Technology: What in the Heck is GDTF?

by Michael Eddy
General Device Type Format (GDTF) is a new open data standard for linking luminaires, consoles, CAD, and previsualization software.

You may have heard about a new open data format to help streamline the process of linking a fixture profile from CAD through previsualization and on to a console. This new development, named General Device Type Format (GDTF) was created to change the way lighting designers and programmers in the entertainment design and production industry work. In an effort to make lighting fixtures, visualizers, and consoles work together in a more seamless way, three manufacturers—MA Lighting, Robe, and Vectorworks—jointly developed this open standard format. GDTF is a way to try and create a unified definition for the exchange of device data.
Currently, most device manufacturers use a proprietary way to define their luminaires. This lack of a standard or unified definition requires lighting console manufacturers to support and maintain a complex web of file formats. Moreover, it makes it virtually impossible for designers to import CAD files into consoles and makes it very difficult to link CAD software to previsualization software.

Ten ACN-Related Documents In Public Review

by Stage Directions

NEW YORK – Ten documents that are part of BSR E1.30-200x, Application level equipment interoperability for control of commonly encountered entertainment technology devices using ANSI E1.17, have been posted on the ESTA Web site for review through Aug 25. The 10 new draft documents add to the functionality of ANSI E1.17, ACN, by specifying how to do common tasks in ACN. The 10 draft documents are: 

Tennessee State University Updates Rig with Elektralite LED Fixtures

by Jacob Coakley
A moment from The Fantasticks at the The Tenneessee State University Theatre. Photo by Hannah Baisley.

A moment from The Fantasticks at the The Tenneessee State University Theatre. Photo by Hannah Baisley.

The Tennessee State University Theatre in Nashville  recently upgraded their lighting rig with eight Elektralite my575s and ten Pancake RGBW LED units. The my575's are providing front and back light specials while the Pancake fixtures are providing backlight and full-stage washes. The first show the new lights were used on was a recent production of The Fantasticks.

Texas Theatre Relives Golden Age of Vaudeville with Electro-Voice

by Stage Directions

MIDLAND, Texas – Built in 1929 and designated a Texas State Historical Landmark, the Yucca Theatre in Midland, Texas, is home to the Midland Community Theatre and its “Summer Mummers,” a locally-produced and written show that harks back to the golden age of Vaudeville. The Yucca’s new Electro-Voice XLCi 127DVX sound system is ensuring this unique production sounds better than ever for its 60th anniversary in 2008. The EV system was designed by FitzCo Sound, Inc. (Midland, Texas) and installed by Midland Community Theatre personnel (supervised by Technical Director/Sound & Lighting Designer Eddie Taylor). 

The Actors Company Theatre Names Jenn Thompson to Artistic Director Trio

by Jacob Coakley
Jenn Thompson is the newest member of The Actors Company Theatre directorial team.

 


Jenn Thompson is the newest member of The Actors Company Theatre directorial team.

The Actors Company Theatre has named Jenn Thompson, a company member and associate producer at the theatre, as the third member of their artistic director trio. A space in the trio had opened after Simon Jones stepped down from that role. Jones will remain with the company.

The Callboard: The Sound of Shakespeare

by Stage Directions

For more than a decade, Diablo Sound has provided stirring sound designs for many of Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ (SCLA) critically acclaimed productions. Working with SCLA since 2006, when the newly formed Diablo Sound, led by president and principal designer Drew Dalzell, designed sound for Two Gentlemen of Verona at the outdoor LA Cathedral Plaza. That relationship continued with SCLA's recent production of Henry IV.

The Cleveland Play House Signs Purchase Agreement with the Cleveland Clinic

by Stage Directions

CLEVELANDThe Cleveland Play House has sold its complex at 8500 Euclid Avenue, to the Cleveland Clinic.  The Board of Directors overwhelmingly approved the sale of the 300,000 square foot building and approximately twelve acres of land at its Annual Meeting in mid July.  The Play House and Cleveland Clinic have entered into the due diligence phase of the agreement, which should last approximately 60 days and will result in the sale of the facility, as well as a two-year leaseback agreement to The Play House.  The leaseback will allow The Play House to continue to utilize the space at its current location until May 2011 for its full range of programming.

The Color Purple Goes on the Road with Drawmer

by Jacob Coakley
CHICAGO — An adaptation of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple Broadway musical has taken to the road and is currently playing an extended engagement in Chicago. Sound designer Jon Weston chose Drawmer for the tour.

 

CHICAGO — An adaptation of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple Broadway musical has taken to the road and is currently playing an extended engagement in Chicago. Sound designer Jon Weston chose Drawmer for the tour.

 

The Lost Colony Adds Mystery with Look Solutions

by Stage Directions

WAYNESBORO, PA — The Lost Colony, the annual symphonic outdoor drama celebrating its 70th anniversary in performance at the Waterside Theater on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, is using a pair of Look Solutions Viper DMX-fog generators to add atmosphere to the already mysterious story.

 

The Point Source Audio Sounding Board: Why (mic) sensitivity matters

Point Source Audio Sounding Board
Point Source Audio Sounding Board

An Audio Director’s First Criteria for Mic Choice
Before standardizing on Point Source Audio’s CO-8WL Waterproof Lavalier Microphones, Brian Bird, Lindenwood University’s audio director and adjunct professor, A/B tested a number of lavalier microphones in a wide range of performance settings in the university’s two performance spaces. Ultimately, the Point Source Audio CO-8WLs outperformed all other lavalier mics tested with regards to Bird’s key performance criteria. But most notably, Bird discovered the CO-8WLs excelled over all other mics with regards to his number one criteria: high gain before feedback.