Showtime

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

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Mighty Mighty Bosstones Christmas show photo courtesy of ECLPSLighting Co
East Coast Lighting & Production Services (ECLPS)

Venue
House of Blues
Boston MA

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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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Buyer's Guide

LED Displays

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PLSN February 2015 Buyer's Guide - Truss ProductsI like the vast array of different LED displays that have sprung up in the last two years. Flexible screens, various sized LED tiles and pixel pitches. New hard strips of LED to replace the LED tape we all have been trying to use the last few years. There are models for outdoor use as well as indoor applications, and there are some that can stand a little rain in between. This year I have seen video tiles designed for stadium scoreboards as well as affordable tiles for DJ platforms and LED video products ranging from 2mm pixel pitch to single LEDs measuring 12 inches in diameter. Whatever you are looking for, one of these manufacturers is sure to have it, and what better place to look for LED display manufacturers then right here in the PLSN Buyers Guide.

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

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Product Spotlight

PixelFlex FLEXCurve

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PixelFlex FLEXCurve (c) J ZoccoThe idea of curving video walls is nothing new. I have watched as video crews spend countless hours trying to rig straight pieces of video tiles at angles, usually in a vain attempt to get a seamless, curved video wall. Techs spent the day messing around with this game of millimeters by using rulers, changing rigging, nudging pieces a hair, adding clamps, and eventually they would kind of achieve what they were looking for. Now I’m not saying this was bad, but I always wondered why there wasn’t an easy way to do this. Couldn’t someone physically engineer a product to do this without the rigmarole? Well, apparently so.

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Road Tests

Upstaging Saber LED

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The Saber 500 with diffuserToday, I’m playing with a brand new video strip just released by Upstaging Inc., based in Sycamore, IL out of the Chicago area. This stealthy, thin slice of LED packs a punch and is perfect for almost any application. They can easily be mounted to anything on display, from temporary stage sets and truss to permanent installations including museums and storefronts.

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Road Tests

Chauvet Professional Rogue RH1 Hybrid

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Rogue RH1 Hybrid from CHAUVET ProfessionalThe Rogue RH1 Hybrid is one of Chauvet Professional’s latest offerings in the fast-growing area of hybrid fixtures — fixtures that fulfill more than one “traditional” role in a lighting rig, be that wash, hard-edge projector, or beam fixture. I spent a few afternoons playing with this new beam / spot hybrid light to see what this new fixture from Chauvet Professional can do.

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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

GLP Marks Two Decades of Growth

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GLP is celebrating 20 years One of the great joys of writing features about the professional lighting industry is getting to talk to people who, even after decades in the business, are still very enthusiastic and excited about their work. Mark Ravenhill is one of those. At 44 he is the president of the U.S. operations of German Light Products, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. He speaks with the fervor of someone three weeks into a dream job, though he began his career in the light brigade at age 16, fresh out of the British equivalent of high school. “It’s all I’ve ever done,” the Southampton, England native explained.

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Video Digerati

What's On Your Desktop

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Figure 1: The author used Layout View to peek at her clips, by layer and server.Samuel L. Jackson wants to know. Okay, maybe not. But I just finished a media server-heavy show and want to share with you what was on my desktop.

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