VideoFactory 2.0 is designed to help video-makers of all levels make home movies, Web videos, and educational material by following a series of simple steps.
A Make Movie Wizard allows you to save movies to different formats, including DV tape, VideoCD (for playback in most DVD players), data CD, e-mail, and Web pages. Interactive Wizards and Show Me tutorials explain how to use the VideoFactory's tools.
To get video from the camcorder to the program, connect the camera to a FireWire card and click Capture. All the scenes are automatically detected and added to the Media Pool, ready to be used in the timeline. The Windows Explorer window is used to view video, audio, still images and graphic files stored on the PC. These files can then be dragged and dropped into the timeline.
Down the left-hand side of the screen, track headers - two for video and three for audio - provide an area to drag and drop footage and audio.
The top video track, or Overlay Track, contains titles, logos and other graphics to be superimposed over the video. The second video track is the Primary video track and contains the main video footage. Three audio tracks handle the original audio from the captured video plus Voice, Music and Sound Effects.
VideoFactory 2.0 displays edits and effects in real time, previewing the changes as you work and rendering the finished project after you have finished. You can animate text and credits.
If you want to send a still of your captured video to someone, choose any frame and save it as a bitmap or JPEG file. If you want to import an image, TWAIN support means that you can scan the photo directly into the media pool or bring the image directly into the timeline from a digital still camera.
VideoFactory also has the ability to save video as DVD-compatible, MPEG-2 files.
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