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PLASA Awards for Innovation announce nominees

PLASA Show 2015 has announced the first nominees for the 2015 Awards for Innovation, which recognise and reward new product ideas. Judged by a panel of independent experts, the final assessment will be made at PLASA Show 2015.

Highly sought after, the judges award eight awards of equal standing, with the option of a Gold Award for any product or products that demonstrate outstanding innovation above that of its peers. The nominations are:

Clay Paky – Scenius
A new, silent moving head spotlight at the top of the Clay Paky range. Its advanced optical unit and new 1400W – 6000K OSRAM discharge lamp provide a much higher light output than previous generation 1500W lamps. Scenius can count on a CRI>95, which is very unusual for a metal halide light source. Features: 8°-50° linear zoom, focus tracking system (autofocus), CMY system, seven-colour wheel, linear CTO, 12 interchangeable rotating gobos on two wheels, rotating prism, interchangeable graphic wheel, 16-blades iris, soft-edge and flood frost filters, Art-Net/RDM. Energy saving mode: 1200W.

d3 Technologies – 4x4pro
The 4x4pro sets a new standard for power and flexibility. With next generation components, it is ideal for the most demanding productions. The d3 4x4pro plays up to eight layers of 4K video or 32 layers of HD video, and up to eight layers of uncompressed HD video, all with content up to 16K pixels. The d3 4x4pro has two 10Gbit/s Ethernet ports, allowing you to transfer huge quantities of content in minutes. The d3 4x4pro features user replaceable Video Format Conversion cards, allowing the user to swap between 16HD outputs (DVI/3G-SDI), or drive up to four 4K via DisplayPort.

Dataton – Watchout 6
The new version of Dataton's multi-display production and playback software, adds an unrivalled feature-set for advanced projection mapping, fronted by an enhanced user interface. The most significant upgrade in the 15-year history of the product, Watchout 6 improves workflow for complex projection scenarios with live edit, virtual projectors and new marker-based calibration. Common format 3D models can be brought in and content applied to individual mesh areas. New pre-visualisation presents a realistic, multi-camera simulation of the stage environment. Version 6 supports high-end uncompressed video formats, and popular HAP codecs. It also offers frame-rate control and multi-channel audio playback.

Flare Audio – Flare Zero
A loudspeaker aimed at discerning studios, musicians and audiophiles allowing them to hear exactly the sounds that the artist intended them to hear. This unique system features the company’s patent-pending 3D printed spiralled Vortex exhausts and Space technologies, utilised to the maximum for minimal distortion, high-power, highest definition sound. Zero stands at 1.8m high and looks to float in mid-air. The 3.5kW of sound it delivers is the equivalent of a club installation, in a studio or private space. There is no excess in the design – it is minimal and is informed fully by the technology.

RC4 Wireless – RC4Magic-DMXpix
A tiny wireless DMX driver for pixel LEDs. It runs two separate pixel strings with customisable multi-channel profiles to create beautiful pixel effects utilising up to 3000 output channels. Using RC4MagicPC software or RDM, the user specifies the string type, DMX start channel, and various effects parameters for each driver. Control the magic from a DMX console in real time. Also on-board are a standard DMX data port, and an I2C interface for use with Arduino and more. Only 61mm x 36mm x 20mm, the DMXpix is the future of portable, spectacular pixel displays.

Robe DL7S Profile
The DL75 is the first DL range fixture to receive a powerful new 800W version of the LED engine with seven colours for unprecedented smooth, stable and even colour mixing and a very high CRI of 92. From the deepest to the lightest colours the DL7S provides a rich full colour spectrum, and features custom colour mixing and dimming and seamless operation especially at the minimum brightness levels. Four fast framing shutters are individually controllable for position and angle and the entire framing module can be rotated. It offers a new series of effects from preprogrammed shutter blade sequences. One rotating gobo wheel with six slot and lock gobos plus a static eigh-gobo wheel can be combined with the Animation wheel. Other effects and features include variable frost, rotating prism and super-fast iris

Safety Lifting Gear – Duke battery-powered electric chain hoist
A battery-powered, lightweight design, electric chain hoist, of 250 or 500kg lifting capacity – useful where mains electricity is not available, or messy electrical infrastructure would get in the way. Up to 10m height of lift. Other features include overload warning buzzer, two batteries that work for 25min continuously ‘each’ at full load, and neat packaging case. Duke was the winner of ABTT's Widget of the Year Award. 

30th September 2015

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