18.3 Changing Page

Changing the page loads a different set of cuelists, scenes and/or inhibitive masters onto the physical playback masters. You can do this in several ways:

The current page is shown in the status area at the right hand end of the Command Line Toolbar:

Annotated screenshot fragment showing the current page are of the
						command line toolbar.

You can control which page loads next when you use Next Page to change pages by having the pages in the desired order in the Page Directory. See Copying and Moving Pages.

18.3.1 Options When Changing Page

When you change page, there are three options for what happens to any cuelists, scenes or inhibitive masters that are still active:

  • Release All: releases all cuelists, scenes and inhibitive masters on the old page and replaces them with the cuelists on the new page.

  • Hold Over If Active: keeps active cuelists, scenes and inhibitive masters from the old page on their master, until you release them. They are then replaced with the contents on that master on the new page.

  • Leave In Background: leaves the old cuelist, scene and/or inhibitive master active in the background, and attaches the new one to the master. To get to the background item, go back to the page that it is on. On the Hog 4 Console the built-in motorized faders will automatically adjust themselves to match the master's stored level.


You can think of changing pages using the Leave In Background option as being similar to having one very long page, and moving the masters to ‘look’ at different sections of it.

A further option, Remember Fader Values, allows a page's fader levels to be restored back to where they were the last time the page was loaded. If the physical faders have moved then the motorized faders on the Hog 4, Full Boar 4, Master Wing 4, and Playback Wing 4 will move to match the stored values. The Road Hog 4, Nano Hog 4, and other non-motorized fader hardware are not capable of moving their faders to match the stored value so a blue "unlocked fader" bar will appear to show the difference between the restored value and the actual physical potion of the front panel fader; see Matching Levels When Changing Page.

By default, Release All and Remember Fader Values are selected for new pages, but you can change this in the User Preferences window:

Figure 18.1. The Misc pane of the User Preferences window

The Misc pane of the Preferences window

If you want to hold over a particular cuelist, scene or inhibitive master when changing page, hold the master's Choose key when changing the page. The item's name in the Playback Bar will have a blue background to indicate it is in holdover mode.

To remove a held over master simply release it and the cuelist, scene or inhibitive master for that master on the new page will replace it (if there is one).

18.3.2 Matching Levels When Changing Page

When you change page using Leave In Background, it is possible for the actual position of the physical master faders to be different to the stored master level of the cuelist. For example, if you have the physical fader at 100% while on Page 1, then go to Page 2 and reduce the physical fader to 50%, and then go back to Page 1 the console must resolve the difference between the stored value of the master and the new physical position of the fader ; see Figure 18.2, “Matching Levels when Changing Page”. If this situation happens on a Hog 4 or Full Boar 4 console the built-in motorized faders will automatically adjust themselves to match the master's stored level. Console such as the Road Hog 4 and Nano Hog 4 that do not feature motorized faders or for connected wing hardware that does not feature motorized faders, the master level of the cuelist will be shown on the Playback Bar in blue, together with a red dot showing the physical fader position. This state is known as having the fader "unlocked". To "relock" (rematch) the levels, move the fader until it is at the same level as the blue bar; at this point the fader will take control of the cuelist master level in the normal way.

Figure 18.2. Matching Levels when Changing Page

Annotated diagram showing four stages of matching levels, with
							fragments of playback bar, and diagrams of faders.

18.3.3 Restoring Activity When Changing Pages

You can trigger cues to go and assign masters to specific fader levels when changing page by using Restore Activity. To do this, you capture the desired activities as a macro, which is later executed when the page is loaded.

To capture page activity:

  1. Page + Open : open the Page Directory.

  2. Go to the desired page, and assign the page activity: you can playback cuelists and scenes, and set fader levels. For example, Master 1 Go, Master 4 at 50%, Master 8 at 25%.

  3. Select Capture Activity from the Page Directory to store the activity as a macro for the page.

To directly edit a page's macro:

  1. Page + Open : open the Page Directory.

  2. Select Spreadsheet View to change to the spreadsheet view.

  3. Select the Macro cell and press the Set key. Type in the macro you require, and press Enter.

For details of the macro syntax, see Macros.


You can display a list of available macro commands on the console by selecting the Macro cell and pressing the Set key.

To clear the macro:

  1. Page + Open : open the Page Directory.

  2. Deselect Spreadsheet View to change to the button view.

  3. Right click on the page and select Clear Activity Macros from the contextual menu.

Similarly, you can enable or disable Restore Activity without deleting the macro itself by right clicking on the page and selecting from the contextual menu. A restore activity icon icon will appear as a reminder that Restore Activity is on.