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Product Spotlight

  • Chauvet Q-Wash LED: LEDs Lead Changing Times

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | May 22, 2007

    When the editor of PLSN asked me if I would be interested in writing a review for the new Chauvet QWash LED, my mind raced back to my days backstage, when my crew and I would take advantage of slow moments between shows to give our flashlights the Pepsi Challenge. I would pit my Mag-Lite against anyone else’s flashlight to see which was stronger and at what distances. On one occasion, a board op came up with his LED flashlight, swearing that his could finally dethrone the hoss, and it did…at short range. But the Mag stood strong at longer distances, such as from the floor to the grid 60 feet above. Even at that distance, I could easily make out the details in the cables suspending the rigging. His LED didn’t even provide a light pool at that range.

  • Look Solutions Cryo-Fog

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | March 19, 2007Look Solutions’ newest fog machine, the Cryo-Fog, is a compact, low-lying fog production machine. It’s compact enough to fit in the “overhead bin;” just be careful when you open that bin, because this baby is 28 kilograms without the fog fluid. (For those of us who don’t do metric, that’s just under 62 pounds.) But don’t let its size fool you; the Cryo-Fog machine pumps out enough fog to compete with the more standard-sized (read, larger) fog machines of its type. I recently had the chance to get upclose and personal with the Cryo-Fog machine when Tom Gittens at Advanced Entertainment Services, in Las Vegas, Nev., showed me around the device. Read More...
  • Martin MAC 700 Profile

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | February 15, 2007
    The Martin MAC 2000 line of luminaires is arguably the most successful series of moving lights sold to date. It is almost impossible to accurately predict what combination of features, reliability and cost makes up the perfect product. Chalk it up to a whole lot of skill and at least a little bit of luck. Read More...
  • Sharp XG-MB67X Projector

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | January 16, 2007
    One nice thing about writing a product spotlight is all the cool toys we get to play with. The Sharp XGMB67X is one such cool toy. Especially since I had a number of movies to catch up on.

    The XG-MB67X is a “compact” projector that packs all the features that you would expect to find on larger models. While certain accommodations have been made for its small footprint, Sharp does not compromise on its performance. It does all this while staying at a very competitive price point.
  • Shadow Management

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | January 16, 2007
    Very frequently, I am touting the highest high-tech lighting products on the market. This month, I would like to fully embrace the lowest low-tech lighting control device I have ever seen. The Hula Skirt is such a simple, yet cool and useful, device that I cannot believe no one has devised one before now. Read More...
  • Martin Mac TW1

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | October 16, 2006
    Denmark-based Martin Professional, one of the leading manufacturers of automated lighting, has crossed into some new territory in their product line. Their newest MAC, the TW1, goes backwards in time, but forward in technology as Martin unleashes their new tungsten wash automated moving yoke light. Read More...
  • Clay Paky Alpha Wash 1200

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | October 16, 2006
    For a couple of years now, Clay Paky, the Italian manufacturer of automated lighting fixtures, has been expanding their Alpha line of moving yoke fixtures. The latest is a new high-powered color mixing wash light that is extremely bright. It can utilize two different HTI lamps with different color temperatures of 6000K or 7500K, both of which have hot-restrike capabilities. Read More...
  • Radiance Followspot

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | July 17, 2006Strong Entertainment Lighting recently started shipping their latest in a long line of followspots. The Radiance is a lightweight fixture designed to be used for small installations and shows that do not require extremely bright followspots with long throw distances. But don’t let that fool you; this spot cuts quite nicely from a 150- foot throw.

  • VectorWorks12

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | June 13, 2006In the past decade, the use of drafting software has become rote for designers in this industry, and the available offerings have increased dramatically, with each software package offering various industry-specific tools and an eye toward ease of use, much to the delight of those of us without engineering or CAD degrees. (see PLSN Product Gallery, February 2006 – ed.)

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    Exploring the ETC Congo Console

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | April 12, 2006

    While ETC’s newest lighting console is considered “new” by most standards, the parents of the system would say that the console has been in gestation for more than 30 years.

    The true heritage of the console began with Avab, the Scandinavian lighting console manufacturer that, three decades ago, had one of the two existing 999- channel boards, the Viking. With a simple, direct-access control structure, the Avab brand has maintained a strong presence in European markets ever since.

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    WYSIWYG Production Design Suite

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | March 15, 2006

    When Cast Software launched WYSIWYG, a lighting-only design software tool, in 1994, it was new, innovative and the only one of its kind. Today, there is no shortage of competition for the Toronto-based company, but that hasn’t slowed them down. And now, they have supplemented their offerings to cover new segments within the entertainment industry. As of September 2005, WYSIWYG, which is now being called a “Production Design Suite of Tools,” delivered Release 14, which, among other things, adds the ability to showcase all types of video content in the 3-D virtual world. Cast continues to crank out new software updates on an aggressive three-month schedule aimed at fulfilling the longterm vision of creating a fast, easy solution to all production designs. The latest update, Release 16, introduces “moving scenery.”

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