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22/10/2002

RADlite system used on Pop Idol tour

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Peter Barnes, lighting designer for the Pop Idol spin-off 'Will & Gareth' show, chose a RADLite video and effects manipulation system for the performers' current 24-date sold out UK arena tour.
The RADlite sections of the show form an integral part of a "complex and slickly choreographed multi-media performance, where lighting, visuals, sound and the 'Pop Idols' themselves amalgamate in a dynamic, eye-catching, presentation."
Barnes chose the new product after using the demonstration system available at Avolites. “The idea of a video system that can be controlled from a lighting desk by the lighting designer or operator is brilliant,” he said.
RADlite can be controlled by any DMX lighting desk, and Barnes is using an Icon Show Controller console, with which he is also running the lighting. The RADlite system itself is supplied by the tour’s production video contractors XL Video UK, and sits in the video rack backstage.
Barnes mixes the patterns and effects at the lighting desk end, and sends DMX back to the video rack, where they’re picked up and output to screen by video director Blue Leach, who is also running a live five-camera shoot plus pre-recorded footage through a GVG4000 console.
RADlite combines any number of images and vector shapes with digital video, colour backgrounds and text. Barnes is using some customised video images produced specifically for Gareth’s set, and also drawing extensively on the RADlite’s inbuilt selection of graphics and effects. The system is controlled just like a moving light, giving the operator the ability to apply masks like colours, shapes and effects.
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