VenueMagic V3 has launched!!!!

Posted by vmadmin on September 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

VenueMagic V3 has launched!!!!

VenueMagic V3 screen shot

VenueMagic V3 screen shot

Well after a long development process and over 6 months of Beta testing and bug fixing we are please to announce that VenueMagic V3 has officially launched!

The new version is a major step forward in the history of VenueMagic Show Control Software and along with a new professional, modern look and feel a number of features have been added and existing features upgraded to continue to improve the industry standard show control software in the haunt and theme attractions industry.

As with any new major software update in the software industry there has been an increase in purchase price across all versions of VenueMagic V3 except VenueMagic Lite (express V3) which sees a new competitive entry level price of just £45. BUT! don’t be fooled by its new low price it still packs a punch offering 512 channels of DMX control, a standard fixture library and a user fixture library, access to more DMX devices and in the future will also be compatible with the VenueMagic Virtual DJ Plugin.

For current VenueMagic 2.6 users who have purchase VenueMagic before 1st January 2015 this will be a chargeable upgrade. Support will continue for version 2.6 for those not wanting to pay for the upgrade to V3 and those who purchased 2.6 licenses after 1st January 2015 will be grandfathered into this version at no additional charge.  To receive your free upgrade to V3 please email support @ venuemagic .co .uk with proof of purchase for your free upgrade code.

New features:

  • Timeline Page Tabs let you divide your timeline into multiple pages to make it easier to program timelines with a large number of tracks.  Pages can overlap so that the same tracks appear on different pages.  Play back one page at a time or all of them at once.
  •  Collapsible Tracks allow you to show individual timeline tracks at different heights, depending on the level of detail you wish to see.  When fully collapsed, a track shows a minimal amount of information, allowing more tracks to be displayed on the screen at once.
  • Group Tracks let you combine multiple timeline tracks into a single group track so that the tracks are only visible when the group is expanded.
  • Audio Mix-down provides the ability to mixdown all of the audio tracks in a timeline to a single audio file.  Includes auto-attenuation feature to prevent saturation and clipping.
  • Record DMX with Time code.  The DMX record feature no allows you to use and external time base while recording.  Includes SMPTE (over serial), ProCommander PHX (over UDP), ProCommander LTC (UDP) and MIDI time code.
  •  New VenueMagic Plug-in Framework allows more flexibility for interfacing with hardware such as slider consoles, timeline shuttle controls, etc…  Plug-ins also add “specialized” features to VenueMagic including automatic channel and timeline setup.  Plug-ins will be announced as they become available.
  • Enhanced DMX recording features and data capture improvements.
  • Stability and performance enhancements.
  • Control.ini external reference now available for all Weigl devices for advanced scripting via the Weigl ASCII protocol.

 

Upgrade Costs:

Please contact us with your version.

New Retail Prices:

VenueMagic Lite (Express V3)  £45
VenueMagic  (Classic V3) £300
VenueMagic AV (DMX+AV v3) £480
VenueMagic Professional (SC+ V3) £865

VenueMagic Show Control Software V3 now open for Beta Testing

Posted by vmadmin on June 23, 2015 in All News, Updates

VenueMagic Show Control Software UK Logo  V3

VenueMagic™ Show Control Software Version 3.0 Now Available as 90-day Beta Trial

VenueMagic Show Control Software V3.0 is now available as a public 90-day BETA trial. This trial is fully functional for all users within the 90 day period. To receive the link to download the new V3 Beta please contact us. Please note we do not advise using the V3 Beta on live projects – It is still in Beta an undergoing bug fixes from the Beta testers – Please continue to use 2.6.xx for live projects until V3 is fully released.

Following this 90-day trial, existing VenueMagic SC+ 2.6 customers will have the option to upgrade at a discounted price. Any customers who have purchased 2.6 licenses after 1st January 2015 will be grandfathered into this version at no additional charge.

New features include:

  • New Dark Theme.  Many of the VenueMagic screens have been redesigned to provide a more modern look and feel.
  • Timeline Page Tabs let you divide your timeline into multiple pages to make it easier to program timelines with a large number of tracks.  Pages can overlap so that the same tracks appear on different pages.  Play back one page at a time or all of them at once.
  •  Collapsible Tracks allow you to show individual timeline tracks at different heights, depending on the level of detail you wish to see.  When fully collapsed, a track shows a minimal amount of information, allowing more tracks to be displayed on the screen at once.
  • Group Tracks let you combine multiple timeline tracks into a single group track so that the tracks are only visible when the group is expanded.
  • Audio Mix-down provides the ability to mixdown all of the audio tracks in a timeline to a single audio file.  Includes auto-attenuation feature to prevent saturation and clipping.
  • Record DMX with Time code.  The DMX record feature no allows you to use and external time base while recording.  Includes SMPTE (over serial), ProCommander PHX (over UDP), ProCommander LTC (UDP) and MIDI time code.
  •  New VenueMagic Plug-in Framework allows more flexibility for interfacing with hardware such as slider consoles, timeline shuttle controls, etc…  Plug-ins also add “specialized” features to VenueMagic including automatic channel and timeline setup.  Plug-ins will be announced as they become available.
  • Enhanced DMX recording features and data capture improvements.
  • Stability and performance enhancements.
  • Control.ini external reference now available for all Weigl devices for advanced scripting via the Weigl ASCII protocol.

To receive the link to download the new VenueMagic Show Control Software V3 Beta please contact us. Please note we do not advise using the V3 Beta on live projects – It is still in Beta an undergoing bug fixes from the Beta testers – Please continue to use 2.6.xx for live projects until V3 is fully released.

VenueMagic Show Control at ScareCon 2015

Posted by vmadmin on May 05, 2015 in All News, Shows

scarecon logo

Venue Magic UK and Advanced Event Designs.com are pleased to announce that we are once again attending and exhibiting at ScareCON 2015 on the 19th June 2015 at Thorpe Park in the UK.

This is the foremost Convention of Horror and Scare Products , Acts, Theme Parks and Tours in Europe and is attended by Enthusiasts and Professionals alike.

Advanced Event Designs will be on hand to show VenueMagic Show Control Software (including the New V3.0 Preview) as well as having on display Weigl Show Control Hardware, DMX King Products and a number of other trigger buttons and sensors available – much of which have been developed for Halloween and “Fright Nite” shows.

Not only do we have a stand within the Exhibition Space this year but we are also proud to announce that we are the sponsor for the evenings ScareBall which also hosts the Industry awards and will be providing technical support and equipment hire for the Seminar Stage throughout the day in association with UK Event Services .co.uk

For tickets or more information on this years ScareCon Trade and Exhibition Show please visit http://www.scarcon.org

VenueMagic V3 to be released

Posted by vmadmin on April 21, 2015 in All News, Updates

At the International Attractions and Amusement Park Industry (IAAPA) tradeshow  VenueMagic™ 3.0 release was announced.

VenueMagic V3 screen shotThe VenueMagic™ Show Control Software has become the industry’s best kept secret for themed show design, programming and playback. By combining all of the aspects into a single easy to understand timeline based interface at an affordable price, VenueMagic™ is the first show control software to break out of the hardware centric model to allow programmers and designers to work independent of the chosen hardware solution.

VenueMagic™ 3.0 will feature a completely redesigned interface based on customer feedback and usability studies. Programming tracks can be collapsed and grouped together to make on screen presentation and use easier. This will allow show programmers and designers to have more tracks on screen at the same time and logically group them into sets which can be shown as needed. The new interface also sports a  more modern flat design, updated icons and colors which reduce eye fatigue while programming and overall screen brightness during performance playback.

Another important feature for the Attraction and Amusement Park market is the new audio mixdown feature which will allow for VenueMagic™ to mixdown the audio for output to hardware common in the install market. Previously the audio had to be mixed and output using a separate audio package prior to hardware upload even though VenueMagic™ has always supported the ability to do multi-channel audio mixing and distribution internally for live programming and playback.

Scripting capabilities made their debut in the VenueMagic™ 2.6 release of the software and have supported a number of custom processes over the last year in a variety of markets. The 3.0 release will feature general scripts which will support a wide range of products generally available in the marketplace. Scripts for specific hardware such as the Mackie Universal Control and and Weigl ProCommander are planned with more on the way. Scripts can be licensed separately to allow users at every price point to enjoy the additional features.

Additional feature information will be forthcoming with a planned general availability release date announced soon.

Merry Christmas from All… Looking forward to 2015 :)

Posted by vmadmin on November 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

On belhalf of everyone at VenueMagic UK we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Its been another bumper of a year for VenueMagic UK with more and more companies and enthusiasts using VenueMagic Show Control to power their projects this side of the waters.  We will be updating our case studies page over the next few months so if you have any pictures or videos of VenueMagic in use why not get in contact.

