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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 Multi Fixture Feature
    DMXcat’s new 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 or visit the DMXcat Quick Start Guide FAQ.

    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.


                  
    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.


                  
    Tip 15:






    How can I get my DMXcat app to work again if there is an “update error” or problem sending / receiving DMX and RDM after I update my app on an Android device?   There is an occasional conflict between the Bluetooth stack updates that have been implemented in the DMXcat app and the information about the DMXcat dongle that is stored in Android’s Bluetooth Cache. By connecting and forgetting the DMXcat in Android Bluetooth settings followed by a device reboot the cached information is reset.

    Steps to resolve:
    • Force-close the DMXcat app and turn off the DMXcat dongle
    • Turn the DMXcat back on and go into your phone Bluetooth settings.
    • If the DMXcat does not show up in your paired devices then click Pair New Device and when the DMXcat shows up connect to it.
    • When it is connected go to the pairing settings and click “Forget”
    • Restart your phone
    • Connect and if it still won’t output try going into settings > DMXcat Update and clicking the 3 dots to do a Force Master Update, followed by a Force Slave Update.
          

     
    Tip 16:

    DMXcat Multi Fixture Feature




    How do I use the new Multi Fixture control features?   First make sure all of your fixture personalities are in your Fixture Controller Favorites list, then click on the Multi Fixture Link. You can then click the "+" icon to start adding fixtures and groups to your setup. Once you have selected the personality you would like to patch you are presented with the fixture setup screen.

    Click on this Getting Started with Multi Fixture PDF or visit the DMXcat Quick Start Guide FAQ to learn more.


                  
    Tip 17:

    DMXcat Multi Fixture feature





    Want to control every third or fourth channel of an entire universe using your DMXcat?   Use the personality editor to create a 3- or 4-channel fixture. Using the Multi Fixture Controller (Getting Started with Multi Fixture PDF), you can setup that fixture to fill a universe. Add it to a group and then when you control the group you will have simultaneous control of every third or fourth channel.


                  


















































































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    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 11 or greater (iPhone 6S and newer) 
       

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