Medialon Manager 4
Medialon / AMX
Integration Guide
Medialon/AMX_Integration Guide_E1.5
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of Contents
Presentation …………………………………………….………………….. 3
Medialon Manager 4 and AMX resources
addressing …………………………………………………………………….. 4
[Device:Port:System] …………………………………………….………….. 4
Channel and Level …………………………………………….……………….. 6
Channel
Level
AMX resources in Medialon Manager 4………………. 7
Software Requirements …………………………………………….………… 7
Resources proposed by AMX …………………………………………….… 7
Creating a resource …………………………………………….…………….… 7
Scanning available AMX Resources
Creating a resource manually
MxMs using AMX resources
in Medialon Manager 4………………………………………….….. 11
MxM Medialon I/O …………………………………………….……………..... 11
Setup for MxM Medialon I/O
Use of MxM Medialon I/O device
Medialon Infrared …………………………………………….…………………. 12
Setup for MxM Medialon Infrared
Use of MxM Medialon Infrared device
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PRESENTATION
AMX is a worldwide leader in Remote Control systems offering a wide range
of controllers, keypads and touch panel.
With smart processors and powerful memory reserves, the AMX NetLinx©
Controllers can simultaneously carry out multiple commands to produce
instant, flawless results from the devices they control.
The AMX Touch Panels control and automate the electronics that make
operations run more efficiently. With an ultra user-friendly interface,
complex sequences of commands can be transformed into magical results literally at the touch of a button.
For more information about AMX: http://www.amx.com
When connected to a Medialon system via Ethernet, AMX NetLinx©
Controllers offer their hardware resources to Medialon Manager Software.
There is no need for programming in the AMX NetLinx© itself (only the
AMX/Medialon protocol driver downloaded in the NetLinx©), Medialon
Manager 4 remains the master and sends commands from its own MxMs
and drivers.
At this date, all Serial MxMs, Medialon I/O MxM and the new Medialon
Infrared MxM can be used with AMX NetLinx©. In addition, AMX brings a
huge list of Infrared drivers. (DMX and MIDI integration will be available
2008 Q1)
AMX Modero© Panels interfaces are programmed using TPDesign4
software, links are created in Medialon Manager 4 to trigger task and
monitor variables.
The combination of the two systems, Medialon Manager 4 powerful Show
Control software and AMX highly reliable hardware create the best solution
for many applications where Timeline, accurate synchronization, logical
operations, database links, digital media control, wide network deployment
etc … are necessary.
This document describes the integration of AMX Hardware in a Medialon
Manager 4 system. The reader is supposed to have a minimum knowledge
about Medialon Manager 4 setup and programming.
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MEDIALON MANAGER 4 AND AMX
RESOURCES ADDRESSING
[Device:Port:System]
AMX hardware is made of:
• Integrated controllers with Ethernet input to connect to the network,
and a various number of outputs, from Serial to Infrared and relays.
Output depends of the integrated controller model.
• Integrated Card cage Controllers with Ethernet input to connect to the
network and a number of slots in which various type of output cards can be
inserted, from Serial to Infrared and relays, Midi etc …
• Modero© Touch Panel with Ethernet input to connect to the network
wired or wireless.
All connected devices ie: a DVD player on a Serial port, but also buttons on
a Panel page, have a unique address in the system, the DPS
[Device:Port:System].
The AMX [Device:Port:System] addressing scheme is used to uniquely
identify an AMX resource.
• An AMX installation can be made of one or several ‘Systems’. Each
‘System’ owns a master device which is connected to the network and has
a unique System ID.
• Besides the master, a system is composed of one or several ‘Devices’
connected to the master. Each of these ‘Devices’ (master included) has a
unique Device ID in the scope of the system.
• Each resource of a device is defined by a port ID, unique in the scope of
the device. Usually, this port ID is written at the back of the device.
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In order to access a specific AMX resource from Medialon Manager 4, you
have to know the triplet identifier [Device:Port:System] and the system
master IP (the default TCP port is 60000).
Basically, Manager communicates with a master of a system and accesses
a specific resource by specifying the [D:P:S].
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Channel and Level
In some cases, the triplet [Device:Port:System] is not enough to specify
precisely only one single resource, for example, one specific relay on a
NetLinx© Controller. Therefore, you must specify a channel or level
number.
Channel
‘Channel’ number will be used for digital I/Os, for example a relay on a
NetLinx© controller or a button on a Touch Panel.
Level
‘Level’ will be used for analog I/Os, for example an output of an analog
card on a NetLinx© Controller or a slider on a Touch Panel.
NB: it is possible to show each Port and Level/Channel for each
object/resource on the Touch Panel screen by selecting “Function Show” in
the Protected Setup of the Touch Panel.
NETWORK
Etc…
AMX System 2
AMX System 1
Master - NetLinx© Controller NI-4100 (Device 50001)
(IP: 192.168.0.1)
Serial (Port 1)
I/O (Port 17)
Channel [1 :8])
Etc…
NetLinx© Controller NI-3100 (Device 50002)
Serial (Port 1)
I/O (Port 17)
Channel [1 :8])
Etc…
Manager v4
Modero© Touch Panel NXT-CV10 (Device 10002)
Ports depending on the loaded Panel
Channels and levels depending on loaded Panel
Etc..
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AMX RESOURCES IN MEDIALON
MANAGER 4
Software requirements
In order to access the AMX resources from Medialon Manager 4, you need
to have the following software installed:
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•
•
•
Medialon Manager version 4.2 or higher
MxM Medialon I/O
MxM Medialon Infrared
AMX/Medialon protocol driver downloaded in NetLinx©.
