MacroSystem Digital Video SMART EDIT 5 User manual

User manual
Photo-Studio 2
for SMART EDIT
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and at any time, we unfortunately cannot rule out the possibility that some errors may have crept in.
MacroSystem Digital Video AG and its dealers therefore do not guarantee fault-free use of the product or
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customer. MacroSystem Digital Video AG and its dealers therefore cannot be held liable for any defects or
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operating instructions for a particular purpose.
Please therefore ensure that you backup your video footage before using the device. We recommend that you
do not delete the video footage and that you create a backup on DV tape beforehand.
Since it is possible that changes have been made to the software after the manual was printed, the functions
shown and described in this manual might differ from the software.
Contents
Page
1. General information.......................................................................................... 5
2. The software Photo-Studio 2............................................................................ 5
2.1 What is the Photo-Studio 2?................................................................. 5
2.2 Operation using the trackball............................................................... 6
3. Installation / Starting the program................................................................... 6
3.1 Installation for Casablanca ................................................................... 6
4. Important notices .............................................................................................. 8
5. Operating the program ..................................................................................... 8
5.1 Memory card / CD ................................................................................. 8
5.2 Photos .................................................................................................... 11
5.2.1 Sort .................................................................................... 11
5.2.2 Show detail ....................................................................... 12
5.2.3 Compare............................................................................ 12
5.2.4 Edit..................................................................................... 13
5.2.5 Filter................................................................................... 14
5.3 Special.................................................................................................... 17
5.3.1 Animation.......................................................................... 17
5.3.2 Collage............................................................................... 21
5.4 Presentation........................................................................................... 23
5.4.1 Edit..................................................................................... 24
5.4.2 Options (presentation) ..................................................... 25
5.4.3 Start presentation............................................................. 26
5.5 Miscellaneous........................................................................................ 26
5.5.1 Print, Export ...................................................................... 26
5.5.2 Settings ............................................................................. 27
6. Special functions ............................................................................................... 28
6.1 The Palette window .............................................................................. 28
6.2 Presentation control.............................................................................. 29
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1. General information
Congratulations on purchasing Photo-Studio 2.
We would like to thank you for placing your trust
in us and hope that this product will meet your
expectations.
This manual will explain all the steps you
need to know for correcting and editing your
digital photos. You can manage your photos,
sort them by date, create animated sequences
across a photo, make a collage, use it to create a
presentation, etc...
You can then burn your photos onto a DVD or
save them on a memory card for long-term
archiving.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have
any further questions or wish to suggest ways of
improving the product.
Address
MacroSystem Digital Video AG
Postfach 020240
58290 Wetter
Germany
Please visit our Website:
http://www.macrosystem.de (Germany)
http://www.macrosystem.us (North America)
Phone Support
If you have special technical questions, you can
call our technical support hotline:
(Germany)
Monday -Thursday from 10.00 to 17.00 hours
Friday 10.00 to 16.00 hours
+49 (0)2335/960-112
(North America)
Monday - Friday 9a.m. - 5p.m. (Mountain Standard Time)
303-801-1010
Outside of these times you can email or fax us.
Messages received in this way are handled during business hours.
E-Mail Support
support@macrosystem.de
(Germany)
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Fax Support
+49 (0)2335/960-110
303-801-1058
MacroSystem US
5485 Conestoga Court
Boulder, Colorado
USA
80301
(Germany)
(North America)
Please have the serial number of your machine
or your customer number ready whenever you
contact us.
Phone
0 +49 (0)2335/960-0
303-440-5311
(Germany)
(North America)
E-Mail
info@macrosystem.de
info@macrosystem.us
(Germany)
(North America)
Fax
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303-440-5322
(Germany)
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Up-to-date information on MacroSystem products and our sales department can be found on
the Internet.
2. The software Photo-Studio 2
2.1 What is Photo-Studio 2?
Photo-Studio 2 is a software for archiving,
editing and presenting digital photos.
You can read in photos and import them to
the hard drive with either your integrated CD/
DVD drive or card reader, or with an externally
connected multi-card reader (assuming you
have already installed the separately available
Software Card Drive).
The number of photos that you can import
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depends on the quality setting that you selected
for the photos in your camera.
The photos can be displayed on a video monitor
(television) or a high-resolution VGA monitor /
flat-panel display or video projector.
Photo-Studio 2 allows you to archive and
organize your digital photos easily in a
multilevel directory system and lets you view
them quickly in a preview mode. You can
eliminate image errors, crop your photos, make
color corrections, create collages and print them
out, create animated sequences across a photo,
design a presentation, and much, much more.
You can let your imagination run wild!
Afterwards, you can view your edited photos
on a television. You can even show them as a
presentation using a video projector.
In addition, from your photos, collages and
animations you can create scenes and insert
them into the storyboard using SMART EDIT.
From the scenes you then create a presentation
by inserting effects and audio clips. Finally,
assuming you have a DVD writer and the DVDArabesk software, you can burn a DVD.
If you are working with MacroSystem Louvre
without SMART EDIT; then please consult the
separate Louvre manual on how you can create
a DVD from your presentation. Of course, with
MacroSystem Louvre you are also able to put
effects and audio into your presentation.
The small left and right buttons have
different functions that are explained in the
corresponding chapters.
If your trackball has only 2 buttons, then it can
still be used to operate Photo-Studio 2 with all
functionality.
Please consult section 5.5.2 for instructions on
how to configure the trackball buttons.
If you own a MacroSystem Louvre, then please
read the appropriate part of the Louvre manual
on how to use the trackball.
3 Installation / Starting the
program
2.2 Operation using the trackball
A VGA monitor will provide a calmer picture
of the menus and photos. You must change
the setting of the Screen button in the system
settings accordingly (VGA or TV, see next page).
In this menu you have the option of choosing
between the Video 4:3 and Video 16:9 settings
as well as between different VGA settings.
Photo-Studio 2 can be operated with the
trackball supplied with the device.
3.1 Installation for Casablanca
You can print your results with Photo-Studio 2
assuming you have an appropriate printer (see
section 3.1 Installation for Casablanca).
If your device has been delivered with a trackball
with 4 buttons (see picture), then all buttons can
be used with Photo-Studio 2.
You need at least the SMART EDIT system
software version 4.1d and 256 MB (RAM)
memory in order to install the Photo-Studio 2
software.
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Leave the system switched on and select the
Install product button in the System settings, so
that the appropriate window opens.
If you are installing from a SmartMedia card,
insert the card into the drive with the gold
contacts downwards and the cut-off corner first,
on the left (pointing towards the system).
If the Photo-Studio 2 software is on a CD/DVD
and if your system has a DVD burner and DVD
Arabesk software, open the drawer and insert
the CD/DVD in the burner.
After a moment you will see that thePhotoStudio 2 software is listed in the Install product
window. (If installing from a CD/DVD, drive noise
may be heard, which indicates that the system is
reading the CD/DVD). Select it from the list and
click Activate.
A box will appear in which you must enter the
product key obtained from the dealer. You will
then see a message that installation has been
completed, so you can remove the SmartMedia
card or DVD. The printer driver will be installed
automatically. The system will then restart.
If you want to install Photo-Studio 2 as a demo
version, select it from the list and click Activate.
Then click the Demo button in the product key
window.
The word Demo will appear after the program
name. Confirm with Ok and remove the
SmartMedia card or CD/DVD.
