May 10

Martin Show Designer 6 is OUT!

Lighthouse Holland has just launched the new Martin Show Designer 6! After showing it up in Pro Light + Sound 2014 in Frankfurt back in March, I’ve been in a group of BETA-Testers, working together with the company to give feedback in order to improve the stability of this new version.

What’s New?

I’ll guide you through the most impressive changes made in Martin Show Designer for this new version 6 after the break!

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May 01

CAMBADA participation in IranOpen2014

Back in April 09, 2014, I flew, along with 5 more CAMBADA team members, to Tehran for an International Robotics Fair that lasted 3 days :) Here is a video with our best moments.

We made pretty big achievements:

  • Dribble behaviour – we where the only team complying with the rules, because this year we can’t dribble more than 3 meters from the point where we grab the ball. Also the whole robot behaviour
  • Ball handling – the grabber mechanism was improved to allow free movements
  • Passes in free-play – we successfully coordinated multiple agents to be able to make and receive a pass in freeplay

At the end of the day, the 2nd place was worth all the hardwork during those days. The next competition will be the Portuguese Robotics Open, in Espinho, Portugal, from 14 to 18 May.

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Feb 15

Young LD Contest 2014

LD Contest 2014

I’m on a new contest for young Lighting Designers… Usually I don’t bother anyone with contests, but this one is really, really important!

The song I chose is “Nothing Left To Say”, from the famous portuguese singer Aurea, because it goes through some soft moments to a strong uprising feeling, so I tried to capture all the little details, trying to give an identity to each element. In the end, the VU-meter effect was created with a custom application I developed on purpose for controlling two Q-Blender CueLists directly from audio, in real-time (headphones recommended). I hope you enjoy watching as much as I did making it! :)

If you would like to help me, click HERE to see and vote for my video if you like it…

The image above is a screenshot of the used visualizer: Martin Show Designer. Check out LightHouse website to know more about this fantastic product!

Thank YOU!

 

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Jan 18

Kinect Light Control

Hello :)

In this post I present you a new proof-of-concept project I’ve been working on. It’s called Kinect Light Control and enables the use of Kinect to control a series of moving-head lighting fixtures. Here is a video demonstrating the system, its usage scenarios and a demonstration.

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Jan 04

The Best Xmas Gift – Visit to Martin Professional

Back in October 15th, I told you about the contest I won. All my interest in the lighting industry and admiration for the Martin Professional brand earned me a trip to their Happy Factory and the Head-Quarters at 16th and 17th of December. This was the best Christmas gift I could ask for. A dream come true!

One person is particularly responsible for all this passion I have today: my father! He learned by himself the techniques used in the design and installation of stage lighting in music shows, back in the days of simple PAR projectors. When I was a child, I often went with him and my interest grown gradually. Nowadays the technology has changed a lot and it’s me who is teaching him how to use the more advanced M-Series controllers :)

I had to give back all that my father taught me, so I brought him with me and we went to Denmark with high expectations! If you would like to know a little bit more about Martin Professional, follow us on our trip ;)

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