The Mode Editor is used to create and edit modes by picking sets of Channels in certain order (as defined by the fixture's manufacturer). Each editor window is divided into three tabs: Channels, Heads and Physical.
In the Channels tab you can place the fixture's channels in an order that forms an actual representation of the DMX channels that the fixture understands when it has been configured in that particular mode.
|Mode Name||The name of the mode (must be unique for each mode).|
|Channel list||Displays all channels present in the current mode in their proper order.|
Add channels from the fixture's channel collection to the mode.
You can create/edit channels in the Fixture
Editor's Channels tab.
When you click on this button a new window will be displayed, showing two lists:
When done, press OK to update the mode channel list.
|Remove the selected channels from the mode. Other modes' channel selections are left untouched.|
|Raise the selected channel up by one.|
|Lower the selected channel down by one.|
In the Heads tab you can define multiple heads for a single fixture, so that QLC+ knows to treat each of them individually in certain situations (such as Fixture Groups). If a fixture contains only one head when it's configured to use the currently edited mode (i.e. all of the mode's channels control one head at a time) there is no need to define the head. If, however, the fixture has multiple heads that you wish to be able to control, you must define each head here.
Heads don't have names as they can be thought of as simple "sub-fixtures" inside a fixture. Instead, they are automatically given index numbers. The ordering of the Heads should follow the physical fixture's configuration as closely as possible. So, if the heads go 1, 2, 3, 4 in the real world, don't define them as 4, 2, 1, 3 or something equally annoying.
|Head list||Displays the list of heads currently defined for the fixture.|
|Add a new head to the fixture, using the Head Editor.|
|Remove the selected head from the fixture.|
|Edit the selected head using the Head Editor.|
|Raise the selected head upwards by one. You can use this to change the order of the heads within the fixture.|
|Lower the selected head downwards by one. You can use this to change the order of the heads within the fixture.|
Because some fixtures allow their physical properties (e.g. pan/tilt range) to be altered between modes, it is beneficial that the fixture's actual physical properties are also tied to fixture modes.