17.3 Running Multiple Cuelists & Scenes

Because Hog consoles can simultaneously run ten cuelists on masters (and more if virtual masters and playback wings are used) the question arises as to which master actually has control over a particular fixture parameter. To decide which master takes precedence Hog 4OS applies the following rules:

[Tip]Tip

The Programmer, or the current editor with blind mode off, will always have priority over all masters and virtual masters.

17.3.1 Using HTP and LTP

You can switch a cuelist's precedence from LTP to HTP, allowing intensity parameters that have programming to be output at their highest level rather than the most recently activated level. For example, you may have a series of intensity chases that you wish to fade in and out over a stage look without overriding the intensity information of the original look, or when touring with smoke machines you may wish to manually boost the level of smoke programmed into the main cuelist to combat changes in air conditioning or venue size at specific points in the show.

For a full explanation of LTP, see HTP and LTP.

To assign a cuelist's precedence to HTP:

  1. Open + ChooseOptionsCuelist

  2. Select Use HTP:

    Screenshot fragment of Use HTP button of Playback Options Cuelist window.

Alternatively, you can turn on Use HTP for all new cuelists in the Cuelist pane of the User Preferences window:

  • SetupPreferencesCuelist

[Important]Important

If you have an HTP master with the fader up (i.e. intensities above zero), then using Release or Pig + Release has no effect on the intensity parameters. To release the intensities of HTP masters, bring the fader to zero. For more on releasing cuelists, see Releasing Masters.

17.3.2 Asserting One Cuelist Over the Others

When you have several cuelists active at the same time, control of fixture parameters programmed into one cuelist may be taken by another cuelist that also has programming for that fixture parameter. For example, if Cuelist 1 has programming for desk channels 1-3, and Cuelist 2 has programming for desk channels 3-6, then running a cue in Cuelist 2 will override the intensity parameter of desk channel 3.

You may want to return control of desk channel 3 to Cuelist 1 without having to run a cue in Cuelist 1; this is known as asserting Cuelist 1. Asserting a cuelist forces all fixture parameters to their programmed value in the cuelist.

To assert parameters on the cuelist attached to Master 3, for example, press and hold the Choose key for Master 3, and press the Assert key.

The Assert Time

When you assert a cuelist, the parameters that have been asserted change to their new values over the assert time. The default is 2 seconds, but you can assign your preferred assert time for each cuelist:

  1. Open + ChooseOptionsCuelist

  2. Select the Assert Time cell:

    Screenshot fragment of Assert Time cell of Playback Options Cuelist window.
  3. Set 5, Enter : change the assert time to 5 seconds.

Alternatively, you can assign the Assert Time for all new cuelists in the Cuelist pane of the User Preferences window:

  • SetupPreferencesCuelist

[Tip]Tip

If you have assigned an assert time to a cuelist, and you want to revert to the default assert time, press the Default button adjacent to the Assert Time cell.

17.3.3 Changing a Cuelist's Priority

Under the LTP rule, the most recent action determines the value of a fixture parameter; see Running Multiple Cuelists & Scenes. However, you can override this precedence by assigning cuelists different priorities, so that cuelists with a higher priority take precedence over those with a lower one. If their priority is equal, then the LTP rule is used to determine which cuelist will take precedence and determine the parameter's value.

A cuelist's default priority is 0, and you can assign the priority value in increments of 10. For example, if the priority of the cuelist attached to Master 5 is at default (0) and the priority of that on Master 4 is 50, then a Go triggered on Master 5 will not override common parameters currently active on Master 4. Conversely, you can apply a minus priority so if the cuelist on Master 3 has a priority of -50, common parameters on Master 5 will override those on Master 3.

To change a cuelist's priority:

  1. Open + ChooseOptionsCuelist

  2. Select the Playback Priority cell:

    Screenshot fragment of Playback Priority cell of Playback Options Cuelist window.
  3. Set 50, Enter : change the priority to 50.

Alternatively, you can assign the Playback Priority for all new cuelists in the Cuelist pane of the User Preferences window:

  • SetupPreferencesCuelist

In the event that two or more cuelists share the same priority level, normal LTP rules are applied.

Persist on Override

Hog 4OS automatically releases cuelists when all of their parameter contents have been overridden by other cuelists. However, sometimes it is useful to return to a cuelists's look when overriding cuelists have been released; in this case you can use Persist on Override. When this option is activated, the overridden cuelist will not automatically release and will remain active when the overriding cuelist is later released.

To turn Persist on Override on for a cuelist:

  1. Open + ChooseOptionsCuelist

  2. Select Persist on Override:

    Screenshot fragment of Persist on Override button of Playback Options Cuelist window.

Alternatively, you can assign Persist on Override for all new cuelists in the Cuelist pane of the User Preferences window:

  • SetupPreferencesCuelist

17.3.4 Multiple Cuelists with Effects

If a cuelist contains parameters that are running an effect, when another cuelist or scene changes the underlying values of those parameters the effect continues to run. Use Pile-Add FX to allow the second cuelist or scene to override the effect as well as the underlying values.

For example, to allow the cuelist on Master 10 override effects running on other masters:

  1. Open + Choose : open the Cuelist window for Master 10.

  2. Options : open the cuelist's Playback Options window.

  3. Select the Cuelist pane and select Pile-Add FX:

    Screenshot fragment of Pile Add Fx button of Playback Options Cuelist window.