This week on the podcast, we’re excited to begin the new year! We’re going to discuss how to integrate video and lighting together as well as answer some of your questions!
If you are new here and haven’t checked it out yet be sure to check out the Lighting Quiz. This quiz is designed to answer a few questions that will match you up with a free personalized guide on how to get started with lighting. If you haven’t had a chance yet be sure to check it out!
Lighting News (1:20)
Before we dive into answering questions I wanted to discuss how to integrate video and lighting together. When you think about lighting and video you realize it’s not a new trend for our industry. At the core, lighting and video are actually the same things.
They’re both intensity and color on pixels or in lighting when you really get down to it. The line between lighting and video are starting to blur together and coming together more and more.
As we go into the new year Obsidian, is soon set to release it’s new pixel mapper, Dylos, very soon so these are just some new technology being released this year.
Another quick piece I wanted to share is from a group I met at the LDI Tradeshow, Gamma LED Vision. There’s a new video out that I want you to take a moment to check out: Quality LED’s and Moving Lights at Less Cost.
What I discovered is that this isn’t just another import company. Looking at the LED, I was very impressed with the quality, as you would see in my video above. Definitely take a moment to check it out.
Main Segment (9:27)
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Alissa (12:03): Hi there, I’m looking to better understand how to ‘feed’ electricity to both traditional lights and to moving lights. I know trads use a grad while moving lights use a distributor. I’d like to better understand the wire signal route from electrical outputs to fixtures to console. Can you help? Have you written anything on this?
With conventional lights, they do use a dimmer or dimmer pack. Those will either plug into the wall or be hard-wired in. It will also get a DMX feed coming from the console. The out of the dimmer will come power through a power cable to the lights. Then dimmer turn on and off lights as the console controls it.
With moving lights, it’s a little different because it gets both power and data. In a larger rig, you would most likely see a power distribution board. It’s just like a breaker box you would have in your house. This ties into a large power supply and will distribute the power to your moving lights. To get the power to the moving lights you would see socketpecs which is a multi-connector and allows you to use a breakout at the end of it. This breakout would have 6 ends coming out of it and you can then connect it to your moving lights.
With moving lights, getting the power to them is one thing, the next step is getting data to your moving lights. To get DMX data to your lights you would use a standard 3 or 5 pin DMX line from the console to your lights.
Sean (15:18): I watched your video series on youtube about using the DMXIS, and thought it was really great! I just had a question. I have a Chauvet shocker 2 that I’m trying to control with the DMXIS. I downloaded all the files from the online fixture library, and set them to channel 1, but I am still not able to control the light when it is plugged in. I even bought a DMX terminator to see if that would help, but still no luck. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The concept with DMXIS is that sometimes it can be compared to an old school console in one sense because every channel is outputting DMX.
What you want to do is pull out the user manual for your Shocker 2 and go to the page that has the DMX Chart on it. There are different modes available and depending on how much control you want will decide the mode you want to use. Once you decide on which mode you want to work with, you can then set it on DMXIS.
Once you do this, pull up channel 1, and it shouldn’t do anything. Leave channel 1 up, then pul up the 2nd and 3rd channel, and your lights should come up.
James (19:10): Hello thanks for your programs, I have learned much. I have been tasked with designing lighting at our small church. I have a question. On front truss lights for wash, my understanding is that lights need to aim at angles in each zone. In diagrams I had seen, lights appear almost parallel. I’m thinking angles better.
Yes, I actually have a video where we discuss this topic: How Do I Make an Even Wash?
I do agree that using angles is better on getting an even wash. Having 2 lights pointing to the person on the stage at a 45-degree angle is a great way to start.
Jake (21:00): I have the lightshark ls-core and I’m trying to connect an akai apc40 mkii. I have some functions like the faders and executor buttons working but nothing else. How can I assign the rest of the commands to specific buttons on the midi controller? Like do I have to edit the xml file and if so how do I do that?
