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Important Updates to DIN SPEC 15800:2021

Important Updates to DIN SPEC 15800:2021

Vectorworks, Inc., MA Lighting and Robe Lighting announce important updates to DIN SPEC 15800:2021. Evolution of the GDTF file format demonstrates industry-wide involvement, extensibility and scalability.

With fellow General Device Type Format (GDTF) founders MA Lighting and Robe Lighting, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. reveals several valuable updates to GDTF - the standard for describing the hierarchical and logical structure and controls of any type of controllable device in the lighting and entertainment industry. The GDTF file format has continued to evolve with input and involvement from manufacturers across the globe and critical feedback from its many adopters, resulting in a newly published update to DIN SPEC 15800:2021.

“Receiving recognition in the form of a published update to DIN SPEC 15800:2021 is a testament to the continued evolution and success of GDTF,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “The necessary work will continue to take place to ensure GDTF’s bright future so that its benefits can not only advance the work of the designers utilising it, but the entertainment industry as a whole.”

DIN, the German Institute for Standardisation, is the independent platform for standardisation in Germany and worldwide. A DIN SPEC is a document that specifies requirements for products, services and/or processes. It’s a trusted strategic instrument for quickly and easily establishing and disseminating innovative solutions that do not conflict with any existing standards or rules of procedure.

“The update to DIN SPEC 15800:2021 is a good example of how DIN SPECs can evolve and stay current with specifications that meet the needs of the market,” said Michael Bahr, project manager at DIN. “GDTF and DIN SPEC 15800:2021 are clearly succeeding in serving the needs of the entertainment industry. I'm happy that we could support this project and update this standard with the GDTF group. The updated DIN SPEC 15800:2021 will make the GDTF format easier to use and more scalable for the future. That's what DIN SPEC is made for: ‘Today’s idea. Tomorrow’s standard’.”

DIN officially published GDTF as a public available specification for the entertainment industry worldwide in June 2020. Since then, the original creators of the file format have been joined by manufacturers and users across the industry to ensure it remains the standard to truly benefit the end users. Open communication, addressing feedback and continuous improvement efforts have led to the latest version of the file format, GDTF 1.2. GDTF 1.2 includes several major changes that address prior criticisms of the standard and key enhancements.

GDTF 1.2 includes SVG support for defining 2D representation and .gITF support for defining 3D representation, allowing for better graphical rendering for GDTF objects. The additional support of these object types makes GDTF truly universal, not only targeting fixtures, but all kinds of objects that are used inside of an event.

The updated GDTF file format will provide support for non-linear behaviour of channel functions inside GDTF with DMX Profiles and better descriptions of the physical behaviour of channel functions with SubPhysicalAttributes. The non-linear behaviour and SubPhysicalAttributes allow designers more precise rendering of F\fixture behaviours in rendering. In addition, channel functions that ramp, pulse or strobe can now be described more accurately.

GDTF 1.2 delivers support for non-DMX based control protocols like OSC. This support for OSC demonstrates the file format’s ability to not only support DMX, but also other formats, providing design and production professionals with more flexibility and control.

GDTF 1.2 also provides support for more object types like trusses, lasers, hoists and power distributors with new geometry types.

“A seemingly impossible task to allow standardised cross-manufacturer data exchange between devices in the lighting and entertainment industry has turned into a success story of industry-wide cooperation with the GDTF specification,” said Josef Valchar, CEO of Robe Lighting. “The continuous engagement of the GDTF group resulted in another GDTF update in the form of DIN SPEC 15800:2021, incorporating the feedback and work of many industry experts who contributed their expertise and time into a standard that allows their own products to utilise simpler yet more comprehensive workflows.”

“The GDTF group maintains a strong commitment to developing the format using open sources, while demonstrating responsiveness to critiques and requests to improve the formats,” said Gerhard Krude, managing director of MA Lighting Technology. “All in all, we emphasise that GDTF and MVR are made by the industry for the industry.”

To learn more about GDTF visit, gdtf-share.com, and if you are at LDI2021 stop by to attend the free learning sessions on GDTF. The updated DIN SPEC 15800:2021 will be published by Beuth Verlag sometime after LDI.

