A Short LDI Walkthrough

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone!

I put together this short LDI walkthrough for those who weren’t there – it’s only 3 minutes and it’s not all-inclusive, but I think you’ll dig it anyway.  There’s nothing political, nothing about war, nothing about the Presidential election — it’s just pure light enjoyment!  Check it out!

Martin Lighting and the Mac Viper at LDI 2012

If I had to pick three fixtures that were my favorites in the entirety of the lighting industry, it would be a very, very hard choice that I would get alot of grief for – but I can tell you that there would be about five candidates for admission onto that list!  I know for a fact one of them would be the Vari*Lite VL2C, hands down, not even an option.  The VL2C holds a place in my heart that cannot be shaken — that beam, that motion, HOT!  Sounds like a jet engine taking off, but that was OK back then:

Another candidate is the Mac 2000 Profile II.  OMFG WE HAVE DONE SO MANY SHOWS TOGETHER.  I mean, who hasn’t, right?  Corporate shows, theatre, tours, dance, opera, live music, films, even buildings – pretty much everything that can be lit has been lit with the lovely Mac 2000 Profile II.  The Performance was cool too, I just liked the Profile II’s better.  You know…  showing up somewhere with Mac 2K’s meant that things were gonna at least be alright.  Right?  Am I just nuts?  I don’t think so.  Mac 2K’s rule:

Speaking with one of the guys at the Martin booth this year at LDI 2012 was pretty cool as well – they’ve designed the Mac Viper Profile as the new Sunday Stepper to the Mac 2000.  Light, bright, and sexy are three words I know I used on the stand because I picked it up, saw it shine next to a Mac III, and the unit itself is one fine lookin’ mama, if I may.  Check it out – the images can be clicked to see the fullsize shot:

Ah, its form factor is just perfect – I’m not a huge fan of the handles on the yoke aesthetically, but I certainly see and know their purpose.  And frankly, everyone else has them on their newer units, so I’m probably the one who is wrong here!  It would be cool if they were built into the yoke somehow, but they sure are utility and with good purpose.

Thinner profile (no pun intended), sexy output, under a thousand watts on the lamp.  Check out this promo video, just to get an idea of the Mac Viper in motion:

Also, from the Martin website on Mac Viper Profile:

The MAC Viper Profile is a new breed of high-output profile luminaire with an exceptional feature set and highly efficient optical system that outperforms market-leading profiles in the 1200-watt range. Its 1000-watt HID source is convincingly brighter than 1200-watt fixtures and the MAC Viper Profile also outperforms them in terms of speed and compactness. Power consumption is lower and output is approximately 55% more efficient.

  • 26000 lumens – Excellent light quality with a very flat and uniform field
  • 1:5 zoom – Fast zoom with auto-linked focus
  • Fat beam front lens – The 140 mm front lens exceeds the size of any other fixture in this segment for just the right fat beam look
  • 5 + 5 rotating gobos – All glass gobos with optimal focal separation for superior morphing effects
  • FX wheel – Patent-pending FX wheel provides an additional 4 fixed gobos and 135° animation effect
  • CMY – Vibrant color mixing with a superior palette of colors including true reds, rich ambers, primary green and deep blues
  • 8-slot color wheel – Fixed colors for added color choice
  • Linear CTO – Daylight to tungsten CCT control and expansion of the CMY palette
  • Dimmer and shutter – Combined dimmer/shutter system with intensity effects, instant blackout/open and smooth fades
  • Iris – Fast and tight iris with adjustable dynamic effects
  • Strobe – Diverse strobe effects using mechanical or electronic control or in combination
  • Soft frost – A light frost leaves gobo artwork visible with a beautiful soft edge. Includes a linear focus blurring option
  • 4-facet prism – Real beam separation with rotation and index control for dynamic effects and accurate tiling

I’m impressed.  I’d love to drive a bunch of these Mac Vipers with a Hog 4.  Great booth, by the way, Martin Professional!

Mac Viper next to a Mac III:

Here’s a slide show of all of my Martin booth photos — enjoy!  Click on any photo to start to show!

