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Behavior menu

Menu Locator: Media List Editor > Behavior .

Behavior tool bar

Click on a mode button to activate the mode or turn it off. When a mode is active, its toolbar button will appear as selected (ie blue outline in Figure 1).

  • Tools tool bar - Buttons (Figure 1, from left to right): Screens Mode, Load Templates Source, Auto-Fade-In, Auto-Fade-Out, Cross-Fade, Play On Double-Click, Apply Live, Enable Video Filters.
Figure 1. Behavior tool bar
Figure 1. Behavior tool bar

Screens Mode: Single or Multi-Screen

There are two sub-menu items, to set Screens Mode to Single Screen or Multi-Screen mode. General Recommendation: Use Single Screen unless you need to display multiple videos simultaneously.

Menu Items

Load Templates

This menu item lets you pick a Load Template Source Mode that determines which template is used when a Media Item is played. Or you can turn off the Load Template mode. Turning off Load Template mode will automatically turn off Cross-Fade Mode. See separate Load Template Source Mode section for full details.

Selecting Load Template Source Mode has a PowerkeyReserved PowerKey. (More Info)

Cross-Fade Mode

Toggles this mode between On/Off (Active/Inactive). When Active, the current playing video will fade into the next video. Close any loaded Media Screens BEFORE activating this mode. See separate Cross-Fade section for full details. Cross-Fade Mode requires that the Load Templates mode to be Active.

Fades Enable/Disable Rules
  • When enabling Cross-Fade (making Active), Load Templates mode is automatically enabled because it is required for Cross-Fade.
  • When disabling Load Templates (making Inactive), Cross-Fade mode is automatically disabled because Cross-Fade won't work without Load Templates mode being Active.
  • Cross-Fade Mode is mutually exclusive with Auto-Fade modes. If you make Auto-Fade active, it will automatically turn Cross-Fade Mode off. (and vice-versa).

Also see warning regarding "Fade Modes with Automation Scripts" (in next section).

Toggling Cross-Fade Mode mode On/Off has a PowerkeyReserved PowerKey. (More Info)

Auto-Fade (In/Out)

These menuitems toggles the mode between On/Off (Active/Inactive). The fade settings will affect ALL videos when played. If you want to set fades on only selected videos, you can do that in the Start-At/End-At, Delay and Fades controls panel. Fades apply to video, audio, and image Media Items.

  • Auto-Fade-In - All videos will use Fade-In at the start of play for the Master Fade-In Duration number of seconds. Videos will also fade-in when the Resume button is clicked.
  • Auto-Fade-Out - All videos will Fade-Out at the end of play or when the Stop or Pause button is clicked. Fade-out begins just prior to the end of the video. Acutual fade-out position is determined by the Master Fade-Out Duration (video length minus the Fade-Out duration). Auto-Fade-Out must be enabled before a Media screen is loaded. It will have no effect on videos already loaded and playing.

Toggling Auto-Fade-In and Auto-Fade-Out (on/off) have a PowerkeyReserved PowerKey. (More Info)

Cross-Fade Mode is mutually exclusive with Auto-Fade modes. If you make Auto-Fade active, it will automatically turn Cross-Fade Mode off (and vice-versa).

Fade Modes with Automation Scripts

Warning Warning - Auto-Fade and Cross-Fade mode are both designed to work with Play steps in Scripts. Load steps in general will NOT work well with these fade modes. If your Scripts must employ Load steps, avoid using these fade modes.

Interrupting an Auto-Fade while In-Progress

Warning Warning - In general, avoid clicking the Pause or Resume buttons for the few seconds that a fade is in progress. Interrupting a fade in-progress (Fade-In or Fade-Out), will cause the video to freeze and not let the fade complete. To resolve the problem, click the Pause button again and let the fade complete, then click the Resume button.

Required Program Settings

When you enable Auto-Fade, multiple program behavior settings are automatically selected for you. Do NOT deselect any of these settings while using Auto-Fades since they are required to facilitate the fade behavior. Reversing any of these settings will likely cause unpredictable results.

If you accidentally undo any of the above settings, simply disable, then re-enable Cross Fade mode in the Behavior menu. That will reset all required settings.

Actions Apply-To Mode

See section Actions Apply-To Mode for details.

Play On Double-Click

When checked, a selected Media Item will played by pressing the Enter key, Space bar or double clicking it with the mouse. The Media Items listbox must be the focused program control to enable this behavior. Focus the listbox by clicking it with the mouse or by the Edit Media Item > Focus List Items menu item.

Apply Live

Some of the program control sections allow you to turn On/Off the connection to a Media Item's live Media Screen. When toggled Off, you can make edit changes to a Media Item without affecting its live Media Screen.

Menu Items

Use Global Marquee

Toggles this mode between On/Off (Active/Inactive). When Active, a Global Marquee will be applied to any/all Media Screen(s) when the Screen is loaded.

This operation has a PowerkeyReserved PowerKey. (More Info)

Use Video Effects

Toggles this mode between On/Off (Active/Inactive). Use Video Effects (Use Video Effects) applies to All Media Items. It provides a way to turn effects processing On/Off for All Media Items without having to remove the configured effects. When Active, effects processing will occur when a Media Item is played AND the Use Effects checkbox is checked in the Media Item's Modifiers. When this item is un-checked, NO effects are processed on any Media Item.

This operation has a PowerkeyReserved PowerKey. (More Info)

Save Volume Changes

When checked, any changes from the above volume/mute actions are saved with the Media Item. When unchecked, the Volume Slider or Volume Up/Down actions are applied only as playback operations and the value changes are NOT saved to the Media Item. This allows you to make many volume changes/tweaks during a performance without affecting the Media List design.

Use Video Filters

Toggles this mode between On/Off (Active/Inactive). Use Video Filters (Use Video Filters) enables or disables the use of Video Filters with one click. It does NOT change the Video Filter settings on any Media Items. When this is Off, the program will simply ignore the Video Filter settings on Media Items. This is a quick way to disable all filters without having to edit multiple Media Items.

This operation has a PowerkeyReserved PowerKey. (More Info)