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    Video Capture Cards in Vision

    I can say that I've successfully used my MBP WebCam along with a Capture Card to feed different screens different feeds at the same time. Perhaps, there is an issue with the drivers or something? If you have 2 capture cards plugged into your machine, do other programs like Skype see both capture cards? Is it only Vision that does not see them both?
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    Vision 2019 SP3 MVR Improvements

    With a simple extrude shape, you can select the extrude in VW and at the bottom of the OIP is a Name field. Populate that field with a unique Name and export an MVR. When this MVR is opened in Vision, the MeshShape should now have the unique Name entered in the VW OIP.
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    Simulating lasers

    @fuberator There may be a few different things you can try. For starters, make sure you are using a very narrow beamed S4 such as a 5deg. Next, bump up your Surface Light Quality to High or Very High in the Application Settings. Next, ensure that Volumetric Quality is at 100% in the Application Settings. Next, try toggling between the old Volumetrics and the new Enhanced Volumetrics. Also, try playing with haze settings in general as "pockets" of haze may make it appear like the laser has "disappeared". Lastly, try making the pinhole in your gobo just a little bit bigger if you are still running into issues. It may just be that it is such a small beam that it turns "paper thin" at certain angles/distances/etc.
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    Simulating lasers

    ZOMG @LJ TMS you are a life saver hahahahah I totally forgot we already had this!! Thank you for being such a knowledgable customer!!! 😄
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    setting the zoom in vision

    I'm not sure that it is possible to send the Zoom value from VW to Vision. However, to control the Zoom of this fixture in Vision simply select the fixture in the Scene Graph Dock and then open Vision's Software Console. Inside of the console, you should see a slider for Zoom. I believe a value of 255 is 30deg 😉
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    Simulating lasers

    Now that we have some customers attempting to do this, I will bring this use case up in our meeting. I'm going to ping @Mark Eli again as he is the one that makes fixtures for Vision. Unfortunately, Vision does not have a way to create/import custom fixtures. We are working on GDTF support in Vision such that you could create a fixture using the GDTF Fixture Builder, but that is not currently implemented. Hopefully, we can put a fixture in the Vision library for you and you can just fetch the content update and use the fixture we've created for you. Otherwise, the best option in your case may be to simply delete the MeshShapes inside of the specific fixture you want to have no geometry. This will not store off in the v3s which is a pain 😞 This also reminds me of a few other "features" that were considered but never implemented... perhaps I can bring these up in our meeting as well. One such feature was the ability to turn off geometry for a fixture at the fixture level (instead of at the global level). Other features that we may need to consider more seriously is the ability to control whether or not lights cast shadows at a fixture level (instead of at the global level). I'm sorry that this workflow isn't the best but you are in uncharted territory hahahah! I'll go with you where no man has gone before, but it may be a rough ride... which isn't to say we can't make this easier in a future release!!
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    Simulating lasers

    Sorry, this is specific to the Vision application 😞 I just tried it in Vision 2019 and an optimization we made to Gobo/Color/Animation Wheels broke it! (It did work in Vision 2018, however.) This is why it was never a documented feature 😛 I do think I might know a way we can get it working again, but the reason is broke it was because what we were doing before was very VERY bad for performance. Optimizing the wheels so they only updated when necessary was critical to the performance increases you see with Vision 2019. We may still be able to special case this without hurting performance too bad 🙂 I'll have to dig in the code and see what we might be able to do. Then maybe we can support it for real and we can document it as an actual feature! 🤣 Nevertheless, for a static laser like the OP is trying to do, a pinhole gobo will still do the trick 😉
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    Simulating lasers

    You're on the right track! Use a needlepoint gobo for sure. I'd also recommend picking a fixture with a very tight beam/field angle as this (in combination with the needle point gobo) will give you the most realistic result. (And even if you don't need to, try a video file in a S4 gobo sometime, it's really cool!!) It's a little complicated changing geometry of a fixture like you're suggesting, though. You can do it, but it won't get saved off in the file as Vision doesn't expect anyone to modify the fixture content like that. So, you'd have to do it every time you opened the file. Instead, my suggestion (if at all tolerable) is to simply turn off the rendering of all fixtures in your application settings. Unfortunately, this can't be done at a per fixture level and it is only a global setting for the entire document (something we are looking into). Fortunately, this drastically increases performance in Vision 2019 as well. This may be too specific of a request for @Mark Eli, but I'll tie him in just in case. We have some generic emissive spheres but they only glow (they don't emit light). Perhaps it would be good for us to have some generic no-geometry beam-fixtures for users to play around with when "hacking" up Vision to do cool/clever things like this 😄 The other example I had that came up with was creating a make-shift desk lamp in Vision. Having a "no-geometry beam-fixture" would be incredibly helpful in this case!
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    Simulating lasers

    Very cool you're looking into this! One thing you may not have known (and may not be applicable in this case) is: just like you can use an image on your desktop for a gobo, you can actually use a video file as well. This can achieve some really cool projector/laser like effects. You're on the right track using a second light at the mirror to simulate the "bounce". My suggestion for controlling whether or not the beam is "on" is to simply use the dimmer channel. You could even patch both lights (the real light and the one at the mirror) to the same uni/chan so that they respond to DMX the same way 😉 Hope this helps and interested to see how far you get with this POC laser in Vision! (I've done this myself btw and gotten some pretty good results!)
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    Vision default color temperature

    🤣 I was worried this may be the case... My suggestion here would be to mix and match ESC and MVR to get the result you want. It seems like some things work in ESC and some things don't. Everything that does work in the ESC file format can be exported from VW into an ESC. Everything that doesn't work in the ESC file format can be exported from VW into an MVR. You can then open the ESC and Merge in the MVR (or open the MVR and Merge in the ESC, either way should work). Absolutely. ESC is an incredibly buggy file format and not worth repairing. It will be faster and we believe more beneficial to our End Users to bring MVR import up to snuff.
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    Vision default color temperature

    I have seen this before but not quite this bad 😧 Is this happening in both ESC and MVR??
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    Vision fixture position mystery

    If the issue is rotational, it may be easier to fix! A little background... VW models all fixtures, regardless of type, to be in the "hung position". Vision models all moving light fixtures in the "floor mounted position" and all other lights in the "hung" position. (...mostly... this is where a lot of discrepancies occur between the two products... VW has always has a standard for modeling fixtures, Vision has not) There are two ways these lights re-rotate to account for this discrepancy. 1. If you are using MVR, the flip happens at import time in Vision. You can try to uncheck the "Flip Moving Lights" checkbox. (Note: If this checkbox is needed for some lights but not others, try merging together two separate MVRs (one MVR that needs the "Flip Moving Lights" option checked and another MVR that needs it unchecked).) 2. If you are using ESC, this flip actually happens at export time rather than import time. In this case, the ESC Exporter checks to see if the type of the fixture in VW is "Moving Head". If it is, it gets flipped. If it is not, it does not get flipped. So you can play around with the fixture type in VW to control how lights are flipped in ESC 😉 I hope this helps!
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    Vision fixture position mystery

    Sometimes this is a rotational issue, but in this instance it does seem position based... I'd confirm that the X/Y/Z Position values in Vision (units of inches and Y is Up) align with X/Y/Z Position values in VW (Z is Up). You may need to convert between units of measurement here, but in my experience this usually comes over without issue. My guess is that the issue is differences between the VW/Vision content itself. If this is the case, you can possibly call up the tech support team or the fixture request team and see if they can get it resolved for you. In the meantime, Vision does KIND OF support multiple selection and in this case you may be able to leverage it. Let's assume that in VW the strobes have a Z-Height of 24 inches and they look correct in VW. Let's also assume that this came over to Vision "correctly" with a Y-Height of 24 inches: If all of your strobes in Vision are at 24 inches Y-Height and you need them to be "raised up" another foot, then you can select all of your strobes at 24 inches Y-Height and simply adjust one of the strobes in the Properties Palette to have a Y-Height of 36 inches. This should set all of the selected strobes to have a Y-Height of 36 inches. This was just an example, but hopefully you understand how you can leverage Vision's somewhat broken multiple selections to work around your issue.
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    Vision 2019 SP3 MVR Improvements

    This is where you get to see the nasty side of Vision... Vision was never designed to be localizable. Furthermore, the UI was not decoupled from the backend code. Lastly, Vision still does not have a file migrator. What this means is that the UI elements you see in the Property Window are the keys into the backend data for the file format. If we added the string "inches" or "in." or a single quote (to signify inches) to any UI element, it would break file backward compatibility. This wouldn't be an issue if we had a file migrator as we could export to an older format. While there are ways we can change the UI and the code such that this breakage does not occur, it is difficult. What I personally would like to do is to make the file migrator for Vision a much higher priority, despite it not *seeming* important for end users. Not having one prevents us from doing a lot of things and one of those things is adding units to UI fields in Vision 😞 Right now the only way is via the help system. We are looking to improve the What's This system for 2020 which will be nice. But ultimately, Vision needs a file migrator. Then we can start looking into changing UI in a way that would normally break backward compatibility. The next logical step from there is making the UI localizable so the UI text is fully decoupled from the backend data.
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    Vision 2019 SP3 MVR Improvements

    Vision's Properties Palette is always in units of inches when referring to distance 😉

 

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