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LDI 2009 - A Week in Orange County

January 2010 Issue 125

TPi rounds up the news from November’s LDI2009, profiling some of the latest technology on show...

As has been the case for the past 12 years, TPi flew across the Atlantic in November to attend LDI, one of the leading trade shows on the live entertainment industry’s event calendar. Flipflopping between Las Vegas and Orlando in the U.S. each year, 2009 saw the week-long event bed down at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida between November 16-22.

Nearly 9,000 industry professionals (final audit underway at the time of writing this article) visited, but as seems to be the case with the majority of trade shows this year in the face of the recession, attendance was slightly down.

Said LDI show director Sharon Morabito: “Despite slightly lower attendance this year, LDI delivered enthusiastic buyers to the tradeshow floor. The quality of the attendee was good, and the serious buyer was very much engaged.”

Long-time LDI exhibitor Elation Lighting’s Eric Loader, director of sales, said: “I thought the show attendance was better than expected. People spent a lot of time on our booth learning about our products and giving us feedback on the new products for 2010 we showed.”

Christie Digital exhibited for the first time and to rave reviews. “LDI2009 was a very positive experience for Christie,” said Gary Fuller vice president of Business Products.

“As it was the first time exhibiting at LDI, we were excited to hear the response from attendees. We relish any opportunity to speak directly with our partners and end-users.

“LDI was an exceptional event for Christie. It was great to learn how lighting designers are integrating video projection technologies into their displays and events and what they are looking for in a projection solution. We look forward to exhibiting at LDI2010 in Las Vegas.”

Martin Professional walked away from LDI with accolades won at both the Rock Our World Awards and the Parnelli Awards. Martin’s P3-100 System Controller won Best Product of the Year, while the Grand Mosque won Best Project. The judging panel also voted a special award to the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Martin’s P3-100 System Controller is an advanced video signal processor that allows LED screens to be treated like lighting instruments through direct DMX control of brightness, colour, pixelmapping and more. The Parnelli Award-winning MAC III Profile is a super bright profile with an output of over 33,000 lumens and a unique fat beam look.

As part of the ‘TMB Village’, Avolites exhibited the new Tiger Touch console and Touch Wing for the Expert, both powered by Titan OS.

”LDI2009 was the chosen occasion to launch the new collaboration between Avolites and TMB,” enthused Avolites commercial director Steve Warren. “It was clear to us that TMB’s respected network accessed an enormous cross-section of the lighting industry allowing us to take Avolites to a much wider audience.”

In the future, TMB and Avo will be working together to create a schedule of training seminars across the country on the new Titan Operation System, found in the new Pearl Expert and Tiger Touch consoles. The new Avolites Tiger Touch is a hybrid of powerful Diamond 4 functionality coupled with the friendly Pearl interface.

A&O Technology was showing its Falcon high powered lighting fixtures and LEDs for architectural and entertainment applications.

Chauvet displayed its new products, including the Legend 1200E Spot and Wash which use 1,200W FastFit lamps and include CMY colour mixing. The Wash includes two colour wheels, while the Spot comes with two gobo wheels, each fitted with six glass slot-and-lock gobos, and one colour wheel.

The Legend 8500Z LED moving yoke wash is the first of its kind to offer zoom and RGBWA colour mixing in one feature. The Legend 700E Beam and Legend 300E Beam are moving yoke beam fixtures that feature CMY colour mixing and produce a brilliant and punchy beam of light. The Legend 550 Spot combines a 575W lamp with precision optics and two gobo wheels.

The ColoRado Tour Series was developed after requests for faster and easier connections in the ColoRado series.
Compulite has launched the new Vector Violet with Creative Stage Lighting. Vector Violet offers lighting professionals a compact, lightweight, portable console that does not compromise power and creativity for size.

Visitors to the Robert Julliat stand were invited to try the Lancelot 4kW HTI followspot and effects projector, which has been causing a stir at major events such as Ben Hur Live and the Beijing Olympics in recent times. Also on display was the newly-released DMX-operated version of the unique Victor 1.8kW MSR followspot. New this year is the Horus tungsten cyc light.

