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MADRIX 5 natively supports Philips Color Kinetics [KiNET]. The protocol is implemented in the software, which makes it easy to use Color Kinetics fixtures and Color Kinetics power supplies with MADRIX 5.
MADRIX 5 supports:
There are several steps required to set up KiNET products in MADRIX 5. This chapter is only part of the process. You need to set up other configurations as well [such as virtual LED matrix, DMX Devices, MADRIX Effects, Audio, etc.].
1] Set up the correct network settings in Windows.
2] Enable drivers in MADRIX 5.
3] Activate your devices.
4] Set up the DMX universe.
5] Set up the Frame Time.
1] Windows Network Settings
KiNET is a network-based protocol. MADRIX 5 will use the network card of your computer to send data.
|▪||It is required to set up the correct network settings in Windows, first.|
|▪||You must use these IP address and Subnet mask settings. Otherwise, KiNET might not work!|
|▪||The IP addresses of your computer and your KiNET devices need to be different.|
|▪||Set up an individual IP address in the following IP address range:|
- 10.0.0.1 ... 10.255.255.254
|▪||Set up the corresponding Subnet mask|
|▪||Restart MADRIX 5, if you have changed the network settings in Windows while MADRIX 5 was running.|
|▪||Check the settings of the Windows Firewall.|
|▪||Example for PCs that are running MADRIX 5:|
2] Enabling Drivers In MADRIX 5
|▪||Go to the menu Preferences > Options... > Devices Network |
[Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+O > Devices Network]
|▪||Activate Philips Color Kinetics - KiNET|
|▪||Choose the correct network/network card from the drop-down list.|
- Always make sure that you have selected the correct network. Otherwise, the network device might still be found. But no data can be sent.
- Please note: A loopback adapter is also available. Learn more »Loopback Adapater [127.0.0.1]
|▪||Time To Detect Devices (s) - Defines how long MADRIX 5 searches the network for devices during startup. Type in a value in seconds.|
- The default value is 15.
- We recommend to utilize at least a value of 15 to allow for a sufficient search. Higher values are recommended for larger installations.
|▪||Discovery Repetition To Detect Devices - Defines how often MADRIX 5 repeats to search for and discover devices in the network within the Time To Detect Devices (s). |
- The default value is 3.
|▪||Acquire Universe Assignment From Devices - If activated and if KiNET devices have been fully configured, MADRIX 5 reads the assigned DMX universe from newly found devices and automatically sets it in the Device Manager for these devices. |
3] Activating Device
|▪||Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices|
[Keyboard shortcut: F4]
|▪||MADRIX 5 automatically adds network devices it has found during startup to the list.|
|▪||Click if the devices have not been found.|
- MADRIX 5 disconnects all DMX512, Art-Net, and other devices and starts to search for new or newly connected devices.
- Do not rescan for devices if all of your interfaces have been found correctly.
|▪||Select your devices in the list.|
|▪||Right Mouse Click on the column State to set from Off to On [indicated by green light].|
[Alternatively, you can perform a Left Mouse Double-Click]
|▪||There is a difference between KiNET V1 and V2. KiNET V2 makes sure that the panels will receive the data at the same time. This is particularly useful for large installations. |
Please see the Color Kinetics documentation to see which protocol is supported by your power supply.
4] DMX Universe
|▪||Make sure that your device is still selected.|
|▪||Set up Universe|
- Right Mouse Click or Left Mouse Double-Click on the column Universe and enter the required number.
|▪||This setting assigns a specific DMX universe [of the Patch] to the device or the port of the device.|
|▪||Make sure to assign the correct universe according to your requirements.|
Learn more »Glossary
5] Frame Time
|▪||Make sure that your device is still selected.|
|▪||Set up the frame time for your device.|
- Right Mouse Click or Left Mouse Double-Click on the column ms / FPS and enter the required number.
- The frame time [in milliseconds; ms] affects the frame rate. The frame rate specifies how fast data is sent to the device or received from it [in Frames Per Second; FPS].
- Increase the frame time in order to decrease the frame rate [e.g., 40 ms = 25 FPS].
- Decrease the frame time in order to increase the frame rate [e.g., 20 ms = 50 FPS].
