General control methodology

In designing the controls for Hippotizer, we have made some assumptions:

  • Users will always have at least two-button mouse with scroll wheel
  • A screen resolution of 1280 × 720 minimum, 1920 × 1080 or greater is ideal.
  • A keyboard is present for naming and keyboard shortcuts though not critical.

General Zookeeper Shortcuts

  • F1 Navigate to Mixes Page
  • F2 Navigate to Viewports Page
  • F3 Navigate to Visualiser
  • F4 Navigate to Media Manager
  • F5 Navigate to Output Manager
  • F6 Navigate to Configuration Page
  • Escape Toggle Home screen; returns to home screen if in a pinboard or navigates to previous page if in the home screen.
  • CTRL+1-9 Navigates to quick launch screen 1-9.
  • SHIFT holding shift while moving faders with the mouse makes changes 10x more fine.

Mixes Page

The geometry controls have specific set of shortcuts in addition to SHIFT:

  • X + Click and drag Locks geometry movement in the X-Axis
  • Y + Click and drag Locks geometry movement in the Y-Axis
  • CTRL + Click and drag Locks geometry movement to position (Indexed rotation)
  • ALT + Click and drag Locks geometry movement to Zoom


  • Spacebar Starts or stops selected timeline
  • ALT enters insert mode to quickly add nodes or commands
  • Scroll Wheel Navigate up and down the timeline

Screen Warp

  • Scroll Wheel Zoom in and out on the warp

Live Mask

  • Scroll Wheel Zoom the selected shape
  • CTRL + Click Move blur point
  • CTRL + Scroll Wheel Zoom all blur points


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