It is an xml file, you’ll see that you can rename the file with .xml at the end of it. You can use the regular Notepad program or I use the Notepad Plus Plus program myself.
Find out what the MIDI commands are being sent through the APC. You can find this information in the user manual. Then, go to the LightShark manual and you can find out the MIDI commands there. With that you should be able to go through and start assigning your MIDI Controls.
Gabriel (23:47): I will be signing up for your Learn Stage Lighting Labs soon. I did sign up previously for a couple of months but work kept me really busy so I was not able to really explore the labs at the time and I opted out for time being. I’m the lighting guy at our church in Cape Town South Africa. We use Onyx along with an M-Touch console. I just have a quick question for you. Recently I ran into an issue with Onyx where I would like to modify certain cues in a cuelist and for some reason they do not want to record. I tried it with other cuelists and they seem to update fine, but some others refuse to update the information. Any idea why this can be?
Inside of ONYX the update function does work very well but the problem that users run into is that the attributes you select aren’t actually active in any cue then it will not update. The update function was designed to do this on purpose because if it did show you every active cue in the console it would take wat to much time to go through those cues.
If you go in and select the light on the cue, change an attribute, and then update it should go ahead and update that cue because you selected it. Another way to do it is to select the cue, with the white box around it, and then press record cue, then select merge, and it merges that cue into a new one.
Nathan (26:15): Hi, I’m having an issue with getting my chauvet moving heads to pan and tilt with d-pro faders, I’ve set them to override and they respond, but what I need is one slider to pan, and one slider to tilt. At the moment when the slider gets pushed it pans and tilts.
This does happen with a lot of consoles. Most consoles will actually do both functions because they generally work together. Looking in D-Pro, I don’t really see an option to disable the tilt when you just want the pan option.
David (28:22): I run a small comedy theater in Oakland – Pan Theater. Our space is shared so I was considering getting some portable lights for our shows. We basically need blackouts and slow fades. 2 sets of these were recommended – as they are easy to set up and take down: Chauvet DJ 6SPOT 6 x 3W RGB Spot System. The stage is approximately 20 feet long by 12 feet deep give or take. Would these lights work? I have also seen a portable light system by another company that seems to work but it appears the company is no longer working. It was two foot lights with a simple board.
For what you need, the 4 bar would most likely be a good fit for your stage setup. The spot system, the beams are going to be more narrow and you’re probably not going to want to go with that. But with the 4 bars and the Chauvet lights, you will need a console, like the Chauvet Obey 40 that you can just bring the lights up and down.
It won’t be the fanciest setup, but it will work, it’s inexpensive, and it will get the job done for your stage.
Brandon (30:48): I recently started following your page on youtube. I was hoping I could borrow some of your time to get some advice. I’m a solo performer (A stage magician) and I was wanting to purchase some mobile lighting that I would be using for my shows. However my criteria is this: Nothing will be fixed to a ceiling or installed. There won’t always be a stage riser, and I’d like to be able to program and run the lighting cues by myself from stage. What is the best way to achieve this and what lights, programs and software do you recommend I purchase to pull this off? Bear in mind I know very little about lighting apart from the few videos I’ve seen on your channel. I’m basically looking for stage lighting that is going to set moods, as well as focus/highlight myself during some moments of the show ie; spotlight. Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
What I would recommend is going to the site and getting your free guide for band lighting. In this guide, I recommend going with DMXIS console, which is used by bands or smaller shows. The ADJ four bars or star bar and these will work very well for your setup.
These are easy to set up, the console is super easy to set up, and you can control this from the stage if you wanted to. Just go to learnstagelighting.com and download the Band Lighting Guide and that would be what I would recommend.
Thank you so much for joining me today, I am always excited to do these episodes with you. We have so much coming up on the YouTube channel and some great plans for the year 2020.
I might be a little quieter during January as my wife and I welcome a new baby but I’m sure by February, I’ll be back it. Be sure to tune in and thanks again for joining us today!