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Luminair 2.0 for iPad – Video Demo!

This is what happens when you have over 150 tabs open in Chrome – you skip over things unintentionally!

Check this out - Synthe FX’s Luminair app for iPad and iPhone, demoed in video:

Luminair for iPad – multi-touch DMX lighting control – A Quick Preview from Synthe FX on Vimeo.

I’ve done some interesting stuff with Ryan Hisey’s apps – what I find incredibly cool about this video (and the one below) is that they were featured on one of my favorite blogs that deals with video jockeying and live visual art, Create Digital Motion.  Now THAT is what I’m talking about – when we work together across industries of light and art, all kinds of cool stuff happens!

Check out another video, this time of Luminair for iPhone:

Luminair 2.0 – wireless DMX lighting control for iPhone + iPod touch from Synthe FX on Vimeo.

iPhone Lighting Software: ZinmanCo’s PocketLD and Synthe FX’s Luminair v2

As far as iPhone software goes, “there’s an app for that,” right?  How about an app for MAKING ME A PIZZA RIGHT NOW AAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

<deep breath>

Okay, I feel better.  But seriously, there are tons of apps out there for every single thing you can imagine.  The other day I downloaded an app from the iTunes store that played these crazy soundscapes to help you fall asleep.  Awesome.  As far as lighting goes, there are tons of apps out there for that, too.  But I think it takes more than the skill of coding an app to make an iPhone app – hell, there are programs out there that generate iPhone apps out of a website feed or a podcast stream, and apps that really do nothing at all.  You have to have an understanding of the basis of what you’re doing in order to make a useful iPhone app.

Two such iPhone app developers are Ryan Hisey from Synthe FX (makers of Luminair) and Mike Zinman of Zinman Software (makers of PocketLD and many others).  Both are pushing updates this week to their popular iPhone suites.  What these two guys do forges the way.  End of story.

First, Zinman Software’s PocketLD – a program that International Cinematographer’s Guild Magazine called one of the top five apps for filmmakers and cinematographers:

PocketLD V2.0 Now Available on the iTunes App Store

LONG BEACH, CA – ZINMAN SOFTWARE, makers of the popular lighting related iPhone apps, announces the release of PocketLD v2.0. PocketLD allows lighting professionals in theatre, film and TV to calculate the FC/LUX and Beam/Field Diameters for over 2000 fixtures and lamps.

V2.0 adds the functionality for users to edit the existing library, create their own fixtures and organize these fixtures into an improved Favorites List. New fixtures included in the library include Dedolight, K5600 and Kobold.

Developer Michael Zinman says “This is our most ambitious update for PocketLD since it was released two years ago. I’m so happy with these changes and I’m confident our world-wide user base will find the new functions a great add.”

Recently, PocketLD was featured in ICG Magazine (International Cinematographers Guild) as one of the top five apps for filmmakers and cinematographers.

For more information, visit www.zinmansoftware.com

Direct download of PocketLD v2.0 on the App Store is available by following the link below.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocketld/id292911261?mt=8

About Zinman Software.

Zinman Software is a technology leader in applications for the event production industry. Among their products are a number of iPhone apps including Genielux, ML Finder, Pocket LD, Gel Calc, iSwitch DMX and TCP/IP Remote. For more information visit www.zinmansoftware.com.

Ryan Hisey and Synthe FX’s Luminair v2 – a lighting control suite that turns your iPhone into an amazing lighting tool for programmers, designers, lighting directors, and lighting technicians in all trades.  I mean, 36+ hours on batteries?!  Fuhgeddabadit.  Luminair v2 is being developed to do some amazing things in CAST Software’s wysiwyg, Release 25. More on that later, but be sure that it will rock!

Synthe FX release Luminair v2.0 for iPhone & iPod touch
Cincinnati, OH, February 25, 2010 – Synthe FX have released Luminair 2.0, a major upgrade to the wireless multi-touch DMX control app for iPhone and iPod touch. Luminair is revolutionary wireless lighting control software, which uses the Art-Net protocol to control
compatible lighting equipment and media servers via the iPhone and iPod touch’s internal Wi-Fi hardware.

