Event News

ETC Eos Console Training Sydney

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

ETC Eos has carved its niche as the benchmark theatrical console in Australia and there has never been a better time to improve your skills. Jands are offering a one day intermediate – advanced training course that will take you through the console from a programmers viewpoint providing a more in-depth look at operation and working with multi-parameter devices on an Eos family console. We will have Ion, Gio and Eos consoles in the room to accommodate all flavours of Eos.

Course Structure:

– Patch moving lights and multi parameter devices and edit attributes
– Work with non intensity parameters
– Record and recall palettes/presets
– Use Direct Selects
– Use discrete timing
– Use Mark/Auto-mark Functions
– Understand Update
– Networking your console
– Relative and Absolute effects – Effects Concepts
– Media Server Programming
– Magic Sheets

Eddie Welsh – Jands Lighting Applications Engineer

Thursday, 14th September 2017
9:00am to 4:30pm
(Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea are provided)

Building C, Training Room (upstairs)
40 Kent Road
Mascot, NSW 2020

Free of charge

Free parking available on-site

Register Here


TDC Opens Its Doors

Posted on Friday, August 11th, 2017

You’ve probably noticed that TDC – Technical Direction Company is recognized worldwide these days, gaining attention by being first to supply innovative video technologies to high profile live events, Light Festivals, TV productions and live performance.

The exclusive TDC Open House held at TDC’s Alexandria Headquarters on 2-4 August enabled production professionals to actually get their hands on ground-breaking technologies, talk to expert TDC teams about how these new tools can be used in future projects, and to peek at the latest tools and technologies coming out of worldwide R&D labs.

“While we’ve always been known for using the latest video technologies in innovative ways to realise our clients’ projects, we’re now getting ahead of the game by developing and deploying technology such as automation, motion tracking and real time content generation that will be the future of live entertainment,” said Michael Hassett, managing director at TDC. “Throughout the Open House event, our clients rebooked for double appointments and brought their important clients with them. The audience included many of Australia’s leading production people from TV, corporate, theatre, artistic groups, graphics houses along with eager students from NIDA and the Australian Film and television institute.”

These VIP guests had the opportunity to see some of the world’s latest and best video technologies. TDC has expanded their capabilities to include show pre-visualisation, motion tracking, automation with technology demoed by TDC experts using d3, Notch, Blacktrax, the latest UDX projectors from Barco, along with TDC’s broadcast OB capability, and high resolution creative LED offerings.

The showcase concluded with a resident technical DJ and party!



Get to know MA dot2 in New Zealand!

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017


ALIA Tour to Greenday, Melbourne

Posted on Monday, May 1st, 2017

Green Day are back touring the country with a blistering lighting design courtesy of Ethan Weber. The rig includes 78 x MAC Viper AirFX, 46 x Claypaky Mythos, 46 x Atomic Strobes, 22 x TMB Solaris Flares, PRG Bad Boy Spots, and molefays, all run off an MA Lighting grandMA2.

Lighting director for the tour is Tommy Horton who has kindly agreed to conduct an ALIA Tour.

Where: Rod Laver Arena Melbourne
Date: Saturday May 6th
Time: TBC (probably around 1pm)

To attend this tour please email cat@alia.com.au. Tours costs $20 for non-members which is donated to http://supportact.org.au/ to help people in our industry who are in dire straights. Please pay the money direct to the tour leader.


New Hog 4 Training Dates

Posted on Monday, May 1st, 2017

Lexair are excited to announce new Hog 4 Basic Training Dates in Canberra, Perth and Sydney, with dates for Brisbane and Melbourne imminent!

CANBERRA: 10th May 2017
PERTH: 27th & 28th June 2017
SYDNEY: 25th & 26th July 2017

These Training Sessions are always a sell-out, so register your spot now! Book HERE

Our one-day programming introduction course covers the powerful HOG Control Software, which is used in the HOG 4, Full Boar 4, Road Hog 4, Hedgehog 4 and Hog 4PC.

Attendees will learn a hands-on approach, using the industry standard HOG 4 operating software, connected to a visualiser.  There will be no more than 2 people to each console. The class will cover:

  • console layout
  • patching
  • show file organisation programming
  • timing
  • palettes
  • cues
  • directories
  • pages
  • scenes
  • saving show files
  • and much more…

The course is fast-paced and requires that attendees meet our prerequisites.  A working knowledge of modern entertainment lighting terminology and familiarity with DMX control systems is essential prior to attending.

Places are limited in order to give all attendees hands on time with the consoles, so pre-booking and confirmation are essential. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.


Lightconverse / High End Systems Lighting Challenge

Posted on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

For the third Lightconverse and High End Systems Lighting Challenge, and to celebrate the past years’ imaginative entries, Lightconverse announced plans to “sweeten the pot” by adding the brand-new Lightconverse Tools 2017 to the four-level Prize Pool. Entries are now being accepted. The deadline is April 1, 2017.

So to all the talented and unique masters of light spanning the globe, get started now and Show Us Your Sweet Creations!

THEME: Inventive and Original as always!


1st Place: High End HedgeHog 4X console and LIGHTCONVERSE TRACE (with special one year upgrade to LIGHTCONVERSE UNLIMITED) plus LIGHTCONVERSE TOOLS 2017*




*LIGHTCONVERSE TOOLS 2017 is included on the same dongle as the LIGHTCONVERSE UNLIMITED/TRACE/MEDIA (depending on prize level) license.


Contest starts March 1st, 2017

Contest Entry Deadline is April 1st, 2017

Contest Winner will be announced on April 6th at the Prolight+Sound trade show in Frankfurt Germany

Follow this link for full rules and to enter the contest: challenge.lightconverse.com

More details from Lightconverse www.lightconverse.com


Jands Vista Training Sydney

Posted on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

No matter if you are new to the exciting Jands Vista lighting and media control range, or an existing user, the latest Vista v2 software will enable you to get the most from whatever mix of technology you have available, whether dimmers, moving lights, LEDs or media.

Jands are running training for the Vista v2 software; the training session will cover a large spectrum of the new Vista v2 software and is geared to all levels and types of users – including designers, programmers, operators – no matter what your background or knowledge level, specifically focusing on the Vista visual interface, the timeline and media server integration. The course will be hands on, with every student having their own console surface and visualiser to see their creations unfold.

Course Structure:
The course is broken up into 8 modules:

  1. Patching
  2. Fixture Chooser
  3. Controlling Fixtures
  4. Presets
  5. Cuelist
  6. Timeline
  7. Media Server Integration
  8. SmartFx

Simon Tye – Lighting & Staging Applications Specialist

Tuesday, 11th April 2017
9:00am to 4:30pm
(Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided)

Building C, Training Room (upstairs)
40 Kent Road
Mascot, NSW 2020

Free of charge

Free parking on-site

Laptop for each student, with the following:

  • Windows 7, Vista or XP Professional with Service Pack 3, either 32 or 64bit edition.
  • Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard or 10.7 Lion *Hardware must support the 64-bit kernel
  • Intel® processor i3 (i5 or better recommended)
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 4GB of available hard disk space

Spaces are limited, we recommend that you register now to ensure your place!

Register HERE