Video and AV News

atlonabostonroadshowAtlona road show rolls into Massachusetts
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

USA - On Tuesday, 14 November, the Atlona On Tour road show rolled into Boston for a special two-day Visual Systems Show in Marlborough, MA, where more than 75 dealers, distributors and systems integrators took in live presentations focused on Atlona’s Velocity networked control solution, OmniStream R-Type AV over IP platform, and a variety of HDR products. Seth Powell, Atlona’s resident AV over IP training expert, led most of the presentations.
Sponsored by the D.L. Henderson Company, a regional manufacturer’s representative, the event also included a three-hour Atlona Certification Course on how to configure, deploy and maintain OmniStream and Velocity systems. More than 20 attendees were certified. Atlona offers these trainings free of charge, and has been granted CTS certification for them due to providing a thorough and complete curriculum.
The road show continues with two more stops in Chicago and Boston on 28 November and 5 December respectively.
(Jim Evans)

Record orders for new Hippotizer + range
Monday, 20 November 2017

USA - The recently-launched Hippotizer + range has already broken Green Hippo sales records and produced “an unprecedented number of sales enquiries”, the company claims.
The Hippotizer + Media Server range - comprising the Amba+, Boreal+, Karst+, Montane+, and Taiga+ - has yielded over 100 orders, all of which landed before the official product launch at LDI in Las Vegas on the 17 November.
James Roth, head of sales & marketing at Green Hippo commented: “I am delighted that pre-orders from our ROW territories have already passed the 100 units mark and this is before the official launch at LDI. With many major territories waiting until LDI, this will be by far and away the most successful Green Hippo product launch ever and we’re delighted at the response from the international markets.”
Green Hippo has logged sales enquiries from across the globe and sales have already been made by A.C. Entertainment Technologies (UK); Ampco Flashlight Sales (Benelux); Bary AS (Norway); Eclipse Staging Services (Dubai); Beacon SSR (Sweden); EarPro (Spain and Portugal); Lexair Entertainment (Australia & New Zealand); Light Partner (Denmark); MLK SOUND (Belarus); Technical Supply Japan (Japan); and TNIRED (South Korea).
(Jim Evans)

rocketeriaslogoClair Brothers announces new distributors
Monday, 20 November 2017

USA - Clair Brothers has appointed two new distibutors - Rocketerias in Mexico and VTècnics in Spain - to its growing international distribution network.
Rocketerias and VTècnics will sell and distribute all Clair Brothers products across the two markets.
Rocketerias owner Alejandro Barbosa Calderon comments: “Clair Brothers is a great brand, everybody knows it, and the sky’s the limit. So, joining with them is a powerful complement to our mission to deliver on the promise of offering the kinds of products our customers can be proud to own.”
“Clair Brothers has been a good friend to VTècnics, referring us many times to new customers,” states VTècnics production manager Josep Maria Serra. “When the timing and opportunity for real professional growth in the industry presented itself, we recognised the immediate need to be more competitive in the marketplace. It made perfect sense to contact Clair Brothers. It’s one of the easiest decisions we’ve ever made. And they received us with open arms. Clair Brothers has shown us a personal and permanent commitment to not only work together but to do things better. We love that!”
(Jim Evans)

zeevee-unveils-new-logoZeeVee celebrates 10th anniversary
Thursday, 16 November 2017

USA - Global manufacturer of video and signal distribution technology ZeeVee has launched a new website and logo as it marks 10 years in business.
Bob Michaels, CEO for ZeeVee, says: “2017 marks an important milestone for our company. ZeeVee has long been a trusted brand and a symbol of quality and ease of use. Today, those attributes continue to be the driving force in our innovation and engineering best practices. Throughout this past decade we have been working to lead the industry and develop new distribution platforms that leverage standards-based technology.
“From being the first to introduce an RF encoder/modulator approved for use by DIRECTV, Dish and other cable and satellite providers, to launching the first uncompressed 4K AV over IP distribution solution, we are committed to providing customers innovative and easy to use solutions.
“The AV landscape is changing rapidly and ZeeVee is at the centre of this transformation. The time was right to create a new visual identity that builds on our leadership position and expertise in designing and developing highly effective and efficient AV distribution technologies,” continued Michaels.
“The new logo embodies the essence of what ZeeVee is all about, using a contemporary, pure and clean typography. The new tagline ‘Signal Intelligence’ speaks to our unique ability and capacity to develop and bring to market innovative solutions,” Michaels said.
(Jim Evans)

