I’ve been doing this for years, and it can really save you time when you are working on choreography.
I first discovered recording sequences in 2012, when Nottoo Wise was doing a comparison of dance HUDs.
I was introduced to the Fleursoft HUD, which had a feature that let you record your sequence as you danced it manually (pushing the button to play each dance in the order you want).
I fell in love with the feature and would often pull out the Fleur HUD just to record sequences with it.
Later, when the Group version of the Barre was released, it too had a recording feature.
However, recording was kind of a pain for me.
With over 700 dances loaded into the HUD, I had to click through pages and pages of dances to get to the ones I wanted, and do it quickly enough that my sequence worked.
A short time later, an update was released that changed the recording feature.
I could now put the dances I wanted to use on a notecard, load that notecard, and then only the dances I needed would be available to click.
For years, that was how I would do my rough choreography – I would pick out the dances I thought I might use, and then load them up on a notecard.
I would load that notecard, play my music, and figure out which dances I wanted to use, and where my transitions needed to be.
Then, I would record the sequence and voilá – the Barre spits out a link that gives you a sequence, complete with timings and dance names, that you can copy into a sequence notecard.
After I had that rough sequence, I could go back and make any adjustments as needed.
There is a Barre HUD video with information about how to use the record button:
If you can’t see the embedded video, click here for a link.
The information about the record button is in the first couple of minutes of the video.
When SpotOn came out with their Performance Director HUD, I stopped recording sequences as much, because I choreograph differently with it.
Given that many times I am including walks, poses, and sits, in addition to just dance animations, recording a sequence for use with the PD HUD just didn’t make much sense, as it would take more time than it saved.
When SpotOn released their club dance HUD, the Smooth Dancer, I saw that it too had a recording feature.
However, it was like the original Barre – you had to page through everything loaded in order to record.
So, I continued to use the Barre when I needed to record a sequence.
SpotOn has recently updated the Smooth Dancer, and you can now load your animations onto a notecard so you can easily record sequences just like you can with the Barre and Fleursoft.
If you want to use the recording feature and you already own the Barre, the Smooth Dancer, or the Fleursoft, you’re all set!!