Sony DCR-TRV19 Operating Instructions

Introduction About This Manual
Introduction
About This Manual
General notes
Using this manual
Read Carefully
About trademarks
Warning
About pictures and images
General notes
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Software Usage Contract
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
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Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing Environment
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Chapter 5 Layout Environment
This manual is an HTML document which explains the functions of ImageMixer Ver.1.5 for
Sony (henceforth, 'ImageMixer').
This manual does not explain the basics of Windows or Macintosh operating systems. Basic
operations, such as working with individual windows, are based on general usage of Windows
and Macintosh.
Screenshots may differ slightly depending on each company's bundling of this product.
Most screenshots currently used in this manual relate to the Windows version. The screenshots
for Windows and Macintosh differ slightly. Moreover, images may vary according to monitor
specifications.
Due to the fact that the most recent information related to this software has not been added to the
manual, please consult the Read Me file, included on the CD-ROM.
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc Environment
Chapter 8 ImageMixer Easy Video
CD (Win)
Using this manual
This manual explains all ImageMixer's many functions. Any item can be referenced by clicking the menu
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The latest information on ImageMixer can be found on our home page:
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Introduction Read Carefully
About trademarks
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The official name of Windows is Microsoft ® Windows ® Operating System.
Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.
In addition, the company names and brand names referenced in this manual are themselves the
trademarks, registered trademarks, and products of the respective companies.
Warning
1. All rights related to the user manual and software produced by our company (henceforth,
'product'), both of which are stored on the installation CD-ROM, belong solely to PIXELA
Corporation.
2. Unauthorized reproduction or reprinting of the contents of the product, or any portion thereof, is
strictly prohibited.
3. The contents of this product are subject to change without notice.
4. PIXELA Corp. offers no guarantees for this product. Moreover, PIXELA Corp. assumes no
responsibility for damage caused as the result of defects in this product (directly, indirectly, as a
special case or in inevitable cases) even once an announcement has been made that such damage
may occur. By the same token, PIXELA Corp. assumes no responsibility for costs incurred in the
reproduction or recovery of any lost computer programs or data, when such loss is associated
with the use of this computer program when included in another application.
All the rights to the picture data (including text characters) included in the product CD-ROM are
protected by accompanying copyrights based on the Copyright Act.
No persons other than the copyright holder may engage in the sale, rental, transfer, or
reproduction of this material without the consent of the copyright holder. Violations to the
Copyright Act are subject to criminal punishment. Use of the picture data on this CD-ROM is
permitted for individual use only.
The image data on this CD-ROM may not be duplicated for business purposes. Moreover, neither
corrected nor altered parts of the data may be used for business purposes.
About pictures and images
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Keep in mind that pictures and images which may used with ImageMixer may be protected or
otherwise forbidden, irrespective of their purpose or use.
As for general literary property, the approval of the rightful claimant of the work is required
except in the case of personal use.
Duplicating any type of currency, negotiable instruments, securities, etc., is illegal and punishable
by law.
Duplicating licenses, passports, various kinds of certificates, official documents, private
documents, etc., is illegal and punishable by law.
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Introduction Software Product Use Consent Contract
You are permitted by PIXELA, Corp., according to the following use consent conditions of this use
consent contract (henceforth, "this contract") to the nonexclusive, nontransferable right to use the
software program (henceforth, "this program") and its add-ons, such as the user guide.
Consented matter
You are granted the nonexclusive, nontransferable right to install and use one copy of this program on a
single computer.
The primary user of this program may copy parts thereof for backup purposes, with all usage rights, as
set forth in this contract, remaining exclusive to the primary user.
Prohibited matter
This program cannot be used on a network. When it is used by two or more computers on a network, a
royalty is required to be paid to PIXELA, Corp. for each additional computer.
Third person use or the use of this program by the method of re-use consent, transfer, distribution, loan,
or others, is not allowed.
You may not correct, alter, reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble all or part of this program. You
may not allow a third person to perform such an act.
Termination of contract
When a customer reproduces this program or its add-ons without permission or breaks the abovementioned consent conditions, this contract is automatically terminated, and other legal action may be
taken by PIXELA, Corp. Upon termination of this contract, this program, its add-ons, and all duplicates
thereof, shall be returned to PIXELA, Corp., or abandoned.
Guarantee and exemption from responsibility
This program, its add-ons, and the productions thereof, may not conform to your specific purpose,
notwithstanding any representations, express or tacit. Moreover, PIXELA, Corp. does not guarantee that
the functions of this program will agree with your needs, or that there are neither discontinuities nor
errors in the functions of this program.
PIXELA, Corp. does not take any responsibility for direct or indirect loss or damage accompanying or
related to the use of this program, nor for any disputes arising between the customer and any third party
related to use of this program or caused by this program.
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System Requirements
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
System Requirements
Windows
Macintosh
In order for ImageMixer to work correctly, your computer must meet the following minimum system
requirements. Please confirm that your computer system meets these requirements before installing
ImageMixer.
Uninstalling
Basic Operations
Starting ImageMixer
ImageMixer startup screen
Outline of tasks
Selector Bar
Status Bar
Exiting ImageMixer
Basic operations
Basic Terms
Windows
Microsoft ® Windows ® 98/Windows ® 98 Second
Edition/Windows ® Millennium Edition/Windows ® 2000
Professional/Windows ® XP Home Edition/Windows ® XP
Professional (IBM PC/AT compatible)
OS
(In Windows ® 98 and Windows ® 98 Second Edition, DV
(IEEE1394) capturing is not supported. In Windows ® 98, USB
capturing is not supported)
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing Environment
CPU
Intel MMX ® Pentium ® 200MHz or faster. (Pentium ® III
500MHz or faster for capturing a movie via USB or IEEE1394.
Pentium ® III 800MHz or faster is recommended.)
Chapter 7 Video Disc Environment
Software
DirectX 8.0a or later
Chapter 8 ImageMixer Easy Video
CD (Win)
Sound
16-bit stereo sound card with stereo speakers
Memory
64MB or more (128MB or more is recommended)
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Approx. 250MB for program, 1GB or more of free space
recommended for work space
Hard Disk
Graphics
However, when creating discs or disc images in video disc creation
mode, you must have available space 3 times or more that of the
disc to be created.
4MB or more of VRAM, minimum of 800x600 at 16-bit hi-color
(65,000 colors); Direct Draw driver compatible
ImageMixer will not run correctly in a screen area of less than 800 x 600, or in
less than 256 colors.
DirectX must be installed.
If the standard Windows fonts are not installed on the system,
characters will not be displayed correctly.
Other
To install and use this software in Windows ® 2000 you must be
authorized as a Power User or Administrator; for Windows ® XP
you must be authorized as an Administrator.
Macintosh
OS
Mac OS 8.5.1 or later (Mac OS X is not compatible)
Mac OS 8.6 or above is required for creating a disc image in the
Video Disc Environment.
CPU
iMac, eMac, iBook, PowerBookG3/G4, PowerMacG4 series
(G3 233MHz or better)
Memory
96MB or more (128MB or more is recommended)
Approx. 200MB for program, 1GB or more of free space
recommended for work space.
Hard Disk
However, when creating disc images in video disc creation mode,
you must have available space 3 times or more that of the disc to be
created.
Minimum of 800x600 (32,000 colors)
Graphics
ImageMixer will not run correctly in a screen area of less than 800 x 600, or in
less than 256 colors.
Pre-installed QuickTime 4 or later.
Other
To create a video disc, you will also need to have an environment
that can run a recording device and the writing software Roxio's
Toast.
USB or IEEE1394 capturing is not available with Macintosh.
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Uninstalling
Windows
1. From the Start menu, point to settings 'Settings' and open the 'Control Panel.'
2. Double-click the [Add/Remove Programs] icon.
The Add/Remove Programs property dialog box is displayed.
3. Select ImageMixer from the list of programs and click the [Add/Remove] button.
4. Select the language of the currently installed version of ImageMixer and click [OK].
The uninstall process begins.
5. When the dialog box says 'uninstall successfully completed,' click the [OK] button.
In some cases captured files may remain after the uninstall process is completed. To delete all ImageMixer
information, delete the Program Files >Pixela > ImageMixer folder.
Macintosh
1. Drag the following folder to the Trash: 'System Folder: Preferences: IM Default Settings,
ImageMixerPreferencesFile, IMx_VCDSPreferenceFolder, IMx_VCDS.prf '.
2. Drag the 'ImageMixer' folder from the HDD to the Trash.
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Basic Operations
Starting ImageMixer
Windows
ImageMixer can be started by clicking on the Start Menu and pointing to
Programs>Pixela>ImageMixer>ImageMixer Ver.1.5. for Sony
If a shortcut icon for ImageMixer was created at installation, an icon will be displayed on the desktop
(see the example at right). Double-clicking this icon will also start ImageMixer.
Additionally, you can refer to this manual by selecting Start>Programs>Pixela>ImageMixer>Help.
Macintosh
ImageMixer is started by double-clicking the ImageMixer icon (created during
installation) in the ImageMixer folder on the HDD.
ImageMixer startup screen (The Main Selector)
The first window displayed when ImageMixer is started is called the Main Selector.
Capture Environment
button
Click to begin tasks related to capturing media files.
Album Environment button
Click to begin tasks related to albums.
Movie Editing Environment
Click to begin tasks related to editing movie files.
button
Layout Environment button
Click to begin tasks related to graphic layouts.
Video Disc Environment
button
Click to begin tasks related to video disc.
Easy Video CD start button
Click to begin tasks related to the ImageMixer Easy Video CD.
Exit button
Click to exit ImageMixer.
Outline of tasks
Tasks related to capturing media files (Capture Environment)
ImageMixer allows you to select which existing media you want to work with and import files from a
memory card, such as one which is inserted in a digital camera connected to your computer. You can
also record sound from audio CDs or by using a microphone. Capturing still shots or entire scenes from a
digital movie camera is also easy with ImageMixer. You can then use the main screen to confirm these
operations by double clicking the appropriate thumbnail and easily add media files to existing albums.
Tasks related to albums (Album Environment)
Albums help you organize media files to be used with ImageMixer. Available tasks include viewing still
images and movies, running slide shows, displaying information related to individual files, performing
file searches, and sorting files according to specific criteria. Using albums also means that you only need
manage those files that serve the purposes you define.
Tasks related to editing movie files (Movie Editing Environment)
ImageMixer is a powerful application when it comes to editing movie files. To create professional
quality movies, you can cut scenes, superimpose sound, add transition effects, and make custom tiles
appear in specific places in the media stream. Also, since ImageMixer saves movie files in MPEG1
format, there is no degradation of image quality, since unedited portions do not need to be rewritten to
disk.
Tasks related to graphic layouts (Layout Environment)
Creating customized labels for video cassettes, floppy disks, and other items is a snap with ImageMixer,
as is designing other two-dimensional images. You can also choose from a wide variety of designing
tools, such as those related to colors, text manipulation, shapes and textures.
Tasks related to editing still pictures (Image Editor)
Unlike conventional photographs, digital images can be altered in a variety of ways with ImageMixer,
including applying masks to certain sections of an image, adding filters, changing background
composition, etc.
Tasks related to video disk (Video Disc Environment)
You can create Video CDs with a slideshow format conforming to Video CD Ver 2.0 standards. The
system has playback control functions that allow you to change the playback order using the menu, and
supports playback of still images.
ImageMixer Easy Video CD (Windows only)
You can create Video CDs directly from digital movie camera images. The wizard format makes it easy
to operate.
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Basic Operations
Selector Bar
The buttons located on this bar control the desired working environment and general actions associated
with the current environment.
Capture Environment
button
Click to begin tasks related to capturing media files.
Album Environment button
Click to begin tasks related to albums.
Movie Environment button
Click to begin tasks related to editing movie files.
Layout Environment button
Click to begin tasks related to graphic layouts.
Video Disc Creation button
Click to begin tasks related to video disc.
Minimize button
Click to minimize the ImageMixer application window and
display it in the task bar. (Windows only)
Help button
Click to bring up this manual and get help using ImageMixer.
(Windows only)
Preferences button
Click to confirm or make changes to settings related to the
currently selected mode.
Exit button
Click to exit ImageMixer.
Status Bar
The bottom part of ImageMixer's application window is called the 'Status Bar.' When the mouse pointer
is placed over an object, an explanation of its function is displayed in the Status Bar.
Exiting ImageMixer
Clicking the Exit
button on either the [Main Selector] or the [Selector Bar] will close the
ImageMixer application.
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Basic Operations
Basic operations in ImageMixer
Selecting an album
Once you select the album you want to work with, its icon turns bright yellow, so you are able to easily
distinguish which album is currently active.
Selecting thumbnails
Thumbnails may be selected in a variety of ways.
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Selecting one thumbnail
Click to select.
Selecting a series of thumbnails
Click the first thumbnail in the series, hold down the 'Shift' key, and then click the last thumbnail
of the series.
Selecting only individual thumbnails
In Windows, click the thumbnails of your choice while holding down the 'Ctrl' key. In Macintosh,
use the 'Command' key.
Selecting all thumbnails currently displayed
In Windows, hold down the 'Ctrl' key and press 'A.' In Macintosh, hold down the 'Command' key
and press 'A.'
Selecting objects
Objects in a certain layout may be selected in a variety of ways.
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Selecting one object
Click to select.
Selecting only individual objects
In Windows, click the objects of your choice while holding down the 'Ctrl' key. In Macintosh, use
the 'Command' key.
Selecting all objects in the layout
In Windows, hold down the 'Ctrl' key and press 'A.' In Macintosh, hold down the 'Command' key
and press 'A.'
Canceling object selection
Click anywhere in the layout there is no object.
Selecting a color in Windows (See below for Macintosh.)
When selecting a color, the following dialog boxes are displayed.
Click the color you wish to work with.
User-defined colors are displayed in
Click to display
and
. Click the color you wish to work with.
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A user-defined color can be created by clicking an area in the color spectrum or by
inputting digits.
The color currently specified in
or
is displayed here.
Click this button to add the color currently specified in
to
. Once any color on
the basic color palette or the custom color palette has been selected, the selected color
will be displayed in
.
Selecting a color in Macintosh
The following color select dialog boxes are displayed by doubleclicking
. A color can be selected in the currently displayed color
palette by clicking
.
Click the color palette type you wish to work with.
Click an area in the color spectrum to specify a color.
Input digits to specify a color.
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Basic Terms
Basic terms used in ImageMixer
IEEE1394
Also called 'I Triple E 1394,' this interface is best known for facilitating very fast data transfer speeds
(up to 400Mbps). It is used primarily as an output interface (DV connector) for digital video cameras or
hard disk drives. Other names for this interface include i.LINK (in Windows), and FireWire (in
Macintosh).
MPEG
MPEG stands for Moving Picture Experts Group. MPEG is an international data compression format for
digital movies and Hi-Fi audio. MPEG-1 is the approved format for Video CDs, and its brilliant
audio/video quality is comparable to that of VHS videotape. MPEG movies are stored as smaller files
than DV (digital video) movies of the same length, making it the standard movie format for Internetrelated activities. The MPEG-2 format also creates high quality images, but is used primarily for DVDs
and Digital Satellite Broadcasting.
Exif
Based originally on JPEG and TIFF file types, this format is used for still pictures taken with digital
cameras. Exif files contain detailed information (such as the date/time the photo was taken, image size,
shutter speed, etc.) on individual pictures.
MAPI
This is an acronym for "Messaging Application Programming Interface." It is the standard API
(application programming interface) specification recommended by Microsoft for e-mail related
activities. Usually, without MAPI, application software is unable to share data with other applications.
(This would mean, for example, that ImageMixer would only be able to exchange data within itself.) In
ImageMixer, MAPI acts as a sort of bridge between the ImageMixer application and your e-mail
software. When MAPI compatible e-mail software is used, layouts created in ImageMixer can be sent
via e-mail directly from the ImageMixer user interface.
MAPI compatible e-mail software includes Microsoft Outlook Express, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft
Outlook 97/2000, Eudora Pro, and others. Questions regarding the MAPI compatibility of your e-mail
software should be addressed to the manufacturer.
When using Outlook Express
Depending on the version, you may need to set Outlook Express as the standard MAPI client.
Consult the Outlook Express user manual for instructions on MAPI client settings.
Capture
This refers to activities related to bringing in still pictures and movie files from sources such as disks,
cameras connected directly to your computer, and existing media, as would be the case in selecting and
saving a single frame from a movie file. Capturing is also a term used in ImageMixer to refer to the
recording of sound, from audio CDs or through a microphone, as well as moving images via a video
camera connected directly to your computer.
Thumbnails
Thumbnails are small graphic representations of files which have been added to a
particular album. They are linked not only to the file on your computer, but also to
information pertaining to that file, such as name, size, save directory, etc. Windows
users might think of a thumbnail as a 'shortcut,' and Mac users may make a
relationship to the term 'alias.'
Source files
Once movies, still pictures and sounds are added to the yellow albums, they become album files. All the
information pertaining to album files is linked to their thumbnails.
Album files
Source files refer to the media stored on your computer. As opposed to album files or thumbnails, they
can be considered the 'original' data files.
Trimming
This task refers to getting rid of unnecessary portions of an object.
Transition
The point at which one movie scene ends and another one begins is called a transition.
Templates
Upon installing ImageMixer, you will have a number of pre-designed pictures which you may like to use
as backgrounds for your own layouts. These are called templates, and they may be accessed by clicking
the [Templates] button.
Templates can neither be changed in size, nor edited.
Custom templates
ImageMixer lets you save your own designs for use as backgrounds in future layouts. They may be
accessed by clicking the [Custom Templates] button.
Object
Figures, images, and text arranged in layouts are called objects.
Control point
Once an object in a particular layout is selected, the four corners surrounding the object are displayed as
control points. They can be dragged to change the size the object.
Control points are displayed slightly differently in Windows and Macintosh.
Blocks
Blocks are the square areas which surround the control points.
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Capture Environment
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Capture Environment
Opening Capture Environment
Capture window
ImageMixer allows you to select which existing media you want to work with and import files from a
memory card, such as one which is inserted in a digital camera connected to your computer. You can
also record sound from audio CDs or by using a microphone. Capturing still shots or entire scenes from a
digital movie camera is also easy with ImageMixer. You can then use the main screen to confirm these
operations by double clicking the appropriate thumbnail and easily add media files to existing albums.
Capture Tasks
Import file mode display
Importing files
Preferences
Digital Camera Import Mode
Opening Capture Environment
1. Open ImageMixer.
Digital camera import display
Importing files from a digital
camera
Preferences
Audio CD Recording Mode
Control panel
Caution
Recording music files
Troubleshooting
Preferences
2. Click the [Capture Environment]
button on the Main Selector.
3. Click the Capture Mode Selector button which corresponds to the task you wish to perform.
The selected mode is displayed.
Sound Recording Mode
Control panel
Recording sound files
Recording sound files while
previewing movie images
Troubleshooting
Preferences
Capture window
USB Device Capture Mode (Win)
Control panel
Connection status
Capturing movie scenes
Capturing still pictures
Preferences
DV Camcorder Capture Mode
(Win)
Control panel
Changing the display size
Connection status
DV cassette indication
Capturing movie scenes
Capturing still picture files
Preferences
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc Environment
Chapter 8 ImageMixer Easy Video
CD (Win)
Capture mode selector
Click either
or
, depending on the
method by which you wish to bring in media.
Control panel
This section changes depending on the mode selected.
Album list window
Albums are displayed in a list.
Thumbnail list window
Depending on the capture mode selected, album file thumbnails
are displayed in a list.
Import File Mode button
Click to start import file mode.
Digital Camera Import
Mode button
Click to start digital camera import mode.
CD Recording Mode button
Click to start CD recording mode.
Sound Recording Mode
button
Click to start sound recording mode.
USB Device Capture Mode
button
Click to start USB device capture mode. (Windows only)
DV Camcorder Capture
Mode button
Click to start DV camcorder capture mode. (Windows only)
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Capture Tasks
ImageMixer allows you to "drag and drop" media (still pictures, movies, and sound files) straight from
disks on your computer into albums of your choice.
Import file mode display
and
are displayed only when the displayed thumbnails are not those related to still
pictures.
Folder list window
Folders in the HDD and removable disks are displayed here in a
format which is similar to that of Explorer in Windows. In
Macintosh, this window resembles the Finder.
Still Picture File Display
button
Click to display only thumbnails of still picture files in the
selected folder.
Movie File Display button
Click to display only thumbnails of movie files in the selected
folder.
