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Previewing Effects

Most effects need to be rendered in order to be previewed properly. Some effects can be displayed in the OpenGL view, but most of them have to be rendered and previewed in the Render Mode of the Camera view.

To preview your effects:

1. In the Camera view, click on the Render Mode button.

In the Camera view bottom left corner, the Preview Update button indicates the status of the rendering. Depending on the size of the frame to render, it might take several seconds.

When the rendering is in progress, you will see the progress wheel icon, and once the progress is completed, you will see the Up-to-date Preview icon.

Once you preview your effect, you might want to adjust it. By default, as soon as you modify a parameter, Harmony will recalculate the preview image. If your scene is rather heavy and you do not want the system to perform the render preview automatically, you can disable the Auto-Render option and request the preview update yourself.

To disable the Auto-Render option:

1. In the Camera view bottom left corner, click on the Preview Update button to open the quick access menu.
2. Disable the Auto-Render option.

In the Rendering toolbar, you can also disable the Auto-Render button.

Once the Auto-Render option is disabled, you will need to request the preview update. You can do so by either clicking on the Preview Update button, or by using the Rendering toolbar.

To update the rendering preview:

1. In the Camera view's bottom left corner, click on the Preview Update button to open the quick access menu.
2. Click on the Auto-Render option.

In the Rendering toolbar, you can also click on the Auto-Render button.

Note that you cannot playback your animation in Render mode. You need to actually perform a render, or preview render, to see your animation with the final effects. See Previewing and Playing Back Effects .

Related Topics 

Previewing and Playing Back Effects