Photo-Studio 2 will be available as a demo version after the system has been restarted. You
can generate e.g. animation with the demo
version, but its processing will be marked with a
Demo label. The Print and Export functions will
also be greyed out.
After the system has been restarted, you will see
the program Photo-Studio 2 on the Edit menu,
listed alphabetically under Special.
N.B.: To use the Photo-Studio 2 program print
function, you will need one of the following HP
printers:
• HP 5150
• HP 5740
• HP 5440
Support for other printers could not be
guaranteed at the time this manual was printed.
Please ask your dealer for further information.
Important notice: if you wish to deinstall either
Photo-Studio 2 or the demo version, then you
should at first remove all photos, collages and
animations, and then delete the program using
the window Install product.
In this way you guarantee that storage space on
the hard drive is freed.
Before you begin working with Photo-Studio 2,
press the Screen button in order to make the
proper settings for the screen you are using.
The button can be found in the menu System
settings (under SMART EDIT) or in Settings/
System settings (under MacroSystem Louvre).
This button allows you to choose between
the Video 4:3 and Video 16:9 settings that are
suitable for a television as well as between the
VGA 1 to VGA 4 settings (Casablanca Claro
and MacroSystem Louvre) that are suitable
for a computer monitor or television with VGA
inputs, or VGA 1 to VGA 3 (all other Casablanca
systems).
VGA 1 (800 x 600, 60 Hz)
VGA 2 (800 x 600, 75 Hz)
VGA 3 (1024 x 768, 60 Hz)
VGA 4 (1024 x 768, 75 Hz)
Please consult the separate Louvre instructions
when installing on MacroSystem Louvre.
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4. Important notices
• The Photo-Studio 2 software has been
designed for editing images produced by digital
cameras. Limitations might apply if you edit
images from a PC (e.g. the image information or
the file names might not be retained)!
• The system only exports photographs that
comply with the DCF standard.
5. Operating the program
The following gives you a short summary on the
general operation of Photo-Studio 2.
- Mark Photo: To mark a photo, simply click on
it with the big left trackball button. The marked
photo appears inside a white border and all the
other photos in the same directory now appear
with a gray border. Unmarked photos have a
black border.
- Sort Photos: This function is available in all
menus containing the photo list. You can also
sort the images in the Import photos menu,
though it only really makes sense to use this
function from the Sort menu onwards.
If you click on an already active photo (white
border) again with the big left trackball button,
you can move it. You can also directly grab nonactivated photos (gray border) using the small
left button, if your traackball is provided with
four buttons. You will then see that it has already
partially left its position in the list and now has a
blue border.
You can now keep rolling the trackball until the
photo has reached the desired position.
If the section of the list that you are looking for is
above or below the displayed list, you can click
on the appropriate arrow to continue scrolling
through the list.
To move the photo into a directory, simply place
it over the desired directory.
Afterwards, click on the big left trackball button
(or small left trackball button) again to insert the
photo at the desired position.
To move a directory, proceed in the same way.
This procedure is similar to the “drag & drop”
method that you might already be familiar with
from using a computer – though with the PhotoStudio 2, you do not need to hold the button
down while moving the picture.
You can cancel the operation using the big right
trackball button.
- Quit menu: In order to prevent you
inadvertently canceling an operation without
first saving, the system does not allow you to
quit certain submenus using the right trackball
button (e.g. Edit in the Animation and Collage
menus). You must exit these menus using the
menu icons.
5.1 Memory card / CD
Under Memory card / CD, you will see the
Import photos button – clicking on it will cause a
new menu to open.
After you have inserted a CD or memory card
containing photos into the relevant drive, the
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system will import and display a preview of
the photos. This process can take some time
depending on the number of photos present.
In the middle of the menu you will see an
area which will then display all of the photos
contained on the memory card or CD.
If there are more photos on the storage medium
than can be displayed in one go, you can use
the slider control at the right edge of the screen
to scroll through the list. Simply click on it and
move the trackball up or down. The arrows at
the top and bottom ends of the slider also allow
you to move through the photo list.
In the list you will now see all the photos
displayed or the system will display one or more
directories depending on how you have set the
date filter (see below).
Open directories are displayed highlighted and
closed directories are displayed darkened.
To mark a directory, simply click on it with the
big left trackball button. A white border will then
appear around the selected directory.
Depending on the display size setting (see
Size button), you will see the creation date of
the photos that are contained in the directory
displayed on the directory.
A dot might be displayed in the bottom left
corner of the directory indicating that that
particular directory is a subdirectory (two
dots indicate that it is a subdirectory within a
subdirectory, etc.), in the bottom right corner
the number of photos contained in a directory is
displayed. 0/5 for instance, means that no photo
(of 5) has been imported yet.
This display however does not take account of
any photos in the subdirectory that may have
already been read in.
The various buttons in the Import photos menu
will now be explained:
- Size: This button allows you to choose from
five different size settings which define the sizes
of the photos / directories when displayed in
the list. The smaller the display size setting, the
more photos / directories can be displayed in
one go.
If you choose a larger display size setting, the
directory label will also be displayed (i.e. the
date of the photos contained in the directory).
Other menus described later on (Edit, Filter,
Print/Export) allow you to give the directories
names, which will also be displayed on the
directory.
- Open/Close: You can use the Open button to
open the marked directory and thus display all
the photos or subdirectories contained within it.
If a marked directory is already open, the button
changes its function to Close which you can
then use to close the directory again so that
the photos contained within it are no longer
displayed. By the way, a directory can also be
opened and closed by clicking on the small right
trackball button (trackball with four buttons) or
the big right button (trackball with two buttons).
If a photo is marked instead of a directory, it will
of course not be possible to press the button.
Open directories are displayed brighter than
closed directories.
- Special: Clicking on this function opens the
Folder Special window, which provides you with
several options.
Initially you see the Sort Photos in folder
function where you have the choice between
sorting by date and sorting by description. After
you confirm the selection with Ok, the photos in
the active directory are sorted.
If you click on the Create empty folder function
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and close the window with the Ok button, a new
directory is created on the same level as the
currently active directory and is displayed with a
white border.
If you have also activated the Move following
photos to new folder function (by clicking on
the checkbox so that a checkmark is displayed),
the currently marked photo and all the photos
that follow are stored in the new directory which
is displayed at the position of the previously
marked image. The new directory now displays
a dot (indicating a subdirectory) and the number
of photos contained in it. (If this information is
not seen, please select a larger display setting
using the Size button).
the date filter before you use the Get photos
function to save the photos to the hard drive.
You can of course already activate or change the
filter before you display the photos in this menu.
The date filter causes any number of directories
to be created depending on the settings you
have configured. If, for instance, you have set a
time interval of two hours, this will cause all the
photos that were taken within the space of two
hours to be stored together in the first directory.
If there is a “pause” between photos that is
greater than two hours, a new directory will be
created.
The filter selection function can also be switched
off completely (off setting).
If you have activated the Directory setting,
the photos will be imported as they are stored
on the storage medium (including directory
structures and directory names). This is
particularly useful for importing collections of
photos from a CD that has been created on a
computer.
If you mark a directory and click on the Remove
folder and keep photos option in the Folder
Special window and then click on Ok, the
previously selected directory will be deleted and
the photos contained in it are displayed in the
list again.
