GDTF

General Device Type Format - GDTF - is meant to provide a single file format to describe devices for the entertainment industry.

GDTF Specification

GDTF Share Report for February 2024

GDTF Share report for the month of February 2024

Posted March 1, 2024  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

More Then 3000 Unique Devices Available in the GDTF Share

We have informed you in November about the total number of GDTF files in the GDTF Share surpassing 3000. Today, we are happy to share that another milestone has been reached and the GDTF Share now contains more then 3000 unique devices. For anyone interested, we keep publishing information about past seven days updates to the GDTF Share in our New section. With every uploaded device file, there are more happy customers being able to control their devices and more involved manufacturers, who have the updating and publishing process in their hands. Go GDTF! #gogdtf

Posted February 26, 2024  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

GDTF Group Releases GDTF and MVR libMVRgdtf Library 9.0.6 to the Public

GDTF group has made a public release of the libMVRgdtf library - a software code which allows software authors and companies to implement and utilize GDTF and MVR in their products in a convenient way. libMVRgdtf has previously been available on request but now it has been released to the general public, allowing wider adoption of the GDTF and MVR DIN recognised formats. The MVR-xchange communication protocol is also included in the library. The library has been battle tested and used in other projects and is released with a liberal software licence, allowing usage in commercial, closed source projects. GDTF.eu is publishing documentation for the libMVRgdtf in a searchable, user friendly way here.

Posted February 8, 2024  ‐ Categories: MVR, GDTF

Moment Factory releases v1.0 of Omniverse-MVR-GDTF-converter with native OpenUSD FileFormat plugin

Moment Factory (a multimedia studio) has released a version 1.0 of their open-source Omniverse MVR-GDTF plugin. To ensure seamless conversion of MVR and GDTF to OpenUSD, native OpenUSD FileFormat plugin API has been used, allowing non-destructive data availability in any OpenUSD compatible software, including Unreal Engine and Blender.

Posted February 6, 2024  ‐ Categories: MVR, GDTF, OpenUSD

Custom file browser icon for GDTF files

Configure your desktop to show custom icon for each GDTF file, featuring a thumbnail image of each device in this icon.

Posted February 4, 2024  ‐ 5 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, Robe Lighting

GDTF Share Report for January 2024

GDTF Share report for the month of January 2024

Posted February 1, 2024  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

GDTF Share Report for the Year of 2023

GDTF Share total and yearly report for the year of 2023 with interactive chart.

Posted January 28, 2024  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

GDTF Builder Release January 2024

New update of the GDTF Builder has been released, enhancing yet another part of the GDTF-MVR workflow.

Posted January 20, 2024  ‐ 4 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF

Exploring the GDTF Share Public API With Bruno

The GDTF Share has had a Public API available for a while, this Bruno GDTF Share API Collection allows observing the API requests and responses (useful for development), see more details here. If you use Postman, you can import very limited export of this collection from here.

Posted January 14, 2024  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

GDTF Share Report for December 2023

GDTF Share report for the month of December 2023

Posted January 1, 2024  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

MVR-xchange Protocol Added to BlenderDMX

BlenderDMX addon has adopted the new MVR-xchange protocol for seamless MVR scene updates over network, further enhancing the MVR workflow.

Posted December 22, 2023  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, BlenderDMX

Production Assist 1.10 with MVR-xchange Support

Production Assist release 1.10 delivers many improvements and additions including implementation of the MVR-xchange protocol.

Posted December 19, 2023  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, Production Assist

GDTF and MVR at LDI 2023

GDTF and MVR had a successful presence at LDI, showcasing the DIN Spec recognized formats and workflow solutions in a dedicated booth as well as at various events throughout the exhibition. The presentations were well-received by attendees, resulting in increased interest and potential opportunities for future collaborations. This successful showing highlights the continued growth of GDTF and MVR in the industry. See short YouTube videos after the break.

Posted December 9, 2023  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR

GDTF Share Report for November 2023

GDTF Share report for the month of November 2023

Posted December 1, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

2D Planning View and Faster MVR Import in BlenderDMX v1.0.3

Version 1.0.3 of BlenderDMX addon has been released with faster MVR import, improved 3D models loading and with support for GDTF 2D symbols.

