QLab needs to find the media from your computer for it to be played. Files are moved from the harddrive to RAM and from RAM to the CPU. Think of it like baseball, a player moves from the dugout to being on-deck, the from on-deck to at-bat.
This process can be slow. Maybe not exceptionally slow, but when cues need to start immediately, without any delay, it’s helpful to “pre-load” them, to take them from the dugout and put them on-deck early. This is called Auto-Loading. If a cue, in the Basics tab of the Inspector, has the auto-load feature enabled, it will automatically move into RAM when the previous cue is played. Now its ready to go.
The auto-load cues function in the Workspace Settings, when enabled, tells QLab to turn on this feature for all newly created cues.
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The auto-load feature is especially handy when dealing with small or large files?