Video and AV News

leyardISE 2023: Leyard Europe debuts DirectLight Pro
Friday, 27 January 2023

Spain - ISE 2023 sees Leyard Europe highlight its range of new products and a collaborative solution.
First in the new product line-up is DirectLight Pro, an LED solution based on MicroLED Technology. A 1.2mm pixel pitch DirectLightPro will be on display, offering the opportunity to experience its service-friendly interior and front-access for easy maintenance of the redesigned cabinet.
In a dedicated control room area, the company will present its solutions for Videowall processing, including the new netPIX Controllers and videowall management software, eyeUNIFY Software. A first for ISE, both products will be showcased in newly developed versions.
Also on display will be creative solutions, including a 1m diameter, LED-sphere, a 0.7mm pixel pitch video wall constructed from TX Series MicroLED, the latest generation of micro-pitch LED display products; a 2.6mm pixel pitch LED interactive floor; and a large installation of the successful fine pixel pitch, stackable, front access TVF series.
Additionally, and in cooperation with Cyviz, suppliers of video wall and room management for command and control, executive meeting rooms and other versatile environments, a curved,1.2mm pixel pitch AT series video wall will demonstrate a Microsoft Front Row solution.
The Leyard Europe stand design will also underline that its solutions are made in Europe, which brings significant advantages in terms of fast delivery and low carbon footprint to its European customers.

danteISE 2023: Dante AV adoption accelerates
Friday, 27 January 2023

Spain - Audinate Group has announced that 30 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have now licensed the Dante AV technology to build networked video devices. The list of OEMs includes AdTechno, AVer, AVONIC, Bolin, BZB Gear, Chingan Technology, Cypress, Lumens, Minrray, Patton, PTZ Optics, ProAVIT, Soundhouse, Televic, Telycam, Tenveo, ValueHD, Yamaha and Yuan.
Several of the OEM partners will introduce new Dante AV-enabled products next week at ISE 2023 in Barcelona, including: Bolin: the D2-210H and D2-220H PTZ cameras; BZB Gear: the BG-ADAMO-4KDA PTZ camera; Lumens: the VC-A71P PTZ camera and PTZOptics: the Link 4K 20x PTZ camera.
These add to the growing ecosystem of 15 Dante AV products that are currently released and available to purchase, including cameras, encoders and decoders. In addition, several manufacturers will preview pre-production products at the show, including AdTechno, Bolin, Soundhouse and Yuan.
“The network effect is in full force here at ISE,” said Joshua Rush, chief marketing officer at Audinate. “We have seen a sharp increase in demand for Dante AV from OEMs seeking to bring the ease of use and interoperability of Dante to the networked video market, and we’re excited to see more and more of these products come to market and make their way into customers’ hands.”

 
 
bromptonISE 2023: Brompton to unveil ‘game-changer’
Thursday, 26 January 2023

Spain - Brompton Technology will present the latest Tessera software features, including two major features published as part of the Tessera v3.4 software release: Extended Bit Depth and Stacking. The biggest product announcement and a new ‘game-changer’, however, will be revealed on the first day of the show.
Located in Hall 3, Brompton’s newly designed stand (3S800) will include 8 x 6 panels of Absen Jupiter LED wall, provided by Lang AG, which will feature exceptionally high-quality HDR content, as well as revealing the company’s newly announced product. Two smaller LED walls, provided by LEDitgo and ROE Visual, will demonstrate the latest Tessera software developments, with the Brompton team on hand for in-person product demonstrations.
Brompton’s Tessera processing has been making a big impression across many industries, including live events, virtual production, esports and film and television. Used on everything from the biggest global world tours to pioneering virtual production and XR studios, ISE will give visitors the chance to experience Tessera features such as Stacking, Extended Bit Depth, PureTone, Operating Modes, ShutterSync, and Frame Remapping.
Additionally, visitors will be able to see High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, achieved using Dynamic Calibration, Brompton’s revolutionary approach to calibrating panels whilst maintaining uniformity and unlocking the full potential of LEDs.
“We are thrilled to bring the new product to this year’s ISE and start showcasing it to our customers across the globe,” says Br

