February 24, 2009 at 10:26 am 1 comment

Moving lights offer a bunch of new parameters that have to be programmed to get the desired effect.  Most of them are self-explanatory like pan, tilt, & color.  Others might require a little more explanation or just a little hands-on to “get it.”  So, if you’re not following me on any concepts, I’m hoping that it will clear up when we get to hands-on training.  Please ask questions in the comments (even if you’re not a “lighting guy”!).  But, on to palettes!


Palettes are referenced data.  They incredibly useful for programming moving lights.  Essentially, if you’re going to use anything more than once, you should probably make a palette out of it.  There are 3 types of palettes: Beam, Focus, and Color.  Color and focus are actually pretty simple.  

For color, well, c’mon… but, color palettes are particularly useful on the washes where there are millions of color combinations.  On the spots, the color palettes let us quickly pick a color or split-color on the color wheel.  Basically, it’s just a quick way to get to the color you want.

For focus, it’s a set of pan and tilt parameters.  This can be a little confusing because the actual lens focus (amount of diffusion of light) is actually recorded under beam palettes.

For beam, it’s everything else: gobo, gobo rotation, prism, prism rotation, strobe effects, and diffusion/edge (focus).  Ideally, we’ll have a beam palette program for each one of these, plus combinations of these and we’ll probably make a ton more…

So, if you want the moving spots to point on DS center, you grab them and choose focus palette 10.  Want purple? Pick color palette 4.  Want soft edged, slowly spinning gobos in a slowly spinning prism? Pick beam palette 21.  So, you can see how palettes let you quickly set a bunch of parameters and how this can help you program the moving lights much quicker.

Luckily, on the ION, we can label everything, including palettes.  However, at this time, I’m having difficulty displaying those labels while you’re working on programming.  Until then, I can export the data to a PDF and will likely re-organize it onto a single sheet that we can keep by the ION for quick reference.



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  • 1. Oz  |  February 25, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Today at the training, I learned how to display the labels once they’re applied to lights… I also learned how the list can be somewhat easily accessed while you’re programming!

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