Velocity Edit Software v8 - released June 2002
Here's some of what's new in Velocity 8
Velocity version 8.0 gives you many new features. The Timeline and Gallery are now Bins that can contain many tabbed versions. As well as being a convenient way to organize complex projects it allows you to have more than one Timeline open at the same time. If you are working with many Timelines you may also have more than one Timeline Bin open at the same time, allowing you to compare 2 Timelines or to copy and paste between 2 Timelines.
You will notice many more status indicators at the bottom of the Timeline, as well as buttons to allow you to control many Timeline functions. There are more Timeline display options, such as a single line A/B transition display (instead of the checkerboard transition mode). You can now mute or solo individual audio and video tracks. You will now see 8 real time mono audio tracks displayed (instead of 4 stereo pairs).
The Gallery has many more indicators and sort modes. You will notice that the views that include Detail Text now provide more information in columns that can be re-ordered.
The Trimmer now displays your audio, and supports J and L cuts (where the audio and video are trimmed by different amounts). When you are trimming and audio clip the actual waveform is shown in the trimmer.
There have been enhancements to the effects. Real Time Mattes can now be applied to clips. Keyframe percentage resolution has been enhanced to allow adjustments on a frame by frame basis. The RT Proc Amps effect now includes an RGB color corrector. Digital Fusion DFX+ integration has advanced greatly.
Additional features include a multicamera edit mode (supporting 2 cameras with the Reality hardware), User Definable Hotkeys, a re-designed capture window, and many other workflow improvements.
Recently Used Projects: If you have selected the option to "Prompt at Startup: new project, or load existing project", there is now a new option to choose from (and load) recently used projects.
File > Consolidate Project, Consolidated Copy and Localize Media have an option to use "Compact Mode". This mode only copies the used portion of each trimmed clip. (It looks at the Timeline and the Gallery though, so if its untrimmed in the Gallery it will still copy the entire clip.) When you select this mode you now have the option to add handles.
Handling old Timelines and Galleries: You can load old Timelines into 8.0. However, 8.0 Timelines WILL NOT be able to be loaded into earlier versions of Velocity.
To open a 7.6/7.5 Timeline or Gallery that was part of a Project, use the File > Open Project Timeline or Open Project Gallery Timeline. When you Save the Timeline it will be saved using the new 8.0 format, so be sure to make a copy of your 7.6/7.5 project if you want to archive an existing Timeline in the older file format.
To open a Timeline file that was created using an older version of Velocity, or to open a *.tml file file that is not part of a 7.6/7.5 Project, you will first need to create a new project in 8.0, for example, OlderVer. Then you will need to copy the *.tml file to the correct location in this new projects folder, for example, OlderVer\Database\Version\Version 1\Timeline. You will then be able to use the File > Open Project Timeline function to open the timeline.
If you used the Backup/Restore function in 7.1 to archive your project you will have to add the .tle file extension to your Timeline file when you copy it from the version 7.1 tle folder to the appropriate version 8.0 folder. The option to "Open 7.0/7.1 Timeline" has been removed from the File > Timeline menu. The option to "Open 7.0/7.1 Gallery" has been removed from the File > Gallery menu.
The following Project options are available from the File menu: Copy Project, Rename Project, Consolidate Project, Consolidated Copy, Delete Project. Projects Default I/O Folders: When you change a target directory in the Projects Default I/O Folders (found by clicking the "i" button in the toolbar), then click OK, a window asks, "You have changed one or more of the default target directories. Do you want to update the target directories in all dialog boxes, including those that may have been overridden by browsing?" Clicking YES will be the equivalent of Clicking the old "Reset All Folders" button. Clicking NO leaves all the individual directories in all dialog boxes pointing where they were previously. Because of this change the "Reset All Folders" button has been removed.
Multiple Timelines: Projects can now have Multiple Timelines that are open at a time. Multiple Timelines that are open simultaneously appear in a tabbed Timeline Bin window. New Bins can be created by selecting File >Timeline > New Bin. New Timeline tabs can be created in a Timeline Bin by selecting File > Timeline > Add New.
You can have a maximum of 20 Timeline tabs open at a time. These Timeline tabs are all located in Timeline Bins (as few as 1 Bin with 20 tabs, up to a maximum of 20 Bins with one tab each). You can also use the Version feature to save additional Timelines in a project, but only one Version can be open at a time.
You can use the Cut/Copy/Paste functions to move clips between Timelines that are open at the same time.
32-bit DPS File support: You can now use 32-bit DPS/DVA files on the Timeline. You can create a 32-bit video file by using the new File > Import > Image Sequence function. You can also create a "New DPS Media File" from the desktop and then render the 32-bit image sequence directly from your animation program to that file on the P drive (allowing you to skip the step where you render your animation to a system drive).
