Video and AV News

the-grand-foyer-the-star-sydney-4ROE Visual in Star Casino refurbishment
Friday, 24 May 2019

Australia - The Star Casino in Sydney has unveiled its immersive indoor light and water display, featuring a crescent-shaped video screen based on Black Onyx LED panels by ROE Visual.
The Grand Foyer experience at the Star Casino in Sydney, combines LED screens, aquatic water fountains, lasers, light and live performances to offer an interactive arrival experience for its approx. 20,000 guests that pass through the foyer every day.
Big Screen Projects were commissioned by Ramus Illumination to supply the LED equipment for the refurbishment of the Grand Foyer, the total immersive installation amounting to a 22m dollar investment for the Star Casino.
For this project Big Screen Projects have been working together with lighting specialists Ramus Illumination, who specialise in the design of grand-scale theatrical experiences that encourage public engagement.
The screen showcases the works of Australian artists, university students, cinematographers and animators, the content reacting dynamically to the real-world environment and human movement, encouraging guest interaction. “Creating an installation that combines architecture, contemporary art and technology, states Dino Mezzatesta, the Star Sydney chief operating officer, inspiration behind the artworks was drawn from The Star’s proximity to the busy Sydney Harbour shoreline.”
“With The Star Sydney Grand Foyer experience, we wanted to design an experience full of compelling encounters that enrich the journey,” comments Bruce Ramus, who heads Ramus Illumination, we envisioned a

qsc-saarc-highresQSC opens SAARC HQ
Friday, 24 May 2019

India - QSC is celebrating the inauguration of its new SAARC headquarters in Bengaluru. The new 9,270sq.ft office serves as a business development, management and support hub for QSC systems, live sound and cinema businesses in the region. It also acts as a training and demonstration area and includes a 13,760sq.ft terrace for customer events.
“Over the last few years, QSC has been dedicated to growing its international presence, and this new entity is a crucial piece of that strategy,” says Markus Winkler, SVP, EMEA South Asia, & managing director QSC EMEA GmbH. “As we continue to experience tremendous growth in SAARC year-over-year in all our business units, this dedicated facility will allows us to accelerate our growth trajectory in the coming years.”
“Our business partners in SAARC have been instrumental in our success and will continue to be our main focus as we work together to develop new opportunities in all vertical markets,” says Rajesh Mittal, managing director, QSC India and SAARC. “The ability to offer in-region support resources in addition to our comprehensive solutions portfolio allows us to better equip our partners with the right tools to grow their business and deepen customer relationships.
“In addition, we can give customers a first-hand experience of QSC solutions, as well as local training, including the Q-SYS Architect training program, enabling our customers and partners to understand the QSC difference.”
Winkler continues: “In addition to this new office, we are excited to announce the promoti

 
 
passion-playSFL helps Passion Play come to life
Wednesday, 22 May 2019

UK - On the three days before Good Friday, the streets of central Birmingham were taken over by The Birmingham Passion Play 2019, an ambitious, contemporary retelling of the Easter story, organised by Christian charity and theatre company Saltmine Trust, with support from The Passion Trust. To help bring the creative vision to life, Saltmine partnered with UK audio visual production supplier SFL.
The Saltmine Trust Theatre company puts on regular public, partner, and education tours, as well as one-off shows, all inspired by the Christian faith. Even for Saltmine though, The Birmingham Passion Play 2019 was an ambitious undertaking as it was delivered on the move - a travelling street performance that started at Birmingham Bullring, progressing along New Street to Victoria Square, and finishing inside St Philip’s Cathedral - effectively making the stage over half a mile wide. It required a team of around one hundred community actors, musicians, and stewards alongside the core theatre company’s cast and crew, as well as extensive technical support and planning.
AV specialist SFL supplies and supports a wide variety of events across the UK and internationally as part of SFL Group, as well as being the official AV partner of The Royal Albert Hall and UK sales partner for d&b audiotechnik. SFL project manager, Mitch Jones comments: “This production was only possible with an incredible effort by all the Saltmine and SFL team members spreads across six locations - each telling the next part of the story as the cast performed through the streets betwe

