In case people didn’t know I am a man. I state this fact only to tell you that I don’t read manuals. In previous posts I mention that we upgraded our lighting console to Jands Vista consoles. One of the reasons that I picked the Vista T2 was that the on site training was included. Well, this week Steve Irwin came out and did some training for the volunteers and myself.
As stated before, we chose the Vista because it was easy to use and much more familiar to computer users. That being said, it is also a very powerful and expandable lighting platform. While I was doing pretty well handling the programming needs of regular services, I was glad to get some expert training.
The best part of the training was seeing the volunteers finally get why I was so excited about the Vista. Both JT and Greg each had their moments when they saw things that excited them. At first I thought that I would get the training and then teach the volunteers. I t was much better to have JT and Greg learn from Steve because they asked questions that I would not have due to their different experiences programming. JT for instance does more concert style programming for student events; where I do more cue to cue style programming. With Steve’s vast experience in lighting and programming, he was able to show us how we could use the Vista in both scenarios.
Just this week, I have already applied things from training that are making me a faster and better programmer. Steve was able to train on the console, but also extended the training by giving many general programming tips along the way. At the beginning of this week, I was wishing that training was not going to take two days out of my crazy week but at the end of the week, I’m glad that it did.