Monday, March 31, 2014

Times Set for Barbizon's NAB 2014 Educational Sessions

Barbizon NAB 2014 Educational Sessions
A week from today the 2014 NAB conference will be in full swing.  100,000 video and radio people will descend on Las Vegas like locusts to see the latest and greatest in production technology.

NAB Show® is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new devices in new ways.

Barbizon will be exhibiting in the Central Hall booth C7249 in the Acquisition and Production area.  We will be featuring the latest in lighting technology and be hosting four educational sessions Monday through Wednesday at 10:30, 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30.

This year's sessions include:

10:30 –Top 10 Questions People Should Ask About Using LED Lights  – John Gates
Solid State Lighting is all the rage and there are a lot of nuances you should be aware of John will go though some of the questions we’re asked and give you no-nonsense answers.

12:30 – Converting Non-Traditional Spaces into a Functional Studio – Jim Sippel & John Gebbie
This session discusses the important things to think about when taking that extra space and repurposing it into a functional studio space.

2:30 – Color is how you Light It -  John Gates
 John will explore the fundamentals of lighting color for the camera and explain how the camera renders color very differently from the human eye.

4:30 – Daylight or Tungsten: Which Color Temp is Right For You?  Jim Sippel
Jim will discuss the pros and cons of using these two different color temperatures and what conditions may dictate one over the other He will also discuss the rami cations for color balance and camera settings.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Visit Barbizon April 7-10 at NAB 2014

Headed to NAB? Barbizon Has Your Free Floor Pass + Free Education!NAB Globe

Barbizon will be exhibiting April 7-10 at the annual NAB convention in Las Vegas showing customers the latest and greatest advancements in broadcast and content acquisition equipment.

We will be located in the Central Hall in Booth C7249.

We will be continuing our free exhibit floor-based educational series with LD's John Gates and Jim Sippel covering topics that will include topics like:
-Converting existing spaces into usable studios.
-Color Correction, Temperature, and Cameras
-Color Temperature: Daylight vs. Tungsten
-10 Questions you should ask about LED Lighting
If you still need a free floor pass be sure to sign up before March 31 to avoid a $25 late registration processing fee. Our guest pass code is LV2452

Thursday, March 13, 2014

WKMG Chooses Barbizon To Help Become The First Station in Central Florida With All LED Lighting

WKMG Channel 6 in Orlando made a conscious decision to become an energy-saving, cost-saving news studio. WKMG reached out to industry leader Barbizon to make their dreams of becoming the first TV news station in central Florida to have a completely LED-based illumination package a reality. Barbizon brought the wealth of industry expertise and broadcast illumination to WKMG’s studio, allowing them to not only save on operating costs but to expand their programming horizons with a lighting package that will deliver a great look and feel to the program feed.

A project of this size and scope would not be complete without a completely tight deadline, and WKMG did not disappoint. Barbizon had two days to not only switch over all conventional illumination to the new LED fixtures, but to install new data paths and a new control surface.

The Barbizon Florida team on the project brought together a great package of bright, broadcast-ready Desisti 50W LED fresnels to cover general illumination within the studio, along with ETC’s Source Four Lustr+ full-color profile fixtures to add any accented colors that the studio uses to make their vibrant shots. Optical DMX data splitters from Pathway were installed to handle the new data traffic to seamlessly control the new full LED package.

Barbizon’s hard work on the project has created a first for central Florida and WKMG – the first studio in central Florida to be lit fully with LED illumination, and all in a two-day changeover period.

In addition to adding a completely LED-based lighting system to the studio, Barbizon brought in a new control surface, the ETC Element, to handle the feature-packed fixtures Barbizon chose for WKMG that would best serve their broadcast and future growth. Barbizon not only completed the install within the tight timeline desperately needed by WKMG, but accurately focused all of the new rig, trained the WKMG staff on the ETC Element, and trained the broadcast staff on accurate operation and maintenance of the new LED package.

If you have an upcoming project or want more information about this installation or to discuss a project, contact Barbizon Florida at 407-999-2647 or your local Barbizon office at 866-502-2724.

Friday, March 07, 2014

See the ONE World Trade Install Up Close

Screenshot of the ONE WTC Spire in the GigaPan Image from
As much as we'd love to take you all up to the roof of One World Trade, that's just not in the cards.

But, we do have something almost as cool.  Time Magazine just published a great story about the project and have a GigaPan panoramic image embedded in the story.

GigaPans are gigapixel panoramas, digital images with billions of pixels. They are huge panoramas with fascinating detail, all captured in the context of a single brilliant photo. Phenomenally large, yet remarkably crisp and vivid, gigapans are available to be explored at

You can see the fixtures as installed and get a close look at the beacon mechanism.  It's a pretty amazing piece of engineering and being able to zoom in so you can see the connectors and bolts is just mind-bending.

You can See the story and see the image on Time's site with this link  ( )

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Lighting for Studios, Theaters, Architecture - Sure... But a Surgical Suite?

Barbizon is asked to work in some pretty interesting production spaces. Studios, Theaters, Museums, Architecture, but this is a new one, even for us.

Barbizon Lighting’s New York office has been collaborating with New York based neurosurgeon John Mangiardi who is the founder and originator of the 15 patents that are the source for the Optimus ISE™ (Interactive Surgical Environment) project.

Optimus has re-engineered the operating room from the ground up for the first time since World War II. The Optimus ISE™ is a radical redesign of the operating room. This includes the operating table, the walls, the floor, the ceiling, the lighting, the cleaning system, the inventory control, information technology, information management, cutting-edge sterilization capabilities.

Barbizon along with the other design affiliates recently saw their work come to fruition when the first Optimus ISE™was completed in Barcelona.

It is truly a 'cutting-edge' design that will reshape how surgery will be done.

For more information about the project check out the Optimus ISE™ Webpage or contact our New York Systems Group.