Le Mark had their full line of popular Dirty Rigger gloves, tools and accessories on display and introduced two new gloves: Pro-Grip and Comfort 0.5. The Pro-Grip provide a combination of dexterity and grip with a Hexa-grip silicone embossed palm for superb grip in both wet and dry applications. The Comfort 0.5 is a multi-purpose lite duty all black glove, with durable synthetic leather palm and interact touch technology great for touch screens.
AGI took another look at the way Flat Frame Gel Holders are made. The holder has a 5/8″ Pin and spring loaded paddle-like fasteners with a built-in tightening knob and roll pins that keep the jaws from spinning when all the way open. This handy part proves useful when gel frames are subjected to harsh winds or movements, or when custom placement of the flat gel frames are needed. They also showed off their MC C-Stand base which can fit in a milk crate and a miniature duck bill clamp. Working closely with Dana Dolly, American Grip showed off their new Blue Curve Dolly Track. Available in 8′, 9′ and 10′ curved sections, this curved track which is made from Speedrail is smaller in width so that it can be used with the Dana Dolly systems.
Litepanels is offering the Brick One Light Kit. It is a compact and powerful variable LED and it is IP65 rated. The Brick is a perfect on-camera solution for ENG camera operators on the go or who need full spectrum lighting during wet conditions. It has a high CRI, completely silent passive cooling, adjustable temps from tungsten to daylight, and ulta smooth dimming. It is AC or DC powered. The kit contains: Brick Bi-Color LED, 100-240 International AC power supply, 60° honeycomb frame, diffusion frame, Manfrotto Micro 244 Friction Arm, hard case with custom polyethylene foam.
BBS was featuring the Flyer LED Kit. This is a very lightweight, portable boom kit. It is a variable color, 3000K to 5600K overhead softlight. The complete kit includes a Molded Case, Light head, Diffusor; Diffusor Skirts, power supply, AC Cord, DC Cord, Integrated Belt Pack for Remote Controller and GOLD MOUNT OR V-LOCK battery plate. The head only weighs 2 pounds!
BBS offers the Pipeline Reporter 3200K, 4300K and 5600K kits. These kits are made to address the challengers of traveling correspondents who often deliver their reports via Skype or Messenger from a webcam on a desktop. The Pipeline remote phosphor LED fixtures in the reporter kits deliver flicker free dimming from 100%-0, extremely bright with more than 2000 Lumens output. The footprint of each fixture is less than the computer mouse and set up takes just a minute. Each Pipeline Reporter Kit includes: 1- Rugged case for two lights, 2-weighted adjustable desk top tripod stands, 2-(1’) Pipeline with build in dimmers, 1-DC Adapter-UK/US/EUIAU and 1-(4’) power split cable. Each kit meets onboard travel regulations.
CBI was featuring the Audio Jog Pro 8 Audio Cable Tester with SINGLE & DOUBLE ended testing. The unit tests 3,4, & 5 pin XLR cable, 1/4″ stereo or mono, Single or Twin 4.4mm Bantam, stereo or mono, 1/8″ stereo or mono, 2, 4 & 8 Pole Speakon, DIN 3, 5 & 8 Pole, MINI DIN 4 Pole (S Video) , RCA, BNC, RJ45, Ethercon, USAB A&B, and red and black bandana.
Lee Filters has introduced the Zircon Filters, designed for use with LED fixtures. Manufactured using a 180-micron material, they are more than double the thickness of a normal lighting filter. The Zircon filters have a much slower fade time than a traditional gel filter….roughly 200 times the life span over regular gel. Popular colors include a variety of warm ambers, minus greens, and diffusion. The Zircon Filters are available in a 10’x4’ roll, 24”x24” sheets, sized specifically to fit the popular 2×2 panel, and 12”x12” gel packs.
Martin The Martin exhibit focused on three main areas within their booth: Stage, Dance floor and Facade under the tagline “Solutions to evoke emotions”.
Stage Lighting products on display included the popular MAC Viper series of moving head luminaires utilizing a 1,000W HID source. Viper Performance, Profile, Wash FX and Beam are optical variants of their top of the line automated lighting units. The MAC Quantum family of LED source moving heads consists of the Profile, a 575W 13,000 Lumen White Light hard edged unit with CMY color mixing, and beam animation effects; the Wash, a 750W 16,000 Lumen RGBW Wash light with 1:5 Zoom and rotating front lens for beam effects; and the Aura XB, a 285W 6,000 lumen compact wash light perfect for that “eye candy” effect. The dynamic beam effects were made notable with use of the Jem ZR family of atmospheric effects. Additional LED products including the VDO Sceptron family of linear units with a variety of optical accessories, and the VC Range of creative LED building blocks in Grid, Strip and dot configurations were used to light up the stand. The brains behind the scenes were M-Series lighting desk and the video savvy P3 system controllers.
Dance Floor (Club lighting) products shown featured the RUSH line of effects lighting featuring both automated and fixed units designed to make an emotional impact at a cost effective price point. The Rush MH series consist of various LED and Arc source moving heads in spot and wash configuration. Rounding out the RUSH line are the Strobe CWL, the Wizard magical beam effect, Multibeam2 with actuating LED Bars, DC1 Aqua color projector, the Gobo Projector with 20W LED source, PAR RGBW2 Zoom and PAR2 CT Zoom for variable CT white light.
