Review: Chauvet Professional Maverick MK Pyxis

Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2017

by Richard Olson

Chauvet Professional has delivered an impressive fixture that can serve as a nice wash light as well as a masterful bit of eye candy. The Maverick MK Pyxis is a compact slugger with a lot of bells and whistles designed to offer the user unending colorful and dimming chase effects. Most importantly, they have come up with a system of macros that deal with dimmer chases as well as fun color combinations at the same time.

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Australian Distributor: Showtools


Review: Previz

Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017

by Vickie Claiborne

I’m reminded of an old commercial that went something like, “ When EF Hutton talks…people listen.” The “EF Hutton” in this case is Laura Frank. When someone with the level of experience and accomplishments of Laura suggests that I spend some time getting to know a new workflow tool, I listen. She is at the top of her craft in the world of screen management, having directed screen content on some of the largest projects in television and live entertainment.

And yet, despite all these accomplishments, she continues to streamline her workflow, refining it over time with newer solutions that increase productivity and efficiency. One such product catching her eye (and now mine) these days is Previz. Available now, Previz was in Beta testing phase at the time I was writing this article. But I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek to find out more.

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Review: Blizzard Lighting G-Mix 200

Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2017

By Brandon Creel

Blizzard Lighting is based in Waukesha, WI. I’m not sure where that is either, but it turns out it’s about 30 minutes west of Milwaukee. Blizzard Lighting is a newer company to the industry, but not as new as you may think. They have been manufacturing lights since March of 2010. In fact, their first LED moving light was called “Flurry Wash,” which certainly aligns with their theme of “cool” and “wintry.”

They’ve carved out their own place in the entertainment lighting industry, focusing on mid-sized production users, houses of worship, and regional touring, making products that work with prices that are affordable. Blizzard’s slogan is “Cooler By Design,” so in today’s Road Test, we see how cool the design is on their newest moving light, the G-Mix 200.

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Australian Distributor: Phantos Lighting


Review: High End Systems SolaFrame Theatre

Posted on Monday, September 25th, 2017

by Craig Rutherford

For a few years, it wasn’t clear how soon we’d have LED engines capable of providing the raw output necessary to compete with high-wattage arc sources — those tiny bits of bottled lightning held their position as the brightest practical form of entertainment lighting we had for many, many years. As advancement in semiconductor science marched on, however, the first truly usable hard-edged LED fixtures appeared and have been steadily improving.

The choice to use LEDs in fixtures these days largely comes down to the physical size of the dies, required beam characteristics and heat management. Handling heat management is especially relevant in theatrical situations, as the fans that traditionally remove excess heat from the fixture can become distracting in a quiet space. The SolaFrame Theatre from High End Systems aims to address that, with a high-wattage LED engine that is intended to perform as well as traditional arc-source luminaires while providing virtually silent operation.

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Australian Distributor: Lexair


Review: PR Lighting XLED 4022RZ

Posted on Friday, September 15th, 2017

by Nook Schoenfeld

PR Lighting is the market leader in entertainment lighting in China. They have been around since 1984, and their professionally designed, quality gear is among some of the best fixtures in the world. They have been working on their XLED series of fixtures suited for the entertainment market for a few years and recently released their top-of-the-line wash light — the XLED 4022RZ. While this is the 12th fixture to be included in this series, it offers more punch and effects than the other LED pancake style models previously released.

The physical footprint of the fixture is large, but not huge. It weighs about 50 pounds and can easily be lifted by one person and moved around by the side handles that do not stick out from the base. The fixture is physically sexy, with plenty of curves all around. The first thing I notice before even turning it on is that the face of the fixture holding the LEDs in place is going to do something special.

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Australian Distributor: Jands


Review: Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Wash

Posted on Monday, July 17th, 2017

by Brandon Creel

Chauvet Professional is a top name in entertainment lighting, and the company continues to deliver new and innovative products to the market. Joining the existing Maverick series of spots, washes, and a beam is the brightest of the washes, the Maverick MK3 Wash. In this Road Test, we’ll travel in and around the full-featured MK3 Wash moving head fixture to learn all about it.

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Australian Distributor: Showtools


Review: DMXcat from City Theatrical

Posted on Friday, July 7th, 2017

by Craig Rutherford

One tool that has never found its way into my workbox is a DMX tester. Over the years, I’ve tried a few in shops and at trade shows, and I never found one that quite fit into my workflow. In general, I’ve found that some of the popular models are either too fiddly to use, have poor visibility in low-light environments like a stage, and I even used one that required the user to memorize a series of colored lights and blinking patterns to figure out what was going on.

This seemed odd to me; after all, we live in an age where there’s an App For Everything. Why could our smartphones, tiny and capable computers most of us carry around on our person 24 hours a day, not be utilized as an interface for testing and controlling DMX devices? Today, we’re looking at the DMXcat device from City Theatrical, a widget that fills exactly this technological void I’ve been noticing.

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Australian Distributors: Barbizon and Chameleon