Posted November 30, 2023  ‐ 2 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, BlenderDMX

Vectorworks 2024 Update 2 Improves GDTF in Vision

Vectorworks announced release of its second update for the Vectorworks 2024 product line, delivering an array of performance improvements aimed at enhancing the overall quality of the product line. For Vision users, this update brings even better support for GDTF files. Now, they can enjoy seamless compatibility with glTF/glb-backed GDTF files, and GDTF-based conventional fixtures can be focused and saved directly within the Vision platform.

Posted November 26, 2023  ‐ Categories: GDTF, Vectorworks

GDTF-MVR Workflow Discussion for Entertaintment Professionals @ LDI

On Monday December 4, 2023 1:30pm - 2:20pm PST, at LDI, there will be a live panel discussion with Sevan Dalkian (Technical Product Designer, Epic Games), Tony Caporale (Production Designer, Infinitus Vox) and Matt Geasy (Tech, Just Networking / Clear All Visuals LLC), moderated by MA's Daniel Kannenberg, about efficient and time-saving workflows using GDTF and MVR.

Posted November 19, 2023  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR

Reaching a Milestone: GDTF Share Surpasses 3000 Total File Count

The total number of manufacturer- and user-generated GDTF files in the GDTF Share has surpassed 3000, a significant milestone as the entertainment industry moves towards general support for this technology. The report for October, which we have previously shared in this post, highlights another uptake of GDTF devices from multiple lighting fixture manufacturers like ADJ, JBL, and Chauvet. (The monthly report is focused on total count of devices without including their variations or revisions.) In this instance, the lucky file that hit the 3000 mark was one of Robe's GDTFs for older devices, demonstrating manufacturer's commitment to providing GDTF support even for products launched prior to its creation, while still in use in productions.

Posted November 3, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

GDTF Share Report for October 2023

GDTF Share report for the month of October 2023

Posted November 1, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

GrandMA3 MVR Workflow by Tue Knudsen

Tue Knudsen of Event Lighting shares step by step details of his workflow on the grandMA3 console, including a comprehensive description of how MVR allows him to be efficient when reusing his programming.

Posted October 30, 2023  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, MA Lighting

Recording of the 'Streamline Your Process with GDTF & MVR' webinar

If you did not manage to watch live the Vectorworks organized webinar with Brandon Eckstorm about using GDTF and MVR inside Vectorworks and Vision, organized at the end of September, you can watch the video recording.

Posted October 23, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, Vectorworks

GDTF – What is it? What is it for?

Adam Hall has published a blog post about the GDTF format, explaining the advantages of the universal fixture library and the related MVR and GDTF workflow.

Posted October 17, 2023  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR

MomentFactory releases Omniverse MVR/GDTF converter source code on GitHub

Moment Factory released a converter which provides support of GDTF (General Device Type Format) and MVR (My Virtual Rig) files in USD for Omniverse. See more details about their work in our earlier news Where GDTF, MVR and OpenUSD meet: Creating Immersive Events with OpenUSD and Digital Twins.

Posted October 9, 2023  ‐ Categories: MVR, GDTF, OpenUSD

GDTF/MVR Improvements in grandMA3 Version 1.9.7.0

Latest version of the grandMA3 software contains several interesting GDTF and MVR related improvements including changes to the pigtail geometry, new visualized gobo attributes or better graphics rendering.

Posted October 5, 2023  ‐ 2 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, MA Lighting

GDTF Share Report for September 2023

GDTF Share report for the month of September 2023

Posted October 1, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

ETC announces General Device Type Format (GDTF) Fixture Import for Eos Family

ETC announced support for Basic fixture import via General Device Type Format (GDTF) in the Eos v3.2.4. Details given in this dedicated article explain that the initial implementation will only import the DMX definition and for the time being will not import 3D models, gobo images, color definitions nor multicell fixtures, but 'GDTF imports will continue to improve in future releases with planned work and user feedback on the forums'. Eos has previously already been able to import MVR, so the possibility to use GDTFs is another enhancement for the Eos platform and also a great confirmation of success for GDTF and MVR.

