StageLight User Manual V.2.10

Why StageLight?

StageLight is a DMX/Art-Net lighting app for the iPad. The software combines the classic hardware lighting console feeling with modern and intuitive user interaction design. The user interface is characterized by an intelligent use of available space and a huge level of flexibility.

StageLight Layout

The StageLight mixing interface shows 8 Control Channels (or 12 Control Channels on the iPad with 12,9" display). Each of them controls one fixture with all its characteristics (e.g. master, color, pan, tilt, ...), a group of fixtures or a cue. With the Control Channel Switch you can select 6 areas each with 8 Control Channels (or each with 12 Control Channels on the iPad with 12,9" display). So you can control a maximum of 48/72 single fixtures depending on your device. Each control channel has a Channel Master Fader, a Select Button, a Fixture Control Button, a Effect Button and a Flash Button. When you first entering the app the Channel Master Fader and all buttons (apart from the Select Button) are inactive. The various channel features become active when you assign a fixture to the channel. The buttons and faders that do become active depend on the characteristics of the fixture (i.e., which dmx channel types it has).

Layout

Glossary of Terms

Select Button

Opens a dialog to assign a fixture, a group or a cue to a control channel.

selectFixture

Fixture Control Button

This button opens a dialog to adjust all control attributes of the corresponding fixture or a group of fixtures (e.g. a specific program). If the fixture has only a DMX master channel this button is inactive.

selectpos

Effect Button

Select a fixture or group to the 1-8 effect output channel. See the chapter Working with Effects for more details.

Flash Button

Press this button to bring a single fixture or a group to full intensity.

Channel Master Fader

The Channel Master Fader controls the master output of the corresponding fixture, a group of fixtures or a cue.

Channel Label

By default, the headlight label, the group name or the cue name is displayed. But you can modify this. A double tap makes this field editable.

label

Grand Master Fader

The Grand Master Fader controls all channel master faders. This determines maximum output.

Control Channel Switch

Selects one of the 4 areas of 8 channels (iPad) or 12 channels (iPad Pro).

  1. Control channels 1-8/Control channels 1-12
  2. Control channels 9-16 /Control channels 13-24
  3. Control channels 17-24/Control channels 25-36
  4. Control channels 25-32/Control channels 37-48.

Black-out Button

Press this button to momentarily blackout overall output.

Cue Recording Button

Press this button to start the cue recording. The button starts flashing. Press this button again to store the changes as new lighting cue or overwrite an existing. Please see the chapter Working with cues for more information.

Managing fixtures

AddFixtureBtn

To manage fixtures, tap the Fixture Icon Button on the left bar.

FixtureLibrary

Adding a new fixture

AddBtn To add a fixture, tap the Add Button on the upper right side. After that, you can see а lot of fixtures grouped by the manufacturer. These fixtures based on the Open Fixture Library.

AddFixture

From Fixture Template

To create a fixture with the defined DMX channels, choose one of the predefined templates. You can modify this created fixture later:

Individual fixture

If you don´t find any suitable template, choose "individual fixture". You can add/assign DMX channels as described below.

Name and Label

AddFixture

In both cases you can, if you want, modify the name and enter a label. The label will then be shown in the mixing interface.

Adding a DMX channel to a fixture

AddBtn To add a DMX channel to a fixture, tap the Add Button on the upper right side and select one of the types.

AssignChannel

Removing a DMX channel from a fixture

To remove a DMX channel, swipe left and press Delete.

RemoveChannel

Reorder the DMX channels

To reorder the DMX channels, tap the Edit Button on the upper right side,then you can reorder the DMX channels bydragging and dropping them. In the edit mode you can also remove a DMX channel, tap the (-) Button and press Delete.

EditChannel

Changing the DMX channel of a fixture

To change the DMX channel, tap on the channel and select another one.

Adding a fixture to your favorite

To add a fixture to your favorite, tap the Favorite (Heart) Button. Favorites will be shown as template in the fixture template view.

EditChannel

Cloning a fixture

CloneBtn To clone a fixture, tap on the Clone Button on the upper right side in the fixture details page.

Removing a fixture

To remove a fixture, swipe left and press Delete.

RemoveFixture

You also can remove a selected fixture in the details page or all fixtures with the Delete Button. DeleteBtn

Managing universes

AddFixtureBtn To manage universes, tap the Fixture Icon Button on the left bar. In case only one universe (default universe) exists, the universe details and the fixture list will be displayed. So tap the <Universe (Back) Button on the upper left side.

Adding a new universe

AddBtn To add an universe, tap the Add Button on the upper right side. After that you can configure the universe.

Removing an universe

To remove an universe, swipe left and press Delete. You also can remove all universes with the Delete Button. DeleteBtn

Configure an universe

AssignChannel

In the universe details view you can configure the following attributes:

When you´ve changed the universe the software search automatically the suitable Art-Net node. This sets the fields device short name and device long name and overwrites the IP address. The enable Unicast Switch is only active if the text field IP contains a valid IP address.

