Settings for Android

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There are so many different kinds of phones and tablets that run Android, it can be hard for KineMaster to guess the configuration of hardware that you have. You may also want to check your subscription status, or try out an experimental feature. KineMaster’s global settings can do all that and more!

To access KineMaster’s Settings, tap on the button that looks like a gear on KineMaster’s main screen. KineMaster’s Settings screen gives you access to information related to your KineMaster Premium subscription, KineMaster version information, legal information, as well as global settings options.

The Settings have five categories:

InformationEditingSortingFile LocationsAdvanced

Information

• My Information

If you need to check your subscription status to KineMaster Premium, you can do that here. 

If you purchased a subscription on a different Android device and need to activate it on a new device, you can also do that here. To restore a purchase, make sure that you are logged in to the same Google Play ID that purchased your subscription. Once your new device is logged in, you can tap the Restore Purchase button and your subscription to KineMaster Premium will activate on your new device. 

• About KineMaster

This provides information about the version of KineMaster that is running on your iPhone or iPad. If you have automatic updates turned on, you should always see the latest version number here. If your version of KineMaster is out of date, you can manually open the App Store app, search for KineMaster, and tap the update button. Alternatively, you can turn on auto updates in the Settings app.

• Device Capability Information

KineMaster works great on a wide variety of Android devices. However, when you first install KineMaster onto your phone, tablet, or Chromebook some tools and features that you were expecting to have might not be available.

The staggering number of Android devices, hardware configurations, and even sometimes the same model with different hardware sold in different regions make automatic detection of what your device can do a real challenge. That’s why KineMaster for Android comes with the Device Capability Information tool. 

To access the Device Capability Information screen, tap the Settings button on KineMaster’s main screen. The Settings button looks like a gear and is located below the New Project button. Next, tap the Device Capability Information option.

The Device Capability Information tool allows you view the resolution that video clips need to be for editing and export. (The gray box on the left.) It also allows you to see what resolution, and how many, video layers you can have. (The gray box on the right.) In addition to providing this information, the Device Capability Information screen lets you test your device to make sure that this information is correct.

Testing your phone, tablet, or Chromebook’s hardware lets KineMaster determine if the initial settings for editing, export, and video layer support are actually what your device’s processor can handle.

Testing your device is easy. On the Device Capability Information screen, tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen and then tap Run Analysis Now. This process takes some time. When the analysis is complete, the information in the gray boxes will update if your processor was incorrectly assessed. If the information in the gray boxes doesn’t change, it means that your hardware was correctly identified when you installed KineMaster and that no higher settings for editing, export, or video layers are available to you. 

Editing

• Default Duration of a Photo Clip

When you add a photo to your KineMaster project, the amount of time it lasts on the Timeline can be changed here. Changing the Duration of a Photo Clip here will affect the default importing length for all of your KineMaster projects. This setting can also be changed for specific projects from the Project Settings screen.

• Default Pan & Zoom Mode for a Photo Clip

When you tap this, you are given four options to change how an image is placed on the Timeline and if Pan & Zoom is automatically applied. 

Fit in Screen imports images into your project without cropping. This means that if you import a picture taken at a different aspect ratio than your project’s aspect ratio, empty space will be added around the image. To fill the screen with your image, you will need to manually scale it to crop.

Fill Screen imports your images to automatically fill the project screen, even if they were taken at a different aspect ratio. This means that some cropping will occur. You can always move or re-scale your images using the Pan & Zoom tool or, if they’re layers, the scale handle on the bottom right of the image. 

Ken Burns (Random) imports an image and applies the Pan & Zoom tool automatically. You can adjust the behavior of how your image moves using the Pan & Zoom tool by tapping the image in the Timeline and then tapping the Pan & Zoom tool in the options panel that opens on the right side of the screen.

Ken Burns (Face Recognition) imports images and applies the Pan & Zoom tool, but if there is a face in the image, the Pan & Zoom will zero in on it. You can adjust the behavior of how your image moves using the Pan & Zoom tool by tapping the image in the Timeline and then tapping the Pan & Zoom tool in the options panel that opens on the right side of the screen.

• Default Duration of a Layer

The amount of time effect, overlay, text and handwriting layers take on the Timeline when you add them to your project can be adjusted here. This setting can also be changed for specific projects from the Project Settings screen.

• Media browser full-screen mode toggles how much of the screen the Media Browser takes up when you tap the Media or Layer>Media buttons in a KineMaster project. By default, the Media Browser appears on the top half of the screen, with the Timeline underneath. Setting this option to ON will make the Media Browser fill the entire screen.

• Audio browser full-screen mode toggles how much of the screen the Audio Browser takes up when you tap the Audio button on the right side of the Media Wheel. By default, the Audio Browser appears on the top half of the screen, with the Timeline underneath. Setting this option to ON will make the Audio Browser fill the entire screen.

Sorting

This changes how your files that are saved on your phone, tablet, or Chromebook are organized in the Media Browser. The default setting is Date Modified. That means that the most recent videos and images will be the ones that were most recently created or changed. The Date Created option allows you to sort your media by the date it was made, ignoring any changes that were applied afterwards. Finally, you can sort by Name. Android automatically gives sequential filenames to photos and videos recorded with the default camera app. However, third party video or camera apps may not create files that follow the same naming structure. In that case, using this option may cause videos or images taken with other apps to appear at the top or bottom of your Media Browser. 

File Locations

You can set the default location for where your videos and images are saved. There are three options for each type of file that KineMaster can create.

• Device Default Folder will save your exports, recorded audio and video, images, and captures to the same folder that media created by other video and camera apps do. For many devices, this will be the Pictures, Music, or Movies folder.

• KineMaster Folder will save your exports, recorded audio and video, images, and captures to the appropriate folder within the KineMaster folder.

• Project-Specific Folder will create a new folder within the KineMaster folder and save your exports, recorded audio and video, images, and captures within it. The folder will take the name of your project, so be sure to rename your project first to avoid having lots of “untitled” folders.

Advanced

The advanced category gives you the option to toggle settings that add or change features. If you make changes to the settings inside of the Advanced and Experimental Settings and then experience performance issues including crashes and problematic tool behavior, return to the Advanced and Experimental Settings panel and disable your changes.

Advanced and Experimental Settings

• Media browser hierarchical mode

When this behavior is turned off, the Media Browser shows all folders that contain media on your device. When this is turned on, you will need to navigate the file structure on your device to locate the appropriate media folder.

• Show audio amplitude meter when recording video

When this behavior is turned off, recording video using the Camcorder tool at the center of the Media Wheel does not display information about audio levels. When this is turned on, an audio meter will display on the left side of the Camcorder screen.

• Allow export frame rate up to 60fps

When this is turned off, the highest frame rate for export is 30fps. When this is turned on, you will have the option to export at 60fps. 

• Allow import frame rate up to 240fps

When this is turned off, frame rates higher than 30fps are automatically rendered on the Timeline as though they were shot at 30fps. With this turned on, video clips recorded at higher frame rates will preserve the higher frame rate with respect to the duration the clip takes up on the Timeline.

• Collect export diagnostic data

Help us help you! By collecting (and sending) the KineMaster developers information about how your device handles exports, we can improve the speed and stability of exporting in future versions of KineMaster.

• Unlimited Video Layer Mode

The number of video layers your device can use is limited by the processor in your phone, tablet, or Chromebook. When this feature is turned on, that limitation is ignored by KineMaster. However, that doesn’t mean that your processor has gotten any more powerful. Using more than the recommended number of video layers is likely to cause issues with KineMaster and with your device. Use at your own risk. 

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