Show Technology Pulling Out All the Stops for ENTECH 2013
Posted on Monday, May 6th, 2013
ENTECH 2013 sees leading entertainment lighting distributor Show Technology pulling out all stops for their attendance at Australia’s Entertainment Technology & Installation Show this July!
Show Technology are confirming their commitment to the professional lighting industry by not only being the sponsor of the “Lighting Technicians Lunch” but also showcasing the latest in lighting equipment and controls. This will be the first time the industry sees these fixtures in the flesh.
Show Technology Director Emmanuel Ziino said “We think the new MARTIN M6 console will be ready in time for ENTECH, as well as the all NEW MARTIN RUSH range of intelligent lighting. Clay Paky also has some great things coming which we hope will be ready.. I can’t divulge too much just yet, rest assured we will have the latest Sharpy Wash on display, this fixture has already proven to be a big deal in the industry. MA Lighting, not to be left behind, also has some new console offerings and these are sure to please the majority of the ENTECH target audience.”
Show Technology will be using ENTECH to communicate with the lighting industry in Australia and will be hosting up to 8 International Manufacturing representatives. Emmanuel added “ENTECH has a good international reputation and as such the major manufacturers want to be here for the show.. and to visit our fantastic city”.
ENTECH Event Manager Stephen Dallimore said “We’re delighted to be working with Show Technology on the exclusive “Lighting Technicians Lunch”, which will offer practical advice and guidance. I can also confirm that Show Technology is doing something never seen before at ENTECH…..”
“As the leading entertainment lighting distributor in the country, there are a couple of other shows in which we may or may not like to be a part of …but in reality, for us, there is really only ONE entertainment show and that is ENTECH”.
“Partnering up with ENETCH & ALIA to help produce the “Lighting Technicians Lunch” allows us to help reinforce just how important these shows can be. Hopefully these events add some real value for the attendees. We are really looking forward to July..” commented Emmanuel.
Clearlight Show’s LSC LX600 training nights
Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Clearlight Show are having LSC LX600 training nights on:
Wednesday May 1st from 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday May 8th from 6pm-9pm
At Clearlight Shows, 5 Horscroft Place, Moorabbin, Victoria.
These sessions are limited to a very small number to allow hands on training.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date and I will confirm your booking.
This is on a first reply basis so be quick as we only have a few places left.
Entech Lighting Technicians’ Lunch
Posted on Friday, April 19th, 2013
As part of the new ENTECH Technicians’ Lunch Series, this unique two hour session will bring together some of the local industries best practitioners to discuss two topics openly, with a view to offering practical advice and guidance. With a limited number of seats available, join hosts Show Technology as they facilitate the following sessions over lunch.
When things go wrong
The 65,534 most common production problems and some well road-tested techniques for sorting them out.
A group of seasoned lighting techs will look at three general topics before throwing the discussion open for an interactive Q&A problem-solving session.
(1) That light won’t come on. How to work out if it’s the shutters, the patching, the dimmers, the control desk, the substation or a dyslexic programmer.
(2) DMX strangeness. Identifying DMX system problems. Is a fixture flickering, are channels appearing in strange places, are devices intermittently not answering the console, is your device stuck in a parallel universe?
(3) Scheduling your way out of mayhem. The fit-up was going smoothly until a truck went to the wrong venue, or the welders cleared the stage to rebuild a riser, or the engineers decided the only EWP on site was too heavy for the stage, or a transformer blew up in the sub-station. Getting your production back on track when the ship hits the sand.
Bulletproof production data networks
The majority of data networking equipment and practices are based around the electronically-benign and peaceful environments found in offices, homes and schools.
Led by a couple of battle-hardened network gurus, this session is about designing, building, running and maintaining Ethernet/IP networks for the hostile, demanding, high-pressure and complex environment that is live production.
Melbourne to host Australia’s newest smart lighting industry event
Posted on Friday, April 19th, 2013
A new event for Australia’s lighting industry will take place in Melbourne on 5 & 6 August at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. With support from City of Melbourne the Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2013 is expected to attract in the region of 200 senior-level lighting designers, architects, engineers, urban developers, sustainability experts and lighting technology manufacturers from the public and private sector eager to discuss strategies and best practices for sustainable lighting.
Well-renowned thought-leaders will give presentations on topics ranging from street lighting replacement programs and public realm lighting strategies through to architectural lighting design and the future of LED’s, and explore ways to boost the uptake of energy efficient lighting technology throughout Australia. Manufacturers of smart lighting solutions will have an opportunity to showcase their leading-edge products to key industry stakeholders at the boutique exhibitor lounge, as governments and corporations increasingly look to reduce costs and save energy with sustainable lighting technologies.
Professor Rob Adams AM, City of Melbourne’s Director of City Design, will be giving a keynote presentation about lighting and its significance in sustainable city development. Adams has over 40 years experience as an architect and urban designer, and has contributed significantly to the rejuvenation of Melbourne over the past 30 years with key projects including CH2, Australia’s first 6 star green commercial office building, Birrarung Marr, Swanston Street, City Square, Sandridge Bridge and East Melbourne Library.
Also from City of Melbourne, Ian Dryden, Team Leader Industrial Design will be presenting the City’s sustainable public lighting strategy, and Dr. Zhanna Sichivitsa, Team Leader Asset Management will speak about energy performance contracting (EPC’s).
Other speakers include Paul Brown, Managing Director of Ironbark Sustainability, who was a keynote speaker at the Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit in November 2012, Steve Brown, Design Director at NDY Light and one of Australia’s most experienced lighting consultants, and Caroline Bayliss, Australian Director at The Climate Group which is currently involved in light emitting diode (LED) and intelligent control pilot programs.
