So, what is this FocusTrack thing anyway?
FocusTrack is a database system designed for keeping
track of how lights are used in shows.
Originally designed to allow the focus of automated
lanterns to be comprehensively documented, it now
offers a complete rig management system for recording
every facet of both conventional and automated
lighting, including rig set-up, dimmer set-up, gobo
and colour loads as well as focus.
It’s driving principle is to reduce the amount
of manual data handling that people working on shows
still do - manually looking up information from the
showfile, typing cuelists into Excel, cross-checking
Lightwright to the console patch, manually tracking
how moving lights are used during a show. Used with
Eos, grandMA 1 or 2, and Strand 300/500 consoles,
FocusTrack can automate much of this work, generating
list of which moving lights are used in which
positions in which cues, listing lights that are
never used, detailing which colours and gobos in
moving lights and scrollers are actually used. This
can save countless hours of tedious, error-prone
It can be used for productions of any type, but is
perhaps of most use for theatrical productions,
• touring shows, where the focus of the lighting
rig (conventional and moving lights) has to be
re-created at regular intervals
• long running shows, where a reference is
needed so that things don’t creep away from
their intended focus over time.
• rep companies - theatre, opera, ballet - where
shows come back time after time, months or years
after they were first created.
• transfers and new productions, where a
reference from the original production is needed
either as an aide-memoire, or because you’ve
changed parts of the rig - moving to a new type of
moving light, for example.
• buildings - where time has been spent lighting
a building beautifully, why not make sure everyone
knows how to keep it looking beautiful?
The result is a complete, accurate record of every
facet of the show lighting - where the lights are
pointing, why they’re pointing there, when
they’re used in cues, what those cues look
like, ideal for leaving with the crew who will have
to run and maintain the show while also giving the
designer a complete record when later having to
re-create or modify the production.