The RADlite™, from UK company IRAD, a new media server, is a fully configurable, DMX-controlled, image and video manipulation system. RADlite allows the creation and playback of images and video with added effects, shapes, color palettes, and movement--controlled in real time by a regular DMX lighting console. RADlite’s output can be shown on any video screen or linked to a video projector for use in any venue, large or small.
In the US, two RADlites are currently in use on the Coldplay tour, generating an unprecedented combination of live video with visual effects. In the UK, RADlite is being used on a variety of tours, including: S Club 7, the Chemical Brothers, Ronan Keating, the Brats, Polyphonic Spree, and others. Furthermore, Carlton Television is using RADlite for their new show Star Finder (lighting director, Will Charles), where, in conjunction with a blue-screen set, the RADlite is generating digital effects which are projected onto the contestants’ faces.
Mountain View Staging of Salt Lake City has made the bold move of purchasing the first RADlite in the US. The system, supplied by US RADlite distributor TMB, debuted on April 11 at a dance performance in the 22,000 seat Marriott Center in Provo, Utah. Mountain View designers programmed RADlite to manipulate images and video on a backdrop 55’ wide by 30’ high. Lighting designer Benjamin Sanders selected a variety of stock images and video plus client photos, RADlite onboard graphics, and custom-created images. Programming for RADlite and the show’s lighting was by Mark Ohran.
RADlite in action at the Marriott Center in Provo, UT
According to Peter Jones, Mountain View Staging production manager, “I’ve waited 20 years for a product like this! With its intuitive processing logic, RADlite does things never before seen. The interface between operator, event, and client is taken to a new level, allowing maximum flexibility and the ability to creatively roll with changes as they occur.” Mountain View Staging president, Peter Johnson, adds, “Scenic washes and content manipulation are a breeze and can be readily changed on the fly.”
TMB sales manager Tommy Stephenson, says, “RADlite represents the beginning of a new era. Uses and applications for this unique product are just beginning to unfold. RADlite gives designers and operators a new freedom--who knows what creative people will do with this thing!”