Australia - Aveo Systems has announced the appointment of Jands as its exclusive distributor in the Australia-New Zealand region.
“Mira Connect, from Aveo Systems, is an impressive innovation that further complements our existing AV conferencing product portfolio,” says Phil Muffet, national sales manager at Jands. “Jands is committed to providing the best solutions for our customers and partnering with strategic vendors who complement our integrators’ existing solutions.”
“Jands is one of the strongest AV companies in the ANZ region and is well respected by integrators and users,” comments Paul Roberts, Aveo Systems’ director of sales. “We think they will be the perfect partner for promoting Mira Connect to corporate, educational, and other users in the area.”
USA - Audinate has announced the availability of Dante Virtual Soundcard for installation in virtual Windows environments using Type-1 hypervisors. This update is especially important for customers such as broadcasters, educators and corporate users that want to deploy Dante networked audio throughout data centres, studios, server clusters and campuses, says the company. Dante Virtual Soundcard interfaces directly with audio software running on virtual machines, allowing distribution of media playback, centralised recording, and more.
Dante Virtual Soundcard turns any computer into a Dante endpoint for networked audio. It provides a standard WDM or ASIO audio interface that allows any installed audio software to send and receive up to 64 channels of lossless audio over a standard 1Gbps network to any Dante-enabled AV endpoints, including other instances of Dante Virtual Soundcard. Dante Virtual Soundcard is an ideal solution for computer-driven media playback, multi-channel recording and lecture capture, and is 100 percent compatible with the more than 2,000 Dante-enabled products available from multiple vendors.
“Dante Virtual Soundcard is already the gold standard for professional recording and playback on thousands of networks around the world,” says Nick Mariette, senior product manager at Audinate. “We want to ensure using virtualized environments get the same reliable high performance that has made Dante Virtual Soundcard the workhorse of the audio industry.”
Dante Virtual Soundcard with support for installation on virtual machines is
Austria - The Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl recently announced that its US projection screen and media server distributor Evolve has invested heavily in the AT64-Shift screen system legs.
Orlando, Dallas and Las Vegas-based Evolve distributes and rents out video equipment for the live events industry and also provides industry training programmes. The company is now working to convert its entire inventory over to the AT64-Shift system by the end of the year.
"Our customers know that we are passionate about developing new ideas and products that deliver the best quality possible for their exciting projects around the world," comments AV Stumpfl Inc. MD, Todd Liedahl. "The AT64-Shift is such a truly exciting product that allows AV professionals to adjust the height of large mobile projection screens in record time, without them having to disassemble it first. We are very happy that Evolve saw the potential of this screen system innovation early on and decided to invest. Evolve have a reputation for being highly professional early adopters, so we are confident that their trusting our products will have a very positive impact on how the AT64-Shift will be received in the US in general. "
Evolve’s CEO Tyler Mayne adds: "Like Evolve, AV Stumpfl is a family-owned business that strives to offer quality products and services to its customers. After visiting the AV Stumpfl factory in Austria a few years ago it was clear that this is the type of vendor partnership that we travel the world to find. Evolve is thrilled to be distributing al
USA - Distributor Stampede is hosting eight Big Book of AV Tour & Conference Series stops in the United States and Canada, one US national sales meeting, and three summits for its United States, Canadian and Latin American vendor partners.
The Fall 2019 Stampede Big Book of AV Tour & Conference Series will make stops in San Diego, California, 19 September; Montreal, 17 October; Chicago, 24 October; Toronto, 13 November; Houston, 21 November; Miami, 5 December and Vancouver,11 December. Complete details on the fall tour can be found at www.bigbookofavtour.com.
The United States Vendor Summit will take place on 7-8 October at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Centre in New York, following on the heels of its United States national sales meeting on 5-6 October. The Canadian Vendor Summit will take place on 12 November at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport, and the Latin American Vendor Summit will be held in Miami on 5 December at the Intercontinental at Doral Miami.
“The future has never looked more promising or more profitable than it does today, as the market need grows for complex and integrated solutions that deliver compelling customer experiences that are unique to every vertical market,” comments Stampede president and CEO, Kevin Kelly.
“The growing demand for solutions that generate better customer experiences and business outcomes is creating a new era of opportunity for us to move upstream and away from the mainstream of lower end, commoditized single product solutions. When it comes to profiting in today’s 21
UK - Entertainment Technology Partners has announced the launch of its new European division. Based out of the United Kingdom, ETP Europe will provide support throughout Europe to bring AV solutions to clients.
Industry veteran Paul Hutton will be joining as president of European operations. Paul has spent the past three decades creating and spearheading Blitz, one of the leading AV staging companies in Europe.
“We couldn’t be more excited about expanding ETP’s operations to Europe, especially with Paul coming on board to help lead the way,” said Les Goldberg, chairman and CEO of ETP. “We have been looking at a number of opportunities in Europe and expect to have more announcements of new brands joining ETP in the very near future.”
Entertainment Technology Partners was created in 2014 with the idea of like-minded owners joining together to continue to operate independently and grow their services, while utilizing ETP’s behind the scenes shared-support services such as accounting, HR, IT and purchasing.
“There are opportunities and space for high quality AV specialists in the European events market, so the timing couldn’t be better for ETP to expand,” states Paul. “I’m really looking forward to building on ETP’s success in the U.S and I know existing clients with international projects will jump at the chance to further our relationship.”
UK - Esports Championship Series (ECS) Season 7, the latest iteration of the world’s most-watched CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) tournament, took place earlier this year, culminating in a four-day final in June at The SSE Arena, Wembley, London. The 16 groups that started the event were gradually reduced to four teams, which then battled through a knock-out competition to determine the season’s champions.
The tournament was run by FACEIT, the competitive gaming platform for online multiplayer PvP gamers, which boasts more than eight million users and 12m online gaming sessions each month.
disguise rental and studio partner, Bluman Associates, was commissioned by FACEIT to provide a 4K video display solution and management for the event. Bluman Associates have a disguise rental fleet including gx 1, gx 2 and solo servers - as well as the newest addition to their fleet, the gx 2c, which was used to power the ECS Season 7 tournament.
“We were keen to have the gx 2c servers on the project as it was the first opportunity we had to use them,” said Simon Hudson, project manager, Bluman Associates. “They performed very well, and we didn’t even get the chance to push them to their full capability on this occasion.”
The gx 2c servers feature two HDMI 2.0 VFC cards. Two 4K@60 feeds were required for the production, simplifying the video signal pipeline. The gaming aspect of the project relied heavily on HTML5, and disguise's Web module enabled the FACEIT Dev team to send five live2k HTML5 Rasta over a pre-rendered wireframe, p
UK - one thousand six hundred fans descended on the Indigo at the O2 to enjoy a Sri Lankan ‘pop’ music show. This event, designed to provide an essence of Sri Lankan music was headed up by Palinda Samarasinghe from Lankan Imaginative & Foremost Events.
Ruary Macphie, touring project manager from Matrix UK Solutions (Matrix) ensured the correct equipment was supplied to fully enhance and deliver the content on the show. Overseen by Ruary, the team performed a thorough pre-show check of all the show equipment, an opportunity to modify, prep and test the video equipment - this took place in the warehouse of parent company Anna Valley. At this stage, the team ingested the Sri Lankan filmed footage and programmed it to 55 tracks.
Ruary comments, “It is essential to pre-rig and thoroughly test show equipment – this takes place as a given for all our events. However, for this particular event the accuracy of the load and kit was paramount, we had an unbelievably tight load in schedule with very early sound checks taking place on the show day. There was no room for error, everything needed to rig perfectly. Thankfully everything went to plan, we were perfectly on-time for the sound boys.”
For the actual show Matrix supplied AV3 LED fed with a Green Hippo and video capture card allowing Indigo camera pictures to be put on the screen. The LED consisted of a large 6m x 3m backscreen, hanging off trusses further downstage, equally spaced to provide a great visual effect were 6 pods (4 x 1m x 3m and 2 x .5m x 3m) using 3 x 4k Nova star processors.