18th November 2021

MA Lighting

Creative Technology Deliver Student Day at Resonance Ahead of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Creative Technology Deliver Student Day at Resonance Ahead of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

UK – The leader of Dudley Council was “bowled over” with the life-changing opportunities being given to students at Resonance during a recent visit.

Councillor Patrick Harley stopped by the higher education facility based within the DY5 Enterprise Zone at the Waterfront in Brierley Hill to find out how students will be working alongside global company Sports Technology (ST) at next year’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

ST is the specialist major multi-sports division (sister company) of Creative Technology (CT) and has been appointed official provider of large video screens and audio services. Alongside LED and PA systems in the majority of the venues, ST will provide a broad range of audio-visual services including an innovative and highly flexible signal distribution network in every venue, providing a fully integrated IP based solution for all non-broadcast audio, video and data distribution.

As part of its bid to provide services, the company had to demonstrate how it would give something back to the community and support a local organisation, in this case Resonance.

During his visit to Resonance, the leader met with some of the team from Creative Technology and Sports Technology who were delivering their first training and educational session to students.

Students were briefed on how the company will support and train them and given details on an ambitious work placement and internship programme, which could see them gain real life experience working within the technology disciplines at the Games.

A student at Resonance commented: “Having big companies and professionals come in to talk to the students [means] you can understand where you can go, the options that are available to you; this reflects what you’re learning on campus, it is a big benefit.”

Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council, said: “Having visited Resonance during the training day, I was bowled over with the magnitude of the opportunity being given to students.

“Resonance is unique, and we are incredibly lucky to have the facility in our borough but this opportunity to be part of something as big as the Commonwealth Games and allow students to hone their skills and get real on the ground experience at a global event is incredible.

“It will help steer students into their chosen career path and help make them even more employable within the industry at the end of their degree course.”

Rick Benton, chief executive and principal at Resonance said: “Engaging with industry lies at the heart of what Resonance is about. Through the inspirational training day with Creative Technology, our students have not only gained an in-depth insight into careers offered within the live events sector, and the skills required to succeed, but now have a potentially life changing opportunity to take part in work experience with a leading global AV company at a major international event.”

Lee Dennison, head of client relationships at Creative Technology added: “After a very hard 18 months for any real face to face student engagement, the attendance, interest, intrigue and positivity from the students was amazing. We spent a great day working them on their professional and personal development and we are really looking to building on our relationship with Resonance as we all move forward.”

In picture: Chris Cronin – treasurer board of trustees of Resonance, Councillor Patrick Harley – leader of Dudley Council and Dave Crump, CEO CT Europe and Middle East.

8th November 2021

Creative Technology

Powersoft extends its new learning programme with Two certified courses

Powersoft extends its new learning programme with Two certified courses

Italy – Italian audio specialist Powersoft has launched two brand-new certified courses on its website, allowing users to gain knowledge about core technologies, DSP, and network connectivity solutions.

The two new courses, 201i and 201t are continuations of previous courses already available on the website, providing a more extensive look into topics such as Dynamic Music Distribution systems, MEZZO amplifier platforms and WM Touch.

During the 201i course the user continues on the path started with course 101i, completing the explanation of all the windows and functions of ArmoníaPlus whilst learning how to manage the networking and control through third-party plug-ins.

In the 201t course, Interactive Tuning is introduced, a tool that uses the potential of Smaart v8, allowing users to measure and align an audio system, even offline. There are also lessons on networking, and a more in-depth exploration of ArmoniaPlus.

The E-Learning platform is designed to be a one-stop destination for online training. The courses are designed to provide sound engineers, integrators, and AV technicians the advantage to learn directly from Powersoft’s experts and gain certification upon completion.

“Created by our in-house experts, these courses are for anyone working in the professional audio market, so they can operate with specialist understanding on audio systems, and gain an expert’s insight into our audio products,” said Thiago Terra, education and application engineer.

The courses cover two main areas of the audio market: live sound and install and are split into different levels: basic, intermediate, and advanced.

