USA - With winners chosen by the fans, the K-LOVE Fan Awards brings together the biggest names in Christian music, sports, books and movies. Held at the Grand Ole Opry House, the annual awards show is produced by Go Live Productions and each year has grown in both size and popularity. Production manager and show director Scott Moore strives to capture the spiritual significance of the evening through a dynamic yet functional lighting and video package which was supplied by Elite Multimedia.

"I've been involved with the K-LOVE Fan Awards since its inception three years ago and the design process for the show is all about function as opposed to form," began Moore. "There are a lot of specifics that we have to accommodate such as the production schedule of the Grand Ole Opry that we must work around, the artistic desires of the 20 bands that will be performing, , and

UK - Controllable LED specialist and design/manufacturing house Light Initiative (LI) is the creative force behind the bespoke LED structured screen on band of the moment Years and Years' UK tour and summer festival dates.

Commissioned by the band's lighting designer Squib Swain, the screen is based on the vibrant album artwork for their debut offering Communion. The striking image comprises lines branching and intersecting at different angles from a central 'Y' shape.

"As the album artwork is such a strong visual image, it was fairly obvious we had to create some sort of 3D version of it for the live shows," says Squib. "Light Initiative created a unique set piece that turned my vision into a reality. It makes such an impact with the crowd."

Light Initiative expanded the album cover outwards and extrapolated the lines to create a wider screen that

USA - If LA had a town square it would be Grand Park, 12 beautifully manicured acres in the middle of America's second largest city, where Angelenos gather to celebrate festivals and special occasions.

Not surprisingly, thousands of people from throughout Southern California decked for the most part in lavish red, white and blue stream into the park every Fourth of July to take in the city's largest rooftop fireworks display. This year, in addition to the pyrotechnics, a collection of 20 Next NXT-1 panels from CHAUVET Professional also tickled the eyeballs with an intensely bright and fast moving lighting display.

Kinetic Lighting of Glendale, CA positioned the moving LED panels on the truss structure at one of Grand Park's two music stages. Powered by 25 pixel-mappable RGBW LEDs, and producing razor sharp beams with an illuminance of 22,780 lux at 5 meters, the Next NXT-1 had

Germany - Engineering and automation specialist WIcreations designed and built the six moving video pods which are the major structural element of the current Herbert Grönemeyer tour, which features another innovative and interesting stage design by Gunther Hecker of Cue Design.

Grönemeyer's music and message for this tour is straightforward and uncomplicated, so Gunther's design was based on the Bauhausian principals of simplicity with clean lines and clear definition, all the time keeping the understated - and sometimes reluctant superstar - as the focus onstage.

The six pods (in the full rig format) are initially in their 'home position' in the roof and move to various different looks throughout the show - completely changing the dynamics of the stage space and also creating an impressive high-impact wow factor. The first time they come into their full vertical positions

UK - Calibre has launched its latest major innovation utilizing award-winning HQUltra single-channel 4K presentation switching performance technology.

The powerful HQView770 scaler-switcher utilizes in-house developed virtual-ASIC video processing technology that provides three functions in one product.

In Projection Mode, HQUltraWarp offers real-time adjustable 4K warp & blend for fast easy screen calibration.

In LED mode, HQUltra provides extremely powerful LED-optimized 4K scaling with a pixel-accurate algorithm that preserves image detail even with significant downscale, a key requirement for driving LED videowalls with good quality images.

In Presentation mode, HQUltraFast gives the user unprecedented switching speeds, changing visually instantly between input channels in 0.25 seconds. HQUltra technology promises to dramatically change current video scaling and switch

Europe - British electronica trio Years and Years are touring summer festivals and venues with an ingenious bespoke LED strip screen mapped by an Avolites Ai Infinity EX8 server.

The concept for the LED screen was the idea of Years and Years lighting designer Chris 'Squib' Swain. It reflects the cover artwork for the band's debut album Communion, with coloured branches of LED strips intersecting at different angles from a central 'Y' shape.

Years and Years have played some of the summer's biggest festivals, including Glastonbury, BST in Hyde Park, and T in the Park.

London-based controllable LED specialists Light Initiative created the screen. It is freestanding at almost 5m high and constructed in sections of LED which makes it easy to install, dismantle, and travelwith short festival turnarounds in mind.