If you previously marked a photo and click on
the Split into two folders option and then click
on Ok, a new directory is created which now
contains the previously active photo and all the
subsequent images from the same directory.
The new directory is located on the same level
as the existing directory in which the selected
photos were previously located.
- Choose input: You can use this button to
select the source of the storage medium, i.e.
the memory card type or a CD/DVD. Generally,
however, the source is selected automatically.
- Date filter: You can use this button to set
In the lower area of the Import photos menu,
you have the option in the Import Photos
section of importing the photographs that are
present on the storage medium into the system.
Afterwards, you can remove your memory card
or CD:
- Get photos: Clicking on this button starts
importing the photos or directories marked in
the upper list. This takes a few moments and
progress is displayed by the progress bar. You
can import as many photos as you like one after
another.
If you deactivate the date filter (see above), only
one directory will be displayed and none of the
photos are marked inside it. You can now import
all of the photos from the storage medium in
one go.
Afterwards, the photos will be stored on your
device’s hard drive. All the photos that have just
been imported will be marked in color in this
menu.
If you are importing a whole directory and
you choose to cancel the import operation
by pressing the Cancel button (located on
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the progress bar), the photos that have been
imported up to that point will of course remain
on the hard drive. The number given, for
example 4/5, tells you that you have already
imported 4 out of 5 photos from the directory.
Once the photos have been imported, you can
remove the memory card or CD.
- Delete: After the system displays a warning
message, the marked photo or marked directory
including the photos therein will be deleted
from the storage medium (if the card’s write
protection has not been activated). If the photos
are stored on a CD you will not be able to press
this button.
Several options are grouped together in
the Photos section and are explained in the
following subchapters.
- Preview: If you click on this button a new menu
appears. A large view of the photo that you
marked previously will be displayed, though
it might take a moment to appear. If you have
already displayed the preview for this photo
once before, it will appear more quickly the
second time because it is stored in the cache.
This will not be the case, however, if you have
previewed too many other pictures in the
meantime.
The < and > buttons allow you to display the
previous or next photo. The Select button
provides a complete overview of all the photos
(from open directories!). You can select one of
them and confirm your choice by clicking on
Ok. Clicking on Import will cause the picture
that is displayed enlarged to be imported from
the memory card into the system, i.e. stored on
the hard drive. If you click on the Delete photos
from card button, the displayed photo will be
deleted from the memory card. It will not be
possible to press this button if you have inserted
a CD.
You can close the Preview menu and return
to the Import photos menu by clicking on the
menu icon in the bottom right corner or by
pressing the right trackball button.
- i button: If you click on this Information button,
a separate window opens displaying information
on the selected photo (e.g. camera, resolution,
creation date, etc.).
- Menu icon: If you click on this menu icon, you
will return to the Photo-Studio 2 main menu.
5.2 Photos
5.2.1 Sort
You will see the photo list displayed in the upper
screen area of this menu too. Only the photos
that are present on the hard drive are shown
here.
In this menu – as in many other menus – you
can sort the photos and directories according to
your preferences (see Chapter 5: Operating the
device).
At the top edge of the menu you see the Open/
Close, Special and Size buttons again. At the
bottom right you see the Information button.
Additionally, this menu contains the following
buttons:
- Rotate: If you click on this button, a window
opens offering you three options to rotate
the currently active photo or all the photos
contained in the selected directory. The photos
can be rotated in steps of 90° and you are shown
a preview of the rotation.
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- Sort out: If you click on this button, the
currently selected photo or the activated
directory is sorted out. This function is very
useful, for instance, when you want to put some
photos aside that you do not intend using at the
moment or that you probably want to delete.
A separate directory is created called Sorted out
and is placed at the end of the photo list. You
can, of course, access this directory whenever
you need to or you can delete it (see below).
- < and >: You can use these two buttons to
move to the previous or next picture in the
photo list.
- Delete: If you click on this button, the marked
photo is deleted from the hard drive without
a warning message appearing or the marked
directory is deleted after a warning message
has been displayed. This operation cannot be
undone – though if need be, you can import the
photos again from the memory card / CD.
- Sort out: If you click on this button, the
currently selected photo or the active directory is
sorted out. A separate directory is created called
Sorted out and is displayed at the end of the
photo list in all menus.
You can, of course, access this directory
whenever you need to or you can delete it at any
- Select: If you click on this button, the photo list
will open in which you can select the photo that
you want and confirm your choice by pressing
Ok. To open a closed directory, activate the
directory and click on the small right trackball
button.
time in the Sort menu.
- Menu icons: If you click on these menu icons,
you can switch to the Show detail, Compare,
Edit and Filter menus as well as to the main
menu.
5.2.2 Show detail
After you have opened the detailed view, you
will see a new menu similar to the Import
Preview menu. A large view of the currently
selected photo is displayed in the center of the
screen after a moment. If a large view of the
photo has been displayed once already it will
appear more quickly the second time, since it
already exists in the cache. This will not be the
case, however, if you have previewed too many
other pictures in the meantime.
- Magnifier: If you click on the magnifier icon,
a dashed frame will appear on the photo. You
can use the trackball to position this frame over
the area of the photo that you want to magnify.
If you then click on the big left trackball button,
the framed area will be displayed magnified
showing all the image’s pixels – this is ideal
when you want to take a close look at an image
to assess its details (e.g. the picture sharpness).
The pixels are displayed 1:1 in the magnifier.
This view might, however, result in a distorted
aspect ratio depending on the display mode
(especially in the case of 16:9).
- i button: If you click on this Information button
you will be shown information on the selected
photo.
- Menu icons: If you click on these five menu
icons, you can switch to the Sort, Compare, Edit
and Filter menus as well as to the main menu.
5.2.3 Compare
If you click on this button, a menu opens
containing enlarged images of four different
photos so that you can compare them with one
another, e.g. to simplify the task of choosing
between similar pictures motifs. Initially, the
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photo that was activated last in another menu
is displayed at the top left and the three photos
that follow this activated photo in the photo list
are displayed in the other three boxes.
You can of course use the buttons described
below to choose the images that you want to
display enlarged. First, click on one of the four
boxes in which you want your choice of picture
to appear. The selected box is indicated by a
green border.
- < and >: You can use these two buttons to
move to the previous or next picture in the
photo list. The picture is displayed in the
activated box after a moment.
- Select: If you click on this button, the photo list
will open in which you can select a photo and
confirm your choice by pressing Ok. The photo
appears in the selected box after a moment.
- Sort out: If you click on this button, the
currently selected photo or the activated
directory is sorted out. A separate directory is
created called Sorted out and is displayed at the
end of the photo list in the other menus.
You can, of course, access this directory
whenever you need to or you can delete it at any
time in the Sort menu.
- i button: If you click on this Information button
you will be shown information on the selected
photo.
- Menu icons: If you click on these five menu
icons, you can switch to the Sort, Show detail,
Edit and Filter menus as well as to the main
menu.
Tip: You can use the Show detail button to
display an enlarged view of the photo that is
within the active border and afterwards return
directly to the Compare menu.
5.2.4 Edit
If you click on this button, a menu opens in
which you can do such things as crop your
photos. The menu has the same structure as the
Sort menu.
At the top edge of the menu you see the Open/
Close, Special and Size buttons again. At the
bottom right you see the Information button.
