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  1. Hi Jimbo,

    That sounds odd. Did you set up a Playback to be a Grand Master and choose blackout accidentally? Did you apply a Programmer Time? Programmer Time is set on the last encoder wheel in the Z key Settings, and if enabled and turned to full will take 11 minutes 30 seconds for the programmer to be clearer. Could this be what you did?


  2. Hi Jim,

    If you tap SETUP -> System Settings -> External Monitor -> Disabled, this will bring these icons into the internal screen. Alternatively, updating your FLX S48 to ZerOS 7.9.3 will also bring those icons into the internal screen, along with bringing more new features and enhancements to the console.

    ZerOS 7.9.3 can be downloaded here...


    Hope that helps, any queries let me know.



  3. Hi Kevin,

    Yes that is a workaround if you wish to program fixtures without intensity with SmartTag. Just add in a Virtual Intensity channel to your Gobo rotator with no parameters scaled by it, and then on the console default the intensity to full.


  4. Hello,

    Sorry to hear you struggled with the Effects Engine on FLX. In ZerOS 7.9.5, we're moving over to a new fixture library, which will allow the Effects engine to take advantage of multi-section fixtures such as SunStrips.


  5. Hello,

    On Solution consoles to jump to a cue, ensure you are viewing the Memories Window, with the blue highlighted cell over any cue number. Then tap ENTER, use the MFKs to type the cue number you want to go to, tap ENTER,  and tap GO.

    Hope that helps, any queries let me know.


  6. Hello,

    The quickest way to do this is actually to patch each lamp in the SunStrips as a separate dimmer channel. For example if you have 4, 10 lamp SunStrips patch 40 dimmer channels. Then select all lamps of one SunStrip, tap EFFECT, and use one of the auto- generated Intensity effects. You can then use the encoders to adjust the speed, and if you are running the latest software (ZerOS 7.9.3) you can tap the “random offset” button at the top of the Effects window. Record this as your own Effect palette to easily recall later. 

    Alternatively, if you want to keep them as individual sunstrip fixtures rather than dimmer channels, select them, tap Waveforms at the top of the Effect window, and apply a wave function to each lamp. Then give them each a random offset value, random size and speed, and your effect will begin to run. Again then Record this as an effect palette to use later. 

    Hope that helps


  7. Hi Jürg,

    I believe I have already helped you with this over Facebook. However just to write it here too. The easiest way to remove a fixture from a Playback/ Submaster when in Tracking mode, is to select the fixture you no longer need, tap HOME -> UPDATE -> Choose Remove -> Tap the Playback's button. If in Non-Tracking, push your Playback/ Submaster up, select the fixture and bring it to 0%, tap UPDATE -> Tap the Playback's button.

    Hope that helps,


  8. Hi Carpo,

    There is no way of setting a minimum and maximum value for Pan or Tilt, therefore you can't limit the movement.

    You can however program effects that only cover the dance floor area. This can be done by positioning a fixture towards the dance floor, and recording this as a position palette. Then go to Effects, and apply the effect you wish to use.  Adjust the Size parameter, to set the area the fixture moves over. You can then adjust the Speed to suit, and record this as an Effect palette.

    Hope that helps, any queries let me know.


  9. Hi Nick,

    Great, glad you're on the latest software for FROG2.

    As per ZerOS, to Load in a File, tap SETUP -> Files -> Load Show.

    Hope that helps, any queries let me know.


  10. Hi Nick,

    In our later software versions (unfortunately unavailable on FROG2) you can load software updates in, in a similar way to loading a show file. 

    Have you tried this on a Windows 7 PC...


    We have come across a few people having issues with Windows 10 PCs. As long as your USB stick has a MBR, it would be detected by the FROG2 during startup. Therefore try low capacity USB sticks, and ensure they are FAT format. If you continue to have issues, try formatting a CD with a formatted software image on. 

    Hope that helps, any queries let me know. 


  11. Hello,

    You've got a couple of ways to do this.

    Firstly in Run Mode, you can change the Flash Mode to <Beat>. This allows for the buttons under the Submasters to be tap tempos for each chase, so you can define the speed for each chase that way.

    Alternatively, select the Submaster you wish to change the speed of. A selected memory/Submaster is indicated by the yellow highlighted row. When it is selected, hold SHIFT and use the Speed pot to level match the current speed, and then gain control of that one individual chase. As you say if you don't hold shift you will adjust the global chase speed. 

    You can read a little more on pages 24 & 25 in the manual...


    Hope that helps, any queries let me know. 


  12. Hi Rob,

    I think for this I would be tempted to use a chase, as I can then create the exact colours I want, record them as palettes, and then create my chase. This also gives you the benefit of tweaking colours and updating the colour palettes, and the chase updating automatically. You can however manipulate the existing colour effects. Does the fixture have a white colour parameter? If so make sure this is dialled to 0%, to ensure you've got the most saturated colours. 

    You can also experiment with the "Waveforms" tab in Effects. This allows you to go in your currently selected fixtures and apply functions to each parameter. For example you could put a sine wave on all colour parameters, and apply a speed, size and offset to each one. You should find this will start to create vibrant colours fading through, so have a play with the parameters, and then record it to an effect palette, to easily recall later.

    Hope that held, any queries let me know. 


  13. Hello,

    After a Factory Reset/Fresh ZerOS install, the default Colour Fade time for cues will be 3 seconds, therefore you should never see colour snapping in cues, or when pushing up Playbacks. A 3Ch RGB Virtual Dimmer would be the best 3 channel RGB fixture to use.

