Adjust layer variables with DMX

Layer variables, that have a clickable DMX button next to them, can be controlled via channel values in DMX In window. In this chapter, we will show you how to map specific channel values to the Layer variables.

First, click the DMX button for those variables that you wish to control via channels values in DMX In window.

In this example, we have chosen Edit color, and Our custom integer variables.

Next, we have to map channel values. To do so, select the desired channel and hold the click while dragging an arrow to the Layer. Once you release the mouse button, the channel values will be mapped.

Good to know: 8-bit is the default encoding of numbers, but you can change to 16, 24 or 32 bit encoding.

By default, variables use 8-bit encoding, which means 1 DMX channel per number. This limits the range of values from 0-255. If you need a larger range, you can change the encoding to 16, 24, or 32-bit. In this case, one variable will consume 2, 3, or 4 channels.

To change the encoding right-click on a DMX button in the Layer variables section and choose the encoding.

DMX Personality

You can export a PDF with all the necessary information about DMX-controlled variables and their mapped channels by clicking on the Export DMX Personality button below the variables.

For the button to become active, you have to have at least one Variable with DMX control icon enabled.

For the Variables to become controllable you have to change the values of the Universe and Channel according to your DMX input Universe and Channel values.

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