Vixen

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Vixen is a free lighting control sequencer & scheduler software package geared primarily toward the DIYer. There are currently three distinct variants of Vixen

  • Vixen 2.1/2.5 - A free sequencer that is similar in operation to LightORama Software Suite II (LOR S2) with plugin functionality to operate many DIY controllers which use DMX as well as older types like Renard and Olsen 595. Vixen 2.1/2.5 development has been suspended.
  • Vixen 3 - The newest kid on the block - free, open source, and ready to assist with running an Intelligent RGB (pixel) light show. Vixen 3 is not a newer Vixen 2.1/2.5 release, it is vastly different with a new development team.
  • Vixen PLUS - A forked Vixen 2.1/2.5 development by another developer.
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Vixen 2

Vixen 2.1
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Released Yes
Price Free
Website http://www.vixenlights.com
Latest Release
Stable Version 2.1.1.0 download
Protocols Supported
DMX512 Yes
E1.31 Yes
LightORama Yes
X-10 No
Renard Yes


Details about Vixen 2.

(Can be moved to own article if there is enough details about it).

Vixen 2 is a simple free sequencer intended for store bought lights. It is a good option if you're converting your static display to computer control at the last minute and don't have time to learn a more advanced sequencer. It is a stable program which will run on computers with low specs. Sequences are displayed as a timing grid with a row for every channel. Vixen 2 is not particularly good for controlling pixels as it lists every pixel (three channels) as three rows, however, it can still output E1.31 and Nutcracker effects can be included in the sequences.


Features

Vixen 2 supports ramps, fades, set intensities and a few preset effects. These options appear in the right click menu and the top menu. Hovering the mouse arrow over the top menu displays shortcut keys for most of them. Vixen 2 includes an "adjustable preview" in which each channel can be drawn onto an optional image of your house. The lights on each channel appear as squares. It should be adequate for anyone with store bought lights however there is no multicolour string option and it does not preview pixels well. There is the option to change the order the channels are listed in and save the different orders. Beware that strange things happen unless you minimise and then restore the sequence window within Vixen after selecting one of your saved orders.

Outputs

Vixen 2 can output with common USB open DMX dongles using the "enttec open DMX" output plugin. An output plugin for E1.31 is not included with Vixen 2 but the J1sys E1.31 output plugin can be downloaded separately. It does not matter which order the lights are physically connected to the controllers. The order of the outputs can be manually set and does not need to match the hardware or software setup.

Scheduler

A basic scheduler is included. It allows one or more sequences to be repeated between a start and finish time.

Vixen 3

Vixen 3
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Released Yes
Price Free
Last Updated December 2015
Website http://www.vixenlights.com
Latest Release
Stable Version 3.2.2 (64-bit) download
Beta Version DevBuild 154
Protocols Supported
DMX512 Yes
E1.31 Yes
LightORama No
X-10 No
Renard Yes


Video Introduction Tutorial

<mediaplayer>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atByDeTt6-Q</mediaplayer>

Display Configuration

<mediaplayer>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtFLAQxFQkw</mediaplayer>

Vixen Plus

Vixen Plus
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Released Preview
Price Free
Last Updated May 2014
Website http://vixenplus.com/
Latest Release
Beta Version 0.2.146.1 download
Protocols Supported
DMX512 Yes
E1.31 No
LightORama No
X-10 No
Renard Yes


Details about Vixen Plus.

(Can be moved to own article if there is enough details about it).


Vixen+ Official Youtube channel - Vixen+ YouTube Channel

Vixen+ Forum Threads (diyc) - Diyc - Vixen+

Video Install and Features Tutorials

<mediaplayer>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iqr3bepSb8k</mediaplayer>

<mediaplayer>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEyW7S-ge7g</mediaplayer>

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