Mexico - Rock/hip hop band Café Tacvba’s Niu Güeis have become one of the most popular Latin artists of the past 25 years. Touring in support of their eighth studio album Jei Beibi, the group is as fiery as ever, moving effortlessly through different musical genres, and infusing each with their own unmistakable brand of verve and style.
The colourful, scenic-rich stage show that fans have long expected from Café Tacvba is also very much in evidence on the Niu Güeis tour, thanks in no small part to an immersive, richly coloured lightshow designed by Félix Peralta with help from a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures.
Peralta is using 72 Nexus Aq 5X5 panels, supplied by Meridian Pro Audio, in his design for the tour. Configured in six large vertically-oriented rectangles that run across the upstage deck, the panels provide a stunning background for the band. Pixel-mapped, they display varying geometric patterns throughout the concert, reflecting the changing moods of the music, and adding an evocative scenic element to the stage.
The intense output of the panels allows them to stand up to the beams of light that Peralta projected around them at various points during the show. Peralta also changes colours on the RGBW panels to contrast them to different washes. The resultant layered coloured effect adds an alluring scenic quality to his design.
Thanks to the easy-to-install design of the Nexus Aq 5X5, each rectangular screen was assembled quickly and easily. "I had previously worked with Chauvet Professional fixtures.
USA - Panasonic Business is set to introduce the SQ1 series, new large-format 4K professional displays at InfoComm 2018.
Available in 86 and 98-inch models and boast 500cd/m2 brightness, along with Intel Smart Display Module (SDM) for improved processing and integration capability, the displays are built for self-contained or networked signage and ideal for use in corporate, education and retail environments.
“At Panasonic, we are committed to continually improving our display line up in terms of its performance, versatility and efficiency, no matter what the intended application or venue is,” says Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic. “Incorporating the Intel Smart Display Module allows Panasonic to offer a sleek, slim and scalable display solution which simplifies interface integration, signage installations and platform management.”
“We are pleased Panasonic has adopted the Intel Smart Display Module specification in its new SQ1 series of 4K displays. Our collaboration offers a flexible, integrated and scalable solution to help businesses interact and work together more easily and efficiently,” says Jose Alvaro Avalos, vice president, Internet of Things Group, Intel Corporation.
The SQ1 series complements the EQ1 range of six entry class, 4K professional displays, ranging from 43 to 86 inches, that was introduced at ISE 2018. The EQ1 series offers 4K resolution for high-impact images with 350 cd/m2 brightness, making it a cost-efficient solution for public spaces, retail venues, corporate meeting rooms and
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will demonstrate its extensive portfolio of leading theatrical technologies - including new lighting, rigging, audio and video products from Chroma-Q, Spotlight, Follow-Me, Sixty82, BroadWeigh, Tourmate, Sennheiser, Shure and Green Hippo - at the ABTT Theatre Show 2018 this week. Highlights include:
Lighting: Chroma-Q's premium performance Color Force II LED cyclorama & effects light, and Inspire XT RGBW LED house light - both multi award-winners - and new Studio Force II high output variable white fixture; ProLights' Eclipse LED Fresnel in a choice of white colour temperatures, plus various effects lighting models; a preview of Spotlight's Hyperion 6-colour LED Profile and Fresnel, alongside many other theatrical LED fixtures; Follow-Me's remote follow spot control system for harnessing multiple moving lights from any brand in any orientation, to replace old-school follow spots; LSC's Mantra Lite console; Luminex's range of high performance lighting networking solutions; and LumenRadio's wireless DMX and RDM lighting control products.
Rigging: The new original, Sixty82 brings a fresh innovative approach to trussing and staging systems through years of experience from the industry innovators who are behind the new brand; BroadWeigh's new BW-BSd wireless USB dongle for laptops and tablets, enabling users to connect to BroadWeigh shackles at a line of sight range of up to 500m; Columbus McKinnon Entertainment's Prostar electric chain hoists designed for smaller venues; and Tourmate's new Multilock Hoist, a n
UK - The PLASA 2018 Members’ Day and AGM took place on Thursday 31 May at the Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park, London to reflect upon a year of specialist projects, industry collaboration and growth.
