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Studio's library : discover all the secrets

Studio's library : discover all the secrets By Larocom - Last updated on Sunday, September 1, 2013
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Category: Pinnacle Studio 20 & S16-S19 Tutorials / General  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Created on Monday, May 14, 2012 3:27 PM
 

After reading some comments here or on the forum of Studio versions, it appears that the notion of library within Pinnacle Studio 16 or AVID Studio versions is handled with difficulties by some, especially in the early days of using the software. This difficulty is all the more noticeable when user was (and is perhaps still) a user of Pinnacle Studio 1-15, sometimes since a long time.

Certainly, the architecture of new versions Studio's library that makes available to the user the power of the software and its tools, is radically different from what we have known in the past with Pinnacle Studio 1-15 and may appear confusing. But only at first sight because this is not as complicated as it sounds.

This tutorial was originally developed with Avid Studio (Chapters 1 and 2), is now enriched by features of Pinnacle Studio 16 grouped in Chapter 3. Access to the paragraphs of this new section can be either direct through the summary or via a link such as "(Part.S16)" present in the various paragraphs of the first two chapters.

Writing conventions of Chapter 3 : In the paragraphs of this chapter are only text elements, images and references to Pinnacle Studio 16 manual different from those of Avid Studio. The presence of syntax "..... " means that the item is preceded and/or followed by other elements unchanged from original paragraph. Whatever the access link originally used (summary or "Part.S16"), the syntax "(back)" that is present at the end of each paragraph of the chapter allows to return to the original corresponding paragraph.

This article is aimed primarily at novice users with new Studio versions, not to mention experienced editors, therefore aims to show you an outline of what lies behind the term "library" and to demystify its approach. But in no case does he intend to replace the manuals of Studio. Indeed, throughout this article, I will refer to these manuals, which remain the reference. The references will be like that : ( Man-AS, ….., p. n-n ) or ( Man-PS, ….., p. n-n ).

Finally, it doesn't claim to be exhaustive nor immune to error, because some features may have multiple entries and / or behaviors depending on the characteristics of the software installation's platform or habits of each. Only a didactic and intentionally simplistic vision is expressed here, leaving the door open to discoveries and habits of everybody ... and to escalations they will make to the community.

Ok. Are you ready ? Let's start.

Chapter 1 : Architecture, Basic features Chapter 2 : Management and use of assets
General Collections
Tree of assets, Watchfolders Quick import
Display duality of library Ratings
Location tabs Tags, creations and assignments
Grouping assets Assets display filtering
Library explorer Thumbnail icons
Video scenes detection The library player
Delete library assets The medias editor
Missing medias SmartSlide and SmartMovie

Chapter 3 : Specific aspects of Studio 16

General Collections
Tree of assets, Watchfolders Quick import
Display duality of library Direct export from library (new)
Location tabs Ratings
Grouping assets Tags, creation and assignments
Library explorer Assets display filtering
Video scenes detection Thumbnail icons
Delete library assets The library player
Missing medias The medias editor
  SmartSlide and SmartMovie
Chapter 1 : Architecture, Basic features

General

The concept of "library" is actually an umbrella term that brings together in one database a tree of content with four main branches respectively divided into smaller specific sections ( Man-AS, p.11-13 ) ( Part.S16 ) :

  • All media : identifies what is yours, your media presented in sections Photos, Video and Audio and stored on your hard drive or any external media known by Studio. An additional section « Missing medias » possibly existing is described in chapter 2.
  • Projects : a section for your Film projects edited or being edited, and a section for your Disc projects created or being created. ( N.B : it is indeed elements in AS at the time of displaying and not of past productions stored in media not visible to Studio at this time ).
  • Collections : this branch differs from the other three branches of the library's tree by the nature of its contents and how they are introduced. The collections are described in chapter 2.
  • Creative elements : in this branch are Effects, Transitions, Sound Effects, Montage Themes, Musical backgrounds, Disc titles and menus provided by default in Studio. But you will also find items loaded after the installation, including free « Declic Video » transitions.
General, branches

In general, each clip, sound, transition, menu, etc. ... is a file stored in the memory of your computer hard disk, visible through Windows Explorer. The library does not contain copies of these files, but only in its own database files is an inventory of these with their names, locations on the hard disk (address) and properties.

The files of the database of the library are stored in a folder for the exclusive use of a user (in the directories of the standard installation usually C: \ - recommended). If multiple users use Studio on the same computer with individual accounts, a specific library is created for each of them.

As for your physical media, they are stored in a different drive than the one that includes OS (highly recommended), eg on the hard drive D: \ of the computer, or better on one or several external drives F: \ or G: \ ... or connected via USB (or other) whose organization and management are provided for your convenience via Windows Explorer.

Tree of assets, Watchfolders

All elements of the sections and subsections of the various branches of the library have different origins.

The original creative elements are identified automatically by the library from the installation directories of Studio (usually C:\, recommanded). Items added later such as free "Declic Video" transitions join the original items through their own procedures and are automatically inventoried by the library at the following opening of the application.

Concerning your source media Photos, Video and Audio, but also possibly your creations (*) as menus, titles, they are stored and managed by you through Windows Explorer on your internal and/or external hard disk(s) in a data space generally different from C: \ (*).

(*) It is advisable to save your media and creations in your personal space and not on drive C: \ installation of Studio at risk if not, to see them eventually disappear unexpectedly on the occasion of an upgrade of the application.

So that these personal locations are known by the library and therefore usable for your edits, they are configured in the database of Studio as "Watchfolders".

To define which Windows directories will be monitored by Studio, open the Control Panel as shown in the picture and select option "Watchfolders".

Then :

  1. Add each Windows folder you want to put under supervision of the library.
  2. For each, choose media type to be monitored (editable).
  3. You can also delete a folder from the Watchfolders list.

