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Avolites

Avolites AI V10Avo's new Ai Version 10 for their flagship Infinity media server was on display and boasts an array of all new visual effects allowing video designers to directly apply the same vibrantly colorful and dynamic treatments onto their own live camera inputs.

A further new feature of Ai v10 is BPM Sync, born from developing the custom integrated control system for the lighting and visuals at JEWEL Nightclub. The in-house Avolites consoles trigger effects in perfect synchronization with the beat - a feature commissioned by Hakkasan's Director of Video Production Ed Shaw and Vice President of Entertainment James Algate. BPM sync allows users to assign a number of beats to a video clip to create their own immersive audiovisual experience.

The software update will also offer a new projection mapping tool, MeshWarp - a combination of Projective Keystone and Grid Warp - which will enable users to quickly warp their content to match the projection surface. This in addition to automap and auto blend puts a powerful array of mapping tools in the hands of every user. Timeline is a major addition for Ai v10, providing precise control of video in a timecode environment, whilst still allowing live control simultaneously.

Avolites Tital V10Also being shown were the powerful features of the Titan v10 software upgrade that is now available to download for free onto all consoles from the Tiger Touch Pro (inclusive) onwards. Some older consoles may be compatible with v10 if an upgrade kit is fitted; if you are unsure please contact Barbizon or Avolites. Titan v10 is the result of a year of research and development by a dedicated team of Avolites developers, enhancing the best-loved features of Titan v9 and introducing a wealth of new ones. Many of the new features have been created in response to user and industry feedback.

Titan v10 is the result of a year of research and development by a dedicated team of Avolites developers, enhancing the best-loved features of Titan v9 and introducing a wealth of new ones. Many of the new features have been created in response to user and industry feedback.

Titan v10 also allows the user to view intensity values in one place via the Intensity Grid. This clearly shows levels, source of information, whether increasing or decreasing and tracking information. Also added the set legend Halo, which allows the user to add color borders around fixtures and groups, enabling view fixtures much more easily within the console screen. You can also easily identify which group they belong to.

Another feature is Freeform Workspaces - no longer restricted to just four workspaces per screen, pick any position and size for your windows in seconds and store them to your workspaces for quick access to the information you need.

Titan v10 now offers a very useful UNDO feature, offering a 20 step back history, in addition to a new REDO history, too. Allowing you to massively speed up programming, the user can undo almost any action on the console including delete, merge, move and loads more. View history in the new undo window, and click any point to undo back to that action.

There are also extra directions including random for the hugely popular Key Frame Shapes feature, offering many more looks. Key Frame Shapes allows you to create spectacular effects from scratch. Using palettes or the programmer to define the frames, and powerful tools such as transition curves, phase and spatial direction, it is possible to create radically different looks for each channel in seconds.

And Avolites' Pixel Mapper gets even more powerful with the new Motion Blur effect, which creates trails that follow the element. Users can also now use the faders in Live Shape Editing, to alter the shape with incredible ease.

Titan v10 includes the much-used Multi-User Networking feature, allowing you to connect multiple consoles together to work collaboratively on the same show. A show can have multiple users, each with their own User Settings, Handle Worlds and Selected Key Profiles. When set to Multi-User, consoles can also still be used as backups.

https://www.avolites.com/

Avolites

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.

https://www.avolites.com/

Baxter Controls

bestboyThe Pocket Console had a great product on display, the Best Boy. This is a Pocket Console built into a water resistant Pelican 1060 Case and comes complete with Pocket Console Playback-8, 9v Battery, 120v P/S and flush mount external DMX and DC ports.

They also showed their Rack Mount-2 DMX unit as well as re-introduced their Wall Mount unit. These two units are similar to the original Pocket Console, except they are designed for permanent installations.

https://dmx2go.com/

Baxter Controls Pocket Console

The newest thing at BCI / Pocket Console was their Best Boy.

This is their Playback-8 model which features 8 Sub-masters which gives you the same 8 Channels of control as the Basic model, however with the added ability to Record up to 8 Sub-masters for calling back 8 exact looks.

