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Lightworks Menus. 6 months, 1 week ago #193048

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Lightworks uses contextual menus, these pop up when you right click on the appropriate area of the panel or viewer where you’re working. It’s the same as you’ll find in Word and other programs and is defined as:

“A contextual menu is a graphical user interface menu that appears on user interactions such as right-mouse clicks or middle-click mouse operation. This menu only offers a limited set of choices based on the application's current state. The choices available are related to the object that has been selected.”


Why doesn’t Lightworks have a toolbar for accessing menus?

A likely reason is that Lightworks was deigned to be used with a console plus a mouse to provide the main thing that professional editors’ desire - speed. By having the menus opening where you’re working time is saved - you don’t need to move the mouse up to the toolbar - all the functions and sub menus are directly to hand. The net result is that the editor can keep their eyes focused on where they’re working and not scanning the screen.

This works regardless if you’re using a Shuttle Pro controller, the keyboard or drag and dropping with the mouse. Also, be aware that there is often more than one way of doing something.

For the new user this initially may appear “unintuitive” or not what they’re used to on a computer, perhaps closer to the menus found on a mobile device. Except, in this case, you use the mouse pointer instead of your finger.

To get a feeling for where things are and how Lightworks is designed around the workflow and workspaces it’s well worth checking out the V14.5 User Guide found in downloads > documentation.

Experiment on the Lightworks interface before doing any serious work, to see where the menus pop up. You won’t damage your source media while playing with the menus.

NOTE that Lightworks AUTO SAVES, so you don’t need to save.

How can you find the menu that you want?

Generally each panel or viewer has a menu or number menus for all the functions you need for that location. For example, you can EXPORT from a number of panels because you may need to export a sequence from either the timeline or from a bin in the content manager, depending on what you’re working on at the time.

Opening a Menu.

Some panels (and menus) have a cog or gear icon in the top right corner, right clicking on this will open a menu (or sub menu).

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Cog menus feature more in the flexible layout than the fixed one, but the following applies to both layouts. For sheer speed you need a larger target, so just right clicking on the black panel surrounds will open an appropriate menu.

An example of both is found on the home or Project Browser view where Lightworks opens.

The System Menu is accessed here by either clicking on the cog menu (top right corner) or clicking on the black surrounding the project selection panel in the centre (area with lines).

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This menu allows you to change the desktop appearance, set the language of screen prompts and perform hardware tests. This makes global settings that apply to all projects.

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You can switch layouts (fixed or flexible) and select to show the hints, which are worthwhile for a new user.

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Note that you open a project by double left clicking on the project’s tile in the Project Browser itself.

Project Card

Each project has its own settings menu in the top left corner of the screen, this has a number of tabs which allow you to review or update information in your project. The manual MAKE BACKUP button is located here in the details tab.

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The box with the arrow icon returns you to the home (Projects Browser) page.

In the fixed layout's top centre are tabs to access the LOG, EDIT, VFX and AUDIO workspaces.

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The Content manager.

The menu is accessed by right clicking on the black surround (This is a more limited area in list view) Note the Bin Commands for various functions and View Commands regarding the size of the tiles. Be aware that the bin commands refer to the bin as a whole, so be careful if targeting a particular clip within the bin.

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List view and tile view selection is beside the search magnifying glass icon, it’s not in the menu.

Within the bins, if you right click on a tile the Clip Commands will also appear in the menu and can be used for that clip.

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Clip Commands will also appear if you right click on the clip in the source viewer (the left one).

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Sequence Commands, the same applies to sequences within the content manager. Although it looks the same as in the timeline (see below), any inappropriate sub menu commands for use in the Content Manager will be grayed out.

Note the Bin Commands listed below.

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For the system menu, project card and content manager operations, please read the V14.5 User Guide found in downloads > documentation or watch the video tutorials
Last Edit: 5 months, 2 weeks ago by briandrys.

Re: Lightworks Menus. 6 months, 1 week ago #193049

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Timeline

Right click anywhere on the timeline and the Sequence Commands will appear.

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If you require a segment (that’s a clip in the timeline) Command, right click on the required segment.

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For Effect commands, right click on the segment with the folded effect (a small square in the segment)

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OR on the effect in the FX track if unfolded (as below).

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Exports Sequence commands offers one of the export points. Below shows some the free version's export options. Use the little triangle on the right of the folder link to open the browser to select the required location on the computer.

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For transitions in the EDIT workspace right click on the join between two segments so that Transitions appear in the timeline menu. F8 on the keyboard also works when you place the playhead onto the join. So there is no need to go into the VFX workspace for a dissolve etc.

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Timeline Commands > Settings allows you to set the appearance, behaviour and action in the timeline to your personal taste and needs.

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Each of the timelines in the EDIT, VFX and AUDIO workspaces will have targeted commands in the menus.

As mentioned earlier, check out the V14.5 User Guide found in downloads > documentation for the functions available or look at the range of video tutorials here:. www.lwks.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=162&Itemid=246&start=QuickStart

Flexible layout

The flexible layout allows you create your own personal workspace. Please see here for more: www.lwks.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&func=view&catid=26&id=142324&Itemid=81

There is a toolbar to access various functions in this layout, also you can open, close and minimize panels and viewers.

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Right clicking on the import, new sequence and project content manager icons will open the Import Command, New Sequence Command and Bin Generator menus respectively.
Last Edit: 5 months, 3 weeks ago by briandrys.
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