Review: Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot
Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015
By Brandon Creel
Philips Vari-Lite, an American company based in Dallas, TX, has brought us the well-known VL3000 series, LED VLX Wash and now offers the VL4000 Spot. Combining Profile (spot) and Performance (spot with framing shutters) fixtures into one, Vari-Lite’s VL4000 Spot is positioned to serve as a multi-purpose and feature-packed luminaire.
Read the full article at http://www.plsn.com/current-issue/32-road-tests/14959-vari-lite-vl4000-spot.html
Review: High End Systems Shapeshifter Series
Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Written by: Vickie Claiborne
In recent years, automated lighting fixtures utilizing LED technology have begun to evolve beyond wash fixtures into more dynamic visual effects. As many manufacturers continue to strive toward creating brighter and brighter LED profile fixtures, LED wash fixtures have tended to be pretty much the same. That is, until the Shapeshifter. I recently traveled to Austin, TX to spend some time with engineering innovator and Shapeshifter creator Richard Belliveau of High End Systems to learn more about this promising new fixture.
Read the full article at: http://www.plsn.com/current-issue/32-road-tests/14731-high-end-systems-shapeshifter-series.html
Review: Chauvet Professional’s Rogue Series
Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Written by: Justin Lang
For the past few years, lighting designers have been in search of a light that is an all-around workhorse — able to do almost anything they ask while still being lightweight, compact and LED-based. Rental houses want what the LDs want, too, of course — with the added requirements that the fixtures be easy to maintain, comparable to a 250W discharge fixture and — oh yeah — offered at an affordable price.
Read the full review at: http://www.plsn.com/current-issue/32-road-tests/14452-chauvet-professionals-rogue-series.html
Australian Distributor: Show Tools www.showtools.com.au
Review: Ayrton MagicBlade R
Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
By Nook Schoenfeld
I have to start out by saying what a pleasure it is to toy around with a new original light fixture. One that does not copy or emulate any other lighting fixture on the market, but is unique. French lighting manufacturer Ayrton has once again raised the bar with the release of their MagicBlade…
MagicBlade R: www.ayrton.eu/produit/magicblade-r/
Australian Distributor: SHS Global www.shsglobal.biz
Review: Arkaos Pro Media Master 4
Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Arkaos Pro recently released Media Master 4, the latest iteration of their Media Master line. The update sees many boosts across the board, but no major features that are ground-breaking. The two new features that Arkaos Pro is publicizing primarily are the new licensing system and the updates to the Video Mapper extension.
The licensing system probably has the biggest change with this release. It is “completely redesigned.” Steps were taken to make it easier to move your license between machines. You can de-activate it on one machine and re-activate it on a new machine. This occasionally requires internet connection to verify the authenticity of the license, but it doesn’t need to happen on the machine the show is running on so your closed system isn’t exposed to the internet. If you don’t want to or can’t connect your server to the internet, you can download a serial key file to do this.
Read the full article at: http://livedesignonline.com
Review: ETC Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr
Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2014
Our industry isn’t the only one where LEDs are making a big impact. Retail, commercial and even residential lighting designers and installers are all moving toward LEDs and away from traditional bulbs. Even with their higher upfront costs, LED fixtures are making inroads in nearly every kind of lighting application in markets all over the world.
In the world of entertainment lighting, one category of incandescent lighting fixtures seemed, for a while at least, to be particularly resistant to the move toward LEDs: Ellipsoidal fixtures with traditional tungsten bulbs.In the early days of LED technology, most lighting designers would argue that the superior quality of light achieved by incandescent tungsten Ellipsoidal fixtures easily outweighed such concerns as fixture operating temperatures, frequency of bulb changes or overall energy usage.But if that meant ETC wasn’t the first lighting manufacturer to scramble aboard the LED bandwagon, the company didn’t ignore the LED trend for long.
Read the full review here: http://www.plsn.com/current-issue/38-product-spotlight/14061-etc-source-four-led-series-2-lustr.html
Australian Distributor: Jands www.jands.com.au
Review: Robe MiniMe
Posted on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Have you ever been so excited about a lighting fixture that you cannot stop playing with it? I’ll be honest here, that is almost always the case when a new light hits my doorstep. It is kind of like Christmas every time. Though, this time, I had to travel across the Atlantic with this particular light. I picked it directly from the factory, hot off the production line.
After visiting the Robe factory in the Czech Republic, I was able to take home one of their latest moving heads, the MiniMe. The ROBIN Series MiniMe is more than just a moving head, it is a digital projector on a moving yoke with a built-in media server. It doesn’t sound like anything new, as Robe has had a digital light series for some time. The difference starts with the size, then continues with what is inside.
Read the full review: http://www.plsn.com/current-issue/32-road-tests/14050-robe-minime.html
Australian Distributor: ULA Group www.ulagroup.com