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Light Tonight launched on You Tube – new video magazine for pro lighting industry

Posted on Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Light Tonight launched this month on YouTube as a video news magazine for the English speaking professional lighting industry worldwide. The show runs less than 30 minutes, is fast paced and loaded with news, reviews, interviews, techniques and equipment.

Produced by CX Network, the show caps 25 years industry publishing experience for the network which until now has produced publications and internet TV in Australia.

‘When we started CX-TV in 2010, YouTube had a seven minute clip limit and was standard definition’, CX chief Julius Grafton said.

CX Network established several successful internet TV shows, including Gearbox, CXtra and most recently The Hump. They have been broadly viewed on the website cx-tv.com and are specific to the Australian market, whereas Light-Tonight is intentionally global.

A team of presenters from around the world host the well resourced show. It is directed by Australian Broadcasting Corporation veteran Chrissie McIntyre, with content producer Cat Strom drawing on ‘the best contact book in the industry’.

Reaction has been favourable. CX showed the pilot to a group of industry professionals.

“Looks great. Very informative on many things. I like it”, said LeRoy Bennett, lighting designer.

Mac Mosier commented: “Good for you working on this, looks really good. Look forward to seeing more.”

“The content and the overall approach is great. Graphics are all very pro and the whole thing looks good. What a welcome addition this is for our industry. Bravo”, concluded Patrick Woodroffe, OBE.

Light Tonight is free to view, at the CX Network channel on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i-HE0S5Yvc

Light Tonight launched January 12 on YouTube as a video news magazine for the English speaking professional lighting industry worldwide. The show runs less than 30 minutes, is fast paced and loaded with news, reviews, interviews, techniques and equipment.
Produced by CX Network, the show caps 25 years industry publishing experience for the network which until now has produced publications and internet TV in Australia.
‘When we started CX-TV in 2010, YouTube had a seven minute clip limit and was standard definition’, CX chief Julius Grafton said.
CX Network established several successful internet TV shows, including Gearbox, CXtra and most recently The Hump. They have been broadly viewed on the website cx-tv.com and are specific to the Australian market, whereas Light-Tonight is intentionally global.
A team of presenters from around the world host the well resourced show. It is directed by Australian Broadcasting Corporation veteran Chrissie McIntyre, with content producer Cat Strom drawing on ‘the best contact book in the industry’.
Reaction has been favourable. CX showed the pilot to a group of industry professionals.
“Looks great. Very informative on many things. I like it”, said LeRoy Bennett, lighting designer
Mac Mosier commented: “Good for you working on this, looks really good. Look forward to seeing more.”
“The content and the overall approach is great. Graphics are all very pro and the whole thing looks good. What a welcome addition this is for our industry. Bravo”, concluded Patrick Woodroffe, OBE.
Light Tonight is free to view, at the CX Network channel on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i-HE0S5Yvc
 

2 years interest free if you buy a Hog 4 console!

Posted on Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Save your Piggybank!

Buy any Hog 4 family lighting console before 31st March 2015 on a 24 month finance contract and pay 0% interest.

http://www.lexair.com.au/piggybank.html

 

Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K10’s for Phaseshift

Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Ten weeks ago Phaseshift Productions took delivery of eight Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K10 and since then they have not stopped working.

“We started to see them appearing on specs and so thought we’d better get a demo,” said Johnny Bamford, Production Manager at Phaseshift. “Show Technology’s Keith Bradshaw demonstrated a couple and we really liked them. We saw the possibilities they offer and realized they would be a valuable purchase.”

Johnny has discovered that the B-EYE is a very versatile light or as he describes it ‘a good wash light with party tricks as well’!

The first production for the B-EYE was a six week Australian tour with English comedian Bill Bailey. The show was designed by Alex Saad after a brief from the UK. The B-EYEs were used as the main overhead wash light whenever Bill Bailey was talking however when Bill switched to song mode, the B-EYEs revealed their party tricks.

“The B-EYEs never missed a beat for the whole duration from Darwin to Tasmania and everywhere in between,” added Johnny.

www.showtech.com.au

 

Federation Square upgrades to Pro Shop LED Flood EX36

Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Melbourne’s famous Federation Square has been given a new lease of life thanks to Pro Shop LED Flood EX36 fixtures.

Corporate Vision Australia, who have the contract to supply the venue lighting, purchased eight of the Pro Shop LED Flood EX36 fixtures to replace the aging Studio Due CityColors.

“I love the EX36’s,” commented Daniel Saveski, senior technician at CVA. “They were my favourite choice to replace the CityColors as they are extremely bright, compact and very versatile. The wide lens is fantastic – as shown in the picture where I used only four EX36 to wash that entire building!”

