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DMXcat® Multi Function Test Tool

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City Theatrical‘s DMXcat® system is designed for use by the lighting professional who is involved with the planning, installation, operation, or maintenance of theatrical and studio lighting equipment. The system consists of a small hardware interface device and a suite of mobile applications. Together, they combine to bring  DMX/RDM control plus several other functionalities to the user’s smartphone for use wherever and whenever they are needed. Developed with input from designers and technicians, the DMXcat is an indispensable tool for lighting users.

DMXcat is available in seven languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and English. DMXcat works with: Android, iPhone, and Amazon Fire.

DMXcat app update for Multiverse Transmitter  DMXcat hardware is built into every Multiverse® Transmitter. This means you can now access, configure, and control your Multiverse Transmitter with the free DMXcat app. DMXcat technology means that you no longer have to touch or even be close to your Multiverse Transmitter to make changes to it. Update your current DMXcat app or download it today to connect your Multiverse Transmitter.

DMXcat technology is covered by U.S. Patent # 10,129,964 B1 and other U.S and foreign patents pending.




DMXcat is the Winner of the PLASA 2017 Award for Innovation     DMXcat is the Winner of the Live Design Product of the Year 2017 DMXcat was recognized at the ABTT Awards 2017



         

DMXcat Quick Start Guide



Hardware


The DMXcat’s interface device is a compact battery powered unit which fits easily in a pocket or tool pouch or may be worn on a belt. It uses Bluetooth LE technology for communication with the smartphone/applications (up to 50’ range). Without the limitations of being physically connected, the user can move about the workspace as needed with his/her smartphone and run the various apps while still using the phone for on-the-job communication. The device’s 5 pin XLRF connector/cable asembly allows it to be connected to a point in a DMX data chain to allow testing and or control of the various DMX/RDM channel functions. It is charged using a standard USB to Micro-USB cable and charger.


        

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Other features include a built-in LED flashlight, an audible alarm (for locating a misplaced unit), an LED Status indicator, and a removable belt clip.


Optional accessories include: XLR5M to RJ45 Adapter, XLR5M to XLR3F Adapter, XLR5M to XLR5M Turnaround, XLR5M to XLR3M Turnaround, Belt Pouch.



Software Applications 

There are currently seven apps available or in development for use with the DMXcat system. Apps are available through Google Play (Android) or the Appstore (iPhone). 



Holding the DMXcat app while connected to a Multiverse Transmitter


Apps Included with the Basic configuration include:

• DMX Controller 

a single universe (512) DMX channel controller with two user interfaces.


• Fixture ControllerDMX

 test app for multi-attribute fixtures with built in database of lighting fixtures.


• RDM Controller

App for bi-directional communication/control of RDM enabled devices.


• DMX Tester

Permits users to analyze and or adjust  settings for transmitting or receiving DMX.


• RF Spectrum Analyzer (Android only)

For surveying and visualizing Wi-Fi networks.


• DIP switch calculator 

This app simplifies the configuring of DIP switches used for setting DMX addresses.


• Light Meter (Android only)

Useful for setting light levels for on-camera use.


 



DMXcat Quick Start Guide



Description                                 Cat. #

DMXcat

6000

Accessories 
 

XLR5M to RJ45 Adapter

6005
 

XLR5M to XLR3F Adapter

6006
 

XLR5M to XLR5M Turnaround

6007 
 

XLR5M to XLR3M Turnaround

6008 
 

DMXcat Belt Pouch

6009 

USB to Micro USB cable, 6"

6010 



DMXcat Tips and Tricks
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Tip 1:

DMXcat Tip - Making Fixtures Into Favorites
How do I connect to a fixture without internet access?   When you “Favorite” a fixture in your DMXcat app, it saves that fixture’s personalities to your smartphone. Once your preferred fixture is a “Favorite”, fixtures are not only easier to access, they also become available to you even when you cannot access the internet. (See image above.)

