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FMV is a cut-based video editor and does not have a timeline. You apply effects, transitions and titles to each cut and not to the timeline as a whole. This often makes it easier to deal with complex cuts as each change to the video is dealt with separately in the interface and you do not need to deciper symbols on a timeline. To preview your source 'cut' just click it in the cut list. To preview your new video with transitions and effects, just click the 'Preview' button on the main screen. You can also scrub through the preview with the slider below.
Understanding 'cut's in FMV is the biggest difference between it and conventional timeline based editors. FMV is more closely related to storyboard type representations except that in FMV you don't just get a static image of the cut - you get the entire clip (within the mark-IN and mark-OUT points). For Example :-
If you have captured 3 DV video tapes of your holiday to disk, you will probably want to use several cuts from each video tape. Lets say we want 4 cuts from video tape 1 - The playlist would possibly look like this :-
This can be done in a number of ways in FMV. You could :-
• Add the same video clip to the sources 4 times (FMV actually only uses 1 copy - the rest is 'Virtual') and set the IN\OUT points by either dragging the IN\OUT markers or using the clip trimmer.
• Add the video clip once and the use the button and split the clip at any point. Splitting automatically adds the remaining part of the source clip to the bin. You would then trim this video clip as you did with the previous one until you are only left with the parts of the movie you want. The clip trimmer (Shown below) is usually the best way to do this and allows 'frame level' trimming.
To use the trimmer, Click 'Trim' on the transport panel or click the 'time\position' under the main positioning slider.
After this, just select the effects, transitions and titles you want to appear on each cut - Your choices are displayed in real-time and on the actual clip or clips if it is a transition. To fade the effects in and out, use keyframes.
When you change the order of the clips, all the cut points, effects, keyframes, titles and transitions are retained.
For more info on 'cuts', click here to view the help file
The mousewheel in FMV is used for Frame advance and rewind. You can also set the resolution \ ratio of wheel rotation to number of video frames advanced or rewound. Prefs - Mouse sensitivity. Remember to click the clip first to activate mousewheel scrolling.