Women’s World Cup Kickoff, Flo Rida, This Month in Lighting Insights!

Lighting Insights brings another awesome article to the Lighting industry forefront! Check out a great conversation with James Schipper of Kinetic Lighting in Glendale, CA!


Lighting Designer James Schipper of Kinetic Lighting (Glendale, CA) used 40 Nexus 4×4 panels to create a dynamic stage backdrop for the celebration’s main entertainment event: a concert by the iconic hip hop rapper Flo Rida backed up by DJ Blaze. The Nexus panels on stage not only matched the Grammy nominated People’s Choice-winning star’s performance; they also reflected the upbeat mood of the televised celebration.




Interstate Hotels and Resorts Goes EPIX!

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ARLINGTON, TX – Josh Smith knew he had to come up with something extra when he got the call to create the lighting rig for Interstate Hotels and Resorts 2014 Food & Beverage Conference at the Hilton Arlington Hotel outside Dallas. The widely recognized leader in its field with over 425 hotels and 79,000 rooms under its corporate umbrella, IHR is one of the final arbiters on all things pertaining to the hospitality and conference industry.

“When you’re doing a conference for a company that is a leader in hotel conference centers, you want to create something that goes above and beyond your typical corporate meeting,” said Smith, the National Operations Manager at Dobil Laboratories.  “Having a very unique and engaging lighting design was critical to our plans.”

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A key part of that design were the 31 ÉPIX Bar 2.0 Bar units from CHAUVET Professional that Smith arranged around the main room’s stage and the massive rear projection video screen in its center. “The ÉPIX Bars gave us a totally unique look for the stage and surrounding area,” he said. “They enabled us to create a low-res extension of the main video screen so we could create a more all-encompassing and engaging atmosphere in the room between the corporate presentations.”

By extending the stage video wall to the lighting rig with pixel mapped video images on the ÉPIX bars, Smith was able to create a unified the look for the entire room.  He also used the LED bars in tandem with four Rogue R2 Spots, powerful automated LED fixtures from CHAUVET Professional, to add an extra element of fun to the corporate event.

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“The ÉPIX bars were used in tandem with the Rogue R2 Spots during fun trivia games that were held throughout the meeting,” said Smith. “We had cues set up to make the Rogues highlight specific tables when guests were involved in a contest. Then, when an answer was given, the ÉPIX bars and Rogues turned red or green, depending on whether it was right or wrong. So really, the lights became a direct part of the entertainment.”

Adding to the impact of the lighting rig were a collection of other CHAUVET Professional fixtures, including six Legend 412 RGBW moving washes positioned between the ÉPIX bars. Smith also used four Q-Spot 560-LED and four COLORado 2-Quad Zoom Tour high output RGBW par-style fixtures to add texture to the walls and ceiling of the main room. For stage lighting, he relied on four Ovation E-190WW LED ellipsoidal fixtures, and for perimeter uplighting and truss warming he called upon the RGB output of 12 COLORado 1 Tri-7 Tour compact fixtures.

Smith deployed another dozen COLORado 1 Tri-7 Tour units for uplighting in the walkway leading to the main room. He also positioned 40 PVP S5 LED video panels on the walls of the walkway to reach visitors while they waited to enter the conference. All content and control for the PVP S5 video wall and the ÉPIX Bars was provided by an ArKaos MediaMaster Pro on two separate computers.

The PVP S5 panels on the walkway walls were used to show videos of the previous day’s activities at the conference, as well as images consistent with the food and beverage theme of the event. Since these panels were in an area leading up to the main room, the viewing range for visitors was relatively short.  However, the definition and clarity of the images from the 5.2 millimeter pixel pitch panels provided everyone with a good viewing experience.

“We got a lot of favorable comments on the images on the video panels,” said Smith. “In fact, we received many compliments on the entire presentation. The Chauvet fixtures really gave us the versatility to do a lot of different things with the lighting, from fun stuff and entertainment, to straightforward stage lighting, to glitz, all within a reasonable budget.  This was an important event and the lighting package was more than up to the task.”

