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What are Lock Outs?

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  • What are Lock Outs?

    Another useful feature of the Mongoose system are Lock Outs. Lock Outs are a way of ensuring that a cue, a group of cues, a Field Unit, or a group of Field Units do not fire. Lockouts can be created, activated, and deactivated while your show is running. Mongoose performs 3 types of lockouts. Cue, Group, and Zone.

    Cue Lock Outs lock out a single cue. They can be created while your show is running. To create one, simply right click on cue you want locked out and press the "Lockout Cue" button. The cue will be drawn with a strikethrough, and a new Lock Out appears in the Effect Lockouts window. See Field Unit 3, cue 28 below.

    A group lockout is simply multiple cues on one or more Field Units that is created while the script is being made. For example, if you have a front of gasoline mines, and you are worried about the wind, you could put all the gas mines in the lockout. During the show check or uncheck the lockout as the wind allows.

    Zone Lock Outs are a feature that can Lock Out one or more Field Units . When you turn on a Field Unit, you can assign the Unit to a zone. Zones Are A-X. You can also assign the zone from Mongoose by right clicking the Field Unit, and selecting "Assign Zone" on the popup menu. Note that Field Unit Id and Zone will default to the last one assigned if the FU is turned on without assigning them. This allows you to set ID and Zone then turn the units off. At show time just turn them on and close the lid. The Zones Lockouts window is only present when a FU is assigned to a zone. The zones can be moved, and drawn to represent your layout. To Lock Out a zone, simply left click on the Zone. The zone and all the effects in the zone will show with a strike through, as seen here. Note that the Zone is now drawn in blue, "locked out" instead of the green.


    By the way, you can see the audio preview and volume slider in the audio area above.