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Version 1.7

Look at Cues and Sequences

The different sequences are best seen in the Sequence Pool.

The best way to see the cues inside a sequence is the Sequence Sheet:

Sequence sheet for a sequence called "Main" - Cue 2 is active

The sheet shows the cues and cue parts in rows. The different cue settings are in columns. Read below for a description of the different columns.

The purpose of this sheet is to see the cues in a sequence. It also shows the active cue with a green frame. Cue fades and delays are visualized with moving bars while the fades are running.

The Sheet can be created as a window in a view using the Add Window pop-up or it can be displayed as a temporary pop-up by editing a sequence pool object.

The sheet shows a lot of different markers and colors - read more about all these in the Markers topic.

The sheet can display a value tracking section. In this section, all the stored attribute values are displayed. This can be a very handy tool to see the flow of an attribute through the cues. These values can also be edited directly in the sheet.

Most other fields in the sheet can be edited directly. This can affect the look of the show. For instance, the cue fade and delay times are stored when the cue is created. The default timing is used if nothing else is defined. The cue timing can be edited in this sheet.

Tapping this sheet to give it focus changes the encoder toolbar to make it easy to edit the cue timings. Read more about the toolbar below.

Title Bar

The left side of the title bar has the MA logo. Tap this to open the settings for the sheet. Read about them below.

Next to the logo is the sequence number and name. Information about the active world (if different than world 1) is displayed below the Sequence number and name. 

On the right side of the title bar are some buttons:

  • Cue Only:
    This button is visible when the Track Sheet option is On. It defines if the cue only function is On/Off when editing values in the track sheet.
  • Show Steps:
    This On/Off button toggles displaying the cue steps in the value tracking section.
  • Track Sheet:
    This On/Off button toggles the value tracking part of the sheet. Read more below.
  • Settings:
    This opens the sequence settings. Here it is possible to change different settings about the sequence. Read more in the Sequence Settings topic.
  • Auto Scroll:
    This On/Off button toggles the automatic scrolling function. This will scroll the sheet to keep the active cue visible in the window.
  • Link Type:
    There are three different link types. This button gives access to choosing the desired one. The options are:
    • Fixed:
      The sheet displays the information from a specific sequence. The section is made in the Sequence Sheet Settings. Read more below.
    • Selected:
      The sheet displays information from the selected sequence.
    • LastGo:
      This automatically shows the latest sequence to receive one of the trigger commands (<<<, >>>, Go+, Go-, Goto, Load, On, Select, Top, Temp, Flash, Toggle On, Pause). This includes if the sequence is triggered from a running timecode recording. A sequence can be excluded from LastGo - read about the Sequence Settings. LastGo only shows sequences triggered by the same user profile.

Main Part of the Sheet

The main part of the sheet is below the title bar. Here is the sheet with rows and columns.

There is a sequence sheet setting that defines how the cue timing is displayed in the sheet. The option is called Condensed Timing. The cue fade and delay are actually four different times because there are both fade and delay for values fading in (or up) and for dimmer values fading down. The condensed view shows this in two columns where the time can be separated by a slash (/). The value on the left is the InFade. the value on the right is the OutFade. The list below shows the uncondensed timing columns. Read more in the Cue Timing topic.

This is a short description of each of the possible columns in the sheet:

  • Lock:
    Changing the value to Yes in this cell locks the cue from being edited.
  • No:
    This is the cue number.
  • Part:
    This shows the cue part number.
  • Name:
    This is the cue (part) name. If the cue contains part cues, then there is an arrow allowing to fold and unfold the parts. In the example above there are cue parts in cues 2 and 4.5. It is unfolded so the parts can be seen.
  • Release:
    Changing the value to Yes in this cell makes the cue release tracked values.
  • Assert:
    Changing the value to Yes in this cell makes the cue assert tracked values.
  • Allow Duplicates:
    If several parts of the same cue are to contain values for the same attributes, use Allow Duplicates to enable this function. Absolute and relative values in multiple parts will use the value with the highest cue part number.
  • Trig Type:
    There are five different trigger types. Editing this cell opens a small select pop-up with the five different options:
    • Go:
      The cue needs a Go command to be triggered.
    • Time:
      The cue is triggered a set time after the previous cue is triggered. The time is set in the Trig Time column.
    • Follow:
      A follow cue is triggered when the previous is completely done with the cue Duration (which includes all individual timing).
    • Sound:
      This will trigger the cue using a sound as the trigger. It is possible to choose one of 22 different frequency areas in the Trig Sound column. Learn more about sound input in the Sound Window topic.
    • BPM:
      This will trigger the cue using the beats in the sound input. This can become useful with several cues being triggered by the BPM (beats per minute).
  • Trig Time:
    The values stored here are only used if the trigger is Time.
    If the trigger is Time, then the time in the cell will be used. The time starts counting down when the previous cue is triggered.
  • Trig Sound:
    This setting defines the sound used to trigger the cue when the Trig Type is sound.
  • Tracking Distance:
    The tracking distance sets how many cues a value should track. If the cell is empty then it tracks until changed. Read more about tracking distance in the What is Tracking topic.
  • Duration:
    This is the overall cue time transition time. It is a combination of the longest fade time and any delays. This is the time used with the Follow trigger. The cell cannot be edited. It always shows the complete transition time.
  • Sync:
    Synchronizes the fixtures of the phaser. For example, if fixtures join the already running phaser, they will be synchronized with the fixtures already running. Learn more about sync in the Phaser topic.
  • Morph:
    If the property is enabled and the phase of the fixtures changes from one cue to the next, they will stay on track and morph into their new phase value. If the option is disabled, the fixtures will take the direct way to their new position of the phase.
  • CueIn Fade:
    This is the fade time for all non-snap attributes and dimmer values that goes up in value.
  • CueIn Delay:
    This is the delay or wait time between the trigger and the actual cue in fade begins.
  • CueOut Fade:
    This is the fade time for dimmer values that goes down in value. The default values for this are the same as the cue in fade time - it is linked to the cue in fade with the None value.
  • CueOut Delay:
    This is the delay for the Out Fade (only dimmer values). Its default value is the same as the cue in delay value.
  • Snap Delay:
    This can be used to control when "snap" attributes change values.
  • Transition:
    This can be used to select a transition path for the fade. The different options are described in the Cue Timing topic.
  • "Preset type" Fade:
    Each preset type has columns called the name of the preset type followed by "Fade". This uses the cue in fade as a default. It can be changed to give all values in the preset type a different fade time. All fixtures with new values in this preset type will use this timing for the attributes in the preset type.
  • "Preset type" Delay:
    Each preset type has columns called the name of the preset type followed by "Delay". This uses the cue in delay as a default. It can be changed to give all values in the preset type a different delay time. All fixtures with new values in this preset type will use this timing.
  • Cmd Delay:
    This will add a delay between the triggering of the cue and the execution of the command. See CMD just below.
  • Cmd:
    CMD is "Command". Commands (like the ones written in the command line input) can be written in the cues. They are executed on the GlobalMaster, IdleMaster, or Standalone station when the cue is triggered.
  • MIB Preference:
    This is used to define if the cue is good for the MIB function. Read more in the Move In Black topic.
  • MIB Mode:
    This sets the MIB mode. This can only be edited if MIB is possible. Read more in the Move In Black topic.
  • MIB Target:
    Defines a cue where the MIB should be performed if possible. This can only be edited if MIB is possible. Read more in the Move In Black topic.
  • MIB MultiStep:
    Defines what should happen with phasers in the MIB. This can only be edited if MIB is possible. Read more in the Move In Black topic.
  • MIB Fade:
    Sets the MIb fade time. This can only be edited if MIB is possible. Read more in the Move In Black topic.
  • MIB Delay:
    Sets the MIB delay time. This can only be edited if MIB is possible. Read more in the Move In Black topic.
  • Indiv Fade:
    This is "Individual Fade". It displays the time for attributes that have individual stored fade times. This cell cannot be edited.
  • Indiv Delay:
    This is "Individual Delay". It displays the time for attributes that have individual stored delay times. This cell cannot be edited.
  • Indiv Duration:
    This is "Individual Duration". It displays the overall time for attributes that have individual stored fade and delay times. This cell cannot be edited.
  • Speed Master:
    A Speed Master can be assigned to the cue or cue part by editing this cell. The speed of the cue or cue part is only controlled by the assigned speed master. A speed master assigned to the sequence has a lower priority and does not influence a cue or cue part with a different assigned speed master.
  • Speed Scale:
    This can be used to scale the speed of the cue or cue part. A speed scale assigned to a cue or cue part has a higher priority that a speed scale assigned to the sequence.
  • Appearance:
    An Appearance can be assigned to the cue or cue part. It is connected with a sequence sheet setting called CuePart Appearance, which defines how the appearance is displayed. Read more below.

