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When you log in to Flix, you start at the Shows level. This is where you can open existing shows or create a new one.

The video below details how to set up a new show.

Setting Up a New Show

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 shows.

Note:  The Tracking Code is mandatory and must contain between 1 and 20 characters.

Title Input the working title of your show here.
Description A short paragraph description of your show, which can be viewed at the Shows level when you hover over the show's thumbnail.
Preview Image

Adds a thumbnail image for your show, which can be viewed at the Shows level.

Note:  You can use .jpg, .gif, .png files. The maximum resolution is 800 x 800 pixels.

Configuration
Frame Rate Sets your show's frame rate. Choose from the common film and television frame rates up to 30fps.
Episodic

Toggles whether your show contains episodes or not. This exposes a new option to set the Season number.

Aspect Ratio

Sets your show's aspect ratio. Choose between common ratios such as 1.77:1 (16:9) and 2.39:1.

Permissions
Groups Specifies the groups of users who can access this show. For more information on creating groups, please refer to User Management.
3.   Click Create.

Your new show is added at the Shows level.

Settings & Preferences

Studio Level Settings

To set preferences at the studio level:

1.   Navigate to File > Management 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 File > Preferences dialog. They appear as read only in the Preferences dialog.

Show Level Settings

To set 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.

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.

User Level Settings

To set preferences at the user level:

1.   Navigate to File > Preferences.
2.   Edit the required preferences, for example set your audio output device.

Creating a New Episode

Episodes are shown at the first 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 episodes, a menu for creating a new episode opens here.

2.   Click + New Episode.

The New Episode menu opens.

Tracking Code

This information is used to keep track of shows.

Note:  The Tracking Code is mandatory and must contain between 1 and 20 characters.

Title Use this to name your episode. For example, "The Big Wedding".
Episode Number

Enter the episode number. For example, a common naming convention for is 101, 102 etc.

Description Here you can write a brief synopsis of the episode.
Comments Enter additional comments here. These can be viewed at the Episodes level in the Comments column.
3.   Click Create.

You can continue creating additional episodes in this window. Click Close when finished.

Your new episode/s are listed at the Episodes level.

Note:  Open an episode and click + New Sequence to create sequences, then follow the steps above.

Creating Additional Seasons

A season of a show is stored at the Shows level and contains a number of episodes.

To create additional seasons:

1.   Using the breadcrumb, navigate to the Shows level and select the required season. The season information is displayed under the thumbnail of your show.

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

This opens the Create Show dialog. The details are pre-filled with the information you provided for the previous season.

2.   In the Details section, you can add a thumbnail for the new season.
3.   In the Configuration section, you can 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.

Creating a New Sequence

Sequences are shown at the first 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, a menu for creating a new sequence opens here.

2.   Click + New Sequence.

The New Sequence menu opens.

Tracking Code

This information is used to keep track of shows.

Note:  The Tracking Code is mandatory and must contain between 1 and 20 characters.

Title Use this to name your sequence or episode. For example, "Wedding montage".
Act Specifies the act of the story in which your sequence occurs.
Comments This description can be viewed at the Sequences level in the Comments column.
3.   Click Create.

You can continue creating additional sequences in this window. Click Close when finished.

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

Editing an Existing Show

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

This opens the Edit Show dialog.

2.   Here you can edit the Details, Configuration and Permissions for your show. For example, use this menu to change the frame rate or access permissions for a user group.

Warning:  Changing the frame rate and/or aspect ratio of a show once story artists have begun work is not recommended, due to the fundamental impact on your production pipeline.

3.   Click Update to save your edits.

Editing an Existing Sequence

1.   Using the breadcrumb, navigate to the Sequences level and click the More Options button, then Select Edit.

This opens the Edit Sequence dialog.

2.   Enter the new information for your sequence.
3.   Click Update to save your edits.

Hiding an Existing Sequence

You may want to hide a sequence from your list if it has been cut from the story or shelved for later use. To do this:

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

This opens the Edit Sequence menu.

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

The sequence is now hidden from the list.

3.   Click Update to save this setting.

At the Sequences level, toggle the Show OOP button to reveal hidden sequences.

Keeping Edits (Sequence Revisions) Organized

To keep your edits organized, you can filter the Comments column at the sequence level by keyword.

For example:

1.   Go to the Sequence level of your show.
2.   Find a revision at random in the list, then click on the more options button and select Edit.

3.   Type in the comment "Use for screening" and click Save.
4.   Above the Revisions list, type the word "screening" into the filter.

Only sequence revisions with comments containing that word are now displayed. This is a handy way of organizing a long list of sequence revisions.

Tip:  If you are on the Panel Browser and make any change to a revision, such as adding dialogue or annotations, you can also add a comment and after saving it will be filterable at the Sequence Level.

The User, Date and Comments columns each have their own filters, so you can narrow down your search results even further. See below.

Highlighting Panels

To highlight panels in your sequence:

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

This selected panels are tagged with the chosen color.

To remove highlights:

1.   Select the highlighted panels.
2.   In the left 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.