Tutorial Avolites Titan Art-Net and CITP

From MXWendler Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Version 5 or above and Avolites Titan version 9. In this Tuotrial we will network an MXWendler mediaserver with an Avolites Titan lighting console.

{{#mpdftags: pagebreak}}


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.

{{#mpdftags: pagebreak}}

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.

Avo 01.png

{{#mpdftags: pagebreak}} 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.

Avo 02.png

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-checking network settings (IP address subnet mask).
Checking the cable, switches or hubs if there are any.
Making sure firewalls are off.
Making sure both computers are correctly identified…

{{#mpdftags: pagebreak}} Art-Net setup

1. 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, make sure that the Art-Net settings are correct:

Left, at the Art-Net line, click on the little I
(In newer versions a symbol like this:File:Avo 04.PNG)
The correct settings are:
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.)


{{#mpdftags: pagebreak}} 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:

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:


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:

Avo 08.png