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For more information on Dobil Laboratories visit www.dobil.com


Design Oasis, Chris Kuroda, and JAM CRUISE – Holy Ship!!

Legendary lighting designer Chris Kuroda, lighting designer for Phish, The Black Crowes, among others, made Jam Cruise 2015 ROCK this year, using CHAUVET Professional’s MVP-12 video panels! Check it out!

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MIAMI – Every music festival offers fans a chance to get away from it all, but few do this quite so dramatically – or literally – as Jam Cruise and Holy Ship! Produced by Cloud 9 Adventures, these floating festivals serve up hours of live music on the decks of cruise ships playing their ways through the warm Caribbean waters to exotic ports of call like Half Moon Bay, Bahamas and Rotan, Honduras. The Design Oasis helped provide gear to create an engaging environment at both nautical music fests with a lightshow designed by Chris Kuroda anchored by 72 MVP 12 Video Panels from CHAUVET Professional.

“Jam Cruise and Holy Ship! both feature big name artists and both draw large crowds expecting to have the time of their lives,” said Abbas Ritscher of The Design Oasis, which supplied the video gear for both cruises. (Premier Global Productions supplied the lighting equipment.) “Chris Kuroda and video engineer Ashten “Whoopi” Winger of V Squared Labs did standout work that lived up to the high expectations that people had when they went on this cruise. They created a big production look on the main stage as well as different points on the deck where fans gather.”

Jam Cruise, which drew 3,500 passenger/fans for five days at sea, featured an all-star lineup of live music bands like Umphrey’s McGee, The Word, Galactic and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. The four day Holy Ship! cruise gave fans a chance to set sail with top DJ acts like Knife Party, Boys Noize, Maya Jane Coles, Flume and A-Trak. The same video images on MVP panels were used for both cruises, but IMAG was added for Jam Cruise.

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The main wall behind the stage was 20-feet by 10-feet and we broke it into three video sections. Graphic video image were run across all three sections to create a sense of movement and depth. “Of course there are a lot of super bright aerial effects on either side of the stage as well along the top of the truss, not to mention blinders, so the output was intense,” said Ritscher. “The MVP panels more than held their own in this environment. “Not only were the panels bright enough to hold their own, but were used as blinders too.”

A high definition modular video panel with a pixel pitch of 12.5 millimeters, the MVP 12 has a transparency of 13 percent, making it well suited for temporary use in the outdoor environment of the cruise ship, since atmospheric elements can pass through without impacting clarity. The panel’s ultra-bright SMD LEDs also served them well; helping them stand up to the bright lights on the stage rig.

There were 32 MVP panels scattered around the pool deck. Positioned on the railings of the second level, these panels were tied into an existing video wall on the pool deck to create an effect in which people were surrounded by the video images. “Chris and Jason did an amazing job with the Chauvet panels,” said Ritscher. “The whole thing had an effect of bringing everybody closer to the action on stage and made it that much special.”

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The largest cross rental company in South Florida, Design Oasis rents lighting, video, audio, staging and power, providing 24-hour customer support at no additional cost. For more information visit the company’s website www.thedesignoasis.com


COLORdash Accent Quad is HERE!


You might know the original COLORdash Accent…  it’s an extremely popular RGB fixture that is packed into a cool-to-the-touch package with tremendous output for a little unit!

We’ve improved upon the initial design of the COLORdash Accent to include a quad-colored (RGBA) 10W LED for great punch, an OLED screen for ease-of-use, and some other excellent features we’re sure you’re gonna love.  Check it out, meet the COLORdash Accent Quad from CHAUVET Professional!


Butch Allen Talks Q-Wash, Touring, and Dancing with the Stars!

WHOA!  Did you see the most recent Live Design article on Butch Allen and the latest Dancing with the Stars live tour?!  Butch talks up one-truck touring and the Q-Wash 560Z in this episode of Live Design!





