstantCD/DVD . Click the Extract from CD button in the Library toolbar. The Pool sub-menu also provides one additional command: Clean pool: This command removes all data from the Library database. Show help: This button displays InstantAudio’s online help. Write disc: This button opens the Burn CD dialog box. Wave. 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. Importing files from CD With InstantAudio you can import audio files from CD and save them as MP3.with the Pool Import Audio CD context menu command. Wave. 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. The Import from CD dialog appears. 2. or Ogg Vorbis formats to use for the imported files. 1. To import audio from CD: Insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. 3.
a higher rate is equivalent to higher quality (though the difference is not necessarily always discernible). which in turn contains the imported songs.100 kHz. The “MPEG Layer 3 File” settings let you control the details of the MP3 encoding process.If you selected “Wave File” or “Aiff File” as the file format. “CD quality” is equivalent to 44. Sample Width and Channels. For example. With the Variable Bitrate method. 5. 7. 16-bits stereo. backslash characters to indicate folder divisions. containing within it a further directory named for the album. In general. the encoder matches the rate to the varying complexity of the source material. 6. This may result in a smaller file size for equivalent sound quality. With the Constant Bitrate encoding method. the available quality settings are Sample Rate. the better the quality. album. the higher the values. The Filename drop-down list lets you choose a folder and file name format for the tracks you import. the “Artist\Album\Track Title” format means that there will be a directory in destination folder named for the artist. The formats are built using place-holders for the artist. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 119 . track number and year. The sole “Ogg Vorbis File” setting is a Quality slider where the quality value is expressed as a percentage. and miscellanous punctuation text as required. track title. each one contained in a file whose name is constructed from the track number and title. Use the Browse button in the Destination Folder area to specify where the imported files should be stored.
If you have a permanent connection to the Internet. 9. This makes it unnecessary to go back on-line to look up the information for the CD again.To create your own presets on the Filename list. To delete a preset. Click the New button. the previouslyobtained data are read from the hard drive. You can also edit the Title and Artist fields for each song simply by clicking on the field and typing your revised information. The downloaded data is stored locally in the InstantAudio directory. it might be useful to activate the Auto-lookup new disc option. and on Configure for additional related settings (like choosing a specific server. Use the checkboxes in the Grab column of the song list to deselect any titles you do not want to import. 120 InstantCD/DVD . Click Get Titles to connect to the on-line server to get the CD information. even if the Autolookup new disc option is checked. such as a cable modem. 8. The area below the song list lets you use an Internet-based service to download track names and other information about the current CD. If you later insert the same CD into your CD-ROM drive. or searching in the database of the Windows’ CD player application). 10. select it from the Presets list and click the Remove button. click the button beside the list to open a dialog named “Setup”. then define the desired structure by clicking the buttons in the Add fields area of the window then clicking OK.
they will be played from top to bottom in the order they appear in the list. The two handles in the time ruler allow you to define a certain range. When you import files from CD. or Import All to import all titles. 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. to open the Preferences dialog. Click the Import button to import the titles you have selected. If several titles are selected. The dialog is organized into pages. You can also play songs back from within the Import from CD dialog by selecting one or more songs and clicking the Play button. which you can access using the navigation panel on the left side. whether selected or not. click the Apply button. or choose Options on the right-button context menu. if you do not want to import the whole title.11. You can use the position cursor in the time ruler below the list to locate a certain position within a title. To activate the changes on the current page without closing the dialog. To restore Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 121 . The Play button toggles to Stop during playback.
click the Defaults button. 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 .the default settings for the current page. The Playback device drop-down list lets you select the audio card you wish to use for playback. The topics below cover the preferences settings in the same order as they occur in the navigation panel. 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. 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. Playback The main Playback page on the Preferences dialog provides some technical settings relating to audio playback.
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. possibly indicating a problem with your audio settings. If Metanormalize tracks on playback is selected.01 sec. Note: If you activate both automatic crossfading and gapless playback. where the two songs only overlap by 0. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 123 . This is used to attenuate the songs to a common average playback level when you use the metanormalization function. Use gapless playback: This is like a special crossfade. You do this by telling the program to look for a point within those last 30 seconds of audio where the volume reaches the percentage value of the maximum value that you have set here. Crossfade length: Here you determine the total length of the crossfade. only the former will be activated. At this point. Percent of maximum trigger volume: By setting this value. songs that are played back are attenuated to a common average level. If the Report dropouts option is in force. the crossfade will end.effective sonic pressure (RMS) value. a warning message will be shown when dropouts occur during audio playback. you effectively determine a point within the last 30 seconds of a song at which the crossfade ends.
Auto save time: Use this control to set the auto save interval in minutes. Record device: Select which sound device should be used to capture audio data. The best way to understand the display is to watch it carefully as you manipulate the other controls. File name: These fields set the default path and name for your captured audio file. not just at the end of the session. This is especially important when you use VST effects. you find a graphical display of the crossfade as it is currently configured. Enable auto save: When this option is checked. This may also help you grasp their function more readily.Forerun: This can be used to move the crossfade start and end to earlier positions. You will have the opportunity to modify these selections when you actually initiate recording. e. Pool folder: Use this field to set the file path for the Pool. Preloading time: This lets you define the point at which to start the next song before the crossfade. Recording This Preferences page provides options relating to audio recording. 124 InstantCD/DVD . Record folder.g. Pool This Preferences page provides options relating to the Pool (Library). if a song ends abruptly. Trim strings: This option forces the removal of all blanks from the beginnings and ends of text entries in the Pool. In the lower part of the page. the Pool is saved periodically during use.
Circular: In this mode. Use the checkboxes on this page to specify which file types you want handled by InstantAudio. This immediately sets the dial angle to match the line between the center of the dial and the point where you clicked. User interface: Controls The single option on this Preferences page lets you choose how the dial controls in InstantAudio should respond to the mouse. either directly or in conjunction with the Browse button. The change takes effect the next time you run the program. Clear this checkbox to hide the tool tips if you prefer not to see them. the file type is used to decide which application program should open to display the file. Folder for temporary files: Use this field. buttons and other interface elements in InstantAudio. User interface: File types When you double-click a data file in Windows Explorer. You can further modify the position by continuing to hold the mouse button down Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 125 . you control the dial simply by clicking on it. Show tips: InstantAudio can provide fly-by tool tips for many program elements when the mouse pointer hovers over them momentarily. to specify the folder for temporary files created by InstantAudio.User interface The main User interface page in the Preferences dialog provides the following settings: Language: Select your preferred language for menus.
depending on your system. as you move the mouse in a circular path around the center of the dial. the same functions are available with every skin. User interface: Skins Skins are the different user interface stylings you can apply to InstantAudio to change its look and feel. the visualization display might slow down other programs on your computer. In general. • Display mode: Select one of the available display resolutions for the visualization window’s full-screen mode. but responds only in the dragging phase that follows. If this rate is set too high. even though the on-screen controls may change. but might be a bit too lively for fine tuning.as you drag the mouse. • Frame rate limit: Set the maximum frame rate per second that the plug-ins may use. Increasing the resolution too much could result in an unsatisfactory frame rate. Linear: This mode works like Relative circular except that you must drag the mouse in a vertical straight line rather than a circle. 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. Select the skin you wish to use from the drop-down list. 126 InstantCD/DVD . and decreases as you move it down. This is a quick way to set a dial. Visualization This Preferences page provides settings relating to the visualization plug-ins. The dial’s value increases as you move the mouse up.
changing from one to the next at an interval specified in seconds with the Slide Interval setting. These give you quick access to functions that you need in a particular part of the program. THE CONTEXT MENUS Throughout InstantAudio you can bring up different “context menus” by pressing the right mouse button. • Slideshow: The visualization plug-ins are invoked in turns. The Slide Mode setting lets you decide whether the visualizations should be changed in sequence or randomly. • Show playback time: This option displays the playback time of the currently-playing title in the visualization window when it is in full-screen mode. • Show info when song changed: The next song title will be displayed in the visualization window when it is in full-screen mode. on top of other open windows. the name of the visualization is displayed in the window. • Show info when visualization changed: With this option. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 127 . • Always on top: When this option is in effect. • Show plug-ins: Opens a dialog listing the available plug-ins. if you change the visualization in full-screen mode (using a key command). together with their properties.• Show framerate: Displays the used frame rate in the Visualization window. the visualization window remains always visible.
The final command on the View sub-menu is Show VST slots has the same effect as the VST button on the FX panel. View: This opens a sub-menu that lets you show and hide individual panels in the InstantAudio display. featuring the powerful but easy-to-use Key Command and Macro Editor. this function can be used to connect to an Internet radio station: simply input the address (URL). See “Visualizations” on page 92. if any. are shown in the Keys area. Use the Categories and Commands lists to locate the command for which you want to create a keyboard shortcut. press the key or key combination you want to use. Skins: This opens a sub-menu where you can select any of the supplied user interface stylings (skins). click in the Type new key command box. Another command opens a visualization window. please see “Playlist operations” on page 102. If you want to add a new command. See “The VST Effect slots” on page 98. Open location: If you are connected to the Internet. only the key command portion is visible. Pool: For the operations on this menu. When the dialog opens. then click the Assign button. you can use it repeatedly to open multiple visualizations. Key commands: This opens the Key Commands dialog box. The current shortcuts for that command. Playlist: For the operations on this menu.The standard context menu This menu appears when you right-click in most areas of the InstantAudio main window. The only panel you cannot hide is the Player. please see “Library operations” on page 116. 128 InstantCD/DVD .
play back file etc. Options: This item opens the Preferences dialog. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 129 . Exit: Quits the program.g. the Info & Tagger dialog provides forward and back arrows for moving from one song’s information to the next.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. open file. If several songs are selected in the playlist when this command is given. 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). 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. The Playlist files context menu This context menu appears when you right-click in the list area of the Playlist panel. It adds three commands to the standard context menu: File info: This option opens the Info & Tagger dialog.). 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. See “Preferences” on page 121. assign a common descriptive name to them and finally assign a key command to the macro.
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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 13: Welcome to InstantMusic 133 . The created CDs can be played on any ordinary CD player.Chapter 13: Welcome to InstantMusic InstantMusic is a powerful tool for the creation of your own songs. A library of more than 100 high-quality samples. The ability to create mixes up to 80 minutes in length through simple drag and drop. The ability to read and write audio data directly from or to CD. Recorded samples are saved to disk as WAV files.
InstantMusic projects are called arrangements. They consist of the samples (WAV-format audio files) you record or obtain.Chapter 14: The Arranger Launching InstantMusic brings up the Arranger screen. plus the mixing parameters and effects that you specify using the rich set of available controls. where you will be spending most of your time. Chapter 14: The Arranger 135 .
The toolbars InstantMusic is controlled by the menu entries. the symbol bar and drag-and-drop behavior. 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.
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 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. are the master volume and panning controls for your arrangement: Next come the headers. The Sample Explorer (see page 139) lets you import samples (WAV files) into your project using a familiar file-system “tree” control. The Tracks panel (see page 138) contains the arrangement’s master volume and panning controls. one for each of the up to 16 tracks in the arrangement. plus the headers for each of the tracks in your project. The track headers Headers for each track appear in the Tracks panel to the left of the Arranger window. above the track headers themselves. Each header contain panning 138 InstantCD/DVD . At the top of the panel.
and suppresses other file types. making it silent during playback regardless of volume settings. however. The Sample Explorer The Sample Explorer is the fastest way to add samples to an arrangement. The Sample Explorer displays the names of any WAV files in the folders you open. not all the controls shown above are displayed. Note: At lower screen resolutions. • W: Causes the audio waveform graph to be shown on each sample. Beside the pan control are three letter-buttons: • M: Mutes the track. Chapter 14: The Arranger 139 . Navigate to your files using the familiar Explorerstyle interface. • V: Causes the volume curve (or “fade curve”) to be shown on each sample.and volume controls similar to those in the master panel. They are still accessible through the Track Properties dialog (see page 152). Simply drag any desired WAV files from the Sample Explorer onto the appropriate places in your arrangement. 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.
start time. The buttons below the arranger are a fast way to access the Track List window. The automatic label generation feature will use the new name when creating labels for your disc. A progress bar supplies visual feedback during these operations. WORKING WITH ARRANGEMENTS InstantMusic projects. The selected track will be highlighted in the list. Creating the CD Use the InstantDisc application to write your music out to disc after the arrangement has been completed. Load and save projects Load or save your arrangements by selecting the menu commands or toolbar buttons. Open the Track List with View Track List. or with the Open Track List button on the Track toolbar. The name. end time and length of each track are displayed. called arrangements. consist of up to 16 tracks with an arbitrary number of samples (WAV files) on each.The Track List This window displays information about the CD tracks that will be created from your arrangement. Click the name to change it. 140 InstantCD/DVD .
