Create Your Own Marching Shows

How to Use the Show Editor


Contents

Note for Mac Users

You might need to use the tilde "~" key in place of Ctrl.

Overview
Deleting Marchers

Control Pacing
Menu Commands

Shortcut Keys
Follow the Leader
Ripples


Overview

See the Videos page for step-by-step tutorial.

Deleting Marchers

  • Press the Delete key or "D" to remove the selected marchers from the show.
  • Press Ctrl-Delete or Ctrl-D to bring them back, in their previous spot.

  • Pacing

    The speed of each set depends on how far the marchers have to move. The farther the paths, the longer it will take.

    Slow. Slow down the set slightly. Use this to smooth out the overall flow of your transitions, by making them more consistent.

    Halt. Create a brief pause, to help give certain sets more impact or create more separation between different sections of the show.


    Menu Commands

    Reset Set. The current set will revert to the same form as the preceding set.

    Delete Set. Remove an entire set from the show.

    Uniform Color. Change the color of the marcher uniforms. Keep clicking until you see the color you want.

    Flag Color. Change the color of the flags. Keep clicking until you see the color you want.

    Start new Show. Discard the current show and begin a new one.

    Publish Show. Send the show to the judging queue. You will be redirected to the show page, and it will be added to your player profile.

    Preview Show. See what the show will look like in the final 3D view.

    Save Show. Save a working copy of the show. You can only work on one show at a time. When you return to the "Create Show" tab, the saved show will be restored.


    Shortcut Keys - Basic

    If Ctrl key doesn't work, try the Tilde key "~" instead.

    Yardline Snap Y Turn the yardline snap grid on/off.
    Line I For more control, put the selected marchers in a rough line first.
    Hold Ctrl to prevent automatic snap.
    Block B For more control, put the selected marchers in a rough block first.
    Hold Ctrl to create a perfect square.
    Circle O Make a circle, aligned to the 12 o'clock position. For more control over the paths, put the selected marchers in a rough circle first.
    Hold Ctrl to make it NOT align to 12 o'clock position.
    Rotate [ and ] Hold down Ctrl for finer control.
    Optional: Hold down the mouse button over a marcher to use them as the pivot point.
    Scale - and + Hold down Ctrl for finer control.
    Optional: Hold down the mouse button over a marcher to use them as the focus point.
    Undo Ctrl-Z Undo the previous action.
    Redo Ctrl-Y Redo actions that were undone with Ctrl-Z.

    Intermediate

    Animation A Change the animation of the selected marchers.
    e.g. flag position, horn position, drums playing/not playing, bass direction
    Delete Marchers Delete or D Remove the selected marchers completely from the show.
    Ctrl-delete to restore all deleted marchers to their original spots.
    Arc ( and ) Keep pressing the key to change the depth of the arc.
    Hold Ctrl for finer control.
    For clean transitions, put the selected marchers in a rough arc first.
    Equipment E Change the horn type of the selected members.
    Reset Marchers Backspace Move the selected marchers to the position of their previous set.
    Hold Ctrl to copy the position from the next set instead.
    Recover Lost Marchers Ctrl-R Bring back any marchers who have been dragged outside the viewing area.
    Magic Wand Select ! Hold down the "!" key and wave the mouse over marchers to select them. Great for curves.
    You can quickly de-select marchers in Magic Wand mode by clicking on them.
    Toggle Guide Line # Display a horizontal guide line where your mouse arrow is positioned.
    If hovering over a marcher, the line will appear at their feet.
    Hold Ctrl to create a vertical line.

    Arrow Keys

    Nudge Move selected marchers 1 pixel in the direction of the arrow.
    One Step Ctrl Move them 9 pixels, equivalent to one step at 8-to-5.
    Scale Horizontal Shift   ← → Scale the selected form along the X axis only.
    Scale Vertical Shift    ↑ ↓ Scale the selected form along the Y axis only.

    Advanced

    Find Longest Path L Find and auto-select the marcher with the longest path to the current set. Shorten this marcher's path to make the set go faster.
    Ghost Marchers G Lock the position of the selected marchers and fade them out.
    This is especially useful for position marchers behind props.
    Hold Ctrl to ghost everyone who is NOT selected.
    Trade Sets T Have two marchers trade sets with each other. This will affect all of their sets until the end of the show, starting with the current set. This is helpful for removing collisions, where marchers cross paths in between sets.
    Split Select % Select every other marcher for a peeling-apart effect.
    Marchers must be selected in the proper order, using Ctrl-Click.
    Disable Auto-Save Shift-S Turn off auto-save. NOT RECOMMENDED.
    Clean Curve & Even out the intervals of a curved form. This will NOT even out the form itself.
    Marchers must be selected in the proper order, using Ctrl-Click.
    Re-Select R Hold down "R" and click on a marcher to bring back the selection that they were last part of.
    Follow the Leader F See Below or watch this tutorial video.

