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PLASA 2012 Show Report

PLASA 2012 Show Report

Tweet 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]

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PLASA 2011 – Show Report

PLASA 2011 – Show Report

Tweet Armed with nothing but a well worn pair of shoes and four days supply of anti-migraine pills, On Stage Lighting hits Earl’s Court in London for the 2011 assault on the senses that is the PLASA show. [...more]

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Event Safety and Temporary Stage Design

Event Safety and Temporary Stage Design

Tweet Following the recent news of several stage and event structure collapses, On Stage Lighting looks at where we have come from as a fledgling industry and where we might look for a path in the future. [...more]

Stage Lighting Equipment

Compulite Vector – An Introduction

Compulite Vector – An Introduction

Tweet An introduction to the Compulite Vector lighting control, a guest article by UK Vector trainer Joe Bleasdale. If you don’t really know much about the Vector, a favourite in control for TV lighting, read on. [...more]

Stage Lighting Control

Lighting Control – Where Are We Going?

Lighting Control – Where Are We Going?

Tweet Our guest is international LD, Paul Smith as he shares his dream of a revolution in lighting control and asks if we aren’t stuck in a timewarp of cue stacks and faders. Should we continue to use a style of control that hasn’t changed for the best part of 20 years, or is there […] [...more]

Stage Lighting Control

PLASA 2010 – Show Report

PLASA 2010 – Show Report

Tweet To bring you a PLASA Show round up for 2010, On Stage Lighting braved the crowds and sensory assault that is two exhibition halls stuffed with the brightest and most efficient light sources in show business. [...more]

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Stage Lighting Skills And The Myth of Pro Lighting

Stage Lighting Skills And The Myth of Pro Lighting

Tweet Taking common lighting complaints of our readers, On Stage Lighting looks at the really vital skills you will need to succeed as a stage lighting professional and finds a surprising place to learn them. We also bust a myth about life on the professional side of the fence. No wobbly buckets, PC console emulators […] [...more]

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PLASA London 2009

PLASA London 2009

Tweet On Stage Lighting returns from two days of too much walking, too much talking and a certain amount of beer to bring you the essential features of the the PLASA London show 2009. We take you to the places on the floor the industry publications don’t reach and look behind the smoke and mirrors. [...more]

Stage Lighting Equipment

Is Something Wrong With U and I?

Is Something Wrong With U and I?

Tweet A quick look at the past, present and future of user interfaces (UI) in lighting console design with the question “Are we actually doing it right?” [...more]

Stage Lighting Equipment, Training / Tutorials

Jands Vista – An Owner / Operator Speaks

Jands Vista – An Owner / Operator Speaks

Tweet UK based touring LD Mark Wynn-Edwards takes time for a chat and to tell us why, despite years of being an Avo man, he now owns and uses a Jands Vista. [...more]

Stage Lighting Control

Guide To Pixel Mapping

Guide To Pixel Mapping

Tweet Media Servers and Digital Lighting was a quick introduction to “convergence” and the technologies involved in using digital media for stage lighting. Current lighting trends include the use of arrays of fixtures such as RGB LED units to replay images and effects, using Pixel Mapping. This article looks at the basics of pixel mapping […] [...more]

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Stage Lighting On A Budget – Technical Workarounds

Stage Lighting On A Budget – Technical Workarounds

Tweet In Stage Lighting Maintenance… we looked at improving the performance of your lighting gear and getting the best from what you’ve got. Continuing the “budget lighting” theme, we uncover tricks of the lighting trade when you don’t quite have enough of something– dimmers, lanterns, control channels, chocolate Hobnobs ….(well, maybe not that) [...more]

Stage Lighting Equipment

Stage Lighting Maintenance – Your Rig, Only Better

Stage Lighting Maintenance – Your Rig, Only Better

Tweet With financial belts tightening, people are getting reluctant to spend money on new kit. On Stage Lighting looks at getting more out of your existing lighting equipment – lantern maintenance and how to get more 300% light for free. [...more]

Stage Lighting Equipment

Media Servers and Digital Stage Lighting

Media Servers and Digital Stage Lighting

Tweet On Stage Lighting has a beginner’s guide to media servers, digital lighting and some extra skills that could become vital for future stage lighting technicians. Plus, are us lampies now betrothed to the video department? Or will we never actually get up the aisle? [...more]

Media / Video, Stage Lighting Equipment

PLASA08 – Show Review

PLASA08 – Show Review

Tweet While this years PLASA is in full swing, On Stage Lighting samples free beverages and meets up with old chums. Oh, and looks at some lighting equipment in an attempt to turn this years trip to Earl’s Court into an important fact finding mission. [...more]

Stage Lighting Equipment

RDM DMX – A Guide to the Basics

RDM DMX – A Guide to the Basics

Tweet A guide to the basics of RDM (Remote Device Management) DMX. How it works and what it does. [...more]

Stage Lighting Control

Wireless DMX – WiFi DMX System Review

Wireless DMX – WiFi DMX System Review

Tweet Wireless DMX systems are getting affordable. At outdoor concerts this summer, On Stage Lighting gave up “control by wire” and got to test the Zero88 ZeroWire system. This article looks at the features of a cheap WiFi DMX solution. [...more]

Stage Lighting Control

Wide Mode – Get Extra Channels Free For Your Lighting Desk

Wide Mode – Get Extra Channels Free For Your Lighting Desk

Tweet An explanation of the “Wide” mode that is found on a range of lighting consoles including budget models. Wide mode is useful because it doubles the number of control channels on a small lighting desk – great when you add some extra kit to your usual lighting rig. [...more]

Stage Lighting Control

ChamSys MagicQ PC – Free Lighting Control Software

ChamSys MagicQ PC – Free Lighting Control Software

Tweet On Stage Lighting has always liked the ChamSys MagicQ and MagicQ PC, the free PC lighting control software, is the cheapest way to get your hands on a professional console. What makes MagicQ PC so great and why is it worth learning? [...more]

Stage Lighting Control

ETC Source Four PARNel – To Buy or Not To Buy?

