Road Tests

PR Lighting XR 1000 Spot

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PR Lighting XR 1000 SpotThis week, I’ve got my hands on a hard-edge moving light discharge fixture from PR Lighting. This company is by far the market leader in China for professional lighting solutions for architectural, entertainment and promotional uses for 30 years. Mega Systems out of San Antonio, TX distributes their line of fixtures in the U.S. Add a comment

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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 World

A Word about BYOD

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Bring Your Own DeviceHas anyone out there been in a meeting lately, say, for business or pre-production or whatever? Show of hands, please. And in that meeting, has anyone had to display an application or presentation from his or her laptop on the big screen in the conference room? If you’re a business professional, regardless of the industry, the answer is probably yes — and more likely than not, you’ve used one of multiple methods to push your video up to the screen and collaborate with the meeting’s participants. Add a comment

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Focus on Fundamentals

Tour School’s STEADI Program

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Tour School’s STEADI ProgramA few years ago, when Tour School co-founders Ed Wannebo and Dr. Susan Ullrich looked out on the state of staffing the production industry, what they saw concerned them. On-the-job training continues to be one of the primary methods of training new recruits, but the founders wondered what improvements could be made to the process. Add a comment

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In the Trenches

Russ Felton on Festival Prep Work

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Russ Felton, in the trenches, doing festival prep work.I was recently able to catch up with Russ Felton during a break in his schedule, which is one that barely allows for sleep. I’m chatting with him during lunch to see how he handles all the pressures of dealing with the lighting at these massive festival shows he works on. Russ is one of the top lighting crew chiefs in the world. He is employed by BML Blackbird, one of the top lighting companies on the East Coast, located in Secaucus, NJ, right outside NYC. Russ deals with everything from touring acts to trade shows to stadium-sized festivals.

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Corporate AV

Immersive Projection at SAP’s Sapphire Now 2015 Event

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The event production team designed a massive video octagon that encompassed close to 225 diagonal feet and flown 14 feet above the open concept interactive area, better known as the SAP Experience Zone.SAP, the world’s leading provider of business software, is known for helping companies run more efficiently through enterprise application tools. SAP’s annual Sapphire Now brings together more than 20,000 customers, partners, and prospects from across the world to showcase new ideas and solutions from across SAP’s extensive product line.

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Feeding the Machines

It's Time to GO!

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Automated lighting consoles are very complex machines that provide amazing abilities to transition data values utilizing various timing controls. From a simple crossfade between two cues to advanced multi-part timing and auto-follows there are a multitude of timing tools available. Although each console may use slightly different terminology, the abilities are generally the same. For the purpose of simplicity I will refer to one set of terms in this article, so be sure to reference your console’s user manual to determine the exact terms you may encounter. Add a comment

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Designer Watch

Designing Brian; Butch’s Plot; Future LD for Future Islands; Quick Cues

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From left, Brian Wilson’s production manager Clint Boire and LD Chris Stuba at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX on the tour’s opening night. Photo by Debi Moen“He said music has color, and the color of music is blue,” said LD Chris Stuba. The design inspiration for Brian Wilson’s summer tour starts with that thought from the Beach Boys legend. Wilson, who is performing with fellow band mates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplain, presents a welcoming design and programming challenge for Stuba on the lighting console. “Sometimes the bridge of the song starts at the beginning, or the song changes through many time signatures throughout,” Stuba said. “I had to approach programming and running this show differently because of those variances.”

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LD at Large

Livin' on the Edge

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PLSN illustration by Andy AuI’m lighting a Truck Press Event... That’s right. Trucks. Those things that people like me can’t even fit in my garage. Even if I had a garage, I would have to move my clothes rack/treadmill and my complete collection of plastic wrapped Mad Magazines. Add a comment

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