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Editing and Playback

Can I edit or export FlashBack Express recordings using FlashBack Pro?

Yes. FlashBack recordings are not tied to a specific edition so can be opened with either FlashBack Pro or FlashBack Express regardless of which one was used to open them.

(If a recording has been edited with FlashBack Pro using features that are only available in Pro, it can still be opened with FlashBack Express but it will not be editable)

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How do I delete frames?

Frames can only be deleted if you are using FlashBack Pro (the Plus and Express editions do not allow any frame editing)

  1. Select the frames you want to remove.
  2. Press the Delete key or right click on the selection and click Delete Frame(s)…
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How can I join movies together?

If you have FlashBack Pro or Plus you can insert one recording into another recording or just join it at the end.

  1. Open the first recording in the Player
  2. If you want to insert the second recording somewhere in the middle of the first recording, select the frame where you want it to begin.
  3. Go to the Insert menu and select ‘FlashBack Movie’
  4. Select the second recording.
  5. Use the Add at setting to select where to insert the second recording will be inserted.

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Can I re-use textboxes / buttons I have created?

Yes, you can save them to the Annotations tab of the Player’s left side panel so that they can be dragged into other recordings.

  1. Right click on the textbox / button
  2. Select ‘Add to annotations tab’

You can also do this for any images that you have imported into your recording.

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Why has my Zoompan effect changed?

As of version 5.43, we have made some changes to simplify adding Zooms to your recordings. This will slightly change how any existing Zoompans that you have added in previous versions will work

What’s different?

You no longer have to add one Zoompan effect to zoom in to a region and then another Zoompan effect to zoom out to the whole screen – a single Zoom object is now added to your timeline that covers the entire duration of the zoom and it will automatically zoom back out at the end of the object.

Old zoom objects:

New zoom objects:

Since there is now just one object, the transition speed of the zoom can no longer be set by the length of each object so the transition speed is now automatically set by FlashBack.

Finally, the Apply Zoom/Crop button has been removed so any zooms added will now automatically be applied to give you the zoomed in view. To see the whole screen in order to adjust the size/position of the zoom, double click the Zoom object on the timeline – the whole screen will be shown with an adjustable green frame. When you are done, click the Apply button within the green frame.

How does this affect old recordings?

Any recordings with the old style Zoompan in them will be automatically updated to the new style of Zoom. The original zoom in and zoom out effect will be replaced with a single Zoom object which will automatically have its duration set to match the time between the tow original zooms effects.

There are a few things that are no longer supported, however:

  • Panning between different zoomed regions is no longer possible. You will now need to zoom out from the first region and then zoom in on the second region.
  • Zooms cannot be applied across transitions
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Why is my imported video rotated?

This can happen if the video was originally recorded on a mobile device.

Mobile devices tend to save all vidoes in a landscape orientation but then include a property that tells video players to rotate portrait videos by 90 degrees when they open them.

Unfortunately, FlashBack does not currently support this property so will not perform the necessary rotation. 

The only suggestion we could make is to try using one of the guides in this article to re-encode your video into a true portait orientation before importing it into FlashBack –

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Can I fix out of sync audio and video?

If the sound is ‘ahead’ of the video, and reaches the end before the video, you can use the Resynchronise function in FlashBack Player (Pro only) to make the sound and video end at the same point, correcting the sync.

  1. Find the point in the audio at which it ‘ends’ – this will be before the end of the movie.
  2. Select the sound from that point to the end of the movie.
  3. Delete the sound, but make sure you do not also delete the movie frames. (Only the sound should be selected and drawn in red)
  4. Right click on the track header and select Resynchronise. 
  5. Select to resynchronise to the duration of the movie.

This will resample the sound track to make it the same length as the video, which should correct the sync problems. 

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Removing noise from audio

If you are using FlashBack Pro, you can remove noise, such as background ambience or electrical noise from your PC, that has been captured in your recordings.

  1. Open the recording in the Player
  2. Select the clips you want to remove noise from or highligjt a range of frames on the framebar
  3. Go to the Sound menu
  4. Select Remove Noise
  5. Choose the strength of the noise removal – a higher value will remove more noise but may also start to affect the noise you want to keep as well.

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Why can’t I edit the size or position of my webcam video?

If the ‘Show webcam window while recording’ option was enabled when the movie was recorded, the webcam window is captured as part of the screen instead of being recorded separately and then layered on to of the screen recording.

In this case you will need to set the size and position of the webcam window before you record.

However, by default the ‘Show webcam window while recording’ option will not be enabled so the webcam will be saved as a separate layer and you can re-size it or change its position afterwards.

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How can I select a large number of frames to edit?

There are several methods for selecting a range of frames for editing.

After selecting the first frame, you can either: 

  • Hold shift and either the left or right cursor key to move along the framebar selecting frames 
  • Drag the scroller below the framebar to quickly move along the framebar to where the final frame is and then hold shift and click on that frame to also select all of the frames in-between as well. 

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Can my keystrokes be displayed in my movie?

Yes, but only for certain keypresses that would not normally produce any visible output on the screen.

These ‘invisible’ keypresses will be produced by the keys such as the function keys or the Insert, Delete, Home and End keys. If you want the user to know when these keys are being pressed, FlashBack can automatically create textboxes to show them by doing the following:

  1. Open the Actions menu
  2. Go to Display Invisible Keystrokes
  3. Click ‘Show Invisible Keystrokes’.
  4. Set properties for the textboxes that will show the keystrokes.

This will create textboxes to show any invisible keystrokes in the movie. You can edit the textboxes as normal in FlashBack Player.

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Can I add a voice-over to a movie that has already been recorded?

Yes, you can record a new voice-over into a recording while playing it back in the Player.

  1. Open the existing movie in the Player
  2. Select the frame where you want to start recording from
  3. Open the Sound menu
  4. Click Record Sound…
  5. Make sure the correct microphone source and then click Record.

Playback of the movie will then begin from the selected frame with anything you say into the mic being recorded. Recording will continue until playback is stopped.

If you only want to record voice-over for a specific section of the movie, highlight the relevant frames instead of just selecting the first frame – recording will automatically stop when you reach the end of the selection.

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Can I save part of a movie?

Yes, in the Pro and Plus editions you can save a selected set of frames into a new file.

  1. Select the part of the movie you want to save on the timeline or framebar.
  2. Go to File -> Save Frames -> Save Selected Frames to a New Movie
  3. Enter a name and destination for the new FBR file that will be created from the selected frames.
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