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The DMX Chart Manual Version 4.0

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The DMX Chart Input Tab Workbook - Version 4.0

This workbook helps you enter into the Input Tab, ten different fixture types.

This workbook is a great place to start if you are new to The DMX Chart. After all ten fixture types are entered into The DMX Chart, the workbook explores how the fixture types get posted on The Fixture Type Schedule, The DMX Controlled Fixture Types Tab, The Channel Check Tab, and The DMX Used Tab.

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The DMX Chart Vectorworks Imports Manual

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The DMX Chart Demo in Three Acts - demonstrates how The DMX Chart functions in a real world scenario.

  • The DMX Chart Demo - Act I
    Length: 28:18

    Act I demonstrates how to input 10 different fixture types, (DMX Controlled, Conventional, and Conventional with DMX Controlled attachments) into The DMX Chart from the Input Tab.

  • The DMX Chart Demo - Act II
    Length: 15:06

    Act II demonstrates how The DMX Chart manipulates the data in the three spreadsheets, and The DMX Used Tab:
    • The Fixture Type Schedule Tab: which is a spreadsheet of all your DMX Fixture Types; Conventional and DMX Controlled.
    • The DMX Controlled Fixture Types Tab: which is a spreadsheet of just your DMX Controlled Fixture Types.
    • The Channel Check Tab: which is an interactive spreadsheet that is used for just channel checks.
    • The DMX Used Tab: a complete visual of all allocated data - DMX Controlled Fixture Types and Conventional Fixture Types within each universe.

  • The DMX Chart Demo - Act III
    Length: 20:59

    Act III demonstrates how The DMX Chart has kept everything in the lighting world together, and in one place with:
    • The Work Notes Tab: Which is a place for all daily work notes, and work notes from channel checks.
    • The Que Sheets Tab: Which is a place for Lighting Que Sheets, Spotlight Que Sheets, and Deck Electrician Que Sheets.
    • The Focus Charts Tab: Which is a place to document your conventional focus positions.
    • The Vendor/Rental Gear Tab: Which is a place to keep your list of contacts, and your shows rental gear list.
    • The Paperwork Tab: generates paperwork for The Fixture Type Schedule, The DMX Controlled Fixture Types Tab, The Channel Check, a gobo list, a color cut list, a fixture count used in all shows which includes rentals, all work notes, custom scrolls used, spot color, 4x6 or 3x5 index cards for all positions, spot que sheets, lighting que sheets, deck electricians que sheets, and rental gear lists with any attached invoices.


A Good Place To Start

  • The User's Tab
    Length: 2:49

    The Users Tab is where you assign an account to who ever you wish to edit your charts, called an "Administrative" account - or you may assign an account for those you wish to only view your charts, called a "Crew" level account.
    Note: This feature will only show up in the original subscribers account that is registered with DragonWare, meaning the person who paid for the subscription with DragonWare . It will not show up in free trial accounts, and it will not show up in "assigned" administrative accounts.


The Input Tab - Entering fixture types into the Input Tab from your plot.

  • 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.

  • The Input Tab - Chart Settings
    Length: 2:12

    The Chart Settings is where you define the short names of your show, or shows, which will appear on the Fixture Type Schedule, and the Channel Check. You also can define text, images, and notes that will appear on your header pages of you paperwork.

The 3 data boxes include: The DMX Controlled and Conventional's data box, The DMX Controlled Fixture Types data box, and the Conventional Fixture Type data box. The Input Instructions are listed in a collapsible list on the Input Tab.

  • Input Tab - for Moving Light Fixture Types
    Length: 5:37

    Examples of how to input moving light fixture types to your chart. If you need to see how each of the 3 data boxes function along with their respective drop down menus, please see: The Input Tab - DMX Controlled & Conventional data box - videos, The Input Tab - DMX Controlled Fixture Types data box - videos, or The Input Tab - Conventional Fixture Types data box - videos.

  • Input Tab - for a Conventional fixture type with a DMX controlled fixture type attachment
    Length: 12:26

    Example of how to input a conventional fixture type (an ETC source 4 - 19 degree) with a DMX controlled fixture type (a Morpheus scroller) to your chart. If you need to see how each of the 3 data boxes function along with their respective drop down menus, please see: The Input Tab - DMX Controlled & Conventional data box - videos, The Input Tab - DMX Controlled Fixture Types data box - videos, or The Input Tab - Conventional Fixture Types data box - videos.