With a massive 288 watts of RGBW LED power housed in a neat IP rated fixture, the EX36 is becoming an extremely sought after product. With a strong and sturdy base, colossal output and IP type connectors this Flood fixture is perfect for lighting gardens, hotel facades, buildings, walls, nightclubs and almost any other location where massive output is required.

“The only issue I had was that the EX36 are quite light in weight which is great for handling but not very compatible with this public space,” said Daniel. For OH&S reasons, Fed Square didn’t want truss across the site, so we designed some custom pods which make them secure from ‘walking away’ and low to the ground. They are not a permanent install as they are so handy for all other applications around the site.

“Due to the wide lenses attached they make a great wash light, eye candy and a strobe. I have used these fixtures for many different shows from live TV, theatre, outdoor festivals and much more.  Simon Barrett and Keith Bradshaw from Show Technology have, as always, been outstanding with the technical support.”

www.showtech.com.au

 

Mythos land at Crystal Productions

Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

David Thomas, managing director of Crystal Productions, is probably one of the most excited people in our industry right now. What’s got him so thrilled? Crystal Productions are the first Australian production company to add Clay Paky Mythos hybrid lights to their inventory.

“I am incredibly excited to have eight Mythos fixtures,” David declared. “I first saw them at the Show Technology launch last year and immediately I knew they would fill a void in my inventory. They are an amazing fixture which instantly fitted into our current market place. In the corporate and festival environment, it’s the perfect all-rounder light. It’s the ideal versatile light for a versatile production company.”

The Mythos light beam is sharp, with perfectly defined edges, from the first millimetres after the front lens right along its entire length.

“They have an incredible light output and it’s unreal how that is achieved from an efficient 470 watt lamp source,” commented David. “The optics are amazing and the 4° to 50° zoom range is phenomenal.”

The zoom is optimized for focusing, which is separate from that of the fixed and rotating gobos. Its movements are smooth, fast and very quiet.

Mythos features a completely redesigned indexed visual effect disc, which may be superimposed on all the gobos, both in and out of focus.

“The gobos and the gobo choice on the Mythos are amazing,” said David. “They’re fresh and combined with the animation wheel, you can do some really nice things with them.”

The first event that was lucky enough to utilise the Mythos fixtures was Carols on Norton in Leichhardt, Sydney (pictured) where they were arranged in a semi-circle arc at the rear of the stage. From there they created amazing aerial effects as well as back light for the stage roof. By using the Mythos in this manner, a fairly small stage was made to look substantially larger.

“There’s minimal power at that venue so the efficiency of those lamps was integral to being able to produce such an effect,” added David. “I’m sure my Mythos fixtures are going to be very, very busy this year!”

www.showtech.com.au

 

Christie Acquires coolux to Improve Multi-media and Live Event Experiences

Posted on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Award-winning Pandoras Box product suite to complement Christie’s Spyder in delivering advanced applications for multi-media experiences

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, announced today that it has acquired Cologne-based coolux® GmbH (‘coolux’), a world-renowned developer and supplier of 3D compositing and rendering systems, best known for its Pandoras Box product family. coolux will be integrated into Christie’s Global Market Solutions team, maintaining its office in Cologne, Germany.

Jennifer Smith, executive vice president, Global Market Solutions, said “Christie is committed to deepen its marketplace lead in supplying a total solution for advanced applications such as projection mapping, broadcast delivery and all manner of large-scale digital canvas creation, so the fit between our products and services and those of coolux is a natural one.”

Continuing, Smith said “Pre-visualization capability when creating stunning, experiential events – including real-time rendering of same – is increasingly important in the creative plans of entertainment designer and creative visionaries. The acquisition is a boon to those who need multiple display technologies to come together to create both continuous and non-continuous digital canvases, but most importantly, to be able to create and manage the content that flows onto these canvases,” added Smith.

coolux CEO Jan Huewel, who will report to Jennifer Smith in his new position of senior director, Processing Solutions, commented that “In a world where visual and audio experiences are assuming new importance in inspiring and moving audiences, content orchestration and synchronized content delivery is paramount and with today’s news, Christie, with its already impressive presence in this arena, has gained another leading-edge product line and development team to ensure it keeps its lead.”

More detail on the announcement will be provided at the biennial coolux Connect Conference, to be held January 8-9, 2015 at Vulkanhalle, Building E, Lichtstr. 43, 50825 in Cologne, Germany.

