Essential Macros for Marking
One of the biggest jobs of the programmer in theatre is to mark intelligent lights and to keep the tracking of them clean and organized. This post is all about what macros I use to help speed up the marking process, because time is valuable. Like many other things in EOS there are many methods to mark things. One of the options is using auto-mark. Auto-mark can be used to automatically mark your lights, It's a great tool if you don't have much time, although it can sometimes take time to work around it's limitations. Auto mark doesn't allow you to specify an exact cue for a light to mark in. I will generally only use auto mark if I have a rig with color changing LEDs as the only intelligent fixture. I the rig has scrollers or any moving lights it's best to stick with manually marking.
The industry standard that I've encountered in theatre is to only mark lights in part 20 of a cue. Part 20 is the highest number part you can have in EOS. Marking in a different part than the base cue gives you the ability to easily view and change the timing of the mark.
Now on to the macros I use!
(NOTE: I do all of my clean up in blind so I make the macro as if I'm already in blind. I know some programmers that have their macros take them into blind.)
I use a programmable key pad to fire my macros. Below are some images of the evolution of it. I'm always changing it to adapt to my needs. Let me know in the comments if you want to hear about more of the macros.
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