UK - The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers (ISCVE) has announced two online seminar presentations for its Annual Members’ Day. The online seminars are open to ISCVE members and non-members and will be presented by leading AV industry and Audio industry figures following the ISCVE’s annual general meeting.
The first presentation, taking place online on 10 March 2021 2:30-3:15pm, is titled AV Over IP using NDI and will be presented by Liam J Hayter, senior solutions architect EMEA, NewTek. The presentation will be taking a look at how NDI AV over IP technology can deliver next generation AV solutions, from meeting rooms to auditoriums, to TV studios and video conferencing.
The second presentation (4:00-4:45pm) is titled Brexit and the implications for our Industries and will feature presentations from Andy Simmons, UK & Eire sales manager, Nexo and Andy Lewis, managing director, Audiologic.
“This year our Members’ Day will take place entirely online for the very first time, using technologies we have all become very familiar with over the past eleven months or more. Both presentations look to be strikingly relevant and I’m delighted we can extend invitations to attend the presentations to both members and non-members of the Institute,” states Helen Goddard, president, ISCVE.
Austria - Family-owned AV Stumpfl GmbH recently appointed two executive directors as part of restructuring measures aimed at maximising the company's management efficiency.
At the core of the new executive directors' tasks will be the operative coordination of the screen and media server departments.
In her new role as executive director, Stefanie Niederwimmer will be responsible for projection screens, with her colleague Christine Doppelmair taking over her former position as head of sales - screens.
Niederwimmer has been with AV Stumpfl since 2004 and has held a number of different positions of strategic importance during that time.
Harry Gladow, formerly a global business development manager, will become the new executive director for the company's media server department. Gladow joined AV Stumpfl in 2017 and was tasked with growing the global distribution network. His extensive previous experience with media servers led him to be heavily involved in the development of the next-gen media server software Pixera.
AV Stumpfl CEO Fabian Stumpfl comments: “Our company experienced substantial growth during the last few years, which led to quite a few changes, like the establishment of our own offices in the USA in 2018. This kind of development also has to be reflected in the management structure, in order to enable further and sustainable growth.”
Tobias Stumpfl, CEO, adds: “We used the current, very challenging times to think deeply about what we could do to ensure that we'll be able to make full use of our company's poten
USA - When an Illinois-based four-star hotel and conference centre needed a powerful, versatile, and scalable audio system, local supplier C.V. Lloyde Audiovisual turned to LEA Professional for its amplification needs.
From corporate meetings, seminars, social gatherings, weddings, and more, the I-Hotel and Conference Centre in Champaign, Illinois, provides more than 70,500sq.ft of interior meeting space. This includes a modern exhibit hall that can accommodate up to 750 guests for a wedding reception, endless floorplan options for large conferences and expos, and seating for up to 1,200 guests, theatre-style. In total, they now have nine new, fully reconfigurable rooms, with audio powered by LEA Professional’s Dante Connect Series amplifiers.
Throughout the renovations and upgrades, Illinois-based C.V. Lloyde Audiovisual has been the I-Hotel's AV partner. C.V. Lloyde has provided audiovisual services to many of the region's most prestigious projects - including University of Illinois State Farm Centre, Memorial Stadium, Yahoo, Intel and John Deere.
In the first phase of the project, the team implemented an AV over IP network and an entirely new control system as the I-Hotel looked to upgrade their existing AV capabilities. Using portable input boxes, rooms can be set up as one-to-one, or combined presenting in one room with audiences in any number of other rooms. Phase two saw the expansion to the conference buildings which added six more large-scale banquet halls and three more smaller conference rooms. C.V. Lloyde provided full building matrix
Vietnam - A new nightly lake show at the picturesque Dam Sen Park in Ho Chi Min City is turning heads with spectacular visuals and water effects, including large-scale water screen projections using Christie HS Series 1DLP laser projectors.
Jointly presented by Dam Sen Theme Park and Christie’s partner Alta Media, the night-time spectacular features an advanced lighting system comprising lasers, interactive water screen projections and a dancing fountain spanning 100 metres in length. Visitors can enjoy an exciting combination of twirling water jets, complemented by a fire performance and an aerial firework display over an energetic soundtrack.
