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Brompton Technology TESSERA training sessions off to a flying start

Brompton Technology TESSERA training sessions off to a flying start

UK – Brompton Technology’s recently initiated training programme is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the extensive capabilities of the company’s TESSERA LED processing for its T1, S4, M2 and SX40 LED processors and the XD data distribution units. Free to technicians working in the LED screen sector, they are already proving highly popular, with 18 attendees going through the Brompton doors since the first session on 15th November 2018.

Held at Brompton’s HQ in Ealing, London, the sessions take attendees through the fundamentals of operating its state-of-the-art LED processors, familiarising them with the easy-to-use interface and giving them hands on experience with handy features such as ChromaTune colour correction, On Screen Colour Adjustment (OSCA), Dark Magic for colour smoothing in low brightness conditions, Fixture Processing and Genlock. Attendees will also get first-hand experience of the new Tessera Processor Software 2.2.0 for the 4K SX40 processor which delivers an enhanced feature set including Panel On Screen Display (OSD), Processor Redundancy, 90 degree rotation and Chinese language support in the user interface.

“Our processors are incredibly easy to get to grips with,” says Brompton’s technical support manager, Adam Callaway. “In fact, anyone can be up and running in a matter of minutes. They are also very powerful and, with our 2.2.0 software we have introduced significant new features that give even more control of the screen to the user, so as well as going through the basics, our training sessions provide technicians with additional knowledge and some handy tips and shortcuts to make life even easier.”

“Because Brompton processors can do so much, it’s easy to think they’ll be complicated,” says 4Neil Waller (LED operations manager) from Creative Technology London who attended one of the sessions in December. “It really does only take a very short amount of time to understand how to use them, but getting a more in-depth view has made me realise just how many advantages the system has, from the quick and easy way the screen can be addressed to Dark Magic, which allows you to enhance the quality of an image, even at lower brightness levels, to Panel OSD, a function I know I’m going to find really useful, which makes it incredibly easy to identify issues on any part of the screen just by looking at information displayed on the panels themselves.”

The next series of sessions will take place during January, February and March:


Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Thursday 24th January 2019


Wednesday 20th February 2019

Thursday 21st February 2019


Wednesday 20th March 2019

Thursday 21st March 2019

For more information, or to book a place on these sessions, and also express interest in sessions in other areas of the world, email

18th January 2019

ETCP Portable Power Distribution Certification Exams Translated to French

The Entertainment Technician Certification Programme (ETCP) ETCP has announced the exams for Portable Power Distribution Technician Examination will be available in French as of spring 2019.

The French certification exams will be launched in paper and pencil format and made available for computer-based testing thereafter. Candidates are reminded that there is now a less stringent work requirement for this certification. Last year, the ETCP Certification Council lowered the eligibility requirements for candidates applying to take the PPDT examination to 20 points, from the original 25 points.

The ETCP Council would like to thank the subject matter experts who worked on the translation: Bernard April, Jacob Fortier, Nicolas Hohn, Antoine Malette, Alexandre Picotte, and Marco Venditto. A very special thank you to Claude Gagnon with IATSE Local 514, who facilitated the project.

The ETCP Council members are key leaders drawn from entertainment business, labour, facilities, associations, and academia representing the diversity of the entertainment industry. Membership includes ESTA, AMPTP, Cirque du Soleil, CITT, Disney Theatrical Productions, IAVM, IATSE, InfoComm, The Broadway? League, Live Nation, NBC Universal, PRG, PSAV, TEA, and USITT. ETCP is an ESTA initiative created to promote industry safety.

17th January 2019

Green Hippo Product Specialists Deliver a Masterclass in Hands-on Learning

Green Hippo Product Specialists Deliver a Masterclass in Hands-on Learning
Green Hippo Product Specialists Deliver a Masterclass in Hands-on Learning

UK – The superbly-appointed West London demo room of Kinesys was home to a Green Hippo Automation Masterclass with an international flavour. Welcoming attendees from Finland and the Netherlands, as well as the United Kingdom, Green Hippo partnered with Kinesys to deliver Masterclass III – Automation.

The two-day course, which took place earlier this month, enabled delegates to take a deep dive into integrating moving elements with Hippotizer and SHAPE 3D projection mapping. Occupying the Kinesys base, conveniently located 20 minutes from Heathrow, students benefited from a venue fully-equipped with chain motors, rotators, trolleys and truss; this was a true hands-on experience where participants experienced using actual hardware to practice key skills including object alignment, parenting and automation scripting.

Both days saw students spending the mornings absorbing theory in the training room, moving in the afternoons to the demo room for hands-on, practical sessions. Day one included a section on automation history and terminology as well as basic usage of Kinesys Vector and K2 systems. No prior knowledge of Kinesys systems was required for this course, though a good understanding of Hippotizer and basic SHAPE functions was recommended, closing with rotation and translation ‘in real life’. The second day’s topics included 3D basics and texture mappers, moving on to (Epson) projector alignment, setting up multi-axis automation with parenting, and automation visualisation.

At the end of the Masterclass, delegates left with their automation skillset significantly expanded and ready to be put into practice in the field. Only approved Green Hippo staff deliver its official training sessions and they always come fully qualified, including ‘real world’ experience. This latest Masterclass training team counted product specialists Lanz Short and Zep Mouris as well as Nigel Sadler, special products director at Green Hippo. Both days involved access to an impressive selection of kit as detailed below.

Automation Masterclass – equipment roster

Demo room Automation Stations

  • two ‘flying’ TVs that could move up and down, left and right and rotate 30degrees.

  • one up and down moving screen

  • one cube that could rotate and travel left and right

  • in the middle of the room there was a 3m circle truss, with a screen stretched across it, that could go up and down and tilt left right forward backwards

Kit Demo Room

  • three Hippotizer Taiga+ media servers

  • two Hippotizer Montane+ media servers

  • three Epson Projectors, EB-L1405U (8000 lumen)

  • five PCs (supplied by Kinesys) to control motors

Kit Classroom

  • six Hippotizer laptops, projectors

  • 3D models with which to practice 3D mapping

"We had great feedback from the guys on the course and it will undoubtedly be happening again. The team at Kinesys provided a friendly and comfortable environment for users to experience and learn the processes involved with show automation and Hippotizer media servers," said Lanz Short, senior product specialist at Green Hippo.

Green Hippo Product Specialists Deliver a Masterclass in Hands-on LearningGreen Hippo Product Specialists Deliver a Masterclass in Hands-on Learning

20th December 2018

The Gift of Knowledge – Elation Offers Free Access to E3 Training Videos

In the spirit of the season, Elation Professional is offering free access to an Elation Educational Experience (E3) course held by one of the industry’s top technical educationists, ETCP recognised trainer and author Richard Cadena.

The course was held over a two-day period earlier in the year at the Elation headquarters in Los Angeles. Elation has made the complete course available to all via the links below, a full eight hours of content!

The multi-part course covers DMX Testing and Troubleshooting, and Lighting Networks and Ethernet-based Protocols. Take this opportunity to gain valuable industry knowledge from one of the most respected professionals in the industry.

Richard Cadena is an ETCP recognised trainer, ETCP certified entertainment electrician and author of Electricity for Entertainment Electricians & Technicians, Focus on Lighting Technology, Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light, and Lighting for Modern Houses of Worship.

Day 1 - DMX Testing and Troubleshooting

Day 2 - Lighting Networks and Ethernet-based Protocols

19th December 2018

Green Hippo training team racks up the miles to deliver hands-on coaching

Green Hippo training team racks up the miles to deliver hands-on coaching
Green Hippo training team racks up the miles to deliver hands-on coaching

Europe – October was another packed month for the Green Hippo training division, involving a week-long residency at Backstage Academy in Production Park and a successful private training session in the Baltic region.

Green Hippo is renowned for its commitment to training excellence; its Hippotizer training sessions, known as HippoSchool, have been running for over ten years, visiting over 38 countries and training over 2,000 students, freelancers and professionals, and October 2018 marked the beginning of Green Hippo’s new partnership with Backstage Academy, the Production Park-based centre of excellence that specialises in degree courses, short courses and training programmes for the live events industry.

