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Articles from the June 2018 Issue

Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Jim Hutchison •
  • Cinematography
  • June 2018
• June 4, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story. Everyone’s going to see it; it’s a philosophical requirement at this point for Star Wars franchise fans. An inane difficulty even exists in writing about a film series so widespread because the film series is absolutely timeless and the special effects were so cutting edge at their time that the […] Read More...

Savannah Ballet Turns to Projections for Magical Production of ‘The Little Mermaid’

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Randi Minetor •
  • Focus on Theater
  • June 2018
• June 4, 2018
In 2015, when Savannah Ballet Theatre mounted its first production of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, artistic director Suzanne Braddy and educational director/choreographer Abby McCuen began to think about ways to make the stage setting as exciting as the dancers’ fluid movements. The company has two costume designers, Siobhan McGrath and Milla Wilkes-Davies, who […] Read More...

Mark Devlin: Concept and Content, a Video Life Story

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Jim Hutchison •
  • June 2018
  • PLSN Interview
• June 4, 2018
Our industry spends a lot of time talking about video production. In most industry magazines, you will read about video panels, projectors, media servers, data pathways and all of the associated equipment that make playback and live effects a reality — most live production across the world in 2018 either includes video playback and live […] Read More...

Upstaging Expands its Video Presence

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Mike Wharton •
  • Features
  • June 2018
• June 4, 2018
Many equipment vendors across the world offer what gear they excel at best. Some offer just lighting, some offer just audio etc. But nowadays it’s become more common for companies to become all service vendors. This is usually due to the fact that clients that normally come to a company for lights might add in […] Read More...

Avolites Synergy, the Q3 Media Server and Titan V11

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Jim Hutchison •
  • June 2018
  • Tech Focus
• June 4, 2018
Avolites, one of the lighting console companies originating out of the U.K., has been maintaining popularity with users across the world with its easy-to-use feature sets and powerful programming for more than four decades. Avolites consoles are known for several innovative feature sets, but a few of the more pertinent features are very popular among […] Read More...

Video Over IP: Is NDI the Solution?

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Vickie Claiborne •
  • June 2018
  • Video Digerati
• June 4, 2018
At Prolight+Sound 2018, I found myself engaged in several discussions about the need for a way to take the output from a media server and input it into a previsualization environment. While there are already a handful of options for sharing video between media servers, lighting consoles, video playback devices, and/or visualizers currently in use […] Read More...

Scenery Rental Houses Migrate to Digital Backdrops

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Randi Minetor •
  • Focus on Theater
  • June 2018
• June 3, 2018
New and Traditional Companies Meet Customer Demand for Projected Scenery After more than 80 years in the scenery rental business, Grosh Backdrops and Drapery recognized the new handwriting on the wall. More and more of the company’s customers came to them looking for digital scenery — backdrops that they could project, instead of renting and […] Read More...

Stepping Into the Story: VR at Tribeca Film Festival

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Bryan Reesman •
  • June 2018
  • Tech Focus
• June 4, 2018
Tribeca Film Festival Scores Hit with Premiere of Baobab Studios’ VR Experience, Jack: Part One Virtual reality experiences are becoming more and more popular, ranging from dinner parties to superhero scenarios. While such entertainment mimics real life actions and events, French film director Mathias Chelebourg wants to take Virtual Reality (VR) another step further by […] Read More...

ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel and ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K from Blackmagic Design

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Jeff Gooch •
  • June 2018
  • Road Tests
• June 4, 2018
It’s two, two, two reviews in one! I was fortunate enough to get ahold of an ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel and ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K from Blackmagic Design, and it’s a good thing these siblings play well together. They have to, because you can’t really use either unless you have one or […] Read More...

Blizzard IRiS R2 and IRiS IP3 Video Panels

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Skip Pfeiffer •
  • June 2018
  • Product Spotlight
• June 4, 2018
Wisconsin-based lighting product company Blizzard Lighting has introduced two new video panels to their ever-expanding product line of lighting, video, and accessory products — and frankly, if you have a few minutes to enjoy the light-hearted nature of a company producing serious products for the Pro, DJ, Theatre, and Worship markets, a visit to their […] Read More...

Green Hippo Hippotizer Montane+

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Vickie Claiborne •
  • June 2018
  • Road Tests
• June 4, 2018
Upon opening the Pelican that the demo unit arrived in, I didn’t notice anything particularly different on the outside from its relatives, the Taiga+ and the Boreal+. Measuring the same 4U rack size and dimensions (630x425x175 mm) and featuring the instantly recognizable LED-backlit Hippo face, the Montane+ seemed familiar enough. But the differences in the […] Read More...

What the Heck is GDTF?

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Michael S. Eddy •
  • June 2018
  • Tech Focus
• June 4, 2018
Just before the recent Prolight+Sound convention in Frankfurt, Germany, a press release came out announcing a new open data format to help streamline the process of linking a fixture profile from CAD through previsualization and on to a console. This new development, named General Device Type Format (GDTF), was created to change the way lighting […] Read More...

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