Standards News

Six ESTA TSP standards approved and published

On 5 May, ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved two ESTA documents as American National Standards. The following day ANSI's BSR approved four more. All six are now published and available on the ESTA TSP website for download at no cost at http://tsp.esta.org/freestandards. You also may buy them from ANSI and IHS Markit for $40 each .

ANSI E1.2 – 2021, Entertainment Technology - Design, Manufacture and Use of Aluminum Trusses and Towers, describes what the title says, and also the associated aluminium structural components, such as head blocks, sleeve blocks, bases, and corner blocks, used in the entertainment industry in portable structures. It's a revision of, and supersedes the previous version.

ANSI E1.28 – 2011 (R2021), Guidance on planning followspot positions in places of public assembly, offers guidance on the planning of permanent followspot positions, including recommendations on the locations of the followspot positions within the venue, the power likely to be needed, the waste heat generated, the amount of space likely to be needed, and the fall protection and egress issues to be considered for the followspot operator's safety. This is a reaffirmation of the 2011 edition.

ANSI E1.39 – 2021, Entertainment Technology – Selection and Use of Personal Fall Arrest Systems on Portable Structures Used in the Entertainment Industry, establishes minimum requirements for the selection and use of personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) on portable structures in the entertainment industry. In addition, the standard establishes minimum requirements for products and portable structures used in the service of PFAS. The requirements for other methods used to protect workers from fall hazards such as safety nets, guard rails, and rope access techniques are not included in this standard. This standard does not preclude the use of other appropriate standards to promote fall protection safety. It's a revision of, and supersedes the previous version.

ANSI E1.4-2 – 2021, Entertainment Technology - Statically Suspended Rigging Systems, addresses statically suspended rigging systems permanently installed in performances spaces, places of assembly, and other areas used for entertainment purposes. This standard establishes minimum performance criteria, recommendations and guidelines that can be used for installation, use, maintenance, and inspection purposes. It's a new standard - the second in a suite of E,14 standards covering manually operated systems.

ANSI E1.57 – 2016 (R2021), Recommendations to prevent falls on or off movable parade floats, movable stages, and similar moving platforms, offers recommendations for steps to be taken to prevent falls by anyone (e.g., performers, technicians, politicians) on parade floats, movable stages, and similar moving platforms. Fall protection is needed, but should be provided in a way that preserves the artistic intent of the moving float or platform. This document provides guidance on how to accomplish these two aims. This is a reaffirmation of the 2016 standard.

ANSI E1.67 – 2021, Entertainment Technology - Design, Inspection, Maintenance, Selection, and Use of Hand and Lever-Operated Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry, is a new standard, and covers exactly what the title says.

14th May 2021

ISCVE announces launch of Voice Alarm Standards

ISCVE announces launch of Voice Alarm Standards

UK – The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers (ISCVE) has announced the launch of its Voice Alarm Standards manifesto. The new manifesto has been borne out of research carried out by the Institute following a detailed questionnaire of more than 100 international companies working within the voice alarm sector.

There are currently no laws requiring voice alarm systems to be installed anywhere in the UK. Fire detection in general must be ‘appropriate’ but this isn’t defined. A licensing authority can insist on a voice alarm system as part of the planning permission requirements, but mainly the take-up is ‘where it makes sense.’

With the launch of this new manifesto ISCVE is lobbying for a clearer UK legislature for this vital aspect of fire safety with the ambition of bringing it more in line with international practices.

Neil Voce, lobbying chairman for ISCVE comments: “Our ambition is to promote the Voice Alarm Standards manifesto to and with the fire industry, regulators and licensing and authority bodies, stretching as far as the government, if we can.

“We have added a lot of information to the ISCVE website covering the results of the survey we undertook, also a video interview highlighting the discussion on this topic and the manifesto document as an outcome.

“One of our ideas is that the next time someone asks ‘where should a voice alarm system be installed?’ ISCVE members and the industry as a whole, will have a suitable well-documented response to offer, which we hope will be found to be invaluable,” concludes Voce.

