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  1. Sam - The Symbols the Spotlight Lighting Device PIO uses do not contain Light sources - and, yours shouldn't, either. The PIO code is looking for the 3D Locus that is top-most in the stacking order - more than likely at the fixture body pivot-point - to use as a reference as to where to place the Light source. (I have multiple Loci in my fixture Symbols - all assigned to the NonPlot-Loci Class - Insertion Point, convenience snaps, pivot point(s), etc. - and all works just fine because of where they each are in the stacking order.) There really isn't a way around the large lens/small source issue. Making the lens glow will fix SOME of that but projected beams will still show the difference.
  2. Like @JBenghiat said, you're needing to create a Plug-In Object and have 3 options to do that yourself. A 4th option is to commission someone to do that for you. What you describe doesn't sound all that intricate so the cost should be pretty reasonable. FWIW, I just created something along these lines for an exhibit client for their in-house use...
  3. Good call, Pat! While I'd love a single DV solution, that works quite well!
  4. I do have the Criteria box but it doesn't (that I can tell) allow me to do a series of ANDs and ORs like I'm wanting. I do see a space in the dialog that shows the "long-hand" result of the dialog but I can't edit that the way I could w. Reports. I was really hoping someone had figured out a way to do that...
  5. RigPoint is a production rigging PIO. I want to mark each instance w. a load that is over-spec. So...essentially...I want to mark instances with a type of 1-Ton and a load weight of > 2000 lb or a type of 1/2-Ton and a load weight of > 1000 lb etc. That help?
  6. Is there any way to use Boolean operations in the Data Visualization system? I'm wanting something like this (copied from a Report): =((('RigPoint'.'Type'='1-Ton') & (VALUE('RigPoint'.'LoadWeightLB')>2000)) | (('RigPoint'.'Type'='1/2-Ton') & (VALUE('RigPoint'.'LoadWeightLB')>1000))). Thanks for any help...
  7. 2 things: 1) A Speaker instance's Insertion Point is the bottom-center of the speaker cabinet so you'll have to move the Speaker into position once-placed. 2) There is a known bug with where the Braceworks Load Point is placed so that yoked speakers that look like they're properly hanging on truss may not connect correctly.
  8. 1 of 2 things is likely throwing things, here: 1) The Symbols may not be built correctly. 2) The data in the attached Record might be incorrect. Download the VideoScreen 4 manual from here: http://www.landrudesign.com/VWPlugIns.htm. In the latter pages is info on building projectors, TVs, and projector stands. That might help you.
  9. Not a theatre but you might really like this: https://www.edgelightrgb.com/shop-2
  10. 1) The Landru Design tools and the stock Spotlight tools both use the same body of resources - in the folder(s) I cited and in the "local" VW file. So, in-general, the approach and process are the same for both. (This applies to projectors, TVs, stands, and screen content). 2) One thing that the Landru Design tools handle that the stock tools do not is an alternate reference difference. Some manufacturers base calculations on the front of the lens and others base them on the front feet of the projector. The stock tools only recognize the former. 3) Yes, to "unlock" the VS4 instance in the file I shared you'd need to have a license for the Landru Design tools. 4) Presently, both VS4-Blended Screen and Blended Screen only do horizontal blends. I hope that helps!
  11. Answering some of your "content" questions...: 1) You can create/use custom projectors. The tools will "see" projectors in your current file and in any VW files found in "\Libraries\Defaults\Video Screen\Projector Models." 2) You can find more detailed info on creating models in the manual found @ http://www.landrudesign.com/VWPlugIns.htm. You might also find this video to be helpful: https://youtu.be/ceP2MOpkGMI. It is several years old but the information is still quite relevant. 3) While I don't know of any extensive commercially-available projector libraries, I do know of several users who have developed some pretty impressive models. You might try inquiring here or in the Facebook Spotlight group. With the current state of our industry, I wouldn't be surprised if some of those users started baking their libraries available. 4) Creating unconventionally-configured projectors is definitely possible - no hacking necessary. It is simply a matter of how Symbols are created. I've attached a quick sample of what might be possible. I hope that this helps to answer at least some of your questions. UST Demo.vwx
  12. Agreed 100%. That is, by-far, one of the biggest things I've learned from the VW engineers who have worked with me along the way. With the initial licensing of the video tools came A LOT of work aligning them. In looking back, WELL worth the effort...
  13. You pose some good questions. As the developer of two of the tools you cite (and, a vocal critic of things that bug me, too...), I'd like to offer up a little food-for-thought: For the most part, Video Screen (or, VS4-Projection) lends itself well to being an "OIP-driven"/"one-wrapper" tool. For each object instance, individual parts are relatively few and dealing with the "whole" is fairly simple. Speaker Array (or, Audio Array 2) is another animal, entirely. An array can contain a bumper and 3 different speaker types - which, together, can comprise 40+ array elements, each inserted at different angles and tracking different data. This would be INCREDIBLY difficult to configure through the OIP alone - and, would be a huge time-hog as you'd need to wait for each and every adjustment as the OIP makes changes real-time - not to mention not being able to see the whole assembly until you had done that waiting over-and-over. Also, because a populated array is a "parent/child" or "master/slave" assembly, you can do such things as display dispersion for individual cabinets or easily create reports like hang sheets or circuiting charts - with each speaker being entries in the reports. Granted, not necessarily ideal, but I hope that sheds at least a little light on some of the "whys" behind those 2 tools. As to the stock audio tools not inserting actual Symbol geometry, you are quite right. In their current form, the tools don't do that. If inserting Symbols is important to you, you might want to take a look at the Landru Design version of the tools (links in my sig).
  14. The "Convert to Group" Command (Ctrl-K) is different from Grouping objects. That command "disconnects" the object geometry from the code that created it. If you evoke that command while in a 3D view, you'll end up with rotatable 3D geometry. That caveat is that you'll also be eliminating all of the Plug-In Object functionality. Make sense??


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