In this walkthrough, we will cover:
- Video Loading and Transcoding
- Exporting Video
- Using the Trim Bar and the Magic Marker
- Using Gesture Editing
- Color Correction
- Exporting a Trimmed Video
- Adding a Clip to the Highlight Reel
- Reordering Clips on Your Timeline
- Deleting a Clip from the Highlight Reel
- Adding Music to the Highlight Reel
- Exporting Your Highlight Reel
Video Loading and Transcoding
- Preview the clip you’d like to edit. The video will begin loading. If it’s the first time the video has been previewed, playback will be choppy until transcoding has been completed.
- The timeline at the bottom of the screen will change from grey to green once your video has fully loaded and transcoded.
To export a single video clip to your mobile device:
- Preview the file you wish to export and tap the Share icon in the lower left.
- A message will pop up indicating the locations you're able to save your file to. To save to your mobile device choose Save to Camera Roll or export to a hard drive if connected.
- Make sure you do not leave the app while the transfer is taking place!
- When the transfer has completed, the app will notify you.
Using the Trim Bar and the Magic Marker
Using the Trim Bar
The trim bar helps you select sections of your footage to create clips for your highlight reel.
To use the Trim Bar, slide the green tab on either end of the trim bar and drag to the desired in and out points.
Using Magic Marker
The Magic Marker allows for more precise and specific in and out points.
- In the Edit Video screen, play your clip or scrub to the approximate place in your footage where you'd like your trimmed clip to begin.
- Instead of using the Trim Bar, swipe down on the video to mark an edit point.
- Tap the left end of the trim bar and it will magically snap to the in-point you just set using the Magic Marker!
- Repeat the same steps to set an out point, this time tapping the right end of the trim bar.
Using Gesture Editing
Double Tap Re-rack
To re-watch the trimmed clip you've just created, double tap the video frame.
Double Tap Trim Reset
To reset the trim bar, simply double tap the Scissors icon at the bottom of the screen.
- To scrub through the timeline at a normal speed, drag the playhead back and forth.
- To scrub more precisely, drag the playhead up when scrubbing to enter Fine Scrub mode.
- For even more control after scrubbing, pause your video and swipe left or right on the video to advance frame by frame.
Unlike traditional color grading which is applied after all clips are assembled, we recommend one of two workflows for color correcting with GNARBOX:
- Correct individual clips first and then add them to the Highlight Reel. This is a great method to use if you want to have more control over the color of each clip in your Reel.
- Finish your Highlight Reel construction, export to your GNARBOX, and then color correct the entire Highlight Reel all at once. This is a less precise method, but speeds up the process, especially if you just want to do overall adjustments to the entire reel.
To make color adjustments:
- Tap the Adjust icon in the bottom toolbar.
- Adjust the color grading of your clip using the available tools including: Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Punch, Whitepoint, Midpoint, Blackpoint, Saturation, Temperature, Tint, and Intensity.
- Once you’ve made your color adjustments, you’re ready to add your clip to the Highlight Reel.
To reset a specific setting back to zero, double tap that setting. For example, double-tapping the Exposure block will reset the exposure back to zero.
To reset all of the settings, scroll horizontally to the end of your editing options and tap Reset All.
Exporting a Trimmed Video
If you've color corrected and trimmed a single clip and want to export it to your GNARBOX or Camera Roll, you can do the following:
- From the Edit screen, tap Export in the upper right.
- You will be prompted with the option to save to your GNARBOX or Camera Roll. Choose your desired location.
- If you choose to save to the GNARBOX, you can track its progress in the Task Manager. If you choose to save to your Camera Roll, make sure you do not leave the app while the transfer is taking place! When the transfer has completed, the app will notify you.
Adding a Clip to the Highlight Reel
To add your clip to the Highlight Reel swipe up on the video.
Reordering Clips on Your Timeline
To change the order of your clips, hold down on a clip until it releases and drag the clip to your desired location.
Deleting a Clip from the Highlight Reel
To delete a clip from your Highlight Reel, hold the clip and drag down. The clip will disappear from your Highlight Reel.
Adding Music to the Highlight Reel
To add music to your Highlight Reel, first make sure you have some songs loaded onto your GNARBOX.
- On the Highlight Reel screen, tap the Music icon at the bottom of the screen.
- You'll be asked to choose a hit point for your music. This point should be an exciting part of your video where you want the music to make a big impact. Drag the footage to where you'd like the hit point to happen.
- Once you've selected your hit point, tap Next.
- A list of the songs available on your GNARBOX will appear - pick one!
- A waveform of your selected song will load in. Using the waveform, choose a musical hit point. This should be an exciting part of the song, like the bass drop, for example.
- GNARBOX will pair your music and video hit points and you can review it by playing the video.
TIP: To change the video hit point, music hit point, or change the music, just hit the Music icon and select which element you'd like to adjust.
Exporting Your Highlight Reel
Once you've added music to your Highlight Reel and you’re ready to export, you have the option of exporting to your Camera Roll or your GNARBOX.
It’s important to note that the Highlight Reel has two limitations:
- File size must be less than 4GB
- 10min length limit
If your video exceeds the 4GB limitation, you can adjust the bitrate for export.
Bitrate Configuration is a useful tool for managing the file size and export quality of your Highlight Reel. This gives you more control over compression and allows you to maintain space on your GNARBOX and devices.
To adjust your bitrate:
- From the Home screen, tap the Settings icon.
- Scroll to the bottom and select Video Bit Rate.
- Select the bitrate you'd like to export your Highlight Reel and trimmed clips at.
GNARBOX will then export your next Highlight Reel or trimmed clip at the selected bitrate!
It’s important to select your bitrate before exporting a video or your Highlight Reel.
For a full understanding of how bitrate can impact your video and which bitrate is best for you, check out our article for further information.
Exporting Your Highlight Reel:
- Click the Export icon and select the resolution you'd like to export your Highlight Reel at.
- Select your desired resolution.
- Choose to export your Highlight Reel to your phone's Camera Roll or to GNARBOX.
- The video will begin exporting. Make sure you do not leave the app while this is happening!
- Once your video has finished exporting, you'll be able to view it immediately.
Can I save a Highlight Reel project to edit later?
If you leave a Highlight Reel unfinished, it will always be saved so you can go back into your GNARBOX and finish editing the reel. You're currently unable to start editing a new Highlight Reel and then revert back to edit an older one.
For iOS users, an alternative for this would be to use our LumaFusion integration for multiple projects and timelines.
Can I re-trim a clip once I've added it to the Highlight Reel?
Right now you not able to re-trim clips, but this is a feature that has been heavily requested, and will be built into an upcoming software update.
My Highlight Reel never seems to finish exporting.
If this is happening, there could be a few things going on: (1) your file may exceed the 4GB export limit, (2) your file may exceed the 10min export limit, or (3) if you are exporting to a mobile device it is possible that the file format is not compatible on the mobile device.
For issue (1), we recommend lowering your bitrate which will lower the file size. To learn more about which bitrate you should use, check out our article here. For issues (1 and 2), we will be releasing a software update for software release 2.0 that will remove these limitations. For issue (3), try exporting to your GNARBOX instead of your mobile device.
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