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HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Using muvee autoProducer 5.0

Using muvee autoProducer 5.0
muvee autoProducer allows you to create video CDs (VCDs) and DVDs from your home movies and movie files on your PC. This document explains how to create a video disc in muvee autoProducer 5.0.
Step 1: Opening muvee autoProducer
Use one of the following methods to open muvee autoProducer:
In Windows XP, click Start, All Programs, muvee Technologies, muvee autoProducer 5.0, and then click muvee autoProducer 5.0.
In Windows Vista, click Start , All Programs, muvee autoProducer 5.0, and then click muvee autoProducer 5.0.
Figure : muvee autoProducer 5.0
muvee autoproducer 5.0
Step 2: Adding videos to the movie project
Add up to three video files to the movie project. Video files can be captured from a video device (such as a digital video camera) or can be video files imported from a storage device.
Adding videos from files on the hard disk drive
Use these steps to add existing video files to the movie project:
  1. Click the Add video button.
    The Add Video window opens.
  2. Browse to the video files that you want add using the file browsing features of the Add Video window.
    Add up to three video files. Select multiple files by pressing and holding the Ctrl key on the keyboard while selecting the files.
  3. Click Open to add the video file to the movie project.
  4. Adjust the order of the video files by selecting and then dragging and dropping the files into the proper order.
  5. To highlight certain scenes for inclusion or exclusion from the movie, select a video file and click the magicMoments button.
    The magicMoments window opens. For more information about magicMoments, see Using magicMoments.
Adding videos from a video camera
Use these steps to capture video to your movie project:
  note:
Only digital camera devices can be used, USB cameras, IEEE Firewire video recorders, Webcams, and similar can be used. Analog devices such as TV tuners cards and VCRs and analog video capture cards are not supported. If you want to use one of these cards, use the software that is ossocited with the device and convert the video to a compatible video file: ASF, AVI (DV, MPJEG), DivX, MPEG 1/2/4, WMV or QuickTime MOV. Some propietary digital video devices may also not be supported.
  1. Connect your video capture device to the PC.
  2. Turn on the camcorder and set to VCR or Play mode.
  3. Click Tools, then Get video from camera or click the Get Video from Camerabutton.
    The muvee Video Capture window opens.
      note:
    Certain video capture devices may not be detected by muvee autoProducer. If so, the following message appears:
    No camera detected. Please check that your camera is connected, powered on, and set to Play mode.
    If this happens, try restarting the computer to reset the camera. After restarting, make sure no other software that is capable of using the camera is opened before muvee autoproducer, this includes Windows Media Center and Windows Movie Maker. If problems persist the camera may not be compatible and you will have to use other software to save your movies as files for importing into muvee autoproducer.
  4. Select the capture device that you want to use. This step only applies if you have more more than capture device, such as a TV tuner for Media Center and a webcam.
      note:
    For capturing audio, such as using a microphone, is similar. Select a valid audio device from the dropdown field under Audio Capture device.
    Figure : muvee screen showing capture button and Video Device Capture field.
    muvee screen showing capture button and Video Device Capture field.
  5. Click the Play button on the screen to begin viewing the video. You may also capture video directly without pressing play if the camera is actively being used. What is shown in the preview window is what will be captured.
  6. Click Start Capture when you see the start of the video footage you want to use in your movie project.
  7. Click Stop Capture to stop capturing.
  8. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to capture additional sections of video footage.
  9. Click the Browse Folders button to specify a folder for the captured video file.
  10. Click Filename to specify a file name for the captured video file.
  11. Click Done to add captured video files to your movie project.
  12. Adjust the order of the video files by selecting and then dragging and dropping the files into the proper order.
  13. To highlight certain scenes for inclusion or exclusion from the movie, select a video file and click the magicMoments button.
    The magicMoments window opens. For more information about magicMoments, see Using magicMoments.
Step 3: Adding pictures to the movie project
Use these steps to add still image files to the movie production:
  1. Click the Add Pictures button.
    The Add Picture window opens.
  2. Select existing still image files from the hard disk drive.
    Add up to 50 .jpg, .gif, or .bmp picture files. Select multiple files by pressing and holding the Ctrl key on the keyboard while selecting the files.
  3. Adjust the order of the picture files by selecting and then dragging and dropping the files into the proper order.
  4. Use magicSpot to control the motion that is applied to the picture:
    • Click the magicSpot button to open the magicSpot window.
    • Click manual to display two overlapping frames over the picture.
    • Move the frames around to set the start and end points for motion.
    • The arrow in the frames shows the direction of motion.
    • Click OK when finished using magicSpot.
Step 4: Adding music
To add music files to the movie production soundtrack:
  1. Click the Add Music button.
    The Add Music window opens.
  2. Select existing music files from the hard disk drive.
    Add up to three .mp3, .wav, or .wma audio files. Select multiple files by pressing and holding the Ctrl key on the keyboard while selecting the files.
