Using the Video Layout Tool in Edius 5

The Edius 5 is an industry standard non-linear audio/video-editing package that is designed and produced by GV Inc. The package intends to provide its users (the video editors) with a strong and stable editing platform that can be employed to transition from the intermediate stage to the expert stage. The Video Layout Tool in Edius 5 provides a simple and easy to use means of manipulating visible properties of a video file. The following tutorial explains how to use the Video Layout Tool in Edius 5.

Step 1: Setting up Layout

You will right-click the video part of V/VA clip on the timeline and the click "Layout”. You will notice that the "Video Layout" dialog box appears on the screen. You will now adjust the layout in "Video Layout" dialog box pertaining to the video clip in question. Alternatively, you may click on the "Mode" menu in the menu bar, and then click "Layout".

Step 2: Video Layout Tool

You will notice a number of controls in the video layout toolbox. The first two are the screens that represent the clip and timeline previews respectively. You may use these to Drag one of the crop range points (8 points) to change the display range. You will drag the crop range points to change the position. In addition, drag one of the crop range points (8 points) to change the display ratio.

Under the source crop box you will set the parameters as:

  • Set the displayed range (rectangle). You can cut the area you do not want to display.
  • Margins: Based on the original clip width, set the area not to display with a percentage value from the left.

Step 3: Advanced Settings

You can use the stretch option to Set the display size on the timeline as:

  • Preserve frame aspect: If entered manually, synchronize the width and height directions.
  • Ignore pixel aspect: Perform the pixel magnification mapping with no relation to the pixel aspect ratio.

Also, you can set the maximum size to fit the height in the screen. The standard direction size of [F], [W] or [H] is automatically set with the button selected by the first click. Click again to specify size in the percentage value.

You may use the color fill option to set the color and transparency ratio of the part that is not shown. Click the color sample to display the "ColorSelect" dialog box. You can select the saved preset from the list. Using the preset box, you can also select a preset from "Default", "Fit Height", "Fit Width" and "Original size" that are provided in advance. You will use the basic area selection to select the basic area from [Underscan Area]/[Overscan Area]/[Titlesafe Area].

Finally, use the [Save as default] box to save the current settings as default. The default setting before changing allows saving the whole image in the maximum size with keeping the aspect ratio.