Moodelizer Studio currently requires:
- macOS 10.8 or later
- 8GB of free disk space
- A good internet connection.
Starting the application
When you start the application for the first time, you have to sign in with the account and password that you entered when you created your account on the website.
The Moodelizer Cache, Music and Downloads are stored in Users > Shared > Moodelizer.
When you create a project a folder will be created containing a .mzp document file and cache files needed for audio handling.
Creating a project
- Click on Create project in the video view.
- Type a name for the project and choose where to put the project folder.
- Choose File > Import Movie from the menu.
- Find the video file that you want to import.
- Please note that Moodelizer Studio will remember the location of the video file. If you for any reason move it after you’ve created and saved a project you will be prompted to tell the program where it is.
Drag and drop
- Drag and drop the desired video file anywhere on the application window.
- If you haven’t created a project yet, Moodelizer Studio will do this for you when you import your file.
Soundtracks are music files that are used in the Dynamic Playback™ format. Soundtracks will be downloaded automatically from our servers whenever the application is open. A notification will appear whenever new music is added to the collection. Moodelizer Studio will start download automatically when new soundtracks are added.
Each soundtrack will first be downloaded in a smaller preview version. When the preview version is downloaded, you can start using the soundtrack right away. The preview version will automatically be swapped for the full version once that has been downloaded.
- Click the search icon and type what you are looking for.
- You can search both for instruments, e.g. “guitar” or celectronic”, and feelings, e.g. “sad”.
- You can also search for the name of a soundtrack (e.g. “Good Friends”), or the tempo (e.g. ”fast” or ”120 bpm”).
Preview soundtracks with your film
- Click the soundtrack icon and the film will automatically start at the position where you placed the playhead.
- If you switch soundtracks, the film will keep playing.
- If you stop the soundtrack and press start again, the film will start from the same starting point as before.
- If you’ve added a soundtrack in the timeline you can switch between timeline and preview by using the play button on a soundtrack and the play button on the timeline, or just press spacebar.
The pad is the heart of Moodelizer Studio. It’s the command center for Dynamic Playback™. Using the pad, you control the music using two values: intensity and variation. What they mean is slightly different from soundtrack to soundtrack, but the general idea is the same. Intensity usually means that there are more instruments and/or more happening in the music. Variation usually means that something is different, e.g. maybe the violins are added in variation B, and then the drums are added in variation C.
The best way to learn how Dynamic Playback™ works is to try it and listen!
Trying Dynamic Playback™
- Choose a soundtrack in the soundtrack browser.
- Click the play button above the soundtrack icon (or click directly on the pad and hold).
- Go up/down to adjust intensity.
- Go left/right to adjust variation.
Use the keys 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 jump to a specific intensity.
Use the keys Q, W, and E jump to a specific variation.
The pad modes are represented by symbols under the pad. The modes can be useful when you record, and you want the musical changes to be rhythmical.
- Free mode – Move freely in the pad.
- Lane mode – Allows you to move freely up and down, snaps to variation.
- Grid mode – Snaps to one of the 18 different positions in the pad.
The changes you make in Lane mode and Grid mode are adjusted to the tempo of the soundtrack playing. That means if you click in a place in the pad, the music will always change on the next bar.
The timeline is where you edit the music track to your film. It lets you place soundtracks as blocks, and keyframe changes to intensity and variation within these blocks. At the top of the timeline you can see the time of the video, with frames.
Simply drag a soundtrack to the timeline to add it to your film.
To change the length of your project independent to the length of the film, go to Moodelizer > Preferences (⌘ ,) and type in the desired length of the project under Duration.
When you add a soundtrack to the timeline, it is added as a block. The block lets you control when the soundtrack starts and stops, and works as a container for the changes that you make to the music.
Creating a block
- To create a block, drag a soundtrack from the soundtrack browser to the timeline.
- You can also use the command ⌘I to insert the selected block from the soundtrack browser to the timeline where your playhead is placed.
- Grab and drag on the upper half of the block to move it, or
- Use ⌘L to move the block to the position of the playhead.
Editing length of blocks
- Grab and drag the start or end of the block to trim it.
- To trim the block, use the command ⌘T and the block will trim to the position of the playhead.
- The blocks can be placed on top of each other and overlap. When these blocks aren’t selected the area between blocks become striped to indicate where they are overlapping.
- To move between blocks easily, use Shift + left and right arrow (this can be handy when a block is “hidden” under another one).
- Place the playhead where you want to make the edit and use the command ⌘K to cut the block in two parts.
Copy & Paste
- Use the commands ⌘C to copy, ⌘X to cut and ⌘V to paste a block.
- When pasting a block, the block will appear where you’ve placed the playhead.
- Select the block you want to duplicate, hold down Alt and drag the block to the desired position in the timeline, or
- Use the command ⌘D to make a copy.
Visibility of Blocks
- Use ⌘G to show the selected soundtrack in the Pad and the Soundtrack Browser.
- Use the command Shift + ⌘G to show all the blocks in the timeline with the same soundtrack.
Changing soundtracks but keeping automation
- Drag a new soundtrack from the soundtrack browser to an existing block and drop it.
- The existing soundtrack will be replaced with the new soundtrack.
- If you’ve made edits containing volume, intensity or beat markers to the block, they are saved and will apply to the new soundtrack.
To make changes to the music over time you create keyframes on the three colored lines. Each color has a special meaning:
- Green: Intensity
- Blue: Variation
- Grey: Volume
Visibility of keyframes
- On the left side of the timeline, there are eye symbols that you can toggle on/off to to select which lines you want to have visible in the timeline.
- The line that is selected will be thicker than the others.
- Shift + click to solo one of the parameters.
- Shift + click the soloed parameter to show all.
Creating keyframes in the timeline
- Double click where you want to create a keyframe. (Or hold Alt and click where you want to create a keyframe.)
- Use the pad to create keyframes for both intensity and variation at the position of the playhead.
- If you want to use keyframes that don't snap to beats, hold the Ctrl key to freely move a keyframe.
Creating keyframes with the pad
- Place the playhead somewhere on the soundtrack block.
- Click in the pad.
- The keyframe will be created automatically in the block.
- Click on a keyframe, or
- Click on several keyframes while holding Shift, or
- Drag a selection box over several keyframes.
- Drag the selected keyframes to adjust their value or position.
- The keyframe will snap to the beat. To unlock snap function, hold Ctrl and drag.
- Use ⌘A to make the selected keyframes snap back to a musical place in the soundtrack.
- Press backspace to remove the selected keyframes.
If you don’t want to create keyframes manually, you can use the recording function. This lets you record changes in music live, while watching the film.
- Create a block with the theme you want to record.
- Place the playhead on that block in the timeline.
- Click the record button or press R.
- Click and hold the cursor in the pad to start recording.
- Stop recording by pressing stop or spacebar.
- The recording will stop automatically when you reach the end of a block.
Beat sync & timestretch
All changes that you make to intensity, volume and automation are automatically snapped to the nearest beat of the music. You can see the beats visualized by the round dots, or beat markers, in the block. The big dots are the first beats in each bar (the “one” in “one two three four”), and the smaller dots are the rest of the beats (the “two three four”). Zoom in to see all the smaller beat markers.
Moodelizer Studio has a built in timestretch algorithm that lets you change the tempo of the music without changing the pitch.
Changing the tempo of the music
- Click on a beat marker in a block to create a timestretch keyframe.
- The beat marker that is selected will be thicker than the others.
- Adjust the position of the beat marker by dragging it left/right. The tempo on either side of the beat marker will be increased or decreased to match.
Making the block end on a musical beat
- Click the lock icon to enable beat lock. The block will timestretch so that it ends on the closest first beat in a bar.
- If you adjust the end of the block, it will detect when it’s on an even beat. The lock icon lightens up to show you where that is.
- Please note that this will not affect the music that are to the left side of previously placed beat markers.
Often times you don’t want your music to end abruptly, you would like it to stop with a played outro. The outro function lets you do that musically without having to adjust the volume.
Making the music end with an outro
- Click the triangle icon to enable the outro for a block. The outro will play at the same intensity level as the music at the end of the block.
- You can adjust the intensity and volume of the outro by adding a keyframes in the outro portion of the block. This way you can end with, for instance, a bigger outro for effect or a softer outro to make a more subtle stop.
Resizing the video window:
- Go to “Video” in the top menu
- ⌘0 Standard Size
- ⌘1 Top Half
- ⌘2 Fill
- ⌘3 Windowed
There are a two ways to export the result when you are done.
- Export film with sound and music ⌘E
This gives you a quicktime film with the sound embeded exactly as you hear it in Moodelizer Studio. This could be useful when you, for instance, want to send a copy or show it to someone else for reference.
- Export the music only ⌘R
This gives you a music track with all changes and automations in WAV 48,000Hz, 24bit format.
If you have any questions or feedback, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also use the “Got Feedback?” button in the bottom left corner of the application. You will get a window where you can write questions, insights or just tell jokes. We read all feedback!
The Moodelizer team