ArcSoft ShowBiz DVD 2.1 Tutorial

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- INTRODUCTION Welcome! Are you ready to learn how to capture, edit, and create DVDs on your computer? Great! We'll walk you
through these three main processes to help you put together and share your own home movies.
Don't forget to consult the built-in Help file--it goes over every button and command found in the program. Here,
we'll go step-by-step through the video capture, edit, and authoring procedures. They may not require the
description of every command, so just be sure to have that handy Help file open whenever you're working on a
Choose where you want to go! (You can also navigate using the links at the top of every page.)
Capture video
Edit/assemble video clips
Create a DVD movie
- CAPTURING VIDEO The first thing you'll probably want to do before you make your movie is transfer some video from your camera (or
another video device) to your computer. We've made it easy. We'll start from square one. In this walkthrough, we'll
capture from a digital video (DV) camera.
1. Connect your camera to the computer and turn the power on.
2. Launch the program. From the welcome wizard, select "Capture or Edit Video."
3. From the next screen, select "Capture" in the top left corner of the screen.
Once within the Capture module, you'll see controls for navigating through the video on your camera:
Use the playback controls to jump to the spot where you would like to begin recording. When you're all set, click
the big red Record button beneath the preview window. You can now define the specifics of your captured file:
Choose the file name and save location
Set the file type. If you plan on using the video when you create a DVD, choose the DVD (MPEG-2) file
You can optionally enter in the capture time. If you have a really long video and only want to capture a
small part, use this option.
You'll almost definitely want to save your captured file to an album. If you plan on doing any type of
editing, it's going to need to be in an album. You'll learn more about albums in the Edit section.
- EDITING / ASSEMBLING VIDEO CLIPS Because the creative possibilities here are limitless, it's a bit difficult to do a step-based walkthough. Instead, we'll
talk about the fundamentals of creating a custom video clip. The heart of the program lies in this section; here's
where you can get really creative by making truly unique and professional-looking videos. Don't forget to use this
tutorial along with the built-in Help file. The Help file details the functions of each button and option.
Video clips are created by adding content (existing videos, photos, and audio tracks) to a template called the
STORYBOARD. The Storyboard can also referred to as the TIMELINE. The Storyboard/Timeline is basically a
template for the creation of your movie. They represent different views of the same thing. You add still images,
videos, and scene transitions when in Storyboard view. In addition to these, you can add audio, text, and special
effects using the Timeline.
So as you can see, you aren't limited to pictures, video clips, and music. You can also add transitions between
each component that you add (for example, you can have one video clip fade out as the next one fades in), as
well as other special effects. You can add scrolling text for beginning titles or end credits. When you're done, you
video can then be included as a chapter in your final DVD.
The Storyboard displays still images, video clips, and transitions.
The Timeline displays still images, videos, transitions, text, audio, and special effects.
If you want to create a basic video that consists of smaller video clips and still images, stick to the Storyboard. If
you'd like to include additional audio tracks, special effects, and text, you'll need to use the Timeline. Practice
makes perfect! Use the included sample content to play around with the Timeline and all of its options.
When your final video is compiled, all the content is processed into a single video. The video will progress through
each clip and image that you've added.
The bulk of your options are accessed through the top portion of the screen that is divided into numerous tabs:
MEDIA, TEXT, TRANSITIONS, EFFECTS, and EXPORT (this last may not appear until you've actually started to
construct your video).
All of your content comes from "albums." Before we go any further, you're going to need to have a basic
understanding of what albums are and how they work.
In order to add content to the Storyboard/Timeline, you need to first create an album. Albums consist of shortcuts
that link to files stored on your computer. If you can master this concept (and it isn't that difficult, trust us), you're
way ahead of the game. Think of album content in the same light as shortcuts on your desktop or taskbar. The
icons that you click aren't the actual program icons; they're merely shortcuts. It's the same with albums. Albums
contain shortcuts to your pictures, music, and videos. There are a few sample albums included.
You can create multiple albums, giving each one a unique name. For example, you can have one album for
vacation photos, another one for family events... you get the idea. Obviously, you need to know the location of the
photos, videos, and sounds that you want to include in your album.
To create a new album:
1. Make sure you are within the "Media" tab. From the album pull-down, choose "<New Album>."
2. Enter in a new album name. Just click on and type over the existing name.
3. Click where indicated to browse your system for files to add to the album. You can add still pictures, video
clips, and audio tracks.
