UK - PRG XL Video continued their long relationship with Creamfields by supplying a wide range of video, lighting and rigging solutions across multiple stages at the 2015 festival - the biggest Creamfields to date.

With the festival growing in popularity every year, Creamfields producer LarMac LIVE are working to create a bigger and better experience for the audience at each event.

Featuring two main stages - North and South - with identical screen set-ups, and a further seven tent arenas, PRG XL Video were brought in early in the design process to help deliver Creamfields' most ambitious production to date.

The recent combination of PRG and XL Video further streamlined the process this year, with video across all stages, and lighting and rigging on the two main stages all supplied by the new integrated team. Under the direction of Ian Greenway of LarMac LIVE, Paul 'Macca' M

UAE - A team of Avolites S4 servers, Expert Pro console with Wing and TitanNet Processors were deployed to control more than 350 fixtures and 150sq.m of LED screens for an extraordinary party to open WHITE Club Dubai's new season.

Procom Middle East, the Dubai-based professional audio, lighting and video equipment supplier and Avolites official distributor delivered the venue at the request of Addmind, the venue's owner and manager.

They teamed up with club lighting designer Dave Parry of Most Technical, lighting programmers Ross Chapple and Tony Chidiac, and Immersive's John Munro and Martin Harvey to create the awesome event.

"The club's opening party set a new frontier in entertainment technology, giving a 'reality-altering' experience with impressive lighting shows, effects and a cutting edge video mapping show on a 3D video wall," says Procom's Rami Harfouch.<

South Africa - This year's Rocking the Daisies - which coincided with the festival's tenth birthday - was the biggest and best year yet. It was the fifth time that Kilowatt AV saw involvement in the festival, this year being commissioned to conceptualise, design and fully execute four of the eight stages (where they incorporated Avolites Ai technology and Robe fixtures) as well as multiple activation areas.

Rocking the Daisies was held at the start of October at the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling, under an hour's drive from Cape Town, and included a line up of international and local musical acts, camping, relaxing and good food. In fact the owners never suspected that what started off, as a small festival on their tranquil grounds, would turn into one of the most popular annual music occasions on the South African calendar.

"We were commissioned by Seed Experiences to prov

UK - Theatre Projects has appointed theatre consultant and international auditorium acoustic designer Rob Harris as a key consultant.

The move marks a significant strengthening of Theatre Projects' acoustic and theatre design team, as the company embarks on a number of high profile design projects worldwide.

Harris's impressive 35-year career as an acoustics specialist has seen him amass a plethora of prestigious design credits for cherished performing arts buildings including: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; City Recital Hall, Sydney; Kilden konsertsal, Kristiansand; Bord Gâis Energy Theatre, Dublin and Kings Place, London.

Specifically, Harris is renowned for his acoustic design for some of the world's most iconic opera houses. These include collaborations with TP on both Glyndebourne Opera House and Oslo Opera House. In addition he has led on the Copenhagen Opera House, t

South Africa - The Calibre LEDView530 scaler/switcher is now available from Penmac, live event, staging and multimedia specialists, based in Randburg, South Africa.

"The LEDView530 has a strong feature set, unrivalled functionality and competitive edge. It is the perfect tool for switching, scaling and processing video wall content and has performed extremely well in projects we have been involved with," explains Malcolm Finlay, managing director at Penmac. "The LEDView530 is supported by our experienced technical experts who are available to demonstrate the LEDView530 technology as required."

The LEDView530 is a multi-input scaler/switcher that is designed for combining HD and SD video sources on to LED video walls. Four-sided picture edge Features also include genlock capability and low latency.

Pauline Brooksbank, managing director at Calibre adds: &qu

Greece - 360 event agency from Greece looked no further than Austrian engineering experts AV Stumpfl to meet its requirement for a 4m high by 30m wide Curve screen for presentations at an international conference of a Fortune 500 client that was held in Athens and attended by 500 participants from 28 countries.

"We turned to AV Stumpfl as the number one company to handle a project of this scale," explains Apostolos Papadopoulos, managing director at 360 event agency.

For this project, the AV Stumpfl Curve screen needed to be incorporated into futuristic architecture and design of the presentation. The screen was made to measure for its application and delivered ahead of schedule. 360 event agency integrated with five Barco HDX-W20 high-definition projectors and content was edge-blended onto the screen alongside state-of-the-art acoustic and video conferencing technol

Hungary - UK-based S+H Technical Support supplied its innovative LED Video Floor product to the first Hungarian edition of popular television games show, The Cube.

