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Table of Contents
Welcome to the Cosmos User Guide. This should tell you everything you need to know about how best to use Cosmos for managing your video library.
You install Cosmos by dragging it from the disk image to either your Applications folder or your desktop. We recommend placing Cosmos in your Applications folder, then keeping it in your Dock.
Have a look at our Installation video for VoltaicHD if you need help with this. The process is identical for Cosmos.
If you purchase Cosmos through the App Store, the installation is automatic and Cosmos is saved to your Applications folder.
You activate Cosmos by purchasing an Activation Key. Once you have completed payment via PayPal, the Activation Key is emailed to your supplied email address immediately. Your key is also displayed on the screen when you click on the 'Return to Systemic' link displayed on the PayPal confirmation screen.
If you do not receive your key withing a minute or two, it is probably in your SPAM folder.
Once you receive your Activation Key, open Cosmos and go to the Cosmos->Activate menu option. Enter your key into the text field and click 'Activate'. Cosmos then communicates with the Shedworx activation server to activate itself.
Have a look at our Activation video for VoltaicHD if you need help with this. The Activation process is identical for all of our products.
If you purchase Cosmos through the App Store the activation process is taken care of for you.
3. Setting Preferences
Like all well-designed applications, you don't have to set any preferences before using Cosmos. If you want to take more control of Cosmos, read on!
Preferences can be reviewed at any time by using the menu option or Apple,
Check for Updates on Startup
Whether or not to automatically check for new versions of the application on startup. This option does not exist on the App Store version of Cosmos as the update process is taken care of by the App Store.
Only import movies
Cosmos has been designed to handle movies and photos, but some people use Cosmos for movies only. This preference tells Cosmos to not import any Photos from a camera, when importing movies.
You can start VoltaicHD conversions from within Cosmos. This option determines where movies converted by VoltaicHD are saved.
Here you can specify what kind of completion notification VoltaicHD is to provide.
This option is only used if you plan to use Revolver to do movie exports. This specifies where the exported movies will be placed.
RevolverHD can create data DVDs, where the files are just copied to a directory, or AVCHD DVDs. These DVDs can contain Full HD videos that will play on most Blu-ray players.
The Asset Location is the area that Cosmos will place all assets ready for editing. This will involve copying of assets that are ready for editing, and conversion of all AVCHD video assets to AIC, using VoltaicHD.
Copy Assets Only
This option disables any conversions by Cosmos/VoltaicHD. This is useful if you are sending movies (AVCHD especially) to an editor that can edit native AVCHD video.
Hide media already imported
This option will ignore any assets on a camera already in the Cosmos Library, when using the Import process. This is very handy when using a camera from which you import new assets from, while ignoring assets already imported.
Copy imported assets to Library area
This option applies to importing from the filesystem only. Naturally, any assets being imported from a camera must be copied into the Cosmos Library. When importing from the filesystem this option allows you to leave the assets in place and merely reference it from Cosmos. This is useful when using Cosmos to manage assets that you have already organised yourself.
Autosplit into Events
When importing, a handy feature is to autosplit media into different events. This is especially useful when importing media from a camera that may have been used over a number of weeks or months to cover a number of events.
This setting has three options:
- One Event per Day (All Imports)
- One Event per Day (Camera Only)
Reset User Alerts
This option re-enables all Alert windows that have an option to no longer display them.
Eject after Import
This setting lets you eject your camera once importing is complete.
Cosmos has been designed to provide you with the fastest and easiest importing workflow possible. This involves providing a very fast thumbnail preview of movies and NOT converting AVCHD movies as they are imported.
Cosmos also supports the importing of any Quicktime-supported video format and most images types.
Camera importing involves a two-step process of firstly previewing the camera or filesystem's media, then pulling the media into the Cosmos Library. Filesystem importing skips the preview stage and imports straight away.
4.2 Camera Importing
When Cosmos detects any camera connected to the computer, it will automatically enter Importing mode and preview the camera's content. You can then choose to import any or all of the photos and movies by selecting Import All or Import Selected. Note that Cosmos allows you to import video and photo assets from the camera, providing a far more convenient process than having to run two applications.
4.3 Filesystem Importing
Asset importing is possible via the Import Assets menu option. This prompts you for a folder to open. Once the folder is selected, Cosmos will import all assets at or below the selected folder. Cosmos will also recreate the filesystem folder structure using Groups and Albums.
