Sony DCR-TRV950 Instruction Manual

Introduction
About This Manual
General notes
Using this manual
Read Carefully
About trademarks
Warning
About pictures and images
Software Usage Contract
Chapter 1 Before Use
Introduction About This Manual
General notes
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Chapter 2 Capture
Environment
Chapter 3 Album
Environment
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Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout
Environment
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This manual is an HTML document which explains the functions of PIXELA
ImageMixer Ver.1.0 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
Using this manual
This manual explains all ImageMixer's many functions. Any item can be referenced
by clicking the menu (table of contents) displayed on left-hand side of the screen.
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The end of the page can be referenced by clicking
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The preceding page (or preceding item) can be referenced by clicking
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The following page (or following item) can be referenced by clicking
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Issues of particular importance are indicated in red text. Please read them
carefully.
Homepage
The latest information on ImageMixer can be found on our home page:
http://www.ImageMixer.com/
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Introduction Read Carefully
About trademarks
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'Windows ®' is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S.
and other countries.
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, Inc., 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, Inc. 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 above-mentioned consent conditions, this contract is automatically
terminated, and other legal action may be taken by PIXELA, Inc. Upon termination
of this contract, this program, its add-ons, and all duplicates thereof, shall be
returned to PIXELA, Inc., 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, Inc. 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, Inc. 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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Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
System Requirements
Windows
Macintosh
Setup
Installation
Uninstalling
Basic Operations
Starting ImageMixer
ImageMixer startup screen
Outline of tasks
Selector Bar
Status Bar
Dialog box buttons
Exiting ImageMixer
Basic operations
Basic Terms
Chapter 2 Capture
Environment
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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.
Windows
OS
Microsoft ® Windows ® 98/Windows ® 98 Second
Edition/Windows ® Millennium Edition/Windows ®
2000 Professional/Windows ® XP Home
Edition/Windows ® XP Professional (IBM PC/AT
compatible)
(In Windows ® 98 and Windows ® 98 Second
Edition, DV (IEEE1394) capturing is not supported. In
Windows ® 98, USB capturing is not supported)
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.)
Software
DirectX 8.0a or later
Sound
16-bit stereo sound card with stereo speakers
Memory
64MB or more
Hard Disk
Approx. 200MB for program, 1GB or more of free
space recommended for work space
Chapter 5 Layout
Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
System Requirements
Graphics
4MB or more of VRAM, minimum of 800x600 at 16bit 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
Macintosh
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.
OS
Mac OS 8.5.1 or later (Mac OS X is not compatible)
Memory
64MB or more
Hard Disk
Approx. 100MB for program, 1GB or more of free
space recommended for work space.
Graphics
Other
Minimum of 800x600 (32,000 colors)
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.
USB or IEEE1394 capturing is not available with
Macintosh.
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Setup
Installation
Windows
1. Insert the ImageMixer CD in the CD drive.
After inserting the CD, the screen below is displayed. If this screen is not displayed, right
click the CD icon in My Computer to explore the contents of the CD drive and then double
click the 'install.exe' file.
2. Click [PIXELA ImageMixer].
3. Select a language from the list.
If ImageMixer has already been installed, a dialog box will appear prompting you to
uninstall the application. If you wish to reinstall ImageMixer, complete the unstinallation
process and then reinstall.
4. Continue clicking [NEXT], according to each of the displayed
messages.
Installation process begins.
5. When the dialog box reads, 'ImageMixer setup is complete,' click the
[Finish] button.
ImageMixer is installed after performing all of the steps above. The same type of process
is used to install other applications, such as DirectX 8. ImageMixer requires DirectX 8 to
be installed.
Macintosh
1. Insert the ImageMixer CD.
The Menu screen appears automatically. If the Menu screen does not appear
automatically, search for the [Setup Menu] icon by double-clicking the CD icon on the
desktop.
2. In the Menu screen, click a desired language icon to begin the
installation process.
Click the 'USB Driver' button when you want to install it.
3. Continue by following the instructions.
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'.
