Video and AV News

audi-2BlackTrax helps unveil new Audi in China
Friday, 10 August 2018

China - When Audi introduced its A8L luxury saloon to the Chinese market, technical service company Redline turned to the BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system to help deliver the wow factor to the launch show.
Each of the cars featured in the show was fitted with BTBeacons which transmitted the exact position of the vehicles as they moved around the stage to BTCams, which then relayed the information to the lighting console so that any lighting look could be designed while automatically following the cars on the stage, regardless of speed or direction, with an accuracy that would not have been possible to achieve manually.
Another big part of the reveal, was the futuristic graphics projected on the floor and not only accented the beautiful car, it also helped explain some of the A8L’s new built in technology and features. The mapped projection interacted with the car as it drove around the stage. As well as the BlackTrax system, the Audi A8L launch show featured no fewer than 30 Panasonic PT-SRZ31KC projectors, 72 Acme lighting features - being used by Redline for the first time - two gx 2 and four 4x4pro media servers from disguise and motion graphics from Notch.
“The cars were the stars of the show - so it was vital that they were accurately highlighted by the supporting AV technology,” says Andrew Gordon, director of business development. “BlackTrax is unique in its ability to automate the tracking of moving objects by projectors, spotlights and so on - which is why it’s being used increasingly in major product launches worldwid

steven-hancock-coo--co-founder-of-melodyvr-and-ian-congdon-head-of-aren-1NEC Group offers virtual access to live events
Friday, 10 August 2018

UK - Virtual reality (VR) specialist MelodyVR is working with the NEC Group Arenas to offer virtual access to live events in its venues.
Concertgoers will be able to access a selection of live events held at the Genting Arena and Arena Birmingham venues, using the power of virtual reality technology, including performances from chart toppers Royal Blood, The Script and UB40 Feat. Ali, Astro & Mickey.
Over the coming months, MelodyVR will also live stream real-time concerts via VR and offer virtual tickets to sold-out shows with the biggest artists, enabling an unlimited number of fans to attend in-demand concerts around the globe.
The concerts, as well as virtual tickets, will be available to purchase via the MelodyVR app, on Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headsets (with more platforms coming soon). Information on upcoming shows will also be promoted on selected event pages on The Ticket Factory website - the official box office for the NEC Group Arenas.
Those who are unable to attend arena events in person, can transport themselves to the heart of the action through the power of VR and the MelodyVR app, says the company. By selecting different ‘Jump Spots’, MelodyVR users can choose to be in the front row, deep in the crowd, or up-close-and-personal with the band on stage.
Ian Congdon, head of NEC Group arena sales, comments: “VR is transforming the concert experience and shifting how fans can consume music, so it’s fantastic to partner with MelodyVR as pioneers in this field. Their usage of exciting featur

kate-butcher-key-account-manager-southern-region-peerless-avPeerless-AV strengthens UK sales team
Thursday, 9 August 2018

UK - AV technology specialist Peerless-AV has added Kate Butcher as key account manager (southern region) to its UK professional sales team. She will be responsible for maintaining and building on existing relationships with Peerless-AV’s reseller network, promoting new product offerings, and providing support on new tenders and sales enquires.
Butcher brings over four years’ AV sales experience, having held key account manager roles at Exertis-Medium, Sahara Presentation Systems and Beta Distribution. She studied International Theatre at the University of East London (UEL) and spent eight months at the University of Colorado Boulder campus in the USA.
Keith Dutch, managing director EMEA at Peerless-AV, comments: “Kate’s energy and enthusiasm, combined with her AV distribution experience and good industry connections, make her perfect for the Key Account Manager position. We value relationships above all at Peerless-AV and our team is renowned in the industry for being great ambassadors for the company. Kate has the qualities to help us develop this further and drive business growth in key accounts.”
(Jim Evans)

the-brewery-exteriorThe Brewery appoints Blitz as AV partner
Thursday, 9 August 2018

UK - The Brewery, the Grade II listed events venue on London’s Chiswell Street, has confirmed Blitz, a GES company, as its new in-house AV partner. The technical event production specialist has been selected with a brief to enhance the venue’s AV capabilities and manage the technology infrastructure.
The new partnership, which will start from 1 September, will see Blitz utilise The Brewery’s advanced technology and digital infrastructure, to “create show-stopping AV experiences; from breath-taking projection mapping installations, to top of the range widescreen blending displays and flawless audio performances”.
As well as AV services, Blitz will assist clients with digital branding and digital signage opportunities helping event organisers increase exposure while maximising sponsorship revenues and increasing ROI. The partnership also brings a range of new services previously unavailable at the venue, including digital and interactive technology, registration and RFID tracking and live audience participation.
James Varah, commercial director at The Brewery, comments: “Design, production and technology are at the heart of what makes events at The Brewery such standout affairs. Clients are looking for bigger, more exciting productions as well as providers offering an ‘end to end’ service, and we’re confident Blitz will do just that. We look forward to working with the team at Blitz to create incredible live event experiences for clients and their guests.”
Graham Pope, group commercial director at Blitz adds: “Event audien

lfps-hublot-01Light Fantastic kicks off Harrods World Cup launch
Wednesday, 8 August 2018

UK - Event specialists, Light Fantastic Production Services Limited partnered with L'Atelier Five agency on the recent Hublot FIFA World Cup installation and product launch event at Harrods, Knightsbridge.
L’Atelier Five turned to LFPS to handle rigging and technical installation on their installation for Hublot watches in the store’s Hans Crescent entrance atrium. At its centre, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia themed project featured three large open frame ‘footballs’ constructed from aluminium with integrated LED lighting and video displays.
Finished in red, white and blue to reflect the Russian national colours, the trio of footballs needed to appear to float effortlessly within the atrium. Limited by extreme load restrictions on the rigging points and severe weight limitations on the sloping floor below which precluded the use of traditional lifting methods, LFPS were called upon to devise the creative rigging method to safely lift the structures to height. LFPS also took charge of the electrical installation providing a discreet supply to each football directly from the Harrods infrastructure.
Having installed the footballs, LFPS were also invited to return to the site to provide lighting, audio, video and scenic elements for the prestigious Hublot launch event staged in front of a VIP audience.
The team utilised their stock of Robe LEDBeam 150s to line the entrance corridor, which also doubled as the backdrop to the live proceedings.
The LFPS audio department supplied a number of d&b T10 and B4 speakers, selected from

furiousBlackTrax on track for Fast & Furious Live
Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Europe - BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system was instrumental in bringing the thrills of the Fast & Furious movie to live events in the UK and Switzerland, with further shows planned for the Czech Republic, Denmark, France and Germany.
Fast & Furious Live uses the most advanced technology and fans’ favourite cars from the series to faithfully evoke the most outrageous moments and stunts from the series. Recreating the underground streets of Los Angeles to locations that criss-cross the globe, Fast & Furious Live lets fans relive the most extreme action as precision performance drivers execute pulse-pounding stunts surrounded by blockbuster set design, authentic digital projections and state-of-the-art physical obstacles.
Kate Dawkins, already with a pedigree for creating content for spectacular live shows, was responsible for the creative art direction. She laid out the vision for the show’s projection content which heavily referenced the films, but took on a more stylised, graphical, game like aesthetic for this stadium environment. Dawkins explains: “It was great to add a layer of real-time effects to enhance the content.”
dandelion + burdock, mapping specialists and long-time collaborators of Kate Dawkins Studio, managed the complex and creative challenge of designing and creating the projection content and 3D animation.
The projection mapping, a key factor of this show, allowed the creative partnership to create ever- changing environments from a neon-lit downtown Tokyo to a street scene a

surrey2Surrey Business School upgrades with Shure
Tuesday, 7 August 2018

UK - An AV overhaul has transformed a 400+ seat lecture theatre at the Surrey Business School at the University of Surrey in Guildford.
The audio installation, a collaboration between Shure and systems integrator Snelling Business Systems, created a single AV system suitable for lecture theatre / classroom theatre, live events and cinema theatre without the need for prior training or dedicated IT support.
Shure’s technical team created a system designed for switchover from one user mode to another at the touch of a button. The team provided technical support and streaming tests across campus between lecture theatres to asses Microflex Wireless capabilities for RF stability and networked control.
“The vast capabilities of the system are perfect for the range of uses we have, from lectures to live events and conference, as well as a cinema,” comments Rob Purcell, head of learning spaces technology at the University of Surrey. “During everyday use, there is no set-up required, which ensures that the academic tutor is confident they can use the system without IT support. Traditional lectures and seminars can be recorded at the press of a button, making the resource perfect for today’s online learning environment.
“Another great aspect of the design is its adaptability. Within the first six months the AV system has enabled us to rearrange the space radically to facilitate multiple layouts and forums. Having an AV system with such high-tech specifications means that all of our events exceed the expectations of the often high-profile atte

