|This application mixes up to 5 layers of Flash
movies, while offering various effects such as scale, rotate,
position and colour. There are some handy FX settings to
make your movies leap about and generally dance, which are all
easy to set up and switch on/off. The interface, although in
German, is a breeze to use, you just load your clips into the
"Flash" folder and call them up into each channel. You
can switch levels up and down whilst they are playing, fade them
in and out and there is a master zoom (more on that later).
You'll need at least an 800Mhz processor and preferably 256Mb RAM,
but even on high spec machines, 5 layers of running movies is
going to tax it a bit! I try to stick to a max of 3, but keep the
other 2 channels loaded and ready. I use a scan converter to zoom
the output screen to the projectors, which is where the
master zoom comes into play: most cheap scan converters have
a limited range of zooming and I often find that the 3x zoom on
mine is a tad too big - just set the master zoom to get exactly
the right size image on your projector.
I think the biggest selling point for this type of mixer is that
it is not software - its basically a flash movie that looks like
an interface. No crashes - ever! Obviously this is not going to
appeal to video clip users, except as an additional tool, but if
Flash is your main source, then you must at least try this. There
is a new version just out, that supports dual monitor set-ups and
a full-screen option, which I am in the process of playing with.
More about that another time.
(originally reviewed by jaffa
You can visit the publisher's website here.
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