Video and AV News

spiceLandmark weekend for Universal Pixels
Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Europe - Universal Pixels provided video packages for Spice Girls in Dublin, Snow Patrol in Bangor, and The Chemical Brothers in London across an action-packed Spring Bank Holiday weekend. The video specialist supplied over 1,450m2 of LED screen, multiple 3G camera packages, disguise GX2 servers, and a total of 26 crew over the three shows.
When it comes to big shows like this, the devil is in the detail, explained Universal Pixel’s Phil Mercer: “We know from many years of experience in delivering large-scale shows and tours that pre-planning and the correct preparation before equipment and crew get onsite is fundamental. We pay close attention to each project and simplify things wherever we can, so that everything runs as smoothly as possible.”
Kicking off on Friday 24 May, the hotly anticipated Spice Girls comeback show at Dublin’s Croke Park welcomed an audience of 75,000 people. Universal Pixels worked with creative director Lee Lodge, set designer Jason Sherwood, content designer Kate Moross, and video director Jon Shrimpton to create the double-sided video ring in the centre of the stage, two large screens on the wings, and a header of video across the entire width of the stage, including the wings. All of this was achieved with over 700m2 of 5mm LED panels. The video specialist also supplied a 14 camera 3G PPU, Disguise GX2 servers, and 16 video crew.
The same evening, The Chemical Brothers’ headline performance at All Points East Festival in London was enhanced with over 130m2 of ROE 18mm Vanish and two crew. Under the direction of

ac-et-at-abttABTT 2019: AC-ET showcases theatrical range
Tuesday, 4 June 2019

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will demonstrate its extensive and exclusive portfolio of leading theatrical technologies - including new lighting, audio, rigging, and video products - at the ABTT Theatre Show 2019, taking place on 5th - 6th June at London’s Alexandra Palace.
Highlights from AC-ET will include Chroma-Q's multi award-winning Color Force II cyc, wash & effects and Inspire house lighting LED fixtures, featuring colour-mixing homogenised optics. Showing at ABTT for the first time will be the Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting and media control system.
Prolights fixtures on stand will include the Pixie Wash XB, a 280W single source LED wash luminaire and the Jetspot4Z, which features full CMY colour mixing and a custom optical system.
Meanwhile, the Luminex Luminode Ethernet & DMX processor, first unveiled at Prolight + Sound, will also debut, and visitors to the show will also be able to take a closer look at. Spotlight's Hyperion series, designed for large installations such as theatres, with a performance comparable up to a 2000W halogen fixture but with a more compact size and reduced heat production.
Also making its ABTT debut will be the StageSmarts C24 power distribution unit alongside a number of LSC’s intuitive power & dimming control product range, including the Mantra Lite, and the GenVi.
D.A.D Audio’s flagship point source Touring Power Series of affordable loudspeaker solutions are purpose-engineered for live applications. Also on display will be the new Midas M32 R Live digital mixing co

 
 
calibreCalibre focus on display functionality
Monday, 3 June 2019

UK - Calibre has announced a further set of features to its recently-introduced AiO (All-in-One) LED display.
“From an image quality point of view, it can be difficult for customers to choose between one LED display and another,” explains Willy Tsai, managing director at Calibre UK. “With the development of the new AiO LED Display, we chose to focus on functionality that is less visible - but that is no less important when it comes to the practicalities of deploying videowalls. The result of that development work is an LED display that not only features outstanding image quality, but that is easier and faster to install than alternative solutions - and is also significantly safer in operation.”
The AiO LED Display features an integrated power control system with low standby power consumption and an efficient power supply - minimising long-term cost of ownership as well as being more environmentally friendly. Critically, however, the power consumption of the full screen body is clearly marked and is consistent throughout.
This is in contrast with a typical LED wall which is regulated by the LED modules: the power consumption of these modules after assembly is not clear, meaning that incorrectly assembled units may cause overload or even fire. With the AiO, the specifications and warning signs are clear to the user at a glance, thus avoiding any electrical hazards and making it safer to use.
Ease and convenience of installation and ongoing operation and maintenance were also key design goals for the AiO. Its all-in-one architecture - Ca

