Flix Preferences

To access Flix's Preferences, navigate to File > Preferences.

Note:  These preferences can be enforced at the Studio and Show levels, see Settings & Preferences in Flix for Production.

General Settings

Show Splash Screen

Enables or disables Flix's splash screen at start-up.

Enable Autosave Enables or disables autosaving of sequence revisions.
Autosave Frequency Set Flix's autosave to 5, 10 or 30 minute intervals.

Allow Save Comments

Enables or disables the option to save comments for revisions.

Reset Preferences

Resets all preferences to their default values.

Logs Opens the file location for Flix client logs.

Third-Party Apps

General

Sketching Tool

Specifies the external application used to edit panels.

Note:  In releases prior to Flix 6.2, Photoshop is the only supported editor.

Editorial Tool

Specifies the external application used for editorial roundtripping.

Editorial Clip Name Specifies the naming convention of panels exported as clips for editorial.
Editorial Sequence Name Specifies the naming convention of the sequence exported to editorial.

Note:  The chips located under the Editorial Clip Name and Editorial Sequence Name preferences show what information type you can include in the filename format. Click a chip to add it to your filename convention. See Setting Naming Conventions for more information.

Publish Directory

Sets the location where Flix stores published files for Editorial. The chips, located at the bottom of the preferences panel show what information type you can include in the filename format. See Setting Naming Conventions for more information.

Note:  Flix will automatically create missing directories if they don't already exist.

Adobe Photoshop

Executable

Specifies which version of Photoshop to use.

Note:  The Executable directory setting for both Windows and Mac is available at the studio or show level, for cases where multiple users might be on different operating systems.

Panel Open Behavior

Specifies how to open panels in Photoshop:

Open as Separate PSD - opens the selected panels in Photoshop as separate .psd files.

Open in Layer Comps - opens the selected panels in Photoshop as layer comps in a single file.

Open in Timeline - opens the selected panels in Photoshop in the Timeline, as frames in a single file.

Always Open Master Image

When enabled, opening a panel in Photoshop opens the master image, meaning that it opens the .psd file with all information including hidden layers and empty groups.

Note:  This is only relevant if a master image is available.

Send Annotation as Layer

When enabled, annotated panels will open in Photoshop with their annotations shown on an additional layer.

Install Plugins

Installs the Photoshop scripts to run the Photoshop actions.

Note:  Restarting Photoshop is required after installing the Flix plugins.

Adobe Premiere
Marker Type Choose whether Flix sends Timeline or Clip markers to Premiere.

Article:  Have a look at this Using Premiere Markers in Flix Knowledge Base article for more information on how markers are used in Flix.

Highlight New Panels Sets whether new panels appear as highlighted clips in your Premiere sequence.
Avid Media Composer
Codec Specifies the type of Avid video codec used for exporting to Media Composer.
Clip Duration Specifies the default duration for clips sent to Media Composer in frames. (For example, 480 frames or 20 seconds for a 24fps show).
Use Flix Timing Toggle ON to send every panel as a clip retaining its duration set within Flix. This is useful to retain the timing established by a recorded pitch.
Enable Mark In Toggle ON to include a Mark In point on each clip.
Mark In Sets the frame on which to set the Mark In point. The default is 120 (5s in for a 24 fps show).
Enable Mark Out Toggle ON to include a Mark Out point on each clip.
Mark Out Frame on which to set the Mark Out point. The default is 360 (15s in for a 24fps show).

Warning:  Setting your Mark Out point to a value lower than the Mark In point creates an unreadable AAF.

Send Animated Panels As Stills

When enabled, a still is sent to Avid instead of a movie file, resulting in a faster publish.

Note:  This does not apply to animated panels originating from Storyboard Pro, which are always sent as stills so editors have control over keyframes.

New Clip Color Sets the color of new clips in your sequence.
Storyboard Pro
Executable

Specifies the location of the Storyboard Pro executable file on your computer.

Note:  The Executable directory setting for both Windows and Mac is available at the studio or show level, for cases where multiple users might be on different operating systems.

Import

Choose the behavior for importing project files containing Camera Moves:

Hold First Frame - Holds the first frame to render a still panel.

Render all Frames - Renders all the frames to create an animated panel.

Export

Specify the behavior for exporting Flix sequences to Storyboard Pro.

Export Path - Set the path for your exported Flix sequence.

Export Dialogue - Toggle ON to update dialogue in Storyboard Pro.

Export Camera Moves - Toggle ON to update Camera Moves in Storyboard Pro.

Export Audio - Toggle ON to include audio from Flix in exports to Storyboard Pro.

Export Markers - Marker updates are not currently supported in Storyboard Pro.

Exporting

Filename Format (Dialogue, Audio, JSON, CSV, QuickTime, PDF)

Specifies the filename convention of your exported files for Dialogue, Audio, JSON, CSV, QuickTime, and PDF files.

Note:  The chips, located at the bottom of the preferences panel show what information type you can include in the filename format. Click each field to reveal which information type is allowed. Invalid info types are grayed out. See Setting Naming Conventions for more information.

Filename Format (Original Artwork, Image)

Specifies the filename convention of your exported files for Original Artwork and Image files.

Default Export Path

Sets the default location where Flix stores exported panels.

Tip:  Flix will automatically create missing directories if they don't already exist.

Audio

Audio

Input Device

Specifies the audio input device to use when recording audio.

Output Device

Specifies the audio output device to use when playing audio.

Panel Browser

Panel Browser
Swap Panel ID with Index Swaps the position of each panel's unique ID number with the Panel Index (a panel's position in the sequence).
Markers Toggle ON to add a button on the Panel Browser for adding markers in a sequence.
Marker Name Format

Specifies the naming convention of markers.

Shot Number Format
Minimum Length

Sets the minimum character length for your marker numbers.

Note:  Your marker name format must include the [shot_number] chip in order to display the shot number.

Increment Sets the value of increments between markers. For example, if the shot number format is set to increments of 10, your first marker is labeled 0010, your second is 0020, 0030 etc.

Advanced

User Data Directory

Specifies where Flix stores your preferences, logs and assets.

Temp Directory Specifies where Flix stores temporary files.

Asset Cache Directory

Specifies where Flix caches your assets temporarily to improve responsiveness.

Clear Local Asset Cache Removes the temporary files stored in the local asset cache.