Visual Productions' Dutch distributor Full AVL, has recently overseen and supplied products for an 18 piece (36 universe) CueCore installation at the Jaarbeurs conference center in Utrecht. Full AVL was responsible for, not only the supply of product, but also the actual system design, placement and programming of this complex lighting control installation.
FullAVL's customer Controllux requested help from them with finding a complete control solution for the new Supernova meeting hub at the Jaarbeurs. This versatile venue has a space theme where “knowledge divides and multiplies” which gives a positive energy to any conference or event. It comprises of four conference rooms each with a modern, flexible and easy to use control interface.
Full AVL designed a control system comprising of:
2 x Linux based CueluxPro lighting control servers
18 x CueCore
2 x IoCore
7 x B-Station
All items are spread out over the conference suites in order to be close to the DMX controlled lighting. They are connected and powered by centralized PoE switches. All light fixtures are controlled by DMX via the CueluxPro software suite. CueluxPro renders the 2-dimensional pixel mapping effects for the large matrix wall in the foyer; made up of 240 x 8 RGB pixels. Other real-time matrix effects are generated for an array of 1500 RGB pixels inside one of the rooms. All the LED lines, downlights, fluorescent light etc. in this venue are controlled by CueluxPro as well, bringing the total number of DMX channels to 6,270.
The installation also facilitates DMX override for live events. There are 3 areas with the option to plug in a DMX Desk. CueluxPro manages the scenes and grouping of the fixtures and the DMX desk can control the levels of these groups or scenes.
The Building Management System (BMS) provides that each area can be blocked or released for use. If an area is in use, the BMS gives a contact to CueluxPro which in-turn will enable the lighting for that area and disable the “cleaning light mode”. Contacts are also given for sliding doors which can divide the rooms into two parts. CueluxPro manages how the control of the light is done: door closed = control of 2 separate zones, door open = control of 1 complete zone.
With automatic shutdown of the “cleaning light”, when the BMS blocks an area for normal use, the cleaning light is enabled. When a crew member pushes the “clean” button then CueluxPro activates the cleaning light and then automatically shuts it down after 1 hour.
The B-Stations wall-mounted button panels form the main user-interface for the convention centre's staff. The B-Stations are programmed to select presets and adjust brightness levels. Each back-lit button has an engraved label displaying their function.
Although Full AVL was responsible for the actual system design, placement and programming of this complex lighting control installation they were not the only company involved. Their customer, Controllux ,supplied all these lighting control products and the fixtures to Imtech who was the main contractor to the Jaarbeurs.
The installation took place in August and is now up and running and in use by such clients as Rabobank: the global leader in sustainability-oriented banking . The Jaarbeurs team are now able to relax and enjoy working with their “very simple, fool-proof user interface”, secure in the knowledge that the complex technicality behind the B-Station buttons will not cause them any concern or undue hassle in their working days.
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Over the last year Dutch based installer First Impression Audiovisueel was commissioned to supply an audio, video and light installation for Basic Fit. Basic Fit is a large chain of sport clubs located throughout the Netherlands and Belgium. First Impression found a perfect control solution in the CueCore solid-state control for this customer.
The CueCore is a lighting controller for permanent installations manufactured by Dutch company Visual Productions BV. The device is completely solid-state, with no moving parts; it is an extremely secure and low-maintenance installation control solution that has only a minimal power consumption. All operating and programming is done through its dynamic web interface.
In 170 locations of Basic Fit “feature video walls” are now installed in the group lesson rooms. These “feature video walls” are made up from a combination of LED lights, speakers, narrowcasting players and HD LED Displays for the virtual fitness systems.
For the control element the CueCore was selected by First Impression as it can receive UDP messages, has contact closures and is solid-state. The narrowcasting video player sends UDP messages to trigger cues programmed in the CueCore. In each location one CueCore has been installed. Each CueCore can be controlled locally by 4 buttons connected to the onboard GPI contact closures. The CueCores are also set up in a network so that the virtual fitness content can be managed, changed and controlled remotely from the Basic Fit head quarters.
