Use the Video module to turn your photo and video files into videos with music, transition effects, and text titles. This feature can also be used for editing existing videos. The video output is saved as an MP4 file. The images are stored in H.264 format, and the sound in AAC.
After launching Video, use the right panel to make any adjustments needed for your video project’s basic parameters: resolution, number of frames per second (FPS), and the video’s background. You can go back and change the video’s resolution and background during your work, but not its FPS. The video’s background is used whenever the ratio of sides for a picture does not match the ratio of sides for the video itself.
The main video interface is divided into three sections. The bottom area contains the Filmstrip, with thumbnails of pictures and videos, while the center area contains the video timeline, which contains the individual video and audio tracks. A video preview is shown above the timeline.
To add files to a video track, drag photo and video files up from the Filmstrip or use the Add Selected Files / Add All Files buttons. To select multiple files on the Filmstrip, hold down Ctrl while clicking them. To select a series of consecutive files, select the first file in the series, then hold down Shift while selecting the last one.
If you are pasting multiple files onto the timeline at once, a window with pasting options is displayed. Pictures can be pasted as separate items or as a timelapse. For timelapses, you can set the picture display length. For individual items, you can configure the duration, a transition effect, a pan&zoom effect, and intensity levels for these.
A separate audio track (or tracks) is used for adding sound to the video and can be added to the timeline. Audio files in the MP3, WAV, AAC, or FLAC formats can be added by dragging them from the filmstrip onto the timeline or via the button in the audio-track settings.
Video and Audio Editing
To change the length of an individual clip, select that clip and shift the boundary line at its beginning or end. You can also make edits using the buttons in the center panel. When you are making such an edit, it is applied to the currently selected clip, at the location of the “Playhead” (the movable indicator on the timeline).
Alternatively, you can use the right-click menu. Its items have the same effects as some of the buttons in the center panel. The selected action will be applied in the spot where you right-clicked.
Playhead – the name for the moving slider on the timeline that indicates the currently displayed position in the project. During video editing, it is the starting point for any edits you make using the buttons.
Set in point – Trims away the whole part to the left of the marked point
Separate – Splits the clip into two halves in the marked spot
Set out point – Trims away the whole part to the right of the marked point
Duplicate – The marked item will be copied to the same track and added in accord with the pasting method you have chosen.
Delete – If a specific video clip (or clips) is selected, it deletes only the selected clip(s). The trash icon in a video or audio track deletes the whole track.
Insertion options – the selected files from the Filmstrip are inserted in the given location in accord with the insertion method you have chosen.
- Insert – When inserting content into the middle of a video clip, this will split the clip into two parts and insert the whole new clip.
- Overwrite – When inserting content into the middle of a video clip, this will overwrite a corresponding amount of the clip.
- Replace – When inserting content into the middle of a clip, the entire rest of the clip will be replaced with the contents of the new files.
- Place on top – the selected files from the Filmstrip will be inserted into the given location within a new track.
- Place at end – inserts the given files from the Filmstrip at the end of the current track.
- Fit to fill – the entire original clip is erased and replaced with a new clip.
- If the new clip has a different length, the length is adapted to the original clip.
- Replace whole clip – the entire original clip is erased and replaced with the new clip.
- If the new clip has a different length, the new clip’s length will be respected.
Export frame – exports the current video frame as a file in the JPG format.
Compact header – adjusts the layout of the controls, moving some of them under for individual tracks.
Add video track – adds a new video track named Vx (with x being a number).
Add audio track – adds a new audio track named Ax (with x being a number).
Snap – The newly added picture snaps to the existing pictures.
Automatically move playhead on click – When this option is active, clicking a video/audio track in a project automatically shifts the Playhead to the given position.
Automatically select clip under playhead – When this feature is active, all the clips in the main video track, “V1”, will be selected. If the video track is empty, the clip in the track with the next higher number will be selected. If a clip in a higher layer is selected and highlighted, it will stay selected for the clip’s entire duration.
menu icon – opens more options. If Compact header is selected, some of the options move to this menu.
- Set Overwrite Mode as default – with this mode turned on, Overwrite Mode is active unless you turn it off, so newly inserted frames overwrite existing frames in a video track by default.
- Show playhead controllers – shifts the options for setting the starting/ending picture and splitting the video from the main panel into the Playhead indicator on the timeline.
- Show levels – displays the volume and image opacity within individual clips and enables adjusting them to different levels within a clip. You can set multiple nodes on these indicators and use them to adjust effect strength within a clip. To then remove one of these nodes, double-click it.
- Show filenames – Displays the names of the files used in video/audio tracks.
Lock track – Locks the video/audio track, making it uneditable. If the symbol is not visible, then it is located in the drop-down menu for the video track under the button.
Overwrite mode – When Overwrite Mode is turned on, every newly inserted frame overwrites the existing frame in the video track. When it is turned off, a newly inserted frame splits the existing frame into two parts, and the remaining clips in the video track are shifted by the length of the newly inserted clip.
