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zero-88-behindthefringeZero 88 gets behind the Fringe
Friday, 13 September 2019

UK - The Zero 88 team fully embraced the buzz and excitement of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where they were - again - on the ground with training and technical support for a range of their lighting consoles and control solutions.
They also introduced #behindthefringe - a ‘fun and informative forum’ for anyone into fringe performance and involved with a show using Zero 88 products.
Building on this success, #behindthefringe will be launched as a website later in the year as a hub and platform for comments, experiences and opinions, sharing information and connecting people through various Fringe projects linked via Zero 88.
Over 100 different Zero 88 consoles were in action site-wide at this year’s Edinburgh event, which is the largest arts festival in the world, producing nearly 60,000 new performances in over 300 venues across 25 hectic and vibrant days!
These included an ever-growing number of latest generation Zero 88 FLX lighting desks, and generally around the Fringe, Zero 88 is one of the most popular control solutions for a diversity of productions.
Zero 88’s product manager for entertainment Jon Hole believes that the fringe is a good place to meet and train potential new technicians and users and get them into the Zero groove. In recent years, he and his team have maintained a strong presence through the event, ensuring that anyone using a Zero 88 product - has full access to hands-on support. This year an impressive 89 new Zero 88 lighting desk operators were trained.
Zero 88 consoles were working hard i

olympia-way03-1PLASA Show 2020 to move to Olympia Grand
Thursday, 12 September 2019

UK - PLASA Show 2020 is moving to London Olympia's Grand Hall, PLASA has announced. A scheduling change has also been made, with the 2020 event taking place on 6-8 September 2020.
The Grand Hall is the largest exhibition space at Olympia and the Show's move highlights its return to form since returning to west London in 2016. PLASA reports that the event has grown year-on-year both in terms of exhibitor and visitor numbers, and this latest decision has been taken to ensure the ability for future expansion of the show.
Sophie Atkinson, PLASA head of events, comments: “With the exciting redevelopment happening at Olympia over the next few years the opportunity has arisen for us to move the PLASA Show to the Grand Hall from 2020 onwards. This is a great opportunity for the show as it allows us to ensure all exhibitors are on a single floor and gives a greater number of stands more rigging height above them.”
PLASA MD, Peter Heath, adds: “Moving to the Grand Hall gives huge potential for the show to continue its growth, allowing the chance for exhibitors to take larger spaces as well as being able to welcome more new exhibitors. The reinvigoration we have seen for the show since we returned to our spiritual home of West London combined with the huge popularity of our PLASA Focus events has provided us with this opportunity. With this new location within one of the most prestigious events centres in London, we can ensure a sustainable fu

 
 
chroma-q-space-force-onebytwoAC-ET brings broadcast solutions to IBC
Thursday, 12 September 2019

The Netherlands - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will exhibit an array of specialist TV, broadcast and film lighting solutions from leading brands including Chroma-Q, Vista by Chroma-Q, Quasar Science and RatPac on stand 12.D39 at IBC this week.
Chroma-Q will continue to celebrate its 15th year in LED lighting innovation. Drawing upon this expertise, its latest generation of award-winning solutions utilise proprietary homogenised optics, colour management and dimming technologies to deliver a superior quality of light output and colour consistency.
The new Chroma-Q Space Force onebytwo variable white LED soft light panel will make its IBC debut. Recipient of a Lighting Product of the Year Award at NAB, the unit is a modern replacement for traditional soft sources and is the ideal fit for creating a huge volume of light in standard room ceiling height studios and small spaces. The popular Space Force fixture, upon whose technologies the onebytwo is based, will also be on display.
Also showing is the Brute Force 6 LED alternative to a traditional quarter wendy with comparable output - capable of delivering up to 140,000lm and drawing just 15A @ 240V. The lighter weight Brute Force 4 will be shown in action with Licht-Technik’s BigBee moving yoke. The stand will also feature the Color Force II colour-mixing LED batten range.
Also making its IBC debut is the Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting and media control system, which provides simple, visually-based programming and control which is scalable from small studio up to large film set appli

 
PLASA 2019: Avolites to unveil Q4 media serverPLASA 2019: Avolites to unveil Q4 media server
Thursday, 12 September 2019

