This article is part of the GauchoCast Editing Series. For more editing topics, please visit the GauchoCast Editing Overview page. Instructions on how to focus between different streams are detailed below with screenshots. Alternatively, you may watch the following video from Panopto: How to Use the Focus Tool in the Editor.
The "Focus" tool allows you to emphasize the video player onto a particular stream when either multiple primary or multiple secondary streams are available. Only one primary stream and one secondary stream can be simultaneously played on the screen through the online web player. However, if two or more primary sources or two or more secondary sources are present, you can dictate the viewer's attention to one of the streams and then bounce back to the other stream at a later time. For example, this can be helpful if you want to alternate between a PowerPoint presentation (a secondary source) and a Document Camera feed (another secondary source). For more information about Primary and Secondary streams, visit this page.
"Focus" on a Stream
- Launch the Video Editor for a session.
- If you have two or more primary OR two or more secondary sources, the "Focus" tool will appear on the editing toolbar (to the right of the "Cut" tool). If your video does not meet those requirements, the "Focus" tool will not be available.
- If you would like to learn how to upload an additional primary or secondary stream, please visit this page.
- Select the "Focus" tool. Then click and drag over the stream that you want the video to focus on. This will trim out the other corresponding primary or secondary stream. The trimmed section will be grayed out in the editor and will not appear during playback.
- In the example below, the user is working with two secondary streams (S1 and S2). They can use the "Focus" tool to jump back and forth between the S1 and S2 sources. While S1 is playing, S2 will be omitted. When the focus is reversed, S2 will playback while S1 will be omitted from the video player.