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Version: 13.0

Playback Options

Playback Options

To set options for a cue, chase or cue list, press Playback Options on the root menu, then press the select button of the playback to be edited. A list of option categories will open on the softkeys; a window will also open giving a touch-friendly version of the playback options.

Playback Options window for cue showing playback tab

Click on the i button for a help window on each setting.

You can select multiple playbacks if you want to set the options the same on all of them. The current option settings will be shown if they are the same on all playbacks.

Playback Tab


Sets this individual playback to Blind mode. The playback will then output only to Visualiser, not to the stage. This can be very useful if you need to program and test a cue during a live show.


Allows you to configure how playbacks will behave if you turn on two playbacks controlling the same fixture. The priority can be set to Low, Normal, High, Programmer or Very High (Programmer gives the same level as manually set attributes in the programmer). If a fixture is being controlled by a playback and you turn on a playback of the same or higher priority, then the new playback will take over. However, if the new playback is set to lower priority than the first playback, the fixture will not change.

This is useful if, for example, you've programmed looks using all your fixtures, then you decide you want a couple of them to spotlight a singer. If you set the spotlight playback to be high priority, then while it is active no other playback will affect the spotlight fixtures.

Priority is useful when using Swop buttons for strobe-type effects where you want to black out everything else. If you have a position shape running on other fixtures, you don't want that to stop during the Swop, or it will look messy when you release the Swop button. So set the shape playback to have a higher priority than the strobe playback, and it will keep going during the strobe and continue smoothly when you release the Swop button.

Attributes set by manually applying a palette to a fixture will override all playback priorities except Very High.

Shape Behaviour

Controls the behaviour of Key Frame Shapes in this playback:

GlobalUse global setting from User Settings
OverlayShape continues to run over changes to attributes
LTPIf attributes are changed, the shape will stop running on those attributes

Fader Mode

This is the same option as set in the Edit Times menu.

Mode 0Channels fade in as set by the fade time. The Fade Out time is ignored. If times are set to zero, the HTP channels fade in with the 0-100% position of the playback fader and the LTP channels will snap.
Mode 1HTP channels fade in and out as set by the fade out times (LTP channels fade in but then remain as set in the cue). If times are set to zero, the HTP levels will fade in and out with the fader and the LTP channels will snap when the cue is fired.
Mode 2Both HTP and LTP channels follow the fader position. Useful when used with a pan/tilt cue for manually tracking a spot across a stage or down a catwalk using the fader position or for mixing colours on RGB fixtures.
Mode 3Crossfade cue. All channels, including intensity channels, will fade to the settings in the new cue. All other cues fade out and all other active playbacks become inactive; if you need to re-fire a playback, take the fader to zero and put it up again. Useful for setting a video playback state.
Playback Modes

Run On Startup

Sets this playback to run when the console powers on. This can be disabled by the Auto Run Startup Playbacks option in User Settings (turned on by default).

This can be very useful for unattended applications to set up an  initial lighting state, or to run lamp on macros.

Power on playbacks show a Power symbol watermark in the playback information area above the fader. If you open the Show Library window there is a filter tab to Show Startup Playbacks which allows you to list all the playbacks which are set to run on startup.

Power On Playback


Default speed for this playback in BPM. This can be overridden by a Rate or BPM master, or if the playback is a chase, can be modified using the wheels.


Default crossfade for this playback. If the playback is a chase, this can be modified using the wheels and the changes will be saved here.

Speed Multiplier

Allows you to modify the speed, useful when running multiple playbacks together

Flash Fade In / Flash Fade Out

Sets the fade in/fade out time for this playback when it is fired using the flash button. By default these are set to "As In" and "As Out" which will use the fade time set for the playback in the Times menu. This option allows you to set a different flash action for the playback. Note that the Key Profile for the flash button must be set to Timed Flash for this to work.

Cross Fade HTP

If on, makes the HTP (dimmer) channels in this cue override other HTP channels, obeying the priority settings. Normally if a dimmer channel was up in another cue, the highest dimmer setting would continue to be output, but this option lets you create a playback that will override this behaviour, so if you specifically need some fixtures to be at 50%, this option will let you do that.

Handle Tab

Handle Paging

Allows you to lock the playback on a handle so that it always appears on that handle no matter what page is selected. This is useful if you have some general playbacks you want on every page, without having to copy the playback onto each page.

UnlockedThis playback will change with the pages as normal
Transparent LockThis playback will appear on all pages when the handle is unprogrammed
LockedThis playback will appear on all pages. Playbacks programmed on this handle on other pages will not be accessible.

Key Profile

Sets the key profile individually for this playback. Global sets the key profile back to the global setting for playbacks.

Fader Tab

Fader Mode

Same as in Playback tab, see above

Shape Size

Sets whether the fader position affects the size of shapes in this playback

FixedNo effect
FaderSize of all types of shape set by fader position
HTP FaderOnly dimmer shapes are controlled by fader position

Shape & Effect Speed

Sets whether the fader position affects the speed of shapes in this playback


Allows you to set a different curve shape for this playback - curves are listed on the softkeys. The various curves are illustrated in the Curves section.

You can also allocate a Speed Master to the cue which will allow you to modify the shape during playback.

Effects Tab

Shape Behaviour

Same as in playback tab, see above

Speed Source

Allows you to allocate a Speed Master to this playback.

Size Source

Allows you to allocate a Size Master to this playback

Shape Size

Same as in fader tab, see above

Shape & Effect Speed

Same as in fader tab, see above

If you have a cue which contains only shapes to overlay on other cues, set the cue to Size on Fader and allocate a Speed Master. You can then create lots of different looks out of the shape by varying the size and speed at show time using the playback fader and the speed master.

Release Tab

Release Mask

Lets you specify which attributes will be released to the state they were in from a previously fired playback when this playback is killed (you lower the fader to zero). You can also use the Attribute Bank buttons to set the mask.

The mask can be set to Global or Local. Local means you can make individual mask settings for this playback. Global uses the global release mask which is set in the Release menu (press Release).

Release mask is useful when creating a temporary strobe effect on a playback. Press Release Mask then the Intensity/Shutter attribute button. Now when you turn off the playback the shutter will release to its previous state and the strobe will stop.

When using with chases you need to press Mask before pressing the Intensity/Shutter button.

You can use Key Profiles to allocate one of the handle buttons to release the playback.

Release Time

Sets a release fade time for this playback. Enter blank time to return to global (Global release time is set in the User Settings).