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What is MoviePrint

MoviePrint is a tool to create screenshots (MoviePrints) of entire movies in an instant.

What is a MoviePrint?

A MoviePrint is an image made out of screenshots of a movie. It helps you present, analyse or remember movies with the help of a single image.

  • If you have lots of movies and try to keep an overview,
  • Or you want to get a feel of a movie, its color or pace,
  • Or you want to include some moods of movies in a presentation. In all these cases MoviePrints are helpful.

Get started

1. Drag in one or more movies

  • The first movie is automatically displayed as a MoviePrint, where frames from the movie are captured in a regular interval
  • The other movies can be accessed by opening the movie list – click on the orange arrow on the left border

2. Customise the look

  • MoviePrint settings
    • Use the add MoviePrint buttons in the floating menu or
    • Open the settings menu to
    • Change the column and row count and click Apply
      • NOTE: If you only want to change the column count while keeping exactly these captured frames, you can unselect Change thumb count.
    • Change margin and other options
    • Change output path size and format
  • Thumb specific settings
    • Change the in- and outpoint for the movie via the IN and OUT buttons
      • NOTE: Setting In and Outpoints will change all thumbs. So it is best to do that before you manipulate the individual thumbs.
    • Change the frame of every single thumb via the scrub button <|> (click and drag)
    • Add thumbs before or after via the + button
    • Hide the thumbs via the HIDE button
    • Move the thumbs around via drag and drop

3. Save the MoviePrint

  • or save all MoviePrints via the arrow to the right of the Save MoviePrint button

Documentation

Types of MoviePrints

  • Interval based (default) for quickly selecting a couple of nice frames
  • Shot based for a more accurate representation of your movie.

Interval based (default)

  • Frames are chosen based on a standard interval
  • The interval is only used initially. After that you are free to add and hide thumbs wherever you like and also rearrange them at will.

Of course switching between grid and timeline view is possible for both types. But only the shot based type has the notion of shots which makes the timeline view more valuable for this type.

Shot based

  • An algorithm detects the shots of the movie (simple shot segmentation through luminance/saturation mean difference)
  • The middle frame of each detected shot is grabbed
  • The number of thumbs represents the number of detected shots
  • When you create a shot based MoviePrint of a movie for the first time, the movie gets scanned. This can take some time. The speed depends both on the length and the resolution of the movie.
  • Use the cut/merge mode in the player view to manually improve the segmentation
  • Use the change thumb mode in the player view to choose a different frame for the thumb

Grid view

Thumbs are shown in a grid. All thumbs have the same size. The grid dimensions, the margin and the thumb shape can be changed in the Settings menu

Hovering over a thumb reveals some options to customise the grid.

  • Set In- and Outpoints
    • For interval based MoviePrints – Sets this thumb as the new Inpoint/Outpoint for the MoviePrint and grabs new thumb images
      Note that previous manual selections will be lost
    • For shot detection based MoviePrints – Hides all scenes before/after this one
  • Add new thumb before/after – This adds a thumb right in-between the previous/next and this thumb (only for interval based MoviePrints)
  • Expand – Create a new MoviePrint using the In and Outpoints of this scene
  • Hide/Show a single thumb/scene
  • Save – Saves this thumb image in original resolution in the folder specified in the settings menu on the right
  • Scrub <|> – This let’s you choose a different frame for this thumb
  • Drag – Clicking and dragging anywhere else in the thumb let’s you move it to another position in the grid (only for interval based MoviePrints)

Timeline view

The length of the scene defines the width of the thumb. Minutes per row, scene width, minimum scene width and the margin can be changed in the Settings menu

Player view

The Player view is used to

  • Cut/Merge scenes to manually improve the shot detection
  • Change the frame for a thumb by scrubbing on a timeline
  • Open HTML5 player (not all movie formats are supported)
    • Play movie in fullscreen and with audio