Limitations: The alpha channel in a 32-bit video file uses one of the 2 video channels available on your Reality hardware. A 32-bit video file may be played in real time over a graphics file. However, transitions and effects between a 32-bit video file and another 24 or 32-bit video file must be hardware rendered.
Individually Variable Track Heights: You can now drag the line between track header markers up and down with the mouse. Change all Tracks at once by initiating the drag and then holding V while dragging for Video, C while dragging for Audio and, B while dragging for all track heights. Contract all audio tracks by hitting Shift 1, all Video tracks by hitting Shift 2, reset tracks to their previous heights by hitting Shift 3, or set all tracks to equal height by pressing Shift 4.
Once track heights are shortened past the point where one line of text can be properly drawn on the clips on the track, the text will simply disappear.
Show/Hide Audio and Video Tracks: Right click on any track label and select "Hide Track" to hide that track.
Settings that had been applied to a hidden track -- solo or mute, or in the case of an audio track, that it appears on the VU Meter, are unaffected. To Show the track again right click on any track label and choose View Track
Status. A window opens listing all the tracks on the Timeline. Remove the check mark next to the Hidden tracks and when you click OK the track will be shown again.
Collapse the V1, X, V2 tracks into a single line A/X/B track: Toggle this option on or off by going to the main menu and selecting File > Preferences > General. Check or uncheck "Single Track A/B Roll Transition Mode" (or use the default hotkey, F2). You can still edit the clips and transitions when using the single line A/ B mode both on the Timeline or in the Trim Window.
Swap V1 and V2: If you have a string of V1, X, V2 transitions, and delete a transition, you can drop the playhead in the gap, right click and select "Swap V1 V2". It moves all the following clips on V1 to V2 and all the clips on V2 to V1, maintaining the transitions between them.
Scrub: You can now left click and hold your mouse and begin scrubbing immediately, without "grabbing" the playhead. A single mouse click will still "drop" the playhead. You now Highlight a range with a RIGHT mouse down and drag.
Looping Playback: Velocity now loop plays seamlessly on the Timeline (spacebar play, highlighted range play, play in-out, play movie range) and in the Gallery.
Timeline Clip Info: You can customize the information that appears on Timeline clips. Timeline clips can now display the File name OR the Title (View > Clip with File Name or Clip with Title). If a clip has no title, it will show the file name without the .dps extension. You can also choose which text will appear on the clips by selecting File> Preferences > General, then clicking the Clip Display button, and turning on/off Name/Title, File Extensions, FX, and Speed Change info.
Mute/Solo Audio and Video Tracks: Clips can now be muted or soloed on a track-by-track basis. Normally all Timeline tracks play back, and all clips are blue. Clips that will NOT play back because their track has been muted or another track has been soloed turn gray.
Mute: Clips on tracks that are muted dont play during normal Timeline playback. Mute a track by right clicking on its track marker and selecting Mute Track, or by clicking on the rectangle at the left edge of the Track label. The rectangle turns pale blue when Mute is activated. Deactivate Mute by clicking there again.
Solo: Clips on tracks that are soloed are the only clips that are displayed during playback. Solo a track by clicking on the text on the Track label (e.g., V1). The labels letter and number turns red. Un-solo a track by clicking on its text label again. If multiple tracks are chosen for Soloing, they will play with their effects, etc.
If you turn on both Mute and Solo, Solo dominates and the track plays back by itself. You cannot solo or mute the transition track. You cannot access Effects on a muted clip (effects, speed change, reverse).
Slip Edit: You can now slip a clip on the Timeline without loading it into the trim window. Click the slip button (default hotkey Y) found in the main toolbar and then move the cursor over a clip on the Timeline. When the hand cursor is over the clip you want to slip hold down the mouse button and drag the hand right and left to slip the clip.
Clip Indexes: Index markers on a clip will now be copied and pasted along with the clip.
Show Waveform: Waveform drawing has been improved, and can now be turned on and off on a per clip basis or an entire track basis.
Select All: Select all clips on the Timeline using Edit > Select All or default hotkey CTRL A.
Set Timeline Start Time: Right click on Timeline and select "Timeline Description".
In the Timeline Description window, if the original start time was 00:00:00:00, and you enter -30:00, the Timeline will start at 23:59:30:00.
Set Timeline duration by clicking on the Timeline Duration button, found at the bottom of the track labels on the Timeline, or by selecting Edit > Timeline Duration from the main menu. The default Timeline Duration is now 10 minutes, instead of 60.
