17.1 Physical Master Playback

Hog consoles have ten physical playback masters that cuelists, scenes, and inhibitive submasters (groups) can be attached to for playback. Each master (‘masters’) has a fader, a Go, key, a Halt/Back key, a Back key and a Flash key. Additional physical playback master can be added to your console by adding a playback wing or executor wing.

17.1.1 Attaching Cuelists and Scenes to Masters

Cuelists and Scenes are automatically attached to a master when you create them with the Record, Choose syntax; see Recording to a Cuelist on a Master. Otherwise, to attach a cuelist to a master:

  • List or Scene 1 Move Choose : attaches Cuelist 1 onto the chosen master.

[Tip]Tip

You can reference several cuelists and scenes to different masters using pages, see Pages.

Moving and Copying Cuelists between Masters

Moving a cuelist between masters will detach it from its original master. Copying a cuelist between masters will leave the cuelist in its original location, and attach a copy of the cuelist to the new location.

To move a cuelist:

  1. Press the Choose key of the master that you want to move the cuelist from.

  2. Move

  3. Press the Choose key of the master that you want to move the cuelist to.

To copy (and so duplicate) a cuelist:

  1. Press the Choose key of the master that you want to copy the cuelist from.

  2. Copy

  3. Press the Choose key of the master that you want to copy the cuelist to.

Detaching a Cuelist from a Master

To detach a cuelist from a master:

  • Delete + Choose : detaches the cuelist from the chosen master.

Note that this will not delete the cuelist itself or remove it from the cuelist directory, only detach it from the master.

17.1.2 Controlling Playback

Once assigned to masters, cuelists can be played back using the master's contols, or using the main controls.

Master Controls

Each of the ten masters has a Choose, Go, Halt/Back, Back, and Flash key, as well as a fader; see Figure 17.1, “The Master Controls”.

Figure 17.1. The Master Controls

annotated diagram of the Playback Controls (one master and associated keys)

By default, the controls work as follows:

  • Choose: allows the master to be chosen or selected. If the blue LED is illuminated solid then it is the chosen master and you can use the main playback controls to control this master. If the blue LED is flashing then it is a selected master and you can use the rate wheel to control the playback and effect rates for the master. The console allows for multiple selected masters but only one master can be chosen at any time.

  • Go: if the cuelist is inactive pressing Go will activate it onstage. If the cuelist is already active then pressing Go will run the next cue, or restart paused fades (see Halt/Back below).

  • Halt: pauses any running fades. If there are no running fades then pressing Halt will start a fade back to the previous cue.

  • Back: immediaetly begins a fade into the previous cue.

  • Fader: controls the intensity of fixtures under the control of this playback. When the fader is at full, fixtures appear on stage at their programmed intensity. As the fader level is reduced, the intensity of fixtures is reduced proportionally.

  • Flash: momentarily puts the intensity of fixtures under the control of this playback to their full programmed value, as if the fader had been put to maximum.

You can customise the function of master controls to suit the requirements of the user or a particular show; see Configuring Playback Controls.

[Tip]Tip

Pressing or clicking on the Playback Bar is equivalent to pressing that master's Choose key.

The Main Controls

The main playback controls, positioned to the right of the masters (see Figure 17.2, “The Main Playback Controls”) work with the currently chosen master. You can also use them with another master by holding down the required Choose key while pressing a key from the main controls.

Figure 17.2. The Main Playback Controls

annotated diagram of the Main Playback Controls

The main playback control keys are:

  • Assert: reasserts control of fixture parameters by the chosen master if other masters have taken control under the Latest Takes Precedence rule; see Asserting One Cuelist Over the Others.

  • Release: releases the chosen master's control of fixture parameters, making the cuelist inactive; see Releasing Masters.

  • Skip Forward/Skip Back: steps forward or backward through the chosen cuelist by one cue. Cue timing information will not be used - the cue appears on stage immediately.

  • Back: immediaetly begins a fade into the previous cue.

  • Halt: pauses any running crossfades on the chosen master. If there are no running crossfades then pressing Halt will start a fade back to the previous cue.

  • Go: if the chosen cuelist is inactive pressing Go will activate it onstage. If the cuelist is already active then pressing Go will run the next cue, or restart paused crossfades.

17.1.3 Releasing Masters

You can remove a cuelist's look from the stage, so that it relinquishes control of all fixture parameters and effectively turns the cuelist's output off; this is known as releasing the cuelist.

To release a cuelist on a master:

  • Release : releases the currently chosen master.

Or:

  • Release + Choose : use the Choose key of the master with the cuelist you wish to release.

Pressing Go after a cuelist is released will resume playback from the current cue. To have the cuelist go back to the beginning when it is released, see Resetting Cuelists on Release.

[Tip]Tip

You can release all playbacks at once by pressing Pig + Release.

If you have no other cuelists, scenes, or groups active when you release the cuelist, then releasing returns all fixture parameters to their default values. A fixture's default parameter values will be determined by the Fixture Library; you can change the default values in the Edit Fixtures window, see Assigning a Custom Default.

If you have other cuelists, scenes or groups active, then control of fixture parameters may be transferred to one of them on releasing the cuelist; see Running Multiple Cuelists & Scenes.

