Fill-in should work without problems with standard settings. You need to click ‘Fill-in playlist’ button in the rotation window and the ‘Fill-in playlist’ window will appear. Now you need to add MP3 songs to the fill-in list, either by using ‘Add’ button, or dragging and dropping them. Now double-click the first song and it should start playing.
After the Import Wizard finishes you should be able to play your song. If you cannot hear anything, it is no use to go on with CD+G creation. Also you should see the file graph in the soundtrack panel on the left hand side of the screen.
Here are the steps that we need to make sure you are doing correct:
1. The minijack cable is inserted into ‘Line In’ socket at the one end and ‘Line Out’ or ‘Speaker’ at the other end.
2. The ‘Line In’ output should be muted — it may cause the feedback.
3. The ‘Line In’ input should be checked. Try setting the volume input to higher settings.
4. The ‘MIDI’ and ‘WAV’ outputs should be checked.
And it should work. It is very difficult to say why it does not. As I suggested earlier, please make screenshots of your Mixer (pressing Alt+PrintScreen will do that) and send the images to me, maybe there is something else we are missing.
There is also another way of converting MIDI to WAV — a software syntesizer.
You may use overwrite mode to show the next page as the previous one is being draw. In the preview you will see the final position of the text, as it is impossible to show the animated sequence here. You may experiment with changing the display mode from ‘Page by page’ to ‘Overwrite’ and see the difference. And there is also ‘Scroll’ mode, which is very interesting for no-so-fast songs, because it shows as much text as possible on screen and is quite natural to follow for the singer.
To start synchronization you need to select ‘Synchronize entire song’ command from Synchronize menu. The current synchronization will be deleted and you will be able to redo your song. You may have to move the playback to the beginning — to do this click on the top of the soundtrack.
When using the scrolled text it is important to remember that a line needs to be painted in full before it can be scrolled out. Therefore sometimes it may cause the delay. It usually happens if too large font or text effects are used. Unfortunately these results from the limitations of the CD+G format and some of the algorithms used to generate the text. We have some ideas how to improve scrolling mode and will probably do some work early next year.
And about cdg2avi — I think it might be an error in cdg2avi software. A lot of software CDG players do not handle scrolls properly (another one that has problems is DART CDG Player). And I am afraid there is no way around — the PowerKaraoke-generated scrolled-text mode songs play correctly on hardware CD+G players, and this proves they are created correctly. But the good news is that in late January or early February we plan to release an add-on that will allow to generate AVI files from PKD documents resulting in high-quality (much better that CD+G) VCD source.
First — text in boxes. I understand you mean text that is displayed in the middle of a picture (like a TV-set in our sample). This is very simple to achieve. You need to use ‘Set text area’ CD+G event. First you select the picture that will be the background (select Display picture check box and use Properties button to load the picture). Make sure you align it the way you want it to appear (it will probably be default center position, but maybe you want to change it). Then select Define custom area radio button. It allows you to define the ‘box’ that will contain the text. The full CD+G screen is 216×192 — you may either experiment of open the picture in image editing software to get the necessary numbers. And that’s it — the text will be ‘framed’.
And about the colors — CD+G format allows maximum 16 colors. You may use ‘Colors’ CD+G event to change the colors of the text after ‘Set text area’ event has been used. However if you used text effects (shadow, outline, etc) it is not possible — the entire text will change the color. If you are not using the effects, you may change the color once per each page.
There is an advanced way to use more colors. First you need to set the text box using ‘Set text area’ event but without displaying the picture (Display picture check box unselected). Then use ‘Overprint picture’ event to display the image. You may select the number of colors the image will use, so if it is a simple picture you may choose 4 which will leave 10 colors for the text (2 are used for background and border).
It may be not _very_ simple, but once you do it for the first time it should be easy.
> 1. I have some other technology to process lead vocals out of audio tracks
> (nothing against your technology). Clearly, it’s much easier to
> synchronize the lyrics to the audio tracks with the lead vocals than to
> the audio tracks without the lead vocals. Is there some way to easily save
> and restore synchronized cd+g lyrics or do I need to go outside your tool?
> If I need to go outside your tool, do you have a recommendation?
You may use the original track (containing the audio) to synchronize the lyrics and then replace the soundtrack using ‘Load soundtrack’ command. The synchronization will be preserved. Simply answer ‘Yes’ to the question if you are sure to replace the soundtrack.
> 2. Maybe it’s my eyes or maybe it’s my screen but the white / grey / brown
> word synchronization color scheme is barely usable. I can hardly tell one
> color from the next. Is this configurable somewhere. It so, it was not
> obvious where the option page was. Btw, even in the help text it’s hard to
> tell the difference so I don’t think it’s something flaky about execution
> on my system. But, perhaps it could be your software in my graphics
> config. FYI, I’m running Windows XP in 16bit display color mode on an HP
> Omnibook 6000.
Unfortunately, the colors are not configurable. At least not yet. Maybe if you played a little with contrast and/or brightness of your screen would get you the better results? I must admit we do have ‘color schemes’ on the list of to do items, but it will not become completed in a couple of months yet.