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  1. Sure thing, here's the file, I've just tried to reproduce it but it doesn't even want to rotate the fixtures. When selected, the light goes out and it doesn't move. That would be a shame about the lack of gobos on ETC lanterns as they're pretty universal world wide. I hope it's something simple.RNCM v10.v3s cheers
  2. Cheers, That's really appreciated, I found the glitch and it was certainly my fault, I had the x axis rotated 90* so everything was out. I did initially have a play with the rotate 3d option and whilst the light moved, after wiggling it around a bit, I stopped and not a single part of the light lined up, the clamp was over here, the feet were over there and I couldn't seem to get it to line up with the plane I wanted. The attached pic shows one after playing with rotate 3d and then setting all the rotate parameters to the same as its neighbour. As for gobos. I can't seem to find where I would select them... sorry, me just being blind I reckon. In the properties window there's an arrow just before the "Colour Wheels" option which allows me access to the gels. For all the generics in my model (etc 15-30 led and tungsten and Strand SL's) there is no arrow next to "Gobo Wheels" text. Thanks in advance.
  3. Hi folks, so I'm really getting on with this quite well. I've created my first piece and sent to the client (recorded from my phone camera from the screen as I needed to have the music on it as well) and they're impressed! So am I 🙂 I've been told I've also got a bunch of Chauvet Colorbattens to play with so these are going as a row along the base of the Cyc but I'm also going to stand some vertically to break up the space a little. I don't seem to be able to rotate them on the correct plane however. Rotate y and z both work on the same plane but in opposite directions so they won't go vertical. I can still program the show like this but am I just missing a check box somewhere? Gobos - I have quite a few units (etc lustr 15-30s and some Strand SL's) that have some breakups in them. Although they both have a tab in the Properties section it seems to be inactive. Is it possible to place a gobo in these fixtures? I've looked through the help sections but I'm still not quite used to navigating the system so any help is really appreciated. Matt
  4. Thanks very much for your reply, The VLZ problem was certainly one at my end so I think i'd better fess up... The Chamsys desk has two personalities, one of 61ch and one of 56. The 56 ch seemed to work better but not properly, when I did some digging i found what you've just told me... there is no 56 ch so I have no idea why my desk has one... I've edited the 61ch head on my desk and all is good. Thats a shame about HIS but the venue having them in this mode is rare and I'm sure I'll be able to morph some of the info once I get to the venue. I can't seem to see where in the OIP the dmx footprint is, I've included a screenshot if that helps. for those fixtures without the channel numbers in the name (and with the TW1 having the wrong name for the mode) the only way I seem to be able to find the number of channels is to either view in Spotlight - dmx patch which can sometimes be hard to relate to specific fixtures or export it to Vision and check there. Am I missing something from the OIP? Thats great news about the GDTF fixture design stuff. I had no idea about it before and have just read up. looks really promising. I'm used to being able to build and edit fixtures in Magic Q and appreciate that its hard to keep up with the fast moving pace of new fixtures coming onto the market.
  5. Thanks, I'm sorry if I come across a little grumpy, thats not normally me! I think I may have hit quite a few blocks on this particular project and its just got to me a little bit having just got the full version. I'll put a request in shortly. Also, thanks for the direction to the manual, I found the help section very useful.
  6. Hi all, So after playing with the 2 universe version I thought it would be just what I need for an up coming set of shows. Cutting it all a bit fine but, hey, thats rock and roll (or a bucket load of dance pieces actually). The shows are in less than two weeks time so if anyone has a solution then it'd be really appreciated otherwise its a lot of money to spend not earning its keep! I can't go into the venue and re address everything as there just isn't the turn around time and I doubt they'll let me. Here's my list in order of urgency: Varilite VLZ Profile, no fixture for the 56 ch version - this is a big issue as there are quite a few in the venue and will be the main moving light for the show. The venue also has a load of ETC LED2 lustr profiles (15-30 and 25-50) that are in HSIC mode. The only personality type in Vision is RGB 6ch with no dimmer. I've just morphed my desk fixtures to the 6ch mode and added a virtual dimmer but until I get to the venue I have no idea if morphing this back to a HSI fixture with dmx dim will work... Again, these are the most common fixture in there apart from some parcans so I need to get a fix for this asap. Can’t seem to find a 19ch version of Varilite VL1100 TID. Have used VL1000T-TI which seems to work but I haven’t been in the venue yet to see if its the same. Martin TW1 Personalities, can these be removed/edited/renamed? It took ages to work out what was the right one, we only need two. Martin Mac TW1 is the working 20ch extended version Martin Mac TW1 Extended does not dim. Martin Mac TW1 8b is the working 14ch version. Martin Mac TW1 8b Extended only has 14ch and does not dim. A few other things that i'd like to see (now I've parted with a large sum of money) is a column in the fixture mode select box showing the number of channels for the mode and ideally somewhere the ability to access a view of the channel layout for each fixture so I know its right. Cheers in advance, Matt