 

High End Systems at LDI 2012 – AND HOG 4!

psst… here’s a little secret: click on a photo and it opens up enormous.

the High End Systems booth at LDI 2012

I love High End Systems, this is always going to be true.  I am a Hog man through and through, no matter how many other desks I “become intimately familiar with,” my good ol’ Hog knows I always spec it at the end of the day.  I cannot wait to get my hands on the Hog 4, it’s like having freshly fried bacon in your hands — you know you’re going to be satisfied!  HES fixtures are always lots of fun too, I’ve seen lots of rock over my lifetime that had Studio Spots and Studio Colors driving it.

The boys from High End were pretty busy at LDI 2012 with the release of Hog 4 — I couldn’t even get a demo at LDI, nor did I get to hug the Richard.  Oh well I guess, sometimes people get too busy.

Hog 4 is pretty cool — first and foremost, did you see those big touchscreens?!

GAH!  Sexy!  I need to get myself down to the factory to see these things in action, I did not get the opportunity to get my hands on one at the show.  Big, beautiful screens, encoders with tactile design, and screen shortcut buttons for days.  From the Hog 4 product website at High End:

The Hog 4 is the flagship in our newest range of consoles. Replacing the much loved Wholehog III, it embraces the latest technology, while retaining the Hog’s familiar control surface. Users will be able to walk up to the Hog 4 and start programming without having to learn a whole new interface. The new encoders, jog shuttle wheel, lcd keys, motorized faders and integrated keyboard all serve to enhance this experience, making the Hog 4 completely customizable. You can now have virtually all the most important attributes to hand at any time.

Retaining the sleek look of generations past, the Hog 4 offers the user an advanced programming experience in an established environment. The Hog 4 console, at the top of the Hog line, is designed to handle the largest shows.

The console provides three monitor outputs, MIDI input and output ports, 8 USB ports, 2 Fast Ethernet ports on a rugged Neutrik Ethercon connector allowing you total flexibility. You’re prepared for everything from the smallest industrial job requiring a single console to the largest stadium show, theme park installation or Broadway spectacular requiring a multi console setup with full network backups!

Preserve show data on a solid state hard disk drive as well as with USB drives and CD/DVD-ROM’s, or alternatively connect directly to a network drive to store your show files remotely.

Features

  • Robust Hog 4 Operating Software
  • Unlimited number of simultaneous crossfades
  • Two internal 17-inch wide screen touchscreens with 10 point multi-touch
  • Three external monitors or touchscreens supported
  • Five encoders for an expanded wheelset
  • Twelve LCD User Keys
  • Tri Axis backlit trackball, with rotary encoder for the third axis and four configurable buttons for cursor and position control
  • Ten motorized playback faders
  • One motorized Grand Master
  • Dedicated Intensity and Rate wheels
  • User assignable Jog Shuttle encoder
  • 48 Soft-Keys for quick toolbar selections
  • Built in DMX Processor 8000
  • Hog-Net Ethernet connector
  • Fixture-Net Ethernet connector
  • Integrated keyboard
  • Internal Hard disk drive
  • Internal CD/DVD drive
  • Eight USB ports for Wholehog wings and external touchscreens
  • Storage space beneath arm rest
  • Desklights, feedback LEDs, and integrated worklight all dimmable
  • Auto-ranging mains input (90-250VAC)
  • Light Converse Visualizer dongle included
  • Dust cover included
  • Custom Road Case included

Connectivity

  • Unlimited number of DMX channels via Ethernet DPs
  • Unlimited number of Art-Net and E1.3.1 (sACN) universes via Ethernet DPs
  • Onboard MIDI Input and Output, MIDI Show Control and MIDI Time Code and LTC Input
  • Multiple LTC inputs via optional multiple SMPTE/ LTC USB Widget
  • Connectivity with many visualizers via Ethernet
  • Wired and wireless networking ability with multiple Wholehog console systems
  • Remote Focus capabilities when networked with a tablet PC running Hog 4PC software
  • Supports USB Playback and Expansion Wings

Dimensions

  • With the Screen down – 40.5” (1028.7mm) wide by 28.49” (723.7mm) deep by 6.49” (164.75mm) high
  • With the Screen up – 40.5” (1028.7mm) wide by 28.49” (723.7mm) deep by 16.43” (417.39mm) high
  • Weight- 75 lbs (34 kg)

Yes.  I cannot wait to drive the Hog 4.  More photos!