"Avolites' Ai Infinity EX8 can take an LTC timecode inp

UK - Once again Green Hippo were invited down to Worthy Farm in Somerset by our compatriots at Bryte Design to join the John Peel Stage production team for this year's Glastonbury Festival.

This was the first Glastonbury visit for Hippotizer V4. For the production on the John Peel Stage, Hippotizer V4 drove video on nine vertical columns of LED, supplied by Vortex Hire along with their Hippotizer V4 Karst.

"After our recent investment into Hippotizer V4 we were excited to test drive our Karst Server at Glastonbury on the John Peel stage." said Matt Gourd of Vortex Hire

"Knowing that many of the acts would be broadcast live, we needed a stable media server solution to show content on our custom stealth LED screen setup. The LED strips were used as an eye-catching backdrop to this year's bands/artists and was received well by all."

For the eighth year run

UK - Continuing its work on Pointless, the popular game show created by Remarkable Television, part of the Endemol Shine Group, XL Video has created a new version of the show's LED scoreboard.

For the latest Pointless recordings, filmed at the BBC's Elstree Television Studios, the production team asked XL Video to create a new rigging solution for the show's central LED scoreboard.

To create greater efficiency in the set-building process, the new rigging system aimed to substantially reduce the build time for the scoreboard tower. XL Video's TV and film manager, Jeff Bailey worked with XL's specialist LED team in Oostende, Belgium, to specify the new tower support design.

The three-section custom metal column, fabricated by Shapes in Belgium, enabled the Barco NX6 LED to be pre-loaded into the curved scoreboard at XL's warehouse, along with the matching base se

UK - IR TV in HD: that's the basic premise of Kasabian's headline festival appearances. "The band wanted to present something special for T in the Park and the V festivals," says Alex Leinster from Video Design. "This is a big undertaking for a festival performance, the screen positioned upstage centre is a full 18m wide by nine tall but it's what goes on it that stands out."

The function of the screen is three-fold, director Luke Collins cuts some straightforward IMAG from two cameras in the pit and runs some distinct content. "The band adopted a written motif for the latest album 48:13," he says, "and continue that theme in the content on screen with key words associated with the lyrics. Then there is the interactive module, which is really dynamic."

Developed as an add-on for D3 media servers, the Demolition interactive module

UK - Avolites' world-class lighting and video control solutions provided an integral part of this year's Glastonbury Festival, with representation on sites including the Pyramid Stage, Other Stage, John Peel Stage, Silver Hayes and the mighty Arcadia.

An Avolites team of fifteen was on-site to liaise, support and connect with the many talented industry professionals working on the festival, further strengthening Avolites' association with the festival.

The Avolites equipment included consoles, dimmers and media servers being used across the festival site, highlighting the power, versatility and connectivity of the company's product range.

Saturday headliner Kanye West drew plenty of comment before the festival began, but after his appearance, it was the lighting that was the talk of the town for the enigmatic 'All of the Lights' rapper. Powered by 16 Avolites ART2000 dimmers

UK - PLASA London has announced a number of exclusive and exciting additions to its 2015 seminar sessions, including two new audio panel sessions chaired by industry journalist Phil Ward, three sessions from audio production power house Britannia Row, a further session from the Institute of Professional Sound (IPS), three demo sessions from Adobe and a keynote presentation from Pixar Animation Studios.

PLASA London is delighted to have secured some of the most informative and interesting speakers it has ever had for this year's show. Particular highlights include Britannia Row's sessions, which take a close look at education and industry in this fast maturing sector and the keynote presentation from Pixar Director of Photography Danielle Feinberg and Adobe's Niels Stevens showing off the very latest developments in their Creative Cloud content creation tools and services.

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UK - Panasonic has introduced an Auto Camera Adjustment kit for video wall manager software which cuts installation time and improves colour consistency.

The optional kit dovetails with Panasonic's free Video Wall Manager software and, like the camera upgrade kit already available for the company's multi-projector software, dramatically reduces the labour time, complexity and costs involved with setting up and adjusting multiple displays.

Enrique Robledo, European marketing manager for Panasonic Visual System Solutions, said, "Currently, installers need to adjust each panel for colour and brightness individually using a sensor, which is time-consuming, requires specialist knowledge, and in some cases does not produce completely accurate results.

"After activating Auto Camera Adjustment in Video Wall Manager, the installer connects a compatible camera, photographs t

UK - Vaughan Sound has delivered an impressive audio-visual scheme for multi-national professional services company Arup.