    You may find that when you push one Playback up with a colour on, and then push a second Playback up with a different colour programmed on it, you will see a snap. This is due to the fact colour follows LTP (Latest Takes Precedence) rules. You can stop this from happening however, by going into the Settings of the Playback that you want to fade over the top of the other, and enable a setting called "Fader Controls Colour". This will then scale the colour with the fader movement. To enter a Playback's Settings, hold SETUP + tap the Playback's button.

    Thierry mentions RigSync. This is a software feature that runs in the background, that can patch your lighting rig for you, and manage the setup. You can read a little more about it here...

    RigSync uses RDM, and can cause cheaper, non-DMX compliant fixtures to flicker. This however doesn't seem to be what you are describing, as RigSync is disabled by default on Leapfrogs.

    Feel free to attach a show file that has the issue in, and I can take a look at it and see where the problem lies.

    Any queries let me know.


  14. Hi Wytse,

    You wouldn't be able to set Programmer Time duration using Macros, as this is defined by using the Programmer Time fader. The other option available to you to achieve similar results is to use the Preset Time, rather than Programmer Time, as this will allow you to record a Macro.

    To do this, tap RECORD -> MACRO -> tap an empty Macro MFK -> Choose "Keys" -> SPECIAL -> Time MFK -> Type the Time you want -> ENTER -> MACRO. You will then have this Macro Recorded, so that you can set the Preset time to that level at the tap of the Macro MFK. You can reoeat this process to record several Preset Time Macros.

    Now when you press and hold the TIME button and press the Palette you want to fade to, you will fade into it over your Preset Time.

    Hope that helps, any queries let me know.


  15. Hi Wytse,

    Yes that’s exactly right. For example if you’re not using any of the preset B channel faders, patch them to Universe 4 starting at DMX 1, loop a DMX cable from DMX Out 4 to the DMX in, and then assign DMX In to trigger the Playbacks you want access to on other pages. The bottom row of channel faders are then extra Playback controls. 

    Hope that helps


  16. Hello,

    Yes that is possible. DMX In can either be used to remotely control the intensities of patched fixtures, or to remotely control Playbacks.

    This can be configured in SETUP -> Inputs & Outputs -> DMX In Control Playback -> Add. You can then add as many Playbacks that you want to be triggered, and configure their remote DMX address.

    If you want more hands on faders without needing to change page, you can also patch unused channel faders to an unused DMX universe, and plug the Output of this universe into the DMX In. These channel faders can then be used as Playback control.

    Hope that helps and makes sense, any queries let me know.


  17. Hi Johan,

    It isn't recommended, as although the channel is at full, the Triacs are still in circuit, and so cause the AC Sine wave to become very messy, which capactive dropper power supplies such as in most LED lamps don't like!


  18. Hi Johan,

    The Betapack 2 is a leading edge Triac dimmer. Looking through that PDF there is no mention whether those lamps will be happy on leading edge dimming, so you would have to try at your own risk.

    You say you will plug multiple LEDs into a single channel, so you should be over the minimum load of 0.1A. Therefore it may be worth buying a small batch and trying them on a channel, to see whether the dimming curve is acceptable. 




  19. Dear All,

    Zero 88 Fixture Library version 35 has now been released.

    For full information, please visit: http://zero88.com/software/library

    This release contains 7013 fixtures from 305 different manufacturers. For a list of fixtures in the library please click here.

    The library is released in 2 formats:

    • Full version for desks running ZerOS software (ORB Series, Solution series, FLX Series, FROG2 and Leap Frog 48 & 96).
    • Filtered version for other Zero 88 desks. This removes data that is not used by these other desks, so that the file is smaller. When using a floppy disk (original Frog series, Illusion 500) it is recommended that the floppy disk be freshly formatted before using it.


    Download & Installation
    The correct format of the library for your desk can be downloaded by clicking the product name below.

    The library (.ift file) should be placed in the root directory of the floppy disk or USB stick.

    ZerOS desks (ORB Series, Solution series, FLX, Frog 2 and Leap Frog 48 & 96)
    To load this file into your console extract it to the root of a USB stick and plug into your console. Then tap SETUP, tap "Load File", then select the GFT.ift file. 

    JesterML & JesterTL
    The fixture library is installed on the desk at manufacture, however this can be updated from USB if required in Setup -> Update Fixture Lib -> Update Library. 

    Frog Series and Illusion 500
    Use 'Common Fixture Manager' (included in the Fixture Tools download) to select the fixtures you wish to use, and save this as a file to a floppy disk. 

    The fixture library is used with the Diablo Fixture Manager PC software. 

    Sirius 250/500
    Use the Fixture Type Editor to import fixture types from the fixture library, and then use the ‘Export Sirius UFT’ function (under the ‘File’ menu) to generate data in the correct format for the Sirius 250/500.

    Further details of assigning fixtures on the desk to fixture types in the fixture library can be found in each desk’s operating manual.

    Additional Fixtures
    If you need a fixture type which is not in the library, please read the following thread:


  20. 14 hours ago, robhurt said:

    Hi All, 

    2 minutes before our penultimate dress rehearsal started, our FLX went into absolute meltdown. Syntax, keyboard commands all being entered randomly by itself, skipping cues all randomly. It's just gone mad. It's running through cues by itself rapidly, not responding to anything. It's behaving like it's had a drink spilled on it (but it certainly hasn't). 

    Does anyone know what the warranty period is on these? I've phoned Zero88 Support but as it's a hardware issue they can't really help. I haven't managed to finish programming due to a blown lamp in a Mac 700, so time is really of the essence. Obviously the company we bought it from are now closed for the day also :(


    Hi Rob,

    Really sorry to hear this. As Kevin mentions looking at the Blue Room it seems you have got a replacement in time, but feel free to give us a call, and we'll see if we can narrow down what the cause of the issue is.

    If you want to contact me personally my mobile is 07976 791850.



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