OnCue Prompter IOS App
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What is OnCue?
OnCue is a Teleprompter App for your IOS devices and more. OnCue is packed with really cool feature and is simple to yours. Here is a list of the feature.
Create and Edit Scripts in Rich Text on iPhone and iPads.
Start with a countdown and loop your content as many times as you want.
Mirror you text onto an external display or Apple TV
Connect via Bluetooth to multiple devices and scroll text remotely.
View scripts on all network connected devices and edit them.
Connected devices can control if the image is a mirror or not.
All connected devices including the server have the same visible text one the screen.
Speed control by swiping the screen, no tapping or waiting.
Advanced scroll smoothness feature that allows the operator to work out any jerkiness in the scrolling text by adjusting the timing and scroll distance when data is sent.
Include Emoji's in the text along with all the other session IOS keyboard styles.
277 different font styles.
Connect to a remote display and at the same time to a number of wireless peers.
Control the scrolling text with a game controller which give you multiple functions, including speed up, slow down, pause, rewind, fast forward, double rewind, double fast forward, and change the font size to name a few.
A free scrolling feature that will allow you to quickly scroll forward or backward to a point in your script or to manually scroll the text for the talent.
The following are instructions on how to used OnCue. The instructions are broken down like this.
1. CREATING SCRIPTS
2 CONFIGURE SCROLL SETTINGS
3. SCROLLING THE TEXT
4. EXTERNAL DISPLAY
5. CREATING A BLUETOOTH SESSION
6. USING THE REMOTE CONTROL
1. CREATING SCRIPTS:
By default, this script was added to OnCue and will be re-added every time that the Script count is Zero. To create a new script, select the "Edit" button at the top right of the main window. A new toolbar will appear at the bottom of the view. In the toolbar select "New" and you will be taken to the New Script Window.
Give you new script a name and select "Save". You will then be taken back to the main window and the screen will be reset to Operation Mode.
At this time your new script is empty. You will need to insert some text into the script now so you will have something to appear in the Scrolling Canvas.
You will find several rich text options in the Script Editor View. On iPads, the rich text options are at the top of the page just like most other text editors. iPhones have the rich text formatting in a popover menu that is available in the context menu once you have selected some text. You will see a "Rich Text" menu item. OnCue you select it a window will pop up and give you several options. Because of the size constraints, there are way more formatting options on an iPad than an iPhone version of OnCue Prompter.
To add text to a new script or to change or edit an existing script you can do one of the following:
From the main window select the "Edit" button on the top right of the navigation bar.
For this part, you don't need to use the toolbar at the bottom of the window. Simply just click on the script you wish to edit and you will be taken to the Script Editor Window.
Here, you can either Paste text that you have copied from an email, website, or document into the Script Editor, or you can use the keyboard and type out what you want to appear in the Scrolling Canvas.
In some cases, you could want two versions of the same script. To make that easier OnCue allows you to duplicate and rename a script.
To duplicate a scripted press "Edit" on the top right of the navigation bar. a toolbar will appear with three buttons. Press the duplicate button and then select the script that you want to duplicate. The script will appear in a new view with the word "Copy-" preceded by the original script name. Select "Duplicate" from the top right of the navigation controller and the script will be duplicated. You will edit the new script in the same way that you edit any other script.
At some point, you will want to delete scripts for the application. There are two ways to accomplish this. First, you can simply swipe from right to left on the far right side of the script cell and a delete button will appear. Select "Delete" and an alert will appear asking you if you want to continue deleting the file. If you choose yes the script will be permanently removed from the application. If you choose no, the delete command will be canceled.
The other way to delete a file is to select the "Edit" button from the main window. a new toolbar will appear at the bottom of the window. Select "Delete" and a little Plus/Minus Selector will appear before the name of the script. Click on the Plus/Minus Selector and it will change states and a "Delete" button will appear on the right side of the cell. Select "Delete" and you will be prompted to continue deleting the file from the application or to cancel the "Delete" command.
