The Pharos Designer VLC (Video Lighting Controller) is an extremely capable and cost effective architectural lighting control solution for large LED pixel arrays; such as building façades, bridges, and presentation walls.
The VLC 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. Capacities from 50 to 1500 eDMX universes.
Multiple Pharos Designer Controllers can be used in the same system to synchronise your façade and your interior lighting automatically
Installations can be managed locally with the built-in web server, and from anywhere in the world via Pharos Cloud
The VLC controls large systems where the fixtures act as a single array at our lowest ever price per channel
Make your light fixtures a canvas onto which you can paint with creative effects or video playback. The powerful Pharos Designer 2 software allows you to build your fixture layout fast with pixel-precise adjustment. Then use individually controllable and independently running timelines to build dynamic, striking, pre-programmed lighting displays across your canvas.
Designer Trigger is a rules engine that uses conditional logic and a broad range of interfaces and protocols so you can control your lighting with responsive, reactive programming. Send and receive any command, to and from any system. Conditional logic is supported, along with a powerful built-in scripting language for unlimited flexibility. Read more
Big just got a whole lot easier. The VLC can output all commonly used eDMX protocols (sACN, Art-Net, KiNET, as well as the EDN) over Gigabit Ethernet and there are no restrictions on using these protocols simultaneously. There are six VLC variants with pricing based on channel capacity, ranging from 25,600 channels up to a massive 768,000 channels (50-1500 DMX universes).
Future-proof your lighting projects by connecting your Designer controllers to Pharos Cloud. This allows remote, but direct, control of your controllers from anywhere in the world, letting you check the status, fire triggers, schedule events, upload new projects and much more. All through one portal, accessible at your own Internet domain. Read more
The right fit for every installation. Multiple Designer controllers can be seamlessly linked together to work as one via a standard Ethernet network giving impressive scalability. For additional integration options simply add Remote Devices to further extend the network. Whether one controller or many, it’s all easily programmed using our Designer 2 software. Read more
High Definition Video Displays
Live video can be captured on the DVI-D input at resolutions up to 1080p60. Internal video playback at up to 1080p30 supports all major formats such as H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MJPEG and QuickTime. The built-in 128GB SSD provides plenty of capacity for media storage.
Rugged 1U 19” rackmount unit designed for 24/7 operation and total reliability. Designed and manufactured in the UK, with a 5 year warranty.
Separate Gigabit Ethernet ports for management and DMX-over-Ethernet (eDMX) output.
Available in multiple variants with capacities ranging from 50 universes (25,600 channels) up to a massive 1500 universes (768,000 channels) from a single control unit.
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RGB, RGBA, RGBW, RGBAW and W in any colour order, 8-bit or 16-bit
Pharos offers an online fixture library with over 30,000 fixture profiles, for easy download of your luminaires
ANSI E1.31 (with per fixture priority)
Art-Net I, Art-Net II, Art-Net 3, Art-Net 4 (transmit only). Configurable broadcast override
KiNET V1, V2, V3; PDS/Data Enabler discovery
Pathway Connectivity protocol
Via EDN: natively integrate, and output DMX, with the EDN
Via the EDN or any other eDMX node
Audio Output with two audio layers; a background layer for ongoing audio, and an alert layer for high-priority overriding
Multiple protocols can be in operation simultaneously. Limited by patched channels, not universes used
Synchronises with up to 40 Pharos Designer Controllers over network
Triggering & Integration
Commences programmed playback automatically on receiving power
Battery-backed real-time clock for calendar and time-based triggers
Sunrise/Sunset/Twilight and Lunar phases
UDP, TCP, Multicast; send/receive any Ethernet message
Configurable port; send/receive free syntax in ASCII, HEX or decimal
Via RIO: configurable port; send/receive free syntax in ASCII, HEX or decimal
sACN or Art-Net
Via RIO: contact closure, active low, active high or 0-24V analog level
Via RIO: isolated relay outputs (48V, 250mA)
Via RIO A: MIDI Notes, SysEx or MIDI Time Code
Via RIO A: Linear Timecode (SMPTE, Film, EBU, NTSC)
Via RIO A: stereo 30-band spectrum analysis
Via RIO D: transmit and receive DALI commands
Built-in or custom designed
Full conditional logic support
Lua scripting for total flexibility
Supports our extensive IO Module library for easy integration
Supports Pharos Designer Remote Devices
Network port for device access and management; Neutrik etherCON (RJ45 compatible) for 10/100/1000Base-TX Ethernet; Static IP or DHCP
Dedicated Ethernet port for lighting data; Neutrik etherCON (RJ45 compatible) for 10/100/1000Base-TX Ethernet; Static IP or DHCP
Live video input to capture resolutions up to 1080p60
DVI-I output (for future development)
RS232 via DB9 connector
CE compliant, UKCA compliant, ETL/cETL listed, may be used as part of a Title 24 compliant lighting control system
100-240V AC, 50-60Hz, 0.4-0.2A
40W typical (50W maximum)
IEC connector with switch (power cable not supplied)
Pharos Designer 2.2 or later
Internal 128GB SSD (supplied)
0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
10-50% relative, non-condensing
19″ Rack unit, 1U, 13.5″ deep
48.3 x 34.3 x 4.5 cm (19 x 13.5 x 1.8 in)
3.1 kg (6.8 lbs)
57 x 45 x 17 cm (22 x 18 x 7 in)
5.5 kg (12 lbs)
Order Code & Variants
Designer Video Lighting Controller 50 (25,600 channels eDMX)
Designer Video Lighting Controller 100 (51,200 channels eDMX)
Designer Video Lighting Controller 250 (128,000 channels eDMX)
Designer Video Lighting Controller 500 (256,000 channels eDMX)
Designer Video Lighting Controller 1000 (512,000 channels eDMX)