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  • How to Save an Emphasis Show File for use in an Expression and Express Consoles Running Software Version 3.1

    In order for this to work, before saving as 3.1, the Emphasis showfile must be modified to be able to fit 
    into the destination console. This includes setting channel and dimmer counts in the system settings to
    the max (or below) that is accepted by the console it is going into. It is also helpful to delete all focus
    points above 99.



    Channels

     

    Express 24/48

    96

    Express 48/96

    192

    Express 72/144

    240

    Express 125

    125

    Express 250

    250

    Expression 3

    400, 800, 1200 (depending on console)

    Expression 2X

    800

    Insight 3

    512



    Shows will also revert automatically to their standard maximum show capacities of:

    Cues

    600

    Focus points

    900

    Groups

    500



     

    After you have set channels, dimmers, and focus points this is how you save as an Expression 3.1 show.

    1. With show open, go to File menu, click Export File.
    2. Choose a destination for the file (suggest A drive)
    3. The name MUST be exp2 (no capitals!)
    4. Select the .shw in the File Type box
    5. Click the save button

     

    Gotchas that ETC knows about:

    • This is meant as an emergency back up only. It saves patch and channel levels for cues and subs so that the show can be played back on an Express/ion desk.
    • ML personalties do not save back into 3.1. If you want traditional control over the moving lights,
      you must repatch a valid ML personality to the appropriate channels.
    • Subroutines do not port across. Cues with subroutines will not port across correctly. The
      subroutine will be basically blank.
    • It is possible that the link to particular focus points will be broken. Again, cue levels will be
      there, the link will just be broken so if you change the focus point, the associated cue will not
      change.
    • Don't forget if you intend to load the 3.1 show into the facepanel to take the server out of the loop,
      you must put 3.1 code back into the facepanel. This code lives on the server. Go to system
      manager and there is a facepanel software folder on the desktop. As always, it is available on our
      website.
    • Sometimes the full show does not load correctly into a console with a show in it already. Doing a
      deep clear first and loading this show in second seems to solve the problem.
    • Some larger shows will simply not fit as 3.1 shows.
    • It is always recommended to check the downgrade in either the console or off-line to make sure
      that it transferred correctly
    • Sometimes the showfile exported from an Emphasis system will work fine in the standalone console, but when the console is shutdown and restarted, it disappears from the memory.  To avoid this problem, change a level on any channel and save to disk before you shutdown the console.