The first updated case study is Chessington World of Adventure – who are using VenueMagic show control on a number of their attractions within the park and during special events such as Howl’O’Ween 2013. Checkout the newly updated page here http://www.venuemagic.co.uk/web/portfolio-item/chessington-world-of-adventure/

2015 already looks like it’s going to be even better with lots of developments happening behind the scenes with some great new features and plugins being worked on ready for the next release along with a few more obvious changes to the website and logo which you may already have noticed. The new logo will be slowly filtering through into all the product packaging and software splash screens over the first quarter of 2015.

Venue Magic on Display at ScareCON UK 2014

Posted by vmadmin on June 10, 2014 in All News, Shows

ScareCON Logo

Venue Magic UK and Advanced Event Designs are pleased to announce that we have a exhibition stand and will be presenting a seminar on Show Control and Automation at ScareCON 2014 – this year being held on

June 19th 2014 at Tulleys Farm 
The home of Shocktober Fest

 

This is the foremost Convention of Horror and Scare Products , Acts, Theme Parks and Tours in Europe and is attended by Enthusiasts and Professionals alike.

Advanced Event Designs will be on hand to show the VenueMagic range of Show Control software and it’s range of stand alone show controllers, trigger buttons and sensors available – much of which was developed for Halloween and “Fright Nite” shows.

Venue Magic 2.6 Officially Released!!!

Posted by vmadmin on January 23, 2014 in All News, Updates

venuemagic show control website logoNew Features in VenueMagic 2.6

Important Note: Because of significant improvements made in VenueMagic 2.6, the old “Check for Updates” function will no longer work with older versions of VenueMagic.  You must download and install VenueMagic from links below.

VenueMagic 2.6 Express
VenueMagic 2.6 Classic
VenueMagic 2.6 DMX+AV
VenueMagic 2.6 DMX2+AV
VenueMagic 2.6 SC+
VenueMagic 2.6 SC2+

New Features:

Scripts

Scripts are plug-ins that add features and capabilities to VenueMagic. Scripts may include:

• Macros for automatically configuring a project or timeline.

• Interfaces to hardware provided by other manufacturers.

• Special real-time playback effects.

• Keys to unlock additional VenueMagic features.

• Special customized functions.

Future versions of VenueMagic will allow users to create their own scripts using a built editor. For now, scripts are available for download only from the VenueMagic website.  More information on this will follow.

 

Monitor DMX Output Window

DMX output may now be monitored in a row-column format similar to the Monitor DMX Input window. The DMX Output Window also includes a new command line interface for DMX control.  DMX Command Interface allow you to Control DMX output manually using a simple command interface. Ideal for setup and debugging of DMX fixtures arrangements.

 

Precision Playback

The new Precision Playback Mode allows you to control lighting with a much higher degree of precision (30 fps +/- 2 ms).

(Not available in VenueMagic Express or Classic).

 

Audio Device Setup

The Audio tab of the Setup Devices window now allows more flexibility and features for setting up multi-audio outputs (not available in VenueMagic Express or Classic).

 

New DMX Devices Supported

VenueMagic has added support for the following DMX devices (not available in VenueMagic Express):

• Enttec USB Pro Mk2 (DMX only, MIDI not currently supported).

• DMXKing ultraDMX Pro (Note DMX2+AV or SC2+ editions required for 2-universe support).

 

Changes to Adjust Envelope Window

The Adjust Envelope Window now includes the additional settings: 

• Gain center – specifies a center point for raising and lowering gain.

• Smoothing filter now allows separate settings for rising and falling edges of envelope waveform.

Also added was the ability to import and export presets for sharing with other projects.

 

Cue List Column Settings

You can now specify which time columns are displayed in the Cue List window, as well as the format for the time (Secs, Mins:Secs, Hours:Mins:Secs, SMPTE and Measure/Beat.

 

Follow Merge Type

The new Follow merge type lets you setup an output channel to shadow another output channel.

 

Improved Lamp Chaser Time Scaling

An additional time scaling parameter was added to Lamp chasers to provide more flexibility when using the Beat Tapper to control chaser speed.

 

Edge Snap Override

Temporarily override the clip edge snap feature by holding down SHIFT key while dragging clips.

 

Override Merge Mode

The Override merge mode is now available in track channel settings. This allows a track to completely take over an output channel during playback rather than merge it with other tracks.

 

No Trigger Events

Events in the Event Table now have a “no trigger” mode that can be used for events that are only activated by an Event Table Event.

 

Track Lock Security

Greater security flexibility was added to the track locking feature, including:

• Track passwords.

• Optionally allow sliding/sizing or property/envelope editing in locked tracks.

 

Foreground Playback Levels

Increased number of foreground playback levels from 10 to 20.

