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Timeline/thisTimeline stop and locate messages

Aug 11 2006 | 4:57 pm


I’m having problems controlling timeline playback through "stop" and "locate" messages if they are sent from within the timeline itself to a ThisTimeline object in the action patch.

I have found a thread from 2002 (message #14416, copied below) describing essentially the same problem, but couldn’t find what the solution to the problem was.

In a nutshell, my timelines work great, except that they do not respond to locate or stop messages if they are sent to it from within the timeline itself. Timeline does not stop when it receives a stop message from the action patcher (although it does stop if I click on the the message "stop" in the action patch).

I have tried modifying tutorial 41 to no avail. I’m guessing that I am missing something really obvious, but have not been able to get it to work. If someone has a patch that does this sort of thing I’d love to see it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

G4 Pbook 1.33Ghz
OS 10.4.7
Max/MSP 4.5.1

Re: thisTimeline problem [message #14416 is a reply to message #14400 ] Tue, 10 December 2002 05:26
thomas gardner
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Does work:
1) open a timeline action patcher and put a message box in it that says
"search "and connect it to a thisTimelineobject. Mouse
click on the message and it works fine.
2) event within a timeline tells thisTimeline to search will work if you put
a "delay 1" between the tiCmd and the message box.

Does not work:
1) event within a timeline tells thisTimeline to "search". The search always
repositions the timeline back to zero, and this does not happen until a
certain amount of time has passed after the event trigger (the delay seems
to be about equivalent to the time between 0 and the marker position).
"Locate" does not locate, nor does "stop" stop. (of the commands ive tried)
However, all these work if a delay is put between tiCmd and the event.

Timeline is going to be really useful to me, I know it in my bones. It will
provide a very nice balance between performer control and preplanned

But I wonder how many people use timeline and whether it is a ‘to be
continued’ part of Max. I can see that it is an extra above and beyond the
core elements and that there is a limit to the amount of features that can
be part of it.

(Other questions – Can you delete a track? Pressing space whilst typing text
into a marker starts the timeline playing. Is there more documentation about
timeline other than the manual?)

Thanks again for any help

> From: David Zicarelli
> Reply-To:
> Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002 12:35:22 -0800
> To:
> Subject: Re: [max-msp] thisTimeline problem
> Just to clarify, are you saying is that an event within a timeline
> tells thisTimeline to search will go to the wrong place, but if you
> open a timeline action patcher and put a message box in it that says
> "search "and connect it to a thisTimeline object it
> works fine?
> David Z.
> On Monday, December 9, 2002, at 04:51 AM, thomas gardner wrote:
>> Ive been trying to get thisTimeline to respond to the ‘search’ or
>> ‘locate’
>> command.
>> When triggered from an event in the timeline itself it does not respond
>> correctly (jumps later and to the wrong place). An example is in the
>> tutorial, where it does not seem to work (tutorial 41).
>> This is in contrast to what happens when you just send the message (say
>> ‘search start’) to thisTimeline by clicking on it, in which case
>> everything
>> happens as expected.
>> Am I missing something or is this a bug?
>> Thanks for any help
>> Thomas Gardner

Aug 11 2006 | 8:01 pm

have you checked the release notes for Max since 4.5.1? maybe it’s a known issue that’s been fixed since then…

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