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The Light-O-Rama Sequencer's Sequence Menu gives you access to a set of functions that operate on the currently selected sequence (the highlighted tab). If there is not any file open, then the Sequence Menu is disabled.
The Sequence menu
This menu item opens the Sequence Information dialog, giving you visibility to key information about the current sequence, This includes who created the sequence and when, as well as information about the music (artist, title, and album).
This menu item will open a Windows Explorer window with the current folder set to the folder containing the current sequence.
This might be of use if you want to see the file size of the current sequence, or to make a copy the sequence file. If you are going to make a copy, make sure and save it first!
This menu item allows you to specify the audio or video file that should be used with the current sequence. This may be useful, for example, if you have changed the directory that you store your media files in.
This menu item converts the media file associated with the sequence to the wave format (which has a WAV file extension).
Some media file formats do not position accurately when play back is started in the middle of the file. This can cause inaccuracies in sequencing - your lights would turn on at slightly different times depending on whether play back was started from the beginning of the sequence or the middle. MPG video files and variable bit rate MP3 files are most susceptible to this issue. Converting to a wave file can eliminate this problem.
Perhaps someone has sent you a sequence, but you don't have the media file to go with it. By converting the sequence to an animation, you can still play it back and watch the preview.
This menu item allows you to change the duration of the current sequence.
For information on the format used to specify an amount of time, please see the Time Format topic.
The Change Sequence Length dialog
Skewing a sequence will move all of its events, timings, and loops by some specified amount of time. A sequence can be skewed either to the left - i.e. shifting its events (and such) earlier in time - or to the right - i.e. shifting them later in time.
After selecting "Skew All" from the Sequence menu, a window will open up, allowing you to choose the size and direction of the skewing:
The Skew All dialog
After completing this dialog, the sequence will be skewed by the amount, and in the direction, that you chose.
Here is an example of a simple sequence, before and after skewing to the right by one-quarter second:
A simple sequence, before skewing
The same sequence, after skewing to the right by 1/4 second
This menu item allows you to associate a different preview to the current sequence. This function works best if the new preview started out as a copy of the original preview. However, the function will also look for matching prop names between the old preview and the new preview. Effects will be preserved for props and groups that match. Where there is no match, those items and their effects will be archived.
This menu item will open the Manage Archived Props dialog which allows you to change archived props in the current sequence: delete them, turn them into preview props, or turn them into beat channels.
This menu item will open the Manage RGB Aggregates dialog which allows you to add, modify, and delete RGB aggregate channels. RGB aggregates allow you to combine any 3 existing channels (the colors don't need to be red, green, and blue necessarily), and the combination of the 3 is treated as an RGB channel for sequencing purposes.
This menu item will open the Delete Grid Rows dialog which allows you to permanently remove certain types of unused grid rows from the sequence. This menu item is only available to users with a Pro license.
The Delete Grid Rows dialog
This menu item opens a sub-menu, allowing you to select an audio wizard to run.
The "Waveform" sub-menu from allows you to set the audio waveform’s display height. Choose “Large” to see the maximum amount of detail in the waveform. Choose “Small” to see the waveform, but have more room to display the sequence. Animation sequences are automatically set to hide the waveform.
This item opens a sub-menu allowing you import or export the user-defined grid views in the sequence. For Pro users, it will also import/export the properties of each motion effect row. The system-generated "Show All Items" grid view is not included in the export. "Grid Configuration" is also available on the Grid View menu.