This new partnership, announced earlier this year, means Backstage Academy’s students now have access to three of Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Amba+ media servers, supplied by A.C. Entertainment Technologies. Additionally, Green Hippo will also deliver training courses, giving real-world work and project experience to Backstage Academy’s students and staff. The first of these sessions saw two Green Hippo product specialists travel to the Academy to deliver a week of invaluable instruction. Green Hippo’s product specialists Suzy Stenning and Zep Mouris spent the first two days at Production Park delivering training to Backstage Year 1 and Year 2 Live Visual Design & Production students. On Wednesday it was the turn of Year 3 students to get hands-on with Hippotizer media servers, and the final two days covered training to Live Event Production students of Years 2 and 3, as well as to Live Visual Design & Production students of Year 2.

When it came to the Baltic region, Green Hippo’s Alex Kirby was the product specialist happily tasked with a trip to historic Vilnius in Lithuania. The country’s capital city is home to Video Projektai and Alex delivered two days of private training to the Lithuanian company’s technical team. Covering Hippotizer Basic 1 & 2, Alex worked with a total of 11 delegates, enabling hands-on insight and understanding of Hippotizer media servers.

To see the upcoming Green Hippo training courses click here. The Green Hippo team of product specialists is also available for private bookings. Simply get in touch, explain your needs, and your training session will be precisely built around your team’s requirements.

6th December 2018

Zero 88 Raises the Bar for Training in 2019

Zero 88 Raises the Bar for Training in 2019

UK – Eaton’s Zero 88 lighting control brand is dramatically ramping up its free training opportunities in 2019, which are open for all those utilising lighting consoles running ZerOS architecture as part of a wider comprehensive product support programme.

This is as a direct result of a dramatic increase in the number of active ZerOS users in the UK, which has doubled in the last 12 months alone.

The trend reflects the success of the FLX series of powerful, flexible and affordable lighting consoles. the FLX and FLX S24 and S48, which have enjoyed massive popularity especially for small-to-medium applications running rigs with some moving lights and a quantity of LED fixtures together with conventionals.

Zero 88 has always been known for its commitment for training.

In 2018, well over 500 individuals benefited from this which including regular dedicated sessions at Eaton’s bases in Cwmbran, Wales, and Watford, north of London, plus Dealer Day workshops as well as specialist on-site arrangements organized in conjunction with events like the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and selected industry trade shows.

A Zero 88 team was on the ground during the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and delivered over 25 training workshops to nearly 120 lighting programmers and operators working in multiple venues with Zero 88 consoles in action throughout the world famous three-and-a-half-week arts extravaganza.

“The model has been such an amazing success that we have decided to make it even more accessible for users at all levels in 2019,” enthused Tyler Holpin, who is key UK accounts and international sales manager and co-ordinates the UK training programme with product manager Jon Hole and product support specialists Nathanael Orr and Edward Smith.

Jon adds that, in addition to major rental companies like Adlib, SLX, Hawthorn and many more who have recently invested in FLX products, there’s been an increase in requests for training from freelance designers, programmers and operators as well as touring technicians, all eager to get the best out of these powerful, flexible and user-friendly products.

The training sessions follow a similar structure, but each one is individually tailored to cover the specific needs and products being used by those on the course.

Taking a no-nonsense approach, the training is informed yet informal and friendly with the goal of ensuring that each attendee can leave more prepared for their next show or event.

“We have put a lot of effort into pitching this right, not just in terms of conveying information but ensuring that it’s a welcoming atmosphere conducive to learning,” commented Tyler.

A one-day session will typically run from 10am to 4pm with a couple of breaks and lunch provided. There is lots of time for participants to chat and exchange experiences as well as get hands-on with the equipment and gain a real understanding of its potential.

The sessions will include working with a visualiser system and a console, learning about patching, useful features like RigSync, RDM and fixture personalities and controlling colour-changing and moving lights. The goal is for console users to gain confidence in programming and operation in both theatrical and live event scenarios, learning how ZerOS can assist them in working smartly and using time efficiently.

