3.4 Art-Net and E1.31(sACN)

Art-Net and E1.31 (also known as streaming ACN) are two communication protocols supported by the Hog 4OS that allow for DMX512 data to be sent over Ethernet. While each protocol is unique in terms of specification and implementation, they both provide the ability to carry many DMX universes over a single cat 5 Ethernet cable. This section of the manual will help you to understand how to properly configure your console or Hog 4PC to output Art-Net and E1.31.

Platform

Art-Net / sACN Output Capability

Hog 4 Console

16 unique universes (adding DMX Processors to HogNet network increases output capability)

DMX Processor 8000

16 unique universes

Full Boar 4 Console12 unique universes
Road Hog 4 Console8 unique universes
HedgeHog 4x6 unique universes
HedgeHog 4 (all other models)4 unique universes

Hog 4PC

matches output capability of physically connected USB DMX widgets (8 universe maximum)

3.4.1 Identifying the FixtureNet Port

The FixtureNet port is the ethernet port Hog 4OS uses to send Art-Net and/or E1.31 data to fixtures, media servers, and DMX converters that are capable of receiving these protocols over ethernet. The FixtureNet port is located on the rear panel of the Hog 4 Console as well as on the rear panel of the DMX Processor 8000. Depending on the age of your DMX Procressor 8000 the port will either be labeled FixtureNet or Fixture Link.

When using Hog 4PC you have the option to select which of your computer's network adapters will act as the FixtureNet port for outputting Art-Net and/or E1.31.

To assign one of your computer's network adapters to act as the Hog 4PC FixtureNet port:

  1. Control Panel → FixtureNet

  2. Select a network adapter from the list of available adapters at the top of the window. If only one network adapter is available then it will be selected automatically and the drop down box will be greyed out. If no network adapters are available the drop down menu will be blank and greyed out.

[Important]Important

Hog 4PC will only output Art-Net and sACN for universes 1 thru 8 and a USB DMX Widget must be connected and assigned to the matching universe.

[Important]Important

It is recommended that you do not combine HogNet and Art-Net or E1.31(sACN) within the same network. This can produce network errors and unreliable data. When using Hog 4PC you have the ability to assign both HogNet and Art-Net/E1.31 to a single adapter but using separate network adapters is strongly advised.

3.4.2 Configuring the FixtureNet Port

In order to successfully output Art-Net or E1.31 from your Hog 4 console, DMX Processor 8000, or Hog 4PC, you must first properly configure the FixtureNet's IP address to settings that are appropriate for your network.

To configure DMX Processor 8000's FixtureNet from the DP8000 front panel:

  • NetworkFixtureFixtureNetConfig

To configure DP8000's FixtureNet from the console:

  1. SetupNetwork : open the Network window.

  2. Select the DMX Processor 8000 and press Settings.

  3. Select the FixtureNet pane of the DMX Processor Settings window;

To configure the Hog 4 console or Hog 4PC's assigned FixtureNet port from the console:

  1. SetupNetwork : open the Network window.

  2. Select the DMX Processor 8000 assigned to net number 1 (or whichever DMX Processor is associated with the local internal DMX Processor 8000 in your show) and press Settings.

  3. Select the FixtureNet pane of the DMX Processor Settings window.

From these configurations menus you can configure the FixtureNet's IP address (source address) in one of two ways:

  • Obtain an IP address using DHCP: select this option when running the Art-Net side of the console on a network that contains a DHCP server such as a DHCP router. When using DHCP, the IP Address, Netmask, and Gateway fields will be grayed out. The information contained with them is not relevant to the DHCP configuration.

    [Important]Important

    If you select Obtain an IP address using DHCP on the console and no DHCP server is present on the FixtureNet network then the FixtureNet adapter will revert to a loopback address of 127.0.0.1.

  • Use Custom IP Settings: This option allows you to specify the IP address and subnet mask settings of the FixtureNet adapter. This option is most commonly used on networks where a DHCP server is not present. Once selected you will need to enter the IP Address, Netmask, and Gateway for this device on the network.

3.4.3 Configuring Art-Net Output

Art-Net output is configurable using the Art-Net Outputs pane of the DMX Processor Settings window.

  1. SetupNetwork : open the Network window.

  2. Select the DMX Processor 8000 and press Settings.

  3. Select the Art-Net Outputs pane of the DMX Processor Settings window, see Figure 3.11, “Art-Net Outputs pane of the DMX Processor Settings window”.

Figure 3.11. Art-Net Outputs pane of the DMX Processor Settings window

Art-Net Outputs pane of the DMX Processor Settings window
  • Universe: this field denotes which DMX universe to configure.

  • Broadcast: check this box to enable Broadcasting. When enabled, all Art-Net information will be sent to all nodes.

  • UnicastIP: when the Broadcast field is not checked, enter an IP address of an Art-Net node to Unicast the universe’s data to.

  • Subnet: click to select the Art-Net subnet (0-15) to transmit this universe’s data on. By default, the subnet will match the Node number of the DMX Processor 8000.

  • Universe: click to select the Art-Net Universe (0-15) to transmit this universe’s data on.

  • Changes Only: check this box to transmit only changes to Art-Net data.

  • –/ + : click these keys to expand or reduce the number of Art-Net configurations for a specific DMX universe.

3.4.4 Configuring E1.31(sACN) Output

E1.31 Output is configurable using the E1.31 pane of the DMX Processor window.

  1. SetupNetwork : open the Network window.

  2. Select the DMX Processor 8000 and press Settings.

  3. Select the E1.31 pane of the DMX Processor Settings window, see Figure 3.12, “E1.31 pane of the DMX Processor Settings window”.

Figure 3.12. E1.31 pane of the DMX Processor Settings window

E1.31 pane of the DMX Processor Settings window
  • Universe: this field denotes which DMX universe to configure.

  • Multicast: check this box to enable Multicasting. When enabled, all E1.31 information will be sent to all nodes.

  • Destination IP: when the Multicast field is not checked, enter an IP address to Unicast E1.31 data to.

  • Universe: click to select the E1.31 Universe to transmit this universe’s data on.

  • Changes Only: check this box to transmit only changes to E1.31 data.

E1.31 supports two styles of priority. The first is a per-universe priority that defines a single priority for all of the slots within the universe. The second style, per-slot priority, allows a separate priority be be assigned to each individual slot within that universe. Not all E1.31 receivers support per-slot priority. On those receivers that support per-slot priority, the per-universe priority will be ignored when per-slot priority is enabled.

  • Priority : : click to the per-universe priority for the E1.31 data being sent for that universe of data. Valid settings range from 0 to 200, with higher numbers representing higher priority.

  • Per Slot Priority : : click on the Enable button to enable per-slot priorities for the universe. Click on the Configure button to set the per-slot priority values for individual slots within that universe. Valid settings range from 0 to 200. Higher numbers represent higher priority. A slot priority of 0 indicates that the slot should be ignored.

  • –/ + : click these keys to expand or reduce the number of E1.31 configurations for a specific DMX universe.

When E1.31 is configured and fixtures are patched, the Net Data LED on the DMX Processor 8000 will illuminate to indicate E1.31 Output.