theater-vanemuine-12ASC innovation for the Vanemuine theatre
Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Estonia - Estonia’s oldest theatre - Vanemuine in Tartu - received new audio, lighting, video, and communication equipment supplied by Amptown System Company (ASC) as part of a major conversion project.
Berlin-based Ingenieur Gesellschaft Wibbeke & Penders was commissioned with planning and implementing the structural conversion work while Dr. Reiner Chemnitius was responsible for working out the fundamentals for media equipment selection and installation.
Working together with ASC project manager Jan Vandrei and his team, theatre planner Dr. Chemnitius developed and customized the complex redundant audio/video fibre optic system based on Optocore and BroaMan components exclusively for the Vanemuine theatre.
Two management consoles with the real-time capable media control system by adunas were eventually selected. The larger main console to the right of the stage features two adunas 22" touch panels allowing for easy control of audio, lighting, video, curtain, clock functions (stop, timer, time), feeding sources, and gong. For the rehearsals, a smaller mobile console is used which affords virtually the same functions as the main console with the exception of curtain control.
In the second construction stage ASC technicians integrated the lighting control panel into the modernised system, while the sound system was also configured and installed. This included speakers by Meyer Sound, SD7 and SD 10 mixing consoles with theatre software for scene management, and stage racks by DiGiCo plus microphone equipment based on a Shure Axient system

adlib-rich-rowley-gm-for-lighting-and-videoRich Rowley joins Adlib as general manager
Monday, 6 August 2018

UK - Rich Rowley has joined Adlib as general manager (lighting and video). Rowley has enjoyed a long relationship with the Liverpool-based full production and rental specialist over the years and brings more than a decade of senior management experience from working at XL Video and PRG.
Rowley will be concentrating on the already substantial lighting and video / AV aspects of Adlib as the company completes the transition from its original audio roots into one of the premier full service technical solutions providers in Europe.
The appointment comes at a pivotal time for Adlib, which is poised to move into a new warehouse and office facility.
Adlib owner and founder Andy Dockerty comments: “I am delighted to welcome Rich into the Adlib family. I believe it is testament to the growth of Adlib and the development of our lighting and video departments that we have secured the services of a character of Rich’s unquestionable status. His wealth of knowledge will enhance a tremendously focused and talented team.”
(Jim Evans)

lightactLightact deepens integration with Unreal Engine
Monday, 6 August 2018

Europe - Lightact, a Slovenian media server manufacturer, now features a two-way sharing of textures and variables between Lightact and Unreal Engine.
Version 3.0.5 also introduces LightNet and LightSync which enable multi-server syncing.
Mitja Prelovšek, CEO of Lightact, comments: "We are extremely thrilled to be able to release v3.0.5 as it further strengthens Unreal Engine workflow as well as expanding Lightact's core media server functionalities.”
Lightact is an integrated suite combining standard media server functionalities such as projection mapping, multi-screen video output and DMX lighting control with unique real-time rendering capabilities and reliability features aimed at permanent installations.
The suite includes Lightact Cloud installation monitoring solution and Lightact WebUIs client user interfaces. Lightact v3.0.5 is available on Lightact's webshop.
(Jim Evans)

jay-productions-4Jay Productions serves it up with Green Hippo
Monday, 6 August 2018

