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Cocktail #8: Converting Showfiles and ShirleyTemples

Posted by Cat On January - 30 - 2012

This time we take a look at the new grandMA1 to grandMA2 showfile conversion utility, and then we give a classic drink an adult update.

You can download the MA Showfile converter for free at

Recipe: Converted Shirley Temple


6 oz. Reeds Extra Ginger Brew

1 splash Rose’s Grenadine

1 Shot Domaine de Canton Ginger Liquor

1 Shot 42 Below Vodka

Maraschino Cherry for garnish

Combine the ingredients in a glass with ice and stir (don’t shake). Add a cherry or two for garnish.

Please Enjoy!

Cocktail #7: Smells like Bacon

Posted by Cat On December - 16 - 2010

Besides serving up the recipes you submitted for a Wholehog colored cocktail, we include a video covering all of the Wholehog 3 OPEN key shortcuts.

We received four suggestions for a Wholehog flavored cocktail, so we included all of them in the video. Thank you to everyone who participated and Enjoy!

Want to watch this in HD? Watch it on Vimeo.

Cocktail suggestions came from @cynicalgrim, @xedmada, @housetohalf at @lightjams.

Cocktail #6: Aron the Intern

Posted by Cat On September - 29 - 2010

This time WTH stands for “Where the heck,” as in “Where the heck have we been for months?”

Well ok, fair enough. Its been a looooong time. We try to explain that in the video and offer you up a bit of good humor at the same time.
You’ll also notice there are lot of things are gone – and it’s not just Joe’s long hair. For example, we’re keeping it simple and foregoing the green screen (you would not believe how long that takes to set up and later to render in post). I’ll let you figure out the rest…

You can follow Aron on Twitter: @aronaltmark
To make the Aron the Intern cocktail:

  • 1 part Sweet Tea Vodka (there are a variety of brands at your favorite liquor store: we like Bevmo)
  • 1 part Peach Schnapps (we used DeKuyper)
  • 1 part lemonde
  • Cocktail #5: HTP, LTP and Gummi Bears

    Posted by Cat On March - 11 - 2010

    This time we’re talking about priority levels when you have multiple playbacks and how to determine which will win. We’re also having drunken gummi bears… which are always full of win. Thanks to Aron Altmark for the suggestion!

    Cocktail #4: Parameter vs. Channel Calculation on grandMA

    Posted by Cat On January - 18 - 2010

    The grandMA console calculates DMX output by Parameters – NOT channels like most other consoles. This video explains the difference; how this affects your install; and why it’s so useful. This is consistently one of the more confusing aspects of the console – but this video should help.

    We’re also enjoying Vespers – which is a drink that needs to be ordered using the correct terminology if you want to enjoy it as much as James Bond did. The video will explain…

    Cocktail #3: Squintin’ at the grandMA2

    Posted by Cat On December - 16 - 2009

    During LDI, we got together with Brian Dowd of ACT Lighting and Justin Lang of to talk about the grandMA2 and what’s new with the hardware and the software. Justin conducted this interview as part of a longer podcast for I brought along my camera (cause you just never know) and got some video that I thought was pretty interesting. You’ll need to watch iSquint for the full podcast next month, but this Cocktail will certainly get you thirsty for more.

    FYI – the Dirty Pete Cocktail is…

    3 parts vodka
    1 part Dry Vermouth
    2 parts Olive Juice (ok, 1 part if you like – just don’t use that premade dirty martini mix: use the brine out of the olive jar)
    5 dashes of Hot Sauce (Pete’s Hot Sauce is recommended, but substitute as needed)
    At least 2 Olives


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    Cocktail #2: Doin’ Shots at LDI

    Posted by Cat On November - 25 - 2009

    I decided to have an impromptu meetup during LDI to film an episode on what we saw on the exhibit hall floor. Lucky for me, Daphne Mir (@lekogirl), Peter Kirkup (@pkirkup) and Aron Altmark (@AronAltmark) were kind enough to answer the Twitter call! The result is a cute, and often times SILLY video recap of new products and swag!

    Production Note: Joe was not able to be in this video because he was giving grandMA 2 demos like crazy!
    Thanks again guys!

    Scootin’ around at LDI2009

    Posted by Cat On November - 20 - 2009

    thumb-joescooterEvery LDI, Joe says he’s gonna get a scooter to ride around the showfloor. Well, this year – there was a real, honest NEED for a scooter. See, the tradeshow is in the South Hall, but our training and demo room is in the North Hall. It’s a bit of a hike, but the scooters save you a LOT of time. Plus – we look wicked cool on them. Right? Right?

    They definitely work better on the concrete than the carpet, but – for $20 – I’m not complaining. They worked pretty well on the pre-carpeted showfloor on Thursday. If we could just get them to take all of the carpet up and get all the attendees to move on to a booth and out of the aisles, we could have some real fun.

    To prove how AWESOME we look on them, I’ve placed some iPhone-quality (what an ironic combination) videos for your viewing pleasure below.

    Special thanks to the LDI Interns for making extra Wal-Mart runs so that we could have these.

    Cocktail #1: Busk Busk Baby

    Posted by Cat On November - 5 - 2009

    In our first episode, we talk about what “busking” on a console means, and offer up some suggestions on how to set up a simple busking showfile. This topic was suggested by Jim Galvin. Suggest your own topic, or send us a question for the series via our new form.

    Of course, the cocktail in this episode is the grandMAr2ni.


    Posted by Cat On November - 4 - 2009

    To prove how excited I get over little things… I give you the “Console Cocktails” theme. 13 seconds of pure amateur MAGIC. Actually, I’m a little embarrassed about how long it took me to make this. Sheesh.