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    Moving Light as Follow Spot

    That is the X that marks the spot. You mark the X spot on this topic. Who would pay for automated followspot system, and why? What kind of advantage do theatre get from fully automated followspot at the price of several BMW 5 series? :) So, in my opinion, human operated, remotely controlled...
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    Moving Light as Follow Spot

    The question here is about the approach to the problem of using moving lights as followspots. Automated systems needs sensors, sensors have their range and accuracy. Therefore skilled technician or a engineer is needed for a system setup. Sensor net is needed to cover the stage. If those sensors...
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    Moving Light as Follow Spot

    It is all about the play, if play request for a followspot operator and there is a enough space for it. Use a followspot operator. Otherwise some other solution needs to be implemented. I agree with the Les, human touch will never be replaced with automated system. But in situations where...
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    Moving Light as Follow Spot

    In this system Web camera is mounted beside the moving light at some angle towards the stage. I have try to mount a camera on a moving light and it is very hard to track the performer that way. Technically system works but to track a dancer on stage... No. I was my first idea to mount a camera...
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    Moving Light as Follow Spot

    As I can see there are two main approaches to this topic: One is Automated Follow spot, and other one is remotely controlled moving light used as followspot. In my opinion, remotely controlled moving light is a way to go. I think that has more advantages than automated followspot simply because...
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    Moving Light as Follow Spot

    Trackpad works like a dream, trackball is more difficult and requires some time to get the grip on it. Personally I use Apple Magic TrackPad and a mouse simultaneously. I have win7 laptop with usb mouse and Bluetooth connection to trackpad. During the show I use mouse or a pad. Remove the...
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    Moving Light as Follow Spot

    Finally, knock on the door! Well, from my experience with joystick I would not recommend controlling a moving light with joystick. There are number of reasons for that. First of all, most joysticks have a center spring. You release it, and it goes to center. So it makes no sense if you are...
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    Moving Light as Follow Spot

    Since the moving light is pointing where mouse pointer is pointing, I have ordered http://www.apem.com/USB-Desktop-Control-Products-v9-p-66.html#3 To see how it feels to control moving light with industrial joystick. It takes 3 weeks to deliver ???
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    Moving Light as Follow Spot

    Yes there are automated systems where actor wears the transmitter: http://www.cast-soft.com/blacktrax You have one transmitter and several receivers. The systems have their advantages and disadvantages. I wanted to make senseless system, where actor does not have to wear sensors. And that...
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    Moving Light as Follow Spot

    I agree, I forgot to say that I was talking about small theatres and community theatres, schools… places where you have no options to use a human controlled follow spot, simply because it cannot be placed. For large concerts, stadiums and arenas this will not work for more than one reason...
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    Moving Light as Follow Spot

    Well, I has been done. For position detection I use video or web camera and not the sensors. It is much easier and it does not require any specific knowledge. I love working with visual tracking technology and on many occasion I have been asked to produce a small, reliable, simple and...