This is the first interactive water screen project in Vietnam that showcases an innovative “photo booth” function where selfie photos taken on-site can be displayed on the water screen during the performance.
“We are delighted to be involved in this major project that seeks to promote Dam Sen Theme Park as the latest and trendiest night tourism destination in Ho Chi Minh City,” said Hoang Tu, chief technology officer, Alta Media. “As the systems integrator and digital content provider for this new outdoor show, we have pulled out all the stops and deployed various AV technologies, such as state-of-the-art laser projections, to deliver a highly immersive and enjoyable experience.”
Noting that the quality and reliability of the projections are most critical to the success of this night-time extravaganza, Tu said the team had shortlisted several projector models for assessment before deciding
UK - Audio consultancy and networking specialist RH Consulting has been counting networked audio products and licensees since 2013 in an effort to chart the adoption of audio networking in the pro audio, AV and broadcast markets. The report covers all the major protocols including Dante, RAVENNA, AVB, Milan and others, and comes in two parts: the headline totals, followed in a few weeks with more comprehensive data on protocols, compatibility and rate of adoption.
Part one logs a total of 3,306 networked products currently shipping from 420 manufacturers, and that number is going up all the time. That’s nearly two new products every day in the past year. “We were pleased to note that the current pandemic doesn’t seem to have had a great impact on new product launches - Dante, for example, has passed the milestone of 3,000 shipping products,” observes RHC’s Roland Hemming. There is also a modest increase in the number of Ravenna products, and better data also reveals more Ravenna manufacturers than previously logged.
Another significant development for the 2021 report was to say a final goodbye to CobraNet whose products were no longer counted during 2020. “This wasn’t without a little tug at our heartstrings as CobraNet technology was absolutely pioneering in its time,” says Hemming. “It was the first commercially successful audio-over-Ethernet implementation, and audio networking technology would not be where it is today without CobraNet. However, CobraNet modules have been officially declared End-of-Life and Cobranet developer Cirrus
UK - Reflex, Audio Visual Material (AVM), and Christie have collaborated on one of the largest rear projection systems in Europe at Queen Mary University of London. Two Christie Crimson HD laser projectors have been installed for the 12m by 6m (39 ft x 19.5 ft) screen in The Great Hall, an 800-seat space in a 1930s art deco building.
Raj Dattani, senior technical design engineer at Reflex led the installation and chose to work again with AVM and Christie teams seven years after the initial installation. “We have gone from two 10K projectors, four lamps, and regular maintenance checks to triple the brightness and no maintenance with laser,” he said. Additionally, a switch to AV over IP distribution means just one cable to the projector, giving users and clients huge flexibility.
Queen Mary University is a leading Russel Group university, with more than 25,000 students where the hall is also rented to corporate clients. The university wanted to keep the same 3DLP quality but with the maintenance advantages offered by laser projection technology.
“The Christie Crimson HD31 projectors offer both,” said Mick Perrone, key account manager at AVM. “And with BoldColor Technology for rich and vibrant colours, they offer enhanced colour performance and saturation over standard laser phosphor projectors. Since there are no more lamps to change, we don’t need to schedule return visits to the site as they are virtually maintenance free. There were other features to consider such as having a comprehensive suite of lenses, being fully omnidirectional,
UK - Agency client Generate Events turned to the Stream Stage team to deliver a trio of broadcasts on behalf of clients MAD//Fest.
Based in Borehamwood on the edge of North London, Stream Stage is a fully equipped broadcast studio & gallery from established technical experts Light Fantastic Production Services.
MAD//Fest is a forum for leveraging technology in marketing, advertising & disruption. MAD//Fest events bring together global brands to share ideas, challenge the status quo and network. Events typically attract a high calibre of speakers and delegates who naturally expect high production values. Used to running highly successful ‘bricks and mortar’ events, the MAD//Fest team had a vision of how they wanted to take their content anywhere and make it accessible to all in the midst of a global pandemic – and the concept of MAD//Anywhere was born.
They turned to Matt Hudson at Generate Events to take the project to fruition in the digital sphere. The concept comprised a mixture of live content with presenters and pundits in the studio and a large number of remote presenters from brands including Google, Waze, GSK, Mars, Vodafone, Telefonica, Huawei, Amazon and Unilever. Every show featured in excess of 80 remote presentations across two days with each followed by a live Q&A with the studio hosts.
