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Creating and Opening a Scene

All scenes created via Harmony are independent and local to the computer.

You can either create a new scene using the Welcome Screen or the File menu:

Creating a Scene Using the Welcome Screen
Creating a Scene Using the File Menu
New Scene Startup Script

To create a scene from the Welcome screen:

1. To select the scene’s location, in the Project Directory section, browse the files by clicking Browse button.

2. In the Project Name field, type the scene’s name.

The scene name cannot exceed 23 characters.
3. Set the scene resolution by doing one of the following:
In the Resolution window, select the scene’s resolution and click Create.

Your new scene is created.

Add a new resolution to list by clicking the Add button.

 

In the New Resolution dialog box, fill in the following fields and click Create.

Resolution Name: Name your new resolution.

Width: Type the resolution width in pixels.

Height: Type the resolution height in pixels.

Frame Rate: Type the scene’s frame rate per second.

You can delete a custom resolution from the Resolution list by selecting it, and clicking the Delete button under the Resolution window.

To open a scene from the Welcome screen:

1. In the Recent Scenes section, click Open Scene.

The Open Scene browser opens.

2. Browse and select the desired *.xstage file.
3. Click Open to open the scene.

To open a recent scene from the Welcome screen:

In the Recent Scenes section, select a scene from the list.

Creating a Scene Using the File Menu

If a scene is already open and you want to create a new one, you can use the File menu.

To create a scene from the File menu:

1. Do one of the following:
From the top menu, select File > New.
In the File toolbar, click the New button.
Press [Ctrl] + [N] (Windows/Linux) or [⌘] + [N] (Mac OS X).

The New Scene dialog box opens.

2. Select a scene directory by clicking the Browse button.

3. In the Project Name field, type the scene's name.

The scene name cannot exceed 23 characters.
4. Set the scene resolution by doing one of the following:
In the Resolution window, select the scene’s resolution and click Create.

Your new scene is created.

Add a new resolution to list by clicking the Add button.

 

In the New Resolution dialog box, fill in the following fields and click Create.

Resolution Name: Name your new resolution.

Width: Type the resolution width in pixels.

Height: Type the resolution height in pixels.

Frame Rate: Type the scene’s frame rate per second.

To open a scene from the File menu:

1. Do one of the following:
From the top menu, select File > Open.
In the File toolbar, click the Browse button.
Press [Ctrl] + [N] (Windows/Linux) or [⌘] + [N] (Mac OS X).

The Open Scene browser opens.

2. Browse and select the desired *.xstage file.
3. Click Open.

When you create a new scene, the TB_sceneCreated script will automatically set the scene length to 60 frames and add one of each of the following modules: drawing element, composite, display and write.

You can customize this script to fit your current project needs. This way, you can set the default scene length to any number of frames you want, or even decide which types of elements and modules you wish to be in your scene when you create it.

Refer to the Toon Boom Harmony Scripting Guide to learn more about using, creating and customizing scripts.

Saving a Scene

It is important to regularly save your scene. As you make changes to a scene, an asterisk (*) appears in the title bar beside the scene name to indicate that the scene contains unsaved changes.

To save a scene, do one of the following:

Select File > Save.
Press [Ctrl] + [S] (Windows/Linux) or [⌘] + [S] (Mac OS X).

Related Topics 

Welcome Screen