- The default value is 30 ms / 33.3 FPS.
- Some LED fixtures might have problems with a low frame time / high frame rate. Then, it is recommended to increase the frame time / decrease the frame rate.
Learn more about setting up devices under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices here »DMX512 [DMX-OUT]
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If your are using a PDS-60ca with one or two strings per controller, a PDS-150, or sPDS-480ca, please select the correct fixture in the »Matrix Generator
Remember to configure your virtual LED matrix in the »Matrix Generator or »Patch Editor
Make sure to save your MADRIX 5 Setup after the configuration process.
|▪||Keep in mind that network devices, if activated, cause network traffic!|
|▪||When using a network-based output protocol and when the Startup option Start MADRIX After Booting Windows is used, it is highly recommended to also activate the Startup option Start With Timeout(s) with a value of 30 or higher.|
|▪||It is not recommended to operate KiNET and access to the World Wide Web/Internet in the same network! It is recommended to run it in a separate network without internet access.|
If you are encountering problems, please work through the following checklist:
|▪||Check if all network cables are connected and if Gigabit network components are used. |
|▪||Check if your light matrix is configured correctly in the Matrix Generator or Patch Editor.|
|▪||Have all devices been found under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices?|
1] Check if the IP address and Subnet mask are configured correctly in Windows and your devices.
2] Go to the menu Preferences > Options > Devices Network. Select Philips Color Kinetics - KiNET.
3] Go to the menu Preferences > Options > Devices Network. Select the correct network card in the section Philips Color Kinetics - KiNET.
4] Go to the menu Preferences > Options > Devices Network. Increase the value for Time To Detect Devices (s) in the section Philips Color Kinetics - KiNET.
5] Click Search For Devices under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices.
6] Try and deactivate your Firewall in Windows.
7] Make sure that the network is not forming a ring, were the start point is also the end point, and that data is not sent back to the source [the computer].
|▪||Are all devices activated under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices?|
Check if devices are set to On and OUT
|▪||Check if all ports you are using on your device are configured correctly. Please check if ports, that are not used, are deactivated in MADRIX 5.|
|▪||Check if the DMX addressing and DMX universes are assigned correctly. Also check the Patch.|
|▪||Test if MADRIX 5 is connected to the devices. Use Highlight Device for each of your devices.|
|▪||Go to Tools > Task Watcher. Check if the devices are sending data.|
|▪||Go to Tools > Logfile. Check if any error or warnings occur regarding the network or KiNET.|
|▪||Make sure all power supplies and controllers are working correctly.|
|▪||Remove any routers from the network.|
Addressing And Configuration
|▪||In addition, there is a software tool called QuickPlay Pro for configuration and multiple addressing. Here is an excerpt from the website:|
"With QuickPlay Pro, you can:
|▪||Use serial numbers to program fixtures with light numbers or DMX addresses|
|▪||Assign base light numbers to power / data supplies, allowing automatic fixture configuration|
|▪||Test light numbers and DMX channels|
|▪||Demonstrate a lighting system using four built-in light shows: fixed color, color wash, rainbow, and streak"|
|▪||For example, the tool can be used to change the IP addresses of Color Kinetics lighting fixtures.|
|▪||Please note: Working with such a tool is only recommended for advanced users because settings can easily be adjusted wrong!|
Information About PDS-60ca Power Supplies
The PDS-60ca is a well-known and often used power/data supply from Philips Color Kinetics. Three different versions are offered:
You can identify your version of the device using the following item numbers written on the case of the PDS-60ca:
|▪||The PDS-60ca DMX supports DMX512 via an extra interface [controlled by MADRIX 5] or Color Kinetics DMX controllers. |
The PDS-60ca ETHERNET uses KiNET and can be controlled via MADRIX 5 without an extra interface.
And the PDS-60ca PREPROGRAMMED does not support external data input.
The official website now only lists two PDS-60ca. The second power supply now automatically switches between DMX and Ethernet mode.
|▪||109-000020-00 PDS-60ca 12V [Pre-programmed]|
|▪||109-000020-03 PDS-60ca 12V [DMX / Ethernet]|