Australia - Jay Productions and Events are lighting, vision, sound, staging, and operations specialists, covering AV for the corporate market, activations, and special events. The company has recently added Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Karst to their inventory.
Jason Ghazal, the owner of Jay Productions, comments: “We are increasingly incorporating complex lighting with mapping to LED screens, and projection mapping. We needed a media server that is versatile and easy to use. We got advice from everybody we knew that does specialised work with media servers, and they all agreed that that Green Hippo was the best.”
Jason and the team plumped for two Karsts fitted with the DVI and DP output card option, incorporating Green Hippo’s PixelMapper, SHAPE 3D projection mapping tool set, and Hippotizer V4’s multipurpose pre-visualisation tool into a 2RU, road-ready case. The advice from his colleagues has been borne out by Jason’s experience. “I’ve found mapping screens really easy,” he adds. “The workflow is great, and it integrates beautifully with our MA Lighting grandMA. We’ve been running shows with integrated lighting all controlled by time-code triggers, and the Karsts have been rock-solid.”
Utilising both custom-made content and the Karsts’ included library, Jay Productions’ Hippotizers have already been out on some high-profile gigs, including American Express’ activation at the Overseas Passenger Terminal for Vivid. “That was running our Martin Sceptron rig and our content,” explains Jay. “We’ve also been do

bastilledayfoh2222Lawo performs at Bastille Day celebrations
Friday, 3 August 2018

France - All of France marks the beginning of the modern French nation each year on 14 July, with events taking place all over the country. As in previous years, Lawo mixing consoles helped deliver the audio for more than 500,000 Concert de Paris spectators at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
The Concert de Paris is one of the largest classical music events held anywhere in the world, and is followed by a traditional firework display. The show – featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of Radio France, along with internationally renowned soloists – was relayed to TV viewers and radio listeners in France and beyond with the Lawo setup.
For the central celebrations on the Champ du Mars next to the Eiffel Tower – the highlight of the National Holiday – Radio France used an mc²96, Lawo’s flagship audio production console, for ultimate FOH mixing performance. Four hands operated the large mc²96: those of Stéphane Desmons took care of the orchestra, while Alexandre Martin was in charge of the choirs and solo singers.
On the stage, the monitoring position was equipped with an mc²36 operated by Stephane Touvenin. In Radio France’s OB Truck n.5, an mc²66 was in the expert hands of Laurent Fracchia for the live broadcast of the event on France Inter and France 2, the main public radio and TV stations in France.
“The super comprehensive interface and advanced multi-user features of the mc²96 gave us the opportunity to reduce the quantity of equipment we needed, while increasing the working capabilities of our

tall-shipsGreen Hippo salutes Tall Ships festival
Thursday, 2 August 2018

UK - The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 saw a fleet sail from Liverpool to Dublin and then on to Bordeaux. Marking the fifth time Liverpool has hosted a Tall Ships event, extensive celebrations were very much captain’s orders and Stage Sound Services who, complete with Green Hippo tech, was on duty to deliver a brace of projection-mapped light shows.
Taking place during late May Bank Holiday weekend, the two events brought the power of projection mapping to huge audiences. In Birkenhead’s Hamilton Square, the Stage Sound Services team, working with the creative at Illuminos, used a pair of Hippotizer Karst Media Servers to help map a spectacular show - inspired by Birkenhead’s people, places and history - on to the Town Hall.
The same team also put on another example of projection mapping in Liverpool’s Cunard Building - one of the three graces of Liverpool’s Mersey front. Both light shows formed key parts of the weekend’s celebrations, including being promoted as lead attractions.
For both events the creative teams used Hippotizer Media Servers to control projections on to the buildings. Hippotizer also played back audio for the Birkenhead event’s sound team, and in Liverpool it chased TimeCode that was sent from sound, syncing the audio with the pyrotechnics. For both shows, the teams used SSS Midi Trigger Boxes to control the timeline in the machines.
“We chose Hippotizer for a few reasons, primarily the smooth playback the engine provides, especially the frame blending,” comments Richard Gilbert of Stage Sound S

second-warehouse-introduces-sms-supportSecond Warehouse introduces new features
Thursday, 2 August 2018

