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How can I create and use keyboard shortcuts in the Automator?
How can I create and use keyboard shortcuts in the Automator?

Find out how to use keyboard shortcuts in the Cuez Automator

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What are keyboard shortcuts in the Automator?

Keyboard shortcuts in the Cuez Automator can be used to perform functions, or sets of functions, the same way you can configure functions in Blocks for example. Using keyboard shortcuts allows you to easily trigger a set of actions on for example a vMix, using a single key. Keyboard shortcuts can then also be programmed on something like a Stream Deck (Streamdeck) to control the Automator.

Where and how can I configure keyboard shortcuts?

To add and configure keyboard shortcuts, go to the gear icon in the top right corner, then select 'Keyboard shortcuts'.

A new side panel will open, allowing you to start adding your shortcuts. Click 'Add shortcut' to start adding your first keyboard shortcut.

Select the blue keyboard icon, then hit the key you want to use as a shortcut - for example the spacebar. The selected key appears next to the keyboard icon.

Next, click 'Add Automation' to configure the functions, or set of functions, you want to trigger when using the keyboard shortcut. From there, the actions can be configured the same way as it works for Blocks and other parts of the Automator.

Keyboard shortcut examples

System.Next

You could use the 'System.Next' function on the 'System' device (being the Automator itself) to trigger the next step in your Rundown. If no Steps are available for the currently triggered Block, or all Steps have been triggered, the Automator will then move to the next Block in the Rundown.

System.Next Card

You could use the 'System.Next Card' function on the 'System' device (being the Automator itself) to trigger the next Block in your Rundown. If Steps are available for the currently triggered Block, these will be skipped and the Automator moves to the next Block in the Rundown.

System.Previous

You could use the 'System.Previous' function on the 'System' device (being the Automator itself) to trigger the previous step in your Rundown. If no Steps are available for the currently triggered Block, the Automator will then move to the previous Block in the Rundown.

System.Previous Card

You could use the 'System.Previous Card' function on the 'System' device (being the Automator itself) to trigger the previous Block in your Rundown. Any available Steps will be skipped and the Automator moves to the previous Block in the Rundown.

Clearing overlays

You could use functions, or a set of functions, to clear overlays using a keyboard shortcut. This could be by doing an 'OverlayInput1Out' (or similar) on vMix, 'Take all overlays out' on Viz Flowics, and so on.

Cutting to a camera or other input

You could create multiple keyboard shortcuts, using the number keys for example, to cut to certain cameras or other inputs. This can be as simple as doing for example a 'CutDirect' to the required input on vMix.

Shortcuts on other devices

Once your keyboard shortcuts have been configured in the Automator, they can now be used on your keyboard. A next possible step could be to add these keyboard shortcuts to a device such as a Stream Deck so you can use that to control the Automator instead.

In your Stream Deck configuration, use the 'Hotkey' option under 'System' to add a hotkey to a button, then configure it with the keyboard shortcut you configured in the Automator.

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