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Changing number of Channels/ changing mode of a lighting instrument

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Hi All - I'm trying to figure out how I can change the number of (dmx) channels taken up by my custom lighting instruments.  They appear to default to 1, and it's a field that doesn't appear to be able to be modified via the properties pane. (it's there but grayed out)

 

On other fixtures, it looks like changing the fixture mode changes channel numbers - but I can't seem to make custom modes (although it would allow me to select from all the other modes by manufacturer, which is not very helpful).

 

can anybody offer any tips here?

 

thanks so much in advance.

 

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If you set the fixture mode to "None" you should be able to enter the number of channels.

 

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thank you, tried it - it doesn't work if "none" is the only mode selected - but i DOES work if I also add another mode to the dropdown and then pick 'none".

I guess that's solved then so long as i put a "dummy" mode into the field too. 

 

Still - that only seems to solve the issue for specific instances - i'm looking for an entire lighting instrument resource.

 

 

 

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if all the fixtures of that type you are putting in the drawing will have the same number of channels, click edit 2D (or 3D) on the symbol in the resource manager.  make sure nothing is selected and go to the Data tab.  click on the Light Info record.  change the number in the Channels field.  exit out of the symbol and you should be good to go on all symbols.

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Thanks all. 

Yes, I've figured out that i can change the lighting instrument's (Any symbol's) record data from the 2 or 3D editor.  I'm just trying now to figure out how to edit (and add) my custom modes into each fixture. Any thoughts on that ?

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the modes list comes from Vision, and Users do not have access to that database.

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This seems like a bit of an oversight.

 

-Users should definitely be able to add modes to their own custom fixtures.

 

-Users should definitely be able to add "missing" modes to existing fixtures (ARRI Skypanel S60-c, for example has only 2 of its almost three dozen modes in the database);

 

-and "unrelated" modes shouldn't come up in the dropdown menu for certain fixtures (it looks like every single available mode for all fixtures in the database are available to be assigned to any lighting instrument- but obviously nobody will ever need modes from fixtures X Y or Z to be assigned to lighting instrument W for example. The current way is just a lot of clutter).

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Modes are part of the conversion from Spotlight to Vision.  If the files are not set up correctly, your files would crash.  I have been working with the Vision folks for several years, and I still can not set up the necessary file for Vision modes more than half the time.  with GDTF coming, that will change, but until that is Implemented, creation of the required mode files is not something the average user would have the skills to do correctly. This is not as simple as the fixture builders that are out there for some other visualizers.

I know that now that the vision modes are fully integrated with Spotlight, more Spotlight folks who do not use Vision are starting to use them, but they are not really meant for just Spotlight, but for the sending of your file to Vision. 

 

If you have None selected in the Mode, you should be able to change the number of Channels.  if that is not possible, then that is a bug.

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Thanks Rob -

Yes I'm using the workaround you suggested - put mode to none and then just manually enter the number of channels.

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