   
Tip 2: How do I reconnect to my DMXcat?   Simply click the chain link icon, which is in the lower left corner of the main screen, to start up a new connection; no need to go into your app's settings.
       
Tip 3: How do I add a fixture to the fixture database?    Use the “Report Problem” option in the settings menu to contact our support and development team with the fixture you'd like to add.
       
Tip 4:

DMXcat Tips - How to delete a fixture in the DMX Controller app?
How do I delete a preset from the DMX Controller app?   Simply swipe it left and press “Remove”.

   
Tip 5: Why does my fixture move when connected to DMXcat?   The fixture database in the Fixture Controller app has default values for every attribute of each fixture, such as pan and tilt at 50%, which will cause your fixture to move once connected. If you want your fixture to remain static, you can turn off this default setting in the main settings menu through “Load Default Values”. Once off, every attribute will load at 0%. If you find a default value that needs to be updated, please submit it with the contact option in the menu.
       
Tip 6:

DMXcat Tip - Setting a Moving Light to the Home Position
How do I set my moving light to the home position?    Use the 3-dot menu in the Fixture Controller app to reset all the DMX values for your moving light to their default home positions. This menu also offers easy access to your fixture’s user’s manual and a contact option to send corrections and feedback to City Theatrical.
       
Tip 7:

DMXcat DMX Tester App's Analyze DMX Function helped diagnose issues with fixtures in a DMX line

Which DMXcat app will help diagnose issues with fixtures in a DMX line?    The Analyze DMX function in the DMX Tester app can give you valuable information about the data coming from your lighting controller that can help diagnose the problem. The three sections that are of the most immediate help are “Number of Slots”, “Update Rate”, and “Received Start Codes”.

1. The “Number of Slots” tells you have many DMX values the lighting controller is sending from a maximum of 512. This can help you determine how many unique devices your controller can address.

2. The “Update Rate” is helpful for identifying why fixtures might be misbehaving. The maximum speed is typically 44Hz (it can be faster if fewer than 512 slots are being sent.) If a fixture periodically flashes, or goes out and comes back, then it may not be able to keep up with the full specifications of DMX.

3. In the “Received Start Codes” you will usually only see two possible values: 0x00 (for a regular DMX packet) and 0xCC (when RDM traffic is present). If any other values are present, then there is likely a bad connection or broken cable in the DMX line somewhere. There are some lighting manufacturers that use other start codes for their equipment but running across these is rare.

If you have problems with a fixture flashing every few seconds, it may not be responding appropriately to RDM on the DMX line. Make sure that RDM is off at all consoles, gateways, and wireless receivers until the 0xCC doesn’t show up in a new scan.

       
Tip 8:

DMXcat DMX Tester App's Transmit DMX screen helps test individual fixtures

How do I test individual fixtures in the DMX Tester app?    You can test individual fixtures with DMXcat by setting the Transmit Speed Preset to “Max” in the Transmit DMX screen of the DMX Tester app. This will send DMX at the fastest rate the DMX512 specification allows. If the fixture misbehaves, slow the speed down until you get consistent control. Most lighting consoles and DMX gateways can have their DMX speeds adjusted. Slowing down the DMX rate rarely affects any output on stage.             

Sometimes turning on the “Hold Last Look” feature of the lighting fixture can compensate for the issue. 

If you need additional help using DMXcat to diagnose problems in your system, please use the “Report Problem” button in the app’s settings screen to send an email. Or call City Theatrical at 800-230-9497 and ask for support.


              
       
Tip 9:

DMXcat on Amazon Fire


Do you use DMXcat on your Amazon Fire?    The Amazon App Store requires a connection to the internet every 30 days or it will block apps with the message “License Expired”. If you receive this message, please connect the Fire tablet to the internet and open the DMXcat app. (Available for download here.)


              
       
Tip 10:

DMXcat Tip for Managing RDM Devices


Need to organize your RDM devices?    Most fixtures will let you assign a custom label that will be displayed in the RDM list. You can also sort your RDM devices by Manufacturer, Model, Label, or DMX Address by clicking the 3-dot menu in the upper right of the RDM Controller.


