Vickie Claiborne recently reviewed High End System’s SHAPESHIFTER in PLSN.
The Shapeshifter is an exciting new LED fixture that moves beyond just being a simple LED wash fixture. The fixture is dynamic, and for that reason, it makes a great addition to a lighting rig on any type of show. Television, touring, and corporate event LDs should love this fixture for the new looks it brings to the tool bag. Plus, it’s a practical wash light as well, meaning an LD can get the best of both worlds.
Read the full review.
High End Systems has released Hog 4 OS v2.5.0.
Besides bug fixes, High End has added OSC Output for Function Label Keys.
The Hog 4 OS now outputs OSC messages in the form of text strings for the function key labels. This allows users to see both command key and user kind key labels on their OSC remote devices. Newly updated OSC templates that support this functionality are available for download in the beta forum.
You can download the update for your HOG 4 board from High End System’s site.
Lighting designer Jonathan ‘Leggy’ Armstrong on using High End Systems’ SHAPESHIFTERs and Hog 4 on David Guetta.
“Being an EDM show, it’s all about being dynamic,” says Leggy. The SHAPESHIFTERs have proven to be extremely versatile. We can keep it simple and treat them almost like a standard wash fixture, then let loose with a barrage of effects. Whereas I would normally use wash fixtures to supply a base and rely on my profiles and beam lights for the impact, I found them taking a back seat as the SHAPESHIFTERs could give me the animated beam action we wanted, but in a form we’d never seen before. SHAPESHIFTERs give the ‘shock and awe’ that we are looking for, but I can also see the potential to give much subtler effects, which I look forward to exploring on a different production. The output is even more impressive than I’d hoped, which is important for the scale of shows we do which can be very large open air performances. Also, the Indigo back-lighter has a much bigger impact than I first imagined; it’s a great effect in its own right. So far the fixtures have been extremely reliable – I’ve finished every show with 100% functioning.”
Creative Stage Lighting is the Master Distributor for High End Systems in the USA. Whether you want to buy or rent SHAPESHIFTERs for your own productions, Creative Stage Lighting has you covered. Call us at (518) 251-3302 for your mind shift!
Want to get your Hog on, but don’t know how? CSL will be offering HOG 4 training this month at TLS Productions as part of TLS’s open house and new products showcase.
This $250 introduction course covers the powerful Wholehog Control Software, which is used on the HOG 4 Console, Road Hog 4, Full Boar 4, and Hog 4PC. This hands-on class will use the Wholehog operating system on all platforms connected to Light Converse. The class will cover console layout, patching, editing fixtures, programmer, timing, palettes, cue lists, options and directory, page directory, scenes, saving shows and much more. There is a multitude of hands-on exercises with each section covered.
- 9/23: 10:30AM – 6PM
- 9/24: 10:30AM – 4PM
Half hour lunch break each day
Space is LIMITED – so register today!
For more information please see CSL’s Training page. You can also sign-up online.
From concert and theatre lighting to safety training, there’s a place for Rosco’s new VAPOUR machines.
Using fog on stage is great for obscuring scene changes, concealing an entrance or exit from the stage or creating a visceral mood to wow an audience – and the features inside the Vapour Fog Machine allow it to meet the demands of any production. Sometimes, the fogger needs to be located in tight quarters, such as underneath a platform or inside a piece of scenery. The compact size of the Mini-V Fog Machine makes it the perfect solution for placing a fog machine wherever a scene needs it. All four of the Vapour Series machines have been tested for use in professional theatrical productions and are included under the Equipment-Based Guidelines of the Equity-League Pension and Health Trust Funds.
Read more about it at Rosco Spectrum.
High End’s SHAPESHIFTER has had a busy summer season with Dave Matthews Band, Neon Trees, and more. They’ve recently made an appearance on the Summerland Tour.
Here’s what Rick ‘Shaggy’ Ehmcke said about SHAPESHIFTER:
Shaggy says the versatility of SHAPESHIFTER puts it in a class by itself as a designer tool. “You can really get such versatility out of the fixture,” he points out, “and with proper programming time and a repeatable show, the vast amount of different looks LDs are going to come up with is going to be really cool. I’m looking forward to seeing how different designers will use SHAPESHIFTER. Everybody has their own individual style, and that fixture can adapt to all of them.”
Read the entire story at Highend.com
High End’s Shapeshifter is set for a summer touring season with appearance on productions from Dave Matthews Band, Neon Trees, and Guns N’ Roses. Projections, Lights and Staging News has the story.
HES sales manager Craig Burross commented “After one month of shipping our ShapeShifter C1 and W1 fixtures, the buzz has been incredible! Watching cutting-edge lighting designers utilize the product is truly inspiring, and more LDs are embracing these products each and every week. With our C2 and W2 units shipping soon, I believe everyone in the design community will want to specify and utilize these innovative new lighting tools.”
Here’s High End Systems Chris Ferrante showing the folks at PLSNtv their new ShapeShifter moving head.