Equipment News

New dot2 software release

Posted on Thursday, April 13th, 2017

MA Lighting are proud to announce the next level of intuitive lighting control software for the dot2 console series incorporating a host of new and exciting features. The dot2 software release allows users to work even faster and more intuitively than ever before.

The new 1.3 dot2 software features a Web remote facility, allowing important remote functionality from any device with a web-browser, either wireless or cabled. More master speed faders are included allowing increased flexibility for live playback speed adjustment. Increased effects functionality with instant access to groups and blocks allow for faster adjustments of any effect. High priority playbacks for specific fader arrangement for houselights or key lights to control individually at any time and many more enhancements are also now included.

The new dot2 software now allows freely assignable sACN and Art-Net universes for DMX over Ethernet output as well as for DMX remote in. Additionally, a new version of the Fixture builder with enhanced access to the fixture settings itself allows for much more detailed adjustments of each fixture.

Intuitive operation is the core of the dot2 philosophy and with a comprehensive set of connectivity hardware on all console models, the dot2 range is suitable for most theatre, touring, corporate, television and education lighting environments. The easy to operate dot2 software is available in multiple languages and provides on-board Help and Direct Hints to guide a new user to operate the console to its full potential. A full range of clever programming and playback features provide intuitive access to advanced functionality.

This release also includes additional pre-defined position effects and several important bug-fixes. The software is available as a free download here:
Australian Distributor: Show Technology


ETC’s ColorSource Linear 4

Posted on Thursday, April 13th, 2017

ETC’s ColorSource® Linear family is now complete with this week’s launch of the ColorSource Linear 4 fixture. This is the third and longest variation of the ColorSource Linear fixture and measures a full two-meters in length. Like the Linear 1, (half-meter) and Linear 2, (one-meter) fixtures, Linear 4 comes in both original and deep blue array options. Both offer a richness of colour, and quality of light output you’ve come to expect from ETC ColorSource fixtures.

Every half-meter of the Linear 4 is individually addressable and controllable from the simple 7 segment display. It’s like having four fixtures in one. Linear fixtures are perfect for use as curtain warmers, sidelights, an unbroken stage wash, and in any installation location that is too narrow for many other standard fixtures.

ColorSource Linear proves that affordable can be rich. For more information watch the following video
Australian Distributor: Jands


Rosco announces Silk line upgrades

Posted on Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Rosco Laboratories has announced several upgrades to its popular Silk line of LED soft lights.

“We’re very excited to share these improvements to our Silk line with the marketplace”, said Tracey Cosgrove, Rosco’s senior director of products. “We listened to feedback from our loyal film and broadcast lighting customers and responded with a suite of new features.

“These product enhancements all focus on increased precision, control, greater overall functionality and ease of use – all of which our customers requested. Not only are these new features improvements over our original version of Silk, but they also surpass the offerings of other LED soft light fixture manufacturers.”

The newest versions of the Silk family of products maintain all of the qualities of the original Silk products, including pure, soft white light and high colour fidelity. All Silk fixtures in the product line now feature new control options, including wireless DMX, as well as greater control of output and colour temperature, and overall improvements to the units’ physical properties.

New Features include two new DMX modes, including: DMX Master, which enables one Silk fixture to control others on set that share a common base address, and Wireless DMX via Lumen Radio technology.

DMX dimming is now possible in 8 bit or 16 bit mode, offering a multitude of smoother dimming options.

The physical look of the units has been enhanced as well, including knobs that are flush from the main control housing, a matte finish on the control housing, and larger safety/rope hanging ports.

Silk is currently available in a variety of sizes, including Silk 110, Silk 205, Silk 210, and Silk 305, and can be purchased through Rosco’s worldwide dealer network. Other variants including Silk 220 and Silk 410 will be coming soon.


Stiletto I7™ from Blizzard

Posted on Monday, April 10th, 2017

Stiletto I7™ comes fitted with 7* ultra-bright OSRAM® 4-in-1 RGBW LEDs, and is jam packed with features. Its many talents include the ability to produce a narrow-to wide zoomable wash, a sharp parallel beam, and then perform absolutely mind-blowing multibeam visual effects with its 4°- 60° beam angle. Add in infinite
bidirectional lens rotation plus 540/270° pan/tilt to the mix to create a ton of motion and spectacular aerial effects.

Its 5-button LCD control panel allows you to set the fixture to automatically run in your choice of 3 auto modes, 2 sound active modes, or set it be controlled via 22/55-channel DMX to gain full control of every aspect including zoom, lens rotation, strobe, pan/tilt, color macros, effect shape selection, speed, fade, color, shape offset between multiple fixtures, plus dedicated shape effect foreground and background dimmers. DMX mode also allows quick access to linear CTO presets (2500k-8000K), 4 dimming curves, and each of the LEDs are individual controllable for pixel mapping in 55-channel DMX mode!

On the back side of Stiletto I7™ fixtures you will find industry standard PowerCON® compatible input/output connections and 3-pin DMX In/Out jacks. Preparing the fixture for truss mounting is also a snap by attaching its included dual quarter-turn “Omega” quick connect type clamp brackets.
Australian Distributor: Phantos Lighting


Solaris Flare Q+ Rayzr and Dynamic White LED Fixtures

Posted on Monday, April 10th, 2017

The Solaris Flare range of LED fixtures expanded with new product debuts at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, Germany. They include the Flare Q+ Rayzr and Flare Q+ Dynamic White fixture (pictured here).

The Solaris Flare is now universally recognized by top designers and programmers worldwide for its unrivaled brightness, versatility, and reliability, and now these two new models add exciting new dimensions to the product range.

The Flare Q+ Rayzr is a super-slim blade of ultra-bright light and color, available in 50 and 100 cm lengths. It provides Flare brightness, colours, and features in a single row of RGBW LEDs. Various mounting options are available for end-to-end alignment, hanging, wall-mounting, and pipe attachment. With its ultra-slim profile, the Flare Q+ Rayzr will go where other fixtures will not, while maintaining famous Flare performance. In the words of one lighting director, “The Flare is far and away the best LED strobe/wash on the market – honestly it’s not even close.”

Also introduced at Frankfurt, the new Flare Q+ Dynamic White offers variable colour temperature output from 2,000 to 10,000 Kelvin, with a CRI of 90+ throughout most of the CT range. Like all Flares, it is crazy bright, and features the Flare’s world-class dimming, smoothness, and flicker-free performance. To quote yet another user and top designer, “Flares are our go-to option for their intensity, reliability, and excellent color rendition on camera.”

Q+ Technology is an exciting innovation recently introduced and now standard in the entire Solaris Flare product range: Flare Q+, Flare Q+ Linear, Flare Q+ Rayzr, and Flare Q+ Dynamic White. This revolutionary LED driver technology maximizes LED output for unprecedented brightness, while also optimizing LED temperatures for long term reliability. Representing a significant leap forward in LED fixture design, Q+ Technology performance is available in the popular 96-LED Flare Q+, as well as the 108-LED Linear format and the 18- or 36-LED Rayzr.

Flare IP RGBW outdoor wash fixtures are also available in single-head High Definition (HD) and single- or dual-head High Reach (HR) models, available with integrated or remote power supplies.
Australian Distributor: Lexair


SGM P-10

Posted on Friday, April 7th, 2017

SGM’s P-10, unveiled at Prolight+Sound 2017 (Hall 4.0, Stand D20/D25), uses 48 RGBW 24W LEDs to produce smooth color mixing, dimming and an impressive 40,000 lumen output.

The SGM P-10 is a unique and extremely powerful all-in-one 1250W LED luminaire.

It carries the functionalities of a wash light, a strobe light, a flood light, a pixel light and a blinder with a non-fading continuous output, making it the perfect multi-purpose LED fixture.

