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Some options don't affect input or output support. That doesn't mean you shouldn't at least check them out. As you work in VideoReDo Plus Plus you'll develop habits that will hopefully make your workflow more efficient. Customizing the user interface to match your workflow can make learning VideoReDo Plus easier, and allow you to get more out of the software. Plus you can spend less time editing your video and more time watching it.


General Parameters


On the left side of General Parameters is an option to Play Video When Opened. I prefer to have this unchecked unless I'm opening videos that are numbered instead of having descriptive names. Editing Accuracy can be set to either GOP or Frame Accurate. GOP Accurate editng will generally give you a few frames more or fewer than you want, but will require the least re-encoding. In reality there's very little of that done in Frame Accurate mode either so this should be left set to Frame Accurate. Editing Mode can be set to either Scene Mode or Cut Mode. In Scene Mode you select the sections that should be kept, while Cut Mode involves selecting sections to be removed. Default Save Format indicates the type of file(s) VideoReDo will save to by default. If you're editing to author a DVD it's usually best to output to elementary streams and let your authoring software mux them itself, but if you want you can save to VOB files and have VideoReDo Plus create a chapter file for your authoring package to use. If you're not sure what format you should be saving in it's probably safest to leave it set to MPEG Program Stream. This will give you an MPEG file when you're done. One-Click Selection can speed up your work because it allows you to set the second point in time for a section by simply clicking your mouse where you want it.


Navigation


This is an area where personal preference is everything. You may need to change the values on this screen many times before you come up with the ones that are optimal for you. Different mouse and keyboard combinations can be set to advance or reverse at a variety of different rates, measured either in seconds or frames.


Enhanced Plus Features


If you're editing files that you haven't watched yet, and would prefer to see as little of the video as possible, you can use Plot Masking. Plot Masking is covering the middle of each frame with a solid black box. The size of the area covered by the plot mask can be adjusted here. The default setting of small only covers a small area in the middle of the frame. You can select another size on the dropdown menu.


Playback Devices


This section gives options for playback during the editing process. It's not related to playback of your edited files. Most of the options here shouldn't be changed unless you're experincing playback problems duing editing. Deinterlace On determines whether VideoReDo outputs progressive frames in place of interlaced ones. Unless you're trying to see the difference between the two fields in a given frame. If you want to use your video card's GPU to reduce the load VideoReDo puts on your CPU, check the box next to Use Video card YUV acceleration. The options under Audio Device, like the video options, shouldn't generally be changed. Use Default WAVE and Use DirectSound Drivers set the driver used for sound playback. If you need to choose between multiple sound devices you should use DirectSound. If you don't want audio playback for editing select Edit Without Audio. If you're source files have uncompressed audio and it doesn't sound right.


Start Up


The Start Up options set whether VideoReDo Plus checks for updates when it starts. You can set a number of days to wait between checks and force it to ask for permission before accessing the internet. Below that you can set colors for the window, including the font color for Selection Start and Selection End times. Finally, you can select a folder for VideoReDo to save logs to.


Favorite Places


This is one of my favorite features in VideoReDo Plus. If you have certain folders that you open video files from you can set them as Favorite Places. The left side of the Open dialog includes the folders you've set as your Favorite Places.


Audio Alerts


By default, VideoReDo Plus plays a sound whenever it finishes writing an output file while in Interactive Mode (ie not in Batch Mode). Here you can set it to never play a sound, only play a sound while in Batch Mode, or play a sound in either mode. Below that you can set the sound to a WAV file of your choice.

Once you learn where the options are and how to set them (and which ones not to touch) your experience with VideoReDo Plus will probably be more enjoyable. In my upcoming second VideoReDo Plus guide I'll be explaining how to perform basic editing operations.

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table of contents

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Installation
  3. 3. Input Options
  4. 4. Output Options
  5. 5. Interface Options
Written by: Rich Fiscus
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