Options - Burn-In

The Burn-in options page, together with the sub-pages Positioning, Appearance and Output allow you to set options that may be used in any of the following:

 

Tools > Burn-In Time Stamp
Tools > Burn-In Metadata
Tools > Direct File Processing > Burn-In Time Stamp
Tools > Direct File Processing > Burn-In Metadata
The "Burn-in Time Stamp" operation in File > Batch Processing
The "Burn-in Metadata" operation in File > Batch Processing
File > Save Image
File > Copy Image to Clipboard

 

If you simply want to time-stamp the video frames with the date and time that the recording was made, then you would select Burn-in Time Stamp rather than Burn-in Metadata. You might also like to take a look at one of these time-stamping tutorials on how to time stamp several common video file types:

 

1.How to Time Stamp AVCHD video files with DVMP Pro
2.How to Time Stamp MOV and MP4 files with DVMP Pro
3.How to Time Stamp MOD Video Files Using DVMP Pro
4.How to Time Stamp Sony MPEG-2 Video Files Using DVMP Pro

 

If you just want a single burned-in image/frame (rather than the whole video file) then you would use Save Image or Copy Image to Clipboard.

 

Burn-in main options

Burn-in main options

 

Items to Burn-in

 

This allows you to choose which of the following metadata items you want burned-in:

 

Timecode
User Bits
Frame Type
Recording Time
Recording Date
Shutter speed
Iris (f-stop)
Auto-Exposure Mode
Gain in dB
Focus Distance in metres
Focus Mode
White Balance
Image stabilizer (steadyshot) on/off
Audio details
Custom text

 

Just check the items that you want to be burned-in. If you are using the Burn-in Time Stamp tool then only the Recording Date and Recording Time are checked, and you can not change any of these items.

 

The right hand column of metadata items are GPS Geotagging items which only apply for AVCHD or Contour video cameras that are equipped with GPS units. The Geotagging items are:

 

Latitude
Longitude
Altitude
Speed
Track (direction of movement)

 

Audio details only applies to DV files as there is no audio metadata for other file types.

 

Frame Type applies only to HDV, AVCHD and MPEG-2 PS files, and some MOV and MP4 files

 

You can also check File progress. This is not an item of metadata, but simply a frame-count into the video file. It is the same as the File progress in the bottom-left of the player's metadata display. You can choose File progress to be burned-in as a zero-based frame number or in the format hh:mm:ss:ff by checking/unchecking Display file progress as frame number in the Tools > Options > General menu.

 

File progress can be useful if you just want to burn-in a simple frame counter, or a timecode which always starts from 00:00:00:00 at the beginning of the file.

 

The Rec time and Rec date items can also appear in a variety of formats by providing your own formatting instructions - this includes support for a large number of languages and multi-national fonts. See the Options - Burn-in Appearance section below for details of how to format the Date and Time for time stamping and burning-in metadata.

 

Custom text allows you to burn-in a line of custom text which may contain a brief message or perhaps your own identifier that is used in your video project. The text can also contain a format code which will automatically be filled with the name or pathname of the video file. See the Options - Burn-in Appearance section below for more details of how to use the Custom text feature.

 

Logo image allows you to burn-in a image file. The image file may be PNG, BMP, JPG or GIF format. You may find this useful if you have a company logo that you want to have burned-in for the whole duration of the video file. If you have designed the image file with transparency, then it will be correctly anti-aliased with per-pixel transparency so that it has a pleasing natural appearance. You can also set the position, size and overall transparency of the image on the video frame. See the Options - Burn-in Appearance section below for more details of how to use the Logo image feature.

 

Burn-in Mode

 

The Burn-in Mode allows you to choose whether to burn-in all frames of the file, or just burn in for a short period at the start of the file (or for DV files when there is a scene change). You can choose the duration as a number of seconds or frames.

 

In the case of DV files only, a scene change is defined by the items that are checked in the Scenes section of the Tools > Options menu. The checked items are effectively scene-change "triggers". If the Date and Time of Recording is the only item checked then a scene change will be triggered whenever there is a discontinuity (i.e. an unexpected jump) in the recorded date and time. This is the most intuitive definition of a scene change, and probably the most useful, but you can redefine the meaning of a scene change simply by changing which triggering items are checked in the Scenes section. Another useful example for video professionals is if you use run-time (or time-of-day) timecode where the DV camera continuously increments the timecode in real time whether the camera is running or not. There will therefore be breaks in recorded timecode whenever the camera is paused. So, by checking only the timecode item you can define a scene change as a timecode discontinuity, then you can burn-in for N seconds (or frames) whenever the timecode jumps.

 

Basic Text Properties

 

In the Basic Text Properties section of the Burn-in options page, you can select the Text brightness of the burned-in metadata text. You can also set the brightness of the text outline or the background rectangle (see below) by using the Outline/Bgd brightness setting. The brightness values are expressed as a percentage, where 0% is black and 100% is peak white. You can also set the Transparency of the text - 0% is opaque and 99% is almost invisible.

 

Usually the text is burned directly into the video frame image, but if you check the Use rectangular background box, each text item is burned against a solid rectangle that is slightly larger than the text. This can make the text easier to read but the background will obscure more of the video frame image.

 

Text Layout

 

The layout and appearance of burned-in metadata text is chosen by selecting one of the three text layouts:

 

Advanced
Fixed, 80% title safe
Fixed, 90% title safe

 

We recommend using the Advanced layout as it is by far the most flexible. The Fixed layouts are older legacy layouts which are easier to use but much less flexible.

 

In a Fixed layout, the text is positioned in columns (a similar layout to the metadata pane which appears when a file is being played) at fixed positions on the video frame. You can not change the text's size, position or the font, and you can not change the format of the recording date and time nor specify any custom text or logo image.

 

Fixed layout does however allow you to choose between an 80% or 90% Title Safe Area which gives a limited control over the text placement. The Title Safe Area confines the metadata text within the chosen central area of the video frame to ensure that it is not cropped by some TV displays. You can choose 80% title safe (which means that 10% to the left and right, top and bottom of the frame is kept clear of text), or 90% title safe (where 5% all around is kept clear). If you are burning-in widescreen (16:9) video and you want to confine the text within a 4:3 safe area you should check the Always use 4:3 area check box. The text is positioned at the bottom of the title safe area.

 

In a Fixed layout, the format of the recording date can be set to mm/dd/yyyy, dd/mm/yyyy or yyyy-mm-dd by choosing one of these 3 formats on the Tools > Options > General menu.

 

When you have a Fixed layout selected, the Positioning and Appearance option pages remain greyed-out.

 

The legacy Fixed layouts are probably going to be too restricting for you, so we recommend that you select Advanced instead.

 

The Advanced layout allows you to choose the text size and font of the burned-in text. It also allows you to independently position each item of metadata text anywhere in the video frame. You can also choose a flexible format and language for the recording date and time, and you can provide a custom text string and logo image.

 

When you select the Advanced layout, all of the controls on the Positioning and Appearance option pages become enabled.

 

The Burn-in Positioning, Appearance and Output options are described in the sections that follow.

 

See Also:

Options - Burn-in Positioning

Options - Burn-in Appearance

Options - Burn-in Output

Time Stamping Video

Burning-In Metadata