 
cukbuildingexteriorCUK Audio expands into new premises
Wednesday, 22 May 2019

UK - CUK Audio has announced plans to move into new premises in East Kilbride.
The new building, which is currently being fitted out, is situated in Peel Park around 10 miles from the company’s existing Glasgow HQ. It will provide space for the distributor’s expanding back office, sales and technical teams and also house five training suites and a distribution centre with over 750 pallet locations and 1000 small item locations.
CUK is expected to move in on 5 June.
Stuart Thomson, CUK MD, comments: “When we moved to our current Glasgow location back in 2010, we thought there was more space than we could ever need. However, since then, we have delivered year-on-year growth which has accelerated since a change in ownership and the restructuring of the company in to four divisions two years ago. Over the past year, it became apparent that we were very near the limit of what our building could accommodate, and the search was on for a new property that would allow us to continue on our steep growth trajectory.”
Simon Druce, sales director, adds: “The move is not just for practical reasons; it is part of our strategy to invest in enhancing the service we provide our customers. The first benefits customers can expect are improved delivery times and better facilities for our educational events but that is just the start.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
wizcoachellaChamSys controls Wiz Khalifa Coachella set
Tuesday, 21 May 2019

USA - Wiz Khalifa’s Coachella performance was filled with dramatic moments. But for the Grammy-nominated star’s long-time lighting designer Jason Bullock, the real drama started about 24 hours before the show began.
It was then that the New York-based LD received the ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 desk from Upstaging that he would use to run his 90-universe show. “Coachella is a very important festival for all artists involved, so there was some pressure,” acknowledged Bullock. “I didn’t see the ChamSys desk until I arrived at the festival. I built the patch and show file in a Viz room on the site. Being able to build a show with a few hours and only get on the lighting system for three hours made time of the essence. ChamSys was the ideal tool, given that I was in a crunch.
“The Sahara Tent at Coachella was primarily EDM acts,” said Bullock. “Since Wiz brought the entire band with him, I decided to make the show completely different than the other acts by going in the direction of a more classical rock show. Our beautiful set, which was designed by the team from Nimblist, made it easier to create this kind of look with its band risers and large center gate. We also had a powerful video display from Screenworks NEP that covered the front of the set and added to the intense vibe.”
Bullock controlled a universe of Catalyst to send multiple outputs to the massive amount of video surfaces on the set. His show was extensive (his patch had 21 pages of paperwork), and impressively, he punted throughout its entire length.
“My whole show w

 
avolitesAvolites drives Doha museum installation
Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Qatar – The world’s largest permanent video projection installation has opened at the new National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ). Inside 21 billion pixels are being processed every second by nine Avolites Ai Q3 servers, alongside another 163 Ai Miami software licences, running on 1U 8K media servers custom designed by the London-based visual technologists, RES.
The video projection aspects of the project involve a series of ‘Art Films’, which were produced by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) in collaboration with handpicked directors and videographers, to immerse visitors in a journey through Qatar’s past, present and future aspirations. The projections cover a vast area, co-created by RES, MAN Enterprise / EMPTY Joint Venture and the DFI.
“Avolites Ai is always our go-to software for demanding projects like this - the AIM Codec and Salvation Engine are both powerful and reliable,” says Mark Calvert from RES. “My colleagues Dave Green and Trey Harrison were of course the architects of the original source code for the Ai software, so we are very familiar with what it can achieve when a project needs to go big.”
The Avolites Ai Q3 servers and custom-designed 8K servers are feeding more than one petabyte of movie data to 112 Panasonic 4K projectors, which are beaming the content onto curved interior walls of the museum, known as the ‘cinematic display zones’. The data is shared via 50.6km of 3G SDI cabling and each video requires full motion image resolution as high as 25K by 4K, to cover more than 33,000 sq.ft. of space. The huge quantity

 
 
