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New in Vista v2.3

Introducing some of the new features in Vista v2.3.


q-view videoQView Provides a method to edit cues without the changes appearing on stage.

You can visualise the changes in Vista’s Chooser window so you’ll know what the cue will look like when played back.

Custom Encoders

custom encoders videoCustom encoder sets extend the functionality of Vista’s programmer. In v2.3 the encoder wheels on L, I, T and S series consoles can be used to control almost any feature on a fixture or media server. In this video you’ll see how to assign features to the three encoders and save sets for different fixture types.

Vista v2 Quick Tips

Video Tip – Arrange and Setup Quick Picker Favourites

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In this video you’ll learn some useful shortcuts including how to add presets and other components to the Favourites page of the Quickpicker.

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Video Tip 2 – Copying or Moving Playback pages

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In this video you’ll see how to copy or move playback pages from one playback set to another or from one console type to another.

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Video Tip 3 – Customising the Output window

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In this video you’ll see how to use the right-click menu to customise what’s displayed in the Output window.

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Video Tip 4 – Spitting the Playbacks

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In this video you’ll learn how to split the playbacks to double or triple the number of cuelists and other components you have at your finger tips.

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Video Tip 5 – Navigate the Cuelist

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Learn how to navigate a cuelist using the text fields, below the cue tiles, in the Chooser or Timeline window..

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Video Tip 6 – Learn Timing

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Understand the uses of Vista’s unique feature, the Learn Timing function, which allows the console to adjust your cue start times by recording the intervals between your button presses.

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Video Tip 7 – Editing the Home Preset

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By editing the Home preset you can set new default position, colour, beam or other feature values for individual or groups of fixtures. Learn how in this video.

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Video Tip 8 – Changing the default fade time for cues

Video tip 8You can change the default fade time for new cues. Vista lets you do this in two ways, learn how in this video.

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Video Tip 9 – Insert a Cue at the Playhead position

Video Tip 9Vista’s timeline allows you to be more accurate with your cue points. By using insert cue at playhead you can insert a new cue at exactly the right place.

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Video Tip 10 – Insert a Cue at the Playhead position

Merge Cues videoBy merging cues you can add multiple events of the same type to a cue.

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Video Tip 10 – Insert a Cue at the Playhead position

Merge Cues videoBy merging cues you can add multiple events of the same type to a cue.

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Video Q & A.

Video tip 11In Week 3, of our Christmas Tips we asked everyone to submit questions they had about the Jands Vista. This video provides answers, citing many specific examples to address your problems!

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Vista v2 Videos

Learn the basics and much more in these videos.

1. Introducing the Interface

In this episode, Introducing the Interface, we walk you through the Vista v2 Interface and teach you how to access the software’s operational modes and a few tricks to guide you around the console.

2. Patching

Now that you are familiar with the Vista interface it’s time to get your fixtures into your show & assigned to a dmx address so you can start creating. Patching in Vista, like everything else, is extremely visual and designed to be simple and effortless.

3. The Fixture Chooser

The Vista is the only console that lets you build your lighting designs visually. In the Fixture Chooser window you select fixtures as icons, and apply settings using Vista‘s graphical user interface. Of course, if you prefer it, the Vista still has a command line interface.

4. Controlling your fixtures

Now that you have your layouts arranged you can start programming your fixtures and get those amazing looks you have been thinking of. This is where you will see the Vista v2 software start to work for you! It’s so easy to create complex and impressive lighting looks using this application.

5. Groups and Presets

components videoNow that we’ve learnt the basics of controlling the fixtures in our show, we now start to look at creating the components of the show, the building blocks that will allow us to easily build our show.

6. Cues and Cuelists

It’s time to create some cues within cuelists. Cues and cuelists are the primary way of organising and playing back your show. Vista uses tabs in the program to determine what you’re editing. For the previous videos we have only been working with the live tab, but now we’ll start to see cuelist tabs open up and we’ll have to move between them.

7. The Timeline

Having learnt how to create cue lists we can now drill into the most powerful tool in the creation of your complex show, the timeline. By using the timeline you can easily see all the events in your cues, laid out over a period of time, and make changes simply by selecting an event, lengthening it, shortening it, or moving it around.

