# Using Selecons to project color transparencies

#### gafftaper

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A recent thread was started asking about Rosco Image-pros. Footer posted this post below, rather than hijack that thread further I'm giving it it's own thread...

You might want to take a look at getting selecons instead of the image pros. You can essentially do the exact same thing and get a new fixture out of it as well. This set is done with selecons.... it was designed by someone that I worked with last year, also appeared on the cover of TD&T. http://dailyheadlines.uark.edu/images/Big-LOve-11.jpg
So Footer, I've seen a Selecon demo and was amazed at how cool they run. I love the shot you posted of it projecting clouds. Do you, or anyone else, know of any downsides to to using a Selecon for transparency projections. It's been mentioned in passing in a couple of posts but no one has really explored the topic fully. Clearly there are a lot of advantages of having a zoom instrument, with killer optics, you can buy transparencies for about a buck each at an office store to print at home. Plus instead of spending your money on something you only occasionally use with the I-pro, you have an instrument you can use all the time for other things.

Price: I-pro about $250 Selecon fixed focus: about$300

#### Footer

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As I've talked about in the past in the next 6 month's I'll be outfitting a new college black box. I've looked really hard at Selecon. They clearly have a lot of advantages over S4's and Strand SL's. They cost more but when you are spending over $100k on lighting it isn't that big of a deal. As much as I would love a theater full of Selecon gear, I'm just afraid to be all alone out there with a lighting instrument made in New Zealand. What happens in 5 years if they decide to stop selling in America? Where do I get parts. At the same time I see so many cool applications and possibilities because of how well designed they are. I think I'll definitely get a set of them just for image projections purposes. But I'm just affraid to go all in on Selecon when I know I'll be able to get S4 parts for decades. Ya, thats my feeling too. Also, I know the in's and outs of a source 4 like the back of my hand. There are also enough of them out there that nearly every theatre has at least a few laying around, and spare parts as well. I think they are just one more thing to have in the bag of tricks. #### Pie4Weebl ##### Well-Known Member Fight Leukemia so do you shrink the image down and put it in a gobo frame or how does it work? #### Footer ##### Senior Team Senior Team Premium Member #### squigish ##### Member I don't know if this is overkill or not, but my only experience with either selecon pacifics or the I-pro was from a production at my university last year, where we put an I-pro in a pacific for projection. It sort of worked, but it was impossible to keep both the center and perimeter of the image in sharp focus, which wasn't all that suprising, since we were using a field angle of somewhere between 70-90 degrees. I agree that selecon makes great fixtures. The pacific was just a demo, we didn't end up purchasing any, but we use their Aurora cyc lights, and almost every tour that comes through raves about how great they are, in terms of gel burnout and an even field. #### TupeloTechie ##### Active Member I looking at their website which said this "TWO PATTERN / EFFECTS MOUNTING SLOTS. A fixed pattern and rotating pattern combination." Does this mean there are just too slots so you can use a rotator and a static, or does these have built in rotators? Just wondering because we are looking into buying some to do the same thing. #### Footer ##### Senior Team Senior Team Premium Member Nope, they don't have built in rotators. If they did, the would be an absolute steal considering a good rotator cost as much as one of those fixtures. They are simply telling you that one of the slots is big enough to take a rotator. #### gafftaper ##### Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia It's two slots just like a Source4. A small one for single gobos and a large one for accessories. #### cutlunch ##### Active Member #### cutlunch ##### Active Member As I've talked about in the past in the next 6 month's I'll be outfitting a new college black box. I've looked really hard at Selecon. They clearly have a lot of advantages over S4's and Strand SL's. They cost more but when you are spending over$100k on lighting it isn't that big of a deal. As much as I would love a theater full of Selecon gear, I'm just afraid to be all alone out there with a lighting instrument made in New Zealand. What happens in 5 years if they decide to stop selling in America? Where do I get parts. At the same time I see so many cool applications and possibilities because of how well designed they are. I think I'll definitely get a set of them just for image projections purposes. But I'm just affraid to go all in on Selecon when I know I'll be able to get S4 parts for decades.
Selecon as a company has been around over 30 years.
So they are very unlikely to stop marketing to the US in five years.

But it would be worth talking to your local distributor to see what backup you would have.

I know from this forum that some places have trouble even getting support for S4 because of their local suppliers.

Even if you do get some just for projection you will find you will use them quite often for non-projection work.

Although probably too wide for projection a Pacific 90 can be used for a good wash. I used two with a blue gel to wash a stage area of aprroximately 12 metres by 8 metres. This gave more then enough light for a night scene. I had two on one 2400 watt dimmer channel. When you only have 24 channels to work with this is very handy. I think we had the 650w lamps so I could have had three on one channel.

Gafftaper when you have finalised your inventory for blackbox I am sure we all like to know what you went with.

#### gafftaper

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Gafftaper when you have finalised your inventory for blackbox I am sure we all like to know what you went with.
Well, I'm still waiting to find out exactly how much initial money I'm going to have for the purchases. But once I have a number I'll be posting some package ideas to get opinions on.