Options and Settings - Shortcuts


This feature enables you to set your own key mapping for various SCS functions. These are referred to as 'shortcuts'. Shortcuts are available separately for the Main Window and for the Editor. The combo box at the top of the panel is used to select Shortcuts for Main Window or Shortcuts for Editor. Although some shortcuts are common to both the Main Window and the Editor, the shortcuts are held separately so theoretically could be different. Many of the shortcuts follow normal Windows conventions or standards (eg Ctrl+C for Copy).

Having selected the required shortcut list (Main Window or Editor), you can view or change shortcuts as required. For example, to change the Master Fader Up key, click on Master Fader Up in the list. Then click on the Press New Shortcut Key or Multi-Key field and press the key you want to use for increasing the Master Fader.

The reference to Multi-Key means that you can use Shift or Ctrl keys (or both) with the key, such as Ctrl + U.

If the key you select is already assigned to some other SCS function in that shortcut list, then that assignment will be displayed in the Current Assignment field. You can, however, reassign that shortcut to the function you have selected. The new key assignment will not take effect unless you click the Assign New Shortcut button. If this shortcut is currently assigned to another function then a warning message is displayed asking you if you wish to reassign this shortcut to the new function.

The Default Shortcuts button reinstates the SCS defaults for the selected list (Main Window or Editor), and the Clear Assigned Shortcut button enables you to remove keyboard activation of a selected function. The Reset Shortcut is an easy way to undo a change made but not yet assigned.

'Ctrl' overrides exclusive cue for 'Go' methods: When an exclusive cue is playing, the 'Go' button is disabled if the next manual cue is an audio file or video/image cue. This is to prevent the accidental starting of the next cue. However, you may have situations in which you wish to override this behavior and force SCS to accept 'Go' for such a cue, even if an exclusive cue is currently playing. If this checkbox is selected (ticked) then if you hold down a control key (usually labeled 'Ctrl') while an exclusive cue is playing, then the 'Go' button will be enabled if there is a 'Next Manual Cue' ready. So actions like Ctrl/GoButton, Ctrl/Space, Ctrl/RightClick will start the next manual cue, even if an exclusive cue is currently playing.

Hotkeys override exclusive cues: As mentioned above, the Exclusive Cue property is useful to prevent the accidental starting of the next cue. However, pressing a hotkey is not likely to be 'accidental', so if you need the facility to play hotkeys when an exclusive cue is playing then select this checkbox.

Disable right-click activating the 'Go' button: If you have assigned a key mapping for the 'Go' Button then you may wish to disable the use of the right mouse-click for activating cues. To do this, select the checkbox labeled Disable right-click activating the 'Go' button. Another reason why you might want to disable the right-click is if you are using external cue control, such as MIDI or RS232.

dB Increment for Increase/Decrease Shortcuts: This defines the dB change that occurs when you use the shortcuts Increase/Decrease Levels of Playing Cues in the Main Window list, and Increase/Decrease Levels of All Devices for this Sub-Cue in the Editor list.


Increase/Decrease Levels of Playing Cues: For Playlist cues, these shortcuts adjust the relative level of the current track, so the adjustment is capped at relative level 100%.

Increase/Decrease Level of Last Playing Cue: These shortcuts adjust the level of the cue Audio File, Video File or Playlist cue that was started. If that cue is no longer playing then the command is ignored, regardless of any prior audio cues that are still playing.

Rewind, Play/Pause and Stop: These Editor shortcuts can be used with Audio File Cues, Playlist Cues, Video/Image Cues, and Level Change Cues.

The Editor shortcuts Cut Cue, Copy Cue and Paste Cue have been assigned defaults Ctrl+1,Ctrl+2 and Ctrl+3. We recommend you do NOT assign Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to these or any other functions as Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V can be used to cut, copy and paste individual field values, such as fade times.

Skip Back 2 Seconds and Skip Forward 2 Seconds are Editor shortcuts that can be used with Audio File Cues, Video Cues, and Playlist Cues.

Using a Wireless Presenter / Clicker with SCS

Wireless presenters / clickers typically send keyboard commands such as 'up' and 'down'. Setting SCS shortcuts for one of these units is easy. With 'Shortcuts for Main Window' selected, just select a Function such as 'Go' Button and then press the button on the clicker that you wish to use to activate that function. The keyboard command received by SCS will be displayed in the New Shortcut Key field, so now all you need to do is click Assign New Shortcut. As mentioned earlier, if that new shortcut is currently assigned to another function, then SCS gives you the option to reassign this shortcut to the new function.

Repeat the above for each clicker button.

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