Playbacks can be linked in groups. Playback groups are useful if you want to have a set of mutually exclusive playbacks where only one in the group is active at any one time – if you fire a second playback from the group, the other playbacks in the group will be automatically killed.
On a console with motorised faders, the faders for the killed playbacks will return to zero. Otherwise the LED in the playback’s select button will go out to show that the playback is now inactive.
Creating a playback group
First open the Playback Groups workspace by pressing Open Workspace Window then use the Next button (or text search box) to select Playback Groups.
Press the + button. This creates a new empty playback group in the left pane.
Press the new group button (if this is your first group it will be Playback Group 1)
Press the Pencil/edit button at the bottom right of the window to place the group into edit mode.
Select the playbacks to include in the group by pressing their select buttons once. The playbacks will appear in the workspace as you select them.
Press Exit when you have finished adding playbacks.
The playback selection toggles while in edit mode so you can remove a playback by pressing its select button again. You can also remove a playback by pressing its button in the groups window while in edit mode.
You can also create a playback group using the Group button – press Group, Playback Groups, Record playback group. Then select the required playbacks which will highlight, then press Store.
You can set the legend or halo for a playback group by pressing the Set Legend softkey then the group button in the left pane of the workspace.
You can fire playbacks (when not in edit mode) by pressing the playback buttons in the Playback Groups window.
When a playback is part of a group, an asterisk * is shown at the end of the playback legend to help you remember which playbacks are in groups.
Editing which playbacks are in a playback group
From the Playback Groups workspace, select the group to be edited on the left then press the pencil/edit button bottom right to edit it.
The playbacks in the group highlight and you can toggle them in and out of the group using their select buttons.
There are also softkeys to set the User Number and Legend for the group.
- To delete the entire playback group, press Delete then the group button in the left hand pane of the workspace.
Playback Group options
For each group you can set how playbacks in the group will behave. From the Playback Groups workspace, select the group to be edited on the left then press the Options tab at the bottom of the workspace.
Mutually Exclusive switches the exclusive mode on and off. This allows you to temporarily disable the exclusive action of a group without deleting the group.
Kill Point sets when other playbacks in the group will be killed when you fire a new playback:
Fired - as soon as the playback passes the trigger point
Fade Completed – when the new playback has completed its fade in time.
Kill Action sets whether the playbacks being killed will use Release rules or not.
Follow Playback - each killed playback uses its own settings for release.
Kill - playbacks are always killed without any release.
Release – playbacks are always released using the settings in the mask and time below
Release HTP – HTP channels are released but LTP channels are killed.
Release Mask, Release Time allow you to override the release settings for killed playbacks. If set to the default of Playback then the playback’s own settings are used.
Playback Group workspace display options
Using the workspace options menu (cog button at the top of the window) you can set three different display modes for the Playback Groups workspace:
View Mode All – 2 panes with group buttons on the left and all the playbacks in each group shown on the right
View Mode Single – 2 panes with group buttons on the left, but only the playbacks in the currently selected group are shown on the right. Handy if you have groups with a lot of playbacks in each one.
View Mode Playbacks Only – Single pane with just the playbacks for each group shown.