Managing the large number of remote presenters and their associated digital content was the most challenging element of the brief and was delivered seamlessly from the Stream Stage gallery.
Commenting on the project, Gener
New Zealand – It is re-assuring that somewhere in the world, 2020 ended with a music festival. That’s what happened in the shadow of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, where the Rhythm & Alps Festival saw off the year with a celebratory vibe enhanced by TomTom Productions, whose Hippotizer Media Servers from Green Hippo delivered the visuals for three separate stages.
Rhythm & Alps, which has become South Island’s biggest New Year’s Eve party, was also celebrating its 10th anniversary with this event, which was held over the last three days of December. TomTom, based in nearby Queenstown, is the festival’s regular provider of full production design and supply services. This year, their contributions included the provision of Hippotizer Karst Media Servers to meet the varying playback requirements of all three performance stages: the Alpine Arena main stage, the Where The Wild Things Are stage and the Log Cabin DJ stage.
“For the Alpine Arena, we had a standard upstage LED wall, complemented by 156m of Martin VDO Sceptron strips,” says TomTom’s Hamish Roberge. “These covered the side walls, ceiling and part of the rear wall, allowing us to extend the LED wall content out, or run separate content for contrast.”
He continues, “Hippotizer control was via the lighting console over Art-Net, and the Media Servers were at FOH, which gave the LDs a direct GUI-view of what they were playing back. The Hippotizer integrates directly with the Martin P3 PC, which maps and controls the VDO Sceptron, both for control as a DMX fixture and a
The Netherlands - A production company that usually supplies lighting and sound for festivals and theatre concert tours has reinvented itself as a video livestreaming studio. Using more than 30 ADJ lighting fixtures, the owner of MPA Geluidstechniek has transformed his offices into a permanent video studio, which has been used over the past year by a wide variety of bands, singers and other performers to live-stream shows and create other video content.
Based in the city of Gorinchem, Martin van Tricht established MPA Geluidstechniek over 30 years ago. Initially focusing purely on audio and operating the business on a semi-professional, part-time basis, while also running another company, Martin expanded into lighting around a decade later and went full-time 15 years ago. Prior to COVID-19, MPA was a very well-established production company with a packed diary of theatre concert tours, festivals and corporate projects. Having always had an interest in photography, Martin was quick to make the transition to video production when the global pandemic hit last March.
“I have visited a lot of professional TV studios during my career, and most studios are actually very small, so I thought I could make my own,” explains Martin. “I knew my office space was big enough, and I had all the ADJ lighting and pro sound gear I needed on hand so, when coronavirus hit, I decided to buy some cameras and setup my own livestreaming studio.”
ADJ lighting comprises the majority of the fixtures in the MPA studio, which reflects the company’s overall rental invent
UAE - Pixel Artworks has announced the official opening of its new Middle East office and immersive showroom, located in Dubai’s Design District (d3).
Pixel Artworks employs a combination of experiential design and technical expertise, together with animation, immersive audio and interactive elements, to create ‘virtually limitless concepts from giant airport activations to choreographed live shows to 360-degree immersive environments’.
Dan Alldis, global development director, Pixel Artworks, said, “With 15 years of innovation, creativity and technical expertise behind us, we’ve been able to deliver some of the Middle East’s most ambitious AV installations over the past two years. When you see some of the incredible work we have produced, it is easy to forget that it starts with a single pixel – so we are excited to be able to welcome visitors to our new regional office and immersive showroom and demonstrate just how we push the boundaries in light technology.”
Recent installations in the Middle East include Essence of Expo – an AV installation featuring 10 x 10m tall LED sculptures that transformed Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall into a giant LED and audio installation.
For Gulf Air – Bahrain - one of the world’s tallest projection mapping shows ever was displayed onto the Four Seasons Hotel in Bahrain. The project produced for Gulf Air featured an aviation style projection for the launch of their new aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner
The showroom experience at Pixel Artworks’ new facility giv
France - For more than 20 years, Mvision has been providing its service as an audiovisual technical expert to its customer base in France and beyond. The company’s regular investments in new equipment allows it to set up innovative solutions, such as its studio for filming, capturing, and dissemination of eventsat the Palais des Congrès in Paris, which is the third space Mvision has equipped for creative content production in France. The 300sq.m set features a curved LED wall, controlled by two Brompton Technology Tessera S8 LED processors.
