Input File Configuration
Change picture to:
Video file (Free Edition)
This screen can be reached by using the Configure button under Input Files on
the Main screen, by right-clicking on the input file within the preview
picture, or by using the Setup button in the
Display Object Properties box.
Controls on the Input File Configuration Screen
Different groups of controls will be shown depending on the type of input file being
configured. Many items under Picture Settings and Audio Settings will be grayed-out
and disabled in the Free Edition.
- File Information & Settings
- Label text box - Displays or edits the name of this input file to show in the list on
the Main screen and all other input file lists.
- Track selection - This option only appears for certain files, and is rare. It allows
you to select which input track to use from this file, in cases where the file has multiple
sets of data. For example, certain datalogger formats may contain multiple sessions within
a single file.
- Change File Selection - Allows you to change or update the file that this input
- Trim - Opens the Trimming Tool to adjust
the start & end times within this input file.
- Audio Settings
- Volume - Adjusts the audio level from 0% to 200%. Clicking the Mute box is the same as
setting it to 0%.
- Balance - Alters the left vs right audio volume level. Setting it towards the left side will
increase the left volume relative to the right.
- Channels - Allows you to choose how the media source's left and right audio
channels are handled. For example, if your input media source only has audio from it's left
channel, you can select "Mono: Use Left Channel" to make that audio come through both
- Picture Settings
- Brightness - Brightens or darkens the image, from 0% (dark) to 200% (bright).
- Contrast - Adjusts the image contrast from 0% to 200%. This can be used to strengthen or
weaken definition in the image.
- Color - Boosts or diminishes the color intensity. 0% converts it to grayscale,
while 200% greatly amplifies the colors.
- Hue - Changes the image colors by -180 to 180 degrees.
- Sharpness - Adjusts the image sharpness from 0% (blurry) to 200% (sharp).
- Chroma Key - Makes a selected color in the media source invisible. The eyedropper tool
allows you to pick a color from any pixel currently displayed on your screen. The Choose
button can also help you visually select a color and set the Red, Green, and Blue values for you.
Color Range and Brightness Range determines the range of colors and brightness
levels that will be treated as a match for the selected color. Note: This effect is applied
before any other adjustment settings, so using the eyedropper tool on the preview image
will have reduced effectiveness when picture adjustments are in use.
- Cropping Distances from Each Edge - Selects the portion of the input files's picture to use.
These numbers represent the number of pixels to remove from each edge of the image. Click the
Edit Cropping Area button to set the cropping or zoom-in
- Mirroring - Flips the picture horizontally, vertically, or both. Setting this to
"Both" is the same as rotating the image by exactly 180 degrees, and can be useful when a
camera was mounted upside-down.
- Rotation - Rotates the picture by -359 to +359 degrees. A positive number will rotate it
counter-clockwise (CCW), and a negative number will rotate it clockwise (CW). A rotation
setting of exactly 180 degrees is the same as setting the Mirroring option to "Both",
and can be useful when a camera was mounted upside-down. This exact number will invoke the
mirroring/flipping feature, which will render faster and with better quality than other
- Data Settings
How To Add a Datalogger Overlay
Set Datalogger Start / Finish Point
This allows you to override the automatic selections that apply to certain data visualization
display objects. That can be useful for creating overlays that use alternate or custom data
fields, and for improved compatibility for datalogger files that are not fully supported by the
Datalogger features depend on data provided by other products. As a
result, some features are not functional with all dataloggers, and this is subject
to change at any time and without notice.
- Boost Sample Rate - Attempt to improve the smoothness of the data. This is
especially useful for low-sample-rate dataloggers, such as smartphone apps, which
could otherwise appear jumpy.
- Detect GPS Updates - Detect if the GPS data (location and speed) was updated
less frequently than other data, and attempt to boost it to improve smoothness.
- Data Column Assignments - Allows you to assign a specific data field (column name)
from the datalogger file to each item. Set it to "(Automatic)" if you don't know, or if
the item doesn't have any corresponding data in this file.
- Time Units Per Second - If you choose a specific column for "Session Time", this
allows you to set the ratio of time units in the file to actual seconds. Set it to 1 if
the file data represents seconds, or 1000 if it's in milliseconds.
- Conversion to Meters - If you choose a specific column for "GPS Sample Accuracy",
this is used to enter a conversion factor from the measurement units in the data to
meters. These options are meant for non-dedicated GPS dataloggers, which may have poor
GPS reception or accuracy, such as datalogger apps for mobile phones or similar devices.
- Manually Set Start / Finish Point - Takes you to the
Set Start / Finish Point screen, where you can select
the start / finish point used to separate laps. This is useful for dataloggers that do
not provide compatible lap number data.
- Ignore First Lap Triggers - Set the number of laps to ignore before counting the
first lap. This can be used in cases where the warm-up or pace lap crosses the start/finish
line, or when there are multiple laps before the session starts.
- Speed - This can also be set to "(Calculate)" to automatically calculate
the vehicle speed based on changes in the X and Y vehicle position. This requires the
Vehicle Position X and Y selections above to be set to fields that provide absolute GPS
coordinates (in longitude and latitude degrees), rather than relative positions. This
option may result in jumpy and less accurate speed information; it is generally only
useful when the data file does not provide the vehicle speed.
- Speed Conversion - If you choose a specific column for "Vehicle Speed", this allows
you to enter a conversion factor from the speed units in the data to what will be displayed
on the screen. For example, if the datalogger file reports speeds in MPH, and you want
to see km/hr, you would enter "1.60934" here. Here are some other common conversion values:
- MPH -> Km/Hr: 1.60934
- Km/Hr -> MPH: 0.62137
- M/S -> MPH: 2.23694
- M/S -> Km/Hr: 3.6
- Knots -> MPH: 1.15078
- Knots -> Km/Hr: 1.852
- Vehicle Heading - This can also be set to "(Calculate)" to automatically calculate
the heading based on changes in the X and Y vehicle position. This can provide a higher
sampling rate than the heading data provided by certain dataloggers, but may be less
- Heading Adjust - Number of degrees to rotate the heading reading in the data so that zero
degrees indicates North. Use the Reverse checkbox if the data file rotates in the opposite
- Calculated Field - This option allows you to create a custom data field which takes the
value of an existing field and applies the selected arithmetic operation and number. For example,
if your data has a metric field named "Meters" that you want to display in feet, you could use
this to create a "Feet" column which multiplies "Meters" by the conversion factor of 3.2808.
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