Anything that you could possibly dream up or plagiarize from casual observations for new lighting or stage sets and animation cueing can get a test run in virtual space by using computers and available computer aided drawing (CAD) and three-dimensional (3D) rendering programs. About 18 software programs are available to draw concert lighting plots (Figure 21.1), and some of those allow (by using plug-in software) the drawing of 3D models to react in real time and recording cues using your lighting console. Like anything else, the higher the quality and the more options it has, the more money it will cost, although it is possible to begin with inexpensive, basic but very effective programs to plot a ...

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