As I had promised a while back, here is the creator tutorial for exploiting all possible
lighting options. With the washer in the top position you get 3 of the options. Drag it to
the bottom and you get 7 and what seems to be the full spectrum of what you can do.
Please note this is for a single kit. For more then 1 you can duplicate the lighting of the
first kit easy enough or disable the 2nd kit and then get the lighting right with 1 and then
turn on the 2nd and go from there to make the lighting on the 2nd kit completely
different. As mentioned the first thing you want to do is get your washer in the bottom
position (below the guy in the direct control app). Without this you will never be able to
turn of the bleeding of the end (left and right) lights for something like a police car. Don't
worry you can still have bleed as well for best of both worlds.
The graphics below represent the lighting setup for red and blue on the ends and orange
in the middle. Above each is a gradient that represents what you will see from left to right
from a light perspective. The 7th example at the end shows how to produce that rainbow
effect preset from direct control which was worth showing when you want 5 different
colors. As many know the washer is 3 lights so getting separation may take some
tweaking, but this guide should get you close.
#1 this first example (starting from the left) is 3 colors with definite separation (no bleed).
In all examples, the black lines show the cut off of washer to the end lights. to make the
washer show, you must have the light below the center (cross hairs). In this position, the
entire washer is orange with absolutely no bleed from the end lights.
#2 this is the same as #1 except with bleed. Each end light bleeds into orange center.
You'll notice that orange center is lower (all the way to the bottom. This is to give the
largest separation from the bleeding colors on the sides. If you move it closer to center
more of the end will bleed. Pretty simple once you play with it. Finally is the repeat of the
side colors below the center. Without this you would not get bleed. Also note that the
colors are swapped (reversed) when below center. I am not sure why this is, but it is the
#3 This was the first effect I did when I received my amBX. I want to create a police light
and animate it. Problem is that until I discovered that I needed to move the washer in
direct control below center, this effect could not be created. Now with your washer set up
below center you can have the center washer off and just the side lights.
#4 Here is the original was it would look with the bleed. Something you would not want
for a police light effect. Just like example #2 the lights are duplicated below center and
swapped (reversed) to give the expected bleed by the wall washer.
#5 this one is a variant of #2 except the blend from blue to orange is more pronounced
(purple). Here, the opposite light is used to blend to center so purple is added which is
essentially a 4th color by not even adding a 4th colored light. You'll notice only 3 colored
lights are used still. Again if you want the extra color (blend) you want the light at the
opposite end of where it is to appear. This is to mean that for it to show the purple of the
right with the blue, you must position it left corner. If you reversed it, you would have the
left red, blend to red and then to orange which would not look any different.
#6 same as #5 but the color does not blend to the opposite light it is cut off hard. While it
blends smooth to center from left side, it has a hard separation from left to center. This
would be good when the movie scene or when you are matching a scene that has 75% of
the screen as a common color and then there is something on the right of the screen that
gives color that is dramatically different.
#7 this is the rainbow effect that is a setting in direct control. I was almost impossible to
do with the washer being in the default top position, but bring it down and you can great
it as well as any spectrum with 5 unique colors. Here again the green is on the left (at
extreme bottom) and shows on the right as a blend from right light (blue) to center. To
get the yellow (or whatever you use as the "center" color, you must offset this one a little
left and again to the bottom for the most saturation. Remember, the bottom gives the
most saturation during a wall washer blend so you can remember this as a general rule.
Finally is the orange, which in this case is just a bleed from red (left light) to the yellow
center. You need the orange below center to actually make it pronounced see the image.
That should give you 7 different coloring options and a world of possibilities.
One last thing to remember if you are animating is that to pan from right to left with no
bleed you need to fall below center to get washer to light and then backup to the other
side. The movement is a downward arch like an upside down rainbow. I may make a
tutorial to show this at a later time. Also will soon post some example files I have made
for other to play with.
Creator is a big step in using amBX in my opinion. I think the animation could be
improved..There are about 5 features I think would make the app perfect, but I will save
that for a different tread. Till then hope this helps as a primer for those wanting to explore
custom lighting and design with their amBX gear.