The following items appear under DVMP Pro's File menu.

 

File menu

File menu

 

Open

 

This allows you to select the file to be played by DVMP Pro. This must be a supported DV AVI file type, a Raw DV file, a DV MOV file, an HDV file, an AVCHD or NXCAM file.

 

The file can also be a Sony HDD or DVD video file or a MOD file. These are standard definition video files which are recorded by some camcorders onto a hard disk drive (HDD), a recordable DVD disk or a memory card. These file types are all recorded in "MPEG-2 Program Stream" (often abbreviated to "MPEG-2 PS") format although their filename extensions may vary (.mpg, .mpeg, .vob, .mod), so they are all referred to collectively here as MPEG-2 PS files. For more details of this file type see Supported MPEG-2 Program Stream file types.

 

MOV and MP4 files produced by some video cameras and mobile devices are also supported. MOV and MP4 are actually general file containers that are produced by a huge range of devices and software, many of which do not store any of the required metadata. Consequently DVMP Pro tries to support MOV and MP4 files from as many video camera devices as it can, but it does not claim to support files from every possible device. For more details of this file type see Supported MP4 and MOV file types.

 

As well as standard DV AVI files, Canopus DV AVI, DVCPRO25 and DVCAM files are supported; plus DV MOV files (DV format stored in a MOV file container).

 

Both HDV1 (720-line) and HDV2 (1080-line) variants of HDV are supported.

 

HDV files usually have the file name extension .m2t, but some video editing programs give them a .mpg or .mpeg file name extension although the file contents are the same. DVMP Pro allows all of these file name extensions and examines the file contents to see if the file really contains M2T formatted data. The file will only be opened if it is HDV-compliant with embedded metadata present. The M2T file type is a general file container which may contain any type of MPEG-2 video - DVMP Pro only supports HDV-compliant M2T formatted files.

 

Similarly, AVCHD files have the file name extension .m2ts or .mts and DVMP Pro allows both of these. Only AVCHD-compliant .m2ts or .mts files are supported.

 

The selected file begins playing as soon as it is successfully opened. The filename appears on the window banner, together with the tape name in brackets (if present).

 

See the Supported File Types chapter for more details of supported AVCHD, HDV, DV, MOV, MP4 and MPEG-2 PS files, and the Playing Video Files chapter for more details about playing them.

 

a. Opening HDV files

 

HDV files contain video in MPEG-2 format, and therefore require an MPEG-2 video decoder to play them. This decoder will usually have been selected automatically when DVMP Pro is first installed and stored in the setting MPEG-2 Video Decoder in Tools > Options > Video Decoders, but if for whatever reason there is no MPEG-2 video decoder selected when you attempt to open an HDV file, an error message will appear instructing you to select a decoder manually by going to Tools > Options >Video Decoders. It will not be possible to play HDV files if there is no video decoder selected in MPEG-2 Video Decoder.

 

See Options - Video Decoders for more information about how to select an MPEG-2 video decoder, and the Decoders chapter for a general explanation of decoders.

 

b. Opening AVCHD files

 

AVCHD files contain video in AVC/H.264 format, and most contain audio in AC-3 format. Most of these files therefore require an AVC/H.264 video decoder and an AC-3 audio decoder to play them. These decoders will usually have been selected automatically when DVMP Pro is first installed and stored in the settings AVC/H.264 Video Decoder in Tools > Options > Video Decoders, and AC-3 Audio Decoder in Tools > Options > Audio Decoders, but if for whatever reason there is no AVC/H.264 or AC-3 decoder selected when you attempt to open an AVCHD file, an error message will appear instructing you to select the decoder manually by going to Tools > Options > Video Decoders or Tools > Options > Audio Decoders. It will not be possible to play most AVCHD files if there is no decoder selected in AVC/H.264 Video Decoder or AC-3 Audio Decoder.

 

See Options - Video Decoders and Options - Audio Decoders for more information about how to select an AVC/H.264 video decoder and an AC-3 audio decoder.