4. To add additional files at any other time, click the Add button.
Once your album is ready, you can then add content to the Storyboard/Timeline. Remember, the album
thumbnails only link to the actual files on your system. If you delete, rename, or move the actual files, you won't
be able to use the respective thumbnails in the album to add to your project. Also, don't forget that you can create
more than one album. Organize your media so that it's easy to find what you need when you're making your
With your albums ready to go, you can now add content to the Storyboard and start to piece together your movie.
Let's take a look at part of a blank Storyboard:
You'll notice that the Storyboard consists of several
squares. The larger squares are where you can insert
STILL IMAGES and VIDEOS. The smaller squares are
reserved for TRANSITIONS. Transitions are effects that
occur as one video/image changes to another. When
your final movie is compiled, everything on the
Storyboard is combined into a single video file. This
picture shows you how to add a still image or video clip
to the Storyboard:
You can either follow the above method (highlight the thumbnail you want to add, then click the "Add" arrow),
double-click the thumbnail, or click-and-drag the item you want to the next available spot on the Storyboard.
Click on the "Transitions" tab. Choose a transition that you like and add it before or after any photo or video. HINT:
If you want a quick and easy way to apply transitions to your movie, right-click the Storyboard and choose
"Random Transition to All." The program will automatically add transitions to every available spot on the
When you're finished adding content, your Storyboard may look something like this:
Remember, the larger squares represent still images and/or video clips. The small, colorful squares in between
represent transitions.
Now's as good a time as any to save your project. Remember to save often! Nothing's worse than when your
computer crashes and you lose all of your hard work. No, it isn't the end of the world, but it's incredibly frustrating.
Go to "File" and select "Save Project." Give your project a name and remember where you save it. All of your
work on the Storyboard/Timeline will be saved and can be fully edited the next time you access the file.
All right, so you've got some cool content on the
Storyboard! Good for you! These small steps are
important. Don't worry, while you don't need to be a
wiz to make your own movies, you'll find that with a
little practice you'll pick things up in no time. Who
knows, maybe you'll be the next Spielberg. Or
Chaplin. Anyway, let's take a look at your movie so
"The Player" offers standard playback controls for viewing your entire movie, or only specific sections. If you want
to view your movie in its entirety, click "Entire Movie." Easy, right? Told you so. Then just click "Play" and see all
the content you worked so hard to put on the Storyboard come to life in the preview window. If you only want to
view a specific piece of your movie, click "Active Clip." Then, click the thumbnail on the Storyboard that you want
to preview. Follow that by clicking "Play" and you'll see the section playback in the window.
So, how does your movie look? Pretty bad? Don't worry, we're only getting started. You still get to organize and
edit the content, add special effects, and more. Now's a good time to take a break if you haven't done so already.
Maybe you can go outside and shoot some more cool video or take some rockin' photos. The next sections will
show you how to rearrange content on the Storyboard, edit photos and videos, and... drumroll please... use the
TIMELINE to add audio, text, and special effects to your video.
So far, the focus has revolved around adding content. However, most of the fun comes from organizing everything
in a cool way to make a real stand-out video. When you're using the Storyboard, it's incredibly easy to rearrange
things. This is because things are segregated nicely; it's easy to differentiate the different content. The Timeline
offers a more complex view, thus making it more difficult to organize things.
Basically, you can rearrange photos and videos on the Storyboard by clicking and dragging any thumbnail to a
new location. Yeah, that's it. Told you it was easy.
Changing transitions a little different. When you click-and-drag one transition over another, the one that you
clicked and dragged simply replaces the one that it lands on. In effect, transitions aren't shuffled inasmuch as they
simply replace each other when one is dragged over another. Don't forget to save your project!
You may have noticed that when you previewed your movie, still images were displayed for a set amount of time
before moving along to the next component on the Storyboard. Well, you have full control over the display time for
each individual photo. All you need to do is click the photo on the Storyboard, and then modify the duration in the
area to the left of the preview area:
You can specify the hours, minutes, seconds,
and frames that you want the photo displayed.
You can do this for each photo.
If you want the same display time for each
preceding image, right-click the thumbnail that
you just modified and choose "Apply Duration
to All Following."
Keep your eyes on the image above. Notice that there are various sliders for Brightness, Contrast, etc. Feel free
to modify these sliders to enhance the photo. You can see the effects of your changes by looking at the photo in
the Player. At any time, you can click "Restore" to undo all the changes you made (basically, the sliders will return
to the center default position).
You may also notice that photos offer a "Pan & Zoom" option. Pan & Zoom is discussed later, when we get to
creating slideshows.
