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Thermal Management: The Unsung LED Hero

Thermal Management

September 2011

Thermal Management is arguably one of the most important aspects in LED fixture design but is also one of the least talked about. It is essential in ensuring long LED life and stable optical performance. This article will outline the theory behind LED heat exchange and how professional LED fixtures deal with this heat in order to maximise fixture life and optical performance.

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Introduction To EOS Virtual Media Server

July 2011

Earlier this year ETC introduced a Virtual Media Server and Pixel Mapping for the Eos and Ion consoles, in this article we will introduce this advanced feature and run through some basic programming, so you can get on your way to making your LED screens sing.

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Mine Has More Than Yours

ETC Selador Desire D40XT

June 2011

ETC has included its patented ‘x7 Color System’ into its new Selador Desire LED wash light fixtures. We examine how the ‘x7 Color System’ enables a lighting designer to achieve superior, complex and saturated colour compared to an RGB fixture, therefore allowing the designer to seamlessly implement the Desire as part of their traditional tungsten and MSR rig.

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Common Effects And How To Program Them On Eos, Ion and Element

March 2011

Here are some examples of how to achieve common effects, for intensity and colour, on ETC's Eos, Ion and Element.

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Looked What I Stepped In... Pathport Touring Edition

Pathport-TE

February 2011

Along with shifters, a torch, my leatherman, multimeter and assorted screwdrivers, I've recently added a Pathport Touring Edition node to my toolbox of essential stuff for any show. Why is that you ask?...

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Programming Effectively With Tracking Consoles

Programming-Thumb

November 2010

The first lighting consoles were simple things. They had no memory and no programmer, just one lever for each dimmer. As the first digital consoles came onto the market to replace these, they mimicked the functional style and operation of their manual predecessors. With the inclusion of memory, we were given the ability to store a given lighting look with the push of a button, and there was much rejoicing. Lighting operation had never been easier.

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Selador Series Demystified: Chapters 1-5

November 2010

David Hilton (ETC Field Project Coordinator) introduces and gives an overview of ETC's Selador Series Fixtures.

 

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Closeup On The x7 Color System

Chapter 3: Fire And Ice

Chapter 4: Applications

Chapter 5: Hands on Selador.

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Architecture for Control Networks (ACN) - What's the Big Idea? (Part 2 of 2)

September 2010

It’s been a few years since ESTA ratified E1.17 – Architecture for Control Networks, or ACN for short. In part one, we took an introductory step into what ACN can offer. Now it’s time to look at how it fits in with DMX and the other Ethernet protocols out there, such as ArtNet and Streaming ACN. We’ll also examine how we can migrate to ACN smoothly and hassle-free from the technologies currently in use.

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Combining Your Ethernet Networks: A Good Idea?

ethernet

August 2010

Ethernet. You may have heard of it: apparently it’s going to change the way our stuff talks to our other stuff. Audio, lighting and vision are all turning to Ethernet, office networks have used it for years and we’re only going to see more of it in the future. So, since everyone’s moving to this common transport protocol, why not combine them together on one super network? On the surface, there are some obvious advantages, but when you look at such a solution in a real-world situation, it gets a bit more complicated.

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Architecture for Control Networks (ACN) - What's the Big Idea? (Part 1 of 2)

July 2010

It’s been a few years since ESTA ratified E1.17 – Architecture for Control Networks, or ACN for short. Since the initial excitement little seems to have changed, and for many it’s still unclear exactly what ACN does and how it makes the world of lighting better. Now, with DMX-over-Ethernet protocols such as ArtNet and Streaming ACN becoming more and more pervasive in entertainment lighting, it seemed like a good time to revisit ACN.

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Understanding (and Upgrading) Your Lighting System

Stage Lights

June 2010

This article concentrates not just on how a typical school or community hall’s lighting system works, but where and how existing systems can be upgraded to provide more flexibility and freedom in lighting a show or event.

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Entertainment Lighting Control Philosophy

March 2010

Is there a new lighting control console in your future? Will you be buying – or selling – or using - such a console? How do you know which one is right for you – your team – or your customer? Beyond channel counts, DMX outputs, faders, touch screens and buttons described in most console datasheets and product comparison articles, how can you find out if a lighting control console will “feel right”? This article will explain how.

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Dimmers Demystified

February 2010

Dimming technology is one of the oldest technologies still in use in modern theatre lighting. Despite this, it’s still one of the least understood. In this article, we’re going to look at some of the technologies in dimming technology and examine what they are, how they work, and if they’re genuinely useful or just marketing fluff.

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ETC Ion & Element Training Videos

December 2009

ETC’s Education Centre has added two new online tutorials for Ion and Element consoles, to complement the highly successful Smartfade tutorial. These tutorials are a great way to get familiar with the Ion, Element and Smartfade lighting consoles and their capabilities, allowing you to quickly create your own dynamic shows. DVD’s are also available.

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Vista v1 Tech Tips - Programming With Audio Tracks

Vista v1

December 2009

A very powerful feature of Vista is the ability to embed an audio file directly into your lighting timeline, allowing you to quickly program a perfectly synchronised lightshow with music, without the need for external timecode sources!

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LX Networking 101: IP Addresses

December 2009

IP addresses are a fundamental part of any network. Trying to build a lighting network without a full understanding is bound to lead to problems and frustration. Many a time I have watched lighting technicians unfamiliar with networks getting frustrated when the two devices fail to talk due to mis-configured IP addresses. In this article we’re going to look through IP addresses, how they relate to the subnet mask, as well as some special IP addresses and what they do.

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Spotlight: A Flexible, Quality Range of Luminaires

November 2009

In addition to the industry-standard range of ETC Source Four fixtures, Jands distributes the Italian-made Spotlight range of Fresnel, PC, Cyclorama and Follow-spot luminaires. Against some of the “apparently” flashier fixtures out there, it can be easy to pass off the Spotlight range as a set of fixtures from a previous age. This would be a shame, though, as behind that traditional exterior is a wealth of features and craftsmanship not often found in today’s stage luminaires.

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Getting the Lighting Right For A School's Multi-Purpose Hall

November 2009

Providing a cost-effective stage lighting rig that is flexible enough to handle the wildly varying performances and events a typical school multi-purpose hall can stage is a challenge. In this article we’re going to examine how to choose appropriate theatrical luminaires that can drastically improve your venue’s lighting, without going overboard on luminaires.

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ETC Announces New Training Initiative

October 2009

Have questions about your ETC equipment? Want step-by-step instructions? Want to do all this on your schedule? Now you can! ETC’s Education Centre has made it even easier for you to get your hands on training materials, by creating a Video Library on YouTube.

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Vista Tech Tip: On Patching, and the Fixture Library

August 2009

When you patch a fixture in Vista, you select your fixtures in the “Fixture Type” list, and drag them to the correct DMX address – Easy! But why does the Fixture Type list have so many options, and which fixture type should I use?

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