 
aidan-williamsAidan Williams appointed Audinate CEO
Friday, 31 May 2019

USA - Audinate has announced its CEO Lee Ellison is retiring in September, with the company’s CTO and co-founder Aidan Williams (pictured) set to replace him in the role.
Ellison is to retire on 13 September following the release of the company’s 2019 full year financial results.
David Krall, Audinate’s chairman, comments: “Lee has been a key contributor to the growth of Audinate, and the results speak for themselves. Under Lee’s leadership as CEO over the past 11 years, Audinate has become the global market leader in audio networking for the professional AV industry. Lee led the company through its successful IPO in June 2017, and since its listing, Audinate has consistently delivered strong results and record growth.
“Together with Lee and the Board, we developed a succession plan over the last year to ensure a smooth transition of the CEO role. Our plan was for Aidan to follow Lee into the CEO role, and we are delighted that this will occur. Having co-founded Audinate, Aidan has been a guiding force in its product innovation and strategy and will continue to do so as CEO. With a talented team in place, we are confident of a smooth transition and continued growth.”
Commenting on the transition, Ellison said: “I am most proud about the passionate team at Audinate that has contributed to our overall success and is brilliantly executing on the growth strategy that has been put in place. I am comforted in my decision to enter retirement, believing the time is right to hand the leadership over to Aidan. Aidan, and the rest of ou

 
 
media-clownpaul-kalina-twirlingBackstage presents graduation showcase
Friday, 31 May 2019

UK - Wakefield-based Backstage Academy recently presented a graduation showcase, which saw third-year students assessed across five presentations.
The students were assessed in a project-based environment, with each team working under a project manager. The event was supported by many industry partners, some of whom had arrived fresh from attending PLASA Focus Leeds.
Vice-principal Rachel Nicholson explained the idea of designing real world concepts - effectively transforming black box studio/stages into coruscating jewels - had grown out of the Live Visual Design & Production course. “It’s the first time we’ve presented the work in this fashion,” she confirms. “The team looked back at last year and decided they wanted more scope to visualise. Our live visual design course has always been project based, so we adapted that to the other courses - which seemed the most natural thing in the world to do.”
All shows had come entirely from the imagination of students, she said. “They are exploring the cutting edge of new technology and what can be done, but at the same time, it’s also a validation of the confidence placed in the students by the lecturers. Neither could we have done it without the support, passion and enthusiasm of our industry partners. The Graduation Showcase is just one day but it represents three years’ hard work.” In fact, many of those industry partners had already set up training days for students in advance, in order to build operational skills with the platforms.
The five distinct concepts, staged by s

 
lfpsymsldnLFP production package for YMS LDN
Friday, 31 May 2019

UK - London-based technical event specialists Light Fantastic Production Services supported Voxburner with a full design and technical solution for YMS London.
YMS LDN is Europe’s largest youth marketing festival, part of a series of global events demystifying the changing trends, habits and attitudes of the consumers of the future.
Held over two days at the Old Truman Brewery, YMS19 LDN was the largest Youth Marketing Strategy event to date, welcoming almost 2,000 delegates and over 150 speakers.
Working closely with Voxburner to deliver an engaging visitor experience, Light Fantastic Production Services provided a comprehensive equipment and support package covering all technical elements, including lighting, audio, video, set and staging.
Commenting on the show, LFPS project manager Andrew Maxted says: “Handling all aspects of the technical requirement at YMS allowed us a good amount of creative freedom. Working with Voxburner we devised a bright, semi-industrial look for the show which complemented perfectly the venue’s sparse interior, allowing the strong colours of the event branding to come to the fore.”
The event required the design and build of three stages, each featuring full audio, video, lighting and scenic designs and all following the ‘industrial’ theme applied throughout the venue.
The main auditorium, with capacity for 1000 delegates, featured exposed scaffolding around a central LED wall contrasted with the creative application of LED lighting in bold colours and eye-catching large format graphics. A

