Movie Director Pro User Manual
Below are some instructions on how to use the Movie Director Pro video editor application.
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MDP User Manual
Selecting A Project
When the application launches you are presented with the project selection window.
On first launch no projects will be saved within the application so there is just one option, create new project.
--image of fresh application--
To create a new project simply double-tap the new project icon.
Once projects have been saved, swipe the screen left or right to select between different projects.
Projects can be renamed by holding down on the project for 2 seconds. Once this is done, a pop up dialogue will appear prompting you to enter the new project name.
--image of rename project--
Building A Project
When creating a new project, a blank timeline is presented.
--image of blank timeline--
When editing a previous project, the timeline will be loaded with the saved project details.
--image of loaded project--
The main menu is accessed via the icon at the top right of the screen, the big plus sign. From here you can add the following to your project:
NOTE: Any media that is protected via DRM cannot be included within a project, due to copyright.
- pre-recorded video clips
- live recorded video
- special effects
Adding Pre-recorded Video
A new selection window will appear that allows you to select pre-recorded videos that are present within the camera roll, available through file sharing and also from your iTunes Video library. Select the tab that contains your video, scroll where necessary, and then select your video.
--image video selection--
If you add a video of long duration, this can cause issues if the video is too large. A warning will be given if this is the case. Should you wish to include a clip from a long duration video it is suggested that you edit and export this to a smaller video clip that can be included into your final project.
Once selected, the video is added to the video timeline. It will also appear in the playback window.
To play the videos currently in the timeline, double-tap the vide playback window. To wind forward/backward on the videos drag the video timeline left/right. You will see the playback window forward/rewind the video accordingly.
To edit a video clip, double-tap the video clip in the timeline. We will discuss editing later.
Adding Live Video
Live video can be recorded and included into your projects, where a camera is present on the device. The recording option is not available when no camera is present.
Upon selecting the live video option, the device camera opens and a feed is taken from the rear camera.
--image live camera option--
If required, the camera can be toggled between front and rear.
A number of video filters are also available. These are accessed by the settings icon located at the bottom of the screen, in the middle. Most filters have a slide adjuster where the effect of the filter can be changed. The NONE option will remove the filter.
--image filter selections--
Recording of live video is started/stopped by the icon at the bottom right of the screen. A timer of the recorded video will be displayed on screen, top left. Once video has finished recording, you will be returned to the video timeline.
When adding a photograph you will be shown all the photograph albums present on your device. Simply locate your photograph and tap to select it.
Once the required photo is selected, a new edit window will be displayed. Photos will appear for 5 seconds within the video timeline. This duration is currently not changeable.
To add a pan/zoom effect (also known as a Ken Burns effect), you can pinch the photograph to scale and move it. The icons left and right of the photograph are used to set the starting and ending positions/scale of the photograph.
Once the start/end settings are made, double-tap the photo to view the effect. If no further changes are needed, press the tick button. The photograph, with animations, will be included into the video timeline.
Adding Music Clips
Music clips can be added to your video clips to provide audio soundtrack. When selected, a new selection window will appear allowing you to choose a music track from your iTunes library.
When adding the first track, the music clip is used to fill the entire video length. If the video length is longer than the music clip, then the music clip will repeat.
When adding a second track, you are given a choice to replace the original track and keep the repeating (looping) option in place or you can replace the original track and have it not repeating. This will allow you to then add multiple audio tracks.
--image replacing audio track--
Special effects can be added to you video projects. This includes a border that sits around the entire video, a logo that will appear in one corner, so animations that can include some banners, and some custom borders/logos that can also be included.
--image effects window--
To select between a border, logo, etc, simply tap on the buttons at the top of the screen. Cycle through the various borders by swiping left/right.
Once you see the border/logo you want, press the tick. If you do not wish to select anything, press the exit button. To remove a previously selected border/logo, select the clear border/logo image.
For animations you can set the text value, and colours as desired by pressing the settings button within the animations window. Again, to remove any previously selected values just select the clear animation and press the tick button.
When adding subtitles you can:
Setting the font is simply a choice of selecting the required font style, colour and size.
- set the font style, colour and size
- add opening and closing titles
- set the actions and durations for opening and closing titles
--image font size--
When adding subtitles, opening titles will be included at the start of your video. Closing titles will be included at the end of your video. When adding opening and closing titles, if the duration of these overlap then a warning will be given.
Subtitles can have a title as well as a caption. For example, you could include a title/caption to show:
A. N. OTHER
The title will be displayed in a smaller font size than the caption. Title or Caption can be provided. Both values do no need to be provided. This allows for more flexibility when building your subtitles.
Defining subtitle actions allows you to customise how the subtitles will appear.
For each subtitle you can also define how long the fade in/out duration should be, and how long the subtitle should appear for once in position.
- fade in/out
- appear solid
- move up or down
- appear static at top/middle/bottom
Editing a Video
To edit a video, double-tap the required video from the timeline. This will present the video edit window.
--image edit video window--
Once the edit window is presented, you can select the starting and ending points of the clip as desired. The cut out sections will be greyed out within the timeline at the bottom to give you an indication of the starting and ending positions.
At the bottom of the video edit window is the volume setting. Adjust this to change the playback level for the video track.
Editing an Audio Clip
Similar to editing video clips, you can also edit the audio clips that you have added. Double tap the audio section within the video timeline and the audio edit window will be presented. This will display the section of the audio track currently being used.
--image audio edit--
Using the start and end markers, you can change the section of music as required. The option to playback the audio is also included in order to aid locating the correct starting and ending points.
At the bottom of the audio edit window is the volume setting. Adjust this to change the playback level for the audio track.