 

c. Opening MPEG-2 Program Stream files

 

MPEG-2 PS files (Sony HDD/DVD or MOD) contain video in MPEG-2 format, and most contain audio in AC-3 format. Most of these files therefore require an MPEG-2 video decoder and an AC-3 audio decoder to play them. These decoders will usually have been selected automatically when DVMP Pro is first installed and stored in the settings MPEG-2 Video Decoder in Tools > Options > Video Decoders, and AC-3 Audio Decoder in Tools > Options > Audio Decoders, but if for whatever reason there is no MPEG-2 or AC-3 decoder selected when you attempt to open an MPEG-2 PS file, an error message will appear instructing you to select the decoder manually by going to Tools > Options > Video Decoders or Tools > Options > Audio Decoders. It will not be possible to play most MPEG-2 PS files if there is no decoder selected in MPEG-2 Video Decoder or AC-3 Audio Decoder.

 

See Options - Video Decoders and Options - Audio Decoders for more information about how to select an AVC/H.264 video decoder and an AC-3 audio decoder.

 

d. Opening MOV and MP4 files

 

MOV and MP4 files are a general file container format and may therefore contain video and audio encoded in many different formats. Some of these files will therefore require an AVC/H.264 video decoder or MPEG-4 Part 2 video decoder and sometimes an AAC audio decoder or AC-3 audio decoder to play them, depending on which video and audio formats they contain. These decoders will usually have been selected automatically when DVMP Pro is first installed and stored in the settings AVC/H.264 Video Decoder and MPEG-4 Part 2 Video Decoder in Tools > Options > Video Decoders, and in the settings AAC Audio Decoder and AC-3 Audio Decoder in Tools > Options > Audio Decoders. If for whatever reason one of these decoders is not selected in the settings when it is required by the particular MOV or MP4 file that you are attempting to open, an error message will appear instructing you to select the decoder manually by going to Tools > Options > Video Decoders or Tools > Options > Audio Decoders. It will not be possible to play the MOV or MP4 file if it requires a decoder that is not selected in AVC/H.264 Video Decoder, MPEG-4 Part 2 Video Decoder, AAC Audio Decoder or AC-3 Audio Decoder.

 

See Options - Video Decoders and Options - Audio Decoders for more information about how to select these video and audio decoders.

 

Close

 

Closes the file that is currently open in DVMP Pro.

 

Save Image

 

pro-file-save-imageThis allows you to save an image file of the video frame that is currently being displayed in the main DVMP Pro player window. You can choose the image to have burned-in time stamp or burned-in metadata.

 

You'll probably know that you can use the Burn-in Time Stamp tool to stamp the original recording date and time on a video file, but it takes time to process the whole file. Sometimes you just need a single still-frame image from your video which has the time-stamp written across it - perhaps to include the image in a word processor document or as a photo to be sent as an email attachment. That's where Save Image can be a real time-saver. It works the same as the Burn-in Time Stamp and Burn-in Metadata tools (using the same settings) except that it just stamps/burns-in the current video frame instead of the whole video file.

 

Just pause playback of your video file, then use the slider or cursor keys to navigate to the exact video frame that you want. Then click File > Save Image and choose one of

 

With Time Stamp
With Metadata
Image Only

 

With Time Stamp and With Metadata work like the corresponding Burn-in Time Stamp and Burn-in Metadata tools. If you just want the image without any text written across it then choose Image Only.

 

A file save dialog pops up which allows you to choose the file name and location of the image file. You can also choose the image file type as JPG, BMP, PNG or TIF. Click OK to save the image.

 

The quality of the saved JPG image can be set using Tools > Options > General > Save Image JPEG Quality.

 

You can also use the following shortcut keys:

 

Ctrl+S is the same as Save Image > With Time Stamp

Ctrl+Shift+S is the same as Save Image > With Metadata

 

Copy Image to Clipboard

 

pro-file-copy-imageThis allows you to copy the video frame that is currently being displayed in the main DVMP Pro player window to the clipboard as an image. You can choose the image to have burned-in timestamp or burned-in metadata.

 

Copy Image to Clipboard is the same as Save Image except that the image is copied to the Windows clipboard instead of being saved to a file. You can then paste the image directly into a word-processor document or into any other image-aware application.

 

Like Save Image you can choose to have the image with time stamp, burned-in metadata or just as a plain image. See Save Image for more details.

 

You can also use the following shortcut keys to copy the image to the clipboard:

 

Ctrl+C is the same as Copy Image to Clipboard > With Time Stamp

Ctrl+Shift+C is the same as Copy Image to Clipboard > With Metadata

 

Display Map (Beta)

 

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INFORMATION: This is not part of the core DVMP Pro product. It is an add-on which is in beta and is currently provided free of charge. However an account with Mapbox is required to display the map images, and Mapbox may charge you fees directly if you exceed their quota of free map views.