In the live sound and install courses, users will be taught how to utilise Powersoft’s renowned products to deliver the best sound quality to future audiences. As well as providing a concrete overview of ArmoníaPlus, the courses will give users a complete overview of how to build effective sound systems that can be tailored to the specific needs of the installer.

Once a course is complete, the trainee will receive a certificate of completion.

“These follow-on courses have been designed to give users across the audio industry a chance to build upon their knowledge and gain new skills when installing audio systems and utilising Powersoft products,” said Terra. “It’s our hope that, with the launch of this education programme, we will be able to continue to support the audio industry’s development.”

The new online courses can be accessed by visiting: www.powersoft.com/en/training 

3rd November 2021

ESTA announces yet another ANSI standard for event safety

ESTA's Technical Standards Programme has announced approval and publication of yet another ANSI-approved event safety standard, developed by the Event Safety Working Group.

ANSI ES1.4-2021, Event Safety – Event Fire Safety Requirements applies to fire safety in the live event industry. This standard addresses the identification and assessment of event-specific fire risks, and the effects that fire and smoke will have to the life safety of all persons who might be affected. It includes those measures required to minimise the likelihood of a fire starting, means of escape (egress), fire safety monitoring and the methods used to limit the development, spread and effects of fire.
The standard can be downloaded free of charge, from the Technical Standards Programme's Published Documents page, found at https://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/published_docs.php

15th October 2021

ESTA's TSP public reviews

ESTA’s Technical Standards Programme currently has five draft standards in active public review. The reviews are open to anyone having a material interest in the subject matter. The review opportunities are as follows.

The Event Safety Working Group has one draft standard in public review.

BSR ES1.18 – 202x, Event Safety – Rigging provides minimum requirements and general guidelines for the suspension of equipment and materials that are utilised in the technical production of organised special events. It addresses the general requirements for design, planning, installation, set-up, removal and operation of rigging activities. These activities may be conducted using permanent or temporary structures, either in or out of doors. It does not cover permanently installed rigging systems, and it is not a tutorial or a list of specifications.

Submit comments before 09 November 2021.

The Photometrics Working Group has two draft standards, and one reaffirming standard, in public review.

ANSI E1.55 – 2016, Standard for Theatrical Makeup Mirror Lighting offers recommendations and requirements for makeup mirror lighting in performer dressing rooms and similar locations. It defines a range of acceptable lamp CCTs and colour-rendering ratings, and also specifies illumination levels and lighting angles for illuminating the performer's face while applying makeup. The existing standard is being considered for reaffirmation.

Submit comments before 27 October 2021.

BSR E1.69, Reporting the Dimming Performance of Entertainment Luminaires Using LED Sources describes a way of showing the end-user or equipment specifier the dimming performance of LED luminaires, when the luminaire output level is set by a control signal slowly varying from 100% to 50% and then from 50% to black-out.

Submit comments before 01 December 2021

BSR E1.41, Recommendations for the Measurement of Entertainment Luminaires Utilising Solid State Light Sources is intended to be used for the presentation of photometric data for luminaires employing solid state light sources used in the entertainment and performance industries. This standard defines photometric data that may be presented on documents purporting to accurately describe the photometric performance of these luminaires when producing both white and coloured light.

Submit comments before 15 December 2021.

The Rigging Working Group has one draft standard in public review.

BSR E1.22 – 202x, Fire Safety Curtain Systems covers the design, materials, fabrication, installation, operation, testing, and maintenance of fire safety curtain systems used for proscenium opening protection in theatres.

Submit comments before14 December 2021.

All of the pertinent documents associated with each of these public reviews can be found on the Technical Standard Programme’s Public Review Documents page at https://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php.

14th October 2021

ROE Academy Training for IATSE 695 Members

ROE Academy Training for IATSE 695 Members
ROE Academy Training for IATSE 695 Members

USA – Over a year after the last live training course, the two-day ROE Academy for the IATSE 695 members could be concluded. Although hosting online courses during the pandemic, ROE Visual US is able to host in-person sessions in a Covid safe environment, providing much-needed technical support for LED technicians.

