Contemporary lighting fixtures are complex objects, often with a great many moving parts. A console that has to control all these parameters needs more than just a lot of power. It needs to have clever labor-saving techniques that make the programmer’s job easier and makes a successful show more repeatable. MagicQ software rises to the occasion offering powerful lighting control on up to 64 universes with loads of features that lighting designers have some to rely on, such as full lighting visualisation, pixel mapping, and HD media playback on up to 8 different layers, all integrated smoothly to streamline workflows, save time, and shorten learning curves on even the most complex lighting systems.
Note users should NOT use beta versions 188.8.131.52 to 184.108.40.206 to create shows that they plan to use on earlier software versions such as stable version 220.127.116.11. Latest personalities (from v18.104.22.168 and from heads.all file) have CTO and CTB colour assigned to new attributes which if loaded on software versions prior to 22.214.171.124 will appear as pan/tilt attributes Users can easily work around the issue in these earlier versions by editing the heads in the Head Editor to reassign the channels to colour attributes.
MagicHD Media Player
MagicHD is a powerful Media Player that is seamlessly integrated with MagicQ software and MagicVis visualiser.
MagicHD has been designed to make programming and operating of combined lighting and media shows simple and easy.
MagicVis is a powerful visualisation system fully integrated with ChamSys free MagicQ software to enable lighting designers to pre-visualise their shows, to program blind and to generate rigging paperwork including plots and patch lists.
MagicQ iOS/Android Remote App
MagicQ includes in-built support for use with the FREE MagicQ Remote apps, which can be used on iOS and Android phones and tablets.
The FREE remote apps are available on the apple store and google play store, the apps allow remote focus, control and playback of MagicQ consoles.
When a show tours, or is adapted to a new venue, the lighting designer may need to substitute new fixtures for the ones the show was programmed with originally. This can be very time-consuming if the console isn’t equipped with the right tools for the job. While other consoles may offer their own solutions to fill this need, the ChamSys approach is a standout feature that makes experienced operators request MagicQ as their first choice. MagicQ supports Head Morphing, which enables a seamless and quick substitution of one head type to another. MagicQ automatically transfers the programming from the old head type to the new head type, converting the show data as appropriate.
Here are some ways that MagicQ users benefit from this:
- MagicQ takes into account the pan/tilt degrees of the new head and the palettes used to program the old head.
- MagicQ understands the difference between CMY and RGB colour mixing, and even will try to convert between fixtures with colour mixing and ones with only colour wheels.
- MagicQ does an "intelligent" match of beam parameters based on the range information in the personalities - for instance it will match "open shutter" in the source and destination heads.
Sometimes a tour stop isn’t just about working new lighting fixture models into the rig. The venue size can often vary and the rig needs to be able to adapt accordingly. MagicQ supports Head Cloning to enable you to upsize or downsize your show. A pre-programmed show can easily be expanded to support more of the same heads. Cloning options enable the user to choose whether all of the show data is copied to the new heads, or just the Palettes.
MagicQ also supports Show Export and Show Merging which enables individual groups of lights from particular shows to be extracted from the show files and then merged into other shows.
Another scenario touring shows could encounter is the need to reorient moving lights, due to different hanging conditions. This can throw off all the saved looks and require a great deal of reprogramming if the board doesn’t help solve the problem. MagicQ has a useful feature that can make it easy and quick, by supporting offsets to be applied to channels in the patch. For example it is very quick to add a 90 degree offset to pan for a group of lights. The offset is applied at the patch stage and affects all programmed palettes and cues, just as if the light was hung in the correct position
Did someone accidentally kick a floor-base during a changeover and leave the light it was supporting out of position? With MagicQ you can relax and fix this at the lighting desk without a big hassle. Select the moving light, correct the position and press UPDATE PATCH OFFSET to apply that offset to all the programming. Avoiding having to update all the palettes where that moving light is used is a major time saver.
Group and Palette FX
Effects (FX) are the lifeblood of most touring lighting designs. When moving lights were a new invention, the creation of those effects took forever and creating them on the fly was terribly impractical. Now, however, a built-in FX engine is standard in any board aimed at controlling this type of lighting fixture. So what sets MagicQ apart now that most boards have some kind of engine?