When you click on a video clip on
the Storyboard, you'll see editing
options similar to those available
when editing photos. In addition to
being able to modify the video color,
you can also adjust the volume and
playback speed.
Sometimes the volume of a certain video clip will be too loud when played with the rest of the audio in your movie.
If that's the case, simply drag the slider to the left to lower the sound level. If you want to completely mute the
sound, simply check the appropriate box.
You can have a lot of fun playing with the speed control. Speed video up to produce funny slapstick scenes of
your family members running around the house, or slow things down to create that cheesy slo-mo action sci-fi
effect that Hollywood has been milking for the past few years. Whoa.
If your video clip is a little long or has parts you simply don't want to include, you can trim it in no time. Take a look
at the video in the Player. You'll notice that there are green and pink trim markers. These let you change the
start/end time of the video. All you need to do is click and drag them. Alternately, you can move the timer to the
spot you want, then click the respective Trim button (the green and pink scissorses). Save your project!
When viewing your entire project, you
can modify the overall audio of the
Video track and both Audio tracks.
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Look how much you've learned! You now know how to add still images, video clips, and transitions to the
Storyboard. You know that when you compile your movie, everything on the Storyboard is smooshed together to
create a single video. You know how to enhance your still images and trim video clips. Now, let's find out how to
add a soundtrack, special effects, and text to your movie. In order to do this, we need to leave the comfort zone of
the Storyboard and use the slightly more complex Timeline.
As you already know, the Timeline displays all the same information as the Storyboard, and more. Things may
look a little jumbled at first, but once you have a basic understanding of the layout, things appear much less
confusing. The Timeline is divided into separate tracks. The tracks are: Text, Video, Audio 1, and Audio 2. As you
may have guessed, the Text track is where you can add text effects. The Video track is where you can add still
images, transitions, and video clips. The Video track also has a section that displays any audio that may be
included with a video. The two audio tracks are where you can add audio files. Two different audio tracks are
provided so that you can layer multiple audio files. You can effectively include an ongoing soundtrack, along with
a narration or special sound effects track.
Adding audio to the Timeline works exactly the same as adding still images, videos, and transitions to the
Storyboard. Choose your audio from whichever album, and double-click it. You can move audio tracks around
from Audio Track 1 and 2 freely. Click-and-drag them anywhere you want.
If you've added a song that's really long or you only want to include a single verse or chorus or whatnot, you can
trim the clip just like you would a video. You can also click and drag the respective edge of the file on the Timeline
to change the start/end point. (Coincidentally, this works for video clips on the Video track as well.)
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Just like the pros, you can add scrolling text effects to your movies. In fact, you can choose from a variety of
effects to add to your text. Click on the Text tab to get started.
Start off by choosing the text style. There are two categories: Simple and Fancy. Simply click the style you want,
then click-and-drag the text style you want to the Timeline. A new window will appear, allowing you to enter in the
text, modify the font, etc.
Okay, so, all you need to do is double-click within the text box and modify the text that's already there. You can
alter the text style by choosing a new one on the right side. You can add a new text string by clicking anywhere
outside the existing text box. You can add multiple strings, and have each one use a different font and style. The
Scroll checkbox and corresponding buttons let you add motion to the text. When you're content with your text,
click OK. You can then add/alter a text effect. Choose the Effect category that you want, then click and drag the
effect directly over one of the effects on either side of the newly added text on the Timeline. You can use a
different effect for when text appears and disappears. Below shows a sample of a Timeline with an added text
Both the text and its related effects can be modified. Simply click on the desired component and look at the
available options that appear. You can adjust the display time for the text. Depending on the effect, you may be
able to adjust the display time in addition to specific effect properties. For example, if you chose a motion effect,
you can choose the direction of the text movement. By the way, you've saved your project, right?
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Click the Effects tab to see all of the fun and unusual effects. Effects are added to specific items on the Video
track. You can modify the duration of the effect by clicking and dragging the edges. Note that effects are added to
individual components of the video track. You can't, for example, extend an effect over two pictures. You need to
add the effect over both of them. By the way, you can tell which components have effects attached to them in the
Storyboard view by the star icon that they display.
Your video must look pretty awesome at this point. No? Well, don't worry, great film makers aren't made
overnight, or however long it took you to get to this point. At least you now know how to make a cool video. Now
it's just a matter of getting used to all the tools, discovering your own techniques and tricks, and gathering cool
content. Before you "export" your video, save your project and give it a good preview in the Player. Enjoy the fruit
of your labors! Okay, now go ahead and click the Export tab.
