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Flix for Production

This page covers production workflows, which happen before artists start their work and to manage the project over the course of its lifetime. Production staff are in charge of setting up shows or episodic shows for the artists, and organizing sequences.

Setting Up a New Show or Episodic Show

After you log in (see Flix for Story), you first land at the Shows level where you can create shows or episodic shows.

1.   Click the + New Show button to create a new show.
2.   Fill in the Details.

Details

Tracking Code

This information is used to keep track of your shows/episodic shows.

Note:  The Tracking Code is mandatory and must contain between 1 and 20 characters, and only contain letters, digits, underscores, or hyphen.

Title This specifies the title of your show/episodic show.
Description This specifies in a few words what your show/episodic show is about. The description can be viewed at the Shows level when you hover over the show/episodic show's thumbnail.
Preview Image

This adds a thumbnail for your show/episodic show, which can be viewed at the Shows level.

Note:  You can use .jpg, .gif, .png files, and so on for the Preview Image. The file cannot exceed 800x800 pixels.

Configuration
Frame Rate This specifies the frame rate of your show/episodic show.
Episodic

This specifies whether your show contains episodes or not. This creates an episodic show, which is also referred to as season.

Warning:  The Episodic option cannot be changed after shows are created.

Aspect Ratio

This specifies the aspect ratio of your show.

Warning:  The Aspect Ratio option cannot be changed after shows are created.

Permissions
Groups This specifies the groups of users who can access this show. Refer to User Management to create groups.
3.   Click Create.

Your new show/episodic show is added at the Shows level.

Creating a New Sequence or Episode

After you created shows, you need to create sequences. Sequences and Episodes are the next level down from Shows in the breadcrumb.

1.   In the breadcrumb, navigate to the Shows level and open your show.

Note:  If your show does not contain any sequences or episodes, the New Sequence or New Episode dialog opens directly after you open your show.

2.   Click + New Sequence or + New Episode as appropriate to the show.

The New Sequence or New Episode dialog opens.

Tracking Code

This information is used to keep track of your shows/episodic shows.

Note:  The Tracking Code is mandatory and must contain between 1 and 20 characters, and only contain letters, digits, or underscore.

Title This specifies the title of your sequence or episode.
Act This specifies the act of your sequence or episode. Only numeric characters are accepted.
Comments This specifies in a few words what your sequence or episode is about. The description can be viewed at the Sequences/Episodes level in the Comments column.
3.   Click Create.

This creates a new sequence or a new episode. Repeat this step as many times as you need then click Close.

Your new sequences or episodes are listed at the Sequences/Episodes level.

Note:  After you created your episode, open it and click + New Sequence to create sequences, then follow the steps above. Repeat this step as many times as needed.

Creating Additional Seasons

A season (or episodic show) is similar to a show in the sense that it is stored at the Shows level. A season contains a number of episodes and is created when creating a new episodic show, see Setting Up a New Show or Episodic Show.

To create additional seasons:

1.   Navigate to the Shows level using the breadcrumb, select the required season. The season information is displayed under the thumbnail of your episodic show.

1.   Click the More Options button and select New Season.

This opens the Create Show dialog. The details are filled with the information you provided for the previous season (episodic show), see Setting Up a New Show or Episodic Show.

2.   In the Details section, add a thumbnail for the new season.
3.   In the Configuration section, change the Season information. You can also change any other information if required. Click Next.
4.   In the Permissions section, update the Groups if needed, then click Create.

Your new season is added at the Shows level.

Alternatively, you can create an additional season by creating a show as you would for a first season of a episodic show, making sure to fill in the details based on the previous season/episodic show.

Editing an Existing Show/Episodic Show

1.   Navigate to the Shows level using the breadcrumb, click the More Options button and select Edit.

This opens the Edit Show dialog.

2.   Edit the Details, Configuration, and Permissions sections. Refer to Editing an Existing Show/Episodic Show for more information.
3.   Click Update to save your edits.

Editing an Existing Sequence

1.   Navigate to the Sequences level using the breadcrumb, click the More Options button and select Edit.

This opens the Edit Sequence dialog.

2.   Modify the sequence information. Refer to Creating a New Sequence or Episode for more information.

Tip:  If you'd like to hide your sequence, click the OOP (Out Of Picture) toggle button. This hides your sequence at the Sequences level. See Hiding/Showing an Existing Sequence for more information.

3.   Click Update to save your edits.

Hiding/Showing an Existing Sequence

If you don't want to see some sequences at the Sequences level:

1.   Navigate to the Sequences level, click the More Options button of the required sequence and select Edit.

This opens the Edit Sequence dialog.

2.   Click the OOP (Out Of Picture) toggle button.

This hides your sequence at the Sequences level.

3.   Click Update.
4.   At the Sequences level, toggle the Show OOP button to show your hidden sequences.

Keeping Edits (Sequence Revisions) Organized

To keep your edits organized, you can use comments when saving your sequence revisions. You can then filter your sequence revisions by entering keywords in the Comment column. For example, you can tag the sequence revisions that were used for screenings with the keyword ‘screening’ so that typing ‘screening’ in the sequence filter only shows the sequence revisions used for screenings.