 
 
pixeraminisideInfoComm 2019: AV Stumpfl focus on projection
Thursday, 30 May 2019

USA - AV Stumpfl will present its new AT64-SHIFT system for large mobile projection screens and the new PIXERA mini media server at this year's InfoComm in Orlando.
With the AT64-SHIFT, it's possible to assemble a large mobile projection screen and to adjust its height in a matter of minutes, says the company. No extra measuring is needed to ensure that the frame is level, due to a clearly marked height scale.
Based on the same principles as the T32-SHIFT, the AT64-SHIFT projection screen legs can be used for much larger mobile projection screens and are compatible with all mobile AV Stumpfl screen systems.
Another highlight of AV Stumpfl's InfoComm booth will be the new PIXERA mini hardware. PIXERA mini is an ultra-compact media server, perfect for digital signage and multi-display applications.
The PIXERA mini is a 1U and ½ 19“ product. Two PIXERA mini servers can be installed in a 1U 19“ rack.
PIXERA version 1.2 will include the ability to export videos from the workspace, either containing the entire venue or the content of a specific screen. Another of the many new features is a set of pixel patching tools seamlessly integrated into the UI. They allow users to reposition content pixels on the output as needed and to patch the result to DMX channels, making it possible to drive all forms of LED processors from PIXERA.
For those InfoComm visitors interested in show control solutions, there will be a sneak peek presentation revolving around AV Stumpfl's upcoming AVIO 3 software, a distributed, highly modular and extensible

 
faceit-pugbclassicsBluman video display for FACEIT summit
Tuesday, 28 May 2019

UK - This April, competitive gaming platform FACEIT partnered with the PUBG Corporation to host the first global event of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ 2019 Esports season.
The multi-stage tournament held at London’s ExCel saw 24 teams battle for the championship. Bluman Associates were commissioned to provide full video display solution and management.
The FACEIT platform is home to 12 million registered users, hosting 34 million monthly games with up to 90,000 gamers playing at any one time. The summit included teams from North America, Europe, Korea, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Oceania.
Streamed to registered internet and television viewers, the tournament started with three days of broadcasted heats, followed by three days of finals as the players competed for a $400,000 prize pool in front of live and broadcast audience.
The system provided by Bluman Associates comprised of 12 front project double stacked units, displaying onto a 10k pixel x 1080 high screen. The system also included 16 LED Screens, exhibiting the six individual teams battling it out for the title.
The gaming aspect of the project heavily relied on HTML5. This allowed player information and stats to be projected on to the wide screen display. The team sent a 2 x 2k HTML5 Rasta over a pre-rendered wireframe, programmed with data such as pod sizes and video screen layout. This allowed team logos, scores, stats and maps of different scenes to be routed to the relevant pod, enabling the audience to keep up to date with competition information

 
 
the-grand-foyer-the-star-sydney-4ROE Visual in Star Casino refurbishment
Friday, 24 May 2019

Australia - The Star Casino in Sydney has unveiled its immersive indoor light and water display, featuring a crescent-shaped video screen based on Black Onyx LED panels by ROE Visual.
The Grand Foyer experience at the Star Casino in Sydney, combines LED screens, aquatic water fountains, lasers, light and live performances to offer an interactive arrival experience for its approx. 20,000 guests that pass through the foyer every day.
Big Screen Projects were commissioned by Ramus Illumination to supply the LED equipment for the refurbishment of the Grand Foyer, the total immersive installation amounting to a 22m dollar investment for the Star Casino.
For this project Big Screen Projects have been working together with lighting specialists Ramus Illumination, who specialise in the design of grand-scale theatrical experiences that encourage public engagement.
The screen showcases the works of Australian artists, university students, cinematographers and animators, the content reacting dynamically to the real-world environment and human movement, encouraging guest interaction. “Creating an installation that combines architecture, contemporary art and technology, states Dino Mezzatesta, the Star Sydney chief operating officer, inspiration behind the artworks was drawn from The Star’s proximity to the busy Sydney Harbour shoreline.”
“With The Star Sydney Grand Foyer experience, we wanted to design an experience full of compelling encounters that enrich the journey,” comments Bruce Ramus, who heads Ramus Illumination, we envisioned a

