Customizing Video Studio Preferences
Details taken using Video Studio 10

Video Studio has provided a limited means for the user (you) to select your own settings.

The following information are the settings that I prefer.

Launch Video Studio

From File / Preferences you should see this window.

The General Tab:-

Undo, I have reduced this to 20, being informed that it may improve editing speeds.
Re-link checking. When we insert a clip to the library or timeline we are using a virtual clip a thumbnail linked to the files on the hard drive, this option allows VS to automatically check that links are correct.
Show Messages When inserting First Video Clip....
Very useful as VS shows details of a compatible video files allowing the project properties to match. Only on the first clip inserted, to activate again start a new project.
Show Start-Up Screen Gets rid of the start screen when opening Video Studio.
Use default transition effect Select this and VS will automatically insert a transition selected from the default effect box.
Playback Method Change to Instant Playback for normal use. If you are having playback problems then try High Quality Playback, VS will render and generate a temporary file to the preview folder, playing the project from there.
Clip display Mode Thumbnail only will display the video clips in full when in timeline view.
Working Folder Probably the most important, I create new folders for each project.
Instant Playback Target Select Preview Window
Default Field Order Set to Lower Field First (Field 'A') this is the normal type of video file I use. (digital capture)

Edit Tab:-

Apply colour filter is checked and set to Pal

Resample Quality I set to Best

Image re-sampling option set to Keep aspect ratio and your images will not be distorted.
Fit to project size and your images will be distorted unless they are the same size as the video frame.

Default Durations
Image / colour clip...............10 sec
Audio Fade in / out...............3 sec
Transition effect duration.....3 sec
Just about correct for creating a slide show.

Capture tab
Press Ok to capture when using my Mini DV, the camcorder will play without capture till the option OK is pressed, allows for a pre roll.
Record directly from CD allows you to record from audio CD to timeline with files saved to hard drive.
Capture Still Images save Format. I use jpeg. We can capture a still image from the video on the timeline. We have two options, Clip mode capture and project playback capture, the latter captures the frame as seen in the preview screen using the square pixel frame size. Images are saved to the working folder.
Stop DV Tape Stops the camera when capture is terminated, well sometimes it does, it may depend on the camera type and whether the clips have been loaded to the timeline. My old Canon camera used to work like a dream.
Allow access to capture device settings, basically changes the way the settings are displayed, you don't see any more detail.
Show Drop Frame Counter, essential, shows the counter in the information panel during capture.
Show recovery DVB-T to be honest I don't know.

Preview Tab:-

This folder is used when the 'High Quality Playback' option is selected
(general tab-playback method)

Depending on your PC set up you may wish to create a preview folder in a different drive to the one allocated.
The default folder being in 'C' drive.
This is quite important as temporary files can be very large.
Again only used when High Quality Playback is used.


The preview files can also be found in 'Tools-Preview Files Manager'

Smart Proxy Tab:-

This folder is generally used when working with large sized video files.
Your PC set up has a big input here. you need a good fast pc to edit large files.
High Definition files are quite large and as such difficult to handle, to help proxy files, temporary files are created these being used in the editing stage.

UI Layout Tab:-

User Interface allows you to change the layout of Video Studio.
First introduced with Video Studio 10

Try the different layouts, its personal preference.Back to Menu Page

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Last Updated June 2009