We have outlined basic processes to configure your Blackmagic, Megarip, or Veripress as quickly as possible so you can get started straight away.
In order to begin processing jobs, a Media, an Output, and a Pagesetup will need to be created.
A Media controls the settings for output, colour correction, ICC profiles, screen printing, and output screening.
An Output determines where any processed jobs are sent, either to a printer, a file location, or a remote destination.
A Pagesetup is where the Output, Media, and alternative job submission methods are assigned.
This can be done manually (requires further calibration and profiling), or by using one of our pre-configured setups - with all the calibration and profiling done for you.
The following outlines how to setup using a pre-configured Media/Output/Pagesetup combination from the Serendipity Media Catalogue application.
Many spectrophotometer and printer's screening (HTM) drivers have yet to be updated by their manufacturers to be compatible with ARM architecture. As such, users will find that these device drivers are unavailable if Blackmagic/Megarip/Veripress is run in its default mode on an Apple silicon (ARM-based) Mac.
Users installing on Apple silicon Macs will need to run Blackmagic/Megarip/Veripress in 'Rosetta' Intel emulation mode to maintain access to these device drivers.
Before running the product Server or Serendipity Client, follow the steps below to enable Rosetta mode for your software:
Once the software has been installed, launch the Server application and make sure your subscription is activated.
After the Server is up and running, launch the Serendipity Client application to begin configuration by double-clicking the Serendipity Client file in the installation directory or the desktop/dock icon.
The Client will connect to the active Server and display the default monitoring system – Jobs – on the screen. From this point, configuration of the system or loading a pre-configured setup can be done.
Media Catalogue is an integrated application that allows users to access Serendipity's online database of Media configurations.
Media can be downloaded and added to the Workbench database automatically, so you can begin proofing and printing straight away.
The feature is accessed via the Serendipity Client Help menu and can be used for Blackmagic, Megarip, and Veripress products.
Watch this short video to see how easy it is to setup using the Media Catalogue. If you prefer, written steps are below.
Using the Media Catalogue
For Non-Bonjour Connections:
You are now able to submit jobs or a test print to confirm the connection.
If your Blackmagic or Veripress installation requires proofing a RIP output, a setup will need to be configured to poll the RIP jobs for processing.
For information on how to see polled RIP jobs and submit them for proofing, see the Modules > RIPMonitor and Serendipity Client Menu Items > Submit Menu sections of the product manual.
Manual Calibration of your print media may be required if:
- A pre-configured Media is not available for your printer and/or paper.
- You're configuring your Blackmagic media for contract or press proofing.
- You want to control your colour management to get the best performance from your printer.
The Serendipity Knowledge Base contains helpful articles to assist you in configuration.
These calibration procedures are suitable for display, photographic, or contone proofing:
This method uses Blackmagic / Megarip's own screening and is suitable for 1-bit CTP RIP proofing:
For detailed information on specific modules/applications mentioned, see the relevant sections of the product manual.
My paper type isn't listed, what do I use?
For prints other than commercial proofs, choose a Media using paper of a similar weight (thickness) and surface finish as your printer paper.
Need Expert Assistance?
If you have a unique configuration or complicated calibration, contact one of our Experts to arrange support. Fees may apply.
Do I need to calibrate my monitor for soft proofing?
You sure do. Without calibration, proofing won't be accurate. For help on monitor calibration, check our Knowledge Base article.