In this series of articles we will be covering 10 simple but useful tips for technicians that are using Lightwright 5. Every month we will release a short explanation and tutorial of each tip. 

 
  Top Ten Tips

 
 

1. Work Notes

2. Gel Cut Sheets

3. Dimming System Balancing

4. Focus Charts

5. Instrument Counting

6. Networked Editing

7. Update Tracking

8. Reporting

9. Gobo Inventory

10. Color Scrolls/Wheels 

 
     
   Tip #10 - Color Scrolls/ Wheels    
     

 

Tip #10 Color Scrolls/ Wheels

          When setting up your scroll wheels if they are custom it is good to have a way to keep track of what colors are in them for maintenance as the production goes on and colors start to fade. Lightwright 5 has a function to set up color scrolls and well as color wheels for moving lights. Once this is set up you can print reports showing how the scrolls/wheels are assembled.

            To get started select Setup-Color Scrolls, once you are in this window you will need to build your color scrolls. By clicking on the open description window next to #1 you will create the first one. Use a name that is easy to remember and describes the scroll in a simple way. You can also say what scroller type it will be going into I am using a Coloram IT 7.5” for this example. Now that you have your scroll you will need make sure you have the correct number of colors set and then you can drag and drop the colors that will be in the scroll. You can sort the swatches by Color, MFG & Number, or MFG+Color.


     
 



 
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With your scroll built in Lightwright you can save it into the scroll library by clicking Save as Library… after that you can then recall any of your scroll wheels. When you print the scrolls you will get a document that looks like this:

 

 
     
 


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This will give whoever is prepping the scroll a good reference for what gel will need to be purchased and then put into a wheel. You can now add this scroll to lighting fixtures in the color column the same way you would add a single color.

The process for making a color wheel for an intelligent fixture is very similar. Open the window by selecting Setup-Wheels. Now that you have the window open you can build color or scroll wheels for the particular fixtures you are using. You will need to get the fixture wheel sizes from the specs on the fixture and then fill them accordingly. You can drag images of gobos into the gobo wheels as well. After you get all of your wheels filled out you can print each individual wheel to verify the position in your fixture. All of the wheels can be saved as libraries for later use. It is also a good idea to save the defaults that come in fixtures that you use commonly.

 

 
     
 



 
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Next Month:

Next month there will be a test over all of these tips, the highest score will win a pair of brand new SHoW Baby 6’s