Ushio America, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of light source solutions including lamps, LEDs, lasers, drivers, systems, and services. Ushio’s presentation for LDI 2017 consisted of a broad spectrum of their lighting solutions including their newly acquired Zylight and Aladdin brands.
The largest products on display consisted of their Ushio followspots including their new 230w LED Sai-300 producing a high quality, powerful 5600k daylight white beam. The Sai-300 inherits the same design characteristics of balance, ergonomics, and superior functionality as their xenon powered line of Xebex follow spots. Step-less dimming, 100% iris closure, and flash effect enhance operator usability.
A sampling of solutions from Zylight were on hand showcasing their innovative LED broadcast fixtures including a number of Soft Lights and Fresnels like the F8-B; the only fixture that combines a proprietary Tru365TM LED module with the flexibility and control of a focusable glass fresnel lens.
Strong Lighting manufacturers specialized solutions for entertainment markets that require one common thing; high powered lighting for key market segments. Strong Lighting’s presentation at LDI 2017 consisted of a number of their industry recognizable products such as their followspot line of Super Troupers. The Super Trouper II offers high performance in a small package and is an extremely compact, powerful Xenon powered followspot. For years the Super Trouper II was considered Strong’s flagship solution but the market demanded more!
At LDI 2017 Strong launched their new Super Trouper III, 3,000-watt FollowSpot improving on almost all of the best features that made the Super Trouper II so popular. Improved balance, cooling systems, and ballasts will complement this new brighter fixture that will be available later this year from Strong Lighting.
Litepanels was founded in 2001 by a group of Hollywood-based lighting designers and directors who pioneered LED lighting for motion pictures, television, and the audio-visual industry. Since their inception, Litepanels has grown their product portfolio and innovated new technology to become an industry leader in lighting solutions.
At LDI, Litepanels revealed the new improved versions of their popular Astra and Sola fixtures boasting an incredible 50 percent increase in output. The new Astra 6X is six times brighter than the original 1×1 model while the Astra 3X is three times brighter. Compared with their predecessors, the daylight-balanced Sola 4+ LED Fresnel offers a greater than 120 percent increase in output while the new Sola 6+ has an incredible 50 percent increase.
By far the most talked about product at their booth was the brand-new Gemini 2×1 LED soft panel. Staying true to the Litepanels legacy, the Gemini has accurate full spectrum Daylight and Tungsten lighting. The Gemini also allows for additional quick and easy adjustment by offering full-featured 3 lighting modes full color with hue and saturation control all which allow for the intensity to be controlled anywhere from 100%-0 at all times. This fixture is without a doubt something to witness and not only rich in color but in features, making the Gemini a must have for any broadcast lighting application.
Canto USA was started with a specific goal of supplying the lighting community with good quality, nice looking, affordable products. LDI 2017 was a clear indication of this continued commitment. Their RETRO product line transforms existing inefficient incandescent fixtures into energy efficient LED fixtures. Patent-pending technology allows the fixture to smoothly dim from 0-100% utilizing existing dimming technology. Retrofit kits are available with a variety of options for both recessed and pendant style fixtures. Installation is as easy as changing a light bulb and their LED technology creates even fields and delivers consistent color.
Canto’s drive towards energy efficient LED solutions carries over into their powerful LED followspot line with both the ASTRA and ALBA series. These 200w LED modules are capable of producing a high CRI with well defined, a flat-field projection that is ideally suited for different size venues depending on which model FollowSpot you choose. Learn more about their followspot line by visiting
Acclaim Lighting expanded its Flex Tube line with the new Flex Tube Pixel. This flexible, direct view LED strip features RGB control of every 4.9” (125mm) section. It comes with a 10M spool that can be cut to length to suit project requirements and features a highly durable PVC body which is outdoor and impact rated.
Acclaim Lighting’s Aqua Drum is a series of high output, submersible LED flood fixtures with an IP68 rating. It features an all stainless steel construction, included in-grade housing mounting option, and is submersible up to 20 ft (6M). Available in multiple color temperatures of white and color changing versions, it is ideal for outdoor façade wash, fountains, ponds, and landscape applications.
Fast-Fold NXT is a stronger, faster and simpler screen system for rental and staging environments. The re-invented design features a stronger extrusion, hinge, and corner as well as new height adjustment that allows the viewing area to be raised and lowered easily. A new case design upgrades the storage and transport capabilities and provides a foldable 4K-ready surface. The Fast-Fold NXT also offers new surface formulation and binding, with clips used for surface attachment, RF weld for clean lines, and a vinyl binding for easier attachment and flexibility.
With a lifespan of up to 200 times longer than standard lighting filters, the new Zircon range is designed to last. Lee Filter’s Research and Development team has developed a new way of producing filters that ensure they last longer when used with LED lights. Manufactured using a 180-micron material, they are more than double the thickness of a normal lighting filter.
There are 12 filters in the Zircon range; the five Minus Green filters remove the green casts often associated with LED lighting when using a digital camera. The four Warm Amber filters correct a range of different color temperature white LED so that they appear like Tungsten, while the three Diffusion filters offer different strengths of diffusion specifically designed for LEDs. Available in 4ft x 10ft rolls, 24in x 24in sheets and 12in x 12in Lighting Packs.
Lee Filters now has two apps available:
The new Lee Swatch app puts the complete range of Lee lighting filters on one screen and features a color picker so you can build palettes anytime. The app also features many of the tools on Lee Filter’s website, redesigned for use on a smartphone, including: Find a Dealer, Diffusion Finder, Gel Comparator, and Colour Temperature Calculator.