The CueCore has helped to enabled the feature video walls to become a perfect corporate communication channel for Basic Fit. The systems enable a completely new experience with lessons that can now be followed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Therefore giving the Basic Fit members a significant added value and service which is now widely and enthusiastically being made use of. This solution insures that not only the Basic Fit corporate image and virtual fitness concept remains throughout, but also that all venues are supplied with new fitness content or members information at the same time.
Equipment installed to date:
1020 Samsung MD55 professional 55” Full HD LED Display
340 Scala Narrowcasting player
2040 Showtec LED Par 7 Tri
Originally designed in 1982, the stunning "Fly's Eye" was the creation of American inventor and architect Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983). 31 years later, his design was realized and put on display at this years Toulouse Art Festival, France.
The vaulted dome of the white spherical building in Toulouse was dynamically highlighted in pastel shades, designed by Brad Koerner of Philips Lighting. 8 ColorReach, 4 iW Reach and 30 ColorBlast fixtures from Philips Color Kinetics used, all connected via LumenRadio’s wireless CRMX Slim products, with the overall lightshow controlled by Visual Productions' CueCore.
Lichtpunt Theatertechniek was trusted with the design and programming of the installation and the lighting show was played back by Visual Production’s CueCore. Paul Mulder from CLS, France joined Bob van der Klaauw to program the CueCore.
A first time user of the CueCore, Mulder found programming the unit to be a good experience. He utilized a number of features that make CueCore such a good choice for this type of application, in particular where Solid-state and a scheduler are explicit requirements.
The 17 minute long show was programmed on a 3rd party board and recorded into the CueCore. In the show-control section of the CueCore, triggers were made in the scheduler with “power on”, start show at 21.00 and Stop show at 01.00, daily for the duration of the festival.
Fly's Eye will next be seen during the Amsterdam Light Festival in December this year, where LumenRadio, Philips & Visual Productions products will yet again seamlessly become part of this stunning work of art.
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Visual Productions are proud to announce that they will be launching the new Distribution partnership with Advance Communication Equipment (ACE) for the Chinese market.
Maarten will be joining the team of ACE during next weeks Palm China Expo which runs from 7 to 10 June in Beijing. The booth is in E1 A11 A03 A04 and B03.
Cuelux and CueluxPro will be on the Live Lighting control area with CueCore, IoCore and B-Station all available for demonstration on the Solid-State control area.
For information on Palm Expo China
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Visual Productions will be exhibiting at Plasa Focus in Leeds (30 April - 1 May). Please visit booth # RA-A15 for demonstration of our complete product line including the new arrivals: CueluxPro and the B-Station.
Visual Productions will join our Swedish distributor Hofmann at the LLB tradeshow in Stockholm. Please visit booth # B05:51 and B07:51 for demonstration of Cuelux, CueCore and the new CueluxPro and B-Station. Maarten Engels will be available for any questions. The show runs from 23 April till 25 April 2013.
In April we are exhibiting at the Prolight+Sound show in Frankfurt.
In the same location as last year you can find the purple stand in Hall 11 Stand A69, next to our German Distributor LMP. We will be launching 2 new products during the show, both of which we believe you will be very interested in seeing...
CueluxPro: Multi-universe lighting control software with integral matrix control pixel-mapper
B-Station: Networked button station interface, stand-alone or extension module for the CueCore
To reserve a meeting time with us please can you email me, Zoe Castle, your preferred day, time and contact details.
We look forward to seeing you at the show and introducing you to these great new products!
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Visual Productions together with Dutch distributor Full AVL will exhibit at the PA Markt in Houten (NL) on 16 March 2013. The annual PA Markt is very busy market for used audio and lighting gear, it draws a great number of lighting technicians from the Netherlands and Belgium. We will be explaining and demonstrating Cuelux on both Windows 8 and Mac OSX 10.8.