Focusing spot manually by fader

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  1. M_ars

    M_ars New Member

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    Hi there!
    I'm intrested - can I control speed of movement of the spot light by moving a fader? For example, we have two precets, each one contains different focus pallete for a spot. I wanna move a light from one point to another by moving fader with precet #2, but I wanna reach a destination point if only fader will be at 100 %.

    Really appreciate any kind of answer :)
     
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    More information on specific fixtures, what console you're using, etc. will help us a great ton!
     
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    My fault :) it's a Congo by ETC
     
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    Yeah, I know about a fade time, but I'm intrested in doing it manually without setting specific time
     
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    If you have a Congo, you're all set. You can have your presets loaded in the main stack and ride the A/B faders up to load into the next one at your own pace.

    Similarly, any time you want to have more manual control of a cross fade, ride the A/B faders up to full instead of tapping the Go button.

    (I call them the A/B faders, but I'm pretty sure on a Congo one says Active above it and the other says something else. I'm talking about the pair of faders immediately next to your Go button.

    If you only want to control the moving lights and not everything else, record Focus Palettes to your Masters and put your movers on a direct select.

    During the show, you would select your mover(s) with a direct select, group, or typing the channel numbers in, and then as you ride a Focus Palette up on a Master Fader, the movers will progress with you and only will lock into their final position when you reach 100% on the fader.

    As others have said, you're at the mercy of movers operating in arcs but if you have adequate coverage from your spots you can usually make it work even if you have to train your performers how to walk at the correct path and pace.

    Usually I try to lock in the cross fade time and just use the Go button. For dancers it's easiest to have consistency they know they have to keep up with. Theater actors and actresses are a little less tame and are more likely to need you riding crossfades to match their pace.
     
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    Hi,
    Mike summed it up well.
    On a Congo, I was doing a show where I had to follow a dancer with a moving light. I knew where she would start. I had a couple of intermediate points in her cross, and I had her final position.
    I recorded the points in different presets. In set-up, I set to crossfade both ways. I manually faded the light to stay with her. When I reached the end of the fade, I just started moving the faders in the opposite direction to start the fade to the next preset. In a very tight tech schedule, the dancer did the cross once with me calling out when she should stop so I could focus the light and record it. Then we ran it once with music, and we went onto the next section of the show.
    Take care,
    John
     
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