Main Features
The DMX Controlled Fixture Type Data Box

The DMX Chart distinguishes two different types of fixtures; 1) DMX Controlled Fixture types which would include fixture types like your movers, scrollers, foggers, or atmosphere, and 2) Conventional fixture types like an ETC Source Four Par.

The Input Tab is where you enter into The DMX Chart, each of your fixture types specific details, both DMX controlled fixture types, and conventional fixture types. It is also where you define your chart settings.

The three Input Data Boxes

The DMX Controlled & Conventional data box, The DMX Controlled Fixture Type data box,
and The Conventional Fixture Type data box

The DMX Controlled & Conventional data box consists of the Show Name Drop Down Menu, the Position Drop Down Menu, and The Dimmer Specs Drop Down Menu; along with the unit number field, and the notes field. These are the only fields that both types of fixture types (DMX Controlled and Conventional) have in common. Because of this, the DMX Controlled & Conventional data box must always be answered in addition to either the DMX Controlled Fixture Type data box, or the Conventional Fixture Type data box.

The DMX Controlled Fixture Type data box contains fields that are specific only to all fixture types that are controlled by DMX data. For example: your movers, your scrollers, and your foggers. This data box must be answered along with the DMX Controlled & Conventional data box.

The Conventional Fixture Type data box contains fields that are specific only to fixture types that are NOT controlled by DMX data. For example: an ETC source 4 19 degree light. This data box must be answered along with the DMX Controlled & Conventional data box.



The DMX Controlled Fixture Types Data Box

The DMX Controlled Fixture Type Data Box on The Input Tab

Contains fields that are specific only to all fixture types that are controlled by DMX data.

The DMX Controlled Fixture Type data box contains fields that are specific only to all fixture types that are controlled by DMX data. For example: your movers, your scrollers, and your foggers. This data box must be answered along with the DMX Controlled & Conventional data box.

It consists of the DMX Controlled Fixture Type Drop Down Menu, the optional Custom Gobo in Moving Light Drop Down Menu, the Custom Scroll String Drop Down Menu, an optional channel field, a universe field, a starting dimmer field, a physical assignment field, an optional customizable field, and an optional replugs checkbox.



The DMX Controlled Fixture Types Data Box

The DMX Controlled Fixture Type Drop Down Menu allows you to select your fixture type from either your favorites list or by manufacturer.

The optional Custom Gobo in Moving Light Drop Down Menu will allow you to document a custom gobo you wish to use in a moving light. It documents a specific wheel (static, rotating, or color) and in a specific position, of the moving light fixture type you are entering data for.

The Custom Scroll String Drop Down Menu will allow you to document the Custom Scroll String name that is used in the DMX controlled fixture types that uses custom scroll strings.

The optional channel field, is the channel number.

The universe field, and the starting dimmer field:
One of the things that makes The DMX Chart intuitive are these two fields. All you really have to do is pick a universe, and The DMX Chart will look at that universe, and based on the number of parameters of the fixture type you selected from the Fixture Type Drop Down Menu, The DMX Chart will suggest a starting dimmer. It's up to you if you want to use it or not. The number of parameters a DMX controlled fixture type has gets defined when you enter new DMX controlled fixture types into your chart.

The physical assignment field, is the actual address you physically assign to a DMX controlled fixture type.

The optional customizable field, and the optional replugs checkbox will only appear on The DMX Controlled Fixture Types Spreadsheet.

The optional customizable field, is a place for you to keep track of anything you wish. For instance, if you want to keep track of your power distro units and what is plugged into them, you could name this field Power Distro Number, and you could then document all of your power distro units on The DMX Chart.

The optional replugs check box is a way for you to document if the DMX data is shared in another show name of the same chart. For instance 2 shows that are running in repertory: You have entered in data for Show Name A, a DMX controlled fixture type XYZ, and it uses DMX dimmers 410-431; And somewhere down the road your lighting designer wants to add something to Show Name B, and you figure it is easier to steal DMX dimmers from Show Name A, instead of running miles of cable or setting up new nodes. So when you enter the data in for Show Name B: fixture type XYZ, and you tell The DMX Chart that it uses DMX dimmers 410-415, you would check the replugs box so you could document that the DMX dimmers are replugs when you switch show names from Show Name A to Show Name B on your repertory stage.

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for The DMX Controlled Fixture Type Data Box on The Input Tab

  • The Input Tab - General Information
    Length: 4:42

    General information on Chart Settings, Input Instructions, Last Added Data for DMX Controlled Fixture Types, Last Added Data for Conventional Fixture Types, the input data boxes, and the deletable defaults in the drop down menus.

  • Input Tab - DMX Controlled Fixture Type Drop Down Menu
    Length: 10:29

    Includes an explanation of:
    • Adding fixtures to the DMX Controlled Fixture Type Drop Down Menu by manufacturer.
    • Creating categories for the DMX Controlled Fixture Type Drop Down Menu - or what you can call your "favorites" list.
    • Adding fixture types to a category by manufacturer using the "move" edit button.
    • Adding fixture types to a category by the specific categories "add new fixture type here" button - This also automatically adds the fixture type to the manufacturers list .

  • Input Tab - Custom Scroll String Drop Down Menu
    Length: 4:07

    Includes an explanation of:
    • How the custom scroll string drop down menu relates to the DMX controlled fixture type drop down menu.
    • Adding custom scroll string names to the drop down menu.
    • The edit buttons: edit - delete - View in the Custom Scroll Library.
    • Viewing a custom scroll string in the Custom Scroll Library.

  • Input Tab - Custom Gobo for Moving Light Wheel Drop Down Menu
    Length: 2:45

    When you are entering in moving lights in the DMX Controlled Fixture Types data box on The Input Tab, and you need to document that a specific mover has a custom gobo in it. You can do so by selecting the Custom Gobos for Moving Lights drop down menu. If you have never documented the custom gobo before, you can select the Add New button from the Custom Gobos for Moving Lights drop down menu.

  • Input Tab - DMX Controlled Fixture Types - Replugs
    Length: 6:39

    This is for those times when you need to steal DMX dimmers from another show. The DMX Chart offers a way to document that! It includes an explanation of:
    • Where it is documented on the "last added data" lines of the Input Tab.
    • Where it is documented on the DMX Controlled Fixture Types Tab.
    • How it is documented on the DMX Used Tab.

  • Input Tab - The DMX Controlled Fixture Types Customizable Data Field
    Length: 2:21

    The customizable data field can be anything you wish it to be. It will only be displayed on The DMX Controlled Fixture Types spreadsheet. For example, let's say you want to keep track of your power distro units and what's plugged into them. You can name the customizable field power distro number, and when you go to input, for instance, a VL3500 spot moving light, you can then document what power distro unit number and plug number that moving light draws power from.