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Vector Green drives the giant X-Factor (UK) show


Compulite's Vector  green runs the 5th series of the gigantic X-Factor.



A set of 3 "Vector Green" ran a complex lighting rig that included: moving lights, media servers, LED screens and conventional lights, the final episodes ran LIVE.

Few facts about X-factor
•    The X Factor is the biggest television talent competition in Europe.
•    182,000 people (…) auditioning for series 5.
•    The prize is a £1,000,000 recording contract with record labels Sony BMG and Syco.
•    The fifth season ended in December 2008.
•    The X Factor (series 5) officially averaged 10.5 million viewers per episode, becoming UK most watched talent series of the 21st century.
•    The final episodes were broadcast LIVE.
•    Versions of The X Factor have also appeared in a number of other countries. The show has become a major success throughout the world, most notably in Denmark, Spain and Colombia.
•    The show ran on Vectors for the last 4 series.

Lighting Designer:  Dave Davey
Programmers:  Bill Peachment, John Ford, Russ Grubiack

Peachment said: 
" The lighting and media servers were all once again controlled from 3 Vector Green systems. John Ford looked after the lighting of the people with the Compulite dimmers, VL 3000 wash lights and S4 Revolutions. His vector Green controlled this 4 DMX streams via a ePort. I my self controlled all the set and effects lighting. I had 9 DMX streams via 3 ePorts controlling VL 3000 spots, VL 3000 Wash, Vl 3500 Wash, Nova flowers, ACL par bars and all the LED in the set ( around 500 RGB fixtures ). Russ Grubiack controlled 3 Hippotizer Media servers for all the screen and O_lite images.
"X-Factor is a big live show with over 500 cues on my console alone. The Vector has taken everything we have thrown at it and been a joy to use throughout the show."

"All 3 Vector systems performed very well on this fast moving show. We used a vector PC to back up the systems but this was never needed. I think that the Vector is a very fast and flexible desk to program on these complex TV shows. "

Lighting rig included:

  • 4  Vari-Lite VL 3500 wash
  • 18 Vari-Lite VL 2000 wash
  • 29 Vari-Lite VL 3000 spot
  • 22 Vari-Lite VL 3000 wash
  • 2 Nova flower
  • 18 Vari-Lite VL6c spot
  • 36 James Thomas PixelPar 90
  • 46  James Thomas Pixel line   1044
  • 12 Vari-Lite 1K Tungsten
  • 3 Chroma 12 RGB Pulsar
  • 20 ACL par bars
  • 14 ETC Source 4 revolutions  
  • 3 Hippotizers  media servers v.3
  • Compulite CompuDim 2000 dimmers
  • 4 Compulite ePorts (Ethernet --> DMX)
  • 160 Conventional lights




Photos by Dave Davey


 Russ Grubiack programming the Vector green



Bill Peachment during the programming session


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