Sound File Display button
Click to display only thumbnails of sound files in the selected
folder.
Display All Files button
Click to display thumbnails of all media files in the selected
folder.
Here you can see thumbnails of those files in the selected folder
that can be added to albums. They appear according to the file
Thumbnail list window
type(s) sorted by selecting one of the following buttons:
or
.
Capture button
Click to add the selected thumbnail(s) to the album currently
selected in the album list window.
Album list window
Albums are displayed in a list.
Preview window
Displays a preview of the source file and provides detailed file
information. In the case of movie files, the entire movie can be
previewed in this window. The preview window is not displayed
when a sound file thumbnail is selected.
Play position slider
A single fame and its position in the movie can be previewed by
dragging the slider. This is not displayed when a still picture is
selected.
Play button
Begins playback of the currently selected movie.
Pause button
Pauses playback.
Volume control
In Windows, adjust the volume by dragging the slider. In
Macintosh, click to display a vertical volume slider. Adjust the
volume by dragging the slider up or down.
Preview ON/OFF button
Switches the preview display on or off.
Single Frame Rewind
button
Rewinds the movie frame by frame. (Macintosh only)
Single Frame Advance
button
Advances the movie frame by frame. (Macintosh only)
Information Display button
Displays detailed information pertaining to the selected file.
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Capture Tasks
Importing files
1. Select a disk/volume or folder from the folder list window.
Media files existing in a particular disk/volume or folder displayed in the folder list window can be added to
to open disks or folders
albums. They appear as thumbnails in the thumbnail list window. In Windows, click
and click
to close them. In Macintosh, click
to open volumes or folders and click
to close them.
2. Select an album of your choice from the album list window.
This will be the album into which you will import files.
3. Select a thumbnail from the thumbnail list window.
More than one thumbnail may be selected at a time.
4. Click the [Import]
button.
The source file of the thumbnail selected in step 3 is added to the album selected in step 2. At this point, a copy of
the source file is created and saved into the directory designated in the Capturing/Recording Preferences.
Files can also be imported by dragging and dropping thumbnails from the thumbnail list window into the desired
album. See below.
In Macintosh, it may be impossible to create thumbnails for files which cannot be opened by QuickTime Player.
Also, since Macintosh recognizes files by their contents rather than file extensions, some files may be added as
certain file type which is not in accordance with their file extension.
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Capture Preferences
Sets the settings related to capture mode.
Preference window
Check that the Capture Mode is selected, then click the "Preferences" button
display the preference window described below.
on the selector bar to
Prefix for Newly Captured Files
Input and set the prefix for names used for capture files.
For example, if you input "ABC," then the file names will be, in order of capture, "ABC0001",
"ABC0002", "ABC0003".
Destination of Captured/Recorded Files
Sets the location to which the file will be saved in capture mode.
To change the destination, click the "Browse" button, select the new destination folder and click the
"OK" button.
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Digital Camera Import Mode
This mode allows you to import files from digital cameras and memory card reader devices.
This is possible when a removable disk is mounted.
Digital camera import display
Select memory card menu
Digital cameras and memory cards connected directly to the PC
are displayed in a list.
Refresh button
Click to refresh the reading of data from the source currently
selected in
.
Memory card list window
Available memory cards and similarly formatted sources are
displayed here.
Comment input pane
This pane allows you to add personalized comments which relate
directly to individual files, which later may be added to albums.
Import button
Click to copy the source files of the selected thumbnails to the
save location, and add them to the selected album.
Still Picture Display button
Click to display only thumbnails of still picture files stored on the
selected memory card.
Movie Display button
Click to display only thumbnails of movie files stored on the
selected memory card.
Sound File display button
Click to display only thumbnails of sound files stored on the
selected memory card.
Display All button
Click to display thumbnails of all media stored on the selected
memory card.
Small Thumbnail button
Click to display small thumbnails in the thumbnail list window.
Large Thumbnail button
Click to display large size thumbnails in the thumbnail list
window.
Thumbnail list window
Here you can see thumbnails of those files stored on the memory
card selected in
and which can be added to albums. They
appear according to the file types sorted by selecting one of the
following buttons:
or
.
Album list window
Albums are displayed in a list.
Preview window
Refer to file capture mode
Information Display button
Displays information pertaining to the selected file.
Exif File Information
Display button
Displays file information pertaining to the selected Exif file.
Exif Device Information
Display button
Displays Exif camera information pertaining to the selected file.
Exif Photo Information
Display button
Displays photo information pertaining to the selected Exif file.
Information display panel
Displays file information depending on which of the following
buttons is currently active:
or
.
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Digital Camera Import Mode
Importing files from a digital camera
Files from a digital camera memory card or removable disk may be imported as follows:
1. Select a digital camera from the menu.
Memory cards and sources with digital camera memory card formatting are displayed in the memory card list
window.
2. Select a source from the memory card list window.
Thumbnails of the files in the selected source are displayed in the thumbnail list window.
3. Select a thumbnail from the thumbnail list window.
4. Comments for individual files may be added in the comment input pane.
5. Select a destination album from the album list window.
6. Click the [Import]
button.
The source file of the thumbnail selected in step 3 is added to the album selected in step 5. At this point, a copy of
the source file is created and saved into the directory designated in the Capturing/Recording Preferences.
Files can also be imported by dragging and dropping thumbnails from the thumbnail list window into the desired
album. See below.
Vertically oriented pictures are usually saved horizontally, though Exif files will contain information to the effect
that the picture was taken vertically. ImageMixer creates vertical thumbnails for those files in accordance with the
Exif information, even though they may have originally been saved as horizontal images.
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Digital Camera Import Preferences
Sets the settings related to the digital camera import mode.
Preference Window
Check that the Digital Camera Import Mode is selected, then click the "Preferences" button
selector bar to display the preference window described below.
on the
Prefix for Newly Captured Files
Input and set the prefix for names used for import files.
For example, if you input "ABC," then the file names will be, in order of import, "ABC0001",
"ABC0002", "ABC0003".
Destination of Captured/Recorded Files
Sets the location to which the file will be saved in import mode
To change the destination, click the "Browse" button, select the new destination folder and click the
"OK" button.
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Audio CD Recording Mode
ImageMixer allows you to record CDs straight from your CD-ROM drive. Recorded files can be played
or added to a movie media stream.
Control panel
Audio CDs can be played or recorded using the control panel shown below.
Audio CD mount indicator
In Macintosh, this is displayed when an audio CD is inserted into
the CD drive.
In Windows, this appears regardless of whether or not an audio
CD is present.
A list of available CD drives is displayed. Select the CD drive you
wish to record from. (Windows only)
Select CD drive menu
If 'Enable digital recording' is checked in the Capturing/Recording
Preferences, the CD drive is displayed according to its drive name. If the
setting above has not been made, the CD drive will appear according to its
path.
Track number display
The number of the current track is displayed.
Time display
Displays the accumulated time of the track being played.
Volume control
Adjust the volume by dragging the slider.
Stop button
Click to stop playback.
Play button
Click to start playback.
Pause button
Click to pause playback.
Record button
Click to record. While recording, this button functions as a stop
button.
Eject button
Eject the audio CD from the CD drive. (Macintosh only)
Play position slider
The play position for beginning playback may be selected by
dragging the slider.
Track list pane
The track list pertaining to the currently present audio CD is
displayed here. In Windows the total time of each track is also
displayed.
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Audio CD Recording Mode
Caution
Please take note of the following points before recording an audio CD.
Analog recording (Windows only)
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CDs mounted on an external drive can not be recorded.
The output from the CD drive must be streamed through a sound card (meaning that the CD audio
output jacks are connected to the CD input jacks on the sound card). Sound quality may be of a
slightly lower quality than the original CD.
When another sound recording application (wave form audio device, etc.) is running, it is
impossible to record with ImageMixer.
Having more than one CD player open may cause problems, such as the track list not being
displayed. ImageMixer itself may also experience problems. Close other CD players before
recording with ImageMixer.
To avoid any possibility that ImageMixer is unable to record in Windows, go to Control
Panel>System>Device Manager Tab>CD-ROM and select the brand name of the CD-ROM
device installed on your computer. From there, click the Properties button, and finally the
Properties tab. On this screen, make sure that there is no check next to "Enable digital CD audio
for this CD-ROM device."
Digital recording
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If digital recording from the CD drive is not possible, try analog recording.
Macintosh supports only digital recording
Recording in Macintosh
When another player is running, recording may not be possible. If [Auto Play] is selected in the
QuickTime settings, playback will begin shortly after an audio CD is inserted. ImageMixer functions,
such as Play and Record, are not available at this time. Change the settings of the relevant software to
disable the automatic play option.
In Windows, the recording mode can be changed via the Capturing/Recording Preferences.
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Audio CD Recording Mode
Recording music files
Follow these steps to record music from an audio CD.
The size of recorded sound files is approximately 10MB per minute of CD audio.
1. Insert the music CD in the CD drive.
If the CD plays automatically, stop playback and close the audio software.
2. Select an album.
Designate an album from the album list window into which to save the recorded sound files.
3. In Windows, select the CD drive from the select CD drive menu.
4. Select a track from the track list window.
5. If you wish to record only one portion of a track, cue up the track according to the
instructions below.
To record an entire track, go directly to the next step.
6. Click the [Play]
recording.
button. Click the [Pause] button at the point you wish to begin
(Tracks may also be played by double-clicking the track number in the track list window.)
You may also choose to drag the slider to the desired record position.
7. Click the [Record]
button.
ImageMixer will begin recording and stop at the end of the track.
To record another track, repeat the process. To stop recording, and thereby record only a portion of the track, see
below.
8. Click the [Stop]
button at the point you wish to stop recording.
This step is necessary only if you wish to record a portion of the track.
The audio format of digitally recorded files is PCM, the sampling rate is 44.1KHz, and the bit rate is 16bit stereo.
In Windows, the file type of recorded files is WAVE. In Mac, AIFF files are created. Files are saved in the save
location designated in the Capturing/Recording Preferences, but are, of course, added directly to the album
selected in step 2. To confirm successful recording of sound files, double-click their thumbnail icon in the
thumbnail list window.
Macintosh
Files are recorded is by dragging & dropping the track number from the track list window to the thumbnail list
window. Tracks are recorded individually.
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Audio CD Recording Mode
Troubleshooting
Unable to record sound files (analog recording in Windows).
(See section 2-4-2)
There may be a problem with a driver. There may also be a problem with the connection between the CD
drive and the sound card. If you expect this to be the case, contact the relevant manufacturer.
Track list not displayed.
Confirm that the correct CD drive is selected (Windows only), that the CD currently in the drive is an
audio CD, and that the CD drive is functioning properly.
Sound files were created, but cannot be played.
Check the speaker power and volume.
Note that the ImageMixer volume control works
independently of the volume control on the speakers.
In Windows, right click the speaker icon on the task bar
and select 'Open Volume Controls.' If 'CD Audio' is muted or if the volume is too low, adjust
accordingly and record again.
In Macintosh, open [Apple] menu>[Control Panels]>[Sound], to set the recording sound level.
The method for adjusting the volume may be different depending on your computer's configurations, in
which case we recommend that you consult the manufacturer's technical support center.
Recorded analog sound files contain noise and jump.
Check to see whether the volume level is too high.
Refer to 'Sound files were created, but cannot be played' above.
Also note that we do not recommend that you perform other tasks on your computer while recording is
taking place.
Recorded analog sound files jump. (analog recording)
Your computer hardware may be close to the minimum specifications required to run ImageMixer. Close
all other applications before starting ImageMixer and try again. (When the CPU and HDD are not being
used to run programs other than ImageMixer, system resources should not become depleted.
Sound is not recorded from the starting point (sound begins late).
Although recording commences when the [Record] button is clicked, sound is not always recorded from
this point. This is because there may be a time lag before play begins. It is therefore recommended that
you set the point at which to begin recording slightly before the point from which you wish to record.
Unnecessary portions can be cut in the Movie Editing Environment.
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Audio CD Recording Preferences
Sets the settings related to the audio CD recording mode.
Preference window
Check that the Audio CD Recording Mode is selected, then click the "Preferences" button
selector bar to display the preference window described below.
on the
Prefix for Newly Captured Files
Input and set the prefix for names used for recording files.
For example, if you input "ABC," then the file names will be, in order of recording, "ABC0001",
"ABC0002", "ABC0003".
Destination of Captured/Recorded Files
Sets the location to which recorded files and such will be saved in recording mode.
To change the destination, click the "Browse" button, select the new destination folder and click the
"OK" button.
Audio CD setting (Windows only)
Sets the audio CD recording mode settings.
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Enable digital recording
By inserting a check, you can record from the pre-set CD in digital format. If the check is
removed, recording is done in analog format.
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Sound Recording Mode
ImageMixer enables you to record sounds using a microphone or other sound output devices (such as a
TV, cassette tape player, etc.) connected to an audio input jack on your computer. Sound effects and
narration can be recorded, and then added to movies you create yourself with the ImageMixer software.
Control panel
From the control panel, you can record sounds using a microphone or other sound output device
connected to an audio input on your computer. You can also use the control panel (shown below) to
playback recorded sounds.
Preview window
Displays a preview of the selected thumbnail.
Playback position slider
The position at which you wish to begin playback can be selected
by dragging the slider.
Preview ON/OFF button
Switches the preview display on or off.
Time display
Displays the accumulated time of the currently playing movie or
sound file.
Volume control
Adjust volume by dragging the slider.
Stop button
Click to stop playback.
Play button
Click to start playback.
Pause button
Click to pause playback.
Record button
Click to record. During recording, this button functions as a stop
button.
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Sound Recording Mode
Recording sound files
Follow these steps to record music from a microphone or other sound output device, such as a TV,
cassette tape player, etc. The size of recorded sound files is approximately 10MB per minute of CD
audio.
1. Connect the microphone or other sound output device to the appropriate input jack on your
computer.
2. Select an album.
Select the album from the album list window into which you wish to save the recorded sound files.
3. Click the [Record]
4. Click the [Stop]
button.
button at the point at which you wish to stop recording.
The audio format of digitally recorded files is PCM, the sampling rate is 44.1KHz, and the bit rate is 16bit stereo.
In Windows, the file type of recorded files is WAVE. In Mac, AIFF files are created. Files are saved in the save
location designated in the Capturing/Recording Preferences, but are, of course, added directly to the album
selected in step 2. To confirm successful recording of sound files, double-click their thumbnail icon in the
thumbnail list window.
Recording sound files while previewing movie images
Recording sound with a microphone or other sound output device can be performed while previewing a
movie to which the sound will later be added. This is useful in synchronizing narration or background
music to specific scenes of a movie. The files can then be added to movies you create yourself with the
ImageMixer software.
1. Connect the microphone or other sound output device to the appropriate input jack on your
computer.
2. Select the thumbnail of the file to which the sound will later be added.
If necessary, change the currently selected album in the album list window.
3. Confirm that the [Preview On/Off] button is active (colored bright yellow).
A preview of the file selected in step 2 will be displayed.
4. Confirm the "off" position of the volume control.
To prevent the original sound of the movie from interfering with the sound you are about to record, make sure that
the volume control slider indicates the lowest volume possible, effectively turning it off.
5. Select an album.
Select the album from the album list window into which you wish to save the recorded sound files.
6. Cue up the movie playback by clicking the [Play]
button or by dragging the play
position slider to the point at which you later plan to add sound.
7. Click the [Record]
button.
The movie will play and recording will start.
8. Click the [Stop]
button at the point you wish to stop recording.
The audio format of digitally recorded files is PCM, the sampling rate is 44.1KHz, and the bit rate is 16bit stereo.
In Windows, the file type of recorded files is WAVE. In Mac, AIFF files are created. Files are saved in the Save
location designated in the Capturing/Recording Preferences, but are, of course, added directly to the album
selected in step 2. To confirm successful recording of sound files, double-click their thumbnail icon in the
thumbnail list window.
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Sound Recording Mode
Troubleshooting
Sound files were created, but cannot be played.
Check the speaker power and volume.
Note that the ImageMixer volume control works
independently of the volume control on the speakers.
In Windows, right click the speaker icon on the task bar
and select 'Open Volume Controls.' If 'Line In' is muted or if the volume is too low, adjust accordingly
and record again.
In Macintosh, open [Apple] menu>[Control Panels]>[Sound], to set the recording sound level.
The method for adjusting the volume may be different depending on your computer's configurations, in
which case we recommend that you consult the manufacturer's technical support center.
Recorded analog sound files contain noise and jump.
Confirm that the CD recording volume is suitable.
Refer to 'Sound files were created, but cannot be played' above.
Also note that we do not recommend that you perform other tasks on your computer while recording is
taking place.
Recorded analog sound files jump.
Your computer hardware may be close to the minimum specifications required to run ImageMixer. Close
all other applications before starting ImageMixer and try again. (When the CPU and HDD are not being
used to run programs other than ImageMixer, system resources should not become depleted.
Due to the possibility of noise, etc., we do not recommend recording sounds with internal
microphones.
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Sound Recording Preferences
Sets the settings related to the sound recording mode.
Preference window
Check that the Sound Recording Mode is selected, then click the "Preferences" button
selector bar to display the preference window described below.
on the
Prefix for Newly Captured Files
Input and set the prefix for names used for recording files.
For example, if you input "ABC," then the file names will be, in order of recording, "ABC0001",
"ABC0002", "ABC0003".
Destination of Captured/Recorded Files
Sets the location to which the recorded files and such will be saved in recording mode.
To change the destination, click the "Browse" button, select the new destination folder and click the
"OK" button.
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USB Device Capture Mode (Windows Only)
ImageMixer enables you to capture still pictures or movie scenes directly from devices connected to
your computer's USB port, such as a digital camera.
Control panel
Monitor window
Displays images from the USB-connected device.
Volume control
Adjust volume by dragging the slider.
Image quality control
Adjust image quality by dragging the slider. Move the slider to the
right to improve the image quality. Click on the "Default settings"
button to reset this setting to its initial value.
Time display
Displays the current play time according to the counter on the
video camera.
Brightness control
Adjust image brightness by dragging the slider. Move the slider to
the right to increase the brightness. Click on the "Default settings"
button to reset this setting to its initial value.
Rewind button
Clicking this button will rewind the DV cassette inside the video
camera, as if you pushed the rewind button on the device itself.
Stop button
Click to stop playback.
Play button
Click to start playback.
Pause button
Click to pause playback.
Fast Forward button
Clicking this button will fast forward the DV cassette inside the
video camera, as if you pushed the rewind button on the device
itself.
Single Frame Rewind
button
When the movie is paused, this button moves the movie backward
one frame at a time.
Single Frame Play button
Plays the movie frame-by-frame (slow motion).
Single Frame Advance
button
When the movie is paused, this button moves the movie forward
one frame at a time.
Still Picture Capture button
Click to enable the capturing of still pictures.
Motion Picture Capture
button
Click to enable the capturing of movie scenes.
Click to capture either a still picture or a movie scene.
Capture button
The function of this button depends on whether
or
is currently
active. Note that this button functions as the STOP button during movie scene
capturing.
Information display panel
Connection status
Indicates current operation and connection status of the device.
Connect the USB interface of the device (such as a digital video camera) to the USB port on the
computer. Set the device to display images through the USB connection. Consult the instruction manual
that came with your equipment for details on transferring images from your particular device.
If the connection between the PC and the device is working properly:
A blue monitor window is displayed. Depending on your selected task, the message in the information
display panel will read 'There is ... of free space in the destination directory,' (for capturing movie
scenes) or 'Ready to capture still picture.'
If there is a problem with the connection between the PC and the device:
A black monitor window will displayed. When the device is not ready to play or is not connected to the
PC correctly, the message on the information display panel will read 'Connection with the peripheral is
invalid. Please confirm the connection between your PC and the peripheral.'
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USB Device Capture Mode (Windows Only)
Capturing movie scenes
Follow these steps to capture (record) a movie file from a USB-connected device.
1. Select an album.
Designate an album from the album list window into which to save the captured movie file.
2. Click the [Movie Scene Capture]
button.
Capturing a movie scene is now possible.
3. Adjust sound volume if necessary.
This setting does not effect the original sound level of the captured movie scene.
4. Click the [Capture]
5. Click the [Stop]
button at the desired point to begin capturing.
button at the point you wish to end the capture.
If the 'Capture as MPEG1' box is checked in the Capturing/Recording Preferences, the status box below will be
shown. After the capture is complete, the movie file will be automatically added to the album designated in step 1.
To view the newly captured file, double-click its thumbnail to open the view window. This function cannot be
used while capturing is in progress.
Capturing still pictures
Follow these steps to capture a still picture from a USB-connected device.
1. Select an album.
Designate an album from the album list window into which to save the captured picture file.
2. Click the [Still Picture Capture ]
button.
Capturing a still picture is now possible.
3. Click the [Capture]
button.
After the capture is completed, the file will be automatically added to the album designated in step 1. To view the
captured file, double-click its thumbnail to open the view window. This function cannot be used while capturing
is in progress.
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USB Capture Preferences (Windows only)
Sets the settings related to the USB capture mode.
Preference window
Check that the USB Capture Mode is selected, then click the "Preferences" button
bar to display the preference window described below.
on the selector
Prefix for Newly Captured Files
Input and set the prefix for names used for capture files.
For example, if you input "ABC," then the captured file names will be, in order of capture, "ABC0001",
"ABC0002", "ABC0003".
Destination of Captured/Recorded Files
Sets the location to which the captured files and such will be saved in capture mode.
To change the destination, click the "Browse" button, select the new destination folder and click the
"OK" button.
Movie Capture Settings
Sets the settings for capturing moving picture files.
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Capture as MPEG1
Normally moving pictures are captured as AVI format moving picture files, but you can capture
them as MPEG1 format moving picture files by inserting a check. The converting MPEG1 is
ImageMixer MPEG1.
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Minimum amount of free disk space
The size of captured moving picture files becomes extremely large, so when you capture a lot of
moving picture files for a long time, the available hard disk space may get too low. To prevent
your available hard disk space from getting too low, you can set the amount of available hard
disk space that is not to be used when capturing moving picture files. This prevents the available
hard disk space from falling below the set value. You can set this either by selecting a value or
inputting a value.
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Monitor capture mode
Insert a check to display the image being captured in the monitor window when moving pictures
are captured.
USB Capture Device Setting
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Sound device
In the USB Capture Mode, select from a list the audio capture driver to be used when capturing
from a device that supports moving picture playback through USB.
Only set this when you cannot do normal USB capture.
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Capture Using DV Cam.
Set whether or not to do capturing from the digital video camera's external input.
By inserting a check, you can capture the images from an analog image output device connected
to the digital video camera.
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DV Camcorder Capture Mode (Windows
Only)
ImageMixer enables you to capture both still pictures and movie scenes a digital video cameras
connected to the IEEE1394 port of your computer.
Control panel
From the control panel, you can play or record media from a digital video camera connected to your PC.
Monitor window
Displays the movie directly from the digital video camera.
Small Monitor button
Click to display the movie in the small monitor window.
Large Monitor button
Click to display the movie in a large monitor window.
Cassette indicator
This icon becomes active (glows) when a DV cassette is present in
the digital video camera.
Refresh connection button
Click to refresh the connection between the PC and the digital
video camera.
Time display
Displays the current play time according to the counter on the
video camera.
Volume control
Adjust the volume by dragging the slider.
Rewind button
Clicking this button will rewind the DV cassette inside the video
camera, as if you pushed the rewind button on the device itself.
Stop button
Click to stop playback.
Play button
Click to start playback.
Pause button
Click to pause playback.
Fast Forward button
Clicking this button will fast forward the DV cassette inside the
video camera, as if you pushed the rewind button on the device
itself.
Single Frame Rewind
button
When the movie is paused, this button moves the movie backward
one frame at a time.
Single Frame Play button
Plays the movie frame-by-frame (slow motion).
Single Frame Advance
button
When the movie is paused, this button moves the movie forward
one frame at a time.
Still Picture Capture button
Click to enable the capturing of still pictures.
Click to capture either a still picture or a movie scene.
Capture button
The function of this button depends on whether
or
is currently
active. Note that this button functions as the STOP button during movie scene
capturing.
Movie Scene Capture
button
Click to enable the capturing of movie scenes.
Information display panel
Indicates current operation and connection status of the device.
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DV Camcorder Capture Mode (Windows
Only)
Changing the display size
When capturing files from a digital video camera (DV camcorder), there are two monitor sizes from
which to choose:
small monitor and
Click the [small monitor]
size.
Connection status
large monitor.
button or the [large monitor]
button to change the monitor
Connect your digital video camera to the IEEE1394 port on your PC and set it to play mode. That is,
your device should be set in the mode you would normally use to view scenes already recorded on the
tape inside the machine.
If the connection between the PC and the device is working properly:
A blue monitor window is displayed. Depending on your selected task, the message in the information
display panel will read 'There is ... of free space in the destination directory,' (for capturing movie
scenes) or 'Ready to capture still picture.'
If there is a problem with the connection between the PC and the device:
A black monitor window will be displayed. If the digital video camera is not properly connected to the
PC, or is not set to play mode, or if a DV cassette isn't present in the machine, the message on the
information display panel will say "Camcorder Not Found."
If there seems to a problem with the connection between the PC & the digital video camera, try clicking the [refresh
connection]
button.
DV cassette indication
When a DV cassette is present in the digital video camera, this icon
When a cassette is not present, the icon is inactive
becomes active (glows).
(appears gray).
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DV Camcorder Capture Mode (Windows
Only)
Capturing movie scenes
Follow the steps below to capture movie scenes.
1. Select an album.
Designate an album from the album list window into which to save the captured movie file.
2. Click the [Movie Scene Capture]
button.
Capturing a movie scene is now possible.
3. Click the [Play]
button to start the movie in the monitor window.
You can also fast forward, rewind, pause, etc., to find the point at which you plan to begin recording.
4. Adjust sound volume if necessary.
This setting does not effect the original sound level of the captured movie scene.
To prevent frame jumping on low-spec machines, it may be impossible to hear sound. In such cases, the volume
should be adjusted during playback.
5. Click the [Capture]
6. Click the [Stop]
button at the desired point to begin capturing.
button at the point you wish to end the capture.
If the 'Capture as MPEG1' box is checked in the Capturing/Recording Preferences, the status box below will be
shown. After the capture is complete, the movie file will be automatically added to the album designated in step 1.
To view the newly captured file, double click its thumbnail to open the view window. This function cannot be
used while capturing is in progress.
Capturing still picture files
You can capture a still picture by following the steps below.
1. Select an album.
Designate an album from the album list window into which to save the captured picture file.
2. Click the [Still Picture Capture ]
button.
Capturing a still picture is now possible.
3. Click the [Play]
button to start the movie in the monitor window.
You can also fast forward, rewind, pause, etc., to find the point at which you plan to begin recording.
4. Click the [Capture]
button.
After the capture is completed, the file will be automatically added to the album designated in step 1. To look at
the captured file, double-click its thumbnail to open the view window. This function cannot be used while
capturing is in progress.
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DV Camcoder Capture Preferences (Windows
only)
Sets the settings related to the DV camcorder capture mode.
Preferences window
Check that the DV Camcorder Capture Mode is selected, then click the "Preferences" button
the selector bar to display the preference window described below.
on
Prefix for Newly Captured Files
Input and set the prefix for names used for capture files.
For example, if you input "ABC," then the captured file names will be, in order of capture, "ABC0001",
"ABC0002", "ABC0003".
Destination of Captured/Recorded Files
Sets the location to which the captured files and such will be saved in capture mode.
To change the destination, click the "Browse" button, select the new destination folder and click the
"OK" button.
Still Picture Capture Settings
Sets the settings used when you capture still picture files. You can perform processing to make the files
suitable for use on a PC.
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Reduce interlace noise
For images taken with a digital video camera, a new image is displayed every 1/30th of a second,
similar to TV images. The format used does not rewrite a whole frame (one page of the screen)
all at once, but rather rewrites a frame's image one half at a time every 1/60th of a second. On a
PC, a frame screen is captured as a single page of still pictures. Because of this, if there is rapid
movement in the image, blurring can occur between the image halves. The processing done to
compensate for this blurring and create a file without jagged edges is interlace processing. If
interlace processing is done, one page of a frame image is created by using half the image to fill
in the gaps of the other half, so the resolution deteriorates compared to images not processed this
way. It is probably not necessary to do interlace processing when capturing images with little
movement.
Lock aspect ratio
When the digital video camera uses the NTSC format, the captured still image file has a
resolution of 720 x 480 dots, which is longer vertically than the dots on a PC screen. The dots on
a PC screen form a square, so if the image is displayed as is on the PC, it will be stretched out
horizontally. This is similar to viewing a normal TV screen on a wide screen. Aspect conversion
corrects this problem. The number of horizontal dots is corrected from 720 to 640 to be able to
obtain an image with an accurate ratio. However, because the correction is done by reducing the
number of dots, the image quality deteriorates.
When the digital video camera uses the PAL format, the captured still image file has a resolution
of 720 x 576 dots, which is longer vertically than the dots on a PC screen. The dots on a PC
screen form a square, so if the image is displayed as is on the PC, it will be stretched out
vertically. Aspect conversion corrects this problem. The number of vertical dots is corrected
from 576 to 540 to be able to obtain an image with an accurate ratio. However, because the
correction is done by reducing the number of dots, the image quality deteriorates.
Crop surroundings pixels according to settings below
Trims off the unnecessary parts around the frame. The values for trimming the top, bottom, right
and left are input in units of dots.
Movie Capture Settings
Sets the settings for capturing moving picture files.
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Capture as MPEG1
The files are normally captured as AVI format moving picture files, but you can capture them as
MPEG1 format moving picture files by inserting a check. The converting MPEG1 is ImageMixer
MPEG1.
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Minimum amount of free disk space
The size of captured moving picture files becomes extremely large, so when you capture a lot of
moving picture files for a long time, the available hard disk space may get too low. To prevent
your available hard disk space from getting too low, you can set the amount of available hard
disk space that is not to be used when capturing moving picture files. This prevents the available
hard disk space from falling below the set value. You can set this either by selecting a value or
inputting a value.
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Monitor capture mode
Insert a check to display the image being captured in the monitor window when moving pictures
are captured.
DVC capture settings
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Capture using DV Cam.
Set whether or not to do capturing from the digital video camera's external input.
Insert a check to capture the images from an analog image output device connected to the digital
video camera.
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Album Environment
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Albums help you organize media files to be used with ImageMixer. Available tasks include viewing still
images and movies, running slide shows, displaying information related to individual files, performing
file searches, and sorting files according to specific criteria. Using albums also means that you only need
manage those files that serve the purposes you define.
Opening Album Environment
Nomenclature
Thumbnails
Movie file thumbnails
Sound file thumbnails
Still picture file thumbnails
Album Menu
Opening Album Environment
1. Open ImageMixer.
File Menu
Exporting Album Files
Context Menus
Thumbnail Views
2. Click the [Album Environment]
button on the Main Selector.
Thumbnail view
Thumbnail/File information View
Thumbnail/Detailed file
information view
Image Editor
Nomenclature
View/Play Window
Playing movies and sound files
(Win)
Playing movies and sound files
(Mac)
Viewing still pictures
Exporting Album Files
Exporting movies
Exporting pictures
Output to memory card
Printing Within the Album
Environment
Finding Specific Files
Search by file type
Search according to specific
criteria
Sort
Album Preferences
Chapter 4 Movie Editing Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc Environment
Chapter 8 ImageMixer Easy Video
CD (Win)
Selector Bar
The buttons located on this bar control the desired working
environment and general actions associated with the current
environment.
Thumbnail Display buttons
These buttons change the way album file thumbnails are
displayed.
Album list window
Existing albums (those you have created, etc.) are shown here.
Menu buttons
The Album Menu button and the File Menu button are located
here.
Thumbnails
Thumbnails are the small graphic representations of files which
have been added to a particular album.
Display Control buttons
Buttons for sorting thumbnails are also located here.
Image Edit button
Allows the source file of a selected still picture thumbnail to be
edited.
Thumbnail list window
Thumbnails related to movies, still pictures, and sound files are
shown here. You can use the display control buttons to effectively
"filter out" those file types you do not wish to be displayed.
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Thumbnails
Thumbnails are small graphic representations of files which have been added to a particular album.
Thumbnails for a selected album are displayed in the 'thumbnail list window.'
Movie file thumbnails
The graphic representation, or thumbnail image,
consists of the first frame of the movie.
The title of the movie is shown here.
This is the icon used for movie files.
Sound file thumbnails
This is the ImageMixer thumbnail image used for
sound media.
The title of the sound media is shown here.
This is the icon used for sound media.
Still picture file thumbnails
The thumbnail image consists of a miniature image
of the picture itself.
The title of the still picture is shown here.
This is the icon used for still pictures.
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Album Menu
Clicking this button displays the album menu.
Create new album
Creates a new album. Clicking this command displays the 'Save As' dialog box. Enter the file name,
define the destination directory, then click [Save]. The newly created album will appear in the album list
window.
Add album
Adds, or retrieves, a saved album which was previously removed. Clicking this command displays the
'Open' dialog box. Selecting and opening an album file here adds it to the other albums currently
displayed in the album list window.
Remove album
Removes the selected album from the album list window. Note that the album file itself is not deleted.
When an album has been deleted or moved from the directory in which it was saved, a question mark (?) will be displayed
on the album's icon. In this case, remove the album and add it again.
Rename album
Allows you to change an album's name. After selecting an album from the album list window and
clicking this command, a dialog box appears. Enter the new album name and click the [OK] button.
Backup album
Creates a duplicate file of the currently selected album. Clicking this command displays the 'Save As'
dialog box. Enter the file name, define the destination directory, then click [Save]. The newly created
backup album is displayed in the album list window.
A folder with the same name as the backup album is created in the destination directory. The backup
album file and backup files of the files added to the original album are saved in this folder.
In Windows, the album file and its thumbnails' source files are copied into the backup folder. In
Macintosh, the copies of the original source files are renamed with the prefix "BackUP," followed by
consecutive numbers.
Delete album
Deletes the selected album. Clicking this command displays a confirmation dialog box. Clicking the
[Yes] button deletes the selected album.
Only the album itself, and not the source files associated with it, is deleted.
Create album with selected thumbnails
Creates a new album with the selected source files (according to the currently selected thumbnails) as its
initial contents.
In Windows, clicking this menu item displays the 'Save As' dialog box. Enter the album file name, define
the destination directory, and then click [Save]. The newly created album is added to the album list
window.
In Macintosh, clicking this menu item creates an album with the selected thumbnail files and adds it to
the album list window.
Add thumbnail
Adds thumbnails into the selected album. Clicking this command displays the 'Open' dialog box. Select
the directory in which the file you want to add is saved. Selecting and opening files adds them to the
album selected in the album list window. Thumbnails of the newly added files are then displayed in the
thumbnail list window.
Unlike adding thumbnails via the import file mode, this command does not create a copy of the thumbnail's source file.
When a thumbnail is added, its name is the same as that of its source file. Because ImageMixer manages thumbnail names
and source file names separately, they do not always have to be the same. Thumbnail names can be changed in the 'title'
field of the Thumbnail/Detailed file information view. File names can be changed by the 'rename file' command in the file
menu.
In Macintosh, it may be impossible to create thumbnails for files which cannot be opened by QuickTime Player. Also,
since Macintosh recognizes files by their contents rather than file extensions, some files may be added as certain file type
which is not in accordance with their file extension.
Add folder contents
Adds all the importable files from a particular folder into the selected album. Clicking this command
displays the 'Browse for Folder' dialog box. After selecting the folder from which you would like to add
files, click [OK] in Windows, or click [Select] in Macintosh. Thumbnails of the newly added files are
then displayed in the thumbnail list window. Files from sub-folders can also be added by checking
'Include Sub-folders.'
Test thumbnail integrity
Since thumbnails are merely graphic representations of the actual files that exist on your computer, there
may be cases where the source file is changed (renamed, moved, etc.), thereby changing the information
which links it to its corresponding thumbnail in ImageMixer. To see if this is the case with any of the
thumbnails within a particular album, first select those you wish to check, and then click the 'Test
thumbnail integrity' command.
In Windows, when a file added in an album cannot be found because it has been deleted or moved from the directory in
which it was saved, a question mark (?) will be displayed on the file's thumbnail. This is not displayed in Macintosh.
Cut thumbnail
Cuts, or removes, the currently selected thumbnail from the album. The cut thumbnail can then be pasted
into another album of your choice by selecting the 'Paste thumbnail' command.
Copy thumbnail
Copies the selected thumbnail. The cut thumbnail can then be pasted into another album of your choice
by selecting the 'Paste thumbnail' command.
Paste thumbnail
Pastes a cut or copied thumbnail into the album of your choice.
A cut or copied thumbnail cannot be pasted into an album in which a copy of that thumbnail already exists.
Delete thumbnail
Deletes the selected thumbnail from the album. Clicking this command displays a confirmation dialog
box. Clicking the [Yes] button deletes the selected thumbnail.
Only the thumbnail itself, and not the source file associated with it, is deleted.
Change size of thumbnails
Allows you to display either large or small thumbnails.
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File Menu
Clicking this button displays the file menu.
Move
Moves the source file of the selected thumbnail. Clicking this command displays the 'Browse for Folder'
dialog box. Select the destination location and click [OK] to move the source file.
Copy
Copies the source file of the selected thumbnail. Clicking this command displays the 'Browse for Folder'
dialog box. Select the destination location and click [OK] to copy the thumbnail source file.
Delete
Deletes the source file of the selected thumbnail. Clicking this command displays a confirmation dialog
box. Clicking the [Yes] button deletes the selected source file.
View/Play
Clicking this command will allow pictures and movie files to be viewed and sound files to be played.
Display file location (Windows only)
Displays the contents of the directory containing the source file of the selected thumbnail. This function
utilizes the standard Windows Explorer interface.
Rename file
Allows you to change the name of the source file associated with the selected thumbnail. Clicking this
command displays a dialog box. Enter the new name and click the [OK] button.
Thumbnail names cannot be changed through this operation. Change thumbnail names in the 'title' field of the
Thumbnail/Detailed file information view.
Edit Picture
Allows the source file of the selected still picture thumbnail to be edited.
The edited still picture is created as a new file and its thumbnail is automatically added to the album
when exiting the Image Editor. The original still picture file remains unchanged after editing. A
duplicate of the still picture file which is to be edited is created when Image Editor is started.
Export within album as new movie
Exporting is a term used to refer to the action of creating a new file according to a pre-designated format.
Clicking this command will not change the source file of the selected movie thumbnail. Rather,
ImageMixer will, regardless of the format of the original file, save the movie according to the settings
you define in the accompanying dialog box. After the process is complete, a thumbnail associated with
the new file will appear in the current album.
Export within album as new picture
Exporting is a term used to refer to the action of creating a new file according to a pre-designated format.
Clicking this command will not change the source file of the selected picture thumbnail. Rather,
ImageMixer will, regardless of the format of the original file, save the picture according to the settings
you define in the accompanying dialog box. After the process is complete, a thumbnail associated with
the new file will appear in the current album.
Send mail (Windows only)
Enables e-mail to be sent by automatically activating the mail software and attaching the source file of
the thumbnail selected in the thumbnail list window to a new message.
In order to use this function your e-mail software must be MAPI compatible.
Output to memory card
Outputs a copy of the source file associated with the selected thumbnail to a memory card.
Print
Prints out the source file of the selected thumbnail. Clicking this command displays the Print Layout
Settings dialog box, providing you with a variety of options related to paper size, etc.
Run slide show
Runs a slide show of still pictures as well as the first frame of movies according to the selected
thumbnails. Slide shows run according to settings you define in Album Preferences.
In Macintosh, these buttons are not displayed. The slide show can be ended by pressing the [Command (Apple)] key,
[.(period)] key or [Esc] key.
Play button
Runs the slide show.
Stop button
Stops the slide show.
Return
button
Stops the slide show and returns to
main screen of the Album
Environment.
Apply as wallpaper (Windows only)
Sets the source file of the selected still picture thumbnail as the desktop wallpaper.
When Active Desktop is on, files set as wallpaper will not be displayed. Make sure that Active Desktop is off.
Use as screen saver (Windows only)
Sets the source file of the selected movie thumbnail as the screen saver.
MPEG and AVI format files may be used as the screen saver.
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Context Menus
Context menus provide a variety of commands related to working with thumbnails and their respective
source files. They can be displayed in Windows by right-clicking the thumbnail you wish to work with.
In Macintosh, hold down the control key while clicking the appropriate thumbnail.
Copy thumbnail
Copies the selected thumbnail. The cut thumbnail can then be pasted into another album of your choice
by clicking the 'Paste' command.
Paste thumbnail
Pastes a cut or copied thumbnail into an album of your choice.
A cut or copied thumbnail cannot be pasted into an album in which a copy of that thumbnail already exists.
