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Movie2Shot - User's Guide


Mac software Movie2Shot







1. Installing and uninstalling Movie2Shot

Please read the README file that comes with the application.  Or click here to download one.  Click here to download license notices.


2. Using Movie2Shot

A. Preferences

When you launch Movie2Shot for the first time, you should go straight to Preferences.  Click on the left-most Toolbar button at the top.



Mac software Movie2Shot   Mac software Movie2Shot



Starting with the Settings tab, if you want to automatically open a movie with the built-in movie player, enable the checkbox that says Enable/Disable Auto open.  If Auto open is enabled, dragging and dropping a movie file onto the media drop box will trigger the movie player to launch itself. 

Next, let's switch to the Media types tab.  By default, Movie2Shot accepts QuickTime-readable multimedia formats including 3GP, 3GP2, DV, M4V, MOV, MP4.  Depending on your OS version and availability of 3rd-party QuickTime components in the System folder, it is possible that Movie2Shot can accept more media formats.  So it will be up to you to decide which one to accept.  If you are running Mac OS 10.5 with Perian (QuickTime component package), chances are that you can accept all five multimedia formats that include AVI, MPEG, WMV, MKV (Matroska), DIVX.  You have to be careful with Matroska-container movies because it is likely that the movie must be decoded frame by frame.  (It can take 3 to 5 minutes for a 2-hour movie.)  Furthermore, decoding WMV movies requires a freeware version of Flip4Mac or better.  And you cannot import MPEG (MPEG-1 & MPEG-2) movies without the MPEG2Playback component from Apple.



Mac software Movie2Shot



"What happens if I drag and drop a wrong media format?"  The application will crash.  So be careful.

Let's move on to the Export tab.  This is where you make export settings for movie screenshots you take.  Choose a graphic format, a default export path (folder), default file name...  The final export file will be named Default file name + underscore + number + file extension except the very first screenshot you take, which will be named Default file name + underscore + file extension.  You'll never have to add a file extension for yourself, by the way.



Mac software Movie2Shot   Mac software Movie2Shot



If you are finished, click on the Close button to close Preferences.  And restart your application.  Well, actually...  Movie2Shot will restart itself when you click on the Close button.  Don't worry.


B. Taking movie screenshots

Okay.  Let's import a movie file.  All you have to do is drag and drop a file onto the media drop box to the left.  If Movie2Shot accepts your file, it will show movie information like duration, file size, width, height on the movie information display.  If you need more information, click on the Toolbar button that says Info.  And notice that the movie player is launched with a small window to the right.  The Export window will first open itself with the settings in Preferences.  And it will let you change them quickly and easyly.  Click on blue + button to make the current setting default so that you won't have to go back to Preferences.



Mac software Movie2Shot   Mac software Movie2Shot



The Export window gives you every piece of information that you need to take movie screenshots.  If you aren't sure what the export path is supposed to be, simply place your Mouse pointer over the edit field next to (file) destination.  And it will tell you what it is with the right file extension whatever the graphic format you have selected.



Mac software Movie2Shot   Mac software Movie2Shot



Now, just choose a frame where you want to take a screenshot by moving the movie play head right to left.  Then click on the blue button with a white, downward-looking arrow.  Or press Command + T.  And Movie2Shot will send a movie screenshot to the file destination of your choice.  If it's invalid, it will be automatically sent to the Desktop.



Mac software Movie2Shot   Mac software Movie2Shot



What if the default export folder that you have designated is gone?  The export path is very important for Movie2Shot.  So Movie2Shot will check every second whether it exists.  And if it doesn't, then Movie2Shot will automatically set the default path back to the Desktop.  In this way, you can continue to scrub your movie and take screenshots.  In fact, you will be constantly reminded that the export destination has been changed.  This window will disappear when you set a new, valid export path.  Of course, you don't have to go back to Preferences.  Simply, click on the + button after clicking on the Select button to set a new location, right?  (Click here to see a fix with Version 1.0.2.)



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