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Philips Entertainment Lighting gears up to ‘create great experiences’ at Prolight + Sound 2016

26th February, 2016

Frankfurt – Philips Entertainment Lighting will be unveiling a broad portfolio of brand new creative tools for lighting designers as part of the Group’s immersive ‘be inspired by light and create great experiences’ stand concept at Prolight and Sound 2016.


From Philips Showline comes the SL HYDRUS 350, which will be launching live at the show. The first Platinum lamp-based luminaire in the originally LED product line, the SL HYDRUS 350 is a super bright hybrid moving light that is ideal for the live event and TV market because of its small size and speed.


Feature-packed with a wide zoom range in each mode, the SL HYDRUS 350 offers a vibrant color pallet and is loaded with all the tools a designer needs to create mid-air effects, clear and precise projection as well as seamless blended animated washes.


Visitors will be able to see the SL HYDRUS 350 in action on the Philips Entertainment stand C60 in Hall 3.0.


“We’re really looking forward to launching the SL HYDRUS 350 at Prolight,” says Martin Palmer, Philips Entertainment Lighting product segment manager. “It’s taking the Showline product line in an exciting new direction with a Platinum-based light that still offers the fantastic tourable qualities of the rest of the range – super versatility with high output yet compact and lightweight.”


The SL HYDRUS 350 will be joined by some of the latest Philips Showline products, including the SL PUNCHLITE 220, the SL STRIP 10IP, SL BAR 510 and the SL BEAM 300 FX.


The IP65 rated, decidedly flexible, high output SL PUNCHLITE 220 delivers a powerful, blended beam and features an impressive motorized zoom range of 8°-47°enabling designers to pinpoint performers with a narrow shaft of light or flood a wide area with a powerful color wash in any weather.


The SL STRIP 10IP – also rated for indoor and outdoor entertainment applications – delivers strong, blended washes of color.


The SL BEAM 300FX work as a beam, wash or effects luminaire with full color mixing and pixel mapping capabilities. Its dual rotating front lens and effects wheel offers designers a myriad of different looks.


Also on stand will be a brand new addition to the refreshed Philips Selecon PLprofile series, the PLprofile4 MK II. Much like the improved PLprofile1 series, the PLprofile4 MK II now offers boosted light output, superior color consistency and brilliant beam quality.


The Philips Entertainment team will also be showcasing the latest additions to the Philips Vari-Lite product line – the VL4000 Spot and VL4000 BeamWash.


Having proved a huge hit since launching last year, the VL4000 BeamWash has joined such mammoth tours as AC/DC’s Rock or Bust, with lighting and show designer Patrick Woodroffe commenting:


“We were looking for powerful, bright lights that would work particularly well with no color. We also wanted some more delicate effects, some tight beams and some hard edge source points. We chose a variety of fixtures including the new Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWash, which in combination with the other lights gave us most of what we needed, in various permutations.”


On show from Philips Strand Lighting will be the complete NEO Lighting Control system, with its new wings and 19-inch rack mounted playback unit.


“NEO has really been enhanced with the addition of these two Wings and the new Group Masters function to aid the design process.  All of this adds to its already sophisticated media integration capabilities, which really are a must see” says Bill Richards, Philips Entertainment Lighting product segment manager. “We will also be demonstrating the 500ML console’s latest software release with it connected to a virtual lighting rig.”


The stand will see a strong video element this year with corresponding lighting show to offer visitors a fully immersive experience.


“This year our stand will be unlike any we’ve done before,” says Philips Entertainment Lighting marketing manager Teresa Vallis. “We want to demonstrate that we understand and are inspired by light, giving us the platform to inspire others to create great experiences through the total lighting solution offered by our brands and product line.”


Prolight + Sound 2016 takes place at the Messe Frankfurt between the 5 and 8 April 2016.

Philips Strand Lighting NEO Console goes on tour with Classical Ballet Moscow

18th February, 2016

Italy – The Classical Ballet Moscow recently completed an extensive tour of Italy and Sicily featuring a beautifully emotive lighting design programmed on a Philips Strand Lighting NEO Lighting Control Console

The company performed The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty in cities including Florence, Milan and Palermo over 36 consecutive days.

