Video and AV News

atlonaalexmossAtlona strengthens UK sales management
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

UK - Atlona has strengthened its UK and Ireland sales team with the appointment of industry veteran Alex Moss as senior sales manager. Reporting to Atlona general manager Ronni Guggenheim, Alex will leverage his broad industry expertise to support sales initiatives across end users, partners and systems integrators as he works to expand the company’s regional presence.
Alex’s trajectory has followed parallel sales and technology paths through much of his nearly 10 years in commercial AV industry. Since late 2013 until joining Atlona on 1 October, Alex held technical sales consultant and sales manager positions at various times with Cabletime, a leading manufacturer of IPTV, digital signage and media distribution products.
“With the addition of AVoIP, control and wireless collaboration, Atlona’s product offering has evolved toward a full solutions-oriented approach,” said Guggenheim. “The sales process has therefore grown more demanding as we cover a broader scope in commercial AV installations. Alex brings the relevant background and experience of complex systems sales, and working with end users and systems integrator – both qualities that Atlona needs to continue its growth momentum throughout the UK and Ireland.”
(Jim Evans)

wicreations-rolling-stones-no-filter-2017-img1128Wicreations on Rolling Stones No Filter tour
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Europe - Entertainment engineering experts WIcreations has constructed several major set elements and developed associated rigging systems for the spectacular stage architecture designed by Stufish for the Rolling Stones’ No Filter European tour.
WI’s team, led by Hans Willems and Koen Peeters, had to create a cantilevered stage roofing system above the main performance area; devise a method for rigging and securing four 23m x 11m LED video screens to the front of four large steel towers; and build two mobile technical areas.
Koen Peeters has worked on previous Rolling Stones Tours in 1998, 2002 and 2005. He said: “It’s great to be back working with the band and an amazing creative and technical team. We have really enjoyed the challenges and the collaboration, and I think the end results are something of which we can all be proud.”
After discussing the key design points with Ray Winkler from Stufish, Wicreations was approached by staging and steel specialist StageCo and asked to develop and fabricate two cantilevered roofs - two complete, steel, tower and roof systems.
Winkler wanted the stage roofing system to look ‘slick and streamlined and industrially super-chic’, with no visible raw metalwork and a full drainage system.
The four curved 12m-long steel roof beams are clad with aluminium panels and each beam breaks down into two sections. Each 12m section contains nine integral Martin MAC Viper moving lights, which are central to Patrick Woodroffe’s lighting design.
The lights travel in purpose-built bea

july-30thPanasonic projection for Passchendaele ceremony
Friday, 22 September 2017

Belgium - Creative Technology has installed 58 Panasonic projectors as part of the 100th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium.
As part of the two-day event, hosted by the BBC and The Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the imposing façade of the historic Cloth Hall, was illuminated with projection and light displays as a backdrop to a special live performance.
Marking the 100th anniversary since the battle, the content, designed by Creative Technology, was brought to life using a total of 58 projectors (49 x PT-DZ21K’s and 9 x PT-RZ31K’s), delivering spellbinding, high brightness images – particularly suitable for event and staging applications.
Lucy Meredith, product marketing specialist for Panasonic UK, says, “The use of our laser projectors for events as big as the Battle of Passchendaele’s memorial is rapidly growing, and we feel extremely privileged to be part of such an historic occasion.”
“It was a great honour to be a part of such a historic event. We got to use all of our cutting edge technology to bring the Cloth Hall to life in a stunning projection display”, adds Paul Seeger, project manager at Creative Technology.
The 20,000 lumens PT-DZ21K was supported by nine 30,000 lumens PT-RZ31K solid shine laser projectors. Available in both WUXGA and SXGA+, the PT-RZ31K series is the brightest in the Panasonic range with a compact and lightweight body harnessing powerful laser technology. In normal operation, the RZ31K is designed for 20,000 hours of maintenance free operation.

