GDTF & MVR

GDTF: The General Device Type Format is an open standard for describing devices of the entertainment industry. These devices may be lighting fixtures, trusses, distribution boxes, media servers, lasers or other devices used in the entertainment industry. This documentation describes DIN SPEC 15800:2022-02 also known as GDTF Version 1.2.

MVR: The My Virtual Rig file format is an open standard which allows programs to share data and geometry of a scene for the entertainment industry. A scene is a set of parametric objects such as fixtures, trusses, video screens, and other objects that are used in the entertainment industry. This documentation describes DIN SPEC 15801:2023-12 also known as MVR Version 1.6.


Latest news

Vectorworks 2024 Update 5 MVR Precision Import Improvements

The fifth update of the Vectorworks Spotlight brings greater precision of fixture coordinates during the MVR import process for more efficient information exchange.

Posted May 15, 2024  ‐ Categories: MVR, Vectorworks

Creating a GDTF Lighting Fixture - new YouTube training videos

GDTF & MVR YouTube channel published new training video series about the Creating a GDTF Lighting Fixture.

Posted May 5, 2024  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF

More efficent workflow for grandMA3, Vectorworks and Depence on the AFC Asian Cup Opening Ceremony

Light Sound Journal reports on the opening ceremony of the AFC Asian Cup at the Lusail Stadium in Doha, Qatar in the Full grandMA3 offensive at AFC Asian Cup Opening Ceremony article and mentions how the entire workflow between various pieces of software was being made more efficient by utilizing GDTF and MVR.

Posted May 3, 2024  ‐ Categories: MA Lighting, Vectorworks, MVR, GDTF


Describing devices of the entertainment industry

DMX Modes

Fixtures can have many modes which change its available capabilities. These are all specified in a single file.

Channel Mappings

Channel mappings available in the fixture are associated with which values produce which responses.

Color & Gobo wheels

Bundled image files provide gobo patterns and color mappings define virtual or physical color wheels.

Fixture Geometry

Bundeled glTF, glb or 3DS files specify the specific geometry of lighting fixtures. Fixture functions are tied to these models.

Color Information

sRGB, ANSI standard, and ProPhoto values can be used to specify the calibrated color space of the light.

Physical properties

Power consumption, weight, operating temperature, and more specify the physical properties of a fixture.


Describing the entertainment scene

Scene description

Scenes are organized into groups, layers and child lists of objects with custom classing, positions, rotations, geometries, addresses and connections.

GDTF Fixture

Using the GDTF Specification, detailed description of lighting fixtures, trusses, distribution boxes, lasers and other devices is possible.

Symbol reuse

Objects can be defined as symbols and inserted into the scene multiple times with instance specific properties.

MVR xchange

MVR-xchange - allows multiple clients within the same network to share MVR files.