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Just figured this out today and thought it was awesome.


Say you're doing a show with 3 locations and you keep going back and forth. And the designer has scene specific presets that mark at the beginning of each scene.




So cues 1-10 are preshow. 1 Marks for scene 1 in an office. Cues 11-67 are in the first scene in an office.


Cue 70 is the blackout. Cues 70-125 then take place in a bedroom.


Cue 125 is a blackout.


Then cues 130- 175 are back in the office.


The designer wants to record Q 11 to Q 130. When you do it, you have all sort of non-intensity moves in Q 130. If you create a part Q in your transition Q 125, we'll say part 7. You can then say Blind Q 125 Part 7 Channel 1 thru 400 (400 is arbitrary, whatever your last channel is) All NPs Recall from Q130. And you've marked everything you need to get back into the office with no live moves...


I was doing Macros etc. to select all my channels with non-intensity parameters for awhile. I feel like I should've realized I could select all channels non-intensity parameters to make big moves like this. It is great. Another reason to love the All NPs key as well as {Recall From} : )

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Another way, Alex, would be to flag your Q125 as a Mark Cue: Cue 125 Mark Enter. As you're in blackout, just use [Recall From][Cue][1][1][Enter] to get the state of Cue 11 back onstage as manual levels - if you weren't in a blackout, you could append [Rem Dim]. Then use [Select Active][Mark][Enter] to mark all of these moves in Q125.

This will give you what is essentially a duplicate of Cue 11 in Cue 125, but only the NP moves/marks that need to be there.


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It's old, but did you know this(e.g. at Submaster):


to see the level press and hold [Data]:


Linus Z.

light board operator

Deutsches Theater Berlin


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Anne Valentino:

Lane, explanation please?  Record only just just manual values.  What is this doing??



Hi Anne & ChaosBob,

<Select Manual - Record only> as a Macro

I started using this because coming from a Hog or Maxxyz background I've grown accustom to having only those values (programmer values) I've affected recorded into the cue, sub etc not the whole output. i.e. <record> It was the quickest way I could get the EOS to do this.

I don't even use the Record button anymore ;-p

Let me elaborate on this... If I build a large cue and have selected and manipulated multiple groups, and channels, fixtures, etc etc. The "Select Manual, Record Only" is gives me a quick way to reselect only those fixtures I've manipulated and then filter record quickly into the cue or sub I choose. 

On the Maxxyz this can be accomplished by hitting < . > <Enter> <record> to select all active fixtures in the programmer

I do a lot of layered cue stack programming for busking purposes this enables me to not worry about whether or not I'm recording the fixtures or information I want into a particular Q list sub etc.


Another lil trick:

Also from the Maxxyz & Hog world I am used to using the "clear" button to have those fixtures that I've affected to return to their previous state.

The quick solution to this is to set default **sneak time to '0'

Then every time I use <Sneak-Enter> they return to their previous state without having to send a move command.


Also a handy way to clear out particular values to some of the fixtures

Example: select 2 different groups @ full, select one group, put in Blue. Select another group put in red... I decide don't want the 1st group in blue but to return to the color you were previously in, yet maintain the intensity value.

Group 1+2 @ Full

Group 1 Blue

Group 2 Red

Group 1 Color Sneak enter 

<Select Manual - Record Only>  <Cue/Sub> <XX> which reselects everybody for record and viola showtime!


**If you need to actually sneak something in during a show in time <Group> <sneak><time> <XX> <enter>.



More Than Light LLC

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Here's something that I just stumbled on today.  It may be old hat but You can use color pallets with Highlight. This allows you to keep track of where all your movers  are while adjusting the focus on the highlighted one.  Here is the process.

First write a Preset with all you movers at full and in open white and make it you highlight preset (in setup).

Then grab the group of movers that you want to highlight and set them to full

1. Group 97 @ full *

Then set them to a dark color.

2. Group 97 Color Pallet 3. (in my case dark blue)

Then highlight them.

3. Group 97 Highlight *

They will all turn back to Open White until the first hit of the Next button .

The first Highlighted channel will remain Open white but the rest of the lamps will turn the color that you set them at in step 2 above. Each hit of the next button will turn the next lamp Open white and the rest blue. .

It sure made my life less confusing when it came to updating focus pallets.



Dan Mooney

Lighting Director

TCU Place Arts and Convention Center.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (say that 5 times really fast) Candada.

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Very True Dano, we usually use a sub to turn the movers blue so that we don't have to worry about restoring the color after finished highlighting. 


chad r. jung chadrjungdesign.com

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Someone should make one of these in the Congo Forum ;)

Omar Brown


Cas Di Cultura Performing Arts Centre

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Nothing special but sometimes usefull:

If you´re in Cue 1 and hitting GoToCue Next you´ll move to Cue, hitting Next twice, you´ll move to cue 3 and so on... (if there are no .-cues inbetween)

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Am I the only one who thinks that the surface of the GIO looks like a part of a BattlestarGalactica scene-set?

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Am I the only one who thinks that the surface of the GIO looks like a part of a BattlestarGalactica scene-set?

I don't see a problem with that... ;-)

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wish computers did that! once the shell, then aplication is launched could there be a percentage bar to indicate the progress. Just watching the same screen for a few minuites gets annoying. I have other programs that have a progress bar that directly relates to the chercksums built into the programming. Any time I have trouble they ask what the percentage of the bar was when the program failed tring to do what? They love have 'us' (the user) being able to tell them exactly what line in the programming failed.

Ion1024, 2 - 21" touch screens, 2 - 2x20 wings, RFR on network, RVI named ET, Pardigm Processor - all happily humming on Net 3; Strand Lightpalette 300 on DMX partition.

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This may be old news but was very exciting for me...

When we travel there is one venue in which I have to move all of my non-conventionals from the 2nd DMX universe to the third. Of course you could just go in and swap the universes but I wanted to see if I could actually "move" the information from one universe to the other, so I used the "move to" command:

Address 613 thru 668 {Move to} Address 1125 [enter],

which of course even though not specifed will fill in the entire range behind 1125, attributes and all :)

Kearston Dillard-Scott

Lighting Supervisor/Master Electrician, Virginia Opera Association

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You can create your own customized fixture or channel symbols to use with Eos Magic Sheets.

There is a step-by-step tutorial here, along with some examples that you can download and try out:

KnowledgeBase: Custom Magic Sheet Fixture Symbols

Chris Mizerak
Software Engineer
Electronic Theatre Controls

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I don't think anyone has posted this yet, but I was really excited when I figured out I was able to do this.  For busking on the Ion, I always found changing colours live was the hardest to do quickly, efficiently, and in a way that looked good, until I figured this out.  Instead of creating a submaster for intensity of a group of fixtures and have your colour palettes on direct selects or submasters, create a cue list where in each cue you have the intended group of fixtures at full, and in each cue set to a different colour palette.  Assign that cue list to a fader, and configure the fader as an intensity master, this allows you to use the two fader buttons to cycle through your colour palettes for that fixture, and the fader itself still controls the intensity for the group of fixtures.

Hope this helps you as much as it's helped me!

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