Vista v2 Programming Tips - 1 - Connecting Media Servers

Vista v2 Programming Tips - 1 - Connecting Media Servers

So by now if you have been paying attention to the videos and articles you'll have learnt how to control many different types of fixtures including Dimmers, Moving Lights and LED fixtures however the missing piece of the puzzle is media servers. Vista's graphical interface immediately lends itself to easily programming media, at a glance you can see the image you are working with and with Vista you can finally program your media cues in the way they were meant to be programmed, on a timeline. This article will give a quick overview of how to get your servers connected so you can start effortlessly programming your media content.

There are three steps to connecting to your media server; firstly you must patch the media server and its associated layers; secondly you have to import your server’s content via CITP and then assign the content to your server, then you can control your server via DMX or Artnet.

So, first let’s patch the media server and its layers. To do this we patch the server and layers like we would any other fixture. For this article we will be using an Arkaos Media Master Server and its Full Layers.

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Now that the fixtures are patched, we need to import the content from the connected media server. To do this you must first make sure that your server and your vista system are in the same IP range, for this article I have my Vista set to IP address and the Arkaos Server at with a subnet mask of

Next step is to import the media from the server to a directory on your vista system, to do this we use the CITP import process. With the server connected click on the ‘patch’ option in the menu bar and scroll down to the’ Import Media Server’ option. This will open up the CITP import dialog box, here you will see any media servers that you have connected to your Vista. To import your thumbnails into Vista click on the ‘Import Thumbnails’ button, this will import the content from your media server into your console. Once the import process is complete, the content will be stored in your Vista Data directory under the show file folder.

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Now that you have the content in your Vista system, the next and vital step is to assign that content to the relevant server. In order to this you must first move to the patch screen then in the fixture library sidebar, right click on the Arkaos media server and select the ‘use custom media’ option. This brings up a dialog box where you can select the content that you just imported from your media server. Then, repeat this process for all of the media layers that you are going to use. Once you have assigned custom media to all of your servers and layers, your content is now ready to select through the fixture chooser and the feature palette sidebar. 

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The final step in the process is to connect the control of the server to the relevant output of your Vista. Regardless of whether you have chosen Ethernet or DMX control, this connection is made through the Connect Universes dialog box in the patch screen, the same way we connected our outputs in earlier articles.

Now that you have your servers connected and your content imported you are ready to start programming your spectacular visuals effortlessly and intuitively.

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radhe melkar

Sir , How can I take madrix on the fader of jands vista as I have seen many people using madrix with vista. I keen to know how to connect madrix with vista v2 .

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