Compulite Lighting Solution

- Sep 18, 2017 -

srael Compulite R & D is a high-tech company that specializes in lighting equipment. 20 years, the company has introduced to the market a series of microprocessor-based computer dimmers, computer lights and dimming system console for lighting designers and lighting system operators to open a new lighting control. The main equipment includes: Ovation 3A, Applause 3A computer dimming console introduced in 1989, widely used in theaters and other places; 1990 Animator mobile lighting console is welcome; 1993 launched a new generation of Ovation 3B, Applause 3B loudspeaker; later, Whisper translator, Corona electric shade, Spark, Photon and other new products have come out; 1997 Compulite has launched Saber, Ovation 4D, Micron 4D, etc. can be used for Ethernet computer lights And dimming console and CompuCAD computer aided lighting design. This article chooses one of them to make an introduction to everyone.

A Saber computer light and a light console。

 

Saber dimmers can be 1024 circuits and up to 192 computer lamps integrated control; it has six output port adaptation DMX512 and dedicated protocol, and according to the High End protocol direct transmission; storage powerful, the program file Stored on a hard disk or floppy disk, thousands of memories can be stored in 100 Q tables (scene table); on the computer lights and light path management powerful, control loop configuration can be easy to use the menu to achieve, also contains the most common Of the smart lights, without the need for each load; Saber can alone or through the leadership of the lamp function to achieve its special effects function; 100 digital soft keys for quick editing options, 8 for dimming and computer control parameters of the rolling wheel and Multi-player selection and priority control; using Ethernet communication network, with MIDI input / output, SMPTE and DMX input and other optional interface , Compatible with WYSIWYG, Highlight and CompuCAD Innovative Dimming Design Assistant with playback and dual update capabilities.

 

Performance

 

Saber has 24 putter controllers for dimming or cross fade mode, each with a click button to set or lock the key mode and other loop attenuation modes. Easy-to-read LCD displays show controller assignments , The chase function can be assigned to the appropriate controller in a hard start or soft start mode. Chase control includes: rate control, push (GO), hold, forward, backward, change direction and exit loop.

 

Cross Fade A / B and C / D There are 7 segments of the display that show and will have some memory. LED light beam shows the process of cross fade, cross fade control include: push (GO), pull (BACK), continuous progress (SEQ), turn (more fade) and hold.

 

The system supports up to 99 independent Q tables. Each Q table has a separate storage area with 1000 memories, numbered from 0.1 to 999.9, and the scene table supports the embedded loop

Saber's hard drive stores a large number of interesting, pre-programmed effects packages that can be used for general effects software or customized for certain special performances.

 

Memory data is stored on a 3 1/2 "floppy disk or hard disk, and automatic storage performance can periodically generate a flash memory on the hard disk. Saber supports two high-definition color monitors, including: Stage display, playback Display, dedicated cross fade display, advanced image mapping defined by the operator, several detection displays, and optional third monitor.

 

The autorun project can be run on any playback device, such as an editor or triggered by the SMPTE timecode generator. Can be programmed for quick editing to select 100 groups of spotlights or loops. The 24 putter controllers can be programmed to work single or all together so that the chase is assigned a coordinated response push (GO), hold, advance and rate commands. Any fixture can be specified as a leader or follower, followed by a lamp to track the target, and the follower can be tracked in real time, absolute, relative, or relative motion. There are as many as 99 databases, each containing location, color and pattern preset, which has a database for storing programming. Changing the preset value in the repository updates the memory as a whole.

 

Saber can record up to 999 macros and directly control 100 macros via the 2-page numeric softkey, which can be triggered automatically or manually by automatic operation, automatic assignment, MIDI or DMX input. Saber can send or receive MIDI, MIDI sync function can simplify the master and slave configuration of the two consoles. The Saber console contains a factory-defined, most commonly used fixture library, and an additional operator-defined fixture is stored in the user device library. The wheel assignment parameter is defined by the operating programmer and can also define a specific device table.

 

50 digital soft keys can instantly control 2 pages of fixtures, groups, macros, assignments, leadership lights and library selection.