Jim Smith, associate director, AECOM adds: “Voice alarm (VA) systems have long been considered a grudge purchase by some businesses, and sadly we still encounter this attitude even in the wake of recent tragedies where such systems might have helped to save lives. The lack of definitive guidance and legislation regulating the design, installation and maintenance of these systems – or even the most basic guidance as to which buildings require voice alarm – does nothing to discourage this. Clear guidance is required to promote a culture where due care and attention is paid to providing safe environments through the use of competently designed, installed and maintained voice alarm systems. Well done ISCVE for taking an active role and the first steps toward trying to make this happen.”

Jim Gilroy, audio systems manager, Protec Fire Detection comments: “A voice alarm system is a life safety system that has been proven, in many studies, to be significantly more effective in evacuating people from a building than traditional bells and sounders. None more so than in buildings open to the public where people may be unfamiliar with their surroundings. Hopefully, this initiative by the ISCVE will reach the decision makers and bring to fruition this long overdue legislation.”

14th May 2021

Powersoft Launches New Free Certified Training Courses

Powersoft Launches New Free Certified Training Courses

Italian audio specialist Powersoft has launched a brand-new training programme on its website, which provides two new free training sections for users: Webinars, where all Powersoft’s recent webinars are uploaded, and E-Learning, where the live sound and install courses are available online now for anyone who wishes to take them. The OEM course will be released in the coming weeks.

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 Marc Kocks, Powersoft’s application engineering consultant manager.

The courses cover three main areas of the audio market: live sound, install and OEM technologies, 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.

The OEM course, aimed at manufacturers and OEM partners, will enable trainees to gain a deeper understanding of Powersoft’s core technologies and learn how to implement them in order to upgrade their products using Powersoft’s vast ecosystem of OEM solutions.

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

These free courses, in addition to our webinars, 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 Kocks. “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.”
Powersoft is also hosting a number of webinars in the coming weeks which will be uploaded to the training portal after the event. Register early using the following links:
25th May: Remote monitoring and Control Using ArmoníaPlus and Third Party plug-ins: 6am / 2pm / 8pm CET: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4451221507179852299  

8th June: Workflow and System with Dynamic Music Distribution: 6am / 2pm / 8pm CET: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7076337404332050187  

15th June: Dynamic Dante Patching and System Configurations: 6am / 2pm / 8pm CET: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1401607260287260683  

 

12th May 2021

Obsidian Control Systems offers NX2 lighting console training video series

Obsidian Control Systems offers NX2 lighting console training video series

Last month, Obsidian Control Systems made available a comprehensive training video series covering its full-featured NX4 lighting console and ONYX lighting control platform. Now the innovative lighting control brand has launched a corresponding training video series covering the smaller yet fully capable NX2 lighting controller.

The NX2 training series is the perfect opportunity for any lighting enthusiast to get behind the desk and add to their craft. Hosted by David Henry of Learn Stage Lighting, nearly two hours of content is condensed into short, segmented videos to watch at your own pace. Console trainings usually come with a hefty fee, making these complimentary videos a tremendous value.

The NX2 training series is available at https://obsidiancontrol.com/nx2-video-training. Topics covered include:

  • Part 1: Introduction to NX2 (3:10 min)

  • Part 2: Patching Fixtures (5:41 min)

  • Part 3: Setting Up Groups (8:27 min)

  • Part 4: Working in the 2D Plan (6:35 min)

  • Part 5: Controlling Lights (7:32 min)

  • Part 6: Creating Presets (12.44 min)

  • Part 7: Recording Cues (15:59 min)

  • Part 8: Creating Effects (10:34 min)

  • Part 9: Using Pixel Mapped Video in Dylos (15.39 min)

  • Part 10: Cue Editing and Updating (6:30 min)

  • Part 11: Copying and Cloning (6:10 min)

  • Part 12: Working with Art-Net and sACN (5:57 min)

  • Part 13: Working with RDM (3:17 min)

The NX4 training video series is available at https://obsidiancontrol.com/nx4_video_training.

