ETC Element Startup Macro

Hello, We are implementing a startup macro and a shut down macro on our school slighting desk which will control a relay board which switches on and off power to our lighting bar circuits. 

is there a way to copy these macros (number 1001+1002) to all other showfiles in the show file index? 

we have 3/4 years worth of past shows and events which we regularly revisit and use and I don't want them to be rendered useless if they're going to mean that the macro for switching power on and off will not be there... 

we often have unexperienced members of staff and pupils using the desk and we can't leave them with the responsibility of parking the addresses themselves. 

if it is not possible to copy these macros into all showfiles, will it work if we have a startup/shutdown show file on the desk which has the macros working. and enforce the rule that people must switch to this show file before shutting down the desk? i get that it would likely work with that show file turning on and off, but if you open on that show file, and it parks those addresses, then open another showfile, will it unpark those addresses or do they stay parked?

help would be greatly appreciated!

  • they will stay parked. park is only changed when you park/unpark things or you load a showfile **and tick the checkbox to load park**

    no you can't batch copy stuff to other showfiles

    i personally am not convinced that if you can enforce the rule to load a different showfile that you can't also enforce the rule to simply park addresses...

  • Many thanks for that. 

    I work with very simple people, They often struggle with actually getting lights on, to try to explain to them that "before they use any lights they have to go into another display they've never seen, park 8 addresses and then get back to live." (never mind the process to unpark, don't get me started...) would likely be catastrophic and somebody, if not many people. would have a melt down! haha

    Everybody that uses that desk has some sort of experience in finding a show file, and loading it up so to enforce a specific one won't be too difficult. trust me, in the situation I'm in its probably the easiest solution, other than spending a week merging the macros with every show file on the desk.

  • as long as nobody unparks, those lights will stay parked until you do a software upgrade or a deep clear... ;)

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  • In our theatre the Parked channels that control the relays shut off when we shut down the Lighting Console.  They turn back on when the Console it turned back on as they are still Parked.  Very simple. Test yours to see if they do what you need, some dimmer / relay racks may behave differently on Console shutdown.