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Tips & Tricks

The Joy and Pain of Sharing Macros

Brad Schiller •
  • Tips & Tricks
• September 24, 2018
Once created, macros become another element in your toolbox. Just like other parts of the dataset, you can export your macros and share them with others. In fact, many macros are shared or even sold on various on-line console groups. Always use caution when merging in new macros, as you may not be aware of […] Read More...

Deciphering the Meaning of “Ethereal”

Chris Lose •
  • Tips & Tricks
• September 17, 2018
As a programmer and a lighting director, my job is to receive the information from whichever creative guru has chosen to hire me, transfer that information into colored photons and consistently repeat that vision until the money runs out. Opening my ears is the easy part. Interpreting the data that is flowing into my brain […] Read More...

At Marquee NYC, Steve Lieberman Reveals the Beams but Hides the Fixtures

Jim Hutchison •
  • Tips & Tricks
• September 10, 2018
At Marquee NYC, Steve Lieberman wants the visitor’s eye to be wowed by the “broad strokes” — in this case, a series of rectangles surrounding a key visual focal point, the spherical obelisk. Although the colors change, the club’s structural elements — a “rigid, repeating pattern of rectangles and squares” — doesn’t. Like many of […] Read More...

Visual Training Resources Now Include YouTube and Vimeo Tutorials

Vickie Claiborne •
  • Tips & Tricks
• August 27, 2018
If YouTube and Vimeo were people, the two post-your-own-video sites wouldn’t be all that old. Vimeo’s a few months older, but both would be just 13. Both have emerged as valued training resources for just about anything – including how to program a lighting console and media server. Here are a dozen short-links to check […] Read More...

Focusing Rule #1: Tilt First, Then Pan

Brad Schiller •
  • Tips & Tricks
• August 19, 2018
When it comes to moving lights around on the stage, there is a longstanding rule that has existed almost as long as moving lights themselves. If you are not already following this rule, then read carefully as it will certainly help you in your positioning. When moving an automated luminaire, it is best to always […] Read More...

The All-Important (Okay, Half-Important) Opening Act

Chris Lose •
  • Tips & Tricks
• August 13, 2018
The opening act was, hopefully, chosen for a reason. Their job is to take the audience from zero to 50 on the excitement scale. If the opening act is unable to get people warmed up, the burden will fall solely on the headliner. If the headliner has to expend unnecessary effort to get the crowd […] Read More...

Lighting Fixtures Can Double as Airplane Landing Lights

PLSN Staff •
  • Tips & Tricks
• August 6, 2018
No, not for a real plane, but for the gag where Dierks Bentley is piloting a faux plane above the audience, 12 Chauvet Professional Strike 1 Blinders fit the bill. Part of the production design by Bruce Rodgers and Tribe Inc. for Bentley’s “Drunk on a Plane” song, the use of the Strike 1’s as […] Read More...

Limiting Smart Phone Usage at Concerts

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Tips & Tricks
• July 30, 2018
Different artists are coming up with different ways to encourage fans to take in the live concert experience directly rather than through the tiny screens of their mobile devices. At Bruno Mars’ July 27 show at the Park Theater in Las Vegas, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review Journal noted how ushers put attendee […] Read More...

The Holy Genre: Lighting Houses of Worship

Brad Schiller •
  • Tips & Tricks
• July 23, 2018
In many ways, the lighting and programming of a house of worship event is very similar to a corporate event. Both types of productions have a similar breakdown of needs — a person giving a speech/sermon, musical acts, special skits or ceremonies and heavy use of I-Mag or even live broadcast. The lighting programmer must […] Read More...

Rock Touring: No Biz Like It!

PLSN Staff •
  • Tips & Tricks
• July 16, 2018
Show biz, and more specifically rock ‘n’ roll, is made up of people from all over the world, all walks of life, all backgrounds, genres, creeds, colors, politics, orientations and mental states. We all have a job to do and we need each other to complete the task. We don’t always get to choose who […] Read More...

The Rectangular Genre: Television

Brad Schiller •
  • Tips & Tricks
• July 2, 2018
Televised productions can be tremendously fun to program, but they do have their own requirements. As a programmer, be sure to always look into the monitor, as it is generally the ultimate authority as to the look of a production. Be sure to understand the basics of television lighting, cameras and production. Make use of […] Read More...

A Look at the New GDTF File Format

Michael S. Eddy •
  • Tips & Tricks
• June 25, 2018
General Device Type Format (GDTF) was created to change the way lighting designers and programmers in the entertainment design and production industry work. In an effort to make lighting fixtures, visualizers and consoles work together in a more seamless way, three manufacturers (MA Lighting, Robe and Vectorworks) jointly developed this open standard format. GDTF is […] Read More...

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