The first version of Jands Vista lighting control system was released in 2004 and introduced a whole new approach to constructing light shows.
Jands’ new version, Vista 2 ‘Byron’ takes this innovative approach to a new level by introducing a true second generation of software.
The lighting crew at Brisbane City Church comprising of volunteers, has been a long-time Vista user and was excited to be one of a select group of people to beta test Byron.
Scott Bernoth, one of the Church’s longest serving lighting volunteers says that the ease of use provided by Vista’s visual interface, coupled with the timeline approach familiar to anyone with experience in video or audio editing made them choose the lighting control system.
After hearing about the impending release of Byron lighting control software, he managed to persuade Alex Mair, Jands Lighting Control Specialist to include him in the beta testing program.
Scott explains that after only a few weeks of testing, they found the beta version so reliable that the crew switched to Vista 2 Byron to control all their services even though it was still in the beta period.
Features that he likes in the beta version of the Byron lighting control system include new window themes that can be used to customise the interface, drop-down default timing bar in the fixture chooser that saves time as well as the flexibility of the effects engine, particularly the ability to create multi-step swing effects.
Additionally, when operating the lights during a Worship Service, Scott says that his favourite feature is the sync button that allows tap timing control of smart effects rates.
Scott comments that the effort Jands has put into making the new interface intuitive has paid off because it saves time in training newcomers on the system.
Free to existing users, Jands Vista 2 Byron lighting control application builds on the visual approach with key features such as:
- Zero configuration, automatic networking and tracking backup that synchronises a second console or PC
- Second-generation timeline provides visual split fade times
- Per-step timing structure for instantly setting fade and delay times for some or all the events in a step
- New filters make it easier to see the functioning of big rigs
- Extended generic fixture model allows limitless use of non-standard or overlapping features and adapts to all types of new and unusual fixtures
- Modified user interface reflects user feedback with search functions built in, providing a visual method of controlling media servers
- New matrix layouts and effects are also included
- Command line window accepts keypad input for fixture selection, levels, timing, store and other frequently used commands