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  1. So it's Panto time and I'm back on the Solution desk after 12 months off, freshly upgraded to 7.9.3, and trying to decipher my notes from the training day at Cwmbran. Questions likely to be coming from every rehearsal, starting with... How do I play in a sub-playback while I'm running a master playback? The Master fader must be up for master playback but down for sub-playback. Thanks in advance & Merry Christmas to all on here. Simon
  2. Brace yourself it's Panto time

    Hm. Not how it seemed to be working for me but I was using a showfile from the old version of Solution 7.1? With the Master fader up and a Master Playback cue active, fading up Playback 1 had no effect (even though light X had value 0 under Master playback and value 100 under Playback 1). Fading down the Master Playback effectively cross-faded between the Master Cue and Playback one. I tried deleting the old showfile and building a new one from scratch and this time it worked as you describe, so I think this may be something about the old showfile with new software. I've recorded this effect here in case it's of any use to other users. I'll send a copy of the showfile offline.
  3. Chilli switch for LED fixtures

    Evening, Location is a village hall, mainly traditional lanterns on 4 lighting bars, bank of Chilli dimmers (one=12x; one=24x; 1=4x), all controlled through a Solution desk. The 4 channel box provides a switched supply (no dimmer) to a socket at each bar; i.e. with a dmx signal >0, the power is on. I don't have access to the original installation specs but it was circa 2010. Q1: I checked that the dimmer law is showing "normal" so can I assume that these are the "bypass switches" on the Chilli product range rather than dimmers? How else would I confirm this? The problem is that I need to use this to power the couple of LED fixtures we have, with the result that every fade to blackout powers the LED off/on causing a brief flash. I know it would be best to provide separate permanent power supply to the lighting bars, but with no budget it ain't going to happen, so I have to work with the feed through the Chilli boxes. My current thought is.... Q2) Can I remove the DMX control from a single channel and switch the power directly on/off at the Chilli box? I read the Chilli manual (but I quickly got lost) and tried setting a channel to manual, level=100 to no effect (the Solution desk remained the only way of switching the channel), so if anyone can provide step-by-step instructions, that would be great. New to this stuff so any alt suggestions welcome (apart from re-wiring!) S.
  4. Hi All, I am hiring in 3 LED battens (Miltec EA8090 with up to 13 channels but the only spec I can find is from Viking hire here which may or may not apply). I thought I'd get ahead on PhantomZerOS and learn how to program some chases & other effects. I've read Jon's post on Pulse LED Block which helps but hit some snag for very inexperienced DMX programmer. Patching How do you patch the 4 RGB segments to MFKs and the intensity to a fader, if the unit expects all 13 channels to be contiguous? From the EA8090 spec, I think I need a control channel, then the 4 RGB segments - does that mean the control channel goes on an MFK as well. Effects When I get the patching done, I need to start getting to grips with effects. If anyone has some sample show files with these programmed I'd be grateful for a look. Simon Solution desk.
  5. Am I too late - Simon Calverley

  6. Newbie questions

    Hi All, I know I can go to Zero88 support, but I thought posting here might help other newbies like me. Just to be clear, I'm newbie lighting tech for a village hall theatre group running 28 fixed lights (through Chilli dimmers) and a couple of LED par 64s controlled by a Solution desk. We do hire in Fixtures when there's a need. I've done the day course at Cwmbran (highly recommended) but there's quite a lot it, and the manual, doesn't cover. I'm finding it difficult to understand why & when (not just how) you'd use a feature and particularly how to best program our fixed lights. So here goes ... 1) Patching my LEDs, after I've done the first one, is there a quick way to copy a second fixture of the same type to another MFK or do I have to patch each fixture individually? 2) How can I create a Group of dimmers (I get an "All Dimmers" group from the Auto Menu but I want to group some of my dimmers - say the Cyc Floods - to control them as a unit) 3) My Panto (Jack & the Beanstalk) needs a lighting effect whenever the Giant is about to speak, all the stage lights (i.e the Cyc floods & some of the lights illuminating the stage, but not the profiles on the main characters) should "shudder" & then dim to, say 70%. What's the easiest way to create this shudder effect? (I'm thinking a chase, but I suspect I should be using palettes to apply a quick series of intensity changes to a group of dimmers? How do I do this, and how can I apply the same effect in another scene when my stage lights are at different intensities? Probably enough for now; I expect there will be more to come!. Not sure if this would be better split into separate posts. Simon
  7. Newbie questions

    Thanks for swift replies. I can see now that : 1) is actually in the manual but I didn't read it well enough 2) isn't; so thanks to @ziglight for that 3) I get the gist of your suggestions but I'll need to play around with the desk to get the hang of it. I like @kgallen idea of grouping the "other" lights I'm going to dim for the "shudder" to a sub, which I can use to quickly create the chase. I'm the first lighting tech to program a show for our productions, my predecessor was doing it for 30 years and only ever used Subs and flew the board by the seat of his pants (with variable results). I'm still trying to work out these sort of shortcuts to programming a show so we can make that the new "normal" way of running the lights. If anyone has suggestions for resources/tutorials on I'd be happy to hear them. Many thanks, S.
  8. Cross patch DMX?

    Hi, Firstly, I'm a very newbie to this so go simply and slowly with any advice and excuse any wrong vocabulary. We have a Solution control desk linked to suite of Chilli dimmers (about 30 dimmers in 2 racks and a 3rd rack with straight switches). All our lights are old non-fixtures (mix of fresnels, Pars and spots) and the Chilli dimmers and their associated power circuits are all numbered so no confusion about connection between control fader >> chilli dimmer >> light. Setup has worked fine for a couple of years, certainly when I last used it for a production in January. So far as I know it's not been touched since. Today, I found that some faders on the control desk are working the wrong lights. e.g. fader 1 brings on light 1 and light 26. These are on different physical lighting bars so no confusion about which sockets they're plugged into. Just in case, I installed the current ZeroOS upgrade (to 7.8?) but that had no effect. So: 1) Can't find instructions in Chilli manual to set/confirm DMX channel for each dimmer in the rack. 2) Lots of instructions for patching fixtures for the Solution but couldn't recognise anything to help me. How do I diagnose what's wrong? Thanks, Simon.
  9. Cross patch DMX?

    Sorry for not updating this, in case anyone else is searching the forum. The answer was as Jon suggested, the DMX addressing on one of the Chilli racks had been reset, so 2 racks were set to the same DMX channels. S.
  10. Any reason why my Solution can't find a fixture file on my USB stick? I adapted a fixture file to create one for a LEDJ Alu Par 64. Put it on the same USB stick I used to backup show files. When I try to load the file it doesn't show up. File attached. LEDJ DMX spec is at prolight.co.uk/images/media/LEDJ110/LEDJ110-um0.pdf Any suggestions? S, Sorry, not sure if this should be here or in Fixtures section. LEDJ ALU PAR 64.ift
  11. Cross patch DMX?

    Hi Jon, Thanks for the swift reply. I found out this evening that the hall has been used by a pro group shooting a video so I'm beginning to suspect they've been mucking about with the addresses as you suggest. Had another read through the Chilli manual online (Page26) and I think I understand a bit more about setting the channel addresses (Top Menu >> DMX Controls >> Set DMX Patch). It doesn't specifically have "View" instructions - if I enter a channel number, will it show me what DMX address it is currently set to? Do I assume the channels are numbered top to bottom of the rack? I'll need to set each channel individually to match the wiring number. (sorry to ask daft questions, but it'll be late evening before I get another chance to sort it out and you'll all be a-bed!) S.
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