gulliverYamaha flies high in the DOX airship
Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Czech Republic - Perhaps one of the most unusual cultural buildings in Europe, the airship at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague appears to float above the surrounding buildings. For those that venture inside it, a Yamaha audio system proves that the sound.
Named after fictional traveller Gulliver, the 42m long, 120-capacity steel and wood airship features a zeppelin-shaped structure on top and is a permanent space for lectures, exhibitions, screening and other cultural events.
The venue features an AV system specified and installed by Martin Vondrášek of the Prague-based AVT Group. The audio system comprises four Yamaha VXS5W speakers arrayed along each side of the ‘body’, powered by an XMV8140 multi-channel amplifier, with signal distribution and processing by an Yamaha MTX5-D matrix processor.
Audio inputs come from wireless microphones, a laser projector and a waterproof connection panel for extra AV equipment, as required.
Further rooms at DOX Prague are currently being refitted with new AV systems, including Yamaha matrix processors, mixing consoles and i/o units - ensuring that the visitor experience never goes down like a lead balloon.
(Jim Evans)

amxSepton Electronic to distribute AMX in Sweden
Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Sweden - Harman Professional Solutions has announced that Septon Electronic is taking over the distribution of AMX solutions in Sweden.
The agreement applies to the full range of AMX product categories, with Septon Electronic set to focus on local sales and support of video control solutions while Harman Professional will concentrate on creating synergies between the audio, video and lighting segments of the business.
“We are pleased about this agreement,” said Fredrik Barnö, channel manager, Harman Professional Solutions. “Septon Electronic has been the Swedish distributor of Harman Professional’s audio portfolio for many years, and with their extensive market reach and thorough industry know-how, we have a strong partner on our side.”
"AMX is established in the absolute premium segment, whereas Septon Electronic as a distributor is known for our broad scope of services,” commented Magnus Löndén, CEO, Septon Electronic. “We understand our customers’ need for solutions and support. With our hands-on market experience within all main segments, including corporate, education and government, we are thrilled to accommodate Swedish market demands with AMX products."
(Jim Evans)

earproGreen Hippo sets distribution for Spain & Portugal
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Spain - Green Hippo has appointed Earpro as its distributor in Portugal and Spain.
With offices in Barcelona and Madrid, Earpro is a specialist audio and visual distributor with experience in pro markets. The company was acquired by Midwich Group and has financial backing valued at over £400m.
Commenting on the new partnership James Roth, head of sales and marketing at Green Hippo, said: “This alliance is great news for visual creatives across Portugal and Spain. Earpro knows these markets inside and out, and our line of real-time video technology continues to grow in not just model choices, but also in its ease-of-use and technological talents.”
Miguel Mezquita, managing director of Earpro, commented: “We are delighted to team with Green Hippo. We are already very familiar with, and admirers of, its impressive product line and we can’t wait to play our part in furthering its success in Portugal and Spain. Importantly, we also get on well with the Green Hippo people, including the training department and the highly-experienced technical crew.”
(Jim Evans)

jon-fox-ceoAVT Connect launches new brand and website
Friday, 10 November 2017

UK - Live event and digital communication agency AVT Connect has rebranded and launched a new website to address the increased demand from clients for integrated digital experience at live events.
A new element to the company's philosophy and website is a client area called Be Inspired that is a showcase of creative, inspirational ideas, demonstrating what is available and possible in the current digital landscape.
Becky Deo, director of client services at AVT Connect, commented: "The rebrand goes way beyond a new website as the company is expanding and the new identity encapsulates this progression. This is also reflected in our enhanced services and winning new business in 2017 and beyond with direct clients, agencies and membership organisations.”
Jon Fox, AVT Connect's CEO, added: "We wanted our brand and website to reflect our innovation, creativity and company culture. Lots of organisations are on a journey of digital transformation and the new offering enables clients to benefit from our expertise in this area. It also emphasises our commitment to providing innovative and relevant solutions, and presenting complex information in a simple way.”
(Jim Evans)

moody-gardens-1PixelFLEX goes deep at Moody Gardens Aquarium
Thursday, 9 November 2017