 
ct-teamISE 2023: CT launches integration division
Thursday, 26 January 2023

Spain - ISE 2023 sees Creative Technology officially unveil its systems integration division to the market.
“Creative Technology is well-known for its spectacular productions in the world of live events, but even though our work in the systems integration market has been happening for some time now and is equally impressive, so far it has been much less visible to the market,” says Dave Crump, CEO at CT EME. “ISE offers us an ideal platform to highlight exactly what we can do.”
Attending ISE alongside CT SI will be NEP Integrated Solutions, to highlight the multiple markets the group supports and the vast technical solutions it provides globally.
CT SI has completed multiple projects in immersive and experiential venues as well as sports, corporate, high end residential, retail broadcast/XR and studios. The CT SI stand will showcase some of the company’s installations, with LED screens displaying a showreel of projects from across the globe, from spectacular installations to virtual production stages. Team members from CT SI’s extensive global network will also be on hand to welcome visitors to the stand and offer the opportunity to discuss their forthcoming projects in more detail.
“CT is a coordinated global supplier and service company for the systems integration market and beyond, with the advantage of guaranteeing the same representation, expertise and dedication to any project, wherever it is in the world,” concludes Patrik Dejve, managing director, CT Northern Europe. “The skills and expertise within the CT Group are e

 
 
leyardLeyard appoints Markus Korn VP of sales
Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Europe - Leyard Europe has announced the appointment of Markus Korn to the position of vice president of sales. Korn joins the Leyard Europe team from Samsung Electronics.
“After my very enjoyable and fulfilling decade at Samsung, it was time for a new challenge,” says Korn. “And what better place to take on my next challenge than at Leyard Europe. The company is constantly pushing the boundaries of display technology and breaking into new and exciting markets. I’m very much looking forward to joining the team.”
As VP Sales for Leyard Europe, Korn will lead all sales teams across the organisation, reporting directly to CEO Thorsten Lipp.
“We’re delighted to have Markus join us at Leyard Europe,” says Lipp. “His knowledge and connections will be a valuable asset to us as we continue to explore new opportunities and consolidate our position in the market.”

 
alvaro-cantosCT appoints integration manager for Spain
Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Spain - Creative Technology (CT) has announced the appointment of Alvaro Cantos as the company’s systems integration manager for Spain. Cantos will report to CT Spain’s managing director, Oscar Ramal, and oversee the growth of the systems integration division in the Spanish market.
With over three decades of experience working with high-level corporations and public bodies in Spain and South America, delivering audio visual solutions to theatres, meeting rooms, auditoriums, conference rooms, museums and exhibitions, Cantos now brings his knowledge of the systems integration market to CT.
“Completing many notable audio-visual projects in Spain allowed me to lead and take part in some of the most important projects in South America,” explains Cantos. “I had the opportunity and privilege to work on both the AV and scenotechnic design of prominent venues such as the Teatro Biobío (Biobio Theatre), GAM Cultural Centre and Cervantes Theatre, Chile, just to name a few. Furthermore, I’ve also collaborated in other initiatives with multinational companies, including BBVA, Telefonica, Scotiabank, and PwC.”
After several years in South America, Cantos returned to his home country of Spain where he started looking for a company that would allow him to continue developing his skills.
As part of the official unveiling of the systems integration division, CT SI will be exhibiting at this year’s ISE tradeshow in Barcelona. Team members from CT SI’s extensive global network, including the newly appointed Cantos, will be on hand to welcome v

