Arduino switcher controler : Where to start???

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Arduino switcher controler : Where to start???

Hello everyone!

I really need your help to tackle a project that I've been wanting to do for a long time. I've wanted to build a controler board similar to the C21 or the C30. I purchased an arduino UNO and an ethernet shield and had some success in connecting the monitor program and the basic control but I was never able to connect it to my TVS. I figured it might be the fact that I was not using the eternet one or a Mega. I just ordered one today

I was wondering where I should start to create an 8 button box. Soldering I can do but coding not so much. Should I start from the C30 sketch and are schematics available to build a prototype on a breadboard? I've been trying to find the info but this is a little bit overwhelming. I first touched an arduino for the first time 2 days ago. 

Thanks in advance....!

 

JD

 

P.S. This guys seems to have a nore elaborate setup than what I want to do but it's nice to have options...!

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Hey JD, It looks like you are

Hey JD,

It looks like you are in a similar position to where I was a few months ago. I've since almost completed all the building of my custom controller.

I can confirm that the Arduino library will work with an UNO and an ethernet shield. However, it's good to have all the digital pins on the Mega (which is why I ended up using that for the project).

The best place to start would be with ATEMmin library on the UNO, a breadboard, and some basic buttons to get things going, then you can expand from there.

https://github.com/kasperskaarhoj/SKAARHOJ-Open-Engineering/tree/master/...

I would then recommend getting to know the basics of Arduino through their website so that you can get a grasp of the terminology before loading sample sketches.

I loaded the following code onto my Arduino to get started and later edited it (as this example is technically now obsolete). Good starting point, though:

https://github.com/kasperskaarhoj/SKAARHOJ-Open-Engineering/tree/master/...

When I can solve one last issue with my code, I'm happy to share it with you (and the world), but in order to get full control out of it, I would definitely do a little bit of studying on the Arduino platform.

Here's my work-in-progress board...

Hopefully, that helps and I look forward to seeing how you get on!

John

 

 

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@johnbarker, Where did you

@johnbarker, Where did you get those switches with bi-colour leds from?  I've been searching for a cheap supplier for ages!

Thanks,

Colin

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Hi John, Thanks for your

Hi John,

 

Thanks for your quick reply. Your unit looks great! I'll follow your advice and look more into the basics of programing. I was trying to cut corners a little bit since I have limited time to produce 3 units ( 1 for me and two for friends). I've been playing around with Raspberry Pi's in the last few month and I blindly thougth this would be easy. I've had my TVS for more than 4 years now and it's time I get rid of my XKeys 24 unit. I think I'll document my process from building and coding. 

It's funny that I stumbled upon your youtube channel just last week has I was looking at other's rigs to make my own rig lighter when I travel for shows.

 

thanks again...

 

JD

 

PS. Did you get your push buttons from Digi-keys? Here in Canada they are so expensive?

 

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Hey Colin, I got mine from

Hey Colin,

I got mine from Conrad...

https://www.conrad.se/Tryckstr%f6mst%e4llare-W%fcrth-Elektronik-465RG111...

Annoyingly there are a little cheaper now than when I purchased them!

Not sure if my photo above gave a sense of scale, but I believe these buttons are smaller than the "usual" buttons on a hardware switcher, however, I am extremely happy with them!

Cheers :)

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Hey John, I'm curious to know

Hey John,

I'm curious to know if you made any progress on your controler. On my part, I manage to find an enclosure and mechanical switch from a gaming keyboard with a two color led ( red and green) to prevent buying the LP11 button that are so expensive here in Canada.

The electronic schematic is leaving me a little perplex but I think I understand most of it...

keep us posted on your progress...

Cheers!!!

JD

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Hey JD, I've started a blog

Hey JD,

I've started a blog post on it and will hopefully get that posted at some point soon.

My real holdup with the device is the enclosure as I haven't quite found one that fits my needs.

I'd love to see links to the stuff you bought just for ideas!

Really great to hear you are making progress and I understand how you feel - I have some small  Arduino experience before starting, but have learned a lot about it all as I work through the progress.

Thanks!

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Hi John, I don't know if this

Hi John,

I don't know if this is any help but here's a link to the one I have used:

http://www.conrad-electronic.co.uk/ce/en/product/531191/Bopla-92865250MT-1-PULT-Operating-Panel-Enclosure-IP40-Graphite-grey-RAL-7024-250-x-181-x-68-mm?ref=list

Thanks,

Colin

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Custom SKAARHOJ based controller

 

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Some pics and links

Hi John,

 

I got some green and red bi-color LED. Unfortunately they are a little too big for the mechanical key switches I got. Maybe I could use a Dremel to modify the keys or find smaller LED. I'll see when I find my enclosure as well.

 

The mechanical key were very cheap 15$ canadian (which is roughly 10 euros) for 15 of them: Hcman Teamwolf Mechanical Keyboard Swappable Switches on Amazon

For some reason I can't post pictures

Can't wait to see your blog post. I got myself a Mega also

Cheers

JD

 

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help me

 

Hello. I tried to program with your posted code here. But it does not work i put the atem ip, but the arduino sends this screen to loop.

 

 

" Sending connect packet to ATEM switcher on IP 192.168.1.240 from port 51707

Select 1 Select 2 Select 1 Select 2 Select 1 Select 2 Select 1 Select 2 Select 1 Select 2 Select 1 Select 2 Select 1 Select 2 Select 1 Select 2 Select 1 Select 2 Select 1 Select 2 Select 1 Select 2 Select 1 Select 2 Select 1 Select 2 Select 1 Select 2 Select 1 Select 2 Select 1" 

Hello to all. I tried to program with your posted code here. But it does not work i put the atem ip, but the arduino sends this screen to loop.