The Timeline has a new navigation bar that shows a miniature representation of your timeline as a scroll bar. You may drag the edges of the navigation bar to zoom in/out. The zoom level will be updated as it reaches each zoom increment. (If you want to display the traditional scroll bar instead of the navigation bar, you may click on the Timeline Duration button to switch modes.)
Slice: If the playhead is active (red and white marquee) then all of the clips under the playhead will be sliced. If individual clips or multi-selected clips are active then only the active clips will be sliced. You can slice a clip using Edit > Slice or by using the default hotkey, X. (The default hotkey for Razor is now Shift X).
When using the Drag/Drop/Replace function you now have the option to retain attributes of the target clip, or source clip, or to not retain any attributes.
Clearing a Paste: After copying a clip and then selecting "Paste", if you can now press ESC to abort the paste.
Lift/Extract: Lifted and Extracted Timeline segments are now copied to the Clipboard, so they can be pasted elsewhere on the Timeline if desired.
Timeline status bar: A lot of the information and buttons that used to be in the Trim Window have been moved to a status bar at the bottom of the Timeline, including in/out point edit boxes, play and scrub buttons, lift, extract, and print to tape. You will also see context sensitive status info (gap length/movie length, etc.) on this status bar.
You may view the Timeline in frames rather than timecode by right clicking on the Timeline and selecting "View in Frames" (default hotkey D).
Increased Zoom levels: Click the zoom in/out buttons in the top left corner of the Timeline (in the scale" area) and be happy at last. You may also use the + and - keys on the number pad to zoom in and out on the Timeline.
Zoom to highlighted region: Hold CTRL while right clicking and dragging the highlighted range. This is in addition to selecting a highlighted range first and then pressing the hotkey (default hotkey A).
Sync Clips: When you have a clip that was captured with both audio and video (a DVA and associated DPS file), it will be automatically represented as a Sync clip set on the timeline (the clip will show an incremented s1" type text indication on the DPS and DVA clips in the sync group).
You may multi-select a video clip without audio (a DPS file) along with one or more unassociated audio clips (WAV or DVA files that have been split from their video) and use the "Add Sync" function to lock them together as if they were an associated DVA/DPS file.
You can un-sync clips. This is similar to the Split A/V function, and uses the same button in the main toolbar. If you unsync a clip with video and stereo audio, the audio portion will remain synced.
Toggle Sync (default hotkey "W"): When you hold down the hotkey, you will be able to temporarily un-sync clips, allowing you to trim the Video only, or the Audio only parts of the clip, to create L/J shaped edits.
Match Frame Function: Move the playhead so that the desired frame is under the playhead, select the clip under the playhead, and click the "Match Frame" Button. The clip will be loaded into the Trimmer with the Trimmer playhead at the same frame.
If your Timeline becomes corrupt it can usually be repaired by locating the timing error that is causing the problem and then deleting or replacing the bad clip or transition. If a Timeline timing error occurs you will now see a warning window that will give the timecode location of the offending clip.
Default Transition: You can now select any transition as the default transition by selecting select as Default" in the RT Transition window.
Transition Attributes: You can now copy and paste attributes from one transition to another. Right click on the transition you wish to copy from and choose "Copy Video Effect Attributes." Right click on the transition you wish to paste to and choose "Paste Video Effect Attributes".
New for Velocity 8.0, all audio appears on the Audio tracks. When a DVA/DPS clip (a clip that was captured with both video and audio) is added to the Timeline, the audio now appears on the lowest-numbered available audio tracks (rather than "hidden" directly below the video portion of the clip). Video and audio still maintain sync.
Mono Audio Tracks: Audio tracks are no longer arranged as stereo pairs". All audio tracks are treated the same.
Mono audio clips take up one track. Stereo audio clips take up two adjacent tracks.
Audio Panning: Audio can now be panned on a track basis, overwriting an individual clips panning setting. Left click in the area to the right of the Audio track labels lock to toggle through the options of "Left", "Right", "Center", "User Defined", or None (Clip Based Panning, which is the default), or right click on the Audio Track label and select Panning to see the 5 panning options.
Revised VU Meter Interface: Click the VU Meter settings button (the triangle at the bottom of the window) or choose File > Preferences > General and select the "VU/EQ Meter Options" tab.
On the right side of the VU Meter Settings window, all audio tracks in the project are listed. The first checkmark column, labeled Real-Time, determines whether a clip will playback in real time. A maximum of eight tracks can be checked here. You will be able to use the mix-down feature if six or less are checked. The second column, labeled Display, determines whether the track will have a slider displayed on the VU Meter. Only real-time tracks can be displayed.
The VU meters now have separate tab for Record settings in the File > Preferences > General window.