All Obsidian lighting controllers run the uncomplicated lighting control software ONYX available for free download from obsidiancontrol.com. ONYX scales from the smallest shows to the largest touring productions and fully integrates Obsidian’s artistic DYLOS pixel composer.

www.elationlighting.com

15th April 2021

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It’s time to learn Creative Visual Control

It’s time to learn Creative Visual Control

UK – Avolites announces the UK release of its new online learning hub for holistic training on its Titan and Ai software platforms.

The online courses are designed to teach or re-enforce the theory behind using Titan and Ai. The platform offers seven courses to work on from home, with even more in-depth, hands on training courses available at one of Avolites in-person Academy sites. The courses are designed so that users can start applying their knowledge directly to a real life example they may be tasked with in a real world environment, as well as build on their current level of proficiency.

Plans are in place to release the leaning hub across other geographies later in the year, when translation of the courses is completed. In this initial phase, the hub is only accessible to UK residents.

The courses allow users to pick their own path to further their knowledge, with support whenever required. The learning experience on all of the courses is intuitive with tasks, quizzes and exercises backing up each lesson. Once they are a proficient user, users can also access specialist courses covering topics such as networking, syntax, synergy, Pioneer Pro DJ bridge link integration and web API. Avolites will provide the core skills required to take total creative visual control of users future shows.

The courses will be available to access any time over a three month period.

Gordon Clarke, training manager at Avolites said: “No matter your age or experience, Avolites Academy is there to support you. To begin any educational journey, you need a strong foundation and support system, and now users can learn with us rather than being on their own. We are with you every step of the way, from learning the basics at home, to developing specialist skills that will push your career further, faster.”

Paul Wong, Avolites managing director said: “Avolites is dedicated to the pursuit of creative excellence across all visual canvases, and our new online learning platform is a really important tool for all those visual designers wanting to learn how to create their best shows. I have no doubt that this resource will empower the designers of today and tomorrow, to create more impactful and immersive shows.”

The Avolites Online Learning Platform is now available in the UK, with plans to then roll out the platform to other territories during the Summer of 2021, once language translation and testing has been completed.

To book a space, visit https://www.avolites.com/support/training-academy/ and sign up to the first course today. Fundemental courses are £100 and includes your Editor Avokey, with all additional specialist courses £30 each. All courses can be completed over three month period, so you can work at your own pace.

www.avolites.com

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25th March 2021

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Obsidian Control Systems launches training videos for NX4 lighting console

Obsidian Control Systems launches training videos for NX4 lighting console

In keeping with Obsidian Control Systems’ practice of providing valuable educational resources to lighting designers and programmers, the innovative lighting control brand is making training videos available covering the NX4 lighting console and ONYX lighting control platform. A training video series covering the compact NX2 lighting controller will be available soon.

The NX4 training series is the perfect opportunity for any lighting enthusiast to get behind the desk and add to their craft. Hosted by David Henry of Learn Stage Lighting, over two hours of content is condensed into short, segmented videos to watch at your own pace. Console training usually come with a hefty fee, making these complimentary videos a tremendous value.

The NX4 training series is available at https://obsidiancontrol.com/training_videos. Topics covered include:

Part 1: Introduction to NX4 (4:25 min)

Part 2: Patching Fixtures (6:10 min)

Part 3: Setting Up Groups (4:01 min)

Part 4: Working in the 2D Plan (10:29 min)

Part 5: Controlling Lights (7:14 min)

Part 6: Creating Presets (20.21 min)

Part 7: Recording Cues (16:52 min)

Part 8: Creating Effects (21:22 min)

Part 9: Using Pixel Mapped Video in Dylos (16.49 min)

Part 10: Cue Editing and Updating (6:55 min)

Part 11: Copying and Cloning (7:13 min

Part 12: Working with Art-Net and sACN (5:34 min)

Part 13: Working with RDM (4:05 min)

