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Shortcuts

There is a number of different shortcuts available in LightAct which should speed up your workflow.

General

Shortcut
Description
Ctrl + N
New file
Ctrl + O
Opens file
Ctrl + S
Saves file
Ctrl + Shift + S
Saves file as...
Ctrl + I
Imports asset
Ctrl + Q
Quits program
Ctrl + C
Copy
Ctrl + V
Paste
Ctrl + Z
Undo
Ctrl + Y
Redo
Ctrl + A
Selects All
Esc
Closes undocked hovered window or popup

Viewport

Shortcut
Description
Mouse drag & number keys
Holding one of 1-4 numbers while dragging a viewport object with a texture (for example, a video screen) onto the viewport will automatically select the appropriate resolution.
NumPad 0
Resets the camera
F
Focuses on the selected object
Del
Deletes the selected object
T
Translate gizmo mode
R
Rotate gizmo mode
E
Scale gizmo mode
L
Shows object labels
W
Toggles World/Local coordinate space
Shift + drag
Duplicates object
Shift + L
Locks or unlocks object
Shift + F
Looks at source object of projector

Assets

Shortcut
Description
Drag to empty space on track
Creates layer on the track
Shift + Drag to empty space on track
Creates layer on the track and shifts all affected layers on the track to the right
Ctrl + Shift + Drag to empty space on track
Creates layer on the track and shifts all affected layers on the sequence to the right
Drag to existing layer on track
Replaces the layer we dragged to with a new layer
Shift + Drag to existing layer on track
Replaces the layer we dragged to with a new layer and adjusts the position of all layers on the right side of the track
Ctrl + Shift + Drag to existing layer on track
Replaces the layer we dragged to with a new layer and adjusts the position of all layers on the right side of the sequence

Timelines

Shortcut
Description
Shift + click Play button
Plays current and stops all other Timelines
Shift + click Pause button
Pauses current and stops all other Timelines
Shift + click Stop button
Stops all Timelines
Double click on timeline
Creates a sequence
Shift + mousewheel scroll
Scrolls Sequences section horizontally

Sequence

Shortcut
Description
Double click on a sequence
Creates a blank layer
L + left click
Creates a blank layer
M + left click
Creates a marker
Ctrl + .
Jumps to next marker
Ctrl + ,
Jumps to previous marker
Shift + mousewheel scroll
Scrolls horizontally
Ctrl + mousewheel scroll
Moves playhead for 1 frame
Ctrl + Shift + mousewheel scroll
Moves playhead for 1 second

Layers

Shortcut
Description
Del
Deletes selected layer
Shift + Del
Deletes selected layer and shifts track content to fill the gap
Shift + Ctrl + Del
Deletes selected layer and shifts sequence content to fill the gap

Inserting layer templates with shortcuts

Every layer template, which you can edit in Template Editor window, can have a shortcut key assigned. LightAct comes with a number of predefined layer templates all of which have a shortcut key assigned. These are as described below, but please note that you might have changed some of them:
Shortcut
Description
V + left click
Creates a video layer
I + left click
Creates an image layer
N + left click
Creates a Notch layer
D + left click
Creates an NDI or Spout layer
C + left click
Creates a color grid layer
S + left click
Creates a solid color layer

Creating variables in Layouts

You can create layer or global variables by clicking on the plus icon in a particular group and selecting the type of variable you want to create. However, you can also hold one of the shortcuts below while clicking the plus icon and the variable of the corresponding type will be automatically created.
Shortcut
Description
F
Creates a float variable
I
Creates an integer variable
B
Creates a boolean variable
S
Creates a string (text) variable
c
Creates a color variable
t
Creates a texture variable
2
Creates a vec2 variable
3
Creates an vec3 variable
r
Creates a resolution variable
1
Creates a canvas variable
o
Creates an object variable
d
Creates a device variable

Nodes

Shortcut
Description
Ctrl + X
Cuts node
Q
Straightens connections between selected nodes
↑, →, ↓, ←
Moves selected node 1 step toward the chosen direction Moves the selected point 1 step toward the chosen direction in the Setup Window of a node such as Texture Mask node and other similar ones.
Ctrl +↑,
Ctrl + →,
Ctrl +↓,
Ctrl + ←
Moves the selected point 10 steps toward the chosen direction in the Setup Window of a node such as Texture Mask node and other similar ones.
Ctrl + Shift +↑,
Ctrl + Shift + →,
Ctrl + Shift + ↓,
Ctrl + Shift + ←
Moves the selected point 100 steps toward the chosen direction in the Setup Window of a node such as Texture Mask node and other similar ones.
Shift +↑, Shift + →, Shift + ↓, Shift + ←
Selects the neighboring point in the Setup Window of a node such as Texture Mask node and other similar ones.

Curve Editor

Shortcut
Description
Double click
Adds point
Del
Removes selected point

Video Output

Shortcut
Description
Ctrl + T
Toggles Always on top flag of an Output window (it needs to have focus for this to work).
Alt + Ctrl + Shift + Q
Closes Output window (it needs to have focus for this to work)