Video and AV News

psco-mark-harrison-and-rob-stallardPSCo bolsters specialist team
Thursday, 8 June 2023

UK - Trade-only display specialist PSCo (part of the Midwich Group) has announced the appointment of Mark Harrison as image processing specialist, and Rob Stallard as consultant partner manager.
Harrison will be primarily responsible for providing pre-sales technical, commercial and solutions design support to customers and colleagues for large screen display projects. A key focus will be on growing the image processing category within the business and to strengthen PSCo’s ‘validated system’ approach to support channel partners with fully validated source-to-screen display solutions.
“I’ve worked alongside PSCo and Midwich for a number of years,” says Harrison. “They are a well organised group of experts who work hard for their customers. I’m very much looking forward to extending existing industry relationships and making many new ones in my new challenge to grow to the PSCo image processing business, both in terms of revenue and the technology solutions we offer.”
In his role as consultant partner manager, Stallard takes on a key strategic role within the PSCo sales team, working closely with architects, audio visual consultants, users, and other specifiers, to identify, develop and support complex project opportunities for the business.
Stallard previously held senior project management and technical support roles at Electrosonic and White Light
Graham Pow, general sales manager at PSCo adds, “We are delighted to welcome Mark Harrison and Rob Stallard to the team. They are two seasoned AV professionals whose stron

christieInfoComm 2023: Christie gets set to inspire
Thursday, 8 June 2023

USA - Christie is ready to inspire at InfoComm 2023 with its range of complete AV solutions, from projection and LED and LCD displays to a preview of Christie Hedra, a powerful new video wall processor, in booth #1632. Attendees to InfoComm will see Christie’s newest smart technology solutions in action.
“We’re thrilled to return to InfoComm to meet old friends and new acquaintances in person and discuss how Christie’s powerful and customisable solutions can meet their needs,” says Arlonna Seymour, executive director, corporate marketing, Christie. “From the largest projection mapping projects to museums, auditoriums, and meeting rooms of every size, we have the solutions and industry-leading expertise to deliver the visual impact that your project requires.”
Christie’s range of RGB pure laser projectors will light up the booth with vivid colours. Designed for unforgettable large-scale experiences, the award-winning Christie Griffyn 4K50-RGB pure laser projector will illuminate a floor-mounted screen with stunning visuals, while a static Griffyn 4K50-RGB will be on display. Visitors can get an up-close look at the lightest and brightest 50,000 lumen projector currently available with best-in-class operational efficiency and reduced power consumption.
Also on show, in a double-stacked display, will be the rugged, reliable, and award-winning M 4K25 RGB pure laser projector that reimagines Christie’s extremely popular M Series projectors.
The M 4K RGB Series of pure laser projectors is growing, and attendees will have the opport

ataverprphoto-002A-T integrates with AVer PTZ cameras
Tuesday, 6 June 2023

Europe - AVer PTZ cameras are the latest addition to Audio-Technica’s roster of partners that integrate with the ATND1061 beamforming ceiling array microphone, delivering in-person authenticity to remote conversations.
Using the AVer PTZ Link software, supported on Windows and Mac, talker position data from the Dante-enabled ATND1061DAN can be used to recall stored pre-set position data configurations of AVer cameras. AVer’s PTZ LINK software will accept the ATND1061DAN multicast talker location data and coordinate with the AVer camera to quickly recall the respective camera preset location and position the camera to the recognised talker.
“Our collaboration with AVer creates advanced video solutions,” says Matt Markgraf, strategic partnerships and alliance manager at Audio-Technica US. “The Aver PTZ Link can analyse the ATND1061’s collected position data of speaking individuals, then proceed to point AVer cameras at the correct person speaking. This seamless system will help many users increase productivity and efficiency.”
Stanley Cheng, vice president of AVer, states: “Our partnership with Audio-Technica has allowed us to reach new heights in video broadcasting. As the ATND1061 is attached above the speakers and remains out-of-sight, it captures high-quality audio, allowing participants to focus on the important matters at hand rather than worrying about how their voices will be captured.”
The ATND1061 Beamforming Ceiling Array Microphone is a solution for conference rooms, boardrooms, and meeting spaces large and small.

