After you set the
basic design of the spice effect by choosing a spice file, SpiceMaster can do
much more to fine-tune and enhance it. Use the powerful controls in the Edge and Depth panes to add softness, texture, border,
shadow, glow, bevel or ripple qualities.
While exploring, keep these tips in mind:
To loop-play SpiceMaster while adjusting effects, click the blue Play button. This can speed fine-tuning.
To choose from a huge collection of saved settings that will instantly configure ALL controls of SpiceMaster, click Load Preset button.
To access useful presets for an effect section, click the blue FX folder icon at the right edge of any section. Combining presets from different sections can
quickly generate hundreds of new effects!
SpiceMaster has 10+ undo/redo's available so you can easily experiment.
To undo one or more changes, click the yellow Undo button. To redo the change,
click the adjacent green Redo button. If either is not available, the button will be dim.
preview shows a frame that is midway (50%) in the effect's duration. To play
or stop the preview, click the blue Play button
that is under the preview. To jump to the beginning or end
of the effect, click the First Frame or Last
Frame button. To advance or go back one frame, click the Next Frame or Previous
To scrub to any frame during the effect, drag the slider under preview or blue
vertical frame marker left or right in the keyframe graph. Or, hold down
the E key.
To go to a specific relative frame via timecode
or frame count (a choice you can make in the Prefs pane), enter the frame in the white Current Frame box that is left of the preview buttons, as shown below.
How to Increase the Preview Speed
built-in preview usually can maintain a real-time pace even on older/slower computers. If the preview
appears too choppy, SpiceMaster includes few ways to speed processing up. Please
see the preview options in the Prefs pane.
to Alter Other Preview Properties
Click the preview to toggle between viewing the source image and the output.
The effect's total duration is shown to the right of the preview buttons.
The total duration of a SpiceMaster is set in the timeline of your video editing software, not in SpiceMaster. However, you can shorten an effect within that total duration by using SpiceMaster's Keyframes area. In
the Progress graph, click on the keyframe line to add two new keyframes near
the start and end of the effect, giving the keyframes 0% (and 100%) values vertically.
Then drag the keyframes left or right to set the timing of the shortening.
Go to the black button
bar at the lower right corner of SpiceMaster to apply (or clear) your effect,
or to exit SpiceMaster.
To apply the effect you've created, click the green Apply
Current Settings 'check mark' button.
To exit SpiceMaster without changes, click the standard 'X' Close button at the top right of the SpiceMaster window.
To clear all settings back to your default SpiceMaster effect, but retain
the chosen spice file and NOT leave SpiceMaster, click the yellow Clear '-' button. To clear all settings except the chosen spice file to the "factory"
default effect, Alt-click the yellow Clear '-' button. To also clear the chosen spice during either previously mentioned
clear, also press the Ctrl key.todo
When exiting without changes, SpiceMaster will ask you to confirm that
action. To skip confirmation (be careful!), go to the Prefs pane and turn OFF
the Confirm clearing/exiting check box.
To see what version of SpiceMaster you are using, click the Pixelan
logo in the black bar area.