As a preface, I’m using the DMXIS vst pluging to control lighting. In addition to other features, it exposes all 512 DMX channels via the plugin / insert automation lanes. While this gives me a lot of power to do things like controlling pan & tilt over time, it’s a bit clumsy to work with and I’m trying to streamline my workflow.
For example, I have 10 moving heads - 5 on the front truss, 5 on the back. If I want to automation the Pan parameter for all the front truss lights, I have to add an automation lane for each (with non intuitive numbers, e.g. 101, 123, etc. depending on which DMX channel the fixture & property lives at).
There are two things I’d like to accomplish.
First, it would be great if I could set up track presets that would, for instance, automatically expand those 5 automation lanes (front truss Pan). However, in saving and recalling a track preset, it doesn’t appear to persist the view state of the automation lanes. That means I have to manually add them one at a time, which gets tedious in a hurry.
The second thing I’d love to figure out is a way to “group” automation much as you’d send the 4 backup singers to one group so that you could raise / lower the harmonies with one slider. At present, if I want to automate all 5 front truss Pan lanes, I have to create the automation in one, then copy / paste it to the other four. If I make a change, I have to first delete the data in the other four, then paste. Again, tedious.
DMXIS is an excellent little plugin for automating lighting. That said, if you want to do anything but recall a preset scene, the programming is cumbersome. If anyone knows how to accomplish either of these two things, or has other workflow suggestions for automation, I’d be most grateful for your insights.