On the Fly Audio Node creation: A button on the VU meters allows you to toggle between +/- mode and /\/ mode
The +/- mode adjusts the overall track volume. The /\/ mode adds nodes to the individual clip under the playhead as you adjust the sliders.
When the VUs are in overall track volume mode (+/-), and the playhead is positioned over a clip, you can raise the clips volume just as you could in 7.6.
The VU Meters window can now "go behind" other windows, instead of always being displayed on top of other windows.
There is a new option found on File > Preferences > General , called "Automatically bump synced audio to empty tracks" (which is checked by default). When this is checked, if you move a sync-ed video/audio file the audio will bump to the next available track if necessary. If you have set your audio tracks to Track Based Panning (instead of the default Clip Based Panning), you probably wont want the audio portions of clips to bump to other tracks, so you can turn this option off.
If you select a clip on the Timeline that includes audio, the VU meters will only display the sliders for the tracks occupied by the selected clip. When you select the Timeline playhead sliders will be shown for all tracks.
When sync clips are on tracks which are in the "Show Panning" mode, on the fly node adjustment will be allowed, just not drawn on those tracks. The nodes WILL appear if you switch that track back into "Show Volume" mode.
Copy/Paste Attributes for audio now work with PAN and MUTE and EQ, in addition to volume.
When an audio tracks height is small, panning/amplitude adjustments arent allowed, to avoid accidental adjustments when grabbing clips.
Audio level controls now give feedback in dBs instead of percentage.
When you have a clip selected (either a single clip or a sync-ed clip group) and the audio for the clip is on a mix down track, when you press spacebar to play back the clip you will not hear the audio.
Galleries now exist as a tabbed windows residing within a Gallery Bin. You can have multiple Gallery Bins open at the same time. Projects can have up to 20 Gallery tabs open in Bins (up to 20 Bins). Additional Galleries can be stored in alternate Versions of the Project, however only one Version of the Project may be open at one time.
You may drag one Gallery tab of a Bin into another Bin, or into an empty space to create a new Gallery Bin (this only applies if the Bin has more than one Gallery tab in it.)
Galleries are now saved when you save the Project (instead of every time a change is made).
In Detail Text and Thumbnail and Detail view modes the Gallery has been enhanced with a customized database style text mode. This allows you to scale the column width, to define the order of the columns, and to sort by clicking on a column heading (reverse sort by clicking on the column heading twice).
When you are using a Thumbnail view mode in the Gallery you may now right click and choose the Arrange Thumbnails > Manual. This allows you to leave gaps in the thumbnail grid, instead of forcing all clips to be displayed right next to each other.
Append to Timeline: If you have multiple clips selected and try to append to the Timeline in any mode other than Detail Text, a window will appear saying "Append to Timeline will only work with multiple clips when using the Detail Text view".
Rename Galleries by right clicking in the Gallery and selecting "Rename Gallery" (or use the main menus File >Gallery > Rename).
Status Bar: There is now a status bar at the bottom of each Gallery with pertinent information.
Highlighted clips: In the Gallery, right click on an empty space and choose Highlight. Options now include Used, Unused, Invert, Uncompressed Video, Images, Titles (DPT and ICG files), Digital Fusion Flows, and None.
Highlighted clips are marked with a yellow triangle in the upper right.
Moving Clips between Galleries: Drag and drop a single clip or multi-selected groups of clips from one Gallery tab in a Bin to another by dragging the clips onto the target Gallerys tab. This will perform a "copy/paste". If you hold shift during the move, it will perform a "cut/paste". When pasting clips from one Gallery to another, the clip will now retain the trimmed in/out point of the original clip.
Clip Titles: If you select "Show Title and Thumbnail" option in the Gallery and the clip doesnt have a title assigned, it will show the file name without the file extension.
Color Bars files and Tone files can now be collected into the Gallery by right clicking in the Gallery and selecting Create Color Bar/Pattern or Create Tone. They will look and act like normal clips, except there will be no single clip play from the Gallery available on the Tone files.
32-bit video files and graphics files are shown in the Timeline with a white diamond at the top of the thumbnail of the clip.
Check the Leitch web site regularly for the latest software updates. Links
TIP: You can multi-select clips and then move all of the clips to V1 and/or A1 at the same time if you change your Gallery view to Detail Text (activate the Gallery and press Alt D) and then press "F".
TIP: When you are setting audio levels, stay below -12 dBfs (when the Velocity VU Meters are set to Digital Mode, with 0dB Full Scale) or 8dB (when the Velocity VU Meters are set to Analog Simulation) so that your audio output levels will be compatible with most analog VTRs.