GLP German Light Products launched a number of new products at the recent PLS exhibition in Frankfurt, along with treating visitors to a sneak preview of some upcoming product releases.
Reporting a busy attendance from all four days, distributors and customers alike gave a great response to the new showings, in what was definitely an upbeat environment.
Getting its official launch at the show was the Impression X4S fixture, which is the ‘Small’ version of the Impression X4. Featuring the same 15 Watt RGBW LED’s that are used in the Impression X4 – just 7 instead of 19, it has the same homogenous output, the same stunning 7 to 50 degree zoom range and the same pixel pattern capability, but all in a smaller body which is just 12 inches high and weighs just 12 lbs. It offers all the things you have always wanted in a small moving LED washlight, but could never get in a single fixture – and it completes the feature set with fast 16 bit movement, electronic shutter control and smooth dimming.
Also getting its launch was the Volkslicht Spot unit which had been previewed at LDI in Las Vegas. This is a scaled down version of the Impression Spot One, and features a 300W RGB LED engine with smooth field distribution. Its feature set includes motorized iris, rotating gobo wheel, static gobo wheel, rotating prism, and motorized focus all within a small body and a beam angle of 13 degrees. With a light weight of just 33 lbs. it has been designed for the installation market or for applications with shorter throw distances than the Impression Spot One.
The first fixture getting its global preview was the Impression V. This fixture uses the same Impression X4S housing, but instead of a LED light engine inside, it features a LED Video engine inside using DLP technology. With an output of 100 ANSI Lumens, the Impression V offers a beam angle of 15 degrees. DMX control has been added for the red, green and blue channels of the DLP system giving full color adjustment of any image or movie that’s being played. There’s also DMX focus control to ensure that you get a sharp image, no matter the throw distance. The small size of the Impression V makes it great for point of sale applications, sponsorship and corporate work. The playback files themselves are stored on an SD Card which conveniently sits in the front of the fixture. Adding or changing the files on board is a simple process just requires an SD Card writer – like most computers have these days – with no special equipment required. The SD Card contains 32 folders, with each folder containing 32 still images and 32 video files – for a total of 1,024 of each. DMX control allows you to easily select the specific file and folder that you want to play back.
Also getting its first preview was Impression X2. This is a fixed beam version of the X4S. Using the same 15W Osram LED’s as the Impression X4 and X4S, this new unit features fixed beam optics of 8 degrees in the same housing as the X4S, with the same common features.
Finally, on the non fixture side, GLP also launched a new iPad app for the impression X4. It brings up a graphic of the X4 front plate and allows you to create lens patterns by simply clicking them on and off. When done, the screen displays the DMX levels you need to input to your desk to get the same image to appear. You can also sort through the standard preset patterns and there’s even a color picker for previewing. A great little tool that makes pattern designing an absolute breeze. An iPhone and Android version will be following, but the iPad version can be downloaded now from the App Store. In addition to all of this, sister company G-LEC showed an updated version of its Phantom 30 panel, which now incorporates electronics to run with the latest version of the GVP video processor. The GVP processor offers a number of fast and intuitive operations including the ability to move and rotate output devices by indicidual pixels for perfect accuracy.
Also on display from G-LEC was a stunning 3D cube of their leading Solaris product. Solaris is a 360 degree cable based video device, and in its stunning 3D configuration showed how some absolutely stunning effects can be created.