Click again to reset the play marker to the beginning of the arrangement. The following functions are available: Play: This function plays the arrangement from the current position of the play marker. (The play marker can be set to the beginning of the arrangement by double clicking the “Stop” button. Pause: Pause playback. 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. Digital multitrack mixer This digital mixer enables you to mute tracks. Chapter 14: The Arranger 141 . Click again to resume. Stop: Stops playback.Audio player InstantMusic’s integrated audio player lets you hear your arrangement any time you want. but others are disabled. (You must have a compatible soundcard installed.) Many editing features remain available during playback.) The playback features are found in the Player menu and the toolbar.
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 “End” mark is red with a triangle to the left side. 142 InstantCD/DVD . Custom marks: Use custom marks to set CD track boundaries. End: This mark sets the end of the arrangement. Start: This mark sets the beginning of the arrangement. The “Start” mark is red with a triangle to the right side.MARKS Marks represent particular points along the timeline of your arrangement. The area between two marks is always one track on the CD. Among other functions. it shows the current position while playing or merging the data.
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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Click and hold the mouse button when you see the cross-fade pointer. 148 InstantCD/DVD . move your mouse pointer into the lower area of the sample where you want the cross-fade to begin. 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. drag the top right rectangle to the left: Cross-fade To create a cross-fade between samples. drag the mouse into the next sample where the cross-fade should end and release the button. or the Edit Mode command on the View menu or on a sample’s pop-up menu.To fade out. Enter Edit mode with with the Editmode button on the Main toolbar. The rectangular fade handles in the corners of the sample have no role in a cross-fade.
4. Chapter 14: The Arranger 149 . double-click on the its volume line. To return all volume control points to the neutral position.To change the volume of a sample. Edit Mode must be disabled after your volume edits are complete because samples cannot be moved while in this mode. as required for the sample you are about to record. choose Clear on the Main toolbar or the sample’s popup menu. including a file name. Move the pointer to the position where 1. or create custom fades with any characteristics you choose. To remove all the volume control points from a sample. Click Start Recording on the Player toolbar. 2. click End Recording. Your mouse pointer changes to a small red rectangle. You can readily change the volume in some parts of the sample or not others. 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. 3. After your performance. The Start Recording and End Recording command are not enabled until your settings have been made. AUDIO RECORDING To record audio data into InstantMusic: Set the recording settings.
stereo). Interface note: To see the available audio source devices. you must enable the mixer control by clicking the Mixer button. If you see a “No insert” sign instead of the red rectangle. Monitor: Enable this feature to see the audio data to record in a spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope view.1 kHz. Recording start/end: This setting enables you to set fixed start and end times for the recording. which opens the following dialog box: Edit.: Click this button to select the audio format you want to use. The graphical display works in real time. 16-bit. 150 InstantCD/DVD . the new sample is too large for the available space in your arrangement. Remember that you can set the arrangement length in the Arrangement Properties dialog.. Recording settings To record audio from external devices..you want to insert the recorded audio data and click the left mouse button. We suggest using CD quality (44. Now you can adjust volume and balance to be sure not to create an overmodulated recording. begin by clicking the Recording settings button on the Player toolbar.
EDITING PROPERTIES AND SETTINGS Dialog boxes are provided to give you control over the properties of your arrangement. or with the Arrangement Properties button on the Main toolbar. Arrangement properties Open this dialog with the Properties command on the Arrangement menu or the arrangement’s right-button pop-up menu. Most of the settings provided can be modified at will to suit the needs of your project. The sizes of the main buffer and the preload buffer should not be changed casually. the tracks and samples it comprises. and your Windows audio subsystem. Increasing the preload buffer size may result in faster merging. Chapter 14: The Arranger 151 .
However. some track header controls may be suppressed if there is not enough screen space. 152 InstantCD/DVD .Track properties Open this dialog with Properties on the right-button pop-up menu in the track header. The Reset button sets the pan and volume to their default values. Most of these track properties can be set directly in the track header (see “The track headers”. page 138). 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.
size and format of the sample.Sample properties Open this dialog with Properties on the sample’s rightbutton pop-up menu. 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. Chapter 14: The Arranger 153 .
154 InstantCD/DVD . Open this dialog with the Audio Properties on the View menu. or with the Audio Properties button on the Main toolbar. Check these settings if sound doesn’t appear to be working properly on your system. which can also be accessed through the Windows Control Panel.Audio properties This is the system audio dialog.
it can be inserted back into the arrangement automatically. Chapter 15: The Sample Editor 155 . Modified sounds can be saved to a new WAV file without leaving the editor. When you edit a normal or looped sample.Chapter 15: The Sample Editor InstantMusic includes a powerful WAV editor offering a variety of special effects. 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. You can edit not only normal samples but also looped and grouped samples. including detailed descriptions of the real-time effects. Start the sample editor with Edit Sample on the sample’s right-button pop-up menu. please see the InstantDisc section of this documentation.
Record to device This command works in the way as the recording function in InstantDisc. InstantMusic asks you to select an output directory. Chapter 16: Output your arrangement 157 . then “mixes down” your arrangement into a file or files in that directory.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. 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.
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Pinnacle Expression lets you “capture video” or transfer the video from your camcorder to your PC’s hard drive. 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. From this screen you can access tools that let you pick a menu page style. or DVD discs. arrange the video scenes and/or photos in any order. Pinnacle Expression automatically breaks up your video into chapters.Chapter 17: Overview Pinnacle Expression lets you use your personal computer to turn your home movies into DVDs and VideoCDs. With Pinnacle Expression. You can also include videos and stills you have saved on the PC. First. Chapter 17: Overview 161 . preview what your disc will look like on a DVD player. Soon you’ll be able to send a friend or family member movies that they can play in their DVD player. customize menu pages. The final step is to burn your movies and photos onto CD or DVD using your burner. Next. combine. or delete. Super VideoCD. or split scenes. Pinnacle Expression lets you create VideoCD. it’s as easy as 1-2-3.
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 Ctrl+A to select all the video scenes in the List View. Brackets denote keys that do not have names printed on them. A plus sign denotes a key combination. the default is always a left-click unless specified. Chapter 17: Overview 167 . Example: Press the [Spacebar] to pause the slideshow. Mouse clicking When a mouse click is required. For example.Choosing menu commands The right angle bracket symbol ( ) denotes the path for hierarchical menu items. to create a new file. the instruction would be: Example: Select File New Project Keyboard conventions Key names are underlined.
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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174 InstantCD/DVD . It eliminates the drudgery of manually marking the beginnings and ends of video scenes. 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. 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. Your choices are: • Detect by Time Stamp: This option only works with DV video.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. When Expression captures your video to your hard drive. Automatic Scene Detection is a key feature of Expression.
• Detect by Content: This option. works with any video. which detects scenes by changes in brightness. Chapter 18: Bringing in video 175 . Use it when capturing video from a DV tape that has been dubbed or edited. or with imported video files. when capturing from analog tapes made with a Digital8 camcorder. • 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).
where Expression shows how your finished project will look when played on your DVD player and TV. You’ll learn more about these subjects in later chapters. create slideshow. Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 177 .Chapter 19: Previewing the disc Clicking on this TV icon takes you to the Preview/Edit screen. The onscreen DVD Player Remote Control gives you a realistic feel for the interactivity you build into each project. rearrange and trim scenes. and choose the output format you’ll be burning to. In addition to previewing your project. this screen is also where you design menu pages.
the Remote Control. the TV Screen.The Preview/Edit mode displays six areas of interest: the Style Chooser. and to play scenes in any order. the Output Media Settings dialog box and the Disc Meter. The remote control This control allows you to navigate between menu pages. 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. You can also use mouse clicks to navigate from one menu page to another. the Remote Control. the Edit Video and Slideshows button. 178 InstantCD/DVD . Use the remote control to return to menu pages. This chapter describes the TV Screen. It displays menu pages as well as fullmotion video and still images from your project. and the Disc Meter. the Output Media Settings button. Click the scene icons within the menu pages to play the corresponding scenes.
DVD titles let you navigate through a menu page to select a button. Left. you must use the number pad on the remote control to choose which button to select in the menu. you must use the return button. play it by clicking the center button. For VCD and S-VCD. press any two-digit scene number for direct access to the corresponding scene. you can use the menu or title button. The disc meter This display shows you the current recordable capacity on your output disc. To return to a menu with DVD. Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 179 . For VCD and S-VCD titles. Click on the button to return to the menu on a DVD title. and once a scene is selected. Navigation buttons Move (Up. Go to the previous or next scene or menu page. Return to menu button Click at any time to return to the menu page on a VCD or SVCD title. 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.Note: On a remote control. Number pad When the menu page displays. Down. the functionality of VCD and S-VCD is different than DVD. Right) through a DVD menu page (will not work for VCD and SVCD titles).
Check the Pinnacle web site and VCDhelp. S-VCD (Super-VideoCD): Super-VideoCD is an enhancement to the VCD format. 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.Output media settings Click the Settings button to open this dialog box: Output format Select the type of disc you wish to create. Check the Pinnacle web site and VCDhelp.com for a list of compatible players. VCD (VideoCD): This is an extremely popular format in China and other parts of the world. DVD (Digital Versatile Disc): A DVD disc is the ultimate in video quality. Expression can burn up to 90 180 InstantCD/DVD . 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.com for a list of compatible players.
For a list of compatible DVD burners. DVD-R/RW or DVD+R/RW: Expression supports General and Authoring DVD-R (write once). pick the one your target audience will be using. TV standard The discs you create will work properly with only one of the NTSC and PAL television standards. There are five basic types of DVD burners – Authoring DVD-R (expensive. DVD+R/RW and DVD-RAM. If a choice is offered. DVD-RW (write many). Expression will prompt you as to which type of media is needed. DVD+RW. Expression does not currently support DVD-RAM. Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 181 . As newer DVD players begin to support this format. check the Pinnacle web site. Media Based on the output format you choose. for professional use). General DVD-R/RW. check the Pinnacle web site for updates. CD-R (and CD-RW): Use for VCD and S-VCD titles. and DVD+RW (write many) media. DVD+R (write once).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 Media button Place the blank or erasable disc into your drive and Expression will verify its usability. as this format cannot play in a standard DVD player. Expression will prompt you to erase the disc. If you are using CD-RW.
resulting in the best possible quality. 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. as the duration increases the quality may have to be reduced. It sets the highest possible quality for your project based on the amount of video and the number of stills you have included. there is a trade-off between quality and the amount of video that will fit on a disc. Quality is expressed in terms of bit-rate in kilobits per second. Keep in mind that in this 182 InstantCD/DVD .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). While a short production may fit comfortably on disc at the highest quality setting. A longer project with almost 2 hours of video would be burned at a bit-rate of 3000 kbps. For example. the higher the quality of your video. in the realm of 2000 kilobits per second. 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). Because higher-quality video requires more information for each second of playback. Best video quality: This setting allows you to force the highest possible bit-rate for your project. The higher the bit-rate. Automatic: This is the default setting. and is recommended for most users. if you have 68 minutes of video in your DVD project.
mode you will be able to get no more than 52 minutes of video onto your DVD (31 minutes for S-VCD). ranging from 3000-8000 kbps DVD and 2000-2500 kbps for S-VCD. Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 183 . you will notice that the Disc Meter icon changes to reflect your selection.g. Custom settings These settings are recommended for advanced users only. You can also type in your own bit-rate setting (e. Check the icon after entering a custom settings to make sure you have not gone over the disc limit. and vice versa. but the quality of the video will not be as high. After you close the Output Media Settings window. 6553 kbps) if you prefer. “Draft” mode: This setting accelerates the encoding of your project. Selecting a higher bit-rate from the list causes the "minutes on a disc" display to decrease accordingly. Expression accepts bit-rates as low as 2000 kbps. Expression will encode up to three times faster when the box is checked. Bit-rate: The pull-down list offers several bit-rate settings. 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.
