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  1. Hi Tim,

    Yes that’s correct. The fixture editor software requires raw values, and therefore for 16bit parameters this is a value of 32,768 for 50%. 

    The reason the fixtures go back to 0,0 when playbacks are released, is also due to not having 50/50% pan and tilt home values in the fixture file. Unless you modify the fixture file, you will also have to update the console’s default values. For more information on this, take a look at the article below for adjusting home values...


    For editing defaults see here...


    Hope this helps, if you have any queries let me know. 


  2. Hi Jimbo,

    I have loaded your show file into Phantom ZerOS and have taken a look. I can't seem to recreate the issue you are seeing. 

    I have gone into cue 5 from cue 4, and also cue 13.5 from cue 13, and the 5 min cross fade runs correctly. Adding in Auto After or Auto With triggers on cues 4 or 13.5 also results in a smooth crossfade running from the previous cue, without the whole stage going dark.

    Could you confirm it is these cues?


  3. Hello,

    Yes a copy of your show file may be handy to take a look at what is going on. From the picture it shows all except fixture 3 displayed in yellow. This means their intensity is being controlled by a UDK, they are Highlighted, or their intensity default values have been changed. More on Output Window colours can be found here...


    UDK data and playback data will be mixed HTP, and therefore as they are at 100% this will be output.

    All the best,


  4. Hello,

    Is there another playback set to Inhibit these fixtures? If so this will be causing you problems unless it is raised to full. Were the other fixture's intensities sourced from another Playback, if so ensure SmartTag is enabled and try updating the playback.

    Feel free to send us a copy of your show file to support@zero88.com, and one of the team will be able to take a look.


  5. Hello,

    Kevin has linked to some really helpful articles, which should hopefully point you in the right direction. As Kevin has mentioned, this sounds like some configuration in Playback Settings is causing you these issues. In the majority of cases, you should be able to leave the playback settings in their defaults and the console will work as expected.

    1 hour ago, JMorgan said:

    - when I play a playback, especially as a chase, how can I stop that playback mid cycle? The only way I seem to be able to do so is by bringing the fader to 0, but that acts more to reduce intensity. The cues continue to play.

    To manually Release a playback and stop it running, you can hold CLEAR and tap its button. The console should automatically release the playback when you lower the fader. If not, in the playback settings under Raise & Lower, Release on Lower has been disabled.

    1 hour ago, JMorgan said:

    - after programming playbacks, if I go back to channel control, the light intensity will not change if a playback intensity has been left on 0.

    This sounds like the Intensity Mixing of your playback has been changed to Inhibit.

    1 hour ago, JMorgan said:

     - reducing other playback sliders to 0 will also reduce all lights to 0 regardless of other playbacks running.

    Again, another instance of Inhibit.

    You may find the article below useful, which discusses Inhibit...


    1 hour ago, JMorgan said:

     - for intensity mixing, I seem to have to set it to inhibit in playback settings for the playback to run at all - if I don’t do this, cues don’t play and the lights all stay at 100% intensity and no colour changes. Using HTP/LTP/LTP Catch doesn’t seem to change this.

    Potentially you have disabled Trigger on Raise, meaning the playback won't run when the fader is raised?

    Hope this helps, you are welcome to email a copy of your show file to support@zero88.com, and one of the team will be able to take a look and talk you through what may be causing the issues.

    If you have any queries let me know.


  6. Hello,

    Great, thank you for confirming your software version.

    Yes, the file attached to your post is a debug file, file extension .zdb. Please send this to support@zero88.com with as much information on when the crash happened, and if you think anything may have caused it. 

    Many thanks,


  7. Hi Dave,

    The analogue 8 pin DIN connectors on the back of the console will control 6 channels, using a 0 to +10v signal. 

    This information can be found on Page 35 of the manual, attached to the article below...


    I believe Strand ACT6 dimmers have the ability to switch between receiving a 0 to +10v signal or 0 to -10v signal, so ensure this is set to receive a positive voltage. You’ll then be able to connect the console and dimmer together, and have intensity control of the dimmer channels.

    Pulsar dimmers are usually wired differently, so I would recommend consulting your Pulsar dimmer’s Manual to determine the control pinout.

    Lightmaster consoles use the following Output pinout...

    Pins 1-6 are channels 1-6

    Pin 7 supply voltage from the dimmer  

    Pin 8 is Ground

    Hope this helps, if you have any queries let me know. 


  8. Hello,

    Sorry to hear this.

    I would recommend emailing us a copy of your show file to support@zero88.com. One of the team will be able to take a look, and see what may be causing the issue.

    21 hours ago, labby said:

    running the latest solution software

    By latest Solution software, I presume you mean ZerOS 7.9.4?

    All the best,


  9. Hello,

    Software update instructions can be found in the release notes included with the software download...

    Simply download the software, and extract the software file to the root of a USB stick. Plug the USB stick into the console, tap SETUP -> Load File, and choose the software file application. The console will then perform the installation. Software updates will remove the current show file from the console, so make sure you’ve saved a copy to USB if you would like to load it back into the console afterwards.

