GDTF: Finding Common Ground for an Efficient Workflow

Posted by Guest Author on 8/21/19 11:40 AM   |  9 min read time

This article originally ran in PLSN Magazine’s August 2019 issue.

Back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the digital era of the lighting industry had yet to define a standard for unifying data exchange between fixtures. Every manufacturer had its own proprietary control language and controller for programming their own fixtures.  What that meant for shows back then was a different controller for each type of manufacturer was needed if mixed together in a rig.

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Topics: Entertainment

It’s Time to Get Up to Speed on GDTF

Posted by Lauren Burke Meyer on 3/28/19 10:36 AM   |  2 min read time

The General Device Type Format (GDTF) made quite the impression when it was first announced at last year’s Prolight + Sound, and the entertainment industry’s open file format continues to evolve with its latest development: GDTF 1.0.   

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Topics: Entertainment

What’s New with GDTF and MVR?

Posted by Lauren Burke Meyer on 1/15/19 10:15 AM   |  6 min read time

It’s been a few weeks since we last shared updates for the entertainment industry’s open-standard format, General Device Type Format (GDTF), so here’s what’s been cooking. 

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Topics: Entertainment

Meet the Open Data Format that will Change the Entertainment Industry

Posted by Lauren Burke Meyer on 3/27/18 9:45 AM   |  2 min read time

Along with fellow leaders in the entertainment industry, MA Lighting for its lighting control solutions and Robe lighting for its high-quality moving lights, we are deIighted to announce a new development that will change the way lighting designers, fixture manufacturers, console manufacturers, and visualizers will work together. Our companies have joined forces to develop a new data format, named the General Device Type Format (GDTF), which creates a unified definition for the exchange of device data between consoles, CAD, and previsualization software.

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Topics: Entertainment

Here are the Reasons AV Matters Switched to Vectorworks

Posted by Rowena Winkler on 3/14/18 9:55 AM   |  5 min read time

Alex Rose understands the value of saving time in the entertainment industry. As a project manager at AV Matters in Orlando, Florida, he oversees the production and technical details of a wide range of events, including corporate conferences, galas, and social and charity events. Although the process of producing an event from start to finish can be stressful due to tight deadlines, it’s become much easier for Rose, as the firm recently made the switch from AutoCAD to Vectorworks Spotlight to help with the design and execution of each event.

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Topics: Entertainment

How Vectorworks Helped One Production Designer See the Light

Posted by Rowena Winkler on 9/15/17 11:34 AM   |  6 min read time

Ben Telford is a UK-based Production Designer, Art Director, and founder of The Design Department Ltd., who specializes in light entertainment, reality, and music television. He has worked on high-profile projects such as The Voice UK and Sports Personality Of The Year, and has just designed the new set for the X Factor Auditions. We conducted an interview with Ben to learn about how Vectorworks software has helped him get to where he is today.

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Topics: Entertainment

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