Creates a new window with the view set to 2D, timeline, or histogram.
Opens a new sequence, removing any sequences already loaded.
Opens a new sequence, without removing any sequences.
Loads a sequence and inserts it before the first frame of the sequence in the current viewport.
Loads a sequence and inserts it after the last frame of the sequence in the current viewport.
Loads a recently opened file.
|Save Frame As|
Saves the image in the current viewport.
|Save Sequence As|
Saves the entire sequence in the current viewport.
Saves the image in the current viewport as it appears, with color correction, transparency, cropping, the background image and component selection applied.
Loads a background sequence.
Removes the currently loaded background sequence file.
Switch to 2D view.
Switch to Timeline view.
Switch to Graph view.
Allows you to switch between planes.
|Apply changes to all views|
If this option is turned on, changes will be applied to all views. If this option is turned off, changes will only be applied to the current view.
|Link Viewport Scrolling|
If this option is turned on, scrolling is linked to all views.
|Maximize Current Viewport|
If this option is turned on,the current viewport is maximized.
Disconnected from Houdini.
|Listen for Renders|
MPlay is connected to Houdini and will show test renders when you click the render icon in Houdini.
|Listen for Flipbooks|
MPlay is connected to Houdini and will show flipbooks when you click the flipbook icon in Houdini.
Clears previously rendered frames. The next frame rendered from Houdini will be frame 1.
|Halt Current Render|
Stops the active render currently displayed in the viewport. If there are other renders, they are not affected.
|Halt All Render|
Stops all active renders.
Disconnects from Houdini. This MPlay will no longer display renders or flipbooks from Houdini.
Start the animation.
Stop the animation.
|Go to First Frame|
Reset animation to the first frame.
|Go to Previous Existing Frame|
Jump to previous frame.
|Go to Next Existing Frame|
Jump to next frame.
If this option is turned on, MPlay will attempt to play the sequence back as closely to realtime as possible. (It may not do realtime playback on the first pass if disk access is not fast enough to load images in realtime.)
Sets the playbar mode to Loop, Play Once, or Zig-Zag.
|Set Houdini Frame|
Syncs Houdini to the MPlay’s current frame on the playbar.
Exports the altered keyframes back to Houdini, moving the keyframes in time. This is only used for roughing in the motion.
Loads an audio file. Can also be done through the Audio bar.
Removes the currently loaded audio file.
Updates any images which may be out of date since they were loaded.
Removes the currently viewed sequence.
Removes only the current frame. This is useful to get rid of bad test renders.
|Image Pixel Scale|
Allows you to select the pixel scale of the image from a list or percentages.
Turns on the LookUp Table feature of MPlay. LUTs are channel files that do more advanced color correction than simple gamma & brightness correction.
Select a LUT file from disk to apply to the images.
Turns on diffing. This allows you to compare one image to another through a variety of methods, such as differencing, blending, and wiping.
Causes a small inspection window to pop-up where the mouse is which shows you the values of the pixel under the cursor as well as its location in the image.
Removes all cached images.
Load all images into the cache. The cache limit will be increased to hold all the images, unless the limit would be beyond the capability of the system (in which case, pre-caching will stop prematurely).
|Add Frame Comment|
Allows you to add a simple text comment to the currently displayed frame. This comment will be saved with the image if the image format supports comments.
Opens the Preference dialog. The preference dialog contains general MPlay settings.
Opens the Profiles dialog . The profile dialog allows you to customize settings and the interface layout for specific uses of MPlay, like rendering, viewing, and image analysis.
Opens the Display Options window. The display options deal with viewport settings and image display.
Open the Sequence List, which displays all the sequences loaded and allows you to shift, trim, reload, remove, flip or reorder them.
Opens the Textport. MPlay has a smaller HScript command set than Houdini, with some MPlay-specific commands.
Opens this help browser.
MPlay menu bar controls
These controls are on the right side of the menu bar.
The rendering controls will only appear if you opened MPlay from Houdini’s render menu, or if you started it from the command line with the -K option.
Halves the size of the MPlay window down to the minimum window size).
Doubles the size of the MPlay window up to the size of the screen.
Clears previously rendered frames, and starts a new sequence.
Kills the render.
Disconnects from Houdini.
Opens the help browser for MPlay.
MPlay main bar controls
Displays the image view.
Displays the timeline view.
Displays the histogram view.
Allows you to switch between planes.
Zooms in on the image.
Zooms out on the image.
Centers the view to show the whole image.
Resizes image to the size of the viewport.
Shows image information.
Maximized the current viewport.
Applies changes to all views. If this option is turned off, changes will only be applied to the current view.
Links scrolling to all views.
MPlay control bar
Shows all planes.
Shows only the red plane.
Shows only the green plane.
Shows only the blue plane.
Shows only the alpha plane.
|Icon drop-down menu|
Allows you to alternate between the Brightness and Contrast controls and the White & Black Points controls.
Allows you to adjust the brightness value. Click the icon to reset to the default value of 1.
Allows you to adjust the contrast value. Click the icon to reset to the default value of 1.
Allows you to adjust the bright shift value. Click the icon to reset to the default value of 0.
Allows you to adjust the black point value. Click the icon to reset to the default value of 0.
Allows you to adjust the white point value. Click the icon to reset to the default value of 1.
Allows you to adjust the gamma value. Click the icon to reset to the default value of 1.
Clicking this icon will enable the LUT. Clicking on this icon will give you to option to Load LUT or Enable LUT.
Adapts the image to full pixel range.
See Playbar help page.