Virtual Film Maker 3.0 Description

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Virtual Film Maker 3.0

Current page describes v. 1.1.21 (both free and paid).

Suppose you have an Android 3.0 tablet and some footage from the camcorder - children, nature, vacation, job and so on.

If you want some of the following:

  • to show some best fragments to your mom and relatives

  • to show some fragments of your vacations footage to your friends

  • to make a small presentation for your colleagues

  • to create a montage sketch for your next real movie chef-d'oeuvre

  • to make a video for a high school project without hard editing

then you are in the right place. Virtual film Maker does exactly what you want.

Virtual Film Maker allows user to easily save and display a set of media file fragments (called 'clips'). The clips are not played back from the beginning to the end as in the simple play list. For each clip the playback starts anywhere you want ('Start Position' clip attribute) and lasts as long as you wish ('Duration' clip attribute).

Note that Virtual Film doesn't exist as a physical media file. It is just a script in the simple XML file format. That's why it's called "virtual film". It weights little and loads fast. And, yes... you cannot upload the finished product to YouTube.

To make a film you just set start and duration for selected media files on your tab, save the film and then watch it. It is a complete innovation and filmmaking has never been so simple. You don't need cut and trim buttons, and all those difficult things. To make a new version of your film you just change the start or the duration of a video.

All of us felt slight irritation of the people who we present our photos or video. Now you can enjoy only the favorite fragments of the videos and watch them without waiting. Now the film can be as long as you want and you can enjoy sharing even more. The whole program is so simple a child can use it. Stylish interface will encourage you to enjoy the application.

Virtual Film is a set of clips, which is saved on the disk in simple XML format in files with ".vfilm" extension. Each Film has some film properties such as 'Title', 'Description' and 'Author'. Each clip has some clip properties such as 'Name', 'Description', 'Media File Name', 'Start Position' and 'Duration'. Some types of clips have 'Volume' or 'Initial Zoom' property as well.

Virtual Film Maker is a simple Virtual Film Editor combined with Android built-in media player.

Virtual Film Maker's main window displays a list of clips in three different views (List, Gallery and Grid) and is a simple virtual film script editor. The main window title displays the current film file name and contains the action bar (main menu) that provides commands for 'New Film', 'Open Film', 'Save Film', 'Play Film', switch view, 'Rename Film', 'Export Film', 'Scan Folder', 'Create Slideshow', 'Background Play List', 'Preferences', 'Search' and 'About'.

Click on the clip expands the clip menu which allows the following actions: 'Play Film from this Clip', 'Edit', 'New Clip', 'Delete', 'Clone', 'Move Up', 'Move Down' and 'Undo'.

Long Tap on the clip displays the clip options menu which allows the following options: 'Play Film from this Clip', 'Play Film from the Beginning', 'Play this Clip only', 'Edit Film Properties' and 'Preferences'.

Just add some clips, set start position and duration for each, press 'Play' and enjoy your virtual film.

 


'Voice Recognition' iconVoice Recognition Dialog

The microphone icon 'Voice Recognition' iconon the left of some text input fields starts the voice recognition dialog. Press the icon and say the required text instead of typing the text manually.

 


Film PropertiesFilm Properties

Each Film has some properties, namely 'Title', 'Description' and 'Author'. All film properties are searchable and optional. They are displayed in 'Film Open' dialog and help user to identify the required film.

'Film Properties' dialog 'Film Properties' dialog looks like this.

Note the microphone icons 'Voice Recognition' iconthat allows using the voice recognition for each film property field.

 


'Edit Clip' dialog'Edit Clip' dialog - Clip Properties

Each clip has properties, namely 'Name', 'Description', 'Media File Name', 'Start Position' and 'Duration'. Static clips (pictures and HTML files) have 'Initial Zoom' property as well, while media clips have 'Volume' property. 'Media Folders' button allows user to quickly select one of recently used media folders for browsing.

'Edit Clip' dialog provides preview for video and image files and looks like this:

'Edit Clip' dialog with video file loaded'Edit Clip' dialog with image file loaded 'Edit Clip' dialog

'Next' and 'Previous' buttons provide easy navigation between clips and work as 'OK' button (i.e. save changes).