Additionally, this menu contains the following
buttons:
- Description: If you click on the long line, the
on-screen keyboard appears and you can enter
the name that you want to give the photo or
directory (for further details on this, please refer
to Chapter 3.2 in the SMART EDIT manual or
chapter 5.1 On-screen keyboard in the Louvre
manual). If a directory has been selected, the
date of the photos that it contains is initially
displayed as the directory name – though you
can clear this by clicking on the keyboard’s
Delete button and replacing it with a name of
your choice.
- Crop: If you click on the Crop button, a large
view of the active photo will be displayed
after a moment. You can now position the
screen pointer over the dashed frame so that
the pointer turns into a double-headed arrow.
Next, click the left trackball and roll the trackball
towards the centre of the screen to move the
edge of the frame – by moving this edge you are
setting the position at which you want the photo
to be cropped. You can adjust the positions of
all four edges and corners of the frame. In the
background you will see the “cropped” area
of the picture displayed darkened. Click the left
trackball button to confirm the changes.
(You can cancel the cropping procedure by
clicking on the right trackball button.)
Note: Please note that if you are intending to
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display the picture on a television, the edges
of the picture are often not visible on television
screens. You should therefore not cut away
(crop) too much from the edges of the photo!
without the photo being cropped.
- Rotate: This button corresponds to the function
of the same name in the Sort menu. A window
opens offering you various options to rotate
the currently active photo or all the photos
contained in the selected directory. The photos
can be rotated in steps of 90° and you are shown
a preview of the rotation.
- Copy: If you press this button, a copy of the
selected photo or directory (with all the photos
contained therein) is created immediately and
is stored directly after the original photo or
directory.
You can also move the box that you have just
drawn by placing the screen pointer inside the
boxed section of the picture so that the pointer
turns into a hand, then clicking on the left
trackball button so that the hand changes to a
cross and finally rolling the trackball to move the
box to the desired position. After you confirm
your choice by pressing the left trackball button,
you will see that the screen content has changed
as a result of the new position.
The Format button provides a further option.
You can use it to specify whether a certain
aspect ratio should be applied when cropping
the photo to ensure the photo has the correct
format after editing. Depending on the type of
presentation you want to create afterwards or
delivery to a photo shop, you can make your
changes to the setting as desired (Free, Like
presentation, Video 4:3, Video 16:9, VGA or 3:2
Print).
If you close the Crop menu by clicking on Ok,
the settings will be applied and you will return
to the Edit menu.
Caution: if you click on Ok, the original photo
will be overwritten by the cropped picture
– the original will therefore be deleted from
the hard drive! If you want to prevent this from
happening, you should first save a copy of the
picture (see below).
If you click on Cancel, the menu will close
- Delete: If you click on this button, the active
photo is deleted without warning. If a directory
is currently active, a warning message will
appear before the entire directory is deleted.
- Menu icons: If you click on these five menu
icons, you can switch to the Sort, Detailed View,
Compare and Change menus as well as to the
main menu.
- Create scene (this button is available only
if SMART EDIT has been enabled): With this
button you can create scenes from photos.
After clicking this button you see a slider with
which you can set the duration of the scene
to be created. After you have set the duration,
click on Ok, so that either a scene is calculated
from the currently activated photo, or several
scenes (corresponding to the number of photos
contained in the directory) are calculated from
the currently activated directory.
Afterward the created scenes appear
automatically in the SMART EDIT scene bin
behind the scene most recently displayed. You
can now continue to use SMART EDIT to work
on your presentation. If you do not have SMART
EDIT; then you can use Edit in the presentation
menu to insert the photos into the presentation.
5.2.5 Filter
After you click on this button, a menu opens in
which you can correct and modify your photos.
The menu has the same structure as the Sort
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and Edit menus.
At the top edge of the menu you will again see
the Open/Close, Special and Size buttons. At the
bottom edge you see the Information button.
Additionally, this menu contains the following
buttons:
- Description: If you click on the long line, the
on-screen keyboard appears and you can enter
the name that you want to give the photo or
directory.
- Control photo: If you click on this button, a
menu opens in which you can make image
corrections and color corrections to the active
photo.
The marked photo is displayed in the top part
of the menu. You will see three icons at the
left edge that you can use to switch between
various modes. If you activate the top icon, you
can adjust the brightness, contrast and color
saturation in percent. The middle icon allows
you to modify the gamma value in percent, and
the lower icon lets you define the red, green
and blue color values in percent. (The gamma
correction lets you adjust the brightness while
maintaining the full contrast range.)
If you have used these components to create a
filter and you would like to use this filter again
some other time, you can save it. To do so, first
press the Archive button. In the window that
subsequently opens, click on the Save button
and use the on-screen keyboard to enter the
name that you want to give the filter on the long
brown-colored line.
The Reset button allows you to restore the initial
condition of the photo. (This will only work if
you have not yet closed the Control photo menu
by pressing the Ok button).
The Cancel button allows you to leave the menu
without applying any changes. Clicking on the
Ok button, on the other hand, confirms your
changes.
Please note: This means that the picture stored
on the hard drive will be changed irreversibly!
If you want to keep the original picture, please
make sure you create a copy of it beforehand.
If you have defined one or more filters and
saved them in the archive, you can apply them
later to as many photos as you like.
This is useful if you have used a second
camera to take photos and they portray colors
differently. You can save your color correction
filter and then apply it to all the other photos
that you take with this camera.
First, mark the photo that you want, then click
on Control photo again and open the archive
in this menu. After you click on Load, a window
opens in which you see the photo to be edited in
the area on the left. You can then select the filter
that you want from the list of archived filters
displayed on the right. You will see that the filter
has been applied to the right side of your photo
as a preview to give you an idea of the final
result.
After you click on Ok, the selected filter is
applied to the previously marked photo. You will
see that the percent values have now changed
accordingly.
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- Retouch: This function allows you to retouch
the active photo, e.g. to correct a blemish. After
you click on this button, a large view of the
photo is displayed. A text at the lower edge of
the screen asks you to select the area that you
want to modify.
You will see a cross inside a small box initially
located in the top left corner of the picture. Now
roll the trackball to place the frame over the area
in question, i.e. the blemish. It is not possible
to adjust the size of the little box! Confirm the
new position of the box by clicking on the left
trackball button. You will now see the selected
section displayed enlarged and a new toolbar
appears at the bottom edge of the screen. If the
photo is very small, you might not see a text
asking you to select an area; instead you will see
a new toolbar appear immediately at the bottom
edge of the screen.
The lower left button on this toolbar allows you
to move the toolbar to the opposite edge of the
screen. The upper left button lets you minimize
the toolbar so that it only displays these two
buttons.
Clicking on the little black box opens a window
in which you can define a pen for retouching.
The upper line contains four predefined
square pens and on the lower line you will
see four round pens. Select the desired pen
by clicking on the appropriate box and define
its appearance by adjusting the Blur and Size
attributes as necessary. To do so, click on the
slider control to activate it and then roll the
trackball.
You will be shown a preview of the settings
changes you have made in the area on the
right. After you have created a pen, confirm
your selection with Ok. You can now determine
whether your copying pen is relative (i.e.
the selected source area to be copied moves
relative to the target area to be retouched while
maintaining the same distance) or absolute (the
source area to be copied is stationary). After
you have decided on a function and then clicked
on the appropriate button, you will see a green
marker with a stamp icon. Roll the trackball until
the marker is on the area to be copied and then
confirm this selection by clicking on the left
trackball button.
