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Advanced Fine-Tuning Designations

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March 6, 2024 at 4:14:06 PM

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So, you are tuning your designations and hit a long pause or there is a word in the middle of sentence that must be removed or a sneeze that needs to be tuned out. Don’t worry, we got you covered. OnCue can easily break designations into two separate lines so you can tune out what you don’t need without changing the play order.


OnCue has a unique feature that will show where a line is extra-long in your designation clip.  We refer to this as “Pause Detection.”  You can set the Pause indicator threshold (in seconds) under the Edit-Preferences-Designations menu.


You can see that a pause or long line is detected in the Designation List by a yellow bar above the red tuning icon.

The transcript will also have the hourglass.

As mentioned in Basic Tuning, the yellow bar indicates there is a line of testimony that is at least 12 seconds long. This could be a long pause between one line to the next in your designation list or a slow talker. Looking at the transcript, there are two hourglasses.


  • Click on the individual designation you want to clean up and look at the transcript viewer make sure that the text is bolded.

  • The first step is to preview the video to see where the pause exists.

  • Highlight the text on the transcript of the video you want to preview, then right-click and select Preview Selection.

This one has a few but we have previewed it and it looks like there is a long wait before the question on line 32:2. Select (highlight) that line and select Split Before (or After).


Notice your designation was split into two parts, in order. And you can now tune out the long pause at the beginning of the line.



Advanced Fine-Tuning Designations

Now the amazing bit of removing words in the middle.


We are going to use Split Before again. Select the line you need to remove lines from. Let’s say in this instance we need to remove “and then 0489” but leave “and 0487” in.

Choose Split Before (or After). Now you have the two line separate we need to adjust.


Highlight the designation that you need to add the lines to and choose Edit Start/Stop to Selection.


Now that I have the lines duplicated. I can edit the text on both designations.

Review the Editing Text in a Designation article on how to do this.

Fine-tune out the words you do not want. Now your scrolling text in Presentation will not show.

Removing Words in the Middle