Controlling Transitions in the Post-Production Console

VodBurner has a powerful Post-Production Console where you can edit the Skype video conversations that you have recorded with VodBurner.

The Post-Production Console is comprised of three sections:

  1. Menu Control (indicated by the grey rectangle)
  2. Transition Control (indicated by the pink rectangle)
  3. Playback Control (indicated by the blue rectangle)
Post-Production Console - main areas of the console

Post-Production Console - main areas of the console

In this article, we are focusing on the Post-Production Console’s Transition Control (the above area in the pink rectangle).

The Post-Production Console’s Transition Control looks like the following (the area shown in full color is the Transition Control area):

Close up of the menu in the Post-Production Console - Transition

Close up of the menu in the Post-Production Console - Transition

Stylus

In the below close up of the Transition Control, note the Stylus (indicated in this screenshot by the orange arrow):

Post-Production Console - Transition - Playback Stylus

Post-Production Console - Transition - Stylus

The Stylus sits on the Playback Timeline (the Playback Timeline is the long white rectangular area with numbers inside it). The numbers on the Playback Timeline represent minutes in the recorded video (in this screenshot, you can see the numbers 1 and 2 which act as markers for the first minute and second minute points of recorded video). The Stylus is made up the following:

  • A triangular clickable head (you can click on the head of the stylus and move it along the Playback Timeline).
  • A red line (below the triangular clickable head) which is drawn through the Playback Timeline and the underlying Transitions Timeline (are with light green, dark green and orange boxes running along side by side).

The Stylus allows you to quickly move to any point in the video.

Playback Timeline

The Playback Timeline is the long white rectangular area that the Stylus sits on. Numbers are shown along the Playback Timeline to denote minute markers (points in time in the recorded Skype video conversation):

Post-Production Console - Transition - Playback Timeline

Post-Production Console - Playback Timeline

Transitions Timeline

As shown below:

Post-Production Console - Transitions Timeline

Post-Production Console - Transitions Timeline

The Transitions Timeline has a number of colored segments. Each segment is a portion of the video that you can control, for example by changing the camera, or setting a caption. The segment colors represent the following:

  • Light green color – this represents “Your Side” of the Skype video conversation (in a single Skype video conversation where you are the only party with video, or two-sided Skype video conversation). For the period of time that the light green segment is shown, your side of the Skype video conversation will be used (note: audio from both sides is used).
  • Orange color – this represents the “Other Side” of the Skype video conversation (in a single Skype video conversation where the party you are talking to is the only party with video, or two-sided Skype video conversation). For the period of time that the orange color segment is shown, the other side of the Skype video conversation will be used (note: audio from both sides is used).
  • Dark green color – this represents “Both Sides” of the Skype video conversation (in a situation where there are two parties on a video call). For the period of time that the dark green color segment is shown, both sides of the video call will be used in a side-by-side video mode. (note: audio from both sides is used).

Controlling which camera is used

A drop-down box is used to control the camera used for the segment (“Other Side”, “Your Side”, or “Both Sides”). In the below close up of the Transition Control, note the drop-down box at the right side of the Post-Production Console (indicated by the orange arrow):

Post-Production Console - Transitions Drop-Down Box

Post-Production Console - Transitions Drop-Down Box

To change the type of segment, do the following:

1. Click on the segment that you want to change
2. Select the desired setting in the drop-down box (as shown above). Select either “Your Side”, “Other Side”, or “Both Sides”

Deleting a segment

Segments can be skipped so they do not appear in the final video (note that the underlying video footage is still on your PC and you can opt for it to be not skipped in a future edit). In the drop-down box, there is a option called “Skip”. Select this option to have the desired segment skipped. The segment color will be set to red and the segment will be skipped when played back in the Post-Production Console, and in the finished video.

Continue on to the next article in this series: Using the Post-Production Console’s Playback Control.

Do you have any questions about the Post-Production Console? Contact us.

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