Mazaika for Mac OS X Tutorial

This short video lesson demonstrates how to create a photo mosaic with Mazaika for Mac software. It shows how to make a new mosaic library and a new Mazaika project. Real time screen cast of mosaic rendering displays how fast Mazaika works. You will see how to correct colors of mosaic for better visual result and how to save generated photo mosaic montage in an image file format.

The video above covers the actions that are common for both Mazaika and Mazaika-Video programs.

Below is an instruction for Mazauika-Video usage.

Mazaika-Video for Mac OS X Tutorial

This is a detailed step by step scenario of making Shadow of Vampire video mosaic with Mazaika-Video software package.

The mosaic starts at enlarged lower left cell filled with Dracula close-up. The mosaics zooms out to reveal the iconic image of Nosferatu shadow and zooms in into top right corner to the cell filled with the same Dracula close-up as was used in the beginning.

 

Part 1 - Converting movies into MZVClp format

 


1.1 - Start MZVClp converter application.

 


1.2 - This is MZVClp converter window.

 


1.3 - Drop video files into the table at MZVClp converter main window

 


1.4 - Press Convert button

 


1.5 - Select folder to save the result files.

 


1.6 - Wait untill files will be converted.

 

 

Part 2 - Making library

 


2.1 - Start Mazaika-Video.

 


2.2 - Press New Library button.

 


2.3 - Drop MZVClp clips into New Library panel.

 


2.4 - Set Offset before value for new library.

 


2.5 - Set Offset after value for new library.

 


2.6 - Select Aspect ratio.

 


2.7 - Press Make library.

 


2.8 - Enter a name for new library.

 


2.9 - Wait while the program indexing your video.

 


2.10 - Select Open library and make mosaic.

 

 

Part 3 - Making mosaic

 


3.1 - Open source image panel.

 


3.2 - Drop source image into source image panel.

 


3.3 - Adjust the number of Columns.

 


3.4 - Adjust the number of Rows.

 


3.5 - Press Apply button.

 


3.6 - Project is opened and ready for render. Press Render button.

 


3.7 - Mosaic rendering in progress.

 


3.8 - The mosaic is fully assembled.

 


3.9 - That's how it looks at Enhanced view mode.

 

 

Part 4 - Preparing frame offsets for seamless loop

We should tune the bottom-left and top-right cells. We want to use the same video fragment for both bottom-left and top-right cells. Even more, we need the clip in top-right cell, to finish at the same time-line position as it is positioned at the beginning of the mosaic at bottom-left cell.

 


4.1 - Select bottom-left cell.

 


4.2 - Right-click on bottom-left cell to activate a menu. Select top menu item to show Preview tile screen.

 


4.3 - Press Load Movie button.

 


4.4 - Choose Dracula movie file and open it.

 


4.5 - Fine tune movie timeline to position 15:12.00
We want this nice portrait of Bela Lugosi to be at the end and bedinning of our video mosaic.

 


4.6 - Make offset "plus" 8 seconds relative to 15:12.00. This means that the clip in bottom left cell will be positiond to 15:20.00 (15:12.00 + 0:08 = 15.20.00)

 


4.7 - Select top-right cell.

 


4.8 - Right-click on top-right cell to activate a menu. Select top menu item to show Preview tile screen.

 


4.9 - Press Load Movie button.

 


4.10 - Choose Dracula movie file and open it.

 


4.11 - Fine tune movie timeline to position 15:12.00

 


4.12 - Make offset "minus" 8 seconds relative to 15:12.00. This means that the clip in bottom left cell will be positiond to 15:04.00 (15:12.00 - 0:08 = 15.04.00)

 

 

Part 5 - Configure zoom-in and zoom-our video sequences

We should tune the bottom-left and top-right cells because we want to use the same video fragment for both bottom-left and top-right cells. Even more, we need the clip in top-right cell, to finish at the same time-line position as it is positioned at the beginning of the mosaic at bottom-left cell.

 


5.1 - Press Export button to open Export panel.

 


5.2 - Export panel is opened.