With all this crossover technology combined in one single luminaire, a solid and long-term investment is ensured.The low-profile, rectangular, full-colour LED luminaire incorporates 48 high-power RGBW 24W LEDs delivering a staggering output of 40,000 lumen and a best-in-class optical colour mixing. It features a superior dimming performance for velvet smooth fades and the avoidance of color shifts.

The LEDs are divided into eight individually controllable segments, which generates wide-ranging colour effects and pixel-mapping combinations for creative lighting designs.

The plus/minus green function makes it easy to match the light with the location by controlling the saturation.

The versatility is extended even further through its various filters and barndoor options.

Its standard 10° round and symmetrical beam can be manipulated in various ways. Shape the beam and achieve different beam angles with an optional set of magnetic holographic filter frames (19°, 45°, 63°/12° elliptical horizontal, 12°/63° elliptical vertical plus an empty color frame).

With the magnetic and click-on accessory solutions for filters and barndoors, the P-10 can easily adapt into new and existing lighting designs.

The durable, IP65-rated exterior of the P-10 and the built-in dehumidifier ensure that the fixture is kept free of externally induced impact on internal optics and light sources, such as smoke fluid, dust and dirt. Thus, the P-10 is ideal for outdoor applications and at the same time it is practically maintenance-free making it a sustainable and long-lasting choice for indoor events and installations as well.

  • An integrated handle eases the transport, rigging and positioning of the luminaire.
  • P-10 characteristics:
  • IP65-rated RGBW LED luminaire
  • Staggering high-power output of 40,000 lumen
  • Best-in-class optical color mixing
  • Superior dimming performance
  • No colour shift during dimming
  • 48 x 24W RGBW LEDs
  • Eight individually controllable segments
  • Wireless DMX and implemented RDM protocol
  • User-friendly setup via simple control buttons and OLED display
  • Practically maintenance-free
  • Integrated handle
  • Magnetic and click-on accessories
  • Aesthetic Danish design
Australian Distributor: Entertainment Technology Australia


Martin expands VDO Creative LED Video Range

Posted on Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Harman Professional Solutions announces the launch of Martin VDO Fatron 20 and VDO Dotron — adding new dimensions and capabilities for lighting designers with a more comprehensive range of creative LED video products.

Both the 20mm pixel pitch video batten VDO Fatron 20 and the compact and powerful video pixel VDO Dotron can double as DMX-controllable lighting battens and seamlessly weave together with the entire Martin VDO range including the VDO Sceptron and VDO Face 5.

An extensive palette of field-exchangeable diffusers and lenses gives the daisy-chainable fixtures a great variety of different looks. They also can be deployed frontless for a raw look. Versatile rigging accessories make mounting onto walls, set pieces, stage designs, or directly on a truss a breeze. Plus, an IP65 outdoor rating makes these fixtures perfect to enhance creative outdoor and indoor designs.

VDO Fatron 20 and VDO Dotron are driven by the Martin P3 System Controller for easy video-mapping and creative mixing and matching with other Martin LED video products. Automatic switching between P3 and DMX modes is provided for smaller applications. Using the same integrated power and data cabling as VDO Sceptron, installation of VDO Fatron 20 and VDO Dotron is a breeze.

“The addition of the two new fixtures to the creative VDO toolbox is the missing link that really brings creative ideas to life when you want to create truly astonishing 3D stage designs,” said Wouter Verlinden, product manager – LED video, Harman Professional Solutions.

VDO Dotron is available now, VDO Fatron 20 is expected to be available mid-May 2017. For more information please visit the URL below.

Visit Harman Professional Solutions at Prolight + Sound, April 4 – 7, in Hall 4.0, stands F41 and F37.
Australian Distributor: Show Technology


Ayrton celebrates 15th anniversary

Posted on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Ayrton celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2017 and will mark the occasion with the addition of new members to the Ayrton team. To complement the team led by founder and CTO Yvan Peard, Christopher Agius Ferrante has taken on the role of CEO, Michael Althaus is the new global sales director, Simon Gasch joins Ayrton as a regional sales manager and Chunyan Hou is the new legal and administration manager.

“We are focused on continuing Ayrton’s success,” says Chris Ferrante, CEO, “and the immediate increase in resources here shows that we are fully committed to this. We all feel the best way to ensure that Ayrton remains at the forefront of the industry and continues to be a success is to invest in people.”

Michael Althaus adds, “Having known Ayrton for some years now, it is a great opportunity to lead the sales effort here. With new products, more innovation and an eye on being even more competitive, I am excited by what the future holds.”

By way of celebration Ayrton will introduce a new line of luminaires at Prolight+Sound with product names that evoke the winds of the world. The new names symbolise the lightness embodied in the fixtures, along with the fluidity of design and breath of innovation that Ayrton brings to the marketplace of entertainment lighting.

The first luminaire in this new line is a technological marvel called Merak which will make its debut at Prolight + Sound 2017. Ayrton has developed Merak as a compact wash fixture that combines punch with enhanced performance. Its new design squeezes a whole lot of washlight into a package that is less than 40cm high, with a new 250W RGBW multichip LED module and Fresnel lens, to create a mono-source luminaire that is a marvel of ingenuity.

The second new arrival at Prolight + Sound is ArcaLine3, the latest product in the Static Luminaire range. With ArcaLine3, Ayrton’s ArcaLine unit has had a total makeover, making V.3 a refined fixture that produces outstanding results which are even more attractive to event suppliers.

Finally, Ayrton has chosen Prolight + Sound for the official launch of its new MagicBlade-FX fixture. With MagicBlade-FX Ayrton expands its Creative Solutions line of graphic beam projectors with a unit that combines the qualities of its award-winning MagicBlade-R and originality of MagicPanel-FX to become the epitome of elegant versatility.

The versatile MagicBlade-FX linear luminaire is fitted with seven of the distinctive squared output 65mm fixed frontal lenses found on MagicPanel FX and shares the same quality of colour mixing and versatile effects: 3D volumetric projections, variation between the colour-rich luminescent face or separated points of light… with ultra-tight beam projection or wide angle wash from a unique zoom system with no visible moving parts.

Ayrton will be exhibiting at Prolight + Sound in Hall 3.0 Stand G81, alongside its German subsidiary, VisionStage, (Hall 3.0 Stand G84), where they will welcome visitors in a 280sqm stand with 180sqm dedicated to showcasing the new products.

Noted French lighting designer, Stéphane Migné, the man responsible for designing most of Ayrton’s famous online product videos, has designed Ayrton’s demo light show once again, with the assistance of programme Arnaud Pierrel on the console. It promises to be one of the highlights of the show, especially judging by the crowds that are drawn to see it each year.
Australian Distributor: Show Technology


MA Lighting release a Quantum Shift in Lighting Control

Posted on Saturday, April 1st, 2017

MA Lighting today announced that after six years of research, development and prototyping, their new user thought controlled lighting interface is ready for release and demonstrations. The new product has the working name ‘Cranial Replay for Artists and Performance’.

Developed with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) department of Cranial Uniformity and Neurological Technology over a period of four years, MA Lighting’s R&D department worked tightly with the department’s Professor Helmut Krown. Professor Krown has spent over ten years developing the concept with NOAA, NASA and the EPA.

Professor Krown said “We were tasked by MA Lighting to conceive and bring to reality a lighting control surface that would fully integrate, for the first time, the lighting professional and the technology as one. The use of thought control to activate cues, create mood, display feeling via the lights and optimize the control of video elements via the brain is a quantum shift in the way visual entertainment technology is controlled and considered.”

The lighting operator dons what looks like a normal MA Lighting cap which is hard wired to a belt pack that then communicates via wi-fi to the modified MA2 console. This wireless feature means that control can be done remotely from the console.