Note the microphone icons 'Voice Recognition' iconthat allows using the voice recognition for the 'Clip Name' and 'Description' fields.

 

Android Media Store

'Video Gallery', 'Audio Track' and 'Images' buttons allow user to browse the Android Media Store. If there is a choice in the next dialog (it depends on the number of the installed file managers), check the "Use by default for this action" flag and select "Gallery" for video and images or "Select music track" for audio.

 

Browse

Hint

Keep in mind that for the 'Browse' button to work, the external file manager should be installed.
Both 'OI File Manager' and 'ES File Explorer' are supported. Details...

 

'Media Folders' dialog

'Media Folders' dialog allows to quickly select one of the recently used folders for browsing and looks like this:

'Media Folders' dialog 'Media Folders' dialog

 

'Set Volume' dialog

'Set Volume' dialog allows selecting volume level for video and audio clips as well as for the Background Play List. Use seekbar or tap one of the volume level buttons to select the required volume level.

If 'Do not Touch' flag is checked, then the clip is played back "as is".

'Set Volume' dialog 'Set Volume' dialog

 

Hint

Note, that if 'Allow Clip Volume Control' preference flag is unchecked, then the clip 'Volume' attribute is ignored and each media clip is played back "as is" with its own volume level.

 

'Set Zoom' dialog

'Set Zoom' dialog allows user to set the initial zoom for image clips in range [50% - 200%]. Use seekbar or type in the required zoom value and press 'OK'.

If 'Auto Fit' flag is checked, then the initial zoom for image will be set automatically. 'Image View AutoFit' preference suggests two choices: 'Fit Image to Window' and 'Fit Window to Image'.

'Set Zoom' dialog 'Set Zoom' dialog

 


Clip ListMain Window and Views

Virtual Film Maker's main window is a simple virtual film editor and can display a list of clips in three different views: List View, Gallery view and Grid view ('Pro' version only). Views can be switched from the Main menu.

If 'Restore Last View' preference flag is checked, then Virtual Film Maker restores the last view on startup.  Otherwise the program always starts in List view as it has no previews and is the fastest.

Clip Options MenuList View

View Description
Clip List is displayed in the Main Window.

List view

If clip media file is absent then the 'Stop' icon appears to the right of the clip type icon.

If clip media file is absent then the 'Stop' icon appears at the right of the clip type icon.

Clip List with expanded clip menu.

Click on the clip expands the clip menu which allows the following actions: 'Play Film from this Clip', 'Edit', 'New Clip', 'Delete', 'Clone', 'Move Up', 'Move Down' and 'Undo').

Clip List with expanded clip menu.

 

Clip Options MenuGallery View

View Description
Gallery View Screenshot

Gallery view

 

Getting Thumbnails

Getting Thumbnails from the Android takes some time during first Gallery or Grid view start for each opened film.

That is why the program always starts with List view.

Gallery View provides two rows of controls. First row provides navigation buttons.

 
Beginning 3 clips back Next clip Play Previous clip 3 clips forward End

Second row buttons duplicate the main menu items and are available in 'Pro' version only.

 
List View Grid View Rename File Scan Folder Slideshow Background Play List Preferences

 

Clip Options MenuGrid View

Grid view supports Drag-n-Drop and is available in 'Pro' version only.

View Description
Grid View Drag-n-Drop Screenshot

Grid view. 'Big' thumbnails size is selected.

Grid view with small icons

Grid view. 'Small' thumbnails size is selected
(see 'Switching Views').

 

Hint

Note, that when one of the views (List/Gallery/Grid) is started, then the previous view is discarded. Use main menu to switch the view. The Android 'Back' button pressed in each of the main window views will  close the program.

 

The main window title displays the current film file name and contains the action bar (main menu).

Long Tap on the clip displays the clip options menu which allows the following options: 'Play Film from this Clip', 'Play Film from the Beginning', 'Play this Clip only', 'Edit Film Properties' and 'Preferences'.

 


Switching Views

To switch the current view use main menu or tap the main application icon.

Tap on main application icon to display the 'Switch view' dialog. Tap on main application icon (in the left top corner of the main window)displays the 'Switch view' dialog.