              
       
Tip 11:

DMXcat Tip for Identifying Fixtures



Need to identify which fixture you are setting up with RDM?   Most RDM fixtures will flash the intensity attribute or their displays when they get an RDM Identify command. You can use the Identify button on the main RDM Controller screen, or use the light bulb icon in the upper right, when already configuring RDM for a specific fixture.


              
Tip 12:






Android Users: How can I see my DMXcat in the app's device list?   The Android ecosystem recently moved some of the discovery features of the BLE protocol to “Location Services” in phone settings. If you are discovering a device for the first time, enable this feature for the DMXcat to show up in the app device list. Once the connection has been made, then “Location Services” can be turned back off, as they will not be needed again for subsequent connections to that DMXcat.


              
Tip 13:






Do I really need a terminator on my DMX line?   If you have several fixtures in a DMX chain and experience intermittent issues, especially if all the RDM capable devices in the chain are not being discovered, make sure the end of the DMX chain is properly terminated. RDM requires two-way communication, making it susceptible to corruption by data reflections. Reach out to us using the “Report Problem” link in the DMXcat app if you have questions about RDM.


              
Tip 14:






Not sure if DMX is getting to your fixtures?   You can use your DMXcat dongle to check for a DMX signal without even opening the smartphone app. When your DMXcat is turned on and plugged into a DMX line, the power light with flash rapidly if data is present.


              














































































DMXcat at Rowan University Case Study

Features

  • Interface device is a compact battery powered device unit
  • Bluetooth LE technology for communication with smartphone/ applications 
  • 5 pin XLRF connector/ cable assembly allows it to be connected to a point in a DMX data chain
  • USB to Micro-USB cable and charger 

Software Applications:

Soft
Description Cat. #
DMX Cat 6000

• DMX Controller 
a single universe (512) DMX channel controller with two user interfaces.
• Fixture Controller
 test app for multi-attribute fixtures with built in database of lighting fixtures.
• RDM Controller
App for bi-directional communication/control of RDM enabled devices.
• DMX Tester
Permits users to analyze and or adjust  settings for transmitting or receiving DMX.
• RF Spectrum Analyzer (Android only)
For surveying and visualizing Wi-Fi networks.
• DIP switch calculator 
This app simplifies the configuring of DIP switches used for setting DMX addresses.
• Light Meter (Android only)
Useful for setting light levels for on-camera use.

Specifications


 CTI Part No.   6000
 Wireless communication:  Bluetooth LE
 Range:  50’ (15m)
 Status LED indicator:  Yes, multicolor
 Flashlight:   White LED
 Charging port:   Micro USB
 DMX connection:  5PXLRF
 Apps  7- Android and 6- iOS
 Included:   DMX Controller, Fixture Controller, RF Spectrum Analyzer, 
   DIP Switch Calculator, Light Meter (Android only
 RDM Controller, DMX Tester
 Construction:  NEMA 1 ABS enclosure 
 Compliance  CE, RoHS, FCC
   
 Physical:  
 Weight:  .3 lbs (.14 kg) 
 Dimensions:   1.63”(41.4mm) W x 3.75” (95.3mm) L x .94”(23.9mm) H 
   
 System Requirements:  Bluetooth 4.0 or greater
   Android 6.0 or greater
   iOS 9.3 or greater (iPhone 4S and newer) 
   

Videos

Images

DMXcat hardware dongle and smartphone app


DMXcat mobile app and hardware dongle

DMXcat Packaging

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DMXcat Controls, Analyzes and Tests any DMX Fixture

DMXcat Flashlight

DMXcat Dongle

DMXcat Detail

DMXcat - Control, Analyze, Tests any DMX Lighting Fixture

DMXcat Mobile app

What's In The Box:
DMXcat - What's In The Box

Additional Accessories:

Types

Case Studies

Read recent case studies for DMXcat: 


Rowan University Case Study



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