Your Guide to Using 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 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 be disabled. 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 animatable parameter 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 the DopeSheet editors.

Initial Keyframe Tangent. This option specifies the tangent mode that newly created keyframes will have. The default is ‘Smooth’.

Keyframes Style. This option specifies if the keyframe icons in the DopeSheet editors will reflect their tangent mode or always display as a diamond shape.

Show Shot Thumbnails. If enabled, Shot Clips in the Camera Track will show a thumbnail preview of the shot rendered.

Thumbnails Refresh. If the Show Shot Thumbnails is enabled, this option will show where you can specify the frequency in frames that the thumbnails will refresh. Lower values here mean more real-time, but if you have a lot of shots you probably want to keep it around the default 100 for editor performance.

Scroll Wheel Zooms. If enabled, the mouse scroll wheel will zoom in/out time. Otherwise it will scroll the editor up/down.

Show Help Descriptions. If enabled, helpful descriptions will show for the selected elements in their inspector. Highly recommended to keep this enabled!

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 that Motion Paths will have in the scene view.

Auto Create Director Camera. If enabled, the required Director Camera will be created for you automatically. Highly recommended to keep this enabled!

Use Post Processing Stack v2 Define. You can enable this 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 to the above for projects using the HDRP pipeline.

Use URP Define. Similar to the above for projects using the URP pipeline.

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