Make video starts or endings less abrupt

Playing background audio at full volume when the video ends might make the ending sound abrupt. To prevent that, Video Puppet now allows you to apply fade-in or fade-out effects to background music.

Background effects when making videos from presentations

Starting from today, Video Puppet will automatically reduce the background audio volume during the last presentation slide for videos you make from presentations. This should make video endings less abrupt in most situations.

If you are building a clip that needs to be part of a longer video, or if you use a custom audio designed to already ease out the ending, you may want to disable this function. Here is how you can do that:

  1. After uploading the presentation, choose the “Edit Settings” option. (or, if you already built a video, click the “Customise video” button).
  2. In the presentation settings dialog, notice the plus sign next to the background music option.

video music options

  1. Click that plus sign and a new section will open with more options.

add music to video

The “Ease out last slide” checkbox controls the volume reduction during the last slide. Untick it and Video Puppet will no longer fade out background music during the last slide.

All the standard Video Puppet background music loops are designed to play at full volume from the start of the video, but for custom audio backgrounds that might make the start too forceful. If you want Video Puppet to gradually increase the volume during the first slide, check the “Ease out first slide” checkbox.

Background effects when making videos from scripts

For videos made from scripts, the background music plays at full volume by default, even during the first and last slide.

You can turn on the effects by adding fade-out and fade-in properties to the background header, for example:

---
background: jungle.mp3 0.5 fade-out fade-in
---

During the first scene the music increases gradually
because of the 'fade-in' property

---

During the middle scenes the music plays
at the requested volume (0.5) in this script.

---

During the last scene the music volume will be 
gradually reduced because of the 'fade-out' property

More information

For more information on controlling background music, check out our page on How to add background music to your videos.

For information on the script background property, check out the background header format reference.

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