Export Script to Explo

Overview

In order to make a firing script, you need to configure your show with the specifications of your firing system. The easiest way to do this is with the menu item "Show > Set firing system > Explo". You can also set the user preference "File > Preferences > Firing system > Explo" so that all your new shows will come up pre-configured for Explo.

The Explo system supports up to 99 modules (boxes) with 70 pins (cues) each. For certain advanced techniques, you may want to configure the modules at your launch positions individually. For instructions, please see the Addressing section.

Once you've scripted your show and you are ready to export your firing script, click the "File > Export firing script > Explo" menu item. If you have a sound track, you should download into your Explo system the same mp3 file that you uploaded into Finale. The name of that file will be specified in the exported Explo script. Finale assumes it is an mp3 file.

Example Script

The following two files are an example show file that you can load into Finale, and the corresponding exported script for Explo.

Understanding the Explo Format

The Explo format consists of three header rows, followed by the firing rows, sorted by break time (effect time). The header rows are a comment row, a row containing the filename of the sound track, and a row containing the titles of the firing row fields. The firing row fields indicate the box and port number of the shot, in addition to timing information, the effect description, and other parameters. Since each firing row represents only a single effect type, it may require multiple firing rows to represent all of the effects ignited from a single box and port number. Thus some firing rows may have the same box and port number. However, the firing rows do contain a quantity field, so if a shot contains multiple devices of the same type and angle, such as a chain of devices, all the devices can be represented on the same row.

Character Set And Delimiters

The exported script uses the 8-bit Code Page 1252 character set, to accommodate German characters and others. The fields in the firing rows are separated by tab characters. Special characters like double quotes are not escaped, so beware if you attempt to load the format into Excel. Lines are terminated with a single newline character (0x0A). A special delimiter firing row is included at the end of the script to indicate the end of the file. The fields in the delimiter row are empty except the time field, which duplicates the time of previous row, and the effect description field, which contains the word "Ende".

The Fields in Each Row

The Explo script format includes the following fields in the firing rows, which Finale fills as indicated:

Index

Name

Explanation

0

Box/Nr

The module (box) and pin (post) number of the shot, separated by slash.

1

Explozeit

The break time of the shot, in the format 00:00.00.

2

Abstand Zündzeit

The delay to the next firing row, in the format 00:00.00.

3

Effektbezeichnung

The effect description. (80 character limit)

4

Stz.

The prefire time, in the format 0,0 (comma radix point).

5

Efz.

The duration of the effect, in the format 0,0 (comma radix point).

6

Efg.

The effect category. Finale writes the Part Type. (80 characters max)

7

Stop

Finale leaves this field blank.

8

Stk.

Quantity. Finale writes the total number of devices represented by the firing row.

9

Beschreibung

Comment field. Finale writes a graphic indicating the angles of the shots, such as ///. (80 character limit)

10

Position

Finale leaves this field blank.

11

Steighöhe

Finale leaves this field blank.

12

Größe

Size. Finale writes the part's Size into this field, including its units, e.g., 2.5" or 30mm.

13

Etk.

Number of labels to print. Finale writes the total number of devices, same as "Stk." field.

14

Effekttop

Finale leaves this field blank.

15

Gruppe

Optional duration parameter for flame projectors. Finale writes the contents of the Custom Script Field. (80 character limit)

16

Bereich

Finale leaves this field blank.

17

Winkel

Angle. Finale writes the shot angle, formatted as an integer, followed by the degrees character, i.e., 0° (character 0xB0 in Code Page 1252 encoding). If the script row represents multiple shots, the angle is that of the first.

18

Pos.

Position name. If the script row represents multiple shots, from different positions, Finale writes all of the position names involved, separated by spaces. (80 character limit)

19

(no name)

Artikel Ref. Finale writes the Part Number. (80 chraacter limit)


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