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Edward Joseph

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  1. Edward Joseph

    Vision Manual

    Which feature are you having trouble with? Most features are explained in the Vectorworks help, as most Vision prep-work is done there. Once a file goes into Vision, it's mostly just environmental variables like ambient, haze, etc.
  2. Edward Joseph

    Broken Moving Lights

    Yeah, send this one off to tech@vectorworks.net. That's the best way to get support on Vision issues. It sounds like they are getting some conflicting DMX, I've seen that happen in real life, but Vision fixtures don't have motor issues or anything. If they turn on, they will move just fine. Judging by your other posts in the Vision forum though, you are having many issues. Please send your file to tech@ along with the name and email your vision license is registered to.
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    Flickering Beams

    What do you mean by focus information? As in, you open the show with your console already sending focus info to the fixtures and they are flickering once Vision opens? And rolling that encoder down to 0 then back up stops the flickering? I see you are using ma2onpc, are you using ma-net? Or artnet/sacn? Please got to help>about Vision, What is your version number? Also, in the future, support requests should be made to tech@vectorworks.net. This forum is mostly for users to discuss topics among themselves. If you can, please send your Vision license contact info to the aforementioned address as well.
  4. Edward Joseph

    Number of LED-Screens

    Hey there! Technically, unlimited. It would be more of a hardware restriction. I'd say on most computers, you'd be limited to maybe 5...ish? Number of lights and complexity of geometry would have a big impact on how many would run smoothly. Hardware-wise, running your screens as looping video instead of capture device screens would be a little less taxing, but there are a few factors that come into play.
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    Patch Issues with Wash Fixtures

    Hey Justin, double check to make sure your Visualizer data mapping is correct. In Vectorworks, navigate to File>Document Settings>Spotlight Preferences. Next, click "Edit Visualizer Data Mapping" in the bottom right. Vision uses the terms Universe and Channel to refer to a fixture's patch location, shown on the left of the window. Name is simply what field you want to use to identify your fixture Unit Numbers (101, 201, etc). Set the dropdowns on the right to match the fields you use to address your fixtures. The second thing that could be going on, make sure those fixtures have a fixture mode assigned in the object info palette. If you're still running into issues, please contact us through tech support: tech@vectorworks.net Hope that helps!
  6. Edward Joseph

    Saving global properties

    You know, I can't say I have ever tried making an adjustment to my plot and re-exporting and merging an ESC while Vision was still running. If I ever have changes to make, I usually close out Vision to free up some system resources anyway. I'll verify and if I run into the same thing with the latest service pack, I'll put it in as a bug. It sounds like the duplicates are getting removed when Vision is restarted so it looks like it's mostly there already. Something that is confusing me though, is the workflow here. Maybe if that was clarified I can make a better suggestion in the bug entry. Is this a reoccurring problem in your workflow? Do you often need to make changes and re-export pieces of your rig after changing all of the root properties and saving camera views? I've really only seen a re-export of an esc as necessary when I make a mistake building my file. Do you two have a workflow where often changing the rig after all of the camera and global property setup is complete is normal? This could help in deciding whether I put it in as a bug or feature request - because if this is a workflow issue, maybe we can make it better.
  7. Edward Joseph

    Saving global properties

    Awesome, there are a ton of things the ESC workflow can help with. I usually prefer it for bigger shows - careful though, it's easy to go overboard juggling 10 ESC files. I limit it to Main deck and risers, conventionals (with FoH truss and the like), and movers with stage truss. Hope that helps!
  8. Edward Joseph

    Vision objects in Spotlight

    Hey Dan, no problem. I usually don't recommend this workflow to most, as it can get complicated fast. It used to be the only way to get a Vision file out of Vectorworks - I made the OG exporter with our original head programmer with some Vectorscript and some backend cheekyness.) The ESC workflow is great if you've got unreliable people taking stock of your lights too! 😂
  9. Edward Joseph

    DMX Controls

    Sure is! Check Help>Vision Help. Unless you need to swap camera views mid-record, I usually prefer just to hit 1-9 myself to switch. Either way would work though!
  10. Edward Joseph

    Elements disappear when zooming in during wide perspective

    Moved to troubleshooting, I feel like this topic will get the right eyes on it here 😀
  11. Edward Joseph

    Fixture Color not importing

    Try this, select all the lights that you want the same color. Go to Spotlight>Visualization>Edit Vision data. Change either color wheel's slot 1 to whichever color you want. That will allow you to change a bunch at once.
  12. Edward Joseph

    Vision Update functions

    Weird! For sure try admin, and while you're at it check all of your permissions settings. You guys have an IT crew at PRG right? They may have put in some custom permissions settings. If not, well windows updates have been....aggressive for some chipsets lately. They had one like a year ago that blocked all artnet. Sending and receiving, for any program. It was a nightmare lol.
  13. Edward Joseph

    Vision Update functions

    Are you still using Vision 4? If so, as per my other reply, please update to Vision 2018. Vision 4 is super old at this point. The update server it connects to no longer exists. If for some reason you are getting nothing when you try to run it from Vision 2018, you may be running into a permissions issue. Try right - clicking Vision and running as admin, or running the updater as Admin. This can usually circumvent any weird permissions issues machines may have. Again though, don't do this with Vision 4, it was made obsolete nearly 3 years ago.
  14. Edward Joseph

    Vision Update functions

    It definitely does that already 😃
  15. Edward Joseph

    Fixture Color not importing

    Sorry - Right-click and go to Edit, then Color Wheel, there should only be one dropdown available. You set that to the gel. Clicking on it will open a color picker where you can sort through gels. Once selected, click ok to save then re-send to Vision (or export a new esc). Also, make sure your Vectorworks and Vision have both been updated to the latest Service Pack. Here's a link to Vision sp3: