Tutorial Avolites Titan, Art-Net and CITP

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How to network an MXWendler mediaserver with an Avolites Titan lighting console.
March 2016, with MXWendler version 5 and Avolites Titan version 9.



1. Pre-requisites:

  • Standard Art-Net control:
simply use the Avolites personality MXWendler_MXWendler v5.d4
If it is not already present on your console then you can load it as a user personality
(on consoles in the folder D:\Personalities).
The file CitpFixtureMapping.xml is not required in this case.


  • Full CITP functionality (auto-patch, thumbnails):
personality and CitpFixtureMapping.xml must reside in the real personality library
(usually this folder hidden/system, at D:\TitanData\Personalities).
Both files should be included there with a recent library update.
However, when copied there manually, a console software restart is required.


  • In both cases, MXWendler requires the CITP section activated and set correctly.



2. Setup MXWendler

  • Switch on your MXWendler computer, set it to a suitable IP address
(usually Art-Net works well with an address like 2.x.x.x or 10.x.x.x)


  • Start MXWendler.



2.1. - DMX mapping

  • Open the Settings menu and select the first item:
Menu → Settings → Input/Output → DMX/MIDI/Keyboard events
(Or simply press Ctrl-1.)


  • On this tab you can map the required actions to Art-Net channels.
Instead of mapping all channels manually, just load the prepared DMX mapping:
bottom-left click on Load and navigate to
C:\Program Files\MXWendlerStageDESIGNER50\DMX\Personalities\grandMA\FixtureLayerWith31Channels\MXWendlerDMXMappings.
Load the file MXW_08_Layers.dmxmappings.


Avo 01.png



2.2 - Art-Net settings


  • In the same settings menu toggle to the next tab:
Menu → Settings → Input/Output → DMX/Art-Net.


  • In the Section Art-Net:
Check the box open Art-Net
Select the correct network interface
Uncheck the box Local.
Set subnet to 0
Set DMX start channel to 1
Set Number of Universes to 1
Click on Connect and confirm the prompt.
Set Art-Net shortname to MXWendler
Set Art-Net longname to MXWendler Mediaserver.


Avo 02.png



2.3 - CITP settings


  • In the section CITP:
check activate CITP and Fixture Mode
set CITP Media Path to a suitable path with the clips you want to use
CITP Name must be MXWendler Mediaserver
Set number of layers to 8
Set DMX channels per layer to 31


Avo 03.png


  • The CITP settings are mandatory even if you do not want to use CITP on your lighting console.
Confirm/close the settings window with OK, and restart MXWendler to activate the settings.



3. Setup your Avolites console

3.1 - Basic setup


  • Switch-on your Avolites console. Make sure it is set to a suitable IP address in the same range as the Mediaserver.
It is a good idea to check the network connection at first, i.e. by pinging both devices from each other.
If they do not ‘see’ each other then any Art-Net attempts will fail. Debugging a faulty network connection
is not covered in this document. It might however include: re-check network settings (IP address subnet mask),
check the cable, check switches/hubs if there are any, make sure firewalls are off, make sure both computers
are correctly identified…



3.2 - Art-Net setup


  • From the System/Setup menu (hit <Avo> and <Disk>), select DMX Settings.
Left, in the Art-Net section, you should be able to see entries like this:
MXWendler(IP address): Universe x
Click on the entry with Universe 1, then, on the right-hand side,
click on Line 1, to route the signal from internal line 1 to Art-Net universe 1.


  • Next, check the Art-Net settings are correct:
left, at the Art-Net line, click on the little I
(in newer versions a symbol like this:Avo 04.PNG)
and make sure the settings are correct:
Enable DMX Output = Enabled
Always Broadcast ArtNet = Enabled
Network Adapter = the network adapter which you have configured


Avo 05.png


  • Exit the System/Settings menu.


  • You are now ready to patch and control MXWendler manually: <Patch>, <Fixtures>,
select manufacturer MXWendler,
select fixture MXWendler v5,
select mode Standard…
(if you want to use thumbnails then do not patch manually, but proceed straight to the next section.)



3.3 - CITP setup


  • Restart MXWendler again. This is required to refresh/activate the CITP data exchange.


  • On the Avo console, press <Patch> and select Active Fixtures.
MXWendler should be shown in the list of available active fixtures:


Avo 06.png


  • Click on this button. Usually the software sends the correct addressing automatically
(you can leave the next item on Use Fixtures Dmx Address.)
Simply click on an empty fixture button. 8 layers will automatically be patched:


Avo 07.png


  • In order to see thumbnails of your media select a mediaserver layer,
open the Attribute Editor (e.g. with <Open>-<Options>), and go to the Gobo bank:


Avo 08.png

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