• grandMA2 User Manual
  • grandMA3 Mode2
  • grandMA2 Quick Start Guide
  • grandMA2 Quick Manual onPC solutions
  • MA 3D
  • MA VPU
    • Introduction
      • Help from MA technical support
      • System requirements
    • For your Safety
    • Functions and Features
      • Transition from grandMA video to MA VPU
      • Teaser Mode
      • Comparison VPU plus / VPU basic / VPU light
    • Main Features
      • Installation and Maintenance
        • Startup
        • Software update
          • Service Packs
        • Update of Fixture Types
        • Backup
          • Handling backups with the VPU
          • Start Acronis on VPUs with serial Numbers up to # 86 on
          • Start Acronis on VPUs with serial Numbers from # 87
          • Restoring an image with Acronis
          • Storing an image with Acronis
          • Backup the VPU content after shipment
        • Access VPU via Network
        • Version of grandMA desk or grandMA onPC (off-line)
        • IP Addresses
          • IP Address of the PC
          • Art-Net IP Address
        • EDID Manager
        • CITP / MSEX Protocol
    • Communication with the grandMA Desk Series
      • Connection with the grandMA desk
      • Connection with the grandMA onPC (off-line) software
      • Connection States
    • Data Management
      • Master slave
      • Principle function diagram
      • Layer Properties
      • Layer Reference
      • Virtual Outputs
        • Virtual Output: Configuration of a TripleHead2Go Digital Port
      • Predefined Constellation
    • Several MA VPU applications in one grandMA show
    • Quickstart with grandMA2
    • Program surface
      • Internal Touch-Screen VPU plus
      • Internal Screen VPU light
      • Menu Bar
        • File...
        • View...
        • Render...
        • Help...
      • Toolbar
      • Status Bar
      • Preview
      • Multi Preview
      • Content Editor
        • Content: Image Pool (I-Pool)
        • Content: Text Ticker
        • Content: Eff1 Type...Eff4 Type
        • Content: 3D Objects
        • Content: Mask
      • Warper
        • Warper Fullscreen View
        • Warper Basic Operation
        • Warping
      • File Browser
    • Features Attributes and Functions
    • Order of Effect Execution
    • Softedging
    • Keystoning
    • Pixel Mapper
      • VPU - Pixel Mapper Graphical View
        • Pixel Mapper Toolbar
        • Pixel Mapper Editor
      • VPU - Pixel Mapper Grid View
      • Console - VPU Pixel Mapper View
    • Creation of customized 3D Objects
    • Content Specifications
      • Rovi Total CodeStudio for converting your content into MPEG2
      • Hap Content Converter
    • Warnings
    • Keyboard Shortcuts
    • FAQ and Troubleshooting
    • Supplement MA Lighting
      • Intended use
      • Data
      • Symbols and warning labels
      • Transport
      • General Safety Instructions
      • Electric shock warning on the rear of the grandMA
      • Safety and Environment
      • Quickstart Connect VPU plus
      • Quickstart Connect VPU light
      • Switching the apparatus On/Off
      • Maintenance
      • Conformity
  • Release Notes
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Version 3.9

Quickstart with grandMA2

First start the VPU with grandMA2 network.

Startup and loading a show

Start the grandMA2 onPC.

Press Backup, select the tab Demoshows Load Show.

In the upcoming dialog select the 'vpu demo show.show.gz'.

Tap Check all, then tap Load Show.

The show will be loaded.

On the Display you see an overview of the layers and the fixture sheet:

You can configure the layout via the buttons on the right:

Connecting the VPU to a session

Now we will invite the VPU to the session:

To start a session press Setup and tap MA Network Control.

In the upcoming dialog tap Create Session. The session will start:

Press Setup and tap MA Network Configuration.

In the upcoming dialog select the VPU tab:

If your VPU is not listed, tab Add Present.

If the VPU is not already a member of the session, select the 'Session Member’ entry and press the screen encoder. The entry will change to 'Yes’ and the VPU will join the session.
After that choose the 'Layer' entry and press the screen encoder. Choose the fixture layer 'VPU A 2'.

If the VPU does not join, check the VPU IP address and software version.

It is displayed in the VPU status bar e.g.:

In this case the desk IP is and the VPU IP is

Console and VPU must be in the same IP segment.

Playback of a still image

To select the first layer of the VPU demo show, press Fixture 1 Please, or select the first group '1: Lay1’ in the group pool:

To see the layer at the output of the MA VPU, press at 1 0 0 Please to open the dimmer.

At the Fixture sheet you can see all attributes of layer 1:

On the Smart view all settings of the VPU Layer are displayed as buttons. Select the 'Images’ attribute and you get an overview of all images of the selected I-Pool.

Tap an image button and the appropriate image is displayed on the VPU output screen:

Desk Image button VPU output

Hiding the VPU GUI

To hide the GUI of the MA VPU you can either press 'Shift + Enter' at the keyboard of the VPU station or use the fullscreen mode of the VPU master fixture.

To select the master fixture at the VPU demo show, press Fixture 11 Please, or select group 15 '11: Mas A’ in the group pool.

Select the preset type 'Control':

The 'Smart View’ offers the controlling possibility to watch the output in 'Fullscreen’:

Playback of a video file

Press the Clear button, select layer 1 again, select the attribute 'I-Pool’ and tap the channel set 'HD_25’.

Select the attribute 'Images’:

Now the 'Smart View’ offers a choice of video loops in HD quality with 25 frames:

Select a video of your choice, tap the feature 'VPlayer’ and select the attribute 'Playmode'.

Now you can choose how to play the video e.g. as a loop, select 'Loop’:

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