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Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light in Theatre, Live Performance, Broadcast, and Entertainment by Richard Cadena

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Chapter 22

Automated Lighting Programming

The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.—Edsgar W. Dijkstra

An automated light without some means of control is no more useful than a car without an engine. By the same token, an automated lighting controller without programming is no more useful than a car with no gas in the tank. In either case, the car can’t get out of the driveway. Programming is one of the most important aspects of automated lighting, and in some cases it’s also one of the most overlooked and misunderstood as well. The difference between a well-programmed system and a poorly programmed system has a great influence on the outcome and performance of a lighting ...

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