The global independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists appointed the South Wales-based integrator to install a range of audio, video and sound technology at their Cardiff offices.

Working closely with the client's in-house staff in order to meet the complex brief, Vaughan Sound has provided an AV rich, multi-functional presentation suite. It offers an environment for showcasing BIM (Building Information Modelling), video conferencing for efficient communication with clients and affiliate offices around the world, as well as corporate entertainment purposes.

The centrepiece of the project is a stunning landscape video wall, which comprises 15 Samsung UD55D premium large format displays, chosen for their ultra n

UK - In addition to working on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury, Green Hippo was also present with a range of its V4 Media servers elsewhere on Worthy Farm.

One of the biggest touring shows passing through Glastonbury to use Hippotizer was Deadmau5, headlining the Other Stage on Saturday night, operated by touring LD Whitney Hoversten. Designed by Leroy Bennett and programmed by Loren Barton, Canada's most successful electronic music artist brought a stunning stage show comprising two Hippotizer V4 Boreals supplied by Upstaging, delivering a combination of video, to the downstage LED wall, and ArtNet/KiNET from PixelMapper to a custom fabricated 'DJ booth'.

Elsewhere on site Darren Parker Lighting continued their tradition of driving all the West Holts stage's video elements with Hippotizer Media Servers. DPL's hospitality area was, as always, the preferred location for indu

Austria - Pushing the limits of what can be achieved in video playback, Austria's AV Stumpfl has introduced "the world's first and only triple-stream 4K uncompressed media server, Wings Engine Raw".

"With Wings Engine Raw, we've delivered on user requests for the smoothest possible uncompressed playback system with full timeline control," says Horst Damoser, sales manager at AV Stumpfl. "Built to support a range of applications requiring a high-quality image sources matched to particular display requirements, user benefits include newer, faster and unrivalled installation functionality."

Using a single custom engineered RAID 10 system, Wings Engine Raw is capable of delivering constant data stream of three-channels of true 4K (4,096 x 2,304 pixels) uncompressed video content at 60fps plus up to 16 text and picture layers, and up to 24 uncompressed

India - Pixel Projects established local trading entity Pixel AV India PVT LTD in early 2015. The Bangalore office is now fully operational with premises occupied in the Jayamahala Extension.

The new team consists of experienced AV project managers, engineers and account managers from the local area. The Bangalore team also have access to Pixel Projects' departments and resources across the globe including the company's centre of excellence for Design and CAD in the UK office.

The office is manned by country manager of Pixel Projects India, Somit Mukherjee. He has over 15 years of managerial experience in the Indian AV industry in varied roles. His diverse experience provides him with a thorough appreciation of the various stages involved in AV projects as well as clear insight into and understanding of the local business climate, making Somit ideally placed to oversee Pixel P

USA - Royal Caribbean International partnered with Daktronics, in conjunction with Robotic Arts and ABB, to implement a never-been-done-before visual experience for their new Quantum Class cruise ships. Anthem of the Seas made its first voyage on 22 April, 2015 with the visual spectacular first showcased on the maiden voyage of Quantum of the Seas in November 2014.

Daktronics worked hand-in-hand with all parties involved from the initial concept through the final installation to provide a first-of-its-kind experience now available on cruise ships and known as RoboScreens.

"We were looking to develop the next big feature for the Quantum Class and after initiating concepts with ABB and Robotic Arts, it became apparent that selecting the best display solution would be a critical element," said Christopher Vlassopulos, superintendent of SLVR and architectural lighting fo

UK - XL Video continues its relationship with the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity, sponsoring the Artist Films for the O2 Silver Clef Awards for the third consecutive year, and by supplying the live video production and technology for the 2015 awards event.

At this year's awards, which honoured music artists including Iron Maiden, Il Divo, Duran Duran, Rita Ora and Mark Ronson, representatives from XL Video's music touring team attended, and were joined by their new colleagues from PRG for the first time.

Working closely with the Nordoff Robbins event team, and their producers, Premier PR, XL Video project manager, Mark Rooney, created a video solution including multi-screen projection, four-channel camera system, LCD house relay screens, and screen management system for the glamorous 40th Anniversary event at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

The central, 9m wide, dual-

UK - The Arcadia Spectacular stage pumped out some serious visuals at Glastonbury this year created and controlled by blinkinLAB's Tom Wall using an Avolites Sapphire Media and Ai server.

