This topic explains how to generate a container in the sequence and how to edit, i.e. select, move, change it. As well it shows how this can be done with keys
If you like to add containers to your timeline / sequence, you can simply drag a media file from the Project tab onto a layer track. If there are no files in the Project tab, drag them first from the Assets tab, or the Thumbnails tab. You can as well drag files from an external file manager like the Windows Explorer into the Project tab or directly on the layer track.
Alternatively, you can work with active values. For example, select a layer and double-click on the media in the Project tab. Other parameters can be made active when moving the faders in the Device Controls tab.
Once the store active command is executed, all active values are stored into the sequence at the current time (position of the nowpointer).
- use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + S to store all values that are active
- right-click into the time bar from the sequence and choose one of the commands named "Store Active" as explained in the last chapter "Commands"
- right-click onto a certain layer or parameter or parameter group (in the Device Tree tab) and choose "Store Active" to store only this value
On the level of Layer 1 you see the clip summary container. Below that, there are the clip container and the keys of different parameters. Most of the parameters are integrated in subfolders (see parameter section of the respective layer type: Video Layer, Graphic Layer, Audio Tracks, Camera and Output devices). To open these subfolders click on the +-icon in front of the folder’s name or just double-click on the folder.
The clip including all keys is framed by the clip boundaries on the left and right edge.
Clip containers can be positioned by selecting the summary clip container and moving it with the mouse. Moving the mouse left and right will change the container's time. Moving the mouse up and down results in shifting the container to another layer. The container changes the color to warn if it is another layer type and parameters will be discarded. If you want to make sure that the container stays on the same layer, press Shift whilst dragging the container. To copy the container, press CTRL instead of Shift.
Clip containers can be stretched in time by selecting the clip container boundaries and moving them with the mouse. You can also select it and change its value in the clip summary inspector tab.
To select a single key, just click on it or drag a window across it. To select multiple keys, drag a window across the region of keys.
Once selected, the keys may be moved (left click and drag selection), copied (CTRL+C) and pasted (CTRL+V) within the same layer or device. To copy a key within the container boundaries drag it whilst holding CTRL.
To copy a selection of keys from one device to another, use CTRL+C to copy and CTRL+Shift+V to paste to a new selection of devices.
Please note: If copying parameters from one device to a different device, only those parameters which are shared by both devices can be copied.
To select both, cues and keys hold down the “ALT” key.
Keys can easily be added by right-clicking in the desired parameter track.
Once a key is created, you may change its value by right-clicking again on the key to access its parameter handle. You can also select it and change its value in the key inspector tab.
To replace the content of a clip container, drag and drop the new content from the project tab onto the clip. If the new clip has a different length, you may adopt the clip container to the new media duration by right-clicking onto the clip summary container.
A right-click on the clip summary container gives you access to the following commands:
[Collapse Empty FX]
When there are FX added to the layer without being used, this command collapses expanded FX subfolders.
[Trim To Clip Borders]
If a clip container was scaled down, there could be hidden keys beyond the clip borders. The command Trim To Clip Borders will remove these hidden keys and sets new keys at the left and right clip border to ensure the wanted behavior in the visible part of the clip.
This command erases everything between the nowpointer and the left clip boarder. The last key of a parameter before the nowpointer will be moved to the new clip boarder time. The video clip will now be shortened at the beginning.
This command erases everything between the nowpointer and the right clip boarder. There will be a new key set at the right clip boarder containing the value a parameter had at the nowpointer before.
[Adopt Media Duration]
This command adopts the duration of the clip if it was shortened/extended or replaced by another clip with different duration before.
If you want a parameter value to be applied for the whole sequence and not to be set up for each single clip, take it out of the clip orientated key mode by right-clicking on the parameter and choose “Toggle Key Mode”. Press OK in the upcoming pop-up window to proceed this action (this command cannot be undone!). Now the clip boarders are no longer effective for this parameter.
To undo steps of sequence editing press CTRL+Z on your keyboard (except for Toggle Key mode).
Please note: Changes done directly to any layer without saving these to the timeline cannot be undone!