To delete a Script change to Edit Mode and select "Delete" from the bottom Toolbar. From here, you can select the Scripts you want to delete or simply push your Script to the left of the screen.
2. Configure the Scrolling
With the main window in "Operation Mode", select the script that you want to use. You will immediately be taken to the Settings Window.
The name of your script will appear in the center and on the left of the title text you have a "Previous" button that will take you back to the "Scripts Window" and to the right of the title, you will see a shortcut to the Script Editor Window.
Below that you will see Three sections, one titled Prompter, one titled Settings and the last Video Out. You will configure the scrolling and start the scrolling from right here. First, let's look at the Settings.
By default, there are already values stored for all of the settings in this sections. If you select the "Run Prompt" button your script should appear in the Scrolling Canvas and start scrolling. But, in order for the script look and scroll, that way you want it to you will need to make some changes.
Speed will determine how fast the script will scroll. The smaller the font size (Below) the slower you will want the speed. There is no perfect speed, this will be determined by what speed is the most comfortable and my take a bit of trial and error.
Mirroring will determine whether or not the Scrolling Canvas will appear flip horizontal. The reason you would use this if-if the text will be reflecting in a mirror such as a teleprompter mirror. Set to "Off" and the screen will not mirror, turn to On and the mirroring will occur.
Font Size will set the size of the font to appear in the Scrolling Canvas. The larger the number the bigger the font. If you are at a distance from the device then you may choose a larger font.
Loop Count sets how many times the script will loop before stopping. If the value is set to 0 looping will not occur.
Count Down sets how many seconds will pass before the script starts to scroll. The Count Down displays a gray box with the current count until the countdown is complete. Once complete the scrolling will start. If the Count Down Value is set to Zero the countdown will not happen.
OnCue Prompter will work with external displays or Apple TV so if you are want to output the text to a display select the option "External Display Enabled".
The External Display can be mirrored independently from the IOS device by selecting the mirrored option.
3. SCROLLING THE TEXT
Now that you have configured the settings it time to start the scrolling. To do this simply press the big blue "RUN PROMPT" button at the top of the Settings Window in the Prompter section.
The Scrolling Canvas is where all the magic happens, it is where the script you created meets the settings you configured to create the scrolling. But that is not all it does. The Scrolling Canvas has some commands of its own.
To pause and start the scrolling simply touch the screen anywhere one time to pause and again to start.
While paused a navigation menu will appear that give you an option to exit or resume. You don't need to use these buttons unless you want to. You can resume with a single tap and exit by tapping twice with two fingers.
You can make an adjustment to the speed by touching the screen in the center and swiping to the left or right. The action will act like an invisible slider so as you swipe in either direction you will be either increasing or decreasing the speed. The changes will happen immediately and you will physically see the scrolling speed up or slow down.
"Free Scroll Feature"
To use the new free scroll feature of OnCue Prompter, tap anywhere on the scrolling text. when the menu appears to press the center button "Free Scroll". I light gray bar will appear behind the text on the right side of the window.
By dragging with your finger up or down in the gray area the script will roll forward or backward. Once you are at the desired location simply tap anywhere on the screen to resume scrolling.
As long as the Free Scroll gray bar is visible you can freely roll forward or backward in your script, even while the script is scrolling.
When you tap the screen a red gear button appears at the bottom left of the screen. If you press the gear a semi-transparent control will appear over your text (only visible on the operator's device). There are two sliders on this control. One is for Smoothness and the other for data send rate. This feature will come in handy when you are connected remotely via Wifi or Bluetooth to other devices because it allows you to control the data rate and prevent choppy scrolling. To use it the top slider will adjust the distance the text will scroll before sending another movement command and the bottom slider will control the intervals on how fast the data is being updated. By adjusting these two settings you will quickly iron out any scrolling issues.
At the top right of the screen, there is a button that will quickly get you back to the script editor to make changes to the current script. This will bypass going through the main screen to get to the edit window. It will also let you edit scripts on client connected devices and save them back to their home device.