There are nearly 400 IATSE locals spread out across the US and Canada, with over 150,000 members working in all areas of the entertainment industry. The Local 695 covers a wide range of jobs in the film and TV industry, such as video engineering and studio projections.

Hosting a dedicated ROE Academy session for IATSE 695 involved training 25 members in three separates groups to follow the social distancing policies. Each two-day session included lectures on LED theory and the ROE Visual product lines and hands-on training. Mike Smith, ROE Visual’s experienced service manager, shared his profound knowledge of LED technology.

“During the hands-on sessions, all trainees had a go at actually building a LED wall, learning best practices on handling ROE Visual LED products on the way. LED processing and software set-up for the iSet and the Brompton systems were part of the extensive training.

“Picking up these on-site classes after more than a year feels very good. It works so much better to be vis-a-vis when explaining a product. Seeing the success of ROE Academy and receiving positive feedback from trainees is invaluable,” comments Smith.

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30th September 2021

Learn to use Evolution Wireless Digital in two free seminars

Learn to use Evolution Wireless Digital in two free seminars

The Sennheiser SoundAcademy is welcoming everyone interested in wireless audio to a mini-series of two live seminars that will explain the new Evolution Wireless Digital system. Whether you are playing or singing in a band, are setting up mics for a place of worship, or are looking for a solution for moderation and speech, the app-based Evolution Wireless Digital is for you. Seminar 1 takes place on 31 August at 12:30pm CEST (Berlin time) and gets you started on benefits, features and operation, seminar 2 on 14 September, again at 12:30pm CEST, takes things further by taking a more in-depth look at the system. As these seminars are webcast live, the hosts are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kiKU__dJTVy8O5sZvibqKA.

“Evolution Wireless will bring simplicity to your performance, show, service or talk while operating in the professional UHF spectrum,” said Volker Schmitt, technical application engineering manager, pro audio. “In our live seminars we will introduce the system to you and show you how easy it has become to set up wireless microphones.”

Seminar 1 will look at how to operate EW-D and get it set up with the help of the app, touching on all features and benefits that the system offers. Seminar No. 2 takes a detailed look at the app, at audio sensitivity and RF co-ordination.

The seminars will be held in English. If you would like to book a free seminar in another language, please contact de-soundacademy@sennheiser.com. These seminars can be specifically adapted to meet the needs of you or your team.

25th August 2021

Rigging Team launch a brand new training centre at its Stevenage headquarters

Rigging Team launch a brand new training centre at its Stevenage headquarters
Rigging Team launch a brand new training centre at its Stevenage headquarters

UK – Following its recent relocation to a larger premises, Stevenage-based film, television and event rigging specialist, Rigging Team, has expanded its footprint, not only to accommodate a growing inventory, but to also provide space for a much needed, industry specific training centre.

Rigging Team managing director, Adam Searle explains: “Training is something that we have been passionate about for many years, although there is no substitute for real-world experience, everyone can benefit from gaining additional knowledge or skills. The courses are designed specifically to suit our industry, whether it’s a specific discipline, or a bespoke combination of courses.”

The new 2,600sqft Rigging Team Training Centre, located just 20minutes from London by train, features a generous classroom and presentation space, along with a practical training area where trainees get ‘hands-on’ with equipment. A custom-built, multi-level structure has been installed with flexibility in mind, enabling safe practice in rigging and work at height.

Adam continues: “Our trainees benefit greatly from the scope of this purpose-built facility, where multiple scenarios can be encountered in a safe environment under the watchful eye of experienced trainers. The versatility of the set-up allows us to create an almost infinite combination of situations, which, in turn, encourages candidates to think away from their ‘standard’ solutions.”

The initial phase of the development is open for business, with the first release of courses already receiving high interest. The second phase of the facility, scheduled to open next year, will provide enhanced facilities including stairway access to an extended structure, with sections of slatted and tensioned wire grids.

Adam Searle adds: “Being housed adjacent to our main warehouse, the training centre has access to a wealth of additional equipment. It also means that, should there be a specific question about something which may not be covered directly in the syllabus, our trainers are able to answer, demonstrate and explain in a way that is relevant to our trainees.”

