Loading Multi-Frame Files

When multi-frame files are loaded into the viewer,  only the first frame of each file is displayed.   When a supported multi-frame file format is detected, the Cine Control Bar will appear at the bottom of the Viewer.

Loading full size frames:

Click on the Play   button to load the frames into the viewer.

When all the full size frames have been loaded into the viewer, the frames will be played back at the specified frame rate.

Selecting a rectangular region to load:

  1. Click on the Rectangle  button.
  2. Drag a box over the desired region to load.  You may redo this over again until the desired region is specified.
  3. Click on the Play  button to load only the specified region into the viewer.
Exiting Cine Mode:

To restore the Viewer to file mode:  Click on the Restore Previous  button. OR  Select the Next/Prior   file in the file sequence.

Loading a Series of Images

Multiple image sequences may loaded as cine frames to create an animated sequence.

Load the images into the Viewer at the desired sequence. All images should be the same size. If all the images are not the same size then you must select a rectangular region to load later.

Click on the Load Cine Run  button.

Continue by following the instructions for Loading Multi-Frame Files

Saving Frames to Disk

It may desireable to save the loaded frames for later use. If the frames were moved using the Subtraction Mode then the saved files will reflect those positions. The frames are saved as unprocessed IMG files.  These image files may be re-loaded and converted to cine runs at any time.

  1. From the menu select the  [Frames | Save As | IMG Files]  function.
  2. Select the starting output filename from the File dialog box. This must be an incrementable filename (i.e. Image-001.img, photo112.img, etc)
  3. All the frames will be saved to disk.

Cine Control Functions

The Cine Control Bar resides at the bottom of the viewer when initially activated.  This is a dockable tool bar that may be moved if desired.  Many of the functions listed below are also available under the  [Frames]  menu. When the Cine Control Bar is disabled under the  [Options | Tool Bars | Cine Control ] menu option,  the keyboard function keys may be used.

The Cine Control Bar

  1. Processor Enable button. Use this to enable/disable selected Frame Process functions.
  2. Frame Select buttons. [ F3 and F4 ] Click on these buttons to view individual frames.  These are disabled while the cine sequence is playing.
  3. Play button. [ F7 ] Click on this to load/play cine frames.
  4. Stop button.  [ F5 ] Click on this to stop the play mode and display the first frame.
  5. Pause button.  [ F6 ] Click on this to stop the play mode and display the current frame.
  6. Repeating Loop button. Use this to start playing from the beginning after the last frames has been played.
  7. Reversing Loop button. Use this to reverse (ping-pong) the play direction when reaching the first/last frames.
  8. Frame Rate slider. Use this to adjust the playback speed. The actual frame rate is displayed in the status bar.

Saving Frames to an AVI File
  1. From the menu select the  [Frames | Save As | Movie File]  function.
  2. Select the output filename from the Save AVI File dialog box.
  3. The Save As Movie dialog box will appear:
Note: Depending on the compression codec,  quality,  total frames and image content,  compression time could be quite lengthy.

Saving AVI's in Batch Mode
  1. Load all the files into the Viewer to be converted.
  2. From the menu select the  [Frames | Save As | Convert All to AVI]  function.
  3. The AVI Batch Processor will accumulate statistics about the files.
  4. The Select a Starting AVI File dialog box will appear.
  5. Specify an incrementable filename (i.e. Movie-001.avi).
  6. Wait for the first file to be read in. This is necessary to select an accurate compression method.
  7. The Video Compression dialog box will appear.
  8. Choose a desired compression method.
  9. The AVI conversion for all of the loaded files will start.

This will be a background process that will allow you to return other tasks if necessary.  When no other Windows tasks are in progress then it will run at full speed.

Click on the Cancel button or close the Window to quit the conversion process at any time.


Enabling the Brightness/Contrast Function:

  1. Click on the   button
  2. The Window Width/Level may now be adjusted.
  3.  Uncheck the  [Frames | W/L Enabled]  menu option to disable and return to the default settings.

Frame Processing Functions

Enabling Image Processing functions:

  1. Select the desired operation under the  [Frames]  menu.
  2. Click on the the  button to enable or disable the current selection.
  3. Select the  [Frames | Process/Replace All]  to permanently apply the settings to the images.  The frames will need to be reloaded to undo any changes.

Frame Averaging

Use frame averaging to blend together adjacent images.

Image Filtering

Several filters are available under the  [Frames | Filters] menu option. For additional filters and image processing see the Frame Processor.

  1. Adjust the slider bar to visually adjust the degree of desired filtering.
  2. Click on the Apply button to replace the existing frames with the new settings.
  3. Click on the Cancel button to close the control box and revert back to no filtering.

Image Subtraction/Registration

The subtraction mode features multiple subtraction masks and image registration. To enable the Subtraction Mode, select the  [Frames | Subtraction] menu option. The Subtraction Window will appear:

Frame Selection: The current frame may be selected by using the Display control or using by the Cine Control Bar  controls.

Mask Selection: Any mask frame can be selected for any range of images specified by the Begin and End frames. In this manner, multiple masks may be selected through out the entire cine run.

Registration: Individual frames may be moved by manually adjusting the X and Y values for each frame. Frames may also be moved by clicking on the Pan  button and dragging the image to the desired point. Mask frames can only be moved manually.

Frame Processor

The Frame Processor allows the user to select or specify custom convolution filters and image processing routines to the cine frames.  For more information see the Frame Processor manual

  1. From the menu select the  [Frames | Frame Processor] option.
  2. The Frame Processor window will appear:
  1. Select the desired function from the Selection box.
  2. Click on the Preview button to view the operation on the current frame.
  3. Select the  [Frames | Process/Replace All]  to apply the operation to all frames.  The frames will need to be reloaded to undo the changes.