Product Spotlight

Christie D4K25 and M Series Digital Projectors

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Christie D4K25 This year, Christie announced the expansion of its 3-chip DLP platform with the introduction of the Christie D4K25 and new 14,000-lumen Christie M Series models. The new projectors target a variety of applications that require a combination of  brightness, performance and visual clarity. Add a comment

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Swisson RDM Controller and DMX Tester

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Swisson RDM Controller and DMX TesterSwisson recently introduced the latest version of their hand-held, battery-operated DMX tester, the XMT-350. It might not give you the power to control everything in the universe, but it will give you the ability to control and test most everything in your rig — including an entire universe of DMX data. And it runs off a 9V battery. Add a comment

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Road Tests

Roland VR-50HD Multi-Format AV Mixer

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Roland VR-50HD Multi-Format AV MixerI was at FOH mix position the other day and had a look at the mixing desk and on the back was a DMX interface. What? Why on earth would anyone want to use DMX out of a sound console? Surely they don’t expect the sound guy to control lights too? What’s next — the video guy controlling sound? But then I thought, what if I were all alone in a ballroom at a corporate gig? What if I operated the switcher at my church? What if I operated a webcast in a studio that had to change equipment all the time? Add a comment

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Chauvet Professional Nexus 4x4

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Chauvet Professional Nexus 4x4The Nexus product line from Chauvet Professional contains the latest in LED technology. There are three versions within the line: 4x1 linear strip, 2x2 block, and the award winning larger block version, the Nexus 4x4. Is it a blinder, wash light, low resolution video wall, or eye candy? The answer is YES! Yes, it is a LED audience blinder. Yes, it is a super bright soft edge wash light. Yes, it is a low resolution video wall. Yes, it is flashy eye candy. And yes, it can be used in many other creative applications.

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Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio

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Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio, front viewTapeless storage has been making some rapid advances in recent years as the need for speed and quality increases.  More and more, we’re asked to be able to record gigs not only for archive or artist review, but to have that session available for edit as rapidly as possible. While workflows on set or at the gig will vary greatly, the ability to capture the highest quality imagery with the least amount of hassle is paramount.  With the advent of super-fast SSDs and flash memory, this is getting easier and easier. Add a comment

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NanoLumens NanoFlex Screen

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NanoLumens NanoFlex screenNanoFlex, NanoLumens’ new flexible LED display, breaks all of the rules of LED technology: it’s lightweight, thin, and can be flexed into concave or convex configurations, making it well-suited for digital signage and scenic applications where standard LED products just wouldn’t work. Add a comment

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PLCyc LED Luminaire from Philips Strand Selecon

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PLCyc LED Luminaire from Philips Strand SeleconPhilips Strand Selecon has come up with a unique product in the PLCyc LED Luminaire. The fixture utilizes various aspects of new technologies to elegantly and efficiently light cycloramas. When I first heard about this unit, I had a mixed reaction — “No way can this do what they claim,” coupled with, “Wow, someone has finally come up with the right solution.”

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Ayrton Wildsun 500

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Ayrton Wildsun 500I am staring at perhaps the coolest LED moving head on the planet. Ayrton, the French lighting manufacturer, has released the latest advance in LED technology. In extended mode, the operator has individual control of four separate rings of RGBW modules exposed in a circular array — 31 individual 13W, flicker-free LED modules that give out a collective 10,000-lumen punch; blindingly bright. Add a comment

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Mega-Lite N-E Color FX9

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Mega-Lite N-E Color FX9Mega-Lite’s N-E Color FX9 is an LED strip fixture with matrix capabilities. Its nine tri-color RGB 3W LEDs (with 27 red, green and blue LEDs in all) are designed for smooth color mixing, and with the ability to generate a 2.5-foot beam with output measuring close to 100 lumens at 10 feet, the fixture is powerful enough to serve as a wall or cyc wash. Add a comment

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Company 411

Matrix Visual Solutions

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For Guess?, Matrix provided ten 20K projectors and a 20-by-50-foot LED display. Photo by Paul MotalLife is eventful for Paul Motal. In fact, he and Matrix Visual Solutions, the company he founded, are involved in nearly 800 events per year, either as the producer or as the full-service provider of audio-visual gear and expertise through rentals and sales. Ranging from massive to modest, they include conventions, trade shows, gala parties, product launches, stadium concerts, film premieres, fundraisers, music festivals, television and movie production, sports and educational, religious and corporate events. Where else would you find a client list so diverse it contains such luminaries as Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Pitbull, Ford Motor Company, Samsung, Guess? Inc., the Latin Grammys, Safeway and the Barack Obama presidential campaign? Add a comment

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