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I have been using Windows media Player for my playlists and lost weeks of categorization work when my hard disk failed- my music was backed up but not the playlists. After much research I decided I need to switch my music player to Power DVD.

What is the best way to backup music playlists in Power DVD? I assume using the Cyberlink Cloud.

I have Power DVD 16 - do I need a later version to do this efficiently?

Regarding space on the Cyberlink Cloud, do the actual song files Playlist load to the Cloud or just pointers to the files on my computer?
Quote Here is the first part of a Project Management tutorial from PD Toots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAOnn8g0C_o&t=6s .


Terrific! thanks Tomasc
Does anyone know a good tutorial on managing video editing files? - where they are stored /where should I store them, how to back-up, how to assure media associated with a video is available to that video, etc.

I need an understanding and strategy that is simple, efficient, failsafe. Soon I will be replacing my hard drive and downloading my video files from my online Google Drive /Back up and sync service. Before I do this I also want to copy all the files from my hard drive to attached storarge drive.

I don't see an online Cyberlnk tutorial that addresses file/data management.
Quote I’m not aware of a method to do this automatically to all gaps in a timeline. You basically can auto adjust one at a time and it slides all other clips (right mouse click on gap and then options). If all your video is in track 1, the storyboard view (tab key) works good to easily see and then one by one delete the gaps. Sliding other video to track 1 if you have lots of gaps in another track is an option too.

Jeff


Thanks Jeff, this will speed up the editing. Phil
When I create an image collage using video collage designer in the PD 16 I have various options for the duration of the collage: shortest clip, longest clip, clip1, clip2.

Since I am using images for the collage, not video clips, the duration options are not long enough. If I am creating a collage of 5 images, the longest the collage will display is the length of the longest image. This is not enough time for the viewer to view all 5 images in the collage since the duration of an individual image is set to be viewed conveniently for just one image. With five images in the collage, this requires the viewer to view 5 images in the time allowed to view 1 image - not enough time.

I know this duration option is logical if the collage consists of videos but for a collage of images I need a greater duration for viewer to focus long enough on each of the images individually.

Since I have the collage duration option of being equal to the longest clip/image in the collage, I tried making one of the images longer in PIP and then saving the altered image which is saved in the PIP library. In the collage function I cannot access this lengthened image in the PIP library to add to the collage which would force the long image's duration on the collage duration, thereby giving the viewer enough time to view all images in the collage.

Does anyone know how I can lengthen the duration of a collage to be longer than the longest image selected from the media libary for the collage? Is there a way of increasing the size of an image in the media library so I can use it in the collage to increase the duration of the collage at least to that image's duration?
How do you automatically move gaps between media on a the timeline? I need to have clips touching each other to apply crossfade transition between them all. If a small gap is between and two clips, the transition cannot be done. I did this years ago by highlighting all the clips and then doing something I cannot remember. It was a 2-3 step process and caused all the clips to move together.
The audio ducking feature does not work when I need the background music track to fade so narration in a video above can be heard. All comments on this say the same thing - the ducking feature does not work with narration in a video clip. The ducking sensitivity is not great enough to detect the voice in the other track and so duck below it.

Does a later version of Power Director correct this situation? It would be worth purchasing for me. Even better, the ducking feature should be altered to solve the problem for free in Power Director 16 since ducking is a feature in this version.
Quote


Hi,

That would be one way if that workflow fits your production methods.

Except for the smallest projects, I now tend towards splitting a production into sections and combining the produced sub-projects later. If SVRT can be activated and it works satisfactorily for you, then the speed of final production can be very fast. It also allows for re-editing each sub-project easily without having to re-run and check the whole complex timeline.

This post, re editing on a laptop, has a little more detail : https://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/76104.page#311300

Hope that helps,
Adrian.



Thanks Adrian. This and the referenced post have relieved some key concerns in my project. This community forum aid is so empowering /removing obstacles to our creativity. Best, Phil
I am producing a long video with lots of audio, images and video clips.

The final video may be as long as two hours.

