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Introduction

Here is a collection of tips and tricks I have assembled from my experiences with MEP, and also from what I have learnt from the MEP forum.

Please note that these tips and tricks are not designed to replace the manual (both PDF and the Help function). While the reference material ie online help and the PDF manual for MEP has, in the past, been "average", it is improving with every version, so please have a browse through them both. You'll pick up many features that will make your MEP experience even better and more productive as you realise what this program can do.

Some tutorials are on Youtube and Vimeo (I like Vimeo because the video can be updated without changing it's web address).

Tutorials on this site must not to be used commercially without arrangement with AA Productions.

All of the video-based tutorials are linked on this page.

General/Setup

 

Capture/Import

 

Edit

 

Export (Not Burn DVD)

 

DVD Menus/Burn DVD

 

All Video Tutorials

 

 

   

Author/Creator/
Bright Spark
if not AA

General/Setup

   
     

Set Up Your Computer For Video Editing

   
     

MEP Installation / Version Information

   
     

CODEC Information
Information about the codecs required to import some file types.

   
     

Installation
Have a look at this thread about installing in Safe Mode and other information. I use Enditall (version 2) to help shutdown unnecessary programs before any installation.

MEP 11/11 Plus installation: leave the installation DVD in the drive during the reboot after the installation, then start MEP for the first time. After a successful start of MEP, then you can remove the disk.

   
     

Folder Management V3

   
     

Virtual Dub Filters with MEP
MEP 11 and later support Virtual Dub filters (on the video object, right click and select Video Effects Plugins). However, some filters don't work. A list of ones that do and don't can be found on the Magix users Forum here.

 

mrveronn and others

     

Take control of your Media Pool tabs
In MEP 2005/10, right click on a tab and then move it left or right. To add a tab, open the folder using the Drives tab of the drop-down list, then right click in the media pool and click Create Link For Folder.

MEP10+ note: When you create a new tab and give it a name, the name may be chopped off/truncated. Restart MEP 10+ to see the whole tab name.

Although the layout of MEP 11/14 is a little different, the same applies: you can create your own buttons as links to your own folders.

 

Richard (rfmmars/Dead Wizard/The Master)

     

File Information V6

   
     

TV Cropping V7
Has some of your picture or titles been chopped off when viewing your movie on your TV? Read this for the procedure to allow for TV overscanning/cropping. This issue mainly applies to CRT TVs as LCD TVs generally have much less overscanning (however, my Sony Bravia still has a 4% overscan).

   
     


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Capture/Import

   
     

Capturing DV with WinDV V3
MEP does a good job capturing DV and HDV, but if you have trouble capturing DV with MEP, try this free program. I use it often.

   
     

VRO Files
Basically, copy the file to your hard drive, then rename the extension to MPG. Then MEP will Smart Render/Copy it. For further info, see this post: Editing VRO Files.

 

Andy W

     

File not accepted by MEP? Have a read of the CODECS page.

   
     

Use of Still Images in MEP V5

 

David

     

Importing VOBs
Notes on importing VOBs into MEP (and archiving your movies as MPEGs).

   
     

Frameserve Files into MEP from Virtual Dub
Combine the power of Virtual Dub with the easy editing and burning of MEP by frameserving.

 

   

Edit

   


Note: All video tutorials can be found here.
 

   
The Keyframe Animato (MEP 11 Plus and 14 Plus)    

The KFA replaces the Object Curves function in the Plus versions of MEP, allowing easy and accurate control over many different object parameters such as zoom, position, colour and volume. Includes tutorials. MEP 14 and earlier.

   
     
The Object Curves Control (MEP 10 and earlier    

Earlier non-Plus versions of MEP have a feature called the Object Effect Curve editor. This allows control of various parameters of an object in much the same way as the Keyframe Animator but not being as easy to master and use. Includes tutorial.

   
     

Audio Scrubbing
A link to a great thread discussing audio scrubbing - audio playback during dragging along the timeline.