Courses currently running include: three-day Rigging for the Entertainment Industry, Work at Height and Rescue. Rope Access, Ladder Training and PASMA courses are due to be added to the curriculum in early 2022.

Adam concludes: “It’s fantastic to be able to welcome clients, both old and new, at our new facility, particularly at a time when the Industry is returning from a prolonged period of absence; this extended period of down time has inevitably lead to some skills fade. We can provide a safe place for those joining or returning to the industry to brush up their skills and maybe even learn some new ones. We are often able to run courses at client premises, however, the training space we have created allows us to offer a far better learning environment, something which we hope will benefit our industry both now and into the future.”

23rd August 2021

Industry professionals join forces to launch Event Crew Training

Industry professionals join forces to launch Event Crew Training

UK – Event Crew Training, formed by a group of experienced industry professionals, has released its first training course: Event Crew Essentials. Identifying that post-pandemic there would be a need to recruit a large volume of new and inexperienced crew and sharing a view that the existing training was not fit for purpose, the collective saw the period of stagnation created by Covid-19 as an opportunity to create an online portal that not only provides the required training but gives trainees knowledge that will enable them to feel comfortable in their new working environment.

The Event Crew Training portal is designed to be a new benchmark for entry level crew and technicians looking to start a career in the events industry. Its initial offering, online course Event Crew Essentials, covers a range of topics, including understanding stages, live event jargon, departmental load in and load outs, health and safety and manual handling, providing participants with the practical knowledge they require. This new-found awareness ensures essential elements are addressed, thus elevating the standard of health and safety in the workplace and enabling crew companies to meet legal compliance.

Event Crew Essentials takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and costs crewing companies £20 per access token. One token provides training for one member of crew.

The Event Crew Training team believes this vital training will establish an important foundation for the live events industry and hope that others recognise this too. For it to become a universal standard, the course has to be as accessible as possible and to help sustain that Event Crew Training is looking for financial support from industry peers. With plans for further expansion and additional courses in the coming months, all donations will go directly into developing training and resources.

Event Crew Training is a not-for-profit limited company founded by Base Crew Ltd, DNG Production & Event Crew Ltd, The Music Consortium, Outsource Staffing Solutions, Rule Out Load Management, and Safe Show.

To find out more and to access the training course, visit www.eventcrewtraining.com

13th July 2021

Shure Offers Free New Training Programmes for Live Performance, Production, AV Rental and Film/Location Sound Professionals

UK – The past year has been difficult for the professional audio industry.

Continuing education during this time has been in high demand and Shure is responding to the need by announcing a new, free training programme specifically for audio professionals.

“We want to equip everyone with various levels of technical knowledge including people who are new to the audio industry as well as experienced professionals and help set them up for success as the industry begins to reopen,” said Eduardo Valdes, senior director, global marketing, for pro and consumer audio at Shure.

The Pro Curriculum is a new eLearning training from the Shure Audio Institute. The programme is divided into three tiers:

Level 1: Fundamentals

To become a successful audio professional, a strong understanding of industry fundamentals is essential. This programme covers core essentials such as maximising performance of microphones, wireless systems and other technologies.

Level 2: Shure Product Training

Audio professionals know that to be the best, they need to stay on top of the latest advancements in

products and technology. In Level 2, training focuses on how to set up and use Shure products.

Level 3: Advanced Application Training

Level 3 builds on Level 1 and Level 2 to provide targeted training for a variety of professional applications. This training approaches audio challenges as a system, addressing concerns in audio, wireless, networking and more, to successfully set up and deploy audio systems.

“This is a completely new curriculum designed specifically for this audience,” said Dave Klein, director of the Shure Audio Institute. “While we already have a certification for Integrated Systems focused on conferencing and meeting room applications, we're now adding a new programme for audio professionals. The training is ideal for anyone involved with live events, broadcast, A/V rental, film/location sound, houses of worship, education, and more.”

To learn more about the new eLearning training programme, sign up via the Shure website. Level 1 courses are available now, with Level 2 and Level 3 programs to follow. Courses will be added regularly.

Those who sign in can track awards and badges earned throughout Shure Audio Institute training programmes.

28th June 2021