UpStage v4 english

Backdrop tool

Backdrops are images or animations that can be displayed behind the rest of the media on the stage, providing a visual background, or scenery, for your cyberformance. The image will fill the background area of the stage.

Note that audience members may have different sized browser windows, so they may have space at the sides of the backdrop. You can change the background colour of the stage in the Settings tool, to match it to your backdrops.

Place a backdrop

Click on the Backdrop tool in the left-hand toolbar, and an overlay will appear on the top of the Stage. Thumbnails of all the Backdrops assigned to this Stage are displayed. Click on the one you want and it appears on the Stage. Click on Clear to remove it, this returns the stage to the background colour or select another backdrop to replace one backdrop for another. Note you may have to scroll if you have many backdrops. An icon appears on the lower right if the backdrop has multiple frames.

Change Backdrop opacity

You can change background opacity. Right click on the background thumbnail in the overlay at the top of the stage. The opacity slider appears. Slide it to the left to fade the backdrop out. Slide it to the right to fade it back in again. You can change the opacity of another backdrop and switch between them using the set as backdrop button.

Remove a Backdrop

Click on the Backdrop tool, and the overlay appears on the top of the Stage. Click on another Backdrop thumbnail and it will replace the backdrop previously shown. Click on the "Clear" icon to remove the backdrop from the Stage, as above.

Animated Backdrops

Backdrops can be animated gifs, which will animate continuously as a loop (check), or multiframe backdrops that allow you to select one frame to display, to select through the frames and to animate continuously through the frames. You can select or right click and set as backdrop at the transparency you require just like still backdrops. You do not have the ability to access the animation speed until you have pressed the play arrow. The animation should start at the slowest speed and on the first frame. (NB: This needs to be implemented on the live stage - then i can update the animation)


Behind the Backdrop

If you remove the backdrop from the stage, you will be left with the background. The background will also be visible when you reduce the opacity of a backdrop, or if a browser window is not in full screen view and is wider than the width of the backdrop.

You can change the background colour in the Settings tool.

  1. In the tool option, click Backdrop Colour.
  2. A color picker appears to change the colour.
  3. The new color is applied in real time.

If a backdrop is present, then the colour will apply below.

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