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What are Devices, Channels and Tasks

In V-Control, the most important objects are devices, channels and tasks.


A device is a peace of software representing one ore more physically present devices. A device translates a command such as “Play” to a command that is understood by the device the command is send to. If you have a device in V-Control matching a real device attached to V-Control, you don't have to know the command string you have to send to the device to perform an action. Just select “Play” - or what command ever, and the device will do the translation for you.


A channel is a physically present communication interface such as RS232, TCP, UDP etc. The channel is the object that is used to talk to the device attached to the V-Control PC. A Device in V-Control doesn't care what kind of channel is used. You can send the same command via RS232 or TCP, it depends only which channel is selected as target for a command.


Tasks are a group of commands. The simplest type of task is a cuelist. A task should be only a part of the whole show. You can compare tasks with functions, methods or subs in other programing languages. A task is always running in its own thread, the only exception is if a task is called from another task as function.


A cuelist contains one command after each other an is processed from top to bottom. Cuelists only know a limited number of branch commands such as “Repeat”, “CallAsFunction” or “CallAsThread”.


A script also contain commands, but compared to cuelists they are more complex. A script is written in Basic and has all advantages of an object oriented programing language. You can do complex branching conditions such as if..then..else, read values from a device and store them in a variable for later processing etc.

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