DMX Controller

The Pharos VLC (Video Lighting Controller) is an extremely capable and cost effective solution for large LED pixel arrays; such as building façades, bridges, and presentation walls. It makes it simple to play video content across your array, either from locally stored HD media files or a DVI-D video input. It also offers a range of creative, generative effects and the versatility of powerful show control and integration features.

The VLC is a rugged 1U 19” rackmount unit with separate Gigabit Ethernet ports for management and DMX-over-Ethernet (eDMX) output. It is available in multiple variants with capacities ranging from 25,600 channels up to a massive 768,000 channels from a single unit, with further scaling by using multiple Controllers connected and synchronised over Ethernet.

The VLC extends the Pharos range of Controllers as an alternative to the industry-leading Pharos LPC X. While the LPC X provides highly flexible lighting control for large multi-zone lighting systems, the VLC is capable of controlling even larger systems where the fixtures are arranged and controlled as a single array, at our lowest ever price per channel.

The VLC is an exciting new option at the heart of the fully scalable Pharos system that can be tailored to the needs of your project, with additional integration options supported by our range of Remote Devices. The VLC is programmed using the free Pharos Designer 2 software and existing installations can be managed from anywhere using its built-in web server.

Supported Fixtures
LEDs LEDs in any colour configuration (RGB, RGBW, 8-bit, 16-bit, tuneable white)
Fixture Library Pharos offers a cloud library with over 13,000 fixture profiles
sACN USITT E1.31 (with per fixture priority) standard
Art-Net Art­Net, Art­Net II and Art­Net III (configurable broadcast override)
KiNET KiNET V1 (DMX out) and V2 (Port out); PDS/Data Enabler discovery
Pathport Pathway Connectivity protocol
DMX512 Via any eDMX node
Scalable Synchronises with up to 40 Pharos Controllers over network
Simultaneous Multiple protocols can be in operation simultaneously. Limited by patched channels, not universes used
Certifications CE compliant, ETL/cETL listed
Power 100-240VAC / 50-60HZ / 0.4-0.2A
40W typical (100W maximum)
IEC connector with switch
UK, EU and US cable supplied
Data Storage Internal 128GB SSD (supplied)
Configuration Pharos Designer 2.2 or later
Temperature 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
Physical 19″ Rack unit, 1U, 13.5″ deep
Weight 3.1 kg (6.8 lbs)
Recovery Hardware watchdog and recessed reset button
Ethernet Neutrik etherCon (RJ45 compatible) for 10/100/1000Base-TX Ethernet with Link/Data LEDs; Fixed IP or DHCP
eDMX Dedicated Ethernet port for eDMX; Neutrik etherCon (RJ45 compatible) for 10/100/1000Base-TX Ethernet with Link/Data LEDs; Fixed IP or DHCP
DVI-D input Video input
DVI-I DVI-I output for monitoring
Serial RS232 via DB9 connector
USB Two USB 2.0 Type A ports
Audio out Stereo analog & digital audio ports (for future development)
Product Variants & Order code
VLC 50 ( 25,600 channels eDMX ) 75542
VLC 100 ( 51,200 channels eDMX ) 75538
VLC 250 ( 128,000 channels eDMX ) 75541
VLC 500 ( 256,000 channels eDMX ) 75543
VLC 1000 ( 512,000 channels eDMX ) 75539
VLC 1500 ( 768,000 channels eDMX ) 75540

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