 

The six parameter wheels are divided into six rows of I, F, C, B, 1 and 2, each with a dedicated LCD display and four dedicated parameter keys for quick parameter selection. Dedicated sliding wheels for dimming / horizontal and diaphragm / pitch adjustment, a highly adjustable track ball and a convenient control rod to extend the level / pitch control to the maximum.

 

Can be directly output to a parallel printer, print storage table, storage directory, library and macro. Saber can be connected to any system that sends RS232 via the serial interface. There is a PC that can be used to execute macros, assignments, and autorun items that can be executed immediately or delayed by the PC. The key mapping feature enables the PC to simulate Saber. Saber can store 99 assignments; each assignment includes all cross fade, controller, tracker, Q key, and centralized control assignments; the assignment can be embedded in a macro or executed separately. Label storage, databases, macros, assignments, groups and program files can be used with the alphanumeric keypad or a numeric soft key for a mode, Saber supports multiple languages, and creates, stores, copies and prints the light position map. The graphic map is displayed on the second monitor. The Q key takes the numeric softkey mode, which can be specified to run in "superimposed" or other loop decay mode.

 

Saber extends over Ethernet and supports CompuLINK, E-MIX, VideoLINK, and Ethernet nodes, providing remote console operations in addition to remote VGA and DMX assignments. The optional touch screen supports all menu functions and softkey detection. In addition, frequently used editing keys can be operated with a special set of soft keys.

 

2. Optional accessories

Alphanumeric text keyboard, parallel printer, universal wired / wireless remote control, macro expansion keyboard, centralized expansion wing, SMPTE converter, two S-VGA monitors, Ethernet nodes, online CAD software package and touch screen.

 

Two Ovation 4D computer lights and light console

Ovation series products have broken through their original level. The new, robust Pentium-based hardware combines real-time operating systems to enable users to control up to 2048 DMX loops. These loops can be flexibly assigned to control 1536 dimmable circuits (including the color changer) and 250 computer fixtures or other DMX control devices. Airborne support for High End and S-MIX protocols. There are 2MB of space for storing data, and program files and device definitions are stored on optional hard disks. The playback device consists of two sets of cross fade faders, 20 optical path faders and 16 multifunction faders. Other functions such as multi-layer loop allocation, 999 macros, automatic trigger complex projects can respond to user control needs. The operator device definition can be stored on a floppy disk or hard disk or loaded as needed. Lighting position, color parameters and pattern library can help quickly design computer lights. There are MIDI input / output, SMPTE and DMX input functions, but also support Compulite Ethernet interface.

Ovation 4D has most of Saber's standard performance, and Saber's optional accessories are available for Ovation 4D. Using CompuCAD on the Ovation 4D dimmer console greatly enhances the efficiency and accuracy of lighting

 

Three Ethernet communication

Compulite latest series of products combined with Ethernet technology, Compulite series of all the support of Ethernet optical communication. The Ethernet communication network includes CompuLINK, E-MIX and VideoLINK.

CompuLINK offers a variety of console features, such as display and text assignments independent of the main console, and DMX and Ethernet routing. The lighting designer can view the current data of the stored data and the console through a CompuLINK Ethernet node on the production station. The node operator can use an alphanumeric keypad as an accessory to control the master station.

 

E-MIX is Ethernet to DMX / DMX to Ethernet router. E-MIX nodes are typically positioned in the dimming chamber and the lamp suspension position. CompuLINK and E-MIX have 2 DMX outputs and 2 DMX input transmit / receive interfaces that can be used as Ethernet to DMX / DMX to Ethernet routers.

 

VideoLINK is an Ethernet workstation that contains a node that connects the monitor and keyboard, with all the display, text, and CompuLINK keyboard management functions. CompuLINK supports MIDI input / output, SMPTE, floppy disk access, printer, remote control, and remote console operation with text keyboard. A local LCD monitor and six push buttons are used to set the standalone configuration. The control key sequence on the Compu-LINK or VideoLINK node facilitates the operator's control of the master station at the Ethernet station.