USA - Exhibition and event marketing company 1220 Exhibits was appointed to carry out an interior AV renovation at amusement park Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas.
The company needed to renovate the Aquarium Pyramid and specified a FLEXLite NXG LED system from Nashville-based PixelFLEX for the lobby. Originally, the brief called for a 25K projector system, but the company convinced its client that using an LED video system would be a better long-term solution.
“One of our primary goals with this renovation was to create a dynamic, immersive experience for guests the moment they stepped foot in the Aquarium Pyramid,” said John Zendt, president/CEO Moody Gardens. “The clarity and crispness of the image on the PixelFLEX video wall helps us achieve this goal and is exactly what we hoped for from this design.”
Dan Chadwick, director of interactive services at 1220 Exhibits, continued: “Since all of the exhibit houses at Moody Gardens are built in a pyramid-style with the outer façade being made of glass, we knew there would be an uncontrollable amount of natural light that would bleed into the space. Because of this, they would need to install a fairly large projector to counteract the natural light, and even at its maximum capacity, a projection system would not provide the image quality that we could achieve with the high-definition FLEXLite NXG 3.9mm LED wall.”
As the system installation got underway, the LED video panels would be mounted high above the crowd on a curved wall greeting guests as they arrive. In a busy A/V renovation

vextra1Chauvet enhances Vexata video wall
Thursday, 9 November 2017

USA - Chauvet video panels were used for the video wall set up at Vexata's booth at the Oracle Open World conference held in October.
Digital Dynamite Productions, which provided the audio and video for the booth, specified Chauvet Professional F3 LED panels. 
Austin Jansen of Digital Dynamite Productions comments: “We wanted to have a video wall that didn’t look like a video wall. Our challenge was to find an LED panel that had a minimal footprint and one that hid the rigging and rear of the display. The LED video display had to look as though it was part of a large graphic, so visitors could not tell it was really an LED wall.”
Jansen mounted 68 F3 LED tiles on plywood panels. “The panels were positioned on six separate surfaces that we custom built out of birch plywood and covered with vinyl graphics to hide the rear of the display,” he explained. “The F3 panels were perfect for this job, because they’re serviceable from the front. This allowed us to mount the panel cabinet frame directly to a substrate and wire the LED wall from the front. By doing this, we were able to have minimal clearance behind the LED wall, which created the feeling of the panels being part of the overall graphical display.”
Arranged at irregular angles to one another, the board-mounted panels created a flowing multi-dimensional look at the Vexata booth, giving it an inviting sense of warmth and depth. By changing the configurations of the activated LED modules on the

adj-europe-sales-2017-6x4Senior staff redeployment at ADJ Europe
Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Europe - In anticipation of Brexit, ADJ has re-assigned two of its key personnel to continue the company’s growth in the UK and mainland Europe. Kris Dawber will take on the role of UK and Ireland sales manager while Sebastian Mobers will move into the position of EU sales manager.
ADJ Europe recently celebrated its 15th anniversary and the company’s European arm is a significant part of its global business with showrooms at Kerkrade in the Netherlands and Greater Manchester in the UK.
Having worked for ADJ in Europe for almost 15 years, Sebastian Mobers is an integral and highly valued member of the team. Having most recently served as the company’s European purchasing manager, before previously gained valuable experience in the sales department, he will take on the role of EU sales manager. This role will involve supporting and overseeing ADJ’s regional sales team throughout Europe.
Meanwhile, Kris Dawber, who has been with the company for 11 years and previously held the position of European sales manager, will re-focus his efforts on the UK and Ireland. Having played a pivotal role in establishing ADJ in the UK, he is best placed to ensure that the company retains its strong market position and continues to give excellent support it its customers, both new and established, following the UK’s departure from the EU.
Commenting of the redeployment, president of the ADJ Group of Companies Toby Velazquez said, “The UK is an important market for ADJ and we want to make sure that it is well supported during these uncertain times surro

rcmh101217009wDigital update for Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Wednesday, 8 November 2017

