[ANSWERED] Lighting for beginners ?
One of the things I absolutely love about Isadora is the ‘all in one package’ approach to projection and lighting. In particular the possibility to develop interactive projection and light shows for non-traditional performance space. This means having the ability to program performances in out of the way places like parklands and car parks, lane ways and abandoned buildings. With Isadora and a dmx interface box (I am still using LanBox) along with a bunch of RGB lights I can augment an ambient environment around an outdoor projection. I can sync light colour to projection and any number of other instances of creative data. So my greatest and most interesting use case for working with dmx protocol inside Isadora is when extending production off the beaten track. In that situation when there is only 8 - 20 RGB lights and no need for dimmer racks, I really appreciate the intimacy of Isadora’s functionality. In fact some of the inspiration for working off-site like that has come from the efficiencies possible with Isadora’s ability to realise many technical protocols in the one package.
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@bonemap yes Thats what we like about Isadora !!
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Someone who wants to show/tell some basics between Isadora and lighting?
On the other hand, somewhat more complex to use and understand is ArtNet. We have dedicated actors for this on our Plugins page (64 bit actors for Isadora 3 are here), but you'll need devices that receive ArtNet instead of DMX. This is commong for LED walls, but for actual lighting fixtures you'll need dimmer packs that receive ArtNet or else an ArtNet to DMX converter.
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@mark thanks a lot for all of this info !!
Note that users have had issues with the newer MK2 version because of the serial drivers required to work with it; I'd stick with the one I've listed here.
Can confirm. My MK2 is now a brick and every time I needed to get it up and running (back when it did work) it was a hassle.
regarding DMX devices, I just bought this ArtNet <-> DMX Converter by Chauvet. I tested the Enttec ODE MK2 ArtNet <-> DMX controler before with QLC+. It worked immediately without any drivers or additional software out of the box. The Chauvet is pretty much the same, but cost less money. I didn't yet try the direct way out of Isadora with the ArtNet actors.
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Wonderful! Thanks so much for this, and all the other contributions you make!
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I also suggest going the Artnet node way.
Lighting has a standart ( Artnet ) that is now supported by most of the light manufacturers, and that is compatible with a simple network card on a computer.
There you have no restriction of use, from Raspberry, to MacPro, to Android phone, to 50k$ lightdesk etc... Not so bad I feel !
All usb devices are driver & OS dependant.
One other big advantage of an Artnet node when working in a venue, is that with a simple wlan acces point, you can go wireless for example during focus. That's not possible with a usb device.
To make things a bit more complicated there is not only ArtNet there also sACN. At the early days of ArtNet we first used it at our theatre but our network was often overloaded so we switched to sACN. ArtNet is UniCast and sACN is Multicast. But I think ArtNet solved lot of the problems of the early days.
But I think ArtNet solved lot of the problems of the early days
Yes, I believe artnet 2 addressed these issues.
So in my daily practice as an scenographer / Lighting designer I use ETC Nomad, ETC makes great software called EOS that is basically a full light desk on your PC / Mac.
When you are touring and you need to change the patch list to a new setup it makes sense to do that in software that is created to do so. Isadora is fully capable of doing small shows / basic setups, but when you are have enter and have to perform in the evening with an general rehearsal in between is makes sense to use such software to quickly busk between all your different lighting subs / color palette's / Cue's. A basic license for ETC Nomad (Students / Educators) is 250 USD with 2 Universes and an ETC Gadget II (Basically a USB adapter for your PC)
Isadora has some great tools to connect with lighting desks, think about Midi Show Control :)
For some really basic setups I agree with the above, either go with an Enttec USB DMX Pro if you really want something that is relliable and quick to setup with something like QLC+ or go down the ArtNet route and get some Enttec stuff as well :)
A basic license for ETC Nomad (Students / Educators) is 250 USD with 2 Universes and an ETC Gadget II
I need to go back to school or teach at a university so I can afford to get this
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@woland they just ask for a simple certificate, i'm pretty sure you have some friend still student.... ;-)
I respect ETC too much to not play fair with them.
@woland Hi woland. I think that some things changes since I use my mk2 now on m1 and it seems to work just fine.
I do own a ODE MKII, but the ethernet version (not USB) since 2019. I did not have any issues with it, at least not more than I've had with conventional consoles/dimmers. Sometimes a dimmer hangs, but that's not really the console's fault. Well there was an issue at the beginning. They sent me a 12V power in the box, but it should have been a 7.5V. I guess this is a rare error. They sent me the proper one short after I told them what happened. I've read (in this forum) to stay away from the ODE interfaces and go with the PRO versions, but in my case, I can't say anything bad about it.
hello, do you sent it artnet and the interface transforms into dmx? How does it work in isadora ?
sent it artnet and the interface transforms into dmx? How does it work in isadora ?
Hi, I'm afraid I don't know for sure how it works but yes, that's my workflow.
My ENTTEC ODE MKII is connected to my PC directly over the ethernet connector. I use the Artnet send actor (using matrix send and receive as learned in the tutorials), to get my DMX matrix to the ENTTEC. I just need to enter the proper IP and it works very straightforwardly. Then the ENTTEC has a DMX output: Usually I just take the DMX cable going out from the theatre's console and plug it into my ENTTEC ODE MKII. Sometimes I just do a Daisy chain: The DMX out from the ENTTEC goes directly into the first light, and from there on.
The ENTTEC has a DMX input as well, but I've never used that. Maybe that way it could also receive inputs directly from the light console.
I hope that helped,
@gaspar Thank you very much Gaspar. I need to buy 2 computer to dmx interface and I am struggling to understand if entecc products will be compatible with sonoma, etc... Since you just send ethernet out you didn't have to install drivers on your machine am I wrong ?