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. The "minutes on a disc" display will increase when this option is used. not all do. While most DVD players support MPEG audio.MPEG Audio: This setting is for DVD output only. 184 InstantCD/DVD .
It displays scene index menu pages as well as full-motion video and still images from your project. Chapter 20: TV screen and remote control 185 . 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. The DVD Player Remote Control gives you a realistic feel for the interactivity you build into each project.
for DVDs use the Go To Menu Page button (click for VideoCDs and Super VideoCDs) to return and to a menu page. and play. Click any thumbnail with your cursor and the corresponding scene or still image will activate. Super VideoCDs. Remote control navigation The Expression Remote Control features all functions needed to navigate through VideoCDs. come full-screen. and DVDs. Number pad The 10-digit number pad allows direct access to any scene in a movie. Modify or create a new title. Then key in the scene number you want to access. 186 InstantCD/DVD . and Expression plays that scene immediately. If you are not already on a menu page. then press [Enter] and the modifications are applied.and right-arrows appear at the bottom of the page to indicate previous or subsequent pages. Click these arrows with your cursor to move through menu pages. Click any title with your cursor and a text field opens. left.Cursor navigation If a project has more than one menu page.
click the Settings button (see page 180) and verify that you’ve selected DVD as your output format. Movie controls These are controls for the movie only. is Show Previous Menu Page. Blue buttons take you Up. Note: If you can’t navigate through DVD menu pages with the blue buttons. Chapters on VCD and S-VCD discs can only be accessed using the number pad. The two remaining buttons have dual functions: • When a scene is playing or paused. Chapter 20: TV screen and remote control 187 . Left and Right. • When a menu page is displayed. and do not affect scenes or menu pages. The center blue button is Play Selected Scene. Down. and is Show Next Menu Page. is Play Previous Scene and is Play Next Scene.DVD navigation buttons These seven buttons provide navigation to scenes within a menu page.
Before describing both approaches. The audio element is a WAV or MP3 file you can assign to any menu page. You can access each element when you customize a menu page. and Frames. 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. a process described later in this chapter (see page 194). Text style. or design custom menu pages.Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages This is where you choose premade styles for your scene index menu pages. Background. The graphic elements are Layout.
here are two Expression layout templates and their associated menu pages with background. Layouts are selected in the Create Custom Menu dialog box (see page 194). main title. and scene title are arranged on the page. The layout indicates the positioning of frames. and the scene titles are limited to ascending numbers. and scene titles/numbers within the menu page. To illustrate.Layout This menu page element is the template that determines how frames. 190 InstantCD/DVD . Layouts differ in the number and position of frames. Notice that although there are nine scenes in the top menu page. text and frames. and whether or not they include main titles or scene titles. main title. there is no main title.
or a video file (MPEG or AVI) that specifies the background of a professional-looking motion menu. JPG. frames are highlighted to indicate which scene is selected when navigating through a DVD menu page. Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages 191 . Expression’s thumbnail frames come in a variety of styles and colors. TIF. or WMF file for use as a custom background. Backgrounds are found and imported in the Create Custom Menu dialog box. Text style With this menu page element. and also allows you to import any BMP. Expression comes with a number of attractive backgrounds for staticmenus. Like realworld picture frames. Expression offers you multiple text styles with different fonts and colors that you can apply to your menu pages. PCD. The Expression background aspect ratio is 4 to 3. and fill the remaining area with the color of the top-left pixel of the imported image. Frames A frame encloses each scene thumbnail. TGA. If you import an image with a different aspect ratio. Text Styles are found in the Create Custom Menu dialog box. PCT.Background This menu page element is an image that specifies the graphic background of an ordinary menu. In addition to being a graphic element on the menu page. Frames are found in the Create Custom Menu dialog box. Expression will scale it to fit within the frame.
Sound Sound can be used as a menu page element. sound effects. use the Expression Style Chooser. Audio files are found and imported in the Create Custom Menu dialog box (see page 194). THE STYLE CHOOSER For fast and easy menu pages. backgrounds. Navigating the Style Chooser The Style Chooser displays a thumbnail of the current menu page appearing on the TV Screen. You can attach any WAV or MP3 file to any menu page or still image. each thumbnail is replicated in the TV screen for immediate viewing. You can also import custom WAV or MP3 files (e. Expression comes with a selection of music and sound effect WAV files. It’s pre-loaded with numerous styles featuring different combinations of layouts.g. music. As you scroll forward or backward through the style choices. 192 InstantCD/DVD . or voice-over narration). text styles and frames.
Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages 193 .The Style Chooser also offers a No Menu choice: when your disc is inserted in a player. Click on the button at the bottom of the drawer to customize a menu page. displaying scene thumbnails and titles of imported or captured assets. 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 viewer still has the ability to jump forward or back between scenes with the remote control. the disc plays from start to finish without displaying a menu page.
click the Import button and make your selection from the provided file browser browser. MP3 or . Click on any choice and the sample menu page is immediately updated in the Preview screen with the new element choice. or WMF). or a portion of the 194 InstantCD/DVD . removing the currently selected menu style from the Style Chooser. TGA. PCD. Click on any of the five element buttons and choices appear. PCT. The Delete button does the opposite. making it available for use in future productions. Backgrounds: The background portion of your menu can be either a still image file in any of the supported formats (BMP. To use your own background images. TIF.WAV files.Create Custom Menu Dialog Box Access this dialog box by clicking the Create Custom Menu button on the Style Chooser. This is where you may customize each element of a menu page. JPG. The Save button on the left of the dialog box adds your customized menu to the Style Chooser (see page 192).
The icon for each layout contains colored rectangles representing three types of content. Frames: These enclose the thumbnail images in your menus. Music: Select background music for your menu from the choices offered. The layout also controls the text that appears on the menu. (For information about the duration of motion menus. All the thumbnails provided by the menu layout use the same type of frame. Layouts: Menu layouts are templates that specify the number. 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. You can also use the Import button to bring in a music file of your own choosing.video from an AVI or MPEG video file. Further customization of the text appearance can be achieved by making your own choice of fonts with the Font for headings and Font for captions drop-down lists on the right-hand side of the dialog box. its appearance can be modified by selecting one of the numerous provided styles. Select one that complements your project from the numerous provided types. each offering a combination of font. Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages 195 . see “Menu page audio files” on page 196). or choose Silence. which represents either a frame of video or an image from a slideshow. Menus with video backgrounds are known as motion menus. location and size of the thumbnail frames on the menu. color and effects (such as shadow and “glow”).
and the maximum duration at 280 seconds. 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). This continues for as long as the menu page displays. and the duration of the menu’s video loop is also set to that value. Expression sets the minimum duration at 40 seconds. This continues for as long as the menu page displays. If the video file is shorter than this calculated duration. the duration of added audio is calculated in the same way as just described. • When displaying a menu page with a 120-second audio file attached. 196 InstantCD/DVD . Expression plays the audio file and immediately plays it again (loops the audio file). The duration of a motion menu in the absence of audio is set to 40 seconds or the length of the video file. Expression plays the first 280 seconds and begins playing it immediately from the start. Here are three examples: • When displaying a menu page with a 15-second audio file attached.Menu page audio files When attaching an audio file to a menu page. • When displaying a menu page with a 300-second audio file attached. the audio is truncated to match. Expression plays the audio file and adds another 25 seconds of silence before playing the file again. whichever is less. This continues for as long as the menu page displays.
Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows When you have chosen or designed a menu page to your liking. 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 . The operations provided by this dialog box include: • Rearranging. you may wish to edit the video scenes and/or still-image slideshows that make up the body of your production. Click the Edit video and slideshows button to open the Edit Video dialog box.
including a thumbnail image. The Thumbnail view provides more information about each item. while the Icon list view is less detailed but more compact.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. 198 InstantCD/DVD .
However. the items appear in groups of two on backgrounds that alternate between shaded and white. “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. this view displays the thumbnail representing the scene. Slideshow names are editable in the same way as for video scenes. In the illustration below.are available only in the Thumbnail view. Press Enter to complete the operation. and the scene title.Expression gives each video scene a default name (e. The main difference between the two is in the trade-off between detail and compactness. The default name for a slideshow is the file name (without extension) of the first image in the slideshow when it was created. a few operations – like renaming . The list views Each of the two list views provides a complete listing of the video scenes and slideshows in your production. Access the Thumbnail list view by clicking its tab at the top left of the dialog box. The name will appear next to the scene thumbnail in most menu layouts. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 199 . the title of the captured video file. the thumbnail image and the slideshow title are displayed. simply click the old one in the Thumbnail list view and type into the text field provided.g. If you prefer to use a custom name. For a slideshow. This indicates that we have a chosen a menu layout with two “chapter” thumbnails per menu page. For each video scene.
or combine mouse clicks with the Shift and Ctrl keys in accordance with standard Windows multiple selection techniques. This is the better view to use when you want to rapidly reorganize the project using drag-and-drop. it assumes the “grabber” shape. Working in the list views Click any item in a list view to select it. At this point. indicated by dark blue highlighting.. Cut (Ctrl+X). and Paste (Ctrl+V). Duplicating selected scenes You can duplicate selected items using the standard Windows keyboard commands for Copy (Ctrl+C). When your cursor passes over the scene thumbnail (or icon.The tab for the Icon list view gives a bird’s eye view of project. indicating that the item (or multiple-selected items) can be dragged to another location in the list. in Icon list view). drag the mouse over multiple items. with less information about each item. simply click and drag to move the item. To make multiple selections in the list. 200 InstantCD/DVD . but more items visible at once. releasing the mouse button over the desired target point.
They also support certain other editing operations (see “Editing still images” on page 208). Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 201 . while the images are the content to which that thumbnail will link. The header corresponds to the menu page thumbnail as it will eventually appear on your disc. indented below the header. • 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. Like other list items. Click the minus sign next to the header thumbnail to close the slideshow. A slideshow appears in the list view in one of two states: • Closed (“collapsed”): Only the header is visible. Whether it contains one image or many.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. the slideshow consists of a header. they can be moved by dragging within the list. and the images themselves. Click the plus sign next to the thumbnail to open the slideshow.
the resulting slideshow will be given the name of that folder. In either case. 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. right-click in one of the selected scenes and choose Combine from the pop-up menu.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. 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. Individual or multiple image files imported in this way will create a new slideshow at the beginning of your production. (Equivalently. 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). 202 InstantCD/DVD . It becomes active when two or more consecutive scenes are selected in either of the List Views. If you drag in a folder of images. When you click the button.
This is a powerful editing tool when used along with the Delete button. This allows you to choose the most representative frame in any scene. For instance. rather than being locked into using the initial frame.The fourth choice. undoes any scene merges you may have performed with the Combine scenes button. creating two separate slideshows that can be separately manipulated thereafter.) Delete This button sends the selected scene or scenes to the recycle bin. then click the Thumbnail button to update that scene’s thumbnail). (If you want the opposite operation – merging two slideshows – simply drag the images from one into the other. after splitting a scene. Split This button divides the currently-selected video scene at the frame displayed in the Player window. The recycle bin Click this button to view deleted scenes. (Hint: use the Frame Forward and Frame Reverse buttons in the Player to choose the precise frame you wish to designate. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 203 . click this button to remove the unwanted portion. Split scenes at edit points. Thumbnail This button creates a new scene thumbnail from the frame displayed in the Player window. The Split button can also be used within a slideshow. because it allows you to trim away the start or end of any scene with singleframe accuracy. You have the option to restore deleted scenes to the list view.
each subsequent scene plays automatically without user intervention. 204 InstantCD/DVD . Edit options The Edit Options dialog box offers choices that affect how your disc will be viewed by the user.The Thumbnail button also works to set the thumbnail for a slideshow header. Activating this option deactivates Fade to black between scenes. Return to menu after playing: This returns the user to the menu page after each scene. Dissolve between scenes: This places a dissolve transition between all scenes. General options for all scenes The options in this group apply both to video scenes and slideshows. This is a global setting for all scenes. Fade to black between scenes: This option places a video cross-fade between all scenes. If this choice is not made. Show title when playing: This displays the scene title for 2 seconds at the beginning of each scene. Open the slideshow and select any of the images within it. There are actually two forms of this dialog. The cross-fade does not affect audio. Activating this option deactivates Dissolve between scenes. and so only appear when a slideshow is selected in the list view. then click the Thumbnail button. Some options apply only to individual slideshows (see page 205). Edit options This button opens the Edit Options dialog box. They do not apply to individual images within slideshows. This is a global setting for all scenes.
