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The other Brian Miller

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Intelligent fixture that can project video?
« on: October 26, 2004, 12:00:42 AM »

I remember seeing something along these lines in a trade publication a while back, and suddenly found myself talking about such things with a producer today. On returning home, I couldn't find any references to such a device anywhere, and figured someone here would know a whole lot about it.

Maybe I read something that was just a fanciful projection of where things are going in the business. I hope not, as this show will be loading in in March!

I will be wanting to project a large (probably 10-15 feet across), live video image of one of the characters in the show onto the scenery or a scrim. Ideally, the image would be able to move across the stage, hence the hope that there is a DMX-controlled focusable fixture out there.  

Thanks! Any help or leads would be much appreciated.
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Re: Intelligent fixture that can project video?
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2004, 08:09:24 AM »

You're speaking of the DL series by HES. http://www.highend.com/products/digital_lighting/

It's a system with both moving head projector and server.  

Martin also makes a media server called Maxedia that is supposed to be compatible with the DL, easier to use (I don't have any experience with it, however, so I don't know), and cheaper.  

A few people make a dmx controllable moving mirror assembly that can be attached to a standard video projector in order to create moving video.  

There are also devices and cd/dvd players which can be controlled via dmx.  

I'm sure there's other options but those are the ones that come to mind at the moment.  The worlds of digital video, lighting, dmx control, etc. are all merging, and pretty soon you'll need to know both because there won't be video guys and lighting guys, there will be visual guys.  

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Re: Intelligent fixture that can project video?
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2004, 11:56:10 AM »

Thanks, Len!

That is exactly what I needed!

In looking at the DL-1, I am a little worried about the fact that it uses only a 275W lamp. I will need to be careful about throw distance! Am sending an email to High End as soon as I submit this one to PSW.
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Re: Intelligent fixture that can project video?
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2004, 12:52:43 PM »

I ran a show with them in February.  We have 4 of them and 2 were at one end of the room.  At the opposite end was a video screen with regular projectors (don't know what brand or output) about 20 feet from the screen.  The DL1 had nearly as bright an image on the screen as the projectors did.  

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Re: Intelligent fixture that can project video?
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2004, 11:05:13 AM »

For grins, how much does the DL1 cost?
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Re: Intelligent fixture that can project video?
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2004, 11:22:18 AM »

Seth_H wrote on Tue, 30 November 2004 16:05

For grins, how much does the DL1 cost?


It's in the range of $25K but I believe that includes the server for the video content, plus a lot of generic content.

HOWEVER, there's now a DL2.  The difference is that the DL2 has all the content stored in the fixture.  So all you need now is a dmx controller to control the movement, intensity, etc. and to trigger the content.  No fragile video cables.  I have no idea what it goes for.  Again, I have no real idea on prices.  They are really amazing, however.  Brighter than you'd imagine (and I mean they are really bright), smooth movement, and not that heavy.  

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Re: Intelligent fixture that can project video?
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2004, 03:46:35 PM »

The DL1 is a 4500 Lumen fixture. Not bad, but easily overpowered by external lights. There are some used fixtures for sale at Gear-source.

Lyle
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