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    Hi I have made a christmas light show in the past with standard lights and a controller box I made, I was seeing if anyone has some tips/videos of how to use DMX lights with vixen. Any help would be wonderful!!!

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    What type of DMX lights are you wanting to use with Vixen?

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    The cheapest option is a USB -> DMX interface. These are available commercially, though I get by with a USB to RS485 board which works fine for me. Some lighting controllers which connect over Ethernet also offer DMX outputs (as well as WS2811 for pixels)
    RS485.jpg
    More elaborate commercial units will offer electrical isolation etc.

    If you have connected DMX dimmer(s), just add each channel as a single colour node. The most relevant effects in Vixen are 'set level' and 'pulse'. Other effects (such as twinkle) can also be used depending on how you set up your lights and their groupings.

    Important concept - a node (DMX channel = single colour light) can be in more than one group.

    You can control any type of DMX fixture since ultimately Vixen just outputs bytes of data on the channels you have configured. I believe better support for things like moving head fixtures is being added (as in making them easier to program in the Vixen environment).

    I use Vixen to control a mixture of DMX and WS2811 in my garden / Christmas show
    Last edited by RichieNorthcott; 07-02-2022 at 02:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCB View Post
    What type of DMX lights are you wanting to use with Vixen?
    Just any i have a lot of different models

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichieNorthcott View Post
    The cheapest option is a USB -> DMX interface. These are available commercially, though I get by with a USB to RS485 board which works fine for me. Some lighting controllers which connect over Ethernet also offer DMX outputs (as well as WS2811 for pixels)
    RS485.jpg
    More elaborate commercial units will offer electrical isolation etc.

    If you have connected DMX dimmer(s), just add each channel as a single colour node. The most relevant effects in Vixen are 'set level' and 'pulse'. Other effects (such as twinkle) can also be used depending on how you set up your lights and their groupings.

    Important concept - a node (DMX channel = single colour light) can be in more than one group.

    You can control any type of DMX fixture since ultimately Vixen just outputs bytes of data on the channels you have configured. I believe better support for things like moving head fixtures is being added (as in making them easier to program in the Vixen environment).

    I use Vixen to control a mixture of DMX and WS2811 in my garden / Christmas show
    Hi thank you! Do you have a video on this or have any recommendations for a USB to dmx interface

    Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk

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    Whereabouts are you located?

    See enttec.com for USB DMX interfaces. I have a feeling the bottom of the range models are just one of the boards I shared above, in a metal box. In which case, you can save yourself lots of cash and just get a USB to RS485 board, and um put it in a box.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192257752019
    or even this
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/ARCELI-Conv.../dp/B07MY36L2N
    (the eBay item is out of stock, but is basically one of those boards with an XLR connector soldered to it!)


    Videos on my youtube channel - richienorthcott. The garden spots run on a few 8 channel DMX decoders, so work much in the same way as a traditional dimmer. DM me if you want more info.
    Last edited by RichieNorthcott; 07-06-2022 at 05:53 AM.

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    I use the following for DMX moving heads. https://www.holidaycoro.com/Enttec-Pro-Compatible-DMX-Dongle-p/53.htm
    I run an ethernet cable out of the dongle to the yard and then have a converter from ethernet to 5 Pin DMX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichieNorthcott View Post
    Whereabouts are you located?

    See enttec.com for USB DMX interfaces. I have a feeling the bottom of the range models are just one of the boards I shared above, in a metal box. In which case, you can save yourself lots of cash and just get a USB to RS485 board, and um put it in a box.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192257752019
    or even this
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/ARCELI-Conv.../dp/B07MY36L2N
    (the eBay item is out of stock, but is basically one of those boards with an XLR connector soldered to it!)


    Videos on my youtube channel - richienorthcott. The garden spots run on a few 8 channel DMX decoders, so work much in the same way as a traditional dimmer. DM me if you want more info.
    Ok and did you use vixen with this?

    Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk

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    Here's how to patch a single light (3 colours, 3 channels) in Vixen

    In this example. ch1 = red, ch2 = green, ch3=blue. The color breakdown defines the patching order R,G,B. BTW you can delete these patches from the graphical view then re-add using the right mouse button. That's one way of changing the color order.

    patching.png

    I configured the controller for 10 outputs, you can add up to the 512 in the DMX specification.
    Last edited by RichieNorthcott; 07-12-2022 at 11:52 AM.

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    As requested - here's my 'board in a box'
    OpenDMX.jpg
    Board is one of these:
    board.png

    The trailing cable has a 3 pin socket on the end, you could equally fit a 5 pin depending on what you're connecting to.

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