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Can I color code different media types? 7 months ago #210797

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My media clips automatically turn a rainbow of colors in the timeline but I'm curious if I can adjust that manually? For instance, can I make all my jpg images blue, my drone shots red, my phone camera grabs yellow...? I find that often the full filename isn't visible and it gets hard to tell from looking at the timeline what type of shot I'm viewing. If I could see "oh, there's a rogue jpg I left in" just by seeing that it's a blue media clip among a bunch of yellows, that would be very useful.

Re: Can I color code different media types? 7 months ago #210798

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No, you can't assign the clip colours manually, at least not directly. However, if you don't need the 'Reel ID' metadata for other purposes, you can use the same reel id for clips of the same group, then switch settings for 'Segment colours based on' to 'Reel' and see which colours Lightworks has decided to assign.
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Re: Can I color code different media types? 7 months ago #210812

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thesunray wrote:
.. but I'm curious if I can adjust that manually? For instance, can I make all my jpg images blue, my drone shots red, my phone camera grabs yellow...?

If you can wait:
In the next Lightworks version (2020.1), you will be able to define all this easily.
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Re: Can I color code different media types? 7 months ago #210813

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schrauber wrote:
In the next Lightworks version (2020.1), you will be able to define all this easily.

Good point, and 12 different colours should be sufficient for most applications.
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Re: Can I color code different media types? 7 months ago #210815

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hugly wrote:
12 different colours should be sufficient for most applications.

How long after release do you think it will be before the first request to increase that number is posted?

Re: Can I color code different media types? 7 months ago #210816

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For me twelve colours are more than enough, but I can imagine that it won't take that long after people have detected the new feature.

The coloured triangles on viewers and tiles look nice and you can even sort and search by colour, amazing.
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Re: Can I color code different media types? 7 months ago #210819

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Thank you all very much for the answers. Hugely's "Reel ID" should work for me and I will hope to get the 2020 version at some point. 14.5 is working well for me overall though. (And for me, 12 colors is PLENTY! Lol.)

I really appreciate the help. Thank you!

Re: Can I color code different media types? 7 months ago #210828

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How long after release do you think it will be before the first request to increase that number is posted?

fwiw, my initial implementation allowed you to choose from 36 colours (from the same palette that the default colours are generated from) but being able to change a clip from a particular shade of pastel green to pastel lilac didn't seem to offer a lot of benefit. Consequently, I changed the palette so that the feature is more useful for highlighting clips rather than arbitrarily recolouring.
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Re: Can I color code different media types? 7 months ago #210831

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It's easy to differentiate many colours, if one sees them side by side. The information revealed is, "that's something different". I'm not sure if human brains are made to memorize easily the meaning of more than 5-10 different colours. This might even be considered as an upper physological limit, beyond that, text base flags to explain the meaning could make sense: "Hold on, what was this colour supposed to telling me? Can't remember, let's do the search."
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Re: Can I color code different media types? 7 months ago #210866

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jwrl wrote:
How long after release do you think it will be before the first request to increase that number is posted?

Great White wrote:
fwiw, my initial implementation allowed you to choose from 36 colours ...

Don't get me wrong, that wasn't intended as a criticism. It was a comment on the fact that when a feature is added to a program there will always be someone for whom it isn't enough. If you had implemented 36 the same would apply.
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Re: Can I color code different media types? 7 months ago #210929

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jwrl wrote:
jwrl wrote:
How long after release do you think it will be before the first request to increase that number is posted?

Great White wrote:
fwiw, my initial implementation allowed you to choose from 36 colours ...

Don't get me wrong, that wasn't intended as a criticism. It was a comment on the fact that when a feature is added to a program there will always be someone for whom it isn't enough. If you had implemented 36 the same would apply.


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Re: Can I color code different media types? 7 months ago #210933

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I think it's probably higher than 5-10, but probably depends on use. In my case, 12 colors will be fine. One for jpgs, one for phone shots, one for drone shots, one for good camera shots...12 seems ample. Again, thanks to all for the help.

Re: Can I color code different media types? 6 months ago #212314

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After working a while with the new clip colours I find most of them are too bright, in particular in combination with the known automatically assigned clip colours. I think that isn't only a matter of taste, but also ergonomy.
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Re: Can I color code different media types? 6 months ago #212327

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Some of those colours are real "eye catchers".



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Re: Can I color code different media types? 6 months ago #212394

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With some of the very bright colours, it's very hard to see the trimming assistance, in particular with cyan, yellow, and the light green.

On the other hand, in bins the bright colours help to distinguish different objects. What to do?

Would it possible to reduce the luminance of the bright colours when using them in the timeline to make trimming assistance better visible? If not, changing the appearance of the trimming assistance, e.g. black instead of white, or black outlines, or shadows might help?

If the thin black lines wouldn't be there, this indication of a move cut would be invisible.

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