The Ezvid Interface

So now we’re done installing.

And here comes the Ezvid interface.

It looks pretty slick, but then again, there are some annoyances. Why is so much room taken up with the text boxes? Why the huge Ezvid logo? And some of the buttons are not particularly intuitive, to be honest. But that’s why your intrepid reviewer is going to go over all the pieces of the interface until I’m blue in the face. So. Starting at the top:

The logo and the “?” button are an obvious waste of interface space. Clicking on them opens up this somewhat crap help overlay, which looks like it was written for serious newbies who can’t even read English.

So we’ll just ignore that and move on to the next section.

This is where you enter your title, description and etc.

To start out with, I suggest you try to choose a non-stupid title for your video… something that will help you be found on YouTube. So a title like “minecraft” or “my video” is not a good title. The key is to be as descriptive as possible with both your title and your description, so you can be found on YouTube and get the thousands of views you deserve.

Next — the music selector. It defaults to “Kentish Town”, which is some sort of background music played with a guitar. Want to use your own music here instead? Something freshly ripped from YouTube or copied from your friend? Ha! You can’t! But I’ll get to that later.

Keywords. Again — do not just put “minecraft” here. Choose something descriptive and unique that will get the clicks. How about “my crap minecraft video”. Kidding.

Category. Theoretically on YouTube you are supposed to not do “category spamming”, where, for example you label your gaming video as a “nonprofits and activism” video. That’s against the rules. But again, since most YouTube videos are made by people under the age of ten who can’t read, it is safe to say that you can choose any category here and it won’t matter. But don’t say you heard that from me.

Next, on to the icons bar.

You can hover over each icon to find out what it does, but I wouldn’t want to ask you to do something as challenging as this, and therefore I’m going to take the time here to tell you what each button does. Without further ado:

The play button. This plays your video. No, I’m not being fresh. This is actually what it does. But let me give you a hint: never use this button. Instead, use the SPACEBAR to play your video. This button:

Trust me, use the spacebar. Don’t use the play button. Just do it.

Next. The new project button.

This creates a new project. In a later post, I’ll discuss Ezvid’s somewhat limited project management capabilities, however, suffice to say, that if you want to make an entirely new project, click this button. Ezvid will automatically save your current project, which you can access via the load project button:

Use this if you want to open a previous project.

Next. These funny arrows.

What do they do? You guessed it! Undo & Redo. They work just like any other program. Except: They don’t work on audio. What? You mean that you can’t undo voice recordings? No! You cannot! Argh! The only way to delete a voice recording is to record OVER it (with voice synthesis or another voice recording), or, right-click on the green audio region and choose “delete”. Does that suck! Yes!

OK. Enough complaining for a bit. Next see these:

Zoom in. Zoom Out.

Seemingly obvious, and yet, I want to tell you this. Never, ever use these buttons.

If you want to zoom in, do it in the non-newbie way: Hold down the CONTROL key and click the PLUS key. Again, that’s: CNTRL +

If you want to zoom out, then: CNTRL -

Get it?

Next, the button.

When I click it, see what comes up:

We’re going to talk about screen recording in a separate post, but this is a good time to talk about this button. What does this button do? Nothing! Why is it on the interface? I don’t know! What a waste of space.

The entire purpose of this button is to teach n00bs that if you want to record a full screen game, you have to put the game into windowed mode.



What the hell is this?

Let me explain. Proper “professional” screen recording programs like Fraps use hotkeys to record full screen games. Ezvid, for whatever reason, cannot do this.

But which games must be put into windowed mode to record with Ezvid?

This is where it gets tricky. You’ll need to experiment. And this is where Ezvid’s troubleshooting approach is fairly decent. Here is the rule of thumb: If you make a recording, and it comes out black, then you should have put your game into windowed mode.

Ideally Ezvid should be able to tell you “hey, put that game into windowed mode now!”. But it doesn’t. You have to figure it out for yourself.

Hint: To learn how to put your game into windowed mode, there is a website that can help you. It is called “Google“. Go to this website and type in the name of the game you are playing, and the text “windowed mode”. Like this:

And then, you can do what everyone else does, and just click the first link that comes up.

Still confused? Then you are dumb. Go back to playing Club Penguin.

I digress.

Next, what I like to call the video creation buttons.

These are:

capture screen
capture screen and voice
record voice
synthesize speech
add text
add media

I will go over these in more detail, beginning with everyone’s favorite topic: Audio and Music in Ezvid.

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