KwikProxy

KwikProxy (KP) is a tool that enables the user to quickly create proxies for use in Vegas Pro.  Proxy creation is usually much quicker for UHD and above resolutions since proxies are created "before" being imported into Vegas.  KP supports two work flows.  In the first, KP works the same as native Vegas proxy creation and creates a proxy file with an sfvp0 extension, thus enabling the rapid switching between the original and the proxy by changing Vegas preview settings.  In the second, proxy files are created which can be swapped with the original.  Both AVC and MPEG-2 (XD CAM) formats are supported for the proxy files.

1. Proxy Options

a. Use Vegas Auto.  If ticked, proxy files will be created with the sfvp0 file extensions, thus enables the automatic switching between original and proxies using preview settings.  Upon completion of proxy creation, the original files will be added to the media pool and added to the timeline if those options are chosen.

b.   Launches the folder browse dialog to create proxies for all files within the folder.  All files will be added to the Selected Files to Process listbox.

c.   Launches the open file dialog to create proxies for individual files.  Selected files will be added to the Selected Files to Process listbox.

d. Create Proxies.  If ticked, proxies will be created for the files shown in the Selected Files to Process listbox once the Start button is clicked.

e. Show Proxies. If ticked, all proxy files will be shown in the Selected Files to Process listbox.

e. Show Originals. If ticked, all original files will be shown in the Selected Files to Process listbox for which proxies exist.

f.  When proxies are first created, a file is created that contains the file location of both the original and the proxy to facilitate the rapid switching between proxy and original.  If ticked, the existing file will be reset.

g.  Swaps proxies to original and vice versa.  If the Show Proxies radio button is ticked, clicking will swap selected proxy files to the original files.  If the Show Originals radio button is ticked, clicking will swap selected original files to the proxy files.

h.   Selected files will be sent to the recycle bin.

2. Selected Files to Process

a. Files may be added to the listbox by Dragging and Dropping folders or individual files.  Files may also be added using the folder browse or open file dialogs previously described.

b.   Clears the listbox.

c.   If clicked, detailed stream information will be shown.

 

d.  Moves the selected items up in the listbox.

e.  Moves the selected items down in the listbox.

f.  Removes the selected media files from the listbox.  Note that it does NOT delete the file from your hard drive.

3. Processing Options

a. Proxy Format Options

(1) AVC.  If selected, built-in AVC templates designed for quick rendering using available GPU encoders (Nvenc, QuickSync, VCE) plus a CPU only option will be used for proxy creation.

(2) MPEG.  If selected, a built-in MPEG-2 (XD CAM) template will be used for proxy creation.  Unlike Vegas, the user is not limited to a 1280 x 720 frame size.

(3) Custom. If selected, the user can design his own template or make use of a template created in other renders tools such as RenderPlus or RenderEvents using the drop down list of templates.

(4)    When clicked, the following x264 rendering template window is shown.  Note that the same window can be loaded when x264 rendering is selected in AviDub, ProxyAssist, and RenderEvents.  Templates created in one script may be used in other scripts as well.  A complete description of this window may be found in the help section describing x264 Render Templates in detail.

b. Frame Height. Drop down list of frame heights.  Options include: 1080, 720, Half, Quarter, Same or Custom. If Half is selected, the original frame height is divided by 2; if Quarter, divided by 4.  If Custom is selected, the user may enter a custom frame height.  Note that frame width is automatically calculated based upon the Display Aspect Ratio of the original footage.

c. Frame Rate.  Drop down list of frame rates.  For proxies, it is recommended that the frame rate remains the Same.  If changed, only frame rates half of the original frame rate should be used--in other words, 25 for a 50 fps original frame rate or 29.997 for a 59.94 fps original frame rate.

d.    Clicking this icon button toggles between full-range (0-255) and limited-range (16-235). 

e. Keep Audio.  If ticked audio will be kept in the proxy file.

4. Save Options.

a. Add to Project Media.  If ticked, the proxy files will be added to the project media pool.

b. Add to Timeline.  If ticked, proxy files will also be added to the timeline. New tracks named Imported Video and Imported Audio will be created and the files will be placed on those tracks.  If the project already contains media on the timeline, the new files will be added at the end of the project.

c. Add File Tag. If checked, a file tag will be added which is any text the user wants added to the name of the proxy file. 

5.  Where to Save .  There are three options.  Note that these options are nt available if Use Vegas Auto is ticked.

a. Specific Folder Location. Rendered media files are stored in a specific folder selected by the user.  A left-click on the folder icon opens the browse folder dialog from which the location is selected or a new folder created.  If "Create Project Name Sub-folder" is checked, a sub-folder will be created in that location with the name of the subfolder being the Project name.

b. Sub-folder of Project Folder. Rendered media files are stored in a sub-folder in the  folder where the Vegas project is located.  The name  of the sub-folder may be entered into the textbox on  the right.

c. Sub-folder of Media File Folder. Rendered media files are stored in a sub-folder in the  folder where the media file is located.  The name of  the sub-folder may be entered into the textbox on the right.

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