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  1. LeeStoddart

    Need to make a prison out of lights!

    I friend produced a prison look which was quite remarkable. a pair of source fours next to each other with the "thin bars" gobo. Focused onto a desk and the floor around it. Lots of Haze to bring out the beams. The source fours were off to one side from the desk ~ 45degree angle I suppose. As the scene started these two lights were the only illumination then as the actor walked into the set and sat at the desk a small amount of other light was slowly added (if I remember it was a blue to "dust" the stage and some cold front light for visibility). Looked stunning.
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    Loading times

    If I understand the specification you want the result of removing something from a pallette to leave all memories / submasters / SXs in the same state as they would have been had you not made the removal. However, consider the situation where some thing is removed and later re-instated - the link to the palette has been destroyed so any subsequent edits to the pallete won't have effect. Perhaps as an example... we have four fixtures, Colour Palette 1 sets all four fixtures to green, Colour Palette 2 sets all four to blue and Colour Palette 2 sets all four to yellow. If memory 1 sets all four fixtures to open white memory 2 sets all four to colour palette 1 (green) memory 3 sets all four to colour palette 2 (blue) If Colour Palette 1 is edited such that the colour is CYAN rather than Green and (by mistake) fixture 4 is untagged the current specification would change memory 2 such that three fixtures referenced colour pallete 1 (cyan) and the fourth fixture had the dmx value for green. Editing the pallete to include fixture 4 will obviously not correct the problem in memory 2 as the reference has been removed. My preference would be that the reference to the pallete be retained but that on execution no output happens (for fixture 4 in this example) That would remove the requirement to look for palette references on changes. Perhaps there could be an option on editing the palette - retain previous effect of removed parameters. Of course it could be possible that there is a bug in the code which is doing this search for references even when the changes made are NEITHER untag NOR clear. :wink:
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    ICBP indicators not clearing

    I hate to quote the manual back to its author :wink: but...Page 4-10 And in seperate communication you have said GROUP 9 COLOUR ENTER should produce the same effect as GROUP 9 COLOUR (hold) Is there a difference between the action when the BRIGHTNESS button is held down and when the COLOUR button is held down? BRIGHTNESS takes account of the state of the majority of the channels but does COLOUR just toggle each individual fixture or parameter? It might well be that before I tried to clear this COLOUR setting from the cue I did not have Colour tagged in EVERY fixture in one of the groups - So I might have been seeing the toggle effect.
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    Chase speed lost in Submaster

    In circumstances which I cannot tie down exactly I have found that when our Illusion 500 is powered up it sometimes has changed values for the beats per minute for chases transferred to submasters. I have two chases which are memories 1 and 2 the beats per minute on these memories are approximately (but not exactly) 300 and 250. The two memories have been transferred to submasters 1.7 and 1.12 and in the submaster page the bpm have been set to exactly 300 and 250. I have found that sometimes when the board is powered up (after being off overnight) the bpm in the submaster has changed to a strange value. Trying to remember, I think the value was something like 98.6. The default for the board is set to 60. Recovery mode is ON. Rather like the problem I describe in an earlier posting this problem does not arise every time the board is powered off but it has happened at least twice during the last week.
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    ICBP indicators not clearing

    Sometimes I want to remove all the colour changes which are in a cue (ie make the colour track through from the previous cue) I have found it difficult to remove the C from the Data column on the memories display. In the show I've just programmed I have two groups of scrollers (groups 9 and 12) and a group of MAC500s (group 14) - everything else is conventionals so have no Colour attribute. On the Colour tab of the PW, I expect to be able to ... select GROUP 9 then press and hold COLOUR - the colour parameter should then be UNTAGGED select GROUP 12 then press and hold COLOUR - the colour parameter should then be UNTAGGED select GROUP 14 then press and hold COLOUR - all the colour parameters should be UNTAGGED then SAVE but when I come back to the memory screen the C is still present under the data field. Sometimes I have resorted to selecting the First Fixture and then using F2 to select each NEXT fixture to confirm that none of them have any colour parameter tagged - and still the C refuses to die :?
  6. After I EDIT LIVE a memory, when the SAVE is done and the PW closes, if I use mouse click to select another cue sometimes the newly selected cue runs. I've just finished programming a show where there are many queues which have multiple follow on AUTO cues - for example 61 will be automatically followed be 61.2 then 61.4 then 61.6 etc. This might be significant - I THINK it mostly happens when I select the last section of the multi memory cues. It might also be the case that I click to select another cue quickly after the PW closes - it might be within the normal "running" time of the cue I just edited. I was always using the mouse to select the cue I want next and I don't generally click on the memory number itself - just click anywhere on the line in the memories display - usually in the information field - because that's what I'm using to identify which cue I need to go to. The "spurious" GO doesn't happen every time but is there any reason why the newly selected cue might run in this way.
  7. Strange thing today on Illusion 500 with version 1.7 software. I wanted to setup a submaster which had the BRIGHTNESS channel for my 4 MAC500 fixtures. I selected the four fixtures (Group 14) set the brightness to 100% then did Save As a submaster (2.1) Reset the brighness to 0 in the Program Window. When I raise the submaster fader to 100% the four fixtures come on but when I lower the fader to 0% the output remains at Full???? Are they behaving like the Brightness is an LTP parameter?
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    Positions