Lighting designer and technical director Evgeniy Toma utilized the NEO’s intuitive interface and timesaving features to provide him with quick and easy access to all of the fixtures in the rig, which ranged from 60 to 110 over the course of the tour.

“I was really impressed by the flexibility of the NEO console,” says Toma. “There are different ways to achieve what you want with it, which is ideal for both an experienced lighting designer and a beginner.”

With the tour moving to a different venue each day, the NEO’s ‘Groups’, ‘Shortcuts’ and ‘Cue Lists’ meant Toma could easily transition from one set-up to the next

“‘Groups’ is a very convenient section where I could easily set submaster and effects options, whilst ‘Shortcuts’ made accessing different functions much more efficient,” he explains. “As I had to edit the previous show’s cues for each theatre, I could do it in a few minutes using the ‘Cue List’ pallets.”

Toma could also be confident the console would be up and running without issue each night. Shows are secured on its ‘Mission Critical’ grade SQL server, ensuring no data loss. In addition, boot time is massively reduced with high-speed solid-state disk drives, making the NEO robust for everyday and touring use.

“I first saw the NEO at PLASA London and was intrigued by its functionality,” says Toma. “The more I learn about the console the more I am impressed by it.”

The Classical Ballet Moscow tour of Italy and Sicily ran from the 28 November to the 9 January.

Philips Strand Lighting 500ML console delivers ‘awesome’ control on KARAT

18th February, 2016

Germany – German rock legends KARAT’s recent acoustic tour featured an old school rock and roll floor package lighting design by LD Michael Kiefert programmed on the latest addition to the Philips Strand Lighting line of consoles, the 500ML.

The band – who formed in 1975 and celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2015 – played such cities as Cottbus, Magdeburg and Wismarin in venues of varying sizes. Kiefert therefore needed a versatile control solution and so turned to the compact and intuitive 500ML, supplied by Philips Entertainment German distributor Feiner Lichttechnik.

“When planning this tour, my main interest was to use a console with the ability to include local venue lights,” explains Kiefert. “With the 500ML I was able to shrink the setup to one single universe, which meant I could use the second universe to accomodate the floor package and swap between the two with a simple finger swipe.”

The 500ML features an eight-inch color touchscreen allowing for fast set up. In addition, the console provides users with 24 faders that may be used as Master, Sub Master or Playback.

“It is awesome to have so many faders on a console that you can assign cuelist, simple flash actions or specials to,” says Kiefert. “It was really simple to solve any issues that cropped up, no matter if I came across an unknown fixture in a venue’s rig or I needed to rearrange the whole setlist five minutes before a show.”

Kiefert also comments that the 500ML’s small size makes it the ideal console for touring:

“The 500ML is so small that it doesn’t affect any size calculations or truck space and so it helps keep costs down. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the console will evolve with new software in the future.”

KARAT is set to play further dates across Germany throughout the spring.

Avolites launches ‘supercharged’ Ai R Series today at ISE

9th February, 2016

The Netherlands – Avolites is on stand 8-K330 at ISE Amsterdam, which opens today at the RAI Exhibition and Conference Centre, to launch its powered up new range of Ai R Series media servers.


The Ai R Series is Avolites’ most powerful range of media servers to date, and comprises the Ai Infinity R4, Ai Infinity R8, Ai Infinity Rx4 and Ai Infinity Rx8. All servers in the range take advantage of the increased speed and power of the latest processors, solid-state drives and AMD graphics cards.


“We’ve packed the very best technology into the Ai R Series so we can be sure it satisfies even the most demanding of applications,” says Avolites’ MD, Steve Warren. “The servers offer smooth playback of up to 8K media using the leading AiM Codec plus 4 or 8 full 1080p HD outputs. The Ai R Series is the future of media technology now, direct from Avolites. We can’t wait to showcase what they can do for your project.”


Avolites’ redesigned, bespoke ISE booth features a ‘Media Integration Focus’ area where visitors can get hands on with the latest in integrated lighting and video.