The Official Lee Filters Diffusion Comparator enables lighting designers to directly compare different diffusions lighting a model. The comparator is built from video clips of a real-world lighting setup using a single M8 source and each and every diffusion in the Lee range.
Available for download from the Apple App Store and Android App on Google Play.
BB&S featured their Force 7 LED Leko. This single source LED delivers smooth even light from edge to edge, 97 CRI, and draws 180W at maximum output, with no hot spots or double shadows when using a gobo. Available in 3000K, 5600K, and 6500K color temperatures, with 0-100% flicker-free dimming.
Also on display was the K-7 Twist, a compact magnetic LED ball light with a diameter of 35mm. Using a neodymium magnet, this light can be focused in any direction, with beam control obtained by the use of quick-change lenses and honeycombs. The K7 comes with a 3W LED available in 2700K, 3000K, or 4000K color temps. Dimmable power-supply and distribution PCBs are part of the K7 range.
BBS Lighting’s new LED FLYER is a portable lightweight boom light available as a full kit that produces variable-color 3000K to 5600K overhead soft light. The complete kit includes a Molded Case, Light head, Diffusor; Diffusor Skirts, AC power supply, AC Cord, DC Cord, Integrated Belt Pack for Remote Controller and V-Lock battery plate. Additional Options include a Gold Mount battery plate, as well as DMX 512 control.
Neutrik expands its fiber optic connector range opticalCON by a version optimized for compactness and a high number of fibers, the opticalCON MTP 24. The ruggedized and dirt-protected 24-channel fiber optic connection system based on MTP technology (Multifiber-Push-On“) is used in the Telecom and Data technology.
MTP connectors are compatible with the MPO technology (Multifiber-Push-On) and nominated for IEC-61754-7. Due to the small outer diameter and the robust design, the opticalCON MTP 24 is a solution for long cable runs and point-to-point wiring. The system is based on the opticalCON QUAD and optimized for mobile applications in the broadcast and pro audio section. The system can be cleaned easily without any tools, and also dust and water resistant according to IP65 if mated.
The opticalCON MTP 24 cable connector is characterized by the all-metal housing and the heavy-duty strain relief. The spherical dust shutter protects the fiber from contamination and minimizes maintenance. The color-coded cable connector is pre-assembled and available in a variety of mobile field cables.
The rear compatibility of opticalCON MTP connector fitting with standard MTP / MPO breakout cable allows easy adaptation to fiber standard connectors such as LC, SC, ST. The approved dust shutter ensures high mating cycles and minimal maintenance. The housing seal is used for color coding and IP protection.
Neutrik also introduced the latest extension of the CAT6A portfolio – the CAT6A feedthrough coupler for cable extensions.
The new adapter features the 10 GBit bandwidth as well as ingress protection class IP65.
Wenger / J.R. Clancy, the rigging juggernaut who announced their merger in 2016, continues to promote their broad product line and depth of expertise. For LDI 2017 they were on stand, in force, to promote their new offerings, upcoming for 2018
Virtuoso Acoustical Shell (with or without Transcend Active Acoustics)
Virtuoso is an acoustic shell that creates a virtual experience with an active system of microphones, speakers and digital signal processors instead of relying on the mass of a composite wooden structure. Essentially this system acts as a feedback monitor for all the musicians onstage, providing a uniform acoustical experience which
Virtuoso can either stand alone to improve the sound on stage or be paired with Transcend Active Acoustic System to create a full-venue solution for optimal acoustics, from the stage all the way through back of the house. Transcend’s active acoustics algorithm results in a system requiring fewer microphones and speakers to provide a more reliable and stable system. This allows for streamlined, lower-cost installations than other systems on the market, and the best possible acoustic experience for any seat in the house
For facilities with limited storage, a ceiling/rigging system without structural capacity for a heavy wooden structure, or a lack of resources to set up and remove a shell on stage, Virtuoso provides a unique previously unattainable solution
The Maestro Acoustical Shell delivers impressive full-stage acoustics while creating live entertainment environments for performances at an affordable price. Maestro is packed with features, conveniences and performance aesthetics.
Maestro has been redesigned with construction and design improvements, providing a cost-effective solution for any performance space requiring an acoustical enhancement. It features mobile towers and rows of ceiling panels that form a full stage acoustic enclosure when placed together on stage. A separate wheeled mover easily lifts and moves the towers.
It can be easily configured to accommodate groups of varying sizes. Maestro’s counterweighted wall towers ensure stability and safety. And the design saves space since the individual towers nest together when not in use.
The Maestro line comes in a variety of configurations, offering an economical solution in comparison to Wenger’s top of the line, highly customizable Diva Full-Stage Acoustical Shell.
Lyntec introduced NPAC this year to the entertainment community. NPAC is a rack-mounted relay system for controlling the power-up sequence for sensitive electronics. The NPAC system works stand alone or remotely controlled using Telnet, HTTP, DMX512, sACN or contact closures. To take it one step further, end users can set up control zones and tie them to installation relay panels from Lyntec for complete control of power throughout the building.
New for LDI 2017 Pathway introduced the Vignette system of modular button and slider wall station inserts that allow you to snapshot four universes of E1.31 sACN or one universe of DMX512. This flexible system can be set up using CAT5 over a network or using existing wire and 485 Architectural Gateway to provide new control features to an existing system.
The Green Hippo booth was buzzing with activity this year. All of the products in the Green Hippo product line have been updated with the introduction of the Plus platform. All of the media servers are running Version 4 of the software, but each has been given a hardware update to provide more processing and horsepower to better run the real time graphics Green Hippo is known for. The award winning Montane + is the latest in the Green Hippo line up with two (2) Display Port outputs (4096 x 2160 resolution) and built in Notch Software with two year playback license. Also new for this year is Hippotizer PREP a software suite that enables you to encode, pre-program and visualize, in a Green Hippo environment.