Floating menu on the top

  • Back to parent MoviePrint (after having used Expand)
  • Add MoviePrint (shot detection based)
    • The first time, the movie is scanned
    • A MoviePrint is added creating thumbs for every detected shot
    • The MoviePrint is displayed in the timeline view
  • Add MoviePrint (interval based)
    • using presets (2×2, 3×3, 4×4, 5×5, 6×6)
    • create custom grids in the Settings menu
  • Duplicate MoviePrint
  • Switch between grid and timeline view
  • Switch to Player view
  • Fit width/height (only for grid view)
  • Zoom (only for grid view)
  • Show/Hide hidden thumbs
  • Show/Hide Header
    • set details in the Settings menu
  • Show/Hide frames or timecode
  • Show/Hide images

Movie list

  • The movie list shows all added movies
  • Add one or more movies to the list via drag and drop or the Add movies button
  • Clear the movie list via the overflow menu in the header Clear Movie list
  • Import a MoviePrint
    • Restore a MoviePrint by importing a previously exported JSON or PNG with embedded data. In case the movie location has been changed, use Replace Movie to point to the new location. -> See Export

Movie item

  • Each movie shows a thumbnail and some information
  • Each movie can contain one or more MoviePrints
  • Remove the movie from the list via the overflow menu of the movie Remove from list
  • Add a MoviePrint to a movie via the overflow menu Add MoviePrint -> See Types of MoviePrints

MoviePrint item

  • Toggle between Grid view and Timeline view via the floating menu
  • Duplicate a MoviePrint via the floating menu
  • Export the MoviePrint as a JSON file via the overflow menu of the MoviePrint Export
    • This file stores
      • Path of the movie
      • Frame numbers of the visible chosen frames
      • Column count
    • This lets you restore a MoviePrint at a later time via Import MoviePrint
  • Remove a MoviePrint via the overflow menu of the MoviePrint Remove

Settings menu

  • Change columns
  • Change rows (only interval based MoviePrints)
  • Change minutes per row (only shot based MoviePrints)
  • Change shot detection threshold (only shot based MoviePrints)
  • Show paper preview
    • Select paper layout
  • Change margin
  • Other options
    • Show header
      • Show file path
      • Show file details
      • Show timeline
    • Rounded corners
    • Show hidden thumbs
    • Show frames/timecode/no info
  • Select output path
    • Same as movie file
  • Set output size
  • Set output format
  • Set save options
    • Overwrite existing
    • Include individual frames
    • Embed frame numbers (only PNG)
    • Embed file Path (only PNG)
  • Experimental
    • Show detection chart
    • Automatic detection of In and Outpoint
    • Show input field instead of slider
  • Set max size of cached frames

Embed data when saving a MoviePrint (PNG only)

File path, column count and the selected frame numbers are embedded into the PNG file. This lets you restore a MoviePrint at a later time via Import MoviePrint. Embedding the data is activated by default. This can be changed in the settings menu.

Keyboard shortcuts

  • General
    • 1 – Show/Hide Movie list
    • 2 – Show/Hide Player view
    • 3 – Show/Hide Settings
    • A – Add Movies
    • F – Show/Hide shot detection chart
    • G – Toggle between grid view and timeline view
    • M – Save MoviePrint
    • S – Add MoviePrint (shot detection based)
  • For player view
    • SPACE – Toggle between Cut/Merge and Change thumb mode
    • SHIFT + Arrow left/right – Move 1 frame back/forward
    • Arrow left/right – Move 10 frames back/forward
    • ALT + Arrow left/right – Move 100 frames back/forward
    • For Cut/Merge mode
      • SHIFT + ALT + Arrow left/right – Jump to previous/next cut
      • ENTER – Cut/Merge shot(s)
    • For Change thumb mode
      • SHIFT + ALT + Arrow left/right – Jump to previous/next thumb
      • ENTER – Change thumb to use shown frame

Minimum requirements

MacOS 10.11.6 and later | Tested on MacOS 10.11.6
Windows 7 and later | Tested on Windows 10

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