Remote Control Protocols

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Remote Control Protocols

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The section "Remote Control Protocols" in the Configuration tab enables you to set up connections between your Pandoras Box Master system and other devices. You may receive and send Art-Net and DMX, exchange thumbnails via CITP or run MANet, Midi Show Control and Streaming ACN.

configuration_remote_dmx-artnetArt-Net and DMX

Art-Net:
- Press “Activate Input” to toggle Art-Net receive mode for remote control of devices or sequences according to the settings in the Patch tab.
- Press “Activate Output” to toggle Art-Net output mode for sending data from DMX devices added to the sequence.

Since version 5.3 the IP address does not necessarily need to be in the 2.x.x.x range to be able to receive Art-Net. Sending Art-Net is still tied to this specification. If you are working witch matrix patches, you may address a different IP range there, but currently this is not possible for DMX fixtures.

DMX via USB:
- Press “Activate Input” if you want to toggle DMX receive mode via a local DMX Link In USB interface. This is for remote control of devices or sequences, see also the Patch tab.
- Press “Activate Output” if you want to toggle DMX send mode via a local DMX LinkOut USB interface. This is for sending data from DMX devices added to the sequence.

Please note: While Art-Net supports multiple DMX universes simultaneously, a DMX Link USB interface offers only 512 DMX channels that are send on Subnet/Universe 0/0.

- Preferred Network Adapter (In Next Session):
The drop-down menu contains all network cards installed on the system. Select one and restart the application. Now the entire Pandoras Box communication regarding the DMX / Art-Net protocol will be transferred by this defined adapter and its IP address. This applies to the DMX / Art-Net data generated when a layer has been patched or if DMX devices are included in the timeline. It does not refer to possible Art-Net data generated by using matrix patches on an output layer (when working with LED walls and the Matrix Patcher).

With choosing a different network adapter for other protocols like for the Pandoras Box show data, you can separate different communication levels from each other.
These protocols can be assigned separately: Pandoras Box show data, DMX / Art-Net Mode, CITP Thumbnail Exchange and Streaming ACN.
If an explicitly named network adapter is not found, the "any" adapter will be used. "Any" is to be decided by the operating system Windows and its internal adapter order.

configuration_remote_citp-thumbsCITP based Thumbnail Exchange

If you want to exchange Thumbnails with a Chamsys MagicQ console or with the Widget Designer:
- Enter a TCP Port
- Press "Exchange Thumbnails"

Please note: The ChamSys console / Widget Designer have to use the same TCP Port to get a connection.

Pressing "Exchange Thumbnails" again will stop the CITP connection.

- Preferred Network Adapter (In Next Session):
The drop-down menu contains all network cards installed on the system. Select one and restart the application. Now the entire Pandoras Box communication regarding the CITP based thumbnail exchange will be transferred by this defined adapter and its IP address. With choosing a different network adapter for other protocols like for the Pandoras Box show data, you can separate different communication levels from each other.
These protocols can be assigned separately: Pandoras Box show data, DMX / Art-Net Mode, CITP Thumbnail Exchange and Streaming ACN.
If an explicitly named network adapter is not found, the "any" adapter will be used. "Any" is to be decided by the operating system Windows and its internal adapter order.

configuration_remote_manetGrandMA

To interface with GrandMA lighting consoles, please enable the MA-Net:
- Choose the GrandMA Series from the combo boxes.
- Enter the MA-Net Session ID.
- Press "Run MA-Net".

Please note:
MA-Net Series 1 supports up to 64 DMX Universes, MA-Net Series 2 supports up to 256 DMX Universes. They can be patched in the Patch tab. For more info please read the topic about DMX Input.

configuration_remote_midi-show-controlMidi Show Control

To control a Sequence via Midi Show Control Protocol:

- Midi Device:
Choose an installed Midi Device from the drop down list

- ID:
Enter the ID of MSC Message Mapping ( = Device ID - you find it in front of the Servers/Players name in the device tree)

- Sequence:
Enter the ID of the Sequence to be controlled via MSC

- Run Midi:
Press Run Midi to launch MSC and MIDI Input

- "Use Cue Subsection":
As decimal places for cue numbers are not supported in Pandoras Box, you can use the check box option "Use Cue Subsection". Doing this will multiply the incoming cue command x1000 (for example: GO to Cue 1.020 will be interpreted as GO to Cue 1020). With this option three decimal places are supported.

- Cue ID 0 Handling:
Choose between Regular Cue, Ignore, Stop and Stop & Reset all for Cue ID 0 Handling.

The following message types are supported:
Midi: Channel Voice Messages (all Note-On messages are processed)
MSC: System Exclusive messages (SysEx) according to the MSC specification

Please see the following links for detailed information: Midi / Midi Show Control.

configuration_remote_streaming-acnStreaming ACN

If you want to control Pandoras Box Master via Streaming ACN (sACN), please prepare the patch as usual. For more info please read the topic about DMX Input.
To run sACN press [Run sACN].
Please note that Streaming CAN does not use Universe 0, so do not patch below Universe 1.

- Preferred Network Adapter (In Next Session):
The drop-down menu contains all network cards installed on the system. Select one and restart the application. Now the entire Pandoras Box communication regarding Streaming ACN will be transferred by this defined adapter and its IP address. With choosing a different network adapter for other protocols like for the Pandoras Box show data, you can separate different communication levels from each other.
These protocols can be assigned separately: Pandoras Box show data, DMX / Art-Net Mode, CITP Thumbnail Exchange and Streaming ACN.
If an explicitly named network adapter is not found, the "any" adapter will be used. "Any" is to be decided by the operating system Windows and its internal adapter order.