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  1. From the File menu choose Expoer->Export MVR.

    When you export an MVR it includes the necessary GDTF files.

    The GDTF files contain only the fixture description the MVR file contains the details about each fixture, and the other geometry, in the document.

  2. For now we have only implemented receiving data via the Pangolin protocol. We will consider other implementing other protocols in the future depending on requests from users what information is available from the manufactures about the protocol. Pangolin worked very closely with Vectorowrks in order to allow Vision to properly read and render the data that was being sent.


    Lasers are being added to the GDTF specification so once that happens DMX  controlled lasers will be more feasible within the limitations of the DMX protocol.


  3. Make sure you select the accessory in the "Edit Accessory" field and then set the label legend to none for the accessory.


    There appears to be an issue when you select "Edit Accessory" "<All>" The label legend control will work but it will not display the "<None>" choice even when it is selected.

    The control works fine when using <All> it just does not display the correct choice in the label legend popup.

  4. Setting the fixture mode should automatically set the DMX footprint based on the selected mode.
    Does this issue happen for you with all the fixture modes or just the Robe MegaPointe Mode 1?

    Is this issue in just this one file?

    It looks like you are using a customized OIP, does this happen when using the Default OIP in a new document?

  5. As long as you are not using project sharing you should be able to replace the record format with the updated record.

    When you import the record or a symbol with the record aratched you should be prompted with a choice to replace, merge, or keep the existing record.

    If you do not see this prompt you may have selected the "Always do" option during a previous session and you may need to reset the option to get the prompt back. Unfortunately, this will reset all "Always do" actions.

    Tools > Vectorworks Preferences > Session > Reset Saved Settings... >  Check "Always do the selected action" choices (Uncheck the other option)

  6. Trusses and lighting devices have special behavior. In Spotlight, if you use the truss tool to place the symbol you will be able to rotate the truss in 3D. You will also be able to insert lighting devices, hoists etc and have them attach to the truss. Most of the workflows described above apply to older versions of Vectorworks.

  7. It should all still work.
    You need to use Manage Scenes to store the data from the light.
    Put the light in the first position and focus it. Check to see that it renders the way you expect. Save the scene.
    Put the light in the 2nd position, focus it, Check to see that it renders the way you expect.  Save the second scene.

    Set the rendering options then run animate select scene 1 and scene 2, give it a time and check the compression options then click OK and it should render the movie.

  8. The terminology is a little confusing in Spotlight.  The Fixture Mode pop-up in Spotlight is used to select the Vision's proprietary fixture description format, the format we used before GDTF existed. This allows up to support older files and older fixtures that do not yet have a GDTF file created.


    When you import an MVR into Vision you will see the option to use GDTF fixtures or Vision fixtures.


    As long as you have the GDTF mode selected everything should work correctly. Make sure you are filling out the data in the correct places in Vectorworks.

    Visualizer data mapping

  9. Check your classes, they may be turned off. The Beam, field and centerline can all be assigned a class Spotlight Preferences dialog.

    Also, the beams pick up the color specified by the lighting device, so if you have a very light gel color the line may be very faint and blend into the background color.

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