Video Features Overview
JetPhoto Studio is a swiss army knife application for your digital photo files. Not only that, JetPhoto Studio version 5 also provides many easy-to-use features for your video files captured by digital cameras.
Digital cameras capture video clips as well as still images. Each shot is for a scene recorded to a separate video file in the camera. Some video file formats are employed by different camera models. Example, the standard-definition videos are usually saved in AVI files, but the high-definition videos are sometimes saved in MP4 files, and iPhone saves the videos in MOV files. JetPhoto Studio allows importing these video files into the album.
In JetPhoto Studio, an album can be regarded as a playlist for your video files. According to the arrangement of files in the album, video clips can be played back continuously, and all scenes will be connected into a complete movie.
JetPhoto Studio is an easy tool to manage video clips rather than a non-linear video editor. However, you can still fast trim videos and reorder clips on the "timeline" as you need. So, it's a simple and easy movie maker software as well.
Now, it's time to produce and publish your final movie. With a simple click, JetPhoto Studio can merge all selected clips into a single video track and encode it as a H.264 file that is ready for publishing to a web player works in both Flash-enabled web browsers and iPad/iPhone mobiles.
The encoded videos can be also played in Flash, Lightbox, CoverFlow and Google Map web galleries. Actually, users needn't know more details about the video encoding and page integrating, JetPhoto automatically finished all to add video content into the generated gallery.
Editing Video Clips
In the Thumbnails view, both photos and video clips can be listed. But an apparent difference is that a mini icon appears in the thumbnail of the video item. Double click a video thumbnail, the video clip will be opened in the Detail view.
Each video clip in the album has a preview image that is shown in the thumbnail and appears as a splash image in the video player. Once opened the video in the Detail view, you should see the splash image and a central play button. Click the button to show a video player with a top bar in the Detail view.
After finished the current video playing, the player in Detail view will load the next video clip automatically and play all continuous videos in the album with no stop. If want to stop the playing, you need have to click button on the top bar.
When playing the video, a time bar, a set of player buttons and editor buttons appear on the top bar. With clicking player buttons, you can control the video playing. And click a position on the time bar, the player will seek to the corresponding frame at the specific time.
( player buttons, time bar and editor buttons )
Whether the video is playing or paused, you can use editor buttons to trim video as you need.
- Click button to set the current video frame as the beginning position of the remained video after trimming.
- Click button to set the current video frame as the end position of the remained video after trimming.
- Click button to cancel the trimming.
After setting one or two trimming positions, the segment of the remained video will be selected with highlight on the time bar. The video player will only playback the selected video segment. The parts trimmed off will be ignored while playing, but JetPhoto Studio should never get rid off the data in the video file until need export the video clip for a web publishing. Then the encoder program will trim the video, and only the segment selected will be transcoded to the target web video file.
- Click button, the current video frame in the player will become the preview image of this video. It will be shown as the thumbnail and the splash image in the video player. After generating Flash galleries, web galleries or web video players, the preview image will be also exported with the video file.
Encoding Web Videos
JetPhoto Studio need transcode video clips to H.264 format for publishing the videos to web. A quick tool is provided in JetPhoto to finish the necessary video encoding and generate a web video player that can be opened with any Flash-enabled web browsers and Safari on iPad/iPhone.
- Click 'Encode Web Video' action button, or choose menu item 'Create & Share'->'Encode Web Video'.
- In the dialog box, you can set options for encoding web videos and generating a web page to playback the video.
- Merge video clips into a single video
If checked the option, the encoder will join all video clips and export them into a single target H.264 file. And the generated web page will only contain one player for the single video file.
If unchecked the option, the encoder will transcode each video clip separately. And the generated web page will contain a set of players, one player is for one separate video clip.
- Video Encoding Quality
With the encoding, the video files ready for the web publishing will be transcoded to H.264 format. You can decide the encoding quality of the target H.264 video files.
With the default setting, the target video will be resized into a dimension smaller than 480 x 360 pixels (only downscale and maintain aspect ratio). The data rate of the target video file will be less than 900k bps. In other words, the smooth playback of the the web video requires a 1M or faster internet connection.
A higher quality is for resizing video into 640 x 480 pixels, and a 1.5Mbps or faster network connection is required when playback the web video.
The highest quality is for resizing video into 960 x 540 pixels (30fps) or 1280 x 720 pixels (15fps), and a 5Mbps or faster network connection is required when playback the web video.
- Video Player Dimension
With setting the option, you can decide the size of the web video player appears on the page. If select the default (Auto Dimension), the web page will show a video player in a fit dimension matches the video aspect ratio and resolution.
Normally, the dimension of the video player can be equal to the resolution of the target video file. But, the player enables the feature to playback video in a full-screen mode, and then the video file with higher resolution should be recommended for a quality full-screen video playback.
- After finished the optional settings, click button 'Generate Web Video' to start the H.264 video encoding and make the video player web page.
After the encoding, a folder will be generated on your desktop, a video player web page is placed inside, and a subfolder named 'video' contains all H.264 encoded video files (with .M4V filename extensions).
Exporting Videos in Galleries
JetPhoto Studio version 5 enables to add video content in Flash, Lightbox, CoverFlow and Google Map web galleries. Actually, no special is needed, video files can be organized in the album as same as photo files.
When prepared the album and go to the options setting dialog box for gallery generating. You should find a checkbox to determine whether needs to add videos to the generated gallery or not.
Click the checkbox, a dialog box appears to set video encoding quality. If select 'None' in the options, JetPhoto Studio will disable to export videos while generating the gallery.
If the gallery contains videos, to finish the generating will take more minutes for the necessary video encoding. If you canceled the gallery generating progress while encoding the video files, the gallery will still be generated with including incomplete video content. And later, you could use the 'Encode Web Video' tool we introduced above to make the unfinished H.264 M4V video files and copy them into the 'video' subfolder in the gallery package. Maybe you will find it's an efficient way to complete the video encoding for your galleries manually. The method avoids spending unnecessary time on encoding same video files due to the gallery modification. For example, you prepared an album with video content, and made a Flash gallery. Now, after changing some item descriptions in the album, you need remake the Flash gallery again. Actually, the video files didn't be changed after editing the album, so what you need to do is to generate the Flash gallery but cancel the video encoding. The H.264 encoded video files should be stored in the 'video' subfolder of the gallery file package. You can copy or move the video files from the old gallery to the new gallery directly and save the duplicate time to transcode videos again.