Visitors will also be among the first worldwide to get a sneak preview of the much-anticipated Titan V10 software, which enhances the best-loved features of V9. The most striking addition is the full 3D visualiser from Capture, which is now fully integrated into the software. The Avolites team will also be demonstrating the much loved V9 features including pixel mapping, Key Frame Shape engine and fully featured theatre functionality.


Avolites is also launching its new user designable control surfaces for Titan software. Especially designed for installers, this new API allows you to create your own touch control surfaces using basic HTML skills – a bespoke user interface tailored for your specific use, which then harnesses the power of the Titan software. It is compatible with popular control systems such as Q-Sys and Crestron. With this new ability to ‘tune’ Titan to your specific requirements you can start using Avolites’ leading lighting software in a array of new situations and environments.


Also on show will be the Arena console with Optical Titan Net Switch and Avolites’ complete Titan Net solution.


“The Arena console has attracted a huge amount of attention since launch – we’ve been inundated with lighting designers, rental companies and specifiers,” says Avolites’ Sales Director, Koy Neminathan. “Feedback has been fantastic on the vast array of faders and buttons alongside an integrated touch screen, and second, smaller touch screen and the rotary encoders. The unique Optical Switch built in to the console was hailed as an incredibly useful tool.”


Arena is the ideal console for festivals, theatres and anywhere that a larger control surface is required. It combines the popular interface of the Tiger Touch II with 30 additional Playback faders and expanded live control options and features.


The Optical TNS is perfect for connecting FOH to stage using Cat5E Ethernet cables for distances under 100m, and an Optical input for fibre connections over distances exceeding 100m. The 1Gb network switch also features a built in UPS to ensure the stability and resilience of your show setup.


Avolites is on stand 8-K330 at ISE from 9 – 12 February 2016 at Amsterdam RAI.

LD Andrew Liddle tours New Order with an Avolites Arena

8th February, 2016

UK – British band New Order’s recent UK and European tour in support of their latest album, Music Complete, featured a vibrant lighting design controlled via an Avolites Arena console.

The tour marked the first time lighting designer Andrew Liddle opted for the Arena – Avolites’ latest console.

“I was really keen to give the Arena a try and it proved very worthwhile,” says Liddle. “I saw it to be a natural progression from the Avolites Tiger Touch I’ve been using since 2010, and found it to be a whole lot more. Hardware wise, it’s the complete package – lid off and good to go. For what it is, it’s really compact, not too bulky or weighty, and the layout’s great and the second screen is useful too.”
Avolites_New Order_stage © Dom Henry
Alongside the main display, the Arena offers a second touch screen providing an additional workspace window and also labelling the adjacent macro buttons and rotary pots. These fully assignable playback encoder pots allow intuitive control of channels and effects. The six LCD screens display electronic legends for 30 faders, for speedy access to all your playbacks, fixtures and palettes.

Liddle’s main rig consisted of Robe BMFL 1700 spots, Clay Paky Sharpys, Martin MAC Vipers and ETC Source Fours. Hawthorn supplied all of the lighting and the Arena console.

“I really enjoyed using the Arena and very quickly grew accustomed to it,” Liddle continues. “I found everything was where I wanted it to be. There are also nice little touches, like four rotatory encoders which you can use for assigning anything from smoke to video wall brightness. The external triggering using MIDI worked really well – basically I got everything out of it that I needed!”

Offering seamless Multi User compatibility, the Arena can be used as master, back-up or extra programming surface, considerably cutting your programming time by allowing multiple Titan programmers to work simultaneously, before the main console takes charge. For this tour, Liddle used his Arena as the master console networked to a Tiger Touch II as backup.

New Order performed at UK venues including London’s Brixton Academy, Liverpool Olympia and Wolverhampton Civic Hall. In Europe, they played Berlin’s Tempodrom, Ancienne Belgique, Brussels and the Casino de Paris.

Photos © Dom Henry

Avolites Ai S4 server perfectly video maps theatre in new Huawei Watch ad

4th February, 2016

UK – A new advert for the Android and iOS-compatible Huawei Watch features a projection mapped disused theatre space powered by Avolites Ai S4 servers.

