Harman’s Martin Releases v3.0 Software for M-Series Consoles
Posted on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Just in time for the shipping of Harman Martin’s new flagship lighting console, the M6, Martin has released a new software version for M-Series consoles with hundreds of improvements and a new user-interface, designed to make programming performances easier and more efficient.
The new v3 software is all about speed with faster start-up time, show loading and more efficient access to functions. The clean and modern user-interface has been optimized for touch and gesture technology, which allows the user to work in an environment where everything is accessible from a single finger touch. Users can simply swipe to move from view to view, access other playback banks quickly or change parameter selection. Double tapping on playback status accesses its functions and options. Additionally, users can enlarge the quick slide out for visual parameter control.
“Our goal for this new interface was to simplify the workflow by giving access to many functions without the need to constantly change views or access sub menus,” said Steven Vanspauwen, head of User Experience Design, Martin. “Users will find themselves programming faster than they ever did on any console before with v3.”
Martin’s M-PC v3 is no longer a simple hardware emulator, but a real PC-based controller with a user-interface optimized for any Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC equipped with or without a touch screen. Using the same concept as the console interface, the M-PC v3 allows anyone to program shows for free. M-PC Free Edition is available for one universe over Artnet as well as the ENTTEC DMX devices.
It is also possible to use the M-PC with two universes using any Martin Duo-DMX box. When using its One-Key dongle license, the universe count can be increased to 8 and even 64.
The new v3 release is available now at www.martin.com/controllersupport/
Australian Distributor: Show Technology www.showtech.com.au
Cast wysiwyg R31
Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2013
Cast Group has released the first few details of forthcoming new release of wysiwyg R31, due to launch within the next few weeks. For features, most significant is the new Material System in Shaded Views, allowing material properties to be applied on a per-element level to any object in the file, adding more realism to real-time visualization, meaning more screenshots and fewer renderings. New material properties include Specular Level, Specular Gloss, Specular Color Source and Light Reflection, delivering ‘really virtually real’ images to enhance the creative process.
R31 beta-tester Nick Calthrop noted, “Specularity on surfaces is one of the greatest new features R31, because it’s all about putting a shine on surfaces in realtime. It really is the bee’s knees for wysiwyg, one of the biggest things to happen to the software since R25.”
Also central to R31 are some spectacular Shaded View enhancements that bring visualization ever closer to reality. One of the most apparent of these advances is that beams will no longer saturate to white when overlapping in large numbers.
New CAD features will include Line Intersection Snap, Trim & Extend tools for rapid adjustment of lines, and new Dimension Properties & Styles to quickly and easily customize all aspects of dimension objects. The ability to colour, tint and brighten textures, images and videos reduces the need to switch back and forth between wyg and image editing software, while fanning tools speed up the creation of new looks in Design mode.
Collectively, the improvements to wysiwyg in R31 are about productivity and creativity – designed with the end user in mind. Look out for forthcoming news on wysiwyg R31, including the official launch date and a full rundown of the new features. Upon release, the R31 update will be available from the Members Only Area of the CAST website.
James Thomas Engineering Launches New Retro-stylePATT 2013
Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
Lighting and truss manufacturer, James Thomas Engineering,and lighting designer, Tim Routledge, have collaborated on an exciting new project to create a range of retro-look lighting fixtures with a modern twist. Spectacularly combining old school aesthetics with a modern output and build quality, the JTE PATT 2013 is the first of this range to be released.
The JTE PATT 2013 is a 750W tungsten softlight housed in a beautifully sleek spun aluminium bodywhich maximises its curves to look as good on stage as the performers it illuminates. “We purpose-designed the PATT 2013 as ‘eye-candy’, intending it as neither key light nor beam light, but simply to look good both on stage and in camera,” says Routledge.“It provides a big round circle of light within a beautiful circular yoke – it’s a really elegant piece of design.
“The current fashion for retro-look lighting fixtures is very strong and as lighting designers we are always looking for something which stands out from the crowd. However, old fixtures come with the incumbent problems of being expensive to hire and hard to maintain, so we have been contemplating the creation of a range of tungsten lighting fixtures that givea modern take on a retro model. With this we can have a choice of stylish fixtures with a contemporary build that are more reliable than the original models and on which we can expand as fashions change.”
Routledge turned to James Thomas Engineering with his ideas.“Tim approached us saying: ‘Everyone is making LEDs, why don’t you make some cool stuff based on your heritage of tungsten fittings?’” says JTE’s Paul Young, “to which we replied: ‘Tell us what you want and we’ll make it!’”Routledge obliged by providing JTE with a wish list and worked closely with JTE’s Sean Aston, to come up with the final result.
Taking inspiration for its appearance from old broadcast equipment, Aston designed the PATT 2013 around an easily available, reliable modern light source, the 750W HPL lamp.“The PATT 2013 has been designed and manufactured using all the traditional techniques we are associated with,” says Aston.“The reflector is a parabolic aluminium spinning and the internal surface is coated in translucent gold. I felt a size of 600mm overall diameter and approx 300mm depth suited Tim’s design idea perfectly and the whole concept came pretty quickly from there. I am delighted with the result in terms of the PATT2013’s aesthetics and the output does justice to the concept too.”
