The all-in-one CD/DVD solution

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

INSTANTCOPY............................................................ 45
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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photo and video. 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. Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD 1 . audio.Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD Welcome to the Pinnacle InstantCD/DVD starter application. make backups on disc. which serves as a launch pad for every function within the InstantCD/DVD suite of programs. MP3 music. and restore from those backups. Copy/Backup: Duplicate non-copy-protected CDs and DVDs. The functions are in five groups.

Help: Access the read-me file. and launch the Windows Media Player application. Extras: Emulate a CD or DVD disc on your hard drive. Audio CD: Create a standard audio CD that can be played in an audio CD player. create your own musical compositions. format a rewritable CD or DVD. 2 InstantCD/DVD . Rip perfect WAV files from CD. Create The functions on this menu allow you to create various types of disc. on-line documentation and support resources for your InstantCD/DVD software. Less common disc types – such as Apple HFS format .are also supported.Media: Organize your music files. photo and video. create advanced disc types. audio and music. and adjust InstantCD/DVD settings. Data Disc: Create data discs that can be used to share information with any computer equipped with a compatible drive. re-use a saved disc project. Available types include data. and view video on VCD or Super-VCD discs.

Photo/Video Disc: Capture video and digital photos. on writable CDs or DVDs. 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. Copy multilayer DVDs onto normal DVD-R or DVD+R media. Copy / Backup The functions on this menu allow you to copy CDs and DVDs. Copy CD/DVD: The InstantCopy program lets you duplicate virtually any non-copy-protected CD or DVD. to make backups on disc.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). with menus. and to restore from those backups. Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD 3 . Rip audio tracks to MP3 or WMA files. The discs can be played back on just about any DVD player.

This button provides a convenient way of launched Media Player while you are using InstantCD/DVD. to create your own musical compositions. record and enhance music samples to create songs. Compress files.Backup: Back up your files to your hard drive. CD or DVD. Create and save playlists with cross-fades. and to launch the Windows Media Player application. Compose Music: Arrange. then create CDs based on your playlists. and save them on discs of your own music. Media Player: The Windows Media Player is a playback program that can handle many different media types. Organize Music: Organize the audio files available to you in hard drive files and CDs. encrypt back-ups using a password. Restore from Backup: Restore some or all of the files from an existing back-up. EQ and effects. Media The functions on this menu allow you to organize your music files. 4 InstantCD/DVD . and even span back-ups across several discs.

Chapter 1: InstantCD/DVD 5 . a virtual device on your hard drive that emulates a normal CD or DVD reader. 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. where you can edit the project or use it to burn a disc. InstantCinema: Use this slick player application to view Video CDs and Super Video CDs on your desktop. and Video/Audio DVD. and to view video on VCD or Super-VCD discs from your desktop. Enhanced. Advanced Project: This option lets you use InstantDisc to create advanced CD and DVD projects including Mixed Mode. to create advanced disc types. Open Project: Open an existing project in the InstantDisc application.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 format a CD-RW or DVD-RW for reusable storage. Raw/ISO/HFS.

Contact Support: Contact Pinnacle’s Service and Support Center. where you can adjust the behavior of the starter application to suit your own style. Manual: View an elecronically-readable version of the InstantCD/DVD documentation. Settings: Open the InstantCD/DVD settings dialog. Read Me: Read last-minute notes and advice regarding your version of the InstantCD/DVD application suite. on-line documentation and support resources for your InstantCD/DVD software. Home: Open your web browser and visit Pinnacle’s home page on the Internet where you can find additional information about and support for InstantCD/DVD. 6 InstantCD/DVD .Help The functions on this menu let you access the read-me file. and to configure the InstantCD/DVD starter application.

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9 .Chapter 2: Getting started Welcome to InstantDisc! The InstantDisc application is a vital component of the InstantCD+DVD suite. 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. Windows 2000 or Windows XP • 200 MByte free hard disk space for the application • If you only have one CD / DVD drive. System requirements Please make sure that your system complies with these minimum requirements • Pentium III or AMD 500 MHz processor • 64 MByte RAM • CD-R/RW • Windows 98SE. Windows Me. you will need sufficient hard disk space to be able to copy from CD / DVD to the hard disk and back again to CD / DVD. To make working with InstantDisc an intuitive and familiar experience from the outset. InstantDisc is a versatile CD and DVD recording program.

InstantDisc is usable on a system that meets the requirements above. but for optimal performance the following are recommended: • Pentium 4 or AMD 1.2 GHz processor (or higher) • 128 MByte RAM • DVD-R/RW • Windows XP • At least one CD/DVD reader and one CD/DVD burner for "on the fly" copying 10 InstantCD/DVD .

Entries that can be expanded are indicated by a symbol to the left of the entry. reading CDs and DVDs. and the main operations supported by the program. THE INSTANTDISC MAIN WINDOW For experienced users. You can control the amount of depth displayed in the tree view by opening and closing (“expanding” and “collapsing”) parts of the “tree”. it contains information about your disc creation projects and the recording hardware installed in the computer. The window is normally divided into two main areas: • The upper part is the Projects area. Click the symbol to expand the entry. The left part of both area contains a “tree view”.Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc The topics in this section are designed to familiarize you with the InstantDisc user interface. creating labels. similar to the Folders panel of Windows Explorer. editing music and much more. the main window is the place to start for creating new disks. • The lower part is the Source Files area. Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc 11 . It displays the file system of the computer and can be switched on or off from the View menu.

past and present. while past projects are stored under “History”. as well as projects you have created in the past.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. Exploring the projects area This area lists your current disc projects. The Projects area is used to obtain access to your stored projects.. The projects are listed under “My computer” in folders named “Disc projects” and “History”. Current projects are located in the “Disc projects” folder. 12 InstantCD/DVD .

The illustration above shows a data project open in the “History” folder.Data. Tracks: The different kinds of tracks you can write to a disc are again distinguished by their own icons. including audio and image. When an audio track is selected in the tree view. You will encounter other types. the usual file view in the right-hand panel is replaced by a special graphic view of the track: Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc 13 . The single track shown in the illustration above is of the data type. audio and mixed-mode disc projects are all listed. each type with its own icon. You can expand a data track to show the folder structure to be created on that track on the output disc.

and the contents of the discs in those drives. The dropped files and folders are added to the disc project. including the virtual drive created by the InstantDrive software. From audio or data tracks to the disc project group: A new disc project is created.Hardware The projects area also lists the optical disc drives on your system. The most common actions are as follows: • From audio or data tracks to the file system: The • • • • audio tracks are read out as WAV files and stored in the target folder. From files to an existing disc project: The dropped files and folders are added to the first data track of the disc project. The dropped tracks are added to the disc project. From audio or data tracks to an existing disc project: The dropped tracks are added to the disc project. Tracks: If there is a disc in a drive. A data track is created if none already exists. the drive entry can be expanded to show the tracks on the disc. Drives: Shows the drives installed in the machine. Drag-and-drop Most actions in InstantDisc can be carried out using drag-and-drop. whereas DVDs contain only data tracks. CDs may contain either or both of data and audio tracks. Writable devices are shown with a different icon than readers. From files to the disc project group: A new disc project is created. InstantCD/DVD 14 .

• 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. the write dialogue box can be opened using this icon in order to write the project. Many actions in the main form can be carried out using the right-button “context” menus associated with the elements in the tree view.• 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. Some very important actions can also be carried out using the icons at the top edge of the window. • 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. Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc 15 . Simply click with the right mouse button on the appropriate element and select the required action. InstantDisc supports several parallel write procedures for this purpose. Write If the disc project has been selected. Disc projects that are currently being written or recorders that have already been used are shown "grayed out".

Rip disc With this function. WMA. To rip the tracks: 1. 16 InstantCD/DVD . Check the box next to the tracks that you want to read. or MP3 (full version only). The tracks on the CD in the selected drive are shown in the left part of the window. Each track can be “sampled” by means of the playback controls below it. you can read audio CDs and save them as WAV. You can use the slide control for rapid navigation within the song.

and InstantDisc could not access the Internet directory service used for looking up the CD’s track list. The default destination is specified in the Settings window. Use the Get titles button after your Internet connection is made. Chapter 3: Working with InstantDisc 17 . InstantDisc tries to obtain the names for the tracks on the CD. The Delete button can be used to delete the ripped tracks if desired. the tracks may be displayed with synthetic names like “Track 1” rather than the actual names of the songs. The destination folder can be changed by means of the box above the destination list. The tracks that have been read out can now be sampled with the playback controls. The tracks will now be read and displayed on the right-hand side as they are ripped. Click the rip button in the center of the window. 3.2. 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. or the disc device does not have the capability of reading the names. Get titles When you insert a CD.


you can choose: a data disc.Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs To create a new disc project the easy way. begin by opening the InstantCD/DVD starter application from your Start menu with Programs InstantCD+DVD InstantCD+DVD. Select the Create tab: You can also choose whether to be guided through the disc creation by the InstantDisc Assistant. If you want to use the Assistant. activate the Guide me option: Now choose which type of disc you want to create and click the appropriate button. From left to right. an audio CD. or – if you need capabilities the Assistant doesn’t give you – to work directly with the controls in the InstantDisc Main window. an MP3 disc and a photo/video disc: Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 19 .

a mixed-mode disc or an MP3 disc. a data disc. you will be offered many additional choices. 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. Either click the New project button or right-click the Disc projects folder in the Folder tree. You can create an audio CD. See “Creating discs in other formats” on page 29 for more information.Starting a project from the Main window You can also start a new disc project from the InstantDisc Main window. with (by default) four choices. 20 InstantCD/DVD . Note: If you check the Advanced projects option on the New Disc Project dialog. The New Disc Project dialog appears.

change to the required folder. 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. If you have requested the aid of the InstantDisc Assistant. Allocate a name to the disc. Creating a data disc with the Assistant Follow the Assistant's instructions. Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 21 . In the final step. or to return to the main InstantDisc window for further preparation (Close this wizard). it will now appear. and add the files you want using the Add or Add all buttons.

The use you make of the other settings will depend on your particular requirements for the disc. it is recommended that you should at least name the disc (or accept the default name). However. After exiting the Properties dialog with the OK button you will be transferred to the InstantDisc main window. 22 InstantCD/DVD .Creating a data disc without the Assistant If you are not using the Assistant. it is not necessary to make any entries in the Properties dialog. InstantDisc opens the Properties dialog for the project: In principle.

) Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 23 . you choose the source for the audio tracks you want to create: • Audio files • An existing CD • Direct audio input (turntable. Creating an audio CD with the Assistant The Assistant guides you through the process of creating an audio CD in a series of simple steps. Now click on the Write button and the data disc will be created.Open the required folder in the Source files box and simply drag the selected data into the target box as described under “The InstantDisc Main Window” (page 11). In the first step. The progress bar shows you how much space is left on the disc. When the disc capacity is exhausted. 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. it will now appear. microphone. the bar turns from green to red. etc. 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 . or direct input (Add additional audio tracks). by switching to the main InstantDisc window (Close this wizard). but without the Assistant’s help. the next step is to select the files in wav or mp3 format that you want to write using the Add button. 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). No matter which you choose.Each of these types of source is described below. • To continue working. you can change the order of the files using the Move up and Move down buttons. CDs. whether from files. The green progress bar will show you how much space is still available on the CD. or. • To add further audio tracks. If you have added multiple files. Audio files Under this option.

ending when you click the Stop button. and then recording will begin. 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. Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 25 . which takes you through the audio capture process without actually creating the audio file. For example. Direct audio This option lets you create tracks by recording audio directly from a device connected to the sound card. cue your input and click the Record button. The process of adding tracks is described under “Rip disc” on page 16. If everything is working you will see a response on the level meters when you play a record on the turntable or sing into your microphone: Following a successful test. You will be asked to enter a filename.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 might connect a turntable to your sound card in order to copy vinyl records onto CD.

Creating a CD without the Assistant If you are not using the Assistant. When you close the Properties dialog. and drag files into the right-hand panel of the Projects area. locate the folder containing the audio data that you want to burn onto the CD. In the Source files folder browser. The CD-Text tab on this dialog lets you enter information about the disc. InstantDisc opens the Properties dialog for the project. You can also select files for the CD by selecting the New track command in the audio CD project’s context 26 InstantCD/DVD . you will continue working in the InstantDisc main window.

The amount of free space remaining on the CD is shown by the progress bar at the bottom of the main window. This invokes the Assistant to help you with creating one or more tracks. 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. The only difference with an MP3 project is that the option of using direct input to create an audio track is not available. Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 27 . CREATING AN MP3 DISC Begin a new MP3 disc using either the InstantCD/DVD starter application or the controls in the main window as described at the beginning of this chapter. See “Creating a data disc without the Assistant page” on page 22 for details. If you have requested the aid of the InstantDisc Assistant. it will now 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. The audio data will be automatically written in mp3 format when your disc is created. In the first step.

28 InstantCD/DVD . CDs. the process of creating an MP3 disc is just the same as that for an ordinary data disc.After you have added tracks from the chosen source to the project. or. by switching to the main InstantDisc window (Close this wizard). or direct input (Add additional audio tracks). 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). The creation of your photo and video disc is carried out in the Pinnacle Expression application. Creating an MP3 disc without the Assistant If you are not using the Assistant. The audio files will be converted to mp3 format when your disc is created. • To continue working. • To add further audio tracks. CREATING A PHOTO AND VIDEO DISC Begin a new Video CD or DVD of your digital pictures and videos using either the InstantCD/DVD starter application or the controls in the main window as described at the beginning of this chapter. whether from files. but without the Assistant’s help. the Assistant offers three choices of what to do next: • To proceed with burning the disc immediately (Write disc).

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).Creating a photo / video disc in Pinnacle Expression. Chapter 4: Creating CDs and DVDs 29 . but provided extra power for those who may require it. The advanced options probably won’t be needed by most users. InstantDisc offers a number of less frequently used formats in addition to the usual ones.


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. Chapter 5: The Wave Editor 31 . To begin editing a track. double-click on it in the Projects window.

Push the slider up to increase the level of the corresponding band. 32 InstantCD/DVD . each slider represents a range (or “band”) within the audio frequency spectrum. which determines the volume for the track. and down to reduce the level. Panorama The left-right balance is adjusted by means of this control.THE AUDIO EDITOR This is the standard Wave Editor view. The bands governed by the sliders increase in frequency from left to right. 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. Equalizer In this group of controls.

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. Drag the handles as required until you achieve the desired volume curve. 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. Tracks and indices Long tracks can be split or indices (jump targets) assigned by mean of the Tracks and indices bar.

Next. • With of the Split Track and Set Index in the main window toolbar. cannot be written by all burners and cannot be read by all recorders. click in the bar. Or. Important: Indices. which make it possible to jump to a particular point within a track. and select either Split Track or Add Index from the context menu. 34 InstantCD/DVD . buttons Split tracks can be rejoined by means of the Join Tracks button or the Join Tracks command from the right-button context menu. Project overview Where the upper waveform graph in the Audio Editor may show only a portion of the current track. The upper half of the bar is used to set split points within the current track. To split a track or assign an index: • Double-click in the upper or lower half of the Tracks and indices bar. while the lower half is used to set immediately below the local volume control. depending on whether you want to work with split-points or indices. the entire waveform is shown in the bottom graph.

Effects The Effects toolbar button opens a dropdown menu of six different effects that you can apply to any track. or from the Chapter 5: The Wave Editor 35 . From left to right: • Show complete fits the whole waveform into the visible area of the editor. • Zoom in and Zoom out adjust to a more or less detailed view respectively. Stop Use these standard transport control buttons to begin. Play. • 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. Pause.Audio Editor toolbar controls While the Audio Editor is open. Selecting one of the effects from this menu. the toolbar provides a number of useful controls. pause or halt playback.

• Pitch: Modifies the playback speed and pitch of the track.Waveedit Effects menu on the main menu bar. 36 InstantCD/DVD . or left to decrease the speed and lower the pitch. • Reverb: This effect simulates the effect of acoustic spaces of varying size and reflectivity on the sound of the playback. opens a dialog where you can select and configure the effect(s) you want to use: The available effects include: • Decrackle / Denoise: This filter reduces undesirable crackle and noise that may have been introduced when the audio track was originally recorded. • Delay: This effect adds an adjustable delay to either the left or the right audio channel. • Phase shifting: This effect combines the audio signal from the track with a “phase shifted” version of itself to produce a variety of interesting possible sounds. Move the slider right to increase the speed and raise the pitch of the playback. • Flanger: Flanging is an electronic distortion effect that can be used to produce an eerie or “spacey” version of the audio track to which it is applied.

THE ARRANGER The Arranger helps you combine your project’s tracks into a single compilation.Normalize The Normalize button adjust the level of all the tracks so that they share the same volume range. In the projects area. Unsaved changes will be lost. This can be used to compensate for differences in the original levels of tracks from different sources. Save settings Be sure to save your settings before exiting the Audio Editor. 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 .

You can now adjust the volume level by double-clicking and dragging with the mouse. For instance. You will recognize track marks in the Arranger by a dotted yellow line. Track marks You can define track marks so that the CD is written with different tracks and not with one track “in one piece”. 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.Here you can arrange the tracks at will. The green line shows the current position in the project. 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. Start and end marks are red lines. you can shorten tracks by dragging with the mouse. Be sure to save your settings before leaving the Arranger! 38 InstantCD/DVD .

and from the Arranger. click once with the right mouse button and choose the Label command from the context menu. from the Wave Editor. Chapter 6: The Label Editor 39 . Templates Want a different background or a more stylish layout? Click Template in the menu bar. Mark the required project. The Label Editor will open and the information for your current disc will be automatically imported.Chapter 6: The Label Editor If you want to create a label for your CD or DVD. Back and Disc buttons. These templates contain different fonts. choose Open. and select one of the Pinnacle templates. View buttons You can view the label from all angles using the Front. or with View in the main menu bar. save the label as a template using Templates and Save. start the InstantDisc Label Editor. text sizes. backgrounds etc. If you make changes to a template and want to use it as a template for other labels. You can view inserts (front and rear) as well as the disc label. You can now arrange this information to your personal requirements. You can start the Label Editor from the InstantDisc main window.

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.
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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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and double-click the “Setup” or “Setup. • Copy a dual-layer DVD to a single writable DVD using your choice of automatic or user-configured compression. If it does not. The language used by the set-up program is determined by your Regional Settings in the Windows Control Panel. double-click the My Computer icon on the Windows desktop.exe” file. without having to use your hard drive for intermediate storage. 2. Chapter 7: Introducing InstantCopy 47 . Despite its surface simplicity. InstantCopy has many powerful features. open the CDROM drive in Windows Explorer. Insert the InstantCopy CD-ROM. start Windows manually.Chapter 7: Introducing InstantCopy InstantCopy is an easy-to-use program for copying CDs and DVDs. If it does not. The set-up program will start automatically on most systems. To install InstantCopy: Switch on your computer. Windows will start automatically on most systems. 1. Note: You must log in with administrator rights to carry out the installation. for example: • Copy DVD video to either DVD or CD. • Perform copies – even those requiring compression – directly from one disc to another.

After the installation is complete. Click the Next button to advance from one screen to the next. 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. 3. 4.

Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 49 . click on the device with the right mouse button and choose Copy CD/DVD from the local menu.Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy InstantCopy can be started in two different ways: • With the InstantCopy command on your Windows Start menu. To access this. 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.

Copyright considerations aside. the disc you are copying to must be recordable (CD-R. 50 InstantCD/DVD . Of course. DVD+RW). Please see “A closer look at disc copying” (page 52) and “InstantCopy settings” (page 56) for details. Press the Start button to begin copying. Note: You are responsible for ensuring that your disc copying does not infringe any copyright restrictions on the source material. For special considerations that apply when copying to more than one drive. many DVD discs include built-in protection that prevents them from being copied. • Copying from DVD to CD. There are three possibilities: • Copying from CD to CD. Select one or more drives on the Destination side. DVD-R. but the disc you are copying from can be of any type that is readable in the source drive. To copy a disc using default settings: Select a drive on the Source side of the InstantCopy window by clicking on the drive name. DVD+R) or rewritable (CD-RW. 3. • Copying from DVD to DVD. please see “Writing to multiple drives” on page 56. In each case.Copying a disc Most disc copies can be performed simply by selecting the source and destination drives and pressing the Start button. DVD-RW. 1. 2. InstantCopy also provides a number of ways of customizing the copy process for particular requirements.

Erase Disc erases the current contents of the disc in the drive if that disc is a rewritable CD (CD-RW). See “Erasing CD-RWs” below. right click on the CD recorder in the Source or Destination list and select Erase Disc from the context menu. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 51 . Properties opens the Device Properties dialog box. To erase a CD-RW. This should be somewhat greater than the disc’s nominal capacity. You can specify Quick or Complete. Determine Capacity tests the actual maximum writing capacity of the disc in the drive. which is described in detail beginning on page 71. a pop-up “context” menu appears: Eject Disc simply opens the tray on the specified drive if it is currently closed. Erasing CD-RWs InstantCopy allows you to erase CD-RW discs. 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.Device menu If you right-click the name of a disc device in the Source and Destination lists.