All Obsidian lighting controllers run the uncomplicated lighting control software ONYX available for free download from obsidiancontrol.com. ONYX scales from the smallest shows to the largest touring productions and fully integrates Obsidian’s artistic DYLOS pixel composer.

www.elationlighting.com

23rd March 2021

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Two original, one revision: new American National Standards projects

Three new projects have been filed with ANSI. Two are for new standards, while one is for the revision of an existing standard. The projects are;

BSR E1.37-8, Additional Message Sets for ANSI E1.20 (RDM) – IPv6 & Improved IPv4 Configuration Messages, is a project to do what the title says: define RDM configuration messages for IPv6 and IPv4. This is a Control Protocols Working Group project.

BSR E1.73, Next Generation Entertainment Control Model: Uniform Device Representation (UDR), is a project to provide a framework by which manufacturers of entertainment equipment can describe controllable and visualisable devices in a digital format. A standard method will be provided to map controllable parameters to existing control endpoints, specifically endpoints associated with the control protocols defined in ANSI E1.11 (DMX512), ANSI E1.20 (RDM), and ANSI E1.31 (sACN). Future control protocols may use this format natively for real-time control. This is a Control Protocols Working Group project.

BSR E1.41, Recommendations for Measuring and Reporting Photometric Performance Data for Entertainment Luminaires Utilizing Solid State Light Sources, is a project to revise the existing standard from 2016. That one was written to give people in the entertainment industry detailed information about the lumen and colour output of units using LED sources. Recent lighting regulations have complicated the market by requiring minimum efficacies and color rendering. The revisions would give guidance on how to measure and report this newly required lighting data. This is a Photometrics Working Group Project.

People with a material interest in these projects are invited to become involved, either by commenting on the draft standards in future public reviews or by joining the appropriate working group. Documents in public review will be posted at http://estalink.us/pr. Information about joining a working group and links to application forms are available at https://tsp.esta.org/tsp/working_groups/index.html

 

26th February 2021

Two ESTA standards in public review for reaffirmation and two new published

USA - Two existing standards are being considered for reaffirmation and are posted for public review on the ESTA website at https://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. Comments are due before the end of the day on 5 April 2021. The standards are:

BSR E1.28-2011(R202x), Guidance on planning followspot positions in places of public assembly, offers guidance on the planning of permanent followspot positions, including recommendations on the locations of the followspot positions within the venue, the power likely to be needed, the waste heat generated, the amount of space likely to be needed, and the fall protection and egress issues to be considered for the followspot operator's safety. The existing American National Standard is being considered for reaffirmation; there is a link on the public review page to the standard.

BSR E1.57- 2016(R202x), Recommendations to prevent falls on or off movable parade floats, movable stages, and similar moving platforms, establishes minimum levels and measures needed to reduce the risk for performers and technicians in various positions on movable parade floats, movable stages, and similar moving platforms. The document provides guidance on mitigation methods. The existing American National Standard is being considered for reaffirmation.

Two more ESTA standards approved and published

Two more ESTA standards have been approved as American National Standards and published. The documents are available for download at no cost at https://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/published_docs.php, or you can purchase them for $40 each from ANSI and IHS.

ANSI E1.6-1 – 2021, Entertainment Technology – Powered Hoist Systems, establishes requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, inspection, and maintenance of powered hoist systems for lifting and suspension of loads for performance, presentation, and theatrical production. It does not apply to the structure to which the hoist is attached, to attachment of loads to the load carrying device, or to systems for flying people. Excluded are welded link chain hoists, and manually powered hoists, including “manual” hoists with auxiliary electric drill operation.

ANSI E1.59 – 2021, Entertainment Technology – Object Transform Protocol (OTP), describes a mechanism to transfer object transform information such as position, orientation and velocity over an IP network using a subset of the [ACN] protocol suite. It covers data format, data protocol, data addressing, and network management. Data transmitted is intended to coordinate visual and audio elements of a production and should not be used for safety critical applications.

