Lighting Application Suite 5.3 SR1

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The e:cue Lighting Application Suite is a collection of software applications used to program the most creative lighting designs. The Lighting Application Suite includes innovative and intuitive tools to design simple to complex lighting and video shows, position lighting fixtures in a project plan, and configure e:cue and external devices in the control system, in addition to programming special lighting effects, video-to-light pixel mapping, visualization of the lighting installation, and special triggering and automation features.


New Functions and Features

The new release 5.3 of e:cue's Lighting Application Suite upgrades the range of functions with a number of great new features:

Sequencing with Emotion FX  Place, rotate and scale video, images and scrolltext dynamically over the timeline incl. alpha channel, transitions, imaging effects for videos and graphics, display mix full-screen on external systems.

Enhanced Live FX dialog  The new Live FX dialog allows flexible, realtime effects from simple chasers to highly complex dynamic pattern creations with 2D pixel mapping. View effect settings with the fast and performant DirectX-based Imagine tool.

Control lighting applications remotely using the Action Pad  Access the Lighting Application Suite from remote through a wide range of different devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or PC-Browser.

Advanced show protection  Protect your intellectual properties against inspection and modification. Program timelimits and access limitations.

Many updates and additional features  All elements of the Lighting Application Suite, Patchelor, Library Editor and Programmer, got additional functions. A new HTTP server implementation allows higher performance and more clients. New devices like e:bus Input Module or Moxy ioLogic interfaces are supported.

Updates and News  Updates of the e:cue LAS can be conveniently downloaded from within e:cue Programmer. Use the new logbook tab to keep track of updates and news from e:cue.


INNOVATION

Create stunning lighting sequences using the live FX Engine  Endless special lighting sequence possibilities and effects can be generated using the live FX Engine.  From simple color-changing chasers to complex, dynamic color patterns based on advanced mathematical formulas.

Program advanced and interactive automation or triggering  With simple steps, users can program various automation and triggering features for their lighting installation, creating interactive experiences for end-users or to reflect specific events.

Program precision timing lighting scenes  Precisely define transitions between cues, wait times and fade in/out times, to the millisecond for the perfect lighting show.

Configure 1:1 pixel mapping of video content  Instantly map each video pixel to each LED node for video-to-lighting installations. 

Preview lighting projects with a Visualizer tool (Imagine)  Preview your project using the built-in 2D Visualizer or use the Imagine software tool to preview the lighting show in 3D.

Control lighting shows using an Internet browser  An HTML-enabled web server offers browsers the possibility to trigger many functions available within the e:cue software package, thus enabling the use of devices with LAN or WLAN access, such as cell phones, PDAs, panel PCs, laptops, and computers, to remotely control lighting shows.

E-mail notifications and status reports  The e:cue software can send various notifications and status reports of the lighting installation via e-mail, typically sent to building management.

Intuitively arrange lighting fixtures in your project plan  Using the Patchelor tool, users can easily map the lighting fixtures using a background picture of the project for intuitive planning.  The file generated by this powerful tool is later used by the software lighting designer tool and Visualizer tool.

Supports RDM protocol for bidirectional communication  RDM (Remote Device Management) bidirectional communication allows configuration, status monitoring, and management of lighting fixtures with RDM capability.

SIMPLICITY

Select standard fixtures using the Fixture Library for easy set-up  Pick the fixtures and arrange them according to the project layout. The Fixture Library includes an extensive list of standard fixtures by major lighting manufacturers. For addition of new or custom fixtures, you can create your own fixture profile.

Organize and group fixtures  Cluster fixtures and individual LEDs for easier access and management of large lighting installations with several sections. Users can name fixture groups for better organization and ease of programming.

Use the same lighting desk features on a PC  Familiar features used in lighting desks such as cues, cue lists, sub-masters, grandmasters, and faders make it easy for experienced programmers and lighting designers to learn e:cue software and use the same features on a PC and on the Lighting Control Engine.

Use the Color Picker for quick color selection  Assign color to individual lighting nodes or groups using the Color Picker, a standard feature in all familiar graphic software applications.

Create animations using Wizards  Easily generate chasers, scrolling text, graphic animations, and map video content using software wizards.

Add dynamic video effects  Orchestrate cue overlays for multiple videos and add dramatic effects with the EmotionFX.