Resources proposed by AMX
By using AMX resources, you’ll be able to access to:
• Serial resources
• I/O resources
• Infrared resources
Creating a resource
There are 2 ways to create a resource:
• by scanning available AMX resources on the network
• by creating a resource manually
Scanning available AMX resources
Right click on the ‘Resources’ node in the browser of Manager, and choose
‘Scan AMX NetLinx Resources’
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The scan process starts and displays all of the resources found on the
network:
An icon next to a resource means that the resource is already declared in
Medialon Manager. To add resources, select ‘resources’ and click on the
‘Add Resources’ button.
Creating a resource manually
1. Setup for AMX NetLinx© Serial Resources
• Right click on the ‘Resources>Serial Ports’ node, and choose ‘New
Resource>AMX NetLinx Serial…’
• The following setup window appears :
• Enter the IP address of the master
(default TCP port is 60000)
• Enter the [D:P:S] of the serial
resource to control
• Click on ‘OK’
• Close ‘Setup Resources’ window,
the AMX Serial Resource is
created!
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2. Setup for AMX NetLinx© I/O Resources
• Right click on the ‘Resources>I/O Ports’ node, and choose ‘New
Resource>AMX NetLinx IO…’
• The following setup window appears:
• Enter the IP address of the
master (default TCP port is
60000)
• Enter the [D:P:S] of the I/O
resource to control
• In the ‘I/O Configuration’ section,
enter the type of I/O and the
number of channel
• Click on ‘OK’
• Close the ‘Setup Resources’
window, the AMX I/O Resource is
created!
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3. Setup for AMX NetLinx© Infrared Resources
• Right click on the ‘Resources>Serial Ports’ node, and choose ‘New
Resource>AMX NetLinx Infrared…’
• The following setup window appears :
• Enter the IP address of the master
(default TCP port is 60000)
• Enter the [D:P:S] of the infrared
resource to control
• Click on ‘OK’
• Close ‘Setup Resources’ window,
the AMX Infrared Resource is
created!
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MxMs USING AMX RESOURCES IN
MEDIALON MANAGER 4
MxM Medialon I/O
This MxM will allow you to use the different I/O resources offered by AMX
products (relay, I/O, analog, etc…).
Setup for MxM Medialon I/O
NB: This device allows control/use of all the I/O resources created by the
user.
• Right click on node: ‘Devices’, and choose ‘New Device…’
• Select ‘Medialon I/O’, name your new device and press ‘OK’ to access
the Setup
• The following setup window appears:
• Press ‘Output Switches’ to configure the outputs you want to use
• Press ‘Add Output Switches…’, the following window appears :
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• Click on all the channels you want to use and press ‘OK’, these channels
will be usable by the device. In the ‘Medialon I/O Setup’ you will be able to
monitor variable by clicking checkbox ‘Monitor’.
• Repeat the same for ‘Input Switches’ to configure the inputs channels
you want to use.
• Repeat the same for ‘Output Levels’ to configure the inputs channels you
want to use.
• Repeat the same for ‘Input Levels’ to configure the inputs channels you
want to use.
• Once everything is configured, press ‘OK’ in the ‘Medialon I/O Setup’.
Use of MxM Medialon I/O device
1. Cues
• Drag a Medialon ‘I/O’ device on a track. A popup menu appears. The
main cues to use are ‘Switches>Set Switch Status’ and ‘Switches>Switches
Memory’
• ‘Switches>Set Switch Status’ lets you to control one I/O output channel.
• ‘Switches>Switches Memory’ lets you to control multiple I/O output
channels.
• ‘Levels>Set Level Status’ lets you to control one I/O output level.
• ‘Switches>Levels Memory’ lets you to control multiple I/O output levels.
2. Variables
A variable has been created inside the device for each monitored I/O
channels/levels defined in the setup of the device.
Medialon Infrared
This MxM will allow you to use the infrared resource offered by AMX
products.
Setup for MxM Medialon Infrared
NB: This device allows control/use all the Infrared resources created by the
user.
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• Right click on node: ‘Devices’, and choose ‘New Device…’
• Select ‘Medialon Infrared’, name your new device and press ‘OK’ to
access the Setup
• The following setup window appears:
• Press the ‘Select…’ button next to the ‘Infrared Port’ to select the right
resource.
• The following window appears :
• Click on the channel you want to use and press ‘OK’, this channel will be
usable by the device.
• Press ‘Select…’ next to the ‘Default IR Driver’ to select the right driver
for the selected resource.
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• The following window appears :
• This window displays all possible drivers for the current selected
resource. If you want to add a new driver to the library in order to select
it, click on ‘Import Drivers…’. If you don’t want to specify any driver, you
can select ‘Unspecified’ in the list.
• Back to the ‘Medialon Infrared Setup’, you will be able to load the driver
selected into the IR resource by clicking the button ‘Load Driver’.
Important note: in order to do so, you must have the AMX
software: “File Transfer” installed on your computer.
• Once everything is configured, press ‘OK’ in the ‘Medialon Infrared
Setup’
Use of MxM Medialon Infrared device
Cues
The Medialon Infrared device allows you to send a command from the
selected driver in the setup. You can do so by using the cue ‘Send
Command’. You have the choice to send a command by name (a wizard
allows you to select one of the command existing in the driver) or to send
a command by index.
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