take-thatTake That global logo goes on tour
Monday, 20 May 2019

UK - “Mark Owen came to our first meeting and before discussions had even begun proposed we use the spherically rendered Take That logo from the cover of the new Odyssey album for the stage show.” This was how the band’s long-time tour director, Chris Vaughan of CV Productions, revealed the kernel of the concept. “No idle thought, Mark’s idea was a fully formed vision, with a huge panoramic screen behind it, and video adorning the total surface of the sphere; this would come to be the defining image of the tour.”
Vaughan quickly called upon the technical prowess of Video Design, who had supported Take That’s previous outing in 2016 and the engineering skills of Brilliant. “The key is knowing how to respond to extreme conceptual design,” was Vaughan’s assessment. “That, and the willingness to do so. A 10m diameter rotating sphere covered in high definition video is not commodity based, you don’t rent it off the shelf like sound and lighting equipment.”
The final result, supervised by CV Productions engineering point man Nick Evans, is 47 tons of steel, aluminium, motion control, and a virtually seamless skin of video tiles. “It took us almost a month, working closely with Nick and the guys at Brilliant just to solve the issues of fixing two and a half thousand 12mm WinVision flat square video tiles to a spherical surface without the appearance of visually unacceptable gaps between tiles,” explained Video Design’s CEO, Alex Leinster.
“A fantastic painstaking job headed up by Jack Middlebrook who now leads our t

 
maestraIt’s all white on the night with Maestra
Friday, 17 May 2019

UK - Maestra Group has made some major sound, lighting and video equipment investments recently in the London office, including white sound and lighting kit, which will ensure all its clients have the most flexible and dynamic solutions available for their shows and events.
The equipment is proving especially popular for car launches and other automotive events, fashion shows, corporates, industrials and expo stands as well as for art exhibitions, parties and architainment applications, where white equipment is often better suited to blend into the environment than traditional black.
The kit includes a substantial purchase of 30 x custom coated white Robe moving lights – 12 x LEDBeam 150s, 12 x Spiider LED WashBeams and six Pointe multipurpose fixtures which bring Maestra London’s total stock of Robes to over 100 including black versions of these three types and others.
In addition to these, there are over 100 other white luminaires in the inventory – a mix of Showtec Sunstrip Active Mk IIs, ETC Source Four Junior Zooms and Aria F1000 fresnels, all giving an excellent choice for different lighting designs.
On top of that, there is a selection of d&b audio speakers in white – currently a combination of Y7Ps, T10s, E5s and M6 monitors – which is expected to be expanded soon.
Maestra’s MD Justin Hammond highlights how the demand for white lighting and sound kit has dramatically increased in the last year in certain speciality sectors, and both Maestra Group’s London and Dubai bases have been proactive about addressing thi

 
 
shawnmendesROE Visual shines on Shawn Mendes tour
Friday, 17 May 2019

Europe - Shawn Mendes chose the Netherlands to kick off his nine-month world tour. The set, premiering in the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, revealed a large circular video wall as the eye-caching center-stage piece, comprising of ROE Visual Carbon CB5 LED panels.
Based on the simple, yet visually strong light design by LD Louis Oliver a massive circular video wall looms over the stage, creating a dramatic setting. “We wanted to keep the performance space organic, allowing the technology to hide in the background,” Oliver says. “With the design, we wanted to craft bold environments for Shawn to perform within.”
The total stage set-up comprises of a circular stage with steps on the left and right leading to two 9m wings. This gives a wide 280-degree sightline for the audience, while the front seats curve around the stage to bring them as close as possible to the artist. Above the stage sits a large circular video screen with complementary curved trusses for the lighting, all of these being able to move and thereby creating different atmospheres for each song.
VSS is main video contractor for the world tour. Adrian Offord, director for VSS assisted Louis Oliver in the final choice for the overhead video wall.
“We selected the Carbon CB5 LED panels for their visual quality and high brightness. The panels are fitted with black face LEDS and masking with very slim faders. The mere 0,3mm size of these faders enables us to keep the best possible viewing angle. Using the screen most of the time in a tilted position this needs to be taken into acco

 
green-hippoGreen Hippo gets scientific at Explorium
Friday, 17 May 2019

Ireland - A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ireland (AC-ET Ireland) has provided Explorium National Sport & Science Centre with a Green Hippo Hippotizer V4+ media server to control their LED display.
Based in Dublin, Explorium uses sport to inspire children and adults alike to discover the wonders of science. The centre features three key areas - Science, Sport and Junior, with each one offering a range of interactive experiences.
Jackey Chai at Explorium required a media server to control the centre’s LED display, which is a central point of focus at the entry to the internal auditorium and visitor centre. The display is used to play various visual effects such as a waterfall, and promotional videos. Understanding Jackey’s needs Aaron Cripps, managing director of AC-ET Ireland, recommended a Green Hippo Hippotizer Amba+ media server.
Aaron visited Jackey at Explorium to provide support, training and demonstrate the extensive range of features that the Amba+ has.
He commented: “Explorium uses a lot of innovative and cutting edge technologies, so it was important that the quality of the content met the high standards of the rest of the centre. The Amba+ has a 4K output which looks fantastic when it maps onto the LED display.”
Jackey concluded: “It has been great to have A.C.'s help and expertise with this project. The Hippotizer Media Server is very powerful, with many different features, and Aaron has always been very helpful and quick to get back to any questions.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
colour-soundColour Sound rolls on with new truck
Friday, 17 May 2019