dubai-wallDataton Watchout drives mega Dubai video wall
Thursday, 21 September 2017

UAE - You can't miss the latest attraction at The Dubai Mall: the new curved video wall above the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo measures a stunning 700sq.m with 1.7 billion pixels on 820 OLED displays. Behind the scenes, you'll find Dataton's award-winning Watchout multi-display production and playback system, Watchnet manager software and Watchpax 4 servers delivering high-resolution content for the mall's estimated 80 million visitors.
The new video wall at The Dubai Mall, unveiled by Emaar Entertainment in August 2017, takes digital signage into a whole new realm and has already earned a hat-trick of records, in partnership with LG: largest OLED screen, highest resolution video wall and largest high-definition video wall.
Dataton’s Watchout multi-display system and compact Watchpax4 media servers handle content production and delivery, while LG’s flexible OLED screens provide the vibrant colour range and wider viewing angle necessary at the location. Show control onsite, including show selection and power cycling, is via Dataton Watchnet manager software. All functions and the user interface were tailored to meet the venue's specific requirements.
“The wall is designed to promote the aquarium, but will also provide a visually-exciting canvas for other content and companies, and with such a high-profile installation there are, of course, great demands on content quality and reliability,” said Trond Solvold, sales director at Dataton. “Watchout with Watchpax4 was likely the only system in the world that could pull off such a comple

depeche-modeGreen Hippo joins Depeche Mode global tour
Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Europe - Depeche Mode’s Global Spirit Tour sees the band crossing the globe in support of Spirit, their 14th studio album. During the European leg alone, the boys will play to 1.5m fans in 32 cities in 21 countries. And at each venue a pair of Hippotizer Boreal Media Servers will provide the technology required to manage the show’s video playback.
SRae Productions, the full-service design and production company owned by Sooner Routhier and Robert Long, takes charge of the tour lighting direction for Anton Corbijn’s production design. Commenting on the Global Spirit Tour, Sooner described some of the duties she and her team demand of the Hippotizer gear: “For Depeche Mode, the Hippotizer is a playback machine. We used the system for IMAG effects on the rear wall. We also used the colour block system in some way, shape or form. We trace the screens to give them the look of being lined in modern, neon-esk lines. We also were able to use each LED tile as a lighting fixture, taking a bit of pressure off the content team.”
Key to the success of this world tour’s video & lighting show is Hippotizer, Green Hippo’s award-winning proprietary software, including its ZooKeeper user interface. ZooKeeper talks to ‘The Engine’ (the core of the Hippotizer system) and the latest version enables best-ever real-time control. Sooner is a ZooKeeper fan: “We love the new layout and its workflow,” she said. Evaluating the latest version of Hippotizer V4 with previous release, Sooner added: “It’s still similar to V3, but with a bit of added f

poFull Boar 4s cruise with P&O
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Australia - Brisbane’s Point Source Solutions are specialist AV integrators that pride themselves on making complex systems work. With skills across multiple disciplines, Point Source can do everything from event management, to networking infrastructure, to LED video screen design. With a diverse roster of clients, Point Source recently found themselves aboard two P&O cruise ships, the Pacific Dawn and the flagship Pacific Explorer, upgrading their theatre’s lighting system with High End System’s Full Boar 4 consoles.
With a rotating line-up of productions created for the global cruise giant by Sydney’s Grayboy Entertainment, theatre on the P&O line is just as complex and technical as it is on dry land. Grayboy’s lighting designer Gavan Swift is a dedicated Hog user, and specifies High End Systems consoles for all of the P&O shows. As part of a major upgrade, both the Explorer and Dawn’s Full Boar 3s were retired and directly replaced by the latest Full Boar 4s.
“I specified the Full Boar 4 firstly due to its ease of use and intuitive control interface,” said Gavan Swift. “The second reason was that the Full Boar is a direct upgrade from the Hog 3 with similarities in how the two consoles operate resulting in less training for the on-board crew who have to program and operate the lighting console on a daily basis.
“Whilst the Grayboy production shows are the primary focus for the theatre on-board, there are daily events that need to be lit and a number of guest entertainers who need their shows programmed and operated