Lighting represents around 12 per cent of electricity usage from households, and around 25 per cent from the commercial sector. In 2008 the Australian Government announced the phase-out of inefficient incandescent light bulbs in favour of more efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which is expected to result in savings of $380 million per year and 28 million tonnes of greenhouse case emissions by 2020.
Public street light replacement programs are being undertaken by municipalities across Australia with street lighting typically accounting for 30 – 60 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions from local government. Challenges such as time, cost and negotiation difficulties in rolling out these projects will be among the topics discussed at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit.
Architectural lighting design plays a fundamental role in the illumination of buildings and spaces. Comprehensive lighting design requires consideration of the amount of functional light provided, the energy consumed as well as the aesthetic impact of the lighting system. Case studies at the conference will showcase projects where lighting design and energy-efficient lighting technologies such as LED’s have been integrated to achieve quality sustainable lighting.
The 2-day event will include presentations and case-studies from expert industry thought-leaders, panel discussions, and interactive roundtable sessions where attendees work together in break-out tables to discuss solutions to industry challenges. The exhibitor lounge will showcase the most intelligent lighting technology on the market, and networking sessions will allow interaction between the senior-level lighting industry attendees.
Expotrade are the organisers of the Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2013 endorsed by City of Melbourne, and the Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit held under the patronage of Municipality of Abu Dhabi City. Expotrade has developed an array of top quality B2B events, delivering some of the largest conferences and summits in the infrastructure, banking and finance, information technology, sustainability, lighting and energy sectors.
For more information on the Australian Smart Lighting Summit visit www.lightingconference.com.au
Hog 4 Console Training Announced for Melbourne
Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
High End Systems offers one of the industry’s top lighting console training programs, developed to ensure you have the support and most up-to-date technical knowledge needed to be on top of your game. High End Systems, in association with Lexair Entertainment, are pleased to announce this world-class training is now available in Australia.
The first Hog 4 lighting console training class will be held in Melbourne on 10 – 11 April 2013, at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Hog lighting consoles have for years been the first choice for lighting designers and programmers across Australia and worldwide, and the new Hog 4 family, including the Hog 4 Console, Full Boar 4, Road Hog 4, Nano Hog 4 and Hog4PC systems, brings a new level of ease-of-use, price competitiveness and sophistication to the table.
The 2-day class will provide a hands-on learning environment presented by Alex Mair, a product specialist instructor.The training will cover console layout, patching, editing fixtures, programming, timing, palettes, cuelists, scenes, playback options and much more, including a multitude of hands-on exercises. Attendees will learn on the top-of-the-line Hog 4 consoles connected to Light Converse visualization systems.
Spaces are limited to ensure each attendee is given maximum hands-on time with the consoles, and a personalised training experience.To register, please email email@example.com with your name and contact details. Lunch will be provided on each day so please advise any dietary requirements in your registration.
Interested in attending a Hog 4 training class in a different city? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep you informed about our expanding training schedule!
ALIA Tour to Bruce Springsteen, Melbourne
Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2013
Bruce Springsteen’s The Wrecking Ball world tour has to date stopped in 18 countries with over 80 shows including several of the longest performances of Springsteen’s career. The tour has earned universal acclaim being called “gigantic” (Rolling Stone), “the stuff of legend” (Irish Independent) and “the greatest live act in the world” (Evening Herald).
Lighting designer is the legendary Jeff Ravitz with Todd Ricci on tour as lighting director.
The eclectic lighting rig inlcudes Morpheus Lights FaderBeams, PanaBeam XR2+ and BriteBurst 2000E, Ayrton Wildsun 500C automated LED, Clay Paky Sharpy, Zap L2D2 RGB LED, Martin MAC Aura, Vari-Lite VL250, VL3000, VL3500 Spots and VL1100TSD, Robert Juliat followspots, Color Kinetics LEDs, Chauvet LEDs, ETC Source Fours and Martin Atomic Strobes. Control is via a grandMA and an Avolites Diamond II.
Todd Ricci has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of The Wrecking Ball rig next Wednesday in Melbourne.
Where: Rod Laver Arena
When: Wednesday March 27th
If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:email@example.com Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member. Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.
MA Lighting Console Training
Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2013
MA Lighting consoles continue to be the preferred console of many operators and programmers from all of the main entertainment segments, Theatre, Concert, Corporate and stages of all types and sizes.
Training will be conducted in line with the MA Training University, on MA 2 series consoles. No more than 2 operators per console – guaranteed.
Of course there are only very limited places available, so be quick to reserve your place now.
MA Lighting user course. 2 days, lunch and coffee & tea provided along with a certificate on successful completion of the course. Cost $315.00 ex GST
Melbourne: April 30th and May 1st – Show Technology Melbourne office
Sydney: May 14th& 15th – Show Technology Sydney office
Melbourne: August 20th& 21st – Show Technology Melbourne office
Sydney: August6th&7th – Show Technology Sydney office
MA On PC Wing course. 1/2day course. Coffee tea provided along with a certificate on successful completion of the course. Cost $90.00 ex GST
Melbourne: May 2nd – Show Technology Melbourne office
Sydney: May 16th – Show Technology Sydney office
Melbourne: August 22nd – Show Technology Melbourne office
Sydney: August 8th – Show Technology Sydney office
To registerfor all events contact Simon Barrett on 0404 898 998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Another Successful Roadshow for ULA Group – CX 2013!
