UK - Panasonic has announced a solution for realtime tracking projection mapping that ‘expands the creative possibilities for the entertainment and production industries to merge digital and physical realities with stunning results’.
Different visual effects can be achieved by projecting images in real-time, with accuracy, onto fast moving objects using the Real-Time Tracking Software Development Kit (ET-SWR10) for the Panasonic PT-RQ35K projector. The projector, in combination with an infrared emitter, camera, marker and a content server, creates a Real-Time Tracking Projection Mapping System that is designed for use by production companies and at live entertainment events, theme parks, museums and Esports.
The kit enables the 30,500lm, 3-chip DLP laser projector to accept and output 240Hz HD signals delivering enhanced images with a latency of just 5ms and the ability for virtual real-time tracking with the precise location calibration of moving objects. The addition of dedicated software from the kit onto the content server enables the images to be easily mapped to the moving object or performer using a single cable connection between the projector and content server (HDMI/Display Port).
“Using this groundbreaking, real-time technology the creative possibilities are endless,” comments Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic Business. “I have seen logos and images perfectly projected onto fast moving basketballs as they fly around the court and stunning visual effects tracking the every movement of artists as they lea
USA - As with many things over the past year, the world of sports saw significant disruption to its regular routine. From halted or delayed seasons to little or no live audiences at the arenas, sporting events around the world had to operate differently.
With no ambient sounds to enhance the broadcasts, television networks also had to find alternative ways to replicate the at-home viewers’ experience. In response, Fred Vogler launched Sonofans, an immersive sports crowd performance system. The sound library was created using recordings captured with DPA Microphones’ 4091 Omni Condenser Mic, 4560 Binaural Mic and MMA-A Digital Audio Interface.
Touted as a performance-based enhancement tool for empty stadiums or those with limited attendance restrictions, Sonofans provides live, dynamic crowd response with a library of reactions that have been mined and curated over the past 15 years. Included among these are sounds recorded during college football games using DPA’s 4091 Small-Diaphragm Omni Condenser Microphone with Rycote windscreens, which Vogler installed atop mic stands elevated 15ft above the ground.
“Back in 2006, I was providing scrimmage and practice field noise for USC Football players, using crowd sounds that I had gathered during regular games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum,” explains Vogler. “The coach at that time, Pete Carroll, liked what I was doing so much that he gave me field access to all the games they played that year. This included other stadiums in the Pac12, as well as at the Rose Bowl. I recorded all the cr
USA - Orlando-headquartered Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) has announced the debut of the Omega-16 multizone receive antenna distribution system. The announcement was made by general manager Jim Van Winkle.
“We are excited to announce the second product in the Omega Series,” explains Van Winkle. “Similar to the Omega-8, the Omega-16 provides a more efficient architecture and smaller footprint than its DB Series predecessor. It’s a powerful solution offered at a very competitive price point.”
The Omega-16 has four sets of diversity antenna inputs (eight total) and 16 sets of diversity outputs (32 total). Available in both UHF and VHF, the RF bandpass filtering for the UHF unit is at 470-616MHz, while the VHF unit is set at 169-217MHz.
The Omega-16 offers adjustable attenuation from 0 to -40dB and selectable bias for each antenna input. Dual redundant power supplies ensure rock-solid reliability. DC bias power selectable per antenna input along with antenna/cable short protection and indication completes the package.
“We are thrilled to be able to introduce another exceptional Omega Series product,” concludes Van Winkle. “This product line will continue to offer pro audio solutions with a feature set professionals demand.”
USA - ETC launched two new theatrical fixtures as part of a two-day international online event. The Source Four LED Series 3 and Desire Fresnel are designed for theatres “looking to successfully launch themselves into the modern day with incredible brightness, impressive colour mixing, and wireless DMX/RDM features.”
Source Four LED Series 3 is the third generation of the colour-mixing LED fixture. When incandescent Source Four fixtures hit the market in 1992, they quickly became an industry favourite. As technology advanced, so did the fixtures. Now boasting an eight-colour mixing system that includes deep red LEDs, the fixture can produce more nuanced colours. “With Series 3, you finally get your swatch book back,” says Broadway lighting designer Justin Townsend.
