Vista v2 Programming Guides - 4 - Controlling Fixtures

Vista v2 Programming Guides - 4 - Controlling Fixtures

Now that you have set up your layouts and have an efficient workspace it's now time to program your fixtures and get those amazing looks that you have been dreaming of. This is where you will see the Vista v2 software start to work for you. It's so easy to create complex and impressive lighting looks, using this software.

First let's look at how to select our fixtures, the standard way to select our fixtures is to just click on them, you can see that they will now have a yellow outline with a number in the top right hand corner, this number is the selection order. As you select another fixture or couple of fixtures this selection order will start to extend. You can vary the order in which fixtures get selected by adjusting this drop down box in the top right hand corner. Have a play with this and see the different ways that you can select your fixtures, this will come in handy later when we are working with effects.

Controlling Fixtures

Instead of clicking on fixtures individually we can also click and drag around the fixtures using the rubber band method that you are familiar with from Windows or MAC-OSX. Once we let the mouse click go anything under the box gets selected. If at any time you want to deselect your fixtures all you have to do is click in a part of the background of the chooser. Also once you put some programming to your fixtures and you go back to select a fixture, the fixture selection will be reset.

There are a couple of other ways to select fixtures, in the bottom right hand corner of the layout next to the lock, there are three buttons, the first puts the selection method into rubber band that we have been using. The next button along puts it into lasso mode, in this selection mode we can draw a lasso of any shape over the fixtures, and then once we let the click go any fixture within that lasso will be selected. The next option is the drag over method, with this method we just drag a line over the fixtures and any fixture that falls under that line will be selected. The easiest way to start is to use the rubber band method.

Now let's select all of the fixtures on the back truss. To select these fixtures you can simply click and drag a box over them. As you do this you will see the sidebar on the right is no longer greyed out and you can now edit fields within it. This is the area we call the feature palette sidebar, all of the features in your fixtures can be accessed from here. If your fixture canít access a feature it will remained greyed out.

Controlling Fixtures

The buttons along the top of the sidebar are the feature buttons. The first and default mode is the all mode, this shows a condensed version of all of the functions available to your fixture, in the other modes you get a more detailed breakdown of controls and more functionality. The first mode is intensity, then position, then colour, then gobo, then beam and any other custom feature fall under the last button. Take a moment to familiarise yourself with these icons as they will pop up many times while you operate Vista.
 
Controlling Fixtures

Let's look at how easy it is to put all of the fixtures on the back truss into a gobo and change the colour to red. First, select the fixtures, hit the intensity to full (with the arrow to the right of the intensity slider), you can drag the intensity up and down along this bar. Any bar you see like this in the feature palette can be operated like this. The portion in the centre is the HSV colour picker, here we can quickly and easily select a colour for the fixture, click on the red portion of the colour picker to turn the fixtures to red. You can drag around the colour picker and quickly change the colour of your fixtures. Using the HSV colour picker is the easiest way to get your colour to the approximate value you need. If you need more detailed control of the colour, you can then use the sliders to get a more accurate colour by clicking the button just above the colour picker. Vista can control colour in CMY, RGB or HSV space, allowing you to select and control both LED's and CMY fixtures together in the same space.

Controlling Fixtures

Next letís select the gobo. The condensed gobo feature in the all palette will show you all of the gobos you can access in the fixture, choose a gobo that appeals to you. If you can't find the gobo here we can move to the gobo tab in the side bar, you can see how the wheel number is shown for you along the top, the more wheels you have the more options. If you have rotating gobos and need to spin the gobo, change the wheel to spin mode with the button below the wheel and then we can move the slider to start it spinning. The next two buttons either home the spin or reverse it, the same applies to indexing.

Controlling Fixtures

We have now created our first look in Vista, the fixture chooser will always give you a preview of you output from your fixtures, it will preview intensity, colour and gobo, but wonít preview detailed beam commands such as focus and zoom.

This is just a brief introduction into the way that you can easily control your fixtures visually using Vista v2. This ease of control coupled with Vista's intuitive features allows you to quickly and effortlessly create complex lighting for your next production.

For more training and more tips on the Vista software you can watch our Vista v2 training video series here.

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