Posted September 29, 2023  ‐ Categories: GDTF

Development of plugins for import and preview of GDTF-based virtual fixtures in Unreal Engine - a bachelor degree theses by Luca Sorace

Luca Sorace of Sapienza Università di Roma has published a bachelor degree thesis on the development of a plugin for import and preview of a GDTF based fixtures in the Unreal Engine. Part of the theses is a discussion on implementation of various parts of a typical moving head fixture with calculations and sample code. The repository with the thesis is here and the thesis paper in Italian in pdf is here.

Posted September 25, 2023  ‐ Categories: GDTF, Unreal Engine

Vectorworks: Streamline Your Process with GDTF & MVR

In this free webinar on Wednesday, September 27, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET, Brandon Eckstorm, lighting and production designer, will show you how GDTF & MVR is changing the game in the entertainment industry. You’ll also learn how to use GDTF and MVR with your favorite design and visualization software: Vectorworks Spotlight and Vision. You can register here.

Posted September 23, 2023  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, Vectorworks

BlenderDMX Releases 1.0.1 with Featurfull MVR Import

Version 1.0.1 of BlenderDMX addon has been released with much improved MVR import. This is not (yet) the big 2.0 rework, but rather a massive improvement to the 1.0 branch.

Posted September 20, 2023  ‐ 2 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, BlenderDMX

Where GDTF, MVR and OpenUSD meet: Creating Immersive Events with OpenUSD and Digital Twins

NVIDIA is featuring a story about the amazing work of Moment Factory, who has been combining the power of the OpenUSD with Omniverse together with MVR and GDTF, forming a digital twin of a real-world environment. Read on for details on how they utilize Epic Games Unreal Engine, Blender, Adobe Photoshop and Vectorworks for the immersive simulation in the Omniverse.

Posted September 12, 2023  ‐ Categories: Vectorworks, MVR, GDTF, OpenUSD

GDTF Share Report for August 2023

GDTF Share report for the month of August 2023

Posted September 1, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

Production Assist 1.9 Offers MVR 1.6 Implementation

Latest version 1.9 of Production Assist features many new improvements and additions, including implementation of the MVR 1.6 (draft). The MVR-xchange protocol is supposed to be coming up in future Production Assist version.

Posted August 31, 2023  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, Production Assist

Seemles MVR Workflow With Open Source Tools

Following Industry Leaders, Open Source Tools Also Embrace MVR Workflow: Streamlining Efficiency in BlinderKitten and BlenderDMX Integration

Posted August 29, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, BlenderDMX, BlinderKitten

BlinderKitten: Illuminating the Future of Open Source Live Event Lighting

BlinderKitten is a modern, fast, multiplatform lighting software with remote controllability via OSC and MIDI, supporting GDTF and MVR, all made accessible under the GPL license.

Posted August 25, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, BlinderKitten

GDTF Share Report for July 2023

GDTF Share report for the month of July 2023

Posted August 1, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

GDTF Share Fixture Library Added to the GDTF Bench Online Tool

The comparing and benchmarking GDTF Bench tool has been updated to be able to load GDTF Files directly from the GDTF Share, allowing fast and easy device and device file comparison.

Posted July 26, 2023  ‐ 2 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

GDTF training: new YouTube videos explaining the GDTF Builder

GDTF & MVR YouTube channel published new training video series about the GDTF Builder.

Posted July 21, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF

GDTF Builder Release Summer 2023 Improvements

New features, bug fixes and improvements to the GDTF Builder

Posted July 10, 2023  ‐ 5 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF

Capture: MVR Workflows

Capture has released a couple of webcasts focusing on MVR workflows.

Posted July 5, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, Capture

GDTF Share Report for June 2023

GDTF Share report for the month of June 2023

Posted July 1, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

Sebastian Burgis: On Building Fixtures in GDTF

Prolight + Sound published a talk by Sebastian Burgis of MA Lighting on Building Fixtures in GDTF, given at Prolight + Sound 2022.

