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Photos from LDI 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada

JimOnLight with tieline dredlocks.  Oh yeah, and Kung-Fu Action Grip:

I’m back at the helm in Toronto; LDI 2012 has come and gone, I got to see lots of really amazing people, and I got blinded by not one, not seven, but eleventy (yeah, eleventy) freaking LED sources and screens.  It was so refreshing to see a tungsten or an HMI source around the convention center just as a reference to something that has more than one wavelength in a row together.  Holy schmoly!

LDI was full of pretty striking stuff, from lasers and salvo systems to new gobos and moving moving light systems, which was pretty awesome!  Now obviously seeing photos is a lot less ridiculous than reading me talk about photos, so check this out below — a ton of photos from LDI and the show floor!

This is what I made for the BlackTrax guys to go do their magic, which they do very well.  BlackTrax is out and on the market.  If you were at the show, you saw the demo up in N256 at the LVCC:

BlackTrax from CAST Group -- Room N256

The BT guys calibrating the system.  They have it down to about five minutes.

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Ladies and gentlemen:  The HOG 4.

Hog 4

The High End Systems booth:

stabbing beams at the HES Booth

DMX controlled AirStar balloons!  Awesome!

AirStar at LDI 2012

This was next to us on the show floor — VER’s “upside-down-porno-bedroom-ceiling” thing.  Oh, f*cking hell it was amazing.  I mean absolutely amazing.  I was so proud to be in the view of this booth with my CAST booth, it was absolutely awe inspiring.  I’ll figure out the model of the beautiful equipment being displayed here, but believe me when I say it deserved the award for Best Product Display that it won:

VER at LDI 2012

InLight Gobos!!!  Oh, I have to report that some real winner stole a glass gobo from the InLight Gobos booth, over next to the High End booth.  It was set up on the table, Adri bent down to attend to something in a bag on the floor, and *poof* it was gone.  If you read this blog and you took that gobo, it means that you had an absolute error in judgement.  Mail that thing back to InLight Gobos, 2348 Irving Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207 — be a good human.  Write “I’m Sorry” on the back of the package, too.  It sucks they had to deal with that.

On a lighter note, hey lighting designers — you ever used the rubber band ball gobo from InLight?  That thing is a breakup, an aerial, a wash, and a great atmospheric look maker too.  Every color of the spectrum gives it new characteristics.  Trust me, try it.  You can try it in wysiwyg R29 now too, thanks to Rick and Adri at InLight and Peter Debreceni at CAST for getting the catalogue into the release.  People at LDI who use WYG really seem to dig the InLight lineup — I believe in it, so I figured why not spread the good art word?

InLight Gobos at LDI 2012

There is this guy I know named Peter Kirkup, and he is absolutely one of my favorite people on planet Earth; not because of his ridiculously polite bedside manner, but because he is an industry visionary that has been right since I’ve known him.  I call that a feat in itself; I look to Peter for answers on anything regarding wireless what-have-you, and Peter is now the Vice President of Entertainment for LumenRadio in Sweden.  You might know hime from Cooper Controls and Zero88 fame, when he was just a lowly Product Manager.  Dude, remember — köttbullar i Sverige är inte svenska köttbullar, de är bara köttbullar!

Seriously though, we need to listen to peter’s brain, lighting industry.  He explained something to me that was so amazing, so ingenius as I see it – that I just had to hear him explain it again.  More on that later.  Peter’s a genius.  Ladies, grab him before he’s off the market, Peter’s like the John Holmes of brain power.

Peter Kirkup, VP of Entertainment at LumenRadio

Mac Viper Profile.  I have to say that I am impressed — I spent a lot of my time on shows working with a lot of Martin gear, lots of Mac 2K profiles and washes as you can imagine, Performance versus Profiles was always an argument you had to have in your head when making up a shop order.  “Do I want the FX ribbon, and are framing shutters that important for this one?”  I have no apologies for rocking the living daylights out of Mac 2000 Profiles.  They are absolutely awesome fixtures, despite what your opinions are on it.  I’ve had them apart on the truss while in a basket too, for the bang, they are perfect fixtures.  It looks like the Viper is going to be exactly the same way, and I am so absolutely excited to get my hands on some.  As it was put to me, the Viper is the “Mac 2000 replacement for this decade.”  It is awesome.  Ooh, so is the Mac III AirFX too, just as a side note.