Part of the Group One stand, Elekralite has some neat new things at LDI this year.
Stingray Profile– Not new to Elektralite but worth a mentioning. With a 300w COB LED and balanced 3200k color temperature it really packs a punch yet maintains a 95CRI. Elektralite is using a proprietary diffraction lens system to really punch up the brightness. Interchangeable 19°, 26°, 36°, or 50° lens tubes offer multiple beam spreads to find just the beam size you need. It also comes with 4 shutters giving you clean cuts, and dual slots on the front of the fixture to use color and diffusion at the same time. Power in and out is provided via PowerCON . There is a simple to use onboard DMX interface with 5 pin DMX in and out.
Stingray 7-Color– The Stingray 7-color offers all of the same features as the Stingray Profile but has 7 colors and is liquid cooled for quite operation. Available lenses for this fixture are 5°, 10°, 25°, 36°, and 50°. The both the Stingray and Stingray 7-Color use a B size gobo holder. The same powerCon in and out with 4 shutters and gel frame are included.
The Stingray Mini will not begin shipping until sometime in December 2017. It brings a nice clean warm white light to your smaller applications. With a 20w COB 3200k it provides the same rich white that the Stingray does, only smaller and not as bright. It is using the same proprietary diffraction lens system to help this tiny fixture pack a punch. Like it’s big brother the Stingray Mini ships with a 19° lens but they are interchangeable with 26°, 36°, or 50° lens tubes available.
SLA Retina– This new fixture was designed to be a “S”how “L”ighting “A”ccent. This fixture is also IP65 rated for outdoor use to go in planters and holiday displays or even rooftops. The 5” hexagon can fit in many small locations. The cable for this fixture is IP68, we all know that cable can end up in a puddle. The cable is UV-stabilized to hold up in harsh sun of the coast, or the high altitude intensity. The SLA Retina ships with two yoke arms, the height of each is adjustable for maximum flexibility. This is a pretty darn bright fixture can be used for accent lighting in multiple applications. Three 15w CREE RGBW LED’s deliver 1,400 lumens with a 25° beam spread.
Dazer Downlight – The Popular Elektralite Dazer is now available in an architectural form for more permanent installation applications. It is available in 3400k and RGBA. The body is also available in customer colors. There are 36- 5 watt LED’s available in beam spreads of 15°, 25°, 40°, and 60°. These optics are factory installed to allow for quick installation in the field. The fixture ships with a yoke to allow for easy adjustment for sloped ceilings, the yoke can be attaché to ¾” fan rod for installation, allowing for a place to run cables. There is also a mount for a safety cable for a second point of safety.
Fresnel – Elektralite is coming out with an LED Fresnel. There is a 300w COB LED for 3200k or 5600k with a CRI of 94. The 15°-50° zoom is manually operated, but the 100 step dimming through DMX is completely smooth. Power in and out is provided by powerCon connectors and data by 5 pin XLR. This fixture is so new there is not picture yet available to show you.
Aria is Blizzard’s new Ellipsoidal with 180w COB, RGBW, and 200w, 3200K, with a 90 CRI. The body and lens tubes are made out of a composite plastic, making the fixture lightweight. Available in 19°, 26°, 36°, and 50°, the lens tubes are also sold separately to be able to create whatever mixture of degrees you wish. The fixture body is also compatible with ETC S4 Lens Tubes. There is an LCD control panel on the back of the fixture for set up. Power in and out is powerCon and DMX in and out is via 3 pin XLR.
Hypno Beam is a relatively new moving head for Blizzard. I sports a 1x60x RGBW 8° LED as the main source and two rings of 60 RGB SMD5050 LEDs. There is individual control of each ring and the Beam source for a myriad of possibilities for effects. There are dozens of built-in effects to get you started. There is also built in auto/sound active programs. Power is supplied in and out via powerCon connectors, while DMX uses 3pin XLR.
Hypno Spot is also relatively new using a 30w white LED, creating a 4.7° spot. There is a 9 color + open color wheel for coloring your effect, and a gobo wheel with 9 gobos + open. It also has two effects rings of 76 RGB SMD5050 LEDs. The main source and the effects rings are controlled separately giving you the maximum control for your effects. Both of there Hypno fixture had a Pan of 540/630° and a tilt of 200°.
Wink is Blizzard’s new Moving Head Beam FX fixture. Sporting a 60w RGBW LED with a 5-45° motorized zoom and a ring of 4 RGB5050 LED segments with pixel control. This incredibly fast has an infinite pan and tilt making it fun to watch it spin around. There are dozens of built-in macros. Power in and out is via powerCon and DMX is 3pin XLR.
IRIS by Blizzard is Blizzards new Video panel. ETL listed the IRIS R3 is appropriate for indoor use only, permanent or rental. Each panel features a 128×128 resolution with a 3-in-1 SMD2121 blackbody for vivid color. There is a 3.9mm pixel pitch with 1200nits of brightness and 1920HZ refresh rate. Power in and out is via powerCon and data via Ethercon.
The panes connect via IRIS’s sophisticated quick lock system, allowing for a curvature of 10° concave and 5° convex maximum. The video panels work with the Novastar® VX4S professional LED display controller, making an external scaler unneeded. Each 250mmx250xx panel weighs less than 17lbs.
The hottest ticket on the show floor this year seemed to be City Theatrical’s DMX Cat…but that’s old news. (But if you are still looking for one City T has an LDI Show Special good through the end of the year! – Contact your local Barbizon for details.)