ETC has also added a re-designed classic to their portfolio with Desire Fresnel. A true Fresnel with an LED engine, Desire Fresnel has a full eight-colour array, wireless DMX/RDM, an intuitive user interface, and NFC configuration from a mobile device using ETC’s Set Light app. Zoom control is possible from either the front or the back of the fixture, whilst the Fresnel is bright and efficient through the entire zoom range, making it up to 25% more efficient over traditional Fresnel optical systems.
South Africa - As a direct response to the new pressures faced by businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Johannesburg-based AV technology solutions provider, Stage Audio Works, has announced StreamWorks, an end-to-end live streaming service.
“COVID-19 has changed the way we work forever,” says SAW’s group CTO, Nathan Ihlenfeldt. “Participation in virtual events and remote meetings via the internet has become the norm for most of us, and even when the world finally starts to open up again, will remain an important part of our everyday lives. However, public streaming platforms and the internet in general has come under increasing pressure, with embarrassing consequences to the host organizations.
“With vast experience in delivering video reliably to internet users, especially in Africa, we decided to take things a step further and launched StreamWorks with the aim of providing a modern, end-to-end system that adds a layer of reliability and security to live streams and ensures viewers can access content whenever and wherever they need to.”
StreamWorks’ core offering is its web streaming service hosted on an infrastructure with multiple CDN providers delivering content to end users, and multiple origin servers located in geo- and network-divers hosting environments. With POPs on all of the major IXPs globally, the StreamWorks CDN provides fast loading times and high video quality regardless of viewer location. The StreamWorks player can be embedded in any website, offering full viewer engagement and geo analytics for each event
Italy - Outline has announced that its FPGA-based Newton processor has been awarded an Italian Patent. The company has also filed the appropriate application for an international patent.
Newton was introduced to the global pro-audio industry at Frankfurt MusikMesse in 2017. It has subsequently been adopted by a number of leading audio hire operations and system engineers
“It’s well-known that our company has been making a name for itself since the 1970s as a manufacturer of innovative audio electronics including modular mixers, parametric equalisers, encoders, tuners, crossovers, limiters, amplifiers and more,” says the company. “Latterly we have developed DSP and digital matrices, as well as futuristic embedded solutions connected with signal processing, including the outstanding ‘iMode’ technology that won a PLASA Award for Innovation at the London show in 2010.
“This decades-long process continues and the resulting hyper-specialised know-how within Outline’s engineering team led naturally to Newton, currently the pinnacle of our proprietary technology and the leading edge of audio processor design globally. The Newton is currently the only FPGA-based device built into a single 1RU networkable chassis which can simultaneously provide multiple audio signal processing / distribution functions plus clock signal management along with a choice of interfaces for users and system integrators, all with the added safety of extensive backup facilities. Further, the whole feature set is easily and quickly accessible to any user.”
USA - Chauvet Professional has introduced the Maverick Force S Profile and Maverick Force S Spot. Complementing the Maverick Force 2 Profile and Force 1 Spot, the new ultra-compact fixtures are intended for smaller-scale projects that call for CMY colour consistency, advanced optics and other high-performance features.
“We have expanded our Force series so we can continue to address the needs of an evolving market as our industry emerges from the pandemic,” comments Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “With their limited footprint, the new Force S fixtures are ideally suited for smaller projects with limited crew sizes. Yet, at the same time, they deliver outstanding, very professional-level performance in terms of output, colour rendering, focus, and effects.”
Given their compact design, Maverick Force S fixtures will improve efficiencies by taking up less space in warehouses and on trucks, says the company. Once on stage, however, the 14,000W spot and 14,669W profile will create ‘an unforgettably powerful impression thanks to their intense output and vividly realistic colours’.
