ShowTimer is an application for timing of live events, symposiums, conferences and theater shows. There is no need of special hardware such as the outdated DSan systems and often you can find what is needed at the conference facilities – no matter where you go in the world – so just bring a USB stick with the installation software. The program can be operated in single and dual-screen configurations and there is also a feature for pushing messages to speaker while the clock is running.
ShowTimer supports a family of satellite display devices connected to same LAN as ShowTimer which enables simple and mobile viewing during events. There are 3 options:
- ShowTimer satellite – a handy wireless device running on USB power og Powerbank. Ideal for show callers, event group or backend staff.
- ShowSat – a PC-display application that picks up timing via wired or wireless LAN. Ideal for supporting exernal monitors.
- ShowRPi is a device providing a HDMI feed to comfort monitors etc.
The Timer control walks through different stages according to selected operating mode:
- Cue – used for displaying selected time
- Pause – Show can be postponed at any time
- Counter – counting clock
- Stand-by – color changes to yellow and a text is displayed
- Live/End – color changes to red and a new message is displayed
Standard messages for each stage/mode can be customized.
ShowTimer can be operated in five timer modes:
The functions of each mode are:
The timer is set to the clock-time where a live transmission will start, eg at 14.00hrs. When the timer is started a count-down clock will be displayed
At symposiums it is often important to respect a tight schedule so speaking time is limited. In this mode the ShowTimer utility is set to a fixed time, eg 15 minutes for each speaker.
In Clock-mode ShowTimer displays the current time for use at presentations where an exact starting time is not so important. The display can be converted to a stop watch at run-time so the timer can start when the speaker starts his presentation in order to display the elapsed speak time.
This facility can be used at workshops where activities need to be timed. In this case the output can be connected to projectors and other audience minded displays.
Chess mode (or game mode) switches between two counters each time a player hits the space bar or a large push button connected to the program through an optional GPI-port.
The system can be set-up in 3 different display configurations
- Single – used mostly with PC’s
- Dual – Ideal for laptops with external output
- Split – Control panel on laptop and counter at external output
A graphics presentation of how to to configure ShowTimer displays can be seen here:
“ShowTimer helps us start our live broadcasts exactly on time. The speakers are happy with the counter feature that makes them able to start the presentation without a shouting producer who is counting down in the room”
Jesper, Webcast producer
“Before rehearsals for a theater show I always use ShowTimer connected to the displays in the hall so the actors know exactly when we will start. This avoids a lot of misunderstandings and questions. And I love the new message feature that enables me to push live messages to the displays during run-time”
Anders, Video technician
“For scientific symposiums it is necessary to have a very clear indication of the speaker time as we have a tight schedule every time. ShowTimer is very handy due to its flexible configurations that enables us to set up the timer for use for speakers as well as the staff backstage.”
Hans, Event producer