Initial reactions to the news of the acquisition was positive among global leaders in augmented reality and experiential-marketing projects, exemplified by award-winning projection designer Bart Kresa of BARTKRESA design Inc. who said “I’ve used coolux and Christie products in a number of my productions and value both for their feature-rich gamut and reliability, so I’m excited about what Christie will come up with in future, leveraging its expertise and that of the coolux team.”

www.christiedigital.com

 

Drum Theatre chooses Martin M1

Posted on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Opened in February 2006, Drum Theatre is a 521 seat state-of-the-art, purpose built performing arts theatre within the heritage facade of the former Dandenong Town Hall, and situated in the heart of the Dandenong CBD.

When the time came to replace their Strand lighting consoles Stuart McKellar, Technical Operations Coordinator, had a thorough look at what was available on today’s market.

“We had a look at the ETC Gio and Ion consoles but we felt that the Martin M1 console was an easier console to transition to from the Strand consoles,” commented Stuart. “Also, the M1 offered us a few more features than some of the other consoles and was a lot simpler to program as well as create effects.

“I like the fact that we can stack multiple cue lists and the colour picker is great. The pan and tilt cross screen where you just drag it with your finger to where you want the lights to go is excellent. Patching is really easy.”

The only difficulty Stuart and his team have had is in writing their own fixtures but Stuart reports that Martin have been fabulous in their swift response.

“Back up is very important and the team from Show Technology have also been really helpful in getting us up and running,” added Stuart.

www.showtech.com.au

 

Lexair launch new website and competition

Posted on Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Lexair have launched their new website at www.lexair.com.au so pay them a visit online, and while you’re there start following them on LinkedIn and be in to win one of fifty Hog4 T-shirts!

Lexair are the exclusive Australian Distributor for High End Systems, Green Hippo and TMB.

www.lexair.com.au

 

ProShop Truss Mates discreet in Tamworth

Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Tamworth Regional Council has invested in 30 x ProShop Truss Mates for use in their entertainment venues. The ProShop Truss Mate is a perfect fit for the extremely popular F33 Tri-Truss and all truss models upwards. The Truss Mate was designed to be inconspicuous but have a clean and powerful narrow output, using three 3w Tri-Colour LEDs.

“We bought the Truss Mates to replace our 20 LED Mini PARs we used for truss which were not the ideal choice, but all we had at the time,” explained Robert Elsworthy, Technical & Production Co-ordinator, Tamworth Regional Council. “The Truss Mate fit much better into the 300mm Global tri truss.”

The lights are secured in the truss with Global half coupler brackets and a 75mm hi tensile bolt straight into the unit.

“The colour is definitely stronger than the Mini PARs and reaches down the length of the truss better,” said Robert. “The Truss Mates were supplied by Colin Baldwin of Events Services who is the dealership company we go through.”

The Truss Mate has both M10 and M12 threads making it easy to rig to truss in three different positions. The ProShop Truss Mate also comes with an IR remote which makes it ideal for applications where DMX control is not desired.

The photo is of the Tamworth Business Chamber Awards night.

www.showtech.com.au

 

Changing of the guard at ALIA

Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

After 13 years under the stewardship of its founders Andy Ciddor and Cat Strom, ALIA (the Australasian Lighting Industry Association) has recently seen a change of leadership. Marcus Pugh (Resolution X) takes over the role of President from Andy, and Peter Darby (Victorian Opera) takes over the Vice Presidency from Cat.

The (almost) bloodless coup has resulted in Andy Ciddor and Cat Strom remaining on the committee and continuing to serve as executive officers running ALIA’s operations and online-activities. Joseph Mercurio continues in the position of Honorary Secretary and Lyndon Buckley stays on as Treasurer.

The outgoing founders have expressed their delight (and not a little relief) that a new leadership group has come forward to advance ALIA and inject new ideas and new energy into the Association.

 

New ResX Website

Posted on Friday, December 5th, 2014

The team at Resolution X is proud to announce the launch of their new website. This site has a whole new look, better interface with mobile devices, more news and product information.

Check it out at resolutionx.com.au

 

Artistic Licence launches dedicated Art-Net website

Posted on Friday, December 5th, 2014

Artistic Licence is delighted to launch www.art-net.org.uk, a website dedicated to the Art-Net protocol. Offering a wealth of technical information, practical tips, downloads and registration portal, the website provides the definitive resource for anyone working with Art-Net.

Introduced by Artistic Licence into the public domain in 1998, Art-Net transformed the lighting control market by removing the channel restriction of DMX512. The protocol enabled multiple universes of data to be transported over a single ethernet cable, a necessary development as channel-hungry RGB LED fixtures became widely adopted.

Art-Net has always been non-proprietary and available free-of-charge. As a result, it is now supported by more than 150 manufacturers worldwide.