A water based lubricant is required on the scalp of the operator to ensure good electrical contact is observed from the operator to the cranial unit.

The integrated skull cap and belt pack features a revolutionary proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) interface that will ‘learn’ the biorhythms of the individual operator’s brain electrical activity. In setup mode, the operator is required to wear the unit for 12-14 hours so the unit can read, learn and record the user’s brain waves. This is a once only setup and multiple users can be preprogrammed to the solid state technology contained within.

Once setup is complete the interface is operable with thought control to the lighting and video elements. Lamp focus, colour, gobo and beam information can be selected by a gentle thought process. Whole cue lists, macros and multiple other show features can be designed, edited and played back by the operators thought.

“I am very much looking forward to showing this to our customers,” commented Mike Gearin of Show Technology, MA Lighting’s Australian distributor. “It’s taking virtual reality to reality, placing your mood and thoughts onto a picture on stage – it really is a great step in the development of lighting control.”

The system will be shown to a select few at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt next week where it is sure to be the most talked about shift in entertainment technology since the VL1.

For more information please go to MA Lighting


Philips Lighting at Prolight+Sound

Posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017

Philips Lighting is gearing up for Europe’s biggest entertainment technology expo, Prolight + Sound, where it will launch new stage and studio lighting products as well as showcase recent releases. The company’s new products also will be incorporated into the lighting design for the stand, which will transform into a stage for a performance from Dutch rock band TOM on Tuesday April 4 between 6pm and 10pm.

New products launching on the Philips Entertainment Lighting stand:

Philips Vari-Lite VLZ. The first in a new range of spot, profile and wash luminaires from the iconic product line, the Philips Vari-Lite VLZ utilizes the latest high output white LED sources to produce a staggering 25,000 lumens projected from a 180mm (7″) front lens. The familiar CMY-CTO color system creates stunning, seamless mixed colors. Color shake and color wheel spin control have also been added to the mix, offering lighting designers a plethora of vibrant effects. Hard to soft edge focusing can be controlled through the 16-bit focus control channel as well as the 3-way frost control. The combination of the color and beam control makes the Philips Vari-Lite VLZ the go-to professional moving spot luminaire.

Philips Showline SL BEAM 500fx. The larger version of the incredibly popular Philips Showline SL BEAM 300fx, the new Philips Showline SL BEAM 500fx offers designers exceptional output from its 37 RGBW LEDs whilst being fast, quiet and extremely versatile. The effective precision optical design allows the Philips Showline SL BEAM 500fx to function as both a beam and wash luminaire. Not only that, it achieves a myriad of beautiful, intricate multi-beam effects through the individual pixel mapping of its LEDs and rotating front lens, offering designers infinite possibilities from a single fixture.

Philips Showline SL BAR 720ZT. The new, high performance linear wash and effect luminaire offers designers smooth and seamless washes of color from studio to stage. Truly versatile, it also delivers distinctive, dynamic beam effects from its DMX motorized zoom and tilt and powerful output.

Philips Showline SL SUNLED 10. Ideal for studio environments, the fixture’s ten cells of fixed white LEDs deliver a blended wash of warm white light emulating the conventional halogen studio strip light whilst offering reduced power consumption, low heat output and minimum maintenance. A tungsten mimic option shifts the color temperature as the luminaire dims, providing the distinctive warm tungsten look at lower light levels.

Also showcased on stand will be the new Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam and Philips Showline SL LEDSPOT 300. Since its release in January, the Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam has illuminated such high profile events as Lady Gaga’s critically-acclaimed Super Bowl HalfTime Show performance and her collaboration with Metallica at The GRAMMY Awards. The Philips Showline SL LEDSPOT 300 has proved ideal for studio as well as stage lighting, providing dynamic effects on the current series of Channel 4’s The Last Leg.

The latest additions to the Philips Strand Lighting range of television broadcast lighting, the Philips Strand Lighting 200F and 400F Fresnels and Philips Strand Lighting 150S and 300S Softlights will be available for demo in a specially built mock studio on the stand’s second level. The Softlights have already proved popular, being used on the Great South African Bake Off 2016 and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Australia 2017.

Connected remote control

Alongside the ‘television studio’ there will be a ‘control tower’ area, displaying Philips Lighting’s connected control systems and the latest version of its lighting management platform. Offering unparalleled flexibility, 4.5 is scalable from a single room to a large multi-building campus and is designed to integrate with all Philips Entertainment Lighting dimming systems, automated luminaires and LED fixtures across the product ranges.


Robe at Prolight+Sound

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Czech lighting manufacturer Robe presents another high-impact booth – D80 in Hall 3 of the Frankfurt Messe for Prolight +Sound 2017 – allowing hundreds of guests to enjoy a crowd-stopping live entertainment show in a lively, fun interactive environment.

Once again a totally unique stand design will provide a fabulous backdrop and set to demonstrate the latest products … an action-packed programme will include a lightshow every hour and a ‘Voice of God’ product presentation at other times. 

It will be the first European trade show and official launch of Robe’s incredible Spiider LED wash beam moving light, together with several other new and exciting products that will be seen for the first time..

Robe’s official press launch takes place on the stand at 15.00 on Wednesday 5th April.

… and the company will be making a BIG and very important announcement related to one of its key European markets …  

Several new products will be launched, highlighted and shown in action and the Robe international sales and technical support teams will be on hand offering multi-lingual assistance in German and 15 other languages – reflecting the diversity and global flavour of both the company and the Prolight event.

The Robe Bar will be a social hub for networking and doing business, and naturally there will be a Happy Hour for the first three days of the show with famous Czech beers, mouth-watering freshly made pizza and plenty of hospitality!

New Products


 Spiider is a brand new LED wash luminaire that builds on the success of Robe’s best-selling ‘industry standard’ LEDWash series … with a completely new concept and incredible optics.

 It has one super bright 60W RGBW LED multichip in the centre which is surrounded by 18 x 30W RGBW LED multichips, and it is this optical design that resembles the spider’s web that gave rise to the name.

It is also so much more than ‘just’ a wash!

It can be used as a beam and – a first for LED wash light stage luminaires – it has an eye-popping flower effect!

The impressive zoom goes from 4 – 48 degrees, while the light output is outstanding, offering more than 50, 000 lumens at 5 metres.

Spiider has all the great features that made Robe’s LEDWash series such a well-respected industry-wide product for all applications, including a virtual colour wheel, tungsten lamp emulation, individual pixel control, in-built wireless DMX on request and loads more.

LEDBeam 150

Robe’s ROBIN® LEDBeam 150 – complete with spectacular zoom range of 4° to 62° – offers fast sweeping beams and a wide excellent quality wash light in a compact housing.

Attractive colourful chases and smooth transitions are powered by a cluster of high power 30W RGBW multichip LEDs. The zoom uses a custom-designed optical system and an optimized motorised control produces speedy pan and tilt movement.

The fixture has intense strobing capabilities, smooth 18-bit dimming, including tungsten lamp effects, straightforward control via pre-programmed colours on a virtual colour wheel and the various strobing and pulsing effects enable quick and easy programming.

ParFect 150

This highly affordable LED ACL-style beam unit now also has a zoom feature included.

ParFect 150 is a static, zoom-able version of the LEDBeam 150 and retains all the key features including both CMY & RGBW colour control, 18-bit dimming, tungsten emulation, selectable and variable colour temperatures and a punchy beam ranging from 4° to 62°.

Accessories like barn-doors and the gel frames give ParFect 150 a range of features required for TV and theatre environments.

PATT 2017

Extending ROBE’s highly successful series of retro styled luminaires is the PATT 2017 … an LED driven version that extends Robe’s PATT range with an environmentally conscious option which is driven by 7 x 30W RGBW LEDs.

A mix of colours can be replicated or the fixture can be run in tungsten variants, making excellent eye-candy effect for stages and sets and perfect for bands, television, film and general prop lighting.

