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Tejano Bob

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  1. This post isn't about "Vibration," but it is about modifiers, animation and motion. No particular problem, but a couple of questions, and perhaps a suggestion. My first question is about a motion problem I posted about previously. It had to do with the simple flight path of a swooping eagle. (See attached picture). I finally solved my problem, with some help from the forum, with four keyframes and the animation settings arranged in a shallow parabola. Only after reading about modifiers in the online user guide and watching Barry Beckham's tutorial did I begin remembering ProShow modifiers. It had a function, under modifiers, that permitted setting the path of an object according to a triangular wave, a square wave, a parabola, etc. I guess my question is, is there any way to do this in Studio 10. My second comment is not really a question, just a ProShow experience with a problem with animation. ProShow couldn't resolve it. I'm not sure Studio 10 could. It was asking a lot. The video is a very simple one but doesn't zip well. The course picture was the front view of an automobile sitting on a highway running north and south with the automobile sitting near the bottom of the screen (South end). The highway in the distance ran east and west, then curving into the north-south highway. I was lucky in finding a picture that was the side view of a identical automobile. I animated it to travel from east to west along the top of the frame, travel around the curve, travel south and disappear off the bottom of the screen. The trick was to change the side view of the automobile to the front view. At the curve, the auto was still small, and I solved the problem by having the auto travel around the curve fast. I used to use a "morph" program that could slowly change one object into another. Example: I used it to change a picture of my daughter and her husband kissing into a picture of two wolves with their noses together. It occurred to me that such a function would be very useful in my automobile video. In Studio 10 I was faced with a similar motion problem. My video was of an airplane flying along a winding river. I had a picture of an airplane with one side showing. Attached are three picture from my video showing how I handled the problem.
  2. That's a LOT of reading. Understand that I'm a new Studio 10 user, and used to thumbing through the pages of a printed User Guide. An online User Guide is quite different. The Search function can be very helpful if you know what you're searching for. Call it by the wrong name and what you find may not be very helpful. In this case, I was lucky, and my search for "Modifiers" yielded some very helpful information . . . and Barry Beckham's tutorial was excellent. In comparison with ProShow modifiers, I think Studio 10 modifiers, once you understand what you're looking at, are easier to follow. I used the ProShow modifiers briefly. In their User Guide at the section on "Modifiers," they made the comment that the section was "Not for the faint of heart," and they weren't. Thanks for your help, Wideangle.
  3. I also have a modifier question, but I think the answer to Harbrinar's question may be they Key. I just don't know how to do what was suggested. I'm trying to animate a waterfall. That also is a vibration. ProShow had a Modifier option also, but I think it worked different from the Studio 10 Modifiers. They had an example of a dog shaking off water. IMO a water fall would work similarly, just at a slower frequency. My question is, how do I get to the place where I can set the amplitude and repeats of the modifier?
  4. Thanks to the help and a couple of critical comments from forum members, this is no longer a problem for me. As happened so often in my career (when I was working. I'm now retired), I felt like I was being dragged, kicking and screaming, in directions I didn't want to go. That may seem overly dramatic, but nevertheless true. Rather than use text pages, I now make voice recordings to support my graphics. I didn't think my hoarse voice would allow me to use voice recordings, but it did, and my slide show is now a documentary with me narrating. One of the problems I encountered was in using the Windows 10 built-in recorder, which produces an mp4 file. Something I realized a long time ago is that mp4 is a compressed file, and tends to change words in a song. In attempting to use the recordings in my documentary, I found the problem more severe. I ended up using a more sophisticated recorder, and recording my voice as wav files. I was surprised to find that, while saving my finished documentary as an mp4 video, I did not witness the aforementioned distortion. It makes me wonder if Studio 10 uses a higher quality mp4, or a different compression ratio, in its videos. At any rate, that's where I am now, and I thank the forum members who helped me get here. But, when all is said and done, I still wish Studio 10 had the option of setting font size in the same place that font style is selected.
