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  1. kgallen

    Houselights / Independent Faders

    Sorry Martin, a very reasonable question very badly answered by me! The best I can find so far is Jon's response here, but it's just a hint rather than a definitive answer to your question. I thought I'd seen this discussed somewhere but I can't find the post yet...
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    Houselights / Independent Faders

    Of source - you have 241 playbacks on FLX and in it's simplest form with a single cue, a playback is what we used to call a submaster. <set up lighting> RECORD <select playbacks page, press button under multi-function fader> CLEAR-CLEAR Push up fader! Easy peasy You might want to visit the options under SETUP+MFF button and the cue window for that playback, VIEW+MFF button, to set fade times.
  3. Please share on the Forum anything of general interest, we're all still learning . Don't keep it to yourselves!
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    Random intensity effect

    Another entry for your "How To" applications note, Jon. I like it. But you can bet when I need to do it, I won't be able to find this thread. First time I've come across an application for Inhibit (I'm sure you pro's use it all the time though...!). Kevin
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    Set DMX refresh rate

    Those settings don’t seem compliant to the table here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMX512 (MAB transmit min 12us and break transmit min 92us) and don’t stack up to 17 frames per second at 250kb/s. 44 frames per sec with MAB of 12us and break of 92us stacks up as a 22.676ms frame. So the Entec must be sending much longer break or MAB to reduce the max 44fps to 17fps. Even if the break were 1ms that still gives 23fps. How bad can those fixtures really be. It seems hard to envisage they could be that bad!
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    Rosco/Lee Color filters

    Isn't the standard filter set just another 'button' you touch (is on the 'daddy' FLX)?
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    Touch Screen Help

    Whatever you do, it's always 'the other one'!
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    Touch Screen Help

    Press the Update key. Catches me out too!
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    Alphapack faulty

    If you're competent to do so, can you open the unit and check the jumper that sets the max current draw for the unit is still in place? On a UK unit this limits the total current draw across the channels to ensure 13A is not exceeded. Just an idea I don't know this is the cause. Otherwise try directly emailing: keithrogers@eaton.com
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    Set DMX refresh rate

    Have you got a DMX terminator on the end of the line? If you have multiple chains have you used an active DMX splitter? Even with a 'poor' fixture this problem seems strange. Can you try the fixtures one at a time with a short cable from the desk and note the results?
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    Set DMX refresh rate

    Try setting your problem fixtures to a high DMX address, so they are forced to read the whole DMX packet. However what's interesting about this is that the FLX* will be sending out a full 512 channel DMX packet so the refresh rate is naturally as low as it can be (without adding padding to the break). Maybe the entec sent short packets (maybe up the the top address used?) and thus the "refresh rate" was changed to emulate full 512 channel packets. If the fixtures can't take a fully formed 512 channel DMX packet then they must be *really* rough! Even "off the web" Arduino DMX receiver code isn't that bad!
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    Building own fixture

    If I understand you correctly, you have RGB LED tape and the driver (not really "controller") is 3 channel. This is fine, you can have a "virtual intensity" channel - so 4 channels on your lighting desk and 3 DMX channels to the driver. There will be an RGB+virtual intensity already in the fixture library, or just build one in the Fixture Editor. Or attached which is one I built myself for RGB LED tape: led_rgb_vi.ift
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    Smart tag

    Thanks Edward, I'll give that a go. I'll have a think if there is any move on dark impact but I don't think so with a simple rotator. Cheers, Kevin
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    Smart tag

    Hi Jon, Regards my ongoing query about how to handle gobo rotators that only have a beamshape attribute and thus not getting recorded with SmartTag, do you think that adding an intensity channel to the gobo rotator fixture definition and defaulting this to 100%/255 would be the best workaround? Can you see any downside of this "phantom" intensity channel? Could it be a virtual intensity channel that wasn't set to scale any other parameter or is that a "fudge" too far? The other way would be to create a composite fixture with a lantern/dimmer as we'd do with a colour scroller. Regards, Kevin
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    Output window colours

    It's possibly how the fixture is defined - in the Fixture Editor Beamshape->Detail there is an "Is Dark" checkbox and maybe this overrides Intensity=0?
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    Intensity value colours

    See ‘Output window colours’ post 2 down from yours.
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    **Urgent help required**

    Hi guys, Just interested in any fault diagnosis on this one if it's shareable. Thanks, Kevin
  18. I also found the 7.9.3 PhantomOS (FLX mode) sometimes doesn't draw the Front Panel window - just get a black panel, no buttons etc. This is on my work laptop (shhhh...) which is a relatively high spec Dell Ultrabook i7. I don't know if this has been seen by others. Have to close down PhantomOS and start it again.
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    Theater cues crossfades

    Emmanuel, I'm going off topic with Jon a little now, please ignore! Hi Jon, My only experience with the 2-way fader setting was as below, when Edward and I found a playback lockup bug. As you've confirmed with your analysis and report above this is not relevant to Emmanuel's scenario. Regards, Kevin
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    Theater cues crossfades

    Hi Emmanuel, The Go button will fade on the basis of the fade settings in the cue. If you have those fade times (up/down/colour) etc set to 0s then they will snap. If these values are non-zero then the crossfade should be dipless between the two lighting states. Note that cue 1 by default is set with fade times of 0s; the default for other cues in the stack is 3s. Of course you can change all of these on a cue-by-cue basis. However it sounds to me like you might be using a playback in "2-way fader" mode (that's on FLX, I assume also on FLX-S series), which you would have set with Setup+MFF button menu. I would also expect that to follow the up/down/colour set in the cues, since that fader mode is just a different way to trigger and release cues in playbacks. However I do know there is a bug (certainly in 7.9.3) with 2-way fader mode but that was it locking up rather than exhibiting the symptoms you describe. Can you upload your showfile here then someone can take a look at it and give you some feedback on how it looks? Regards, Kevin
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    Theater cues crossfades

    Hi Emmanuel, If you just record a sequence of cues into a playback this will just happen naturally: set up lighting state RECORD set up next lighting state RECORD set up next lighting state RECORD etc Then when you're done you use the GO button to step through this cue list. Is this your work flow or are you using some other method? Kevin
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    **Urgent help required**

    I guessed my words would be pretty useless and that you would have tried absolutely everything, whilst screaming "Wha' the f**?", I know I would have been! I hope you get sorted for the show and that there is an explanation and easy fix! Good luck!
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    **Urgent help required**

    Hi Rob, 3 years on Zero88 kit since a few years back - but I'd be very surprised if Zero88 didn't help out regardless. Where are you geographically, can anyone else help? I'm Bristol/South Wales area, but I think you're West Yorks? Have you phoned Jon? Could you get a loaner desk tomorrow? Have you power cycled the desk? Unplugged the keyboard and other USB stuff? Kevin ETA: I see from BlueRoom that you could be sorted (assuming your house power supply is ok...). Have you got a UPS you could put in-line as some protection? Seems remote "moral support" is about the best I can give!
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    Load new page on playback

    There is a "Page Holdover" function. Probably within the Setup+Playback-button settings or maybe the general Setup. I think it's the same question as this one in the FLX forum:
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    Thanks Rob. Sorry for the "Noddy" questions, I know you're no beginner with the desk! Over to the Z88 guys... If I get chance I'll try and create a setup this week with some LEDs and see what I get. Kevin

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