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Martin Audio Japan Moves Outdoors for Previously Postponed WP Series Demo

20/01/2022

Chauvet Professional Maverick Silens 2 Profile Finalist for Events Technology Inavation Award

12/01/2022

AV Stumpfl to present ALR screen systems, XR stage solutions and PIXERA four media server at ISE 2022

12/01/2022

Martin Audio Announces 2022 Open Days

11/01/2022

Back Lounge to Present Free Workshops for Live Industry in Association with TPG

07/01/2022

Long Reach Long Riders 2022

04/01/2022

Astera Titan Tube Wins Third Major Industry Award

17/12/2021

Robe Supports Stage of Tomorrow Conference in Poland

13/12/2021

LDI gives resounding thumbs-up to GLP X5 series and JDC Line

10/12/2021

Robe France Catches the T11 Buzz at Busy JTSE Expo

07/12/2021

BikeFest Charity Cycle to Take Place in Spain

30/11/2021

PlugFest 2022 returns to France for three days of lighting product testing

25/11/2021

Elation ON TOUR 2021 film recaps joy of being on the road again

22/11/2021

Calibre LEDFusion Pro A130C-15 is Best in Market with Two Global Awards

19/11/2021

Xytech Announces it Will Not Attend IBC Due to Surge in COVID-19 Cases in the Netherlands

18/11/2021

GLP Brings New Technologies to LDI 2021

18/11/2021

Chauvet Professional Transforms Perspective at LDI

17/11/2021

Claypaky is back at LDI 2021 with a large range of new unique versatile products

16/11/2021

Lawo’s HOME Platform and Zurich Opera’s IP Remote Production Project win Prestigious Awards

11/11/2021

APG to Launch Four New Subwoofers at JTSE

10/11/2021

Claypaky Xtylos won “The AVard”, a prestigious award for the best in Entertainment sector technologies

08/11/2021

Successful 5 Words Media #FreeChurchAV Contest Continues with Season 3

29/10/2021

Roe Visual is Ready for IBC 2021

28/10/2021

Chauvet Professional’s Sam Bowden’s a Light Walk Raises Industry Members Impacted by covid

27/10/2021

Can softlights do more? 28th October Elation Coffee Break goes XL

26/10/2021

Martin Audio Japan Moves Outdoors for Previously Postponed WP Series Demo

Martin Audio Japan Moves Outdoors for Previously Postponed WP Series Demo
Martin Audio Japan Moves Outdoors for Previously Postponed WP Series Demo

Japan – Martin Audio Japan (MAJ) recently staged an outdoor showcase demo at the ancient ruins of the Ama Site Park in Takatsuki, Osaka.

This park was newly opened in 2021, having refurbished the land that was previously used as a university campus. Now the park is open to everyone.

Martin Audio Japan had been unable to hold any demo showcases over the last 18 months due to COVID19 restrictions. Once the pandemic calmed down the company restarted its activity programme and planned something special.

Director of MAJ, Sam Yamashita, explained the rationale. “Holding the demonstration outside ensured there would be sufficient space for the social distancing as well as fresh air. We had originally wanted to introduce WPL to customers back in 2019, but due to COVID it was postponed.”

In any case, he concluded that showing the capability of WPL to its optimum potential in the previous theatre context may not have been the best solution. “WPL has long throw capabilities that could not be properly evaluated in a theatre. So, I had the idea that by holding the demonstration outdoors, it would solve both social distancing issues and give us the space to evaluate this powerful system to its full potential."

The event was extremely successful with more than 50 people in attendance. Everyone was smiling with satisfaction as they auditioned both the WPS and WPL arrays.

The MAJ crew knew that everybody had been frustrated by the COVID situation and wanted to listen to the music loud. “Having them enjoy the music so much was a pleasure for the MAJ team as well,” acknowledged Yamashita.

20th January 2022

Chauvet Professional Maverick Silens 2 Profile Finalist for Events Technology Inavation Award

Chauvet Professional Maverick Silens 2 Profile Finalist for Events Technology Inavation Award

Spain – For a product that operates in silence, the Maverick Silens 2 Profile from Chauvet Professional is speaking loudly throughout the entertainment and theatrical worlds. Having demonstrated its ability to provide impeccable colour consistency, output and overall performance without making a detectable sound at acclaimed venues like the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris and Hochschule für Musik Freiburg Baden-Württemberg, the fanless profile fixture was honoured last year with the PLASA 2021 Award for Innovation.

This February, the innovative luminaire has a chance to add to its list of accolades by winning the Events Technology Inavation Award at ISE. The Maverick Silens 2 Profile is one of five fixtures to make the short list of finalists for the honour, which is determined by industry voting.

The award will be presented at the Inavation Awards Gala Dinner & Networking event at ISE on the evening of 1 February, 2022 in Barcelona.

As this latest honour illustrates, this groundbreaking fixture continues to command attention, all without making a sound.

12th January 2022

AV Stumpfl to present ALR screen systems, XR stage solutions and PIXERA four media server at ISE 2022

AV Stumpfl to present ALR screen systems, XR stage solutions and PIXERA four media server at ISE 2022
AV Stumpfl to present ALR screen systems, XR stage solutions and PIXERA four media server at ISE 2022

Spain – Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl will present its latest ALR (ambient light-rejecting) projection screen systems and the new PIXERA four media server hardware, as well as XR virtual production solutions, between 1 and 4 February at this year's ISE trade fair in Barcelona, Spain.

In addition to demonstrating the benefits of its latest ALR (ambient light rejecting) screen systems, AV Stumpfl will also present its AT64-SHIFT screen system legs and Fullwhite Curve projection screen.

The ALR Decoframe Ambiance UST (ultra-short throw) combines years of customer feedback relating to AV Stumpfl’s acclaimed Decoframe series with the latest in ALR technology, making it an exciting product for applications such as professional meeting room setups. Live demonstrations at the AV Stumpfl booth (#3B600) will allow visitors to instantly see the difference between ALR surface materials and standard solutions.

AT64-SHIFT projection screen legs are an ingenious product that makes it possible to assemble a large mobile projection screen in a matter of minutes and to adjust its height in just a few seconds.

AV Stumpfl’s popular screen design product Fullwhite is a favourite with international designers due to its depthless and borderless appearance, which makes projected images appear to float in mid-air.

Another highlight of the AV Stumpfl booth will be the brand-new PIXERA media server hardware, PIXERA four, as well as product demonstrations related to the recently released software version PIXERA 1.8.

PIXERA four is an incredibly powerful media server hardware system, perfect for highly demanding real-time graphics applications and XR/AR broadcast set-ups.

ISE visitors will be delighted to discover the versatility of AV Stumpfl’s powerful new show control solution, PIXERA control, which was developed for handling integrated systems. This distributed integration and control framework empowers users to seamlessly host new functionalities within PIXERA and to control all aspects of an extended project environment. Anything a user creates and integrates can be distributed across the connected systems and shares itself.

Third party systems can communicate directly with the PIXERA API via dedicated modules, such as BECKHOFF automation technologies or Smart Monkeys’ ISAAC Workspace.

As well as offering updated and enhanced timeline controls, PIXERA version 1.8 also opens the doors wide for virtual production setups that feature XR (extended reality), AR (augmented reality) and/or MR (mixed reality) components.

The PIXERA Hub is a powerful collection of utilities for improving and streamlining media server workflows for greater productivity. Hub users will have much more flexibility to control and manage setups involving multiple servers remotely, with the new version to be presented at the ISE trade fair.

AV Stumpfl to present ALR screen systems, XR stage solutions and PIXERA four media server at ISE 2022AV Stumpfl to present ALR screen systems, XR stage solutions and PIXERA four media server at ISE 2022

12th January 2022

Martin Audio Announces 2022 Open Days

Martin Audio Announces 2022 Open Days

UK – Following the success of the Open Days in September 2021 the High Wycombe company will hold two product demos at its HQ on 8th and 9th March.

Operating under COVID safety conditions, the event kicks off on 8th March, with two-hour presentations at 9.30am and 2.00pm, and will repeat this programme on the following day (9th March).

Visitors can expect to hear demonstrations of the LE and XE stage monitors, point source loudspeakers from BlacklineX and BlacklineX Powered ranges, the TORUS constant curvature array and a selection of optimised line arrays from the Wavefront Precision series.

In addition, attendees will be able to become better acquainted with Focusrite Pro and Optimal Audio, sister brands within the wider Focusrite Group.

For further information on the Open Days visit: https://martin-audio.com/events/2022opendays

 

 

11th January 2022

Back Lounge to Present Free Workshops for Live Industry in Association with TPG

Back Lounge to Present Free Workshops for Live Industry in Association with TPG

The Back Lounge founder and Tour Production Group (TPG) facilitator, tour manager Suzi Green (pictured), is spearheading a new series of free workshops for the live music industry.

Following the huge response to the Resilience Workshops in summer 2021, Green is combining the core principle areas of the TPG: sustainability, mental health and diversity for a three part, community focused series.

Green, whose clients include Placebo, PJ Harvey and Katie Melua, is passionate about both personal and wider industry well-being, having founded mental welfare digital support group The Back Lounge during the pandemic, as well as taking on a facilitator role with the TPG, a UK-based and internationally attended association of live music touring professionals.

With 2022 likely to see an upscaled return to work, she believes now is the time for meaningful education that can be applied to real world situations.

“These are the topics on people’s radar,” says Green. “What exactly are we going to push ourselves through in the next 12 months? There's no doubt for anyone working in live music that mental health, sustainability and diversity are going to be a real focus. We need to look at best practice within these areas and really start to apply it.”

In order to deliver the sessions, Green has enlisted professionals with experience in the subject matters.

The sessions are:

Roadmap to Sustainable Touring on Wednesday 19 January, hosted by TPG Sustainability facilitator and tour/production manager Jamal Chalabi and tour/event manager Nathalie Candel. Following a global pandemic and COP26, many are wondering what the music industry can do towards a healthier and greener world, and music fans are expecting their favourite artists to take action. This workshop will teach the basics of sustainability on tour, from a small van tour to an arena-sized bus tour.

Better Mental Health on Tour Takes place on Thursday 17 February and is hosted by Music Industry Therapy Collective (MITC) psychotherapist Jodi Milstein, LMFT, LPC, and Dr Arun Castro MBBS MRCEM MRCGP MPH, a performing arts medicine physician.

During the pandemic many touring professionals realised that working conditions, tour demands, tour culture and lifestyle factors had contributed to poor mental health. High rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicide among touring professionals tell us that a change is long-overdue. This interactive workshop will examine the factors that influence our lifestyle decisions and will address how, individually and collectively, we can improve life on tour from a mental health perspective.

The final session, to be held on Thursday 3 March is titled How to be an Ally. Production and tour director Keely Myers of Global Touring Office and wellness and diversity specialist Joanne Croxford – both founders of TPG Diversity and Inclusion Group – will explore how the touring industry is waking up to the benefits of a diverse workforce. They will look at the ways we can create a safe working environment for gender minorities. This helpful presentation will ensure that your allyship is well-intentioned and supportive.

Green adds: “The pressure's going to be on; we do have a shortage of crews. If we're serious about wanting diversity backstage and a more inclusive environment, then it’s all about how we can welcome new people in. Is touring a hospitable environment? Often, it is not.

“Everyone knows that working in this industry is more than a job; it is our lifestyle. When you tour, it becomes one compartment. Mental ill health, addiction awareness, the environmental impact we can avoid, our unconscious bias, these topics that are really only just being spoken about in a way that helps us to make better choices as a professional community.”

She concludes: “These new sessions will help us to continue building that community. It's a discussion, at the end of the day, and our format invites you to ask for information, it welcomes interactions all the way through and I think that is what will be valuable to people.”

Each of the three sessions will take place on Zoom at 18:00 (GMT) and are free to attend.

To book a place via Eventbrite, please visit:

Roadmap to Sustainable Touring, Wednesday 19th January

Better Mental Health on Tour, Thursday 17th February

Howto be an Ally, Thursday 3rd March

7th January 2022

Long Reach Long Riders 2022

Long Reach Long Riders 2022

The Long Reach Long Riders have announced their 2022 charity motorcycle ride. The 19th annual ride, “the Blue Ridge Ramble” begins on 18 June in Charlotte, North Carolina and returns to Charlotte on 24th June. The route meanders through North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia before turning north back to Charlotte. Along the way the riders will encounter some of the most scenic and exciting motorcycle roads in the east. The Tail of the Dragon, the Snake, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Cherohala Skyway are just a few of the roads the riders will experience over the seven-day ride.

Greg Williams, ride marshal for the 2022 ride noted: “The days will be filled with rewarding rides along mountain ridgelines and through sweeping valleys, taking in the best scenery the early summer has to offer in the Appalachian Mountains. Evenings will be spent in historic inns located in history-rich towns tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains.”

The Long Reach Long Riders annual charity motorcycle ride benefits Behind the Scenes and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. What began in 2004 as a one-time event became an annual ride that has raised over $800,000.00 for the two charities.

Please visit http://lrlr.org for more information.

4th January 2022

Astera Titan Tube Wins Third Major Industry Award

Astera Titan Tube Wins Third Major Industry Award

Industry-voted awards are always a great endorsement for any brand or product, so Astera is delighted to announce that its hugely popular Titan Tube is a 2021 Pro Moviemaker ‘Gear of The Year’ winner in the ‘lighting innovation’ category.

The annual accolade from the international publication for professional film makers is the third major industry award won by Astera’s Titan Tube, following a PLASA Award for Innovation and the PLSN Gold Star Award, both in 2019.

Globally recognised as the Oscars of film making kit, Gear of The Year recognises the best, most interesting and useful products and technical innovations and the companies behind them. Now in its fifth edition, the Awards shortlists are drawn up by the Pro Moviemaker editorial team and their team of regular gear / equipment testers and are then voted for by industry professionals and practitioners actively involved in using the kit day-to-day.

Readers, followers, and fans of the quarterly magazine – that also runs a regular e-newsletter and digital portal – are encouraged to vote online based on equipment and services that have “made a significant difference” to them throughout the year.

The Titan Tube saw off six other products and some stiff competition to win again in 2021.

Astera’s sales director Sebastian Bückle commented: “We are happy to see that Pro Moviemaker ‘Gear of the Year’ voters worldwide recognise the Titan Tube as a ‘cool tool’ for film lighting. It might not be ‘new’ any more, but its features and usability are still unmatched by any other light source.”

The flagship TitanTube is designed to be an invaluable and ultimately portable lighting solution for TV, film / video / broadcast cinema and photography as well as for shows and live events.

Features loved and appreciated by the movie making community include the products being optimised for an ultra-high TLCI, a very high CRI and peak brightness, with a beautiful selection of colours across the whole spectrum including an outstanding range of CT whites, as well as hue, saturation and intensity that can be set directly on the tube or via Astera’s proprietary smartphone app.

The Titan Tube can also be run wired (from mains power) and controlled via DMX using special power and data combination cables, which further dramatically increase its flexibility as a tool for lighting directors, DoPs, gaffers and in fact visual designers working in multiple sectors.

Brent Sauls of Magic Arm Lighting is a freelance gaffer and cinematographer from Cape Town, South Africa and a regular user of Titan Tubes who commented: “They are extremely user-friendly products, and once familiar with what they can do, new ideas just keep flowing on how to use them next!”

UK-based lighting designer Nick Jevons has used them on numerous livestreams, video shoots and live events. “They are so versatile and such a great product! Being able to use these equally effectively in both a studio set up and on open-air shows means it’s not just a great product aesthetically, it offers fantastic value,” he commented.

Kristof Van Mensel from Belgium-based lighting and visual design company TCF (The Creative Factory) started using Astera Titan Tubes as artist floor packages on stage and for TV productions. He said: “A single tube above the camera and you have an excellent keylight – no complicated stands or power generators needed – and you can also use them for creating nice fluid water or flame effects.”

These are a small selection of comments and observations on a multi award winning product that has become a highly practical go-to lighting solution for a vast range of scenarios.

17th December 2021

Robe Supports Stage of Tomorrow Conference in Poland

Robe Supports Stage of Tomorrow Conference in Poland
Robe Supports Stage of Tomorrow Conference in Poland

Poland – Robe supported the fourth edition of the Stage of Tomorrow (Scena Jutra) conference, staged at the Teatr Wielki Polish National Opera in Warsaw, organised by the Stage of Tomorrow Foundation and its president Rafal Rzeczkowski, with leading Polish production technology sales specialist Prolight and Teatr Wielki, the latter represented by technical director Malgorzata Szablowska.

The dynamic one-day event featured over 150 production industry related presentations, seminars, and discussions with a focus on the theme of virtual, extended, augmented, etc. reality and its potential for events and shaping the future.

Three main presentation areas – Stage of Inspiration, Stage of Discussion and Stage of Partners – were constantly busy and explored a lively array of topics including sustainability; new technologies and their use in entertainment; art and promotion, education, and future directions and development of the industry.

Nearly 500 individuals pre-registered, the vast majority also attending, and all the discussions and presentations were also streamed live on the dedicated Eventory platform for those unable to be there in person. The Stage of Inspiration broadcast was available in multiple languages with simultaneous translations provided for those attending these presentations in person.

Rafal stated: “Our objective with Scena Jutra is to unite people from all industry sectors and generate discussions and conversations on multiple levels, connecting a diversity of people from experienced industry practitioners to students and young people aspiring to a career related to production and entertainment technology.”

Guests included many high-profile Polish industry influencers plus some notable international stars including Artur Rojek, Daan Oomen from Live Legends, Janus Józefowicz and Kamil Pohl and Robe’s own Ingo Dombrowski who hosted two presentations.

One of Ingo’s seminars expanded on the advantages of Robe’s TE (Transferrable Engine) LED technology, particularly in the context of sustainability and value for venues, installations, and rental companies, while the other was dedicated to detailing Robe’s commitment and passion for technical innovation.

Ingo commented: “Stage of Tomorrow is easily one of the best organised forums and meeting places for the industry in Europe, with a great line up of topics embracing current and future challenges, issues and debates and there was an impressive list of speakers, presenters and discussion panels.”

Ingo noted that the one-day time frame was ideal for focusing people’s attention for right now, when travel is still challenging due to pandemic restrictions.

In addition to the presentation stages, a compact exhibition area showcased some of the latest industry innovations from drones to moving lights for guests.

Questions asked and addressed were pertinent to a whole range of industry professionals including artists, technicians, directors, producers, plus people and companies who promote themselves through culture and association with new technologies.

The Stage of Inspiration was located in the Teatr Wielki Polish National Opera building’s Młynarski Mainstage, and featured lectures by those who create and inspire. The day kicked off with business psychologist Wojciech Herra, illustrating how to combine knowledge and entertainment (edutainment) to encourage emotions and reactions that make presented content even more memorable.

International speakers on this stage included Daan Oomen, creative director from Live Legends, who flew in from Los Angeles especially for Scena Jutra.

Having been involved with producing projects for mega-festivals like Tomorrowland, spectacular opening ceremonies for PUBG e-sports events, amazing superclubs in Asia and corporate events like airline KLM’s 100 Year anniversary, Daan explained the fundamental role of storytelling in any entertainment experience.

He also underscored the importance of integrating local culture, history and references into this narrative cognition.

Stage of Discussion enabled individuals to present their opinions and listen to feedback from others. It was the only place where artist Artur Rojek, lighting designer Paweł Pająk and Michał Fałat the owner of the East Eventz agency talked about the same things, but from their own perspectives and had the opportunity to express their opinions.

Also here, representatives of some major patrons of culture and entertainment, like BMW or Żywiec, presented their unique points of view and demonstrated how effective promotion and long-term relationship building can entail investment in more subtle directions.

There was something for everyone who is switched on and interested in the industry now and in the future.

The event created a serious buzz with lots of interest and networking taking place and it gave people a much-needed boost to morale with the chance to congregate face-to-face.

Robe CEO Josef Valchar also had some words of encouragement: “All credit to Rafal and his team for bringing the Polish industry together. It’s more important than ever for our community to support each other, be strong together, and look to the future, and this event creates a special energy and synergy in which the whole community can communicate and engage.”

photos: Louise Stickland

www.robe.cz

Robe Supports Stage of Tomorrow Conference in PolandRobe Supports Stage of Tomorrow Conference in Poland

13th December 2021

Robe Lighting

LDI gives resounding thumbs-up to GLP X5 series and JDC Line

LDI gives resounding thumbs-up to GLP X5 series and JDC Line

USA – GLP and its subsidiaries had plenty to celebrate over the Thanksgiving holiday as it reflected on an outstanding showcase at the LDI Expo in Las Vegas the week before, for which it was duly accoladed.

In collecting the award for Best Booth Design, GLP US president, Mark Ravenhill, said: “It was incredible to have been at the show, as an integral part of rebuilding our industry.”

As befitted such an important international trade show, GLP supported not only with local staff from its American office, but also had global representation from head office in Germany, including founder Udo Kunzler.

Among the product previews that drew so many to their booth were the impression X5 Wash and Impression X5 IP Bar, which took pride of place. “Both received an amazing response and customers and designers alike were pleased that we had prioritised our R&D efforts in the areas that we had,” said Ravenhill.

The impression X5 IP Bar is an IP65-rated batten fixture that features 18 powerful 40W RGBL LEDs, a 12:1 zoom range from five to 60 degrees, and the new GLP iQ.Gamut colour calibration algorithm that creates perfect white spectrums with excellent colour rendering.

As part of the new GLP X5 family it offers a wide feature package, including selectable calibrated white points, a tungsten simulation channel, magenta/green correction, virtual colour wheel and variable CTC, along with twin layer effects with plenty of dynamic pattern macros.

As for the impression X5 wash light, scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2022, this promises to usher in a new generation of technology in the world of LED automated wash lights.

The impression X5 uses 19 powerful 40W RGBL LEDs to give an incredible output with increased colour gamut. GLP’s new iQ.Gamut calibration algorithm ensures the X5 creates clean white points with CRI 90 at 6,500 Kelvin and the ability to switch to other fixed colour temperatures instantly, all calibrated exactly to the black body line.

According to Ravenhill, the JDC Line 500 and 1000, as well as the FR10, also on display, received an equal amount of attention. The reason for the JDC Line’s popularity, he believes, is because it was the first time that many had seen it fired up in anger.

“We can look forward to seeing them appear on a number of shows in the first quarter of 2022,” he promises. “In fact it was used extensively on prime TV shows right over the LDI weekend.”

The JDC Line offers an incredibly bright RGB pixel mapping effect mixed by a special lens tube which gives a unique look and stunning design options. The fixture features a 25mm pixel pitch, with each pixel segment able to split into upper and lower parts for additional design creativity.

The second part of the fixture is a powerful white light strobe, similar in style to the GLP JDC1.

From the FUSION by GLP range were the newly released FS16 Z convection-cooled batten fixture. Featuring an IP65 housing, this static linear unit shares the same dimensions, locking system and accessories as the popular FUSION Stick 10 and 20, but with an added motorised zoom of eight to 40 degrees, full pixel mapping control and the innovative new Halo Ring.

In addition to the GLP and Fusion by GLP portfolios, new products from the regional GLP US brands of Scenex Lighting and Cosmic Truss were also shown.

Summing up, Mark Ravenhill stated: “The booth was packed on the first day and it never let up after; we were consistently busy throughout all three days of the show and this has been reflected in sales in the immediate aftermath of the show.”

www.glp.de

LDI gives resounding thumbs-up to GLP X5 series and JDC LineLDI gives resounding thumbs-up to GLP X5 series and JDC Line

10th December 2021

GLP

Robe France Catches the T11 Buzz at Busy JTSE Expo

Robe France Catches the T11 Buzz at Busy JTSE Expo
Robe France Catches the T11 Buzz at Busy JTSE Expo

Framce – Robe France enjoyed the buzz and excitement generated by the 2021 JTSE (Journées Techniques du Spectacle et de l'Evénement) expo staged over two days at Les Docks de Paris in the lively Saint-Denis area, close to the city of Paris.

It was a welcome return to face-to-face (or mask-to-mask) meeting opportunities after the 2020 online event, and Robe’s French team also celebrated this landmark putting a special focus on the launch of the new T11 range of theatrical luminaires, a unique three-in-one LED lighting solution.

The eye-catching Robe booth in the main Pullman Dock building was designed as a stylish, contemporary lounge meet and greet area, and became a social hub for those wanting to say hello and stop for meetings and discussions. It was constantly busy with a stream of customers, contacts and industry friends, and Robe France co-CEO Bruno Garros commented: “It was impressive; many came to us with a specific agenda, they wanted to negotiate and talk about deals! This is a great sign for business picking up again!”

His enthusiasm was shared by his co-CEO Elie Battah who underlined the “extreme importance” of being able to “network with such a diverse mix of people in one space, with so many very positive outlooks for the future after a tough 18 months”.

They and the team reported seeing numerous lighting designers, programmers, technicians, and others from the freelance community together with rental companies, venue operators and also students as well as aspiring young professionals eyeing a future career in production and entertainment technology.

Several people noted a presence from other European countries, bringing an international streak to the expo’s robust and well-established domestic audience. It was also a sign that Europe is on the move again after Covid restrictions.

Robe France was supported by two key people from Robe international, director of global sales Harry von den Stemmen, and key account manager for Europe, Ingo Dombrowski.

With the main stand a hub of activity in the Pullman Dock building, across the road in the Dock Eiffel, Robe hosted two adjacent black box spaces where products could be demonstrated and examined up close.

The first was dedicated to Robe’s newest product launches: FORTE, ESPRITE, iSpiider, LEDBeam 350, Tetra 2, ProMotion and the RoboSpot followspot system.

The second space showcased the new T11 range: T11 Profile, T11 Fresnel, and T11 PC, static luminaires designed to be a perfect investment for any venue, especially theatres and performance spaces seeking to renew their existing generic lighting rigs and upgrade to the latest LED technology with all Robe’s guaranteed reliability and quality.

The response to the T11 was “fantastic” commented Bruno Garros, with particular interest from venues already invested in Robe T1 and T2 moving lights for which T11 is an ideal complement, especially for matching quality in the white ranges as well as continuity of colours across all fixtures.

Robe’s T1 and T2 moving lights were in this same black box area together with two products from Anolis’ extensive architectural and built environment ranges, the Ambiane HP111 (as recently installed at the Auditoria de Louvre in Paris) and the Ambiane XP56.

These two Anolis products are a smart choice for house lighting systems or for the illumination of concert halls, public areas, and spaces for which they have “seen massive potential” in performance and multi-purpose venues, stated Anolis product specialist, Bruno Francois.

The dual black box concept worked well due to the general theatrical emphasis of JTSE and enabled people to see the symbiotic relationship that exists between Robe and Anolis fixtures and brands.

The all-Robe black box was also constantly full of visitors interested in looking closer at the latest and most popular LED innovations geared to stage events, festivals, concerts, and touring.

The show followed strict Covid protocols which required all guests and exhibitors to be vaccinated or tested negative and wear masks everywhere indoors, and it was clear that this was a small inconvenience for the throngs of industry individuals who used it as a place to reconnect, catch up, hang out and plan future business.

“The willingness of people to come and look at new products and trends and talk about upcoming projects is very encouraging and a definite sign that everything is moving forward and getting back to work,” concluded Bruno Garros.

photos: Louise Stickland

Robe France Catches the T11 Buzz at Busy JTSE ExpoRobe France Catches the T11 Buzz at Busy JTSE Expo

7th December 2021

Robe Lighting

BikeFest Charity Cycle to Take Place in Spain

BikeFest Charity Cycle to Take Place in Spain

Spain – Cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in BikeFest Spain 2022, a three-day fundraising ride from Valencia to ISE in Barcelona from 29-31 January, travelling 360km along the Mediterranean coast. The BikeFest team aims to raise funds for live events, entertainment and AV professionals who have suffered financially due to the pandemic.

BikeFest began in the UK, cycling to the PLASA Show each year to raise awareness for mental health. And in 2021, BikeFest returned to London, fundraising for industry colleagues impacted by the pandemic. This initiative was partnered with #WeMakeEvents, the global campaign spearheaded by PLASA in support of the live events supply chain.

BikeFest 2022 will be in Spain in time for the ISE convention. Two industry charities: Backup in the UK and AAA in Spain will benefit from BikeFest 2022's fundraising efforts, with organisations PLASA, AVIXA, ISE, AFIAL, FIAVE and Alerta Roja supporting and promoting the initiative.

Juan Jose Vila, COO and CMO of Equipson, conceived the idea of a charity bike ride in Spain and asked #WeMakeEvents to headline the project, alongside a partnership with AFIAL, PLASA, AVIXA and ISE. Over the last two years Juan has worked closely with these organisations to help the AV industry, winning AVIXA's Volunteer of the year award 2021. He is also an active member of the Spanish #WeMakeEvents team, the Spanish equivalent of the campaign #hacemoseventos.

Juan comments: "Primarily, this event is all about raising funds for the organisations and charities that are supporting those struggling in the live sector. But it is also about having fun and having a sustainable adventure where all the power is generated by our legs. The route isn't too arduous and, because it sticks to the coast, doesn't involve too many hills. With a bit of fitness almost everyone can do it. Of course, it is still a challenge to ride long distances over three days, but the challenge is manageable. We will even provide you with a six-week training plan if you want to take part."

The ride will start in Valencia on 29 January, finishing at ISE on the 31st. Cyclists who wish to participate can sign up for all three days or single days. Day one from Valencia to Peñiscola is 140km, Day two to Tarragona is 130km, Day Three to Barcelona is 95km. Two feed stations will be provided each day and participants who sign up for more than one day will have hotel accommodation provided. Everyone who completes at least part of the ride will receive a medal and have their name included in the Riders Directory.

Juan adds: "Even if you can't take part, you can still support the event by buying merch such as a BikeFest 2022 jersey, or just by donating. And, of course, if companies want to sponsor the event they can as we want to raise as much as we can for this very worthwhile cause."

Nicky Greet, PLASA membership director and co-founder and steering group member of #WeMakeEvents, comments: "It's fantastic to see BikeFest grow and help our industry colleagues in Europe. Initiatives like this do so much more than just raise funds, they bring people together for a meaningful cause and strengthen cross-industry bonds. Together, we also remind the wider world that although the live sector is reopening, our 'hidden' industry still faces many challenges. So, let's come together and raise awareness of the talented professionals behind live events, entertainment and AV!"

Mike Blackman, managing director of ISE adds: "Bike Fest is a brilliant way to get active and raise support for professionals within AV and live events industries, many of whom need help to get back on track after the pandemic. It is a stunning route along the coastline from Valencia to ISE's new home in Barcelona, so if you are a keen cyclist please get involved and do something amazing. We look forward to seeing you back at ISE 2022 in Barcelona to ignite our great industry!"

30th November 2021

PlugFest 2022 returns to France for three days of lighting product testing

PlugFest 2022 returns to France for three days of lighting product testing
PlugFest 2022 returns to France for three days of lighting product testing

France – PlugFest, the technical event for entertainment lighting interoperability, returns to Lille in France from 29-31 March 2022 following a two-year hiatus. The popular event welcomes manufacturers, developers and technicians from across Europe to test their products and learn about the latest protocols.

PlugFest is an opportunity for participants to collectively test and demonstrate device and system interoperability with the aim of improving reliability, resolving compatibility issues and ultimately improving connectivity between all entertainment lighting and related technologies.

The event’s expert hosts, Hamish Dumbreck (JESE Ltd), Peter Willis (Howard Eaton Lighting) and Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence) will host a series of workshops and technical break-out sessions and will also provide individual support and guidance. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about a wide array of protocols and technical standards, including the ESTA TSC developments.

The 2020 edition of the event sold out well in advance, with leading manufacturers such as GLP, Luminex, Highlite International, Robert Juliat, TMB, Claypaky, ChamSys, ETC, Chauvet and Eaton. Those interested in attending in 2022 are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.

PlugFest takes place in the city of Lille, France which is directly connected to London with the Eurostar and all major European cities via a mainline train station. Furthermore, attendees can take advantage of specially discounted rooms in the hotel that PlugFest takes place in.

PlugFest is organised by PLASA, the lead association for the live entertainment technology industry.

Find out more: www.plasa.org/plugfest  

Book a ticket: plasa-plugfest-2022.eventbrite.co.uk  

25th November 2021

Elation ON TOUR 2021 film recaps joy of being on the road again

Elation ON TOUR 2021 film recaps joy of being on the road again
Elation ON TOUR 2021 film recaps joy of being on the road again

USA – There’s nothing like the feeling of being out there: on the road, meeting new people, renewing friendships, talking lighting, demoing products. After 14 months of hosting virtual events, the Elation US team was thrilled to be on the road again this past summer on Elation ON TOUR, connecting with local lighting pros across the US and getting the chance to demo new lighting products.

Elation ON TOUR made 18 stops over the summer from a 14th June start in Minneapolis to a final stop 26th August in Los Angeles. Elation product specialists met with hundreds of lighting professionals coast to coast, demoing products and discussing how the company could support their unique lighting needs.

“Elation ON TOUR not only gave our team and many of our customers and partners the chance to demo products and talk lighting; it was an important step in renewing those all-important connections you can only make when you meet face to face,” said Eric Loader, director of sales and marketing at Elation. “We place great value on relationships and Elation ON TOUR was an important step in re-energising those bonds as we move forward together. It was a great success on many levels and we were delighted to see so many of our partners and customers at every stop.”

www.elationlighting.com

22nd November 2021

Elation

Calibre LEDFusion Pro A130C-15 is Best in Market with Two Global Awards

Calibre LEDFusion Pro A130C-15 is Best in Market with Two Global Awards

USA – Calibre UK was once again recognised by the industry with two Best in Market awards from Future Publishing for the company’s LEDFusion Pro A130C-15 130-inch all-in-one LED display.

LEDFusion Pro A130C-15 won the Best in Market Award for the Digital Signage category as well as the Best in Market Award for the Installation category.

Best in Market was a new category in the awards programme that coincided with the in-person InfoComm 2021 event produced by AVIXA audio-visual and integrated experience association held from 23-29 October 2021 in Orlando, Florida. The awards judges are expert independent AV/IT managers, directors, and engineers, as well as industry consultants and integrators.

Calibre LEDFusion Pro A130C-15 was designed with the user in mind providing them with an exciting new visual adventure and endless creative possibilities.

The LEDFusion Pro A130C-15 all-in-one LED display uses high-quality four-in-one LEDs and the Calibre UK UltraX image engine ensuring that image details, contrast, and colour performance are taken to the highest level. It has a new circuit design eliminating brightness interference and ghosting effects, an energy saving design for extra mobility and an international standard power supply. Additional features include grand area calibration, a 10,000:1 super contrast ratio, 22bit+ greyscale mapping technology, precise color booster technology for near 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage. The installation of LEDFusion Pro A130-15 model can be completed by two people in under an hour.

“Thank you to the judges,” said Steve Su, senior director at Calibre UK. “It’s an honour to receive such strong industry recognition from our peers and industry professionals. The Best in Market awards validate that we are on the right track with our product development and we are already working on delivering some exciting new updates and innovations very soon!”

19th November 2021

Xytech Announces it Will Not Attend IBC Due to Surge in COVID-19 Cases in the Netherlands

The Netherlands – Xytech, the leader in resource management software for the broadcast and media industries, announced that it has withdrawn its participation in IBC2021, scheduled to take place between 3 and 6 December at RAI Amsterdam. Xytech's decision to withdraw was made as COVID-19 infections reached a record high in the Netherlands and as hospitals became constrained across the country.

“The IBC PartnershipXytech_Greg Dolan Board's decision to proceed with the IBC show is in contradiction with the stated commitment to health and safety not only to exhibitors and attendees, but to the general population," commented Greg Dolan, chief commercial officer of Xytech. "We are disappointed and confused to see common sense has not prevailed, and the Netherland’s officials and IBC Partnership Board has chosen this path. Xytech has returned to face-to-face engagements with customers and looks forward to an active 2022 schedule with partners invested in the health and safety of our staff, customers and supporting vendors."

18th November 2021

GLP Brings New Technologies to LDI 2021

GLP Brings New Technologies to LDI 2021

USA – German Light Products’ US-based team is heading out in force to the LDI trade show, which begins in Las Vegas on Friday 19th November, with product launches from across its range. Excited to be back and supporting the networking side of the industry, GLP has plenty of new innovations to talk about at the show and invites all visitors to come and join the team for some of the renowned GLP hospitality.

On display from GLP will be the global launch of the impression X5 IP Bar, an IP65-rated batten fixture that features 18 powerful 40W RGBL LEDs, a 12:1 zoom range from 5 to 60 degrees, and the new GLP iQ.Gamut colour calibration algorithm that creates perfect white spectrums with excellent colour rendering.

Achieving maximum optical efficiency, the impression X5 IP Bar has a new squared lens design that gives an unprecedented curtain of light at its narrowest angle and delivers smooth and homogenous washes all the way out to its widest beam.

As part of the new GLP X5 family it offers a wide feature package, including selectable calibrated white points, a tungsten simulation channel, magenta/green correction, virtual colour wheel and variable CTC, along with twin layer effects with plenty of dynamic pattern macros.

The impression X5 IP Bar offers GLP’s patented fast tilt movement in combination with seamless pixel pitch across fixtures, and features both wired and wireless control as standard.

Being IP rated, the impression X5 IP Bar’s enclosure is just as suitable for indoor use on the stage to protect against confetti, fog, pyro and dust.

Continuing the bar theme, GLP will also be launching the JDC Line 500 and JDC Line 1000, both of which completed their development during the pandemic lockdown. Now fully ready to go, the JDC Line has already been used on a variety of shows and installations. The JDC Line offers an incredibly bright RGB pixel mapping effect mixed by a special lens tube which gives a unique look and stunning design options. The fixture features a 25mm pixel pitch, with each pixel segment able to split into upper and lower parts for additional design creativity.

The second part of the fixture is a powerful white light strobe, similar in style to the GLP JDC1. The LEDs in this section emit through the same lens tube as the RGB sources with the same level of pixel control, with each measuring just 25mm.

Also from GLP will be a preview of the upcoming impression X5 washlight, scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2022, ushering in a new generation of technology in the world of LED automated washlights.

The GLP impression X5 uses 19 powerful 40W RGBL LEDs to give an incredible output with increased colour gamut. GLP’s new iQ.Gamut calibration algorithm ensures the impression X5 creates clean white points with CRI 90 at 6500K and the ability to switch to other fixed colour temperatures instantly, all calibrated exactly to the black body line.

With new super-fast zoom mechanics, the impression X5 offers a 17:1 range running from 3.5 to 60 degrees, while a new front face with a circular design offers full pixel mapping and has been designed to include geometric patterns for stunning effects.

The impression X5 comes complete with an extensive feature package, including a virtual colour wheel with referenced LEE Filters, a new colour quality control, magenta/green correction, a tungsten emulation channel with multiple simulations, and a double layer effect option.

Featuring GLP’s trademark baseless design, the impression X5 weighs just 29.3lbs. / 13.3kg with its design allowing users to easily add front accessories such as top hats or honeycomb shields.

The impression X5 can be controlled via DMX, ArtNet or sACN and can be set up using near-field control.

From the Fusion by GLP range will be the newly released FS16 Z batten fixture. Featuring an IP65 housing, this static linear unit shares the same dimensions, locking system and accessories as the popular Fusion Stick 10 and 20, but with an added motorised zoom of 8 to 40 degrees, full pixel mapping control and the innovative new Halo Ring.

The Halo Ring has been implemented at designers’ request and increases pixel visibility at all camera angles in TV applications. While still being able to create narrow beam angles, each pixel remains visible when lit, no matter where the fixture is in relation to the camera.

The FS16 Z is a completely convection-cooled fixture that adds to its attractiveness for both television and theatrical productions, and features built-in options for both horizontal and vertical mounting to create stunning designs with minimal effort.

www.glp.de

GLP Brings New Technologies to LDI 2021GLP Brings New Technologies to LDI 2021

18th November 2021

GLP

Chauvet Professional Transforms Perspective at LDI

Chauvet Professional Transforms Perspective at LDI

USA - Reaffirming its support for the industry and confidence in its future, Chauvet Professional has announced its plans for a high profile presence at LDI. This positivity will be clear to see at the company’s booth (2041), which has been designed around the theme “Depends on Your Perspective LIGHT,” and will be showcasing IP65 rated and broadcast lighting fixtures.

Featured in this collection of innovations will be the new Maverick Force series of moving fixtures: the Color Strike M, an IP65 rated strobe/wash with two white light tubes surrounded by a colour-mixing, pixel-mappable face; and the onAir IP soft light panels, which recently made their debut on the TBS network’s broadcast of the National League Championship Series.

In addition to its product introductions, Chauvet Professional will be hosting educational sessions Friday and Saturday between 2 and 4pm in training room N120. These learning opportunities will feature Scott Laurentz on “Lighting for Video,” Brad Haynes with Mike Graham on “Why Maverick Force,” and Brad Haynes with Ben Dickmann on “New to Strike,” which looks at the features powering the Color Strike M.

Chauvet Professional will also be sponsoring a “Battle of the Busk” contest full of Maverick Force, Rogue Outcast and Color Strike units and a tour of Resorts World, the new high-tech-driven luxury resort on The Strip. (An extensive collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures is used throughout this property.) Visitors to the booth will receive a free drink ticket to the reception, giving them the opportunity to toast a successful LDI Show for Chauvet Professional and the industry.

17th November 2021

Claypaky is back at LDI 2021 with a large range of new unique versatile products

Claypaky is back at LDI 2021 with a large range of new unique versatile products
Claypaky is back at LDI 2021 with a large range of new unique versatile products

After a year off owing to the pandemic, which forced the organisers to cancel the 2020 show, Claypaky will be at LDI 2021 once again with renewed enthusiasm and a wide range of new products.

Claypaky's booth #1613 will showcase the new MINI XTYLOS HPE, which extends the Xtylos's unique technology to places where smaller, energy efficient, yet powerful fixtures are required for small and large venues and events. This fixture is also available in an adjusted output version (MINI XTYLOS) which is fully homologated and does not require any FDA CDRH variance for use in the United States.

The XTYLOS AQUA is the next in the series of laser-based fixtures. It is IP66 and marine-grade protection rated and comparable in features and performance to the original XTYLOS.

The AROLLA PROFILE MP and AROLLA SPOT MP are a new series of LED-based moving head fixtures, the smallest and lightest ones available in their classes. Although compact, they both deliver a powerful light output with their 470W white LED engine and are full of the features you would expect with much larger, more expensive luminaires, for example eSWAP, which enables Profile-to-Spot (and Spot-to-Profile) interchangeability with automatic configuration.

The TAMBORA BATTEN is a high-power LED batten fixture that delivers an impressive 8500 lumen output, with advanced pixel mapping capabilities and unique three-layer selection. They can be arranged seamlessly in line or in a matrix for amazing lighting effects.

The PANIFY is a new way of enhancing creativity since it allows you to turn every static, non-moving fixture into dynamic effects.

The ACTORIS PARLED is a compact, silent, efficient RGBWW fixture; the first in a series of specialised models for the theatrical sector, perfect for use in any theatre or other venue.

The CloudIO is the first digital maintenance tool that enables easier, faster, and more precise remote moving head fixture diagnostics, now open to other brands!

The Claypaky squad will be there in full, with a highly skilled team of American industry experts and veterans.

Since 2019, Claypaky has a facility in Dallas, Texas, for American product distribution and support. It is crucial in cutting delivery times, and providing support, parts, and repairs, as well as offering a product demo showroom and hands-on technical service training centre.

Claypaky is at LDI, Las Vegas, December 19-21 at booth #1613.

Claypaky is back at LDI 2021 with a large range of new unique versatile productsClaypaky is back at LDI 2021 with a large range of new unique versatile products

16th November 2021

Claypaky

Lawo’s HOME Platform and Zurich Opera’s IP Remote Production Project win Prestigious Awards

Lawo’s HOME Platform and Zurich Opera’s IP Remote Production Project win Prestigious Awards
Lawo’s HOME Platform and Zurich Opera’s IP Remote Production Project win Prestigious Awards

It has been an eventful start into the month of November for Lawo, which won two industry awards that recognise the most significant and promising new products and technologies.

First off was the “2021 NAB Show Product of the Year Award” in the category “IT Networking/Infrastructure & Security” for Lawo’s HOME management platform for IP-based media infrastructures. Launched in April, HOME is natively built on a cloud-ready micro-services architecture, enabling users to connect, manage and secure networked production set-ups from the ground up. It provides centralised access and control for all Lawo gear within a set-up. With HOME, the cloud starts on-campus, privately and locally. It turns an array of devices, set-ups, sites, hubs and data centres into a powerful, agile multi-site network quickly and in a perfectly secure way. Inside HOME, discovery of devices is automatic, while registering and admitting them to the network is only a button press away. HOME helps broadcast professionals address some of the most demanding requirements of modern IP infrastructures, including automated discovery and registration of devices, connection management, flow control, software and firmware management, scalability and security.

“Nominees like Lawo are revolutionising the way people experience media and entertainment,” said NAB executive vice president of conventions and business operations Chris Brown. “The 2021 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards highlight the best of what’s new and celebrate the breakthroughs and advancements within the content industry.”

With its bold project to keep producing top-tier opera performances in adverse times, Zurich Opera secured an “AVard” for “Best Innovative Integration 2021”. Donated by the Ebner Media Group, the AVard is a “ProAV award in Germany that honours the best projects, products and minds.” To save its 2020-21 season, Zurich Opera used a Lawo IP-based, near-zero latency setup to physically separate musicians, the choir and soloists, while uniting them on a virtual level at the hall. The soloists on stage followed the conductor on a screen, and the orchestra was replaced by ten speakers in the pit. Thanks to expert 3D audio mixing that included acoustic movements by the choir, the realism was stunning. No sound reinforcement was used for the soloists. A host of new experiences under the awe-inspiring technical stewardship of Oleg Surgutschow and Michael Utz have changed the perception of technology in a sector that is definitely no longer technology-averse.

“We received countless phone calls from other venues across the world, and I was asked to present the project to my peers at this year’s Tonmeistertagung in Germany,” explains Swiss-based Oleg Surgutschow, the head of Zurich Opera’s audio and video department. “The key to our success was to rely on Lawo consoles, V__remote4 units and RAVENNA. In addition, Michael Utz discovered that video latency can be minimised if all cameras are synchronised to the network.”

11th November 2021

APG to Launch Four New Subwoofers at JTSE

APG to Launch Four New Subwoofers at JTSE

France – APG, a manufacturer of professional loudspeakers made in France and inventor of the modular line-array, has announced its new iS range of three subwoofers, as well as the UC118i, a new subwoofer from the popular Uniline Compact range. All four new loudspeakers will be presented on the Arbane Groupe stand (#087, Dock Pullman) at the 25th edition of the JTSE (Paris, France, 23-24 November 2021).

The French manufacturer will also take this opportunity to unveil a new visual signature, inspired by the iconic blue border dear to the brand since its creation in 1978, which will now act as an integrated logo on the products' grilles. Both elegant and discreet, this signature symbolises the sound precision and fidelity for which APG is renowned. New round perforated grilles that are perfectly integrated into the enclosure also complete the new visual appearance of APG loudspeakers.

This new signature accompanies the launch of a brand-new range of subwoofers: the APG iS series. Consisting of three models with a 10”, 12” and 15” driver respectively, the iS series replaces the SB series, bringing an even wider bandwidth of bass that is compatible with the demands of modern music.

The new range also features a number of functional insert points and accessories for wall mounting (iS110), overhead mounting (iS112 and iS115) and coupling, with the iX range of loudspeakers using crossbars to create modular, high-performance and easily movable sound systems.

Thanks to its optional mounting system, the iS115 subwoofer can be coupled with the iX12 loudspeaker. When coupled, the bass efficiency of these two loudspeakers allows the creation of compact clusters that will bring an innovative solution for nightclubs and small to medium concert venues.

To complement the iS range, APG will also be launching the UC118i, a new high-powered subwoofer. Equipped with an 18-inch, bandpass loaded loudspeaker, this subwoofer complements the Uniline Compact range as well as the iX 12 and iX15 models to provide a physiological bass effect.

The UC118i also features a new APG EasyLink docking system that allows for easy clustering of up to three loudspeakers in either omni-directional or cardioid configurations.

All these products will be presented on the Arbane Groupe stand (#087) at the JTSE trade show, which will be held in Paris on the 23rd and 24th of November.

10th November 2021

Claypaky Xtylos won “The AVard”, a prestigious award for the best in Entertainment sector technologies

Claypaky Xtylos won “The AVard”, a prestigious award for the best in Entertainment sector technologies

Germany – Claypaky Xtylos won “The AVard”, the ProAV Awards in Germany as "Best Entertainment & Infotainment Product”. The award ceremony, hosted by Professional System magazine and supported by many other leading industry publications, took place as part of the gala evening held on 4 November at the CCD Congress Center in Düsseldorf.

This prestigious award follows those already won by the Claypaky Xtylos in 2019: LDI Best Debuting Product in Lighting and PLSN Best Advancement in Lamp Technology.

Claypaky CEO Marcus Graser said: “The Xtylos is an innovative, energy-efficient and yet powerful unit! We are very pleased with this additional award, after those it won when it debuted on the market. The Xtylos incorporates unique technology that benefits our entire industry.”

The Xtylos was launched on the market in late 2019. However, as a result of the pandemic, almost all the events where the Xtylos could have been used successfully were cancelled. This year we were finally able to see all the innovative potential of this fixture at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). Almost 500 Xtylos units played the main role at what is one of the most celebrated and highly watched shows in the world.

In the meantime, Claypaky R&D has been developing this unique line of laser-light-source fixtures. The company has recently started marketing the XTYLOS AQUA (a weatherproof version, featuring IP66 protection rate) and the MINI XTYLOS HPE, a very small, compact but extremely high-performance version of the Xtylos.

Massimo Bolandrina, Claypaky area manager for Germany, said: “We are glad to win such a prestigious Award and seeing the Xtylos being selected by such a wide number of professionals, ahead of many other major entertainment and infotainment technologies. The Xtylos is a unique product, which stands out for a whole range of creative solutions to LDs, and at same time being a safe investment for customers. I would like to deeply thank all the team in Germany at VisionTwo, our partner, which supports our brand perfectly on both technical and promotional side and congratulate them for this mutual important success.”

 

8th November 2021

Claypaky

Successful 5 Words Media #FreeChurchAV Contest Continues with Season 3

Successful 5 Words Media #FreeChurchAV Contest Continues with Season 3

USA – Arizona-based AV & Lighting integrator 5 Words Media (5WM) launched #FreeChurchAV in 2019 as a contest for one lucky church to win a free sound and lighting system valued up to $200,000. With two years of the highly successful #FreeChurchAV promotion under their belt, Season 3 is well under way with a record number of entrants. Key Silver sponsors of #FreeChurchAV include RF Venue, Shure, Marshall and Allen & Heath.

"When I started 5 Words Media almost ten years ago, we set out to create an AV and lighting integrator that ministered to the local church in a profound and impactful way," says Daniel Gourley (5WM). "5WM has created an amazing and Christ-centred process that provides solutions for churches each and every day. This heartfelt approach can not be shown more directly than with the creation of #FreeChurchAV where we reward one deserving church with the opportunity to start fresh, build new and enhance their ministry's message through advanced media technology.”

Season 1 winners Hope Church in Danville, VA were awarded a brand new system featuring video and lighting gear from manufacturers like Coda Audio, Elation Lighting, Roland Video, THOR: AV and Marshall. Season 2 went to Ohana Baptist Church in Honolulu, HI, who edged out over 900 total applicants for the prize. Part of their prize package included an Allen & Heath SQ Series console, sporting the latest 96kHz XCVI core processing.

Built for professionals in demanding live sound, recording and streaming applications, SQ delivers class-leading high-resolution audio with an ultra-low <0.7ms latency and access to the Allen & Heath ‘Everything I/O’ ecosystem. Ohana Baptist Church paired up an SQ-5 at broadcast along with an SQ-6 at FOH together with a duo of DX168 16 XLR input / eight XLR output 96kHz Portable DX Expanders in their bespoke digital audio system design.