“Mvision invested in its first LED screens more than eight years ago, and our first cylindrical screen was awarded a prize at the innovation show, Heavent Paris,” says Meziane Lounis, Mvision’s owner. “Since then, we have been building up our experience and expertise in LED technology, with our latest opening of a studio and investment in Brompton LED processing all part of our long-term development strategy.”
For its new studio, the team has built a large 12m x 3.5m LED curved wall made up of Unilumin UPAD III P2.6 LED panels.
“We chose Tessera S8 for our immersive LED stage because of its undeniable product quality and perfect colour rendering. Tessera’s feature set, as well as its latest firmware updates, allows us to adapt well to the demands of our XR studio and offers real quality when it comes to eliminating colour casts in greyscale with its PureTone functionality, or its brilliant colour contrast and colour saturation,” continues Lounes Lounis, Mvision’s technical manager.
UK - disguise has launched a new internship programme designed to “seek out, train and invite the very best talent from other under-represented backgrounds into the technology industry”.
disguise has forged partnerships with two initiatives - Kwanda, a non-profit organisation supporting enterprise and creativity within the black community, and Workfinder, which matches students with opportunities in start-ups and scaleups.
“It was important for disguise to collaborate with Kwanda to address racial diversity within the tech industry,” says the company. “By partnering with Workfinder, disguise is directly supporting their Women in Tech scheme that aims to deliver increased gender equality in the STEM sector.
“The new internship programme simultaneously gives young people the chance to explore a technology career while addressing inequality in the technology industry. Diversity is something disguise actively seeks to play a part in furthering as it develops high potential talent.”
Interns will spend a year gaining experience in two disguise teams; majoring in one placement, and minoring in the other. For the first three months of 2021, the interns will be in their minor placements and their major placements will happen between March this year and January 2022. The interns will work on a project during the major placement, which they will present as a dissertation at the end of the year.
Participants will gain hands-on experience working within the teams and learn everything they need to know to excel at disguise, says the com
Sweden - Panasonic projectors helped celebrate man’s understanding of Space with over 100,000 visitors seeing the spectacular projection mapping onto Stockholm’s City Hall (Stadshuset) as part of the Nobel Week Lights festival.
The installation is one of the largest video mapping projects ever seen in the city. The event celebrated the 2020 Nobel Prize in Stockholm with lighting installations created around the city inspired by Nobel laureate discoveries.
The creative result was SPACE, designed by Andreas Skärberg and produced by PXLFLD studios. The content is a 16-minute projection mapped, animated art installation celebrating amazing advances in space physics.
PXLFLD called on its partners Lumination of Sweden and Creative Technology, which specialises in advanced technical solutions for the live events and broadcast industry, to help make the vision become reality. The team deployed a total of 30 Panasonic PT-RQ22K and PT-RZ21K projectors for the display.
“We needed a laser-based projector that was easy to line up around all the sharp edges but also for the improved colour and contrast,” explained Johan Törnström, at Creative Technology. “It was also important that the projectors were compact and easy to set-up in the restricted space.” Johan added that the reliable Panasonic laser architecture was the single most important projector feature, as the installation ran over 12 days with many of the arrays were installed in portrait mode.
The Panasonic PT-RQ22K and PTRZ21K 20,000lm projectors combine 3-Chip DLP imaging wit
UK - Audiologic and TP-Link have announced a UK technology collaboration that has delivered a turnkey network solution optimised to ‘support the deployment and performance of business-class AV systems, through a range of pre-configured PoE+ switches’. The network solution offers the community a way of making networking plug and play.
The two companies joined forces to optimise a selection of TP-Link UK’s business-class PoE+ switches to power and support the level of AV traffic from professional deployments. Typically, this includes microphones, loudspeakers, processors, computers and cameras. A custom pre-configuration written specifically for professional AV installs was developed by Audiologic and integrated into TP-Link UK’s TL-SG2210MP - JetStream 10-Port Gigabit Smart PoE Switch with 8-Port PoE+ and T2600G-28MPS - JetStream 24-Port Gigabit L2 Managed PoE+ Switch with 4 SFP Slots.
