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Edward Joseph

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    User Experience Specialist - Entertainment
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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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! 😂
  4. 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!
  5. 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 😀
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Edward Joseph

    Vision Update functions

    It definitely does that already 😃
  10. 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:
  11. Edward Joseph

    Fixture Color not importing

    Hey D, make sure you right click the light and change the gel in Edit Light. Just typing in a color code into the Object info Palette won't apply a gel.
  12. Edward Joseph

    DMX Connectivity Articles

    Hey Simon! Chances are likely that your patch is off. Make sure you adjust the edit Vision data mapping in Vectorworks via: File>Document Settings>Spotlight Preferences>Edit Vision Data Mapping. Vision uses a two-part addressing system using "Universe" and "Channel" as the two parts change the drop downs on the right to align with the Object info palette fields you prefer - i.e. Universe and Address, or Universe and Dimmer. Sorry for the delay, I was out last week moving! If that doesn't fix it for you or you have any other questions, shoot us an email over at tech@vectorworks.net and we'd be happy to help.
  13. Edward Joseph

    LED Ribbon / RGB Fixture

    Hey guys, if the plan is to send to Vision, drop a 1in emissive spheres from the _VisionGenerics manufacturer. Then Duplicate along array to get the length of your tape. Then just address them all the same. This feature has been heavily requested though (a simple convert to> emissive fixture). It is high on our priority list.
  14. Edward Joseph

    Vision - Manual Fixture Selection

    Hey Rich! it sounds like you may have just expanded the all option. scroll all the way to the top and collapse All, then you will be able to expand the other options (I usually just use Manufacturer)
  15. Edward Joseph

    Saving global properties

    Hey Dan, not yet, it is planned though. Until it's added, you can save a v3s file once you make changes via file>save in Vision, that will save the settings for that file. You shouldn't have to tinker with too much with every file though, my personal workflow follows: Load file into Vision Drop Ambient to 2-3 Volumetric Quality to 100 Volumetric amount down a peck Maybe bring haze amount down a little (to mix in more static haze) If you are changing things like exposure, contrast, and brightness, I would definitely change my monitor settings around. Nvidia cards have an awesome tool in the form of the control center to do this if your monitor settings are lacking. ATI's CCC is similar in this regard.
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