The Main Screen

The main screen of Reeltime Pro contains all the primary controls for operating the software.

You can, for example, control recording and playback, change the internal routing between slots, apply and configure filters and composite layouts, fill in global metadata, and browse and maintain the recorded clips in the clip library.

All controls in the main window can also be found in the main menu and can be triggered by keyboard shortcuts or associated Stream Deck controller actions. Some elements offer a context menu with additional options on a right-click (or option-click), for example, clips in the clip library.

Main View window layout

Main View Layout

The main view provides all essential controls and UI elements you need for your video playback related tasks. You can see all configured slots in a slots collection view, and you can control and view the selected slot’s content in the main viewer. Furthermore, you can change the settings of the selected slot and have access to all the clips you recorded in the clip library.

TOOLBAR:

The toolbar at the top of the interface is available in all window layouts and contains buttons for the most common global actions. You can customize the toolbar with the contextual “Customize Toolbar…” menu item (right-click / opt-click on toolbar) and drag and drop more actions into the toolbar or change the position of the buttons.

SLOTS COLLECTION VIEW:

Slots are represented in the user interface as individual slot cards in the slot collection view on the left of the main window. The slots are grouped by the slot types input slots, library slots, composite slots and output slots. Library slots and composite slots can be added and removed within the main window directly. For managing input slots and output slots and configuring devices you can open the slot manager (via a toolbar button or options menu button the slot overview). In the options menu you can also choose the slot card size. The slot cards have various labels and indicators that help to keep track on the slot’s status. Learn more about slots in the article …  

MAIN VIEWER:

The main viewer in the upper middle of the interface displays the image of the currently connected slot and provides either playback controls in the playback slot mode or recording controls in the live slot mode. Recording controls provide controls for triggering recording actions in a single slot or timecode-synced groups of slots. Furthermore, recording controls allow setting multiple in and out ranges while recording. Playback controls provide flexible options for playing back single recordings or timecode-synced group recordings. Furthermore, playback controls allow navigating within the recording/s and editing or adding in/out ranges. Most of the viewer controls apply to the current group – for playback: all clips from the currently loaded group, for recording: all armed input slots. The current group is indicated by the sync info label.

SLOT SETTINGS:

The slot settings in the config panel of the right-hand side of the interface display settings for the currently selected slot based on its slot type. In an input slot you can configure the slot mode, add  and edit filters, or inspect source, the loaded clip or the currently configured destinations. In a library slot you can add and edit filters, or inspect the loaded clip, or the currently configured destinations. In a composite slot you can choose from different composite layout modes, configure source slots for the composite, and inspect or edit related filter settings. In an output slot you can configure the source slot, set quick-routing options “Slot Follows Selection” and “Force Slot to Live Video”, or add and edit filters, and inspect or edit related filter settings.

GLOBAL METADATA (MAIN VIEW):

The global metadata tab in the config panel lets you inspect and edit metadata that is valid for all currently configured input slots. Global metadata fields are slate info fields such as scene, shot and take, production info fields such as location and crew unit, or general info fields such as time and date. The global metadata is stored together with the slot specific metadata such as clip name and timecode in each clip entry of the clip library.

You can configure the global metadata field with the options menu button to include only fields required by your production.

CLIP LIBRARY:

The clip library contains all recordings made throughout a project. It offers various tools to reveal a required clip quickly. A library outline allows you to sort recordings into folders and bins manually. The smart groups tab lets you outline and filter the library with flexible hierarchies based on the existing clip metadata (e.g., Scene/Shot/Take). You can view clips in a tabular form in the clips table, which displays all clips and their metadata in customizable column layouts. The collection view displays each clip with a large thumbnail and provides a visual search with a skimming mechanism, allowing you to find a specific action within a clip quickly. A text search allows you to search for specific terms to quickly display matching clips in the clips table or collection view. Furthermore, an info tab shows the metadata of one or more selected clips in a detail view and allows you to inspect and (multi-)edit the clip metadata. To learn more about the clip library, read the article Clip Library and Metadata.

Multi View Layouts

Apart from the main view window layout, there are also multi-view layouts that offer a reduced set of UI elements and represent each slot in its own viewer.

SLOT MULTI VIEWERS:

The slot multi-viewers work the same way as the main viewer but display each currently configured slot in its own viewer window. There are dedicated multi-view layouts for the slot types: input slots, library slots, and output slots. Multi-view layouts automatically adapt their sizing and grid layout depending on the number of configured slots. The multi-view layouts can display up to 3×3 (9 slots).

GLOBAL METADATA (MULTI-VIEW):

The global metadata panel in the multi-view layouts works similarly to the global metadata panel in the main view layout but uses a horizontal layout with larger text boxes. You can increase the values in a text box with the arrow up/down keys and navigate back and forth between fields with a tab or shift tab.