2. Drag the 'ImageMixer' folder from the HDD to the Trash.
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1-3-1 Basic Operations
Starting ImageMixer
Windows
ImageMixer can be started by clicking on the Start Menu and
pointing to Programs>Pixela>ImageMixer>PIXELA ImageMixer
Ver.1.0. 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). Doubleclicking 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 button
Click to begin tasks related to editing movie files.
Layout Environment
button
Click to begin tasks related to graphic layouts.
Exit button
Click to exit ImageMixer.
Explanation display
As the mouse pointer is moved over the
or
Outline of tasks
button, a short explanation is displayed.
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.
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1-3-2 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.
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.
Dialog box buttons
Many of the dialog boxes in ImageMixer contain the following buttons.
[OK] or [Yes]
[Cancel]
[NO]
Exiting ImageMixer
Clicking the Exit
button on either the [Main Selector] or the [Mode Select
Bar] will close the ImageMixer application.
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1-3-3 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
work with.
Click to display
and
. Click the color you wish to
.
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
double-clicking
. 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.
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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Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture
Environment
Capture Environment
Opening Capture
Environment
Capture window
Capture Tasks
Import file mode display
Importing files
Digital Camera Import Mode
Digital camera import
display
Importing files from a digital
camera
Audio CD Recording Mode
Control panel
Caution
Recording music files
Troubleshooting
Sound Recording Mode
Control panel
Recording sound files
Recording sound files while
previewing movie images
Troubleshooting
USB Device Capture Mode
(Win)
Control panel
Connection status
Capturing movie scenes
Capturing still pictures
DV Camcorder Capture Mode
(Win)
Control panel
Changing the display size
Connection status
DV cassette indication
Capturing movie scenes
Capturing still picture files
Capturing/Recording
Preferences
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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.
Opening Capture Environment
1. Open ImageMixer.
2. Click the [Capture Environment]
Selector.
button on the Main
3. Click the Capture Mode Selector button which corresponds to the task
you wish to perform.
The selected mode is displayed.
Capture window
Chapter 3 Album
Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout
Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
Capture mode
selector
or
, depending on
Click either
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
Click to start digital camera import mode.
Mode button
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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2-2-1 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
those related to still pictures.
are displayed only when the displayed thumbnails are not
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.
Thumbnail list window
Here you can see thumbnails of those files in the
selected folder that can be added to albums. They
appear according to the file 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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2-2-2 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 albums. They appear as thumbnails in the thumbnail list window. In
Windows, click
to open disks or folders and click
to close them. In Macintosh,
to open volumes or folders and click
to close them.
click
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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2-3-1 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
Refresh button
Digital cameras and memory cards connected
directly to the PC are displayed in a list.
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.
Here you can see thumbnails of those files stored on
Thumbnail list window
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 Displays photo information pertaining to the selected
Exif file.
Display button
Displays file information depending on which of the
Information display
panel
following buttons is currently active:
or
.
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2-3-2 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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2-4-1 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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2-4-2 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 CDROM 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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2-4-3 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]
button. Click the [Pause] button at the point
you wish to begin recording.
(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]
recording.
button at the point you wish to stop
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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2-4-4 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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2-5-1 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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2-5-2 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]
recording.
button.
button at the point at which you wish to stop
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]
recording.
button at the point you wish to stop
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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2-5-3 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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2-6-1
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.
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
Information display
panel
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.
Indicates current operation and connection status of
the device.
Connection status
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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2-6-2
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]
capturing.
5. Click the [Stop]
capture.
button at the desired point to begin
button at the point you wish to end the
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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2-7-1
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
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.
Click to enable the capturing of movie scenes.
Information display
panel
Indicates current operation and connection status of
the device.
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2-7-2
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:
Click the [small monitor]
change the monitor size.
Connection status
small monitor and
button or the [large monitor]
large monitor.
button to
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
becomes active (glows). When a cassette is not present, the icon is inactive
(appears gray).
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2-7-3
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]
window.
button to start the movie in the monitor
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]
capturing.
