The 8 Modes in RC4 Series 3 Wireless Dimmers

I. There are various dimmer modes available in RC4 Series 3 Harmonized Design devices

A .The process of selecting modes is the same for all RC4Magic, RC4Magic-900, LumenDim and W- DIM devices

1. There are small differences between 2 channel and 4 channel devices.  This demonstration shows the options in a 4-channel dimmer.

a. View the list of available modes in 2-channel devices and their blink patterns.

b. View the list of available modes in 4-channel devices and their blink patterns.

B. To select the next dimmer mode, the Function button is pressed down and held while the Set B button  is tapped repeatedly until the desired dimmer mode is reached

1. This is similar to the restore defaults process but uses the Set B button (restore defaults uses Set A)

2. The Dim A and Dim B indicators display a blink pattern to identify the currently selected mode

3. Complete this 2-button process in less than 3 seconds to avoid invoking a Function button long-press feature (it can easily be done in less than 1 second)

C. This example starts with the LumenDimM4 set to default DMX channels and dimmer curve, and default simple dimmer mode (the first and most commonly used mode)

1. The default DMX channels are 1 to 4 for DimA through DimD

2. The assigned DMX channels can be changed using RC4 standard OneTouch as demonstrated in Assign DMX Channels and Dimmer Curves with standard RC4 OneTouch.

3. RC4  Digital Persistence (smoothing) is turned off for these examples

a. Turning smoothing off can be done using the Set C Button, as demonstrated in Adjusting RC4 Digital Persistence to Emulate Halogen Lamps.

b. Smoothing can blur or mask some features of the RC4 Flkr Engine, so it needs to be turned off for this demonstration

c. When shooting video, the  PWM frequency should be adjusted to 5kHz or higher (the default PWM frequency on the LumenDimM4 is 5kHz)

II. Changing the dimmer mode on a LumenDimM4

A. The next mode after simple dimmer mode is crossfade mode

1. Using a small tool like a bent paper clip, press and hold the Function button

2. With a second small bent paper clip, tap the Set B Button

3. Release the Function button

4. The DimA and DimB indicators display a blink pattern to identify the currently selected mode

5. The device is now in the 2nd mode, which is crossfade mode

a. The first assigned DMX channel controls Hue (the color mix, usually of cool white and warm white)

b. The second assigned DMX channel controls Level (brightness)

c. Devices with 4 dimmers provide 2 separate crossfade engines (Dim A/Dim B, and Dim C/Dim D)

c. Crossfade mode is demonstrated in W-DIMm3 Cross-Fade Mode for WW/CW Leds.

B. The next dimmer mode provides a 3-channel implementation of the RC4 Flkr Engine

1.Using a small tool like a bent paper clip, press and hold the Function button

2. With a second small bent paper clip, tap the Set B button

3. Release the Function button (complete all of this in less the 3 seconds)

4. The LEDs will respond with a different blink pattern

5. The first three dimmers (red, green and blue) may begin to flicker are vary in some way (this depends on DMX channel levels at the time)

6. The fourth dimmer output, DimD, is in normal DMX dimmer mode, it is not part of the RC4 Flkr Engine

a. Several DMX channels are used to control parameters of the RC4 Flkr Engine

b. A separate video demonstration of the RC4 Flkr Engine is available

G. The next dimmer mode provides a full 4-channel implementation of the RC4 Flkr Engine

1. Follow the same steps outlined previously, ensuring the Func/SetB button pressing is completed in less than 3 seconds

2. All 4 dimmers (red, green,blue, and white) may begin to flicker are vary in some way (this depends on DMX channel levels at the time)

a. Several DMX channels are used to control parameters of the RC4 Flkr Engine

H. The next dimmer mode is 3-channel HSL (Hue, Saturation and Level)

1. Dim A, Dim B, and Dim C must be connected to red, green, and blue light sources respectively

2. Follow the same steps outlined previously, ensuring the Func/SetB button pressing is completed in less than 3 seconds

3. The LEDs will respond with a different blink pattern

4 The first assigned DMX channel controls Hue (the color)

a. This is a mix of the red, green, and blue light sources connected to DimA, DimB, and DimC

5. The second assigned DMX channel controls saturation

a. Higher saturation produces a deeper stronger color

b. Lower saturation produces a paler color, with the lowest setting being white (no color)

6. The third assigned DMX channel controls level (brightness)

I. The next dimmer mode is 4 channel HSL (Hue, Saturation and Level) mode

1. DimA, DimB, DimC and DimD must be connected to red, green, blue, and white light sources respectively

2. Follow the same steps outlined previously, ensuring the Function/Set B button pressing is completed in less than 3 seconds

3. The LEDs will respond with a different blink pattern

4 The first assigned DMX channel controls Hue (the color)

a. This is a mix of the red, green, blue and white light sources connected to DimA, DimB, DimC, and DimD

5. The second assigned DMX channel controls saturation

a. Higher saturation produces a deeper stronger color

b. Lower saturation produces a paler color, with the lowest setting being white (no color)

c. In this mode, 4-color HSL, the white source helps provide better low-saturation colors

6. The third assigned DMX channel controls level (brightness)

7. Only 3 DMX control channels are used, even though 4 dimmers are utilized

J. The next dimmer mode is 3 channel flicker/ HSL mode

1. This look is useful for flicker effects that tend to “center” around a particular color or benefit from moving smoothly across the HSL color palette

2. Follow the same steps outlined previously, ensuring the Function/Set B button pressing is completed in less than 3 seconds

3. The LEDs will respond with a different blink pattern

4. The random levels generated by the RC4 Flkr Engine now control the Hue, Saturation, and Level of the HSL engine, which controls the first 3 dimmer outputs

a. Like regular 3-color HSL mode, Dim A, Dim B, and Dim C are typically connected to red, green, and blue light sources respectively

K. The next dimmer mode is 4 channel flicker/ HSL mode

1. Follow the same steps outlined previously, ensuring the Func/SetB button pressing is completed in less than 3 seconds

2. The LEDs will respond with a different blink pattern

3. The random levels generated by the RC4 Flkr Engine now control the Hue, Saturation, and Level of the HSL engine, which controls all 4 dimmer outputs

a. Like regular 4-color HSL mode, Dim A, Dim B, Dim C and Dim D are typically connected to red, green, blue and white light sources respectively

L. The next selection circles back to the beginning: simple dimmer mode

1. Follow the same steps outlined previously, ensuring the Func/SetB button pressing is completed in less than 3 seconds, to circle back to the first mode, simple dimmer mode

2. This is the default and most commonly used mode, with a DMX control channel assigned to each dimmer output

3. Simple dimmer mode can also be selected by restoring defaults, which also changes numerous other parameters in the device back to default settings.

a. A separate video about restoring defaults for various different RC4 series devices can be found using the Knowledge Base search feature

View the list of available modes in 2-channel devices and their blink patterns.

View the list of available modes in 4-channel devices and their blink patterns.

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