  3. Adjust the order of the music files by selecting and then dragging and dropping the files into the proper order.
Step 5: Selecting the style
The muvee autoProducer program comes with a set of style templates for setting the pace, scene transition effects, and caption fonts. The style also affects how muvee autoProducer combines the video, picture, and music files in the movie project to produce the final movie.
To select a style, click a style from the list. A sample of the style displays in the preview window.
Step 6: Changing the settings
muvee autoProducer allows you to adjust audio and video production settings before making a movie. Use these steps to change the settings:
  1. Click the Change Settings button.
    The muvee Settings window opens.
  2. Select the Duration tab to set the length of the video production and preferences.
  3. Click one of the following duration settings:
    • Fit to music: The produced movie lasts as long as the music. Video and pictures may be repeated or deleted.
    • Best fit for videos and pictures: muvee autoProducer sets the duration based on the length of videos and number of pictures in the movie. Music may be repeated or shortened.
    • User Defined: Allows you to set the duration in minutes and seconds.
      • If the duration of the music is longer than the duration of video and pictures, select Allow video/pictures to repeat. Video clips and pictures repeat for the full duration of the music files.
      • If the total duration of the video and picture files is longer than the duration of the music, select Allow Music to repeat to repeat music for the duration of the video clips.
  4. Select the Video tab to set the video and still image preferences.
  5. Click one of the following video settings:
    • Style default: Uses the selected style to sequence still images and video clips.
    • Keep shots in sequence: Uses the sequence of still images and video clips in the Add Video/Pictures window.
    • Shuffle shots: Move the slider to determine the frequency of sequencing still images and video clips.
  6. Select Interleave pictures to blend pictures with video at intervals.
  7. Select the Audio tab to set the sound preferences.
  8. Click one of the following audio settings:
    • Use all music: Uses the sequence of sound files in the Add Music window.
    • smartJoin™ multiple music files: Automatically removes silence between music tracks.
    • Normalize music: Automatically adjusts audio playback volume to a consistent level.
  9. Move the slider to adjust the Sound mix level of the music and original soundtrack.
  10. Click OK when finished adjusting the settings for the movie project.
Step 7: Adding an opening title and closing credits
Personalize the movie project by adding an opening title and closing credits.
  1. Click the Title/Credits button.
    The muvee Title and Credits window opens.
  2. Click the Title tab:
    • Select a Title sequence from the drop-down window.
    • In the Enter your title here box, type text to appear at the start of the movie .
    • Click Use font to select the font, style, size, color, and effects from the Font window.
    • Select a background image or color for the title.
  3. Click the Credits tab:
    • Select a Credits sequence from the drop-down window.
    • In the Enter your credits here box, type the text to appear at the end of the movie.
    • Click the Use font button to select the font, style, size, color, and effects from the Font window.
    • Select a background image or color for the ending credits.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. Click OK to close the muvee Title and Credits window.
Step 8: Making the movie
After adding at least one video or picture file to the movie project, you are ready to make the movie. The muvee autoProducer program makes a movie by combining the video, picture, and music files, along with the style of movie, and puts together all of these pieces into a professional-looking movie with just a few steps.
Use these steps to make a movie:
  1. Click the make muvee button.
  2. Click OK as required.
    After making a movie, you can preview it in the muvee autoProducer Preview window. Use the controls in the Preview window to play, pause, and stop the movie preview. Each time you change a movie project, click the make muvee button again to add that change to the movie. Revise and preview the movie as often as you want to experiment with different styles and the content of the movie.
Step 9: Previewing the movie
After you have made the move, you can preview how the movie looks and sounds and take snapshots of frames in the movie. To preview a movie:
  1. Click the Start Playback button.
    The movie begins playing.
  2. Use the Stop and Previous Frame/Next Frame buttons to navigate through the movie.
  3. Click the Take Snapshot button to save the current frame as a picture file (.jpeg, .bmp, or .gif).
  4. Click the Locate Shot button to open the MagicMoments window.
    For more information about magicMoments, see Using magicMoments.
Step 10: Modifying the movie
After you have created the movie, muvee autoProducer allows you make some quick final changes to your project before saving. muvee autoProducer can automatically replace shots with other similar or contrasting ones. Alternatively, you can manually choose your replacement shots. To modify a movie:
  1. Click the Tweak muvee button.
    The tweak muvee window opens.
  2. Click the Start Playback button. The movie begins playing.
    Click the Pause Playback button to stop the movie at any time. You can also click on the seek bar or drag the slider to move to a particular point in the movie.
  3. Use the controls in the tweak muvee window to modify the movie project:
      note:
    In the tweak muvee window, you can only replace a video segment with another video segment and pictures with other pictures from the original footage. You cannot expand the duration of the chosen or replacement clip.
    • Click the auto-replace with similar button to automatically replace a picture or video segment with another similar picture or video segment.
    • Click the auto-replace with different button to automatically replace a picture or video segment with a completely different picture or video segment.
    • Click the manually replace button to replace a picture or video segment with a picture or video segment of your choice.
