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How To Patch MagicHD On A MagicQ Console

How To Patch MagicHD On A MagicQ Console



This is a quick guide on how to setup MagicQ console with MagicHD with on a different computer.

For our video tutorial; beginners guide to MagicHD and how to use it for free see our blog post here 

This tutorial talks through setting up the console with the software version of MagicHD however the MagicQ Console set up is the same for hardware and software versions.

The hardware version of MagicHD Media Server available from Chamsys


A few things to note about the differences between running MagicHD on MagicQ PC and MagicQ console:

  • A Chamsys MagicQ Console / Desk will not directly output video. 
  • You will need a computer to run MagicHD if you're using MagicQ Console. 
  • You can run your LED Wall, Projector or other displays directly from MagicQ PC if you have a second display output.
  • MagicHD media server is installed by installing MagicQ PC, although it's a separate app.
  • If you are dedicating a computer just for MagicHD then you you only need one display output.
  • You can set MagicHD to run full screen on boot. 
  • MagicHD also remembers the display screen it was running on if you do have multiple displays connected to a computer.
  • For multi screen setups that require different content just install MagicHD (MagicQ PC install) on more computers.
  • MagicHD is FREE. 
  • It supports 1 layer for any DMX controller to control.
  • MagicHD software unlocks all its 8 layers if it detects A MagicQ controller with encoder wheels on the same network, this includes MagicQ PC with a PC wing connected.
  • The Free version of MagicQ PC also contains a free fully functional MagicHD with all 8 layers supported, your only restriction is the must run from the same computer, 
  • Big up to Chamsys for this, show your love and keep up to date with their latest news by liking their Facebook page :)  
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Lets get on with the tutorial


1. Network setup - you need to understand a little bit about networking

If you understand DMX setup on IP networks then Jump to section 2


DMX networks generally run on 2.x.x.x or 10.x.x.x networks, with a subnet mask of
Your home / small office network with Internet is likely to use 192.168.0.x or 192.168.1.x with a subnet mask of
These are independent networks with separate cables, network switches etc.
A Computer can connect to both these networks at the same time using multiple network connections, so if you must have Internet on a show computer (not that I would recommend it) you will need two network connections. This could be two or more Ethernet cards, two or more WiFi cards or one or more of each.
Its common for a laptops to have a WiFi card and an Ethernet card, so if this was the case you could use your WiFi for the Internet and the Ethernet card (RJ45 Socket) for your 2.x.x.x DMX network.
The two networks need to be independent of each other, they can't share the same network cables or switches (with the correct hardware they could but thats defeating the point of a separate network in the first place).

A computer with a network connection setup with an IP of and subnet mask of can talk to computers with IP's of 2.x.x.x  for example a computer with an IP of can talk to a computer with an IP of but not with or
A computer with a network connection setup with an IP of and a subnet mask of can  talk to computers starting with 192.168.1.x for example a computer with an IP of can talk to a computer with an IP of but not or
Looking at the subnet masks '0' is like being open and free to talk to the IP range, '255' is like being closed, stopping that IP range. Choosing the wrong subnet mask can stop your networks from working so DO NOT change them from the recommended setting. 

Most networks have what we call a DHCP server (in your average home setup this is built into your Internet router)  its job is to give each device that connects to the network a unique IP address and set the subnet mask automatically for you, while this is great for devices that just want to talk to the Internet like laptops and mobile phones it is not so good for devices that talk to each other in the way we need them to. This is because the DHCP doesn't always give you the same IP when you connect to the network, so simply power cycling a device could give you a different IP address.
As we will be configuring devices to talk to each other using there IP's to identify them, if devices IP's change devices stop talking to the correct devices.
To get over this we will use what we call "Static IP's" and this is very simple to setup as long as you follow the guidelines about IP's and subnets as above. I can't cover how setup every devices IP setting so doing a web search for something like "How to setup a static IP on windows X' should help you out.

For this tutorial we will set up our devices as follows.

IP's must be unique on the network, if on a 2.x.x.x network, MagicQ and MagicHD must both start with '2.' followed by 3 sets of numbers between 0-254 separated by a '.' (full stop AKA period) and a subnet mask of


MagicQ Console:
IP -

MagicHD computer
IP - 


If at home you could put every thing on the same network but all I will say to you is don't do it, its not recommended as you could upset other people using the network and slow up response times between MagicQ and MagicHD and although its very unlikely your console could get ill as it's not had any gabs to protect it from viruses. Now, I know full well some of you will ignore this and well, all I can say is good for you, experimenting can create its problems but if your prepared to work though them its a great way to get a better understanding and to learn. 
If you must do this then disable any unused universes on the MagicQ console under [Setup] > {VIEW DMX I/O})  will help, this will remove a lot of data that will bombard your network and absorb bandwidth.

An example would be

MagicHD computer
There is a good chance you have a DHCP sever on your network so lets just let the DHCP server (Internet router) deal with it.
MagicHD will tell you it's IP  under 'file > settings'.
If Using DHCP and thumbnails and previews stop working check the IP setting on MagicQ console [Setup] > {VIEW SETTINGS} > {VIEW MEDIA}  and MagicHD under 'file > settings' match


MagicQ Console:
Change under [Setup] > {VIEW SETTINGS} > {{Network}}
IP - - or any IP you know to be free your network.
Remember when setting the IP: the first 3 blocks of numbers must be the same as that displayed in MagicHD under 'file > settings' the last block must be different, this is because our subnet mask must be



2. Setting Up MagicQ Console


I'm assuming you have the latest MagicQ software version on both your MagicQ console and MagicHD Computer. 
If not please download it from
You may also find our video tutorial; beginners guide to MagicHD helpful, has info on converting media etc.

I'm also assuming the following IP settings:

MagicQ Console IP - - Subnet:
MagicHD computer IP - - Subnet:


2a. Patch MagicHD Into the Console 

On the MagicQ console patch MagicHD as a fixture into the console, the same way you would a dimmer channel:
[Patch] > {CHOOSE DIM / MEDIA} > {MagicHD} then select a empty DMX Universe (not channel) to patch MagicHD into.
Always start at DMX channel 1 of the universe you patch to.
So to patch to Universe 10, Press:
{PATCH IT} and type 10-1
I also like to set an head ID when patching, to do this press:
{PATCH IT} type 10-1*1001 (for Universe 10, DMX channel 1, head ID 1001)


2b. Set Up Media Window and Thumbnail Retrieval On The Console

Here you should see all the patched MagicHD's, the IP will probably be 'local' - change this to the IP of the computer you installed MagicHD on, for this example it would be
You can get the IP you need by starting MagicHD (if it starts in full screen hit 'F11') In MagicHD go to 'File > Settings' - here you will see the IP you need.
Back on the console, [Setup] > {VIEW SETTINGS} > {VIEW MEDIA} change the status to 'Enabled' and hopefully under 'con status' this will change to 'Connected' (if you have MagicHD running on the computer).



3. Set Up MagicHD

As MagicHD is controlled as if its just another light, it needs to be addressed like you would a any other light fixture or dimmer pack on the system.
However as it uses a nearly a full universe of DMX so you set the universe, not the DMX channel of a universe.
Also remember; Art-Net starts from 0 and the MagicQ Console patch starts at 1, so... Art-Net Universe 9 on MagicHD is normally universe 10 on the MagicQ console patch (if the console has its default DMX input / output settings - these can be viewed under [Setup] > {VIEW DMX I/O})
While in the DMX input / output settings [Setup] > {VIEW DMX I/O}; Make sure the universe you patched MagicHD to is 'Enabled' taking care to observe the MagicQ patch's universe number and the Art-Net universe number. Its a really easy mistake to make to get these confused.


3a. Addressing MagicHD

To set the universe MagicHD responds to:
Start MagicHD - (look in the 'ChamSys MagicQ' folder in the "Start" programs menu, on a Windows machine)
If MagicHD opens full screen hit 'F11' this will toggles it in and out of full screen mode, and becomes a window where you should see a 'File' tab at the top. Under 'File' choose 'Settings'. Here you set the universe of DMX for MagicHD to respond to and also the protocol it uses for control. If the MagicQ console has its default DMX input / output settings under [Setup] > {VIEW DMX I/O}) then you will want to use 'Art-Net' as the protocol.
As we selected universe 10 in the patch on the console we will choose Art-Net universe 9 on MagicHD You should also see the IP of MagicHD, this is what you put into the IP on the MagicQ console under [Setup] > {VIEW SETTINGS} > {VIEW MEDIA} IP as mentioned above.

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