After the stamp symbol disappears, roll the
trackball until the marker (which has now turned
red) is over the area that you want to retouch,
e.g. on the blemish. Once you have reached the
desired position, click on the left trackball button
and then roll the trackball back and forth to
retouch the selected area with the area that you
copied in the previous step.
Marked items on the other hand, are displayed
in blue.
You can cancel this copying operation by
clicking the left trackball button again, and the
item will be displayed in red once more. You
can now select another area that you want
to retouch and then continue with copying.
Afterwards, open the menu bar again by clicking
on the right trackball button.
If you click on the Save option, the changes you
made to the photo are saved. If you click on
Cancel, you will leave the menu and only the
changes that you already saved beforehand will
be applied.
- Red Eyes: If you click on this button a large
view of the photo will be displayed. This is
where you can correct the red eyes that often
appear on photos. If the photo in question is a
large picture, you will see a text at the bottom
edge of the screen asking you to select the area
you want to change.
Now roll the trackball to place the frame over
the area in question, i.e. the red eyes. It is not
possible to adjust the size of the little box!
Confirm the new position of the box by clicking
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on the left trackball button. You will now see
the selected area enlarged and a new toolbar
appears at the bottom edge of the screen.
you made to the picture are saved. If you click
on Cancel, you will leave the Red Eyes menu
and only the changes that you already saved
beforehand are applied.
In the Filter menu, you will see the icons for
switching directly to the Sort, Show detail,
Compare and Edit menus as well as to the main
menu.
5.3 Special
Various functions are combined in the Special
section and are explained below.
- You will see the two buttons that you are
already familiar with from the Retouch menu for
minimizing and moving the toolbar.
- If you click on the little color palette, a color
box opens in which you can define a color that
will be used to replace the red eyes. In most
cases this will be a dark brown or black.
For details on the color box, please refer to
Chapter 3.2 in the SMART EDIT manual or
chapter 5.2 Color box in the Louvre manual.
- After you click on Colorize you will be given a
clear view of the photo. You can use the trackball
pointer to move to the area in question (i.e.
the eyes) and then click on the big left trackball
button. The selected area (and, if applicable,
the surrounding area of the same color) is
subsequently filled in with the previously
specified color and you will see the toolbar
appear again. If you set the Alpha slider in the
color box to a value less than 100%, the selected
color is mixed in with the original background
accordingly. If the area cannot be colored in (i.e.
it is not a distinct red color), the toolbar appears
again without any changes having been made.
- You can undo the last color change by clicking
on the Undo button. The more often you click on
this button, the more color changes are undone.
If you click on the Save option, the changes
5.3.1 Animation
This function allows you to create an animation
simulating a camera panning across your photo
so that the photo looks like a video film. If you
click on the Animation button a new menu
opens.
In the upper area you see the photo list again
together with the Open/Close, Special and Size
buttons.
In the lower area you will see the following
buttons:
- New: If you click on this button, the photo
selection will open in which you can select the
photo that you want and confirm your choice by
pressing Ok. If you want to open a directory in
this window, activate the directory and click on
the Open button or on the small right trackball
button (four button mode) or on the big, right
button (two button mode).
After you have clicked on Ok, the selected photo
appears as a close-up shot and you will see a
new toolbar in the foreground.
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You can activate a normal inactive (yellow) point
by clicking on it, which makes it turn green. To
move the active (green) point, you can grab it by
clicking it again (it turns blue).
As an alternative, you can grab the inactive point
using the small, left trackball button, if your
trackball is provided with four buttons.
Markers appear smaller and contain a dot.
Key points are as large as the starting and
finishing points but contain a black dot.
Two points have been added to the photo
indicating the starting and finishing points of
your animation.
There is a small box above the starting point
that represents the picture area shown by the
“camera” in that position later on during the
animation. If you want to change the size of the
box proportionally (the smaller it is the more
the “camera” zooms into the picture), position
the screen pointer over one of the four corners
so that a white double-headed arrow appears.
Now click on the left trackball button and roll
the trackball until you have the size that you
want. While this is happening, you will see the
zoom-in/zoom-out factor displayed at the edge
of the screen. Do not be put off by the fact that
the factor increases if you decrease the size of
the box. Since the area of the picture inside the
little box fills the screen during the animation,
the factor indicates the magnification of the box
– i.e. the smaller the box the more magnified the
contents of the box will be!
Note: Since pictures taken with a digital camera
have a higher resolution than TV images,
your photos will still retain TV quality despite
you zooming into them. However, the quality
threshold value is reached at a zoom factor of 1,
since that is equivalent to video quality. Using a
higher zoom factor will result in poorer quality.
First, lets us explain the appearances of the
points:
Yellow: normal point
Green: current point
Blue: moving point
All points can be deleted using the small, right
trackball button (four button mode) or using the
big, right button (two button mode).
To define the path taken by the “camera” during
the animation, you must first specify the starting
point.
To do so, click using the big left trackball button
on the point shown above (arrow in a circle)
inside the little box so that the point turns blue;
then roll the trackball until the point (and the
little box) is in the position that you want. If
you click on the big left trackball button again,
the point turns green again and the little box is
in position. (Clicking on the big right trackball
button cancels the repositioning operation.)
You can of course also set the position and size
of the waypoint using the toolbar described
below (in the Keyframe, Edit section).
You will notice that an additional point (cross
in a circle) is displayed on your photo and that
it is connected to the starting point by a green
dashed line.
This point is the finishing point and the line
represents the path that the “camera” will
move along during the animation – you will be
modifying this path in just a moment.
You can also add markers to the path. Markers
are used to define the path’s course and they
enable you, for instance, to add a curve to the
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path. These markers do not have any other
properties that you can change. To add a marker,
simply click on the part of the path at which
you want the marker to appear. Then roll the
trackball to move the point to the position in
which you want it and confirm its position by
clicking on Ok. You can delete a marker by
placing the trackball pointer over it and then
clicking on the small right trackball button (four
button mode) or big right button (two button
mode).
You can now take a look at the toolbar that
is positioned in the foreground of the photo
but which was not visible while you were
positioning the little box.
The two buttons on the left allow you to
minimize the toolbar and position it at the
opposite edge of the screen.
Next, you will also see the Animation section.
The Motion length button sets how long the
“camera” takes to move along the active path
section from one point to the next.
- New: By clicking on this button, you can place
another waypoint after the path’s finishing point.
The newly added point will be colored green
and the previously active one will turn yellow.
Each additional new waypoint is always inserted
after the currently active waypoint. You will also
notice that the section of the path after the green
waypoint is a green dashed line.
You can keep adding as many waypoints as you
like which you can then reposition by clicking
and moving them.
You will notice that a little box surrounds each
new point whenever it is activated. You can of
course vary the size of the box (zoom factor)
from point to point.
If you have created several paths and you click
on a point, the section of the path starting from
that point will become activated.
- Settings: If you click on this button, a window
opens in which you can make various settings
changes relating to the active (green) section of
the path.
The Pause in and Pause out buttons allow you
set how long the “camera” should remain
stationary over the area of the photo at the
beginning and at end of the active path section.
You can use the Accelerate function to set
how quickly the “camera” accelerates from
a stationary state to its moving state. The
Slowdown function is used to set how quickly
the “camera” decelerates from its moving
state to its stationary state. If you select the --function, no setting will be set.
