Video and AV News

absenAbsen announces Europe showcase events
Friday, 22 June 2018

Europe - Absen Europe’s latest LED display technologies will be presented during its Stronger Together showcase events, taking place across 30 European cities this summer. The events kicked off this week in Madrid and Barcelona (19 and 21 June respectively) and will be followed by open days in Italy, France, UK, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and Turkey. 
The events are open to prospective clients as well as rental stagers, integrators and distributors alike, and will feature key products in Absen’s range, including the new rental and staging Polaris Series, the award-winning fixed install Acclaim Series, as well as an introduction to Absen’s control room dedicated CR Series. 
Each event is taking place over one day and will be attended by Borja Janariz Sanchez, Absen Europe’s corporate and retail industry director, alongside Absen Europe regional managers.
The schedule so far includes:
26 June: Milan, Italy
28 June: Paris, France
29 June: Padova, Italy
29 June: UK (venue TBC)
02 July: Brussels, Belgium
03 July: Frankfurt, Germany
05 July: Ireland (venue TBC)
06 July: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
25 July: Istanbul, Turkey
Dates for Portugal, Poland and Sweden will be announced soon.
To register for the above events, and for the latest list of events planned, visit www.absen-europe.com or contact the appropriate regional manager.
Borja Janariz Sanchez, A

londonlaunch-pressreleasePLASA Show proves its staying power
Friday, 22 June 2018

UK - On a high from last year’s 40th anniversary celebration, PLASA Show returns to London Olympia on 16-18 September, providing a stage for the world of live entertainment technology. The show continues to explore the cutting-edge of innovation and creativity and brings the biggest brands to thousands of visitors.
Audio heavyweights L-Acoustics, Peavey and Adamson, and lighting pioneers Robe, DTS, ETC and Philips are among the 200+ brands exhibiting at the show. And, with last year’s showfloor selling out, extra stands have been released for smaller companies representing all sectors of the industry, from DJ and club, to worship and education.
The show provides invaluable opportunities for those with an interest in working with lighting consoles and loudspeaker systems by providing dedicated training sessions and demos. There will also be more hands-on experiences than ever before, where visitors can sharpen their skills on the latest products guided by expert brand representatives.
New features include a showfloor seminar theatre that will serve as an epicentre for production specialists and riggers looking to elevate their knowledge. This is in addition to the lighting, pro audio and AV, and Fast Track theatres on the Gallery level, delivering continuous next-level content throughout the show.
The Gallery will include an enhanced bar area, a PLASA Members Zone, and a photography display of the Lightpower Collection which shines a light on live rock 'n' roll performance.
PLASA’s internationally recognised Awards for Innovation

 
 
x-wknd-2018-3previewElite Multimedia provides worship experience
Thursday, 21 June 2018

USA - LifeWay Students, part of LifeWay Christian Resources, holds summer camps that travel across the nation. The annual X. WKND kick-off event is an opportunity for all the summer camp staff members to come together as one before heading out on the road.
Held inside the Shocco Springs Conference Centre, production designer Jake Brantley wanted to give the 2018 event an in-the-round worship experience, so he worked with Elite Multimedia Productions who provided a full rig of audio, lighting and LED video.
“This year we wanted to do something a little different, so we started talking about what was possible in a gymnasium with very limited rigging points,” says Brantley. “We started playing around with the idea of doing it in the round, but one of the challenges was that the highest point in the ceiling is only at 26ft, so we decided to push our LED video surfaces to the outside of the room, facing in. In this set-up, no matter where you were in the house, when you were looking at the stage, your LED visual surface was in the background. It was a unique challenge, but it turned out really well
“Elite Multimedia Productions knows that when I am coming up with a design, it’s going to be ambitious and a little different,” adds Brantley. “They do a great job of helping us find the right gear that fits both our dream design and our budget. When working to fill out a gear list, you have to be willing to give-and-take a little bit, and Peter Streiff at Elite Multimedia did a great job helping us turn our vision into a successful event.

 
disguise-solodisguise introduces the solo server
Tuesday, 19 June 2018

UK – disguise has announced the introduction of its newest server, solo, designed for the next generation of content creation.
solo brings the power of the disguise solution to smaller productions and experiences within theatre, fixed installs, studio setups and smaller venues. It offers the support of our full disguise production suite with the power and performance to meet modern demands.
disguise sales director EMEA, Sarah Cox, explains; “The solo has been created to enable artists and creatives to join our community, ensuring any project or budget can access the disguise software and hardware, without having to sacrifice on power and performance.”
The solo is the natural progression from the disguise 2x2plus, future proofed for evolving industry needs with a significant increase in power, output resolution, plus even more storage. It can be used as a stand-alone solution, to design, sequence and play back your shows, or as a master in a larger network with pro and gx range machines.
The 2U base units can be customised with HDMI and SDI capture, pro audio and 10GB Ethernet ports, 4K outputs, fixed storage, 2TB SSD and full redundant capabilities. The solo is now available for shipping.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
cpl-hay-festival-2018-david-milibandCPL helps Hay Festival shine
Friday, 15 June 2018

UK - CPL supplied their new Roe 3.4mm LED screens and all associated processing and vision control for two major stages at the 2018 Hay Festival of Literature & Arts, the annual 10-day literature event staged in Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales.
It was the first time the west-Midlands based visual and technical production specialist had worked on the event, for which they were approached directly by the event organisers and asked to be a video supplier after several recommendations. It was also the first time that the event had gone to LED for video display, having worked with projection festival-wide for several years.
There are eight major live stages - offering over 5000 seats - and CPL was the video supplier for the two largest areas, the 1716 capacity Tata Tent and the Oxfam Moot stage which accommodated 921 people. Both featured an eclectic line-up of events running every day from 8 in the morning to 9.30 each night.
The project was managed for CPL by George Oakey from the office / warehouse end, and on-site by Stuart Dowdell, a regular CPL freelancer and a seasoned Hay Festival video tech having worked on it for the last six years. This meant he was in an excellent position to know exactly what was needed, and was one of those recommending CPL’s products and services.
The Roe 3.4mm HD screen was specified and designed to enable everyone in the rooms to clearly and comfortably be able to see a range of PowerPoint and Keynote presentations, VT playbacks, live camera feeds, pre-show rolls plus sponsor loops and stings as well as information

 
quadcore-dives-in-at-shreveport-aquarium-01QuadCore dives in at Shreveport Aquarium
Friday, 15 June 2018

USA - The Shreveport Aquarium in Louisiana commissioned Fusiform Design Workshop to assist with the building’s lighting, signage, and digital interactive spaces.
Featured heavily throughout the exhibits, Visual Productions lighting controllers provide a robust and easy to deploy system for the special effect lighting. Fusiform is a multidisciplinary creative agency that has worked with clients to design everything from packaging to digital interactive spaces. Fusiform delivered four distinct signage systems and three lighting networks in the interactive elements for this aquarium.
Three QuadCore solid-state lighting controllers were installed in the network, controlling mainly Gantum spots and track lighting in the shipwreck, underwater cave and stand-alone virtual reality room.
In the stand-alone virtual reality room B-Stations were also used, so that each visitor could select their own colour cues. The aquarium has been supplied with an additional B-Station in the main office to start or reset all attractions.
As a first time customer and user of Visual Productions, Luke Lee of Fusiform felt that the lighting controllers were “extremely intuitive and reliable”.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
video-pGreen Hippo appoints Lithuanian distributor
Friday, 15 June 2018

Europe - Green Hippo has appointed Video Projektai as its exclusive Lithuanian distributor. With immediate effect, Video Projektai takes responsibility for distributing Green Hippo throughout the largest of the three Baltic nations.
Video Projektai is based in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city, meaning it is well placed to take advantage of businesses based in the former European Capital of Culture, as well as beyond and into the rest of the country.
With over 10 years of providing solutions to Lithuania’s video creatives, Video Projektai has the necessary technical expertise, in addition to the required understanding of its home territory, to promote Green Hippo’s line of cutting-edge technology to the Lithuanian market.
James Roth, head of sales and marketing at Green Hippo, says: “Lithuania offers solid potential for Green Hippo to further cement its footholds on the eastern coast of Northern Europe. We need a partner who not only knows the market, but also knows Green Hippo. We are confident that Video Projektai can deliver on both prerequisites.”
(Jim Evans)

 
chesterstoryhouseopeningStage Electrics equips Chester Storyhouse
Friday, 15 June 2018

UK - On 14 June, Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, officially opened Chester’s Storyhouse theatre.
The Chester Storyhouse theatre was built in 1936 and is a Grade II listed building. It was originally the city’s Odeon cinema but had been disused since 2007 - until a £37m RE:NEW project initiated by Cheshire West and Chester Council set about converting and extending the original building.
Stage Electrics were tasked with installing and supplying sound, production lighting, AV equipment, paging and technical infrastructure for the entire project.
The specialist integrator delivered the production lighting equipment, AV infrastructure and Front of House audio systems. In addition to the fully automated, DCI compliant cinema system, Stage Electrics also installed a versatile HD video distribution network throughout the venue. Further, architectural feature lighting and touchscreen control was specified and installed to the exterior of the striking ‘glass box’ cinema to illuminate the structure.
“The fact that half of the project was a new build theatre and the other half was a refurbishment of a Grade II listed building made this project really interesting,” said Ian Dunne, Stage Electrics’ project manager for the project. “The attention to detail maintained by everyone involved in the project and the blend of old and new has created a breath-taking venue.”
Although the theatre has been open since 2017 Her Majesty the Queen and new granddaughter-in-law Meghan Markle, cut the ribbon

 
 
choice-3SLX highlights Seven Decades of Sound
Thursday, 14 June 2018

UK - Lighting, rigging, audio and video provider SLX has a long-standing relationship working with Bristol Museums for equipment hire and live events and has supplied AV and lighting support for an exhibition titled Bristol Music: Seven Decades of Sound.
Bristol Museums, known for driving imaginative new exhibitions, developed concept plans and set out the initial themes for the spaces need in this exhibition. They then brought in SLX to propose creative ways that AV and lighting equipment would help add value to deliver an experiential exhibition for their visitors. The exhibition, which has decade booths spanning Bristol’s musical history, presented a challenge in that they needed to ensure audio clarity in each booth whilst not bleeding into the next. To counter this SLX supplied directional speakers with an acoustic curtain to contain any spill.
Ryan Stromski, business development manager at SLX, says: “It was a fantastic opportunity for us to be involved in such an exciting and creative idea and it’s the sort of project we excel at. With the exhibition being on the doorstep of our Bristol Head Office we cherish being able to continue our relationship with the local organisation and wider community.”
SLX also supplied the DJ area, which the public can freely interact with, including a high power active PA system controlled by a digital audio interface. There is also a dynamic live music room with playback screens featuring bands playing at local venues such as the Louisiana, Fleece and The Tunnels. The club section also provide

 
irelandAV Stumpfl brings life to Ireland’s Viking heritage
Thursday, 14 June 2018

Ireland - Waterford, one of Ireland’s oldest cities, founded by Norwegian pirates in 914, recently celebrated its roots at its inaugural International Viking Festival and Roadshow.
Taking place over three days, this event marked the 1,100th anniversary of the conquest of York, England, by King Reginald of Waterford. With all eyes on the city, the pressure was on for Waterford Council and Waterford Treasures Museums to select the right partners and suppliers to bring this historic moment in time to life.
The highlight of the event was a spectacular night-time Viking Roadshow - two 45-minute theatrical performances which took place on the last day in the Apple Market in the city centre. The specially commissioned theatrical piece by creative director Craig Morrison, set for a live tour in 12 of the most important Viking sites in Europe, was to be the jewel in the crown of the Festival planned by the Council and Museum.
A celebration of the cultural and historical impact of the Vikings, Morrison brought together contemporary artists from all over Europe including actors, musicians, dancers and film makers for the visual spectacular on Viking heritage - using modern projection technology in a new and captivating way.
Delivery of the festival and roadshow was awarded to event and festival management company EveryEvent. John Grubb, managing director of the outfit, recalls how they approached the project. “We needed an exceptional technical and production service provider on board to complement this world-class production - and we c

