RADlite on Will & Gareth

The RADlite sections of the show are an integral part of a complex and slickly choreographed multi-media performance where lighting, visuals, sound, the Pop Idols themselves, band and dancers amalgamate in a dynamic, eye-catching, presentation.

Barnes jumped at the chance to experiment with 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 states.

RADlite can be controlled by any DMX lighting desk, and Barnes is using an Icon Show Controller console with which he’s 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’s also running a live 5-camera shoot plus pre-recorded footage through a GVG4000 console.

The show’s onstage LED screen splits into 8 sections and has 4 distinct ‘looks’. Barnes and Leach worked together to pick the best numbers in which to utilise the RADlite, and also collaborated on the general look of the effects being generated. It’s used extensively during Gareth Gates’ show-stopping set.

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, e.g. rotate, zoom, pan/tilt, and fade the video in and out in time to the music, etc in real time. It can also be sent to different screens simultaneously – in this case up to eight screens..

“It’s gives an additional canvas of effects and texturing” comments Barnes, effectively offering them several additional visual layers of dynamics and movement.

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