Create Compositions

Here are listed several different way to manipulate parameters precisely to fine tune you compositions or stage setups.

Compo creation Command

The most straightforward way to create a new compo is to use Ctrl+N.
Another way is to use the menu FILEMenu for Opening, Saving and Closing operations > 'New Compo' There are some options that are explained in the next chapter.

Compo creation dialog

- Resolution : Resolution of the Compo Composite 2D Layer, Shape layer and 3D Layer together. [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [N] to create a new composition after opening Smode Read More
- Alpha Layer : Will determine if the composition has a background or not. Can be modified afterward inside the Parameters Editor You don't have to search further, every parameters of a selected Element is there. Read More by clicking on the root of the composition.
-Create Camera A camera filming 3D content Read More Check this to have a default camera created. Note that camera can easily be created at anytime, and resolution updated, so don't worry if you don't know what to put there for the moment.
-Create Main Timeline Timelines specificity is to play, cut and edit video layers easily, and to animate layers and their parameters Read More : Creates a Timeline inside your composition. Next parameter is to choose the Timeline duration.
Note that time inside of Smode can be typed like that :
-"1..20" ---> 1min / 20 frames
-"" ---> for 4h / 3min / 2sec / 1frame
The last number is always in frame. The Time base of Smode is 50fps by default. So typing 25 as last number will result in 0.5 seconds.

Create Compo into folder

Another way to create compositions is to right click on the target folder and select New Standalone Compo:

Such a compo will be saved in the folder and opened immediately.

Create Compo from file

A useful shortcut to create a compo given one image is to right click on this image and select New compo from file. This can be performed on image files, video files, .psd files and .fbx files.

Here is a quick introduction to making compositions (In French for the sound but images are international);

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