Members and guests enjoyed a productive day with an insightful AGM, followed by a networking afternoon in the venue’s unique ‘physic’ garden. The lively guest speaker, Caroline Russell from The Ideas Centre Group, encouraged audience participation with her creative approach to problem-solving, then attendees were invited to stay for drinks into the evening.
PLASA Treasurer Mark Surtees presented the 2017 accounts and announced that PLASA is in a place of financial stability, highlighting an increase in profits due to commercial growth within Events and Media. Newly elected Chair, Adam Blaxill, added later that all profits funnel back into the Association, enabling PLASA to generate and implement more initiatives to directly benefit its members and the wider industry.
Managing Director Peter Heath described how the last 12 months has been ever-changing and that PLASA has been proactive in connecting and collaborating with its members. Blaxill bolstered this by encouraging members to get involved with the Association’s activities and work within specialist groups if they feel they have something to offer. Both Blaxill and Heath also noted that although Brexit is looming PLASA has continued to reach out to European members to help unify the industry and raise working standards.
There were several presentations f
World - American rockers All Time Low know how to deliver high-impact, adrenaline-fuelled arena shows. Backed by a huge, fractured LED screen and stadium-scale lighting rig, their current world tour is a blaze of eye-candy glory.
The band's long-time lighting designer, Jeff Maker, is armed with an Avolites Sapphire Touch console networked with a bank of media servers for complete lighting and video control.
"I'm obsessed with getting things perfect - I needed to programme a punchy and exacting lighting design that worked with the video wall for maximum impact," says Maker, who collaborated with the band and video content creator Oliver Hutchinson to achieve a slick, solid and synchronised show aimed squarely at enhancing audience experience.
For the tour's recent UK leg, ZigZag Lighting supplied Maker with the Sapphire Touch. The LD is a big fan of the console's "super-sensitive touch screens" and the plethora of powerful, time-saving features of the Titan interface, all of which keep him a regular user of the desk.
"As an LD, you're always up against it for programming time, so any short cut or feature that simplifies your life is welcome," says Maker. "The easiest example is that having a screen sensitive enough to not have to be pressed twice just saves precious time. But there are plenty more.
"For instance, the automatic faders on the Sapphire are amazing. I've been using the Set List feature a lot for my pre-programming, and I love how it can jump to any page once the song is triggered on the set list - it just updates automatic
USA At InfoComm 2018, software provide Stardraw.com is unveiling the latest version of its award-winning design/documentation software for AV systems integrators. Stardraw Design 7.3 can be seen for the first time on the Stardraw booth C-3116 at InfoComm 2018.
Boasting a raft of new features and significant performance enhancements, SD7.3 will be available for download from the Stardraw.com website in June. All new features are based on user feedback and requests from Stardraw’s extensive user base that now covers 83 countries worldwide. One of the most significant enhancements is a move to a new, 64-bit platform to enable handling of the largest of projects with ease. The new 64-bit architecture is able to manage huge and multiple imported DWG files better than ever before, as well as other resource-intensive non-native data formats including PDF, DXF and image files (PNG, JPG, etc.)
Another popular enhancement is the new Feathering feature, sometimes called ‘Continuations’ or ‘Fly-offs’, which provides a graphical representation to indicate where a cable has come from, and is going to, in the event that it spans separate drawings or is noncontiguous in the same drawing. Crucially, it consolidates the two Cable objects into one ‘physical’ cable in the Cable Schedule to ensure that they aren’t double-counted in the project.
Other new features include monochrome import for even clearer drawings, high-resolution rendering and more.
“We’re now into our seventh generation of design/documentation software applications for AV i
USA - ROE Visual will present its latest product offerings at InfoComm 2018 Booth N2014 this week at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. This year, ROE celebrates the launch of its high-resolution Sapphire LED display and other touring and fixed-installation products. To showcase its expanded offerings, ROE is building an in-booth theatre for attendees to enjoy presentations of the company’s latest products.