  7. Also just put in a SGM Q7 which has a beam angle of 110 degrees and its looking like 25 or something.
  8. Neither the Palco 3 or 5 have a zoom feature, they're pretty old and just have a set of interchangeable lenses (hence me finding them in the attachments section). Heres a link to the manual: http://tandm.co.uk/documents/User Manuals/SGM/Palco 3.pdf
  9. Okay so that bits work in progress then.. There isn't (or shouldn't be) a focus on the fixture. I should've mentioned that VW only has SGM Palco 3 Mobile (movable head). I'm only using standard palco, Channel layout: Ch 1 Shutter/Strobe Shutter and strobe functions are adjustable and random. Pulse Functions Ch 2 Dimmer intensity control Ch 3 Continuous Red saturation control 0-100% / White1 Ch 4 Continuous Green saturation control 0-100%/ White2 Ch 5 Continuous Blue saturation control 0-100%/ Amber Ch 6 CTC Continuous colour temperature control Ch 7 Macro functions Ch 8 White balance control
  10. Okay, so I've found the "Manage Attachments" bit, I've put the 25 degree lens on the units but when I do that, the light goes out and there seems to be no option in the attachments section anymore, not even to remove it..... Hmm....
  11. Hi, so I've added some SGM Palco 3 units to my show and the beam angle in the vectorworks model is 8 degrees rather than the 25 degree lens I have in it. I've edited it in the symbol in VW but the image in Vision seems to be really quite tight. Where do I edit the beam in Vision to the correct width? It doesn't seem to be in the properties window. Cheers.
  12. Cheers, that much appreciated. Changed the fixture mode, thought that the fixture would have that set beforehand.
  13. Hi folks, I'm new to Vision and slowly learning it. Please bear with me, I'm going to fire some probably daft questions up here but I do look for answers before hand. So I'm happily getting some lovely looks from the movers I've put into my Vision files but I've patched a few S4 profiles and some Arri 2ks. They're in the vectorworks file, I've addressed them in the same way as the movers yet although they appear in the Vision 3d image, they aren't in the patch window... What am I doing wrong? Cheers.
  14. Thats great. Thank you very much. My wife's off on tour over the weekend so I'm going to fill the office with my MQ100 desk and monitors and have a play.
  15. Cheers, I've deactivated the switch in Energy Saver and its running much better. It still struggles with 10 X4 bars pointing at the screen and the 4 Sharpys but hey, for the project I'm looking at trialing it on that shouldn't be an issue. As for the light output, turns out to be a case of operator error... I know how bright the X4s are compared to Sharpys and they just didn't seem to be right... until I remembered to zoom them in... Thanks again.
  16. Hi Hive mind, I've just put the 2 universe free version of Vision on my MBP and looking in the activity monitor it doesn't seem to access the high performance GPU, it just seems to run off the standard intel one. Vectorworks does access it however. I ran a test of 10 GLP X4 bars and 4 Sharpy's and it's been really struggling. Is there a way to force it to use the 4GB Radeon 560? Oh and while I'm here, is there a way to increase the overall light output of all fixtures from one menu? Cheers, Matt.
