Chapter 2. OpenVIP Editor

An overview of the editor

OpenVIP Editor provides a user-friendly interface built on top of the OpenVIP core. It is based on a timeline concept familiar from other video-processing tools, as opposed to the network concept used by OpenVIP core.

The editor has three major components: The main timeline window, the object panel, and the preview window. Let's have a brief look at their functions.

The timeline window

The main application window is the timeline window. The timeline is a repository used to store data that will be processed. It is divided into a video part and an audio part; each of these parts consists of several horizontal tracks.

The video tracks are denominated VA, VFx, VB, V0, V1, V2, V3, and V4. The main tracks VA and VB store objects corresponding to your video files. The VFx track is reserved for the so-called video transitions, which are a special kind of plugins used for blending the data from the VA and VB tracks. Finally, the tracks V0 to V4 are called the overlay tracks. Their content is pasted over the contents of the previously mentioned tracks (which can be used e.g. to paste a logo over the main clip).

The audio tracks have a similar role as the corresponding video track: AA and AB are the main audio tracks, AFx is used for audio transitions, and A0 to A4 are again the overlay tracks.

The contents of the objects placed on timeline can be indicated by thumbnails. Video thumbnails display individual frames of the corresponding video file, while audio thumbnails show the intensity of the audio. Creating thumbnails can be disabled or enabled using the View menu; video thumbnails are defaultly turned on, audio thumbnails are turned off (because creating audio thumbnails is a rather slow operation).

The toolbar contains four zoom buttons for adjusting the timeline scale (the same effects can be also achieved using the View menu commands). Minimal zoom corresponds to a scale which allows you to see the whole timeline without scrolling, whereas Maximal zoom scales the timeline so that you see thumbnails corresponding to all individual video frames.

The object panel

The object panel displays information related to the timeline object or transition which is currently selected (a selection is made by clicking the left mouse button on the object or transition). The panel is used for adding filters to objects and for configuring transitions; these procedures will be described in a later chapter.

You may hide the object panel using the closing button; use the View menu to show it again.

The preview window

This window displays a single frame of the final result (with all filters and transitions applied); the frame corresponds to the current position indicator in the timeline window. The current position can be changed by left-clicking somewhere in the timeline window, or using the buttons in the preview window.

In case you don't need the preview, you may hide it (using the closing button) to increase speed of the editor; use the View menu to show it again.