Slideshow options These options on the Edit Options dialog box (see page 204) apply only to the currently-selected slideshow. For VCD and S-VCD discs. however. High-resolution mode also gives you the ability to specify that the slideshow images should be navigated by the user (using the next chapter and previous chapter buttons on the remote control) rather than presented in sequence with preset timing (see “Timing options” below). High-resolution still-image mode is not available for DVD slideshows. wipes. etc. for example: \images\Scenery Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 205 . 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. The files are stored in a subfolder named with the slideshow’s title. Background audio is not available for user-controlled slideshows.) between images are not available. These image copies won’t be displayed along with the slideshow and other content when the disc is played back. Its only drawback is that transitions (dissolves. your still-image slideshows are recorded to disc as ordinary MPEG video. 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. 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 offers much better image quality than the default mode. within a folder named “images”. but they will be accessible as files when the disc is used in a computer.
Use audio soundtrack: To add a musical background to your slideshow. Background audio is not available with this option. It leaves the pacing of the slideshow up to the viewer. To use an audio file that is not already on the list. so that slideshow and soundtrack end simultaneously. • Show each slide for x seconds: This sets a fixed duration for the display of the images. 206 InstantCD/DVD . The Length of time to display each still image setting (see above) is overridden. It is only available when Use audio soundtrack has been selected. 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). All the images within a slideshow have the same duration. • Fit slideshow to length of audio: This setting. N. The minimum duration is 1 second. which is only available when Use audio soundtrack has been selected. • 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. the maximum is 999 seconds.B. who moves from one image to the next using the remote control next chapter and previous chapter buttons. tells Expression to set the duration of each image in the slideshow to an equal share of the total duration of the audio. click Import file and browse for any WAV or MP3 file on your system. check this option and make a selection from the drop-down list.
Regardless of length. which places a randomly-selected transition between each pair of images. For several of the transition types. When this button is enabled. clicking it repeatedly cycles through the allowed directions for the transition you have selected. Transitions are not available with slideshows that use the high-resolution still-image mode discussed above. Play toggles to a Pause button. a direction can be specified using the neighboring Direction button. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 207 . the frame on which Preview stops becomes the selected frame. the Scrubber bar represents the entire length of the scene. including wipes. with the left edge as the beginning. When paused. slides. The selected transition is used between each pair of images in the slideshow. and “Mixed”.Transitions between images: This dropdown list lets you customize each of your slideshows with any of several standard transition types. The Player The buttons and controls in the Player window let you navigate through a scene. which is the default. Two additional options on the Transitions between images list are “None (cut)”. Scrubber: Grab the Scrubber with your cursor to quickly traverse forward and backward through the scene. pushes and dissolve. Once preview begins. Play/Pause: The Play button previews the scene from the current position. The Scrubber shows at a glance your relative position within a scene.
Go To Beginning: Moves the Scrubber to the first frame of your scene. with its own set of buttons for performing operations on still images. Rotate right: Rotate the image 90 degrees clockwise.Frame Forward/Reverse: The Frame Forward button advances the Scrubber by one frame with each click. Fast Forward: Plays the scene in fast-forward mode at 10x the normal speed. 208 InstantCD/DVD . Fast Reverse: Plays the scene in fast-reverse mode at 10x the normal speed. Rotate left: Rotate the image 90 degrees counterclockwise. Editing still images When a slideshow image is selected in the list view. Blank areas are filled in with the current border color. If the rotated image doesn’t fit exactly within the frame. The Frame Reverse button reverses the Scrubber by one frame with each click. the Player window takes on a new role: that of Image Editor. the extra space is filled with the current border color.
The marked region expands to fill the Player frame. Click and drag on the control points to specify a zoom region within the image frame. black. as in a mirror. By default. Use the control points in the edges of the frame if you want the magnified image to have a different aspect ratio.”. click the Crop/Zoom button again to exit the mode. Set border color: Since many images do not conform to the 4:3 aspect ratio of ordinary video. Repeating the operation restores the original appearance. and “Choose color.. Crop/Zoom: This button initiates a mode in which an area of the image can be selected for magnification.. manipulate the frame with its corner control points. as just described. such areas are filled in with the “auto-color” – the color of the top-left pixel in the image. but for special cases choose one of the four options presented when you click the Set border color button: “Autocolor”. If you want the magnified image to maintain the original shape (“aspect ratio”).Mirror image: The image is reversed left-forright. white. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 209 . After the desired zoom region has been enclosed. This often yields a good result. and the image is redrawn in the Player window within a frame containing eight control points at the corners and edge-midpoints. with any unused portions being filled in with the current border color. The button stays in its “down” position when clicked. blank areas can occur at the sides or top and bottom of the frame when the images are used in your Expression project. The last option lets you choose the border color from a standard Windows color picker dialog.
Full-size view: In order to see details of the image that may not be evident in the small Player window. Contrast: Expand or reduce the range of intensities in the image. 210 InstantCD/DVD . canceling the effect of any edits you have made. this button opens the image at full resolution in its own window. Click anywhere in the opened window to close it again. 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. This can be used to correct a “color cast” affecting the entire image. the four sliders control these characteristics: Brightness: Increase or decrease the overall intensity of the image. From top to bottom. Reset to original image: This button restores the image to its original form. Adjustments to both contrast and brightness may be needed to achieve the optimum effect. Saturation: Modify the amount of color in the image. or to achieve special visual effects within the context of your production. Pushing the slider all the way to the left results in a gray-scale image. Hue: Bias the overall color balance of the image. pushing it all the way to the right usually results in colors that are garishly intense. Use this to correct an overly light or dark image. They can be used to improve the technical quality of images.
we’ll use this sample video scene named Tiger. To trim the scene: Select the scene. This is the first frame of your trimmed scene. 4. Use the Scrubber to move within proximity of frame 2. To trim a scene. Use the Frame Forward/Reverse buttons to display frame 2 in the Player. Expression places both new scenes in the List View. Click the Split button.TRIM A SCENE A video scene is a number of video frames joined together and displayed at a constant rate. giving a viewer the perception of motion. This is Tiger in the Expression List View: We want a new.” 1. 7 frames in length (for purposes of illustration). and names Frame 1 “Tiger. 2.” and Frames 2 through 7 “Tiger-1. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 211 . 3. deselect them (either choice can be re-initiated after trimming). trimmed scene to start with frame 2 and end with frame 5. If either the Fade to black between scenes or Use dissolve transitions within combined scenes edit options are selected.
212 InstantCD/DVD . 6. and names Frames 2 through 5 “Tiger-1” and Frames 6 and 7 “Tiger-2. “Tiger-1” remains in the List View and is our desired trimmed scene. 8. Click the Split button. This is the frame following the last frame of our new trimmed scene. Select “Tiger-1” and scrub to frame 6.” 5. Expression places both new scenes in the List View.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. and drag that folder from Explorer into the Captured and Imported Files list. “Tiger-1” remains in the List View. 7. beginning at Frame 2 and ending with Frame 5. Select “Tiger-2” in the List View and click the Delete button.
Still image ordering When importing a folder of still images. they can be rearranged in any order when you open the Expression List View. the images appear in their original order. Keep in mind that still images can be added or deleted once in the List View. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 213 . However.
and Disc Burning elements of making a disc displayed on-screen. Compiling. These can be quite large files.Chapter 23: Making the disc Prior to Making the Disc. click the Start button to begin burning your disc. When you have your files assigned. If you’re making an S-VCD or DVD. you’re transcoding to MPEG-2. Expression assigns these files to a Temp folder in Pinnacle Expression on your C: drive. Chapter 23: Making the disc 215 . Assigning your files If you’re making a VCD. Click the Options button to open a Browse for Folder dialog box where you can choose any location for these transcoded and compiled files. When the Making the Disc window opens. you have the Transcoding. By default. depending on the length of your project. you must already have chosen the Output format from the Output Media Settings dialog box (see Chapter 19: Previewing the disc). you’re transcoding your files to MPEG-1.
Transcoding and compiling your project The top progress bar tracks the process of transcoding and compiling your AVI and MPEG files and still images. In order to make transcoding more efficient. other than 48khz for DVD). etc. 216 InstantCD/DVD . When any editing is done that involves scenes being rearranged or deleted.g. When combinations of files are used then only the noncompliant files are re-encoded. 720x480.5 Mbps. does not cause re-encoding. if the video is compatible. 352x240. your MPEG video files are incorporated directly into your project without re-encoding wherever possible. only the audio stream will be rendered. 480x480.) When "Return To Menu After Playing" is selected in the Edit Options dialog (see page 204). When the audio rate in an imported MPEG is not compatible with the chosen output format (e. etc. etc.) When S-VCD is selected as the output format and the file is not MPEG-2 in the proper format (1-2. Simply splitting your input material into scenes.2Mbps. which makes chapter marks without modifying the video data itself. Reencoding is required: • When VCD is selected as the output format and the • • • • • file is not MPEG-1 with the proper VCD format (1. The time needed for these operations depends on the speed of your processor.) When DVD is slected as the output format and the file is not MPEG-2 in the proper format (2-8Mbps. However.
Chapter 23: Making the disc 217 . When the disc is completed. Progress is displayed on the bottom bar. If you’re burning more than one disc. the screen reads “Finished” and your disc tray opens with the completed disc.Burning the disc Expression takes the compiled files and burns a disc. Expression prompts you to load another blank.
The Clean-up Temporary Files option Once you have transcoded and compiled a project. which offers two options: 218 InstantCD/DVD . you can have potentially huge files. Expression displays the Clean-up button.
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. you will actually print only the materials your particular project requires. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 219 . don’t worry: Expression’s Custom Labeler draws on information about your disc. 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. You can use any of the provided designs as-is or adapt them in the labeler’s Edit Window. If designing a label sounds like too much work. or by okaying the dialog prompting you to enter the labeler after burning a disc. Expression will suggest a finishing touch: printing out a custom label and case inserts. you’ve put your production together. Now what? Immediately after it has burned your disc. and you’ve made your disc.Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts You’ve shot your video. Of course.
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. and along its left and right edges. Create DVD case insert: This type of insert slips into the clear plastic liner on the outside of a DVD case. 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. The four types are: Create disc label: This label goes on the disc itself. Your text appears on the back of the case. 220 InstantCD/DVD . Create jewel case liner: This liner goes under the tray in a VCD or S-VCD jewel case.Label type tabs The four tabs across the top of the labeler select which type of insert or label you want to work on in the Edit Window.
The new image is stretched to a default size and proportion (a 4 to 3 ratio of width to height) and placed onto the label. The size and proportions of the image can afterwards be changed as desired within the Edit Window. Add image to label: This button also opens a browse for file dialog in which you select an image file.The usual browse for file dialog opens. This button opens a browse for file dialog that lets you select any image file on your system. The image you select is stretched to fit the type of label you are working on.) 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. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 221 . 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). Most standard image formats (jpg. Add text to label: This button pops up a menu offering four varieties of text box you can add to the current label. (Detailed editing of individual text boxes and images is carried out using your mouse and keyboard in the Edit Window. allowing you to select a new image file. which replaces the existing image while preserving its size and proportions. Simple text does not support the outline and shadowing features provided by the other types. bmp etc. The four types are: • Simple text: This type of text box supports word wrap. plus horizontal and vertical stretching and skewing.) are supported.
