Move In Black

Move in black (MIB) is a function where tracking sequences look ahead and preposition attributes of fixtures that are fading the dimmer in from zero, to automatically prevent transitions where the fixture would move the attributes into position, while the fixture is fading in.

MIB is enabled on a cue part basis, by giving the MIB-property of the cue part a value which tells the console when and how it should do the prepositioning.

There are several options and properties that modify MIB behavior. Two of them are MIB Fade and MIB Delay timing properties.

MIB Fade is the fade time of attributes that will be positioned by MIB. It is available in different places. There is an order of importance which MIB fade time to apply:

  1. Per cue part
  2. Per attribute in a fixture type
  3. Global in the show file

When a MIB fade time is specified in the cue part, the individual attribute MIB fade time will be ignored. When the MIB fade time of the cue is set to default the global MIB fade time will be applied, unless an attribute has an individual MIB fade time set.

MIB Delay is the delay time the attributes wait from having the dimmer closed until the MIB fade will be performed. The MIB delay time can be specified per cue part or global in the show file. The same ruleset as for MIB fade applies: When the MIB delay time of the cue is set to default the global MIB delay time will be applied.

When the MIB fade and/or MIB delay is performed between cues, the MIB times specified in the (future) cue part where the dimmer opens again will be applied. For example, a fixture is moving in cue 3 to be ready for cue 5. The MIB times specified in cue 5 is used for the MIB.

Cue MIB Settings

The sequence sheet can display several columns for the different MIB settings. All MIB related columns can be displayed or hidden by the MIB Settings mask within the Sequence Sheet Settings. Sequence シートについては、キューとシーケンスの確認 を参照してください。

The sequence sheet hides those MIB cells, that are not considered for the different combinations of MIB settings or if a cue or cue part is not suitable for MIB.

Global MIB Settings

To change the global MIB Preferences go to Menu - Preferences and Timing.

In the Timing tab, there is a section called MIB Timing.

This defines the default MIB Fade and MIB Delay times. This value is input as time. For more information about MIB fade and MIB delay, please read above.

The property MIB Transition defines which transition type will be applied to the fade of MIB. Read more about the different types of transitions in the Cue Timing topic.

The MIB Transition can only be defined for all MIB fades globally in the show file. It is not possible to define a different transition type for a single MIB fade per cue or cue part.

In the Cue tab, there is a section called MIB Preferences.

Here it is possible to change the defaults that will be set to a new cue when it is stored.

For more information about these settings, read above.

Sequence MIB Settings

There are sequence-wide MIB settings within the sequence settings. Read more about the settings in the Sequence Settings topic.

The purpose of the sequence MIB settings is to have the option to overwrite the cue-based MIB settings with the MIB Force settings.

When setting the MIB Force to any option except Enabled, the sequence sheet displays the corresponding setting in the MIB Mode column extended by an exclamation mark, for instance, Never!

The MIB Mode setting is used to select the default MIB mode used when doing an MIB. The MIB Mode per cue or cue part needs to be set to Default.

For more information about the different MIB Mode types per sequence, please read above.

MIB Color Indicators

Attribute values will be displayed with special colors within the sequence sheet in track mode to show when the MIB is performed.

In this example, the tracking sheet view shows when the MIB is performed.


The fixtures need to be ready for cue 5. In cue 5 the MIB Mode is set to "UponGo". This means that when the fixtures fade to 0% in cue 2, they are ready to MIB with the next cue trigger. When cue 3 is activated they will perform the MIB for cue 5.

The default color indicators are a deep sea green background and black text color. Read more about the MIB colors in the fixture sheet and other different grandMA3 colors in the Colors topics.