Output [USB]

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DMX-OUT Via USB

You can connect the STELLA directly over USB to the computer that runs the MADRIX 5 Software. Data is distributed to the MADRIX STELLA via USB and sent to the two ports [DMX 1 and DMX 2].

 

 

1] Initial Configuration

Put MADRIX STELLA into operation by connecting the LED fixtures and supplying power; as described above. Learn more »Putting The Device Into Operation

Connect MADRIX STELLA to your computer via USB.
[Use the provided USB cable.]

Make sure to check the power-management options of Windows. Learn more »PC Power Management

 

 

2] Fixture Patching In MADRIX 5

Start MADRIX 5.

Configure the virtual LED matrix using the Matrix Generator or Patch Editor.

 

 

3] Enabling Drivers

Go to the menu Preferences > Options... > Devices USB
[Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+O > Devices USB]

Activate MADRIX STELLA

Click Apply

Close the window with OK

Devices (USB/PCI)

 

 

4] Activating Devices

Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
[Keyboard shortcut: F4]

Your STELLA devices and their two ports will appear in the list.

If your devices are not in the list, click
[In the screenshot below, one STELLA is connected.]

By default, all ports are activated [State On].

 

If your device and ports are not activated, do the following:

Select the device/port in the list.

Right Mouse Click on the column State to set from Off to On [indicated by green light].

Right Mouse Click on the column OUT / IN to set to OUT for data output.

 

 

5] Configuration Of DMX Output

Make sure that your devices are still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices

When using your device as an output device, 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
 

By default, DMX universe 1 is assigned to DMX 1 and DMX universe 2 is assigned to DMX 2.

 

 

6] Frame Time

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices

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.

[When using USB, the frame time will be automatically set to the same value for all output ports.]

 

 

7] Optimized Frames Or Full Frames

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices

Choose how to send data.
- Right Mouse Click or Left Mouse Double-Click on the column Frames to choose between Optimized and Full
- Per DMX512 standard, MADRIX 5 only sends the number of DMX channels that is configured [optimized frames]. For example, if you are using 312 DMX channels on a DMX universe, only 312 DMX channels will be sent with every single frame on this universe.
- Activate Full Frames if devices should always send full frames on a particular universe, instead of optimized frames. Sending full frames means that always the full 512 DMX channels of a DMX universe will be sent with every frame [even when you are using less than 512 channels on the universe].
- Activating Full Frames is recommended if problems with the data output of your devices occur.
 

In addition, you can activate Full Frames for the device and each MADRIX STELLA port separately.

 

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