VLC

The Pharos VLC (Video Lighting Controller) is an extremely capable and cost effective solution for large LED pixel arrays; such as building façades, bridges, and presentation walls.


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The Pharos VLC (Video Lighting Controller) is an extremely capable and cost effective solution for large LED pixel arrays; such as building façades, bridges, and presentation walls. It makes it simple to play video content across your array, either from locally stored HD media files or a DVI-D video input. It also offers a range of creative, generative effects and the versatility of powerful show control and integration features.

The VLC is a rugged 1U 19” rackmount unit with separate Gigabit Ethernet ports for management and DMX-over-Ethernet (eDMX) output. It is available in multiple variants with capacities ranging from 25,600 channels up to a massive 768,000 channels from a single unit, with further scaling by using multiple Controllers connected and synchronised over Ethernet.

The VLC extends the Pharos range of Controllers as an alternative to the industry-leading Pharos LPC X. While the LPC X provides highly flexible lighting control for large multi-zone lighting systems, the VLC is capable of controlling even larger systems where the fixtures are arranged and controlled as a single array, at our lowest ever price per channel.

The VLC is an exciting new option at the heart of the fully scalable Pharos system that can be tailored to the needs of your project, with additional integration options supported by our range of Remote Devices. The VLC is programmed using the free Pharos Designer 2 software and existing installations can be managed from anywhere using its built-in web server.

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 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 (50W maximum)
    IEC connector with switch
    UK, EU and US cable supplied
  • Data Storage : Internal 128GB SSD (supplied)
  • Configuration : Pharos Designer 2.2 or later
  • Temperature : 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
  • Physical : 19″ Rack unit, 1U, 13.5″ deep
  • Weight : 3.1 kg (6.8 lbs)
  • Shipping : 57 x 45 x 18 cm (22″ x 18″ x 7″) ; 5.0 kg (11 lbs)
  • 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 : Dedicated Ethernet port for eDMX; Neutrik etherCon (RJ45 compatible) for 10/100/1000Base-TX Ethernet; Static IP or DHCP
  • DVI-D Input : Video input
  • DVI-I Output : DVI-I output (for future development)
  • Serial : RS232 via DB9 connector
  • USB : Two USB 2.0 Type A ports
  • Audio Out : Stereo analog & digital audio ports with RCA connectors