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  1. LJ TMS

    Fixture request

    Well that would explain it. No red astrick indicating a required field next to Phone, and I know I didn't fill that in last time I tried to submit. @Rob Books Did you fill this field when you tested the form?
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    Video wall preview in perspective view

    @nickvaphiadis If you can't find any objects nearby, it may be the rear surface of your video panels if they have very little depth. You could try giving them more depth so the rear surface isn't as close to the front surface. Or give them an extrusion of 0 so there is no rear surface. The further distance you have the camera away from two surfaces Z-fighting, the further apart they need to be from each other to prevent it.
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    Fixture request

    Hey Rob, can you clarify... does this mean you found no problems with the form, or that you found problems and it is now fixed?
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    Fixture request

    I had this issue as well when I last tried to make a fixture request. I ended up putting a fixture request in the VSS area and specifying I needed Vision profiles. https://serviceselect.vectorworks.net/support/fixturerequestform
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    Renderworks & Spotlight - Stumped.

    Love this thread and definitely count me in!
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    Renderworks & Spotlight - Stumped.

    @hbeach Thanks for sharing! Looks like the results are really good, but duplicating of work is something I try to minimize at all costs. The interoperability of VW & Vision is pretty good (with the notable exception of DLVP's). I might have to give Capture a test run someday.
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    Step by step to make a 4-bar instrument

    Oops missed the multicircuit bit, my bad!
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    Renderworks & Spotlight - Stumped.

    To me the problem is both VW & Vision excel at what the other is not very good at. Vision for volumetric rendering. VW for the rest (environmental & indirect lighting, textures with reflectivity and transparency, etc). While some might say that makes them complementary, I'd argue it makes it impossible to produce a great entertainment lighting render from either software. Ideally I'd love for VW to make some huge strides in volumetric lighting so VW is the solution for concept renders & lighting plots. Vision should stay focused on real-time rendering for previz where performance is the most important aspect (although I'd love texture transparency & reflectivity). I've considered adding C4D to my arsenal, but like Scott, I rarely have enough time to incorporate yet another software into my workflow for most shows. @hbeach How's your experience working with Capture? Can you export your VW model w/ fixtures into it? Or are you recreating everything from scratch? Your renders look great!
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    Renderworks & Spotlight - Stumped.

    Yup, unfortunately my experience mirrors Scott, and it's been a problem for way too long. I remember seeing a couple forum posts that nicely illustrated the problems with rendering beams within VW, and after searching of course they were both written by @scottmoore. @hbeach Those Capture renders look great! Nice job!
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    Step by step to make a 4-bar instrument

    You can accomplish this by making it a blue symbol (or group symbol) during symbol creation. This will allow you to include plug-in objects (Lighting Instruments) within the symbol. 1. Draw your 4 Lighting Devices and bar 2. Select them, Create Symbol, and check "Convert to Group" in Other Options Now if you look at the symbol you created in the Resource Browser, the symbol name will be blue. When you insert a new instance of this symbol in the file, it will insert as a group. Ungroup it and you'll have four Lighting Instruments and a bar! test-4-bar-2.vwx
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    Raked Hanging Position Truss

    Hey that's awesome, I'll definitely let them know you said hi! How long ago did you work at TMS? I've been here going on 12 years, although I'm always working away in my cave so rarely get to talk to majority of the people that work here, lol. Edit: Mario told me to let you know he misses you.
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    Raked Hanging Position Truss

    Lol, wow I hate stuff like that! Well at least you found an easy enough workaround. I just checked my test file and I'm not seeing that issue regardless what view I save in. I'd definitely forward that to VW so they can take a look.
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    Raked Hanging Position Truss

    @Wesley Burrows Damn, that sounds frustrating! I haven't fully moved over to VW2019 yet, but I just tried adding a few truss and fixtures to a blank file, made a DLVP & rotated, saved & reopened it, and didn't see any problems. I'd file a report with VW and send them your file. They may find a bug that can be fixed. Occasionally when I come across some weirdness like that, I try and copy over the offending parts of the model into a new file and see if my issue still occurs. If it doesn't, I copy the contents of each design layer one by one into a new file. You won't be able to copy sheet layers or viewports between files, so those will need to be recreated. But it least it may be a workaround to your current problem.
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    Raked Hanging Position Truss

    That's correct unfortunately. Vision doesn't understand Spotlight instruments within a DLVP so it converts it all to a mesh. Now that Vectorworks owns Vision, I'm hopeful they'll come up with a method that works for both (either Vision interpret the contents of a DLVP, or VW change it's raked truss solution to something that works with Vision).
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    Raked Hanging Position Truss

    No worries, this is the place to learn! This may be highly dependent on what industry you work in and what type of events you're drawing. I work with a wide variety of entertainment lighting and generally speaking, events like corporate, weddings, and traditional theater wouldn't utilize much angled lighting/truss. Whereas events like concerts, festivals, tours, etc can use a lot of lighting & structures at various 'non-flat' angles. For these type of events, you really want to 3D model what the end result will look like. Not only to show the client with renderings, but also to properly convey the construction and layout to the production crew. Also consider if you were building an event in a constrained amount of space, and/or have different elements close to each other, you need to make sure it's all going to fit, even at funky angles. The beauty of using DLVP's is you end up with a definition layer that you can use for nice 2D top/plan views of raked truss as though it was flat for use in plots, and the DLVP object for use with 3D renderings and front/side views. For renders, Vectorworks and/or Vision can work very well to illustrate your concepts! They both have their quirks and shortcomings (like any software), but it's perfectly achievable without using any other software.


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