Their array of features includes CTO colour mixing, a 4.5° to 41.6° zoom for the profile (4.1° to 43.4° for the spot), 16-bit dimming, a five facet prism, and two gobo wheels (one rotating and one static). A variety of advanced control options are also available, including DMX, WDMX, sACN, Art-Net, pre-set synch, and RDM capability for remote accessing.
Like their larger counterparts, the Maverick Force S units operate discretely making them suited for sm
UK - Virtual production solution Vero is now fully operational in the UK, offering LED surround screen backdrop, realtime graphics and powerful in-sync camera tracking.
The project brings together content, technology and operations talent from multiple companies, who have joined forces to enable creatives and filmmakers far more on-set visual control.
Vero features Desay 2.6mm pixel density LED screen technology from Production AV and visual content by MadeWithVero. Utilising Production AV’s touring and events experience, the solution can be deployed across the UK as needed by the production.
The team says the set-up has ‘revolutionised’ traditional VFX workflows, which rely on combining physical footage captured in front of a green screen with digitally generated backgrounds in post-production. In addition, costly set builds, location shooting and visual FX can be re-thought and re-imagined.
Vero enables directors to see the visual backdrop in real-time during filming on set, with the powerful graphics engine tracking technology meaning the action is always realistic and moves with the subject.
“We’re thrilled to help bring Vero to reality,” says 3D animation and motion graphics expert Robert Tyler, from MadeWithVero. “We’ve pulled out all the stops to combine the latest camera tracking, gaming engines, and LED screen technology with high definition, lifelike graphic creation to shape Vero.
“COVID has, of course, changed the way we consider the world and our approach to projects when it comes to travel, crew and
UK - Advance, a digital advancing portal for festivals and events, has been launched by SC Productions.
The online tool will provide organisers detailed, realtime management over their site advancing, artist advancing, all accreditations, including crew, artists, guestlists and vehicles, along with health and safety inductions and COVID safety protocols. Each of these features can be used as a standalone entity or combined within a comprehensive package.
Sarah Hemsley-Cole, director of SC Productions, explains: “Advance is a valuable tool, providing events professionals with key data and information at the touch of a button. It has been developed to ensure pre-production and planning is a smooth process. Advance can be customised for each client, meaning the platform becomes bespoke to an organiser or production manager’s particular needs and can be accessed and updated wherever the user is - at home, in the office or on site, for example.”
SC Productions began trialling the online platform in 2018, with an artist advancing portal. This collates data from artists/touring parties - everything from accreditation and vehicle details to catering requirements and guestlists. Initial trials proved successful and the portal was expanded to include details and data regarding event and site contractors, traders, sponsors and guestlists. As a result, the portal gave organisers both control over, and insight into, exactly what was happening on any given day on their event.
Hemsley-Cole concludes: “Using this system on site at events and festiva
USA - Obsidian Control Systems reports a successful year of shipping its comprehensive Netron data distribution line of RDM splitters and EtherDMX nodes and has announced a new version 2.6 firmware release.
Prompted by the increasing fixture counts and continuous growth in the number of Universes used on a show, Netron supports applications from live production and venue installations to architectural environments and has enjoyed strong market adaptation globally since its release.
“The introduction of the Netron line has been a real success story despite the difficult circumstances of 2020,” states Obsidian Control Systems product manager Matthias Hinrichs. “The feature set, plug-and-play design and competitive pricing have really hit the sweet spot and the feedback from our users has been phenomenal. It is a perfect complement to our Onyx console range and a well-designed package for anyone requiring rugged, reliable, and affordable data distribution systems.”
The Netron range includes three RDM splitters - RDM 6XL, RDM 645 and the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ RDM 10, a combination of 10-port AB splitter and integrated two-port EtherDMX node. Three dedicated Ethernet to DMX converters - EP4, EN4 and the high-density EN12 - round out the product line.
