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Recent Changes

Version 11.8.5 (August 2021)

  • Added MIDI Control Send support for various external ('remote') devices such as Allen&Heath Qu and SQ mixers, Yamaha LS mixers, and others. See 'Control Send - MIDI Remote Device' in the Help for details.
  • Added X32 Theatre Control to the list of Remote Devices supported under Production Properties / Devices / Cue Control - Network In, and / Control Send - Network Out.
  • The message box that was displayed when SCS loses focus has been dropped. SCS will now just display a warning message in the status line of the main window, although even that may be suppressed (as before) by a Production Property Run Time setting.
  • In Production Properties / Fixture Types, the 'Fixture Type Detail' and 'Fixture Type Channels' panel tabs have been combined to make it easier to see all the details at once, and to reduce the likelihood of omitting significant channel details.
  • Lighting Cues now support different 'fade up' and 'fade down' times, Previously there was just a 'fade time' that was used for both 'fade up' and 'fade down'. Cross-fades can be improved by entering a longer time for the fade down.
  • A new Cue Activation Method of 'External Fader' has been added, initially for Lighting Cues. This enables the Lighting Cue to be activated, de-activated, faded up and down manually under the control of an external fader such as a nanoKONTROL MIDI controller, or a Behringer BCF2000 or BCR2000. See 'Lighting Control by External Fader' in the Help for details.
  • Improved the performance of image cues in cue files that do not contain any video fades.
  • Fixed some bugs - see the Release Notice in the SCS General Forum for details.

Version 11.8.4.1 (March 2021)

  • A 'Move to Time (M2T)' property has been added to MIDI Control Send Devices in Production Properties to indicate that when applying M2T then control send messages set to fire before the nominated M2T should not be sent.
  • Fixed some bugs - see the Release Notice in the SCS General Forum for details.

Version 11.8.4 (March 2021)

  • A 'Move to Time' feature is now available, which is designed for use during rehearsals (not during live performances). This feature allows you to start a cue part-way through, and SCS will synchronize any sub-cues and associated auto-start cues so that the cue may be correctly started from that point. See 'Move to Time' in the Help for more information. ('Move to Time' is only available under SCS Professional Plus and higher licenses.)
  • When a 'Go To' cue is played, the cue list will be repositioned at the target cue and by default that cue will then be started. There is now an option in the 'Go To' cue properties to indicate that the target cue must NOT be started.
  • Up to ten Time Profiles may be set up in Production Properties. The limit was previously four Time Profiles.
  • Network Cue Control now supports an OSC command to set the fader level of a specified Audio Output device.
  • Some timing improvements to MTC Cue processing.
  • Fixed some bugs - see the Release Notice in the SCS General Forum for details.

Version 11.8.3.4 (January 2021)

  • The main window's control panel main now be placed at the bottom of the screen if required. The control panel position can be changed under Display Options.
  • Fixed some bugs - see the Release Notice in the SCS General Forum for details.

Version 11.8.3.3 (December 2020)

  • An MTC cue or sub-cue linked to an Audio File cue or sub-cue is now accurately synced.
  • Control Send cues now support the Yamaha MIDI NRPN format, which differs from the standard MIDI NRPN format. In the Yamaha format the NRPN LSB component appears before the NRPN MSB component.
  • MIDI Cue Control devices with Control Method 'MIDI Machine Control (MMC)' may now optionally have the MMC 'Stop' command implemented in SCS as 'Fade All' instead of 'Stop All'.
  • Fixed some bugs - see the Release Notice in the SCS General Forum for details.

