LED Edit-K software is a special version of LED Edit software that is designed for “K” version Pixel LED controllers. These controllers are designed to operate both offline and online. Ex: T-300K, T-400K, T-500K, T-600K, etc. But also supports a few other controllers like T-1000 controllers. In my previous articles, I talked about the offline side of this software.
In this tutorial, we are going to look into the online side of this software. To use this software in an online mode, we need a controller that supports online control, such as the T-300K, T-400K, T-500K, and T-600K. I’m going to use the T-400K controller for this tutorial. I’m going to use the LED Edit-K Software (v9.0) version in this tutorial. If you don’t have the LED Edit-K software, please download the latest version below.
Creating a New Project on LED Edit-k Software
To start a new project, launch LED Edit-K Software, click “File,” and then select “New.” A window for the new project will display this. When creating the LED layout, select the controller from the “Controller Type” list, then enter the maximum number of LEDs you want to use per port in the “Maximum number of lights per port” field (the amount you choose will result in an automatic port change if it exceeds the maximum amount you specified). Please consult the user manual for your controller to determine the maximum number of LEDs per port.
Select a location to save the project by clicking the “Browse” option, then click “OK.” Within the “New Project” window, click “OK” once again.
Creating LED Layout
It’s time to construct an LED layout now that we have our LED Edit project established. The physical configuration of your LEDs is represented by the LED layout. For simplicity, we will go through how to make a panel-like LED configuration in this article. In this lesson, I’m going to make a basic LED panel layout using LED Edit’s “Automatic layout builder” feature. Click on the links below to learn how to create custom LED layouts.
If you are using LED Edit-K software 2022 V9.0, Click on “Edit Layout” in the left-side panel. which will take you to the layout editor window. Click on the “Automatic layout creator tool” icon in the top menu bar. This will show the “Automatic layout creator” window. If you are using version 9.0, click on the “Automatic Layout” icon on the side panel (as shown in the above image).
In the Automatic layout, the creator window selects a LED connection type by clicking on the “LED connection type” drop-down list (you can choose whatever you like). Type the number of LEDs you are about to use on the width side in the width side text field and the number you are using on the height side in the height side text field. Click “OK“. Now click anywhere in the workspace to place the LED panel you just created. Now close the layout editor window.
Click on “Settings” in the top menu bar and select “Controller Settings.” in the controller settings window. Select the control chip of the LED strip or string you are about to use. Using the control chip drop-down list This window will also allow you to change channel order, choose the type of LEDs you are about to use, change the white levels (if supported), brightness adjustments for each channel, and current chip settings. You can play around with those settings to understand how they work. Then click “OK.”
Programming LED Edit-k Software
We have created our LED layout. Now it’s time to program or broadcast a video or an animation live. You need to connect the LED controller to the PC and set up your PC’s network adapter settings. Please refer to my previous article here. When it comes to online control, there are several ways to go online.
Playing an Animation or a video Live
Click the “Program” tab, then at the bottom of the panel, check “Real time” Display.
Click on the “Effect” tab, and you have several options. You can select an effect from the effect library or choose a video or animation from the PC. I’m going to use animation on my PC to do so. Click on “Open Video,” browse, and select the animation or video file, then click on “Open.”
Now you will see the animation or the video being played in the work area. If everything is OK, you will see the animation or the video playing on the physical display.
If you want to check the network status, click on “Settings” and select “Open Network Monitoring Panel,” where you will see the status of each controller listed in front of the controller ID. If everything is OK, you will see “connected” or “disconnected.” Check your cables and network setup if you didn’t get any positive results.
To change a video or animation, simply follow the second step again. If you need to stop the animation, simply press the “Close Video Capture” button.
Screen Real Time Play
Click the “Program” tab, then at the bottom of the panel, check “Real-time” Display.
Click on the “Effect” tab and select screen capture. A small window with a red mask that is slightly transparent will appear. That transparent area is what you are going to share or display on the physical display. This window can be
Moved Left-click on the window’s top title bar and drag your mouse to the desired position, leaving your mouse button pressed.
Resized: Place your mouse cursor on top of the border (the cursor icon will change to resize the cursor), then left-click and drag your mouse to the desired size. You can also resize by clicking and dragging the mouse on the corners.
If you need to stop the animation, simply press the “Close Video Capture” button in the right panel.
That’s it. This is how you use LED Edit-K software to work with online controllers.