Video Studio Projects-----Inserting Video to the Timelines


When we run Video Studio we see the workstation displaying our project, that project can be saved as a VSP ( Video Studio Project)
The VSP is a small file, similar to a text file, it contains the details of our project, the timeline contents and any edits applied to the clips.
The VSP should not be confused with a video file, the VSP, our project will be converted into a video file from the Share tab by a process called rendering.
The project has settings that affect its layout, for instance we can set as 4:3 or 16:9, that would affect the project frame size and shape, ultimately affecting the final video.

I am working with AVCHD from my Panasonic camcorder, those properties should be used for my Project Properties

Video Studio will do this for us
From Settings - Preferences F6 tick Show Messages when inserting..........

Activating Show Messages is achieved by inserting the first clip to the timelines, opening a new project ensures we do that.
The video file used has to be compliant, that is its properties are suitable to set the project properties
Using a WMV for instance is not gonna work.
If our project properties are set correctly, same as video file, then the message will not show.

Video Studio X7 is the first version to allow many video file types, earlier versions were limited to using AVI and Mpeg2

This makes it much easier to match the properties with a variety of formats.
The image to the right shows when using my Panasonic clips, these are the full details

MPEG Transport-Stream Files
24 bits, 1920 x 1080, 25 fps
Upper Field First
(HDMV-PAL), 16:9
H.264 Video
Video data rate: Variable (Max. 16800 kbps)
Audio data rate: 256 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio, 48 KHz, 2/0(L,R)

There are many ways of inserting video to the timeline

1 / This could have been done if using a capture process or Insert Digital Media options
2 / Simply Drag and Drop from windows explorer folder directly to the timelines
3 / We can Insert to the library then drag and drop to timeline
4 / Right click a clip in the library and choose Insert to......
5 / File menu - Insert Media file to timelines-- Insert Video
6 / Right click timeline for Insert Video -- my preferred option.