This is one way to go about making multiple copies of a disc: first create a pdi image file on the hard drive. InstantCopy provides numerous settings that allow you to adjust and customize the copying process. In addition. Copying from a hard drive If a hard drive is chosen as the source of a copy. which can be the source for subsequent copies to disc. • In the case of a video DVD. • A CUE file. then make the copies from there. the first step in the copying process is to select the source and target drives in the InstantCopy window. the data to be copied must be in one of these formats: • A disc image file with the extension pdi. That folder is created if you use a third-party product to copy a DVD to the hard drive. See “InstantCopy settings” (page 56) for more information. a local copy of the files as they should appear on the DVD.A CLOSER LOOK AT DISC COPYING As we have seen. or if you use InstantCopy to copy a DVD that does not have CSS encryption. These are available through the Advanced button. Copying to a hard drive Copying from CD or DVD to the hard drive creates a pdi file. 52 InstantCD/DVD . InstantCopy will ask you to choose an ifo file that is contained in a folder named “Video_ts”.

Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 53 . and clicking Start. which in general means higher-quality video. Copying DVD video to DVD Start the copying process as usual. and remove audio and subtitle tracks from the list of items to be copied.Copying a CD or a data DVD After you have selected the source and target drives. set up the video quality of the individual titles. by selecting the drives. simply click on Start and follow the instructions in the program. adjusting any settings as needed. If you have selected Customized Resize in your DVD Settings (see page 58). the Customize Disc dialog box will shortly appear: This dialog lets you edit and delete DVD content. Omitting unneeded tracks from the copy leaves more room for video data on the target disc. and perhaps adjusted some settings.

Note: The Customize Disc dialog box may sometimes appear even if you have selected Automatic Resize as your copy method. Under either method. Most DVD players will play back VCDs. if InstantCopy’s further analysis of the source disc indicates a need for more user input. If you are copying to CD. but S-VCDs are less widely supported. 54 InstantCD/DVD . whether you are copying to a CD or to the hard disk. choose VCD or S-VCD as the target format. 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. Copying DVD video to VCD or S-VCD VCD (Video CD) and S-VCD (Super Video-CD) are disc formats for storing video on CD media.You can achieve optimum picture quality for the currently selected track by ensuring that the Data Size bar is set as high as possible (but remains within the green area) after your adjustments have been made. the dialog may even appear twice. Other audio tracks can be deactivated to make way for higher-quality video. Next. and click Start. begin by inserting a blank CD in the target drive and clicking Start. “PCM” or “AC3” audio tracks must be available. This occurs in cases where the program needs your input to produce the best copy. 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).

Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 55 . Audio streams Select which one of the listed audio tracks you wish to copy. They can therefore not be turned off. 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 Select Title And Audio Stream dialog box is displayed: This dialog lets you choose one language (if multiple languages are available on the source disc) and one subtitle track (if there is more than one) for each source track.Because it is not possible to include audio tracks or more than one subtitle track in the copy. This is why you have the option of None when selecting the subtitles to copy.

You can achieve this simply by selecting all the drives in the Destination list that you want to write to. click the Advanced button in the main InstantCopy window. To access all the available settings. INSTANTCOPY SETTINGS Although in many cases you should be able to copy discs successfully using just the default settings. The data from the DVD is converted to the target format and copied onto as many CDs as required. InstantCopy lets you adjust numerous options if required.After you have made your selections on the Select Title And Audio Stream dialog box. Open the settings area of the InstantCopy window by clicking the Advanced button. In this illustration. click OK to begin the copying process. 56 InstantCD/DVD . the Write settings are currently selected. The best results are obtained when the same recorder models are used. This opens a new area at the bottom of the window with tabs to select the category of setting that you want to view or adjust. Writing to multiple drives InstantCopy enables you to write to several drives simultaneously. The drives must be of the same type and able to write at the same speed.

See “Simulate writing if possible” on page 67 for more information. 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. • Start writing without confirming continues into the writing phase without requiring user input.General settings These are global or miscellaneous settings that affect multiple aspects of the copying process. and 4. this directory should be located on the fastest hard disk drive on your system. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 57 . After simulation In cases where there is concern that a copy done under some particular set-up might fail. you have the option of running a simulated copy to test the set-up without wasting a disc.37 GB for a DVD). For optimum results. Temporary directory The temporary directory specifies the directory for buffered data. 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.

The other choices are Windows SPTI and ASPI. Automatic. and can thus interfere with copying if they activate while InstantCopy is writing to the disc.Programming interface type This setting specifies how InstantCopy should communicate with the disc hardware. DVD settings This group of settings affect the way InstantCopy copies a DVD video disc to a recordable DVD or CD. Select this option to prevent your screen saver from activating during the write process. Copy method These options affect the amount of data from the source DVD that will be written to the destination disc(s). is equivalent to ASAPI. Pinnacle recommends the default setting. but the other interfaces are available for particular circumstances. Disable screensaver while writing Some screen savers require a lot of system resources while they are running. The default choice. 58 InstantCD/DVD .

5 GB computer file is too large for your 4. special features and extra audio language tracks. See “A closer look at copying” on page 52 for details.7 GB DVD disc. it would ordinarily be impossible to copy a dual-layer DVD onto one layer. meaning that there can be up to 8. The laser in the DVD player reads the first layer. InstantCopy automatically reduces the size of the source data on a duallayer DVD to fit within the storage capacity of a recordable blank DVD (4. Because the capacity of a blank DVD recordable disc is 4. To increase the quality still further. InstantCopy allows you to remove unwanted material such as trailers. Other video on the source disc. Main movie only: Only the main movie track and the main audio track are copied. and why your 4. the sophisticated technology built into InstantCopy is able to compress the duallayer DVD onto a single layer with minimal loss of quality. When is a GB not a GB? Please see “Measuring storage” on page 79 for details about the units of storage.7 GB. then refocuses deeper into the disc to read the second layer. including menus and other short items. 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.4 GB of data on one side of the disc.Most commercial DVDs are “dual-layered”. Automatic resize: With this option. However. Direct: This option creates an unmodified copy of the source DVD. is ignored. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 59 .7 GB.7 GB). Single-layer DVDs are copied directly. 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.

but you may expect slightly lower quality.Preferred destination The Automatic option sets the output disc type to DVD. CD aspect ratio This setting only applies to copies from DVD to VCD or S-VCD. 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 . The choice of destination disc will be reflected in the disc customization dialogs (see page 52). the compression will be up to four times faster. When High Speed mode is selected. You have many more customization options for DVDs than for the other types of disc. 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. Note: If you have selected the customized resize copy method (see above). you will have the opportunity to set the reduction method on a track-by-track basis. The Automatic (default) choice is High Quality.

which creates a letterbox copy with a side ratio of 4:3. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 61 . of the indicated type of additional content you want to include in the copy. Each tab lets you control which components. Audio streams: Many DVDs include audio content in multiple languages. Check or uncheck the boxes on this page according to whether or not you want content in the corresponding language to be copied. Settings The Settings button provides access to the Advanced DVD Copy Settings dialog box. 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. but this time you’re specifying whether subtitle tracks in the given languages will be copied.

The available modes are User Data and Raw. These tell playback equipment to disallow particular options or navigation actions. checking the boxes will remove chosen prohibitions from the copy even if they occur on the source disc. making it at best pointless to cancel the prohibitions.User prohibitions: Among the information stored on a DVD disc is a set of user prohibition codes. When the capability is needed. the prohibited actions simply don’t apply to the content. Transfer mode The transfer mode defines which data from the CD are read and written. In Raw mode. including control and other data that 62 InstantCD/DVD . In most cases. CD settings The settings on this tab apply when the source disc for the copy is a CD. however. all the information stored on the disc is transferred in unmodified form. which is not supported by all drives.

it can take a long time to read a sector. 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. When you choose Ignore read errors. To minimize such delays. Error handling Strategy: InstantCopy can handle errors reported by the source drive in three different ways: • Errors abort the process. • Error reports are ignored: the copy operation continues as though no error had been detected. In the User Data mode. User data is preferred. Raw mode. The Automatic option defaults to User Data as the transfer mode. is the recommended setting only if an exact copy is required. For copy-protected disks. For normal copies.are not ordinarily passed on. • Errors are copied: the same error is reproduced at the equivalent location on the target disc. InstantCopy can test Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 63 . you may be able to achieve a working copy using one of the other options. which should work with every drive combination. the extra data is not transmitted. when available.

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.for defective sectors in steps whose size is set by the Error seek range control. This can be used to compensate for a drive that can’t reliably detect the original pause. you should deactivate this check box. In such cases. Useful values for the step width generally lie between 100 and 1000. If a good sector is reported. 64 InstantCD/DVD . the faster the process becomes. On copyprotected disks the subchannel data may be a disk ID or other necessary information. The higher the step width. InstantCopy seeks back to find the first available readable sector and continues to copy. Fixed gaps between tracks Check this box to set the pause between CD tracks to two seconds instead of the original pause length. Repair subchannel data The information known as “subchannel data” is stored differently from the main data on the disk.

the Close Disc method will always be used. if you have selected Automatic or Disc at Once as the write method. sometimes it can be useful to choose a lower speed. Write speed InstantCopy normally selects the highest writing speed allowed by your disc-burning hardware.Write method The write methods available to you depend on your disc burner hardware and drivers. the default write method – Disc at Once – will be used. See “The Closing Methods” on page 78 for more information. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 65 . See “The Write Methods” on page 77 for more information. However. InstantCopy will prompt you to insert new blank discs as required. If you choose the Automatic option. Closing method This setting defines how the writing process is finished. The Automatic option defaults to Close session. However. Copies Enter the number of copies of the source disc you wish to create.

InstantCopy warns you before it begins to copy if the target CD or DVD is rewritable (as opposed to “write-once”). where even small errors can lead to a significant deterioration in the reading speed. If you have already inserted a disc into the drive. It is recommended that you keep the default setting. Under the Automatic setting the write speed will be set to High. Overwrite rewritable media without confirmation By default. if you don’t want to be warned.whether to decrease the demands on your system. or to allow for speed limitations in the device being copied from. check this box. 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. If it falls too low. However. and write errors will occur. Selecting Write to hard disk first causes the data to be buffered to the hard disk drive before being copied to the target device. Write to hard disk first Devices that read optical discs are usually not as fast as hard drives. only the speeds that are actually available for the target disc will be displayed. This may be of particular value when reading from a CD-ROM. and the effective read speed may be further reduced if errors occur. 66 InstantCD/DVD .

you can perform a simulated write first by checking this box before starting the copy. the write process cannot continue.Simulate writing if possible Successful writing to a CD or DVD depends on an uninterrupted flow of data from the source drive. Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 67 . If an interruption does occur (due to a read failure. If the writing procedure is discontinued. for example). but the write laser is switched off. the destination disc is not affected and can be used after correcting the error. If you are not sure about the performance of your system you should always try a simulation before the actual write. If you anticipate possible problems with a disc copy. all read and write operations are executed normally. Note: Not all disc burners support switching off the laser as required for simulated writing. Read settings The Read tab lets you control settings relating to reading from a source drive. During the simulation.

the audio quality gets worse at higher speeds. the read speed will be set to Maximum. you can try decreasing the value to speed up the process. for instance. A reasonable minimum value for typical drives is 3. For special uses like copying discs with known read errors. as with Software read retries. With some drives. the read speed should be at least double the write speed. If you have already inserted a disc into the drive. because drives will automatically move down to a lower speed if read errors occur. The recommended minimum value is 3. The optimum speed depends on your drive. We suggest using the highest available speed. Hardware read retries This value specifies the number of times the hardware will read a sector until a read error is reported. Audio read speed Use this setting to set the speed at which audio tracks are read. The Automatic (default) read speed therefore corresponds to Maximum. 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.Data read speed This setting controls the speed at which data tracks are read. A normal value is 10 attempts and. For direct copying from one optical disc device to another. A normal value is 10 attempts. If you choose the Automatic option. only the read speeds that are actually available for that disc will appear in the list. 68 InstantCD/DVD . you can decrease the value to speed up the process.

Chapter 8: Using InstantCopy 69 .Activity log Here you will find a report of InstantCopy’s activities during the current session.


accessed by tabs across the top of the dialog. you can access these settings for the devices listed in the InstantCopy window. The settings are in groups. however. THE DEVICE PROPERTIES DIALOG BOX Access the property settings for an optical disc device by clicking the drive in the Source or Destination device lists with your right mouse button and selecting Properties from the local menu. you should be able to operate InstantCopy successfully without having to modify the settings described here for your optical disc drives. Chapter 9: Advanced options 71 .Chapter 9: Advanced options In most circumstances. When required.

The list of read features shows the disc types and speeds supported. and additional features like the ability to read ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) and UPC (Universal Product Code). 72 InstantCD/DVD .General The General tab of the Device Properties dialog box displays the type of device along with version and manufacturer information.

Writer This tab of the Device Properties dialog box provides driver and feature information about the currentlyselected disc writer device. Chapter 9: Advanced options 73 .

Disc The Disc properties tab provides information about the disc currently in the drive. 74 InstantCD/DVD . The Read UPC button lets you read the disc’s UPC (Universal Product Code) if your drive supports this feature. Click the Refresh button if you insert a new disc while the properties dialog is displaying.

Chapter 9: Advanced options 75 . 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. Set hardware retries: This is the same as Set hardware retries on the Read tab. It doesn’t matter which location you access them from. Software read retries: This is the same as Software read retries on the Read tab.

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). Be sure to use valid UPC numbers. Use Burnproof/Justlink: Burnproof and Justlink are technologies for preventing write errors due to “buffer underruns”. If you are not sure whether the disc size is sufficient. you can enable it by checking this box. as invalid codes can cause the write process to fail. Depending on the brand of disc you choose.Use DirectWrite: Oversize writing – that is. Write CD Text: CD-Text is optional added text information included on some CDs and readable by some players. However. writing more data on a CD-R(W) than the guaranteed capacity of the disc – is possible if this option is checked. Invalid ISRC codes can cause the write process to fail. up to 20MB or so of extra space may be available for copying. Such errors occur when the destination drive requests data faster than the source drive can supply it. 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. the option only works with disc-at-once recording and only with some CD recorders. InstantCopy has an internal database that includes capacity information for most CD-R(W)s. In any case. 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. so this step is not usually required. 76 InstantCD/DVD . Check this box if your drive is able to write CD-Text and you want to use this feature.

Until you finalize the disc you can add more sessions after the first as long as there is enough space left on the disc. Be aware that an audio CD player can only detect the first session on such a “multi-session” disc. The tracks are written one by one and the table of contents is written after the last track. Chapter 10: Reference topics 77 . the Disc at once mode is suggested for audio discs. Because of this.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. If you want to write additional audio tracks. do not close the session after the first write. The write methods InstantCopy provides three standard methods of writing data onto the destination disc. Track at once This method is available for nearly all recorders. Not all disc-burners support all three.

making it possible to write data to the disc which otherwise couldn’t be written. in which case further writing is never possible and the closing method setting is not considered. Raw Using this write method. 78 InstantCD/DVD . in Raw mode all data are controlled by the program. the data are written to the disc in one pass. InstantCopy is able to duplicate the source data exactly. where some of the data written to the disc are created by the burner itself. The current session stays open. This makes it possible for InstantCopy to control the pauses between tracks. Tracks can be appended to one another without pauses if desired. Your choice of closing method determines whether or not you can later write more data to the disc – unless your write method is Disc at once. Leave disc open This closing method finishes the writing of the track. With this feature. however.Disc at once Using this write method. CD-ROM drives and Audio CD players are not able to use such CDs until they have been finalized. and more tracks can be added to it. Unlike Disc at once. Its main advantage is the optimum utilization of space. You cannot later add data to a disc written with this method. The closing methods The closing method defines how the write process is finished. all the data that will eventually appear on the disc are written in one pass. the option of using DirectWrite (when supported by the recorder) and the absence of audible glitches between tracks.

because the “GB” unit is used to mean two different things. most drives are able to read the disc. no one can change the content of the disc (although the disc can still be erased if it is rewritable). Those slices are usually called kilobytes (abbreviated KB or Kbyte) simply because of the accident that 1024 is quite close to 1000. If you select this option. Measuring storage A blank DVD is often said to hold 4.7 GB disc – it’s too big! Computer storage is almost always organized in powers of two.Close session Once the session has been closed. all the tracks should therefore be written one session: don’t finalize the disc until all your last track has been written. Of course the medium itself must be readable. while a normal CD player is not capable of reading multi-session discs and will detect only the first session on your CD. a quantity that has the prefix “kilo” in the SI system of measurement used by scientist and engineers. Close disc This option is a kind of write protection for the disc. so “round numbers” of bytes are quantities like 1024 (two raised to the tenth power).7 GB of data. Not all CD-ROM drives can read CD-RWs. If you are creating an Audio CD. is in terms of how many 1024-byte “slices” it contains. Unfortunately.5 GB file on your hard drive will not fit on your 4. even that seemingly simple statement is rather misleading. Chapter 10: Reference topics 79 . The result is that the 4. or a chunk of computer memory. One common way to refer to the size of a computer file.

the manufacturers of DVDs have chosen to use the SI meaning of “giga”.096 kilobytes as normal SI usage would indicate.000 bytes – which corresponds to only about 4. this small but manageable confusion of terms becomes more tangled.For instance. or 1. The same reasoning holds true when we move up to the next SI prefix and talk about gigabytes (GB or Gbyte). or 1. • 1000 KB. we generally use “gigabyte” to mean 1024 MB.824 bytes.024.741. Unfortunately. and again because of the way storage is actually organized. With larger quantities.073. 80 InstantCD/DVD .7 GB” disc in fact has a capacity of 4. • 1024 KB. for example) are “correct” according to this normal usage. after the SI “mega” prefix.048.000 bytes. Rather than exactly one billion (one thousand million) bytes. In fact. What do we mean by a megabyte (MB or Mbyte)? One might suppose it to be any of these: • A million bytes exactly. The file sizes reported by Windows (in Windows Explorer. or 1.000.576 byte. so a “4.700. the third of these is generally preferred. 4096 bytes is equivalent to exactly four kilobytes – not 4.37 GB in terms of computer storage.

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• Create a database of your music – called the Library or the Pool – that allows you to enter additional information for each song. • Create. With InstantAudio. Wave. Wave. you will need to purchase an upgrade to enable unlimited encoding. mid or treble frequencies) and improve the sound using four additional real time effects.e. After you reach this limit. Real Audio and WMA format. store and open playlists in three commonly used formats. • Encode and decode audio in mp3PRO format. • Record audio and store it in MP3. increase or decrease the level of bass. Ogg Vorbis and audio CD tracks. 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. • Export audio in MP3. Aiff or Ogg Vorbis format. Chapter 11: Introducing InstantAudio 83 . mp3PRO is an improved MP3 format that cuts the files sizes in half while retaining the full quality. you can: • Open and play back audio files in the formats MP3. Note: Some versions of InstantAudio have limits on the number of times you are allowed to use the mp3PRO encoder. packed with features and underpinned by advanced digital sound-processing. Wave. Aiff. WMA. • Apply EQ (i. • Cut and edit MP3 files in an Editor. Aiff.Chapter 11: Introducing InstantAudio InstantAudio is a powerful and versatile program.

In this manual. • Show or hide individual program panels. • Create crossfades between all tracks in a playlist. save or record onto CD. The current skin can be changed using InstantAudio’s context menus. • Switch between different user interface skins that give your program a different look and feel. play back or record onto CD. the default skin was used. See page 127 for information. 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. • Store EQ and effects settings with the playlist. • Simultaneously play back audio and trigger music- controlled visual effects on your screen.• Load and apply up to two high-quality VST mastering plug-in effects to the songs that you play. We recommend that you also use the default skin when referring to the manual. attenuating them to the same average playback level. 84 InstantCD/DVD . • Set InstantAudio to automatically metanormalize audio files. • Store your songs on data CDs (as MP3 CDs) and/or audio CDs (CD recorder required). either upon file export or when recording a CD. This can be used with all audio files that you export. • Create gapless playback or audio file arrangement on the CD. • Access an on-line service to receive title names and artist information about the CD currently in your CD-ROM drive. Different sets of user interface graphics (skins) are supplied with the program.

The Player panel is always visible. The panels are called Player. select InstantCD+DVD Music InstantAudio on your computer’s Start menu. or with the keyboard commands listed on that menu. or with the View commands on InstantAudio’s right-button context menu. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 85 . which is divided into several panels. Playlist and Library. or select Organize Music from the Music tab of the InstantCD+DVD starter application. Effects.Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window To open the program. 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. This will start the program and open the InstantAudio window.

without having to import the CD tracks to your hard 86 InstantCD/DVD . activate various playback modes. • If you want to “fine-tune” your settings. click on it while the Ctrl key is held down. • If you are working with a wheel mouse. by clicking on it and dragging. THE PLAYER The Player provides transport controls that let you play back. you can use the scroll wheel to set all faders in the program. You can also switch between the songs in the current playlist. keep the Shift key pressed while moving the fader handle. The Player can be used as an ordinary CD player. and control the volume for both recording and playback. • To reset a fader to its default or “zero” setting. record and navigate within the audio of a song.General fader handling Here are some general principles for using faders and dials in InstantAudio: • You can use a dial like a fader.

