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GDTF goes one step further together with MA Lighting and Vectorworks

The founders of the standard to describe the hierarchical structure, logic and controls of any type of equipment in the entertainment industry, MA Lighting and BIM Vectorworks, give one more twist and reveal important updates for GDTF.

With the update of DIN SPEC 15800: 2021, the GDTF system advance in your career to become a must, not just in the work of designers, but in the entire entertainment industry.

This was revealed by Dr. Biplab Sarkar, CEO of Vectorworks, who sees this recognition as proof of the evolution and continued success of GDTF.

But what does this update to the standard mean? In the words of Michael Bahr, DIN project manager, the update to DIN SPEC 15800: 2021 it will make the GDTF format easier to use and more scalable for the future. That's what DIN SPEC is made for: 'Today's idea. Tomorrow's standard. '

Since GDTF was officially released as a publicly available specification for the worldwide entertainment industry in June 2020, the original creators of the file format have been joined by manufacturers and users across the industry to ensure that it remains the standard that really benefits end users.

Open communication, handling of comments, and continuous improvement efforts have led to the latest version of the file format, GDTF 1.2. It includes several important changes that address previous criticisms of the standard and key enhancements.

SVG and .gITF support

GDTF 1.2 includes SVG support to define the 2D representation and .gITF support to define the 3D representation, which allows a better graphical representation of GDTF objects. The additional support for these object types makes GDTF truly universal, not just for props, but for all kinds of objects that are used within an event.

Nonlinear Behavior and Subphysical Attributes (SubPhysicalAttributes)

Nonlinear behavior and SubPhysicalAttributes allow designers a more accurate representation of function behaviors in rendering. Furthermore, the functions of pulsed or strobed channels can now be described more precisely.

Non-DMX based control protocols

GDTF 1.2 offers support for non-DMX-based control protocols, such as OSC. This OSC support demonstrates the file format's ability to support not only DMX, but other formats as well, giving design and production professionals more flexibility and control.

GDTF version 1.2 too supports more types of objects, such as trusses, lasers, chain motors and power distributors, with new types of geometry.

"The GDTF Group maintains a strong commitment to developing the format using open sources, while demonstrating its ability to respond to criticism and requests for format enhancements," said Gerhard Krude, CEO of MA Lighting Technology. "Ultimately, we emphasize that GDTF and MVR are made by the industry for the industry."

Stonex, as a distributor of MA Lighting and Vectorworks in Spain, supports and is part of this standardization process that will benefit and revolutionize the entire entertainment industry.

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