FotoMagico Terminology

In order to understand the following chapters in this manual you may want to familiarize yourself with the terminology used by FotoMagico:

  • Slideshow - Your entire project, which is made up of images, movies, titles, transitions and audio. Your end product.
  • Slide - A container that holds visual items (images, movies or titles).
  • Visual item - A visual item can be an image, a movie, or a title item.
  • Image item - A single still-image you add to a slide.
  • Title item - A text element you add to a slide.
  • Movie item - A Quicktime movie you add to a slide.
  • Audio item - A song or other audio file that is added to the slideshow.
  • Thumbnail - A reduced-size of an image, movie, or title to help recognize the visual item in the Storyboard.
  • Transition - The effect applied between two consecutive slides. There are many types of transition effects. The most common ones are Dissolve, Fade, and Cut.
  • Transition Interval - The Timeline depicts the transition interval as a stairstep shape. Drag the lower-left edge to change the slide duration of the previous slide. Drag the upper-right edge to change the transition duration itself.
  • Audio track - An entire track of audio, which includes music, audio effects, or narration.
  • Playhead - The thin vertical line with the blue triangle at the top that you drag horizontally in the Storyboard or Timeline to move to a location.
  • Duration - The total time of a slide or how long the animation of the slide takes.
  • Geometry - The parameters (position, zoom and rotation) of a visual item that determine where it shows up on the Stage. The geometry applies to both the start and finish of a visual item.
  • Animation - Moving from the start geometry to the finish geometry of a visual item creates an animation. In the Stage, the start of the animation displays on the left side, and the finish of the animation displays on the right side.
  • Jog wheel - The wheels that display when a slide is selected to adjust the Zoom and Rotation of the selected visual item.
  • Timescale slider - (Timeline view only) Allows you to drag the slider to increase and decrease the horizontal scale of the Timeline.
  • Audio marker - Thin red lines that display in the audio waveform (of the Timeline) or in the toolbar (of the Storyboard) that are manually added to indicate a location in the audio. An audio marker can be enabled or disabled. Right-click or double click on the marker to display audio marker information.
  • Fade-in - A gradual increase in volume at the beginning of an audio item.
  • Fade-out - A gradual decrease in volume at the end of an audio item.
  • Volume envelope - Defines the volume of an audio item over time. Let's you decrease or increase the volume of a song at any point in the Timeline.

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