I’ve finally had a chance to unpack and try out the new Stage Manager from SpotOn.
I must say, it has some pretty nifty features.
I already own several rez boxes, so I was curious to see what new things I could do with it.
I’ve used a rez-faux rezzer (not my favorite), and I have the Multi-Scene rezzer, which I love.
I also have the Artiste rezzer, but I think that one I will do a separate review for, as it has a lot of very cool integrated features.
My curiosity about the SpotOn Stage Manager was piqued when I saw that you could use it at multiple venues (because it remembers the stage) and that you could rez it anywhere at your venue and it would still set up the build correctly.
The Old Way
Let me discuss for a minute how rezzing sets used to happen (and still does, in many cases).
Before there were rezzers, you would build your set at your home or building platform.
You would then pick it up as one coalesced object and then go to the performance venue.
Once there, you would rez the set, get it positioned correctly, and then pick it up.
You would then be able to use the ‘restore to last position’ feature to rez your set on the day of performance.
Some issues with this method is that ‘restore to last’ is not always available to use.
Also, depending on the items contained in your set build, linking it all together was not always possible or practical.
When rezzers became available, they were widely adopted by performers.
Rezzers let you build your set elsewhere, pack everything into the rezzer, and then take the rezzer (with the set within it) to the performance venue.
In order to use a rezzer, all the items within it must have copy/mod permissions.
So no-copy items will not work with most rezzers.
Even though rezzers made some things easier, there were/are still issues.
With most rezzers, the position of the rezzer itself matters.
So often, you would go to the performance venue, rez the rez box, and then end up having to move the rez box around in order to get the set positioned correctly.
Maybe the venue prefers that the rezzers all be backstage or under the stage, so you would need to move it around to accommodate that desire.
There are ways around this issue, but it was/is still extra work.
With most rezzers, you will have a separate rezzer for each venue, because one set will not generally fit well on the stage at multiple venues (since the stages are usually different sizes).
SpotOn Stage Manager Benefits
SpotOn’s Stage Manager has similarities to other rezzers.
You can only rez one set at a time.
You can only use copy/mod items in your set builds.
It’s possible to personalize the Stage Manager – you can change the color (only to colors specified) and you can add a picture.
This is my personalized SM – I’ve changed the color to blue and added a photo so others know it’s my SM.
The biggest benefit of the SpotOn Stage Manager is that you can set it up to remember multiple stages.
Since many dancers perform at multiple venues, this is a great time saver.
You have a to do a bit of front-end work by going to each venue and setting up the rezzer to recognize each place.
The other big bonus with this rezzer is that where you rez/place the Stage Manager doesn’t matter.
Regardless of where you place the rezzer, your set will rez correctly.
Another small benefit is that with the Stage Manager, you don’t see objects rezzing out the audience and then disappearing as they snap into place.
SpotOn Stage Manager Differences
I did discover a few differences when using the Stage Manager versus using my Multi-Scene rezzer.
With the Multi-Scene, if I need to move something in my set build, I can reposition the object, and then ‘save back to object contents,’ and it will update the position of the object.
So the next time I rez the set, the change will be remembered.
Using the Stage Manager, you can’t save back to object contents.
You will have to reposition the object, get the notecard from the SM again, and then update the set notecard to reflect your change.
With the Multi-Scene rezzer, I could edit the rezzer box itself and reposition my set by moving the rez box.
Since the Stage Manager position is independent of the set position, you cannot do this with the Stage Manager.
I like the Stage Manager.
For me, the biggest benefit is being able to place it anywhere at a venue and have my stage rez correctly.
That said, setting it up can be somewhat tricky.
I’ve used it at two different venues successfully.
I set it up for a third venue, and for some reason, my set keeps rezzing too low.
I got the coordinates again, but it still didn’t work correctly.
I plan to revisit it again today, and hopefully I can figure out what I did wrong.
It’s also nice to be able to rez your sets and clear the stage via chat commands.
I set up buttons on my Performance Director HUD to rez and clear my set for an act.
There are a few things I wish it did (as well as other rezzers).
The Stage Manager does glow at the bottom to indicate that you have a set rezzed.
I would love to get some kind of chat notice that it was done rezzing my set and also when the stage was cleared.
The stage seems to clear almost instantly, so that may not be necessary, but some venues have performers waiting in green rooms, and it can be difficult to cam around to see if your set is done rezzing.
The Stage Manager is made to work seamlessly with other SpotOn products, so if you already own other products, you know they will all play nicely together. 🙂
You can purchase the Stage Manager at the SpotOn in-world store, or you can purchase it on Marketplace for $999L.