ETC takes training to Hong Kong and Seoul
ASIA: Recent sessions held by lighting manufacturer ETC in Seoul and Hong Kong have been training users on its Eos Ti lighting control console. Held in collaboration with authorised dealers C&C Lightway and ETC Asia, the sessions were led by ETC trainer Matthias Strobel and familiarised users the desk’s programming and philosophy, while also providing additional training on advanced features for experienced programmers.
The training in Seoul was held by C&C and included a five-day seminar for its client TKLS – a rental company in Korea that provides equipment for theatrical shows and other events – as well as a two-day seminar for the C&C Technical Service department.
The TKLS event welcomed 10 participants who were new to the Eos Ti console but experienced programmers on other manufacturers’ products. Mr Strobel began the training with an introduction to the console’s hardware layout and its basic command-line syntax, and then moved on to sophisticated control features, such as show control, multiple cue lists, and all kinds of effects. The two-day session at C&C mainly focused on recently added software features like the new workspace tools and some advanced features, such as the virtual media server for pixel-mapping and the console setup menu.
‘The purpose of the Eos Ti training was to educate operators at TKLS,’ explained Hwan-Soo Chung, general manager of C&C Lightway. ‘The result was very positive. They were impressed with the console and how it compares with those of other manufacturers.’
In Hong Kong, two day-long sessions were offered to two groups of experienced local users, explaining features such as Magic Sheets and advanced capabilities when working in the blind. Ten participants attended the training each day, including dealers, rental companies, lighting designers, console programmers and a university professor.
‘The training was very helpful regarding console operation, especially for a user like me in theatre lighting,’ recalled Boon Ann Goh, a professor from the Taipei National University of the Arts School of Dance. ‘I found that the Eos Ti console is very user-friendly for lighting designers who work in the theatre. All the control buttons, trimming effects, Magic Sheets and softkeys are easy to learn and understand.’
Mr Strobel explained that he always tries keeping his training related to real-world examples from his own experience, since he believes that this helps the trainees remember why and how a feature might be used. ‘For all of the training, we connected computers to the consoles running Capture visualisation, so the trainees had a nice lighting rig to work and practice with,’ he described.