Offering over 16 million control channels with full support for remote device management (RDM), Art-Net is ready for an even bigger, brighter future.

www.ArtisticLicence.com

 

Mueller College upgrades with Martin, Pro Shop and Robert Juliat

Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

DFX Productions have supplied and installed Brisbane’s Mueller College eight Pro Shop LED Cyclorama RGBWA, a Martin Jem Ready 365 Hazer and a Robert Juliat Topaz follow spot.

“The college has a giant cyc wall and nothing was working well on it until we found the Pro Shop LED Cycloramas,” explained Damien Float, managing director of DFX Productions. “We’ve hung four from a new cyc bar that we installed whilst the other four are on the ground. The college has just embarked on its dance season and the lighting of the cyc has been excellent.”

Using RGBWA LED chips complete with amber depth control means that the Pro Shop LED Cyclorama is suitable for real world use. Complete with individual LED electronic dimming, stand alone or in built programs as well as being DMX controllable means this unit is suitable for every level of the pro-lighting industry.

Damien reports that the Martin Jem Ready 365 Hazer has been superb especially as it does not set off the smoke alarms like its predecessor did!

“The haze is also so much nicer; fine and even,” he added. “We needed two of the previous haze machines to fill the space evenly whereas with the Martin Jem Ready 365 Hazer we can run it at 10 – 15% and it fills the room nicely.”

The Jem Ready 365 Hazer houses advanced technology, including automatic shutdown with battery backup to prevent clogging and running out of gas by producing limited haze, even if gas pressure is lost.  This allows the user to exchange the gas cylinder quickly without loss of effect.  The Jem Ready is gas-efficient, sipping small amount of fluid per use and leaves no residue or smell.

The Topaze follow spot was chosen as the ideal solution for the college’s budget and Damien comments that it has a very nice throw and is perfect for this application.

www.showtech.com.au

 

Martin RUSH MH3’s and Mulitbeam 2’s an ideal corporate solution

Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Sydney based production-company Creative Lighting & Audio has added four Martin RUSH MH3 Beam lights and a couple of RUSH Multibeam 2 effects lights to its inventory.

Director Andre Kecskes found his corporate clients were asking for them and rather than continue to sub-hire the fixtures, he decided it would be more profitable to buy his own.

The RUSH MH 3 Beam is a powerful beam moving head that blasts an intense and narrow long-throw beam for spectacular mid-air looks and effects. It houses a fixed gobo wheel and colour wheel with a multitude of effects possible from a dimmer, strobe effect, 8-facet prism and focus.

“What I really like about them is the fact that they are comparable with much more expensive beam lights,” said Andre. “Their movement is good and they’re not noisy. We’ve not had any issues with the, once they are addressed they work.”

Andre purchased a couple of RUSH Multibeam 2 to add effects and basically a few different looks to his corporate set ups.

“They’re very easy to handle, simple to set up and produce nice beams,” said Andre.

The RUSH Multibeam 2 is a versatile effect light featuring two moveable LED bars each with 5 individually controllable narrow beams for powerful mid-air effects. It punches out 10 intense and narrow long-throw beams and features electronic dimming and strobe effect. Multibeam 2 comes with preprogrammed macros for easy effects, master / slave function as well as DMX or sound activation.

www.showtech.com.au

 

Oceania Productions Gears Up!

Posted on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Christmas has come early for Oceania Productions in New Zealand this year with the arrival of New Zealand’s first delivery of Robe’s flagship BMFL units.

Thirty two Bright MF Lights have arrived to New Zealand’s shores just a few weeks ago and Josef Valchar (CEO of Robe lighting) together with Cuono Biviano and Tony Lukeman from the ULA Group flew over to hand over the units to the excited Oceania Production’s crew.

Cuono Biviano, MD of ULA Group, comments: “We are ecstatic about Oceania’s first investment into Robe and the BMFL to be their flagship light. This is the largest single lighting purchase for Oceania Productions in New Zealand and I would like to thank them for their faith and commitment to both Robe and ULA Group”.

Simon Garrett, General Manager of Oceania Productions, says: “We do a vast range of lighting work across NZ and the pacific islands – theatres to arena’s, R&Roll to corporate indoor, sports fields to outdoor opening ceremonies. The current look is screens and beams and the relentless efficiency improvements in LED screen technology rendered our existing spot movers a bit breathless.

We needed a bright general purpose moving head spot. A work horse powerful enough to shoot across 20—50m and to meet the international specs as well as our own designs.

