Medialon Manager V7.1 Show Control Software Released
27th September 2023
7thSense has announced the release of its show control software, Medialon Manager version 7.1 which brings a significant change to the architecture of Medialon hardware products; Showmaster LE and Showmaster Pro.
Medialon Manager is a Windows®-based show control software that brings together a programming interface, a GUI builder, and a show execution engine – with thousands of installations globally.
Previously, Medialon Showmaster Editor software was used to program shows to run on Showmaster LE and Showmaster Pro hardware. An entirely new product architecture now supports Medialon Manager V7.1 running natively on the Showmaster hardware, simplifying programming, testing, and deployment.
As Medialon Manager is intended to be programmed on a PC, users can now enjoy remote access capabilities to Showmaster LE and Showmaster Pro hardware. Windows Remote Desktop, VNC and TeamViewer tools can be used to access Showmaster hardware to program and manage files and settings.
Eric Cantrell, Marketing Director at 7thSense, explains, “We are excited to bring this latest release to our Medialon user base. Showmaster LE and Showmaster Pro users will now be able to benefit from powerful features that were introduced with Medialon Manager V7 last year, including direct-linking variables and expressions to User Screen elements, iframe containers in WebPanels, tagging and Smart Groups.”
A new web-based configuration interface has also been added, allowing users to transfer project files to and from the Showmaster as well as to change network and time settings and view runtime logs without needing to stop the running project. It also provides a mechanism to manage which project file runs when the Showmaster starts up.
End users still benefit from the flexibility, reliable operation and advanced IT-friendly deployment options. Programmers benefit from streamlined project programming, eliminating the need to create Tasks to perform status updates on User Interfaces. The result is more concise programming that is faster to create, and easier to follow and maintain.
The feature improvements in Medialon Manager V7 are centred around making the show control programmer’s work more efficient, reducing programming times, and making it easier to follow the programming done by others.
A new feature addition that expands the richness of user interfaces is the inclusion of external web content within a container in custom-designed WebPanels. This allows content like video streams from cameras or built-in web interfaces from devices like projectors to be displayed inside the WebPanel user interface so both the direct device controls as well as the show control system’s controls are available on the same screen.
Medialon Manager’s Debug mode allows programming to be tested and adjusted while the project is running and communicating with devices. This greatly reduces programming time as sequences can be tried, adjusted, and tried again in seconds. The Positrack feature of timelines commands all devices controlled by the timeline to adjust to what they should be doing at any given position in the timeline, by simply jumping the playhead around. The workflow is like a non-linear video editor for all of your devices, including lighting, audio, video, and special effects.
Programming more in less time is what the new features of Medialon Manager V7 are all about. The new features allow show control programmers to complete the same task in less time, with more readable and maintainable project files, and provide tools for including existing device controls (such as device-served web pages) directly into the show control interface so advanced but rarely-used functions are accessible but don’t need to be programmed into the show control programming. The result is more efficient project code that takes less time to create and offers more flexibility, meaning programmers can get on to other projects faster.
Please note that while Medialon Manager V7.1 is compatible with Showmaster Pro and Showmaster LE hardware, only more recent models have the required motherboard in them. The upgrade is a paid upgrade that requires additional hardware to be installed. Eligible Showmasters can be sent to 7thSense to be upgraded, but the upgrade is not something which can be performed by end users or systems integrators. Please contact our sales team at email@example.com for more information and to enquire about compatibility of your Showmaster hardware with Medialon Manager 7.1.