Led edit full tutorial

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First of all Download the LED Edit 2017-18 Download

As I promised in my LED Edit 1st tutorial this is the Led edit2017-18 version tutorial of that article .As you may know Led edit 2014 and Led edit 2017-18 are two different versions and the options and interfaces are different from each other.If you are currently using or planning to use Led edit 2017-18 versions this tutorial is for you .At the time this article is prepared there was only 2 variations of the Led edit 2017-18..

As in my first tutorial I’m going to guide you step by step through out the process of project creation to exporting the files .Lets get started .

Run your Led edit 2017-18  application .

Starting a New LED Edit Project 


 01  Click on “File” and choose New” to create an new project .This will show up the new project window .Select the controller that you about to use from the “Controller Type” list and type the maximum number of LEDs you about to use per port in the “Max number lights of port” field (The amount you choose will cause automatic port change as it exceeds the maximum amount you given) when you creating the LED layout.Please check your controller user manual for the maximum number of lights per port .

 02  Click on “Browse” button and select a location to save the project and click “OK”.Click “OK” again in the “New Project” window.

Led Layout Setting


Now we have created our LED Edit project ,It’s time to create a LED layout .LED layout is the representation of physical layout of your LEDs .In this tutorial we will discuss how to create a panel like LED layout for the simplicity . In this tutorial I’m going to use LED Edit’s “Automatic layout creator” option to create a simple LED panel layout .If you want to see how to create custom LED layouts click the links below .

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Auto Layout Windows


 01  Click on “Automatic layout creator tool” icon in the left side . This will show the “Automatic layout creator” window .

 02  In the Automatic layout creator window select a Led connection type by click in on the “LED connection type ” drop down list (You can choose whatever you like) .Type the amount of LEDs you about to use in width side in width side text field and height side in height side text field . Click “OK”.Now click anywhere in the work space to place the led panel you just created .

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Auto Panel

Please make sure to do  your physical led connection as same as the connection shown in your layout.

Click on “Settings” in the top menu bar and select “Controller Settings” .In the controller settings window. Select the control chip of the LED Strip/String you are about to use using the control chip drop-down list .This window will also allows you to change channel order , choose the type of LEDs you are about to use , change the white levels ( If supported) , Brightness adjustment for each channel and current settings for chips . you can play around with those settings to understand how they work .Then click “OK” . 

Led edit 2017-18 Controller setting Windows
Led edit 2017-18 Controller setting Windows


Now we are done creating the panel .It’s time to program the LED panel by recording an animation or a video .

Program Tab
Program Tab

 01  Click on the “Program” tab in the right side .You will see “Program 1” added to the Program tab .Using the “Add” button bellow and give a name for the program and click “OK”  to add programs as many as you want .This will allow you to do different animations under different program labels.Use different labels for different programs .Don’t use the same label again and again . Use delete button to delete programs . The number in front of “Program” label is the amount of frames that program had recorded .

 02  Select the program label from the list that you want to record and click on “Effect” tab in the left side panel.

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Effects List


Here are the specific button actions –

Open video                 – Used to open Video / Picture files.

Speed+                       – Used to increase the frame rate.

Speed –                       – Used to decrease the frame rate.

Original                     -Used to reset the frame rate  

Screen capture           – Used to capture the computer screen.

Enter text                   – Used to Create an custom text Animation .

Close/Video Capture – Used to exit the capture mode.

Recording                  – Used to start the recording process.

Fast Recording          – Record in fast mode 

Stop Recording         – To stop the recording process.


 03  We need to open or select an animation or a video in order to record it in led edit software .You can click on “Open Video” button and select an video or animation from your computer or you can select an animation from the Effects library .Unlike “LED Edit” versions “LED Edit -K” versions support large amount of video formats.

Effects Library 


Effects Library contains list of example animations. You can choose one of the animations from that list too ,In order to select an animation from the list just double click on animations from the list .Select one by one until you find the most suitable one from the list ,Don’t worry we didn’t start recording yet .

If you are from “How to design custom LED layouts using Autocad” or “How to design custom LED layouts using Coreldraw” Tutorials you may skip the below section (Custom Text Animations) and continue from “Recording” title .


Custom Text Animations 

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Text Windows


If you want to put custom text in your panel click on  “Enter text” button .This will bring up the “Add text” window .click on “Enable text input” radio button to enable text input. Type the message that you want to display on the Text Box and select the effect –

monochrome – The text will be displayed in front of the background color that you selected,If you disable the background the text will be displayed in front of your animation that you being selected .

Full color – The animation or the video you selected will be displayed in the text area only(like a mask or screen ).

Horizontal and Vertical radio buttons is used to change the direction of your text scrolls.

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Font Window


Click on “Font and color” to change the front type ,font style,size and color of the font .
Click on “Background color” check box to enable the background in monochrome mode .
Click on the “background color” button to change the background color.
Click on “Out Line” check box to enable outline of the text (only works on Monochrome mode)
Click on the “Out Line color” button to change the outline color.

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Text Effect

Recording 


 04  Now we have selected our animation or the video and the video is being played in the background ,Now it’s time to record it .There are two methods for recording the animation  –
1 – Click on “Recording” button to record the video while it being played normally .
2 – Click on “Fast Recording video” to record the video while it being played quickly .

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Capture Mode


 05  I recommend using the “Recording” button . Click on the button you choose (record or fast record) just before the start frame that you want to record and wait until it it passes the last frame you want to end the video and click the “Stop Recording” button to stop the animation or the video being recorded .As you recording the video you will see the total is increasing as video being recorded .

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Playing Capture Video


06 
 Click on “Close Video/Capture” button to exit capture mode . Now you can play your recorded movie or animation using the “play” button and stop it using “stop” button . Also you can use the time slider to go to specific frame of your video just click and hold time slider bar while dragging it along the time slider .Position will show you where you  are at  in the captured video or animation .

Edit Mode

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Animation Edit Tools

Now we have captured or recorded the video since this is a recorded video  ,We have some editing to do to get to the final outcome we need .As an example I will demonstrate how  to delete by deleting the  first 10 frames of my animation and I will demonstrate copy and paste options by coping 15 to 30 frames and paste it after the last frame .

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Delete Frame

 01  To delete frames click on “delete Frames” button. This will bring you up the “Delete Frame window”.Type the frame number that your deleting frame range starts in the “Start” text field .Then type the frame number that your deleting frame range ends in the “End” text field .In my case it’s 1 and 10 .if you want to simply delete a one frame just give the same frame number that you wants to delete to the both text fields .If you click on “First” button it will change the start text field number to the first frame number .If you click on “Last” button it will change the “End” text field to the last frame number of you animation.This two buttons will come handy when you deleting entire animation.

 02  Click “OK” to delete the frames .

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Copy Frame

 03  To copy frames click on “Copy Frames” button .This will bring up the “copy Frame window” ,yes it’s the same window but functions differently .Type the frame number that your copying frame range starts in the “Start” text field .Then type the frame number that your copying frame range ends in the “End” text field .In my case it’s 15 and 13 .

 04  Click “OK” to copy the frames .

 05  Now it’s time to paste the copied frames .Click on “Paste Frames ” icon .This will bring up the “Paste Frames window” type the frame position that you want to place your frame or frames at in the “Paste position” text field .

 06  Click “OK” to paste the frames .

Play the animation using play button and see if it’s the outcome you wanted .if not ,Keep editing the video .If it’s yes proceed to Export.

Exporting The Project

 01  Click on “Export” in the top menu bar .

Led edit export options
Led edit export options


1 – To generate the .led file (Generated file will be at your “/documents/LedEdit_K” folder).
2 – To generate the .led file and save it to a specific path.
3 – To generate your LED layout file in .dxf  format .
4 – To generate your LED layout file in .cjb format .
5 – To generate your LED layout file in .bmp  format .
7 – To create a information text file.
8 – Export your animation or video in .xdat format .
9 – Export your animation or video in .mp4 format .

In order to export choose the 2nd option “Generate and export LED/Bin files” .This will bring up the export settings window .

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Export Setting Window

 02  Select the LED drive chip from the chip selection list .You can use this window to correct gamma (if your LED’s have incorrect gamma effects) and dim each R,G and B channel by changing the brightness . For “channel order” and “Output Polarity selection “check your LED Driver IC datasheet .Click “OK”.

 03   In the “Browse For Folder” window ,Select a  location to save your .led file, Keep this on you mind every time you do this the program will delete the “led” folder and it’s content and replace it with new one .for that reason if you are doing more than one program Export that “.led ” files in to different folders in your HDD .

That’s it ,That is how to program in 
Led edit 2017-18  software version .

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Hello, a thousand bravos for the work you have provided for this blog and your website. I have a controller T-8000AC and as you must know I can only use led edit 2014 to design effects. However I find the interface of Led Edit 2018 much better because it allows to view a list of effects in the library at the bottom left. I still download Led Edit 2018 but the effects saved on my SD card can not be read.   Do you know if there is a way to intervene on the interface of 2018 (because the T-8000… Read more »