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Product Spotlight

  • Martin’s Dotron and Fatron Fixtures

    Martin’s Dotron and Fatron Fixtures

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | April 14, 2017

    I cut my teeth in lighting from early on, but eventually found myself working for a video production company, finding the gear far cooler — and far more complex. Back in those days, lights were lights, projectors were projectors, and never the twain met. But there were some emerging technologies and we always dreamed about marrying them, or at least producing a weird hybrid-freak-son-daughter.

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  • Datapath Fx4

    Datapath x4, Fx4 and dL8

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | March 9, 2017

    Although Datapath has been around for a while, I only recently became aware of their product line. Having spec’d a rather large video wall a scant six months ago, Datapath frequently rose to the top of my Internet search as an external graphics box manufacturer, and they make some killer boxes. The company is mainly known for large, scalable wall controller servers and graphics capture cards, but they also offer a series of small-but-powerful multi-display units that are worth checking out.

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  • The Sparkular

    The Sparkular

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | February 9, 2017

    The Sparkular is a DMX-controllable device that is capable of projecting up to a five-meter fountain of sparkles. This new product debuted at LDI 2016 and was named Best Debuting Product: Special Effects category. Since its inception, it has been used on the largest stages, from presidential campaigns to the 2016 American Music Awards. Read More...

  • Elation Fuze Wash Z120

    Elation Fuze Series

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | January 13, 2017

    In this modern day of pixilation, it’s become so commonplace for the new par fixtures to act like eye candy as opposed to emulating the look of a gelled par 64. While there is nothing particularly wrong with the look of an LED wash light with many cells on its face, some designers as well as artists prefer the look of the older pars and moving wash fixtures of yore. This is where Elation’s series of Fuze fixtures comes in. They have a lens system that turns this line of RGBW COB wash fixtures into one homogenous beam.

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  • Features like transparency effects, brightness controls and image wrapping tools can be applied to a PixelMap Layer within a plot without requiring an external media server.

    Hog 4 3.5.0 Product Update

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | December 12, 2016

    In the last 12 months High End Systems has been very busy with the implementation of many exciting features into the Hog 4 family of consoles.

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  • Drafty is an Internet-based CAD program.

    Drafty: A New Affordable CAD App Hits Our World

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | October 15, 2016

    Today’s CAD packages have — and this is perhaps an understatement — a lot of power beneath their hoods. An industry-standard drafting suite like Vectorworks or WYSIWYG costs thousands of dollars, not only in up-front costs but also in ongoing update and maintenance fees. For this, they provide a stunning array of features that — when used to their fullest extent — give the user a great deal of power. Learning to harness this potential, however, comes at the cost of a steep learning curve, many hours in training or searching through tutorials looking for the exact function one needs. The creators of Drafty thought this was unacceptable; that between ease of use and overbearing sophistication lay a realm of software usability begging for our acquaintance. And thus, Drafty was born.

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  • Enrique Iglesias toured recently with a visual assist from Black Widow CTS 6.9 video tiles.

    Ready to Roll

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | October 15, 2016

    Oracle LED Systems Sees Early Success with New Video Panels

    Two new video panels introduced by Oracle LED Systems earlier this year have seen significant early success in the event and rental markets. Oracle LED will demonstrate these products at its booth (#445) at LDI.

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  • ProPlex EZ-Lan Unity 20, front view

    Show Networking Products from TMB

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | September 14, 2016

    Today, we’re not going to look at the latest in whiz-bang technology or the coolest LED fixture on the market, but rather at the technological building blocks of a good show — networking and data distribution hardware from TMB. As our show networks get larger and more complicated, the need for sophisticated and reliable networking technology grows ever more important.

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  • Wahlberg winches are designed to raise and lower objects weighing from 1 kg to 50 kg.

    Rose Brand Steps Up their Automation Game with Wahlberg Light and Motion Products

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | September 14, 2016

    In almost every event produced these days, the moment comes during a meeting or tech rehearsal where someone asks, “Can’t we automate that?” Most good technicians will answer, “yes, but…” Those “buts” refer to cost, complexity, time, staffing and expertise. What has been missing (until now) are products designed for easily automating the little effect — a prop or drape or lighting practical.

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  • The MMS 100 has an Axon media server on board.

    High End Systems’ MMS-100 and MMS-200

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | July 18, 2016

    Tracing the Evolution of HES’ MMS Orbital Head: A look at moving mirror systems technologies offered by High End Systems, a Barco Company

    Rather than struggle with the challenge of rigging and precisely pointing the beam from a big, bulky projector, it’s often easier and more efficient to fine-tune the position of a flat mirror that reflects and angles the light beam. That simple truth has led to the creation of MMS (moving mirror system) technologies by Austin, Texas-based High End Systems, now owned by Barco. Here, PLSN takes a closer look at the MMS concept and how it evolved.

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  • PRG GroundControl Followspot System

    PRG GroundControl Followspot System

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | January 14, 2016

    Launched at the recent LDI show, the PRG GroundControl™ Followspot System is making people re-think how they use followspots in production. Awarded the LDI 2015 Best Debuting Product, the GroundControl is a huge step forward in not only safety in getting the truss followspot ops out of the truss and safely on the ground, but also in how designers use followspots. The LDI judges summed up their feelings on the GroundControl system, “The GroundControl advances the cause of staging and rigging in the concert industry by offering the possibility of removing spot operators from trusses forever, and continuing the efforts to make our industry safer.”

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  • QuikScan App from Database Works

    QuikScan App from Database Works

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | December 12, 2015

    For a production house, one of the most tedious — yet mission-critically important — tasks is keeping track of the gear that goes out on a gig and then comes back in from it. So what if that cable could tell you it was there? It’s actually not that far-fetched…

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