Run External Program Cues

Run External Program Cues are only available with SCS Professional and higher license levels.


This cue type enables you to run an external program such as Microsoft's PowerPoint Viewer directly from your SCS Cue List. The external program runs asynchronously, ie SCS does not wait for the program to end but will allow you to continue running other cues.

For a Run External Program cue or sub-cue, a sub-cue panel like this will be displayed:

Properties and Controls


Sub-Cue Description: Enter a description for this sub-cue. You can leave this field blank and let SCS create a default Sub-Cue Description for you based on the selected cue.

Relative Start: These fields are available for every type of sub-cue. For details see Relative Start under Audio File Cues. Then click the Back button in the Help Viewer to return to this page.

Run Program

File or Program to Run: Use the Browse button (...) to select either a file or a program to be run. For example, if you choose a PowerPoint file then the file will be played by PowerPoint or the PowerPoint Viewer - depending on the default application associated with the file type of the selected file. (Default programs are assigned in Windows, not in SCS.)

Command Line Parameters: If required you may enter any parameters accepted by the external program. If you include a filename in Command Line Parameters then you must enclose the filename in double quotes (").

'Start In' Folder: If the external program requires this, you can select the 'Start in' folder. Normally that would be the folder containing the file to be run. Use the Browse button (...) if you want to select a folder.

Tip: If any of the above three Run Program fields contains $(cue) then SCS will replace this at run time with the full path name of the folder containing the current cue file (.scs11 file). It is recommended that you keep all the files for a production in this folder and that you make use of the $(cue) substitution facility where applicable.

Hide secondary SCS screen...: If you have video/image cues in your SCS cue list and SCS finds a second monitor (or video projector) present when the program is started, then SCS opens a black window on that second monitor for displaying the video/image cues. If you also want to run something like PowerPoint Viewer to that screen then select Hide secondary SCS screen.... This will hide the video/image window so that the PowerPoint presentation can be seen. The video/image window will remain hidden until the next video/image cue is run.

If you are using the second monitor for anything in your production, it is recommended you turn on Presentation Mode in Windows. See Setting Up Your Video Projector For Videos and Still Images for more information.