What makes the Best Boy different is that it comes with a custom pelican style protective case specifically built for the unit.

https://dmx2go.com/

Doug Fleenor Designs

Doug Fleenor introduced a number of new products this year to help with connecting and programming fixtures and control systems.

Fleenor 124 SplitterTheir new 124 splitter is designed as a budget-friendly alternative to their 123 and 125 splitters. The 124 will list at $412 J and features the choice of 3-pin or 5-pin inputs and outputs in a smaller form factor than the 123 or 125. The key difference (other than the form-factor) is that outputs are not individually isolated from each other unlike in the more expensive units.

The Ethernet to Ethernet converter is designed to simplify translation of 4-universes of control between ArtNet and sACN. This stand-alone, 1ru device has (2) etherCON connectors on the back and can be configured with either protocol as the input and output. Configuration is via a web browser connected to either port. List price will be $1,700.

Rounding out the control devices, there is updated firmware for the RAD (Remote Addressing Device) which adds the ability to set personality as well as address, for fixtures using the RDM protocol.

Finally, they have added a 208V version of their DMX1Relay to allow remote switching of a single 20A, 208V circuit.

http://www.dfd.com/

Dove Systems

This year at LDI Dove had a handy tool that could come in useful for some applications, an 8 Channel DMX to Analog Interface.

The MTX-DE8-WM decodes signals from DMX control desks to analog dimmers, LED, and fluorescent lighting fixtures whose drivers / ballasts accept 0 to +10VDC dimming control. It is used to integrate controllers into theatrical or television lighting systems. The decoder is mounted on a wall, and each driver is connected to one of eight channels on the internal terminal strip. Up to 64 decoders may be chained together for systems of up to 512 fixtures. A thumbwheel switch on the front panel selects the starting channel, and an LED indicates the presence of the DMX signal.

Features:


  • Compatible with USITT DMX-512

  • Standard 0 to +10VDC output

  • Eight channels

  • Terminal strip outputs

  • Thumbwheel starting channel select switch

  • DMX in and out

  • DMX termination switch

  • Load test function

  • Wall mount (screws not included)

  • 120/240V 50/60Hz 25mA power input

  • Dim. 9.25" X 3.20" X 3.00"

  • Wt. 1.5 pounds

  • One year warranty


http://www.dovesystems.com/

Electronic Theatre Controls

14715613_10153788658225946_2889833231113460018_oIn addition to the new, evolved logo reveal at LDI - ETC had some interesting new things to show off.

Gio @5™ brings the high-end control of the larger Eos® family consoles to venues with smaller booths – or smaller budgets.

ETC Gio @5This portable console packs all the control necessities into a compact footprint, so external monitors and accessories are optional. With an articulating, 17-inch, multi-touch LCD display, five definable and page-able motorized faders and a master fader pair, Gio @5 is the perfect step up for Ion® users who want expanded hands-on access to playbacks, color control, touchscreen Magic Sheets and more.

Key features of the Gio @5 console include:


  • The Gio/Eos Ti® facepanel layout, including the backlit keys, master fader pair, and fader controls keys

  • 5 60mm motorized faders and associated controls/displays

  • 1 integral, 17-inch, articulating multi-touch monitor

  • 2 sets of controls keys along the left side of the display

  • 2 network ports (Non-PSE) and 4 Hardline DMX/RDM ports

  • 1 Littlite port

  • Contact closures for remote triggers

  • Output capacities from 2K to 32K, upgradable in 1K increments

  • Support for up to two external high-resolution multi-touch monitors

  • Compatibility with all Eos family accessories


Also in the booth was the ColorSource Consoles - including the AV version that does basic audio and video cues.

sensor-iqSensor IQ277V brings the function and form-factor of the current 120V Sensor IQ to a broader market. With options for 15-, 20-, and 30-amp one-pole hydraulic-magnetic breakers, this panel is ideal for commercial facilities such as arenas, stadiums, and convention centers. These panels will soon be available in 240V models for the non-CE international markets.

