VLC+

The Pharos VLC+ is designed to control the world’s largest lighting façade projects. It renders multiple layers of effects and video from internal storage or live input, and features processing including rotation and masking. Up to 3,000 universes of eDMX and DVI-D can be output from a single unit with integrated show control.


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The Pharos VLC+ is designed to control the world’s largest lighting façade projects. It renders multiple layers of effects and video from internal storage or live input, and features processing including rotation and masking. Up to 3,000 universes of eDMX and DVI-D can be output from a single unit with integrated show control.

The VLC+ is capable of playing two full HD videos, while seamlessly crossfading into two further videos. Its powerful composition engine lets you move and rotate content in real time, apply custom masks for video transparency, and apply colour and intensity gains to user-defined areas of the image.

Additional video layers can be made available for playing up to 8 presets, media, text or other such content simultaneously, subject to hardware performance limits.

Perfect for applications such as observation wheels, bridges, and stadia, VLC+ provides the tools to easily wrap content around a structure, with the built-in video composition reducing the need for external equipment.

After initial commissioning using Pharos Designer, the rugged 2U device is self-contained using its 512GB SSD for media (H.264/MPEG-4/MJPEG/QuickTime) and designed for ultra-reliable 24/7 operation. It also integrates seamlessly with other Pharos equipment, supports all the extensive third-party integration features of the Pharos system, and can be monitored remotely over the internet using its built-in web interface.

Supported Fixtures

  • LEDs : LED fixtures (RGB, RGBA, RGBW, RGBAW/WA, 8-bit, 16-bit, white)
  • Fixture Library : Pharos offers a cloud library with over 13,000 fixture profiles, for easy download of your luminaires

Output

  • sACN : ANSI E1.31 (with per fixture priority)
  • Art-Net : Art-Net, Art-Net 2, Art-Net 3, Art-Net 4 (configurable broadcast override)
  • KiNET : KiNET V1 (DMX out) and V2 (Port out); PDS/Data Enabler discovery
  • Pathport : Pathway Connectivity protocol
  • DMX512 : Via any eDMX node
  • Scalable : Synchronises with up to 40 Pharos Controllers over network
  • Simultaneous : Multiple protocols can be in operation simultaneously. Limited by patched channels, not universes used

Triggering & Integration

  • Startup : Commences playback automatically on receiving power
  • Clock : Battery-backed real-time clock for calendar and time-based triggers
  • Astronomical : Sunrise/Sunset/Twilight and Lunar phases
  • Ethernet : UDP, TCP, Multicast; send/receive any Ethernet message
  • RS232 Serial : Configurable port; send/receive free syntax in ASCII, HEX or decimal
  • eDMX : sACN or Art-Net
  • Inputs : Contact closure, active low, active high or 0-24V analog level via RIOs
  • MIDI : MIDI Notes, SysEx or Timecode via RIO A
  • Timecode : Linear Timecode via RIO A (SMPTE, Film, EBU, NTSC)
  • Audio Level : Stereo 30-band spectrum analysis via RIO A
  • RS485 Serial : Via RIO; configurable port; send/receive free syntax in ASCII, HEX or decimal
  • DALI : Trigger on any message, via RIO D
  • Web Interface : Built-in or custom designed
  • Wall Stations : Integrate with BPS, TPS or TPC
  • Conditions : Full conditional logic support
  • Scripting : Lua scripting for total flexibility
  • Scalable : Supports Pharos Remote Devices

Specifications

  • Certifications : CE compliant, ETL/cETL listed
  • Power : 100-240VAC / 50-60HZ / 0.4-0.2A
    40W typical (100W maximum)
    IEC connector with switch
    UK, EU and US cable supplied
  • Data Storage : Internal 512GB SSD (supplied)
  • Configuration : Pharos Designer 2.5 or later
  • Temperature : 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
  • Physical : 19″ Rack unit, 1U, 16″ deep
  • Recovery : Hardware watchdog and recessed reset button
  • Warranty : 5 years

Interfaces

  • Ethernet : Neutrik etherCon (RJ45 compatible) for 10/100/1000Base-TX Ethernet; Static IP or DHCP
  • eDMX : 2 x internally-switched dedicated Ethernet port for eDMX; Neutrik etherCon (RJ45 compatible) for 10/100/1000Base-TX Ethernet; Static IP or DHCP
  • DVI-D Input : Live video input up to 1080p60
  • DVI-I Output : DVI-I output for monitoring patched pixels and DVI fixtures
  • Serial : RS232 via DB9 connector
  • USB : Two USB 2.0 Type A ports (for future development)
  • Audio Out : Stereo analog & digital audio ports with RCA connectors