The View Menu

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The Light-O-Rama Sequence Editor's View menu contains items that enable you to customize how the Sequence Editor appears and how it displays sequences, as well as to view certain information about sequences.

 

The following items appear on the Sequence Editor's View menu:

 

Channel Buttons
Channel Button Colors
Time Scale
Wave Form
Animation
Video
Show Videos
Show Audio Visualizations
Full Screen
Fades
Sequence Info
Track Info
Cell Info
Zoom Rows
Zoom Columns
Tool Bars
Tools Panel
Refresh

 

ViewMenu

The View menu

 

Channel Buttons

 

If this option is enabled, the channel buttons of the active sequence will be displayed.  Multiple sequences can be open in the Sequence Editor at the same time, and this option can be set independently for each of them.

 

You can also control this using the "View Channel Buttons" button on the Standard toolbar, or by clicking on the thick grey vertical bar between the sequence's grid and the channel buttons.

 

You can control whether or not this option is enabled by default via "View Channel Buttons by Default" on the Display Preferences dialog.

 

DisplayPreferencesBaseline

A sequence, with channel buttons displayed

 

DisplayPreferencesNoChannelButtons

The same sequence, without channel buttons displayed

 

Channel Button Colors

 

This menu enables control over the colors of channel buttons while the sequence is not playing (note: for control over them while playing, see "Vary Color of Channel Buttons" on the Play menu).  There are three options: "None", "Cell", and "Full":

 

None: If this option is selected, channel buttons will all show the same grey color, except for those of RGB channels, which will show black.
 
Cell: If this option is selected, each channel button will show the color of its channel at the time of the start of the currently selected cell or cells.
 
Full: If this option is selected, each channel button will show the full color of its channel.

 

Time Scale

 

If this option is enabled, a time scale will be displayed at the top of each sequence.  Multiple sequences can be open in the Sequence Editor at the same time, and this option can be set independently for each of them.

 

Clicking and dragging on the time scale will set the freeform play range; clicking without dragging will clear the freeform play range (if one had been set).

 

You can also control this using the "View Time Scale" button on the Standard toolbar.

 

You can control whether or not this option is enabled by default via "View Time Scale" on the Display Preferences dialog.

 

DisplayPreferencesBaseline

A sequence, with a time scale displayed at its top

 

DisplayPreferencesNoTimeScale

The same sequence, with no time scale displayed

 

Wave Form

 

This submenu of the View menu can be used to display a waveform of the audio of a musical sequence (although this is not supported for all types of media files).  Three modes can be selected: full height, half height, and off.

 

Changing between full height and half height will cause all waveforms in all open sequences to be displayed in the new manner, and Light-O-Rama will remember the choice for future waveforms.  Changing between either of those and "off" will only update the currently active sequence.  To control whether waveforms are off or not by default, use View Wave Form by Default of the Display Preferences dialog.

 

You can also toggle between "off" and whichever of "half height" and "full height" was last selected by using the View Wave Form button on the Standard Toolbar.

 

DisplayPreferencesBaseline

A sequence, with a wave form displayed at full height

 

DisplayPreferencesWaveHalfHeight

The same sequence, with the wave form displayed at half height

 

DisplayPreferencesNoWaveForm

The same sequence, with no wave form displayed

 

Animation

 

If this option is enabled, the animation of the current sequence will be displayed.  Multiple sequences can be open in the Sequence Editor at the same time, and this option can be set independently for each of them.

 

Animator

The animation for a sequence

 

Video

 

This submenu of the View menu enables you to specify if and how the Sequence Editor will display videos during play:

 

Show Videos
Show Audio Visualizations
Full Screen

 

Show Videos

 

If this option is enabled, then whenever the Sequence Editor plays a musical sequence based on a video file, the video will be displayed during play.

 

You can control whether or not this option is on by default via "Display Videos" on the Video Preferences dialog.  That also controls whether videos will be displayed during shows by the Show Player.

 

Show Audio Visualizations

 

If this option is enabled, then whenever the Sequence Editor plays a musical sequence based on an audio file, a visualization of the audio will be displayed during play.