"Partnering with TP-Link UK has enabled us to develop a bespoke, AV-based networking solution. We saw an opportunity to help our customers deploy more solutions, faster, creating an offering that saves AV engineers both time and money. These fully configured switches act as the centre to any AV solution, and continues to develop our portfolio of products,” says Ben Spurgeon, senior application engineer at Audiologic.
“Seamless audio-visual experiences are essential to the productivity and success of many businesses today,” says Will Liu, managing director at TP-Link UK. “By combining our business-class hardware with the AV expertise and knowledge of A
UAE - Procom Middle East has been recognised as a ‘power user’ of ON LX's Ctrl for iPad App.
Procom is a professional audio, lighting, video, rigging, and stage effects equipment supplier based in the UAE with a wide portfolio of entertainment technology brands hardware sales and distribution.
Ctrl for iPad first made its debut in 2018 and has been used in over 56 countries with over 21,000 downloads in the past six months alone. The idea behind the application is to give AV integrators and live events technicians a canvas to create a bespoke control interface using images, buttons, sliders and more, all capable of sending commands to different pieces of AV hardware.
Wiam Boutine of Procom comments, "Dynamic and complex lighting, audio and video installations are no longer exclusive to professional venues and sophisticated event stages. They are everywhere: from fitness studios to retail shops. With that, comes the need for an easy-to-use interface that operates across control platforms and communication protocols. Ctrl for iPad is just that. It creates the bridge between the most advanced controls systems, such as Avolites and Madrix, and a fully customized visual interface on an iPad. We are looking forward to supporting Ctrl for iPad users in the Middle East market."
ON LX’s operations director James Walton adds, “We’re incredibly proud to welcome Procom as a power user. With an expert team, a wealth of project knowledge, a strong integration background and an impressive project portfolio, we feel they'll be of great assistance to
USA - LEA Professional has partnered with Lienau AV to serve the company’s growing market in the US Mid-Atlantic Region.
Lienau AV was established in 1948 by founder Charlie Lienau to help electronics manufacturers develop their brands and connect them with the right distribution partners.
“We look for manufacturing partners that have a strong sense of brand identity and unique technologies that provide real value,” commented Chris Hutnick, partner, Lienau AV Associates. “We also like partners with a clear long-term vision. As you might expect from a company that’s been around for three generations, we like to grow things deliberately from the ground up. Establishing strong roots early to provide a stable foundation for maximum growth over time is what we’re all about.”
While 2020 was a challenging year for the industry as a whole, LEA Professional continued its growth trajectory.
“Our solutions are a perfect fit for a world where remote work is the norm,” said Joey Palkowitch, North America sales manager, LEA Professional. “We have seen a surge in demand for LEA Professional solutions over the past year, with many integrators utilizing not only the remote functionality but realizing the potential of a recurring revenue model. We look forward to continuing on this growth path with Lienau AV.”
UK - PRG has joined forces with the Saatchi Gallery in the heart of West London to create Saatchi Studios – a flexible, COVID-secure space, suitable for recording, streaming or basing virtual and hybrid events.
John Montague, director of corporate and events said, “We’ve had an incredible long-standing relationship with the Saatchi Gallery, and it’s been a pleasure to work alongside them once again to develop Saatchi Studios. We had our first client in the studio last week and it has been great to be back on site. The team and I cannot wait to continue this journey and are excited about the upcoming bookings for this month.”
PRG has created a studio package which includes bespoke backdrops (including a variety of LED walls), the latest robotic and manned cameras, professional lighting and secure, managed and uncontended internet access as standard. Basic sets or mini studio environments are also possible and easy to implement with direct freight lift access as well as rigging overhead.
There is also a digital studio being built in PRG’s Covent Garden Offices with a full VMix suite.
Stefaan Michels, director of music (video) said, “We have been seeing an increased demand for VMix and with a building which is currently underutilised and with the majority of the infrastructure already in place, it was no brainer.”
UK - Multinational giant Siemens partnered with Evoke Studios and disguise to host 8,000 customers from 90 countries at their Digital Enterprise SPS Dialog. The event offered customers engaging virtual content and introduced the new Siemens virtual showroom which showcased innovative 3D visualisations and tours using disguise xR.
The disguise xR workflow, implemented by Evoke Studios, powered the virtual showroom, which featured 56 exhibits in 12 topic areas, more than 130 product presentations and three real factory showcases. In addition, there were 21 stage presentations with 38 top-level industry speakers. A total of 8,000 customers from 90 countries connected to the event.
During five weeks of production Evoke Studios were charged with providing a high-end xR platform to help provide engaging content for the virtual showroom, allowing clients to interact with individual topics and solutions of their choice. Optionally, customers could choose one- on-one sessions with Siemens experts: More than 2,000 of these took place.
The xR production resulted in a natural connection between the speakers on stage and the xR environment, demonstrating how quickly inexperienced speakers felt comfortable on the xR stage and referring to what could be seen in-camera.
“Compared to the supporting green screen production, the xR production delivered a significantly higher level of quality in the end result,” notes Vincent Steenhoek, managing director of Evoke Studios. “There was a fast turnaround time between recordings and having the end result ready
USA - When the live music industry ground to a halt in early 2020, rock band Styx quickly pivoted away from their planned tour to focus on direct engagement with their more than one million fans who are members of the online Styx Lounge. As the band increasingly made remote collaboration and fan outreach a daily practice, bassist and self-described gearhead Ricky Phillips noticed that one component in his Austin, Texas home studio was limiting the experience: a barebones webcam.
“Music is my life, and video communication has brought artists and fans closer together than ever before” Phillips says. “From websites where we can share or post videos, music ‘magazines’ that host performances, online video fan clubs, the ability to record master classes and more, video has become a crucial tool for musicians to connect with fans and create new opportunities. My $100 store-bought webcam seemed good enough when we first began working from home, but when I recognised that video would be my main mode of visibility for the foreseeable future, I knew a more professional solution would make the experience far better.”
After speaking with fellow gearheads and industry partners, Phillips discovered the ClearOne family of Aura videoconferencing cameras and microphones. Now, using a UNITE 200 PTZ that features programmable movement pre-sets for automated filming, a UNITE 50 4K ePTZ camera that provides full room coverage, and a CHAT 150 speakerphone, Phillips has a truly professional-grade, multi-angle home office videoconferencing solution with endless possib
Thailand - Mahajak Development Co recently equipped Naresuan University’s new multi-purpose building with Harman Professional Solutions AV system.
Located in the heart of Phitsanulok province, Naresuan University is one of the top government universities in Thailand. Originally established as a College of Education in 1967, the school was later renamed the Phitsanulok Campus of Srinakharinwirot University in 1974, and again in 1990 to Naresuan University, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of King Naresuan’s ascension to the throne.
Recently, The university completed construction on a massive 3,200sq.m facility than can function as a single 4,000-capacity hall or be split into two smaller rooms. To deliver audio and video quality for seminars and exhibitions in their new multipurpose educational facility, Naresuan University hired Mahajak Development Co to install the Harman system.
Mahajak deployed JBL Professional loudspeakers throughout the venue to provide pristine quality sound with consistent coverage for large audiences. For large events where the facility is configured as a single room, JBL VTX A8 line array loudspeakers deliver even, balanced sound with an impressive 110 degrees of horizontal coverage. VTX B18 and VTX G28 subwoofers provide powerful low-end support, while JBL AE Series loudspeakers provide additional reinforcement at the sides and rear of the venue.
The system is powered by Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers. A Soundcraft Si Performer digital live sound mixer provides control over the system and enables sta
UK - Technical production and LED screen hire company, iMAG, has recently pioneered a mobile Virtual Production facility, offering a 360° workflow, from in-house drawing team and rigging, to full LED set up controlled by Brompton Technology Tessera processing.
iMAG has joined forces with film production company Treehouse Digital, which works with major episodic streaming companies such as Netflix and Amazon, as well as on films and commercials, for the project, combining their extensive experience in filmmaking with iMAG’s hardware, knowledge and expertise gained through years of working in high pressure live environments.
