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Electro-Voice launches its first powered floor monitor – PXM-12MP brings power and clarity to cut through stage noise
Electro-Voice launches the EVOLVE 30M compact column loudspeaker system with onboard mixer, DSP and effects
Barco extends its UniSee LCD video wall series, addressing a broader range of applications and allowing end-users to select the solution best suited to their needs
Complete NETRON data distribution range from Obsidian Control Systems now shipping
Obsidian Control Systems has announced that the complete line-up of NETRON data distribution products is now in stock and ready to ship from US and European warehouses.
NETRON is Obsidian Control Systems’ new, comprehensive range of DMX splitters and Ethernet to DMX gateways, supporting applications from live production and venue installations to architectural environments. Featuring outstanding build quality, advanced feature sets and smart mounting options, they perform at a level of reliability demanded by today’s market.
NETRON offers smart solutions for professional lighting and AV markets. Developed with the user in mind, NETRON products combine tough hardware with smart software for fast setup and solid performance. Rugged and reliable, all NETRON products are easy to configure, through either the internal OLED screen and encoder or the integrated, modern web menu system, which works from PC, MAC and any mobile device.
With increasing fixture counts and continuous growth in the number of Universes used on a show, the need for reliable data distribution has never been greater. Obsidian Control Systems has designed NETRON to be the perfect solution at an amazing value.
The NETRON range offers three Ethernet to DMX gateways and three RDM splitters.
The NETRON EN12 is a powerful, high-density Ethernet to DMX gateway with twelve RDM compatible ports. Easy to configure with a range of integrated presets plus a wide array of advanced merge and routing features, it is the ideal device for live production or installations requiring a large number of physical DMX ports. Contact closures allow for recall of presets, routings, mergers or any of the internal cues.
The NETRON EN4 is a powerful Ethernet to DMX gateway with four RDM compatible ports. Designed for live production and installations with a rugged housing and high-performance processing, it offers flexible rack, truss, wall or DIN-Rail mounting options to cover any situation.
The NETRON EP4 is a compact Ethernet to DMX gateway with four RDM compatible ports. It is configurable via its internal web remote and powered over Ethernet or via the USB-C connection. It supports truss, wall or DIN-Rail mounting options to cover any situation.
All Ethernet to DMX gateways support sACN, Art-NET, RDM and offer dynamic web remote configuration, while internal presets for the most common uses offer plug-and-play deployments. Some 99 cues can be stored and recalled over web, display or DMX remote for simple stand-alone playback possibilities.
Three variants of RDM splitter round out the range.
The NETRON RDM 6XL is a rugged and compact DMX/RDM splitter. Designed for live production and installations, it features six opto-isolated 5pin XLR outputs, front or back DMX in and thru ports, locking power pass-through plus flexible rack, truss, wall or DIN-Rail mounting options to cover any situation.
The NETRON RDM 645 is identical to the RDM 6XL but offers installation-friendly ESTA-compliant RJ45 DMX ports on front and back.
The NETRON RDM 10 is a first of its kind hybrid splitter. Dual DMX input, ten-port RDM splitter, merger and EtherDMX gateway are unified into the RDM 10 with an advanced feature set to cover a wide variety of applications. Some 99 internal cues, factory and user presets plus external contact closures provide a unique combination of multiple devices to solve many tasks in one powerful unit.
24th January 2020
ProPlex FOH Friend – Programming Time Just Got More Productive!
The ProPlex FOH Friend, a new and unique addition to TMB’s award-winning ProPlex Data Distribution product range, was introduced at Winter NAMM 2020.
Designed by professionals, for professionals, the FOH Friend is an entirely new, unique device which resolves the following everyday issue frequently faced by media, lighting and audio programmers. While busy programming during rehearsals, programmers often need to switch back and forth between timecode and audio tracks saved on their laptops and the primary 'live' feeds from the stage. Without the FOH Friend, this requires unplugging and plugging of cables with all the associated inconvenience and potential malfunctions. The FOH Friend elegantly solves this problem by allowing instant switching between two timecode and two audio sources. This durable, compact unit also features extra timecode outputs, plus independently adjustable headphone and audio outputs. A great help during programming and rehearsals, this one-of-a-kind device really is a Front of House Friend!
“The FOH Friend makes things simple,” says Jason Rudolph of Mobius Productions. “I had the opportunity to use prototypes on major gigs and the benefits are immediately apparent. The timecode side of the unit is completely passive, so any power interruptions have no effect. On the audio side, there is a true powered headphone amp so that you can adjust the volume of your headphones separately from your timecode output. A separate volume control for another audio output on the back of the unit can be used to feed a monitor or recorder.”
Jason adds: “Truly flexible, the FOH Friend saves time, an increasingly precious commodity these days. This device is more than a friend, it’s an FOH BFF!”
The FOH Friend is part of TMB’s broader ProPlex product offering. Relied on by rental companies, tours and productions worldwide, ProPlex data distribution devices, drives and cables offer a truly integrated, complete data management and networking solution for entertainment production and staging. Built for extreme conditions, with features including shock-mounted circuitry, Neutrik connectors and advanced thermal management, ProPlex devices are available in RackMount, PortableMount, Mini, Micro, DIN Rail, and IP Rated formats of various sizes. ProPlex data cables are world renowned for combining unparalleled data integrity with extreme durability.
23rd January 2020
Source 4WRD 230V now shipping
ETC is now shipping a full family of high-quality white light LED luminaires for the 230V market. With an impressive lumen-per-watt output, Source 4WRD 230V is available in both warm and cool white arrays.
The warm white 80CRI and 90CRI (Gallery) arrays are ideal for theatres and other venues where tungsten fixtures have been the favourite for years. While the cool white 90CRI (Daylight Gallery) array is ideal for industrial trade shows and other live events where the coolest and brightest white light is desired.
Both arrays are available in four different form factors including Source 4WRD Spot, PAR, PARNel, and a non-destructive LED retrofit for your existing Source Four fixtures.
ETC’s PAR and PARNel fixtures get a modern upgrade with the added benefits of LEDs and more than 1000 lumens of output. All existing Source Four PAR lenses and accessories are compatible with these LED fixtures. Featuring a patented wave-lens design and easy focusing knob, the Source 4WRD PARNel lets users quickly access a range of 25º-45º, a smooth, soft, symmetrical field that you can spot or flood as needed.
If Source Four incandescent fixtures are in an inventory and they need to be retrofitted to LED, Source 4WRD is the best option. Source 4WRD reuses 89% of the existing fixture, considerably reduces power consumption, and eliminates the need for relamping. Use all existing Source Four accessories on the full Source 4WRD fixtures.
Source 4WRD is as bright, or in many cases, brighter than your long life HPL lamps, but at a fraction of the power draw. And with an L70 rating of 45,000 hours, these fixtures will be around for years.
22nd January 2020
ChamSys Unveils New MagicQ Stable Software
Late last year, ChamSys became the first major lighting console manufacturer to offer a software solution that accepts open protocol GDTF personality files. Now the company has kicked off 2020 with another innovation that will enhance the work of lighting programmers, as it introduces the first release of its MagicQ Stable Software.
Available on the ChamSys website, the new MagicQ Stable v188.8.131.52 software can be downloaded at no cost to all MagicQ consoles and PC platforms. In addition to being capable of importing GDTF files directly, the new software embraces a wide range of performance features that have been universally well-received when tested in Beta versions.
Among these features is an Undo function that allows actions by the programmer and the console to be undone and redone. For easy reference, an Undo History is also available. Another notable programming function is FX Tracking Out, which allows programmers using Cue Stack Tracking to track out individual FX with different fade times.
Together, the new features provide programmers with more powerful and flexible tools to use to control and expand lighting designs. These tools all were all designed to be user-friendly and readily accessible.
“The MagicQ Stable software release further develops our award winning powerful MagicQ platform,” said Chris Kennedy, ChamSys software director. “We are pleased to be amongst the first to embrace open protocols such as GDTF. Our new MagicQ Stable v184.108.40.206 takes these a step further by adding other unique features to MagicQ.”
The current MagicQ Stable v220.127.116.11 software, promises to be the first in a series of Stable release from ChamSys.
22nd January 2020
Get the Colour Punch Needed with MIX
Whether a customised cyan wash or the complex hue of R99 Chocolate is required, MIX can provide all the colours the shot needs. Create custom colours, or choose a True Rosco Color from the gel library.
Discover what’s possible with MIX and the myMIX app.
22nd January 2020
Brompton Technology SX40 perfect match for Panavid’s new ultra-fine ROE Sapphire
Audio, video, lighting, staging and broadcast company Panavid Inc. has recently invested in Brompton Technology Tessera SX40 LED processors and XD data distribution units to work in conjunction with its new 1.5mm ROE Visual Sapphire LED display.
Located in New Jersey, New York City, and Dallas, Panavid has more than 40 years of experience of providing first class integration and production services to both domestic and international clients. The company has recognised the ever-increasing demand for increased pixel density and higher resolution in LED screens for live events and art installations, as well as an increasing level of interactivity. It is the first production house in the world to invest in the latest, ultra-fine, ROE Sapphire, along with two Brompton Tessera SX40s and four Tessera XD Units.
“Our mission is to provide our clients with the most quality, high-end audio-visual service in the market and Brompton is dominating the market in image processing for LED displays,” says Panavid’s CEO Rob Loehr. “The SX40 is the perfect match for our recent purchase of ROE Visual’s Sapphire LED platform. We loved that the SX40 is extremely user friendly and allows for full 4k resolution. The Tessera feature set provides a level of image quality that is unmatched in the industry.”
Panavid is confident that its investment in Brompton processing and ROE Visual Sapphire will allow it to create unforgettable experiences for its clients. It is a confidence that is already paying off.
“We recently used our SX40s and XDs at an event in New York City called Altitude, hosted by Fastly, a cloud computing services provider,” adds Loehr. “We used the SX40s and XD units in conjunction with two Sapphire displays, each measuring 9ft.1.5in. high by 9ft. 9in. wide (2.78m by 2.97m) and it was a huge success.
“We’re thrilled with our investment. We’re looking forward to continuing to satisfy the needs of our clients and increasing our Brompton inventory in the future.”
22nd January 2020
City Theatrical Now Shipping QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse Dimmers
City Theatrical’s QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse dimmers, which are constant voltage, five-output, miniature dimmers that can be controlled wirelessly, are now available through City Theatrical distributors worldwide. Recently recognised with an honourable mention in the Lighting – Control category at the LDI Show 2019 Best Debuting Product Awards, QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse Dimmers have built a foundation for City Theatrical’s family of miniature low voltage wireless dimmers with Multiverse* wireless DMX/RDM connectivity.
Available in dual band 900MHz/2.4GHz (P/N 5942)** or 2.4GHz band only (P/N 5943), QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse dimmers be controlled wirelessly using City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM or SHoW DMX Neo wireless DMX/RDM technology, or with wired DMX. These dimmers provide 20-bit PWM resolution and 8-bit or 16-bit control for extremely smooth dimming at the low end of the dimming curve.
QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse dimmers use detachable input and output connectors to make wiring easy. Configuration is performed using RDM, such as with a City Theatrical DMXcat multi-function test tool, or with City Theatrical’s USB Configuration program for PC/Mac. A mounting bracket is included with the Dimmer to allow easy mounting to scenery.
QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse dimmers are designed and built in the USA by City Theatrical. They pair perfectly with QolorFLEX five-in-one LED Tape for ideal use in props and costumes, or for areas where space is a concern.
For more information on QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse Dimmers, visit: http://www.citytheatrical.com/Products/qolorflex-5x2-5a-multiverse-dimmer
*Multiverse Transceivers are covered by U.S. Patent # 7,432,803 and other patents pending.
**900MHz band is licensed for use in North America only.
QolorFLEX 5x2.5A 900MHz/2.4GHz Multiverse dimmer (P/N 5942) is a constant voltage, five-output dimmer that can be controlled wirelessly using City Theatrical’s Multiverse or SHoW DMX Neo wireless DMX/RDM technology, or with wired DMX.
20th January 2020
Xstage: 33 kg + 750kg/m2 = S10
Xstage S10 stage decks add up to a great choice with their newly designed, lightweight extruded aluminium profile that helps reduce the overall weight of the deck to only 33kg, while maintaining a high loading capacity of 750kg/m2.
In fact, the S10 has become a favourite of live production professionals around the world and is the perfect stage deck choice for small to large events.
The S10 offers two choices for surface finish, a new indoor/outdoor hexagrip anti-slip surface on a heavy-duty 12mm birch plywood top, or black painted finish on a 12mm poplar plywood top. The S10 also features a universal leg securing system that accepts a wide range of round and square legs.
The S10 provides a safe and stable deck at height, together with long-lasting durability. It also fully complies with DIN 15921.
Read more about the S10 here.
20th January 2020
L-Acoustics Eases Tour Life with Robust New Full AVB Rack
Renowned in the live sound industry for developing market-leading audio solutions that outperform in quality, as well as in practicality, L-Acoustics is deployed on ten of the world’s top 20 festivals. In a constant search to make its products easier to use, faster to rig and economical to transport, L-Acoustics has announced the new LA-RAK II AVB flyable touring rack, offering 12 channels of amplification in a 9U frame. Contained within are three Milan-certified LA12X amplified controllers, two LS10 AVB switches and power and signal distribution panels that are internally prewired to offer plug-and-play, reliable and redundant networked audio.
“Our goal at L-Acoustics is to consistently evolve our technology to optimise system design, deployment and control, so that sound engineers can focus on creating extraordinary experiences for their artists and audiences,” explains Genio Kronauer, director of electronics development and Avnu board member. “Launching a dedicated AVB rack is our way of making tours and mobile installations as fast and simple as possible for sound professionals while further improving audio quality.”
The presence of two LS10 AVB switches in a 1U space within the rack allow for seamless dual network redundancy and a full AVB ecosystem from the P1 processor at FOH all the way down to the Milan-certified amplified controllers. If any failure occurs on the primary audio network, the redundant AVB network is standing by to automatically switch over and continue the show with zero audio loss. The console-to-amplifier AVB signal guarantees better sound quality. Up to eight channels in one AVB stream can be passed over a single cable, saving labour and cable costs.
As with its predecessors, LA-RAK II AVB is rugged, featuring a shock-absorbing inner frame, protective and handling elements to facilitate transport. Compatible with any voltage standard, LA-RAK II AVB functions worldwide and facilitates tour logistics and cross-rental between L-Acoustics rental partners. LA-RAK II AVB is mechanically and electronically compatible with the legacy LA-RAK II and LA-RAK standards.
An LA-RAK II AVB upgrade kit will be available for existing LA-RAK II owners wishing to upgrade to AVB.
“As the list of AVB and Milan protocol adopters grows, more industry professionals recognise that there is no other networking technology that fulfils the requirement for robust loudspeaker systems,” concludes Kronauer. “The simple fact that Milan is the only deterministic network for professional audio guarantees precise and stable audio transport, which means better quality. The LA-RAK II AVB will let sound professionals forget about network setup and concentrate instead on what they do best: creating amazing performances.”
LA-RAK II AVB ships in March 2020, and can be seen at NAMM in L-Acoustics product lounge 17208.
17th January 2020
L-Acoustics Updates Best-selling Kara Line Array with Flexible Directivity
For three decades, L-Acoustics has consistently developed pragmatic audio solutions that enable audio professionals and artists to elevate the audience experience. For a decade, the Kara line source has been the star of countless live performances and permanent installs all over the globe. L-Acoustics has now announced the new Kara II modular line source, with the addition of Panflex, giving Kara four-in-one directivity: one box handily covers any audience geometry. Kara II morphs to fit any design, offering consistent coverage and SPL distribution with precise focus in four different directivity patterns: 70° or 110° symmetrical and 90° asymmetrical, steering to either the left or right. In its 70° configuration, Kara II packs a full 2 dB more than in 110°.
The success of Kara has never ceased to increase, earning the loudspeaker best-seller status at L-Acoustics and in the professional audio industry. Last year saw record-breaking sales for the lightweight yet powerful enclosure. In a nod to the wide audience of Kara owners around the globe, L-Acoustics will make available a kit to upgrade existing Kara with Panflex.
Florent Bernard, executive director of application design at L-Acoustics explains: “Kara has been a perpetual best-seller for a reason. Its lightweight, diminutive form factor and strong, consistent SPL make it the perfect tool for a plethora of events or permanent installs. When we introduced Panflex to the industry, our clients told us this was the only thing missing from Kara. We listened, and the new Kara II brings our medium-format line array into a new era of added directivity and improved polar stability.”
Kara II is a powerhouse enclosure, meeting the needs of any audience geometry and morphing to fit any design, offering consistent coverage and SPL distribution with laser focus. As with all L-Acoustics K Series line arrays, Kara benefits from decades of research and development into quick and safe rigging, making it the reference in the market for rapid and optimised deployment.
Kara II Specifications:
Type: 2-way active WST enclosure
Bandwidth (-10dB): 55Hz – 20kHz ([KARA II_70])
Maximum SPL: 142dB ([KARA II_70])
Coverage angle: 70° / 110° symmetric or 90° asymmetric (35°/55°)
Weight: 26kg / 57lb
Kara II for rental ships in March 2020, and can be seen at NAMM in L-Acoustics meeting room 17208. Kara II for install will ship later in 2020.
17th January 2020
Electro-Voice launches its first powered floor monitor – PXM-12MP brings power and clarity to cut through stage noise
The PXM-12MP marks Electro-Voice’s debut in the powered stage monitor market. Created for live performances from solo entertainers, bands, mobile DJs and rental companies, PXM-12MP is a powerful, rugged and flexible loudspeaker designed for daily use. The acoustically optimised, high-output, two-way stage wedge features coaxially aligned 12” LF and 1.75” HF transducers. Its small footprint and light weight of 29.8 lb (13.5 kg) makes it an extremely portable solution suited to live performances on all stages, particularly excelling where floor space is limited.
Thanks to the solid, consistent coverage, the monitor mix can be heard clearly without restricting performers to a limited part of the stage. The acoustically optimised 55° monitor floor angle enables an artist to stand as close or as far away from the system as necessary without sacrificing audio intelligibility. The wide 90° horizontal angle also gives performers the freedom to move across the stage, rather than being constrained to just a small area.
While the PXM-12MP compliments any sound system which would benefit from the addition of a dedicated monitor, it also expands EV’s portable speaker portfolio. PXM-12MP shows great flexibility when it comes to additional use due to its 90° x 90° coverage pattern. It equally performs well as a fill, delay, or mounted on a pole working as a sound system for short-throw applications; subwoofers can also be connected whenever extra bass is needed. The PXM-12MP comes with several x-over settings, including settings for ELX200 and EKX subwoofers.
The built-in two-channel Class-D 700W amplifier, developed in collaboration with the world-class audio electronics engineering team at EV’s sibling brand Dynacord, provides plenty of power, precision sound and enough headroom to satisfy the most demanding monitoring requirements, reaching a maximum sound pressure level of 129dB.
EV’s intuitive QuickSmart DSP features a backlit LCD panel and a push-button encoder, providing best-in-class signal processing with sophisticated IIR/FIR settings for optimised audio performance. The integrated digital three-band EQ features different factory presets for various application modes, as well as five individual user presets. A special high-Q notch filter can eliminate troublesome feedback frequencies. The delay function with 0.1 m increments provides precise adjustment when used as a delay speaker. The GUITARCAB setting allows to connect a guitar directly to the PXM-12MP via a DI box.
The recessed connection panel is located on the side of the speaker, ensuring it is well protected and also easily accessible when used on a pole. It features two XLR/TRS combo mic/line inputs, an individual phantom power option, a stereo RCA AUX input for playback music sources, and an XLR THRU input when used as part of a distributed sound system. An XLR MIXOUT output allows the cabinet to act as a basic three-channel mixer that can send the mix to another loudspeaker. PXM12-MP’s integrated cable management reduces stage clutter and prevents tripping over cables, clean cable routing and strain relieve is guaranteed when used on a tripod or pole.
The PXM-12MP stage monitor is housed in a durable, 15mm plywood enclosure with rugged EV-Coat and is furnished with a robust powder-coated steel grille to guarantee roadworthiness for everyday use.
The PXM-12MP will be available in February 2020.
17th January 2020
RTS launches BTR-30N UHF/VHF wireless intercom system
RTS has announced the launch of the BTR-30N two-channel narrow-band UHF/VHF wireless system, the latest addition to its extensive professional intercom portfolio. The BTR-30N frequency-agile base station supports up to four TR-30N (dual channel) or TR-32N (dual channel stereo) frequency-agile beltpacks. The system’s hybrid dual-band UHF/VHF design makes it a flexible and user-friendly choice for today’s changing and shrinking RF environment: reliable, high-performance, high-fidelity communications delivered with minimum spectrum usage. It is ideal for a wide range of everyday wireless intercom applications, including broadcasting, education, event production, hotels/cruise ships, houses of worship, theatres, utilities, and more.
Regulation and congestion in the RF environment continues to increase worldwide. In the USA, FCC rule changes have limited use of significant segments of the UHF spectrum, reducing the capacity of products operating exclusively in UHF. By taking advantage of the lower VHF frequencies unaffected by these changes, the BTR-30N gives users the ability to increase their wireless system capacity beyond the more limited operating range of UHF alone. Two-way radio systems use one frequency for signals sent from beltpack to base station, and another for signals sent from base station to beltpack. In most systems, these two frequencies belong to the same band, and there is always some separation between them. With the BTR-30N, however, signals from base station to beltpack are sent in the VHF spectrum (from 174 to 216MHz), and signals from beltpack to base station use UHF (from 482 to 572MHz).
Providing 25kHz of modulated bandwidth, the BTR-30N allows more users per channel in the VHF spectrum, along with a reduced footprint in the UHF band. The base station supports up to four TR-30N or TR-32N beltpacks when operating in full-duplex mode; an almost unlimited number of beltpacks may be used with a base station if the beltpacks are used in half-duplex mode. The system allows the beltpack operator to choose between two separate audio channels of communication, with the base station tracking the beltpack selection. This allows the user the flexibility to create a party line and a private line within the same beltpack. The units perform reliably at line-of-sight distances of 300 feet, and the effective operating range can be extended even further using available antenna systems from RTS.
Along with excellent audio performance, the BTR-30N provides all the standard features of the popular BTR-80N UHF system, such as DSP and intelligent power control. Additional features include multiple selectable transmitter power outputs, selectable receiver squelch control, RF metering on base station and beltpack displays, remote battery indicators on base station display, beltpack battery percentage display, low battery tone indicator on beltpack, AC or DC power input on base station, simultaneous two-wire and four-wire operation, and the ability to expand a system for a very large number of users in half-duplex mode with the First-On-Latch-Out feature. The high-efficiency TR-30N and TR-32N beltpacks are constructed of durable and lightweight magnesium and provide up to 10-12 hours of operation on AA alkaline batteries and between 8-11 hours of operation using NiMH rechargeable battery packs. The BTR-30N fits in a standard 19” equipment rack and is one rack unit high.
The BTR-30N is the latest member of the globally proven RTS BTR wireless intercom family, which also includes the BTR-80N dual-channel narrow-band system and the BTR-800 dual-channel wideband system, which are both now available with new FCC-friendly UHF operating frequencies. As with all BTR products, the BTR-30N can connect to an analogue two-wire partyline system or an analogue matrix (via two AIO connections), or to a digital matrix (ADAM, ADAM-M and ODIN).
Whatever your budget or application, RTS offers the broadest range of wireless products from a single vendor in the industry, with future-proof performance and value, backwards compatibility, and widest level of support for current and emerging standards.
17th January 2020
PR Lighting IP66 Aqua Marine 580 in Two Corrosion-Resistant Versions
PR Lighting has announced two new IP66-rated outdoor moving heads that are both marine grade: the three-in-one AQUA Marine 580 BWS and AQUA Marine 580 Beam.
Thanks to the double-layer special coating of the chassis, accompanied by PR's patent pending sealing system, both AQUA Marine 580 fixtures can provide superior resistance to a wider range of corrosive media, making them ideal for use on projects close to the seashore or in sea water.
Housing either a Philips MSD Platinum 25 R lamp or Osram Sirius HRI 550W XL, both the AQUA Marine 580 BWS (PR-2596) and AQUA Marine 580 Beam (PR-2568) are fully featured. Colours include CYM linear mixing system with macros, a colour wheel with 12 colour filters (plus open), Rainbow effect with bi-directional and variable speeds and Stepping/Linear colour changing, while the colour filters can be in any position. They also boast a linear CTO system.
The products accommodate one fixed gobo wheel (containing 17 gobos plus open), bi-directionally rotatable and shakeable at variable speeds. There is also a rotating gobo wheel, with seven interchangeable rotating gobos (plus open), bi-directionally rotatable and shakeable at variable speeds.
There are four different facet prisms which can be overlapped (other prisms are optional). The graphic effect wheel offers bi-directional rotation with variable speeds, and can be overlapped with the fixed and rotating gobo wheels. Features also include an independent frost filter.
Other functions include DMX linear focus and zoom, 0-100% dimmer (linearly adjustable), double shutter blade strobe (0.3-25 fps, random strobe). Head movement consists of 540° (pan), 270° (tilt), with auto position correction. AQUA Marine 580 BWS light angles are 0°-2° (Beam), 2°-40° (Spot) and 3°-50° (Wash). AQUA Marine 580 Beam has a dedicated 2° beam angle.
Ancillary features include adjustable pan and tilt speeds, lamp / fixture hours displayed, RDM protocol, optional ArtNet and optional wireless DMX512.
Both fixtures are contained in dust-proof and water-proof cast aluminium, high-temperature resistant and UV-resistant engineering plastic, with IP66 protection grade. They are marine grade corrosion and neutral salt spray resistant up to 1500 hours.
Both products are already shipping.
16th January 2020
Electro-Voice launches the EVOLVE 30M compact column loudspeaker system with onboard mixer, DSP and effects
The EVOLVE 30M is designed to deliver a significant step up in all-around performance for a column system in its size/price category. Superior Electro-Voice sound quality, room-filling coverage and flexible functionality combined in a very compact package. The system includes a speaker array, a two-piece pole connector, an array and pole backpack carry case, and a powered subwoofer, all made to pack up and assemble quickly, look great on stage, and withstand real-world wear and tear.
The EVOLVE 30M is equipped with the most complete feature set in its class, including an eight-channel digital mixer, studio-quality onboard effects, and remote control of all audio, effects and mix functions via the next-generation Electro-Voice QuickSmart Mobile application (available via the Apple Store and on Google Play). The fully configurable app has an intuitive, easy-to-read user interface and utilises Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) technology for the adjustment and monitoring of all parameters of up to six EVOLVE 30M systems simultaneously. High-resolution, low-latency streaming ensures excellent results for music playback or accompaniment.
All this makes it an outstanding choice for solo musicians/performers and smaller musical groups and venues, or any application that needs an easy-to-use, highly portable and lightweight system with extraordinary connectivity, control, coverage and output relative to its footprint. For events such as weddings, the mixer allows the same system to support the various mics and inputs required for participants, musicians, and background music during the day, all with plenty of power to fill the dance floor for a DJ set or live performance in the evening.
The full-range column array and its six lightweight 2.8” neodymium drivers provide ultra-wide 120° coverage via proprietary waveguides, array-formed 40° asymmetrical vertical coverage ensures acoustic output is directed towards both sitting and standing audience members. The array enclosure is constructed from a durable composite material and incorporates an ergonomic aluminium handle. A 10” subwoofer is housed in a 15mm wood enclosure with a high-efficiency laminar-flow vent design, for enhanced rigidity and acoustical performance. The array and sub are connected via a two-piece symmetrical aluminium pole with internal wiring and magnetically assisted latching. A Class-D amplifier provides up to 1000W of output power: 500W to the subwoofer and 500W to the column array. The speakers are protected by a black powder-coated 18-gauge steel grille. A white version will also be available in spring 2020.
The EVOLVE 30M’s control panel features EV’s industry-leading QuickSmart DSP, which allows navigation of system parameters via an LCD with single-knob control or via the app, as well as multiple options for signal routing and inputs. Functions include four presets (music, live, speech, club), three-band system EQ (low, mid, high), seven-band graphic EQ (in Mixer mode), five user-programmable presets (store and recall settings), phantom power, visual monitoring of limiter status, input level control and meters, and a master volume control to optimize gain structure.
Developed in collaboration with the world-class audio electronics engineering team at EV’s sibling brand Dynacord, the integrated fully featured, fully configurable digital mixer has multiple inputs (four XLR/TRS combo mic/line inputs, one XLR/TRS combo stereo line input, one RCA, one 3.5 mm stereo and one Hi-Z instrument input) with professional-grade preamps and mix functions. Independent channel aux sends and Hi-Z and foot switch inputs are also included, and a range of effects (30 presets, including chorus, delay, flange and reverb, via two FX channels) add myriad options for musicians to fine-tune their tone. All of the above help to reduce set-up time and on-stage clutter by minimising the need for external equipment such as a mixer and effects pedals. The mixer and onboard effects can be controlled via the app or via the LCD/single-knob interface.
The EVOLVE 30M joins the larger EVOLVE 50 in the award-winning Electro-Voice EVOLVE column speaker system series.
16th January 2020
Mackie Introduces EleMent Series Microphones
Long a leader in live and studio sound, Mackie has now entered into the microphone sphere, introducing its new EleMent Series microphones. Like all Mackie gear, EleMent Series mics combine professional-calibre performance and Mackie’s famed 'built-like-a-tank' rugged reliability and outstanding value. The series consists of three models: the EM-89D live vocal dynamic, EM-91C large-diaphragm condenser, and EM-USB USB condenser microphones.
The EM-89D dynamic microphone features a cardioid polar pattern and is primarily designed for stage use but also makes a fine addition to a studio microphone collection. It’s an excellent handheld vocal microphone and also excels as an instrument and amplifier microphone. The EM-89D comes with a mic clip, XLR mic cable, and zipper pouch.
Every studio needs a quality large-diaphragm condenser microphone, and the new Mackie EM-91C’s audio quality and classic cardioid polar pattern makes it suitable for a wide variety of studio applications. Choose the EM-91C when you want warmth and brilliance for vocals, to capture the nuances of stringed instruments, and much more. In addition to musical applications, it’s great for live streaming, voiceovers, and many other types of content creation. The EM-91C comes with a shock mount and an XLR mic cable.
With the Mackie EM-USB condenser microphone, you can get down to recording, live streaming, podcasts, and online content creation quickly, without requiring a separate audio interface. Connecting directly to your laptop or mobile recording device using USB-C and featuring a built-in headphone output with independent volume control, the EM-USB offers audio reproduction rivaling mics many times more expensive. It also provides controls for main input gain and mute. The included mic clip, tripod mount, and USB-C cable make it easy to capture great recordings anywhere.
16th January 2020
ETC launches fos/4 panel light for the cinematic industry
What’s Next? In 2016, a dedicated research team was formed at ETC to advance the technology of future product offerings. The team’s first primary project was to create the best light for use on camera. The findings from this multi-year, industry-wide study on colour perception come together in the family of fos/4 panel lights, now available from ETC.
Each of the three panel sizes (small, medium, and large) deliver unrivalled brightness in two array options. The Lustr X8 array adds a deep red LED to its mix that brings a richness to the spectrum by enhancing skin tones and giving new depth to blues, greens, and ambers. The Daylight HDR is a tunable white light array that, using a calculated selection of LEDs from the X8 colour system, delivers a natural warmth when rendering skin tones and is optimized for output in cooler temperatures. These soft lights offer a shocking level of brightness, and selectable CCT between 1,900 – 10,450K, all without compromising on colour quality.
The full-colour screen and tactile encoders on the user interface were designed with the cinematic workflow in mind. fos/4 gives nuanced colour control from the full-spectrum colour picker within the UI, letting you choose how to mix each colour. Use the Tune function to choose brightest, best spectral, or a hybrid of the two. Save customised colour palettes to one of the many programmable presets.
The industrial design of the fos/4 panel provides an ergonomically friendly tool that’s meant to be seen. Features include the Griprail, a bracket that acts as a mounting location for the fixture as well as for the numerous accessories found on a shoot. Handles that double as safety cable locations, rounded corners, and an industrial grey finish add to the visual appeal without compromising functionality.
Additional features include NFC configuration from your mobile device, Multiverse Wireless control from your console using City Theatrical’s Multiverse transmitter, and a suite of effects that is expected from a fixture of this calibre including emergency lights, beacon, camera flash, and party. And like all ETC products, fos/4 Panels are made in the United States, come with an impressive fixture warranty and a 24/7/365 customer support promise.
16th January 2020
Barco extends its UniSee LCD video wall series, addressing a broader range of applications and allowing end-users to select the solution best suited to their needs
Barco, a world leader in large video walls, introduces a new member in its innovative Barco UniSee LCD video wall range. Barco UniSee 500, with a brightness level of 500 cd/m², brings all the advantages of the original Barco UniSee platform, plus some new features, to environments with controlled and reduced ambient lighting conditions. This includes meeting rooms, television studios, simulation systems and smaller control rooms. In this way, end-users can benefit from the unique Barco UniSee features and get even more value for their money.
The launch of the award-winning Barco UniSee platform meant a landmark for LCD video walls. Offering the world’s smallest optical seam, and almost eliminating the ‘black raster’ that traditionally interrupts the content shown on LCD video walls, Barco UniSee significantly reduces this disturbing impact on the viewing experience and avoids information loss. Furthermore, because the platform has been completely redesigned, it is also a huge step forward in terms of image quality, installation precision, serviceability and reliability.
The new Barco UniSee 500 answers the market demand for an LCD video wall that excels in image quality, reliability and serviceability at a reduced brightness level and cost. This can be used in indoor environments that are mainly lit by artificial light, like office environments. For ergonomic reasons, the brightness levels of such video walls rarely exceed 400 cd/m² and don’t require the brightness levels of the original Barco UniSee solution.
“End-users should be able to choose the right proposition, which is a combination of features, brightness and cost,” says Pietro Capretta, product manager LCD at Barco. “By offering Barco UniSee 500, we are now also optimally addressing the requirements of environments with controlled ambient lighting. This new solution complements our existing Barco UniSee video wall at 800 cd/m² that remains the recommended proposition for bright environments, for applications where viewers need to be attracted and/or impressed, but also in the case of large video walls that run 24/7 (as users benefit from extended lifetime).”
All the other components and benefits of the original Barco UniSee platform are available in the new Barco UniSee 500. This includes the UniSee Mount that automatically aligns the video wall and keeps it aligned over time (using the power of gravity), provides the best image uniformity in the market, and uses the Sense X automatic colour and brightness calibration.
What’s more, Barco UniSee 500 also includes some new features. Set-up and maintenance can now be performed faster and more easily using the upgraded UniSee Connect module. A wizard guides the user through the complete installation process and the individual panels are automatically recognised at the right position in the video wall. The new local dimming feature allows for higher contrast, lower radiated heat and reduced power consumption.
Barco UniSee 500 can also benefit from the ecosystem partners that offer tailored components for the Barco UniSee platform. This includes touch overlays for increased interactivity, trim solutions for elegant integration in the environment, additional mounting structures to allow for free-standing set-ups, etc. There is even a specially designed curved mounting solution that makes it possible to have a concave curvature of a video wall for an increased ergonomic and immersive effect.
Next to the premium Barco UniSee range, there is also the Barco OverView, consisting of the OverView LVD5521B and OverView KVD5521B, for entry level and mid-end applications.
16th January 2020
City Theatrical DMXcat Boosts Efficiency with new Multi Fixture Feature
City Theatrical’s DMXcat multi-function test tool now provides expanded functionality with the new Multi Fixture (DMX) feature, which offers lighting professionals an efficient way to turn on and test multiple DMX lighting fixtures simultaneously.
DMXcat’s new Multi Fixture feature includes a patch that can be implemented to group and control lighting fixtures together to save time and improve workflows. This patch also allows users to assign numbers to channels or fixtures, which can be useful in creating a consistent and simplified numbering system between creative and technical teams of a given production or installation project. DMXcat users can use the patch to save, name, and re-load set-ups across various rigs, for use on future projects.
Other DMXcat improvements with the Multi Fixture feature include a new interface for the Fixture Controller app, which offers patching and grouping methods like many show consoles being used in professional lighting, for ease of use and consistency among test and control gear. The Fixture Controller app also now includes 16-bit wheels, which save the user screen space and refine the user’s control.
This feature allows users to name their DMXcats, making it simpler for teams using multiple DMXcats to differentiate between various team members’ devices.
All of these new features are free to DMXcat users, who need only to accept the app update to get them.
The DMXcat multi-function test tool, which includes a hardware dongle and smartphone application, allows anyone can turn on any DMX device, whether it is a simple LED PAR or a complex moving light, using only their smartphone and a pocket-sized hardware dongle. DMXcat solves the problem faced by all users of modern lighting equipment: How to turn on and test DMX lighting gear without using a complicated lighting console.
DMXcat technology is covered by U.S. Patent # 10,129,964 B1 and other U.S and foreign patents pending.
City Theatrical’s DMXcat multi-function test tool now offers a new Multi Fixture (DMX) feature that gives lighting professionals an efficient way to turn on and test multiple DMX lighting fixtures simultaneously.
Users can start using City Theatrical DMXcat’s new feature, Multi Fixture (DMX), by visiting the Fixture Controller app and following seven steps outlined at: www.citytheatrical.com/dmxcatquickstartguide#multi-fixture
13th January 2020
Mackie Launches Top-of-the-Line SRM V-Class Professional Loudspeakers
Mackie’s SRM Series single-handedly defined the powered monitors category. Now Mackie has completely reimagined and redesigned it. The new top-of-the-line SRM V-Class series high-performance powered loudspeakers deliver an impressive combination of powerful sound pressure level, outstanding sound quality, advanced DSP technology, and rock-solid reliability, including an all-wood enclosure with Mackie’s famed “Built Like a Tank” construction. Designed for a variety of professional sound-reinforcement applications, the series consists of three models: the SRM210 V-Class, SRM212 V-Class, and SRM215 V-Class, with 10-, 12-, and 15-inch low-frequency transducers, respectively.
Mackie’s high-performance transducers employ large, powerful magnets for maximum efficiency, while their over-engineered speaker motor and voice coil produces increased output and transient accuracy. Additional cooling vents surrounding the voice coil combine with directional cabinet porting to ensure maximum heat dispersion and reliability.
Mackie’s premium 1.4-inch polymer high-frequency driver provides a nearly flat response for incredibly smooth highs that sound natural and balanced. The Sym-X horn produces minimal distortion, even at high output, and offers a perfectly symmetrical, flat response at the crossover point for exceptionally smooth midrange.
All SRM V-Class models incorporate Mackie’s new, advanced 2,000 Watt Class D amplifier, which delivers outstanding stability, headroom, and audio fidelity. Designed to withstand the most demanding applications, the amplifier’s universal power supply (100 to 240 VAC) includes power factor correction for stable operation, even when AC power is unstable. A dedicated processing module monitors and protects the amplifier in real time, providing system limiting and protection without affecting sound quality and tonal balance. Powerful multi-band compression targets specific frequency ranges to prevent system overloading, rather than turning everything down at the expense of overall output.
Mackie’s Advanced Impulse DSP proprietary Acoustic Tuning produces crystal clear sound across the entire dispersion area of 60° (H) by 40° (V). A precision crossover and transducer time-alignment ensures balanced and accurate sound. Proprietary Intelligent Bass Management technology uses the processing power of V-Class to dynamically keep low end in check while maintaining perfectly clear, punchy sound.
With its combination of power and technology, SRM V-Class loudspeakers boast impressive specifications. The SRM210 V-Class can deliver up to 131dB SPL from 45Hz to 20kHz, while the SRM212 V-Class offers up to 135dB SPL between 42Hz and 20kHz, and the SRM215 V-Class powers out up to 136dB SPL between 40Hz and 20kHz.
On the back panel, SRM Mix Control features a built-in four-channel digital mixer with two channels equipped with a mic/line/instrument combo input, a dedicated 1/8-inch stereo aux input, and stereo Bluetooth input. A high-contrast full colour display enables easy single-knob access to mixer and processing parameters, including channel levels and EQ, application- and venue-specific voicing modes, and an alignment delay. Users can save and recall up to ten user presets, and the entire system can be locked with a four-digit passcode. SRM V-Class loudspeakers also can be controlled wirelessly with Mackie’s SRM Connect app for iOS and Android, which offers access to all adjustments and settings.
In addition, two SRM V-Class loudspeakers can be wirelessly linked, with up to 100 metres of range between linked speakers. Linked speakers can operate in stereo or as dual zones.
SRM V-Class loudspeakers have a dual-angle pole mount and an angled cabinet design, enabling them to be used free standing, pole mounted, or as a high performance floor monitor. However they are configured, they provide the finest in loudspeaker performance for DJs, clubs, houses of worship, rental, and more.
Available in April 2020.
10th January 2020
Solid State Logic Live V4.10 Feature Release
Solid State Logic (SSL) has released the latest Live V4.10 feature packed update for the entire range of SSL Live consoles including L100, L200, L300, L350, L550 (including L500 and L500 Plus) as well as its SOLSA software. The new release provides live engineers with a host of beneficial features that expands their workflow and control.
The new Event Manager allows live engineers to create events that can perform one or more actions when one or more input states are met. This means that a single trigger can activate multiple output actions, or multiple triggers can activate a single output action. This makes workflow set up for the most demanding live events more flexible and intuitive for the engineer.
V-Auxes and V-Stems features provide an efficient way of making mix adjustments from groups of paths using VCAs. Adjusting a V-Aux or V-Stem send will trim sends to that bus from all paths that are members of the VCA, and show each source path's discrete level to each bus, and the level with the VCA offset applied.
A new graphical FFT analyser overlay is now available across channel and bus, EQ and filters, allowing an engineer to quickly identify and resolve problem frequencies. The fixed-point-per-octave analyser has equal resolution across the entire frequency range, providing high resolution even at low frequencies.
The 1-, 2- and 4-band Dynamic EQs in the live software FX Rack have been significantly redesigned with a new graph based GUI, and adding further levels of control including ‘static’ gain, increased Q (filter width) range, and new threshold trigger modes.
DAW Control brings support for the HUI protocol, primarily for engineers requiring record or playback Pro Tools systems. Up to 32 DAW controller channels can be configured for up to four separate DAWs. The feature also provides timecode and MIDI-based automation for input/output actions and Events.
10th January 2020
Martin Audio Announces Blackline X218 Subwoofer
Martin Audio has made a dynamic start to the New Year with the announcement of the X218 subwoofer, extending yet further the company’s best ever selling portable series, BlacklineX.
BlacklineX, announced back in 2016, was the first new series developed under the management of Dom Harter and was an instant hit, delivering performance and value for a range of applications including portable sound reinforcement and stage monitoring for live bands, DJs and corporate events, to installations in nightclubs, bars, commercial spaces and houses of worship.
The original line-up comprised just a 15” and single 18” subwoofer and so as Harter says: “The success of the BlacklineX series led to numerous calls to extend the range with a double 18” subwoofer, and we’re delighted to kick off the new year with this punchy sub at an equally punchy price point.”
The X218 is a dual-driver, high performance subwoofer with an operating range of 42Hz-200Hz + 3dB. It produces high output levels – 141dB peak SPL (half space) – with low distortion and can be used singly or stacked horizontally. It features dual 18”/4” voice coil, long-excursion drivers in a reflex enclosure with eight large ports that reduce air turbulence at high output levels.
For added versatility in deployment, the X218 is fitted with a 35mm pole-mount socket for mounting BlacklineX full-range enclosures, and integral M10 inserts provide for eyebolt suspension of a single enclosure.
When used with BlacklineX Series full-range systems, crossover and EQ functions can be performed by the DX0.5 or DX4.0 system controllers or by a Martin Audio amplifier with on-board DSP.
