The Configuration Dialog Box in BEYOND allows you to set various parameters that relate to show control, including: Live Control, Misc, Tuning, Grid, Timecode In, Timecode Out, Video, Controllers, Blackout, Zone Hotkeys, Laser Preview, and Log System. A detailed description of these features, and a screenshot of the Configuration Dialog Box, are provided below.
This setting will enable or disable the use of a QM2000. This is required when a PC has the LD2000 software installed, but no QM2000 hardware actually exists. HINT: You can enable or disable the start of QM000 controllers, during the startup of BEYOND. Right after BEYOND starts, hold the CTRL key. This will show the Welcome dialog option for the QM2000.
There are a few communication models that will influence the way the QM2000 and BEYOND communicate together. These are outlined below.
Genius output style - With this model, BEYOND calculates new frames, but updates them only if they are changed. This helps to increase the load on the CPU, and saves on communication between the hardware and software.
New Streaming interface - This is a new generation, temporary interface. It requires the network version of the LD2000.DLL.
LivePRO Sync style - This is the classic model, where BEYOND will update all QM2000 controllers at the same time.
LivePRO Async style - Another classic model, where BEYOND updates all QM2000 controllers one by one.
Reset master size and position - This will reset the QM2000’s settings (master, size, and position).
Leave frames in QM2000 memory after Disabling Laser Output - BEYOND uses the last frames of the QM2000 for output. By default, BEYOND will clear these frames. If you use this option, BEYOND will not clear the frames and you can inspect the output using the LD2000 software.
QM2000 Min number points - This defines the minimum number of points for LivePRO styles.
IMPORTANT: Do not set a small number points. It will not make the system more effective. In reality, it will actually do the opposite, and create a bigger workload for the CPU. The calculation and communication process for one update takes the time independently of how many points it calculates. As such, we recommended a minimum of at least 200 points. Also, please do not create short frames (for example a frame with 10 or so points). Point number is compensated according to the minimum, by means of blank points, and if you do this, you’re laser projector will appear to have reduced brightness.
Optimization Commands - Minimizes the usage of the scan-rate command. This command takes a short time frame (like a couple of points), sort of like an anchor. Disabling of this command fixes this problem, but the command will be used when you change the scan-rate and it will cause non-consistent output (if you were to compare things frame by frame). As such, we recommend that you instead send this command every time, to keep things consistent.
Stop all QuickTool - This stops all editors located in the QuickTools area.
Reset Master Live Controls - Resets the Master level LC.
Reset Master QuickFX - Resets the Master level FX.
Reset Live Control of all Cues - Resets the Live Control of all Cues.
Reset QuickFX of all Cues - Resets the FX of all Cues.
Reset Live Control of all Zones - Resets Live Control of all Projection Zones.
Reset QuickFX of all Zones - Resets the FX of all Projection Zones.
Restart application core - Restarts the main threads of BEYOND.
Reset Manual Effects in QuickFX - Resets the Manual Effects in QuickFX.
Set grid mode to One Cue - Sets the grid mode to “One Cue” (button on the main toolbar).
Set cue mode to Toggle - Sets the cue mode to “Toggle” (button on main toolbar).
This was a feature in QS that we’v brought over to BEYOND, due to it’s popularity. Nine numeric keys can be used to control Zone selection. For each of the nine keys, you can define what Projection Zone will be selected. This is a good option for a full size keyboard. Using your left hand and alpha keys, you can start cues, and using your right hand with numeric keys, you can select zones.
Click on buttons 1 – 9 and after that click on “Edit” for Projection Zone selections.
HINT 1: Similar or even better result can be obtained using the Keyboard To PangoScript table.
HINT 2: The Universe has a Multi-select component. It looks like a button and can select multiple zones.
HINT 3: PangoScript can be used in many places, and you can organize zone selection in a variety of ways.
Maintain square appearance of laser preview window - Paints the frame in the Preview panel, with a fixed 1:1 ratio.
Apply laser-based color correction from projector settings - Uses the same RGB values that go to the laser projector.
Apply zone's Beam Attenuation Map - Applies a BAM to the preview window.
Apply zone's preview settings (size, position, mirror, etc) - Uses the LD2000- style Preview with settings defined on the Projection Zones dialog. It can also use a simple overlay mode.
