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DMX - Beginners How-to

Forgive the newbie...he knows not what the heck he is doing!...

I did some searching on this forum and unfortunately, didn't find much in the way of a DMX 'primer' to help us newbies take that first baby-step towards intelligent lighting nirvana. The web itself is full of recycled bits and pieces of info, but not enough pieces to give someone the complete picture. At least nothing that I could find.

So if there exists, in some mythical place, an A-Z guide to DMX, from addressing to suggested layouts to fixture placement to controller programming, I'd appreciate knowing such a resource. If there is no such guide, then perhaps the many experts here could come up with one. Perhaps an enterprising individual could even come up with a printed version as DMX lighting is not going away anytime soon, and will only grow...meaning a lot of second-hand equipment will be flooding the market, with plenty of DJ's looking to make that leap from flashing PAR cans, to multiple 'smart' lights.

I've obtained 8-10 old DJ Scan's and a Behringer LC2412, as well as 2 Pentabeam lasers, and I'm looking to come up with a setup where I can let a program play on its own when desired, and then switch to manual mode and control multiple scanners with the least number of sliders (beam placement is key, to use as basic followspots).

I appreciate any help available. Thanks in advance!
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