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Patching Fixtures

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks!' started by Dino, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Dino

    Dino Dino Mazza | VP, Product | CAST Software

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    Patching fixtures is required to control them in LIVE mode from a lighting desk...
    There are multiple ways to patch fixtures in WYSIWYG. Below are step by step instruction on how to patch your fixtures.


    I. Patching in Patch View (recommended for patching a few fixtures)

    To patch fixtures in the patch view:
    1. Click and hold the desired fixture in the Wireframe view (in the top half of the Patch tab).
    2. Drag the fixture to the desired patch location. (in the bottom half of the Patch tab).
    3. For re-patching, repeat the above steps, or click and drag the fixture’s patch
    information to the new location.

    To unpatch fixtures in the patch view:
    1. Select the fixture by clicking on the first channel (start cell) for that fixture. It
    should become highlighted with a red square around the starting DMX address.
    2. Right-click and choose Unpatch.

    PatchTab.jpg

    II. Patching using Quick Tools (recommended for patching multiple fixtures)

    To patch fixtures and assign Spot IDs using Quick Tools:
    Using Quick Tools, fixtures can be patched and assigned Spot IDs by clicking on their
    Wireframe view image. The first fixture clicked will be assigned the patch and ID as
    configured in Quick Tools. The next fixture clicked will be assigned the next available
    channel in the patch and the next fixture ID in the sequence until you are finished using
    Quick Tools.
    1. In CAD mode, in Wireframe view, go to Tools > Quick Tools > Quick Tools.
    Alternately click the Quick Tools icon in the Tools toolbar, or just press the "Q" key on your keyboard.
    Result: The Quick Fixture Tool window will open.

    QuickFixtureTool.jpg

    2. In the Quick Fixture Tool window, in the Fixture Attributes section, mark the Spot
    check box.
    3. In the Spot field, enter a number which will be the first fixture ID used in the
    sequence.
    4. In the Fixture Data section, mark the Patch check box.
    5. In the Patch field, enter the universe and channel the first fixture will patching to,
    separated by a period. (Example: “A.1” would patch to universe A, chapter 1.)
    6. Click OK
    Result: When a fixture is clicked on, it will be assigned a Universe and channel to
    operate on. The first fixture clicked will be assigned to the channel number
    entered in Quick Tools. Subsequent fixtures clicked will be assigned the next
    sequential channel and Spot ID number, if the Increment option is checked.
    7. Click on a fixture to patch it to a universe and channel. Clicking on each fixture that
    you want patched and assigned a spot ID.
    8. To stop patching fixtures, right click.
    9. In the menu that appears, click Finish Quick Tools.
    (Note: Quick Tools can be used to set many parameters, attributes or accessories on a fixture at one time.)


    III. Patching using DATA > Spreadsheet (recommended for patching multiple fixtures)

    In Release 33 and earlier releases... To patch fixtures and assign Spot IDs using the data spreadsheet:
    In DATA mode, the Spreadsheet view has information on all fixtures created in the
    WYSIWYG project. Using the spreadsheet you can edit the patch information and Spot
    ID directly in the table.
    1. In Data mode, click on the Spreadsheet tab.
    2. In the Columns section on the left side of the window, click All Data (Sortable).
    3. In the Patch column, enter the appropriate patch information for each fixture.
    4. In the Spot column, enter a unique Spot ID for each fixture.
    5. It is possible to assign sequential values to fixtures quickly by entering a value for the first fixture at the top of the list, then holding ALT + Down Arrow. The fixture below will be assigned the next available value. This can be repeated as necessary. If this method is used to assign values, it is recommend that fixtures are first sorted so fixtures are organized. Fixtures can be sorted in order of position, or Unit # along a pipe/truss.

    In Release 34 and later releases (in the new Spreadsheet)... To patch fixtures and assign Spot IDs using the data spreadsheet:
    In DATA mode, the Spreadsheet view has information on all fixtures created in the
    WYSIWYG project. Using the spreadsheet you can edit the patch information and Spot
    ID directly in the table.
    1. In Data mode, click on the Spreadsheet tab.
    2. In the Columns section on the left side of the window, click All Data (Sortable).
    3. In the Patch column, highlight the fixtures you wish to perform a sequential patch on (have the table sorted in the order desired).
    4. In the first cell type “UniverseName . Starting Address +”, e.g. A.1+
    5. Then hit ENTER on your Keyboard... (all your fixtures should now be patched sequentially).

    6. NOTE: You can skip channels between the patching of one fixture to the next. To specify the number of channels that should be skipped, add that number to the end of the equation “UniverseName . Starting Address + [# of channels to skip between patching]”.... Example: “A.1 + 4

    7. The same command with the "+" operator works in other columns, such as Dimmer, Channel, Spot, and Unit. Example: “1+
     
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  2. MatyK

    MatyK New Member

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    Hi,
    The Alt + Down feature that assigns the next available value has changed in R34, Can someone tell me what it has changed to?

    Regards,
    Maty
     
  3. Dino

    Dino Dino Mazza | VP, Product | CAST Software

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    Hi Maty,
    Correct, the Spreadsheets were updated in R34 and the patching command in the new Spreadsheets is: "A.1 +" ... I've updated the post above. Hope this now clarifies. Good luck.
     

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