The distinctive design of the PATT series makes the fixtures like a piece of art in their own right and useful as props as well as enhancing general ambience.

The PATT 2017 concept is based on an idea by leading international lighting designer Tim Routledge.

The 7 x 30W RGBW LEDs illuminate the sleek, spun aluminium body of the fixture which maximises the elegant curves of the physical design. The LED cluster can be controlled as one unit or independently as 7 sources creating smooth animations, transitions and rainbow effects across the aluminium reflector, featuring the signature “PATT“ gold-brown coating.


Continuing in the retro style aesthetic, the pixelPATT is another new addition to Robe’s PATT family which is based on modern LED pixel controlled technology.

The pixelPATT is composed of 7 x 30W RGBW LED multichips, one in the centre surrounded by a ring of six, all housed in a super-slim and lightweight brushed metal frame.

Aesthetically it keeps the dimensions and attractive curvature of the ‘classic’ PATT 2013 and the picklePATT which make its physical appearance desirable as well as the light source. To ensure an elegant and a lightweight design, a remote Power and Data box – the PATT Driver – is connected to the pixelPATT using an industry-standard 4-pin XLR.

The pixelPATT is an ideal fixture for lighting television broadcasts, concerts, fashion shows or any type of event from awards shows and gala dinners to brand activations.

BMFL FollowSpot

Created specifically for follow-spot operation, this custom modified version of Robe’s massively successful high-powered BMFL WashBeam luminaire comes with specific features to provide both motorised movement and manual operation with follow-spot handles.

The BMFL FollowSpot takes advantage of the wide 160 mm front lens and high CRI 1700W lamp.

The custom BMFL light source designed for Robe produces an astounding 250, 000 lux at 5 metres and has a wide zoom range of 5° to 55° with precise focusing.

Manually or remotely controllable features include smooth colour mixing and CTO flags, two colour wheels, multiple variable frost filters, focus, zoom and quick pulsing iris.

Follow-spot operation can be enhanced by using the optional LightMaster handles (see below).

The BMFL FollowSpot is pre-wired for the installation of a digital camera on the head that can be connected via the new RoboSpot base station (see below) for off-stage remote follow-spot operation.

BMFL LightMaster

BMFL LightMaster is an accessory comprising externally mounted, fully programmable follow-spot handles with a control panel and two individual faders that enable any of Robe‘s BMFL range of fixtures to be run as a follow spot.

Available as either side or back mounting, the two programmable faders can be assigned, for example, as dimmer and iris. The control panel has a touch screen display, four custom programmable jog-wheels plus ten ‘soft’ buttons so the unit can be fully-customized to suit the operator / user.

The programmable buttons, jog-wheels and faders allow the operator to comfortably trigger and control dimmer, iris, focus, zoom, frost, colours and other parameters.

The BMFL fixture’s internal settings enable pan/tilt movement behaviour to be individually tailored by adjusting tension, smoothness and resistance, and while it is running in follow-spot mode, the remote console can still be used to access and take control of all these internal features, like dimmer, colours etc.

The LightMaster handles can be quick-mounted in either the back or side positions using quarter turn locking screws, and the control panel connects to the BMFL luminaire via USB.


RoboSpot is a remote follow-spot system compatible with any of Robe’s BMFL range of fixtures already in rental stock, which has been devised as a solution for situations where it is impractical to install an operated follow spot position.

A ground operated base station communicates with a camera mounted on the BMFL fixture which follows the performer or object to be tracked.

The RoboSpot Camera functions (focus, zoom, precise pan / tilt movement) are DMX remote-controlled, and it provides a ‘first-person’ view for the ground-based follow spot operator. Video data is transferred in real-time from the Camera to the RoboSpot base station via Ethernet.

The RoboSpot base station has a video screen giving the operator a live view of the performer or object being followed from the fixture-mounted camera. Using a set of special handles with two programmable faders mapped, for example, to the dimmer and iris functions on the luminaire, the operator’s movement of the handles is calibrated and fed via DMX as positional data for the pan and tilt movement of the BMFL units being controlled as ‘RoboSpots’.

One RoboSpot base station can control up to twelve BMFL fixtures rigged in different locations around the stage, performance space or venue.

A panel on the base station features a touch screen display and four custom programmable jog-wheels plus ten assignable buttons is fully customization to suit the operator. The programmable buttons, faders and jog-wheels allow the operator to comfortably trigger and control parameters like dimmer, focus, iris, colours and the many other features of the units being controlled.

While being operated as a follow-spot, the remote console can still take control of all the

internal features of the unit like dimmer, colours, etc.

UV Strobe

The Strobe from Robe is THE brightest, best value, most sophisticated strobe-blinder effects unit on the market!

Ultimately controllable, configurable and arrayable, super-fast bursts of high-powered pulses can be adjusted in frequency, duration and intensity and optically harnessed from the 60 x high power white LED chips and 60 x high power UV LED chips.

The UV Strobe is easy to rig individually or in multiples and easy to programme using direct segment control or predefined macros. It is fitted with the standard Robe RNS touch screen system with DMX, RDM, Art-Net, MA Net and sACN protocols and there is an optional wireless DMX module.

Strobe IP

This is a potent and mega-bright strobe wash for outdoor applications.

A high IP rating of 67 provides the reliability and robustness required for the most demanding projects, including permanent installations or temporary events. Ultimately controllable, super-fast bursts of high-powered pulses can be adjusted in frequency, duration and intensity and optically harnessed from the 60 x high powered LED chips.

Strobe IP is easy to rig and programme using direct segment control or the predefined macros. Its compact size and weight combined with adaptability make installation a smooth and streamlined process.

ColorStrobe IP

This is a colour version of the Strobe IP for exterior scenarios.

It features all the advantages of the white Strobe IP including ultimately controllable, super-fast bursts and pulses that can be adjusted in frequency, duration and intensity, optically harnessed from the unit’s 60 x High Power RGBW LED chips.

ColorStrobe IP is easy to rig and programme using the direct segment control or a series of predefined macros. The IP67 rating provides reliability required for the most demanding projects and environments.


Robe’s VIVA CMY combines brightness and an exceptionally clean and clear (zero-fringing) white beam, together with the smooth continuous colour transitions of CMY mixing. Its LED lightsource is extremely energy-efficient.

Elegant and lightweight, this fixture is packed with smart and easy-to-use effects.

The 350W white LED light engine gives the extra punchy beam with an even flat-field and 20,000 hours of operation! In fact, no re-lamping should be needed for the entire life of the fixture!

Smooth colour transition and vivid fixed colours can be applied from the refined CMY mixing system and the colour wheel, and rotating or static gobos added for projections or mid-air effects. The zoom can go out to 40 degrees at its widest and be softened up with variable frost to create a gentle wash-like output or dynamic background projections.

The minimum 9° zoom produces a super-tight, piercingly bright beam that can be trimmed with an ultra-fast stepless iris to optimise the output further. VIVA has extremely fast pan/tilt movement utilising Robe’s proprietary EMS™ (Electronic Motion Stabiliser) technology.
Australian Distributor: ULA Group


Chauvet at Prolight+Sound

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Chauvet Professional will be featuring a number of new fixtures at this year’s Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, including the Maverick MK3 Wash, the Maverick MK1 Spot, ÉPIX Strip IP and Ovation B1965-FC.

True to the brand’s core philosophy, these outstanding new fixtures offer lighting professionals unprecedented levels of performance and value.

Building on the success of the Maverick MK2 Wash, the Maverick MK3 Wash answers calls for a more powerful wash fixture, with a much larger pixel array containing 27 40 W Osram LEDs, an impressive 1,080-watt output, 7?-45? zoom, 16-bit dimming, and a built in virtual gobo wheel with background color control, for intense visual effects.