“JTE was totally open to all ideas and has the manufacturing facility to instantly put together experimental designs until we reached what I wanted to achieve,” says Routledge.
JTE was able to draw on its in-house design experience and manufacturing facilities to ensure a fast result. The project was completed within two months with the designs being created remotely from Tim’s suggestions using solid computer modelling and photos of each mock up relayed to him on site.
‘The first time I saw the PATT 2013 for real was on site in Londonderry where I was due to use it on Radio 1’s Big Weekend (24-26 May 2013),” says Routledge. “I was delighted!”
Routledge incorporatedtwelve of the new JTE PATT 2013s into his design for theIn New Music We Trust stagein the Radio 1 Xtra Arena, positioning themupstage of the bands and on side trussesat stage level to supply that all-important ‘eye candy’.
“The PATT 2013s not only looked great but were homogenous with the tungsten light bulbs we used around the stage and gave lots of background interest for the cameras,” says Routledge. “In fact they looked so cool that the broadcast director, Paul Dugdale, lined up his camera angles to include them in as many shots as possible!”
Its beautiful form and eye-catching appearance has sparked an instantaneous responsefollowing this first outing, generating numerous enquiries from lighting designers and high levels of interest on Facebook.The name‘PATT 2013’, which came from Martin Lockett of Production Resource Group following a Facebook campaign to name the new fixture, was chosen because it encapsulatesthe original design intention by making reference to the good old days of lighting in a modern context.
“The PATT 2013 is the first in a new range of modern retro designs from JTE and takes us back to what JTE does best, as evidenced from our past history with the creation and production of the Parcan,” explains Young. “That is, producing good value products on a quick turnaround using all the traditional skills we have available in house.”
Photo: Louise Stickland – Miles Kane performs at Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Londonderry in front of JTE PATT 2013 © Louise Stickland.
coolux Announces New Pandoras Box Version 5.5 and Widget Designer Version 4.5
Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2013
coolux, the creators of the Pandoras Box product family, will present their new Pandoras Box version 5.5 at this year’s InfoComm exhibition in Orlando, Florida in booth 4169, and at the upcoming Showtech in Berlin.
According to the company, coolux CEO Jan Huewel is keen to highlight the fact that both innovative new features and general user-friendliness lie at the heart of the new release:
“As the feature depth of our Pandoras Box family increases, it is very important for us to ensure that new users will find it easier to find their own unique way into the world of Pandoras Box. Version 5.5 offers ingenious features like the 3D projector calibration, the web browser and server integration, as well as extremely useful interface and usability changes that will make an operator’s or programmer’s life a lot easier. The feedback we’ve had from those professionals that have used our release candidate has been very positive and encouraging. This version is another step towards making it even easier for our customers to simply use their skills and ideas to create great beauty,” stated Huewel.
Some of the highlights of version 5.5:
• Users can now access HTML pages and render them as so called “browser assets” in order to make them visible on graphic or video layers. It is also possible to make any layer react to mouse, touch, and keyboard input. A new pointer layer is available for visualizing mouse and touch events.
• Playlists make it easy to play a certain number of media files in a row without the need of programming separate containers on the sequence. This can be a huge time saver for producing slide shows or generating video playlists on the fly.
• In addition to third party 3D object import, it is now possible to attach so called “markers” to them. All the user needs to do is define a minimum of four points on a 3D projection surface, after which the user can easily position the corresponding 2D markers. Based on the physical lens settings, the software will automatically generate the 3D projector position and orientation.
• The user can use automatic media management to speed up content workflow. Any project folder can be set up as a so called watch folder. Once new content is added to that folder, it will be automatically distributed across the system to be instantly available.
• Pandoras Box software packages will now support 2D particle systems. The new 4K playback support for Player PRO software makes this product the most cost effective 4K playback solution on the market.
• The new Warper now supports .3ds as well as .fbx files.
All image processing tools now support JPEG2000 import.
The new Widget Designer version 4.5, which will also be released shortly after the InfoComm exhibition, reflects the new Pandoras Box feature additions in many ways.
Widget Designer new features include:
• Enhances compatibility with third party devices software sensors etc.
• Camera tracking, AirScan, and/or TUIO inputs can now be used to let them directly interact with any Pandoras Box display output.
• Kinect, AirScan, or other kinds of multi-touch applications can now involve gesture based actions like swiping etc. more easily.
• It is now possible to collect touch data from a large number of input sources, in order to make massive multi device tracking scenarios even more precise.
• The new menu consists of an FTP server and client for managing or uploading files. PB remote now features advanced system monitoring and remote file management.
