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Macros to Copy Effect Lines – grandMA2
8 Sep
2020
Written by catwest

Macros to Copy Effect Lines – grandMA2 »

These 2 macros are gonna save you so much time when you're making effects. I'll show you how to write both macros, and alternatively- how to just key it in, if you want to skip the macros entirely.

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Portable Starter Effects Files – grandMA2
25 Aug
2020
Written by catwest

Portable Starter Effects Files – grandMA2 »

In this quick tip - let's talk about keeping a file of starter effects on a thumbdrive - that way you can always bring your personal effects into any showfile you end up working on.

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How to Set Up a Full Tracking Backup – grandMA2
18 Aug
2020
Written by catwest

How to Set Up a Full Tracking Backup – grandMA2 »

The grandMA2 does a FANTASTIC job when it comes to full tracking backup consoles. When set up correctly, if you lose a station during a show - you can seamlessly keep running on your backup! I'll take you through my personal best practices and the options I like to use (and not use), so that I don't have any unexpected hiccups during a gig.

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Tracking Sheet and Sequence Contents- grandMA2
4 Aug
2020
Written by catwest

Tracking Sheet and Sequence Contents- grandMA2 »

These are 2 windows on the console that are super helpful, but often overlooked. They can be a little confusing until you know how to work with them. I want to help you see how you can get the most of these sheets.

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grandma2 Cloning: Clone a Tour to a Festival Rig
28 Jul
2020
Written by catwest

grandma2 Cloning: Clone a Tour to a Festival Rig »

Cat's 8 Steps to a Successful Clone In this video, I'm going to take you through how I clone a touring showfile to a festival rig... start to finish! This is a big clone, but I'll explain it all and show you the types of macros I use. Seriously, this is how I do it every time, and it works for me - every time! If you can clone a full showfile, every other type of cloning is easy!

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Partial Show Read – grandMA2
21 Jul
2020
Written by catwest

Partial Show Read – grandMA2 »

We're going to use the example of PSRing a festival showfile into a touring showfile - but you can PSR any 2 shows into one.

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Import a Patch to Your Showfile – grandMA2
14 Jul
2020
Written by catwest

Import a Patch to Your Showfile – grandMA2 »

See how to use the Export/ Import syntax to bring in a patch from another showfile, or from the VWX plugin, or another visualizer.

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Make LED Cell Layouts Fast – Tips and Cloning Trick – grandma2
30 Jun
2020
Written by catwest

Make LED Cell Layouts Fast – Tips and Cloning Trick – grandma2 »

If you're using multi-instance LED fixtures in your show (who isn't????), you're gonna want to set up a nice, clean layout for them.

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MA3D Tips: DMX Camera and Moving Paths
18 May
2020
Written by catwest

MA3D Tips: DMX Camera and Moving Paths »

Recently, I had the pleasure of working with the students at CalArts, who were creating their final design projects in MA 3D. I made them a short video explaining how to implement a DMX Camera and Moving Paths so they could give a little extra liveliness to their renderings.

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