UK - West London lighting and video rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment has expanded its fleet of vehicles with a new artic and trailer – a Volvo FH460 Globetrotter Euro 6 tractor unit, complete with a 45' Schmitz Cargobull low-ride Tri-axle semi-trailer.
This vehicle - chosen for its efficiency and dynamics - is an investment made for the convenience of trucking equipment to tours and festivals across the UK and Europe. It will also offer clients an additional element of cost-effectivity as Colour Sound can offer independent trucking services for large one-offs.
The truck will be especially busy during the upcoming festival season and will help streamline overall production logistics by reducing the off-site pick-ups required.
“All our vehicles have been bought with a view to making our operations as flexible and versatile as possible to suit client needs,” commented Colour Sound’s H (Haydn Cruickshank). “Having the artic substantially enhances the capacity of this service.”
With shows, events and projects involving increased amounts of kit, a larger and more spacious option was required in addition to the existing transport as the new truck joins a 12-tonner that was delivered in November.
Both tractor and trailer are fully air ride enabled and all of this and more ensures that Colour Sound’s kit gets the safest and most comfortable rides to and from site.
Colour Sound already has one full-time Class 1 HGV driver on the transport team, and more will have the opportunity to gain their licences in the coming

 
grahamAndrews named president of NEP Live Events
Wednesday, 15 May 2019

USA - NEP Group has announced the promotion of Graham Andrews to global president of NEP live events and CEO of the Creative Technology Group. The announcement follows significant growth in NEP’s live events operating segment over the last several years, growing from two US-based businesses in 2012 to today a family of six brands and one of the largest live events platforms in the world.
As global president, Andrews will continue to report to CEO Kevin. Rabbitt and oversee NEP live events globally to help each division accelerate growth, service clients across geographies and cross-sell services from NEP’s other operating segments.
Andrews has worked in the live events industry since 1976, beginning his career as an audio engineer working on theatre and music productions around the world.
Rabbitt says: “We have great opportunities ahead of us – and the right people, resources and strategy to be a strong partner for our clients. I’m confident in Graham’s ability to support our talented live events teams in meeting their operational needs and to act as a global advocate and resource for all of NEP live events.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
arla-2019Protec delivers for ARLA conference
Tuesday, 14 May 2019

UK - Over a thousand delegates from the private rental sector gathered in London’s ExCel on 2 April to attend the Annual ARLA Propertymark Conference and exhibition. Protec European Events were trusted by their client Westrade Group Ltd to provide a full event technical service package.
Moderated by BBC News presenter Julian Worricker, the conference focussed on the importance of legislation, and how to keep abreast of industry issues.
Project manager Fraser McCaig reports, “Protec designed and built the 40m x 4.2m stage with six integrated 4m high x 1m wide LED video columns supported by OV40 truss 4m columns that we anchored to 100kg steel base plates with the set covered by seven colour Polycril wraps. We recessed the centre section of the set with laser line graphics for branding which was enhanced with DMX controlled LED strips on both sides and on top. We also handled the full graphic design of all the stage and branding elements for the client.”
Head of the video department – Sean Godefroy opted for Christie 14k projectors for the two screens, Analog Way PLS 350G switchers controlled by an Orchestra desk. Alongside that, he used Master Cue so the client felt they were in control of their presentations. He used two JVC HM 890 fibre studio cameras that fed the live feed to the two 5.4m screens.
Ben Waters, head of audio, notes, “We chose to use the compact Nexo M620 line array, with four hangs on the truss, plus two wider fills as well as centralised subs for even coverage. The room was extremely wide, with a fairly short depth