spectraRob Marvell joins Spectra Displays
Monday, 18 September 2017

UK - Spectra Displays has made a significant addition to its team by recruiting an experienced member of the industry, Rob Marvell as operations director.
With a strong background in audio Rob brings with him 15 years of experience working with Bose Professional UK, where he joined at the start of PRO-Partner to coordinate what was an industry changing distribution model focused on quality.
Spectra’s MD Mike Boxall comments, “We have taken the business as far as we can and to grow we needed to expand; Rob joining the team is a great and crucial addition. Rob is a very personable, highly respected and well-connected AV Professional with a diverse skillset who will fit in perfectly with our organisation. We are already seeing growth since his appointment but the funny thing is that it took an audio guy to give a visual company perspective! At Spectra, our ethos has always been focused on quality over quantity and to ensure that the final installed solution exceeds the client’s expectations.”
(Jim Evans)

green-hippo-balletGreen Hippo does ballet in Johannesburg
Thursday, 14 September 2017

South Africa - Set, lighting and AV designer, Wilhelm Disbergen, relied on a Hippotizer Boreal Media Server and a giant mirror to create something utterly extraordinary for the ballet production Big City, Big Dreams, staged at the Joburg Theatre, in Johannesburg.
The original showcase, directed by Fiona Ramsay, was a collaboration between three dance companies – the Joburg Ballet, Vuyani Dance Company, and Moving Into Dance Mophatong. Over 40 professional dancers adorned the stage as classical ballet infused with contemporary and street dance. The love story, with the city of Johannesburg as the backdrop, portrays a young man in the corporate world who falls in love with a dancer.
An artistic and key focus of the set was a giant mirror (15m x 9m) suspended at a 45-degree angle over the white ballet mats below, enabling the audience to see the dancers from above. “I also projected visuals on the floor that reflected onto the mirror behind the dancers,” Wilhelm explained. “Because I used strong side lights, I could wrap the dancer in a clam shell of visuals. During the finale, the wall lifted and was almost perpendicular to the floor, giving the full company a gigantic silver wall to dance in front of and giving the audience a view of themselves watching the show.”
Thanks to the Hippotizer Boreal, the enormous image (16m x 16m) was easy to set up and wonderful to paint with. Two stacked Christie projectors, supplied by Staal van den Bergh, overlapped slightly to achieve the square format. “It was wonderful to see the dancers envelop

intronicsAtlona appoints Intronics for Benelux
Thursday, 14 September 2017

Eurtope - Atlona’s commitment to the Benelux market in Western Europe – Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg – just grew stronger with the appointment of Intronics as its regional distributor. Headquartered in Barnevald, the Netherlands with offices around Europe, Intronics specializes in the development and supply of connectivity for information and data supplies, retail and electronics, and works closely with systems integrators to provide complete solutions for commercial AV projects.
The addition of Atlona to Intronics’ impressive list of brands fortifies Intronics’ position as a leading supplier of video extension, distribution and processing equipment. Atlona’s continued leadership in wired switching and distribution systems coupled with its emerging innovations in AV over IP, networked control, soft codec conferencing and BYOD connectivity will substantially boost Intronics’ portfolio to support legacy and network-based AV installations in corporate, education and other AV verticals moving forward.
“Atlona has very swiftly built a name and reputation in the AV market that positions the company with the industry’s most recognized brands in AV collaboration and control,” said Mr. Marc Swolfs, managing director at Intronics. “We see very strong potential in the BeNeLux AV installation market for Atlona with their recent game-changing innovations in networked control and AV over IP, and are happy to represent a brand with such a broad product portfolio.”
“We’re extremely proud to name Intronics as our BeNeLux distri

