Light design – Programming DMX & Visualizing with GrandMa2

This workshop gets the technical aspects of lightning design for stage shows across to you. Learn about interconnecting content of traditionally separated AV production pipelines with vvvv and how to visualize your compositions of light and other content as compelling real-time preview.

What’s happening in the workshop?
We will learn from scratch what the DMX and Artnet protocols are, and how to use them in vvvv to create a lighting solution. Also we will visualize the created light setups with real dmx fixture devices as well as in GrandMa2 3d. Therefore we will be learning some basics about this professional lightning software, how we can send data to it, and how a lighting operator can send data to vvvv to control our compositions in real-time.

Who is the target audience of the workshop?
Light designers/technicians who wish to control lightning from vvvv, or send data to from vvvv to other professional lighting systems.
Any scenographer, artist, stage designer or VJ who creates dynamic content for shows in which the lighting department needs to be fed with real-time values from the visual composition.

What will attendees of the workshop learn?

  • Electronics of the DMX protocol
  • Basics logic of the Artnet protocol
  • How to send / receive Artnet data from vvvv in a simple friendly way
  • How to patch fixtures in vvvv for simple use and re-use
  • How to build and use an advanced custom patch solution (instead of a standard dmx console)
  • Basics of GrandMa2 (desktop and console) with patching fixtures, using them, park, sending and receiving Artnet
  • Basics of GrandMa2 visualizer to preview what we are sending from vvvv in a wysiwyg way
  • Controlling WS2811 digital pixel LED stips
  • If we have time, building a Artnet to DMX node with Arduino
  • If we have time, building a Artnet to i2c wireless node to controll ws2811 led stips

What is the content of your workshop in detail?
This workshop is dedicated to develop a detailed understanding how DMX fixture works, how the dmx protocol (from an electronic point of view) works, how the protocol works in a logical point of view, why Artnet is the more comfortable dmx, how we can patch a dmx console from vvvv, simulate it from vvvv, how can we read a artnet protocol in vvvv and understand whats going on, how we can set up the network between vvvv and grandma2 consoles, how we can understand the console logic, how can we start from scratch (this means that we will learn the basics of GrandMa2) to patch fixture on the desk, how we need to set up the network to talk to vvvv, and to make vvvv talk to the desk, how to visualize 3d fixtures in GrandMa2 3d using a vvvv data, and how can we visualize lightning fixtures using vvvv only!

At the end of the workshop VJs and LJs will understand why they must work connected, and will know how to improve the quality of their shows using interconnected content.

We will learn how to do pixelmapping, what hardware is needed, how we can build our own controller using an Arduino, and how we control it from vvvv.

What hands-on vvvv skills will participants learn?
Networking, spreads and slices, Dx9/11 3d rendering, pipet.

Which specific vvvv contributions are involved?

Which creative techniques are covered in general?
Stage Lighting, a super important topic for expression in performing arts.

At the moment we are selling our own hardware to control DMX lights and WS2811 strips in a wifi way.

We might bring a bunch nodes for the wokshop so each group can really control a fixture / led strip.
To sell our nodes we must show new ways of interactions between computers/lights, we did already several vvvv workshops in Spanish and lighting workshop in Argentina, Bilbao, and Barcelona.

presumed knowledge

  • Basic Tutorials
  • The User Interface
  • Patching Concepts
  • Spreads
  • DX9/DX11 Rendering
  • Basic network skills

    • Windows laptop with latest vvvv version and addonpack installed
    • A 3 button mouse
    • Install a grandma2 software. No special hardware needed. It works on a 2in1 cheap pc with 2gb of ram and no videocard


    Event Type
    • Workshop


    • Wednesday
      10:00 am - 1:00 pm
      2:30 pm - 5:30 pm




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