Introduction to Forscene
A video introduction to logging, editing and publishing in Forscene – an overview of topics include:
- Signing into Forscene
- Navigating the panel, button names and tooltips
- Using the play and record windows
- Publishing from Forscene
- Using keyboard shortcuts
- A brief look at the timeline
Transcription of the video
Let’s begin by opening Forscene. First, launch your web browser and then enter “forscene.net” into the address bar.
This is the first key concept of working with Forscene the fact that you’ll be working in the cloud. Forscene is cloud based software, which means that it’s not installed on your computer and your project’s video is not stored on your hard disc, but in the cloud. This gives you access to your projects from anywhere in the world through your web browser’s internet connection.
Browsing to forscene.net takes you to the login page where you type in your user name and password. Your start page will now open.
Depending on your account setup, your start page may include a variety of different options. You could have access to one or many accounts and, within each, you may be able to perform a variety of functions like logging, editing and review.
Every Forscene user’s account looks slightly different as menus and buttons are tailored according to your user permissions.
The next thing we want to introduce you to is the typical screen layout in Forscene, so let’s open up an edit screen by clicking on edit and that takes us to the edit interface.
I’m going to give you a quick overview of each area of this screen. For more detail on any of these areas or buttons, check out our other tutorial videos.
The first part of the screen we’re going to look is the panel on the left. Just like the start page, the buttons that appear here are customised according to your access permissions so you may only see some of these buttons.
But before I go any further, notice what happens when I point my cursor at the icon the button name appears. And if I keep my cursor there a little while longer, the name expands to include a tooltip, telling me what will happen if I press this button. This applies not only to the icons, but to anywhere on the page. Forscene button names and tooltips help to identify parts and functions of the interface.
Let’s explore the panel further these buttons relate to the media you are working with:
- Click the file button to access your media
- Use the upload button to upload media into your account
- Drag media onto the recycle bin to delete it
- Click the recovery button to find automatically saved versions of your work
- And use the tasks button to send files for review and approval
Underneath these are the publishing buttons. If you have many publishing applications then your panel may include a scroll bar in this section.
Once you are finished editing your video you can export it in a variety of formats or publish directly to a range of applications by dragging and dropping your edited video onto one of these publishing buttons. Depending on your account setup you may only have some of these publishing options.
This is the shortcuts button. Left click to program function keys to type text and set automatic expansion of your chosen abbreviations. Right click to access and define keyboard shortcuts.
The settings button is for accessing session settings including interface layouts, tooltips and more.
The analytics button gives information about your account activity.
These two icons are for help and communication. The help button links you to the online user guide and tutorial videos, and the chat button allows you to send instant messages to other users of Forscene.
Got questions? Use the chat button to get in touch with Forscene’s online user support.
Let’s move on to the next section of the screen. The play window, indicated in blue, is used to view your clips, for logging, or to select the shots you want to use in your edit.
To put media into this window you open your file window and double click the clip that you want. Alternatively, you can just drag your media from the file window and drop it into the play window.
Forscene drag and drop simplifies moving and copying clips, working with time codes and a variety of other tasks. Just drag your selection and drop it on the desired function or location.
There are three buttons on the top right hand side of the play window’s title bar. The first is to control audio volume for playback in this window. The second button is to resize your window left click to increase and right click to decrease the size of your play window. The third button clears the media in your play window.
If you open multiple play windows, these tabs help you keep track of your media and, if you stack the windows on top of each other, easily swap between them. You’ll notice that the clear button will change to a cross to close all but your last play window.
This is your navigation bar and it’s made up of the video track on top and the audio track underneath. Click the video and audio icons to control playback in the play window.
This white line in the centre of the navigation bar represents your position within the clip. When you load media into the play window, the clip will be displayed here.
These buttons allow you to zoom in and out of this view and as you zoom in you’ll see that the individual frames of your video track are actually shown in your navigation bar. Similarly, the audio track displays gradients between black and white to represent low to high audio levels in the clip.
Zoom in to see your video frame by frame. Cuts and camera movements are clearly visible on Forscene’s patented navigation bar.
In between your video and audio tracks, you’ll notice a strip that changes from red, in shades, to light green. This represents the progress of your media loading from the cloud onto your machine. A light green strip means your media is available to play at full frame rate or normal speed.
Notice that the media around my navigation bar is loading first – before the media at the beginning of the clip. Forscene’s intelligent download system prioritises the download of media around your position within a clip so you don’t have to wait for the entire clip to load before you start working.
This blue horizontal scroll bar underneath the audio track is the absolute ruler. It shows what percentage of media you can see in your navigation bar and gives you a sense of orientation. It can also be used to navigate through the clip just click to jump or drag to scroll.
These buttons are for navigating around your media within the play window. You can step through frame-by-frame, go to the next clip or jump to the end of your source.
Don’t be alarmed if you notice that your video quality isn’t 100% you are working with lower resolution video when you edit in Forscene, but when you export your final video the original full quality source will be used. Working with media in lower resolutions reduces your download time in Forscene.
To play your media, just click in the playback window. When your media is playing, the navigation buttons in the play window change. Left mouse click here to play at twice or four times the normal speed, or here to play backwards at twice or four times the normal speed. But notice what happens if I right click on any of these buttons it does the opposite of what the button does on a left click.
This applies with most buttons on Forscene left click for the button’s normal function, right click to do the opposite or to gain access to advanced functionality. Use a mouse for optimum functionality in Forscene the left button for standard functions, and the right for the opposite or advanced functions.
This time code refers to your current position in the play window. If you want to select a piece of your clip, you use these to mark the in and out points represented by these time codes. The duration of your selection is shown here and you’ll notice that all of your frames are there. Only Forscene provides frame accurate cloud based video editing over an Internet connection.
We’ve chosen our first clip and now we want to start putting our video together. So we’re going to drag our selected clip into the record window, indicated in orange. The record window shows only media that is in your edited sequence and has almost all of the same buttons as we’ve just described in the play window.
If you prefer using your keyboard, you’ll be glad to hear that Forscene has preset keyboard shortcuts to perform common actions like scrolling through footage using the J, K and L keys. You can also set your own keyboard shortcuts right click on the shortcuts button to read and set keyboard shortcuts. For more efficient editing use Forscene’s standard keyboard shortcuts or assign your own.
When you scroll through the clip in your record window you may notice that your action is being duplicated down at the bottom of the screen. This is the timeline window and its multiple tracks give you a more detailed or custom view of what’s in either your play or record window. Click on the timeline button to switch views.
Did you find this helpful? If you have any trouble working with Forscene, contact our support team.