Our Favorite Shots from LDI 2014

We had a busy show, a packed booth each day, and lots of light!  Check out some great shots of the CHAUVET Professional Booth at LDI 2014, and thank you to all who came to Vegas to see what we had to offer!

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NXT-1 units in action!

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the CHAUVET Professional booth, lighting design by Jim Hutchison

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H-105WW, the LED Houselight with RDM!

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CHAUVET Professional’s Jim Hutchison, the magical Susan Rose, the one and only Berenice Chauvet, and everyone knows Joe Fucini!

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we’re talking to YOU!

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This is Allan Reiss from CHAUVET DJ. We just love Allan though, keep smiling!

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Doug Sutherland and Jessica Taylor-Smith in the booth!

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Checking out the new ED-190WW and FD-165WW from the Ovation Family!

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Ovation ED and FD!

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the ceiling diamonds, Nexus 7×7 and Nexus 5×5!

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Iluminarc — sense, sight, soul!

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The booth, in all its pixel-mapping glory!

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Pixel mapping!

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Nexus 4x4s in action!

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Red ceiling!

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Blue ceiling!

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Getting ready for show time!

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Ovation!

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The ROGUE RH1 Hybrid!

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Thanks for the incredible show, everyone!  You made it great for us!

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CHAUVET Professional Candids at #LDI2014!

As hard as we work, we also like to have fun while we’re working!  Otherwise, what’s the point?!  Check out some non-glamour shots of us doing the 2014 LDI Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We loved seeing all of you there and packing our booth full for three straight days — we love making the lights you love!

Click on any of these images below and your screen will transform into the magic photo lightbox that makes the photos larger!  :)

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The Weekly Rig #10, from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst – Duas Arces!

Back by popular demand after a small pause for the LDI Show preparation…  THE WEEKLY RIG from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst!!!

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This week’s installment is called Duas Arces, which means Two Towers in Latin.  But obviously DUAS ARCES sounds way cooler than Two Towers, right?!  And look — you just learned some Latin!  How cool is THAT?!

Our imaginary band, Todd’s Crazy Shirt, is rocking and rolling with a mix of keys, percussion, a mix master, and vocals — and a full rig of CHAUVET Professional fixtures cutting through the air and making magic pictures!

A few things to take away from this week’s Weekly Rig — design liner notes!

  1. Never forget about your background.  Often in venues that you’ll play, you’ll have a terrible-looking back wall that can be made amazing with a simple focus palette that you update from venue to venue that gives you gobos along the back wall.  Spin them, pulse them, rotate them with colors and varying directions, and you just blew the audience’s mind!
  2. A great gobo usage scenario is having projecting heads on a FOH truss.  Sure you can spot the band, you can highlight parts of the band at certain points…  but what about a front gobo wash?  Turn your band from a front-lit bunch of musicians to a gobo front-lit bunch of musicians that are in motion and vibrate!
  3. Toners:  You have the ability to make every piece of your truss into its own member of the band by just paying a little bit of attention to add your toners to your cues…  truss is gorgeous while lit, why not make it part of your stack?
  4. Add a powerful backlight to each band member — in the case of Duas Arces and Todd’s Crazy Shirt, I added a COLORado Batten Quad 9 Tour behind each band member for a burst of LED color and intensity to turn each member of the band into their own silhouette that lives and breathes with every single human movement the band members make.  Try it, you will not be disappointed.  Try it!
  5. A single front light on each band member can give you the control you need to simply highlight each human and keep your rig tight without having to use an entire system of wash fixtures (or PARs, depending where you are in the world, of course) to accomplish the look.  You can definitely still design in the front washes (and maybe a GOBO WASH system from the front!) while having specials for each band member.  It’s all about how you want to control your rig!

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DUAS ARCES:  CHAUVET Professional Lighting Products
We’ve got a sizable rig for this week’s Weekly Rig — but for a theoretical band of this magnitude, what choice do we have?!!

Direct from the virtual truck pack — fixtures on the stage deck:
30 @ COLORado Batten Quad 9 Tour

Fixtures on Trusst:
48 @ COLORdash Par Quad 7
8 @ Legend 330 SR Spot
4 @ Ovation E-190WW ERS
24 @ ROGUE R2 Beam
28 @ ROGUE R2 Spot

DUAS ARCES:  TRUSST Trussing Products
Lots and lots of Trusst!

32 @ 3m Trusst Arc sections
3 @ 1m Trusst straight sections
24 @ 2m Trusst straight sections
21 @ 3m Trusst straight sections
32 @ 6-Way Trusst corner blocks
28 @ 1m Trusst extension pipes
8 @ 30″ Trusst base plates

Enough of the bullet points, let’s check out this week’s Weekly Rig!  Ladies and gentlemen, Duas Arces with Todd’s Crazy Shirt on the mic!

Check out more episodes of The Weekly Rig here!

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PLEASE NOTE:
This rig is completely theoretical, and there are lots of things like chain motors and required safety devices that would need to be implemented to make this a reality.  Just keep in mind that no matter what rig you build or how you adapt these designs, you need to consult riggers, structural engineers, and all other appropriate experts before attempting to build any of these designs!  The optimal phrase here is “IF YOU CAN’T RIG IT RIGHT, DON’T RIG IT AT ALL.”  Safety is paramount.  Nothing else is really that important.

 

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Help Nominate ROGUE R2 Spot for the 2014 Parnelli IT Awards!