Posted on Thursday, March 7th, 2013
The ULA Group wrapped up another successful round of the Annual CX roadshow last week. The show travelled through 6 Australian states and territories, visiting each Capital city and showcasing to Australia’s industry professionals the latest technology from our entertainment Lighting product range – including Robe, VuePix, ArKaos, Litecraft, ChamSys, Avolites and MDG products.
The CX Roadshow kicked of in Perth mid February, welcoming first visitors from various areas of the professional market. The attendee list ranged from tech students, club owners, venue technicians to directors of Lighting and Audio rental and Installation companies. The always pleasant and relaxed Perth surprised exhibitors with the High attendance for this event. The numbers grew once again in Adelaide which was the second stop. A really good number of quality visitors including those from top Theatres and entertainment venues came in to check the latest products available on display.
The always busy city of Melbourne was a great success, with a flurry of entertainment experts calling in to check out some of the new toys. The next stop on this grand tour was our nations capital, the city of Canberra, where crowds were not that large but the upside was those who came in got more time to look thru the products displayed. Both the Sydney and Brisbane legs of the roadshow were very busy, and all those who attended were keen to touch and play with the nice new things in front of them.
The ULA Group also hosted 3 seminars in each city as part of the roadshow agenda. These focused on the latest trends in our industry.
Josef Valchar – General Manager & CEO of Robe lighting hosted the ‘LED Moving Head technology’ seminar, outling the latest developments in LED entertainment lighting and showcasing the very latest products from Robe’s ROBIN series. Valchar comments: “Hosting the seminars was a great chance to get right in front of the people who are using and are interested in our products, hearing their opinions, wants and ideas first hand and discussing how these might affect potential future developments. It was also good to spend time with ULA and their extremely dynamic and proactive team who are all fantastic brand ambassadors.”
Marco Hinic – the owner of ArKaos together with his Technical Support Manager – Toon Servaes flew from Belgium to join our team touring Australia and hosting their seminars ‘Videomapping, the easy way!’, a very hot topic for lighting designers across all the markets. Marco Hinic comments: “We were very happy to bring our latest technology on the road here in Australia. Each stop we made not only allowed us to meet our customers but also gave us the opportunity to meet new potential clients that were absolutely convinced by our 1 hour session on video mapping. We believe that these sessions will now motivate new and creative use of the MediaMaster 3 here in Australia! We also used this trip to meet long time friends and users of ArKaos and present them a sneak preview of our next major release of MediaMaster. All of this was only possible thanks to the support of the ULA team and we thank them for that!”
ULA’s technical experts also hosted seminars about new released compact range of ChamSys consoles. In typical production do or die fashion we shipped in a brand new MQ60 console from England which arrived at the very last minute having cleared customs just 5 minutes before the seminar in Perth started. Having the new console here gave us the opportunity to launch this exciting product in Australia and gave our customers a chance to get their hands on the console and experience the new features this compact lighting console offers.
The CX Roadshow 2013 was again a great opportunity for us to bring our latest technology and products closer to our customers. Being held only 2 months after our very successful Christmas Road Show, we were proud to launch again some exciting new products, which cements our commitment to always keep delivering our customers the latest and greatest technologies available on the market.
Cuono Biviano, Managing Director of ULA Group, comments: “The CX Roadshow was another great success for us. It was good to see that the roadshow had grown from the previous year and it was great to visit Canberra this year as well. I would like to thank Julius and his team for organising the great roadshow.” He ads: “Our 3 seminars we held were very successful. I also would like to give thanks to Josef Valchar, Marco Hinic and Toon Servaes for traveling out so far. It shows their commitment to the Australian market and to us as a proud Australian distributor. We look forward to CX next year”.
Dedicated hall of Australian manufacturers announced for Entech
Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2013
In a strong affirmation of their commitment to Australian manufacturers of commercial and entertainment technology, ENTECH together with the Australian Commercial and Entertainment Technologies Association (ACETA) announced a new initiative, the ACETA Hall of Australian Manufacturers which will be located at the ENTECH 2013 show in July.
The ACETA Hall of Australian Manufacturers will be a dedicated space for visiting international and local industry professionals to see first-hand innovative products and services offered by leading Australian designers and manufacturers.
Frank Hinton, ACETA President said getting the message out to domestic and international buyers that Australian manufacturing is ‘open for business’ is a major factor behind the new initiative.
“Australian manufacturing is producing some amazingly clever and innovative gear. The Hall at ENTECH will provide the resources manufacturing companies need to help their businesses grow. This will include information on seeking R&D support through to assistance with exports. As ENTECH is the show for entertainment technology, it seemed a perfect fit to work together to get the message and the information to those who need it,” said Mr Hinton.
Stephen Dallimore, Event Manager, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs (ETF) the owner of ENTECH 2013 is hoping to turn the tables on the representation of manufacturing businesses to the country and the world.
“Representation of manufacturers is not high at industry trade shows in Australia. However, the ACETA Hall of Australian Manufacturers at ENTECH 2013 will provide a major spotlight for industry suppliers to promote high level engineering within the national and international market place,” said Mr Dallimore.
International buyers can expect to gain access to Austrade services, giving expert advice on the Australian industry capabilities, investing and buying from the Australian market place.
Australian visitors alike will learn from real-life experiences from Australian manufacturers already distributing into overseas markets and understand how international trade is benefitting.
Running alongside the ACETA Hall of Australian Manufacturers will be a comprehensive seminar program on Australian manufacturing with expert panelists offering their knowledge and insight in these public events.
Some of Australia’s leading engineers, designers and suppliers will be exhibiting at the ACETA Hall of Australian Manufacturers offering visitors a huge range of diverse and competitive solutions in audio, visual, integration, lighting, and staging.
