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Product Spotlight

  • 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.


  • Syncrolite Series 3 with OmniColor 2

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | November 19, 2007
    Over the last three years, while their Series 2 Syncrolites were out generating revenue on seemingly every production with a budget, the Dallas-based company was busy developing and patenting the next generation of Syncrolite products. Now they’re ready to trot out their Series 3 line of high-powered xenon, moving yoke fixtures with what are possibly the most innovative new features in an automated light in several years.

  • Compulite Vector Red

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | September 13, 2007

    Compulite is an Israeli-based lighting console manufacturer that has been in business for over 25 years. During the last few years, the company has expanded its range to include several new models. The Compulite Vector now comes in four models that vary according to how many faders and DMX512 outputs you need for your purposes.  The company also manufactures programming wings and playback wings that can be used with an outboard PC. The playback wing can be used in conjunction with any model to add an additional 10 faders and cue keys. We had an opportunity to Road Test the Vector Red.

  • High End Systems Showgun

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | August 20, 2007

    High End Systems is back in the automated lighting business in a big way.

    To be sure, they never really left it, but since they introduced Catalyst in 2001 and DL.1 in 2003, it seemed at times as if they might leave “conventional” automated lighting behind altogether, were it not for the debut of the Studio Command automated wash luminaire in 2006. Their newest offering should leave no doubt that they are planted squarely in the business. 


  • Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | July 17, 2007

    Attendees at last year’s LDI tradeshow were introduced to the newest addition to Vari-Lite’s flagship 3000 series of auto-mated lighting fixtures. The VL3500 Wash fixture fills in a gap in the very top echelon of Vari-Lite’s fixture offerings. Build-ing on the line’s already rich feature set, the fixture is an evolutionary step from its closest sibling, the VL3000 Wash, with at least one trick up its sleeve that’s not found anywhere else in the series. 

  • 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...
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