An updated, ultra-simple graphical user interface
‘Think visually, work visually’ has always been the Vista’s core idea, and the Vista 2 takes this idea further with a completely overhauled user interface. Based on tons of feedback from our customers and using every advance in computer interface design, the Vista 2 is quite simply, the easiest lighting console around.
Lots of familiar faces
Unlike many other consoles that use the screen mainly to depict ‘virtual buttons’, the Vista 2 features a genuine graphical user interface, such as you’d find on a Mac or a Windows PC. All the controls you’re used to on your computer screen are there – windows, scroll bars, drop-downs, expandable lists, search functions, the lot.
Not only does this give the Vista 2 a huge amount of power and flexibility, it means that just about anyone can get down to some serious lighting design quickly and easily, because the whole interface is immediately familiar.
Patching and connecting fixtures
A major bonus of the Vista 2’s interface is that it makes patching a breeze. You just find your fixture in the drop-down list, type the quantity you want, then drag it over to the DMX universe and channel where you want it:
If you want to customise the fixture name, ID number or set a range of advanced properties, including dimmer curves, pan/tilt offsets and more, the settings panel gives you options you can adjust before or after you patch the fixture.
The Vista 2 also includes an extensive fixture library that includes over ???? fixture profiles for the world’s most popular and less well-known lights.
Setting up your output
All Vista consoles feature DMX outputs, but you can also connect to your lights, media servers, visualizers and other compatible devices through the Ethernet port of your console or PC using the popular ArtNet and Pathport protocols.
What’s more, in V2.0, you can connect any of the Vista’s 16 universes to more than one device. This means you could connect the real lights through a DMX output as well as a visualizer (such a WYSIWYG running on a PC) to the same universe.
Vista 2 includes instantaneous ‘as-you-type’ Search boxes in all the main windows. As you type, the list filters down to the items matching the letters or numbers you enter, so you can trawl hundreds of items just by typing the first few letters.
Command line interface
The Vista 2 command line is completely synchronized with the interface, showing the clip or step you’re editing at any time. When you type a command you see the equivalent action happen on the screen and vice-versa: all pen- or mouse-driven commands are also interpreted into plain language on the command line in real time.
Of course, the command line supports all well-known numeric keypad syntax (for example, typing ‘1/5*f’ would set fixtures 1 to 5 at full intensity). If you’re used to selecting lights and setting levels by numbers, you can use the command line in combination with the Vista’s visual interface to give yourself even greater control than before.