  5. Yes, I must have clicked accidentally clicked on the little squiggly orange icon. I didn't even see it. I HAD seen the "Clear Audio Keypoints" in Preferences. Thanks Goddi.
  6. My audio keypointsin Timeline suddenly disappeared . . . well almost suddenly. I have been making recordings from a recorder in which the microphones were too sensitive. I have been adjusting the resulting audio levels down using keypoints. I finally found a way to record at a lower level. I put the recorded audio on my Timeline. Now I don't have any audio keypoints. I've checked Preferences. Now that I'm recording at an appropriate level, I don't need the audio keypoints, but I should have them in case I do. Did I somehow get something set wrong?
  7. No, I didn't know about the relationship between Zoom and the number of lines of text. I'll have to go back and study it using this information. Update 4-24-2020: I have used the online User’s Guide. Frankly, I find it hard to use. It’s not the same as a printed user’s guide. It’s true that it’s easier to update and keep current. It has a lot of topics, some of which are for previous versions of Studio. That would be less of a problem if I knew what it was I wanted to do. I don’t even know what all Studio 10 is capable of. From my perspective, the problem is that it’s a User’s Guide; it’s not a “learner’s guide.” A printed User's Guide would also be a "learner's guide. I could read through it page by page. Anything that caught my interest I could try it in a project to see if it worked. I could carry it with me to the doctor's office and study it while I waited. The problem is compounded when I consult the online user’s guide, “Entering Text” for example, and a form is shown for inserting a template with more options than I will probably ever use, and, when I click on Insert Template, instead getting this form of options, I get I get a simple list of options. If I click on “Name” I get the existing text followed by “<%Mainlmg.File Name%>. As for my question about sizing text, I thought I understood the responses. If one line = 15% , then it would make sense that 4 lines would equal 60%. But when I tried to apply that to my project, it didn't seen to work. One of my slides had 12 lines of text. what should the Zoom be set for? If I set one line to 20, what would the size of 6 lines. I finally realized that I was in a different dimension. I was thinking picas while the responders were talking screen size, and the relationships hold true. If one line is set for a Zoom of 10, then 10 lines of text is going to fill the screen, and 11 lines would not FIT on the screen. For a writer, it would make more sense to set the text size in picas in the same place that the text name is chosen. Whatever difficulties I run into aside, Studio 10 is still a great AV program. Thanks for your responses.
  8. I am working on a project that has a lot of text pages interspersed with image pages. For the most part the text properties are easy to use and intuitive. But I find it odd that there seems to be no easy way to set the font size and keep it constant between slides. The font size can be controlled either manually in the display or with the Zoom control, but while the Zoom is more precise, it often has to be set to different values to keep the font size constant between slides. In Slide 2, the font size is set to 58. In slide 7, the font size of the header is larger than the text. Yet the Zoom value of the text is much larger than the header.
  9. Paul: I had originally grabbed the end and dragged it to the left to limit the sound bite to the desired area of the slide (the wagon traveling down the stone steps). The problem I experienced was that when the wagon reached the level ground, there seemed to be an echo of the sound bite at a lower volume. One of the things I tried was to grab the end of the sound bite and drag it to the right (exposing more of the source sound) and using the audio key points to abruptly lower the volume of the sound bite to 0 precisely when the wagon reached level ground. I thought this had fixed my problem, and I reported that it had in the Forum. But then I found out that it had not removed the "echo." It had simply moved it from Slide 6 to Slide 10. As I explained in my last post, I discovered that the music had somehow been corrupted by the sound bite. Removing the sound bite, while leaving the music, did not get rid of the "echo." the problem had to be in the music. I removed the music from its track and reinserted it from the file list. The "echo" returned, so even the music in the file list had to be corrupted. I deleted it and moved the original recording to the file list, then moved THAT file to the audio track. The "echo" did not reappear. This time I watched the project file all the way to the end. No echo. Thank you for your response, and for giving me an opportunity to summarize these steps. I was thinking of doing that anyway, but I had already posted so many times about this problem that I was hesitant.
  10. Update 4/22/2020: Problem fixed. I'm attaching a new screen print of my timeline. If there is an "echo," it's so low I can't hear it. My thanks to those in the Forum who worked with me on this. One note for others who may experience this problem.: I had just finished another project that had two helicopter scenes and two airplane scenes with sound effects. They did not have this problem. The difference was that those sounds tapered off as the aircraft passed. This sound bite required an abrupt end. . . . Uh oh! I spoke too soon. The echo is still there, but it's now occurring later. Previously, it occurred immediately after the desired sound bite ended. Now it's occurring during Slide 10. It's less troublesome there, but it's still happening. Whatever is causing it seems to be hidden. I'm going to continue trying a few things. I love mysteries, especially when they can be solved. THE SAGA CONTINUES . . . only this time I'm happy to report that the problem and the mystery is solved. One thing I learned years ago is that when you're all out of logical troubleshooting steps, you have to try SOMETHING, so try something that doesn't make any sense. What I tried was just removing the sound bite. That part made sense. Then I played the project again. The "echo" was still right there in Slide 6. I removed the music. no echo. I tried different music. no echo. I reloaded the original music. The echo was back. I removed the music and deleted the music from my source folder. I went back to the original recording and copied it to my source folder, then loaded the new music file into the soundtrack and replayed the project, all the way. No echo. The original music somehow got corrupted by the sound bite, probably by something I did. But how did the corrupted music get into my source file? I'm not even going to TRY to explain THAT one.
  11. I looked in project options, and I found nothing suspicious. The music start time is 0:00:000. the duration is 2:27:905. No fade in or fade out. The sound bite offset is 0:58:850. The start time is 0:00:000 and the duration is 0:02:050. No fade in or fade out.
  12. Jill: I've done all of that except the screen grab of the Timeline, but it's showing the music track at the same level as before the sound bite. Adjustment of the sound bit in time and level . . . couldn't be easier or more precise. It's just that the music is causing the sound bite to have an "echo."
  13. Update: Wondering if the sound bite had crosstalked into the music track, I adjusted the music volume to 0. No "echo." Corrupt music file? I replaced the music file on the music track with a different file. Same problem as with the previous music file. The music plays up to and including the sound bite. At the end of the sound bite, no sound, even thought the music track is shown on the Timeline.
  14. There is a good reason why I was not hearing the "echo" as I added frames back to my project. After the sound bit plays I don't have ANY sounds, even though my music track is visible on the Timeline. My music track plays, the sound bit plays along with the music track. At the end of the sound bite, NOTHING on the audio Tracks plays. It's as if I suddenly clicked the MUTE button.
  15. Well, I only had three audio points, two to set the overall amplitude, and a third to drop the level to 0 at the end of the desired sound. After reading your reply, I stretched the sound to the end of the project and removed all audio points. Then I adjusted the range of the desired sound. The sound was now louder and it still had the "echo", so I put my three audio points back in. This explanation probably won't help, but the sound is of a Radio Flyer wagon traveling down stone steps, then rolling forward a short distance forward on level ground. The "echo" is heard when the wagon reaches level ground, and no sound should be heard. My sound source file is longer than what I need. I don't know of a way to shorten it, so I may just have to rerecord the sound. Thanks for your response. UPDATE: As stated in a prior post, I deleted all of the slides in my project except the one using the sound bite, and the one before and the one after, the problem would not appear. If I added a blank slide at the beginning, the problem WOULD be heard. By starting at the problem slide and adding project slides and working toward the beginning, I now have progressed to the point that I have all of the project slides back in from the beginning to and including the problem slide and the one following, The problem "echo" is not heard. I am working between two project files and alternating between the two. I noticed that with the problem project file playing, the sound has quite a bit more volume than the good file. I compared the level setting between the two project files. They are identical. But I noticed something that might be significant. The area surrounding the sound bite on the timeline of the good project file is pink. On the problem file, it is grey.
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