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Getting Started

You're probably itching to see this thing actually do something, so here's a quick run-through to get you to a point where you can experiment a bit:

Create a Performance

Open the File menu and choose New. You'll see the notes list on the bottom fill up with letters, and you'll notice that all the buttons are now enabled. You just created an empty performance with the default settings. Your performance will run at 640x480 in 32 bit color, at 60 frames per second by default.

Create a Patch

Click on the "Create New" button in the "Patch Bank" panel. Choose a number for the patch (1 works, because it's your first patch). You've now created an empty keyboard layout (a patch) to store note assignments in. You can have up to 128 patches in a single performance, and each MIDI channel can have a different patch assigned to it.

Assign a Note

Before doing this part, if you have a MIDI keyboard, make sure it's plugged in, and sending data on MIDI channel 1. If it isn't, you'll need to either change the keyboard, or change the MIDI settings in the Performance Options. If you don't have a MIDI keyboard or device set up, make sure the "Use Keyboard" button is pressed.

Click on the "Assign" button in the "Notes" panel. MidiVid will prompt you to choose the note you want to assign. If you have a MIDI keyboard plugged in, hit a note on the keyboard and MidiVid will assign the plugin you choose to that note. If you're using the computer keyboard (if you enabled the "Use Keyboard" button) hit a key on your computer keyboard, and that key will be the one the plugin gets assigned to.


Choose a Plugin

You'll be presented with a box like the one above. You can choose any plugin you want, but the Display Source plugin is the most basic plugin in MidiVid. It simply displays the content of a Source, or video stream.

Configure the Plugin

The plugin you choose will display a configuration panel, and if it requires a file or video source you'll be asked to choose that first. Pick the video source you'd like to display, then select the options you want for the plugin and press OK.

Preview Your Selection

Press the key on the MIDI device or computer keyboard that you chose to assign the plugin to and you should see your plugin in action. If the plugin has parameters that can be tweaked you'll see them appear on the knob shelf. These parameters can be adjusted in real-time while the plugin is running.

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Copyright (c) 2005 Jason Dorie and VUTAG
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