( Man-AS, p.235-236 ) ( Part.S16 )

Control pannel

The nature of media in a monitored folder (or subfolder) is determined by the recognition of file extensions contained therein. This automatic identification allows the library to sort the media in the different branches of the database. For example, video clips (. Mpeg,. Mts, ...) and sound clips (. Mp3,. Wav, ...) simultaneously present in the Windows directory "Studio" are respectively oriented to branches "Video" and "Audio" in a section on behalf of the Windows directory.

As shown in the aside image, thanks to the notion of watchfolders, the Windows file structure of your directories storage media is in harmony with tree branches of Studio. Management and use of media are thus facilitated.

Watchfolders harmony

Therefore, the import of a new media in a watchfolder is immediately identified and made ​​available by the library in the suitable branch of his tree, either in real time if Studio is running, or at the next open the application.

A message like this one, displayed in the lower right corner of the workspace in progress, informs you of the update operation. Updating message

Display duality of library

There are two display mode of the library ( Man-AS, p.10-11 ) ( Part.S16 ) :

  • The primary (main tab "Library") mode uses all the available workspace of the new version Studio's window to provide as much information as possible in a single glance and easier management.
  • The compact display found in the movies, discs, titles editors etc. ... It has the full functionality present in the main display. The presence of this reduced view in different editors allows you to work in these edit space with the contents of the library without having to continually return to the main display.

Common points to both views of the library are the tabs of the locations described below. These tabs are exactly the same in both display modes.

Display duality

Specificities of compact library of PS 16.1 ( Part.S16 )

Location tabs ( Man-AS, p.26 ) ( Part.S16 )

Your editings will lead you to use various types of elements, often in recurring ways. To simplify your life, the library offers to use tabs. They operate on the same principle as your web browser, used to distinguish elements of different natures in different locations listed in the database, and thanks to the duality of the library to access them directly in the editing phases.

Whatever the number, and whatever the current display mode (library, movie or disc), the tabs locations (and therefore the content tree) still occupy the left side of workspace.

A tab is the default. But others can be created and configured, unknown limited number.

Tabs creation

  1. Click the icon to add a tab
  2. Click on a section or subsection of a tree branch and the new tab immediately take the title as a caption.

In the example below, three tabs provide access to elements of an edit. The active tab shows free "Declic Video" transitions.

Using tabs

To close a tab, click the "x" icon to the right of the tab caption.

Grouping assets ( Man-AS, p.14-16 ) ( Part.S16 )

The various branches of the tree, except the branch "Collections", may present the content of their sections and subsections according to several types of grouping. In fact, it's just different criteria allowing different sorted presentations of contents of the new versions Studio's tree.

The three branches offer the same three criteria : "by Folder", "by Date" and "by Rating". Only the branch "All media" offers the additional criterion "by File Type", totally useless for other branches.

Whatever the criterion, it is always the same virtual elements of the database that are presented in different classifying. This is the header line of the branch that provides access to the small drop down menu of criteria. This function is available in the two display modes of the library.

For example, the image below shows for the branch "All media" the tree for each presentation criteria.

Criterion "by Folder" (default) is by far the most used because it looks like the Windows file structure of your stored media.

Display "by Date" can help you to locate your media in time or creative elements of third party sites that you may have previously installed.

"by Rating" arranges the elements of a section in 6 subsections maximum, one for the number of stars assigned to the assets and one for unrated assets. See ratings affectation in chapter 2.

Finally, grouping "by File Type" displays the contents according to their file extension. You will find for example for video clips some « .avi », « .mpeg », for audio clips some « .mp3 », « .wav », for photos « .gif », « .jpg », etc…

Presentation criteria

Library explorer ( Man-AS, p.19-20 ) ( Part.S16 )

The Library explorer is present in the main display of the library (main tab "Library") where it occupies all the right side.

It is also present in the compact view of the library in the main tabs "Movie" and "Disc", on the left side under the content tabs, but in a reduced form. In this configuration, in particular, it is sometimes called "bin" (term borrowed from Cinema editing).

In these areas are present the elements of the branch, section or subsection you've selected in the tree and memorized in the active content tab. In both cases, two display formats of content are possible: either to show thumbnails (thumbnails or graphical icons depending on the content), or display text list.

The alternation between these display formats is achieved by two buttons at the bottom right of the main display or bottom left of the compact library. Each button has a drop-down list of informations you can display either in the miniature as icons or in the list in form of columns.

Library explorer

Both displays allow you to sort the contents shown by different criteria, either via the context menu in the thumbnail view, or via the columns of the text list display. The sort order is preserved when switching from one display to another.

You can try these manipulations without fear on your media, because they are database operations, so virtual and without physical alteration of your content.

Video scenes detection ( Man-AS, p.30-32 ) ( Part.S16 )

This feature of the library, is proposed in main and in compact display, it can be very useful for cutting clips a bit long in shorter scenes, easier to handle and to apply effects during editing. These cuts are virtual operations in the database of the library, that do not affect your video files.

Two detection methods are available : automatic or manual detection. Once detected, the scenes can be displayed and / or edited. Finally, if you do not need cutting, you can delete the detected scenes to return to the original clip.

Automatic detection

Several clips can be simultaneously selected.

Automatic detection

  1. Open the context menu by right-clicking the thumbnail
  2. Hover over "Scene detection" option with the mouse and select detection method :
  • By date and time : this method is more suited to clips from recording in DV or HDV. Each change of date / time triggers a scene break.
  • By content : a new scene is created in response to sudden changes in content of the source clip. Unecessary scenes can be generated during fast zooming or a fast moving camera during the analysis.
  • By time interval : it is you who decide how long each scene to create.

The first two methods trigger the opening of this dialog (3). If detection by date and time is considered impossible by the library, Studio informs you that it will proceed by content (see dialog). Check the box at the bottom left of the dialog if you want to view scenes automatically immediately after their detection. Click "Start" to begin detection.

The third method requires you to enter the desired duration for each scene (4 - 10 seconds in the example). Press the "Enter" to begin detection.