 

Custom Chasers Stored in Project

You are no longer required to copy the VMLib.dat file when moving a project to a different computer in order to keep custom chasers. A duplicate of custom chaser sequences is now saved in the project file.

 

Additional Fixes

• Fixed freezing of timeline videos played by playlist.

• Fixed incorrect DMX input addresses in Select External control window.

• Serial devices can now output (but not input) [$00] character.

• Fixed problems associated with deleting and modifying variable table variables.

• Fixed “jerkiness” problem with real-time recording of multiple (>1) channels into level control.

• Lamp Calibration Reset button now sets Ease in/out to 100 rather than zero.

• Fixed Telnet server login problem.

• Fixed 2-Universe Artnet problem in DMX2+AV and SC2+.

• Various crashes and lockups.

Important Note: Because of significant improvements made in VenueMagic 2.6, the old “Check for Updates” function will no longer work with older versions of VenueMagic.  You must download and install VenueMagic from links below.

VenueMagic 2.6 Express
VenueMagic 2.6 Classic
VenueMagic 2.6 DMX+AV
VenueMagic 2.6 DMX2+AV
VenueMagic 2.6 SC+
VenueMagic 2.6 SC2+

Venue Magic Show Control Used in London Store Selfridges for thir Destination Christmas Show

Posted by vmadmin on November 28, 2013 in All News, Venue Magic In Use

selfridges logo

Venue Magic DMX+AV Show Control has been in use throughout December 2013 in Selfridges London for the Destination Christmas Show.

Running on the fourth floor in their Destination Christmas area Christmas shoppers are able to take time out and enjoy bite-size performances served up by acts including the juggling duo Bibi and Bichu and performance artist Nancy set along side fantastic musicians James and Dave creating an amazing atmosphere not to be missed.

VenueMagic DMX+AV is being used to control the lighting consisting of Fresnels, LEDJ Performer 54 Pars, Pinspots and a mirrorball & motor. Due to space issues and reduced technical staffing during the month it’s all controlled using the Venue Magic Playlist/Cue feature via a foot switch that the pianist controls at set cues.

In between show times Venue Magic DMX+AV takes full advantage of it’s video playout feature and plays out a number of  videos onto the screen.

VenueMagic adds Device Virtualization – Swap Fixtures faster and easier

Posted by vmadmin on October 20, 2013 in All News, Updates

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VenueMagic adds Device Virtualization to its Classic, DMX+AV, and SC+ versions making swapping fixtures faster and easier.

Device Virtualization allows a specific device’s behavior and actions to be applied to a different device, allowing easier programming of different hardware and quicker swapping of problematic hardware.
Lighting professionals and enthusiasts are quick to discover how useful this is: “When I had programmed Parvati’s show YIN: Yoga In The Nightclub based on one kind of 4-channel RGB dimmer and then had to use a different 4-channel RGB dimmer I thought I would have to reprogram all the lighting cues” explains VenueMagic user Rishi Gerald. “But with VenueMagic, all I had to do was add the new device, select ‘Remap’ and the wizard remapped everything without a problem.”
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The wizard which Gerald refers to is Device Virtualization, which asks the VenueMagic user if the device routed should behave as the device outlined in the timeline. Before Device Virtualization, a lighting engineer would have to completely reprogram the new device, often times an impossibility if the change occurs too close to show-time.
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Similarly, mobile lighting engineers and performing artists can now use a venue’s lighting hardware rather than bring their own and can quickly incorporate that venue’s devices into their programmed show.
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“Along with VenueMagic’s DMX Matrix, Device Virtualization is a way we have made once complicated DMX and Lighting programming easier and faster,” says Don Nolan, CEO of ESG-VenueMagic. “We are constantly striving to improve Show Control’s capabilities while also making it more accessible.”

Venue Magic Show Control – Used to run haunt attractions at Chessington World Of Adventure

Posted by vmadmin on September 15, 2013 in All News, Venue Magic In Use

hocus pocus hall logo

This Halloween Venue Magic Show Control is being used along with live actors to help Chessington World of Adventure make the weeks leading up to and Halloween itself a spooktacular never to be forgotten event!

Venue Magic is being used the program the show, with our stand alone SD players and cue button units used for actual playback for the second year at their Scare Maize  “Haunting of the Hollows” and for the first time at “The Mystery at Hocus Pokus Halls” Halloween Special”

These attractions join the long standing live show – haunting of hollows logoMadagascar Live in the portfolio of attractions within the park running Venue Magic Show Control.

November 2013 Update: See a review of the 2013 Halloween attractions here http://www.scaretouruk.com/review—chessington-hocus-pocus-2013.html

 

 

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