The song’s total duration is displayed in the smaller figures beneath the counter. Song information display In the top left corner of the Player. Use the position slider at the bottom of the Player to quickly change the current song position. The time displays The big counter display shows either how much time has passed since the start of the current song. Click on the text to stop it from scrolling or to start it moving again. the title and other information about the currently active song in the Playlist are displayed as a constantly repeated scrolling text. Choose which figure is displayed by clicking REMAINING or ELAPSED next to the counter. either by dragging the slider knob or simply clicking anywhere along the line representing the full duration of the song. or how much time is remaining. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 87 . See “Importing files from CD” on page 118 for more information. This provides playback only: the files cannot be exported or saved without first being imported to your hard simply drag a CD drive icon from the left panel of the Library into the Playlist panel.

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. Next song: Jump immediately to the next song in the current playlist. Record: Activate recording. Fast forward: Rapidly advance in the current song until the button is released. Stop: Halt playback or recording. You can initiate playback from the keyboard by pressing [Space]. You can also halt playback from the keyboard by pressing [Space]. See “Recording” on page 90 for details. From left to right the individual button functions are: Repeat song: Indefinitely repeat the song currently playing. and navigate within the song or the playlist. Previous song: Jump immediately to the previous song in the current playlist. Play: Play the current song back beginning at the current position. 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.

(The recording level is controlled via the meters in the Record dialog. To eliminate clipping: Lower the applicable volume fader until clipping no longer occurs.) The indicators will flicker as you play back a song. there might be a clipping indicator at the top of each meter.Repeat all: Indefinitely repeat the entire current playlist. clip indicators and/or a position fader. Clipping should generally be avoided at all costs. level and position faders. Depending on the skin used. Use these to check for signal clipping at the inputs or outputs of InstantAudio. Clipping occurs if the signal strength jumps above 0 dB at the input or output. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 89 . as it adds distortion to your audio. Level meters. To reset a clipping indicator: Click on the indicator. Depending on the skin. The LED chain type meters indicate the playback volumes on the left and right channels. a level fader might appear as a bar in the middle of each level meter or as a separate element. in random order. clip indicators Depending on which of the available program skins you use. Mute: Turn off the sound while the Player continues to operate. You can set the volume by clicking on the fader or dragging the fader handle with the mouse. the Player might contain one or several level meters. input/output faders. Random: Indefinitely repeat the entire current playlist.

InstantAudio will record the song according to your settings. Click InstantAudio’s Record button. 3.) 2. To assign a rating with the bar graph: While playing back the title.Rating You can assign a rating of from zero to ten stars to any title in the Playlist. (Select the audio capture device in the Preferences dialog. 4. See “The Record dialog” below. The Record dialog opens. The rating is displayed as a bar graph on the Player: Ratings are stored with the Playlist. the rating values go from 0 to 100. Start playback of your source audio. each star representing a value of 10. It lets you set file location and format options. 90 InstantCD/DVD . 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. 1. position the mouse anywhere in the rating bar graph and drag to the left or right while holding down the left mouse button. Numerically. which is covered on page 121. Make the desired settings. levels and timing parameters for your recording. then click the Record button at the bottom left of the Record dialog.

In the Level Control panel on the right. 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. and specifying the directory and file name of the recording. To begin recording when a particular volume level is detected: Check Start when sound detected and use the slider to set the threshold level at which recording should commence. you can configure InstantAudio to start or stop recording automatically based on the volume level of the source. setting format options. The panel on the left side of the dialog provides controls for defining the file format.

pause and halt recording respectively (from left to right). 92 InstantCD/DVD . 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. 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. a single file is created in which “silences” in the source material (as defined by the threshold value) are eliminated. The three transport control buttons at the bottom left of the Record dialog let you begin. Leave the Start at and Stop after options unchecked if you do not wish to record under timer control. 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. To open a Visualization window: Click the Visualization button (the bottommost in the column of four buttons at the right of the Player). The Timer panel at the bottom right of the dialog lets you define a start time and duration for the recording. You can even have multiple visualizations open at the same time. With this option.To pause recording when the level falls below a given value: Check Pause on silence and set the threshold value. The levels panel below the Timer panel provides a slider for setting the record level of the audio. or select View Visualization from one of the right-button context menus available throughout InstantAudio.

You can also use the arrow keys on your computer keyboard to move forward and back through the available visualizations. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 93 . When this mode is active.The Oscilloscope visualization in action. To change visualizations automatically: Press the S key on your computer keyboard to toggle visualization slideshow mode. To select a visualization: Click the title-bar of the Visualization window and select any of the items on the pop-up menu. all the visualization windows automatically change to a different visualization at an interval specified in the Preferences dialog. To obtain new visualizations: New visualizations may be made available through Pinnacle’s InstantAudio support web-site at: www. See page 121 for more Install any visualizations you download by copying them to the Components subfolder of the InstantAudio program folder.pinnaclesys.

or by selecting View Hide EQ/FX from a context menu. 94 InstantCD/DVD . Hundreds of VST effects are commercially available. InstantAudio’s proprietary EQ and FX algorithms provide distortion-free playback of your music. This panel provides a graphic equalizer that lets you adjust your audio in eight separate frequency bands. Four excellent built-in mastering effects (FX) are also located here. FX settings you apply to a title from the playlist are stored with the playlist and used whenever that title is played. You can furthermore simultaneously load two external VST plug-in effects into the program’s VST plug-in slots. Your FX settings can also be stored as presets.THE EQ/FX PANEL Show or hide this panel with the Show/Hide EQ/FX button in the Player. regardless of the amount of effect used. Note: VST is a widespread plug-in standard. and store the settings as presets. These can be used to enhance quality and punch of your audio. or by pressing Ctrl+E.

you must activate both the FX master switch – the Bypass/Activate effects button. which begins to flash. each representing a set of values for all the controls in the group. Click one of the buttons to load the values associated with that preset slot. You will be given a chance to enter a new name for the preset before it is saved. Now click the button for the slot you want to overwrite. This feature makes it easy to switch between two sets of values. if you wish to use any of the FX controls. simply click it again. If you click the highlighted slot again. You can overwrite any of the preset slots with the current set of control values. If you want to cancel the save operation while the Save button is flashing.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. and the on-button for the FX you want to use. The button highlights and the controls are updated to the values stored in that slot. the highlighting is removed and the control values revert to the previous state. you must first activate the EQ master switch – the Bypass/Activate equalizer button – so that it lights up. EQ and FX preset buttons The EQ and FX areas also provide five preset slots. Start by clicking the Save button. Similarly. If you wish to use the EQ faders. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 95 .

EQ and FX toggle buttons Each of the EQ and FX areas also includes a button with a minus sign: In both cases. the button toggles between the manually-edited and the neutral settings for each song in the currently open playlist. the currently active EQ/FX settings apply to all songs in the playlist (and to any songs that you start by double-clicking in the Library). the EQ and FX settings apply to the current track only. the current settings of the master switch buttons and the Global button will be ignored.g. 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 songs are processed under this option. include an option called Apply EQ & FX. Note: Some dialogs (e. “Convert File” and “Burn CD”). 96 InstantCD/DVD . Each fader affects a certain frequency range within the audio frequency spectrum. When the Global button is inactive. Instead. If the Global button is active (highlighted). the current EQ and FX settings will be used.

Move a fader downwards to decrease the level of the corresponding frequency range. The built-in effects (FX) The EQ/FX panel has four built-in high-quality mastering effects. 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. If you have never used a graphic equalizer before. Loud max: Increases the perceived loudness and signal density. From top to bottom: Stereo spread: Enlarges the stereo width of an existing stereo signal. Compress: Reduces the dynamic range of the audio (closing the gap between softer and louder sounds). whether subtly or dramatically. move it upwards to increase the level. no filtering takes place: all the frequencies present in the signal are passed through unmodified. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 97 .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.

For VST plug-ins to be accessible from within InstantAudio. VST is a widespread plug-in standard that is used to add additional functionality to programs that are “VST compatible”.The VST effect slots InstantAudio allows you to load external VST plug-in effects into one or both of two available slots. Hundreds of plug-ins with a great variety of functions are available on the market. they must be stored in a “Vstplugins” folder. 98 InstantCD/DVD . some even free of charge. Check the Pinnacle web site. the Internet or your music dealer. This is automatically created upon installation by InstantAudio. The names of the available VST plug-ins are shown in the left-hand drop-down list in each slot.

its name is displayed and the Edit and On buttons become active. Some VST effects provide their own editing windows. 1. The appearance of the settings editor. Select one. The plug-in is loaded. To use VST plug-in effects within InstantAudio. 2. Open the left-hand list in the first slot. If you select a different program while the editor window is displayed. You can display and edit the settings for the current program by clicking the Edit button at the left of each plug-in slot. and then the Edit button to open the editing window for the effect. vary from one effect to the next. Initially. 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. and the particular settings it gives access to. its controls are immediately updated to reflect the new values.Each time you choose a plug-in. You can change the name of a preset simply by clicking on the name and overtyping it. All the VST effects in your Vstplugins folder should be listed. both the upper and lower slots are empty. Click the On button to activate the plug-in. the right-hand list in the slot is loaded with a default bank of named presets called programs. 3. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 99 . proceed as follows: Click the VST button in InstantAudio’s EQ section to open the VST effects rack.

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. The program you load replaces the current one in the program bank. • Exit InstantAudio If you want to be able to re-use the settings later. You can also load and save the program banks themselves into named files with the Load Bank and Save Bank commands.4. You can then reload the program with File Load Program at any time. and optionally provide a new name for the current program. you should save them to your hard drive by clicking the File button and selecting Save Program from the popup menu. 100 InstantCD/DVD . This makes it possible to employ as many named presets as you like when working with VST effects in InstantAudio. or.

This is useful if you need to find out where particular files are located on your hard disk. but the actual audio files themselves – to a different location. Add titles to or remove them from the playlist. The list can also be generated automatically by InstantAudio itself to your specifications. save or create a list of audio files to be played • • • • back with the Player. Copy the playlist as text to the system clipboard. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 101 .THE PLAYLIST The Playlist panel is located below the EQ/ FX panel in the InstantAudio window. print or send it to someone else. Show files in Windows Explorer. save. from which you can paste it into any text editor software and edit. The Playlist has numerous uses: • Open. Save the playlist content – not just the paths to the audio files.

its 102 InstantCD/DVD . Playlist operations Some common operations affecting the Playlist panel are available via six toolbar buttons. Apply EQ and FX to all files that you wish to convert. pls and xml. Aiff. Add: The Add Files to Playlist dialog appears. Select one or more song files or playlist files in any of the supported formats. Edit the ID3 tags – information packets containing title. allowing you to select a save folder. Create crossfades between audio tracks. Metanormalize – constrain audio playback to the same average audio level over a group of files. WMA and • • • • • Ogg Vorbis files to any other of these formats. Save: The Save Playlist File dialog appears.• Burn a data CD (such as an MP3 CD) or audio CD. New: This button clears the playlist in preparation for adding new songs. file name and file format for saving the current playlist to your hard drive. artist and other information – that are included in MP3 files. The conversion can done on either a single file or a batch of files. If you have made changes to the current playlist you will be offered a chance to save it before the existing list is cleared. Wave. export or burn onto CD. • Export and convert MP3. When a playlist file is selected. Transfer MP3 files to a connected portable MP3 player. Three widely used formats are available: m3u.

songs are added to the Playlist panel just as if those songs had been selected individually. Remove: Any selected songs are deleted from the current playlist. Convert Files and Portable Player Manager). despite whatever level differences may exist from one song file to the next. This is a permanent change to the playlist. See page 105 for details. The Playlist menu also provides these additional commands: Copy as text: This command copies the current playlist titles as text to the Windows clipboard. but does not modify the playlist itself. where you can instruct InstantAudio to generate a playlist of any given length from the material you have on hand according to selection rules that you set up. The Playlist menu Most of the functions provided by the toolbar buttons have counterparts on the Playlist sub-menu on the popup “context” menu that you can access by rightclicking in the InstantAudio window. Normalize: Clicking this button sets all selected titles to be played back at a consistent playback volume. You can use standard Windows shortcuts for selecting multiple songs. This function is also available in various InstantAudio dialogs (Burn CD. which selects songs from the playlist in a random order. Randomize: This command shuffles the current playlist. Generate a playlist: This command invokes the Generate Playlist dialog box. unlike the random playback mode in the Player. from which you can paste the list into another application such as a text editor. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 103 .

The “*” playlist column displays on the list as a small loudspeaker icon. See “Export files with format conversion” on page 107 for more information. its list entry is displayed in bold type and the loudspeaker icon changes to show that sound is being produced. listing the fields available for display.Export files: Opens the Convert Files dialog box. Select which columns should be visible in the playlist by right-clicking in header area of the list as shown in the illustration. Burn files: Opens the Burn CD dialog. A pop-up menu appears. When a song is actually playing. allowing you to create a CD from the files in the playlist. which lets you save the files in your playlist into other formats. 104 InstantCD/DVD . The names of currently-displayed columns have a check-mark. Click any name with the left mouse button to toggle the display of the corresponding column. Playlist columns A playlist can display up to eighteen columns of information about each song.

Automatically generating a playlist The Generate Playlist dialog opens from the context menu command Playlist Generate a playlist. The next step is to create one or more filtering rules.Playlist summary The total number of files and their total playback time are displayed above the list itself. the rule “artist is Mudbunny” would only accept songs performed by Mudbunny. It would change our example rule to mean “any artist but Mudbunny”. which you select using the radio buttons that appear to the left of all rules except the first: Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 105 . Begin by entering a name for the generated playlist and a duration. each of which accepts a subset of the available songs while rejecting all the rest. Enter a rule by making choices on the two drop-down lists. Multiple rules can be combined in either of two ways. The Less and More buttons let you change the number of rules available. Check the Not option if you would like to reverse the meaning of the rule. from one to fifteen. and entering a value (“Mudbunny”) in the text space. For instance. specified in whole hours.

FX. In the example below. Press the Generate button to let the program create the playlist. level and other settings for each song and write the resulting changed audio file onto CD. 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 .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. Activate the checkboxes in the Burn column for the titles you want to burn onto CD. The Burn CD dialog The Burn CD dialog opens from the Playlist Burn Files command or the Write Disc button in the Library toolbar.1 kHz. a three-hour playlist has been specified. To burn a disc: 1. containing only folk music recorded earlier than 1970 and digitized with a sample rate of 44.

artist. The files to be converted are listed on the left side of the dialog by title. (If you instead click Cancel. otherwise the CD cannot be used. file name.2.) Another dialog now appears where you can make additional settings and start the actual writing process. Checkboxes beside each title let you choose exactly Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 107 . Use this dialog to convert the files in the current playlist into a different format or a different variant of their current format. Export files with format conversion The Playlist Export Files context menu command opens the Convert Files dialog. format and file size. nothing is recorded onto the CD and the dialog box is closed. Remember: Writing a CD in one of the two supported formats is a continuous process that should never be interrupted. Click the Start button.

You can check and clear them individually. According to which format you select.which titles to export. Convert: Click this button to start the conversion process. the Format options section in the dialog shows the appropriate parameters and file quality options. Use the Browse button to locate the folder with the aid of a Select Directory dialog box. 108 InstantCD/DVD . Wave. Normalize increases the volume within each song such that the full dynamic range of the digital audio is being used. InstantAudio automatically sets up crossfades between all the exported files. any EQ and FX associated with songs in the playlist will be incorporated in the exported files. Crossfade: When this box is checked. Close: Exit the Convert Files dialog. Normalization options: Choose Metanormalize if you want InstantAudio to adjust the volumes of the exported files so that they play back at the same perceived level. WMA or Ogg Vorbis formats to use for the exported files. File Format: This drop-down list lets you choose which of the MP3. Use Don’t normalize if you don’t want either of the other options Destination folder: Enter a path for the exported files. or use the Select All and Select None commands on the list’s right-button context menu. but does not consider the songs as a group. Aiff. By default all the boxes are checked. Make Playlist: Activate this button if you want InstantAudio to create a new playlist containing the exported files. Apply EQ and FX: When this box is checked.

the mp3PRO encoding function is limited to 20 uses. It is available only when the Fraunhofer Encoder is selected. This format cuts the file size by half without loss of quality. a successor format to MP3. An update that allows unlimited encoding is available for purchase. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 109 .) You can access and edit this information in the Info & Tagger dialog. The Info & Tagger dialog In addition to the music itself. There is no way to recover the information that was discarded when the lower-quality file was created. (InstantAudio actually uses version 2 of the ID3 specification – “ID3 v2”.The limitations of file conversion Convertint a file with a low resolution. an MP3 file can store information about the music in the form of “ID3 Tags”. MP3Pro InstantAudio’s mp3PRO option lets you encode files in mp3PRO. and the bit-rate is set to 96 kBit/s or less. quality or bitrate into a file format with a higher resolution. Note: In some versions of InstantAudio. quality or bit rate can’t increase the actual quality of the file.

either choose the file name in the drop-down list at the top of the dialog. (The File info command also works for audio files of types other than MP3. select one or more MP3 files in the Playlist then click File info on the list’s right-button context menu. To view the information for one of the other selected files. but most of the information fields are not available for use with those types. 110 InstantCD/DVD .To open the Info & Tagger dialog. 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.

Tag – Title: Enter the title that should be used for this song in InstantAudio and other MP3 Players. 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. Double-clicking the image has the same effect. Tag – Artist: The artist who performed the song.Info: This box contains information about the format (duration. Pick the one that best fits the material. which can then serve as an icon or illustration for the song. Tag – Genre: The type of song. Image: An MP3 file can contain a bitmapped image. This is not the same as the file name.) and encoding of the current. etc. Use the arrow buttons to modify the current value. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 111 . file size. • Remove image – The image is deleted from the song file. Tag – Album: The album on which this performance of the song was recorded. file. or enter the new number directly. Tag – Year: The year when the song was released. When you click this field. • Save image – Opens a file save dialog allowing you to store the image on your hard drive as a JPEG file. Use the arrow buttons to modify the current number. • Load image – Replaces the existing image (if any) with a JPEG or PNG image you select. Tag – Track number: The sequence number of the track on the album. a drop-down list of 148 genres is displayed. or enter the year directly.

The song file is updated with the new information. Click OK to approve your changes.Tag – Comment: A remark about the song. 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. Be sure to click Apply or Apply all before closing if you wish to preserve any changes you have made. Close: Close the dialog. up to 30 characters in length. Tag – Rating: A numeric rating for the song between 0 and 100. Lyrics: Click this button to open a simple dialog where you can view or edit the text showing the song lyrics. Apply: Click this button to accept any changes you have made to the data for the current song in the Info & Tagger dialog. or enter the rating directly. Use the arrow buttons to modify the current value. The song files are updated with the new information. 112 InstantCD/DVD .

Alternatively. The folders. The panel is divided into the folders tree on the left and the title list on the right.THE LIBRARY The Library panel – also called the “Pool” – gives you access to a powerful database of audio content. the material is organized into categories that are more directly useful for working with audio. The folders tree This panel is organized in the same way as the folders pane in a Windows Explorer window. let you choose and locate songs under any of those categories. “Albums” and “Genres”. we can open the “Artists” folder (by clicking the button next to its name) then click the name of one of the artists. Because the “Artists” folder has been selected. Instead. with names like “Artists”. The folders tree. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 113 . To explore further in the folders tree. the right-hand panel contains a listing of all the artists who have songs in your library. you can simply double-click the artist’s name in the title list on the right. but the folders in this case are virtual: they don’t reflect the actual layout of the audio material on your disc.

The song title list The song title list consists of information organized in labeled columns. individual columns can be selected and deselected on a pop-up menu that 114 InstantCD/DVD . we open the Slackjaw subfolder itself. or we double-click one of the albums in the right-hand panel. and the playlist as well. allowing you to drill down until you eventually see song titles in the right-hand list. Finally. As with the other title lists in the library.The “Artists” folder is now open. and we have selected an artist named Slackjaw. and we have selected an album named Birdfinger. The albums containing the Slackjaw songs in our library are now listed in title list. The other folders work in a similar fashion. and select an album there. The “Slackjaw” subfolder is now open. The title list now shows all the songs in our library that come from that album.

The channels value will be either Mono or Stereo. Title. Higher values for any of these parameters (or Stereo rather Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 115 . minutes and seconds. Sample rate. The sample rate is the number of samples taken per second when digitizing. Comment: The year the music came out. In this case. Album: The title of the song. Click any of the fields to edit it directly. Year. there are 20 different fields to choose from: Asterisk (*): This field displays as a small loudspeaker icon. while the sample width is the number of digital bits (usually 16) in each sample. The bit rate is a measure of the amount of data that represents one second of the song. Channels. Click the genre to open a pop-up list of 148 genres to choose from. and a brief text comment. Bit rate. Track. Artist. the name of the artist who performed it. Added: The date the song was added to the Library. Genre: The type of music. and the name of the album it appears on. Length: The length of the song in hours. the number of the track (on its album).appears when you right-click the top of the list. Double-click the icon to play back the song. Sample width: This series of values is the set of parameters used for encoding the song. Click any of the fields to edit it directly.

