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Scharff Weisberg Lighting Acquires DL.2 Digital Lights from High End SystemsLighting designer Christien Methot utilizes DL.2s? unique capabilities (June 27, 2007)
The DL.2 is a combination media server, moving-light fixture and video projector. The luminaire comes pre-loaded with stock digital content, a 5.5K lumen, 3-chip DLP light engine, an on-board CCD camera and an infrared illumination system. The DL.2 mounts like any other intelligent moving unit and controls just as easily using standard DMX cabling and protocols from a moving-light console. The patent-pending Collage software feature enables multiple DL.2 units to create seamless vertical, horizontal or central panoramic media projections controlled from a lighting console.
An early adopter of Scharff Weisbergs DL.2s is lighting designer and design one founder, Christien Methot. ?Out of the box the DL.2 is a fantastic special-effects moving light, he says. ?add the ability to project jpegs and movies and it is outrageous. You can load custom content on the units and recall it extremely fast from the console gaining a lot of convenience and flexibility on projects.
For a recent celebration of the New York Academy of Art hosted by Gucci design one videotaped sketch artists doing figure drawing from life. When they prepared the raw video for projection by the DL.2s Methot found himself ?in a whole new mindset as a lighting designer. I started to think as a moviemaker and graphic artist. The DL.2s allowed me to go to places other than lighting. This was a real new tool.
Methot says the DL.2 Digital Light ?typifies convergence in its amalgamation of the lighting and video design disciplines, each of which can be limiting on its own. ?I tried to approach cueing like storyboarding and moviemaking and but hisfted my approach once onsite allowing my process to be more organic, he explains. ?I saw the development of a drawing over the timeline of the media. I could home in on a drawing, play with speed, contrast, the different relationships of ink to paper. But then I had all the lighting aspects, too -- moving the image around in space and toning the image with color.
Methot notes that the DL.2 ?mounts on a pipe like other lights, they can have content loaded on them via Mac or PC and features ethernet connections. ?You can do editing on the fly, selecting videoclips and cueing them. The video inherently loops on itself, and you can change the content as needed.
?Theres no reason, as the technology progresses and we get better lamp life and brightness, why more fixtures wont be designed this way, he concludes.
Scharff Weisberg Lighting provides state-of-the-art lighting equipment for rental or as part of a complete package of AV equipment and support. For more information, call 718-482-1208.
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