Keyboard shortcuts are useful in controlling mimoLive while a show is running because you don’t need to scroll to a certain layer and select its variant in order to access a certain function.

Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts

You can assign keyboard shortcuts to switch cameras, trigger layers and to perform other operations. Most of the trigger buttons in mimoLive have got a Keyboard Shortcut Recorder right next to it. All keyboard shortcuts you record with this feature gets saved in your mimoLive document.

To assign a certain keyboard shortcut to a button you click on the “Record Shortcut” button. It turns red and shows “Type Shortcut” to indicate that the button is waiting for you to hit the keyboard shortcut combination you want to assign now.

When your keyboard shortcut has been succesfully recorded the recorder shows the appropriate shortcut. With the “x” button you can delete the keyboard shortcut. Clicking on the keyboard shortcut allows you to record a new one.

Keyboard Shortcuts provided by mimoLive

mimoLive brings a lot of predefined keyboard shortcuts with it. There are the standard once that should be defined in every mac application and others that are special for mimoLive.

General Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcut Action
⌘A Select all. Works in input fields. Because mimoLive only supports single selected layers or sources this has no effect on the document itself.
⌘M Minimize the mimoLive document window to the doc.
⌘Z Undo the last operation
⇧⌘Z Redo the last revoked operation
⌘C Copy the current selected item to the paste board. Can be used to copy/paste layers as well.
⌘X Cut the current selection and store it on the paste board.
⌘V Paste the current content of the paste board to the current key focus. May be used to copy/paste layers as well.
⌘S Save the front most document.
⇧⌘S Save the document at a different location and/or with a different name. You will be prompted with the standard file saving dialog to select a location an a new name.
⌘O Open an existing mimoLive document. It will bring up the standard file chooser.
⌘N Create a new mimoLive document.
⌘W Close the front most window. (This may be a different window than the main mimoLive document window. To close the front most mimoLive document window use ⇧⌘W)

Special Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcut Action
⇧⌘A Add a media file to the Source Library.
⌥⌘R Open the Recent Recordings Window
⇧⌘R Open the Render Performance Monitor Window
⌘R Start the Show. (see Start/Stop Show Button)
⌘B Start Full Screen Playout
⌘2 Toggle the visibility of the Source Library

Keyboard Shortcuts For Working With Layers

See Layers, Settings and Variants to learn how to work with layers in mimoLive.

Keyboard Shortcut Action
⌘L Switch on or off the current selected layer. (see Layers, Settings and Variants)
⌘D Duplicate the current selected layer. (see Layers, Settings and Variants)
⌘⌫ Delete the current selected layer. (see Layers, Settings and Variants)
⌘⏎ Collapse the variants of a layer in the layer stack.
⌘↑ Select layer above
⌘↓ Select layer below

Keyboard Shortcuts For Working With Layer Variants

See Layers, Settings and Variants to learn how to work with layer variants in mimoLive.

Keyboard Short Cut Action
⌘⏎ Collapse the variants of a layer in the layer stack. (see Layers, Settings and Variants)
⌘+ Duplicate the current selected layer variant. (see Layers, Settings and Variants)
⌥⌘⌫ Delete the current selected layer variant.
⌘→ Select next layer variant.
⌘← Select previous layer variant.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts for Automation

There are quite a number of hardware devices and software packages that can “simulate” pressing keys to remote control another Application and implement automation. We recommend to use rather complex keyboard shortcut combinations with multiple modifier keys (⌘, ⌥, ⇧, ctrl) plus a key so that those won’t be accidentally hit by a user on the keyboard and they don’t interfere with other functions of the system.

Using AppleScript to control mimoLive

Using AppleScript directly to control mimoLive is currently not supported.
However you have two options to control mimoLive with AppleScript:

  • You can use AppleScript to trigger keyboard shortcuts. You need to record the same keyboard shortcuts in the keyboard shortcut recorder as described above. See the following example of how this works:

  • You can trigger a “curl” terminal command with “do shell script” AppleScript command. See Examples of API usage to learn more.

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