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Fixture Schedule

Change Fixture

Fixture Schedule

The Change Profiles column can be used to change the currently patched fixtures in your show.

Upon choosing a replacement fixture, ZerOS will attempt to apply all the programming that was done with the original fixture, to the replacement fixture. This is also done at cell-level for multicell fixtures.

ZerOS will use the following rules:

  • Original parameters will be applied to matching parameters present in the replacement fixture
  • If the original fixture's parameter and the replacement fixture's parameter have details, ZerOS tries to find a detail with the same name in the replacement fixture. If unable to, the DMX value is just copied across.
  • The original colour mixing space will be converted to the replacement fixture's colour mixing space
  • If the original fixture has a colour wheel and the replacement fixture has colour mixing (or vice versa), the closest colour match is used
  • Parameter data in the original fixture that does not exist in the replacement fixture is lost
  • Parameters in the replacement fixture that didn’t exist in the original fixture are left unprogrammed.


If the new fixtures require more DMX channels per unit than the previous fixture type, you will be required to add in the new DMX start addresses.

Swap

It is possible to swap out a fixture that has been patched, in situations where a mistake has been made. For example, the wrong model or mode may have been patched.

Swapping allows for a complete change of the physical fixtures from one type to another, for example if there’s a fault and you can’t get an identical replacement fixture, or you are touring and one venue has different fixtures to another.

Changeprofiles

To swap a fixture, touch the appropriate cell in the Change Profiles column, or select all the fixtures to be changed and touch the column header button labelled Change all Profiles. The Change Profiles window will open with the list of manufacturers, models and modes available.

Upgrade

Software updates and ZerOS Library updates, regularly include improvements to how your fixtures can be controlled.

If you load in a show file following a software update, or perform a ZerOS Library update, your show file will continue to use the fixtures that you originally patched. These fixtures may not fully support the latest ZerOS features.

Redfixtures

These fixtures will be displayed in red, indicating that these fixtures are from your show file, and are not using the latest versions of the fixtures from the installed ZerOS Library.

A "Non-library fixtures" patch group will be created, to allow you to quickly filter to see any fixtures that are not contained in the fixture library.

Change Profiles allows you to upgrade these fixtures to their latest versions from the installed ZerOS Library, to take advantage of the latest features and improvements.

To do this, tap a red "patch group" button at the bottom of the Fixture Schedule, to select all fixtures of a particular type.

Changeprofiles

Then click the column header button labelled Change all Profiles. The Change Profiles window will open with the list of manufacturers, models and modes available. You should see the latest version of the chosen fixtures shown in white. Click this mode, and then click OK. The console will then upgrade your fixtures.

Convert Profiles

Sometimes, your show file may be using fixtures in the ".ift" format. This may be because your fixtures are from one of the following sources:

  • Fixtures from show files saved in ZerOS 7.9.7 software or earlier
  • Custom fixture files created using the Fixture Editor
  • Fixture profiles created by importing an ASCII show file
Redfixtures

Fixtures in the .ift format will be displayed in red in the profiles column, meaning these fixtures are not from the ZerOS Library currently installed on the console.

A "Non-library fixtures" patch group will be created, to allow you to quickly filter to see any fixtures that are not contained in the fixture library.

These fixtures may not fully support the latest ZerOS features. However, there may be a new version of that fixture in the latest ZerOS Library installed on the console. To take advantage of the latest features, personalities highlighted red can therefore be converted to the latest version of the fixture from the installed ZerOS Library.

To do this, tap a red "patch group" button at the bottom of the Fixture Schedule, to select all fixtures of a particular type.

Convert All Profiles

When selecting a single type of fixture that is not in the library format, the Change Profiles column becomes a "Convert Profiles" column and can be used to convert the non-library fixture, to a library fixture.

Convert

After clicking Convert, ZerOS will show you the library fixtures that it reckons this fixture is. You can then choose the correct one, and click OK to confirm, and your fixtures will be converted to use the library format fixtures.

If you click "Show All" at the bottom of the Convert window, you will be able to access the standard "Change Profiles" window, giving access to all fixtures currently on your console.

Red Fixtures Warning

If you select multiple different types of non-library fixtures, the column header will display a greyed out "Profiles" button. This is because only a single type of non-library fixture can be changed at a time. This is stated in the message displayed if you tap the greyed out "Profiles" button.

You can therefore just choose a single type of non-library fixture, using the red patch groups, and convert them one at a time, if a library fixture is present.

Check out this video, for more information on converting fixtures.

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Remotely Changing Mode

If your fixture has been discovered and patched automatically by RigSync, the Change Profiles column can be used to remotely change the mode of the fixture.