Scouting Assistant Professional


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Media Organizer image

Scouting Assistant imports your media, which includes photos and video and organizes them by Camera, Camera Location, and Import Date. You can filter by Camera and/or by Location to show only the media sets you are interested in. You can sort by Camera, Location and Date Imported by clicking the column header.

The following video clip demonstrates the basic functionality of the Media Organizer tab:

To see this video, click here to download and install Adobe Flash.



Import Photos and Videos to your computer image

Use Scouting Assistant to Import your media from your camera’s memory cards. Start by selecting the drive that contains your flash card. Preview photos in order to identify the camera and its location.

 

Select the Camera and the Camera Location. Check Remove Source Media to have Scouting Assistant to clean your memory cards after importing.

 

Click the Import button to start importing the photos and videos to your computer. The media will automatically be sorted by the selected camera and location along with the date and time imported.

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The imported Media Set is now available for processing. You can now watch photo slideshows, preview videos, and create your own videos using your favorite photos.

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Photo Slideshows and Playlists image

The Photo Playlists tab provides many features aimed at viewing your photos. You can click the Back and Next buttons to scroll through the photos or click the Play button to start a slideshow.

While viewing photos, you can also select certain photos or groups of photos and drag them into the working playlist. You can then save the playlist and give it a useful name. In the future you can load a playlist and view the photos in that playlist instead of having to plunder through hundreds of photos again to find those specific ones.

Press the Play button to start a photo slide show and use the speed control slider for faster or slower viewing.

 

Opening the Toolbox reveals a few extra features that include Playlist management, Email Photo, Open Photo and Score photo in TrophyScore™.



Note: If you have TrophyScore™ installed, Scouting Assistant will automatically enable this button. As you browse your photos, if you find an antlered deer you want to score, just click the TrophyScore™ button.

Drag and drop photos into the Working Playlist.  A Playlist is a collection (or Album) of photos that can be reloaded, or turned into a video slideshow. 

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Suppose after viewing hundreds of photos imported on this camera, you have selected 50 that you like and wish to keep.  Put these in a playlist and use the purge feature to remove all but those "keepers".

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Watch the following video clip for a demonstration of using the Photo Playlists tab:

To see this video, click here to download and install Adobe Flash.




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The Movie Player tab presents thumbnails for each imported video and allows for easy viewing at actual size, fit and user zoom and pan.
 

For those videos that need some video enhancements, click the Video Adjustment tool to reveal Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and Hue.  Adjust and Save changes. Scouting Assistant will remember these settings next time you view the video and produce a video with this clip. You can also use these settings to convert a movie clip to black and white.  This can improve clarity in many cases.




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The Video Creator tab provides an easy way to create video slideshows from your photos with a few simple clicks. Each Video is organized in the grid and can be previewed on screen, or using the Windows default video player (such as Windows Media Player), and Emailed (launch an email with the video attached).

Import your photos, build a playlist, and create a video slideshow, then email it to friends! It couldn’t be easier.

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Establish sophisticated Text Overlays as well as Graphic image or Logo overlays to enhance your video productions. This set up screen makes it quick and easy to establish a custom look for your video creations.

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Setup Cameras image

Input and name your scouting cameras on this tab.

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Setup Locations image

Input and name your camera Locations on this tab.

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Photo Processing and Motion Detection image

If your camera has a time lapse feature, it will take photos at an interval you choose. This normally means that when you swap the card on this camera you wind up with hundreds or thousands of photos. Not all of them will have subjects (animals, people, vehicles, etc). Let Scouting Assistant make the job manageable and save you hours of searching manually.

The Time Lapse and Motion Detection tab is used for several things:
  • Viewing the time lapse frames manually using the manual slider to jog through the frame set both forwards and backwards.
  • Playing a Time Lapse slide show at adjustable speeds including slow to very fast.
  • Stepping frame by frame forwards and backwards.
  • Performing a Motion Search to select only those frames that have motion or subjects. This is important as it can save hours of clicking frame by frame to find movement and patterns of movement.

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Motion Search image

Starting a Motion Search involves a few simple but powerful steps. Start by specifying the Motion Zones. A value of zero will tell Scouting Assistant to ignore those areas in the Motion Search. The higher the value the more sensitive and values range from 0 to 9. Typically you would number the zones where you expect to see motion and leave the rest at 0. Scouting Assistant will remember your motion zones allowing you to tweak and perform multiple searches easily.

By selecting certain zones and ignoring the rest allows you to zero in on the subjects and filter out trees, bushes or limbs blowing in the wind. Keep in mind that Scouting Assistant Time Lapse could easily be used for security jobs like monitoring a warehouse or supply yard to identify intruders or theives.

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Motion Detection image

Clicking the Start button will activate the Motion Search. Scouting Assistant will process the entire frame set and select those frames that have motion (or which have a significant change based on your custom zones). Motion Processing is fast and the results are immediate.

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Watch the following clip for a brief demonstration:

To see this video, click here to download and install Adobe Flash.




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The frames processed and motion frames will be indicated. If you need to back up and change your motion zones just click the back button, and then start your search again. Close when you are satisfied with the results and are ready to view the motion frames.

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Motion Frames image

After a Motion Search is complete, the motion frames are indicated visually as tick marks under the current photo frame. Clicking the play button will view only the selected motion frames (check Show Motion Frames). All motion frames are placed in a play list called MOTION which means you can quickly create a video of your motion frames. You can also open or email the original photo associated with the current frame. Use the Start Frame, and End frame buttons to select a custom region of frames then save as a playlist for viewing or video creation.

Keep in mind that after performing the motion search, a default play list is created with the name MOTION. This means you can jump over to the Photo PlayList tab, open that playlist and view the original photos frames, or you can jump to the Video Creator tab and select the MOTION playlist to create a video.

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