During the darker days of December, the Dutch open air museum, the Zuiderzeemuseum, in Enkhuizen was beautifully illuminated. A fairytale about the Zuiderzee was told in eight scenes (4 indoor and 4 outdoor) by Dutch author Arthur Japin. Visitors were sent into the park in time-shifts of 5 minutes and were walking on their own through a magically lit environment. At every scene, a LED countdown clock told the visitors when they could enter the next scene.
All the lights and special effects at the scenes were controlled by Visual Productions’ products. Stage lights and clocks were controlled with the Cuecore2 and QuadCore whilst the brand new IoCore2 controlled a special effect that was mounted into a table. “The inputs and outputs on this device made it very easy to integrate the effect in a complete timecode and UDP triggered show and gave us the possibility to control the effect but also put in reset-points.” said technical producer Bob van der Klaauw. He continued his praise of the solid-state controllers stating “Every night, the show has run smoothly about a 100 times. So “zuiderzeelicht” was coloured a little purple!”
- Project: “Zuiderzeelicht” Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, NL
- Title: “Het vrouwtje van Stavoren” by Arthur Japin
- Technical production: Bob van der Klaauw
- Programmers: Michel Verhegbrugge and Barend van Wezel
- 6 CueCore2
- 1 IoCore2
- 1 QuadCore
- 1 Grand MA
- 1 Madrix 8 universe
- 4 beamers
- 8 moving heads
- And a lot of fixtures and cables
Photo credit IoCore2 Table: Xsaga Amsterdam
Visual Productions welcomes you to Stand number 6-K142 at Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam in February.
You are welcome to use our free entrance code: 913358. Please apply this code when reserving your ticket via the official website.
If you would like to find out more about our new lighting control products please contact us directly for a meeting time. We look forward to welcoming you on our Stand.
Visual Productions will join our distributor Full AVL at the biannual Dutch tradeshow for stage technology. The Cue tradeshow will be held in Rotterdam on 15-18 January 2018. We invite you to booth 301 for an update on lighting control and show control. We feature our state of the art timecode generator and toolbox; the TimeCore. Also, during Cue we will premier our brand new IoCore2 GPIO interface.
More information about the Cue tradeshow at www.cue.nl
The Visual Productions office will be closed from 23rd December 2017. The office opens on the 2nd January 2018.
We wish you a wonderful Christmas holiday and we look forward to serving you again in 2018!
In the summer, German industrial metal band, Rammstein, once again embraced a number of European festival stages with their impressive live show. The two lighting directors of the tour, Bertil Mark and Faren Matern, used a total of four TimeCore units from the Dutch manufacturer Visual Productions.
The TimeCore is a modern timecode toolbox. The TimeCore is not just capable of generating timecode, it also follows, converts and displays timecode. It supports and converts between SMPTE, MTC and Art-Net timecode. It can convert between different frame rates. The TimeCore also handles various non-timecode protocols: MIDI. MMC, MSC, RTP-MIDI, sACN, Art-Net, OSC, UDP, TCP and HTTP. This allows the unit to be triggered by many external signals and devices.
TimeCore can be configured as a timecode master and in this case generates a stable timecode signal. Alternatively, it can also be used as a timecode slave. The LCD display shows the current running timecode in real time and the two push buttons are user-configurable.
"We use TimeCore at the key points of our extensive setup," explains Faren Matern. “We use the display to show timecode to all the show elements who are reliant on it”:
1 Lighting Desk 2 Dimmer City Backstage 3 Pyro technician 4 Cyberhoist technician
“The digital display also shows when the TimeCore starts / pauses etc. which is a great feature.”
TimeCore also has a booster function that amplifies and processes the timecode signal to ensure optimal transmission. "The booster function is very helpful in our case, because we have to cover large distances," continues Matern.
Another feature that proved invaluable is the integrated timecode generator. With this a timecode-controlled show can be tested for functionality, without having to rely on the audio system that delivers the master timecode during the show. This has served well on the Rammstein tour, as Bertil Mark explains:
"We use the timecode generator at Rammstein to test our lines and the system. It helps us make the most of our setup and changeover times. "
"It is also nice that we can assign the push buttons ourselves to adapt the device to our workflows. Overall, the user interface of the TimeCore is super clear and self-explanatory. We are delighted to include TimeCore in the next creative phase!” says Mark.
With thanks to our German distributor LMP Lichttechnik for the interview with Bertil Mark and Faren Matern.
Photography by Steffen Meyer
For further images please visit the gallery.
Visual Productions are at PLASA Show 2017 in London this month. They are exhibiting in collaboration with their UK distributor Entedi on stand W60.
In both the Awards for Innovations Gallery and on show on stand W60, will be the newly launched TimeCore: a one-stop toolbox for timecode. This solid-state device delivers a modern approach to timecode shows. It does what a user expects it to and more, as it can generate, follow, convert, trigger and analyse timecode signals including traditional protocols such as SMPTE and MTC, with MMC, MSC, RTP MIDI and the new ethernet-based protocol Art-Net timecode. The TimeCore is also capable of sending and receiving popular show control protocols such as TCP, UDP, OSC, Art-Net and sACN. Utilising these protocols the in-built event system provides you with a timeline that allows you to send triggers to non-timecode capable devices.
The CueCore2 and B-Station will be running elements of the stand for the lighting fixture partners of ENTEDI: CLF Lighting and Portman Custom Lights.
Sales Manager Zoë Castle welcomes you to the stand to discuss how your upcoming projects can be enhanced by the integration of the Visual Productions lighting controllers.
If you would like to pre-book a meeting time then please contact Zoë directly.
Visual Productions will be exhibiting on Booth #25- 823 at the EAS 2017 - IAAPA European Attractions Show. The show runs from 26-28 September in Berlin, DE.
To find out more about the solid-state, multi protocol lighting controls from Visual Productions please drop by our booth or reserve an allocated meeting time with Sales Manager Zoë Castle today!
Visual Productions is looking for a bright software engineer to help build the best control software in the lighting industry. You will be working in a small team of software and electronic engineers. You will develop for embedded linux and/or platform-agnostic software applications for Windows, macOS, Debian, iOS and Android. The systems you are working on will be deployed in clubs, concert-venues, museums and theme parcs all over the world.
Our technologies cover:
- C++ cross-platform applications
- Embedded Linux
- Apps for iOS and Android
- Various TCP/IP protocols
- Agile & TDD
From our Haarlem based office we offer a full-time job with good conditions. Please contact mr. Maarten Engels for more details.