USA - The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) has announced that the 2017 production of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, presented by Chase, has undergone a technological overhaul.
The production has been enhanced with updated technology including a new 8K LED wall and digital projections that will extend to all eight of Radio City Music Hall’s iconic proscenium arches that will make audiences feel like they are part of the show.
The new content for both the projections and the LED wall was created by design studio Obscura Digital, which is behind the world’s preeminent architectural projections including the innovative Empire State Building graphic light shows for Academy Award-winning director Louis Psihoyos’s film Racing Extinction.
Additionally, returning this year as designers for several of the Christmas Spectacular’s scenes is batwin + robin productions, a New York-based multimedia design studio that has re-created and enhanced existing video projection and LED content to utilise Radio City’s incredible new projection system.
Technological enhancements in this year’s Christmas Spectacular include updated graphics in every production number as well as complete visual transformations of scenes such as the energetic tap number, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claus and the finale number, Snow.
For the first time, all eight of the venue’s proscenium arches will have imagery projected onto them using the most advanced 14K digital mapping technol

dylan-jones-from-dwr-with-staal-van-der-bergh-from-visualaudio-productions-2017VisualAudio Productions adds another Hippotizer
Tuesday, 7 November 2017

South Africa - VisualAudio Productions’ Staal Van Der Bergh has invested in a new Hippotizer Karst Media Server from South African distributor DWR Distribution. The new purchase complements his existing Hippotizer Boreal Media Server.
Staal comments: “I love animals - the more Hippos, the merrier! But in all earnestness, I don’t always need a big Hippotizer such as the Boreal and the Karst’s greatest selling point is flexibility. Now I have the best of both worlds.”
DWR’s Dylan Jones agrees: “Staal can send out the Karst on an extra show, he can work on large productions using both the Karst and the Boreal, or he can do a smaller show with just the Karst.” In addition, the unit can also be rented out for dry hire.
“The main attributing feature is a 4k Output which can be split into more outputs if needed,” explained Dylan. “Because the Hippotizers work together, you can plug a network cable over HippoNet, which will connect the two servers and create six outputs.”
Staal was one of the very first Green Hippo users in South Africa and his passion for his Boreal Media Server has made him a fast programmer. With corporate events being his main line of work, he recently had 81 video starts in three hours at the Adcock Ingram Awards Evening, 60 video starts at the APEX Awards, and then created six masks to make one scene at the Young Community Shapers Awards.
(Jim Evans)

ac-et-appointed-panasonic-solutions-partner-pressAC-ET appointed Panasonics Solutions partner
Tuesday, 7 November 2017

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has been appointed as a Panasonic Solutions partner for the Panasonic range of professional projectors and large format display screens.
The product range will bolster the line-up of technologies available from AC-ET’s video sales division.
Stuart Burdett, sales manager for AC-ET's video sales division, commented: “We're delighted to add Panasonic to our video portfolio. The brand and its products are synonymous with innovation, first-class image performance and excellent build quality, and we are excited to be able to make the full range available to our customers.”
AC-ET has access to Panasonic’s visual solutions, including popular models such as the PT-RZ970 laser projector, which is designed for intensive usage and maintenance-free, long-lasting brightness (9,400 lumens) in permanent installations. Panasonic's large format display LED screens feature high end technologies such as IPS panels, for clear off-axis visibility and excellent colour reproduction at up to 4K resolution.
AC-ET has recently supplied Panasonic laser, DLP and LCD projectors for a variety of markets, including leisure, live events rental & production, and theatre. In addition, large format display screens have been supplied for education and other permanent installations.
(Jim Evans)

