The Playbacks View shows the current state and properties of the Playback Fader layers of the CueServer. This view is arranged in a stack of Playbacks. Each Playback has three panes, the left-hand pane shows what is currently loaded in the Playback, the center pane shows what’s coming up next, and the right-hand pane shows additional properties for the Playback. While cues are running and/or channels are fading, bar graphs appear that show the progress of the cues, fades, streams, etc.
In the example above, Playback 1 is currently playing back Cue 30, which is a streaming cue called “Breakbeat”. It is currently 4.78 seconds into the stream. The next cue in Playback 1 is Cue 99, which is called “Dim Blue”. Playback 2 is the active playback, it is currently fading into Cue 3 “Blue”. The fade has 1.5 seconds remaining, and a follow timer is running with 4.5 seconds remaining. The next cue in Playback 2 is Cue 1 “Red”, and that cue will have a Fade Time of 5 seconds, and a Follow Timer of 8 seconds. Also, Playback 2’s submaster has been lowered to 75%. Finally, Playback 3 has manually set “active” DMX channels in it and no next cue. Playback 2 is “stopped”, meaning that fade and follow timing is disabled, and it’s layer mode is set to “Scale”.
The Current Pane (Left Side)
The pane on the left-hand side of each Playback shows what is currently loaded in the Playback.
- Empty – Shown if the playback has no active channels. An empty Playback has no effect on the DMX output.
- Active Channels – Shown when the Playback has active channels (not originating from a Cue).
- Cue (n) – Shown when the Playback is loaded with the channels from a particular Cue.
- Cue (n) + Changes – Shown when the Playback was loaded with a Cue, and then manual channel values were changed.
- Fade (time) – Shown when the Playback is actively fading channels. A green progress bar ( ) shows the fade time remaining.
- Follow (time) – Shown when the Playback is counting down to an auto-follow event. A blue progress bar ( ) shows the follow time remaining.
- Stream (time) – Shown when a Streaming Cue is being played back. An orange progress bar ( ) shows the stream time remaining.
The Next Pane (Center)
The panel in the center of each Playback shows what is queued to be “next”.
- Next Cue (n) – Shown if the Playback has a next cue that will execute upon a Go command or auto-follow.
- Fade (time) – Shown to indicate the fade time of the next cue.
- Follow (time) – Shown to indicate the follow time of the next cue.
- Link (n) – Shown to indicate the link of the next cue.
- No Next Cue – Shown if the Playback does not have a next cue.
The Properties Pane (Right Side)
The panel on the right-hand side of each Playback shows additional properties for the Playback Fader.
- Output Normal – Shown if the Playback has no overridden properties. All values are normal.
- Stack (name) – Shown if the Playback has a cue stack assigned to it.
- Fader Stopped – Shown in Red color when the Playback is stopped. A stopped Playback has it’s timing overridden, meaning that setting channel levels or executing cues always appear immediately (they do not fade), the follow timer does not run, and streaming cues are paused.
- Channels Parked – Shown in Red color when channels in the Playback are parked. Parked channels retain their current values and cannot be modified by executing cues or by using the Channel, At, Release, or Clear commands. Parked channels must either be Unparked, or the CueServer can be Reset.
- Submaster (level) – Shown when the Playback’s submaster level is not at 100%. A pink progress bar ( ) shows the submaster percentage.
- Mode (mode) – Shown if the Playback’s combine mode is set to anything other than the default “Merge” mode. Options include Override, Scale, Pin, and Mask.