Running over three days the ENTECH Show will offer a high quality not-to-be missed international speaker program organised by PLASA covering essential topics on audio, visual, integration, lighting, staging and business issues with industry leaders presenting in Australia’s largest educational program.
Registrations are now open for ENTECH 2013 – co-located with SMPTE and part of the newly founded Australian Entertainment Technology Week incorporating ACETA, Australian Lighting Industry Association (ALIA) and will be held from 23rd – 25th July at Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre.
This year the show will offer even more new features with a unique RIGGERS’ FORUM, ACETA Skills Zone and Musical Products Zone as well as the ACETA Hall of Australian Manufacturers.
For more information and to register for ENTECH 2013 visit: www.entechshow.com.au
Josef Valchar Presents LED Moving Light Technology Seminars in Australia
Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2013
Robe Lighting’s CEO Josef Valchar was invited to present a series of seminars in Australia addressing the major aspects of LED moving light technology.
These were organized in conjunction with Robe’s Australian distributor, The ULA Group, and were part of the CX 2013 Summer Road Show, promoted by CX Magazine, an industry media portal.
The road show visited six major cities — Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, and Brisbane — and was attended by a variety of interested parties including theatre companies, venue managers, students, production companies, etc.
With LED technology and green issues being such a hot topic there was intense interest in Valchar’s seminars, which covered a variety of aspects — from the basic principles of moving head technology, the advantages of LEDs versus discharge light sources, through to the functionality of multichip LEDs.
There was also an overview of Robe’s Robin concept and an in depth look at the specific characteristics of Robe’s award-winning Robin LEDWash and DL Series of fixtures.
Sustainability, low power consumption, and green impact was high on everyone’s agenda and an area the company says that Robe is fully committed to pioneering new methods and techniques to achieve the best results.
The subjects covered were chosen by Valchar following consultation with ULA, who in turn had canvassed feedback from their client base. The presentation was noted to be followed by some lively and animated Q&A sessions.
“It was an invaluable opportunity for everyone to meet Josef in person and speak directly not just with the owner of the company, but the person very much at the core of Robe’s present and future brand product development,” states ULA’s managing director Cuono Biviano.
Says Valchar, “It proved a great chance to get right in front of the people who are using or interested in our products, hear their opinions, wants, and ideas first hand and discuss how these might affect potential future developments. We are listening very intently! It was also good to spend time with ULA and their extremely dynamic and proactive team who are all fantastic brand ambassadors.”
Martin Young Lighting Designer Contest 2013
Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
Martin Professional is offering budding lighting designers and technicians the chance of a lifetime via a Young Lighting Designer Contest for Prolight + Sound. The contest kicks off now! Young lighting professionals can register online to put their talents to the test. The prize? A brand new Martin M2PC lighting controller!
The winner of the Become a Star- Young Lighting Designer Contest 2013 will also be invited to spend a day with the Martin Professional family at Prolight + Sound, getting an up-close look at the latest in Martin innovation and making all-important contact with employees, lighting designers, customers and other lighting professionals.
But that’s not all! On the evening of 11 April, the winner will be Martin’s special guest at an exclusive Martin Professional VIP party at Frankfurt’s premiere live music venue, Gibson Club, Germany’s most innovative nightclub where a Martin lighting and video package takes center stage. The winner will also have the chance to programme an upcoming MARTIN Event on an M6, Martin’s new professional lighting console, under the experienced instruction of his/her own personal Martin trainer.
Applications Now Available for ETC’s 2013 LDI Student Sponsorship
Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
Students looking to get a jump on their career and make connections in the industry should be interested in the ETC LDI Student Sponsorship.
Interested students can apply now for ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship, which awards deserving students an all-expense-paid trip to the LDI 2013 trade show, to be held November 22-24, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Students studying lighting design, theatre technology, or a related field and will be a graduate student or undergraduate senior at the time of the show, are eligible to apply. The application – available at the URL below, takes about 15 minutes to fill out. The application can either be completed electronically or the form printed out and mailed to ETC. All applications must be received by May 10, 2013.
Out of the field of applicants, ETC will choose six finalists: five from North America and one internationally. Recipients receive roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, all meals, a full LDI conference pass, and exclusive swag, with all costs covered by ETC. Sponsorship students are given behind-the-scenes access to ETC’s trade show booth to see the newest additions to ETC’s award-winning line of lighting and rigging equipment. The students are also given the opportunity for one-on-one mentorship by well-known professionals who provide advice, encouragement, and guidance, beginning at LDI and continuing into the future. Another highlight is the ETC-hosted student reception, where sponsorship recipients can network with prominent designers, employers, consultants, educators, journalists, and more.
Program alumnus David Johnson describes his experience at LDI 2012: “The opportunities the scholarship has offered me and the connections I made will serve me very well as I move out into the wider working world of lighting design. It’s great to know that companies as big as ETC take the development of young lighting professionals seriously.”
Robert Juliat TIBO Range Receives Etoile du SIEL Award in Paris
Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2013
French lighting manufacturer, Robert Juliat has been awarded an “Etoile du SIEL” at the SIEL show in Paris, February 4-6, for its new TIBO range of luminaires.
“The TIBO family, which began with our TIBO LED profile at PLASA 2012, has now expanded with the arrival of some new additions! We can now present a comprehensive range of modular fixtures that provides a complete solution to any lighting need,” says Robert Juliat CEO, François Juliat.
