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Old October 21st, 2009, 06:22 AM   #1
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nodes on volume envelope

Re volume envelopes in Vegas 9:

I remember hearing somewhere that in Vegas 9 you can insert 4 nodes on the volume envelope line at one go, making it easier to set up a section on which to increase or decrease the volume. Is this correct? If so, how do you switch this feature on?
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Old October 21st, 2009, 06:52 AM   #2
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This feature is active as soon as you enable a volume envelope (shortcut key is V).
Highlight the desired area of the timeline and click the Volume envelop line once only.
4 points are automatically added, 2 at the beginning and 2 at the end of the time selection.
Points 1 & 2 are created 1/2 frame before and after the start time.
Points 3 & 4 are the same at the end point.
Note that the two middle points are offset from the start/end by 1 frame only so if you want to have a slow fade in and/or out, these will have to be adjusted manually.

These limitations are why I like the "fourpoints" script at http://www.jetdv.com/scripts/FourPoints.js that Edward Troxel created.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 07:08 AM   #3
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Hey Mike

I learn something new every day!!! Thanks
After doing the right-click and add point routine I discovered (after many right clicks) that you can just just double-click the line 4 times and the nodes are pretty much where I need them. The script will even be faster, of course!!!

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Old October 21st, 2009, 07:29 AM   #4
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Man, that is awesome! That would have saved me a lot of time, these past few years. Thanks for sharing.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 08:02 AM   #5
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Note that the new add 4-points around the selection area is a NEW feature of Vegas Pro 9. There's also some quirks with the new feature but it CAN be very useful.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 09:15 AM   #6
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I've got to be honest here and say that, until Renton's post, I had never played with this particular feature of V9 Pro :-)
The online help file was of no use so I actually opened the manual (I admit it, I broke the law about men reading manuals!!) and read about it.
As I said though, I've been using Edward's script for a long time now and find it a lot more useful as you can adjust the fade in/out times by changing the length in the script.
I modified it and saved out versions for 1/2 sec. and 2 sec. fades (1 sec. is the default) as this is what I use the most.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 09:49 AM   #7
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The scripts are definitely more flexible. But the new feature is cool. If you want to see something weird, though, try this:

Create a selection area and change the volume which will add the four points.

Now create a new selection area with a couple of those points inside the new selection area.

Next try to adjust ONE of the nodes in the selection area - it creates four new points instead of just adjusting the one node.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 02:13 PM   #8
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Thanks Mike and Ed. Appreciated.
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