I heard Robes BMFL was coming, built around a new 1700W Osram lamp and numbers like 250,000lux and a CRI of 92 were mentioned. It seemed to have the feature set we needed including a really good dual animation set, gobos and good Prisms. Compact with a 5-55 degree zoom and weighing just 36 kg, sure I was interested.

I was more than impressed when we tested the sample a month ago and it was all true. This feature packed luminaire provides a real signature lighting-source for any large-scale project.

I guess we took a risk but I have been watching ROBE for some time and other users tell me they are well-built and the support is there. It’s not often you meet the CEO when taking delivery of a shipment of moving lights and have a chance to discuss our business at a global level.

But the reality is always proven on the road and everybody at Oceania was interested to see how their BMFLs perform on the first gig – The Lorde’s NZ tour.”

Simon adds: “I am pleased to confirm that they ran absolutely flawlessly” and even LD David McIntyre comments: “The BMFL is a great compact and universal fixture which has great optics that certainly pack a punch!”.

www.ulagroup.com

 

Nexus Church opts for Martin MAC Auras

Posted on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Brisbane’s Nexus Church has recently taken delivery of four Martin MAC Auras from Brisbane Sound Group and production manager Dan Millar is delighted with their compact size, punchy beam, colours and of course the handy eye-candy effects.

“We looked at a few different fixtures to replace the MAC250 Washes that we had,” explained Dan. “We wanted something to fill their place but obviously with a bit more punch. The MAC Auras really ticked all of the boxes – they have an amazing intensity, awesome zoom, and good price range.

“The zoom was probably one of the most important features as we have a massive screen and needed to be able to wash the stage without covering the screen with light. To have that massive zoom range from narrow spot in to being able to wash the entire stage is a great feature.”

The MAC Aura is an award-winning wash light that lighting designers have turned to the world over due to its versatility as a powerful beam and wash luminaire of the highest calibre. The MAC Aura is the first LED moving head wash light to combine multicolour beam LEDs with a backlight LED array that takes the synthetic look out of LED wash lights.

www.showtech.com.au

 

Central Audio Visual can’t get enough Pro Shop LED PAR Quad 12’s!

Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014

Central Audio Visual, based in South Australia, purchased 20 x Pro Shop LED PAR Quad 12’s, fell in love with them and so promptly purchased another 20 units!

“They really do tick all of the boxes,” commented Bronte Rhodes, Sales Manager at Central Audio Visual. “They are inexpensive, have a bright light output, deliver a range of great colours and we’re happy with the individual white LEDs. They are also lightweight and don’t run “hot” so when they’re used for uplighting, there is no fear of burning legs, ball gowns or drapes. All in all, they’re an excellent return on investment.”

Consisting of 12 Quad-Colour RGBW- 8Watt LEDs this fixture can cover a large range of the colour spectrum including quality pastels, whites warm and cool. With a total 96Watts of LED power, this unit has more than enough output to suit even the most fussy of production managers.

www.showtech.com.au

 

Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K10’s at the Frontier

Posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Perth’s Frontier Lighting has become the latest Australian production company to add Clay Paky B-EYES to their inventory in the form of twenty-four A.leda B-EYE K10’s.

The A.leda B-EYE K10 is a versatile LED-based moving light that can be used in many diverse ways, even within the same project.

“It’s not a one-trick pony as it’s a light that can be a wash, a spot and an effects light,” remarked Jared Hawke, managing director of Frontier Lighting. “The fact that it’s made by such a reputable company as Clay Paky excites me as you know they’ll be very reliable. It’s a great product – so compact and the K10 fits nicely into what we do. As a wash light it’s just a beautiful and the effects open up a whole different parameter.”

The A.leda B-EYE K10 is a perfect wash-light, generating beautiful colours and featuring an impressive, wide 6° to 70° beam aperture. The zoom however can be closed even further, down to as little as 4 degrees thus switching the light from a wash diffusion into a narrow and parallel beam. In this operating mode B-EYE becomes a “beam-light”, whose beam consists of an array of nearly indiscernible, individually controllable little beams. As in the B-EYE LEDs can be controlled one by one, the light beam is a pulsating bundle where every micro-beam has its own colour and shade.

“I’ve seen a lot of lights in my day but the A.leda B-EYE K10 is one of the most exciting plus it’s a good looking light,” said Jared. “You don’t normally see too many good looking lights but this looks good and performs well.”

