Mewa Film User's Guide/Main window

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Main Window[edit]

Mewa Film environment is very versatile. Centered on one main window, containing all different tools, the different windows can be moved around to different areas of the main window, can be docked and undocked, all to reduce clutter and increase efficient use of screen space.

Mewa Film main window


You can get a quick explanation of a button by resting the mouse cursor over the button, this will make tool tip pop up.

File Menu[edit]

The file menu creates and loads projects. Projects keep record of work done.

File menu
Menu Shortcut Description
NewProjectButton.png New Project Ctrl+N Closes the current project, if any, and creates a new project.
OpenProjectButton.png Open Project Ctrl+O Select this option to open a project.
OpenFootageButton.png Open Footage Loads footage. See Managing footage for more details.
SaveProjectButton.png Save Project Ctrl+S Save the current project. It's disabled if no project loaded.
Quit Ctrl+Q Exit the application.

Edit menu[edit]

Mewa Film has a undo/redo feature that allows taking back any number of action steps, and redoing any number of previosuly undone steps. To undo the last action, one can either select the Edit >> Undo menu, or use the shortcut key Ctrl+Z. To redo the last undone action, one can either select the Edit >> Redo menu, or press the Ctrl+Shift+Z shortcut key.

Button Shortcut Description
UndoButton.png Undo Ctrl+Z Undo last action.
RedoButton.png Redo Ctrl+Shift+Z Redo last undone action.
Preferences... Open the preferences window.

Standard toolbar[edit]

Standard toolbar includes actions from file and edit menus. Explanation of each button is detailed below.

Standard toolbar

View menu and toolbar[edit]

Mewa Film provides many views and windows as way to offer more flexibility to user and maximising the working area by showing and hiding different window as needed. Different windows can also be moved to different locations in the main window, or be detached from the main window, a very usefull feature if you have more than one monitor as the user can choose the windows to be shown on the second monitor.

The view too bar deals with the different windows of Mewa Film, showing/hiding windows, creating new windows and tabs.

View toolbar
Button Description
LibraryWindowButton.png Footage window Show/hide footage window. More about footage window at chapter Managing footage.
MontageWindowButton.png Montage tab Creates a new montage tab. More about montage at chapter Editing with Montage.
TimelineWindowButton.png Timeline Show/hide the timeline window.

Nodes toolbar[edit]

The nodes toolbar holds a list of all available nodes organized by categories.

Nodes toolbar

When a node is seleted from this list the correspondent node is added to the node graph. There are two kinds of nodes, 3D nodes in red and image processing nodes in green.

You can create your own nodes, to know how see chapter Extending Mewa Film with MFX files.

Player toolbar[edit]

The player toolbar allows you to navigate trough time, changing the current frame number. In the timeline and curve editor the current frame number is indicated by the play head.

Player toolbar

The first field in the player tool bar is called timecode and indicates the current frame number. The current frame number can be displayed as frame number or time hours:minutes:seconds:frames. To jump to a specific frame, type the frame number, or time, into the timecode field, and press return key.

The playback buttons are explained in the table below,

GoToBeginningButton.png First frame Jump to first frame of time selection.
PreviousFrameButton.png Previous frame Jump to previous frame.
PlayButton.png Play/Pause Play and pause at project frame rate.
NextFrameButton.png Next frame Jump to next frame.
GoToEndButton.png End frame Jump to the last selection frame.

The two end controls set the play range. The play range, like the name says, is used to select a smaller range in time to work with. They define how far the playhead advances when you use the playback buttons. Note that the player next frame and previous frame buttons only work when the playhead is within the selection range. If the playhead is located either before the selection first frame, or after the selection last frame, these buttons have no effect.

The playhead position can also be controlled from curve editor and timeline.

Help Menu[edit]

Button Shortcut Description
OnlineHelpButton.png Online Help F1 Opens the default Web browser and loads this website.
About Pop up a dialog with several information about the installed version of Mewa Film, including the version number and terms of use.
MFX Files Info... This is a advanced feature, it's purpose is to check errors on MFX files. MFX files are a solution to extend Mewa Film with custom nodes. Read more in chapter Extending Mewa Film with MFX files.
System Info... Opens a window with system information. This information is used to identify and measure system's capabilities.
Check For Updates... Establishes a connection to mewatools.com over internet to check if there are new versions of Mewa Film available. If there are a dialog window will appear asking permission to continue the update. If there are no updates available a simple message on status bar notifys there were no updates available.
Register... Register the software for commercial use.


Dock windows[edit]

The timeline, curve editor, parameters windows and output windows are examples of dock windows. Dock windows can float or be docked in the main window.

Preferences window[edit]

To access the Preferences window, navigate to Edit >> Preferences.

The preferences window shows the different sections in the left.

Preferences dialog

Updates[edit]

Choose if the application check automatically for updates every time the applications starts. You can always check for updates through the help menu selecting Help >> Check For Updates.

Hardware[edit]

Choose the amount of memory that Mewa Film is allowed to use. Half the memory your computer has is a good amount.


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