The Weekly SWAG Contests with Chauvet Professional on Twitter and Facebook!

Every Tuesday at Chauvet Professional we’re choosing three winners from Facebook and Twitter to receive an awesome Chauvet Professional t-shirt and a pair of Trusst work gloves to show our appreciation to the Social Media communities that we love so very much!

Every Tuesday morning we’ll choose the winners for both of the contests and post them to our Chauvet Professional Blog, as well as Facebook and Twitter  The minute we post the names, the next week’s contest starts!

It’s completely painless to enter and just as easy to win!  Facebook contest entries are made by simply LIKING our main page at http://www.facebook.com/chauvetprofessional and then SHARING the main page with your Facebook people!  On Twitter, simply FOLLOW US at http://www.twitter.com/chauvetpro and then RETWEET one of the SWAG Tuesday contest links to your Twitter community!

Here’s how on Facebook:

LIKE our main page at http://www.facebook.com/chauvetprofessional

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SHARE our page on your Wall:

Facebook-chauvetpro-LIKE SHARE-facebook-chauvetproIt’s that easy!

Here’s how on TWITTER:

FOLLOW us at http://www.twitter.com/chauvetpro

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Then RETWEET one of our SWAG Tuesday posts with your Twitter community to enter the contest!

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There’s no limit on how many times you can enter!  Enter every week if you like, and on BOTH Facebook and Twitter!

Good luck to everyone!

 

 

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Last Week’s TOP TEN POSTS on the Chauvet Professional Blog

Last week was an excellent week of fun posts on the Chauvet Professional Blog!  We love seeing what tickles you the most – we love to make you, the readership, very happy!

Check out last week’s TOP TEN POSTS on the Chauvet Professional Blog, starting with the number one post of all time!

#1, and still crushing it:
Cat West, Lighting Director for KASKADE, Rocks the Rig AND the STAR WARS Dress!

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#2 from last week:  CHAUVET® Professional Lights Edinburgh Airport Tower

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#3 from last week:  SWAG TUESDAY at Chauvet Professional!

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#4 from last week:  Ovation LED at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts – Load-in Photos!

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#5 from last week:  Ovation E-190WW LED Ellipsoidal Wins the WFX 2013 Best LED Fixture Award

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#6:  Congratulations to Oscar Dominguez’ Emmy-Winning Design for The Voice!

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#7:  Be Careful of FALLING TRUSS!

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#8:  Gary Clark Jr. Playing BRIGHT LIGHTS on the Chauvet Professional Blog!

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#9:  Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders NFL Intro and Chauvet Professional!

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and last but not least for this week, #10:  Got A Case of the Mondays? How About Some Awesome Grooves?

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Thanks for reading, everyone! Stay tuned for more news and fun stuff from Chauvet Professional!

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Top Five Posts on the Chauvet Professional Blog, August 2013

Good morning, world!  We hope your Tuesday is twice to three times as good as your Monday, and that you have an incredibly productive and positive day ahead of you!

Here’s the top five posts for August 2013 on the Chauvet Professional Blog.  We love to know what you love to read!

#1 for August 2013:
Chauvet Professional Lights Mexican Dance Festival

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#2 for August 2013:
Chauvet Professional’s MVP Video Panels On Tour with Pitbull

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#3 for August 2013:
Legend 230SR Beams On Stage with Killswitch Engage

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#4 for August 2013:
Chauvet Professional Explosive at Boomtown Fair

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#5 for August 2013:
Victor Manuelle Shines in Puerto Rico Under Chauvet Professional Fixtures

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That’s the top five for August 2013!  We’re looking forward to see what hits with you all in September!  Have an amazing day, and best of light to you all!

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Czech Distributor Showcases Chauvet Lights at Seminars

Czech Distributor AudioMaster recently organized a series of seminars aimed at training customers on various CHAUVET® Professional fixtures, such as Nexus™ 4×4 pixel-mapping wash lights, Legend™ 412 moving yokes, WELL™ 2.0Q-Spot™ 360-LED and Q-Spot™ 460-LED lights and more. Here a couple of photos from the training:

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Tech Talk: Know Before You Show

Mike Graham comfortable in the spotlight.

Mike Graham comfortable in the spotlight.

Written by Mike Graham, product manager for CHAUVET® Professional.