Posted June 21, 2023  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MA Lighting

GDTF Share Report for May 2023

GDTF Share report for the month of May 2023

Posted June 1, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

Robe Lighting: Spiider GDTF inside gMA3 visualizer

Robe Lighting has published a guide on how to effectively use GDTF files for their Spiider fixtures on the gMA3 platform.

Posted May 19, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, Robe Lighting, MA Lighting

Importing MVR into Eos 3.2 by Mark LaPierre

Save tons of time and reduce mistakes by importing MVR into Eos, writes Mark LaPierre in his article about the new MVR Import features of Eos 3.2.

Posted May 19, 2023  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR

Recording of the Unreal Engine & Vectorworks for Live Events Webinar

If you did not manage to watch live the Vectorworks organized webinar with Patrick Wambold of EPIC Games about using Unreal Engine for live events, you can watch the video recording.

Posted May 10, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, Unreal Engine, Vectorworks

GDTF Share Uploads Success Around Prolight Exhibition

Growth of uploads to the GDTF Share has been constant, with a major jump around PL&S.

Posted May 1, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

GDTF Share Report for April 2023

GDTF Share report for the month of April 2023

Posted May 1, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

Unreal Engine & Vectorworks for Live Events - Webinar

Webinar with Patrick Wambold, Senior Solution Architect at Epic Games. Wednesday, April 19, 2:00pm ET. Register here.

Posted April 18, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, Unreal Engine, Vectorworks

GDTF Share Report for March 2023

GDTF Share report for the month of March 2023

Posted April 1, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

A Look into GDTF Files Provided by GDTF Service

A commercial service for device manufacturers now offers to create GDTF files on behalf of manufacturers. Let's take a look at these files.

Posted March 24, 2023  ‐ 7 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF

Capture 2023 MVR Improvements

MVR improvements in Capture 2023

Posted March 14, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, Capture

BlenderDMX release 1.0.0 Vanilla

Release of BlenderDMX.

Posted March 4, 2023  ‐ 2 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, BlenderDMX

GDTF Share Report for February 2023

GDTF Share report for the month of February 2023

Posted March 1, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

Importing MVR into BlenderDMX

The open source GDTF visualizing tooling based on Blender gains support for MVR import.

Posted February 8, 2023  ‐ 2 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, BlenderDMX, Production Assist

GDTF Share Report for January 2023

GDTF Share report for the month of January 2023

Posted February 6, 2023  ‐ 1 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF, GDTF Share

Robe Lighting: Taking Robe GDTF files to the next level

Robe Lighting has published a news article about the progress and status of their GDTF files.

Posted January 17, 2023  ‐ Categories: GDTF, Robe Lighting

Chat GPT, please generate a GDTF file

Lets ask Chat GPT to do the work for us... Can you show me an example of the xml file from GDTF?

Posted January 14, 2023  ‐ 5 min read  ‐ Categories: GDTF

TPI Magazine: GDTF and MVR: Unlocking the potential of data driven design

TPI Magazine interview with the GDTF group about GDTF and MVR.

Posted January 13, 2023  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR

MVR Import now in Carbon for Unreal

Preview of new MVR import in Carbon for Unreal 1.4.

Posted December 2, 2022  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR

Vectorworks: Your Guide to Getting Started with GDTF and MVR for Lighting Design

Vectorworks has published a blog post about getting started with GDTF and MVR.

Posted December 1, 2022  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, Vectorworks

MVR Import/Export experience by Mark LaPierre

Mark LaPierre Lighting writes about his (amazing) MVR Import/Export experience between Vectorworks and Capture.

Posted September 1, 2022  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, Capture

Matt Geasey Speeds Workflow with GDTF & MVR

Vectorworks and Matthew Geasey of Clear All Visuals have published an article on how GDTF and MVR has changed their approach to creative work and how they manage to utilize GDTF and MVR for a fast, fluid collaborative workflow with both offline and online participants.

Posted August 1, 2022  ‐ Categories: GDTF, MVR, Vectorworks