Safety Factor

Weather vs. Lighting Designer

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Having a weather emergency plan in place helped the author and others evacuate this Mojave Desert gig before gale force winds brought the structure crashing down.Even if Oscar Wilde did once say “Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative,” we all still love to talk about the weather. And, sooner or later, we will all have to do a show outside, or at the very least in a tent.

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PLSN Interview

Strictly FX's Reid Nofsinger

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Reid Nofsinger, Strictly FXThey ought to put Reid’s picture in the dictionary under “pyro technician.” Take one look at him, and you know he’s the type of guy you would expect to drive fast cars, own his own custom fit Storm Trooper suit and blow up stuff for a living. He’s been the lead engineer and technician at Strictly FX, Chicago’s premier special effects vendor for the entertainment biz, for more than 15 years. PLSN sat down to chat with how he and Strictly got to where they are today.

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Buyer's Guide

Software for Lighting Designers

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PLSN Buyers Guide - Software for Lighting DesignersWhat do lighting designers need software for, you ask? Different lighting people need different software. Some need to draw basic 2D plots for lighting companies to build their rigs. Some need to be able to make 3D photorealistic renderings to pitch ideas to their clients. Of course, some of us just care about the paperwork so we can prep the doggone lighting system.

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


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Road Tests

Vaddio RoboSHOT Cameras

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Vaddio RoboSHOT 30 and 12 CamerasVaddio has been around for more than 10 years now, supplying the world with robotic cameras. Yesterday I made a trip out to their Minnetonka, MN office space to find a pretty massive office and warehouse where the employees numbered over a hundred. Everything made by the company is built in America, assembled right here at their sparkling clean facility. That was just the first thing to impress me.

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Road Tests

Elation Sniper 2R

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Elation Sniper 2RIn a world where every manufacturer is chasing the next great LED configured fixture or inventing their version of a hybrid luminaire, it is pretty exciting to see a light come out that isn’t competing with anything else in the market. Elation’s design team has once again raised the bar by unleashing their Sniper 2R. This award-winning fixture was released last year at the PLASA show in London, and its laser simulation capabilities and high speed scanning mirror system made it the talk of the show floor.

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Road Tests

Clay Paky Mythos

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Clay Paky MythosItalian lighting manufacturer Clay Paky has brought the industry something much more than its series of Sharpy fixtures. Although it looks almost identical to a SuperSharpy from the outside, let’s have a look on the inside to see what the Mythos is all about.

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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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Company 411

Chauvet Celebrates 25 Years by Looking Forward, Not Back

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Albert and Berenice Chauvet (center) with staff members in Europe It’s 9:40 a.m. on a warm January South Florida morning, and gathered around a conference table are three lighting professionals who have been brought to Chauvet’s HQ for a visit. Typical of lighting guys, they are sharing war stories on the challenges of providing lighting and video (in this instance, as it relates to the house of worship market).

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Video World

So, You Want to be a Video Editor

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Steve Shlisky at KTVU in Oakland, CAEverything you watch on television is edited — every program, commercial, promo, news story, every clip on the LED wall at a concert, you name it. Every scene is meticulously edited in order to move the story line along and create the program’s drama, comedy or excitement. Think about it — even live events are edited in realtime by the director (with each and every camera cut)for the very same reason — to move the story along.

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