MagicQ supports Head Morphing to enable changing from 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. This can be a valuable time saving feature when changing to different lamps.
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 RCB 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.
Head Morphing is a vital feature for the touring Lighting Designer to adapt their show to the house fixtures. ChamSys MagicQ morphing software has been road tested for many years and has helped to make MagicQ a firm favourite - Lighting Desginers want a reliable, no nonsense conversion. Many other systems rely on complex Personality files or generic layers that are not editable by the user - MagicQ personalities are fully editable within the MagicQ software.
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.
MagicQ supports offsets to be applied to channels in the patch. This is very useful when touring a show and finding fixtures hung at different angles to the previous show - 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 postition.
The patch offset can also be used as part of the UPDATE process to quickly modify the offset of one or more moving lights. This is very useful with floor based lights which may get moved accidentally during a changeover. On MagicQ you can select the moving light, correct the postiion and 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.
Palettes enable Cues to be automatically updated according to changes in the Palletes. The MagicQ Expand Palette option allows attributes to be expanded into Cues even when the Cues do not contain all the attributes in the Palette. This is very useful when changing the programming to use heads with different numbers of gobo wheels or different colour mixing systems.
Palettes can also be expanded to all heads of the same type if the Palette has only been generated for one head - avoiding the need to create the palette multiple times.
Group and Palette FX
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.