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ESTA Technical Standards Program

The ESTA Technical Standards Program is a program developed by the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) to create and maintain industry standards for the entertainment technology industry. The program provides a platform for industry experts to collaborate and develop consensus-based standards that promote safety, interoperability, and sustainability in the industry.

The ESTA Technical Standards Program covers a broad range of technical standards related to entertainment technology, including rigging, lighting, audio, pyrotechnics, and trussing. The program is designed to address the technical challenges and safety concerns of the industry, and to ensure that equipment and practices meet industry standards and regulations.

The ESTA Technical Standards Program is open to anyone who wants to participate, including manufacturers, suppliers, users, and regulatory agencies. The program is driven by a series of working groups, each focused on a specific technical area, which collaborate to develop and maintain industry standards.

One of the key benefits of the ESTA Technical Standards Program is that it provides a platform for industry professionals to share knowledge and expertise, and to work together to solve technical challenges. The program is also designed to promote innovation and the development of new technologies, while ensuring that they meet industry standards and safety requirements.

Overall, the ESTA Technical Standards Program is an important initiative that promotes safety, interoperability, and sustainability in the entertainment technology industry. Through the development and maintenance of industry standards, the program helps to ensure that the industry continues to grow and thrive while maintaining high standards of safety and quality.

All Standards are available for download for free from the ESTA Website. Additional Details are included on the ESTA Website. Please register your email address with ESTA Before downloading.

