The seven different OPTI-SCULPT filters allow for repeatable beam-shaping
The seven different OPTI-SCULPT filters allow for repeatable beam-shaping

Rosco: Opti-Sculpt Filters for Beam Shaping

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Rosco Laboratories has released of their new OPTI-SCULPT filters that can shape the beam of a fixture. While designed for use on LED fixtures, OPTI-SCULPT filters are heat resistant, making them suitable for use on traditional tungsten instruments as well. Made from flame-retardant polycarbonate, the range of filters have higher transmission rates versus standard diffusion materials and produce repeatable beam shaping results.

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grandMA3 from MA Lighting
grandMA3 from MA Lighting

MA Lighting: An In-Depth Look at the New grandMA3 Consoles

Nook Schoenfeld

Editor’s Note: Here’s an in-depth look at MA Lighting’s new grandMA3 lighting consoles from our sister publication, PLSN’s Editor-in-Chief, Nook Schoenfeld, who knows a thing or three about lighting consoles. As more information on the new grandMA3 console line comes out, we will be sure to have that information for you, here at Stage Directions.

Perhaps the biggest news on the floor at this year’s Prolight + Sound show was the unveiling of the grandMA3 console, which will start shipping this summer. It was the most talked-about lighting product, and not only did they have a booth full of the desks for folks to get their hands on, there was a fully packed presentation every hour showing the basics of what the new desk offers. I sat down with Will Murphy from ACT Lighting, the exclusive distributor of MA products in North America, to get an overview of grandMA3. Here's a video overview of the new grandMA3 console:

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The Ai Q3 Server from Avolites
The Ai Q3 Server from Avolites

Avolites: Ai Q3 Media Server

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Avolites launched its Ai Q3 Server at the recent Prolight + Sound. The Ai Q3 unlocks 4K playback through a single DisplayPort 1.2 connection. Combined with two additional DVI outputs for HD displays, the Q3 is designed to be the solution to power live events, installs, and anywhere else that live video manipulation is required. Here's a video introduction to the Avolites Ai Q3 Server:

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The CM Hurricane 360° Hand Chain Hoist from Columbus McKinnon
The CM Hurricane 360° Hand Chain Hoist from Columbus McKinnon

Columbus McKinnon: Expands CM Hurricane 360° Hand Chain Hoist Line

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Columbus McKinnon Corporation has expanded its offering of the unique CM Hurricane 360° hand chain hoist to include new 15- and 20-ton capacity units as well as a full line of army-type, integrated trolley models. Designed for versatility and safety, the CM Hurricane 360° features a patented 360-degree rotating hand chain cover that allows operators to lift and position loads from virtually any angle.

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QolorFLEX® 5-in-1 LED tape from City Theatrical
QolorFLEX® 5-in-1 LED tape from City Theatrical

City Theatrical: QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape

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City Theatrical announces the expansion of its QolorFLEX brand of professional, flexible linear LED lighting to include QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape, a new LED tape lighting that offers lighting and scenic design professionals more color-mixing options and flexibility of white light to help maximize creative potential for performances and installations.

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A Cyclone Case from Whirlwind customized with their new ColourBond printing process
A Cyclone Case from Whirlwind customized with their new ColourBond printing process

Whirlwind: ColourBond Printing

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Looking for a special effect for your road cases? Need to customize your rack panels? Whirlwind announces a breakthrough in custom personalization with ColourBond™, their proprietary high-resolution printing process that adheres to everything from aluminum to plastic, with amazing durability, allowing you to color code, label, print your logo, or just plain freakify your next project.

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