Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing the Layouter, part of Learning EDIUS 6.
Edius has visual effects that you can drag and drop on the clips, and it has audio effects that you can drag and drop on the clips. But also, every visual clip that you have on your timeline has a layouter control. And I've got a simple timeline setup here. Where I've got this photograph in the foreground and a piece of video in the background. If I just turn off the visibility of the photograph there you can see, there it is. So it's a simple composition. You can see I've got two issues here, actually. The first is that the photograph is four by three, and this is really one of the primary functions of the Layouter to fix. The second issue is, if I just look at the properties for this clip. I'm right-clicking an I'm choosing properties.
This is actually 4,000 by 3,000 pixels. It's a very high resolution image. Now a lovely feature of Edius is that the conforming process takes place at the point of playback. So no matter what resolution my original media, it stays at full resolution, until it needs to be conformed for output. And this means that I can zoom right in on this image, and pan and scan around inside it and unless I zoom it beyond 100% of its original size, it's going to look super sharp. So, let's have a look at what the layouter lets me do. I'm going to make sure I've got the clip selected, double-click on the layouter and let's have a look at the interface.
Now it looks kind of busy when you first get into the layouter but, let's divide this interface into three parts. Top left here I've got the image itself and I've got some controls for zooming in around it and cropping and so on. Over on the right, I've got individual settings and controls. And an example would be a left crop if I click and drag, I'm cropping the image from left to right. There's a series of controls along here and if I, if I go to the crop tab, I can achieve the same results if I get my selection tool here. By clicking and dragging on this handle.
There we go. Notice though, that I don't quite as clear visual feedback. Here I do, in the Transform tab, but in the Crop panel, I'm seeing the original image as well. It's kind of useful for seeing what you're leaving out, I suppose. I just pull the window up a little bit here. At the bottom, I've got my keyframing controls. Now, keyframing is pretty much the same no matter what you're keyframing. In this case for example, I can crop, from the left. I'll just, expand out the source crop controls here, an turn on keyframing for the left crop. I'm going to add a keyframe.
Move along a little bit, add another key frame, an then adjust the setting. When I added the first keyframe, if I just go back to the previous keyframe with this button here. I was setting it at 0% because that's what it was at the time I pressed the button. Once you've got your keyframes in place, Edius will interpolate between the two and there's my result. Now if it looks a little bit cluttered inside the layouter, you can just move the layouter out of the way and have a look at your monitor, on screen. Because Edius uses the recorder monitor, to display the output of your effects, live, as you adjust them.
In fact one of the beautiful features of Edius, if I just move over a little bit here, and hit play, is that I can play and while I'm playing I can adjust effects and see how they look. This is just great for comparing colors and seeing how things pan out when you're working with multiple layers of media as well as things like crop, I'll just move that back out so you can see a bit more clearly, I can adjust the opacities, so I can have this adjust over time. That works really well if the image doesn't fill the background I can specify background color as it does here because I don't have the edges filled just yet.
And I can also reposition with some standard options here so I can position this left and right. And perhaps most usefully for an image of this shape, I can stretch the image. So at the moment I've got this set to preserve the frame aspect. If I click to match the width, now it's filling the screen. I'm cropping the top and bottom to achieve this. If I go to my zoom control here and zoom out a little bit, you click and drag left to zoom out and right to zoom in. You can see that the outer box, which is the whole image, is now cropped at the top and bottom. But of course the upside of that is that my whole image is filled. If I just adjust that by clicking on the vertical access button, and then turn off preserve frame aspect, and then click to match the width again, EDIUS will just stretch the image out.
And of course with an image like this, it probably doesn't matter. It's very unlikely people are going to say, oh hang on a minute, the bay isn't quite as long as that, I remember it being different. The real power of the layouter comes from the 3D mode. Right now I'm in 2D mode, also by the way I can turn off these guides, let's get rid of those it makes it a bit cleaner. If I go to 3D mode, now suddenly I've got 3D controls. I've got X, Y and Z. So I can rotate on the Z axis, on the Y axis and on the X axis.
And of course I can keyframe that just as I would anything else. If I go to my position controls, I've now got X, Y and Z. You can imagine, I hope, the potential for animation and controls here and picture in picture using the layouter. The layoutter interacts beautifully with other effects inside of Edius, so with a little bit of imagination you can achieve some pretty extraordinary things. I click OK on that, well I've got a rather interesting effects combination. And also like any other effect I can drag this layout or preset on to another clip. Let's move this out of the way so you can see it. No problem at all, and if I right-click I can save it as a current user preset. If I do that on my effects list now I have my layout entry added and you'll notice there is a little tiny V on this item which is my effect preset. One of the beautiful features of EDIUS is that if you have multiple effects or maybe I'll, I'll just randomly grab something like a blur here. Go back to my effects tab.
That's fine. I can now select both of these, right-click and either save them both together as a user preset, or save them as separate presets. If I save them as a current user preset, go back to my effects list, I now have the layouter combined with the blur as a preset. This is so powerful for creating your own unique look and feel for your media. So that's just an introduction to the layouter in Edius 6.
- Overview of editing with EDIUS
- Setting up the interface
- Importing media
- Adding, removing, and moving clips
- Working with audio
- Adding effects and titles
- Outputting to tape, DVD, and files