Your current label designs will be replaced by an entirely new set. including the menu style you have chosen and the names of your clips and images. just as though you were opening the Custom Labeler for the first time in this project. To modify the text itself. • Angled text: This text box makes it particularly easy to position your text at an angle. click recreate from project. Try different styles until you find the one that works best for your project. For information on the various ways of changing the size. Expression offers several styles of generated labels with the Select Label Style dialog. or its font. style and color. see “Rotating an object” on page 227. 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. a set of default designs for your labels and inserts is created automatically. These are based on the particulars of your production. but is drawn around the edge of an ellipse instead of along a straight line (handy for disc labels!). (To achieve a similar effect with other types of text box. see “The Edit Window” on page 223. please refer to “The text controls” on page 228. 222 InstantCD/DVD .) • Stretchable text: For special effects. this type of text box can be warped into any four-sided shape just by dragging with the mouse. 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.• Curved text: This type has the same properties as simple text. Choose a style from among those offered then click OK.
The Edit Window The Edit Window is your main work area for customizing the appearance of labels and inserts in the Custom Labeler. text Editing the size. the style and the text itself – see “The text controls” on page 228. The print button To print out the labels and inserts your production requires. Images vs. Both the objects created for you by Custom Labeler and those you add manually (see “The Edit toolbar” on page 221) can be edited. see “The Print Custom Labels dialog box” on page 228. shape and orientation of the objects – images and text boxes – on the current label. shape and angle of the objects on a label or insert works the same way for both text and images. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 223 . For more information. In some cases you may prefer to update the labels manually to reflect minor changes to your project.Note: Any customizations you have performed on your labels and inserts after they were originally created are lost when you click recreate from project. open the Print Custom Labels dialog box by clicking the print button. To edit the other properties of a text box – the font. With your mouse and keyboard you can quickly edit the size.
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. select it by clicking somewhere within its area. You can also add alignment lines to the Edit Window by double-clicking at the desired position on the horizontal or vertical rulers. making it easy to achieve perfect alignment. Except on the control points themselves. Use these as a visual aid for positioning and alignment as you move objects around on the label. move your mouse pointer along the Edit Window ruler until you see a positioning cursor. indicating that the object can be moved in any direction by clicking and dragging with the mouse. the object will “snap” into place. double-click its position in the ruler. This selects the object. then click and drag as desired. revealing the control points you can use to manipulate it with your mouse. 224 InstantCD/DVD . To modify an object. When the edge of a text box or image is dragged into the vicinity of an alignment line. 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. If you need to adjust the position of an alignment line. To remove an alignment line.
thereby controlling word wrap. any desired parallelogram can be created. When combined with the change box dimensions control points. Skew box: The four skew control points tilt the text box either vertically or horizontally. top. eight in all. bottom and corner control points. 2) horizontal skewing. They do not affect the size of the text itself – only the size of the area on which the text is drawn. 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). The simple text and curved text objects. and are used to resize the object. but the points are of only three clearly identifiable types: Change box dimensions: The side. click on it with the left mouse button. a little experimentation will quickly reveal how to operate the control points for a particular object. seem complex at first glance. releasing it when the point is positioned to your satisfaction. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 225 . 3) vertical skewing. then “drag” the point while holding the button down. In most cases. The diagram at left shows: 1) an unskewed box. and 4) combined horizontal and vertical skewing.To use a control point. with 14 control points. govern the position of the edge or corner to which they are attached.
Scaling: resizing without distortion If you simply want to change the size of the selected object without changing its shape. 226 InstantCD/DVD . The Custom Labeler provides the same set of control points as just described for used with image objects. a pop-up window shows the point’s coordinates within the Edit Window so that you can achieve precise positioning.Stretch text: These circular control points resize the actual text along with the text box. hold down the Shift key. 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. Notice that the X co-ordinates increase from 0 as you move from left to right. A pop-up window displays the current scale factor (where 1. Now drag your mouse up to enlarge the object or down to shrink it.000 corresponds to the original size) as you work.
Rotating an object To rotate an object. Rotation mode ends when you release the mouse. Any objects partly or wholly within the box when you release the mouse are now temporarily grouped. To cancel the grouping. The object rotates. Click and drag to create a translucent group selection box. begin by double-clicking it with your left mouse button. The grouping is indicated by faint blue line that surrounding each of the objects as long as the group is in effect. so if you want to rotate the object again. not on any object). start over by double-clicking. Click on or near the object with this cursor and move your mouse. Your mouse pointer will change to show that the object is now in rotation mode. Grouping objects If you want to position or rotate more than one object at the same time. using the point where you clicked as its center of rotation. click anywhere in the Edit Window except on one of the grouped objects. A pop-up window keeps you informed of the object’s angle as you work. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 227 . and can be manipulated as a single object for positioning and dragging. begin with a left-click in any empty part of the Edit Window (i.e.
The Papers area: This leftmost area provides a list of label stationery types.. if you would like to create text in which the label background is visible through the letter outlines. Switch off the Filling attribute.The text controls Below the Edit Window is a set of controls that control the appearance of the text in the currently-selected text object. then move on to. Click the bold and italic buttons to toggle these styles on and off in the object. 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). or select a font from the dropdown list. 228 InstantCD/DVD . The second set of three selections lets you turn any of the three attributes on or off. The first three selections open a Color dialog box in which you can choose a new color for the text. Choose the type of paper stock you are planning to use. its outline or its shadow. for instance.. The button at the top right of the text controls opens a popup menu with two sets of three options. the current text object has been set to use the “Elegance” font with the italic style. The dialog is divided into three areas.
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. before the first time you print labels. Printer. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 229 . Thereafter. The Calibrate button opens the Calibration Wizard. Paper. This option is useful on “two-up” disc label paper: if exactly one label is required.) The Print button initiates printing using the options you have chosen elsewhere in the dialog box. which gives instructions on calibrating your printer to achieve optimum results. The first. you can cycle through them by clicking the previewed labels with the mouse. The Settings button lets you access the options available for the printer you have chosen. Only those label and insert types that can be used with the paper type will appear. offers the Number of copies control. The second group of controls.The Preview area: This area shows how your labels will appear on your chosen stationery. One of the possibilites you will be offered is that of not printing a particular label. If there are multiple possibilities. a second label on the sheet represents only wasted ink. lets you select the printer you want use from a drop-down list of the printers available on your system. The Control area: This area contains two main groups of controls. (We recommend that you always print a single test page to confirm your settings and calibration before carrying on to print multiple copies. You should only have to calibrate your printer once. more economical printing. where you can specify how many copies of the label page should be printed. Clicking the second previewed label to blank it will result in faster.
230 InstantCD/DVD . It is expected that other label types will be supported in future versions of Expression. In general. the specialized paper stocks used for label and insert printing will only work properly when inserted exactly in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Choose your particular label type from the list on the dialog box.pinnaclesys.com/neato When inserting blank labels into your printer. be sure to follow any guide marks and other indications on the paper. For more information. please refer to: http://www.Printing tips The first release of Expression supports the paper types manufactured by Neato.
InstantWrite InstantDrive InstantBackup InstantCinema InstantInfo 231 InstantTray .
Important: The full functionality of InstantWrite can only be used when a CD or DVD recorder and a compatible writable disc are available. See Appendix A: Media Types for information on special media types. Launching InstantWrite Some of InstantWrite’s functions are available through integration with the Windows shell. 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. or may be Chapter 25: InstantWrite 233 . Load and save files as usual from ordinary Windows applications to a writable CD or DVD .Chapter 25: InstantWrite With InstantWrite. you can use your writable CDs and DVDs in just the same way as normal floppy disks or Zip disks. Those functions may appear on menus in Windows Explorer. The exact procedures differ from medium to medium.
Drag files onto a writable CD or DVD using familiar system tools like Windows Explorer.executed automatically when a disc is inserted or rejected. • If you are running the InstantTray application. To access all of InstantWrite’s functions from one place. by one of these methods: • Run the InstantCD/DVD starter application and choose InstantWrite on the Extras tab. you can open the InstantWrite command center. Some commands (Format and Defrag) are available via Programs InstantCD+DVD on your Start menu. 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. 234 InstantCD/DVD .
this operation is handled automatically. USING INSTANTWRITE The functions of InstantWrite follow the three stages of creating a disc: Format: The format operation prepares the medium for writing. Button opens the InstantWrite on-line help file. the entire contents of the folder are copied along with it.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. Write: This is the main phase. Buttons: Three small buttons on the command center provide access to common operations. InstantWrite copies the data to the current device.) Menu: Right-click in the command center to open a “context” menu of all InstantWrite commands. For many media types.) When you drop files or folders onto the command center. (The label in the diagram indicates the drop-down list where you select the target device for drag and drop. When you copy a folder. With others. (If you have only one device. you must give an explicit command to format the disc. Chapter 25: InstantWrite 235 . in which you store and perhaps delete files on the medium. The button labeled in the illustration opens the current device in a Windows Explorer window for viewing. Button ejects the disc from the drive. it will be the only member of the list.
CD-MRW and DVD+/-R(W) media. This brings up the Format dialog. See Appendix A: Media Types for information on special media types. finalizing is handled automatically with many media types but not all. verify that you are using a previously-unformatted disc. 236 InstantCD/DVD . where you can both configure and carry out the formatting process. Formatting from the drive’s context menu To format a disc manually. The particular set of options displayed depends on the type of medium inserted. and the Auto format option is activated in Settings. but not CD-RW. click on the drive’s icon in Windows Explorer with the right mouse button and choose the format command. As with formatting. If an error message appears. Formatting Discs must be prepared for use by formatting. Formatting takes place automatically as you write to the medium. Automatic formatting This convenient option works with CD-R. The command name will be along the lines of “InstantWrite DVD-R Format”. Three methods of formatting are available.Finalize: In this phase the control information on the disc is modified in order to make it compatible with other systems.
Chapter 25: InstantWrite 237 . no disc space is reclaimed when files are deleted. The Format Assistant can also be opened with the command InstantCD+DVD InstantWrite InstantWrite format on your system Start menu. 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. Caution! With “write-once” media (CD-R. writes or deletes files. or if the Autoformat option is activated. DVD±R). This can lead to the disc becoming full even though the amount of data it contains is less than its rated capacity.Formatting using the Format Assistant Choose Format from the context menu in the InstantWrite command center (page 235) to bring up the Format Assistant. you are ready to begin actually using the disc. File operations can now be carried out either with drag-and-drop or with any application program that reads.
Defragmenting Launch the InstantWrite disc defragmenter with the InstantCD+DVD InstantWrite InstantWrite defrag command. If the medium is not finalized. The defragmenter optimizes the layout of the files on your InstantWrite discs to achieve maximum retrieval efficiency. 238 InstantCD/DVD . DVD-R and DVD+R. the medium may be damaged. enabling you to finalize it manually if you wish.Finalizing To make InstantWrite media compatible with other systems. the media must be “finalized” after modifications to it are complete. In the case of rewritable CDs and DVDs this occurs automatically. With CD-R. Note: The defragmentation operation is available only for DVD-RAM discs. it will not be possible to read it on computers that do not have a CD/DVD recorder or UDF file system software. a dialog box appears when you attempt to eject the disc. If you switch off the computer during this time. Important! The finalizing process can take several minutes depending upon the type of medium.
In the starter application. click Backup button or the Restore button on the Copy/Backup page. Backed-up data can be restored at any time. Chapter 26: InstantBackup 239 . 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. Starting InstantBackup Launch the InstantCD/DVD starter application (with the command Programs InstantCD+DVD InstantCD+DVD on your Start menu).
