iPhone / Android Remote App
MagicQ includes in-built support for use with an Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and with mobile phones and touch pads that support the Android operating system.
The Remote App enables selection of traditional lamps for focusing, updating of position and colour palettes for moving lights and general playback of Cues, Cue Stacks and Macros through the Execute Window.
The Remote App consists of four tabs - Connection, Keypad, Focus and Execute.
The Connection tab shows all the MagicQ consoles that have been found on the network and enables one to be chosen for control. Each console can be separately passworded - only consoles that match the password entered in the remote app will show up - this prevents unauthorised use.
The Keypad tab enables the user to select fixtures, set levels and test lamps. In addition, palettes can be selected, included or recorded. The keypad tab includes the most commonly used buttons from the MagicQ console including the keypad, the Palette buttons and CLEAR. The keypad gives status feedback when operations are completed just like on the MagicQ software - for example when a group is selected it confirms that the group has been selected and shows its name. Selecting individual dimmer channels gives instant feedback as to the level of that channel.
The Focus tab enables head control for moving lights - two large encoders are used for pan and tilt. A button allows fine/coarse mode to be selected to allow fine positioning. The standard head control buttons from the console are all available - Next Head, Prev Head, Locate, Odd/Even, Fan, Single, Highlight and All. The Focus tab also has a colour picker for selection of colours and fine tuning of colour temperatures.
The Execute tab enables the user to design their own custom windows and to record and copy groups, palettes, cues, cue stacks and macros into the custom windows. The Remote App mirrors the Execute Window on the MagicQ software - thus any of the items in the window on the MagicQ software become immediately available on the remote phone or touch pad. For example a lighing technician could design a custom window to enable them to check and reset lamps from the stage, or a rigger could design a custom window to allow them to select the lights even when up on the truss focusing.
The Window tab shows the MagicQ Windows from the console, so that it is possible to check the Patch or the Outputs directly on the iPhone.
V2 of the App has special supports for the iPad - access to all 8 encoders and all the focus buttons directly from one tab.
For Apple products the ChamSys Remote application can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. For Android products it can be downloaded from the Market.