 
 
bromptonBrompton helps Impossible Objects create
Wednesday, 25 January 2023

USA - Based in Los Angeles, Impossible Objects is a creative studio and lab combining artists and engineers, specialising in virtual production for both commercial projects and original IP. Founded by Joe Sill and Jerad Anderson, Impossible Objects has established key relationships and partnerships across film, gaming, and technology, and has built innovative projects and workflows with a growing list of clients including Blizzard, Google Play, Western Digital, Honda, and Toyota.
Having worked with numerous clients in a variety of different settings, Impossible Objects’ preferred LED stage partner is NantStudios – a service provider of Virtual Production and Visual Effects stages. NantStudios’ 24,000sq.ft LED stage, powered by Unreal Engine, in El Segundo, California houses some of the most advanced and established technology in the industry, including Brompton’s Tessera SX40 LED processors, ROE Visual’s Black Pearl BP2 LED panels, and Carbon CB3 LED panels.
Impossible Objects has filmed several projects at NantStudios recently, including an impressive automotive demo film for the Polestar 2 electric vehicle, which was created to convey the potential of virtual production to automotive marketers.
“With each production at NantStudios, we can rely on their experienced team and the outstanding visual performance enabled by Brompton processing to deliver exemplary results,” shared Joe Sill, founder and director at Impossible Objects. “Especially for automotive projects, we’re aiming to achieve a very seamless photoreal look, and Brompt

 
kummitjoulumielellaHippotizer drives graphics for Finnish fundraiser
Tuesday, 24 January 2023

Finland – The Cultural House Martinus in the Finnish city of Vantaa hosted a concert to raise money for sick children in December 2022. Some of Finland’s biggest stars performed in front of eight LED screens, displaying graphics driven by two Hippotizer Montane+ Media Servers. The event, known in Finnish as Kummit JouluMielelle, was broadcast live on MTV3 and recorded for streaming on-demand.
It was organised by The Association of Friends of the University Children’s hospitals charitable organisation, founded in 1993, which is a longstanding client of the event projection, graphics and immersive media experts at Visual45.
“Christmas was a key theme that guided our design work, so that’s what we aimed for,” says Varpu Sipilä, operations manager at Visual45’s parent company, Creative Technology. “We worked with the setlist and curated the visuals accordingly, noting that the range of songs and performers was quite wide. The cheerful songs clearly required more colourful and joyous screen visuals than the more ballad-like numbers.”
On stage, the team set up eight LED screens consisting of 179 Roe Black Pearl 3.9mm panels. They powered up two Hippotizer Montane+ Media Servers, using one for live and one for backup, alongside a high-spec laptop running Zookeeper at the FOH position. To control the Montane+ servers, Visual45’s Tero Kärpijoki used a grandMA2 console.
“Hippotizer is always my first choice for shows, big or small, because it’s really reliable, powerful and fast to work with,” says Kärpijoki. “Hippotizer m

 
 
greg-jeffreysGreg Jeffreys sets up consulting practice
Tuesday, 24 January 2023

UK - A player within the global AV industry over a number of years, Greg Jeffreys has announced the decision to separate his consulting practice from the core manufacturing and distribution business, Visual Displays Ltd (VDL).
Greg Jeffreys Consulting Ltd (GJC) will therefore now function as a stand-alone business. And while VDL will continue to specialise in high specification displays, Jeffreys will build on a career that has seen him fulfil a number of volunteer leadership roles within the world of AV, rising to become the first non-American president of AVIXA (known then as InfoComm). Having either led or co-written various AVIXA displays-related standards, he is coming to the end of three years’ leadership of the Association’s standards body.
GJC will separate these consulting specialisms away from his other interests and at the same time meet the increasing post-pandemic demand for consultancy in the design and configuration of hybrid meeting and teaching spaces. He will lead a team of associates - specialists in a comprehensive spread of technology-enhanced workspace disciplines - now known generically as the Teams Room market.
“I’m excited to be continuing my consultancy assignments in this new way,” states Jeffreys. Commenting on current trends, he says, “There has been an ‘all roads lead to Rome’ feeling about the direction of travel with the issues that users and clients currently want to discuss. COVID accelerated the move to hybrid working and teaching with eye-popping velocity, forcing rushed specification decisions a