Norway - Second Warehouse is introducing SMS messaging and a built-in search assistant as it continues to refine the online pro AV cross-rental platform.
The SMS feature will offer another communication channel to customers, whose email requests might be halted by spam filters.
The search assistant, named ‘Ask Sam’ after inventory manager Sam Nesbitt, would enable users to gain the manager’s direct assistance if the platform’s search utility fails to return all requested items.
Second Warehouse founder Stuart Kerrison comments: “SMS support is being introduced to make sure that even if you miss the email, you won’t miss the deal. Email is the principle way that we communicate with our users, but it’s really important that Second Warehouse users don’t miss the opportunity to make money because of an overenthusiastic spam filter. That said, we passionately believe in respecting the privacy of our users – Second Warehouse will only ever send an SMS to help a user hire out equipment or with information about their account. We will never use this system for marketing.”
Launched fewer than six months ago, Second Warehouse simplifies and speeds up the essential process of pro AV cross rental.
(Jim Evans)

bt-dancer-1BlackTrax appoints distributor for South East Asia
Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Malaysia - CAST BlackTrax has appointed Acoustic & Lighting System (A&L) as its South East Asia distributor.
A&L serves the local market as well as Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand through a network of nine offices and 200+ staff. It already represents Avolites, Claypaky, disguise and Luminex among others.
Andrew Gordon, BlackTrax director of business development, comments: “BlackTrax has already executed over 9,000 events around the world, but we continue to look for strategic opportunities to grow the business, and the South East Asia market represents a considerable market potential. A&L is the ideal team to help us establish a strong presence in the region. Their extensive experience, technical expertise and commitment to customer support represent what we strive for in a partnership.”
Eugene Yeo, general manager of Acoustic & Lighting, adds: “We work extensively in creating lighting and video for major live events, and it has become clear to us that BlackTrax will be a very valuable complement to what we can offer our customers, helping us provide them with a more complete solution. BlackTrax has become famous for its ability to support the creation of truly amazing shows - such as new product launches, spectaculars, visitor attractions, grand openings and so on – and that’s what our customers are looking for.”
A&L has already taken delivery of BlackTrax demonstration equipment and is receiving training from a BlackTrax local support team.
(Jim Evans)

vectorworksVectorworks training in Johannesburg
Tuesday, 31 July 2018

South Africa - DWR Distribution has announced details for its annual Vectorworks Training presented by Francois van der Merwe in September at DWR Distribution in Johannesburg.
Basic training will be held on 17 September and will cover the fundamentals of Vectorworks, Layouts, Palettes, Basic Tools, Classes and Layers. The cost for this one-day training session is R850.
Intermediate Training will be held on 18 & 19 September, with a focus Preferences, Basic Spotlight, Basic Renderworks and Intermediate Tools. The cost is R1 700.00.
Advanced Users are invited for training on the 20-21 September. The course will cover Working Planes, Advanced Modelling and Advanced Renderworks. The cost is R1 700.
Training will be held every day from 9am to 5pm and will be hosted at DWR Distribution, Block C, Unit1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew.
Bookings can be made online on DWR Distribution’s website.
(Jim Evans)

stage-shots-3036Video Design rings the changes in Hyde Park
Friday, 27 July 2018

UK - On 6 July, Roger Waters performed at Barclaycard BST in Hyde Park London. Water’s show is like BST itself, centred upon a huge widescreen presentation, but there the similarities end.
“BST sees the entire stage enclosure, backwall, sides and wings totally covered with LED video; right up to roof height 94 linear metres of it,” explains Alex Leinster of Video Design who provide all the video hardware and infrastructure. “But Waters’ show needs a much flatter screen, so we were asked to move the entire backwall section downstage as a far as possible.”
No simple task, Water’s show was the first night in a run of three, with the Cure headlining the very next night. “What Jeremy Lloyd of Wonderworks conceived as the solution to the BST festival set-up was flawless,” explained Waters’ video director Richard Turner. “We got pretty much just what we wanted. The origins of Roger’s show come from Desert Trip festival in the US in 2016. That stage is similar to BST with the stage interior wrapped in LED screen.
“We knew from that early experience that Roger’s show didn’t really work. His show is very filmic and compositionally that set-up is very difficult because what works from one angle doesn’t from another as far as the wider audience view is concerned. So we had to put Alex and the Video Design crew through it and they really pulled it off.”
The switch back to the normal BST configuration for a headline show by the Cure the following night would be tight. The Cure’s production manager Phil Broad consulted clo

dh100yr-gloss-black0500pxAtlona appoints D&H as national IT distributor
Friday, 27 July 2018

