Chapter 95. Version

95.1. New Functions

95.1.1. MagicVis New Rendering

MagicVis now incorporates a new higher quality renderer with improved beams and shadows. To enable the higher quality renderer open MagicVis and go to File, Settings and select "New renderer" from the OpenGL options.

If for any reason the new renderer does not work, then you can revert to the old renderer by opening MagicQ and from the toolbar select Visualiser, Use old renderer.

95.1.2. Storage of MagicQ user files on PC/Mac

MagicQ now has an option to change where the user data files are stored.

Older installations of MagicQ stored show, head, log and other user data files in the Application folder. Windows and OSX now make it difficult for users to access the Application folder - either forcing files into a Virtual Stores or preventing write access.

This data can now be stored in the User Documents folder which is fully accessible. It is possible to revert back to using the Application folder at any time.

From the top toolbar select Tools, Change Files Location.

95.1.3. Cue Stack time code tracks

MagicQ now supports up to 10 time code tracks linked to each Cue Stack. A time code track allows a sequence of button presses/fader movement events to be associated with the playback of a Cue Stack. This is useful where a main Cue Stack is used to program the overall look, but additional effects and bumps need to be added in time to the music. The time code tracks are independent of the Cues in the Cue Stack, so it is therefore not necessary to generate a Cue for each of these effects/bumps.

All recorded time code tracks are started when the Cue Stack is activated and are released when the Cue Stack is released.

Time code tracks are visible in the Cue Stack, View TC view. Note that the Cue Stack, View Default soft button has now moved to under the View Options soft button to make way for the View TC button.

Tracks 1 to 10 are selected by soft button A. Tracks can be recorded and removed using the RECORD TRACK and REMOVE TRACK soft buttons.

The RECORD TRACK function is used to record the tracks - in this mode MagicQ records all button presses and fader movements as they occur with the appropriate times. The events and times can be modified afterwards. Each event can be edited individually, or whole sections can be cursor selected and moved in time.

Each time code track is stored in MagicQ as a keyboard macro and can also be viewed and played back in the Macro Window. Events in the timeline are stored in the same way as keyboard macros.

95.1.4. Other changes

Modified circle FX so that it is easier to get an odd/even or left/right symmetrical chase.

Panel is now shown in black rather than blue when a black windowing colour scheme is chosen.

It is now possible to edit number keys 0 to 9 in keyboard macros.

95.2. Bug Fixes

Fixes to editing multiple head macros in Head Editor which could cause resets #0010040

Fix to Execute window faders that could cause resets #0011089

Fix for stuttering FX at small size/slow starts #0012309

Removed erroneous FTDI debug in log files #0012059

Improvements to graphics in MagicVis new renderer #0011987

Fix for IPCB representation in Palette windows after edits #0012243

Fix for problem when using Net Sessions to multi program a Cue Stack - each user could record a step to a Cue Stack, but the last recorded step would not execute correctly on the other console (which did not record the step) until the Cue Stack was restarted.

Fix for labelling of Palette FX palettes in Prog, View window.

Fix for keyboard macros that use SHIFT or CTRL - only affected recent Betas. #0012091

95.2.1. Net Sessions

Fixed problem with using the RESYNC SHOW button on the slave console - it could sync to a slightly out of date show.

Fixed problem with saving show on the Master to a new name which did not cause the slave to be updated with the new show name - this was particularly noticed when using the auto increment file numbers. Now any save show on Master causes the file on the slave to be reloaded completely.

The Output, Plan View, grid name was not updated correctly between consoles.

If Hot takeover universes were set manually then Net Sessions wouldn’t enable/disable all correctly. The status in dMX I/O has now been modified to show the Net Sessions state.

When using ACT, LAST ACT, PROG this was not shown correctly in the status field - it only showed CC-None.

Fixed problem where after a Master/Slave swap if the Master lost the comms link to the Slave then it would give the incorrect and confusing message "Lost Sync to Master".