6. Click the [Stop]
capture.
button at the desired point to begin
button at the point you wish to end the
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]
window.
button to start the movie in the monitor
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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2-8
Capturing/Recording Preferences
Open the capturing/recording environment.
Displaying preferences window
1. Open ImageMixer.
2. Click the [Capture Environment]
Selector or Selector Bar.
3. Click the [Preferences]
Preferences window
button.
button on the Main
This function is only Windows except
Movie capture settings
Here you can set preferences related to the USB device capture mode or the DV
camcorder capture mode, both of which are used to capture movie scenes and
save them on your computer.
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Capture as MPEG1
The default format for movie files created with PIXELA ImageMixer is
MPEG1. However, if you wish to save movie files in AVI format, uncheck this
box.
Minimum amount of free disk space
If you capture and save long movies or a large number of smaller movies to
your hard drive (HDD), the combined size of the files will require a
considerable amount of storage space. To prevent your disk from becoming
too full, you can effectively "set aside" a minimum amount of free disk space
by selecting a value from the dropdown menu or by entering a number
yourself.
Monitor capture mode
Checking this box will allow movie files to be shown while scenes from those
movies are being captured.
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Still Picture Capture Settings
Captured still images can be altered to increase their suitability for use on your
PC.
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Reduce Interlace Noise
Movie scenes captured from digital cameras are rewritten to your hard drive
at a rate of one every 1/30 second. However, the individual frames (from
which you would capture a still picture) are not completely rewritten at this
rate. Rather, rewriting is performed at the rate of one "half-frame" (half the
number of horizontal lines or "pixels") every 1/60 second. When a computer
is used to capture still pictures from movie scenes, some blurring may occur
between the two halves of the one frame being captured, especially when
the subject in the movie scene is moving relatively quickly. Interlacing
eliminates this blur and produces a better quality still picture. In this
process, however, one half of a frame is essentially preserved to "fix," or
"support," the other half, thereby lowering the resolution. Therefore, we
recommend you leave this box unchecked unless you plan to capture still
pictures from "fast action" movie scenes, such as those taken of sporting
events, etc.
Lock Aspect Ratio
If your digital video camera uses the NTSC format (standard in the United
States, Canada, Japan, and elsewhere) the resolution of still picture files will
be 720 x 480 pixels, which is most likely slightly longer horizontally than the
display of your computer. When you display these still pictures on your PC
monitor, the width will be elongated when compared to its appearance on a
standard-sized TV. Locking the aspect ratio, however, will compensate by
reducing the image to 720 x 640 pixels, thereby preserving the originally
intended size of the image.
If your digital video camera uses the PAL format (standard to Australia, New
Zealand, many European nations, and elsewhere), the resolution of still
picture files will be 720 x 576 pixels, which is most likely slightly longer
vertically than the display of your computer. If you preserve the originally
intended size of the image by locking the aspect ratio, the 576 pixels will be
reduced to 540, however, the resolution of image will also slightly decrease.
Crop surrounding pixels according to settings below
Excess or unwanted portions around the edges of the image can be cut off.
This is referred to as "cropping." Here you can enter the number of pixels
you wish to have cut off from the edge of the image.
Audio CD Setting
This setting relates to the recording of audio CDs.
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Digital recording
Digital recording is enabled by checking this box. Unchecking the box will
allow ImageMixer to record the analog representation of audio CDs.
Prefix for Newly Captured Files
ImageMixer adds a prefix to all newly captured or recorded files. For example, if
you enter the prefix 'ABC,' the names of all files that ImageMixer captures or
records will, from that point on, be saved as 'ABC0001,' 'ABC0002,' 'ABC0003,'
etc.
Destination of Captured/Recorded Files
This field allows you to define the directory (folder, etc.) into which all newly
created files will be saved. The [Browse] button provides a visual representation
of where possible directories exist on your machine. Once you have selected a
destination folder, click [OK] to close the browser.
USB Capture Device Setting
This setting allows you to select the driver needed for properly transferring the
audio portion of movie media captured from devices connected to the USB port of
your computer.
If you experience a loss of the audio portion associated with movie media, change this setting.
