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It seems there are a lot of threads dealing with different parts of DMX control but nothing consise. I (like many others) want to use DMX for my props. I have bought everything recommended by other members in earlier posts but am having trouble getting everything set up. I have the Enntec Open DMX USB, DMX cables, 5 pin to 3 pin converter, Chauvet Splash JR lights, the VSA program, etc....Just can't seem to get it all to work. I have used VSA before for a 3-axis skull...really just want to add the lights to the scene this years. Any step by step suggestions would be highly appreciated.

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I agree that DMX info is all over the place. I've kind of learned DMX through asking many questions on many threads. Later, as I got better, I answered many questions in many threads. heh

After Halloween (when I have time) I think I will put a step-by-step tutorial of how to do DMX. In the meantime, here's a collection of threads that discusses DMX in one form or another:

Lots of DMX answers here: http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/70795-dmx-vampire-coffin-mib.html?highlight=DMX

Link to a basic DMX video: http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/78697-dmx-boogedy.html?highlight=DMX

Guitarist's DMX Control Center: http://www.halloweenforum.com/tutorials-step-step/68949-dmx-haunt-control-system.html?highlight=DMX

DMX Video: http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/71091-dmx-video-possible.html?highlight=DMX

Some DMX light answers: http://www.halloweenforum.com/tutorials-step-step/76503-vsa-dmx-led-lighting.html?highlight=DMX

DMX Servo and DMXorcist answers: http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/75175-dmx-servo-contollers-such-dmx-control.html?highlight=DMX

DMX and VSA Triggering: http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/74181-dmx-motion-trigger.html?highlight=DMX

DMX Discussion: http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/74846-need-some-info.html?highlight=DMX

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Terra,

Thank you for all the information. Guess I know what I will be doing tonight...lots of reading. As a side note to anyone else, the first problem I had was the Enttec Driver did not install correctly and I had to re-install it manually. Now that is working and I have a Chauvet Splash Jr. working with DMX and VSA. Now I just need to figure out the rest of the routine.

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Question. How many DMX outputs does it have? Just one? So you can only run one chain at once? Im confused. And if you can only run one chain at a time wouldnt that trigger everything on that one chain or can you trigger independently? say you have 5 things on one chain could it go 5-3-2-4-1 or will all of the devices fire at once? Confused.....:confused:
 

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I may be speaking beyond what I know, but there are 512 channels with DMX. Different props or lights or relays or whatever have there own ID or address and can be triggered or turned on and off in whatever order or sequence you want. Terra and the others know much more about this than me though.
 

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I may be speaking beyond what I know, but there are 512 channels with DMX. Different props or lights or relays or whatever have there own ID or address and can be triggered or turned on and off in whatever order or sequence you want. Terra and the others know much more about this than me though.
So you can hook up 512 devices on one chain? And controll anyway you want as long as you dont exceed the amperage?
 

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So you can hook up 512 devices on one chain? And controll anyway you want as long as you dont exceed the amperage?
No not exactly....and again there are better people to ask about this, but as an example I am using some Chauvet Splash Jr. LED lights. They have 4 channels each to run the dimmer/strobe functions and the RGB led's. So each ligh uses 4 of the available 512 channels. Each light also has its own power supply so no amperage problems. Hope that makes sense. You use a separate software program to run the system...most on here use Brookshire's VSA program.
 

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The same thing happened to me! I thought it was my crappy computer skills (or crappy computer). Add that to the 'gotcha' list.

Terra,

Thank you for all the information. Guess I know what I will be doing tonight...lots of reading. As a side note to anyone else, the first problem I had was the Enttec Driver did not install correctly and I had to re-install it manually. Now that is working and I have a Chauvet Splash Jr. working with DMX and VSA. Now I just need to figure out the rest of the routine.

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Oh...whoops! I knew I forgot something. :(

I'm going to be filming another sneak peek video and I'll try to put something together. No promises though...crunch time!
 
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