MagicQ supports FX based on Groups and Palettes. These FX are ideal for touring. In each new venue just update the groups and palettes, and MagicQ recreates the FX automatically.
Group based FX are also ideal for lighting rigs with different numbers of heads in different positions - for example where one truss has 4 heads, another 5 and another 6 - group FX enables spreading the FX across each truss independently.
Control of Media Servers
Not every production that needs lights also has video playing somewhere within it, but nearly every time a video clip makes an appearance on stage, it has to be controlled by something and served by something, before it gets to the equipment that ultimately displays that video. While ChamSys has their own Media Player, the MagicHD software which you can read about here.
MagicQ products don’t get used in a vacuum; they get connected to other things. Unless they’re being pre-programmed offline to save a little time in the venue, they will at minimum be communicating with lighting fixtures, dimmers, and other equipment that they are meant to control. When they’re connected together with other MagicQ products, things start to get really interesting, and all sorts of advanced configurations are possible.
While it might be rare for any application to use more than half of these features at the same time, the ability to pick and choose which of them are needed without leaving the MagicQ product family makes it an extremely flexible and powerful choice in lighting control.
MagicQ includes a powerful Pixel Mapping engine that enables images, movies, text and live feed streams to be mapped onto grids of LED fixtures, dimmers or even moving lights. The Pixel Mapper has support for mapping in both 2D and 3D.
The MagicQ Pixel Mapper is fully integrated into the MagicQ software and appears just like an external media server.
MagicQ Pixel Mapping enables large numbers of LED elements to be controlled with very simple programming, minimising the programming time and keeping the show file size to an absolute minimum.
- MagicHD as part of MagicQ When using MagicQ as the lighting control software, and also playing media on the MagicHD program, both can be run on the same computer. For instance, you can enable media output to a 2nd screen on a laptop or desktop running Windows, Linux or OS X. MagicQ software’s free-to-download and free-to-use approach applies to MagicHD as well. You’ll have access to all 8 layers of MagicHD upon download, with no need to connect any MagicQ wing or interface to get it to work. MagicQ software also supports output of MagicHD to surfaces within the MagicVis Visualiser.
- MagicHD stand alone (connected via network to ChamSys Console) The MagicHD stand alone application can run on a laptop or desktop running Windows, Linux or OS X. When connected to a MagicQ console or MagicQ PC system with MagicQ PC Wing or MaxiWing attached, all 8 full HD layers are enabled. This means that existing ChamSys customers who own a MagicQ console, PC Wing or Maxi Wing system get a free stand alone 8 layer HD media player.
- MagicHD stand alone (using MagicQ USB Dongle)
- Mixing between up to 8 layers.
- Media playback up to Full HD resolution - 1920x1080.
- Output via video (DVI/VGA) or via network protocol (Pixel Mapping)
- Accepts all common video and image formats
- Inbuilt libraries of media and masks
- Specify start frame and end frame of media clips at frame resolutions
- Audio output
- Full masking on any layer
- Sizing & Keystoning
- Colour control and colour effects
- Shake and scroll effects
- Full text support for scrolling subtitles
- Supports ArtNet, ACN Streaming DMX and DMX512
- Thumbnail and live preview via CITP / MSEX
- Support for iOS, iPhone, iPad, IPod Touch
- Support for Android phones and tablets
- Selection of dimmer channels for focusing
- Updating of position, colour and beam palettes using up to 8 encoder wheels
- Playback of Cues, Cue Stacks and Macros
- Execute Window with buttons and faders
- Execute Window with flash buttons
- Customisable bitmaps for the Execute Window
- Customisable background for the Execute Window
- Idiot mode - starts directly into Execute Window
- Auto connection option to specified MagicQ console
- Multi device support with selectable initial Execute Window page
- Over 10000 fixtures supported
- Easy positioning of fixtures
- Different views including free, prespective, front, top, side
- Variable room sizing
- Automatic fitting to truss and other objects
- Automatic sync with MagicQ show file
- Moving trusses / pipes
- Media player integration onto MagicVis surfaces
- Bitmaps on any MagicVis surfaces
- DMX camera control
- Automatic paperwork generation
- Per truss (object) plots
- Visualisation of multi element LED fixtures
- Beam and room brightness adjustment
- Blind visualisation
- Visualisation of next Cue or selected playbacks (even when inactive)
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