Manufacturer of broadcast and TV/Film production equipment, Thomson Grass Valley, approached Visual Productions with a special request: to extend their Ignite studio control-room automation system with a DMX-512 communication interface. Ignite already automates robotic cameras, audio, auto-cue and media content and was specified in the upgrade of the news-studio of Dutch television station SBS. The added DMX-512 interface would enable Ignite to also take control of the studio’s lighting.
During the Microsoft DevDays 2008 (an annual meeting of software developers focused on Microsoft technology) in the Amsterdam RAI convention centre, an event called the ‘Geek Night Supershow’ was presented by VXcompany.
This show featured the Wii-mote, the movement sensitive game controller for the Nintento Wii console, and a 3 by 3 meter LED wall. Demonstrating the usage of various software technologies the presenters showed the Wii-mote controlling the pixels of the LED wall, triggering colour patterns and even, with audience participation, playing computer games like Pong.
Key to the communication between the Wii-mote and the LED wall was a Canvix system with one DMX Output. The software developers utilized Visual Productions' API to interface their own Wii-mote software to Canvix.
The Visual Productions API is public and is discussed in the ‘Developer Manual’ available from the download page.
The anual Plasa tradeshow in London proved to be an exiting week; four very busy days of catching up with customers and industry friends. Thank you all for coming over and let's meet again next year.
The Dutch city Tilburg harbors its annual funfair that with 250 attractions and an estimated one million visitors is one of the largest of its kind. The fair has different themes for most days. The Tuesday featured “Tilburg @ Night”; an event that saw all public street lighting in the city centre being turned off, leaving the fair to be lit only by its own atmospheric lighting. Local sound & light supplier First Impression delivered a special eye catcher during this night. They positioned 10 pieces of 7000W Xenon Biglites throughout the city center, each controlled by a Visual Productions’ Elite.
The Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management selected VisualDMX and Canvix for the lighting control in the newly built multi-purpose seminar and presentation facility.
The venue (called "Lef Future Center") is housed in the office building of the department of Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) in Utrecht. Electrical installer Imtech (10.000+ employees) commissioned the lighting equipment including:
- 3x VisualDMX system
- 1x Canvix system
- 5x VisualTouch system (via Wifi)
- 1x 12-universes Art-Net dongle
- 10x Frontier
- 1x DMX Input
- 10x GPO
- 3x GPI
- 3x Din Rail DMX Splitter
- 14x DMX to Dali interface
In total, the Visual Productions' system is controlling:
- approx. 1600x Lagotronics DecaLED® Dot DMX
- 24x Martin Mac250 Wash/Entour
- approx. 400x XAL Dali spots
- Philips fluorecent lighting systems
- motorized curtains