A new layer can be inserted in a Timeline track in one of two different forms:

  • as a blank layer,

  • as an instance from a Layer Template.

Blank Layers

You can create a Blank layer in several ways:

  • by double-clicking on the Timeline track,

  • by shortcut, pressing L and left-clicking, or

  • by right-clicking on the Timeline track and choosing it from a popup menu.

Layers from Templates

In LightAct, there are two types of Layer Templates:

  1. Stock Layer templates, which are provided with the software upon download, and

  2. User Layer Templates, which you can create on your own, as per the instructions.

There are three ways to insert any Layer Template into a Sequence track:

  • by right-clicking on a Timeline track and choosing it from the menu,

  • by using its dedicated shortcut and left-clicking on a Timeline track, or

  • by dragging from an Asset icon onto a Timeline track.

Insert Layer from Menu

To insert a layer using the menu, right-click somewhere on a Timeline track. Hover on one of the Layer Template entries, such as Basic content, and choose one of the Layer Templates from the popup menu.

After clicking on one of the Templates, a Layer will be inserted on the Timeline track.

Insert Layer with Shortcut

To insert a layer using a shortcut, press the shortcut of your desired Layer Template, and then left-click somewhere on a Timeline track.

Good to know: These shortcuts can be found in the right-click menu of the Timeline tracks, on the right of the name of each Layer Template.

For example, if you would like to insert a Color grid Template, you could press the C key and left-click on a Timeline track.

Insert Layer by dragging from Asset

Another way to insert a Layer Template on the Timeline is by dragging from an Asset's icon into a Timeline track.

Upon releasing the drag, a menu with all available Templates for that specific asset will appear.

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