Starting automatic detection

The time required for the scene detection varies depending on the length of the clip source and the detection method selected. A progress bar informs you of the progress.

Scenes Display/Edition

Scenes display is a temporary display mode, available in the main and compact display mode of the library.

Scenes Display/Edition

You can get it in three different ways :

  • Either automatically by clicking on the option during the operation of scene detection described above.
  • Either (1) after access to the context menu by right clicking on the thumbnail, choosing the option "Show the scenes".
  • Either (2) by selecting the thumbnail and clicking on the button "View scenes" at the bottom right (or left) to current library display.

An orange banner at the top of the explorer library reminds you that you are in scenes display mode.

The thumbnails of scenes are visually identifiable by the presence of a stylized film strip left. Their respective contents can be edited via the library player .

By right-clicking the thumbnail of the scene, the little context menu allows you to :

  • add the scene to a collection (or to several in succession). The scene becomes implicitly a "library clip".
  • create a clip from the thumbnail, called a "library clip", over the scene

A library clip is at the same level of functionality of the source clip from which it was created or any other clip. This feature opens the possibility to access the media editor what is impossible from a scene. The thumbnail of library clip receives a specific icon .

To exit the scenes display you can click on the cross at the far right of the orange headband, or click on "View scenes" at the bottom right (or left) to library current display.

Manual detection

If you do not want to use the automatic scene detection and prefer to keep your hands on cutting your clips, this function is for you.

Manual detection

Select scenes display :

  1. Either after access to the context menu by right clicking on the thumbnail, choosing the option "Show the scenes",
  2. Either by selecting the thumbnail and clicking on the button "View scenes" at the bottom right (or left) of library current display.

    Your clip after detection is considered to be a scene (stylized film strip) of total duration of the source clip.

  3. Click the icon/button that gives access to The library player . A new button "Split Scenes" is right of the scenes display. Launch playback.
  4. As soon as you want, stop reading and click "Split Scenes" button. The thumbnail of the new scene appears immediately in the Library explorer between the previous and the representative of the rest of the source clip. Repeat this process as many times as you want within the limits of the total duration of the source clip (sequence not less than 1 second).

Close the library player as soon as you finish the splits.

The time required for manual detection of scenes is yours. You are the masters of time.

Scenes deletion

The scenes do not remove individually. Only a mass delete feature is available to you.

  1. Leave the scenes display to return to the original clip in the Library explorer.
  2. Access the contextual menu by right clicking on the thumbnail, and select "Delete the detected scenes".
Scenes deletion

Comment : Library clips survive after the removal of detected scenes.

Delete library assets

( Man-AS, p.19 ) ( Part.S16 )

Library items deletion proposed by Studio works for all types of content. Be very careful when you select your items to delete them.

Caution

Some have the habit of using keyboard shortcuts to implement various functions on their computer, especially the shortcut "Ctrl + A" for multiple selections.

While in Windows using this handy shortcut leads to only select elements of the current displayed directory, this action in Studio is more pernicious and leads that elements that are not displayed can be also selected.

In fact, in Studio the shortcut "Ctrl + A" will select all items in the branch, section or subsection in the active library tree.

Example :

  1. While the section "Video" of the tree is active and the subsection "Tuto" is open in the explorer of the library, the action "Ctrl + A" will select the 4 displayed clips.
  2. But in reality this action also causes the selection of all other elements present in the section. The subsections presented here are just an excerpt.
Caution

You can imagine what harmful impact will conduct of deleting items as a result of such selection. Harmful or even catastrophic in the case of a physical deletion of these elements.

A mishap of this kind has recently occurred recently to one of us, a certain ... DVFX who, after a big adrenaline rush followed by cold sweats, restored the situation through his backups, but with some loss nevertheless.

Then 3 advices :

  • Make regular backups of your source clips, at least for the duration of editing the film they are intended.
  • Prefer individual or grouped selections (key "↑") of only items you see on the screen.
  • Remove and/or move your media files in Windows Explorer. With the watchfolders feature of Studio, you can treat missing medias later. It's a bit longer but so reassuring.
To delete one or more selected elements from the library, either you press the "DEL" key on your keyboard, or after a right click on a selected thumbnail you choose "Delete" from the dropdown menu. Elements deletion

Whatever the action taken earlier, it leads to a dialog box confirming deletions considered. In its upper part, it lists all the elements in list that you have chosen.

In its lower part, two options are available :

Delete only from the library

This option is always pre-selected by default. If you keep it, deletions will only be done on entries in the database of the library and in no case on any media stored on your disk(s) drive(s).

However if you validate by "OK" this type of removal, a final warning message appears asking too confirmation with "OK".

If you have any doubt or remorse, you can cancel at any time by clicking "Cancel".

N.B : deleting an item in the database of the library is only effective for the current session of Studio, without any physical removal or displacement of the media in Windows, the media is again identified by the library and its thumbnail reappears in the folowing opening of the application, so there is in this case an automatic reversal.

Confirmation for deleting library only

Delete from library and computer

As said by the option, this form of suppression leads not only to remove entries from the database of the library but also to physical removal of media stored on your disk(s) drive(s).

It is destructive and can't be reverse .

However, if you activate this feature with "OK", the ultimate message of warning shown below appears, claiming for a confirmation with "OK".

If you have any doubt or remorse, you can cancel at any time by clicking "Cancel".

Confirming deletion for library + computer

Personally I prefer to control the physical deletions (or displacement) of my media in Windows Explorer, then in a second time, in Studio, use the default option proposed to delete from library only.

 

Missing medias ( Man-AS, p.12-13 ) ( Part.S16 )

When you delete or move any of your media from a folder monitored by Studio via Windows Explorer, the link of the element in the library database has no longer any correspondence.

The thumbnail displayed in the center receives a superb red "!" showing incomprehension. Missing media

If you have deleted your media and you do not have a backup, you just have to remove the thumbnail now orphan in the library.