 

The 'Switch view' dialog looks like this:

'Switch view' dialog (List View and Gallery View). 'Switch view' dialog
(List View and Gallery View).
'Switch view' dialog (Grid View)

 

'Switch view' dialog (Grid View).
'Pro' version only.

In Grid View the 'Switch view' dialog allows to change the Grid View parameters, namely 'Drag-n-Drop mode' and 'Thumbnails Size'. Set the required parameters and tap the 'Grid View' to reenter.

If 'Drag-n-Drop mode' flag is checked/unchecked, then tapping on the 'Grid View' switches the Drag-n-Drop mode on/off.

'Thumbnails Size' provides toggle buttons for 5 sizes: small, medium, big and two in-between.

Click on the picture below to see the screenshot.

Grid View - small previews (size 1 of 5) Small Previews in Grid View.
Grid View - medium previews (size 3 of 5) Medium Previews in Grid View.
Grid View - big previews (size 5 of 5) Big Previews in Grid View.

 


Main MenuMain Menu

The main window title contains the action bar (main menu) that provides commands for 'New Film', 'Open Film', 'Save Film', 'Play Film', switch view, 'Rename Film', 'Export Film', 'Scan Folder', 'Create Slideshow', 'Background Play List', 'Preferences', 'Search' and 'About'.

Main menu appears in the Action Bar in the right top of the Main Window. Main menu appears in the Action Bar in the right top corner of the Main Window.
Other main menu items appear as popup menu. Other main menu items appear as popup menu.

 
Icon Action Description
'New Film' icon New Film Create new film.
'Open Film' icon Open Film Open existing film.
'Save Film' icon Save Film Save current film.
'Play Film' icon Play Film Start playback.
'List View' icon List View Switch to List View.
'Gallery View' icon Gallery View Switch to Gallery View.
'Grid View' icon Grid View Switch to Grid View. 'Pro' version only.
'Rename Film' icon Rename Film Rename film file.
'Export Film' icon Export Film Export virtual film and all related media files.
Media File Extensions Scan Folder 'Scan Folder' dialog allows user to select a folder to scan and automatically add all found video files to the film. 'Pro' version only.
Create Slideshow 'Create Slideshow' dialog allows user to select a folder to scan and automatically add all found images to the film.
Background Play List 'Background Play List' dialog allows user to add a Background Play List to the film. 'Pro' version only.
'Preferences' icon Preferences Preferences window.
'Search' icon Search Displays 'Search' dialog.
'About' icon About Displays 'About' dialog.

 


Clip Options Menu

Long Tap on the clip displays the clip options menu which allows the following options: 'Play Film from this Clip', 'Play Film from the Beginning', 'Play this Clip only', 'Edit Film Properties' (displays 'Film Properties' dialog) and 'Preferences' (displays 'Preferences' dialog).  All three 'Play Film' options start film playback.
Clip Options Menu (long tap). Long Tap on the clip displays the clip options menu which allows the following options: 'Play Film from this Clip', 'Play Film from the Beginning', 'Play this Clip only', 'Edit Film Properties' and 'Preferences'.

 

Clip Options Menu (long tap on clip).

 


Clip Menu

Click on the clip in the List View expands the clip menu. In Gallery and Grid views the clip menu appears as dialog.

The clip menu allows the following actions: 'Play Film from this Clip', 'Edit', 'New Clip', 'Delete', 'Clone', 'Move Up', 'Move Down' and 'Undo').

The clip menu appears as expandable list items or as a dialog. In List view the clip menu appears as expandable list items and looks like this.
In Gallery and Grid views the clip menu appears as dialog. In Gallery and Grid views the clip menu appears as dialog.

 

Here is a brief description of the clip menu options.

 

Icon Action Description
'Play' icon Play Start film playback from the selected clip.
'Edit' icon Edit Display 'Edit Clip' dialog.
'New Clip' icon New Clip Create new clip and insert it after the selected clip.
'Clone' icon Clone Clone the selected clip and insert it after the selected clip.
'Delete' icon Delete Delete the selected clip. After last clip deletion the new clip is inserted automatically.
'Move Up' icon Move Up Move the selected clip up on the list.
'Move Down' icon Move Down Move the selected clip down on the list.
Undo Undo last action ('Pro' version only).