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Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture
Environment
Chapter 3 Album
Environment
Opening Album Environment
Nomenclature
Thumbnails
Movie file thumbnails
Sound file thumbnails
Still picture file thumbnails
Album Menu
File Menu
Exporting Album Files
Context Menus
Thumbnail Views
Thumbnail view
Thumbnail/File information
View
Thumbnail/Detailed file
information view
Image Editor
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
3-1
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
1. Open ImageMixer.
2. Click the [Album Environment]
button on the Main Selector.
Nomenclature
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout
Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
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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3-2
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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3-3
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.
Album name input field.
OK button.
Cancel 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
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 [OK] 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
file.
View/Play
button deletes the selected source
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
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.
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 rightclicking 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 [OK] 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.
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
Exif File 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.
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
File Information
Display button
Detailed Information
Display button
Advances the movie one frame at a time.
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.
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.
Displays information relative to the settings under
which the Exif photograph itself was taken, including
Exif Photo Information lens focal length, shutter speed, aperture value,
exposure value, exposure program, metering mode,
Display button
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.
PIXELA ImageMixer MPEG1 format:
Select either [low], [Normal], [high], or [highest] image quality.
MPEG movie for Sony:
Select either [160 x 112], [160 x 112 (CV)], [320 x 240], or [320 x 240
(HQ)] image size and quality.
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.
Close button
Closes the dialog box and returns to the main screen
of the Album Environment.
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.
Information
Printing
Example: 2 pictures per
page.
Only the file information that
is checked will be printed.
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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
right-hand 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.
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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
right-hand 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 pull-down 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]
Environment.
button to make changes relative to the Album
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 e-mail, 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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Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture
Environment
4-1
Movie Editing 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
Nomenclature
Monitor Panel
Media Selection Panel
Storyboard
Timeline
Trimming
Sound Editing
Primary Soundtrack Editing
Superimposed Sound
Editing
Inserting Titles
Transition Effects
Saving
Movie Editing Preferences
Opening Movie Editing Environment
1. Open ImageMixer.
2. Click the [Movie Editing Environment]
Primary Selector.
button on the
Nomenclature
Chapter 5 Layout
Environment
Chapter 6 Image Editor
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. Double-clicking 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.
Title icon
This icon indicates clips in which titles have been
inserted. Double-clicking 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. Double-clicking 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. The Movie Editor window will appear.
3. Use the play position slider to define the point (frame) at which you
want the movie to begin playing. Click the [In-point] button.
4. Use the play position slider to define the point (frame) at which you
want the movie to stop playing. Click the [Out-point] button.
5. Preview the edited scene by clicking the [Trimmed range preview]
button.
6. 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.
Displays the first
frame of the
selected trimming
range. DoubleTrimming range
clicking this window
bar
returns the play
position slider to
the trimming range
in-point.
Monitor
Displays the movie
to be edited.
Single
Increment
Rewind button
Rewinds the movie
one increment.
Trimming range Indicates trimmed
bar
range
Single
Advances the
Increment
movie one
Advance button increment.
Displays the last
frame of the
selected trimming
range. Doubleclicking this window
returns the play
position slider to
the trimming range
out-point.
Play position
slider
Used to define the
play position and
the in/out-points
relative to the
movie currently
being edited. Drag
the slider to adjust
position.
Out-point
frame window
Stop button
Stops playback,
and returns the
slider to the
beginning of the
movie.
Defines the
Incrementation duration (in
selector
seconds) of each
increment.
Play button
Plays from the
current position of
the play position
slider.
Clip duration
Pause button
Pauses playback.
Click this button to
define the starting
In-point button point of the
trimmed movie
clip.
Time display
Displays the
currently
accumulated
playing time of the
movie or sound file
being previewed.
Plays the trimmed
Trimmed Range
movie clip from inPreview button
point to out-point.
Volume control
Drag the slider to
control volume.
Out-point
button
Indicates the total
playing time of the
trimmed movie
clip.
Click this button to
define the ending
point of the
trimmed movie
clip.
