Programmer Preview window, change Background colour

Quite some times we hear the question if it is possible to change the background colour in the Preview window. It is – however a few manual steps are required.

Here is a short guide:

  • Edit the file PRGDefault.xml in “C:\Program Files (x86)\ecue\Programmer V7.0\Skins” (or wherever you installed the Programmer).
    You need Administrator rights to do this.
  • Search for “preview“, you’ll find two rows. “PreviewBackground” defines the outer color and “PreviewBackgroundClear” defines the inner color of the background.
  • Restart Programmer after changing the file!

Hope that helps,
Björn

e:cue SYMPHOLIGHT Open Beta

We are pleased to announce that the open beta version of e:cue SYMPHOLIGHT is now available.

The new lighting control software e:cue SYMPHOLIGHT is being developed with superior usability in mind. SYMPHOLIGHT truly simplifies lighting control and programming for medium to large lighting projects. Based on timeline programming with an intuitive interface, SYMPHOLIGHT combines easy project set-up, content creation, automation, and execution control in a single application.

This beta release is made available for you to test and evaluate the upcoming new lighting control software e:cue SYMPHOLIGHT. You are most welcome to join as beta tester and help us make the first release of e:cue SYMPHOLIGHT as good as possible to suit your needs. We look forward to receiving your feedback!

You can download e:cue SYMPHOLIGHT Open Beta (and a manual) via this link to our download site.

Cuelist Property editing

setCuelistProperties

setCuelistProperties

With LAS V7.0 a new e:script command was introduced: CuelistSetProperty(). Now what is the point for you? You can save a lot of programming time by setting a Cuelist Property (say SpeedMaster) for many cuelists in one go.

“What does that help me – I’m no scripting guy!” Well, just import the attached macro and the Action Pad page into your own show. You’ll get an Action Pad page that allows you to alter a Cuelist Property of numerous cuelists with just a few clicks.

Just click the image to download the macro and the Action Pad page!

Lighting Application Suite 7.0 – news and fixes

PLEASE NOTE:
The Programmer 7.0 is no longer compatible in all details with older/earlier Programmer show files before v7.0. That means, showfiles created in 7.0 can NOT be loaded in earlier versions. Please use “e:cue Action Pad App for Android/iOS” in Version 3.2.1 with this Programmer.

  • Programmer
  • Library Editor (prerequisite for the Programmer and the Patchelor)
  • Patchelor
  • Imagine
  • Emotion FX (restriced Demo which runs only with an e:cue Programmer Enterprise dongle, works only with Programmer 7.0)
  • HASP (prerequisite for the Programmer 7.0 Enterprise and Premium)

Programmer

  • NEW: DALI Manager for setup and controlling OSRAM DALI ballasts and inputs.
  • NEW: ETH2DALI support for DALI, DMX OUT and TERMINAL device driver.
  • NEW: The trigger machine has been extended to support conditions for every trigger. A trigger will only fire if all conditions are fulfilled.
  • NEW: Action and Trigger clipboard function for copy and paste.
  • NEW: The Emotion FX Sequence properties have been extended to configure the patched pixels overlay mask
  • NEW: It is possible now to let a video loop automatically for Emotion FX sequences.
  • NEW: Timrecode support for Standard Sequences (SMPTE or MTC).
  • NEW: Some new string processing e:script commands.
  • NEW: New V-Master registrated event.
  • NEW: Support for Moxa E1242
  • NEW: No longer support for Nano RS-232, Faderunit RS-232, Elink 512/1024 and Excite (the old Excite, NOT the Excite+).
  • NEW: The bitmap wizard has been extended to use the current Programmer View content as wizard input.
  • NEW: The “Pages Setup” has been moved from the cuelist directory into a separate dialog.
  • NEW: The patch import can be configured to work addivtive now instead of clearing the current patch.
  • NEW: The Patch dialog offers an option now where you can specify into which section the fixtures should be inserted.
  • NEW: new DALI Trigger, Backup Trigger and Ethernet Input Trigger Event.
  • NEW: The export dialog has a new option “set all masters to maximum” which is part of the export master device configuration.

Emotion FX

  • NEW: A transparrent overlay mask based on the mapped pixels can be displayed now to help with the layer positioning.

Patchelor

  • NEW: ETH2DALI support

Emotion FX with DMX Output enabled

As periodic questions arise how to setup Emotion FX with DMX Output enabled, I’ll try to summarize the most important information here.

In the “System Manual LAS” in chapter “Emotion FX DMX Output” this is explained with more details for a RDM enabled installation. That requires two systems. In contrast this post handles the same setup without RDM (just DMX Output through Emotion FX), which is able to run on one machine.

Please note, that it will not be possible to have the same Butlers online in Programmer at the same time.

First, some preconditions have to be met:

  • Emotion FX must be able to run in Fullscreen mode (LCE dongle needed!)
  • you need two distinct network cards
  • they need an IP address assigned, so cable needs to be plugged in
  • the IP addresses of both network cards have to be on different subnets! (e.g. one on 192.168.123.* and the other on 172.22.122.*)
    As example lets say we have 192.168.123.20 and 172.22.122.44
  • the network card with IP address 192.168.123.* has to be connected to the e:cue Butlers
  • of course the Butlers IP address have to be in the same subnet, so in this example something in 192.168.123.* and have to be connected to the network card 192.168.123.20
  • you need a patch (*.patx) where the Butlers universes are mapped (in Patchelor, Butlers checked online and Universe set, then save/export)
  • be sure that Programmer and Emotion FX are of the same version.
    A Programmer V6.1.* only works with an Emotion FX V6.1.*
    A Programmer V6.0.* will not work with Emotion FX V6.1.*

First, we set up Emotion FX:

  • go to Options > Network Setup > set “e:net Network Interface” to the IP address that connects to the Butlers, in this example it is the 192.168.123.20
  • go to Options > Network Setup > set “Discovery Service Network Interface” to the other IP address, we had chosen 172.22.122.44
  • machine restart required!

Next, Programmer:

  • go to Application Options > Advanced > set “e:net” to one of the IP addresses, as example we choose 172.22.122.44
  • in Seqeuncer, create an Emotion FX sequence. In the IP Address field, the “…” Button will show your 172.22.122.44 – use it.
  • Emotion FX will be started and your Sequence connects to it. Content will already be shown on Emotion FX windows.
  • open the Sequence Properties > DMX Output Settings > Patch File and choose the .patx you previously created. Also tick the “Enable DMX Output” checkbox.
  • optionally also tick the “Show Mapped Pixels”. It will show a grid on top of the content of the Emotion FX fullscreen signal, that marks the pixels that are used to generate the DMX Output (according to your patch).

That’s it, the Butler should be online now and DMX output should be as the patched pixels grab it from the content that Emotion FX shows.

If you have problems with this, please state which steps are unclear or where you get stuck!

Here is a sketch that may help for quick reference.

EmotionFX_DMXoutput