At NAB 2022, Creamsource announced CreamOS 2.0a new firmware update for its Vortex fixtures.
New features for CreamOS 2.0 include RDM support, Custom White Point for ‘CCT Crossfade HSI’ and ‘CCT Crossfade RGBW’ color modes. There is also ‘DMX User Presets’ for quick access to different DMX setups, Save / Restore Settings and User Presets to USB Drive, and HTP merging of up to 4 incoming sACN sources.
With the latest CreamOS 2.0 architecture, the Vortex8 and Vortex4 are now equipped with pre-programmed effects, color gels, multi-zone control, and the innovative FrameSync technology for enhanced effects and creative applications.
RDM support over Wired DMX and CRMX
Remote Device Management (RDM) allows lighting artists to configure the Vortex directly from the lighting console. With RDM it is no longer necessary to physically access the fixture to change DMX Mode, DMX Address or any other setting.
Custom White Point to ‘CCT Crossfade HSI’ & ‘CCT Crossfade RGBW’ color modes
Custom White Point to ‘CCT Crossfade HSI’ and ‘CCT Crossfade RGBW’ color modes enables users to define what the “White” point is when using RGBW or HSI crossfade modes. The CCT (between 2200K – 15000K) and Green / Magenta tint can be set, allowing matching to other sources or white balancing of video content played via an external media server.
DMX User Presets
DMX User Presets allow users to save and recall up to 4 different DMX configurations. DMX Mode, Address, Smoothing Mode, Dimming Curve and sACN Universe are all saved, and the user can recall the preset with only a few button presses. The presets can also be given a custom name (eg “Studio 1 Setup” or “Location 2”). This is especially helpful for fixtures that are used on multiple sets and it gives users the confidence to easily jump between locations and their corresponding setups.
Save / Restore Settings to USB Drive
Save / Restore Settings to USB Drive allows users to save all settings to a USB drive, allowing easy cloning of configurations between fixtures. All settings are saved, including High Speed Mode, Dimming Curves, Fan Mode, DMX User Presets, and all other user settings. Settings are saved as a text file for easy editing on a Mac or PC.
Save / Restore User Presets to USB Drive
Save / Restore User Presets to USB Drive allows users to save user presets to a USB drive, allowing easy copying of colors and effects between fixtures. User presets may also be renamed to give them descriptive names (eg “Favorite Moonlight” or “Scene 1 Fire Effect”). Either a single user preset, or all presets can be saved to drive. Presets are saved as a text file for easy editing on a Mac or PC.
HTP merging of up to 4 incoming sACN sources
HTP merging of up to 4 incoming sACN sources is especially beneficial for large productions where there is likely to be a complicated setup: media servers, lighting consoles etc., interacting with each other. This feature allows for multiple sources to be merged using HTP (Highest Takes Precedence). For example, RGB data can come from the media server, but retain the custom white point and dimmer control from the lighting console.
The complete list of updates and improvements found in CreamOS 2.0 can be found at www.creamsource.com.
If you’re at NAB, be sure to stop by booth C6540 for a demonstration of CreamOS 2.0 and the Vortex series fixtures.