eliteElite Multimedia at Young Living conference
Wednesday, 13 September 2017

USA - As a full-service production company with the ability to design an immersive attendee experience, Cornerstone AV prides itself on allowing their imagination to be the driving force behind their designs. Known for developing the ideal technological backbone for any event, Cornerstone was once again brought on board to create the production design behind the annual Young Living Essential Oils National Conference.
With the production moving outdoors this year to the Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah, the design team wanted to maintain that sense of audience immersion so they developed a complete LED video experience with the assistance of production partner Elite Multimedia.
“This event is normally held each year at the Vivint Centre, but since it was currently being remodelled, the producers decided to move the event outdoors to Rice-Eccles Stadium,” began Chad Fraughton, Cornerstone AV vice president/executive producer. “During the booking process, we learned that we would be sharing some close dates with the Nitro Circus tour and we would have to be creative with our production design in order to accomplish a bit of concealment of their large ramps. To do this, we decided to go with a mega-structure creation of arches on both stage left and right flanking a large centrestage area. When we presented the idea to the executive staff at Young Living, they loved it and it really made the event feel bigger than life.”
Fraughton worked with Elite Multimedia to identify the perfect LED video solution. Understanding the need for e

avo-australiaAvolites joins the Creative Generation
Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Australia - IKONIX, the Australian audio-visual production expert, has supplied an Avolites Ai RX8 media server and two Avolites Miami Dongles, to run 960 gigabytes of content for Queensland's largest youth performing arts event, Creative Generation (CGEN) - State Schools on Stage 2017.
The event, now in its 13th year, was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland. GCEN aims to mentor the next generation of performers, providing opportunities for them to work with professional artists. More than 1800 students aged between four and seventeen took part in this year's event.
Zachary Burton, co-founder of IKONIX alongside business partner Richard Saunders, worked with the CGEN team to manage and coordinate the production's entire lighting and video aspect.
"IKONIX has been working with CGEN since 2014," says Burton. "This year we decided to use the Ai RX8 media servers to map out and control the video content for the production's 38m x 6m rear screen."
Discussing why IKONIX selected the award-winning media server, Burton says, "The Ai RX8 server is a high performance media server. The integration between Ai RX8 and our lighting console for CGEN was fantastic. Integration was high on our agenda as we had two other media servers in operation as well as our Ai systems. Ai was also the easiest system to programme and make changes to on the fly, which is an aspect we really like."
The video content for CGEN's back screen was displayed at a resolution of 7000 x 1080 pixels and managed over four layers. Burton used a m

wicreations-alejandro-sanz-2-sergi-abadWicreations enhances Alejandro Sanz in Madrid
Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Spain - Multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winning Spanish singer / songwriter and musician Alejandro Sanz performed a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ show at the Vicente Calderón Stadium in Madrid to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his best-selling and landmark fifth studio album, Más, released in 1997.
The production team wanted some spectacular visual moments to make what was already going to be an outstanding show even more memorable, so the show’s production manager Borja Gonzales contacted stage automation and engineering specialists WIcreations.
WI’s Geert Stockmans headed their team after the introduction, which initially came six months ahead of the gig via Frank Janssens, a Belgian lighting specialist living and working in Spain. Geert and Frank have worked together many times, including on Malu’s 2016 tour.
Containing a diverse collection of ballads strongly influenced by flamenco, pop, and tropical rhythms, Más opened the door to international stardom for Alejandro Sanz who is from Madrid, and it was a pivotal work in his incredibly successful career.
Fifty thousand ecstatic Sanz fans attended the concert, made all the more special, historic – and emotional - for the fact that - as soon as the get-out was completed, demolition began on a truly iconic building, home to the legendary Atlético Madrid football club between 1966 and this summer.
Sanz’ lighting and set designer Luis Pastor already had an ambitious plan! It involved the tracking of LED screen columns around a curved upstage truss to reveal matri