Delete thumbnail
Deletes the selected thumbnail from the album. Clicking this command displays a confirmation dialog
box. Clicking the [Yes] button deletes the selected thumbnail.
Only the thumbnail itself, and not the source file associated with it, is deleted.
View/Play
Clicking this command will allow pictures and movie files to be viewed and sound files to be played.
Export within album as new picture
Exporting is a term used to refer to the action of creating a new file according to a pre-designated format.
Clicking this command will not change the source file of the selected picture thumbnail. Rather,
ImageMixer will, regardless of the format of the original file, save the picture according to the settings
you define in the accompanying dialog box. After the process is complete, a thumbnail associated with
the new file will appear in the current album.
Export within album as new movie
Exporting is a term used to refer to the action of creating a new file according to a pre-designated format.
Clicking this command will not change the source file of the selected movie thumbnail. Rather,
ImageMixer will, regardless of the format of the original file, save the movie according to the settings
you define in the accompanying dialog box. After the process is complete, a thumbnail associated with
the new file will appear in the current album.
Print
Prints out the source file of the selected thumbnail. Clicking this command displays the Print Layout
Settings dialog box, providing you with a variety of options related to paper size, etc.
Send mail (Windows only)
Enables e-mail to be sent by automatically activating the mail software and attaching the source file of
the thumbnail selected in the thumbnail list window to a new message.
In order to use this function your e-mail software must be MAPI compatible.
Output to memory card
Outputs a copy of the source file associated with the selected thumbnail to a memory card.
Insert image as cover of album
This command makes the currently selected thumbnail image appear as part of the icon of the currently
selected album.
Edit picture
Allows the source file of the selected still picture thumbnail to be edited.
The edited still picture is created as a new file and its thumbnail is automatically added to the album
when exiting the Image Editor. The original still picture file remains unchanged after editing. A
duplicate of the still picture file which is to be edited is created when Image Editor is started.
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Thumbnail Views
Thumbnails of files existing in the currently selected album are displayed in the thumbnail list window.
There are a variety of views available, each with their own special properties.
Thumbnail view
Displays thumbnails existing in the selected album. This is the default view.
Thumbnail/File information view
Thumbnails are displayed in a list with accompanying file information relative to title, file
type, present location on your HDD, date created, date modified and any comments you may
have entered.
Thumbnail/Detailed file information view (Windows)
Selecting individual thumbnails provides you with a wide variety of information, including
that which relates to Exif formatted files. In particular, these files contain all sorts of
information relative to specific dates/times, camera information, and camera settings. This
view also allows you to add your own information, such as titles and comments that will help you
remember certain details associated with individual files. A small preview pane (described below) is also
available.
Monitor
Displays a preview of the selected thumbnail, though this monitor
does not appear at all when the thumbnail corresponds to a sound
file.
Play position slider
The position at which you wish to begin playback can be set by
dragging the slider, though this slider does not appear at all when
the thumbnail corresponds to a still picture.
Play button
Begins playback, though this button does not appear at all when
the thumbnail corresponds to a still picture.
Preview ON/OFF button
Turns the preview display on or off.
Pause button
Pauses movie/sound playback, though this button does not appear
at all when the thumbnail corresponds to a still picture.
Volume control
Drag the slider to adjust the volume of movie or sound files,
though this slider does not appear at all when the thumbnail
corresponds to a still picture.
File Information Display
button
Displays file information relative to the selected file, including file
name, file type, and file location. You can also use fields here to
enter your own title or comments.
Detailed Information
Display button
Displays detailed information (Exif files only), including image
dimensions (in pixels), file data size, playing time, date added to
the current album, date modified, and file creation date.
Exif File Information
Display button
Displays Exif file information relative to the selected file,
including a description of the image, date/time the picture was
taken, Exif version, image size, and whether or not the picture is
meant to appear vertically or horizontally (orientation).
Camera Information
Display button (Exif files
only)
Displays information relative to the camera with which the Exif
picture was originally taken, including the name of the camera
manufacturer, camera model, and the camera's maximum aperture
value.
Photo Information Display
button (Exif files only)
Displays information relative to the settings under which the Exif
photograph itself was taken, including lens focal length, shutter
speed, aperture value, exposure value, exposure program, metering
mode, ISO, white balance, and whether or not a flash was used.
Thumbnail/Detailed file information view (Macintosh)
Selecting individual thumbnails provides you with a wide variety of information, including
that which relates to Exif formatted files. In particular, these files contain all sorts of
information relative to specific dates/times, camera information, and camera settings. This
view also allows you to add your own information, such as titles and comments that will help you
remember certain details associated with individual files. A small preview pane (described below) is also
available.
Monitor panel
Displays a preview of the selected thumbnail, though this monitor
does not appear at all when the thumbnail corresponds to a sound
file.
Volume control
Drag the slider to adjust the volume of movie or sound files,
though this slider does not appear at all when the thumbnail
corresponds to a still picture.
Preview ON/OFF
Turns the preview display on or off.
Play button
Begins playback, though this button does not appear at all when
the thumbnail corresponds to a still picture.
Play position slider
Pauses movie/sound playback, though this button does not appear
at all when the thumbnail corresponds to a still picture.
Single Frame Rewind
button
Rewinds the movie one frame at a time.
Single Frame Advance
button
Advances the movie one frame at a time.
File Information Display
button
Displays file information relative to the selected file, including file
name, file type, and file location. You can also use fields here to
enter your own title or comments.
Detailed Information
Display button
Displays detailed information (Exif files only), including image
dimensions (in pixels), file data size, playing time, date added to
the current album, date modified, and file creation date.
Exif File Information
Display button
Displays Exif file information relative to the selected file,
including a description of the image, date/time the picture was
taken, Exif version, image size, and whether or not the picture is
meant to appear vertically or horizontally (orientation).
Exif Device Information
Display button
Displays information relative to the camera with which the Exif
picture was originally taken, including the name of the camera
manufacturer, camera model, and the camera's maximum aperture
value.
Exif Photo Information
Display button
Displays information relative to the settings under which the Exif
photograph itself was taken, including lens focal length, shutter
speed, aperture value, exposure value, exposure program, metering
mode, ISO, white balance, and whether or not a flash was used.
Search mode
Displays a list of thumbnails and allows you to Search for a specific file or type of file within
those thumbnails according to the criteria you select in the accompanying pane.
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View/Play Window
This window allows pictures and movie files to be viewed and sound files to be played. To bring up this
window, follow the steps below.
1. Select the thumbnail which corresponds to the file you want to view or play.
2. Clicked View/Play on the pull-down file menu or click View/Play from the context menu.
Files can also be viewed or played by double-clicking their corresponding thumbnail.
Playing movies and sound files (Windows)
View/Play window for movies and sound files.
Display
Movies are shown here. When playing sound files, an animated
speaker icon appears.
Stop button
Stops movie playback.
Play button
Click to begin playback from the current position on the play
position slider.
Pause button
Pauses movie playback.
Play position slider
Used to define the position at which to begin/resume playback by
dragging the slider. The corresponding frame is shown.
Display Previous button
When two or more files have been selected for viewing, clicking
this button moves you to the previous file in the series.
Display Next button
When two or more files have been selected for viewing, clicking
this button moves you to the next file in the series.
Time display
Displays the accumulated play time of the movie or sound file
currently being played.
Volume control
Drag the slider to control volume.
Close button
Closes the view/play window and returns to the main screen of the
Album Environment.
Playing movies and sound files (Macintosh)
View/Play window for movies and sound files.
Display
Movies are shown here.
Volume control
Drag the slider to control volume.
Play button
Click to begin playback from the current position on the play
position slider.
Play position slider
Used to define the position at which to begin/resume playback by
dragging the slider. The corresponding frame is shown.
Single Frame Rewind
button
Rewinds the movie one frame at a time.
Single Frame Advance
button
Advances the movie one frame at a time.
Close button
Closes the view/play window and returns to the main screen of the
Album Environment.
Viewing still pictures
View window for still pictures.
Display
Displays the selected file(s).
Zoom In button
Clicking this button enlarges the display size.
Zoom Out button
Clicking this button reduces the display size.
Display Previous button
When two or more files have been selected for viewing, clicking
this button moves you to the previous file in the series.
Display Next button
When two or more files have been selected for viewing, clicking
this button moves you to the next file in the series.
Close button
Closes the view display and returns to the main screen of the
Album Environment.
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Exporting Album Files
Exporting is a term used to refer to the action of creating a new file according to a pre-designated format.
This action will not change the source file of the selected movie thumbnail. Rather, ImageMixer will,
regardless of the format of the original file, save the movie according to the settings you define in the
accompanying dialog box. After the process is complete, a thumbnail associated with the new file will
appear in the current album.
Exporting movies
Exported files will appear in the current album and their source files will be saved according to the
destination folder defined under 'Destination of exported files' in the Album Preferences.
1. Select the thumbnail of the movie file to be exported from the thumbnail list window. Click
'Export within album as new movie' in the pull-down File Menu or the Context Menu.
The Movie Format Settings dialog box will appear.
2. Define the file format options (described below) and click the [Export] button.
ImageMixer MPEG1 format:
Select the conversion quality.
Select [320 x 240] or [640 x 480] to convert a file at that size quality.
Select [Video CD] to convert a file to a file optimized for Video CD. NTSC is a video format
used in Japan and the U.S., and PAL is a video format used in China and Europe.
Select [For e-mail] to convert a file to a smaller file that can be attached to emails.
Select [DV/AVI] to convert a file to an AVI format file.
If you select [Custom], you can set the conversion file by clicking on the [+] button.
When using a moving picture file that has a non-standard frame size in Video CD creation, it will
be necessary to change the size. In this case, the image quality improves if you check [Use
interlace process in size changes]. However, file conversion takes longer when this process is
used, so only select it as needed. In addition, by checking [Maintain ratios in size conversions],
the file size is changed but the image angles of the moving picture file being converted are kept
the same. Because of this, black background is filled in as needed to make it a 4:3 ratio.
MPEG movie for Sony
Converted as MPEG movies for Sony cameras. Select from [MPEG movie for Sony 160×112
(QCIF)], [MPEG movie for Sony 160×112 (CV)], [MPEG movie for Sony 320×240 (CIF)],
[MPEG movie for Sony 320×240 (HQ)], [MPEG movie for Sony 640×480 (VGAL)].
Movie Format Settings dialog box
Preview display
Allows you to preview the movie before proceeding with file
export.
Play position slider
Used to define the position at which to begin/resume preview by
dragging the slider. The corresponding frame is shown.
Play button
Click to begin preview from the current position on the play
position slider.
Pause button
Pauses movie playback.
MPEG exporting options
for SONY
Defines size and quality options relative to the Sony MPEG movie
format. Note that when a low image quality is selected, the
compression speed (rate at which the file is exported) is relatively
fast, while the data size of the newly created (exported) picture is
relatively small. Conversely, when a higher image quality is
selected, the compression speed (rate at which the file is exported)
is relatively slow, while the data size of the newly created
(exported) picture is relatively large.
Volume control
Drag the slider to control volume.
Export button
Exports movie according to the format selected in
or
.
MPEG exporting options
for ImageMixer
Defines quality options relative to the ImageMixer MPEG1 movie
format. Note that when a low image quality is selected, the
compression speed (rate at which the file is exported) is relatively
fast, while the data size of the newly created (exported) picture is
relatively small. Conversely, when a higher image quality is
selected, the compression speed (rate at which the file is exported)
is relatively slow, while the data size of the newly created
(exported) picture is relatively large.
Custom button
You can use this button when you select [Custom] in
the export settings.
Use interpolation for
resizing images.
Resizing movie by interpolation will improve image quality.
Maintain image aspect for
resizing images.
Resizing the movie images while maintaining the image aspect.
Close button
Closes the dialog box and returns to the main screen of the Album
Environment.
. Sets
Exporting pictures
Exported files will appear in the current album and their source files will be saved according to the
destination folder defined under 'Destination of exported files' in the Album Preferences.
1. Select the thumbnail of the movie or still picture to be exported. Click 'Export within album
as new picture' in the pull-down File Menu or the Context Menu.
The Still Picture Format Settings dialog box will appear.
2. When exporting a still picture from a movie file, select the desired frame by dragging the
play position slider.
3. Define the file format options (BMP for Windows, PICT for Macintosh, Exif or JPEG) and
click the [Export] button.
4. Once the file is exported, the dialog box will close and the new file will appear in the
thumbnail list window of the current album
Still Picture Format Settings dialog box
Preview display
Play position slider
Allows you to preview the still picture before proceeding with file
exportation.
Used to select the frame of the movie from which you wish to
create (export) a new picture.
This is not displayed when exporting from a still picture.
Exif
Converts the selected movie or still picture file into the Exif file
format used by digital cameras. Original size or 640 x 480 pixels
may be selected.
BMP/PICT
Exports the selected movie frame or still picture in BMP
(Windows) or PICT (Macintosh) format.
JPEG
Exports the selected movie frame or still picture in JPEG format.
Note that when a low image quality is selected, the compression
speed (rate at which the file is exported) is relatively fast, while
the data size of the newly created (exported) picture is relatively
small. Conversely, when a higher image quality is selected, the
compression speed (rate at which the file is exported) is relatively
slow, while the data size of the newly created (exported) picture is
relatively large.
Export button
Exports movie according to the defined format.
Close button
Closes the view/play window and returns to the main screen of the
Album Environment.
Output to memory card
Outputs a copy of the source file of the selected thumbnail to a memory card.
1. Select the thumbnail to be output.
2. Click 'Output to memory card' in the pull-down File Menu or the Context Menu.
3. The Memory Card Output dialog box is displayed. Select a memory card present either in a
camera or in a memory card reader connected to your computer. Click the [Output] button.
4. A progress bar is shown and the file is saved to the selected memory card.
Memory Card Output dialog box
Selection menu
Defines the output destination.
Card Search button
Searches for any memory cards present, either in a camera or in a
memory card reader connected to your computer.
Still Picture Display button
Displays only thumbnails of still picture files in the thumbnail list
window.
Movie Display button
Displays only thumbnails of movie files in the thumbnail list
window.
Sound Display button
Displays only thumbnails of sound files in the thumbnail list
window.
Display All Files button
Displays thumbnails of all files in the thumbnail list window.
Memory card list window
Available memory cards are displayed in a list. Clicking a memory
card icon here displays all the relevant files as thumbnails in the
thumbnail list window. Note that files stored on floppy disks and
other similarly formatted media will appear here as well.
Thumbnail list window
Displays thumbnails of the files existing on the selected memory
card.
Refresh button
Refreshes (rereads) the data existing on the currently selected
memory card.
Output button
Outputs a copy of the file selected in the thumbnail list window to
the selected memory card.
Close button
Closes the memory card output dialog box and returns to the main
screen of the Album Environment.
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Printing Within the Album Environment
Whether you would like to print out snap shots of your favorite pictures or create a physical record of
your album files, ImageMixer provides you with a variety of printing options, conveniently located
within the album environment. Furthermore, the printing process itself is made quite efficient by the fact
that you choose only those pictures you would like to print by simply selecting their corresponding
thumbnails.
When sound files are selected, the speaker icon (standard sound file thumbnail image) is printed. When movie files are
selected, only the first frame of the movie is printed.
1. Select the thumbnail(s) of the file(s) to be printed.
2. Click Print in the pull-down File Menu or the Context Menu.
3. The Print Layout Settings dialog box is displayed. After the options are set, click the [Print]
button to print out the selected file.
Brings up the Print Layout Settings dialog box.
Print.
Closes the Print Layout Settings dialog box and returns to the
main screen of the Album Environment.
Print Layout Settings
Defines the number of thumbnails
printed per page.
Example: 4 pictures per page.
Defines the number of thumbnails
per page by columns and rows.
Example: 2 columns, 3 rows per
page.
Index Printing
Prints thumbnails and
their source file names.
Defines the number of thumbnails
printed per page.
Example: 2 pictures per page.
Information Printing
Only the file information that is
checked will be printed.
Prints thumbnails and
information pertaining
to their corresponding
source files.
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File Name
Title
Type
Location
Image Size
Date Created
Date Modified
Data Size
Length
Comments
The number of boxes that may be checked
depends upon the number of images per
page as well as the paper size.
When the file to be printed is an Exif file,
checking the 'Indicate Date' box allows the
photo date/time to appear in the lower righthand corner of the picture.
Only the file information which is
checked will be printed.
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List Printing
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Prints thumbnails and
information pertaining
to their corresponding
source files.
File Name
Title
Type
Location
Image Size
Date Created
Date Modified
Data Size
Length
Comments
The number of boxes that may be checked
depends upon the number of images per
page as well as the paper size.
When the file to be printed is an Exif file,
checking the 'Indicate Date' box allows the
photo date/time to appear in the lower righthand corner of the picture.
Print Image Only
Prints the selected
picture according to its
actual size. The date can
also be printed in the
lower right-hand corner
of the picture by
checking the 'Indicate
Date' box.
When the file to be printed is
an Exif file, checking the
'Indicate Date' box allows
the photo date/time to appear
in the lower right-hand
corner of the picture.
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Finding Specific Files
These controls make it easy to find a certain album file, even among a large number of thumbnails.
There are two methods by which you may find a desired file. Moreover, the thumbnails currently
displayed can be searched according to specific criteria.
Search by file type
Memory Card Output File Display button
Displays only files that can be output to a memory card.
Still Picture Display button
Displays only still picture files in the thumbnail list window.
Movie File Display button
Displays only movie files in the thumbnail list window.
Sound File Display button
Displays only sound files in the thumbnail list window.
Display All Files button
Displays all files in the thumbnail list window.
Search according to specific criteria
1. Click the [Search Mode]
button.
2. Select the search criteria.
Search criteria include file type, title, comments, file creation date, date modified, and the date the file was added
to the current album.
3. Specify the contents of the search criteria.
Contents vary according to the selected search criteria.
When 'Type' is selected:
Select the file type from the pull-down list and specify whether to include or not include the specified file type in
the search.
When 'Title' is selected:
Enter the text of a title and specify whether the file you are looking for should match exactly, include, or not
include the specified text.
When 'Comments' is selected:
Enter the text of a comment and specify whether the file you are looking for should match exactly, include, or not
include the specified text.
When 'Date Created' is selected:
Define either a range of dates or enter a single date and select whether the date of the file you are looking for
should match exactly, exclude, come before, or come after the specified date.
When 'Date Modified' is selected:
Define either a range of dates or enter a single date and select whether the date of the file you are looking for
should match exactly, exclude, come before, or come after the specified date.
When 'Date Added' is selected:
Define either a range of dates or enter a single date and select whether the date of the file you are looking for
should match exactly, exclude, come before, or come after the specified date.
4. Select the search range.
Select whether all files or only those just searched should be included in the present search.
5. Click the [Search] button.
Files are searched according to the specified criteria. Files that match the specified criteria are highlighted (appear
bright yellow) in the thumbnail display window.
Search results can be canceled by clicking the [Reset] button. The Create album with selected thumbnails item in the pulldown album menu can be used to create a new album with the files found in a particular search. Until the [Reset] button is
clicked, some commands, such as 'Add thumbnail,' 'Export within album as new movie/picture,' 'Edit picture,' 'Sort,'
cannot be used.
Sort
Thumbnails can be arranged within the thumbnail list window according to file name, file type, data size,
or date modified.
The currently displayed thumbnails can also be arranged arbitrarily by dragging them to the desired location within the
thumbnail list window.
Sort in Ascending
Order button
Alphanumerically sorts thumbnails in the currently displayed
album in ascending order, according to file name, file type, data
size, or date modified.
Sort in Descending
Order button
Alphanumerically sorts thumbnails in the currently displayed
album in descending order, according to file name, file type, data
size, or date modified.
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Album Preferences
Click the [Preferences]
button to make changes relative to the Album Environment.
Format Settings of Edited Files
Defines the file format in which to save edited still pictures.
When the source file is in Exif or JPEG format, the following settings will not apply. The edited file will
be saved in its original format.
Save as BMP (Windows)
This is the still picture file format generally used in Windows.
Save as PICT (Macintosh)
This is the still picture file format generally used in Macintosh.
Save as JPEG
This is the still picture file format generally used for Internet-related activities (attaching images to email, building web sites, etc.). The default image quality can be set to 'highest,' 'high,' 'standard,' and
'low.' The 'highest' image quality setting uses the lowest rate of compression and the 'low' image quality
setting uses the highest compression rate.
