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VLX – Inside the New LED Marvel of Moving Lights

MMM.  VLX!  Sexy!  I cannot WAIT to see this at LDI 2009.  Hey, did I mention I am going to LDI 2009?

I just found some pictures of the inside of the VLX from Vari*Lite, and a few of the outside of the casing.  Check this stuff out!

A light engine chip from the VLX – Phlatlight anyone?

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More light engine goodiness:

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Even more lighting engine goodiness:

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Front lens side view with motors:

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Front lens with motors:

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VLX with its clothes off – I mean covers:

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Front view:

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Rear view:

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Thanks, Vari*Lite!

PRG’s Bad Boy is Rocking Eurovision

Joan Lyman Melzig

I just got a press release from PRG – Bad Boy is rocking the crap out of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.  Check out the press release:

PRG Bad BoyTM boasts biggest show to date on Eurovision Song Contest 2009

New Windsor, New York – May 16, 2009 – The annual Eurovision Song Contest, now in its 54th year, is one of the most-watched television productions in the world, with estimates of some 200 million viewers. The format began simply enough back in 1954 – a live broadcast of the members of the European Broadcast Union competing to win the title of Best Song in Europe, with the winner bestowed the honor of hosting the contest the next year in their home country. The production has since reached astounding proportions, now with 42 countries competing in three live broadcasts – two Semi-Finals and one Final.

When Russia won Eurovision in Belgrade, Serbia last year, Russian show producers were immediately driven to make the 2009 production in Moscow the biggest and most breathtaking in Eurovision history. The live broadcasts for the Semi-Finals were held on May 12 and 14 and the Finals on May 16, with viewer numbers skyrocketing to new heights, thanks to a live feed online via www.eurovision.tv.

The equipment list is impressive to say the least, with an astounding 2,000 square meters of LED, but the real talk of the show has been the 72 PRG Bad BoyTM luminaires. Since the fixture hit the shelves at the beginning of this year, it has been seen on major tours from Oasis to Britney Spears and on television productions such as the Grammy Awards and The Celebrity Apprentice.

The fixtures are installed around the entire rig and positioned directly over the stage. Rich Gorrod, lighting gaffer, who has been on-site in Moscow since March 31 said, “They’re absolutely spectacular. They’re bright as hell, giving the Syncrolites a run for their money, with lightning snap color and gobo change. Plus the zoom is unbelievable, from pencil beam to super wide, and most of all they’re incredibly reliable. They’ve been running 18 hours a day for the last four weeks – which says a lot for such a new light. They just do everything that it says on the tin – fantastically well. We’ve brought two techs to Moscow just for the Bad Boys and they’ve been bored to tears!”

Lighting Designer Al Gurdon (MTV Europe Awards, Robbie Williams) is equally as pleased, citing, “They’re simply a dream come true. We have loads of LED, and these still stand out with no problem whatsoever. They look amazing on camera and deliver these vibrant, saturated colors that I want with incredibly smooth and fast precision. A show of this magnitude demands quite a lot from its equipment, and the Bad Boy has proven itself to be a champion.”

The Bad Boy is a hybrid luminaire that combines the qualities of a traditional automated fixture light with a large-venue fixture.  “It was one of the first things specified for this production,” said Eruovision Production Manager Ola Melzig.  “I first saw it at PLASA last year, and I could immediately tell that it was designed with today’s shows, which often involve high-brightness LED screens, in mind.”

The Bad Boy is definitely standing out on the Eurovision stage, with a powerful 48,000 lumens.  Its high definition optics work perfectly for television – yet another reason they were specified.  In addition to the optical clarity that comes with using high-quality lenses, the Bad Boy features also include smooth, fluid control of focus, zoom range of 8:1 (7° to 56°), and imaging thanks to high-speed servo motors and full-field 0 to 100% dimming.  The Quantum Color® system utilizes individual color filters providing variation in both saturation and hue, resulting in a much broader and vibrant range of saturated colors.  Plus, the Bad Boy was designed with energy efficiency and carbon footprint standards in mind.

“We at PRG are very pleased to play a supporting role for the Eurovision Song Contest,” says Anne Johnston, Vice President of Marketing for PRG.   “It is exciting to see this many Bad Boys on such a grand stage with a worldwide audience. We were thrilled to see the Bad Boy was enjoying so many rave reviews from the hard working crew and designers. The production is a massive undertaking and we are proud to play a role.”

For more information on PRG, please visit www.prg.com.

Oh, isn’t it beautiful?  BASQUE IN IT!


Mac 250 Krypton Is Turning SIX!

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Get out the clown birthday hats and someone buy a big cake (cream chese frosting, of course) – because Martin’s Mac 250 Krypton is about to turn six years old!  Mac 250s are such workhorse fixtures – I’ve seen so many of them in the past five years, and I’ve toured with them.  They’re good stuff.

Here’s something just extra special – Martin is offering 10% off of their price for Mac 250 Krypton from now until the end of June.  Check out Martin’s page on this deal.

Happy Birthday, Mac 250 Krypton!  Thanks for never showing up to work hung over!

Robe’s ROBIN 3 Plasma Fixture UPDATE

So, a few days ago I interviewed Tony McGettican of Luxim for the JimOnLight.com Podcast (which is almost ready, by the way), and I asked him about the LIFI lamp and if he could tell me about any partnerships or joint ventures with moving light companies.  Tony politefully declined to comment because the news of the ROBIN 3 Plasma Spot hadn’t come out yet.

However, another source has shared that the ROBIN 3 Plasma Spot actually debuted privately at LDI 2008 and PLASA 2008 – to apparently really positive reviews.  Damn, I gotta find out how to get invited to stuff like that!

Luxim LIFI-ENT-31-02 Lamp

What I have been told is that the lamp being used in the ROBIN 3 Plasma Spot is the Luxim LIFI-ENT-31-02 lamp, which is geared and designed towards entertainment lighting.  Some specs on the LIFI-ENT-31-02:

  • 17,800 lumens
  • Forward emitting intensity pattern
  • Useful lifetime more than 6X longer than HID lamps
  • High CRI of 94
  • Rugged and impact resistant
  • Small form-factor
  • Digitally controlled for fastdimming
  • Operates in all orientations

Here’s a link to the LIFI-ENT-31-02 spec PDF.  Check it out.

This is a major innovation to entertainment lighting – I will report as much as I can discover, and I am really interested in seeing how this goes!  If you’ve used a ROBIN 3 Plasma Spot, please drop a comment below!