Among the new features in v2.0 is “Stacks”, which is a cue-list playback system designed to make it very easy to put together shows for a wide variety of uses. Cues can be programmed directly within Luminair, and also recorded as snapshots from an external console or any other DMX control source. Standard playback life using the device’s internal battery can run up to
3.5 hours, and can be extended to over 36 hours using a 3rd-party external battery pack. Playback will run indefinitely when the device is plugged into a power source.

Another major new feature in Luminair 2.0 is the ability to assign images as visual references to cues, using the iPhone’s built-in camera, photo library, or transferred via Luminair’s internal web server. Users can browse and trigger Quick-Touch cues using a CoverFlow view, which renders the assigned images in breathtaking OpenGL 3D. Also dependent on the new image
reference support in version 2.0, is the ability to export “Fixture POV” images and data directly over Wi-Fi from Cast Software’s next release of WYSIWYG R25.

Other notable new features in 2.0 include full group support, cut/copy/paste capabilities, accelerometer support for XY controls, plus extensive additions and refinements to the existing feature-set. Company founder and lead product developer Ryan Hisey says “The ability to program and playback shows directly from an iPhone or iPod, for periods lasting greater than 36 hours on batteries is really amazing. We’re really excited to see how our customers push the boundaries of automated lighting control.”

“In this release, we also took advantage of a lot of the great features that are built-in to the iPhone and iPod touch, such as the accelerometer, camera, and photo library. The images in CoverFlow look absolutely amazing, and users can easily add their own custom images and icons via multiple convenient methods. Additionally, we are very excited to be working with
Cast Software, who is a highly respected industry leader, on such a groundbreaking new feature for lighting pros.”

Availability
Luminair 2.0 is available for download now, exclusively from Apple’s iTunes App Store. For all existing customers, version 2.0 is a free upgrade. Full product details, videos, and screenshots can be seen at http://synthe-fx.com/luminair

Keep up the excellent developing, dudes.

Luminair 2.0 is Coming

Everybody knows Luminair.  What everybody doesn’t know is that Luminaire 2.0 is coming.

I had a chance to play with the 2.0 release on Synthe FX founder Ryan Hisey’s iPhone at LDI 2009 in Orlando.  The new features are pretty awesome, and it’s extra excellent for me since I’m a big WYG user.  Check out the press release from Synthe FX on the Luminaire 2.0 update, which is coming soon.

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Synthe FX announces Luminair 2.0, wireless DMX control for iPhone and iPod touch

Following an introduction at LDI 2009, Synthe FX has officially announced Luminair 2.0, the next generation of the wireless multi-touch DMX control software for the iPhone and iPod touch. Luminair is a revolutionary wireless lighting control product, which uses the Art-Net protocol to control compatible lighting and media server equipment via the iPhone and iPod touch’s internal Wi-Fi hardware.

Among the new features in version 2.0 is “Stacks”, which is a cue-list playback system designed to make it very easy to put together shows for a variety of uses. Cues can be programmed directly within Luminair, and also recorded as snapshots from an external console or any other DMX control source using Luminair’s DMX input. “Stacks” has five different playback modes, and each cue has individual assignable timing information, making playback options extremely flexible. Standard playback life using the device’s internal battery has tested to be around 2.5-3 hours, and can be extended to 8-9 hours or even longer using a 3rd party external battery pack. When the device is plugged into a power source, playback can run indefinitely.

Another major new feature in Luminair 2.0 is the ability to assign images as visual references to cues, using the iPhone’s built-in camera, photo library, or transferred via the internal HTTP server. Users can browse and trigger Quick-Touch cues using a CoverFlow like user interface, which renders the assigned images in breathtaking OpenGL 3D.

Also dependent on the new image reference support in version 2.0, is the ability to export “Fixture POV” images and data directly from Cast Software’s next release of WYSIWYG. With this feature, WYSIWYG designers can transfer both a reference image and the necessary DMX data from a fixture POV directly into Luminair, so that a rigger can effortlessly work from the designer’s original vision when focusing that fixture.