 


5.3 - Enter 720 for an output height. It will be Full HD Ready (720 lines tall) mosaic.

 


5.4 - At first we need to select a viewport location at the beginning of the first mosaic sequence. (Remember, we have two mosaic sequences. First sequence: zoom-out from the bottom-left cell to a whole mosaic. Second sequence: zoom-in from the whole mosaic to the top-right cell)

 


5.5 - Select bottom-left cell with a special button.

 


5.6 - Press Apply to accept the selection.

 


5.7 - Set the starting scene duration for 1 second (To show the cell in a full screen for 1-second)

 


5.8 - The enlarged cell don't need to be corrected. Enter zeros for both corrections.

 


5.9 - Set transition duration for 6. (It will takes 6 second to zoom mosaic from one cell to overall view)

 


5.10 - Select transition speed: slow-fast-slow.

 


5.11 - Press Area button to bring up a location selector for sequence ending.

 


5.12 - Select All mosaic with a special button. (Remember, our first sequence ends with zoom-out to overall mosaic view).

 


5.13 - Press Apply to accept the selection.

 


5.14 - Set the ending scene duration for 1 second (To show the whole mosaic for 1-second).

 


5.15 - The whole mosaic should be corrected. Let's set Correction to 0.3 and Blending to 0.25.

 


5.16 - The first sequence is assembled. Let's add it to an exoporting queue. Press Add sequence to queue button.

 


5.17 - Here is it, the first sequence is added to the queue as a line in the table.

 


5.18 - The second sequence is similar to the first one, but with zooming-in instead of zooming-out. We will simply swap start and end of the first sequence and do few corrections. Press Swap start and end button.

 


5.19 - Secquence is swapped. You see, we have whole mosaic at the beginning and one cell at the end.

 


5.20 - But we wanted to finish the mosaic clip in the Top-Right cell. Press Area to correct it.

 


5.21 - Select Top-Right cell with a special button.

 


5.22 - Press Apply to accept the selection.

 


5.23 - The second sequence is assembled. It starts with colour corrected overall mocaic view and zoom-ins into top-right corner. Let's add it to the exoporting queue. Press Add sequence to queue button.

 


5.24 - Now we have two lines in the table. Two sequences in the queue.

 


5.25 - We need to sinchronize video offsets in these sequences. To enter editing mode select first line in the table.

 


5.26 - Press Edit button at the table caption to enter editing mode.

 


5.27 - The whole duration of a one sequence is a sum of starting transiting and ending durations. They are: 1(start) + 6(transition) + 1(ending) = 8(total duration)
Set Offset to minus 8 for the first sequence.

 


5.28 - Press Sinchronize All Down.

 


5.29 - Press Update to accept changes.

 


5.30 - Let's verify queue offsets: The first sequence starts at -8, the second sequence starts at 0. That's correct!

 


5.31 - We are ready to generate a movie frames. Press Process whole queue button.

 


5.32 - Select a folder for output.

 


5.33 - We need to wait some time untill the procedure will be completed.

 


5.34 - The procedure is over. We can close export pane. Press Close button.

 


5.35 - We generated all frames for our mosaic video. Now we can quit Mazaika-Video.

 

 

Part 6 - Assembling separate frames into one video file

Now we need to assemble the set of separate frames into one video file. We will do that with Movie assembler application that is included into Mazaika-Video software package.

 


6.1 - Start Movie assembler application.

 


6.2 - Drop the folder with .mzframes extension in it's name, that we just have generated, into Movie assembler window.

 


6.3 - Here we see the first set of frames in the table.

 


6.4 - To display that the movie is a "loop" let's add the very same folder again.

 


6.5 - Now we see two sets of frames in the table.

 


6.6 - We can see a seamless connection between first and second sets of frames. The last frame at the first set looks the same as the first frame in the second set.

 


6.7 - Press Make movie button.

 


6.8 - Select a file name for our new video file.

 


6.9 - Please wait until the procedure is over.

 


6.10 - Finish!

 


6.11 - We can open our new mosaic video with preview!

 

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