How do you control a new frontier? The rise of LED luminaires is changing the way that lighting designers are able to think about color. 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, providing unprecedented color-control options and a wide range of new features that allow users to adapt their workflows for an evolving art form.
Unleash the full spectrum of color control
The new update provides an extensive toolbox for quick, easy color-mixing and selection. Want to adjust the color of your 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. Are LED color fades giving you trouble? With Fade Tools, you 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. Are you working with a mixed rig of LEDs and tungsten? The enhanced Gel Picker helps you integrate LED colors with the rest of the rig, with better color matches and a Show Colors view that auto-populates from Patch. Want that red dress to pop a little more on stage? The Spectrum Tools present a graphic view of each LED, allowing you to hold the color point of the light while ramping up the red emitter.
Expand your programming horizons with Programming Wings, OSC, effects and more
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 you can easily integrate your Eos cue list with sound, video and show-control devices, or build your own apps that will interact with Eos however you need them to – from custom remote-triggering to auto-updating paperwork from your show file. With additional boosts to Effects and Direct Selects, Lightwright import and RDM, Eos-family consoles running 2.3 are now more powerful than ever.
For an introductory video on the features of Eos 2.3 software, visit https://www.etcconnect.com/Products/Consoles/Eos-Family/Eos-Ti/Videos.aspx. To download the latest Eos-family software, visit https://www.etcconnect.com/Products/Consoles/Eos-Family/Eos-Ti/Software.aspx.