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CP200 Modular Control Panels

Following on from the success of the CP100 Generic Control Panel, Tangent Devices introduced the CP200 Modular Control Panels. This range is designed to accommodate the requirements of users who need only certain features of the CP100, or who wish maximise the use of a physical interface by combining as many panel modules as they need, creating a panel set to exceed the capabilities of the CP100.

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CP200 Modular Control Panel Range

Quality Components

As with the CP100, the CP200 panels use proven high quality components. Some of these have their origins in the F1 motor racing and aerospace industries. The fascias are machined from a solid 12mm thick aluminium block giving the panel a strong, weighty feel that reinforces the overall quality. The displays are Vacuum Florescent Displays (VFD) which give a good contrast ratio and wide viewing angle, making them far superior to equivalent LCD or LED displays. All the control knobs are optical digital rotary encoders, giving a smooth high resolution response and a long life.

Interface to the host application

Each panel is simply patched into the host platform’s Ethernet network. IP address assignment may be done automatically if a DHCP server is running on the network or explicitly by the application if this feature is not supported by the host application.
The functionality of each panel is totally determined by the host application so it's impossible here to list which controls operate which functions. Please contact your software vendor for further information on their implementation.

General Specifications

Displays

Vacuum Florescent Displays (VFD).

Encoders

Continuous rotation, high resolution optical encoders.

Enclosure

Aluminium.

Power Supply

5V, 4A d.c. with universal 100–240V a.c. input.

Communication

RJ45, 10baseT Ethernet, UDP, DHCP compliant.

Mounting

Sunk into desk on integral mounting lip or left free standing.

Colour

Black or Silver.

Panel Types

There are 4 panel types: The CP200-BK, The CP200-TS, CP200-K and the CP200-S. Details of each of these can be found below.

CP200-BK Trackerball / Knob Panel

CP200-BKCP200-BK

The CP200-BK is intended for users who require a control surface for primary colour grading with the addition of three knobs to control parameters such as pan/scan or basic secondary grading controls. It provides the operator with the familiar 3 trackerballs used to control lift, gamma and gain grading  parameters. This arrangement gives a full 9 axes of simultaneous control that is impossible to achieve with either a mouse or pen and tablet.

 The trackerball units have been custom designed to fit with the ergonomics of the unit. Profiled outer rings provide the third axis of control and are weighted to give positive tactile feedback. The differential ball controls are slightly recessed and have an integral wrist rest giving a natural hand position for operation.

 Five keys are located just above each trackerball. It is suggested that two of these are used for master and differential resets with the other three available for application specific functions.

The three rotary controls beneath the display are arranged as knob/button pairs. It is suggested that the buttons next to each knob are used as resets for the knobs.

A single, angled, 40 x 2 character VFD display is located at the top of the panel which will be useful to indicate mode, value or status for the panel or the 3 knobs beneath it.

 Dimensions:

Width (left to right):

332mm

Depth (front to back): 

381mm

Height (rear): 

78mm

Height (front):

   29mm

CP200-TS Transport / Selection Panel

CP200-TSCP200-TS

The CP200-TS is intended to provide the user with a familiar transport layout for controlling VTR like source and record decks. In many applications these will not be 'real' VTR's, but instead will be data files stored on a computer based storage system.

A rotary encoder with large dial is provided for Jog/Shuttle functions. This has illuminated Stop, Left and Right indicators providing status feedback for the control.

There is a numerical keypad for operations like timecode entry, and a set of keys labeled with typical grading and editing functions.

A single, angled, 40 x 2 character VFD display is located at the top of the panel which will be useful to indicate mode, or can be used to label the 5 buttons beneath it.

Dimensions:

Width (left to right):

229mm

Depth (front to back): 

381mm

Height (rear): 

78mm

Height (front):

29mm

CP200-K Knob Panel

CP200-KCP200-K

The CP200-K is intended for users who require fingertip control of a large number of parameters, with each parameter having its own rotary control knob.

The 12 rotary controls are arranged in 4 rows of 3 knob/button pairs. As with the CP200-BK, it is suggested that the buttons next to each knob are used as resets for the knobs.

A single, angled, 40 x 2 character VFD display is located above each row of knobs which will be useful to indicate mode, value or status for the 3 knobs beneath it.

Dimensions:

Width (left to right):

229mm

Depth (front to back): 

381mm

Height (rear): 

78mm

Height (front):

29mm

CP200-S Selection Panel:

CP200-SCP200-S

The CP200-S is designed to complete the set. It has 4 rows of 5 buttons, with display above each row. The displays can either label the function of the buttons or provide at-a-glance feedback. The buttons themselves allow direct access to a function or can be used to access menu items. Each row has a "MORE" button to allow access to sub-menu items or further pages of controls.

Dimensions:

Width (left to right):

229mm

Depth (front to back): 

381mm

Height (rear): 

78mm

Height (front):

29mm

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