If you have deleted your media, but you have a backup and you replace it in the same Windows folder monitored by Studio "!" disappears and the red thumbnail returns to its previous status.

If you moved your media in another Windows folder monitored by Studio, the library takes care to show the thumbnail in the right section or sub-section.

If you moved your media to another Windows directory not monitored by Studio you can link it again from the orphan thumbnail.

  1. Right click on the orphan thumbnail and in the the dropdown menu select "Connect the media ...". The opening Windows dialog box will help you to find where the media is on your disk (directory "Tests" in the example), and after selecting it to validate its opening.
  2. The library creates a sub-section "Tests" in the appropriate section ("Video" here) and houses the active thumbnail. Meanwhile, the orphan thumbnail is removed from its original section.
You'll notice that the Windows folder containing your media now linked to the newly created section, is considered by the library as a watchfolder. This monitoring is handled automatically by Studio despite the absence of this directory in the list of watchfolders in control pannel.
Orphan thumbnail

All missing medias are grouped in a section "Missing Media" of the branch "All media". See paragraph general of this chapter. This section identifies at a glance if there are missing elements currently in the library, to quickly identify and possibly remedy their lack.

Chapter 2 : Management and use of assets

Collections ( Man-AS, p.16-17, p.19, p.35 ) ( Part.S16 )

In the branch "Collections" of the tree, the sections of the branch are as many collections. Unlike other branches that bring in their sections elements physically present on your media drives, collections are custom virtual groupings of media in the database.

All types of media can be referenced without particular organizing principle but knowing that the management of sub-collections is possible.

Three different origins for a collection :

  • Creation and/or automatic update as "Latest import" after producing a snapshot instance for example via the button "Quick import" described below.
  • Automatic creation (or overwrite) under the name "Latest smart creation " for storing components of type « SmartSlide and SmartMovie ».
  • Creation and/or update by the user. Such a "owner" collection may for example bring all the elements you need to edit a film, such as video clips, audio clips, photos, transitions ... etc.. At a rate of one collection per film to edit.

For all that concerns the management and use of collections, beyond the textbook and instead of adding long soporific sentences, I invite you to read the tutorial « Studio: Library and Tags » and its associated demonstration.

Quick import ( Man-AS, p.18-19 ) ( Part.S16 )

This button at the top left of the main display and the compact view of the library opens a Windows dialog, allowing as its name indicates a rapid import of a media in Studio.

  1. Activate the button
  2. In the Windows dialog window that opens, select the media type to search. According to the active section in the tree at point 1, the media type proposed by default may not be the one desired.
  3. Select the desired media.
  4. Click open.
Quick import

The media is then imported in a collection "Latest import" automaticaly creatrd if needed.

This quick import feature does not provide alternative storage as the collection cited. Some prefer using Windows Explorer which, with a copy-paste will feed a watchfolder of sources of the film, possibly followed in Studio by an attachment of the imported media in a owner collection.

Ratings ( Man-AS, p.22 ) ( Part.S16 )

As you have already read the section dealing with « Grouping assets » in chapter 1, ratings are among the possible criteria for selective presentation of the contents of sections of the library tree. These same ratings can also be used as content display filters. This use is described under « Assets display filterings » later in this chapter.

With a maximum of five stars, you evaluate the importance (or the use, quality, etc. ..) that you give to the media in order to be able later to select their display according to the number of stars. No special instructions, it's you who think the best way to affect the ratings and their meanings. All types of media can be assigned a rating.

Two options are available for assigning a rating :

  1. Either directly on the thumbnail by left clicking on the desired height of a star.
  2. Or via the context menu of the thumbnail (right click) and left click on the desired height of star.
Ratings

N.B : both assignment methods are applicable equally in both types of display library browser, thumbnails display and text in list display. In the latter case, it is from the columns that are carried out the actions described above.

Tags, creations and assignements ( Man-AS, p.28-29 ) ( Part.S16 )

Like the ratings, the reasons for the existence of tags is their potential to filter the contents of the library. But they differ from them by the freedom they give you to filter. Why?

Simply because they are based on key words or short phases (2-3 words) that you define, which you control the meaning and scope, then you assign to your media. All types of media can be assigned a tag and multiple tags can be assigned to a media.

The use that can be made of the tags is described in paragraph " Assets display filtering " further in this chapter.

Whatever the current view of the library, access to tags is done by clicking on the button named Tags in the black bar that dominates either the explorer or the compact display library.

( Part.S16 ) This action leads to :

  1. Either to open a large window on the right side of the explorer,
  2. either to a context window.
  3. In both cases, under "Manage", you can create a new tag by pressing "Create new tag" button below.
Tags access

For assigning a tag, two options are available:

  1. Either directly by selecting the thumbnail, then opening the window "Tags" and choosing a tag previously created in the "Manage" tab.
  2. or via the context menu of the thumbnail (right click) and left click on the tag name to assign.
Tags assignment

In both cases, the thumbnail receives a sticker icon signifying the presence of the tag. Hovering the icon with the mouse pointer shows a tooltip with the tag assigned names and an opportunity to remove them.

N.B : both assignements methods are applicable equally in both types of displays of the explorer of the library, display thumbnails and display text in list. In the latter case, it is based on data in columns that are carried out the actions described above.

Tags can for example be very useful to locate the clips you've used in your editing and thus compensate for the loss in Studio of checkmarks for clips being used, well known in Pinnacle Studio. For that and for everything concerning the rest of the tag management, beyond the manual, I again invite you to read the tutorial "Studio: Library and Tags".

Assets display filtering

Several filter types coexist in Studio.

First, structural filters that are tree of assets, watchfolders and location tabs . The architecture of the library, watchfolders and organization in tabs into are already by nature filters types of first level.

Fully customizable intermediate level filters are collections . The user will at its option garners content of different kinds from branches, sections and subsections of the library.

Finally come other secondary level filters described below. It is important to note that each location tab manages its own set of filters of this type. Therefore, any action on one or more filters of this level are for the active location tab location.