Version 11.8.3.2 (October 2020)

  • Reinstated the 'Aspect' property in Video/Image Cues.
  • Previously, the minimum audio level before audio is cut out was -75dB. You can now select -75dB, -120dB or -160dB in the new Production Properties / Run Time Setting Minimum Audible Audio Level. For new cue files this defaults to -160dB, but as changing this setting could affect fade-out times of existing Audio File Cues the -75dB minimum is retained for cue files last saved prior to this version. The Minimum Audible Audio Level is now saved in the cue file.
  • New Editor Keyboard Shortcuts are available when editing audio file cues, video cues and playlist cues, to Skip Back 2 Seconds or Skip Forward 2 Seconds for each press of the keyboard shortcut. The default assignments are Shift+F8 (skip back) and Shift+F9 (skip forward).
  • The Keyboard Shortcuts for Skip to Previous Cue Marker and Skip to Next Cue Marker are now available for audio file cues that do not have cue markers. Skip to Previous Cue Marker will skip to the start of the cue if there is no cue marker (or no previous cue marker), and Skip to Next Cue Marker will skip to the end of the cue if there is no cue marker (or no next cue marker).
  • A new 'Stop MTC' action is available in SFR Cues, which can be used to stop and complete currently-playing MTC cues. Also applies to LTC cues if applicable.
  • In the DMX Display Window you can now change the display from 'Universe (all 512 channels)' to 'All Fixtures'. The 'All Fixtures' selection will show the DMX channel values for each Fixture.
  • When setting up Fixture Types in Production Properties, you can now select a 'DMX Grid Text Color' that will be used in the DMX Display Window.
  • The feature added in 11.8.3 to include VU meters for video file audio is now an optional setting, and by default this is disabled. This is because a few users reported poor audio quality of video cues, which was found to be due to the constant audio peak monitoring. If you do not have any such issues, then you can turn this feature on under Options / Video Driver.
  • Lighting Cues may now be built from captured DMX. This enables you to reproduce in SCS a lighting cue originally created using a lighting board or other software.
  • Added 'vMix' as a Remote Device for Control Send Network Devices. This simplifies setting up the device type properties and Control Send Cues for controlling vMix from SCS.
  • The 'Visual Warning' available to provide a highly-visible count down to the end of a cue now also supports 'Cue position', 'Cue position plus option time offset', and 'File position'. (The latter two are only available for Audio File Cues.)
  • Fixed some bugs - see the Release Notice in the SCS General Forum for details.

Version 11.8.3.1 (June 2020)

  • Fixed a bug in 11.8.3 regarding video/image displays when only the primary screen is available.

Version 11.8.3 (June 2020)

  • The minimum Windows version supported is now Windows 7.
  • The latest version of the TVideoGrabber (TVG) video playback library is included.
  • The video playback libraries xVideo and DirectShow have been removed.
  • The SCS setup file that includes LAV Filters includes the latest version of LAV Filters (included with permission). Also, LAV Filters is now installed 'silently', ie without displaying option dialogs.
  • Changes have been made to screen handling for video/image cues. As a result of this, the following Video Driver Options have been removed as they are no longer required: 'Use 2D Drawing Library for Still Images' (they are now displayed using the video playback library), and 'Apply DPI Context Awareness to fix Incorrect Video Image Sizes'.
  • A Video Driver Option has been added for 'Hardware Acceleration GPU'.
  • In Video/Image Cues, the 'Aspect' field has been removed. The 'original' aspect ratio is now always used.
  • The VU Meter display in the main window now includes VU meters for video audio devices.
  • A 'Fade All' (Shift+Esc) button has been added to the main window toolbar.
  • Control Send Cues using a Network device may now select UTF8 as an Entry Mode. Entering the message is the same as for ASCII, but when the message is sent SCS will encode the message as UTF8, which is the encoding required by some devices or products, such as CasparCG Server.
  • There is now an option under Options/Shortcuts to allow hotkeys to be played even when an exclusive cue is playing.
  • The 'Run External Program' cue type now has an option to run the program in invisible mode, which enables SCS to retain focus. This is useful if you not need to see any window displayed by the run program.
  • The toolbars in the main window and the editor have been upgraded as the first step towards designing a new user interface.
  • Fixed some bugs - see the Release Notice in the SCS General Forum for details.

