CATEGORY: LDI 2017
“ Reports from Barbizon staffers about the latest products and releases featured at the LDI 2017 Show held November 12-19, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ”
AC Lighting has also recently acquired the ProLights line, making this Italian based line available in the US. A few highlights from this line include the JETSPOT3, the PIXIEWASH and the PIXIESPOT.
The JETSPOT3 is a High Output 240W LED Spot. It boasts a fixed 20-degree beam angle and a 7000k White LED source. Complete with 2 color wheels, a rotating and static gobo wheel, prism, linear frost, iris, focus and onboard RDM and DMX, it’s sure to be a contender in the US market.
In terms of fixtures and on a smaller scale, there is the PIXIE SPOT and PIXIEWASH. The PIXIESPOT is equipped with a 60W RGBW/FC LED light source. It also offers wireless control through a USB Wi-Fi receiver in combination with Wifibox and the smartphone App SmartColor. With a single gobo wheel with 7 rotating gobos and an effect section equipped with 3f circular prism, this is ideal for a variety of venues.
The PIXIEWASH is a compact LED wash beam with a 6 – 45 degree zoom. With its single 60W LED and it’s small form factor and near silent cooling, it is ideal for low ceiling or noise-sensitive environments.
Chroma-Q’s hot new product is the new Inspire XT RGBW House Light.
Delivering up to 9500 lumens and including all of the features of the Inspire and Inspire Mini with twice the output, it is ideal for situations that require the same high quality white and colored lighting with even more output. In addition, it uses some of the innovative core technologies found in other award-winning Chroma-Q products. With fully homogenized color mixing and choice of three different beam spreads (32, 42, and 65), the Inspire XT provides an excellent selection of stunning mixed colors and true whites. It also features energy-efficient LEDs and onboard DMX with theatrical grade dimming.
Acclaim Lighting expanded its Flex Tube line with the new Flex Tube Pixel. This flexible, direct view LED strip features RGB control of every 4.9” (125mm) section. It comes with a 10M spool that can be cut to length to suit project requirements and features a highly durable PVC body which is outdoor and impact rated.
Acclaim Lighting’s Aqua Drum is a series of high output, submersible LED flood fixtures with an IP68 rating. It features an all stainless steel construction, included in-grade housing mounting option, and is submersible up to 20 ft (6M). Available in multiple color temperatures of white and color changing versions, it is ideal for outdoor façade wash, fountains, ponds, and landscape applications.
Airstar America specializes in small to large scale lighting balloons and has been leading this market since
Airstar has three different departments - Event, Film, and Safety Lighting. They provide many lighting solution options - including LED, Tungsten, and HMI. They can also brand their inflatables with a company logo or the name of a specific event. At LDI, they were showcasing a prototype of their newest product, a battery-powered RGB inflatable.
Altman debuted its new RGBW Utility Par called the AP-150 (working title). This is the first importuned produce for Altman listing at $995 makes is a great value. Its color palate matches the Spectra Series (Luxeon Rebel LED), weighs only 11lbs, expected to be brighter than 3700 lumens, completely fanless and includes a great zoom range. The 150w, IP20 unit will include 16-bit resolution and support RDM protocol. The new fixture is expected to start shipping in January and will include the standard Altman 3 year warranty.
The Altman Gallery LED zooms are now available with gobo rotators accessory capable of receiving E-size glass or metal gobos.
The Altman Gallery LED portable fixture version is now available with a remote driver box options featuring a 3-pin mini XLR connector and cable up to 1 meter long. There is now an asymmetrical wall wash adapter for the Altman Gallery LED wash units.
This was also a special year as Altman named Barbizon its2017 Dealer of the Year. Below are the Barbizon attendees at the show along with Altman's Nick Champion and Miles Dudgeon presenting the award to National Sales Manager Thomas Augusta and Systems Director Brian Dunn.
