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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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Now displaying: 2019
Dec 24, 2019

It's a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Las Posadas/Eid-al-Adha/Diwali/Festivus miracle! An episode: shiny, new, episode 034. Curl up in front of the fire, break out the Glögg, or if you're like Craig, Templeton Rye and have yourself a merry little whatever with The Lighting Nerds. I really should decide whether to always include the "The" or not. Sheesh.

  • New fixtures / gear
  • Notable personnel news 
  • Tea Time
    • Variables in grandMA2
  • Lighting trivia!
    • Biscuit: Craig gets it right!
  • Lighting Term of the Day
    • IR / instant replay
    • Common on corporate shows, refers to a sound clip that’s stored ahead of time and played back.
Sep 13, 2019

We're back with the hackneyed animal similes. In this episode:

  • The Chauvet Maverick MK3 
    • We talk about having network connectivity such as sACN/Artnet vs physical DMX that loops thru etc. 
    • And some other stuff
  • The Martin ERA 300/Martin ELP Profile Range
  • The new generation of visualizers
  • Tea Time
    • Craig gets *very* long-winded.
    • God, is he still talking?
  • Lighting trivia: Alex's lucky guess!
  • Lighting Term of the Day: Envelope + pinches
 
Aug 3, 2019

It's The Lighting Nerds, episode 032. That's an exponent of 8, which makes this episode extra-special. We also have Jose, my old L2 from Halsey, filling in for Alex, who's off making money for this ep. In this ep:

 

  • Industry news and fixture talk
    • The Martin MAC Allure
      • It's cool, I want to see a rig of many
    • The Elation Artiste Monet
      • Jose likes it!
    • The ETC Releve
      • Much better than that other ETC moving light.
    • The Elation RAYZOR 760
      • It's S P A R K L Y
  • Tea Time
    • An interview with Mike Wood, who tells us about strange French words and their effects on lights
    • No seriously, it's about etendue, which you need to know about so LISTEN UP KIDS.
    • Mike's papers about this concept, so you can follow along
  • Lighting Quiz
  • Lighting Term of the Day
    • Snoot / top hat
Jun 26, 2019

It's Episode 031! Craig and Alex are back, Craig had a baby. Well, his partner did anyway. It's the Episode with the title card you'll have to listen to the whole thing to get. In this episode:

 

  • Industry news
    • We do not talk about the new Clay-Paky light, because I have conflicting information about it. Does it use a phosphor? Are there lasers? CP won't say.
    • High End Systems Turbo Ray
    • Vari-Lite 6500 Wash
      • Bet VL didn't see the Turbo Ray coming!
    • Fred Foster passed away in February
  • Notable Tours
    • The 1975 ABIIOR tour
      • Is it called that? I keep seeing two different names for the thing.
    • Tobias, are you listening? We like you <3
  • More news
  • Tea Time
    • Staying healthy on the road, a discussion
    • Send us your tips for staying healthy!
  • Lighting trivia
  • Lighting Term of the Day
    • Source 4

 

Feb 6, 2019

Woah, two eps in the space of a month? Stop the presses! Hold the phone! Pet the hedgehog! Wat? In this episode, Alexander is back:

 

Industry news: 

  • New fixtures / gear 
    • GLP JDC1s now feature “Aggressive mode”, which increases the brightness 180% when the RGB LEDs are not in use 
    • World’s first 50-watt 7-color: emitter
    • New short-arc lamps: Osram SharXS Brilliant Series. 1000, 1200, 1500. They have a CRI of 92, which is pretty high. I’d love to see TM-30-15 specifications on these. 
      • Fun question: when was the last time you saw a jacketed arc lamp? Like, a decade? 
    • LightConverse is now L8. Alex riffs on how he feels about LightConverse.
    • Tea Time: Alex’s thoughts about the Reputation Tour: redux
  • Lighting trivia! 
    • Craig gets it right
  • Lighting Term of the Day
    • Scroller
       
 
Jan 26, 2019

It's the Lighting Nerds, first ep of 2019. That's twenty-nineteen. Special guest co-host, Chas! In this Episode:

 

  • ROE Vanish V8 LED screen
  • New Follow-Me hardware
    • Craig has concerns about AC Lighting
  • Clay-Paky manuals are now behind a username / pass wall? Why? That's dumb.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Tea Time: The Taylor Swift Reputation Tour, Part I
  • Lighting Trivia: Chas guesses
  • Lighting Term of the Day: gel

Happy New Year, you hoopy froods! And shouts to the excellent folk at IATSE Local 16.

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