 
faceitSound Adventures debuts at ExCel
Tuesday, 14 May 2019

UK - After supporting various Esports Championship Series (ECS) shows at Wembley’s SSE Arena over the last few years, Sibar Production & Design, along with Capital Sound (and their Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker array), moved to the ICC Auditorium at ExCeL for the FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic. FACEIT is the leading competitive gaming platform and organisers of some of the largest esports events in Europe and North America including ECS, Universal Open and the FACEIT London CS:GO Major.
Capital has been regularly contracted to provide the audio reinforcement for such gameplay events by Sibar’s Simon Barrington, but this represented an entirely fresh challenge. According to Capital’s project manager Robin Conway, “It was based on a completely different gaming platform and different team and elimination set-up.
“The space at ExCeL is tricky as was the design, as we needed to work around a 56m wide screen over and above the gaming pods, playing to the full width of the ICC Auditorium.”
Capital again deployed their Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker array platform, but this time harnessed to Martin Audio’s Sound Adventures, the 3D immersive sound partnership with Astro Spatial Audio.
The deployment of Sound Adventures in this scenario was to test whether or not locational gameplay information could be used to enhance the listening experience. With so many players in the game, the audio footage had the potential to be located to a specific playing pod so the audience could understand who or which team they were watching and listening

 
 
roe-visualInfoComm 2019: ROE launches installation lines
Monday, 13 May 2019

USA - ROE Visual will launch a new series of LED screens for fixed installations at on stand 2061 at InfoComm 2019, taking place 11-14 June in Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center in Florida.
Named Amber and Jasper, the new LED panels will feature two designs, one based on a 50x50cm panel, and one with a 16:9 ratio panel. Pixel pitches will range from 0.9375mm to 3.9mm.
“Both products will boast excellent visual qualities that play into the demands for permanent video installations, for example broadcast, film studios, corporate solutions, houses of worship and board rooms,” claims ROE Visual.
Glory Gao, deputy sales director at ROE, comments: “This move is mostly instigated by our own clientele. With keen understanding of project management, logistics and implementation processes, we provide clients with not only the right LED display solutions for their projects, but with the comfort that these will be delivered timely to perform flawlessly at their event.
“ROE Visual certainly has the capabilities to support a cross-over, integration and installation market. Being involved in many projects on a global scale over the last 15 years, I know what it takes to do things first-time-right.”
Next to the Jasper and Amber series, regular ROE Visual products will also be showcased, including Sapphire SP1.5, Diamond DM2.6, Vanish V8S, Black Marble BM4 and Black Pearl BP2.
(Jim Evans)

 
ctfestBrompton takes HDR technology to CTFest19
Monday, 13 May 2019

UK - The first week of May saw Creative Technology UK’s Festival of Technology 2019. CTFest19, as it is known, sees the company welcome innovation partners to its Sussex base to showcase the latest in event technology and creative ideas. This year, Brompton Technology took the opportunity to give attendees a close up look at its high-end processors and new HDR technology.
HDR video offers a new approach to delivering better image quality, without requiring finer and finer pixel pitches to achieve it and brings a trio of image quality improvements that are particularly well placed for LED screens.
“The response to HDR at CTFest19 was extremely positive,” says Brompton business development manager Rob Fowler. “We’re always keen to get involved with companies who prize innovation and want to showcase leading edge technology. CT understands the benefits of our system and how it can be used to best effect. CT Fest offered us a broad reaching yet intimate platform to demonstrate the benefits of our technology to a wide range of event producers and technicians.”
As well as Brompton’s own dedicated area, CT also took advantage of Brompton processing power for CTFest19’s main stage show, which featured a 6152 x 1760 pixel, 2.8mm ROE Black Pearl LED screen run by two SX40s.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
john-dee-stylesBlack Coffee gets creative with Green Hippo
Monday, 13 May 2019

South Africa - Black Coffee, a Durban-based rental company, has become more creative since taking ownership of the Hippotizer Boreal+ Media Server.
John-Dee Styles, who heads the creative team at Black Coffee, put the Hippotizer Boreal+ purchased from DWR Distribution to the test for the first time at the Globe Theatre, a new multi-purpose dome structured venue which forms part of the Suncoast Casino. The event was held to celebrate the casino’s new upgrade and renovation, a project that took two years to complete.
“We used our new Hippotizer Boreal+ with a backup system,” explains John-Dee. “We used 4 DVI outputs, two of which went to a double stack of 18K Barco projectors, for the main content. This was projected on a black gauze to create the clients desired effect.” The climax of the show saw a dancer performing behind the black gauze projection surface, interacting with the content on screen. The other two outputs were used for projection mapping onto giant balloons positioned on either side of the stage.
“The show went well but I have to admit it was nerve-wrecking getting to know the system and using it for the first time on a major show,” admits John-Dee. He adds that he was grateful to have Dylan Jones from DWR on site for technical support.
“Going down to help Black Coffee with their first Green Hippo show was an experience,” says Dylan Jones. “They did remarkably well, having just taken delivery of the system. John is extremely creative and I can’t wait to see what he will come up with next. Both he and Gerri

