Product Spotlight

The Stageline SAM575

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The Stageline SAM575If you’re in the touring industry, chances are that at some point you’ve done (or will soon do) a show on a Stageline mobile stage. For over 25 years, they’ve been providing mobile staging for not only outdoor concerts, but also marketing events, mobile theatres, and custom projects of every sort. With an eye for detail and a team with years of experience, their stages are used on the biggest festivals and events around the world, with their popular SAM555 model providing staging and protection from the elements for hundreds of shows since its inception.

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Product Spotlight

Mountain Productions Safety and Rigging Products

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Python safety holster from Mountain ProductionsGravity and its related safety hazards never sleep, so crews working at height need to be vigilant about protecting themselves and others. Mountain Productions is helping with an expanded array of fall protection offerings including harnesses, lanyards, fall arrest systems, helmets and more. Their inventory from DBI-SALA includes some of the most trusted fall protection equipment in the industry. Along with DBI-SALA’s extensive product line, they are also now offering Python Safety’s drop prevention products and KASK’s Super Plasma helmets to keep crew members safe on site.

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Road Tests

Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWash

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Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWashEver since the creative minds behind Philips Vari-Lite fired up the VL*1 in 1981, the company has been at the forefront of automated lighting design and creation. Coming on the heels of the VL4000 Spot, the VL4000 BeamWash enters the market as a very high-output wash and beam effect, with a few tricks up its proverbial sleeve. Physically, the unit bears a resemblance to the VL3500 Wash, with a very large clear lens. The lamp source is a 1200-watt Philips FastFit lamp overdriven to 1,400 watts by default, and outputs a native color temperature of 6000 Kelvin. Changing the lamp is very easy, just two screws on the back, and all parts remain captive during installation. Add a comment

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Road Tests

Ayrton MagicDot-R and CosmoPix-R

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Ayrton MagicDot-R and CosmoPix-RI walk into the Morpheus Lights shop in Las Vegas, and the first thing I see are these black balls. Row upon row of little rolling balls emitting light in synchronous harmony. That alone was a pretty big “wow” factor upon first sight. But then I round the corner, and there are bigger balls with multiple light beams emitted in every angle. Rotating continuously in every angle. I am experiencing flashbacks to the 1970’s and the days of disco. I instantly realize that Ayrton, the leading innovator in new LED product manufacturing, has once again come up with some revolutionary products.

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PRG Nocturne Karrera S-series SD/HD/3G Capable Video Flypack

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PRG Nocturne video flypack on display at Prolight+SoundPRG Nocturne recently announced that they were building ten new HD Video Flypacks to better serve their touring music clients. I recently got a walk through a typical flypack arrangement, which have already been out on some of the biggest current tours including U2, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Paul McCartney, The Eagles, Maroon 5, and others. The PRG Nocturne Karrera S-Series SD/HD/3G capable Video Flypacks really are next generation solutions. These HD flypacks employ equipment from Grass Valley, Ross Video and Fujinon; all long-time partners with PRG Nocturne. Add a comment

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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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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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Projection Solutions

Turning a Projector Positioning Nightmare Into a Fairytaile for Phish

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DMD S7udios used eight 40K Barco projectors to create two 4K images on the north and south sides of the building. The projection, a first for the exterior of the arena, promoted Phish’s NYE concerts.Have you ever worried about losing your job to a robot or a software program? Sometimes in our industry, the same products that are designed to help us be more creative, achieve greater technical results or show a client in advance what they are going to get for all the money they just dished out can be the bane of our existence. Software bugs, technical limitations or just simply being unknowledgeable of a particular product or feature can be a showstopper. This is exactly what we were faced with when we were asked to projection map imagery on the American Airlines arena in Miami for Phish’s run of shows over New Year’s Eve.

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