The effects area is all about controlling the individual appearance of a layer. This covers selection of the source, and setting basic attributes like position, size or opacity. There is cropping tools to tune the content of a live action source for your projection space. But you can also use more advanced options like effects for adapting the source to your show. The effects area will always apply to the currently selected layer.
The toolbar to the left of the effects area gives quick access to all types of sources. Click on one of the buttons to immediately select and configure a new source. Completing the selection process will activate the new source and automatically replace the source previously used for the layer.
See the sources page for a detailed list of supported formats.
The mirror source is somewhat special in that it does not produce its own content but just mirrors the frames coming from a source used in another layer. This means that whenever that other source is stopped, seeking or rewound, this will also apply to the mirror source.
The common settings section configures basic layer attributes like name, size or position.
Effects can be configured and enabled individually per layer. Click on the title of an effect to enable or disable it. Click on ‘expand’ or ‘collapse’ to show or hide the parameters respectively.
Stagehand Live comes with a list of effects covering a lot of use cases:
- Color Inversion Invert all colors
- Mirror Flip the contents vertically or horizontally
- Color Keyer Set a color to be made transparent
- Recolor Change the overall color, e.g. generating a black and white effect
- Pixelize Artifically reduce the resolution of a source
- Downsampling Reduce the color depth
- Repeat Create a tiled pattern out of your source images