It’s All in the Timing: Recording A Cue Sequence in QLab 4

One of the more exciting new features in QLab 4 is the Record Cue Sequence tool. This function enables you to play through a cue sequence manually while recording your precise playback timing. This process creates a Group Cue with Start Cues imbedded within to trigger your cue sequence. These Start Cues have pre-waits attached to them that enable an exact playback to match your timing. To use this function, click on “Record Cue Sequence” in your Tools menu. This will open a window that gives you two recording options.


The Record Cue Sequence window, with both recording options shown.

Both settings create a Group Cue populated with Start Cues to trigger cues in your workspace. The first setting enables all of the Start cues to fire simultaneously with the appropriate pre-waits attached to them to match your original timing. The second option creates a Group Cue that triggers the first Start Cue and then goes to the next cue with pre-waits and auto-continues attached in the appropriate locations. Both will result in identical playback, but you may find one method better suits the needs of your programming preferences.


Recording Setting 1: Group with Start Cues and Pre-Waits (all children fire simultaneously)


Recording Setting 1: Group with Start Cues and Pre-Waits (Fire first child, enter into group with Auto-Continues)

It’s important to note that the Group Cue created by this process only contains Start Cues. It does not have the cues necessary for playback of your media or triggering lights. In the interest of keeping an organized workspace, it might be wise to create another Group Cue inside which you place your cues and triggers. Another option is to create a new cue list and drag these files into that list. The important detail here is that your original media cannot be deleted, or the Start Cues will have nothing to trigger. It can take a bit of getting used to, but it certainly opens up a number of options for programming.

Follow this link to watch a screen capture video showing playback of a recorded Audio Cue sequence. Keep checking in for more tips in the coming months and stay tuned for more news about my upcoming QLab 4 book.

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