FilmForth User Guide
In This Document:
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Assemble — Add the objects you have collected to your video project.
- Revise — Edit the order transitions and timing within the video.
- Save & Export — Save the video project and export it for use.
- Publish — Publish or present your video.
Creating Your Project
- 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. See Figure 2.1.
- Under Recent Projects, click the [New Project] slide. This will open the Create a New Project screen. See Figure 2.2.
Figure 2.2: The Create a New Project screen.
3. [Option] Change the pre-filled values as desired.
This is 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.
Refers to the width and height of the video as a ratio. It can be selected from the pre-defined list.
The place where the project files will be stored. It will default to “C:\Users\user\Videos\FilmForth\Projects\Project_YYYY_MM_DD_hh_mm_ss”.
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.
- Click the set of three dots to the right of the Path field. This will call up the Select Folder screen.
- 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 te pop-up screens. Rename the folder as desired.
- Click on the folder you would like to select to highlight it. This will populate the Folder field.
- 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. See Figure 2.3.
- 1- Back
- 2- Preview Panel
- 3- Export
- 4- Contact Support
- 5- Playback Controls
- 6- Timeline Zoom
- 7- Timeline Indicator
- 8- Timeline Indicator
- 9- Timeline Display
- 9- Toolbar
Brings the user back to the Home screen (see Figure 2.1).
Shows the video preview for the current project at the time indicated by the Timeline Indicator (see #7 in this table).
Begins export of the current project to an MP4 video file.
Opens the Contact Support screen.
Allows user to control playback.
Timeline magnification. Allows user to zoom into and out of Timeline Display (see #9 in this table).
Shows the exact time of the state of the Preview Panel (see #2 in this table). Click-and-drag to change the preview
Click to add objects to the current project.
Displays objects that have been imported or created for in the current project
Displays clickable context-sensitive tools based on the editing state.
Table 2.2: Project Screen overview.
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 upper right panel of the project window is a small blue icon (see Figure 2.3 item #4).
3. Click the icon. This will open the Contact Support window (see Figure 2.4).
Figure 2.4: The Contact Support screen
4. Enter your email address in the Email While this is optional it is necessary in order to get a response.
5. Type your message in the Detail When you begin typing, the [Send] button will become active.
6. Click the [Send] button and your message will be on its way to FilmForth technical support. A confirmation screen will appear (see Figure 2.5).
Push the limits of your imagination with FilmForth
The best way to indulge an interest in movie-making is to dive right in. That’s what really makes apps like FilmForth so valuable — there are few barriers to using them right from the download. Even Windows users who are completely new to video editing can push the limits of their imagination with FilmForth. It’s free to download. So try it out today, and see how much fun and effective creating original video content can be.