8. Cue Editing

This video begins by explaining how tracking, in cue lists, works shows how it affects your cuelists.

It goes on to show how to use cue-only mode, blocking and other options available while editing cues.

9. Smart Effects

Smart EffectsVista includes an extensive library of pre-programmed effect ’templates‘ that you can just select and use immediately. This makes it easy to get a spectacular show up and running in no time.

There’s also control interface that enables you to build your own effects from scratch incredibly quickly and easily.

10. The Console Surface

The Console hardwareThis video looks at the console surface and explains which functions are assigned to the various controls, how to vary these functions and how to set-up the console surface to work for your show. All of the consoles in the Vista range function identically but as you move up through the range you gain more control options.

11. The Fixture Editor

Fixture Editor videoThis video focuses on the fixture editor. The fixture editor is a separate application where you can create new fixture profiles and edit the built in ones.

In this video we walk you through the steps required to create a profile and save it to your fixture library.

Vista v2 Archives

V2 Software Downloads

L5 & I3 (made from January 2013) Console Updates

Apply to I3 consoles with serial numbers where the two numbers, after the first letter are 13 or greater.

T4 / T2 & I3 (made before January 2013) Console Updates

Apply to I3 consoles with serial numbers where the two numbers, after the first letter are 12 or less.

Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP Application Updates

Mac OSX 10.13 – 10.8 Application Updates

The installer includes a ‘Read.me’ Please review this file before installing.

Release Notes Archive

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Support Vista v2

Support requests

Submit Vista support requests, bug reports and diagnostic files to the Jands Lighting support team with this form.

Fixture file requests

Use this form to request Fixtures that are not in the Library. Before submitting a fixture request check for the fixture you need on the New Fixtures page.

Technical bulletins

Technical bulletins – Archived

Vista v2 is a Festival Favourite

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The Jands Vista range once again proved its flexibility and power when lighting designer and programmer Steve Heywood chose to put Vista consoles, running the next generation Vista v2 software, in control at two recent UK music festivals.

For Meadowlands 2012, a diverse and vibrant event staged at Glynde Place in the picturesque village of Glynde in East Sussex, Steve and Dan Williams, the lighting designer for the event‘s main stage, shared operating duties on a Vista T2.

An eclectic line-up included acclaimed LTJ Bukem, who closed the festival with an entrancing four hour DJ set, as well as Lamb, Fink, Speech Debelle, Portico Quartet and many others.

With the usual limited programming available for a festival rig, which included moving lights, conventionals and the latest LED fixtures, Steve and Dan needed to be able to work extremely fast and �busk� accurately � one of the main reasons that Steve specified the T2.

To further maximise their limited time, he pre-programmed some elements using the Vista v2 software on his laptop to make the most of their programming time on stage and help give the refined show that he was looking for.

Steve put his own Jands Vista S3, also running the Vista v2 software, in control at Meadowlands‘ Soundharvest stage. The Vista family‘s consistent software interface made it seamless to swap between consoles.

A few weeks later, Steve once again used a Vista T2 as the house console for lighting the main stage at the Redfest event held at Robins Cook Farm near Redhill, Surrey.

Headliners included Modestep, Kids in Glass Houses and Foreign Beggars.

Steve loves the visual interface of the Vista v2 software, which makes it simple, quick and logical to programme, easy to busk, and most importantly, always lets him get precisely what he wants out of the rig. “It means that I can create exactly what I want when necessary�.rather than following what the console thinks I want� he explains.”

Dan Williams comments, “Having everything right there onscreen in front of you is great and makes real sense.�it‘s an extremely intuitive operating system.”

Steve concludes �The power and simplicity of using Vista v2 enables you to build a lightshow extremely quickly, but still lets you control the details. It‘s a great desk for improvisational and ’on-the-fly‘ operation, which is always an exciting way to work.�

Lighting equipment for both events was supplied by Oxford-based Robert Nisbet Event Production Services.

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Vista v2 for Andrea Bocelli tour

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Italian based lighting designer, Aldo Visentin is using his own Jands Vista S1 lighting console running the next generation Vista v2 software, plus two Vista M1 Wings, to control lighting for Italy‘s most beloved tenor, Andrea Bocelli.