  17. Its been a while since I last used VW so please forgive me as I'm a bit rusty but I've been stuck with creating a semi circle of Martin Sceptrons and some sunstrips in the vertical plane. I can't even seem to rotate any of the Sceptron or sunstrips symbols that come with VW.... just not up to my usual standard or maybe I am! So I can't rotate a hybrid object. What do I do? It seems pretty random as to whether the rota objects in the OIP do anything. I'd like to be able to create an array of Sceptrons loosely based on a semi circle and this just seems the way to do it.... I also want to place some sunstrips that aren't vertical. Where am I going wrong? I just can't get past this. I'm sure that once its made clear there'll be an "oh, yes. I knew that" moment.... I've tried to edit the 3D component to make a symbol that at least sits in the vertical plane rather than horizontal but I'm just failing at every hurdle and although I should really stop for the night and go to bed its really bugging me now... Cheers in advance.
  18. So after a good clean up of the file things seem to be better. If I try to do a hidden line render of the stage plot it still takes far to much time (i never even bothered letting it get to the end it was that slow) but this plot will do. I'll load up the file to dropbox but its 180 mb so will take a while on my connection. Also, what are the lines coming out of the labels and how do I get rid of them? Cheers Stage Plot.pdf
  19. Cheers, will look into getting it sent when next at the machine, I think checking the Display Planar Objects boxed has solved the issue - sort of... However, its just created another problem, I have as suggested created a layer that only holds the truss and fixtures I want to show and have created a viewport on a new sheet of the front view of the stage. On it are maybe two dozen moving heads, some Sunstrips, a bit of truss and two mirrorballs. Again when I click Update in the OIP with display planar objects ticked I just get the whirling ball for what so far is about an hour.... It would be quicker to create some text boxes on that plane that represent the fixture number and patch data than wait for it to finish rendering. Would there be somthing that is making the process really slow?
  20. Cheers, Yep, didn't have Display Planar Objects ticked, that has sorted it out in the single head only file i made so all good but in the file i'm working on, after setting to display Planar and clicking on Update, the process was taking huge amount of time. I'm working on a MBP i7 with 16gb and a 2gb graphics so should be okay but after about an hour it had gotten nowhere. I'll look into "Create Plot and Model View", its something I know nothing about.... Cheers.
  21. Yep, 3d labels, I've set them to the right orientation but still no joy. I've created a new document with nothing but one moving head in it, labelled it and created two viewports from the front, one just by drawing a box around it and including the label in the area and a second by creating a section viewport that is the wider than the area needed to contain the 3d label. The label is certainly there as it shows up in the standard viewport and when I rotate around the head in custom view I see it clearly however it's still not showing up in the section viewport. I could create classes for all the stuff in front of the stage (trusses, fixtures, video panels, venue architecture etc) and disable them for this particular viewport which shows the patch details of various vertically stacked fixtures on drop bars on the upstage truss but that just seems like a faff and I like to keep things as simple as possible. A section viewport seems the simplest way to create an uncluttered view but i just can't get it to display the labels.... As usual with my VW troubles, its usually a very simple thing I'm missing, I just cant find it this time...
  22. Hi all, I'm struggling to get a fixture label to display in a section viewport. I have all the right classes selected but still no go. If i create a standard viewport in front view then I get the label, I need to create a viewport from the stage frontline inwards so as to not clutter the view with dance floor trusses and section seems the simplest. Would i be better just putting everything on the dance floor on a separate layer and turn that off for the viewport? Cheers folks
  23. I'm having exactly the same issue (see my post in entertainment and visualisation section - mods if you can move to this section that'd be ace, sorry). I find the only way is to as mentioned, either save and re open the file or shutdown and re open VW. It seems pretty random as to when it happens and what is/isn't visible. Its a bit of a pain but it is usually possible to see if its working properly and stop the render and shut down.
  24. Hi all I'm starting to make renders of lighting stage set ups I'm quoting on and I'm having a few issues, well, one really. On quite a regular basis, my renders don't turn out as they should, items are missing, often whole classes and layers, sometimes all layers. They are there as when I move the mouse over them I can see the outline of them is highlighted but sometimes its only the lit fog that renders or a completely white )or black) image. In order to solve this, I have to save the file, shut it down and re open it. After doing this it will usually render fine but this is time consuming. Note, I am not changing any of the visibilities at any point.... Does this sound like theres something wrong with my system? I have only one machine so have other programs (chrome, mac pages/numbers open at the same time) so could this be affecting it?
  25. Ah! Sorted, just needed to be set to receive shadows... of course, the blades will create shadows.... Getting there, stumbling forward, picking myself up at each hurdle.... :-)


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