The Show Manager has been introduced in QLC+ starting from version 4.0.0, after forking the original
QLC code on November 5th, 2012.
This feature is meant to give users the possibility of setting up a time driven show in a friendly and completely graphical way.
The graphic interface shows a multitrack view, typical of audio sequencers or video editing softwares, and with it users are allowed to place QLC+ Functions at the desired place and time in the view.
Show Manager gives a lot of flexibility during a Show creation thanks to its visual-oriented approach. Once understood the basic elements, it is very easy to create, move or edit the existing functions and improve a Show by adding new tracks to it.
Typical use cases of Shows are those gigs where a band plays songs following a metronome and the light show has always to be the same, following the music.
Another case are visual entertainment shows, where dancers or singers follow some music and lights create the atmosphere at the right time.
The Show Manager drives users to make large use of the Sequence function. Here's the explanation of the difference between a Chaser and a Sequence.
Even if the Sequence and the
Chaser functions have some common ground, they're not the same thing.
If not done yet, you are invited to read once again their definitions in the Basic Concepts & Glossary page of this documentation.
The main differences are:
|Create a new Show. A Show is represented as a multitrack workspace where tracks, sequences and audio elements can be added|
|Shows list||This drop down box lists the currently created Shows. Clicking on a Show will display it.|
|Create a new track or add existing functions to the Show. When clicking on this button
a window is displayed, allowing you to perform the following operations:
|Create a new Sequence item and bind it to the selected track.|
|Create a new Audio item. An audio item simply represents
an audio file. Audio items can be added on any track, but if you want to to create a separate
track for it, just create an new track.
Note: It is possible to display the waveform preview of an audio item just by right clicking it and selecting the channels you want to display (mono, left channel, right channel, stereo)
Warning: Even though QLC+ allows you to, it is not possible to play two audio files simultaneously. Especially on Windows, you might experience unwanted crashes.
|Copy the currently selected item into QLC+ clipboard|
|Paste QLC+ clipboard content at the cursor position. When performing this
operation two checks are performed:
|Delete the currently selected item. This can be a sequence, an audio item or a track.
Note that deleting a track will delete also all its sequences/audio children.
Note: Show Manager will only perform a "visual removal" of functions. To permanently delete them, please use the Function Manager
|Assign a custom color to the selected item|
|Lock or unlock then selected item. Once an item is locked, it cannot be dragged on the timeline anymore|
|Open a window where you can adjust the selected item start time and total duration.
The behaviour of the latter will depend on the selected item.
On Audio and Video items it does nothing.
On Sequences and Chasers it will stretch all the steps timings to fit to the desired duration.
On EFXs and RGB Matrices some extra options will be displayed, allowing to stretch the original function or loop the function until the desired duration is reached.
|Enable/disable the "Snap to grid" functionality. The view will be filled with vertical bars
corresponding to the header markers (time or BPM)
Snapping to grid will correct your items by dragging them to the nearest reference bar
|00:00:00.000||This field displays the cursor time position both if the playback is stopped or activated|
|Start the current Show playback from the cursor position, or pause it and leave the lights on.|
|Stop the current Show playback. Clicking once will stop the cursor at the current position
for resuming later. Clicking twice will restore the cursor to 0 seconds.
Hint: When resuming a show with audio tracks, please keep in mind that audio accuracy depends on the file formats you are using. For example MP3 files resume is not particularly accurate, while wave files resume is.
|Time markers||This drop down menu lets you to choose the desired time division to display for your Show.
This can be either 'Time'. 'BPM 4/4', 'BPM 3/4' or 'BPM 2/2'
|BPMs||When a BPM time division mode is selected, this field lets you decide the appropriate BPM
to set for you Show. This ranges from 20 to 240.
This can be quite useful when dealing with electronic music or BPM synchronized shows