ChamSys: MagicQ Software Now Supports Import of GDTF Personality Files

by Stage Directions
ChamSys at LDI in the CHAUVET booth
ChamSys at LDI in the CHAUVET booth

ChamSys has become the first major lighting console manufacturer to release software capable of importing GDTF [General Device Type Format] personality files directly. The company’s ChamSys MagicQ software is free to download for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It supports an output on up to 64 universes without additional hardware or dongles, making it an ideal test platform for GDTF.

In addition to importing the basic channel information from GDTF, the MagicQ inbuilt MagicVis 3D visualization and plot views will automatically make use of 3D and 2D information provided in the GDTF files. Demoed at LDI, ChamSys MagicQ software with the ability to import GDTF personality files received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic reception from all who saw it.

Chris Kennedy, ChamSys’ Software Director, commented, "ChamSys is a strong supporter of GDTF and the philosophy behind it. The entertainment lighting industry badly needs a common personality interchange format for lighting fixture manufacturers to describe the features of their new fixtures, and GDTF can only advance this.

“We have always embraced open protocols, and we continue this philosophy with GDTF support,” continued Kennedy. “ChamSys currently supports a library of over 28,500 different fixture personalities, and we’re committed to continue working with fixture manufacturers to improve the electronic description of their fixture capabilities through GDTF."


GDTF is supported by MagicQ Software version 1.8.4.4 available for download here https://secure.chamsys.co.uk/download. More information about GDTF is available at the GDTF share web site gdtf-share.com

Stage Directions’ Editor, Michael S. Eddy wrote an article explaining GDTF [General Device Type Format] 

Further information from ChamSys, a Chauvet & Sons LLC company: www.chamsysusa.com

About ChamSys
Based in the UK, ChamSys Ltd. was founded in 2003 by a group of designers and product developers seeking to create a lighting console that offered greater flexibility. The company’s MagicQ range has set an industry standard used in some of the most prominent concert, theatre, broadcast and club applications around the world. ChamSys was acquired in 2017 by Chauvet & Sons LLC, a leading global provider of professional luminaires, trusses, controllers and related equipment headquartered in the USA.