X10 Roadies Break Records at Homelands
Monday, 4 June 2001
Two mighty projectors and the largest projection screens ever seen inside a marquee gave VJ management and live video production company, The Picture Works Ltd, all the scope they needed to produce some mind-altering images in the 6,000-capacity Radio 1 Presents Essential Twilo tent at the recent Homelands Festival in Winchester. Specialists in dance event visuals, The Picture Works have been contracted to provide the video content and reinforcement since the inception of Homelands and this year delivered the visual support in five of the six dance arenas. This time around they dry-hired a pair of Christie Digital X10 Roadies from trading partner AT communications in Sutton Coldfield, one of which was making its debut. As a result, said Robin Wealleans, director of The Picture Works, from early in the afternoon they were able to throw sharply defined images over the 20m distance onto the two giant 50ft x 20ft displays. "The fact that they are so incredibly bright is exactly what you need at a daytime festival," he said. "It means we can start the projection at any time."

By way of a 1.9kW Ushio Xenon short-arc illumination system and Christie Digital's long-established expertise with 3-chip DLP technology, the Roadie X10 - the world's first purpose-built projector for the rental staging community, delivers a staggering 10,000 ANSI lumens. Utilising 3-chip DLP technology, the Roadie X10 delivers brilliant XGA images with picture-perfect colour reproduction. Christie's ‘Intelligent Lens System’ (ILS) allows the projector to automatically recall lens position and source parameters upon changing source, while greater lens offset capabilities and a new tilt adjustment feature for improved top and bottom focus uniformity ‹ offering even greater flexibility when positioning the Roadie X10.

Homelands’ giant screens - configured as a motorised goalpost with truss along the top - were provided by lighting specialists, Art of Darkness, with The Picture Works responsible for all the content and vision mixes. As well as library and live footage, The Picture Works commissioned new material from New York, home of dance club, Twilo. The Picture Works also provided a sophisticated PPU, incorporating a Sony DFS-700P mixer from a DV Cam source and hard disk playback, with various cameras including microwave transmitters.

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