The biggest innovation in wireless technology is here in Multiverse – up to nine universes of DMX transmitted wirelessly from one device – it even includes native DMX Cat integration! And of course, it is compatible with the Show DMX system.
Multiverse comes to us in four products:
-Four radios: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for inputs (DMX Cat and apps ala Luminair), 900MHz and 2.4GHz for Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM output
-Ethernet input for Streaming ACN and Art-Net
-All setup and user choices made with our free DMXcat app
-Rugged cast aluminum enclosure
-A hanging bracket is included for hanging from a pipe or truss
-Built-in 2.4GHz (for worldwide use) and 900MHz (for use in the Americas only) radios allow the user to select which single universe to transmit on, and which radio band to transmit on via the SHoW ID
-Single universe receiver that allows user to select the desired universe
-A very simple user interface to set SHoW ID and universe
-Rugged cast aluminum enclosure
-A single dual band antenna
-XLR input and output
-A hanging bracket for hanging from pipe or truss
-Optional yoke mount bracket
-Optional battery pack
-Four radios: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for inputs (DMX Cat and apps ala Luminair), 900MHz and 2.4GHz for wireless DMX/RDM output.
-Ethernet input for Streaming ACN and Art-Net
-All setup and user choices made with our free DMXcat app
-Rugged cast aluminum enclosure
-A hanging bracket is included for hanging from a pipe or truss
– 8 universes of DMX output
The Multiverse Module is a tiny circuit board mounted device for lighting manufacturers that allows them to utilize all of the benefits of a wireless lighting system built directly into their fixture – ask your favorite manufacturer if this is of interest to you!
Hot on the heels of last year’s DMX Kegerator, at the home of Dr DMX this year, not only could you duel your friends in a Battle-Bot style arena with balloon-popping robots controlled by lighting consoles (I chose the Gio over the Apathy and Avolight options), but the Hawaiian shirt crew was showing several new products, including the E2E. The “Ethernet to Ethernet” interface is a lighting protocol conversion device with support for four universes of data. The input and output connections may use completely separate networks simultaneously, or transmit and receive on the same network using a switch. An internal web server provides configuration options on each port. The in and out ports may be configured to use E1.31 sACN, draft sACN, Artnet, Strand Shownet, and KiNeT. Universe numbering may be selected for each of the individual four channels. DHCP or IPv4 fixed addressing may be set individually on input and output. I know we’ve all had to reconfigure our sACN network for that ONE Artnet-only device. This is your get-out-of-jail-free card.
Also of particular interest was the new Decelerator featuring a “choose your speed” option (slow, medium, fast), as well as a bypass mode making this a true 1-to-1 opto-isolator.
Fleenor has also updated their relay pack with an Ethernet native option. Milton was very proud to have included most of the custom options he has cooked up over the years in the base model of this new version – such as momentary mode, latch lock, threshold setting, to name a few.
Tomcat had on a display a prototype model of their new Nemesis pre-rig truss. Simply rig your moving light to their aluminum bar, slide it into the open end of the truss and lock it into place with any of the 4” on center holes for consistent, even spacing. Thomas offers dollies that insert into both ends of the truss for transport, as well as shop stands to keep the ends open for fixture loading without worry of the truss sliding away during pre-rig.
As you would expect, Tomcat also displayed their numerous truss solutions, everything we’ve come to expect from them over the years – collapsible box truss, bolt end, spigoted, swing truss – all the good standbys.
Lectrosonics was featuring their Duet IEM System – 24-bit digital audio, low latency, and a compact, lightweight, diversity bodypack unit. The new system consists of the M2T dual-stereo half-rack transmitter and M2R diversity belt pack receiver. Utilizing UHF frequencies between 470-608 MHz (138 MHz) in a single range, digital modulation for transmission, and can accept analog or Dante™ digital inputs. The new system can be considered a “wireless IEM” or a deluxe IFB product, designed and developed with professional touring, installation, theater, filmmaking and broadcast customers in mind. The compact nature of the M2T ½-rack transmitter means that up to four dual-channel carriers can be sent from 1RU, resulting in either 4 stereo audio feeds or up to 8 mono audio feeds.
Also of interest was the HH Digital Hybrid Wireless Handheld Transmitter. The HH incorporates many advanced features to provide high-quality speech and vocal reinforcement. Along with peerless audio quality with wide frequency response and dynamic range in native 400 Series mode, the technology used in the HH includes compatibility modes for Lectrosonics 200 Series, 100 Series and IFB receivers, and some systems from other top manufacturers.
Elation had many new offerings at the show. Three fixtures of particular interest were:
The Artiste Picasso™ features a new 600W 8,000K Cool White LED engine with advanced optics delivering over 22,000 total lumens, ultra wide 7° to 53° zoom, full CMY color mixing and linear CTO color correction, 7 dichroic colors, 7 rotating glass and 7 static-stamped metal interchangeable gobos, 4-blade rotating framing shutter system, full 360° bi-directional animation wheel, 8-facet and linear rotating prisms, 2 frost filters, multiple color, framing, prism, and frost macros, motorized iris, focus, and auto-focus, selectable dimming curve modes, high speed electronic shutter and strobe, hibernation mode, DMX, RDM (Remote Device Management), Art-NET, and sACN protocol support, Elation’s E-FLY™ internal wireless DMX transceiver, 5pin XLR, RJ45 etherCON, and powerCON TRUE1 in/out connections, full color 180° reversible menu display with 6 button touch control panel, battery backup for display power, adjustable LED refresh rate and gamma brightness for flicker free operation for TV and FILM, and a multi-voltage universal auto switching power supply (100-240v). This fixture should be available early next year.