Nano Hog 4:

Augh!  I love it!  It’s like the shape of a Whole Hog II with the pizazz of color touchscreens!

…and a beautiful booth design with DLVs, Intellaspots, and TrackSpot Bolts.  Nice work!

 

 

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.

LDI-2012-jimonlight-3

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.

COPY

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!

VL3015

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:

JOL Sunday Flickr #3

Another Sunday, another time to take a moment for some excellent digital photo art, complete with light!

Well, that’s kind of a redundant statement obviously…

Check out this Sunday’s installment of the new and improved (somehow, I think this is sarcasm on my part) JOL Sunday Flickr, in this case being episode 3!  Everything ever posted here comes from the JimOnLight Flickr Group Photo Pool, which has lots of beautiful work submitted by photogs and light artists across the globe!  All of the photos are All Rights Reserved for the photographer, protected by Flickr and Creative Commons.  Don’t forget!

Anti Tank Domes

Chicago Airport - 1

Periaktoi Light Boxes

Lyon in the Evening

Skylight

Circle Circus

The Mothership

Marble Lamp

tulipona|154

“BATALAN”

colors on a backdrop

Camera Toss 81

Alberto Rionda (Avalanch)

Museumnacht 2008

Devil's Advocate

Have a great Sunday, everybody!

Awesome Art History Appreciation: Magritte

The Empire of Light is a series of paintings by René Magritte. Painted between 1950 and 1954, The Empire of Light contains three paintings housed at famous museums around the world, in New York one at each MoMA and The Guggenheim, and in Brussels (where I encountered this piece) at the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique in their fantastic Magritte gallery.

This piece is absolutely more spectacular in real life, though the images available online of his different renditions are still fascinating. The juxtaposition between the daylight skies and the manmade light on earth is fascinating. It is a simple yet superbly strong surrealist gesture.

Art is such a fantastic inspiration for us as lovers of light. That which is not lit cannot be seen, let alone painted, so these renditions of the world are our kin, and studying them can only benefit our work. This is a very theatrical piece, which shows how a tiny schism can create a spectacularly unsettling scene. What do you think of Magritte’s Empire of Light?

Which Trade Shows Have You Done This Season?

I do a hell of a lot of trade shows, as you all know already because mostly I see a lot of you there, and I’m curious as to what the readers of JimOnLight.com do in your respective individual trade show seasons.  I’d love to know, so if’n you don’t mind, would you leave a comment on this post and let me know?  I’ll love you fo sho!

So far this year for me:

The Special Event 2012, Tampa
ProLight and Sound 2012, Frankfurt
the National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB) 2012, Las Vegas
PLASA Focus 2012, Austin
PLASA Focus 2012, Nashville
PLASA 2012, London

Shows coming up for me:
LDI 2012, Las Vegas
EIBTM 2012, Barcelona
PLASA Focus 2012, Stamford

Howzabout you?  Leave a comment below!

 

Lego Lighting Design: Foster the People

Sometimes people laugh and tease, “Daphne what have you NOT thought about lighting?” Well, I admit, I there is something… It never occurred to me I could be a concert lighting designer for Legos before. And having seen this video, I have no idea why not!  Dylan Woodley, the 17-year-old creator of this video made a spectacular concert lighting design for this stop motion lego phenomenon:

I especially love all of the references to the original music video’s lighting design. Dylan used lighting fixtures as visible set pieces like in the original video, starting from the first moment when drum hits and back light bumps align. He also references more subtle uses of lighting in the film below, particularly color. In the band’s music video, when the performance faces an audience for the first time, blues and purples are added to the lighting palette. Dylan also added a similar color scheme to the band’s lighting around 1 minute 30 seconds.  Check out the original music video below:

Plank – Pure and Simple, and Bellissima

I just saw this beautiful light from Northern Lighting in Norway — it’s called Plank.  Pretty simple, yeah?  It certainly is, but check out its elegance:

This is just such a stellar, stunning piece to me!  I love the raw, just regular ol’ 1X4 type design, it just says “I’M A LIGHT HEY HEY HEY I’M A LIGHT” and I think that is outstanding.  Something as subtle and brilliantly simple as this deserves a little attention, it’s very hip!  From the Northern Lights website:

Plank is a light fixture made out of pure, raw wood. Plank stems from a reference to the used and abused delivery pallet. Plentiful in function, this thin, long and simplistic pendant, wall and floor lamp series serves well to add directed or guided light to a defined space in a room. It further works well in providing a defined light strip down towards for example a table or a desk area. The dimmable LED light is placed in between the two main wooden planks, adding a high tech value to the object and ensuring sustainability and eco-friendliness in all of its character.

Play with Plank; place them together on a wall in a pattern, put a whole stack on the floor or fill the air with numerous repetitions of these wooden objects! And if you would like to add some colour to it – simply paint the wood!

The lamp series is available with rough cut light coloured poplar wood planks (type “populus adenopoda”) and with a more brown surfaced Kebony SYP (Southern yellow pine) wood from the Norwegian company Kebony as an alternative version. Both wooden materials choices have an unpolished expression with visible marks and traces from the production processes.

 

Frida Ottemo Fröberg and Marie-Louise Gustafsson, a design duo from Sweden, are the two that have come up with this lovely, very simplistic but outstanding piece of work.  I would certainly have a handful of these in my studio!

Meet the designers:

Frida Ottemo Fröberg (born 1976) has a master’s in interior architecture & furniture design from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Frida was first acknowledged at Salone Satellit in Milan 2006. A design reporter described her as ”one of those project hungry young designers who set out along her own course.” After gaining experience from various assignments in cities such as London and New York and numerous exhibitions around the world she set up the design studio Love Twice Design + Architecture in Stockholm, where she is now the owner and manager. Examples of her previous works include the rocking stool “Limpan” for the Swedish design producer Materia.

Marie-Louise Gustafsson (1967) has a master’s degree in product design from the Royal College of Art in London. Besides that, she has studied design in Japan and Stockholm. Many of her designs have been exhibited worldwide. One of Marie-Louise’s many previous products that has received broad international attention is the urban bicycle basket Carrie produced by Design House Stockholm. Other assignments of hers include work for well-known players such as Nola, Eurobib and Lammhults Library Design. She currently works as a freelance designer in Stockholm, both with self–initiated projects and commissioned work.

Frieda’s work can be seen at www.lovetwice.se, and Marie-Louise has her work at www.marielouise.se.  Check them out!

Thanks to Northern Lighting, all product photos came from their wonderful website, so please give them some traffic!

Fun Trivia: Hide and Seek Hopper in ETC’s HQ

Electronic Theatre Controls’ headquarters in Middleton, Wisconsin is generally accepted as unbelievably awesome. ETC won In Business Magazine’s “Commercial Designs of the Decade” award for best development in a large building. Amongst the tangle of storefronts, theaters, and towers; its own “town square” buzzing with inspiration and creation, is a replica of a very famous diner–American realist painter Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks.” Some cool trivia many do not realize is–quite a few more of Edward Hopper’s paintings influenced ETC’s Town Square. The storefronts were influenced by “Early Sunday Morning” and the bank entrance at the headquarters which houses the finances department with “New York Pavements” and “Summertime.” Characters from Hopper paintings are also visible, including:

• From “Four Lane Road” an older man in a chair, located across from ETC’s deli

• Also from “Four Lane Road” the woman is seen leaning out a window above the Habberdashery (the clothing and swag shop) • “Girl at a Sewing Machine” is also across from the deli, but closer to Manufacturing

• The man from “Pennsylvania Coal Town” is seen by the Century Theatre’s ever-changing marquee

• From “New York Office,” a woman seen above the bank

• From “Room In Brooklyn” the girl sitting with her back to the window

Edward Hopper was a fabulous painter and printmaker. His works portray all the light our eyes harvest from the world magnificently, and it is really fantastic that Electronic Theatre Controls’ headquarters holds such clever tributes to Mr. Hopper. Without light, there is nothing for a painter to portray.

 

 

 

Nighthawks reception photo by John Jacobsen.