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1. TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.
Table of Contents....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
2.
Before We Start ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5
2.1 What's New to myDMX 2.0 ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 5
2.2 The myDMX 2.0 Package ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
2.3 Fixture Profiles ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 8
3.
Getting Started .......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9
3.1 Installation............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9
3.2 Setup ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 10
3.3 Editor ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 13
3.4 User ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 16
3.4.1 Live Edits ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 17
4.
Scene Builder ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 18
4.1 Arranging Fixtures ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 18
4.2 Controlling Fixtures ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 20
4.3 Effects .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 23
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5.
Other Features ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 26
5.1 Easy Remote (coming soon) .................................................................................................................................................................................. 26
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2. BEFORE WE START
Welcome to myDMX 2.0 – a powerful and easy to use DMX lighting control app for PC and Mac. This manual will guide you through using the
software. For a quick overview of the software jump straight to the topics in the chapter Getting Started on page 9.
2.1 WHAT'S NEW TO MYDMX 2.0
The myDMX 2.0 has been re-built from the ground up. This chapter will give an overview of the most important new features.
We have been asked to develop a Mac version of the software for many years – myDMX 2.0 is now PC and Mac compatible.
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2.1.1 NEW DESIGN
The software features a new design, which includes new icons, faders, colors and
preset components allowing for a quicker and more pleasant workflow.
Quickly jump to a color or position with the new popup preset components and change
the scene color on the User screen.
2.1.2 THE SCENE BUILDER
The Scene Builder allows you to do everything you used to do with the original Effects
Generator and more.
Arrange lighting fixtures, draw effects directly onto fixtures and set your effects in realtime.
The ‘Linear Fan’ effect allows you to create color gradients and position fans.
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2.1.3 SSL2 FIXTURE PROFILE FORMAT
SSL2 fixture profiles allow more information to be stored about the personality of a lighting fixture. This allows for quicker and easier
programming. For example, if you have an LED bar with several segments, you can control each segment individually whilst still having global
control of master dimmer and macro channels.
2.2 THE MYDMX 2.0 PACKAGE
2.2.1 WHAT'S IN THE BOX
Your package should include the following:
CD with the software
USB-DMX interface
USB cable
The latest software versions and user manuals are available from our website.
2.2.2 SOFTWARE
The following software is included:
myDMX 2.0 - DMX lighting programming app (PC and Mac)
Scan Library – Used to build your own fixture profiles (PC only)
EasyView – A real-time 3D visualizer (PC only)
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Hardware Configuration Tools – A USB-DMX interface management app (PC only)
Easy Remote – Remote control of myDMX 2.0(iPad/Android Tablet)
2.3 FIXTURE PROFILES
All of the attributes of a DMX device are saved in a special file called
the “Fixture Profile” or .SSL2 file. The more accurate the fixture
profile, the easier it will be to program your lighting with myDMX
2.0.
If you have an incomplete fixture profile, myDMX 2.0 will not
understand the lights you want to control and therefore it will be
more difficult for you to program your lighting fixtures.
There is a profile for almost every fixture on the market. Fixture
profiles can be created and edited with the "Scan Library" editor
software. For more details on how to make Scan Library profiles, see
chapter 2.2.2 Software on page 7.
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3. GETTING STARTED
3.1 INSTALLATION
Insert the software installation CD into the CD drive of your computer, or download the software from our website.
Double click the setup icon to install the software.
Follow the installer instructions.
The USB interface drivers will be installed during the software installation. When installing on Windows, you may receive a warning message
saying that the drivers have not been digitally signed. Press ‘Continue Anyway’.
Once the installation is complete, connect the USB interface. Windows systems will run a second device driver installation. Once you see a
message bubble on the taskbar to say that the driver has been installed successfully, you are ready to start the myDMX 2.0 software.
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3.2 SETUP
To begin with, the software needs to be told which lighting fixtures are being used. Select your lighting fixture from the list of manufacturers on
the left. If you are looking to add an RGB, RGBD, RGBW, RGBY or Single channel fixture, select the _GENERIC folder at the top. If you do not see
your lighting fixture in the list, you will need to make it yourself using the Scan Library editor (PC only), or contact us and we will build the profile
for you.
To add your lighting fixture, drag and drop it onto the DMX patch table, or select the number of fixtures and starting channel in the bottom left
and select patch. Fixtures can be moved within the DMX patch by dragging and dropping.