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4-7-1 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 fade-in/fade-out points.
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4-7-2 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
Displays the
currently
accumulated
playing time of the
movie or sound file
being previewed.
Sound editor
window
Switches, if
necessary, to the
sound edit mode.
Time display
Monitor
Displays the movie
to be edited.
Drag the slider to
Volume control control playback
volume.
Play position
slider
Used to define the
play position
relative to the
movie currently
being edited.
Drag the slider to
set the starting
Fade-out slider time of the
soundtrack fadeout.
Stop button
Stops playback,
and returns the
slider to the
beginning of the
movie.
Volume level
display
Fade-in slider
Drag the slider to
set the ending time
of the soundtrack
fade-in.
Indicates time
Fade-in ending (from beginning of
time display
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.
Indicates the
soundtrack volume
level setting.
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4-7-3 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 fadeout 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
Drag the slider to set
the starting time of
the soundtrack fadeout.
Play position
slider
Used to define
the play
position
relative the
media stream
to which the
sound to be
edited has
already been
superimposed.
Superimposed
sound play
position slider
Drag to define play
position of the
superimposed
sound. The monitor
play position slider
will move
simultaneously.
Stop button
Stops playback,
and returns the
slider to the
beginning of
the movie.
Superimposed
Sound Play
button
Plays superimposed
sound from the
current position on
the sound play
position slider.
Play button
Plays from the
current position
of the play
position slider.
Volume level
display
Indicates the
soundtrack volume
level setting.
Pause button
Pauses
playback.
Fade-in ending
time display
Indicates time (from
beginning of clip) of
fade-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 fadeout starting position.
Volume level
display
Indicates the
soundtrack
volume level
setting.
OK button
Applies changes and
closes window.
Fade-in slider
Drag the slider
to set the
ending time of
the soundtrack
fade-in.
Close button
Cancels changes and
closes window.
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 (in-point and out-point) as well as whether you
would like the title to appear at all.
6. Click the [OK]
Title Editor window
button to apply changes and exit the window.
Title Editor
button
Switches, if
necessary, to the
title edit mode.
Displays the movie
Monitor window
being edited.
Title range bar
Indicates the range
of the associated
movie clip in which
the title is to
appear.
Single
Increment
Rewind button
Rewinds the movie
one increment.
Single
Advances the
Increment
movie one
Advance button increment.
Defines the
Incrementation duration (in
selector
seconds) of each
increment.
Click this button to
define the point at
In-point button
which you wish the
title to appear.
Play position
slider
Defines the in/outpoints by dragging
the slider.
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.
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Transition Effects
When you create a movie by combining two or more movie clips, ImageMixer
allows you to insert ready-made 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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Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture
Environment
Chapter 3 Album
Environment
Chapter 4 Movie Editing
Environment
Chapter 5 Layout
Environment
Layout Environment
Opening Layout
Environment
Layout window
Task panel
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
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 Preferences
Display preferences
Layout Preferences window
Chapter 6 Image Editor
5-1-1 Layout 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.
Opening Layout Environment
1. Open ImageMixer.
2. Double-click the [Layout Environment]
Selector or Mode Select Bar.
button on the Main
The display will be switched to the layout window.
Layout window
Layout button
Click to select layout mode.
Preview button
Click to display current layout in the preview
window.
This button is not displayed when working with titles.
Print button
Click to print the current layout.
This button is not displayed when working with titles.
Layout menu display
Displays the type of layout currently shown in the
layout menu.
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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5-1-2 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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5-2
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]
layout type can also be selected by double-clicking its icon.
In Macintosh, click the layout menu to select the layout type.
button. The
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.
A4 button
Letter button
Available layouts
Select to start the layout in A4 size. This is only
displayed after selecting
.
Select to start the layout in letter size. This is only
displayed after selecting
.
