For all the lighting professionals at home self-isolating, LED manufacturer Astera has launched the Astera Academy of free webinars. It’s a new venture for lighting and visual designers, DOPs, directors, gaffers, grips, engineers and techs of all types and from all sectors who are into creative and practical lighting.
“We all know that the entertainment and production industry in all sectors has been hit hard by Covid-19. With almost all events cancelled, theatres closed, etc. … many venues have been stepping up to become makeshift hospitals and quarantine centres. Some companies have been engaging in alternative activities to help fight the virus in any way possible, while others have been shutting and temporarily laying off staff … so, trying to stay inventive and inspired as we all stand strong together to come through this – has become something of a mission!” the company says.
The Astera Academy offers free webinars allowing people to learn more about the AsteraApp and various Astera lighting fixtures.Topics will include subjects like Getting Started with the AsteraApp to discover its best tips, tricks and less well-known features, with additional topics to be added in the coming days.
Each webinar is streaming twice a day – to cater for Europe and Asia, with an afternoon session for the convenience of the Americas – and will last between 30 and 60 minutes. The broadcast is coming from Astera’s European HQ in Munich, Germany, and all times are listed as central European time zone (CET).
Astera’s Jesper Sørensen will be presenting the sessions. He has been doing this worldwide in the last months
“Exhibitions and customer visits used to be our most important tools to connect with the industry, but due to Covid-19 it will be online-only for some time! This is a big adjustment for all of us, but we also see advantages as it is opening opportunities and paving the way towards new and invigorating operational methods,” Astera’s Sales & Marketing Director Sebastian Bückle comments. “I believe more flexible home office options will be available in the future, together with increased video conferencing for meetings and discussions … even after things normalize.
“The Astera Academy will be continuing in the future. Now that we have established the platform, we love the possibilities of connecting with our existing community, reaching out to potential new users and in fact anyone who might be curious about the products.”
Interested parties can sign up and ask questions during the webinar, and if a live stream is missed, the videos can still be accessed later at www.astera-led.com/academy