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grandMA and Clay Paky Dominate at Miami’s 13th Annual Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival

At this year’s Ultra Music Festival, grandMA consoles were the dominant control solution on the Main Stage and Live Stage and in the Carl Cox & Friends Arena. Clay Paky lighting also stole the spotlight on the Main Stage where an array of fixtures were selected for the performance area and lighting effects. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA and a distributor of Clay Paky lighting in North America.

The 13th annual Ultra Music Festival (UMF) held its first-ever three-day event at Miami’s Bicentennial Park drawing more than 100,000 people to the celebration of electronic music.

“We used a grandMA2 full-size on the new Main Stage and a grandMA full-size on the Live Stage,” says lighting designer Steve Lieberman of SJ Lighting, Inc. “The Main Stage had more

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Clay Paky Fixtures and grandMA2 Join The Eli Young Band for Concert Tour and House Party Shows

268The Eli Young Band has hit the road on its North American tour and recently hosted it’s 2nd Annual Eli Young Band House Party featuring Clay Paky Sharpy and A.leda B-EYE K-20 fixtures with control being provided by a grandMA2 light playing supporting roles. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting and MA products in North America.

An American country music band from Texas, The Eli Young Band released its “10,000 Towns” album earlier this year. During its career the band has had three singles reach number one on the Billboard country charts. The band is currently on a North American concert tour and just finished hosting its popular yearly House Party concerts on back-to-back weekends at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

“The overall design of the tour is high-impact versatility,” says lighting designer David Carr. “We deliver a lot of speed with fast moving lights and design.”

Carr uses eight Clay Paky Sharpys as floor lights for the concerts. “I used them on a corporate show before, but this is my first time in a touring situation,” he notes. “I love the brightness of the beam; it punches through just about everything.” Morris Light and Sound, a full-service production and integration company in Nashville, TN is providing the lighting package for the tour.

For the Eli Young Band House Party in Houston Carr added a dozen Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K-20 fixtures from LD Systems, the systems integration and production company headquartered in Houston. “The punch and zoom range they have for an LED is amazing, and the effects package is great,” Carr declares. “We plan to add B-EYE K-10s to our touring package next year.”

Carr, who is also the band’s programmer, has been using grandMA consoles since 2000 migrating to the grandMA2 in 2009. He opted for a grandMA2 light to control the concerts and House Party shows with grandMA2 onPC wings for back up and fly dates.

“The versatility of the grandMA system allows me to set up how I want and not how the manufacturer says I should,” he notes. “The networking of the grandMA2, allows me to be able to use multiple consoles. It’s super for situations with multiple users and as can also be used as a back up. In the last four yeas, we’ve been installing them in churches throughout California because of their ease of use and versatility.”

Carr used MA3d to previs The Eli Young Band tour design, which helped save time on a tight schedule.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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Veracruz, Mexico’s Museum Naval Reopens with Alcorn McBride Equipment Powering New Exhibits

The Museo Naval in Veracruz, Mexico recently reopened with a large complement of new audio, video and interactive exhibits powered by Alcorn McBride show controllers, lighting controllers and audio and video players specified and installed by TEDD.

The Museo Naval occupies the historic waterfront site of the former Naval Academy in Veracruz. It presents visitors with a wide range of Mexican naval history, including pre-Columbian navigation, the conquest of Mexico/New Spain, the role of pirates and famous naval battles.

Mexico City-based Tecnologia EDD (TEDD), which offers high-end staging, entertainment, audio, video and lighting equipment mainly for Museums worked with museum designer Margen Rojo to configure the technology required for the new exhibits and galleries, which employ projectors, LCD panels, lighting and directional audio speakers.

“There are 20-plus rooms, all with technology,” says Alejandro Altamirano, General Manager with TEDD. “We have been using Alcorn McBride equipment for a very long time. We have a great deal of confidence and trust in it: We know we can just set it up and let it run for years with no maintenance.”

Most of the Alcorn McBride gear is housed in two central control rooms on the main and first floors. The main floor control room is outfitted with a V16+ show controller, a DMX Machine, an 8TraXX for audio playback, and five A/V Binloop HD for synchronous audio and video.

The first floor contains a large exhibit space which boasts 16 projectors and has its own dedicated control room. TEDD has equipped it with a V16+ show controller; DMX Machine; an 8TraXX; and four AV Binloop HD’s.

“Alcorn McBride’s customer support has been great,” says Altamirano. “They’ve been involved with us from the beginning and have come in to offer training when we need it for new equipment.

“Renovating the Museo Naval has been a very big project,” he explains. “We were proud to be part of it and happy to bring in Alcorn. The client has been very pleased with the outcome. We may be in line for another big job with them, and if that happens we plan to integrate Alcorn equipment once again.”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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Clay Paky Fixtures Hit the Road with Fleetwood Mac

SF8A5170The iconic rock band Fleetwood Mac never stops thinking about tomorrow – and planning their next tour to delight fans. For their current “On With the Show” tour a complement of Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 LED-based moving lights and Sharpy Wash lights have been specified by lighting designer/production designer Paul “Arlo” Guthrie.

The band launched the 40-city North American tour September 30 and, after playing to packed houses, added at least 28 more dates in a second leg, which will begin in January 2015. “On With the Show” marks the first full-member tour for Fleetwood Mac since 1997.

“Designing for Fleetwood Mac is always a challenge since you’re dealing with five different personalities,” says Guthrie. He began by giving them “the biggest, cleanest, most open stage set up I could, so every single seat in the house gets a clear view of the stage. I made sure to remove clutter so everyone can see the band members.”

Guthrie added a big upstage videowall, three above-the-head ribbon videowalls and 12 lighting pods.

A dozen B-EYE K20s are on the audience side of the pods to light the fans. “They do pixel effects and perform very quick, easy and huge washes from 12 watts – they can light the entire audience,” Guthrie says. “We don’t use smoke or haze so we don’t really use beam effects. But we do use a lot of pixel animation. For some songs the fixtures replicate what’s happening on the videowall.”

Guthrie was introduced to B-EYE K20s at LDI last year. “This is the first time I’m using them. The colors, dimming and patterns are great. The idea that we have 12 lights we can switch on and then light up the entire arena is great!”

Lighting Director Chris Lose adds, “The things that impressed me the most about the B-EYEs was their ability to act like an LED fixture and then with a simple flip of a channel behave just like an incandescent fixture. Most LED fixtures on the market are missing that warmth and glow.

Three Sharpy Washes are mounted on each pod for a total of 36 fixtures. “They serve as the workhorse overhead wash light,” Guthrie explains. “Because of their brightness we get a little bit of a beam effect even with no smoke. That’s a real bonus.”

Guthrie first used Sharpy Washes for Fleetwood Mac last year then subsequently deployed them for Nine Inch Nails. “I like the fact that they don’t dim like an LED: Their mechanical dimmer is fantastic. I like the size, speed and colors – it’s a great little workhorse light. There’s still room in my shows for lights that actually light stuff, and with Fleetwood Mac, we have to see the band and the stage, not just millions of pixels in your eyes.”

George Masek, A.C.T Lighting Vice President – Automated Lighting, commented “We really enjoy working with Arlo on his projects, and I’m very proud that he has chosen Clay Paky products to support his visions.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, added, “It’s great to see our newer lights employed for such an iconic band. Arlo and Chris are great talents and have truly put the fixtures to great use.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

About Clay Paky
Headquartered in Seriate (Bergamo), Italy, Clay Paky SPA has a history of designing and manufacturing innovative professional show lighting. The company was founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Pasquale Quadri who anticipated the enormous impact the evolution of technology would have on the show and entertainment worlds.

For more information on Clay Paky products, please contact:
Francesco Romagnoli francesco@claypaky.it
Davide Barbetta webmaster@claypaky.it

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Electrosonic Provides AV Support for the “Beyond Rubik’s Cube” Traveling Exhibition Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Colorful Puzzle

BRC_MechanicalCube_1_adjustThe colorful Rubik’s Cube made its debut 40 years ago and continues to delight and intrigue puzzlers today. A new twist on the puzzle, “Beyond Rubik’s Cube,” opened at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, with audio-visual design, integration and installation by Electrosonic.

Electrosonic was hired by exhibit fabricator Maltbie, a kubik Company, to take on the project designed by the Science Center’s Experience Services. The 7,000 square-foot exhibit, with 24 areas featuring AV support by Electrosonic, is intended to travel; after 11 months at Liberty Science Center, it will start a seven-year international road trip.

The exhibit features three exploration zones with the themes of Invent, Play and Inspire. They offer tantalizing puzzles, robotic manipulations, music, art and original artifacts, which become creative platforms for the exploration of Professor Ern? Rubik’s cube and the culture it has inspired.

Electrosonic account executive Bryan Abelowitz, who partnered with project manager Thursby Pierce on the job, says “Beyond Rubik’s Cube” posed a number of challenges. “There was a short turnaround time of five months from concept to completion,” he notes. “We coordinated with a number of media producers to create an exhibition that entertains Science Center visitors and can easily travel to new venues worldwide.

“Everything is dual voltage and interconnected via wireless and wired networks. We worked closely with the Science Center on a pretty unique system that enables them to act as host, remotely monitoring the exhibit and updating content when it travels. Twenty Samsung tablets run interactive apps as exhibits, and can be remotely configured for different languages.”

The exhibit is very robust in its construction, too, Abelowitz says, “so it can hold up to wear and tear.” Components will be packed in custom cases for travel.

“Beyond Rubik’s Cube” is dominated by bright colors and strong geometric shapes. “It’s a very vibrant space,” Abelowitz says.

Visitors enter through a passageway where multiple cameras, Microsoft Kinect devices and Panasonic projectors with ultra short-throw lenses generate real time expanding geometric images in response to people walking into the exhibit area. Extron DVI extenders are also utilized in the entry tunnel.

Professor Rubik is quizzed about his famous puzzle in an interview seen on a 55-inch Samsung portrait monitor; a Solve Bar enables visitors to solve the riddle of the cube on ELO 55-inch LCD touchscreens.

A 55-inch Ideum Pro multitouch table offers visitors the chance to tackle designing their own twisty puzzle; a 100-inch Ideum Pano multitouch table is big enough for eight or ten players to collaborate on making tessellation patterns.

The Cube Culture exhibit is outfitted with Brightsign HD media players and multiple monitors located alongside display cases of vintage cube-related ephemera, displaying videos about the history of the Rubik’s Cube and commercials that helped make it a marketing phenomenon. Brightsign HD media players are used elsewhere in “Beyond Rubik’s Cube” as well.

Bright yellow guest stations in the Cube Symphony exhibit, designed by Unified Field, enable visitors to create their own symphonies as they rotate two cube controllers. JBL speakers are mounted in the structure above the guest stations.

Another area features a wall mosaic created from hundreds of Rubik’s Cubes. A large panel on the floor adjacent to the mosaic displays a video about the mosaic artist and his work projected by multiple Christie DHD675-E HD DLP projectors.

Electrosonic has created a mobile control room for “Beyond Rubik’s Cube.” The equipment rack on wheels is located in a corner of the exhibit space and can be moved anywhere. The exhibit uses an AMX system controller and tablet control app.

“Beyond Rubik’s Cube” was developed by Liberty Science Center. Richard Lewis Media group provided the linear media pieces, Blue Telescope and Unified Field provided the interactive elements, and Motion Picture Company provided the entry feature.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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A.C.T Lighting Wraps Another Record-Setting Year and Announces New Leadership Initiatives

ACT_150dpiA.C.T Lighting, Inc., a leading importer and distributor of lighting products, is concluding another year of record-setting sales with new leadership initiatives and plans for continued growth.

“A.C.T Lighting is about two things: the people and the products. Our suppliers and their product offerings have never been stronger, and we have an incomparable team that serves the lighting community with expertise and dedication,” says CEO Ben Saltzman. “We remain committed to providing the top designers and equipment providers with the best available entertainment technology products, and following it with unparalleled service and support.”

Saltzman, who became CEO of A.C.T Lighting in July, has announced that joining him on the leadership team are Brian Dowd in marketing and sales, Mario Collazo in technical service, Rick Dobbie in operations and Aileen Gilsen in finance. All are now responsible for their respective areas across all of the company’s operations and geographic locations.

“Brian, Mario, Rick, Aileen and I are each undertaking strategic initiatives for 2015 that will create new opportunities, stronger relationships and continued growth for the company,” Saltzman reports.

He salutes Bob Gordon, founder of A.C.T Lighting, who “gave the company he built such a solid foundation.” Saltzman says, “Bob continues to be a daily presence at A.C.T and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with all of us as we push forward.”

“We are always stronger as a team, and there is tremendous value in every individual at our company,” he says. “In continuing A.C.T’s growth, our most critical task is to become an enterprise with shared vision, broad leadership and collaborative planning.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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PIX PRODUCTIONS and WorldStage Push Back the Boundaries at Adobe MAX 2014

2014_Adobe_MAX-2343Adobe MAX 2014 – The Creativity Conference unveiled the latest in new technology by using one of the world’s oldest staging techniques with projection mapping support from WorldStage.

The annual Adobe users’ conference, Adobe MAX is s a source of ideas and inspiration, a place where creative minds meet. It held its general sessions at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. In the past, Adobe MAX has used extensive video projection pixel mapping as a canvas for showcasing artistic and graphical elements on stage. Bicoastal WorldStage has lent its projection mapping expertise to Adobe’s biggest annual event for the last three years.

This year PIX PRODUCTIONS, with scenic designer Peter Crawford, devised an interesting challenge for the producers, designers and engineers supporting the project. The question raised was whether it would be possible to project onto a pair of motorized 27×30-foot periaktoi and warp and track the imagery as the set pieces moved? The periaktoi would be projected upon from multiple 3D angles so the video images had to be perfectly reshaped, dynamically and on the fly, as the triangular screens rotated.

Dating back to ancient Greek theater, periaktoi are triangular-shaped devices used for displaying, and rapidly changing, theater scenes. For Adobe MAX, Crawford proposed to place a pair of periaktoi in the middle of an array of big screens on stage. As the periaktoi rotated they would alternately present angled and flat surfaces to the audience for a dazzling new twist on projected content.

“The dynamic reshaping of images projected across moving screens is a process that was not even possible just a few short years ago,” says WorldStage project manager Jack Dussault. “The combined efforts of technology experts at Worldstage East and West were deeply involved in the development and utilization of the pixel mapping technologies in this event.”

WorldStage devised a 28-channel, 42-projector rig that covered two large projection screens as well as the giant periaktoi. “This is the first time I’m aware of this type of mapping/tracking projection being used on a corporate presentation stage,” says WorldStage president Josh Weisberg.

“The show was a great success. Some of the first words from the Adobe CEO when he appeared on stage was, ‘What about those screens?’ followed by an eruption of applause and shouts from the audience. The screens were truly amazing,” Weisberg says. “The teams from PIX PRODUCTIONS and WorldStage, along with the content team at Core Studios, and set builders Mystic Scenic, accomplished something very noteworthy.”

Thirty-two channels of Pandoras Box were used as the primary media servers for pixel shaping and media playback. Christie Roadster HD20K-J projectors were used for the main and side screens and Christie Roadster S+20K projectors for the periaktoi.

“An All Star team of WorldStage projectionists and media server techs worked in shifts for several days, around the clock, to do the intricate programming and adjustments necessary for the convergence of multiple layers of overlapped projection in the very demanding, dynamic scenario,” Dussault reports. The result was “stunningly sharp images moving across changing, rotating angular surfaces, combining the stage and theater walls into a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of imagery.”

In addition to the stellar projection mapping, WorldStage supported more than 40 live demos of various mobile devices and software apps from two on-stage kiosks over two days of the convention. WorldStage provided 13 HD cameras – manned, unmanned and robotic – to capture the show for broadcast and live streaming over the web to viewers worldwide. Switching was performed with a Ross Vision HD multi-format production switching system and three Vista System Spyder X20 screen switching frame groups.

Los Angeles-based IATSE LOCAL 33 provided all of the Nokia Theatre technical staff and crewing.

“Once in a while we do a show that’s really special, and Adobe Max 2014 was one of those,” says Dussault. “I couldn’t be more proud of our teams’ efforts: from shop prep to the on-site team, the All Star projection team, our brilliant engineers and the fun and quirky Pandora team.”

“The collaboration from start to finish with WorldStage makes high-end, technically challenging and wildly creative beautiful events possible,” says Jeremy Nichols, executive producer at PIX PRODUCTIONS. “The engagement at all levels of the company and the close working relationship with WorldStage are the keys to the success of these events.”

At PIX PRODUCTIONS Shaun Boyle was the technical producer and John Bettini the technical director. At Core Studios Gary Jaeger was the director of the opening video.

At WorldStage Richard Bevan was the account executive, TJ Donoghue was the media server project manager and Florian Mosleh and Michael Kohler and Brianna Bainbridge were the media server programmers. Terry Nakamura, Scott Goegebuer, Dennis Alfonso, Luke Frey, Andrew Taylor and Jerry Edgerly were the projectionists. Jason Spencer served as the Spyder operator.

Neal Gass, Jason Spencer, Shane Zinke, Jerry Edgerly, Frank Musgrove, Jon Tanner, Patrick DelaCruz, John Muldoon and Shawn Hutcheson comprised the WorldStage engineering team.

Stan Dickerson, Gabe Benzo, Ryan Trefethen and Will Herald headed up the audio team.

Fabian Yeager was the lighting designer; Mark Jepsen handled the live camera direction. Dan Eslinger was the Mystic Scenic Automation Engineer and integral to the success of the mapping project. Dan Kirsch was the production carpenter; production rigging was supplied by Rigtech/Show Group.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Alcorn McBride Launches Two New Products at IAAPA 2014

Alcorn McBride, the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, introduced two new products at the recent IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) 2014 convention: AmpTraXX, a16-channel amplifier with DSP, and the DVM8500-AB, a single-channel HD video playback unit with built-in amp and DSP.

“It’s always exciting to unveil our latest technologies at IAAPA” says Scott Harkless, Director of Sales at Alcorn McBride. “Our new feature-packed AmpTraXX amplifier is the perfect device for on-board audio applications such as ride vehicles. For kiosk applications that require the excellent video and audio quality, our new DVM8500-AB is a truly unique solution.”

AmpTraXX_front_smSpecially designed for vehicle applications, the compact, energy-efficient chassis of AmpTraXX packs 400W RMS into 16 channels of amplification and DSP. Each AmpTraXX channel can provide up to 25W into 8 ohms and independent DSP capability, including a 9-band EQ, dynamic range and compression control, as well as gain and stereo/mono mixing capability. Channel pairs can also be bridged to provide 50W operation if more power is required.

AmpTraXX is programmed with user-friendly software included with each unit. Set up is simple: Select a channel, click on the DSP element you want to program and type in the desired frequency or gain settings.

All settings are non-volatile; the USB and serial interfaces can also be used for on-the-fly volume and mute adjustments for installations equipped with a control system. AmpTraXX can even be controlled directly from RideTraXX, eliminating the need for an external control system.

Alcorn McBride now offers three models in its Single Channel HD video playback family: the DVM8500, the DVM8500-SYSD and the new DVM8500-AB. The latest addition to the line grew out of a customer request for the museum marketplace.

DVM8500_frontThe DVM8500-AB saves time and money and simplifies systems by enabling users to feed a flat-panel kiosk display and high-quality speakers without the need for a separate DSP and amplifier. The model includes a built-in 25W x 2 audio amplifier and DSP, making it the ideal solution for kiosk applications.

The unit features a solid-state, energy-efficient design, which plays back from CompactFlash so there are no moving parts to break. For user-friendly touch panel control, just team the DVM8500-AB with an Alcorn McBride show controller and ShowTouch solution.

Both the AmpTraXX and the DVM8500-AB resulted from client requests. “Nothing is more important to us than our personal relationships with industry partners” says Harkless. “These two new products are a fantastic example of how close cooperation with those partners can result in new product ideas that benefit the entire industry.”

These products are shipping in early Q1 2015.

About Alcorn McBride:

Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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Clay Paky and grandMA2 Help Light Up Austin City Limits Music Festival

ACL_HondaStageThe Austin City Limits Music Festival returned to Zilker Park for two three-day weekends in October to showcase more than 130 rock, pop and hip hop artists on eight stages, including Outkast, Beck, Eminem, Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Pearl Jam. Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 and Sharpy fixtures and grandMA2 consoles were on hand to provide lighting support and control for festival performers. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting and MA products in North America.

Eight K20s, supplied by LD Systems, were dedicated to each of two secondary headline stages and positioned in an upstage array across the rear truss.

“Most of the rig was a lot of smaller fixtures, so we wanted something that would give a big, full color wash,” says Seth Jackson, who served as festival lighting designer and lighting coordinator. “There were no backdrops on these stages and, given the power situation, the B-EYEs were the perfect choice to fill the whole back picture. They really blasted through everything else, and the guys who did the overnight programming had time to dig into the features and use the multi-array tricks that come out it.”

In addition to the K20s, “massive amounts” of Sharpy fixtures were deployed on the two primary stages, says Jackson. “They were very prominent. I knew everybody was going to want them, and we put in a lot of fixtures so people didn’t need to bring their own.” Bandit Lites supplied the Sharpy inventory.

Full-size grandMA2 consoles were found “everywhere you turned” at the festival, Jackson adds. “It looked like an MA showroom! There were grandMA2s on every stage. We had two at every station, and sometimes the bands brought their own.” LD Systems and Bandit Lites furnished the popular consoles.

“Ninety percent of the artists use grandMA2,” Jackson reports, “and they bring their own show files. With grandMA2’s networking capabilities people can work on systems simultaneously: Two artists can program their respective shows at the same time or one can prep their show while the other is performing. It all works really great.”

He also gives kudos to the K20s. “They worked flawlessly. We just turned them on and they worked long days – maybe 19 hours a day. All the lighting designers really got into them and were very happy with the rig.

“Everybody wants to use Clay Paky lights and grandMA2s!” Jackson declares.

George Masek, A.C.T Lighting Vice President – Automated Lighting, commented “”It is a pleasure for to have the chance to work with Seth again.  His designs are always innovative and he’s always thinking of ways to get more out of the luminaires. We’re also very proud to work with LD Systems this year providing the B-Eye fixtures and the grandMA2 consoles to them.  They have been great partners for us.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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Lightware Matrix Router Failsafes the Set for Innovative Rise Against Music Video

IMG_6008Lightware Visual Engineering’s MX8x8DVI-Pro matrix router played a key role on the set of the new “Tragedy + Time” music video from the American punk rock band, Rise Against. Lightware USA is the US distributor of Lightware Visual Engineering products manufactured in Budapest, Hungary.

“Tragedy + Time” is from the band’s latest album, The Black Market, and was directed by Wes Kandel and Casey Hupke of Zoic Studios. It features the band performing against a backdrop of stylized skyscrapers on which lighting effects and moving video images are projected.

Media server programmer Cory Froke, of Chaos Visual Productions in Burbank, selected the Lightware router to work in conjunction with a mixed d3 Technologies master server and a d3 understudy, which fed two stacks of two Barco FLM-HD20 ultra-bright projectors. Rectangular cardboard boxes covered in butcher paper and standing on end were the skyscraper-like set pieces mapped with dynamic, patterned imagery.

“Lightware was there to handle failover. We were shooting straight to tape with no postproduction,” says Froke. “In the event of a media server failure, we relied on d3 to send network switching commands to the Lightware router, which acted as a video signal switch from one server to another. The d3 custom scripting handles automatic failover with less than one frame of delay in the event the main media server failed.”

Froke explains that the innovative music video “was loaded in, programmed, shot and loaded out in under 12 hours with no preproduction and almost no post other than editing. All the color correction, slow motion and framing was done in-camera so the editors simply chose the best shots for each take.”

Froke says that the Lightware MX8x8DVI-Pro “is the most efficient router we have in stock. All of the Lightware gear is very seamless and reliable. You don’t even notice if it switches over. And its advanced EDID management is always super useful.”

In addition, “the router’s compact form factor was perfect for a job like this. It didn’t take up much space. There was a great feeling of relief to have it on board for this music video.”

Froke finds that “Lightware USA is always there if you need support on a project. It’s one of the few companies left where you call someone’s cell phone and it’s guaranteed that they will answer.”

About Lightware USA

Lightware USA is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. With the flexibility of the Lightware product line, the Lightware USA team is able to assist with the design for some of the highest performance systems in the world. Router sizes ranging from the robust UMX4x4-Pro up to the impressive 160×160 25G Hybrid give Lightware USA the edge over the competition when it comes to routing multiple video sources to the ever changing variety of displays in the industry. Their array of solutions for extending the highest resolution video formats including 4K and 3D over Cat or Fiber put Lightware USA on the forefront of cutting edge technology, system design and technical support.

For more information on these products, visit www.LightwareUSA.com.

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