Monday, February 10, 2014

Playlist Changes For Timeline

As of version 14.02.08, we have changed some behavior of the Playlist and player that seemed necessary since the addition of the Timeline. It is still entirely possible to simply create a playlist project if you do not need multitrack. I myself often prefer to lay down my main story line using just a playlist. Then, maybe later I want to lay down a music bed. Therefore, we added "Add All to Timeline" to the playlist menu to "upgrade" a playlist project to a multitrack project. Now, the playlist also saves into the project MLT XML file along with the timeline. However, in a multitrack project, the playlist is like a media "bin" as seen in other programs - while still being optional. In addition, the player tabs now say "Source" and "Program" to reduce possible confusion having 2 Playlist tabs and 2 Timeline tabs on screen at the same time. Source shows a clip (or stream or device). In a playlist project, Program shows the playlist, and it shows the timeline in a multitrack project. Double-clicking a playlist item now always opens the shot in the Source player. This makes it more usable as a bin. In a playlist project, to seek to a playlist item, shift-double-click it or right-click it and choose Goto.