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DMXcat-E™ (New!) and DMXcat® Multi Function Test Tool

City Theatrical‘s new! DMXcat-E™ (P/N 6100) is an expansion to City Theatrical’s DMXcat® Multi Function Test Tool system of solutions that allows for Ethernet control of a lighting fixture. In addition to all the functions DMXcat users currently enjoy, including utilization of the DMXcat free smartphone application for iPhone and Android to plan, install, operate, and maintain theatrical and studio lighting equipment, DMXcat-E allows users to view and send Ethernet protocols, including ArtNet and Streaming ACN (sACN).

The new! DMXcat-E also allows users to perform cable testing of 5-pin XLR and Ethernet cables via an included external remote. DMXcat-E can read SMPTE timecode as well as MIDI timecode and regular MIDI for audio and other entertainment projects. DMXcat-E uses bookmarking of timecode and save to file functions for ease of use. DMXcat-E also allows users to view DMX timings and PoE voltages. The DMXcat-E hardware is complete with a flashlight, buzzer, and USB-C charging. As more manufacturers implement RDM Net into their fixtures, the DMXcat-E is ready to be the essential test tool for the future of lighting.

 

City Theatrical‘s DMXcat® Multi Function Test Tool 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 can function in seven languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and English. DMXcat works with Android and iPhone. Download the free DMXcat app to pair with your DMXcat hardware here (requires Android OS 6.0+ or Apple iOS 11+):

Apple App Store Google App Store

 

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.

Visit the DMXcat Quick Start Guide to get started with DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool.

DMXcat’s Multi Fixture feature includes a patch that can be implemented to group and control lighting fixtures together to save time and improve workflows. This patch also allows users to assign numbers to channels or fixtures, which can be useful in creating a consistent and simplified numbering system between creative and technical teams of a given production or installation project. DMXcat users can use the patch to save, name, and re-load setups across various rigs, for use on future projects. To learn how to get started, read the Getting Started with Multi Fixture PDF.

 

Banner for DMXcat and Multiverse Studio Kit at The Unicorn Season 2 on CBS


DMXcat-E, DMXcat, and DMXcat Accessories by Part Number:

 

Part Number Product Image Product Name
     
6100 DMXcat-E hardware only New! DMXcat-E
     
6000 6000 DMXcat with XLR5F Connector DMXcat with XLR5F Connector 
     
6005 6005 5-Pin DMX Male to RJ45 Adapter for DMXcat XLR5M to RJ45 Adapter
     
6006 6006 5-Pin DMX Male to 3-Pin DMX Female Adapter for DMXcat XLR5M to XLR3F Adapter
  
  
6007 6007 XLR5M to XLR5M Turnaround for DMXcat XLR5M to XLR5M Turnaround
  
  
6008 6008 5-Pin DMX Male to 3-Pin DMX Male Turnaround for DMXcat XLR5M to XLR3M Turnaround
     
6010 6010 USB to Micro USB cable, 6” USB to Micro USB cable, 6"
     
60000001 60000001 DMXcat Plastic replacement kit 1 top view front DMXcat Plastic Replacement Kit (for P/N 6000 only)
     
6009 6009 DMXcat pouch DMXcat Belt Pouch (for P/N 6000 only)
     
6109 6109 DMXcat-E Pouch photo front angled New! DMXcat-E Pouch (for P/N 6100 only)

 

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 receives the ABTT Award
 DMXcat receives Live Design Product of the Year 2016 - 2017

 

 

What are people saying about DMXcat?

 

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"[DMXcat is a] great test tool. RDM is a wonderful thing." - W.B. "I don't know how you can do a DMX job without it.” – F. B. "[DMXcat is] a very reliable DMX device with RDM capability at a reasonable price.” – J. K. 
     

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“This product is the perfect tool for any theater lighting professional. A must have for anyone who deals with DMX on a daily basis.” - T.D. “[DMXcat] does exactly what it's supposed to. If you are installing or troubleshooting DMX lighting this tool is wonderful addition to your toolbox.” – A.C. “This item, [DMXcat], has been indispensable for troubleshooting. Amazing preloaded products in it, which makes it easier to connect to lighting equipment to test and use.” - V.S.
     

