Chapter 133. Version 1.6.5.0

133.1. New Functions

This release now uses the new graphical toolkit for all variants including MQ40/60/70 and Pro 2010 consoles. This enables improved graphical functions on these consoles including removing update flickers and allowing shaded buttons.

Note that MagicQ on Windows, Mac and Linux PC have already been using the new toolkit since version 1.5.8.6.

There is now a choice of 4 colour schemes:

  • Grey (Default)
  • Grey (High Contrast)
  • Black (as used on MQ1000)
  • Black Shaded

There are now more icons in use on the user interface - including icons on the Setup and Cue Stack tabs and also for groups and heads.

Note that as with all MagicQ software versions it is possible to return to the older software such as v1.6.1.7 from the software utility (Setup, View System, View Status, Change S/W).

133.1.1. Older Consoles

Customers with Pro consoles prior to Pro 2010, pre Pro consoles, and Expert consoles prior to 2014 (i.e. consoles that use the .cde download package) will need to upgrade their operating system disc. Replacement system discs with the Pro 2014 operating system will be available for purchase from June 2014 - please contact your local MagicQ dealer.

Customers with pre Pro and Pro consoles may also consider upgrading their hardware to full 2014 spec.

Table 133.1. Pro upgrades

Product name Date OS S/W Proc O/S disc upgrade to 1.6.5.0? Pro 2014 h/w upgrade possible?

MQ100 (pre Pro)

Oct 2004 to Oct 2007

Non-X

.cde

6310

Y

Y

MQ100 Pro

Oct 2007 to Nov 2008

Non-X

.cde

6310

Y

Y

MQ100 Pro

Nov 2008 to Oct 2009

Non-X

.cde

8310

Y

Y

MQ100 Pro 2010

Oct 2009 to Mar 2013

Pro2010

.cdx

8310

N

Y

MQ100 Pro 2014

Mar 2013 onwards

Pro2014

.cdc

A50

N

n/a


Table 133.2. Expert upgrades

Product name Date OS S/W Proc O/S disc upgrade to 1.6.5.0? Pro 2014 h/w upgrade possible?

MQ100 Expert

Oct 2007 to Nov 2008

Non-X

.cde

6310

Y

N

MQ100 Expert

Nov 2008 to Oct 2009

Non-X

.cde

8310

Y

N

MQ100 Expert

Oct 2009 to Mar 2013

Non-X

.cde

8310

Y

N

MQ100 Pro-E

Mar 2013 onwards

Pro2014

.cdc

A50

N

N


Note Pro 2014 h/w upgrades do not include illuminated soft buttons

Pro 2010 consoles continue to use the .cdx software, but this now includes the new graphical toolkit.

Software 1.6.5.0 is not supported on older products such as MQ50, Architectural controller, rack mount PC.

133.1.2. MagicHD

MagicHD now supports playback of media with audio. Please note that this feature is a beta release, and is limited to Windows platforms only. Playback works for media played forwards at 1x speed: it is not possible to speed up, slow down, or reverse the audio.

The Media Layer and Output Layer personalities have been updated to include audio parameters. The output layer has a Volume channel which controls the overall volume of all layers. Fading the output layer also fades the volume. Each media layer has an Audio Gain and Audio Pan channel. Gain is for equalising quiet clips. Pan moves the sound to the left or right channel. The layer’s intensity also fades its audio. Audio settings are in the Intensity Window.

Audio playback requires the media’s audio format to be 16 bit PCM. The media conversion process has been updated to include audio (previously audio was stripped to reduce file size). You are strongly advised to convert media before playing. If the format is not acceptable the audio will not play and error message(s) will be written to the log file.

The HUD has been updated to add audio level meters on top of the layer intensity bar, next to each layer’s preview thumbnail. Note that the HUD no longer displays the Blend and Transition channels for each media layer. (These parameters are not fully supported anyway). They have made room for the two audio control channels.

133.2. Bug Fixes

Fixed problem with receive of MIDI notes on different MIDI channels. MIDI Automs that specified a particular MIDI channel would not trigger correctly. MIDI notes using the miditable.txt would also not trigger if a "Requested Chan Only" was set in Setup, View Settings, MIDI, MIDI In type. #0007427

Fixed problem in recent betas with Patch, Multiply which would incorrectly output values between 128 and 254.

Reduced MagicHD OpenGL requirement from 3.3 to 3.2 for Mac OS 10.7 and 10.8. #0007558

Fixed problem on Mac and Linux 64 bit PC systems with Cue delay times and restarting of Cues after pausing. Incorrect values could be output during the fade phase. #0007116 #0007417, #0005911

Recording a position palette and then recording a Cue without reselecting the recorded palette causing the cue to have no link to the palette. #0006972, #0005937

Mouse pan/tilt did not work in recent betas. #0000149, #0006874, #0006028, #0001469, #0007562

Shortcut of SHIFT + DBO shutting down console removed from Windows/Mac/Linux PC systems #0007059

Reset Wings causes MQ40/60/70 to enter PC mode #0006192

Graphical improvements - new toolkit #0006857, #0007519, #0007432, #0006727, #0007324, #0007340, #0006991, #0006543, #0005349, #0007604

Support for setting direct values to soft buttons in the Programmer and Cue windows. #0006469

Fixed reset when pressing Cancel during CMV conversion selection. #0007566

Fixed problem with selecting FX from FX window whereby if the FX had exactly the same fixtures and parameters the output would not show the change #000760

Fixed problem with tap to time using "S+Go", "S+Flash", "S + Stop" on Cue Stacks with multiple steps #0006767

Page right/left doesn’t work on head editor #0000336

Editing a Waveform FX adding extra attributes caused a reset #0006813

Clear selected didn’t work on sub selected fixtures #0005154: