Poland - Absen has appointed SQM as the company’s official distributor in Poland. SQM, a specialist provider of multimedia and event services, will have exclusive rights over the sale and distribution of the Aries AX1.5 MiniLED rental display, in the Polish rental staging market.
Headquartered in Poznan, SQM provides multimedia and audio-visual rental services for trade fairs, conferences and events across Europe. The company has recently added over 100sq.m of Absen’s AX1.5 product - part of the Aries MiniLED rental series - to its inventory, making it one of the few partners to be able to offer rental customers such a high-quality 1.5mm fine pitch LED display.
“Quality is the most important factor for us and the AX1.5 certainly delivers on so many levels,” says Michal Górski, CEO at SQM. “After visiting Absen’s manufacturing base in China and witness-testing the product ourselves, we can confidently say that the AX1.5 is the best 1.5mm rental display on the market right now so we are thrilled to be able to be offer it to our European customers.”
Maya Shu, regional sales manager for Absen Poland, comments: “We are excited to have SQM as our distribution partner and are looking forward to working closely with them on opportunities the region. SQM are a forward-thinking company with an excellent reputation for quality and service, so we are confident they will strengthen Absen’s position as the go-to provider of LED displays in Poland.”
USA - Eugene Novacek, founder of broadcast technology company ENCO, has passed away, aged 61. According to a statement from the company, he died on New Year’s Day in New York, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Novacek is survived by his wife Judith Novacek, daughter Kristin Heinbockel, son Andrew Novacek and granddaughter Evany Novacek. “His legacy lives through his family, the company he founded and the industry he loved and changed,” the statement reads.
Under Novacek’s guidance, ENCO to become a prominent supplier of automation for radio and TV stations. Its first digital audio delivery system was introduced in 1991; its product lines have since grown to encompass playout automation, captioning, scheduling and streaming. Its markets also include AV, events, concerts, worship and retail environments, according to enco.com.
ENCO is currently led by Ken Frommert, who in 2017 was promoted from general manager to president and has been the more public face of the company in recent years.
Europe - Notch, the company behind the realtime visual creation tool, has launched a podcast, Showcast, giving creatives a platform to share their project stories.
Showcast is “made by creators for creatives” and covers real-life experiences from Glastonbury to music videos. It is recommended for those who want to get insight into realtime production workflows.
During the 30-minute episodes, key industry creatives share their experiences, techniques, and stories across live touring, VFX, XR and motion graphics. The upcoming podcasts for season one will include discussions with Kevin Zhu, senior designer at All of it Now on how he helped Korean supergroup BTS create the first tour to ever use live integrated AR camera systems; as well as an interview with director Pod Bluman and Notch designer Kyle Reseigh at Bluman Associates. Pod and Kyle will be discussing their work on Emeli Sande’s Real Life tour, and how they created a stunning animated backdrop which could be controlled live from the lighting desk.
The first three three episodes are available at shows.acast.com/notch-showcast.
USA - Willowbrook Baptist Church’s main campus in Huntsville, Alabama recently implemented its first step of a multi-phased initiative to update its worship centre, and a key part of that process was the implementation of a KLANG:fabrik immersive in-ear monitor mixing system.
Installed by Memphis, Tennessee-based integrator Redwire Audio Visual in October, the new KLANG system offers up to 16 musicians their own individual IEM mixes over RF transmitters, or headphone amps via XLR. At the same time, the KLANG:fabrik is a fully flexible audio network router of up to 64 MADI, 64 Dante and 32 ADAT-compatible inputs and outputs.
“The new KLANG system was part of the first phase of the church’s update, and it has proven to be a critical component of it,” says Redwire AV president, founder and general manager, Tim Johnson. “Their worship orchestra had been frustrated by the lack of flexibility with their old IEM system, so we brought the KLANG:fabrik in for a demo, and they experienced a huge difference immediately.”
Johnson says the KLANG:fabrik’s ability to operate at 96kHz offers a much higher level of sonic fidelity to the musicians. Furthermore, the ability to move mixes around in a fully immersive space has changed how they hear themselves and the music.
“They literally had no idea this science was possible,” says Redwire AV lead designer Charles Thompson. “They can put the click above their heads, for instance, and build a virtual stage that reflects where each of them are standing on the actual stage. This creates a reali
Australia - Novatech Creative Entertainment Technology (NCET) orchestrated an impressive re-branding event for Australian painted steel business Nexteel in Adelaide and Perth. Brompton Technology LED processors were chosen to support the array of large LED screens, which were suspended above the stage and delivered pulsing content, teasing the audience with what was in store.
Tasked with ‘breaking the usual norms’ for the project, Novatech deployed two Brompton Tessera SX40 processors along with two Tessera XD Data Distribution units for its ROE CB3 and CB5 LED panels in order to realise the ambitious concept and create a series of innovative and memorable experiences.
“The project had eight screens of various sizes built from ROE Visual CB3 and CB5 screens, so the team needed something that would make mapping and running the screens as simple as possible,” says Novatech’s technical lead - video, David Murdoch. “The combination of the SX40s and XDs were a perfect choice for the show. Being a 4K processor, we were able to run all eight screens on one raster which made mapping and data distribution incredibly quick and easy.”
Held at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, and Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event was repeated twice in Adelaide and twice in Perth to ensure all potential clients were reached and for maximum impact and brand awareness. Novatech worked with Adelaide-based event management and marketing agency jennie bell ink to push the creative boundaries.
The main feature of the stage was the central ROE CB3 s
UK - The Chailey Heritage Foundation DREAM Centre in Sussex uses modern AV technology to make a range of experiences accessible for children and young people for whom it is very difficult to travel. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall opened the centre on 17 October.
Chailey Heritage Foundation provides schooling and residential care for children and young adults with complex physical disabilities, high health needs, sensory impairments, and associated learning difficulties. The new sports and activity centre allows young people in wheelchairs to play indoor sports, take part in drama and musical performances, develop their balance through rebound therapy, learn to drive a powered wheelchair, and broaden their horizons through a ground-breaking immersive experience zone.
“We are honoured to have played a role in creating this amazing facility for such a deserving and wonderful group of young people,” says David Marks, CEO of TEECOM, which provided technology strategy, design and engineering, and project management.
Replacing a 1950s-era assembly hall, the DREAM (dynamic, real, experiential, amazing, magical) Centre was made possible by a £3.1m fundraising initiative and significant contributions of time from the local building industry. Key contributors included Matt Barton, CEO of 7thSense Design and 2nd Chailey Scoutmaster; Blair Parkin, Magnus Kemp, and Barrie Paveley at TEECOM; Paolo Marenghi, account manager at Epson (UK) Ltd.; Deacon Richardson Architects; and North Star Engineers Ltd.
“The building has different modes,
France - Digital media specialists ArKaos have supplied two media servers, one 4K Studio server and one Stage server, to the new multi-million-pound Parisian headquarters of eSports organisation, Team Vitality.
Called V.Hive, the space is a 10,700sq.ft facility built on three floors, complete with a lively storefront that is open to the public and including a streaming booth, gaming rooms, a content production studio, a cinema, a WebTV studio plus numerous offices.
ArKaos’s Benjamin Bauwens project managed the installation of the servers that are running a series of digital banners, screens and LED lighting elements in the retail area of the V.Hive, which includes a shopping area and a coffee bar plus a training room for players. The company became involved in this project via Best Audio & Lighting, an installation specialist and sister company of leading technical production / rental company Dushow, both owned by Le Groupe Novelty.
“The requirement was for powerful, straightforward and logical control of content over these various different LED surfaces in this dynamic multi-purpose environment,” explains Benjamin, who worked closely with Sylvain Maillard from Team Vitality and Alain Lheriteau from Best Audio to design, install and commission a custom server system to work for all their video display and decorative LED needs.”
V.Hive was designed - by HKS Architects - as a full-scale event space, with the goal of hosting national eSports and other events, masterclasses, conferences, viewing parties, and showcases.
UK - Ilfracombe-based S+H Technical Support supplied LED screen and video flooring to Stoneapple Productions for a large event in the Great Hall at Wembley Stadium, London, for The Budweiser Brewing Group (BBG).
BBG commissioned Stoneapple Productions to design, produce and co-ordinate all the technical elements required for the two-day event, attended by BBG customers and showcasing a number of their brands, including Stella Artois, Budweiser, Becks and Corona.
The S+H 3.9mm LED screen was used in the main conference and presentation area, designed as a 270-degree auditorium comprising a main stage and catwalk going into the audience and surrounded by 6 banks of seats for 800 guests.
The main upstage screen was configured as a 10m-wide by 3m high surface, with the central section curving gracefully at the bottom and flowing into the 10m long catwalk, completing an elegant, stylish and innovative design utilising the 20mm pitch LED floor.
Two additional LED surfaces were positioned opposite the main screen, enabling 360% surround viewing, each screen measuring 4.5m wide by 2.5 deep.
The screens collectively supported a series of live presentations and showed brand-related video content throughout the two-day event.
On the evening of the first day, the space was transformed into a party area, with a band and DJ onstage. The versatile design plus all the LED surfaces then helped ramp up the fun factor and party vibes creating a great ambience for all to enjoy.
Keynote, Google slides and PowerPoint presentations along with vide
UK - Blitz, a GES company, brings Southampton’s unique history into the future with its three-day projection mapping experience, right in the heart of the town centre.
Taking place on the evenings of 21-23 November, this spectacular visual experience was commissioned by GO! Southampton, the Business Improvement District for Southampton City Centre, and is the official launch of a series of illuminations happening all over the city this winter.
Displayed on the iconic Grade I listed Bargate medieval gatehouse, the projection show told stories of Southampton’s past, present and future, narrated by the city’s mythical founder Sir Bevois, who regaled his tales to his friend - the Christmas Giant.
Using mapping technology, the projections revealed a unique visual experience never seen in the city before bringing the ancient monument to life. But this unique activation wasn’t without its challenges and put the digital creative team at Blitz to the test.
Samuel Iwaniak, senior designer at Blitz who led the project, explained: “Our biggest challenge was the unique canvas of the Grade I listed building on which the creative is displayed. The visuals span the length of the North side of the structure which is unfortunately not the most level due to its heritage. The show also included a broad range of footage from a number of stakeholders across the city including ABP Port of Southampton, Southampton Football Club, toob and the city’s archives - all of which needed to be brought to life.”
Giles Semper, chief executive of
UK - Green Hippo’s Hippotizer media servers were behind an ambitious and hauntingly atmospheric son et lumière event to celebrate Halloween in the historic city of York. Staged over three nights in two of the city’s picturesque locations - Castle Museum and Library Square - the project was the result of a collaboration between York BID (Business Improvement District) and Polestar Productions.
The event employed Karst+ Media Servers from Green Hippo and Epson 1755 projectors, supplied by Stage Sound Services and operated by Steve Jackson of InFocusAV, to deliver the spooky media creations designed by Polestar Productions. The challenges of the project will be familiar to many. “Outdoors, in the UK, at the end of October!” summarised Jackson, adding, “On top of that, the limited setup and programming time was an additional pressure.”
Despite the inherent difficulties, Castle Museum and Library Square were temporarily transformed by sound, light and dynamic projections, with content including a suitable line-up of ghosts, ghouls and monsters. Helping the projections hit their marks were MH11L Mirror Heads from Dynamic Projection Institute, in their first large-scale use in the UK.
Driving all the content and streamlining the programming, management and control of the media were the Karst+ Media Servers. “The Hippotizer Timeline component and the MultiController were really useful,” says Jackson. “We programmed the show in a Timeline, with the MultiController component running Art-Net output to control the Mirror Head units.”
South Africa - As the year draws to a close, AV Unlimited and 24 Carrots Event Design helped a leading financial services provider remind its staff that there is still a lot of fun to be had at its year-end function, held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
Event manager at 24 Carrots Event Design, Mase Langa explains that the client’s brief was fairly simple - they wanted their team to have some fun. “The main idea was to deliver an event that was, above all else, about having fun after a tough year. We came up with a design that focused on colour, and the joy and elation that vibrant colour can illicit.”
The team at 24 Carrots Event Design provided the client with some renders, which showed a playful set that was designed to inspire a sense of play and whimsy. “We introduced colour and playfulness though the set, decor and lighting, and the response that we received was amazing. The client was blown away at how closely we delivered on the pre-show renders that we provided, and experienced that special magic associated with seeing their vision being realised.”
“The event was all about having fun and seasoned set designer, Dewet Meyer of JDM Unlimited delivered a highly creative set for the event,” says joint partner at AV Unlimited Guillaume Ducray.
AV Unlimited’s Renaldo van den Berg brought the light to the party and used a wide range of LED fixtures to paint the space with colour. “I used a whole lot of LED fixtures, including parcans and movers, to colour this event beautiful,” says Renaldo. “From a co
USA - Broadcasting globally in more than 150 countries and territories, World Poker Tour (WPT) has ignited the worldwide poker industry. WPT also hosts a number of high-profile corporate and VIP events throughout the year. Needing a design element that could accentuate the visual experience at each tournament and event, WPT global events manager Steve De Santis invested in reFLEXion LED video systems from Nashville-based PixelFLEX.
“WPT features a lot of professional and recreational players we see often who look for comfortability and reliability with tournament structures they trust from people they recognise and know,” says De Santis. “We have a footprint on six continents and our players love the quality and consistency of our events.”
Knowing the level of trust and commitment shown by the players, De Santis wanted to ensure that each event provided the most engaging gaming experience. Having previously relied upon standard graphic displays to help create the ideal environment, he now wanted to heighten the creative potential of the visual displays to match the excitement around each tournament.
“As part of our event presentation and playing environment, we had been using older graphic kiosks for quite some time which really was the impetus for our search,” continues De Santis. “As an innovator in the game of poker, WPT wanted something that was a bit more impactful and most importantly to our tour management personnel, portable. We needed a technology solution easy to transport and able to deliver a unique visual impact.”
Italy - Optocore and its partner company BroaMan have appointed Parma-based Audiolink as its sole distributor for the Italian market.
Stefano Cantadori, Audiolink general manager, comments: “The reason we chose Optocore was simple. Today’s integrations require a massive chunk of fibre optic data, and Optocore, together with BroaMan, allows all the different signals to be managed on a single fibre ring with 100% redundancy. Total redundancy means avoiding any type of problem - unforeseen circumstances that can lead to a lot of expense for the installer and the customer.”
Tine Helmle, Optocore MD of BroaMan and director of sales & marketing, adds: “We are very happy to have found a strong partner in Italy that will best represent our two brands. Stefano and his team are very competent people, with whom we can’t wait to start this collaboration.”
She also highlighted the synergy Optocore has with DiGiCo - a brand that has been successfully distributed by Audiolink for many years - as an advantage.
“We particularly appreciate the ability of Audiolink to cover our main markets - both in the installation sector as well as in live audio,” she concludes.
UK - AV and entertainment technology company Anna Valley has announced that operations director, Peter Jones, has been promoted to the position of MD with immediate effect. The move follows an extensive hand-over period with exiting MD, Steve Jones who has led the company for 13 years.
Peter Jones worked for 10 years as a sound and video technician before joining Anna Valley in 2010 as a senior project manager. After working his way up through the ranks, Peter was appointed as Anna Valley’s operations director following a management buyout in 2015. Since then he has played an integral role in the company’s expansion, the purchase of Matrix UK Solutions and Anna Valley’s move to new premises earlier this year.
“As operations director, I’ve been as involved in the financial and business aspects of the company as I have in the process and procedure of service delivery,” explains Peter. “While our focus has remained on delighting our audiences through the innovative use of technology, we’re taking a data-driven approach to ensure that our investments reflect our customers’ needs.”
Steve Jones’ shares in the business have been bought out by the remaining board of directors who are equal owners of the group. He will continue to mentor and advise the board on a consultancy basis.
USA - Absen recently carried out the 100th training session of its free, globally-recognised ACE training programme as it welcomed technicians to its North American HQ in Orlando on 3-5 December.
The Absen Certified Engineer (ACE) Programme is aimed at the LED display manufacturer’s partners and customers involved in the installation, configuration and maintenance of Absen products. Since its 2014 inception, more than 1,500 professionals have been certified worldwide, with 518 engineers certified in 2019 alone.
“The goal of an ACE training programme is to teach participants how to set up a complete LED video wall from scratch,” comments Kenny Jin who heads up Absen’s ACE training programme. “Through the training programme, participants are able to master new technologies and develop their skills in this increasingly competitive marketplace. Moreover, it allows our partners to strengthen their customer service abilities and reduce costs by bringing the skills in-house.”
Split across two to three days, the ACE programme course allows engineers, technicians and freelancers to get a first-hand look at Absen’s LED products from the inside out, with instruction focussing on LED set-up, troubleshooting and LED control. At the end of the training course, participants must pass both a written and a practical test in order to be awarded the status of Absen Certified Engineer.
Absen’s ACE training programme is continuously updated to ensure engineers are well-equipped to deal with clients’ demands.
UK - Shure has opened a new Experience Centre and office in London. The move further establishes the company’s presence in the UK and wider EMEA region by providing a location for product demonstrations with corporate, government and education customers looking for audio solutions for their respective facilities.
The Rose Shure Experience Centre, named after the company’s late former chairman Rose L. Shure, was inaugurated earlier this month with a VIP opening that featured key Shure executives, including CEO Christine Schyvinck.
Schyvinck comments: “I think Rose would be honoured by having such an amazing complex named after her, especially given the short amount of time it has taken to complete such an ambitious project.”
“The Rose Shure Customer Experience Centre has been the accumulation of many, many months of work by Shure employees from all areas of the business,” adds James Hill, UK director of integrated systems sales. “We look forward to welcoming all our existing and new customers to the Rose Centre and understanding their AV needs and requirements in the best possible environment.”
The facility contains three meeting rooms to represent a range of typical workplace environments, as well as a training space with voice-lift camera tracking functionalities. The facility also features a selection of products that reflect modern offices and educational facilities, offering clients the appropriate environment to demonstrate and understand performance and potential of various AV systems.
“As a global leader in man
UK - Anna Valley has announced their purchase of over 500sq.m of 3.9mm Unilumin LED, making the AV and entertainment technology company one of the biggest suppliers of single-batch high-resolution LED in the UK. The purchase was motivated by increased demand for super-sized screens for projects like X Factor: Celebrity 2019 where 200sq.m of Anna Valley’s new stock was used to create the digital backdrop for the live final at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
The improvement in LED resolution and the increase in the computing capability of video processors and servers has prompted a surge in demand for large screens to display ultra-high-resolution content for live events and broadcast shows. However, in order to achieve image consistency across these video walls, they have to be built from LED panels that are not only from the same supplier, but from the same production batch. Anna Valley now hold enough high-resolution LED stock to cover the stage area at the SSE Arena, Wembley twice over, or to build a giant screen measuring 30m x 17m to display 8K content at a native resolution.
“With 500sq.m of single-batch LED, we’re now able to offer almost limitless scale and versatility in display design,” says Anna Valley operations director, Pete Jones. “This represents a significant financial investment and reinforces Anna Valley’s position as the leading entertainment technology supplier to the event, live entertainment and broadcast sectors.”
Anna Valley has also bolstered its stock of black marble LED floor by 6sq.m, bringing their total inv
South Africa - VWV Technical Business Unit has invested in PixelPlus’s LED visual solutions through Stage Audio Works. As an experiential agency that serves as the technical partner to VWV Group, the company hosts events and buys equipment based on these shows or specific client requests.
The VWV team was looking to purchase something that would stabilise its portfolio and deliver an experience above and beyond for its clients. Following discussions with the team at Stage Audio Works and comparing the proposed solutions against other options, VWV eventually chose LED panels by PixelPlus due to the ease of set up and the visual beauty the solutions presented.
“Over recent years, we have used projection,” explains Martin Slabbert, VWV technical manager. “Projection can be great, but it’s never quite the same as LED. We looked at purchasing LED purely so we could stay on top of the game and serve our clients with a better product. The quality and the resolution that Stage Audio Works showed us with their PixelPlus solution was brilliant.”
The LED boasts a versatile system with easy set-up and configure, something that was very important to Lerato Moroe, VWV business unit director. “I am not an AV guy, but I’ve helped set up the LED system and it’s quite straight forward,” he states. “What I like especially is that it doesn’t make a mess. With most modern screens, you find the cabling to be a nightmare, but with this it was quick to set up and it’s always neat and tidy at the back. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the back of a
UK - Light Fantastic Production Services once again supported CoppaFeel with a full production package as well as taking on the overall production management mantle for Festifeel 2019.
The work being done by CoppaFeel raises awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer particularly amongst young people.
Held at House of Vans London, deep within the arches below Waterloo Station, Festifeel is the charity’s annual music and comedy festival that flies the flag for the work they do and highlights the help they provide.
Having provided a full production package, including lighting, audio, rigging and video, LFPS transformed the underground venue with a vibrant, creative mix of colour and projections throughout the urban interior. The lively look provided an appropriate backdrop to a host of musical performances that included Bombay Bicycle Club, James Bay and Feeder plus comedy sets from Sara Pascoe, Dane Baptiste and Harriet Dyer.
LFPS project manager Andrew Maxted comments: “We are extremely proud to have once again supported Festifeel and to help highlight the fantastic work being done by the Coppafeel team. This year’s event has been another great success. An enjoyable event to be involved with and a wonderful opportunity to play a part in helping raise awareness of such an important issue.”
On working with LFPS, Coppafeel founder, Kris Hallenga, says: "We worked with Andrew and Light Fantastic on our annual music and comedy festival Festifeel. There were many elements of our event that Light Fantastic dealt with, includi
Europe - Lithuania system integrator TVC has completed construction of an OB Trailer for Norwegian public broadcaster NRK around a Lawo IP audio infrastructure, including mc²56 mixing console, A__UHD Processing Engine and VSM control.
The new vehicle with advanced equipment is an investment for NRK’s ambitious future productions and is part of a technological standardisation within the broadcast production facilities and mobile studios as NRK already uses mc² consoles in their concert hall and for news program productions.
The 13.6m-long single-side expansion (4.15m expanded), 26-tonne NRK OB24 features a large interior space with 24 dedicated workplaces, high levels of both sound and heat insulation, automatic preparation for operation and transportation, and easy maintenance and reliability. It features two production rooms, slow-motion operator’s row, camera control area, separate audio room and a completely separate equipment & server room, with a separate entrance door from outside.
Alongside its single-side expansion, the truck features protective fold-down roofs on the expandable side and entrance platform, interior floor heating and readiness for deployment in a cold climate - as its main production duties include winter sports like biathlon, slalom and ski jumping. Other assignments will include cultural and music events.
Central to the audio infrastructure are a 64-fader Lawo mc²56 Broadcast Production Console and a core providing 5,096 x 5,096 crosspoints and fully redundant 512-channel use of Lawo’s A__UHD Core, with
UAE - JoeCo is growing its reach in the Middle East thanks to a new distribution relationship with Provision AVL. The Dubai-based distributor will now represent the brand across the GCC region and follows hot on the heels of a similar deal with Boujikian Bros in Lebanon. The new relationships mean that the manufacturer has direct representatives in every territory across the Middle East.
“We had been looking for some time to find the right partners for JoeCo in Middle Eastern territories,” explains Graham Murray, business development at JoeCo. “We feel it is important to have strong partners and a local presence to promote and backup JoeCo equipment sales. Provision AVL can provide the facility to support local customers and effectively promote JoeCo solutions to the Middle Eastern markets. After spending a few days with Kevin and seeing him and his team in action, it became clear that Provision AVL would be the perfect partner for JoeCo’s business for the GCC.”
“JoeCo is one of the leading multi-track recorder and player manufacturers in the world, and with its award-winning Blackbox range, we felt that it would complement the audio brands that we already represent,” adds Kevin Boujikian, general manager at Provision AVL. “The brand deserves further growth in the region, and that happens with more exposure, demos and end-user training.”
The initial stages of the relationship saw JoeCo equipment displayed on the Provision AVL booth at Prolight + Sound Middle East in Dubai, generating a positive response from visitors. “The suppor
UK - Production AV's concert touring services expansion is on track as the company appoints video and sound technician Nathan Dunbar as technical project manager.
Dunbar brings industry knowledge, experience and contacts in the sector, having worked on some of Europe’s largest AV projects including Glastonbury, UK-produced Hollywood movies and the MTV Europe Music Awards.
“We’re thrilled that Nathan has joined our growing team as Production AV looks to expand the scope of our projects and services in 2020,” says MD Pete McCrea. “His kit know-how, contacts and standing in our industry is an incredible asset to Production AV as we look to further strengthen our live music offering. We look forward to working with Nathan to achieve our goals in this next stage of growth.”
Dunbar comments: “I wanted to join a company where I could feel part of the family. I’m excited to help take the company further into the concert touring sector with full force with that added Production AV attention to detail that gives us the edge.”
Production AV has supplied kit and crew for a number of high-profile live music and concert touring events this year. A major project was the Teenage Cancer Trust’s Royal Albert Hall fundraising concerts.
In December, Dunbar will head a Production AV team to supply and deliver an AV solution to British rapper Little Simz’s headline performance at London’s O2 Kentish Town Forum.
Japan - Evidence of the increasing popularity of Calibre UK’s solutions, and of its rapidly growing network of partners, could be found at the recent Inter BEE (International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition) in Japan.
At the Makuhari Messe in Chiba City, Calibre’s range was present on the stands of two exhibitors - Techno House and ARK Ventures. Techno House distributes the HQPro1000 and LEDView scaler/switcher products, while AZBAY - of whom ARK Ventures is a customer - is responsible for sales of Calibre’s innovative All-in-One LED Display solution.
“The technology leadership built into our platforms is finding widespread acceptance in growing numbers of highly complex projects in a broad range of applications,” said Willy Tsai, managing director of Calibre UK. “End users and resellers alike are recognising that, when it comes to the collaborative enterprise solutions that are at the heart of growing numbers of corporate initiatives, Calibre has what it takes to deliver success.”
Capturing many visitors’ attention was Calibre’s multi-award-winning All-in-One LED display. Specifically designed to ease and speed deployment of a videowall, Calibre’s solution is - unlike competing products that claim all-in-one functionality - a truly integrated (no need to attach external devices such as a media player or wireless control sender), simple-to install platform characterised by its smooth surface, its slim profile and the fact that the whole display is 100% certified. At the heart of the All-in-One family is Calibre’s powerful HQUltr
Europe - The recent European tour by a-ha saw the introduction of 10-bit video into the world of concert touring (full production report coming up in LSi December, out later this week).
Content was produced by the band’s chosen video creative, Knut Helgeland and realised live by Icarus Wilson-Wright. Alex Leinster of Video Design, who oversaw the upscaling of technological standards, outlines the challenges: “There were three important issues to be addressed - how to render out Helgeland’s content in 10-bit; finding an LED screen that could accept the 10-bit source natively, and creating the backbone to transport and manage the data traffic flows.
“Icarus had obviously been thinking about this for some time,” he continues. “I think the content he saw being developed by Helgeland was so beautiful that he felt this was the ideal opportunity - that the result would entirely validate the effort and expense.”
Wilson-Wright had already identified that two server types were 10-bit ready and could provide the platform; disguise was chosen and Video Design promptly invested in a pair of the latest disguise gx2c servers.
The rendering of Helgeland’s content proved a little more difficult, timespans required to do the work initially appeared intractable. Wilson-Wright spotted a codec within NotchLC that provided the lifeline. “The key to LC is quality and accuracy and it’s very fast to encode or decode,” explains Leinster. “These are not the smallest files, but because with the Codec, as with all else about Notch is GPU based ra