ENTECH – Day 2

( As appeared on Juliusmedia website)

This is the trade show that just keeps giving. Now on its second day, it is much easier to go and see what you only glanced at on the first day. Better chance to re-visit what first caught your eye. So that is what I did today. I sought out the companies that interested me the most and had a closer look at the gear they had to offer. The Production Audio stand in the SMPTE hall is a good place to start if you want to see some of their latest offerings

The Clifton Productions display is on the large size and very impressive. They have a full stage with some great lighting equipment, a lot of it from ROBE, such as the Robin 600 led wash. It looks good and the audio is being pumped out thru an RCF line array.

JANDS have on hand a demo unit of the AXIENT wireless management system and when you see this demo’d you will go WOW. This is going to make life a lot easier for radio mic techs.

Also great to see Lighting Designer Nigel Leving at the OZCAd stand where they are showing off Vectorworks, an amazingly powerful CAD program.

Claypaky were also showing off their new Sharpy moving head fixture, a great unit that will stun you with its output..

I also attended a couple of PLASA Keynote sessions that were very interesting and relevant. The first was presented by Rob Halliday, an internationally known lighting designer and lighting programmer. He is known for his work on a lot of large scale musicals. He covered the topic of “The Pros, Perils and Pitfalls of New Lighting Technology”. Here he covered the problems you have with going with the latest in lighting technology, especially LEDs, as the market is constantly in a state of flux. What is wiz bang new now if a poor cousin to what is new in 6 months’ time. He also discussed the fact that LEDs are now getting closer to what we always got from the humble incandescent lamp. He also explained about how the cyc lighting for “Mary Poppins” was achieved. It was an informative session and fun.

Also attend a PLASA keynote session on “Working at Height”. This was particularly relevant under our present climate of OHS. It is great to see that we are all facing similar issues in this area, no matter where you are globally.

Well there is only one more day to make you way down to ENTECH in Sydney. Don’t forget to drop in at the Juliusmedia stand one of us might be there.

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