mo2-designGreen Hippo and mo2 design on children’s TV
Thursday, 24 August 2017

Germany - The 1000th edition of Germany’s hugely popular children’s TV show 1, 2 oder 3 aired in July, and Green Hippo and mo2 design helped ensure it looked suitably impressive. Based on the original US version, which was called Runaround, those in the UK may be familiar with the UK show, which went out in the 70s and 80s under that same original US title. The success of the German show has outstripped that of any of its ‘siblings’ seeing it become a mainstay of German childhood TV watching.
mo2 design produced the historic episode, and to help ensure that the visuals went perfectly to plan, Green Hippo delivered special training to the German lighting and design company. Cologne-based mo2 design has extensive experience working with Media Servers – it was the first lighting designer to widely use them in German television – and has recently focused its attention on Green Hippo’s Hippotizer product line. Consequently, Lanz Short, product specialist at Green Hippo, provided three days of Hippotizer training sessions, including a bespoke day, which was planned around the technical requirements of the upcoming show.
The live event itself saw mo2 design use four Hippotizer Boreals – teamed with a pair of grandMA2 lighting desks – controlling four Barco HD 30.000 projectors creating a four-cube wall, a further two Barco HD 30.000 projectors enabling rear projection, plus an LEDGO Black Spinel LED floor.
Manfred Ollie Olma, founder and owner of mo2 design commented: "Hippotizer Media Servers work visual creative for a desi

balloonAirstar gets intimate with Shawn Mendes
Thursday, 24 August 2017

World - Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes shot to fame via a clip he posted to Vine in 2014 and has quickly garnered pop royalty status with a social media fan following of millions. At the pinnacle of his career playing sold-out arenas around the world, Shawn is currently embarking on his Illuminate world tour – and French manufacturer and provider of lighting balloons for the event industry, Airstar, is helping to set the stage with its Pendulair LED product.
The llluminate tour comprises 61 dates in total touching every continent, with Shawn playing some of the world’s biggest music venues. Named after his current platinum-selling second studio album, the show features a set built around a 5m wide Airstar Pendulair LED lighting balloon - known as the ‘Orb’. Providing the main source of the light for fans as they walk into the venue, in an off-blue hue which links the tour to the Illuminate album logo, the ‘Orb’ takes centre stage alongside Shawn for the duration of the concert.
Lighting and stage design for Shawn’s third concert tour and first all-arena tour is overseen by Louis Oliver and James Scott of Okulus, working alongside Shawn’s creative director Paul Caslin, on-the-road lighting director Ryan Nixon and production manager Andrew Thornton at 24/7 Productions (UK).
“With Shawn’s current album entitled Illuminate, we wanted a central piece to the performance that brought this to life visually and set the right tone and atmosphere. Paul took inspiration from the dramatic Solar Equation pr

rewind-festival-2017PRG XL Video relives the 80s with Rewind
Friday, 18 August 2017

UK - Celebrating some of the finest music and artists from the 80s, Rewind festival takes place over three weekends each summer.
Starting in Scotland at Scone Palace, near Perth, then moving on to Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire, and with the final weekend at Henley, the festival includes performances from a variety of eighties superstars including Human League, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Level 42, Kim Wilde, the British Electric Foundation, and the Trevor Horn Band.
PRG provides support to production manager, Keith Morris, lighting designer, Martin Nicholas, and video content director, Miguel Riberio, supplying lighting and video technology, and experienced technical crew for all three weekends. Unlike many festivals which take place over a single weekend, sometimes in dual locations, Rewind is a ‘touring’ festival, taking the same production package to different sites over several weeks.
As well as the main stage, the site includes a silent disco, tribute band tent, funfair, and even an inflatable wedding chapel! For the production, PRG XL Video’s senior account manager, Paul McCauley, supplied three large LED screens, plus cameras and PPU system for IMAG. The rear upstage LED wall formed the backdrop to the stage, and two large portrait screens were flown one either side of the stage.
Ian Jones oversaw the video crew on site, which, for the Scottish show, consisted of Chris Johnson, Mark Eisen, Steve Wood, and Fabrizio DiLelio looking after LED, and Rod Williams on cameras. Mark, Steve, and Fabrizio also doubled as cameramen over the weekend.

