Lightware USA and High End Systems Create All-in-One Lighting and Video Control System

by Jacob Coakley
The High End Systems Hog series and Lightware’s FR33 Matrix Switcher simplify lighting and video control
The High End Systems Hog series and Lightware’s FR33 Matrix Switcher simplify lighting and video control

High End Systems and Lightware USA came together to create an all-in-one lighting and video control platform. The platform uses a new protocol in Lightware’s EDID manager to connect a member of the High End Hog control series with a Lightware FR33 Matrix Switcher, allowing one operator to directly control lighting and video equipment. 

Lightware USA Partners with High End Systems on All-in-One Lighting and Video Control Platform 

Lake Orion, MI (October 5, 2016) - High End Systems, makers of lighting products and control systems, has partnered with Lightware USA to create an all-in-one lighting and video control platform for live events.  Lightware USA is the US sales and support office for products from Hungary-based Lightware Visual Engineering.

By connecting the High End Hog control family (including the Hog 4, Full Boar 4, Road Hog 4, HedgeHog 4 and RackHog 4) with a Lightware FR33 Matrix Switcher and developing protocol with Lightware EDID Manager, a single operator is now able to directly control lighting and video equipment.  This means increased productivity and optimization and reduced time and costs spent on lighting and video control.

"Working with High End on this project it feels like the foundation for building the future of professional lighting plus AV show control has been laid," says Drew Taylor, director of consultant and partner relations at Lightware USA.  "That really excites me.  I feel like there's room to grow here."

"The Lightware router and Hog software solution allows production staff to use more gear with the same amount of personnel, making this a desirable control system for reducing costs and making the process smoother and much faster. This also allows them to add more equipment to their shows without adding complexity, which means they can offer more to their clients for the same price," adds Jonathan Kemble at High End Systems.

Typically, show programming and execution is done in separate lighting and video control systems with separate operators.  Linking the lighting system to the video equipment via complex and expensive integration products has proved to be very difficult.  Budget constraints and limited timelines also hamper integrated configurations.

The new solution from High End and Lightware USA stores and executes programming in a single location so one operator can easily control lighting and video equipment for complex productions.  Adding a Lightware router to the mix provides EDID management for the media servers as well as switching from primary to backup.  The Hog console control enables the Lightware router to be the primary to backup solution.  Putting switching in the hands of the lighting control department allows the lighting designer to switch to his own backup servers without relying on the video department to do this.  By automating this process, the switch to backup is much faster and smoother. And while more equipment can be added to shows without adding complexity, operators will be able to offer more options to their clients without increasing the price. 

As Lightware USA continues to grow, the company is actively engaged in pursuing partnerships to promote efficient, reliable, and cost effective solutions for the Professional AV market. 

About Lightware USA

Lightware USA is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. With the flexibility of the Lightware product line, the Lightware USA team is able to assist with the design for some of the highest performance systems in the world. Router sizes ranging from the robust UMX4x4-Pro up to the impressive 160x160 25G Hybrid give Lightware USA the edge over the competition when it comes to routing multiple video sources to the ever changing variety of displays in the industry. Their array of solutions for extending the highest resolution video formats including 4K and 3D over Cat or Fiber put Lightware USA on the forefront of cutting edge technology.

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About High End Systems

A Barco Company, High End Systems is a leading manufacturer of automated lighting and control products for the entertainment industry. For more information, visit