#PLASA with CHAUVET Professional, Day One!

We’re here at #PLASA2014 at the ExCel Arena for what we’re calling one awesome show!  Nothing will tell the story of the CHAUVET Professional stand for this show, Stand P80, more than some excellent photos!  Check it out below!

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Chauvet Professional Has An AWESOME Time at PLASA Focus Austin!

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if you’re traveling today or finishing up at the PLASA Focus show in Austin this week, we hope you had an excellent time!  We had a great time meeting you all, talking lumens, and showing off the Chauvet Professional line of … Continue reading

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Great CHAUVET® Professional Products, Great Company at PLASA 2012

CHAUVET® Professional booth displayed amazing new fixtures and welcomed various distributors at this year’s PLASA show. See how people mingle with lighting:

From left, Senior Product Manager for CHAUVET® Ford Sellers, Blue Haze Entertainment President Andrew Strain, CHAUVET® CEO Albert Chauvet and also from Blue Haze Entertainment, Foxton Lewyn.

International Sales Director for CHAUVET® Stephane Gressier, right, with our distributor from Sweden.

Our customer from Holland is checking out the new high-resolution video panels PVP™ S5 and PVP™ S7.

Senior Product Manager for CHAUVET® Ford Sellers, left, with Lighting Designer Jeremy Hoare.

Our distributor from Norway plays with lights from the new Ovation™ line of theatrical fixtures.

The distributor from Spain, middle, paid a visit to our team.

The team from Utopium Lighting in the UK, passed by to check our new products.

Chris Barbee, left, and Roth Edwards from Bandit Lites.

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CHAUVET® Professional at PLASA Focus Nashville 2012

Check out CHAUVET® Professional’s booth and a video from this year’s PLASA Focus Nashville show. We showcased Legend™ 412 pixel-mapping moving yoke lights, PVP™ S7 and MVP™ 12 high-resolution video panels, and our brand new moving yokes Q-Spot™ 360-LED and Q-Spot™ 460-LED. The truss lit so nicely in pinkish and blue hues is from TRUSST®, the newly launched line of trussing backed by CHAUVET®.


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Tech Talk: The Quest for Knowledge

Mike Graham looking pensive in front of MVP™ panels.

Written by Mike Graham, product manager for CHAUVET® Professional

Back when I was in college–yep, I actually have a degree in theatrical technology–my professor told me that the learning would never end. I don’t think he realized how right he was. Given today’s world of ever-expanding technology and the co-mingling of different fields of the digital world, it is even more important to try to keep up with the changes in the industry. On the fly training is, now more than ever, absolutely critical. We have to keep apprised of not only the new products in the lighting world, but also keep up to date on new developments in the video and projection world. As these three things become seen as one by many show producers, we are expected to be experts in all of these fields. For me, this means a lot of reading, watching and surfing. I highly recommend these steps in your continuous quest to knowledge:

Veteran of the industry Richard Cadena teaches an APT seminar at CHAUVET headquarters.

1. Bookmark useful websites. Here are some examples of what I visit daily, but remember this is just the tip of the iceberg:

www.chauvetlighting.com – purely self-serving and shameless plug. But if you read our installation stories and product descriptions you will definitely be more knowledgeable.

www.plsn.comPLSN (Projection, Lights and Staging News) is a great resource for what is going on with products.

www.lightingandsoundamerica.comL&SA Online is another great resource for what is new in the world of not only lighting but sound as well.

www.livedesignonline.comLive Design is the magazine of LDI. This website has articles from some of today’s top designers of lighting and video shows. It is a great way to get inside the heads of these people.

www.lightnetwork.com – if you want to find out what people really think about stuff, this is a great place to check out.

www.esta.org or www.plasa.org – It’s the same thing now. ESTA and PLASA are the leading international membership bodies for people who supply technologies and services to the event industry.

www.usitt.orgThe United States Institute for Theatre Technology provides an effective environment for theatre professionals to meet and share information with each other about anything that deals with the industry.