 
arkaos-dancing-on-ice-germanyEntedi to distribute Arkaos in UK and Eire
Monday, 13 May 2019

Europe - ArKaos has announced that with immediate effect its product range will be distributed by and available throughout the UK and Ireland via sales specialist Entedi.
This announcement coincides with the PLASA Focus expo in Leeds this week where key ArKaos products including the new 4K Studio range of media servers and its MediaMaster Pro software will be presented by Entedi on stand Number N-D31.
Says ArKaos MD Agnes Wojewoda: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Entedi with its dedication to premium products and service. It will broaden the availability and support for ArKaos products generally throughout the UK and Ireland and open new doors through the expertise, enthusiasm and extensive industry contacts of Entedi’s MD Cally Bacchus and his fantastic team.”
Cally himself commented: “We are very pleased to be representing ArKaos as an innovator at the cutting edge of the constantly evolving world of digital communications. As a brand with such a strong reputation and identity, we are looking forward to a positive and long-term working relationship with a great future ahead.”
ArKaos’ new 4K Studio Servers provide a highly effective solution with extremely high-quality rendering performance that is easy and intuitive to run from a lighting console. Eight of these recently featured on the German edition of Dancing on Ice.
ArKaos’ ground-breaking MediaMaster Pro software is designed to be right at the heart of a diversity of practical entertainment and architainment video and media solutions. The latest ve

 
 
green-hippoHippotizer tours with French Kiwi Juice
Friday, 10 May 2019

Europe - Vincent Fenton, working under the name French Kiwi Juice, or FKJ for short, delivered his first long player in 2017 and 2019 sees the French multi-instrumentalist tour Europe and North America.
Described by the press as ‘one of the flag bearers of the New French House musical genre’, FKJ is also heavily involved in the visual objectives for his live performances and his concerts guarantee visual as well as musical excellence.
For this tour, FKJ appointed Stu Dingley as creative director and production designer. Stu is also lighting designer, with Will Smith positioned as lighting director, and video content was created by Lorenzo Depa, Sugo Design and FKJ himself.
With the show running to a Timecode, the music structure of each track remains the same, however, FKJ inserts different live loops of music meaning audiences experience a different performance each night. Here, Stu employed a brace of Hippotizer Boreal+ Media Servers to control the Timecode, with layers split between Timeline and the grandMA2 light. An effective feature of Hippotizer V4+, Timeline enables Hippotizer to save and playback complex shows across the Hippotizer network.
Joining the Hippotizer Media Servers in the line-up is a double-stacked pair of Barco UDX-W32 projectors, outputting 1080p resolution, as well as a custom, clear acrylic piano loaded with six ROE Visual Magic Cube MC-18H LED panels as a separate mix on the servers. The main screen comprises three 10x30ft strips of semi-transparent black silk from ShowTex, with the material appearing and disapp

 
schalk-botha-and-ricky-qiuAbsen visits South Africa
Friday, 10 May 2019

South Africa - DWR Distribution recently welcomed Absen’s Ricky Qiu in South Africa, where Qui and DWR’s Schalk Botha visited several Absen installations to seek client feedback. The duo also demo’d Absen products to prospective clients.
“People really liked the new Polaris series,” comments Schalk Botha. “The design of the frame is user-friendly and hands-on, and we were pleased to receive positive feedback.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
adlib-2-pls2019Adlib invests in ROE Visual LED panels
Friday, 10 May 2019

