What is a Scene?

Scenes allow you to quickly switch between presets—including overlays, source modes, and more—during a live stream.

A scene may encompass the following Ecamm Live settings:

  • Selected source mode. (Camera, Screen Share, or Video File)
  • Selected cameras.
  • Screen sharing settings, including zoom.
  • Selected video in Video File mode.
  • Video File mode’s Loop Video File setting.
  • Picture-in-picture visibility, size, shape and position.
  • Current overlays
  • The audio mute settings in the Sound Levels window.
  • All green screen settings except Fade Level. (Fade Level is specific to the selected video source.)

Suppose you are running an interview show. You may want to have one Scene where it is you and your guest, both displayed with names below your video. Then you can create a Scene for just your guest’s video and their name, and another for just your video and your name. Then you can quickly switch between all three views during the interview. We recommend taking a little time to plan out your overlays and then orchestrate them using Scenes. It can help your broadcasts go smoothly.

Creating Scenes

Overlays are always auto-saved as you create and edit them. If you want to create an overlay within a particular Scene, create that Scene first, or it will appear in your previous or default Scene.

  1. There are two ways to create a Scene from scratch:
    a) Scene Menu ➝ New Empty Scene.
    b) Scenes Window ➝ + button.
  2. You may name your Scene within the Scenes Window. Double-click the title in the Scenes Window to rename it.
  3. With your new Scene selected, apply all the overlays and settings you wish to have set within the Scene. If you have an existing overlay in a different Scene, you can drag and drop it from the Overlays window to a Scene in the Scenes Window. This will copy the Overlay to the Scene.

Switching Scenes

There are 5 ways you can select a Scene to display:

  1. Select one in the Scenes pull-down button in the Main Window.
  2. Select one in the Scenes menu at the top of the screen.
  3. Click the Scene’s icon in the Scenes Windows.
  4. Keyboard shortcut for Scenes 1–9 (⌘+digit).
  5. Keyboard shortcut for next or previous Scenes⌘ → Next (higher number, lower in Scenes Window)⌘ ← Previous (lower numbers, higher in Scenes Window).

Modifying Scenes

  1. Select your Scene in either the Scene pull-down button or the Scenes Window
  2. Modify your theme with overlays, set a camera, video, or screen share mode, etc.. The Scene is automatically saved while you edit it.

Overlays That Appear in Every Scene

If you want an overlay to appear in every Scene, for example, a logo to appear in the corner of your video, select the the overlay in the Overlays Window, and drag it to the top of the window under the heading SHOW IN ALL SCENES.

Pro Tip: It’s useful to give each Scene a clear, distinct name. While you’re live in front of an audience, you don’t want to spend time wondering which Scene is which. In the Scenes Window, double-click the name of the Scene you want to rename. If your stream is scripted, consider putting your Scenes in chronological order before going live. Then you can use the arrow commands ⌘ → and ⌘ ← to quickly jump to the next Scene. For even more organization, see Arranging and Grouping Scenes below.

Duplicating Scenes

To make different Scenes that share common components, it’s easier to create a new Scene based on an existing Scene. To duplicate a Scene:

  1. Activate the Scene you want to duplicate.
  2. Scene ➝ Duplicate Current Scene… or click the  button in the Scenes Window.
  3. (optional) Assign a unique name to the new Scene.
  4. (optional) Modify the Scene as needed.

Arranging and Grouping Scenes

Could your Scenes list use some organization? Simply drag Scenes around to re-order them. Also, try grouping them.

  1. In the Scenes Window, press the Folder icon.
  2. Drag to place the folder within the list.
  3. Drag Scenes to the folder.
  4. Repeat as desired.

Locking Scenes

To prevent a Scene from being edited or deleted by mistake, you can lock it by clicking the lock icon next to the Scene title.

Deleting Scenes

With the Scene selected in the Scenes Window,

  • Press delete. Or click the trash can icon.

Trash a Scene by mistake? Don’t panic. Edit ➝ Undo. Or ⌘ Z.

Saving, Exporting, and Importing Scenes

When you create or modify a Scene, it is auto-saved. If you quit Ecamm Live, and later reopen, all Scenes and settings will be just as you left them. Ecamm Live can, however, import and export Scenes. This allows you to backup your work in a file or share your Scenes to another computer, You may also wish to keep around different sets of Scenes if you have multiple broadcasts with different setups. Ecamm Live Scene files have a .ecammlive file extension.

Exporting a Scene

There are two methods to export a file that contains all the settings of a Scene.

  1. Drag and drop — select one or more Scenes in the Scenes Window, and drag them to the Desktop. To select more than one at once, hold the shift key while clicking each Scene. Each selected Scene will appear as a separate file on your Desktop, named the same as the Scene it represents.
  2. Share button — select one or more Scenes in the Scenes Window, then click the  button at the bottom of the Scenes Window. A Save sheet will appear so you can name your file and select where to save it. Note that this option can save multiple Scenes in a single file.

Importing a Scene from a File

Double-clicking any Ecamm Live Scene file will launch the app (if necessary) and immediately add the Scenes to your Scenes Window. Dragging a Scene file to the app’s icon will do the same. If the app is already open, you can drag an Ecamm Live Scene file into the Main Window or Scenes Window.

What Is and Is Not in a Scene File

If you have scene that contains Image Overlays (for example, a .PNG file that is your logo), that image file is embedded within the Scene File. The exception is video files. If a video file is referenced in a Scene, the video file itself is not contained within the Scene File. If your Scene features a video, you’ll want to send the video file to the destination Mac separate from the Scene File. Next, when you import the Scene File, and select the Scene that features a video, a dialog box will announce, “Unable To Play This Movie." If Ecamm Live still can’t locate the video file, it will prompt you to locate it.

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