Placing Your AVI Files in Proshow Producer
Proshow Producer is a great environment for using your AVIs to enhance a slideshow production.
To get your AVIs into your slide show, simply drop them on the Producer timeline. Producer will
then proceed to encode the AVI and incorporate it into its project files.
Sometimes, however, this process fails. You will not actually be given a failure notification, but
your video will be only partially imported. Usually this happens when you start a new show in
Producer and drop your AVI in as the first slide. Should this happen, even deleting the slide and
placing it elsewhere in the show will continue to fail.
There are two things you can do when you have a load failure:
(1) delete the .pxc file for your show. This will cause Producer to rebuild the show
(2) rename your AVI and re-import it into your show - at a position other than the first slide
The best remedy, however, is to take steps to avoid the problem in the first place. This is done
by never placing your video as the first slide in the show. If you want it to be the show
lead-in slide, first place a 3 second blank slide with a Cut/0 transition and then import your AVI
as the second slide. Then, once it has been imported, you can remove the blank slide if you wish.
Using AVIs as Masks
Masking is a very useful and versatile way of using the AVI’s you build. For most
purposes, it is best to build a white on black AVI mask. If you are using your AVI as
a mask in Proshow Producer, great results can be achieved by setting your layers as:
(1) White on Black AVI from CAP or HLP (set as a layer mask)
(2) Solid Color Layer of the of the color you want
(3) Slide background
Item (2) above can be made a gradient if you wish, or any other image that you might
want to mask down onto your background.
Umlauts and Accents
The CaptionsAlivePro fonts that ship with the program are fonts designed for English
language use. As a result, there are no umlauts or accented characters in the font sets.
Users who are interested in building scripting AVIs in languages other than English,
however, can achieve the results they desire by using the colon and apostrophe
characters on separate input lines and rotating and positioning them above the
characters that require them.
VSP, HLP, CAP File Size
All three video special effects programs build their AVIs uncompressed. This gives
the AVIs as high a resolution as possible but also results in large file sizes.
Depending on the A/V editor you are working with, you can use a 3rd party compression
utility like DivX to compress your file if you desire. DivX compression can be configured
to be virtually lossless.
Also, for storage purposes if you plan to archive your AVI files, you can simply zip them
to realize a huge compression ratio. Then, when you wish to use them at a later time,
unzip them back to their original format.
You need not worry about your A/V editor producing overly large files when using the
uncompressed AVI files. All A/V editors will produce their output with some encoding
scheme which will reduce the input AVI to the encoding format, and it does not matter
to the output product if you pre-compressed it or not. You could, potentially, pay a
resolution penalty by introducing your own compression if the scheme you use is lossy,
since you would would now be subjecting your AVI to multiple instances of lossy