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This topic explains how to change the view in the Device Tree tab itself and how to change the render order of Layers and Sites.

Device Structure and Different Layers

When adding a site (from the Assets tab or Device Types tab) to the Device Tree it does not show the included layers. The site looks like the one in the left image.

Once a site is unfolded (by double-clicking on the site) the default device structure is shown, see the middle image. The default view includes for example the first two graphic, video and audio layers as well as all available cameras and outputs. The number of layers shown per default, can be changed in the Configuration tab > General Settings.

You may unhide layers or add new ones. The right image shows the Server with an added Pointer and Light layer. The commands can be found when right-clicking on the site itself; as explained in the next topic "Context Menus".

device-tree_site-without-layers device-tree_site-with-default-layers device-tree_site-with-all-layers

How many and what type of layers you may add, depends on your PB device. See the topic Product Overview for more details. See here the list of the different layer/device types:

 

Manager

Player

Server

Video Layer

-

yes

yes

Graphic Layer

yes

yes

yes

Pointer

yes

yes

yes

Light

-

-

yes

Audio Track

yes

yes

yes

Camera

-

yes

yes

Output

-

yes

yes

Changing the Render Order of Layers and Sites

All Video and Graphic Layers are arranged close to each other in Z order:
Layer 1 is the bottommost layer, all other layers enqueue above this layer 1.

The device tree allows you to change this layer order (without having any Z Position changes applied to any layer). Simply unfold the site and drag and drop any layer to another position.

device-tree_layer-order_01

preview_layer-order_01

device-tree_layer-order_02

The two images above show the default layer order.

Then, layer 3 is selected and dragged above layer 1. Note that the mouse cursor changes and that the new position of the selected layer is indicated by a slender white line (enhanced with a red rectangle in the left image).

After dropping layer 3 it now sits above layer 1 in the device tree The result is that layer 3 will be positioned behind layer 1 now in Z order and the preview looks like in the image below.

device-tree_layer-order_03

preview_layer-order_02

device-tree_site-order

Since version 6.0.3 it is also possible to re-structure entire sites in the Device Tree via drag and drop. Simply drag the Site to its new place as depicted in the left image. Again, note the horizontal line and the cursor that indicates a valid position. As with Layers, reordering Sites also influences the render order. If you add two Sites to the Preview and they have the same X / Y Camera Offsets, you will see the Sites output of the bottom Site as it overlays the other one. Note that you do not need to change the Camera Offsets as the Site Inspector offers a Preview offset.