The new 350 W Maverick MK1 Spot offers lighting designers all the main benefits of the larger MK2 Spot in compact housing, with rapid 7° to 33° zoom, a 7° to 29° beam angle, CMY color mixing, a flat field of projection, color consistency, 3-facet prism and frost, and crisp gobo projections from two gobo wheels – one rotating, and one static. There is no better solution for lighting designers seeking to create powerful looks within a reasonable budget.

Also debuting at Prolight + Sound is the 1-meter ÉPIX Strip IP LED strip, featuring 100 RGB LEDs, twice the number found in current ÉPIX Tour products. The LEDs have Alternate Personalities, making them easy to control with DMX only (no media server, or Pixel mapper, or Kling-Net required).  This fixture comes with three lens covers: Square (installed), Dome, and Black.  Thanks to its IP grade housing, it is suitable for outdoor use, and its brightness makes it ideal for daylight applications as well.  Control of up to 20 units can be achieved via Art-Net™, Kling-Net, or sACN (streaming ACN) and DMX via the IP rated ÉPIX Drive 2000.

CHAUVET Professional will also introduce a batten-style LED fixture, the Ovation B1965-FC. It boasts advanced features such as RGBA-Lime color mixing and responds to RDM, Art-Net™ and sACN plus standard DMX for programming and networking. It features 16-bit dimming and multiple control personalities for both simple and complex programming schemes.

“We are looking forward to this year’s Pro Light + Sound,” said Chauvet CEO Albert Chauvet. “Our new products fill some important niches. It should be exciting.”

Visit CHAUVET Professional in Hall 4, F55
Australian Distributor: Showtools


Kinesys to launch Apex Chain Hoist System

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Kinesys will launch its Apex chain hoist system on Stand D15 in Hall 3 (level 0) at the 2017 Prolight + Sound expo in Frankfurt April 4-7. The brand-new system includes a new hoist controller (pictured here) and t500kg and 1250kg hoists with maximum speeds of 30m/min and 12m/min respectively.

The Apex system incorporates the best of Kinesys’ extensive experience working with variable speed chain hoists to create a range of safe, reliable and rock-solid hoists and controllers designed to maximize creativity for show, stage and environment designers and operators in all fields of entertainment.

The system is launched with a new hoist controller and two new chain hoists, built to Kinesys’ exact specifications.

The range includes both 500kg and 1250kg hoists with maximum speeds of 30m/min and 12m/min respectively.  All the hoists have integral load cells, silent dual monitored brakes, absolute and incremental encoders …and meet the requirements of EN61508-SIL3 and DIN56950.

The drive units can be either rack or truss mounted for maximum adaptability and depending on the application.  Pass through connections for both power and data make cabling as simple and easy as possible, and standard power and Ethernet cables offer maximum flexibility.

A clear touchscreen display provides operators with essential feedback and allows manual control of the hoist from the controller itself.

Safety-over-data is fundamental to the Apex system, allowing bi-directional SIL3 safety information to pass over the data network. This permits multiple controllers to be linked together for group shutdown if required.

Intelligent duty cycle management software allows the drive to predict how much run-time the hoist can be used for based on current running speed, temperature and load.

This means operators can safely run moves over a long period of time in the correct conditions without concern that the hoist will be taken outside of its safe working parameters.

Real time data logging is included, which allows the hoist to record its total run time and number of brake operations as well as to keep a record of the loads that have been lifted.  This crucial information ensures that the hoist’s owner can adapt their service schedule according to the actual usage of the hoist.

The entire range of Apex products will be available to view and in operation on the booth which features an exciting new stand layout to demonstrate the precision and control of this innovative new hoist system.


Avolites at Prolight+Sound

Posted on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Avolites will launch two software updates and showcase its trailblazing new developments in lighting and video integration at this year’s Prolight+Sound 2017 in Frankfurt.

The British manufacturer will launch the full capabilities of its much-anticipated Ai v10 media server software, developed through real-world testing, and the latest Titan update, v10.1, which boasts a plethora of end user-centric new features that will ensure Avolites stays resolutely ahead of the lighting control curve. Avolites will be in Hall 3 Level 0 Stand E80 throughout the four-day event.

Ai v10 has been developed alongside some of the top names in the live event and installation sectors including the director of video production at Hakkasan, Ed Shaw, vice president of entertainment at Hakkasan, James Algate, and Knight of Illumination award-winning video designer for Coldplay, Ben Miles.

The update includes the integration of real time effects generator Notch and video sharing feature Spout, both of which were developed alongside Miles and video programmer Leo Flint for Coldplay’s Head Full of Dreams tour.

BPM Sync is a new Ai v10 feature born from developing the custom integrated control system for the lighting and visuals at Hakkasan Group’s JEWEL Nightclub in Las Vegas.

A new projection mapping tool, MeshWarp – features in the update. Born from the combination of Projective Keystone and Grid Warp – the feature enables users to quickly warp their content to match projection surfaces. This feature, in addition to auto map and auto blend, puts a powerful array of mapping tools in the hands of every user.

Lastly, Timeline is a major addition for Ai v10, providing precise control of video in a timecode environment, whilst still allowing live control simultaneously.

Head Ai Software developer Ciaran Abrams commented, “Ai v10 represents a change in the media server in the way that our users will interact with the software. The extensive UI overhaul is just the start along with a list of easy, quick and intuitive controls, that make operating the software simple and fun.”

Titan v10.1 offers significant new functionality as well as many fixes and improvements. Scene Master mode introduces a new and more refined way to use the console live. Avolites’ live palette time feature has been a favourite among users since the Pearl days, with Scene Master expanding its capability. The mode allows multiple palettes, playbacks and time information to be executed together, with either a fader or a chosen fade time.

Avolites sales director Koy Neminathan comments: “Avolites has recently gone through some exciting changes which have allowed the company to adapt and change the way we create, produce and deliver world class products. The releases of Ai v10 and Titan v10.1 are just the beginning with more focus on reliability. Users and non-users have told us that they have seen and heard that Titan and Ai have taken huge strides forward in delivering what they require.

“So, it is clear that our training programme is working efficiently and deploying that through our vast distribution network is paying dividends. With a sustained increase in demand and currently having the largest order book in the company’s history, it is clear to say that our new strategy is clearly going to create some positive shock waves. Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt is the best place to demonstrate this to everyone.”
Australian Distributor: TLC Global


Robert Juliat at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt

Posted on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

It’s been a number of years since Robert Juliat brought the full force of its followspots to a tradeshow, but Prolight + Sound 2017 will see these specialists showcase an army of their followspots, old and new, that have secured its place in the industry for many decades.

Established favourites Lancelot, Merlin, Cyrano, Victor and Roxie followspots will line up for inspection alongside the Dalis cyclorama fixture, as Robert Juliat followspot and Dalis expertise go on show.  But never a company to rest on its reputation, Robert Juliat has yet more surprises in store at Prolight+Sound!

Building upon the success of Roxie, its first LED followspot, Robert Juliat is taking the next step by previewing two new LED followspot models in Frankfurt. Meet Oz and Alice, the newest additions to the RJ followspot family. This dynamic pair feature a powerful 600W cool white LED source and the same high-quality functions and characteristics offered by the Robert Juliat classic Compact range.

Long- and short-throw models respectively, Oz and Alice are the first LED professional followspots to deliver a high output comparable with that of 1200W discharge followspots. Their compact dimensions and silent operation are coupled with the benefits of no heat, smooth electronic dimming – locally or remotely via DMX – and no lamp-change for less maintenance. A digital display, RJ45 connector and USB port are just some of the convenient features that come as standard. From small sources comes great power, and Oz and Alice are set to extend Robert Juliat’s LED capabilities into full size theatres and large venues.

