Once you have mastered the basis, you are ready for some of the more pro features! Below are just a few, the section on Advanced Techniques has even more tips and tricks.
Setting a Timer for an Element
You can set a timer on an element, and then when you press the play (take in) button, it will only display for that set time:
The timer is in seconds. Elements set this way will show a progress bar in the layers section to show you when the time is up and the element will automatically "Take out".
Its possible to change the text on an element without first taking the element out. Just leave the element in the "take in" state, and change the text in the Page Editor. When ready, press the recycle button and just the text will change without taking the graphic in and out:
Take Out By Layer
The "Active Graphics" section shows you which layers from the composition currently has graphics in it. The layers with active graphics in it are surrounded with a red border. One pro tip, if you need to take a graphic out, you can do it by clicking on the layer in the Active Graphics section as a quick way to take whatever graphic happens to be active in that layer, out.
One last tip, you can tell the status of the underlying render engine from the control panel, in the upper right:
The bar beneath this section is color coded by engine status:
Gray means no engine has been attached or started.
Orange means an engine is started but is not receiving video yet.
Green means your engine is started and receiving video, as well as sending it on to its destination.