Fledermaus Slides Dock
The Fledermaus Slides Dock is allows for the creation of an interactive presentation and rendering of movies
Add New Slide
This icon will launch the New Slide Dialog
New Slide Dialog
This window will launch when the Add Slide button is selected.
It gives you the option to Name the slide and to create an image from the current view (shown in the small visualization window) or to create a view from existing Space Time Notes.
New Slide Dialog
The Play Presentation icon if clicked will give the following drop down menu:
Play Drop Down Menu
Start Presentation: This will launch the full screen mode and move to the first slide position. Press Space bar or the right arrow key → to advance through the slides using the flight path, the Left arrow key ← will snap back to the previous slide view and Esc to close the full screen mode and return to the normal view.
Start Presentation from current slide: This option will launch the full screen mode and zoom to the view from the selected slide. Use the Space bar to or the right arrow key → to advance through the slides using the flight path, the Left arrow key ← will snap back to the previous slide view and Esc to close the full screen mode and return to the normal view.
Start Timed Presentation: This option will launch full screen mode and will then use the information from the Properties window to run through the presentation automatically.
Start Timed Presentation from Current Slide: Using the currently selected slide will launch the full screen mode and move through the presentation using the information from the properties window.
Start Times Presentation Loop: This option will launch the full screen mode and will move through the slides using the information from the properties window, it will continue to loop through the slides until cancelled by the Esc. key.
Render to Movie
This option allows the user to render a movie into another transferable data format
Render Presentation as Movie Dialog
Output format: The available options are MPEG4, a Tiff or JPEG sequence (the latter two options will require another software to stitch them together into a movie format)
Bitrate: describes the rate at which bits are transferred from one location to another. In other words, it measures how much data is transmitted in a given amount of time. Bitrate is commonly measured in bits per second (bps), kilobits per second (Kbps), or megabits per second (Mbps).
- 128 – 384 kbit/s – videoconferencing quality using video compression.
- 5 Mbit/s typ – DVD quality (MPEG-2 compression).
- 8 to 15 Mbit/s typ – HDTV quality (MPEG-4 compression).
- 25 Mbit/s approximate – HDV 1080i (using MPEG2 compression)
- 29.4 Mbit/s max – HD DVD
- 40 Mbit/s max – Blu-ray Disc (using MPEG2, MPEG4 AVC or VC-1 compression)
Resolution: This option allows the setting of the output quality, the options available are Standard HD 720p (1280 x 720) Full HD 1080p ( 1920 x 1080) Quad, HD 1440p (2560 x 1440) or Custom
Antialiasing: Antialiasing works by rendering each frame at a higher resolution and then scaling them down to the resolution of the output movie. This results in a higher quality image but causes rendering to take quite a bit longer. The antialiasing factor is the size difference between the rendered frame and the output movie---an antialiasing factor of three will mean that the render window will by three times as wide and high as the final movie.
Framerate: Is expressed in frames per second or FPS is the frequency (rate) at which consecutive images appear on a display. The term applies equally to film and video cameras, computer graphics, and motion capture systems.
File: this option allows you to set the name and location of the video file
The More Actions drop down menu can be selected by left clicking on the icon below
More Drop Down Menu
Remove all Slides: this option will remove all of the existing slides from the project.
Present Fullscreen: this will allow the full screen option to be switched on, if off the full window mode will be used and the Fledermaus toolbar will be able to be seen
Presentation Properties: this will launch a new window with additional options available.
Presentation Properties Dialog
The presentation properties dialog allows the user to set the aspect ratio and add additional information
Presentation Properties Dialog
Target Aspect Ratio; the drop down menu gives a list of the available aspect ratios that are available.
Target Aspect Ratio Drop Down Menu
Image file; this option allows a user to select an image which will be displayed in the presentation mode as a logo or watermark.
Image Size; how big the image is in relation to the screen size.
The Properties window becomes active when any slide is selected
Space-time Note: This option indicates if a Space-time note is being used as a Slide view, if there is no space-time note associated this will say None.
View: This allows you to adjust the view of the slide and to save the new view over the existing - if there is an associated space-time note then it is possible to reset it back to the original view.
Transition in: There are two options available which controls the way the camera arrives at the slide view,
- Interpolate - This will create a smooth path between the slides seamlessly transitioning. If this is set for the first slide Fledermaus will interpolate between the current view
- None - This option will not interpolate between the slides, it will just jump between the views
On Slide: Once the view has been reached there are two additional options
- Do Nothing - The camera will remain as it is without doing anything
- Orbit - the camera will pan around the central location until the slide is advanced. The speed is controlled by the additional options that becomes available when Orbit is selected
- CW = Clockwise
- CCW = Counter Clockwise
Transition In Drop Down Menu
Advance After: This option is used when working with the Timed Presentations and controls how soon after arriving Fledermaus moves on to the next available slide.
The content window allows the slides to be edited and customized.
Edit Slide Content Window
The available templates are shown in the drop down menu, selecting one of them will activate more options
The template allows the user to set text, images background colours to the slide, when this has been completed the slide will be visible during the presentation mode.
This window will allow you to add a transparency to surfaces in the background of your slide.
Slide Transparency Override Window
Use the Add Object drop down menu to add a surface to the table and select the Override Transparency