 
qsc-saarc-highresQSC opens SAARC HQ
Friday, 24 May 2019

India - QSC is celebrating the inauguration of its new SAARC headquarters in Bengaluru. The new 9,270sq.ft office serves as a business development, management and support hub for QSC systems, live sound and cinema businesses in the region. It also acts as a training and demonstration area and includes a 13,760sq.ft terrace for customer events.
“Over the last few years, QSC has been dedicated to growing its international presence, and this new entity is a crucial piece of that strategy,” says Markus Winkler, SVP, EMEA South Asia, & managing director QSC EMEA GmbH. “As we continue to experience tremendous growth in SAARC year-over-year in all our business units, this dedicated facility will allows us to accelerate our growth trajectory in the coming years.”
“Our business partners in SAARC have been instrumental in our success and will continue to be our main focus as we work together to develop new opportunities in all vertical markets,” says Rajesh Mittal, managing director, QSC India and SAARC. “The ability to offer in-region support resources in addition to our comprehensive solutions portfolio allows us to better equip our partners with the right tools to grow their business and deepen customer relationships.
“In addition, we can give customers a first-hand experience of QSC solutions, as well as local training, including the Q-SYS Architect training program, enabling our customers and partners to understand the QSC difference.”
Winkler continues: “In addition to this new office, we are excited to announce the promoti

 
 
passion-playSFL helps Passion Play come to life
Wednesday, 22 May 2019

UK - On the three days before Good Friday, the streets of central Birmingham were taken over by The Birmingham Passion Play 2019, an ambitious, contemporary retelling of the Easter story, organised by Christian charity and theatre company Saltmine Trust, with support from The Passion Trust. To help bring the creative vision to life, Saltmine partnered with UK audio visual production supplier SFL.
The Saltmine Trust Theatre company puts on regular public, partner, and education tours, as well as one-off shows, all inspired by the Christian faith. Even for Saltmine though, The Birmingham Passion Play 2019 was an ambitious undertaking as it was delivered on the move - a travelling street performance that started at Birmingham Bullring, progressing along New Street to Victoria Square, and finishing inside St Philip’s Cathedral - effectively making the stage over half a mile wide. It required a team of around one hundred community actors, musicians, and stewards alongside the core theatre company’s cast and crew, as well as extensive technical support and planning.
AV specialist SFL supplies and supports a wide variety of events across the UK and internationally as part of SFL Group, as well as being the official AV partner of The Royal Albert Hall and UK sales partner for d&b audiotechnik. SFL project manager, Mitch Jones comments: “This production was only possible with an incredible effort by all the Saltmine and SFL team members spreads across six locations - each telling the next part of the story as the cast performed through the streets betwe

 
cukbuildingexteriorCUK Audio expands into new premises
Wednesday, 22 May 2019

UK - CUK Audio has announced plans to move into new premises in East Kilbride.
The new building, which is currently being fitted out, is situated in Peel Park around 10 miles from the company’s existing Glasgow HQ. It will provide space for the distributor’s expanding back office, sales and technical teams and also house five training suites and a distribution centre with over 750 pallet locations and 1000 small item locations.
CUK is expected to move in on 5 June.
Stuart Thomson, CUK MD, comments: “When we moved to our current Glasgow location back in 2010, we thought there was more space than we could ever need. However, since then, we have delivered year-on-year growth which has accelerated since a change in ownership and the restructuring of the company in to four divisions two years ago. Over the past year, it became apparent that we were very near the limit of what our building could accommodate, and the search was on for a new property that would allow us to continue on our steep growth trajectory.”
Simon Druce, sales director, adds: “The move is not just for practical reasons; it is part of our strategy to invest in enhancing the service we provide our customers. The first benefits customers can expect are improved delivery times and better facilities for our educational events but that is just the start.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
wizcoachellaChamSys controls Wiz Khalifa Coachella set
Tuesday, 21 May 2019