Since my son was born 6 years ago, I have had a lot of experience with “some assembly required,” then having to show him how to use the thing that I just spent way too long building. Reading the manual helps a lot with situations like this, and also having some time to play with it first before showing him how to use it. Admittedly, sometimes I have a hard time giving up the new toy and letting him play with it.

I. Read the manual. Reading the manual may not seem like an important thing, but to be honest, it is really important, especially when you are using a fixture you have never used before. The manual will have important information on rigging, operation, power specification and installation. All of this is pretty important when you have your brand new light and you are trying to guess how to hang it, set a DMX channel, or navigate through the menu map. By guessing on how to operate or hang a fixture, you may end up damaging it before you even get to use it. Reading and understanding the specifications of the fixture will also help you to better apply the fixture to a particular situation.

toy-houseII. Check out the light before the show. Playing with your new light before you get to a show is also a great idea. This will prevent you from having to do on-the-job training and not being able to fully utilize the awesomeness of the fixture. There is nothing worse than walking in to program something, looking up and not knowing the gear that is in the rig, or how to utilize it. I love setting up lights in my living room and getting a chance to see how fast it pans tilts, and what colors look best plastering the walls. It is also a good time to work with a new fixture without any distractions. This is also the perfect time to make sure that the fixture profiles are working properly and that you will not have any on-site problems that could have been caught beforehand.

instruction-manual-1This is even more important when using multimedia gear like projectors or video walls. Not knowing the ins and outs will add a lot of time into the programming of your show and could cost you future shows with the same people. It is really apparent when you are trying to figure out something on the fly. The sweat dripping off your forehead is a dead giveaway.

Chauvet provides great documentation including manuals and quick resource guides for all of the products. We also have product videos that show exactly what they can do. This information is available at www.chauvetlighting.com. I highly suggest checking it out, as it is a great resource of information and inspiration for making your show a success.

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Tech Talk: 16-Bit Dimming for LEDs

Mike Graham comfortable in the spotlight.

Mike Graham comfortable in the spotlight.

Written by Mike Graham, product manager for CHAUVET® Professional.

The latest push in the world of LED lighting has been control of said LEDs. Dimming has been a problem since the beginning of LEDs in the entertainment industry and has effectively made it so that it is unacceptable to many lighting designers to use LEDs for anything except scenic elements and highlighting. For some reason, having a ‘steppy’ low end that looks like a flat tire sounds is a bad thing.

Chauvet has done some amazing things over the past few years with regards to this problem. We released fixtures with built-in dimming profiles a few years ago in the COLORado™, COLORdash™ and Q-Series™ of products to help with the visual version of ‘thump thump thump,’ and that helped a lot. Doing a fade from 50% to 0 over a few seconds now looked a lot smoother. The bar has been raised again.

Several manufactures (including Chauvet) are introducing 16-bit LED dimming, which virtually eliminates any remnants of the dreaded ‘steppiness’ that has plagued the industry for years. Chauvet has already released several products with 16-bit dimming included, such as the Ovation™ series or COLORado™ 4 IP to name a few.

Microsoft Word - Document2Sixteen-bit dimming offers the user the ability to easily control LED dimming just like you would control fine pan and fine tilt. As always, there are 255 steps of control in 8 bit (standard) dimming control. With the fine control offered in 16-bit mode, there are 255 additional steps between each step of the standard 8-bit dimmer channel. This additional level of control allows the fixture to act much more fluid in dimming, especially at the low end where it has always been problematic. In the DMX personality, the channels would be set up like in the image at right, in the case of the COLORado™ 4 IP.

 

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If the profile is set up correctly on your console, all you will see is something similar to the image on the left. This is because the person who built the profile has already incorporated the normal operation with the fine control, in the same way that fine pan and fine tilt are included in the parameters for pan and tilt in most personalities. If you could see the values of the 16-bit channel move during a cross fade, you would see the numbers whip from 0 to 255 and back again faster than you could possibly read them. However, if you are using a fader controller, you will still have to use the fine channels for tweaking your color output and is most useful in the very low end of control. What I would suggest is to have the main control at your desired level of output and the fine control at full. I would suggest dragging the main level to zero during dimming and drag the fine control to zero following the main control. This will give you the best control of the low end in a manual situation.

As a final tip, in any 16-bit control situation, it is important to turn off any dim setting or dim curve settings. They should be both turned off so that there is no conflict between the controller and the fixture. Keep in mind, those settings were designed to help the fixtures compensate for 8-bit control. As long as you are using a 16-bit personality, your fixture does not need any help on low end dimming.

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