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Essential Busking Pages 1 – Playbacks Only

On Stage Lighting takes on experiments in minimalism to explore process of creating the Simplest Busk Page Ever (TM).  A thought exercise as much as a design one, the application of restrictive rules is used to give every single lighting element maximum consideration. The article will be updated during the development process. (more…) Related: Essential Busking Pages 2 […]

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OSC and Stage Lighting Control interface using TouchOSC.

OSC and Stage Lighting Control

Following a recent tip-off from ChamSys that the 1.7.2.6 release of the MagicQ software will include support for Open Sound Control (OSC), we look at what OSC is and how it relates to modern stage lighting systems. (more…) Related: DMX Over Ethernet – The Ethernet To DMX Converter QLab 3 to LX Console DMX using OSC Pixel […]

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AutoCAD To VectorWorks To AutoCAD - A Guide

AutoCAD To VectorWorks To AutoCAD – A Guide

While tools in lighting planning continue to develop, there are still key professional CAD tools in professional stage lighting.  On Stage Lighting seeks to help Vectorworks users to transfer their learning to AutoCAD.  Meanwhile, AutoCAD users can quickly pick up skills in Vectorworks using their own prior knowledge. (more…) Related: Vectorworks Spotlight Tutorial For Beginners Stage Lighting […]

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Parkinson and Pareto - Ways of the Lighting Jedi

Parkinson and Pareto – Ways of the Lighting Jedi

If you have never heard of the Pareto Principle or Parkinson’s Law, get ready for a potential re-framing of how you tackle lighting work from this point on.  On Stage Lighting uncovers a key secret ingredient to enlightenment through lampie-Jedi knowledge, and to improving your effectiveness as a lighting programmer.  Partly though using a concept […]

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Blocking  and Block Cues

Blocking and Block Cues

In this article, On Stage Lighting addresses some common areas of difficulty for anyone trying to get to grips with programming professional lighting desks, particularly for cued theatre performances.  Going hand-in-hand with the dreaded ‘Tracking’, lighting control ‘Blocking’ and ‘Block Cues’ often confuse beginners to the world of lighting programming.  Let’s try and straighten things […]

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Nested Palettes in Stage Lighting Programming

Nested Palettes in Stage Lighting Programming

On Stage Lighting presents a quick guide to the use of “nested” palettes in stage lighting programming and some benefits from using this technique, along with potential problems that may arise for the unwary programmer. (more…) Related: Moving Light Control – Palettes – Lighting Desk Basics 4 Essential Busking Pages 2 – Palettes Only Concert […]

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QLab 3 Tutorial : Moving on from Qlab 2

QLab 3 Tutorial : Moving on from Qlab 2

This tutorial is a quick overview of the QLab 3 interface for anyone that already uses Qlab 2 or who have learned using my QLab 2 for beginner’s videos.Including the answer to the question ” Where has Load To Time gone in Qlab 3?” (more…) Related: Qlab Tutorials QLab 3 to LX Console DMX using […]

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The Rules Of Stage Lighting Design

The Rules Of Stage Lighting Design

Creative stage lighting design can be daunting to those starting out because, aside from the necessary technical understanding, it is essentially a game without rules. On Stage Lighting considers how the novice lighting designer can tackle such a game. (more…) Related: Your First Lighting Design How To – A crash course in 10 steps Reflected […]

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Dance Lighting Introduction

Dance Lighting Introduction

A guest post from Lucas Krech, a Lighting Designer with a passion for lighting dance performance. An great introduction to dance lighting that looks at some history, theory and the use of side light in particular. (more…) Related: Stage Lighting Tutorials – Stage Lighting 101 Review Your First Lighting Design How To – A crash course […]

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The Magic Sheet And You

The Magic Sheet And You

In the usual OSL style of attempting make your life easier, On Stage Lighting takes a look at “Magic Sheets” in performance lighting, their development and how the concept can be used with modern lighting control platforms with some specific examples using the Cham Sys MagicQ. (more…) Related: MagicQ Tutorial – Getting Started MagicQ Part […]

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PLASA Show Report

PLASA Show Report

As PLASA London waves goodbye to it’s Earl’s Court home to seek new pastures at ExCeL in 2013, On Stage Lighting guides you through the retina burning LEDs to see what 2012 show had to offer. (more…) Related: PLASA – Another Show Report PLASA 2010 – Show Report PLASA 2007 – Was It Worth It? […]

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