Modifying Effects

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This section covers techniques for modifying existing effects.

 

One simple way to edit your sequence is to place new effects over the old ones -- if that is what you want to do, then see the Adding Effects topic.

You can also use cut, copy, paste, and repeat to modify a sequence -- which is covered in the clipboard topic.

 

Covered in this topic are:

 

Double-Click Selection And Edit

Nudge Tools

Changing Colors

Changing Intensity

Prompt For New Effect

Toggle Tool

 

A condensed list of keyboard shortcuts for modifying a sequence can be found in the Keyboard Shortcut Summary.

 

 

Double-Click Selection And Edit

 

This section refers to "double-clicking". However, whether it is a "plain double-click" or a "Ctrl-Shift double-click" is controlled by the Double-Click Preference.

 

MouseDoubleClick

Double-clicking on an effect in the sequencing grid will select all of the cells for that effect, then open a dialog window that allows the effect to be modified:

 

Regular Channels - effect can be changed from intensity, shimmer, twinkle, or DMX intensity

RGB Channels - colors can be modified

SuperStar Effects - SuperStar is opened, allowing the effect to be edited

Other Motion Effects - the Motion Effect Generator is opened

Loops - the repeat count and speed can be modified

 

If the effect is modified and the user clicks “OK”, then those modifications are applied to the selected cells. In the following picture, one of the cells in the second row was double-clicked, causing all of the cells for that effect to be selected (including the ramp up and ramp down portions).

 

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Nudge Tools

 

The nudge tools allow you to make small adjustments to existing effects in the grid. By default, each click of the button moves effects in 0.05 second increments. However, if you hold the Ctrl key down while clicking the button, effects will move in 0.25 second increments.

 

Effects can also be moved left or right by using the Skew Selection command.

 

NudgeTools

Nudge tools on the toolbar

 

Nudge Effect Left nudge_left

 

When you click on this button, any effects completely or partially within the selected area will be moved to the left.

 

Nudge Effect Right   nudge_right

 

When you click on this button, any effects completely or partially within the selected area will be moved to the right.

 

Shorten Effect   nudge_length_left

 

When you click on this button, any effects completely or partially within the selected area will be shortened. The starting time of the effect remains the same.

 

Lengthen Effect   nudge_length_right

 

When you click on this button, any effects completely or partially within the selected area will be lengthened. The starting time of the effect remains the same.

 

Display Drag Handles GrabHandleToggle16

 

When you click this button, all effects (except RGB effects) display a drag handle on each side of the effect. Dragging the red part of the handle with your mouse will move the edge of the effect. Dragging the green part of the handle will create a fade. When your cursor is over the green part of the handle the cursor will change to an angle. The direction of the angle will indicate whether you are creating a fade in or a fade out.

 

DragHandles

 

 

Changing Colors

 

You can change the colors of RGB Channel effects by:

 

setting Effect Type to "Color" and select the new color

selecting an area of the grid that contains the effects to be changed. These must be RGB Channel rows.

right-click on the area, then opening the Existing Effects (foreground) Sub-menu, then selecting Apply Toolbar Color or Apply Toolbar Hue.

 

 

Changing Intensity

 

Tools to change the intensity of existing effects are accessed by right-clicking on the sequence grid, then opening the Existing Effects (foreground) Sub-menu.

 

You can also change the intensity of existing effects by using the "Change Intensity" select action on the toolbar. To use the tool, set the intensity range and slope to the desired values, then select a region of the grid containing effects you want to change.

 

 

Prompt For New Effect

 

You can modify a group of effects to all be a new effect that you choose. First select an area that contains effects you wish to modify, then either:

 

right-click on the selection, open the Prompt For New Effect Sub-menu and select Modify Existing Effects, or

use the Shift-M keyboard shortcut

 

This works with regular channels, RGB channels, and motion effect rows.

 

 

Toggle Tool

 

This command will toggle the effects in the selected area between on and off.  Any that had been off will be turned on; all others will be turned off (note that this includes not just those that had been on, but also, for example, those that had been shimmers or fades).

 

You can invoke it by:

Selecting the Toggle select action ToolsToolbarToggle on the toolbar, then selecting an area of the grid to toggle.

Selecting an area on the grid, then right-clicking and select "Toggle" on the Advanced Tools sub-menu.

Selecting an area on the grid, then using the "G" shortcut key

 

Before Toggle

Before Toggle

 

After Toggle

After Toggle