Release Time

When you release a cuelist and fixture parameters go to their default values, they do so over the release time, and this change may be visible if you have fixtures that are visibly live on stage (i.e. with intensities above zero). To assign the cuelist's release time:

  1. Open + Choose : open the Cuelist window for the cuelist on the selected master.

  2. OptionsCuelist : open the Options window and select the Cuelist pane.

    Alternatively, press Pig + Choose to open the Options window for the selected master.

  3. Select the Release Time cell:

    Screenshot fragment of Release Time cell of Playback Options Cuelist window.
  4. Set 5, Enter : assign the desired release time.

You can also set a default release time for all newly created cuelists in the Cuelist pane of the User Preferences window:

  • SetupPreferencesCuelist

[Tip]Tip

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

Auto Release

You can use auto release options to send fixture parameters to their default values at the end of a show, or to relinquish control of parameters for use by other cuelists when a cuelist is no-longer needed.

There are two Auto Release options for cuelists:

  • Auto-release at End: Use this to automatically release the Cuelist at the completion of the fade and delay times of the last cue.

  • Add Release End Cue: After the last cue has run another press of the Go key will release the cuelist rather than running the first cue again.

You can assign auto release options in the Playback Options window of each cuelist:

  1. Open + ChooseOptionsCuelist

  2. Select the desired release option from the Action at End of List menu:

    Screenshot fragment of Action at End of List menu of Playback Options Cuelist window.

You can also assign the default Auto Release options for new cuelists in the Action at End of List menu in the Cuelist pane of the User Preferences window:

  • SetupPreferencesCuelist

Resetting Cuelists on Release

You can assign a cuelist to reset when released so it will proceed from the first cue when Go is pressed again. You can assign Reset on Release in the Playback Options window of each cuelist:

  1. Open + ChooseOptionsCuelist

  2. Select Reset on Release:

    Screenshot fragment of Reset on Release button of Playback Options Cuelist window.

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

  • SetupPreferencesCuelist

Releasing on Another Go

When running several cuelists in a show, see Running Multiple Cuelists & Scenes, you may want a cuelist to release when another cuelist is triggered. This effectively gives the cuelist the lowest possible playback priority; for more on playback priority, see Changing a Cuelist's Priority. You can set Release on Other Go in the Playback Options window of each cuelist:

  1. Open + ChooseOptionsCuelist

  2. Select Release on Other Go:

    Screenshot fragment of Release on Other Go button of Playback Options Cuelist window.

Alternatively, you can turn on Release on Other Go for all new cuelists in the Cuelist pane of the User Preferences window:

  • SetupPreferencesCuelist

17.1.4 Choosing and Selecting Masters

At all times one of the physical masters of the console is chosen. When a master is chosen its choose LED will be illuminated, the title of the master will be shown on the playback bar with a blue background, and the master's name will be announced on the main toolbar. The chosen master can be controlled using the play, halt, back, and pause keys in the main playback section of the console. The chosen master also directly receives commands from the command line such as record, goto, and delete when a destination is not otherwise specified. There can only be one chosen master at a time. To choose a master simply press the choose button associated with that master.

Masters can also be selected. Selected masters only respond to rate wheel changes. Selected masters do not respond to the main playback controls and do not directly receive commands from the command line. To select a master hold down the choose key of one master while pressing the choose keys of other masters. When selecting multiple masters the last choose key to be released will become the choosen master. When a master is selected it's choose LED will flash and the title of the master will be shown on the playback bar with a striped blue background.

Figure 17.3. Example: Master 1 is chosen / Masters 2 thru 4 are selected

example of chosen and selected masters

17.1.5 Cuelist and Scene Options

You can configure various options that determine the cuelist's priority, timing, and other properties that affect how it is played back in the Playback Options window of each cuelist:

  1. Open + Choose : open the Cuelist window of the chosen master.

  2. OptionsCuelist : open the Cuelist pane of the Cuelist Options window.

Alternatively, you can quickly access many cuelist options from the Cuelist Options Toolbar by holding down the Choose key of the master the cuelist is on:

The cuelist options toolbar
[Tip]Tip

You can quickly open the Playback Options window of a cuelist attached to a master by holding the Pig key and pressing the master's Choose key.

Figure 17.4. The Cuelist Pane of the Playback Options Window

The cuelist pane of the playback options window

You can configure the default settings for new cuelists in the Playback Defaults pane of the User Preferences window:

  • SetupPreferencesPlayback Defaults

You can also customise the function of each of the master controls and main controls; see Configuring Playback Controls.

[Tip]Tip

You can revert all of the settings in the Cuelist pane of the Playback Defaults window by pressing the Reset to Defaults button in the bottom left corner of the window.

Cuelist Timing and Rate Settings

You can assign several settings that control cuelist timing:

Timing Function

Default

Notes

Release Time

2s

The time over which parameter values go to their default values when the cuelist is released; see Releasing Masters.

Assert Time

2s

The time in which parameters go to their values determined by the cuelist when the cuelist is asserted; see Asserting One Cuelist Over the Others.