First up for ADJ is their new video panel option called the Design Series. It is a series of different geometrical video panel options. The DS4 (square), DS4T (triangle), DS4QC (quarter circle) and DS4HC (rectangle) can be easily linked together, rigged and transported. They offer a 4.8mm (0.19”) pixel pitch and brightness of 1200 NITS as well as a wide viewing angle of 160-degrees (horizontal) and 120-degrees (vertical), making them ideal for a wide variety of applications.
Next up we have the MOD Series as ADJ’s latest range of professional LED Pars. Their modular design means that the LEDs can slide back into the casing to create a snoot that eliminates side glare. There is an optional pearl white housing kit also available. This means that LED Par owners can switch between black or white fixtures, depending on the application, without having to hold inventory of two different types of fixture. Offering a beam angle of 17-degrees, each Par is also supplied with a set of three Frost Filters which can be locked into position in front of the LEDs to widen the beam to an angle of 20-degrees, 40-degrees or 60-degrees. The units come in 4 flavors:
- MOD QW100 (7 x 15W RGBW LEDs)
- MOD QA60 (4 x 15W RGBA LEDs)
- MOD HEX100 (7 x 15W RGBWA+UV LEDs)
- MOD TW100 (7 x 15W CW/WW/WW/Amber 4-IN-1 variable color temperature white LEDs)
Lastly, there was quite a buzz with their new Vizi CMY300 Moving Head. It is a 300W LED engine ideal for larger venues. It works as a beam, spot and wash fixture with a zoom range from 8 to 46 degrees. A large palette of colors is possible thanks to CMY mixing, as well as two GOBO wheels, two rotating prisms, motorized focus and motorized zoom. It is also built to make GOBO changes, servicing and on-the-road repairs extremely easy.
In additionto the traditional line of steel and glass patterns, Apollo introduced three new Outdoor LED fixtures this year.
The Outdoor LED Profile Fixture. These fixtures are IP65 rated and available either at 75W with 2800 lumens or at 30W with 1000 lumens. The color temperature is a choice between 6500K or 5500K. The standard lens option is 27.5*, but you do have the option to easily swap out the lens for a 16*, 20*, 38.5* or 50* by removing two set screws a the front of the lens . It is low profile at 13.4’’L X 9.8”H X 5.5”W and light weight at 3.5lbs. The finish options are white or black.
The AVERE 5UV is a 65W black light with an output of 15000mW, dimmable to 0% with ELV Dimmers. The lens options available are 15*, 23* and 36*. This fixture is also viable in Cool White and Warm White 98CRI, 385nM
The AVERE 3UV is a IP68 outdoor rated fixture suitable for mounting below ground and an optional stainless steel fixture suitable for use in chlorine environments. This fixture is 10-15W, 24V with an external power source and DMX controllable.
The beam options are 15*, 23* and 36*. Color options include 385NM; White: 3000K, 4000K, 5000K; and RGBW. Custom RAL Colors and housing design is available. There will be a larger version available in Mid-January.
Apollo also has a line of tools tomake life easier for entertainment technicians.
Have you wished for an even larger Arri Skypanel with even more punch than what was already available? Well, then you are in luck! Arri displayed at LDI their new S 360-C unit. With a light panel roughly 50” x 34“ it is a behemoth of a fixture that requires two people to move it. The unit has been very well received in the film industry with lots of grips already preordering the unit!
Also displayed was their new Skylink system which provides wireless control to all their Skypanel products. Simply, plug in a Skylink receiver into your existing Skypanel, set up a transmitter at your DMX source, and off you go! These units are using LumenRadio to transmit DMX, so signal is very stable. Kits are available in 3 & 10 pack configurations, although you can always add more at any time!
Avolites was at LDI with updated software for their line of control desks and media servers.
Updated for 2017 the entire range of the TITAN console line was on display.