  • Input Tab - for Conventional fixture type with just color and accessories
    Length: 9:55

    Example of how to input a conventional fixture type (an ETC source 4 - 19 degree) with a top hat as an accessory to your chart. If you need to see how each of the 3 data boxes function along with their respective drop down menus, please see: The Input Tab - DMX Controlled & Conventional data box - videos, The Input Tab - DMX Controlled Fixture Types data box - videos, or The Input Tab - Conventional Fixture Types data box - videos.


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 # 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.

  • Input Tab - Show Name Drop Down Menu
    Length: 3:05

    Includes an explanation of:
    • Adding new show names to the drop down menu.
    • Editing show names in the drop down menu.
    • Deleting show names in the drop down menu.

  • Input Tab - Position Drop Down Menu
    Length: 8:31

    Includes an explanation of:
    • Adding new positions to the drop down menu.
    • Adding new categories to the drop down menu.
    • Adding just a position to the drop down menu.
    • The edit buttons: edit - move - delete.
    • Editing a position or a category name.
    • Moving a position to a category.
    • Deleting positions or a category.

  • Input Tab - Dimmer Specs Drop Down Menu
    Length: 3:35

    Includes an explanation of:
    • Adding new dimmer spec names to the drop down menu.
    • Editing dimmer spec names in the drop down menu.
    • Deleting dimmer spec names in the drop down menu.


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.

  • 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 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.


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 Three Output Spreadsheets and The DMX Used Tab

  • The DMX Controlled Fixture Type Tab
    Length: 5:19

    Includes an explanation of:
    • Downloading an XLSX file (spreadsheet).
    • Printing the chart at anytime.
    • Viewing your chart in full screen mode.
    • How to omit columns from the output tab that you do not wish to see or wish to print.
    • Searching the output page.
    • Moving columns on the output tab to suit your needs.
    • Editing lines of data directly from the output tab: edit- copy-delete.


The DMX Controlled Fixture Types spreadsheet is a place for you to keep track of just your DMX Controlled fixture types. It is a user definable spreadsheet.

You can download an XLSX file that you can import into any spreadsheet program you have. You can print a black and white copy of any data fields you have selected, and you can view the spreadsheet in full screen mode.

You can omit any of the columns of data that you do not want to see or you do not wish to print. For instance, if you only wanted to see the Show name, Position, Unit Number, and Physical Address, you can omit the rest of the column headers, then print just the Show name, Position, Unit Number, and Physical Address asnd give it to your crew so they can physically address each of your DMX controlled fixture types.

Above each column header are search fields that will allow you to search the entire spreadsheet. And the columns on the spreadsheet are movable, meaning if you do not like the order of them, you can move the column to where ever you wish.

There is also a customizable field that you can define in The Input Tab's-DMX Controlled Fixture Type data box, that 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.

The last feature on The DMX Controlled Fixture Type spreadsheet, is viewing either the DMX controlled fixture type in the DMX Controlled Fixture Type Parameters Library by clicking on a fixture type name in the Fixture Type column, or viewing a Custom Scroll String in the Custom Scroll String Library by clicking on the name of the scroll string in the Scroll String column.


  • The Fixture Type Schedule Tab
    Length: 4:33


    The Fixture Type Schedule is a spreadsheet of BOTH your DMX Controlled Fixture Types and your Conventional Fixture Types listed by position for all show names within your current chart.

    At the top of each position is a place for your to document your conventional multi/dimmer numbers, any spare dimmers that are left available to the position, if it replugs with other show data in your current chart, and a place to note if the position has been patched into your lighting console.

    The show names listed in The Fixture Type Schedule are the short names that are defined on The Input Tab's Chart Settings.

    The Fixture Type Schedule uses discrete line shading for each show name. Each show name will be shaded in stages of white to grey.

    You can edit each channel number and each dimmer number directly on the Fixture Type Schedule, and of course its gets updated everywhere that the fixtures channel or dimmers get used. You can also edit conventional fixture types directly from the fixture type schedule, but note that any DMX controlled fixture types must be edited on the DMX Controlled Fixture Types Tab.


  • Conventional Fixture Type Replugs
    Length: 5:49

    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 Fixture Type Schedule.
    • How it is documented on the DMX Used Tab.


  • The Interactive Channel Check Tab
    Length: 4:11


    The Channel Check is simply used for your channel checks. Here it will list all show names current to your chart. The Channel Check will list each show name individually. The channel numbers are listed by lowest to highest. There are red strike thru buttons for each channel number, which is a way for you to indicate that a channel has been struck from the show, and you can return the channel back to the channel check at any time.

