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ETC Eos-family Consoles Gain Powerful Color Controls with the Release of Software v2.3

As Source Four LED Series 2 and other luminaires increasingly replace gelled incandescent lights, rigs may be streamlined, but design opportunities and complexities grow exponentially. When any hue can be mixed at any moment and different LED mixes of the same color can achieve different onstage effects, designers and programmers may find themselves oversaturated with color choices.

ETC's latest Eos-family software update addresses these challenges head on, the company says, providing unprecedented color-control options and a wide range of new features that allow users to adapt their workflows for an evolving art form.

The new update provides an extensive toolbox for quick, easy color-mixing and selection. To adjust the color of a sidelight, use one of six abstract color spaces -- HS Wheel, HSB, CIE XY (1931), CIE UV (1996), RGB, and CYM -- to precisely select a color, or use the tinting tools to tweak the brightness, warmth, and saturation. With Fade Tools, users can control the color path of a transition to emulate the look of tungsten and gel or avoid an unwanted fade through magenta during a nighttime scene. The enhanced Gel Picker helps users integrate LED colors with the rest of the rig, with better color matches and a Show Colors view that auto-populates from Patch. The Spectrum Tools present a graphic view of each LED, allowing users to hold the color point of the light while ramping up the red emitter.

The new territory covered by 2.3 is not limited to color space; the new software expands the physical scope of Eos's control as well. The release enables the use of the Eos Programming Wing, allowing ETCnomad, RPU, and RVI users to take a programming surface with them wherever they go. Hotkey mapping has also been updated for clarity and to better work with global keyboards.

With the release of software version 2.3, Eos-family consoles also gain the ability to communicate with outside apps and devices using OSC (Open Sound Control). OSC is a protocol that allows for two-way communication between networked devices. Unlike MIDI, which functions only as a triggering signal, OSC allows outside devices to query information from Eos and to trigger most Eos functions via OSC commands. Now users can easily integrate their Eos cue list with sound, video, and show-control devices, the company says, or build their own apps that will interact with Eos however they need them to -- from custom remote-triggering to auto-updating paperwork.

For an introductory video on the features of Eos 2.3 software, visit www.etcconnect.com/Products/Consoles/Eos-Family/Eos-Ti/Videos.aspx.

To download the latest Eos-family software, visit www.etcconnect.com/Products/Consoles/Eos-Family/Eos-Ti/Software.aspx.


(6 August 2015)

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