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. • Comment: If desired. the following controls are available: • Backup filename: Enter a filename for the back-up file that InstantBackup will create on your target drive. • Use encryption: Check this box if you wish the back-up file to be encrypted. The InstantBackup Assistant gathers your input in a series of pages. 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. On this page. Using the InstantBackup Assistant If you choose the Guided Full Backup option. edit the back-up’s description as it appears in this space. all the data in your system will be backed up. 240 InstantCD/DVD . The Assistant opens on the Welcome page.
make sure that you will be able to remember the password when you need. • Fixed disk size for multiple disks: If the amount of data to be backed-up is greater than the size of one of your output disks. If you are already in the main window. If you do not. you can use the Backup button or View Backup menu command to open the back-up interface. • Encryption password verification: Re-enter the password to guard against typographical errors (since the password entry is masked with asterisks). Important: If you use the encryption option.• Encryption password: Enter the password to be used for encrypting the back-up file (if have chosen the Use encryption option). Your whole system will be backed up. you now select the folder or device where the back-up output file(s) should be stored. the back-up will be spread over multiple disks. Moving on to the third page of the InstantBackup Assistant. 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. Click the Finish button on the final page of the Assistant to begin the back-up process. Afterwards you will be returned to the InstantBackup main window. Chapter 26: InstantBackup 241 . Click the destination in the folder browser window. 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. The location will be entered for you in the Destination path edit box. choose the Backup button in the Welcome window to open the InstantBackup main window.
click on the Options button at the bottom right of the window. Choose a target drive or folder for the copy. If necessary. Use the browse button to help you locate the destination if desired. 242 InstantCD/DVD . The Arrange Backup Jobs choice on the Backup job list opens the Backup Job Manager dialog. where you can rename or delete back-up jobs you have created. This opens the Backup Options dialog. An optical disc writer is a typical choice of back-up destination. The Select All.Select the folders and files you want to back up by means of the checkboxes in the file browser panels. Next time you use InstantBackup. You will prompted to enter a name for the back-up job. such as a regular back-up of your work documents. but other locations – such as a hard-drive file or a Zip disk – are also valid. This is the ideal way to set up jobs that you want to run repeatedly. that job will be listed on the Backup job drop-down list at the top of the window. Click File Save if you want to save your fileselection information and options as a “back-up job” for re-use. Invert Selection and Clear Selection commands on the Edit menu may help you carry out the file-selection phase more rapidly. which provides extra configuration options for the backup process.
RESTORE DATA To retrieve data from a back-up. 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. choose the Restore button in the InstantBackup Welcome window. you can use either the Restore button or the View Restore menu command. In the main window.Choose a target folder or drive then click Start. but also the complete folder information needed to return those files to their original locations on your hard drive. browse button Chapter 26: InstantBackup 243 .
244 InstantCD/DVD . the folder you specify in the text box will be used as the base path into which the back-up data will be restored. you can select existing profiles or create new ones. With this menu. the files you restore will be written to the same folders from which they came. Enter the password if necessary. If you use the Restore to original location option.When you select a back-up file. however. If you use this option. 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. Select the files and folders you do want to restore. which provides extra configuration options for the restore process. the folder browser updates to show the folders that were backed up (and into which you can now restore. The options that are used for restoring can be saved in profiles. You don’t need to restore all the backed-up files. optionally with the aid of the selection commands on the Edit menu. If necessary.
you can use either the Label editor button or the View Label editor menu command. then click the Start button. you can create labels for the discs using the built-in Label Editor. In the main window. Chapter 26: InstantBackup 245 . In the main window. For more information about the Label Editor. please turn to your InstantDisc documentation. Check the Verify after backup box in the Backup Options dialog. select the back-up file. enter the password if required. Choose the Label editor button in the Welcome window. you can use either the Verify button or the View Verify menu command. In the main window. choose the Verify button in the Welcome window. You can also instruct InstantBackup to carry out the verification step automatically upon completion of the back-up operation. CREATING A LABEL After backing up your data onto one or more writable CDs or DVDs.VERIFY DATA In order to ensure that the data in the stored back-up are in fact identical to the original.
the complete log can be found as a text file in the InstantBackup directory. 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. 246 InstantCD/DVD . In addition.BACKUP LOG The backup log file contains all the particulars of the last procedure carried out.
the InstantDrive Assistant will open. Reopen InstantDrive and in the Assistant Chapter 27: InstantDrive 247 . In either case. 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. Device Manager. you can then play it back as though you had copied it to a physical disc. InstantDrive InstantDrive can also be opened from the InstantCD/DVD starter application: click the InstantDrive button on the Extras tab. The virtual drive is created automatically when you install InstantCD/DVD on your system.Chapter 27: InstantDrive InstantDrive uses space on your hard drive to provide a virtual optical disc reader on your system. Click the Next button in the Welcome window when it appears. the InstantDrive device is no different than any other CD or DVD reader. Then start InstantCopy and create an image. choose Close this wizard and open InstantCopy to create a disc image. file dialogs and the like as an independent drive. Starting InstantDrive Launch InstantDrive with Programs InstantDrive from your Start menu. It appears in Windows Explorer.
and then the Complete button. click on the drive with the right mouse button and choose the Eject command. Ejecting the disc If you want to “eject” the virtual disc. Change to the folder in which the image is situated and select it. You can now access this drive just like any “normal” drive. Click on the Next button.choose the option Mount an existing image file as a virtual disc. 248 InstantCD/DVD .
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. Whichever of these methods InstantCinema control panel opens: you use. When you find the one you want. VideoCD and DVD. you can view a wide variety of audio and video content on your system. or with the InstantCinema command on the InstantTray context menu. Launch InstantCinema from the Extras page of the InstantCD/DVD starter application.Chapter 28: InstantCinema With InstantCinema. click the OK button to open the contents of that device for viewing. Chapter 28: InstantCinema 249 . or from your Windows Start menu (Programs InstantCD+DVD Video InstantCinema). for example – depends on the particular version of InstantCinema you are using. Exactly which media types – digital audio files.
save and use a playlist of any media supported by the software. and can be used with versions of InstantCinema in which DVD playback is enabled. clockwise from the Source button: Source: Opens and closes the source device selection area described above. Switch to fullscreen: When you are viewing video content with InstantCinema. Show playlist: InstantCinema lets you create. Show rootmenu / Resume from menu: This control goes back to the first menu on a disc. or a double-click on the window with the left mouse button) switches from normal view to the fullscreen view. The outer ring of buttons in this group is as follows. This button opens a pop-up menu of the items on the current playlist. Create a new playlist: This button opens the Playlist dialog box.The central cluster in the next group of controls provides standard navigation buttons found on a DVD playback device. where you can select files (in the upper right panel of the dialog) from the 250 InstantCD/DVD .or vice versa. this button (or the F9 function key. or restarts playback. The one you choose immediately begins to play back. Angle: A DVD-specific control for selecting a new viewing angle if any are available on the current disc.
• OK. • Load. The buttons along the bottom of the dialog are: • Down.current folder (the folder browser in the left panel) and add them to the list of files in the bottom right panel. the first song on the playlist immediately begins to play. or downwards (towards the minus sign) to decrease it. Continuing rightwards we come to another circular group of controls. Close: Both these buttons close the Playlist dialog. Click within the slider and drag upwards (towards the plus sign) to increase the volume. • Add: Add the currently-selected files in the upper right panel to the playlist. The next area of the control panel provides information about the file currently being played back. Chapter 28: InstantCinema 251 . • Remove: Remove the currently-selected file from the playlist. These are standard transport buttons. On the right side of this area is a volume slider. or save the current playlist for later re-use. Up: Move the currently-selected playlist file down or up in the list. Save: Load a previously-defined playlist. If you choose the OK button.
except for the bottom right button. 252 InstantCD/DVD . which opens and closes the final panel. 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. Incorrect numbers can be removed with the backspace button (bottom left). which is a numeric keypad: To enter a menu number using the keypad. click the digits with the left mouse button.
If you clear the checkbox for a program. 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. but it can be reactivated later on by setting the checkbox again. Chapter 29: InstantTray 253 .Chapter 29: InstantTray When InstantTray is activated. it will no longer appear on the menu. each with an associated checkbox. InstantTray settings The Settings command on the InstantTray menu opens a dialog box where you can configure InstantTray for your own requirements. 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. all the applications in the InstantCD/DVD suite are available from the system tray area at the end of the Windows task bar.
When you select the menu item the program or document will be launched exactly as if you had executed it from the Start menu. Add: This button opens a file browser with which you can choose programs or documents to add to the InstantTray menu. If you click on the name of a program. 254 InstantCD/DVD . or Windows Explorer. rather than the checkbox.The InstantTray Settings dialog. Move up. Copy Disc is highlighted in the program list. showing that the program can be manipulated with the buttons on the right side of the dialog. the name is highlighted. your desktop. Move down: These buttons move the selected program up or down in the program list.
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. This button can only be used with programs you have added since InstantTray was installed. Like Remove. not the installed ones. Run InstantTray on system start: InstantTray is automatically launched each time you restart Windows after installing InstantCD/DVD. is automatically launched each time you restart Windows after installing InstantCD/DVD. which can be used as a drag-and-drop target when copying files to a writable CD or DVD. Uncheck this box if you don’t want InstantTray to run until you start it explicitly from the InstantCD/DVD starter application.Remove: InstantTray removes the selected name from the list. this button only works with user-added programs. Show InstantWrite drop window on system start: The small InstantWrite command center window. Rename: The program name turns into an edit field where you can enter a new name if desired. Chapter 29: InstantTray 255 .
The InstantInfo wizard helps you troubleshoot any problems that arise while using InstantCD/DVD.Chapter 30: InstantInfo InstantCD/DVD is designed to provide intuitive and reliable tools for making the most of your writable optical devices and media. User support for InstantCD/DVD begins right on your desktop with the InstantInfo Wizard. Chapter 30: InstantInfo 257 . 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. You can also launch InstantInfo from your Windows Start menu (Programs InstantCD+DVD Tools InstantInfo). If you run into problems of any sort while using the software. To use the InstantInfo Wizard. follow the simple instructions on each page. then use the Next button to proceed to the following step if necessary.
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Appendix A: Media types 261 .01 No No No Yes DVD -RW Yes Yes Fast Yes 2.01 Yes No No Yes DVD +RW Yes No Fast Yes 3.51 Yes*1 No Yes*2 Yes*2 DVD -R Yes Yes Fast No 2.02 Yes*1 Yes Yes Yes Automatic formatting Manual or activated automatic finalization necessary Formatting speed Release of storage space after deleting data Recommended UDF version for formatting Write-verify possible Write-protection can be switched on/off Readable without additional driver under Win2K and later Readable without additional driver under WinXP and later Notes *1: Carried out directly by the hardware.01 No No No Yes DVD +R Yes Yes Fast No 2.01 Yes No No Yes DVD -RAM No No Slow Yes 1.51 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. CD -R Yes Yes Fast No 1.51 Yes No Yes Yes CD -MRW Yes No Fast Yes 1. *2: The driver is stored on the disc.
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155 Audio file formats. 58 Index B Background (menu page element). 135 Toolbars. 71 After simulation. 144 Advanced Button. 165 A Abbreviations and conventions. 32 Audio Editor toolbar (InstantDisc). 154 Audio read speed. 149 Audio streams (DVD copy setting). 58 Aspect ratio For menu page backgrounds. 54 AVI files. 215 Audio Importing. 196 Audio CDs Playing. 191 ASPI. save. 216 8 8mm Video equipment. 37 ASAPI. 165 Assigning your files. 157 Properties. 52 Advanced DVD Copy Settings dialog.Index 1 1394. 61 Automatic changeover detection (with ASPI). 69 Add Sample command. 23 Audio editor (InstantDisc). 191 Background (of label or insert). 175 Anamorphic (aspect ratio setting). 173 List. See Menu pages 267 . 165 Accuracy in editing. 193 Defined. 192 Audio player Described. 59 Automatic Resize option. 191 Backgrounds. 60 Arrangement Load. See IEEE-1394 Asset Deleting. 203 Activity log. 56 Advanced button. 141 Audio properties. 35 Audio effects. 174 Menu. 173 Asset List. 58 Automatic resize (copy method). 173 Renaming. 61 Advanced options for InstantCopy. 57 Alignment lines (Custom Labeler). 136 Arranger (InstantDisc). 140 Output to disc or file. 68. 165 Tapes. and scene detection. 221 Background image file formats. 173 Menu button. 75 Audio recording. 170 Assets And Style Chooser. 151 Arranger Introduced. 224 Analog Defined. 86 Audio discs Creating.
