The thoughts here are my own and based on my own personal experiences with the Artiste. I paid for my HUD, just like everyone else.
I am not receiving any consideration from Yummy by blogging about my experience, I’m doing it because I want to and because I think others might be interested.
Your experiences may similar or they may be completely different. (I’m betting on completely different, because I made a lot of mistakes.) However, you learn from mistakes, right? So I should be an expert soon. 😛
Ok, with that out of the way, on with the post!
I’ve only had the HUD for about a week, and I really haven’t had much time to play with it. I do also own the SILVER version of the HUD, but it has been so long since I used it that it’s sort of like learning a new language. Compared to some of the other competing products on the market, the Artiste has a fairly steep learning curve. However, there is loads of documentation about everything it can do, and of course, you can always contact customer support with questions (and I asked some pretty dumb ones).
The Artiste is very versatile, but it takes a while to get used to the way things are set up. Rather than everything being on one notecard, there are several pieces (and notecards) that have to be filled out to make everything work correctly.
It may seem rather clunky and/or time-consuming at first, but once you get used to it, it goes fairly quickly. I think the added time is more than made up for by the plethora of things you can do with the HUD (and the Palettes).
As I was learning, I tried to take notes, both for myself and with an eye towards these blog posts. In 10 days, I’ve racked up an impressive amount of notes, but I’m fairly certain that when I run into a question, the answer is in my notes.
When I got the HUD, the first thing I did was to unpack everything – there are various pieces and parts (which Yummy keeps adding to) and I wanted to get everything organized (yes, I may be slightly OCD when it comes to my inventory). I ended up with about 12 new folders.
One of the boxes you get is filled with books detailing all the information you need about the various parts of the Artiste Performer’s Series and what they all do. On the first day, most of it was spent reading through all the IntelliBooks. I made it to Book 13 before my eyes glazed over and I broke some of my brain synapses. 😛
So after all that reading, I figured I was ready to load a dance sequence into the HUD and see what happened. I planned to load a sequence, try to make a mover (using a Palette), and perhaps write some emotes. Just a quick ‘get your hands dirty’ kind of thing.
I decided to use a sequence I already had made (lazy, I know) and loaded it into the HUD (on the *sequence1 nc). I came across questions as I worked, which I wrote down in a notecard to send to Yummy later. I got the sequence loaded and played it through the HUD pretty quickly and easily.
One thing I didn’t like was, as the sequence played, the HUD would chat each time a dance started/stopped. Some may find that useful, especially during the choreography stage. Personally, I found it very distracting. (I included that in my notecard to Yummy, and there is now an option to turn off the sequence chat if you wish – woohoo!)
So after my success (yay!) with the sequence, I decided to move on to create a move route with a Palette. The instructions were fairly straightforward, and being familiar with other mover systems was a plus, I think.
Feeling pretty cocky, I started playing with the Palette and setting up a route. There are two different methods for setting up a route, so you’ll have to play with them and figure out for yourself which one you like best. (I’ll talk about those in a little more detail in the next post.) For some reason, I couldn’t get it to remember the route. And I discovered that the default time for a move was 3 secs, so I changed it to 0.2.
(A little explanation here – I have a habit of starting my movers offstage. I generally set the movers backstage and then the first move jumps to position onstage at the beginning of the sequence – hence the 0.2 secs move time. After some discussion with Yummy, apparently I am in the minority, as most people start their movers onstage.)
After an hour or so of fiddling, I couldn’t make the Palette work. I was sure it was something simple I was missing, but it was late and I was getting frustrated, so I added a few more questions to my notecard to Yummy and logged off.
My last thought for the evening was that Yummy will probably be sick of me by the time I learn the HUD, because I ask so many darn questions!!