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Luminair and other apps

Stuart Brereton
 

Hi all,

I’ve been using Luminair for about 9 months now on set. Nothing too ambitious, mostly using it to control practicals and tungsten heads. I’ve found it to be very helpful, but one area where it falls down (at least in my experience) is in being able to quickly and easily program things like chase sequences. I’ll admit that I am far from a competent board op, but the functionality in Luminair is clunky to say the least, and I’ve found their tech support to be a little disinterested.

I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions for other software they like. I’m not looking for something incredible powerful and complicated, but rather something with a relatively shallow learning curve, that still has reasonable flexibility.

Thanks,

Stuart Brereton
DP, LA

Chris McKenzie
 

Have a look at Light Factory: a very powerful PC based DMX controller. www.lightfactory.net/Introducing_LightFactory__Lighting_Without_Limits_.html?mPath=2_8&osCsid=ake11km5j0ep0hsvab3g2kot71

Maybe too much for you, but fully configurable.

 Chris McKenzie

 

Mark L
 

Hi Stuart,

This is a new thing that has come out here in Australia and I know of some well known gaffers that have now bought and put into there kit. I have been told it has just gone to New Zealand as well. It’s a great product and hearing some good reviews about it.

Here is the website

www.proficientlight.com.au

Regards

Mark

Jan Klier
 

I have used Lightkey on a few occasions. Simple to use but versatile Mac based app. I use in combination with an Entec USB/DMX adapter. It comes preloaded with profiles for most fixtures, like Arri Skypanel, etc. So less guessing on how to control everything. 

iPads seem nice, but a MacBook Pro with a basic USB/DMX adapter is fewer things to configure or go wrong. Maybe personal preference.

On Apr 2, 2018, at 11:49 PM, Stuart Brereton <ssbrereton17@...> wrote:

I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions for other software they like. I’m not looking for something incredible powerful and complicated, but rather something with a relatively shallow learning curve, that still has reasonable flexibility.

Paul Mcilvaine
 

Go to maccam, they are Rep a program called
lightrician

On Apr 2, 2018, at 8:49 PM, Stuart Brereton <ssbrereton17@...> wrote:

I’ve been using Luminair for about 9 months now on s

Jeff Brink
 

Hi Stuart,

I am working on just the thing! I have also been using Luminair for a couple years now and got so fed up with it I have been designing my own app. If you want I can add your email to the update newsletter and let you know when I release a beta (~monthish) if you want to try it out. I will also be at NAB in Vegas next week if you want to see a demo. My goal is to create an interface that is robust, but familiar to board ops and can easily patch and work LED lights like skypanels quickly. I'd love to hear your feedback on what you'd want in a better app.

Email me - jeff@... (website coming soon)!


On Tue, Apr 3, 2018, 12:40 AM Paul Mcilvaine via Cml.News <PMacSix=aol.com@...> wrote:
Go to maccam, they are Rep a program called
lightrician
On Apr 2, 2018, at 8:49 PM, Stuart Brereton <ssbrereton17@...> wrote:

I’ve been using Luminair for about 9 months now on s

Stuart Brereton
 

Thanks everyone, I’ll take a look at your suggestions.

Jeff, I emailed you at your gmail address. I’d be interested to see what your app can do.

Stuart Brereton
DP, LA

On Apr 3, 2018, at 7:46 PM, Jeff Brink <jeff.brink@...> wrote:

Hi Stuart,

I am working on just the thing! I have also been using Luminair for a couple years now and got so fed up with it I have been designing my own app. If you want I can add your email to the update newsletter and let you know when I release a beta (~monthish) if you want to try it out. I will also be at NAB in Vegas next week if you want to see a demo. My goal is to create an interface that is robust, but familiar to board ops and can easily patch and work LED lights like skypanels quickly. I'd love to hear your feedback on what you'd want in a better app.

Paul Curtis
 

On 4 Apr 2018, at 03:46, Jeff Brink <jeff.brink@...> wrote:
I am working on just the thing! I have also been using Luminair for a couple years now and got so fed up with it I have been designing my own app. If you want I can add your email to the update newsletter and let you know when I release a beta (~monthish) if you want to try it 

Hi Jeff,

I'd settle for a UI that was designed and made sense!

But seriously though, an area that really could work is to be able to play back video files and extract colours from them and send those to the lights. 

With the new style RGB LEDs (like the Voyagers) i want to be able to shoot a moving scene outside on my phone and then play back the colours and intensity on these lights for green screen interactive lighting and so on. Gang together a bunch of lights as a group and play across them.

Or failing that a better animation system with key frames and feedback.

If you need a hand just ping me (i dabble in development too but don't have time to commit to creating something like this)

cheers
Paul

Paul Curtis, VFX & Post | Canterbury, UK

Jeff Brink
 

Hi Paul,

That is a very interesting idea. I'll message you separately to chat more about this. 

If anyone else is interested in the beta or keeping updated with the newsletter feel free to sign up www.blackout-app.com


On Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 4:04 AM Paul Curtis <paul@...> wrote:
On 4 Apr 2018, at 03:46, Jeff Brink <jeff.brink@...> wrote:
I am working on just the thing! I have also been using Luminair for a couple years now and got so fed up with it I have been designing my own app. If you want I can add your email to the update newsletter and let you know when I release a beta (~monthish) if you want to try it 

Hi Jeff,

I'd settle for a UI that was designed and made sense!

But seriously though, an area that really could work is to be able to play back video files and extract colours from them and send those to the lights. 

With the new style RGB LEDs (like the Voyagers) i want to be able to shoot a moving scene outside on my phone and then play back the colours and intensity on these lights for green screen interactive lighting and so on. Gang together a bunch of lights as a group and play across them.

Or failing that a better animation system with key frames and feedback.

If you need a hand just ping me (i dabble in development too but don't have time to commit to creating something like this)

cheers
Paul

Paul Curtis, VFX & Post | Canterbury, UK

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www.imdb.me/jeffbrink
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206-427-9802

Stuart Brereton
 


On Apr 5, 2018, at 9:23 AM, Jeff Brink <jeff.brink@...> wrote:

Hi Paul,

That is a very interesting idea. I'll message you separately to chat more about this. 

If anyone else is interested in the beta or keeping updated with the newsletter feel free to sign up www.blackout-app.com



Hi Jeff,

Neither the website, nor the Blackout email address are working.

Stuart Brereton
DP, LA

Jeff Brink
 

Oops! Thanks for letting me know! For now you can email my Gmail if you want to stay in touch. I'll have it up and running tonight. 


On Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 1:07 PM Stuart Brereton <ssbrereton17@...> wrote:

On Apr 5, 2018, at 9:23 AM, Jeff Brink <jeff.brink@...> wrote:

Hi Paul,

That is a very interesting idea. I'll message you separately to chat more about this. 

If anyone else is interested in the beta or keeping updated with the newsletter feel free to sign up www.blackout-app.com



Hi Jeff,

Neither the website, nor the Blackout email address are working.

Stuart Brereton
DP, LA

--
Jeff Brink
Aerial Drone Cinematographer
www.imdb.me/jeffbrink
Local 600/Local 52 Member
206-427-9802

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