Special Edition — Television and Broadcast Solutions!

Check it out — SPECIAL EDITION TIME!

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From top-rated hits like The Voice, to network staples like The Today Show, to special events like the Grammy Awards, fixtures from CHAUVET® Professional are turning in standout performances on network television programs. Local newscasts, community access stations and corporate studios also are calling on Chauvet to provide reliable, quiet and cost efficient LED video panels, key lights and other solutions for broadcast applications. Here are just three examples:

WSVN Miami

Florida’s most prolific news department adds extra impact and flexibility to its bi-level studio with 120 PVP S5 panels.

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We added the Chauvet panels, because our executive management decided they wanted something big that could help tell stories… these panels look great on camera; a big part of it is the high refresh rate.


Taunton Community Access and Media

Designer Jonathan Lipsy turns to Ovation for key lights and wash lights that illuminate the set and the talent on it without spilling over into background panels.

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Focus and control were a big concern that led me to select the Ovation LED fixtures. I needed a fixture that could throw a narrow beam of light, while having the capability of being dimmed very low without flickering or cutting out at the lower levels.


EMC Studio

Integrated Solutions Group creates a freestanding video studio in the middle of a corporate warehouse with help from Ovation fixtures.

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Looking for an LED fixture that was powerful, less expensive and had proper quality of light, I chose the ChauvetOvation line of LED fixtures.

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THE VOICE PORTUGAL is Singing with NEXUS 4×4!

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A beautiful, stunning, and intense design by LD Marco Silva using NEXUS 4×4 from CHAUVET Professional.  Check it out! 

LISBON, PORTUGAL – (For Immediate Release) – Among the things that have made The Voice such a runaway international hit is that every country seems to find its own unique way of enhancing the show, adding a local feeling to what has become a global phenomenon.  This is very evident looking at A Voz de Portugal, the Portuguese version of The Voice. In 2011, it introduced a rule change that allowed viewers to vote back losers of battle rounds for live shows. This year the Lisbon-based show raised its game again, by taking pixel mapping on its set to a new level with the Nexus 4×4 LED panel from CHAUVET Professional.

Marco Silva, LD and programmer for A Voz de Portugal, used 28 Nexus 4 x 4 panels to create a stunning front stage façade, which he had pixel mapped by João Canoso of FX – Road Lights. Working with an Mbox Studio media server, Canoso created a stunning design that coordinated with the 6 mm LED upstage video wall.

“The pixel mapped Nexus panels created a bold and attractive look that fit the spirit of A Voz de Portugal,” said Silva. “This program celebrates the talent, effort and passion of the participants, and the lighting display helped us add to that celebration; it created an aura of stardom on the set.  Sometimes we used the same video images on the LED wall and the Nexus panels, which really achieved this aura effect thanks to the LED projection on the unit’s reflectors. We really liked that!”

Silva was also impressed with the versatility of the Nexus panels. “We fit them on the rig, like we did with other fixtures, so that each had its own job and its own look,” he explained.

There are several different segments on The Voice, and the Nexus panels play a specific role in each of them, according to Silva. On the “blind” segments, the panels serve as bright horizontal stage borders; on the “battle” and the “knock out” segments the panels are positioned on the floor.

Perhaps the most dramatic use of the panels comes on the live segment of the show.  “We mount the panels vertically for the live shots,” said Silva. “They’re mounted on two 7-meter towers on both sides of the stage. This gives us a great looks for the close-ups of the contestants.  Then when we go for wider shots, the Nexus creates this impressive gigantic blinder effect.”

On the live segments of the show, Silva complements the 28 Nexus 4×4 panels with 48 COLORdash Batten-Hex 8 linear wash fixtures and 48 COLORado 1-Quad Tour RGBW LED par-style fixtures, also from CHAUVET Professional. The Chauvet fixtures were supplied by Garrett Audiovisuais of Carnaxide, Portugal.

“The COLORdash is excellent for helping us built scenes, and the COLORados are superb backlights,” said the LD. “We’re very pleased with the output and color rendering of both products.”   Powered by eight hex-color RGBAW+UV LEDs, the COLORdash Batten-Hex 8 produces a wide variety of whites, bold colors and brilliant ultraviolet, which make it ideally suited for this multi-faceted broadcast application.

When asked how he transitions from segment to segment on A Voz de Portugal, Silva described the process this way:  “During the blind audition segments we want to be low keyed with the light, because we don’t want to distract from the mentors and their interaction with the singers, so there is no movement from the moving lights, but at the same time we want to create subtle cues to distinguish each performer. Once we get into the live segment, we want our lights to capture the high energy enthusiasm of the program.”

The lighting display designed by Silva succeeded in supporting the different segments of the program. “Our producers were very pleased with what we accomplished,” said the LD. “Portugal may not be big in terms of audience numbers, but we take pride in having a creative impact on The Voice.” Based on the stunning visuals achieved by Sliva and his team, no one would question that.

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Chauvet Professional’s NEXUS 4X4 Nominated for a 2013 Parnelli Award!

parnelli-awards-logoLadies and gentlemen, we are proud and happy to announce that we have been nominated for a 2013 Indispensable Technology Award for the Chauvet Professional Nexus 4X4!

We would LOVE it if you voted for us over at the Parnelli Awards site!  Members of FOH Magazine and PLSN Magazine are eligible to vote, so get out those membership numbers (found on your magazine label or in your email) and submit a vote for the Nexus 4X4!

Thank you to everyone who nominated Nexus 4X4 for the IT Award!!!  Now get out there and VOTE!  Voting is open until October 31, 2013!

