February 2018 Newsletter [Draft 1]

February 2018 Newsletter

In this issue:

SMPTE Timecode is Coming to CueServer 2

One of our most highly requested features is almost here! Soon, CueServer 2 will be able to receive a SMPTE Timecode audio input and use it to trigger cues and other events.

A "pre-release" version of CueServer software (v2.1.0d1) is now available for anyone who would like to try this new feature. We’d love to get your feedback! Pre-release software can be downloaded from our Pre-Release Page.

Winner of the January "How Do You CueServer…” Contest

Congratulations to Carl Everett of Sense Lighting for winning a CueServer 2 Mini! Carl’s project submission was randomly chosen to receive this prize (see his project featured below).

Don’t Forget! Our next drawing for a CueServer 2 Mini will be held in July. Be sure to submit your CueServer projects for a chance to win!

Project Spotlight:
Michael Jordan’s Centre23 - Toronto, Canada

Centre23, the Michael Jordan flagship store in Toronto, is a retail store, gym, and Jordan-branded loyalty club wrapped into one experience. Spanning three floors of a prime retail location on Yonge Street, the destination caters to a young and sports-oriented audience.

Carl Everett was the Lighting Designer and CueServer programmer for this project.

Interactive: How was CueServer used in this project?

Carl Everett: CueServer 2 was used as the core of a highly-customized control system that interfaced with multiple and varied load types and control mechanisms. CS2 interfaced with a Lutron control system, was programmed for time-of-day effects using the real-time clock, and enabled store staff to dynamically control white and RGB lighting using the CuePad app, as well as use the app the update cues. CueServer was also used to send UDP packets to our office server to allow for logging of button-presses, triggered functions, and CuePad executions, to allow for analyzing the store's usage patterns and comparing with our design intentions of the control system.

Interactive: How would you describe your experience with CueServer?

Carl Everett: This project was a wonderful opportunity to explore some of the more advanced functionality of CueServer. The project was heavily scripted, and we wrote a custom CuePad XML file to trigger functions on the CueServer unit.

306 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario

Carl Everett
Sense Lighting Design

Project Details:

  • (1) CS-900 CueServer 2 Pro
  • CuePad App
  • Time-of-Day Triggering
  • Lutron System Integration
  • Event Reporting to Central Server

Tips & Tricks:
Automatically Switch Between CueServer and Console

This month’s article explains how to allow CueServer to automatically give priority to a connected DMX console and return control to the CueServer when the console is turned off or disconnected. CueServer’s “Global Rules” will be used to execute scripts when DMX input appears or is lost.

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Software Updates:

We’re committed to continuous product improvement. Here are a few recent updates for CueServer 2 and the CueTouch LCD panel.

  1. CueServer Version 2.0.2 has been released. This is an important update to CueServer 2 including 11 general feature enhancements, and 17 bug fixes. Focus areas of this release include improvements to the WAIT command, Macro behavior, and CueScript bug fixes. [Read More]

  2. The CueServerLib for CueTouch Version 5.1.5 has been released. This update addresses performance enhancements and communication reliability improvements when using with CueServer 2. [Read More]