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WYSIWYG purchases for London's Royal Opera House

7th April 1999

With the purchase of one WYSIWYG 2000, and six WYSIWYG 500 systems, London's Royal Opera House has selected CAST Lighting's software as their choice for lighting design, paperwork, and lighting visualisation.

Mark White and David Harvey, members of the Theatre Consultant Team at the Royal Opera House, initially purchased a 500 DMX Channel WYSIWYG system in 1998 for their productions, including the run of shows that the company is producing in various venues while the Royal Opera House itself is being refurbished. After using this initial WYSIWYG system for, amongst other shows, a production of Wagner's Ring Cycle at London's Royal Albert Hall, David Harvey and his colleagues knew that the WYSIWYG suite of software would fulfil their lighting design requirements perfectly. This initial system has now been upgraded to WYSIWYG 2000 status and allows the visualisation and rendering of 2000 DMX channels.

Allowing them to seamlessly integrate the various aspects of their lighting designs, the three separate component parts of the software, WYSIPAPER, WYSICAD and WYSIWYG collectively handle all of the design paperwork, 2D drawings, 3D drawings, rendered drawings and DMX integration. WYSIPAPER, which looks after all of the associated paperwork for a design, including patching information, colour calls and weight loadings, is a freeware program and thus means that all production staff have access to the information that they need for any production at any time.

A further six WYSIWYG 500 systems have now been purchased for the lighting departments within the vast organisation that is The Royal Opera House. Both the WYSIWYG 500 and WYSIWYG 2000 packages allow each user full access to the WYSICAD drawing software, with its vast, and expanding, symbol libraries. Once designed, each user is then able to visualise the given number of DMX Channels worth of lighting fixtures, at any one time, in any design, by simply hooking up a standard DMX lighting control console to the WYSIWYG computer.

Pictured are Nic Reid, Head of Lighting Control, centre, and David Harvey, Royal Opera House Theatre Consultant on the right taking delivery of their new WYSIWYG 500 systems from A.C. Lighting's Mike Falconer