LumiSplit v6 comes with some significant features that are ideal to make your installation more robust with flexibility. One of these features makes it now possible to store a snapshot on board, and can then be used to playing back at start up or when the DMX signal is lost at the input. In case it loses the DMX input signal, you can also choose to repeat the very last received valid DMX frame, whether it is using your stored snapshot as an emergency light scene or either using the last frame received to keep all your lights in the latest position. All this can be easily managed by RDM and through LumiNet Monitor.
To configure these features, you have to start LumiNet Monitor (version 2.3.2 or later) who will discover all LumiSplits connected behind LumiNode or Ethernet-DMX devices.
1. Store a snapshot
Per input of the LumiSplit, 1 snapshot can be recorded. This is easily done by right-clicking the RDM responder of the input and click “Capture snapshot”. This snapshot can later be used for Startup mode and DMX fail mode.
By selecting all or multiple LumiSplit inputs (zones) at once, you can make a snapshot of your complete lighting rig over multiple different universes.
1.1. Set DMX startup mode
With the DMX startup mode, you can define the behavior of the LumiSplit at startup for each input. If no DMX signal is present, you may choose the following 2 options:
- Do nothing (default)
- Send snapshot
“Do nothing” is the default behavior and does what it says. There will be NO DMX signal forwarded to the outputs of the respected input until a valid DMX signal arrives at the input.
“Send snapshot” makes it possible to send out the captured snapshot as a lighting state with defined timings. In this way, the snapshot will be sent to all concerned outputs until a valid DMX input signal is received or until the hold time expires. When a valid DMX input signal is received, the outputs will follow the input data.
1.2. Set DMX fail mode
With the DMX fail mode, you can define the behavior of the LumiSplit for each input in case it loses the DMX input signal. The following 3 options are available:
- Do nothing (default)
- Resend last frame
- Send snapshot
“Do nothing” is the default behavior and does what it says. There will be NO DMX signal forwarded to the outputs of the respected input until a valid DMX signal arrives at the input again.
“Resend last frame” will keep repeating the last received DMX frame on all outputs of the respective input (zone). As soon as the DMX input receives valid DMX again, the output will follow that new input again. The frame rate used for resending the last frame is the same as set for the regeneration mode (default: 36 FPS with a break time of 184uS).
“Send snapshot” makes it possible to send out the captured snapshot as a lighting state with defined timings. In this way, the snapshot will be sent to all concerned outputs until a valid DMX input signal is received or until the hold time expires. When a valid DMX input signal is received again, the outputs will follow the input data.
2. DMX fail and startup detailed timings
The Startup and DMX fail features in LumiSplit are based on standard RDM PIDs. These PIDs can be generically controlled in detail via the RDM control panel
DMX fail mode and DMX start up mode both make use of preset info in case available via RDM. The preset info will set the configurable boundaries for setting the details of these modes.
LumiSplit supports 3 different DMX fail modes or start up modes which are translated to presets:
- 0: Do Nothing
- 1: Resend last frame
- 2: Send snapshot
Following attributes can be adjusted:
Delay: Number of 0.1 seconds delay before the preset gets active. 65535 (0xffff) represents infinite time. Mind that LumiSplit already takes 800ms (or 0.8 seconds) before detecting DMX signal fail. So, by setting the Delay at 1, you actually set a time out of: 0.8 + 0.1 = 0.9 seconds.
Hold: The hold time defines how long the mode stays active. After the amount of x times 0.1 seconds, the mode will go back to default behavior. In case of LumiSplit the minimum hold time is 0.1 second and the maximum is infinite (65535 or 0xffff). When the hold time has elapsed, the input (zone) of the LumiSplit will go back to “Do nothing”. Or as soon the DMX signal has recovered the outputs will follow the incoming DMX again.
Level: The level is a value that acts as a master level on the captured preset. LumiSplit only supports 255 (full) as level.
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