InstantAudio asks if you want to delete the underlying file(s) as well as removing the item from the database. 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. Rating: Your numeric rating of the song. File deletion is permanent. RMS. which lets you navigate the storage devices in your system in search of audio files and playlists in any format supported by InstantAudio. Location: The full filename of this song. Multiple file selections are allowed in this dialog. so be careful not to use this option unless you really want to do away with the selected material altogether. but also a larger file size and greater demand on system resources during playback. Last played: The number of times the song has been played. from 0 to 100. Click the field to edit it directly. The same function is also 116 InstantCD/DVD . and the peak volume level in decibels (dB). Peak: A value for the effective sonic pressure of the song. Play count. The same function is also available with the Pool Add Files To Pool context menu command. and the date and time it was played most recently. Add files: This button invokes the Add Files To Pool dialog box. Remove files: This button removes any items that you have selected in the title list or the folders tree.than Mono) imply higher-quality audio.

available with the Pool menu command. and adds any found files to the Library. Choose where you want InstantAudio to search for song files on your system: a specific folder. Scan computer: The Search Computer For Music dialog box appears. enter the audio file types you want to scan for. The songs that are found are added to the Library’s “Search Results” folder. and click the Start Search button. type its name into the Start in folder edit box. Use it. Finally. The search library function is also available with the Pool Search In Pool context menu command. Click the Search button in the dialog to begin the search. If you want a specific folder to be scanned. Extract from CD: This button opens the Import From CD dialog box. An Advanced Search tab gives you access to more options. or all your hard drives. you can restrict the search to files of a certain bit rate or of a particular length. The same function is also available Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 117 . Add Files To Pool context Search library: This button opens the Search In Pool dialog. which lets you specify the criteria you want to use to search for songs. InstantAudio performs the scan as requested. or use the Browse button to access a Select Directory dialog box. For example. album title or comment. to locate music by a specific artist. a single hard drive. for example.

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. Click the Extract from CD button in the Library toolbar. Importing files from CD With InstantAudio you can import audio files from CD and save them as MP3. The Import from CD dialog appears. 3. Use the File Format drop-down list to select which of the MP3. See page 118 for details. Wave. 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 Format options section of the dialog shows the available parameters and file quality options for the selected format. The Pool sub-menu also provides one additional command: Clean pool: This command removes all data from the Library database. Aiff or Ogg Vorbis files. 4. or Ogg Vorbis formats to use for the imported files. 118 InstantCD/DVD . Show help: This button displays InstantAudio’s online help. The actual underlying audio files are not affected. To import audio from CD: Insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. Aiff. Wave.with the Pool Import Audio CD context menu command. Write disc: This button opens the Burn CD dialog box. 2. 1.

With the Constant Bitrate encoding method. a higher rate is equivalent to higher quality (though the difference is not necessarily always discernible). Use the Browse button in the Destination Folder area to specify where the imported files should be stored. track number and year. each one contained in a file whose name is constructed from the track number and title. the higher the values. containing within it a further directory named for the album. The formats are built using place-holders for the artist. and miscellanous punctuation text as required.100 kHz. “CD quality” is equivalent to 44. Sample Width and Channels. the “Artist\Album\Track Title” format means that there will be a directory in destination folder named for the artist. the better the quality. The “MPEG Layer 3 File” settings let you control the details of the MP3 encoding process. which in turn contains the imported songs. In general. track title. The sole “Ogg Vorbis File” setting is a Quality slider where the quality value is expressed as a percentage. For example. 5. backslash characters to indicate folder divisions. This may result in a smaller file size for equivalent sound quality.If you selected “Wave File” or “Aiff File” as the file format. 6. the encoder matches the rate to the varying complexity of the source material. the available quality settings are Sample Rate. 16-bits stereo. 7. With the Variable Bitrate method. album. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 119 . The Filename drop-down list lets you choose a folder and file name format for the tracks you import.

8. Click the New button. Click Get Titles to connect to the on-line server to get the CD information.To create your own presets on the Filename list. select it from the Presets list and click the Remove button. The downloaded data is stored locally in the InstantAudio directory. 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. even if the Autolookup new disc option is checked. This makes it unnecessary to go back on-line to look up the information for the CD again. such as a cable modem. You can also edit the Title and Artist fields for each song simply by clicking on the field and typing your revised information. it might be useful to activate the Auto-lookup new disc option. 10. and on Configure for additional related settings (like choosing a specific server. 9. If you later insert the same CD into your CD-ROM drive. Use the checkboxes in the Grab column of the song list to deselect any titles you do not want to import. or searching in the database of the Windows’ CD player application). If you have a permanent connection to the Internet. 120 InstantCD/DVD . To delete a preset. the previouslyobtained data are read from the hard drive. The area below the song list lets you use an Internet-based service to download track names and other information about the current CD.

or choose Options on the right-button context menu. they will be played from top to bottom in the order they appear in the list.11. Click the Import button to import the titles you have selected. THE PREFERENCES DIALOG Click the button in the Player panel. if you do not want to import the whole title. The Play button toggles to Stop during playback. To activate the changes on the current page without closing the dialog. which you can access using the navigation panel on the left side. If several titles are selected. To restore Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 121 . to open the Preferences dialog. When you import files from CD. a playlist for the imported songs is automatically created and added to the Playlists folder in the Library. The dialog is organized into pages. The two handles in the time ruler allow you to define a certain range. or Import All to import all titles. You can use the position cursor in the time ruler below the list to locate a certain position within a title. whether selected or not. You can also play songs back from within the Import from CD dialog by selecting one or more songs and clicking the Play button. click the Apply button.

The topics below cover the preferences settings in the same order as they occur in the navigation panel. click the Defaults button. like those described for the Import from CD dialog box (see page 118). The Playback device drop-down list lets you select the audio card you wish to use for playback. The faders under Playback buffering let you define the size and number of the memory buffers used for playback. Checking the Scan track volumes in background option causes InstantAudio to scan the average level of all files in the Library and the Playlist panel for their 122 InstantCD/DVD . Playback The main Playback page on the Preferences dialog provides some technical settings relating to audio playback.the default settings for the current page. 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.

If the Report dropouts option is in force. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 123 . possibly indicating a problem with your audio settings.effective sonic pressure (RMS) value. songs that are played back are attenuated to a common average level. At this point. only the former will be activated. Use gapless playback: This is like a special crossfade. If Metanormalize tracks on playback is selected. a warning message will be shown when dropouts occur during audio playback. You do this by telling the program to look for a point within those last 30 seconds of audio where the volume reaches the percentage value of the maximum value that you have set here. Percent of maximum trigger volume: By setting this value. This is used to attenuate the songs to a common average playback level when you use the metanormalization function. 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. where the two songs only overlap by 0. you effectively determine a point within the last 30 seconds of a song at which the crossfade ends. Note: If you activate both automatic crossfading and gapless playback.01 sec. Crossfade length: Here you determine the total length of the crossfade. the crossfade will end.

Record folder. you find a graphical display of the crossfade as it is currently configured. Preloading time: This lets you define the point at which to start the next song before the crossfade. 124 InstantCD/DVD .Forerun: This can be used to move the crossfade start and end to earlier positions. the Pool is saved periodically during use. Pool This Preferences page provides options relating to the Pool (Library). if a song ends abruptly. e. Recording This Preferences page provides options relating to audio recording. Auto save time: Use this control to set the auto save interval in minutes. The best way to understand the display is to watch it carefully as you manipulate the other controls. Pool folder: Use this field to set the file path for the Pool. This is especially important when you use VST effects. You will have the opportunity to modify these selections when you actually initiate recording. not just at the end of the session. File name: These fields set the default path and name for your captured audio file. In the lower part of the page. This may also help you grasp their function more readily. Record device: Select which sound device should be used to capture audio data.g. Trim strings: This option forces the removal of all blanks from the beginnings and ends of text entries in the Pool. Enable auto save: When this option is checked.

You can further modify the position by continuing to hold the mouse button down Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 125 .User interface The main User interface page in the Preferences dialog provides the following settings: Language: Select your preferred language for menus. The change takes effect the next time you run the program. 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 file type is used to decide which application program should open to display the file. This immediately sets the dial angle to match the line between the center of the dial and the point where you clicked. Use the checkboxes on this page to specify which file types you want handled by InstantAudio. buttons and other interface elements in InstantAudio. Show tips: InstantAudio can provide fly-by tool tips for many program elements when the mouse pointer hovers over them momentarily. Circular: In this mode. to specify the folder for temporary files created by InstantAudio. you control the dial simply by clicking on it. User interface: File types When you double-click a data file in Windows Explorer. Folder for temporary files: Use this field. Clear this checkbox to hide the tool tips if you prefer not to see them.

but responds only in the dragging phase that follows. • 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. In general. and decreases as you move it down. User interface: Skins Skins are the different user interface stylings you can apply to InstantAudio to change its look and you drag the mouse. Visualization This Preferences page provides settings relating to the visualization plug-ins. The dial’s value increases as you move the mouse up. the visualization display might slow down other programs on your computer. If this rate is set too high. This is a quick way to set a dial. as you move the mouse in a circular path around the center of the dial. but might be a bit too lively for fine tuning. depending on your system. Select the skin you wish to use from the drop-down list. 126 InstantCD/DVD . even though the on-screen controls may change. • Display mode: Select one of the available display resolutions for the visualization window’s full-screen mode. 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. the same functions are available with every skin. Linear: This mode works like Relative circular except that you must drag the mouse in a vertical straight line rather than a circle.

The Slide Mode setting lets you decide whether the visualizations should be changed in sequence or randomly. if you change the visualization in full-screen mode (using a key command). • Slideshow: The visualization plug-ins are invoked in turns. THE CONTEXT MENUS Throughout InstantAudio you can bring up different “context menus” by pressing the right mouse button. • Show playback time: This option displays the playback time of the currently-playing title in the visualization window when it is in full-screen mode. Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 127 . together with their properties. the name of the visualization is displayed in the window. changing from one to the next at an interval specified in seconds with the Slide Interval setting. on top of other open windows. • Always on top: When this option is in effect. • Show plug-ins: Opens a dialog listing the available plug-ins. These give you quick access to functions that you need in a particular part of the program. • Show info when song changed: The next song title will be displayed in the visualization window when it is in full-screen mode. the visualization window remains always visible.• Show framerate: Displays the used frame rate in the Visualization window. • Show info when visualization changed: With this option.

you can use it repeatedly to open multiple visualizations.The standard context menu This menu appears when you right-click in most areas of the InstantAudio main window. The current shortcuts for that command. 128 InstantCD/DVD . Key commands: This opens the Key Commands dialog box. are shown in the Keys area. Another command opens a visualization window. if any. The only panel you cannot hide is the Player. Skins: This opens a sub-menu where you can select any of the supplied user interface stylings (skins). The final command on the View sub-menu is Show VST slots has the same effect as the VST button on the FX panel. See “Visualizations” on page 92. If you want to add a new command. click in the Type new key command box. See “The VST Effect slots” on page 98. featuring the powerful but easy-to-use Key Command and Macro Editor. please see “Playlist operations” on page 102. Open location: If you are connected to the Internet. Playlist: For the operations on this menu. When the dialog opens. View: This opens a sub-menu that lets you show and hide individual panels in the InstantAudio display. please see “Library operations” on page 116. only the key command portion is visible. this function can be used to connect to an Internet radio station: simply input the address (URL). then click the Assign button. 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. Pool: For the operations on this menu.

Chapter 12: The InstantAudio window 129 . See “Preferences” on page 121.). assign a common descriptive name to them and finally assign a key command to the macro. open file. the Info & Tagger dialog provides forward and back arrows for moving from one song’s information to the next. which presents editable information about the selected song file.Click the Show Macros button to open a part of the dialog where you can create macro commands consisting of a number of successive actions (e.g. 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). Options: This item opens the Preferences dialog. It adds three commands to the standard context menu: File info: This option opens the Info & Tagger dialog. Exit: Quits the program. The Playlist files context menu This context menu appears when you right-click in the list area of the Playlist panel. set volume. If several songs are selected in the playlist when this command is given. Show in Explorer: The audio file corresponding to the currently-selected song in the playlist is selected and displayed in Windows Explorer. play back file etc. 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.


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The ability to read and write audio data directly from or to CD. The ability to create mixes up to 80 minutes in length through simple drag and drop. The created CDs can be played on any ordinary CD player. Chapter 13: Welcome to InstantMusic 133 . Real-time audio effects such as reverb and delay. Its features include: • A complete recording studio with a real-time mixer • • • • capable of handling up to 16 stereo tracks. A library of more than 100 high-quality samples.Chapter 13: Welcome to InstantMusic InstantMusic is a powerful tool for the creation of your own songs. Recorded samples are saved to disk as WAV files.


where you will be spending most of your time. InstantMusic projects are called arrangements.Chapter 14: The Arranger Launching InstantMusic brings up the Arranger screen. They consist of the samples (WAV-format audio files) you record or obtain. plus the mixing parameters and effects that you specify using the rich set of available controls. Chapter 14: The Arranger 135 .

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 symbol bar and drag-and-drop behavior.The toolbars InstantMusic is controlled by the menu entries. 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 .

one for each of the up to 16 tracks in the arrangement. above the track headers themselves. The Tracks panel (see page 138) contains the arrangement’s master volume and panning controls. The Sample Explorer (see page 139) lets you import samples (WAV files) into your project using a familiar file-system “tree” control. Each header contain panning 138 InstantCD/DVD . At the top of the panel.The Player toolbar has the following entries: First group: • Play • Pause • Stop • Loop Second group: • Recording settings • Start recording • Stop recording The Tracks and Samples tabs The tabs at the bottom of the left screen area give access to the Tracks panel and the Sample Explorer. plus the headers for each of the tracks in your project. are the master volume and panning controls for your arrangement: Next come the headers. The track headers Headers for each track appear in the Tracks panel to the left of the Arranger window.

They are still accessible through the Track Properties dialog (see page 152). and suppresses other file types. Navigate to your files using the familiar Explorerstyle interface. however. • W: Causes the audio waveform graph to be shown on each sample. not all the controls shown above are displayed. The Sample Explorer The Sample Explorer is the fastest way to add samples to an arrangement. making it silent during playback regardless of volume settings. Note: At lower screen resolutions. The Sample Explorer displays the names of any WAV files in the folders you open. • V: Causes the volume curve (or “fade curve”) to be shown on each sample. where these and other properties can be adjusted. Simply drag any desired WAV files from the Sample Explorer onto the appropriate places in your arrangement. Chapter 14: The Arranger 139 .and volume controls similar to those in the master panel. Click the track icon at the left of the header to open the Track Properties dialog box. Beside the pan control are three letter-buttons: • M: Mutes the track.

The buttons below the arranger are a fast way to access the Track List window. Click the name to change it. end time and length of each track are displayed. WORKING WITH ARRANGEMENTS InstantMusic projects.The Track List This window displays information about the CD tracks that will be created from your arrangement. 140 InstantCD/DVD . The selected track will be highlighted in the list. Load and save projects Load or save your arrangements by selecting the menu commands or toolbar buttons. The name. A progress bar supplies visual feedback during these operations. called arrangements. Open the Track List with View Track List. or with the Open Track List button on the Track toolbar. The automatic label generation feature will use the new name when creating labels for your disc. Creating the CD Use the InstantDisc application to write your music out to disc after the arrangement has been completed. consist of up to 16 tracks with an arbitrary number of samples (WAV files) on each. start time.

(You must have a compatible soundcard installed. Loop: If the loop feature is active the sample in the editior will be repeated until you click again.) The playback features are found in the Player menu and the toolbar. (The play marker can be set to the beginning of the arrangement by double clicking the “Stop” button. change the volume and the balance in real time while playing the arrangement. Chapter 14: The Arranger 141 . Pause: Pause playback. The following functions are available: Play: This function plays the arrangement from the current position of the play marker. Digital multitrack mixer This digital mixer enables you to mute tracks.Audio player InstantMusic’s integrated audio player lets you hear your arrangement any time you want. Click again to reset the play marker to the beginning of the arrangement.) Many editing features remain available during playback. but others are disabled. Stop: Stops playback. Click again to resume.

They are represented by “flags” in the black bar across the top of the Arranger: You can set marks with the following menus. The area between two marks is always one track on the CD. Custom marks: Use custom marks to set CD track boundaries. obtained by right-clicking in the black bar (left) or on a mark you have added (right): The following marks are available: Play locator: The green vertical bar in the arranger is called the play locator.MARKS Marks represent particular points along the timeline of your arrangement. it shows the current position while playing or merging the data. Among other functions. 142 InstantCD/DVD . The “End” mark is red with a triangle to the left side. End: This mark sets the end of the arrangement. The “Start” mark is red with a triangle to the right side. Start: This mark sets the beginning of the arrangement.

Add mark
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.

Delete mark
Custom marks can be deleted by right-clicking the mark and selecting Delete Track... from the pop-up menu.

Edit Marks
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.

Insert sample
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.
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Remove sample
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.

Duplicate sample
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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Loop samples
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.

Split sample
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.



Group samples
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.

Ungroup samples
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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or the Edit Mode command on the View menu or on a sample’s pop-up menu. While hold the button down.To fade out. drag the top right rectangle to the left: Cross-fade To create a cross-fade between samples. 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. Click and hold the mouse button when you see the cross-fade pointer. 148 InstantCD/DVD . The rectangular fade handles in the corners of the sample have no role in a cross-fade. Enter Edit mode with with the Editmode button on the Main toolbar. drag the mouse into the next sample where the cross-fade should end and release the button. move your mouse pointer into the lower area of the sample where you want the cross-fade to begin.

choose Reset on the Main toolbar or the sample’s pop-up menu. You can readily change the volume in some parts of the sample or not others. Move the pointer to the position where 1. After your performance. Your mouse pointer changes to a small red rectangle. Each double-click adds a volume control point that can be dragged at will. click End Recording. To return all volume control points to the neutral position. Chapter 14: The Arranger 149 . To remove all the volume control points from a sample. Edit Mode must be disabled after your volume edits are complete because samples cannot be moved while in this mode. choose Clear on the Main toolbar or the sample’s popup menu. as required for the sample you are about to record. 2. including a file name. The Start Recording and End Recording command are not enabled until your settings have been made. 4. Click Start Recording on the Player toolbar. 3. or create custom fades with any characteristics you choose. AUDIO RECORDING To record audio data into InstantMusic: Set the recording settings.To change the volume of a sample. double-click on the its volume line.

you want to insert the recorded audio data and click the left mouse button.1 kHz. 16-bit. Recording settings To record audio from external devices.. begin by clicking the Recording settings button on the Player toolbar. 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.: Click this button to select the audio format you want to use. 150 InstantCD/DVD . Interface note: To see the available audio source devices. We suggest using CD quality (44. Recording start/end: This setting enables you to set fixed start and end times for the recording.. stereo). the new sample is too large for the available space in your arrangement. which opens the following dialog box: Edit. The graphical display works in real time. Now you can adjust volume and balance to be sure not to create an overmodulated recording. Remember that you can set the arrangement length in the Arrangement Properties dialog.

or with the Arrangement Properties button on the Main toolbar. the tracks and samples it comprises. and your Windows audio subsystem. 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.EDITING PROPERTIES AND SETTINGS Dialog boxes are provided to give you control over the properties of your arrangement. Arrangement properties Open this dialog with the Properties command on the Arrangement menu or the arrangement’s right-button pop-up menu. Chapter 14: The Arranger 151 . Increasing the preload buffer size may result in faster merging.

However. some track header controls may be suppressed if there is not enough screen space. The Reset button sets the pan and volume to their default values. page 138).Track properties Open this dialog with Properties on the right-button pop-up menu in the track header. 152 InstantCD/DVD . Most of these track properties can be set directly in the track header (see “The track headers”. 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.

the following settings are available: • Name of the sample • Start time of the sample in the arrangement • Waveform display on/off • Mute on/off • Freeze (disable dragging) on/off • Looped (on/off) The sample’s volume and balance can also be adjusted or reset with the controls on the right-hand side of the dialog. Chapter 14: The Arranger 153 . size and format of the sample.Sample properties Open this dialog with Properties on the sample’s rightbutton pop-up menu. Apart from referencing information showing such things as the file name.

Audio properties This is the system audio dialog. 154 InstantCD/DVD . Open this dialog with the Audio Properties on the View menu. Check these settings if sound doesn’t appear to be working properly on your system. or with the Audio Properties button on the Main toolbar. which can also be accessed through the Windows Control Panel.

please see the InstantDisc section of this documentation.Chapter 15: The Sample Editor InstantMusic includes a powerful WAV editor offering a variety of special effects. You can edit not only normal samples but also looped and grouped samples. When you edit a normal or looped sample. it can be inserted back into the arrangement automatically. Start the sample editor with Edit Sample on the sample’s right-button pop-up menu. Modified sounds can be saved to a new WAV file without leaving the editor. Chapter 15: The Sample Editor 155 . All effects work in real time so that you can adjust the sound while hearing the playback. The same Sample Editor used in InstantMusic is also used in InstantDisc. including detailed descriptions of the real-time effects. For detailed information about its use.