With Tibo, Robert Juliat has introduced the idea of “Creative Concept Light” in which the company says, like the notes in a symphony, the designer is offered a ‘mix and match’ choice of lightsource (LED, tungsten halogen, or discharge), lens type (Fresnel or profile) and dramatic or conventional body colors. Designers can choose from this wide selection to compose endless lighting solutions to suit any application, whether it is for theatre, architecture, display, or retail purposes.
The new additions to the range include two new profiles with options for HID discharge or variable white LED light sources, and a Fresnel version available with the full range of tungsten halogen, discharge, or LED sources.
Also present on the Robert Juliat stand was a prototype of the new ZEP 150W LED Fresnel. Based on the ZEP profile technology its 150W LED engine is available in two color temperatures (3,200K and 6,000K) and complements the ZEP 640 profile series. Its large 200mm lens maximizes light output while its 360-degree rotating barndoors, low energy consumption, and low maintenance requirements make it ideal for television studios, theatres, events, and architectural use.
All of these new models will receive their official launch at Prolight & Sound, Frankfurt, April 10-13.
Robert Juliat’s followspots were represented on the stand with the FLO 1,800W MSR short throw (13- to 24-degree) model with its compact form-factor.
Robert Juliat chose the SIEL show to announce two new distributorships within France for Niethammer and Laser Imagineering.
“Niethammer manufacture very high quality profile fixtures including a silent, non-fan cooled 2kW profile that complements the Robert Juliat range of theatre profiles,” says Robert Juliat’s sales director, Claus Spreyer. “Laser Imagineering offers exterior LED lighting solutions including the Frisbee, Sunbeam, and C-LED washlights. These have very fine dimming, even at low levels, and will complement Robert Juliat’s ranges well. Both manufacturers will benefit from the Robert Juliat network of partners across the country and we are very enthusiastic about this new partnership.”
“This is an exciting new era for Robert Juliat which celebrated its 90th anniversary only two years ago,” concludes François Juliat. “We have new personnel, new products, and a new concept in lighting, which proves that Robert Juliat is still leading the field. We believe our creative concept light delivers a new concept to lighting professionals and are proud to be the only manufacturer who can supply a single range of fixtures to cover so many solutions.”
MMX WashBeam wins award for Technical Innovation
Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Robe’s innovative new ROBIN MMX WashBeam moving light won a prestigious ‘Etoile du SIEL’ (Star of SIEL) Award for Technical Innovation at the 2013 SIEL trade exhibition in Paris – France’s leading international expo for the professional lighting, sound, video and entertainment technology industry.
The MMX WashBeam was entered into the Lighting Category. The fixture offers multiple features in one unit, and combining a Philips Platinum 35 lightsource with Robe’s advanced optical system, provides an output exceeding most traditional 1200W products.
The Etoile du SIEL Awards were judged by an independent panel of industry experts, including lighting designers, technical and creative directors and representatives from top rental companies.
They closely examined each nominated product, before conferring and making their final decisions.
Over 70 originally entered products were whittled down into 17 ‘finalists’ that were examined by the judges. From these, they selected the winners.
They were impressed by many elements of the MMX WashBeam including the internal automated ‘Barn Door’ assembly, which enablesindividual control of each ‘edge’ of the light output, and the complete assembly also rotates through 180 degrees.
Using an alternative lens, the WashBeam can be switched from a soft edged wash light – extendable out to 60 degrees – to a tightly collimated 2.5 degree beam effect unit.
A rotating gobo wheel with six rotating gobos is specifically designed for creating powerful aerial effects.
Both lens options retain the key performance features of Robe’s MMX family – full and fabulously smooth CMY colour mixing, saturated colour wheel, variable CTO and hot spot control, plus motorised zoom & focus.
Robe also won an Etoile du SIEL last year for its ROBIN DLX LED moving light.
Robe’s Key Account Manager for Europe, Ingo Dombrowski comments, “It was a very big honour to win another SIEL Award and have another innovative design recognised by the industry. The latest ROBIN products including the MMX WashBeam all have a great future and we are enjoying unprecedented interest in the range.”
“Robe as a manufacturer underlines its commitment to driving technology forward, developing smaller, brighter, lighter fixtures and communicating closely and constantly with designers and specifiers about their present and future needs and ideas”.
CAST announces wysiwyg® R30 Video Contest
Posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
CAST Software has announced its 2013 Video Contest, in which users of the brand new wysiwyg® R30 are invited to submit their finest lighting designs for a chance to win one of three fantastic prizes. The creator of the winning video will land themselves a full one-year wyg membership, while second and third place runners-up will scoop a half-year wyg membership.
In an exciting twist on 2012’s R28 competition, the use of consoles WILL be allowed, due to popular demand among previous entrants. Of course, employment of the software’s Cue List and Camera Path features is perfectly acceptable and encouraged – Members are simply challenged to create a two-minute video of a stunning wysiwyg® design and upload it to the CAST Software Facebook page for appraisal, initially by CAST’s hand-picked judging panel, and then by the public who can vote for their favourite video via Facebook.
Here’s how you enter:
1. Go to: www.cast-soft.com/blog to check out the rules and regulations and download the file required to create your design.
2. In wysiwyg® R30, create a lighting design using the arena drawing provided on The CAST Software Blog. The file has been made using R30.
3. Using the Cue List and Camera Path features in wyg, or a lighting console and video editor, if you wish, create a two-minute video of your lighting design and post it to your YouTube account.
4. Go to the CAST Software Facebook Page and LIKE US! Then post a link to your video labelled ‘wysiwyg R30 Video Challenge’ and also include your name. Once that’s done, you’re in the contest!
