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If you were to go back in time to 1996, you could go to any concert and you would notice one huge difference between shows back then and shows today - video.Sure, they had some video back then. The GE Lightvalve was a huge xenon projector that stood about five feet tall and weighed more than the roadies who schlepped it around. The lamp alone was about three or four feet long, and it was too "explody" to travel inside of the projector.
So each night after the show, when the lamp had enough time to cool, out would come a technician looking like the bomb squad with a face shield, leather gauntlets and a leather apron. His job was to remove the xenon lamp and put it in its explosion-proof road case without sending shards of glass flying, which is what would happen if the lamp was bumped or dropped.
And they say life was simpler back then.
Nothing could be simpler than setting up some of the latest modular LED video displays. Most are very lightweight and go together very easily, some without tools and one or two are even magnetic, attaching themselves to any metal surface. They are much brighter than the old style projectors and they typically draw much less power, depending on the size of the display. Some are semi-transparent, allowing you to layer video, lighting, and set elements in a collage of visual delight. And still others are weatherized for use indoors or outdoors.
And none of them require that you remove the LEDs before transporting. Do you still long for the "good old days?" I didn't think so.
You can marvel at the latest in LED video display technology in the pages that follow. Now put away your gauntlets and get out your wish list. Enjoy.
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