Video/Image Cues on the Main Window

A 'monitor window' of a video/image cue can be displayed over the main SCS window on the primary screen. This is useful if you cannot see the secondary screen (eg a video projection screen) from where you are running SCS. This is also useful during cue design if you do not have a secondary screen available.

For example:

In this example we are currently playing three video/image cues. The first of these is a video being played to Screen 2 (see Video/Image Cues). The second is an image cue being played to Screen 3, and the third is also an image cue, this one being played to Screen 4.

When the cue being played to one of these screens ends then that panel will close.

While at least one of these panels is being displayed, you can drag the group to a new position on the screen. Just click on the grey bar containing the screen number, and holding the mouse button down, drag the group to a new location. SCS remembers the new location.

Important Note: There is a performance overhead in using monitor windows with video files. (There is no noticeable overhead with still-image files.) Monitor windows are only supported when using xVideo or TVG as the Video Playback Library, but the xVideo 'add window' function can typically take 3 seconds or more to execute. The performance overhead with TVG is much less and will usually be acceptable.

You can set the size of the monitor windows under Options and Settings - Display Options. Selecting 'None' when using xVideo implies the 'add window' function will not be called, thus avoiding this performance overhead. If you are using 'Output Screen' numbers greater than 4 then we recommend you select either 'None' or 'Small'.

SCS has two Operational Modes - Design Mode and Performance Mode. The Operational Mode is set under Options and Settings. By default, SCS does not display the monitor windows in Design Mode, but does display them in Performance Mode. You can, of course, override these default settings.

The logic behind these default settings is that when you are designing your cues, and probably even in tech rehearsals, you may be adding, changing or restarting cues many times, so if you have a 3-second plus overhead each time a video file is opened then this can be quite annoying. Preventing the monitor windows from being displayed gives you much faster editing and navigation of your cue list. So by select Design Mode for the design and possibly tech rehearsal phase you will, by default, have the monitor windows omitted.

However, during live performances you may well appreciate having the monitor windows displayed, especially if you do not have a clear view of the projection screen(s). The performance overhead incurred in creating these monitor windows is probably not going to be significant as most of that overhead will occur on starting SCS. Also, you will normally be just stepping through your cues from top to bottom of the cue list. So by selecting Performance Mode for your final rehearsals and for production runs you will, by default, have the monitor windows displayed.

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