Timing columns are unique in that they can reference a source folder outside of the project folder to bring images into the project. For example, you may have background scenes created in a third party software that you might need to update in the future. By using Timing columns, you can dynamically link your backgrounds, expose different backgrounds at different times, and have live, automatic updating capabilities.
- In the Xsheet view, click the Add Columns button.
- In the Add Column dialog box, type in the name of the new column, then from the Type menu, select Timing.
- Do one of the following:
- Click OK if you are finished.
- Click Apply if you want to continue adding more columns and column types.
A peach coloured column appears in the Xsheet with the name you typed in, and for the header, <unused>.
- In the Node view, add a new node
- Open the Layer Properties editor by clicking the yellow square of the node.
- In the Drawing tab, select the Timing Columns option.
- In the Name field, enter the path of the folder you want to access. If you use the Browse button to locate a folder, you must select a file in the folder you want and then delete the dash and the suffix (for example, background-01 should be renamed to background) from the file name in the field. If you leave the full file name selected, Harmony will display that file for the entire duration of the scene, regardless of the contents of the Timing Column field.
- In the Timing Column field, click the Arrow button to create a new timing column, or select the name of the column from the list. If you have an element directory selected in the Name field, the Timing Column will indicate which files are called from that element directory. Remember that the file displayed at each frame is based on the element name, cell label, and extension. If the element is
toto, the timing column is labeled 1, 2, and 3, and the extension is TVG, Harmony will display drawings totobody-1.tvg, totobody-2.tvg, and totobody-3.tvg at the selected frames.
In the Xsheet, the <unused> header changes to the name of the node in the Node view.
- From the Extension list, select the file format of the files you want to display.
- Click OK.
- In the Xsheet view, in the Timing column, type the number that corresponds to the suffix of the drawing file that you want to expose to make it appear in the Camera view.