It has a large 12” central touch screen which provides easy access to all MagicQ features. The high resolution display can display screens such as plot window where fixtures can be selected and focused graphically.
MagicQ MQ80 features the same software found on all MagicQ consoles, and uses the same show file formats, enabling compatibility between all MagicQ products. MagicQ MQ80 can be connected over network to a PC or Mac running the free ChamSys free MagicVis lighting visualisation software, or MagicHD media player software (for output of up to 8 layers of HD media) at no extra cost.
The construction of the MagicQ MQ80 incorporates high reliability components, including durable metal Neutrik locking connectors. As with other MagicQ consoles, the inbuilt 4 port Ethernet switch is protected by the UPS, thus ensuring that both the console and the network switch maintain operation even during a power loss.
The console features an inbuilt power supply and UPS that is compatible with voltages from all over the world, and a Kensington security slot for securing the product. Both soft bags and flight cases are available as optional extras.
MagicQ software offers powerful lighting control with loads of features that lighting designers have some to rely on, such as full lighting visualisation, pixel mapping, and HD media playback on up to 8 different layers, all integrated smoothly to streamline workflows, save time, and shorten learning curve.
Touring often involves adapting to changing conditions in each new venue. Whether it means small but important changes to the physical spacing of the rig, or using a few more lights in some venues than in others, or actually adapting the plot to what is hanging in the venue when you arrive, you have your work cut out for you. Bring the console that rises to the challenge and helps eliminate the tedious and repetitious parts of this adaptive technique.
ChamSys knows what this process is like, because MagicQ was created by people who also were working lighting designers and programmers. Their insights into how to make the daily adjustments go smoothly are based on real-world experience in your shoes. This is what makes MagicQ the ultimate touring console.
The traditions, expectations and common practices of theatrical lighting designers are distinctly different from those who work in entertainment or broadcast. Theater calls on a lighting console to do things in some unique ways because of union rules, rehearsal requirements, and the need to work quickly on a broad canvas and then go back and make small adjustments later in a reliable and predictable paradigm. ChamSys has all the features theatre professionals have come to expect, so it’s well suited for theatrical use, whether in purpose built venues, schools or traveling dance troupes.
MagicQ has a comprehensive theatre tracking mode, "Move When Dark" options, split cross-fading, inhibitive masters, timing master faders, and individual timing on any parameter or any lantern.
When gaffers and directors of photography on major motion picture titles want to achieve a high level of control, while taking advantage of compact form factor and a host of interconnection options, they turn to ChamSys MagicQ.
The MagicQ consoles and software have been used exclusively on many films including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts I and II, Your Highness, John Carter of Mars, Robin Hood, and parts of the Star Wars, James Bond and Game Of Thrones franchises.
Houses of Worship are a topic unto themselves when discussing lighting control. In this type of application, it’s quite common for volunteers with little to no training to wind up behind the lighting board. For those novices to get great results and want to come back to the experience again, the MagicQ family of products is a key ingredient. It’s easy to learn, but has the power to give even inexperienced users some impressive looks that incorporate whatever kinds of lighting fixture they may have in their rig.