April 14, 2017 at 19:22 #1447
I’m a total noob, just discovered V-Control 2 hours ago… I read the manual, but I can’t configure how to connect the Bonsai Drive to V-Control ?
I have a USB <> RS-232 adapter… but the Bonsai Drive is working in RS-422, right ??
or is it possible using Midi connectors ?
Thanks for your help and sorry if my question seems dumb….April 14, 2017 at 19:23 #1448
damn.. didn’t mean “I can’t configure” but “I can’t figure” … -___-‘April 14, 2017 at 21:10 #1449sspieglParticipant
There are no dumb questions, only dumb answers 😉
The bonsaiDrive can only be remote controlled by rs422. You need an rs232 to rs422 converter or an USB to rs422 adapter.
SebastianApril 15, 2017 at 02:37 #1450
OK. Thanks for reply !!! (;
I got a USB <> Mini Din 9 serial , from Keyspan , the USA-28X, and a cable MiniDin 9 > Sub-d 9 Rs422… basically, it was used to control a Beta or DVCam (or else) using RS-422 on an old ProTools 6 TDM workstation…
I think it can do the trick…
in fact, I got my bonsai drive without the original remote controller… and so, I can configure it properly… can I do that with V-Control ? (access the menu, format the disk, change the settings… these things I can’t do on a BVE…)April 15, 2017 at 09:30 #1451sspieglParticipant
The bonsaiDrive communication protocol is available in V-Control but the Keyspan USA-28x is a MAC only adapter! (The USA-19HS is the same adapter but for Windows). V-Control runs on both systems, so if you get the adapter/driver running on a recent Mac you are good to go.April 15, 2017 at 10:09 #1453
You can use the Bonsai Drive with a RS232 Interface, but you need a custom made control cable.
The Device Interface in V-Control (where you select the commands) has a “?” button. if you click this, a window with additional information pops up, in case of the Bonsai this one:
RS232/422 Interface Settings
Baudrate : 38400
DataBits : 8
Parity : o
StopBits : 1
The Commands bk_Play, bk_play_rev, bk_ninus, bk_plus, bk_stop, bk_loc1, bk_lok2, bk_menu and bk_release emulate a keypress on the key buttons of the Bonsai Drive. To perform a keypress, you have zu send a command (i.e. bk_play) followed by a bk_release.
IMPORTANT: These devices using RS422 commports that are different from RS232. If a RS422 interface is installed in the system, use the normal remote cable for betacam machines (9-pin 1:1 connected). If not, a special adaptor cable is needed which is shown here:
RS232 9-pol. RS422 9-pol.
Note: which this adaptor the max. cable length is approx. 6 m.
There is a bug in the help concerning RS422 interfaces. There you also need a customized cable, but different from the one described for RS232.
The tweak with the RS232 port to control RS422 devices does not work for every RS422 device. My experience is that it works for most devices, but not for DVS Pronto 2, 3 and 4, but works with Probto 1, Bonsai, Betacam VTR’s, Doremi and Grass Valley Turbo Drives.April 15, 2017 at 17:52 #1458
thanks both for your time…!
I got the keyspan USA-28X on my mac and it’s seen (finding a driver for 10.11 wasn’t easy, but it’s done)… after a moment, I get how to make it seen by V-Control (configure/channels, then ask to refresh while in serial settings)
but I got no idea which settings I am supposed to send ??
I’ve tried the settings
Baudrate : 38400
DataBits : 8
Parity : o
StopBits : 1
then added the 28Xtest as channel to my Bonsai Drive_1 device, , then I selected bk_play, Run CMD then bk_release, RUN CMD… but no result at all
What do I do wrong ?April 15, 2017 at 17:58 #1459
Bonsai in Remote Mode?
How is your cable? Can you show me how the pins are connected?April 15, 2017 at 17:59 #1460
woops, reply to myself… I’ve forgot to save the baud change… it was 9800 ..
ok, another pb now: I’ve sent the bk_play cmd. the bonsai drive start to browse thru all menus like crazy… so, I sent the bk_release right after that…. but nothing change ? the bonsai drive keep browsing thru menus…??
I can make it play, stop, etc.. al transsport fonctions are fine.April 15, 2017 at 18:03 #1461
This shows the RS422 pinout with a VSCom Pro interface
Master (female VSCom)—- Slave (male)
1 Tx-(A)———————8 Rx-(A)
2 Tx+(B)———————3 Rx+(B)
3 Rx+(B)———————7 Tx+(B)
4 Rx-(A)———————2 Tx-(A)
5 GND————————1 GNDApril 15, 2017 at 18:05 #1462
I unplugged the RS-422 cable from the bonsai drive, it keeps running thru menus… I had to electrically unplug it.
I re-plug and tried another cmd: bk_menu … it does work but it seems it’s the same: it keeps runnin… and so, I can’t send any other bk_ commands…
I’ve noticed that every cmd got the ACK msg… but the bk_release got a timeout msg….April 16, 2017 at 19:32 #1463
As requested, the cable pinout
SubD9 for Mac Rs-422″ />April 16, 2017 at 19:32 #1464
The img doesn’t seems to work, so I attached the picture here…
Attachments:April 17, 2017 at 09:55 #1467
I recheck the driver and found a bug.
In the bk_release command replace
ScriptResult = chr(34)+chr(255)+chr(0)+chr(0)+chr(33)
ScriptResult = chr(34)+chrb(255)+chr(0)+chr(0)+chr(33)April 17, 2017 at 13:45 #1468
I’m out for the next two weeks (work, work… you know how it is..)
but I’ll sure try asap !!! and, of course, will keep you posted.
thanks again for your time and kindness.
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