Photographed are the A.leda B-EYE K10’s performing for The Tea Party, lighting designed by Cam McKaige.

www.showtech.com.au

 

Osram Completes Acquisition of Clay Paky

Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Osram has successfully completed the acquisition of Clay Paky, a provider of entertainment lighting for shows and events. All necessary approvals from the respective authorities have been granted regarding the acquisition. With this move, Osram will further expand its position in entertainment lighting. “The successful closing of this transaction is a further step towards strengthening Osram’s specialty lighting segment in a highly attractive market,” said Wolfgang Dehen, chief executive officer of Osram. Pio Nahum, who has been appointed CEO of the Clay Paky business also with effect from October 13, 2014, explained: “As part of Osram, we have good prospects for further growth.”
With the acquisition of Clay Paky, Osram is pushing forward its strategy of technology and innovation. The innovation-driven entertainment lighting market is very attractive, with mid-single digit percentage growth rates. Clay Paky will be part of Osram’s specialty lighting segment, which comprises the company’s automotive lighting as well as the display/optic activities.
Last week during the PLASA London exhibition in London, Clay Paky won the PLASA 2014 Award for Innovation for their new moving head “Mythos” — an advanced form of hybrid light, combining beam light and spotlight. Clay Paky has received the prestigious award the eighth time now.
WWWwww.claypaky.it

Osram has successfully completed the acquisition of Clay Paky, a provider of entertainment lighting for shows and events. All necessary approvals from the respective authorities have been granted regarding the acquisition. With this move, Osram will further expand its position in entertainment lighting. “The successful closing of this transaction is a further step towards strengthening Osram’s specialty lighting segment in a highly attractive market,” said Wolfgang Dehen, chief executive officer of Osram. Pio Nahum, who has been appointed CEO of the Clay Paky business also with effect from October 13, 2014, explained: “As part of Osram, we have good prospects for further growth.”

With the acquisition of Clay Paky, Osram is pushing forward its strategy of technology and innovation. The innovation-driven entertainment lighting market is very attractive, with mid-single digit percentage growth rates. Clay Paky will be part of Osram’s specialty lighting segment, which comprises the company’s automotive lighting as well as the display/optic activities.

Last week during the PLASA London exhibition in London, Clay Paky won the PLASA 2014 Award for Innovation for their new moving head “Mythos” — an advanced form of hybrid light, combining beam light and spotlight. Clay Paky has received the prestigious award the eighth time now.

www.claypaky.it
Australian Distributor: Show Technology www.showtech.com.au

 

Show Technology celebrate in Perth

Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2014

As Show Technology continue to celebrate their 20th anniversary, another important milestone was reached – a 10th birthday for their Perth branch!

To commemorate this momentous occasion the entire Perth complex has been refurbished with new offices and showrooms, showing Show Technology’s confidence in the Perth market.

Of course this deserved a party and an official ribbon cutting ceremony, as well as the opportunity to show off some exciting new product. There was a huge turnout from the Western Australian lighting industry as well as a special international guest – Jonas Stenvinkel, Managing Director of Lighting Asia Pacific from Martin Singapore.

On the evening, Show Technology officially launched the Martin MAC Quantum Profile, the fully featured LED profile that is destined to set new standards for combined performance, weight and size.

“I spent quite a bit of time with Jonas showing me the new Martin MAC Quantum Profile and I’m definitely keen to buy some,” commented Jared Hawke of Frontier Lighting. “Amazing feature with the gobo shake! It’s a very exciting product. The night itself was really well put together by the Showtech team.”

“It was fantastic to see some amazing new products and to celebrate 20 years with Emmanuel, Gino and the Showtech team,” said David Trapp, managing director, Lux Events. As always it was a great opportunity to catch up with other production companies in the WA market. The evening certainly drew out all the players as only a Showtech gathering can. Fantastic to see everyone supporting this great company as they have been doing for us for 20 years now and 10 years in Perth.”

“The great turnout at the recent 10 year anniversary of Show Technology’s arrival in Perth underlined the high levels of interest in their product range – plus of course the opportunity to enjoy some hospitality while being shown over the extensive new facility!” remarked Vaughan Emery of Corporate Theatre Productions Pty Ltd. Perth is an isolated city  and Emmanuel Ziino is to be congratulating for having the foresight to invest in establishing a branch office in Perth, in what at the time was a small market all those years ago.

“Perth Branch Manager Gino Lombardi’s personal support of the production industry has seen him establish a loyal following and a repeat customer base.”

At the same time, DQ launched their new office and warehouse in Show Technology’s complex with Menze van der Sluis, Prolyte Sales Director for Asia in attendance.

www.showtech.com.au

 

Phase 1 expand with Martin

Posted on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Phase 1 Audio may have to change their name soon due to a variety of lovely Show Technology-supplied lighting gear they now have in their possession!

However, Managing Director Jon Caisley is not looking to enter Perth’s competitive lighting hire market ensuring that there is no danger to them in his purchase of lighting gear.

