Playing back and editing MP4 movies and still photos saved to a computer
Article ID: ART114456 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 11/04/2015
 

Description

Playing back and editing MP4 movies and still photos saved to a computer

Solution

By using the [ImageBrowser EX] applications bundled with the camcorder, you can play back movies on a personal computer. You can also join movies or still images to make your own original movies. You can insert titles, add background music, and apply a variety of effects.
IMPORTANT
  • The operations described here assume that the [ImageBrowser EX] software has been installed from the bundled CD-ROM, and has been updated over the Internet.
  • If a CD-ROM was not included with your camcorder, please download the [DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA Software] from the Canon homepage, and use it to install [ImageBrowser EX]. Please run auto-update after installing [ImageBrowser EX] .
  • In this section, Windows 7 is used as an example. Depending on the operating system you are using, on-screen displays and operations may differ slightly.
  • Movies you edit this way cannot be returned to the camera.
  • Playback of some scenes may not be smooth if you change the frame rate after movie editing.
  • Saving movies may take some time. In particular, saving movies in MOV format may take a long time. Note that the time required may vary greatly depending on computer performance and movie size (resolution).

1. Double-click the icon on your desktop to start [ImageBrowser EX].
If you cannot find the [ImageBrowser EX] shortcut icon on your desktop, click [Start] () > [All Programs] or [Programs] > [Canon Utilities] > [ImageBrowser EX] and select [ImageBrowser EX] to start [ImageBrowser EX].

NOTE
On a Mac OS X, click the [ImageBrowser EX] icon on the [Dock]. If no [ImageBrowser EX] icon is found on the [Dock], click [Go] on the menu bar, select [Applications], and then open [Canon Utility] > [ImageBrowser EX], and then select and start [ImageBrowser EX].

If you want to play back movies

1. After starting ImageBrowser EX, double-click the movie you want to play back on the main screen. A [ ] mark appears on the upper-left corner of movie file thumbnails.

2. Switch from the Thumbnail Display to the Preview Display. Click [ ] to play the movie back.

NOTE
You can also click [ ] to play the image back on the full screen. To return to Preview mode or Thumbnail mode from full-screen display, click the current movie.

If you want to connect several movies to make your own original movie

1. Select the movies you want to connect.
  • To select multiple images, click on the images while holding down the [Ctrl] key on the keyboard.
  • To select a series of images that are lined up in a row, click the first image, and then hold down the [Shift] key while you click the last image.

2. Click [Edit], and then click [Edit Movies].

3. Sort the movies.
  • Select the movies you want to sort.
  • If you do not want to sort any, proceed to Step 6.

4. Click [Move Left] or [Move Right]. Here we will click [Move Right] as an example.

5. The movies are sorted, and the selected movie moves to the right.

6. If you want to cut just the necessary parts from the movies, click [Play Time].
You can set the start and end points and cut any unnecessary parts from the movies.
If you do not need to cut any parts, proceed to Step 10.

7. The [Play Time Controls] window will appear.
Drag the starting point slider and the ending point slider along the trimming range slide bar to set the range to be cut.

8. Click [Playback/pause] and check the trimming range that has been set.

9. When finished with the trimming settings, click [OK].

10. If you click [Playback], you can check the edited content in the preview window.
  • If you want to add titles or other text, proceed to Step 2 in the "If you want to enter text" section below.
  • If you want to add music, proceed to Step 2 in the "If you want to add music (set audio)" section below.
  • If you want to save the movie as is, proceed to the "Save the edited movie" section below.


If you want to enter text

If you want to enter titles or other text, follow the steps below.

1. Select the movies you want to edit.
  • To select multiple movies, click on the movies while holding down the [Ctrl] key on the keyboard.
  • To select a series of images that are lined up in a row, click the first image, and then hold down the [Shift] key while you click the last image.

2. Click [Edit], and then click [Edit Movies].

3. Click [Apply Effect].

4. Select the image you want to add text to, and click [Text Effect].

5. The [Text Effect Settings] screen will appear. Enter text in the text-entry area.

6. Click to select the type of text display you want from the text effects list. The effect will be reflected and played back.

7. If you click [Font], a screen setting the font, the character size, and the color will appear.

8. Drag the starting point slider and the ending point slider along the effect range slide bar to set the duration the text is to be displayed.

9. Click [Playback/pause] and check the text settings that have been set.

10. When finished with the text settings, click [OK].
  • If you want to add music, proceed to "If you want to add music (set audio)".
  • If you want to save the movie as is, proceed to "Save the edited movie".

If you want to add music (set audio)

If you want to set music, such as for background music, follow the steps below.

1. Select the movies you want to edit.
  • To select multiple movies, click on the movies while holding down the [Ctrl] key on the keyboard.
  • To select a series of images that are lined up in a row, click the first image, and then hold down the [Shift] key while you click the last image.

2. Click [Edit], and then click [Edit Movies].

3. Click [Set Audio].

4. Click [Add Audio].

5. The [Add Audio] screen will appear.
Select the audio file you want to add, and then click [Open].

NOTE
You can add an MP3 or WAV audio file as background music (BGM) or as an effects tone.

6. When music has been added, an orange bar appears. If you want to delete music that has been added, right-click on the bar, and then select [Delete]. If you want to add additional music, click [Add Audio] again and make the necessary settings. To make detailed audio settings, click [Advanced Settings].

7. The [Advanced Audio Settings] screen will appear.

To use parts of the music, drag the starting point slider and the ending point slider along the slide bar to set the starting and ending points.
Drag the audio level (volume) slider to set the audio level (volume).
If you click [Playback/pause], you can check the trimming range and audio level (volume) that are set.
Set the fade as necessary. If you check [Fade-in], the sound will start gradually. If you check [Fade-out], the sound will end gradually.
When finished with the settings, click [OK].

8. If you click [Playback], you can check the edited content in the preview window.

If you want to save the edited movie

1. Click [Save].

2. Enter a file name for the movie to be saved.
Set a destination folder. To change the destination folder, click [Browse], and then specify the destination.

3. Select [Save Image Type].
  • If you select [Auto-select], an appropriate size and frame rate (a number showing the number of frames recorded per second) for the movie being saved will be set automatically.
  • If you want to specify the image type and size, select [Specify a save image type], and then make the detailed settings. For details, please see the Note below.

NOTE
If you select [Specify a save image type] and click [Advanced Settings], you will be able to set the [Image Size], [Frame Rate], and [Audio].
Supported Movie Length
If [MOV(H.264)] is selected in [Save image type], the maximum supported lengths of movies you can save are shown in the table below.
A message will be displayed if you attempt to save a movie longer than this.
In this case, trim the movie or reduce the size (resolution).
Size (Resolution) Max. Length (MOV)
23.976 fps/
25 fps/29.97 fps*
50 fps/59.94 fps*
1920 x 1080Less than 10 min.-
1280 x 720Less than 20 min.Less than 10 min.
640 x 480Less than 30 min.Less than 20 min.
320 x 240Less than 60 min.-
* On cameras, 23.976 fps is indicated as 24 fps, 29.97 fps as 30 fps, and 59.94 fps as 60 fps.
If [MP4] is selected in [Save image type], the maximum supported lengths of movies you can save are shown in the table below.
Size (Resolution) Max. Length (MP4)
1280 x 720 Less than 30 min.

4. Click [Save] to save the editing results.

5. The message below will appear, click [OK]. The process of saving the movie will start.


6. Once the movie has been saved, click [OK].

This completes the information on how to edit and save movies.


SIMS Doc Id

8201907600