Robert Juliat’s ZEP Fresnel 360LF series and ZEP profile 660SX series will also see an extension to its family as a brand new, variable white version will be presented to the public. The new source exhibits the same bright output as its siblings with a perfect evenness of beam and no hotspots. Ready to ship with immediate effect, the variable white models complement the warm white and cool white versions that have had such success since their launch.

The Dalis family will be on display with Dalis 862 Footlight and the award-winning Dalis 860 Cyclorama light presented alongside the newest additions to the family, Dalis 861 Washlight and Dalis 862S mini-Footlight.

Making its official appearance after its preview at Prolight + Sound 2016, Dalis 861 Washlight takes the same technology as the original Dalis Cyclight and reconfigures it into a rectangular format with 24 asymmetrical micro-reflectors and 8 LED emitters (6 colours and a warm and a cool white) arranged in four rows. Dalis 861 Washlight shares the same qualities of control, colour mixing, coverage and silent operation as both Dalis Cyclight and Footlight. Its extremely wide beam and perfectly even coverage makes it an ideal solution for side lighting and the perfect wash complement to the Dalis range.

Also new for Prolight + Sound, Robert Juliat will introduce Dalis 862S, a new variant of its award-winning Dalis 862 Footlight.  At 50cm in length, Dalis 862S is a shortened version of the original 1m model with all the qualities and functionality of the full size version. Dalis 862S has been created at the request of lighting designers who need precise footlight coverage on curved and non-standard shaped stages where its smaller form factor can be a big advantage in delineating stage edges to perfection.

Last but not least, in one of the most exciting revelations on the stand, Robert Juliat will unveil SpotMe, an advanced solution for their Compact and Grand ranges of followspots, which is designed to shine the light on performers in a smart, progressive way. To discover more, rendez-vous on the Robert Juliat stand in the Lightpower area in Hall 3.0 Stand C42.
Australian Distributor: Show Technology


MDG at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt

Posted on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

MDG will bring new products to Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt, which is especially good news for those who work in tough environments or with permanent and semi-permanent installations.

Fresh off the blocks are a new IP55 haze generator, the ATMe WPE, and new accessories in the form of the Round Floor Pocket, RFP 239, complete with updated controller, RFP-CB, plus MDG’s unique D-Verter 239.

ATMe WPE™ Haze Generator

ATMe WPE™ is a non-stop, variable output, haze generator encased in a weather-proof carbon steel enclosure. It has been specifically designed as an IP55-rated, weather- and dust-proof version of MDG’s highly successful ATMe haze generator. ATMe WPE retains all ATMe’s characteristics and quality enabling it to create the finest, almost invisible mist which shows off laser and light beams to perfection. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

Laboratory-tested, approved and certified, ATMe WPE’s enclosure offers IP55 protection against adverse weather and dust penetration which can cause costly and time-consuming maintenance problems for long term installations in indoor and outdoor theme parks and attractions.

Meanwhile, its ATMe pedigree ensures it produces the finest haze and retains the qualities of safety and reliability, 100% duty cycle and the famous MDG Automatic Purging System™ (APS™) that prevents residual build up and clogging, which are the hallmarks of all MDG haze generators’ success.

ATMe WPE’s new exterior makes it ideally suited for the rigours of festivals, theme parks and attractions purposes and, in fact, meets most industry needs.

It can be controlled via DMX, is RDM-ready, and is suitable for use with CO2 or N2 gas. Its universal switching power supply (100-250 VAC, 50/60Hz, 715W) and CE/CSA/US certification ensure it can be used worldwide.

RFP 239™ Round Floor Pocket

RFP 239 is a DMX/RDM-operated pneumatic Round Floor Pocket of rugged construction which can be embedded in the stage floor or set wall to conceal a fog output. It is intended to operate under pneumatic pressure as part of an existing fog system, delivering low fog or fog to precise locations.

RFP 239 is compatible with all MDG CO2, N2 and compressed air accessories, but is especially effective with ICE FOG Q low fog generator. It has a 23cm (9”) fog input, and a fog output with a choice of either 360° or, with the aid of an optional rear shield plate, 240° distribution for universal or targeted delivery. RFP 239 can be mounted vertically or horizontally and its height adjusted between 7.62cm (3”) and 10cm (4”) above stage level to allow an unobstructed, variable flow of low fog or fog.

Constructed of a corrosion resistant black-coated carbon steel collar and top plate and durable PVC inset tube, the new RFP 239 has been re-engineered with a shorter 21.6cm (8.5inch) form factor than its predecessor, to occupy 35% less space under stage and, at 7kg (15.5lb), also offers a weight reduction of 47%. This guarantees considerable space- and weight-saving advantages which can be of great benefit in large scale touring environments or permanent installations.
With a low power consumption of only 50 W, this pneumatic fog output can be used anywhere due to its universal switching power supply (100-250 VAC, 50/60 Hz). RFP 239 is compatible with MDG’s Carbon Dioxide (CO2) or Nitrogen (N2) range or any compressed air accessories and is designed to provide years of quality service.

RFP-CB™ Control Box

The RFP-CB is a DMX/RDM Control Box which can operate up to 4 Round Floor Pockets (RFP 239) in unison from a single control box using just one channel of DMX, thus potentially reducing the cost of control hardware by up to 75%.

RFP-CB shares the same robust electronics as MDG’s theFAN™, possessing a simple and efficient multi-level User Interface, accessible from the backlit LCD panel, which allows for a gradual switch between local mode and most common protocols: DMX-512-A USITT and RDM ANSI E1.20. RFP-CB can be used anywhere due to its universal switching power supply (100V- 250VAC/ 50/60Hz, 50W) and CE/CSA/UL certification.

D-Verter 239™

Unique to MDG, D-Verter 239 is a DMX/RDM pneumatic 23 cm (9”) input/output fog switcher designed mainly for use with ICE FOG Q. It performs several functions by using a sliding conduit either to split a single source of fog into two distinct outputs, merge two separate sources of fog into a single output, or act as a fog output gate.

By using D-Verter 239 as an output gate, the user can stabilize the output of the ICE FOG Q before activating the gate, or rapidly stop dispersion. D-Verter 239 can also prevent residual low fog or fog back-flushing into the generator and risking damage to the generator. Instead it can disperse excess low fog or fog discreetly below stage to give a clean effect on stage and minimise maintenance.

D-Verter 239 can be configured to give one ICE FOG Q a dual output allowing the flow of low fog to be diverted to two different output locations from the one low fog generator.

D-Verter can also be used to disperse two types of fog effects – low fog and fog – at the same fog output, switching between the two effects or combining them. Effects can be changed as required by connecting, for example, an ICE FOG Q low fog generator and Me1 or Me2 fog generator to the D-Verter. The different low fog or fog effect from each generator can then be directed along the same fog output through the stage or scenery via RFP 239 units as required.

Alternatively, D-Verter 239 can connect two ICE FOG Q units and merge them into a single output to increase the dispersion rate without any output variation.

Using the same robust electronics as MDG’s theFAN™, D-Verter 239’s simple and efficient multi-level User Interface, accessible from the backlit LCD panel, allows for a gradual switch between local mode and most common protocols: DMX-512-A USITT and RDM ANSI E1.20. This combined with its low 50W power consumption, universal switching power supply and CE/CSA/UL certification means this pneumatic Fog Input/Output Splitter can be used anywhere.

All the new accessories are compatible with MDG’s Carbon Dioxide (CO2) or Nitrogen (N2) range, or any compressed air accessories, and designed to provide years of quality service.

MDG at PRG Live Entertainment Award

MDG is very proud to announce that it has been chosen as a partner of the PRG Live Entertainment Award (LEA) at Frankfurt’s Festhalle. The event, which celebrates music artists and the creative and technical teams responsible for live productions, takes place on the evening of Monday 4 April in front of 1,400 guests and will be streamed live on the internet for the first time.  MDG ATMe haze generators will be stationed back stage and front of house to produce the finest haze that will show off the award-winning lighting to its best advantage.