tvoneinfocomm-2023InfoComm 2023: tvONE previews video solution
Tuesday, 6 June 2023

USA - tvONE will be exhibiting alongside its media server brand, Green Hippo, at InfoComm 2023 in Orlando from 14-16 June, 2023 (Booth #2901).
tvONE will be showcasing new enhancements for CORIOmaster2 video processors at the show including LED Tools for optimised set-up for complex LED, easy 8K source management using Source Link, fade to black and dissolve transitions, and new test patterns and grids. Also being previewed for CORIOmaster2 will be the new quad 12G-SDI input module for broadcast applications, which supports resolutions up to 4K60, available later in the summer.
Demos on the show floor include multiple interactive video and pixel-mapping techniques from Green Hippo, using the flagship model Hippotizer Tierra+ MK2 Media Server, and Mayon+ MK2. Green Hippo’s brand of Media Servers will also extend to Philips Professional Displays, providing video mapping solutions and playback on booth #929.
tvONE will also present a series of show floor seminars from Green Hippo case studies to an end-to-end, hybrid meeting room solution featuring CORIOmaster micro video processor in partnership with Lumens and Inogeni.
Additionally, tvONE will display a preview of its award-winning Calico Pro video processor, the first of a line of newly developed video processing solutions introduced at ISE earlier this year.

diodatoAyrton Diablo S on tour with Diodato
Thursday, 1 June 2023

Italy - Following his success in the United States and Europe, Diodato, winner of the Sanremo Festival 2020, returns to Italy for a tour that will take him around Italian clubs for the whole of summer 2023. The singer-songwriter has already performed in famous clubs in Turin, Milan, Padua and Bologna, where his new single If You Want Me, the soundtrack to Diabolik - Ginko all'attack! was hugely successful.
The performances were illuminated by lighting designer Andrea ‘Bobo’ Amadei, who opted for 10 Ayrton Diablo S fixtures, six of which were positioned on vertical trusses as backlight and four positioned on the musicians' platforms.
“After a very interesting meeting in Molpass I was struck by Diablo’s optics and its internal effects and I decided to use them for the first time,” says Amadei.
“The concept of the tour was an imaginary garden with seven LED panels on stage carrying images of flowers. The Ayrton Diablo S had the ability, thanks to the internal effects and the great brightness, to make everything magical. Being positioned essentially against the light, they managed to create a great contrast to the LED panels, while two Diablo delivered light and effects to the artist in his central position.
“The moment of greatest effect was that of the acoustic solo, in which I envisaged the use of all the Diablos against the light with the aid of gobos and a prism with slow rotations. Thanks to the optics and the CMY system I was able to create colours that I’ve been unable to obtain in the past and I will certainl

world-prideBrompton powers Sydney WorldPride festival
Thursday, 1 June 2023

Australia - Taking place from mid-February to early March, WorldPride is a global LGBTQIA+ festival that has been staged since 2000, with cities vying to be chosen as the host. Licensed by InterPride, this year's WorldPride took place in Sydney, making it the first-ever host city in the Southern Hemisphere.
The event showcased more than 200 celebrations of queerness and diversity on the world stage, which included the popular Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) events. A range of other festival events were also on offer including arts, sports, theatre, concerts, parties, and First Nations programming.
Notable performers such as Kylie Minogue, Kelly Rowland, MUNA, and Charli XCX graced the stage. Novatech Creative Event Technology, one of Australia's leading audio-visual production companies, supported the festival by providing an LED screen setup that was powered by Brompton LED processing.
“We were elated to receive an invitation from SUBVRT to be involved with the production of three of WorldPride's major events in Sydney,” says Novatech’s tech lead, Nik Carr. “Given the worldwide recognition of WorldPride as one of the largest LGBTQIA+ festivals, this was an extraordinary opportunity for us. Furthermore, the festival's first-ever southern hemisphere iteration added to our excitement, making it an honour to support such significant event on our home turf.”
The Novatech team played a pivotal role in three flagship events held at the Domain in Sydney: the Sydney WorldPride Opening Concert; the Domain Dance Party; and the Closi

dylan-jones-from-dwr-distribution-looks-forwarding-to-assiting-clients-with-the-theatrixx-rangeTheatrixx appoints DWR Distribution
Wednesday, 31 May 2023

South Africa - DWR Distribution has expand its AV offering to include converters, rack mount modules and signal processors from Theatrixx Technologies.
While Theatrixx offers a wide range of products, DWR looks forward to selling and promoting its innovative and highly popular hardware based xPressCue media player, their video converters available as ruggedized standalone units or rack mountable modules, and of course working with Erik Guertin, the territory manager for Theatrixx Technologies.
“Given the importance of signal flow, we decided to bring in these units because of their stability, how robust they are, and because a lot relies on them,” commented Bruce Riley, who heads technical support and the workshop at DWR. “This is a very important piece of equipment and one often overlooked. It eliminates the need for unreliable IEC connectors and 12 Volt jack power supply connectors as the units plug in directly with truecon plugs and have ‘loop throughs’ to link power to each other. In addition, the rack mount units have built-in redundancy power.”
DWR currently has Theatrixx standalone converters, as well as rack modular converters in stock, with the product range overseen by Dylan Jones, who is happy to demonstrate the units to anyone interested. “We will be selling both the Theatrixx rack mount modules and their standalone equivalent,” said Dylan. “The standalone converter is a unit that allows the AV conversion of a signal type example HDMI to DVI, STI to HDMI or fibre converters.
“The guys from Theatrixx have been gr

torontoARRI Rental opens Toronto office
Tuesday, 30 May 2023

Canada - ARRI Rental North America has announced the opening of a new office in Toronto, Canada. The facility provides comprehensive access to ARRI Rental’s services and equipment such as the Alexa 65 camera and DNA, Moviecam, and Heroes lenses. The new location also houses an ARRI Creative Space to further support filmmakers by showcasing ARRI products and technology.
The Canadian production market has seen impressive growth over recent years in both commercial and feature film productions.
“Toronto has long been recognised as a leading production hub for both the Canadian and North American film industries, and we are excited to be part of this vibrant community,” says Andy Shipsides, president of ARRI Rental North America. “By having a presence in Toronto, we can provide local access to our top-of-the-line equipment and unparalleled technical expertise, ultimately helping our clients bring their creative visions to life. We look forward to working closely with the Toronto film community and contributing to its continued growth and success.”
ARRI Rental’s new facility in Toronto marks the opening of its third location in Canada, alongside its Vancouver and Calgary offices. The new 8,200sq.ft facility includes 2,600sq.ft dedicated to the ARRI Creative 2 Space - a fully outfitted studio offering the latest ARRI products and technology. ARRI specialists are on hand to offer product demos, facilitate camera and lens tests, and provide customer support.
ARRI Rental Toronto is led by branch manager Dina Maragos, who comes to ARRI R

sydneyTDC celebrates the natural world at Vivid Sydney 2023
Tuesday, 30 May 2023

Australia - TDC’s experienced team of project managers, creative technologists, designers, and engineers are involved in redesigning projection to provide more pixels, brightness, better efficiency and from a technical point of view, a greater result for over 20 installations at Vivid Sydney 2023.
These are in the form of projection design, mapping and illuminations onto Australia’s largest museum vessel, the HMAS Vampire for Harbour Life, the Sydney Opera House Lighting of the Sails: Life Enlivened and a fully immersive projection experience at Vivid House to showcase four awe-inspiring artworks featuring Australia’s natural world.
Vivid Sydney festival director, Gill Minervini said: "Vivid Sydney is Australia's biggest festival celebrating creativity, technology and innovation, and this year the festival celebrated the beauty and diversity of our natural world. Being able to collaborate with leading innovative partners like TDC is essential to bringing Vivid Sydney to life and creating a truly unforgettable experience for festival-goers."
In summarising the technical advancements at this year’s Vivid Sydney, Michael Hassett, founder and managing director of TDC enthused: “I am impressed with how Isaac Mckenzie, head engineer at TDC explained the reasons for certain technology selections using specific routers and servers on particular installations. TDC is constantly trying to find ways of improving and refining the solution. Testing all of our solutions at our warehouse is an essential component of our R&D process."

