Forum: VirtualDJ Plugins
Topic: SBDJ FreeStyler - Page: 1
I've created and been testing another range of plugins for you all that integrate VirtualDJ and FreeStyler DMX.
* Passes CBG grid from active deck as Sound To Light trigger. No audio needed by FS.
* Can trigger commands within FreeStyler from VDJScript, allowing you to effectively map FreeStyler commands to controls within VDJ.
* Monitors Cue points with a specific naming convention to trigger commands within FreeStyler, allowing you to set cue points to automatically trigger lighting changes. This means you can program per-track lighting sequences that run automatically!
* Network and local support
There are two plugins available, SBDJ FreeStyler CBG and SBDJ FreeStyler Cue.
I have seperated these two into seperate plugins because the I didn't want the Cue plugin to bog down the CBG thread and I was having issues communicating with VDJ from multiple simultaneous threads. This may be something I can resolve at a later date, or I may just keep them seperate. Not sure yet.
Anyway, to use the Cue plugin you *must* have the CBG plugin (and at least v1.3 of that). FreeStylers network server is single client, so the CBG plugin talks to FS and the Cue plugin talks to the CBG plugin.
Sending commands is accomplished using a couple of VDJScript variables and setting them as per the information provided by FreeStyler in it's "Sendmessage and TCPIP.pdf" document. An example:
This will toggle blackout:
set '$fsvalue' 1 & set '$fscommand' 2
The network equivalent should be:
set '$fsvalue' 255 & set '$fscommand' 2
To use the cue point functionality, just drop a cue point (in the range you've specified obviously) and rename it as:
The command format follows the above syntax for commands. For example:
FS:2,1will execute a blackout, or over network
Posted Mon 08 Nov 10 @ 8:14 am
Posted Mon 08 Nov 10 @ 9:17 am
so in 'that case' I find myself mainly using just three "program banks" (kinda like a "cue" in FS)
I use another three "cues" for misc stuff.. like setting off just the scanners, or turning on the colorchangers on the mirrorball, etc etc
of course, my controller only had 8 "cue" banks so I was always limited.. IE: I never bothered using any of the "cues" for running 'bumps' IE:special short term lighting sequences..
If I just used the the VDJ Cues as "bumps" for special lighting sequences, then I think 10 would be enough..
but if I also used the VDJ cues to set the main lighting "FS cues" (IE the lighting sequence that would play for the whole song), then I would say a minimum of 20 cues..
On a side note...
would it also make sense to have your plug-in check the "VDJ comments" section? for cues?
IE: the plug-in scannes for cues (which takes up processor power), but also peroidically checks the "comments" of the playing song? (which shouldnt take up as much processor power as it only needs to be checked once a minute?? as its usually pretty 'static'...)
my reasoning is the "comments" of VDJ would set the major "FS Cues" and the VDJ Cues could be used for 'specialty cues' or 'bumps'?
Posted Mon 08 Nov 10 @ 10:33 am
I don't do dmx (yet), all my lights are linked and just run on sound to light, but I guess here's what I'd want, off the top of my head...
sound to light
... and a few other colour combinations I guess.
So 10 would be enough for me. :)
Posted Mon 08 Nov 10 @ 1:20 pm
Take good old insomnia, you might say run scene 1, then blackout at the first breakdown, strobe, scene 2, blackout, strobe, scene 3. That would be 7 commands in that track.
Posted Mon 08 Nov 10 @ 1:29 pm
PS. really looking forward to this...
Posted Mon 08 Nov 10 @ 1:40 pm
That's a tricky one, I'm not sure if I'm honest! I'll leave it to people who know what they're talking about a bit more.
That example you gave sounds pretty feasible, so ten would be workable, but 20 would give a bit more flexibility for people who want to get a bit more technical (but only if it's not a noticable deteriation on performance, I'm thinking about getting a pair of numark v7's so I need all the spare processor power I can get!)
Posted Mon 08 Nov 10 @ 1:54 pm
SBDJ wrote :
*Passes CBG grid from active deck as Sound To Light trigger. No audio needed by FS.
For me this is more than enough. I dont use special shows for special songs. So, be my guest, add anything you like !
PS. Is it possible to add different DMX software support other than Freestyler ? I am curently using LightFactory (ENTTEC). It has midi trigger as long as linein trigger, but the CBG input would be just awesome.
Posted Mon 08 Nov 10 @ 2:53 pm
I can imagine situations where you might use many more than twenty. Theoretically, you could program a whole theatre or exhibition show using the cue points on the music within vdj. I know thats not the initial goal, but just thinking of the future.
I choose whatever number allows me to get my hands on it the quickest - haha ;)
Posted Mon 08 Nov 10 @ 3:16 pm
Posted Mon 08 Nov 10 @ 6:07 pm
Posted Mon 08 Nov 10 @ 9:15 pm
Question, what would happen if you had two tracks playing at the same time that trigger together, would one take precedence or would the one that might be a fraction later trigger instead?
I'd also really like to have a couple of override cues if possible to strobe and blackout etc...
Posted Tue 09 Nov 10 @ 3:03 am
I did think about using cues from all playing tracks but then realised that would be a nightmare if you were PFLing...
Override cues can be done via VDJScript (so MIDI mappable).
Posted Tue 09 Nov 10 @ 4:33 am
Posted Tue 09 Nov 10 @ 12:58 pm
Posted Tue 09 Nov 10 @ 1:17 pm
Also this is something I have always wated to try... when scratching the ahhhhh sound to set cue points for blinders at different intensities so the lights respond to the sound of the scratching, I guess I'm asking if the cues will work when a record is spinning backwards.
Posted Tue 09 Nov 10 @ 4:25 pm
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Posted Mon 15 Nov 10 @ 3:11 am
How is the ADJ interface dealing with latency?
Posted Mon 15 Nov 10 @ 12:30 pm