Control Systems for Live Entertainment

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Focal Press, 2000 - Performing Arts - 395 pages
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Control Systems for Live Entertainment provides essential information for technicians, engineers and designers interested in how control systems and computers are used in the live entertainment arena. Specifically covering control for lighting, lasers, sound, video, film projection, stage machinery, animatronics, special effects and pyrotechnics for theatre, concerts, theme parks, themed-retail, cruise ships, museums, corporate and other events.

Drawing on his extensive experience in the field and classroom, author John Huntington clearly explains everything that goes on behind the scenes and inside the machines to bring bold visions to life in real-world settings.

Sections on all major entertainment control standards, methods and protocols, including DMX512, MIDI, MIDI Show Control, Sony 9-Pin, SMPTE Time Code and many others
Basics of control systems, data communications, and networks, including EIA serial standards and Ethernet
System design concepts and case studies featuring realistic problems and practical solutions, with a unique combined focus on computers, art and practice

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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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