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Computer-Aided Lighting Design

Several computer programs exist for aiding in the layout of lighting instrument plots. Some of these programs even have advanced features for rendering images of what scenes will look like when lit by certain instruments. These packages can be a great aid to the lighting designer by removing a lot of the tedium involved in producing the necessary documents. They can also be of great aid to the producer and production staff, by providing images of what the lighting will look like long before a single instrument is hung. This can be of enormous help to everyone working on the production staff, as it helps bring everyone's vision closer together of what the production will look like in the end.

This is especially useful in cases where automated fixtures are used. A few companies produce powerful software that allow entire shows to be laid out, programmed, and simulated ahead of time. Figures 5.32 and 5.33 show example screen shots from such programs.

Figure 5.32: A screen rendering from CAST Lighting's WYSIWYG automated lighting fixture design program. Programs such as this allow CAD drawings of the venue to be imported, over which lighting instruments can be placed.
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Figure 5.33: Another screen shot from CAST Lighting's WYSIWYG software.
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Steve Richardson 2000-07-06

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