Fixture Groups

groupBtn To manage fixture groups, tap Fixture Group Button in the fixture list page.

CreateGroup

Creating Groups

AddBtn To add a group, tap the Add Button on the upper right side and then enter a name.

GroupDetails

Assigning Fixtures to Group

AssignBtn To assign fixtures to a group, tap the Edit Button and select and deselect the fixtures you want in the group. AssignFixturesToGroup

Importing and Exporting

StageLight provides you the ability to export(share) and import your fixture libraries as a JSON File. Use Dropbox, Evernote or your prefered application to store different fixture libraries for different stages or share your fixture library with your friends, your colleagues or the StageLight community.

Exporting / Sharing your fixture library

ExportBtn To export your configured fixtures, tap on the Share Button on the upper right-hand side and select your prefered application.

Importing a fixture library

ImportFile To import a fixture library, tap on the Share in your prefered application and select the StageLight application. ImportFixture Then tap the Start Import Button. You can use your own files or the example of the tutorial session.

Working with cues

The StageLight App provides the capability to record, to manage and to play back several cues. Cues could be coarse-grained, contains all attributes of a scene or fine-grained, contains e.g. only the color or a specific position. So be careful. If you modify your fixture setup after you have recorded the cue, maybe your cue recording is wrong or you can not modify this cue.

Record a cue

cueBtn Tap the Cue Recording Button in the mixing interface. The Button starts flashing. Now modify your fixtures as you want. To store this as cue tap the Cue Recording Button again and then tap the '+' button in the popup dialog or choose a cue button of your choice and hold it pressed until it wiggles slightly.

cenes

Adjusting the cue information and the look and feel

To insert or update the cue name, the play script or the look and feel of the cue button, tap the settings icon on a cue button of your choice. modifyScenes

Modifing a cue recording

To modify a cue recording follow this steps:

Playing back cues

Importing/Exporting Cues

The cues are exported and imported together with the fixtures. Please see MANAGE FIXTURES->Import/Export for more details.

Working with Effects

The StageLight app provides 2 types of effects.

  1. Time-triggered (Sequences)
  2. Frequency-based (Moods Effects)

For both, you have to assign fixtures or groups in the mixing view to the 8 effect output channels. You don't need to assign fixtures to all channels. moodsAssignBtn

Sequences

52Sequences In the sequencer view, you can combine multiple fixtures, groups and cues to a sequence. You can adjust fade-in and fade-out. For fixtures and groups you can also adjust the color and you can select a movement pattern.

adjustCues

With a trigger, you can animate it. The following triggers are available:

Press „Start“ to run the selected sequence.

Moods Effects

Moods is the new frequency based sound to light effect and replaces the old effect function.

  1. Select one of the predefined moods. An effect is characterized by the music-based control of 4 colors. The idea behind it is to have 1-2 base colors to fill a scene and 1-2 colors for effects. moodsBtn

  2. Press „Start“ to start the audio effect processing, which requires access to your microphone.

Effects

Working with MIDI

The StageLight app supports MIDI input messages to control the following actions:

Connect from the StageLight app using the dock connector (Lightning or 30-pin) or a network (RTP-MIDI, also known as AppleMIDI) with the MIDI source. With Apple’s iPad USB Camera Connection Kit you can use a lot of the USB MIDI controllers and interfaces.

Activate and configure MIDI

At first, you have to enable MIDI in StageLight. Therefore switch MIDI in the info/settings popover on and select your connected MIDI device. With the Edit Button, you can configure MIDI messages for the provided actions.

MidiMapping

Controller Interface Transport Protocol (CITP)

With a CITP supporting visualizer (e.g. Capture) you can control a fixture or a set of fixtures. StageLight can receive this protocol messages and record this values as a cue.

(Supported protocol messages: PINFPName, PINFPLoc, SDMXUName, SDMXCapa, SDMXSXSr, SDMXChLs, SDMXChBk)

At first, you have to connect. Therefore enable CITP in the info and settings popover.

infoPopover

In the Capture DMX view, you can see, the StageLight app is connected with two universes. The universe names are the same as in the app.

CaptureDMX

Now you can control the fixtures you want. E.g. focus the selected moving head to a specific point.
Be ensure that the StageLight app is in the fader section.

CaptureFixture

CaptureLive

Now you can store this as cue in the StageLight app in the usual way. Please visit the section "Record a cue" for that.

Hardware and network setup

The iPad is connected over WiFi to an Art-Net/DMX adapter (Art-Net node). To control the fixtures the StageLight app sends Art-Net UDP packages to the broadcast address (IPV4) of the subnetwork on port:6454. Please ensure that all devices (iPad and n Art-Net/DMX adapters) are in the same subnetwork and no security setting prohibits this communication.

system context

Requirements: