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  1. I came across this website today (when I wondered exactly what the flying term "deads" meant). Apart from being a handy reference it looks like an excellent source if you have to teach lighting (like I do). Even if you know every theatre term, don't teach and have followed all the Z88 suggestions, it also links out to this which you might find more interesting than youtube videos of cats. If anyone has any other serious or entertaining suggestions to keep us amused do, please, share. PS. Stay safe everyone, they will need us when they re-open.
  2. Not used it myself but sound to light is mentioned on pages 43 and 81 of the manual. If you are not a sound engineer then talk to one, you may need something between the two desks (sound desks tend to use a balanced connection on XLR while this input looks to be an unbalanced stereo one and a conversion may be needed).
  3. Worth noting that the word amateur means someone who does something they love. It should not be taken to mean incompetent. In fact, people who are passionate will generally strive to be the best they can be. Keep trying stuff, read books, look at old paintings and watch TV. Look at the light (and the shadows), ask yourself why did they light it like that? How could you do that on your stage?
  4. Martin-144. You might actually want intensity and size on the same fader in which case do set intensity in the programmer (set the other parameters in defaults, see the manual).
  5. Shouldn't do intensity unless an intensity level was set in the programmer. I do this a lot - I light bands, different one each gig and I use moving heads as "specials" to light musicians at the front (the ones that are liable to moving out of a fixed light). I set most of the parameters in defaults, setup an intensity only fader and a second one that 'fades' the zoom, pan & tilt to a position upstage. If they step back out of their light then I just nudge that fader up and it looks like a follow spot. Doesn't help when they go sideways but it gets them most of the time.
  6. Shouldn't be a problem. First you will want a playback for the intensity of the fixture that also sets all the parameters (including the minimum height). Nothing special about that, check the manual if not sure. Now the fun bit. Select the fixture in the programmer but do not turn it on (fixture no. then enter). If you need it on to set this then use the playback fader you recorded. Don't set the intensity on the programmer. Now set the maximum height that you want. De-select all beamshape parameters except this one then record to a 2nd playback. Now, apply the magic, hold down the setup button and press the 2nd playback's button - you should get a screen full of setup stuff for that playback. Under Fader Controls, make sure beamshape is selected (and nothing else). I expect someone from Z88 will give you a better explanation but, in the meantime, give the above a go.
  7. I don't have an S24 either and i don't work for Z88 but I routinely do this on a full FLX and I've had this problem (but fixed it). It looks like one or more of your colour playbacks is recording values, probably zero, for the one or both of the other colours. For example, you may have recorded the red playback with red at full but green and blue at zero then, when you raise red it forces green and blue down (even if their playbacks are up). This won't happen if you follow the instructions exactly but I'd suggest you delete all three playbacks then try again but this time make sure that the colour you want is at full and is selected (blue) and the other two are not (i.e. not blue, doesn't matter what value they are showing). You have to make sure of this msnually because, by default, any change to colour defaults to selecting all the colours - even when you only changed one.
  8. Hmm. Maybe that's a reason for considering a v2. Bit busy at the moment but perhaps I could take a look at that. I just used Windows R, G & B but I could do something like allow the "seed" colours to be input as RGB values. I've also been looking at hue/saturation.
  9. This topic got me thinking. Since you can upload any image to use as the colour picker I wondered if I could get Excel to generate images that are suitable. Attached you will find examples of a first attempt at this. Now, be warned, I haven't tried these in my desk yet and the proportions haven't been adjusted to match the LCD screen so it may not work as I expected (I don't think there is any way for an image file to damage anything though). There are two picker images. The two way picker has a "rainbow" down the left side and the same, but offset on the right. The intermediate colours fade from the colour on the left to the one on the right. The four way picker has different colours in the four corners, the intermediate colours in left and right columns fade from the top colour to the bottom one then the rows fade from left to right. I have also included the Excel spreadsheet so you can try some for yourself. Note that this does include macros and, while I am confident that my laptop is malware free and the code doesn't access anything outside of Excel, I accept no responsibility for any damage it may cause or be perceived to cause on your systems. Feedback on the usefulness of this would be very welcome as would suggestions to improve it. To use, set all the cells to no fill first then, for a 2 way picker, set A1 to A16 and P1 to P16 to various fill colours then click the 2 way button or, for a 4 way picker, set the four corners to different fill colours (e.g. RGBW) and click the 4 way button. You can use the Windows 10 snipping tool to save the resulting screen as an image that you can load on your desk. Picker.xlsm
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    Ditto Uriahdemon above (relatively new to FLX and mainly busking bands) To make the most of the available MMFS, I put several cues onto some of them (and on the master playback). That way I can select the individual cues by holding down the Go button and typing the cue number. This works best where each cue "replaces" the others (i.e. you would never want them at the same time). For example. One MFF has a cue for each of the gobos on our moving heads (including "open"). Another has various colour states for the LED PARs (with a 3s colour fade on each cue). The cue doesn't start until you let go of the Go button which I find very convenient - I can get something ready and take my finger off at exactly the right moment. The downside is you can only select a cue on one playback at a time so you have to do them quickly if you want a lot of things at (nearly) the same time. You can improve on this a bit using the remote switches (see my earlier post on them) and/or a MIDI device to fire - single cue - playbacks on other pages. PM me if you'd like to discuss busking for gigs, I'm still optimising how I do it on FLX but I've been lighting professional bands with a couple of other desks for nearly 20yrs so I'm pretty familiar with the problems.
  11. Free assignable soft button page - Ooo, yes please!!!
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    FLX Startup issue

    Files sent The start up was in progress then the screens in the snap shots came up and start up halted.
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    FLX Startup issue

    The error ocurred during start up. Had to power cycle to get the desk up. Requested files will be in the mail shortly.
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    FLX Startup issue

    Had a problem when I started up my desk yesterday. Debug file attached.Switched off & back on, saved the debug file and the desk behaved for the rest of the evening. Startup show file & screenshots available if required. debug_9-10-2019_16-35-09.zdb
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