Osram Sylvania Kreios SL
Posted on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Delivering output equal to a traditional 250W halogen lamp, the KREIOS SL fixture offers superior illumination and substantial cost savings while using only 60W of power, 75 percent less energy compared to halogen alternatives. Dimmable via phase control systems to less than 5 percent, the LED set light fixture has a rated life of 30,000 hours (L70), 20 times the life of a typical halogen lamp. The 3200K colour temperature and 95 colour rendering index (CRI) ensure accurate colour rendering, crucial for showcasing attractive skin tones and eye-catching wardrobes in TV studios and theatres, as well as retail product displays and artwork in museums.
Multiple mounting options and a 40 to 120-degree adjustable beam angle with locking position ring make it easy for the KREIOS SL fixture to deliver high quality light exactly where it is needed. A fixed focus 24-degree reflector is also available for applications requiring a tighter beam pattern. Compact and light weight, the KREIOS SL fixture has a high-tech cooling system that allows for silent operation and a black housing that maintains low visibility when not in use. An orange-coloured housing option is included, in addition to a barn door assembly and gel frame holder.
Sylvania Lighting Australasia http://www.sla.net.au/
Latest MAC Vipers now shipping
Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2013
Two new Fresnel luminaires in Martin Professional’s award-winning MAC Viper Family of moving heads are now shipping.
The MAC Viper Wash and MAC Viper Wash DX (pictured) with internal framing are full-range wash luminaires capable of performing at the high level you would expect from a professional wash light. Both luminaires feature the same compact form, impressive speed, superior light quality and beautiful colours of the MAC Viper Family and use the same 1000 W HID source.
The Wash DX version houses a unique internal framing system that enables designers to shape and control light projection onto stages, performers, scenery, scrims or any set element with great precision. The internal framing system makes it a highly capable, automated substitute for a conventional daylight Fresnel fixture.
At 33 000 lumens of output, both the Viper Wash and Viper Wash DX are brighter than larger and more power-demanding 1500W fixtures. They feature an outstanding quality of light with a flat and uniform field.
Both house a CMY colour mixing system capable of producing a superior palette of vibrant colours including true reds, rich ambers, primary green and deep blues with excellent colour stability across the entire beam. A linear CTO gives daylight to tungsten CCT control and expansion of the CMY palette.
The MAC Viper Wash and Wash DX house a continuous, fast and fully linear zoom with a flexible 13.5 to 59° range. The zoom maintains near full efficiency throughout the entire range with no visible beam jump when zooming from tight to wide.
The Fresnel beam can be further manipulated using a combined dimmer/shutter system with intensity effects for instant blackout or smooth fades all the way to blackout. Diverse strobe effects are also possible. Additional effects are possible in the Wash DX version from a fast and tight iris with adjustable dynamic effects.
LSC Clarity Version 2 Software Released
Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2013
LSC Lighting Systems and OpenClear have announced the release of Clarity software version 2. This much anticipated version includes a huge array of enhancements and bug fixes, as well as updates for full compatibility with the latest versions of the Mac and Windows operating systems.
This release also brings the software in line with the recently released LX range of consoles so that features are common across the software and hardware platforms. The latest software also includes virtual consoles enabling users to operate their software as a virtual LX300, LX600 or LX900.
The v2.0 software includes new features such as:
- Rig View. Topographical view with 2D simulation and intuitive fixture selection.
- Audio fixture. Playback audio tracks and fade them in/out as easily as a light.
- Intensity Levels Window. Enhanced dimmer display for theatre & TV clients.
- Media Server integration now includes MBox from PRG.
- Universal controller interface for simultaneous control of different fixtures.
- Search field in Patch window.
- Improved fixture library for better control of non-linear compound fixtures e.g. Mac Aura, Robe Robin LEDwash, ClayPaky A-LEDa, etc.
- Page Bookmarks and naming/rearranging of pages.
- Time Presets.
- Enhanced Touch Screen control.
- Swipe and Flick programmer screen interface.
- Calender and Time scheduling
- OSC protocol for remote control via Android and iPhone/iPad and other 3rd party devices
- Updated Mac installer with OSX Mountain Lion compatible HASP drivers.
- Updated Windows installer with Windows 8 compatible HASP drivers.
The software for Mac or PC can be downloaded and tried for free at LSC’s website www.lsclighting.com
Paul Collison reviews the Clarity LX consoles in the current issue of Light+Design
Green Hippo Seeks Beta Testers
Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2013
Green Hippo, developers of the Hippotizer media server, is recruiting for members for its new Beta Testing team. As ongoing progress to its development and testing team, Green Hippo has now introduced a dedicated and integral Beta testing plan.
Once registered and accepted, beta testers will be given access to all the latest builds and tools for the media server. Beta tests will be asked to participate in testing, logging issues and suggesting new features.
For the duration of the Beta Testing Program, testers will become part of Green Hippo and have access to the Quality Control team at its headquarters.
An internal forum will allow participants to engage in discussion with fellow testers and share new ideas.
Hippotizer Product Manager Lee House says, “Our users are the real designers of Hippotizer products. Without their input over the last 10-plus years we would not have achieved the product that we have today. What we have been able to do is design a program that allows us to capture this information and include the testers into the heart of Green Hippo in a new way. This is also giving them a chance to see and be part of the future here at Green Hippo.”