 

 

This menu allows you to view a moving geographical map of the shooting location of the video file that is open in DVMP Pro. This only works for files produced by compatible AVCHD, Contour and some other video cameras which are equipped with a built-in GPS unit. These cameras use the GPS unit to record the geographical location of each video clip as it is being recorded - a process known as Geotagging. Provided that the GPS/Geotagging feature on the camera was switched on and the camera was receiving GPS data when a clip was being shot, the resulting file will contain Geotagging metadata.

 

If the file which is currently open in DVMP Pro contains Geotagging metadata, the Display Map menu item is enabled. If it appears greyed-out then this indicates that the file does not contain Geotagging metadata.

 

When you click Display Map a new window appears containing a map of the area where the recording was made, with a marker showing the camera location corresponding to the current video playback position. The complete route that the camera took can also be displayed on the map. You can use the control buttons to zoom and pan the map, print it out, and display it with vector or satellite imagery.

 

As you play or seek through the video file, the corresponding position of the marker on the map will update continuously in real-time, and the map will scroll automatically if necessary.

 

You may find it more convenient to use the shortcut keypress CTRL-M

 

For more details of how to use the Display Map add-on, see the GPS Geotagging and Maps chapter. It also explains why you need a Mapbox account, their fee structure, and how to configure the Display Map add-on to use the Mapbox service.

 

Browser Map

 

pro-browser-mapThis has a similar purpose to the Display Map menu, but is much less feature rich.

 

Clicking Browser Map attempts to run your PC's default web browser which displays a Google Map showing the geographical location where the current frame was recorded. The exact location is indicated by a marker at the center of the map. If the camera is moving, the geographical location may change while a clip is being recorded, so you can click Browser Map at any point during playback and the map for the location of the current playback position will be displayed in the browser.

 

Each time you click Browser Map a new browser window/tab will appear, so it is really only suitable for occasionally checking on the camera position. Also, unlike Display Map, the map does not move. If you want to follow the camera's route in real time then you should use Display Map instead.

 

You may find it more convenient to use the shortcut keypress CTRL-W.

 

Batch Processing

 

This pops up the Batch Processing window which can be used to process multiple files. For further details see the Batch Processing chapter.

 

Capture DV

 

This pops up the Capture DV window which can be used to capture DV video from your tape-based DV camcorder to AVI files. It has a flexible AVI splitter, and will also capture "live" video from your camera in VTR or Camera mode.

 

It also has a "Slave To Camera" feature where capture to the hard drive is started/stopped when you start/stop recording by pressing the pause button on your camera.

 

For further details see the Capture DV chapter.

 

Properties

 

file-propertiesDisplays a file properties box which shows a variety of information about the file that is currently open in DVMP Pro. The information will vary depending on whether it is an AVCHD, HDV, DV, MOV, MP4 or MPEG-2 PS file.

 

The property names beginning with "Prem" show the information from the Adobe Premiere file header (if present).

 

If the file is from an AVCHD, Contour or some other video cameras which have a built-in GPS unit, and the unit was switched on when the file was recorded, then there will also be a Geotagging tab present. The Geotagging properties show the geographical location of the camera when it began to record this file. The properties are latitude, longitude, altitude, and the speed and direction of camera movement. Note that the Track is the direction that the camera was moving, not the direction in which the lens was pointed.

 

file-properties-geotaggingIf there is no Geotagging data present near the start of the file then there will be no Geotagging tab in the file properties box.

 

Sometimes the camera might not have established a GPS satellite lock when the recording began, and will therefore have been unable to store its geographical location at the start of the clip file. If DVMP Pro can not find any location information at the start of a Geotagging-enabled file, it will search the first 30 seconds (approx) for it. The location information displayed in the Geotagging tab may therefore correspond to any time within the first 30 seconds of the recording. If the Geotagging tab is empty then this indicates that the camera's Geotagging feature was switched on but it was unable to acquire GPS information for the first 30 seconds of the file's duration.

 

 

 

Recent Files

 

Provides a quick way of opening one of the last 6 files to have been successfully opened in DVMP Pro.

 

Exit

 

Exits DVMP Pro. Note that you are prevented from exiting if the Batch Processing or the Capture DV window is open.