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Schnick-Schnack LED System Debuts on Dancing with the Stars

PLSN Staff • News • November 8, 2011

LOS ANGELES – The new season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars features a new production design by Set Designer James Yarnell and LD Simon Miles. Part of the new set features a new fully integrated Schnick-Schnack-Systems multi-media LED lighting installation in its North American television debut.
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Schnick-Schnack-Systems Shines on Dancing with the Stars

LOS ANGELES – The new season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars features a new production design by Set Designer James Yarnell and LD Simon Miles. A new set with the dance floor raised above the audience provides a 360-degree stage taking full advantage of the studio space including three balcony tiers, and the dancers making their grand entrance through the new tracking center-stage staircase. The new design also features a new fully integrated Schnick-Schnack-Systems multi-media LED lighting installation in its North American television debut. 

“The visual quality of Schnick-Schnack-Systems is really apparent; the vivid colors and effects combinations are almost endless,” notes Simon Miles. “Schnick-Schnack is specifically designed for applications like this. The color consistency, quick response, and great ‘on camera’ performance is brilliant. The quality is exactly what you would expect of German engineering. We were also rather impressed with the ease of installation into such a large, complex set. Everyone is happy.”

Schnick-Schnack-Systems is an LED accent lighting system designed for production integration and a variety of applications – especially stage-sets, scenery and exhibits.

The Dancing with the Stars system is comprised of Schnick-Schnack-Systems’ advanced C25-250 and B25-250 LED strips, 633 of the C25-250 Strips for video mapping on the set’s main tracking staircase, and 1,318 of the B25-250 Strips for accenting the stage and all three 360-degree balconies. The LED Strips are mounted on each edge of the set for color chases and timed effects. Schnick-Schnack-Systems 4E controllers drive the versatile DMX or video controllable system.

The LED-strips used on Dancing With The Stars each have 10 high output Nichia LEDs evenly spaced along their 250 mm length. The strips are ideal for backlighting set elements such as stairs, edging strips and translucent surfaces or for accentuating set edges and profiles. They can be used as a backlight with only 3-inch clearance from the backlit material, creating a harmonious blending of the individual LEDs within a strip. Without diffusion material in front, they can also be used as an LED video matrix for direct flicker-free viewing. Each strip comprises a full range of primary colors allowing for optimal color mixing.

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