To sign up to this program, potential tests will need access to a Hippotizer product, some spare time and a willingness to be part of the Green Hippo Team.
To sign up, visit: www.hippotesting.com.
Spotlight FresneLED 250 RGBW
Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2013
With higher light output than a 1000w conventional Fresnel whilst using a quarter of the power the FresneLED 250 RGBW brings full colour mixing to Spotlight’s Green Line fixture series and saves you time and money.
Fresnels are the workhorse of any theatrical lighting rig. Wide focus range coupled with soft edge beams for even blending in stage wash applications make the Fresnel indispensable. Whilst multicell LED fixtures have been touted as colour mixing replacements for the Fresnel none has delivered the homogenous beam and true linear dimming performance of the conventional Fresnel and dimmer combination. Now however Italian theatrical luminaire specialists Spotlight have delivered the perfect thing to replace your power hungry Fresnels. A Fresnel!
Spotlight’s FresneLED250 RGBW packs a 250w RGBW LED chip set into their well-known Area 12 Halogen Fresnel housing to deliver better output performance in white light than 1000w conventional luminaires. However once you start mixing colour with the FresneLED 250 RGBW the light output is comparable to many 2000w conventional luminaire and filter combinations. Remote Device Management (RDM) means that you configure the fitting remotely from an RDM capable controller making it the perfect solution for hard to get at lighting positions.
The combination of Red, Green, Blue and White LED’s afford an extended palette of true colours that will work seamlessly alongside conventional fixtures and deliver the results that designers need and expect. There is also a selectable CCT white light control providing continuous colour temperature adjustment from 3000 to 6000 Kelvin. When you want to mix colour, FresneLED 250 RGBW lets you choose from RGBW control, Hue and Saturation or familiar CMY modes meaning it will work easily with all types of DMX consoles.
Dimming can be run in 8 or 16 bit mode ensuring even the most fastidious designer will get a smooth and stable dimming curve even at low levels without the need for expensive external dimmers. Just connect power and data and you are ready to begin. Extended 30,000 lamp life coupled with the low 300w power draw and lack of expensive colour filter stock means that FresneLED 250 makes sound economic sense. No need for multiple fixtures to provide colour options on stage. Reduced maintenance with no lamp or gel changes, lower power bills and lower heat load for your HVAC system. On every level FresneLED saves you time and running costs without compromising the quality of light hitting your stage.
Making it’s debut at Pro Light and Sound in Frankfurt this month FresneLED250 RGBW is a colourful and welcome addition to Spotlights high quality LED luminaire line and will be seen in Australia at the upcoming ENTECH show in July on the JANDS booth.
Verbatim launches first VxRGB LED product
Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Verbatim has announced the commercial release of Vivid Vision, a directional LED lamp using VxRGB technology developed by Verbatim’s parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation.
Vivid Vision ensures that colours and fine details of objects are rendered accurately through a combination of red, green and blue phosphors applied to a violet, rather than blue, LED die. This type of LED lighting is particularly effective in spaces where small differences in colour hues, tints and textures can have a significant impact, says the company.
Now available within Europe, Vivid Vision is an MR16 VxRGB LED lamp designed to meet specific requirements in professional applications such as prestigious hospitality venues, sophisticated retail outlets and museums where high contrast lighting enhances the unique features of artworks.
“Based on the technology and knowledge of our parent company Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Vivid Vision LED lamps use a unique phosphor mix to ensure that the colours in certain lighting applications appear as they should,” comments Jeanine Chrobak-Kando, business development manager, Verbatim.
“The CRI is not the measurement that is relevant for this type of specialist product. It is all down to customer needs in utilising the unique characteristics of the light in making objects appear more vivid with high perception fidelity.”
The MR16 LED lamp is a retrofit replacement for typically 20W low voltage halogen reflector lamps. Rated at 6.5W (equivalent to 20W incandescent lamps), it produces 180 lumens output over a 35° beam angle, with a colour temperature of 2900K and a CRI of 85.
“We plan to expand our product portfolio based on VxRGB technology in the future. This technology offers us greater freedom in creating products with a dedicated light output that fits according to special applications and customer needs,” explains Jeanine Chrobak-Kando.
GLP impression X4S
Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2013
GLP’s impression X4S is the “small” version of the impression X4. It uses the same 15W RGBW LEDs as the X4, but with seven LEDs instead of the X4’s 19. Other similarities between the X4 and new X4S include zoom range (7°-50°), homogenous light output and pixel pattern capability. The X4S measures only 12 inches high and weighs 12 lbs. Other features include fast 16 bit movement, electronic shutter control and smooth dimming.
Iluminarc Ilumipod 7
Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
The Ilumipod 7 IP Optic WW is an LED wash light intended for installation in various outdoor applications where installation space is limited.
