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mbtechnicalsolutions Posted: 03-10-2012 1:01 PM

Hi All,

I'm sure this has been answered, but I found no answers when I searched! So please play nice...

 

I'm new to using the effects on the  Ion and want to create a lightning effect where, say, 6 Mac 500's strobe in a random order for a few seconds only.

I'm thinking record the shutter strobe as a palette, and use that in action 1 of the absolute effect. Change the time to 0 (to get it really fast) and then set it to [random]....

will this work? I cannot get to my console to check!

Also, I cant remember if I can set an absolute effect to run for a defined time / duration and then 'stop and end' like on some of the other effect options... if not I will just use follow on cues to get the lightning to stop after a few seconds...

 

Many Thanks peeps

Matt

 

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  I don't  have the same lights you have, but with my VL2500s, I have created a beam palette using the shutter strobe encoder set to random, then made an absolute effect that referred to that palette.  I'm not at my console right now, but I remember setting the effect to a certain number of cycles for a similiar effect.  Hope this helps!

Heather

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You could also record only the strobe data and intens  into a sub and then use the bump button.

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I like cfd701's idea.

Another approach is to add the MACs into the base cue (eg Q5), record as a new cue( Q5.5), time zero, with a follow of, say, 0.5, 1 or 2 seconds. then copy Q5 to Q6.

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Hey Matt,

 

mbtechnicalsolutions:

I'm thinking record the shutter strobe as a palette, and use that in action 1 of the absolute effect. Change the time to 0 (to get it really fast) and then set it to [random]....

The attribute of "random" wouldn't help you here. The shutter strobe parameter of the Macs have a random strobe built in. So, at say 35% (it's a different percentage for sure), it would strobe randomly but quickly. You might not even need to make an effect if you just want the strobe to be quick and random. Find out the percentage for fast, random strobing and store it in a beam palette (It's better if it is in a palette so that if you don't like the speed, you can just update the palette and your cues are automatically up to date). Then, store that in your first cue, with a follow to the next cue that takes the shutter strobe back to it's default value, while taking the intensity out.

You can definitely set an absolute effect to run for a certain number of cycles. It's the "Duration/cycle" option in the effect editor.

 

Hope it helps,

~Matt

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