Vari-Lite brings industry standard GDTF support to the full line of fixtures and consoles
UNITED STATES – Vari-Lite, makers of the modern moving head and entertainment lighting brand Signify, announced support for the General Fixture Type Format (GDTF) in all currently released fixtures and consoles, including production fixtures like the recently launched VL3600 Profile IP, cinema fixtures like the Acclaim LED series, and consoles running Neo or ZerOS software.
GDTF, jointly developed by the GDTF Group, is an industry standard for entertainment fixture profiles, intended as a unified definition for data exchange for the operation of smart fixtures. GDTF profiles are available for all current luminaires. GDTF support is included in the recently announced ZerOS 7.13 and will also be included in the Neo 4.0 software update, bringing support for the standard to existing FLX, FLX S and Neo controllers, as well as future ones. Vari-Lite brackets. Customers can use the online GDTF Builder tool to create profiles for all third-party devices, and Neo and ZerOS consoles will also continue to receive regular device library updates.
“Whether it’s a production company, a concert hall, a touring theater destination, or a lighting designer with their own console, many Vari-Lite users have need a way to ensure they have a profile for every device every time despite having different installations,” says Jon Hole, Global Product Manager, Vari-Lite Controls and Systems at Signify. “Designers want to ‘just do it’, with less hassle and less pre-planning, and without having to build – or request – a luminaire profile. And they want any console they choose to work seamlessly with all the fixtures in their setup without being locked into one manufacturer to get the features they want.
“Our customers know that lighting systems are not a one-time purchase but a life cycle of service, and they want peace of mind knowing that their system will continue to perform flawlessly, even when a new console or new luminaire is introduced,” adds Martin Palmer, Senior Product Manager, Vari-Lite Luminaires at Signify. “Adding devices should be quick, viewing should be simple and accurate, and creating new device profiles when it needs to happen should be intuitive and stress-free.”
GDTF profiles can be downloaded from GDTF Share.