We'll make like you've created this video so that you can put it on DVD. So, go ahead and choose "DVD File" from
the pull-down. You can save in a variety of file types, and alter various settings for each one. Let's use the default
settings for now. Verify that you're saving the movie as a DVD (MPEG-2) file to your hard drive, then click Start. A
standard Save As window will appear.
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Type in a file name for your movie, and save it in a location that's easy to remember. VERY IMPORTANT: Check
the box called "Add to album" and then select the album to which the saved file will be added. It isn't critical, but if
you want to use this video clip when you're creating your DVD, it'll need to be in an album anyway.
That's it! You're done. Just relax while your movie is compiled and saved. Go take a nap; you've earned it! Once
it's done, you can add the clip to a DVD or VCD project in the Create section.
Yes, ShowBiz can seem quite complex. But that's mostly because you have so much creative freedom. The
purpose of this tutorial is just to get you started in the right direction and understand the basic principles involved.
Once you master these, there's still a whole world of possibilities. Use the sample content to make your own
sample videos. Click EVERYWHERE with your right and your left mouse button to see all of the options that are
available. Always have the Help file open so you can see definitions of each button and command.
Start by making simple videos. Link together a few pictures along with an existing video clip or two. Mix in some
transitions so your final clip doesn't look too dull. Stay exclusively in the Storyboard view until you get the hang of
doing and finding things. Once you've got that down, try the more advanced stuff available when you use the
Remember, this section is the heart of the program in terms of designing movie content. You can skip this entirely
if you already have video clips that you're happy with and you just want to put them on DVD. But it's good to know
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- CREATING A DVD The Create module of the program is where you actually put together your DVD (or VCD). It's really simple. If
you've created your own custom clips in the edit section, here's where your work really pays off, because you can
now add it as a chapter on your DVD. You can do all of the following:
Choose the video clips that you want to add to your movie (they'll be added as individual chapters).
Create multiple starting points for longer video clips (submenus).
Design your movie menus (you can have multiple menu screens, each with their own unique look).
Create photo slideshows.
Burn your movie to disc.
If you've read the edit section (which you should have), you're already somewhat familiar with how albums work.
In order to create your DVD (or VCD), you basically apply the same principles. At this point, just worry about
adding all your content. Once you're done, you can then arrange the movie menu however you like. To add
1. Choose the album that has the video clips you wish to add.
2. Double-click the video clip you want to add. The video clip will appear on the menu as a new chapter.
Remember, you can customize the look of the menu, including the chapter button layout, later. For now,
just add all the video chapters that you plan on including in your movie. You aren't limited to adding
content from one album.
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Introduction videos play as soon as the disc is inserted into a DVD player. Once the video clip completes, the
movie menu is shown. To add an introduction video to your disc, click and drag the desired video from the album
area to the Introduction Video box. You will see a thumbnail of the video appear.
Now that your content is added, you can customize the look and feel of your menu. You can change the
background, title, and chapter button layout and text. Before changing your text, it's recommended that you set
your background first. Often, the color of your text will be dependent on the background color. A good amount of
contrast between the colors is necessary to ensure that the text stands out clearly.
Click the "Customize" tab. In the Layout section, double-click the layout that you want applied to your menu. Your
chapter buttons will be arranged accordingly. You can also click and drag the chapter buttons to swap their
positions. If multiple pages are required, navigation buttons will automatically appear on the menu.
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Click the "Themes" tab. An entire collection of backgrounds are available. The "Animated Menu" album contains a
collection of video backgrounds.
Of course, you can also choose a photo
(or video!) from your personal collection to
use as the menu background. To do so,
simply click "New Background" in the
preview area. You can then browse your
system for the file that you want to use.
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Instead of having static chapter buttons, they can actually run the videos that they represent. From the "Media"
tab, check the "Animated Thumbnails" box. You set the time (in seconds) that you want them to play before they
loop. Click "Preview Animation" to see how it looks. Note that there may be considerable processing time
depending on your system and the length of the animated loop.
Add music to your menu (you can add a different track to each menu page) by clicking and dragging an audio file
to the "Background Music" section beneath the preview area.
Each chapter button can have it's own unique frame. First, go back to the Customize tab. Then, highlight the
chapter button that you want to update, and then double-click the frame you want to use.
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Longer video clips can be broken into separate chapters. To do this:
1. Highlight the video clip you wish to break up
into smaller segments.
2. Click the "Set Chapters" tab.
3. Use the playback controls/slider to go to the
point where you'd like to insert a break.
