Review: Elation eMotion

Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2016

elation_eMOTION_RTby Craig Rutherford

So-called digital lights have long tantalized both gear manufacturers and designers alike. The allure of being able to project any image, media clip, text, or anything else designers dream up is a powerful one, as it represents a design tool of immense potential. The technology has proved stubbornly elusive to get right however, with efforts hampered by expense and thermal management issues. With the new eMotion, Elation Professional takes on these hurdles in a compact and efficient moving head package aimed at the corporate AV, exhibition, theatrical, house of worship and club market.

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Australian Distributor: Lexair


Review: Vibrio Lighting iPad App

Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Vibrio Ipad shotNewer-generation touchscreen devices have always held the promise of new and exciting ways for us as lighting designers and programmers to interact with our rigs. Carrying around a small tablet at a show beats standing behind a console in many situations — walk onto the stage and focus your movers on a particular spot instead of squinting from FOH, or explore during a show to get a different perspective. Previous control solutions were mostly console software shoehorned into the device’s OS, which was hardly ideal. Enter Vibrio from Toast Mobile, an application built from the ground up to control small to midsize rigs on Apple’s iPad family of devices.

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Review: Strand Neo Lighting Console

Posted on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

neoIt comes with one DMX universe, but fixtures from the Philips group of lighting companies do not count against your channel count. This is brilliant marketing.

Oh my, how I do enjoy playing with new lighting consoles. It’s fascinating to see how different manufacturers design approaches (they call it syntax) to the often laborious task of lighting design. Many consoles are capable of creating the same end results, but how you achieve those results couldn’t be more different.

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Review: QuikScan App from Database Works

Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2015

Linea Pro 5 QuikScan Graphicby Kevin M. Mitchell

For a production house, one of the most tedious — yet mission-critically important — tasks is keeping track of the gear that goes out on a gig and then comes back in from it. So what if that cable could tell you it was there? It’s actually not that far-fetched…

Database Works has been developing tools and applications for many industries for many years. One is RentalWorks, a rental tracking software. Now they offer Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) system as part of that tracking system. When integrated with the company’s RentalWorks inventory system, an individual cable can signal to a handheld device that it’s safely and snugly in the case.

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Review: RC4Magic DMXpix Pixel Controller

Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

rc4-dmxpixby Aron Altmark

RC4 Wireless is a company that focuses on a small segment of products consisting of wireless dimming and control. I had the opportunity to review their complete Series 3 wireless system earlier this year, and was really impressed with the product’s feature-set and power in doing such seemingly simple things as improving the ability to wirelessly control and dim lighting devices of all sizes.

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Review: Robe Strobe

Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

1-Robe ColorStrobeBy Craig Rutherford

While Robe might have been an unfamiliar (or distant) name a few years ago to many of us in the lighting industry, the company has seen strong success the past few years with its innovative and high-quality products. The company’s ROBIN LEDWash range and BMFL Spot have been highly successful, and now Robe ventures into the territory of LED strobes with the Strobe and Color Strobe. (Pronounced “strobe-ee”, like Robe.) An important caveat about this particular Road Test: all my tests were performed on a prototype fixture. “The paint is still drying,” as one Robe rep told me, so keep in mind that neither the hardware nor the software has been finalized, and it’s likely that the final shipping version will have some changes.

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Australian Distributor: ULA Group


Review: Jands Vista 2.3 Lighting Control Software

Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015


As a lighting designer and programmer I have been a long time user of Jands Vista consoles, however, I have never used a Microsoft Surface Tablet with the Jands Vista Software, so this was a completely new experience for me.

The Surface tablet I used for this review was a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with a 12-inch touch screen, Intel 1.9 GHz Dual-Core i5 processor, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit operating system, 8 GB ram, 256 GB solid state drive, keyboard cover, stylus, and a docking station, with a total street price of approximately $1,800. This was paired with a Jands Vista M1 control surface, a 128-channel license dongle (which is a USB device), and Jands Vista 2.3 software installed on the tablet.

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