The public is invited to join media at a Press Conference to be held at 3PM on June 6, 2018 at ROE Booth N2014 to learn about details of the Sapphire. Product Managers for InfoCcomm-launched products will be on hand alongside members of ROE’s sales and marketing team to answer questions on new products.
ROE Visual will also showcase the Black Marble Glass LED platform, designed to offer LED floor solutions for concert stages, TV studios, commercial stands and a variety of other creative applications. The high-end glass or matte finish is strong and scratch-proof, while Black Marble’s glass finish enhances the visual effect
“InfoComm is an important exhibition for our industry where major players come together to share experiences and look for new products and innovations. This year, we are particularly excited to launch our Sapphire platform, showcase the new Diamond 2.6 series and introduce the Black Marble floor panels,” said Tony Van Moorleghem, product marketing director. “As we expand our product offerings, we are expanding our tradeshow team to include our product engineers and product managers. This year, Dries Vermeulen,
UK - Europe’s largest digital marketing conference, the Adobe Summit EMEA 2018 returned to Excel London earlier this month. Creative technical event production expert, Hawthorn was once again chosen by agency Taylor Bennett Partners to deliver the full technical design and production for the two-day event.
Focused on the future of digital marketing, over 5,500 delegates from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa gathered to hear the latest’s updates from Adobe Marketing Cloud and its partners.
Led by group creative director Pete Harding, Hawthorn was tasked to bring Taylor Bennett’s impressive vision to life, delivering the technical production for the main conference plenary, exhibition space, break-out rooms and the Summit Celebration evening event.
Hawthorn collaborated with Cinimod to create a spectacular 6m interactive projection mapped globe that formed the centrepiece to the Adobe stand. Designed to represent the brain of Sensei, Adobe’s artificial intelligence engine, delegates were able to control the content on the globe using facial recognition and RFID technology embedded in smaller coloured replicas.
These combinations then created a unique live experience that exploded out across the exhibition space, appearing on an LED floor underneath the globe, eight surrounding screens, LED blades and 30 LED panels inset in to sponsor stands. To complete the immersive setup, eight aroma machines delivered different scents depending on each unique users interaction with the experience, along with accompanying audio tracks deliver
Portugal - Ampco Flashlight played a major role as supplier of all lighting, rigging, video and motion systems for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Preparations started as early as October 2017. The dedicated team of commercial, technical and logistics specialists, working closely together with local Portuguese partner Pixel Light, laid a solid base for a flawless production in the Altice Arena. Build-up started early April and ended with a 60-hour speed load out.
Over 2500 fixtures, almost four kilometres of truss and a huge amount of, cabling, dimmers, distro’s and a state of the art data network was used in this massive TV production attracting over 350m viewers worldwide.
Marc van der Wel, project director, commented: “It was very exciting being part of the team, and seeing how our specialists put so much effort, experience and knowledge into this project. I am extremely proud of the way we handled this, and I am grateful for the opportunity and the great cooperation with RTP, head of production Ola Melzig, Tobias Aberg and their team.”
North America - Media and real-time visual processing specialist ArKaos has widened its distribution network in North America by appointing Elation Lighting as a distributor in the USA and Mexico.
Elation will be promoting, distributing and servicing all ArKaos PRO’s video server range and the MediaMaster software.
ArKaos MD Agnes Wojewoda comments: “With the on-going diversification of our product range, ArKaos wants to become established in the segments like architecture, architainment, churches and houses of worship, television and broadcast. Elation is a well-established independently owned company with an excellent base, track-record and contacts network.”
A.C. Lighting, which was ArKaos’ exclusive distributor in North America since 2012, will continue to support and supply existing US customers and remains the brand’s exclusive distributor in Canada.
Elation had been offering ArKaos MediaMaster Express software since 2013 and had integrated ArKaos’ Kling-Net protocol into some of its lighting products. In June 2017, the LA-based lighting company agreed with A.C. Lighting to also start selling ArKaos media servers to its US and Mexico dealers.
ArKaos products will be presented on the stands of of both A.C. Lighting and Elation at InfoComm next week in Las Vegas.