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“[DMXcat is] an invaluable tool. Has saved me countless hours troubleshooting, which saves money, which makes everybody happy.” – T.D. "Why didn’t I buy one of these sooner? It’s so handy to be able to test the rig without dragging out a whole console, change the PWM of a fixture without borrowing a lift, or verify the signal at the end of a DMX line.” – D.J. "Worth every penny, it will plug into any light and make it function. DMXcat is a diagnostic tool for lighting guys. If you have a light that does not work correctly. You can trouble shoot the light and the DMX system in 3 minutes flat. Awesomeness!” – A.X.
     

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“The DMXcat did exactly what it claimed to do and it was easy to get new fixtures added to the database. Wonderful tool.” – R.O. "This item has been indispensable for troubleshooting both the DMX controller and DMX props. The app is highly intuitive, and the company is very responsive to emails.” – K.A. "I love how [DMXcat] has preloaded products in it, which makes it easier to connect to lighting equipment to test and use.” – B.L.
     

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"[DMXcat is a] must have for any lighting technician.” – A.K. "[DMXcat is a] fantastic product that saved me multiple times.” – P.K. "[DMXcat is a] very useful tool! Easy to use and carry around.” – H.M.
     

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"[DMXcat] changed my life.” – J.C. "[DMXcat is a] nice tool to have.” – K.F. “[DMXcat] works great, exactly what I needed to address RDM fixtures.” – K.T.
     

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"[DMXcat is an] amazing product for a Lighting professional. A must have!” – J.S. "This [DMXcat] is incredible. How did I ever live without this?” – B.M. “[DMXcat is a] very awesome product. Have used it non-stop. Highly recommend this gadget.” – L.G.


Additional Information

DMXcat-E:

  • Allows for Ethernet control of a lighting fixture
  • View and send Ethernet protocols, including ArtNet and sACN
  • View DMX timings and PoE voltages
  • Perform cable testing of 5-pin XLR and Ethernet cables via included external remote.
  • Read SMPTE timecode, MIDI timecode, and regular MIDI
  • Bookmark timecode
  • Save to file functions for ease of use.
  • Comes with a flashlight, buzzer, and USB-C charging.
  • Includes all the functions DMXcat users currently enjoy, including utilization of the DMXcat free smartphone application for iPhone and Android
  • As more lighting manufacturers implement RDM Net into their fixtures, the DMXcat-E is the essential test tool for the future of lighting

 

DMXcat:

  • 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 


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 assembly 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.

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). 

Apps Included with the Basic configuration include:

  • DMX Controller - a single universe (512) DMX channel controller with two user interfaces.
  • Fixture Controller DMX - 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.
 Part Number: 6000 6100
     
Product Name: DMXcat DMXcat-E
     
 Wireless Communication:  Bluetooth LE Bluetooth LE
     
 Range: 50’ (15m) 100' (30m)
     
 Status LED indicator: Yes, multicolor Two multicolor status LED indicators (one is the same as the original DMXcat, and the other is an Ethernet link light)
     
 Flashlight:  White LED White LED
     
 Charging port:  Micro USB USB-C
     
 DMX Connectors: 5PXLRF XLR-5M, XLR-5F, DIN-5, XLR-3F, & EtherCon
     
 Apps:  7- Android and 6- iOS 6 new Apps (Android total: 9, and iOS total: 7)
     
 Included:  DMX Controller, Fixture Controller, DIP Switch Calculator, RDM Controller, DMX Tester New apps include: MIDI, Timecode, Ethernet Sources, Ping, Cable Testing, and PoE Tester
  Android only: Light Meter, RF Spectrum Analyzer  
     
 Construction: NEMA 1 ABS enclosure  NEMA 1 ABS enclosure 
     
 Compliance:  CE, RoHS, FCC CE, RoHS, FCC
     
     
 Physical:    
     
 Weight: 0.3 lbs. (0.14 kg)  0.4 lbs. (0.18 kg)
     
 Dimensions: (W x L x H) 1.63” (41.4mm) W x 3.75” (95.3mm) L x 0.94” (23.9mm) H  3.35" (85mm) W  x 4.92" (125mm) L x 1.38" (35mm) H
     
     
System Requirements: Bluetooth 4.0 or greater Bluetooth 4.0 or greater
  Android 6.0 or greater Android 6.0 or greater
  iOS 11 or greater (iPhone 6S and newer)  iOS 11 or greater (iPhone 6S and newer) 
Title Description
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"The versatility of the Multiverse system meant we were able to reconfigure nodes on the fly, and broadcast nine universes of long-distance data transmission in two separate systems.”

- Aidan Marshall, Associate Lighting Designer

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