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    So - - I gave this a try today. I have a Ren64 with the channel LEDs with an Enttec Open DMX adaptor. Initially I set up Vixen 2.1 with the Open Plug-in and DMX Add-in and ran some basic sequences to ensure all the HW was working properly. I then installed a fresh Vixen 3.0/B0, .NET 4, and your plug-in into the directory you indicated. This is on XP SP3.

    I added all 64 channels and created eight groups of eight channels each (ChanG1 = channels 1-8, ChanG2 = 9-16, etc). I then placed an effect on each group in sequential order. So CG1 has a chase for 2 seconds, then CG2, etc and then did same for the Pulse, Spin and Twinkle effects for each group.

    What I found was that the last effect value on the group would be left on. In other words for the chase on CG1, it would properly chase channels 1-8 but channel 8 would be left on when the effect started on CG2 (9-16) and then channel 16 would be left on and so on. This was true for all the effects and all the groups. Essentially it is not turning off the last setting for the group as a whole. I assume this is not normal - that I do not need to add a specific setValue to 0 type of operation to turn things off.

    Anyway - first time I've actually run V3 with real HW so not sure if this is a Vixen issue or an Open DMX module problem. Not sure if the sequence will help but attaching it...

    edit - sounds like this is a possible known issue - VX-114 will track this. This is pretty important to fix.
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    Default Re: Vixen 3.0 Enttec Open DMX Output Module

    Budude: Known issue, got a solution for it, will be fixing it hopefully this week, (or next week depending on how much homework my professors give).

    It was also brought to my attention that there is a somewhat significant memory leak. It could cause some slow-down after a bit of playback, that will also be fixed (stupid error on my part.)

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    Updated plugin, see first post for .zip

    V1.1
    - Fixed output value scaling from 0-100 to 0-255
    - Fixed memory leak with each write function
    - Fixed channels staying at previous value after effect ends
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    OK - tried Version 1.1 with the same sequence as before. The original issue is fine but now there's a different one. Again, I'm using a Ren64 and going by the channel LEDs as my "lights". When I run the sequence it runs great for channels 1-32 but then starts stuttering a bit on channels 33-64 (Groups 5-8) - the seventh and eighth (channels 49-64) group in particular is very bad - sometimes nothing shows up for them or just one or two channels in the group.

    I'm going to try the E1.31 module to see how that goes.
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    hmmh, that's odd.. I'm going to have to hook up more hardware and see if I can reproduce that issue this week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chilloutdocdoc View Post
    hmmh, that's odd.. I'm going to have to hook up more hardware and see if I can reproduce that issue this week.
    The new j1sys E1.31 module worked perfectly with the same sequence (just to clarify it's not a HW issue) and looked very smooth. As I indicated, it looks OK up to about 32 channels but after that it starts acting up.
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    Does this work (or does anybody know how to make this work) with Vixen 3.0.3?

    I added the dll file to the Vixen 3.0.3 controllers directory, but it didnt show up in the controllers list in vixen

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    Quote Originally Posted by joej85 View Post
    Does this work (or does anybody know how to make this work) with Vixen 3.0.3?

    I added the dll file to the Vixen 3.0.3 controllers directory, but it didnt show up in the controllers list in vixen
    Likely Not. The plugin architecture was significantly changed since this was created. Not sure if there is an updated one though. I see an Entec Pro in the GitHub project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kychristmas View Post
    Likely Not. The plugin architecture was significantly changed since this was created. Not sure if there is an updated one though. I see an Entec Pro in the GitHub project.
    That's correct. The one written in this thread (above) was from last year; we've made changes to the architecture since then, but haven't been able to update it. We're looking for a volunteer to help update the code and test it with hardware, which is something we're unable to do. :-(

    We do have some code in the github project; not sure on the history of it at the moment though.

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    Default Re: Vixen 3.0 Enttec Open DMX Output Module

    I took a look at the code and updated the plugin for the changes to the Vixen architecture. The plugin now loads and seems to function but I don't have the hardware so I can't do any real testing. I also tried to address the stuttering that people were reporting with higher channel counts. Attached is the DLL, let me know how things go.
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