Version 11.8.2.2 (March 2020)

  • 'Find Cue' (Ctrl+F) now includes 'When Required' in the search.
  • Disabled Audio File Cues and Sub-Cues may now be played in the Editor.
  • Lighting Cues now also support an entry type of 'DMX Items', which supports the pre-SCS 11.8 method of entering DMX values, eg "PAR1,PAR2:1@20,2-3@25, PAR3:1@100".
  • Fixture Types now support up to 48 DMX channels per Fixture Type (previously 32).
  • When editing a Playlist Cue there is now a menu item under 'Other Actions' to 'Remove ALL files from this Playlist'. This is useful if you are building a new show's cue file from an existing cue file and want to change the pre-show music PlayList.
  • MIDI Control Send Cues may now be set up to send MIDI NRPN messages. If you are currently using MIDI Free Format messages to send NRPN then on reading your cue file SCS will ask you if you wish to have these converted to NRPN messages.
  • Control Send Cues may now have a short 'Item Description' entered against each item.
  • Fixed a few bugs - see the Release Notice in the SCS General Forum for details.

Version 11.8.2.1 (January 2020)

  • Revised the 'Lost Focus' warning message, and added an option to the corresponding Production Properties Run Time Settings to not display the pop-up dialog.
  • Cue Control by external MTC (MIDI Time Code) now accepts MTC without full frame messages. Previously, an MTC full frame message had to be received before SCS would check MTC time codes against cue start MTC times.
  • Keyboard shortcuts have been added for 'skip to previous cue marker' and 'skip to next cue marker'. The default shortcut keys are Ctrl+9 and Ctrl+0 respectively. (See 'Audio File Cue Points and Markers' in the Help for more information.)
  • The ability to link audio files (so they start, stop or be repositioned in sync) has been extended to include video files. However, note that video file linking is not as precise as audio file linking due to the different playback library used.
  • Fixed a few bugs - see the Release Notice in the SCS General Forum for details.

Version 11.8.2 (December 2019)

  • Cue markers may now be set on audio file cues that contain loops.
  • Audio graphs now show any 'cue points' as well as SCS cue markers. (See 'Audio File Cue Points and Markers' in the Help for more information.)
  • In 11.7.1 and 11.8.1 you could trigger a cue 'on cue marker' by setting Activation to 'Autostart' and then selecting 'on cue marker' and selecting the required cue marker. In 11.8.2 this has been changed. 'On Cue Marker' is now included in the Activation drop-down list. On selecting 'On Cue Marker' the combobox of available Cue Markers is then displayed. This list now includes cue points, where those cue points lie between the start and end points of the associated Audio File cue. Please note that this feature is NOT backward-compatible. SCS 11.8.2 will correctly handle an 'on cue marker' auto-start cue saved using SCS 11.7.1 or 11.8.1, but once the cue file is saved by SCS 11.8.2 this change to the 'on cue marker' property will not be recognized by 11.7.1 or 11.8.1.
  • There is now no license-based limit on the number of cues that may have cue markers or cue points. Any license level above SCS Lite may use as many cue markers and cue points as required.
  • 'View Cue Markers Usage' has been added to the menu items displayed when right-clicking on an audio graph in the editor.
  • When playing a cue in the Editor, any associated 'on cue marker' cues are normally not started. A new Editing Option has been included to "Activate 'On Cue Marker' auto-start cues when playing an Audio File Cue in the Editor".
  • An 'Are you sure you want to close SCS' message is now displayed when you try to close the program.
  • In Control Send Cues using the MSC message type, fields Q Number, Q List and Q Path now accept ',' characters as LightFactory apparently doesn't accept '.' characters, even though the official MSC spec lists only 'ASCII numbers 0-9 (encoded as 30H-39H) with the ASCII decimal point character (2EH)'.
  • The VU meter display has been improved, primarily to handle longer device names before truncating.
  • Screens used for importing cues from another cue file, and for copy/moving/deleting cues, now include the cue page numbers where supplied.
  • VST Plugins can now be assigned to audio output devices, and a new 'VST Plugins' button is displayed in the toolbar of the main window.
  • ASIO processing has been improved following the inclusion of the latest version of the BASS ASIO library.
  • Network Control Send Cue messages sent to a PJ Link-enabled projector now have CR(0DH) automatically appended to the messages if they are not already terminated by CR.
  • With Lighting Cues, you can now display just the first fadeable channel of each selected fixture when editing the cue. This is useful if several of your fixtures are single-channel fixtures, as it enables you to see all those DMX levels together.
  • With Lighting Cues, SCS no longer tries to determine and set the pre-cue lighting state. That was not really workable, especially with the use of callable cues.
  • When editing Lighting Cues, a new checkbox has been included for Live DMX Testing which enables you to choose not to blackout other active channels for the test. This can assist with making on-the-fly changes to a Lighting Cue during a rehearsal or performance.
  • In Set Position Cues you can now set the position to that of a cue marker in the target cue.
  • Progress sliders in the Main Window's Cue Panels now dim the 'past' part of the progress.
  • The default Audio File Selector (used when browsing for files for Audio File Cues or Playlist Cues) has been changed to the standard Windows Open File Dialog. If you want to use the SCS dialog which includes the preview feature then you can change this in Editing Options.
  • The SCS Primary/Backup connection is now UDP instead of TCP, as UDP supports message boundaries which prevents some messages being concatenated.
  • The SCS Primary/Backup feature now supports Time-Based Cues, and Playlist Cues that are set to random play.
  • You can now sort cues using a new feature in 'Copy, Move or Delete a Range of Cues', which has been enhanced to 'Copy, Move, Delete or Sort a Range of Cues'.
  • Call Cue Cues can now call Hotkey (Trigger) and External (Trigger) cues as well as Callable cues.
  • Fixed several bugs - see the Release Notice in the SCS General Forum for details.

