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Software Update: Hippotizer 4.5.2
Hippotizer 4.5.2 is an improvement release for V4 and V4+. This version builds on 4.5.1, including fixing a few key issues and adding functionality in SHAPE's new 3D output management workflow.
Every Hippotizer V4 and V4+ can install 4.5.2: the software Assurance release date is 28 February 2019.
Functionality improvements in 4.5.2:
Sprite Mix ode now fades through transparent instead of blank when using crossfade on layer.
New contrast fader on the Colour Trafo effect.
Added level controls for each texture input into SHAPE.
Added the ability for pin selectors to show only the local host to speed up loading in larger systems.
4.5.2 fixes the following reported issues in 4.5.1:
PoKeys external I/O now working in Multicontroller.
Improved Zookeeper speed and stability in larger networked systems.
Host status now updates after configuring or importing components.
20th November 2019
Introducing YIMSA, a Dedicated Online Tool to Simplify Background Music System Design
Designing a successful background music (BGM) system, even for small spaces, is usually seen as something that only a professional systems integrator can do, adding both cost and time to a project. But with the introduction of Yamaha’s new online tool, YIMSA, designing BGM systems for small to medium-sized premises will be quicker and free of any cost.
The Yamaha In-store Music System Advisor (YIMSA) is a new online tool, dedicated to the BGM market, which provides system recommendations based on the input of some basic, easy to understand details.
Unlike other tools, YIMSA is designed so that users do not need an in-depth knowledge of audio or be aware of the Yamaha product range. It asks straightforward questions like: “What is the atmosphere of the store?” and “What quality of music is desired?” with simple buttons to choose the answers.
When these questions have been answered and the size of the space entered, YIMSA will recommend a choice of ‘good’ or ‘best’ solutions, based on Yamaha’s VXS and VXC series speakers and MA/PA series amplifiers. The recommendation will also suggest speaker layouts for the system.
YIMSA is free to use, it will work in any web browser and supports ten languages.
20th November 2019
Discover the LiteCAD Evolution CAD Truss Structure Configurator
LiteCAD Evolution is a dedicated cloud-based truss configuration software with intuitive drag & drop architecture. Users are provided with a tool that allows for the extremely quick and easy creation of technical layouts and visualisations of LITEC truss structures.
Select from a vast database of products enhanced with a continuous expansion programme that provides access to the greatest range of truss solutions, so all of your creative and technical needs are met.
Automatic updates to the system library on each login gives you access to the widest and latest range of products and accessories. The system also features a custom parts configurator for special set-ups. To ensure complete and valid information, the software features real-time processing of all LITEC parts required for constructing your creative truss structures, such as truss, corners, connections and accessories.
LITEC’s configurator development team is committed to creating system libraries for the complete range of LITEC products.
The configurator currently supports the following American LITEC products:
- Towerlift 3
LITEC provides the tools to virtually build the ideal LITEC structure!
Read more here.
18th November 2019
Chauvet Professional Introduces Maverick Storm 1 Spot
The weather may not always be ideal at a festival or other outdoor event, but designers and rental companies will always be able to rely on optimal performance from the new Maverick Storm 1 Spot. Just introduced by Chauvet Professional, the 480W cool white moving spot fixture, which will be showcased at the company’s LDI booth (937), takes outdoor reliability to a new level, not just with its IP65 rating, but also with aluminium alloy housing, marine grade 316 stainless steel screws, M12 Gore valves and a sun shield optical protection system.
Rain or shine, the Maverick Storm 1 Spot delivers a flat even field of light with variable CMY + CTO colour mixing to create a wide palette of colours. Designers will enjoy a range of creative options with this fixture, thanks to features like its 8° to 48° zoom angle and field angle, 16-bit dimming for smooth control of fades, five-facet motorised and rotating prism, animation wheel, iris for beam control, and independently controlled light and medium frosts.
In keeping with its flexible design, the versatile Maverick Storm 1 Spot offers a wide array of gobo options. The fixture has seven glass rotating and indexable gobos on Wheel 1 and nine metal static gobos on Wheel 2.
Compact enough to allow easy installation on any rig (it weighs in at just 38.19kg or 84.2lbs.), the Maverick Storm 1 Spot is nevertheless powerful enough to punch through the light from other fixtures or video panels on stage. The fixture’s 32,000 lumen source and illuminance of up to 28,829 lux (at five metres) ensure that it can makes its presence known on stage even during daylight hours.
A very user-friendly fixture, Maverick Storm 1 Spot offers a variety of control options, including DMX, RDM, WDMX. ArtNet and sACN. Its easily accessible menu system makes it simple to adjust control protocol, as well as features like fan control, pan and tilt, and dimming mode. By setting up a menu preset, the end-user can save time by loading choices on all of the Maverick Storm 1 Spot fixtures in a rig simultaneously, instead of manually presetting each unit individually.
The Maverick Storm is as easy to maintain as it is to set up, thanks to its rugged construction and a design that prevents dust intake into the fan.
“We have developed the Maverick Storm 1 Spot with real world applications in mind,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “In designing this fixture, we didn’t look only at how it could excel when in use under a variety of conditions, but also how easy it would be to maintain, so it could contribute to the success of our customers in the long run.”
15th November 2019
Penn Elcom Launches New Range of Premium Flat Pack Credenza Racks
Penn Elcom launches a vibrant new range of its premium flat pack 19 inch racking Credenzas, manufactured and tailored to meet the high standards of custom installers working in all market sectors, from commercial to residential and entertainment.
These are available in 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 12U variants and in two elegant high-quality wood-style finishes for maximum versatility in all types of built environment. As the world gets smaller, smarter and increasingly dynamic, more ingenious 19-inch rack solutions are required.
Popular demand for the products has been fuelled by numerous factors including changes in digital technology and the need to combine elements of home entertainment / smart-home and commercial / industrial systems into good looking integrated packages.
These Credenza racks are ideal for all these scenarios and applications.
Each pack includes two pre-threaded steel rails and a set of four non-marking feet. The panels are specially made from tough 25mm high resin density melamine faced chipboard, which is durable, featuring 2mm solid wood edging for excellent strength and desirable aesthetics.
Penn R0863 rack-strip rails can be fitted at the rear for easy access, and there is a choice of two depths: 300mm / 11.81" or 500mm / 19.69", designed to provide customers with the right unit to house all manner of rack hardware.
Penn’s vast experience in the 19 inch racking market has resulted in these beautifully and robustly engineered products utilising superior grade components, offering a choice of contemporary surfacing that is ideal for IT and technology hubs in studios, offices, entertainment venues (restaurants, lounges and bars), educational establishments, theme parks, museums and attractions, prestige displays, exhibition stands and hobby projects.
The Premium Credenza range has been redeveloped from the outset by the team at Penn as a flat pack item, meaning faster and more cost-effective delivery and a reduced storage footprint.
Assembly is quick, efficient and stress-free, even for those challenged with practical skills! Gone are the bad old days of ‘self-assembly’ products accompanied by a completely incomprehensible brick-sized instruction manual.
Penn’s hallmark of developing for the needs of end users continues to affirm the company as a pioneer in 19-inch racking, a world that is constantly evolving and changing with an increasing crossover between the once separate areas of AV, IT and surveillance.
With so much commercial, industrial and domestic infrastructure now being part of the IoT landscape, the demand for Penn Elcom’s quality, innovative racking solutions has never been greater.
15th November 2019
Chauvet Professional Builds Brightness with New Rogue R2X Wash
Progress, it is said, builds on itself. The new Rogue R2X Wash fixture from Chauvet Professional offers an excellent example of that. Debuting at this year’s LDI show (booth 945), this extremely bright, updated version of the popular Rogue R2 Wash was developed in response to a very recent advance in LED lamp technology.
“We recognised the potential of the new generation of LEDs that OSRAM is developing, so we made a commitment to updating our fixtures to incorporate this technological advance,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet.
Drawing on this new technology, the Rogue R2X Wash is almost twice as bright as the Rogue R2 Wash when producing a single colour, and 20 per cent brighter at full output. This impressive brightness boost has been achieved without changing the fixture’s DMX profile and with no changes to its popular form factor.
The Rogue R2X Wash is powered by 19 of the new OSRAM 25W RGBW LEDs. This engine produces a brightness of 8,650 lux measured at five metres. Thanks to a calibrated white mode that has been added to the new fixture, its output is balanced to roughly 7,000k when it is brought up to full intensity.
Another new enhancement to the fixture is the addition of RDM. The Rogue R2X Wash also makes it possible for users to set their own calibration via the fixture’s menu, so they can match its output to other lights in their rig. Additionally, five zones of pixel control allow users to create stunning pixel mapping effects.
“Our industry is technology driven,” said Chauvet. “As a company, we can never stand still. This is the driving force behind the Rogue R2X Wash.”
7th November 2019
MILOS Meat Rack – Convenient transport an storage of lights and equipment
Give lighting fixtures and other items a home in the new Meat Rack from MILOS. Its adjustable light bars, or a hanging adapter for oversize lights, are the perfect solution for the transportation and storage of lighting fixtures. Optional height adjustable shelves can also be installed for a wide range of other items needed for an event.
The all-welded construction of the Meat Rack’s high quality 6082 aluminium frame provides strength and durability for the long-term. Built-in forklift pick-up points allow for convenient stacking in storage areas and on location. Large castor wheels and height adjustable handles on each rack end provide easy and trouble-free handling. Its optimised dimensions of 2.3m x 0.8m x 1.6m (L x W x H) ensure convenient transport to and from events.
7th November 2019
Highlite Supply Innovation Productions with All Weather Solutions
7th November 2019
The CLAES3PTRUSS combines the best of two worlds: The KLOTZ CATLink and TrussLink series!
A network cable has four pairs of twisted wires, each with characteristic wave impedance of 100 Ohms. This means the KLOTZ CATLink Series can easily handle four audio signals (analogue or digital) or four DMX signals. The internal wiring is naturally 'digital ready', guaranteeing interference-free performance of the CLAES3PTRUSS as a DMX or AES/EBU box.
KLOTZ TrussLink Stage Boxes are always dependable companions where professionalism is required. Their paired parallel configurations of XLR connectors (XLR 3p. F/M) can be used as both inputs and outputs. This maximises their flexibility in professional stage work and speeds up setup and take-down times.
The CLAES3PTRUSS is great for a whole range of roles, from a small sub-stage box to a full-scale multicore system. The ideal choice for transmitting signals from the stage to the FOH or submixer and back. The rugged aluminium housing has non-slip rubber feet and laser-engraved labelling. With four safety lanyard holes and an M10 thread for use with a Manfrotto Super Clamp, the CLAES3PTRUSS is easy to affix to rigs and trusses.
KLOTZ recommend using a network conductor with overall shield (e.g. KLOTZ RC5EE Cable) as a connection cable, to ensure the four separate channels share a common earth.
5th November 2019
Chauvet Professional COLORado Solo Batten 4 Creates Seamless Scenic Looks
Chauvet Professional’s new COLORado Solo Batten 4 sets the stage for seamless scenic looks at tours, festivals, churches, theatres, and other applications. A featured product at the company’s LDI booth (945), the unique four-cell batten features seamless end-to-end RGBAW colour mixing with no separation or dimmed lens corners.
The fixture’s crisp looks and smooth homogenised light make it ideal for creating engaging backgrounds on stage. It can also be used to outline entire stages and scenic elements in addition to accenting truss structures. Thanks to its compact size, the 372mm (14.65”) long fixture can be arranged in vertical or horizontal configurations, even in tight quarters. Adding to its versatility is its IP65 rating, which makes it ideally suited for temporary outdoor applications.
Designers can create an endless variety of scenic looks with the COLORado Solo Batten with pixel mapping. The versatile fixture can be controlled via Art-Net, DMX, Art-Net to DMX, sACN, or RDM.
Developed to complement Chauvet Professional’s popular COLORado Solo Batten, the new fixture serves as an invaluable resource for the creation of compelling scenic vistas on stage. In addition to contributing to scenic effects, the COLORado Solo Batten 4 is an outstanding wash fixture, producing a beautiful bright, smooth, and even field of light.
“We carefully considered feedback from designers when creating this fixture,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “They told us how important scenic elements were becoming to their designs. So, we have developed a new generation of battens that are not only powerful washes, but are also are very attractive to look at in their own right.”
4th November 2019
Introducing the World’s First Digital Swatchbook
MIXBOOK is the first-ever digital swatchbook, engineered by the LED lighting and colour experts at Rosco. Designed to be the perfect planning tool to previsualise LED colours, MIXBOOK contains the same six-chip LED technology found in our DMG Lumière MIX fixtures. This enables film makers to create perfect colour matches between their MIXBOOK and any MIX lights they have on set.
Through a Bluetooth connection with the myMIX app, users can mix, capture and save their own colour creations, and then use MIXBOOK to quickly and easily explore those colours and how they will interact with other elements in the shot.
1st November 2019
Tascam Bundles iZotope RX 7 Elements With DR-10L Micro Audio Recorder
Tascam has announced that it is bundling its black DR-10L Micro Audio Recorder with a free full version of RX 7 Elements, iZotope’s ground-breaking audio repair and noise reduction tool. The DR-10L / RX 7 Elements bundle brings a powerful recording and editing workflow solution to live productions where ambient noise and environmental distractions are common post production challenges, including weddings, on-location films, and documentaries, to name a few.
The TASCAM DR-10L and iZotope bundle is available in the UK now.
The DR-10L and RX 7 Elements bundle reflects synergy at its best, where individual components in the production chain combine to create a solution greater than the sum of the two parts.
As perfect partners, the DR-10L recorder and RX 7 Elements software together seamlessly address common live production and recording challenges. The bundle can reduce stress while on location by helping a videographer or film maker ensure reliable and accurate audio capture. And it helps streamlining costs and workflow during post-production by reducing the time required for fixing and repairing problematic audio.
About iZotope RX 7 Elements:
- Perfect for small home studios, RX 7 Elements is a budget-friendly noise reduction and audio repair tool powered by technology used in studios all over the world. Features of RX 7 Elements:
Repair Assistant: This intelligent repair tool can detect noise, clipping, clicks, and more. Solve common audio issues faster than ever by selecting the type of material (music, dialogue, other) and letting Repair Assistant analyse the audio with one listen.
Voice De-noise: This tool can adapt to a changing noise floor for responsive, articulate vocal correction.
De-Clip: This tool repairs digital and analogue clipping artefacts, eliminating the need to re-record audio.
De-Click: Use this to polish audio recordings suffering from quality degradation and digital errors.
De-hum: This tool automatically identifies unwanted hum and precisely removes it for immediate clarity.
31st October 2019
Solid State Logic Announces ST 2110 JT-NM Tested HC Bridge SRC
Solid State Logic (SSL) successfully participated in the recent JT-NM Tested programme, gaining “JT-NM Tested” ST 2110 certification for the recently released HC Bridge SRC and other devices from the SSL Network I/O range. These devices are compliant with ST 2110-30 and ST 2022-7 to conformance levels A, B and C, all of which can be used simultaneously to receive and transmit streams on a single device.
As seen at the recent IBC show, the HC Bridge SRC provides 256 bi-directional channels of sample rate conversion for AoIP networks. HC Bridge SRC facilitates connecting audio between devices running at different sample rates or in different clock domains on Dante (48kHz and 96kHz), AES67 or ST 2110-30 networks.
Applications for the HC Bridge SRC include as a stand-alone device providing bulk sample rate conversion between 48 and 96kHz sources on the same network, or alternatively as a firewall to provide control and discovery separation between two networks. Scenarios include providing separation between venue and OB networks at large scale events, or between a Dante-based studio network and standards-based transmission network in a broadcast facility.
30th October 2019
Chauvet Professional Introduces F5 IP and F2 LED Video Panels
CHAUVET Professional has expanded its popular F Series LED panels to offer solutions for a wider range of applications with the introduction of two new products: the F2 2.9mm pixel pitch panel and F5 IP, an outdoor rated 5.9mm pixel pitch outdoor rated panel.
The highest resolution panel ever offered by Chauvet Professional, the slim-bodied F2 is ideal for applications where crystal sharp clarity is essential from any viewing angle, even at distances as close as 7.5 feet (2.3 metres. Its ultra-fast, high-quality black bodied LEDs, reproduce video at 14-bit greyscale, operating on an A5s Novastar card, to result in very clear and realistic displays of even the most detailed content. (An 18-bit Novastar card can also be used.)
High performance digital LED drivers in the F2 deliver an impressive 3840Hz refresh rate for flicker free images, while a maximum illuminance of just under 1,500 NITS ensures a bright output. The panel also features a contrast ratio of 8,500:1 and pixel density of 112,896/m2.
The new F5 panel is IP65 rated for reliable outdoor use. Working with the VIP Drive 43 Nova using the Novastar control protocol, its high quality black-bodied LEDs accurately reproduce video at 14-bit greyscale, operating on the Novastar A5 receiving card. With a 1920 Hz refresh rate, maximum 6,000 NITS illuminance, and 12,000:1 contrast, it’s ideal for displaying bright, powerful images at outdoor festivals.
Engineered for dependability, both panels have a light source life expectancy of 50,000 hours. Both also feature optimised heat distribution across the entire panel for enhanced colour quality.
The two new products, which will be showcased at Chauvet Professional’s LDI booth (945), share much in common with other LED video panels in the Chauvet Professional F Series. This includes a specialised frame design that allows them to be hung overhead, ground stacked, or wall mounted quickly and easily. Both panels can also be serviced in the field from the front with the included service tool, or from the rear using the built-in handles.
Anyone familiar with other F Series panels will have no trouble installing these newcomers. That’s a good thing too, considering that these panels should now be appearing in a wider variety of applications than ever.
29th October 2019
Optocore Autorouter Forges its Own Path out Of Broaman Route66
By leveraging the advanced technology of the Route66 from its associate company BroaMan, Optocore has not only been able to develop the AutoRouter intelligent patchbay which offers similar functionality, but has been steadily exploiting the market segments in which the Optocore brand has greatest recognition.
“The Optocore AutoRouter automatically creates a redundant star out of ring topology, offering automatic routing of DiGiCo, Yamaha and Avid loops when thus connected,” stated Maciek Janiszewski, who serves as technical sales manager for both companies. “It is the extremely close relationship that exists between Optocore and BroaMan, including a sharing of technical resources and expertise that has enabled this to happen.”
So what differentiates the applications from the two fibre network giants? The Optocore AutoRouter is designed for audio systems, mainly in installation markets such as theatre, while BroaMan’s Route66 offers further options, such as video routing and software-based fibre stream routing, for wider broadcast and AV applications.
Compatible with stand-alone Optocore networks and DiGiCo fibre loops, with the same functionality also available for Yamaha TWINLANe cards and AVID AVB network cards, AutoRouter essentially closes the loop automatically between active devices and mobile stage boxes. There is no longer the need to patch cables manually, as the system is always redundant. And without the need for user interaction, this speeds up system layout and configuration for any production.
The device can be equipped with up to 40 duplex LC sockets allowing up to 20 different connections from different locations, devices or device groups.
By the time it was formally launched at this year’s Prolight+Sound Show the Optocore AutoRouter had already enjoyed a high-profile debut on the Coldplay tour. It has since featured in a slew of high-profile installations, including the Westfield Centre in London, Europe’s largest shopping mall, and Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, redeveloped for the FIFA World Cup.
29th October 2019
City Theatrical Expands Pathway Connectivity Product Offering in Europe
City Theatrical has expanded its Pathway Connectivity product offering in Europe with five products now offering SixEye cloud-based remote management. The expansion includes three Pathport DMX/RDM Ethernet Gateways – the Pathport QUATTRO, Pathport OCTO and Pathport 4-Port Gateway, as well as VIA16 PoE Ethernet Switches and Vignette Controllers, which can now be managed and monitored securely from anywhere in the world using a PC or smartphone.
Pathway products extend the functionality of DMX control, and have created the next generation of lighting networks with open system products that harness the power and convenience of Ethernet to create spectacular visual experiences for live audiences worldwide. The integration of SixEye cloud-based remote management provides users with secure access to monitor state, uptime, port status and other mission critical functionality online, potentially saving users time and reducing the carbon footprint of this lighting control technology.
The Pathport QUATTRO is a compact four-port DMX-over-Ethernet management gateway. Power-over-Ethernet operation makes the Pathport QUATTRO ideal for truss-mounted locations, while its silent, fanless operation allows it to be placed immediately next to the lighting console. The encoder knob/LCD screen interface provides front panel access to all common configuration parameters.
The Pathport OCTO is an eight-port rack-mountable gateway, providing compact installation for any size system. Status LEDs provide instant confirmation of port direction and activity, and the LCD display and encoder knob allow for front panel configuration and reporting of the most commonly used features.
The Pathport 4-Port Gateway, eDIN (8") is a four-port, DIN-mountable Pathport gateway. The Pathport 4-Port Gateway is a compact gateway for encoding, routing and decoding DMX512 data over a standard Ethernet network. In addition to DMX, the Pathport 4-Port Gateway supports RDM discovery and configuration data transport. It is also DIN-rail mountable for fast installation in existing cabinets, or available as part of a complete ETL-listed assembly.
The VIA16 PoE Ethernet Switch is a 10/100 Ethernet switch with 16 copper ports and two gigabit mini-GBIC ports for SFP modules. Designed to mount to 35mm DIN rail, this compact switch is engineered specifically for sACN data distribution using Pathport Gateways, Choreo Lighting Controllers, Cognito2™ Lighting Control Consoles and NSB or Vignette architectural wall stations.
The Pathport QUATTRO, now available through City Theatrical in Europe, integrates SixEye cloud-based remote management.
Select Pathway products, including Pathport QUATTRO, VIA16 Ethernet Switch, and Vignette controllers, now support SixEye cloud-based remote management.
28th October 2019
Mobiltechlifts Lifts – Certified Safety
Safety is always the first concern of Mobiltechlifts when designing and manufacturing its ML2, ML3 and ML4 lifts. All are built in compliance with existing norms, as well as tested and certified by internationally recognised agencies, such as TÜV Nord-Baumuster geprüft and Theateringenieur – BGV C1.
For most countries where the products are exported, the existing certifications are normally more than sufficient. If additional certifications are necessary in specific countries, they take great care in securing them before offering them on the market.
Users can rest assured that any lift from the Mobiltechlifts’ range, in whatever country, it meets the necessary norms and holds the required certifications for delivering extreme safety.
ML2, ML3 and ML4 - Certifications and norm compliance:
- TUV NORD CERTIFIED = Assures the lift meets the requirements for structures, i.e. when the load is lifted and secured at trim height, the lifting equipment then becomes a structure and different regulations apply to the lifting operation.
5° test = A load testing requirement taken from DIN 56950 (safety requirements and inspections for stands and truss lifts of stands)
DGUV-17 = German accident prevention regulation applies to employers and insured persons in Germany, as well as employers and employees from foreign enterprises who perform work in Germany.
CE = Self-certified conformity declaration
24th October 2019
High End Systems Launches SolaPix
High End Systems has announced the launch of the SolaPix 7 and SolaPix 19 wash luminaires. The SolaPix family takes the traditional concept of a pixel wash and pushes it to its maximum potential. With a wide variety of looks to help set the mood and steal the show, SolaPix features an additive LED, RGBW colour mixing system for extremely powerful saturated colours and tunable white control, a versatile 4.5° - 60° zoom range, FleX effects engine and pixel mapping on all models.
HES national sales manager Sean Hoey commented: “We are excited to bring this new fixture range to market. SolaPix is truly an innovative wash fixture. It provides incredible wash capability with great output, and the face of the fixture brings a new, unique look.”
Automated lighting product manager Matt Stoner added: “Ever since High End Systems created the pixel wash with our ShowPix fixture, it has been an integral part of lighting rigs of all types. The SolaPix family builds on this technology by introducing new optics and next-generation brightness in a fixture that is far more versatile than ever before. The lenses and efficiency have been maximized, plus the size and footprint have been minimised. SolaPix also features HaloGraphic Pixel definition, the newest patent-pending innovation from High End Systems.
“The fixture’s FleX effects generator is a macro system that allows users to choose from a library of different patterns; once selected, up to three colours can be selected for use in the pattern. These patterns will display over the background of the fixture, which is also completely user controllable. Effect speed and fade rate add the final touches, giving the user a massive level of control for fixture face looks.”
23rd October 2019
Hexagrip or Black Pain? The Choice is Yours!
Due to popular demand by Xstage customers, the new Xstage S10 stage deck tops are now available in two surface finishes: Hexagrip or Black Paint. Both surface options are available on all shapes and sizes of the S10 deck.
The indoor/outdoor, non-slip Hexagrip surface was launched together with the new S10 last year and is mounted on its 12mm birch plywood top. Increased traction is provided during demanding performances and even when wet.
The black painted surface is another popular option that comes on the S10’s 12mm poplar plywood top. This finish is also water resistant for safe use both indoors and outdoors. An advantage with this finish is that it can be repainted at the end of each season, or from time to time during the year, to cover up scratches and abrasions.
Click here to learn more about the new S10 stage deck and its many features.
23rd October 2019
Painting with Light Introduces Realites
Painting with Light has developed ‘Realites’, an ingenious real-time virtual lighting design tool for balancing and fine-tuning the lighting of people and 3D objects in relation to digital scenery that is appearing on LED video screens in the background or foreground of the same scene.
It enables the lighting designer or programmer to light both the video content, which will already have a pre-determined ambience, and the actors or set around it, using the show lighting console, and without the video content needing to be re-rendered.
This is a hugely flexible solution for video-orientated shows, creating highly realistic effects as the blend between 2D and 3D elements onstage becomes imperceptible.
Additionally, lighting on both the actors and digital backgrounds can be perfectly matched or contrasted to achieve the exact desired effect, bringing a perfect visual harmony to each scene.
The big advantages are the real-time workflow and rendering; an extremely fast production process offering ultimate flexibility for video and scenic content right up until the show or event goes ‘live’ and the expansion of creative possibilities in a show environment.
Realites is also very budget-friendly!
PWL initially developed the technique for Studio 100’s “40-45” spectacle which launched in 2018. The production is still thrilling audiences at the Pop-Up theatre in Puurs, Belgium.
The ‘virtual lights’ are additional lights to those on the actual physical lighting rig in the theatre or performance space. They are built into a 3D model which is loaded in the video server being used on the show and can be called up and accessed via the lighting desk.
Virtual ‘real lights’ can be assigned and selected, then all the standard parameters: position, pan, tilt, intensity, focus, iris, beam shaping, etc, accessed and applied for the screen content. They can then be recorded into the same cue which is controlling the real lighting of the set, scenery or people in the scene.
It functions similar to lighting a 3D model in drawing and visualisation software.
Being able to treat the screens in this way is a very efficient way to work during programming, technical and rehearsal periods.
The adaptability means that should video content change for various reasons, re-lighting it is faster and more straightforward.
Realites is proprietary to PWL and will be used on all relevant future digital scenery projects to bring finesse, detail and another aspect of this leading design studio’s unique approach to ‘painting with light’.
To experience Realites, check Painting with Light’s YouTube channel to get a glimpse of the technology!
16th October 2019
MAXI MIX Will be Shipping Soon
Rosco has announced that the DMG Lumière MAXI MIX will be shipping this month.
All MAXI MIX fixtures will feature the new MIX 2.0 technology, and can be joined together using the new MAXI MIX LINK accessory. This innovative rigging solution connects to the light with strong, quarter-turn fasteners, enabling film makers to connect multiple MAXI MIX fixtures together to create a punchy key light, a large continuous strip light for car commercials, or an entire wall of coloured light.
MAXI MIX features include:
Full spectrum white light from 1700K-10,000K
47 x 14 x 3.3” (1200 x 360 x 85cm) at only 17.6lbs (8kg)
7550 lux at 1m, 5500K)
A proprietary combination of six LEDs for a vast colour spectrum and True Rosco Color gel matches
16th October 2019
Austrian Audio OCR8 Bluetooth Dongle for OC818 microphone remote control now shipping
Austrian Audio and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have announced the immediate availability of the Austrian Audio OCR8 Bluetooth Dongle. The OCR8 is used to control the directional characteristics and pad switches of an OC818 microphone via Bluetooth from a smart mobile device.
The Austrian Audio OCR8 is an external Bluetooth device that enables ‘remote-control' of the flagship Austrian Audio OC818 microphone. It is a small black device that is inserted into the OC818’s second diaphragm output to be powered alongside the mic’s 48V phantom supply; no batteries are needed.
The OCR8 works alongside an app called PolarPilot. This app is the main interface that enables control of the OC818 via Bluetooth. Downloadable for both iOS and Android devices, PolarPilot has a pattern slider that continuously blends between the pattern options that exist on the microphone’s physical switches.
Two-hundred and fifty-five polar patterns are available using PolarPilot and they range from omni to figure-of-eight, simply by adjusting the blend and biasing between the front and rear capsules of the CKR12’s dual diaphragms.
16th October 2019
Yamaha YVC-1000 Unified Communications Speakerphone Certified by Zoom
Yamaha Unified Communications has introduced its collaboration with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. with the certification of the Yamaha YVC-1000 USB and Bluetooth Speakerphone for Zoom Rooms. The speakerphone has passed Zoom’s stringent certification process to ensure it seamlessly integrates with Zoom software, delivering an easy-to-operate meeting experience with the highest quality audio for everyone on the call.
“Zoom is foremost chosen video communications platform for meetings today, and together as a leader in unified communications, we’re united in our mission to help organisations achieve meetings that not only sound great but are easy to get started and run,” said Tatsuya Umeo, CEO at Yamaha Unified Communications. “This certification is part of that promise and continues our long-standing collaboration with Zoom. Users can rest assured that as our flagship solution, the YVC-1000, and Zoom Rooms will operate as one simple and unified bundle.”
With Yamaha’s audio technology and expertise, the YVC-1000 will help us bringing more powerful and scalable collaboration to our customers’ Zoom Rooms experience,” Eric Yu, hardware partnership manager, Zoom.
Suited for medium and large conference spaces and multi-purpose meeting rooms, the Yamaha YVC-1000 USB and Bluetooth audio solution uniquely features a separate intelligent microphone and full-range speaker unit that can be placed close to a display for naturally blended audio and video for full participant comprehension. The YVC-1000 can daisy-chain up to five distinct microphones capturing up to 40 people and flexibly fits to various table layouts. It is capable of being paired with two external speakers and other microphone systems via an input jack for even more scalability in larger meeting rooms. This easy-to-use, scalable design makes it a cost-effective and flexible alternative to installed audio solutions for large conference rooms. Its plug-and-play simplicity and auto-tune setup also allow participants to get started quickly with audio optimised to the room conditions.
The YVC-1000 firmware that is compatible with Zoom Rooms will be provided for free in January 2020 from Yamaha website.
15th October 2019
Instant Breakthrough for Optocore’s Revolutionary Festival Box
Optocore’s Festival Box looks set to revolutionise big event touring after rental companies around the globe were quick to respond to the launch of the much-anticipated new device this summer.
As demo systems were released to targeted dealers and production companies around the world, Optocore technical sales manager, Maciek Janiszewski, said: “It is gratifying that customers have trusted us with delivering a completely new device concept and placed it immediately on high-profile tours and festivals.”
Early adopters have included the high-flying Billie Eilish and Spice Girls, both with Wigwam, while festivals have ranged from the mighty Sziget in Hungary and KFPP Opole in Poland, to Parklife and Bluedot festivals in the north of England.
What makes Festival Box so special? In essence, it allows any audio protocol as well as video and data to tunnel over the same fibre, making it a hugely efficient solution for multi-act scenarios. Migrating the technology from sister company BroaMan’s Repeat48WDM media converter, which uses Repeat48-2Fiber modules at its source, it offers countless conversion options, supporting all fiber protocols as well as Cat5 Ethernet-based standards or even HDMI, since the standard SFP optical module transceivers are hot swappable.
“With each sound engineer bringing different consoles to festivals, running different protocols to the stage box, everything can now be transported down Festival Box using just a single duplex fibre, thereby saving a tremendous amount of cabling between FOH and stage,” continued Janiszewski.
Alex Hadjigeorgiou, from Optocore-BroaMan dealer, fac365, had led the charge to put the word into the rental community at the beginning of the year. “It’s been very well-received and we’ve had really positive feedback,” he said. “This year has been all about getting the concept across. In some ways the name ‘Festival Box’ restricts it as it is so much more than that: it’s perfect for running complete touring infrastructure down it, using just two fibres.”
In Poland, GMB Pro Sound have had it out at the Open’er Festival at Gdynia Airport, Krakow Live Festival and Festival Opole, as well as on tour with Meskie Granie. Festival Box also provided an elegant and efficient solution at the Sweden Rock Festival in Solvesborg, supplied by Soundware Sweden, Sziget in Hungary (via Leon Szolgaltato Ltd), while in the north of England fac365 supplied the devices to dbnAudile (for Parklife and Bluedot).
Said GMB Pro Sound director, Remigiusz Kasztelnik: "Festival Box might be a new concept but those who have tried it have immediately found it extremely useful, especially when there are different protocols in place. The big advantage is simplicity, there is no software or configuration necessary, you just plug in the cable onstage and FOH, and pair the stage boxes and consoles whether Cat5, co-ax or fibre.
“We expect Festival Box to become a must-have, and a 'no-brainer' for larger tours and mid-size/large festivals over the next few years."
Wigwam co-founder Chris Hill, another early adopter, and influencer of Optocore solutions over the years, agreed. “I have always liked the quality of Optocore products and what they stand for,” he confirmed. “Festival Box has already dug us out of a couple of holes, and is proving to be a very useful tool.”
It made sense to invest for many reasons, he said. “When Spice Girls came along we put it on as a data tunnel so we could put comms, video, the support band console and remote aerials through it. It got used heavily, and proved to be very flexible, reducing the number of cables to plug in at front of house.”
For Billie Eilish, Festival Box fulfilled an altogether different solution. Production had wanted to run their system over Cat5, since their Allen & Heath console sits on that network, and all available fibre ports had already been used. “So instead of wrestling with a system rejig, thanks to Festival Box they were able to carry on as they were, with no issues of distance, no reconfiguration or software changes necessary,” said Hadjigeorgiou.
Chris Hill agreed. “Their production loved it because they could work the way they wanted to work. Festival Box introduced them to a really simple way of getting out of a problem.
“You don’t need a laptop and another screen, you can plug in more SFPs and put other formats down it. In fact it is now being specified on another project which will require further investment. Anyone who is initially sceptical only has to see it working to be convinced.”
Alex Hadjigeorgiou also believes it offers a great return on investment for mid-sized rental houses who have yet to commit to the substantial investment required in fibre cable. “It is generally hard to charge [clients] good money for fiber because it’s expected to come with the consoles,” he said. “But as Festival Box is a separate chargeable item it becomes a chargeable item it makes a lot of sense.”
In summary he said: “Festival Box is ultimately about efficiency, but it’s for the long term. In years to come, once Festival Box is established, people will be saying, ‘In the old days we used to run a network, RF and console loop all on separate cables’!”
14th October 2019
Polar 340 Wash FX
Don’t let the weather get in the way of creating an awesome light show! Why let rain keep you from putting together an awesome outdoor presentation? Like they say “The show must go on” and with Showtec Polar you can. A range of rugged IP-65 rated moving heads, designed around sturdy housings with great optics, strong LED engines and a wide array of features and effects. The Showtec Polar family presents a Beam with a razor sharp 1.7° angled beam, a Wash with eight separate controllable RGBW LED modules and a very versatile Hybrid fixture built around a powerful 300W LED engine. Fixtures engineered to deliver no matter what the conditions are. Just bring on the rain and Polar will bring the light.
The Showtec Polar Wash FX is an innovative and versatile IP65 Wash moving head. Equipped with seven 40W RGBW LED modules and one 60W RGBW LED module offering individual pixel control. Finishing touch and additional feature is a separate LED-ring which can create awesome effects. This gives you the freedom to design awesome visuals through DMX-512, RDM, Art-net or SACN. With a zoom-range of 4.5° to 35° and a choice of various colour mixing modes like HSIC, RGBW or CMY the Showtec Polar Wash FX delivers every time. Compact in size and light weight but it will make sure that its effect cannot be ignored. The Showtec Polar 340 Wash FX will fit perfectly into any rental fleet, is ideal for mobile applications or for outdoor use at festivals or amusement parks.