Control center DMXC2

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Books.png Control center DMXC2

 

Contents

Overview

Picture 1: DMXControlProgram icon
Picture 1: DMXControl
Program icon

Once DMXControl starts by double clicking the program icon, (see figure 1) DMXControl's control center opens (see figure 2). This window give the operator easy access to all the main modules, tools and configurations of DMXControl. In addition, other configuration setting are available with the menu items « File » « Window » « Configuration » and « ? ».

There is also a status line which displays the path and the file of the loaded project and also the approximate load of DMX Control's internal message system on the lower window edge window. In addition, the date, the current system time and the version number are also shown.


Picture 2: The control center of DMXControl
Picture 2: The control center of DMXControl


  • to open, save and quit your show (menu « File »)
  • to access your tools from DMXControl (menu « Window »)
  • to setup your system (menu « Settings »)
  • to access support functions (menu « ? »)

Control elements

The FILE Menu

The standard Windows items are located in the FILE menu.

Icon Menue item Shortcut Description
Neu New project... n.a. Start a new project.
Öffnen Open project... n.a. Open an existing project.
Speichern Save project CTRL+S Overwrites the currently selected project.
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Save project as... n.a. Save the project in a selected directory.
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Pack & Go... n.a. Archiving a complete project, e.g. to move it to a new or second computer.
(see chapter 31)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Exit n.a. Quits DMXControl and displays the usual safety and exit queries.

The WINDOW Menu

The 'Window' menu includes many important items to DMXControl, Any installed Plugins are also shown here.

First Section

Icon Menu item Shortcut Description
Channel overview Channel overview n.a. Opens the channel overview window.
(see chapter 8)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Devices n.a. Opens the device window for managing your devices.
(see chapter 6)
Graphical_view Graphical view n.a. Opens the graphical view.
(see chapter 5)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Group selection n.a. Opens the group selection window.
(see chapter 5)

Second Section

Icon Menu item Shortcut Description
BeatTool BeatTool n.a. Opens the BeatTool window for sound-to-light-control.
(see chapter 15)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Command line n.a. Opens the command line window.
(see chapter 20)
Kommandobox Command Box n.a. Opens the command box.
(see chapter 16)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png DMXIn remote control n.a. Opens the DMXIn remote control for activating the DMXIn remote control.
(see chapter 28)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Joystick control n.a. Opens the window for setup of the joystick control.
(see chapter 26)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Midi remote control n.a. Opens the Midi remote control for activating the Midi remote control.
(see chapter 27)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Keyboard control n.a. Opens the Keyboard control window for activating the Keyboard control.
(see chapter 25)
Master Master n.a. Opens the master window with the master fader.
(see chapter 13)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png PDA remote control n.a. Opens the window for PDA setup.
(see chapter 24)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Scheduler n.a. Opens the scheduler window.
(see chapter 21)

Third Section

Icon Menu item Shortcut Description
Audio player Audio player n.a. Opens the audio player window.
(see chapter 17)
Chasers Tool Chasers Tool n.a. Opens the chasers tool window.
(see chapter 11)
Szenenliste Cue List n.a. Opens the cue List window.
(see chapter 10)
Sound analyzer Sound analyzer n.a. Opens the sound analyzer window for sound-to-light setup.
(see chapter 14)
Submaster Submaster n.a. Opens the submaster window.
(see chapter 12)
Textbook Textbook n.a. Opens the textbook window.
(see chapter 19)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Timecode player n.a. Opens the timecode player window.
(see chapter 18)

Fourth Section

Icon Menu item Shortcut Description
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Show cue libary STRG+B Opens the cue libary window.
(see chapter 9)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Edit view STRG+E Hides menu items for live operating.
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Fetching all windows on the primary desktop. n.a. If you work with several monitors, it can happen on the return to the single monitor mode that windows are still on the now virtual monitor. With this function, you can get missing windows back to your primary monitor. It is premiss that the window is open.

The SETTINGS Menu

The menu items which serve the configuration of DMXControl and his modules are in the menu configuration.

Icon Menue item Shortcut Description
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Output plugins.. n.a. Opens the window for setup and configure the output plugins.
(see chapter 7)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Plugins.. n.a. Opens the window for setup and configure the plugins for advance functions.
(see chapter 30)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Program settings... n.a. Opens the program settings window.
(see chapter 29)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Midi remote control... n.a. Opens the window for configure the Midi remote control.
(see chapter 27)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png DMX-In remote control... n.a. Opens the window for configure the DMX-In remote control.
(see chapter 28)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Joystick control... n.a. Opens the window for configure the joystick control.
(see chapter 26)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Keyboard control... n.a. Opens the window for configure the keyboard control.
(see chapter 25)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Color lists... n.a. Opens the window for definition the color lists.
(see chapter 6)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Gobo lists... n.a. Opens the window for definition the gobo lists.
(see chapter 6)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Shape editor... n.a. Opens the window of the shape editor for the motion cue.
(see chapter 23)
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Englisch
Deutsch
n.a. Language selection for DMXControl.
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Enable experimental tools n.a. If this menu item is select, then the program parts which weren't tested substantially yet and are in the beta stage still appear, too. No experimental program parts are integratedly in the 2.12 at the moment, only some of Plugins need this point so that they are shown in. (e. g. the Plugin BeatDetection)

The HELP "?" Menu

The menu items which help you with DMXControl's operation are in the menu Help.