USA - Wiz Khalifa’s Coachella performance was filled with dramatic moments. But for the Grammy-nominated star’s long-time lighting designer Jason Bullock, the real drama started about 24 hours before the show began.
It was then that the New York-based LD received the ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 desk from Upstaging that he would use to run his 90-universe show. “Coachella is a very important festival for all artists involved, so there was some pressure,” acknowledged Bullock. “I didn’t see the ChamSys desk until I arrived at the festival. I built the patch and show file in a Viz room on the site. Being able to build a show with a few hours and only get on the lighting system for three hours made time of the essence. ChamSys was the ideal tool, given that I was in a crunch.
“The Sahara Tent at Coachella was primarily EDM acts,” said Bullock. “Since Wiz brought the entire band with him, I decided to make the show completely different than the other acts by going in the direction of a more classical rock show. Our beautiful set, which was designed by the team from Nimblist, made it easier to create this kind of look with its band risers and large center gate. We also had a powerful video display from Screenworks NEP that covered the front of the set and added to the intense vibe.”
Bullock controlled a universe of Catalyst to send multiple outputs to the massive amount of video surfaces on the set. His show was extensive (his patch had 21 pages of paperwork), and impressively, he punted throughout its entire length.
“My whole show w

 
avolitesAvolites drives Doha museum installation
Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Qatar – The world’s largest permanent video projection installation has opened at the new National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ). Inside 21 billion pixels are being processed every second by nine Avolites Ai Q3 servers, alongside another 163 Ai Miami software licences, running on 1U 8K media servers custom designed by the London-based visual technologists, RES.
The video projection aspects of the project involve a series of ‘Art Films’, which were produced by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) in collaboration with handpicked directors and videographers, to immerse visitors in a journey through Qatar’s past, present and future aspirations. The projections cover a vast area, co-created by RES, MAN Enterprise / EMPTY Joint Venture and the DFI.
“Avolites Ai is always our go-to software for demanding projects like this - the AIM Codec and Salvation Engine are both powerful and reliable,” says Mark Calvert from RES. “My colleagues Dave Green and Trey Harrison were of course the architects of the original source code for the Ai software, so we are very familiar with what it can achieve when a project needs to go big.”
The Avolites Ai Q3 servers and custom-designed 8K servers are feeding more than one petabyte of movie data to 112 Panasonic 4K projectors, which are beaming the content onto curved interior walls of the museum, known as the ‘cinematic display zones’. The data is shared via 50.6km of 3G SDI cabling and each video requires full motion image resolution as high as 25K by 4K, to cover more than 33,000 sq.ft. of space. The huge quantity

 
 
take-thatTake That global logo goes on tour
Monday, 20 May 2019

UK - “Mark Owen came to our first meeting and before discussions had even begun proposed we use the spherically rendered Take That logo from the cover of the new Odyssey album for the stage show.” This was how the band’s long-time tour director, Chris Vaughan of CV Productions, revealed the kernel of the concept. “No idle thought, Mark’s idea was a fully formed vision, with a huge panoramic screen behind it, and video adorning the total surface of the sphere; this would come to be the defining image of the tour.”
Vaughan quickly called upon the technical prowess of Video Design, who had supported Take That’s previous outing in 2016 and the engineering skills of Brilliant. “The key is knowing how to respond to extreme conceptual design,” was Vaughan’s assessment. “That, and the willingness to do so. A 10m diameter rotating sphere covered in high definition video is not commodity based, you don’t rent it off the shelf like sound and lighting equipment.”
The final result, supervised by CV Productions engineering point man Nick Evans, is 47 tons of steel, aluminium, motion control, and a virtually seamless skin of video tiles. “It took us almost a month, working closely with Nick and the guys at Brilliant just to solve the issues of fixing two and a half thousand 12mm WinVision flat square video tiles to a spherical surface without the appearance of visually unacceptable gaps between tiles,” explained Video Design’s CEO, Alex Leinster.
“A fantastic painstaking job headed up by Jack Middlebrook who now leads our t