Continuous firmware improvements and feature enhancements are made based on market input, including refinements to Netron’s intuitive remote web configuration. The latest Version 2.6 firmware is now available for download on the Netron product page at test
UK - disguise has announced a major software release in early April. Cluster rendering will allow users to scale out their real-time content rendering without compromise, as their productions increase in size or complexity. disguise invited a select group of global partners to pressure test and implement the technology into their workflows in preparation for public release.
disguise’s cluster rendering will unlock the limitations of a virtual production studio or immersive installation by scaling out real-time content up to an unlimited capacity, says the company. This is achieved by spanning real-time content over more than one disguise server as each machine will render a fragment of the final content frame to increase the render power. Developed to support Unreal Engine’s nDisplay capabilities, the technology also removes the need to manually configure the nDisplay cluster by allowing it to be automatically set up through the disguise interface.
Early access to cluster rendering has allowed global partners participating to test and implement cluster rendering into their workflows to achieve real-time content rendering of the highest quality, detail and frame rate at scale. By testing the feature in real-world scenarios the beta partners enabled disguise to gather and integrate feedback into the feature development roadmap.
“Innovation lies at the core of everything we do at disguise and we always work together with our partners to ensure that all new developments help improve their work. Our beta testing programs offer our partners the oppo
USA - Christie has announced the launch of the new Christie Mirage SST-6P, a dual-head 18,000 lumen, 4K, 6-primary 3D RGB pure laser projection system that the company claims delivers twice the onscreen brightness of traditional colour-comb 30,000-lumen lamp-based 3D projection systems for bright, colourful, and detailed 3D images for venues including theme parks, attractions and giant screen dome theatres.
The 6-Primary (6P) 3D dual-projector system uses two sets of RGB laser primaries with slightly off-set wavelengths: one for the right eye, and one for the left. Reusable passive 3D glasses filter different wavelengths and direct the light to the correct eye, with no shuttering, for a natural and comfortable 3D visual experience. The result is a projection system that is 90% efficient at projecting light onto the screen, and white-screen compatible for blending the multi-projector arrays typically used in dome theatres and media-based attractions such as dark rides and flying theatres.
“With the Mirage SST-6P projection system, dark 3D visuals are a thing of the past,” says Larry Paul, executive director, Technology and Custom Solutions, Enterprise and Entertainment, Christie. “The Mirage SST-6P was developed specifically for 3D applications and exceeds the DCI-P3 colour space, ensuring that 3D visuals in dark rides, attractions and planetariums look as intended - bright, contrast-rich and colourful - revealing a level of detail audiences haven’t seen before.”
With TruLife electronics, Mirage SST-6P delivers 4K 3D content up to 120fps p
The Netherlands - Highlite International BV has introduced the Display Series of indoor fixtures for professional architectural applications. Switchable between 3000 K and 6000 K, the dimmable LED sources offer a high CRI. This makes them suitable for lighting galleries, art, and other colour sensitive subjects and locations.
Artecta’s latest range of indoor lighting fixtures, the Artecta Display Series is intended for highlighting objects and locations where high appeal is paramount, such as museums and galleries, lighting art and paintings. The compact fixtures offer a high CRI (>92), which helps the original colour tones to come through. They are switchable between 3000 K and 6000 K colour temperatures and can be dimmed manually to adjust the output intensity to the desired ambiance.
The Display Series offers solutions for a gamut of applications with a range of fresnel, profile and flood fixtures. Fresnel fixtures project a soft-edged output suitable for lighting objects at close range. Profile fixtures project an adjustable hard-edged output for projecting a delimited shape on a surface. Equipped with a wide beam angle, a Flood fixture is intended to illuminate a full wall or decor. Apart from the Flood model, all models are available with a standard mounting bracket or with a3-phase track adapter that can be mounted on most 3-phase track systems.
The implementation of Display fixtures is not limited to art-related areas, it is also very much at home in public places, such as clothing stores and theme parcs. Each projector offers multiple
Europe - ETC is hosting an online event on 30-31 March to launch two new theatrical fixtures. This event is open to the public and starts at 16:00 CEST/15:00 BST (09:00 CDT) with a keynote message from David Lincecum, VP of marketing.
Immediately following the keynote, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Tony-nominated Broadway lighting designer, Justin Townsend, on the impacts of LED on lighting design.
Additional sessions over the next 24 hours include product demos and Q&A with the development team, and a series of classes that focus on incorporating technology into your theatrical workflow to increase efficiency and productivity.
Much of the content will be presented in multiple languages (English, French and German) and multiple time zones around the world making this a genuinely international launch event.
Visit www.etcconnect.com/ETCLaunch for session details and registration information.
Europe - Robe has introduced the LEDBeam 350, a 6,000lm variant of its popular LEDBeam 150, which delivers “even more punch and presence for those wanting crystal clear beams and beautifully rich colour washes”.
The new fixture has retained and built on all the features of the LEDBeam 150, including a zoom range of 3.8 to 60° and innovative lens coating technology which keeps the lenses clearer and scratch-free.
Anti-static properties further reduce dust collecting on the lens, and the latest coating treatment brings countless additional benefits like lengthening the intervals needed between cleaning and enhancing the light output.
More advanced technology includes CPulse, Robe’s acclaimed Pulse Width Modulation control system that removes any on-screen camera flicker, making the LEDBeam 350 a match for the most advanced HD and UHD camera systems, says Robe.
All the most popular features of the smaller LEDBeam - including fast movement, colour mixing, zoom and control can be maintained via a ‘compatibility’ mode, allowing for the seamless combination of both 150 and 350 models together on the same rig for perfect continuity, says Robe.
The 12 x 40W RGBW LED multi-chips provide plenty of high-quality output and superior CMY colour mixing control. DataSwatch contains 66 pre-mixed colours and tones including whites for fast reliable colour selection, and Robe’s L3 Low Light Linearity system delivers imperceptible fades to absolute blackouts.
Quiet operation is another benefit of the LEDBeam 350, which features an advanc
USA - Martin by Harman has unveiled the Martin MAC Ultra Series with two “extremely bright” new workhorse stage lights – the MAC Ultra Performance and MAC Ultra Wash.
Featuring high lumen output across the zoom range, a new framing system, high-definition optics and low noise levels, the MAC Ultra family is ideal for concert and touring productions as well as noise-sensitive broadcast and theatre applications.
With high output a key design pillar, the MAC Ultra Series is powered by a 1,150W, 6000K proprietary LED light engine, Martin’s brightest to-date. It gives the MAC Ultra Wash the ability to project 63,500 lumens of output and the MAC Ultra Performance, 46,500 lumens. In addition, with higher red content and better daylight balance, the fixtures produce rich, vivid colours and more natural skin-tones, says the company.
Key features of the MAC Ultra series include a wide zoom range, precision focus control, uniform colour mixing, variable CTO, additional colour and spectral correction filters, motorized frost for a softer field, high resolution dimming and strobing. Debuting in the MAC Ultra Performance is the new Martin Extended Framing System, which is said to offer more flexibility, easier programming, quicker response time and precision shutter angling.
To deliver “reliable and consistent result for years to come”, Martin’s new LED engine is rated to exceed 50,000 hours and deliver over 90% of its original output, even after 20,000 hours of use at maximum power, the company says.
“We are so proud to be able to
UK - EF Infection Control, a part of the EF Group, has announced the availability of a new solution to help ensure the safety of attendees at tradeshows and other major indoor events as industries worldwide move towards post-lockdown operation.
EF has partnered with infection and virus control specialists Aeret UK to develop the service Sanitise 360. Sanitise 360’s technology delivers a non-toxic atomised mist that kills 99.99% of bacteria and viruses that are airborne as well as on surfaces including Hepatitis, COVID-19, CoV2, SARS, MRSA plus fungi and mould that are associated with a variety of infections and allergies. Unlike most fogging systems, it is claimed to be completely safe to use around electronic equipment and has been engineered to leave no chemical residue behind in any of its applications.
Undisturbed surfaces can remain protected for anything up to 60 hours, while for high traffic sites an overnight application ensures a high level of safety. For tradeshow attendees, conference delegates, and even audiences at indoor events such as sporting fixtures, concerts, TV shows, or other arts-based events. Areas are protected and ready to use after 30 minutes.
