WYG2GMA Converter - FAQ

WHAT ABOUT SUPPORT FOR GRANDMA 3?

Well. MA3 provides a very powerful interface to exchange data with planning- und visualization applications called MVR. I expect support for MVR in every serious application in our industry, including WYSIWYG. Therefore, no WYG2GMA Converter application for grandMA3 is planned.

WHY ARE FIXTURES AT POSITION 0/0/0?

FixtureType did not exist in grandMA2 during import. Make sure every FixtureType (ID number) exists before importing. If you’r using grandMA2 v3.0 or lower please use the option „FixtureType 1“ in „Settings“ window.

IMPORT OF WYSIWYG DATA FINISHED BUT THE LIST IS EMPTY?

The exported CSV file does not contain fixtures to import. Have a look at the „Settings“ window and ensure to have the right Channel/Fixture ID field set. Or you can ignore fixures without ID on import by chenaging the inherent setting.

IMPORT OF WYSIWYG DATA FAILED WITH 'MISSING CSV FILED: …'?

The exported CSV file does not contain a necessary field. Please make sure you exported ALL columns (including X, Y, Z, …). Find this settings under: Data-View > Spreadsheet > „All data (sortable)“ > Right click > View options… > Data View Options

IMPORT OF WYSIWYG DATA FAILED WITH 'INPUT DATA CONTAINS INVALID PATCH DATA: …'?

Make sure your DMX universes were numbered like 1, 2, 3, … grandMA2 can’t handle non-numeric DMX universes. One exception: A, B, C, … were automatically converted to 1, 2, 3, … by this tool.

IMPORT OF WYSIWYG DATA FAILED WITH 'INPUT DATA CONTAINS NON-METRIC POSITION DATA: …'?

The exported CSV file does not contain metric position data. Please make sure your exported CSV contains only metric position data. Find this settings under: Options > User Options > Draw Defaults > Units

WHAT ABOUT PATCH UNIVERSES IN DETAIL? NUMBERS OR LETTERS?

You can choose two options: Have your patch universe numeric (0 to 999) or as letters (A to ZZ). A=1, B=2, Z=26, AA=27, AB=28, ZZ=702. Keep this in mind if you try mixing like 1, 2, A, B, C (this would overwrite universe 1 with A=1 and so on).

I WANT TO UPDATE CHANGED FIXTURE POSITIONS/PATCH WITHOUT RE-IMPORTING ALL LAYERS?

The macros „WYG2GMA move fixtures“ and „WYG2GMA patch fixtures“ are just updating existing fixtures. You can start these macros after re-importing them if you changed the data in WYSIWYG.

WHY IS THE PATCH DONE BY A MACRO INSTEAD OF IMPORTING IT WITHIN THE LAYERS?

(1) You would loose the patch after changing the fixture type.
(2) You can use the patch macro again after changing the patch in WYSIWYG without re-importing all the layer and fixture stuff.

WHY ARE FIXTURES NOT ROTATED CORRECTLY (AS SHOWN IN WYSIWYG PLOT)?

Rotation export is supported in WYSIWYG R36 and newer.

I WANT TO MOVE/ROTATE FIXTURES RELATIVE TO INSERTION POINT AFTER IMPORT?

Check out MA command „Move3D /relative“ and „Rotate3D /relative“.

WHY SHOULD FIXTURETYPE „DIMMER“ SHOULD BE USED FOR IMPORT?

grandMA2 is currently not able to import Multipart-Fixtures in a simple way. CSV export of WYSIWYG provides too less data to do this correctly. So the best way is to import every fixture as „Dimmer“-placeholder and then assign the correct types in the grandMA2 software. It also ensures a straight workflow: WYSIWYG > CONVERTER > GRANDMA (without the need to import all types before using the converter).

WHICH DATA FIELDS WERE PROCESSED?

Spot = Fixture ID, Channel = Channel ID, Patch = Patch, Type = Layer, X = Pos X, Y = Pos Y, Z = Pos Z, RotX = Rotation X, RotY = Rotation Y, RotZ = Rotation Z. Type/Position/Layer/Purpose/Focus/Color/Gobo = Used for group creation (if not empty).

HOW CAN I SORT THE CREATED FIXTURES? MY FIXTURES APPEAR IN RANDOM ORDER AFTER IMPORT.

This tool automatically sorts incoming data based on the sort options („Settings“ window). For manual sorting open „Settings“ window and chose „None“ as sort option. Then sorting has to be done before WYSIWYG export. The „Data View Options“ provide settings for sorting the Fixtures. The converter processes the CSV from top to down without any sorting.

I WANT TO CHANGE FIXTUREID OR CHANNELID COLUMN?

Open „Settings“ window and choose your columns. I do not recommend using the same column for both IDs.

SOME FIXTURES WERE NOT MERGED INTO ONE SINGLE CHANNEL-LAYER?

Only layers where all fixtures have set a ChannelID but no FixtureID will be merged into one single channel layer.

MY WYSIWYG DOES NOT SUPPORT CSV EXPORT. WHAT CAN I DO?

Upgrade :-) But: If you are experienced with Excel, you can TRY (without support) exporting your data to Excel. Open it in Excel and save as CSV. Make sure the file is comma-separated (,) and has no quotes ("). The first line should look like: Channel,Patch,Dimmer,Spot, …

This page was last updated: June 10, 2020