Rounding out the trifecta was the Facade component of the Martin scene. A series of IP66 rated Exterior Wash units designed to light up your façade are available in different sizes with either single color RGBW LEDs, Quadcolor RGBW LEDs, or Variable white. Looking for accents? The Exterior Linear family and IP67 rated Inground 400 are available in the same color configuration as the Wash. Finally the Exterior 400 Image Projector is an IP65 rated 7500 Lumen white light LED projector. Beam spreads are available in narrow, medium and wide, and the unit comes complete with six custom colors and 8 custom gobos (steel or glass) for that cool dynamic exterior projection effect that we’ve all been hoping for.
Robe pulled out all the stops with their largest LDI booth to date in an impressive product launch of their new BMFL units. The stage was set for 2 industry Rock Bands, allowing Robe to demonstrate the features of its lighting portfolio in a real world scenario. Luminaires featured include the DL7S Profile, an LED fixture built for theatres and TV studios. the Square, a 5×5 zoomable LED matrix for video projection, pixel animation, beam effects plus a highly effective wash and cyc light with continuous pan/tilt rotation movement. ColorStrobe an RGBW version of their white light LED. Viva, an elegant brand new lightweight LED spot moving head, and the PATT 2013 tungsten softlight, utilizing an HPL 750 lamp.
The BMFL (Bright Multi-Functional Luminaire) signature line comprised of the BMFL Spot and BMFL Blade units has now been expanded to include a BMFL Wash and BMFL Wash XF fixtures. BMFL Wash is a 1,700W wash light with large 200mm diameter front fresnel lens for high quality traditional wash output ranging from 4.5° to smooth 55° to create a punchy beam or smooth wash. Interchangeable frost filters available in three grades light, medium (standard) and heavy offer a means for the designer to create the desired level of softness. CMY + CTO color mixing filters compliment two color wheels with 6 colors each. Advanced DMX controllable edge aberration correction is used to create smoother hues and seamless coverage.
The Optional XF module expands the features of the BMFL Wash with an internal graduated filter, allowing rotation of the whole assembly plus/minus 130° to achieve even wash coverage when projecting onto a non-perpendicular surface. A Beam Shaping internal motorized barndoor module contains four individually controllable blades, rotatable by 180 degrees.
LynTec, a manufacturer of remotely operated AC power control systems for the installed sound, lighting and video industries, was on scene to demonstrate the most recent additions to their product line. On display at LDI 2015 will be three new circuit count panels for LynTec’s RPC line of remote-control breaker panels. The new panels make it possible for LynTec customers to add more circuits in the same horizontal wall space to control a greater number of components as needed. The three new RPC panels take advantage of a change in the National Electrical Code that allows them to support 48, 66, and 84 circuit breaker positions, respectively. Previously, RPC panels were available only with 30 or 42 circuit breaker slots. Now customers have incremental options between the 30 and 84 position panels with no increase in width. All RPC panels leverage the RPC controller’s ability to address up to 168 motorized circuit breakers. The new panels are also available as main lug only (MLO) and main circuit breaker (MCB) in 225, 400, and 600 amp interiors.
Going mobile… the RPCM Mobile Distro Panel brings the RPC feature set, including web-enabled control and monitoring, remote-control breakers, and both branch and phase current monitoring, to a mobile power distribution. Easily controlled through a browser interface, users can turn circuits on or off, or monitor branch current and other energy usage statistics. Built-in alarming capabilities can provide external messages triggered by electrical problems.
The system operates on 120/208 Volts (other voltages optional) with Cam-style connectors for power input and feed-thru, 200% neutrals and your choice of 150A, 225A, or 400A Main Circuit Breaker. The panel offers 42 breaker positions populated to your specification with motorized and un-motorized breakers. A Multi Function LED panel compliments multiple LED monitor power displays for 3-phase voltage, 3-phase current, Neutral-ground voltage, Neutral current and Line frequency. Rack mount output panels are customized with your choice of connector options such as L6-20, L21-20, and VSC style along with a standard 5-15 duplex outlet.
Green Hippo has three lines of products first the Aviary line of media management and digital display solutions, the well-known Hippotizer range of media servers capable of 3D mapping, and the LINX DPSDI that solves the problem of converting a single 4K Display Port into four 3G-SDI signals. This rack mounted splitter takes a full 4K and UHD Display Port input and converts it to four independent, genlocked, 3G-SDI outputs. They developed this for a single customer and are now gauging interest in the marketplace.
The big announcement regarding GreenHippo really came from Harmon / Martin Professional. The announcement was made that the P3-PC System Controller will now fully integrate with v4 versions of the GreenHippo Media servers, allowing for native control of all of Martin’s LED video products up to 20,736 pixels.
High End this year was #AllAboutLEDWith the introduction of the new SolaSpot 2000 Highend is starting to cover all of the bases in the LED moving light age. Highend is taking a different approach in that they are giving us a product that functions in the same fashion that we are already accustom to with the benefits of LED’s.