The Smarty Hybrid™ is a compact full-featured CMY color mixing spot, beam, and wash hybrid luminaire featuring the all-new Philips™ Platinum Flex 200 lamp with “FLEX” technology which uses a smartly designed discharge lamp/ballast package to produce high output and compact performance at an efficient, long life solution of up to 10,000 hours. Features include motorized zoom ranges of 2° to 20° in beam mode and 3° to 25° in spot mode, a full CMY color mixing system, a frost filter for wash effects, 13 dichroic colors including CTB, CTO, and UV, 8 rotating interchangeable glass and 12 static-stamped metal gobos, a 16 and 8 facet independent rotating prisms, multiple CMY color, gobo, and prism macros, motorized focus and auto-focus, high speed shutter and strobe, lamp hibernation mode, DMX, RDM (Remote Device Management), Art-NET, and sACN protocol support, Elation’s E-FLY™ internal wireless DMX transceiver, 5pin XLR, RJ45 etherCON, and powerCON TRUE1 in/out connections, full color 180° reversible menu display with battery backup, and a multi-voltage universal auto switching power supply (100-240v).
The DARTZ 360™ is a unique, compact, narrow beam luminaire featuring a new patent pending single source 50W RGB LED engine producing an impressive 3° aperture, amazing high output level and smooth color-mixed effects that can be used in a variety of applications requiring no minimum safe project distance as with typical discharge lamp beam fixtures, fast and precise 16-bit continuous 360° pan and tilt rotation, 14 static-stamped metal gobos, 6-facet linear and 8-facet independent rotating prisms, 0-100% linear frost filter for wash effects, high speed electronic shutter and strobe, electronic dimming and variable dimming curve modes, adjustable LED refresh rate and gamma brightness for flicker free operation for TV and Film, DMX, RDM (Remote Device Management), Kling-Net, Art-NET and sACN protocol support, Elation’s E-FLY™ internal wireless DMX transceiver, 5pin XLR, RJ45 etherCON, and powerCON TRUE1 in/out connections, full color 180° reversible menu display with multi-button control panel, battery backup for display power and a multi-voltage universal auto switching power supply (100-240v).
The MEGA POINTE is a game changer for ROBE! Bright, sharp parallel beams, excellent gobo projection, precise movement, smooth CMY color mixing, and dimming, plus a multitude of beam splitting, wash and shaping effects. The fixture uses a 470W Osram lamp that aligns perfectly with the cutting edge optical system. The design provides a brilliant, crystal clear, razor-edged beam, adjustable from a punchy 1.8 out to a wide 42-degree zoom. The newly designed effects engine can product 12 varying beam and “flower” effects. The beam can also be shaped using the innovative shutter emulation.
The PARFECT 150 is a static, zoomable version of the successful LEDBeam 100 and retains all the key features including both CMY & RGBW color control, 18-bit dimming, Tungsten emulation, selectable & variable color temperatures and the powerful punchy beam ranging from 3,8° to 60°.
The compact and lightweight molded composite unit includes a combined hanging bracket/floor stand. Accessories such as barn-doors and the gel frame give ParFect 150 the features required for TV and theatre.
ROBE’s architectural division, ANOLIS, focuses on custom LED solutions for architectural, leisure & entertainment, retail, clubs & bars, and beyond. A large focus is offering outdoor rated lighting. One of the popular fixtures in this line is the Divine series, available in RGBW and UV. The custom options for this architectural line are endless.
Here is a great video by Tim Holub of the show in their booth this year.
Aryton’s newest product is the GHIBLI, an LED spot luminaire that is equipped with a framing system designed to offer unlimited creative possibilities. Standard features include a CYM color mixing system with a variable CTO and a 6-position color wheel. The framing system allows each frame to be positioned with precision on a 100% surface area in all positions. The effects section includes two wheels with interchangeable HD glass gobos, one with seven rotating and the other with eight fixed gobos, continuous dynamic effects wheel, iris diaphragm, two frost filters, and a 4-facet rotating prism. The fixture has a liquid cooling system using a heat pipe.
Marinco is offering SELF CUTTING CABLE TIES, manufactured by Ancor. An integrated stainless steel blade leaves a clean flush cut, improving appearance and eliminating the tail. Simply lock the tie and place and twist…no need to have additional tools! Various lengths available from 4’ to 17”.
The SolaFrame 750 automated luminaire from High End Systems offers many of the effects capabilities of the company’s flagship white light LED products, making it suitable for theaters, houses of worship, nightclubs and other medium-sized venues. Delivering 11,300 lumens, the fixture includes a full framing shutter system, CMY/CTO- linear color mixing, replaceable fixed color wheel systems, rotating gobo wheel plus rotating animation, frost, iris, 6º to 50º zoom, and a three-facet rotating prism. In other fixture news, the SolaFrame Theatre fixture received the 2017 PLSN Gold Star Product Award for Best New Light For Theater.
On the console side, High End showcased the new release of Hog 4 OS v3.7.0 software running on their desks at the show. Hog 4 OS v3.7.0 contains major new features including plot icons, fixture color-coding, plot images, support for additional touchscreens, effects synchronization, MIDI note macros, many smaller enhancements.
High End also held their 2017 HOG Factor National Collegiate Lighting Show Programming Competition at LDI. Of the three finalists, the Long Beach Three from California State University, Long Beach won the competition with their show.
ETC’s booth at LDI 2017 was awash in color as the new ColorSource CYC luminaire made its debut. This new compact, affordable five-color LED cyclorama light that specializes in smooth washes and rich color.