    Hope this helps,


  10. Hi Eric,

    Thank you for the information.

    If this happens again, please send a copy of your show file, along with a description of what seemed to cause the crash, to support@zero88.com, and one of the team will take a look and see if they can find the cause.

    All the best,


  11. Hi Eric,

    13 minutes ago, van den abbeele Eric said:

    I have just received my second wing and I am very happy to have been able to extend my FLX.

    Really glad to hear it.

    13 minutes ago, van den abbeele Eric said:

    during the rehearsal, when I started a cues at the Master playback level, the fade progress bar is stuck before reaching the end of the effect, and everything is stuck. no more buttons wanted to act. I had to restart the FLX ...
    Is there another maneuver to do?
    Because I tell myself that if it had happened in full show, it's complicated ...
    Especially the time when the console restarts, there is no control over the machines that suddenly blink and move in all directions which is not the best if there must be an audience in the room of show ...

    Really sorry to hear this. When the console rebooted, was there a message presented asking to save a debug file? It sounded like the console completely froze. If this happens, power cycling is the only way of clearing the issue.

    15 minutes ago, van den abbeele Eric said:

    Sunday when starting the FLX, she no longer recognized the touch screen.
    I had everything off ... and everything worked again ... But I do not know if this is normal ...

    Do you mean the internal or your external touchscreen? If external did you try re-calibrating?

    16 minutes ago, van den abbeele Eric said:

    it's been a long time since I had no worries phantom, but this week I had again several times projectors that lit all alone with the faded selection of fader which lights up without touching anything ... Fortunately also in repetition.
    But it's strange when you do not touch the console, to see at once one or more fixture light up, ...

    Please could you confirm the software on the console. To do this tap Z -> System Information, and let me know the Software Version, please check you are running 7.9.4. Did you have Capture connected to the console using CITP?

    17 minutes ago, van den abbeele Eric said:

    The more I work with this console, the more I appreciate it. Apart from the concerns mentioned above.
    What is missing, however, is more possibility in terms of effects. And I think the more you can give effects possibilts and small programs of effects, and the more you risk to interest people who make shows.

    Glad to hear it. The effects engine is something our software team are currently working on for the next software release.

    All the best,


  12. Hello,

    A .cft file is basically the format of the Fat Frog's fixture library. Using the Common Fixture Manager, you can add in a maximum of 20 fixtures from the fixture library download (.ift), to create your own library, and then export to floppy disk as a .cft file.

    You can then also save .ift fixture files onto a floppy disk, extracted from the main library, in order to load extras in. After a clear to defaults however, these will be removed, leaving only the files contained in the .cft file.

    Hope this helps,


  13. Hello,

    If you wish to use the Effects engine on your Sunstrips, I would recommend patching each individual lamp as a dimmer. You’ll therefore have 10 dimmer channels patched for each Sunstrip. This will allow you to select all of them together, apply an effect, offset it, and it will run across the lamps in the Sunstrip. You can then record groups on the console if you wish to control a Sunstrip as a single fixture.

    Hope this helps, if you have any queries let me know.


  14. Hi Joe,

    Many thanks for the information. 

    You are correct, if you roll back software versions, firmware versions will not necessarily automatically be rolled back. 

    If you would like to roll back to ZerOS 7.9.3 with the older firmware, you will have to update the software from a USB stick formatted as a bootable drive. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the ZerOS 7.9.3 release notes, available with the software here...


    This information can be found in the "Consoles running ZerOS or older" software update instructions. 

    When you have formatted the USB drive, plug into the console, and switch it on, you will be taken to a screen with "Install ZerOS 7.9.3", or "Advanced", if you choose advanced, you will have the option to manually roll back the firmware. 

    When you have done this and installed the software, it would be interesting to know if this solves this issue.

    If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly.


  15. Hello,

    Interesting, I haven't seen a no warm time fogger before. Product page seems to say 180w...


    From a control point of view then, as long as the dimmer channel isn't dimmed,  and is patched as a relay this should work, however I couldn't guarantee how happy the fogger would be receiving a "messy" AC sine wave, and how happy that dimmer would be "switching" a not entirely resistive load. To know how it would cope you would need to know the fogger's power factor, however this doesn't seem to be quoted in the manual.

    All the best,


  16. Hi Petr,

    Yes a software update will be required. 

    After installing the new software, I would recommend you leave plenty of time to get used to the console before a live show. ZerOS 7.8.1 is quite out of date, and so there are some quite big changes in the new software. These are detailed here...


    There is also more information in the ZerOS 7.9.4 release notes, which are available along with the ZerOS 7.9.4 software download here...


    If you have any queries please do let us know.

    All the best,


  17. Hi Tim,

    If you run an Effect with a "Fan V" offset across an even number of fixtures, the console will automatically know that the middle pair should do the same effect.

    To configure a Fan V fan mode, hold SETUP and tap the EFFECT button. Then hold SHIFT and choose "Fan V" from the options, release SHIFT, and click OK. Then select your fixtures, apply the effect you would like, and then hold SHIFT and dial the offset wheel.

    Hope this helps,


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