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The Summer 2017 edition of Protocol is now online!

posted on 7:41 AM, July 17, 2017


You can take a look at: http://estalink.us/protocolonline plus the full Protocol archive is available online—now available in HTML5! Learn more about Protocol at http://esta.org/Protocol/protocol.html.

This issue highlights include:

• Chauvet Professional’s Sam Bowden explains, “How I made my life easier!” Why DMX512 isn't up to the task for complex lighting rigs, while sACN does the job easily.

• Charlie Deull outlines the initiatives of the Broadway Green Alliance—small actions by many add up to make a big impact for all. Learn how to combine your love of theatre with your love of the environment—cumulative simple changes are beneficial for all.

• ESTA announces a new alliance with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) to work with the association in expanding the hugely successful NAMM Show to include a special focus on the live event technology community.

• Learn about the history of followspots from Katie Thompson and Richard Logothetis through an informative article that highlights an upcoming display at LDI 2017.

• Guy Holt reveals Part 3 of what users need to know about the soft power of small portable generators as compared to the hard power provided by the grid.

• Karl Ruling revisits a 2001 Protocol article on power wasted from lamp selection. In “Wasting Watts Revisited” he addresses the topic with LED technology.

• ESTA premiers a new award bestowed for long-term technical contributions to the industry at the Summer meetings; read about Robert Goddard as our first recipient.

• Julie Harper shares the memorable adventures, networking, information exchange, and educational opportunities of the spectacular Showlight 2017 recently held in Florence.

• Learn more about ESTA and USITT’s New World Rigging Symposium, taking place March 13 – 14, 2018 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo—a unique opportunity for those in the rigging industry to discuss current issues and technologies and help shape the future of the industry.

• Karl Ruling will highlight his discoveries from attending Stage|Set|Scenery’s Conference and trade show in Berlin.

• Mike Wood follow ups with Animal Pupils – Part 2 for your thoughtful reading pleasure in his “Out of the Wood” column.

• “Shadow, Light, and Truth” column by Richard Cadena discusses safety and the use of GFCIs in stage applications to prevent electrocution.

• Mark Hogan from IATSE Local 476 writes about the benefits of ETCP Certification and continuous training in this issue’s ETCP News column.

• Eddie Raymond discusses leadership—a skill learned through hard work and dedication—in his Take Away column.

• Tom Siko returns with his Business Dynamics column addressing why your company needs a social media strategy—now!

• ESTA’s President Jules Lauve outlines new initiatives for your association.

• The Technical Standards Program has published more than 60 ANSI-approved standards—with more in the pipeline! Read the update in TSP News from Karl Ruling.

• Production Equipment Rental Group News by Harry Box keeps readers current on PERG’s Rental Guard program, member events held during Cine Gear Expo, and why rental houses should get involved.

• Follow the Behind the Scenes News to learn about Pledge-of-Support Partner companies, the Long Reach Long Rider “Avocado Adventure” ride for charity, and the progress of BTS initiatives.

• New ESTA Members

And, much more!


Not an ESTA member? Are you interested in joining the community of entertainment technology professionals who produce and support Protocol, Technical Standards, and ETCP Certification? Find out more about ESTA at www.esta.org. Membership in ESTA demonstrates that your company is dedicated to safety, good business practices, and making our industry stronger. Contact  for more information.

Protocol is also available as a free app for your smartphone; whether you have an iPhone,  iPad, or any Android device, you can now read the latest editions whenever you want and wherever you are. Visit http://estalink.us/protocolapp, click on the corresponding device in this text or search "Protocol Journal" in the iTunes App Store / Google Play Store. Let us know what you think!

We hope you enjoy your new edition of Protocol and, as always, we would appreciate any feedback and suggestions that you can email to  or call 503-291-5143.

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