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.


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.

Setup MXWendler

1. 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)

2. Start MXWendler.

DMX mapping

3. 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.

4. 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.

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Art-Net settings

5. In the same settings menu toggle to the next tab:

Menu → Settings → Input/Output → DMX/Art-Net.

6. 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.

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CITP settings

7. 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

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. Avo 03.png

Setup your Avolites Console

Basic setup

1. 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…

Art-Net setup

2. From the System/Setup menu (hit <Avo> and <Disk>), select DMX Settings.

2. Left, in the Art-Net section, you should be able to see entries like this:

MXWendler(IP address): Universe x

3. 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.

4. 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

5. 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.)

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CITP setup

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

7. On the Avo console, press <Patch> and select Active Fixtures.

MXWendler should be shown in the list of available active fixtures:

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8. 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:

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9. 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:

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