Many of these filters can be active simultaneously. Also the filters are kept activated after closing and re-opening of Studio. Beware of unintended filtering that could lead to expected elements but not displayed .

Filter by rating ( Man-AS, p.26 ) ( Part.S16 )

You have seen previously how to assign a rating to a library item. Let's see how you can filter by ratings.

The option "Filter by rating" which appears in the black band that dominates either the explorer or the compact view of the library will hide the content with no minimum rating indicated.

  1. By default, all content is displayed regardless of rating.
  2. Clicking on the second star displays only the elements having at least two stars. The level of current filter is indicated by orange banner.
  3. To remove the filter effect and return to state 1, click again the last star chosen in 2 (the second in the example), or click the white cross at the far right of the orange banner.
Filter by rating

Filter by tags ( Man-AS, p.27 ) ( Part.S16 )

You have seen previously how to create and assign a tag to a library item. Let's see how you can filter by tags.

As it has already been stated, whatever the current view of the library, access to tags is done by clicking on the button named "Tags" in the black banner above the explorer or the compact library. In both cases, this action opens a window to access tags.

Multiple tags can be simultaneously selected to create a filter. However, for purposes of the example only one is selected, one affecting the first of three clips. Hovering the mouse pointer on the icon tag of this clip shows that two tags are assigned including one called "Parc d'attraction" on which we will filter. Let's click the button "Tags".

1. It is in the tab "filter" that is drawn up the list of tags you have created. Beneath the window there is a parameter "Match" which is available with 3 options :

  • Full : displays only assets affected by all tags checked in the list.
  • Partial : displays only assets affected by one of the tags checked in the list.
  • None : displays only assets affected by none of the tags checked in the list; this option allows for example to stop displaying the contents with a tag "Used" corresponding to elements already used for current editing.
Filter by tags : relevances
2. In the presence of the tag "Parc d'attraction" and with the option "Partial" checked, of the three clips initially present only the first remains displayed. You notice the appearance of an orange banner bearing the name tags filtered. Filter by tags : inclusions

3. Conversely, the "none" option applied to the same tag "Parc d'attraction" no longer displays the clip affected by this tag, but only the other two. In this case, the orange banner bears the tags names excluded by the filter.

4. To disable the filter by tags, uncheck all the tags from the list, or click on the white cross at the far right of the orange banner.

Filter by tags : exclusions and disabling

Collections or tags, what to choose ?

The differences between tags and collections will be appreciated in my opinion according to the methodology that one uses to make its editings. The choice of either feature (or a variegated one) is unique to each user according to his way of working, even according to the nature of its editing. Therefore, establishing the differences between the two functions can be somewhat subjective.

However, in an attempt to highlight them and to help you to make your choice, I'll use a metaphor: The Cooking Chief makes his market and chose the ingredients for the preparation of his dishes.

To make his market, the Chief (you) has 2 solutions :

  • Or visit the store (the library), buy a basket (the collection) and browsing the shelves (the branches, sections and subsections) to put in her basket as and when the ingredients (video, audio, photos , creative elements) he needs for his food (the movie).

Back in his kitchen, he draws the ingredients in his basket (tab collection) as and when he needs to put in the pot (the timeline).
If it lacks one ingredient, he returns to the store with his basket to complete it, or by buying another basket in the store (another collection). In both cases, do not forget to turn off the gas under the pot (backup) before returning to the store!

  • either without carrying a particular basket, he walks through the store (the library can be then compared with a large basket) and crossing the spokes (branches, sections and subsections) identifies the ingredients he needs assigning them names (tags) depending on the nature and/or characteristic of product such as meat, vegetable, citrus, spice, ... (indoor clip, outdoor clip, panoramic, cool transition, nervous transition, theme, etc ...). He simply compiles lists indirectly without carrying a basket: in short he passes command.

Back in his kitchen, delivery is already there. When the furnace starts, during the progress of preparation, he filters the ingredients with their labels that he has affected during his order. Under a name are displayed all the correspondent ingredients, irrespective of their spokes of origin and their nature. He just has to choose those that he drops into the pot. If he lacks one ingredient, not without having first dropped the gas under the pot, he re-runs the store to search for it and marks it with a name. And if the filter corresponding to this name is active, the product is immediately available for the pot. The icing on the cake (if I can say!), He can "check" the ingredients as and when they are used through a specific name, in order to avoid putting them 2 times in the pot.

If you are still confused, if the differences between the two solutions do not appear obvious, I suggest that you retain four that may help you to choose :

  • In 2 or 3 clicks we may have displayed all elements of all types which are assigned the same tag (or more by adding a few clicks).
  • Unlike collections that can't be combined to produce a single display, filter by tags are added at will to reduce display to the minimum required at instant "t".
  • A collection, often more representative of a film being edited, may be remove all or part once editing is complete. Tags, including those affected to creative elements or permanent video and audio can more easily survive from an editing to another.
  • Within a collection, the elements contained therein may be affected by tags too.

Finally and in conclusion, nothing beats personal experience. If you still hesitate, test yourself of two methods, either sequentially or in parallel. These manipulations lead you naturally to the solution that best suits your way of working.

3D Filter ( Part.S16 )

Thumbnail icons ( Man-AS, p.20-22 ) ( Part.S16 )

Each thumbnail is representative of a video file and can support up to 7 different icons including 2 external permanent and 5 internal 5 with 1 permanent.

External

  1. Top left, permanent display of rating affected to the clip.
  2. Top right, by hovering the "i" button, display of meta-datas of the clip (sstorage, size, video and audio parameters, …) in the library player .

