JLCooper Control Surfaces

JLCooper makes a variety of control surfaces that are compatible with both Color and Final Cut Pro. The MCS family of control surfaces have both navigational and color correction–specific controls in a variety of configurations. The Eclipse CS is an improved version of the MCS-3000 and MCS-Spectrum that combines both units into a single control surface.

Figure. JLCooper MCS Control Surfaces.

To use compatible JLCooper control surfaces with Color, you need the following:

The Eclipse CX has a single Ethernet connection. The Ethernet connection for the MCS-Spectrum is bridged to the MCS-3000 using an Expander Cable. The MCS-3000 then connects to your computer via Ethernet.

Important: The JLCooper control surfaces cannot be connected to the second Ethernet port of your Mac Pro; it must be connected to your computer’s primary Ethernet port, if necessary, through a hub or switch if you need to share the port with an Internet connection.

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Configuring the MCS-3000 and MCS-Spectrum Control Surfaces

The following procedures describe how to configure and use these control surfaces with Color.

To set up the MCS-3000 and MCS-Spectrum for use with Color
  1. Turn on the MCS-3000 and wait for the unit to power up.

    The MCS-3000 works similarly to any other networked computer, so you must enter Ethernet IP settings into the device itself so that it can network with your computer.

  2. Hold down the SHIFT and ASSIGN/UTILITY buttons simultaneously.

    The current IP address settings should appear in the display at the top of the unit.

  3. Using the numeric keypad on the MCS-3000, type in the following values:

    1. Enter an IP Address, then press ENTER to accept and continue.

      For example, you might enter: 192.168.001.010

      Note: The first three period-delimited sets of numbers in the IP address must match the first three sets of numbers that are used on your particular network. If you’re not sure what values to use, you can check to see what IP address is used by your computer (look for your computer’s IP address in the Network settings of System Preferences), and base the MCS-3000 IP address on that, making sure you change the last three numbers so that this address isn’t used by any other device on your network.

    2. Enter a gateway address, then press ENTER to accept and continue.

      Note: The first three period-delimited sets of numbers in the gateway address must match the IP address you used.

    3. Enter a Subnet Mask number, then press ENTER to accept and continue.

      For example, you might enter: 255.255.255.000

    4. Enter a port number, then press ENTER to accept and continue.

      For example, you might enter: 49153

      Note: To be safe, use one of the range of values set aside as “dynamic and/or private ports” from 49152 through 65535.

  4. Turn off both the MCS-3000 and the MCS-Spectrum.

    Now that your control surface is configured, you need to set it up within Color.

To use the MCS-3000 and MCS-Spectrum with Color
  1. Turn on the MCS-Spectrum first, then turn on the MCS-3000.

  2. Open Color.

    If you’re opening Color for the first time, you see the Control Surface Startup dialog. If you’ve already opened Color and have turned off the option for making this dialog appear, you need to click the Show Control Surface Dialog button in the User Prefs tab of the Setup room.

    Figure. Control Surface Startup dialog set to use JLCooper MCS3000/Spectrum.
  3. When the Control Surface Startup dialog appears:

    1. Choose “JLCooper - MCS3000/Spectrum” from the Control Surface pop-up menu.

    2. Type the IP address you entered into the MCS-3000 into the IP Address field, then press Enter.

    3. Type the Port number you entered into the MCS-3000 into the Port field, then press Enter.

  4. Click Yes.

    The MCS-3000 and MCS-Spectrum should now be ready for use with Color.

Controls for the MCS-3000

Many of the controls in the MCS-3000 are identified by the text displays running along the top of each panel.

Figure. JLCooper MCS-3000.

The less obvious controls and functions are as follows:

  • Page 1-8: Selects one of the eight main rooms in Color
  • F1: Change keyframe interpolation
  • F2: Add keyframe
  • F3: Remove keyframe
  • F4 (Secondaries room): Toggle secondary between inside and outside
  • F5 (Secondaries room): Toggle vignette off and on
  • F6 (Secondaries room): Open previous secondary tab
  • F7 (Secondaries room): Open next secondary tab
  • Rewind (<<): Jump to beginning of shot or previous shot
  • Forward (>>): Jump to end of shot or next shot
  • Stop: Stop playback
  • Play: Start playback
  • Jog wheel: Playhead control
  • Key pad: Used for numerical navigation, by either timecode or shot ID
  • Locate: Locate Timecode or Shot ID
  • Mode: Toggle Locate between Timecode and Shot ID
  • Last: Return to last location
  • Enter: Cue navigation
  • M1: Speed control
  • M2: Inch playback
  • M3: Disable grade
  • Bank1: Switch/Copy/Paste Grade Bank 1
  • Bank2: Switch/Copy/Paste Grade Bank 2
  • Bank3: Switch/Copy/Paste Grade Bank 3
  • Bank4: Switch/Copy/Paste Grade Bank 4
  • Assign: Toggle Switch/Copy/Paste grade. (LCD Display would indicate which state you are in.)

Using the Navigational Controls

There are two different ways to navigate in the Timeline using the keypad on the MCS-3000.

To switch between timecode and shot number navigation
  1. Press Mode Locate or Set Locate on the MCS-3000.

  2. Hold down Shift (the blue button under the F-buttons), then press Mode Locate.

    The indicators on the MCS-3000 will switch between 00 00 00 00 (Timecode) and 0 (Shot ID) to let you know what mode you’re in.

To locate a position on the Timeline using timecode (in timecode mode)
  1. Press Mode Locate or Set Locate on the MCS-3000.

  2. Enter the Timecode you wish to locate, then press Enter.

    The playhead moves to that timecode location.

To locate a position on the Timeline using shot numbers (in shot number mode)
  1. Press Mode Locate or Set Locate on the MCS-3000.

  2. Enter the Shot ID you wish to locate, then press Enter.

    The playhead moves to the shot associated with that ID on the Timeline.

Controls for the MCS-Spectrum

Many of the controls in the MCS-3000 and MCS-Spectrum are identified by the text displays running along the top of each panel.

Figure. JLCooper MCS-Spectrum.

The less obvious controls and functions are as follows:

  • R1: Reset Shadow contrast slider
  • B1: Reset Shadow color control
  • Left joyball: Shadow color control adjustment
  • Left wheel: Shadow contrast slider adjustment (black point)
  • R2: Reset Midtone contrast slider
  • B2: Reset Midtone color control
  • Center joyball: Midtone color control adjustment
  • Center wheel: Midtone contrast slider adjustment (gamma)
  • R3: Reset HIghlight contrast slider
  • B3: Reset Highlight color control
  • Right joyball: HIghlight color control adjustment
  • Right wheel: HIghlight contrast slider adjustment (white point)