High Speed mode under DMX control?

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Has anyone run the s360 sky panel in high-speed mode while controlling it from a dimmer board? We Set four of them to high-speed mode for some high-speed photography on the movie we're working on. When we brought them up at the board we were able to dim them. In high-speed mode dimming is supposed to be disabled. They should either be on at full or off. Does this mean that high speed mode will not work if you're controlling the lights from a console? Do you have to bring them up to full at the board to get them into high speed mode?

Brian Doran
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Hi Mike,

This is the topic from the ICLS chat, right? I suspect that what's happening is the fixtures are set to one of the pixel DMX modes. If you go into one of those modes, High Speed Mode is disabled. In the normal DMX modes, High Speed Mode is possible and works like you'd expect - only 100% on or off via the dimmer channel.
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Hi there,

I’ve worked with S360 Skypanels in high-speed mode, and I can share a bit of insight. When you set the S360s to high-speed mode, they’re designed to disable dimming to ensure consistent lighting for high-speed photography. The lights should be either fully on or off, as you mentioned.

However, the issue you’re encountering suggests that the high-speed mode might not be fully engaged if the lights are being controlled via a dimmer board. In high-speed mode, the lights should ignore any dimming commands and operate at full intensity to avoid flicker and maintain consistent lighting for high-speed shots.

Here’s what you should try:

1. Check Mode Settings: Ensure that each S360 is definitely set to high-speed mode. Sometimes settings can revert or not save correctly.
2. Console Output: Make sure that the dimmer board is outputting at full intensity (100%) for those lights. Even in high-speed mode, if the board is sending a dimming command (anything less than 100%), the lights might interpret it as not needing high-speed mode.
3. Direct Control: Try controlling the S360s directly from their onboard controls or a DMX controller set to full output. This can help verify if high-speed mode is functioning correctly.

If after these steps the problem persists, it might be worth reaching out to the manufacturer or checking if there’s a firmware update for the lights or the dimmer board that could resolve any compatibility issues.

Hope this helps and best of luck with your shoot!

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I tried all 3 methods you provided but it did not solve the problem
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