  • ANSI E1.21-2023: Entertainment Technology - Temporary Structures Used for Technical Production of Outdoor Entertainment Events
  • ANSI E1.22 - 2022: Entertainment Technology -- Fire Safety Curtain Systems
  • ANSI E1.23 - 2023: Entertainment Technology -- Design, Execution, and Maintenance of Atmospheric Effects
  • ANSI E1.24 - 2012 (R2021): Entertainment Technology - Dimensional Requirements for Stage Pin Connectors
  • ANSI E1.25 - 2012 (R2023): Recommended Basic Conditions for Measuring the Photometric Output of Stage and Studio Luminaires by Measuring Illumination Levels Produced on a Planar Surface
  • ANSI E1.26 - 2006 (R2022): Entertainment Technology - Recommended Testing Methods and Values for Shock Absorption of Floors Used in Live Performance Venues
  • ANSI E1.27-1 - 2006 (R2021): Entertainment Technology - Standard for Portable Control Cables for Use with ANSI E1.11 (DMX512-A) and USITT DMX512/1990 Products
  • ANSI E1.27-2 - 2009 (R2019): Recommended Practice for Permanently Installed Control Cables for Use with ANSI E1.11 (DMX512-A) and USITT DMX512/1990 Products
  • ANSI E1.28 - 2022: Guidance on planning followspot positions in places of public assembly
  • ANSI E1.29 - 2009 (R2018): Product Safety Standard for Theatrical Fog Generators That Create Aerosols of Water, Aqueous Solutions of Glycol or Glycerin, or Highly Refined Alkane Mineral Oil
  • ANSI E1.30-1 - 2010 (R2021): EPI 23. Device Identification Subdevice
  • ANSI E1.30-3 - 2009 (R2019): EPI 25 Time Reference in ACN Systems Using SNTP and NTP
  • ANSI E1.30-4 - 2010 (R2021): EPI 26. Device Description Language (DDL) Extensions for DMX512 and E1.31 Devices
  • ANSI E1.30-10 - 2009 (R2019): EPI 32 Identification of Draft Device Description Language Modules
  • ANSI E1.30-11 - 2019: EPI 33. ACN Root Layer Protocol Operation on TCP
  • ANSI E1.31 - 2018: Entertainment Technology - Lightweight streaming protocol for transport of DMX512 using ACN
  • ANSI E1.32-2012 (R2022): Guide for the Inspection of Entertainment Industry Incandescent Lamp Luminaires
  • ANSI E1.33 - 2019: Entertainment Technology -- (RDMnet) -- Message Transport and Device Management of ANSI E1.20 (RDM) compatible and similar devices over IP Networks
  • ANSI E1.34 - 2009 (R2019): Entertainment Technology - Measuring and Specifying the Slipperiness of Floors Used in Live Performance Venues
  • ANSI E1.35 - 2013 (R2022): Standard for Lens Quality Measurements for Pattern Projecting Luminaires Intended for Entertainment Use
  • ANSI E1.36 - 2007 (R2022): Model Procedure for Permitting the Use of Tungsten-Halogen Incandescent Lamps and Stage and Studio Luminaires in Vendor Exhibit Booths in Convention and Trade Show Exhibition Halls
  • ANSI E1.37-1 - 2012 (R2022): Additional Message Sets for ANSI E1.20 (RDM) -- Part 1, Dimmer Message Sets
  • ANSI E1.37-2 -- 2015 (R2021): Entertainment Technology - Additional Message Sets for ANSI E1.20 (RDM) -- Part 2, IPv4 & DNS Configuration Messages
  • ANSI E1.37-7 - 2019: Additional Message Sets for ANSI E1.20 (RDM) - Gateway & Splitter Configuration Messages
  • ANSI E1.39 - 2021: Entertainment Technology - Selection and Use of Personal Fall Arrest Systems on Portable Structures Used in the Entertainment Industry
  • ANSI E1.40 - 2016 (R2021): Recommendations For the Planning of Theatrical Dust Effects
  • ANSI ES1.40-2023: Event Safety - Event Security
  • ANSI E1.41 - 2023: Recommendations for Measuring and Reporting Photometric Performance Data for Entertainment Luminaires Utilizing Solid State Light Sources
  • ANSI E1.42 - 2023: Entertainment Technology - Safety Standard for Entertainment Lifts
  • ANSI E1.43 - 2016: Entertainment Technology - Performer Flying Systems
  • ANSI E1.44 - 2014 (R2019): Common Show File Exchange Format for Entertainment Industry Automation Control Systems - Stage Machinery
  • ANSI E1.46 - 2018 (R2023): Standard for the Prevention of Falls from Theatrical Stages and Raised Performance Platforms
  • ANSI E1.47-2020: Entertainment Technology - Recommended Guidelines for Entertainment Rigging System Inspections
  • E1.48 - 2014 (R2019): A Recommended Luminous Efficiency Function for Stage and Studio Luminaire Photometry
  • ANSI E1.50-1 -- 2017: Requirements for the Structural Support of Temporary LED, Video & Display Systems
  • ANSI E1.51 - 2018: The Selection, Installation, and Use of Single-Conductor Portable Power Feeder Cable Systems for Use At 600 Volts Nominal or Less for the Distribution of Electrical Energy in the Television, Film, Live Performance and Event Industries in Canada
  • ANSI E1.53 - 2019: Overhead mounting of luminaires, lighting accessories, and other portable devices: specification and practice
  • ANSI E1.54 - 2021: ESTA Standard for Color Communication in Entertainment Lighting
  • ANSI E1.55 - 2016 (R2021): Standard for Theatrical Makeup Mirror Lighting
  • ANSI E1.56-2018: Entertainment Technology -- Rigging Support Points
  • ANSI E1.57 - 2016 (R2021): Recommendations to prevent falls on or off movable parade floats, movable stages, and similar moving platforms
  • ANSI E1.58-2017 (R2022): Electrical Safety Standard for Portable Stage and Studio Equipment Used Outdoors
  • ANSI E1.59 - 2021: Entertainment Technology--Object Transform Protocol (OTP)
  • ANSI E1.60 - 2018: Guidelines for the Use of Raked Stages in Live Performance Environments
  • ANSI E1.62 - 2021: Minimum specifications for mass-produced portable platforms, ramps, stairs, and choral risers for live performance events
  • ANSI E1.66 - 2020: Safety Standard for Followspot Positions Erected for Short-term Use in Entertainment Venues
  • ANSI E1.67 - 2021: Entertainment Technology - Design, Inspection, Maintenance, Selection, and Use of Hand and Lever-Operated Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry
  • ANSI E1.69 - 2022: Reporting the Dimming Performance of Entertainment Luminaires Using LED Sources
  • ANSI E1.71 - 2023: Entertainment Technology - Powered Curtain Machines
  • ANSI E1.72-2023: ANSI E1.72-2023, Powered Floor Machinery
  • ANSI E1.76-2023: Tension Wire Grids

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