All cells with a light or dark gray background color can be edited and the value in the field can be changed. Fields with a black background cannot be edited.


Track Sheet Mode

The sequence sheet can be in Track Sheet mode. This can be changed in the title bar and in the settings.

Sequence Sheet in Track Sheet mode

The default for this mode is to hide most of the normal columns and show attribute data in columns instead.

The attribute values and markers have different colors indicating different statuses like the tracking status. Read about the colors and markers in the Colors topics. Read about tracking in the What is Tracking topic.

The values can be edited in the sheet. Cue Only can be activated in the title bar (an extra button that appears when Track Sheet is On). This makes edited values follow the cue only rules.

When cues with multiple parts are expanded to show all the parts, then it is easy to see exactly what parts have stored which values. When the cues are collapsed to only show one row, then the values from the parts are shown in this one row with a small text telling what part the values come from.

Collapsed cue with multiple parts

This example is the same cue 2 as the image above. The only difference is that the cue is collapsed to only show one row. Notice the small text showing that the pan and tilt values are from part 2.

The Layer Toolbar can be turned On in the settings. This can be really useful when there is a desire to edit or look at values in other layers.

Editing a value opens the Calculator, where a new value can be selected from Presets, Channel Sets, Specials, or simply typed.

The calculator has some special functions in the track sheet that defines what is changed and there are special buttons that give access to block, unblock, and extract presets.

Extract presets will remove the link to a preset and store the current preset values directly in the cue.

Sequence Sheet Settings

The sheets have a lot of settings. They are accessed by tapping the MA logo in the upper left corner of the window.

Sequence Sheet Settings - Display tab

Some of them are general settings that are shared with other windows. Read about them in the Window Settings topic.

There are two tabs in the settings: Display and Mask.

This is a description of the display settings that are unique to the sequence sheet.

  • Auto Scroll:
    This On/Off button activates the auto-scrolling function. This is the same setting as the button in the title bar. Read more in the description above.
  • Condensed Timing:
    This toggles if the timing columns are displayed condensed or of all four timing columns are visible. Read about the main part of the sheet above.
  • Countdown:
    A cue timing countdown can be displayed while the fade is running. This setting has three options:
    • Off:
      There is no countdown in any of the timing columns. They always display the set times. 
    • Duration:
      The duration column displays a countdown while the cue transition is running.
    • All:
      The duration and cue timing columns display a countdown while the cue transition is running.
  • Cue Part Appearance:
    This defines how the cue part appearance is displayed in the sheet. The options are:
    • Off:
      Cue part appearance is not displayed.
    • Number:
      The appearance is only shown on the cue number column.
    • Num+Name:
      The appearance is displayed in the number and name columns.
    • All:
      The appearance is displayed on all columns.
  • Selection Only:
    This On/Off button is a mask function that hides fixtures not currently selected in the programmer. This is valid when the Track Sheet mode is On.

The mask settings unique for the sequence sheets are:

  • Cmd:
    This On/Off button shows or hides the group of Cmd (command) columns.
  • Cue Settings:
    This On/Off button shows or hides the cue settings columns.
  • Cue Timing:
    This On/Off button shows or hides the cue timing columns.
  • Filter:
    An existing filter can be chosen to filter the content of the sheet.
  • Filter Toolbar:
    This setting show or hide a filter toolbar that can be used to filter the content of the sheet.
  • MIB Settings:
    This On/Off button shows or hides the MIB columns.
  • Preset Timing:
    This On/Off button shows or hides the preset timing columns.
  • Show Recipes:
    This On/Off button shows or hides the cue recipes at the bottom of the Sequence sheet. Read more about it in the Cue Recipes topic.
  • Show Steps:
    This On/Off button shows or hides the cue steps in the Sequence sheet. This is useful with Track Sheet On.
  • Track Sheet:
    This On/Off button shows or hides the values and tracking information for each attribute in the sheet.


Sequence Edit Toolbar

The encoder toolbar changes when the sequence sheet has focus. The sheet can get focus by tapping the sheet.

Sequence Edit Toolbar - Basic Timing page

There are several pages with many of the different settings for the cues. The pages can be changes using the swipe button in the upper left corner in the toolbar (see the image above).

The top row in the toolbar gives access to select a cue. There are also playback controls that can be used to run cues. Read more in the Play Back Cues topic.

Turning the two rings on the encoders changes the respective values for the selected cue in the sheet.

The lower row is the outer ring of the dual encoder. The middle row is the inner ring of the dual encoders.

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