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Martin Oakley

Modifying chases within a cue stack

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Hi,

I have been reading all the posts and replies relating to chases and playbacks but could not immediately find the answer to this one. This is a bit of pre show planning and have not started this yet merely reading up ahead of programming the show.

Firstly I will be creating a chase on a playback e.g. PB1 with a particular speed (BPM) and effect.

I will then be creating cues on the Master Playback for my scenes with static lights.

At this point I will add in the chases by tapping Setting on the cue where I want the chase to start, selecting the macro Trigger Cue Stacks and selecting, say, PB1. I will repeat this for the following cue to disable the chase by Release Cue Stack and selecting PB1.

At this point I have 2 questions:

Firstly if I need to alter the speed is it a matter of just altering Setup of PB1 and thus all instances where I have used PB1 will be updated with a new speed?

Secondly, if I Update my static lights in a cue where a playback has been used is the chase unaffected?

 

BTW, the support and help on the Forum is excellent. Many thanks to the users and support team.

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Hi Martin,

1 hour ago, Martin Oakley said:

Firstly if I need to alter the speed is it a matter of just altering Setup of PB1 and thus all instances where I have used PB1 will be updated with a new speed?

Yep that's correct. If you update the speed of a playback, each time the playback is triggered it will use this speed.

If you choose to define a custom BPM speed for a chase, rather than use tap tempo, then I would recommend disabling tap tempo for that chase. To do this hold SETUP + tap the chase's button, then tap General, and under Button function tap Tap Tempo, so that it has a blue stripe meaning its disabled. This means that the chase will run using the defined BPM under the chase Tab of the settings window, and tapping the chase's button will not effect this.

1 hour ago, Martin Oakley said:

Secondly, if I Update my static lights in a cue where a playback has been used is the chase unaffected?

That's correct. A useful shortcut that may help you; if you go into the cue which contains the chase trigger, and then wish to update the base lighting state in the master playback, you will probably want to stop the chase before performing the update. An easy way of doing this is pressing and holding CLEAR, and tapping FADER FUNCT, as this will release all playbacks (and UDKs) except the master playback. You'll then be able to update your base lighting state, and the next time you go into it, the chase will run as normal over the top of your updated lighting state. 

1 hour ago, Martin Oakley said:

BTW, the support and help on the Forum is excellent. Many thanks to the users and support team.

No problem at all, thanks very much for the feedback!

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

Edward

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Brilliant, thanks Edward. I shall be having a test run to see if the Director is happy with the effect. This looks straight forward.

On the whole this is so much easier than the old Frog desk where I would just leave the chase on a sub master and add it in as each cue was called.

 

martin

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