Recorded at the Stern Film Studio on Pomaz, close to Budapest, Hungarian producers Show & Game Production followed the style directions and replicated the rules established by the original UK series producers, Objective Television, who licensed this version, broadcast on leading commercial channel, TV2.

Hungarian production manager Krisztina Bene explained that they were recommended to S+H as the interactive floor supplier by Objective Television, from which they also rented key elements of the set

Presented (in the UK) by Phillip Schofield, Cube contestants can win up to £250,000 cash by completing straightforward tasks - like balancing, catching, throwing, estimating, reacting, memorising, etc. - wi

UK - Panasonic hosted the first European Heritage Forum on the connected digital future at the Tower of London.

The forum, on Monday 12 October 2015, presented the museum and heritage sector with the chance to discuss the future of internet and social media, and how to develop solutions that incorporate these in to exhibition spaces.

Some of the biggest names in European heritage were represented at the forum, including the British Museum, Science Museum, Imperial War Museum, Vatican Museum, National Trust, National History Museum, National Gallery, National Museum of Scotland and the National Museum of Wales. In total, those attending attract approximately 68m visitors every year.

The event began with a presentation by MACOM on the connected digital future followed by delegate presentations, where experiences, challenges and solutions were put forward. The day concluded wit

Sweden - Dataton has announced the acquisition of software developer and production company, IXEL. Based in Sweden, IXEL specialises in the development of software for immersive environments and content production for fulldome applications. With the acquisition, Dataton strengthens both R&D and project management teams in the industry-key sectors of virtual reality, simulation software and film production.

"The team at IXEL has proven expertise of software development and content production for fulldome and 3D environments, both of which are already important application areas for our award-winning Watchout multi-display software and associated products," said Lars Sandlund, COO at Dataton.

IXEL's Miroslav Andel has been appointed chief software developer at Dataton and commented, "There is enormous development potential in the kind of large-scale visual and imm

Europe - Global flightcase and loudspeaker component manufacturer Penn Elcom has launched a tough new low-noise 3U heat extraction unit which can be fitted to the front or back of any 19 inch racking unit to quickly, efficiently - and silently - suck the heat out of an enclosure.

This is good news for any environment e.g. conference and presentation spaces, theatres, concert halls, lectures theatres, interactive AV displays, boardrooms and demonstration facilities, etc. utilizing AV equipment where noise is a potential issue, distraction or annoyance, says the company.

Penn's R 'n' D team has pooled its considerable experience and practical knowledge of the racking market and produced an ultimate and well-engineered solution.

The versatile FP02-Q-3U fan unit emits 22.5 dB(A) - with a Sone (loudness) value of 0.3 - and can be fitted to any existing 19 inch racking unlit. At t

USA - British rock powerhouse Coldplay premiered new visuals for 2015 in Las Vegas and New York this autumn designed by video director Ben Miles of Mixed Emotions, London, using Avolites Ai S4 servers.

Coldplay performed one-off shows at the two live music events: The Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in New York City, which also featured Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, was timed to coincide with the launch of the United Nations' new Global Goals designed to fight inequality, protect the planet and end extreme poverty by 2030; the other was the iHeart Radio Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with a plethora of acts including Sam Smith, Jason Derulo and Duran Duran.

"The band wanted me to produce some screen treatments for these one-off shows that were fresh and new," says Miles. "Having worked with Coldplay for so many years now I

Germany - For 10 days - from 17 to 27 September - visitors to the Opel booth at IAA 2015 could create their own personal Opel Selfie Jump - a bullet-time tracking shot with frozen scenery, known from the Matrix films and numerous commercials.

The automobile manufacturer relied on the experience of PRG XL Video for the planning, design and technical implementation of their exacting requirements. Bellprat Associates AG was responsible for the idea and the concept. The graphical user interface of the terminals, the Facebook connectivity and implementation of the barcode scanners was realized by bluelemon Interactive GmbH.

For Opel Selfie Jump the full-service event provider developed a system using 75 digital SLR cameras arranged in a semi-circle of 270 degrees, which was aligned with millimetre precision with the booth visitors in the centre of the circle. As a vis

UK - Showlogix, a developer of show and media control software, has released its version 1.6, designed for producing multi-display shows and interactive attractions in museums, visitor centres, trade shows and live productions.

