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Quote You can try motion tracking on the flashing sign if it moves to a different location in the video like capture from a moving car or train window. If it is stationary then put a different object like a different sign in front of it.

Thanks for the reply. It's a mounted camera on a music performance. But over 30 minutes there are about 15 different crops to accentuate a performer etc. Don't know if sticking something in front of it that looks natural will be possible but I'll make some tries. I guess the thing that's most annoying about the way it looks now are the hard edges the blur has. Could you say if there's a way to make the edges fit into the background better? Thanks
I have a flashing advertising sign with moving letters in a video that I want to obscure. It takes up maybe 1/200th of the whole space. I made the video and blurred it. I had hoped it would blend into the background instead of putting a black box over it. It's still distracting. Any suggestions on the best way to get rid of it. It's positions change as I crop the scene in many places so I have to go back and locate it. Thanks
Thanks. next time I do a project I'll be checking this out.
Quote I'm not sure why you're seeing that. Typically, I use only the second monitor for full screen previewing of critical sections, and only rarely because it's so taxing on the CPU.

However, the 2nd monitor is only for display, and all the editing takes place on the monitor with the main PD window.

That's what I'm trying to do. My normal setup is to leave the laptop screen off and use the larger external monitor. With PD17 I extend the display (Win10) to the laptop. When I put the video display on full screen I can't do any editing on the external monitor where everything is: like the timeline, cropping window etc. It doesn't seem to be too big a drain. It's a gaming laptop so pretty capable that way. It's a shame too because I'm just looking at a video I thought I'd finished but now see small detailed errors I couldn't see before so will have to redo some things. The one thing in the non-full screen video on the extra display that might be a problem is this (somewhat irritating) box where every time I make a change in a clip I have to go back and set it to movie (instead of clip) so the video will go to the next clip. Maybe there a keyboard short cut for that procedure? If there's a workaround to allow full screen video display on the laptop and still be able to edit on the monitor I'd appreciate knowing how to do it. Thanks
I enabled a 2nd monitor and dragged the video display over. When I make it full screen and try to edit anything on the timeline I get error beeps and can't do anything else until I minimize the display. Is there a way to avoid this? Thanks
I think it's the slowest of any forum I read and why not add spellcheck?

So what version of PD do you think had s as default split hotkey?

My PD8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,and 17 all have Ctrl T as split as it's "Split at Current Time".

Any chance you maybe did a custom hotkey at PD16 or even a prior PD version since it's been around since PD11 and changed it to s yourself?


Interesting! I guess I did if that's what the default is for PD16. Not as heinous as changing s to control-t from 16 to 17 but shows the lack of attention to streamlining in this program. Why make someone remember if its control or shift and t instead of s. I switched from Vegas to this because of problems with multiple videos. It was better that way but I was struck by all the extra, unnecessary steps I had to take for some of the most common tasks in pd16. Like I said above, especially with cropping. I don't need to call it a "power tool". I shouldn't have to reset crop to free form every time but there seems to be no ability reset it's default. I shouldn't have to click in the middle of every crop to show the edges. These were all steps that make each crop a 6 click procedure when just hitting eg. c for crop and let me get started would have been the way to do it much simpler from the get go. Still, thanks for reminding me that some hotkeys can be changed as I'd forgotten.
Quote I don't think your Logitech HD webcam C310 has zooming feature. maybe it's done some other software. (Logitech driver?)
hence, you need to disable it first.

Logitech pretty much completely abandoned support of any but their newest webcams for win10. I downloaded the latest and it wouldn't recognize my webcam. Then I looked on youtube at their video on this logi progfram and all the comments below it talked about how they couldn't get it to recognize their webcams either.
Is there any way to manually focus my webcam? I have it full zoomed, 1280x960,Logitech HD webcam C310 and move the box to where it should focus but it's completely blurry. Thanks for any tips to manually focus.
Quote You can take full control over all the keyboard shortcurts. There are also dozens that are available but that aren't defined by default.

You just need to go to the Preferences > Editing screen and click on the Customize button under Keyboard hotkeys:

Change and set all the hotkeys you want, and then click on Save as to save them. PD will then use these from now on. The next time you update PD to a new version, simply go to the same screen and use the Import button to use these hotkeys in the new version.

