YOUNG THUG ‘CAGED’ AND ZAPPED WITH GLP JDC1’S

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When British lighting designer Stu Dingley realized, back in 2018, that most of the acts he was servicing were Los Angeles based, he made the radical step of moving to California, believing that not only was it a great place to be based, but he could avoid the increasing commute.
Most recently he was approached by Meggan Mckenzie, creative director for Atlanta rapper Young Thug, to work alongside her in creating the production and lighting design, and bringing her ideas to life. He was soon dipping into the GLP toolbox in search of his solutions, coming up with the JDC1 hybrid strobes and impression X4 Bar 20 battens.

It’s Warp Speed Ahead With Just Add Power’s New Warp Engine

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Just Add Power (J+P), a leader in Ultra HD over IP video distribution, today announced that its new Warp Engine is now shipping. The 1RU transmitter/receiver allows installers to easily deploy video walls with eye-catching designs featuring mixed-and-matched display models mounted at any angle.
“Bringing powerful new capabilities to the Ultra HD over IP ecosystem, our new Warp Engine allows installers to get creative with their video walls by venturing beyond the traditional grid pattern,” said Taft Stricklin, sales team manager at J+P. “And unlike other products on the market that are limited to custom graphics or static signage, the Warp Engine works with any HDMI source for the ultimate in flexibility.”

Bringing Light to Worship

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Citizen Heights Church is a contemporary house of worship reaching the north-western Washington, DC community. However, they were experiencing a mismatch between their style/ministry goals, and the ability of their lighting system to support those goals.
“We had previously installed an LED video wall upstage,” says Joey Olmo, technical director at the church, “and our front lighting was not able to adequately light those standing downstage from the video wall. Additionally, our lighting console was difficult to use, and without a lighting expert in the congregation, training volunteers to run lighting was problematic.”
The church invited Kingdom Technology Partners (KTP), a trusted service provider for several years, to discuss their lighting challenges and recommend options for improvement.

Clair Solutions Installs AVL Systems in Champion Forest Bible Church’s New North Klein Satellite Location

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Champion Forest Baptist Church’s steady expansion over many decades has recently accelerated, inspiring the launch of satellite locations around its central Houston, Texas location. CFBC’s services are decidedly contemporary, with an energetic praise and worship band that’s unleashed at inspiring volumes and supported by full production video and theatrical lighting. Instead of receiving a simulcast from the central campus, each CFBC satellite has its own live pastor. The pastors at the different campuses work together to deliver a common message on a given Sunday. Based on their timely and professional work in the past, integration firm, Clair Solutions, installed the AVL systems at CFBC’s newest, 800-seat, satellite location as well as the student building in North Klein, Texas.
“We put in a new line array system manufactured by our sister company, Clair Brothers, along with a new DiGiCo console at CFBC’s main location many years ago,” explained Mike Mason, regional vice president at Clair Solutions’ Dallas office. “The Texas-based AVL consultants at Idibri designed that system, and we’ve worked with Idibri on numerous other successful projects in the Texas region and around the country. The folks at Champion Forest were really pleased with how that job came together, got exactly what they needed at a fair price, and it has continued to serve them well. They launched their North Klein location a few years ago by initially renting space in a school. When it grew to a size that justified its own building, CFBC again hired Idibri to design an awesome AVL system and Clair Solutions to make it a cost-effective reality.”

Creating a Great Design on A Budget

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Many churches don’t know where to start when thinking about their lighting; what fixtures to get? Where to put them?  Do you need color or just white light? Why is lighting so expensive?  A myriad of questions often paralyze a church before a lighting upgrade project can even really begin.
The Gathering Place, in Vancouver, Washington, knows what goes into maximizing their lighting system.  Last year, they finished remodeling a small building and moved in.  Renovation and remodel projects nearly always run over budget and that affects other areas and this was no different.  Wishing to be the best stewards possible, they chose to utilize the fixtures from their mobile system and make a small investment in some LED color-changing back lighting and some uplighting for the back wall of the stage.
These were strategic purchases to help them build a system that could be added to in the future.  They had to balance current and near-future needs with budget realities and they did a great job as the results are eye-catching without being distracting.  Given that they were not recording video when they moved in, they decided to only light the center from the front.

Brightline Adds Zoom-Based Support to Client Services

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Brightline, a leading manufacturer of energy efficient lighting systems, today announced it now offers technical support through Zoom for its resellers, integrators, and clients. The cloud-based videoconferencing system allows Brightline to program light fixtures remotely, re-focus, visually diagnose potential issues, and perform other troubleshooting.
“Zoom service is ideal for time-critical issues,” explained Kathy Katz, Brightline managing partner. “You don’t have to struggle through a phone call without visuals or schedule onsite service. Zoom gives us ‘eyes’ in the room.”
Beyond its new Zoom-based technical support, Brightline offers project design and consultation, and through its network, turnkey installation and commissioning services.

Ayrton Khamsins Help St. Andrew’s in Newport Beach Boost Church’s Live Streaming Capabilities

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St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Newport Beach, California has added Ayrton Khamsin-TC profile luminaires to its equipment inventory for worship services and special events.

St. Andrew’s has been in the Newport Beach community for some 70 years and is known as a neighborhood church with global impact.  It holds three weekend worship services, both modern and classic, and maintains a staff to handle AV production needs.

“It’s been our long-term goal to offer live streaming on the Internet, and our recent camera and lighting purchases are designed to aid us in live streaming services and events,” says Erik Alkire, Lighting Designer at St. Andrew’s.

The church has six Panasonic cameras, four of them remotely controlled by the technical director and two manned on tripods.  Its extensive lighting complement includes 90 conventional fixtures plus some aging moving heads.

Vectorworks, Inc. Wins the Construction Computing Awards’ Editor’s Choice Award

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The Construction Computing Awards results are in and global design and BIM software provider, Vectorworks, Inc. is the winner of the 2019 Editor’s Choice Award selected by Construction Computing Magazine Editor David Chadwick. Additionally, Vectorworks Architect 2020 was a runner-up in the Architectural Design Product of the Year category.

The fourteenth annual Construction Computing Awards, also known as “The Hammers,” took place on November 14 at The Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden. Over 220 guests gathered to see the outcome of the readers’ online voting and judging panel’s deliberations.