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Product Spotlight

  • Roland V-1600HD

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | October 19, 2010
    In the realm of professional video, it's fair to say that the video production switcher is the heart of the show, whether it's a live event, a newscast or even a corporate gig. Read More...
  • atmosphere

    LDI 2010 Product Previews

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | September 22, 2010Check out these products you will see at LDI: atmosphere, Chauvet COLORdash Batten-Tri, Chauvet COLORado 1 VW Tour, Guard Dog Low Profiles with and without ADA Compliant Ramps, Ramp-Runner Transport Power Pack, Vector Violet, Pipe Case & Hamper, Altus Rigging Controller, RC4Magic Wireless Dimming, Sanyo PLS-WM5500/4500, Snow Masters Magic Lamp DS9000, Snow Masters Cryo Jet, Wildfire 150W Long-Throw Series II UV Light, Wildfire UltraRail Series Black Lighting and Wildfire Effects Master Energy Series Black Lighting. Read More...
  • Compulite Vector Violet and Ultra Violet

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | August 6, 2010
    One of the earliest automated lighting consoles on the market was called the Animator. It was very advanced for its time, but it never gained the widespread popularity it deserved in North America, probably because it had limited distribution. The company that designed and built that console is Compulite. Read More...
  • Pix2o LED Video Display

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | July 9, 2010
    In the post-MP3 world, production values in live events are often dictated by economics. Those fat advances that record companies used to front to recording artists have gone the way of reel-to-reel tape machines and typewriters. Today, they are much more reliant on ticket sales and profitable touring, so every means of saving money on the road is of capital importance. Read More...
  • Vari-Lite VLX

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | February 11, 2010
    When the company that paved the road for the era of automated lighting and drove down the highway of that technology on cruise control for more than 25 years suddenly takes a left turn at the intersection of LED Boulevard and Automated Lighting Way, it's bound to turn some heads. Read More...
  • Martin RADAR

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | November 13, 2009
    There’s a fascinating book called The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google by Nicholas Carr about how cloud computing is changing the world. Read More...
  • Zero 88 Leap Frog 48 Console

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | February 16, 2009

    In one of my many past lives, as a systems integrator, I specified a number of Zero 88 Frog consoles, mostly the Fat Frog, which was nicely positioned for the entry market. I was surprised when Zero 88 opted to drop the Fat Frog and jump to the Leap Frog range. Rather than an entry-level board, it’s now a mid-range console with control of up to 200 automated lights. Zero 88 has kept the ease of getting started on the console, plus, if you plan to grow your system, Leap Frog does not have the limitations of Fat Frog.

  • Staging Dimensions Kickstand

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | December 8, 2008The production world needs inverted lighting like up needs down, black needs white, and yin needs yang. Some luminaires, like automated fixtures, come with their own built-in floor stands and need no accessories to stand in an inverted position. Others, like PAR cans and Lekos, not so much. Read More...
  • Martin MAC III Profile

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | November 11, 2008
    Charles H. Duell, the former commissioner of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, said in 1899 that everything that can be invented, has been invented. Of course, everyone knows that wasn’t true until 2002 when Martin introduced the animation wheel in the MAC 2000. Then and only then had everything been invented, at least in terms of automated lighting. Sure, lots of new automated lighting products were introduced since then, but true innovation seemed to be lacking. Not anymore. Read More...
  • Tyler Truss HUD Truss

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | October 13, 2008
    When the price of fuel began its dizzying ascent a few years ago, few of us could have predicted the far reaching implications. But it might not have been so difficult to predict that the truck pack would become more important than ever, especially for those of us who have to pay the fuel bills. Upstaging, Inc., who is planted firmly both in the lighting and trucking side of the business, understands as well as anyone the implications. That’s one of the motivating reasons that they helped develop the new High-Performance Utility Design (HUD) Truss. Read More...
  • Ron StageMaster

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | March 15, 2008

    Do you know how you can tell a rookie entertainment professional from a veteran? When they walk into a show, the rookie cranes his neck to admire the lighting rig while the veteran cranes his neck to see if it’s safe to walk under the rig.


  • Thematics Lightbox

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | February 28, 2008

    Amid a growing field of computer-based lighting pre-visualization systems, lighting designer Charles Kirby and his company have been busy building and improving on a more organic and interactive method of modeling light. By taking advantage of today’s fiber-optic and LED technologies, Thematics is giving designers — and students of the craft — a way to build fully-operational scale models of their lighting designs.


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