SAPPHIRE TOUCH- The flagship console of the Avolites line is a high-performance console with more submasters, flash and executor buttons, and power to control the large shows than ever before. 45 motorized touch-sensitive playbacks, 15.6” touch screens for programming, 8 physical DMX and up to 16 over ArtNet or streaming ACN and a built-in battery back up make this desk ready for the road. Should you really need it you can also connect to Titian Network processors for up to 64 universes of DMX. Remember when we all used to think that was crazy? For additional live control, you can connect up to 2 Sapphire Touch wings to each sapphire Touch. There is an expandable fixture library for up to 14,000 devices, there are 20 programmable macro buttons, and MIDI in and through. The Screen is also articulating, it’s just a small touch that makes it a very adjustable console.
The ARENA desk is uniquely suited for festival applications but just as at home in other music venues and theatres. This console has a brand new optical output for enabling fiber connections directly to the console, eliminating signal loss over the long runs to FOH, essential for low latencies in large outdoor venues. The Arena has a main display and a touch screen for extra workspace, there are also 6 LCD display screens with legends for the 30 faders for easy labeling. This desk also has a built-in UPS and can be used in a master, backup situation, or allowing for multiple programmers to work simultaneously before the mail console takes charge.
Think of this console as a Tiger Touch II with a wing. It does have more bells and whistles but on the surface it is basically the same.
Tiger Touch II- One of the best thing about the Titan line of consoles is that no matter which console you are using you have access to the same software. The Tiger Touch II has the same great features, 4 physical DMX universes, with up to 16 over ArtNet or streaming CAN. If you are using Titan Networking you can expand up to 64 universes. I never ever thought we would need that many but I have seen the jobs that do so let’s not pretend they aren’t out there. With 10 playback faders, 20 executor buttons and 3 encoders programming is quite efficient. You can add a Tiger Touch Fader Wing to add to you playback options.
Quartz – Is the mobile version of the Titan software. A compact console that you can put in your brief case and carry with you anywhere you need to go. If you want add a Mobile Wing to add some programming and playback functions.
There is always the Titan 1 the entry-level version. The USB Dongle allows the user to output one line of DMX with the full functionality of AVOLITE Titan software.
Now that most any medium to large show includes some sort of video, media servers have become an integral part of a show. Bring in Avo's AI v10 Media Server- AI is a powerful media server, we all know how important the power of your media server is no matter how good your content. You have to have a program that you can use and will be rock solid. AIv10 of AI has added some great features. There is a fully redesigned timeline. Add tracks for each layer of each screen fixture and dragcontent to the track. Then attribute andcontrol tracks can be added, which are easy but precisely edited all withinthe one interface. Once some layers arecontrolled via the timeline, it’s still possible to perform live with otherlayers simultaneously – great for live music, but also for corporate eventswhere the goalposts can move at any time.
In V10 of AI the designers have worked hard to make the user interface very intuitive and easy to use. Their goal is to address the concerns some user’s regarding the interface. The team at AI have implemented an overhaul of the icons used in the program and will continue to improve the interface.
V10 also bring Projective Keystone, also known as Mesh-Warp. It applies a projective keystone which stops a straight line from warping or curving. This is especially helpful when technicians have little time on site.
NOTCH- is a new way to build and record your effects. Once you have the effect you want, export it as a “Notch Block” and load it in AI. AI will then run the block and send the generation to what layer you select.
NDI (Network Device Interface by New Tek)- Sending a 4k video from machine A to machine B is now a breeze. Use NDI to send video over Ethernet, you can send large amounts of video data quickly and accurately. AI supports 8 inputs of NDI which do not require any additional hardware, as long as something sends NDI then AI V10 can receive it.
Ayrton’s newest product is the GHIBLI, an LED spot luminaire that is equipped with a framing system designed to offer unlimited creative possibilities. Standard features include a CYM color mixing system with a variable CTO and a 6-position color wheel. The framing system allows each frame to be positioned with precision on a 100% surface area in all positions. The effects section includes two wheels with interchangeable HD glass gobos, one with seven rotating and the other with eight fixed gobos, continuous dynamic effects wheel, iris diaphragm, two frost filters, and a 4-facet rotating prism. The fixture has a liquid cooling system using a heat pipe.