Changing Settings

The settings window can be opened using the Edit section of the Top Menu. It will be opened to the General tab first:

Settings window. General tab

Here you can set the following parameters:

  • Project - the settings pertaining to the project:
    • Automatically open last edited project at startup - mark this option to let the program open the latest edited project for you at startup. If unmarked, a new empty project will be opened when the program is launched.
    • Enable autosave - mark this option to let the program automatically save the project every set interval of time (hours:minutes:seconds). This can be convenient if you experience power shutdowns and your work results can be lost if you do not save your project frequently.
  • Preview - the settings of the Preview Area:
    • Quality - the quality used to preview your video (can be Low (Fastest), Medium (Default) and High (Slowest)) - you can change it to the lower value if your computer fails to playback the video correctly.
      Note!Note: this option affects the video preview only and does NOT in any way affect the quality of the output video.
  • Messages - the option gives you helpful information on how to use the main functions of the program.
    • Show info tips - tick this box to confirm that you want to read the tips while working with AVS Video Editor. The tips window appears in place of the Preview window every time you switch to a new element of the Menu Panes.

The next tab is the Edit settings:

Settings window. Edit tab

Here you can set the following parameters:

  • Timeline - the options used to change the representation of the Timeline elements:
    • Show line groups - mark this option to group the Timeline elements according to their type. If unchecked the Timeline elements will be displayed without grouping.
    • Show sound waveform - mark this option to show the waveform of the audio tracks added to the Timeline. If unchecked the audio track will be shown without the waveform.
    • Allow to add Effects directly on the video - mark this option to be able to drag and drop video effects directly to the Main Video line on the Timeline. If unchecked you will be able to drop the selected effect on the Video Effects line only.
  • Default duration - the default duration value set for all the elements of a type:
    • Transition - the initial duration set for all transitions added to the video (measured in hours:minutes:seconds.hundredths of seconds).
    • Image/color - the initial duration set for all images and colors added to the video (measured in hours:minutes:seconds.hundredths of seconds).
  • Scene detection - scene detection sensitivity applied when searching for scenes (in Multiple Trim window, for instance):
    • Sensitivity - the threshold of the video in scene detection. If the program finds too many or too little scenes, you might try and change this value.

The next tab is the Processing settings:

Settings window. Processing tab

Here you can select the one of the available Resize filters:

  • "Nearest Neighbor" - the simplest method of image resizing, i.e. the processing power used is the smallest, but the result also has the poorest quality.
  • Bilinear - a slightly better method of image resizing, being a reasonable compromise between the speed and the output image quality.
  • Bicubic - the best method of image resizing among available ones. Images resampled with bicubic filter are smoother and have fewer artifacts. At the same time this filter will require more computing time and power.

It is also possible to set the Conversion priority: Highest, Above Normal, Normal or Below Normal. Select the Normal or Below Normal priority, if you plan to do some other work on your computer - watch a movie, play a game, - while the conversion process takes place. In case you need to convert files as soon as possible, use the Highest or Above Normal conversion priority.


The next tab is the Environment settings:

Settings window. Environment tab

Select the Temporary Directory used to store all the program work files using the Browse Browse button button. The program will show the Free storage space in selected folder in the appropriate place.

Note!Note: you might need quite a lot space for video editing, so we strongly recommend that you select the drive with the largest available free space value for the temporary folder.
Undo - the number of the undo/redo actions:
  • Number of steps - the number of the steps handled by the program. If the number of steps exceeds the value, the first undos will become unavailable. This number depends on the memory installed on your computer, but you can try and increase it if you plan a large project.