The following actions can be undone:
Edit clip, New clip, Clone clip, Delete clip, Move Up, Move Down, Drag-n-Drop Move, Scan Folder, Create Slideshow and Edit Background Play List.

 

Hint

Keep in mind that when a new film is created or an existing film is opened, then the undo list for the previous film is erased.

 


Dialog 'About'Dialog 'About'

Dialog 'About' provides information about Program name, version and copyright.

Dialog 'About' Dialog 'About'

 
Icon Reference Description
'Home Page' icon Home Page (we are here) Open developer's web site in the browser.
Android Market Open program page on Android Market.

 


'Open Film' iconOpening Film

'Film Open' dialog allows user to select a file to open. If one of the external file managers is installed, then the 'Browse' button is enabled allowing user to run the external file manager. 'Recent Films' button allows user to quickly select one of recently opened films. 'Search' button opens 'Search' dialog.

Once the film is selected, its properties are displayed at the bottom part of the window.

'Film Open' dialog looks like this:

'Film Open' dialog  

 

'Recent Films' dialog looks like this:

'Recent Films' dialog 'Recent Films' dialog.

Pick the required film and press 'OK'

 

Starting from v. 19 it is possible to select exported ZIP file in 'File Open' dialog. Pressing OK button forces unzipping to start. After unzipping the virtual film file (extracted from the archive) will be automatically set to the 'Film File Path' field.

 

Unzipping in process.

Unzipping complete.

 


'Save Film' iconSaving New Films

If 'Auto Save New Films' preference flag is checked, then new films are saved automatically with file name like 'sdcard/VFS/VFM/New_Film_YYYYMMDD_hhmmss.vfilm '. Empty new films (one clip with media file path that doesn't exist) are silently discarded.

'Film Save New' dialog appears only if 'Auto Save New Films' preference flag is not checked (the default).

This dialog doesn't use the external file manager, user just types in the file name without extension in the 'File Name' field, while folder ('sdcard/VFS/VFM') and file extension ('.vfilm') are appended automatically and are displayed in the 'File Path' field.

'Save New Film' dialog 'Save New Film' dialog looks like this.
'Save New Film' dialog with 'Overwrite' check box If the selected file exists, the 'Overwrite' check box appears.

 


'Rename Film' iconRenaming Films

To rename the film first save it and then select the 'Rename Film' command in the main menu. The 'Rename Film' command uses the same dialog as 'Save New Film' above. Type in the new file name without extension and press 'OK' button to rename the film file.

 


'Export Film' iconExporting Virtual Films

The Virtual Film Export procedure typically consists of the following steps.

Using ZIP archive

  1. Export film with 'Create ZIP archive' flag checked
  2. Transfer the resulting ZIP archive to the target tablet
  3. On the target tablet select ZIP archive in the 'File Open' dialog, wait while extracting finishes and open the virtual film
  4. Don't forget to manually delete the ZIP file on the target tablet

The virtual film and all related media files are automatically extracted to the 'VFS/VFM/Import/ZIP_NAME' subfolder. Don't forget to manually delete the ZIP file on both tablets as it is no longer required.

Using Subfolder

  1. Export film with 'Create ZIP archive' flag unchecked

  2. Transfer the resulting subfolder to the target tablet

  3. On the target tablet open virtual film from the transferred subfolder

Don't forget to manually delete the exported files on the source tablet
 (subfolder 'VFS/VFM/Export/TARGET_SUBFOLDER')

 

'Film Export' procedure copies (or ZIPs) both virtual film and all related media files (including background sound tracks) to the selected target subfolder. The export procedure silently overwrites existing target files (if any).

 

To export the film first save it and then select the 'Export Film' command in the main menu. The 'Export Film' dialog appears. Type in the export folder name and press 'Start Export' button to start exporting the film.

'Export Film' dialog  

 

Hint

Export runs as an asynchronous process. That's why it is not necessary to wait until the process finishes. User can close the export window at any time. When the export process finishes and the export window is closed then the standard Android notification will be fired.

 

Compressing files

 
If 'Create ZIP archive' flag is checked, then all files will be compressed to the 'target_subfolder/FilmName.zip'.
   