cannesChristie’s Cannes projection role renewed
Thursday, 25 May 2023

France - Christie has confirmed its renewed agreement with Festival de Cannes for the 17th consecutive year, to provide Christie RGB pure laser and Xenon illuminated projection solutions, for what is the prestigious celebration of cinema.
As the official projection technology partner of the 76th Cannes Film Festival16-27 May, Christie projection technology is illuminating more dedicated screening rooms and auditoriums than any other year throughout the city, including the Grand Theatre Luminere.
“We are honoured to continue our partnership with Festival de Cannes, which is a hugely important event on the global cinema calendar,” says Adil Zerouali, senior sales director, Cinema EMEA, Christie. “We will showcase this year’s outstanding line-up of films in the most visually impactful and energy-efficient manner yet.
“Throughout our trusted partnership, we have worked together with the Festival and the Commission Supérieure Technique de l'Image et du Son (CST) to ensure the festival remains at the forefront of quality in providing the cinema experience, and I’m delighted to see that continue. It’s great to see additional screens returning this year, giving cinematic talent the best chance to shine in Cannes, and further illustrating the power of the cinematic experience.”

arne-stadlerARRI CPO programme under new management
Wednesday, 24 May 2023

Germany - Under the umbrella of the Approved Certified PreOwned (CPO) Programme, ARRI offers technically refurbished products with the same warranty as new models. This globally oriented programme is now headed by Arne Stadler as business manager certified pre-owned programme camera systems & lighting.
He takes over this role from Christian Richter, who has successfully established and expanded the CPO business at ARRI over the past five years and will now focus on his role as general manager sales & solutions EMEAI.
Arne Stadler reports to Stephan Schenk, general manager global sales & solutions. Before joining ARRI, Stadler was responsible for the business development of film cameras and lenses at Canon for the DACH region.

ips-plasaPLASA Focus Leeds success for IPS
Monday, 22 May 2023

UK - IPS were delighted to exhibit again at the 2023 PLASA Focus show, returning to Leeds has become a firm date in the company calendar. “The team on the stand met lots of familiar faces during the busy two-day event and had lots of productive conversations about upcoming projects and the latest hire items in the IPS inventory,” says IPS’ Tom Warden. “There was also interest in the IPS offering from new potential customers, as well as students and others interested in starting out within the technical events industry.”
The IPS stand was consistently busy as people visited to have a look at the fixtures on display, which included the new Martin MAC Aura XIP LED Wash fixture (which was recently one of the stars of the show at the Windsor Coronation Concert) and the new GLP Impression X5 IP Bar, which will arrive in hire stocks very shortly. The X5 IP bar boasts a brighter output with the impressive colour range from the new RGBL X5 LED engines, plus a wider zoom range and faster movement, all now in an IP rated package.
Also on display and continuing the IP rated lighting theme were Chauvet onAir IP Panel 2 fixtures providing diffused stand lighting, with Chauvet Ovation Reve E3-IP profile fixtures on highlighting duty. The stand itself was a Black Prolyte H30V Truss based structure, and everything was built from standard hire stock items.
One of the most popular features of the IPS stand was the pick’n’mix stand which helped keep spirits high during the show for event attendees and fellow exhibitors alike, with the intention being to

dante-by-designad-1200x630plasaDante Dy Design sets June date for London
Friday, 19 May 2023