 
artnovionArtnovion treatment delivers for Universal AV
Monday, 23 January 2023

UK - Based in West Yorkshire, Universal AV has been designing and supplying innovative audio-visual solutions for more than 30 years, winning an AV Award for Reseller/Integrator of the Year along the way.
A recent move to new company offices presented an opportunity to design the ideal meeting room space, for both face-to-face and hybrid meetings with staff working from home. Once the integrated screen and camera technology was installed in the room, it became apparent that there was a need to address the effects of an acoustically challenging space, as marketing manager Shelley Townend explains.
“The first Teams meeting took place in the office with employees also working from home,” she says, “and those at home complained that they just could not hear us clearly, and that every time somebody moved the noise was unbearable. It was so bad that we ended up avoiding external calls in this manner until we had it resolved.
“The Audio-Technica team came to the office, where they carried out an acoustic test and made some recommendations for solutions that have really transformed the space and its usability.”
The solution involved the installation of several Artnovion sound absorption panels (distributed in the UK by Audio-Technica), as the company’s Tom Macklin, commercial Audio Business Development Manager UK North describes.
“We were faced with a very reverberant room,” he explains, “and it was obvious that some acoustic treatment was going to be necessary to allow meeting participants to hear each other clearly. In additi

 
 
bromptonDark Matters turns to Brompton Technology
Friday, 20 January 2023

France - Dark Matters is one of Europe’s most advanced and innovative virtual production complexes. From Simulcam and LED in-camera VFX technology to motion capture, it offers filmmakers and visual creatives a complete end-to-end service and unparalleled control to the very last shot.
Having heard only positive things from industry colleagues about Brompton Technology LED processing, the Dark Matters team chose 10 4K Tessera SX40 4K LED processors for their studio complex.
Dark Matters was founded last year by industry veterans Romain Cheminade, Jean-Louis Eude and Yaniss Boulanouar. Located 27 kilometres outside Paris, the complex features six customisable virtual production stages spread across 15,000m², and a 700-strong fleet of high-quality custom built LED panels powered by industry-leading Brompton Technology LED processing.
“At the forefront of every story is a human story,” says Cheminade, who is also Dark Matters’ CEO. “We spoke with people that we know and trust who have been working with Brompton for many years. They all spoke highly of their Tessera LED processors and 24/7 service support, so we decided to invest in them and have never regretted our decision.”
The company’s LED panels were designed and specified by co-founder and CTO, Boulanouar, who has over 20 years of experience working with Chinese LED manufacturers to design and import LED panels for live and broadcast events. With one of the key requirements for the Dark Matters’ LED stock being rich colour gamut, Boulanouar chose panels with 16-bit depth, 76

 
rq25kLang invests in Panasonic RQ25K projectors
Friday, 20 January 2023

Europe - Lang AG, one of Europe’s leading visual presentation technology dry-hire businesses has announced a major investment in Panasonic’s new RQ25K Series, for 100 units of the 3-Chip DLP projectors with up to 20,000lm brightness and 4K resolution.
“This significant investment, and extension of our more than 30-year relationship with Panasonic, will help our customers meet today’s industry challenges,” said Tobias Lang, CEO at Lang AG. “The Panasonic RQ25K Projector Series delivers next generation visual technology that wows the crowds with the latest and greatest image quality, streamlines workflows to enable fast and effective set-up and control and delivers unrivalled reliability.”
Lang AG chose the new Series, available in December, because it offers a number of important advantages to its rental users. The RQ25K is 40% smaller and 35% lighter than its RQ22K predecessor, making it easier to transport and stack for Rental and Staging companies and more convenient to position for fixed installations. The Series simplifies everything from installation to operation with time-saving workflow streamlining features. Integration into wider systems is also fast and simple with the first Panasonic projector to be Intel Smart Display Module (Intel SDM)-ready.
“From the moment Panasonic introduced its first 20,000lm projectors back in 2012 it has defined the sector,” added Tobias Lang. “We immediately saw the benefits of the new RQ25K Series for our customers. With the SDM slot it sets new benchmarks in terms of configurability and co

