Controlling and monitoring playback
When you’ve got a full show going it’s likely that you’ll have multiple Cuelists on the console and being played back.
To see what’s going on at any time, click the Playback Control button on the main toolbar at the top of the screen. Vista displays the Playback Control window:
This screen lists all the cuelists that are playing and gives you a handy point from which to control and edit them. The window is made up of two panes that can be resized by clicking on the vertical dividing line and dragging the divider to the left or right.
The left side of the screen displays a list of all Cuelists and can display up to twelve columns that show playback status and some Cuelist properties.
|Cuelist Name||The name of the Cuelist.|
|Current Cue||Shows the current Cue name and number. Cuelists that have not been run show the first Cue name.|
|Status||The Playback State of the cuelist
– HTP set on
– On Playback. The Cuelist is on a playback control.
– SMPTE timecode locked (not implemented)
– Audio (not implemented)
|Active||Shows if the Cuelist is playing or has been played.|
|Priority||Shows the priority of the Cuelist.|
|Programming||Shows the features (Intensity, Position, Colour, Gobo, Beam) programmed in this cuelist.|
|HTP||Shows the ‘HTP Intensity’ property setting.|
|Release Time||Shows the Cuelist’s release time.|
|Inhibited||Shows if a Cuelist has been inhibited (made blind).|
|Notes||This column is for notes and comments. To add a note click, double click on the notes cell.|
You can change the setting of a cell by double click on the cell and either selecting from a list of options or entering a new value. You can also right-click on the cell to open an editing window for that cell. Not all cells are editable
You can sort the Cuelist list by clicking on any of the column headings. For example to show all the Cuelists that are on playback controls, at the top of the list, click on ‘On Playback’. Click the column heading again to reverse the order.
You can resize columns by clicking between the headings and dragging the column to suit. To show or hide columns right-click in the Cuelist pane and select ‘Show/Hide fields’ from the popup menu.
The right column shows the Cues in the Cuelist selected in the left column and is divided into six columns that show Cue detail and progress:
Control and Playback buttons
You can use playback button toolbar to control one or more Cuelists. To show or hide the playback buttons choose the ‘Playback Control’ option from the Toolbars submenu on the View menu :
Filtering the cuelists
If the ‘Only show active cuelists’ button is highlighted only cuelists that are being played will be shown in the left pane. You can also set the this option on or off from the View menu.
If the ‘Auto Scroll’ option is highlighted you the cue panel will scroll to keep the current cue visible. You can also set the this option on or off from the View menu.
If the ‘Dragable Playhead’ option is ticked you can control a Cuelist’s playback by clicking on the Cue progress indicator bars. You can also set the this option on or off from the View menu
Click on the > button on the left side, of the bar, to play the Cue, click on the >> button to go to the end of the Cue or click anywhere in the Cue bar to jump to that point.
If the ‘Dragable Playhead’ button is highlighted click on it (so it is de-selected) to prevent accidental triggering of Cue .
You can search for a cuelist or cue by clicking on the corresponding search button. You can also do this by choosing the ‘Search’ option from the View menu.
Editing in the Playback control window
There are two ways you change Cue names, times and end-of-Cue actions from within the Playback control window. You can:
- double-click on the Cue Name, Time, At End setting or Notes field and edit the field directly.
- right-click on the Cue Name, Time, At End setting or Notes field and select the ‘Edit field of selected Cue(s)’ option from the popup window.
To edit a field directly
- Double-click on the Cue Name, Time, At End setting or Notes field.
- Choose from the list of options or enter a new name, time etc.
- Press the Enter key or click away from the field.
To use the Edit field window
- Select one or more Cues. You can select a range of Cues by using the shift or control key.
- Right-click in the field that you want to change and select the edit option. Vista opens the Edit field window.
- Enter a new name, time etc.
- Click the OK button.