 

You can control whether or not this option is on by default via "Display Audio Visualizations" on the Video Preferences dialog.  That also controls whether visualizations will be displayed during shows by the Show Player.

 

Full Screen

 

If this option is enabled, then whenever the Sequence Editor displays a video or an audio visualization, it will do so in full screen mode.

 

You can control whether or not this option is on by default via "Use Full Screen Mode" on the Video Preferences dialog.  That also controls whether full screen mode will be used during shows by the Show Player.

 

Fades

 

When fade or intensity lighting effects are displayed in the Sequence Editor, they are displayed in one of two ways: "as ramps" or "as colors".  You can use the Fades submenu of the View menu to control which is used.

 

When viewed "as colors", fades and intensities will be displayed as gradually varying shades between light grey (which indicates that the channel is off, i.e. the intensity is zero) and the color assigned to the channel (which indicates an intensity of 100%, i.e. full brightness).

 

When viewed "as ramps", they are instead displayed as partially filling in their cells with the color of the channel, to a degree based upon the intensity.

 

Neither of these settings have any effect on the behavior of your actual lights; they only affect how the Sequence Editor displays these lighting effects in a sequence's grid.

 

You can control which is used by default via "View Fades as Ramps by Default" on the Display Preferences menu.

 

Fades

A sequence with fades viewed using colors

 

FadesRamps

The same sequence, with fades viewed as ramps

 

Sequence Info

 

Selecting "Sequence Info" from the View menu will cause various information about the active sequence to be displayed:

 

SequenceInfo

Sequence info

 

Track Info

 

Selecting "Track Info" from the View menu will cause various information about the active track in the active sequence to be displayed:

 

TrackInfo

Track info

 

Cell Info

 

Selecting "Cell Info" from the View menu will cause various information about the currently selected cell to be displayed.

 

To use "Cell Info", there must be only a single cell currently selected.  However, if the cell contains multiple lighting effects, all of them will be displayed, and if any of them fall partially outside of the cell, their entire lengths will be indicated, not just the portions that coincide with the cell:

 

CellInfo

Cell info

 

Zoom Rows

 

When the Sequence Editor displays a sequence, it is represented as a grid.  Rows in the grid represent channels.  You can zoom in and out on the channels by using the Zoom Rows submenu of the View menu.

 

You can also accomplish this using the zoom buttons on the Standard toolbar.

 

Whatever zoom level you set for a sequence will always be used for that sequence (until you change it again), but if you have a zoom level that you like, you may want to save it using the Zoom Preferences menu.  Doing so will cause the Sequence Editor to use that zoom level by default whenever you create a sequence.

 

See also "Zoom Columns", to zoom time in and out.

 

Zoom Columns

 

When the Sequence Editor displays a sequence, it is represented as a grid.  Columns in the grid represent time, bound by timings.  You can zoom time in and out by using the Zoom Columns submenu of the View menu.

 

You can also accomplish this using the zoom buttons on the Standard toolbar.

 

Whatever zoom level you set for a sequence will always be used for that sequence (until you change it again), but if you have a zoom level that you like, you may want to save it using the Zoom Preferences menu.  Doing so will cause the Sequence Editor to use that zoom level by default whenever you create a sequence.

 

See also "Zoom Rows", to zoom channels in and out.

 

Tool Bars

 

The Light-O-Rama Sequence Editor has two toolbars: the Standard toolbar and the Tools toolbar.  You can control whether each of these is displayed using the Tool Bars submenu of the View menu.

 

Tools Panel

 

You can control whether or not the Sequence Editor displays the Tools panel via the "Tools Panel" menu item on the View menu.

 

Refresh

 

Occasionally during play, the display of a sequence's grid may seem to blank out.  This is typically caused when your computer happens to do something unrelated to Light-O-Rama, and temporarily takes the focus away from the Sequence Editor.  The sequence itself is not affected, nor are the actual lights - only the Sequence Editor's display of the sequence is - and the display is typically returned to normal when play reaches the next screen (or stops).  However, if you do not wish to wait for that, you can select "Refresh" from the View menu, or simply hit the F5 key, to manually refresh the display.