ai-ldiAvolites to release latest Ai software at LDI
Friday, 3 November 2017

USA - UK manufacturer Avolites will be joining with its US distributor Group One to show visitors the latest developments from the Avolites control and Ai media server product ranges at LDI 2017 in Las Vegas.
LDI 2017 will see the official release of the latest version of Avolites Ai media server software. Ai v10.1 continues to build on the freshly redesigned Ai user interface and introduces a variety of powerful new features for all Ai users.
The new features of Ai v10.1 include updates to Notch live effects integration, native 3D projection mapping and simultaneous timecode playback and live improvisation - all with effortless compatibility with the rest of the show system.
The Avolites booth will showcase Ai's close integration with Notch, the providers of real-time, interactive, creative video tools. Visitors can meet with members of the Notch team and see a demonstration of how the Ai+Notch integration enables interactivity, live camera looks and desk control. Notch's Luke Malcolm says, "Avolites has always been great about showing 'how' you get things done. The stand will be filled with hands-on demonstrations and we're delighted to be part of that."
Discussing Notch, Malcolm says, "First, we have created an authoring tool that speaks the language of creatives, not software developers. Secondly, this is all about working with the wider ecosystem of products used in the production industry to get the best of all worlds. Realtime should feel like a familiar creative asset that loads seamlessly into your favourite Ai server being controlled

avid-consoleSouthampton Solent University turns to VDC
Friday, 3 November 2017

UK - Southampton Solent University has upgraded its performance studios as part of a £100m facilities improvement programme running up to 2020, with VDC supplying the cabling infrastructure.
The university’s TV, Film and Media Technology department already boasts a number of professional-standard facilities including 4K-ready broadcast studios, radio suites and newsrooms, and the decision was made to invest in similarly high-quality facilities for the Music and Performance students. The department has nine rooms in total, five full studios and four smaller workstations which can be used for mixing. Studio 1 was upgraded in 2016 but the remaining studios hadn’t been touched for around ten years so much of the kit was showing signs of wear and tear.
When the decision was made to redevelop Studio 1, Technical Instructor Jon Wills contacted VDC to provide the cabling infrastructure.
Wills explains: “I’ve been using VDC personally in my freelance work since the mid-1990s and I introduced them to the university when I joined in 2007. We’ve used their Tourcat Ethernet cables in our outside broadcast equipment which we take out to festivals with the students each summer, so we know they offer a robust solution.”
VDC supplied three patchbays in Studio 1 with a custom wiring solution. “It’s wired as I asked them to, it’s bespoke for me,” adds Wills. “It all comes out to 25-way D sub connectors and then, off-the-shelf from VDC, I purchased D sub tails to connect all the equipment up. It just meant it was flexible for me.”

lady-aVideo Design and the class of Lady Antebellum
Friday, 3 November 2017

Europe - Production manager Will Wilkinson engaged the services of Video Design, Negative Earth lighting and SSE for sound during Lady Antebellum’s recent European tour.
The band visited the Netherlands, England, Scotland and Ireland during the European leg of the tour comprising six dates between 1 October and 10 October, with the crew and band arriving on the continent on 27 September.
Wilkison says: “When you tour with such a tight schedule at an arena level, the key is being able to source close what we use in the US. In that sense of matched equipment, it was a very smooth transition from the US into Europe. As far as Video Design was concerned, our biggest concern was over the video content. With almost no time for production prep ahead of our first show in Amsterdam we needed to send our content over before we arrived and have it loaded onto the server.
Alex Leinster at Video Design sourced a Green Hippo server and prepared it for a short tech rehearsal that took place at Negative Earth lighting’s base before the gear was shipped off to Amsterdam. Wilkinson adds: “When we got there we just needed to plug it in and we were ready to go.”
The content, all commissioned by the band, played onto a large rear wall of LED; a set of Barco FLM’s projected IMAG onto flanking screens. Fed by a large camera package, five operated cameras included three long lenses out front for the three principal vocalists, two in the pit, and a couple of robocams on stage for some more intimate angles and reverse shots.
“Our LD Brent Maxon run

paulrodgers-rah-088previewgrandMA2 and Ian Livie Lighting: a Free Spirit
Friday, 3 November 2017