– Shifting the slider changes the intensity with which the frame is displayed.
– Shifting the slider changes the volume of the audio track.
Show audio – Shows or hides the audio track in the video.
Shortcut keys for working with clips in the timeline:
Ctrl+A – selects all the clips in the project’s timeline.
Ctrl+dragging a clip – copies a picture to a selected place in the timeline.
Ctrl+Alt+dragging a clip – if a video clip is cropped, this shortcut repositions the clip and the contents of the crop based on which parts of the original clip the crop corresponds to.
Alt+dragging a clip – if a video clip is cropped, this shortcut retains the clip’s position but shifts the contents of the crop.
Dragging a clip+Alt – when dragging a clip, toggles between overwriting and not overwriting.
Ctrl+Shift+dragging a clip – copies the clip to the selected layer. It is copied to the same place in the timeline as it had in the original clip.
Shift+dragging a clip – deletes the gap after the originally dragged clip and shifts all the following clips to keep from creating a gap within the track.
Selecting clips’ borders+Shift – the clips are moved on the timeline to avoid changing their durations.
Several video editing tools are located in the right-hand toolbar.
All changes made to a project are saved automatically.
Green Export button – this button creates an MP4 video based on the project. After clicking this button, set the location for saving the file. In the next step, choose the settings for the resulting video. These affect its overall size and quality. After you configure these settings and click “EXPORT,” the video will begin to be generated. This export runs in the background. To check export progress, check the Notifications – under the bell icon.
– To easily add text to a video track using one of several available templates, click the T button on the side panel’s toolbar. Then select the template you want, and then drag it to a location of your choice on the timeline.
Add text item with metadata – if an image is selected on the timeline, the icon is displayed in the Clip properties. When this function is used, a text field is created over the image. This text field is a new image layer with an identical duration, and it takes information from the base photograph. Use variable text within the text field to make use of information contained in the picture’s metadata.
Text Field Editing Options
To start editing the text field’s settings, first select it on the timeline.
Clip length – text display length, in the format (h:m:s:FPS)
Frame margin – sets the margin around the text field’s edges.
Alignment in frame – defines the overall alignment of all text fields together. This function is dependent on text field width.
Video fading – use this to manually set the duration of the transition effect that makes the text gradually fade in/out at the start/end of the clip.
Animation – use the drop-down here to select the text’s animation type.
Text box – use this to add the text. Use the controls under the text box to control its settings, such as its font, size, color, line spacing, and indentation. You can also set how the text is aligned within its text field and adjust the field’s width (default value 100). The Text padding option sets the text’s indentation from the frame borders.
Metadata Source – the text field can be connected with a photo of your choice used in the project. You can do this at any time. To make this choice, use the eyedropper and select a photo, or choose from the drop-down menu.
Variable text inside the text field – when you are linking a text field to a photo, you can use variable text in the text box to display selected parts of the photo’s textual metadata. To see what variable-text items are available, click the triangle next to the text field.
To add transition effects between pictures, click Add Transition Effect (the icon in the right panel). Choose the effect you want from the menu, and drag it between two videos in a video track. Effects marked in green in a video track can be adjusted by clicking them and changing their settings in the right panel.
Use these controls to rotate a frame or a video in a video track by 180 degrees or to flip it horizontally or vertically.
Rotate by 180°
To rotate a video by 90°, use the right-click menu for its thumbnail in the Filmstrip, or use the Manager → Edit → Rotate Left/Right. These changes are only visible in ZPS X. The video’s rotation is reflected wherever it is shown in ZPS X.
However, if the video is placed onto the timeline of a project you are currently working with, the rotation is not reflected immediately. Jump out of the project back into the main Video menu, then back into the project in progress. The video’s rotation will then be presented correctly.
Frame/video Editing Options
You must select at least one clip/frame on the timeline before you can make edits. Multiple clips can be edited at once. The settings for video and pictures are different, and when video and pictures are both selected at once, only settings shared by both of them can be edited.
Icons and set whether the sides of the frame should be filled in with the background color (Fit Frame) or the picture should be stretched and cropped instead (Fill Frame).
Clip length – picture display length, in the format (h:m:s:FPS)
First frame / last frame – for video, you can manually set the precise starting and ending time for playback, in the format (h:m:s:FPS). The clip will be cropped on the timeline in accord with the settings you choose here.
Video fading / Audio fading – use these settings to manually set the duration of the transition effect that makes the image gradually fade in/out at the start/end of the clip. For audio, the volume will gradually increase/decrease.
Effects – for both video and pictures, you can set a pan&zoom effect and define the effect strength. To set effect strength, use the slider below the selected effect.
Clip Playback Speed – use this to change the clip’s playback speed. The video’s length will automatically be adjusted in the timeline.
You can make simple edits to both pictures and videos (e.g. white balance, exposure, and other settings). The changes you make are applied to the given picture and, for videos, to the entire clip. The changes you make to one picture/clip can be copied and used on another part of the project. The steps for making these adjustments are similar to those in the Develop module .