Transforming content in the layers window

Once you have chosen your source footage it can be transformed using the speed, colour, shape and intensity parameters in the Layers window.


Figure 28 - Layers Window.


When Catalyst is used with a DMX console all modes and all parameters can also be accessed and controlled on all of the layers. All parameters are controllable on each layer via a 40 channel DMX patch. Both 8 bit and 16 bit parameters are used.



In the Layers window the following parameters alter the image.

File and speed parameters


Figure 29 - File and Speed Parameters.

  • Click on the Folder

and file lists

to choose the source image or movie.


  • Play speed  0% to 200%.

  • play mode for making loops, setting loop type, playing random frames and playing forwards or in reverse.



  • In and out points


for choosing the part of the movie you want to play and for changing the loop length.


Colour parameters


Figure 30 - Colour Parameters.


  • Intensity controls the transparency of the image.

  • Strobe

Different speeds of strobe pulsing can be chosen from this button by clicking and dragging.




  • Three channels for adjusting the RGB content of the image.


  • colour fx channel is available for distorting or altering the colour and for creating masks.

Click on 0 – RGB – arb to select the menu of about 70 different colour fx. More details about these effects can be found in the colour effects table towards the end of this manual.

Some colour effects are fixed while others are variable and the three pots now labelled red, green and blue can be adjusted to alter them.


Figure 31 - Colour effects menu.


The Mix output select buttons determines the mix window to which the image in the layer will be sent.

  • Mix output select buttons.





Shape parameters

Figure 32 - Shape Parameters.


  • Position  - x and y position coordinates.


and scale  and aspect ratio



  • VISUAL FX for mapping the image or movie into different shapes.

There are about 100 different visual effects. Some visual effects have two parameters that can be controlled independently in the fx1 and fx2 windows.

Figure 33 - Visual effects menu.


  • Keystoning

Keystoning is done on all four corners of the image. Keystoning is only active in some visual effects.




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