Streamers gives you a number of options for customizing the way that video and cues are displayed in the output window. Some of these you can manipulate directly in the output window, and others are available in Preferences. Take a moment to explore in Preferences - particularly the Display, Audio, and Transport pages—and make sure the settings are as you (and your talent) prefer them.
Note: the output window will not accept mouse events when the preview frame is disabled; turn the preview frame back on by pressing P or selecting Display > Show Preview Frames before clicking and dragging.
To move the output window, click anywhere within the window and drag it to its new location. Resize the window by dragging its bottom right corner.
When the output window has focus (after you click on it with the preview frame enabled), you can also move and resize it with the arrow keys on your keyboard. The arrow keys alone will nudge the window one pixel at a time, and holding down the Control key will make the arrow keys resize the window one pixel at a time. Holding down the shift key will make the same changes in larger increments.
A number of display options are available in the Display tab of Preferences. These include:
This adjusts the width of normal streamers. If you define a custom MIDI-triggered event for small or large streamers, this base width is multiplied for those events.
This adjusts the size of normal punches. If you define a custom MIDI-triggered event for small or large punches, this base size is multiplied for those events.
This adjusts the opacity (alpha value) of the streamers, punches, text overlays, and free-time clockface. It does not affect letterboxing, which is always fully opaque.
If you do not have a video playing back within streamers, but you want the output window to be opaque, select this option.
When Streamers launches, by default, the output window will have the preview frame enabled. If your display configuration never changes, you can uncheck this option to save the step of turning off the preview frame in the future.
If you prefer to use only the embedded streamers and punches on the free-time clock, you can select this option.
If you prefer to use the free-time clock while using only the regular streamers and punches, select this option.
Check this option to make streamers lead up to a gray bar near the right side of the window, rather than leading all the way to the window's right edge.
When checked, all streamer events will automatically end with a punch (either white, gray, or matching the streamer's color).
This simplifies the display of timecode values in places like the event list, at the expense of time resolution. When unchecked, timecode will display in most places like "1:02:03:04/05", where the number after the slash represents a fraction of 1/80 frame.
In the Transport page of Preferences, you can control the settings of automated events.
Applies to scoring mode only. Streamers can automatically add a yellow streamer into the first countoff click, a green streamer into the beginning of a take, and a red streamer into the end of the cue. These settings can be changed and enabled/disabled here.
Applies to ADR/Foley mode only. The reel audio will start at whatever level you have set in the Audio page of preferences. If this option is checked, however, the audio will continue only until the first sync point of a take is reached, and will be muted until playback stops. This allows an actor to hear all the production audio before her line without being distracted by the sound being replaced.
Applies to ADR/Foley mode only. Each newly created cue will inherit these streamer, punch, and beep settings.
Press X or select Display > Toggle Bar/Beat Counter to show and hide the counter. A countoff indicator will also appear showing how many free clicks there are into the downbeat.
By default, the counter appears in the top right corner; you can drag it to another location or drag the bottom right corner of the counter itself to resize it. You can change the font and color of the bar/beat counter in the Display page of Preferences.
Streamers can add black letterboxing and pillarboxing as a mask around the edges of the streamer window. To activate this, simply drag one of the gray tabs from the edge of the window and pull it toward the center.
If a reel is being played in Streamers, the edges will already be letterboxed/pillarboxed if necessary to conform to the aspect ratio of the streamer window. Pulling in the letterbox tabs is only necessary if part of the picture needs to be blocked as well.
Press X or select Display > Toggle Cue Text to toggle this overlay. In scoring mode, the cue text overlay shows the cue title. In ADR/Foley mode, it will display the cue overlay text (if any) defined in the upcoming cue.
The cue text overlay displays at the bottom of the screen, like subtitles. It will automatically scale down to accommodate the full width of the cue text. To avoid the text becoming illegibly small, you can add line breaks at any point in the optional cue text in the ADR/Foley view.
You can also change the font and color of the cue text in the Display page of Preferences.
Streamers's integrated free-time clock shows the current cue time, represented as a second hand and minute hand that sweep across a clockface. If you have a cue selected, the free-time clock will base its timing on the current cue time. Simply press C, or select Display > Toggle Free-Time Clock, to show and hide it. When the output window's preview frame is enabled, you can click and drag to move and resize the free-time clock.
The free-time clock can also be turned on and off in the middle of a cue by sending Streamers MIDI controller #64 (sustain pedal) messages.
The free-time clock can also sync to MIDI timecode from your sequencer if you don't have your cue set up in a Streamers document. In order to set up your sequencer to use the free-time clock, you need to do two things:
- Send MTC to Streamers
- Place a MIDI note (A#2 by default) on the downbeat of each cue to send to Streamers
With these in place, Streamers will listen to incoming MTC, and when it receives the relevant note message, will remember the current timecode as the cue start. From this point on, the free-time clock will follow incoming MTC. Pickups require no additional user input; if MTC starts up mid-cue, the free-time clock will snap to position and follow.
There is one additional setup step within Streamers (Treat MTC As, below); but if you place a Cue Start MIDI note on the downbeat of each sequence, you should not need to interrupt your workflow by interacting with Streamers between cues; Streamers will reset its downbeat time whenever it receives the note.
Streamers's free-time clock has an integrated streamer and punch display. Streamers wipe along the second hand (radially outward), and punches appear as white flashes on the clockface. The main streamers and punches can be disabled in Rendering Preferences, which will leave only this integrated display for events.
- If you have multiple windows, they will retain separate free-time clock display preferences.
- The free-time clock's MTC input has a freewheel time of 1/3 second (8-10 frames depending on framerate). This is not adjustable.
- When moving from one cue to another, the free-time clock may move unexpectedly during the preroll of the first take. This is because Streamers has not yet set the new start time, and will stop once a Cue Start MIDI note has been received. You can also zero the clock by pressing R or selecting Reset Free-Time Clock from the Display menu.
- Opacity only affects the clockface; the second hand will always display at full opacity.
- The free-time clock is constrained to the bounds of the Streamers window, and will clip if dragged off the edge.