UK - Avolites will showcase the Q4 media server, the latest development in the Q server range. Q4 boasts four full 4K outputs, which will be able to drive three layers of visually lossless, 4K content to every output simultaneously.
It also features Avolites’ Ai software, built on the Salvation node engine, which provides the tools needed to create effective shows, whatever the requirements. The new server will ship with Modular Flex Inputs, allowing video inputs to be swapped in and out to suit every situation.
In addition, Avolites will demo Synergy with its latest integration between Titan and Ai. The software, which won a PLASA Award for Innovation in 2018, integrates lighting and video seamlessly, allowing users to turn their stages into one visual canvas. It has been used on shows and installations around the world, including the Temple Stage at Glastonbury this year.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
big-bookStampede embarks on Big Book of AV tour
Wednesday, 11 September 2019

USA - Distributor Stampede is hosting eight Big Book of AV Tour & Conference Series stops in the United States and Canada, one US national sales meeting, and three summits for its United States, Canadian and Latin American vendor partners.
The Fall 2019 Stampede Big Book of AV Tour & Conference Series will make stops in San Diego, California, 19 September; Montreal, 17 October; Chicago, 24 October; Toronto, 13 November; Houston, 21 November; Miami, 5 December and Vancouver,11 December. Complete details on the fall tour can be found at www.bigbookofavtour.com.
The United States Vendor Summit will take place on 7-8 October at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Centre in New York, following on the heels of its United States national sales meeting on 5-6 October. The Canadian Vendor Summit will take place on 12 November at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport, and the Latin American Vendor Summit will be held in Miami on 5 December at the Intercontinental at Doral Miami.
“The future has never looked more promising or more profitable than it does today, as the market need grows for complex and integrated solutions that deliver compelling customer experiences that are unique to every vertical market,” comments Stampede president and CEO, Kevin Kelly.
“The growing demand for solutions that generate better customer experiences and business outcomes is creating a new era of opportunity for us to move upstream and away from the mainstream of lower end, commoditized single product solutions. When it comes to profiting in today’s 21

 
sydneyVivid Sydney Ideas call for content
Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Australia - Expressions of Interest (EOI) are open for Vivid Sydney’s Ideas programme, encouraging innovative and thought-provoking individuals and businesses around the world to submit their ideas and concepts to be part of Vivid Sydney 2020.
Attended by over 2m people each year, Vivid Sydney is the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. Vivid Ideas brings together leading thinkers, creators and innovators to share their insights across technology, design, entertainment and culture to explore how they are tackling some of the biggest global issues in front of a live festival audience.
Minister for Tourism, Stuart Ayres, comments: “Vivid Ideas is a truly significant part of the Vivid Sydney programme and for the creative industries, it places Sydney and New South Wales as the creative industries hub of Asia Pacific.
“Vivid Ideas offers an international platform for creative leaders across the tech, design, and culture spectrums to engage a global audience and deliver bold future-facing talks, hands-on workshops and industry-shaping forums.”
In 2019, the Vivid Ideas programme was promoted to a global audience of 55m, with over 33,000 people attending a Vivid Ideas event for professional or industry development. The programme featured 142 events with 250 speakers, including headline filmmaker Spike Lee and relationship expert Esther Perel.
Destination NSW chief executive officer and executive producer Vivid Sydney Sandra Chipchase said Vivid Ideas presents an opportunity to start conversations and

 
 
tom-harperPLASA 2019: Unusual leads Circular debate
Tuesday, 10 September 2019

UK - Unusual Rigging's Tom Harper will lead a session hosted by SiPA at PLASA 2019 which aims to explore how 'circular' the live production industry really is.
The session which takes place on 15 September at 14.00 will look at how the industry needs to decouple 'show business' from the highly wasteful, energy intensive and inefficient consumption of finite resources.
Tom, a director at Unusual Rigging as well as the company's circular economy lead, recently completed his MBA in circular economy innovation and is passionate to drive forward system shifts to ensure an effective transition towards an economic model that is regenerative by design.
"This isn't just about what we at Unusual Rigging can do – although we are very much trying to lead by example. It's about working with the entire industry in order to radically reduce consumption levels. We are locked in a system in which everything favours the linear model of production and consumption where we 'take, make and waste'. But there are things that the live production industry can be doing to drive forward the transition to a Circular Economy – we'll use this session to identify those things and figure out how we can accelerate this transition."
Unusual's Emily Egleton will join the panel alongside Carol Scott from Tait, John Winters from the National Theatre and Dr Greg Lavery from Rype Office. Emily will be touching on the innovations preserving the 'technosphere'.
Emily commented: "It's looking at designing for disassembly, designing for durability and establishing robust reve

 
music-support-logoMusic Support raises mental health awareness
Tuesday, 10 September 2019