The SolaWash 2000 is also a great compliment to the SolaSpot; it contains a 600w LED source that has the output equivalent to most 1500w Metal halide products on the market. It can also be configured in two variations using lenses, a beam mode provides a field range of 5.5 to 42 degrees and a wash mode provides a field of 9 to 51 degrees.
The other fixture of note was the High End UNO. Utilizing the largest, high efficiency TIR lens ever developed for the entertainment industry, UNO is a LED beam light for the future. An Osram 60x RGBW LED coupled with High End’s proprietary 106mm TIR lens produces the brightest, tightest and most homogenized LED beam to date – which along with lightning fast movement creates three degrees of incredible effects.
This year TMB has introduced a couple new products in its ProPlex networking line. The ProPlex EZ-LAN Ethernet switch makes setting up multiple VPN’s a breeze. With four groups of four ports these groups can easily be assigned to one of ten VPN’s using a digital address tool on the front of the unit. There is no external software required. This allows multiple disciplines to run on a single switch in a very quick and easy setup process. The EZ-LAN even won the LDI 2015 Debuting Product Award Widget Category.
Another announcement was the introduction of the bigger and better ProPlex IQ Two 416 Converter/Opto-Splitter, this device will allow you to map up to four ArtNet/sACN universes to sixteen DMX outputs. All of this can be configured from the handy touch screen located on the front of the two u box.
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Clay Paky introduced two new movers to the market at the show, the Scenius and the Spheriscan. Both are arc source fixtures with 6,000k lamps at 1,400W and 1,200W respectively. The Scenius is billed as the, “top of the Clay Paky range,” and is a moving head profile fixture with an 8°-55° zoom. Color is CMY plus a linear CTO filter combined with a seven-color fixed color wheel to solve the problem of hard to mix colors. Beam tools include two rotating gobo wheels with (12) interchangeable gobos, a four-facet prism, frost, a graphics wheel, and an iris.
The Spheriscan brings back the moving mirror fixture in a very modern package. The mirror is centered above the fixture’s lens in a clear, acrylic enclosure. The mirror has continuous rotation (no end stop) at up to 280rpm. Color in this fixture is also CMY plus the seven-color fixed color wheel (no CTO). Zoom range is 13°-34° and the beam can be modified with six rotating gobos, eight fixed gobos, prism, iris, and frost. An additional feature of this fixture is that it is IP54 rated for outdoor use. The mirror can also be removed if you wish to use the fixture as a fixed image projection device.
The new Dalis 860 is an eight color, 300W LED cyc light which pairs alternating six-color clusters of Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Amber, and Royal Blue colored LEDs with two-color clusters of Warm White and Cool White LEDs. The LEDs are aimed horizontally within the fixture housing into asymmetrical reflectors which then direct the light down the surface to be illuminated. Control is via DMX, RDM, Art-Net, or sACN and a bonus feature is that the Dalis 860 can act as a node/ gateway to convert incoming Art-NET or sACN to DMX for fixtures daisy-chained to its output. The 1m unit can be controlled in five modes depending on the granularity of control desired. At the low end is a basic 8-channel mode with color presets, CCT adjustment, dimmer, strobe, etc… At the top end is a 68-channel option to divide the fixture into four control groups each with 16-bit control of each color to allow dynamic effects and more natural variation of color within the cyc illumination. The fixture is convection cooled and uses the QuickRig mounting system.
The new SeaChanger Prodigy color engine is intended to be used in combination with the PRG ReNEW LED retrofit light engines and existing ETC Source Four shutter barrels and lens tubes. With the ReNEW light engine, output and color seemed very consistent when compared to SeaChanger’s traditional Tungsten and HID units. It uses the CYMxG color mixing system and adds an onboard dimmer for use with phase-dimmable LED retrofit light engines. In this “CYMxG+Dim” configuration, the light engine and dichroic filters can work together for tungsten-like dimming adjustments of color temperature as the fixture is dimmed. It should be noted that while the system is tuned for use with the PRG ReNEW light engine, it should work with other manufacturer’s offerings but performance may vary depending on the LED light engine used.
The SeaChanger Prodigy is expected to start shipping in January, 2016.
TOMCAT surprised many of us by finding a new way to look at manufacturing 12” aluminum box truss. Rather than the fully welded assembly we have come to expect, when it starts shipping in early 2016, EVO Truss will use a combination of extrusions, welds, and pinned connections to create a modular, field serviceable replacement for standard box truss. In its spigoted configuration it will match the strength of the existing Core truss while enabling storage of up to (45) 10’ sticks of truss on a single cart measuring 10’-2” x 3’-6” x 6’-6”. This is made possible by a construction that allows the main chords to be slid out of ladders/ diagonals which can then collapse accordion style.
The advantage, other than storage density, is that all of the parts can be easily replaced in the field. Someone hits the side of the truss with a forklift and damages a couple of diagonals? No need to trash (or hopefully recycle) the whole truss, just unpin the damaged diagonals and replace them with spares. See photos below for a better understanding of how this exciting new product will work.