3.2 DMX Processor 8000 Setup

To begin setting up your DMX Processor 8000 plug in mains power at any voltage between 100 and 240V AC. The DMX Processor 8000's most fundamental settings are available using the built in front panel menu system.

To navigate through the front panel menu system of the DMX Processor 8000:

Widget Outputs pane of the DMX Processor Settings window

Move the cursor through the options backwards.

Widget Outputs pane of the DMX Processor Settings window

Select the option currently highlighted by the cursor.

Widget Outputs pane of the DMX Processor Settings window

Move the cursor through the options forwards.

3.2.1 Setting the Net Number

The net number is displayed on the main screen of the DMX Processor in the top right-hand corner. To assign the net number:

  1. MainNetwork : navigate to the Network Configuration screen.

  2. Assign the net number to any value between 01 and 99.

  3. OK : return to the Main screen.

3.2.2 Setting the Port Number

To assign the Port Number:

  1. MainNetwork : navigate to the Network Configuration screen.

  2. Assign the Port Number as required.

  3. OK : return to the Main screen.

3.2.3 Setting IP Addresses for the HogNet Adapter on a DMX Processor 8000

By default, DMX Processor 8000s are set to use DHCP to get an IP address automatically from a Hog console. You can turn this off in the IP Config screen:

  1. MainNetworkConsoleConsole Link Config : navigate to the IP Config screen.

  2. Set DHCP On or Off.

  3. OK : return to the Console Link Status screen.

  4. Close : return to the Network Configuration screen.

  5. OK : return to the Main screen.

You may want to assign a fixed or ‘static’ IP address, perhaps if the Hog system is sharing a network with non-lighting devices such as personal computers. You should contact your system administrator to determine the optimum settings for your network.

To assign a static IP address:

  1. MainNetworkConsoleConsole Link Config : navigate to the IP Config screen.

  2. Set DHCP Off.

  3. Set the IP Address and Subnet Mask as required.

  4. OK : return to the Console Link Status screen.

  5. Close : return to the Network Configuration screen.

  6. OK : return to the Main screen.

3.2.4 Setting the DMX Processor DMX Output Refrsh Rate

You can use set the DMX Processor's dmx output refresh rate from 2HZ to 42HZ. The default dmx refresh rate for a new show is 25HZ.

To set the dmx refresh rate of a DMX Processor locally using the onboard LCD panel:

  1. Select DMX from the main menu.

  2. Use the front panel buttons to set the desired dmx refresh rate.

  1. SetupNetwork on the Setup Toolbar. Select the required DMX Processor in the network window and click Settings.

  2. Select the dmx tab of the dmx processor settings window.

  3. Enter the desired dmx refresh rate in the dmx refresh rate field and press apply. NOTE: In order to achieve rates above 29Hz users must first set the inter-slot time of the DP8000 to 0 microseconds. For refresh rates below 29Hz users can choose to use either 0ms or 20ms as the inter-slot time.

3.2.5 Setting the DMX Processor back to Defaults

In the Control Panel screen you can set the DP back to it's factory default settings:

  • MainControl PanelSet to Defaults.

3.2.6 Locking the DMX Processor Front Panel Controls

You can use the Lock function to lock the DMX Processor's controls. The default PIN is 1234; a new PIN can be assigned from a Hog console via SetupNetwork on the Setup Toolbar. Select the required DMX Processor in the network window and click Settings. Change PIN and OK to apply and close the window.

To lock the DMX Processor locally:

  • In the Control Panel, select Lock : the Enter PIN to Unlock screen will appear.

To unlock the DMX Processor locally:

  • Enter your chosen 4-digit code number, and cursor right to confirm. The code number will be the default 1234 if you have not changed it to your own.

You can lock and unlock remotely from a console via the DMX Processor Settings window for each specific DMX Processor:

  1. SetupNetwork : the Network button can be found on the Setup Toolbar.

  2. Select the required DMX Processor in the Network window and click Settings to open the DMX Processor Settings window.

  3. Lock or unlock the DMX Processor and OK to apply and close the window.

[Important]Important

Make sure that you keep a record of your lock code close to hand if your DMX Processor is located away from the console. The DMX Processor cannot be unlocked without it or a console operator.