    • Click the Undo or Redo button as needed.
  4. When you are done modifying the movie project, click OK to save your changes and close the tweak muvee window. Alternatively, click Cancel to exit the tweak muvee window without saving your changes.
Step 11: Saving the movie project
Once you are satisfied with the look of your movie project, you are ready to save it. To save the movie as a file on your hard disk drive:
  1. Click the Save/Burn button.
    The Listed muvee files window opens with all your muvee files listed.
  2. Remove the check mark next to any muvee files you do not want to save.
  3. Edit the muvee files before saving:
    • Click the Rename button to change the name of a the selected muvee file.
    • Click the Move up or Move down button to change the order of the muvee files in the list.
    • Press the Select all or Deselect all button to save all muvee files or to save none of the muvee files.
    • Highlight a muvee file and click the trash can icon to delete the file.
  4. The TV System area shows the current TV format (NTSC or PAL). To change the format, click the name of the current format and select the correct format in the window that opens.
  5. Click Save Now.
    The Save muvee window opens.
  6. Choose where you want to play the movie (PC, TV, or Mobile Devices) and the file format. The following table lists the format types available in each category:
    PC
    TV
    Mobile Devices
    Computer playback
    DV camera
    Mobile phone
    E-mail
    DVD
    Pocket PC
    Web streaming
    VCD
    AVI
    SVCD
  7. Click the Change Settings button to change the video and audio settings of the movie file type as required (advanced users only).
  8. Click Browse to choose a location on the hard disk drive to save the movie. Click OK when you have chosen the location.
  9. Click the Save button.
    You can watch the preview as it saves.
  10. When saving is complete, you can click Play muvees to watch the files you saved or Open output folder to view the folder where you saved the files.
  11. Click Close when you are done.
Step 12: Recording the movie project to disc
To create a DVD, VCD, or SVCD disc:
  1. Click the Save/Burn button.
    The Listed muvee files window opens with all your muvee files listed.
  2. Remove the check mark next to any muvee files you do not want to save.
  3. Edit the muvee files before saving:
    • Click the Rename button to change the name of a the selected muvee file.
    • Click the Move up or Move down button to change the order of the muvee files in the list.
    • Press the Select all or Deselect all button to save all muvee files or to save none of the muvee files.
    • Highlight a muvee file and click the trash can icon to delete the file.
  4. Select the check box next to Burn source files to disc to create copies of all of the picture and video files used to create the muvee file.
  5. The TV System area shows the current TV format (NTSC or PAL). To change the format, click the name of the current format and select the correct format in the window that opens.
  6. Click Burn Now.
    The muvee Burner window opens.
  7. Enter a title for your disc under Disc title.
  8. Select the disc menu theme from the drop-down list.
    You can preview the different themes in the window.
  9. Select the CD or DVD burner drive.
  10. Select the type of video disc to create: DVD, VCD, or SVCD.
    The window shows the disc capacity, disc capacity used, and available disc space.
  11. If you wish to create more than one disc using the same muvee file, use these steps:
    1. Click Options and then click Number of copies.
    2. Select the number of copies to burn and click OK.
  12. Click Burn Now to begin burning your movie to disc.
    To save the current settings for future use, click Burn Later.
  13. Click OK when the recording is complete.
    Close the muvee Burner window.
Using magicMoments
Mark specific scenes in a video clip to include or leave out of your final movie, with the magicMoments feature in muvee autoProducer. This section applies to all versions of muvee autoProducer.
For best results with the production of the movie:
  • Keep each magicMoment to less than 10 seconds.
  • Keep the total duration of magicMoments to less than 50 percent of the duration of the movie.
  • Select only a few scenes in each video.
Use these steps to edit a video clip using magicMoments:
  1. Select a video file in the Select Video/Pictures or Add Video/Pictures window, and then click the magicMoments button.
    The magicMoments window opens.
    Figure : magicMoments window
    magicMoments window
  2. Click the Start Playback button to begin viewing the video.
  3. Use the magicMoments controls to mark video scenes to include and exclude:
    • Click and hold down the highlight button to mark scenes that must be included in the movie.
      Shift and click to undo scenes that were marked with the highlight button.
    • Click and hold down the exclude button to mark scenes that must be left out of the movie.
      Shift and click to undo scenes that were marked with the exclude button.
    • Click and hold down the neutralize button to undo one second of a selected scene.
    • Click and hold down the arrow buttons to navigate backward and forward through the video footage.
      Video footage left unmarked is still analyzed when the movie is created and may be included in the final version of the movie.
  4. Click OK when finished marking scenes.
    The window closes. Note that the video clip is marked on the lower-left side .
Using muvee autoProducer 5.0 in Vista
muvee autoProducer is used the same in Windows Vista as it was in Windows XP. However, if you experience problems with certain features, you can use Windows Movie Maker to edit your videos. For more information, refer to the HP support document Using Windows Movie Maker in Windows Vista.

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