Back Time

2s

The time in which the cuelist steps back to the previous cue when the Halt key is pressed twice (to first halt the cuelist and then send it back).

Playback Rate

100%

Default proportion rate of the cuelist. A rate of 50% will double all cue timings, a rate of 200% will halve all cue timings.

Cue Only

Off

Releases previous cue's tracking values as you advance the list to the next cue. Tracking values are released using the total fade time of the cue being played.

[Tip]Tip

If you have assigned a release, assert or back time to a cuelist, and you want to revert to the default time, press the Default button adjacent to the appropriate cell.

Cuelist Wrapping

Wrapping decides what happens to a cuelist when it reaches the final cue. Configure the wrapping in the Action at End of List menu:

  • Wrap to beginning of list: Pressing Go after the final cue is reached sends the cuelist to its first cue.

  • Add release end cue: Pressing Go after the final cue is reached releases the list and sends it to its first cue.

  • Auto-release at end: The cuelist is released as soon as the last cue in the cuelist has completed all its fade and delay times.

  • Don't allow wrapping: The cuelist stays on the final cue until released or sent backwards.

Cue Only

Cue Only enables a cuelist to playback cue data one cue at a time (otherwise known as a non-tracking cuelist). For example: any cue data in cue 1 is released as you play cue 2 so that only data from cue 2 is onstage. The release time of the previous cue is determined by the longest fade time in the cue being played.

Action of go when Looping

When the cuelist is performing a continuous loop with the use of a link cue, you can configure the effect of pressing the Go key using the Action of Go When Looping menu:

Action

Notes

Exit loop immediately

Jumps the cuelist to the link cue at the end of the loop. Use a wait time on the cue after the link if you want to go to that cue automatically when exiting the loop.

Exit loop at end

Allows the loop to proceed to the last cue before jumping to the link cue at the end of the loop. Use a wait time on the cue after the link if you want to go to that cue automatically when exiting the loop.

Restart

Jumps immediately to the first cue in the loop.

Stop at next

Stops at the next cue in the loop.

Go Next

Advances the cuelist forward by a single cue when go is pressed.

For more information on loops, see Loops and Links.

Action of Halt when Halted

By default, pressing the Halt key when a cue is halted steps the cuelist back a cue in the assigned back time, see Cuelist Timing and Rate Settings. You can change this action using the Action of Halt When Halted menu:

Action

Notes

None

The current cue remains halted.

BackThe cuelist crossfades into the previous cue using the back time assigned to the cuelist. 

Resume

The current cue continues to fade.

 

Release

The cuelist is released, see Releasing Masters.

 

Toggle FX

Toggles effects between running at 0 BPM and the programmed rate

 

Configuring Fader Assignment and Actions

You can assign the physical fader of a master perform one of several different functions. Some fader options have additional configuration options:

Fader Assignment

Description

Configuration Options

None

fader has no effect on master's output

--

I Fader fader controls fixture intensities being output by the master.
  • Go Off Zero: The cuelist is triggered when the fader is moved from zero, as if you had pressed the Go key.

  • Release At Zero: The cuelist is released when the fader returns to zero; see Releasing Masters.

IPCB Crossfader

controls the play back and release state of the current cue/scene; programmed fade and delay times are ignored and the cues are executed based on movement of the fader

-NONE-

Manual Crossfader

controls the forward playback of one cue to another; programmed fade and delay times are ignored and the cues are executed based on movement of the fader

-NONE-

Scale Playback Rate

adjusts the playback rate of the master by applying a scaling value to the base playback rate of the master

  • Upper Bound: Determines the amount of scaling applied to the master when the fader is at top of travel (Full).

  • Lower Bound: Determines the amount of scaling applied to the master when the fader is at bottom of travel (0).

Scale Effect Rate

adjusts the effect rate of the master by applying a scaling value to the base effect rate of the master

  • Upper Bound: Determines the amount of scaling applied to the master when the fader is at top of travel (Full).

  • Lower Bound: Determines the amount of scaling applied to the master when the fader is at bottom of travel (0).

Scale Effect Size

adjusts the effect size of the by applying a scaling value to the base effect size of the master

  • Upper Bound: Determines the amount of scaling applied to the master when the fader is at top of travel (Full).

  • Lower Bound: Determines the amount of scaling applied to the master when the fader is at bottom of travel (0).

Configuring Flash Button Actions

You can configure the level and actions of the Flash key:

Setting

Default

Notes

Flash on/Flash off

On

Set to off to prevent accidentally flashing of a cuelist's contents. When on, pressing the Flash key will output the cuelist's intensities at their programmed values, irrespective of the fader position.

Level

100%

The proportion of the programmed intensity that a cuelist's contents is flashed to. If programmed levels are 60% and the flash level is set to 50% the flashed output intensity will be 30%.

Solo

Off

Flashes the contents of the cuelist to the full programmed level, whilst sending the intensities output by all other masters (including Virtual Masters) to zero.

Latch

Off

If set to on, the Flash key stays on as if it were being held down, until you press it again.

Go on flash

Off

The cuelist is triggered when you press the Flash key, as if you had pressed the Go key.

Release on flash

Off

The cuelist is released when you press the Flash key.