3.2.7 Backlight Off Time

Selecting Backlight in the Control Panel opens a screen where you can assign the delay time before the backlight goes off. The Permanent setting keeps the light on continually.

3.2.8 Watchdog

The Watchdog feature automatically restarts the DMX Processor if its software stops running for some reason. Watchdog is on by default, and generally it is best to leave it switched on. However, if you suspect that an DMX Processor is not working correctly, you may want to turn Watchdog off so that you can see any error messages before restarting it:

  1. In the Control Panel, select Watchdog.

  2. Deselect the Watchdog checkbox, and select OK.

3.2.9 Resetting the DMX Processor

There are two types of reset: soft and hard. Soft Reset resets the DMX Processor so that it re-initialises communication with the network. Hard Reset is equivalent to turning off and on the DMX Processor's mains power. You can do both types of reset from the Control Panel. In addition, you can reset a DMX Processor by right clicking on its entry in the Network window of the console (SetupNetwork) and selecting Reset Node.

3.2.10 Checking a DMX Processor's Status

The indicator lights on the front of a DMX Processor 8000 display its status on the network.

Light

On

Blinking

Off

Status

Connected to a show

Connecting

Not Connected to a show

DMX Data

DMX Data output

2Hz Keep Alive

No DMX sending

Net Data

Art-Net output

Art-Net configured, but not connected

Art-Net not configured

USB

USB Device connected and active

USB Device found but not configured

No USB Device found

HogNet

Link light for HogNet connection

HogNet activity

HogNet not connected

FixtureNet (Art-Net)

Link light for fixture connection

Fixture activity

Fixture not connected

Write

Writing flash memory

Fast: bootloader active

Slow: updating firmware

Normal activity

3.2.11 Expanding the DMX Outputs of a DP8000

The DMX Processor 8000 is always processing 16 universes of DMX. These universes are available via the eight 5-pin XLR outputs on the front of the unit as well as via Art-Net. You can expand the XLR outputs to access the full sixteen universes by using external USB Widgets.

Expanding a DMX Processor 8000 Using an Expander

When you connect a USB Expander to a USB port of a DMX Processor 8000 you will need to configure it to outputs 9-16 of the DMX Processor.

To manually configure Widgets:

  1. SetupNetwork : open the Network window.

  2. Select the DMX Processor 8000 in the list by clicking on its net number, and press the Settings button to open the DMX Processor Settings window; see Figure 3.8, “Widget Outputs pane of the DMX Processor Settings window”.

  3. Select the Widget Outputs pane.

  4. To configure an expander to output ports 9-16 of a DMX Processor 8000, click on a box associated with a port (9-16) and select the expander from the list of serial numbers that appears. Repeat for all the universes you want to output via the widget.

  5. Click OK to confirm the settings. The Expander should now have its DMX Data indicator illuminated.

Figure 3.8. Widget Outputs pane of the DMX Processor Settings window

Widget Outputs pane of the DMX Processor Settings window

Expanding a DMX Processor 8000 Using Widgets and Super Widgets

When you connect a USB DMX Widget or Super Widget to a USB port of a DMX Processor 8000 you will need to configure it to the next available output of the DMX Processor.

To manually configure Widgets:

  1. SetupNetwork : open the Network window.

  2. Select the DMX Processor 8000 in the list by clicking on its net number, and press the Settings button to open the DMX Processor Settings window; see Figure 3.8, “Widget Outputs pane of the DMX Processor Settings window”.

  3. Select the Widget Outputs pane.

  4. To configure an expander to output ports 9-16 of a DMX Processor 8000, click on a box associated with a port (9-16) and select the widget from the list of serial numbers that appears. Super Widget ports will appear with the serial number followed by an output number. Repeat for all the universes you want to output via the Widget.

  5. Click OK to confirm the settings. The Expander should now have its Active, DMX OK and TX Mode indicators illuminated.

A single Widget or single output of a Super Widget may only be connected to one port at any one time. If a Widget that is already connected to one port is connected to a second port, it will automatically be disconnected from the first port.