5. Managing your Assets
5.1 Asset Views
Once you have imported some assets, you are ready to manage them. Cosmos has been built to support a number of views of your Assets. Each view has its own navigation area on the left hand side of the Cosmos window.
Album View is the main Cosmos view and allows you to organise your Assets into Groups and Albums.
Assets can belong to as many Albums as you require. When you delete an Asset from its last Album, it will be moved to the Trash.
Groups are a way of providing a hierarchy for your Albums. You can create hierarchies as complex as required, then place Albums where they make sense.
Keywords are supported by the use of a Keyword hierarchy that can be created and navigated around in a similar way to the Album view.
An Asset can have as many Keywords assigned to it as necessary. When you select an Asset you will see its Keywords listed in the Info panel.
To assign Keywords, set up your Keyword hierarchy first of all. Next, select the Album/Group containing the assets that you want to manage using the Album view. Now drag the required Assets onto the relevant Keyword in the Keyword hierarchy. When a tag is applied you will see a small tag icon appear on the asset.
Keyword assigning also works the other way around. You can select a Keyword in the hierarchy to see which Assets have that Keyword assigned. You can then drag and drop Assets onto other Keywords or onto other Albums.
5.2 Browsing Assets
Regardless of the navigation approach you are using (Albums or Keywords) there are three views available to view your Assets.
The default Asset view is the grid view. This shows a single thumbnail of your assets (using the first frame for movies).
All movies held within Cosmos have a 5-thumbnail filmstrip preview created. This is created as soon as the movies are imported, so you don't wait for the filmstrips to generate when you want to view them.
The movie filmstrip is a powerful feature that lets you look into a movie without playing it. Using the filmstrip view you can quickly scan hundreds of movies, making it easy to find that scene you are looking for.
Double clicking on an Asset in Grid or Filmstrip view will take you to Browser view. This is where you can take a closer look at you Assets.
Once you are in Browser view you have the following keyboard shortcuts available:
- Forward arrow - takes you to the next Asset in the Album or Keyword set.
- Back Arrow - takes you to the previous Asset in the Album or Keyword set.
- Delete - deletes the current Asset from the current Album or Keyword set.
- Escape - drops you out of Browser View into the view you were in before - Grid or Filmstrip
In Browser view, the double-click action is mapped to the filesystem Open command. This means that double-clicking on the Asset in Browser view will have the same effect as if you double-clicked the Asset in Finder.
This feature enables the playback of movies and editing of photos. For AVCHD videos, we recommend Movist as the player. This is a free, open-source video player optimised for OSX.
6. Library Management
Cosmos is designed from the ground up to support multiple Libraries.
A Cosmos Library is a completely self-contained file system area that is portable across computers.
Cosmos supports any number of Libraries and allows for fast library switching between libraries on OSX.
Using Cosmos, you can:
- Create a new Library - specify a new Library location and Cosmos will create a Library there.
- Open an Existing Library - open a folder containing a Cosmos library and Cosmos will load it.
- Switch to a recent Library - using the Library menu, open a recent Library
Exporting covers all of the ways that Assets in Cosmos can be sent to other applications for conversion and/or editing.
7.2 Send to VoltaicHD
Any Movie or Album can be sent to VoltaicHD. This action will utilise the VoltaicHD Output Directory (as specified in your Preferences) as the location for all converted movies. Any movie format supported by VoltaicHD can be sent. This allows convenient conversion of all movies (not just AVCHD) to AIC if required. Since VoltaicHD supports conversion to all Quicktime-supported movie formats, you can easily send batches of movies for conversion to the same final format (e.g. AppleTV, iPhone, MPEG2, etc)
7.3 Send to RevolverHD
Any Movie or Album can be sent to RevolverHD. The most common use of RevolverHD would be for the burning of AVCHD DVDs or Camera Archives containing AVCHD movies.
7.4 Send to iMovie
This option is only available for Albums. When sent to iMovie, a new iMovie event will be created using the Album name. Any AVCHD movies in the Album will be sent to VoltaicHD for conversion, while iMovie-supported assets will be copied straight to the new iMovie event.
Send to Editor
This option is only available for Albums. When sent to the Editor, a new folder will be created using the Album name, under the Assets Home area as set in your Preferences. Any AVCHD movies in the Album will be sent to VoltaicHD for conversion, while all other assets will be copied straight to the new folder.