( Part.S16 )

Video thumbnails : external icons

Internal

  1. Indicates that at least one correction has been applied to a clip in the library.
  2. Indicates that your clip belongs to listed collections. Hovering this icon and you can delete this collection belonging (not the collection).
  3. Indicates that a tag is affected to a clip. Hovering this icon and you can delete this tag affectation (not the tag).
  4. Permanent icon giving access to the library player .
  5. Indicates that the clip is "a Library Clip". This kind of clip has its origin from a scenes detection of a source clip in the library. The indicator is placed on the thumbnail in two cases :
  • Or when assigning a collection in addition to the icon number 2.
  • Or by selecting the option "Create a library clip" in the context menu of the scene thumbnail.

A library clip is at the same level of functionality of a source clip from which it came, or any other clip. This feature opens the possibility of including access to the media editor impossible from a scene. Library clips have the particularity to survive after the removal of detected scenes.

Video thumbnails : internal icons

Representative thumbnails of media other than video assets (audio clips, transitions, etc ...) can withstand the same icons except for those meaning media corrections.

The library player ( Man-AS, p.23-25 ) ( Part.S16 )

The explorer library offers opportunities to learn about the content of all media types before integrating them in the timeline.

In the main dispaly mode of the library as in the compact mode, two ways of reading the content areavailable :

  1. Or left-click the icon/button of the thumbnail. This triggers immediately reading the content in the player.
  2. Either right-click the thumbnail and selecting the "Preview" option in the displayed list.
Library player access

In the compact display mode of the library, the player of the movie editor and its tools provides preview of contents. For cons, in the main display mode a specific tool is used to preview contents : the library player.

  1. The time code on the top left shows the current position of the scrubber (for comparison clip taken as an example has a total duration of 00:01:15:10).
  2. Bottom window are classic transport buttons : loop button , shuttle whhel , the arrows buttons which at center the classic playback , the mute button and its volume slider displayed when hovering with the mouse.
  3. Bottom right, the function buttons :
  • Show scenes. When active, the button media editor is replaced by the button split scenes that allows manual video scenes detection .
  • Open medias editor .
  • Full screen preview.
  • Info is a switch button between playback and informations display.
Library player : functions

Peculiarities of presentation of transport and functions buttons :

  • show scenes is proposed only for video preview.
  • opening the media editor is not available when previewing effect, transition, montage theme or menu.
  • in photos preview, buttons loop , shuttle , normal playback and mute are not available.

The medias editor

The medias editor offers many possibilities of corrections for your videos, photos and audios, capabilities that are the subject of an entire chapter of the Studio's manual that is not developed here (Man-AS, p.75-90 ) ( Part.S16 ). Each will judge the opportunity to consult this documentation corrections as needed.

For my part, I will detail in this tutorial only one of the multiple video (and audio) clip correction available : trimming. Why this choice ?

Well, simply because trimming video clips in the Library Browser can be very useful to prepare your edits :

  • or for a permanent clips trimming to remove the beginnings and ends deemed irrelevant and parasites during editing.
  • or temporary trimming to select a part of a clip to incorporate into a montage theme for example. It is this particular case is discussed below.

Above all, you must remember three basics of medias correction :

  • The application of correction does not affect your media files. Corrections are stored in the database of the library and are virtual.
  • After applying corrections, the video displayed in the library reflects the changes. This is particularly true in the case of a trimming because the clip is then presented for a total length corresponding to the residual untrimmed (and not its actual length). All uses of the clip will be in terms of the latest changes that have been made.
  • The corrections applied are not definitive. They can be modified or reversed in whole or in part.

For this example I choosed Montage Theme « 50s Modern 1-Opening ». Its duration is 14:00 (ss:ff) and I noticed that the visibility of the integrable video clip (drop zone) is 06:22.

The video that I want to integrate into the theme has a gross duration of 23:23. I have therefore reduced to 6:22 retaining the best sequence. But Avid Studio does not allow me to drag a clip in the Montage Theme directly from the TL timeline, I have no other choice to do that from the library. ( Part.S16 )

You can reproduce this example using one of your clips.

Open medias editor

  1. Or by clicking on the "i" icon in the thumbnail, then click the button function to access the editor.
  2. Or after right-clicking the thumbnail, click the option to open editor in the list.
  3. Or directly by double-clicking the thumbnail.
Accessing the medias editor

In the medias editor

  1. Drag the "In" point to the new desired position of the clip's beginning.
  2. Drag the "Out" point to the desired length of 06:22.
  3. Do not forget to confirm with "OK" to return to the library.
Medias editor : trimming

Insert the clip into the Montage Theme

After opening the theme on the TL, you just have to :

  1. drag the trimmed clip of 6:22 in the drop zone of the theme,
  2. and after validation and rendering, to see the result.
Insert the clip into the montage theme

Delete trimming

If you want to use the clip later for other purposes in your installation, it may be preferable that you give it back its original length. To do this, you have 2 options :

  1. Either you reopen the media editor, replace "In" and "Out" point at the beginning and at the end of the clip, and click "OK". Your clip has since regained its original length to 23:23.
  2. Or after right-clicking the thumbnail of the video, choose the option "Restore Original" in the list

Caution : in this latter case the suppression is not limited to only trimming, but applies to all corrections of all types that you would have already applied to your clip.

Medias editor : delete trimming

SmartSlide and SmartMovie ( Man-AS, p.32-38 ) ( Part.S16 )

SmartMovie and SmartSlide are automatic generators, respectively for movies and slideshows. Implementation and results are fast, but automation has a price, and apart from a few brief settings at your disposal, these tools are very reducing.

The better to appreciate their merits, is to make your own opinion. You can safely do some testing of each of them.

I will portray their implementation processes and add a few remarks. For details of settings, I invite you to consult the manual.

SmartMovie and SmartSlide are accessible only from below the main display of the library.

Slideshow generator

SmartSlide

  1. Click the "SmartSlide" button.
  2. Choose your photos in the library and drag them from the Library browser into the media library of the generator. In this library you can manually reorder them to your liking (click and drag).
  3. Choose a soundtrack, either in the tabs of the Library and in this case drag them from the Library Browser into the generator, either a ScoreFitter (note: a length of music musical too large may require adding additional images not necessarily desired).
  4. Adjust production parameters to your liking, for example sorting media.
  5. Click "Preview" at the bottom of the generator.
  6. The generator performs the rendering of the set and displays the result in the viewer.

