Load/Save Clipboard

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In the Light-O-Rama SuperStar Sequencer, there are 20 sample effects that can be loaded into the clipboard.  Once the effects are loaded into the clipboard, you can paste them into your sequence.  Anything that you copy to the clipboard can also be saved to a file.

 

Start with a new sequence
Launch the Load/Clip dialog box
Load a sample file into the clipboard
Paste the clipboard into your sequence
Play the pasted effects
Save your own clipboard effects
Discussion

 

Start with a new sequence

 

Click on the "New" button on the toolbar, which looks like a piece of paper.

 

Launch the Load/Clip dialog box

 

Click on the Edit menu, then select Load/Save Clipboard.  You can also launch the dialog using Ctrl+A.

 

Load a sample file into the clipboard

 

At the top of the dialog box is a list of the saved clip files ("clip" is short for "clipboard").  All of the sample files start with "Sys -", meaning they are a system file that can be loaded but not saved to.  Select the "SharkFinForHorizontalRibbons.scb" file, then click on "Load Clipboard from File".

 

Note that the lower half of the dialog box is now populated.  In the description area are the description and instructions on how to modify the effects.

 

Paste the clipboard into your sequence

 

Once the clipboard is loaded, you can paste the effects into your sequence.  There are four ways to do this:

 

1.Use the Paste button in the dialog box.
2.Use the Paste button on the toolbar.
3.Put the focus on the work area by clicking on the time layers area, and then press Ctrl-V.
4.Click on the Edit menu and select Paste.

 

Play the pasted effects

 

A shark fin will travel lengthwise across the ribbons, first one direction and then the other.  The water underneath the shark fin will shimmer.

 

For demonstration purposes, the shimmering water is done in two different ways: The first time, it is done with scenes that fade between two intensities.  The second time, it is an animation done with images.  The description of this effect in the Load/Save dialog box describes how to modify the shark fin and the water.

 

Save your own clipboard effects

 

Any effects you have modified our created can be saved to file by doing the following:

 

Select what you want to save.
Click on the "Copy Effects" button on the toolbar.
Press Ctrl-A to launch the Load/Save Clipboard dialog.
In the Clipboard Name filed, type your filename (such as "MyAwesomeEffects").
Click on the "Save Clipboard to File" button.

 

Note that your file is now in the list of saved clip files.

 

Discussion

 

The load/save of the clipboard is a powerful feature! You can now store and easily transfer effects from one file to another.  The shark fin effect shows how a shaded object can be drawn as an image action.  Artists will have fun with this, and non-artists will be grateful they can copy and paste these images!

 

Currently the SuperStar Sequencer does not support importing .gif or .jpg images.  However, realize that even if you have twelve CCRs, you only have 12x50 pixels to work with.  This is very low resolution by computer standards.  Import of images would typically not look good at such low resolution.  The best images will always be those that are carefully tailored to the low resolution that we must work with.