15th February 2021

Zero 88 Presents New Free Online Training Sessions

Zero 88 Presents New Free Online Training Sessions

Back by popular demand, Zero 88 – renowned for its accessible and informative free training support – announces a new array of online product training sessions running through February and March 2021 presented in-person by product specialist Edward Smith.

Running via Zoom, participants can also request a link to the recording for handy re-watching, and use these assets as a tool for refreshing and reinvigorating their lighting console programming skills.

Most of the training is focused on Zero 88’s popular and powerful FLX range of lighting control consoles. These first sessions of the year will cover the FLX, FLX S24 and FLX S48, plus the ZerOS Server, and will also be applicable to other Zero 88 consoles running the ZerOS operating system.

This follows on from a huge number of regular training seminars initiated by Zero 88 throughout 2020, taking advantage of the unexpected free time that so many lighting professionals found themselves facing as lockdowns and Covid restrictions kicked in.

So successful was the programme that Zero 88 also started live streaming several sessions that can be re-watched at any time on its YouTube channel.

“We wanted to continue the trend and keep assisting with learning and refreshing in the areas people are demanding,” stated Edward, adding that the “astounding” training feedback they received from last year saw attendees giving average NPS (Net Promoter Score) scores of 80 (where anything above 0 is considered a success).

The sessions are carefully crafted for anyone who wants to know more about Zero 88’s powerful and easy to use FLX range and are aimed at three key groups: those interested in the brand and the architecture, those looking for a console that’s right for them and their application and experienced power-users wanting to maximise and get the most out of their tools.

“We love getting consoles in front of people, to show their full capabilities,” stated Edward. Rather than repeating the same sessions ad infinitum, the training programme is a dynamic and fluid project that is constantly kept fresh with new sessions exploring different and specific areas of the console.

Currently, the only difference is that it is a virtual console with the Phantom ZerOS offline editor being used to demonstrate.

Up to ten different topics will be covered in the coming weeks, ranging from general subjects like “Discovering the FLX Range: Getting to grips with the consoles and the powerful ZerOS software” which will be two hours in length, to specifics like “ZerOS & Capture: Understand how to connect these features and learn 2-way communication” which will require an hour of people’s time.

For full details and easy booking, interested parties should check the Zero 88 Training page:

https://zero88.com/training#eventdates

All sessions are either one or two hours in length, with the two-hour sessions including that all-important halfway tea or coffee break, although right now it is a case of attendees bringing their own tea, coffee and biscuits! “This will change as soon as we are able to offer in-person training once again,” emphasised Edward, who, like everyone, is looking forward to this happening as soon as is safe and practical.

In the meantime, he is looking forward to connecting with the Zero 88 community and enhancing these great value learning opportunities.

www.zero88.com

12th February 2021

Obsidian offers Four-Part ONYX Training Webinar Series

Obsidian offers Four-Part ONYX Training Webinar Series

Obsidian Control Systems has announced a new four-part webinar series for its popular ONYX control platform. Starting 26th January, the webinar series will be presented in an easy-to-follow online format, allowing anyone with our without ONYX experience to get a comprehensive understanding of the powerful software.

The ONYX PC solution is identical to the software provided on all ONYX consoles like the NX4 and NX2, providing everyone a true hands-on experience from the comfort of their home. A matching capture presentation file provides immediate real-time feedback of a virtual stage, allowing all users to experience the newly introduced support of fixture and patch Synchronisation between ONYX and Capture.

The webinar, hosted by ONYX training specialist David Henry and product manager Matthias Hinrichs, will utilise the upcoming 4.6 Version of ONYX, allowing powerful effects using the DyLOS pixel composer, which now not only interacts with colour pixels but can drive any fixture’s parameter like movements and intensity with incredible ease and creativity.

Each training session is three hours long and will start at 10:00 PST (18:00 GMT):

January 26 – Beginner

January 28 – Intermediate

February 2 – Advanced

February 4 – DyLOS Pixel Composer

To sign up, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/137357384635/

www.elationlighting.com

20th January 2021

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