Happy Wednesday, lighting industry!!!

We here at CHAUVET Professional are asking for your help — as you know, CHAUVET Professional’s Nexus 4×4 panel was nominated and awarded the 2013 Parnelli Indispensible Technology Award last year, and we’re at it again this time with a new, popular, and robust fixture — the ROGUE R2 Spot!

We’re asking your help — please nominate the ROGUE R2 Spot for this year’s Parnelli Awards, located here:

http://www.parnelliawards.com/nominate_ITawards.php
The form is easy and simple, anyone can vote!  Click the form to be transported to the voting site!

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Here’s what the pros are saying about the Rogue R2 Spot:

“….after doing a shootout in our facility with products from leading manufactures… The R2 was the brightest of the bunch, by a long shot. … This is the kind of fixture you want to rent-Bright, small, lightweight and no lamp to replace.”

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When you first fire up this fixture, you immediately notice how bright it is-and how flat the field of the light beam is… The beam has the same brightness from the center to outside of the beam- and it’s the same color…There isn’t any brown banding… just bright white.’’

LD Gregg Persinger, Church Productions Magazine Review:  http://www.churchproduction.com/story/main/chauvet-professional-rogue-r2-spot

They are extremely versatileThe brightness of the beam and the crispness of the focus make this fixture extremely useful for running any gobo effects as well.”

Justin Bell, AV Manager, Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel

 “The Rogue R2 Spot especially stood out. This is the first time I’ve used an LED spot and actually forgotten it wasn’t a discharge source…great  colours, optics and features too.”

LD Dave Kyle, 2014 BPM/ Pro show arena Designer, Birmingham, UK

From KINETIC Lighting:

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We look forward to your help, and we’ll keep making awesome light!  We hope this finds each and every one of you having an outstanding day!  Click HERE to vote!

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THE ROOF IS BEING RAISED at PRO in Birmingham! Check out PRO/BPM Photos!

We’re having a BLAST at the PRO Show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK!  The music is pumping, the lighting is brilliant, and the people are having an absolute blast!

Check out some shots from the show — and the energy surrounding!

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THE WEEKLY RIG from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst – WINGS of ICARUS!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time again – time for The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst!

You’ll have to pardon our posting pause, our little digital stagehands needed to have a few weeks vacation after a 7-week tour, and you definitely have to make the crew happy. I mean, who is going to move the emails if the digital stagehands go on strike?!

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This week’s rig is called Wings of Icarus – with the stage design being pretty simple and relying heavily on the architecture of the venue we’ve created for this week’s rig, we wanted to push the idea of being able to use the powerful beams of the Legend 330 SR Spot as your scenery. With this expansive stage-width truss design, you can give your audience member a focal point on the stage from anywhere in the venue to really keep their eyes focused where you want them.

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An interesting design choice this time was the addition of 14 panels of PVP S5 5mm video panels in a wing configuration across the fronts of the truss podiums.  In addition to content being broadcast across the panels from the Arkaos Media Master Pro server powering the panels, they can be used either on their own for certain moments of songs, or as a major visual effect any time you need it.  Balancing video and beams, now THAT separates the photons from the electrons, doesn’t it!

The Wings of Icarus truss design is pretty simple, but expansively effective.  Spanning across the rear of the band and beyond is the wing structure of the design, all ground-mounted with 30″ Trusst Base Plates.  A unique but very effective piece we utilize in this week’s design is the 2-Way 135° Truss Corner, which gives us those great shapes in front of the drum riser.  The 2m Stick1m Stick, and Half-meter Stick are all utilized in Wings of Icarus, composing the uprights bearing the Legend 330 SR Spots and the PVP S5 video panels, as well as the center mass around the drummer.  As most Trusst designs should be, we’ve also utilized about 16 of our 6-Way Corner Blocks on this design, it’s a valuable, regular piece of Trusst that everyone should have to open their design horizons!

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Front light and back light spots are all the Ovation E-190WW LED ellipsoidals. We also added a front blast from the FOH truss of E-190WW LED ERS with Chroma-Q scrollers attached, just to please the people who still use scrollers in their rigs! E-190WW is versatile and ready for whatever you want to toss at it in production.

We’re using the dependable, reliable COLORdash Par Quad 7 as toners for our rig; the Par Quad 7 is a bright toner that fits inside most 12” box truss, and since we’re using Trusst brand truss here and we know that the COLORdash Par Quad 7 fits right inside, it seems like an ideal fit!

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As a real-world side note, the Par Quad 7 fits nicely right between the diagonals of the Trusst sticks and arcs that you would use to put a rig of this nature together, so keep them in mind as a great toner in your inventory! They make great backlights, too!

For the toner rig, we’re generally using a pretty simple rule of 1m – if the stick is at least a meter long, we added two toners, top and bottom, to the stick. This gave us a nice compliment of dual-toned colors to make undulate and vibrate during portions of the set. Toners can be very special additions to any rig, just make sure that you’re using them to bring some life to the structure!

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For Wings of Icarus, we went for a rig of single model units, in this case all Legend 330 SR Spots because of their excellent output and complement of beam shaping accessories – great rotating gobo wheels, color mixing, and a steel wheel of scrolling gobos that each can be individually selected and manipulated. The Legend 330 is a powerhouse among its competitors too, bringing affordability and power to one complete package.

We hope you enjoy this week’s Weekly Rig – check out some renders of our virtual concert!

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