A Playlist offers the easy and fast possibility to play a certain number of media files in a row without the need of programming separate containers on the sequence.
In the Project tab's right-click menu, you may find the command to add a Playlist. In order to add media files to it, select the Playlist and look for the new tab "Playlist" (next to the Particles tab). You may as well click the "Show in Playlist Tab" button in the Playlist Inspector.
Now you may drag and drop from the Project tab into the Playlist tab:
- image sequences
- audio files
Each newly dragged resource will simply be added at the end of the list (even when the Playlist is already playing back). If you like to put the files in another order, (multi-)select an entry and drag it between to others or assign a different "Index" number. Deleting files is possible with the Delete key on your keyboard or by choosing the respective command in the right-click menu.
The duration of images is automatically set to 10 seconds; all other media keeps its real duration. You may change the duration, fade time and transition effect - again, multi selection applies the chosen setting for all selected items. Further to the right you find "In" and "Out" times that take effect on videos or audio files only and define the starting and ending frame. Notes for internal use can be added too.
The overall duration of all files minus the fade times result in the length of the Playlist. The fade times need to be subtracted as fading two files is obviously shorter then playing them back one after another. The duration is displayed in the Playlist Inspector. It offers general settings like Folder and File ID, resolution or aspect mode.
As a last step, the Playlist needs to be assigned to a video layer. You may assign it as an active value or program it on the timeline as one single container. Please note, that you may assign the same Playlist to several video layers. Then the playback status can be different per layer, e.g. one layer can be in pause mode showing the file with index 5, the other in play mode between index 10 and 11. The Playlist tab offers a drop-down menu containing all layers the Playlist has been assigned to. Depending on this drop-down menu, the Playlist changes and displays the layer's playback mode and the currently active index file with a green highlight. In the image above the chosen Playlist on Layer 1 is currently fading between two images.
Please note that not only during the cross-fade the Playlist consumes the memory for the current and the following content file, thus it needs the same performance as assigning the assets separately to two layers!