Field Reports

CueTimer was created to provide a countdown-timer for presenters on a stage. But did you know that you can also our app for gameshow-contestants and stagecrew on music-festivals?

Field report: Using CueTimer to keep soundchecks and concerts on schedule

Learn how to use CueTimer as a timing-device for soundchecks and change-overs in hectic music-festivals. And with the release of CueTimer 2.5, setting up this timer is easier than ever.
CueTimer layout with a countdown and a clock on the same window

Field report: CueTimer used for the EME Culinary Cup

Last week our CEO Morten used CueTimer for a cooking-competition when the chefs needed to know how much time they had to prepare the meals. Read how you can use CueTimer as a timing-solution for competitions and gameshows.
Lego Masters Norway season 2021 used CueTimer as a production timer to let the contestants know how much time they had left.

Lego Masters Norway use CueTimer to control the studio-clock

Read how Lego Masters Norway used CueTimer to show the contestants how much time they had left of their task.

Tips & Tricks

CueTimer is normally used as a part of a bigger setup in live events and broadcasting. And to get the most out of it, you sometimes need to intergrate it with other tools, as shown in these articles.

Use ChatGPT with CueTImer

How to use CueTimer with ChatGPT

With ChatGPT you can convert any rundown and event-schedule into a perfectly formatted cue-list for CueTimer. Just paste the ChatGPT code into the CSV Import menu.
Display the countdown timer from CueTimer as a video-overlay on top of other video-content.

Display the timer as video-overlay

CueTimer has options for displaying the timer as picture-in-picture, or lower third. This saves screen-space, equipment, and focuses the message where it needs to be.

Under the Hood

Want to know how CueTimer works, and dive into the API to create your custom CueTimer controllers? Or understand why we decided to develop a desktop-app for countdown timers? Then these articles are for you.

CueTimer public API

The CueTimer API lets you control and monitor our app using http-commands. This page gives you all the necessary information needed to get starting making custom CueTimer controllers.
CueTimer uses the system clock to stay in sync

Clocks, ticks and synchronization: How CueTimer stays on time

Learn how CueTimer stays on time: It all starts with the never sleeping internal oscillator deep inside your computer.

The power of the fullscreen-button

With CueTimer you only need to push the fullscreen-button to display the fullscreen timer on the external monitor. This feature was the main reason we went for an offline desktop-app.

Display Outputs

CueTimer gives you lots of ways to display the countdown window: connect to the external display, send the window as NDI, or use the online timer.

CueTimer lets you create a webpage where you can display the countdown timer and the schedule for the event. Our online timer-server is perfect for remote speakers who share their presentation on Zoom or Teams.

Web Output

From the Webpage-menu you can create a webpage which displays timer over the Internet. And the Schedule-page is perfect for remote speakers who needs to stay on track
NDI logo

NDI Output

Push the NDI-button to send the countdown-page as NDI graphics over the local network. Simplify your connection to NDI switchers, software and convert and converters
The fullscreen-output from CueTimer displays the countdown-timer window on your external monitor with a button-click. Create a stage-timer from your Mac or PC in an easy way.

HDMI Output

Push the “Fullscreen” button to send the timer-page to the external monitor. No need to drag browser-windows around where you can’t see them.

Show Preparation

Learn how to import schedules and customize the timer-windows in lots of different ways.

Work in the timer-list

The timer-list lets you create or import an event-schedule or rundown with timers that can be started in a chronological order. Then, during the show, you just need to push the “start” button to move progress. If you do a mistake, undo&redo got you covered.
Use ChatGPT with CueTImer

Import event schedules into CueTimer

CueTimer lets you import event-schedules and rundowns from applications like Excel and Google Sheets. Import CSV&TSV files, or, if you have already opened the file, just copy and paste the spreadsheet-data.
An example of how you can style the fullscreen timer in CueTimer.

Customize the style of the timer-outputs

From the Preferences-menu you can customise the timer-page exactly how you want it. Use images, colors and fonts to create a beautiful fullscreen-page. Or just a small countdown for PIP.

Show Control

Start and stop the timers from the user-interface or through Companion with Stream Deck. If the presenter needs to hurry up, send a message, or speed up the timer. With CueTimer you can control the time in style.

Adjust the timer-speed

By adjusting the speed of the timer, you can change the duration and the end-time without the presenter noticing it. This can be a powerful tool to have if your event is behind schedule, and you want to get back on track in the most invisible way.
Display messages on the CueTimer outputs.

Messages

Send messages to the speaker throgh the stage-timer. Tell them to wrap it up, smile to the camera or let them know that the next speaker is delayed at the airport.
Stream Deck with Companion controlling CueTimer

CueTimer and Companion

Display and control your timers and countdowns from a Stream Deck. CueTimer´s module for Companion is easy to use and advanced in features.