RC4 Wireless: Commander Software

by Michael Eddy
The OSX version of the RC4 Commander software from RC4 Wireless
The OSX version of the RC4 Commander software from RC4 Wireless

RC4 Wireless has released its new RC4 Commander software program that is designed to improve the user experience when configuring its line of wireless DMX devices. RC4 Commander now allows users big and small to easily configure systems with the click of a button.

RC4Magic PC was released several years ago, but the company knew that it needed OSX support, and a more user-friendly interface. The company feels that they achieved both of those goals with the release of RC4 Commander. The Software was first shown at the 2017 PLASA show.

The RC4 line of dimmers and pixel drivers have an ever-growing set of functions and modes in order to solve all of the challenges faced in the entertainment world. The RC4 Commander software allows easy configuration of the versatile list of features using an all new graphic interface. Users of the RC4Magic PC will notice that changes no longer have to be sent to devices in order to change settings. RC4 Commander delivers real time changes to the devices as users pick from drop down menus or buttons. Adjusting PWM frequency for film or live performance, setting dimming curves for lamp sources, or just assigning DMX addresses, is now easy and intuitive for all users.

RC4 Commander has now made configuring multiple devices in a show almost effortless. The RC4 Commander software automatically detects and populates all of the information from the devices in the system. Upon first use, a user is requested to enter Unit IDs and has the ability to assign device names. This makes it easy to identify props or moving scenery without remembering IDs or turning other devices off. No matter the number of devices that are being used, all of their settings are easily accessible.  Additionally, RC4 Commander is aware of different firmware versions within individual RC4 devices, so you know what a device is capable of by simply looking at the parameters available on screen.

Another great enhancement to the RC4 Commander software is the expanded virtual console. Users can now send data to an entire universe for testing large pixel projects. Use sine waves at any speed to see that the installation is functioning properly. The virtual console ensures that props and scenery are functioning perfectly before they get to the stage, which saves time in front of an audience or the camera on a sound stage.

RC4 Commander works with an RC4Magic X-Stick, Series 3, or SX device combined with a code loader cable. Soon the CodeLoader cable will allow for the direct connection and configuration of all RC4Magic, LumenRadio, and Wireless Solution devices produced by RC4. RC4 Commander doesn't just work with RC4 Series 3 SX devices—it supports everything the company has made for the past 10 years, all the way back to RC4Magic Series 2.

The PC version of the RC4 Commander software from RC4 Wireless

Further information from RC4 Wireless: www.rc4wireless.com