UK - Dante by Design is a new, one day, in person event to bring together professionals from all aspects of acoustic and audio-visual system design to hear from some of the leading acoustic consultants, technical solutions architects, AV systems designers and AV engineers - and get up to speed and hands on with the latest in Dante AV and Dante Domain Manager.
Taking place at the Museum of London (London Wall) on Tuesday 20 June, the event is free to attend. Places are limited so advance registration is required.
The event will feature contributions from the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Opera House, Sandy Brown acoustic consultants and more. The full schedule is to be announced mid May.
Dante by Design will cover network design, unified management & control, and AV & IT convergence through presentations, interactive sessions and on-stage panel discussions. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A throughout the day.
In addition to an update from the Audinate product management team on Dante AV products launching at InfoComm, highlights of advanced Dante certification training will be covered. There will also be a Dante product demonstration area where you can get hands on with product and speak to the product management, solutions sales and technical salespeople.
There will be networking opportunities for all, plus the chance to speak to a select number of Dante OEM Partners. There will also be giveaways and offers exclusive to delegates.

creative-technology-eurovision-featuredCreative Technology lights Eurovision 2023 stage
Wednesday, 17 May 2023

UK - Creative Technology was an official supplier of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 - commissioned by Luke Mills and Gary Beestone of GBA on behalf of BBC Studios to provide a variety of LED solutions to bring together the impressive stage design by Julio Himede, realised by technical team headed up by Matthias Kublik alongside lighting designer, Tim Routledge.
With the event’s theme being United by Music, the stage design concept was created to reflect this - resembling a wide hug, the entire architecture of the set symbolises welcoming the people of Ukraine and Europe with open arms. Taking centre stage were seven ROE Black Quartz LED towers, two larger outer towers measuring 4x10 m and five slightly smaller inner towers measuring 3x10 m.
The towers were attached to an automation system supplied by Belgium-based company Wicreations. These systems not only allowed for upstage and downstage tracking of all seven towers but also rotation up to 720-degrees of the inner towers, enabling some incredibly dynamic and versatile stage sets for each of the 31 acts representing their countries throughout the two televised semi-finals and grand final show.
The two curved LED side walls enveloped the stage with custom fabricated metalwork created by Stage One, this gave the stage a visually interesting shape for all members of the 11,000 strong audience within the M&S Bank Arena as well as the 161m people watching across the three live shows from home.
“Black Quartz was chosen as it is such an impeccable looking screen and with 10-

tdm-news-room-studio-3Macau TDM expands network with BroaMan
Tuesday, 16 May 2023

China - Macau TDM (Teledifusão de Macau) provides public broadcasting news services in this special administrative region (SAR) of greater China. Running five digital terrestrial television channels, a satellite television channel and two radio channels, it has extended its HD network with the addition of four BroaMan Mux22 interfaces, provided by Hong Kong-based system integrators, ProHarmony Technology (PHT).
Macau itself is situated on China’s southern coast, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong, and the new installation is specifically to service requirements at their Macau HQ. PHT is a long-term service partner of the broadcasters, having worked with Macau TDM over the past 10 years; the latest provision of Mux22s expands the existing system, giving them six in total.
The multiplexer itself supports every signal in use in the professional environment, combining 3G/HD/SD-SDI I/O with Optocore and SANE digital audio networks, to create an elegant solution to transport video, audio and data, on duplex fiber.
One of the advantages of the Mux22 is its ability to handle these multiple system protocols in a compact 1RU system, and in this application it transports signals over distances up to 1km.
With Chinese and Portuguese its two official languages, since Macau TDM specialises in news, two of the Mux22’s are used to transport audio, video and intercom between the Master Control Room and the main news room studio.
A further pair are used similarly for broadcast of the Macau Grand Prix Formula 3 Racing every year through the

leedsPLASA Focus Leeds 2023 brings business and buzz to the north
Tuesday, 16 May 2023