For the remainder of Prolight+Sound the set-up of the stage, including all installations and effects, can be viewed by all visitors to the show who will also be treated to a demonstration show every half hour. A backstage tour of the technology will also be on offer. MDG ATMe units will be part of this demonstration and tour and we hope you will all take advantage of the opportunity to see them perform in the size and style of environment they were created for.

To discover more about the LEA show and the new product releases from MDG, visit MDG stand in Hall 3.0 Stand E19.
Australian Distributor: ULA Group


Elation Artiste DaVinci™

Posted on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Elation Professional is pleased to offer the new Artiste DaVinci™, a full-featured yet compact “theatrical grade” LED moving head spot luminaire and the first fixture in Elation’s new Artiste™ series. Multi-talented like the artistic icon it is named after, the Artiste DaVinci delivers an exceptional combination of power, colour and projection possibilities.

“With Artiste DaVinci we put all the design features that creative LDs ask for in a small package,” states Eric Loader, Sales Director at Elation Professional. “It’s full-featured yet LED-based so it offers a complete palette for the creative designer in an energy-efficient design. This is really the ultimate performance fixture designed for the most demanding theatrical and stage applications and is an excellent example of our commitment to offer best-in-class price/performance ratio fixtures.”

The Artiste DaVinci produces a bright and highly efficient beam. An output of over 13,000 lumens is comparable to 700W discharge lamp fixtures, yet it does not require lamp replacements. Powerful enough to light a stage or set from even the highest trim height, a newly designed 300W LED engine (>7,500K) and advanced optics is at the heart of this enhanced performance and energy efficient luminaire that will shine through even on the largest stages.

Creative freedom

Built to make the design task easier while allowing for more creative freedom, the Artiste DaVinci offers a variety of design features in a small package. Full CMY colour mixing gives a broad palette of colour choice and is supplemented by seven dichroic colours from a colour wheel, including CTB. Add to that CTO colour mixing for greater colour temperature control and the Artiste DaVinci is also an excellent colour matching unit. While the fixture is a highly capable spot luminaire, a frost filter is included when the moment calls for a softer wash effect.

The Artiste DaVinci is all about creativity and a range of graphical effects via two gobo wheels and an animation system allow for greater design freedom. One gobo wheel houses 6 rotating gobos while the other houses 9 static replaceable gobos for customized looks. A full 360° bi-directional animation effect wheel brings graphics to life, allowing for the creation of dramatic animated effects such as undulating waves, rising flames, driving rain, drifting clouds, foliage, and more. The Artiste DaVinci incorporates a fast and precisely moving zoom system with auto-focus for more precise coverage. For easy adjustment of beam size as well as beam sharpness, the motorized zoom expands the beam from a tight 7° to a wide 48°.

Effects possibilities

A host of other effects can be achieved via the fixture’s two rotating prisms, including both a 6-way linear and 3-facet prism. Colour, CMY and prism macros are also included for quick programming of effects and a motorized iris is included for further beam manipulation. The DaVinci also houses a high-speed electronic shutter and strobe as well as variable dimming curve effects and 16-bit multi-phase motors mean that pan and tilt rotation is both fast and smooth. Energy efficient compared to discharge lamp fixtures, the Artiste DaVinci includes a Hibernation Mode, which saves power when the fixture is not in use. LED refresh rate frequency and Gamma brightness are also adjustable.

Control and connection convenience

The Artiste DaVinci can be controlled via DMX, RDM (Remote Device Management), sACN or Art-NET protocols and Elation’s internal E-FLY™ wireless DMX transceiver makes for easier setup with less cable mess. The fixture comes with a host of other standard features like 5-pin DMX In/Out connections, RJ45 etherCON, as well as powerCON TRUE1 In/Out connections. It includes a 6-button touch control panel with a full-color 180° reversible LCD menu display that makes for easy navigation through DMX and manual settings. It is also possible to power link multiple fixtures meaning that customizable setups are quick. The Artiste DaVinci operates flicker free for use in TV and other broadcast applications and an auto-sensing power supply covers worldwide voltages and frequencies.

For lighting designers looking to be inspired, the Artiste DaVinci provides limitless options for creative lighting and will inspire designers to create stunning palettes of light, certain to enhance any experience.
Australian Distributor: Lexair


Rosco ImageSpot LED Gobo Projector

Posted on Monday, March 27th, 2017

Rosco Laboratories, a global leader in lighting and colour technologies for the film, broadcast, and architectural lighting industries announced today a highly-anticipated addition to its projection product line with the introduction of the Image Spot LED gobo projector.

“We’re very excited about Image Spot’s introduction to the marketplace”, said Jack Burwick, Product Manager for Rosco’s LED Systems.  “It’s incredibly energy efficient yet compact, with image projection and a throw that’s nothing short of superior”, he said.  “With its 40W LED array and the option of 190, 250 or 300 beam optics, Image Spot is the perfect projection fixture for a variety of applications including retail, museums, theme parks, and other hospitality venues”, said Burwick.  Indoor (IP40) and outdoor (IP65) versions are available.

Image Spot’s fan-free passive cooling system ensures that the unit runs silently, making it suitable for environments where silence is critical.  A variety of accessories allow significant customization of the Image Spot’s projection, including the above-mentioned narrow, medium and wide lenses for additional beam shaping, and filter/diffusion options for lighting and color control.  Image Spot features on-board dimming controls as well as DMX512 compatibility for both the indoor and outdoor-rated models.

Rosco is a global leader in the design and production of steel, glass, and plastic gobos as well as projection solutions.  Image Spot is the first LED gobo projector that Rosco has produced as part of its continued expansion into the LED lighting market.


Chauvet Rogue R3 Wash now available

Posted on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Rogue R3 Wash is an ideal moving wash workhorse for rental and production inventories. Durable and dependable, it outputs a bright, evenly dispersed light and offers nine zones of LED control to pixel map its 37 (15 W) RGBW quad-LEDs. A quick moving zoom range of 12° – 49° gives it the spread to cover even the largest areas. Smooth colour mixing, simple and complex DMX channel profiles, and powerCON in and out round out the excellent features of this outstanding moving wash.

At a Glance

  • Fully featured RGBW LED yoke wash fixture with LED zone control and zoom
  • 16-bit Dimming of master dimmer as well as individual colors for smooth control of fades
  • 37 RGBW LEDs, 15 W each
  • 9 zones of LED control for pixel mapping effects
  • Unique lens design offers excellent colour mixing
  • 6 distinct dimming modes for different dimming needs
  • Easy to read OLED display with simple, effective menu options
  • Simple and complex DMX channel profiles for programming versatility
  • RDM (Remote Device Management) for added programming flexibility

R3 Wash now available at Showtools:
Australian Distributor: Showtools


GLP GT-1 Now Shipping

Posted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Following a number of successful field trials, GLP’s GT-1 hybrid fixture is now ready for official release and has begun shipping. Already proving hugely popular, the GT-1 is a true hybrid fixture, working as a Beam, Spot and Wash fixture with highest levels of performance. Incorporation of a new 440W Osram discharge lamp dramatically improves the output, while its high-quality optical system produces a beam that features an enormous 22:1 ratio zoom range from 3.5° to 57°.

Full-feature functionality is available at any time, with no optical lens changes required. The GT-1 offers a wide range of effects, including CMY colour mixing, eight rotating gobos, 14 fixed pattern gobos, additional beam reduction gobos, and a variable speed animation wheel that can be repositioned, and continuously rotated, within the beam. The GT-1 also features three rotating prisms, and a fixed colour wheel with colour correction filters, further widening the colour pallet.

