Simple scenario – Create your scenario in VidiStudio (1)



Create a new draft

Open VidiStudio
Once you have downloaded and installed VidiStudio, open it. By default, on Windows, it should be in the folder C:\Program Files (x86).

Create a new draft
When you open VidiStudio, to create a new scenario, go to Projects > New Draft.
This opens a new draft and a pop up window to define the name, dimensions, and other characteristics of the project.

Name your scenario
On this pop up window, you can name your scenario.
Don’t forget to chec that the dimension of your project are the same one as the screens the scenario will run on.

Important note

In VidiStudio, from the moment you create a draft, it auto-saves. So if you make a change and close VidiStudio, next time you open VidiStudio, the change will still be here. If you are unhappy about your change, you have to edit it (you can also use the arrow “cancel previous action” if you just did the change). 

If you are about to make a dary change and you don’t want to lose the state of your scenario, you can save it under a given name, and then save it again with another name: only the version on which you are working will carry the changes, you will be able to use the first scenario you saved that did not go through all those changes.

Notion of state, layer and trigger

The way VidiStudio is designed is to allow the user to create a journey for the audience. 
This journey is composed of different states, and you go from one state to another when a condition becomes true.
A condition to go from one state to another is called a trigger.
A state contains what is shown on screen. It could be a simple picture, or video, or it could be several things: a picture + a text + a tiny picture of a logo. In that case, all those different elements are placed in layers.

In our case:

  • there are 4 states (represented by the rectangles)
  • there are 3 triggers (to go from the initial state to the kid state / men state / women state)
  • Each state contains one image, and that image is placed in a layer inside the state.

Creation of the Initial state

By default, when a scenario is created, it already has a state, called the initial state. Everytime the scenario plays, it will start by the initial state.

  • This initial state contains the video feed of the camera with an overlay of analysis, to easily demonstrate the kind of metrics provided.
    This is not needed for our scenario, so delete it.
  • The layer should hold an image, so drag and drop the “Images” icon onto the layer. 
  • A pop up window appears to select the image. Click on the image you want and click OK.
  • Click on the big green arrow to go back to the general view.

The first state (the initial state) was already here upon the creation of the draft. 
Now, other states need to be created. For that, click on the “New state” icon.
It will create a new state and directly show the view of inside the state.

  • Name the state so you know what it is 
  •  Add a minimum show time: this parameters allows to say “Show this state for at least x seconds when it is called on screen”. It allows to force the scenario to stay on that state for x seconds even if the condition to leave the state is true, just to avoid jumping from one state to the other too fast, which would be very annoying.

Creation of the other states

As you did before, drag and drop the Image icon onto the layer, select the image you want, and click on the green arrow to go back to the general view.
You can move the states around to visually organize them the same way as in your mind.

Do that again for the men state and the women state.

You have created the states and placed the right images in each layer inside each state.
You now need to add triggers between states.

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