CAST Software Wins Another Emmy for WYSIWYG


CAST Software, makers of WYSIWYG, Vivien Designer, and the becoming-popular BlackTrax software have been awarded a second Technical Emmy for their WYSIWYG work.

From the blog post at CAST Software’s blog:

CAST Software’s wysiwyg was selected as a winner in the Pre-Production Visualization System category of the 2015 Technical / Engineering Achievement Awards for the 67th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards. This is the second Emmy® that wysiwyg has received to date.

Organized by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), these awards were judged by a committee of experts and will be presented during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on Friday, January 8th, 2016.

wysiwyg’s previsualization and lighting design software is currently in its 35th edition and continuing. It is used globally, not only by lighting designers, but also many key players in video and scenic design to pre-visualize to test and prove viability in the 3D environment before any real money is spent, making the process much more efficient.

A team of really clever people are behind this software and an intensive beta testing program ensures that the features of wysiwyg all work properly and are constantly updated. wysiwyg is also available in a student edition and for education institutions.

“This award is a testament to our innovation over the years, the continual development of wysiwyg and to the creative customers who use it in their projects. We are really proud to be honored with this recognition,” said Gil Densham, President at CAST Group.

Committee Chairman, Robert P. Seidel, Vice President of CBS Engineering and Advanced Technology and Chairman, Engineering Achievement Committee, NATAS adds: “The judges selected wysiwyg from CAST Software for its innovation and vision that has materially affected the way the audience views television and have set the standard for technological excellence in the industry.”

It sure was my pleasure to create the features for the versions I worked on in 2012 and 2013.  Hopefully those features helped.  I’m really super proud of everyone still at CAST that I worked with every day, those were some of the best times of my life with some of THE best people I’ve ever worked with.  I still use the software today for previz.

Congratulations to Gil, Dino, Peter, Igor, Eli (and the awesome software dev team), Carl and William the genius graphics ninjas, and all involved obviously, everyone deserved it.  We all worked super hard to make that software kick ass.  I’m super proud to see something I managed win an Emmy.

Have a good day, world of light.  I hope you get everything you want today.


The Podcast – Reminder for the Giveaway!

On Friday of this last week, I launched the Podcast – the first podcast features an interview with Gil Densham of Cast Lighting, the makers of WYSIWYG.  I’m dropping a reminder here because I want to make sure people enter for the big giveaway – two free licenses of Synthe-FX’s iPhone and ArtNet control platform, Luminair 1.5!  A $99.99 value, and I’ve got two for you!

Listen to the podcast – there are two questions that need answering in order to enter the contest.  Contact me through the contact form – do NOT, and I repeat, do NOT POST YOUR ANSWER in the comments!

Good luck!

The Podcast, Episode 1: Gil Densham of Cast Lighting

The first Podcast is ready! I had an interview with Cast Lighting‘s CEO Gilray Densham a few weeks ago, and we talked about WYSIWYG, Black Box, and some other exciting information. Please check it out!

I’m also giving away two free licenses of Synthe-FX’s software Luminair 1.5$99.99 each! In the podcast I asked two questions – contact me through the contact form with your answers, and a winner will be randomly selected from the group of correct answers! Good luck! The deadline for contest entries is Friday, April 24, 2009 by 11:59pm.

Let me make sure I’m clear about this – do not post the answers in the comments! Use the contact form!



I just downloaded WYSIWYG R23 last week; I am now plugging my way through a few posts about the new features, but I can tell you that the new live viz tool is stunning.  Spectacular is another word that comes to mind.  They’re also knocking $800 off of the price of WYSIWYG Perform Unlimited, and WYSIWYG Design to Perform upgrade is $800 off list as well.  Times are tough, Gil and his people aren’t stupid.

New in R23:

Visualization (Shaded Views)

  • Improved Beam Footprints
  • Shadows
  • Hotspots
  • Video in Beams
  • Improved Smoke Controls
  • AVI Movie Creator

Lighting Design Tools

  • Footprint Focus
  • Fixture Point of View (POV)
  • Updates to Designer Tools
  • Ruler Tool

Security & Product Levels

  • AES Dongle Encryption
  • Dongle-less Background Render Manager
  • Dongle-less Console Viewer


  • Sixty-five (65) new Fixtures
  • Two hundred seventy five (275) new Truss pieces
  • One hundred (100) new Gobos

Cast has a ton of screenshots for the new release – check them out here.  Also, go to Cast’s WYSIWYG page to get more info on getting R23.