At ISE in Amsterdam this month, Visual Productions can be found exhibiting on the stand of European Service Point: Hall 7 - Q220.
If you are visiting ISE this year please do visit us on the stand where we will have CueCore & IoCore set up for you to explore!
To reserve a meeting time with us, for a full demonstration of our products, then please email me your preferred time & day.
For visiting hours and show information please visit the ISE website.
Friday 7 December saw the opening ceremony of the Amsterdam Light Festival with 5000 visitors walking the streets of Amsterdam to view the light installations by internationally acclaimed artists. Visual Productions are proud to have sponsored one of the key projects by American artist Janet Echelman.
The CueCore is used to control the lighting of the Echelman “1.26 Amsterdam” project which hangs magnificently, above the river Amstel outside the Stadhuis - Amsterdam City Hall. The structure is in place as part of both the Illuminade and the Boulevard of Light.
Janet Echelman gives a new shape to the urban airspace with monumental, fluid, and moving sculptures that respond to environmental forces such as wind, water and sunlight. 1.26 Amsterdam is a reference to the earthquake in Chile in February 2010 that caused the day to be shortened by 1.26 microseconds. For Echelman, the possibility to integrate the reflections of light off the river Amstel, makes her work so unique.
Echelman was aided in the lighting design by LD Rogier Van Der Heide, they nicknamed the 4 scenes, Watercolors, Ghost, Launderette and Truth Revealed. Programming the lighting for them was Floriaan Ganzevoort from De Theatermachine. Speaking with him about his first experience of the CueCore, Ganzevoort opened with an enthusiastic “it really worked well!”. The fixtures, sponsored by Philips Lighting, included 20 x ColorReach, 11 x City Color, 20 x Spectral LED Par Cans and 10 x ColorBlast. Ganzevoort used his Strand Palette VL in combination with the CueCore for programming, capturing DMX streams he then recorded the entire show into the CueCore.
Ganzevoort stated that the CueCore is “an elegant way to program, an elegant software package” of which he was pleased to point out that he was “surprised it is so easy”. Ganzevoort used the integral real-time clock for 24 hour playback of the designed scenes. Using the CueCore in place of a PC based / console controller, Ganzevoort is assured of a trouble free, reliable solid-state solution, during the outdoor festival, which runs until January 20 2013.
Cuelux specialist Patrick Leijten will host an introduction training-session on the 28th November at Bax-shop in Goes (NL). Everybody is invited to join. It is free of charge; you are only requested to register at this link. This training is held between 14:00 and 16:00.
Australian based design & installation company, Illumination Physics, recently completed the lighting refit of the Tiffany & Co.® flagship store on Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia. The clean, bright design by Peter Kemp of Illumination Physics perfectly mirrors the jewels sold within the store.
The Tiffany shopfront required an even spread of light with accurate colour mixing, from fixtures placed in a cramped space providing very little projection angle. Sourcing LED's from the Illumination Physics manufacturing facility, Kemp was able to provide a technical solution enabling a bright and even coverage on the facade.
For control of the façade Kemp choose for the CueCore solid-state lighting controller, supplied by Visual Productions' distributor in Australia, Melbourne based LightTechnik. Kemp required of his control choice, a solid-state solution with the ability to control the levels of each individual colour within each fixture, therefore allowing the lighting of the façade to be totally balanced for each colour look required.
The CueCore was programmed by John Stanley from LightTechnik, liaising with Kemp to insure that the brief from Tiffany & Co. was adhered to.
The Cuecore was programmed by the ‘DMX in’ feature using the Cuelux Lighting control software, also from Visual Productions. During the programming phase, Stanley used the CueCore's OSC protocol for an app on an iPad to communicate to Cuelux. This gave him the flexibility to walk across the road, with the designer Peter Kemp, to view the entire façade.
The Cuecore runs with a start up trigger command programmed in the scheduler using the time & day function, beginning everyday with the infamous ‘Tiffany Blue’. The Tiffany & Co. staff can then override this and select one of eight preprogrammed colours via a custom-made button station. The button station was connected to the CueCore's 4 on-board dry contact closures and to an additional GPI expansion module.
Stanley found programming his first CueCore install to be a positive experience, stating; “The entire Visual Productions range of products have been amazingly robust and intuitive. Its great to have that peace of mind straight out of the box, it just works.”