The Spider stage is Arcadia's most monumental environment. Built from recycled military hardware, it is a 360-degree, interactive environment with a fully programmable DJ booth and integrated video mapping, amongst many other pyrotechnics!

2015 is the third year running that Tom Wall has masterminded the Arcadia visuals. This year's performance was called the Metamorphosis show, and the returning spider was accompanied by some new Ai powered costumes and zorbing balls, created by Light Initiative.

"We created mapped animations for the projection on each face of the three legs, the LED screens installed inside and around the DJ booth, and this year for Light Initiative's alien eg

UK - A new event aimed at conference organisers and event managers is to be staged in Birmingham on 3 September by conference specialist Saville Audio Visual.

Engagement is seen as the key word at conferences and events today, as audiences become more discerning in the fast paced world of technology. Organisers looking for new and innovative ways of keeping audiences engaged can see the newest solutions here, with on-the-spot demonstrations and advice from one of the UK's leading creative technical teams.

Midlands Conference Tech Expo takes place at the CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham B1 2LF on 3 September from 9.00am to 3.00pm.

The event will allow visitors to experience the sheer impact of the latest high resolution LED display technology first hand, plus much more.

Saville event manager Vicky Fennell says, "Organisers looking to make a BIG impression at the

Mexico - Daktronics in conjunction with Mexican partner Pantallas Publitronics, was called on to provide two new LED video displays for Estadio BBVA Bancomer, home of C.F. Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The displays were installed this summer and are ready for C.F. Monterrey, commonly known as Los Rayados, to take to the pitch for their first match on 2 August, the eighth edition of S.L Benfica's Eusébio Cup.

"We are excited to work with Daktronics to bring a better overall experience to our fans and sponsors for interaction, information and statistics at every event held at Estadio BBVA Bancomer," said vice president of C.F. Monterrey Tonatiuh Mejía. "We worked with world leaders in every aspect of creating this facility which will be a tourist icon for the city, designed with iconic materials from our states and equipped with the highest audio and video

Russia - Big Screen Show are a Russian group of companies providing AV services for concerts, exhibitions, presentations, sports and other large-scale events and shows. They aim to provide highly qualified specialists and the right equipment to meet the most demanding and discerning customers.

BSS is a Rental and Production company and a long-time supporter of Hippotizer Media Servers. The company has a large selection of Hippotizer V3 Media Servers and have used them on an array of projects and events.

Last month, Big Screen Show purchased four Boreal V4 systems. Big Screen Show owner Evgeny Marinichev explains why he decided to upgrade from his V3 systems to V4. "It is almost three years that we're using V3 and it has proved itself as a powerful and multifunctional server.

"But power is never enough, and we need more outputs and higher resolutions from servers. A

Europe - Panasonic has launched a major upgrade to its flagship large-venue projector, with the release of the quad-lamp, three-chip, 20,000 lumens DZ21K2 Evo Series.

The 3-chip DLP, DZ21K2 Evo updates the brightness projector, which debuted at the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Hartmut Kulessa, European projector marketing manager at Panasonic, said, "With Panasonic's powerful new Real Motion Processor to enable 120 Hz driving speed, Panasonic has refined the Evo series' optical engine to enhance focus performance, resulting in improved image clarity, all from an extremely compact body."

Other upgrades include a Digital Link single LAN cable connection, two 3G-SDI inputs (PT-DZ21K2 and PT-DS20K2 only), and a newly developed picture enhancement system (Detail Clarity Processor).

Panasonic has redesigned the lamp modulation system, which low

USA - Aspiring magicians are invited onstage to show their tricks and fool the magician-comedian duo Penn & Teller in a new series on the CW Network, Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Video equipment rental company Pete's Big TVs played a part in the magic, providing LED video panels, projectors and crew.

The 13-episode season, taped in the Penn & Teller Theatre at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, airs Monday nights at 8/7 Central Time. Throughout the season, Penn & Teller search for the best up and coming magicians in this competition. If Penn & Teller can't explain how the trick was done, they are officially "fooled" and those tricksters will open for the duo's ongoing stage show in Las Vegas.

Production designer is Anton Goss, creative director at Consortium Studios in Los Angeles, whose projects range from game show, awards show and talk show sets to studio desi

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