UK - Taking place today, Tuesday 10 September, World Suicide Prevention Day hopes to raise awareness for the cause. Each year, death by suicide is listed in the top 20 causes of loss of life globally for people of all ages and is responsible for over 800,000 deaths. That’s a lost life every 40 seconds - and the impact can be catastrophic.
According to World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) research, “For each suicide, approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour.”
People working within the music industry are three times more likely to experience a mental health problem, at a rate of approximately 36,000 people per year, putting both musicians, road crew, artist managers and multiple occupations in between at risk.
Road crew worldwide experience mental health difficulties. Entertainment Assist, an Australian-based support hub documented in 2017: “In the last 12 months, Australian entertainment industry workers experienced suicide ideation 5-7 times more than the general population and two-three times more over a lifetime. In the last 12 months, road crew members experienced suicide ideation almost nine times more than the general population. Rates of suicide ideation, planning and attempts are extremely high and indicate a need for early intervention programs tailored to the industry.”
Touring director and production manager, Jim Digby, has worked with Linkin Park for over 16 years. The loss of the band’s frontma

 
 
plasaWhat to expect from this weekend's PLASA Show
Tuesday, 10 September 2019

The doors of PLASA Show 2019 open in just a few days from 15-17 September at Olympia London, where thousands of visitors will experience the leading edge of live entertainment technology. With 220+ brands, 55+ educational sessions and a plethora of immersive features, this year’s show is ready to serve industry professionals from all sectors.
PLASA’s Managing Director Peter Heath comments: “Last year’s edition of PLASA Show was heralded for its high footfall and vibrant atmosphere. We have worked hard to build upon this by offering more brands and new features for a show that is both enjoyable and productive.
Of course, we couldn’t do it without the exhibitors and their technology which has developed at a dizzying rate over the years – PLASA is proud to provide a platform for such innovation, and we can’t wait to share what’s in store.”

Brand new products
After much hype, the Heritage-D digital console from MIDAS will be at the show, providing hands-on encounters. Coda Audio will display their N-APS, an ultra-compact 2-way arrayable point source, and d&b audiotechnik will display their flexible A-Series. The all-new TrackerD4 Precision Stagetracking from TiMax will also be here.
Robe will launch their new luminaire, Esprite, which has been designed as an LED replacement for discharge fixtures. Other notable lighting fixtures appearing at the show include the Huracán-X from Ayrton, the Maverick MK3 from Chauvet and the Synergy 5 from DTS. Artistic Licence will present their latest lighting control

 
area-four-industries-at-plasa-show-2020PLASA 2019: Area Four Industries gets ready
Monday, 9 September 2019

UK - Area Four Industries is gearing up for a busy PLASA 2019, taking place on 15-17 September at London Olympia. On stand G50, the team will present some of the latest staging and trussing products from MIlos, Litec, JTE, EXE Technology and Xstage.
The company says Glen, Adam, Peter, Dave and Tracie from the Area Four Industries Direct UK office will be ready and waiting to discuss your projects and provide more information on the many solutions Area Four Industries’ brands can deliver.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
multiverse-modules-for-oem-implementationPLASA 2019: City Theatrical majors on Multiverse
Monday, 9 September 2019

UK - City Theatrical will be demonstrating new technology on Stand H50 at PLASA Show 2019 in Olympia London from 15-17 September. Live demonstrations by City Theatrical will include PLASA 2019 Award for Innovation nominees Multiverse Transmitter 2.4GHz and Pathway Connectivity Pathport Octo DMX/RDM Gateway, new QolorFLEX HiQ, UV, and 5-in-1 LED Tape, and more.
In addition to its recent nomination for the upcoming PLASA Awards for Innovation, the Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system was recognised as the winner of the Live Design Award for Best Debuting Product at LDI 2018 for its ability to broadcast up to 10 universes of DMX data while using less radio energy than other single universe wireless DMX transmitters.
Multiverse wireless DMX products use mDMX, a form of DMX proprietary to City Theatrical, which is optimised for wireless broadcast to dramatically reduce the amount of data being broadcast, thereby reducing unneeded radio energy. Multiverse also uses mRDM, which allows it to broadcast RDM information without disrupting the DMX broadcast - a feature that is not available even in wired RDM systems.
The Multiverse Transmitter 2.4GHz opens a new world in wireless DMX/RDM. Its Ethernet input allows it to take in streaming ACN (sACN) or Art-Net and to transmit as many as ten user selectable universes of DMX/RDM in the 2.4GHZ band, while using only a fraction of the radio energy of any present-day single universe wireless DMX transmitter.
The Multiverse Transmitter has a Bluetooth radio receiver built in that allows it to communicate with th

