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  1. Hi Gary,

    If you make a final MP4 then the file is not that big & it doesn't matter how many or how large the original video files are.
    I often find that I will need to use several short clips from one video file.
    I just put them into PTE & trim as needed for each one.
    This way you are only using a video file once rather than having many seperate clips.

    But it all depends on how you work.



  2. Hi Igor, thanks for the info.

    As you know we regularly share screen to show our AV's & they all work well.
    In any competition or event we can get a mixture of exe, MP4, MOV, WMV, M4V and sometimes AVI files

    These are all run from a PTE Menu .exe which of course can launch any file.
    We use VLC Player to run video files
    It is not practical to keep changing between 'optimise' & 'not optimised' to run exe or video.

    We find it best to always use 'Optimise' when showing an AV whatever file type.
    If you are sharing the screen to demonstrate something, such as PTE, then turn the 'optimise' off as any text will look blurred.

    We also find that 60p runs smoother than other fps rates.
    Slower transitions appear smoother than faster ones.

    The most important factor when showing any AV's over Zoom is your internet upload speed.


  3. you really need to know the resolution of the projector & make your images that size.
    Also try to make sure that the projector & computer resolution match

    You also need a computer with good graphics

    PTE does a great job of upsizing, but I find if it has to downsize large images they can look a bit oversharpened.

    We often project onto a very large 26 foot wide screen.
    I think the projector that is used is full HD 1920x1080
    But I have shown exe files made at 1024x768 and they still look great when filling the screen.

    Both exe & MP4 play equally well, but make sure that the program used to play MP4's is set up correctly to display them fullscreen without any of the interface showing.

    Depending on the operating system & any anti virus installed you may be better off with MP4.
    exe files can sometimes be rejected by antivirus.

    You really are better with your own laptop that you know will play your shows well if at all possible.
    Relying on unknown equipment can only cause problems.

    Also check the sound system to mkae sure your shows can be heard at their best as well as seen.
    If they only have the laptop speakers or tiny little speakers it is never going to sound like you intend.

    Ideally get there in plenty of time to test everything out before the audience start arriving.
    There is nothing worse than still trying to set up with the audience already waiting.





  4. Daryl, you don't need to loop a slide to make it stay on screen. That is what wait for key press does.

    The buttons on your slide can go to any other slide. You would then have a button on the other slides to come back to your main slide.

    These do not have to be visible. Use a frame on a portion of the screen, say bottom left that you know where it is and add the action on mouse click to it.

    If any of these other slides also need to stay on screen longer than their set time, then set these to wait for key press. 

    You can build quite complex menus in this way should you need to.

    The other easier option is to have each of your shows as separate exe or MP4 files and call them from a main menu exe.



  5. I too have created menus with links to other slides, but always use the wait for key press. 

    The only time I have used loop is when I have music attached to a slide and I don't know how long that slide will be needed on screen. It could be longer than the music. I have used this to be able to have something playing before the show starts and the audience is coming in.

    For all other times I just use wait for key press and it works fine.


    If you had a name of timeline, maybe PTE doesn't like that. I now can't remember what the name I had was that caused the problem, but it was something that PTE itself was using.


  6. I have tried this with your file & agree that when you click on the button it goes to the start of the show.
    I change the name of the slide from IMG_6319 to startshow & it works fine

    So the problem could be the underscore in the name.
    Make sure you change the Name in Slide Options

    I see you are using PTE V10.0 I am using 10.5  but that shouldn't make any difference

    Question? Why are you looping the slides?

    If you wish the slide to stay on screen until you are ready to move on, then set the slide options to wait for key press.

    The slide will stay on screen until you press the right arrow key then it will move to the next slide.
    No need for a button & Go To



  7. 4 hours ago, jt49 said:

    To me, this sounds a bit derogative

    Sorry JT it was not meant to be.

    From your explanation above I can now see what you are trying to do.
    Normally I wouldn't run background music when talking.
    I would set up my project to have manual contol - wait for key press - with no music,
    then maybe have a section with synced sound running automatically, then go back to manual control with no music.

    At present I can't see a way of acheiving what you want to do in PTE.

    But I can see some problems with what you are asking for.
    What happens if your talk lasts a long time, maybe due to questions from the audience.
    Your first piece of music could run out, unless it is much longer than you would normally need, or do you loop it?.

    At the point you arrive at your change over, the first piece may not blend harmoniously with the second.
    I know PTE is very good at doing a crossfade, but if the 2 pieces are very different it can still sound bad.

    I am sure you chose your music with care, but it could still cause problems.

    The only way I can see at the moment is to use a separate physical volume control and to manually fade one down & the next up.
    I am not familiar with foobar so maybe this is what you are doing.




  8. each show should be standalone.
    if the sound runs through from one to another it could be difficult for the audience to know which sound belongs to which.

    It also would not give them time to appreciate what they have just watched before moving onto the next.
    Also for competitions, we would never want the sound to continue across shows - each show is judged separately.

    Maybe for a manual performance that is just entertainment, you may want it, but could this not be controlled using the volume on your output?

    Fade one down then the next up.


  9. What would be more useful would be VU meters so we can 'see' the volume of each track & the overall volume.
    Increasing volume abovve 100% can often lead to 'clipping' and distortion so is not advised.

    Also it would be very useful to quickly 'Mute' or 'Solo' each track to check the volume.

    I will often open another audio editor to be able to see the VU meters whilst playing the sound in PTE, just so I can check the levels.

    For digital sound you need it to be around -3db to avoid distortion and clipping.
    Peaks can go up to -1db but should never reach zero.



  10. Tom, I agree that being able to change video speed via keyframes would be very useful.

    But for other Speed Modifiers the way we could adjust them in V8 & earlier was so much easier.
    We could also create our own user Speed Template.


    I just find the graph so much easier to visualise the effect than the current way of having to type in numbers

    Being able to group or split the speed over the keyframes was also much easier.

    Hopefully Igor can bring this back in V11  :)



  11. 52 minutes ago, Jean-Cyprien said:

    Tutorial very quickly executed.

    Thanks Jean-Cyprien

    I knew I could copy & Paste the whole PTE file and amend in excel, but never realised I could do it for 1 Object and copy & paste directly from O&A.

    This could be very useful

    Even after using PTE for many years you learn something new all the time  :)


  12. 5 hours ago, Igor said:

    Probably nested (common) color filters also could be useful?

    Yes & maybe Blur.

    Also it would be great if we could move a group of Objects all at the same time.
    I often find, especially when making Menus that I want to shift a group of Text Items to make spce for another.
    To be able to shift them by selecting & changing the Pan values with the mouse would be really useful.


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