Other new features in 2.0 include full group support, cut/copy/paste capabilities, accelerometer support for XY controls, plus extensive additions and refinements to existing features.

Company founder and lead product developer Ryan Hisey gave a presentation and demos of the new features at LDI 2009 in Orlando, where the response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. “The original goal in creating Luminair was to make a tool that appeals to lighting and media professionals in all fields, whether for studio, architectural, rigging, media servers, testing, the possibilities are almost endless. The combination of the existing feature-set plus the new features and refinements in 2.0 finally solidify this quest to appeal to such a diverse range of customers.”

“The ability to program and playback shows directly from an iPhone or iPod, for periods lasting up to or longer than 8-9 hours on batteries is really amazing. Likewise, never before have lighting professionals had the option of designing looks on a master console, recording snapshots, and building a simple show that they can carry in their pocket.”

“In this release, we also wanted to take advantage of a lot of great features that are built-in to the iPhone and iPod touch, such as the accelerometer, camera, and sync-able photo library. The images in CoverFlow look absolutely amazing, and users can easily add their own custom images and icons via multiple convenient methods. Additionally, we are very excited to be working with Cast Software, who is a highly respected industry leader, on such a groundbreaking new feature for lighting pros.”

Availability
Luminair will be available in Q1 2010 exclusively on Apple’s iTunes App Store, for a price of $99 US dollars. For all existing customers, version 2.0 will be a free upgrade. Full details, videos, and screenshots can be seen at http://synthe-fx.com/products/luminair

Anniversary Week on JimOnLight.com – Friday Giveaways, and Grand Prize!

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Today is the last day of the week of giveaways – it’s been a great week, hundreds of people have commented, twittered, and just plain been awesome.  Thank you so much for every single one of your wonderful comments – I love writing this stuff as much as you love reading it!  I read the metrics for the site daily, and you guys are the most dedicated readership a blogger could ever want!

I want to give my best, loudest, and most energetic screams of appreciation to the people who provided the merchandise we were able to you awesome JimOnLight.com readers:

Last but certainly not least, Shannon Dudley at Inkblot Creative for the fabulous site design, and my awesome wife for the code!

Thanks a lot for reading JimOnLight.com – I promise to keep giving you the best news I can find.

Friday Winners – two Zinman software 3-Packs (iSwitch DMX, PocketLD, and GelCalc), two 9-LED flashlights, one BMI Supply t-shirt, and one license of Zinman’s ML Finder PRO software!

Zinman 3-pack:
Dominic from Seattle
Zinman 3-pack:
Aron Altmark
9-LED flashlight:
Ofir Dori
9-LED flashlight:
Noah on the Goah
BMI Supply t-shirt:
Greg Owen
ML Finder PRO:
David Atkinson

And FINALLY – the Grand Prize Winner – who will be awarded with a lux meter from Mastech, a $20 coupon for the JimOnLight.com store (ie, a free t-shirt!!) a full Zinman software suite (iSwitch DMX, PocketLD, GelCalc, and ML Finder PRO), a BMI Supply t-shirt, and a 16-LED flashlight!

Congratulations, Colin Riebel, you’re the grand prize winner!

Thank you for reading, everyone! New stuff coming up and daily articles, as always! Winners, I’ll be contacting you all in the next few days, so make sure that jim [at] JimOnLight.com is not getting thrown into your SPAM folder!

Luminair 1.5 Contest Is Over – Winners Contacted

I am thrilled to say that I have sent the two winners’ names of the Luminair 1.5 contest to Ryan at Synthe FX, who will be contacting the winners to set up their free licenses of Luminair 1.5 – lighting control via your iPhone!

If you listened to the first edition of The JimOnLight.com Podcast, you would know the two questions posed for entry into the contest – for those of you who haven’t had a chance to hear it, I asked the following questions:

1.  What was the first computerized lighting control console for entertainment?
2.  What are the languages in which Luminair 1.5 is translated?