In its narrowest Beam mode, the GT-1 produces an impressive near parallel beam of light at 3.5° through its large 145mm diameter front lens, which remains bright and consistent over long distances. As there are no physical changes, full functionality remains in the GT-1 while delivering these superior beam effects.

In its widest Wash mode, the GT-1 produces a soft-edged beam from a variable filter that can be inserted into the beam to give the desired level of wash required.

The GLP GT-1 also features the company’s signature baseless design, full?16-bit pan and tilt movement, full range dimming and shuttering capability, an inbuilt battery for fixture setup, an auto sensing power supply and a low weight of just 55 lbs. — in all producing a hugely versatile fixture for a wide range of applications.
Australian Distributor: TLC Global


ResX launches a new compact Plug-and-Program control system

Posted on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

ResX have recently developed the MA onPC Command Wing System that packs all the power of larger consoles with a tiny footprint. The system features a 55cm touchscreen and all of the accessories you would expect from a full console like keyboard, mouse and inbuilt LittLite.

The MA onPC Command Wing System has been developed with simplicity of setup in mind, you need only plug in the power and data outputs, power it on and you’re ready to start programming. Even if the show has been programmed on a larger MA2 console just load the show via one of the two inbuilt USB ports and you’re ready to start playing back cues. The MA onPC Command Wing System also features a HDMI port for a second monitor and networking port

The MA onPC Command Wing System made its debut on Whitenight Melbourne 2017 in the Carlton Gardens. Despite its small size the system controlled three separate elements simultaneous, The Pyrophone Juggernaut, Rhythms of the Night on the Royal Exhibition Buildings and 40 Hercules lighting up trees leading to the Royal Exhibition.



ShowPro LED House Light

Posted on Thursday, March 9th, 2017

State-of-the-art LED House Light with consistent warm white output suitable for live and broadcast applications. Construction and feature-set designed for permanent installation in venues requiring flawlessly rendered house lighting both on and off camera.

– Silent operation due to advanced convection cooled design
– Adjustable PWM frequency ensures flicker-free, camera-safe performance
– Removable yoke and permanent cable anchor for pendant suspension mounting
– Three interchangeable lenses to match beam angle to mounted height
– Optional egg crate diffuser and top hat accessories
– 4.5 meter hardwired power lead
– Ultra-smooth dimming
– DMX control, RDM


Chauvet DJ FXpar 3

Posted on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

FXpar 3 is a compact effect par with multiple technologies in a single fixture. It includes three 8W Quad-colour (RGB+UV) center LEDs, RGB SMD LED lights and SMD strobes. Separate control of these features makes creating breathtaking effects easy. FXpar 3 is compatible with IRC-6 for flexible control over all features and includes powerful sound-activated and automated programs.
Australian Distributor: AVE Audio Visual Engineering


PR Lighting Goes Waterproof at Get Show 2017

Posted on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

PR Lighting chose this year’s GET Show at Guangzhou’s Poly World Trade Center, February 27 – March 2, to launch its first waterproof moving head (the AQUA 440 Beam). This IP44-rated version of the XR 440 Beam is equipped with the advanced Osram 440W lamp, to create a punchy, parallel beam with 3.1-degree beam spread.

Also well received at the booth were other recently launched products, including the fully-featured XLED 4007 Beam and XPar 150 Zoom.

The engine of the XLED 4007 Beam is provided by the seven 40W RGBW four-in-one LEDs, which produce a full range of vivid colors. The colors of each LED can be independently controlled.

The XPar 150 Zoom is an exceptionally compact and lightweight luminaire. With its IP67 rating it is designed for extreme outdoor conditions such as building façades, landscaping, and so on. Featuring multi-chip (four-in-one) 150W COB (chips-on-board) LED and linear zoom, it is ideal for applications requiring superb RGBW color mixing or high-quality white light.

The manufacturer also gave a preview to a new fixture that will receive its full launch at Europe’s premier trade show, Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, next month. The light source of this luminaire, designated Effect 4006, consists of six 40W RGBW four-in-one LEDs to produce a stunning effect, as five small heads rotate independently between 0- to 180-degrees.

Speaking of the success of this year’s show, international sales director, Ernie Armas stated, “There is a huge interest being shown in waterproof moving heads, and we have high hopes both for the IP44 AQUA 440 Beam and another new outdoor product, the IP65-rated AQUA LED 600 Spot.”
Australian Distributor: Jands


Elation Proteus Beam™ IP65 Moving Head

Posted on Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Proteus Beam™, the first in Elation Professional’s Proteus™ series of IP-rated, discharge-lamp moving head lights and an LDI Best Debuting Product Award winner, is now available. Proteus moving heads are high-performance, next-level intelligent lighting solutions designed to excel under varying weather conditions. Engineered specifically to empower designer creativity without the constraints of weather, technical, or brightness, the Proteus Beam is a professional moving head beam luminaire with top-level functionality, power and features to bring ideas to light.

“The Proteus Beam is a giant step forward for our company and our industry,” stated Elation Sales Director Eric Loader. “As more and more outdoor events occur each year, production companies need a reliable, full-featured, moving head beam solution that can deliver the performance they need under any conditions while protecting their investment. Our goal is to give designers the utmost freedom to design any event or project just the way they see fit. The ability to use the fixture when inclement weather occurs, and control it remotely from up to 2,000’ away via the built-in wireless DMX, only adds to the flexibility and power of the Proteus Beam. We’ve put years of extensive R&D work, market research and planning into developing this next-tier product line and are very excited to start delivering them to customers this month.”

Featuring a sophisticated yet pragmatic design, the Proteus Beam gives designers the freedom to utilize the latest technology at any event, indoors or out. Compact, robust and budget friendly, Elation’s first ever IP-rated discharge-lamp moving head series provides solutions to real industry needs. Outdoor events bring their own set of logistical challenges and with Proteus Elation has eliminated the need for costly shrouds and weatherproof coverings while doing away with the compromise that often comes with using IP-rated LED units.

Proteus is another example of Elation’s mission to offer the best value:performance ratio fixtures on the market. Along with the ruggedness to withstand the elements, the Proteus Beam is a versatile luminaire that does not compromise on features. Using the new Philips™ 14R 280W lamp and housing an advanced optical system with focus, the fixture produces a bright and extremely precise 2-degree beam. Design features include full CMY colour mixing, a 13-slot dichroic colour wheel (including Quad Colour, CTO, CTB and UV), 8 rotating replaceable gobos, plus 13 static-fixed gobos. The beam can be manipulated via features like 5- and 32-facet rotating prisms and a frost filter which designers can turn to when a softer wash effect is needed. The Proteus Beam also includes an innovative internal thermal cooling system that keeps the fixture cool even under extreme conditions. The Proteus Beam features a superior interface with control support from DMX, Art-Net, sACN and RDM protocols and internal program macros are included for quick programming. The fixture also houses Elation’s internal E-FLY™ wireless DMX transceiver for quicker setups with less cable mess.

Over the recent holiday season, the Proteus Beam passed a real-world test in the harsh weather conditions of the American Midwest when design group Lightswitch and LD John Featherstone used the weatherproof moving head in Ilumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum near Chicago. The cold, often harsh weather project provided an excellent real world test for the IP65 arc source luminaire and the winter weather reportedly posed no issues for the fixtures over the 6+ weeks that the event ran. “We found it incredibly robust and weather-resistant,” Featherstone commented. “Based on our experience this year, I think the Proteus Beam is a phenomenal fixture and is going to allow all manner of new design potential for both Illumination and other projects.”

Designed to unleash a designer’s creative vision, Proteus is built for visionary lighting designers who refuse to compromise. Now designers can benefit from Elation’s trusted indoor reliability outside, with superior illumination allowing their vision to be unbound by the elements.
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