DDMX-512 DMX Lighting Controller User Guide v1.1

DDMX-512 DMX Lighting Controller User Guide v1.1
DDMX-512
DMX Lighting Controller
User Guide v1.1
DZED Systems LLC
530 W. Ojai Ave, Suite 202
Ojai CA 93023
U.S.A.
support@dragonframe.com
+1.800.530.9124
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Introduction
The DDMX-512 is a hardware device that you can pair with Dragonframe to:
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Automate a work light (bash light) turning on and off.
Automate front-light/back-light lighting passes.
Automate keyframe-based lighting programs for your scene.
Trigger a RED camera, film camera, or unsupported still camera.
Trigger a motion control system for shoot-move-shoot integration.
Trigger Dragonframe from an external system.
Control Lighting
DMX512 (or DMX) is a standard protocol for controlling lighting. When paired with one or more DMX
dimmer/switch packs, you can control up to 512 different light channels (requires Dragonframe 4).
Control Devices
Interact with external devices using the built-in relay switch, digital input and digital output.
Hardware Warranty
The DDMX-512 comes with a two year hardware warranty.
You can find the warranty on the product page for the DDMX-512, in the Resources section.
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Setup Instructions
CONNECTING THE DDMX-512 TO YOUR COMPUTER
Install Drivers (Mac 10.8 and older, only):
Open Dragonframe and open a scene, or create a new one. Choose Install FTDI Serial Drivers from
the Help menu.
Plug USB connector directly into the computer or into a POWERED USB hub.
CONNECTING THE DDMX-512 TO A DMX DIMMER/SWITCH PACK
If your dimmer/switch pack has a 3-pin XLR connector, use a 3-pin DMX cable to connect the DDMXS2 to it. Do not use a microphone cable.
If your dimmer/switch pack has a 5-pin XLR connector, use a 3-pin to 5-pin XLR cable to connect the
DDMX-512 to it.
CONNECTING THE DDMX-512 TO A DIGITAL INPUT
The DDMX-512 can sense external events via its digital input. You can use this to trigger shooting or
playback in Dragonframe.
Connect an external switch or 5V logic level input to the DDMX-512 connectors labeled GND (for
ground/earth) and IN.
CONNECTING THE DDMX-512 TO A DIGITAL OUTPUT
The DDMX-512 can output a logic level signal that can be active-high or active-low. For active-high
output, connect your external device to the connectors labeled GND and HI. For active-low output,
connect your external device to the connectors labeled GND and lO.
CONNECTING THE DDMX-512 TO A RELAY SWITCH
The DDMX-512 has an internal relay that can be used for connecting to an external device that needs a
switch closure. Connect your external device to the two connectors labeled RELAY.
CONFIGURING THE DDMX-512 THROUGH DRAGONFRAME
Watch the video tutorial on DMX for an overview:
http://www.dragonframe.com/tutorials/
Read Automate Lighting with DMX in the User Guide (in the Help Menu) for complete
instructions.
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Technical Specification
OUTPUTS
To prevent any possible damage to the host computer from badly grounded peripherals, all DDMX-512
outputs and inputs are optically isolated from the host USB bus. The I/O channels “float” electrically
relative to the USB, thereby minimizing the opportunity for ground loops.
DMX out
DDMX-512 supports a USIIT standard DMX512 output protocol. The DDMX-512 output will easily
drive a standard 120 ohm bus termination.
The DMX channel provides packets of 512 slots, with a 50mS inter-packet period.
The DMX port is typically equipped with a 3-pin XLR connector for easy connection to “entertainment”
style DMX packs. To connect DDMX-512 to a USIIT standard 5-pin XLR connector for use with
“professional” style equipment, use a standard 3-pin to 5-pin adapter.
RELAY out
The relay is intended to switch low-power control signals like button presses, but it can also switch small
amounts of power. Do not exceed 0.5A @ 24VDC, or 0.25A @ 125VAC.
LOGIC out
Logic out is a standard 5V, TTL level, logic signal (relative to the ground terminal).
The signal is provided in both active-high and active-low versions. Maximum load is 30mA in each state.
These signals may also be used as a differential pair with a termination load greater than 220 ohms.
SWITCH in
Switch in is designed to sense a switch closure to ground. This input will also take a 5V TTL level signal.
Note that in keeping with a switch closure, the logic on this pin is active low. This pin is internally pulled
to 5V with a 1Kohm resister. When driving this pin externally, do not exceed 5 volts.
PHYSICAL
4.7” X 3.7” X 1.3”, weight, approximately 12oz. (12cm X 9cm X 3.5cm, 340g) with 5’ (1.5m) Type A
USB pigtail.
DDMX is built ruggedly, in a .090” thick cast aluminum box and painted with a hard powder coat to
survive years in a harsh stage environment.
POWER
DDMX-512 is a “high current” USB peripheral, drawing up to 220mA with all outputs active and fully
loaded. As such it must be plugged directly into either a computer port or a powered USB hub. Your
power source must provide at least 4.5 Volts.
DDMX should not be plugged into a unpowered USB hub. USB peripherals send their power
requirements to the system on initialization, and unpowered hubs are supposed to reject
peripherals that do not identify as “low current”, that is, any peripherals that require more than
100mA.
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