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Barco has broken into the world of lighting with the completion of its digital moving luminaire, the DML-1200. The shift in direction from Barco is typical of the innovative approach that has defined all Barco products.

Brussels-based Barco, traditionally a specialist in video screen and projector technology, has designed a new product that brings together lighting and video, marking a new shift in the company’s agenda.

    Barco unveiled its digital moving luminaire the DML-1200 during special previews for the press, lighting companies and a handful of the world’s top lighting designers at the beginning of October. The product, which will be officially launched at the ProLight Sound exhibition in Frankfurt next March, has the look and feel of a luminaire, but simultaneously functions as a super bright moving digital light source and a high quality video projector.

    The product joins the growing evolution of digital moving luminaires, following the likes of High End Systems’ DL.1 and 2 and Robe’s DigitalSpot 5000 DT, which could potentially transform the look and design of live shows, as well as unleash the creative ability of lighting designers. The hybrid technology will provide unique capabilities for concert tours, theatre and opera.

    The DML-1200 boasts impressive keystoning and framing effects. Its brightness, unlimited image selection and instant switching between light beam and video projection, cue by cue, places the DML-1200 alongside the top products in this developing breed of entertainment technology. With its on-board media player, lighting designers are not limited to static, pre-selected patterns and colours. Any image, static or animated, can be created and projected at a touch of a button. The DML-1200 uses both video and lighting protocols, including DMX 512, allowing it to be driven directly from any lighting desk.

    In light mode, the DML-1200 produces a perfectly circular light beam with a light output equivalent to that of a 1200W hard-edged moving light and four times as bright as any other digital light on the market today. An internal optical dimming mechanism ensures smooth, accurate intensity control from 0 to 100% ensuring that a fade to black is a fade to true black, not “video black” (grey).

    In video mode, the DML-1200 features a fully-sealed DLP engine, which delivers full colour DLP quality video with SXGA (1400 x 1050 pixel) resolution and features a stunning light output of 10,000 lumens. The DML-1200 also features a subtractive CMY colour mixing system allowing for colour changes within 0.2 seconds, as well as smooth, timed colour crossfades over several minutes. Furthermore, the DMD engine inside the unit is fitted with liquid cooling to ensure reliable operation.

    The 70kg DML-1200, which comes with an average life span of 1000 amp hours, is priced at US$50,000, but this figure is offset by the fact that it eliminates the need for mechanical gobos, digital devices and extra crew on tours.

    Chris Colpaert, Barco’s director of product management for Media and Entertainment says: “With the DML-1200, we truly see a product that brings light and video together. Three years ago, we met with lighting designers to brainstorm and understand what tools they dreamed of in this rapidly converging market space. Today, three years on, the DML-1200 is the fruit of these discussions and we are proud to be at the forefront of this exciting market.”


Meet the Barco team... (L-R) Joost De Frene, director of mechanical design; Stijn Cuvelier, R&D manager for digital lights; Peter Gerets, director of R&D for Barco Events; and Chris Colpaert, director of product management for Media and Entertainment.
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