Europe - Creative Technology (CT) first became involved in professional golf over 30 years ago, since then the company has steadily built its relationship with the European Tour providing AV technology at numerous tournaments throughout Europe, the Middle East and into Asia and Australia. CT has been appointed approved supplier to the Tour in recognition of their long-term engagement.
The European Tour, headquartered at Wentworth in Surrey, manages the majority of premier golf tournaments across Europe and the Middle East, including the Ryder Cup on its four-yearly visit to Europe.
Dave Crump, CEO of CT in Europe & the Middle East commented, “Creative Technology has a long, proud and successful relationship with golf in Europe providing LED screens to around 40 events per year and having been involved in every European Ryder Cup since 1985.”
LED screens have historically been the focus of CT’s supply and whilst this continues there has been a significant shift in priority in recent years. Golf is one of the most challenging sports to support with large screen displays, typically played in full daylight and ideally bright sunlight means screen brightness and contrast is crucial, coupling this with a requirement to display high density graphical data and TV images which typically include a tiny white ball on a uniform green background means the selection of display technology is crucial.
Recent developments have allowed smaller pitch outdoor screens to achieve satisfactory brightness, contrast and uniformity meaning higher density data
Argentina - Berlin-based creative studio battleROYAL recently drew on the power of Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Media Servers to provide a ‘dazzling product experience’ at a corporate event in Buenos Aires devised for a financial services provider. The new Platinum Corporate card by American Express was the motivation for this creation, directed by battleROYAL’s Brendan Shelper and conceived and produced with Ogilvy Argentina and NA Producionnes.
The show, part entertainment and part art installation, was played to 200 guests facing the open sides of a 7m x 11m stage. Upstage, projection surfaces covered the rear two sides of the performance area, forming the setting for a story told through the interplay of human movement, tracking projections and light.
“battleROYAL continually create new ways to integrate technology into their performances,” says UK-based video engineer Steve Jackson, a technical partner for battleROYAL’s productions for the past five years, and a Hippotizer specialist for the past seven.
For this show, Jackson used Hippotizer Karst+ media servers with HD SDI outputs and capture card, to play media through multiple projectors, including Barco HDX and Epson 15K units, covering the walls and floor of the stage, and a performer’s dress which becomes its own projection surface. With limited time on-site, the precise technical layout was completed in advance using CAD and Cinema 4D. The system design was then completed in Cinema 4D and SHAPE, Hippotizer’s 3D toolkit, where projection angles, throw distances and required
The doors of PLASA Show 2019 open in just a few days from 15-17 September at Olympia London, where thousands of visitors will experience the leading edge of live entertainment technology. With 220+ brands, 55+ educational sessions and a plethora of immersive features, this year’s show is ready to serve industry professionals from all sectors.
PLASA’s Managing Director Peter Heath comments: “Last year’s edition of PLASA Show was heralded for its high footfall and vibrant atmosphere. We have worked hard to build upon this by offering more brands and new features for a show that is both enjoyable and productive.
Of course, we couldn’t do it without the exhibitors and their technology which has developed at a dizzying rate over the years – PLASA is proud to provide a platform for such innovation, and we can’t wait to share what’s in store.”
Brand new products
After much hype, the Heritage-D digital console from MIDAS will be at the show, providing hands-on encounters. Coda Audio will display their N-APS, an ultra-compact 2-way arrayable point source, and d&b audiotechnik will display their flexible A-Series. The all-new TrackerD4 Precision Stagetracking from TiMax will also be here.
Robe will launch their new luminaire, Esprite, which has been designed as an LED replacement for discharge fixtures. Other notable lighting fixtures appearing at the show include the Huracán-X from Ayrton, the Maverick MK3 from Chauvet and the Synergy 5 from DTS. Artistic Licence will present their latest lighting control
UK - Southwest London venue Under the Bridge has benefited from the installation of a new LED wall as well as lighting and audio upgrades at its premises.
“Since Under the Bridge launched in 2011, we’ve taken great pride being one of the UK’s most unique and technically-advanced, mid-sized, multi-purpose venues for hire,” says creative manager, Alan Tenenbaum. “With approximately 100 confirmed events scheduled to host for the remainder of 2019, we’re excited to share this production upgrade with our clients and audiences. The upgrade puts our intimate venue in a class of its own, beyond comparison.”
The 3.9mm pixel-pitch LED screen from Absen supports a video resolution higher than Full HD (1080p), making it ideal for presentations, image projections and video content.
The venue also has a new LED lighting rig, expanding the existing stock to offer more intelligent lighting, including LED spots and Fresnels. Under the Bridge has specified Claypaky’s new wash and beam fixtures, the B-EYE K25 and Mini B, as well as 14 of Ayrton's Mistral S spot luminaire. Dimming is via an Avolites 24 way dimmer (48 way patchable).
On the audio front, the AV team have improved facilities with a Shure Axient Digital wireless system and high-performance RF with better command and control for visiting sound engineers.
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will exclusively show over 20 brands from across its dedicated lighting, rigging, audio and video sales divisions on stand E30 at PLASA 2019 (15-17 September, London Olympia).
The stand will feature at least six products that have been nominated for the PLASA Awards for Innovation 2019, including the Prolights PixieWash XB, a single source RGB+WW LED wash light with extensive zoom and high CRI. Also nominated from Prolights is Mosaico XL, a long-throw IP66 LED fixture for projecting gobos and textures onto buildings and landscapes with colour mixing, animation wheel and framing shutters. LumenRadio’s TimoTwo module, which brings concurrent CRMX (wireless DMX/RDM) and Bluetooth to a single chip, and BroadWeigh’s Bluetooth system that sends data straight to a smart device, have also been nominated.
Other nominees include Luminex, who will be unveiling Araneo, a free software that provides a graphical overview of a network; and Claypaky’s laser-source beam light, Xtylos.
Lighting highlights include the new Chroma-Q Space Force onebytwo variable white LED soft light panel. Recipient of a Lighting Product of the Year Award at NAB, the cost-effective, bright, high quality unit is a modern replacement for traditional soft sources. The popular Space Force fixture, upon whose technologies the onebytwo is based, will also be on display, alongside Chroma-Q's other film and TV fixtures, the Studio Force II and the Brute Force, a powerful, LED alternative to traditional light sources.
Additional moving h
UK - Brompton Technology has announced the expansion of its customer facing team with the additions of Dries Vermeulen as business development manager (Europe), and Chris Grandin as technical support manager.
Vermeulen, a familiar face in the LED industry from his days at Barco, VER and ROE Visual, brings a wealth of experience in a technical and commercial capacity. He will be based in Belgium, positioning him to be in close contact with Brompton customers throughout Europe.
Grandin, who has relocated from South Africa, has most recently held the positions of group technical advisor for the Gearhouse Group of companies and technical services supervisor at Christie Digital Systems. He brings over two decades of expertise in the field of live entertainment and events, providing technical solutions and backup for creative staging ideas at events reaching audiences from under a hundred to a few million, across South Africa and internationally.
Vermeulen and Grandin join the customer facing team alongside Rob Fowler, now in the role of senior business development manager, and US-based Sean Sheridan, regional technical manager - Americas. Adam Callaway, who recently celebrated five years with the company, moves to the newly created position of technical project manager, and Luke Hurford, who continues to be based in China, moves to the role of regional technical manager - APAC.
UK - Audio Evolution has announced the appointment of Peter Russell to the position of audio project manager. The recently launched sister-company to global video specialists pixl evolution will benefit from Russell’s experience of the corporate and theatre markets. During a 20-year career with another major supplier, he has worked on a host of high-profile musical theatre tours, as well project managing major events across the UK, European and the US.
Company director Guy Vellacott comments: “Peter is exactly the right person to take on the project management role at audio evolution. We’ve made significant investments in high quality hardware, including d&b, Shure, Denon, Yamaha and Clear-Com and we couldn’t be placing it in safer hands. Peter has an impressive track record managing all aspects of audio in high-profile, high pressure environments and his skills and experience will be invaluable in meeting the demands of an already busy schedule.”
USA - Audinate has announced version 1.1 of Dante Domain Manager. This update to Dante Domain Manager brings key improvements and new features to users and integrators: new flexible installation options, improved email alerts and notifications, support for SMPTE 2110 devices and secure access to LDAP and SMTP servers, says the company.
Dante Domain Manager is software that gives integrators, AV specialists and IT managers the ability to better manage Dante AV networks by creating groupings of Dante devices called ‘domains’ - which are zones of products. It enables administrators to secure their systems with user level authentication by domain and to scale their installations by supporting Dante audio across routed IP networks with multiple subnets. Administrators looking to route audio between studios, buildings or even across entire campuses may now do so regardless of network topology.
Version 1.1 is now delivered as a complete ISO package, making it fast and easy for users to install and setup Dante Domain Manager to suit their needs and applications. The ISO package may be used in virtual environments such as VMWare ESXi, Oracle VirtualBox and Microsoft Hyper-V, or it may be installed directly onto a ‘bare metal’ server with no additional software required.
Improvements to email notifications and alerts mean that integrators and managers can stay on top of changes to their systems from wherever they are, addressing issues before impacts are felt. Support for LDAPS and SMTPS brings greater security and confidence to network managers by en
UK - Cineworld Eastbourne has become Europe’s first all-RGB laser cineplex after opting for Christie RealLaser technology. The UK cinema’s eight auditoriums have all been fitted with Christie’s CP2315-RGB and CP2320-RGB offerings. Christie RGB laser projection systems have also been installed at a brace of other UK Cineworld-owned locations, further demonstrating the exhibitor’s commitment to RGB laser technology.
“We’re delighted to offer our customers a fantastic visual cinematic experience with Christie RealLaser technology, which has become known for its excellent performance and reliability,” says Kiril Enikov, head of technical for Cineworld. “We aim to provide the best place to watch a movie, and by investing in the latest high performance technologies, we feel we are continuing to deliver on this goal.”
The CP2315-RGB and CP2320-RGB give exhibitors the latest innovations in RGB pure laser technology at a cost of ownership comparable to Xenon.
The Cineworld Group has also placed its trust in Christie at The Picturehouse Central in the Piccadilly area of London, where its screen has been upgraded with a RealLaser projection system. In addition, the O2 Greenwich Superscreen – one of the largest screens in Europe - is powered by a Christie RGB laser projection system.
“It’s thrilling to us that exhibitors are investing in RealLaser in cinemas to suit a variety of audiences, and it reaffirms our decision to focus on RGB laser technology,” says Phil Lord, cinema sales manager, Christie. “We firmly believe that t
Belgium - tvONE reports that CORIOmaster has been chosen by custom motion graphic creators Prismax to drive more than 1000sq.m of video walls at Tomorrowland, one of the world’s biggest dance music festivals held in Boom in Belgium each summer. The units were supplied by Belgian reseller, Intronics, and will be used by Prismax at other large events.
Prismax selected CORIOmaster from tvONE as it is a flexible video wall processor that allowed its designers to achieve striking visual effects. Ruben Gorissen, owner of Prismax says, “tvONE’s CORIOmaster video wall processor was chosen as it offers an efficient approach for building video wall systems. The CORIOmaster is modular, scalable and easy to use which makes it an ideal solution for the vast video walls at Tomorrowland. Eight years ago you had to use different cables for each set, nowadays everything is fixed together and in a compact size.
“Often, festivals hire a third party for switching between the different sources,” he adds. “Thanks to the CORIOmaster, Prismax can offer its customers a one-stop-shop show production.”
Prismax has worked with Tomorrowland for several years and CORIOmaster provided a video wall processor that allows easy switching between multiple outlets on a main stage which has up to six full HD outputs.
Almost every DJ in the top 30 has a team with own VJs and visuals. With the CORIOmaster, VJs change smoothly and without loss of time with each other because they can test their set in advance. Before the performance starts it is a matter of plug and
Europe - Medialon, specialist provider of show control solutions, has hired Robert Chong as product specialist to service customers and installation sites across the EMEA region.
Chong brings more than 27 years of experience working with the Medialon brand and product range as engineer, consultant and integrator. His career includes sales and technical leadership roles for a range of AV companies across Europe and Australasia including Barco, Gibson International, Atea and ZKM.