Highlighting Panels

Note:  Refer to create or import panels to Flix

To highlight panels in your sequence:

1.   In your edit (sequence revision), select one or more panels.
2.   In the Edit toolbar, click and hold the Highlight button and select a color, then click the Highlight button.

This highlights the selected panels in the chosen color.

To remove highlights:

1.   Select the highlighted panels.
2.   In the Edit toolbar, click the Highlight button.

This removes the highlight from the selection.

Importing an Artist’s Work into Flix

See Importing Panels into Flix on the Flix for Story page.

Comparing Sequence Revisions

1.   In your currently loaded sequence revision, in the main toolbar, click the Compare Sequence Revisions button.

This opens the Compare revision dialog.

2.   Select the sequence revision to compare your current sequence revision with and click Compare.

This displays green or red icons at the top of panels in your edit. Green icons indicate panels have been added or edited. Red icons indicate panels have been deleted.

Note:  Red icons, which indicate that panels have been deleted, only display when comparing an old sequence revision to a newer one, for example comparing v4 with v10.

3.   Click the Compare Sequence Revisions button again to stop displaying the icons.

Locating Panels in the Library

You can use the Library to find old panels:

1.   In the Panel Properties pane, select the Library tab.

2.   Click the Filter by Sequence button and select a specific sequence or episode.

This displays the panels created in that particular sequence or episode.

3.   You can also use different filters to narrow your search down:

Enter the Panel ID of the panel you are looking for.

Click the Filter by username button to display panels created by a specific artist.

Click the Filter by date range button to display panels created on a specific date or between two specific dates.

Click the More button to display the Master Images and/or all revisions as well.

4.   When you found the required panels, select them and drag them in your current edit (sequence revision).

If a panel already exists in the current edit, Flix creates a new instance of that panel rather than using the same one.

Note:  Click the Reset Filters button to clear all applied filters.

Copying Panels from Another Sequence into the Current Edit (Sequence Revision)

If you'd like to copy panels from another sequence to your current edit, you can either open another Flix window and copy the panels to your current edit or drag them from the Library.

Note:  Copying panels from another sequence retains the dialogue and duration from the original edit unlike copying panels from the Library.

Method 1 - Using Another Flix's Window

1.   Navigate to File > New Window.

This opens a second Flix window.

2.   In the second Flix window, navigate to the required edit (sequence revision) and copy the panel(s) you want to copy across using the Copy button.
3.   In the original Flix window, click the Paste button.

The panel(s) are copied after the selected panel.

Method 2 - Using the Library

1.   In the Panel Properties pane, select the Library tab.
2.   Click the Filter by Sequence button and select a specific sequence or episode.

This displays the panels created in that particular sequence or episode.

3.   You can also use different filters to narrow your search down, see Locating Panels in the Library.
4.   Drag the required panels into the edit (sequence revision).

Exporting a Sequence Revision as a QuickTime

Tip:  Before exporting, navigate to File > Preferences > Exporting to set the filename structure for your exported files. See Preferences.

1.   Ensure your edit (sequence revision) is saved to include all changes in the panels to export.
2.   Select the panels you want to export. Don't make any specific selection if you want to export the whole edit (sequence revision).
3.   In the main toolbar, click the Export from Flix button.

This opens the Export dialog.

4.   Select whether you want to export All panels or Selected panels, if you have selected panels in your edit.
5.   Select QuickTime.
6.   Enter the path or browse to the directory where to export the QuickTime file.

7.   Click Export.

A file browser opens in the directory containing your exported QuickTime file.

8.   Click the X button to close the Export dialog.

Exporting Panels out of Flix

Tip:  Before exporting, navigate to File > Preferences > Exporting to set the filename structure for your exported files. See Preferences.

1.   Ensure your revision is saved to include all changes in the panels to export.
2.   Select the panels you want to export. Don't make any specific selection if you want to export the whole edit (sequence revision).
3.   In the main toolbar, click the Export from Flix button.

This opens the Export dialog.

4.   Select whether you want to export All panels or Selected panels, if you have selected panels.
5.   Select Original Artwork to export the original files imported into Flix and/or Images to export the thumbnails visible in Flix.
6.   Enter the path or browse to the directory where to export your panels.

7.   Click Export.

A file browser opens in the directory containing your exported panels.

8.   Click the X button to close the Export dialog.

Overriding Preferences at the Studio or Show Level

The preferences set in the File > Preferences dialog can be overridden at the studio level. The preferences set in the Preferences dialog and at the studio level can be overridden at the show level.

Note:  The Studio Settings can only be changed by the admin user. The Show Settings can only be changed by the owner of the show or the admin user.

To override the preferences at the studio level:

1.   Navigate to File > Admin Console > Studio Settings.
2.   Edit the required preferences and enable their corresponding checkboxes under Enforce at Studio Level.

This overrides the preferences set in the Preferences dialog. They appear as read only in the Preferences dialog.

To override the preferences at the show level:

1.   Navigate to the Shows level, click the More Options button of the required show and click Settings.

This opens the Show Settings dialog for that specific show.

2.   Edit the required preferences and enable their corresponding checkboxes under Enforce at Show Level.

This overrides the preferences set in the Preferences dialog and at the studio level for that specific show.