Really! That's great news. I use shortcuts in a lot of different software so it's hard keeping track of all of them. Especially audio editing. It has it's own shortcuts and the one I use, Reaper, has more intuitive shortcuts. Some common shortcut commands, between different software, go a long way to help especially if I don't use the software (like PD17) for months at a time. It works for split but I couldn't assign a shortcut for video crop. Thanks for pointing that out. However, the person at Cyberlink who decided to change the default shortcut for split from s to control-t should be reassigned.
On PD16 I was often regretting the poor selection of keyboard shortcuts. Like why I couldn't just shortcut "crop" with c, or in fact any shortcut at all. To add a marker I had to remember to press shift+m, instead of control+m but why not just "m". For me it's the most frequent repetitive task. Now I'm trying PD17 for the 1st time and go to split a video on the timeline by pressing s. Nothing happens. I look it it up. It's now control+t. What's the purpose for that? Is it to say there have been eg. 42 changes from PD16 to PD17. To me the weakness in this program has always been the remarkable number of extra steps I must make for some of the most common tasks (especially cropping) but why would someone change split from s to control+t?
Quote You just need to set the Export folder to the desired location:

You will also need to close PD and then re-open it for the change to take effect. This setting affects screenshots and all clips produced in full or by using Produce Range.

OK> I"ll give it a try. Thanks!
How do I change the default folder where snapshots of the display go? Currently I'm trying many different snapshots. Each time I have to change it to another folder requiring 4 clicks. The next time I do a new snapshot it goes back to the original folder not the one I last saved to? Thanks
Quote As I wrote in my earlier post, all you have to do is take a PNG or BMP snapshot.

The full resolution screen capture will be taken, saved to the default folder (or the one that you specified when saving the file), and added to the media library. Simply click on the camera icon under the preview window to do that.

If for any reason that isn't high enough quality for you, please attach the image to your reply using this forum button:

Also, what is the resolution of your source clips? Right click on each one anywhere in PD and choose View Properties

Good you mentioned that about checking each pics properties. I thought I had done the one screen capture as PNG but hadn't. So it got it up to 5mb. I then saved the snapshot of the display as PNG. Thanks!
Quote FrancoisT - If your video is on track 1 of the timeline then try this: Highlight the video clip with the cursor where you want a snapshot. Right mouse click and choose Edit Video/Freeze Frame. This was explained in the forum earlier by Jeff. The referencece post that you refer to for PD14 does not work in PD16 for any video greater than 1920 x 1080 in resoultion.

Sorry if I didn't make it clear. I found GIMP so difficult I gave up after many hours. I could actually do it using PD16. I am trying to use PD16 to put a greenscreened image onto another image as background. I have the background picture on track1 and the cutout picture on track two. I see the image of the 2 tracks combined in the display. I want to see how I can save the highest resolution of the display.
Quote If you're referrring to this post, the options are all present for PD16. Also note the Save As option when PD asks you to name the screen shot.

There isn't any kind of resolution setting available, but PD seems to intend JPGs for low quality needs (suitable for YouTube thumbnails) with PNG and BMP meant for detailed, full screen captures.

Thanks for the reply. That link to a previous post looks interesting. Actually this was the post I was referring to:
In it he says "Preferences (Alt+C) > File. Under Snapshot check that you have checked 'Use original video size as snapshot image quality wherever possible'. ". I don't have that option in pd16.
After finally giving up on understanding GIMP on how to do a fairly simple greenscreen image on top of another I tried it in PD16. I actually did way better. However, I couldn't figure out how to send the final result out as a PNG or JPG so I tried a snapshot. Even though one of the photos is 4.6 mb the snapshot comes out only 260 kb. There was a post on a similar question on an earlier version but it spoke of preferences/file and then an option under snapshot allowing the original resolution but I don't find that in PD16? Thanks
Quote Like I said, the download was probably only available for a few weeks, so you'll need to contact Cyberlink to download the program again. There are several relevent FAQs on this Support page.

Yes, went to the trouble to fill out the form and now wait. They should have just left the ability to download up and if you can prove you paid for it eliminates these jumping through hoops.
Quote It should show up under My Account when you're signed in at the main Cyberlink website.

Note that many download links expire after a few weeks, so you may need to contact them to request another download link. It is strongly recommended to keep the installer in a safe place so you'll be able to install the program again.

It doesn't show up there? The original download is likely on a hard drive that is far from where I'm at.I still have the code from buying it though.
I bought Youcam 7 but need to reinstall it. I looked on the Cyberlink site but see only Youcam 8. Could someone direct me to the place where I can download my version? Thanks
I've got 2 action cams running. They just keep recording and make a separate video when 4gb is used. If you put them back to back you don't see or hear the split. In this case each of the 2 video tracks has 3 separate videos.There is also a separate audio track which will be the main audio. This is just a casual recording of a practice session. I wanted to put it in the multi sync area so I can easily switch between the videos after they are synced to the audio. However, I am now waiting for hours making the 1st video tracks 3 videos into one video so it can be used in the multitrack part. This is a very long process. Is there a way to avoid having to render each video track separately before I can use the multisync function? Thanks
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