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Statement Welcome to use the product from Xi’an NovaStar Tech Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Novastar”). It is our great pleasure to offer this manual to help you understand and use the product. We have striven for precision and reliability during the compilation of this manual, and the......

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Statement

Welcome to use the product from Xi’an NovaStar Tech Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Novastar”). It is our great pleasure to offer this manual to help you understand and use the product. We have striven for precision and reliability during the compilation of this manual, and the contents of this manual are subject to change at any time without further notice. If you have any problem during 

use or you have any suggestion, please feel free to contact us according to the contact information provided in this manual. We will do our utmost to satisfy your needs. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to your suggestions and make assessment for adoption as soon as possible.

 

Copyright 

All the intellectual property rights involved in this document belong to NovaStar. No part of this document may be reproduced or extracted in any form or by any means without prior written consent of NovaStar. All rights are reserved.

 

Trademark

is the registered trademark of NovaStar.


Safety Statement

To avoid potential hazards, please use this controller according to regulations. Power outlet should be installed near the controller and easy to reach. In the event of breakdowns, non-professionals are not allowed to disassemble the controller for maintenance. Please contact the after-sales department of NovaStar timely.


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FCC Caution

 

Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.

 

This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

 

Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed

 

to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined

 

by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: 

—Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. 

—Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. 

—Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. 

—Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

 

This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment .This equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance 20cm between the radiator& your body.

 

This transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.


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Note: Type A(flat) USB interface is not allowed to be connected to control computer directly.


2 Signal Connection

 

Please refer to the previous chapter of interface intrduction and the figure below to connect requied hardwares.(Note: Please disconnect the power of the equipment while connecting signal.)

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3 Dimensions

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4 Operating Motion Instruction 

Knob

While in main interface, press the knob to enter menu interface; 

While in menu interface, rotate the knob to select menus and press the knob to select current menu or enter submenus; 

Select a menu with parameters and rotate the knob to adjust the parameters. Please remember to press the knob again for confirmation after adjustment.

BACK: A return button to exit from current menu or operation.

Lock /Unlock buttons: Press and hold the knob and ESC key simultaneously.


5 Main Interface

 

Switch on the controller and the main interface of its screen is shown as below:

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A: Input state of signal sources. Blue indicates it has signal while gray indicates no signal; 

B: Current input source and its resolution, frame rate. For example, the information of two DVI sources will be displayed alternately here when dual-link DVI is selected as input. 

C: Width, height and frame rate of the LED display being configured; 

D:  Status, the meanings of each status icon are introduced as follows:

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E: Connection status of Ethernet ports. Blue indicates that the connection is available and the port works as master control while gray indicates the port is not connected or the connection is unavailable. Mark on the upper left corner of the icon indicates that the connection is available and the port is in redundancy state.

 

F: Connection status of optical fiber ports. Blue indicates that the connection is available and the fiber port works as master control while gray indicates the port is not connected or the connection is unavailable. Mark on the upper left corner of the icon indicates that the connection is available and the port is in redundancy state.


6 Menu Operation

 

MCTRL4K is powerful and easy-to-use. In general, users can start a LED display and operate it normally through first four steps. Users also can set other options in the menu selectively for better display effects.


Step 1 Input Mode

 

MCTRL 4K supports two input modes: mosaic and muli-card.

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In mosaic mode, Auto, DP, HDMI or DVI×2(Mosaic direction is optional.) can be selected as video input source.

 

In multi-card mode, MCTRL4K is used as two independent controllers and the loading capacity of each is up to 3840×2160@30Hz. Now both DVI 1 and DVI 2 inputs are available and can be displayed on LED display simultaneously. But only one of them can be set at the same time, namely, the currently selected video input source.

 

In multi-card mode, the corresponding outputs of DVI 1 are Ethernet port 1~8 or OPT1 while the corresponding outputs of DVI 2 are Ethernet port 9~16 or OPT2.

 

Tip: When input source is set to "Auto", the controller will automatically detect input source depending on the priority order of DP>HDMI>DVI.


Step 2 Input Resolution

Users are capable of setting the resolution of each input source as required.

