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VenueMagic 2.6 Officially Released!

VenueMagic 2.6 Officially Released!

Thursday, 23 January 2014 16:23 | Written by Ben Holmes |  |  |

With special thanks to all of you who have worked so hard to help us test this new version of VenueMagic, we’re proud to announce the official release of VenueMagic 2.6.  We’ve added several new features that make VenueMagic more powerful than ever.  For a complete list of new features, click “Read More”.



New Features in VenueMagic 2.6



Important Note: Because of significant improvements made in VenueMagic 2.6, the old “Check for Updates” function will no longer work with older versions of VenueMagic.  You must download and install VenueMagic from links below.


New Features:



Scripts are plug-ins that add features and capabilities to VenueMagic. Scripts may include:

• Macros for automatically configuring a project or timeline.

• Interfaces to hardware provided by other manufacturers.

• Special real-time playback effects.

• Keys to unlock additional VenueMagic features.

• Special customized functions.

Future versions of VenueMagic will allow users to create their own scripts using a built editor. For now, scripts are available for download only from the VenueMagic website.  More information on this will follow.


Monitor DMX Output Window

DMX output may now be monitored in a row-column format similar to the Monitor DMX Input window. The DMX Output Window also includes a new command line interface for DMX control.  DMX Command Interface allow you to Control DMX output manually using a simple command interface. Ideal for setup and debugging of DMX fixtures arrangements.


Precision Playback

The new Precision Playback Mode allows you to control lighting with a much higher degree of precision (30 fps +/- 2 ms).

(Not available in VenueMagic Express or Classic).


Audio Device Setup

The Audio tab of the Setup Devices window now allows more flexibility and features for setting up multi-audio outputs (not available in VenueMagic Express or Classic).


New DMX Devices Supported

VenueMagic has added support for the following DMX devices (not available in VenueMagic Express):

• Enttec USB Pro Mk2 (DMX only, MIDI not currently supported).

• DMXKing ultraDMX Pro (Note DMX2+AV or SC2+ editions required for 2-universe support).


Changes to Adjust Envelope Window

The Adjust Envelope Window now includes the additional settings:

• Gain center – specifies a center point for raising and lowering gain.

• Smoothing filter now allows separate settings for rising and falling edges of envelope waveform.

Also added was the ability to import and export presets for sharing with other projects.


Cue List Column Settings

You can now specify which time columns are displayed in the Cue List window, as well as the format for the time (Secs, Mins:Secs, Hours:Mins:Secs, SMPTE and Measure/Beat.


Follow Merge Type

The new Follow merge type lets you setup an output channel to shadow another output channel.


Improved Lamp Chaser Time Scaling

An additional time scaling parameter was added to Lamp chasers to provide more flexibility when using the Beat Tapper to control chaser speed.


Edge Snap Override

Temporarily override the clip edge snap feature by holding down SHIFT key while dragging clips.


Override Merge Mode

The Override merge mode is now available in track channel settings. This allows a track to completely take over an output channel during playback rather than merge it with other tracks.


No Trigger Events

Events in the Event Table now have a “no trigger” mode that can be used for events that are only activated by an Event Table Event.


Track Lock Security

Greater security flexibility was added to the track locking feature, including:

• Track passwords.

• Optionally allow sliding/sizing or property/envelope editing in locked tracks.


Foreground Playback Levels

Increased number of foreground playback levels from 10 to 20.


Custom Chasers Stored in Project

You are no longer required to copy the VMLib.dat file when moving a project to a different computer in order to keep custom chasers. A duplicate of custom chaser sequences is now saved in the project file.


Additional Fixes

• Fixed freezing of timeline videos played by playlist.

• Fixed incorrect DMX input addresses in Select External control window.

• Serial devices can now output (but not input) [$00] character.

• Fixed problems associated with deleting and modifying variable table variables.

• Fixed “jerkiness” problem with real-time recording of multiple (>1) channels into level control.

• Lamp Calibration Reset button now sets Ease in/out to 100 rather than zero.

• Fixed Telnet server login problem.

• Fixed 2-Universe Artnet problem in DMX2+AV and SC2+.

• Various crashes and lockups.

Last Updated (Thursday, 23 January 2014 16:50)

Teleprompter and Lyrics Release Now Available

This release contains a brand new Teleprompter and Lyric feature. This feature was added for those bands and performers who need to have the script or song lyrics in front of them as they perform. The lyric editor also fully supports importing Lyric(.lrc) files. This Teleprompter feature is available in DMX+AV, and SC+.Some additional features added in recent releases:


4 new “Special Chaser effects” – Bargraph, Comet, Flare, and Ping Pong – Rather than vary lamp levels over time, Special Chaser effects depend upon an “input level” to control the effect using an envelope or external control.In SC+, you can use Virtual Fixtures and envelope profiles to do some amazing effects with a minimum amount of effort.