 

Scenestealer

     
Adjusting the Audio Level    
     

Editing /Creating Left/Right Audio Channels V2
Or, to "stereo-ise" a one-sided audio track, in MEP 17: Right-click on your audio object, choose Audio Cleaning>Stereo FX tab>Stereo FX Preset dropdown to Mono.

 

Richard (rfmmars/Dead Wizard)

     

The Movement Control (MEP 15 on later)

 

David/Scenestealer

The Movement controls are used panning, cropping, zooming, rotating your objects, including setting up the so-called the Ken Burns effect, where still images are slowly panned and/or cropped to create a sense of motion.

The Movement control can be used to easily track an object with another such as a halo around a person's head or an arrow along a map route.  Includes tutorials for MEP 14 and 15.

 

 

     

Slow/Reverse Motion tips

 

Mad Magix/Cepu0001

     

Picture In Picture V4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Converting 4:3 movies to 16:9 V5 (MEP 11 Plus and 14 Plus)
Use the Image Size and Position function or the Keyframe Animator to re-format your "square" 4:3 movies into widescreen wonders. Includes the NTSC procedure.

Convert 4:3 movies to 16:9 using MEP 15 and later

   
     

Cancel All Object Effect Curves (OEC)
In MEP 2004/2005/10, If you can't reset or undo the effect curves on an object, right click Object Curve Effects and in the OEC dialog box, untick all the active effects then click Close.

In the PLUS versions, open the Keyframe Animator and untick all active effects.

   
     

Adjust the  Video Level/Transparency
Tutorial for MEP 15 and later showing how to adjust the  level or transparency/opacity of a visual object.

   
     

Cropping Video Objects V1 (MEP 11 and 14 Plus)
Got a bit of rough video running along the edges of your picture? Crop it out using these techniques. In the days of LCD TVs, where you see everything on the MEP Preview monitor, even right on the edges, you may have to crop your movie slightly to keep it tidy.

 

 

     

Cursor Functions when Dragging Object Edges
A short tute for MEP 15 showing how the cursor works when dragging object edges - two-headed and single headed mode.

   
     

Titles V3
Title techniques including positioning and custom coloured backgrounds.

   
     

Highlighting a section of moving video
Use MEP to move a highlight on a moving face or other object.

 

DFHowes

     

Masking a Moving Face
Mask a moving face with a mosaic pattern

   
     

Freezing/Pausing your video/creating a still image/frame
Tute on Youtube showing how to "freeze" the video without exporting a still image.

   
     

Export (Not Burn DVD)

   
     

Exporting a Range
Want to check a small piece of your handiwork without waiting hours for a complete encode? Use the "Export a Range" function.

   
     

Export to WMV

   
   

Encoding into DivX for Palm
Encode your movies into DivX format for your Palm PDA with Super Converter and Virtual Dub.

   
     

Export  to Youtube/Vimeo

 

 

     

Batch Exporting
MEP 14 and above will batch-export objects on the timeline into individual files, or alternatively batch-export each opened movie (MVD) into individual files. Read this thread on the MEP forum for details.

 

   

DVD Menus/Burn DVD

 

 

     

Take control of your DVD Menus: remove those pesky menu numbers and other tips spruce up your DVD Menus

 

with help from Boy Calgary and p818632

     

Add Extra Text to your DVD Menu
Tutorial describing how to add extra text to your DVD menu, such as adding labels for the buttons. Click on the link in the MEP 15 section.

   
     

Burning Movies to your hard drive/Using DVDShrink to burn copies - MEP 10 and earlier V3

   
     

Burning your project to your hard drive - MEP 11 and later V4
Encode and "burn" your DVDs to your hard drive for checking before putting them on disk.

   
     

Burn your DVD or Bluray Image to a DVD with the free Imgburn
MEP 11 and above

   
     

Title Tips
If during burning you get messages about lots of memory being used to render the titles, go to Program Settings>System> and unclick the Title Editor option.

 

Richard Yardley

     

Encode/Encode All/Use/Use/Maintain All V1
What does this mean?

   
     
     

 

   
     

 

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