UK - Taking in selected venues, Tokio Myers, who stunned the judges to claim victory on Britain's Got Talent has been showcasing his genre straddling fusion of classical and contemporary musical experiences on stages across the UK.
Collaborating closely with Vision Factory show designer, Sam Tozer, the VER London operation has supported the tour with a comprehensive video, projection and lighting package that helped realise the designer’s creative vision for the shows. Set against a 9 x 4m upstage LED wall, the show blends live performance with filmed footage, cutting edge graphics and intense colour that silhouettes the artist at work.
Speaking about the show’s visual elements, Sam says: “Tokio Myers Our Generation tour design revolved around the basic idea of cinematography and immersing Tokio in a halo like parallel cube of light. I found using VER high definition video screen brought out the rich textures and colours of the content and allowed myself to create stark silhouette moments throughout the performance. Alongside we toured five projectors used as a light source casting beams and saturating the stage with abstract imagery.”
The lighting design that accompanies the show has been carefully crafted to complement both the visual and musical impact of each performance, helping bring an additional dimension to the production.
Sam continues, “Above and around the stage was a collection of Solaris Flares, GLP x4 Bar 20’s and Viper Performance’s that sat in harmony with the video elements.”
USA - Originally established in 1853, Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest apparel companies with 500 stores worldwide, and products available in over 100 countries.
At their flagship retail location on Market and 4th Street in San Francisco, the Levi’s brand managers wanted to heighten the consumer engagement for the 8000sq.ft retail space located one of the world’s most highly visited shopping areas. With two large windows looking out onto the busy street, Levi’s worked with their long-time digital partner Reflect, who installed two FLEXClear transparent LED video displays from PixelFLEX.
“Levi’s has been a client of ours for many years dating back to about 2013,” began Brandie Perkins, senior account manager, Reflect. “As a forerunner in the jean industry, they haven’t always played a lot in the digital space, but for their San Francisco Market Street location, they really wanted to make a statement and connect with their customers. Having seen the possibilities of a transparent LED video display at a tradeshow, they asked us if we could implement the technology into their retail design, so we reached out to PixelFLEX about the FLEXClear LED video.”
Perkins continued, “They wanted to install a big experience and attract consumer attention without impeding the natural light that comes into the store. With the way the store is physically laid out, the natural light is essential to the space, so they loved the idea of being able to put in a transparent LED display. This way they could still get light into the
USA - AV Stumpfl will allow InfoComm visitors a first look at their next-generation media server software solution PIXERA, scheduled to be released later this year. The 64-bit system for real-time media processing, compositing and management is built around the key theme of usability.
Users can gradually discover the options and features and can smoothly transition from being a beginner to becoming a specialist. Actions in the 2D and 3D space follow the same mechanisms. The system was designed so that users can execute the most important basic actions in record time and with only a minimum of effort.
A radical new interface logic enables even first-time users to intuitively understand the main software mechanics.
AV Stumpfl global business development manager Horst Damoser explains what makes PIXERA so special: "In order to have a real impact on the highly competitive media server and media playout software market, our development team came up with a radical new approach.
“There are many great systems out there, but we believe that PIXERA is the only one that strictly follows a product philosophy that lets users focus on their work instead of having to focus on technology. At the end of a busy working day, we want PIXERA users to be able to think about what they achieved that day and not about which sub-menus they had to click."
Caption: The 64-bit system is built around the key theme of usability
USA - After recently expanding its inventory with a large complement of Claypaky Scenius Unico and Mythos2 fixtures, Elite Multimedia Productions has provided a portion of that equipment to Cole Swindell’s nationwide Reason to Drink Tour.
The country singer-songwriter kicked off his headlining tour in Allentown, Pennsylvania in February and wrapped the first leg in LA in April. He resumed the tour a month later in Austin and will continue to play dates across the country through September. Nashville-based Elite Multimedia is the production provider for lighting, LED, video and IMAG video support.
