Showtime

8: Beyoncé & Jay-Z

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Beyoncé & Jay-Z (c) TMB / SolarisLighting Co: VER

Video Co: Bowman Touring Video

NOTE: An earlier posting listed the wrong crew and gear for this tour. This posting was updated Jan. 24, 2015.  PLSN regrets the error.

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Showtime

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

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Bob Seger tour photo by Steve JenningsLighting Co
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Behind the Lens

Creating Broadcast Quality Worship Video

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The author’s AV setup for the worship band at NOW Church in Ocala, FL includes gear from Blackmagic Design.What do television and a Sunday church service have in common? While many people might think not much, the two actually have a lot in common. When it comes to AV, live production and broadcast, the worship market is a huge one. And professional broadcasts are no longer reserved for a handful mega churches. More and more of today’s churches are turning to television and live broadcasts to help spread their messages, keep their communities informed and reach new members. And thanks to advances in technology, it’s now more feasible than ever before.

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Buyer's Guide

White Light LED Fixtures

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White Light LED Fixtures, PLSN Buyers Guide, April 2015White Light LED fixtures are by no means new to the lighting world, but the sheer number of new models being fabricated by many companies is mind-boggling. With so many different models running in so many modes, one has to wonder how long it will be before incandescent fixtures will only be found in museums.

To download a PDF of the PLSN March 2015 Buyers Guide, CLICK HERE.

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Road Tests

RoxBox EXA from Blizzard Lighting

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RoxBox EXA from Blizzard Lighting. UV model pictured here.Blizzard Lighting, a relative newcomer on the scene, has recently been making waves with their new lighting products. I got the chance to check out one of their recently introduced fixtures, the RokBox EXA. There’s no shortage of LED PARs on the market — just about ever manufacturer has one — so I spent a few days looking at the capabilities of their new light to see what set it apart.

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Road Tests

Ushio Pro-Panel V2 Soft Light

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Ushio Pro-Panel V2 Soft Light, reviewed in PLSN, April 2015Soft light fixtures are primarily used in cinematography and photography. The basic reason for this is that the light emitted out of these fixtures tends to wrap around an object, leaving no shadow behind the object. It can also be used as “Fill” lighting, supplementing other practical light fixtures and reducing any shadows caused by them on a set. These fixtures are often a staple in grip trucks and used in close proximity to the object one is illuminating as the fall off of light is rapid with this fixture. Many directors of photography have been known to swear that the use of soft lights eliminates skin wrinkles on camera. Add a comment

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Road Tests

GLP impression X4 Bar 20

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GLP impression X4 Bar 20, reviewed in PLSN Magazine April 2015. Both the 20 and 10 are pictured here.LED strip lights have been around a while. These battens have lots of uses, and it seems that many are good for one function, but they may not fare well at another. Some didn’t use 4-in-1 LEDs, some didn’t line up perfectly in a row, and my biggest pet peeve — none of them could ever illuminate a whole backdrop evenly, from top to bottom with just a ground row of fixtures. Then along comes this product from GLP.

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Road Tests

d3 Technologies 4x4pro

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d3 4x4proOne of the biggest challenges facing the video industry today is how to handle 4K signal distribution and the hardware that will support that raster size for playback.

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Road Tests

Robe BMFL

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Robe BMFL

I just spent two straight hours playing with this remarkable new fixture from Robe, the fine Czech Republic manufacturer of quality lighting fixtures. The latest in their series of hard-edged spot fixtures is cleverly called the BMFL, which stands for Bright Multi-Functional Luminaire. This fixture is so unique in the way that it projects textures that it took me all that time just to glance at all the amazing designer macros in this fixture and the fact that I’m playing with a whole new beast of a light here, not another clone of a typical spot fixture. This fixture has every bell and whistle of all the other spot fixtures I have used, rolled into one.

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Video Digerati

Controlling Complex LED Fixtures by Pixel

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As manufacturers of automated lighting continue to develop fixtures with multiple LED sources combined into one unit, the challenge of programming these fixtures increases. When units like the A.Leda B-Eye (Clay Paky), the Shapeshifter (High End Systems) or the MagicPanel 602 (Ayrton) are specified in a lighting rig, the programmer will likely be faced with the choice of whether to use the fixtures in a reduced mode or in a pixel mapping mode. A couple of factors will usually determine which mode the programmer goes with, including the vision for how the fixtures are to be used in the show and, just as importantly, the amount of available programming time available. Here are some tips to help take the second item off the list. Add a comment

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