    The green button next to the show name at the top of the list will start the interactive channel check. Once the channel check starts it will highlight the first channel in the list, and bring up the channel check controls at the bottom. The channel check controls consist of two last buttons, two next buttons, a button to report channels with problems directly to the Work Notes Tab, and a stop channel check button.

    The channel check highlights the channel that your on so you will never loose your place, but also, it will throw the channels data into the work notes tab if you click on the report channel problems button when you encounter them. So as you are nexting thru your channels and you encounter a problem; either a focus note, or a burn out, or anything else; with the channel with the problem highlighted click on the report problem button in the channel check controls. This will throw the channels information into the Work Notes Tab where you can describe the problem it's having in detail.

    In The Work Notes Tab, under the Channel Check Work Notes, you will find the channel's data you are having problems with. There are check boxes for focus problems, and for burn outs, there is also a text box if you need to give more detail. Once you click on the save button in the Work Notes Tab, The DMX Chart will take you right back to the channel check and the last channel that you were on when you encountered the problem, and you can continue on with the interactive channel check.



  • The DMX Used Tab
    Length: 5:24

    The DMX Chart will give you a color coded visual of all data used in each universe for both DMX Controlled Fixture Types, DMX controlled fixture type replugs, Conventional Fixture Types, and Conventional fixture type replugs on The DMX Used Tab.



The Six Libraries

  • The Fixture Type Parameters Library
    Length: 5:15

    The DMX Controlled Fixture Type Parameters Library keeps track of each parameter that is used by your DMX Controlled fixture types. You can edit, or delete each parameter for the DMX controlled fixture type you select, and there is a notes section at the bottom of the parameters list if you need to add any kind of documention to your fixture type. It's very useful when your trying to trouble shoot a fixture type. You won't have to google manuals anymore!


  • The Custom Scroll Library
    Length: 5:16

    The Custom Scroll Library keeps track of your frame data for your custom scroll strings. You can edit, or delete each frame for the custom scroll string you select, and there is a notes section at the bottom of the frame list if you need to add any kind of documention to your custom scroll string. It's very useful when your trying to troubleshoot a scroll string you think might have the wrong colors in it!


  • The Conventional Gobo Library
    Length: 3:41

    The Conventional Gobo Library keeps track of your conventional gobos that you have used and are using. When you are entering in conventional fixture types in the Conventional Fixture Types data box on The Input Tab, and you need to document that a specific conventional fixture type has a gobo in it. You can do so by selecting a conventional gobo from the Conventional Gobo drop down menu.


  • The Conventional Color Library
    Length: 2:43

    The Conventional Color Library has default gel colors from four manufactures, and all new color you add to this library using the Gel Color Options Tab located on your list of Tabs which is you navagation bar. When you mouse over a gel color in the Conventional Color Library, The DMX Chart will display a tool tip that will give you the full name of the color, RGB values in range of 0-255, the RGB percent values, the CMY values in range of 0-255, and the CMY percent values.


  • The Library of Custom Gobo's for Moving Lights
    Length: 3:03

    The Library of Custom Gobos for Moving Lights keeps track of all your custom gobos in your moving lights. 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.


  • The Library of Moving Light Wheels
    Length: Coming Soon


  • The Library of Moving Light Wheels keeps the detailed information on all of your moving light wheels. This Library is here for your reference only. Adding to it does not effect anything else in The DMX Chart, or how The DMX Chart functions. Everytime you add a new DMX controlled fixture type to the DMX Controlled Fixture Type Drop Down Menu on The Input Tab, and tell The DMX Chart that the fixture type is a moving light, The DMX Chart will also list that fixture type in The Library of Moving Light Wheels so you can have a chance to document in detail whats on each moving light wheel of that fixture type.


Keeping it all together!

  • The Maintenance Tab
    Length: Coming Soon

    Keep track of all your fixture types maintenance needs from lamp changes, lamp hours, cable insulation inspections, lens and reflector last cleaned dates, electrical parts inpections, mechanical parts inspections, optics checks, and fully bench tested dates of every fixture type in your entire rig.



Vectorworks Spotlight Imports

  • Vectorworks Spotlight Imports into The DMX Chart
    Length: 12:39

    Instrument data fields that import from Vectorworks Spotlight includes: Device Type, Instrument Type, Wattage, Purpose, Position, Unit Number, Color, Dimmer, Channel, Address, Universe, U-Address, Gobo 1, Circuit Number which imports into the notes field on all spreadsheets and used in the Label Maker, Circuit Name which imports into the notes field on all spreadsheets and used in the Label Maker, Num Channels, Frame Size, and Focus which imports into the Focus Charts tab.



Everything Else :)