 
 
mountain-view-staging-3previewMountain View Staging invests in FLEXTour LED
Thursday, 14 June 2018

USA - Live production and event management company Mountain View Staging (MVS) has invested in a FLEXTour LED video solution from Nashville-based PixelFLEX.
The HD, curveable LED video display is designed for live entertainment productions and can be configured traditionally and off-set, with each 500mm x 500mm tile front-serviceable. An integrated climbing ladder allows for quick access to displays flown high overhead.
Peter Johnson, Mountain View Staging CEO and owner, comments: “We have been in business for 18 years and have been using LED products for the last 10. Since LED now rivals projection, we have switched priorities to the new technology to keep up with changing demand from our clients. It’s all about the increased resolution, contrast, dynamic range and image quality, and the FLEXTour solution checked all the boxes for our priorities.”
Johnson adds: "Since we mostly work with tech companies, the ability to display software demos with sharp text and graphic elements was a high priority. When you look at the FLEXTour panels and the way they are built, including the design of the locking mechanisms and the LED pixels themselves, it is clearly a superior product. Additionally, the support and service we receive from PixelFLEX is outstanding, and that was the real deal-maker in this decision.
"We deployed the FLEXTour panels in a curved setup for the first time at the Event Marketer Summit in support of Opus Agency and their launch of a new mobile app for live streaming video sharing. This was during the annual Ex Awards at t

 
deakinHarman solution for simulated trading room
Thursday, 14 June 2018

Australia - Telstra recently installed a complete AMX by Harman AV control solution in Deakin University’s new Telstra Trading Room, a realistic stock exchange simulation room on the university’s Melbourne campus.
Established in 1974, Deakin University is one of Australia’s fastest growing research universities, winning numerous awards and consistently ranking among the top universities in Australia. In order to provide its business students with real-world insight into the workings of a live stock exchange environment, Deakin Business School partnered with Australian communications provider Telstra to create a simulated trading room complete with tickers, displays and a large video wall providing real-time finance updates.
Deakin worked with Harman Professional Solutions distributor avt and Telstra to design a state-of-the-art AV control system that could handle the demands of a modern stock exchange trading floor. Telstra recommended AMX AV control systems for their user-friendly operation, innovative automation and reliable signal distribution.
“The Telstra Trading Room has received a lot of positive attention since opening,” said Lorri Cahill, deputy general manager of business and law, Deakin University. “Supported by a sophisticated AMX AV system, the Telstra Trading Room is an innovative teaching space that helps our students learn real-world financial principles and concepts.”
The main video wall in the Telstra Trading Room consists of eight 55-inch LCD panels that can function independently or be combined to display a

 
 
ca14956Protec Europe delivers for Xerox Forum 2018
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Poland - Protec European Events partnered with their client Xerox once again to deliver the audio, lighting, video and rigging at the Xerox Forum 2018 held in Warsaw.
This event, held in the Doubletree Hilton from 22-24 May, included three days of presentations and 23 seminar sessions with the highlight being the Xerox International Operations Premiere of the new Xerox IridesseTM Production Press.
Xerox hosted 400 of their top graphic communications customers, resellers and business partners from around the world.
The project ran in a few separate spaces or scenes – a daytime conference, a pre-reveal with Kabuki curtain, the reveal element and finally, the conference and demonstrations on the new machine.
Sean Godefroy, HOD Protec video, chose three Barco 20k projectors, one for each side screen and one for a kabuki drop drape projection. He chose the Christie Spyder X20 due to its flexibility and reliability to cater for any instance.
The audio team chose the unobtrusive Nexo Geo M6 line array to cover the 6m high, long, wide room. The rig was designed by Simon King, PM at Protec, checked by Ben Waters HOD of Audio and operated on site by sound engineer Gareth Taylor. Everything was operated from a Yamaha QL5.
The main arrays were supported by four Nexo LS18 subs, all ground stacked which provided extended low frequency response. On stage for monitoring Waters chose to use d&b speakers, powered by d&b D series amplifiers.
Project manager Wayne Jackson explained why Protec Europe chose the Sennheiser FBG3 wireles

 
hino-trucks-2Elite goes heavy-duty for Hino launch
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

USA - Drawing a record crowd of over 13,500 industry professionals, The Work Truck Show 2018 was the largest event in the history of the NTEA. Held inside the Indiana Convention Centre, the event saw an unprecedented number of vehicle launches, including the much-anticipated launch of the new XL Series from Hino Trucks USA.
Desiring a dynamic and exciting tradeshow environment worthy of their inaugural Class 8 heavy-duty trucking solutions, they enlisted the assistance of production provider Elite Multimedia who created a momentous LED video, lighting and audio design.
“We’ve been exhibiting at The Work Truck Show for 18 years now and this is definitely the benchmark show for the work truck industry,” says Sheree Greenhalge, assistant manager marketing, Hino Trucks USA. “Each year the show generally has many new product launches, and this year we were focused on the launch of our Hino XL Series. We were entering a market that no other OEM has done successfully in the past 50 years, so we knew we had to unveil the new truck line in a manner that matched the occasion.”
Greenhalge continues, “We knew we had to unveil the new line of trucks in a ‘big’ way at the 2018 show. To do this, we added 30% more floor space in the booth to accommodate the new trucks and display properties, along with dedicated areas for attendees to watch the launch. The show floor stood still while we unveiled the trucks, and with the massive LED video design created by Elite Multimedia, visitors could watch from every angle of the 7,200 sq.ft

 
 
colour-sound-manic-street-preachers-man0405188947-1Resistance is Futile for Colour Sound
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

UK - In addition to enjoying a busy touring and festival work schedule of this summer, London-based lighting and video rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied LED screens and processing to the recent UK leg of the Manic Street Preachers Resistance is Futile tour.
The 5mm Roe LED on the tour was part of a massive investment by the company - totalling over £1m in new LED screen earlier in the year.
This purchase added 230sq.mof LED to Colour Sound’s existing extensive screen stock which means they can offer a variety of pitches for all occasions, including 2.6, 6, 7 12, 20 and 30mm as well as the new 5mm.
The screen was specified onto the Manics tour by Toby Vogel who co-ordinates and manages all-things-video for the band on the road.
Says Toby, “I have known H (Colour Sound founder Haydn Cruickshank) for many years and we have worked together on Underworld for a long time, so I was aware he had made this recent screen investment and delighted when Colour Sound was selected as the tour’s video supplier.”
Toby also enjoyed working with Jo Beirne again, who has recently joined Colour Sound’s project management team, bringing serious experience from the world of touring video.
The Manics’ creative director is BAFTA Award winning film director and screenwriter Kieran Evans. He produces all their show video content, adding a visual context which is fundamental to the gigs. This is the third tour for Toby after Kieran originally asked him on-board in 2014 to run their live show video under his direction.

 
timecoresyncronisessuccessacrosszawith-dwr-1TimeCore synchronises success in South Africa
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

