ETC Releases Eos V1.8 Software
Posted on Thursday, November 26th, 2009
ETC has released new software for the Eos family (Eos, Ion and Element) of control: V1.8. You can access the release note for this upgrade, and download the software for free, from the downloads section of www.etcconnect.com .
ETC’s YouTube channel now includes a video of Anne Valentino, Eos product manager, explaining the features added in V1.8; it can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgsCxjfEFHs . More information is also available on the Eos and Ion user forums, and in the 1.8 user supplement.
The upgrade includes the following updates and changes:
Ion is now available in five- and six-universe increments (Ion 2500 and Ion 3000). The Ion RPU is also available with six universes (Ion 3K RPU). Existing Ions and RPUS can be upgraded to these increased outputs.
When an Eos or Ion device connects to the network, it is possible to “mirror” another device (called the host) on the system. When a device is in mirror mode, the displays that are present on the host are shown in the same format, page and flexichannel state on the mirroring device. Concurrent with this, it will now be possible to connect a PC using the offline software without a client dongle. When this is done, that PC can only operate in mirror mode.
Mirror mode makes it possible to use a PC with offline software or an RVI with Element, operating in mirror mode only.
Version 1.8 also supports a fan function to distribute parameter and timing data. On Eos and Ion, fan is both a command-line function and an encoder function. A number of fan options are provided. Fan in Element is much simpler: it is a command-line function only, always operating in ‘From Start’ channel mode.
A number of changes have been made to allow easier live editing of time-code events.
Several Sensor-dimmer feedback issues in V1.7 have been resolved in V1.8. The company has also implemented dimmer feedback from its German FDX dimming systems.
End-users are encouraged to upgrade to V1.8 at their earliest opportunity. Please remember that any RVIs (Remote Video Interfaces) and RPUs (Remote Processor Units) in use will also need to run the same version of software that the main consoles use.