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The Lighting Nerds

The Lighting Nerds is a bi-monthly podcast that talks about the technology used in entertainment lighting, lighting industry news, hosts interviews with people in the field, and generally banter about lighting.
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Dec 24, 2015

It's the holiday season! In this episode of Lighting Nerds:

 

Happy birthday Columbus McKinnon, visit their blog at:

http://blog.cmworks.com/

 

Incandescent is dyyyyyying. Yes, it's true, thank science, and you can watch its death throes in art form:

http://livedesignonline.com/architainment/rage-against-dying-light

And then we talk about it. E-mail us your thoughts!

 

We discuss visualizers. Here are some that we mention:

Capture Argo

MSD

MA3D

LightConverse

ESP Vision

WYSIWYG

Realizzer

 

Renders from Capture Argo, created by Craig: http://imgur.com/a/sejr3

 

An interview with John Featherstone.

 

Lighting term of the week: ghost lights. Woooo!

 

And finally...

Merry Christmas
Happy Hanukkah
Joyous Kwanzaa
Rockin' Ramadan

And a very special tip of the hat to those who believe in nothing but still want holiday pay.

May one day people all over the world not just tolerate but celebrate different faiths and cultures, and have their greetings accepted in the spirit they were given, without fear of being mocked and laughed at by those who lack understanding.

Peace.

Dec 10, 2015

In this episode:

 

History and terminology: Fresnel lenses

Here's a diagram for your enjoyment: http://www.uq.edu.au/_School_Science_Lessons/27.5.1.4.GIF

 

Industry news:

The New York Times re-instates designer credits

 

Tech talk: plots

 

Note: you will notice that my voice changes dramatically about halfway throughout the episode. This is due to my recording most of this show on location at a gig.

Nov 26, 2015

In this episode:

History and terminology: Limelight

Tech:

LDI products: The PRG Ground Control remote followspot, the Martin Atomic 3000 LED

Designing, specifying, and setting up a ground package

Tour reviews:

Mrs. Carter tour designed by LeRoy Bennet

Links:

http://livedesignonline.com/lighting/ldi-new-product-prg-groundcontrol-followspot-system

http://www.martin.com/en-us/product-details/atomic-3000-led

http://livedesignonline.com/projects/beyonce-mrs-carter-show-world-tour

 

Note: we recorded the majority of this episode a few days before the Paris attacks. We talk about them at the end of this episode.

Nov 11, 2015

In this episode:

History and terminology: "Leko" lights

Tech:

Lua scripting

Lime and mint LEDs

The Clay Paky Mythos 

Links:

TimeLord's Lua scripting: https://www.timelord-mtc.com/index.php?cID=150

Ma-Share: www.ma-share.net

 

CIE Color space: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIE_1931_color_space

 

Short aside folks: in this episode I say, in reference to the ETC PARNel that it “is a Fresnel optic in a PAR housing.” This is a mistake, what I meant to say is that the optics of a PARNel are roughly equivalent to the result that a Fresnel lens gives you. Clearly the PARNel is not a Fresnel optic. That is all.

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