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NAB 2018: Introducing DMG MIX, a Line of Full-Color LED Light Heads that Match Rosco Gels Precisely

Another April, another NAB Show… all manner of gear and gadgets revealed in the Las Vegas heat, all striving to push the arts of filmmaking and photography even further.

My usual NAB report will come shortly, but one item that just couldn’t wait is the new MIX line of light heads from DMG Lumière. DMG is based in Lyon, France and was recently acquired by Rosco Labs. They’re led by three brothers and a dear friend who discovered that their passions for cinematography and engineering formed a natural basis for a successful family business. (No prizes for guessing which is the brooding, mysterious one.)

DMG Lumière brothers

We at Visual Departures have to give a nod to the fact that they, like us, were founded on the notion of “by working photographers, for working photographers” (we even made it our tagline back in 1982!) There’s literally no substitute for building exactly the product you need… and the products that resulted from this designer-led process were lights called (in order of increasing size) MINI SWITCH, SL1 SWITCH, and MAXI SWITCH.

Pretty darned smooth, eh? So you can well imagine that Rosco’s booth at NAB was filled with technical and sales associates who were simply (ahem) beaming at the opportunity to show off what you could do with the new-and-improved versions of these three superb light units. So, without further ado, have a look…

What can you say to that besides… “pretty darned smooth-er”?! (On second thought, I suppose you can say lots of things besides that… but I’m stricken by a sudden ineloquence. Maybe it was the surprisingly catchy soundtrack on that video? Let’s go with that.)

At any rate, everyone who came to the booth was blown away by the thoughtful details the de Montgrand brothers included in these lights – just the thing to make #SetLife a little easier, more productive, and more fun. We couldn’t be happier for our colleagues at Rosco and DMG as they work to bring these wonderful light heads to creative people this summer.

If you need to know more, Joel Svendsen of Rosco is your man. He recently posted some details on the new MIX units which – just to be clear – will be available alongside the classic SWITCH units (so named because they can “switch” from daylight to tungsten color temperatures, including those somewhere in between.) We’ll be distributing all of these to our dealers across the country just as soon as they’re ready.

Rosco Image Spot: Compact, Efficient Image Projection — Even Outdoors!

Rosco Image Spot, handheld

For many years, we have enjoyed a great relationship with Rosco’s gobo production specialists deep in the heart of Round Rock, Texas. Thanks in no small part to many years of hard work by Anne Hunter and her crew, Rosco is a world leader in gobos, from simple metal patterns to colored glass effects and all varieties in between. Gobos find use in theater, architectural work, weddings, and other—sometimes unexpected—venues.

Now, leveraging their depth of experience, Rosco has released the Image Spot line of LED gobo projectors. Powerful, yet fitting in the palm of your hand, the Image Spot IP40 and IP65 projectors are perfect for mounting anywhere you need to project an image or message (or just need an compact and efficient spot light), whether that be in a shop, museum, theme park, or other indoor or outdoor setting.

Rosco Image Spot projecting a flame

Image Spot’s 70,000-hour-rated LEDs are energy-efficient and bright, allowing a maximum throw distance of 40 feet (12 meters) using only 45 watts of power. Speaking of power, the projector accepts universal line voltage input, meaning Image Spot units can come along on your world tour without skipping a beat. And the industry-leading 3-year warranty lets you rest assured they’ll stand up to the rigors of touring, too.

Rosco Image Spot Heat Sink and CablesImage Spot comes with an on-board dimming control, maxing out at 3000 lumens @ 5500K. It’s efficient enough that, even running at full blast, there’s no need for a cooling fan… so Image Spot always runs silently. No noise, and no spinning parts to cause those “unexpected tune-ups” down the line!

Rosco Image Spot, wet

The base model, the IP40, is spec’d for indoor use and can be controlled on-device or by DMX512 using standard RJ45/Cat5 cable. For outdoor applications, look to the IP65; weatherproof (as you might guess from its name), it supports DMX512 over exterior-rated Cat5e.

Rosco Image Spot in White, side viewAll Image Spot units measure 7.8×4.8×3.2 inches and weigh just five and a half pounds. They’re available to match most decors in black, white, or silver. Mounting options include canopy, C-clamp, track mount, and pole mount.

Here’s an important piece of advice: because they’re so versatile, Image Spot units are not packaged with a lens. They’ll work fine without a gobo, but won’t do much without a lens. Don’t forget to order one!

Rosco Image Spot Lens AttachmentDepending on your specific needs, you’ll want to pair your Image Spot with a 19, 25, or 30 degree lens to tune your projection to size. The following diagram, along with your trusty measuring tape, should help you work out just what you need to order. If your lighting plan calls for diffusion (perhaps to illuminate artwork or products in a store) add a pack of Rosco’s OPTI-FLECS filters to your shopping cart.

Image Spot photometrics

Rosco Image Spot Gobo and Filter HolderWhen ordering gobos, be sure to order the correct size for Image Spot by using the standard five-digit gobo number and appending “-SPOT” (e.g., “54321-SPOT”). If you’re looking for a Permacolor dichroic filter, use the format “1203-XXXX-SPOT”, substituting the four-digit color number you need. Gobos that use your own custom artwork should use the formats listed in the table below – call us to set up your order, and we will work closely with the crew in Round Rock to make sure it comes out looking great. We’ll admit to being a tiny bit jealous of our central Texas colleagues; we are huge barbecue fans, and they’re surrounded by some of the best barbecue in the world. We may have to ask to visit them one of these days… around lunchtime would be nice!

Item Code Description
2507210ISPOT Image Spot Custom Steel Gobo
260CUSBWOSPO Image Spot Custom B&W Glass Gobo
260CUS1COSPO Image Spot Custom One-Color Glass Gobo
260CUS2COSPO Image Spot Custom Two-Color Glass Gobo
260CUSMCOSPO Image Spot Custom Multi-color Glass Gobo