Aldo‘s creative relationship with Bocelli started in 2006 and this tour‘s natural innovative design contains lots of subtleties, with slow colour changes and no visible movement. It is operated completely ’live‘ every night using the Vista‘s powerful visual interface and just a few pre-programmed presets. This allows Aldo the creative freedom to reflect the spirit of the evening in the lighting, and flow organically with the mood of the set.

Rather non-conventionally, a typical Bocelli tour will feature two or three shows a week over a three week period – often on different continents. Instead of touring a production lighting system, lighting equipment is normally hired locally for each concert.

At each show, Aldo has around 105 different moving lights to incorporate in to the design. Vista‘s powerful fixture swapping allows him to quickly and accurately replace any previously programmed fixtures. He finds this to be incredibly fast and intuitive, and a real time saver.

Aldo needed a system that was both easily travelable and cost-effective, so that he always had the right tools to deliver his shows. He checks the Vista S1 into the plane hold, while the two Vista M1s and laptops come onboard as carry-on luggage. In this way he is able to use his travel time to work on upcoming shows while on the move.

On this tour, he most appreciated Vista‘s livetime functionality. This allows him to set a time and then simply choose what he wants the fixtures to do – whether programmed or completely ad-hoc. “It‘s really nice to have no creative restrictions when you are operating” he confirms, adding that he feels so comfortable with the overall ’visual environment‘ of the console.

He thinks the extensive range of Vista hardware options available is a great benefit, offering an “extremely flexible, powerful and very customisable solution for any application or situation, all running the same reliable software architecture.

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Vista v2 controls innovative Mutemath visuals show

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A Jands Vista T2 console, running the next generation Vista v2 software, has been controlling lighting and visuals for progressive rockers Mutemath on their recent US tour.

The tour‘s production design was a creative collaboration between the band themselves and Jeff Lava & Darien Koop of Nashville based 44 Designs.

44 Designs are a full service visual design practice, specialising in creating lighting, video and staging concepts for all types of performance and live shows. The company now owns five Jands Vista consoles after purchasing their first when 44 Designs was formed in 2008. They continue to be firm advocates of the brand, citing that with Vista v2 software it really is the ultimate designer‘s tool.

The touring system features a lighting floor package including a selection of moving lights and generics, as well as a 24 foot wide aluminium screen-like structure which is supported from a rear truss. The structure is fed with mapped video stored on a Pandora‘s Box media server.

In addition to their own touring equipment, Mutemath plugged in to the house lighting rig at each venue. The Vista‘s ability to quickly and accurately swap and clone programming between different fixture types, even using different colour systems, offered quick and easy integration of the available venue lighting into their show each day.

Darien, who programmed the T2 and ran visuals on the tour, remains hugely impressed with the performance of the Vista v2 software.

He thinks the Timeline editing on Vista v2 is “fantastic”, allowing the operator to drill down to far greater depths and much faster than before. “They have really nailed the timeline now, it‘s very simple and offers possibilities that I‘ve not found on other consoles” he says.

One function that has helped him out is the ability to customise and build new fixture profiles. on the console. This feature was used to write a personality for the brand new Pandora‘s Box v5 before it was generally available, creating exactly the profile they wanted, and even tailored to the way the media server is specifically being used on their tour.

Darien feels that Jands really listen to user feedback in their quest for continual improvement of all their products.

He concludes “If you are a designer and haven‘t taken a proper look at Vista v2 yet, you really need to…

On top of that, he notes the superlative service, support and backup through Jands‘ US distributors, AC Lighting Incc.

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Vista v2 Shines on Third Day

Alabama based Lighting designer Taylor Price used a Jands Vista S3 console, running the next generation Vista v2 software, to control lighting for the recent US tour of Grammy Award winning rockers, Third Day.

Taylor made the switch to the Jands Vista platform while lighting another Grammy award winner, Switchfoot. Their punishing touring schedule meant Taylor was looking for a powerful yet portable control system that could easily travel on a plane. His solution was to join the growing international family of lighting designers who have bought their own Vista system. He‘s not looked back, and has been an enthusiastic Jands Vista user ever since.

Third Day play a wide variety of venues using a mix of their own touring rig and locally supplied production. On arena shows the Vista S3 was controlling the full touring rig of VARI*LITE 3000 profiles, VARI*LITE 3500 washes, Martin MAC 101‘s, Martin MAC 301‘s, Atomic strobes and conventionals, all supplied by Theatrical Media Services (TMS) from Omaha, Nebraska.

