The Lightworks Console Initialisation Utility is designed to enable the use of the Lightworks MkI and MkII serial (RS232) based consoles with the latest Lightworks software running on Windows XP, Vista and 7 (32- and 64-bit versions), using any serial port type (USB, card or motherboard).
For further information on the Lightworks Console Initialisation Utility please read the utility's Readme file.
A free demo version of the Lightworks Console Initialisation Utility is available for download from our website's Downloads page .
We highly recommend downloading the demo version of the utility and trying it out for yourself.
The full version of the Lightworks Console Initialisation Utility is now available for purchase at US$10.99 per licence. Please contact us for more information.
You're extremely generous for offering this utility at such a low price. Not having to secure a new computer with a dedicated serial port that may or may not work with the console is a great boon for all those with a console. Even though I don't have one, I'm sure, for those with a console, you've just "made their day".
Work Comp: XP Professional SP3, Dell Optiplex 740, AMD Athlon 64X2 2.6GHz, 3070MB, ATI Radeon X1300/X1550 256MB
Can I transfer the license with a console? I'm still thinking it might be best to solder in a USB to TTL serial adapter and get rid of the RS232 connection. The price is good and it would be easiest to transfer the license along with the cost of doing this type of upgrade. I'll give it a try once I have some time back and see if I can use your tool to make this modification work. I still think this mod is best because not all USB/RS232 adapters will supply enough current to get clean data to the older circuits.
Honestly, at that price it doesn't really matter if you can transfer the license or not. It's very cheap. Besides, how often will you need to transfer a console to another system?
On a second note, it would be a great thing if Editshare would buy the software and make it part of the full version. The console is a needed addition and let's face it, there are a lot of the old ones still floating around and a few old users who would be happy with the easy set up that this piece of software offers when moving to a new station.
Can we get somebody to make the COMPLETE cable with the DB-15 to RS 232 with the power adaptor ( 12v 900 mA ) and the RS 232 to USB connections. it would be rather easy for somebody who does this kind of cable wiring
How much demand is there going to be? And what kind of prices are people willing to pay?
Looking at somewhere in the $20 to $30 in parts and probably around half an hour to an hour in labor which would put the cable up to $40 to $60 each (rough estimate). Might be more since the price of copper is kind of high and depending on the quality of the connectors used, I'd have to actually price connectors to give a more accurate estimate.
And it may not work with a USB adapter as many people have found so you would need to source a known working adapter. The USB may not work because they do not have the power needed to drive some of these older RS232 chips. USB is +5 volt, RS232 is +12 to -12 so these adapters have to make the voltages through some circuits, and these circuits are very low power and easily depleted by some of the older chips. Can you add a real RS232 card to your computer? That might work better than USB but is still a possible unknown since I haven't tried getting my MK1 working in such a long time and don't really have the time right now to mess with it again.