Due to its capabilities and ease of use, LED Edit software is one of the most popular Pixel LED Programming tools. In earlier articles, we discussed how to use LED Edit software with offline controllers, but there is another application for LED Edit 2014 software: it can also be used with online controllers.
We'll go through how to utilize LED Edit 2014 software with online controllers in this tutorial. I'll use the T-300K controller as an example in this lesson, but you may use other controllers like the T-100K, T-200K, T-400K, T-500K, and so on. In this guide, I'll be using the LED Edit 2014 Software Version. Please download the newest version of the LED Edit 2014 Software if you don't already have it.
Creating New Project on LED Edit 2014 Software
Start the LED Edit 2014 Software. To create a new project, go to “Files” and select “New Project“. Then, in the “New Project” window, select the “Select Controller” button.
The Type window for the controller will appear. To expand the list, scroll to your controller and click the “+” symbol. Find your drive chip name in the list and select it, then click the “ADD TO” button to add it to the “Regular usage of controller” list. Now press “OK“.
The controller you picked Plus the drive chip for the pixel LEDs will now appear in the “New Project” window's regular use of the controller list. Choose it and adjust the other options to your liking. Here are some things to think about when it comes to these options.
Select 512 lights per port as Port settings if you are utilizing less than 512 LEDs per port. Both “high speed” and “slow speed” modes can be selected and checked. The “Frame Rate” drop-down list allows you to choose any frame rate.
If you want to use more than 512 LEDs per port, go to Port settings and check 1024 lights per port. Both “high speed” and “slow speed” modes can be selected and checked. You may choose any frame rate from the “Frame Rate” drop-down menu; however, as the number of LEDs per port increases, the frame rate and speed will decrease.
The “channel sequence” and “PWM Polarity” are determined by the LED driver chip you're using. Please refer to the LED Drive chip's datasheet for those values, or experiment with alternative settings until you obtain a better outcome. To start a new project, click “OK“.
Creating The LED Layout on LED Edit 2014 Software
If you're interested in building custom layouts, please go to my prior lessons where we discussed various methods and types of layouts. The following are the links:
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In this article, I'll show you how to utilize LED Edit's auto layout maker to generate a 64 × 64 LED layout that is evenly spread over all ports, resulting in 512 LEDs or pixels per port.
Select “Auto Layout” from the selection under “Project Config” in the top menu bar. You'll see the Auto Layout window pop up.
In the text input boxes in front of “vertical pixel:” and “horizontal pixel:“, type the number of LEDs you'll use on both the vertical and horizontal sides, in this example 64 and 64.
Input the maximum amount of pixels per port you'll be using, in this example 512. Choose your preferred connection pattern from the Pattern drop-down menu. and then click “OK“. A notification will appear giving the total number of Pixel LEDs utilized. “OK” should be selected.
In the software's work area, you can now view your LED layout. Ports are denoted by different colors. It's now time to program or broadcast a live video or animation. Connect the LED controller to the PC and configure the network adapter settings on your computer. There are numerous ways to go online when it comes to internet control.
Playing an Animation or a video Live
From the top menu bar, pick “Video Effects“. You have numerous options, like using the LED Edit effects or selecting a video or animation from your computer. In this scenario, I'll choose an “SWF” animation from my computer. So I pick “Open Video” from the drop-down menu, browse for and select your video from your computer, and then click “Open“.
The movie or animation that you have chosen will begin to play. It's now ready to go live. Select play from the top main menu's “Real Time Play” option. If everything is in order, the video will be shown on the actual LED Display.
The condition of each controller in the network will be displayed on the monitor control panel. The phrase “Abnormal” or “Disconnected” will appear in front of the controller number if something went wrong. Using the DIP switches, double-check that the connection and controller ID is accurate. If everything is in order, each controller ID will have the term “Normal” or “Connected” in front of it.
If you need to change the animation or video, simply press the “Stop” button and then repeat the first step.
Screen Real Time Play
You may also show whatever is on your computer screen on the display by sharing your computer screen. This approach may be used to play a video in your media player or to share a YouTube video that is now playing in your browser.
From the top main menu, pick “Real Time Play” and then “Screen Real Time Play” from the drop-down list. The player window and the monitor control panel windows will appear. The player window is translucent, as you can see. That transparent region will be used to exchange or display information in the physical display.
You can move by left-clicking on the window's top title bar and dragging your mouse to the desired place, then releasing your mouse button.
You can resize by placing your mouse cursor on top of the border (the cursor icon will change to resize the cursor), then left-clicking and dragging your mouse to the desired size. You may also resize by clicking and dragging the mouse on the corners.
If you need to stop the screen from playing in real-time, press the “Stop” button.
That's all; in the near future, I'll create an article on how to perform the same thing with LEDEdit-K versions!