Print Setting
Only selected files
When printing from the pull-down File Menu or the Context Menu, checking this box limits printing to
the selected files. If this box is not checked, all the files currently displayed in the thumbnail list window
will be printed.
View Settings
Settings for the View/Play command in the File Menu and Context Menu can be defined.
Only selected files
When clicking View/Play on the pull-down File Menu or the Context Menu, checking this box limits
view/play to the selected files. If this box is not checked, all the files currently displayed in the
thumbnail list window will be viewed or played.
Display size (Windows only)
Defines the size movies will be shown when clicking View/Play on the pull-down File Menu or the
Context Menu.
Slide Show Settings
Defines slide show options.
Only selected files
Checking this box limits the slide show to selected files only. If this box is not checked, all files
displayed in the thumbnail list window will be displayed in the slide show.
Repeat
If this box is checked, the slide show display will be repeated, or looped, until the slide show window is
closed.
Interval
Defines the time each image is shown during the slide show.
Display size
Defines the display size of movie files shown in the slide show.
Prefix for Newly Saved Files
Defines the characters (letters, numbers, etc.) added to the names of all files created in ImageMixer, such
as those created through exporting movies/still pictures or those you have altered, or edited yourself. The
prefix characters will be followed by consecutive numbers and the file will be saved in the destination
folder defined in 'destination of exported files.' Newly created files always appear in the album from
which the source files were taken.
Destination of Exported Files
Defines the location in which the source files of exporting movies/still pictures are saved, as well as
those you have altered, or edited yourself. The [Browse] button makes it easy to specify the save
directory.
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Movie Editing Environment
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Movies and sound files existing in albums can be edited and arranged into longer works, called media
streams. Transition effects and titles can also be inserted.
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing Environment
Opening Movie Editing
Environment
Opening Movie Editing Environment
Nomenclature
Monitor Panel
Media Selection Panel
Storyboard
Timeline
1. Open ImageMixer.
Trimming
2. Click the [Movie Editing Environment]
button on the Primary Selector.
Sound Editing
Primary Soundtrack Editing
Superimposed Sound Editing
Inserting Titles
Transition Effects
Saving
Nomenclature
Movie Editing Preferences
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc Environment
Chapter 8 ImageMixer Easy Video
CD (Win)
Monitor panel
Displays the media stream currently arranged on the storyboard
and allows you to preview the results of changes you have made.
Mode Selector
Changes Monitor Panel to Edit Mode or Preview Mode.
Media selection panel
Provides tools related to opening and saving projects, creating
MPEG1 media streams, and thumbnail display options.
Thumbnail list window
Displays thumbnails of movies and sound files existing in the
selected album. Also displays transition effects and titles.
Storyboard
Shows the arrangement of files used in the media stream.
Timeline
Details the linear progression of media within the stream. Doubleclicking sound media here also provides you with trimming
options.
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Monitor Panel
Edit mode
Click the [Edit Mode]
button.
Monitor
Displays the media stream currently arranged on the Storyboard.
Play position slider
The position at which to begin playback can be defined by
dragging the slider.
Stop button
Stops playback and returns the movie to the beginning.
Play button
Plays from the current position of the play position slider.
Pause button
Pauses playback.
Time display
Displays the currently accumulated playing time of the movie or
sound file being previewed.
Volume control
Drag the slider to control volume.
Preview mode
Click the [Preview Mode]
Monitor
button.
Click the [Play] button to preview the media stream currently
being edited.
Preview range select slider
Defines the range of the media stream to be previewed.
Stop button
Stops playback and returns the movie to the beginning.
Play button
Plays from the current position of the play position slider.
Pause button
Pauses playback.
Time display
Displays the currently accumulated playing time of the movie or
sound file being previewed.
Volume control
Drag the slider to control volume.
Play position slider
The position at which to begin playback can be defined by
dragging the slider.
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Media Selection Panel
Create new project
While the media stream is being edited and before it is saved as an MPEG1 file, it exists as a project.
Saved projects (which have not yet been formatted as MPEG1 files) are called project files.
Open a project file
Clicking this button displays the 'Open' dialog box, allowing you to browse the folders on your
computer.
Save project
Clicking this button displays the 'Save As' dialog box. Enter the file name and click [Save] once you
have defined a location on your computer where you would like the project to be stored.
Movie display button
Displays only thumbnails of movie files existing in the current album.
Since they can also be added to the media stream, still picture files are treated as movies, the "playing time" of which you
can set yourself.
Sound file display button
Displays only thumbnails of sound files existing in the current album.
Transition effect display button
Displays thumbnails corresponding to the transition effects that can be used by ImageMixer.
Title display button
Displays thumbnails of titles created in the Layout Environment.
Generate movie
Clicking this button saves the edited media stream as an MPEG1 movie file. Enter the file name and
click [Save] once you have defined a location on your computer where you would like the movie to be
stored.
Select album
Select which thumbnails you wish to appear in the thumbnail list window. When you click the arrow, a
dropdown list of available album files will be displayed.
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Storyboard
Movie files (and picture files which are treated as movie files) can be arranged on the Storyboard by
dragging & dropping their thumbnails from the thumbnail list window.
Trash can button
Click to delete a selected movie clip, sound clip, or transition
effect from the storyboard or timeline. The source file is not
deleted.
Edit size display
The edit size is displayed as [VGA (640 x 480)] or [QVGA (320 x
240)].
When a moving picture file to be arranged on a storyboard is the
first file put on the storyboard, make a selection using the
displayed dialog box to display this.
Title icon
This icon indicates clips in which titles have been inserted. Doubleclicking a clip thumbnail with this icon will open the Movie
Editor. From there, switch to the title editing mode to make
changes relative to the appearance of the title within the clip.
Clip thumbnail
This is the term given to the graphic representation of movies or
still picture files that have been placed on the storyboard. Doubleclicking a clip thumbnail will open the Movie Editor, whereby you
can perform operations such as movie trimming.
Transition box
Indicates an area in the media stream into which transition effects
may be added by dragging transition effect thumbnails from the
thumbnail list window.
Transition effect thumbnail
This icon indicates the location of a transition effect which has
already been added to the media stream. Double-clicking it will
open the Transition Settings.
Clip box
Indicates an area in the media stream into which editable media
may be added by dragging thumbnails from the thumbnail list
window.
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Timeline
The timeline provides you with a graphic representation of exactly where each media clip appears in the
media stream. Thumbnails corresponding to sound media can be dragged to the timeline and then moved
to play automatically at specified points in the linear sequence of streaming media.
Decrease Increment button
Expands the scale of the timeline (decreases the number of
measured increments on the clip ruler), thereby facilitating
detailed editing of the media stream.
Increment display
Indicates the length of time that elapses between each line on the
clip ruler.
Increase Increment button
Shrinks the scale of the timeline (increases the number of
measured increments on the clip ruler), thereby facilitating rough
editing of the media stream.
Clip ruler
Indicates the exact starting and stopping points of visual media
clips arranged on the Storyboard.
Soundtrack
Dragging & dropping sound file thumbnails from the thumbnail
list window adds them to the movie soundtrack. Once added,
sound clips can be dragged to the desired position within the
media stream. Placing your mouse pointer at either end of a sound
clip makes it possible to trim the play duration of the sound and
double-clicking the sound clip opens the sound editor, whereby
you can also Trim the sound and control other aspects related to
this particular sound.
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Trimming
Movie files (and picture files treated as movie files) can be arranged on the Storyboard by dragging &
dropping their thumbnails from the thumbnail list window. If necessary, ImageMixer will automatically
export an MPEG1 version of the media to facilitate the editing process.
1. Double-click a movie clip already placed on the Storyboard.
When a movie or still picture file arranged on the Storyboard is not in the MPEG1 format used in the Movie edit
mode, ImgeMixer will automatically export the file as an MPEG1 formatted file. In this case, the original file
remains and the exported file that is created is saved and added to the album.
In Macintosh, when a movie file is arranged on the Storyboard system memory is consumed. When many movie
files are arranged and there is a low amount of free memory an insufficient memory error message may be
displayed. In this case, increase the amount of free memory by increasing the virtual memory size. Virtual
memory size can be adjusted from the memory control panels under the Apple menu.
2. When a moving picture file to be arranged on a storyboard is the first file put on the
storyboard, the dialog below is displayed for selecting the edit size. Select the edit size and
click [OK].
When using a moving picture file that has a non-standard frame size in Video CD creation, it will be necessary to
change the size. In this case, the image quality improves if you check [Use interlace process in size changes].
However, file conversion takes longer when this process is used, so only select it as needed. This dialog box will
not be displayed when the moving picture file is not the first one placed on the storyboard. When the settings are
completed, the selected edit size is displayed on the storyboard.
3. The Movie Editor window will appear.
4. Use the play position slider to define the point (frame) at which you want the movie to begin
playing. Click the [In-point] button.
5. Use the play position slider to define the point (frame) at which you want the movie to stop
playing. Click the [Out-point] button.
6. Preview the edited scene by clicking the [Trimmed range preview] button.
7. Click the [OK] button to accept the defined range.
Movie editor window (trimming options)
Movie Editor
button
Switches, if necessary,
to the movie edit mode.
Trimming range
bar
Displays the first frame
of the selected trimming
range. Double-clicking
this window returns the
play position slider to
the trimming range inpoint.
Monitor
Displays the movie to be
edited.
Single Increment
Rewind button
Rewinds the movie one
increment.
Trimming range
bar
Indicates trimmed range
Single Increment
Advance button
Advances the movie one
increment.
Out-point frame
window
Displays the last frame
of the selected trimming
range. Double-clicking
this window returns the
play position slider to
the trimming range outpoint.
Incrementation
selector
Defines the duration (in
seconds) of each
increment.
Clip duration
Indicates the total
playing time of the
trimmed movie clip.
Used to define the play
position and the in/outpoints relative to the
Play position slider
movie currently being
edited. Drag the slider to
adjust position.
Stop button
Stops playback, and
returns the slider to the
beginning of the movie.
Play button
Plays from the current
position of the play
position slider.
Pause button
Pauses playback.
In-point button
Click this button to
define the starting point
of the trimmed movie
clip.
Time display
Displays the currently
accumulated playing
time of the movie or
sound file being
previewed.
Trimmed Range
Preview button
Plays the trimmed movie
clip from in-point to outpoint.
Out-point button
Click this button to
define the ending point
of the trimmed movie
clip.
Volume control
Drag the slider to
control volume.
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Sound Editing
Various operations, such as trimming, fade-in/fade-out settings, and volume level, can be performed
relative to both primary and superimposed soundtracks.
Primary soundtrack editing
Double-click the thumbnail of a movie file on the Storyboard to display the Movie Editor. From there,
click the [Sound Editor] button. Here operations can be performed relative to trimming, fade-in/fade-out
settings, and volume level.
Trimming superimposed sound
Upon placing your mouse pointer at either end of a superimposed sound clip, the standard mouse pointer
turns into a two-way arrow type pointer. Drag this pointer to trim the play duration of the sound.
Editing superimposed sound
Double-click the sound icon on the Timeline that is associated with the sound you want to edit. The
Sound Editor will appear, allowing you to make changes relative to trimming, volume level and fadein/fade-out points.
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Primary Soundtrack Editing
Defining fade-in/fade-out settings
1. Double-click the thumbnail of a movie file on the Storyboard to display the Movie Editor. From
there, click the [Sound Editor] button.
2. Drag the fade-in slider to define the ending time of the soundtrack fade-in. The play position
slider moves simultaneously with the fade-in slider, so the fade-in time can be set in relation to
the desired movie frame.
3. Drag the fade-out slider to set the starting time of the soundtrack fade-out. The play position
slider moves simultaneously with the fade-out slider, so the fade-out time can be set in relation to
the desired movie frame.
4. Drag the volume level slider to adjust the volume level.
5. Click the [OK] button to apply the changes you have made.
Confirm that you have made the desired changes by playing the movie in the Preview Mode, as changes will not be
reflected in the editing mode.
Sound Editor window
Sound editor
window
Switches, if necessary,
to the sound edit mode.
Monitor
Displays the movie to be
edited.
Time display
Displays the currently
accumulated playing
time of the movie or
sound file being
previewed.
Volume control
Drag the slider to
control playback
volume.
Used to define the play
position relative to the
Play position slider
movie currently being
edited.
Fade-out slider
Drag the slider to set the
starting time of the
soundtrack fade-out.
Stop button
Stops playback, and
returns the slider to the
beginning of the movie.
Volume level
display
Indicates the soundtrack
volume level setting.
Fade-in slider
Drag the slider to set the
ending time of the
soundtrack fade-in.
Fade-in ending
time display
Indicates time (from
beginning of clip) of
fade-in ending position.
Volume level
control
Drag the slider to edit
volume.
Fade-out starting
time display.
Indicates time (from end
of clip) of fade-out
starting position.
Play button
Plays from the current
position of the play
position slider.
OK button
Applies changes and
closes window.
Pause button
Pauses playback.
Close button
Cancels changes and
closes window.
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Superimposed Sound Editing
Defining fade-in/fade-out settings
1. Double-click the sound file on the Timeline to display the Movie Editor. From there, click
the [Sound Editor] button.
2. Drag the fade-in slider to define the ending time of the soundtrack fade-in.
The play position slider moves simultaneously with the fade-in slider, so the fade-in time can be set in relation to
the desired movie frame.
3. Drag the fade-out slider to set the starting time of the soundtrack fade-out.
The play position slider moves simultaneously with the fade-out slider, so the fade-out time can be set in
relation to the desired movie frame.
4. Drag the volume level slider to adjust the volume level.
5. Click the [OK] button to apply the changes you have made.
Confirm that you have made the desired changes by playing the movie in the Preview Mode, as changes
will not be reflected in the editing mode.
Sound Editor window
Monitor
Displays the
portion of the
media stream to
which the sound to
be edited has
already been
superimposed.
Fade-out slider
Play position slider
Used to define the
play position
relative the media
stream to which the
sound to be edited
has already been
superimposed.
Drag to define play
position of the
Superimposed sound superimposed sound. The
play position slider monitor play position
slider will move
simultaneously.
Drag the slider to set the
starting time of the
soundtrack fade-out.
Stop button
Stops playback,
and returns the
slider to the
beginning of the
movie.
Plays superimposed sound
Superimposed Sound from the current position
Play button
on the sound play position
slider.
Play button
Plays from the
current position of
the play position
slider.
Volume level display
Pause button
Pauses playback.
Indicates time (from
Fade-in ending time
beginning of clip) of fadedisplay
in ending position.
Time display
Displays the
currently
accumulated
playing time of
sound file being
previewed.
Fade-out starting
time display.
Indicates time (from end
of clip) of fade-out
starting position.
OK button
Applies changes and
closes window.
Close button
Cancels changes and
closes window.
Indicates the
Volume level display soundtrack volume
level setting.
Fade-in slider
Drag the slider to
set the ending time
of the soundtrack
fade-in.
Indicates the soundtrack
volume level setting.
Volume level control Drag the slider to edit volume.
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Inserting Titles
ImageMixer allows you to insert titles you created in the Layout Environment into a movie.
1. Click the [Title]
button.
2. Thumbnails of available titles will be displayed in the thumbnail list window. Drag the title
thumbnail you wish to use directly into the desired movie clip already placed on the
Storyboard.
3. A [T] will appear in the lower left-hand corner of the movie clip thumbnail into which the
title has been inserted.
4. Double-click the movie clip containing the title. This will open the Movie Editor. From
there, click the [Title Editor] button.
5. Changes can be made relative to the range of the movie clip in which the title appears (inpoint and out-point) as well as whether you would like the title to appear at all.
6. Click the [OK] button to apply changes and exit the window.
Title Editor window
Title Editor button
Switches, if necessary,
to the title edit mode.
Single Increment
Rewind button
Rewinds the movie one
increment.
Monitor window
Displays the movie
being edited.
Single Increment
Advance button
Advances the movie one
increment.
Title range bar
Indicates the range of
the associated movie
clip in which the title is
to appear.
Incrementation
selector
Defines the duration (in
seconds) of each
increment.
In-point button
Click this button to
define the point at which
you wish the title to
appear.
Stop button
Stops playback, and
returns the slider to the
beginning of the movie.
Out-point button
Click this button to
define the point at which
you wish the title to
disappear.
Play button
Plays from the current
position of the play
position slider.
Title Display Time
Displays the total time
the title appears.
Pause button
Pauses playback.
On/off button
Defines whether or not
the title appears at all.
Time display
Displays the currently
accumulated playing
time of the movie being
previewed.
OK button
Applies changes and
closes window.
Volume control
Drag the slider to
control volume.
Close button
Cancels changes and
closes window.
Play position slider
Defines the in/out-points
by dragging the slider.
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Transition Effects
When you create a movie by combining two or more movie clips, ImageMixer allows you to insert readymade transition effects between the scenes.
1. Click the [Transition Effects]
button.
2. Drag & drop the desired transition effect thumbnail into the transition box (which appears
between any two movie clip thumbnails) on the Storyboard.
3. Double-click the transition effect thumbnail on the storyboard to open the Transition
Settings window.
4. Use the slider to drag either the starting point or the end point of the transition effect. The
point not being dragged will be set automatically.
5. Click the [OK] button to apply changes and exit the window.
Transition Settings window
Start point preview
Displays the first frame of the selected transition range.
End point preview
Displays the last frame of the selected transition range.
Transition effect duration
display
Indicates the total time (in seconds) currently applied to the
transition effect.
Maximum duration display
Indicates the maximum time the transition effect may be shown.
The maximum time here will always be exactly the length of the
shorter of the two movie clips.
Start point slider
Drag this slider to define the starting point of the transition effect.
The point not being dragged will be set automatically.
End point slider
Drag this slider to define the ending point of the transition effect.
The point not being dragged will be set automatically.
Increase Duration button
Increases, one frame at a time, the length of time the transition
effect appears.
Decrease Duration button
Decreases, one frame at a time, the length of time the transition
effect appears.
Transition Effect Settings
button (Macintosh only)
Allows changes to certain aspects of the currently selected
transition effect.
OK button
Applies changes and closes window.
Close button
Cancels changes and closes window.
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Saving
Saving unfinished projects
While the media stream is being edited and before it is saved as an MPEG1 file, it exists as a project.
Saved projects (which have not yet been formatted as MPEG1 files) are called project files. Saving
projects allows you to work on them at a later time.
1. Click the Save Project
button.
2. The 'Save As' dialog box will appear. Enter the file name and click [Save] once you have
defined a location on your computer where you would like the project to be stored.
To open a saved project, click the Open Project File
button. Clicking this button displays the
'Open' dialog box, allowing you to browse the folders on your computer.
Generate movie
ImageMixer saves completed projects as MPEG1 movies.
1. Click the Generate Movie
button.
2. The 'Save As' dialog box will appear. Enter the MPEG1 file name and click [Save] once you
have defined a location on your computer where you would like the movie to be stored.
The saved MPEG1 movie will be added to the currently selected album.
Additional information about generating movies
ImageMixer is a powerful application when it comes to generating movies in that it allows you to create
movies in MPEG1 format, a hallmark of which is that the only visual media which actually needs to be
rewritten to disk are those portions in which transition effects or titles appear. Since the remaining
portions do not need to be rewritten in this way, they experience no deterioration of image quality. As
for sound media, they are completely re-encoded.
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Movie Editing Preferences
Click the [Preferences]
button.
Still Picture Capture Setting
When still pictures are arranged on the storyboard, they are automatically enlarged or reduced according
to the size of the movie clips used. Checking 'Lock aspect ratio' prevents changes to the proportions of
still pictures added to movies you create yourself.
Soundtrack Grid Setting
Checking 'Snap to stream grid' will allow sound media to be easily placed in the soundtrack according to
other items placed in the media stream.
MPEG1 Quality Settings
This section allows you to select the image quality of MPEG1 movies you create yourself. The higher
the quality setting, the more disk space required.
Work Disk Setting (Macintosh only)
Defines the disk to be used as virtual memory for temporary files.
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Layout Environment
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
ImageMixer helps you use still pictures and design tools to create your own 3.9 X 5.8 inch (100 X 148
mm) postcards, as well as labels for video tapes, disks, etc. You can also create titles to be inserted into
your own movie media streams.
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Layout Environment
Opening Layout Environment
Layout window
Task panel
Opening Layout Environment
1. Open ImageMixer.
Layout menu
Selecting layout type
Layout Menu
Layout Operations
Creating a new layout
Changing the orientation of a
layout
Changing background color
Magnifying or reducing layout
display
Save layout
Delete layout
Preview layout
Print layout
2. Double-click the [Layout Environment]
Select Bar.
button on the Main Selector or Mode
The display will be switched to the layout window.