DMX Recording – You now have the ability to trigger recording on an individual clip through various methods. You can now setup the recording based on your channel routing setup. Record one universe of DMX Data straight to disk (SC+ only). This will allow real time capture of DMX data from another console or application and put it into a format VenueMagic can easily use.

Professional YAK functionality – For the fledgling (and Pro) Animatronic programmers out there, SC+ now has the ability to save and import profiles. Profiles can be created from an Audio clip or a VenueMagic Track and imported as a clip into another track. Search the in-program help for “editing recorded data” for more information.

We have also changed the appearance settings to be more Black and Blue instead of Green and Teal. In order to get the new look you will need to delete the rmap1.vrm file from your “My Documents\VenueMagic\Application Data” folder. This file contains the customized color settings so if you have made any changes to the “Appearance Settings” you will need to remake those after you delete the file.


VenueMagic 2.5 SC+ Beta Release Now Available

VenueMagic Teams Up with Weigl Works

Entertainment Sciences Group is excited to announce its partnership with Weigl Works to offer the first comprehensive lighting, animatronics, show control and video deployment system designed for both creative professionals and system engineers.  VenueMagic SC+ Edition and the ProCommander work together to create the easiest method for the programming and deployment of shows.  The new VenueMagic SC+ Edition show control software includes all of the power and flexibility you have come to expect from VenueMagic, plus the ability to control the ProCommander .  Shows can be run directly from VenueMagic SC+ or by downloading to the ProCommander for standalone operation.

IAAPA 20111

VenueMagic SC+ and the ProCommander will make their debut at IAAPA 2010 in Orlando, Florida Nov 16-19.  Visit us at booth #553.

VenueMagic at the ADJA, in LA

Studio City, California –  VenueMagic teamed up with the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Disc Jockey Association for a special showing and product demonstration of the new VenueMagic DMX+AV, which is now available for purchase.  The Presentation for ADJA was the first time that VenueMagic has shown off the new product before it was released, VenueMagic DMX+AV. Representatives from Entertainment Sciences Group, Inc were on hand to give several demonstrations of VenueMagic DMX+AV’s Video and Audio editing features that lets you sync up with your lighting effects as well as the easy, drag and drop technology used to make an intuitive, user friendly interface.  At the end of the meeting there was a raffle drawing, for which, VenueMagic supplied the raffle prize of a USB DMX interface.  Special thanks go out to Danno Metoyer, the Chapter President, and all other chapter members for inviting us to show them the wonders of what is VenueMagic.

VenueMagic 2.1 Official Release Announcement

VenueMagic’s unique timeline approach to lighting control makes it easy to synchronize audio and lighting effects, by letting you see them “side-by-side” on a timeline.  Drag and drop multiple layers of audio and lamp effect clips and line them up in tracks on a timeline.  The DMX channel router lets you adjust DMX levels on-the-fly (while timelines are running) using your favorite MIDI or DMX console.  Or you can use VenueMagic’s Virtual Control Surface, a unlimited set of programmable sliders that work well with both mouse and touchscreens.  A set of programmable cue buttons can be used to run timelines instantly with a click, or a touch.  These capabilites makes VenueMagic ideal software for controlling stage lighting and audio, DJ lightshows, nightclubs lighting, and Halloween haunted house control. VenueMagic 2.1 is offered at an introductory price of $347 for download, or $397 including the VM-USBDMX-01 DMX adaptor.

2.1 RC Announcement

Ben Holmes VP of Product Management

VenueMagic Retail Version Now Available

The full version includes:
· VenueMagic 2.0 DJ Edition Show Control Software (CD)
· VM-USBDMX-01 USB DMX Interface (w/USB cable)
· User’s Manual (on CD)
· Video Tutorials

New Release Uploaded

  • Timeline Markers
  • Play timelines in foreground during Events and Cues
  • Note fields available in most dialogs
  • Improved Beat Tapper
  • Flash Lighting Effect
  • All Pan/Tilt Lighting Effects have been enhanced to allow more flexibility
  • New Lighting Fixtures added to library

In the next few weeks we will also be making pre-built shows available to purchase and download.  The intention is to build a library that you will be able to just take and use in your own shows.  In order to do this effectively, we would like to get feedback on what people out there are using as a primary setup.  For example, one of our customers uses four LED Lights and four Moving Head lights, so we have already created a number of different timelines around this setup.  Please post your feedback and suggestions in the forums.