Movie generator

SmartMovie

  1. Click the "SmartMovie" button.
  2. Choose your video clips in the library and drag them from the Library browser into the media library of the generator. In this library you can manually add pictures and reorder them to your liking (click and drag).
  3. Choose a soundtrack, either in the tabs of the Library and in this case drag them from the Library Browser into the generator, either a ScoreFitter (Note : the use of media by the generator depends on the restraint musical length, regardless of the parameter "clips length").
  4. Adjust production parameters to your liking, for example clip length.
  5. Click "Preview" at the bottom of the generator.
  6. The generator performs the rendering of the set and displays the result in the viewer.

Remarks on generators :

  • Whatever the generator used when you click the "Preview" button, the selected medias in the generator are automatically saved in a generic collection called " Most recent Smart creation ". If you want to keep this group content, you must rename this collection to avoid collapse during the next execution of a generator.
  • The "clips length" parameter of SmartMovie has a strong influence on the result of the generation. "Maximum" uses the original length of the content. "Short" intensifies the pace of the film using only a small part of the content ... but not necessarily the best of them.
  • Rendering time is based on the amount of content assembled, and also with regard to the generation of a film on "clips length" used.
  • In both tools, Studio chooses for you the format of the title and the nature of the transitions used.
  • "Edit" and "Export" are two possibilities offered by the two generators. "Edit" displays your production in the timeline of the movie editor allowing you to regain control for possible adjustments. "Export" send you directly to exports functions to create a file or burn a disc.
  • Preview execution is strongly recommended before editing or export. You will also realize that you will need several successive preview with different parameters to get the best return on content used.

Finally, a personnal reflection on the use of SmartMovie : This generator can be useful for example to produce (or outline) an introduction, a trailer of your film (or a set of films), insert before a DVD menu (see " How to insert an introduction before a menu in Avid Studio "). Each will grant credit he wants to this proposal.

Chapter 3 : Specific aspects of Studio 16

Writing conventions of Chapter 3 : In the paragraphs of this chapter are only text elements, images and references to Pinnacle Studio 16 manual different from those of Avid Studio. The presence of syntax "..... " means that the item is preceded and/or followed by other elements unchanged from original paragraph. Whatever the access link originally used (summary or "Part.S16"), the syntax "(back)" that is present at the end of each paragraph of the chapter allows to return to the original corresponding paragraph.

General

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Tree of assets, Watchfolders

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( Man-PS, p.400 )

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Display duality of library

..... ( Man-PS, p.6, p.17 )

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Since the PS 16.1.0.115 version, compact display of the library allows, with its new "navigation" feature, a ease of access to different library contents that can fuel  location tabs . This feature is available in movies, discs and titles editors.

Compact library Navigation feature PS 16.1

 

  1. Hovering your mouse over the "Navigation" word is enough to open the navigation shutter with the complete library tree, the same tree than in its complete mode (see « General »). This is the "detached" mode. Moving your cursor out of the shutter close it.
  2. This navigation shutter can be pinned by clicking the pin icon. According of the settings of the editor display, this pinned mode can be displayed at the expanse of a thumbnails column.
  3. The shutter can be distached from the editor and closed by clicking the pin icon.
  4. Whatever the pinned/unpinned display mode, what you select is displayed in the locations tab.

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Location tabs ( Man-PS, p.22-23, p.48-49 )

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Grouping assets ( Man-PS, p.23-26 )

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Library explorer ( Man-PS, p.33-36 )

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PS16 library explorer

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Video scenes detection ( Man-PS, p.56-59 )

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Scenes thumbnails are visually identifiable by changing the size and color of their stylized film strips unlike those of source thumbnails.

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( back )

Delete library assets ( Man-PS, p.32 )

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Missing medias ( Man-PS, p.21-22 )

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Collections ( Man-PS, p.26-28, p.30, p.61 )

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Quick import ( Man-PS, p.30 )

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Direct export from library ( Man-PS, p.30-32 )

Studio 16 offers the ability to export directly elements like photo, video, audio or project to a disc or to a cloud storage service (Internet).

The absence of any specific configuration function gives only a character of storage assimilated to a backup. If this option is not sufficiently responsive to your needs, other options exports are accessed by selecting the element (s) and then clicking on the main tab "Export". (Man-PS, chapitre 11) .

Disk storage

Before applying the following steps, I suggest you to load a blank disc in the burning device.

  1. After selecting the element (s) in the main display of the library, open the context menu by right-clicking on an item.
  2. Choose the option Burn a disk.
  3. In the window that just opened, you can add and/or delete elements.
  4. When you're ready, click Burn.
Direct export PS16 : disk

Cloud storage (Internet)

  1. After selecting the element (s) in the main display of the library, open the context menu by right-clicking on an item.
  2. Hover your mouse over the Transfer option to reach Box.
  3. Click on Box.
  4. In the window that opened, fill in your credentials, then click Dans la fenêtre maintenant ouverte, renseignez vos identifiants.
Direct export PS16 : Cloud

Who says backup, says retore. Items stored by this function can be retrieved either via the file system of the computer or via the main tab "Import" from the "Import" + "Cloud" (Man-PS, Chapter 10, p.351-352) . For the latter option, you can take a look at the tutorial Les nouveautés de Pinnacle Studio 16 dévoilées from another well-known writter of the site.

