Anyone watching this season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars will surely notice the brilliant new production design by James Yarnell, Set Designer, and Simon Miles, Lighting Designer. A new set with the dance floor raised above the audience provides a 360-degree stage taking full advantage of the studio space including three balcony tiers, and the dancers making their grand entrance through the new tracking center-stage staircase. The new design also features a new fully integrated Schnick-Schnack-Systems® multi-media LED lighting installation in its North American television debut.
“The visual quality of Schnick-Schnack-Systems is really apparent; the vivid colors and effects combinations are almost endless,” notes Simon Miles. “Schnick-Schnack is specifically designed for applications like this. The color consistency, quick response, and great â€˜on camera' performance is brilliant. The quality is exactly what you would expect of German engineering. We were also rather impressed with the ease of installation into such a large, complex set. Everyone is very happy.”
Schnick-Schnack-Systems is the first LED accent lighting system designed for production integration and is perfect for a variety of applications – especially stage-sets, scenery, and exhibits. The Dancing with the Stars system is comprised of Schnick-Schnack-Systems' advanced C25-250 and B25-250 LED strips, 633 of the C25-250 Strips for video mapping on the set's main tracking staircase, and 1,318 of the B25-250 Strips for accenting the stage and all three 360-degree balconies. The Schnick-Schnack-Systems LED Strips are mounted on every edge of the set for amazing color chases and remarkable timed effects. Schnick-Schnack-Systems 4E controllers drive the versatile DMX or video controllable system.
The Schnick-Schnack-Systems LED-strips used on Dancing With The Stars each have ten (10) high output Nichia LEDs evenly spaced along their 250 mm length. The strips are ideal for backlighting set elements such as stairs, edging strips and translucent surfaces or for accentuating set edges and profiles. They can be used as a backlight with only 3-inch clearance from the backlit material, creating a harmonious blending of the individual LEDs within a strip. Without diffusion material in front, they can also be used as an LED video matrix for direct flicker-free viewing. Each strip comprises a full range of primary colors allowing for optimal color mixing.
Schnick-Schnack-Systems offers a full range of quality LED products: Strips, Tiles, and Panels in a variety of control types, sizes, and pixel pitches, along with a selection of power supplies, interfaces, controllers, and software. Multiple product levels suit any size installation and any budget. Compact, modular, and easy to use for quick installation and removal, the extremely flexible systems include a variety of mounting options. High-bin LEDs, unique color-calibration, and special dimmer curve for TV cameras ensure quality and consistency of color, intensity, and luminosity across the entire range.