Video Detailer is an elegant, easy-to-use tool for making videocasts for those who don't want complexity.
Video Detailer can help you create videos for any purpose. If you imagine it, you can make it.
Getting oriented to the Interface
The simple and elegant structure of the application helps you navigate the tools for making your creations.
To create a new movie you need an idea of what you are going to do, open the program, and choose your basic settings. After that you start creating. This shows you where to start.
Plan your movie
The movie you are making needs to consider a simple structure. The 4 Rs: Reflect, Record, Revise, Release
Choose your video settings
While the defaults do a lot of the thinking for you, understanding where to change creation standards and applying them to your needs happens here.
One of the most basic ways to demonstrate computer and application function is to record what you see and do on screen.
A look at the basic interface gives you some orientation as to how to produce your video creations.
The Recording Process
Very simple and obvious, you can record, but recording with style and precision requires knowing your options.
Recording Your Desktop
Strictly recording the landscape of your monitor may be all you need to do. This section discusses all your options for desktop recording.
Recording Your Webcam
Including yourself in your video can help you create a presence and a brand. These are your options for including yourself or peripheral recording into your videos.
Recording Your Microphone
Make live recordings of your voice to narrate any part of your video.
Recording Computer Audio
Record anything that is playing back on your computer such as event sounds and interview calls.
Minimize on Record
When recording full-screen, the Video Detailer interface can be minimize with this option when the recording starts.
A three second count-down helps prime you for action.
These two options allow you to pause and stop recordings using a keystroke. Imperative when using Minimize on Record.
You can add all sorts of imported, digitized materials to your video. Anything your computer can play back or view can be incorporated.
Taking Screen Shots
Screen shots of any visible event on your computer screen can be captured with this feature.
Import Images and Video
Import images and video from your camera, phone or other sources to incorporate them into your video.
There are many ways to incorporate text as headers, callouts, bubbles and balloons to punctuate your production.
Process for Adding Text
Use these steps to add any one of the text items in this section.
Formatting Texts Objects
There are many options for formatting your text items and this section discusses the controls at your disposal for customizing look and feel.
The most basic text forms are headers and paragraphs. These 6 objects allow you to standardize basic texts quickly.
A variation on the standard text objects gives you further flexibility with introducing text into your presentations.
Intuitive shaped boxes help you associate texts with specific areas of your presentations.
These text objects are a further variation on pop-ups with a somewhat more formal appeal.
A variety of choices exist for incorporating video into your productions, from voice overs to converting text-to-speech.
Record your voice to narrate your production.
Video Detailer comes with a resource of pre-recorded background music and popular sounds to add ambiance and punctuation to presentations.
Convert Text to Speech
You can convert any text items to speech by having the computer read them back.
Volume Control Panel
The Volume Control Panel helps you manage the presentation of your audio items.
Several pre-defined shapes help you quickly add standard objects directly in the program without the need for third-party software.
Process for Adding Shapes
All available shapes and sketches can be added using the same simple steps provided here.
Arrows Circles and Rectangles
The controls for all of the shape items are the same and allow you to customize shape presentation.
Lines are slightly simpler than other shape objects and because of that have fewer options.
You can use a library of predefined sketch objects or sketch your own to punctuate presentations.
Freehand annotation tool
Add hand-drawn objects to your videos to give them a casual, personalized feel.
These pre-defined sketch objects can add fun and flair to your presentations without the need of a steady artists hand.
Help locate the viewer's eye to specific locations on the screen so they are looking at what you want them to.
Process for Adding Focus
All focus items are added using the same simple steps.
Circle and Rectangle Focus
The shape of your focus window can be adjusted and controlled to customize the look and feel.
A progress bar and automated step counter simplify the process of pacing your presentations.
Process for Adding Progress
Adding progress bars and step counters use the same method though the objects themselves are different.
Self-numbering step counters simplify creating numbers steps and tasks.
Progress bars gives viewers a sense of momentum and expectation as your video advances.
Pretty much anything you need for your productions can be imported, stored, saved and re-used in your personal production library.
How User-Defined Objects Work
User-defined objects work like other library items but they put you in control.
Add User-Defined Objects to the Library
There are several different ways to get your custom objects into Video Detailer. Knowing them all gives you greater flexibility.
Editing your movies is where much of the creative fun comes into play. This section covers all of your options.
Positioning Objects in Preview
Use the preview window directly to edit the position of your video objects.
Working with Timeline objects
The timeline is another very important control center for ordering and manipulating video objects.
Transitions serve to ease your objects into and out of your production and help make your videos smooth.
Actions add motion and energy to your productions to improve interest.
Effects can help you customize objects to improve the look and feel of presentations.
Clip videos into segments to arrange and manipulate them.
Sometimes you'll want to hold a frame in a video to make annotations or point out things that may not otherwise be obvious. This tool automates the process.
This tool can also be used to freeze frames, but it creates a separate object as a screen shot.
Record your mouse movements live and edit the appearance after the fact.
When you want to treat a set of objects as one item for movement, manipulation and storage, this is the tool to use.
Save is intended to save your video file in formats native to Video Detailer.
While you are working and when you have finished your creation, you will want to save you work.
In order to share you file with other Video Detailer users you have to export the file as an archive.
Periodically saves your work automatically.
Use Export after you have finished making your video and want to put it into a video format that you can distribute.
Here are the instructions to export your videos for use as presentations.
About File Formats
Not all video formats are alike. This section covers the available formats for export and suggested uses.
Additional information about the application requirements, settings and licensing.
The minimum system requirements for using Video Detailer successfully.
A variety of options can help you work more effectively to your style. This section discusses your options.
Obtain and Activate a License
Once you've tested out Video Detailer and see how it will improve your videos and productivity, you'll want to license the software to have it in your arsenal. Here's how to do it, step-by-step.