sxs-eventsSXS launches dry hire service
Friday, 18 August 2017

UK - With a broad stock of event production and AV equipment, production company SXS has launched a dry hire service.
Available equipment includes arena-scale PA, high-resolution LED video walls, outdoor video screens, staging, marquees and one of the largest stocks of blackout drapery in the UK.
“We now have one of the largest and definitely the broadest of stocks of AV and production equipment in the UK. The equipment we are using is high-end, industry and standard and typically rider friendly,” says SXS project handler Nathan Dunbar who will be heading up the dry hire customer services with assistance from production executive Lucy Payne.
“I’ve been with SXS a while now and have been blown away by how well our team maintains some of the highest standards I have seen in every discipline in which we work. SXS is a genuine one-stop shop with technical and safety standards as good as or better than the specialists in each field.”
(Jim Evans)

tim-brooksbankTaiwan’s Coretronic acquires Calibre
Thursday, 17 August 2017

UK/Taiwan - Coretronic Corporation Taiwan has completed the acquisition of Calibre, a privately held British image processing technology manufacturer based in Bradford, Yorkshire.
Coretronic manufactures the largest number of DLP projectors in the world, and is the ODM supplier to the majority of the world’s Tier 1 DLP projector brands.
The acquisition of Calibre expands Coretronic’s technology capability by the addition of Calibre’s compelling range of HQUltra image processing technology and in-house R&D capabilities.
“It reflects Coretronic’s strategy to strengthen its leading position in display and image processing technology with a rich set of capabilities afforded by the Calibre team. This will help Coretronic Group with its plans to further advance in the pro-av markets as well as assisting with entry into the rapidly expanding direct-view LED display markets,” enthused SY Chen, president at Coretronic, Taiwan.
“The acquisition will accelerate the company into new markets as well as to help Coretronic continue to drive its move to being an all-round display systems provider. In particular Calibre will leverage Coretronic Group’s wide reaching sales coverage and growing pro-av channel sales, particularly in Asia, North America and Europe.”
Former Calibre CEO, Tim Brooksbank will lead as managing director of Calibre UK Ltd, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Coretronic.
“We’re delighted to become part of the Coretronic family. We share a common entrepreneurial ethos driven by market development, innova

evans-avEvans AV Staging equips Balloon Fiesta
Thursday, 17 August 2017

UK - Evans Audio Visual Staging provided equipment and scenic elements across the whole site of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta - the biggest event of its kind in Europe.
Thousands of people visited Ashton Court, on the edge of Bristol, during the four-day Fiesta, and Evans was involved in multiple locations across the large site, normally a country park.
For the Balloonists’ Marquee, where pilots gathered several times each day for all-important briefings, Evans supplied six Nexo PS8 speakers, hung from Utopium’s truss, for background music and announcements. These were relayed using Shure hand-held radio microphones and a Yamaha QL1 mixing desk. Evans provided a 42inch screen which was used for presentations in the media suite.
Multiple LED screens were placed around the Fiesta site to carry live close-ups from the displays, sponsor adverts, content for radio presenters who were broadcasting live from the site and public announcements. Evans operated the video content, which was sent to the screens using two Panasonic HE60 Hot Head cameras, an RP50 controller, two Macbook Pros which ran Playback Pro and a Datavideo HS2000 vision mixer.
A giant ‘Bristol’ sign stood over the main arena at the Fiesta, provided by Evans and lit up at night by Utopium. In the Members’ Enclosure, where sponsors of the Fiesta and VIP guests enjoyed close-up views of the balloon launches and aerial displays as well as corporate dining, Evans supplied several pieces of equipment.
This included two Samsung DM65e 65inch screens which were mount