 
website-launchShowlight launches new website
Monday, 9 September 2019

Europe - Showlight, the quadrennial lighting colloquium, has launched a new website (www.showlight.org).
The next event is taking place on 22-25 May 2021 in Fontainebleau, France.
The website contains useful information to help visitors plan their attendance, as well as details on how to become a speaker, a sponsor, an exhibitor or a sponsored student. Once confirmed, speaker and exhibitor listings as well as details of the programme will become available on the website.
Video clips of the last Showlight - which took place in 2017 in Florence, Italy - offer a tantalising taster of the kind of things you can expect at Showlight 2021 - this time with a little French flavour added to the favourite ingredients: an entertaining programme of conference papers and networking, mixed with plenty of socialising and opportunities to exchange ideas with fellow industry professionals.
Those willing to meet the Showlight committe or raise any questions with them can find the committee members' contact details on the website. Many of the members will be at the upcoming PLASA Show (15-17 September, London Olympia) so those wishing to set up a meeting can do so via the website
Showlight 2021’s headline sponsor is Robert Juliat, with Ayrton platinum sponsor; Eyetidy and SFL Group - gold sponsors; White Light and ACT Lighting - silver sponsors, and PRG bronze sponsor. LSi mag

 
 
area-four-industries-presents-at-plasaPLASA 2019: Area Four's outdoor structures seminar
Friday, 6 September 2019

UK - Temporary outdoor LED screen support structures are key part of today’s leading live events. With this in mind, Area Four Industries’ Norbert Tripp is giving a presentation at PLASA Show to discuss best practice for their use and design as well as advance planning in set-up and safety measures.
Temporary Outdoor LED Screen Structures is taking place on 16 September from 13:30 - 14:15 in the Lighting and Production Theatre at London Olympia’s National Hall.
During the presentation, Tripp will discuss how LED screens react under wind loads; how the load-bearing structure should look like; and how to take the proper precautions in case of high wind speeds.
(Jim Evans)

 
etc-highendsystems-plasa-1PLASA 2019: ETC and High End Systems return
Friday, 6 September 2019

UK - ETC and High End Systems return to the PLASA Show (15-17 September, London Olympia) on stand J38A/B with a selection of new products, Tech Talks seminars by ETC specialists, and an evening of networking and Augment3d games.
Visitors can explore the newest innovations including High End Systems’ TurboRay effects fixture; the Augment3d software for the Eos family of consoles, and the ArcSystem range of houselight fixtures.
Augment3d is ETC’s first integrated 3D programming environment, which will be a part of the upcoming Eos v3.0 software. It combines pre-visualisation, live interaction and augmented reality, allowing users to work more effectively before and during production periods.
On Monday, 16 September, visitors can attend ETC’s networking event from 5pm where there will be an extra chance for attendees to experience first-hand how to program from a new perspective with Augment3d.
A range of the latest moving lights will be displayed at the show, including High End Systems’ SolaWash 1000, TurboRay and ETC’s Relevé Spot. The newly launched SolaWash 1000 includes a full framing shutter system, CMY/CTO linear colour mixing system, a seven plus open position replaceable colour wheel, iris and dual Linear Frost systems for medium and heavy frost. Sharp edge focus performs throughout the entire 12°-55° zoom range.
TurboRay’s radial diffusers give it a classic retro look. This versatile fixture can be used as a narrow-angle wash light or as a beam.
Relevé Spot is the first member of a new automated light

