What Can Vision Previz Do for You? 5 Tips for Beginners

You have a special eye for creating incredible experiences.

You can share your ideas with clients, builders, consultants, and collaborators using 2D drawings and line plot diagrams. But did you know you can show off the full breadth of your designs with Vision, the previz and programming option for Vectorworks Spotlight?

To visualize your designs like never before, we recommend these five tips:

  1. Use the Software Console feature when working with several conventional fixtures
  2. Configure Vision to save time
  3. Customize views for a personal fit
  4. Manage your media with the Assign Video command and NDI
  5. Leverage GDTF/MVR for a streamlined process

1. Use the Software Console Feature When Working with Several Conventional Fixtures

The greatest advantage to using Vision is the ability to pre-program your show before getting to the show site.

You can interface lighting consoles such as Artnet, sACN, MA-net, and Multi-input inside of the software. Just patch your console, set its output protocol, and then select Vision’s “DMX Provider.”

If there’s an error in the design process or the import of your model, such as light being oriented incorrectly, Vision provides you with a range of tools to update your design quickly and easily.

And, if you have a large number of conventional fixtures in your design, you can use the Software Console feature that allows the adjustment of gobo, iris, focus, and shutters, helping you to finetune these instruments in Vision before having to begin on the larger task of moving light devices.

Software Console Combined

If the conventional lighting devices are being imported from Vectorworks, some parameters, such as shutters and barn doors, are already set.

2. Configure Vision to Save Time

If a production schedule is weighing on you, or a show day is fast approaching, you can tailor Vision to fit your needs. For example, the Performance/Quality slider adapts to your needs and lets you still render under a time crunch.

Performance Slider

You can further adjust your Vision preferences with Basic Mode and Advanced Mode. With the former, you can customize simple preferences like resolution quality and even interactive options like the Display Grid.

Use Advanced Mode to adjust rendering quality, environmental detail, and even haze.

3. Customize Views for a Personal Fit 

How about another tip on customizing Vision to save time 😎?

In addition to configuring the performance of Vision to meet your needs, you can adjust your views. You can turn tool sets on and off, for example, to create space when needed or make sure that your most used tools are only a click away.

You can also enable Multiview inside of Vision. With this, your screen will be split into four different views, letting you simultaneously view your project from different perspectives.

Multiview 1

4. Manage Your Media with the Assign Video Command and NDI

Outside video and laser content can take your project to the next level.

You can sync this kind of content to your Vision file by setting up any 3D object in Spotlight as a media playback screen and using the Assign Video command in Vision.

You can allow a live preview output of your programming by using an NDI stream, a royalty-free video over IP transmission.

For example, in Vectorworks you could model a 3D object to resemble your upstage video wall and assign it a video input under the Spotlight > Visualization menu.

Vision Video Source Combined

5. Leverage GDTF/MVR for a Streamlined Process

If your show or event has large amounts of moving scenery, we recommend splitting up your Spotlight design as separate My Virtual Rig (MVR) files. Once in Vision, each MVR file will appear as its own layer. 

And if you have multiple MVR files coming in from lighting distributors, venue managers, or other collaborators, you can merge file types in Vision. These files include mvr, gLTF/glb, vsn, v3s, 3ds, obj, and esc.

RELATED | Getting Started with GDTF and MVR

Pairing Vectorworks and Vision gives you the ability to leverage massive amounts of data to previsualize projects. Between the data and the rendering, you and your collaborators will have a complete understanding of the project when arriving at the show site.

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