 
 
adamhallgroupISE 2023: Adam Hall creates AVL division
Friday, 20 January 2023

Spain - Adam Hall has announced the creation of Adam Hall Integrated Systems – a new business vertical dedicated to serving the installed AVL market sector.
With its own product team headed up by Gabriel Alonso Calvillo, Adam Hall Integrated Systems will act as a resource for AVL professionals – be they consultants, integrators and even end users – to find and specify the products they need for their projects. All Adam Hall installation-friendly products are brought under one roof and application experts are on hand to offers expert advice and support at every stage of the project, from tendering to system design through to training and commissioning.
“We have been working on the development of our integrated systems portfolio for a few years now; and with the new solutions we are presenting at ISE, I am proud to claim that we can offer a comprehensive product range to cover most commercial audio applications,” says Calvillo. “It therefore makes complete sense to create a proper home for our installation range with its own distinct identity that will be both more visible and accessible for our customers and the world at large.”
According to Adam Hall CEO Alexander Pietschmann, the timing is perfect for such a move. “From humble beginnings in 1975, we have grown to be one of the top three audio and lighting manufacturers in Europe as well as a highly successful international distributor,” he says. “We have an extremely strong heritage in live event technology which was where it all started for us. However, we have in fact been dev

 
i3-engineeringISE 2023: i3 Engineering offers automation
Thursday, 19 January 2023

Spain - Ukrainian manufacturer i3 Engineering will present its latest systems (#CS640) in the show’s Discovery Zone.
i3 Engineering is a specialist hardware company in the fields of smart home and building automation solutions manufacturing. The company develops and manufactures controllers which configure without programming from their own mobile app.
"Our devices can be combined to a multi-master bus, which allows any of them to know what is happening to others,” says CEO Pavlo Tsiupka. “A user or integrator creates an automation rule in a mobile app, which transmitted to the device. The device processes the rule and sends the command to execute. For example, if switch is turn on, then light two lamps, if double-press - raise the air temperature, if a long press - close the curtains. We want everyone electrician to be able to set up an automation system of any complexity using our devices.”
i3 Engineering systems can manage various types of electrical equipment, such as lighting, sockets, heating and air conditioning systems, blinds and curtains, irrigation, etc. The system can be installed in private houses, apartments, restaurants, ships, business centres, malls and hotels.
Having received the CE certificate in 2021, the company focused on growth in Ukraine and distribution in markets where the frequency range of 50Hz 230V and 60Hz 127V is used. The company has partners in Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Egypt and Portugal. Now they are looking for interested distributors companies in Spain, Italy, and the UK.

 
 
hypervsnISE 2023: Hypervsn shows holographic solutions
Thursday, 19 January 2023

Spain - Hypervsn is bringing the latest in interactive holographic solutions to showcase at ISE 2023. Featuring the all-new Hypervsn SmartV Digital Avatar and Full Body Live-Streaming, these products are designed to ‘completely revolutionise customer experiences in retail, education, events, and many other verticals’.
Recently, Michael Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Europe, was able join Talent Congress in Barcelona in 3D Hologram form while being 4000 miles away in Oman, thanks to Hypervsn Full Body Live-Streaming. Hypervsn is bringing a demo of this innovative solution to ISE 2023 to showcase how it is adding the much-needed ‘human touch’ and visual form to the traditional flat screen calls and live streams. This live streaming solution is based on Hypervsn SmartV products, with specially created image layers and visual effects to maximise the realism and impact on the audience, perfect for education and events.
Another solution to be showcased at the show is SmartV Digital Avatar, a new solution which allows two-way interaction with a digitally rendered human avatar, bringing the Metaverse to the physical world. Based on Hypervsn Holographic Human solution, which runs on pre-recorded content, Digital Avatar takes it a step further by allowing real-time conversations with users, thanks to its interactive AI capabilities and the scalable ‘human touch’. This is a new solution for banking, retail, and other human-dependent sectors where holographic assistants can take over the routine everyday questions, leaving time for its

