Tutorial Playlists with Supertitles

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Supertitles are an important feature for theatres and operas, e.g. to display text translations to the audience. Another appliance is to display song lyrics, for example a chorus.


Supertitle Specifics

Literally thousands of supertitles can apply to a single playlist, making it inefficient to store each playlist-controlled Supertitle in its own preload location.

For efficiency, MXWENDLER creates one internal preload for all the playlist supertitles in one individual show. As a technological consequence, supertitles have some characteristics:

Playlist-triggered supertitles have no own effects and translations as with e.g. scaling, rotation
The size, font and color of such supertitles can only be set once in the media settings.


  1. Open Settings → Media → Supertitles
  2. Specify supertitle font, size, color etc.
  3. To apply the settings, restart the Playlist.
  4. Changing the background color reqires an application restart.

Preload-triggered supertitles can have own effects and translations


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Creating Supertitles in the Playlist manually

Simply select a playlist item, insert a preload element and choose ‘text’

  1. Right-click on Playlist cell (a)
  2. Choose ‘Preload’
  3. Select cell
  4. In the cell properties Text or Media, select ‘text’ in the media / text type choice (b)
  5. Double–click the text preview box below type choice (c)
  6. Enter a text


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This will be displayed as a Supertitle in this playlist cue.

→ Size, font and color of the Supertitles can be specified in the media settings (a)

→ These settings will apply to all Supertitles

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Creating Supertitles using a wizard

Because an opera may have hundreds of text lines, it is sometimes easier to create a text file first and then insert it into the playlist using a wizard. The text file is simple to create, but it should follow specific rules.

  1. Each line in the text file will create one text slide
  2. If the text file line contains a semicolon, it will insert a new line in the text slide

Example text file:

This will be the first slide
This will be the second slide
This will be the third slide; This will be the second line of the third slide.


Once you have created such a text file, you can import it using the Playlist Wizard.

  1. Open Playlist → Wizard ...
  2. Set ‘Wizard Type’ from ‘Preload ...’ to ‘Text ...’ (a)
  3. Drag the created text file to the text area (and / or edit it in text field) (b)
  4. Complete the playlist settings (column, fade times etc.) and click ‘Create’

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