wicreations-tiziano-ferro-2017-img5813WI on Tiziano Ferro stadium tour
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Italy - Singer/songwriter and producer Tiziano Ferro is known as the modern face of Italian pop music and his phenomenally successful career has seen one chart-busting album and single after another earning him a dedicated fan following.
His live shows are also known for their visual flamboyance and style and the recent Italian stadium tour was no exception. Belgian engineering and automation specialist WIcreations was commissioned to find solutions for two primary motion-control ‘brain-teasers’.
The show was creatively directed by Claudio Santucci working in close collaboration with video designer Romain Sabella from Clonwerk and lighting designer Giovanni Pinna.
The two automation challenges were to provide a fluid and smooth movement system for a large video ceiling weighing 11 tonnes, which moved in all directions and to track two massive upstage LED screens into different configurations throughout a very dynamic set.
In addition to these, also required to move were two lighting trusses either side of the video ceiling, a water screen in front of the video ceiling rigged on two moving hoists and a pyro effect circle upstage of the video ceiling that also shifted position.
WIcreations’ Hans Willems project managed from their end, after the company’s extensive skills and knowledge in the field of automation technology was sought by main lighting and video contractors, PRG Belgium.
The video ceiling was a show-stopping moment in the production. At one stage, it tilted downwards with water content pouring off the ‘end’

Vectorworks opens new office in UK
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

UK - To best support and grow its rapidly expanding user-base, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks has announced the formation of a new office in the UK.
To facilitate this new corporate office, Vectorworks has acquired Design Software Solutions Limited, a long-time reseller of Vectorworks software. The Vectorworks UK office will build on the support, training and sales infrastructure developed by Design Software Solutions as a launch pad for further development in the region. The new office will be led by Tamsin Slatter and Adrian Slatter, former directors of Design Software Solutions.
“With more than 10 years of experience helping users make the most of their investment in Vectorworks software, Design Software Solutions has provided significant input to the growth of the UK market while also providing valuable support and training materials,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Tamsin and Adrian Slatter and their dedicated team have the right mix of experience and passion for our products to help us to provide top-quality support for our existing community of designers and resellers in the UK, while expanding our user base even faster than we have to date.”
In addition to its headquarters in the United States and its new office in the UK, Vectorworks has a network of 35 distributors around the world. Its software solutions are available in 11 languages, providing powerful tools to help designers capture ideas, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and realize their visions.
“We’re thrilled to be

flextour-pdsPixelFLEX improves life on the road
Tuesday, 15 August 2017

USA- LED video manufacturer PixelFLEX has announced the introduction of FLEXTour, a new robust, high-definition and curve-able LED video display designed specifically for the high demands of production touring.
With its rigging capabilities and fully modular construction, FLEXTour is front or rear-serviceable and employs an integrated climbing ladder for enhanced accessibility. FLEXTour has the highest standard in components from NovaStar and Macroblock. The new NovaStar A8s receiving card and Macroblock premium drivers deliver stunning image fidelity, grayscale and flicker-free performance, says the company.
“As LED video continues to be highly integrated into live event and concert touring production designs, we are excited to be introducing FLEXTour which addresses the high demands presented by life on the road,” said Monty Rains, PixelFLEX president. “Understanding the performance capabilities sought after by touring and event designers, we have implemented this high-end solution for their creative video designs.”
David Venus, director of marketing adds: “At PixelFLEX, many of our team members have toured with some of the biggest musical artists today, so we also understand the need to design an LED video system with the right technical functionality. The combination of the right software and hardware custom-designed for the event world enhances the artistry possibilities as well as ease of use; that’s why we’re so excited about the FLEXTour LED video design.”
(Jim Evans)