Eric Cantrell, VP of business operations for Medialon, comments: “At Medialon, we are committed to ongoing to the support of customers and installations - both existing and new. Robert has worked closely with our team, customers and product line for many years and in his new role, will allow us to carefully consider the needs of all projects - developing and delivering the very best show control solutions for entertainment and attractions markets that consistently exceed expectations.”
In July, the team behind media serving company 7thSense Design led the acquisition of the Medialon brand and ShowControl activities from Barco to form a new company, Medialon. The new company joined the 7thSense Design family and operates from Orlando, FL., with satellite offices across the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
UK - The initial batch of 500 Aries AX1.5 - Absen’s newest mini-LED display - has sold out instantly, confirming the strong demand for 1.5mm fine pitch LED within the rental market. UK-based AV distributor PSCo was the first in Europe to invest in the product, with UK rental companies DB Pixelhouse, Onyx and Catalyst amongst the first to add the new product to their rental fleets.
Absen’s Aries LED display series is aimed at professional rental companies for high-end corporate events, conferences, auto shows, e-gaming competitions and broadcast applications, and is the first such product to combine a 4-in-1 integrated pixel design and Common Cathode technology.
Alex Couzins, head of brand and marketing for Absen Europe, comments: “We have really seen the demand for a 1.5mm fine pitch LED within the rental market kick off this year and we’re excited that PSCo is among the first companies in the world to offer customers the new Aries 1.5mm.
“Absen has dedicated two years of development to the Aries project; a decision that’s yielded a number of technological innovations and mechanical advances. This commitment has ensured that the product’s exceptional visual performance will not be hindered by the physical demands of the rental staging market.”
PSCo’s head of LED, Liam Winter, adds: “Absen’s new 4-in-1 mini-LED is an evolution and, ultimately, an upgrade to the traditional SMD LED technology, which sets the standard for LED performance today.”
Australia - The popular Spin Off festival returned in 2019 with an of over 20,000 at the massive 84m x 64m mainstage tent, presenting organisers, Five-Four Entertainment, with major technical requirements where the need for screens was paramount.
To meet this demand, technical provider, Adelaide’s Novatech Creative Event Technology, employed two onstage ROE Visual Carbon 5 IMAG screens, an upstage screen, a delay screen behind FOH and two delay screens outside of the tent, controlled from two Brompton Technology SX40 processors with three Brompton Tessara XD distribution units vastly simplifying cabling requirements.
“With such a big footprint, we needed to ensure that not only everyone inside the tent could see a screen but also outside,” explains Phil Pieridis, senior video project manager from Novatech. “Using many screens generates a lot of signal distribution but the latest Brompton SX40 processor, with its huge capacity, enabled us to run multiple screens off the same processor, whilst the brilliant Tessera XD units easily resolved any cabling issues.”
Staged on Adelaide showground, the sell-out one-day festival featured the headlining acts appearing at sister festival, Splendour in the Grass, including Catfish and the Bottlemen, Childish Gambino, and Ocean Alley.
“With so many top-flight artists, technical rider demands were high and changeover times pivotal but Brompton equipment drastically reduces set-up times and configuration is really quick,” continues Pieridis. “The ability to create custom scaling in the proces
The Netherlands - MOG Technologies, supplier of end-to-end solutions for professional media, will present its latest developments at IBC 2019 (13-17 September, RAI Amsterdam).
The focus will be on the latest advances for the production management platform with MAM4PRO; a new professional media deck station; new enhancements to Vizzi online video platform, and various technical deployments throughout its solutions.
MAM4Pro is an enterprise solution designed for managing and executing all media operations - record, ingest, play, stream, encode, transcode and decode - in a native virtualised environment. MAM4PRO brings to the market a set of software services that focus on asset management, resources management, and media operations.
mDECK is billed as “the ultimate professional media deck appliance to record, ingest, transcode and play in any format of video content”. It supports Avid, OP1a, QT, MP4, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, XAVC, FLV, HLS, MPEG-DASH, WebM, MPEG-DASH WebM, MPEG-TS, Matroska, NDI and IMF formats. Supporting file-based and baseband, with full integration on hybrid workflows, mDECK is designed for small and medium-sized facilities, that need to switch between operations in short time frames.
