Artistic Licence (Booth 3138) is showing the newly released Visual-Patch, Jump-Start programmer, and the new range of DIN rail mounting products at ETS-LDI.

Visual Patch combines the power of the new RDM protocol, a lighting console, and a video camera. Point the camera at the stage and press the Visual-Patch button: the lighting console uses the RDM to switch on each lamp in turn. Then it analyzes the position, shape, and size of the lamp using the video camera, adds it to the patch and automatically sets the lamp start address.

The first product to implement Visual-Patch is Colour-Tramp, a lighting console that is optimized for control of two- or three-dimensional arrays of color changers. Visual-Patch allows large arrays of pixels to be mapped and patched with ease; this benefits random pixel arrangements such as "video on star cloth" applications.

Artistic Licence also announced its new range of DIN rail mounting installation products that covers a selection of key "building blocks" for installation control and management. All products in the range support the new RDM protocol and are presented in industry-standard DIN rail mounting cases.

The range now includes Rail-Demux (a 16-channel DMX512 to analogue control voltage converter); Rail-Switch (6-channel DMX512 control relay); Rail-Darling (6-channel darlington driver); Rail-Split RDM (6-channel DMX512 splitter with support for RDM and High End Systems talkback protocol); Rail-Pipe (two circuit controller for color mixing LED lamps); Pixi-Power SB1 (150 pixel controller).

Artistic Licence's Jump-Start is a small hand-held RDM and DMX512 programmer. Plug the Jump-Start into the DMX connector to view and edit important information and settings such as Start Address, Footprint, Sensors, Temperature, or Voltage. Jump-Start even gives users the ability to plug into the entire lighting rig and auto-patch all of the lights. The programmer can also ask the light to strike or dowse or self-test. It operates as a straight-forward DMX tester. Users can set individual channels to a level or have them ramp continuously and can store channel settings to memory. The programmer is powered by two AA batteries, powering 12 hours of talk time and six months of standby time.

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