5. The deadline for entries is midnight on March 31st. Winners will be announced at ProLight + Sound 2013 in Frankfurt.
Each contestant may only enter the competition once and must have a valid copy of wysiwyg® R30. CAST will supply all entrants with the same venue file which they must use. It contains an arena space and a band setup on a riser. Contestants may arrange the band setup however they wish, but must use only the arena and band setup provided. CAST believes this approach is representative of the real world and levels the playing field, while facilitating fair comparison of all entrants’ creativity. Entrants may add a soundtrack and use a video finishing program to add their name, title and other credit information to their entry.
CAST Group’s wysiwyg® product manager and resident lighting design expert Jim Hutchison commented: “That’s right folks, the wysiwyg® R30 Video Challenge is here! We want you to make an absolutely awesome video using wysiwyg® R30, but this time you can even use a console as well, but only if you want to. This is your opportunity to show off your work, so be creative – and do it in no more than two minutes!”
wysiwyg R30 is available now from the Members Only Area of the CAST website: www.cast-soft.com, where a demo version and product information are also available. New releases are free for members.
ALIA Tour to Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo, Melbourne
Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2013
The stage in Cirque du Soleil’s touring show, OVO, is covered with creepy, crawly things: an entire colony of insects, to be exact. Warm, colourful lighting by Éric Champoux helps create a wonderful world of kinetic, acrobatic ‘insects’ living under the big top in OVO, Cirque du Soleil’s most recent show to tour Australia.
OVO marks the first time Lighting Designer Éric Champoux has worked on a Cirque du Soleil show. “My first inspiration was the big top itself,” he says. “I wanted to make use of the apparatus and equipment in the centre, the four masts and the set elements located way in the background. I started by designing on paper from the very beginning of the project, and that’s how I continued to work, looking at the stage as a whole, and observing how dance and the harmony of colours play off each other.”
The lighting rig for Ovo comprises of 2 x GrandMA 1 Light Consoles, 3 x Netgear FS108 Network Switch, 3 x Pathway DMX Manager Plus 4, 3 x Pathway DMX Repeater – 6 port fully isolated opto-splitter, 2 x ETC Sensor 48 Touring Racks – CEM+ (96 DC20 or CC20 Modules), 4 x Portable Single DMX Dimmers FD1-6K (Lex6000W), 17 x Martin MAC700 Spot Fixtures, 22 x Martin TW1 Wash Fixtures, 187 x Color Kinetics Icolr MR G2 MR LED Fixtures, 28 x Ldde SpectraWow Par LED Fixtures, 20 x Source Four Profile 19ᵒ Lens, 42 x Source Four Profile 26ᵒ Lens, 3 x Source Four Profile 36ᵒ Lens, 6 x Source Four Profile 50ᵒ Lens, 106 x James Thomas Par 64’s, 24 x Pro Stage Par 20’s, 4 x Altman Fresnel 5k 5000L-HM, 30 x Chroma Q M Plus Colour Changers, 2 x Chroma Q M5 Colour Changers
Karl Jenkins, Head of Lighting on Ovo, has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the lighting for Ovo whilst in Melbourne.
Where: The Grand Chapiteau, Docklands
When: Wednesday February 27th
If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to email@example.com Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member. Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.
CX Roadshow starts at Perth Hyatt in the grand ballroom this Valentine’s Day!
Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2013
12 free seminars start at 10am (4 seminars), and run through the day. ULA offer a feature set for your consideration. The times are the same in Perth (Thursday), Adelaide Monday (18th), Melbourne (20th), Canberra (22nd), Chatswood (25th) and Brisbane (27th).
10am: VIDEOMAPPING MADE EASY! The mystery demystified! (Perth Hyatt)
Would you like to mask, map and manipulate one projector so content shoots onto three objects, like columns? Arkaos have professional solutions for the show and lighting market and are are used all over the world by leading lighting designers and rental companies. Join John Buchanan for this one hour FREE session where he will show you all about the new Videomapper feature, and the StageMedia Server.
2pm: LED Moving Head Technology – featuring Josef Valchar
THEN meet one of the top stage lighting industry owners in the world – Josef Valchar, in person. Josef is a founder/owner of ROBE, a top five manufacturer of digital and moving lighting. It is his first ever PERTH SEMINAR, and he will detail the absolute latest LED moving head technology. This is a BRILLIANT chance to get the inside scoop on where this is headed, from one of gthe absolute top guys in the world!
“It’s is a very exciting time to be involved in lighting manufacture with the increasing convergence between the mediums of lighting and video into one integrated visual tool. Environmental concerns and the importance of developing energy efficient and sustainable technology for the future is also starting to shape our industry. These and other issues are already influencing our future plans and R ‘n’ D at Robe – which continues along the proactive and innovative path that has made it a market leader.”
4pm: New Generation Compact lighting Consoles
ULA resident expert Tony Lukeman will show off the new Chamsys MQ60 ultra compact, stand-alone console. At around 7kg it will fly as hand luggage, yet it has everything onboard including a touchscreen. This is the kind of thing you want if you travel! There are 1,200 software users of Chamsys in Australia – are you one of them? Also detailed: MQ 40 and MQ 70.
BOOK NOW FOR ANY OF THESE FREE SEMINARS, AND THE ROADSHOW ITSELF at www.cxevents.com.au
10 days left to submit your expression of interest to be a part of Vivid Ideas
Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2013
There are now only 10 days left to submit your expression of interest to be a part of Vivid Ideas, one of the world’s leading creative industry events and a part of Vivid Sydney, Destination NSW’s annual event of Light, Music and Ideas 24 May – 10 June 2013.