 
 
cellistSOS at the Hilton Arts Festival
Thursday, 5 September 2019

South Africa - DWR Distribution’s SOS Charity Fund is once again supporting the Hilton Arts Festival to be held from the 13-15 September at the Hilton College in Hilton, KwaZulu Natal.
The sponsorship includes bussing 30 children from the local community to the festival, and in addition, contributing R10,000 towards the production Cellist with Rabies.
“I have been involved with Hilton Arts Festival for over 20 years and it’s always such an honour to work with Sue Clarence, her team, and Black Coffee, the technical supplier of the event,” comments Michael Taylor-Broderick of DWR Distribution and the SOS. “DWR Distribution always looks forward to the festival, supporting our products used on the show, and more importantly, seeing the artistic talent South Africa has to offer.”
(Jim Evans)

 
robe-espritePLASA 2019: Robe Esprite set to debut
Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Czech Republic - Robe has unveiled Esprite, the company's new LED moving head.
The luminaire, which incorporates a new type of LED light source and outputs 27,000 lumens, is set to debut at the upcoming PLASA Show (15-17 September, London Olympia).
Designed as an LED replacement for discharge fixtures, Esprite is the first in a new series of Robe luminaires to feature the company’s 650W WTE (White Transferrable Engine) white LED light source, a replaceable/transferable engine that promises to eradicate issues such as unpredictable lifecycles and other performance inconsistencies.
The LED module also holds a host of data in addition to date, serial number and usage, which can be accessed via a free mobile app.
Other design features in Esprite include a new cooling system that removes any airflow over the optics, resulting in reduced residue deposits and extending the periods needed between cleaning sessions. Meanwhile, a 5.5°-50° zoom range provides a flat-field beam, which combines with smooth CMY colour mixing, fast bumping colour wheels and a coloured prism for “a new level of effects and animations”, says Robe.
Also included are an animation wheel, variable CTO, two-colour wheels, rotating and static gobos, a six-facet rotating prism, and a selection of 1° and 5° frosts.
Alongside a set of framing shutters and LED ‘adjuster tools’ like C-Pulse flicker-free management for optimisation with the latest HD and UHD cameras, the unit also has L3 (low light linearity) dimming

 
 
atmewpe-front-view-1PLASA 2019: MDG celebrates fifth anniversary
Tuesday, 3 September 2019

UK - MDG will be exhibiting at PLASA 2019 on Stand 50 where it will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of MDG Fog UK with a prize draw and the chance to win some MDG swag.
The team from MDG UK and head office will be demonstrating the ATMe and ATMe WPE haze generators. The ATMe WPE is a weather-proof and dust-resistant version of the ATMe which has been designed specifically for outdoor use.
MDG’s Me Series of fog generators, will be represented by the units at two opposite ends of the size range, with the compact Me2 fog generator at one end and the hugely impressive, stadium-filling Me8 fog generator at the other – both of which release pure white, fine particled fog in “unbelievable volume with the finest of control”.
New for PLASA 2019 are MDG’s bespoke touring flight cases. Designed to carry MDG’s ATMe haze generator or any of Me1, Me2 and Me4 fog generators, these cases not only provide rugged, safe transport for the generators, but allow the entire unit to be rolled onto stage and simply plugged in for instant use. Each flight case is fully equipped with direct plug-in connections for power and DMX In/Out.
MDG’s ICE FOG low fog generator will also be on show on the stand, producing low fog effects without recourse to dry ice. The line-up is completed by theFAN, MDG’s ultra-compact, variable speed digital fan which can be used in conjunction with all MDG generators.
MDG will be located alongside the Robe stand which will showcase MDG’s new ICE FOG Q HP low fog generator that runs using standard high-pressure li

 
zepfresnel360lfPLASA 2019: Robert Juliat focus on ZEP2
Tuesday, 3 September 2019

UK - Robert Juliat will be exhibiting at PLASA 2019 on Stand K40d with UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions, where it will demonstrate SpotMe, its award-winning, bespoke 3D position-tracking system for followspots, which earned Robert Juliat a PLASA Award for Innovation in 2018.
The ZEP2 range of LED zoom profile spots and Fresnel fixtures will be on display. Equipped with an enhanced white LED source providing a higher light quality and output, ZEP2 can be used as a direct complement or replacement for traditional 1kW or 2kW units but uses only 150W or 300W of long-life LED power resulting in huge cost savings.
ZEP2 profile spots deliver a smooth flat beam, CRI of up to 92, and all the SX range features including three variable zoom options (28°-54°, 16°-35° and 11°-26°), a strobe function, and a built-in flicker-free dimmable PSU with silent operation which make it suitable for studio and film applications. Zero UV/IR emissions ensures protection for audiences, works of art and delicate or historic environments. Gobo projection is crystal clear which makes ZEP2 profiles suitable for applications from the smallest theatre to the largest spectacular.
ZEP2 Fresnel fixtures complement the ZEP2 profile spots. Available in warm and cool white (150W version) and, additionally, neutral and variable white (300W version), with a 200mm Fresnel lens that creates a powerful wash effect. Colour temperature remains constant while dimming, and the built-in electronic flicker-free dimmable PSU ensures silent operation. Beam shaping can be achieved with pre