“An atomised mist produces much smaller particles than fogging machines, meaning that it is effectively dry by the time it settles, not only destroying 99.99% of airborne viruses and bacteria but providing the same level of protection to surfaces as well,” comments Neil Goatcher, EF Group CEO. “Tradeshows are already doing their utmost best to provide COVID-secure environmen
UK - disguise has announced new features for its xR software. This upgrade will further enhance its integration of Unreal Engine and address the continued demand for immersive content of the highest quality, detail and frame rate across Extended Reality (xR) and Virtual Production, says the company.
The latest features introduced by disguise include ACES colour management, DirectX12 (DX12) and Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) support from Nvidia. Together, they will allow users to deliver images of the highest quality via 10-bit HDR processing of Unreal content through disguise RenderStream.
RenderStream is a proprietary IP protocol that enables the hosting of Unreal content on dedicated disguise hardware. “This approach of scale-out rendering in conjunction with features such as DX12 support, DLSS and the ACES colour management workflow allows Virtual Production customers to pursue truly photorealistic scenes and content without compromising on creative delivery,” says Joe Bleasdale, product manager at disguise.
“In my last shoots I’ve been working with the ACES workflow, and the results have been really good,” reports David Monguet of MO&MO Films. “This feature is a great tool for all of us in the production process - the VFX team has less work to transform the plates, and I have more dynamic range to adjust in the screens. I've been doing some tests with a colourist to compare and the conclusion is that it is working perfectly.”
disguise has also implemented a pipeline that supports Unreal Engine running DLSS - an Nvid
Italy - Prolights EclProfile CT+ is now capable of being controlled in RAW mode and xy coordinates control. This update comes after the release of the new ellipsoidal in the autumn of 2020 and a successful kick-off in sales amid a global pandemic, and with many users giving great feedback about the profiles and comparing its features against other market-leading units, says the company.
Xy coordinates control allows users to pick a colour in the CIE 1931 chromaticity diagram right from their consoles, or to typing in the exact colour coordinate to match different sources.
“This is an extremely useful feature for our customers in theatre or film lighting, where colour precision is important,” says Andrea Gabrielli, R&D manager at Prolights. “We are working on implementing features that are inclusive to all segments of the industry. This is the first ellipsoidal to support these modes, and we couldn't be more excited by sharing this update.”
RAW mode gives users the possibility to control the six LED emitters directly through advanced colour management control platforms, ensuring full colour control to lighting designers.
USA - PK Sound has released an installation-focused iteration of Trinity, its flagship large-format line array element.
“Trinity Install delivers the impact and operational advantages of our flagship array family to high-performance installs in a fixed position, with our sleek, clean, and uncompromising new all-black design,” comments Darryl Ross, senior applications support for PK Sound. “The response from our network and clients so far has been very encouraging, as partners can now offer a solution for concert venues, theatres, nightclubs, houses of worship, and other live event spaces that want the full PK experience for their performers and patrons.”
The vertical angles are set during installation using a fixed rigging system, while horizontal angles are locked into one of 22 symmetric or asymmetric configurations throughout a line source. A combination of FIR and IIR filters are applied to ensure smooth frequency response in the listening area.
Horn-loaded 12” transducers manage low-frequency response. The mid-frequency band is supported by four 6.5” midrange transducers affixed to the patented Coherent Midrange Integrator (CMI). Two dual-diaphragm high-frequency transducers, coupled directly to an integrated planar waveguide, significantly reduce distortion across the high-frequency band. A 6,000 W Class D amplifier maximizes headroom while maintaining crystal clear audio and exceptional output.
The CMI waveguide combines mid and high frequencies, working in tandem with precisely spaced low-frequency apertures for smooth and
USA - BriteShot, a vendor of LED lighting solutions for television, film and events, has shifted its manufacturing strategy to help venues re-open safely amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Making the most of its resources during these challenging times, BriteShot is now specialising in coronavirus air filtering and decontamination products.
