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Episode 26 – Using and Creating Your First FX

Kari
By Kari / a few months ago

This week’s Podcast we dive into how to set up and create effects in your lighting! This basic framework will get you on your way whether you just started in lighting or you’ve done it for a while.

If you’re new here, I have a Quiz that will help me send you a customized Guide on getting started with Lighting: FREE Guide @ LearnStageLighting.com/quiz.

Lighting News! (1:40)

Last week we shared the announcement of M-Series’s upcoming re-naming.  Part of the buyout deal is that there will be a new name.

Elation has just announced that they will begin creating their own consoles: Obsidian

The official Launch Date will be August 15th, 2018.

Main Segment (3:15)

Last week we finished the series of reviewing ways to change your lighting.

I = Intensity
F = Focus
C = Color
B = Beam

This week we are going to go over the Effects in Lighting which is a whole other set of Levers to work with for changing your lighting. With FX, you can show movement on your stage but you don’t have to have Moving Lights to accomplish this. You just need a console that the basic effects functionality.

You don’t have to have an expensive console to do this. There are a lot of more basic consoles that you can get the basic effects functionality such as ENTTECS DMXis, D-Pro, Show Express, etc.

Using and Creating Your First FX

At their core, lighting FX are similar in every console, because we’re all using the same light! While different consoles vary in the exact way they create FX, this basic framework will teach you how to translate ideas you have in your mind to actual lighting.

Step 1 – Parameter

First, you select your parameter. A piece of the light whether it’s Intensity, Focus, Color, or Beam. You have the console move that value.

Step 2 – Apply “Swing” or “Size”

Next, you apply the swing or size of that value. It’s the amount off the base point the effect travels.

Step 3 – Speed

Now, you want to set how fast do you want it to move. It may express this in percentage or BPM.

Step 4 – Shape

Setting a Shape, Mode, or Type. You’ll be setting how it gets from the Base Point to it’s Maximum.

Step 5 – Offset

At this point, all of the lights are doing the same thing. If you want to mix it up then you’ll want to set up the offset.

Then, the real magic happens when you combine multiple FX attributes together.

For more resources on how to use Effects in Your Lighting:

Professional Lighting Console Basics – Your First FX (Learn Stage Lighting Labs)

Advanced D-Pro – FX (Learn Stage Lighting Labs)

Advanced M-Series: Going Deep with FX (Learn Stage Lighting Labs)

Puntastical (Learn Stage Lighting Labs)

From Zero to Lighting Hero – Module 5 (Learn Stage Lighting Labs)

Videos from 30 Days to Become a Lighting Ninja – Free on YouTube

Mailbag (15:25)

If you’re looking for more In-Depth Training then I would highly recommend checking out Learn Stage Lighting Labs. We have a great group of professionals and individuals that are willing to assist and guide you in your lighting journey. We have a private members forum and video tutorials to get you started.

Marshall (16:25): A group from my church approached me last week with the intention of starting their own band to play outside of the church. They had a pretty tight budget of $3000. They need a controller that has at least 1 universe, stackable playback faders and buttons, hardware controller, good moving head support, and effects engine.

My first disclaimer you can’t have everything although I understand being on a budget. I would recommend DMXis, you can buy it for around $290. It’s a great software to get started with and a box comes with it. You can run it from the stage with a foot pedal.

I can also recommend the LightShark LS Core which you can run using a Tablet.

Here is an article on How to Program with DMXIS on LSL

LightShark LS Core

Buy Used Tablets on Swappa: https://swappa.com/

Jesse (21:58): I’ve been doing stage lighting for a few years but all my stuff was PAR 64 with NSI Dimmer Packs. Easy to use but now I’m doing lights for a band that has color changers. He has no programs on his console so I need to know how to program DMX and how long does it take.

When you get to LED lights, changers, etc. You can control moving lights with a basic console and with a more complex console.

Generally, with the more complex consoles, you will be able to do more. After learning how to use the console you will most likely get quicker on being able to run the lights. Since you didn’t mention what kind of console you are using I’m going to point you to my article: Finding Your First Lighting Console.

Jeffrey (24:05): I’m looking for somewhere I can go and he taught Hands-On programming and lighting design of this new equipment, I’m used to analog consoles and par cans.

The first thing you want to do is to find the right console for what you are doing. I recommend the M-Series and it’s a great start. A great article for Beginning with M-PC is a good start.

For the training, there are some great resource and Webinar Training.

Upcoming Webinar Trainings

A video for Beginning with M-Series video on YouTube.

Lastly, the Learn Stage Lighting Labs that have personalized training, very active forums, etc.

Be sure to check out my Quiz and get a customized Guide to Lighting: http://learnstagelighting.com/quiz


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