South Africa - “The TimeCore from Visual Productions really makes training and our demos very easy to do,” enthused Dylan Jones, 3D visualisation and media server expert, from South African distributor DWR, “Clients lately have been really interested in the product wherever it is shown.”
For the recent Green Hippo training at DWR, Jones and Green Hippo’s Suzy Stenning, used the TimeCore to generate SMPTE timecode into the sync manager component of the Green Hippo Boreal Media Server.
The sync manager allows external timecode to be interfaced with and routed in, the Green Hippo Media Server. Once timecode was received from the TimeCore they demonstrated its uses with the timeline component, allowing users to programme and then playback their timeline via timecode.
Stenning comments: “The generator feature on the TimeCore allowed us to easily demonstrate how easy it is to work with timecode and Hippotizer, with a single click of a button.”
At the end of the Green Hippo training, Jones confirmed, “All our advanced users and operators were very interested and conversation sparked about different applications in their workflow. We are currently trying different combinations of timecode converting options and various configurations to fully understand the enormous potential of this unique device.”
The DWR staff have redesigned their demo room system to include two TimeCore devices to sync timecode across all audio and lighting consoles in a powerful and trouble-free setup. DWR customer and expert audio engineer, Marinus

 
 
cafe-tacvba-3-1Chauvet creates scenic touch for Café Tacvba
Monday, 11 June 2018

Mexico - Rock/hip hop band Café Tacvba’s Niu Güeis have become one of the most popular Latin artists of the past 25 years. Touring in support of their eighth studio album Jei Beibi, the group is as fiery as ever, moving effortlessly through different musical genres, and infusing each with their own unmistakable brand of verve and style.
The colourful, scenic-rich stage show that fans have long expected from Café Tacvba is also very much in evidence on the Niu Güeis tour, thanks in no small part to an immersive, richly coloured lightshow designed by Félix Peralta with help from a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures.
Peralta is using 72 Nexus Aq 5X5 panels, supplied by Meridian Pro Audio, in his design for the tour. Configured in six large vertically-oriented rectangles that run across the upstage deck, the panels provide a stunning background for the band. Pixel-mapped, they display varying geometric patterns throughout the concert, reflecting the changing moods of the music, and adding an evocative scenic element to the stage.
The intense output of the panels allows them to stand up to the beams of light that Peralta projected around them at various points during the show. Peralta also changes colours on the RGBW panels to contrast them to different washes. The resultant layered coloured effect adds an alluring scenic quality to his design.
Thanks to the easy-to-install design of the Nexus Aq 5X5, each rectangular screen was assembled quickly and easily. "I had previously worked with Chauvet Professional fixtures.

 
sq1-pr-image-1-low-resolutionInfoComm2018: Panasonic extends 4K line-up
Thursday, 7 June 2018

USA - Panasonic Business is set to introduce the SQ1 series, new large-format 4K professional displays at InfoComm 2018.
Available in 86 and 98-inch models and boast 500cd/m2 brightness, along with Intel Smart Display Module (SDM) for improved processing and integration capability, the displays are built for self-contained or networked signage and ideal for use in corporate, education and retail environments.
“At Panasonic, we are committed to continually improving our display line up in terms of its performance, versatility and efficiency, no matter what the intended application or venue is,” says Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic. “Incorporating the Intel Smart Display Module allows Panasonic to offer a sleek, slim and scalable display solution which simplifies interface integration, signage installations and platform management.”
“We are pleased Panasonic has adopted the Intel Smart Display Module specification in its new SQ1 series of 4K displays. Our collaboration offers a flexible, integrated and scalable solution to help businesses interact and work together more easily and efficiently,” says Jose Alvaro Avalos, vice president, Internet of Things Group, Intel Corporation.
The SQ1 series complements the EQ1 range of six entry class, 4K professional displays, ranging from 43 to 86 inches, that was introduced at ISE 2018. The EQ1 series offers 4K resolution for high-impact images with 350 cd/m2 brightness, making it a cost-efficient solution for public spaces, retail venues, corporate meeting rooms and

 
 
ac-et-at-abtt-2018ABTT 2018: AC-ET shows extensive portfolio
Wednesday, 6 June 2018