Version 11.8.1.2 (June 2019)

  • Fixed a few bugs - see the Release Notice in the SCS General Forum for details.

Version 11.8.1.1 (June 2019)

  • The 'lost focus' processing has been modified. Prior to SCS 11.8.1, if the main window lost focus then a warning message was displayed in the status bar. In 11.8.1 this message was set to flash once a second. However, if you are controlling SCS exclusively from some external device then the warning is irrelevant and can be annoying if it is flashing. So in 11.8.1.1 a new Production Property Run Time setting is available to dictate how 'lost focus' is to be handled. The options are flash, steady and ignore.
  • Fixed a few bugs - see the Release Notice in the SCS General Forum for details.

Version 11.8.1 (May 2019)

  • Time-Based Cues (TBC's) may now have a 'latest time' set, which is useful for TBC's such as pre-show music if you start SCS after the 'time of day' you specified for the cue.
  • When creating or editing a Control Send Cue that sends commands to a Behringer X32 Digital or Compact Mixer there is now a 'Capture X32 Info' button available that enables you to set up the Control Send cue as a snapshot of current Mute settings, eg the Mute settings for selected channels.
  • The maximum number of messages that may be included in a single Control Send Cue has been increased from 16 to 32.
  • In Production Properties - Control Send Devices - Network, the default inter-message delay was previously 100ms. If the Network Protocol is UDP the default inter-message delay is now 0ms (no delay) as UDP preserves message boundaries whereas TCP/Telnet does not.
  • Memo Cues directed to the primary screen may now, via a new Production Property, be displayed in one of three ways: (1) in a pop-up window, as in previous version; (2) in a panel to the right of the cue list; (3) in a panel to the right of both the cue list and the cue panels. The new Production Property will apply to all Memo Cues that are directed to the primary screen. The Memo Panels in options (2) and (3) are resizable, as is the pop-up window of option (1).
  • When saving a cue file, SCS now detects if the file has been changed by another application since it was opened or last updated by SCS. If the file has been changed, you may choose to overwrite the changed cue file, save as a new cue file, or cancel the operation.
  • With some audio interfaces, such as the Presonus Audiobox, initialization can take several seconds per channel when determining WASAPI availability. There is now a new audio driver option in SCS: 'Do NOT use WASAPI' with the tooltip hint 'If you do not need to use WASAPI (eg to access all available speakers) then setting this option can significantly reduce device initialization time'.
  • The warning message 'SCS main window currently does not have focus' now flashes once a second.
  • The test for 'SCS main window currently does not have focus' is not, by default, active when the Editor is open, but there is now an Editing Option to enable you to override this. This may be useful if you may have the Editor open during rehearsals or live runs.
  • When 'Pause All' is active, a warning message will be flashed in the status bar. This is because 'Pause All' not only pauses playing cues, but also pauses any active auto-start countdown timers. This could have unexpected consequences if 'Pause All' is not canceled. 'Pause All' will be canceled by 'Resume All' or 'Stop All'.
  • Saved window positions, sizes and splitter bar settings are now saved separately for different display configurations, eg separately for having one screen or two screens connected. This test also takes into consideration display scaling and sizes.
  • When editing an Audio File Cue, clicking and dragging a marker on the graph (eg the fade-in marker) no longer auto-changes the selected combobox item that controls what is displayed in the 'Audio Devices' etc panel.
  • When selecting a Lighting Cue in the Editor, SCS could take a few seconds to display the Cue due to the time taken to populate the Fixture combo boxes. This process is now only performed if necessary, so the first Lighting Cue you display in the Editor may still take a few seconds to display, but subsequent Lighting Cues selected should display much faster.
  • Fixed several bugs - see the Release Notice in the SCS General Forum for details.

