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The playback window has 2 purposes:
The primary purpose of the playback window is to display a simulation of your lights while the sequence is playing in the Sequencer. If you have a second display monitor, this is a good window to float and drag to the other monitor. That way you can sequence on one monitor and view playback on the other.
Note that there are certain items that are not displayed during sequence playback. These include:
•props with a shape of "hidden"
The Playback Window displaying a simulation of the lights while the sequence is being played
The Playback Window has a set of toolbar buttons that allow you to start and stop sequence playback. The Sequence Tab's toolbar also has a set of playback buttons -- you can control playback using either set.
Background Image Brightness
If your preview has a background image, the first slider (and the buttons on either side) can be used to change the brightness of the image. If there is no background image, then this section will be disabled.
You can zoom in on the preview while playback is occurring in order to view it in more detail. Use the second slider on the toolbar (and the buttons on either side of it) to control the zoom level. Then use the scroll bars on the bottom and right side of the window to move to your area of interest.
You can also perform zoom and scroll actions using the mouse wheel. The mouse pointer must be positioned over the playback area in order for these to work.
The right-most slider controls volume if you are playing a musical sequence. You can drag the slider directly, or use the buttons on either side of it to move the volume up or down a notch.
If you have the Pro version and are using motion effects, the playback window has a second purpose: it displays the currently selected motion effect. So if you use a lot of motion effects, you will want to keep the playback window visible at all times. This allows you to click on any motion effect in the grid and have it play in the playback window. This makes it much faster to identify motion effects on the sequence grid.
The Playback Window displaying a motion effect