Sessions staged at the factory in Cwmbran will also include a tour of the manufacturing facilities where Zero’s consoles are proudly ‘Made in Wales’.

A specially condensed version of the on-site sessions is available for intensive training of lighting operators and techs about to run a show with one of the consoles.

All attendees receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

A diverse cross section of sectors has been represented in the last 12 months, from professionals from busy rental and AV businesses to school and educational establishment IT departments, local theatre volunteers of all ages and experience levels and students.

“You name it, we’ve trained them,” declares Tyler, underlining the universally accessible nature of the training.For the Eaton Zero 88 team it is also a great opportunity to gather user and product feedback from users on the front-line of the entertainment, all of which is invaluable for future product development.

Anyone interested can click here:

30th November 2018

Movecat Academy Seminar Schedule 2019

Movecat Academy Seminar Schedule 2019

Germany – Once again in 2019, Movecat Academy is offering an extensive range of training courses. Movecat has expanded still further the range of seminars on offer, as it did in 2018, and added more dates to the schedule; it is still highly advisable, however, to book early as the various courses often sell out quickly. It is easy to register online at the Movecat website, where the exact timetables and dates of the various courses are displayed. All the events are staged by Movecat in Nufringen.

The operation of motorised hoists is the subject of this seminar, the first 2019 edition of which will be on the 19th and 20th February. The same course will be offered on five other occasions later in the year: in March, May, September, October and November. The course is aimed at technicians with a good basic knowledge of hoists. The proper and professional handling, as well as the maintenance, of D8 / D8 Plus rigging hoists as well as BGV C1 fixed speed hoists also form part of the programme here.

Expertise in C1 Vario Drive hoists: This seminar is designed to train experts in the use and correct operation of C1 Vario drive hoists. This training course is conceived as a one-day event and will be held at the Movecat Academy on the 9th May and the 7th November 2019. This course deals with the basics of the annual UVV inspection of high-end BGV C1 / SIL 3 variable speed hoists. Prior attendance at the seminar for experts in hoists as well as practical experience are prerequisites for participation here.

I-Motion Operator Super User: The seminar is aimed at event technicians and riggers with basic knowledge. They will acquire extensive basic knowledge of show programming using the Movecat I-Motion System. In addition, participants will be familiarised with things like system configuration and the setting up of hardware at user level, as well as the structure of components, and the relevant legal provisions and technical rules. A special feature of the I-Motion Operator Super User seminars offered by Movecat are that the courses can also be conducted in English, French or Spanish upon request. Movecat has scheduled a total of nine dates for this seminar in 2019, the first being the 12th and 13th February at the Movecat Academy.

I-Motion Operator Administrator: The seminar I-Motion Operator Administrator has been developed by Movecat for technicians and operators already possessed of some basic knowledge. On the 14th May and 24th October, the focus will be upon network planning, show programming and component configuration at user level.

photo: Movecat

22nd November 2018

Four ESTA Standards Approved

On 6th November, ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved four ESTA standards. Three are new or revised standards and one is the reaffirmation without changes of an existing standard. All four are published, and are available for free download from the TSP website at, thanks to the sponsorship of Prosight Specialty Insurance. They are also available for sale from ANSI and IHS for the retail price of $40. The four standards are:

ANSI ES1.19-2018, Safety Requirements for Special Event Structures, is a new standard written as part of comprehensive event safety suite, with this section helping to identify design, fabrication, operation and use, inspection and maintenance requirements for the portable structures included in its scope. This is the first of several more to come, in a comprehensive set of event safety standards, co-branded and developed in conjunction with the Event Safety Alliance.

ANSI E1.29-2009 (R2018), Product Safety Standard for Theatrical Fog Generators that Create Aerosols of Water, Aqueous Solutions of Glycol or Glycerin, or Aerosols of Highly Refined Alkane Mineral Oil, is a reaffirmation of ANSI E1.29-2009. The standard exists to help product testing laboratories evaluate the safety of fog machines.

ANSI E1.42-2018, Entertainment Technology – Design, Installation, and Use of Orchestra Pit Lifts, is a revision of ANSI E1.42-2016. The revisions are improvements to incorporate what has been learned since the 2016 edition was published.

ANSI E1.56-2018, Entertainment Technology – Rigging Support Points, is a new standard offering guidance for the design, fabrication, installation, and testing of permanent and temporary rigging points and rigging lugs and their connection to existing building and venue structures. The goal is to eliminate questionable or unrated rigging points from the field.

19th November 2018

Green Hippo SHAPE 3D Projection Mapping Masterclass is a Global Hit

Green Hippo SHAPE 3D Projection Mapping Masterclass is a Global Hit
Green Hippo SHAPE 3D Projection Mapping Masterclass is a Global Hit

UK – Down Hall Hotel & Spa was the glorious early autumn setting for the Green Hippo SHAPE 3D Projection Mapping Masterclass. The sessions took place on two September days with over 30 places taken and attendees travelling from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well the UK.

The first day offered a fundamental introduction to SHAPE 3D projection mapping. Opening with talks covering models and basic content, topics progressed to Hippotizer set-up, closing in the evening with both building alignment and blending practice. Day two shifted up the gears, delivering an advanced-level masterclass – participants took part in a detailed look at complex SHAPE products and setting up complex projects. The advanced syllabus also involved creating content with Notch, as well as building practice and demo station work.

Both days involved access to an impressive selection of kit – outside, as well as in – as detailed below. Additionally, Stage Sound Services provided eight Panasonic PT-RZ21k laser projectors in Tempest weatherproof enclosures. Green Hippo’s media partner for the masterclass was LSi magazine.

SHAPE 3D Projection Mapping Masterclass – Green Hippo equipment

  • Hippotizer Boreal (x2)

  • Hippotizer Boreal+ (x1)

  • Hippotizer Karst (x2)

  • Hippotizer Karst+ (x2)

  • Hippotizer Montane+ (x2)

  • Hippotizer Portamus (x5)

  • Hippotizer Taiga+ (x2)

  • Hippotizer Taiga (x3)

  • Also – Datapath Fx4 display wall controller (x1)

"This year’s SHAPE 3D Projection Mapping Masterclass was a great success, our delegates learned a lot and gained valuable hands-on experience mapping the hotel. It was very exciting to work closely with our users; showing them SHAPE’s new features and exploring 3D workflows," stated Ryan Brown, product manager Green Hippo.

Green Hippo SHAPE 3D Projection Mapping Masterclass is a Global HitGreen Hippo SHAPE 3D Projection Mapping Masterclass is a Global Hit

13th November 2018

The EU Commission releases revised version of proposed Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations

The revised texts exempt a large number of significant tungsten lamps used in the entertainment, live performance and film industry, and provide several additional exemptions recognising the needs of the sectors.

Although the process so far has been successful and productive, there are still some important areas that need to be addressed, with the aim to continue providing the best experiences for film spectators and audiences of live events. As replacements on the market for available technical equipment is missing for certain special purpose lights used on stage and in film-studios, the following demands remain highly important:

  • Exemption from Standby Power mode and Networked Stand-by Power mode

  • Exemption for White Light Sources for specific needs

  • Colour tuneable light sources and widen the definition of wave-length of Green

  • Lamp bases for exemption when used in Professional Entertainment Lighting Products

The European Entertainment Ecodesign Coalition – a European-wide group of associations working in the entertainment, live performance and film/TV sectors, including PLASA and the ALD – continues to support the overall aims of the Ecodesign regulations and is currently working through the appropriate channels to request these changes. It has presented a joint statement to the EU Commission.

While there are no guarantees of success, support and contribution from members states across the EU will be most helpful in this process.

The regulatory committee will meet with the EU Commission on 17-20 December to decide on the final draft. The text is foreseen to be adopted in springtime and come into force from September 2021.

Sent on behalf of the European Entertainment Ecodesign Coalition.

The latest Ecodesign and Energy labelling regulations in full:

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Silke Lalvani, EU policy adviser, Pearle – Live Peformance Europe  

25th October 2018