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1 - Chromanator seems to work in 30fps no matter what the fiinal film is, since I am working in 15fps I finally discovered after quite a long time of frustration I had to double everything, instead of a clip appearing at frame 295 it needed to appear at 590...While I guess this gives greater control over things, I sure took awhile to figure out what was happening especially since the "in-chromanator" play (where you hit the play button) happens at 30fps, it seemed slow to me but it wasn't until later I figured out it was running at 1/2 speed.
2 - the clip speed thingie did not give good results for me. While trying to time things I sped up one overlay clip to 150%, the result was a kind of bobbing up and down. I ended up having to go back and refilm the clip to get it the proper length and leave it at 100% instead.
3 - I had a lot of trouble doing everything to a clip at the same time, if I wanted to greenscreen and lower the saturation and brightness I couldn't figure out how to make it happen only to the non-screened out portions, I ended up making 2 stages of clips; with greenscreen done and thern everything else.
4 - minor annoyances. Why can't the timelength of a jpg image be stretched with the mouse? I have to go in and type the length. Videos can be stretched out and the jpgs can be shortened...wierd
Yellow against greenscreen didn't work very well. I created a pure yellow text on a pure green background jpg and greenscreened it in as a title. The color did not end up as yellow at all, so I ended up making the text purple to get decent results.
When entering an object it seems like if the timeline isn't within the object it shoudl default to the beginning of the object. Its really frustrating to double click on an object and set up an effect only to find your timeline is at the beginning and can't be done..plus the difference between the "not in the timeline" and "in the timeline" ought to be a little more obvious, I found it difficult to find where the clip begins while scrolling back and forth.
One bug, if loading a chromanator file it says that a clip cannot be found. If the cancel button is clicked, the whole thing just lockes up.
Is there a way to change the scale of the timeline? I didn't see one while looking around, just working in a 40 second film was difficult to see where the clips start and end in relation to each other, the amount of scrolling on a large clip would be amazing.
all in all, I was able to get everything done.. but I hope my skills improve.. it took 4 hours of solid work to get 15 seconds of film although much of that was spent waiting for rendering only to find out something didn't work properly. I've switched to fast render but it still takes about 1 minute per second of film on my 3.0ghz machine.