Chamsys creates new dimensions for G12 rally
Monday, 20 January 2020
The conference attracted 10,000 people to the Singapore Expo Hall
Singapore - Lighting designer Nick Ho began working with the G12 worship rally in 2005 and has lit every one of its annual conferences since 2016.
Although his big, multi-faceted lightshows have earned widespread praise from the conference’s attendees and its technical director, Dennis Thien, Ho is always working to make them more compelling. This year, he and his programmer Justin Poh upped the engagement level by doing something they’d never done before: pixel map their rig’s washes.
Creating this new design with the 78 wash fixtures in their rig was made much easier, they say, by the pixel mapping features in their ChamSys MagicQ MQ100 Pro. “This was the first time that we have tried pixel mapping washes for such a large scale event,” explains Ho, noting that the conference, which was held at the Singapore Expo Hall, drew 10,000 people. “The pixel mapping functions in our ChamSys works very fast, which was good, because Justin wound up creating looks on site during the conference.
“Pixel mapping the washes added another dimension to our show,” continued Ho. “Having the simple low-res animation effects run across the back line truss created very engaging looks. Doing this was a straightforward process with ChamSys. We just had to create a fixture layout in the Output Window View Plan, create the grid size, and assign heads correctly into the boxes, then patch PIXMAP - and we were done! The ease of working with ChamSys removes a lot of stress when you are trying something new.”
Ho was also impressed with how smoothly his console worked with the different brands of washes in his rig. “We had three different brands represented, almost evenly,” he says. “It was quite a task to make sure we had the correct colour balances across this diverse rig. This was especially important because we had to watch our colours for our video cameras.”
Ho and Poh had 409 fixtures run across 24 universes in their lighting design for the conference. In addition to the MagicQ MQ100 Pro, Ho and Puh ran their lights on a Maxi Wing with a MacBook Pro. A custom designed MIDI Controller was also used.
(Jim Evans)

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