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 displaying 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.

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.

Show Keyframe Values

If enabled, keyframe 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, means more realtime, but if you have a lot of shots, you probably want to keep it around default 30 for editor performance.

Show Rule Of Thirds

If turned on, a visual rule of thirds guide will show in the game view in editor only, that can help you better compose your shots.

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.

Trajectory Color

The color of Motion Paths shown in the scene view.



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