While all Silverstack versions offer the single view playback mode, Silverstack XT and Silverstack Lab include the Grid View and Silverstack Lab the Wipe View modes:
- The Grid View mode allows to display multiple clips side-by-side.
- The Wipe View mode lets you share the playback window between 2 clips, activating an adjustable splitting slider in the image.
Both modes can be active in the Silverstack Player and on the HD-SDI output.
The Grid View and Wipe View modes can be accessed from the view controls in the header bar of the Playback UI:
Alternatively, you choose the different view modes from the ‘Playback’ Main Menu bar:
The Grid View Mode
After accessing the Grid View you have to select multiple clips in the timeline to show them in the grid. This can be done with the usual macOS modifier keys for multiple and continuous selection. Hold shift while clicking to select a range of clips and cmd to select and deselect single clips.
The timeline in the previous screenshot shows a selection of three clips. The first clip (A006C009_160208_R2VJ) in bold white font is the primary current clip. Editing metadata and adjusting the grade will affect the current clip only. It’s also marked in the image with a little white dot in the lower left corner.
The current clip part of a selection can be changed by clicking on another clip of the selection or by clicking on the image in the player. To deselect clips from the selection, just hold the cmd key while clicking. Click a non selected clip to dissolve the selection.
The Wipe View Mode
The Wipe View playback mode enables users to accurately compare 2 clips side-by-side with the help of a slider. You can move the image splitter (e.g. shown in “Left – Right” mode) by dragging it over the clips in the player.
In order to access the Wipe View, you have to select 2 clips in the timeline. This can be done with the usual macOS modifier keys for multiple and continuous selection: Hold shift while clicking to select a range of 2 clips and cmd to select and deselect single clips.
There’s the possibility to switch the layout of the clips, as well as flipping them, through the gear button in the view controls:
In the reference options you can choose which compositing mode should be used for displaying the clips. Options are:
- Left – Right
- Right – Left
- Top – Bottom
- Bottom – Top
- Flip (mirror vertically) the image for improved arrangement
The order of clips depends on the order in the timeline. “A” always refers to the first/left clip in the selection from left to right, “B” always to the last/right clip in the selection.
Lightweight Copy of Looks
The Grid View and Wipe View playback modes can be useful to reference and compare grades. Therefore it can be handy to easily copy grades. By using the Look library in the right bar looks can be easily created and applied to one or multiple clips. All necessary functionality can be found in the “Look” menu of the Silverstack Main Menu:
Learn more about the Silverstack Look Library in the article The Silverstack Look Library.
Grid View Functionality per Silverstack Product Version
The Grid View functionality differs for different Silverstack versions:
- Silverstack: No Grid View available.
- Silverstack XT: Grid View limited to 2 clips.
- Silverstack Lab: Grid View limited to 12 clips (only due to performance reasons).
Wipe View Functionality per Silverstack Product Version
The wipe view is only available in Silverstack Lab.