MySkit - Chapter 3 - Workbook Files

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Table of Contents:
    1.0 Introduction
    2.0 Install MySkit
    3.0 Workbook Files
         3.1 Creating New Performances
         3.2 Navigating the Editor Windows
         3.3 Reuse Existing Files in a Performance
         3.4 Add Elements to a Performance
         3.5 Remove Elements from a Performance
    4.0 Motion Editing
    5.0 Wave Sound Editing
    6.0 The Reference Library
    7.0 The PLEO Window
    8.0 Upload Actions to PLEO
    9.0 Specify Preferences

3.0 Workbook Files

PLEO performances or skits are composed of two elements: Body motions and Sound.   MySkit stores these in a PLEO workbook keeping them together.   Workbooks make copying & sharing your skits easier.

A given element of a workbook (motion or sound) can be reused by many different skits (there is no limit), but each skit requires a separate workbook.

3.1 Creating New Performances

Create a new performance by clicking "New" on the toolbar.

  1. Click the toolbar "New" button.    A new set of PLEO editors appears.
  2. Edit the elements.   Use the motion and sound editors.
  3. Save action file.   Click Save in the toolbar.

To remove unwanted elements (motion or sound) from a new skit, simply close the editor window.   On new actions, this removes the element from the action.   Usually closing an editor just hides elements, and you must remove them explicitly.

To reuse elements from another performance, see:
  "Reuse Existing Files in a Performance".

3.2 Navigating the Editor Windows

MySkit Toolbar Element ButtonsMySkit can open two editors at once for a performance:  Motion and Sound.   You can maximize an editor to fill the workspace, arrange the editors from the Window menu, or size them manually.

To bring an editor forward, click on the Motion/Sound toolbar buttons.  The small checkmark shows the performance contains that element type.   No checkmark means the performance doesn't contain that element type.

Clicking the toolbar buttons twice (or more) toggles that editor between normal and maximized views (see below):

MySkit Normal Editors
MySkit Maximized Editor
Normal View Maximized View

3.3 Reuse Existing Files in a Performance

You can share elements (such as a motion file) across two or more performances.

After creating a new skit, select "Replace" from the Motion, or Sound menu (whichever needs replacing).   Pick the file you want, and you are done!

There are no restrictions on how many performances can reuse a single element.  Doing so can save lots of space on PLEO's flash card, and is common with sound files.
Motion Menu Replace

3.4 Add Elements to a Performance

If a performance is missing an element, you can add it easily.  Just click the associated toolbar button (Motion or Sound).   Note: If the performance already has a sound element, clicking the toolbar brings it to the foreground 

To replace an element, see "Reuse Existing Files in a Performance ".

The dialog shown to the right appears when adding a sound file.   MySkit prompts to either create a new Wave file, or add an existing sound file  from disk.
New Sound Element

3.5 Remove Elements from a Performance
If you decide a performance doesn't need an element (say a sound file), you can remove it from the performance.  Select "Delete" from the appropriate Motion, or Sound menu.

The motion/sound element file is NOT deleted from disk.  MySkit simply doesn't include it with the current performance anymore.   If you change your mind, you can add it back later -- no harm done.  

Note:  If you delete all elements, MySkit closes the performance.

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