Highlite Academy – Infinity Chimp Tutorial: 2. Software overview

In this tutorial, we’ll be looking at the basic functions of the software and the different screens in the graphical user interface or ‘GUI’. Thank you for your interest in the Infinity Chimp light controller and welcome to this tutorial. This tutorial is based on software version 1.3. If your Chimp uses a different software version, the functions or user interface may be different. Please note that we refer to the Chimp hardware keys as ‘keys’ and the GUI software keys as ‘buttons’ in this tutorial. The Graphical User Interface is divided into three sections: a ‘top toolbar’, a ‘content area’, and a ‘bottom toolbar’. Let’s start with the top toolbar. The top toolbar is subdivided into three sections. The left-hand section provides access to the various ‘programmer’ and ‘playback’ screen settings. The middle section provides information on the current show, displays buttons for the ‘fader’ and ‘executor’ page settings, and provides information on the time code. The right-hand section of the top toolbar contains buttons for saving settings, managing shows, and locking the Chimp. Back to the left-hand section of the top toolbar. Use this section to select the four different screens of the content area – ‘programming’, ‘playback’, ‘quad split’, and ‘half split. We will delve into more detail in the content area later in this tutorial. The middle section contains the ‘Fader’ and ‘Executor’ page buttons. Further information on these functions can be found in the ‘Playback – fader & executor pages’ tutorial. In addition, this section also contains the ‘Reset time code’ and ‘Time code enabled’ buttons and displays the current time code. We will delve further into this in the ‘Playback – Time code’ tutorial. Let’s look more at the right-hand section of the top toolbar. The first button is ‘Setup’. Press ‘Setup’ to go to the settings for the Infinity Chimp light controller. On the left-hand side we can see all possible settings for the Chimp. The Chimp’s settings are subdivided into ‘Show settings’, ‘System settings’, ‘Maintenance’, and ‘Licensing’. At the very bottom is the button for closing the Chimp. Further information on all settings is provided in the ‘General setup’ tutorial. Let’s go back to the right-hand section of the top toolbar and the second button, ‘Backup’, Pressing the ‘Backup’ button opens the show management overview. This is subdivided into ‘Current show’ and ‘Manage shows’. ‘Current show’ provides information on your current show. ‘Manage show’ provides information on all other shows that have been saved in the Chimp. The following button on the right-hand side of the top toolbar is the ‘Lock console’ button, which allows you to lock the Chimp. The lock code is set to 0000 by default. We’ll cancel this action. The code can be changed. To do this, click on ‘Setup’ at the top right of the toolbar. In setup, we go to ‘Show settings’. Here, you will find the ‘Change pin’ button at the top right of the overview screen. Enter the current pin; the default is ‘0000’. Then enter a new pin. The Chimp then asks you to enter the pin again to confirm it. The final button in the top toolbar is the ‘Quick save’ button. This is used to save the show before it is finished. The text turns green when the show has been successfully saved. Shows are saved to the internal drive. Shows can be saved automatically at different time intervals. To do this, press the ‘Backup’ button. This takes you to the show management overview. Then, select ‘Auto save’ at the top left of the screen. There are a number of different options here. These will be looked at in more detail in the ‘Backup – Manage shows’ tutorial. BOTTOM TOOLBAR Now we’ll look at the bottom toolbar. The bottom toolbar occupies the entire width of the bottom of the screen. The toolbar is subdivided into three sections. On the left-hand side we can see ten ‘executor labels’. This correspond with the faders on the keyboard. Each label contains various status information relating to the corresponding ‘cue’. The ‘Programming – Creating cues’ tutorial will look at this in more detail. The middle section of the bottom toolbar displays the ten ‘executor labels’ for the corresponding ‘executor’ buttons. These executor labels also contain status information. On the right-hand side is the ‘master fader’ information for the corresponding ‘fader’ located below. This also displays status information. Above the master fader information are the ‘Programmer tools’, ’Fan mode’, and ‘Selection’. Let’s go back to the middle section where we find more than just ‘executor labels’. If we select a ‘fixture’, we see the labels above the ’executor’ populated with ‘encoder labels’. These names correspond with the four ‘encoders’ that can be found below. The area in which the ‘executor labels’ are located is also used by the ‘programmer’ to display various tool options. For example: Press ‘Fan mode’ above the ‘master fader labels’. The ‘executor labels’ now move temporarily to make space for the ‘Fan mode’ toolbar. The area in which the ‘encoder labels’ are located is also used by the ‘programmer’ for the ‘command line’. Press the ‘Rec’ hardware button. We can now see that the space for the encoder labels makes space for the ‘command line’ and the area for the executor labels makes space for the various ‘record’ options. CONTENT AREA PROGRAMMING As mentioned earlier, the middle section of the screen has two functions, ‘Programming’ and ‘Playback’. Press ‘Programming’ on the left of the top toolbar. We can now see the ‘Programming’ layout in the content area. In this case, the layout has four sections on the screen. At the bottom right is a fixed section containing information about the ‘attributes’ that are available. The other three sections can be split up as required. We call these screens ‘split widgets’. To the left of the split widgets is a menu in which the desired ‘split widget’ can be selected. The following ‘split widgets’ are available: fixtures, groups, presets, cue list view, executors, and cue lists. The cue lists split widget displays all programmed cues and cue lists for the show. The standard layout of the split widgets for programming is: ‘Presets’ on the right-hand side and ‘Fixtures’ and ‘Groups’ on the left-hand side. The split widgets can, however, be laid out as you prefer. The fixtures split widget contains an output visualizer. This displays the output information of the patched fixture. Let’s, for example, select the iS-100 group. This turns the iS-100 fixtures green. If we now press the ‘Full’ hardware button, the bars on the left turn blue. This gives us dimmer information. If we are selecting a colour for a fixture, as here with the colour picker, it is indicated in the output visualizer. The output visualizer also displays ‘gobo’ information. And, if we turn to the pan and tilt encoders, we can see the position information. CONTENT AREA PLAYBACK The middle section is also used for playback mode. Press ‘Playback’ in the top toolbar. The screen is now split into three. The standard split for playback mode is the cue list view split widget on the right-hand side and the two split widgets – fixtures and executors on the left-hand side. You can also split this playback view with other split widgets. Playback mode can also be divided into quad split and half split view. Thank you for watching this tutorial. Infinity strives to keep its Chimp-related tutorials and software information up to date. Keep an eye on our social media channels for the latest information on the Chimp.

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