Among the other products making their first appearance at LDI were the Ion Xe and Ion Xe 20 consoles, which update the compact Eos® family desk with backlit keyboards, increased output, and the option of built-in faders.
Also showing for the first time was the Source 4WRD™ PAR and PARnel – which combine new fixture bodies with the Source 4WRD engine to create incredibly bright LED wash lights – and a Source 4WRD Daylight unit (5700K).
The NAB 2017 conference was last week April 24-27 in 2017. Our Barbizon Lighting’s staff was on the ground looking for all the latest lighting, grip, and other handy production acquisition equipment being released. We’re in the process of digesting it down and posting it here for you to see.
The reports from this year’s show are below in alphabetical order. If you saw something of note please email us at more [at] barbizon.com and we’ll take a peek and update!
High-output LED manufacturer AadynTech this year released a cinema line of their popular HMI-equivalent fixtures, with an increased CRI of 92 across all available color temperatures. Cinema versions were announced of the Jab and Punch fixture lines, and can be purchased in fixed daylight or variable white. Earlier versions can be still be purchased of all lines. Like all their products, the Cinema fixtures are developed and manufactured in the United States, and all units are shipping now.
AC Lighting’s next generation of the Chroma-Q Color One is the Color One 100X. This LED par features the same innovative homogenized beam as the Color One 100 but with a much brighter beam. Nearly 60% more output. The optics produce a smooth, powerful 19 degree beam and color blending with no separation shadow. RGBA allows for deep colors across the entire spectrum. The Color One 100X is convection cooled, meaning no noisy fans. It boasts a CRI of 93 and is available in IP20 and IP65 versions.
Alcorn McBride is a world leader in audio, video, lighting and show control products for themed entertainment.
New to their Show Control lineup is the RidePlayer. The RidePlayer provides a solution to many of the multi-control challenges of vehicle-based show control attractions. The RidePlayer offers the ability to precisely synchronize onboard audio with wayside audio, video, lighting, animatronics and other show control necessities. Alcorn McBride uses a state of the art synchronization system that uses several methods, including GPS, SMPTE, Video Genlock, IEEE-1588 and others, to maintain a lock between onboard and wayside systems.
The primary purpose of the RidePlayer is to provide high-quality audio playback so it offers up to 16 outputs of 24-bit 96kHz audio with the ability to route, mix and crossfade tracks.
The RidePlayer will be available in the 2nd Quarter of 2017.
The ALZO Smoothy Radius and Linear Camera Slider is an excellent tool for interview and B-Roll video, adding talent-stationary camera motion; it is also very useful for ‘A’ camera in commercial product presentations. The slider has a 40 inch run and can replace time-consuming track and dolly for many shots. This slider easily converts from curved radius to linear sliding by simply changing the track attachment to the base beam. Constructed from a lightweight, yet rigid aluminum track that mounts to a base beam with thumb screws in either curved or straight while stainless steel nylon wrapped bearings assure an ultra-smooth action and very long life. The slider camera bed allows for 1/4 inch x 20 or 3/8 inch x 16 thread mounting of camera quick releases plates; with the exception of the basic model, a camera quick release is included. For best results, they recommend using a Pro video tripod with a load capacity over 5 pounds, like the ALZO Pro-Pod V. Another support option is to use 2 light stands screwed into the ends of the slider, which is the most stable slider mount. For the ultimate lightweight and rigid camera sliding, we recommend adding the ALZO Camera Slider Brace Support to a tripod. The slider can also be placed on a table or any flat surface by adding the ALZO Slider Table Leg Set accessory (see image); this is a stable solution, but height adjustment is more difficult. The load capacity for the Smoothy Slider is up to 3 pounds of camera weight. The center tripod mount includes 1/4 inch x 20 and 3/8 inch x 16 threaded mounting holes. In addition, the base beam ends include 1/4 inch x 20 and 3/8 inch x 16 threaded mounting holes on the bottom. These mounting holes allow for attaching the ALZO Camera Slider Brace Support.
American grip has new accessories for your Dana Dolly this year!
The new Drop Down allows as low as 1.5“ from the floor to as high as 49.5” and is adjustable while the dolly is set-up. There is also a collapsible Drop-Down that is easier to store in a case. They are making some adjustments to the system based on feedback from NAB – but they are available now!
The Portable track system is still very popular. Made of aluminum extrusions, either schedule 40 or schedule 80, and gives a seamless ride that can be configured in 3, 6 or 9’ sections.
The new ARRI SkyPanel is an exceptionally versatile LED soft light; compact, fully tunable and delivering light of unsurpassed power and quality. Because different application areas call for different light needs, SkyPanel has been designed as a series of fixtures. The S120 is the largest member of the SkyPanel family, the S60 the mid-range model and the S30 is the smaller, more portable version.
True Soft Light Beam Quality
Outstanding color Rendition
Remote Phosphor Version
A single Soft, Clean Shadow
Familiar but revolutionary
Built to Last
The popular SkyPanel family of LED soft lights continues to improve with its third major firmware update. Bringing 10 new features and numerous refinements, SkyPanels firmware 3.0 is a free update that can be downloaded by users and installed in any SkyPanel fixture. SkyPanel firmware 3.0 allow for more control and creativity tan ever before.
Backstage has released its new, fully collapsible, Mini Flight Case Cart (TR-06 MINI)!
This all aluminum construction cart features stainless steel hardware and has a 500 lbs. maximum weight rating. It is L35 ¾” x W18 ¼” x H38 ¾” and collapses down to 5 ¾” high and weighs less than 50 lbs. There are individual bags to store and protect the upright poles and the wheels and requires no tools. The Mini Flight has a lifetime warranty and uses most Magliner accessories. And Speaking of accessories, there are tons of ways to customize this cart to your specific needs!