“At Briteshot, we aim to have our decontamination technology be a factor in helping entertainment venues, restaurants, and more, reopen their doors in a safe and effective way,” says Roy McDonald, co-founder at BriteShot. “It’s been a difficult year within the entertainment space as facilities have been forced to close their doors or reduce capacity, greatly impacting revenue and job security across the board.
“To help ease customers back into business, we dedicated countless hours in production and testing to provide a solution that will keep artists, staff and audience members safe while we continue to enjoy doing what we love.”
Founded in 2009, BriteShot embarked on a three-year research and development process to bring its first product, The Luminator, to market.
Mitigating COVID-19 exposure in indoor environments, BriteShot’s decontamination solutions include its AirAffair air filtration system and ShelteX decontamination tent. The AirAffair system uses new technology to purify and sterilise the air from existing HVAC systems and can act as a stand-alone unit in any given environment.
The ShelteX decontamination tent is a fully enclosed structure constructed from high-density polypropyl
USA - tvONE has announced the forthcoming arrival of the ONErack Spider, a universal multi-voltage DC power solution which is the latest addition to the company’s ONErack universal rack mounting system.
“Not every rack has enough space for a full ONErack chassis, and the Spider offers the same simultaneous DC voltages but with rear or zero space racking,” says Mark Armon, global product manager at tvONE. “Everyone knows and has experienced the mess just a handful of wall-warts can cause when servicing or installing a system. The ONErack products have proven that there is a better way.”
The ONErack concept is a modular rack mount system designed to ‘vastly improve the installation and serviceability of small devices’. It allows variously-sized, externally-powered devices from any manufacturer to be converted into slide-in modules that can be designed precisely, installed quickly and serviced easily.
The ONErack Spider optimises any installation by eliminating unreliable DC wall warts and other power clutter from the rack design. At the same time, it also ensures the provision of reliable power for a choice of up to seven different voltage options - 5V, 7.5V, 9V, 12V, 13.5V, 18V, and 24V, says the company.
Available in a 1RU half-rack version (7-module capacity) or rear strip version (23-module capacity), the ONErack spider can be installed at the back or side of the rack to provide the ultimate installation flexibility.
“The Spider’s innovative, multi-voltage design will bring the award-winning power capabilities of our
UK - The Martin MAC Aura PXL has a rich feature set of internal FX macros allowing maximum versatility even when time is of the essence. Created as a resource for lighting designers, Martin's UK distributor, Sound Technology has published a complete video reference library of all of them.
There are six categories of Macros in the PXL - Beam Intensity FX, Beam Colour FX, Aura Intensity FX, Aura Colour FX, Beam and Aura Combined FX, and Full Fixture FX. Each category has its own video, time-stamped in the YouTube description with each individual effect.
Utilising the MAC Aura PXL's 141 Aura LEDs and 19 Main Beam LEDs, each effect can also have speed, colour, zoom range & output level manipulated simultaneously, and both the Aura and the Main Beam effects can be active at the same time.
UK - With esports rapidly becoming one of the world’s most popular spectator sports, one of the challenges for the industry is to ensure that audiences in studios and stadiums see every detail of the gameplay on the large screens at the same time as the players. Any lag or juddery visuals can ruin the immersive experience, and Panasonic’s latest high fame rate (HFR) upgrade kit (ET-SUK10) for the Panasonic PT-RQ35K projector addresses these issues, bringing stadium and studio spectators closer to the action.
The HFR upgrade delivers higher quality images with rapid and smooth movement and less image lag by enabling the 30,500 lumen, three-chip DLP laser projector to accept and output 240Hz HD signals using just one cable. The improvements delivered by the upgrade are significant. As well as enhanced images, latency can be reduced to just 5ms - compared to 82ms using predecessor Panasonic projectors, ensuring fans experience the thrill of the action in virtual real-time.
“This ground-breaking visual enhancement creates a fantastic live experience, enabling the audience to see and react to the action as it happens,” said Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic Business. “It’s another important addition to our complete glass-to-glass production solution for the industry - from capture right through to distribution workflow.”