Video

Use the Video feature 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 section contains the Filmstrip: thumbnails for the pictures and videos in the folder currently selected in the Navigator on the left. The middle section contains the video’s timeline, split up into a video track and a soundtrack. And above the timeline is a video preview.

To add photos and videos, either drag them from the Filmstrip into the video track, or click Add Selected Pictures or Add All Pictures. To select multiple photos, hold down Ctrl while selecting them. To quickly select a series of consecutive pictures, select the picture at one end of the sequence, and the select the picture at the other end while holding down the Shift key.

The pictures can be added as separate items or as a time-lapse. The time-lapse option is available in the Adding Multiple Pictures window that appears when you are adding multiple pictures at once. For a time lapse, pictures’ display length can be set. For separate pictures, their display length, transition effect, and Pan and Zoom settings can immediately be set.

Sound is added to videos using a separate sound track. Music files in MP3, WAV, AAC, or FLAC format can be added from the menu in the left part of the window under the Ikona. icon. There are also controls here for turning off all music or deleting the whole soundtrack.

Ikona. adding an audio or video track.
Ikona. the newly added picture is placed in front of the existing picture in the video track instead of overwriting it.
Ikona. the newly added picture overwrites any existing picture in the video track.
Ikona. the newly added picture snaps to the existing pictures.

Video trimming – to trim a video, click a clip within the video track and move its start or end. When you click the timeline, the program marks the specific spot that you clicked within the clip and shows icons:

Ikona. trims away the whole part to the left of the marked point
Ikona. splits the clip into two halves in the marked spot
Ikona. trims away the whole part to the right of the marked point

Video track – click the Ikona. icon in the video track to reach options for turning off the sound, erasing the track, and showing or hiding the track. To adjust the intensity with which pictures in a track are displayed, use slider next to the Ikona. icon. The slider for setting the video’s sound volume works in the same way.

The Toolbar

To adjust a picture’s settings, first select the picture, and then use the controls in the right panel under Clip Properties—Image. Ikony Ikona. and Ikona. 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). Click Ikona. to delete the current picture or pictures.

Clip length – use the Duration setting to set for how long the picture is displayed (in h:m:s:FPS). The first part of this setting defines the number of hours, minutes, and second (h:m:s), while the value at the far right sets the number of video frames for which the photo is displayed.

To fade the video in at the start or fade it out at the end, use the Fade video in and Fade video out options. To set up a simple Pan&Zoom effect (Zoom in, Zoom out, Pan from left, Pan from right) for selected pictures, use the Effects group.

When multiple pictures are selected, a Create Time-lapse button is visible in the right panel.

If you have selected a video instead of a picture, the right panel shows both the options above and options for setting that video’s length – First frame and Last frame – as well as options for fading that video in or out at its start or end: Fade video in and Fade video out. Similar options are also available for its sound.

Transition Effects

To add transition effects between pictures, click Add Transition Effect (the Ikona. 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.

Adding Text to a Video

You can also add text to the video based using a predefined template. That makes it easy to create closing titles for a video, or captions for pictures. Click the Ikona. icon to choose the template you want, then drag it onto the video track. Select any text field within a video track to display the Clip Properties—Text settings. The “clip length” and a fade-in and fade-out for this “text video” can be set just like for video clips. Use the text box here to add the text. Use the settings here to set its font, size, color, line spacing, and indentation. Use the Frame Margins settings to configure empty space around the frame, use Width in the bottom settings to reduce the width of the text box (the default is 100) and use Text Padding to create space between the text and the edges of the frame.

The button for adding text is on a toolbar towards the top of the right panel, and the left part of this toolbar contains buttons for work with files. Click Ikona. to delete all settings and items from the video and audio tracks, click Ikona. to add all the pictures in the active folder, and click Ikona. to add the currently selected pictures only.

To save the project for later use, click the icon at the top of the right panel: Ikona.. Your saved projects are shown on the main page of the Create module. To save the video, click the green Export button. Videos are saved in the background while you work. To check the status of a long-running video-saving process, visit the Notifications – see the bell icon.

More Information

Creating Videos in ZPS X: Part 1

How to Create Videos in ZPS X – Part 2

The Improved Video Editor in ZPS X: Compose Like a Pro, Easy and Fast