Vivid Sydney is the time and place where art, technology and commerce intersect. It is a summit, forum and a playground for the world’s creative industries – a time to celebrate, collaborate, experiment, conduct business and showcase how creativity changes everything.
The Vivid Ideas program is a celebration and conversation around the creative industries, bringing together industry leaders and emerging talent in an 18-day program of discussion, debate and professional development events.
There are a number of program streams and opportunities for the creative industry to participate. Vivid Ideas seeks to develop relationships with international, interstate and local professional networks, industry bodies, businesses and practitioners across all creative industry sectors.
We are currently seeking applications for creative industry talks, conferences, workshops, panels, showcases, exhibitions, creative product launches, award presentations, social and networking functions.
All creative industry business, representative organisations and practitioners are invited to participate.
We are available to discuss your concepts and proposals, and applicants are strongly encouraged to make contact with our team to talk through your ideas.
For more information please download the Vivid Ideas Expression of Interest and application forms attached to this email.
Expressions of Interest close on Thursday January 31, 2013.
Novatech Creative Event Technology d3 Technologies Information Sessions
Posted on Friday, January 18th, 2013
Novatech Creative Event Technology and d3 Technologies are holding introduction and information sessions to d3,the world’s first integrated production suite for video professionals.
The conventional way of doing things forces you to buy multiple devices and make them work together. Lighting desks, controllers, media servers, visualisers, scalers – the result is complex, expensive, messy, bulky, unreliable, and labour-intensive. d3 is a new way of doing things. It is a real-time 3D stage simulator, timeline, video playback engine and content mapper, all integrated into a single piece of software that runs on your own laptop.
Now there’s a single tool and a cohesive workflow you can use during all stages of your project, with no work wasted. The tool you use to design and visualise your show is the same tool you use to deliver it live – just transfer the show onto the powerful d3 rackmount server and press play.
There are limited numbers for the two information sessions to be held in Sydney and Melbourne later this month and for enquires email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 29th January
Palais Theatre Lower Esplanade,
St Kilda VIC 3182
Session 1: 11am – 1pm
Session 2: 2pm – 4pm
Thursday 31st January
105 Victoria Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
Session 1: 11am – 1pm
Session 2: 2pm – 4pm
TAS bushfire benefit concert Australia Day – tech support and gear needed
Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
Technical support and production gear are needed for a Tasmanian bushfire relief benefit concert to be held at the Dunalley pub (in the middle of the fire ground) on Australia Day. If you are able to contribute your time or lend some gear to support this gig, please contact Dave Campbell 0439 118 022 or <email@example.com>. He’s a drummer so you’ll have to speak loudly (and slowly).
Warning: The actual concert site may now look slightly different to the archival satellite image of the Dunalley Hotel.
Lighting Basics course
Posted on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
Juliusmedia have three places left in the first new Lighting Basics course at Sydney’s Concourse. Dubbed ‘Concourses’ and held in partnership with the new performing arts centre at Chatswood, the course is a two day, hands on affair.
Previously Juliusmedia offered a three day single unit course at their registered college, which closed at the end of 2010. This new course is not VET accredited, which simplifies delivery. The course includes Venue Induction, Concourse lighting equipment with hands on, and theatre jargon. A section on control will allow users to grasp some fundamentals. Cost is just $289 and the course runs January 7 and 8. A repeat will be held in July.
More info and bookings at www.cx-mag.com
ACETA announces Australian Entertainment Technology Week
Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
The Australian Commercial and Entertainment Technologies Association (ACETA) has today announced the launch of Australian Entertainment Technology Week as outlined in its white paper distributed to the industry some months ago. This inaugural industry event will take place in Sydney in the fourth week of July 2013. Participants will be the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), ENTECH, ACETA, the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the Australian Lighting Industry Association (ALIA).
The week‐long event will incorporate leading industry trade shows and key industry associations, and be branded along the following lines:
Australian Entertainment Technology Week Incorporating SMPTE, ENTECH, ACETA, AES and ALIA
This brings together many of the significant players in the sector, under the one roof at the one time, which was a key demand by the industry to address the crowded trade show calendar. ACETA thanks these organisations for their willingness to discuss, re‐shape and be flexible in order to bring this vision to fruition. One important benefit is the opening up of the dividing walls between the SMPTE and ENTECH shows.
ACETA also announced the acceptance of a proposal to specifically partner with ENTECH, which will see several changes to the familiar ENTECH format including:
* The ACETA Australian Hall of Manufacturers ‐ a dedicated area for Australian designers and manufacturers which will be promoted worldwide, with a focus on bringing in buyers and potential distributors from Asia and the Middle East. There are at least 55 manufacturers in this sector in Australia and this package has been specifically designed for them.
* The ACETA Industry Skills Pavilion ‐ a dedicated space to promote career opportunities in our industry, along with mentoring programs and careers oriented workshops. This is designed to start to address the skills shortage plaguing our sector.
* ACETA‐guided workshop and presentations program: ACETA will convene a committee to work with Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF), the organisers of ENTECH, to further develop the industry‐focused and valuable workshop and presentation program.
* Music products: a dedicated area for music products which overlap into the entertainment technology sector. This is not a buy/sell for retailers and wholesalers, but an opportunity for music products companies to meet key commercial buyers from corporate markets including education, performing arts, hospitality, tourism, entertainment, production and broadcast.
* Added value packages for ACETA members: ACETA members will receive added value such as free carpet, forklift and lead tracking, and a waiver of the admin fee. Hall of Manufacturers participants will also receive a free round table and three chairs.
