General Playback Settings

Each individual Playback in ZerOS can have its own settings. These can be accessed by holding the SETUP key, and tapping a Playback button.

You will be presented with the Playback Settings window...

The top row of buttons are your different tabs. This article will look at the General options, which covers 4 different areas.

Intensity Mixing

This option determines how the programmed intensity parameters are mixed. The following options are available:

Highest takes precedence (HTP) – This default option will output the highest value of all the playbacks – so if an intensity is at 50% on one active playback, and at 75% on another active playback, it will output at 75%. As that playback is pulled down, the intensity will reduce to 50%, but stay at 50% as that becomes the highest value for that fixture.

Latest takes precedence (or “Soft LTP”) – the intensity of fixtures will match the latest command, rather than the highest. If one active playback has a fixture at 100%, and another playback is at 50%, set to LTP, as this fader is raised, the fixture will fade down to 50%, as this is the “latest” command.

LTP Catch – This is an alternative version of LTP, where control of a value will only happen when the fader goes past the current value. This is useful to “catch” values that are currently high, to bring them back down to a lower intensity.

Inhibit – Inhibitive playbacks do not output the programmed intensities of the current cue, but instead act as a “proportional scale” for those channels. When changing cues, these values change, allowing multiple Inhibitor states to be stored onto a single playback. They therefore act a little bit like the Grand Master, but only for the recorded channels.

Fader Function

The operation of the playback fader may be one of the following options:

HTP Master – Simply controls the maximum level of the programmed HTP channels. Cues are triggered via the GO key. This is the default option.

Manual Fader (1 Way) - Press the GO button to activate the playback. The next cue in the cue stack is automatically loaded when the fader reaches zero. The fader controls the HTP levels; the LTP channels are triggered when the fader is moved from zero and then fade according to the times defined in the incoming cue. This option is not available if the playback is a chase.

Manual Fader (2 Way) – Press the GO button to activate the playback. The next cue in the playback is automatically loaded when the fader reaches either end of its travel (0% or 100%). Moving the fader creates a dip-less cross-fade between the two cues. The fader controls the HTP levels; the LTP channels are triggered when the fader is moved from the end stop and then fade according to the times in the incoming cue.

For "Fader Controls...", see the separate article here.

Button Function

The following options can be configured for the Playback’s button:

Flash – When the button is held, the recorded lighting state will be recalled instantly, using the cue’s fade time.

Latch – When the button is pressed, the recorded lighting state will turn on, using the cue’s fade time. When the button is pressed a second time, the lighting state will snap off, a little like a toggle switch.

Solo – When the button is held, the recorded lighting state will turn on, using the cue’s fade time. This will also turn off all other Playbacks, until the button is released.

Go (Fade) – When the button is pressed, the “Next” cue will be recalled at the level of the fader, using the cue’s fade times. The “Next” cue is the yellow highlighted row in the Cue list window.

Go (Snap) – When the button is pressed, the “Next” cue will snap instantly to the level of the fader, pausing chases, and ignoring auto cues. The “Next” cue is the yellow highlighted row in the Cue list window.

Pause – When the button is pressed, the cue fade time transition or auto cues will be paused. Pressing Pause a second time will then act as a Go backwards through your cues. To resume after pausing press the Go/Play button.

Tap Tempo – This is only available if the playback is set as a chase. A Tap Tempo allows you to tap the button along to a song to set the beat. You can then stop tapping and the Chase will continue to run at the tapped tempo. You can see this tempo by going to the Chase tab, and looking at the Speed. Alternatively, you can use Global BPM, Click here for more information.

 

A secondary “shifted” option can be chosen whilst holding down the Shift key on the console. Therefore every Playback button can have 2 of the above functions at a time.

The default option changes dependent on the “status” of the playback. However, once this setting has been changed by the user it will not change again automatically, even if the playback “status” changes. For a playback with a single cue, the default is Flash (shifted default: Solo). For a playback with multiple cues, the default is GO (Fade) (shifted default: GO (Snap)). For a playback which is set to a chase, the default is Tap Tempo (shifted default: GO (Snap)).