 
maestraIt’s all white on the night with Maestra
Friday, 17 May 2019

UK - Maestra Group has made some major sound, lighting and video equipment investments recently in the London office, including white sound and lighting kit, which will ensure all its clients have the most flexible and dynamic solutions available for their shows and events.
The equipment is proving especially popular for car launches and other automotive events, fashion shows, corporates, industrials and expo stands as well as for art exhibitions, parties and architainment applications, where white equipment is often better suited to blend into the environment than traditional black.
The kit includes a substantial purchase of 30 x custom coated white Robe moving lights – 12 x LEDBeam 150s, 12 x Spiider LED WashBeams and six Pointe multipurpose fixtures which bring Maestra London’s total stock of Robes to over 100 including black versions of these three types and others.
In addition to these, there are over 100 other white luminaires in the inventory – a mix of Showtec Sunstrip Active Mk IIs, ETC Source Four Junior Zooms and Aria F1000 fresnels, all giving an excellent choice for different lighting designs.
On top of that, there is a selection of d&b audio speakers in white – currently a combination of Y7Ps, T10s, E5s and M6 monitors – which is expected to be expanded soon.
Maestra’s MD Justin Hammond highlights how the demand for white lighting and sound kit has dramatically increased in the last year in certain speciality sectors, and both Maestra Group’s London and Dubai bases have been proactive about addressing thi

 
 
shawnmendesROE Visual shines on Shawn Mendes tour
Friday, 17 May 2019

Europe - Shawn Mendes chose the Netherlands to kick off his nine-month world tour. The set, premiering in the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, revealed a large circular video wall as the eye-caching center-stage piece, comprising of ROE Visual Carbon CB5 LED panels.
Based on the simple, yet visually strong light design by LD Louis Oliver a massive circular video wall looms over the stage, creating a dramatic setting. “We wanted to keep the performance space organic, allowing the technology to hide in the background,” Oliver says. “With the design, we wanted to craft bold environments for Shawn to perform within.”
The total stage set-up comprises of a circular stage with steps on the left and right leading to two 9m wings. This gives a wide 280-degree sightline for the audience, while the front seats curve around the stage to bring them as close as possible to the artist. Above the stage sits a large circular video screen with complementary curved trusses for the lighting, all of these being able to move and thereby creating different atmospheres for each song.
VSS is main video contractor for the world tour. Adrian Offord, director for VSS assisted Louis Oliver in the final choice for the overhead video wall.
“We selected the Carbon CB5 LED panels for their visual quality and high brightness. The panels are fitted with black face LEDS and masking with very slim faders. The mere 0,3mm size of these faders enables us to keep the best possible viewing angle. Using the screen most of the time in a tilted position this needs to be taken into acco

 
green-hippoGreen Hippo gets scientific at Explorium
Friday, 17 May 2019

Ireland - A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ireland (AC-ET Ireland) has provided Explorium National Sport & Science Centre with a Green Hippo Hippotizer V4+ media server to control their LED display.
Based in Dublin, Explorium uses sport to inspire children and adults alike to discover the wonders of science. The centre features three key areas - Science, Sport and Junior, with each one offering a range of interactive experiences.
Jackey Chai at Explorium required a media server to control the centre’s LED display, which is a central point of focus at the entry to the internal auditorium and visitor centre. The display is used to play various visual effects such as a waterfall, and promotional videos. Understanding Jackey’s needs Aaron Cripps, managing director of AC-ET Ireland, recommended a Green Hippo Hippotizer Amba+ media server.
Aaron visited Jackey at Explorium to provide support, training and demonstrate the extensive range of features that the Amba+ has.
He commented: “Explorium uses a lot of innovative and cutting edge technologies, so it was important that the quality of the content met the high standards of the rest of the centre. The Amba+ has a 4K output which looks fantastic when it maps onto the LED display.”
Jackey concluded: “It has been great to have A.C.'s help and expertise with this project. The Hippotizer Media Server is very powerful, with many different features, and Aaron has always been very helpful and quick to get back to any questions.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
colour-soundColour Sound rolls on with new truck
Friday, 17 May 2019