For some of the smaller shows, the rig was reduced and integrated with the house system. Taylor was able to simply change fixture types in the patch, giving him the flexibility to run his show on whatever fixture types he had to work with.

The final backdrop of Taylor‘s high energy, classic ‘rock and roll’ design was a light bulb wall containing 300 standard 60Watt incandescent household bulbs. Vista v2 gave Taylor the tools to effortlessly get the most from this dynamic scenic element with minimal programming time.

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Vista v2 at Westover Church

Westover Church in North Carolina, USA recently upgraded its Jands Vista T4 console to the new Vista v2 software, providing even greater lighting control for its busy 3,000 capacity main auditorium.

Part of the non-denominational Church‘s 300,000 square foot facility, the main auditorium hosts a diverse range of events. In addition to regular congregation services and at least two major events per month, the Church hosts its own internal events and concerts featuring a choir, worship band and orchestra. The auditorium is also home to the Greensboro Symphony Pops Orchestra.

The Jands Vista T4 console was specified and purchased six years ago for Westover Church by Production Director Jeff Neubauer, and supplied by Barbizon Lighting via exclusive North American distributor, A.C. Lighting Inc. Jeff was an early adopter of the Jands Vista and all the power and flexibility this brings to his events. Since then, Jeff has not looked back in terms of lighting control – he simply loves the Vista!

The Church also has two Vista PC systems – used as a backup to the Vista T4 and for running timed lighting events in the Church’s atrium area. Says Jeff, “Vista v2 has been an amazing upgrade. It’s added a lot of new functionality and made programming even easier and quicker.” The ability to add external touch screens is “fabulous” he comments – and immediately made the most of it. Jeff does the majority of the show programming himself, working with a team of regular operators, and so has plenty of hands on experience and knowledge of exactly what is needed.

He is very impressed with the freedom that Vista v2 brings to customise the user interface and lay it out exactly as users wish, “I can organise myself better, and customise icons to precisely match the way I work. I like to be able to jump around the Cue Lists and the way that the Time Line works now, along with other aspects, it is all even more convenient with v2” he enthuses.

He is also thinks the fact that he could upgrade his existing console to get even more value from his investment, and allow him all the latest programming tools is very cool.

Another excellent feature, he thinks, is being able to see thumbnail displays of the media server clips, which is ideal for fast and intuitive access to video content played out through the desk. This becomes even more important as he incorporates more video into all his events.

The lighting fixtures and visual elements currently being controlled by the Vista T4 in the main auditorium include VARI*LITE VL3000 and VL3500 Spots, Martin Professional MAC 250 Spots, High End DL1 moving head projectors and a Catalyst media server. In addition, there are over 300 Source Fours, 55 Nexera colour changers and a selection of fresnels and PARs for general lighting.

The majority of the lighting stays in the main room, with some rigged in the atrium, where it is controlled by the second Jands Vista PC.

Jeff’s technical team at Westover Church – which includes four full time and two part time employees, along with about 40 volunteers – has a core group of lighting operators, all of whom also really like Vista v2. “The jump from v1 to v2 has been incredibly smooth and straightforward for all of us” confirms Jeff.

It is also an excellent learning console and software platform for those seeking to increase their knowledge and understanding of lighting control. Westover Church currently runs an intern programme for students studying Entertainment Technology at the local Guilford Technical Community College, offering a great opportunity for them to get hands-on experience with the latest technology.

Vista v2 was designed from the ground up to allow all levels of user to get the most from whatever mix of technology they have available, whether lighting, LED, or media. Available in a wide range of hardware, Vista v2 offers both the simplicity to work fast, with the power to control the finest details, so everyone can focus on creating a great looking show rather than on programming a desk.

A.C. Lighting Inc‘s VP of sales & marketing, Fred Mikeska commented “Jeff and his team deliver a wide range of events, always within a short timeframe, and all of which have a consistently high standard. Churches such as Westover are another real world example where the power and simplicity of Vista v2 helps everyone, regardless of their experience level, focus on the main goal of delivering a great looking show that they can be proud of.”