Layout section


CINELERRA-GG supports 11 different themes to suit the preferences of different users (figure 16.4). When you change the theme, CINELERRA-GG automatically saves your session and restarts exactly where you were. The Themes User Interface are described in more detail next. Akirad themes are all available in Cin-GG as designed by the Cinecutie project. They provide alternative User Interface environments allowing you to choose your favorite look. Be aware that when you change your theme, CINELERRA-GG will automatically shutdown and restart for it to take effect. The theme you choose is preserved across sessions.

Theme choices available:

Figure 16.4: Shows the Cakewalk theme (courtesy Olaf) on Preferences window with list of themes
Image theme

How To Change your Theme:

To change a Theme in the main window pulldown, select:

Settings Preferences;

then in Preferences window, click on the Appearance tab. In the Editing section in the lower left hand corner, click on the down arrow next to Theme to see your choices. Click on your desired choice from the list given. Check OK, CINELERRA-GG will automatically shutdown and restart.

To create a personal theme see How to create your own theme.

Plugin Icons

There are currently 4 choices for different plugin icons to include the old original.


The default is sys so that the system language is active. With the pulldown menu we can choose among the other languages present in ... This language will be saved in your Configuration and used each time you start up CinGG. In order to change the environment variable, LANGUAGE, the setting must be sys because that is the best way we could get it working.

Layout Scale

Allows for setting up scaling for your 4K monitors or any monitor where you would like the text and icons to be just a little bigger or a lot bigger. This scale setting is automatically saved across sessions. When first using CINELERRA-GG, or if Layout Scale has never been set, the initial value is 0.0. This means an automatic probe of the biggest monitor in use will be used for the setting. The advantage of this is that "new users" with a 4K monitor will not immediately be discouraged with too small text/icons. Leaving it at 0 instead of 1 is what most people will do and is probably preferable so that if you move to a different monitor with different dimensions/resolution, it will automatically probe. If a user wants to prevent the automatic scaling, Layout Scale should be set to 1.0 to avoid the smaller characters that might result due to the probe of a non-1080p monitor.

For testing or when you are using a different sized monitor and want to ensure the expected size for larger text/fonts before you start the application from a window, you can keyin:
        BC_SCALE=2.0 {your Cinelerra path}/bin/cin
The scaling size would only be in effect for that run of CINELERRA-GG. This is particularly useful in the case where the user makes a mistake in setting the Layout Scale and CINELERRA-GG becomes unusable. Then the environment variable, BC_SCALE, can be used to overcome the bad setting so that you can get back into CINELERRA-GG and fix the scaling parameter. For example, if you accidentally set Layout Scale to 112.6, keyin the following and then when you get back into CINELERRA-GG, fix Layout Scale value in Preferences.
        BC_SCALE=1.0 {your Cinelerra path}/bin/cin

View thumbnail size

You can increase or decrease the thumbnail size – larger size uses more cpu.

Vicon quality

Increase the quality used for thumbnails to get more clarity of pixels – this will use more memory.

Vicon color mode

Modify the color mode to Low, Medium, or High for the thumbnails – High will look the best but takes more memory.

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