Copying files

 
If 'Create ZIP archive' flag is unchecked, then all files will be copied to the 'target_subfolder'.

 

Export Finished

When export finishes the following success (or error) message appears.

'Open Export Folder' button opens the export folder in the selected file manager (if installed).

'New Export' button allows starting another export.

 

Export Result

The following picture displays the resulting files in the export subfolder.

 
Exported files in export subfolder.  

'bb' subfolder corresponds to 'Create ZIP archive' checked.

'aa' subfolder corresponds to 'Create ZIP archive' unchecked (files are copied).

 

 


 Create Slideshow

'Create Slideshow' dialog allows user to select a folder to scan. If one of the external file managers is installed, then the 'Browse' button is enabled allowing user to run the external file manager. 'Media Folders' button allows user to quickly select one of recently used media folders. Check 'Recursively scan subfolders' flag if necessary. 'Exclude duplicates' flag if checked excludes duplicates in case the command is executed twice or some image is in the film already. 'Duration' field sets the duration for each image in seconds.

First select a folder to scan. Then press 'Scan' button to scan the folder. Finally press the 'Add NN clips' to add images to the film. If you have 'Pro' version, don't forget to add a Background Play List.

'Create Slideshow' dialog looks like this:

'Create Slideshow' dialog  

 

Hint

It is a good idea to pre-prepare separate folders for Portrait and Landscape images.

 


 Scan Folder ('Pro' version only)

'Scan Folder' dialog is the same as 'Create Slideshow' dialog except the type of scanned media files. The default video clip duration is 10 s. The default image clip duration is 3 s.

'Scan Folder' dialog allows user to select a folder to scan. If one of the external file managers is installed, then the 'Browse' button is enabled allowing user to run the external file manager. 'Media Folders' button allows user to quickly select one of the recently used media folders. Check 'Recursively scan subfolders' flag if necessary. 'Exclude duplicates' flag (if checked) excludes duplicates in case the command is executed twice or some media file is in the film already. 'Duration' fields set the duration for video and image file in seconds. As for 10 s duration, each video file will start from the beginning and be played back 10 seconds. Sure thing the start position and duration for each clip can be changed later as well as the clips order.

Check 'Images: Scan and add to the film' flag to collect images files. Check 'Sound: Scan and add to the background play list' flag to collect audio files and add them to the background play list.

Select a folder to scan. Then tap 'Scan' button to scan the folder. Finally tap the 'Add clips' button to add the collected media files to the film.

'Scan Folder' dialog looks like this ( 'Create separate film for each subfolder' check box is unchecked):

'Scan Folder' dialog  

 

Hint

It is a good idea to pre-prepare separate folder with selected video, image and audio files before using 'Scan Folder' command.

 

Scan Folder - Mass Films Creation ('Pro' version only)

This feature is available starting from v. 21.

It is assumed that the user has pre-prepared special folder with many subfolders. Each subfolder contains video, images and sound files for the separate virtual film. Here is a brief description off mass film creation procedure.

Step 1

Check the 'Create separate film for each subfolder' check box. Set other parameters as described in the section above. Then tap 'Scan' button.

 

Step 2

After tapping 'Scan' button, the list of subfolders appears allowing user to select/unselect some of subfolders.

Tap 'OK' button.

 

Step 3

After tapping 'OK' button, the film generation starts. The information message and the rotating indicator display the progress.

 

Step 4

When all films are generated the progress indicator disappers and 'OK' button displays the summary.

 

Hint

Keep in mind that the names for the generated films are created automatically. The film name is based on folder and subfolder name.

If folder name is SOMEFOLDER and subfolder name is SOMESUBFOLDER, then film will have the following name "SOMEFOLDER_SOMESUBFOLDER.vfilm".

All films are saved in "VFS/VFM/Auto" subfolder. Existing films are overwritten without user confirmation.  It is recommended to not edit films in this subfolder, as they can be overwritten. Copy films that require further editing to another subfolder, please.

Virtual Film Maker doesn't change the currently loaded film and doesn't  load any of the generated films automatically.

 


 Background Play List ('Pro' version only)

'Background Play List' dialog allows user to control a background sound tracks of the virtual film.