The new Timeline Object includes numerous layers of videos, images or sound, synchronized to one centralized timecode. This is done across displays and computers. Several timeline objects can be added and can run simultaneously.

While this object requires loading all media files in advance before running a timeline, you can still load and play videos, images, texts and external inputs on top of a timeline. Moreover, it includes the option of fading smoothly between two media files on a single layer across displays, all while the timeline is running, says the company.

"There is a rise in demand for interactivity in typical time based show applicat

UK - PRG XL Video supplied video elements for the larger shows on popular drum 'n' bass massive Rudimental's 2015 tour, which started in March and culminated in a characteristically energetic performance at London's Alexandra Palace, complete with a vibrant visual design by Jonny Gaskell.

For this show, the company supplied LED screen and Catalyst media server control, a side projection system plus IMAG cameras and PPU.

The fundamental concept of Rudimental's full design was to make the stage an interactive and theatrical environment with several contrasting visual layers which peeled back as the all-action set developed, revealing more depth and new eye-candy every few songs. The space was defined by several impressive scenic pieces including a large replica of the Hackney Central (London, E8) railway bridge, and a tabbed double-sided back cloth which was in for the first few

Austria - AV Stumpfl, manufacturer of show control, multimedia and screen technology, has announced a programme of "unprecedented global growth and product development".

"The industry recognises us for our reputation in engineering design, innovation and return on investment," says Tobias Stumpfl, CEO. "Our aim is to become the preferred supplier to more companies, in more regions and in new markets. To achieve this, we need to be faster to deliver products to market, offer even higher levels of localized support and well as offer the industry's best technologies, expertise and manufacturing."

Ambitious plans for global growth have resulted in the opening of the AV Stumpfl Campus. The campus accommodates growing staff numbers within the company. AV Stumpfl has invested more than 7m Euro. The official opening took place on 30-31 October 2015 and wa

UK/China - Calibre UK, has appointed Grace Gao as sales and marketing associate, China.

Based at Calibre's Bradford, UK offices, Gao's responsibilities include conducting in-depth market research, developing the company's presence and profile of Calibre branded products as well as expanding OEM relationships.

Recruited under the GREAT Ambassadors (China) Scheme, a joint initiative with the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and The University of Sheffield, Gao recently completed a Masters Degree in Marketing Management Practice. "This is a great success story. Calibre is setting the standard for UK businesses that increasingly are having to work on a global basis and they will provide Grace Gao with great practical experience and knowledge," says Yiyun Ling at The University of Sheffield.

"Grace has terrific business skills, and is a great fit to the Bradford team.

Germany - Working with video designer, Ingi Bekk, PRG XL Video supplied a video technology solution for a Hamburg theatre production of Reisende auf einem Bein (Travelling On One Leg), based on the novel by Nobel-prize winning author, Herta Müller.

Adapted for the stage by British theatre director Katie Mitchell OBE, and adviser Rita Thiele, and directed by Mitchell, the production incorporates a multimedia approach to theatre by the use of live cameras on the actors, the feeds from which are then cut live and projected on to screens above, creating the effect that a movie is being made live on stage.

Many of Katie Mitchell's productions use multimedia, and this is used to explore the theme of detachment which is present in many of the plays she stages. In Reisende auf einem Bein the main character Irene, played by Julia Wieninger, begins life in Romania, but th

Brazil - Barco has teamed up with virtual reality company Sensorama to create Brazil's newest amusement attraction - the first of its kind in Latin America - providing 4K ultra-high resolution projectors that deliver breathtaking cinematic content for a simulated underwater journey.

Immersion rides that plunge visitors into a virtually surreal world have largely been the purview of giant theme parks. However, they are now beginning to emerge as standalone entertainment experiences in public venues around the world. Sensorama is a frontrunner in this trend with the development of VIX: a 24-person ride taking passengers on an underwater voyage at the Shopping Praia de Costa in Wila Velha, Brazil, a centre boasting more than 225 world-class shops and attractions.

The simulation experience is designed for families and thrill seekers alike, allowing passengers to travel through an

USA - Scott Guenther of Full Stage Productions, Texas chose Arkaos MediaMaster Pro 4.0 to help create the haunting, atmospheric backdrop to aerial performances from Dallas-based dance academy, Dance Xpress. The production, entitled Smooth Operators, was a tribute to the music and work of English singer-songwriter, Sade.