Hide Muted Zones - Zones have a mute option. Some clients prefer to see the output of a Zone even if it is muted, and for other clients, this can cause confusion. So, we give the option to control both with this setting.
Display MIDI messages - Displays MIDI messages in the Preview panel. This is a monitoring tool, and is helpful during the setup of MIDI equipment.
Display OSC messages - Displays OSC messages, and again, it is a monitoring tool that is helpful during setup.
Display Internal BEYOND Command - Shows the internal commands generated by the UI.
User defined Preview dimension - Custom preset 1, Custom preset 2, Custom preset 3. BEYOND has a few standard dimensions… 2×2,3×3,4×4. Custom preset dimensions allow you to make presets as they suit your needs.
The Log System is a debugging and problem troubleshooting tool. BEYOND keeps the log messages within it’s memory - We choose the memory, because from a “speed” standpoint, this is the most optimal place to keep these.
However, if BEYOND crashes, those messages will be lost. So, your alternative solution is to save each message to a file. This is not as fast, but it is (in some ways) more reliable.
If you know how to reproduce an issue or problem that you’ve encountered, saving to a file is a good option. To do this - enable intensive mode, restart BEYOND, reproduce the problem, and send the log report to Pangolin.
Apply Master Animation Speed slider to Beat tempo - Beats should be controlled via the Metronome located within the main toolbar of BEYOND. However, some client’s may prefer to use the “Master Animation Speed” slider, to control “everything” including the Beat and Metronome. This option allows you to use Master Animation Speed as a multiplier (of speed control) of the beat.
Reset Master FX time on change - Resets the effect’s time after the change of Effect. In simple terms , the effect will start form beginning.
Round BPM value for Tap-tempo - Rounds the BPM value to an integer, without using a decimal point. Allow reflection in Physics - Controls “bouncing”. When values come to the bounce, it can stop at the maximum, or reflect and go back.
Reflection power (%) - During reflection, motion speed can be decreased, and reflection power can control this decrease of speed.
Preserve brightness in Color slider processing - The color slider in LC originally was made to work as a recoloring device, without preserving the brightness level. Using this option, BEYOND will keep the brightness level of the original frame’s points.
Master LC before Zone LC - Defines the order of calculation. By default, the calculation order of Live Controls is Cue-Master-Zone.
“Size slider max value” and other controls in this panel are used for control of the maximum values of sliders in the Live Control panel.
Show Zoom panel - Shows the Zoom panel in the Live Control tab. Zoom is the last in calculation order. Size is first.
Show R-G-B-A panel - Shows the RGBA panel in the Live Control tab. The RGBA panel provides a bit more control than the Color slider. However, this panel takes more space because, and it is hidden by default.
Default time accumulation mode - Here you have four options - “Master - Use own FX time”, “Cue - Use own FX time”, “Zone - Use own FX time” and “ProTrack - Use own FX time”… Each defines a default state for the Time Control model. We recommend that you do not use “own time” by default. “Own time“ accumulation can inject possible accumulation errors and this may lead to desynchronization of your show. “Own time” is only required for independent speed control. BEYOND uses a dynamic method, and can enable “own time” automatically after changing the speed.
Add “Copy of” text during cue copy/paste operation - Adds text (i.e. a copy of something) into a pasted cue‘s name.
Show tooltips when the mouse hovers over tools - Enables tooltips within buttons. NOTE: Tooltips can sometimes put a big load on the CPU, and this may have a visible effect on your laser output. We recommend to keep them enabled only when using the software privately.
Stop playing when switching between Grid / Timeline / Playlist - Stops playing the content after a change, if in view mode.
Block “No light” message-box - Blocks the informational message box that appears, when you have a disconnected laser projector.
Timeline: mode - Show video only when “Show it now” - Shows video, only when the “Show It Now” button is pressed.
Compatibility - old Color effect direction - Changes the scrolling speed direction within the Color effect.
Use NickName in SMS - IMU supplies the Text and Nickname. Enable this option if you want to include the nickname in the message.
Allow “RunApp” PangoScript command - The RunApp command encapsulates the ShellExec() functions of the Windows, that can start programs, open documents and in some cases, do dangerous things. For safety reasons this command is disabled. Enable it only if you need to, and make sure you understand all of the risks associated before doing so.
