The easiest solution is to use the DMXIS online fixture editor. This public fixture database is an easy way to create fixture definitions for use in both DMXIS and D-PRO, and to download fixtures already created by other DMXIS/D-PRO users.
Simply go to fixtures.dmxis.com and create an account. Then you can log in and download or create fixtures for both DMXIS and D-PRO. More help and a tutorial video is available on the fixture editor page.
Manually create a fixture file
If you do not want to use the online editor, you can manually create the fixture file in a text editor. Fixture files must be saved as UNIX format. Most OS X editors save in this format by default, On Windows, Notepad++ is a good choice.
Installing a new fixture file
Once you have a new fixture file (either downloaded from the online editor or created by hand) it must be saved into the DMXIS fixture library folder:
- Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\ENTTEC\DMXIS\DmxLibrary\
- macOS : /Library/Application Support/ENTTEC/DMXIS/DmxLibrary/
Fixture file internal format
Each DMXIS fixture file contains a simple list of channels. Each channel in turn contains a number of ranges covering 0-255 (the range of possible DMX values).
For example, a 3 channel fixture with Pan/Tilt/Speed channels might look like this:
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Pan V,0,255, Tilt V,0,255, Speed V,0,255,
- Each range contains the fields type, min, max, label
- Type can be V (variable), S (static), D (dimmer) or B (blackout)
- Variable ranges are displayed as a percentage under the DMXIS slider
- Static ranges only display a label under the DMXIS slider.
- Only Dimmer ranges will react to the DMXIS Master Level control.
- Blackout values are automatically loaded for that fixture when the DMXIS Master Level control is set to minimum.
- If the label is blank (as above) we only see a percentage displayed under the fader.
- Static ranges always need a label (or you will see an empty label uder the slider!)
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Gobo S,0,30,Closed S,31,60,Circle S,61,90,Tunnel, S,91,120,Open, V,121,255,Spin