Lesson 9 Tut3

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Overview

The previous lession introduced simple cues. In this lesson we explain some more sophisticated features of scenes, e.g. the fanning feature. With fanning you can create impressive effects with groups of lamps, e.g. rainbow effects or waves. DMXControl 3 provides an effect library.

Lecture 9: Fanning, chasers and other effects

DMXControl 3 extends the scope of scenes so that dynamic effects can be included, and you can apply certain algorithms for the attributes (e.g. DMX values) of included devices or groups. This allows you to create highly complex cues with a few mouse clicks. Don't believe it? Let's demonstrate how it works!

Fanning

The first mechanism is fanning. Just as you can open an ornate oriental fan, and created a colorful beautiful picture, you can create beautiful color palettes or beam spreads.

From technical point of view fanning means to split a value to a group of devices. We distinguish between linear and alternate fanning. See the following tables explaining the syntax element.

linear fanning

Syntax Example Description
> 50 > 100 Linear interpolation
<> 50 <> 100 Linear interpolation: marginal devices: 100, central devices 50
(mnemonic trick: In the symbol both signs are directed outside; in these positions the first value is applied; the second value is applied in the center.)
>< 50 >< 100 Contrary: marginal devices: 50, central devices 100
(mnemonic trick: In the symbol both signs are directed inside; there the first value is applied (in the center); the second value is applied at the edge.)

alternate fanning

Syntax Example Description
# 50 # 100 Alternate values 100/50/100/50 ...
# # 100 # 50 # 0 Alternate values 100/50/0/100/50/0 ...



How does it work?

Lets assume we want to have a cue where the 8 RGB Pars have to be faded from red in the middle to blue at the edges.


Picture 1: Linear color fanning example
Picture 1: Linear color fanning example


How many actions are needed for programming? 8? 16? 32? The answer is: Three!
We will apply linear fanning by "><" where we separate the marginal devices from central devices. The actions:

  • select the group "RGB pars"
  • go to property grid panel and type in for red color "0<>255"
  • type for blue color "255<>0"

Here is the amazing result in property grid:


Picture 2: Settings for linear fanning
Picture 2: Settings for linear fanning


Let's make another exercise with alternate fanning. The task is switching on each second lamp (i.e. setting dimmer to 100%).


Picture 3: Alternate color fanning example
Picture 3: Alternate color fanning example


There is a simple solution: Insert "0#100" into the dimmer value text field.


Picture 4: Settings for alternate fanning
Picture 4: Settings for alternate fanning


Effects and filters

With fanning you can create static cues. The "effects and filters" panels provides some additional effects that can be used for dynamic changes within a cue (e.g. swinging, flashing, running lights, etc.). Of course that's done fast and easy with DMXControl 3, or did you expect something else? ;)

Let's have an example: You want to have a blinking effect with all front light lamps.

In "Effects and filters" panel (accessed via Windows-> Effects and Filters) some super effects are offered, which you can use to create a dynamic change within the cues such as "sine", "trapezoid", "Sawtooth". Using drag&drop you can easily attach the sine effect to the dimmer in the Property Grid. Now this attribute behaves as it is expected by the symbol or name of the effect. You can change specific effect parameters in the Property Grid for example to affect the amplitude or frequency of the effect. For examples and details see the table below.


Picture 5: Setting for flash effects
Picture 5: Setting for flash effects


Try it! You'll love it!

Tip: Use the chaser effect to implement running lights within our RGB pars:

  • Select the RGB group
  • Drag the chaser effect to the dimmer in Property Grid


 Important Hint Effects (attachables) will be summed to the values that are manually adjusted. (If the device has a dimmer set at 30%, and you add a sinus with amplitude of 20%, the brightness minimum value will be 30%, the maximum value 50%)



Hint: Press the Del key (or delete symbol) in Property Grid to remove the effect from the attribute.

Attribute Example Description
Amplitude 50 > 100 Value interval for selected attribute; Can be set to negative value also.
Phase [0..100] Offset between group elements.
Frequency [0..1] Cycle speed.


 Important Hint By fanning the offset, you get interesting chasers.


In order to illustrate the power of this concept we have listed following use cases for you:

Use case How-to Amplitude
Jump effect: Dimmer should slowly fade to 0, and then will jump to full value Srag "Sawtooth" to dimmer property -100
Running light: One changing element of a group has 100% dimmer Drag "Chaser" to dimmer property 100
Gobo change: Drag "ListSwitch" to gobo property
Fade-in-effect with waiting time: Dimmer fades to 70, waits, Dimmer fades to 0, waits. Drag "Trapezoid" to dimmer property 70
Pattern of 8: Moving lights follow the "8" shape. Drag "Lissajous" to position property 270
On/off-effect: Lamps are switched on/off Drag "Rectangle" to dimmer property 100
Harmonic fade: Lamps dim in a harmonic way to 100% and back to 0. Drag "Sinus" to dimmer property 100
Color change: Lamps change sequentially to all possible colors. Drag "Sawtooth" to color property 100

Exercise

1) Try to apply fanning to pan/tilt of your moving lights. That rocks! ;)
2) Implement a running light with chaser effect


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