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grandMA2 Insider Tip

In this section we offer an overview of our grandMA2 Insider Tips. These tips will help you work more efficiently and faster in your daily business. The section will be constanly updated - you will find the latest tips at the top of the list.

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... in the case, that fixtures are mounted on the real stage in a non-matching way to the setup prepared in the grandMA2, e.g., display as orientation of the fixture to the side instead of to the front, it is now possible to adjust a Pan and/or Tilt offset for every patched fixture. This makes it redundant to adjust every single position preset by hand to correct the offset. The Pan and/or Tilt offset can be adjusted for every patched fixture that has Pan and/or Tilt attributes. The offset can be adjusted in Patch & Fixture Schedule or in the Patch only menu.

... user profiles can now be limited to a specific world. To edit open: In Setup/Console/User & Profiles Setup. Or use the command line: "Assign UserProfile X /World=<index or name or -1 for reset>" Users whose user profiles are limited to a world are not able to change to any other world.

... downloaded fixture types from the MA Fixture Share of the original MA library (*.xmlp files) can only be imported into grandMA2 v3.3 or higher.

... you can assign a Presettype to a Sheet. For example: Assign Presettype 4 (touch the Color 4 Presettype button) and touch the head line of a Fixture Sheet.

... you can use MA+Store Macro to live record a Macro.

... when you need a random selection for an effect then use the Shuffle Selection function inside the Effect editor.

... when you want to force the focus on the command line then switch on the Scroll Lock key on the keyboard. It doesn’t matter where you touch in your touchscreen and set the focus away from the command line. Start writing and the focus is back on the command line.

... to wing a circle effect, use the effect setting with two wings only on Pan.

... you can call a predefined Channel and Fixture Sheet for parked Attributes with the menu command: menu “PK”.

... you can assign a Presettype to a Sheet. For example: Assign Presettype 4 (touch the Color 4 Presettype button) and touch the head line of a Fixture Sheet.

... you call the List, User 1 or User 2 menu with a command: menu “LI”, menu “U1” or menu “U2”.

... you can press the Fixture button twice to use the Selection command. For example: On Selection, to activate the actual selection of fixtures.

... you can assign the actual selection to a Sheet. For example: Assign Selection (double press on Fixture button) and touch the head line of a Fixture Sheet.

... Timecode slot pool in sheet style shows the IP address of session member, receiving Timecode, and provides access to edit pre roll and after roll per slot.

... fade and delay times for each preset type can be edited inside the sequence executor sheet. If preset type time is set to anything other than none, cue fade and delay time will be overwritten by the preset type time for the referring preset type.
... grandMA2 has been migrated to 64bit. grandMA2 onPC and MA 3D application installer automatically installs 32bit or 64bit application depending on host operating system.

...to create a mirrored Dimmer effect you can use the "mirror" function from the calculator. You get access to this function by pushing the phase encoder

... the Effect parameter Single Shot was added. Single Shot effects can be started/restarted using Go, On or At command.

... IP addresses of MA NPUs can be changed via network config dialog.

... if you search in Help for “Hardkey keyword overview” you will see a list of all hard key shortcuts of the grandMA2 console.

... Next to the Load Cue we now have a LoadNext and LoadPrevious function for the Executor Buttons.

... you can have a look at the predefined Macros to see some good samples for the Search & Replace functions.

... you can switch on the option “Sheet Style” in a Preset Pool to see the Presets in a List form?

... you can use the option “Symbols” to see only text, text and symbols or only symbols in the Smart View.

... via the Monitor symbol in the headline of the menus you can switch the menus to any internal or external Monitor of your grandMA2.

... you can open some pools and sheets temporarily with the List + a Command key, e.g.: List+Group, List+ Effect, List+Page. 

... if in Setup / Console / User + Profiles a user has the focus, the button "Login"
gives the ability for a direct login. In case of password protection the pop-up to login is displayed. In the headline the current user name is shown.

... if you press the Help key and touch a headline of a sheet or a command key you can quickly see the manual explanation.