4. Click "Set Chapter." A chapter break will be
5. You can also trim the overall length of the
video. Navigate to the spot where you want
the video to start, and click the left bracket
icon. To change the ending point, navigate
to the spot you want, and then click the right
bracket icon.
A "submenu" is created for the video file, with new chapters appearing for each chapter break you set. You can
also create a submenu by clicking "Create Submenu" beneath the main preview area (make sure you're under the
"Media" tab). Submenus are useful if you have lots of different videos under a broad subject. For example, your
DVD can be titled "Vacation," with numerous submenus for your various trips (spring, summer, winter, etc.).
Double-click any text that appears on the menu to edit it. Click the "Text" tab to see the various text options. You
can modify the font, size, style, alignment, and color. You can even add a drop shadow. To do so, check the
"Shadow" box. You can reposition the shadow by clicking-and-dragging the shadow in the small preview window.
Two sliders are available; these let you modify the characteristics of the shadow.
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You can easily create a photo slideshow, which is added to your movie as a separate chapter. To create a
1. From the Media tab, click "Create Slideshow."
Choose the album or folder that contains the photos you wish to include in your slideshow.
Hold down the CTRL key and single-click the photos you wish to add.
Click "Add" (click "Add All" to add all of the photos in the current location).
Click and drag the photos you've added to place them in the desired order.
If a photo needs to be rotated, highlight the photo and click "Rotate."
The "Set Thumbnail" button uses the currently highlighted photo as the chapter button thumbnail for the
slideshow on the menu.
8. Click "Next."
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9. If you'd like to include a soundtrack, click "Select Files" and choose the audio tracks you'd like to add.
10. In the "Pacing" section, set the display time for the slides. If you'd like the program to time the slideshow
according to the length of your soundtrack, choose "Fit slideshow to soundtrack."
11. Transitions, or special effects, can occur as one slide changes to the next. Choose the effect you want
from those available (choose "Random" to have the program automatically mix in transitions for you).
12. Pan & Zoom: this is a fun option that lets you apply your own scrolling and zooming effect to each photo.
Here's how it works:
The Pan & Zoom effect works by setting two different windows: Zoom From and Zoom To. When the slide
is displayed, the focus shifts from the Zoom From window to the Zoom To window. For example, you can
set the Zoom From window to focus on one object in the photo, and the Zoom To to focus on the entire
photo. (Click and drag the window to reposition it, click and drag the various points on the box to resize it,
and click and drag the sides to rotate it.) The resulting Pan & Zoom effect will start by showing the figure
you boxed, and then zoom out to show the whole photo. Note: when you preview your effect in the
program, it will appear much choppier than the actual result when compiled on your DVD.
13. When you're ready to produce your slideshow, click "Finish." The program will compile it and add it to
your movie.
When you're all ready to go, click on "Write Disc." You can preview your movie with the virtual remote control. It
should work similarly to a standard DVD player remote control. Use it to navigate through your various menus and
playback your movie. If you're creating a VCD, press the corresponding number to view the chapter.
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Once you're ready to burn your movie to disc, click "Start." You'll be prompted to save your project. Then, there
are just a few things you need to set before the program begins compiling your final movie and burning it to disc.
1. First off, choose the playback format. If you're in the US, choose NTSC. Most of Europe uses PAL.
2. Next, choose where you wish to save the movie. From the pull-down, choose your DVD burner drive (or
your hard drive if you're saving your movie locally).
3. In the Disc Label field, enter in a title for your movie.
4. Lastly, depending on where you're saving your movie, you can choose the burn speed of the drive, or the
directory on your hard drive to which the movie will be written.
5. When you're ready to go, click "OK."
That's it! From here on, the program takes care of the rest. Your movie will be converted into DVD (or VCD)
format, and then burned to your disc (or hard drive).
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Tel: +353 (0) 61-702087
Fax: +353 (0) 61-702001
N. America
ArcSoft, Inc.
46601 Fremont Blvd
Fremont, CA 94538
Tel: 1.510.440.9901
Fax: 1.510.440.1270
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9F, 1-21-9, Higashi-Gotanda,
Tokyo 141-0022, Japan
Tel: +81-3-5795-1392
Fax: +81-3-5795-1397
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No. 6 South Capital Gym Road
Beijing New Century Hotel
Office Building #1060
Beijing 100044, China
Tel: 8610-6849-1368
Fax: 8610-6849-1367
Tel: +886 (0) 2-2506-9355
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Tel (Brazil): 00817-200-0709
Tel (Chili): 800-202-797
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