Basic Setup

Each of these parameters will typically be set only once during the entire use of the Autopilot II. While very simple in concept, these parameters form the basis of the operation of Autopilot II.

  1. Units of Measurement
  2. Feet or Meters can now be used on Autopilot II. Pick the measurement system you are most comfortable using.

  3. COM port
  4. Pick the COM port on your computer that you will use to connect to the controller. If the serial link is working, the the indicator light at the right at the top of the screen will be green. Select the com port you would like to use, the settings in the PC are as follows:

    Baud rate=38,400

    data bits= 8

    No parity

    stop bits= 1

    The cable is a standard modem cable 9 pin female-25 pin Male. Straight through connection. Wybron provides an adapter cable set, model ????, that converts the RS-232 connection to a 5 pin XLR-type connector. These adapters allow the user to use up to 300' of DMX type cable be between the users computer and the Autopilot II controller.

  5. Temperature
  6. The temperature probe will give the room temperature automatically. Because the speed of sound is affected by temperature, we recommend the probe be used for continued accuracy as the temperature changes.

  7. Height offset control
  8. Here is one of two places where the location of the height offset control is selected. (The other is in the run screen) We recommend using the PC for height offset control during setup so that less coordination between the console and Autopilot II is needed. Choose either the PC or the console. The height offset control for each beltpack is used to change the aim point for the assigned lights relative to the beltpack element. Typical installations will have the element on the shoulder of the performer or on the head. For a full body shot, the aim point should be moved down about 2 feet. The height offset control allows this to happen.