Editor's note: These two letters are in response to Wendall K. Harrington's sidebar ”Video Black, Oy Vey!” to “A Tale Of Two Edies“ (Live Design, December 2006, p. 34). I've got several suggestions (ranging from crude to super high-tech) for getting a true video blackout that is sufficient for theatre. #1 Crude: Instead of using a DMX shutter or color scroller with a congo frame, use a ColorFader. This requires some modifications to the clear part of the gel strings in the fader. You'll ...
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