FilmForth Oneline Guide

How to Use FilmForth

FilmForth online guide provides the detailed instruction about the features of video editing. And you can get whatever you want while you are making movies with FilmForth.

Installation, Launch and Uninstall

Installation and Launch

Installation is safely and securely handled through Microsoft Store using the following instructions.

1. Go to www.ioforth.com.

2. Click on the [Download] button at the upper right of the Home page. This will bring you to the Microsoft Store web page for FilmForth: Slideshow, Video Editor, Movie Maker.

3. Click the [Get] button.

4. You may need to address a dialogue to allow Microsoft Store to handle the Get link. Click [Allow] to open your Microsoft Store app locally.

5. When Microsoft Store is open, click the [Install] button. The Download will begin almost immediately and a progress bar will appear. When the installation is complete, the Microsoft Store screen will confirm that the program is installed and the [Install] button will change to [Launch].

6. Click the [Launch] button to open the program immediately. If you do not want to open the program right away, you can locate the program on the Start menu listed alphabetically as FilmForth. When launched the Home screen will appear.

The FilmForth Home screen.

Uninstall

1. Click the [Start Menu] on the Windows Taskbar.

2. Locate FilmForth on the Start menu.

3. Right-click the program icon to open the options menu for FilmForth.

4. Click on [Uninstall]. The program will be removed from your file system.

Getting Started

FilmForth Quick Start Video

This is an overview of basic editing workflow in FilmForth.

FilmForth is quiet easy to use. It's the best free video editor around for all movie makers who want their work without watermark.

The TIMELINE in this video

0.30 - Download and install FilmForth

0.40 - Create a new project

0.45 - Import media

1.25 - Cut out a video clip

2.00 - Add Audio in the video

2.24 - Transition editing

3.00 - Exporting video

Planning

Working with video editing usually starts with a plan.Whether you create an outline with a few notes on a scrap of paper or get into great detail for a longer production, planning is a virtual necessity for success in envisioning and creating your final product. You will need to work through the following steps:

a. Plan — Outline your ideas, the message you have and the story you want to tell. It may take some time to collect your ideas, but doing that will be worth the effort when it comes to production. One thing you will want to consider if you will be making a video series is to work at creating recurring elements. For example you may want to have a standardized introduction and an ending that provides useful information, presents your logo and links to other resources you want to advertise. It may be good to use some recurring elements, a particular graphic theme and have a color scheme in mind. These are things you want to create and save to give your video better production quality and a more professional feel.

b. Collect — Gather the parts for your video. This could mean recording appropriate video segments, collecting photos, locating quotes, listing step-by-step procedures, creating or obtaining audio components (possibly scripts for voice-overs), etc. If you are going to use a logo you’ll want to create and save that separately along with your lead in and other reusable graphics.

c. Assemble — Add the objects you have collected to your video project.

d. Revise — Edit the order transitions and timing within the video.

e. Save & Export — Save the video project and export it for use.

f. Publish — Publish or present your video.

Creating Your Project

1. Launch FilmForth. This can be done from the Start menu after installation by clicking the FilmForth program icon alphabetically listed under ‘F’. The Home screen will appear.

2. Here you will see the [New Project] button and the [Open a Project]. Click the [New Project], you will open the Create a New Project screen.

The Create a New Project screen.

3.Change the pre-filled values as desired.

Project Name Aspect Ratio Path

This is the name the project is defined by. It will be pre-filled with "Project_YYYY_MM_DD_hh_mm_ss" where Y = year, M = month, D = day, h = hour, m = minute, and s = seconds.

Table 1 - Create New Project screen fields.

SIDEBAR: Change the Project Path

You will want to change the project path if you store working files (e.g., images and videos) in another area on your computer.

a. Click the set of three dots to the right of the Path field. This will call up the Select Folder screen.

b. Navigate to the drive and folder where you would like to store your files. You can create a new folder in any location using the [New Folder] link on the Select Folder screen's menu bar or by right-clicking in the file window and selecting [New] > [Folder] from the pop-up screens. Rename the folder as desired.

c. Click on the folder you would like to select to highlight it. This will populate the Folder field.

d. Click the [Select Folder] button to add the folder to the Path. The path field will update to the new path.

