What is DMX512?
DMX512 is a standard to let devices talk to each other, and let one event trigger another. The DMX stands for Digital Multiplex, and 512 is the number of devices that can be addressed through a single wire. We got a walkthrough of the DMX512 world and the elements that make it all work.
Complicated Lighting Made Simple
A primary use for DMX512 is for complex lighting arrangements as would be used for stage, television or film set ups. The DMX designers set out to make controlling and resetting lights faster and easier to cut down on the time spent climbing ladders to work with individual lights. When Ethernet is added to the mix the controlled light grid can stretch over an very large area, such as a theme park.
Thanks to Bill Ellis and Milton Davis
We want to thank Bill Ellis of Candela Controls and Milton Davis of Doug Fleenor Design for taking the time to come in and explain to us how DMX512 works. It’s their efforts, and those of many others through an organization called PLASA that makes sure DMX512 is a solid standard, compatible across many platforms!
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