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Extreme output Smarty MAX an inspiring (and efficient) hybrid design tool
Elation Professional is offering a new luminaire in the Smarty series, the Smarty MAX, an extreme-output version of the three-in-one Smarty Hybrid with the same ‘smart’ lamp technology but nearly twice as bright and loaded with even more design features.
The Smarty MAX is a unique blend of economy and performance, combining high output and long lamp life in a feature-packed yet compact and lightweight hybrid fixture. The powerful hybrid luminaire has flexible use as a primary workhorse for virtually any stage application while providing an excellent return on investment.
The Smarty MAX offers lighting designers a complete design package in a compact and highly efficient beam/spot/wash light. An inspiring tool for creatives, it projects an exceptionally bright 20,000-lumen beam that exceeds all other hybrids on the market. The Smarty MAX’s powerful output stems from a new long-life Platinum FLEX 400 lamp and with the unmistakable broad beam look that comes from a large 160mm front aperture, the impact is undeniable.
“This fixture is a tremendous amount of fun to work with,” states Elation product manager Matthias Hinrichs. “It delivers the raw beam power when needed to cut through on large concert stages, but it also offers intricate designs and texturing options for those quieter moments of the show. Smarty MAX’s beam has an incredible brilliance in the air and the combination of carefully designed prisms, the fast iris and the unique dual track animation disc provide the designer with an outstanding toolkit.”
With CMY CTO colour mixing plus an extra 13 dichroic colours, including UV and CTB colour correction, the Smarty MAX offers a wide spectrum of chromatic options. A precise zoom can adjust the beam quickly and evenly in all three modes from a super-narrow one-degree in Beam mode for powerful shafts of light to a wide 39-degrees in Wash mode for broad strokes of colour.
The Smarty MAX houses a comprehensive graphics package that allows for nearly unlimited visual combinations. Graphics from two gobo wheels, eight rotating, interchangeable glass gobos and 15 static-stamped metal gobos, make it great for mid-air beam effects, textures and high contrast projections.
The Smarty MAX then adds a host of unique creative features that make it a truly extraordinary design tool: four prisms on two planes for captivating overlays, dual frosts (light or wash) for diffusion flexibility and more interesting effect combinations, plus an industry-first dual track animation wheel. Furthermore, the Smarty MAX is the world’s first hybrid fixture incorporating a full iris for dynamic effects not possible with other beam fixtures.
Smarty series luminaires are also highly efficient with intelligent lamp technology and long-life FLEX lamp that both saves on energy and helps rental companies keep costs down. The ‘smartly’ designed discharge lamp/ballast produces an impressively high output for such a compact fixture while performance remains resourcefully economical.
The Smarty MAX’s FLEX 400 lamp is rated at 480W and provides up to 4000 hours of smart lamp life. The lamp can run at three different wattages – 370, 440 and 480W – providing power savings and increased efficiency. Like the Smarty Hybrid, the Smarty MAX’s Platinum lamp is dimmable for even more savings and a Hibernation Mode reduces power to the lamp when not in use. The lower internal heat produced extends the life of not only the lamp but all internal components of the fixture.
The Smarty MAX is covered by Elation’s Ultimate Warranty program, which covers the first two years of operation or 4,000 hours of use, whichever comes first, based on regular maintenance for the fixture and lamp. The comprehensive warranty covers material and workmanship of the fixture, including the highly-efficient Philips Platinum FLEX 400 lamp. It joins the Smarty Hybrid and the Proteus Smarty Hybrid in Elation’s Smarty series and comes equipped with all the professional control and connection features that designers would expect from a cutting-edge luminaire.
23rd August 2019
New DPA 2028 Vocal Mic Aims to Change the Live Performance Landscape
DPA Microphones presents a new addition to its microphone line-up, the 2028 vocal microphone. The 2028 delivers DPA’s renowned natural sound, which allows all types of vocals to shine. Perfect for everyone from indie artists to international touring singers, the 2028 mic is ideally suited for live stage performances, broadcast and pro AV applications.
On a live stage, the 2028 delivers the same sonic qualities as DPA’s other great solutions. In fact, the 2028 needs no (or very little) EQ to sound just like the listener is standing next to the singer during their performance. This allows the artist to hone-in on their vocals as if not using a microphone, which puts less strain on the voice. In addition, the transparency of the 2028 allows engineers to spend their time shaping the sound experience rather than covering up issues caused by artefacts.
The 2028 has been cohesively designed to provide the same amazing sound as the brand’s flagship handheld mic, the 4018 VL. It has also been optimized, like the 4018, for the unique challenges of the live stage. “We have seen a need for an excellent vocal microphone that has the sonic qualities of our d:facto 4018 series, but at a lower price-point,” says René Mørch, product manager, DPA Microphones. “At only $700 USD, this mic is an overachiever, it performs significantly better than anything else in its price range.”
The 2028 features a brand-new fixed-position capsule, as well as a specially designed shock-mount and pop filter. It exhibits a supercardioid polar pattern, with the famous DPA uniform off-axis response. This gives the microphone a very high-gain-before-feedback and makes it easier to handle bleed from other instruments in close proximity, picking up sound in a natural way.
“We've designed this mic so that it sounds like the singer isn’t actually using a mic,” adds Mørch. “You get the full, natural sound of the artist’s voice, not what the microphone ‘thinks’ the artist sounds like. This gives the sound engineer a lot of freedom to be creative – and instead work on crafting a unique sound for the performance based on a clean, natural vocal track.”
With the expected wear-and-tear that comes with live performances, both the outer grille and the inner pop filter of the 2028 can be detached and rinsed. The 2028 is offered in three variants; a wired XLR with handle and two wireless mic configurations that are compatible with the industry’s most widely used wireless microphone systems. This includes the SL1 adapter, compatible with Shure, Sony and Lectrosonics; and the SE2 adapter, compatible with Sennheiser.
23rd August 2019
New VL800 Series brings Vari-Lite power to cost-effective event fixtures
Vari-Lite, the originators of the modern moving head lighting fixture and a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has announced the VL800 Series of fixed and moving head LED fixtures. These cost-effective event fixtures bring a feature set specifically for mid-sized tours, productions, and entertainment lighting installations.
“Our goal with the VL800 Series was to introduce event fixtures that have been built with the DNA of Vari-Lite,” says Martin Palmer, senior product manager, Vari-Lite and Strand Luminaires at Signify. “This means that the fixtures look, move, and feel the way you would expect from us, but with a cost and feature set that fits installations and smaller rental applications. Our customers trust the Vari-Lite brand and the pre- and post-sale support behind it, and we’re committed to delivering on that promise.”
The new VL800 Series includes three exciting new fixtures which have been designed to work together. The fixtures have been colour-matched so they are visually consistent, and the user experience and DMX mapping are consistent as well. This allows lighting designers and programmers to easily use multiple fixtures together in a single application.
The VL800 Series includes:
- VARI-LITE VL800 PROPAR – an advanced, high output LED event PAR fixture that includes a quiet running motorised zoom. The fixture offers full RGBW colour mixing and has gel-matched colour presets to deliver the same visual results customers are accustomed to, with multi-mode fan control for use in quiet environments.
- VARI-LITE VL800 EVENTPAR – an LED retro-style event PAR perfect for a modern replacement of classic tungsten PAR fixtures. Designed to bring back the vintage styling of the original lamps and PAR cans, the VL800 EVENTPAR will be available in both RGBA and warm white (WW) varieties, with output and colour reminiscent of tungsten PAR 64 lamps. With an outdoor rating of IP24 for protection against water spray from any direction, the fixture can withstand rainy conditions at an outdoor event or installation.
- VARI-LITE VL800 EVENTWASH – a mid-sized LED wash moving head fixture that’s extremely powerful and compact. This fast-moving wash offers full RGBW colour mixing and seven individually controllable LEDs for easy split colors or pixel mapping applications. With controllable dimming and motorised zoom, this fixture moves and feels as you would expect from a Vari-Lite, providing valuable features in a cost-effective mid-sized moving head.
“The new VL800 Series is a perfect fit for a variety of applications,” says Fernand Pereira, global head of marketing and product management, Vari-Lite and Strand at Signify. “Whether you have a handful of fixtures in a school auditorium or use a number of them together at a large event, VL800 Series offers a scalable solution that opens up a range of creative possibilities. With a perfect balance of capabilities and price, these fixtures embody exactly what our customers expect of an event line from Vari-Lite.”
21st August 2019
JTE Quatro (4CF30) Truss – Medium-duty conical solution
The JTE QUATRO (4CF30) aluminium truss is the right choice for medium-duty structural requirements. Quick, simple and secure assembly is ensured by its popular conical connection system and comes with the well-known durability and reliability users have come to rely on from James Thomas Engineering.
Made from EN-AW-6082 T6 aluminium alloy, it achieves extended free-spans of up to 20m (65') and provides heavy-duty loading characteristics. Compatibility with JTCELL 200/400/600 series cell clamps and Xtruss accessories extend its wide range of applications.
• High quality 50mm (2’’) aluminium tubes
• Anti-twist end brace for extreme durability
• Powder coat colour finish available on request
19th August 2019
DAP-Audio GIG-143 TAB 14 Channel Digital Mixer
The GIG-143 TAB is the first 19" 3HE Rackmount digital mixing console in the GIG range from DAP-Audio. It is a compact digital mixing console that owns all the features of the bigger digital mixers available in the market. Equipped with a comprehensible user-interface, direct access buttons and corresponding faders operating the 14 channels is very easy. For sound engineers and audio technicians the Gig-143 TAB offers a wide array of DSP-features, a 24-bit FX engine, various extensive tone control systems and more.
• Bright OLED screen
• Digital Gate/Compressor/4-band full parametric EQ on each input
• 31-band graphical EQ on main output
• 14 Analogue inputs
For more information click here: https://www.highlite.com/en/d2301-gig-143-tab.html
16th August 2019
Luminair 3 adds support for LumenRadio’s MoonLite and TimoTwo
LumenRadio and Synthe FX announce the immediate availability of a new update to Synthe FX’s Luminair 3 app that adds support for outputting DMX over Bluetooth to LumenRadio’s MoonLite and TimoTwo platform.
“The simple connection process will appeal to users working in fast-paced environments like film and TV production where it’s not always practical to set up a full network for lighting control,” says Ryan Hisey, founder of Synthe FX. “We’re thrilled that LumenRadio has created this new product platform that streamlines the wireless workflow for users, while simultaneously offering lighting manufacturers the ability to incorporate Luminair app compatibly directly in their products.”
"The Bluetooth compatibility in TimoTwo and MoonLite opens up to a totally new era of wireless DMX and we are happy that Luminair 3 now has support for outputting DMX over Bluetooth to LumenRadio’s new product platform. Synthe FX is a pioneer in this field and we’re excited that the entire Luminair app user base now has the ability to directly interact with our products," says Niclas Norlén CTO at LumenRadio.
16th August 2019
Shure Launches VPH Long Wired Microphone Handle
Shure has announced the launch of the VPH, a long microphone handle for on-camera interviews and reporting that features the flexible Shure RPW interchangeable cartridge interface and convenient XLR connectivity, for easy connection to broadcast mixers and recorders.
From the stadium to the red carpet, live reporting demands the best from audio equipment. On-camera reporting changes drastically from situation to situation and the broadcast industry expressed a need for a cardioid microphone with a longer handle for live interviews in noisy environments.
Loud, side-line sports interviews call for one type of microphone while capturing superstar sound bites amidst a dozen other reporters at a chaotic awards show might call for another.
With VPH, there is a wide variety of high-quality Shure wireless interchangeable capsules that offer different polar patterns and sonic characteristics to match the situational needs. Polar patterns include cardioid, supercardioid, hypercardioid, and omnidirectional by way of PG58, SM58, SM56, SM87, Beta58, Beta57, VP68, KSM8, and KSM9 cartridge options. External phantom power is necessary to power the VH60H.
Stuart Moots, associate director, pro, comments: “At Shure, we are continually responding to the needs of the market, and the new VPH long-handled microphone is a perfect example of this process in action. Our customers asked us to bring the flexibility of interchangeable wireless capsules into a wired microphone product, making it simple to switch between different polar patterns or from dynamic to condenser. The broadcast market is of the utmost importance to Shure, and we're pleased to say capsules such as the KSM8 have proven exceptionally popular in this market thanks to its near-zero proximity effect. The long handle of the new VPH now brings the KSM8 capsule into a form factor that is suited to broadcast production.”
14th August 2019
New Elation Fuze luminaires the perfect fusion of performance, features and value
Elation Professional has expanded its popular Fuze series of LED wash luminaires with new profile and spot versions. Available now is the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile with framing, both housing full colour spectrum RGBMA colour mixing systems. Also available is the cold white Fuze Profile CW with dual colour wheels. All three automated LED moving heads offer the perfect fusion of performance, features and value.
The Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile are designed for a wide array of precision lighting applications, particularly theatre, television and corporate event applications where high colour quality, colour manipulation and accurate colour reproduction is needed.
Both luminaires house a 305W 92 CRI engine (6,500K) that utilises a five-colour homogenised LED array of red, green, blue, mint and amber sources. The carefully tuned RGBMA LEDs and high CRI ensure accurate colour reproduction while delivering a powerful white output of over 10,000 lumens. Virtual colour temperature, magenta/green adjustment plus colour gel emulation give designers access to an impressive LED colour array including a beautiful mixed white.
The Fuze Spot houses two gobo wheels, both wheels with six rotating, indexing glass gobos that are interchangeable. The Fuze Profile LED framing fixture houses two gobo wheels: a six-slot rotating, indexing wheel with interchangeable glass gobos and a seven-slot fixed wheel with glass gobos. A full blackout framing system with four rotating blades gives full control of the beam shape and can index +/- 45-degrees.
Compact, quiet and lightweight, both the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile house a 7° to 42° motorised zoom and ship with an included snoot attachment. An animation wheel can be engaged to bring graphics to life while a variable frost filter can be employed when designers wish for softer gobo or soft wash effects. A four-facet prism, motorised iris and high speed electronic shutter and strobe round out their feature sets.
The Fuze Profile CW with Cold White LEDs and framing system is an ideal tool for trade shows, stages, television and a wide array of AV event applications. Designed to illuminate objects like exhibits and banners, texture areas, and provide a clean, flat-field keylight, the Fuze Profile CW can be used anywhere a fully automated ellipsoidal fixture is required.
A 380W 91 CRI White LED engine ensures accurate colour reproduction while delivering a powerful output of 11,000 lumens. Two colour wheels with seven solid colours and seven correction filters (including UV) allow for precise colour shade adjustment while a gobo wheel holds seven rotating, indexing glass breakups that are interchangeable. The Fuze Profile CW houses a nine to 43-degree zoom as well as a full blackout framing system with four rotating blades that can index +/- 45-degrees for accurate beam adjustments. Its comprehensive feature set includes a variable frost filter, motorised iris, and high speed electronic shutter and strobe.
12th August 2019
Showtec Helix M1000 Q4 Mobile
A very versatile and powerful, outdoor RGBW Wash fixture is the Showtec Helix M1000 Q4 Mobile. Rated IP-65, this small powerhouse operates completely wirelessly for 15 hours. The dedicated power management system with the Li-Ion battery make sure that output colour and intensity stay the same. In the meantime on-board W-DMX ensures that the unit can be controlled wireless which adds operating freedom to the setup.
Up to 15 hours battery life
Eight Prolight Opto 10W RGBW four-in-one LEDs
10° and optional available beamshapers
9th August 2019
Showtec Product news
The Showtec Mistique is a CO2-based hazer which produces an extremely fine haze. It is the solution for many theatre and television productions because it is quiet. The oil-based hazer-fluid is carried by and dispersed through the CO2 so there is no need for an additional pump which means no noise-pollution.
Features include: a very even and thin haze ensures no visible cloudy effect on stage; customizable output direction gives extra flexibility; extremely silent operation due to CO2 supply; output and fan speed remote controllable by DMX and W-DMX.
7th August 2019
Chauvet Professional Introduce Maverick MK3 Profile
Powerful enough to handle the demands of large concert venues, the new Maverick MK3 Profile from Chauvet Professional also has the versatility needed to excel in a wide range of other applications from high-profile events and festivals, to broadcast projects.
A fully featured 820W LED moving profile fixture, the Maverick MK3 Profile has a blistering output of over 51,000 source lumens, giving it the punch to create intense aerial effects, specials and audience lighting at any touring show. In addition to this eye-popping output, it offers a plethora of high-performance features, including a four-blade, fully wiping shutter system that can rotate up to 60° in each direction, for a total 120° rotation capability.
Adding to the fixture’s versatility are its precise CMY + CTO colour mixing and a fast 9:1 zoom ratio that maintains a flat field, and even focus from 6 degrees all the way out to 54 degrees. Thanks to its two overlapping prisms, two gobo wheels, two frost options (super-light and medium) and an animation wheel, the fixture creates captivating static and dynamic rotating and animation effects.
Drawing on this extensive array of features, designers can use the Maverick MK3 Profile to create an endless variety of looks to reflect different moods on the concert stage or event venue.
This feature-rich fixture also has an adjustable CRI from 73 to 93 CRI, making it ideally suited to use as a keylight in broadcast applications. In keeping with its flexible design, it also offers a variety of control options including DMX, sACN, Art-Net or W-DMX.
“We’re very excited to be releasing the Maverick MK3 Profile,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “This product is more than just a powerful light, it’s also an extremely versatile tool; one that will open a great number of creative possibilities for designers and rental houses.”
7th August 2019
Software Update: Hippotizer V4.5
Hippotizer Version 4.5 is the next major release for Hippotizer V4+ systems.
Version 4.5 adds new features, functionalities, fixes and enhancements to Hippotizer and SHAPE in response to user feedback.Features added in V4.5:
3D Output Management in SHAPE
- A surface in SHAPE can be sent to an output.
- Added camera targets to SHAPE for fast perspective mapping.
- Added Compositions to SHAPE to correct LED walls.
- Added Mix Modes for Texture Mappers to SHAPE to composite mappers.
- Increased the number of Inputs of SHAPE Viewport from 8 to 24.
- New SHAPE Viewport including VideoMapper and Colour correction for output correction.
Added BeatBridge (Audio Reactive control)
- Beat detection of Audio input.
- Tap-sync or generate tempo.
- Full Preset integration for instant recall.
Improved NDI integration
- Added NDI Source Management to handle large number of NDI streams.
- Improved NDI Send Performance.
- Improved NDI Colour Accuracy.
Added Notch only Mix for more flexible playback.
Usability Improvements in response to feedback:
- Added Freeform fixtures in PixelMapper (LED Tape support).
- Added Copy/Paste in PixelMapper.
- Added Audio Output device selection per Mix.
- Simplified Automation Integration in MultiController and improved data smoothing system.
- Added ability to change ZooKeeper page from DMX.
- Added MediaManager API to Macro Manager for automated content ingest.
- Added third and fourth effect engine to the Mix Master.
- General ZooKeeper responsiveness has been improved.
For a full list of changes please see the release notes.
5th August 2019
Penn Elcom Launches new Double Hinged Wall Mount Rack Enclosure
The Penn Elcom design team has produced another ingenious racking solution for space challenged and awkward to access scenarios in commercial, industrial and residential environments: the R6400-RHF Double Hinged Wall Mount Rack Enclosure.
This is added to an already extensive range of essential 19 inch rack products.
This brand new model enables the full rack to securely swing away from the wall, giving technicians and installation engineers excellent access to the rear and sides of the rack and the kit inside it.
The design simplifies the process of running cables, replacing parts or performing regular maintenance. It can dramatically reduce the time taken to access the equipment, and so this can be spent more efficiently on attending to it.
Constructed from rugged but lightweight steel to Penn’s exacting industrial grade specifications, the bracket is easily reversible so the rack can be configured as left or right opening for full flexibility and space maximisation.
Heavy duty hinges allow the R6400-RHF to be loaded with up to 50kg / 110lb of equipment, and a handy slam-lock system creates smart open / close functionality.
Rear access can also be secured with an inbuilt key lock.
As with all Penn Elcom racking products, the R6400-RHF offers practical and integrated cable management, with both top and bottom 1U cable knockouts as well as full length internal rack rails.
The cabinet is fitted with reversible threaded and square hole rails, plus removable side panels and front door (which are also lockable).
Three knockouts for top fans enables these to be added to assist with airflow and cooling. Penn’s range of fan trays offers a ready-made selection with silent and vari-speed controlled models available.
The R6400-RHF is ideal for a whole range of applications, from professional entertainment and leisure installations, clubs, bars, restaurants, theatres, galleries and museums to any spaces utilising IT hubs and servers including offices and retail environments, hospitals, car parking, etc. The product is equally well suited for home and residential environments.
It is available in black as standard but custom colours can be arranged, and it is subject to the usual speedy Penn Elcom delivery.
31st July 2019
Laserworld Group releases intelligent laser light system tarm 2.5
A new generation of laser devices has recently been released by the Laserworld Group. With the integration of a powerful mainboard, the tarm 2.5 laser light systems became intelligent lighting fixtures.
“It has been some time for lasers to become versatile, intelligent systems,” explains Norbert Stangl, CMO of the Laserworld Group. “The technical circumstances didn’t allow for developments like this in the past, but these challenges have been faced and the result are lasers that can easily be used as conventional intelligent lighting systems.”
The new tarm 2.5 has been equipped with a variety of control features to cater to the different requirements of all kinds of laser applications. Lighting designers will appreciate the possibility to control the lasers directly via ArtNET or DMX and the possibility to create artwork and store it into the device. Laser show companies can use different laser software to directly access the built-in DAC (digital to analogue converter) via LAN for professional show control.
Nightclubs, mobile DJ's or entertainers, who cannot actively control the laser during performance, can make use of the sound-to-light or the stand-alone operation mode. The stand-alone operation capability, combined with the option to load custom graphics to the mainboard, makes the tarm 2.5 great units for advertisement projections or use in architecture illumination.
The laser module in the tarm 2.5 has been improved as well. All laser sources are combined in one white light module, which has professional mirror mounts which allow for precise module alignment with hex keys. To avoid misalignment, they are centre-fixed and built as four-way fine adjustment mounts.
The tarm 2.5 has an overall power of 2.7W RGB. It is well colour balanced and the scanners are very fast and graphics capable. Several modification options are available on request, including CT Scanner upgrades to maximum scanning performance. Due to the homogeneous beam profile for all colours, the beam specifications are very good with ca. 3mm/0.9mrad. The use of high precision optics make the beam look crisp and accurate, without any blur or colour shade.
26th July 2019
ArKaos Launches latest MediaMaster 5.5 Start to Upgrade
ArKaos, has released the latest upgrade to its flagship MediaMaster 5 real-time video control software platform v 5.5.1.
Innovation to the fore, ArKaos has made this new version available in time for the peak of the festival season, and all existing ArKaos users can download it free at: https://pro.arkaos.com/software/mediamaster-pro/download and start enjoying the benefits immediately.
Version 5.5.1 adds new Blending and Playback Modes plus new Aspect Ratio options.
The new blending modes include difference, exclusion, darken, lighten, screen and overlay, individually offering an exciting expanded range of stylistic dynamics for video and visual operation which is ideal for all live scenarios and especially multi-artist events.
With the new Playback mode, visual designers and operators can now separate the dimmer intensity from the playback behaviour of the clip / content source for additional flexibility and even more imaginative breadth.
New aspect ratio possibilities enable the playback layer to be set to 1:1 filling an output space with no stretching or distortion; once the layer is set as 1:1 it can easily be moved into the output using the usual positional X and Y parameters.
While some of these additional features are created specifically for festivals, live music concerts and outdoor events, there are many others ideal for a wide range of alternative professional visual applications from corporate launches to theatre productions, anywhere where video is being used creatively.
24th July 2019
High End Systems Launches TurboRay
High End Systems has announced the release of the TurboRay automated luminaire. Offering a classic retro look with its radial diffusers, TurboRay brings a distinctive appearance to any lighting design. When used as a narrow-angle wash light or as a hard edge beam that produces beautiful aerial effects, the fixture is truly versatile. TurboRay’s soft edges, homogenised colour and smooth dimming make for a spectacular wash. In the air or projected on a surface, the fixture’s animated gobo wheel and other features produce textures unseen in any other fixture.
High End Systems general manager Becky Koester commented: “We are thrilled to have TurboRay as the first entry back into fixture manufacturing in our Austin, Texas headquarters. The positive reactions we’ve had from lighting designers around the world has been staggering, and we’re very excited to bring this fixture to market.”
Automated lighting product manager Matt Stoner added: “TurboRay is an awesome new look built on a classic style. Beyond its classic and volumetric face look, the fixture employs a powerful LED system with multiple types of colour control. TurboRay gives users a wealth of tools to make any stage more exciting.”
24th July 2019
QUADShow makes rental and event AV set-up for QUAD LED display quick and simple
Optoma has just launched a complete custom solution to simplify AV set-up for event organisers and the indoor rental market. The QUADShow is an all-in-one motorised lift and transport system for mobile use of the award-winning Optoma QUAD series FHDQ130 LED display.
The QUADShow ensures complete protection of the FHDQ130 within the easily movable flight case which fits through standard sized doorways. Its plug and play design means it can be ready for any event in just a few minutes. For added flexibility the built-in display stand features height adjustment and the FHDQ130 can be positioned in landscape or portrait mode.
Thierry Millet, managing director of Optoma EMEA, said: “The new QUADShow solution is a game changer for the LED display rental market. It provides an instant large display solution without the need for technicians since the simple set-up process eliminates the complexity of a traditional LED build. This not only dramatically reduces installation time from multiple days to just a few minutes, but more importantly, cuts the total project cost for AV installers and rental companies.”
Since its launch at ISE 2019, the FHDQ130 130-inch Full HD LED display with a 1.5mm pixel pitch, has won multiple industry awards including two ‘Best of Show’ awards at InfoComm 2019 by Rental & Staging Systems and Digital Signage Magazine, and ‘Best of Show’ award at ISE 2019 by Installation magazine.
Thierry Millet continued: “We feel privileged to win these industry-renowned awards for our FHDQ130. The QUADShow further strengthens our expanding range of large display solutions to meet the needs of both our existing and new customers and partners.”
The FHDQ130 produces an impressive image with incredible depth of colour and detail. It pioneers a unique four-in-one surface mount diode layout, with the LED diodes set in clusters of four. This not only creates a smoother screen surface for a better image quality and wide viewing angle, but also makes the design more robust with individual diodes less likely to get damaged during installation and use.
Pre-calibrated out-of-the-box, the FHDQ130 removes the hassle of managing software and the various associated files, while ensuring the image is optimised for immediate use. Integrated HQUltra and media player technology eliminates the need for any additional separate devices associated with traditional LED solutions and provides additional features such as Picture in Picture. It also ensures that whatever device or content is plugged into the display, it will automatically scale it to present perfectly.
With a range of connectivity and control options including dual HDMI, USB, RS232 and HDBaseT, the display is designed to be easy to operate and can be networked. It can also be connected to a smart phone or tablet using Optoma’s Connect Q application.
The ability to control the display from a central control system and its eco-friendly ErP compliant <0.5W standby mode saves energy costs through reduced power consumption.
22nd July 2019
Mobiltechlifts ML2 delivers compact lifting strength
Discover heavy lifting capacity in a small footprint with the ML2 range from Mobiltechlifts. Coming in two models, 5520 and 6520, the ML2 impresses with a loading capacity of up to 200kg (441lbs.) and reaches a maximum height of 6.5 metres (21.5 feet). Its heavy-duty construction and compact footprint of 2.4 x 2.4 metres (8 x 8 feet) make it the best choice for smaller events and loading requirements that are not overly demanding.
- Telescopic outriggers increase practicality and improve stability
- Rubber feet on the outriggers protect all surfaces from damage and provide increased friction
- Integrated wheels with brakes for added safety
- Bubble level for convenient levelling
- Plastic cushions on the lift’s body prevent damage to the mast
- Manual winch
- Height indicator
- Top mast attachment points
- Secondary locking mechanism
- Optional winch cover
- Manual screw for reducing mast movement and adding additional safety
- TUV Nord Certified
16th July 2019
The newly launched Harlequin Reversible Red/Black is a big hit with fashion brands and events
Harlequin Floors, the global leader in advanced technology flooring for dance, performing arts, entertainment and events has launched the eagerly awaited Harlequin Reversible Red/Black event floor vinyl. The new colour in the Harlequin Reversible range is now available and in stock throughout the Harlequin global offices.
Other colours available in the Harlequin Reversible range are; Black/White (001), Dark Grey/Light Grey (003), Fog/Tan (890) and Hazelnut/Beige (310).
For TV and film production there is a specialist range: Black/Projection Grey (005) for projecting onto, this has been developed to absorb ambient light and deliver a more vivid projection of images on to the vinyl surface. There is also Chroma Key Green/Chroma Key Blue, designed specifically for digital compositing, providing a practical solution for film makers and television producers as both a floor and backdrop.
Harlequin Reversible is the original double-sided dance, event and stage floor vinyl. It is a lightweight calendered vinyl that rolls out quickly, lays flat and stays flat. Harlequin Reversible is hard-wearing and slip-resistant and gives great versatility as it can be used on both sides.
Harlequin Reversible comes in 2m width rolls and is available in various roll lengths: 10m, 15m, 18m, 20m, 25m and 30m. It conforms to fire rating Bfl-s1 (EN 13501-1), is easy to handle and very portable, and is particularly suitable for touring and events.
For temporary usage Harlequin recommends ‘top taping’ the vinyl using the Harlequin range of floor tapes.
12th July 2019
Atlona Now Shipping AT-OME-PS62 Matrix Presentation Switcher for 4K/UHD Applications
Atlona, a Panduit company, is now shipping the AT-OME-PS62 6x2 matrix presentation switcher, part of the new, strategic offerings in its rapidly-growing Omega Series unveiled at InfoComm 2019 last month. The AT-OME-PS62 is a fully featured 4K switcher with USB 3.0 and USB-C interfaces, HDBaseT extention, scaling and audio management capabilities for leading-edge AV solutions.
Designed for modern AV communications and collaboration, the AT-OME-PS62 offers exceptional performance and value for 4K/UHD presentation and conferencing specifications in medium-to-large AV environments. It features HDBaseT and HDMI outputs, along with 4K/60 4:4:4 capability for all inputs and the HDMI output, plus USB extension over HDBaseT.
The AT-OME-PS62 includes three HDMI inputs and two HDBaseT inputs alongside a USB-C AV input for direct, BYOD-friendly interfacing with the latest mobile devices and laptops. The USB-C interface also can be used for data connectivity to the AT-OME-PS62’s integrated USB 2.0 hub, as well as charging the connected device. Meanwhile, high-quality, 4K downscaling and upscaling on the unit’s HDMI output preserve color and spatial detail when converting content between 4K and 1080p for mixed-format presentation and display applications.
The AT-OME-PS62’s integrated USB extension capabilities combine with compatible Omega Series transmitters and receivers to address the challenge of connecting between USB devices at remote locations, forming an ideal integration solution for use cases including software video conferencing and interactive displays. Additional integration convenience features include auto-switching, audio embedding and de-embedding; audio output matrix mixing; display control; microphone input with mixing and ducking; internal video test patterns for setup and troubleshooting; a customizable welcome splash screen; and the ability to remotely power Atlona HDBaseT devices via PoE.
11th July 2019
PixelFLEX offers the ultimate LED video experience with VisionPro HD
Continuing to break the boundaries associated with traditional LED video displays, the award-winning manufacturer PixelFLEX LED has introduced VisionPro HD. Now providing the same user experience of a premium Smart TV, but on a much larger scale, VisionPro HD offers one of the highest resolution displays available in an all-in-one, seamless video experience ideal for any corporate, educational, retail, or entertainment design.
“We are very excited about the possibilities of our new VisionPro HD LED video line,” said David Venus, chief marketing officer, PixelFLEX LED. “Wanting to make the LED video experience more consumer and prosumer-friendly, we have spent a lot of time developing a solution that is a truly unique, all-encompassing technology which provides unlimited possibilities.”
Designed to offer high-quality LED display technology as a direct replacement for TV walls and other traditional display technologies at a very competitive price, VisionPro HD is constructed with a naturally reflection-free surface to reduce any room or light interference. Additionally, VisionPro HD combines bright and vibrant colour with a depth of dark contrast to provide the highest image quality possible. As a bezel-less, and seamless display, VisionPro HD is available in four models; a 110-inch display at 1.2mm pixel pitch, a 138-inch display at 1.5mm pixel pitch, a 165-inch display at 1.9mm pixel pitch, and a 220-inch display at 2.5mm pixel pitch, all in native HD resolution (1920 x 1080).
Standard with a built-in media player and an Android-based user interface with remote and keyboard, VisionPro HD provides access to all the Smart TV applications consumers know and love. Available in both a wall-mount and floor-stand configuration, VisionPro HD allows for screen-sharing across any WiFi network and users can also share up to four devices wirelessly, or one device via an HDMI input. With tiles that are calibrated directly out of the box to ensure perfect colour and brightness, VisionPro HD is also future-proof through the simple replacement of any of the magnetic video modules.
10th July 2019
Xstage S10 – Lightweight stage deck that maintains impressive loading
The new S10 stage deck from Xstage is a top performer for small to large events. It features a newly designed, lightweight extruded aluminium profile that helps reduce the overall weight of the deck without having an impact on loading capacity. In fact, it’s loading capacity is the same as other Xstage decks – 750kg/m2!
The S10 features a universal leg securing system that accepts a wide range of round and square legs, a new indoor/outdoor hexagrip anti-slip surface, and a heavy-duty 12mm birch plywood top.
Xstage S10 provideds a safe and stable deck at height, and long-lasting durability. The S10 also fully complies with DIN 15921.
10th July 2019
Vari-Lite’s powerful, stylish new VL6500 Wash is now shipping
Vari-Lite, the originators of the modern moving head lighting fixture and a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has announced that its new Vari-Lite VL6500 Wash is now shipping.
This new high-output wash lighting fixture combines the VL6000 Beam’s arena-scale performance with a head-turning visual attraction reminiscent of the legendary VL5, offering show designers an unmatched mix of modern power and vintage styling.
Sharing the big-picture format of the VL6000 Beam, the VL6500 Wash is a fully featured wash fixture with the same form factor and colour-matched presets as its award-winning sibling. “The VL6500 Wash is a direct response to requests we have received from lighting designers,” explains Martin Palmer, senior product manager, Vari-Lite and Strand Luminaires at Signify. “We partnered with designers every step of the way when creating this fixture, improving the colour system while matching the presets for a consistent experience. The result is a perfect partner wash for VL6000 BEAM’s large-format presence on the world’s most ambitious rock stages.”
While it shares the distinctive large front lens of the VL6000 Beam, the VL6500 Wash also adds Vari-Lite’s iconic Dichro*fusion blades. These unique blades offer diffusion with variable beam width and harken back to the vintage styling of the Emmy Award-winning VL5. “More and more, lighting fixtures serve as set pieces in their own right, and designers are looking for fixtures that not only create great light, but also look great on camera,” explains Palmer. “The Dichro*fusion blades on the VL6500 do both.”