• AC power: Auto-ranging 100~240 V, 50/60 Hz
• Light source: 7 x 1 W 350 mA (2 red, 2 green, 2 blue, 1 white) LEDs
• Construction: Cast aluminum with ICE™ design
• Remote addressing via ILUMICODE addresser
• Spike and mounting bracket included
• Control: DMX512 protocol
• Weight: 4.3 lbs / 1.9 kg
ETC Debuts Selador Desire D40XTI LED Luminaire
Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
ETC’s Selador announces permanent interior and exterior architectural lighting, with the introduction of the new Selador Desire D40XTI luminaire.
The D40XTI has the same color mixing system that Selador luminaires are known for. Using the x7 Color System — which combines up to seven LED colours on one unit — the company says the D40XTI has the most flexible colour rendering possible. Available in seven different arrays, it can cover any lighting task: Lustr+ is the most adaptable array, producing a range of hues, from deep, saturated colours to rich spectral whites. The Vivid array delivers bold colours from an LED luminaire, and Fire and Ice dazzle with colour-spectrum-specific tones. Studio HD offers broadcast-quality variable white light, while Studio Daylight and Studio Tungsten provide maximum brightness in punchy cool or warm whites.
The D40XTI also features the Selador family’s professional-quality dimming capabilities. The D40XTI can fade to black smoothly, without the telltale steps demonstrated by many LEDs.
“The D40XTI was designed with the installer in mind,” explains Jim Uphoff, ETC fixtures product manager. “It can be set up in minutes with a few simple connections. It has just two cables: one for power and one for both data in and thru. The DMX/RDM cable simply plugs into an included data board, and the power cord can be permanently wired to a junction box.”
A tough, rugged luminaire, the D40XTI is safe for use outdoors in any weather. Says Matt Armendariz-Kerr, ETC entertainment market manager: “The weather-resistant design of the D40XTI makes it the perfect tool to bring out architectural details of a building’s façade or to be installed in an outdoor amphitheater. At the same time, it’s rated for interior use, so the D40XTI can handle any long-term indoor installation.”
The accessory holder on the D40XTI is a new feature to the Selador line, letting accessories be added, secured or changed in the field. “Diffusers, glass lenses, egg crates, and other accessories don’t have to be factory installed,” says Uphoff. “The D40XTI’s sleek trim ring allows access to them without compromising the dustproof/waterproof seal.”
Jem AF-1 Mkll fan gets upgrade
Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Martin Professional’s compact Jem AF-1 fan has been a touring industry staple for well over a decade. Now improvements in digital electronics have made this industry-standard fan more responsive and even more versatile.
With the new Jem AF-1 Mkll, advances in control, rotation, speed range and increment adjustment have raised the bar for quality, performance and durability. Speed control response is instantaneous, minimum fan speed has been lowered and motor noise at low speeds has also been reduced.
Fully DMX controllable or via a hand-held remote, the AF-1 Mkll is the ideal fan for a large variety of indoor or outdoor applications from touring and stage to theme parks, cruise ships and much more. Also featuring an all new design, the AF-1 Mkll can be installed from a truss or used floor standing.
Chauvet WELL™ 2.0
Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
WELL™ 2.0 takes battery-operated uplighting a step further with a more advanced signal reception technology. Like its pioneering predecessor, WELL™ 2.0 runs on a built-in 12-volt battery capable of running for over 12 consecutive hours.
For control, standard DMX ports are available, as well as a pre-installed Wireless Solution W-DMX™ receiver. The unit’s reflective casing helps it blend in any environment for discreet installations. The charging base facilitates charging in any orientation within the 6-unit road case.
Australian Distributor: Showtools www.showtools.com.au
Chroma-Q Launches AutoLED II – Ultra Bright Daylight White LED Moving Light
Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2013
Utilizing the same core technologies as the innovative Chroma-Q Studio Force D XT 12, the new AutoLED II is a 6,500K CCT (preliminary values) daylight white LED moving head fixture that boasts an extreme 16,430 lumens output for bright, long-distance throw with an optional beam shaper that enables the user to vary the beam angle, a built in louver to avoid glare, a high CRI, and a smooth linear dimming curve.
Specifically designed for providing precise daylight illumination of motor industry trade shows, fashion events, and retail environments, the AutoLED II incorporates DMX control, allowing it to be operated from any DMX enabled lighting console.
With the latest generation of LEDs and optics, the AutoLED II offers a bright output of 16,430 lumens — providing precise daylight illumination for a wide range of event lighting applications including key-lighting, uplighting, backlighting, wash applications, and effects.
Featuring a camera friendly custom optical design, the AutoLED II provides a smooth, uniform output, matched by theatrical grade dimming.
The AutoLED II has a low power consumption of 280W, offering high energy efficiency compared to conventional discharge fixtures. In addition, there are no lamps to degrade and replace over time.
On the outside, the AutoLED II has been designed to provide maximum versatility and ease of use. The built-in power supply and five-pin DMX connectors in and out provide fast deployment and simple cable management — as well as allowing for remote focusing and fixture adjustment.
