FocusTrack: Keeping track of the moving lights
FocusTrack is the heart of the system, the place that
keeps track of what all of your moving lights are
doing through the show.
From the show import, it will list every position
used by every moving light in the show (we call these
‘lamp-focuses’), and will tell you every
cue where a light comes on in a position. It does
this automatically, with no need to pre-configure
anything or to spend hours adapting the database for
each new show.
If you’ve told Cue List where scenes and
scenery start, FocusTrack can figure out which
positions correspond to which scenes and scenery.
You can then add as much other information as you
like: grid focuses, written descriptions, checkmarks
on a set plan and more.
Ideally, you’ll get a chance to photograph each
light in each position - here a picture really is
worth a thousand words. FocusTrack can help with
this, as you’ll see in a second...
Immediately, though, you have ‘x-ray
vision’ into a show: you might be about to
change a position in cue 1, but FocusTrack will let
you see that it’s also used in cue 301. Do you
really want to make a change that will also affect
that later cue, or might you need to make a new
Or if you’re focussing a light and thinking
‘I’m sure I’ve set this light here
before’, tell FocusTrack the pan-tilt values
from your screen and have it list existing positions
very like that one.
And you can search and sort in any way you like.
Swapped a light out? List all the focuses of that
light so you can check them. Scenery set on stage?
List the focuses corresponding to that scenery so you
can check them.
Or even follow along with the show - FocusTrack can
list lights cue by cue so you know exactly what each
light is doing in each state.
You can use FocusTrack once you’re show is
made. Or you can use it as your making it - keep
importing a show and FocusTrack will merge in new
data, flagging focuses that are new, no longer used
or which have changed position since the last import,
even highlighting cues that are new or have been
And if you prefer to have someone manually tracking
the show as you plot, you can do that too (perhaps
using FocusTrack’s QuickFocus cue focus grid) -
then, when you get a chance, merge in the information
from the console.