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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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Jun 17, 2020

Geeze, United States. We leave the room for ONE SECOND and everything goes up in flames, at times literally. To those who have asked: Craig is fine. (He lives in the Twin Cities, but all is well) In this episode:

  • Alex and Craig talk about the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd
  • New Gear: Robert Juliat Arthur, Luminex Lumicore, Digital Projection Satellite
  • Notable Tours: Keene Cause and Effect tour
  • Tea Time: Difficult Patrons, Part II: The Art Critic and The Phonophobe
  • Lighting Trivia: Craig gets it...wrong.
  • Lighting Term of the Day: Ballast

The credits thought today is brought to you by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article I.

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
 
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.

Mar 3, 2017

Somewhat approaching a normal release schedule, I hereby...release a new episode. Wherein I bungle a movie reference. In this episode:

 

  • News items
    • Mythos 2...it's...mythier?
    • VL6000. Kinda cool.
    • Watch Netflix's new series, Abstract: The Art of Design
  • Tea Time - getting faster at punting, favorite macros
  • Production review - Tobias Rylander, The 1975
  • Lighting term of the day - Total Internal Reflection
  • Lighting quiz - Craig gets it wrong
Feb 8, 2017

 

 

Remember when I said we'd be back soon? I lied. But Josh is back, and Gavin is not. It's Lighting Nerds, and we're still doing this! In this episode:

  • News items
  • Some more LDI stuff
  • Tea Time
    • Craig and Josh talk about lighting for television
  • Lighting term of the day
    • Dichroic
    • The etymology: Greek origins, meaning “two-colored”. It refers to glass with a special optical coating which allows it to reflect all light except certain wavelengths. Lights that change colors use this type of glass almost exclusively for its resistance to heat-related fading, and for the very pure color of the transmitted light.
  • Lighting quiz:
    • I get to quiz Josh
Jun 16, 2016

Folks might be wonderin' about us.

Apr 29, 2016

Hello lighting nerds! Sorry that this isn't the podcast, it's me telling you you're gonna have to wait until I can get this thing edited. Boo! Hiss! Deal wit it!

 

-Craig

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