UK - Rental company Ian Livie Concert & Corporate Lighting helped set up Paul Rodgers’ Free Spirit Tour with a minimalist rig of moving light and Leko fixtures and video content on Resolume controlled from a grandMA2 console.
Ian Livie and LD Jared Trinnaman are committed MA Lighting control aficionados. Livie says: “I had worked with Warren Cracknell for many years on Joe Bonamassa, the US blues guitarist so when he discussed the option of working with Paul Rodgers on the Free Spirit Tour I knew I had to invest in a console I was confident would stand the test of touring time both now and into the future. The LD, Jared Trinnaman felt the same way; I saw the show at the Royal Albert Hall and was so impressed with what he did with the console.”
Trinnaman himself had already invested in MA control. He says: “I’ve been an MA user since 2012. It was suggested to me by designer Paul Guthrie and I’ve never looked back. I personally own a grandMA2 OnPC Command Wing and, if I’m not using it, it’s out on rental. It has been a fabulous purchase from that perspective.
“The best feature of the MA2 is, in my opinion, the flexibility for the programmer,” continues Trinnaman. “From the graphic user interface, to layout views, and macros... as the LD I can set up the console for exactly what I need for that particular show. I may need to see a different set of views than the last show I did and the software allows me, as the user, to set up my views any way I want.
“We triggered the video content on Resolume using th

atlonaihqlaunchandlearneventAtlona stages Launch & Learn events
Thursday, 2 November 2017

USA - As Atlona prepares to celebrate its 15th year in business, the company has launched a series of Launch & Learn events for partners, including Atlona distributors and systems integrators. The goal of each event is to bring attendees up to speed on how recent Atlona innovations correlate with today’s most important industry trends, including AV over IP and networked control.
The first event, which took place October 19-20 at Atlona’s international headquarters near Zurich, Switzerland, offered two distinct educational tracks: Networked AV and Modern Meeting Spaces.
Attendees from 50 companies were provided with hands-on demonstrations of Atlona’s now-shipping OmniStream AV over IP and Velocity networked control platforms, along with detailed case studies on early installations. The event was rounded out with informative Q&A sessions, social activities and a long-term product development roadmap. Additional Launch & Learn events are expected in 2018.
(Jim Evans)

jaarGreen Hippo jams with Jaar
Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Europe - Chilean composer Nicolas Jaar brought in Colourblind to design the lighting and video on his European tour.
The tour made its way through a host of venues and famous festivals, including Glasgow’s Barrowlands and Barcelona’s Sonar. Colourblind, headed by Lynden Gare, designed a show to compliment the Chilean’s explorative music creations, and centre to the operation was a Hippotizer Media Server. The Karst unit used both SDI outputs, as well as splitting the DP to feed the LED strips. Running Hippotizer, it also fed IMAG screens at a number of the festival appearances.
Scenarios covered during the run included projection at front of house on to a special 3m reflection surface (replaced with upstage LED at festivals); rear projection through smoke; LED strips by Light Initiative; and IMAG were present at festivals. The lighting team also used Marshall SDI POV cameras – all of which were on stage, and able to create video feedback loops to get output.
Green Hippo’s flexibility was crucial to Colourblind during the tour. Commenting on the Media Server maker, Lynden Gare said: “For a show with no fixed structure or set list, Hippotizer Media Servers gave me the flexibility to create a bespoke show each night in the same way Nicolas was performing."
(Jim Evans)

witchita-isd-2Chauvet LED helps learning in Wichita Falls
Wednesday, 1 November 2017

USA - A cosmetology salon with 26 stations isn’t something you normally find at a high school. Neither are an industrial certified welding shop, nor a fully scaled commercial kitchen, but the $28m Career Education Centre opened this year by the Wichita Falls Independent School District is clearly not your ordinary high school. Dedicated to providing its 1,300 students with real-world experience in everything from microbiology to farming, the 123,000 sq. ft. school provides students with realistic learning centres in 26 different career pathways.
To round out the hands-on educational process, the school gives students an opportunity to market their newly developed skills. So, the cosmetology centre welcomes visitors who want their hair and nails done. The culinary centre operates a thriving bistro. And students in the AV programme get to showcase their work on a giant video wall made with 100 F3 LED tiles from Chauvet Professional that were supplied and installed by ESP of Texas and Commercial & Industrial Electronics.
“We bid on this project with Commercial & Industrial Electronics,” said Mike Utzman, president of ESP of Texas. “Roy Horn, president of C&I, and I have partnered in the past, and we figured that doing so again would be a good way to cut costs on this project.”
The actual installation of the wall in an area of the school called The Learning Stairs offers students some important lessons about adapting design concepts, and how resourceful engineering can overcome obstacles.
Originally, the school distri

fifa-palladiumLED Creative at the Best FIFA Football Awards
Wednesday, 1 November 2017