4. Click [Create] to open your new project in FilmForth.

The FilmForth Project Screen
Back Preview Panel Contact Support Playback Controls Timeline Zoom
Timeline Indicator Add Object Timeline Display Toolbar Export

Brings the user back to the Home screen.

Table 2 - Project Screen overview

Contact Support

For your convenience, FilmForth has a support contact link right in the program. There is no need to track support contact information separately or even open your email client. All you need is an active internet connection.

1. Open a project in FilmForth.

2. In the up right corner of the project window,there is a small yellow icon. To click on the icon will open the Contact Support window.

The Contact Support screen

3. Enter your email address in the Email field. While this is optional it is necessary in order to get a response.

4. Type your message in the Detail field. When you begin typing, the [Send] button will become active.

5. Click the [Send] button and your message will be on its way to FilmForth technical support. A confirmation screen will appear.

6. An email will be sent to the address provided from support@ioforth.zendesk.com with the subject [Request Received].

Adding Pictures and Video

Pictures and video objects are one of the most important parts of your video project. FilmForth can import many image and video types to help you on your way to completing your project.

FilmForth supports all of the image and video types in the following Table 3. The type of file matters because it can affect the image quality (e.g., color depth and compression type) and features (e.g., animation and transparency).

PNG JPG JPEG BMP GIF WEBP
MP4 WMV AVI WEBM TS 3GP
3GPP M4V MOV MKV MTS M2TS

Portable Network Graphics. An image file format. Originally designed as an open-source alternative to GIF format. Supports 24-bit and 48-bit color and transparency with lossless compression.

Table 3 - Supported File Types

Adding Pictures and Video

Pictures and videos are a key component of videos you will create in FilmForth.Adding them from existing files is simple.

1. Open the project you want to add pictures or video to in FilmForth.

2. Click the Add Object [+] button to the right on the Timeline display. A Windows Open screen will appear.

3. Using the Open screen, navigate to the place where you have stored the object you want to incorporate into your video.

4. Click on the object to highlight it in the file panel.

5. Click [Open]. The object will be added to the project timeline immediately after the last object in the timeline.

Edit Image Objects

Several features are included in FilmForth to help you control the objects that you add to the timeline. This feature bar becomes available at the bottom of the program screen when clicking on the [Edit] tab.

To apply the functions just click on the feature. The descriptions for each object appear in Table 4 and contain any additional information necessary for applying the tool. Controls are context sensitive because still pictures and video objects are fundamentally different. Exit all features using the blue [Back] arrow to the left of the feature bar.

The transition Icon
Split Speed Trim
Volume Detach Audio Duplicate
Delete Freeze Frame Rotate
Flip Effect Duplicate Delete

This feature enables users to split an active image object into two parts at the point where the timeline indicator is positioned. The duration of the objects will add up to the duration of the original object. Simply position the red timeline indicator over the active object and click the [Split] icon.

Table 4 - Additional Features for Edit

Using Transitions

When more than one graphic element is added to the timeline, a transition icon is added between the objects. You can easily control the transitions between the objects by accessing the transition feature.

The transition Icon

To Adjust Transitions:

1. Click the Transition icon between the graphic objects where you want to control the transition. This will display the transition options over the Timeline window.

The transition options

2. Click the desired transition option to choose the behavior of adjacent objects. The object entering the preview will appear to push the existing object off the screen in the direction of the arrow. By default all transitions are set to None.

3. Change the Transition Duration by click-and-drag on the slider’s position indicator. The transition time can be anything between 0.1 and 0.5 seconds.

The Transition Duration indicator

4. Click the blue [Back] arrow box at the left of the toolbar to exit the Transition Options.

Adding and Editing Text

Text is an integral part of conveying information during presentation of a video. Use it to help deliver your message with labels, punctuate main points, add captions, insert thought bubbles, and more.

Adding Text

1. With your project open, move the Timeline Indicator in the Timeline window to the position where you want to insert the text in the project.

2. Click on the [Text] icon on the toolbar at the bottom of the FilmForth screen. This will enter Text mode and reveal the Text toolbar.

The Add Text icon on the toolbar
The Text toolbar

3. Click [Add Text] at the left of the toolbar. This will insert a text box in the preview panel with the words “Please input the text” and place a Text item in the project timeline.

