The Complete Guide to SLATE

Editor Preferences

The Editor Preferences panel can be opened by the ‘gear’ icon on the top right of the Slate Editor window.

Time Step Mode

The Time Step Mode can be set to either “Seconds” or “Frames”. Setting this option to Frames, will make the editor display frames and force a snap interval of 1/30 or 1/60. This option is for display purposes only. Behind the scenes, Slate will still work in seconds.

Working Snap Interval

The interval in seconds which snapping will take place. This affects scrubbing, clip placement, and keyframes placement.

Clips Magnet Snapping

If enabled, clips will snap together time-wise when they are close in the timeline editor.

Lock xAxis Curve Editing

If enabled, moving keyframes within the curve editor in the x-axis (time) will not be possible. Keyframes will still be possible to be moved through the DopeSheet editor. This is the default behaviour, so that multiple keyframes are moved together only through the DopeSheet.

Auto First Key

If enabled, a keyframe will automatically be created for every clip that does not have one.

Auto Clean Keys

If enabled, it will automatically clean up keys that are outside the clip range, like for example after you resize a clip.

Show Keyframe Values

If enabled, keyframes will display their value within DopeSheet editors.

Initial Keyframe Tangent

This option specifies the tangent mode that newly created keyframes will have. The default is Editable.

Keyframes Style

This option specifies if the keyframe icons in DopeSheet editors, will reflect their tangent mode or always be of the default diamond shape.

Show Shot Thumbnails

If turned on, Shot Clips in the Camera Track will show a thumbnail preview of the shot render.

Thumbnails Refresh

If the Show Shot Thumbnails is on this option will show and you can specify the frequency in frames that the thumbnails will refresh. So, lower values here mean more real-time, but if you have a lot of shots, you probably want to keep it around default 30 for editor performance.

Scroll Wheel Zooms

If turned on the mouse scroll wheel will zoom in/out time, otherwise, it will scroll the editor up/down.

Show Help Descriptions

If turned on, helpful descriptions will show for selected elements in Slate editor.

Gizmos Lightness

This slider controls how dark or light the various Slate specific gizmos will show in the scene view.

Motion Paths Color

The color of Motion Paths is shown in the scene view.

Auto Create Director Camera

If enabled, the required Director Camera will be created for you automatically. Highly recommended to have this enabled.

Use Post Processing Stack v2 Define

Possible to enable in a project with Post Processing Stack v2 imported so that Slate can control Depth of Field directly from within the Camera Shot clips.

Use HDRP Define

Similar as above for projects using the HDRP pipeline.

Use URP Define

Similar as above for projects using the URP pipeline.

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