How do I Save my show?

ZerOS Consoles will save the show automatically to their internal memory at regular intervals. External copies of the show data can be saved to a USB Storage Device.

It is highly recommended to save external backups regularly – especially when leaving the console unattended for any amount of time.

To save the show, press SETUP and then choose Save Show on the left hand side of the display:

The following popup window will be displayed:

If you have more than one USB Storage Device connected, first select the required device on the top drop-down. If the device does not appear straight away, wait a few seconds and then click Refresh . Type the show name in the Filename box using the onscreen keyboard and press Enter or OK . After a few seconds the show will be saved. Press Setup to exit Setup mode.

ZerOS is able to save shows in different file formats. Which file type you choose depends on what you plan to do with the showfile. Choosing the correct file type is crucial.

ZerOS Showfile is the default option, and should be used in most circumstances. These can be loaded back into the console or loaded onto any other console running ZerOS (for ultimate compatibility, it is suggested that both consoles are running the same software version). When selecting “ZerOS Showfile”, you are given the option to “Save Complete Show”, “Save Setup Only” or “Save Setup & Palettes”. It is recommended that you choose “Save Complete Show”, which takes all of the available information in the console, including setup options, patch, cue and palette data and stores it into a single file. This file can then be reloaded at a later date to return the console to the same state as it was in when you saved it.

Another file type is Comma Separated Values (.csv). This saves the information into a text file that can be imported into most spreadsheet applications to get a print out of all the cues and the values of each fixture in each cue. These values cannot be loaded back onto any ZerOS console. When selecting Comma Separated Values (.csv) you are given the option to select which Playback stack you wish to export (only one can be chosen at a time), if you want the data displayed as “Percentage”, “DMX Values “or “Details” (if present). You can also choose if Palette References are included or not (palette references will display the palette used to change that value, rather than the value itself).

On FLX series consoles, tap "Save Show" in the Z key to quickly save your show to USB:

If the show hasn’t yet been named, FLX will ask for a name before saving the showfile. If the show has a name, FLX will save a new copy of the showfile with the next sequential number on the end automatically.