UK - Rental company Adlib has confirmed its investment in a considerate amount of the Vanish V8 LED panel from ROE Visual.
Concluding a two-year conversation with the final investment in the ROE Visual products, Adlib and ROE Visual both believe that a steady business relationship, based on supplier support and excellent service, are beneficial to the end-user.
“A partnership with the Team at ROE was a no brainer,” comments Rich Rowley GM of lighting and video. “Adlib’s ethos of strong manufacturer relationships ensures we have fast backup and support, which is of paramount importance to us. With ROE Visual their diverse and creative product range sits well with our growth strategy in touring video.”
“We have found good resonance in the UK with our products and service-based approach. The UK market has rapidly become an important market for us, and we can boast really nice partnerships with the UK-based companies,” states Auke Meijer, sales director for ROE Visual Europe.
With a substantial investment in over 400 panels Vanish V8, Adlib can extend its rental fleet with this transparent LED panel and respond to current market demand. The Vanish V8 is a lightweight LED panel offering a 60% transparency and excellent visual qualities.
“We have had lots of demand last year for a 10mm blow through type screen,” comments Rowley, “but the birth of the V8 allows us to offer not only a sub 10mm product, but one that offers 60% transparency also. We already have a very busy summer season from touring to festivals and the V8 is

 
calibre-aio-led-wall-low-resCalibre all-in-one LED wall now shipping
Thursday, 9 May 2019

UK - Calibre UK has announced its all-in-one FHDQ130 130” AiO LED wall is now shipping.
With in-built Calibre’s LEDView series scaler/switcher, which brings Ultra HD capability to LED screens, the FHDQ130 is a 130" FHD LED video wall that is fully CE-, CB- and UL-approved.
Weighing 125kg (275.5lb), it can be built ready to run in under an hour by three people, while a single module can be replaced in less than 10 seconds, claims the company. The video wall is controlled via either a remote or an app and consumes less than 0.5W in stand-by mode.
“The AiO is the result of feedback from our customers requiring a single solution that minimises set up time, is plug-and-play and ready to go,” comments Willy Tsai, managing director at Calibre UK. “Our solutions are increasingly used in a verity of challenging environments requiring higher brightness levels, clarity and better colours. We are delighted to be delivering them to market so soon after announcing them, and we’re sure they will find many admirers among our existing and new customers.”
Fresh from being launched at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt last month, the AiO solution will make its Asian debut at InfoComm South East Asia trade show in Bangkok from 15-17 May.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
hexogon-image-1Hexogon named disguise APAC rental partner
Thursday, 9 May 2019

Singapore - Hexogon Solution has become a disguise rental partners, the AV solutions manufacturer has reported.
With offices in Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines, Hexogon provides lighting, audio and video projection mapping equipment and also offers design and staging services for events and exhibitions. The company was founded in 1997 and has worked on the annual Singapore National Day celebrations, the Singapore Formula 1 City Light Up, and the 28th SEA Games’ opening and closing ceremonies.
“As we are rapidly expanding, not only in Asia but in target markets outside of Asia, we need to ensure that we have a strong variety of server brands in our inventory,” says Adrian Goh, group managing director at Hexogon. “disguise is one of the top servers in the market and will help grow our business. Having a large fleet of projectors in the company also means that disguise, with their advanced projection workflows and capabilities, will be one of the preferred choices for large-scale events. We are now more comprehensive in our offerings and more competitive in the rental market than ever before.”
Hexogon previously invested in disguise media servers for the 2019 Marina Bay Singapore Countdown show on New Year’s Eve and has recently added the new vx 4 server to its fleet.
Acoustic & Lighting, a disguise sales partner, supplied Hexogon with the disguise servers and has worked closely with them on their disguise rental partner accreditation. “We are proud to be working with innovative compan

 
green-hippoGreen Hippo adds to UK and US teams
Wednesday, 8 May 2019

UK/USA - Green Hippo has appointed Ashley Hazlett as an inside sales representative at Green Hippo US, whilst Warren Keyes has joined as development manager for the UK team.
Hazlett, whose career originally started at Green Hippo, is bringing hands-on experience of the company’s solutions, including media server QC responsibilities at VER. “The first media server I ever learned on was a V3 Hippo. After working closely with the Green Hippo team and products over the years, I am thrilled to get the opportunity to represent a company and product I truly enjoy.”
Warren Keyes brings 16 years of professional programming experience to his new role at Green Hippo, including most recently, working with Microsoft in Seattle as an engineering manager covering Xbox and AR/VR. Warren has also worked at Skype and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “This role is the ideal opportunity for me to use the skills that I have developed over many enjoyable years at the likes of Microsoft and Skype,” he says.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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