Claypaky presented a new concept in themed booths at Prolight + Sound 2018, with innovative products for the present and future of quality stage lighting.
The Claypaky booth concept was based on three theme showrooms. Demos were performed in each one by alternating lighting techniques with highly evocative visual effects. The result was an absorbing multimedia mix, which fascinated the almost 3,000 spectators who visited the showrooms over the course of four days.
“We saw enormous interest,” said CEO Pio Nahum and Marketing Manager Davide Barbetta. “The theme itinerary through the three showrooms worked in a continuous cycle, yet there were visitors waiting to enter at every time of day, and their numbers even increased on the last days. We think word got round of a highly detailed demo, put together by our technical team consisting of Claypaky’s lighting designers, Marco Zucchinali and Giulia Sabeva, and visual design experts.”
The Zac-Eye, which made its international début at the show, aroused much attention. It is the first stand-alone follow-spot to use artificial intelligence: the movements of Claypaky lights are controlled automatically by a highly innovative device that connects to them via Ethernet. Its 3D optical sensor detects all the objects on stage, and a sophisticated algorithm distinguishes human shapes from the rest of the surroundings. In this way, it is possible to follow up to 4 actors on stage independently and automatically with any Claypaky light.
The AXCOR 300 family of ultra-compact LED moving heads was presented for the first time at PL+S. The Axcor Spot, Axcor Wash and Axcor Beam, equipped with max. 180W white LEDs, aroused a great deal of interest among all the lighting professionals at the show owing to their high performance at an affordable price. The quality of their effects, their practical built-in features, and their high light output stem from the high-end products Claypaky is specialized in. The AXCOR 300 models bring new modes of creative expression to theatres, tours, events, TV studios, and fixed installations.
There was also great interest in the début of the HEPIKOS, an innovative Claypaky beam-wash light, which houses all the most highly advanced optical, mechanical and electronic technology available today in a compact body. It is built around a 440W Osram discharge lamp, and is the perfect complement to Mythos / Mythos 2 units on stage. It features a colour system able to produce very rich and varied colours, and a 5°-40° zoom, which gives a bright wash effect at maximum beam angle. Thanks to its 7¼ inch (185 mm) diameter plano-convex front lens and its narrow 5° angle, it is also able to produce a sharp, full-bodied beam effect, which can be used for charming aerial effects with saturated colours.