I accepted two answers for question 1 – the first memory console was actually developed by Strand, called the Strand IDM.  From the Strand Archive:

The world’s first memory lighting control, the IDM/DL arose out of the need to advance from a three preset manual fader desk to a means of recording the fader levels and instantly reproducing them in performance. The first installation in June 1968 in Schweinfurt, was followed by Budapest Opera and the Coliseum, London. With its push-button IDM/R variant (the prototype of the DDM) and the later redesigned MSR system, 20 systems were installed around the world.

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I also accepted the answer of Gordon Pearlman’s LS-8 Electronics Diversified, used in Tharon Musser’s production of A Chorus Line.  Pearlman’s console was the first memory desk used on Broadway.

The second question was easy, located on Luminair’s website.  Luminair is translated into Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, English, and Spanish.

I took all of the entries and generated two completely random winners from a randomly generating algorithm – the winners were completely randomly selected from the correct answerers.  If you won, you’ve been contacted.  If you didn’t win, I have another contest coming up this week!  Free stuff ROCKS!  Thanks to all who entered – I have a lot more planned, and I hope you participate again!

Synthe FX Releases Luminair 1.5

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Luminair has been rocking the iPhone for a while now – the iPhone/iPod Touch DMX device control application uses Art-Net to communicate with devices employing Wi-Fi over your network.  It’s sexy.  Synthe-FX just released Luminair 1.5, an update with great features for the interface, real time data display, and moving light control just to name a few.  From the product page for Luminair 1.5:

Luminair enables you to wirelessly control, view, record and manage intelligent DMX lighting fixtures, consoles, media servers and other software directly from your iPhoneTM or iPodTM touch. Using Artistic License’s Art-Net protocol over your device’s built-in Wi-Fi connection, Luminair communicates with other compatible hardware and software nodes on your network. A gorgeous user interface provides desktop-calibre features and performance, all on a mobile platform. Use Luminair as the ultimate remote focus tool, for advanced architectural lighting, or simply as the centerpiece of your intelligent lighting rig.

Multi-touch output controls
As a pocket-sized DMX controller, Luminair is in a class all by itself. Multi-touch fader controls allow you to manipulate DMX values with accurate precision. Control fixture color values in both CMY and RGB color modes with color changer tracks. XY grid controls allow you to pan and tilt moving heads with fine control. The touch-board channel editor provides quick channel setup for all of your DMX fixtures. Quick-Touch cues, each with an assignable fade time, allow you to store fixture information for easy touch-based triggering.

Input analyzing & recording
Luminair’s Art-Net input port allows data to be displayed in realtime, as a touch-scrollable overview of all channels in the input universe. Selecting a specific channel shows the current value, as well as the past 24 seconds of data in graph form. Luminair also offers the capabilty of recording snapshots from the Art-Net input port directly to Quick-Touch cues, a useful feature for backing up from a console or any other DMX source.

Over the airwaves
Wireless connectivity allows you to be unchained from the lighting desk or closest patch-bay. Simply connect a hardware Art-Net to DMX converter to your Wi-Fi router and lighting equipment. Luminair is compatible with any standard Wi-Fi router, and supports all existing security settings such as WPA, and WEP for keeping your network locked. Efficient use of your device’s processor, memory and network communications, help conserve battery power for long use.

File management
Both fixtures and entire projects can be saved and restored at any time, making Luminair an indispensable tool for configuring your intelligent lighting networks. A built-in file manager makes this a simple process. Restoring lighting settings for your next location, event, or mood is as easy as selecting from the project and fixture preset files saved on your device. File transfers to and from your device(s) is handled via Synthe FX LCompanIon app, which is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and above.

Industry standards
Luminair was created with industry standards in mind, and is compatible with numerous existing hardware and software products. All DMX signals are computed natively on the iPhone or iPod touch, without relying on a master console’s proprietary protocol. This makes Luminair versatile for both initial installation, as well as switching between and/or upgrading your lighting equipment in the future. One recommended cost effective Art-Net to DMX converter is Enttec’s ODE, for which we now provide a 10% off coupon with every purchase of Luminair.*

Check out this video on using Luminair 1.5 – worth a look!