ÉPIX Strips from CHAUVET Professional and Luke Bryan’s UNIFY Tour!

Awesome!  Check out some excellent news for the EPIX product family, with 104 EPIX Strip 2.0 units rocking the pixels in the Luke Bryan light rig, from lighting designer Justin Kitchenman of Fadeup Design Group!  Check it out below!

NASHVILLE – From the moment he rose from below the stage on the back of a black pickup truck surrounded by flames, until he closed some two hours later with the provocative hit “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” Luke Bryan gave the sellout crowds at his That’s My Kind Of Night tour everything they expected from the red-hot country superstar. There was the non-stop energy, the down-home rapport with the crowd, the dazzling pearly white smile, the exhilarating dance moves, the hard driving music and, to set an appropriately powerful visual tone for it all — a dynamic lightshow that included 104 ÉPIX Strip 2.0 pixel mapping strips from CHAUVET Professional.


Lighting Designer Justin Kitchenman of Fadeup Design Group wanted the large collection of pixel mapped ÉPIX Strips to serve as a kind of electrifying visual link that tied his power-packed multi-dimensional design together in a single eye-popping package. The strips, which were provided by Elite Multimedia, accomplished this in stunning fashion.

“We had an ÉPIX Strip in the space between every lighting fixture in the rig,” said Kitchenman.  “We also had lighting elements that we called ‘The Battens.’ These were single rung truss units that we hung the ÉPIX Strips on.  The Battens were lightweight and versatile, so we could use them in our full rig or as unique visual elements at smaller festivals or at venues where weight and setup time were factors.

“In all cases, the ÉPIX Strips were spread throughout the rig so we had a unifying video element on stage,” continued the LD. “Actually, we were able to stretch the visual elements of this design well beyond the confines of the stage by in essence adding ÉPIX Strips to our lighting fixtures. The ability to map the ÉPIX Strips and LED fixtures together allowed us to work them in unison, which created some very impactful moments. If you’ve ever seen a Luke Bryan concert, you’ll know why impact is so important. This is a very engaging, high-energy artist, so the lightshow has to keep pace.”


The ÉPIX Strips were mapped in an Arkaos Media Server via Kling-Net. This server was dedicated specifically for the high-output LED strips, with all programming done on a grandMA2 console.  “We used an Art-Net/DMX merge to map our moving LED fixtures into the Arkaos map,” said Kitchenman.  “We could add the fixtures or remove them from the map by utilizing the control channel of the server.  We were also able to search all of our media files to find the perfect match for our lighting and video. Having pixel mapped images running throughout the stage on the strips really helped us convey a story that fit Luke’s songs during the concert.  We have large screens as our primary video element, so we used the ÉPIX Strips as a video effect to connect the video to the rest of the lightshow. In this respect, they worked beautifully.”

Kitchenman credits Tom Wilson of Elite Multimedia and Luke Bryan’s production manager Pete Healey with helping him incorporate the latest technological lighting tools like the ÉPIX Strips into his designs. “Tom has been a constant source of encouragement to me,” he said. “He’s always the first one to suggest we take a look at new fixtures and he leaves no stone unturned when it comes to supporting us with them.”

As for the ÉPIX Strips, Kitchenman was impressed with the way they performed as road warriors as well as pixel mapped lighting elements. “We’ve used the ÉPIX Strips before and they’ve been nothing short of great,” he said. “They’re easily mapped, easily implemented and are very well suited for adding a large element without dinging the budget too much.  We handled the strips on a daily basis during this tour and never had a failure rate. Plus, the hanging bracket design allows us to hang them in a variety of positions.”

Looking at his overall show for the American Country Music Awards “Entertainer of the Year,” Kitchenman is proud of the final results. “I’m my harshest critic, but I got to say I was very pleased with this show,” he said.  “Luke draws sellout crowds wherever he plays, so we want to deliver our best.”

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For more on Fadeup Design Group visit www.fadeupdesigngroup.com
For more on Elite Multimedia visit www.elitemultimedia.com