- Delete: If you want to delete a point, activate
it and then simply click on this button. You can
also delete a point along the path, the position is
irrelevant. You cannot, however, delete markers
using this button; markers can only be deleted
using the small right or big right trackball
button.
The next section is entitled Keyframe and
comprises the following functions:
- Previous and Next: These two buttons allow
you to move from the currently active point to
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the next point on the path. Alternatively, you can
of course also click on the points directly.
- Length: This is where you can read off the
duration of the complete animation.
- Edit: If you click on this button a new toolbar
appears. You will see the current picture content
of the active waypoint appear in the background.
You can close the Edit menu of the animation
function by clicking on the menu icon in
the bottom right corner. In this case it is not
possible to close the menu by clicking on the
right trackball button so as to prevent you from
canceling the function inadvertently. You will
then return to the Animation menu.
You will first see the Position function. By
clicking on Change here you can change the
position of the image section. After you select
the function, simply roll the trackball in the
desired direction and confirm the new position
using the left trackball button.
Clicking on Center causes the image section to
jump to the center of the photo.
You will also see the Zoom function which you
can use to set the size. If you click on Change,
you can decrease or increase the size of the
section by moving the trackball. The greater the
zoom factor, the larger the displayed picture
appears in the little box. Please note that if the
factor exceeds a value of 1 this will result in
reduced quality! Once you have set the factor
that you want, confirm it by clicking on the left
trackball button.
If you click on Minimal, the display zooms out of
the image section completely and displays the
entire picture.
You can then close the Edit menu and thus apply
the settings you have just made by clicking on
Ok. If you click on Cancel, you will close the
menu without applying any settings changes.
- Play button: You can use this button to view
the animated motion of the “camera” before
the calculations are carried out (the Create
button is still active) so you can make changes
if necessary. The preview only shows a small
version which runs somewhat jerkily. If the
animation has already been computed (i.e. the
Create button is inoperative) it will be played
normally.
- Create : You can use this button to compute the
animation. These calculations might take some
time depending on the length of the animation.
- Copy: If you click on this button, the animation
that is selected in the list will be copied and
placed directly after the original.
- Play button: If you click on this button, the
animation that is selected in the list will be
played in its entirety if it has already been
computed. If not, only a preview of it will be
shown.
- Edit: If you click on this button you will open
the toolbar that is also displayed when you
create a new animation by pressing New. You
can use Edit to make subsequent changes to
your animation.
- Delete: If you click on this button the selected
animation will be deleted.
- Create : You can make the system compute the
animation by clicking on this button.
If you are working with SMART EDIT, the
animation appears automatically in the scene
bin behind the previous scene.
- Menu icon: You will see a menu icon in the
bottom right corner which you can use to jump
to the main menu.
If SMART EDIT has been enabled, the animation
already set appears automatically in the SMART
EDIT scene bin, so you can include it in your
presentation in the storyboard, for instance,
together with photos and collages.
If you have not yet enabled SMART EDIT; you
can access the animation previously set in the
Presentation menu and then work it into the
finished presentation.
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5.3.2 Collage
You can create a collage from several of your
photos using this menu function. If you click on
this button, a new menu opens.
In the top area, you will see the list again and
the Open/Close, Special and Size buttons.
The following buttons are in the lower area:
- New: Clicking on this button opens a new
toolbar; in the background you see an empty
white surface in which you are going to create
the collage. The outside border of the surface
represents the boundary – everything placed
beyond this will not be visible later.
The toolbar buttons are described below. When
we refer to “box” we mean the individual areas
in which the photos or parts thereof can be seen.
- New Box: Click on this button first to open a
window in which you can select a photo from
your list. After confirming with Ok, a cross with
a small box is displayed. Roll the trackball until
the cross (which represents the top left corner of
the image) has reached the desired position and
confirm the selection by clicking the left button.
Now roll the trackball again in order to specify
the size of the box and thus the position of
the bottom right corner, and then confirm this
position. You will now see that the box you have
just drawn is filled with the photo you selected
earlier. If the dimensions of the photo do not
match those of the box, the image is partially
trimmed in order for it to completely fill the box.
You can prevent this from happening using the
Box Format function. Position the photos that
you want to add to the collage in the same way
one at a time.
You can, of course, also reposition the boxes
directly. To do so, activate a box and as soon as
the cursor has changed into a hand, click once
on the left trackball button. Now a cross appears
and you can roll the trackball until the box has
reached the desired position which you confirm
by clicking the left trackball button.
You can, of course, also modify a box afterwards
by clicking directly on the sides or corners.
- Remove box: You can delete photos that you
have already inserted. To do so, click on this
button – the active photo and its associated box
are deleted.
- Edit box: Clicking this function opens a new
toolbar. After you click on Change Photo, the
photo list is displayed from which you can
select the image that you want to appear in the
selected box instead of the previous image.
You can rotate the active image by clicking
on Rotate Box. If you roll the trackball to the
right, the image is rotated clockwise; if you roll
the trackball to the left, the image is rotated
anticlockwise. The angle is displayed at the edge
of the screen.
The size of a box that has already been rotated
cannot be changed. In order to change the size,
you must reset the box to 00.
If you click on Border, a toolbar opens in which
you can adjust the settings for the border. The
Palette window opens when you click on the
framed color palette. This window contains a
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color selection, a pattern selection and color
gradients which you can use to customize the
appearance of the box. You can find further
information on this in Chapter 6.1 Palette
window.
Afterwards you can specify the Border size
in mm or pixels (depending on which unit of
measurement you activated in Options) and the
Blur of the border in percent. You can close the
Border menu using the icon at the bottom right
or by clicking the right trackball button.
Please note that the mm value relates to a
printout that you might print later on and the
pixel value relates to the display on the TV
screen!
If you click on the Shadow button in the Edit
box section of the Collage menu, a new toolbar
appears. Here, you can open the color box
(see Chapter 3.2 in the SMART EDIT manual
or chapter 5.2 in the Louvre manual) to define
a shadow color. Select one of eight possible
directions in which you want the shadow to fall
by clicking on the Orientation button and specify
a Size for the shadow using the slider control.
If you move the slider control all the way to the
left, the shadow is switched off.
Afterwards you can close both the Shadow
menu and the Edit box toolbar using the menu
icon.
- To front and To back: If the boxes overlap, you
can use this button to specify which box should
be in the foreground and which should be in the
background. If there are already several boxes
in the collage, you can keep pressing the button
until you have achieved the desired order.
- Options: The following window is displayed
when you click on this button:
With the Units in function, you can select
whether the spacing and width dimensions
should be displayed in mm or in pixels. We
recommend you activate mm if you want to
print out the picture later and pixels if you intend
displaying the picture on a TV screen.
You can activate an invisible grid by activating
the Use raster function. Then when you create
your boxes, you can align their edges with this
invisible grid and so simplify the process of
positioning them. If you click on the checkbox
again, you will deactivate the checkmark and
thus switch off the grid again.
You can use the Raster size control to specify
which spacing (measured in mm or pixels
depending on the setting) the lines of the
invisible grid should have.
If you activate the Use snap function, you can
position the boxes more easily since they will
align automatically with the default lines and/
or the lines of an existing box. This option is
similar to the “snap to grid” function that you
may already be familiar with from using a PC.
Using the Snap size control, you can set the
distance in pixels that the edge of a box should
have before it “snaps” (i.e. engages with) a
auxiliary line.
