How do I get all of the focus information into FocusTrack?
Ideally, you’ll be using a Strand
300/500-series, ETC Eos/Ion or MA grandMA or grandMA2
console: if you are, FocusTrack can do much of this
work for you automatically. It can take the showfile
data from the console and analyse it to figure out
which lights are used in which positions in which
cues in the show.
It’ll also tell you which colours and gobos are
actually used in moving lights and scrollers, and
which lights never actually come on... making it
easier than ever before to figure out how to
rationalise your rig, cutting unused lights or
simplifying scrollers or gobo loads for touring.
Once you have this information, you can add other
information as you like - grid focuses, written
descriptions, photographs and more.
If you keep importing the showfile, FocusTrack will
merge in new data, showing you which focuses are new,
which are no longer used, and which have changed
since the last import. It will also show you new and
deleted cue parts in its cue list.
If you want to track moving lights manually as
you’re making a show (by choice or because
you’re not using one of the compatible
consoles) you can - FocusTrack’s QuickFocus function makes
it easy to do this while creating cues.
The whole process is painless and much more accurate
than trawling through a showfile in the off-line
editor manually listing used focus positions.