The Right-Side Pane

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Course: Q-SYS Level 1 Training
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Date: Monday, 15 July 2024, 1:43 AM

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Let’s continue our walkthrough of the Designer software
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we’ve poked around at the Audio Components branch of the Schematic Elements library,
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now let’s look at some of the other components.
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We’re not going to dig deep into the functions of any of these components here,
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I just want to show you were they can all be found.
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Some of these we’ll cover later in Q-SYS Level One Training,
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and others are covered in some of our additional advanced courses,
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so I’ll be sure to point those ones out as we get to them.
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Let’s start by looking at all of our available categories.
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In this version of the sowftware, in addition to Audio Components I also have Control Components,
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Monitor Components, Scripting Components, Video Components, Layout, and UCI Buttons …
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and you never know, future versions might have more categories as well,
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so if you see something in your software that you don’t see in this video,
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just dig into the Help file for information about it.
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The Control Components provide a number of objects that affect the flow of your control wires,
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in much the same way that Audio Components affected the channels of your audio wires.
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You’ve already briefly seen that nearly every control inside a component can have its control pin exposed,
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allowing that control to have an effect on something beyond its original purpose.
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Some of these are fairly obvious:
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a Control Delay, for instance, will delay the passage of a control signal by a specific length of time.
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I could use a Gain Ramp to fade out my Audio Player,
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and then use the Control Delay to Stop the Audio Player three seconds later to reset its file, for instance.
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Some of the other components however, like the LFO, or low-frequency oscillator,
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might not have such obvious applications.
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If you’re interested in this branch of components,
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I’d highly recommend that you take a brief look at our online Control 101 course.
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While a lot of that course deals with some advanced scripting that might not interest you right now,
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there is one early lesson that just focuses on these Control Components,
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and that could be really valuable to anyone who wants to accomplish some simple control tasks
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beyond what’s already possible in any given control panel.
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The Monitor Components have some components that are specifically useful
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if you need to monitor the health of non-native devices in your network,
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especially if you’re sending that information along
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to the Q-SYS Reflect Enterprise Manager for remote monitoring.
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You can find more information on these in our Enterprise Manager Technician Training,
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which is also available online.
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At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, the same is going to be true for the Scripting Components branch.
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The Block Controller, Control Script, and Text Controller provide you methods
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of building more complicated programming to create custom coding
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or two-way communication with third-party devices.
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You can get your feet wet in both of these languages by completing the entirety of the Control 101 online course
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I mentioned earlier, and advanced classroom control sessions as well.
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Next is Video components!
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Well, in this particular version of the software,
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this title is a little misleading, as it should say Video Component – singular!
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as it only contains the Camera Router.
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This is used to route any of our networked PTZ-IP cameras to a USB video bridge
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to be used by your teleconferencing soft-codec.
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However, as I’ve said several times before, the Q-SYS platform is always growing,
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so you may find new components in here as new devices are offered.
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In fact … oh, you knew I was going to say it, didn’t you, you knew this was coming…
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we offer an online training course called Video Training 101
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which will get you up to speed on our networked video endpoint devices for HDMI distribution.
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The Layout branch has some tools to help keep your design organized.
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The Container, for instance, is sort of like having a new schematic page hidden inside a component.
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You can wire something to the Container’s inputs and then through any number of components inside this
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new workspace, and then to the outputs again, allowing it to come out the other side of the Container.
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This is a great way to hide-away a lot of EQ blocks so they don’t clutter up your design, especially considering
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that you can put a password on that Container to make sure nobody makes any changes.
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Access Denied
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The Channel Group performs a similar function,
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but it will apply the signal path of this workspace to every one of its input channels.
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So rather than repeating the same adjustments to eight different EQ channels, you could choose
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to use a Channel Group and only make that adjustment once, which will be applied to every input.
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In addition, you still retain the ability to make specific changes to individual channels
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rather than all of them by selecting which channels are affected by a change.
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Next is the Popup Button, which works very much like the Container, except on a User Control Interface or UCI.
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This is a simple way to hide a bunch of buttons away and have them appear
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or disappear when you press the button.
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We’ll see a lot more tools for building UCIs in later sections of this course.
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Also, here you see the Signal Snake Input and Output,
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which we saw earlier as easy ways of grouping multiple wires together.
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Moving on to the UCI Buttons branch, these are buttons that are only able to be added onto your UCI,
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and are used for things like navigating to a different UCI page
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or launching a web browser to a specific URL if you’re on a phone, tablet, or a PC.
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You can also log the user off of that UCI, or temporarily deactivate the UCI,
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allowing you to physically Clean the Screen without accidentally hitting any buttons.
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There are a few other categories and tools here in the Right-Side pane to explore.
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Plugins gives you access to our Asset Manager,
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which is an online repository of plugins that have been developed for common third-party devices.
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It’s always a good idea to see if we have a plugin for a device you’re integrating,
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which will make it much easier for you to control that device.
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We have a full video on Plugins in our Control 101 training course.
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You’ll also see User Components here,
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which can store components or groups of components that you would essentially like to “save” for later.
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If you have a series of EQ components for a common microphone that you’ve tuned just right,
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for instance, you could add those components to your User Components,
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and Q-SYS Designer will create a new object that you can then recall at any time, in any design,
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that is already wired and configured exactly as you saved it.
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Whether you use this for common functions that you use frequently,
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or rare functions to save yourself the trouble of hunting down something from an old design,
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using User Components can save you a lot of time.
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User Components are stored in the “User Components” folder where your Q-SYS Designer software is installed,
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letting you easily share these files with other engineers or add others to your own library.
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Finally, let’s end with some really simple features: the Graphic Tools.
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These create visual elements to either your Schematic or your UCI, to help keep you organized.
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The Text Block lets you add some text, along with some visual options on the box that surrounds that text.
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You can change your font, change the color, you can add alignment here in the properties,
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as well as the block’s color, its corner radius, and border or stroke properties.
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If you don’t see any color, be sure to adjust that color’s transparency to make it visible.
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The Header is a similar tool but rather than putting a box around your words,
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it builds a horizontal line surrounding your text to create some visual separation.
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The Group Box is just another variation of this,
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in which your text will be contained to a tab at the top of the box,
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which is a very handy way to label a bunch of components and,
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once again, create some visual distinction between different areas of your design or UCI.
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The last tool here is the Polygon Tool,
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which lets you build a custom shape just by clicking the vertices
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of your shape and then double-clicking to close it off.
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You could then drag a control onto this polygon and hold the control key
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to give the polygon the power of that original control.
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This can be particularly useful on UCIs with groundplans,
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letting you select a room to mute it, or send a page, or combine it with another room, etc.
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Alright, so you’ve seen everything that's in the Right-Side Pane now.
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In the next video, we’ll check out all the features that are available in the Left-Side Pane.
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Take a quick break, and move along whenever you’re ready.