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Connecting an External Screen

Duke DeJong:[00:00:14]

Hey everyone Duke from CCI Solutions here with Thomas Fonseca from Chauvet Professional and ChamSys.

Duke DeJong:[00:00:22]

We've got the new QuickQ you 20 in front of us. The QuickQ 10, 20, and 30 so depending on the size of what you need both for fixtures and for outputs - console really for your size.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:00:34]

I love that.

Duke DeJong:[00:00:35]

So this means so much horsepower - we got a whole lot of videos on our website that talk about all these different things. But, I have big fingers I .... getting older, right. You know - I love the screen, and I love the portability of this, but sometimes I like myself to have a nice big 24, 30 inch screen above me where I can really see my fixture layout. I can really kind of see where everything is and I love the fact that I can lay out all my fixtures on a screen.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:01:03]


Duke DeJong:[00:01:03]

But that screen is kind of small sometimes.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:01:08]

Sometimes you just want something else to be able to reference. One more screen at least now.

Duke DeJong:[00:01:12]

Yeah, always always need one more screen.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:01:13]

How is that - That's life.

Duke DeJong:[00:01:17]

This will do it.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:01:18]


Duke DeJong:[00:01:19]

I can hook up another screen to this thing.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:01:20]

Yes. So the caveat is that it's not an external touch screen.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:01:25]

The touchscreen we rely on this portable.

Duke DeJong:[00:01:27]

Portable or the console.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:01:28]

Or the actual console itself...

Duke DeJong:[00:01:30]

But it's a reference.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:01:30]

But it's a reference.

Duke DeJong:[00:01:31]


Thomas Fonseca:[00:01:32]

You have an external screen right next to it and we'll show you how to hook it up.

Duke DeJong:[00:01:36]

All right. So any special requirements on the screen? It's just pretty much anything with an HDMI input. Right.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:01:41]


Duke DeJong:[00:01:42]

So 1080, probably no 4K, yet.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:01:44]

No 4K, 4K is a little bit too much but a full resolution. It's fine.

Duke DeJong:[00:01:49]

Awesome. So we're going to get into this and let's set up a screen.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:01:52]


Duke DeJong:[00:01:52]

Thomas I love, I love having extra monitors on consoles. They help me see more things that I want to be able to see that way if I'm working on one screen I can still see things on another screen. Super simple setup, right, HDMI cable HDMI display. There's a caveat though, what's what do we have to make sure to do to get it to work?

Thomas Fonseca:[00:02:11]

So you have to make sure that you're rebooting or plugging it in while the consoles OFF.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:02:17]

It needs that to refresh so it can send a signal to the to the monitor.

Duke DeJong:[00:02:21]

OK. So simple enough either either plug it in while the console is off or reboot it after you plug it in. There's some cool stuff you can do the smarter you have some flexibility.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:02:29]

Yeah exactly. So I went onto our Menu I went into Settings and I'm basically going to go into User Interface and then you see right here it says External Monitor.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:02:40]

And right now we have our Main Layout going to the External Monitor and I can pick a couple of different things outputs. It's one thing that I like, and you can see the output per universe. So what you're basically pumping out of the console. You can also see the patch, or you can see your Cue Stacks.

Duke DeJong:[00:03:03]

So let's go look at a couple of these things kind of one by one real quick and point out a couple of things. So we'll start here since we're on the Cue Stack. How do you choose what cue goes on that screen.


So it's basically I believe what we have selected.

Duke DeJong:[00:03:15]

OK. So whatever you press and hold on the bottom of your playlist there that's what's going to pop up on the screen. So super simple but but really, really handy. For instance, if you've got a little bit larger service or larger show where you want to be able to see all the things that are happening in every queue, but still be able to edit and do things on the touch screen. That's a really great thing to throw up there and it's really easy to balance between cue stacks. That's awesome. So let's let's go back to let's go to another screen now your output screen.

Duke DeJong:[00:03:49]

Let's let's talk about how you would use the output screen.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:03:53]

So the output screen it's mainly for when you are looking and making sure that nothing weird is coming out of the console.

Duke DeJong:[00:04:04]


Thomas Fonseca:[00:04:05]

So you don't have some. Sometimes you have you know, some fixtures that are some of the faders that you really didn't pay attention to. They are up just a hair slightly.

Duke DeJong:[00:04:22]

Sure, sure.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:04:22]

And you really didn't think that they were gonna be on, and things like that. So I can see, I can see my, my.... The attributes, certain attributes coming up.

Duke DeJong:[00:04:31]

And I would imagine this could be helpful, too if you're looking at like a sub-master or even a play-back or Cue Stack, where you could - you're wondering what's in it or something seems to be sneaking in and you're trying to figure out what, what play-back that's coming from. Just being able to see what's happening in any, in any given group or Que Stack give you this gives you that visual.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:04:56]

It gives you a snapshot of every all the channels in that universe.

Duke DeJong:[00:05:01]

How do you change the universe?

Thomas Fonseca:[00:05:03]

So we have two universes on this show that we're using. So basically if you go back into your user interface, where you see outputs right underneath - it's going to ask you what DMX universe do you want to see on that screen. So right now we want to see DMX universe two.

Duke DeJong:[00:05:21]

Awesome. So our other options we talked about outputs, we've talked about...

Thomas Fonseca:[00:05:25]


Duke DeJong:[00:05:27]

Que Stacks so patch. This is also super helpful if you're trying to figure out like which fixture is on which fader, or what's your address ...

Thomas Fonseca:[00:05:37]

And the key point is that you can connect a mouse to this to this console, and then because I don't have control with a touch screen so I can look at this with a mouse.

Duke DeJong:[00:05:48]

Yeah and one feature that I love seeing right there on that patch page is Pan Inverter to Tilt Invert. That's something if you're using moving lights and you've got two on one side of the stage, two on the other, you might invert two of them so that instead of all moving the same direction they sort of move opposites. So that's really nice to have right there. The last view is Layout. This is one that I love because for me as I get busy programming things on my touch screen, there's just something to me that I love. Still being able to see where my fixtures are. And which fixtures really turned on vs. you know just trying to remember which one was which.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:06:26]

Exactly and then I can I can go ahead and change colors in the icons change. So if you're using this as your layout constantly, then you can bring up things, and change the colors, or change the position.

Duke DeJong:[00:06:43]

And you don't feel like you have to keep going back to that home screen on the console.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:06:46]

Exactly, you don't have to keep on going to this home screen here. You always have it here next to you.

Duke DeJong:[00:06:51]

Well there you have it. So I mean hooking up a reference screen for pretty much anything you want to put up there.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:06:56]

A lot of times I just like I just like to look at my output as I, as I have it as a reference just to make sure that nothing is funky that I'm not putting a handle up without seeing it.

Duke DeJong:[00:07:09]

And that's all that makes sense I think for me. Probably how I'd most would use it is actually putting my map of fixtures u p on that screen leaving it up there. Because as I go in and out of fixtures and I'm changing colors and intensities and stuff I still may want to see kind of where my fixtures are.

Thomas Fonseca:[00:07:23]

It's true.


I just just makes me feel better that I can still see the room on that bigger screen. So regardless of what you want to see it's there it's available to you. So just another super cool aspect of the QuickQ Series of lighting console from ChamSys to find out more information pricing or to see all of our trading videos on the QuickQ Series. It's all right there on our website -