Frank Hinton, president of ACETA, said “Australian Entertainment Technology Week is about inclusion, unity and is a ‘by the industry for the industry’ platform. It shows that no party is more important than any other and proclaims renewal, leaving the door wide open for expansion and development should other shows or associations want to join. This now gives the industry a very clear voice and opportunity to participate in creating a sustainable and unified industry platform which is the ultimate destination.”
Stephen Dallimore, event manager for ENTECH, said “When ACETA convened the roundtable discussions about the crowded trade show calendar it was the ideal opportunity for us to get closer to the industry, to understand better what everyone wants and needs. Working with ACETA, we can bring expertise in running an event and they can bring the voice of the industry into the heart of our planning. We think this has to be a win:win and look forward to seeing a new, invigorated ENTECH in 2013.”
Frank Hinton said “Many people across the industry have provided input into this outcome not to mention encouragement, most gratefully received. There will be significant ACETA member benefits and we do hope everyone will benefit from this development.”
Booking enquiries can be made to:
ENTECH: Stephen Dallimore on 02 9556 7988 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SMPTE: Adam Buick on 02 9452 7594 or email@example.com
ENTECH CONNECT Wins Best New Show at EEAA Awards for Excellence 2012
Posted on Monday, December 10th, 2012
At what proved to be an enthralling evening at the Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) Awards for Excellence 2012, ENTECH CONNECT is thrilled to have been crowned winners of Best New Show.
The EEAA Awards for Excellence recognise outstanding merit and leadership within the industry and provide an opportunity for members to showcase their innovations, performance and success.
Commenting on the submission, the EEAA judges stated, “This exhibition demonstrated true innovation and provided both relevance and education for the pro audio, lighting, vision and integration industry.”
ENTECH CONNECT, held in Melbourne, is a showcase for the Pro-Audio, Audio-Visual, Integration and Lighting industries that aims to provide an informal, inexpensive and comfortable environment that offers the very latest in industry technology.
The Melbourne show also featured an exemplary seminar program, with industry leaders from Australia and overseas presenting on key industry and technology developments, as well as allowing up-close ‘meet the experts’ opportunities.
‘For ENTECH CONNECT to win an award in its very first year is a fantastic achievement and the team at ETF look forward to building on this success. It was important for the show to offer the industry in Melbourne a place to showcase, network and learn in a comprehensive local environment,’ declared Stephen Dallimore, Event Manager, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, ENTECH CONNECT.
Tony Chamberlain, Managing Director of the Staging Connections Group Limited is thrilled with the result and that the team have been acknowledged for their outstanding work.
‘It is indeed a great honour for not only the individuals involved but the broader team, who worked tirelessly with determination and passion introducing this new show. I am delighted that this talented, dedicated and capable team have been recognised for their efforts,’ said Mr Chamberlain.
ENTECH Show 2013, the fellow trade show in Sydney, is in its 20th year and will be launching early next year.
For more information on ENTECH CONNECT visit: www.entechconnect.com.au
ALIA Tour to Coldplay, Sydney
Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
The stakes are always high when a band of Coldplay’s stature hits the road and creating something visually new and exciting is a constant challenge, but it is one that production designer Paul Normandale is more than equal to. His design for this stunning stadium tour features 22 x VL3500, 24 x Martin MAC700, 6 x MAC Vipers, 16 x MAC2000 Wash XBS, 58 x MAC101, 26 x Atomic Strobes, 53 x 4-lite liner Molefay, 60 BB4 Liner, 6 x Novalite 2K, 5 x custom 2Ks with iPix, 20 x MAC250, a x 400w UV Wildfire, 8 x Chauvet UV Shadow, and 36 x iPix Satelite II. Control is a WholeHog 3 with wing.
Lighting director for the Australian tour is Graham Feast who has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the Coldplay rig on Sunday November 18th in Sydney.
Download a 7 MB PDF of the plot HERE
Where: Allianz Stadium, Moore Park
When: Sunday November 18th
If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to firstname.lastname@example.org Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member. Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.
Expressions of interest to be part of Vivid Light close in three weeks
Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
Vivid Light is a centrepiece of Vivid Sydney 24 May – 10 June, 2013.
Light artists, lighting and projection designers, companies and manufacturers, architects, students, graduates, creative industry companies and practitioners from around the world are eligible to submit innovative lighting and projection designs and installations for inclusion in Vivid Light 2013.
Vivid Light is where Sydney becomes a playground to showcase the latest lighting technology.
It is where your immersive interactive experience creates the next new trend.
It is where artist’s lighting expressions of art grace the city’s CBD and harbour and it is a time where wonderful new ways to play with light touch hundreds of thousands of people.
This event transforms Sydney into a magical wonderland of colourful lights, and surprising adventures, with interactive lighting art sculptures, innovative installations and grand scale projections where all can enjoy, nightly for free, throughout Sydney’s Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay and CBD Precincts.
It is an outdoor gallery of light design excellence – it is one of the world’s most unique consumer and business events and offers you a unique opportunity to leverage Sydney’s global brand.
From 6pm to midnight nightly over 18 evenings, clients, customers, creative imagineers, practitioners and the general public alike will marvel at your creation!
Submissions are open for the supply of design, lighting equipment, projection equipment for Sydney iconic landmarks, CBD buildings, heritage facades and the design and manufacture of lighting sculptures and installations.
Expressions of interest to participate in Vivid Light 2013 close on Monday 3 December 2012.
Download the Vivid Light 2013 Expression of Interest: http://www.vividsydney.com/wp-content/uploads/Vivid_Sydney_2013_EOI.pdf