Preview Playback

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The Preview Playback submenu on the Pixel Editor's Tools menu gives you several options when playing a sequence in the Pixel Editor:

 

No Preview
Display Preview on Main Window
Display Preview in Separate Window
Show Background Image
Fast Playback Marker
Playback Window is Always on Top

 

No Preview on Playback

 

Selecting “Preview Playback” and then “No Preview on Playback” from the Pixel Editor's Tools menu will prevent the simulated preview from being displayed during playback operations. This mode is selected when there is a checkmark next to the menu item. In this mode, you will see the current timing mark scroll across the screen, but there will be no display simulation. This setting may be useful for people with very slow computers, but it is not recommended for general use.

 

Display Preview on Main Window

 

Selecting “Preview Playback” and then “Display Preview on Main Window” from the Pixel Editor's Tools menu will cause the simulated preview to display on the left-hand side of the main window during playback operations. This mode is selected when there is a checkmark next to the menu item.

 

Display Preview in Separate Window

 

Selecting “Preview Playback” and then “Display Preview in Separate Window” from the Pixel Editor's Tools menu will cause the simulated preview to display in a separate window during playback operations. This mode is selected when there is a checkmark next to the menu item and is useful for people with 2 or more monitors attached to their computer. If you sequence to videos instead music, this is the only mode that displays your video during playback.

 

Show Background Image

 

Selecting “Preview Playback” and then “Show background image” from the Pixel Editor's Tools menu allows you to toggle the display of the background image during simulated previews. Turning off the background image may provide slightly better playback performance on slow computers.

 

Fast Playback Marker

 

The “Fast Playback Marker” menu item is a flag that can be checked or unchecked. In most cases this setting should be checked, which uses fewer resources during sequence playback. However, in some cases the red playback marker will not draw correctly – in particular, this has been noticed when the screen is being recorded for a screencast. In this case, the “Fast Playback Marker” setting should be unchecked.

 

Playback Window is Always on Top

 

The “Playback window is always on top” menu item is a flag that can be checked or unchecked. If checked and “Display Preview in Separate Window” is also checked, then every time you press one of the play buttons the playback window will be activated (given focus). Some computers will not draw the playback animation unless the playback window has focus; on other computers this setting may make playback worse. If you are having problems with the playback animation being displayed in a separate window, try changing this setting. If neither setting works for you, disable the “Display Preview in Separate Window” setting.