Tiffany & Co. launched their enlarged and renovated store to great appraisal earlier this year. Rightly proud of his design, Kemp stated “This stunning front entrance is an exemplary example of how meticulous planning, clever innovation and creative illumination can come together to produce an effect that is both evocative and unique. The result is a powerful and distinctive façade that enlivens Collins Street and beautifully showcases the store by bathing it in a variety of colours, including the world renowned ‘Tiffany Blue’.”
Maarten Engels will be exhibiting on the stand of French company Alterlite during the MICS show this week in Monaco.
If you are in the neighbourhood please do visit and introduce yourself on Stand 34.
Maarten has a nice setup of Cuelux to show to the DJ & Light Jockey market. Demonstration of the CueCore shows how ideal this product is for hotels, clubs, bars and fixed installations.
Hope to see you in Monaco!
Our Slovenian distributor, MK Light Sound d.o.o., was asked by the local municipality to supply a lighting control system for lighting the fountain in the center of a busy roundabout in Zagorje ob Savi. The installation needed to be completed without disturbing traffic flow and with no obvious cabling etc. cluttering the view for the public. The installation would need to be energy efficient and changes must be able to be made remotely for special events and anniversaries.
Dean Karov who was in charge of the project immediately thought that 2 of the product lines his company distributes would prove to be ideal for this project and thus he set to work with Robe's Anolis ArcSource 96 fixtures, that feature the LumenRadio CRMX receiver for wireless control and Visual Productions' CueCore Solid-State controller.
The central controller would be housed in a, hard to access, machinery room under the center of the fountain. A computer installation would not survive the high humidity in the machinery room, a simple DMX recorder would allow no changes but with the CueCore Karov saw the possibility to fulfill the brief ideally.
The LumenRadio feature connected the DMX without cables and the CueCore was connected to this network and programmed from the web-based software via a remote IP Address. Karov programmed the lighting from his office 30 minutes away. The lighting is triggered using the days of the week scheduler with special lighting for events such as Valentines day, scheduled by date. Karov is also able to easily add or change effects as required by the Municipality on request.
Karov spoke of the CueCore stating “the ease of use, in programming is great. The scheduler allows for everything including sunrise/sunset. Programming regular changes without having to travel to the site, saves time and costs – a perfect solution.”
In September we once more cross the channel to spend a week at our usual spot in London for the PLASA2012 tradeshow.
You are welcome to join us on the purple stand, Hall 1-G23 in Earls Court.
At PLASA we will be launching the new IoCore, available from stock and already used in installations around Europe by our distributors. If you would like to book a meeting for a full demo of what this product can do, either in combination with the CueCore or on its own, please contact me directly, Zoe Castle.
We look forward to welcoming you on our stand. The PLASA2012 show runs from Sunday 9 September till Wednesday 12 September.
Dutch design, operating & video content company, Light Image, used the CueCore to great effect on the TV talent-show, "Holland's Got Talent" from RTL. Following on from the pre-recorded qualification rounds, "Holland's Got Talent" went onto broadcast a series of primetime live shows for the final stages of elimination and judgment of the winning act.
Three judges would watch each performance and judge whether it should leave the competition by choosing to press the elimination button which in turn lit up a large red cross above the jury. If all 3 crosses turned red then the lights, video & audio would freeze and the act would be eliminated from the competition. Light Image used the CueCores' MIDI-port to receive signals from the infamous large red crosses.
The CueCore was positioned between the Audio control room and the 3 lighting desks, a Compulite for the general stage lighting, a GrandMA for controlling the effect lighting and a GrandMA2, which was being used for controlling the video servers. The Audio room sent a MIDI trigger to the CueCore which in turn sent out the correct MIDI-notes to the Compulite and the GrandMA desk to implement the “lighting freeze” and also a third MIDI-note to the GrandMA2 to trigger the real-time video content. Additionally, all “Got Talent” leader-music automatically triggered the correct effect lighting and video cues in sync using the same technique via the CueCore.
The creative lighting design by Christian Ros (Light Language) and custom designed video content by Light Image made for a spectacular back drop to the talent seekers acts. Key to the design was the real-time triggering of the crosses followed by the co-ordinated "freezing" of the light, audio & video display. Of his choice to work with the CueCore, designer Bas van der Poel from Light Image states: "The CueCore allows us to offer our clients flexible and quick show control as an accompaniment to our realtime video content system, without having to worry about running additional computer systems and software. It fits perfectly in our goal to integrate our video content, lighting and audio."