UK - Specialists illumination company LED Creative supported the Infinity Creative Events production crew with a variety of products at the 2017 Best FIFA Football Awards filmed live at the London Palladium.
Featuring a set designed by Dominic Tolfts built using clean, modern lines that added a dynamic sense of perspective and depth, the design created a tunnel like effect that cleverly drew viewers inwards, beyond the iconic theatre’s proscenium arch.
The sci-fi stylish installation included almost 400m of LED Creative Sigma flex controlled using the company’s proprietary BYTE Controllers. The designer’s smart utilisation of LC Sigma, which included framing the entire width of the stepped stage front, allowed the team full creative control of colour, intensity and movement over a host of key elements throughout the ceremony.
The flexibility of the LED installation also helped lighting designer Nigel Catmur and gaffer Mark Gardiner to restyle the set in an instant, to create the rock and roll experience that accompanied the show’s high octane ‘half time entertainment’ provided by Kasabian.
In addition to the main auditorium set up, the green carpet arrival/interview areas featured a selection of ‘easy install’ LC Alpha Wand rental kits, plus BIT Controllers which the LD and gaffer Matt Chalk put to great use lighting up an A-list audience which included some of the world’s greatest footballers who joined the team for the evening.
Speaking about the project, LED creative director Ges Smith says, “It’s been an honour

tech-fest1Unusual thinking lights up Tech Fest 2017
Tuesday, 31 October 2017

UK - Technology with Heart was the theme of Jaguar and Land Rover's inaugural Tech Fest which took place at Central Saint Martins in London in September.
Organised by London-based creative agency Imagination, the event explored how technology contributes to the auto industry and was packed full of innovative displays which demonstrated how technology is being used to make a positive difference.
Jay Plomer, senior production manager, Imagination commented: "The venue for this event is a fantastic space but it is a listed building and right from the start we were told that it would not be possible to install any fixing points in to the walls and ceiling. This posed the challenge of how to light all exhibits in a big area within the space – and so we brought Unusual Rigging on board to help us solve that problem."
Paul Rhodes, senior rigging supervisor, Unusual Rigging explained: "We've worked with Imagination long enough for them to know how much we relish a challenge like this and so we got our heads together to devise a way in which to light the venue effectively while taking every care not to impinge on the fabric of the building in any way."
Unusual proposed a free-standing truss structure that attached to the existing lift shaft, thereby providing the necessary height. Jay continued: "Unusual did an enormous amount of R&D to ensure that this was the most cost effective and safe way to achieve the goal. We then put together a proposal and presented it to the venue which served to demonstrate that we have the best relationships

ladyanttampa2017wm-38Green Hippo on Lady Antebellum spectacular
Tuesday, 31 October 2017

USA - SRae Productions and Clear All Visuals were responsible for the video & lighting production design for Lady Antebellum’s world tour.
Matt Geasy of Clear All Visuals specified two separate setups, each with a pair of Hippotizer Boreal Media Servers. Both setups were used to feed the LED screens and each one was triggered depending on the performer, switching between two or three outputs.
During the global event, the SRae team ran Hippotizer in conjunction with an automation system. The Kinesys motor control system fed PSN data to the servers, so that they could live-track the screen positions in real-time. The end-result was the content tracking of the screens as they moved throughout the show.
For Lady Antebellum’s automated screens, the system provided information regarding the vertical position of the two motors for each truss. This was a challenge, but using MacroManager, they were able to interject formulas between the automation data and SHAPE. This allowed them to take the vertical position of each motor and the horizontal distance between them to calculate the vertical position and rotation of each truss at over 60 times per second. This was vital as the team needed to know the resultant height and rotation of each truss in order to get the content to track across the screens as they moved through the ‘virtual canvas’.
This also allowed them to build in variables for the touring crew to adapt to changes in rigging setups for different venues - meaning that no matter the rigging limitations in a venue, they didn’t hav


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