Including 16-bit pan and tilt movement, the AutoLED II allows the user to fine-tune the beam placement via DMX control for extremely accurate positioning — saving time and manpower needed to manually focus conventional discharge fixtures.
The AutoLED II comes supplied with a louver accessory. A revolutionary beam shaper lens plate — custom developed by Chroma-Q for remote control of beam angle adjustment — is also available as an optional accessory.
Robe Robin CycFX
Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2013
All the amazing features and performance of the award winning Robe LEDWash luminaires in a 1000 mm moving linear strip.
An array of individually controlled 15W RGBW LED modules equally spaced along the strip with fully adjustable zoom from 8-53 degrees. The strip itself has a very fast 270 degree tilt movement which can be precision indexed or programmed to produce rapid sweeping movements.
Pre-programmed colour macros and pixel control makes this fixture quick and easy to programme. Tungsten lamp emulation and fade effects at 2700 K and 3200 K are included. Wireless technology CRMX is available as an option.
MAC Viper AirFX — Mid-Air Effects and Wash Luminaire Now Shipping
Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2013
A new luminaire in Martin Professional’s award-winning MAC Viper family of moving heads, the MAC Viper AirFX, is now shipping. Both flexible and efficient, the MAC Viper AirFX is a new concept that combines hard-edge, mid-air effects and a beautiful wash field in one luminaire. It features the same compact form, speed, light quality, and beautiful colors as the other members of the MAC Viper family.
Capable of projecting a dense, hard-edge beam with stunning mid-air aerial effects, the MAC Viper AirFX’s unique optical system allows it to adjust from a tight beam to a radiant wash instantly for greater design flexibility.
The MAC Viper AirFX uses the same bright and efficient 1,000W HID source as the other Viper family luminaires, and at nearly 35,000 lumens of output, is brighter than larger and more power-demanding 1,500W profile fixtures.
The MAC Viper AirFX houses a selection of all-new aerial effects on two gobo wheels — a rotating gobo wheel with five replaceable designs and a fixed gobo wheel with seven replaceable designs.
Hard-edge effects remain stunning and hold focus through the fixture’s entire 11- to 59-degree zoom range and at varying throws. Beam gobos can adjust along the entire zoom range and unlike other fixtures, the company says the light output is constant throughout the entire zoom range with no visible beam jump from tight to wide.
A combination of optical design and lamp choice has been the foundation for developing a fixture rich on colours, the company says, without compromising light quality. The Viper AirFX’s unique and highly efficient optical system does not boost the colour temperature of the lamp and quality of white light is excellent.
The CMY colour mixing system offers a superior palette including true reds, rich ambers, primary green, and deep blues with added colour choice from a seven-slot colour wheel. A linear CTO provides daylight to tungsten CCT control and expansion of the CMY palette.
The MAC Viper AirFX uses a special 160mm precision PC lens for an eye-catching fat-beam look with less spill than micro-Fresnels.
Beams can be further manipulated using the combined dimmer/shutter system with intensity effects for instant blackout or smooth fades all the way to blackout. Additional effects are possible from a fast and tight iris with adjustable dynamic effects as well as a frost that can snap or fade-in for beautiful wash effects. Diverse strobe effects are also possible.
Martin targets installation market
Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Martin Professional is targeting the installation market in a big way with the launch of an all-new, cost-effective line of effect lights – RUSH by Martin. RUSH will comprise a comprehensive range of affordable effect products with the first RUSH lights launched recently at the Prolight+Sound trade show in Frankfurt.
RUSH marks Martin’s focus back onto a market they know well. Villads Thomsen, vice president of global sales at Martin, comments, “We are extremely excited about this brand new range as it again brings everything that Martin stands for to the market for installation effect lights. This is by no means new territory for us however as our roots lay in the market for effect lighting. It’s a market we have great experience in.
“The response at Prolight+Sound was overwhelmingly positive. We feel the time is right to re-energize this segment and are confident that RUSH will appeal to a wide range of markets from clubs and bars to DJ’s, bands and leisure environments. With a wide array of products to come, there will be a RUSH product to fill every need.”
Launched at Prolight+Sound were:
RUSH MH 1 Profile: This super bright LED profile moving head with efficient optics punches out a variety of effects and colours from two gobo wheels and one colour wheel. It houses a motorized zoom and focus, electronic dimmer and strobe, iris and 3-facet prism.
RUSH MH 2 Wash: Compact yet powerful, this fast and agile LED wash light moving head features RGBW color mixing and a 20o fixed beam angle. Wash beam effects are possible via electronic dimming and strobe.
RUSH MH 3 Beam: 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 with 7-step iris and colour wheel. Other effects include mechanical dimming and strobe, frost effect, 8-facet prism and motorized focus.
RUSH Strobe 1 5×5: This white strobe/blinder is a 5 x 5 LED matrix panel with individually controllable LEDs. Controllable via multiple DMX options or sound activated, it includes pre-programmed effect, letter and number macros. Panels link via an integrated horizontal and vertical locking mechanism.
