Enough with the what does what and why, get to the how?
Using the Application
When iScreensaver first opens, you'll be presented with a Projects List window (A), where you can create a new screensaver or open a sample one. Upon opening a project, a Project window (B) will appear, with Video and Audio sections wherein you can drag-and-drop media files, to import the files into the sequence. An Info palette (C) and a Preview stage (D) can both be opened to edit the per-sequence and per-item settings. Use the "Run Full Screen" command from the Preview menu to test your screensaver. Once you are happy with the sequencing, you'll want to build the screensaver Installer. Customize the screensaver installer on the Control Panel and Installer Tabs. Then use the Build Tab to create your Mac and Windows screensaver installers.
A: The Projects List window: Open a recent project, or start a new one.
Creating a New Project
To start a new screensaver project:
A new project window will open.
Naming a New Project
When you create a new project, you'll be asked for a name. This name will be used in various places; the project name, the control panel title, the locking dialogs, the installers, and the screensaver and installer filenames. You can also skip this step, or turn this feature off from within the Preferences. You can always edit these text strings later.
To create and name a new screensaver project:
So, What Does The Wizard Do Exactly?
The wizard places your 'name' in the following locations, using 'Space':
Importing Video assets
You can import a single file, multiple files, or even a folder. When importing a folder, all sub-folders will be included. Files will only be imported if they are the proper video format. QuickTime movies, Flash (SWF), and image files can be imported at the same time.
To import video assets:
The assets will be automatically added as new items in the Sequence area.
Sequencing Video Items
Video items can be rearranged within the Sequence when using either Thumbnail View or List View. Use standard selection keyboard short-cuts to choose multiple and non-contiguous assets. Items will play back in the order shown. However, if the sequence has the global "Shuffle" setting enabled, then the order will be randomized during playback.
To change the order of video assets:
The items will then move into the new order.
Previewing the Screensaver
Computers monitors come in all shapes and sizes. For this reason, you'll need to think about how your screensaver will look on a wide variety of screens. This is not a trivial task. iScreensaver helps you by providing the Preview Stage window which allows you to preview, in a WYSIWYG fashion, how the screensaver sequence will look at various screen sizes.
The Info palette
Sizing, locations, captions, overlays, duration, and compression are but a few of the options available through the Info palette. From a macro level to micro, the left to right order of toolbar icons scales from global settings (that apply to the entire sequence) to per-item settings, and finally to per-layer.
Remember the hierarchy: a Screensaver consists of an Audio Sequence and a Video Sequence. A Sequence consists of one or more Items. Each Item consists of one or more Layers. Each Layer contains a single Asset.
Settings which affect an entire sequence, such as looping and shuffle.
Options specific to each Sequence Item of a sequence, such as duration, layer disabling, and interactivity.
Settings for the media layer: selecting the asset file, and adjusting playback location, audio volume, and others [Video Sequence Only] such as background color or masking, effect transitions, and file compression.
Settings for the caption layer: Styled text display. [Video Sequence only]
Settings for the overlay layer: Picture display on-screen. [Video Sequence only]
Building the screensaver
On the master Build tab, you can set the author's name, and build screensaver installer for one or more platforms. Just select the platforms you wish to build, then click the 'Build' button.
To build your new screensaver:
Install Your Screensaver
When the installer has been built, click on the 'Install' button.
To install your new screensaver:
Of course, now you are going to want to go through the entire User Manual, which explains many more important details and gives plenty of questionable advice.
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