Check 'Non Stop' flag if necessary. The 'Media Types Enabled' button displays the current state of media type enablers. Press 'Media Types Enabled' button to show/hide the 'Enable' check boxes.

The Play List editor occupies the bottom part of the window and is built the same way as the Film Editor List View. It allows to browse for audio files and select them from the Media Store. Only audio and video files are allowed. The Play List editor provides 'New Track', 'Clone', 'Delete', 'Move Up', 'Move Down', 'Volume' and 'Undo' commands.

Keep in mind that all invalid tracks will be skipped during playback.

'Background Play List' dialog looks like this:

 

'Background Play List' volume level (if set) takes precedence over original clip volume level.

Hint

Note that the Background Play List for audio and video files will be mixed with the original clip sound
(if any). For the moment Android doesn't allow to set these levels independently.

 


'Preferences' iconPreferences

The 'Preferences' window allows user to set some simple preferences. Here is how the 'Preferences' window looks like.

'Preferences' window

Clip Options MenuOn Startup

If 'Open Last Film' flag is checked, then last film is opened automatically on startup (if exists). Otherwise the Program starts with a new film.

If 'Restore Last View' flag is checked, then Virtual Film Maker restores the last view on startup. Otherwise the Program starts in List view.

Clip Options MenuOn Exit

If 'Auto Save Modified Films' flag is checked (the default), then modified films are saved silently. Otherwise, the 'Film is modified. Do you want to save changes?' message box appears allowing user to save or to discard the changes.

If 'Auto Save New Films' flag is checked, then new films are saved automatically with file name like 'sdcard/VFS/VFM/New_Film_YYYYMMDD_hhmmss.vfilm '. Empty new films (one clip with media file path that doesn't exist) are silently discarded. If 'Auto Save New Films' preference flag is not checked (the default), then the 'Film Save New' dialog appears allowing user to enter the file name for the new film.

Clip Options MenuExternal File Manager

The 'Select File Manager' group consists of three radio buttons: : 'Do not use External File Manager', 'OI File Manager' and 'ES File Explorer'. Both 'OI File Manager' and 'ES File Explorer' file managers are useful free reliable programs that can be easily installed from the Android Market.

Icon File Manager Developer's Web Site
OI File Manager on Android Market OI File Manager http://www.openintents.org/en/filemanager
'ES File Explorer' on Android Market ES File Explorer http://www.estrongs.com/en/products/es-file-explorer.html

Virtual Film Maker can use any of the file managers listed above - just check the radio button that corresponds to the installed file manager.

If 'Do not use External File Manager' is checked, then the only way to enter a file path is to type the required path manually.

Clip Options MenuInterface

If 'Status Line in Player Window' flag is checked, then the Player Window displays status line with clip and current position information.

If 'Allow Clip Volume Control' flag is checked, then for each clip the volume level is set according to the clip 'Volume' attribute. Otherwise, the clip 'Volume' attribute is ignored and each media clip is played back with it's own volume level.

If 'Show Media Controller' flag is unchecked ('Pro' version only), then Media Controller is unavailable during video and audio playback.

If 'Non Stop (PhotoFrame mode)' flag is checked ('Pro' version only), then when film is over the playback automatically starts from the beginning.

If 'Full Screen Mode' flag is checked ('Pro' version only), then Media Player will run in full screen. The 'Status Line in Player Window' flag is ignored.

Hint

Note that the only two ways to stop or pause the playback in Full Screen mode is the Android 'Back' button and Media Controller during video clips playback (if enabled).
Just touch the screen during playback for Media Controller to appear.

If 'Support Animated GIFs' flag is checked ('Pro' version only), then GIF files are animated.

Clip Options MenuImage View AutoFit

Two choices are available for AutoFit option for image clips: 'Fit Image to Window' and 'Fit Window to Image'.

 


'Search' iconSearch

The 'Search' dialog allows user to search text in virtual films. Here is how the 'Search' window looks like. Type in the required text (or use voice recognition) to input the text to search for. Press 'Find' button. The text is searched in all virtual films (that are located in 'VFS/VFM' folder) or in the current film only. The place to search depends on 'Search current film only' flag.

