Creating New Compositions

How to

  1. There are several ways to create a new test composition. All of these methods are enabled in the Composition Editor.
    • In the Central list, select Test Compositions and then click the New button.
    Note: If another node is selected in the Central list, you can click the drop-down and then select New Composition without leaving your current page. The Composition Editor will open in a new tab with an untitled draft composition.

    • With a test clip open in the Clip Editor, choose the Open in Test Composition drop-down to place the clip into Track 1 of a new, draft Untitled Composition.
    When you do so, CloudTest switches automatically to a new Composition Editor tab. The composition is not loaded and play doesn't commence automatically. Note: If you're using this method, you can skip Step 3 below as the new and untitled test composition will already be open. In Step 3, you can add additional test clips. If your test will contain only the test clip open in the Clip Editor then proceed to Step 4.

    In either case, the Composition Editor appears and creates an Untitled Test Composition. The new test composition is created with a default sequenced band and an initial track (Track 1). TIP: The Band serves as a means of organizing how items in a track or multiple tracks play and span more than one track (if more than one track exists). There are two types of Bands: sequenced and timed. To change the default sequenced band to a timed band in an empty composition, select and then right-click the Band heading and choose Change timing type from the menu. The band type can only be changed prior to adding a Test Clip to the Test Composition.
  2. Click the Composition Builder tab.
  3. In the Name list, select the first test clip you want to add to the Test Composition and drag the selection to Track 1.
  4. Select the Test Clip in Track 1. Selected Test Clips are highlighted in green. If you are using an Evenly Timed band (such as the one on the right), select the Test Clip and then place the mouse over the right border until the double-bar resize icon appears and then drag the test clip's border to expand or contract it (use the scroll bar at the bottom of the workspace to make the test clip’s right border visible if it is not already visible).
  5. Optionally, move the Test Clip from one track to another by selecting and dragging it to the open workspace below Track 1. When you do so, Track 2 is created. Whenever a clip is dropped into the gray workspace below the last track a new track is added.
  6. Optionally, add a second Test Clip to the now empty Track 1.
  7. Optionally, in a timed composition, drag the selected Test Clip left or right to change its placement on the given track. For clips on a timed band, this will change the time that the clip play begins. For clips on a sequenced band, changing the order of clips on a track will change the order of play.
  8. For clips on a timed band, optionally change the scale (right of the toolbar above Track 1) from Seconds to any other scale by selecting the new value from the drop-down list.
  9. Optionally, click Undo or Redo to back up one or more steps.
  10. Click Save and assign the Test Composition a name, and an optional folder, and then click OK.

What you should see

The steps above describe a relatively simple test composition. Your test composition may be more complex and involve multiple servers, geographic locations, as well as virtual users on either tracks or test clips.

For test compositions with multiple locations and repeats on tracks, see Specifying Maestro Locations and Play Options.

To set virtual users, or repeats, on test clips, see Setting Repeats On Tracks and Test Clips.