Production designer James ‘Mo’ Butts deploys 16 Claypaky Scenius Unico and 24 Mythos2 fixtures for the tour. His design for the show, in which video plays a key role in the storytelling, depicts Swindell’s evolution as an artist from playing cover songs at a college bar to becoming a country superstar headlining arenas.
“The design really seemed to come together organically starting with a complete redesign of our previous rig to expand out to the 48-foot wide stages,” says Butts. “We then looked at what production elements had been most successful on our past tours and morphed [them] into a much larger stage design.”
The show features a 40x20-foot LED wall that displays one big look or as many as six different areas of content designed to give each song a different look and feel. IMAG from seven cameras is integrated into the content instead of occupying side screens.
The lighting rig is outfitted with many of Elite Mul
USA - Powersoft is launching several new products targeted at the fixed installation and OEM markets at this year’s InfoComm exhibition. New products include a significant extension of its successful two-channel amplifier platform, Duecanali, as well as its renowned M-Force transducer, which brings power and integration possibilities to an increasing number of OEM partners.
The Duecanali 804 and 4804 - which are now launching in the U.S. market - are the latest additions in the Duecanali platform, which is suited for retail, leisure and hospitality fixed installations that require both pristine and reliable sound. The Duecanali 804 offers 2 x 400W and represents a lower total power solution for installations in retail, as well as bars and restaurants where a single two-channel amplifier is required - without the need for additional channels or power. The range is completed by the existing Duecanali 1604 launched last year, which sits between the two new products in the Duecanali range.
The newly completed Duecanali range is able to drive low impedance loads (2/4/8 Ohm) and 70V/100V distributed lines selectable per channel. It also provides more than 16 different possible output configurations per channel. The Duecanali range also delivers on control and interoperability with DSP onboard, third-party plug-ins, networking and remote control.
“With DSP onboard, interoperability created via third-party plug-ins, networking and remote control, Powersoft amplifiers have been converted into smart controllers of the future,” says Francesco Fanicchi,
Denmark - dnp denmark has announced the next generation Supernova XL screen.
Available in sizes up to 230” in 16:9 format, it’s marketed as a cost-effective solution for large venues and an affordable alternative to dnp’s Supernova Infinity Screen.
The new Supernova XL is designed to be transported rolled up in boxes of only 900mm x 900mm (length determined by screen height), which significantly reduces transport and handling costs. Two people can then assemble the screen on site in just a couple of hours, saving time and labour costs.
“We’ve eliminated the overlap of the screen materials to ensure an image without any visible seams, which is the key to the best viewing experience,” says dnp VP global sales & marketing, Soeren Kraemmergaard. “Our true optical lens technology delivers crisp high-contrast images without users having to dim the lights or draw the curtains.”
USA - The Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) is now open for nominations.
The KOI Awards, launched in the USA in April, have been celebrating the achievements of lighting and video designers working in a range of entertainment genres in the UK for 10 years, with the first US edition set to coincide with LDI 2018 in Las Vegas.
Nominations for KOI USA are rolling in across all three categories - Theatre, Concert Touring & Events, and Live for Broadcast - with five awards in each category up for grabs. To be eligible for nomination, productions must have been performed or broadcast in the USA between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.
In the UK, the organisers have reported “a record number of nominations” ahead of the 30 June deadline.
Visit the relevant website for more information on how to nominate:
KOI UK: www.knight-of-illumination.com
KOI USA: www.knightofilluminationawards.com
The five awards in each category at KOI USA are:
Theatre - Dance, Opera, Plays, Musicals and Projection Design;
Live for Broadcast - Scripted Series, Unscripted Series, Awards Shows, Set & Video Design, Entertainment & Events;
Concert Touring & Events - Events, Video Content, Club, Stage, Arena.
KOI organisers, Live Design and The Fifth E
UK - Central Presentations (CPL) has invested in six new Barco UDX-4K 31,000lm laser projectors which were deployed on their first event at Arcadia London last weekend.
The vibrant two day alt.culture festival, music and performance extravaganza celebrated the 10th anniversary of the birth of the Arcadia concept, and was staged in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the famed Spider at the hub of the performance action.
