Cue Sheets allow you to create a comprehensive and collaborative rundown of events for your production to work off of. By taking advantage of our real-time architecture, you are able to see up to the second information regarding your show’s rundown, as well as track yours, and others current positions within the production, all in real-time.
Creating a Cue Sheet #
To create a cue sheet, simply go to a project, select the Cue Sheets tab, and click the New button.
Alternatively, you can import a cue sheet from an existing Excel spreadsheet. To do this, click the Import button on the Cue Sheets tab, select the file you wish to upload, toggle the options to suit your import needs, and click Upload.
Columns, Rows, and Cells #
Adding rows and columns to your cue sheet is easy. Simply click the menu button in the upper left and select Add Row or Add Column. There are also shortcuts for this such as Shift+R to add a row and Shift+C to add a column which makes adding extremely fast.
Columns are fully customizable, reorderable at the user level, and can be removed at will. Simply click the column name and choose the option you want to execute. You can also hide columns at the user level. This is handy if there are other departments working off the same cue sheet and you don’t need to see a column meant for another department. Columns can be made visible again by clicking the upper left menu and selecting Hidden Columns, then choosing the column you want to view. You are also able to restore columns that were previously removed, just in case someone deletes one by accident. To do this, click Restore Column in the upper left menu.
Every user also has their own dedicated column called Private Colum. By default, this is hidden, but if you want to utilize it, you can go to Hidden Columns to unhide it. Anything you type in this column will only be visible to you.
Rows can be either Headers or Cues. Cues are rows with cells where you can store information in tabular format, while headers are a simple row intended to separate previous cues from subsequent cues. You are also able to restore rows, just in case someone deletes one by accident. To do this, click Restore Row in the upper left menu.
Each row also has the ability to assign a duration, or start and end times. This enables you to set how long a cue should take during run of show and when it should occur. We will automatically calculate and display the time each cue should start at based on the cue sheet’s starts at time and durations of other cues within the cue sheet.
There are also many other row options such as adding audio files, reordering rows, setting global and user level colors, and more! Just click the option dots to the left of the row to see what you can do.
Row Timing #
There are 3 different types of row timings that allow you to specify when cues should begin and end. This is set at the Cue Sheet level by going to Edit > Row Timing, and selecting which row timing you would like for your sheet.
Here are the Row Timings available:
Set a specified amount of time that a cue should take. Start times are automatically calculated based on the start time and timezone of the sheet.
Times allow you to set specific start and end times for each cue. Start and end times are timezone agnostic, and allow you to have cues that overlap in time, unlike Duration.
If you do not wish to have timings per cue, you can select this option and no times will be displayed on your sheet.
To edit a cell, simply click inside it and enter the information you would like displayed inside the cell, then click Save. Each cell also saves your edit history so you can restore back to any point in time in case someone makes a change that was incorrect. To restore a cell to a previous version, click in the cell and then click the View History button. From there, you can click the restore button to the right of any previous versions of that cell that are displayed.
Audio Playback #
You can also play audio files directly from your cue sheet. To add an audio file to a cue, simply click the option dots to the left of the row and click Add Audio File.
There are a healthy number of audio playback options that can be managed by clicking the settings icon located on the right-hand side of the audio player. From here you can set options for each individual audio track such as:
- Play On Cue Call
- Starts At
- Ends At
- Fade In Duration
- Fade Out Duration
Start/End At and Fade In/Out Duration values are only used when Play On Cue Call is set to Yes. This way, you can use the audio player’s play/pause button to play the file manually in order to hear parts of the file outside the starts at and ends at times. Additionally, audio files will only be played in the browser tab they are directly triggered from.
Callers and Followers #
The nice thing about Cue Manager is that you can keep track of your position within a cue sheet during a show. Simply click the green play button next to a cue and the row will be highlighted. You can also use the left and right arrows on your keyboard to skip to the next cue or go back to the previous cue.
You are also able to follow other cue callers. Simply click the menu in the upper left, select Follow, and choose a user you would like to follow. You will then see their name appear in the lower right corner of the cue sheet. When you are following another user, you will see their current position in the cue sheet in real-time the same way you would if you were calling the show.
To clear your position or unfollow another user, simply click the menu in the upper right, and select Clear Position or Unfollow, respectively.
Printing and Exporting #
Cue Manager gives you the ability to print custom documents and export to Excel. Simply click the Print Documents or Export buttons in the upper left menu to choose what document you would like to print or what format you would like to export to.
If you have a sheet you would like to reuse on another event, you can save it as a template. Simply click the Save as Template button in the upper left menu, give it a name, and click save. You will then be able to choose this template when you create cue sheets in the future by searching for a template in the New Sheet view. Simply click in the search box under Template and start typing to find the template you would like to use, then click on it. When you choose a template this way, the sheet will automatically populate with the template data upon creation.
You can also save over an existing template by choosing Replace Template in the upper left menu of a sheet and searching for the template you would like to replace.