Please see your InstantDisc documentation for a full description of the operation and the settings that affect it. InstantMusic asks you to select an output directory. then “mixes down” your arrangement into a file or files in that directory. Record to device This command works in the way as the recording function in InstantDisc. Record to file Choose this command if you would like to output your arrangement as a series of WAV files corresponding to the CD tracks you have defined with custom marks (see page 142).Chapter 16: Output your arrangement The Record Device and Record File menu options (and corresponding toolbar buttons) let you output your arrangement in the form of either audio tracks on a recordable disc or WAV files on your hard drive. Chapter 16: Output your arrangement 157 .


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combine. Super VideoCD. Chapter 17: Overview 161 . customize menu pages. You can also include videos and stills you have saved on the PC. Pinnacle Expression automatically breaks up your video into chapters. With Pinnacle Expression. From this screen you can access tools that let you pick a menu page style.Chapter 17: Overview Pinnacle Expression lets you use your personal computer to turn your home movies into DVDs and VideoCDs. Soon you’ll be able to send a friend or family member movies that they can play in their DVD player. Next. or DVD discs. or split scenes. First. arrange the video scenes and/or photos in any order. it’s as easy as 1-2-3. 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. preview what your disc will look like on a DVD player. or delete. The final step is to burn your movies and photos onto CD or DVD using your burner. Pinnacle Expression lets you create VideoCD.

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

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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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.
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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.



For example. A plus sign denotes a key combination. Chapter 17: Overview 167 . the default is always a left-click unless specified. the instruction would be: Example: Select File New Project Keyboard conventions Key names are underlined. to create a new file. Brackets denote keys that do not have names printed on them. Example: Press the [Spacebar] to pause the slideshow.Choosing menu commands The right angle bracket symbol ( ) denotes the path for hierarchical menu items. Mouse clicking When a mouse click is required. Example: Press Ctrl+A to select all the video scenes in the List View.


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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Transport controls
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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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.Scene detection options The Scene detect options choice on the Asset menu opens the Scene Detection Options dialog box where you choose how you want Scene Detection to operate (see below). When Expression captures your video to your hard drive. Your choices are: • Detect by Time Stamp: This option only works with DV video. It detects scenes by sensing a discontinuity in the time of day recorded along with the video. 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. Automatic Scene Detection is a key feature of Expression. it automatically detects natural breaks that occur in the video.

when capturing from analog tapes made with a Digital8 camcorder. or with imported video files. • No Scene Detection: This option skips the scene detection feature (don’t worry – you’ll still be able to divide video clips into scenes manually). Use it when capturing video from a DV tape that has been dubbed or edited. Chapter 18: Bringing in video 175 . works with any video.• Detect by Content: This option. which detects scenes by changes in brightness.


this screen is also where you design menu pages. The onscreen DVD Player Remote Control gives you a realistic feel for the interactivity you build into each project. Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 177 . create slideshow. where Expression shows how your finished project will look when played on your DVD player and TV. and choose the output format you’ll be burning to. rearrange and trim scenes. In addition to previewing your project. You’ll learn more about these subjects in later chapters.Chapter 19: Previewing the disc Clicking on this TV icon takes you to the Preview/Edit screen.

the Edit Video and Slideshows button. the Remote Control. the Output Media Settings dialog box and the Disc Meter. the TV Screen. Use the remote control to return to menu pages. and to play scenes in any order. This chapter describes the TV Screen. the Remote Control. the Output Media Settings button. You can also use mouse clicks to navigate from one menu page to another. 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.The Preview/Edit mode displays six areas of interest: the Style Chooser. and the Disc Meter. Click the scene icons within the menu pages to play the corresponding scenes. It displays menu pages as well as fullmotion video and still images from your project. 178 InstantCD/DVD . The remote control This control allows you to navigate between menu pages.

you must use the number pad on the remote control to choose which button to select in the menu. the functionality of VCD and S-VCD is different than DVD. For VCD and S-VCD. Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 179 . To return to a menu with DVD. The disc meter This display shows you the current recordable capacity on your output disc. you must use the return button. 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. and once a scene is selected. Left. Click on the button to return to the menu on a DVD title. press any two-digit scene number for direct access to the corresponding scene. DVD titles let you navigate through a menu page to select a button. you can use the menu or title button.Note: On a remote control. Right) through a DVD menu page (will not work for VCD and SVCD titles). Number pad When the menu page displays. Navigation buttons Move (Up. Down. Go to the previous or next scene or menu page. play it by clicking the center button. For VCD and S-VCD titles.

S-VCD (Super-VideoCD): Super-VideoCD is an enhancement to the VCD format. VCD (VideoCD): This is an extremely popular format in China and other parts of the world. An S-VCD disc allows up to 39 minutes of near-DVD quality video to be burned onto a CD and is supported by a number of DVD players. Expression can burn up to 90 180 InstantCD/DVD . Check the Pinnacle web site and VCDhelp. 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 for a list of compatible players. DVD (Digital Versatile Disc): A DVD disc is the ultimate in video quality. Check the Pinnacle web site and for a list of compatible players.Output media settings Click the Settings button to open this dialog box: Output format Select the type of disc you wish to create.

DVD-RW (write many). Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 181 . DVD+R/RW and DVD-RAM. If you are using CD-RW. Expression will prompt you as to which type of media is needed. check the Pinnacle web site for updates. DVD+RW. and DVD+RW (write many) media. Media Based on the output format you choose. For a list of compatible DVD burners. If a choice is offered. DVD+R (write once). for professional use). Expression will prompt you to erase the disc. TV standard The discs you create will work properly with only one of the NTSC and PAL television standards. pick the one your target audience will be using. DVD-R/RW or DVD+R/RW: Expression supports General and Authoring 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. as this format cannot play in a standard DVD player. There are five basic types of DVD burners – Authoring DVD-R (expensive. CD-R (and CD-RW): Use for VCD and S-VCD titles. check the Pinnacle web site. Expression does not currently support DVD-RAM. Check Media button Place the blank or erasable disc into your drive and Expression will verify its usability. As newer DVD players begin to support this format. General DVD-R/RW.

A very high quality setting of 8000 kilobits per second will result in the the best video image that your DVD player can provide. the higher the quality of your video. For example. A longer project with almost 2 hours of video would be burned at a bit-rate of 3000 kbps. Low settings. resulting in the best possible quality. It sets the highest possible quality for your project based on the amount of video and the number of stills you have included. and is recommended for most users. there is a trade-off between quality and the amount of video that will fit on a disc. The higher the bit-rate. Keep in mind that in this 182 InstantCD/DVD . if you have 68 minutes of video in your DVD project. Best video quality: This setting allows you to force the highest possible bit-rate for your project. as the duration increases the quality may have to be reduced. in the realm of 2000 kilobits per second. Quality is expressed in terms of bit-rate in kilobits per second. are roughly equivalent to “VHS quality” – the playback quality of an ordinary VCR. While a short production may fit comfortably on disc at the highest quality setting. Because higher-quality video requires more information for each second of playback.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). 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). Automatic: This is the default setting.

Check the icon after entering a custom settings to make sure you have not gone over the disc limit. You can also type in your own bit-rate setting (e. you will notice that the Disc Meter icon changes to reflect your selection. “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. Custom settings These settings are recommended for advanced users only. ranging from 3000-8000 kbps DVD and 2000-2500 kbps for S-VCD.mode you will be able to get no more than 52 minutes of video onto your DVD (31 minutes for S-VCD). Expression will encode up to three times faster when the box is checked. 6553 kbps) if you prefer. Bit-rate: The pull-down list offers several bit-rate settings.g. 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. but the quality of the video will not be as high. Chapter 19: Previewing the disc 183 . After you close the Output Media Settings window. and vice versa. Expression accepts bit-rates as low as 2000 kbps.

While most DVD players support MPEG audio.MPEG Audio: This setting is for DVD output only. 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. not all do. The "minutes on a disc" display will increase when this option is used. 184 InstantCD/DVD .

Chapter 20: TV screen and remote control 185 . It displays scene index menu pages as well as full-motion video and still images from your project. The DVD Player Remote Control gives you a realistic feel for the interactivity you build into each project. You navigate in the TV Screen with either your cursor or the Remote Control. 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.

and right-arrows appear at the bottom of the page to indicate previous or subsequent pages. and Expression plays that scene immediately. Number pad The 10-digit number pad allows direct access to any scene in a movie. left. Modify or create a new title. for DVDs use the Go To Menu Page button (click for VideoCDs and Super VideoCDs) to return and to a menu page. come full-screen. 186 InstantCD/DVD . then press [Enter] and the modifications are applied.Cursor navigation If a project has more than one menu page. Then key in the scene number you want to access. Click any title with your cursor and a text field opens. Super VideoCDs. If you are not already on a menu page. and DVDs. Click these arrows with your cursor to move through menu pages. and play. Remote control navigation The Expression Remote Control features all functions needed to navigate through VideoCDs. Click any thumbnail with your cursor and the corresponding scene or still image will activate.

Down. Blue buttons take you Up. is Play Previous Scene and is Play Next Scene. The center blue button is Play Selected Scene. Chapters on VCD and S-VCD discs can only be accessed using the number pad. is Show Previous Menu Page. Note: If you can’t navigate through DVD menu pages with the blue buttons. • When a menu page is displayed. Chapter 20: TV screen and remote control 187 . The two remaining buttons have dual functions: • When a scene is playing or paused.DVD navigation buttons These seven buttons provide navigation to scenes within a menu page. Left and Right. click the Settings button (see page 180) and verify that you’ve selected DVD as your output format. and is Show Next Menu Page. and do not affect scenes or menu pages. Movie controls These are controls for the movie only.


You can access each element when you customize a menu page. Background. here’s an overview of the elements which combine to make Expression menu pages. Before describing both approaches.Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages This is where you choose premade styles for your scene index menu pages. The audio element is a WAV or MP3 file you can assign to any menu page. a process described later in this chapter (see page 194). Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages 189 . Text style. The graphic elements are Layout. and Frames. or design custom menu pages. MENU PAGE ELEMENTS An Expression scene index menu page is comprised of four graphic elements and one audio element.

Notice that although there are nine scenes in the top menu page. and whether or not they include main titles or scene titles. and the scene titles are limited to ascending numbers. Layouts are selected in the Create Custom Menu dialog box (see page 194). main title. 190 InstantCD/DVD . Layouts differ in the number and position of frames. main title. and scene titles/numbers within the menu page. text and frames. and scene title are arranged on the page. here are two Expression layout templates and their associated menu pages with background.Layout This menu page element is the template that determines how frames. The layout indicates the positioning of frames. there is no main title. To illustrate.

In addition to being a graphic element on the menu page. Backgrounds are found and imported in the Create Custom Menu dialog box. PCD. Expression comes with a number of attractive backgrounds for staticmenus. Expression offers you multiple text styles with different fonts and colors that you can apply to your menu pages. Expression’s thumbnail frames come in a variety of styles and colors. Frames A frame encloses each scene thumbnail. Text style With this menu page element. and also allows you to import any BMP. Expression will scale it to fit within the frame. or a video file (MPEG or AVI) that specifies the background of a professional-looking motion menu. TGA. Like realworld picture frames. PCT. Frames are found in the Create Custom Menu dialog box. frames are highlighted to indicate which scene is selected when navigating through a DVD menu page. TIF. If you import an image with a different aspect ratio. The Expression background aspect ratio is 4 to 3. Text Styles are found in the Create Custom Menu dialog box. or WMF file for use as a custom background. JPG. Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages 191 .Background This menu page element is an image that specifies the graphic background of an ordinary menu. and fill the remaining area with the color of the top-left pixel of the imported image.

music. You can also import custom WAV or MP3 files (e. Audio files are found and imported in the Create Custom Menu dialog box (see page 194). As you scroll forward or backward through the style choices. or voice-over narration). Expression comes with a selection of music and sound effect WAV files. each thumbnail is replicated in the TV screen for immediate viewing. text styles and frames.Sound Sound can be used as a menu page element. use the Expression Style Chooser. backgrounds. sound effects. Navigating the Style Chooser The Style Chooser displays a thumbnail of the current menu page appearing on the TV Screen.g. 192 InstantCD/DVD . It’s pre-loaded with numerous styles featuring different combinations of layouts. THE STYLE CHOOSER For fast and easy menu pages. You can attach any WAV or MP3 file to any menu page or still image.

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 disc plays from start to finish without displaying a menu page. Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages 193 . 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 Style Chooser also offers a No Menu choice: when your disc is inserted in a player.

Click on any choice and the sample menu page is immediately updated in the Preview screen with the new element choice. To use your own background images. The Delete button does the opposite.WAV files. MP3 or . TIF. click the Import button and make your selection from the provided file browser browser. JPG. 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. PCT. The Save button on the left of the dialog box adds your customized menu to the Style Chooser (see page 192).Create Custom Menu Dialog Box Access this dialog box by clicking the Create Custom Menu button on the Style Chooser. TGA. Click on any of the five element buttons and choices appear. This is where you may customize each element of a menu page. PCD. or WMF). or a portion of the 194 InstantCD/DVD . removing the currently selected menu style from the Style Chooser.

video from an AVI or MPEG video file. The layout also controls the text that appears on the menu. Menus with video backgrounds are known as motion menus. 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. (For information about the duration of motion menus. The icon for each layout contains colored rectangles representing three types of content. Chapter 21: Customizing menu pages 195 . its appearance can be modified by selecting one of the numerous provided styles. location and size of the thumbnail frames on the menu. All the thumbnails provided by the menu layout use the same type of frame. Frames: These enclose the thumbnail images in your menus. see “Menu page audio files” on page 196). 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. each offering a combination of font. You can also use the Import button to bring in a music file of your own choosing. color and effects (such as shadow and “glow”). Music: Select background music for your menu from the choices offered. Select one that complements your project from the numerous provided types. or choose Silence. which represents either a frame of video or an image from a slideshow. Layouts: Menu layouts are templates that specify the number.

This continues for as long as the menu page displays. Here are three examples: • When displaying a menu page with a 15-second audio file attached. whichever is less. and the maximum duration at 280 seconds. however. If the video file is shorter than this calculated duration. Expression plays the first 280 seconds and begins playing it immediately from the start. 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 sets the minimum duration at 40 seconds. • When displaying a menu page with a 300-second audio file attached. Audio with motion menus In the case of a motion menu (a menu whose background consists of moving video rather than a still image). Expression plays the audio file and adds another 25 seconds of silence before playing the file again. and the duration of the menu’s video loop is also set to that value. • When displaying a menu page with a 120-second audio file attached. 196 InstantCD/DVD . the audio is truncated to match.Menu page audio files When attaching an audio file to a menu page. the duration of added audio is calculated in the same way as just described. This continues for as long as the menu page displays. This continues for as long as the menu page displays.

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. Click the Edit video and slideshows button to open the Edit Video dialog box. you may wish to edit the video scenes and/or still-image slideshows that make up the body of your production.Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows When you have chosen or designed a menu page to your liking.

including a thumbnail image.THE EDIT VIDEO DIALOG BOX This dialog box provides several areas that let you finetune your production: • Two list views of the video scenes and slideshows that can be accessed from your menu pages • A Player/Editor for viewing video scenes and editing your still images • An information box that annotates both your production as a whole and the currently selected item(s) in the list views • A suite of edit tools Both of the list views show a complete directory of your production. The Thumbnail view provides more information about each item. while the Icon list view is less detailed but more compact. 198 InstantCD/DVD .

Access the Thumbnail list view by clicking its tab at the top left of the dialog box. and the scene title. The list views Each of the two list views provides a complete listing of the video scenes and slideshows in your production. If you prefer to use a custom name. This indicates that we have a chosen a menu layout with two “chapter” thumbnails per menu page.are available only in the Thumbnail view. the thumbnail image and the slideshow title are displayed. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 199 . In the illustration below. this view displays the thumbnail representing the scene. a few operations – like renaming . The main difference between the two is in the trade-off between detail and compactness. the title of the captured video file. The name will appear next to the scene thumbnail in most menu layouts. The default name for a slideshow is the file name (without extension) of the first image in the slideshow when it was created.g. “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. For each video scene. Press Enter to complete the operation. Slideshow names are editable in the same way as for video scenes.Expression gives each video scene a default name (e. simply click the old one in the Thumbnail list view and type into the text field provided. For a slideshow. However. the items appear in groups of two on backgrounds that alternate between shaded and white.

and Paste (Ctrl+V). simply click and drag to move the item. Working in the list views Click any item in a list view to select it. drag the mouse over multiple items. indicated by dark blue highlighting. releasing the mouse button over the desired target point. 200 InstantCD/DVD .. it assumes the “grabber” shape. Cut (Ctrl+X). indicating that the item (or multiple-selected items) can be dragged to another location in the list. or combine mouse clicks with the Shift and Ctrl keys in accordance with standard Windows multiple selection techniques. 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. To make multiple selections in the list. but more items visible at once. in Icon list view). with less information about each item. This is the better view to use when you want to rapidly reorganize the project using drag-and-drop. At this point. Duplicating selected scenes You can duplicate selected items using the standard Windows keyboard commands for Copy (Ctrl+C).

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. while the images are the content to which that thumbnail will link. • Open ( “expanded”): Now the images belonging to the slideshow are also shown. the slideshow consists of a header. Like other list items. The header corresponds to the menu page thumbnail as it will eventually appear on your disc. Whether it contains one image or many. They also support certain other editing operations (see “Editing still images” on page 208). Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 201 . A slideshow appears in the list view in one of two states: • Closed (“collapsed”): Only the header is visible. they can be moved by dragging within the list. Click the minus sign next to the header thumbnail to close the slideshow. and the images themselves. which appears as an item in the list views along with any video scenes. indented below the header. Click the plus sign next to the thumbnail to open the slideshow.

) Split into multiple scenes This button divides a selected scene into one or more scenes by redetecting scenes from the source video. (Equivalently. It becomes active when two or more consecutive scenes are selected in either of the List Views. a menu of redetection options is displayed: The first three choices are the same as those found in the Scene Detection Options dialog box (see page 174). In either case. The edit tools Combine scenes This button allows two or more video scenes to play as one extended scene. When you click the button.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. If you drag in a folder of images. 202 InstantCD/DVD . 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. Individual or multiple image files imported in this way will create a new slideshow at the beginning of your production. right-click in one of the selected scenes and choose Combine from the pop-up menu. the resulting slideshow will be given the name of that folder.

This is a powerful editing tool when used along with the Delete button. then click the Thumbnail button to update that scene’s thumbnail). click this button to remove the unwanted portion. (If you want the opposite operation – merging two slideshows – simply drag the images from one into the other. Split This button divides the currently-selected video scene at the frame displayed in the Player window. For instance.) Delete This button sends the selected scene or scenes to the recycle bin. (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 . because it allows you to trim away the start or end of any scene with singleframe accuracy. 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. undoes any scene merges you may have performed with the Combine scenes button. after splitting a scene. rather than being locked into using the initial frame.The fourth choice. The recycle bin Click this button to view deleted scenes. This allows you to choose the most representative frame in any scene. You have the option to restore deleted scenes to the list view. creating two separate slideshows that can be separately manipulated thereafter.

If this choice is not made. Edit options This button opens the Edit Options dialog box. They do not apply to individual images within slideshows. The cross-fade does not affect audio. Dissolve between scenes: This places a dissolve transition between all scenes.The Thumbnail button also works to set the thumbnail for a slideshow header. This is a global setting for all scenes. General options for all scenes The options in this group apply both to video scenes and slideshows. Activating this option deactivates Dissolve between scenes. This is a global setting for all scenes. Activating this option deactivates Fade to black between scenes. Open the slideshow and select any of the images within it. Return to menu after playing: This returns the user to the menu page after each scene. then click the Thumbnail button. Fade to black between scenes: This option places a video cross-fade between all scenes. 204 InstantCD/DVD . each subsequent scene plays automatically without user intervention. Show title when playing: This displays the scene title for 2 seconds at the beginning of each scene. and so only appear when a slideshow is selected in the list view. Edit options The Edit Options dialog box offers choices that affect how your disc will be viewed by the user. Some options apply only to individual slideshows (see page 205). There are actually two forms of this dialog.

for example: \images\Scenery Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 205 . but they will be accessible as files when the disc is used in a computer. however. your still-image slideshows are recorded to disc as ordinary MPEG video. Background audio is not available for user-controlled slideshows. For VCD and S-VCD discs. The files are stored in a subfolder named with the slideshow’s title. The archived images are unmodified by any cropping or other editing you may have used in the slideshow itself. etc. High-resolution still-image mode: By default. These image copies won’t be displayed along with the slideshow and other content when the disc is played back.) between images are not available. 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. High-resolution still-image mode is not available for DVD slideshows.Slideshow options These options on the Edit Options dialog box (see page 204) apply only to the currently-selected slideshow. you can choose an alternative mode in which your slideshow is saved as a sequence of still images at a resolution of 704x480 (NTSC) or 704x576 (PAL). wipes. within a folder named “images”. High-resolution mode offers much better image quality than the default mode. Its only drawback is that transitions (dissolves. 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).

which is only available when Use audio soundtrack has been selected. To use an audio file that is not already on the list. Background audio is not available with this option. The minimum duration is 1 second. The Length of time to display each still image setting (see above) is overridden. 206 InstantCD/DVD . click Import file and browse for any WAV or MP3 file on your system. • Show each slide for x seconds: This sets a fixed duration for the display of the images.B. The soundtrack feature is not available if Show each slide indefinitely has been selected under the timing options (see below). the maximum is 999 seconds. All the images within a slideshow have the same duration. It is only available when Use audio soundtrack has been selected. • Fit slideshow to length of audio: This setting. check this option and make a selection from the drop-down list. who moves from one image to the next using the remote control next chapter and previous chapter buttons. It leaves the pacing of the slideshow up to the viewer. • 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.Use audio soundtrack: To add a musical background to your slideshow. tells Expression to set the duration of each image in the slideshow to an equal share of the total duration of the audio. N. so that slideshow and soundtrack end simultaneously. Timing options • Show each slide indefinitely: This option is available only when the high-resolution still-image mode is used (see above).