ETC Source Four PARNel – To Buy or Not To Buy?

Tweet In 2009 it will 10 years since the award winning ETC Source Four PARNel was launched. A interesting “wavy” lens was added to the original S4 PAR casing to produce a hybrid of the traditional PAR can and a stage lighting fresnel. Since then, the PARnel has been popular but hasn’t sent all it’s […] [...more]

Stage Lighting Equipment

DMX Over Ethernet – The Ethernet To DMX Converter

DMX Over Ethernet – The Ethernet To DMX Converter

Tweet DMX over Ethernet has been around in stage lighting control for quite a while. The concept of sending DMX512 universes over a network, using Cat5 cable or Wireless, has some advantages but an ethernet to DMX converter has not been cheap. As a new low cost ethernet to DMX gateway enters the market, On […] [...more]

Stage Lighting Control

Small Lighting Desk Review – Zero 88 Jester DMX Lighting Control

Small Lighting Desk Review – Zero 88 Jester DMX Lighting Control

Tweet Away from the “glamourous” world of intelligent stage lighting, the humble manual lighting desk is still the cornerstone of small venue and school lighting control. The Zero88 Jester is actually a rather sophisticated DMX memory lighting controller aimed at a budget market who need control of a small conventional lighting rig. On Stage Lighting […] [...more]

Stage Lighting Control

DMX Fault – Finding and Fixing DMX Problems

DMX Fault – Finding and Fixing DMX Problems

Tweet DMX512 is the most common stage lighting control system that can control both intelligent lighting and DMX dimmer systems. A DMX control system is pretty simple and robust and DMX faults are a less common problem in stage lighting, compared to blown lamps etc. If you do have a fault in your DMX chain, […] [...more]

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Stage Lighting Stands – Easy Rigging Equipment

Stage Lighting Stands – Easy Rigging Equipment

Tweet A commonly used method of rigging stage lighting, the lighting stand is safe, flexible and can be cheap. Perhaps you looking to buy your first set of lighting stands for your own mobile rig. If so, read on at the On Stage Lighting guide to using and abusing stage lighting stands… [...more]

Stage Lighting Equipment

LDI Trade Show – Live Design and Lighting in the USA

LDI Trade Show – Live Design and Lighting in the USA

Tweet The LDI 2007 Trade Show and Conference took place in Orlando, USA in November. A stage lighting and production equipment extravaganza, similar the UK’s PLASA show, LDI showcased all that is new and shiny to lighting designers in the US. [...more]

Stage Lighting Equipment

Avolites Pearl Tiger, Anyone?

Avolites Pearl Tiger, Anyone?

Tweet The new Avolites Pearl Tiger lighting control was launched in the UK at PLASA 2007. The price tag brought the idea of owning an Avolites lighting control within reach of a new budget market. On Stage Lighting looks at the features of the Avo Pearl Tiger Moving Light Controller and “the Avolites way” for […] [...more]

Stage Lighting Control

What Stage Lighting Should I Buy? Intelligent Or Conventional Lights?

What Stage Lighting Should I Buy? Intelligent Or Conventional Lights?

Tweet Stage lighting equipment is increasingly cheap to buy. This means that some new lighting equipment, intelligent lighting in particular, is now within reach of your youth group, drama society, school or church hall. The question of “What Intelligent Lighting Should I Buy?” is often asked when the time comes to upgrade your existing lighting […] [...more]

Stage Lighting Equipment

PAR 64 Bulbs – A Guide to PAR 64 Lamp Sizes

PAR 64 Bulbs – A Guide to PAR 64 Lamp Sizes

Tweet For years the PAR Can has been the great workhorse of the stage lighting industry, particularly in band/DJ lighting. The 1000w PAR 64 Can is the daddy of the PAR family and PAR 64 lamps (the bulbs that go inside the Can) are available to buy in different beam widths. On Stage Lighting takes […] [...more]

Stage Lighting Equipment

DMX PC Lighting Software – Cheap Stage Light Controllers

DMX PC Lighting Software – Cheap Stage Light Controllers

Tweet Stage lighting control has got complicated. The availability of cheap intelligent lighting fixtures, LED colour mixers and other sophisicated lighting effect has made good DMX lighting control even more necessary. Luckily cheap stage light controllers, in the form of DMX lighting software for PC, are everywhere these days and are available to buy (or […] [...more]

Stage Lighting Control

LED Stage Lighting – Why Buy RGB LED Stage Lights?

LED Stage Lighting – Why Buy RGB LED Stage Lights?

Tweet LED lighting for stage and theatrical use has never been so cheap to buy. It seem like every major stage lighting manufacturer has dived into the LED lighting fixture market while cheap imported lights mean that even a small band or DJ can get a slice of the RGB colour mixing action. On Stage […] [...more]

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