Guenther used a single projector to project a mélange of imagery onto the back wall of the performance space, which mixed live and pre-recorded content for the show. Guenther filmed images of the dancers in stages of preparation for the performance - close ups of faces, arranging hair, donning point shoes etc - and juxtaposed these with live images of the performers in mid-air and on stage.

The opening number to the show (DSC 0013) included 'shadow' images of the dancers which Guenther was able to synchronise with the live performers, using MediaM

UK - AV technology pioneer Peerless-AV has announced its collaboration with Signagelive, global suppliers of cloud-based digital signage technology, for the launch of its UK Experience Lab in Saffron Walden, Essex. The new lab, which opened on 3 November, is kitted out with a range of Samsung Smart Signage displays mounted on Peerless-AV brackets to show real-world examples of how Signagelive is used for retail, quick serve restaurant (QSR) and corporate communications.

Ian Abernethy, Peerless-AV's director of sales UK, said, "We're pleased to be a sponsor and support Signagelive with their new UK demonstration facility for resellers, partners and end users. It's a great opportunity to show the various user scenarios for Samsung Smart Signage Displays, powered by Signagelive's System on Chip (SoC) software, and how our mounts provide vital 'behind the scenes' support for th

Malta - In a compelling and exciting installation of multimedia technology, Sarner created and installed a vast array of 700 graphics panels and content for over 100 audiovisual productions at the new National War Museum, Malta.

The museum tells the story of Fort St Elmo's rich and varied history, including the dramatic Great Siege of 1565 and Malta's pivotal role in World War II for which it's citizenry were awarded the George Cross, the civilian equivalent of the Victoria Cross. Sarner worked with design consultants, Forward Architects Joint Venture and main contractor Camray to bring the project to life.

"Exhibits date back to the Bronze Age, around 2,500 B.C," explains Ross Magri, Managing Director at Sarner. "AV Stumpfl players are configured to display our content onto the screen. We remotely access the severs to update as necessary using a FTP server or i

UK - In 1995, construction work was completed on the world's largest Hindu temple outside of India. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - or 'Neasden Temple' as it is popularly known - has since become one of London's best known buildings.

To celebrate the temple's 20th anniversary, the socio-spiritual Hindu organisation, BAPS, decided to mark the occasion with a major event. PRG XL Video project manager, Nilkanth Patel, a regular attendee and volunteer at the temple, led the team producing the video for the event, which included former and current freelancers for PRG XL, Viral, Yagnesh and Hamanshu.

The celebration event spanned a full weekend in August, and included presentations and celebrations inside the temple, as well as a night-time projection mapping on to the exterior steps of the marble and limestone building.

Inside the temple, the brief called for a widescreen pro

UK - Consistently innovative, exciting and alternative, the electro beats of Above & Beyond filled London's Wembley Arena for a special one off concert which was also a charity fundraiser and celebrated the life and work of Jono Grant's sister Charlotte who died suddenly earlier this year. All proceeds from the show went to Little Something.

Lighting and the video system was designed by Neil Marsh, working closely with all three members of Above & Beyond - Jono, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljam?ki - with lighting kit and LED screens supplied by Colour Sound Experiment.

Neil started working with the band after lighting their set at Glastonbury's Dance East a few years back, and he now co-ordinates lighting and visuals worldwide for all shows, primarily working with local productions in large one-off scenarios.

When in the UK, Colour Sound is one of his go-to suppliers and whe

USA - The popular T-Rex Café at Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney Marketplace, at Lake Buena Vista, Florida is a monster-sized, Palaeozoic-themed restaurant that bills itself as a 'Prehistoric Family Adventure'. In addition to serving Caveman Punch and Raptor Rita cocktails, the menu includes such Paleo-themed delicacies as Mastadon Stuffed Chicken and Tar Pit Fried Shrimp for adults, while the offerings for junior archaeological expeditioners include Paleo Pizza and Sabre-tooth Sundaes.

The theming is extensive and spectacular, and certainly includes enough pre-historic atmosphere to stir the imaginations of dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages. Highlights include a vast and impressive 'crystal cave' that constantly sweeps through a range of intense backlit colours and thickets of cretaceous jungle foliage around smoke-emitting tar pits. All of this provides a backdro

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