UK - With record attendance, PLASA Focus Leeds 2023 proved itself yet again as the go-to trade event for the entertainment technology industry in the north of the UK as it returned to Royal Armouries from 9-10 May.
This year’s show saw a strong 20% increase in attendance from 2022 and a 5% increase from 2019, confirming the rising importance of in-person connections. Furthermore, this year saw 18% more students attending – a promising sign for the long-term prospects of the live sector.
Always popular for its inclusive layout and friendly atmosphere, PLASA Focus Leeds welcomed a diverse array of visitors, with organisers reporting that one in five were business directors or owners. The most common professions represented by visitors were engineers, technicians and programmers. Moreover, a third of visitors were final decision makers.
Tony Torlini, general manager for Optikinetics, comments: “PLASA Focus Leeds was a great success. Attendees from diverse backgrounds and experience levels - including seasoned professionals and those contemplating a career in entertainment tech - contributed to the event's buzz. We are proud to have been a part of this vibrant and dynamic industry event.”
Matt Wiseman, sales and brand manager for MDG FOG UK, adds: “We've always found PLASA Focus Leeds to be very welcoming and productive. There's not a show gone by that has not yielded opportunity; PLASA Leeds show has played its part to our increasing success.”
Big brands and new products
The event’s two halls were brimming with

creative-technology-coronation-concert-2Creative Technology supports Coronation Concert
Monday, 15 May 2023

UK - Creative Technology delivered the main LED screens and projection mapping of Windsor Castle for the Coronation Concert of King Charles III.
“It is always a huge honour to work on such high-profile live events, from the 75th commemoration of VJ Day, to the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It is incredible to see not only the public’s overwhelming response but also the entire live events industry showing such high praise and support for the people behind the scenes who make all of it possible,” says Graham Miller, head of music/entertainment at Creative Technology UK.
With over 10m viewers watching the celebration at home, with many more worldwide and a 20,000 strong audience gathered within Windsor Castle grounds including King Charles III and the Royal Family, the Creative Technology team worked hard throughout the entire planning and delivery stages of the event to ensure a seamless and spectacular show for everyone.
Working for BBC Studios to Stufish’s stage design, a 315sq.m curved flown video screen took centre position - displaying stunning imagery and video as well as live playback of the many performances throughout the evening. For the mesmerising projection mapping that covered 4,000sq.m of Windsor Castle East facade, Creative Technology utilised VYV Photon to generate the projection mapping alignment of 28 30k Panasonic projectors to technically deliver the beautiful content created by NorthHouse Creative.
Senior project manager, Stuart Young, has been delivering events of this calibre for over 25 years and played an int

christieChristie showcase at Integrate Middle East
Friday, 12 May 2023

UAE - Christie is exhibiting at the inaugural Integrate Middle East show, 16-18 May at Dubai World Trade Centre, United Arab Emirates. At booth #AR-F20, Christie will demonstrate how its technologies form end-to-end visual solutions, from its RGB pure laser projection and LED video wall range to content management and processing technologies.
“We are delighted to exhibit at Integrate Middle East. This is a key region for Christie and we’re seeing significant growth in the Middle East,” says Mahesh Singh, regional sales manager, Middle East, Christie. “It will be an excellent platform to showcase how our complete solutions can solve customer challenges and help our partners to deliver exceptional experiences. We look forward to welcoming attendees to our feature-packed stand at this inaugural show.”
On show will be a selection of projectors from Christie’s RGB pure laser range, including the Griffyn Series all-in-one RGB pure laser projectors. The Griffyn 4K50-RGB is the lightest, brightest, and most energy-efficient 50,000 lumen laser projector available to illuminate any surface with bright visuals while operating at 55dBA at full brightness.
A creative display using Christie MicroTiles LED 0.75mm will be seen at the booth, with the enhanced model offering improved visual acuity and energy-efficient options. A live MicroTiles LED demonstration will also showcase just how easy it is to install configure in near-limitless ways - from curves and corners to architectural displays.
Christie’s 1DLP projection range will also be repre