4. Click the [Edit Text] button to the right of [Add Text]. This will reveal the Text screen. You can also double-click directly on the text box to open the screen.

The Text screen

5. Type in the text you want in your text box.

6. Format the text using the features in the Text screen. Note the Text features in Table 5. Any formatting applies to the all of the text in the active text box.

1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10

Choose Font. Click the down arrow to open a drop list to select from. Type in a letter to quickly navigate to the name of a font

Table 5 - Text Tools

7. Click the [Back] arrow on the left of the toolbar to exit Text mode.

Edit Text

There are several ways to edit a text box this can be done directly on the Preview screen or by using the text tools. On the Preview screen you can reposition the text, resize the text and rotate the text box. With the text tools you can access the Edit Text screen, Split the text, Set Start position of the text in the timeline, Set End position of the text in the Timeline, Duplicate the text, or Delete the text. The following sections assume you have created a project with at least one existing text item.

Editing text on the Preview screen

1. With your project open in FilmForth, click on [Text] on the toolbar. This will reveal text items that you have previously created for the project in the Timeline and change the toolbar to text-specific tools.

2. Click directly on the text item you want to edit in the timeline. This will move the timeline indicator to the beginning of the text item and display the text in the Preview panel.

3. Use the options in Table 6 to edit the text.

1 2 3

Table 6 - Text Editing Options

4. Click the blue Back arrow in the far left of the toolbar to store the changes.

Edit text using the Text toolbar

1. With your project open in FilmForth, click on [Text] on the toolbar. This will reveal text items that you have previously created for the project in the Timeline and change the toolbar to text-specific tools.

2. Click directly on the text item you want to edit in the Timeline. This will move the Timeline Indicator to the beginning of the text item and display the text in the Preview panel.

3. Click the desired toolbar item in Table 7 to edit the text.

Edit Text Split Text Set Start
Set End Duplicate Delete

Open the Text Edit screen by clicking on the [Text Edit] item on the toolbar. This will open the Text Edit screen allowing you to perform all options in Table 4.1.

Table 7 - Text Toolbar Editing Options

4. Click the blue [Back] arrow in the far left of the function bar to store the changes.

Adding and Editing Audio

Another powerful addition to video productions is audio. Whether this is in the form of music, sound effects or voice overs, audio adds a whole different dimension to how you convey content.

Audio can be added using imported tracks, tracks available in the FilmForth library, or it can be recorded within the program.

Adding Audio

1. With a project open that already has graphic objects on the timeline, click the Audio feature on the bottom bar of the project screen. This will open the Audio functions.

The Audio feature icon
The Audio feature icon

2. Click the Add Audio [+] con to the left on the function bar display. The timeline panel will display two areas. To the left will be a Suggested Music panel which has a selection of pre-recorded songs that are free to use. To the right is the Import Audio panel.

3. [Optional Add Suggested Music] To add an audio object from the Suggested Music:

a. Roll over the desired object in the Suggested Music listing. You can preview the music using the play button before adding it to your production.

b. Click the [+] button just to the right of the highlighted object. It will be inserted into the timeline below the graphic objects.

4. [Optional Add a Local Audio File] To add audio by importing a local file:

a. Click the blue [+] labeled Add Local Audio. A Windows Open screen will appear.

b. Using the Open screen, navigate to the place where you have stored the audio object you want to incorporate into your video.

c. Click on the object to highlight it in the file panel.

d. Click [Open]. The object will be added to the project timeline immediately below the graphic objects already in the project.

5. To add voiceovers you can record them directly using FilmForth’s Voiceover feature.

a. Click the [VoiceOver] function icon at the bottom of the project screen. This will display a Microphone icon and a timer.

b. Click the Microphone icon to begin the recording. The Microphone icon will change to a Stop icon. Below the Stop icon will be a Pause option. The elapsed time will display on the timer.

c. Use the Pause icon to temporarily pause the recording. Use the Stop icon to stop the recording and save it to the project timeline.

6. Click the blue [Back] arrow to exit Audio mode. The Audio objects will no longer appear on the timeline when you exit the Audio mode. The objects remain in the project and can be revealed by clicking the Audio feature icon again.

