Settings for Android

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There are many, many different kinds of phones and tablets that run Android. Because of this, 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. The Settings screen gives you information on your KineMaster Premium subscription. It also includes your KineMaster version and 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.

Did you buy a subscription on a different Android device? You can activate it on your new device here. To do that, make sure that you’re logged in to the same Google Play ID that purchased your subscription. Once you’re logged in, tap the Restore Purchase button. 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 Android device. 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 If your version of KineMaster is out of date, you can open the Google Play Store app, search for KineMaster, and tap the update button. Alternatively, you can turn on auto updates in the Play Store.

• Device Capability Information

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

There are a staggering number of Android devices and hardware configurations. Sometimes the same model is sold with different hardware sold in different regions. These factors 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 to edit 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.) Lastly, this screen lets you test your device to make sure that this information is correct.

Test your hardware to determine if the initial settings for editing, export, and video layer support are correct.

Testing your device is easy. On the Device Capability Information screen, tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen. 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. This means 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. Change the Duration of a Photo Clip to make every photo you import last longer or shorter on your timeline. This setting can also be changed for specific projects from the Project Settings screen.

• Default Pan & Zoom Mode for a Photo Clip

This allows you to change the default behavior of images imported into KineMaster. There are four options.

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

Fill Screen imports your images to fill the project screen. If they have a different aspect ratio, some cropping will occur. You can always move or re-scale your images using the Pan & Zoom tool. If they’re layers, use the scale handle on the bottom right of the image. 

Ken Burns (Random) imports an image and applies the Pan & Zoom tool automatically. To adjust how your image moves with the Pan & Zoom tool, tap the image in the Primary Timeline. Then tap 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 as well. However, if there is a face in the image, the Pan & Zoom will zero in on it. To adjust how your image moves with the Pan & Zoom tool, tap the image in the Primary Timeline. Then tap 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 all layers take on the Timeline when you add them to your project can be adjusted here. This includes effect, overlay, text and handwriting layers. 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 it takes up 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 it takes up when you tap the Audio button on 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

The Sorting category allows you to choose how your media displays in the Media Browser. The default setting is Date Modified. 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. This ignores any changes that were applied afterwards. Finally, you can sort by Name. Android gives sequential filenames to photos and videos recorded with the default camera app. However, third party video or camera apps may not create files this way. 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 saves your media to the same folder other video and camera apps use. This includes exports, recorded audio and video, images, and captures. For many devices, this will be the Pictures, Music, or Movies folder.

• KineMaster Folder saves your media to the appropriate folder within the KineMaster folder. This includes exports, recorded audio and video, images, and captures.

• Project-Specific Folder creates a new folder within the KineMaster folder. Then, it saves your media there. The folder is named after your project. Be sure to rename your project first to avoid having lots of “untitled” folders.

Advanced

The advanced category lets you toggle settings that add or change features. Have you changed the Advanced and Experimental Settings and experienced issues like crashing?  Return to the Advanced and Experimental Settings panel and disable your changes.

Advanced and Experimental Settings

• Media browser hierarchical mode

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

• Show audio amplitude meter when recording video

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

• Allow export frame rate up to 60fps

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

• Allow import frame rate up to 240fps

When turned off, frame rates higher than 30fps render on the Timeline as though shot at 30fps. When turned on, higher frame rate clips will preserve their frame rate with respect to the duration the clip takes up on the Timeline.

• Collect export diagnostic data

Help us help you! When turned on, this sends the KineMaster team information about how your device handles exports.  This helps us 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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