Last, but certainly not least, are the following products we checked out at Infocomm last week (let’s face it: you and I both prefer reading these in short spurts rather than in a colossal 2,000 word essay. It’s more web-friendly anyway)…

Elation Lighting showcased several new products, including Opti Tri Par, suited to video studio applications, features Tri Color Technology in a DMX unit with flicker-free operation, low heat and noise, and no color shadows. The company also showed the new EVLED Series of IP-rated, transparent, lightweight LED video panels, which are available in SMD Tri-Color and RGB discrete versions. They feature 18.75 to 37.5mm pitch, 2,000 to 5,500 Nits, built-in multi voltage power supplies, and integrated rigging and hanging systems. Or course, the Impression moving head LED and its bigger brother, the Impression XL, were also on display.

A.C.T Lighting showed the LiteWare RGB LED uplight fixture for the first time. This is a battery operated, wireless DMX-controlled, 38W RGB LED emitter manufactured by GDS in the UK, with A.C.T acting as the North American distributor for the product line. The company also showed off the MA Lighting grandMA 2, grandMA 2 video, and grandMA 2-Port Node onPC; i-Pix LED fixtures, including the BB7 and the BB4 (reportedly out on tour with Jane’s Addiction, Morrissey, and The Killers); DistroTECH power distribution with A.C.T custom cable assemblies; MDG Atmosphere products; and Zero 88 Leap Frog 48 and Jester ML 24 lighting consoles.

Digital Projection International (DPI) announced that its single-chip projector line is now available with VIDI technology, a Philips innovation alongside Texas Instruments aimed at optimizing the image performance of DLP-based projectors for both video and data applications. DPI also showed TITAN HD 600, sx+ 700 and 1080p-700 models with portrait capability in either dual- or single-lamp operation, accessible just by rotating the projector onto its side. DPI also offers an advanced Warp and Blend system to complement their full range of precision displays. Brought to you through a partnership with the simulation experts at RockWell Collins, the Mercator III represents the pinnacle of precise, low latency image warp and blend technology.

d&b audiotechnik showed its new T-series, featuring two technologies in one loudspeaker package. The T10 can be both a line source and point source system. It is a passive 2-way design that houses two 6.5” neodymium LF drivers positioned in a dipolar arrangement and a 1.4” exit HF compression driver that is fitted to a unique waveguide horn. The T-SUB shares the same width and integrated rigging fittings as the T10 for deployment either flown at the top of a T10 array, in a separate column or it can also be ground stacked.

Meyer Sound displayed its D-Mitri network-based digital audio platform that provides a basis for the company’s digital products, beginning with the LCS™ audio show control system and Constellation® electroacoustic architecture. The system affects the entire audio chain, from microphone input to loudspeaker output, incorporating multichannel distribution, multichannel recording and playback, and show control automation. Meyer also showed EASE 4.3 software for measuring data for 13 of its loudspeaker lines and enabling users of EASE design and simulation software to model the interaction of Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeaker systems with the acoustics of rooms. The software can now import and view one-degree measurement data in the GLL format.

R&M Materials Handling, Inc. showed its Stagemaker hoist for handling of staging and theatrical equipment, including positioning of speakers, lighting systems, stage sets, and scenery. The compact size permits it to fit inside truss structures, while its quiet operation is suited for use during performances. It is available in normal position and inverted position and equipped with lifting capacities up to 5 tons. R&M also showed the EZ Lift TM RL manual lever puller for common lifting needs during construction, maintenance, and service. It is a manual lever puller basically for hoisting and pulling loads, with versions available for ¼-ton, ¾-ton, 1.5-ton, and 3-ton capacities.

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announced its North American distribution of the Audinate Dante-MY16-AUD card effective with the card’s introduction during the show. The card is fully compatible with Yamaha digital MY16 card slots in consoles, processors, and digital power amplifiers, with Dante™ technology that provides digital media networking for professional live sound, A/V sound reinforcement installations, broadcast, and recording applications. Yamaha also showed a major upgrade to version 2 for M7CL-32 and 48-channel digital mixing consoles. The software includes features such as global paste, enabling simultaneous editing of multiple scenes; matrix sends on fader, providing access to 24 mix busses; post-fader inserts on all inputs and outputs; post-fader direct outs; monitor/cue level on stereo/mono faders; improved recall safe mode; and relative level channel link and user defined key setup on the console’s offline editing software. The upgrade will be available at the end of the summer.

Inner Circle Distribution was at the show exhibiting Coemar products, including versions of the Infinity family of moving lights (Infinity ACL, Spot S, and Wash S versions were on display), and the StageLite LED digital cyclorama expressly created for theaters, live events, and TV shows. Well-received at this show was the base*hazer with variable output and individually controllable pump and the fan. Word is the company will have new offerings in time to show at LDI in Orlando in November.

Mainlight was also at the show, displaying its MF3 and MF/V models of LED screen yoke units, previously launched but now shipping. The MFV (that’s a Roman numeral 5, by the way, not a V) is an LED fixture comprising five sections of 30 pixels wide by 36 pixels high LED panels with 15mm spacing. It is a video mapper for pixel-to-LED mapping, with one LED representing each pixel. The MF3, the company’s first moving yoke LED fixture, has three Martin Professional Stagebar LED strip lights with RGBAW LEDs mounted into a six-channel DMX-controlled moving yoke.