4. EXTERNAL DISPLAY:
The Output Video -VGA feature of OnCue is the most exciting feature of this new release. It allows the user to not only use the IOS device as a Teleprompter, but it allow the user to output the scrolling text via VGA to an external monitor or television that supports VGA video input.
Now users that own conventional Teleprompter that utilize a VGA monitor can output scrolling text to the Teleprompter without the need of a laptop or desktop computer.
Simply load the script into the OnCue Teleprompter app and configure the Video Out feature to output to the external monitor and flip the image. Like a conventional setup, the operator will be watching the scrolling text (Unflipped) on the IOS device, and the talent, looking into the Teleprompter mirror, will see the reflection of the flipped text as it scrolls in front of the lens of the camera.
To configure this feature you need to plug the VGA adaptor (sold at the Apple Store Online) to your IOS device. Next, connect a VGA cable between the IOS device and you VGA monitor.
With the monitor power on, go to the setting screen of OnCue Prompter and scroll to the bottom. You will see two switches. Switch the Video Out - VGA to the on position and if you need the image flipped switch the Flipped switch to the on position. Now, everything that scrolls on the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad will be seen on the external monitor.
5. CREATE A BLUETOOTH SESSION
OnCue allows you to connect to multiple devices and remotely access the OnCue script libraries of these devices and scroll text on them.
The Bluetooth session has two components - first the "Server" who controls the session and second the "Client" who is controlled by the Server during the session.
At the top of the script viewer screen on the left is a button titled "Network". This button will take you to the Network Setup Page.
"Network Setup Page"
On the network setup page, you will establish your role in the session. Each session can only have one Server but can connect to multiple Clients.
"Select a Network"
There are several different networks you can choose from, this will allow multiple sessions in the same area. The Server and the Clients will choose a Network Group and then select their Role at the bottom of the window. ALL CLIENTS MUST BE ON THE SAME NETWORK AS THE SERVER!
There can only be one server in each session. The Server will see a list of all available peers advertising to join the session for the selected network. They will have a red indicator next to their device name. To connect to one of the Clients the Server needs to select the Client and wait for a response. If the Client accepts the connection the indicator will turn green and they are connected. This will have to be done for all devices that will be part of the session.
Once the devices are connected the bottom Toolbar turns black and a green "View Scripts" button appears a the bottom of the screen.
Select this button and you will be taking to a view that looks similar to the main view with the exception that all the Clients are listed along with the scripts located on their devices. From here select a script and it will load to the settings window and the scrolling options will appear.
There can be several Clients in a session but only one Server. The Client will receive instructions from the Server and the Server will control the session. If your device is a Client then the only interaction you will need to do is "accept the connection" and determine whether the device is "Mirrored" or if the server can save back to your device if they make an edit to the script.
6. USING THE REMOTE CONTROL
OnCue uses a game controller instead of a multi-media controller like most other teleprompter apps. The reason for this is that multi-media controllers only have a few functions of which many of them are reserved for the iTunes and the device.
OnCue utilized a custom library that allows for the use of an iCade Bluetooth remote which allows an almost endless amount of inputs to the devices. With a game controller, her is what you can do.
Speed up, slow down, pause, start, fast forward, double fast forward, rewind, double rewind, increase/decrease font size and exit the scrolling text.
To start you must follow the instructions that came with the remote to and connect it to your device in the Bluetooth menu.
On the controller, there are several buttons and joysticks. OnCue utilizes the X, Y, A, B, Select, Start, and Left Joystick buttons. Here are the commands.
LEFT JOYSTICK UP = Increase Speed
LEFT JOYSTICK Down = Decrease Speed
LEFT JOYSTICK Left = Rewind
LEFT JOYSTICK Right = Fast forward
LEFT JOYSTICK Left + X = Double rewind
LEFT JOYSTICK Right + X = Double Fast Forward
LEFT JOYSTICK Up + B = Increase Font Size
LEFT JOYSTICK Down + B = Decrease Font Size
START = Pause / Start
LEFT JOYSTICK Down + Select = Exit Scrolling Canvas
LEFT JOYSTICK Up + Y = Jump to top of Script
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