Summing up, Harter said: “Our double-digit growth for the last three years has been largely born out of a new product drive and this latest addition to the best-selling BlacklineX series starts the year off nicely. It will further drive our pedigree and success in value-led portable and installation applications.”
9th January 2020
GIS Launches Two Lightweight Entertainment Hoists for Mobile Use
Swiss electric chain hoist manufacturer GIS AG has launched two new lightweight D8 products, of 500kg and 1,000kg capacity, for mobile use in the entertainment sector.
As riggers continue to demand the lightest possible motors, the LPML and higher capacity LPL chain hoists are both capable of lifting over 40 times their own weight. The LPML weighs a modest 12kg (20kg with 18m lifting height) and delivers a lifting capacity of half a ton. The LPL meanwhile lifts 1,000kg, and when fully equipped for an 18m lifting height weighs in at just 39kg (23kg net weight).
The hoists will be introduced as a supplement to the popular GIS D8+ motors, used for static suspension of loads over people. Hoists to the standard D8 specification may also be used for static suspension of loads, but it is essential to have a secondary suspension, such as a load arrestor, for example. The hoists are manufactured in accordance with EN14492 and DIN56950.
Erich Widmer, sales and marketing manager at GIS AG, said: “Both motors are highly robust yet still light, thanks to the aluminium housing and covers. The design of the chain hoists in accordance with protection class IP65 (as standard) protects them against dust and water. This makes them ideal for both mobile and outdoor use. They are extremely quiet running due to closed three-stage transmission with helical gearing and grease permanent lubrication.”
Other standout features, Widmer said, include case-hardened profile steel chain with minimum five-fold static safety, modular configuration, quick assembly and disassembly thanks to polygonal couplings and low maintenance. He added: “In comparison to a round steel chain, the case-hardened profile steel chain offers approx. Fifteen per cent more capacity with the same nominal diameter. This is one of the main reasons behind the optimisation of the net weight. The skeleton load hook with stable, guided hook safety catch and damping system offers maximum safety.”
A second independent DC spring-loaded brake can be mounted on the existing shaft in just a few steps without the need of a housing extension. Further options include low voltage control, limit switch for highest and lowest hook position, load and path measurement (LPL), trolleys, flight cases and controls.
Thanks to the compact design, both the LPML and the LPL fit in conventional trusses. Transporting the chain hoists from one event to the next can therefore take place while still installed to save space, or in a transport case. The flight case boasts external dimensions of only 800mm x 630mm x 630mm and accommodates four LPML motors.
9th January 2020
Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Beam Wash Brings Added Versatility to Any Rig
Versatility was the watchword at Chauvet Professional when the company’s design team developed the new Rogue R1 Beam Wash. Capable of producing intense beam effects one moment and soft colour washes the next, the compact fixture was engineered to be a flexible and reliable workhorse on any rig, whether on tours, or at live music venues, festivals, theatres, and events.
“The R1 Beam Wash was developed in response to feedback from designers and rental houses who wanted a fixture capable of filling a variety of roles often during the same project,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We included a number of features in this fixture that enables us to offer versatility without sacrificing performance.”
Among the key features in the Rogue R1 Beam Wash is a unique lens design that allows it to deliver tight beam effects as well as realistic and accurate colour blending from its seven 40W RGBW LEDs. The fixture’s six distinct dimming modes and 2800 to 10,000K colour temperature range, as well as its extremely wide beam angle (4° to 37.8°) and zoom angle (5° to 58.2°), add to its impressive versatility.
Also distinguishing this newest addition to the universally popular Rogue series is its intense output, which gives it the capability to excel as a blinder, strobe or audience light. The fixture has an output of up to 13,939 lux measured at five metres.
The Rogue R1 Beam Wash’s compact size, it measures 8.42 x 6.29 x 14.52 inches (214 x 160 x 369mm), adds to its flexibility, allowing it to be well represented even in tight rigs. Its compactness also enhances the rapid speed of its smooth pan and tilt movements.
Thanks to its selectable Pulse Width Modulation (PWM), this powerful, compact fixture produces flicker-free lighting, making it well-suited for applications that will be recorded on video. As befits such a versatile fixture, the Rogue R1 Beam Wash offers simple and complex DMX channel profiles for programming versatility.
At a time when compact fixtures are expected to multi-task, the new Rogue R1 Beam Wash is a perfect fit, regardless of which role (or roles) it’s asked to fill.
2nd January 2020
Lightspace products now available
As recently advised, Impact Products has now ceased trading. However, Area Four Industries confirm that all staging and truss requirements will be handled directly by Area Four Industries UK, the original manufacturer of LIGHTSPACE brands and MILOS products.
Area Four Industries is the world’s largest manufacturer of truss, staging and automation products, its UK design and distribution centre is based in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire and holds a vast range of standard products for immediate despatch.
Impact's rigging division general manager, Dave Jeffery, will be the direct contact at Area Four Industries UK to assist and support any enquiries. He can be contacted directly on 01945 425008 or via email email@example.com
19th December 2019
Software Update: Hippotizer 4.5.3
Green Hippo has announced the release of a new Hippotizer software version: 4.5.3. Fixing a critical issue and several smaller annoyances in response to user feedback, 4.5.3 improves the stability and speed of Hippotizer media servers.
Due to a critical issue being fixed in this release, Green Hippo strongly recommends upgrading from previous 4.5 versions to 4.5.3 as soon as possible.
Fixed a potential render failure when the engine is forced to reconfigure while running (the reason for engine reconfiguration appears to be a poor display connection causing an output change at show time). The issue manifests as all white outputs at run-time – fix is show-critical.
Improved multi-channel audio import behaviour. Clips with >2 channels will now encode alongside video clips and not just image sequences (though that still works)
The watermark on Play and Prep machines now fades in and out for a more pleasant pre-programming experience.
Fixed a widely reported issue where output manager would take the output restriction of the local machine when editing a remote host. This meant that configuring outputs from a PLAY or Zookeeper machine could fail.
Other fixed throughout Zookeeper and the engine. A full list of which is available in the release notes.
The Software Assurance date of 4.5.3 in common with all 4.5 releases is 28 February 2019. Software Assurance determines which versions of new software may install and run on a Hippotizer system. Once installed, the software will continue to operate for the life of the machine.
Finally, Green Hippo is maintaining support coverage by phone and email throughout the Christmas Holidays. If questions arise or support is required, please do not hesitate to contact Green Hippo by phone or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org