2nd Edition

Media Servers for Lighting Programmers A Comprehensive Guide to Working with Digital Lighting

By Vickie Claiborne Copyright 2021
    244 Pages 131 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 131 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Media Servers for Lighting Programmers, Second Edition, is the reference guide for lighting programmers working with media servers – the digital media devices used to control and manipulate video, audio, lighting, and projection content that have become the industry standard for live events, broadcast, and theatre performances.

    This book contains all the information you need to begin working with these devices, with topics ranging from common video terminology and equipment to the workflows for setup, patching, programming, and operating a media server from a lighting console via DMX. It also features a brief history of where this unique market originated from and offers a look at the current trends in media server technology and the growing digital media industry. This second edition also includes more information on alternative methods of programming and operating a server beyond using DMX, along with new information on projection mapping workflows, content creation software, and media management techniques.

    Media Servers for Lighting Programmers, Second Edition, is a valuable resource for the lighting programmer working in live entertainment venues.

    The book includes access to additional online support material and links to industry sites and articles.

    1. How Did We Get Here? A Brief Look at the Beginnings of Digital Lighting  2. Why Do LDs Want to Control Video from a Lighting Console?  3. Convergence and the Role of the Lighting Programmer  4. Getting Familiar with Hardware  5. What does that piece of equipment do?  6. Programming a Media Server from a Lighting Console  7. It's All about the Content  8. Optimizing Content Playback from the Console  9. Content Gone Wild: Unexpected Playback Results  10. Video Copyright Laws  11. Preparing for a Show  12. Networking Servers  13. Live Video Input and Video over Ethernet  14. Configuring a Server's Outputs  15. Using Content Templates  16. Synchronizing Frames  17. 3D Objects  18. Video Mapping Features  19. Pixel Mapping  20. Using Audio with Media Servers  21. Control Methods for Triggering Cue Playback  22. The Evolution of Media Control  23. Visualizing your Media  24. Projection Image Blending  25. LED Display Devices


    Vickie Claiborne is a lighting and digital media specialist based in Las Vegas, NV. Her career in lighting design and programming, digital media design and programming, and as an industry-known training instructor, spans 25 years and has included roles at High End Systems, PRG, and now with disguise as Training Manager for the Americas. Vickie is also a contributing writer for PLSN Magazine covering topics on digital media and programming.