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Input resolution is able to be set through the following two methods: 

I: Preset

Choose an appropriate resolution from the standard presets, or move on to method II: Custom.

 

II: Custom 

Rotate the knob to set custom width(increasing by even numbers), custom height and custom refresh rate. Then select "Apply" and press the knob to apply. If not applied, custom resolution setting will be unavailable.


Step 3 Quick Config 

Operating steps of quick config:

Step1 Switch on the LED display. Go to Step 2 if the cabinets display normally. It is needed to load cabinet file first and save it to receiving card if the cabinets display abnormally. Please view relevant chapter for detailed operations.

Step2 Enter the submenu of “Quick Config”and rotate the knob to get into other options for settings.


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Step3 Set the rows and columns of the cabinets to be loaded according to actual situation of the screen.

Step4 Set the number of cabinets loaded by Ethernet port 1. The controller has some limitations of the loading capacity of Ethernet port. Please see Notes a)for details.

Step5 Set Data Flow of the screen. Please see Notes c), d), e) of quick config.

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Step 4 Brightness Adjustment

 

Back to the main menu and press the knob. Select the corresponding value in Brightness menu. Rotate the knob to adjust brightness now.

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Screen Settings

 

Besides Quick Config, Advanced Config and Image Offset can be done as well in Screen Settings.

 

Advanced Configuration

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Choose Yes to get into Advanced Config page. Choose Enable to set the loading capacity of each Ethernet port, which includes the settings of abinet Row QTY, Cabinet Col QTY, Start X(horizontal offset), Start Y(vertical offset) and Data Flow.

 

Image Offset

Start X(horizontal offset) and Start Y(vertical offset) of the total picture loaded by the controller can be set in this option.



Display Control

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Normal:

Normal: Play the content of current input source normally. 

Freeze: Freeze current content. 

Black Out: The LED screen becomes dark and displays nothing. 

Test Pattern: It includes eight types of test patterns such as pure color and line pattern etc. 

Image Settings: Set the brightness of red, green and blue, color temperature, Gamma value as required. Adjust these options to the values you are satisfied with, and then save them to hardware.


Advanced Settings

 

Advanced Settings includes settings of multiple main functions as shown in the figure below. Following chapters will introduce the details of each function.

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MAP Function

 

When Map Function is enabled, each of the cabinets will display the port number and Ethernet port number they belong to. It is easy and convenient for users to know about the data flow mode and load.

 

Load Cabinet Files 

Connect the controller to PC and run NovaLCT - Mars on the PC. Import the cabinet configuration files saved before. 

1 )Save cabinet configuration files

After the configuration of receiving card is completed, click  to save cabinet configuration files(.rcfg) to local files on PC.

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2 ) Import cabinet configuration files to MCTRL4K.

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Tip: After entering the Settings page of MCTRL4K, NovaLCT-Mars will automatically read the configuration files which have already existed in MCTRL4K. Users are able to modify the names and orders of these files or delete them.

 

3 ) Load cabinet files

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4 ) Save cabinet files to hardware 

Alarm Threshold 

Set maximum and minimum values of temperature and voltage。

 

Save to hardware 

Save all the configurations related to receiving cards to receiving cards and the data won't be lost during power failure.

 

Redundancy 

Set this controller as primary controller or backup.

 

Factory Reset 

Restore the unit to factory settings.

 

Return to Home Screen 

If the system remains on current interface for the certain period of time withoutany operation, then it will go back to the homepage automatically.

 

Hardware Version 

Check the hardware version of this controller. Connect LCT-Mars through PC to upgrade the firmware program if new versions are released.

Communication Settings

Set communication mode and network parameters of MCTRL 4K.

 

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Communication modes include USB preferred and LAN(Local Area Network) preferred. When both USB control interface and thernet control interface are connected to PC, the controller defaults to USB preferred and will control the LED display via USB interface. Otherwise, the sysytem will control LED display via LAN.

 

Network Settings include manual and automatic. Please note that IP address cannot conflict with the address of other devices during manual setting.

Language 

Change interface language of the unit.

 

7 Technical Specifications

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8 FAQs and Precautions

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