 
hiveplayerISE 2023: HIVE to launch media players
Thursday, 19 January 2023

Spain - Media control specialist HIVE, has announced it will launch two new products, hold live demonstrations on Panasonic booth #3J500 and run video playback on Leyard Europe’s stand, #3D800, at ISE 2023 in Barcelona.
Visitors to the show will be the first to see two new 1U rack mount pieces of hardware, Player_3-Pro and Player_4-Pro. Both units will run the feature-rich HIVE software and will be available to order at ISE.
Developed utilising the team’s combined 60 years’ experience in entertainment technology, the new hardware features include a 10G Ethernet connection, SMPTE LTC Timecode In/Out and balanced L/R XLR audio outputs, alongside the 4k and 8k output options.
Additionally, HIVE will showcase the SDM Module prototype, a fresh approach to media control that incorporates high performance HIVE Media Player software directly into the display hardware.
HIVE units can already integrate with wide-ranging display technology. Now, the SDM Module is able to connect directly into the Intel SDM slot, inside the Panasonic DLP Projectors. This delivers valuable, wide-reaching environmental benefits by freeing both integrators and customers from complex and expensive signal distribution networks, and increasingly unmanageable control room footprints.
HIVE’s Mark Calvert comments: “We are very excited by this move and are grateful to Panasonic and Intel for their ongoing support of HIVE with this ground-breaking product advancement.”
At ISE, HIVE will also provide a high-performance based LED playback system featuring a l

 
 
bridging-the-silosISE 2023: Jetbuilt offers AV roadmap
Wednesday, 18 January 2023

Spain - Jetbuilt has announced a strategy ‘to bridge the silos existing within the AV industry’. While industry professionals recognise their software as the go-to tool for fast and efficient proposal generation and 360-degree project management, Jetbuilt’s platform possesses more comprehensive capabilities. Ushering in a new era, Jetbuilt is focused on bridging the silos within the industry to foster better communication and collaboration, all within one easy-to-use and purpose-built platform. Jetbuilt will emphasise its new focus during ISE 2023 with a larger appearance, including personalised product demos.
Along with providing the tools to build, sell, and manage projects with speed and efficiency, Jetbuilt’s platform is designed to enable real-time communication across various roles.
“Our software is not just for integrators and designers. End-users, manufacturers and distributors greatly benefit from Jetbuilt as well,” explains Paul Dexter, chief executive officer for Jetbuilt. “Our company roadmap for 2023, and the demos we have planned for ISE, are focused on bringing project stakeholders together for the good of the project and the benefit of every party involved.”
Jetbuilt’s team has identified a need for greater cross-profession communication. Interaction and collaboration happen between these groups on projects every day, yet they are forced to work in isolation. AV professionals share a common goal: to provide fully-functioning, high-quality systems to the end user. The Jetbuilt platform reduces the inevitable friction

 
savansSAW brings demos to life with SA Van Conversions
Wednesday, 18 January 2023

South Africa - Durban-based SA Van Conversions is an established panel van conversion company that produces modifications across South Africa and the SADC countries. Previous projects have garnered them respect from peers within the industry, as well as from the government. While they specialise in panel vans, the team is adept at fitting a range of vehicles including ambulances, taxis, camper vans, trailers and more.
As part of a recent project, SA Vans Conversions teamed up with Stage Audio Works to deliver a fully AV-equipped touring bus for KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (KZN Sharks Board) to utilise during their live demonstrations, which include the dissection of a shark in front of their audience.
Stage Audio Works were brought in to design and install a complete AV system for the touring truck which opens up to create a full stage complete with integrated PA and large video screen. Stage Audio Works specified a Plus Audio and Pixel Plus solution to handle audio and video respectively. These tools help to immerse and engage audiences – especially younger generations. The company also supplied a full DJ Setup, comprising a professional grade Denon DJ system, along with a pair of Plus Audio M13 stage monitors.
“After talking with SA Van Conversions and the end-client, we decided on a Plus Audio sound system based on the compact Li-series which offers an excellent quality-to-price ratio and is ideally sized for the project,” explains Victor Vermaak, sales representative for SAW. “Four L208 loudspeakers and two

