Minimum Requirements for Running SCS
|Computer||SCS is available for PC's running Microsoft Windows. If you have an Intel-based Apple Macintosh then SCS will run under Microsoft Windows using Bootcamp or Parallels.|
|Operating System||Windows 7 or later. We recommend Windows 10.
SCS is not supported for Microsoft Surface or Surface 2 as both these systems use Windows RT as the operating system. Surface 3 and all Surface Pro models are supported as they use Windows 8, 8.1 or 10.
|Processor||All current-day processors will satisfactorily handle SCS. For video playback of 720p high definition files, a 2.4GHz processor is recommended. For 1080p, either a 1.8GHz Intel Core Duo or higher (or equivalent), or a 3.0GHz Intel Pentium 4 or higher (or equivalent) is recommended.
For SCS we recommend you have more than the 'minimum memory requirement' published for your Windows version, especially if you run videos. SCS may use in excess of 700MB of memory when running.
|Sound Card / Interface||Any good or at least reasonable sound card should work satisfactorily with SCS. Please note that a cheap sound card or on-board sound processor may give satisfactory results when you listen to cues through your PC speakers, but may give less than satisfactory results when played through the sound system at your theatre.
An external sound interface connected by USB or Firewire will generally provide better quality, and many such devices have balanced outputs.
|Audio Driver||The SCS installation setup file includes the necessary components of the BASS audio library.
SCS Professional and higher license level users may alternatively select SoundMan-Server (SM-S) as the Audio Driver. SM-S must be run on the same machine as SCS. SM-S is designed to potentially run on a different machine to the host program (such as SCS), but since SCS passes full path names of audio files to SM-S it would mean that these full path names must be identical for SM-S and SCS. The easiest solution is to have both products running on the same machine, so SCS imposes that restriction.
|Video Card||To play high 720p HD videos a 64Mb video card is required. 1080p videos require a at least a 128Mb video card.|
|Video/Image Display||For video/image cues to be displayed on a secondary monitor or video projector, that monitor or video projector must be configured as an extension of your desktop. Up to 4 secondary monitors/projectors are supported, provided they can be configured in this way.|
|MIDI In||If you wish to control cues using MIDI input messages sent by a separate controller device, your PC must have a MIDI input port.|
|MIDI Out||If you wish to use cues that send MIDI messages sent to an external device (or devices) then your PC must have a MIDI output port. The MIDI output port can also be used for MIDI Thru to automatically stream MIDI input messages to the MIDI output port, whether or not those messages are used by SCS.|
|DMX Control||If you wish to control SCS cues via DMX from an external device (eg a lighting board) then you need an Enttec 'DMX USB PRO' or 'DMX USB PRO MK2'. (Note that the cheaper Enttec 'Open DMX USB' is not suitable as this only supports DMX Send, not DMX Receive.)|
|DMX Lighting||Lighting Cues support DMX via an Enttec 'Open DMX USB', 'DMX USB PRO' or 'DMX USB PRO MK2', or an 'FTDI 'USB-RS485 cable'.|
|Disk Space||SCS including supplied DLL's requires about 40Mb of disk storage, but sound files, especially WAV files, can be many megabytes in size. Note that WAV files are the recommended format for sound files.
SoundMan-Server will only play WAV or AIFF files but SCS also supports other formats such as MP3 and WMA. To play MP3, etc files via SM-S, SCS encodes a WAV file from the original file, and stores that WAV file in an 'Encoded Files' folder.
|Display Size||A screen display size of at least 960 by 600 pixels is required, although a minimum size of 1024 by 768 pixels is recommended. (If the screen height is less than 768 pixels then a vertical scroll bar may be displayed against the cue and sub-cue properties in the Editor.)|