Notice: It is possible to add multiple Audio objects. It will be possible to control all of them separately.

Editing Audio

Several features included in FilmForth help you control Audio objects that you add. The feature bar becomes available when entering the Audio mode by clicking the Audio feature icon at the bottom of the screen. To apply the functions just click on the icon. The descriptions for each object appear in Table 8 and contain any additional information necessary for applying the tool. Exit the Audio functions bar by using the blue [Back] arrow to the left of the functions bar.

Add Audio Voiceover Split Trim
Volume Set Start Duplicate Delete

Allows users to add Picture-in-a-Picture objects using the Add instructions.

Table 8 - Additional Features for Picture-in a-Picture objects

Using Picture-in-Picture

While the Picture-in-a-Picture feature functions in a similar way to other graphic objects, using it can add dimension and production quality to your videos. A simple example would be to insert a video of someone doing a voice over for the main video behind them. There are interesting and creative ways to use this feature that go well beyond a simple timeline.Of course you will want to plan what you are going to do and have the image and/or video components already created and available.

Adding a Picture-in-a-Picture

1. With a project open that already has graphic objects on the timeline, click the Picture-in-Picture feature on the bottom bar of the project screen. This will open the Picture-in-a-Picture functions.

The project screen’s feature bar
The Picture-in-a-Picture function bar

2. Click the Add Pic in Pic [+] button to the left on the function bar display. A Windows Open screen will appear.

3. Using the Open screen, navigate to the place where you have stored the object you want to incorporate into your video.

4. Click on the object to highlight it in the file panel.

5. Click [Open]. The object will be added to the project timeline immediately below the graphic objects.

6. Click the blue [Back] arrow to exit Picture-in-a-Picture mode. The Picture-in-a-Picture objects will no longer appear on the timeline when you exit the mode. The objects remain in the project and can be revealed by clicking the Picture-in-a-Picture feature icon again.

Notice: It is possible to add multiple Picture-in-a-Picture objects. It will be possible to control all of them separately.

Editing Picture-in-a-Picture

Several features included in FilmForth help you control Picture-in-a-Picture objects that you add. The feature bar becomes available when entering the Picture-in-a-Picture mode by clicking the feature icon at the bottom of the screen. To apply the functions just click on the icon. The descriptions for each object appear in Table 9 and contain any additional information necessary for applying the tool. Controls are context sensitive because still pictures and video objects are fundamentally different. Exit all features using the blue [Back] arrow to the left of the feature bar.

Add Pic in Pic Split Trim Speed
Volume Opacity Set Start Flip
Effect Duplicate Delete

Allows users to add Picture-in-a-Picture objects using the Add instructions.

Table 9 - Additional Features for Picture-in a-Picture objects

Exporting Videos

The project files for your productions are created in a proprietary format and can not be distributed for use in presentations. This is why exporting your video is an important last step in the process of video creation. Once the video is created you can then distribute it and use it for presentation.

FilmForth has made the process of exporting extremely easy. You can use the Export feature to distribute your videos or to create components that you can reuse such as video intros and branding material. You will still be able to edit your projects after exporting using the original project files.

Exporting Your Video

1. Open the project that you would like to export for distribution.

2. Click on the red [Export] button in the upper right panel of the FilmForth project screen. This will open a Windows [Save As] navigation window.

3. Navigate to the place where you want to store the video file.

4. [Optional] Select the video file type you want to save as. MP4 will be the default file type. Please see Adding Pictures and Video for more information on file types.

5. [Optional] Rename the file to something you will remember. By default, FilmForth will use the project name and the file type selected.

6. Click [Save] and the video file will be generated and stored in the place you have indicated. Depending on how complex your creation is, saving may take some time. A progress screen will appear and then a screen confirming that the video has been successfully generated.

Export Progress screen
Export Confirmation screen

7. [Optional] Click [Show in Folder] to open Windows Explorer at the location of the file.

8. [Optional] Double-click the file to check that the playback has generated successfully.

9. Click the [Close] button to close the Export Confirmation screen.

With the file generated you can now distribute it. As long as a proper file type has been selected the video should be compatible with a broad range of video viewing apps and browsers.