 
 
bartosz-jankowskiAram adds senior production manager
Wednesday, 18 January 2023

UAE - Aram, a specialist in entertainment design and complex technical production, has announced the appointment of Bartosz Jankowski as its new senior production manager in Dubai. Bartosz was previously associated with Visualsupport.
“From now on, Bartosz will be our permanent senior project manager responsible for the events and productions in the MENA region including Saudi Arabia. We believe that our knowledge and expertise in execution events like TV productions, trade fairs, esports, or festivals will be beneficial for clients in the Emirates and Saudi Arabia,” said Rafal Mrzyglocki, CEO of Aram.
Aram provides design and production services, together with the latest audio-visual solutions for live events, TV shows, festivals, esports, and conferences.

 
power-wolfHippotizer feeds Powerwolf’s big screen creatures
Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Germany – Metal band Powerwolf unleashed their no-holds-barred Wolfsnächte Tour 2022 across Europe in the autumn, with a characteristically energetic show designed to thrill their hoards of die-hard fans. Dominating the staging was a huge 5mm pixel pitch LED wall displaying album cover artwork, creatures of the night, and eerie scenes, driven by Hippotizer Boreal media servers supplied to the tour by Cast.
The tour visited 12 countries, playing 19 dates and the band’s performance in the German city of Oberhausen was broadcast on German TV, and a live stream and recording is available online. Lighting and video designer Dennis Feichtner was approached by Powerwolf’s long-time LD Mark Schöffel to take care of the visuals, focusing on pre-programming the show in collaboration with Schöffel, and operating during the shows using a grandMA3 desk and Hippotizer Zookeeper running from FOH.
“Having two Boreal servers in Main/Backup mode felt very safe on the tour,” says Feichtner. “They were highly powered for the task of playing out one feed of FullHD content on four layers and I find them extremely stable. Hippotizer servers always give me the feeling that they find tackling demanding jobs easy, both hardware and software-wise. They just do it, even when it’s hot, loud and there are a lot of massive vibrations - we have pyro, flames, snow and bass all the way. They just play the content and never complain.”
The LED wall was bordered on the right and left with printed fabrics and designed to appear as a complete unit, ensuring the entire

 
 
cesar-cacaresBrompton Technology appoints product lead
Tuesday, 17 January 2023

UK - Brompton Technology has announced the appointment of Cesar Caceres, who will be joining the company’s cross-functional product development team as their product lead.
Having worked at Brompton between 2017 and 2019 as product specialist, followed by senior technical roles at disguise and Votion Studios [Hong Kong], Caceres is an expert when it comes to knowing how to use technology to create and deliver spectacular visual, virtual, and live experiences. In his new role as product lead, Caceres returns to Brompton to help lead the way with new and existing products, liaising with Brompton’s key customers across the globe and building deeper connections with them.
“For me, I have the best job in the company,” says Caceres. “I have always been passionate about delivering the best service and experience. The way Brompton designs and manufactures its products and supports the industry is very much attuned to my own vision of being able to offer quality solutions that directly correspond to customers’ needs.”