Version 11.8.0.1 (January 2019)

  • Fixed a few bugs and applied a couple of minor enhancements - see the Release Notice in the SCS General Forum for details.

Version 11.8.0 (January 2019)

  • For SCS Professional Plus and higher license levels, VST Effects Plugins are now supported for Audio File Cues. This enables you to add EQ, reverb or any of the other multitude of features available in 3rd-party VST Effects Plugins. Note that currently this feature is available in Audio File Cues on BASS audio streams, which are created when using the BASS audio driver. In a later version we plan to provide other points at which VST Plugins may be called, such as for each audio output device.
  • Lighting Devices and Lighting Cues now support Fixture Types. Fixture Types in SCS are entered and saved in Production Properties. For each Fixture Type you specify the number of channels and a description for each channel - which could be a single letter (eg R, G, B or W) or a brief description (eg Pan or Tilt). The design of the Lighting Cue screen in the Editor has been improved to include the list of Fixtures required for the Lighting Cue, and then for each Fixture you can set the required values for each channel, where the channel description is displayed. For example, you can easily adjust the color, intensity, direction etc using the sliders against the named channels. Note: Cue files created with SCS 11.7.1 or earlier that have Lighting Devices and Lighting Cues cannot use the new Fixture Types as this new feature affects many parts of the new design. So the Lighting Devices and Lighting Cues in these cue files will continue to be processed as before. The Help file contains additional info for 'Pre SCS 11.8' cue files.
  • Video/Image Cues now support Video Capture Devices, such as live feeds from video cameras. The devices are defined in Production Properties.
  • In Options / Video Driver Settings you can now make minor Screen Adjustments to the size, X position and Y position of the target screen areas of your secondary screens.
  • Linear Time Code (LTC) Cues are now available for SCS Platinum users (only), provided SoundMan-Server is also installed. SoundMan-Server is required because LTC is sent using a SoundMan-Server timecode generator. The MIDI Time Code (MTC) Cue type has been enhanced to accept LTC where available. (MTC is still available for SCS Professional users and just requires an appropriate MIDI interface.)
  • A Time of Day Clock can be displayed, and a Countdown Timer can be set and displayed. These are available from the View menu on the main window.
  • In Audio File Cues you can now adjust the relative levels of multiple level points in the graph. A 'Graph Help' pop-up is displayed if you hover the mouse pointer over the new question mark on the left of the graph. In keeping with convention, selecting multiple level points for this adjustment is achieved by using Ctrl-Click on each required level point. This means that Ctrl-Click is no longer available for adjusting the level or pan of a single level point, so that feature is now handled by Alt-Click. The Graph Help pop-up explains this.
  • The 'uninstall' process has been enhanced to better clean up after uninstalling.
  • Some performance improvements, particularly with regard to auto-starting cues.
  • Fixed a few bugs - see the Release Notice in the SCS General Forum for details.

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