hasslerk Posted December 14, 2018 Share Posted December 14, 2018 Contrary to all opinions out here, I went and upgraded from S4 to S5 (5.2.2) after Thanksgiving in an attempt to incorporate a Pixie4 controller and some pixel arches. After two weeks of fighting with a defunct show, scrounging these forums for someone with my similar setup and problems, learning the intricacies of the S5 software and the integrated preview design, and a lot of late nights with trial and error, I finally reached success with S5 last weekend. Under S4, I used a G3-MP3 director and 8 controllers; 5xCTB16PCg3, 1xCMB24D, 2x50 Watt RGB floods, 2 wireless Light Linkers, and the show worked flawlessly. The same show created via S5 without the pixie4 configured in would only light up one CTB16PCg3. Everything looked like it should work in Preview, and there were no errors denoted. After a number of days, I finally did the following: 1. Verify all controllers are actually 3rd generation (g3), which they were 2. Check, and then upgrade all firmware. Sure enough, once I upgraded all the firmware to the latest revisions (which LOR HW Utility make very easy), a significant amount of the show started to work in S5 from the G3-MP3, but still not everything. A check of my cat-5e connectivity made me realize that devices on "Net 2" of the G3-MP3 director were not working. This was partly due to my misunderstanding of how to enable Net 2 in the HW Utility when creating the show, partly the type of devices on that link, partly due to my misconfiguration of "Aux A" in the Network editor (had not set it to "enhanced") and my misuse of it in the Sequence editor and Preview. Basically what I did to fix everything was place anything "pixel" on "Aux A" in the Preview, and anything not pixel on Regular, and making sure the Cat 5e cabling matched. When using the G3-MP3, NET 1 would be the "regular" network, and Net 2 would be "Aux A" and set to 500k. To expand, when setting up a show via HW Utility, in step 3 make sure to select the box for "SD Card is for a Generation 3 or Newer Director", and then select "2" for number of ports. The next screen will tell you that Port 1 will be for a regular network and Port 2 will be for Aux A network. On Step 5 keep the "Strip MP3 Header" selected. On Step 6 for the Port 1, select "57.6 (normal)", and in this step I chose to de-select "Output LOR enhanced channels as well as LOR normal (if available)". Pressing "Next" takes you to step 6 setup for Port 2, which I select 500K. Creating the show with these selections and with the correct devices on each "Net" worked flawlessly. I could now add in the pixie4 which set me off in this direction to begin with. So one thing is for sure, S5 is way less forgiving than S4, at least in my original setup. I had firmware issues, props misconfigured in preview, and cabling errors, but in the end none of it was errors with the S5 software itself. After all this, I am happy I made the change to S5, and really like the consolidated interface and interaction. I am still learning how to edit pixels, but for this season the pixel arches have some basic features to keep it entertaining. Next year I hope to step it up to the next level. Hope this helps someone... Kurt Woodlea Hills Lights Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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