... you get the Extract command with the MA+ At keys. Use the Extract Command to transform a Preset into programmer values.

... you can use the Fixture X At Fixture Y Command to copy values from one Fixture to another.

... if you use the keys If and Effect (If Output Effect) you can select all fixtures and channels with a running effect value.

... mouse cursor and touch cursors have been separated; there is one permanently visible mouse cursor (white arrow) representing the hardware mouse. Each internal touch screen has its own touch cursor and will not set the mouse cursor of the hardware mouse anymore. External touch screens will share the mouse cursor with the hardware mouse. The mouse cursor can be set to an internal touch screen position by holding down the nipple button while touching the screen. The mouse cursor will always follow the touch cursor, if this option is activated at the Setup/Console/Screen Options.... Stage View XYZ follow mode has been added. Activating the follow mode will temporarily deactivate all other stage view modes (Select, Orbit, Panning and Zoom) until the follow mode is disabled. Touching the stage view with activated follow mode will move the beams of the currently selected fixtures with enabled XYZ to this position if possible.

...stage view displays positions of 3D objects with activated "Follow Target" option at the stage view. When creating a new show or loading a show file from a previous version, follow target is activated for the stage plane only.

... there are new clock view modes: SMPTE Timecode and Midi Timecode. Incoming Timecode signals may be displayed using these new clock modes. When a valid Timecode signal is being received it is displayed in green text color. Grey text color denotes that no valid Timecode signal is being received.

... you can double click the Full hard key to load the highlight values of the selected fixtures in your programmer?

... you can use the MA + dot hard key to load the default values of your selected fixtures in the programmer?

... if you press and hold the Highlight hard key your selected fixtures will start flashing with highlight values on the stage.

... you can press and hold the encoder hard key to change the resolution of your Dimmer wheel or Trackball in the pop-up menu.

... you can press and hold the encoder hard key to switch your multitouch screen in the pop up menu on or off.

... if you press and hold the 'Oops' hard key it shows you the history list of all 100 undo actions. You can do several undo operations in one step by selecting lines in this list.

...with the Rate1 command on a sequence you can set a moved rate factor of a running cue or sequence back to the original timing? If you press the Learn hard key and a button of an executor with a sequence then you have a quick way to set the Rate1 for a sequence.

... with an Edit on an empty Macro pool button you have a quick way to import Predefined Macros in your show.

... you can use the >>> and <<< key functions to stop and step manually through the single cues of a chaser?

...you can configure your own sets of title buttons in the sheets. Use the sheet options/title buttons to change the settings.

... the command "Delete Sequence X" deletes only fixtures of the current world in this sequence. If the current world includes all fixtures which are stored in this sequence, the whole sequence will be deleted. You don't have to worry you might delete another users programming. “Delete Sequence X” will only delete fixtures in your programming world from that sequence.

...using the option "React to Dimmer" inside the "Edit Fixture Types" menu allows to limit an attribute value by applying a linear or inverse limitation controlled by the attribute dimmer.
Provided that a fan attribute has a default of 80% and is linear linked to a dimmer attribute. As a result the fan will be controlled in accordance to the dimmer value. If the dimmer value is at 100% the fan will run at 80%. If the dimmer is at 50% the fan will run at 40%. If the fan attribute and the dimmer value are inverse linked the fan would run at 100% when the dimmer value is 0. When the dimmer is set to 100% the fan value would be 80%.

...the command "List Executor x.y" lists all settings from the assign menu of one executor in the command view which are not directly assigned in the sequence? It is possible to change those settings via the command line (e.g. by using macros). Example: The command "assign Executor 1.1 /cmdDisable=1" suppresses the execution of Cue commands (CMD).

...Maximum Program and Exec Time can be defined by the user. The settings can be found at /Setup/User/Settings.

...when you would like to have a real brightness master in your MA VPU, go to your camera fixture type and change the default value to zero. Then store a cue where the value of brightness is 50% and assign the fader to TEMP. Now you have a real brightness fader over all layers.