The PRG GroundControl™ Followspot System allows a followspot operator to remotely operate a high output automated luminaire as a followspot from up to 2,000 ft away. Designers now have total creative freedom to put followspots in places that were either previously unusable or involved complex rigging. With the GroundControl (GC) Followspot System, the operator is on the ground so the physical footprint of the luminaire is significantly smaller then a conventional followspot. Because of this small footprint and low weight, followspots can now be placed in a wide variety of positions.
- Balcony rails or on box booms in a theatre
- Yoked out over a video wall instead of in front
- In low trim venues like convention centers & ballrooms
- Ground supported on a lift or a truss tower
- On a theatre counterweight system pipe
- On the deck to follow overhead flying
- In audience; the small footprint increases available seating
All of theses options can be accomplished with the GroundControl without the extra safety equipment, personnel access gear, and rigging typically associated with truss mounted followspots. The GroundControl Followspot System consists of three parts: a GC Spot Luminaire, a GC Truss Box (TBox not used with GCeX), and a GC Followspot Controller.
The GC Spot Luminaire Family includes the GC Best Boy, GC Bad Boy, GC Longthrow, as well as the new GC SpotRay. The fixtures have a High Definition camera mounted on the fixture that outputs HD-SDI at 1080p enabling the spot operator on the ground to see the stage as if he or she was sitting right next to the fixture. The onboard camera has an optical zoom, targeting reticle, and a night vision mode that enables operators to pick up a performer on a virtually black stage. All GroundControl Spot Luminaires have cross fading CMY color mixing along with color correction options giving designers the ultimate in flexibility to dial in and tune the GC Luminaire to their exact needs. Details about specific luminaire features can be found on the individual GroundControl Luminaire datasheets.
GroundControl Family of Products — At-A-Glance
GroundControl (GCFS) Controller
Fiber-Optic System. Robust touring-grade system. Distance to fixture ≤2000' (610m). Compatible with 4Way switch and GC Multi. Ideal for Concert Touring, Special Events, TV/Film.
Cooper-based System. Robust entry-level system. Distance to fixture ≤300' (92m). Optimized for use with GC SpotRay. Ideal for Educational Factilties, Houses of Worship, Regional Theatre, Theatrical Touring, Corporate/Ballroom.
GroundControl SpotRay - Preliminary
Short Throw 10-100'. Followspot-specific, entry-level luminaire. Ideal for Education, Theatre, Corporate/Ballroom, Cruise Ships, Small Clubs, Back Light.
GroundControl Best Boy Spot HP
Short Throw 10-75'. Full-feature, framing luminaire. Ideal for Theatre, Television, Corporate/Ballroom, Cruise Ships, Small Clubs, Back Light.
GroundControl Bad Boy Spot HP
Medium Throw 50-150'. Full-feature, high-power luminaire. Ideal for Special Events, Concert Touring, Film, Amphitheater, PAC, Arena FOH spot.
GroundControl Longthrow (LT)
Long Throw 150'+. Full-feature, framing high-intensity followspot luminaire. Ideal for Award shows, Stadiums, Key FOH spot and much more!
GroundControl 4-way Switch Box
Switch between 4 fixtures with one controller. Ideal for A/B stage, break out rooms, backup fixtures, and many other configurations. Check out the video above for a detailed breakdown!
GC Multi - Coming Soon
Control multiple PRG luminaires from a single controller. Simple to setup, on-board configuration process, and streamlined luminaire control.
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- GroundControl wins Live Design 2015-2016 Products of the Year for Best New Followspot
- TPI Magazine March Feature on GroundControl
- GroundControl on Springsteen's Take Me to the River Tour via Lighting and Sound America