FilmoraPro Video Editor
As you edit video files using FilmoraPro, it's important to note that you can adjust the behaviors and appearance as per your preference. Begin by opening FilmoraPro’s Options window, then choose ‘Options’ in the File menu (On Mac, choose ‘Preferences…’ under Wondershare FilmoraPro.) Note that Options settings are divided into multiple tabs,that are located down towards the left side of the window.
The General tab:
- Maximum Undo – One great thing with FilmoraPro is that it logs all of your actions which makes it quite easy for the user to undo any of the changes they had made that they may not like. However, its important to note that having a large number of entries may in a way slow down your computer.
- Default Template – Majority of the new projects tend to use the already set image resolution and frame rate within the editor timeline. The settings can however be changed to suit the specific project right within the Project Settings as accessed from the Editor panel. When working on your project, ensure that you work with project settings that also match your desired frame rate and the export resolution.
- Plane/Image/Text Default Duration – This feature helps users to determine the default duration of media assets as placed within the timeline. The default setting is se at 150 frames, however, users can change by either typing in a new value or clicking on the up or down icons that are located on the right side of this property. It's important to note that the value cannot exceed 1000 frames.
- Timeline Default Duration – This is the duration that new projects begin with in the timeline. However an exported movie will be the actual duration of your project or the in–to–out that you get to set.
- Audio Waveforms – Have the audio clips display the type of waveform in the timeline. To learn more about this property, you can visit Working with Audio section.
- Include Screen Layout When Saving Projects – By enabling this feature, users can save their UI layout together with the project file. After you load the project, the saved layout then becomes your workspace.
- Use Relative Paths in Saved Projects –Absolute or relative references are media file paths that the projetcs contain with each project containing either of the two. Once this option has been enabled, all of the media files within the the project gets referenced based on the location of the project file. This feature can be of great use when transferring projects from one computer to another.
- Close All Media Files When Application is Not Active – Once a media file has been imported to FilmoraPro, all of the changes you get to make to that secific file outside the software will not be visible when acessed in FilmoraPro unless this option is turned on. Once the option is activated, al of the files in the Media Panel gets updated everytime the original file is altered.
- Play Audio When Scrubbing Timeline – Dragging of the playhead along the timeline is referred to as scrubbing. Once this option is enabled, users can hear the audio as they move the playhead.
- Use Logarithmic Waveform Scaling – This setting helps with enhancing the depiction of logarithmic waveforms within the dB scale.
- Language – This feature enables users to set the language of the interface. Once the (System Language) is selected, the interface then uses the same language as the computer operating system, if in case supported. Just ensure that you set the language that you are comfortable with.
- Enable High DPI Scaling (Set Display Scaling to 125% or Greater) – This feature helps with determining whether desktop scaling is applied to FilmoraPro’s interface or not. The property can be enabled by default and, if in case you want to turn it off, you should be ready to restart the software after you have unchecked the Enable High DPI Scaling checkbox. This option ca only be acceesed on Windows OS.
- Use the native menu bar –This feature is for Mac only and it places FilmoraPro menu items on the Mac menu bar. By switching this option off users get to move the menu into FilmoraPro's interface.
- Hide Full Screen Preview When Application is Not Active – This feature enables users to preview their the footage either in full–screen mode or on a second display. When this feature is activated the full–screen preview option gets hidden when FilmoraPro isn’t active.
Interface settings can be accessed at the Display tab located at the Options window.
- Display Mode – The display mode helps wth controlling how the media files are shown right within the media panel. You can either choose the list mode or the preview mode. When you choose the preview Mode, you get to see thumbnails of the imported media files, while the List Mode only displays the specific names of the imported files.
- Arrange By – This feature enables users to determine how they want assets sorted in the Media Panel. Assets can be arranged either alphabetically by selecting the Name option from the Arrange By drop–down menu, or you can choose the Type in order to group the different types of files together.
- Group By – This feature helps with grouping the files using the media options or folder.
- Video Track Size – This feature offers the four video track sizes; Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large.
- Audio Track Size – This property also offers the four different video track sizes; Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large.
- Preview Mode – Preview Mode enables users to change how the media files get displayed on the timeline. Use of full option shows all of the video clip thumbnails, while the Start/End option only shows thumbnails that are located at the beginning and also at the end of a clip. If in case you don't want to see any thumbnails within the timeline then don't select any.
- Show Checkerboard Background – Set checkerboard background within Viewer for transparency, this property is on by default.
- Show Mouse Coordinates – Shows coordinaion of the mouse within the Viewer Panel.
- Show Effect Control – Displays options that can be used for adjusting the settings of eachof the effect that you get to apply. This property also gets enabled by default.
- Show Motion Path – Expresses how the layers move across multiple keyframes.
- Motion Path – This feature enables users to change the number of keyframes that gets displayed within the motion path. 100 is the default number that the keyframes are set at with 1000 being the maximum.
The Render tab that's located within the Options window enables users to have control on how the videos can be rendered while still on the platform. Every option within the Render tab can be changed within the Project Settings window once the project has been created.
