Working with PASeq Context Content Action Steps

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I then erased my PASeq, and again ran the Action : PASeq Timeline : Record Context : Content menu command to add a Content Context action step to my empty PASeq. This time the Content Context action step references the movie file as opposed to a static image.

I then loaded a different source movie file, and generated a similar PASeq that paints my new source movie on top of my default surf movie background for my canvas layer. The end result of rendering this simple PASeq example out as a movie file can be seen here. Note that the movie file associated as my default background for the layer (as defined by the single keyframe for the Content Context action step) automatically frame advances in the rendered output movie file.

I think the conceptual hurdle people struggle with when they first use this particular feature is that they are generating a Content Context based on the file pathname for the current source image or source movie they have currently loaded into the source area, and then have associated file pathname that as a default background for a layer.

There is a way to directly select an image or movie file using a standard file dialog to generate a Content Context action step. To do that, you use the Action : PASeq Timeline : Record Context : Multiple Keys : Content menu command. The Multiple Keys menu commands are designed to be used to add a series of multiple keyframes, so when you select an image or movie and then press OK the file dialog comes back up so you can select an additional key. So you need to press Cancel when you are done adding keyframes to get rid of the file dialog. Otherwise it will keep coming up (again a point of confusion for people getting started using this feature).

 

 

 

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