Most effects must be rendered so you can preview them properly. Some effects can be displayed in the OpenGL view, but most of them must be rendered and previewed in the Render Mode of the Camera view.
Once you preview your effect, you may want to adjust it. By default, as soon as you modify a parameter, Harmony will recalculate the preview image. If your scene is heavy and you do not want the preview rendered automatically, deselect the Auto-Render option and do the preview update manually.
You cannot play back your animation in Render mode. You must perform a render or a preview render to see your animation with the final effects. Effects must be calculated before they can be viewed in real time.
To make your previews calculate faster, you may want to render them at a smaller resolution. You can use the Preview Resolution command so you will not have to modify the resolution of your scene every time you make a check preview.
The Preview Resolution command allows you to quickly get a preview at three-quarter, half, one-third, or one-quarter of the scene resolution. You can even customize the preview resolution size.
- In the Camera view status bar, click the Render Mode button.
In the bottom-right corner of the Camera view, the progress bar indicates the status of the render. Depending on the size of the frame to render, it may take several seconds.
- In the Camera view status bar, click the Auto-Render button. In the top menu, you can enable and disable Scene > Render > Auto-Render.
Once the Auto-Render option is disabled, you must request the preview update by clicking the Auto-Render button.
- In the Camera view status bar, click the Render button.
- In the Playback toolbar, click the Render and Play button.
The Play node opens and loads the frames.
- Once the frames are loaded, click the Play button in the Play window.
- Select Scene > Render > Cancel Preview Render to cancel the rendering.
NOTE: While previewing effects, you can press the Spacebar to stop and start playback.
- From the top menu, select View > Preview Resolution and one of the following:
|‣||Same as Scene Resolution|
|‣||3/4 of Scene Resolution|
|‣||1/2 of Scene Resolution|
|‣||1/3 of Scene Resolution|
|‣||1/4 of Scene Resolution|
If you selected the Custom option, the Custom Preview Resolution dialog box opens.
- In the dialog box, select a resolution from the presets or type a new X-Y value.
- Click OK.
- Preview your effects animation.