Veteran of the industry Richard Cadena teaches an APT seminar at CHAUVET headquarters.

2. Get books and read them too: There are tons of books out there, but considering the speed at which this industry is moving, I really recommend using the above websites as launching pads and checking out the additional links that they provide.

3. Attend events, trade shows, seminars and anything that gives you hands-on experience. As far as watching, I highly recommend attending as many events and tradeshows as you can. Talk to the people who are in the various booths and ask a lot of questions. Those of us who work the booths will be more than happy to share our knowledge. Shows like LDI, PLASA Focus, USITT, NAMM, Lightfair and Infocomm are great places to meet and get some valuable time with the people who influence and keep this industry running. I also recommend checking out the various reality talent shows out there. They offer some really cool lighting and video that is expertly programmed and executed.

In conclusion, the rule of thumb is that you need to take time every day to learn about what is going on in the industry or you will be left in the dust. Clients these days have much higher expectations of what they want in their shows and are getting smarter when it comes to making requests for show designs. It is up to all of us in the chain to make sure that we know how to make it all happen.

 

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PLASA 2011 is in the Can

Mike Graham looking pensive in front of MVP™ video panels

Written by Mike Graham, product manager for CHAUVET® Professional

After a very successful PLASA, I would like to thank a few people.  First, I want to thank Sam from our CHAUVET® Europe office for being the consummate professional during the buildup, the show, and tear down, as well as programming a great booth. I know I can count on you. Great job!

Secondly, I want to thank the crew from VME for bringing it all together at the end and getting us all of the kit we needed to build up the booth (and for all of the good humor).  P.S. I am going to work out the comfortable rigging harness for you guys for next year.

Last, but not least, I need to thank the tireless efforts of our CHAUVET® Europe and international sales team, along with our U.S.-based tradeshow coordinators, for bringing all of the marketing, sales, and general good attitudes that I know I can depend on.

Great job everyone! Looking forward to next year. (Last year at Earls Court, I think.)

UPDATE 9/29/11: Photos from the show. (Thanks to Stéphane Gressier!)

"Sleeper hit" fixture the LFS-5

LFS-5 and COLORado™ Zoom Tour

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Earls Court, London

– Mike Graham, looking pensive in front of MVP™ video panels

Written by Mike Graham, product manager for CHAUVET® Professional

I’m at PLASA 2011. We are getting the show ready and for the second time, we are right in front of the doors leading to Earls Court 2. For those of you who have been to Earls Court, you know that right before those doors, the floor of the hall tilts up a little. That tilt is where the stages are when the big shows come in.

Anyone who knows me knows I am a big Pink Floyd fan. In fact, I’m writing this blog and listening to “P•U•L•S•E Live at Earls Court”. It actually sends a chill down my spine to think that I am lucky enough to build up a rig and help design and program lights in the exact spot where some of the greatest shows have ever been produced. Not only was PULSE here in 1994, but the original “The Wall” was also staged here in 1980 and again in 1981. It is a mind-blowing thing for me to think about those shows and in my own little way, I can pay tribute to those who have come before me and produced some of the greatest shows ever. Not only has Pink Floyd made history there, but many others including Led Zeppelin, Genesis, The Who, The Rolling Stones,  Queen, Dire Straits, David Bowie, Elton John, U2, and Madonna have played sold-out multi-night shows there. Some of the world’s best lighting designers have held court right there where our booth is.

Pink Floyd at Earls Court, 1973

For some reason, I feel totally at ease working here in this space. I’m not sure if is the history of the room, or if it the intimacy of working in a smaller space than at trade shows like LDI or Pro Light + Sound. I look forward to coming back here year after year and doing our show in the same place. Right here, where the floor tilts.

Today, I heard a terrible rumor (as if there is any other kind). I heard within the next two years, Earls Court Exhibition Centre would face its own demise. I also just read about it online. Looks like this venue will be torn down to make way for 8,000 flats. This is a travesty of the highest proportions.

I plan to make the most of the tilted floor this year.

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