Due to its capabilities and simplicity of use, LEDEdit software is one of the most widely used pixel LED programming programs. In our earlier articles, we covered how to use the LED Edit software with offline controllers, but there is another use for it. Additionally, this software is designed to be used online with controllers. This post will discuss how to use online controllers with LEDEdit software. Although you can use different controllers like the T-100K, T-200K, T-400K, T-500K, etc., I'm going to use the T-300K controller as an example in this article. In this guide, I'll be using the LEDEdit 2014 version. Download the most recent version of the LEDEdit Software from the links below if you don't already have it.
Create a New Project
Launch the LEDEdit software. Go to “Files” and select “New Project” to create a new project. Then, in the “New Project” window, click the “Select Controller” button.
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There will be a Controller Type window. Find your controller by scrolling, then click the “+” sign to expand the list. find the name of your drive chip in the list, select it, and then click “ADD TO” to add the selected item to the list of “Regular Use of Controller” items. Click “OK” now.
You should now notice the controller you selected “+” for the drive chip for the pixel LEDs in the regular usage of the controller list in the “New Project” window. Select it and change the other settings as desired. Here are some things to consider when it comes to these settings:
If you use fewer than 512 LEDs per port, select and check 512 LEDs per port in the Port Settings. Both “high speed” and “slow speed” are available as options for selection and checking. Any frame rate is available in the “Frame Rate” drop-down menu.
Select and check 1024 LEDs per port as the port settings if you are using more than 512 LEDs per port. Both “high speed” and “slow speed” are available as options for selection and checking. The frame rate and speed will decrease as the number of LEDs per port rises; however, you may choose any frame rate from the “Frame Rate” drop-down list.
The “channel sequence” and “PWM polarity” settings are determined by the LED drive chip. Please refer to the LED Drive chip's datasheet for those settings, or experiment with alternative settings until you obtain a better result. Click “OK” to create the new project.
Create a LED Layout
In previous lessons, we discussed layout methods and types. If you want to create custom layouts, please go to those articles. Here are the related links:
- How to Create LED Layout Using LEDEdit Software
- How to Create LED Text Layout in LEDEdit Software
- How to Create LEDEdit Layout using AutoCAD Software
- How to Create LEDEdit Layout using CorelDraw Software
In this lesson, I will use LED Edit's auto layout maker to create a 64×64 LED layout that is evenly spread over all ports, resulting in 512 LEDs or pixels on each port.
In the top menu bar, select “Project Config” and then “Auto Layout” from the list. The Auto Layout window will be shown.
In the text input boxes in front of “vertical pixel:” and “horizontal pixel:“, enter the number of LEDs you intend to use on both the vertical and horizontal sides, in this case, 64 and 64.
Input the maximum number of pixels per port you want to employ; in this example, 512. Choose your preferred connection pattern from the pattern drop-down selection. And then click “OK“. A notification indicating the total number of Pixel LEDs used will appear. Click “OK“.
Programming LEDEDIT in Online Controller
Your LED layout is now visible in the software's work area. Different ports mean different hues. It's time to program or start live streaming a video or animation. You must configure your PC's network adapter settings and connect the LED controller to the computer. Please refer to this article I wrote before. When it comes to controlling, there are online options.
Playing an animation or video live
Click “Video Effects” from the top menu bar. There are many options: you may use the LEDEdit default effects, or you can use a video or animation from your computer. In this scenario, I'll choose an “SWF” animation from my PC. So I select “Open Video” from the list, browse and select your video from your PC, and then click “Open“.
The video or animation that you choose will begin to play. It's finally time to go live. From the top main menu, select “Real Time Play” and then “Play“. If everything is OK, you will see the video playing on the physical LED display.
The condition of each controller in the network will be shown on the monitor control panel. If anything went wrong, the words “Abnormal” or “Disconnected” will appear in front of the controller number. Using the DIP switches, ensure that the connection and proper controller ID are configured. If everything is OK, the words “normal” or “connected” will appear in front of each controller ID.
Simply click the “Stop” button and follow the first mentioned step if you need to change the animation or the video.
Screen Real Time Play
Additionally, you may share your computer screen and project whatever is on it onto the monitor. Using this technique, you may share a YouTube video that is now playing in your browser or play a video in your media player.
From the top main menu, select “Real Time Play” and then “Screen Real Time Play” from the drop-down list. The player and monitor control panel windows will be visible. The player window is transparent, as you can see. That transparent region is where you will share or display on the physical display.
You can move by left-clicking on the window's top title bar and dragging your mouse; when you reach your desired position, release your mouse button.
To resize, place the mouse cursor above the border (the cursor icon will change to resize the cursor), then left-click and drag the mouse to the desired size. By clicking and dragging the mouse on the corners.
If you need to stop the screen play in real time, click on the “Stop” button.
That's it! I will write an article on how to do the same thing in LEDEdit-K versions shortly!