    Copy & Paste

    Copy Dots Ctrl-C Select the marchers in order (using Ctrl-Click) then hit Ctrl-C to copy their dots, which you can Paste onto other marchers.
    Paste Dots Ctrl-V Once you have copied dots, you can select a different set of marchers (in order) and press Ctrl-V to give them the same form.
    Note: You can also apply them to different sets!
    Paste Dots (Mirror) Shift-V Just like Ctrl-V, but the form will be a mirror image. Good for symmetrical forms.

    Convenience

    Save Show Ctrl-S Save the current show.
    Play/Stop Show Space Bar The same as pressing the Play or Stop button.
    Select All Ctrl-A Select all marchers on the field.
    Toggle Dots : Turn the green dots that mark the previous set ON/OFF.
    Next Set Page Up Advance to the next set.
    Use Ctrl-Page Up to go directly to the final set of the show.
    Prev Set Page Down Go to the previous set.
    Use Ctrl-Page Down to go directly to the first set of the show (Set 0).

    Premium (for subscribers only)

    Equipment (Flag) E Change the flag type of the selected color guard members.
    Change Caption C Change the caption of the selected marchers.
    Maximum of 36 guard. This does not yet apply to bass drums.
    Add Ripple @ Select the marchers in order of the ripple, on the set where you want the ripple to begin, and press "@" (same as the 2 key).

    You are limited to 3 Sets per show that can have ripples. Ripples can overlap, and you can have any number of ripples per set.

    Use Ctrl-@ to clear all ripples in the current set.
    Use Shift-@ to see which sets have ripples.

    Important: The set after the ripple must...
  • Be a standard Pose.
  • Have the same equipment.
  • Be stationary if rippling into a kneel.
  • Reset Props P Set the prop position for ALL sets based on the current set. This is for when you accidentally move props around and using Ctrl-Z or Backspace (Reset) isn't convenient enough.

    Shortcut Keys - View Mode

    These can be used when watching shows from other players. (Not in Judge mode.)

    Next Set Page Up Advance to the next set.
    Use Ctrl-Page Up to go directly to the final set of the show.
    Prev Set Page Down Go to the previous set.
    Use Ctrl-Page Down to go directly to the first set of the show (Set 0).
    Play/Stop Show Space Bar The same as pressing the Play or Stop button. Hit Ctrl-Space to watch it in slow motion.

    Shortcut Keys - Syncing

    For advanced members, who sync their shows to music via video capture software (not included).
    See VinnyE's video on the Video Tutorials page to learn the basic technique.

    Mr. Metronome Ctrl-M Add a special marcher to the field to control pacing.
    The further he moves, the slower the set will go.
    He will NOT appear in the show, and speed will only be affected in Preview mode.
    This means you should record in Preview (3D) mode, not Edit mode.
    Record Mode Ctrl-R Remove title bar in Preview mode.
    This lets you record the show without having to include the MML title bar. Use the Play button on the bottom to start the show.

    Mouse Scroll Wheel

    You can use the mouse scroll wheel as a replacement for some shortcut keys.

    Rotate Scroll Rotate marchers.
    Scale Shift-Scroll Scale marchers.
    Arc Ctrl-Scroll Arc marchers.   Note: In Safari & Chrome, you need to use ~ instead of Ctrl.
    Guard Animation (Premium) A + Scroll First press A, then use the scroll wheel to cycle through the animations.

    Follow the Leader ("F" shortcut)

    Important: You must use multiple sets for this!

    1.  Select the marcher that will be the Leader.
    2.  Use Ctrl-Click to select each follower, one at a time, in the desired order.
    3.  Press "F" once. All of the marchers will move one spot forward in the "train".
    4.  Add a new set.
    5.  Repeat steps 1-4 until it's finished.


    Note: The Leader, highlighted in orange, can be moved without affecting the other selected marchers. This way you can change his direction during the next set.

    If you're still confused, watch this tutorial video.


    Ripples (Premium)

    Step 1 - Create your Ripple & After Sets

    Use the "A" key to change the animation for two sets:

    1. Ripple Set: The animation or pose that you want to ripple.
    2. After Set: The pose that you will ripple into. (Note: this MUST be a pose)

    In the example below, I am doing a Toss (Set 1) into a Pose (Set 2).


    Step 2 - Add the ripple

    1. Go to your Ripple set (Set 1 in this example)
    2. Select each marcher using Ctrl-Click in the order you want them to ripple.
    3. Hit the Ripple (@) key.