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Routing Layers to Slices

Layer to slice routing is a very powerful tool. It allows you to create complex setups very easily. It also has significant drawbacks, so use it with caution.

Every individual layer of a Resolume composition is also available as an input for slices.

By default, slices take the complete Resolume composition as input. You can assign which input is used for a slice on the Input Source dropdown on the right hand side of the Input Selection stage.

Tip! Also the Preview output can be used as input for a slice.

After you have selected a layer as a direct input, you can warp and transform this layer directly, completely separate from the composition.

You can choose to bypass both the the layer's opacity and its Solo and Bypass toggles. This is useful if you want to see the layer only in this slice. Simply toggle off the Input Bypass/Solo switch, and then bypass the layer in the composition. The layer will no longer render in the comp, but it will stay visible in your slice.

Tip! If you want to display different content on 6 HD displays, you can use layer to slice routing to keep your composition size down. You can keep your comp size at 1920×1080, and play each layer in its own slice. This way you don't have to render a huge video containing your 6 videos in one. This is very efficient and doesn't place too much stress on your computer and graphic card.

"When you have a hammer, not everything is a nail."

Keep in mind that by routing a layer to a slice, you actively decide to bypass the composition completely. When a layer is routed to a slice, all layer and clip effects will still be applied, but blend modes and composition effects will not! The slice will simply render all content with straight alpha on top of the other slices.

Layer to slice routing can let you make setups very quickly, but you can also very quickly paint yourself into a corner. It's best used to display layers of content on separate screens, when you are sure you never want to mix them. Don't use it as a quick way to position content. If that's what you want to do, use the position and scale properties on the layer instead. We actually have a whole chapter of this manual dedicated to explaining how this works!

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