DMC-16 Scratch and Dent

Dragonframe Master Controller

The DMC-16 (Dragonframe Master Controller) is a 16 axis motion control coordinator for use with Dragonframe software.

It provides sixteen channels of fully synchronized step and direction signals at speeds up to 200kHz, a camera trigger, DMX512 lighting control, limit switch inputs, and a set of triggers for interfacing with an external device.

These units have some superficial damage, but work perfectly.
You can email support to request pictures of available units.


Dragonframe Master Controller


  • 16 channels of step/direction signals for use with stepper motor drivers.
  • Maximum stepping pulse rate of 200,000 steps/second (200 kHz).
  • 16 RJ45 jacks with differential and non-differential outputs for step and direction.
  • One Kuper/Flair compatible DB37 step/direction output (non-differential).
  • 16 limit switch inputs on DB25. (8 sets of low and high limits for motors 1-8).
  • One camera trigger with separate metering and shutter outputs.
  • One DMX512 output to control up to 512 lights.
  • I/O Triggers for interfacing DMC-16/Dragonframe with another external device.
  • Includes a relay, logic level out, a switch input, and an emergency stop input.
  • Input Voltage: 115 VAC to 230 VAC.

Physical Specifications

  • 1U rack mountable enclosure
  • Dimensions: 17″ wide x 1.719″ tall x 8″ deep
  • Weight: 6.5 lbs

Package Includes

  • Power cord of your choice : US/UK/EU/None.
  • USB cable (6′ length).
  • Rack mount ears for mounting in a rack.
  • Rubber feet for desktop use.


Q: What’s the difference between the DMC-16 and using an Arduino for motion control? Why would I pay so much more for the DMC-16?

A: The Arduino (with Dragonframe and our DFMoco sketch) is a great tool for motion control in stop motion and time-lapse, but it is very basic. It has a maximum motor speed of 20,000 steps/second, with fairly coarse acceleration/deceleration. The DMC-16 is ten times as fast, which smoother acceleration and deceleration. The Arduino provides basic shoot-move-shoot capabilities, whereas the DMC-16 can run moves at full speed. The DMC-16 also provides full DMX lighting capabilities and triggers.

Q: Can I use the DMC-16 with Ditogear hardware? Do I need the Ditogear Dragonbridge?

A: The DMC-16 provides real-time capabilities when using Ditogear hardware with Dragonframe. (Make sure to buy the DitoGear™ DMC-16 Adapter.) Alternatively, you can use the Ditogear Dragonbridge, which gives you shoot-move-shoot functionality similar to our Arduino DFMoco solution. You don’t need both.

Q: Does the DMC-16 include powered stepper motor drivers?

A: No. It provides step and direction signals. You need to use separate drivers, such as ones from Geckodrive. For a version with built-in drivers, see the DMC+.

Q: Is the DMC-16 genlockable?

A: No, it’s not.

Q: Is the the DMC-16 as amazingly awesome as it appears to be?

A: Yes, it is.


You can find more technical specifications, safety precautions, and wiring diagrams in the user guide:
DMC-16 User Guide

Hardware Warranty:
DZED Limited Warranty – 2 Year

Additional FAQs:
Motion Control FAQs