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

Congratulations are in order to lighting designer Oscar Dominguez of Darkfire Lighting Design and his lighting team for Season 3 of NBC’s The Voice for winning the 2013 Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series.  Oscar’s team for The Voice is comprised of lighting director Daniel K Boland, lighting director Samuel Barker, and media server operator Craig Housenick.  Major congratulations are in order for your beautiful work!

Oscar Dominguez has been using Chauvet Professional fixtures to create his stunning designs for The Voice since Season 1 of the show’s history, starting with the COLORdash Batten Tri and the COLORado 1 Tri Tour.  Oscar and his team from Darkfire Lighting Design used COLORado and COLORdash to bring pure eclectic color and intensity to the performances given on The Voice while giving the audience a stellar experience both live in studio and at home in broadcast.

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Oscar’s work in Season 2 of The Voice brought over 500 Chauvet Professional fixtures into the lighting rig:  over 350 COLORdash Batten Tri units, 60 COLORado 1 Quad Tour fixtures, 48 COLORado 1 Tri Tour units, and 44 pixel mapping Epix Bar fixtures helped Oscar and his team to create the vibrant designs that audiences across the world have come to expect from The Voice.

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Season 3 of The Voice was another milestone for Chauvet Professional and The Voice, as Oscar’s lighting rig incorporated the first 86 Nexus 4X4 pixel display units.  Oscar and his Darkfire Lighting Design team designed some of the most spectacular broadcast lighting in recent history, gaining him the Creative Arts Emmy that his work, his team, and The Voice deserve.  Bravo from Chauvet Professional to you and your team, Oscar!

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About Oscar Dominguez, from his About page at Darkfire Lighting Design:

Oscar Dominguez, the founder and head designer of DARKFIRE INC, is the man behind the exciting visuals of NBC’s THE VOICE, THE BACHELOR and SHARK TANK. With over 20 years of experience lighting live and episodic television, he is one of an elite group capable of producing the large scale lighting spectacle that top-rated TV shows demand. Oscar was recently nominated for an Emmy for his work on THE VOICE LIVES Season 2 and with his team has created an impressive body of work.

DARKFIRE works closely with producers, art directors and videographers to create a lighting plot, budget and equipment recommendations. New technology appears on the marketplace every week and DARKFIRE’s technicians check out its viability and compatibility with modern cameras. The expectations of the TV viewing public have never been higher and the range of traditional and LED based fixtures has never been wider. A generation raised on  excellence in concert lighting wants the same look and texture in their favorite weekly TV show. Fortunately modern camera technology has allowed designers like Oscar to re-create the looks that were previously only possible in live concerts.

Lighting for television is a collaborative process; with the convergence of set, lighting and special effects, the business of design is becoming more specialized. DARKFIRE continues to take a leading role and with every show renews its mission to bring visual excitement to millions of television viewers. 

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LD Profile: Oscar Dominguez

Six questions with Oscar Dominguez, venerable lighting designer with more than 20 years of experience and visionary behind Darkfire Lighting Design. Dominguez’ projects include many of TV’s top rated shows such as “The Voice,” “Lopez Tonight,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Wipeout,” “Shark Tank,” “America’s Next Top Model,” “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader,” “Fear Factor” and more.

1. How did you get started?
My father was a manager for a restaurant across the street from this little sound stage in Van Nuys, California, and he pleaded with them to take me in for a day, which they did. So, I started working and doing little things, like cleaning the stage and mopping the floors — I was 17. A day came when one of the electrics didn’t show up for the call at the studio.  I was told, “here’s a wrench, now go up the ladder and see what you can do.” I started working my way out, became the house gaffer and learned from the other lighting designers working there. I started very low.

2. What do you think is the next big thing in the industry?
We need to figure out how to come up with one mega diode, a magical diode that works more like a traditional light. For output, people mention the number of LEDs, but this means sacrificing the purity of the light. I think we should witness a different approach in the way LEDs are utilized in fixtures. A lot of lights are designed by engineers, but we should see engineers and LDs working together and create an LED that would perform flawlessly. The LED is useful for its velocity in color change, but needs to stop being a two-dimensional light and morph into a 3D LED, to emit a light the same way a conventional light does.

3. Do you have a favorite fixture (and why)?
My favorite light is probably the source four Leko. It is an incredibly flexible and versatile instrument. If I had to I could light an entire set with just that fixture. If we are talking about the CHAUVET® lights I use, the COLORdash™ Batten Tri lights proved to be an incredibly reliable fixture and a useful tool. I hate to love it, but I do.

4. What has been your favorite design/project?
“The Voice” — one hundred percent. It is my favorite and most intense project, at the same time. I love lighting for music and this has allowed me to really experiment. NBC has been extremely supportive and let us go deep. There are high expectations, there is a lot of stress and zero room for failure. Creativity is very important – every week you have to come up with new stuff.

5. What was the biggest unforeseen obstacle that you’ve faced in one of your designs, and how did you overcome it?
I remember I worked on this award show, and I forgot to draw the audience lighting. Somehow it happened, but I learned from it and from then on I knew I had to double check on every step.

6. Complete this thought: A show without light is like…
… radio.

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Bold Nexus™ 4×4 Spotted on “The Voice”

Arrays of Nexus™ 4×4 fixtures from CHAUVET® Professional took center stage on “The Voice,” accompanying contestant Cody Belew. Capable of delivering at once the sizzle of a pixel mapping display and a robust light output,  Nexus™ 4×4 has 16 20-watt RGB COB LEDs and is controllable via Art-Net, Kling-Net and DMX protocols. Watch it in action:

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