I am thinking the best way to manage the production is to divide the production into multiple segments, edit and produce each as a separate project, and then combine all the projects into a master project using the nesting feature.

Would anyone recommend a better strategy for managing production of a long film project?

Is the above strategy the most efficient way to proceed so I do not overload the Power Director program?

Thanks
Quote Hi Philip,

The proper way to back up projects for what you want to do is use the Pack Project feature.

To use it, just create a folder on your desktop for your project. Next, open the saved project in PowerDirector, go to File > Pack Project Materials, and then select the folder you created on the desktop. PowerDirector will put the project file, and all of the media files that you used in the project (and the produced file if there is one) into this folder.

You can then take this folder and put it on an external hard disk.

Let me know if you have any questions.

David



Great! Thanks David. Now I can secure my work. Best, Phil
In case my computer crashes I want to back up all my PD work to 1) external hard disk, and 2) My online backup service (SOS).

I save my projects (PDS) to my desk top for ease of access. Other files (WMV and MP4) wind up in Cyberlink/Documents. "Documents?" - aren't these "video" files?

I am uncertain how to configure my back ups to capture all my PD work, produced videos (.MP4 roduced video files) and projects (.PDS files), and then locate and retrieve these to my computer in case of a crash/lost data.

In my computer's PD save directory I find MP4 and WMV files, and my PDS are in the Desktop directory.

In my online backup service I am finding related file names with all kinds of extensions and directories "roaming", and some "cached" files, none of which make sense to me.

Can someone tell me a simple way to organize my saved data on my computer for easy saving and capture by my off-computer back ups?

Or Is there one place I can learn how to organize my projects' and produced videos' saved data to assure it all gets saved off my computer during my off-computer back up?
I need advice on storing my video work off my computer to preserve it. I have SOS cloud storage service and Goolge Drive. No external hard drive yet.

I just finished the first section of a long video I am producing. The produced file is 2.4 Gb MP4. The entire video project will probably reach 60 GB (about 1.5 hour video).

Cyberlink cloud limits upload file size to 1 GB so that's not an option.

Need advice:

1. Can anyone advise on a simple system and strategy to preserve my edit and produced video files? A combination of hardisk on site and cloud storage? Good hardware, vendor and software for doing this?

I am a novice so it needs to be a amateur user-friendly scheme.


2. Since the final video will be very long I assume I need to produce and store it in segments? Also, upload to You-Tube in segments: "Title, part 1", "Title, part 2", etc,

Thanks
Quote You never said what the format and audio in your source files are. If the audio is 5.1 then in Preference /General check what you have it set for. If your prefs and source audio is stereo then producing in 5.1 will have lower volume. This is normal. You also never said if your pc audio is stereo or 5.1 (having 6 speakers) on your computer.

Try this: Change in the prefs to stereo and click OK to exit. Check your preview volume. If it is okay then change it to 5.1 and check your preview volume again. If there was a glitch then this fixes it for many.



I omitted the Dolby Digital in the production parameters and the sound came out fine. I just left the production sound as stereo (2 channels?), same as the source sound.

thanks!
After editing, when I produce a video the produced version has 30 to 50% lower audio volume. Is there a way to fix this so that the produced video has the same volume as the edited version?

Could the problem be In the parameters I select for production? - fast video rendering /intel quick sync video, surround sound /Dolby Digital 5.1

Cyberlink support suggested adjusting the volume in the produced video using Wave Editor or Audio Director.

Using this suggested solution - increase the volume of all audio in the produced video - will require that I produce it again after that edit, right?

Also, with this solution all the sound adjustments I made during edit will have to be done again, increasing the relative volume of each. That's a lot of wasted and redundant effort.

Surely there is a reason for audio volume loss between the edited and produced versions of video. Exact replication of audio during production is a basic requirement in video editing.
Quote Hi again Philip -

Maybe I'm not properly understanding what your timeline structure is. Could you post a screenshot of your timeline, showing what you've done so far?

