Follow-Me is an independent affordable network based software package that requires no proprietary hardware. Follow-Me allows the user to assign unlimited fixtures from any manufacturer in any orientation to multiple targets from one operating system. Where traditional methods of using FOH or truss mounted follow spots impose costs and rigging implications, Follow-Me offers a cost saving, quick to implement alternative.
Follow-me is a manual tracking system. There’s no sensors or belt-packs involved. Each performer (target) requires an operator and Follow-Me allows each operator to assign unlimited fixtures from any manufacture in any orientation to their target. Multiple targets can be utilized from one machine (Mac). Via a control channel Follow-Me allows full fixture control to be returned to the console. All fixtures patched in Follow-Me can be assigned to any target.
Follow-Me Hardware: Camera Mounting Box, Serial Adapter, Mouse Console, Fader Console
External Hardware: Recent Mac of any model, Black magic Ultra Studio Mini Recorder, Marshall Camera
‘…It´s amazing that you can use any fixture.The support is very fast and helpful.The setup is very quick and easy.
For the festival I used only just a power cable upstage, or downstage, in the roof and a small place at the housetruss for the Camera, and a networkcable or DMX Cable, that’s it, to use any Fixture as a follow from the house rig…’
‘…Alleine der Gedanke das man jedes Movinglight benutzen kann als Follow, macht Follow-Me schon sehr interessant. Auf einem Festival sich einfach aus der Front ein, oder zwei Movinglights in das System zu patchen und diese dann als Follow zu nutzen, ohne grossen Aufwand, macht das System sehr smart. Ich kann mir auch vorstellen das System in Zukunft auf kleineren Touren zu benutzen, da das komplette Setup, was benötigt wird in ein normales Pelicase passt und somit in jeden Nightliner…’
Christian Glatthor - Lighting Designer
‘…Follow Me is potentially one of the most innovative products in a while! While not being tied to any specific fixture or location it opens up a new realm of performer tracking that wasn’t possible before.
Follow Me allows for seamless control transition of any fixture in the system and allows you to change this, say wash lights tracking for a song or a verse, then right into the hard edge fixtures! No other control system allows the stability, efficiency and costs that Follow Me delivers. I can’t say enough about the team, also being lighting professionals, they understand the needs and demands of the product and are open to new and challenging projects! The most recent implementation was an arena end stage, thrust and two FOH stages. Follow me was able to transition seamlessly from end to end of the arena and accomplish this coverage with 3 operators and 40 fixtures! Sweet!…’
Robb Jibson - Production Designer
‘… I was looking for a solution to avoid hanging large unsightly spot chairs etc in the rig and wanted flexibility of fixtures which led me to the Follow-Me system. It has even allowed us to successfully attempt ideas like using moving head Phenom lasers to track the band for a very cool moment in the show…’ TPi
‘…The system is rock solid, and being able to choose our own xture (Robe BMFL) was great. The setup and training from Follow-Me was excellent..!’ TPi
‘...The ability to assign multiple fixtures to spot duties and then release them when not required is awesome. The system worked fabulously from an aesthetic, financial, reliability, ease of use and above all safety point of view…’ TPi
‘…I have thoroughly enjoyed using the Follow-Me system on The XX “I see you tour”. It’s given me the opportunity to have follow spots rigged in positions I would normally not be able to put a conventional follow spot..’ TPi
‘…We took a system on tour and used it as FOH spots and had our Truck Drivers operate. It has been a massive success. Def Leppard now are 100% committed to Follow-Me…’ PLSN
‘…Follow-Me spot system is a versatile and easy to use product for touring bands and theatre. I’m planning for future use of this great product as we hit the road again in 2018...’
‘… After comparing different systems Follow-Me was decided upon due to speed of set up, flexibility of lamp choice and not having to attach transmitters to the many different performers.The vision supervisor was delighted that we could store accurately levels for each performer and the Steady cam operator in particular was amazed that he could get much closer to the performer as the light was coming from a much better angle. Being able to use multiple fixtures allowed a much smoother and gentle key light without having to cover the entire stage in light…’
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Follow-Me is a collaboration between Gary Yates & Erik Berends
Gary Yates has worked in the lighting / rigging side of the entertainment business for 25 years and is the founder of Keylight Wireless Event Lighting.
Erik Berends is owner of the company State Core. He has vast experience in developing new and innovative entertainment industry technical products used worldwide.
In 2013 the first version of Follow-Me was used by British band Suede to utilize moving heads remotely to follow their lead singer on request of their LD Jip Nipius. Since this date it has been used on subsequent Suede tours and many other productions.
Keylight & State Core have recognized the requirement for a cost effective, flexible & easy to implement follow-spot solution and are proud to introduce Follow-Me to the industry.