USA - Atlona has announced that D&H Distributing Company has become its first manufacturer’s representative to focus exclusively on IT professionals tasked with managing AV systems over the network. Based in Harrisburg, PA, D&H Distributing Company will represent Atlona on a national basis, with an emphasis on marketing Atlona’s AV over IP solutions to its small-to-medium-size business (SMB) customers.
Pete Hurley, sales director for D&H Distributing Company’s SMB PROAV Division, comments, “Atlona’s inclusion in the projects calling for Cisco, Intel, commercial displays, integration projectors, screens and mounts provide an important differentiator from competitive IT distributors that lack a strong AV over IP partner.
“Cat 6 cable drives virtually everything today across the AV ecosystem, and IT resellers are the first professionals working behind the walls in any project,” he continues. “It’s pertinent that we speak directly to the professionals that will ultimately play a defining role in how IP-based technology will drive collaborative and multimedia spaces in tomorrow’s AV landscape. Atlona’s strength and innovation across its AV over IP product line will position us a strong, valuable and relevant partner to IT professionals faced with the challenges of managing AV systems over IP networks.”
D&H will focus on marketing three key Atlona AV over IP product lines to IT resellers: OmniStream, Velocity and AMS.
D&H and Atlona will work closely on training and education initiatives for IT resellers s

gottelierGottelier Award 2018 opens for nominations
Friday, 27 July 2018

UK - Nominations for PLASA’s Gottelier Award are now open.
The award, named after late lighting designer and industry commentator Tony Gottelier, launched in 2007 to recognise product developers who have made significant and sustained contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology. Previous recipients include Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence), Anne Valentino (ETC), David Cunningham (Entertec), Pasquale Quadri (Claypaky), Jim Bornhorst (Vari-Lite), John Meyer (Meyer Sound), Terry Clarke (Klark Teknik, MC2 Audio), Fred Foster (ETC), Alex Cooper (Midas & Klark Teknik), John Stadius (DiGiCo / Soundtracs) and Tony Andrews (Funktion-One).
Anyone in the industry can nominate individuals as well as development teams by emailing (subject line 'GOTTELIER') by 17 August (Friday).
Following the nomination stage, a shortlist will be circulated to PLASA members and registered PLASA Show visitors, who will exclusively vote to elect a winner. The recipient of the 2018 Gottelier Award will be revealed at the PLASA Show (16-18 September 2018, London Olympia).
(Jim Evans)

sh-video-banners-img7933-photo-shS+H launches HD video banner
Tuesday, 24 July 2018

UK - Devon-based S+H Technical Support has launched a new HD video banner designed for all types of live events, as well as conferences, exhibitions and other applications requiring plug-and-play digital signage.
S+H’s Terry Murtha comments: “Whether it’s indicating the way to a plenary session or a breakout room, directing delegates to different seminars or providing fun and entertaining branding and content in specific areas of an event space - like hallways and corridors - or highlighting an area of an exhibition stand, this is a really fast and simple way to get noticed or to issue clear directions” enthuses Terry.
The standard S+H Video Banner offers a 2.5 mm pitch and 224 x 756 pixels per panel in a .622 mm wide by 1980 mm high format. The 6.7 mm deep modules can be butted up together and are housed in robust aluminium panels for protection and easy transportation.
The units weigh 35kg each and are designed with all S+H’s expertise in the live events field. “They can easily be moved around to different locations within a venue, which is a frequent requirement of conferences or exhibitions,” observes Terry.
They can currently be floor mounted, and custom brackets are arriving soon to facilitate flying and wall or truss mounting.
They can be fed with video sources from any standard laptop or media server.
(Jim Evans)

nevill-holt-opera-house-photo-gary-summers-set-simon-kenny-2-smlSound Space Vision creates new opera house
Tuesday, 24 July 2018

UK - The Nevill Holt Opera House, located in a converted 17th century stable block of the Nevill Holt Estate in Leicestershire, was officially inaugurated on 14 June for the start of Nevill Holt Opera’s (NHO) annual season.
Over the last six years, NHO, backed by the David Ross Foundation (DRF), has built an opera company to support emerging British opera talent and local children and students from DRF academies.
NHO’s summer opera season was previously housed in a temporary tented structure within the stable block which hid the interior of the historic structure. The limitations of the tent prompted the idea of a new permanent structure to keep out the noise of rain and wind; deliver excellent acoustics for young voices; improve the audience-performer relationship whilst preserving the intimacy of the existing space; optimise the technical equipping of the stage and front of house; and increase the capacity of the orchestra pit and auditorium.
Architects were Witherford Watson Mann (WWM,) along with heritage architects Julian Harrap. Sound Space Vision formed part of the WWM team.
"Opera houses are a speciality of ours," comments SSV founding director Anne Minors, "and whilst we’ve consulted on many around the world, Nevill Holt Opera is unique, and we’re pleased to have surmounted its many challenges thanks to the teamwork of WWM architects, consultants and contractors, and the generosity of the David Ross Foundation and Nevill Holt Opera."
Working within the planning constraints necessitated by the historical environment, wh

