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Here are some tips i find useful for better results in MA3d


Console Fixture Library
All functionality of MA3d comes from the console fixture library, so editing these is needed for better results in MA3d


Rendering Settings
Hi quality render settings are great for images, but for programming can bog down your machine and give incorrect results with speeds and refreshing particularly with large fixture counts and multi lamp fixtures. Depending on your fixture count, showfile and PC, try lowering your rendering quality in MA3d and you will find things like dimmer chase/fx speeds are more accurate as the PC has less prettiness to crunch through. Not as pretty but better for programming


Fixture Positioning
I find it much easier positioning in MA3d rather than using the fixture positions window on the console. you can easily drag them around and use the Functions/Arrangement window in MA3d makes positioning a group of fixtures much quicker
For Fixtures that are hung - use 0,0,0 Rotate on xyz,
For Fixtures on the ground- use 0,180,0 Rotate on xyz, Rotating on the y axis like this ensures your front is still the front when placing a fixture on the ground
If you have an angled/rotated truss, I suggest position all fixture on a flat truss, group them with the truss, then rotate group together as required into position.
Use regular angles of rotation - much easier to align something later to 5, 10, 15, 45 degrees rather than 23.7 degrees.

When positioning things in MA3d its a good idea to uncheck selectable on the 3d objects tab for things like your room, stage, backline, set etc to save you accidentally moving things you didn't want to. Also turning off visible to hide objects is also good when doing your initial setup in GrandMA3d

Environments
Build environments for things you might reuse for example, Make an environment of your room, stage set, backline etc and save as an environment. That way if you have different designs for different tours, you just import your environment and work on your lighting setup, rather than waste time recreating the stage set each timet

Workflow
This is the way I try work through things to setup an MA3D showfile. This may or may not work for you

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