UK - West London lighting and video rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment has expanded its fleet of vehicles with a new artic and trailer – a Volvo FH460 Globetrotter Euro 6 tractor unit, complete with a 45' Schmitz Cargobull low-ride Tri-axle semi-trailer.
This vehicle - chosen for its efficiency and dynamics - is an investment made for the convenience of trucking equipment to tours and festivals across the UK and Europe. It will also offer clients an additional element of cost-effectivity as Colour Sound can offer independent trucking services for large one-offs.
The truck will be especially busy during the upcoming festival season and will help streamline overall production logistics by reducing the off-site pick-ups required.
“All our vehicles have been bought with a view to making our operations as flexible and versatile as possible to suit client needs,” commented Colour Sound’s H (Haydn Cruickshank). “Having the artic substantially enhances the capacity of this service.”
With shows, events and projects involving increased amounts of kit, a larger and more spacious option was required in addition to the existing transport as the new truck joins a 12-tonner that was delivered in November.
Both tractor and trailer are fully air ride enabled and all of this and more ensures that Colour Sound’s kit gets the safest and most comfortable rides to and from site.
Colour Sound already has one full-time Class 1 HGV driver on the transport team, and more will have the opportunity to gain their licences in the coming

 
grahamAndrews named president of NEP Live Events
Wednesday, 15 May 2019

USA - NEP Group has announced the promotion of Graham Andrews to global president of NEP live events and CEO of the Creative Technology Group. The announcement follows significant growth in NEP’s live events operating segment over the last several years, growing from two US-based businesses in 2012 to today a family of six brands and one of the largest live events platforms in the world.
As global president, Andrews will continue to report to CEO Kevin. Rabbitt and oversee NEP live events globally to help each division accelerate growth, service clients across geographies and cross-sell services from NEP’s other operating segments.
Andrews has worked in the live events industry since 1976, beginning his career as an audio engineer working on theatre and music productions around the world.
Rabbitt says: “We have great opportunities ahead of us – and the right people, resources and strategy to be a strong partner for our clients. I’m confident in Graham’s ability to support our talented live events teams in meeting their operational needs and to act as a global advocate and resource for all of NEP live events.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
arla-2019Protec delivers for ARLA conference
Tuesday, 14 May 2019

UK - Over a thousand delegates from the private rental sector gathered in London’s ExCel on 2 April to attend the Annual ARLA Propertymark Conference and exhibition. Protec European Events were trusted by their client Westrade Group Ltd to provide a full event technical service package.
Moderated by BBC News presenter Julian Worricker, the conference focussed on the importance of legislation, and how to keep abreast of industry issues.
Project manager Fraser McCaig reports, “Protec designed and built the 40m x 4.2m stage with six integrated 4m high x 1m wide LED video columns supported by OV40 truss 4m columns that we anchored to 100kg steel base plates with the set covered by seven colour Polycril wraps. We recessed the centre section of the set with laser line graphics for branding which was enhanced with DMX controlled LED strips on both sides and on top. We also handled the full graphic design of all the stage and branding elements for the client.”
Head of the video department – Sean Godefroy opted for Christie 14k projectors for the two screens, Analog Way PLS 350G switchers controlled by an Orchestra desk. Alongside that, he used Master Cue so the client felt they were in control of their presentations. He used two JVC HM 890 fibre studio cameras that fed the live feed to the two 5.4m screens.
Ben Waters, head of audio, notes, “We chose to use the compact Nexo M620 line array, with four hangs on the truss, plus two wider fills as well as centralised subs for even coverage. The room was extremely wide, with a fairly short depth

