Dragonframe Master Controller
Discontinued: We are working on a upgraded version of this product, called the DMC-32. However, the world-wide chip shortage is making it impossible to complete production. It may be Q3 2022 before there are enough chips to make new products.
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.
Newly upgraded with a Zynq 7Z020 processor for improved performance and reliability.
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.
- 1U rack mountable enclosure
- Dimensions: 17″ wide x 1.719″ tall x 8″ deep
- Weight: 6.5 lbs
- 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.
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.