170 Bring In Video mode. See Disc Tracks. 172 Title. See Camcorder Capture Progress dialog box. 89 Close disc (write method). 181 Clean up (temporary files). 171 Connecting. 164 Transport control. See InstantWrite Commentary. 215 Start capture.tool. 181 Clean up temporary files. 197 Help. CD-RW. 173 Tools tips for. 239 Backup files. 58 Check Media button. 215 Print labels and inserts. 181 CDs. 170. 169 Screen. 140 CD aspect ratio setting. 76 Button Read UPC. 78 Combine Scenes tool. 242 Backup log. 79 Close session (write method). See Discs Burning. 246 Bring In Video Defined. 76 CD-R.Backing up data. 222 Start (in Make Disc mode). 241 Backing up data with InstantBackup. 4 Backup job list. 65 Closing methods. 217 Burnproof. 240 Partial. 173. 52. 216 Compose music. 165 Camera. 166 Open Drawer (on Style Chooser). 215. 170 Buttons . 62 CD text. 79 Closing method (Write setting). 171. 171 Check Media. 202 Command center. 164 On menu pages. 56 Asset Menu. 165 268 InstantCD/DVD . 169 Source material options. 74 Start. 106 Copy. 218 Create Custom Menu. 106 Burning the disc. See Voice-over Compiling. 170 Camcorders DV. 218 Clean up temporary files button. 118 Changeover detection (with ASPI). 171 Dialog box. See Tools C Cables and connectors Analog. 4 Composite Cables and connectors. 60 CD audio disc Create. 173 Capture video. 147 Burning CDs. 218 Clipping indicators. 2 CD settings. 169 Build Group command. 241 With InstantBackup Assistant. 173 Stop capture. 50 Buttons Advanced. 212 CD. 165 Camcorder Capturing from. 240 Without InstantBackup Assistant. 193 Options (in Make Disc mode). 3 Importing files from. 199 Captured and Imported Files window. 164 Current mode. 173 Capture video Button. 223 Recreate from project. 194 Edit Video.
224 Controls Tools tips for. 4 Restore from back-up. 75 Database of songs. 3 Copying Advanced DVD settings. 194 Create Menu. 68. 223 Editing objects in. 194 D Data disc Create. 2 Create Thumbnail tool. 19 Creating DVDs and VideoCDs Three-step process. 60 To hard drive. 52 Discs. 21 Data read speed. 61 CD or data DVD. 203 Creating a slide show. 2 Data disc. 4 Copy/Backup Menu. 226 Text controls. 219. 49 Determine Capacity command. quality. 161 Creating labels In InstantBackup. 6 Control Buttons (on transport controls). 65 Copy CDs and DVDs. 221 Edit Window. 3 Create backup. 200 Speed vs. 164 Contact support. number of (Write setting). 53 Customized resize (copy method). 107 Copies. 59 Customized Resize option. 143 Deleting Assets. 165 Converting files. 3 Create Custom Menu button. 3 Copy method. 224 Fonts and styles. 2 MP3/WMA disc. 113 Defragmenting DVD-RAM discs. 142 Customize Disc dialog box. 164 Conventions and abbreviations. 227 Positioning objects. 2 Data discs Creating. 76 Device menu. 50 Copy/Backup Copy CDs and DVDs. 186 Custom Labeler. 224 Printing. 148 Cursor navigation In TV Screen. See Disc labels and inserts Edit toolbar. 52 To multiple drives. 170 Create CD audio disc. 174 Creating CDs and DVDs. 3 Photo/Video disc. 53 Closer look. 194 Create Custom Menu dialog box. 53 From hard drive. 192. 56 Using default settings.Computer Minimum requirements for. 54 DVD video to DVD. 228 Grouping objects. 52 Scenes and images. 50 Copyright. 228 Custom marks. 58 Copy protection. 238 Delete Scene tool. 203 Delete Track menu item. 227 Scaling objects. 170 Control points (in Custom Labeler). 50 DVD video to CD. 245 Cross-fades. 51. 51 Index 269 . 162 Connecting the camera. 53 Customizing menu pages. 228 Rotating objects. 189. 50 Counter window. 173 Destination device.
73 Device Properties dialog box. 51 Finalizing. See Windows Customize Disc. 29 Photo and video. 59 DirectWrite. 71 Info & Tagger. 106 Device Properties. 23 Burning multiple. 91 Select Title And Audio Stream. 257 Drag-and-drop In InstantDisc. 21 Determining capacity of. 87 Dissolve Group command. 55 Digital. 76. 236 MP3. See DVD Digital8 Included under ‘DV’. by type (chart). See Optical disc drives Disc labels and inserts. 50 Creating. 261 Disk space requirements. 145 Duplicating Scenes and images. 87 Time. 51. 27 Other formats. 74 General. 51 Erasing. 217 Copying. 71 Device selection. 5 Virtual drive. 5 Discs Audio. 109 InstantAudio preferences. 49 Dialog boxes. See DV Digital multitrack mixer. creating. 121 Record. 147 Dissolves. 14 Dragging (in Custom Labeler). creating. 179 Disc project Advanced. 219 Editing. 175 Direct (copy method). 5 New. 19 Data. 6.Device Properties Disc. 223 Label types. 221. optical. 78 DirectX Graphics card. 215. 61 Burn CD. 20 Open. 165 DV equipment Installation. 238 Formatting. 197 Documentation. creating. 161 Described. 3 Duplicate Sample command. 217 Making. See Custom Labeler Creating. 162 Displays Song information. 141 Digital Versatile Disc. creating. 165 With analog tapes. 215 Output to. 72 Settings. 222 Disc Meter. 224 Dual-layered DVDs. 200 Duration limits of sound files. 5 Disc at once. 162 Disable screensaver while writing. 174 Defined. 75 Writer. 53 Dialogs Advanced DVD Copy Settings. 164 DVD Creation process. See Copying discs Copy-protected. 59 Duplicate discs. 28 Properties. 220 Recreating from project. 162 Sound card. 140 Previewing. 180 270 InstantCD/DVD . 178 Use like a floppy. 58 Disc Burning. creating. 219. 78 Disc drives. 196 DV And automatic scene detection. 76 Ejecting.
89 Using. 58 DVD video Copying to CD. 177. 41 Editing samples. 107 For menu page backgrounds. 189 Edit Scene Options dialog box. 5 F Fade curve. 263 Exporting files. 3 E Edit mode. 263 EQ. 215 AVI. 163 Software updates. 162 Hard disk. 5 Virtual disc drive. 155 Editing scenes. See Volume curve Fade to black (scene option). 96 EQ/FX panel. 208 Fast Reverse button. 197 Fast Forward button. 165 Introduction to. 63 EULA (End User License Agreement). 173 Create backup. 86 Fades. 216 Captured and imported. 204 Faders EQ.Media type selection. 51 Error handling (CD setting). 191 Preferences. 96 Level and position. 163 Extras Advanced disc projects. 94. 32 Equipment Video. 180 Transcoding. 148. 143 Edit Video button. 221 Edit tools. 54 Copying to DVD. 161 Registration of. 5 Extras Menu. 197 Edit Video dialog box. 198 Thumbnail tab. See Video equipment Equipment requirements. 204 Edit Scene Options tool. 147. 94 Equalizer. 98 Eject Disc command. 97. 181 DVD-RAM. 162 Software license. 215 DVD case inserts. 163 Upgrades. 4 Large. 51 Erase Disc command. 211 Editing with control points. 208 Features. 5 Use a disc like a floppy. See EQ Equalizer (InstantDisc). 203 Effects. 199 Editing labels. 53 DVD-R. 162 Erase disc. 185. 192 Converting. 224 Editing with frame accuracy. 122 Files Assigning. management of. 133 File Defined. 181 Navigation buttons. 51 Ejecting virtual disc (InstantDrive). See Discs Copy. 202 Edit Track menu item. 220 DVD settings. 204 Edit toolbar (of Custom Labeler). 189 End User License Agreement. DVD-RW. 5 InstantCinema. 238 DVDs. 165 File formats Audio. 218 Index 271 . 187 Select as output format. 163 Technical support. 162 Computer. 107 Expression Defined. 248 Elements of menu pages. 169. 5 Open disc project. 163 Software installation. 215.
208 Grabber. 200. 68. 208 Frame Reverse button. track. 6 Read the user’s manual. 52 Hardware read retries. 169 Hard drive Copying from. See EQ Graphics card DirectX-compatible. 238 FireWire. 164 With DV capture sources. 164 Manual (without Autorun). 113 Font (Custom Labeler). 161 Duplicating. Use disc like a. 163 Software. 97 Transferring video to. 224 Guided Full Backup option. 162 Group samples. See Marks Floppy. 236 Automatic. 212 Previewing. 118 Incoming video display. 47 G General settings. See Menu pages In menu page layout. 216 Restore from back-up. 6 Hi8 Video equipment. 203 Frame Forward button. See Media format Format Assistant. See IEEE-1394 Fixed gaps (CD setting). 221 Arranging. 64 Flags. 57 Get titles command (InstantDisc). 52 Copying to. 213 Transcoding and compiling. 240 H Hard disk Performance test. 191 Functions (of InstantCD/DVD). 197 Importing. 6 Settings. 236 Frame accuracy in editing. 191 Graphic equalizer. 1 FX Built-in. 17 Gigabyte (GB). 79 Go To Beginning button. 6 Help button. 147 Grouping (in Custom Labeler). 6 Read the read-me notes. 109 Installation Camcorder. cleaning up. 165 I ID3 tags. 216 Importing Backgrounds and audio. 200 Graphic Menu page background. 237 Formatting. 227 Guide lines (Custom Labeler). 75 Headers.MPEG. 200 Editing. 194 Files from Windows Explorer. 185 Reordering. 162 Typical’. 4 Temporary. 171 iLink. 212 Importing files from CD. 208 Frames. See On-line help Contact support. 172 Info & Tagger dialog. 138 Help. 174 Folders (of images files). 164 Help Menu. 228 Fonts for menu page text. 191 Format. 6 Go to Pinnacle’s home page. 162 272 InstantCD/DVD . 109 IEEE-1394 DV cable. 190 Frames (menu page element). 162 Requirements. 5 Folders tree (in Library). 163 Installing InstantCopy. See IEEE-1394 Images Adding to label or insert. 218 Finalizing discs.
39 Label Editor (InstantDisc). 199 Load arrangement. 235 Internet support. 238 Launching. 49 InstantDisc Advanced projects. 79 L Label Editor. 220 Justlink. 39 Main window. 257 InstantTray. 113 Operations. 85 Features of. 9 Hardware listing. 239 InstantBackup Assistant. 6 InstantCinema. 167 Kilobyte (KB).InstantAudio Context menus. 127 Display. 163 List of song titles. 71 Installing. 114 List views Introduced. 140 Locators. 125 InstantBackup. 60 Level meters. 14 Label Editor. 117 License agreement. 133 Introduction to Expression. 9 Working with. 200 List Views Thumbnail. 161 ISRC. 124 Searching. 5 Rip disc command. 76 K Keyboard conventions. 53. 238 Finalizing discs. 253 InstantWrite. 247 InstantInfo. 5 Assistant. 237 Using. 55 Layout (menu page element). 1 InstantCD/DVD settings. See Menu pages Leave disc open (write method). 85 User interface. 83 Preferences. 11 Open project. 190 Layouts. 19 Getting started. 249 Launching. disc. 5. 72. 235 Using command center. 263 License terms. 121 Starting. 249 InstantCopy Advanced options. 245 Launching. See Disc labels and inserts Language tracks. 6 Introduction. 47 Introduced. 198 Multiple selection in. 233 Reading and writing. 113 Folders tree. 78 Letterbox (aspect ratio setting). 47 Using. 16 System requirements. 69 Loop Sample command. 239 Creating a label. 15 InstantDrive. 253 Settings. 200 Reordering scenes and images. 200 Navigating. 76 Italics. 249 Control panel. 39 Labels and inserts. 240 InstantCD/DVD Starter application. 166 J Jewel case inserts. 233 Defragmentation. 247 Launching. 116 Preferences. 11 Write command. 146 273 Index . 89 Library. See Marks Log.