Program time and date triggers  Use specific date and time triggers to start lighting shows based on sunrise, sunset, specific holidays and other time-related triggers.

Customize Glass Touch User Terminals  Simply tailor the functionality of the touch sensitive keys and wheels of all Glass Touch User Terminals using a visual tool.  Assign any function to the keys or wheel in only a few steps.

Use the Sequencer to compose shows with a visual timeline  The intuitive timeline tool called the Sequencer makes building frame-synchronized lighting programs easy.  The Sequencer displays video as single frames and audio data as a waveform, and can record manually evoked events.

Complete and easy customization of multiple remote User Interfaces  Programmer’s Action Pad tool allows users to create their own fully customized user interface and publish their design in real time to several platforms including, a local PC running e:cue Programmer; a remote PC running Internet Explorer or Firefox with Flash; a Glass Touchscreen (e:net); an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch via e:cue’s free application; and to the LCE and LCE FX display.


FLEXIBILITY

Control large numbers of DMX/RDM channels  Design lighting shows from simple installations with few fixtures to large lighting installations requiring control of up to 65,536 DMX/RDM channels, the equivalent of controlling up to 21,845 RGB color mixing nodes or 65,536 monochromatic light nodes (128 DMX Universes). 

Use scripting language for advanced custom solutions  Apart from the standard features provided by the e:cue software, advanced users can utilize the e:script scripting language, based on familiar programming language concepts, to create special functions for custom solutions and unlimited programming options.

Integrate Input/Output signal for external triggering  Allows integration of external control devices through various protocols to initiate various functions in the software.

Use two media players for simultaneous video/audio playback  Use two media players to replay and transition between two video files simultaneously.

Orchestrate sound-to-light using Audio DSP  Create dynamic lighting sequences based on sound from music or other audio source.


Lighting Application Suite Versions

Standard Version  Free download at www.ecue.com. This is the most basic version of the LAS.

Elements Version  Two Multimedia Players with full screen playback capability and video, two light mapping features, and an AudioDSP feature enables powerful Sound2Light Effects.  Th Elements Version also enables users to export light scenes to the e:cue Butler and Butler XT and allows integration of one external device such as Midi, RS232, or SMPTE Timecode, via the Device Manager.

Enterprise Version  Contains all functions of the Elements Version , plus integration of up to five external devices.  In this version,  powerful automation trigger features and the Sunrise Timer (astronomical clock) are enabled, as well as access one Art-Net or KiNet Universe.

LCE Version  Pre-installed and available only with the Lighting Control Engine (LCE) Series.  Enables integration of 99 external devices.  Art-Net/ KiNET upgrades which enable output of Art-Net/KiNET protocols are only available with the LCE. Art-Net/KiNET upgrades can be expanded in steps of 8, 16, 32 or 64 universes. This feature enables simultaneous control of DMX/RDM fixtures and Art-Net/KiNET-driven fixtures.

LCE-FX Version  Pre installed and available only with the Lighting Control Engine FX (LCE-FX), this version includes all features of the LCE Version, in addition to the EmotionFX Real time Video Synthesizer.


System Requirements

 

 Required CPU with SSE1 support (AMD® Athlon64® or higher, Intel® Pentium® 4 or higher), e.g.: Pentium 4 3.2 Ghz, Pentium D 2.66 Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 3000+
Microsoft® Windows® Vista® Professional 32bit, Windows® 7 Professional 32bit or Windows® XP SP3
DirectX9.0c (from 5.3 included in Package)
1 GB Memory, 100 MB disk space
DirectX9-compatible graphics adapter with 128 MB RAM (for Emotion FX ) and Pixel Shader 2.0b support, 1024x768 minimum display resolution, e.g.: 128 MB PCIe NVIDIA® GeForce® 6600 GT, ATI Radeon® x1950
 Recommended  Dual Core 3Ghz Processor e.g.: Intel® Core i7®-950, AMD® Phenom® II x4
Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional 32bit (Emotion FX requires Windows® 7 Professional 32bit!)
DirectX9.0c (from 5.3 included in Package)
4 GB Memory, 100 MB disk space
DirectX9-compatible graphics adapter with 512 MB RAM, 1920x1080 display resolution, e.g.: 512 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX, ATI Radeon® HD 3870
Additional network adapter(s)

 

See the Setup Manual in the LAS documentation tab for more information about versions and supported devices.



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