Mega Tree

Video Tutorial

Adding a Mega Tree

There are two different ways to add a mega-tree to the preview display. You can either auto-assign elements to the mega tree when it is drawn, or you can draw the object and define the linked elements later. Both methods have their benefits.

If you have already taken the time to define your element groupings, then you can save a lot of time vs linking the tree manually to elements.

Sometimes, it is nice to just start “drawing” on the screen to test your ideas and plan the props you may want to add to your display. In this case, you might just want to play around with placement of objects that you may or may not have created in your element tree. Vixen allows you do place items on the preview without pre-linking them to elements.

Method 1 – Auto-Linking Elements

  • Click on the main element group for your mega-tree.
  • Click on the Mega Tree icon on the toolbar.
  • Left-click and hold the mouse button at the top left corner where you want to position the mega tree and, while holding the mouse button, drag to the bottom right to size the tree.

Notes on Auto Linking

  • A mega tree without pixels must have 4 or more strings. Each of the child strings in your mega tree must not be a group.
  • A pixel mega tree must have a main group with more than 4 sub-groups. Each string in the mega tree (sub-groups) must define more than 4 pixels each and all strings must have the same number of pixels.

Method 2 – Manually Linked Elements

  • Click on the main element group for your mega-tree.
  • Click on the Mega Tree icon on the toolbar.
  • Left-click and hold the mouse button at the top left corner where you want to position the mega tree and, while holding the mouse button, drag to the bottom right to size the tree.

Settings

After the tree is drawn, there are many options that can be set to adjust the look of the tree on the preview.

Element Links

Click on the Setup button to link elements to the strings in the Mega Tree. Elements are linked to the mega tree in the Element Links Screen.

String Type

See the common settings section for more information.

Light Size

See the common settings section for more information.

String Count

The string count is the total number of visible strings you have in your mega tree. If you’ve got a 180 degree mega tree and you want 10 strings, set the string count to 10.

Lights per String

Enter the number of lights in each string. This is the same for all strings in the tree.

Top Height

A mega tree is made up of a top ellipse and a bottom ellipse connected by light strings. This is the height of the top ellipse.

Top Width

A mega tree is made up of a top ellipse and a bottom ellipse connected by light strings. This is the width of the top ellipse. It can be as small as 1 or as large as you want. It can even be larger than the base if that’s the way you want it.

Base Height

A mega tree is made up of a top ellipse and a bottom ellipse connected by light strings. This is the height of the bottom ellipse. The width of the ellipse is defined by re-sizing the tree on the preview screen.