Also making its first appearance at LDI was be the Source 4WRD™retrofit, which transforms full-sized conventional Source Four® fixtures into LED luminaires.

cs-linear-irid-fpzIn fixtures, there was the brand-new ColorSource® Linear striplight. LDI show attendees also got demos of the Irideon™ FPZ architectural luminaire, the GDS CueSystem cue light system, and the Prodigy® P75 Self Climber hoist.

http://www.etcconnect.com

Enttec

ENTTEC's brand new surf-themed booth at LDI complete with Hawaiian shirts and flip flops, highlighted their new products that included:

Enttec Pixel LinkThe CVC 3 Pixel Link which invites standard RGB tape into their popular Pixie Driver or Pixelator Control System making it possible to mix and match pixel controlled LED’s with standard LED’s. Configuration is simple because the DMX address is automatically assigned based on the location in the chain. The Pixel Link was an ESTA Members Choice Award Nominee for Best Gadget 2016.

At the request of set designers and the film industry where 12v solutions are required ENTTEC now offers a 12V version of their RGB 60 LEDS/METER Pixel tape. A very handy option to keep in mind when voltage drop is an issue on your 5V system.

Phero 33The new PHERO 33 is ideal for direct lighting applications. It's the slimmest form factor in the PHERO family, designed for pixel mapping and lighting applications. The PHERO 33 also offers blended and uniform color along its output. Simple loop-in / loop-out cabling makes installation quick and trouble free.

enttec-50w-led-worklightENTTEC's 50W Bright White LED Flood Light is an adjustable, robust, and efficient Flood Light with an IP65 weather rating. This slim-line LED Flood Light that also features:




  • Aluminum casting with protective coating

  • Adjustable angle bracket

  • Easy wall mounting

  • Clear enhanced glass cover

  • 48PCS Super Bright LEDs

  • Available in 4000K or 3000K or 6000K white LEDs

  • Built-in High Efficient Wide Angle LED Reflectors

  • Built-in 50W Non-Dimmable Constant Current Power Supply

  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use

  • Dimmable versions are available as a custom order


Enttec E.L.M.ENTTEC also released a new version of the E.L.M or ENTTEC LED MAPPER software that provides total control over your LED system, regardless of shape and size. Design your layout with vector-based objects for maximum precision and flexibility. Load the media of your choice and begin playback as needed. Supports up to 1024 universes, so you can design without limits.

http://www.enttec.com

Enttec Americas

Enttec has created a bunch of new options to assist with networking and LED tap/pixel mapping control. First up, is their new Hyperion HP1 intelligent gigabit switch. Designed to be a simple plug and play rack mountable network switch that can be easily integrated into almost any system. With 6x front etherCON connectors and 2x rear connectors, the ability to easily configure, and ability to prioritize professional lighting protocols this switch has it all.

Next up, is their new Pixel Port unit. Designed to be a more portable an all in one unit that you can build into your set pieces so that you can get control/power to your pixel controllable LED tape. Each unit has a powerCON in & thru, etherCon in & thru, and 4 pin DMX output.

Finally, we thought this was neat, if you ever wanted LED tape on a black background, Enttec can hook you up as all their tape comes on both black & white ribbons now. The black ribbon blends in a lot better if you wanted to make it disappear on a dark surface!

Follow-Me

Follow-Meis an independent, affordable, network-based software package that requires no proprietary hardware, sensors or belt packs. Follow-Me allows the users to attach unlimited fixtures from any manufacturer in any orientation to multiple targets from one operating system. Where traditional methods of using FOH or truss mounted follow spots impose costs and rigging implications, Follow-Me offers a cost saving, quick to implement alternative. The functionality of preset spot positioning and the ability to assign any fixture to any target gives users the freedom to be creative.The additional functionality to release all or individual fixtures to full console control by snapping or crossfading them by means of a control channel makes Follow-Me fully flexible.

Follow-Me offers a range of advantages over traditional follow spot usage. Lower labor costs, freedom in lamp positioning, improved follow-spot angles, eliminating kill seats, offering accurate timing for color bump cues, following performers with gobo effects or color chases.

Follow-Me is available in North America through AC Lighting.

http://follow-me.nu/



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