- Default Color Bit Depth – When the bit depth is lowered, it also decreases the rendering time, while reducing fidelity of the images. Higher bit depths tend to generate high fidelity images, while also increasing the rendering time.
- Default Antialiasing Mode – Users can choose between 4XMSAA and 8XMSAA antialiasing modes as per their preference. By choosing 8XMSAA users can create detailed edges on the images that are placed on the timeline, however, it may also increase the rendering time. The 4XMSAA mode doesn't in ayway provide the same level of detail around edges, but instead reduces rendering time.
- Limit video decoding to 8–bit regardless of project render settings – By limiting the video decoding to 8–bit users get to increase the rendering speed. When you unmark this checkbox you get to render your media files as per the render settings of your project.
- Use hardware decoding if available: This feature helps with GPU acceleration and enables users to render more efficiently. Note that mobile–class GPU, or older graphics chips, may not be as powerful as your CPU, remember that performance may not be better always when this setting is activated.
Prompts and Warnings
While you are working on your projetcs, you are free to choose the prompts that you may want to show on the timeline.
- Prompt when media doesn't match timeline – When the first clip that gets added to the timeline in a new project fails to match with the project settings, this option helps by notifying you informs you that the project settings are likely to be changed so as to match the properties of the video clipthat you placed on the timeline. If in case this prompt is disabled, then the change may still happen without any form of notification.
- Prompt when adding timelines to the export queue – Once you add timeline to the Export queue, a dialogue box will pop asking you whether you want to export the project or resume your editing.
- Confirm removal of export tasks: This option will pop whenever a task is removed from the export queue. You will be asked to either confirm that you actually want to remove the tasks.
- Show warning on launch if QuickTime could not be loaded: If in case you are working with videos that have been shot using an iPhone then you will be in need QuickTime. You can keep this option checked if in case you want to be notified whether QuickTime is not loading. You can also uncheck it if in case you don't need QuickTime. Note that this option is only available for Windows.
- Show warning on launch if the GPU is unsupported – If the feature is enabled, a warning will pop up on your screen after you attempt to launch FilmoraPro and your computer doesn't meet the set technical hardware requirements.
- Show warning on launch if the GPU driver is unsupported or out of date – If this feature is enabled then a warning will pop up once you attempt to launch FilmoraPro and your computer doesn't meet all of the set technical software requirements.
You can choose to label the different clips or types of media using different colors, and you can manage those colors in this menu.
- Defaults – This section has three dropdown menus that can be used to change the default colors of the – Media, Images, and Planes – within the timeline.
- Labels – You will also find about 16 potential color labels that are listed under labels. The names can be changed by clicking on them then typing. If you click on a color then a window will up that allows you to change it.
Your Cache is the place where you get to store data so as to reduce the amount of time that's spent in availing the same data in the future. Use of cache helps with improving the software's performance as it enables faster response to the requests made.
If in case you encounter issues related to space shortage then you can go ahead and change the cache of the where thefiles are stored.
- Database – Enables users to browse through the computer hard drive while also creating a new location for storing cache database.
- Cache – Allows users to browse the computer's hard drive as they also set new storage location for the cache files.
- Keep Unused Files – Enables users to change the number of days that they want cache files to be stored before being deleted.
- Delete All Files – Enables used to removes all of the cache files, regardless of hw long they have been stored.
If the changes made are to be effective then be ready to restart the software.
Auto Save function can automatically save the current changes or progress in the program in case FilmoraPro is closed unexpectedly while working on the project, Auto Save is enable by default, you can choose not to enable it in Options windows.
- Enable Project Auto Saving – Set Auto Save on or off.
- Auto Save Frequency – Change how often your project saves in FilmoraPro. It should not exceed 30 minutes between two Auto Saves.
- Auto Save Project Path – Change the path where the auto–saved project you want to store on your PC. Your main project file is not saved in the same location on your computer. Each time you save automatically, a new project file is created, and after you save the project manually, all auto–save files created between the two manual saves are deleted. When you save the project manually, the auto–save frequency is reset.
If FilmoraPro shut down unexpectedly for any reason, the next time you start the software, you will be asked if you want to restore the last autosaved.
Keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys allow you to quickly activate many of important tools and features in FilmoraPro. By default, almost all shortcuts commands are set, but you can select the shortcut you want to change and set new key combination to customize them to your liking.
There is a search bar for you to help you easily locate any specific shortcut. that after you enter the letter which is contained in the shortcut that you want to find, the search result will show up instantly. For the full list of shortcuts in FilmoraPro, visit the Keyboard Shortcuts page.
- Default Export Directory – This is a default location that's found on the hard drive and its where the exported videos gets saved.
- Default Snapshot Directory – You can also set a default location where the queued export projects can be saved. These are temporary files that gets deleted automatically when the tasks are removed from the export queue.
- Time Format – You cab choose the format that can be used to show the remaining time as well as the lapsed time during the export process.
- Natural – You can set the time to show in a format such as'5 minutes' or '30 seconds'.
- Timecode – Another way of setting time format to show as hours, minutes, seconds, and frames.
- Seconds – You can as wel set tme to show in seconds only.
- Beep Speaker on Completion – This command enables you to hear an audio notification once the export process is completed.