With a unified OTT platform with Content Management SaaS and a top-tier CDN distribution, Vizzi offers extended multi-platform support and in-video interactivity with timed triggers that enable user interactions and enriches the viewing experience.
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has provided Scottish Opera with a new surtitling system, utilising APIX2 by Prolights LED video panels.
Founded in 1962, Scottish Opera is Scotland’s national opera company and largest performing arts organisation. With a diverse annual season of productions embracing opera’s unique blend of music, singing and theatre, it is committed to making the art form available to the widest possible audience.
As well as performing its productions in mainstage and other venues across the country, Scottish Opera’s home is the Theatre Royal Glasgow, which last year celebrated its 150th year. Recently the Theatre Royal’s surtitling system was in need of an upgrade after 11 years of service.
Alex Reedijk, general director of Scottish Opera approached AC-ET to discuss alternatives. Chris Beardwell, technical sales executive in the company’s video division recommended the Prolights AlphaPIX2 screen, which is available as a custom surtitling package featuring various size displays and an independent software control system.
Reedijk comments: “After approaching AC-ET, we were very encouraged that they had already supplied the AlphaPIX2 surtitling system to two major UK opera companies. In addition, like us these other companies favoured the fact that the hardware was not linked to a dedicated software package, allowing for future hardware or software upgrades without the need to replace the whole system.”
Scottish Opera’s primary surtitling screen features seven side-by-side AlphaPIX2 LED panels
Malaysia - Singesen Technical Production and Chan Lee Sound & Light selected a combination of Powersoft’s X8 and X4L amplifier platforms for American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, who stopped off in Kuala Lumpur for the third Asian date of his Good Vibes world tour.
The main hangs at the arena were made up of 12 JBL VT-4889-1 per side, with eight JBL VT4888 flown per side as side-fill and six JBL VT4888 in the centre. The 20 JBL VT 4880 subwoofers were ground stacked at the side of the stage, while a series of Nexo PS15 wedge monitors were placed along the downstage edge. A total of six JBL VTX A8 were used as front-fill.
The main system was driven by 11 of Powersoft’s X8 amplifier platforms, while a pair of the company’s latest touring product, the X4L (look out for a product review in the September issue of LSi, out next week) - were also used to power eight of the VT4880’s, with each channel driving just two of the subs. Jackie Ng, owner of Singesen, explains: “The gig was used as something of a field test for the X4L amps, before loading it with VT4880A long excursion subwoofers in the future.”
The Powersoft gear used to drive the Good Vibes in Kuala Lumpur were made available thanks to Singesen Technical Production’s recent investment in the Italian manufacturer’s technology.
Ng says: “We have used Outline systems for some time, so we were familiar with the reliability and high-performance levels of Powersoft amplifiers. When the opportunity to invest in Powersoft amplifiers presented itself, it really
New Zealand - When TV comedy show 7 Days Live, produced by MediaWorks NZ, visited the Queenstown Winter Festival, the festival’s production supplier TomTom Productions was on hand with its Hippotizer Karst media servers from Green Hippo. The Hippotizer enabled them to deal with the additional visual requirements of the television recording.
“The brief was fairly simple,” says Hamish Edh, director of TomTom and designer of the festival’s live stage video elements. “Background eye candy that looks great on camera, as well as for the live audience, and having the 7 Days logo on the screens for the wide shots.
“The design concept was based around mis-matching elements with different LED pixel pitches,” explains Edh. “To create contrast between the different pixel pitches, I use Martin Sceptron 20 battens in an array to complement the 6mm LED panels and to add horizontal lines to the overall look.”
Edh used TomTom’s Hippotizer Karst, running two outputs, one to the 6mm LED panels and the other to the Sceptron via the Hippotizer’s Martin P3 System Controller integration. The textures played out on the low-resolution Sceptron were from stock content, while the 6mm panels showed custom content including Queenstown’s iconic mountains, created by Tim Goddard of TomTom, as well as the 7 Days Live logo where required. The operator was TomTom’s Matt Cooper.
Edh’s design included four horizontal LED ‘banners’ rigged at staggered heights, from the lower upstage to the highest above mid-stage, each with the ‘mis-matche