iShowU Studio Quickstart – Part 4 – Advanced Editing

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Two tools within iShowU Studio that make it simple to create great looking explanations – Pan/Zoom & Freeze Frame.  This video examines both.

iShowU Studio includes two tools that make it simple to create great looking explanations – Pan/Zoom and Freeze Frame. These tools allow you to draw the focus to a certain element, or in the case of Freeze Frame – stop everything while you provide additional explanation (aka: a voiceover).

I recommend you check out the manual for a more in depth explanation as our coverage here will be just an introduction.

Freeze Frame is a way to stop or pause the video for a particular duration. A freeze frame makes it look like someone pressed pause. The video just stops for some amount of time. Freeze frames are a great way to break up a complex task into pieces, allowing you to spend time explaining things to the viewer.

When you freeze at a point in time, Studio will split and create static representations of whatever was in your scene at the time. For example, if we split this scene we see that Studio creates static images to represent the “paused / split” amount of time.

Studio also provides the ability to insert arbitrary freeze frame objects as part of an audio voiceover. Lets take a look at another example.

In this example I’m freezing a VLC playback while I am explaining how I approached this corner at a famous race track in Germany. You can see that there has been another object inserted in the timeline for the same duration as I talked.


Lets move on to Pan/Zoom. The objective of Pan/Zoom is to draw the users attention to a specific area of the project gently.  It is similar to a “Ken Burns” effect, the type of effect you may have seen in iMovie.

In a nutshell, a Pan/Zoom shifts the camera focus to a given position, pauses for a duration and then shifts it back to its original position. This “shifting” may also include some amount of zoom.

[A successful pan/zoom is transparent to the user. They observe it as an obvious transition to the next obvious point in the story that you are creating.]

Here is an example where I am focusing the users attention on the settings dialog. I have placed a Pan/Zoom object on the timeline close to where the settings dialog appears in my footage, and I am expanding it so that it ends around the time that the settings dialog disappears.

The end result during playback is that the project “focuses” on what is happening with the settings dialog. Do refer to the manual for the specifics, but understand that you can change the overall duration, in &out durations and even make Pan/Zooms asymmetric.

THE END of Part 4

A Jedi, soon, shall you be!

Remember: help is available in the shape of a full manual (the iBooks version includes short videos). To download, just go to the Help menu of iShowU Studio and choose “Download iShowU Studio Manual”. The iBooks version is recommended.

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