Layout window
Object Operations
Arranging objects
Moving objects
Changing an object's size
Changing the overlap order of
objects
Aligning objects
Locking objects
Grouping objects
Copying and pasting objects
Deleting objects
Transforming 3-D appearance of
text objects (Win)
Arranging and Editing Text
Creating new text and arranging it
as a text object
Editing existing text objects
Text Creator/Editor window
Text object settings
Arranging and Editing Shapes
Arranging shape objects
Editing shapes
Shape Creator/Editor
Shape object settings
Arranging and Editing Images
Arranging image objects
Editing an image object
Layout button
Click to select layout mode.
Layout Preferences
Display preferences
Layout Preferences window
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Preview button
Print button
Click to display current layout in the preview window.
This button is not displayed when working with titles.
Click to print the current layout.
This button is not displayed when working with titles.
Chapter 7 Video Disc Environment
Layout menu display
Displays the type of layout currently shown in the layout menu.
Chapter 8 ImageMixer Easy Video
CD (Win)
Layout Menu button
Click to change the layout type from the layout menu.
Template button
Click to display ImageMixer's pre-designed templates in the
template list window.
Custom Template button
Click to display custom templates in the template list window.
Template list window
Displays templates and custom templates.
Custom Template Delete
button
Click to delete the custom template selected in the template list
window.
Save button
Click to save the current design as a custom template.
Album select menu
Click to select an album from the dropdown list.
Thumbnail list window
Thumbnails from the currently selected album are displayed in a
list.
Only still picture thumbnails are displayed.
Task panel
Buttons for layout/object-related operations are arranged on this
panel.
The buttons displayed depend on the type of layout and object selected.
Create Text button
Click to create new text.
Create Shape button
Click to create a new shape.
Image Edit button
Click to edit the currently selected image object.
Layout area
Area used to arrange objects such as images, shapes and text.
Magnification display
Displays the magnification of the layout area as a percent.
Zoom In button
Click to increase the magnification of the layout area.
Zoom Out button
Click to decrease the magnification of the layout area.
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Layout Environment
Task panel
Create New button
Click to create a new layout.
Orientation button
Click to change the orientation (horizontal/vertical positioning) of
the current layout.
Background Color button
Click to change the background color.
Overlap Order button
Click to change the order of the selected overlapping objects.
Alignment button
Click to line up selected objects in relation to one another.
Group button
Click to work with the selected objects while maintaining their
position with one another. When a group is already set, clicking
this button will release them from the group.
Lock button
Click to lock or unlock the position of the selected object(s).
Copy button
Click to copy the selected object(s).
Paste button
Click to paste copied object(s).
Transform Text button
Click allow changes to the 3-dimensional properties of the
selected text. (Windows only)
Delete button
Click to delete the selected object(s).
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Layout Menu
Selecting layout type
1. Open the Layout Environment.
2. Click the [Layout Menu]
button.
The layout menu dialog box is displayed.
3. Select the layout type from the layout menu.
In the menu window, click the desired layout type and click the [OK]
be selected by double-clicking its icon.
In Macintosh, click the layout menu to select the layout type.
button. The layout type can also
In the Layout Environment, the size of the layout is acquired from the paper size of the printer. When the printer
driver is not specified, a new layout cannot be created and an error message will be displayed when the Layout
menu is selected. In Windows, right-click the printer driver and select [Set As Default]. In Macintosh, select the
printer driver from the [Chooser] under the [Apple] menu. If you don't have a printer connected to your machine,
select a printer driver that is pre-installed in your computer.
Layout menu
Labels tab
Click to display the layout types for VHS tape, 8mm tape, floppy
disk, MD, DV cassette and CD labels.
Others tab
Click to display title and postcard layouts.
Custom tab
In Windows, click to display the list of printer paper types. In
Macintosh, the custom button is displayed.
Layout Type button
Click to select the desired layout type. Click the [OK] button to
start working on the layout.
Select to start the layout in A4 size. This is only displayed after
A4 button
selecting
.
Select to start the layout in letter size. This is only displayed after
Letter button
selecting
Available layouts
.
Labels
VHS
Create a VHS tape label.
8mm
Create an 8mm tape label.
FD
Create a floppy disk label.
MD
Create a Mini Disc label.
DV cassette
Create a digital video camera cassette label.
CD
Create a CD jewel case insert.
Others
HAGAKI
Create a 3.9 X 5.8 inch (100 X 148 mm) postcard layout.
Title
Create a title to be inserted into a movie media stream.
Custom
In Windows, suitable paper sizes are displayed in a list.
In Macintosh, the [Custom] button is displayed. Click it to display the paper settings dialog box for the
currently selected printer.
Layout will start using the selected paper size.
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Layout Operations
Creating a new layout
Create a new layout by clicking the [Create new]
button in the task panel. If a layout is
currently displayed, a dialog box will appear asking if you want to save the current layout.
Click the [Yes] button to save the current layout. Environment a name for the layout in the next dialog
box and click the [OK] button. After saving, a new layout will be displayed.
Click the [No] button to create a new layout without saving the current layout. A new layout will then be
displayed.
Click the [Cancel] button to cancel creating a new layout, and return to the currently displayed layout.
Changing the orientation of a layout
Click the
or
[Orientation] button to change the vertical/horizontal positioning of the
current layout. If a layout is currently displayed, a dialog box will appear asking if you want to save the
current layout. See Creating a new layout.
Changing background color
Click the [Background Color]
button to change the current layout's background color. The
color palette will be displayed, allowing you to select a new background color.
To undo any actions here, set the color to white or create a new layout.
Magnifying or reducing layout display
Click the [Magnify] button to enlarge the layout display by increments. Click the
[Reduce] button to shrink the layout display by increments.
You can also select a layout display size by clicking the magnification display window.
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Layout Operations
Save layout
Click the [Save]
button to save the currently displayed layout.
A dialog box will be displayed. See Creating a new layout.
Saved layouts are referred to as custom templates. Click the [Custom Templates]
button to see
the saved custom template in the custom template list window. Newly saved layouts (custom templates)
will be added to the end of the list.
Custom template save location
In Windows, custom templates are saved in the Program Files>Pixela>ImageMixer>User Data>Layout
Menu Display>Custom Templates.
In Macintosh, custom templates are saved in the following location: 'ImageMixer: User Data: Layout
Menu Display: Custom Templates.'
Delete layout
Click the [Delete]
button to delete the layout selected in the template list window.
Preview layout
Click the [Preview]
button to preview the current layout before printing.
When the preview is being displayed, the buttons on the Mode Select Bar do not work. The [Preview] button is not
displayed when 'Title' is selected from the layout menu.
Print layout
Click the [Print]
button to print the current layout.
In Windows, the print settings dialog box will be displayed.
In Macintosh, select the paper size to be used in the paper settings dialog box chosen under Selector.
In both cases, continue by clicking the [OK] or [Print] button.
The [Print] button is not displayed when 'Title' is selected from the layout menu.
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Object Operations
Arranging Objects
See Arranging and editing text objects to learn about character objects, Arranging and editing figure
objects to learn about figure objects, and Arranging and editing image objects to learn about image
objects.
Moving objects
Click and drag to move objects.
Right-click on an object, hold down the mouse button,
and finally
drag the object to the desired location,
release the mouse button.
Click inside the object to be moved (inside the Blocks). If you click and drag a Control point, you will change the size of
the object.
Moving more than one object
In Windows, select the objects to be moved and drag the one defined by the blue Control points.
In Macintosh, drag any of the selected objects.
Moving objects with the keyboard
Use the arrow keys to move objects without using the mouse. Select one object and move it by pressing
an arrow key, or hold down 'Shift' + an arrow key to move multiple objects.
In the preferences window, you can set the distance objects move each time the arrow keys are pressed.
Different values can be set for both the arrow key and the 'Shift' + arrow key operations.
Changing an object's size
Drag a control point to change the size of an object.
Right-click on a control point, hold down the mouse button,
the desired size,
move the frame until the object is
then release the mouse button.
Click inside the control points (inside the Blocks). If you click inside the object itself, you will move the object.
If the control points seem too small to drag, magnify the size of the layout.
It is impossible to change the size of objects which are Locked or Grouped, making it necessary to unlock the desired
object or release it from its group.
Changing object size while maintaining aspect ratio
Hold down the 'Shift' key while dragging the control point.
Changing object size with the keyboard
You can change an object's size by using the arrow keys on your computer keyboard.
In Windows, hold down the [Ctrl] key while using the arrow keys.
In Macintosh, hold down the [Control] key while using the arrow keys.
The size of the object will change according to the direction of the arrow keys.
You can use the preferences settings to define the increments relative to the changes in size each time the
arrow keys are pressed.
Altering text objects
Double click text objects to edit actual content, change font color, etc.
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Object Operations
Changing the overlap order of objects
When new objects are added to the layout, they will appear on top of
previously placed objects.
Select the object for which you would like to change the overlap
order, and click the [Change Overlap Order] button.
A dropdown menu will be displayed. Select the object's new position.
Bring to front
Moves the selected object to the front of all the overlapping
objects.
Bring forward
Moves the selected object forward one level.
Bring backward
Moves the selected object backward one level.
Bring to back
Moves the selected object to the back of all the overlapping
objects.
Aligning objects
Click the [Alignment] button to align the selected objects in relation to
one another. A dropdown menu is displayed. Select the objects' new
alignment.
In Windows, the object defined by the blue control points will be the
reference object of all selected objects.
In Macintosh, the object placed farthest away in the desired direction of
alignment will be the reference.
Align left
Align the left side of all selected objects according to the control
points on the left side of the reference object.
Align right
Align the right side of all selected objects according to the control
points on the right side of the reference object.
Align top
Align the top of all selected objects according to the control points
on the top of the reference object.
Align bottom
Align the bottom of all selected objects according to the control
points on the bottom of the reference object.
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Object Operations
Locking objects
When you do not wish to make further changes to a design, you can lock the objects so that they cannot
be Moved or Change size.
Select objects to be locked into place and click the [Lock]
button. The control points of the
locked object(s) will turn Yellow (Windows) or Gray (Macintosh).
The [Lock] button will change to the [Unlock]
button.
When no object is selected, the [Lock]/[Unlock] button is shaded gray and cannot be clicked.
Grouping objects
Certain operations can be performed with entire groups of objects.
Select the objects to be grouped, then click the [Group]
button. In Windows, the control points
of the grouped objects will turn red and the [Group] button will change to the [Release group]
button. In Macintosh, the color of the control points does not change.
To release objects from a group, select the group and click the [Release Group] button.
When no object is selected, the [Group]/[Release group] button is shaded gray and cannot be clicked.
Copying and pasting objects
You can copy and paste objects when designing a layout.
Select an object and click the [Copy]
button. Click the [Paste]
of the object in the same or a different layout.
button to paste a copy
You can copy and paste multiple objects, though doing so may take more time for your computer to execute.
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Object Operations
Deleting objects
Select an object and click the [Delete]
once.
button. Multiple objects may be selected and deleted at
Transforming 3-D appearance of text objects
(Windows only)
Text objects can be altered to appear 3-dimensional both on the screen and when printed out.
Select a text object and click the [Transform Text]
button. Next, simply drag the desired
control point(s). When the Transform Text button is displayed in this form
, clicking it will
change it back to this form
, thereby allowing you to change the size of the object while
maintaining its original proportions.
●
●
If the text object 's Style is set to italic or bold italic, the text object cannot be transformed.
If you make changes to the content of the actual text, be aware that you may not see those changes on the screen
unless you have chosen the proper setting under 'Appearance in text box' in the Text Creator/Editor.
●
Note that 3-dimensional transformations can only be done when the text box has been set to fit all text
horizontally according to the longest line.
●
Once you have made 3-dimensional transformations to a text object, clicking the
button will revert the
text object back to its original appearance and size. Once you move the text box or change its size, the text box
will be automatically adjusted to the new text size. Please also note that if the size of the text box is too small, it
might not be displayed correctly when reverted to its original appearance. Change Font Size to avoid this.
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Arranging and Editing Text
Creating new text and arranging it as a text object
Click the [Create Text]
button to display the Text Creator/Editor. Type the desired text in
the text input window. After making the appropriate settings relative to font, color, etc., click the [OK]
button to arrange the text as a text object in the layout window.
Editing existing text objects
You can change settings relative to font, color, etc., and make changes to the actual content of existing
text boxes by double-clicking the text object in the layout window.
Text Creator/Editor window
Text Input Window
Input text to be arranged as a text object in the layout.
Sample Window
According to the settings in
and
, the sample window
gives you an idea of how your text will appear in the layout.
Style settings
These define the font, style, size, and color of the text.
Text alignment
Defines the alignment of text in the text box.
Appearance in text box
Defines how individual lines will appear in the text box.
Shadow settings
Allows and defines settings relative to creating shadow effects.
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Arranging and Editing Text
Text object settings
Style settings
Font
Defines the font, such as Times New Roman, Arial, etc.
Style
Defines the text style, such as italic, bold, etc.
Size
Defines the font size.
Text color
Displays the currently selected text color.
Color Select button
In order to define a color for your text, click this button to
display the color palette.
Text alignment settings
Align left
Arranges text horizontally along the left side of the text box.
Align center
Arranges text horizontally in the center of the text box.
Align right
Arranges text horizontally along the right side of the text box.
Top vertical alignment
Arranges text vertically along the top of the text box.
Center vertical
alignment
Arranges text vertically in the center of the text box.
Bottom vertical
alignment
Arranges text vertically along the bottom of the text box.
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Arranging and Editing Text
Text object settings
Text box settings
The text in the text box is not wrapped. The text cannot be
displayed any larger than the font size set.
No wrapping
If the text box is too small, some text will not be displayed at all.
The entire text will be wrapped according to the shape of the
text box.
Wrapped text
The text size is automatically adjusted to fit the text box.
Auto fit
Create shadow
Create shadow
Click to add a shadow to the text.
Up
Click to move the shadow up.
Down
Click to move the shadow down.
Left
Click to move the shadow left.
Right
Click to move the shadow right.
Shadow color
Displays the currently selected color of the shadow.
Select color
Click to select a different color of the shadow from the color
palette.
This figure defines the distance the shadow moves each time
Increments
you click the
or
button.
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Arranging and Editing Shapes
Arranging shape objects
Click the [Create New Shape]
button to display the Shape Creator/Editor. Select a shape to
work with and make the appropriate changes relative to color, shadow properties, etc. Click the [OK]
button to arrange the shape in the layout.
Editing shapes
Double-clicking the shape object will display the Shape Creator/Editor.
Shape Creator/Editor
Shape Preview Window
Displays the current shape according to
Available Shapes
Defines the shape to be arranged in the layout.
Paint/Line Settings
Defines paint and line effects.
Shadow Settings
Defines shadow effects.
and
.
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Arranging and Editing Shapes
Shape object settings
Paint/Line Settings
Paint button
Click to define the color of the shape.
Paint/Line color
Indicates the currently selected color of the shape or its
outline.
Color Select button
Click to display the Color palette. Select the desired color of
the shape or its outline.
Pattern
Indicates the currently selected pattern.
Click to display the pattern palette below. Click to select the
pattern of the shape or, in the case of circles, squares and
rounded squares, the pattern of the surrounding line.
Pattern Select button
It is not possible to define a line pattern for shapes other than circles,
squares, and rounded squares. Also, selecting no pattern (in the upper
left hand corner of the pattern palette) will effectively get rid of any color
settings.
The line pattern can't be defined when a polygon or a straight line is
selected in the shape list.
Line
Click to define an outline to the shape.
Line thickness
The line thickness can be changed by defining a numerical line
point size.
A value of '0' is invalid. To prevent the outline from appearing at all, set
the value to 1 and set white as the color.
Shadow Settings
Create Shadow button
Click to add a shadow to the figure.
Up
Click to move the shadow up.
Down
Click to move the shadow down.
Left
Click to move the shadow left.
Right
Click to move the shadow right.
Shadow color
Displays the color of the shadow.
Select color
Click to select the color of the shadow from the Color Palette.
This figure defines the distance the shadow moves each time
Increments
you click the
or
button.
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Arranging and Editing Images
Arranging image objects
Using album files
1. Use the album menu and select an album which contains a file that you would like to include in
your layout.
The selected album's thumbnails will be displayed in the thumbnail list window. Only still picture thumbnails are
displayed.
2. Drag or double-click a thumbnail from the Thumbnail list window.
The still picture associated with the thumbnail will appear in the layout as an image object.
Using templates
1. Click the [Templates]
button or the [Custom Templates]
2. Double-click the template you wish to use.
The selected Template will appear in the layout window.
In Windows, you can drag a template from the templates list window, as shown below.
button.
Editing an image object
Double-click the image object you wish to work with or select it and click the [Image Edit]
button to open the Image Editor.
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Layout Preferences
Open the layout environment.
Display preferences
1. Open ImageMixer.
2. Click the [Layout Environment]
window.
3. Click the [Preferences]
button on the Selector Bar.
The layout preferences window will be displayed.
Layout Preferences window
button on the Main Selector to open the layout
Gridline interval
Partition line interval
Defines the number of pixels between gridlines.
Unless 'Display grid' is checked, this setting is not recognized.
Defines the number of gridlines between partition lines.
Unless 'Display grid' is checked, this setting is not recognized.
Arrow key
Defines the distance an object moves each time the arrow keys are
pressed.
Shift + Arrow key
Defines the distance an object moves each time the 'Shift' + arrow
keys are pressed.
Ctrl + Arrow key
In Windows, defines the incremental change to an object's size
each time the 'Ctrl' + arrow keys are pressed. In Macintosh, the
'Control' key is used in conjunction with the arrow keys.
Grid display
Check this box to display grid lines and partition lines in the
layout window.
Outline display
Check this box to display only the outline of image objects in the
display window.
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Image Editor
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
ImageMixer provides you with a variety of tools for editing still pictures. You can start from either the
Album Environment or the Layout Environment.
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Opening Image Editor
Opening Image Editor
Image Editor display
Undo
Tool bar (Mac)
Opening Image Editor
From Album Environment
1. Open ImageMixer.
Filter Mode
Red-eye compensation
Auto enhance
Brightness/Contrast
Hue, Saturation
Sharpness
Blur
2. Click the
Environment.
button on the Main Selector or Mode Select Bar to open the Album
3. Select the thumbnail of the still picture you want to work with.
Change album if necessary.
Draw Mode
Brush
Pen
Eraser
Paint
Airbrush
4. Click the Image Edit
button.
From Layout Environment
Crop/Rotate/Flip Mode
Cropping
Rotating/Flipping
1. Open ImageMixer.
Image Resizing Mode
Mask Mode (Win)
button on the Main Selector or Mode Select
Gradation masks
Stencil masks
Drawn masks
2. Click the [Layout Environment]
Bar to start the Layout Environment.
Chroma Key Mode (Mac)
3. Start layout (create a new layout or open a saved layout).
Create Shadow Mode (Win)
Blend Mode (Win)
4. Arrange a still picture object in the layout area if necessary.
Chapter 7 Video Disc Environment
5. Select the picture object you want to work with.
Chapter 8 ImageMixer Easy Video
CD (Win)
6. Click the Image Edit
button.
The same process can be repeated by clicking other picture objects.
Image Editor display
and
will not be displayed when starting the Image Editor from the Album Environment.
Filter Mode button
Click to change to Filter mode.
Draw Mode button
Click to change to Draw mode.
Crop/Rotate/Flip Mode
button
Click to change to Crop/Rotate/Flip Mode.
Image Resizing Mode
button
Click to change to Image resizing mode.
Mask button or Chroma
Key button
In Windows, click to change to Mask mode. In Macintosh, this
button will take you to Chroma Key mode.
Create Shadow button
Click to change to Create shadow mode. (Windows only.)
Blend button
Click to change to Blend mode. (Windows only.)
Undo button
Click to undo the previous operation.
Close button
Clicking this button will return ImageMixer to the Image Editor.
Editing window
Displays the image being edited.
Magnification
Indicates the present magnification (as a %) of the picture
currently displayed in the editing window. In Macintosh, clicking
here will display picture information.
Zoom In button
Click to increase the magnification of the picture currently
displayed in the editing window.
Zoom Out button
Clicking here decreases the magnification of the picture currently
displayed in the editing window.
Mode buttons
Editing tools are grouped into various 'modes' in ImageMixer.
Click the mode that includes those tools you want to use to edit the
picture currently displayed in the editing window.
and
are not displayed when in mode
.