If you are looking to add a matrix of lighting fixtures such as an RGB wall or dancefloor, patch the total number of lighting fixtures here and refer
to chapter 4.1 Arranging Fixtures on page 18 for more information.
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3.2.1 ADDRESSING YOUR LIGHTING FIXTURE
Each lighting fixture must be given a unique number or “Address”. The address is normally set via an LED display or Dip Switches on the actual
lighting fixture. Hover over a fixture to know the address and click the fixture to see the dip switches required to set this address. For example,
this lighting fixture is set to address 22.
For more information on setting the address on a lighting fixture, refer to the fixture manufacturers’ manual.
3.2.2 LIST VIEW
To change individual fixture properties, select ‘List View’.
The following options are available:
Shortcut - To control the selected channel with the mouse, select a keyboard shortcut here
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Fade - Enables and disables fading of the channel. For example, you may wish to ignore all fade commands on a gobo channel
Dimmer - Defines a dimmer channel (when the dimmer % value of a step is changed, this channel will be changed)
Invert X - Inverts the X channel, so when the fader is at 0, the software will output 255
Invert Y - Inverts the Y channel, so when the fader is at 0, the software will output 255
X/Y - Swaps the X and Y channels
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3.3 EDITOR
3.3.1 CONTROLLING CHANNELS
The editor is where all lighting programming is made. Drag a
fader with the mouse to change the value.
To change the value of the same channel type on every
fixture, hold shift. For example, to change the color of every
fixture, hold shift and move the color fader. Notice that the
DMX output value is displayed at the top of the fader.
MyDMX 2.0 features a range of preset components to help
you to quickly adjust a channel. To access the component,
click at the top of the channel where the preset/color is
displayed. For example, clicking at the top of a color channel
shows a color wheel.
Clicking on the cursor will allow you to drag it around the
color wheel. Notice that the RGB values are shown. Clicking
on the color wheel and dragging up with the mouse will
move the cursor clockwise, dragging down will move the
cursor anti clockwise.
With the XY grid, clicking on the center point will allow you
to quickly set an XY position. Clicking on a blank space in the
grid will allow you to slowly move the position.
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3.3.2 SCENES AND STEPS
All programming is made with scenes and steps. A step is a static ‘Look’ which contains one value for each channel. Several steps make up a scene.
Scenes can be created by clicking the top left icon in the scene area.
Once values have been set, steps can be created here (1). When a new step is created, all faders are set to 0. To copy the current step's values,
click here (2). Double click the Fade time, Wait time or dimmer value to modify. To modify several steps at the same time, hold control (PC) /
command (Mac) to select multiple steps. To select a range of steps, select the first step of the range, hold shift and then select the final step of the
range.
You can preview your scene by clicking the play button.
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3.3.3 SCENE SETTINGS
Double click a property to edit. For example, to change the name of a scene:
1. Double click the name
2. Type the new name
3. Press the Return key
The following properties can be changed:
# - If this is selected, the scene will be included in the show
Loops - Set the number of times a scene should repeat
Next - Set where you want to scene to go when it reaches the end (make sure a number of loops has been set first!)
Enable/Disable Fade - When this is selected, the scene will fade in using the fade time of the first step
Trigger - Add a keyboard shortcut key to trigger the scene
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3.4 USER
The User screen is where you run your show. Click a scene to activate it. If you want your scene to listen to the Loop and Next properties, make
sure that the Play button is selected here.
It is possible to change the color of a scene by right clicking the scene.
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3.4.1 LIVE EDITS
It is possible to override scenes by moving the faders.
There are two options:
LTP - Latest takes priority: The fader value will override the scene
HTP - Highest Takes Priority: If the fader value is higher than the value within the activated scene, it will override the scene
To set up LTP or HTP, make sure that it is enabled within the ‘User Options’ menu and then click the AUTO button at the bottom of the channel
you want to override.
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4. SCENE BUILDER
4.1 ARRANGING FIXTURES
The scene builder allows you to quickly and easily build
advanced scenes and create effects without the need to set
each fader and step manually.
It replaces the effects generator and color manager in the
previous software version.
Create a new scene and click here to open the scene
builder.