“The true-to-life colour accuracy and image bit depth of High Dynamic Range (HDR) is becoming extremely popular, particularly within virtual production,” says iMAG MD and technical director, Alex Strachan. “We had already invested in ROE Visual LED panels and Brompton Technology processing for our live work. Now, having purchased a Brompton Hydra measurement system, our entire fleet of LED panels is Brompton HDR-ready, which means we can offer our clients the absolute best in terms of image quality.”
iMAG’s system is ‘tour ready’, allowing it to be transported either in full, or to specific dimensions, to any desired filming location. The largest set up has been deployed at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), and comprises a 20m by 5m curved LED backdrop using ROE Black Onyx 2.8mm with a ROE MC7 ceiling for ambient lighting, all controlled with Brompton SX40 processors.
“Our aim is to be a one stop
Finland - Helsinki’s Visual Monkeys design agency ramped up the visuals for Finland’s popular The Masked Singer TV show using Hippotizer Montane+ RTX and Karst+ Media Servers in December.
Visual Monkeys' founder Mikko ‘Bob’ Enäkoski, who says he is on a mission to bring stadium looks to Finnish TV, designed the show’s set and visual set up and was looking for a solution to create what he likes to call ‘a kick ass show’. This passion led him to the Hippotizer Media Servers.
“We are a team of around 20 people at Visual Monkeys and we like to deliver,” says Enäkoski. “For this season of Finland’s The Masked Singer, we went all-out, with pyrotechnics and scaled-up video content. Some of the biggest challenges we face are getting the balance right with the lights and the video, and ensuring the focus stays on the performer, backed up by a brilliant visual setup. That’s where Hippotizer came in, controlled by our main video operator, Lassi ‘Brandon’ Seppä.”
During the live shows, Seppä controlled both the Montane+ RTX and the Karst+ via a grandMA2. He says using a lighting console for control of the Hippotizers is an “excellent combination to help adjust parameters like the colours, brightness and effects on the fly, and in an instant”.
“Hippotizer gives us a simple, customized, fast access to all parameters via a lighting console or ZooKeeper, making my life much easier on a demanding show like this,” says Seppä. “ZooKeeper really gives a good overview of all parameters at once, and using H
UK - Audiologic has announced completion of a project with Taunton School, working with Practical Audio Visual on a design and installation project for the education facility including a sound reinforcement system.
The audio-visual integration company, Practical AV, have been in charge of the project design for the main dining room, consisting of two rooms that can function as independent areas or as a single space.
The team was led by Owen Finney, alongside Audiologic’s application support team. Together, they designed and specified a sound system centralising around an Ecler MIMO processor, with Ecler loudspeakers and amplification, as well as Shure wireless microphone systems.
Owen Finney comments: “Audiologic is our exclusive distributor for audio products with a particular focus on the high-end market. The Ecler and Shure products used were a perfect fit for Taunton School in terms of both performance and aesthetics. The newbuild dining halls at Taunton School offered the perfect opportunity for a brand new, designed from scratch, high specification AV system.
“Practical AV have been working with Audiologic for many years. They are able to provide design, implementation and on-site support, which we find unparalleled in quality.”
Anna Shahin, application support engineer, concludes: “It is always a pleasure to work with Practical AV and the Taunton School project was no different. At Audiologic, we pride ourselves on designing and specifying the best equipment for the job and the system for Taunton School was no different
UK - Artists including Sir Elton John and Radiohead are putting pressure on the government to resolve the problems around post-Brexit EU touring. UK artists will face red tape and fees for visas to play in some EU countries.
Sir Elton John told The Guardian: "Either the Brexit negotiators didn't care about musicians, or didn't think about them, or weren't prepared."
But Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage said the government had "pushed" for a solution and the door was still "open". She told MPs on Monday that the government had put forward a "very straightforward" plan to allow musicians to travel without work permits, drafted "in consultation with experts from the UK to creative sectors". She added: "Quite simply the EU rejected this proposal."
Brussels has previously argued the opposite, saying it was in fact the UK that turned down its offer.
Meanwhile, a growing number of MPs and Peers are rallying behind Tim Brennan’s petition and call for visa free travel for touring artists and professionals
Brennan’s Carry on Touring campaign seeks to secure free EU movement for touring artists and professionals. Carry on Touring is calling on the Prime Minister and the UK Government to take action and re-open negotiations.
Tim’s petition which has almost 300,000 signatures. asks the UK Government to negotiate a free cultural work permit to allow touring professionals visa free travel throughout the 27 EU states and to secure a Carnet exception for touring equipment.
“Support for my petition has been phenomenal,” says