If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, then Video is Worth a Million

We recognize that the best way for you to evaluate lighting and special effects is live, in person and in your own space - and we have an entire fleet of Rosco sales people and dealers who would love to show you the effects our products can create. But, the second best way for us to share the marvelous effect capabilities of Rosco products is to show you a video! Introducing the brand new RoscoEffects YouTube Channel:

Blowing Fire Effect created by Rosco's X24 Effects Projector

Over the past couple of years, we've been accumulating a range of video content focused on how to create different, popular effects using Rosco lighting equipment and gobos. Because we work in a visual medium, we know videos that showcase different lighting and special effects - especially those videos that highlight the recipe used to create the effect - can be an important source of inspiration for designers, technicians and educators that are researching ways to visually enhance their upcoming projects. The RoscoEffects YouTube Channel is where you'll find the library of Rosco 'effect recipe' videos that you can explore as you search for that special touch of flair needed for your next project or special event.

This video illustrating the Aurora Borealis Effect created by Rosco's X24 Effects Projector, convinced the design team at Madison West High School's Regent Drama Club in Madison, Wisconsin to use the X24 in their production of Almost, Maine.

Madison West High School Regent Drama Club: "Almost Maine" Lighting Designer: Paul Schaefer, Videographer: John Penisten

We have also posted videos that showcase effects you can create with our new range of Rosco Gobo Rotators by using them to animate standard steel gobos with Effects Glass Gobos like Image Glass and Colorizers. With any luck, some of these videos will spark some creativity about how to use gobo rotators more frequently in your future productions.

Obviously, gobo rotators can be used to create spinny special effects like the Gyroscope effect shown above. It's also important to remember that a gobo rotator can be used to help enhance standard theatrical projections as well. Take a look at the RoscoEffects recipe below that adds some subtle motion to a simple cloud projection:

Sure, the Rosco steel cloud gobo would have been fine on its own, but by adding the moving Blue/Green Featherlight Colorizer and Honeycomb Image Glass into the clouds, the effect takes on a much stronger sense of realism and gives the designer a way to incite an emotional response by changing the speed of the effect to match the drama on stage. At the beginning of the scene the effect might be calm and subtle, but as the scene unfolds, the broiling effect of the clouds might increase to match the intensity of the action.

Mayan Sun Effect created with Rosco's Simple Spin Gobo Rotator

These videos are the first of what will become an inspiring collection of effect recipes viewable in the RoscoEffects YouTube Channel. While you're checking out some of the videos, be sure to subscribe to the channel so that you can keep up to date on the newest effect videos as we add them. If you have any suggestions about effect videos utilizing Rosco products that you think we should include in the channel - leave us a comment below or post it up to our Rosco Facebook Page.


The X24 Effects Projector has been discontinued and has been replaced with the X-Effects LED Projector. The X-Effects LED is available in two models - a 5500K and a color-mixing RGBW - and in two wattages: 45W and 90W (HO). This upgrade provides quieter operation and removes the need for expensive lamp maintenance. Learn more: www.rosco.com/x-effects-led.

Joel Svendsen February 13, 2012 Questions?

About Joel Svendsen

Marketing Director: Joel's Rosco career began in Rosco's Hollywood office in 1999 – first in sales covering the Western US and the Los Angeles Film & Television market, and then as Product Manager for Rosco's Film & Television Products. Joel's knowledge about Rosco's products and how they're used in each of our different marketplaces makes him well suited for bringing the stories in Spectrum to life.