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Closing gaps and using batch processing

Closing gaps and using batch processing

When editing clips in the timeline, small sections of the original movie are always cropped to make the movie more interesting by adding different cuts. The clips can be placed into the timeline individually to adjust their length, so each clip can then be seamlessly added to the next clip. Let’s say, however, you’ve got a long movie in the timeline. Removing the less appealing parts will create so-called “gaps”. If you then play the movie, you will notice “black passages”, which is of course, something you want to avoid. You can do so by arranging the clips, so that each clip seamlessly follows the next one. This prevents gaps from being created. If there are many clips, however, closing all gaps will take a long time.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to close gaps quickly and easily and how the program can help you arrange all clips so they follow each other one after the other. In the timeline displayed in the screenshot, you can see how parts of the movie have been “cut away”. Removing the “black passages” is exactly what we want to do here:

First, switch the preview monitor from Playback mode to Storyboard mode. Now, select the orange/blue A/B fade between the clips and select the “Cut (no fade)” fade by right-clicking on the A|B logo. Click on the A|B fade again and select “Apply to all”. Switch back into Timeline Mode and you will see how all clips have been arranged next to each other in the timeline. Now you can finish your movie by adding fades, titles, and music.

With the “Batch conversion” function you can select multiple clips and convert all of them into a different format in one go. It is simple and effective. Go to the “File” menu and select “Batch conversion”. A small window pops up. Click on the “Add files…” button and select the clips you want to convert into another format. In this example, I will use three different video formats. Click on the top clip and then select the format at the bottom of the image into which you want to convert the clip. In this example, the first clip was converted from AVI to WMV, the second clip from AVI to MPEG-2 and the third from AVI to MPEG-4.

The “Advanced settings…” function allows you to make further changes and to select where you want to save the files after their conversion. Then click on “Start processing” and the program will take care of the rest. Batch processing is a very handy feature that will save you a lot of time. To convert many long videos with the “Batch processing” feature can take several hours. In this case, you should convert the videos overnight and check the option “Shut down PC automatically after successful export” (at the bottom of the screenshot). Your PC will be shut down automatically once the conversion process has been completed.

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