    I was trying some movement effects this evening and found the pre-programming I had done before attaching the fixtures turned out to be VERY jerky. I had the movement speed set to -100 (I think that's from the wheel turned all the way down) By bringing the absolute value of the speed parameter down significantly the shape became MUCH smoother and more defined. I ended up saving the pallettes I worked on this eveing with speeds between 10 and 30
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    CMY color mixing

    This is the web site I originally downloaded from. click here For the MAC600 I find them to be very close - certainly close enogh for my needs. Given the similarity of the comment at the bottom of the page there most likely was a common root for this information.
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    Scroller & Lamp User Fixture not saving dmx info

    OK - I understand how to use the built in <SCROLLERS> with the number of frames. I was hoping to be able to use the "complex" fixture where the channel numbers for the lamp and scroll are not adjacent. If there is a bug with the patching of the complex fixtures I'll have to use the work around. :roll: And I now understand why renaming the manufacturer made the fixture definition visible. Thanks for the quick response.
  11. Illusion 500, updated to version 1.7 this evening. Fixture library 12 and 13 downloaded today. Starting a new show which has scrollers (and Mac 500s) and conventionals. I want to use the fixture type where we have a lamp and a scroller defined as a fixture (with the brightness being one DMX address and the Colour an independent dmx address) Fixture library 12 contains some <SCROLLERS> fixtures including a Lamp+1Ch Scroller - excellent! But when I load fixture definition from disk <SCROLLERS> does not come up as a manufacturer. Fixture Librabry 13 has the same <SCROLLERS> (plus lots of other fixtures too) - I don't know why I didn't notice it on my first visit today :? So I try loading from disk with Fixture library 13 - again <SCROLLERS> does not show as a manufacturer (<RELAY> does so it's not the special <> characters) In UFTE tool I import the definition from Library 13 and rename the manufacturer to LEESCROLL, save the .ift and try to load it into the desk - this is successfull I create 14 fixtures using this definition - I note that as I define each the display expands to show two lines of information (1 for the lamp and one for the scroll) I assign DMX addresses - Fixture 1 has the Lamp on 27 and the scroll on 321 - as I enter 27 in the lamp's DMX address the same number appears against the scroll. :?: I overtype the scroll's dmx address with 321. As I select something else the display reverts to showing 27 on both lines - but when I select the scrolls dmx address field again it does show 321. Quick test setting levels for brightness and colour on fixture 1 and then look at the DMX output screen - appropriate (and different) values show against DMX 27 and 321 - so that looks OK . I assign dmx addresses to the other 13 fixtures and start setting up pallettes. Save the show and continue this activity. Call me suspicious but before I invest too much time in this I decide to power off and back on again. Curiously the DMX assignment is now incomplete (some but not all) of the scroll dmx addresses are not preserved - four or five are still assigned - but they are all assigned to fixture 4??? So I reload the show from disk. Now I have none of the dmx addresses for the scroll parts of these 14 fixtures - the lamp addresses are all present and correct so it's not that the save was before I assigned the DMX addresses. So - is it possible to have a lamp and scroller type of fixture on the Illusion 500? - If so what have I done wrong?
  12. LeeStoddart

    overlay a chase on a static scene

    Well the way I did it was to use then submaster with the chasing lights in it. That worked out to be fairly simple.
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    overlay a chase on a static scene

    To get the "right" sort of flicker on the train specials we were using one of the attacks with a vertical edge - to be honest I can't remeber which I think it was slow up then vertical down /| Well that's almost exactly what we did - only thing you got wrong was the memory number - we used 90 But this presents the board op with something different from just pressing the go button - not impossible but a potential for error. Is this flicker for lanterns where their level is not changing between steps by design? (I expected the changes to be dipless :!: )
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    Go Previous/minus

    Only problem with this (as I found last night) is that if there is a gap in the programmed Memory numbers then two minus keys don't take you back far enough. I know you can enter the number on the keyboard and you can see on the monitor which memories are actually programmed but in the heat of the moment the instinctive response or "minus minus go" failed me :cry:
  15. I have the situation where I need to create the effect of a train going past during a scene. Fairly simply I have a couple of lights which I need to flicker to produce the effect. I need for all the other lights in the previous state to stay as they were. So lets say I have Q10 - the beginning of the scene, Q11 the train is passing, Q12 the train has passed, Q13 next scene. Q12 is a copy of Q10 but what are the contents of Q11? It seems that the state which is Q10 needs to be in every step of Q11, with each step of the chase having different levels for the two train effect lanterns. But when I use an Attack with either the slow fade in or slow fade out I don't get a steady state for all of the "Q10" lanterns - all the lanterns in the steps flicker even those where their level does not change from one step to the next. So... is it possible to program the chase in such a way that the lanterns from Q10 remain steady throughout Q12?
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