CPL has been involved with Arcadia since 2013 when the 50 tonne Spider - the conceptual brainchild of Pip Rush and Bert Cole crafted from reimagined military hardware and other recycled industrial waste - first landed at Glastonbury festival.
For the last few UK appearances of the arachnid, CPL has been part of a dedicated production team delivering crisp, detailed projections onto both sides of the three giant legs, which are fundamental structural elements of this awesome 360 degree visual and sonic spectacle.
The new projectors arrived just in time at CPL’s West Midlands warehouse for the London event, which was built around Arcadia’s Metamorphosis experience, a dynamic combination of ambitious engineering, acrobatics, stunning visuals and sonic excellence that WOWed everyone in Olympic Park. The festival also included a sizzling line-up of other electronic talent, with all the main action taking place in and around the Spider.
CPL’s team was project managed by George Oakey who was joined by Jack Sykes and Robin Emery. They worked closely with Arcadia’s production manager Dorian Cameron-Marlow a
Europe - AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, has announced the appointment of Chris Lavelle to the position of senior director of development Europe. Lavelle takes on the role having spent nine years as regional director for UK and Ireland. He will lead the team based in Munich and the UK.
“It’s a real pleasure to be given this exciting opportunity, and I look forward to getting started in my new role,” says Lavelle. “There has been some fantastic work done by our team in Europe, and there is a strong desire and commitment from AVIXA to do even more to deliver our message, liaise closely with our existing members and further drive membership growth.”
The move will be effective 1 June. Current senior director of development Europe, Pam Taggart, will be moving into a global position with AVIXA as senior director of strategic relationships, based in the US.
AVIXA has also announced a raft of team changes New recruits in Munich include Jennifer Leutgeb. Jennifer is replacing AVIXA education programme manager Ally Fowler, who will step up to the role of director of international education following the retirement of Bill Thomas. A European marketing manager has been appointed and will be announced in due course.
Other developments include the promotion of Ben Barnard to regional manager, UK and Ireland. Sarah Carless will also move into a new role as member relations manager, with a new programme coordinator to be appointed in her stead. In addition, Valeria Rapa has been made programme coordinator in Italy on
UK - PSCo, trade only rental supplier of display technologies, has invested in Absen’s new 3.9mm indoor / outdoor LED product within the Polaris range. The PL3.9 Pro LED is exclusively available in the UK from PSCo.
This new product from Absen is part of their High Brightness Black (HBB) range, an innovative new series which utilises Common Cathode technology. This provides dedicated voltages for individual RGB sub-pixels to substantially improve their efficiency. This results in 20% less power used and 20% less heat generated, allowing for more brightness output with total stability & reliability.
This technology means that the PL3.9 Pro with HBB can achieve 5000nits brightness with a 1921 black-face SMD - using less power and without compromising on brightness or black levels. This is delivered in an IP65 rated chassis allowing for excellent visual performance outdoors – with the same high-performance grayscale as previous generation Absen rental technologies. This visual performance can also be delivered at lower brightness indoors without compromising on colour depth or contrast.
The new Polaris chassis adds further creative flexibility with the ability to create convex (-7.5deg) or concave (+10deg) curves both flown or ground-stacked using the integrated adjustable side locks.
UK - Celebrating PLASA Focus Leeds’ 10th anniversary at the start of May, Current RMS was back at the popular show, exhibiting new features of its cloud-based rental management software to stand visitors.
In between catching up with their customers and demonstrating their software to new faces, the show proved an opportunity to showcase its new and highly-anticipated feature, Deal Pricing.
Requested directly by Current users via their online wishlist, Deal Pricing allows users to apply an agreed deal price straight to a job. This overrides the charge total and can either be applied as a blanket figure to all items on the job, or to individual groups, for example, audio or conference room sub-labels.