 

The Ethernet node can be used as a buffer for DMX / SMIX / High End transmission. The communication network protocol supports additional DMX functions such as looping, scaling and programming dimming curves. In case the communication is interrupted, the node can support the final DMX transmission. DMX input value can be converted to the main system through the node to go. The output of the parallel printer can be processed on CompuLINK, so that the main system can continue to work. There is a VGA monitor on the main console that displays real-time information, which can be synchronized with the display of the main console. The program file can be recorded and loaded onto a floppy disk. CompuLINK or VideoLINK workstations can be connected to a touch screen.

 

Four CompuCAD lighting program design software

 

CompuCAD successfully combines graphics, program design modules, hard copy tables, and quick projector recognition; and video cameras can be used in conjunction with recording, the selected video frame as a graphics file in order to form an important file; This file can be used to train new employees. If the console operator can not see the stage, the video link can provide live action via the PC monitor. CompuCAD is divided into program design module, graphics and database module, scene editor, three-dimensional graphical interface, CompuCAD network and other parts, to meet the lighting designer, lighting director and operator needs, CompuCAD for lighting designers to express their own lighting design Thinking and ideas

 

 

Program design module

The program design module is an organization tool that allows lighting designers to organize lighting ideas and use their own language to define lighting requirements. The graphics module allows selection of all drawings and lighting devices to be performed in 3D reproduction mode or in 2D and front view.

CompuCAD can build a three-dimensional environment based on the introduction of a two-dimensional diagram, and even use a full three-dimensional reproduction device even in 2D graphics. The light diagram is organized in a multi-layered form, allowing independent diagrams of the theater, setting and lighting layouts to be reused in different combinations. Different tools to help the lighting division to make design decisions:

 

1) You can select the fixture from the library and drag it into the light map; CompuCAD introduces other lighting library and creates a current "in use" library; the specific beam calculator can choose the most suitable for the job The required brightness of the lamps; there is a tool to match the different lighting;

 

2) lighting fixtures can be suspended and focused

 

3) can check and select color paper and pattern;

 

4) The shutter and the light blocking plate can form the beam;

 

5) positioning control circuit, silicon road and lamp holder;

6) 6) You can add comments in the text area.

 

2. Graphics and database modules

3. This module enables ideas and programs to be compiled into a clear and detailed lighting map that generates all the required worksheets, including wiring diagrams, installation scenarios, color schemes, scene records, and proportions of lights. Graphics and database module allows the lighting division to accurately see their own lighting ideas. The designer can use the drawing tools provided in the module to draw the light map. Introducing DXF files into CompuCAD makes it easy to merge the existing design of the theater with the designer's lighting settings.

 

3. Scene editor

 

The scene editor can generate a light field, by recording the light element and light combination and select the optical path and the arrangement of light to achieve. It is actually a light console expansion

 

4. 3D graphical interface

 

The user can position the light by dragging it into the light layout or by defining it in the light diagram. In a light scene, they are displayed in a full three-dimensional reproduction mode. This feature enhances the communication between the lighting designer and the director or device designer. You can also print a 3D reproduction display. The lighting scene can be arranged in a full three-dimensional reproduction mode by selecting the lighting fixture and balancing their brightness until a satisfactory scene is obtained. The pointer tool allows you to check which fixtures are focused on a specific point on the stage. This is not very useful for field lighting and lighting rehearsal. Hard copy can be done if necessary

 

5. CompuCAD network

 

Bidirectional Ethernet users in the CompuCAD network can connect the dimmer and CompuCAD software to update the programmed field based on the information received from the dimmer. Incoming information or any changes made by any programming user are immediately passed to other programming users, which ensures that the information is up-to-date. In addition, the module also supports the monitoring of the lighting field during execution by graphical display, two-dimensional or three-dimensional mode with or without reproduction.

 

The lighting director will find that CompuCAD can be used to: generate accurate and detailed focus graphs and diagrams; to coordinate the changes in lighting between the various performances;

 

The CD-ROM programmer will find that the CompuCAD network can be used to: Install the lighting designer's scene summary into the dimmers, lay the lights faster and more streamlined, and improve the communication with the lighting division during the lighting rehearsal; Any necessary off-line modification; through the vivid icon to monitor the lights on-site; through the CompuCAD network and dimming console in series communication.


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