BB&S Lighting of Denmark has increased the available options for the popular Pipeline FREE series of LED softlights. Formerly available only in 12” and 24” versions, the line has now expanded to include 4”, 8”, 36”, and 48” sizes. All fixtures are available in 3200K, 4300K, or 5600K color temperature options, and boast a 50,000+ hour lifespan in addition to a Television Lighting Consistency Index of 95+. Fixtures are locally dimmed and powered via the included power supply. Soft bags are available to allow the end user to create a kit to suit virtually any remote lighting situation.
If DMX control is desired, choose from the selections available in the Pipeline Raw series. For a self-contained fixture option, choose either the 3’ or 4’ Pipeline 4-Bank series. These fixtures can be powered and controlled from an available 48V power supply, which in turn can be controlled remotely via DMX.
Not many people realize that despite LED Lighting Manufacturers claims that their products work on battery power many see a drop in performance out of their lights since they need 48V which most batteries do not provide! Block Battery recently released their R48-Mini which is designed to boost the power out of standard batteries so you can power your LED fixture to full. This unit conveniently has three mounting options so you can attach it to a stand, the light, or if you own them, an HC-400 Block. Now you can get full power out of your LED panel fixtures that require a full 48V of power to work properly!
Brightline has made upgrading existing conference rooms a breeze with its LED Micro-T line. With low power consumption, these fixtures can be fed using the POE of a network switch allowing for an easier installation and or reconfiguring of office building floors. With accessories including control stations, the self-contained system has features not easily obtained previously.
Chauvet Professional headed to NAB this year with their line of video walls, fixtures, and control for content creators.
They had their line of LED profile, fresnel, and wash lights, many with IP 65 ratings for outdoor use.
Chauvet’s Ovation E-260WW / E-260CW profile fixtures are powered by a single source LED that exceeds the output of a 750 W tungsten light source. This warm or cool white ERS-style fixture boasts extremely smooth dimming down to the very bottom of the curve as well as a flat and even field of light for superior gobo projection. Control options like selectable PWM, RDM, and selectable dimming curves round out this virtually silent ellipsoidal. The Ovation E-260WW is also available in a white housing to blend into architectural applications.
Chauvet also recently completed the acquisition of ChamSys Ltd., the Southampton, UK-based designer, and manufacturer of lighting controllers. At NAB they were showing the new MagicQ MQ500 which features multi-touch displays in full HD with adjustable viewing angle and gesture support.
The MQ500 Stadium has inbuilt MagicVis 3D visualiser with high quality beam and gobo rendering.
The MQ500 Stadium supports up to 200 universes onboard direct from the console without the need for external processing. MagicHD media server runs on board enabling pixelmapping to all 200 universes.
This year Cinebags as come out with a very limited edition backpack, the CB25 Revolution Backpack!
It features a pullout rain cover with padded shoulder harnesses and a padded hip strap. The Revolution is very roomy with enough space for your 15” laptop and tons of gear! There are removable dividers to keep your stuff organized and lots of spacious pockets outside. Of course, it comes with the R.B.F. key chain and there are only 50 units available! Hurry and get yours before they are all gone!
Cineo has designed the ultimate creative lighting tool — the Quantum c80.
The Qc80 gives professionals the unique ability to independently control the dimming curve, white light, colored light, and saturation. Stop worrying about color and light variance from one session to the next. The intuitive controls of Qc80 allow for predictable, repeatable results. Qc80’s phosphor-converted saturated color LEDs work with the phosphor recipes in the white LEDs to create a balanced, natural-looking spectrum. Combining Cineo’s award-winning white-light quality with innovative saturated color technology, the Qc80delivers up to 50,000 lumens of beautiful, easily controllable, full-gamut light.
The Qc80 boasts a substantial 2’ x 4’ diffused illuminating surface, weighing less than 50 lbs., with a maximum power of 800 watts.
Creating beautiful light within an extended color gamut is only part of the story. Cineo has developed an intuitive control strategy that allows predictable, repeatable results, either using the graphical control panel or remotely with wired or built-in wireless CRMX control.
The strategy is simple: four controls or four DMX channels control the entire fixture in a single mode of operation:
Master – Cineo’sPhoto-Accurate Dimming maps the 0-100% dimming curve to actual camera stops for precise output control using the MASTER control locally or on the second DMX channel.
White – For color-accurate white light, choose the CCT as you would with any Cineo fixture, using the WHITE rotary control or the rstDMX channel.
Color – To optionally add saturated color, the COLOR control adjusts the hue, the color of which is displayed on the control panel or managed on the third DMX channel.
Blend – Controls the amount of saturated color to be added to the white light, from full white to fully saturated color.
With the Qc80, the same color shading can be achieved regardless of the CCT used for photography. For example, +2 Green added to 3200K CCTwill look the same as +2 Green at 5600K to the correctly white- balanced camera.
In addition to our proprietary phosphor-converted white light LEDs, we developed phosphor-converted saturated color LEDs. These work with the phosphor recipes in the white LEDs to create a balanced, natural-looking spectrum featuring Cineo’s deep-red color rendering technology. The saturated color LEDs use the exact same dies as the white LEDs, allowing all light-emitting elements of the Qc80 to carry identical thermal stability, and perform over time with identical differential aging. After years of service, we guarantee that our color stability remains consistent.