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Ratings ( Man-PS, p.41 )

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Tags, creations and assignments ( Man-PS, p.51-54 )

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This action leads to :
  1. Either the opening of a big window at the right area of the explorer,
  2. Or in a context window.
  3. In both cases, you can create a new tag by entering its name and clicking the "+" button.
  4. You can sort your tags, either alphabetically or by "Relevance" (in descending order of number of assignments in parentheses).
  5. You can remove tags, either individually or globally.
Tags access in PS16

For assigning a tag, three options are available:

  1. Either directly by selecting the thumbnail, then after entering the name of a new tag and have checked its immediate application, action on the "+" button.
  2. Either directly by selecting the thumbnail and then opening the "Tags" window and choosing a tag created earlier from the displayedlist.
  3. Or via the context menu of the thumbnail (right click) and via hovering over the "Assign the tag" option, left click on the tag name to attribute.
Tags assignments PS16

In 3 cases, the thumbnail receives an icon signifying the presence of the tag. Hovering over the icon with the pointer shows a tooltip with the assigned tags names and a choice to delete them.

N.B : the three methods of assignments are equally applicable in both types of displays library explorer, thumbnail display and text list display. In the latter case, it is based on data in columns that are carried out actions described above.
Tags can for example be very useful to identify clips by nature, by theme, dates and places of shootings, etc... For this and...

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Assets display filtering

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Filter by rating ( Man-PS, p.49 )

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Tags filtering ( Man-PS, p.54 )

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Several tags can be simultaneously selected to make a filter. However, for the sake of this example only is selected. One affecting the first of three clips. Hovering of the mouse pointer over the tag icon shows that this clip is affected by two tags including one called "Amusement Park" on which we are going to filter. Let's click the "Tag" button.

1. The list of tags you have created is offered with next to each tag a checkmark selection. At the top of the list is a parameter "Relevancee" which comes with three options :

  • Complete : displays only the contents of all assigned tags selected in the list.
  • Partial : displays only the contents with tags selected among those who are affected to the tag.
  • None : only displays the contents having no selected tags, this option allows for example to not display the contents corresponding to assets already used for the current editing.
Tags filtering PS16 : relevance
2. In the presence of the tag "Amusement park" and "Partial" option checked, among the three clips initially present only the first remains displayed. You notice the appearance of an orange banner bearing the name of filtered tags. Tags filtering PS16 : inclusions
3. In contrast, the "None" option applied to the same tag "theme park" is checked, no longer show the affected clip to this tag, but only the other two. In this case, the orange headband supports the name of tags excluded by the filter. Tags filtering PS16 : exclusions
4. To disable the filter by tags, either uncheck all the tags from the list or click the white cross at the right end of the orange strip orange. Tags filtering PS16 : disabling

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Stereoscopic 3D filtering ( Man-PS, p.50 )

For those who use 3D, the "3D" option that appears in the black headband that dominates the explorer or compact display library allows to display only the assets with elements 3D attribute.

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Thumbnail icons ( Man-PS, p.37-42 )

Each thumbnail representative for a video file can support up to 10 different icons including 5 external with 2 permanent and 5 internal with one permanent.

External

.....

3. Indicator of photo or video content designed for viewing in stereoscopic 3D, which appears after an automatic detection during import or after manual definition by correction (see internal indicator 1).

4. Indicator of media used, which applies only to photos, videos and audio content. Here we find this very useful indicator lost in Avid Studio. Greyed in the main display of the library, the check is green in compact display if the media is used in the current edit.

Video thumbnails : external icons PS 16
5. The locked content indicator indicates that you do not own the license to use this content freely. The integration of content in an editing is possible, but ultimately a watermark is present after export. Generally, it is the purchase that unlocks content. Video thumbnails : locked icons PS16

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The library player ( Man-AS, p.42-45 )

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The medias editor

..... of a full section of the Studio's manual that is not developed here ( Man-PS, p.137-165 ).

.....

..... I have no other choice to do that than from the library. Studio 16 now provides the ability via the clipboard, to integrate a sequence of TL in a montage theme (Man-PS, p.209-210) .

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SmartSlide and SmartMovie ( Man-PS, p.59-68 )

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{Screenshots where made with Snagit 10 from TechSmith}

Translation from French to English by saby. Thanks to him.

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Comments
sunny By # sunny @ Tuesday, September 18, 2012 1:28 AM
how to add hfx effects in avid studio...
i have avid liquid hfx & also how to add adorage & vitascene plugins..
pls help me...

larocom By # larocom @ Tuesday, September 18, 2012 2:51 AM
Hello sunny,
I am not a specialist on the addition of effects.
Also I you recommend to read the tutorial "Install our free HFX transitions in Pinnacle Studio" and also to consult 'Tutorials, Tips Tricks' on the 'PRODAD' menu. You can then if applicable, ask all your questions to the authors of these articles.
Sorry for my English translation.
Kind regards.

John Hawker By # John Hawker @ Friday, August 1, 2014 12:19 AM
You article on the library is most heplpful but I'm stuck in the main view with the Organise, Edit, and Author tabs and I can't finfd out how to get back to the other view with the Library, Movie, Disc tabs.

How can it be so hard to get from one to the other?

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 2:46 PM
@ John,

At the top, you have something called "export", it's probably what you are searching for if I understood correctly your question.

DV FX

Laszlo By # Laszlo @ Wednesday, November 5, 2014 5:20 PM
Have Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 17.6.
I have deleted media from my hard drive but it is imposible to delete the red icons from the Media plane. Can not find the record of them in Windows Explorer to delete them. Each time at program start Pinnacle want to connect to these non existent files. I feel like to go back to my V 14. Lots of times just moving file on time line or cutting makes it end up at another part of the track requiering constant checking thoroughout the timeline.Just unhappy with this version. It is more headache than I need. Not even talk about the support.

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Thursday, November 6, 2014 5:27 AM
Hello,
This comment section is generally reserved for discussions related to :
- errors on our part
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Unfortunately, your question is not covered by any of the above. This site is managed by volunteers and we do not have the means for direct assistance and troubleshooting for issues not directly or indirectly related to our publications. In this case, we recommend that you go directly on the forums listed at the bottom of our home page. You will receive a prompt response to your question, either from forum members or ourselves if we have the time available.
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