One of the enhancements the VL6500 brings is Vari-Lite’s renowned full CYM+CTO colour system that provides numerous vivid and creative colour options. For even further creative colour possibilities, the VL6500’s extended colour range mode offers the ability to move the colour mixing wheels beyond full saturation back to open. This allows designers to use creative split colour effects that can be seen both in air and on the Dichro*fusion blades. To simplify programming when moving between colour presets, the VL6500 offers the same Cloak Transition Generator (CTG) first seen on the VL6000. This allows the fixture to automatically dip to dark when moving between colour presets without additional programming.
“The VL6500 Wash is an exciting addition to Vari-Lite’s range of unique new fixtures,” says Fernand Pereira, global head of marketing and product management, Vari-Lite and Strand at Signify. “While it includes a variety of modern technology features, it also offers a look that makes it a stunning addition to the brand’s unrivalled moving light heritage.”
10th July 2019
Proteus Maximus Shipping as Brightest LED Profile on the Market
Elation Professional is already shipping the 50,000-lumen Proteus Maximus, the all-purpose power luminaire that made an acclaimed world debut at the Prolight + Sound show in April as the brightest LED profile on the market.
With flexible use as a profile, beam or wash light and all-weather IP65 rating, the Proteus Maximus is the ideal fixture for any outdoor or indoor application requiring radically bright output, powerful beam looks, and stunningly precise gobos and colours. Its fully dust and water proof design makes it an optimal fixture for theme parks and cruise ships, and thanks to quiet operation, flicker-free functionality and DMX controllable LED refresh rate, its on-camera impact will be welcome in TV and other broadcast environments.
“With Proteus Maximus we managed to create the perfect package for the most challenging environments,” states Elation product manager Matthias Hinrichs. “From its hotspot engine to its large front lens, this is an outstanding fixture that provides designers the power to cover huge areas and long distances with remarkable output, colour and optical precision. We are thrilled to offer this new benchmark automated LED fixture to the market and look forward to seeing how this workhorse IP65 fixture will solve creative and technical challenges for our customers. It’s mind blowing how fast LED technology has matured to this extreme level and Maximus certainly lives up to its name, truly offering maximum performance and utility out of a single model.”
With projection, beam and wash qualities of the highest standard teaming with unrelenting power, and all radiating from an impressive 180mm front lens, the Proteus Maximus is all about maximum impact. Providing up to 50,000 lumens from a custom-designed high centre intensity 950W white LED engine (6,500K), it delivers an unmatched level of brightness that gives this top shelf luminaire the power to cut through, even at great distances.
Maximus houses a fast and precise 5.5- to 55-degree zoom that can project a tight, compressed beam far into the night and can even be used as an extremely effective followspot. Then zoom wide for a wash of gorgeous colour from a CMY colour mixing system with variable CTO or access the six slot colour wheel that includes both high CRI and UV filters. The Maximus dims smoothly all the way to zero with smooth 16-bit selectable dimming curves included.
As elegant as it is powerful, Maximus provides the designer a comprehensive FX package with six interchangeable rotating and seven fixed glass gobos. Effects can be multiplied via a four-facet or linear rotating prism and a 360° bi-directional animation wheel can be engaged to bring graphics to life. Two variable frost filters (light and wash) can be applied for an even diffusion of light when designers wish for softer gobo or soft wash effects. A high-speed iris with variable pulse effects and high-speed electronic shutter and strobe can be engaged for further impression. The Proteus Maximus also includes an indexable four-blade framing system with full blackout shutter cuts for full control of the beam shape and projection at any angle.
The Proteus Maximus is rock-solid and with on-board climate control it can weather anything Mother Nature throws at it, hot or cold. It includes a hibernation mode for power savings and comes with all the professional control and connection features that designers would expect from a cutting-edge luminaire.
9th July 2019
ShowNET becomes mainboard for most laser systems of the Laserworld Group
Laser control becomes much easier now: The Laserworld Group integrates the ShowNET interface as mainboard to most of its laser systems. This means a multitude of new features to those devices. Not only can they be used for direct laser control via Showeditor or Showcontroller (the new professional laser software) through LAN connection, but they also have an integrated SD card that ILDA frames can be loaded onto. These files can then be triggered via ArtNet, DMX, in stand-alone operation and in some units even in sound-to-light mode. The possibility of putting self made content to the laser systems adds further intelligence to the devices, which usually are only used to work with either basic, premade content or external “intelligence” through ILDA control software.
Every ShowNET interface comes with the full version of Showeditor for free, so every laser system with integrated ShowNET interface has the free software license included in delivery. This means that the laser systems with integrated ShowNET can simply be used with laser software by just connecting the laser to the computer with a standard LAN cable.
The integrated ShowNET interfaces have another feature integrated, which allows for ILDA streaming. Using another, external ShowNET interface, it is possible to transmit a standard, analogue ILDA signal via LAN. The external ShowNET interface then acts as sender (A/D), whereas the integrated ShowNET acts as receiver (D/A). Older USB-type ILDA interfaces or similar can still be used that way with the advantage of longer signal transmission distances.
Even though the laser systems are equipped with this new, powerful mainboard, they can still be used with a standard ILDA signal input if preferred.
These product series are now equipped with the ShowNET interface as mainboard (all units with scanning capabilities):
Laserworld Diode Series
Laserworld Purelight Series
RTI PIKO Series
RTI NANO Series
RTI NEO ONE