Resource Editor: Timeline

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Resource Editor: Timeline

The timeline configuration page is the most used resource-editing page for any resource, where you can set important parameters such as Layer, Position on the timeline etc.

Timeline Position
The timeline Position From / To values can be set using the dragging technique mentioned above, or entered manually here.

You can change the layer of this resource, from 1-250, or place it on the background layer, which is below all other layers.

Checking this box puts the resource on the background layer, behind all others. Other options (e.g. Channel) then become available.

The static Opacity can be changed from 100% to 0%, for example, if Layer 1 has an image with 75% opacity, a layer below it will show through by 25%.

Shows which timeline this resource is on.

Cropping (% or Pixels)
For Images, Video Capture and Movies, you can specify a percentage amount or pixels of cropping on each edge to remove unwanted edge areas. You can select to enter the values as Percent (of resource width) or in Pixels directly. Note that swapping between modes will reset values to 0.

Cropping crops the media, which then stretches to refill its allocated screen location, either full-screen, or the dimensions set (Screen Location tab).

Background layer only, which channel the effect (e.g. geometry, colour or blend) will affect. Note that if the channel is disabled, nothing will be seen in the playback window for this resource.

Images only, a percentage amount of softening around the edge of the image to remove any jaggy edge.

Luma Mode
For Movies, Images or Video Capture, these resources can be set to be a luminance modifier instead of a normally drawn resource. This allows movies (or images etc.) to be used as a transition effect between clips.

In this case, any resource on that layer will be multiplied with the resource set to luma-key in one of these modes:


Standard resource, no luma key


Use this resource as a luminance modifier


Use this resources red channel as a luminance modifier


Use this resources green channel as a luminance modifier


Use this resources blue channel as a luminance modifier


Use this resources alpha channel as a luminance modifier

Luma Invert

invert the sense of the luminance modification

Geometry only, whether to morph from the previous geometry or simply switch in this geometry at the start position.

Fade/Transparency resource can be Up or Down.

Audio resources, pan the audio from -100 (full left), through 0 (equal left and right) to +100 (full right).

Pitch Correction
For Audio Files, if you use Play Speed compensation to match an audio file at a different frame rate to the timeline’s frame rate, the pitch will shift up or down accordingly. Enable Pitch Correction to stop this change in pitch, but still change the length of the audio file.

Note: this requires some CPU processing, so check that frame drops are not caused by overloading the CPU.

Go to Frame
Goto timeline control only, which frame to go to, also the Mode of Stop or Play is shown here for this resource.

Freeze Group
Yes / No. Selecting Yes for this video capture device will allow it to be frozen from the toolbar freeze button. Note that all instances of this video capture device on the timeline are frozen together.

IP Address and Port
Only for Serial Event files which have had the Telnet section added. Set any valid IP Address and port here, the serial event string is sent out as normal in a UDP packet, instead of to a COM Port.

Video Mode
For Video Capture devices, choose the video resolution, refresh rate and compression from this list.

Repeat Frames
For Serial Events, turn on Repeat and this value sets the frame interval between repeated instances of this serial event.

Repeat Count
For Serial Events or Splines, turn on Repeat and this value sets the number of times this event will be repeated (1 = repeat once more on timeline).

For stereo content, select the eye (left or right) or even left-right and top-bottom configured content.

For Splines with a repeat count greater than 1, either restart from the start of the spline, or change direction on each repeat.

Forced W and Forced H
For capture cards, force the Input resolution to these values (where the capture hardware supports this feature).

Fixed (Yes/No)
For geometry or blends on the background, if Fixed, will auto-reset to frame 0, if not Fixed, you can set the start frame as normal.

H Resolution
For Web Controls, the rendered width of the page.

V Resolution
For Web Controls, the rendered height of the page.

Warp Mode
For geometry on the background layer, choose Normal, Converge Red or Converge Blue.

Render Width and Render Height
For Notch input capture, set the rendered resolution to these values.

Markers Only

which function key, if any, is assigned to that marker for quick positioning on the timeline.

Keypress Action
choose to play or stop after moving to the marker when the chosen function key is pressed

Playing Action
Choose to do nothing (default) or Stop as the playhead reaches the marker. This option means you don’t need a Stop control at the same location as well as a marker to just play between markers.