Handy for providing clients with friendlier quotations and charging a neat deal price for a job, feedback at the show was “overwhelmingly positive”. As with all features, Deal Pricing was built with the AV, Lighting and Events industries and processes in mind. The feature is now in final testing stages and due to be released extremely soon. Built alongside this release, the development team behind Current RMS have also released Two Factor Authentication since the show, providing a new option to add an extra layer of security when users are logging into their rental business. With new GDPR legislation deadlines looming, when this new feature is enabled, users will have to enter a unique code sent to their smartphone to gain access to their sensitive business data, just another way in which Current users can safeguard their rental data.
Portugal - LED solutions and bespoke installation provider, Light Initiative (LI) were 'on board' at this year's Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) to design and manufacture a custom-built LED scenic element for the UK entry, SuRie, with her song Storm.
LI worked with long-term client creative show director Dan Shipton of Black Skull Creative on a series of 18 video-mapped LED chevrons that created the perspective guiding 'corridor' of light in which the artist performed. The design was created to read as a flat video visual from the front, then stretch out to show depth and distance when viewed from the side.
"I wanted to close down the space on stage so that SuRie could completely own her environment," says Shipton. "However, it was not conducive to keep everything within a restricted space for the entire song and equally important was the opening up of the stage to tell the story of the song to the audience and to allow SuRie to connect with her fans. Storm's message is one of openness and strength of unity and this had to be illustrated in the scenic element and how that worked with the television cameras."
From the beginning, it was clear that LED and a diamond motif was a key visual aspect of SuRie's performance and her brand. The motif featured in her BBC You Decide 2018 performance and again in the official Storm music video, before it took centre stage at the Eurovision finals. From the beginning, Shipton was in talks with LI about how to carry this through to the live show's production.
"As soon as I started researching the
UK - For anyone working with video, codecs play a vital role in compressing clips for optimum playback in real-time scenarios. For many, the HAP codec - inter-operable between platforms - was key to their work. With Adobe having dropped support of QuickTime 7 (a popular platform that included the HAP codec) as of 24 April, a new workaround for many video professionals is needed. Step forward Green Hippo, whose FlexRes codec means its Hippotizer servers are unaffected by the change. LSi spoke to Sean Westgate, technical director and founder of Green Hippo, to find out more about all things HAP, FlexRes and more . . .
LSi: For those who might not know, can you please explain the importance of codecs and what the HAP codec is?
Sean Westgate: “To get maximum playback performance in real-time, video clips need to be compressed using a codec. This reduces their file size and they can be handled more easily, loaded faster and, with the right playback architecture, played back with less overhead. This is what the HAP codec is really good at - as it’s based on a graphics card-based compression technology, there is an optimal balance between file size and decompression speed allowing media servers to play out many more pixels than before. So, HAP is doing a great job and thanks to Tom Butterworth, who gave this QuickTime codec to the industry for free, it’s very popular as it finds this sweet spot between quality and playback performance.”
LSi: Why and when did Adobe drop HAP support?
SW: “Well, strictly speaking,
USA - Disney's Frozen made its stage debut on Broadway this spring at the St. James Theatre in New York. Video design team FRAY Studio were tasked with delivering the production's theatrical world of snow, ice and the Aurora Borealis for the stage.
Working with leading media server manufacturer disguise and real-time effects software Notch, FRAY co-founders Finn Ross and Adam Young are taking the animation magic of Disney and rendering it with full integrity in the theatre.
"Frozen is a show about transformation, a spring-time world that moves to a frozen one, a frightened woman to a self-empowered leader," says Young.
To do this, FRAY collaborated with set and costume designer Christopher Oram and Richard Nutbourne Scenic Studio to develop a technique to make scenery look like stone or wood under normal theatre lighting, but then magically transforms into ice through the clever use of LED video mapping.
Ross continues, "We wanted to take the normal world of Arendelle and transform it to a glistening, crystalline, frozen space, in a way that an audience would not expect. Elsa is the centre of creating this world; we were tasked with helping bring her magic and powers to life."
From the show's conception, Ross and Young were set upon using disguise's latest media server, the gx 2, supplied by WorldStage, as their control component.
"We were taking on a lot of new and unique challenges in an incredibly time-sensitive and public arena," explains Ross. "We needed to know we had a media server team behind us 100% and that