ClearCom continues to impress with their new line of Digital Partyline Beltpacks. The Helixnet Main Station and Helixnet Beltpack are now network enabled devices. This means that users can transmit up to 24 channels of intercom communication over a Power Over Ethernet network and to the beltpack which can select 2 channels of bi-directional communication. This system will be useful for end users with a building-wide network because they will not have to pull separate intercom wire to integrate the system.
DeSisti continues to innovate with its SoftLED Series. The series now includes four sizes, the SoftLED 1, 2, 4 & 8. All come in both Variable White and single color with Remote Phosphor. With a high CRI, low profile and built-in power supplies there is surely plenty of uses for these fixtures. As well as showing off these units, all of their fixtures now come with a Variable White option.
Another interesting thing that was released was the ability to get some of DeSisti’s smaller units with a track adapter, allowing for even more versatility in a permanent installation. These can be mounted to data track and all of their fixtures ship standard with full RDM implementation for easy configuration and system monitoring.
When you think precision, you think Dedolight. At NAB, they showed a new version of the DLED focusing dual-lens fixture with higher output. The DLED10-D (daylight) and DLED10-BI (bicolor) consume 300W and 220W respectively. With long zoom range, great color rendering, universal power supply, and a range of accessories, it is a nice expansion to the line.
Draco broadcast has emerged one of the versatile and economical product lines covering a wide range of uses from camera mounts, lighting, wireless systems, teleprompters, and even batteries.
Dracast Lighting showed their new line of Cineray LED panels at the show, available in single and bi-color along with several flavors for powering, including battery mounts. The Cineray Series takes the technology that has gone into their Pro, Studio, and Plus panels, and incorporated it into their slimmest profile light yet designed from the ground up as a high-output, soft source light for studio or location.
DSC has long been the go-to company for color-accurate reference charts. Their consistency and quality in the printing of reference charts large and small for content creation everywhere from broadcast to corporate and medical had set them apart. DSC’s ScreenAlign Calibration puck is an interesting visual comparison tool to help you calibrate monitors. Each control box can have up to 6 combinations of color temperature and brightness. Calibration settings range from 5000k-6500k and two luminance levels of 100nits (for standard monitors) and 1000nits for HDR displays.
Now they’ve taken their reference management to screen with their ScreenAlign Calibration puck. Designed as a visual comparison tool to help you calibrate monitors each control box allows for up to 6 combinations of color temperature and brightness and their calibration settings can range from 5000k-6500k and two luminance levels of 100nits (for standard monitors) and 1000nits for HDR displays.
ETC also was demonstrating their Foundation® Desk, a portable rigging control station that can be transported where you need it in a studio. It affords 192 axes of control, and features a 17-inch, articulating touchscreen with HD resolution for clear viewing.
Erector Sets, Inc. is a full-service scenery and set building company. They offer everything from design services and fabrication to delivery and installation. They offer a complete package, combining services in technical direction and consulting, design and engineering, project management and art direction. Their dedicated staff of crafts persons and design professionals makes Erector Sets an excellent choice for the specialized needs of trade shows, television, and film. Their hands-on approach to each project ensures that the client remains at the center.
Fiilex released their new P360 Pro and P360 Pro Plus portable LED lights at the NAB show this year.
Fiilex has upgraded both fixtures, both include a swanky new OLED display to show precise CCT, hue (for Pro Plus), intensity, and DMX levels. They’ve also made some physical improvements to include a longer yoke, accessory lock, and deeper spigot.
P360 Pro is the next-generation version of Fiilex’s flagship portable LED light. This 400W-equivalent fixture takes everything that made the original P360 great and brings it to the next level. The CCT range has been expanded (2800-6500K) and dimming now runs from 0-100%. The Pro maintains top-tier CRI (>93) at any setting.
Weighing under two pounds, the weather-resistant (IP-24) P360 Pro and Pro Plus are designed for travel, but it can also be easily integrated into DMX setups with its onboard DMX functionality.
Fiilex offers a wide array of accessories, ranging from magnetic fresnels and diffusers, to softboxes and larger fresnel attachments. With these light modifiers, the Pro Plus can be turned into a broad fill, a powerful spot, or anything in between.
Westcott new product was the Solix LED. The light is a single head LED unit that measures at 5600k daylight. It offers a dimmable dial on the backside of the unit and with a low 60w draw; it allows you to use their Flex LED battery. The unique feature about the Solix is the fact that you can mount barn doors using the magnetic system for easy on and off control. Finally built into the Solix they have integrated a speed ring so that you can put on any standard soft box all the way up to a 7-foot Octobank. The ring allows you to rotate the box without removing the box from the unit.
Westcott’s “biggest” announcement at NAB 2017 was the new RGB-W Flex unit. The unit allows you access full visible color spectrum from their flexible LED mat. On top of this announcement, they also announce their new Westcott Pro dimmer and standard dimmer. The pro dimmer allows you to control the Flex mat wirelessly and also with DMX options. The dimmers are now constructed of aluminum instead of plastic. An Integrated Anton Bauer or V-lock mounts make powering the light with a battery much easier. Westcott has partnered up with Innovative Dimmers to create the new dimmers. The RGB-w mats are available in 1×1 and 1×2 sizes. Don’t get too excited, because Westcott says it probably won’t be shipping until Q3 later this year.
The BladeLight is a truly unique fixture in the market today. The narrow linear array of high CRI LED’s allows the fixture to create a wide soft wrap around fill. What makes it different from other softlights is the ability to use the barndoors to shutter the edges to create a clean cut like you would expect from a Fresnel. The BladeLight also utilizes an adjustable lens system which allows it change quickly and easily from its 120° wide spread, down to 60° or even 20° for longer throw applications. The BladeScreen uses a very narrow spectrum green LED to enhance the backdrop for ChromaKey applications.