“It really is a gentle move into a foreign land to allow us to cover full production into some of our smaller shows,” clarified Jon. “Phase 1 Audio is just moving with the times.  In the last eight months we added a Martin M1 console, six MAC Auras, four RUSH MH1s, twelve LED PAR TRI-18s, a JEM K1 hazer and a number of LED fixtures to our inventory.”

Being an audio chap, Jon’s knowledge of lighting is of a certain limit but he can say that none of his clients have complained about any of the lighting fixtures and they’ve been out on a wide variety of shows.

“The RUSH MH1’s have enough punch and effect to add a little dazzle on a small stage and the MAC Aura’s provide a great palate to work on,” he added. “Everyone loves the MAC Auras and they really are the bee’s knees. Over all we have been really happy with our purchases.  It has been fantastic to offer our clients full production. A big thanks to the guys at Show Technology.”

www.showtech.com.au

 

Robert Juliat and Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH Get Moving Together

Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014

Robert Juliat is proud to announce a new partnership with Munich-based Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH in the provision of motorised solutions for the Robert Juliat range of Fresnel, PC and profile lanterns. The official start of the partnership will be celebrated at PLASA London 2014.
“We are extremely happy with this new business alliance which brings together two of our industry’s leading, high-end brands to offer quality solutions to the market,” says Robert Juliat Sales Director, Claus Spreyer.
The two companies join forces to team Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH’s specialised range of motorised yokes, motorised barndoors, colour changers and dimmer shutters with the full range of Robert Juliat Fresnel, PC and profile fixtures. Aimed at theatre and studio installations, the collaboration will benefit these institutions with precise control over their fixtures, alongside huge time-saving measures and greater convenience.
The new motorised Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH yokes bring complete remote control to all Robert Juliat Fresnel and PC parameters including the fixture’s pan and tilt, the opening, closing and rotation of barndoors, and all colour changing capabilities.
Excitingly, the new yokes bring the same level of control to all Robert Juliat profile lanterns. Every feature including pan, tilt, zoom and focus, iris, colour changing and, uniquely, shutters can now be controlled remotely. “We are especially excited about the motorised shutter feature,” says Claus Spreyer. “No other manufacturer offers this for 2000W profile spots so we believe we are the only manufacturer to offer customers this level of remote control.”
“The combination of two high-quality product lines enables customized solutions for ‘motorised light’ which did not exist before now,” says Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH’s Sales Director, Volker Neuland. “Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH looks forward to a constructive cooperation with Robert Juliat.
Examples of what promises to be a classic combination will be shown for the first time at PLASA London 2014 on the Ambersphere/Robert Juliat stand (R80) where both profile and Fresnel models will be going through their paces. Members of the Robert Juliat and Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH teams will be on hand to answer your questions.

Robert Juliat is proud to announce a new partnership with Munich-based Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH in the provision of motorised solutions for the Robert Juliat range of Fresnel, PC and profile lanterns. The official start of the partnership will be celebrated at PLASA London 2014.

“We are extremely happy with this new business alliance which brings together two of our industry’s leading, high-end brands to offer quality solutions to the market,” says Robert Juliat Sales Director, Claus Spreyer.

The two companies join forces to team Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH’s specialised range of motorised yokes, motorised barndoors, colour changers and dimmer shutters with the full range of Robert Juliat Fresnel, PC and profile fixtures. Aimed at theatre and studio installations, the collaboration will benefit these institutions with precise control over their fixtures, alongside huge time-saving measures and greater convenience.

The new motorised Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH yokes bring complete remote control to all Robert Juliat Fresnel and PC parameters including the fixture’s pan and tilt, the opening, closing and rotation of barndoors, and all colour changing capabilities.

Excitingly, the new yokes bring the same level of control to all Robert Juliat profile lanterns. Every feature including pan, tilt, zoom and focus, iris, colour changing and, uniquely, shutters can now be controlled remotely. “We are especially excited about the motorised shutter feature,” says Claus Spreyer. “No other manufacturer offers this for 2000W profile spots so we believe we are the only manufacturer to offer customers this level of remote control.”

“The combination of two high-quality product lines enables customized solutions for ‘motorised light’ which did not exist before now,” says Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH’s Sales Director, Volker Neuland. “Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH looks forward to a constructive cooperation with Robert Juliat.