Green Hippo was once again a recipient of an award at the show after its new UberPan component scooped Best Débuting Product for Projection.

UberPan is a multi-server screen management component allowing multiple Hippotizers to create a single virtual canvas. Connect as many displays as you have outputs and in as many different sizes and configurations as you like. Once configured, the ‘herd’ of Hippotizers are seen as one single server allowing easy real-time control and live manipulation from Green Hippo’s ZooKeeper controller.

Since Pixled”s quiet launch last year, the unprecedented lightweight LED video product has been used on tour by Keith Urban and Coldplay, as well as on televised events from the VH1 Hip Hop Honors to MTV’s VMAs and Eurovision.

Originally beta tested as the F LED 11 and the Spider 40, the products were lauded for their exceptional light weight yet uncompromised quality of the LED video imaging. Pixled’s entire product line, ranging from the high resolution F-7 7mm to the transparent and bright F-40 40mm resolution, offers users a wide variety of options from cost-efficient hi-res LED solutions to ultra-lightweight, virtually transparent screens.

AV Stumpfl exhibited its range of projection screens including the mobile Monoblox system and stationary Inline, Magnum and Decoframe.
Coolux demonstrated the latest Pandoras Box V.4.5 and the brand new Widget Designer Pro. In addition, coolux presented an interactive stage show featuring innovative real-time screen tracking, as well as the world premiere of Lightforce and coolux’s newest collaborative effort, the VLP-3D laser with video projection.

Le Maitre Ltd enjoyed its first major foray into the U.S. market since setting up Le Maitre America earlier in 2009. Rick Wilson explained: “The whole exercise proved an enormous success for Le Maitre in the U.S. and we look forward to building on this.”

Kinesys introduced Evo at the show, the new variable speed chain hoist controller. Designed to comply with the BGV C1 life-safety standard, it offers true zero-speed performance for ultra-slow movement cues and instantaneous starts. An integrated load cell provides precise load information, while dual encoders offer accurate and secure positioning.
Besides displaying (core)12 and (core)18, Tomcat also débuted the newest product in the (core) product range (core)20. At only 69lbs per 10’ section, with the ability to sustain 2,800lbs total UDL over a 40’ span, (core)20 offers a considerably stronger option at an unbeatable price.

ETC announced its entry into the rigging market, unveiling a line of innovative motorised hoists and hoist-control systems for theatrical and architectural use. The product family is called ETC Rigging, and its first offerings are the fixed-speed ETC Prodigy hoist systems and ETC QuickTouch controls.

After a year of programming and development, Show Crew Network (SCN) made its official début at LDI promoting its custom system for finding, booking and managing crew. Since LDI, SCN’s crew membership has swelled to well over 5,000 and there are now 600 plus companies who have registered.

Firefly exhibited its range of cable protectors, with highly visible proprietary animated LED illumination that increases awareness and reduces the tripping hazard and potential legal liability.

Show Distribution Rigging & Staging offered its Tour Rig, which has options like the double brake, direct or low voltage contactor control, two or four channel internal or external limit switches, underload protection system, positionning encoders and eye plate or hook suspension.

Real Rigging Solutions has developed its proprietary SMARTT Box technology which monitors each electric chain hoist individually for various fault situations. It provides an automated E-Stop to all interconnected hoists if any malfunction occurs, such as when a motor fails to start, fails during normal operation or runs without a pendant command.

Gerriets International (GI) announced its 30th birthday at the show where it launched a front and rear projection screen, Transmission. It has a gain of 1.13, which makes it excellent for edge blending projection and as a diffusion screen of LED animation style backdrops.

Tourtek launched a new Truss Management System (TMS) which utilises a modular approach to power and data distribution. With the TMS the power and data lines are already integrated and protected within the truss, so no more running cables. Simply rig the truss as normal and connect the power and data tails between trusses.

Lastly, Orion Software presented Sirius Pro, its Windows-based hire and inventory management software, optimised to manage A/V and event businesses.

This fully-featured, third generation product enables users to track activities and inventories easily and effectively, thereby improving controls, revenue, profits and ROI.