Keep Cool with Fanning

Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Written by Brad Schiller

Automated lighting consoles have several innovative functions to help the programmer, many of which have become commonplace. One of these is called “fan” or “align.” In the simplest terms, this is a tool that mathematically spreads parameter values in even proportions.

From a visual standpoint, fanning provides the ability to quickly create symmetrical (or even asymmetrical) looks on stage. This feature can be found on the majority of professional automated lighting consoles, and it’s important to understand the uses and procedures associated with fanning or aligning.

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