 
faceitSound Adventures debuts at ExCel
Tuesday, 14 May 2019

UK - After supporting various Esports Championship Series (ECS) shows at Wembley’s SSE Arena over the last few years, Sibar Production & Design, along with Capital Sound (and their Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker array), moved to the ICC Auditorium at ExCeL for the FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic. FACEIT is the leading competitive gaming platform and organisers of some of the largest esports events in Europe and North America including ECS, Universal Open and the FACEIT London CS:GO Major.
Capital has been regularly contracted to provide the audio reinforcement for such gameplay events by Sibar’s Simon Barrington, but this represented an entirely fresh challenge. According to Capital’s project manager Robin Conway, “It was based on a completely different gaming platform and different team and elimination set-up.
“The space at ExCeL is tricky as was the design, as we needed to work around a 56m wide screen over and above the gaming pods, playing to the full width of the ICC Auditorium.”
Capital again deployed their Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker array platform, but this time harnessed to Martin Audio’s Sound Adventures, the 3D immersive sound partnership with Astro Spatial Audio.
The deployment of Sound Adventures in this scenario was to test whether or not locational gameplay information could be used to enhance the listening experience. With so many players in the game, the audio footage had the potential to be located to a specific playing pod so the audience could understand who or which team they were watching and listening

 
 
roe-visualInfoComm 2019: ROE launches installation lines
Monday, 13 May 2019

USA - ROE Visual will launch a new series of LED screens for fixed installations at on stand 2061 at InfoComm 2019, taking place 11-14 June in Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center in Florida.
Named Amber and Jasper, the new LED panels will feature two designs, one based on a 50x50cm panel, and one with a 16:9 ratio panel. Pixel pitches will range from 0.9375mm to 3.9mm.
“Both products will boast excellent visual qualities that play into the demands for permanent video installations, for example broadcast, film studios, corporate solutions, houses of worship and board rooms,” claims ROE Visual.
Glory Gao, deputy sales director at ROE, comments: “This move is mostly instigated by our own clientele. With keen understanding of project management, logistics and implementation processes, we provide clients with not only the right LED display solutions for their projects, but with the comfort that these will be delivered timely to perform flawlessly at their event.
“ROE Visual certainly has the capabilities to support a cross-over, integration and installation market. Being involved in many projects on a global scale over the last 15 years, I know what it takes to do things first-time-right.”
Next to the Jasper and Amber series, regular ROE Visual products will also be showcased, including Sapphire SP1.5, Diamond DM2.6, Vanish V8S, Black Marble BM4 and Black Pearl BP2.
(Jim Evans)

 
ctfestBrompton takes HDR technology to CTFest19
Monday, 13 May 2019

UK - The first week of May saw Creative Technology UK’s Festival of Technology 2019. CTFest19, as it is known, sees the company welcome innovation partners to its Sussex base to showcase the latest in event technology and creative ideas. This year, Brompton Technology took the opportunity to give attendees a close up look at its high-end processors and new HDR technology.
HDR video offers a new approach to delivering better image quality, without requiring finer and finer pixel pitches to achieve it and brings a trio of image quality improvements that are particularly well placed for LED screens.
“The response to HDR at CTFest19 was extremely positive,” says Brompton business development manager Rob Fowler. “We’re always keen to get involved with companies who prize innovation and want to showcase leading edge technology. CT understands the benefits of our system and how it can be used to best effect. CT Fest offered us a broad reaching yet intimate platform to demonstrate the benefits of our technology to a wide range of event producers and technicians.”
As well as Brompton’s own dedicated area, CT also took advantage of Brompton processing power for CTFest19’s main stage show, which featured a 6152 x 1760 pixel, 2.8mm ROE Black Pearl LED screen run by two SX40s.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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