The following fields are searchable: film path, film properties, clip path and clip description.

'Open Film' and 'Play' options are available for each found film. Additionally 'Play' and 'Edit' options are available for each found clip.

'Search' window. 'Search current film only' flag is unchecked. 'Search current film only' flag is unchecked.
'Search' window. 'Search current film only' flag is checked. 'Search current film only' flag is checked.

 


'Play' iconMedia Player

The 'Player' main menu contains 'Play/Pause', 'Next Clip', 'Previous Clip' and 'Cancel' commands. Note, than when playing back the 'Play' icon'Play' iconis replaced with the 'Pause' icon 'Pause' icon.

Main menu in Player (view film mode) The main menu looks like this.
Main menu in Player (view clip mode) The main menu doesn't contain 'Next Clip' and 'Previous Clip' commands if 'Play' command is invoked from the 'Edit Clip' dialog.

The 'Player' window combines three different layouts to display different type of files.

The 'Video view' is used for video and audio files. This view uses Android media player for playback.

The 'Image view' is used for images and photos.

The 'Web view' is used for HTML files.

Both 'Image view' and 'Web view' allow the user to "play back" the static content that user might want to prepare and include in the film. Dummy timer is used instead of the media player.

Here are some screenshots (click on the picture to see full size image).

Video view (media player) 'Video view' looks like this.
Image view 'Image view' looks like this.
Web view 'Web view' looks like this.
'File not found' error message. 'File not found' error message uses web view and HTML files to display error messages.

 

More Screenshots...

 


Virtual Film File FormatVirtual Film File Format - '.vfilm'

Virtual Film Maker saves virtual films in simple XML files with '.vfilm' file extension. Here is a sample of the virtual film in '.vfilm' format.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!--Virtual Film Maker. Time = May 14, 2010. 19:14:35 [D20100514T191435+0100].-->
<VirtualFilm title="Tenerife" description="Canary 2011" author="Author" other film attributes... >
<Clip title="Clip 1" url="1.mts" startsec="10" durationsecs="18" other clip attributes... />
<Clip title="Clip 2" url="2.mts" startsec="15" durationsecs="10" other clip attributes... />
<Clip title="Clip 3" url="1.mts" startsec="75" durationsecs="37" other clip attributes... />
other clips here...
<BGSound non_stop="1" enabled="4">
<BGTrack path="Aerosmith-Crazy.mp3" volume="80"/>
<BGTrack path="Notre-Dame de Pari.mp3" volume="80"/>
</BGSound>
</VirtualFilm>

 


Media File ExtensionsMedia File Extensions

Virtual Film Maker uses media player, image viewer and browser from Android for displaying different files. Virtual Film Maker recognizes the following file extensions and automatically associates them with the corresponding media player.

View Icon Description File Extensions
Video Video FilesAudio Files Video and Audio Files Video: .3gp, .3gpp, .mp4, .mp2, .ts, .webm, .mov, .avi, .swf, .vob, .mts, .m2ts, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpa, .mpe, .flv, .flc, .m4a, .m4v.

Audio: .mp3, .wav, .ogg, .aac, .mid, .midi, .rmi, .au, .snd, .m3u, .cda, .aif, .aiff, .aifc, .flac, .xmf , .mxmf, .ota, .imy.

Image Photos and Pictures Photos and Pictures .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .bmp
Web Local HTML and text Files Local Files .htm, .html, .xhtml, .xml, .txt

 

Hint

Note, that each Android device supports it's own zoo of media file formats and not all file formats from the list above are supported.

 


Android Market iconLicense Check ('Pro' version only)

Virtual Film Maker 3.0 (Pro)'s grace period is 7 days. When the grace period expires and the program is not yet purchased, the 'License Check' dialog appears suggesting user purchasing the program or exit.

'License Check' dialog 'License Check' dialog looks like this.

 


Open Intents and Extras for Developers

Starting from v. 20 Virtual Film Maker provides open intents OPEN_FILM, PLAY_FILM and extras for developers to present an "Open film" and "Play Film"commands.

"vfm://" protocol handler allows opening and playing back virtual films by clicking hyperlinks.

Demo application for testing open intents is available.

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