When this button is enabled. a direction can be specified using the neighboring Direction button. including wipes. Regardless of length. The Scrubber shows at a glance your relative position within a scene. Play toggles to a Pause button.Transitions between images: This dropdown list lets you customize each of your slideshows with any of several standard transition types. the frame on which Preview stops becomes the selected frame. Two additional options on the Transitions between images list are “None (cut)”. For several of the transition types. and “Mixed”. pushes and dissolve. Once preview begins. which is the default. clicking it repeatedly cycles through the allowed directions for the transition you have selected. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 207 . slides. with the left edge as the beginning. The selected transition is used between each pair of images in the slideshow. The Player The buttons and controls in the Player window let you navigate through a scene. the Scrubber bar represents the entire length of the scene. Play/Pause: The Play button previews the scene from the current position. Scrubber: Grab the Scrubber with your cursor to quickly traverse forward and backward through the scene. which places a randomly-selected transition between each pair of images. Transitions are not available with slideshows that use the high-resolution still-image mode discussed above. When paused.

If the rotated image doesn’t fit exactly within the frame. with its own set of buttons for performing operations on still images. Rotate left: Rotate the image 90 degrees counterclockwise. The Frame Reverse button reverses the Scrubber by one frame with each click. Blank areas are filled in with the current border color. the Player window takes on a new role: that of Image Editor.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. Editing still images When a slideshow image is selected in the list view. Fast Reverse: Plays the scene in fast-reverse mode at 10x the normal speed. Go To Beginning: Moves the Scrubber to the first frame of your scene. the extra space is filled with the current border color. 208 InstantCD/DVD . Rotate right: Rotate the image 90 degrees clockwise.

This often yields a good result. 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. manipulate the frame with its corner control points. blank areas can occur at the sides or top and bottom of the frame when the images are used in your Expression project. but for special cases choose one of the four options presented when you click the Set border color button: “Autocolor”. Click and drag on the control points to specify a zoom region within the image frame. The button stays in its “down” position when clicked. If you want the magnified image to maintain the original shape (“aspect ratio”). such areas are filled in with the “auto-color” – the color of the top-left pixel in the image.. click the Crop/Zoom button again to exit the mode. After the desired zoom region has been enclosed. as just described. white. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 209 .Mirror image: The image is reversed left-forright. and the image is redrawn in the Player window within a frame containing eight control points at the corners and edge-midpoints.. and “Choose color. as in a mirror.”. Use the control points in the edges of the frame if you want the magnified image to have a different aspect ratio. By default. black. with any unused portions being filled in with the current border color. The last option lets you choose the border color from a standard Windows color picker dialog. Crop/Zoom: This button initiates a mode in which an area of the image can be selected for magnification. The marked region expands to fill the Player frame.

From top to bottom. 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. Use this to correct an overly light or dark image. Pushing the slider all the way to the left results in a gray-scale image. Contrast: Expand or reduce the range of intensities in the image. Click anywhere in the opened window to close it again. 210 InstantCD/DVD . Saturation: Modify the amount of color in the image. Adjustments to both contrast and brightness may be needed to achieve the optimum effect. Reset to original image: This button restores the image to its original form. canceling the effect of any edits you have made. this button opens the image at full resolution in its own window. the four sliders control these characteristics: Brightness: Increase or decrease the overall intensity of the image. Hue: Bias the overall color balance of the image.Full-size view: In order to see details of the image that may not be evident in the small Player window. pushing it all the way to the right usually results in colors that are garishly intense. They can be used to improve the technical quality of images. This can be used to correct a “color cast” affecting the entire image. or to achieve special visual effects within the context of your production.

Use the Frame Forward/Reverse buttons to display frame 2 in the Player. and names Frame 1 “Tiger. Expression places both new scenes in the List View. Click the Split button. giving a viewer the perception of motion. 7 frames in length (for purposes of illustration). This is Tiger in the Expression List View: We want a new. trimmed scene to start with frame 2 and end with frame 5.” and Frames 2 through 7 “Tiger-1. deselect them (either choice can be re-initiated after trimming). 4. If either the Fade to black between scenes or Use dissolve transitions within combined scenes edit options are selected.” 1. This is the first frame of your trimmed scene. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 211 . 2. Use the Scrubber to move within proximity of frame 2. To trim the scene: Select the scene. 3. To trim a scene.TRIM A SCENE A video scene is a number of video frames joined together and displayed at a constant rate. we’ll use this sample video scene named Tiger.

“Tiger-1” remains in the List View and is our desired trimmed scene. Expression places both new scenes in the List View. and drag that folder from Explorer into the Captured and Imported Files list. beginning at Frame 2 and ending with Frame 5.” 5. Select “Tiger-2” in the List View and click the Delete button. and names Frames 2 through 5 “Tiger-1” and Frames 6 and 7 “Tiger-2. 212 InstantCD/DVD . Importing folders A time-saving technique for importing multiple images is to place them in a folder.Select “Tiger” in the List View and click the Delete button. 7. This is the frame following the last frame of our new trimmed scene. “Tiger-1” remains in the List View. 6. Select “Tiger-1” and scrub to frame 6. Click the Split button. 8.

Still image ordering When importing a folder of still images. the images appear in their original order. Keep in mind that still images can be added or deleted once in the List View. However. they can be rearranged in any order when you open the Expression List View. Chapter 22: Video scenes and slideshows 213 .


These can be quite large files. Chapter 23: Making the disc 215 . When the Making the Disc window opens. Click the Options button to open a Browse for Folder dialog box where you can choose any location for these transcoded and compiled files. By default. Expression assigns these files to a Temp folder in Pinnacle Expression on your C: drive. If you’re making an S-VCD or DVD. you must already have chosen the Output format from the Output Media Settings dialog box (see Chapter 19: Previewing the disc). you’re transcoding to MPEG-2. When you have your files assigned. depending on the length of your project. click the Start button to begin burning your disc. you have the Transcoding. you’re transcoding your files to MPEG-1.Chapter 23: Making the disc Prior to Making the Disc. Assigning your files If you’re making a VCD. and Disc Burning elements of making a disc displayed on-screen. Compiling.

The time needed for these operations depends on the speed of your processor. Simply splitting your input material into scenes. does not cause re-encoding. When the audio rate in an imported MPEG is not compatible with the chosen output format (e. When combinations of files are used then only the noncompliant files are re-encoded.) When S-VCD is selected as the output format and the file is not MPEG-2 in the proper format (1-2. etc.) When DVD is slected as the output format and the file is not MPEG-2 in the proper format (2-8Mbps. which makes chapter marks without modifying the video data itself. When any editing is done that involves scenes being rearranged or deleted. other than 48khz for DVD).Transcoding and compiling your project The top progress bar tracks the process of transcoding and compiling your AVI and MPEG files and still images. 352x240.g.5 Mbps. if the video is compatible. Reencoding is required: • When VCD is selected as the output format and the • • • • • file is not MPEG-1 with the proper VCD format (1. your MPEG video files are incorporated directly into your project without re-encoding wherever possible. only the audio stream will be rendered. 216 InstantCD/DVD . 480x480. etc. However. etc. In order to make transcoding more efficient. 720x480.) When "Return To Menu After Playing" is selected in the Edit Options dialog (see page 204).2Mbps.

Expression prompts you to load another blank. Progress is displayed on the bottom bar. Chapter 23: Making the disc 217 . When the disc is completed. 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.

you can have potentially huge files.The Clean-up Temporary Files option Once you have transcoded and compiled a project. which offers two options: 218 InstantCD/DVD . Expression displays the Clean-up button.

Expression will suggest a finishing touch: printing out a custom label and case inserts. If designing a label sounds like too much work. 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. to automatically design each of the following: • a disc label • a VCD jewel case tray liner and booklet • a DVD cover insert.Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts You’ve shot your video. and you’ve made your disc. You can use any of the provided designs as-is or adapt them in the labeler’s Edit Window. you will actually print only the materials your particular project requires. don’t worry: Expression’s Custom Labeler draws on information about your disc. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 219 . Now what? Immediately after it has burned your disc. including menu styles and clip names. or by okaying the dialog prompting you to enter the labeler after burning a disc. you’ve put your production together. Of course.

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. Your text appears on the back of the case. Create DVD case insert: This type of insert slips into the clear plastic liner on the outside of a DVD case. 220 InstantCD/DVD . Create jewel case liner: This liner goes under the tray in a VCD or S-VCD jewel case. Since VCDs. The four types are: Create disc label: This label goes on the disc itself. and along its left and right edges. Create jewel case booklet: This is a single folding sheet that forms the outside front and inside front covers of the VCD or S-VCD jewel case. S-VCDs and DVDs are all the same size (the same as an ordinary audio CD) the same label design will work with any output format.

allowing you to select a new image file. which replaces the existing image while preserving its size and proportions. This button opens a browse for file dialog that lets you select any image file on your system.The usual browse for file dialog opens. The new image is stretched to a default size and proportion (a 4 to 3 ratio of width to height) and placed onto the label. Add image to label: This button also opens a browse for file dialog in which you select an image file. The size and proportions of the image can afterwards be changed as desired within the Edit Window. Most standard image formats (jpg. The image you select is stretched to fit the type of label you are working on. 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). Add text to label: This button pops up a menu offering four varieties of text box you can add to the current label.) Change background of label: The default background of your label is the background image of your project’s menus. plus horizontal and vertical stretching and skewing.) are supported. Simple text does not support the outline and shadowing features provided by the other types. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 221 . bmp etc. (Detailed editing of individual text boxes and images is carried out using your mouse and keyboard in the Edit Window.The Edit toolbar These four buttons access the main editing operations of the Custom Labeler. The four types are: • Simple text: This type of text box supports word wrap.

Choose a style from among those offered then click OK. To modify the text itself. see “Rotating an object” on page 227. The recreate from project button The first time you open the Custom Labeler from within a new Expression project. • Angled text: This text box makes it particularly easy to position your text at an angle. just as though you were opening the Custom Labeler for the first time in this project. (To achieve a similar effect with other types of text box. please refer to “The text controls” on page 228. but is drawn around the edge of an ellipse instead of along a straight line (handy for disc labels!). click recreate from project. a set of default designs for your labels and inserts is created automatically. Expression offers several styles of generated labels with the Select Label Style dialog. 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. proportions and angle of text boxes. style and color. see “The Edit Window” on page 223. 222 InstantCD/DVD . this type of text box can be warped into any four-sided shape just by dragging with the mouse.• Curved text: This type has the same properties as simple text. including the menu style you have chosen and the names of your clips and images.) • Stretchable text: For special effects. or its font. Your current label designs will be replaced by an entirely new set. For information on the various ways of changing the size. Try different styles until you find the one that works best for your project. These are based on the particulars of your production.

Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 223 . For more information. Both the objects created for you by Custom Labeler and those you add manually (see “The Edit toolbar” on page 221) can be edited. The Edit Window The Edit Window is your main work area for customizing the appearance of labels and inserts in the Custom Labeler. open the Print Custom Labels dialog box by clicking the print button. text Editing the size. The print button To print out the labels and inserts your production requires. see “The Print Custom Labels dialog box” on page 228. In some cases you may prefer to update the labels manually to reflect minor changes to your project. Images vs. To edit the other properties of a text box – the font.Note: Any customizations you have performed on your labels and inserts after they were originally created are lost when you click recreate from project. shape and angle of the objects on a label or insert works the same way for both text and images. the style and the text itself – see “The text controls” on page 228. shape and orientation of the objects – images and text boxes – on the current label. With your mouse and keyboard you can quickly edit the size.

224 InstantCD/DVD . then click and drag as desired. This selects the object. To modify an object. move your mouse pointer along the Edit Window ruler until you see a positioning cursor. double-click its position in the ruler. 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. revealing the control points you can use to manipulate it with your mouse. To remove an alignment line. 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. making it easy to achieve perfect alignment. Use these as a visual aid for positioning and alignment as you move objects around on the label. Except on the control points themselves. indicating that the object can be moved in any direction by clicking and dragging with the mouse. 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.Editing with guide lines and alignment lines The Edit Window is ruled at regular intervals with light gray guide lines. the object will “snap” into place. If you need to adjust the position of an alignment line.

eight in all. 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 diagram at left shows: 1) an unskewed box. govern the position of the edge or corner to which they are attached. They do not affect the size of the text itself – only the size of the area on which the text is drawn. In most cases. When combined with the change box dimensions control points. Skew box: The four skew control points tilt the text box either vertically or horizontally. 2) horizontal skewing. thereby controlling word wrap. with 14 control points.To use a control point. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 225 . and 4) combined horizontal and vertical skewing. a little experimentation will quickly reveal how to operate the control points for a particular object. then “drag” the point while holding the button down. releasing it when the point is positioned to your satisfaction. click on it with the left mouse button. any desired parallelogram can be created. seem complex at first glance. but the points are of only three clearly identifiable types: Change box dimensions: The side. top. The simple text and curved text objects. bottom and corner control points. and are used to resize the object. 3) vertical skewing.

a pop-up window shows the point’s coordinates within the Edit Window so that you can achieve precise positioning. 226 InstantCD/DVD .Stretch text: These circular control points resize the actual text along with the text box. The Custom Labeler provides the same set of control points as just described for used with image objects. while the Y co-ordinates decrease from 0 as you move from top to bottom. Now drag your mouse up to enlarge the object or down to shrink it. Scaling: resizing without distortion If you simply want to change the size of the selected object without changing its shape. 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. While you drag a control point. hold down the Shift key. except for the two stretch text points. then click the left mouse button.000 corresponds to the original size) as you work.

To cancel the grouping. Click and drag to create a translucent group selection box. not on any object). Rotation mode ends when you release the mouse. Click on or near the object with this cursor and move your mouse. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 227 . Grouping objects If you want to position or rotate more than one object at the same time.e. begin with a left-click in any empty part of the Edit Window (i. click anywhere in the Edit Window except on one of the grouped objects. The object rotates. and can be manipulated as a single object for positioning and dragging. using the point where you clicked as its center of rotation. begin by double-clicking it with your left mouse button. A pop-up window keeps you informed of the object’s angle as you work. start over by double-clicking. Your mouse pointer will change to show that the object is now in rotation mode.Rotating an object To rotate an object. The grouping is indicated by faint blue line that surrounding each of the objects as long as the group is in effect. Any objects partly or wholly within the box when you release the mouse are now temporarily grouped. so if you want to rotate the object again.

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.. Switch off the Filling attribute. Choose the type of paper stock you are planning to use. its outline or its shadow. The Print Custom Labels dialog box This dialog box is accessed with the print button in the Make Custom Labels dialog box (see page 219). The first three selections open a Color dialog box in which you can choose a new color for the text. The second set of three selections lets you turn any of the three attributes on or off. or select a font from the dropdown list. then move on to. The Papers area: This leftmost area provides a list of label stationery types. for instance. if you would like to create text in which the label background is visible through the letter outlines. the current text object has been set to use the “Elegance” font with the italic style. The dialog is divided into three areas.. The button at the top right of the text controls opens a popup menu with two sets of three options. In our illustration. Click the bold and italic buttons to toggle these styles on and off in the object. 228 InstantCD/DVD .

One of the possibilites you will be offered is that of not printing a particular label. Clicking the second previewed label to blank it will result in faster. If there are multiple possibilities. You should only have to calibrate your printer once.) The Print button initiates printing using the options you have chosen elsewhere in the dialog box. you can cycle through them by clicking the previewed labels with the mouse. (We recommend that you always print a single test page to confirm your settings and calibration before carrying on to print multiple copies. The first. a second label on the sheet represents only wasted ink. The Settings button lets you access the options available for the printer you have chosen. offers the Number of copies control. Paper. before the first time you print labels. lets you select the printer you want use from a drop-down list of the printers available on your system. The Calibrate button opens the Calibration Wizard. Thereafter. Only those label and insert types that can be used with the paper type will appear.The Preview area: This area shows how your labels will appear on your chosen stationery. The Control area: This area contains two main groups of controls. where you can specify how many copies of the label page should be printed. Chapter 24: Making labels and inserts 229 . The second group of controls. This option is useful on “two-up” disc label paper: if exactly one label is required. rerun the Calibration Wizard only if you notice that the printing of your labels and inserts is not exactly positioned with respect to any registration marks on the paper. Printer. which gives instructions on calibrating your printer to achieve optimum results. more economical printing.

In general. please refer to: http://www. 230 InstantCD/DVD .com/neato When inserting blank labels into your printer. be sure to follow any guide marks and other indications on the paper.Printing tips The first release of Expression supports the paper types manufactured by Neato. It is expected that other label types will be supported in future versions of Expression. the specialized paper stocks used for label and insert printing will only work properly when inserted exactly in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.pinnaclesys. For more information. Choose your particular label type from the list on the dialog box.

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. Those functions may appear on menus in Windows Explorer. Load and save files as usual from ordinary Windows applications to a writable CD or DVD . or may be Chapter 25: InstantWrite 233 .Chapter 25: InstantWrite With InstantWrite. The exact procedures differ from medium to medium. 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. you can use your writable CDs and DVDs in just the same way as normal floppy disks or Zip disks.

click on its tray icon and choose InstantWrite from the pop-up menu. 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. • If you are running the InstantTray application. 234 InstantCD/DVD . you can open the InstantWrite command center. To access all of InstantWrite’s functions from one place. Drag files onto a writable CD or DVD using familiar system tools like Windows Explorer. by one of these methods: • Run the InstantCD/DVD starter application and choose InstantWrite on the Extras tab.executed automatically when a disc is inserted or rejected.

With others. in which you store and perhaps delete files on the medium. it will be the only member of the list. (The label in the diagram indicates the drop-down list where you select the target device for drag and drop. this operation is handled automatically.) When you drop files or folders onto the command center. Write: This is the main phase. USING INSTANTWRITE The functions of InstantWrite follow the three stages of creating a disc: Format: The format operation prepares the medium for writing. the entire contents of the folder are copied along with it. Button opens the InstantWrite on-line help file.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. Chapter 25: InstantWrite 235 . (If you have only one device.) Menu: Right-click in the command center to open a “context” menu of all InstantWrite commands. Button ejects the disc from the drive. For many media types. When you copy a folder. Buttons: Three small buttons on the command center provide access to common operations. InstantWrite copies the data to the current device. The button labeled in the illustration opens the current device in a Windows Explorer window for viewing. you must give an explicit command to format the disc.

click on the drive’s icon in Windows Explorer with the right mouse button and choose the format command. If an error message appears. Formatting from the drive’s context menu To format a disc manually. but not CD-RW. and the Auto format option is activated in Settings. where you can both configure and carry out the formatting process. CD-MRW and DVD+/-R(W) media. 236 InstantCD/DVD .Finalize: In this phase the control information on the disc is modified in order to make it compatible with other systems. verify that you are using a previously-unformatted disc. Formatting Discs must be prepared for use by formatting. This brings up the Format dialog. Formatting takes place automatically as you write to the medium. The particular set of options displayed depends on the type of medium inserted. See Appendix A: Media Types for information on special media types. As with formatting. Three methods of formatting are available. Automatic formatting This convenient option works with CD-R. The command name will be along the lines of “InstantWrite DVD-R Format”. finalizing is handled automatically with many media types but not all.

you are ready to begin actually using the disc.Formatting using the Format Assistant Choose Format from the context menu in the InstantWrite command center (page 235) to bring up the Format Assistant. Chapter 25: InstantWrite 237 . DVD±R). Caution! With “write-once” media (CD-R. or if the Autoformat option is activated. which will help you format the currently-selected drive. File operations can now be carried out either with drag-and-drop or with any application program that reads. writes or deletes files. 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. This can lead to the disc becoming full even though the amount of data it contains is less than its rated capacity. Reading and writing to CD and DVD After your writable CD or DVD has been formatted.