The Auxiliary lines function offers various
options. You can deactivate the auxiliary lines by
selecting None. With the Presentation function
you can activate auxiliary lines that show you
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what will be visible later on in the video or
presentation (depending on the presentation
settings). If you activate the Print setting, you
will see the printable area framed by auxiliary
lines. This is useful to ensure the photos are
positioned within the printable area. Any images
positioned outside the auxiliary lines will not be
printed.
With the Auxiliary Lines Color function, a color
box opens in which you can specify the color
of the auxiliary lines. The auxiliary lines are, of
course, not visible later on in the scene or on the
printout.
The Background Color function opens the color
box again. You can then specify a color for the
background area (i.e. the background on which
the photo boxes are placed).
- Box Format: With this selection button you
can specify whether the format of the currently
active box should be adapted to suit the source
image (also ensuring that the aspect ratio is
maintained) or whether the box’s format should
be freely adjustable.
You can then close the Collage menu by
clicking on the menu icon. To prevent you from
inadvertently canceling this function it is not
possible to close the menu by clicking on the
right trackball button here.
- Copy: This button is not active until a collage
has been created. If you click on this button, the
active collage in the list is copied and placed
directly after the original. You can use the copies
to create several variants of your collage, for
instance, by adding an additional photo at each
step.
Miscellaneous category). See also Create photo.
- Edit: Using this function opens the same
toolbar that is displayed when you create
a collage with the New menu. You can
subsequently modify a collage using the Edit
function.
- Delete: If you press this button, the selected
collage is deleted from the list.
- Create photo: This function is particularly
useful if you do not want to print the collage
at full size (A4) but would like to select another
format or if you want to save your collage on a
CD or SmartMedia card.
If you click on this button, a photo is created
from the collage that is activated in the list at
the top and is saved in the general photo list
in a new directory called Collage. Afterwards
you can click on the Print option in the
Miscellaneous category (Chapter 5.5.1), then
select the collage photo in the list and set the
desired format.
- Create scene (this button is only available if
SMART EDIT is enabled): With this button you
can create a scene from your collage. After
clicking this button you see a slider with which
you can set the duration of the scene to be
created. After setting the duration, click on Ok so
that a scene is calculated from your collage. The
scene then appears automatically in the SMART
EDIT scene bin behind the previous scene so
that it can now be edited further to create a
presentation.
If you do not have SMART EDIT, then you can
use Edit in the presentation menu to insert the
photos into the presentation.
5.4 Presentation
- Print: This button is not active until a collage
has been created. If you press this button,
the photos in the collage are read in and then
printed at full size (A4).
Tip: If you want to print other formats, you
should create a photo (Create photo) and then
print it from the main menu (Print button in the
With the menu functions summarized here,
you can create a presentation of your photo or,
collages, which you can then play on a television
or video projector.
If SMART EDIT is not enabled, you can manually
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integrate the animation into the presentation
and then burn it to DVD.
Warning: If you use Photo-Studio 2 under
SMART EDIT, then the presentation cannot be
burned to DVD or transferred to the SMART
EDIT Edit menu. Furthermore, effects cannot be
inserted and no audio created.
Alternatives to editing under SMART EDIT are
discussed in section 2.1.
5.4.1 Edit
If you click on this button, a new menu is
displayed. The top area of the menu contains the
list again as well as the Open/Close, Special and
Size buttons.
The objects that you want to insert into your
presentation (i.e. photos, collages or animations)
are shown in the list.
If you are using SMART EDIT, then animations
cannot be inserted into the Photo-Studio
2 presentation, but can still be put into the
storyboard.
You can move through the presentation
displayed at the bottom of the screen using the
slider control or the arrow buttons. You can also
directly click on an object which then jumps to
the center of the display.
The buttons that you are not yet familiar with
are described here:
- Photo/Collage/Animation: This selection
button at the top edge of the screen allows you
to specify whether your photos or the collages/
animations you created earlier should be
displayed in the list.
- New: The Palette window, which you are
already familiar with from the Collage menu,
opens when this button is clicked. Please refer
to the exact usage in Chapter 6.4. The Palette
window lets you create colors or patterns that
can, for instance, be used as ideal separators
between individual photos, collages or
animations.
- Insert: After clicking on this button, the
selected photo (or the active collage or
animation) in the top list is inserted in the
presentation bar at the bottom of the screen.
You can insert the other objects that you want to
appear in the presentation one after another, i.e.
photos, collages or animations.
Furthermore, it is also possible to insert a whole
directory in the presentation bar. To do so, click
on the directory in the top selection list and then
activate the Insert function.
When using this function, please bear the
following in mind: if there is only a single object
in the bar or if the first image (i.e. the one you
inserted on the extreme left) of this bar is in the
middle (the display duration is always shown
for the photo in the middle), you will be asked
by the system when inserting another object
whether you would like to place this new object
before or after the object displayed at the
bottom of the screen.
- Replace: Here you can replace an object in the
presentation list at the press of a button. After
clicking on this button, the object in the middle
of the presentation bar will be replaced by the
activated object in the top list. Though beware,
this happens without a warning message being
displayed!
- Remove: After clicking this button, the object
in the middle of the presentation bar is deleted
without warning. You do, of course, still have
access to the object in the list at the top.
- Length: If you click on this button a new
window opens. In the top area of the window,
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you will see the default length that is set for all
photos and collages.
With the slider control beneath it, you can
change the length for this entry of the active
photo or collage (i.e. the one in the middle of the
presentation bar). Please note that the length of
an animation cannot be changed.
of entries (i.e. the number of objects) and
the number of objects already calculated are
displayed.
The respective length is displayed above the
object shown in the middle of the presentation
bar.
Please only change length if you want particular
photos or collages to be displayed for longer
than the default length that is configured in the
settings. The length that you set only applies to
videos and automatic presentations.
5.4.2 Options (presentation)
After clicking on this button, a window opens in
which you can adjust the following settings:
- Play button: After you click on this button, a
message might appear asking whether you want
the system to compute the uncalculated film.
After confirming with Yes or by waiting for more
than 5 seconds, the film is rendered and played
back immediately starting at the object shown
in the middle of the presentation bar (i.e. the
objects positioned to the left of this object are
not played).
You will see a Stop button (works just like
pressing the large, right trackball button) in
the bottom right corner of the menu when
the last object is played. You can use it to end
playback at any time (clicking the big right
trackball button and the big left trackball button
simultaneously has the same effect). If you
click on the big left trackball button during an
automatic presentation, the picture is paused
and a pause icon is displayed in the bottom right
corner. Clicking the left button again resumes
playback. During a manual presentation, clicking
on the big left trackball button allows you to
move to the next object. Animations cannot be
played in a slideshow.
- i-button: Clicking this button provides you
with information on the presentation. The
current Position of the selected object (i.e. the
one placed in the middle) is shown, e.g. 0 s =
starting position. The total length and remaining
time of the presentation are listed. The number
- Menu icons: By clicking these menu icons, you
can open the main menu and the Options.
- Adapt to presentation: If photos, collages or
animations do not have the necessary aspect
ratio for the presentation, several options
are available to you here for displaying the
presentation: the Black border and White
border options fill the free spaces with the
corresponding color, Crop cuts off part of the
image so that the whole screen is filled, and
Scale modifies the aspect ratios so that the
photo completely fills the screen.
