Isadora > Isadora Preferences > Warnings > Automatic Updates > Automatically Check for New Versions > Never
Isadora > Isadora Preferences > Auto Save > Autosave > Disable auto save
Isadora > View > Tip of the Day > uncheck “Show Tips”
System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Screen Saver > Start After: > Never
System Preferences > Mission Control > uncheck “Displays have separate Spaces” (then log out and back in)
System Preferences > Notifications > Do Not Disturb > Turn on Do Not Disturb > enable “From: [TIME] to: [TIME]” > set it to “From: 1:01 am to: 1:00 am” (to always keep it in do not disturb)
System Preferences > Notifications > Do Not Disturb > Turn on Do Not Disturb > enable “When display is sleeping” + Enable “When mirroring to TVs and projectors”
System Preferences > Notifications > Do Not Disturb > When Do Not Disturb is turned on: > uncheck “Allow calls from everyone” + uncheck “Allow repeated calls”
System Preferences > Energy Saver > set “Computer sleep:” + “Display sleep:” to “Never”
System Preferences > Energy Saver > uncheck “Put hard disks to sleep when possible”
System Preferences > Energy Saver > enable “Start up automatically after a power failure”
System Preferences > Network > Wi-Fi > Turn Wi-Fi Off (if you don't need it)
System Preferences > Network > Bluetooth > Turn Bluetooth Off (if you don't need it)
If you're running the computers without any keyboard or mouse attached (and want to prevent system dialogs looking for a keyboard and mouse via Bluetooth), go to System Preferences > Bluetooth > Advanced button > Uncheck "Open Bluetooth Setup Assistant if no keyboard is detected" + Uncheck "Open Bluetooth Setup Assistant if no mouse or trackpad is detected" > select OK.
The Taskbar being visible can be solved by going to System Preferences > General > enable “Automatically hide and show menu bar”
The Dock being visible can be solved by going to System Preferences > Dock > enable “Automatically hide and show Dock”
If you're controlling the computers by networking them together, it's much better to use Cat5/5e/6 (ethernet cable) to wire them all to an ethernet switch rather than relying on Wi-Fi.
If you don't want any other windows to open when you restart the computer, go: Apple > Log Out [USERNAME] > uncheck “Reopen windows when logging back in” > Log Out
If you want Isadora to launch a particular file when you turn on the computer:
System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items > “+” Button > in the dialog, go to Applications > Isadora 3 > and select Isadora to add Isadora (or the specific Isadora file you want to launch on login) as a login item.If you want to launch Isadora and have it launch the specific file itself, goIsadora Preferences > General > Startup Action > Open Most Recent File
Isadora Preferences > General > After Loading File > Activate First Scene + Show Stages after 10 Sec.
This has the advantage that if you save a newer version of the file, Isadora will open the newer version automatically, instead of you needing to remove the old file as a Login Item and insert the new file as a new Login Item.System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items > Remove any other login items not necessary for the installationSystem Preferences > Users & Groups > Click the lock (bottom left) > enter password > Login Options (lower-left) > Choose an account from the “Automatic login” menu > enter password. Computer now automatically logs in to that account on restart.If you have multiple partitions or are launching from an external drive, make sure you restart from the correct partition by going to System Preferences > Startup Disk > Click the lock (bottom left) > enter password > Select the correct partition from which to boot.
You will likely get the best performance (for cheap) with old black and white cctv cameras.. running into some type of capture device. Most webcams are pretty bad with low light, and have lots of auto focus, brightness etc features built in that can make things difficult.
I manage 4 Isadora keys. They get used for student projects and multi-machine installations. Apologies if it appears excessive.
The hasp key is a bit more economical for the small number of media arts students I supervise. It also allows the most flexibility for managing site based projects and the mobility of the lisences across different machines.
The thing with theatre lighting in general is that is quite expensive if you don't have the equipment yourself. Like you mention already, you need to have a USB > DMX interface for Izzy to communicate with the DMX protocol. And you need some kind of dimmer to take control of fresnels / pc / spots or even simple bulbs (That you also need to buy / get somewhere..)
I created IzzyHue, basically actors build in Isadora that allows you to communicate with Philips Hue. I don't say this isn't expensive (still around the 150 dollars mark for the starterskit), but it gives us some options because Hue bulbs can change color, we can change the brightness, we can change the fadetimes, etc.
The reason why I created IzzyHue is because most of the time I'm working on installations / theatre sets and there is not really a cost friendly way to actually change a single piece of scenery. (For example a lamp that we have on the stage that needs to change with the enviroment lighting of the set)
Have a look at meethue.com and if you need any support with lighting in general give me a PM :)
Thank you Juriaan, Ryan & Michel! Sorry that I went into full production mode and didn't get a chance to check the thread until now. The method of going into the ENTTEC Send Actor and changing the 'min period' has resolved the overloading issue. I just changed my number to "2ms" and the FPS went back up to 30 already. I will keep testing in real situations and let you guys know if anything else I found, otherwise this topic is resolved for now! Thanks so much!