saw-namibiaSAW Namibia upgrades operations
Thursday, 11 May 2023

Namibia - Stage Audio Works (SAW) Namibia recently moved into new offices in Faraday Street, Windhoek. Leaving behind their old headquarters in Diesel Street, the new facility will help focus and improve operations in the long term and provide a demo space for clients to experience SAW’s application-ready solutions.
The office changeover was carried out in multiple phases to ensure that SAW Namibia’s service to active clients remained unaffected. The new office offers a streamlined, professional design, whilst retaining the functionality required for SAW Namibia to serve its core markets. Furthermore, clients within the corporate, media and entertainment industries will benefit from hands-on experience with products in the new experience centre. Naturally, the technology deployed at Faraday Street was implemented by SAW Namibia’s own integration experts.
"We couldn't be more thrilled with our new headquarters. Our decision to move was motivated by the desire to separate our traditional musical instrument (MI) vertical from our physical showroom. Whilst the showroom played a crucial role in our business's foundation and growth, we recognise that times have changed,” says Joppie Maritz, managing director of SAW’s Namibian branch.
“We continue to provide excellent service to the MI industry, but we have shifted to an online retail model, which has proven to be a win-win solution for everyone involved. This has enabled us to streamline our showroom experience and showcase our corporate installation and communication solutions more effectivel

ayrtonAyrton makes magic for PepsiCo in Barcelona
Wednesday, 10 May 2023

Spain - Lighting designer and technical director of PepsiCo Worldwide Events, Steve Nield, brought plenty of magic to the Ballroom of The Hotel Sofia in Barcelona for the PepsiCo International Franchise Forum.
He chose 112 Ayrton MagicPanel R fixtures to introduce an exciting, colourful and versatile element to the backdrop for the evening’s presentations that took place in front of an audience of 400 people. The MagicPanel Rs were rigged in a side orientation, in clusters of 14 units – two wide and seven high - filling the space between large LED screens which formed the backdrop for this 40m x 21m ballroom.
“The intention was to incorporate the MagicPanels into the scenic design to carry complimenting colours and tone across the whole visual canvas,” explains Nield. “The fixtures were run in full channel mode to allow some pixel mapping, however the inbuilt FX macro proved to be more than sufficient to create the dynamic effects.”
Some of these effects proved to be a happy accident: “The client was PepsiCo and as part of a brand presentation for PepsiCo’s 7Up, the internal FX macro that produces an ‘Up’ arrow was utilised,” says Nield. “This was not a predetermined idea and we had no knowledge of the presentation content, however the presenter noticed this macro while we were programming and requested a mixture of the number 7 and the Up arrows on alternate fixtures at a certain moment in his presentation. It was perfect.”
Nield was able to take advantage of MagicPanel R’s square shape and versatility for this e

breast-cancerWL delivers for Science Museum fashion show
Thursday, 4 May 2023

UK - Breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now chose Illuminate at the Science Museum as the host venue for its annual event, The Show by Breast Cancer Now. As Illuminate’s in-house production service partner, technical solutions specialist White Light (WL) delivered the 360° event production services to transform the multi-purpose venue for a special fashion show concept.
The Show celebrates the strength and courage of 23 models, living with or beyond breast cancer, taking to the catwalk for the first time. The purpose of the flagship special event is to raise awareness and engage with new and existing supporters to showcase Breast Cancer Now's research and support for those affected by breast cancer.
The organisers were looking for a venue that would provide the ‘wow’ factor for guests, as well as being able to accommodate the main catwalk and the requirement for a backstage area for a hair/make up station, quick-change and chillout area for models. Accessibility was also a key aspect to consider as one of the models is a wheelchair user.
Illuminate’s fully accessible Level 4 was used for the backstage area, and the floor to ceiling windows on Level 5 with panoramic views of the London skyline provided the ‘wow’ factor the client was looking for and had the capacity needed for the main catwalk show. The blank canvas nature of the space and its versatility meant the organisers could create the layout for the runway that they wanted.
To maximise space in Level 5, WL designed a bespoke floor-based catwalk solution using an array of

mokonomika-lithuaniaGreen-GO system connects Mokonomika crew
Wednesday, 3 May 2023