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will demonstrate its extensive portfolio of leading theatrical technologies - including new lighting, rigging, audio and video products from Chroma-Q, Spotlight, Follow-Me, Sixty82, BroadWeigh, Tourmate, Sennheiser, Shure and Green Hippo - at the ABTT Theatre Show 2018 this week. Highlights include:
Lighting: Chroma-Q's premium performance Color Force II LED cyclorama & effects light, and Inspire XT RGBW LED house light - both multi award-winners - and new Studio Force II high output variable white fixture; ProLights' Eclipse LED Fresnel in a choice of white colour temperatures, plus various effects lighting models; a preview of Spotlight's Hyperion 6-colour LED Profile and Fresnel, alongside many other theatrical LED fixtures; Follow-Me's remote follow spot control system for harnessing multiple moving lights from any brand in any orientation, to replace old-school follow spots; LSC's Mantra Lite console; Luminex's range of high performance lighting networking solutions; and LumenRadio's wireless DMX and RDM lighting control products.
Rigging: The new original, Sixty82 brings a fresh innovative approach to trussing and staging systems through years of experience from the industry innovators who are behind the new brand; BroadWeigh's new BW-BSd wireless USB dongle for laptops and tablets, enabling users to connect to BroadWeigh shackles at a line of sight range of up to 500m; Columbus McKinnon Entertainment's Prostar electric chain hoists designed for smaller venues; and Tourmate's new Multilock Hoist, a n

 
agm-snapshotPLASA Members’ Day and AGM celebrates unity and growth
Tuesday, 5 June 2018

UK - The PLASA 2018 Members’ Day and AGM took place on Thursday 31 May at the Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park, London to reflect upon a year of specialist projects, industry collaboration and growth.
Members and guests enjoyed a productive day with an insightful AGM, followed by a networking afternoon in the venue’s unique ‘physic’ garden. The lively guest speaker, Caroline Russell from The Ideas Centre Group, encouraged audience participation with her creative approach to problem-solving, then attendees were invited to stay for drinks into the evening.
PLASA Treasurer Mark Surtees presented the 2017 accounts and announced that PLASA is in a place of financial stability, highlighting an increase in profits due to commercial growth within Events and Media. Newly elected Chair, Adam Blaxill, added later that all profits funnel back into the Association, enabling PLASA to generate and implement more initiatives to directly benefit its members and the wider industry.
Managing Director Peter Heath described how the last 12 months has been ever-changing and that PLASA has been proactive in connecting and collaborating with its members. Blaxill bolstered this by encouraging members to get involved with the Association’s activities and work within specialist groups if they feel they have something to offer. Both Blaxill and Heath also noted that although Brexit is looming PLASA has continued to reach out to European members to help unify the industry and raise working standards.
There were several presentations f

 
 
all-time-lowAll Time Low get the Sapphire touch
Tuesday, 5 June 2018

World - American rockers All Time Low know how to deliver high-impact, adrenaline-fuelled arena shows. Backed by a huge, fractured LED screen and stadium-scale lighting rig, their current world tour is a blaze of eye-candy glory.
The band's long-time lighting designer, Jeff Maker, is armed with an Avolites Sapphire Touch console networked with a bank of media servers for complete lighting and video control.
"I'm obsessed with getting things perfect - I needed to programme a punchy and exacting lighting design that worked with the video wall for maximum impact," says Maker, who collaborated with the band and video content creator Oliver Hutchinson to achieve a slick, solid and synchronised show aimed squarely at enhancing audience experience.
For the tour's recent UK leg, ZigZag Lighting supplied Maker with the Sapphire Touch. The LD is a big fan of the console's "super-sensitive touch screens" and the plethora of powerful, time-saving features of the Titan interface, all of which keep him a regular user of the desk.
"As an LD, you're always up against it for programming time, so any short cut or feature that simplifies your life is welcome," says Maker. "The easiest example is that having a screen sensitive enough to not have to be pressed twice just saves precious time. But there are plenty more.
"For instance, the automatic faders on the Sapphire are amazing. I've been using the Set List feature a lot for my pre-programming, and I love how it can jump to any page once the song is triggered on the set list - it just updates automatic

 
sd73-screen-and-logoInfoComm 2018: Stardraw Design 7.3 unveiled
Tuesday, 5 June 2018

USA At InfoComm 2018, software provide Stardraw.com is unveiling the latest version of its award-winning design/documentation software for AV systems integrators. Stardraw Design 7.3 can be seen for the first time on the Stardraw booth C-3116 at InfoComm 2018.
Boasting a raft of new features and significant performance enhancements, SD7.3 will be available for download from the Stardraw.com website in June. All new features are based on user feedback and requests from Stardraw’s extensive user base that now covers 83 countries worldwide. One of the most significant enhancements is a move to a new, 64-bit platform to enable handling of the largest of projects with ease. The new 64-bit architecture is able to manage huge and multiple imported DWG files better than ever before, as well as other resource-intensive non-native data formats including PDF, DXF and image files (PNG, JPG, etc.)
Another popular enhancement is the new Feathering feature, sometimes called ‘Continuations’ or ‘Fly-offs’, which provides a graphical representation to indicate where a cable has come from, and is going to, in the event that it spans separate drawings or is noncontiguous in the same drawing. Crucially, it consolidates the two Cable objects into one ‘physical’ cable in the Cable Schedule to ensure that they aren’t double-counted in the project.
Other new features include monochrome import for even clearer drawings, high-resolution rendering and more.
“We’re now into our seventh generation of design/documentation software applications for AV i

 
 
roe-infocomm18800x9002InfoComm 2018: ROE Visual unveils Sapphire
Monday, 4 June 2018

USA - ROE Visual will present its latest product offerings at InfoComm 2018 Booth N2014 this week at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. This year, ROE celebrates the launch of its high-resolution Sapphire LED display and other touring and fixed-installation products. To showcase its expanded offerings, ROE is building an in-booth theatre for attendees to enjoy presentations of the company’s latest products.

The public is invited to join media at a Press Conference to be held at 3PM on June 6, 2018 at ROE Booth N2014 to learn about details of the Sapphire. Product Managers for InfoCcomm-launched products will be on hand alongside members of ROE’s sales and marketing team to answer questions on new products.
ROE Visual will also showcase the Black Marble Glass LED platform, designed to offer LED floor solutions for concert stages, TV studios, commercial stands and a variety of other creative applications. The high-end glass or matte finish is strong and scratch-proof, while Black Marble’s glass finish enhances the visual effect
“InfoComm is an important exhibition for our industry where major players come together to share experiences and look for new products and innovations. This year, we are particularly excited to launch our Sapphire platform, showcase the new Diamond 2.6 series and introduce the Black Marble floor panels,” said Tony Van Moorleghem, product marketing director. “As we expand our product offerings, we are expanding our tradeshow team to include our product engineers and product managers. This year, Dries Vermeulen,

 
adobe-2018Hawthorn delivers for Adobe Summit 2018
Friday, 1 June 2018

UK - Europe’s largest digital marketing conference, the Adobe Summit EMEA 2018 returned to Excel London earlier this month. Creative technical event production expert, Hawthorn was once again chosen by agency Taylor Bennett Partners to deliver the full technical design and production for the two-day event.
Focused on the future of digital marketing, over 5,500 delegates from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa gathered to hear the latest’s updates from Adobe Marketing Cloud and its partners.
Led by group creative director Pete Harding, Hawthorn was tasked to bring Taylor Bennett’s impressive vision to life, delivering the technical production for the main conference plenary, exhibition space, break-out rooms and the Summit Celebration evening event.
Hawthorn collaborated with Cinimod to create a spectacular 6m interactive projection mapped globe that formed the centrepiece to the Adobe stand. Designed to represent the brain of Sensei, Adobe’s artificial intelligence engine, delegates were able to control the content on the globe using facial recognition and RFID technology embedded in smaller coloured replicas.
These combinations then created a unique live experience that exploded out across the exhibition space, appearing on an LED floor underneath the globe, eight surrounding screens, LED blades and 30 LED panels inset in to sponsor stands. To complete the immersive setup, eight aroma machines delivered different scents depending on each unique users interaction with the experience, along with accompanying audio tracks deliver

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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