First off, let's start the product. If you didn't change anything in the setup options, AVS should be in the
Loading a video file
The video starts playing. You can hit the space bar to pause/restart the video. If any error message appears at this moment, it's because either the file format is not compatible with AVS (can happen with some recent Apple's Quicktime video files). Follow the message indications by any mean.
You can grab the video window, resize it, undock it, dock it again. Please note the position and dock state of the video window are saved when the application is quit, so that when you start the application next time, all your components will be in the right place.
Grab the slider and drag it, see how the video updates accordingly (if the video is slow at doing this, it's probably because the video stream is really badly encoded, there is unfortunately nothing to do at this point, other then reencode the video). You can also use the arrows on the keyboard to move one frame at a time. The left arrow moves backward, the right arrow moves forward. Take a look at the status bar information,
If you'd like to see timecodes rather than raw frame numbers, then select the
Now let's play with the shot engine. Click on the third round button on the toolbar, and the real-time processing starts.
Starting the automatic shot engine
You should see quite soon the first, then the second shot in the main window, and so on. Don't expect new shots when the video is playing a scene where there is no motion and nothing particular happening. After all, scene detection is really all about scene changes like cuts and fade-ins fade-outs.
Let the process do its job for a while, then hit the space bar to pause it. Go select the
Doubling the speed of the video, and resuming
Before the video ends, let's play with the shot sampler. Hit the space bar again in order to pause everything, then click on the shot settings button on the toolbar :
Showing the shot settings dialog
The following dialog box appears, change the shot sampler option so that one shot will be created every 3 seconds :
Changing the shot sampler option
Then click on the shot sampler button on the toolbar (that's the second round button) :
Starting the shot sampler
Please note you could also have changed the position of the video, with the slider in the video window. Let the shot sampler do its job and check out whether one shot is indeed extracted and created every 3 seconds.
Hit the space bar again, and take a snapshot of the current video frame by clicking the first button. Doing so just shows that shots can be manually added. To do that, click the first round button :
Taking a snapshot manually
Enough for engines. Before we create web thumbnails, let's use some of the shot functions. Deleting a shot is easy. Select it, and either hit
Deleting a shot
Merging shots is just as easy. Select two or more shots, then right-click and choose
Now let's create a couple of web thumbnails. Click the last button on the right of the toolbar :
Creating a web thumbnail
Choosing a target for the web thumbnail
Generating the thumbnail
When the generation completes, the thumbnail opens in your web browser :
Watching the thumbnail
So let's change the thumbnail things a bit. Go click the
Generating the thumbnail again, with some personalization
This ends the product tour. Please note that keywords and templates allow much more personalization than what we have just demoed here.