Mewa User's Guide/Main window
Below is Mewa's main window when we launch it for the first time.
At the top is the app bar with 3 buttons. Just below is a big empty area, that's the node-graph window, because it has no nodes it looks empty. Below is node-graph window is the timeline that contains play buttons and a play bar. At the bottom end is the status bar used to show usefull tips and information.
The app bar is at the top of the application window and offers 3 buttons:
|Import footage||Show/hide file browser window. More about footage window at chapter Mewa User's Guide/Import footage|
|Node library||Shows a list of available nodes|
|File:InfoButton.png General info||Show/hide window holding app version and MFX folder path|
The node library button shows a list of all available nodes.
When a node is selected from this list the correspondent node is added to the node graph.
For those who know GLSL programming, check out how to create custom nodes using a GLSL shader at Extending Mewa with custom shaders.
The status bar is the short horizontal bar located at the end bottom of the application window.
The status bar is feedback area that provides quick tips and other helpful information. As the mouse pointer moves over an user-interface element (e.g. button) information related to the user-interface element is shown in the status bar.
- Moving the mouse over a button the status bar shows a tip of what the button does,
- Moving the mouse over the help button, in parameters window, the status bar shows the web page link it will open,
- Moving the mouse over a node the status bar shows brief information about the node
- Moving a point in the curve editor the status bar shows the new point time/value
What is the Timeline
While the node graph provides a visualization of the different operations in the workflow, this workflow changes through time. The timeline provides the controls to navigate through time.
The playbar shows a time scale and a red vertical line called play-head. Both the image shown in the output window and the values shown in the node parameters window, are all respective to the selected frame, pointed by the play-head.
The player toolbar allows you to navigate trough frames, changing the current frame number.
The input box field in the player toolbar shows the current frame number.
The player buttons are explained in the table below,
|First frame||Jump to frame 0|
|Previous frame||Jump to previous frame|
|Play/Pause||Play and pause at project frame rate|
|Next frame||Jump to next frame|
The play-bar or timeline, located above the player toolbar, allows the quick navigation through frames. Clicking and dragging in the play-bar changes the current frame. A red vertical line, called the play head, shows where the current frame number is in the play-bar scale.