[WML-Source: SequenceWindow.wml][TOC][Part00]


[section]The SequenceWindow




[point]WindowType (IconMenu)

As with every window header, the first button allows you to set the type of window.

[point]Full Window (IconTog)

Maximise the window, or return to the previous window display size; return to the previous screen setting. Hotkey: (ALT-)CTRL+UPARROW

[point]Home (IconBut)

All visible Sequences are completely displayed, centered in the window. Hotkey: HOMEKEY.


[point]DisplayImage (IconTog)

The window shows the result of the Sequences, i.e. a picture.


[point]View Zoom (IconBut, click-hold)

Move the mouse to zoom into or out of the SequenceWindow. This is an alternative for CTRL+MiddleMouse. View Border (IconBut) Draw a rectangle to indicate what part of the SequenceWindow should be displayed in the full window.


[point]Clear (Button)

Force a clear of all buffered images in memory.



In the SequenceWindow you arrange your scenes, external pictures or movie files for the postproduction of your animation. The Strip in row 1 is a sequence of numbered jpeg-pictures. It will play for a few seconds and then "SCENE 1" in row 2 will be superimposed with the "ALPHAOVER" effect in row 3. The "ALPHAOVER" generates some shadows, which can be seen in the film-strip below. In "SCENE 1" (which is a normal Blender-scene) the titeling is done with the usual animation features from Blender, which makes that system a very flexible titler.

In the end a transition of strip in row 1 and the folowing in row 2 is done with the CROSS effect. The numbers 1-2 are representing the row numbers the effect applies to. The result is a smooth fade between the two strips in row one and two.


[subsection]The mouse


The position of the mouse cursor becomes the current frame. If DisplayImage is ON, the Sequences at this position are read or calculated at this position.

[point]MiddleMouse (hold-move)

Depending on the position within the window:

[point]CTRL+MiddleMouse (hold-move)

Zoom in/out on the IpoWindow. For ease of use, you can only zoom horizontally. Use the HeaderButton if you must zoom vertically as well.


Selection works the same way here as in the 3DWindow: normally a maximum of one Sequence strip is selected. Use SHIFT to extend or reduce the selection (extend select).

[point]RightMouse (click-hold-move )

Selects something and immediately starts translation mode, i.e. the Grabber.


Extend selection.

[subsection]The hotkeys


Zoom in, zoom out.


Insert gap. One second is inserted at the current frame position. This only applies to strips that are totally to the right of the current frame.


Insert gap. As above, but now 10 seconds are inserted.


Remove gaps. All strips that are completely to the right of the current frame and do not start past the last frame are repositioned so that there is no longer an empty space.


The last selected strip is displayed completely.


All visible Sequences are displayed completely, centered in the window.


Select All / deselect All. If any strip is selected, everything is first deselected.


Add sequence. A PopupMenu asks you to make a choice. The first three are possible sources: The following menu options are effects that work on pictures; two strips must be selected for this. The order of selection determines how the effects are applied.


Border select. Draw a rectangle with the LeftMouse; all strips that fall within this rectangle are selected. Draw a rectangle with the RightMouse to deselect.


If one of the ends of a strip is selected (the triangles), the current frame is moved to this end. In all other cases, the Change menu is invoked. This menu allows you to change specific characteristics of the active strip.
If this is an Image strip: If this is an Effect strip: If this is a Scene strip:


Add Duplicate. All selected strips are copied. Immediately thereafter, translation mode is started. The images in an Image strip are reused; they take up no extra memory.


"Set Filter". An extra Y filter can only be activated in Movie strips. This filter is for a stable video display with no flickering.


Translation mode (the Grabber). This works on selected strips or the (triangular) ends of selected strips. Alternative for starting this mode: RightMouse (click-hold-move). The following options are available in translation mode:


Make Meta. The selected strips are combined into a Meta strip. This only occurs if no unselected strips are linked to the selection by effects. Use TABKEY to view the contents of a Meta or to leave the Meta. Metas can be inside other Metas, and behave exactly like a normal Sequence strip. When Metas are duplicated, their contents are not linked!


Un-Meta. The selected Meta is 'unpacked' again.


Snap menu. The PopupMenu offers you a choice:
  • "Sequence to frame"; the selected strips are placed with their starting point on the current frame.


    Delete Sequence. The selected strips are deleted.
    -cw- Last modified: Tue Oct 24 14:01:36 CEST 2000