Vectorworks, MA Lighting and Robe share DIN SPEC 15801 recognition for MVR

MA Lighting, Robe and Vectorworks have announced that DIN SPEC 15801 officially recognises MVR as an open standard for the entertainment industry worldwide.

“The accomplishment of DIN SPEC 15801 marks a significant milestone in the continuous evolution of GDTF and MVR, as well as the overall advancement of the entertainment industry,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Since its inception, MVR has made remarkable progress in meeting the needs of manufacturers and designers through a standardised approach to data and 3D model exchange. This latest recognition further proves our unwavering commitment to unifying the entertainment industry and equipping professionals with the necessary tools for success.”

“Step by step, we are shaping an industry standard, always with an open ear to the people we are trying to serve. We get a lot of feedback from people who are supportive of the project but also from those who are more concerned with the many small and large things that are not yet perfect,” said Gerhard Krude, managing director of MA Lighting Technology. “We all have enough to do in our day-to-day jobs, but to see an idea grow from its logical origins into something that many people are now working with daily is enough positive feedback to keep this open project moving forward. From our point of view, it is very satisfying to be part of this movement.”

MVR will be a standard foundation for exchanging extended device and environmental data between lighting consoles, CAD and 3D pre-visualization applications, reflecting the physical components of a show setup and the logical patch information of the devices.

“Since its original release when accompanying the GDTF publication, the My Virtual Rig format has become an industry standard for exchanging stage data between planning tools, visualizers, and consoles, allowing designers and show artists to move fast between ideas, drawings and live stages,” said Josef Valchar, CEO of Robe Lighting. “With the many months-long work on the DIN specification, industry-wide input was carefully considered. While ensuring that the standard follows best industry practices, the feedback was incorporated into the MVR interchange format and communication protocol, now released with the official DIN recognition.”

In 2020, DIN officially recognised GDTF as a specification, DIN SPEC 15800, becoming the standard for describing any controllable device’s hierarchical and logical structure in the lighting and entertainment industry. The new MVR specification unifies the information exchange of all this data within the context of a 3D modelled environment.

“We are very happy about this further cooperation with the GDTF group. After DIN SPEC 15800, this is the next step to make GDTF and MVR’s great opportunities available as freely accessible standards for the entertainment industry,” said Michael Bahr, senior project manager at DIN. “We are very thankful that the group once again acknowledged the importance of standards and set trust in the development of DIN SPEC 15801. With MVR and GDTF described as DIN SPEC, they can be used widely as trusted and transparent developed documents.”