 
 
huracan-x-smlPLASA 2019: Ayrton plans double launch
Tuesday, 3 September 2019

UK - Ayrton will be exhibiting at PLASA 2019 with its exclusive UK distributor Ambersphere Solution on Stand K40b.
On display from the French lighting manufacturer will be its latest luminaires - Khamsin, Bora, Mistral and Levante – and two new products, Perseo and Huracán-X, will be launched at the show.
Ayrton will also celebrate its heritage through a product showcase styled as a timeline, showing products manufactured since the company’s inception in 2001.
Perseo is Ayrton’s first multi-function, compact, powerful, IP65-rated fixture developed for outdoor use. Feature-rich from the factory (including 100% framing shutters, a variable CTO and six-colour wheel), Perseo produces 27,000lm from its 500W LED source, and sports a fully weather-proof housing with a new water-resistant menu navigation system. The fixture has a 27,000-lumen output calibrated at 8000K and a zoom range of 7°- 56°, with no hotspot and significant improvement from distortion at wide angles. In addition, a phase-change liquid cooling system fitted with four submersible fans is located outside the watertight enclosure.
Huracán-X is a profile luminaire that produces 50,000lm from its 1000W LED source, at a colour temperature of 6500K. A triple variable colour temperature corrector allows subtle adjustment from 2700 K to 15000 K. With a zoom range of 6.2°-62°, the fixture also offers Ayrton’s advanced framing shutters for accurate positioning across 100% of the surface area in any position. Huracán-X also boasts a graphical system with one seven-position wh

 
mog-ibcMOG brings new solutions to IBC 2019
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

The Netherlands - MOG Technologies, supplier of end-to-end solutions for professional media, will present its latest developments at IBC 2019 (13-17 September, RAI Amsterdam).
The focus will be on the latest advances for the production management platform with MAM4PRO; a new professional media deck station; new enhancements to Vizzi online video platform, and various technical deployments throughout its solutions.
MAM4Pro is an enterprise solution designed for managing and executing all media operations - record, ingest, play, stream, encode, transcode and decode - in a native virtualised environment. MAM4PRO brings to the market a set of software services that focus on asset management, resources management, and media operations.
mDECK is billed as “the ultimate professional media deck appliance to record, ingest, transcode and play in any format of video content”. It supports Avid, OP1a, QT, MP4, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, XAVC, FLV, HLS, MPEG-DASH, WebM, MPEG-DASH WebM, MPEG-TS, Matroska, NDI and IMF formats. Supporting file-based and baseband, with full integration on hybrid workflows, mDECK is designed for small and medium-sized facilities, that need to switch between operations in short time frames.
With a unified OTT platform with Content Management SaaS and a top-tier CDN distribution, Vizzi offers extended multi-platform support and in-video interactivity with timed triggers that enable user interactions and enriches the viewing experience.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
plasa-touseDays left for free PLASA Show registration
Tuesday, 27 August 2019

UK - Time is running out for those wishing to take advantage of the free registration period for the 2019 PLASA Show, taking place 15-17 September at London Olympia. Visitor registration is free until Friday, 30 August (£12 thereafter).
Organisers have also announced new additions to the seminar programme, which is covering various industry topics, from ground-breaking audio installations to safety and career advice, and practical training.
In 'More than a venue', Royal Albert Hall’s head of technical Ollie Jeffery and Steve Jones of d&b audiotechnik will reveal the story behind the venue’s multi-million pound audio installation and its effect on the RAH and its many visitors (see LSi April 2019).
In an exploratory session on sound for houses of worship, SFL project manager Patrick Smith will offer four proven ideas for better church audio, discussing what happens when contemporary music meets Gothic architecture and how immersive audio could change the face of worship.
Other audio sessions will discuss the future of theatre audio; how audio is affected by ambitious concert staging; and the realities of immersive audio. Meanwhile, Soulsound’s Darryn de la Soul will address the younger generation, offering insider know-how on how to craft a good CV and get wo

 
etc-highend-prolightsoundnamm-russiaETC and HES present Moscow showcase
Friday, 23 August 2019

Russia - ETC and High End Systems’ dealers will present the latest product innovations from both companies at the 2019 Prolight+Sound NAMM Russia tradeshow. From 12-14 September, visitors to the Sokolniki Exhibition Centre in Moscow will find the latest additions to ETC and High End Systems’ fixtures and controls families in Hall 4.
DOKA Centre will demonstrate Augment3d, ETC’s new fully integrated 3D programming environment in Eos v3.0 on stand C6. Users can interact with their fixtures through augmented reality as well as controlling and designing in a three-dimensional space. Augment3d will be shown on an Eos family console desk.
They will also present Relevé Spot, ETC’s moving light specifically designed for theatre which brings affordable, high quality color mixing to smaller venues. Alongside this there will be EchoTouch, a standalone intuitive touchscreen that provides control of lighting in architectural spaces and can work as an interface with other Unison Echo products.
ETC dealer, Sistema Ltd will be on stand C8 and will showcase the acclaimed Source Four LED fixtures as well as the compact and powerful Ion Xe, and Gio console desk which has the full programming power of the Eos family software.
Theatre Technical Corporation, a partner of ETC, will be on stand C12 at Prolight+Sound NAMM. A Gio @5 and selection of Source Four LEDs will be displayed on the stand.
On stand B27, dealer LLC Imlight-Showtechnic will also provide a demonstration of Augment3d and present a selection of ETC products including Relevé Spot an

 
 
blackoutsocialmediawebtwitterpost1024x512pxBlackout Immersive to run at PLASA Show 2019
Friday, 23 August 2019

UK - Blackout, an immersive installation designed by Mig Burgess to raise mental health awareness, will be presented at the PLASA Show from 15-17 September at Olympia London.
After an initial run at Guildford School of Acting earlier this year (see LSi June 2019), the project, which fuses cutting-edge technology, art, theatre and education, will visit the tradeshow as it gears up for a nationwide roll-out.
Blackout aims to give visitors a rare insight into the mind of someone with bipolar II disorder by utilising light, sound, video and vibration, creating a sensory journey into the mind of a bipolar II patient who transitions through a hyper manic and manic low episode.
The experience has been created for a single viewer and lasts six minutes. Entry is free, but those wishing to attend need to choose a preferred date and time through this booking form.
Burgess, a lighting tutor at GSA and an experienced production LX, has suffered from the disorder for most of her life.
She says: “I’m a creative - it is far easier to express my feelings through art than through words. I see Blackout as much more than just a design installation. I want to provoke more discussion around the topic of mental health in this industry, and beyond. I want to encourage people to be honest a

 
theatres-trustTheatres Trust Conference programme announced
Friday, 16 August 2019

UK - Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, has confirmed programme details of its 2019 conference - Centre Stage - artist and audience at the heart of theatres to be held on Tuesday, 15 October at the Battersea Arts Centre in London.
Conference 19: Centre Stage will look at theatres from the perspective of the people they are there to serve. It will ask how to ensure that the needs of artists and audiences sits at the centre of theatre buildings.
Plenary speakers include celebrated sociologist and urbanist Professor Richard Sennett, who chairs Theatrum Mundi, a network of artists, critics and scholars who explore the relations between stage and street, Rebecca Holt, Battersea Arts Centre and the architect who worked on its recent restoration, Martin Lydon, Haworth Tompkins. David Micklem, 64 Million Artists, Hannah Fox, Derby Museums and Matt Fenton, Contact, Manchester along with members of the Con:Struct young people’s capital project team will offer their thoughts and experience of democratic design.
Taking part in an Artists’ Panel Discussion are: Nadia Fall, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Tarek Iskander, Battersea Arts Centre, Joe Douglas, Live Theatre, Newcastle and Bryony Shanahan, Royal Exchange Manchester. Punchdrunk, Theatre Absolute, Theatre Deli and Troubadour Theatres.
Devonshire Park Theatres, Polka and Theatre Royal Wakefield will talk about how to adapt and use theatres to make them truly accessible, inclusive and welcoming to all audiences.
A lightening round will give conference atte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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