You were asking how to apply soft edges to a series/sequence of images without doing it one-by-one. That's why I suggested pre-producing the slideshow, which makes that sequence into a single element that can be masked.

The mask I attached previously is not intended to be placed in the timeline. As you found, all it does is block out part of the screen with a fuzzy black blob. It is intended to be used in Mask Designer, where it works as expected.

Aside from the suggestion I made, I can't think of an alternative that doesn't involve masking each image separately, which is what you were trying to avoid.

Cheers - Tony


Thanks Tony, I'll try it in Mask Designer.
Tony,

Not sure I understand the procedure you are suggesting.

With a few exceptions, the images in my slide show are in the same screen position and are the same size, so I should be able to overlay these images with an image of the same size in a lower timeline, and then mask that image so that its interior space is made transparent by inversion.

Even if I can follow your procedure, I still cannot get the enterior of a rectangular-shaped mask to be transparent with the edges opaque so it will frame the images above.

I overlaid the image/mask you provided but it just blackens out the images above it. I tried masking it so only its borders are opaque (a picture frame for the images in the timelines above) but have the same problem of not being able to invert a rectangular-shaped mask.

I am a novice so maybe I am not understanding the proedure you proposed.

thanks,

Phil


Quote Hi Philip -

The simplest way to do that is to:

  1. Produce the slideshow without the clouds background

  2. Overlay the produced slideshow on the clouds background video

  3. Resize & reposition as necessary

  4. Apply a soft edged mask to the slideshow video



Feathering the edges of a regular rectangle mask (in Mask Designer) may work for you. Alternatively, you could use a mask like the one attached, which gives a screen layout like:



Cheers - Tony
I have created a slide show with still images over a moving cloud background (cloud clilp).

The edges of the images are too sharp over the soft cloud background so I want to soften them. I want to do this to all images without softening them one at a time in the Pip object room.

I thought I could do this by creating a "Picture frame" image in a lower track of the timeline so that the frame is imposed over all the images in the tracks above - the frame is opaque over the edges of the images but the interior is transparaent so the images show through.

I am able to do this by masking the lower timeline image and inverting the mask so that the interior of the image becomes transparent and the border of the image remains to overlay the images above as a "picture frame".

This works for all masks except the rectangular ones which are what I need since the images to be framed are rectangular /they need a rectangular frame to cover their edges. When I mask the rectangular image, leaving room for the frame edge, and then invert the mask, it should make the border opaque and the center transparent, but it doesn't - the entire mask is transparent so there is no "frame" effect. This works with other shapes like the heart and circle, etc. Why not with the rectangular masks?

Is there another way to create a "frame" image with interior transparent so images above it on the timeline show through within the imposed frame?
Quote You have to keyframe the position of your text.
For the text to appear as single letters, use the starting effect "Popup I". It is the effect, that has the nearest look as if the letters were typed. I did not find anything better.
I did not find an effect, that make a text appear from the center. If you have one, use that effect (and be sure to share it on the cyberlink website laughing)

I made a little video to give you an idea, what I mean.
Please excuse my english, it's not my native language.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4_MVnPDqVU


Hatti


Hatti,

I resolved this by:

Title Room: select "My Title" and drag to timeline

Timeline: highlight the above title box and click "Designer"

In Designer: select desired text and "centering mode". Type in text to desired line width and proceed to next line by keyboard "Enter" key (usual typing method). After all desired text is entered, click the title box and drag to position text box on screen as desired.

Posted this for the forum.

thanks again Hatti

Phil
I resolved this by:

Title Room: select "My Title" and drag to timeline

Timeline: highlight the above title box and click "Designer"

In Designer: select desired text and "centering mode". Type in text to desired line width and proceed to next line by keyboard "Enter" key (usual typing method). After all desired text is entered, click the title box and drag to position text box on screen as desired.
Quote Yes, you maybe right, but PowerDirector is not a tool for lecturing.
But maybe you can use a program for screen capture, like Cyberlink Screen recorder and record your typing in PowerPoint?

Hatti


OK, thanks Hatti
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