If you switch off the computer during this time. Note: The defragmentation operation is available only for DVD-RAM discs. If the medium is not finalized. a dialog box appears when you attempt to eject the disc.Finalizing To make InstantWrite media compatible with other systems. Defragmenting Launch the InstantWrite disc defragmenter with the InstantCD+DVD InstantWrite InstantWrite defrag command. 238 InstantCD/DVD . enabling you to finalize it manually if you wish. DVD-R and DVD+R. the medium may be damaged. In the case of rewritable CDs and DVDs this occurs automatically. the media must be “finalized” after modifications to it are complete. With CD-R. it will not be possible to read it on computers that do not have a CD/DVD recorder or UDF file system software. Important! The finalizing process can take several minutes depending upon the type of medium. The defragmenter optimizes the layout of the files on your InstantWrite discs to achieve maximum retrieval efficiency.

Chapter 26: InstantBackup 239 . Starting InstantBackup Launch the InstantCD/DVD starter application (with the command Programs InstantCD+DVD InstantCD+DVD on your Start menu). click Backup button or the Restore button on the Copy/Backup page.Chapter 26: InstantBackup With InstantBackup it is easy to back up data on the hard disk to writable CDs or DVDs. The InstantBackup Welcome window will appear. Backed-up data can be restored at any time. In the starter application.

The InstantBackup Assistant gathers your input in a series of pages.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. 240 InstantCD/DVD . • Comment: If desired. edit the back-up’s description as it appears in this space. Click the Next button to advance to the second page. the following controls are available: • Backup filename: Enter a filename for the back-up file that InstantBackup will create on your target drive. The Assistant opens on the Welcome page. • Use encryption: Check this box if you wish the back-up file to be encrypted. On this page. all the data in your system will be backed up. 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. Using the InstantBackup Assistant If you choose the Guided Full Backup option.

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 destination in the folder browser window. make sure that you will be able to remember the password when you need. Important: If you use the encryption option. • Encryption password verification: Re-enter the password to guard against typographical errors (since the password entry is masked with asterisks). choose the Backup button in the Welcome window to open the InstantBackup main window. If you are already in the main window. the back-up will be spread over multiple disks. If you do not. Chapter 26: InstantBackup 241 .• Encryption password: Enter the password to be used for encrypting the back-up file (if have chosen the Use encryption option). The location will be entered for you in the Destination path edit box. you can use the Backup button or View Backup menu command to open the back-up interface. • Fixed disk size for multiple disks: If the amount of data to be backed-up is greater than the size of one of your output disks. Moving on to the third page of the InstantBackup Assistant. Afterwards you will be returned to the InstantBackup main 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. Click the Finish button on the final page of the Assistant to begin the back-up process. you now select the folder or device where the back-up output file(s) should be stored. Your whole system will be backed up.

which provides extra configuration options for the backup process. This opens the Backup Options dialog. click on the Options button at the bottom right of the window. such as a regular back-up of your work documents. that job will be listed on the Backup job drop-down list at the top of the window. You will prompted to enter a name for the back-up job. Click File Save if you want to save your fileselection information and options as a “back-up job” for re-use. Use the browse button to help you locate the destination if desired. An optical disc writer is a typical choice of back-up destination. 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. Choose a target drive or folder for the copy. The Select All. 242 InstantCD/DVD . Next time you use InstantBackup.Select the folders and files you want to back up by means of the checkboxes in the file browser panels. Invert Selection and Clear Selection commands on the Edit menu may help you carry out the file-selection phase more rapidly. 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. If necessary.

Use the to help you locate the file if desired. but also the complete folder information needed to return those files to their original locations on your hard drive. Start your restore operation by choosing the back-up file in the Restore source edit box. you can use either the Restore button or the View Restore menu command.Choose a target folder or drive then click Start. RESTORE DATA To retrieve data from a back-up. choose the Restore button in the InstantBackup Welcome window. browse button Chapter 26: InstantBackup 243 . In the main window. A back-up file contains not just the files themselves.

Enter the password if necessary. With this menu. click on the Options button at the bottom right of the window. Select the files and folders you do want to restore. optionally with the aid of the selection commands on the Edit menu. If necessary. which provides extra configuration options for the restore process. the folder you specify in the text box will be used as the base path into which the back-up data will be restored. the folder browser updates to show the folders that were backed up (and into which you can now restore. however. you can select existing profiles or create new ones. the files you restore will be written to the same folders from which they came. if you use the Restore to original location option). You don’t need to restore all the backed-up files.When you select a back-up file. If you use this option. 244 InstantCD/DVD . This opens the Restore Options dialog. The options that are used for restoring can be saved in profiles. If you use the Restore to original location option.

In the main window. enter the password if required. You can also instruct InstantBackup to carry out the verification step automatically upon completion of the back-up operation. please turn to your InstantDisc documentation. you can use either the Label editor button or the View Label editor menu command. then click the Start button. In the main window. In the main window. select the back-up file. For more information about the Label Editor. CREATING A LABEL After backing up your data onto one or more writable CDs or DVDs. Check the Verify after backup box in the Backup Options dialog. you can create labels for the discs using the built-in Label Editor. Chapter 26: InstantBackup 245 . you can use either the Verify button or the View Verify menu command. Choose the Label editor button in the Welcome window. choose the Verify button in the Welcome window.VERIFY DATA In order to ensure that the data in the stored back-up are in fact identical to the original.

246 InstantCD/DVD . the complete log can be found as a text file in the InstantBackup directory.BACKUP LOG The backup log file contains all the particulars of the last procedure carried out. Pinnacle recommends that the log be checked after every action using the View Backup log menu command or the Backup log button in the InstantBackup main window. In addition.

Then start InstantCopy and create an image. InstantDrive InstantDrive can also be opened from the InstantCD/DVD starter application: click the InstantDrive button on the Extras tab. you can then play it back as though you had copied it to a physical disc. Device Manager. file dialogs and the like as an independent drive. choose Close this wizard and open InstantCopy to create a disc image. the InstantDrive device is no different than any other CD or DVD reader. Starting InstantDrive Launch InstantDrive with Programs InstantDrive from your Start menu. It appears in Windows Explorer. the InstantDrive Assistant will open. In either case. From the point of view Windows and other software. If you copy a disc image to the virtual drive using InstantCopy. Reopen InstantDrive and in the Assistant Chapter 27: InstantDrive 247 . Click the Next button in the Welcome window when it appears. If you have not yet created an image with InstantCopy. 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.

Ejecting the disc If you want to “eject” the virtual disc. click on the drive with the right mouse button and choose the Eject command. Click on the Next button. You can now access this drive just like any “normal” drive. and then the Complete button.choose the option Mount an existing image file as a virtual disc. 248 InstantCD/DVD . Change to the folder in which the image is situated and select it.

click the OK button to open the contents of that device for viewing. you can view a wide variety of audio and video content on your system. Chapter 28: InstantCinema 249 . for example – depends on the particular version of InstantCinema you are using. or from your Windows Start menu (Programs InstantCD+DVD Video InstantCinema). VideoCD and 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.Chapter 28: InstantCinema With InstantCinema. Launch InstantCinema from the Extras page of the InstantCD/DVD starter application. Exactly which media types – digital audio files. or with the InstantCinema command on the InstantTray context menu. When you find the one you want. Whichever of these methods InstantCinema control panel opens: you use.

Create a new playlist: This button opens the Playlist dialog box. where you can select files (in the upper right panel of the dialog) from the 250 InstantCD/DVD . or a double-click on the window with the left mouse button) switches from normal view to the fullscreen view. clockwise from the Source button: Source: Opens and closes the source device selection area described above. save and use a playlist of any media supported by the software.The central cluster in the next group of controls provides standard navigation buttons found on a DVD playback device. Switch to fullscreen: When you are viewing video content with InstantCinema. Show rootmenu / Resume from menu: This control goes back to the first menu on a disc. this button (or the F9 function key. The outer ring of buttons in this group is as follows. Angle: A DVD-specific control for selecting a new viewing angle if any are available on the current disc. Show playlist: InstantCinema lets you create. This button opens a pop-up menu of the items on the current playlist.or vice versa. The one you choose immediately begins to play back. and can be used with versions of InstantCinema in which DVD playback is enabled. or restarts playback.

or save the current playlist for later re-use. The next area of the control panel provides information about the file currently being played back. • OK. On the right side of this area is a volume slider. or downwards (towards the minus sign) to decrease it. Save: Load a previously-defined playlist. the first song on the playlist immediately begins to play. • Load. Chapter 28: InstantCinema 251 . If you choose the OK button. Close: Both these buttons close the Playlist dialog. Continuing rightwards we come to another circular group of controls. These are standard transport buttons. • Remove: Remove the currently-selected file from the playlist. Up: Move the currently-selected playlist file down or up in the list.current folder (the folder browser in the left panel) and add them to the list of files in the bottom right panel. 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 buttons along the bottom of the dialog are: • Down.

except for the bottom right button. 252 InstantCD/DVD . which opens and closes the final panel. Click the OK button (bottom right) when the full number has been entered correctly. Incorrect numbers can be removed with the backspace button (bottom left). which is a numeric keypad: To enter a menu number using the keypad. The number appears in the small window at the top of the pad. click the digits with the left mouse button.

each with an associated checkbox. Clicking on the button opens a menu from which the various applications in the InstantCD/DVD suite can be opened: Click the InstantCD+DVD Starter button in the system tray to open a menu of applications. all the applications in the InstantCD/DVD suite are available from the system tray area at the end of the Windows task bar.Chapter 29: InstantTray When InstantTray is activated. it will no longer appear on the menu. If you clear the checkbox for a program. Chapter 29: InstantTray 253 . The main panel of the Settings dialog is a list of programs. but it can be reactivated later on by setting the checkbox again. These programs are those that are available for listing on the InstantTray menu. InstantTray settings The Settings command on the InstantTray menu opens a dialog box where you can configure InstantTray for your own requirements.

your desktop. 254 InstantCD/DVD . showing that the program can be manipulated with the buttons on the right side of the dialog.The InstantTray Settings dialog. Move down: These buttons move the selected program up or down in the program list. If you click on the name of a program. or Windows Explorer. Add: This button opens a file browser with which you can choose programs or documents to add to the InstantTray menu. the name is highlighted. rather than the checkbox. Copy Disc is highlighted in the program list. When you select the menu item the program or document will be launched exactly as if you had executed it from the Start menu. Move up.

Remove: InstantTray removes the selected name from the 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. This button can only be used with programs you have added since InstantTray was installed. The InstantCD/DVD programs on the list cannot be removed. Like Remove. Uncheck this box if you don’t want InstantTray to run until you start it explicitly from the InstantCD/DVD starter application. Chapter 29: InstantTray 255 . this button only works with user-added programs. which can be used as a drag-and-drop target when copying files to a writable CD or DVD. Run InstantTray on system start: InstantTray is automatically launched each time you restart Windows after installing InstantCD/DVD. not the installed ones. is automatically launched each time you restart Windows after installing InstantCD/DVD. 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.


If you run into problems of any sort while using the software. then use the Next button to proceed to the following step if necessary. Chapter 30: InstantInfo 257 . which you can run from the starter application by clicking the Support button on the Help tab. follow the simple instructions on each page.Chapter 30: InstantInfo InstantCD/DVD is designed to provide intuitive and reliable tools for making the most of your writable optical devices and media. You can also launch InstantInfo from your Windows Start menu (Programs InstantCD+DVD Tools InstantInfo). User support for InstantCD/DVD begins right on your desktop with the InstantInfo Wizard. we’ll do our utmost to help you solve them. To use the InstantInfo Wizard. The InstantInfo wizard helps you troubleshoot any problems that arise while using InstantCD/DVD.


A: Media types B: License agreement 259 .


01 Yes No No Yes DVD +RW Yes No Fast Yes 3.Appendix A: Media types This table summarizes the essential facts about the various types of optical media you can use with InstantWrite and other InstantCD/DVD applications.01 No No No Yes DVD +R Yes Yes Fast No 2.51 No No Yes Yes CD -RW No No Slow Yes 1.01 Yes No No Yes DVD -RAM No No Slow Yes 1. CD -R Yes Yes Fast No 1.51 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.51 Yes No Yes Yes CD -MRW Yes No Fast Yes 1.01 No No No Yes DVD -RW Yes Yes Fast Yes 2. Appendix A: Media types 261 . *2: The driver is stored on the disc.


(e) modify or adapt the Software. (b) use or authorize use of the Software on only one computer. unless each user has purchased a license. You may not. the Software. If you transfer the Software. your License is automatically terminated. (a) rent. 2. except as expressly provided above. merge the Software into another program or create derivative works based on the Software. perpetual license to (a) install the Software on only one computer. License Restrictions. or allow any third party to. lease. disconnection. Subject to the restrictions set forth below. the "Software"). improvement or adjustment of any kind to or use the Software except as explicitly contemplated in the enclosed documentation and in this License and (h) sublicense. Appendix B: License agreement 263 . If you transfer possession of any copy of the Software to another party. USING THIS SOFTWARE INDICATES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THIS LICENSE. sell. provided you include all copyright and other proprietary rights notices on the copy and (d) transfer the Software and this License to another party if the other party agrees to accept the terms and conditions of this License. 1. solely for backup purposes. YOU SHOULD NOT INSTALL THE SOFTWARE AND PROMPTLY RETURN THIS PRODUCT TO YOUR VALUE-ADDED RESELLER. (c) make one copy of the Software. License Grant. this License grants you a non-exclusive. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT OR UNDERSTAND THE TERMS OF THIS LICENSE. in machine-readable form. CAREFULLY READ THE FOLLOWING LICENSE. connection. for profit or otherwise. loan or otherwise transfer the Software or any of your rights and obligations under this License. (d) remove or destroy any copyright notices or other proprietary markings of the Software or any thirdparty software. (c) reverse-engineer. (g) make any alteration. decompile or disassemble the Software or hardware in whole or in part. (f) make copies of or distribute.Appendix B: License agreement Pinnacle End User License Agreement This End User License Agreement ("License") is a legal agreement between you and Pinnacle Systems ("Pinnacle") regarding Pinnacle’s software and the accompanying documentation (collectively. you must at the same time either transfer all copies to the same party or destroy any copies not transferred. (b) install the Software on a network for use by multiple users. modification.

7. Pinnacle and/or its licensors may provide for Software security related updates that will be automatically downloaded and installed on your computer. The Software is protected by applicable intellectual property laws. 3. In such an event. i. or the List of Specially Designated Nationals. the Entity List. including United States copyright laws and international treaties. Security. Term and Termination. By downloading or using a Pinnacle software product you are certifying that you are not a national of any country to which the United States embargoes goods and that you are not a person on the Table of Denial Orders. Third Party Proprietary Property. In addition. This Software may contain the proprietary property of others. Pinnacle and/or its licensors shall use reasonable efforts to promptly post notices on Pinnacle’s web site explaining the security update and providing instructions to end-users for obtaining new versions or further updates of the Software that restore access to secure content and related features. Export Restrictions. Pinnacle software may not be distributed to persons on the Table of Denial Orders. (b) return. Except for the license rights granted above. Ownership. Any purported transfer or assignment will be void. Such security related updates may impair the Software (and any other software on your computer which specifically depends on the Software) including disabling your ability to copy and/or play "secure" content. your use of the Software is expressly conditioned on your agreement not to remove any copyright notices or other proprietary markings of the third party software. This License shall be effective upon installation of the Software and shall terminate upon the earlier of (a) your failure to comply with any term of this License. The license granted hereunder does not constitute a transfer or sale of ownership rights in or to the Software. content protected by digital rights management. You acknowledge and agree that in order to protect the integrity of certain third party content. 6. The export and re-export of Pinnacle software products are controlled by the United States Export Administration Regulations and such software may not be exported or re-exported to any country to which the United States embargoes goods. 5. 4. which has been licensed to Pinnacle.transfer or assign this License or any of the rights and obligations granted under this License.e. or the List of Specially Designated Nationals. the Entity List. Pinnacle retains all right title and interest in and to the Software including all intellectual property rights therein. except as explicitly contemplated in this License. destruction or deletion of all copies of the Software in your possession 264 InstantCD/DVD .

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save. 69 Add Sample command. 32 Audio Editor toolbar (InstantDisc). 140 Output to disc or file. 203 Activity log. 175 Anamorphic (aspect ratio setting). 165 Accuracy in editing. and scene detection. 173 Renaming. 216 8 8mm Video equipment. 154 Audio read speed. 58 Automatic resize (copy method). 165 Tapes. 174 Menu. 165 Assigning your files. 135 Toolbars. 58 Aspect ratio For menu page backgrounds. 144 Advanced Button. 215 Audio Importing.Index 1 1394. 193 Defined. See IEEE-1394 Asset Deleting. 58 Index B Background (menu page element). 173 Menu button. 60 Arrangement Load. 191 ASPI. 75 Audio recording. 191 Background (of label or insert). 192 Audio player Described. 191 Backgrounds. 23 Audio editor (InstantDisc). 165 A Abbreviations and conventions. 71 After simulation. 170 Assets And Style Chooser. 35 Audio effects. 151 Arranger Introduced. 61 Advanced options for InstantCopy. See Menu pages 267 . 173 Asset List. 221 Background image file formats. 68. 157 Properties. 155 Audio file formats. 224 Analog Defined. 61 Automatic changeover detection (with ASPI). 52 Advanced DVD Copy Settings dialog. 59 Automatic Resize option. 141 Audio properties. 54 AVI files. 196 Audio CDs Playing. 149 Audio streams (DVD copy setting). 86 Audio discs Creating. 37 ASAPI. 57 Alignment lines (Custom Labeler). 173 List. 136 Arranger (InstantDisc). 56 Advanced button.

173 Capture video. 199 Captured and Imported Files window. 170 Buttons . 164 Transport control. 240 Without InstantBackup Assistant. 62 CD text. See InstantWrite Commentary. 65 Closing methods. 240 Partial. 106 Copy. 218 Clean up temporary files button. 172 Title. 140 CD aspect ratio setting. 50 Buttons Advanced.tool. 170 Bring In Video mode. 239 Backup files. 173 Stop capture. 2 CD settings. 202 Command center. 170 Camcorders DV. 181 Clean up (temporary files). 170. 171 Check Media. 79 Close session (write method). CD-RW. 60 CD audio disc Create. 242 Backup log. 165 268 InstantCD/DVD . 217 Burnproof. See Camcorder Capture Progress dialog box. 79 Closing method (Write setting). 89 Close disc (write method). See Voice-over Compiling. 74 Start. 4 Composite Cables and connectors. 106 Burning the disc. 241 With InstantBackup Assistant. 147 Burning CDs. 3 Importing files from. 215 Print labels and inserts. 169 Screen. 241 Backing up data with InstantBackup. 171. 173 Tools tips for. 173 Capture video Button.Backing up data. 169 Build Group command. 222 Start (in Make Disc mode). 4 Backup job list. 218 Clipping indicators. 218 Create Custom Menu. 171 Dialog box. 193 Options (in Make Disc mode). See Disc Tracks. 216 Compose music. 197 Help. 76 CD-R. 194 Edit Video. 78 Combine Scenes tool. 173. 56 Asset Menu. 212 CD. 164 Current mode. 76 Button Read UPC. 165 Camcorder Capturing from. 223 Recreate from project. 181 Clean up temporary files. 215. 169 Source material options. 165 Camera. See Discs Burning. 171 Connecting. 181 CDs. 215 Start capture. 166 Open Drawer (on Style Chooser). 164 On menu pages. 118 Changeover detection (with ASPI). 52. See Tools C Cables and connectors Analog. 246 Bring In Video Defined. 58 Check Media button.

228 Rotating objects. number of (Write setting). 186 Custom Labeler. 107 Copies. 148 Cursor navigation In TV Screen. 227 Positioning objects. 228 Custom marks. See Disc labels and inserts Edit toolbar. 164 Conventions and abbreviations. 162 Connecting the camera. 75 Database of songs. 19 Creating DVDs and VideoCDs Three-step process. 3 Create Custom Menu button. 189. 223 Editing objects in. 165 Converting files. 170 Create CD audio disc. 170 Control points (in Custom Labeler). 58 Copy protection. 3 Copy method. 194 D Data disc Create. 21 Data read speed. 224 Controls Tools tips for. 6 Control Buttons (on transport controls). 76 Device menu. 53 Customized resize (copy method). 61 CD or data DVD. 173 Destination device. 164 Contact support. 113 Defragmenting DVD-RAM discs. 53 Customizing menu pages. 3 Create backup. 56 Using default settings. 52 To multiple drives. 2 Create Thumbnail tool. 174 Creating CDs and DVDs. 142 Customize Disc dialog box. 50 Counter window. 4 Copy/Backup Menu. 221 Edit Window. 65 Copy CDs and DVDs. 224 Printing. 203 Delete Track menu item. 50 Copyright. 49 Determine Capacity command. 226 Text controls. 50 DVD video to CD. 53 Closer look. 68. 2 Data discs Creating. quality. 52 Scenes and images. 2 Data disc. 192. 3 Photo/Video disc. 203 Creating a slide show. 50 Copy/Backup Copy CDs and DVDs. 227 Scaling objects. 3 Copying Advanced DVD settings. 52 Discs. 194 Create Menu. 245 Cross-fades. 224 Fonts and styles. 238 Delete Scene tool. 161 Creating labels In InstantBackup. 51 Index 269 . 54 DVD video to DVD. 200 Speed vs. 219. 60 To hard drive. 59 Customized Resize option. 194 Create Custom Menu dialog box. 2 MP3/WMA disc. 143 Deleting Assets. 51.Computer Minimum requirements for. 4 Restore from back-up. 53 From hard drive. 228 Grouping objects.