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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5-3-1 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 [OK]
button to save the current layout. Environment a name for
the layout in the next dialog box and click the [OK]
a new layout will be displayed.
button. After saving,
button to create a new layout without saving the current
Click the [No]
layout. A new layout will then be displayed.
button to cancel creating a new layout, and return to
Click the [Cancel]
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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5-3-2 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]
window.
button to delete the layout selected in the template list
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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5-4-1 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,
the desired location, and finally
drag the object to
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,
frame until the object is the desired size,
move the
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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5-4-2 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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5-4-3 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.
button. In
Select the objects to be grouped, then click the [Group]
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]
button to paste a copy of the object in the same or a different layout.
You can copy and paste multiple objects, though doing so may take more time for your
computer to execute.
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5-4-4 Object Operations
Deleting objects
Select an object and click the [Delete]
selected and deleted at once.
button. Multiple objects may be
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.
button. Next, simply
Select a text object and click the [Transform Text]
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.
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●
●
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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5-5-1 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]
text object in the layout window.
button to arrange the text as a
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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5-5-2 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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5-5-3 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
Auto fit
Create shadow
The text size is automatically adjusted to fit the
text box.
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
Increments
moves each time you click the
or
button.
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5-6-1 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]
the shape in the layout.
button to arrange
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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5-6-2 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
Line thickness
Shadow Settings
Click to define an outline to the shape.
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.
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
Increments
moves each time you click the
button.
or
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5-7
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.
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.
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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5-8
Layout Preferences
Open the layout environment.
Display preferences
1. Open ImageMixer.
2. Click the [Layout Environment]
to open the layout window.
3. Click the [Preferences]
button on the Main Selector
button on the Selector Bar.
The layout preferences window will be displayed.
Layout Preferences window
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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Introduction
Chapter 1 Before Use
Chapter 2 Capture
Environment
6-1-1 Image Editor
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)
Filter Mode
Red-eye compensation
Auto enhance
Brightness/Contrast
Hue, Saturation
Sharpness
Blur
Draw Mode
Brush
Pen
Eraser
Paint
Airbrush
Crop/Rotate/Flip Mode
Cropping
Rotating/Flipping
Image Resizing Mode
Mask Mode (Win)
Gradation masks
Stencil masks
Drawn masks
Chroma Key Mode (Mac)
Create Shadow Mode (Win)
Blend Mode (Win)
Opening Image Editor
From Album Environment
1. Open ImageMixer.
button on the Main Selector or Mode Select Bar to
2. Click the
open the Album Environment.
3. Select the thumbnail of the still picture you want to work with.
Change album if necessary.
4. Click the Image Edit
button.
From Layout Environment
1. Open ImageMixer.
button on the Main Selector
2. Click the [Layout Environment]
or Mode Select Bar to start the Layout Environment.
3. Start layout (create a new layout or open a saved layout).
4. Arrange a still picture object in the layout area if necessary.
5. Select the picture object you want to work with.
6. Click the Image Edit
button.
The same process can be repeated by clicking other picture objects.
Image Editor display
and
Environment.
will not be displayed when starting the Image Editor from the Album
Filter Mode button
Click to change to Filter mode.
Draw Mode button
Click to change to Draw mode.
Crop/Rotate/Flip Mode
Click to change to Crop/Rotate/Flip Mode.
button
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
and
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.
are not displayed when in mode
.
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6-1-2 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.
Select tool
Click to switch the mouse pointer to the selection
tool. The shape of the selection area can be set by
clicking
Lasso tool
Magic Wand
.
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, 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]
rectangular marquees.
tool to use
Elliptical selection
Click to enable the [Select]
elliptical marquees.
tool to use
Drag the slider to define the range of colors that
Selection range
may be selected with the [Magic Wand]
Feather Border
.
Blurs the edges of selected areas.
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6-2-1 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 redeye 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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6-2-2 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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6-2-3 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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6-3-1 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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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
Create Shadow button
.
Click to create a shadow. Clicking this button applies
qualities 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.
Increment
The numerical value entered here specifies the
distance (in pixels) 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
Indicates the currently selected shadow color.
Color selector
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
Transparency slider
Subtracts the foreground color from the background
color, or vice versa, depending on which has the
greater brightness value.
Drag the slider to specify the transparency of the
picture.
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