DMX iris as projector douser?

RonHebbard

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Joshualangman

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Although it occurs to me that irises don't close all the way … which would probably explain why no one else does this. So maybe this is a bad idea anyway.
 

derekleffew

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In the olden days when Wybron made dousers as well as scrollers, they had the Eclipse. It was a venetian-blind type shutter. Some objected to parts of the mechanism staying in the path when open. The Eclipse II was a fully-closing iris type. You might try hunting one down. Came as large as 24" IIRC.

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Wybron Eclipse douser

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Wybron Eclipse II douser
 

RonHebbard

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Although it occurs to me that irises don't close all the way … which would probably explain why no one else does this. So maybe this is a bad idea anyway.
@Joshualangman In the cobwebs of my mind I believe I'm recalling an iris that had a little arm which swung up and blocked the tiny hole when irised down to its minimum diameter. Let's summon Control Booth's Super Trouper and Gladiator iris expert: @ship Can you help our O.P. @Joshualangman ?
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theatricalmatt

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I've used City Theatrical projector dowsers, DMX Irises, and Wybron's Eclipse dowsers to dowse projectors.

I like the City Theatrical dowser best, mainly because that's what it's supposed to do. (That being said, they overlooked its potential application for doing many other things besides....) That being said, the flag movement is often too noticeable by an audience, the motor is a little weak for very fast open and closes, and there's occasionally an issue with hysteresis; ie, it doesn't always make it to full open and full closed, especially if you're trying to eliminate the aforementioned noticeability aspect by only manipulating it from, say, 10 - 70% iinstead of 0 - 100%.

The DMX Iris works surprisingly well, even with the small aperture remaining at center; maybe it's how we had the projector focused, maybe it's the distance we had it from the projector lens ... maybe any light bleed disappeared underneath the cyc light wash. The aperture size was never an issue, but I also used it in this specific application with a ~2500 lumen desktop projector with a fairly average lens, not a long-throw or extreme short throw lens.

The Wybron Eclipse didn't work. Full stop. The vanes on the dowser were just too large, and no matter how close or far it was set from the projector, they cast shadows. We didn't try the 'iris' version of the Eclipse, as none were available to us.
 

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I use the Eclipse 2 dousers, including partial close to feather video black in mostly dark projection. For the DMX iris, it depends on how close you have it to the lens and how large the image is at that point.
 

GreyWyvern

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You would just need an iris that closes all the way, which some do. We have done scrollers (strings) for this purpose as well.
 

ruinexplorer

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I found my photo's of the Iris Dowser plate on the Dyna Beam if anyone is interested in seeing how it worked. Let me know and I'll send/post the photos.
If you could post photos, that would be wonderful.
 

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