RUSH PAR 1 RGBW: The RUSH PAR 1 RGBW is a bright LED PAR Can with premixed RGBW colour mixing and 20o fixed beam angle. It offers electronic dimming and strobe and comes with a flexible bracket for floor or truss-mounting.
RUSH Pin 1 CW: This bright white LED pin spot comes with two beam options for greater flexibility of coverage. Totally silent with an adjustable bracket, it is the ideal mirror ball spot light or decorative table spot.
Clay Paky Adds CRMX to Their Product Line
Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
With an over 30-year heritage of designing and manufacturing products for the worldwide entertainment market, Clay Paky has now partnered with LumenRadio to bring the CRMX technology to their product line.
After extensive testing, Clay Paky approved LumenRadio. The company says LumenRadio Coexistence technology allows smarter use of the frequencies by continuously scanning the radio spectrum and dynamically adapting its frequency-hopping pattern to the surrounding environment. This eliminates interference and maximizes performance.
Select models of the Clay Paky product portfolio, consisting of a wide range of professional fixtures and accessories for stage and studio lighting as well as architectural applications, will now be available with integrated CRMX OEM modules.
“Partnering with LumenRadio was important for us, since many customers specifically ask for integrated CRMX technology. By adding CRMX to our products we provide flexibility to the market and freedom for our customers to choose,” says Pio Nahum, chief commercial officer at Clay Paky.
“LumenRadio is very happy to have added Clay Paky to our growing family of brands that has opted to integrate the CRMX technology into their products. Combining products from two forward thinking companies offers the users the opportunity to configure a system with the best technologies available in each product category,” says Hans Lau, OEM director at LumenRadio.
Philips Entertainment Unveils SL NITRO 510
Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2013
Philips is proud to continue the Showline LED revolution with the worldwide debut of the SL NITRO 510, a cutting-edge, LED- based strobe that provides intense bursts of light and dynamic effects with over 1300 high-powered LEDs that ensure maximum output and even distribution of light.
“The SL NITRO 510 is extremely unique and more versatile than any other strobe currently on the market,” began Brad Schiller, Showline Product Marketing Manager. “It uses less power than traditional strobes, yet is extremely bright at over 68,000 lumens and it has six programmable zones allowing designers to create a multitude of looks. The luminaire can also be used as an intense light source as it possesses the exceptional ability of a continuous duty cycle where the LEDs can be on at full for nearly unlimited amounts of time without any loss in output.”
Along with their outstanding output capabilities, SL NITRO 510 luminaires also include a built-in quick-connect system that allows them to easily connect together in both horizontal and vertical orientations. The connection pins lock fixtures together while maintaining a perfect pixel pitch alignment of each fixture’s six programmable zones. Additionally, to ensure they fit perfectly into the Showline family, SL NITRO 510 luminaires can quickly connect with SL BAR 520 luminaires to provide total creative flexibility to any lighting design. When the units are combined, both the pixels of the SL BAR 520 and the zones of the SL NITRO 510 align allowing symmetry and unlimited design possibilities.
With its rugged construction, the IP20-rated SL NITRO 510 features a 6500K color temperature, six independent zones of control, preprogrammed special effects, a continuous blinder effect, as well as built-in presets, effects and chases. With multiple DMX modes for total control and easy retrofits, the on-board LCD menu system makes addressing and setup quick and easy. Plus, the SL NITRO 510 also features remote configuration via RDM, PowerCon in and thru power connections, 5-pin DMX-512A in and thru connections, a nearly silent temperature-controlled fan cooling system, and an auto-ranging power supply (100-240 V, 50/60 Hz).
Schiller continued, “Every few years a new lighting product comes along that changes the playing field. With its tightly-packed array of high-power LEDs, the SL NITRO 510 is an LED strobe light built to be a strobe light, and the innovative quick-connect feature allows unprecedented freedom of design whether connecting with multiple units or SL BAR 520 luminaires. Its DMX mapping allows for an easy drop-in replacement of traditional strobes while retaining existing programming and greatly reducing the energy consumption. Compact, rugged, silent and packed full of Showline features, the SL NITRO 510 is the perfect LED strobe luminaire for any application providing designers with the upmost in creative abilities and extreme output.”
Philips Selecon Unveils PLprofile4 and PLCyc2 Luminaires
Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Philips Selecon is showcasing the new twin single source RGBW LED chip PLCyc2 and the versatile variable-beam profile PLprofile4 luminaire at this year’s Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, Germany, April 10-13, at the Messe exhibition center in hall 11, stand D73.
Both will be available on stand for show visitors to get up close and intimate with the luminaires.
“Key to the success of the PLCyc2 and the PLprofile4 is that they use the same proven LED engines as the rest of Philips Selecon PL range and the Philips Vari-Lite VLX ranges,” explains Graham Eales, general manager for Philips Entertainment. “This ensures that color matching is simplified across the stage from all types of luminaire from the Philips Entertainment stable of brands. In addition the user interface on all fixtures is the same, ensuring easy use for the technician / operator.”