Examples of what promises to be a classic combination will be shown for the first time at PLASA London 2014 on the Ambersphere/Robert Juliat stand (R80) where both profile and Fresnel models will be going through their paces. Members of the Robert Juliat and Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH teams will be on hand to answer your questions.

www.licht-technik.com

www.robertjuliat.com

Australian Distributor: Show Technology www.showtech.com.au

 

Philips Vari-Lite Announces the ‘1 on 1 with Vari-Lite’ Video Contest

Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Philips Vari-Lite announces the ‘1 on 1 with Vari-Lite’ video contest designed to challenge lighting designers, technicians, and fans worldwide to produce a one-minute video featuring one single Vari-Lite luminaire. With prizes that include a paid trip to LDI or Prolight + Sound, GoPro Cameras, and Vari-Lite swag packs, the winners of the contest will be selected by an independent panel of judges and all entries must be received by October 17, 2014.

“Knowing the high level of creativity that exists with lighting professionals worldwide, we are very excited to launch this video contest,” said Brad Schiller, Philips Vari-Lite product marketing manager. “With the only requirement to use one Vari-lite luminaire as the main subject matter in a one-minute video, we are eager to see how each entrant pushes the boundaries of their own imagination.”

Judging for the contest will be based on overall video creativity and the use of the single luminaire as the main subject matter. Entrants may use any Vari-Lite luminaire desired and video submissions should not exceed 90 seconds in length. The subject matter for the video is up to the discretion of the entrant, but any subject matter deemed to be inappropriate for public viewing of all ages will not be considered for judging. To watch an overview video of the contest, as well a full listing of contest rules and prizes, visit the press room at www.vari-lite.com.

Source: Media release

www.vari-lite.com

 

Rod Finds Martin RUSH MH1 and MH2’s ideal for amateur theatre

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Earlier this year Rod’s Sound & Lighting Services, who specialise in amateur theatre production, were on a mission to upgrade their Martin MAC250, MAC300 and MAC500 fixtures. Having seen the Martin RUSH range at Entech 2013, managing director Rodney Bertram arranged a demo of the gear and immediately knew that he had found his replacements.

Straight away Rodney ordered six RUSH MH1 Profiles and six RUSH MH2 Washes, impressed by their output, power and weight.

“My amateur theatre clients tend to have small budgets so I needed lights that were affordable yet versatile,” commented Rodney. “They needed to be able to go into all types of venues with all types of rigging and set up options.”

The RUSH MH1 is a super bright LED profile moving head with efficient optics that can punch out a variety of effects and colours from two gobo wheels and two colour wheels. For added versatility and effect, it also houses an electronic dimmer and strobe, iris and 3-facet prism.

“I really like the selections of the gobo wheels with the RUSH MH1 and of course the fact that it is LED rather than a standard globe lamp,” said Rodney. “The output of the RUSH MH1 is amazing.”

Rodney was so impressed by his six RUSH MH2 Washes, he has just taken delivery of another six of these compact yet powerful LED wash lights.

“I love these little wash lights, they are so versatile and fast,” he remarked. “The RGBW colour mixing is great as it gives you pure white which is useful for front white washes over people. The colour saturation is incredibly good. From a control point of view, the speed of them is fantastic and you can get some really unique wash beam effects.”

Rod’s Sound & Lighting Services: www.soundandlighting.com.au

Rush by Martin: www.martin.com/productgroup/productgroup.asp?psg=rushbymartin&selgroup=114

 

One 20 Productions invest with Martin MAC Auras, MAC101s and MAC700s

Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2014

Perth’s One 20 Productions has increased its hire inventory with the purchase of Martin MAC700s, MAC Auras and MAC 101s.

One 20 Productions specialises in boutique festivals – events for between 500 and 2000 people staged by upcoming promoters and quite often held outdoors. They offer audio, lighting, visuals and staging in one attractive package to their clients.

The six MAC Auras have proved so successful, Damian has just ordered six more stating that they are simply a great light that do their job well.

“We have a strong affiliation with Show Technology, it’s as much about the light as the service we get from Gino,” added Damian. “The Auras are being pushed a lot on riders so they’re not only going out on our shows, but being sub-hired a lot. They are getting a lot of work.”

As well as eight MAC101’s, One 20 Productions has just received some MAC Vipers which aren’t even out of their box yet so more on them later!

Although it is a discontinued product, Damian is also excited about his purchase of eight MAC700s as he believes that, as a model they still have a fair bit of life left in them!

“I purchased them as a second preference light rather than an industry standard one,” he said. “I believe I’ll still get five years out of them and that they will often be requested. You have to remember that not every promoter can afford MAC Vipers. We deal with a lot of midrange promoters who are not looking for touring specs but still want a good looking show even though they are constrained by budget. The MAC700s will be a workhorse for us in that particular market.”

Source: Show Technology media release

Martin Professional: www.martin.com

One 20 Productions www.one20productions.com.au