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Image Editor
Undo
Click
to undo the previous operation.
Tool bar (Macintosh Only)
Macintosh displays a tool bar in the upper portion of the Image Editor window.
This tool bar is only displayed when working within one of the editing modes.
Click to switch the mouse pointer to the selection tool. The shape
Select tool
.
of the selection area can be set by clicking
Lasso tool
Click to switch the mouse pointer to the freehand selection tool.
Click to switch the mouse pointer to the Magic Wand. This tool
enables you to select entire areas connected by a common color,
Magic Wand
the range of which can be set by clicking
.
Select All button
Click to select the entire picture.
Reverse Selection button
Click to select the area outside that portion of the image currently
selected.
Tool options
Click to display the Tool options.
Copy button
Click to copy the selected area.
Cut button
Click to cut the selected area.
Paste button
Click to paste a cut or copied selection.
Tool options dialog box
Click the [Tool Options]
button on the Tool bar to bring up the dialog box.
Rectangular selection
Click to enable the [Select]
marquees.
tool to use rectangular
Elliptical selection
Click to enable the [Select]
marquees.
tool to use elliptical
Drag the slider to define the range of colors that may be selected
Selection range
with the [Magic Wand]
.
Feather Border
Blurs the edges of selected areas.
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Filter Mode
Red-eye Compensation
button
Click to compensate for photos in which the subject's eyes appear
red.
Auto Enhance button
Allows ImageMixer to automatically enhance image quality.
Brightness/Contrast button
Click to control brightness and contrast.
Hue/Saturation button
Click to control color hue (tone), saturation and lightness.
Sharpness button
Click to sharpen the image.
Blur button
Click to blur the image.
Red-eye compensation
After setting the options, draw directly on the image displayed in
the editing window.
Range slider
Drag the slider to specify the color range for red-eye compensation.
Replacement color indicator
Displays the color you have chosen to replace red-eye areas.
Color Select button
Click to display the Color palette and select the replacement color.
Brush type indicator
Shows currently selected brush type and size.
Brush Type Selector button
Click to display available brush types and sizes. (See below.)
There are slight differences in the brush types available in Windows and Macintosh.
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Filter Mode
Auto enhance
ImageMixer can automatically enhance the image quality of your
pictures.
Preview window
Displays a preview of the enhanced image.
[OK] button
Click to execute auto enhancement of the image.
Brightness/Contrast
As you adjust these qualities by operating the sliders, the resulting
picture will be displayed in the preview window.
Preview window
Displays a preview of the altered image.
Brightness
Drag the slider to adjust the brightness of the image.
Contrast
Drag the slider to adjust the contrast of the image.
[OK] button
Click to apply the adjusted brightness/contrast.
Hue, Saturation
After selecting the color you want to adjust, drag the slider while
checking the results in the preview window.
Preview window
Previews the results of changes made to hue, saturation and
lightness settings.
All
Click to adjust the hue, saturation and lightness of all colors in the
image.
Red
Select to adjust the hue, saturation and lightness of this color.
Yellow
Select to adjust the hue, saturation and lightness of this color.
Green
Select to adjust the hue, saturation and lightness of this color.
Cyan
Select to adjust the hue, saturation and lightness of this color.
Blue
Select to adjust the hue, saturation and lightness of this color.
Magenta
Select to adjust the hue, saturation and lightness of this color.
Hue
Drag the slider to adjust the hue of the selected color(s).
Saturation
Drag the slider to adjust the saturation of the selected color(s).
Lightness
Drag the slider to adjust the lightness of the selected color(s).
[OK] button
Click to apply the changes you have made to hue, saturation and lightness of colors in the picture.
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Filter Mode
Sharpness
Adjust by dragging the slider while checking results in the preview
window.
Preview window
Displays the result of the sharpness setting.
Sharpness
Drag the slider to adjust sharpness.
[OK] button
Click to apply the sharpness setting.
Blur
In Windows, ImageMixer will automatically blur an image. In
Macintosh, a slider will be displayed. Drag the slider to control the
blur.
Preview window
Displays the result of applying the blur filter.
[OK] button
Click it to apply the blur filter.
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Draw Mode
After setting the tool options, use the mouse to draw directly on the image in the edit window.
Brush button
Click to draw with the brush.
Pen button
Click to draw with the pen.
Eraser button
Click to erase portions of the picture.
Paint button
Click to paint areas of the image according to a specified range.
Airbrush button
Click to draw with the airbrush.
Brush
Brush color
Indicates the currently selected brush color.
Color Select button.
Click to display the Color palette and choose a brush color.
Transparency
Indicates the currently defined transparency.
Transparency slider
Drag to define transparency.
Brush type indicator
Shows currently selected brush type and size.
Brush Type Selector button
Click to display available brush types and sizes. (See below.)
There are slight differences in the brush types available in Windows and Macintosh.
Pen
Pen color
Indicates the currently selected pen color.
Color Select button
Click to display the Color palette and choose a pen color.
Transparency
Indicates the currently defined transparency.
Transparency slider
Drag to define transparency.
Pen style indicator
Indicates the currently selected pen style and size.
Pen Style Selector button
Click to display available pen styles and sizes. (See below.)
There are slight differences in the pen styles available in Windows and Macintosh.
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Draw Mode
Eraser
Transparency
Indicates the currently defined transparency.
Transparency slider
Drag to define transparency.
In Macintosh, you can also define the eraser size and color relative to the
background picture.
Paint
Paint color
Indicates the currently selected paint color.
Color Select button.
Click to display the Color palette and choose a color.
Transparency
Indicates the currently defined transparency.
Transparency slider
Drag to define transparency.
Paint range
Drag the slider to specify the range.
Airbrush
Airbrush color
Indicates the currently selected airbrush color.
Color Select button.
Click to display the Color palette and choose an airbrush color.
Transparency
Indicates the currently defined transparency.
Transparency slider
Drag to define transparency.
Airbrush type indicator
Shows currently selected airbrush type and size.
Airbrush Type Selector button
Click to display available airbrush types and sizes. (See below.)
There are slight differences in the airbrush types available in Windows and Macintosh.
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Crop/Rotate/Flip Mode
Crop button
Click to crop the picture. Specify the crop area by dragging the
Control points displayed in the image edit window.
Rotate/Flip button
Click to rotate or flip the image.
Cropping
Crop button
Click to crop image to the area defined by the rectangular box that appears
on top of the picture in the image edit window. Drag the control points to
enlarge or reduce the crop area.
Rotating/Flipping
Rotate Counterclockwise button
Rotates the image counterclockwise 90 degrees.
Rotate Clockwise button
Rotates the image clockwise 90 degrees.
Vertical flip
Flips the image vertically, along the horizontal axis with each click.
Horizontal flip
Flips the image horizontally, along the vertical axis with each click.
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Image Resizing Mode
Current image size
Displays the height and width (in pixels) of the picture currently
displayed in the image edit window.
Width
Enter a value (in pixels) for the new width of the image.
Height
Enter a value (in pixels) for the new height of the image.
Lock aspect ratio
Select this option to maintain the original proportions of the
image. When this option is selected, changing the value of the
width will automatically change the height and vice versa.
[OK] button
Applies the new image size.
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Mask Mode (Windows Only)
Masks allow you to apply certain limitations to the appearance of pictures by using stencils, changing the
opacity (transparency) of the image, etc.
This mode is not available when opening the Image Editor from the Album Environment.
Gradation mask
Click to display a list of available gradation masks.
Stencil mask
Click to display a list of available stencil masks.
Drawn mask
Click to create a custom mask.
Gradation masks
Gradation masks
Available gradation masks are listed here.
[OK] button
Click to apply the selected gradation mask.
Stencil masks
Stencil masks
Available stencil masks are listed here.
[OK] button
Click to apply the selected stencil mask.
Drawn masks
After selecting a tool, use the mouse to draw your
custom mask directly on the image in the editor window.
Changes will be applied upon returning to the layout
environment.
Brush button
Click to draw a custom mask with the brush.
Pen button
Click to draw a custom mask with the pen.
Eraser button
Click to erase portions of the custom mask currently being drawn.
Paint button
Click to apply a mask to the entire picture.
Airbrush button
Click to draw a custom mask with the airbrush.
Refer to Draw mode to see a description of each drawing tool.
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Chroma Key Mode (Macintosh Only)
Applying a fixed blue tone to areas of an image will render it transparent upon returning to the Layout
Environment.
This mode is not available when opening the Image Editor from the Album Environment.
Complete transparency cannot be achieved when drawing with the gradated brush or airbrush tool. Draw with the pen tool
to achieve complete transparency.
Brush button
Click to draw a custom chroma key area with the brush.
Pen button
Click to draw a custom chroma key area with the pen.
Eraser button
Click to erase portions of the chroma key area currently
being drawn.
Paint button
Click to apply chroma key to the entire picture.
Airbrush button
Click to draw a custom chroma key area with the airbrush.
Refer to Draw mode to see a description of each drawing tool.
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Create Shadow Mode (Windows Only)
This mode is not available when opening the Image Editor from the Album Environment.
Set
and
before clicking
.
Click to create a shadow. Clicking this button applies qualities
Create Shadow button
defined in
and
.
Up button
Moves the shadow up one increment, which is based on the
predefined number of pixels.
Left button
Moves the shadow left one increment, which is based on the
predefined number of pixels.
Right button
Moves the shadow right one increment, which is based on the
predefined number of pixels.
Down button
Moves the shadow down one increment, which is based on the
predefined number of pixels.
The numerical value entered here specifies the distance (in pixels)
Increment
the shadow moves each time
or
is clicked.
Gradation slider
Drag to adjust the gradation of the shadow.
Transparency slider
Drag to specify the transparency of the shadow.
Shadow color indicator
Color selector
Indicates the currently selected shadow color.
Click to display the Color palette and choose a color for your
shadow.
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Blend Mode (Windows)
This mode is not available when opening the Image Editor from the Album Environment.
Normal
Click to display or revert to the unaltered picture.
Multiply
Click to darken the pixels of the foreground image depending on
the color of the background image.
Screen
Click to lighten the pixels of the foreground image depending on
the color of the background image.
Overlay
Multiplies or screens the colors of the foreground image
depending on the color of the background image.
Soft Light
The pixels of the foreground image will be lightened if they are
50% brighter than the pixels of the background image, or darkened
if they are 50% darker than the pixels of the background image.
Hard Light
The pixels of the foreground image will be lightened if they are
50% brighter than the pixels of the background image. Black and
white pixels remain unchanged.
Darken
Displays only the parts of the foreground image that are darker
than the background image.
Lighten
Displays only the parts of the foreground image that are lighter
than the background image.
Difference
Subtracts the foreground color from the background color, or vice
versa, depending on which has the greater brightness value.
Transparency slider
Drag the slider to specify the transparency of the picture.
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Process of creating a Video CD
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
With this ImageMixer, you can create a Video CD or Video CD image which support Video
CD 2.0 specification. Video CD 2.0 features of playing slideshow for still image contents,
and interactive playback control which allows you to change playback order by using menu.
Your main work will be creating a main menu screen that will be displayed during the
playback, then writing to a disc. Please see the steps below for creating a Video CD. For
details, please refer to each page of their functions. I
First you will be creating a main menu in the layout screen. When you
drag contents or album icons and drop them onto the layout screen,
slideshow buttons will be created.
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Note
Each of slideshow buttons is numbered so that your selected number on
the remote control will correspond to the specific slideshow.
Process of creating a Video
CD
Layout environment/Screen
composition
Style panel
Slideshow button panel
If you want to change order of slideshow contents, you can double click on
the slideshow button that you want to edit. Then you will be in the Album
environment, and start changing the order of thumbnails.
Title panel
Album environment/Screen
composition
General settings/Content
settings
Operation of thumbnail list
window
In the Writing environment, you can confirm before writing by viewing
the preview of your creating disc, which shows how to be played with a
player.
Writing environment/ Screen
composition
Preview panel
Output Video CD (Win)
Output Video CD image
(Mac)
Navigation Bar
Preferences
File format handled in the
Video Disc mode
After you specify all of writing settings, click on the ‘Output’ button to
start writing a disc or creating a disc image.
Important
Please be sure to read the operation warnings.
In the Macintosh, it supports to create a Video CD image supported by
ROXIO’s Toast, but not the direct disc writing.
Operation warning
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Layout environment/Screen composition
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
In this layout environment, you can setup the design of your main menu. The screen
composition of a "Layout environment" is explained below:
Important
You can continue adding albums and contents until the used space bar becomes full.
If you add contents as the numbers below, the adding operation will not be proceeded. For
movie contents within a project: 97 or more. For slideshow buttons within a project: 900 or
more. For any contents within a slideshow button: 1,000 or more.
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Process of creating a Video
CD
Layout environment/Screen
composition
Style panel
Slideshow button panel
Title panel
Album environment/Screen
composition
General settings/Content
settings
Operation of thumbnail list
window
Writing environment/ Screen
composition
Navigation bar:
The navigation bar is always displayed in Video disc mode. These buttons are the
environment and other main functions when you take steps for output.
Preview panel
Output Video CD (Win)
Output Video CD image
(Mac)
Main menu:
This layout screen will be the main menu displayed during the playback. You can add a
slideshow button by dragging an album icon or thumbnails of contents in an album, and
dropping onto the screen.
Navigation Bar
Preferences
File format handled in the
Video Disc mode
Operation warning
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Important
If there is no slideshow buttons placed in the layout screen, the preview function cannot be
used, and it will not be recorded on a disc.
Note
You can also add contents to any placed buttons by using the drag and drop method.
Slideshow button:
When you place an album or a content onto the layout screen, the slideshow buttons will be
inserted. The slideshow button is a button to start a slideshow. You can place the maximum
of 6 slideshow buttons.
Slideshow number
Slideshow number corresponds with the selected number on the remote control of the device
you are playing the Video CD. Example, if you press [2] on the remote control, the slideshow
No.2 will start playing.
Menu for slideshow "number selection" button.
You can use this menu to select the number of slideshow buttons you wish to add to the main
menu. 1 to 6 slideshow buttons can be placed and set up on one main menu. To insert a new
main menu, choose "New menu" and a new main menu screen will be added to the back.
"Page transfer" menu
When there are several main menu screens in one project, use this menu to move from one
main menu screen to another. The selected main menu screen will be displayed.
Album menu:
The albums you have created will be shown in a list. By selecting one of albums will show
the thumbnails of its content in the contents list window.
Filter button:
Clicking 'Display still picture' will display the still picture thumbnails; 'Display movie' will
display the movie thumbnails; 'Display sound' will display the sound thumbnails; 'Display all'
will display all types of file thumbnails.
Album icon:
If you drag this album icon and drop onto the layout screen, this icon will work as a
slideshow button including the contents of the currently selected album.
Content list:
In this area shows the contents of a selected album as thumbnails. By dragging thumbnails
onto the layout screen will place a slideshow button.
Note
To add contents to the slideshow button that you have already placed on the layout screen,
drag contents and drop onto the slideshow button or add contents in the Album environment.
Panel:
There are 3 panels, style, slideshow button and title.
Used space:
It displays the project data size be used in a disc. The level increases as more contents are
added. Always displayed in the Video Disc mode.
Important
Contents cannot be added when the bar gets full.
Status bar :
Move the mouse pointer over botton or tab to display the explanation on the botton of
window.
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Style panel
Introduction
Click the style tab to display the style panel. Choose style templates.
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Process of creating a Video
CD
Layout environment/Screen
composition
Style panel
Slideshow button panel
Title panel
Album environment/Screen
composition
General settings/Content
settings
Operation of thumbnail list
window
Writing environment/ Screen
composition
Preview panel
Output Video CD (Win)
Output Video CD image
(Mac)
Navigation Bar
Preferences
File format handled in the
Video Disc mode
Operation warning
Term description
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"Style" tab:
Click to display the style panel. You can set the menu composition, background, etc. for the
main menu.
"Style category" menu:
You can choose a category from the pull down menu, which displays style templates
depending on the category.
Style template:
Displays the templates selected in the "Style category." Click the thumbnail of the template to
apply to the main menu.
"Apply BGM" button:
Applies sound (BGM) to main menu. Click this button to open the dialog box and select your
sound file. If a sound file has already been applied, it will automatically be replaced. Put a
check mark on "Loop sound" if you wish to have music playing while the main menu screen
is being displayed. The name of the sound file being used will be displayed on the layout.
Note
By dragging & dropping thumbnails related to sound file of contents list on this button you
can also apply BGM to background image
"Apply background image" button:
Adds background image to the main menu. Click this button to display the dialog box and
select a still image file. If a file has already been applied, it will automatically be replaced.
The name of the still image file being used will be displayed on the layout.
Note
By dragging & dropping thumnails related to still image on this button you can also apply to
background image.
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Slideshow button panel
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
If you click on the 'Slideshow button' tab in the layout screen, the Slideshow button panel will
appear to let you setup slideshow buttons.
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Process of creating a Video
CD
Layout environment/Screen
composition
Style panel
Slideshow button panel
Title panel
Album environment/Screen
composition
General settings/Content
settings
Operation of thumbnail list
window
Writing environment/ Screen
composition
Preview panel
"Slideshow button" tab:
Click to display the slideshow button panel.
No. (Slideshow number):
The number of slideshow buttons on the main menu will be displayed.
"Delete" button
Deletes your selected slideshow button on the main menu. Deleted buttons cannot be
retrieved.
Output Video CD (Win)
Output Video CD image
(Mac)
"Text" tab:
Click to display text panel for the name of slideshow button.
Navigation Bar
Preferences
File format handled in the
Video Disc mode
Operation warning
Term description
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"Button" tab:
Click this tab to display templates of slideshow buttons.
Slideshow button title:
Editing the name in the text box will let you change the title of slideshow button. Even you
edit the slideshow button title, the original file name does not change. The maximum
characters are 63 letters.
Font, size, style and color:
You can set the font, size, style and color. For the font, size and style you can choose from
the pull down menu. For selecting a color, you can click the font color preview box and select
from the opened color palette.
Shadow:
Choose the shadow direction from the menu, and the effect will be applied to the slideshow
button choosen from the layout menu.
Shape of button
There are templates of slideshow button and page guide button to choose from.
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Title panel
Introduction
Click the "Title" tab to display the "Title" panel where you can edit the title of main menu.
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Process of creating a Video
CD
Layout environment/Screen
composition
Style panel
Slideshow button panel
Title panel
Album environment/Screen
composition
General settings/Content
settings
Operation of thumbnail list
window
Writing environment/ Screen
composition
Preview panel
"Title" tab:
Click to display the "Title" panel.
Title:
This is displayed on the main menu. The maximum characters are 63.
Output Video CD (Win)
Output Video CD image
(Mac)
Navigation Bar
Preferences
File format handled in the
Video Disc mode
Font, size, style and color:
You can set the font, size, style and color.
For the font, size and style you can choose form the pull down menu. For selecting a color,
you can click the font color preview box and select from the opened color palette.
Shadow:
Choose the shadow direction from the menu and apply the effect to the title.
Operation warning
Term description
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Album environment/Screen composition
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
The slideshow buttons with its contents are managed as albums in the Album environment. In
this environment, you can organize the contents or changing playback order.
You can go to Album environment by either selecting a placed slideshow button and click
"Album environment" button on the Navigation bar, or double clicking a slideshow button.
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Process of creating a Video
CD
Layout environment/Screen
composition
Style panel
Slideshow button panel
Title panel
Album environment/Screen
composition
General settings/Content
settings
Operation of thumbnail list
window
Writing environment/ Screen
composition
Album menu:
The albums you have created will be shown in a list. By selecting one of albums will show
the thumbnails of its content in the contents list window.
Filter button:
Clicking 'Display still picture' will display the still picture thumbnails; 'Display movie' will
display the movie thumbnails; 'Display sound' will display the sound thumbnails; 'Display all'
will display all types of file thumbnails.
Preview panel
Output Video CD (Win)
Output Video CD image
(Mac)
Navigation Bar
Preferences
File format handled in the
Video Disc mode
Operation warning
Content list:
In this area shows the contents of a selected album as thumbnails.
Note
To add contents to a slideshow button, drag thumbnails from the content list, and drop onto
the thumbnail list window.
Thumbnail list window:
The contents of the selected slideshow button on the main menu will appear as thumbnail in
the thumbnail list window.
Term description
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Video CD (Win)
Thumbnail:
A thumbnail is a miniature display of the content added to the selected slideshow button on
the main menu. Slideshow plays by the thumbnail order.
Sort menu:
Select a category from the sort pull down menu to sort thumbnail in the thumbnail list
window.