Lithuania – Schoolchildren across Lithuania participated in the country’s largest-ever remote learning lesson this spring, as the 2023 Mokonomika initiative streamed interactive educational sessions online and via the national TV station. The operation involved the creation of four separate programmes filmed and produced in a studio in the capital, Vilnius, with a crew using Green-GO products for clear and robust digital communication.
Organised with support from the Swedish financial company Swedbank, this year was the third consecutive Mokonomika, which is staged in collaboration with the Lithuanian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, the patronage of the Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO and Lithuanian national radio and TV.
Vilnius-based Video Projektai was challenged with producing the video aspects, as inspiring teachers gave lessons on the future of artificial intelligence, finance, and sustainability.
“For the event we had four operators to control streams, a camera director, a virtual stage operator, a camera technician, system engineers, an online connections technician, director, director assistant and technical director,” explains Julius Norusis from Video Projektai.
“We chose a Green-GO system to connect the crew because of the system functionality, quality and price. The idea was to have system which could be easily split to two different locations without the need for a master station, and the possibility to connect with other signal types, such as Dante, analogue audio, and two-wire intercom.

hippoprasetraining-20231Green Hippo and Prase deliver Hippotizer training
Tuesday, 2 May 2023

Italy - Distributor Prase Media Technologies has delivered its first Hippotizer training sessions, in collaboration with Green Hippo. The two-day course was designed to showcase some of the features of the Nevis+ and Boreal+ MK2 Media Servers and the new Hippotizer 4.8 software.
Prase became a Green Hippo distributor for Italy in spring 2022, working with the entire range of Green Hippo’s award-winning Hippotizer Media Servers and in addition, tvONE products. Prase is now working to extend the influence of Green Hippo’s video playback technology, furthering Green Hippo’s global reach and enhancing customer service.
Hippotizer product specialist Leon Dickens provided training at the event, held at the Prase office located in the northern Italian town of Noventa Di Piave, alongside Prase’s Sonny Laurano and Enrico Fodde. Attendees learned how to manage, send, manipulate and sync video content on any surface. The visuals were displayed on two 40" displays and a much larger Absen 4K LED screen.
“With Hippotizer as a new product in Prase’s catalogue, they recognised that a key component for product exposure throughout Italy would be comprehensive training sessions for AV users,” says Dickens. “Prase has fantastic facilities for demonstrating the capabilities of the Hippotizer software and going forward aim to continue access to Hippotizer training.
“Many of Prase’s existing customers, who attended the training session, were interested to have a hands-on experience with the Hippotizer hardware available. Attendees ranged from fre

bromptonBrompton’s Tessera G1 wins NAB award
Friday, 28 April 2023

USA - Brompton Technology’s Tessera G1 receiver card won the Product of the Year Award, following a live awards ceremony on 18 April at the 2023 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
The G1 marks a significant milestone for the industry by being the first-ever receiver card to support 10Gb Ethernet over fibre direct to the panel, says Brompton. It is capable of supporting one million pixels, ready for a new era of ultra-fine pixel pitch panels, but is also capable of driving panels at refresh rates up to 1,000 fps (frames per second).
“Receiving The Product of the Year Award for our Tessera G1 is a proud moment for the entire Brompton team, as it validates the tireless efforts and unwavering commitment we put into developing G1,” concludes Richard Mead, CEO of Brompton. “With its ground-breaking capabilities, G1 has the potential to transform not only the live events and virtual production sectors but other industries as well.
“Moreover, the immense processing power of the G1 has opened the door for TrueLight, which offers an industry-changing solution for scenarios where the LED panel serves as a lighting source. We are excited to see the industry adopt these new technologies to achieve even more realistic in-camera visual effects, and we look forward to exploring a whole new realm of possibilities for applications that demand uncompromising image quality and colour accuracy.”


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