Cue List: A better way of managing cues
Maybe you generate your cuelists in Excel. Maybe you
rely on what the programmer puts into the console.
FocusTrack’s Cue List gives you the best of
both worlds - and more.
It imports the cue list from the console, complete
with cue text and times.
You can add your own cue notes, manually entered or
imported from other sources.
You can notate which cues scenes start in, which cues
scenery comes on stage. FocusTrack can use that
information to figure out which focuses correspond to
which scenes or scenery.
You can highlight cues - the start of sequences,
perhaps - making it easy to find them, or even to
jump straight to them by name rather than scrolling
endlessly; if you have a standard way of denoting
scene breaks in the console text, you can get
FocusTrack to work out scene breaks automatically
rather than having to do it all over again manually.
You can jot down your moving light focuses as you
make them by placing channels on a grid over a
picture or drawing of the scene you’re
lighting, even without importing the show. FocusTrack
will match these up with information imported from
the console later. Or, if you let FocusTrack do all
the work, it can create a focus grid like this for
each cue, giving you a handy cue-by-cue reference of
what the lights are up to.
You can print cue sheets, beautifully, either with
all of the structure and cue parts on show or, if
you’re printing for a stage manager who might
not care about all that stuff, with the cue parts
And you can add photos of cues, giving you a record
of the end result of all of your work! You can even
print the focus grid for each cue to leave with
whoever’s running the show.