taf7929-1Blackmagic Design solutions in N.E.R.D. immersive show
Monday, 23 July 2018

UK - Live production specialist Vis-a-Vis Video is delivering video content for N.E.R.D.’s UK summer appearances, with Catalyst V6 and a series of UltraStudio Mini HD from Blackmagic Design. The solution is supporting the hip hop act throughout its appearances at festivals including Lovebox in London’s Gunnersbury Park as well as at the Leeds and Reading Festival.
The software allows live operators to enhance an artist’s onstage performance by extracting images and elements from live camera signals and graphics, creating multiple outputs to LED screens or projectors on stage and throughout a venue, immersing the crowd within the live performance.
Catalyst’s capture elements are built around Blackmagic hardware and for N.E.R.D’s summer schedule, Stuart has built a compact media server rack, featuring a series of UltraStudio HD Mini capture and playback devices connected to two MacBook Pro. Signal outputs are then distributed via a 4K matrix.
“Every picture on the screens at either side of, and behind the band is timed and produced to run frame accurate to each song, so it’s essential that each element of the video system is reliable and offers minimal latency,” explains Stuart Merser, Vis-à-Vis director. “The UltraStudio’s Thunderbolt 3 is critical to this, and makes sure the content and live capture are perfectly synchronized with the action onstage.
“We designed and built this system on Blackmagic capture hardware knowing the tough schedule and multiple fly dates with this tour. The hardware’s reliability is unsurpa

davidbrazeaufinalSolotech appoints R&D director
Monday, 23 July 2018

Canada - Solotech has announced David Brazeau’s appointment as director, research and development (R&D).
In this role, Brazeau will lead a team of audio, lighting and video technology solution consultants and specialists. This team will support other Solotech professionals, contribute to the delivery of various complex projects and help select equipment from suppliers, in keeping with the company’s overall technology strategy.
During more than 21 years as a Solotech employee, David has developed a diversified expertise, first, as a shop technician, then as a production technician on international stages while touring with André Rieu and Céline Dion. He went on to make a name for himself as an audio project manager for various Solotech clients, including Britney Spears and Michael Bublé. Until recently, he was a technical advisor in the audio department.
(Jim Evans)

knightsKOI Television shortlist announced
Friday, 20 July 2018

UK - The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards 2018 shortlist for Television has been announced.
The category’s judging panel, chaired by lighting designer Stuart Gain and comprising outside broadcast director Stephen Neal, The New Statesman television critic Rachel Cooke, art director Jane Shepherd, and lighting director John O'Brien, has picked the nominees based on their creative work in the sector.
The KOI Awards 2018 Television shortlist is as follows:

Drama, sponsored by Philips Strand Lighting:
Martin Kempton for Upstart Crow
Anna Valdez-Hanks for Endeavour: Quartet
Chris Ramage for Emmerdale

Light Entertainment, sponsored by SLX:
Martin Hawkins for Mrs Brown's Boys
Dave Davey for The Voice Final
Max Conwell, Rob Bradley and Gurdip Mahal for Harry Styles at the BBC

Events, sponsored by Light Initiative:
Nigel Catmur for WW1 Remembered: Passchendaele
Andy Stagles for The MOBO Awards 2017
Mark Kenyon for Nile Rodgers & CHIC Good Times NYE Concert

Small Production, sponsored by Altman Lighting:
Chris Kempton for The Chris Ramsey Show
Andy Stagles for Songs of Praise
David Bishop for The Singing Bee

Video Design and Graphic Display, sponsored by Green Hippo:
Vitor Carvalho for BBC Children in Need Rocks the 80s
Alberta Torres for Michael McIntyre's Big Show s3


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