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File conversion

Expression Studio 2.0

The file conversion commands on the Action menu (Convert Image Files, Convert Sound Files, Convert Movie Files) are useful for the single-file or multifile conversion of images, movies, animations, or sounds.

The Convert Image Files command converts images or poster frames from animations into a new format such as .jpg, .tif, and so on. To convert to other formats, you must use a third-party image-editing program.

Existing color profiles, EXIF metadata, IPTC annotations, and associations with catalog sets can be exported to the converted media files. JPEG and TIFF image conversions have the option to preserve EXIF metadata. JPEG, TIFF, and Photoshop conversions can preserve all ITPC annotations. Alternatively, you can decide whether you want to export those annotations.

Convert Sound File and Convert Movie File conversions convert sound files and soundtracks from selected movies.

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The Convert Sound Files and Convert Movie Files features require QuickTime. Also, QuickTime does not support conversion of Windows Media Video (.wmv) and Windows Media Audio (.wma) files.

For frequent use of the file conversion feature, you can save settings by using the Options menu. You can also incorporate saved options into scripts.

To convert image files

  1. In any view, select the images that you want to convert.

  2. On the Action menu, click Convert Image Files.

  3. In the Format menu, choose an output file format.

  4. Select Use image size to export the image with its existing dimensions. Select Use image size to export the image with its existing dimensions. To define a custom export size, leave this option blank and enter the dimensions in the appropriate box. Expression Media will not distort exported images to fit these dimensions exactly. Rather, the larger dimension (width or height) will conform, and the smaller dimension will adjust only in proportion to the original image. You reduce, but not increase, the image size.

  5. Depending on the format you select, you might have additional options to set, which you can access from the Settings and Resolution buttons.

  6. Set the conversion options as follows:

    • Select Preserve color profiles to embed the ICC color profiles into each exported image.

    • This option is available from the dialog box when you have color matchingselected. To select color matching, on the Edit menu, point to Preferences, and then click Media Rendering.

    • Select Preserve EXIF/GPS metadata to embed the EXIF and GPS digital camera metadata into all exported images. This option is available only for JPEG and TIFF conversions.

    • Select Embed annotations to embed all IPTC/XMP Core annotations into each exported image. Select any combination of the Include custom fields, Include catalog sets, and Include hierarchical keywords options if you want to embed those annotation types. Be aware that your catalog set and custom fields annotations may contain private information that you may not want to distribute. This option is available only for conversions to JPEG, TIFF, and Photoshop formats.

    • Select Set Watermark to apply a visual watermark, which is a secondary image that is overlaid on the primary image, and which provides a means of protecting the image. To locate an image to use, click the Set Image button. For instructions about how to create and apply a watermark, see HTML galleries.

    • Select Replace original files to delete the original image and replace it with the converted image.

  7. If you want to save these settings as a profile that you can access later, click the Options button in the Convert Image Files dialog box, and then click Save. To use a saved profile, click the Options button, and then click Load.

  8. Click Convert to browse to a location to save the files in, and then click OK.

To convert sound files

  1. Select the files that you want to convert.

  2. On the Action menu, click Convert Sound Files.

  3. Under Format, select an output format. Click the Settings button to set options.

To convert movie files

  1. Select the files that you want to convert.

  2. On the Action menu, click Convert Movie Files.

  3. Under Format, select an output format. Click the Settings button to set options.

  4. Select Replace original files to delete the original and replace it with the converted image.

  5. If you want to save these settings as a profile that you can access later, click the Options button and click Save. To use a saved profile, click Load.

  6. Click Convert to browse to a location to save the files in, and then click OK.

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With Windows video conversion, Expression Media can convert only the following video file formats to a still image sequence: .asf, .wmv, .wmp, .avi, .mpeg, .mpe, .mpg, .mlv, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpv2, and .divx.

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