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The December 2017 Digital Edition

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Articles from the December 2017 Issue

Carrie Cavins joins ETC as Architectural Field Project Coordinator

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PLSN Staff •
  • December 2017
  • On the Move
• December 28, 2017

MIDDLETON, WI – ETC bolstered its growing architectural lighting division with the addition of Carrie Cavins as an Architectural Field Project Coordinator. Cavins will provide support, advice, and education for ETC’s architectural line of products to their extensive network of reps, dealers, and specifiers. While technically part of the ETC Hollywood office, Cavins will mainly work from her home office in Houston.

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ESTA Announces Transition to the Next Generation of Staff Leadership

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PLSN Staff •
  • December 2017
  • On the Move
• December 26, 2017

NYC - ESTA is very pleased to announce that it has named Erin Grabe to succeed Executive Director Lori Rubinstein in what is expected to be a year-long transition. Erin is currently ESTA’s Assistant Technical Standards Manager and part of the transition involves replacing her in that role. Erin is uniquely positioned to step into the role of Executive Director. She has been working in technical production in live events since the age of 15, including nine years working for Grand Stage Company as a sales associate, purchasing agent, and project manager.

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The Bebe & Bassy co-headlining tour paired Bebe Rexha with Marc E Bassy. It ran from Oct. 16-Nov. 19, hitting 23 cities.

Bebe Rexha/Bebe & Bassy 2017 Tour

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PLSN Staff •
  • Articles
  • December 2017
  • Showtime
• December 14, 2017

Lighting Co
Aspect Lighting

Venue
Various (Tour)

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The band is pictured at their Oct. 10 tour stop at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. The tour began May 5 and runs through July 2018. Photo by Steve Jennings

Depeche Mode ‘Global Spirit’ Tour

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PLSN Staff •
  • Articles
  • December 2017
  • Showtime
• December 14, 2017

Lighting Co
HSL

Venue
Various (Tour)

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Illustration by Andy Au

The Subtle Art of Self-Promotion

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PLSN Staff •
  • Articles
  • December 2017
  • LD at Large
• December 14, 2017

Tooting your own horn in public can be very successful, as long as you toot properly. I have had to toot my own horn to get where I am today. Learning how to walk the line between blasting a trumpet from the rooftop and noodling on a kazoo can be tricky. The world of self-promotion can be a real entanglement for the corporate artist type.

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“Christmas On The Potomac” in Maryland. Photo by Chris Werner

Lighting Up for the Holidays and Lighting On the Road

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PLSN Staff •
  • Articles
  • December 2017
  • Designer Watch
• December 14, 2017

Within the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor, MD, LD Chris Werner and his Los Angeles-based design team installed a holiday light show for the venue’s “Christmas On The Potomac event. The team created a centerpiece using a 55-foot tall tree enhanced with 19 double-sided video stars, each measuring 12 feet.

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Paging All Playbacks

Paging All Playbacks

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PLSN Staff •
  • Articles
  • December 2017
  • Feeding the Machines
• December 14, 2017

Automated lighting consoles have many great programming and playback features that provide many useful functions. One of the more clever functions has to do with expanding playback capabilities. Instead of being limited by the number of physical buttons and faders on a console, most make use of pages (or banks) to increase the playbacks immensely. The page functionality can be used for much more, such as organizing songs or scenes, adjusting playback styles, expanding capabilities and more. It is important for lighting programmers to understand the paging functionality of their console.

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Martin MAC Encore Performance

Martin MAC Encore Performance

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PLSN Staff •
  • Articles
  • December 2017
  • Road Tests
• December 14, 2017

I recently got a chance to test the Martin MAC Encore Performance fixtures from Harman, which are available in two versions — the WRM, or “warm” version, and CLD, or “cold” version. (As of last month’s LDI, Martin added the MAC Encore Wash, also in warm and cool versions, but here, I’ll just focus on the two versions of the MAC Encore Performance.) After playing with the Performance, I concluded that it is perfect for working with cameras.

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Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro HD Switcher

Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro HD Switcher

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PLSN Staff •
  • Articles
  • December 2017
  • Road Tests
• December 14, 2017

Video switchers are not sexy. At least the smaller frames. Let’s face it, in terms of sheer eye candy, small event video switchers take a back seat to their audio and lighting cousins.

It’s a general rule that the larger the console, the more bells and whistles and consequently more blinky lights and buttons. The smaller fare is basic because they tend to be more utility than glam. There’s only so much you can fit in a frame anyway.

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Fig. 1A

3D Pixel Mapping on a 2D Screen

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PLSN Staff •
  • Articles
  • December 2017
  • Video Digerati
• December 14, 2017

As pixel mapping is becoming more and more commonplace in the lighting world, and LEDs are being incorporated into 3D configurations to create scenic objects like chandeliers and cubes, the challenge of programming them increases. Instead of looking at the pixels in a 2D flat “plan” view, now we’re beginning to think about looking at pixels from all sides and angles.

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Ash Nehru, co-founder and chief technology officer of disguise (formerly d3 Technologies)

Ash Nehru – Co-Founder and CTO of disguise

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PLSN Staff •
  • 1000 Words With...
  • Articles
  • December 2017
• December 14, 2017

Ash Nehru, one of the founders of d3 Technologies — which officially changed its name last month to disguise — is considered by many in the industry to be somewhat of a visionary.

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Ultra-high-res projection-mapping extends from four to eight of the venue’s proscenium arches, and all native 14,000-by-14,000 pixels were mapped for the FOH projection. Photos courtesy Radio City/MSG.

NYC’s Radio City Christmas Show Gets Even More Spectacular

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PLSN Staff •
  • Articles
  • December 2017
  • Features
• December 14, 2017

Since it premiered in 1933, the annual Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes has always wowed the New York City crowds taking a break from gawking at the big tree and window-shopping the holiday offerings lining the streets near New York’s Rockefeller Center. But the 2017 show can make a credible claim to being the most spectacular show to date, with an assist from a complete technical overhaul that includes a new 8K LED video wall and 14K digital projection-mapping extending to all eight of Radio City Music Hall’s iconic prosceniumarches.

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