UCI Creation and Management

Site: QSC
Course: Q-SYS Level 1 Cinema Training
Book: UCI Creation and Management
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Date: Monday, 24 June 2024, 2:56 AM

Description

Video Transcript

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The Q-SYS User Control Interface, or UCI for short, provides the means for the end user to
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control parts of the Q-SYS design through a networked device like a Q-SYS Touch Screen controller,
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a Windows-based PC, an iPhone, iPad, you name it.
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The choice is yours as to how much or how little you'd like the user to be able to control the system,
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and the amount of creativity you put into designing your UCI can really go a long way.
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In this design we’ll go through the basic steps of creating, editing, and deploying a UCI,
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and along the way you’ll see some pretty cool UCIs that have been designed by actual Q-SYS users
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Your first step is to go to the User Control Interfaces panel in the Left-Side Pane.
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By default there is a UCI here titled Inventory Status, and if you just started your design
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there should be one page called Default Location. You cannot remove, rename,
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or edit this UCI, which will automatically be populated with the status bars of the items in your inventory,
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like this Core status, right here. If you customize the name of your location of your inventory items,
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then this UCI page will change from Default Location to the name you have supplied.
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For instance if I were to go over here and change this to "front of house"
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and go back to my UCI Control, there it’s already changed.
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To create your own, customized UCI, click the Plus icon in the UCI panel
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and select New User Control Interface. And now you now have a new blank UCI with one Page in it.
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If you click the Plus icon again now, you’ll have a new option to add a Page to Interface 1,
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and that will give you a 2nd page on your UCI.
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Now you'll notice that navigation tabs have appeared on your UCI.
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By default these tabs automatically show-up on the left-hand side, but if you select your UCI
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and you come over here to Page Tabs you can change the position of that.
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You can put it at the bottom, at the right, at the top, I’m going to put them back to the left.
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You also can adjust the Font Size in your UCI, let's go ahead and bring this back up to 20 maybe. The last option for Page Tabs is called None.
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If you select None, the tabs will disappear,
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but you still probably want your user to be able to move from screen to screen.
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There are a few ways to accomplish this.
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You could simply drag a Page icon from the UCI panel into the UCI,
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which will create a button that you can customize the appearance of.
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The other way is for touchscreens only and that you can do just by swiping between pages,
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like you would on any iOS device. This function is available on the QSC TSC-8, iPhone, and iPad.
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Let’s look at the other options in the Properties panel. You can change your UCI’s title,
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you can disable the swipe option for touchscreens, and here is where you select the Panel Type.
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Now this is where you will decide what the size of your UCI is.
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You can see that when you change your selection the dimensions of the UCI page
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are automatically adjusted to the appropriate size of your device.
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Because of this, it’s important that you select your Panel Type
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and Page Tab orientation before adding content to your UCI,
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or else your content may end up outside the visible area.
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Other Panel Types include Generic 4:3 ratio, 16:9 ratio, and 16:10 ratio, iPad, iPhone, TSC-3
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and the TSC-8. There’s one other option, which is the Custom option which lets you choose
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the diagonal size of your UCI and the vertical and horizontal resolution of your UCI.
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For most panel types, you can also specify your orientation to be in Landscape or Portrait mode.
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Finally, if you activate the Private field then this UCI will be hidden from iOS and Windows UCI viewers,
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allowing them to only be viewed by the QSC Touchscreen controllers.
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Each Page of the UCI has its own Properties panel, in which you can change its Title.
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So we’ll call this one Audio Controls and you can also change the Fill color,
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so let’s go ahead and change that to a nice black.
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Note that if you change the title of the pages, these names will automatically populate on your Page Tabs,
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but you will have to manually change any navigation buttons you’ve already created.
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Let’s go ahead and do that. If you need to take a quick break, go for it, if not, go to the next section.

Lesson Description

Navigate between multiple UCI pages.  Configure your UCI for different devices.

Tips and Definitions

Panel Type: The Panel Type allows for customized UCI display for a specific device.
Private Field:
Changing the UCI Private Field limits the UCI to only allow QSC Touch Screens to view them.
  • Adding a new UCI to the Schematic is made simple by clicking the PLUS icon next to the User Control Interfaces tab.