A screen shot for Arkaos MediaMaster Pro 5.0

Arkaos MediaMaster Pro 5.0 with MediaHub

Jacob Coakley

Arkaos has officially released MediaMaster Pro 5.0 with MediaHub, the latest version of their real-time video and effects software. The software is designed to turn any computer into a media server with video mapping, LED control and animation creation. Version 5.0 introduces such features as a new user interface, support for 36 layers, and enhanced DMX patching. It also includes MediaHub, which allows users to share content, synchronize a content library over a network, remotely organize a library, remotely monitor the status of any machine running MediaMaster. 

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The new HPL Super Life lamp from Ushio

Ushio America Introduces New 3,000 Hour HPL Super Life Halogen

Jacob Coakley

Ushio America introduced a new member to the HPL lamp family. The HPL Super Life (SL) extends lamp life to 3,000 hours. That is 50% more life hours than the current long life versions on the market. The HPL Super Life lamps are designed to allow smaller theatre venues and architectural applications to benefit from the additional life hours with a marginal difference in performance. For fixture installations where access requires lifts or scaffolding, the HPL Super Life can significantly reduce maintenance costs. The 575W HPL Super Life lamp operates on 115V and 120V with a 2950K color temperature. 

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Gerriets now carries a 3-inch-wide line of gaff tape.

Gerriets Releases 3-Inch-Wide Gaff Tape

Jacob Coakley

Due to popular demand, Gerriets introduced a 3-inch-wide version of their G-Gaff Gaffer's tape. G-Gaff has been rigorously tested on over 35 materials including vinyl flooring, aluminum, steel, wood, fabric and carpeting to ensure an absence of adhesive residue. Each roll is packaged and sealed in plastic to increase shelf life and to guarantee the adhesive is fresh when it's opened. All G-GAFF is available in black, grey, and white in 55 yard rolls. The new 3" wide G-GAFF costs $22.75/roll or in cases of 12 for $20.45/roll. The original 2" wide G-GAFF remains at $12.50/roll or in case of 18 for $11.25/roll. 

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A new Moda Seating Wagon installed at Northrup-Auditorium

Staging Concepts Introduces Moda Seating Wagon

Jacob Coakley

The new Moda Seating Wagon from Staging Concepts is its latest modular seating solution for performing arts venues. Designed to provide additional audience seating for any size venue, this customizable product offers unlimited flexibility in seating capacity, audience configurations, and storage capabilities. The Moda Seating Wagon incorporates a minimalist, highly-engineered design that provides a lightweight, yet sturdy seating solution for theatres and auditoriums. For busy performance venues, Moda is built with high-end casters to enable as few as two people to quickly and easily move into storage. To reduce noise, each wagon also features acoustical damping. Although the Moda Seating Wagon is most often custom-designed, it is generally constructed with PS-1 structural grade plywood and a welded steel tube frame. Moda can range from a one-foot (30.5cm) low profile design height to a six-foot (183cm) profile design height. 

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The LumiSplit range of DMX/RDM Splitters from Luminex.

Luminex Introduces LumiSplit Range of DMX/RDM Splitters

Jacob Coakley

Luminex will introduce LumiSplit, a new range of DMX/RDM splitters at LDI. The LumiSplit family consists of three DMX/RDM splitters in 2.10 rack, 1.6 rack and 1.6 truss versions.  Users can easily merge, back up and regenerate their DMX sources directly from the splitter. Each model comes with RGB LEDs for a better status indication and user experience. Per-port RDM filtering is also offered. The RDM filter per zone (A/B) or per port prevents lighting fixtures from being flooded by undesired RDM packets. Luminex will be taking pre-orders for LumiSplit at LDI. LumiSplit is expected to ship in mid-December 2016. 

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The Doughty Articulate Carriage is part of their Studio Rail 60 range

Doughty Introduces Articulated Carriage

Jacob Coakley

Doughty Engineering’s new Articulate Carriage allows Studio Rail perimeter tracks to be used for scenery or lighting in addition to curtain. It consists of a laser profiled 6mm back-bone chassis with independent bogies attached at either end. Both bogies are fitted with guide wheels to steer the carriage around each curve. One bogie is fitted with a large hook for pole operation while the other features a pole operated brake. The Three Point Receiver allows the spigot to rotate freely when corners are encountered, allowing two carriages to work in unison. Compatible with any Studio Rail 60 curve or straight section, the Three Point Receiver is suitable for Euro Spec 28mm spigots and has a safe working load (SWL) of 200kg.

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The High End Systems Hog series and Lightware’s FR33 Matrix Switcher simplify lighting and video control

Lightware USA and High End Systems Create All-in-One Lighting and Video Control System

Jacob Coakley

High End Systems and Lightware USA came together to create an all-in-one lighting and video control platform. The platform uses a new protocol in Lightware’s EDID manager to connect a member of the High End Hog control series with a Lightware FR33 Matrix Switcher, allowing one operator to directly control lighting and video equipment. 

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The CueCore2 lighting controller from Visual Productions

Visual Productions Releases CueCore2 Solid-State Lighting Controller

Jacob Coakley

Visual Productions upgraded their CueCore 1024 channel solid-state lighting controller to the CueCore2. The new CueCore2 controller now offers even more capacity and protocols for architectural lighting projects and will be available to see on their booth #1749 during LDI in Las Vegas this month. The CueCore2 is a lighting controller for permanent installations. The device is completely solid-state, with no moving parts; it is a secure and low-maintenance installation control solution that has only a minimal power consumption. The onboard ­large memory allows for storing DMX shows which can be downloaded from CueluxPro or recorded from DMX, Art-Net or sACN. 

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