Automatic Cinematography

This feature is used too little and yet it can be really useful. The Automatic Cinematography feature allows you to sit back and relax while the software takes care of “filming” your characters: taking care of selecting the camera angles and cutting between them to give you an edited movie - automatically.

We use it to quickly create a finished video: just type the dialogue and press play; and also to suggest ideas – sometimes the result may not be exactly what you want, but it can show different options, including things you might not have thought of.

Before you check the box. WAIT!

This feature works best if your characters are placed on the First and Second Positions.   

When adding a character into the scene, you will notice that the “Position Task Bar” will open. When selecting First or Second, it aligns the character with the pre-set cameras in the scene.  If your characters are already in the scene and your “Position Task Bar” has disappeared, don’t panic. Click on your characters’ picture and it will appear. Once your characters are on their positions, check the automatic cinematography box and enjoy the show! 

Discovering the Backdrops

Have you ever wondered how to use the colourful Cyclorama, the gridded Holodeck, the flashy Green Screen, the Presentation and the oh-so-very-white White sets? Follow the guidelines below to make the most out of the Backdrops Collection.  

Cyclorama

As colourful as the Cyclorama may seem, it’s purpose is not to be a cotton candy look-alike set. In fact, in the cyclorama set, you can import your own panorama pictures to personalize your characters’ environment. The 6 screens, filled with different colors, are customizable and of different sizes. To create the picture below, we cut one image in 3 to put the 1/3 of the picture on the Ceiling screen, 1/3 of the picture on the Floor screen and 1/3 of the picture on the Wall 01 screen.

For a better resolution, use pictures with sizes:

  • 4:1 or 256x64 px for wall 01
  • 1:1 or 256x256 px for the floor, ceiling, wall 02, wall 03
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Holodeck

The holodeck provides a neutral background you can use when wanting to concentrate on the characters’ text or speech instead of décor. 

Green Screen

The Green Screen makes it simple to import your video in a movie editing tool and add the background you want.  Our favorite editing tools are Camtasia, Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas and PowerDirector. 

Presentation

The “screen” in the presentation set perfectly aligns with Camera 1, so that the image completely fills the frame. This is ideal for putting your character in front of an image, or for presenting a video or a PowerPoint for example.

For a better resolution, use pictures with sizes:

  • 2:1 or 256x128 px for the floor, wall 03, wall 02, wall 01, wall 04
  • 1:1 or 256x256 px for the ceiling, screen

White

The white set is a 6-screen box. You can import 6 different images or videos.

For a better resolution, use pictures with sizes:

  • 4:1 or 256x64 px for the wall 01, ceiling
  • 2:1 or 256x128 px for the floor, wall 02, wall 03, wall 04