MAC Viper

Oh hey look, another Chinese copy of a Sharpy.

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POINT OF ORDER:  The handles on the VL3515 are very cool.  I yanked around on them quite a bit while I was standing there (perhaps much to the dismay of the guy who I met right there at that point), and they seemed solid and non-conforming.

I LOVE these new handles!

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What a beautiful booth!

Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) at LDI 2012

Me and Susan Rose!  Yes, this Susan Rose.  This guide got me through the teething gigs of the Hog II!

JimOnLight and Susan Rose

Philips Entertainment at LDI 2012

THIS IS EXCELLENT.  The V276 is now available as a piece of gear for sale!  It works on your MAC!  Also, the BAD BOY and BEST BOY are available for SALE!  I think that they are two of the best fixtures built in the last five years, and I really do hope to see them explode in popularity.  They’re solid.  No matter what you think of PRG – whether you’re a fan or a non-fan – Bad Boy and Best Boy rock.  Now there is the V276 on MAC, which allows you the use of the pretty slick V-Series software.  You can run MBOX on this panel, too!  Miguel Ribeiro showed me some amazing things at LDI about MBOX, I am pretty excited to check it out.

the V276 from PRG

The Clay Paky booth at LDI — oh the Sharpys!

Clay Paky, LDI 2012

DTS’s continuously panning beam fixtures.  You have to see these things to believe it, they are poppy and bright, punchy and presentable.  Their booth was one of my faves, designed by a cool LD from Europe, Georg Telos.  Great work, Georg!

DTS/Strong, LDI 2012

The rest of the photos I took at LDI are below in a few different types of Flickr galleries, check out which one works best for you!  Let me know if one or the other floats your boat better than, uh, the other.  Just leave a comment.

Another Flickr show:

The JimOnLight.com Podcast – Episode 4: An Interview with Jeff Waful of Umphrey’s McGee

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Another episode of the JimOnLight.com podcast hits the airwaves!

I was fortunate enough to interview Jeff Waful – a lighting designer who’s been out with moe. and is currently lighting the excellent jam band, Umphrey’s McGee.  I got to talk to Jeff right before New Years’ Eve 2010 as he was programming Umphrey’s New Years run in Chicago.  We talked about his switch from moe. to Umphrey’s, the grandMA, the Mac III, what young lighting designers should know, and a lot more.

Check it out below – I’ve also included a link for download, and it should be hitting the RSS feed right away!

The Elation Impression LED Fixture

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I’ve obviously mentioned about eleventy times already that I was at the three nights of the band Phish’s reunion concerts at Hampton Coliseum; I also mentioned that I was able to interview the lighting designer for Phish, Chris Kuroda!  That interview transcript and video is coming soon – but one of the things I wanted to talk about specifically were some of the LED sources that have made their way into the Phish lighting rig.

For the Hampton shows, Chris was using 32 Mac III‘s, 14 Mac 2000 XB Wash fixtures, 8 High End ShowPix, 14 Martin Atomic 3K Strobes with scrollers, and 38 Elation Impression LED fixtures.  Chris talked in detail about how he handles the difference between designing with the LED Impression fixtures versus the PAR64 sources he was using with a curve on the fader, and how much he likes the quickness of the LED sources.  He also had great praise for the ShowPix fixtures, which were used throughout very tastefully.

The Elation Impression fixtures were placed throughout the rig and used primarily for a toplight-esque system – but on several occasions they were used in a fan-delay tilt effect, and the brightness of the Impression fixture is amazing!  High output and low energy consumption at 60 lumens per watt through Luxeon K2 LEDs (90 of them) gives the Impression superiority over the 575W sources out there on the market.  Impression comes with a lens carrier and a choice between 10° and 25° – and it’s FAST!  660° pan moves in 2 seconds, 300° tilt in 1 second! Impression is DMX-512 controlled, taking a 3-pin XLR.  If you have a chance to spec some of the Impression LED lumainaires, I highly recommend checking them out!

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Mac III’s Ever-Expanding Rep of Tours

Martin is getting more and more news that designers are putting the Mac III in their light plots.  An article in TPI Magazine about the French singer Raphael talks about how the Mac III was designed and incorporated into rig.  From TPI’s article:

Watson used the MAC III Profiles, outfitted with custom gobos, in conjunction with a number of Martin MAC 2000 Performance units. “I chose the MAC III for the brightness and quality of the beam as well as the animation wheel which I adore,” he says. “The zoom range proved to be an absolute winner and of course the fixture’s ability to create red from the color mixing system is a real novelty and a welcome one at that!”

Watson placed six MAC III Profile units on the front truss for front key lighting and for texture washes of both the band and the set. The remaining six fixtures were mounted on the highest of the rear trusses and used for rear band lighting and aerial beam texturing.

There are an increasing number of tours and shows that are rocking the Mac III – James Blunt, Staind, So You Think You Can Dance Holland, The Royal Variety Performance 2008 – are you currently designing anything using the Mac III profile?  Have you designed anything recently using the Mac III profile?  Please post in the comments!

LDI – Martin Lighting’s Area

I was very impressed at the Martin booth – lots of pixel video, the Mac III is still awesome, but I had a hard time getting anyone to talk to me about it.  Lots of people there, I’m sure I didn’t look too important, or at least unimportant by comparison.

It was great to see the Mac III in action!

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Mac III’s Added to James Blunt’s Tour

An article at PLSN this week tells of James Blunt’s current tour, and how seven Mac III’s are out on it, getting run through the paces.  Paul Normandale of Lite Alternative in England designed the Mac III’s into the rig, high on a circle truss.  Normandale, the lighting, scenic, and video director of the tour, said he chose the Mac III’s because he was looking for ‘a bright hard edge fixture for venues with trim heights of up to 48 feet, and he needed a powerful spot to go with the Martin LC Series LED panels.’  From the article:

“I’m impressed,” Normandale said, of the 1500-watt profile spots. “The fixtures offer a significantly brghter tier of lighting, a great wide aperture source, a dramatic zoom, real strobing — and finally a real red.”

Normandale also commented on the output and zoom of the Mac III:

“Even at extreme zoom it has light to spare from a trim of nearly 50 feet across a video wall,” Normandale said, of the MAC III’s ability to punch out more than 33,000 lumens.

Martin’s Mac III

Remember the post I made a month ago about Martin’s next gen moving head?

I do believe it’s out!  Martin’s third generation of moving heads, the Mac III, is packing a hell of a punch.  Too bad I’m not hitting LDI this year, otherwise I’d be drooling in Martin’s booth like in 2006 when the TW-1 came out.

Look at that sexy beast!  Check out some specs:

  • 1500 W short arc discharge lamp with Lok-it!™ base
  • CMY plus variable CTO with non-fade coating technology
  • 7 position color wheel plus open
  • Zoom and focus with zoom-focus tracking
  • Completely uniform dimming plus mechanical shutter for total blackout
  • 2 x 5 slot plus open indexable rotating gobo wheel
  • Interchangeable 4-facet rotating and indexable prism
  • Motorized iris
  • Mechanical and electronic strobe effect 2 – 10 Hz, pulse effects, instant open and blackout
  • Gobo animation wheel with full movement / direction control
  • Pan and tilt (540°/267°) with absolute positioning control
  • Patented very low-noise cooling
  • Modular design for easy maintenance, servicing and product conversion
  • Electronic ballast, fast lamp re-strike and flicker free light
  • RDM ready, Art-Net II prepared and service USB
  • Battery powered TFT display and jog wheel navigation
Okay now, damn.  Mac III – I need to get my designer hands on one of these.

Martin’s Mac III

If you’re a Martin Mac 2000 fan like me, you’re certainly going to appreciate the Mac III. Martin is rolling out a new fixture at the PLASA convention this year. Mac III is going to be a 1500W luminaire, and the first in a series of Martin’s third generation fixtures. Mac III also boasts better optics, color mixing, some great looking prisms, movement speed improvements, animation effects, lower noise cooling, and up to 75% more output than current 1200W profiles.

Check out this video on Martin’s website showcasing some of the Mac III’s new features.  Gotta love that new prism!