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Simple GUI


Via Playlist tool button or main menu Playout → Playlist the Playlist window pops up.

The left table lists all available tasks (Scripts, Cuelists and Timestrips). To fill the Playlist (right table) move the tasks in the left list via drag and drop to the right table. To launch a task, double click on it. Alternatively, a selected task can be launched by pressing the space bar. A shortcut key is assignable via playlist context menu as well as a comment.

If the button Stop all Tasks before playing a new one is pressed, then all running tasks are stoped before the new one launches.

To Delete a Playlist item right click on the item and select Delete Playlist item To edit the comment of an item right click on the item and select Edit Comment To assign a Hotkey to an item right click the item and select Edit Key

Make sure that the textfield has the focus and press a key.


CallButtons provide another way to have a GUI for end users. Since V-Control 4.1.2 they have the ability to fire on Hotkey press. Unlike in the playlist this works even if the button window does not have the focus. So it can also be minimized and another application can be in the foreground. This is a very simple and convenient solution to integrate Elgato Strem Deck.

Click Playout→CallButtons to open the CallButton window.

To add a new button click right on a free space and select the Add Button context menu. Each time the Add Button menu is clicked a new button occurs on the CallButton surface.

To assign a task to a button, right click on the button and select the context menu Select Task. This opens a window with all available tasks. Select one and click Add. By default, the task name is used as caption for the button. If you want another caption then the task name, you can click right on the button and select Change Caption

To assign a Hotkey to a button right click on it and select Change Hotkey

Make sure that the text field has the focus and press a key that should start the task assigned to that button. If you have connected an Elgato Stream Deck and have defined buttons as hotkeys there, you can now also press the corresponding buttons on the Stream Deck.

Elgato Stream Deck or other Keyboards

In V-Control you can assign tasks to Hotkeys. Hotkeys are keys pressed on a keyboard. The Keyboard can by a typical PC Keyboard, a controller that connects to a pc as keyboard or a device such as Elgato Stream Deck or Infinitton Display.

In this example I will explain how to use the Stream Deck, but it's the same procedure with any other keyboard device.

V-Control has two places to work with Hotkeys, the Playlist and the Call Button window. Both have pro's and con's. Lets start with the Playlist. If you have not used the Playlist yet or need to know how it works please read the Playlist section first.

Playlist with Hotkeys

In the Playlist we can assign keys to playlist items. We now use the Stream Deck to send keystrokes to the Playlist.

At the right bar of the Stream Deck Software we select System and the Hotkey (my version is in German, so it might look a little different then yours). Drag the Hotkey icon to a free button on the Stream Deck. At the bottom of the Stream Deck window you can configure the Button. Set a meaningful Title that explains what the task is doing and click the Hotkey field then. Now press a key on your Keyboard or select one by pressing the small triangle at the right corner of the Hotkey field.

Now open the Playlist window, right click on an item and select Edit Key. If the Key Capture window opens select the text field to make sure it has the focus. Now press the key on the Stream Deck (I mean the physical device in this case, not the software). The Key is now captured and assigned if you press OK.

Call Buttons with Hotkeys

The Stream Deck part is exactly the same then we did in the Playlist example.

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