If you change this after rendering, it will only
affect the pictures you add afterwards. Any
pictures already rendered shall not be rerendered.
- Play: This selection button provides you with
the following options: Manual means that image
pauses are ignored and switching from picture
to picture must be done manually. Automatic
means that the presentation runs automatically
with the selected times.
- Default length: Here you see a slider control
which displays the length that applies to all
photos and collages. You can set the time
(default is 5 seconds) to a value between 1 and
60 seconds.
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The standard length allows you to define the
default for all photos/collages. You can change
the display duration of each individual photo or
collage using the Length button. You can also
subsequently change the standard length at
any time in order to make the presentation the
length that you want.
provided with it.
- Delete presentation: Clicking this button
brings up a warning message. Confirm with
Yes and the current presentation will be deleted
irrevocably, allowing you to create a new one.
3.) Operation using a keyboard:
It is also possible to control the presentation
using an optionally available keyboard. Press the
Return (Enter) key to start the presentation from
the main menu.
If your presentation is not yet rendered, the
system will ask if it should be done. You can
either confirm or wait for 5 seconds for the
rendering process to start automatically.
During a manual presentation, you can move
forwards with the Page Down ↓ key and
backwards with the Page Up ↑ key.
During an automatic presentation, the F12 key
is used for pausing and the F11 key is used for
resuming. You can display a black picture with
the b key.
- Presentation archive: Clicking on this button
brings up a window in which you can either save
the presentation that has just been created, or
load a presentation that has already been saved
(Consult section 5.2.5 Control photo in order to
learn how to use the archive).
After you have saved a presentation, you can
delete it with the presentation menu Edit and
then create a new presentation.
5.4.3 Start presentation
You have several options for playing back your
presentations
1.) Operation with the supplied trackball:
Click on the Start presentation button in the
main menu with the big left trackball button.
If your presentation is not yet rendered, the
system will ask if it should be done. You can
either confirm or wait for 5 seconds for the
rendering process to start automatically.
If your presentation runs manually rather than
automatically, you can move to the next picture
by clicking normally with the big left button (this
does not happen until you release the button)
or move back a picture by keeping the button
pressed for longer (approx. one second).
You can stop an automatic presentation using
the big left button and resume it by clicking
again.
You can end a presentation by pressing the big
left and right trackball buttons simultaneously.
You can hide (black picture) the presentation
using the small left button, if your trackball is
2.) Operation using a radio remote control:
The most convenient way of controlling a
presentation is with an optionally available radio
remote control. Please read the instructions
enclosed with the remote control.
Other keys that can be used to operate the
device are listed in Chapter 6.6.
Note: For quick reference, the controls used
to make a presentation are shown in a table in
Chapter 6.2.
5.5 Miscellaneous
There are various functions in the Miscellaneous
section which are explained below.
5.5.1 Print, Export
You can make preparations in this menu for
exporting your photos to a storage medium
or to print them. Initially, you will see the list
again and the Open/Close, Special, Size and
Description buttons.
The Preview and Info buttons and the menu icon
for the main menu are at the bottom right.
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the photos later in other programs.
You can also click on the Delete button in order
to select and delete a photo from a list of photos
already saved.
5.5.2 Settings
Clicking this button opens a window with the
following options:
The following functions are available in the Print
section.
- Print: After you have clicked this button, the
marked photo or all photos in the marked
directory are printed out in order.
If the print job cannot be started, you will see a
corresponding warning message which instructs
you to check all cable connections or the paper
and ink.
- Format: You have the choice between various
photo formats with this selection button.
You will find the following buttons in the Export
section:
- To memory card/CD: If you click this button,
a window opens which gives you the choice
of saving the desired photo to a memory card
or CD. Click on Ok after you have changed this
setting and insert the corresponding medium so
that the marked photos are saved on it.
Please note that when storing to CD, any data
previously on the CD is erased. This means
that you cannot write photos to a CD one after
another. If you wish to store several photos on a
CD, then you must first create a folder to contain
all the desired photos. You then write the folder
containing the photos to the CD.
- for other programs: Clicking on this button
brings up a selection. You can now save the
currently selected photo or folder in order to use
- Printer settings: If, for instance, a photo is too
pale when printed, you can make corrections
here. Your original photo on the device will not
be modified and can continue to be used, for
instance, for the presentation. In the printer
settings you can set the values in percentages
both for brightness, contrast and color
saturation as well as for red, green and blue.
- Interface settings: If your trackball has four
buttons (two big ones and two small ones) then
under type you can set 4-button operation.
The small buttons are used in different
situations for simplifying operation or enabling
additional functions.
If your trackball has two buttons or you use a
mouse or you do not get along with operating
the small buttons, you can switch to two-button
operation here.
- Info
Clicking this information button provides
program version information.
- Menu icon (only available with Casablanca
systems)
Clicking on this button brings you back to the
selection in the Special window. There click on
Ok in order to return to the Edit menu of SMART
EDIT.
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6. Special functions
6.1 The Palette window
first time, no pattern has been selected yet.
Therefore, if you click on the Color/Texture
button for the first time in the Palette window
this will directly open the image pool from
where you can select a color or a pattern. Once
you have made this first-time selection, the
Color/Texture button will thereafter open the
Preview window when you press it and not the
image pool. In the Preview window you can then
open the image pool using the Select Texture
button.
Under Bleed you can set a color gradient in a
similar way to selecting a gradient in the image
pool. In addition, you can specify a gradient
direction by clicking on Orientation.
You are free to choose the starting color and end
color as well as the Alpha transparency.
You see the three areas: Solid, Color/Texture
and Bleed.
You can switch between these functions using
the correspondingly named button in the top
area; the button that is currently activated is
shown blue. Switching between the functions
is also done automatically if a corresponding
button has been selected. The top left preview
window shows the currently selected result.
Under Solid, you can select one of the six
predefined “Color palettes” so that a quick
change between frequently used colors is
possible. With the Change color button, you
can open the color palette (see Red eyes from
the Filter menu) and define a new color. If you
click on Ok in the color palette, the color of the
current color basket is replaced with the one just
defined.
In the Color/Texture area, you can press the
Select Texture button to open the image pool so
that you can select a pattern from it.
Please refer to Chapter 3.2 in the SMART EDIT
manual or chapter 5.3 in the Louvre manual on
how to use the image pool.
Note: If you are running Photo-Studio 2 for the
After you have selected a color or a pattern,
close the window by clicking Ok.
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6.2 Presentation control
During a presentation, you can interact with
it and control how the presentation runs. The
following equipment is supported for this:
- Trackball
- Radio remote control (available as an option)
- Keyboard (available as an option)
Please consult your dealer and the MacroSystem
pricelists about the currently available
accessories for Photo-Studio 2.
Function
Trackball
Keyboard
Start presentation
Big left button
Return, -->
Big left button*
Page Down, +, Return,
-->,↓
Big left button
(long) **
Page Up,-,<--,↑
(manual presentation)
Pause/play
Big left button
F12 F11,-->
Big right + big
left button
F5, Esc**
(only for as long as the Options menu is not available)
Black picture
Small left button b
(only in the main menu)
One image forward
(manual presentation)
One image back
(automatic presentation)
End presentation
Adjust volume (only without SMART EDIT)
*) The function is not activated until the button
is released.
**) The function is carried out when the button
has been kept pressed for just under a second. It
must be released again afterwards.
Volume +/-
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