Layers in the Layer Stack are what composes the final video frame. They are inspired by PhotoShop and work the same: the lowest layer is in the background, the highest layer is in the foreground of the video frame.
mimoLive has lots of layers with a certain purpose. Please refer to the Layer Library for a list of available layers.
There are three ways to add a layer to the layer stack:
- Drag a source from the Sources Repository to the layer stack. In case of a visual source you will get a preconfigured Placer layer which displays the source in full screen mode. In case of an audio source you will get an Audio Only layer.
- Click on the "+" button on top right of the layer stack to open the Layer Templates Library. Find your layer and drag it to the layer stack.
- In the Layer Templates Library double click on the Layer Template you want to add. The new layer will be added on the top of the current selected layer.
Because its important at which position a layer is placed in the layer stack you may need to rearrange the layer e.g. to bring a background behind the chroma keyed video source.
To rearrange the layers in the layer stack simply drag the layer to the new position in the layer stack.
Dragging the top layer (Placer layer with placeholder "B") to the bottom brings it behind the placeholder "A".
If a layer isn't needed anymore in your setup you can delete it in two different ways. First you need to select the layer in question then you have two options:
- Click on the "-" button on top of the layer stack to remove it permanently.
- Hit "cmd" ⌘ and "backspace" on your keyboard at the same time.
You can't delete the last layer. One layer must remain in the layer stack.
Layers can be copied and pasted between mimoLive documents as well as dragged and dropped. E.g. if you created a certain design of a Lower Third layer in one mimoLive document you can select it here, press ⌘-C, select a layer in a second document and press ⌘-V to insert this layer above the selected one. Or you can drag it from one document to another.
Media files or other sources that are associated with the copied layer won't be copied to the destination document. You need to copy those sources manually to it and reconnect them to the layer.
Because every layer has its own purpose it also has individual settings. To edit the settings of a layer you need to select the layer in the layer stack. The layer will be previewed on the right of the layer stack and its settings will be shown below the preview image.
All the layers have certain settings in common. The Event Triggers are discribed in the Start/Stop Show Button section.
Many layers supports direct manipulation. This means that you can click its elements or guides in the preview area and manipulate them here. The setting values below will update accordingly. However many settings can't be manipulated in the preview like colors, font face and font size or overall behaviour changes.
To unleash the full power of each layer its recommended to look at all the settings of a layer and play around with them.
Variants store sets of settings. For example, instead of having five individual Lower Third layers with a different name each, you can have one Lower Third layer with five Variants.
The big difference is that different variants of a layer can't be used at the same time.
Each variant can have its own keyboard shortcut trigger or button in the Remote Control Surface.
Please note that there are different informations to see in the variants list:
- The little "Live" button (below the big "Live" button) can be used to switch a certain variant live. If another variant is currently live this variant will be switched off (some layer has a transition between variants, most don't)
- The little "Live" button indicates with red that this variant is currently live. This information is independent from the select state of a variant!
- The light grey background indicates that this variant is currently selected for preview on the right. This is independent from the live state of a variant!
The selected variant don't needs to be the live variant! If the output doesn't show what the previews shows its most likely because you selected a different variant than the live one.
To add a variant to a layer you need to do the following steps:
- Select the layer you want to add a variant in the layer stack. The preview will be shown of the layer on the right.
- Click the "+" button at the top of the previews settings. This will make a duplicate of the current variant. If you want to make a copy of a certain variant you need to select it first.
Because the setting of variants are independent from each other it makes sense to create the look of a certain layer before duplicating it into multiple variants! (E.g. first design the Lower Third in its graphical appearance then make duplicates of it and after that fill in the titles and subtitles.
If you have too many variants that you don't need to see at once in the layer stack you can collapse the variants for a particular layer by clicking on the white triangle on the left of the variants list on the layer in the layer stack.
A dot indicator shows you which variant currently is selected (white, this will be the one that goes live if you click on the layers live button) and which one is currently live (red). You can jump through the variants by clicking on the arrow buttons next to the dot indicator or you can click on the dots to directly jump to this variant.
The feature of stepping through the variants makes a lot of sense if you have a list of things you want to go through while a show. For example if you have a show with several guests in a row you can prepare the Lower Third variants upfront in the order as the guests will appear on the show. Then you just need to walk through your variants step by step.
The layers come up with a default variant name that is based on the behaviour of a layer. However sometimes you want to rename a layer variant the way you want. To do so you can either
- Double click on the variants name to directly jump into the editor in place.
- Right click on the variants name to reveal a context menu. Click on "Rename Layer Variant" to enter the edit mode of the name.
To remove a variant from a layer you need to follow those steps:
- Select the variant you want to remove in the variant list of the layer. The preview of that variant will be shown on the right.
- Click on the "-" button on top of the preview settings .
Updated about a month ago