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    Now all we need is for KC to write a Vixen plug in for the Helix controller ;)

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    Why KC? In principle there is enough info out there for anyone to write a plugin, especially if it can be modeled of an existing plugin.
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    I've already written a plug-in for Vixen. It will be available very soon. At this time it only controls one Helix system but now that I have my second set of boards I plan to expand it to control up to 256 channels at a 50 ms event period. I've already done some testing and I don't think the bandwidth will allow much more than that.
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    Greg,

    Is that 256 channels running from Vixen in Mode 2?

    Does it look like Mode 1 will still be able to the high channel counts previously mentioned? (not that I'll ever hit that many channels in a display in this lifetime....just a morbid curiosity...)
    Oh... I guess I'm not leaving the hobby. Just re-tooling.

    On order:
    Helix V3 - 32ch SSR daugher board & (2) standard daughter boards
    (4) DirkCheapSSR units

    In the process of building:
    (2) Ren24 SS boards

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    RR - I had the same questions - Greg informed me that the baud rate is the restriction on speed, running Mode Two. The Helix was designed for Mode One, with Mode Two being a "benny". Since the sequences reside on the MicroSD, the speed won't matter in Mode One - instead of using a byte to control EACH channel each event, as in Mode Two, only 5 bytes are used per event, in Mode One - basically just telling everything to run the event. So, there "shouldn't" be any restrictions in Mode One. That's what made me decide to only go with the Helix, instead of a mix of other boards. Greg has also mentioned maybe down the road, controlling Ren's with the Helix. Took me a bit to understand exactly how the Helix does it's magic....

    Roger

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    Default Re: Cool.... our own Helix forum

    Can anyone point me to where I can find out what the devil "helix" is?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by intwoit2002 View Post
    Can anyone point me to where I can find out what the devil "helix" is?

    Thanks
    The Helix is an updated version of the Prop 128 v2. You can read a lot about the Prop 128 v2 at http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com...ead.php?t=4697 and also at http://www.helixlightcontroller.com

    In short it is a wireless standalone light controller that can directly control 128 full dimming channels and wirelessly control a virtually unlimited number of channels in standalone mode. At this time it can also control 128 channels using Vixen via the wireless link. I plan to try to expand the plugin to be able to control up to 256 channels.
    Greg

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    Thank you for the quick response.
    Best,
    Al

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