78 Disc drives. creating. 140 Previewing. See DVD Digital8 Included under ‘DV’. 179 Disc project Advanced. 147 Dissolves. 27 Other formats. 72 Settings. 106 Device Properties. 3 Duplicate Sample command. 29 Photo and video. 76. See Optical disc drives Disc labels and inserts. 215 Output to. 59 DirectWrite. 221. 73 Device Properties dialog box. 261 Disk space requirements. 71 Device selection. 224 Dual-layered DVDs. 23 Burning multiple. 180 270 InstantCD/DVD . creating. 219. 5 Virtual drive. 220 Recreating from project. 121 Record. 51 Erasing. 257 Drag-and-drop In InstantDisc. 196 DV And automatic scene detection. 215. See Windows Customize Disc. 219 Editing. 197 Documentation. 74 General. 222 Disc Meter. 5 Discs Audio. 223 Label types. See Custom Labeler Creating. 71 Info & Tagger. 55 Digital. 76 Ejecting. optical. 162 Sound card. 87 Dissolve Group command. 5 New. 109 InstantAudio preferences. 164 DVD Creation process. 87 Time. 217 Making. 217 Copying. 19 Data. 14 Dragging (in Custom Labeler). by type (chart). 50 Creating. 28 Properties. 51. 21 Determining capacity of. 174 Defined. 145 Duplicating Scenes and images. 75 Writer. See DV Digital multitrack mixer. 59 Duplicate discs. 61 Burn CD. 178 Use like a floppy. creating. 53 Dialogs Advanced DVD Copy Settings. 78 DirectX Graphics card. 200 Duration limits of sound files. 175 Direct (copy method). 6. 236 MP3. 51 Finalizing. 165 With analog tapes. 161 Described. 58 Disc Burning. 162 Disable screensaver while writing. creating. 238 Formatting. See Copying discs Copy-protected. 91 Select Title And Audio Stream. 49 Dialog boxes.Device Properties Disc. 162 Displays Song information. 5 Disc at once. creating. 141 Digital Versatile Disc. 165 DV equipment Installation. 20 Open.

54 Copying to DVD. 94 Equalizer. 202 Edit Track menu item. 199 Editing labels. 180 Transcoding. 248 Elements of menu pages. 4 Large. 238 DVDs. 197 Edit Video dialog box. 163 Software installation. 96 Level and position. 191 Preferences. 86 Fades. 122 Files Assigning. 177. 221 Edit tools. 181 Navigation buttons. See Discs Copy. 204 Edit toolbar (of Custom Labeler). See EQ Equalizer (InstantDisc). 173 Create backup. 107 Expression Defined. 5 Use a disc like a floppy. 163 Technical support. 224 Editing with frame accuracy. 263 EQ. 143 Edit Video button. 208 Fast Reverse button. 133 File Defined. 185. 204 Edit Scene Options tool. 215 AVI. 216 Captured and imported. 208 Features. 165 File formats Audio. 51 Ejecting virtual disc (InstantDrive). 163 Extras Advanced disc projects. 5 InstantCinema. 32 Equipment Video. 162 Erase disc. 89 Using. 162 Hard disk. 169. DVD-RW. 63 EULA (End User License Agreement). 203 Effects. 263 Exporting files. See Video equipment Equipment requirements. 98 Eject Disc command. 189 Edit Scene Options dialog box. 58 DVD video Copying to CD. 51 Error handling (CD setting). 5 Extras Menu. 148.Media type selection. 197 Fast Forward button. 5 Open disc project. 211 Editing with control points. 181 DVD-RAM. 53 DVD-R. 163 Software updates. 204 Faders EQ. 215. 94. 97. 5 Virtual disc drive. See Volume curve Fade to black (scene option). 155 Editing scenes. 107 For menu page backgrounds. 198 Thumbnail tab. 192 Converting. 165 Introduction to. 5 F Fade curve. 51 Erase Disc command. 218 Index 271 . 41 Editing samples. 162 Software license. 161 Registration of. 147. 162 Computer. 187 Select as output format. 3 E Edit mode. 96 EQ/FX panel. 189 End User License Agreement. management of. 163 Upgrades. 215 DVD case inserts. 220 DVD settings.

227 Guide lines (Custom Labeler). 113 Font (Custom Labeler). 118 Incoming video display. 197 Importing. 169 Hard drive Copying from. 4 Temporary.MPEG. 5 Folders tree (in Library). 236 Frame accuracy in editing. 172 Info & Tagger dialog. 200 Graphic Menu page background. 17 Gigabyte (GB). 238 FireWire. Use disc like a. 191 Format. 165 I ID3 tags. 200. See On-line help Contact support. 162 Requirements. 216 Importing Backgrounds and audio. 224 Guided Full Backup option. track. 221 Arranging. See IEEE-1394 Images Adding to label or insert. 47 G General settings. 203 Frame Forward button. 57 Get titles command (InstantDisc). 161 Duplicating. 162 Typical’. 240 H Hard disk Performance test. 208 Frame Reverse button. 162 Group samples. 228 Fonts for menu page text. 164 With DV capture sources. 163 Installing InstantCopy. 109 IEEE-1394 DV cable. 212 Previewing. 208 Frames. 6 Help button. See EQ Graphics card DirectX-compatible. 191 Graphic equalizer. 164 Manual (without Autorun). 79 Go To Beginning button. 64 Flags. 164 Help Menu. 174 Folders (of images files). 6 Go to Pinnacle’s home page. See IEEE-1394 Fixed gaps (CD setting). 52 Copying to. 236 Automatic. See Media format Format Assistant. 190 Frames (menu page element). 52 Hardware read retries. 212 Importing files from CD. 191 Functions (of InstantCD/DVD). 109 Installation Camcorder. 194 Files from Windows Explorer. 68. 6 Settings. 1 FX Built-in. 6 Read the read-me notes. See Marks Floppy. cleaning up. 97 Transferring video to. 138 Help. 171 iLink. 200 Editing. 6 Read the user’s manual. See Menu pages In menu page layout. 237 Formatting. 147 Grouping (in Custom Labeler). 218 Finalizing discs. 185 Reordering. 75 Headers. 163 Software. 162 272 InstantCD/DVD . 216 Restore from back-up. 213 Transcoding and compiling. 208 Grabber. 6 Hi8 Video equipment.

146 273 Index . 233 Reading and writing. 121 Starting. 16 System requirements. 127 Display. 200 Reordering scenes and images. 235 Using command center. 6 Introduction. 253 InstantWrite. 220 Justlink. 39 Main window. 1 InstantCD/DVD settings. 257 InstantTray. 76 Italics. 39 Label Editor (InstantDisc). 5 Assistant. 71 Installing. 55 Layout (menu page element). 53. 69 Loop Sample command. See Menu pages Leave disc open (write method). 6 InstantCinema. See Disc labels and inserts Language tracks. 263 License terms. 85 Features of. 124 Searching. 19 Getting started. 233 Defragmentation. 89 Library. 140 Locators. 72. 249 InstantCopy Advanced options. 239 InstantBackup Assistant. 5 Rip disc command. 14 Label Editor. 235 Internet support. 9 Working with. 11 Open project. 249 Launching. 113 Folders tree. 240 InstantCD/DVD Starter application. 76 K Keyboard conventions. 113 Operations. 238 Launching. disc. 237 Using. 245 Launching. 199 Load arrangement. 166 J Jewel case inserts. 47 Introduced. 133 Introduction to Expression. 161 ISRC. 253 Settings. 117 License agreement. 247 InstantInfo. 198 Multiple selection in. 79 L Label Editor. 200 Navigating. 60 Level meters. 39 Labels and inserts. 239 Creating a label. 116 Preferences. 190 Layouts. 114 List views Introduced. 5. 11 Write command. 15 InstantDrive. 125 InstantBackup. 247 Launching. 78 Letterbox (aspect ratio setting). 167 Kilobyte (KB). See Marks Log. 238 Finalizing discs. 249 Control panel. 163 List of song titles. 9 Hardware listing.InstantAudio Context menus. 47 Using. 83 Preferences. 85 User interface. 49 InstantDisc Advanced projects. 200 List Views Thumbnail.

195 Importing audio files. 169. 193 Customizing. 79 Media Checking. 192 Importing. 191 Background. 109 MPEG Re-encoding for outpu. 3 Create. 4 Format. 2 Extras. 186 Music. 191. 56 Multitrack mixer. 169 Make Disc Mode. 215 Media Player. 4 Minimum duration of sound files. 162 Menu commands. 167 Movie controls On Remote Control. 167 Menu page Defined. 169 Edit. 142 Delete. 163 Marks. 196 Mouse clicking. 195 Navigating. 194 Editing. 59 Make Custom Labels dialog box. 261 Megabyte (MB). 27 MP3/WMA disc Create. 180. 186 Sound. 4 Media Player. 196 Organize. 191. 4 Organize music. 4 Media types. 189. MPEG-1. 143 Custom. 5 Help. 192. 4 Settings. 177 Elements of. 189 Make Disc. 187 Moving and placing samples. 189 Frames.M Main menu. 142 Maximum duration of sound files. 143 End. 3 MP3Pro. 4 File formats. MPEG-2. 142 Add. 218 Manual installation. 215 Multiple output drives. 141 Music. 141 Modes Bring In Video. 216 MPEG files. 143 Edit. 181 Choice of. 142 Start. 219 Make Disc mode. 196 Mixer. 215 Making the Disc window. 169. 178 Renaming scenes. 191 Text styles. 216 MPEG. 6 Media. 177. 79 Memory . 180 Type. 198 Multiple. 192 Compose. 215. 145 MP3 discs Creating. 1 Main movie only (copy method). 215 Motion menus. 195 List views. 177 Compose music. 196 Layout. 166 Menu pages.minimum required. 192 Text style. 195 Thumbnails. 194 Creating discs without. 185. 181 Viewing with InstantCinema. 215 Managing large files. 249 Media Menu. 4 274 InstantCD/DVD . 185 Aspect ratio of background. 196 Measuring storage. 186 Menus Copy/Backup. 194. 190 Layouts.

28 Photo/Video disc Create. 164 Types of. See Remote Control Open Drawer button (Style Chooser). See Library Positioning of frames and titles. InstantCD/DVD. 186 New Disc Project command (InstantDisc). 103 Operations. 198 Playlist Columns. 157 To file. 200 Navigation Buttons (DVD). 142 Playback Modes. 105 Menu. See Settings For Bring In Video. 207 Playback Controls Fast Forward. 204 Scene detection. 207 Scrubber. 6 Placing and moving samples. 3 Pinnacle Expression. 88 Preferences. 76 Overview. 207 Player (in Edit Video dialog box). 4 Output Index 275 . See Menu pages Music (menu page element). 193 To disc. 207 Play locator. 181 Format. 6 On-screen remote control. 174 Options button (in Make Disc mode). 192 Mute track. 208 Go To Beginning. 193 Operating systems supported. 215 Output Media Settings dialog box. 224 OHCI-compliant IEEE-1394. 157 Output media Checking. 6 Organize music. 170 Scene. 164 On-line manual. See IEEE-1394 On-line help Button. 66 P Pause button. 208 Play/Pause. 178 In the Style Chooser. 161 Overwrite rewritable media (Write setting). 261 Options. 187 In menu pages. 192 In TV Screen. See Voice-over Navigating Thumbnail list view.Music (for menu pages). 145 Play button. 101 Generating. 85. 215 Options. 102 Pool. 86. See Expression Pinnacle home page. 20 No Menu Style Chooser option. 51 Optical media types. 180 Output to disc. 208 Fast Reverse. 162 Optical disc drives Properties. 139 N Narration. 104 Features. 207 Photo and video discs Creating. 208 Player. 122 Playback controls Frame Forward/Reverse. 180. 140 Oversize writing. 190 O Objects (in Custom Labeler). 164 How to use.

5 Open. 139 Sample Manager. 228 Product names. 144 Samples. 204 Ripping (InstantDisc). 153 Remove.Preferences InstantAudio. 237 Read-me. 186 Number pad. 177. 140 Projects area (InstantDisc). user data (transfer modes). See Data read speed Read settings. 58 Project Editing. See Composite Read audio speed. See Settings Properties (of optical disc drives). 165 Programming interface type. 185 Print custom labels dialog box. 145 Split. 121 Preferred destination setting. 227 R RAM. 155 Sample Explorer. 146 276 InstantCD/DVD . 145 Properties. See Memory Raw (write method). 67 Read UPC button. 200 Reordering images. disc Advanced. 163 Remote Control. 173 Scenes. 4 Restoring data. 74 Reading and writing discs. See Edit mode Previewing disc. 77 Regions. 145 Renaming Assets. 5 Projects Structure of. 6 Record dialog. 139 Display waveform. 51 Q Quality. 177. 177. 178 Previewing project. 90 S Sample Display volume curve. 186 Remove Sample command. 95 Preview window (video capture). 213 Repair subchannel data (CD setting). 163 Of Expression. 60 Presets EQ and FX. 162 Restore files from back-up. 150 Recycle Bin tool. 12 Properties. 186. equipment. 16 Rotating (in Custom Labeler). 145 Group. 216 Project. 178 Navigation in TV Screen. 91 Recording. 78 Raw vs. See Audio read speed Read data speed. 172 Preview/Edit mode. 149 Preferences. 200 Reordering Scenes and images. 143 Registration And technical support. 243 Return to menu (scene option). 178 Transcoding and compiling. 64 Requirements. 139 Sample Editor. 138 Described. 60 Reference topics. 146 Placing and moving. 144 Loop. 203 Reduction method setting. 147 Insert. 177 Previewing. 124 Recording settings. 144 Duplicate. 62 RCA. 68 Audio.

76 Settings. 166 Selected. 253 Introduced. InstantCD/DVD. 163 Software read retries. 204 Playing back. 53 Data read speed. 177. 163 Software license terms. 57 Track properties. 75 Disable screensaver while writing. 226 Scene. 65 Copy method. 174 Software Installing. 76 Write method. 62 Use Burnproof/Justlink. 68. 200 Reordering. 75 InstantTray. 204 Simulate writing if possible (Write setting). 58 Read. 76 Write ISRC code. 174 Options dialog box. 67 Software read retries. 61 After simulation. 140 Scaling (in Custom Labeler). after. 191 Scene detection Explained. 200 Titles of. 57 Hardware read retries. 65 Write to hard disk first. 62 CD aspect ratio. 166 Defined. creating. 55 Selected scene (indicated by frame).Ungroup. 84 Slide show. 75 Temporary directory. 54 CD. 68. 60 Repair subchannel data. 68. 6 Setup. 200 Editing. 56 Output media. 163 Index 277 . 207 Select Title And Audio Stream dialog. 58 DVD. 174 Menu command. 186 Renaming in list view. 64 General. 58 Error handling. 68. 147 Volume profile (Edit mode). 57 Arrangement properties. 68. 185 Renaming. 67 Simulation. 211 Screen saver. 197 Editing options. 75 Software registration Importance of. 52. 63 Fixed gaps between tracks. 60 Programming interface type. 151 Advanced DVD copying. 66 Preferred destination. 180 Overwrite rewritable media. 174 Options. 66 Write UPC code. 153 Simulate writing if possible. 173 Scene Options tool. 199 Trimming. 67 Recording. 163 Service and Support Center. 57 Skins. 161 Duplicating. 75 Automatic Resize. 179 Previewing. 64 Sample properties. 65 Copies (number of). 64 Write CD text. 65 Write speed. 60 Closing method. 6 Settings. 204 Scenes Arranging. 152 Transfer mode. 148 Save arrangement. 58 Scrubber. 191 Serial number. 151 Audio properties. See Installation Show title (scene option). 76 Write. 174 Thumbnail frames. 154 Audio read speed. 58 Customized Resize. 150 Reduction method. 162 Upgrades.

193 Navigating. SVHS-C Video equipment. 193 Styling menu page text. 191 Subchannel data. measurement of. 90 Sound. 192 File formats. 190 Temporary directory. 138 Samples. See Videotapes Technical support. 221 Text controls (in Custom Labeler). 173 Frames for. 180 Transcoding. See TV Screen Templates (for menu page layout). 192 On menu pages. 55 Subtitles (DVD copy setting). See Images Stop capture button. 87 Songs Database of. 162 Sound effects Importing. 203 Edit Scene Options. 192 Sound card DirectX-compatible. 163. 196 Source device. 164 Toolbars Main. 136 Player. 114 Ratings. 79 Style Chooser. 192 No Menu option. 54 SVHS. 137 Tools Combine Scenes. 146 Split Scene tool. 257 S-VCD Described.Software updates. 173 Storage. 63. 203 Delete Scene. 87 Time to display (scene option). 202 Create Thumbnail. 137 Track. 50 Start button (in Make Disc mode). 180 Select as output format. 200 Thumbnails Changing. 165 S-Video Cables and connectors. 58 Start button. 192. 57 Text Adding to label or insert. 53. 203 Split Scene. 49 Source material options. 165 T Tapes. 197 During capture. 143 SPTI. 206 Titles Automatically assigned. 204 Recycle Bin. 113 List of titles. 215 S-VCD (Super Video-CD). 192 And TV Screen. 163 Song information display. 192 Effects. 173 Still images. 161 Thumbnail Defined. 61 Super-VideoCD. See Menu pages Three-step creation process. 191 In Style Chooser. 203 Uncombine Scenes. 191 Text styles (for menus). 186 Style. 202 Track 278 InstantCD/DVD . 193 Time displays. See S-VCD Support. 199 In menu page layout. 166 Thumbnail list view. 170 Split Sample command. 228 Text style (menu page element). 257 Television. 215 Start capture button. 203 Split Track menu item. 193 Drawer. 64 Subtitles. 190 Tool tips. 199 Navigating.

98 Settings. 172 Hard disk requirements. 54 VCR Capturing from. 215 VCD (Video-CD). 140 Tracks and indices bar (InstantDisc). 175 DV. 33 Tracks panel. 148 VST plug-ins. 173 Stopping. 100 W Wave editor (InstantDisc). 126 Voice-over. 185 Typical installation. 165 Virtual disc drive. 92 Preferences. 165 Verifying data. 163 Use dissolve transitions (scene option). 216 Transfer mode (CD setting). 33 Volume curve Display on sample. 211 TV Screen. 247 Visualizations. 62 User prohibitions (DVD copy setting). 165 Installation. 138 Track List. 147 UPC. 185 And Style Chooser. See VCD Creation process. raw (transfer modes). 170 Videotapes Analog. 152 Track at once. 170 Trimming scenes. 162 Preview window. 62 V VCD Described. 161 Videotape Current position. 139 Volume profile of sample. 172 Progress display. 139 Properties. 163 Upgrades Information about. 62 Transition effects. 192 Volume Local (InstantDisc). 173 Thumbnail frames. 172 Previewing. 138 Transcoding. 77 Track headers. and scene detection. 180 Transcoding. 5 Virtual disc drive (InstantDrive). 197 Transport controls. 86. 171 Dialog box. 180 Media type selection. 171 Current mode. 181 Select as output format. 31 Index 279 . 169. 72. obtaining. 193 Navigation. 178. 164 VCRs DV. 192. 76 Updates. 186 Navigation options. 173 Video equipment Analog. 94. 163 U Uncombine Scenes tool. 185 Video and photo discs Creating. 164 Video file. 170 Installation. 245 VHS. 28 Video capture Capture video button. 165 Video Displayed during capture. 88. VHS-S Video equipment. 202 Ungroup samples. 204 User data vs.Mute. See Scenes VideoCD. 171. 165 Video scenes. 215. 173 Starting.

64 Write speed (Write setting). 58 Write settings. 180 Print Custom Labels dialog box. 194 Edit (Custom Labeler). 207 Windows (operating system) Versions supported. 212 Working with InstantDisc. 223 Edit Scene Options dialog box. 139 Welcome. 212 Counter (on transport controls). 77 Write process. 172 Captured and Imported Files. 174 Windows Explorer. 173. 11 Write method (Write setting). 1 Widescreen TV.Waveform Display on sample. 173 Capture Video dialog box. 65 Write to hard disk first (Write setting). 204 Edit Video dialog box. 61 Windows Capture Progress dialog box. 215 Output Media Settings dialog box. 174 The Player. 228 Scene Detection Options dialog box. 219 Making the Disc. 171. 66 280 InstantCD/DVD . 65 Write methods. 170. 198 Make Custom Labels dialog box. 162 Windows Explorer. 170 Create Custom Menu dialog box.


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