“We’ve been honoured to be a part of the great work 5 Words Media is up to in their #FreeChurchAV contest,” notes Jeff Hawley, Allen & Heath USA marketing director. “Daniel and the team are pros and the sort of expertise and creativity they demonstrate in system designs for audio and video and lighting rigs is amazing. It has been a real pleasure to see the video reactions of the winning churches as they step up to new heights of technical capabilities with the winning gear package. We are rooting for the entrants in Season 3 and can’t wait to see who nabs the win next time around!”

29th October 2021

Roe Visual is Ready for IBC 2021

Roe Visual is Ready for IBC 2021
Roe Visual is Ready for IBC 2021

The Netherlands – ROE Visual is participating in the IBC Exhibition, which runs from 3-6, 2021 December, in the RAI in Amsterdam. ROE Visual's stand will reflect its increased activity in the market for broadcast and film, showcasing new products and technologies. ROE Visual will be in Hall 9, stand A04.

IBC is the world's most influential media, entertainment, and technology show. After cancelling and rescheduling the show, IBC will bring the content and technology industry together again in 2021 to discover the future of media and do business face-to-face. In 2019, IBC attracted more than 56,000 attendees from 150 countries worldwide, exhibiting more than 1,700 of the world's key technology suppliers and showcasing a debate-leading conference.

ROE Visual will present its products in Hall 9, stand A04, bringing its latest innovations to the IBC Exhibition. ROE Visual will showcase new products and technologies tailored for broadcast and film applications, reflecting ROE Visual's extensive growth in this market segment over the past years. Bringing a range of products well-suited for broadcast applications, ROE Visual aims to visualise the added value of LED screens for broadcast and film applications.

"Our growing engagement with and expertise in the market for broadcast and film is manifested in our current product portfolio," states Roelof Bouwman, general manager for ROE Visual EU. "We're well-aware of the demanding requirements that go hand-in-hand with working with in-camera shoots. Our partnerships with ARRI, Unreal Engine, and disguise not only reflect that engagement but are also focused on getting the most out of the LED technology for our users."

ROE Visual showcases a selection of its latest products, like the Black Marble LED floor, which is now also available in a deep black anti-reflective, matte finish, ideal for studio environments. The Black Marble LED floor is in high demand for broadcast as well as immersive XR stages.

The Black Pearl BP2V2 LED panels have set the standard for large LED volumes in film studios and XR Stages. Black Pearl is a high-performance, broadcast-grade HD-LED panel. Designed for use in film studios and virtual production applications, it offers cutting-edge LED design and technology, with high-speed components and true-to-content colour representation. Its high frame rate, high refresh rate, and low scan lines make its in-camera performance unrivalled.

ROE Visual uses the IBC exhibition as the platform for the European launch of the Ruby RB1.5 LED panel. Following the successful introduction of the Ruby RB2.3 in 2020, the Ruby RB1.5 offers innovative and cutting-edge technology into an advanced LED panel with an outstanding viewing experience. The Ruby LED panels are equipped with exclusive four-in-one LEDs, resulting in more robust LED panels with less reflection and a wide viewing angle. The LED panel offers more contrast due to an optimised black body; the resulting colours are striking.

Next to presenting new products, ROE Visual and its GhostFrame partners AGS and Megapixel VR have selected the IBC Exhibition as the central platform to premier the game-changing GhostFrame technology. This new and innovative technology will be demonstrated live throughout the show. Don't miss out on seeing this unique technology at work, and reserve your spot here. Available places will be limited. Members of the GhostFrame team will be at the stand to explain the technology and its application for film and broadcast.

The ROE Visual team is excited to engage with its partners and clients, offering a COVID safe environment at the stand. "We look forward to the show immensely, having vis-a-vis contact with clients and visitors again," comments Bouwman.

The IBC Exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for the ROE Visual team to network and engage with new and existing clients and users or discuss any LED projects or queries you may have.

Meet the ROE Visual Team in Hall 9, stand A04.

28th October 2021

Chauvet Professional’s Sam Bowden’s a Light Walk Raises Industry Members Impacted by covid

Chauvet Professional’s Sam Bowden’s a Light Walk Raises Industry Members Impacted by covid

UK – The live event industry has traditionally been reliant on a pool of skilled freelance professionals to execute ambitious stage shows and lengthy tours. For this reason, the industry was one of the hardest hit by the covid pandemic, which rendered live touring and any kind of shows virtually impossible.

To raise money and awareness for affected people within the industry in the UK, Chauvet Professional’s Sam Bowden decided to embark upon a 101 mile 'Light Walk' with Tom Lightbody from the ALPD to raise money for both Backup's covid-19 Hardship Fund and the Lumière Design & Production Schemes for 2022. Thanks to huge industry support and a generous donation from Chauvet Professional, the pair have already racked up almost 15,000 pounds worth of sponsorship for their gruelling four day walkathon.

“While I was lucky enough to be in stable employment during last year, I was acutely aware that so many of our industry colleagues did not have that luxury," commented Bowden. "I wanted to do something to show solidarity as an industry and help my colleagues. The walk seemed like a great way to raise support for young production and design engineers who have been left most vulnerable by these constraints.”

Beginning at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon and finishing 101 miles away at the National Theatre in London, the start and finish points of A Light Walk were significant in tying together the overall concept of the scheme, which ultimately aims to draw attention to the importance of keeping the UK theatre and live production industry afloat during the worst pandemic in a century.

“When you think about the routes of theatre and indeed live performance in the UK, you can’t help but look at the Elizabethan era and thus William Shakespeare as being seminal in the development of modern performance,” continued Bowden. “For that reason I felt there was a certain romance in taking the journey that Shakespeare himself would have taken from his home in Stratford to London when trying to do something to raise money for those who are involved in making live performance what it is today."

While the Backup charity provides financial support to industry technical professionals working in the UK entertainment industry, the Lumière Scheme provides a pathway for young lighting practitioners into the world of live performance. Because the full spectrum of the industry ranges the practical to the artistic, it was important for Bowden to cover both organisations in his sponsorship.

Although Bowden relished the opportunity to be out in the open and appreciating what the wonderful landscape of Britain has to offer, he commented that the biggest difficulty he personally faced was a mental one: overcoming the size of the task in his mind and ignoring doubt as to whether he could make it through the gruelling walk. The support of the industry, however, was the main motivating factor in reaching his goal.

“We didn’t do it for any accolades; but if by doing the walk we have helped to spread the word about the causes we walked for, then this is as equally important as the money we raised for them,” concluded Bowden. “I want the legacy of this walk to be similar to any of the great fundraising that people do for Backup and Lumière: that we as an industry are a strong family and are here to support each other.”

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27th October 2021

Can softlights do more? 28th October Elation Coffee Break goes XL

Can softlights do more? 28th October Elation Coffee Break goes XL

Back in June, Elation Coffee Break hosts Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif discussed lighting livestreams and other broadcast environments like a pro using the full-spectrum KL Panel LED softlight. But can a softlight do more? A new XL version of Elation’s broadcast-quality luminaire can, the KL Panel XL, and the 28th October Elation Coffee Break is the ideal opportunity to get a closer look.

The KL Panel XL offers the same precise colour temperature control, full-spectrum colour rendering, high CRI and even wash coverage of the original but extends the size, emits nearly twice the power (44,000 field lumens) and offers multi-zone control for dynamic effects. Access dynamic colour for realistic reproduction of effects like fire, lightning, emergency vehicle flashes or a variety of strobe effects. But that’s just the start. Tune in to the Elation Coffee Break on Thursday, 28th October at 11am CEST to find out more.

Join us at http://www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.

It’s easy and no registration is required.

The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, please visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.  

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26th October 2021

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