After choosing a spice
file, it will appear in the Spice section of SpiceMaster. Then you can adjust it
several ways, such as flipping or reversing the effect, moving it to a new position,
or putting it in motion. You can even rotate it and create terrific spin effects.
Use these controls to better tie the effect to your content, or to add variety
when repeating an effect.
A. Position -- Drag the orange handle's
center to move the effect. To move ONLY horizontally/vertically, Shift-drag.
B. Rotate --
Drag the outer circle of the orange handle to
rotate the effect.
C. Center -- Click to re-center a moved effect.
D. Clear Rotation -- Click to remove rotation from a rotated effect.
E. H Flip -- Flip the effect horizontally.
F. V Flip -- Flip the effect vertically.
G. Invert -- Reverse (invert) the effect's action.
Original versus reversed effect with the Invert button.
The effect moves in the opposite direction.
More tips are below:
Switching Clips in SpiceMaster
More About Moving an Effect
How to Rotate or Spin the Effect
Spice Adjustment Tips
Switching Clips In SpiceMaster
To switch clips in a SpiceMaster, turn on the Invert button (shown
above) AND choose the downward-sloped Progress keyframes (100% - 0% instead of the default
0% - 100%).
The SpiceMaster effect direction remains the same; just which clip appears first/last
About Moving an Effect
To set a precise position, enter X and Y coordinates under the spice image, as shown
below. The top left frame corner is 0,0 and the bottom right corner is 1,1. To
position an iris spice effect precisely at the top left third point, for example,
enter X = .33 and Y = .33.
To move the effect over time
1. Click the stopwatch icon next to the X or Y box. (Both will turn on together.)
2. Go to a desired frame that you want to set a value for, by
dragging the blue vertical frame marker in the Keyframes area. (Or use playback controls under SpiceMaster's
preview to move to a frame.
3. Now move the spice to a new position, as explained at the top of this
page. With the X/Y keyframing on, that will form a new keyframe, which you
can further modify in the Keyframes area.
to Rotate or Spin the Effect
rotate the effect, drag the outer ring of the orange handle in the spice file
image. Or enter a rotation value in the R box below
the image. From -7200 degrees to 7200 degrees is possible (20 full rotations in
To remove rotation, click the Clear Rotation button. (Or tap Alt-6 keys.)
To rotate or spin the effect over time
1. Click the stopwatch icon next to the R box.
2. Go to a desired frame that you want to set a rotation value for, by
dragging the blue vertical frame marker in the Keyframes area. (Or use any of the gray playback buttons under SpiceMaster's
preview to move to a frame. Or enter a frame number to the left of those buttons.)
3. Now rotate the spice, as explained at the top of this page. With the R
keyframing on, that will form a new keyframe, which you can further modify
in the Keyframes area. Be sure to also turn on the Oversize
to Spin button (shown below) if you are using an iris-like
spice to keep the spice size consistent during spins. (SpiceMaster
normally will slightly vary a rotated spice's size to cover the entire frame.)
Note that iris-like spices enlarge slightly as you move them toward the frame
edge -- to ensure the spice effect will cover the entire frame.
Moving or rotating certain spices may reduce the range of grayscales
in the visible frame. Thus the effect will not start or end exactly at the actual
beginning or end of the effect. To compensate (especially if an iris-like effect),
turn on the Auto-Adjust button. Applying some Softness can also be useful, especially for effects that last several seconds.
If the results are not satisfactory, turn off the Auto-Adjust button and manually adjust the effect's first (and/or last)
Progress keyframes up (and/or down) (such as 20% - 80% instead of the default
0% - 100%) to fine-tune the effect's visual timing.