Icon Menu item Shortcut Description
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Open PDF-manual n.a. This manual as PDF opens on the computer. The PDF manual is updated at regular intervals - a current version is on the home page for download and simply needs to be copied into the DMXControl contents directory.
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Open online manual n.a. This manual as PDF opens on the computer.
The PDF manual is updated at regular intervals - a current version is on home page for download and simply needs to be copied into the DMXControl contents directory.
The English version of the PDF manual is not yet supported - please wait until the translation of the Wiki is finished.
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png DMXControl website n.a. Open the browser on the computer and call the DMXControl website.
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png DMXControl forum n.a. Opens your favorite browser on the computer and calls the DMXControl forum where you can receive online help from the community.
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png About n.a. Opens the About window, where you can see a variety of information.
Important information includes the release and build number for bug descriptions on the bug tracker or the forum.
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-space.png Show Debug Output n.a. Opens a window with information for debugging in case of bug tracking.

Other controls in the control center

Icon Name Description
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-Blackout.png Blackout Push this icon once, the DMX value output for all channels will be set to 0. The next push restores all DMX values back again.
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-Freeze.png Freeze Push this icon once, the output will freeze, this means that the last DMX values will distributed. Any change of DMX values during the freeze will not send to the output.
There is also a second freeze button in the graphical view which only there has an effect.
DMXC2 Manual control center icon-Audio cue.png Audio playback An audio cue which is running can be stopped early with this button or one of the 16 audio cues can be manipulated over the drop down menu.

General controls in DMXControl

Icon Name Description
DMXC2 Manual control center button add.png Add The button adds is contained in almost all windows in DMXControl and is used for adding new Cues, lists and effects and so on.
DMXC2 Manual control center button delete.png Delete If there is a button add, there is also a button delete to purge entry.
DMXC2 Manual control center button copy.png Copy This button copy is placed in in several places and used to copy cues and effects.
DMXC2 Manual control center button rename.png Rename This button can be used to rename several entrys.
DMXC2 Manual control center button arrow-up.png Shift up This button is used to drag entrys up in the list.
DMXC2 Manual control center button arrow-down.png Shift down This button is used to drag entrys down in the list.
DMXC2 Manual control center button edit.png Edit This button is used to edit cues, effcts and lists in DMXControl.
DMXC2 Manual control center button reset.png Reset The reset button will set the DMX output from the window to default DMX output.
DMXC2 Manual control center button play.png Start The button appears in all places where a sequence can be started from cues for the expiry the start.

Module commands

This module commands refers essentially to the button blackout and freeze.

  • Module: DMX-Output
  • Meaning from Device/Function and Channel
Device/Function Description Channel Description
Blackout The Blackout command refers to the Blackout icon in the control center and in the graphical view. Toggle The command Toggle inverted the momentary behaviour of the Blackout-Funktion.
On The command On activate the Blackout-Funktion.
Off The command Off deactivate the Blackout-Funktion.
Freeze The Freeze command refers to the Freeze icon in the control center and in the graphical view. Toggle The command Toggle invertst the momentary behaviour of the Freeze-funktion.
On The command On activate the Freeze-funktion.
Off The command Off deactivate the Freeze-funktion.

Meaning of the Flags:

Flag Meaning Description
T Toggle mode The Flag »Toggle mode« result in the function's being set by the first call and being reset by the second call.
O Used specified value The Flag »Used specified value« result in the being assigned to the appropriate channel of the value in the openings' value. This value isn't DMX value 0 to 255 but a per cent value 0. 000 to 100. 000%
A Ask for value The Flag »Ask for value« result in the opening at call of the order of an input window in which the per cent value can be entered.
I Ignore value 0 The Flag »Ignore value 0« result in the being ignored of a value of zero. Do you need at some orders to ensure a correct function.

Tip(s)

To be on the safe side, Projects should regularly be stored during the construction phase under another name (e.g. Yourproject 1,2,3,4,5 etc.). This process will allow you to go back to an older version if necessary. The experimental program items are only seen in the menu when the experimental tools are enabled in the SETTINGS menu.  

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