4.1.1 SELECTION MODE
When the scene builder is opened, you will see your lighting fixtures on the left. Each square represents a lighting fixture. Click and drag the
squares to position the lighting fixtures. Hold Control (PC) / Command (Mac) to select multiple fixtures.
There are 3 tools to help with fixture selection:
Rectangle - Draw a rectangle around the fixtures to select (like selecting files inside Explorer/Finder)
Lasso - Draw a perimeter around a set of fixtures to select the fixtures within the chosen perimeter
Drag Over - Any fixtures within a drawn shape will be selected
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Notice that as fixtures are selected, a number appears. This is the order in which any curve or linear fan effect will be created.
4.1.2 GROUPS
Groups can be created to help quick recall of fixture selections. To create a group, select the fixtures to be included inside the group and then
select the + button.
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4.1.3 MATRIXES
Click here to create a matrix – myDMX 2.0 will automatically position your
lighting fixtures into a matrix.
Select the arrow to define a custom width and height of the matrix.
4.2 CONTROLLING FIXTURES
Once you have selected the lighting fixtures you wish to control, all common
presets will be shown here. To view only the presets of a particular fixture
type, select the appropriate tab.
If you have no fixtures selected, you can draw a preset onto a fixture:
1. Select the Pen tool
2. Select the presets you want to change
3. Click on the fixtures you want to update
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4.2.1 COLOR WHEEL
The color wheel offers several ways to change the color:
Click the cursor and drag around the color wheel to choose a color
Click on the color wheel to jump to one of the 6 preset colors
Click on the color wheel and drag up and down to move slowly around the color wheel
Select the center sections to modify the brightness and saturation
Click in the center of the color wheel to choose a color with a standard color picker or insert RGB values
4.2.2 XY GRID
The XY grid allows you to modify the pan/tilt channels of a fixture (uPan and uTilt are automatically calculated).
Click the center point and drag to move the position
Click a blank space in the grid and drag to slowly move the position, use the scroll wheel of your mouse to
adjust the precision
Select the horizontal and vertical bars to adjust only the pan or tilt
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4.2.3 BEAM ON
Clicking the beam on button will enable the default preset of each selected fixture.
For example, on a moving head this may be ‘Shutter Open’, ‘Iris Open’ and ‘Dimmer 100%’.
4.2.4 LINEAR FAN
The linear fan function allows you to define a range by selecting a start and end point.
The preset range will then be applied across the selected lighting fixtures. This is a great way to create
color gradients and position fans.
1. Click here to enable/disable the Linear Fan function
2. Click the down arrow to select the fan type
3. Click on the component to select the start and end range
4. Select the range and drag up and down to move the range
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4.3 EFFECTS
4.3.1 COLOR EFFECT
MyDMX 2.0 features a powerful RGB color effects generator.
To add an effect, select the effects tab and click the FX icon. Select 'Color
Effect'. A rectangle will appear in the upper left corner playing a rainbow
effect. Drag and drop this over your lighting fixtures. The effect can be
resized by dragging the corners.
To modify a color effect, select the effect type and change the properties. It is
possible to add many effects at the same time by simply choosing another
effect from the menu.
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4.3.2 POSITION EFFECT
Position effects allow you to easily create movement patterns for
scanners and moving head lighting fixtures.
Select the fixtures you want to control, select ‘Position Effect’ from
the FX menu and then select a starting shape.
The shape can be altered by clicking on a point and dragging.
Phasing will add a delay on each fixture.
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4.3.3 CURVE EFFECT
The curve effect tool allows you to apply a dimming curve to any channel. Select 'Curve
Effect' from the FX menu and select the fixtures you wish to control.
The following properties are available:
Rate - Changes the speed of the effect. More wave cycles will be added
Size - Changes the height of the wave
Phase - Moves the wave forward and backward, consequently changing the starting
point
Offset - Moves the wave up and down
Phasing - Adds a delay to each fixture
The curve effects can be stacked to create many interesting patterns.
4.3.4 GENERATE AN EFFECT
You can remove an individual effect by clicking on the trashcan icon.
The whole effect can be cleared by selecting the cancel icon (to the left
of the tick icon). Select the tick icon to generate the effect.
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5. OTHER FEATURES
5.1 EASY REMOTE (COMING SOON)
Easy Remote is an iPad and Android tablet app which allows you to control myDMX 2.0 over a WiFi network.
The app will be available soon!
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