Introducing V2.0 For ETC Eos Family Consoles

Introducing V2.0 For ETC Eos Family Consoles

With the release of the V2.0 software there has never been a better time to be an Eos Family operator. The 2.0 release is the biggest of the last couple of years and completes the Eos Family software with a host of new features including Magic Sheets and a fully functional RDM implementation, plus a few other exciting changes. The 2.0 software is available for all of the Eos Family consoles including Eos, Gio, Ion and Element. In this article I will introduce you to a couple of the new features in the console and give you an insight into the new power of your console.

Definitely the most awaited part of the 2.0 release is the introduction of the new Magic Sheets feature. Magic Sheets allow you to view your show data visually, not just as numbers on a screen. You can create lighting plots on your console for the designer to use or create a mixture of lighting layouts and palette layouts for you to use as a programmer, or you can share a magic sheet with different views, the possibilities for Magic Sheets are endless. You can create one or many, as big or as small as you like.

Magic Sheets are available across the whole range of Eos Family consoles, from Element to Eos all gaining this new functionality. They can be built both on the console and on the offline editors, so the majority of the sheet can be built offline and tweaked in the theatre to save time.

The magic sheets incorporate a number of elements that can be used to represent fixtures and buttons. You can import fixture icons and assign channel references, you can then assign these fixture icons to follow the colour of the programmed fixture, that way you can visually follow the look of your rig, or you can assign your own colours. You can also import custom images to act as background layers or to show the gobo image in your fixture.

ETC Eos V2 Magic Sheets 1

You can also import custom button icons to access palettes, presets, macros, groups, channels etc. Or you can import an icon and assign it to mimic the function of any hard key on the console. The possibilities for button assignment are almost endless.

ETC Eos V2 Magic Sheets 2

And for those designers that like to follow the command line of their operators, you can also assign multiple command line objects to duplicate the command line of any user on the network.

ETC Eos V2 Magic Sheets 3

Because the Magic Sheet is completely interactive it also works within the Command line structure of the console which allows you to quickly and intuitively move between visual and command line programming. Meaning that the Eos line of consoles is now a complete programming solution that can cater to many varied users. The console speaks the language of light, with no complicated syntax to get in the way of your design, the transition from paper to rig to performance is now even simpler.

V2.0 also brings a revised and fully featured RDM implementation to the Eos Family platform. The advantage of RDM in your rig has been covered in many articles and discussions previously but now this technology is finally available at your fingertips as an Eos operator. Imagine being ready to flash your rig, bars locked off and patch in the console. You then realise that the mode you put your source four LED fixtures in is wrong, now via RDM you can remotely change the mode of the fixtures and also re address them all from the console without moving a bar.

RDM has been a feature of Eos previously but with this update you now have the access to the full suite of RDM functions. You can remotely address and change the mode of RDM enabled fixtures plus poll the fixtures to see things like temperature, fan speed and lamp life. You can also use RDM to quickly and easily identify and troubleshoot faults in a fixture.

All RDM in Eos requires is the V2.0 software and an ETC Net3 Gateway. Of course all of the usual caveats apply with RDM such as RDM enabled fixtures and also ensuring that your cabling and switches/nodes all support RDM pass through. Once all of these little hiccups have been sorted you have a complete RDM system from console to fixture.

This is just a brief glimpse into the new 2.0 software for the Eos family consoles. Remember the software is available on all consoles Eos through to Element, so every user can utilise the new functionality.

If you would like more information about the 2.0 software ETC have created a couple of great YouTube videos that show you through both the functionality of magic sheets and RDM and some of the other great additions to 2.0. These videos can be found here.

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