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Overview

The first published book on how computers and control systems are used in the live entertainment arena is now more essential than ever in this completely revised and up-to-date new edition. Covering lighting, sound, projection, machinery and pyrotechnics for theatre, concerts, theme parks, themed-retail, cruise ships, museums and corporate events, the Second Edition includes:
  • Sections on all major entertainment control standards, methods and protocols.
  • Basics of data communications, control systems, and control programming.
  • Information on networks for entertainment applications.
  • Case studies featuring realistic problems and practical solutions.
  • A unique combined focus on computers, art and technique.

Audience: Theatre tech people specializing in sound, lighting and control systems. Sound Engineers, lighting technicians.

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Discusses primarily computer control of lighting, lasers, sound, film projection, stage machinery, animatronics, and pyrotechnics for live events. The second edition updates current entertainment control standards, methods, and protocols. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"When colleagues or students call for show control advice, the first thing I do is send them this book."
—Steve Terry, President, PRG Lighting Systems

"This book demystifies control systems for entertainment... I have not come across a better single-source reference text on this subject."
—Sounds & Video Contractor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240803487
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A trusted expert in the field of entertainment control, show control, and sound and lighting systems, John Huntington has worked with major companies and venues throughout the industry including The Metropolitan Opera, Radio City Music Hall, Production Arts Lighting, Associates and Ferren, Thoughtful Designs/PRG, and the Tribeca Film Festival. He has had more than 40 articles published in magazines such as Entertainment Design, Lighting and Sound America, Live Design, Lighting Dimensions, TD&T and Theatre Crafts. He is a full Professor at New York City College of Technology/CUNY, and an adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Drama. He consults through his company Zircon Designs, is a member of IATSE Local #1, and was a Subject Matter Expert for the ESTA ETCP Entertainment Electrician certification exam. He lives and works in New York City.
A trusted expert in the field of entertainment control, show control, and sound and lighting systems, John Huntington has worked with major companies and venues throughout the industry including The Metropolitan Opera, Radio City Music Hall, Production Arts Lighting, Associates and Ferren, Thoughtful Designs/PRG, and the Tribeca Film Festival. He has had more than 40 articles published in magazines such as Entertainment Design, Lighting and Sound America, Live Design, Lighting Dimensions, TD&T and Theatre Crafts. He is a full Professor at New York City College of Technology/CUNY, and an adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Drama. He consults through his company Zircon Designs, is a member of IATSE Local #1, and was a Subject Matter Expert for the ESTA ETCP Entertainment Electrician certification exam. He lives and works in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Basics 1
1 Basic Control Concepts 3
2 Data Communications 9
3 Networks 38
2 Production Element Control 47
4 Lighting 49
5 Sound 76
6 Machinery 108
7 Video/Multimedia 115
8 Film Projection 120
9 Process Control 128
10 Pyrotechnics 130
3 Show Control 135
11 SMPTE Time Code 137
12 MIDI Time Code 149
13 MIDI Show Control 154
14 MSC 2.0 169
15 MIDI Machine Control 178
16 SDX 210
17 Networks for Entertainment Control 215
18 Typical Commercial Show Controllers 221
4 Example Systems 227
19 A Theatrical Thunderstorm 229
20 Put on a Happy Face 239
21 Film at 11 246
22 It's an Itchy World after All 256
Conclusion 271
Appendix 1: Contact Information 273
Appendix 2: Manufacturers Discussed in the Book 275
Bibliography 279
Periodicals 281
Index 283
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Foreword

When colleagues or students call for show control advice, the first thing I do is send them to this book. (President, PRG Lighting Group)
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