Album panels:
You can change the general settings and the edit contents in the folder.
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General settings/Content settings
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
The "General settings" of the slideshow botton and "Content settings" of the thumbnail are
explained below.
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
General settings
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Process of creating a Video
CD
Layout environment/Screen
composition
Style panel
Slideshow button panel
Title panel
Album environment/Screen
composition
General settings/Content
settings
Operation of thumbnail list
window
Writing environment/ Screen
composition
Preview panel
Output Video CD (Win)
Output Video CD image
(Mac)
Navigation Bar
Preferences
File format handled in the
Video Disc mode
Operation warning
Term description
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Video CD (Win)
Date:
By putting a check mark, the date will be displayed on the still image contents during the
slideshow.
Important
Only effective when the contents are still images. No matter how you setup, clip number will
always appear.
Title display
By putting a check mark, the title and the content of the still image are displayed together
during playback time.
"Apply BGM" button:
You can apply sound (BGM) to each slideshow. You can apply sound by clicking the button.
The sound (BGM) will be played during the slideshow of still image contents.
Important
The selected BGM is played during the slideshow.
Loop:
Put a check mark to loop sound.
Display time per still image
Set the time interval you want the still image content to be displayed anywhere between 4 and
20 seconds.
Content settings
Content title:
Editing the name in the text box will let you change the title of content. Even you edit the
content title, the original file name does not change. The maximum characters are 63 letters.
Set as thumbnail:
Put a check mark if you wish to use the image of the thumbnail as the thumbnail of slideshow
button.
'Delete' button:
Deleting a selected thumbnail, which does not delete the original file.
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Operation of thumbnail list window
Introduction
Explanations below on the operation of thumbnail list window in the Album environment.
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
About thumbnail
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
The thumbnails displayed in the thumbnail list window are the miniature image of file
contents. If the contents are movie files, the image will be the first frame of the movie.
All movie or sound contents have a symbol on their thumbnails.
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Process of creating a Video
CD
Layout environment/Screen
composition
Style panel
Slideshow button panel
Selecting thumbnails
Title panel
Album environment/Screen
composition
General settings/Content
settings
Operation of thumbnail list
window
Select thumbnails using the mouse or the keyboard.
Selecting one thumbnail
Click the thumbnail.
Writing environment/ Screen
composition
Preview panel
Output Video CD (Win)
Output Video CD image
(Mac)
Navigation Bar
Preferences
File format handled in the
Video Disc mode
Operation warning
Term description
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Video CD (Win)
Selecting multiple thumbnails (next to each other)
Click the fist thumbnail, then
click the last thumbnail.
press and hold the [Shift] key on the keyboard and
Selecting multiple thumbnails (scattered)
Windows:
Press and hold the [Ctrl] key on the keyboard and click all thumbnails.
Macintosh:
Press and hold the [Command] key on the keyboard and click all thumbnails.
Select entire thumbnails
Windows:
Press and hold the [Ctrl] key and press [A] key on the keyboard.
Macintosh:
Press and hold the [Command] key and press [A] key on the keyboard.
Switching thumbnails
You can switch between thumbnails by clicking the
buttons.
[decrease] and
Sorting/Changing thumbnail order
There are two ways to sort/change thumbnail order as below:
[increase]
Sorting thumbnails from using the menu
Choose a category from the sort menu.
Changing thumbnail order manually
Manually drag and drop your selected thumbnail to change order.
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Writing environment/ Screen composition
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
How you can preview your authoring result, and how you can create/write disc are explained
below:
You can go to the Writing environment by clicking the 'Writing environment' button.
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Process of creating a Video
CD
Layout environment/Screen
composition
Style panel
Slideshow button panel
Title panel
Album environment/Screen
composition
General settings/Content
settings
Operation of thumbnail list
window
Writing environment/ Screen
composition
Preview panel
Output Video CD (Win)
Output Video CD image
(Mac)
Preview window
You can preview and check the playback of the writing result.
Slideshow number
This number corresponds with the number in the control button of the preview panel. It
corresponds with the selected number on the remote control device.
Preview panel:
There are control buttons to operate preview.
'Output' button:
If you click this button, the Output dialog will appear, which is different between Windows
and Macintosh.
Navigation Bar
Preferences
File format handled in the
Video Disc mode
Operation warning
Term description
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Video CD (Win)
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Preview panel
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
For Video CD, the Slideshow number of the slideshow button corresponds to the remote
control of the playback device. Start to preview by using the control button in the preview
panel.
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Important
If there is no slideshow buttons placed in the layout screen, the preview function cannot be
used. Also, it will not be recorded on a disc.
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Process of creating a Video
CD
Layout environment/Screen
composition
Style panel
Slideshow button panel
Title panel
Album environment/Screen
composition
General settings/Content
settings
Operation of thumbnail list
window
Writing environment/ Screen
composition
Preview panel
Output Video CD (Win)
Output Video CD image
(Mac)
Navigation Bar
Preferences
File format handled in the
Video Disc mode
Operation warning
Term description
Chapter 8 ImageMixer Easy
Video CD (Win)
Number button:
Click any of the buttons to play the slideshow corresponding to the clicked number in the
preview panel.
Note
When the writing environment appears, if the background image in the main menu has set a
BGM, the BGM will be ready to play. If there are more than one main menus, the first main
menu will be displayed.
"Previous" button
Click to view previous content or previous main menu.
"Play" button
Click to play or start playback from stop or pause condition.
"Next" button
Click to view next content or next main menu.
"Pause" button
Click to temporarily stop playback.
"Return" button
Click to go back to the main menu where the current slideshow is placed.
"Stop" button
Click to stop playback.
Important
There are cases when the slideshow and the remote control device do not correspond. For
example, after pressing "1," you still need to press the "Play" button to start the slideshow. In
this case, please read the manual of the device for explanation.
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Output Video CD (Windows)
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Explanations on the "Video CD Output" dialog box (Windows) that appears when you click
the "Output" button.
Important
Please read this operation warning:
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Process of creating a Video
CD
Layout environment/Screen
composition
Style panel
Slideshow button panel
Title panel
Album environment/Screen
composition
General settings/Content
settings
Operation of thumbnail list
window
Writing environment/ Screen
composition
Preview panel
Output Video CD (Win)
Output Video CD image
(Mac)
Navigation Bar
Preferences
File format handled in the
Video Disc mode
Operation warning
Term description
Chapter 8 ImageMixer Easy
Video CD (Win)
Disc name:
Type in the name of the Video CD you are going to create. The letters you can use are as
follows: one byte capital letter of numbers 1 - 9, alphabet A - Z, underbar "_", a maximum of
30 characters.
Output Video CD image:
Put a check mark if you wish not to write directly to disc and instead only create a Video CD
image. Click the "Browse" button and choose the destination folder for storage location. You
can also put a check mark on "Create Video CD" to create Video CD while outputting the
Video CD image.
Important
The created Video CD image will be saved to the destination folder named "Cdimage". Do
not move or change the file name or location. If there is already an existing folder with that
name, new coming Video CD images will be saved in the different folders which will be
name as "Cdimage1", "Cdimage2", "Cdimage3", etc...
Add operation guide:
Put a check mark if you wish to have the operation guide of remote control for Video CD
Video playback to be played just before the slideshow playback.
Use interpolation for resizing images:
If you are using a movie which image aspect is other than Video CD standard, the image
aspect need to be resized. By using Interpolation function during resizing, it takes much time
than without this function, but you can improve the image quality. Use it when it is necessary.
Create Video CD:
Put a check if you wish to write directly to disc to create a Video CD. Also put a check on
"Output Video CD image" to output Video CD image while creating a Video CD.
Write speed:
You can select the writing speed from the pull down menu. Example, "2x" means double
speed and "4x" means 4 times the original speed. This setting is effective when the "Create
Video CD" is selected.
Important
If you are using a slow speed writing device such as USB connection, setting the write speed
too high may fail from writing successfully. Please refer to the device manufacture manual
and set as it recommends.
Destination device:
Available device will appear in the pull down menu. Select a writing device. This setting is
effective when the "Create Video CD" is selected.
Write & Simulation:
Choose whether you want to test before writing from the pull down menu. This setting is
effective when the "Create Video CD" is selected.
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Output Video CD image (Macintosh)
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Explanations on the "Video CD Output" dialog box (Macintosh) that appear when you click
the "Output" button.
Important
Please read this operation warning:
Video CD cannot be created with a Macintosh machine. You can only create Video CD
Image that is supported by Toast ( a software by ROXIO company). Please use the Toast
software to write contents or data to your disc.
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Process of creating a Video
CD
Layout environment/Screen
composition
Style panel
Slideshow button panel
Title panel
Album environment/Screen
composition
General settings/Content
settings
Operation of thumbnail list
window
Writing environment/ Screen
composition
Preview panel
Disc name:
Type in the name of the Video CD image you are going to create. The letters you can use are
as follows: one byte capital letter of numbers 1 - 9, alphabet A - Z, underbar "_", a maximum
of 30 characters.
Output Video CD image:
Create a Video CD image of your present project. Click "Browse" and select the destination
folder for the storage location.
Output Video CD (Win)
Output Video CD image
(Mac)
Navigation Bar
Preferences
File format handled in the
Video Disc mode
Operation warning
Important
The created Video CD image will be saved to the destination folder named "Cdimage". Do
not move or change the file name or location. If there is already an existing folder with that
name, new coming Video CD images will be saved in the different folders which will be
named as "Cdimage1", "Cdimage2", "Cdimage3", etc...
Add operation guide:
Put a check mark if you wish to have the operation guide of remote control for Video CD
Video playback to be played just before the slideshow playback.
Term description
Chapter 8 ImageMixer Easy
Video CD (Win)
Use interpolation for resizing images:
If you are using a movie which image aspect is other than Video CD standard, the image
aspect need to be resized. By using Interpolation function during resizing, it takes much time
than without this function, but you can improve the image quality. Use it when it is necessary.
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Navigation Bar
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
The navigation bar is always displayed in the Video Disc mode. These buttons are the
environment and other main functions when you take steps for writing a disc.
"New project" button
Click to create a new project.
"Layout environment" button
Click to go to the layout environment.
Select a slideshow button on the main menu and click this button to go to the
album environment. You can then edit the contents of the slideshow button.
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Process of creating a Video
CD
Layout environment/Screen
composition
Style panel
Slideshow button panel
"Album environment" button
Click to go to the album environment.
Here you can organize and edit the contents of the slideshow button selected
in the layout environment.
"Writing environment" button
Click to go to the writing environment.
Here you can preview authoring results, and write/create a disc and disc
image.
Title panel
Album environment/Screen
composition
General settings/Content
settings
Operation of thumbnail list
window
Writing environment/ Screen
composition
Preview panel
"Save" button
Click to save the present authoring work as a project file. Therefore, you can continue to
work on your project where you have left off.
"Open project" button
It let you continue to start your project you've saved by clicking the "Open Project" button.
The extension of the file is "pvd".
"Write Saved Image" button
Click to display a dialog box showing saved disc images. Select any of them to to open the
Create Disc dialog box from where you can write content directly to disc. (Windows only)
Output Video CD (Win)
Output Video CD image
(Mac)
Navigation Bar
Preferences
File format handled in the
Video Disc mode
Operation warning
Term description
Chapter 8 ImageMixer Easy
Video CD (Win)
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Preferences
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Setting Video disc mode preferences:
You can go to the 'Preference' by clicking the 'Preference' on the Selector bar.
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Process of creating a Video
CD
Layout environment/Screen
composition
Style panel
Slideshow button panel
Title panel
Album environment/Screen
composition
General settings/Content
settings
Operation of thumbnail list
window
Writing environment/ Screen
composition
Preview panel
Output Video CD (Win)
Location of work folder (Windows) or work disk (Macintosh):
Select a folder or disk as your work place. Choose where there are plenty of space so that you
can operate this program without having problems.
Video/TV format:
Select a video/TV format you wish to create.
There are 2 types of video/TV format such as NTSC and PAL. NTSC is the general video/TV
format used in Janan, USA and etc... It has 525 scanning lines and 30 frames are displayed
per second. PAL is the general video/TV format used in Europe, China, etc. It has 625
scanning lines and 25 frames are displayed per second.
Note
For Windows users, selecting the area or country where you live during ImageMixer
installation process aligns the video system to the area you live.
Output Video CD image
(Mac)
Navigation Bar
NTSC
Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Canada, Central America, Chile, Colombia,
Ecuad or, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the
Philippines, the U.S.A., Venezuela, etc.
PAL
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guyana,
Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia,
Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Russia,
Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand,
Ukraine, Uruguay etc.
Preferences
File format handled in the
Video Disc mode
Operation warning
Term description
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Video CD (Win)
CD Type:
Choose the disc capacity of your CD-R.
File format handled in the Video Disc mode:
Below are the file formats handled in the Video Disc mode:
Movie files:
AVI, QuickTime Movie(Macintosh Only), MPEG-1 (Windows Only)
WMV, compressed AVI format. (Windows only)
Still image file:
Exif-JPEG, Exif-TIFF, JFIF, BMP, PICT (Macintosh Only)
Sound files:
WAV, AIFF (Macintosh Only), MP3
Operation warning
Please read carefully the things below:
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Please confirm that your storage device (drive) operates correctly before creating a
disc with ImageMixer.
In order to create a disc, you need to meet the requirements recommended by your
storage device (drive) manufacturer. Also, make sure to observe warning and
directions given by the storage device (drive) manufacturer.
Please use the disc which the storage device (drive) manufacturer recommends.
Please confirm that software, driver, etc. which affect the disc writing are not
installed in your computer.
In order to create a Video CD, a separate CD-R drive is required.
The drives listed have been passed our evaluation test. We do not guarantee other
drives not on this list for the operation of disc writing.
Some players are not compatible with Video CD playback which is created by the
CD-R drive.
For Windows users, we recommend that you have the DMA transfer mode of your
hard disk turned ON.
Screen savers, System agents and other software that uses the timer to run application
may affect disc writing process. No other applications other than ImageMixer should
be running at the time of disc writing.
Please confirm that your hard disk has enough memory. When memory is extremely
low, this could affect the disc writting process.
Using a damaged disc with scratch or dust will not complete disc writing process
properly.
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Term description
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Process of creating a Video
CD
Layout environment/Screen
composition
Style panel
Slideshow button panel
DVD Video:
This is a read only digital media with recorded high quality image and sound.
The images are generally recorded in MPEG-2 format and can be played using any DVD
player.
MPEG:
MPEG is the abbreviation for “Moving Picture Experts Group”, and is the International
Standard for information compression system to digital image and high-fi audio. MPEG-1
quality averages that of a VHS tape, such as those used for playback of VideoCD. Compared
to DV (digital video) form, MPEG has the feature of prolonging recording time while
maintaining a smaller file size and is becoming the standard form of operation in the Internet
MPEG-2 maintains a high quality image and are used for DVD, digital satellite broadcasting,
etc.
Video CD:
This is one of the CD format for recording images and sounds on the CD media.
It is the compressed video data recorded as MPEG-1, with resolution of 352x240 pixels. The
number of frames per second is 24 or 29.97 frames. Same as an audio CD, about 74 minutes
of data (audio + sound) can be recorded in one CD. The audio format is MPEG-1 Layer2.
Video CD and Video CD Image created by ImageMixer, like DVD Video, support playback
control. It can be played using any Video CD player or a DVD player which supports Video
CD.
Title panel
Album environment/Screen
composition
General settings/Content
settings
Operation of thumbnail list
window
Writing environment/ Screen
composition
Authoring:
The process of creating the video disc is called authoring. Setting up menu composition,
contents, navigation, etc.
Contents:
This refers to the source included in the slideshow, such as movies, still pictures, sound, etc.
Thumbnails:
The miniature image of the content or a template is called thumbnail. You can distinguish
between the files at a glance.
Preview panel
Output Video CD (Win)
Output Video CD image
(Mac)
Navigation Bar
Preferences
File format handled in the
Video Disc mode
Slideshow:
Like a slide, it plays the contents continuously. In ImageMixer, you can create slideshow
form of a video disc.
Slideshow button:
t is a button for playing slideshow. It is created when a folder is added to the main menu in
the layout environment.
The slideshow number corresponds with the remote control of the playing device. Press a
number button on the remote control of the device to play Video CD.
Operation warning
Term description
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Video CD (Win)
Disc image, Video CD image:
When a file composition is made into one image, it is called a disc image, Video CD (VCD)
image. A Video CD is when a file composition is made into one image in the Video CD
Ver2.0 standard.
Video Disc:
This is a term used to refer to Video CD and DVD Video in ImageMixer. It can be simply
called a disc.
Video/TV Format:
There are 2 types of Video/TV format, NTSC and PAL. NTSC is a general Video/TV format
used in Japan, USA, etc. It has 525 scanning lines and 30 frames are displayed per second.
PAL is a general video/TV format used in Europe, China, etc. It has 625 scanning lines and
25 frames are displayed per second.
NTSC
Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Canada, Central America, Chile, Colombia,
Ecuad or, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the
Philippines, the U.S.A., Venezuela, etc.
PAL
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guyana,
Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia,
Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Russia,
Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand,
Ukraine, Uruguay etc.
Project:
The work currently working (authoring) is called a 'Project.' The Video Disc mode lets you
save your project even before completing the entire process. Next time, just open the project
you have saved and continue authoring the content from where you have left off.
Main menu:
The screen you are editing in the layout environment is called Main menu that will be the
menu screen of the Video CD. You can edit this main menu in the Layout environment. You
can create more than one main menu; one main menu only can hold 6 slideshow buttons.
Slideshow number:
These are the numbers that are displayed on the slideshow buttons in the main menu. These
numbers correspond to the number buttons on the remote control of your playing device.
For example, when you press No. 1 on your remote control, the slideshow No.1 on the main
menu will start to play. And if you press the No.3 button, slideshow No.3 will start to play.
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Creating Video CD easily
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
ImageMixer Easy Video CD (Easy Video CD) is a wizard-based program that lets you easily
create Video CD from tape in a video camera connected through a USB cable.
Important
Please make sure the drive you are using is functioning properly before creating a Video CD.
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
1. Connect the video camera to your PC and insert a blank disk in the drive. At this
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
2. When you start Easy Video CD, the following screen is displayed. Select the
Chapter 6 Image Editor
time, set the video camera to Video mode.
connected drive.
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Chapter 8 ImageMixer Easy
Video CD (Win)
Creating Video CD easily
Option Settings
3. Select the speed for writing to the disk.
In cases where the drive has a slow transfer speed (e.g., if it is connected through a
USB cable), writing to the disk may not work properly if the speed setting is too
high. Therefore, the speed should be set to the setting recommended by the drive
manufacturer.
4. Click the "Option" button to set options.
5. Click the "Start" button.
The screen shown below is displayed, and the process of downloading video from the
video camera's tape starts automatically.
6. Click the "Stop" button. The message shown below is displayed. Insert a blank disc
in the drive, then click "No".
Point
When you insert the blank disc in the drive, if a software program installed on your
PC starts automatically, close the program.
7. The screen shown below is displayed and the writing process starts.
To stop the writing process, click the "Cancel" button.
8. When the writing process ends, the screen shown below is displayed.
To create another copy of the same Video CD, click the "Start" button.
To exit Easy Video CD, click the "Quit" button.
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Option Settings
Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
When you click the "Option" button on the Easy Video CD startup screen, you can set the
options in Easy Video CD.
Chapter 2 Capture Environment
Chapter 3 Album Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Chapter 7 Video Disc
Environment
Chapter 8 ImageMixer Easy
Video CD (Win)
Creating Video CD easily
Option Settings
MPEG exporting options
When you select "Batch encoding", the video on the video camera's tape is downloaded to the
PC in AVI format, then converted to MPEG1 format (which conforms to the Video CD
standard), after which the Video CD is created.
When you select "Real time encoding", the video on the video camera's tape is downloaded to
the PC in MPEG1 format, after which the Video CD is created.
If you download one hour of motion video and it will take some time before writing to the
disk, the total length will be about three hours for "Concurrent encoding", and about one and
one-half hours for "Real time encoding".
Important
If you select "Real time encoding", the data may not be downloaded properly in some
environments (e.g., if you are using Easy Video CD on a PC that is not very powerful).
Point
Downloaded video is saved as a motion video file in MPEG1 format, which conforms to the
Video CD standard.
Work folder
Specify a work folder. Downloaded motion video files will be saved in this folder.
If there is not enough free disk space, operations may not work properly, so select a hard
drive with as much free space as possible.
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