How do I program my lights to pop on and off in different colors. I have 8 lights and I want various lights to come on in different colors at different times. I am assuming that would be using step based effects? Can something like that then be turned on and off without using cues or do I have to preheat a cut for those lights... Can I busk it? Hope this makes sense. Can you also simply explain how macros are used and what they are?
Any effect can be assigned to a fader for busking. Chases are usually step based 'absolute' effects. Here is a short sheet on similar effects.
You might also want to review the video and workbook on effects. I'm also a fan of the "Tea Break tutorials"
https://www.etcconnect.com/Support/Videos/; (All the Eos family program the same way.)
The more advanced 'relative' effects are great for intelligents. Try the built in effects as a starting point and modify them to suit your needs.
A macro is a user-defined string of commands that you can execute (play back) later with one command. It's a simple but powerful function that dates back to the dawn of the computer age; essentially a macro is a simple program written in the platform's command language. They're a way to reduce the time and button presses needed to do complex tasks.