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Lex Products Launches Slim Dimmer Plus with DMX

Lex_DimmerLex Products announces the Slim Dimmer Plus, a new portable single 1,800W dimmer with both local and DMX512 control.

The Slim Dimmer Plus is a compact, rugged single dimmer that can operate on its own with an onboard fader, or as a part of a larger dimming system, utilizing DMX512 for remote control. It is enclosed in a rigid aluminum extrusion, making it durable enough for theatre, film and event rental use. The dimmer is UL Listed for use in both the U.S. and Canada.

The Slim Dimmer Plus joins the Lex Slim Dimmer in the company’s small, single dimmer product line. Both the Slim Dimmer and the Slim Dimmer Plus are compact 1800W dimmers, respectively, one has local control and the other has both local and DMX control.


Graham Likeness, Business Development Manager, says “Our customers often need simple, on the spot dimming. Sometimes they need dimmers to be stand alone and sometimes they need to be controlled remotely. In either case, the Slim Dimmer Plus is the perfect solution”.

For additional information on the Slim Dimmer Plus or Lex Dimming products, contact Lex Products, 15 Progress drive, Shelton, CT. 06484. Phone (800)-843-4460, or (203)-363-3742, or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Innovative Additions for DSLRs

InovativeGear_SonyPMWWithout a doubt, DSLR cameras have had a revolutionary impact on production technology and technique in a very short time. This is especially true for those involved in indie features, TV dramas, music videos and commercials. While the RED camera and its promised kid sister, the SCARLET, launched this bold new genre just a few years ago, DSLRs have since taken it to a new level.

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Digital Learning Curve

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You’d never know it, but one of the busiest production facilities in Southern California is based at the Dominguez Hills campus of Cal State University (CSUDH), where Bernie Clinch is a producer for the Distance Learning department. “We produce approximately 21 hours a week of live programming plus an average of five prerecorded programs every month,” explains Clinch. Most of that content takes the form of degree-granting courses that interested students can view through a local cable system and online at http://dhtv.csudh.edu/, and they can receive a full academic credit that’s transferable throughout the CSU system.

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GAME CREEK VIDEO’S TELEPHOTO COVERAGE OF SUPER BOWL XLV


CANON_100x_ZOOM_SUPE191ABC_2For the more than 111 million viewers that watched the Super Bowl they got to enjoy spectacular football up close and personal.  This was accomplished by Game Creek Video that outfitted all 18 of its HD field cameras with XJ100x9.3B long-zoom HD lenses from Canon U.S.A. In addition to using Canon's first triple-digit long-zoom HD field lens, Game Creek Video equipped its portable HD cameras with Canon HJ22ex7.6B and HJ11x4.7B ENG-style lenses, and HJ21ex7.5B portable EFP lenses.

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K-array makes Audio History at the Verona Opera Festival


The Verona Opera Festival is not only renowned for its sublime operatic performances, but for its historic venue--the 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre, built in 30 AD. Since the inception of the Verona Opera in 1913, performances at the Festival at the Arena di Verona have been without live sound reinforcement. K-array, along with the production company, Musical Box Rent, was asked to provide the first sound system to ever be utilized in the legendary arena. The change was prompted by a need for better overall sound quality throughout the venue, including its back rows and terraces.  This year marks a milestone in the history of open-air opera, where technology has finally met up with the artistic needs of the genre. To increase intelligibility and perception of detail without detracting from the raw nature of operatic performance, a completely transparent sound reinforcement system was required; K-array’s KK50 Kobra loudspeakers were selected to preserve the traditional atmosphere and acoustics of the theatre. Alessandro Tatini, CEO of K-array, recalls meeting with Musical Box Rent owner Giambattista Zerpelloni while working on the sound for a concert given by Elisa, the award-winning Italian-born singer-songwriter. “In short, the singers, musicians, and directors were afraid of losing the naturalness of the sound, due to the sound reinforcement system,” he says. “It was a difficult concept to convey that in reality, our system wouldn’t amplify at all, but would merely enrich the sound to a minimum degree.”

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