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Option to Group Nodes

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loopdaflar
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Option to Group Nodes

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Could nodes be grouped in a scene?
i.e. Several nodes could be collected into a group node to simplify and organize the workflow
Sadler
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Re: Option to Group Nodes

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Embrace the concept of sub-scenes. Combined with globals and organised with folders they are effective at simplifying and organising workflow.
loopdaflar
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Re: Option to Group Nodes

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Thanks for the reply! Do you have examples of how to use Global settings? Thanks for your input.
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Re: Option to Group Nodes

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Globals are fantastic and have a number of important uses.
  • Primarily they are used to synchronise the same value across multiple nodes.
  • They are also excellent for documenting important numbers (e.g. iterations, BPM, counts, timers etc) and,
  • Using them in the very powerful expressions as variables.
  • You can use globals to amalgamate differing reactivity into a single value for making more complex reactions to music.
  • There are many more specific examples of using globals but one final important one for now is that you can (effectively) expose parameter controls through globals: assign a global to a parameter in, say a sub-scene, then you can control that from the globals panel whether that node is visible or not.
There's a section in the manual: https://magicmusicvisuals.com/downloads ... Parameters

There have been a few requests submitted regarding Globals including folders (for management) and scene specific Globals (or locals) and perhaps others I've forgotten.
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