 
vp-xr-theatreISE 2023: Alfalite to showcase LED solutions
Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Spain - Alfalite will be present at ISE 2023 (booth 6H310) with its Alfalite VP XR solution, a complete virtual production environment using Alfalite LED screens with a specific development and full integration into the production ecosystem of UK manufacturer Mo-Sys.
The solution includes Startracker camera tracking system, Broadcast Mixed Reality technology (bMR) and remote camera heads from Mo-Sys that together with Alfalite’s screens create a complete ecosystem of virtual XR production for cinema, series, broadcast and advertising.
For the fixed installation market, the Spanish company will also present the new versions of its series of Alfalite Modularpix Pro LED panels with new pixel pitches and the new generation of Alfalite ORIM technology, used in such iconic projects as Gaudí Cube at Casa Batlló, RTVE News in Torrespaña, Plaza Media Gmbh or the pentagon in Ifema HELIXA.
LED panels with ORIM (Optical Resin Injection Module) technology have superior antistatic electricity protection (ESD > 10kV), improved thermal dissipation parameters, and excellent resistance to impacts, liquids, chemicals and fire (with UL94 compliance). They are also easier to clean, suffer less deterioration and have the shortest repair time on the market.
For the rental market, the company will show a new 1.5mm version of Alfalite Litepix P1 ORIM, the reference panel for rental companies, after the success of its use among the most demanding and representative companies of the Spanish events market with its 2.6 and 1.9 mm models, and that allows, with the

 
 
ht-mercuryISE 2023: Hall debuts Mercury video bar
Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Spain - Hall Technologies, a global AV company specialising in unified communication solutions, has announced the international debut of Mercury, its all-in-one conferencing and collaboration tool, at ISE 2023 in Barcelona, having successfully been introduced into the US market in November. The video bar offers wireless screen presentation capabilities, camera auto tracking, speaker tracking, and presenter tracking.
“Think of Mercury as your smart video conferencing companion,” says Hall Technologies vice president of technology Ken Eagle. “This plug-and-play product has built-in features that enable tracking for not only the audio, but for visuals too. It’s compatible with both OS and UC applications. Mercury is a dynamic bundled solution for creating better meeting equity in small to mid-sized meeting rooms and huddle spaces. It’s unique in that it can track and capture meeting attendees when they are presenting, while utilizing AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation), AGC (Automatic Gain Control), ANS (Automatic Noise Suppression) and full duplex mode communication to make all participants feel like they are in the same room.”
The HT-Mercury is a video bar with an ultra-wide angle 4K AI camera, microphone and speaker featuring wireless screen presentation capabilities. It includes a built-in Wi-Fi module and offers multiple connection options, including AirPlay, Miracast, Smart View, HT-Voyager and physical HDMI and USB-C ports. Connecting to the HT-Mercury using any of these methods can project the video from the connected device to the connecte

 
veloct-bikefestCountdown to BikeFest 2023
Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Spain - In just two weeks’ time, Creative Technology EME’s CEO, Dave Crump, will once again be donning his Lycra, with other fellow industry personnel and setting off on BikeFest.
Covering almost 400km along the Mediterranean coastline, Dave and around 20 industry peers, will take on this impressive ride raising vital funds for industry charities, Backup Tech, Music Support, and Stagehand.
Starting in Valencia on 27 January, the team will cycle 140km on day one to Peñiscola, followed by 130km on day two to Tarragona, and a final 95km on day three to Barcelona, finishing at Barcelona Fira on 29 January to mark the start of ISE 2023.
“As those who know me know, I’m an occasional cyclist, and a huge supporter or Backup and the work done by ‘We Make Events’ during and since the pandemic. This will be a tough but amazing journey,” he says, “but I am someone who needs a challenge to encourage me to work off the Christmas pounds and doing it for such a worthy cause is a massive bonus.”
ISE is always a big event for Creative Technology and in 2023 the company’s rapidly growing Systems Integration division will be exhibiting for the first time. You can meet the global CT Systems Integration team at Stand 5G225.
“Creative Technology is well-known for its spectacular productions in the world of live events, but even though our work in the systems integration market has been happening for some time now, and is equally impressive, so far it has been much less visible to the market,” Dave concludes. “If you are coming to ISE

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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