Uploading pixelage

ZematisZematis Registered User
edited September 2009 in HES Automated Lighting
Hello,

I am getting ready for my first use of the showpix and Echo software.

I've made my pixelage template and added my files...
I was wondering how long the upload process takes for the showpix fixtures?
I imagine to some extent it varies by file size.... I am trying to determine if I need to send the echo files to the shop prior to load in or if there is time onsite for this.

Also, I just want to confirm, Is uploading still limited to one DMX line at a time? Are merge boxes and splitters ok to have in line? Does the Echo software use the fixtures unique fixture ID when assigning content over multiple universes since some fixtures will have the "same" dmx address

How do most of you go about working this? I am just trying to understand the best approach.

Thanks!

Comments

  • Mike HansonMike Hanson Registered User, HES Alumni, Hog Beta
    edited September 2009

    How much content are you loading? It will vary on different file size just like you guessed. It might be a good idea to have the shop do it before you get to your gig, if they will. You should not go through splitters, opto’s or merge boxes unless they support talk back or RDN. If they don’t they will not allow the fixtures to talk to the Echo software. The fixtures do use unique ID address for Echo not the DMX address.
  • Unknown Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
    edited September 2009
    > was wondering how long the upload process takes
    > for the showpix fixtures?

    Anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours depending on the size and complexity. If you have the option to pre-load your content when you're not under time pressure, then do it. Especially if it's your first time.

    > Are merge boxes and splitters ok to have in line?

    Any inline processing gear must support bidirectional communication. Currently, echo requires both LWR Talkback and RDM support. There are bidirectional splitters on the market from the usual suspects, but I'm not aware of any bidirectional mergers.

    > Does the Echo software use the fixtures unique fixture
    > ID when assigning content over multiple universes since
    > some fixtures will have the "same" dmx address

    The PIX fixtures use RDM to transfer content. Each fixture has an RDM Unique ID assigned at the factory.
  • ZematisZematis Registered User
    edited September 2009
    Thanks for the info.

    It's not too much content, but I'll see if the shop can do it...

    I'll have them send a widget to the job site too...

    Thanks!
  • bradpepebradpepe Registered User, HES Alumni
    edited September 2009
    Scott,

    Before you upload the Pixellage content to your fixtures, be sure to set each fixture's "Pixellage address". This number corrolates to each fixture's position within the pixellage template. This must be manually set correctly to ensure that each fixture receives their correct "piece" of the pixellage image.

    There is a more detailed explanation in the Echo user manual.
  • ZematisZematis Registered User
    edited September 2009
    I do see how this works. I will explain and send my echo files to the shop and see how it goes.
    Thanks.
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