Enable Universe pad in the Center (grid) area - Shows the Universe in the center, as a fourth mode.
Enable Universe pad in the QuickTool area - Shows the Universe pad as a tab within the QuickTools area.
Enable Universe pad in the Right-tabs area - Shows the Universe pad as a tab within the Live Control area.
Enable Universe pad in the Preview area - Shows the Universe pad instead of the Preview window.
Automatically start U-MAX window after BEYOND starts - This is pretty much self explanatory. Password for exit from U-MAX - This is for permanent installations where the U-MAX window is used. It is required in order to exit the U-MAX window.
Show Pre-Cue zone selection - Shows the panel within the Cue properties dialog, Image tab, and the panel for zone selection. To reduce confusion, this panel is hidden by default.
Allow Cue zone selection be empty - Cue Zone settings overwrite the settings of an object placed in the Cue. If you leave Cue zone selection empty, then this will enable routing of multi zone Frames or Synths.
Enable External routing for Timelines in the Cue - Allows you to control the Show/Timeline destinations The same principles here, also apply to simple Image types. By default the timeline will ignore the Cue settings.
Column number and Row number - Sets the dimensions of the Cue grid. Internally, BEYOND keeps the cues in the Page as a 1D list. The Page will show as many cues as it can fit into the Grid. After changing the dimensions, all cues stay as they are.
Column number and Row number - Sets the number of lines in the Effect Grid as well as the number of effects in line. The FX Grid (Effect gird) is constructed differently. The line may have up to 100 effects. The number of lines can also vary from 4 to 6.
Show Sms Tab - Allows you to show the SMS tab at all times, independently of IMU running. By default, this will be hidden until BEYOND detects that IMU is also running. If you want these options to show without IMU running, use this tab.
Show LCADAT Menu - Shows the LCADAT Menu within the Edit menu. LCADAT is not a frequently used tool and as such, this menu is hidden by default. So, use this tab, if you want this settings menu to display.
Timecode can be used in three main places - The grid, timeline, and Playlist. BEYOND offers four options where timecode can be used:
The default option is Automatic, and we recommend that you leave it in this state. It only makes sense to change it if you use mixed combinations i.e. the Grid and Playlist or Grid and Timeline.
Enable MIDI timecode - MTC and MMC - Enables the use use of incoming MIDI time code. If this option is off, BEYOND will ignore these types of timecode messages.
Enable Art Net timecode - Enables the use of incoming MIDI time code. If this option is off, BEYOND will ignore these types of timecode messages.
Enable SNTC Synchronorm Timecode – Enables timecode from applications made by Synchronorm. Keep running even though timecode stops – Does not stop show playback if timecode messages stop being received.
Enable time smooth filter - BEYOND uses special filters that compensate various inconsistencies that may appear in timecode. When a filter is disabled, BEYOND will use timecode time “as is”, without any compensation. This may be required when using BEYOND with software made by Synchronorm. Note: When a filter is disabled, your laser output may appear distorted or “not smooth”.
Timecode timeout (seconds) - Specifies the maximum time that BEYOND will run without timecode. Once this time is reached, BEYOND will stop show playback. For more information, see Keep running even though timecode stops.
Outgoing timecode - BEYOND can generate two types of timecode – MIDI (MTC) and ArtNet timecode.
MIDI Time Code (MTC, Quarter Frames) - Specifies the MIDI device that will send MIDI messages. See the MIDI Settings dialog for more information.
Art-Net Time Code - Specifies the “DMX Out” that will send timecode. See the DMX Settings dialog for more information.
Timecode format - Specifies the number of messages per second: 24, 25 or 30
Video mask aspects - Allows you to control the amount of “mask” created by the laser portion of BEYOND, when using it together with video - Basically, this is where you control the masking of laser together with video.
The laser users a square coordinate system 1:1. The video (as a rule) uses 3:4 (or a similar ratio).
The mask for video is stretched as a result, and this might not look correct when you go to display video together with laser.
As such, we’ve included sliders for “size X and size Y” and this will allow you to change the proportions of the laser frame, so that it matches the video.