181 Choice of. 5 Help. 4 Format. 59 Make Custom Labels dialog box. 215 Managing large files. 218 Manual installation. 193 Customizing.minimum required. 215 Multiple output drives. 4 Media types. 167 Movie controls On Remote Control. 195 Importing audio files. 196 Measuring storage. 185 Aspect ratio of background. 196 Layout. 4 Settings. 143 Edit. 141 Music. 185. 189 Frames. 3 Create. 27 MP3/WMA disc Create. 79 Memory . 186 Menus Copy/Backup. 187 Moving and placing samples. 169 Make Disc Mode. 216 MPEG files. 56 Multitrack mixer. 178 Renaming scenes. 177 Elements of. 216 MPEG. 143 End. 189 Make Disc. 163 Marks. 141 Modes Bring In Video. 189. 219 Make Disc mode. 169 Edit. 4 Minimum duration of sound files. 215. 169. 195 List views. 6 Media. 191. 2 Extras. 109 MPEG Re-encoding for outpu. 191 Background. 4 File formats. MPEG-2. MPEG-1. 195 Thumbnails. 143 Custom. 142 Add. 186 Music. 4 274 InstantCD/DVD . 194 Creating discs without. 177. 261 Megabyte (MB). 180. 166 Menu pages. 194. 142 Delete. 177 Compose music. 169. 142 Start. 180 Type. 142 Maximum duration of sound files. 167 Menu page Defined. 249 Media Menu. 4 Media Player.M Main menu. 190 Layouts. 194 Editing. 215 Motion menus. 79 Media Checking. 1 Main movie only (copy method). 192. 162 Menu commands. 4 Organize music. 198 Multiple. 145 MP3 discs Creating. 196 Mixer. 196 Organize. 195 Navigating. 192 Compose. 196 Mouse clicking. 3 MP3Pro. 192 Importing. 191. 215 Media Player. 186 Sound. 191 Text styles. 192 Text style. 181 Viewing with InstantCinema. 215 Making the Disc window.
86. See IEEE-1394 On-line help Button. 224 OHCI-compliant IEEE-1394. 157 Output media Checking. 28 Photo/Video disc Create. 6 Placing and moving samples. 200 Navigation Buttons (DVD). 101 Generating. 215 Output Media Settings dialog box. 4 Output Index 275 . 20 No Menu Style Chooser option. 6 On-screen remote control. See Remote Control Open Drawer button (Style Chooser). 164 Types of. 170 Scene. 181 Format. 178 In the Style Chooser. 261 Options. 187 In menu pages. 198 Playlist Columns. 122 Playback controls Frame Forward/Reverse. 145 Play button. 208 Play/Pause. 192 Mute track. 140 Oversize writing. 88 Preferences. 174 Options button (in Make Disc mode). 142 Playback Modes. 180 Output to disc. See Library Positioning of frames and titles. 208 Fast Reverse. See Voice-over Navigating Thumbnail list view. 193 Operating systems supported. 186 New Disc Project command (InstantDisc). See Menu pages Music (menu page element). 190 O Objects (in Custom Labeler). 207 Playback Controls Fast Forward. 102 Pool. 85. 208 Go To Beginning. InstantCD/DVD. 105 Menu. 215 Options.Music (for menu pages). 192 In TV Screen. See Settings For Bring In Video. 66 P Pause button. 207 Play locator. 161 Overwrite rewritable media (Write setting). 164 On-line manual. 164 How to use. 76 Overview. 51 Optical media types. 3 Pinnacle Expression. 207 Scrubber. See Expression Pinnacle home page. 139 N Narration. 6 Organize music. 208 Player. 180. 207 Player (in Edit Video dialog box). 103 Operations. 193 To disc. 157 To file. 162 Optical disc drives Properties. 207 Photo and video discs Creating. 104 Features. 204 Scene detection.
58 Project Editing.Preferences InstantAudio. 145 Properties. 165 Programming interface type. 74 Reading and writing discs. See Composite Read audio speed. 177. 124 Recording settings. 172 Preview/Edit mode. 139 Sample Manager. 177 Previewing. 6 Record dialog. 186 Remove Sample command. 186 Number pad. See Memory Raw (write method). 12 Properties. 178 Transcoding and compiling. 64 Requirements. disc Advanced. 145 Group. 147 Insert. 67 Read UPC button. 163 Remote Control. 144 Samples. 5 Projects Structure of. 121 Preferred destination setting. 177. 149 Preferences. 90 S Sample Display volume curve. 145 Split. 60 Presets EQ and FX. 62 RCA. 146 Placing and moving. 237 Read-me. 213 Repair subchannel data (CD setting). 139 Display waveform. 227 R RAM. 153 Remove. 200 Reordering images. 60 Reference topics. 77 Regions. 203 Reduction method setting. 68 Audio. 78 Raw vs. 144 Duplicate. 228 Product names. 178 Navigation in TV Screen. See Audio read speed Read data speed. 143 Registration And technical support. 4 Restoring data. 150 Recycle Bin tool. 146 276 InstantCD/DVD . 200 Reordering Scenes and images. 144 Loop. 204 Ripping (InstantDisc). 5 Open. See Data read speed Read settings. 139 Sample Editor. 243 Return to menu (scene option). 177. 91 Recording. 173 Scenes. 216 Project. 138 Described. 140 Projects area (InstantDisc). equipment. 186. See Settings Properties (of optical disc drives). 178 Previewing project. 16 Rotating (in Custom Labeler). 95 Preview window (video capture). user data (transfer modes). 163 Of Expression. 51 Q Quality. 162 Restore files from back-up. See Edit mode Previewing disc. 185 Print custom labels dialog box. 155 Sample Explorer. 145 Renaming Assets.
66 Preferred destination. 191 Serial number. 60 Repair subchannel data. 61 After simulation. 57 Hardware read retries. 199 Trimming. InstantCD/DVD. 75 Temporary directory. 56 Output media. 68. 60 Programming interface type. 163 Index 277 . 76 Settings. 226 Scene. 200 Reordering. 68. 204 Scenes Arranging. 84 Slide show. 204 Simulate writing if possible (Write setting). 52. 54 CD. 65 Copy method. 55 Selected scene (indicated by frame). 147 Volume profile (Edit mode). 6 Setup. 57 Track properties. 174 Menu command. 65 Write to hard disk first. 154 Audio read speed. creating. 150 Reduction method. 6 Settings. 76 Write. 177. 60 Closing method. after. 57 Arrangement properties. 62 CD aspect ratio. 204 Playing back. 152 Transfer mode. 58 Read. 186 Renaming in list view. 200 Editing. 63 Fixed gaps between tracks. 75 Software registration Importance of. 75 InstantTray. 153 Simulate writing if possible. 68. 66 Write UPC code. 179 Previewing. 67 Simulation. 191 Scene detection Explained. 65 Copies (number of). 174 Thumbnail frames. 174 Software Installing. 166 Defined. 58 DVD. 53 Data read speed. 68. 161 Duplicating. 166 Selected. 58 Scrubber. 140 Scaling (in Custom Labeler). 174 Options. 162 Upgrades. 151 Audio properties. 197 Editing options.Ungroup. 185 Renaming. 180 Overwrite rewritable media. 58 Error handling. 67 Recording. 173 Scene Options tool. See Installation Show title (scene option). 75 Disable screensaver while writing. 68. 57 Skins. 75 Automatic Resize. 76 Write method. 211 Screen saver. 151 Advanced DVD copying. 67 Software read retries. 62 Use Burnproof/Justlink. 58 Customized Resize. 64 General. 174 Options dialog box. 64 Sample properties. 148 Save arrangement. 65 Write speed. 200 Titles of. 207 Select Title And Audio Stream dialog. 163 Software license terms. 64 Write CD text. 163 Service and Support Center. 253 Introduced. 76 Write ISRC code. 163 Software read retries.
191 In Style Chooser. 161 Thumbnail Defined. 192 Effects. 53. 146 Split Scene tool. 193 Navigating. 193 Time displays. 192 File formats. 165 S-Video Cables and connectors. See Images Stop capture button. 193 Drawer. 173 Still images. 191 Subchannel data. 228 Text style (menu page element). See TV Screen Templates (for menu page layout). 138 Samples. 203 Split Scene. 192 On menu pages. 79 Style Chooser. 193 Styling menu page text. 173 Storage. 173 Frames for. 203 Edit Scene Options. 200 Thumbnails Changing. 162 Sound effects Importing. 163 Song information display. 191 Text styles (for menus). SVHS-C Video equipment. 136 Player. 137 Tools Combine Scenes. 257 Television. 54 SVHS. 202 Track 278 InstantCD/DVD . 90 Sound. 221 Text controls (in Custom Labeler). 180 Transcoding. 202 Create Thumbnail. measurement of. See S-VCD Support. 63. 55 Subtitles (DVD copy setting). 137 Track. See Videotapes Technical support. 170 Split Sample command. 192 No Menu option. 180 Select as output format. 203 Split Track menu item. 87 Songs Database of. 49 Source material options. 192 Sound card DirectX-compatible. 61 Super-VideoCD. 50 Start button (in Make Disc mode). 166 Thumbnail list view. 196 Source device. 114 Ratings. 113 List of titles. 186 Style. 143 SPTI. 215 S-VCD (Super Video-CD). 257 S-VCD Described. 215 Start capture button. 203 Uncombine Scenes. 58 Start button. See Menu pages Three-step creation process. 192 And TV Screen. 163. 199 Navigating. 165 T Tapes. 203 Delete Scene. 64 Subtitles. 204 Recycle Bin. 87 Time to display (scene option).Software updates. 199 In menu page layout. 197 During capture. 192. 164 Toolbars Main. 206 Titles Automatically assigned. 57 Text Adding to label or insert. 190 Tool tips. 190 Temporary directory.
180 Transcoding. 28 Video capture Capture video button. 72. 62 V VCD Described. 5 Virtual disc drive (InstantDrive). 172 Hard disk requirements. 152 Track at once. obtaining. 192. raw (transfer modes). 161 Videotape Current position. 33 Tracks panel. 175 DV. 62 Transition effects. 185 Video and photo discs Creating. 165 Virtual disc drive. 98 Settings. 126 Voice-over. 247 Visualizations. 173 Thumbnail frames. 178. VHS-S Video equipment. 170 Trimming scenes. 140 Tracks and indices bar (InstantDisc). 192 Volume Local (InstantDisc). 215. 170 Installation. 202 Ungroup samples. 171 Dialog box. 172 Previewing. 148 VST plug-ins. 216 Transfer mode (CD setting). 193 Navigation. 186 Navigation options. 76 Updates. 215 VCD (Video-CD). 165 Video scenes. 138 Track List. 173 Stopping. 170 Videotapes Analog. 180 Media type selection. 31 Index 279 . 165 Video Displayed during capture. 138 Transcoding. 163 Upgrades Information about. 172 Progress display. See VCD Creation process. 173 Video equipment Analog. 164 VCRs DV. 77 Track headers. 147 UPC. 62 User prohibitions (DVD copy setting). 173 Starting. 185 Typical installation. 92 Preferences. 54 VCR Capturing from. 165 Installation. 197 Transport controls. 139 Properties. 163 U Uncombine Scenes tool. See Scenes VideoCD. 33 Volume curve Display on sample. 164 Video file. 245 VHS. 171. 171 Current mode. 185 And Style Chooser. 139 Volume profile of sample. 165 Verifying data. 204 User data vs.Mute. 88. 86. 94. 181 Select as output format. 162 Preview window. and scene detection. 211 TV Screen. 100 W Wave editor (InstantDisc). 169. 163 Use dissolve transitions (scene option).
215 Output Media Settings dialog box. 228 Scene Detection Options dialog box. 173. 223 Edit Scene Options dialog box. 11 Write method (Write setting). 207 Windows (operating system) Versions supported. 198 Make Custom Labels dialog box. 212 Counter (on transport controls). 194 Edit (Custom Labeler). 172 Captured and Imported Files. 212 Working with InstantDisc. 139 Welcome. 174 The Player. 170. 64 Write speed (Write setting). 1 Widescreen TV. 170 Create Custom Menu dialog box. 61 Windows Capture Progress dialog box.Waveform Display on sample. 180 Print Custom Labels dialog box. 66 280 InstantCD/DVD . 65 Write methods. 58 Write settings. 174 Windows Explorer. 219 Making the Disc. 204 Edit Video dialog box. 65 Write to hard disk first (Write setting). 173 Capture Video dialog box. 77 Write process. 171. 162 Windows Explorer.
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