The new PLCyc2 delivers a smooth even beam with the capability to seamlessly blend intense washes of color on cycloramas. LED source technology combined with a properly shaped asymmetrical reflector ensures the PLCyc2 brings consistent and powerful light distribution without the need to compromise performance by using vertical or horizontal spreader lenses.
“Of course a lifetime running cost benefit of the PLCyc2 is that it’s not necessary to change lamps, use gels, or mix the color on the cyclorama using multiple sources,” continues Eales. “One source delivers multiple colors. Fading between colors is seamless, bringing a new level of creativity to the designer’s palette. Fewer luminaires are required to cover the cyclorama which building managers and technicians will be thrilled to hear means less power and no dimmer circuits.”
The new PLprofile4 LED luminaire further expands the family of PL lighting fixtures and combines the same LED source technology with precision optical design. It uses four high-power, RGBW LED chips to deliver endless color options along with precise beam control and pattern projections.
“A key driver in the development of the PLprofile4 luminaire was our desire to deliver a beam and quality of light that professional lighting designers get from their much loved incandescent luminaire,” explains Pete Borchetta, product marketing manager for Philips Entertainment. “We feel we have achieved this.”
The PLprofile4 luminaire features four 120W RGBW LED chips which convey over 6,000 lumens of output while delivering limitless color options and variable color temperatures from 2,300K to 9,970K in white. The LED chips offer the same color mixing and calibrated white presets as all other PL family products.
They also come complete with wireless DMX512 options compatible with Wireless Solution W-DMX, Lumen Radio, or City Theatrical Show DMX512 transmitters. The on-board LCD menu allows for easy luminaire set-up and addressing, and the PowerCon in and through connectors ensure simple installation.
And for further creative options the PLprofile4 features interchangeable lens tubes, 360-degree barrel rotations, and locking shutters and is available with seven optical systems including 15- to 35-degree and 25- to 50-degree Zoomspots, plus 14-,19-, 26-, 36-, and 50-degree fixed beams.
Philips Selecon has also announced that although the PLCyc2 is being released for the 230V market that it will be released later this year in North America.
High End Systems Master Wing 4
Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
At the Pro Light & Sound 2013 trade show, High End Systems will launch the Master Wing 4 for the HOG4 family, which has 30 fader-less playback masters – as well as a rate encoder, also found on the HOG4. The Master Wing 4, like the Playback Wing 4, comes with a 15.6” widescreen touch panel and a slot for expansion with a Super Widget or MIDI Timecode Widget.
In addition, new features for the HOG 4 family will also be unveiled at the show, continuing High End System’s aggressive release schedule. One highly desired new feature is Command Keys, which is the ability to attach any directory items to the LCD User Keys.
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Chroma-Q double launch in Frankfurt
Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013
Intelligent LED lighting manufacturer Chroma-Q will be officially launching two new innovative products at Prolight+Sound on the stand of their exclusive UK distributor, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd – E63, hall 9.0.
The AC-ET stand will provide the exclusive EMEA tradeshow unveiling of the already award-winning Chroma-Q Inspire LED house light and the new AutoLED II moving head fixture.
The Inspire house light is a powerful multi-purpose creative lighting tool that provides a choice of beautiful whites, soft pastels and bold saturates – all from one fixture. With fully homogenised colour mixing and a choice of three different lens options, the Inspire provides an excellent selection of stunning mixed colours and ‘true’ whites, with no unsightly colour separation shadows. It also features an energy-efficient compact LED design providing reduced maintenance and running costs.
The AutoLED II is a 6,500K CCT daylight white LED moving head fixture that boasts an extreme 16,430 hot lumens output for ultra bright, long distance throw. Designed specifically for providing precise daylight illumination of motor industry tradeshows, fashion events and retail environments, the AutoLED II incorporates DMX control, allowing it to be operated from any DMX enabled lighting console.
A selection of other Chroma-Q intelligent LED lighting products will also be on show.
Philips Strand Lighting exhibits the 250ML at Prolight + Sound 2013
Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013
Philips Strand Lighting is exhibiting its versatile 250ML moving light control console at this year’s Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, Germany, April 10-13, at the Messe exhibition center in hall 11, stand D73.
The Philips team will be on stand to demo and discuss the 250ML, which is an evolution of the popular Strand series 200 console. It features four encoders and an LCD display screen for quick and easy automated lighting and LED control. Along with all the standard features found on a preset desk, the 250ML control console is ideal for smaller productions with a hybrid of lighting instruments.
“The 250ML was launched at PLASA last year and has proved an ideal lighting control solution for schools and colleges, multi purpose venues, and smaller theatres,” comments Pete Borchetta, product marketing manager for Philips Entertainment. “Since its launch we’ve had a great response from customers and end users. The introduction of the dynamic, new iPad controls has also been well received. The iPad application works with the whole family of Palette control consoles and comes complete with all the functionality found in the user-friendly Palette OS software, plus a few new surprises. And with Apple software compatibility for all devices operating on OS4 or newer, the iPad controls for the Palette control consoles are unlike any in the industry.”