The Chinese electronics manufacturer’s smartwatch – which rivals the Apple Watch – features a fully circular AMOLED display with a high resolution of 400×400 pixels, and communicates with both Android and iOS smartphones.
Watch the video here
Boomerang Television was commissioned to create the new watch commercial, featuring a dancer who moves in time to his own heartbeat, which is being monitored and displayed by the device. Dylan Wyn Davies, executive producer at Boomerang approached UK-based Rhodri Shaw, now director of Transition Video Ltd, to create the 3D visuals and projection mapping.

“Boomerang wanted 3D visuals that went in time with the music, accelerating and slowing down, representing the heartbeat BPM monitor feature on the watch,” says Shaw. “I brought in Kaine Van Riel from Made Up Ltd to create custom 4k resolution content for the film.”

The team decided to use an unfinished underground theatre in a secret location in central London for the shoot.

“We laser measured up the theatre to the cm, and Kaine created a 3D model within 3DS Max, which we then imported into an Avolites Ai S4 media server, using a second S4 for backup,” explains Shaw.

Ai’s Technical Support expert Arran Rothwell Eyre assisted with the preparation and was on-site for the shoot. “The model created by Kaine was very accurate, which allowed us to make good use of the Automap feature in Ai to greatly speed up the mapping process, which could have otherwise been very complex,” he says.

Shaw continues: “I chose Ai for this project as I wanted to see what the machine was capable of. I attended a two-day training course with Arran at Avolites and then went straight into this project the following week. I was blown away by the power of the Ai S4 and it’s user-friendly interface.”

The Ai S4 offers 4 display port/DVI outputs with unlimited layers per fixture group, with top spec, fully featured Miami licences. Hardware includes the latest generation motherboards supporting PCI-Express Generation 3.0, AMD Gen 3 Graphics Cards and the fastest hardware RAID controller and SATA3 6 Gbit/sec drives.

In terms of projectors, Bedford-based Video Design supplied 2 x Barco FLM-HD20 20,000 ANSI Video Projectors. Panalux supplied the lighting. The Ai systems were provided by RES.

Philips Showline strobes cut through video heavy show on Bring Me The Horizon

1st February, 2016

USA and Europe – Electronic metalcore five-piece Bring Me The Horizon recently completed a tour of the USA and Europe in support of their latest album ‘That’s The Spirit’ with a high-impact and punchy lighting design by Ben Inskip using Philips Showline SL NITRO 510C LED strobes.

Inskip – who has served as lighting designer for the Sheffield-born band for the past five years – employed the strobes to cut through the brightness of the show’s significant video element.

“In terms of output the SL NITRO 510C is great,” says Inskip. “It is bright enough to still have impact during the video heavy parts of the set. In addition, the strobes’ great color mixing meant that they worked well with the content on the video wall to create an overall look instead of fighting to be seen.”

Inskip positioned 12 units upstage tucked in between video strips that made up the back wall. For two bigger UK dates at London’s Alexandra Palace and Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, the 12 SL NITRO 510Cs were positioned vertically on the main risers to work alongside the 56ft by 20ft video screen. For these bigger shows, Inskip also specified a further 18 units from the tour’s lighting supplier Siyan, evenly spacing them in his flown rig to create a 6×3 grid.

“Fixture choice and placement were really important to create impact while trying to be as versatile as possible,” explains Inskip. “The SL NITRO 510C provided me with decent strobe looks and strong back washes in any color. Even in the lower channel modes you have plenty of variation and by using different macros I could give each song in the set a different strobe or silhouette effect. Their small size also meant I could hide the units away whilst creating lots of really interesting and different looks on stage.”

The SL NITRO 510C features Color Gel Filter Presets for fast color matching and a tightly packed array of 264 high power fixed white LEDs and 264 RGB LEDs ensuring maximum output.

“For me the block arrangement of the LED without a parabolic means that the SL NITRO 510C is really bright when looking directly at it, in both strobing and in color wash modes,” continues Inskip. “I also really like the fixture’s six unique zones of control. This adds another element and gives you the ability to create both subtle and dramatic effects.”

Bring Me The Horizon continue to tour throughout 2016 with upcoming dates in South America.


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