arcade-firePRG supports Arcade Fire summer tour 2017
Monday, 14 August 2017

UK - On a hot and sticky evening in early July, revellers packed pop-up central Manchester venue, the Castlefield Bowl, spilling over onto the adjacent railway viaduct and the balconies of nearby apartments - intent on witnessing the Abba-like anthemic indie rock of Arcade Fire.
PRG supported production manager Bob O’Brien and the show designers, Moment Factory, with a versatile package of lighting and video to facilitate a 32- date European tour, taking in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, as well as headline festival performances.
Lighting designer Chris Bushell discussed the nature of the tour, and the processes between him and the other creatives on the design team: “I worked with the creative director, Tarik Makou from Moment Factory, as well as video director Icarus Wilson-Wright and the band themselves to design the look of the show. The concept we started off with was that of a contained environment, one which isn’t affected by outside influences - from which Tarik and his team at Moment Factory created the ‘smoke box’, an eleven-metre-wide, three-metre-tall transparent acrylic enclosure, filled with moving smoke and lighting and video effects.”
The grand, sweeping melodies of an experimental musical collective such as Arcade Fire, are well served by the experience design, which perpetually shifts the relationship between colour and space throughout the show.
Chris continued: “The box contained lots of smoke machines and fans to move the smoke around. There was a selection of lighting fixtures, including Martin Mac

dragon-gliders7thSense links with Dubai Parks and Resorts
Friday, 11 August 2017

UK/UAE - 7thSense Design has announced their key technology supplier status with Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest theme park destination.
7thSense Media Servers drive a total of 16 rides and attractions across two parks under the wider destination which includes Motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai.
Motiongate Dubai is a Hollywood-inspired theme park uniting three legendary film studios in one theme park – Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks Animation and Lionsgate – where visitors go beyond the screen and immerse themselves in the magic of Hollywood. Spread across five zones, guests of all ages are entertained by 27 key rides and attractions including roller coasters, multi-media dark rides, interactive play labs, media-based theatre shows, plus a full program of roaming entertainment and live dance performances.
Bollywood Parks Dubai is a first-of-its-kind theme park showcasing the authentic Bollywood experience. The park recreates the Bollywood experience through themed attractions and rides spread across five zones: Bollywood Boulevard, Mumbai Chowk, Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza and Bollywood Film Studios featuring Hall of Heroes. The theme park also features thrilling attractions and entertaining live shows that bring to life the action, music, dance and drama of Bollywood. It is also home to the stunning 856-seat Rajmahal Theatre that houses a separately ticketed Broadway-style, Bollywood themed musical.
7thSense has worked closely as technology partner with Dubai Parks and Resorts Prime Contractor, DXB Entertainmen

idina-menzelPRG XL Video equips Idina Menzel tour
Thursday, 10 August 2017

UK - American musical theatre star Idina Menzel recently played the Royal Albert Hall, as part of the UK leg of her 2017 world tour. The singer, famous for her roles in Broadway blockbusters Rent and Wicked! - is also known for her Oscar and Grammy award winning song Let it Go from Disney’s animated film Frozen.
Production, lighting and video design for the tour is by Abigail Rosen Holmes, who has also designed shows for artists such as Miley Cyrus, The Cure, Shakira and The Pet Shop Boys. Working with Abbey on the design and programming of the tour were Felix Peralta lighting programmer, Dan Scully video content and editor, and Eric Marchwinski programming video.
Lighting and video director Teddy Sosna commented: “Abbey and I have worked on numerous projects together - we met several years ago when she was teaching lighting and video design at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in the US, where I studied. Abbey knew the passion I have for lighting in the theatre and brought me on-board for the 2015 Idina tour, and I’ve been part of the team ever since.”
Teddy discussed some of the looks and how PRG was able to help pull them off: “The lighting style is very theatrical, it’s an intricate design which focuses on soft and elegant looks, while still building up the excitement of a pop concert. The back of the stage is covered with strips of white voile, punctuated by panels of light grey custom woven jacquard fabric from Rosebrand, featuring a pattern based on a design which Abbey came up with specifically for thi


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