Watching DMX with ChamsysPC and DMX-Workshop

Posted: November 7, 2011 in Show Control

Yup, sensation seekers, if you’ve ever wondered what DMX looks like, now is your chance..Hopefully, this might be  a useful demonstration tool. Apologies for the quality of the screenshots.

You will need to  have Chamsys  and DMX-Workshop installed on your PC. If you have Win7 as your OS, then you may need to tinker with it slightly as explained on the Artistic Licence page. Open both programmes. I’m imagining that you have a basic knowledge of how ChamsysPC works – Rob Sayer has some very good tutorials here.

On the Chamsys you need to go to Set-Up/DMX I/O and see that your universes look  like this:

DMX I/O Screen

Go back to Set-Up and choose View Settings/Network. The only item that needs to be enabled is “Send to Applications on this PC”, thus:

Network Settings

Put a few channels up on the desk, make sure you have the right universe selected in DMX-Workshop, from the “Data Source” drop-down , and that should be it. In the screenshot below I’m running the Chamsys in simple mode, with levels for Channels 1&2  recorded onto Playback 1

DMX in Action

As you see from below, no expense is spared here in the lab at Coker Acres. A PC, some free software, an original Caterpillar designed by WWG, a ten quid DMX dongle and a fine cup of tea…

R&D at Coker Acres

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