UK - Technical entertainment charity Backup has announced Round 2 of applications for its Hardship Fund is now open.
The fund was launched in October with the aim to provide limited financial assistance to production crew and those working in the technical supply chain across the UK entertainment sector. Set up just ahead of the then-concluding Self-Employment Income Support and Job Retention schemes, it originally targeted those in the community who had been unable to receive any state or charitable assistance.
But Round 2 will be open to workers who have been awarded up to £5,000 in funding between 1 April and 30 November.
“The application uptake for Round 1 of the Hardship Fund reaffirmed to us how dire it is financially and that this help could not come soon enough for many or our colleagues,” comments Backup chairman John Simpson. “It has been heartbreaking to read the messages applicants included and we are thankful that Backup has been able to provide some small level of financial support to help keep our colleagues afloat.”
He adds: “With Round 1, the Hardship Fund was able to help over 100 colleagues that have not previously had any help. However, we are also aware that there is another larger group of people that have had some form of small support from government grants, but this is not enough to meet their day-to-day basic requirements and thus also find themselves in financial difficulty. This is why Backup is opening the Hardship Fund to for a Round 2, targeting these individuals with a widening of the criteria.”
Finland - The Finnish Sports Museum housed at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki has recently re-opened to the public with a completely revitalised permanent exhibition after extensive renovations closed the venue for five years.
The new exhibitions celebrate Finnish sport using the best of what modern technology has to offer, including a Genelec Smart IP audio solution. All audio, video and control technology was supplied by AV integration specialists Studiotec Oy, with AV and sound design by building services engineering experts, Granlund Oy.
Granlund’s Aki Päivärinne and Timo Muurinen were responsible for the AV design. “Our aim was to put the visitor in the middle of the action, to make them feel as if they are really there,” says Päivärinne. “It’s hard to think of any sport where sound is not a crucial part of the experience. Sounds from various sports are accompanied with occasional musical layers specially composed for the exhibition, and UX (User Experience) sounds. The sound design was realised using object-based sound design tools - immersive audio is the key to making the experience as complete as possible.”
Päivärinne specified Genelec’s Smart IP range of loudspeakers for most of the sound design, as they met all of his criteria for quality and particularly for ease of deployment. “The ability to use the museum’s existing Cat cabling infrastructure for both power and audio signal transport simplified the system design and installation enormously, as we didn’t have to worry about any analogue cables – everything
USA - LEA Professional has announced a partnership with Polaris Controls to serve the company’s growing customer base in Latin America and the Caribbean. With both organisations led by teams of recognised industry veterans, the partnership will seek to further enhance LEA Professional’s growing customer base in these international markets.
Polaris Controls has been operating in the pro audio industry for over a decade. Co-founder Ariel Enrique Gutiérrez comments, “The AV industry across all verticals is changing and it is imperative that companies move with that change. LEA Professional is agile and dynamic and can easily respond to the changes in the market, not to mention their solutions are intuitive, easy to use and built with integrators in mind.
“LEA understands the importance of customer care and engaging with your audience via digital tools. They are not simply a manufacturer but a savvy thought leader and educator in the industry, all qualities that we look for in a partner.”
LEA has already seen considerable uptake of their solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Polaris Controls is looking forward to continuing this trajectory.
“We are proud to partner with the team at Polaris Controls to continue to serve our growing customer base in Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Scott Robbins, VP of sales for LEA Professional. “We have seen a surge in customer demand over the last several months, especially as integrators seek new cloud-based solutions to continue to serve their clients remotely.”
UK - Polar has been appointed as the UK and Ireland distributor for AMX, a part of Harman Professional Solutions.
AMX is dedicated to integrating AV solutions for an IT World, solving the complexity of managing technology ‘with reliable, consistent and scalable systems comprising control and automation, system-wide switching and AV signal distribution, digital signage and technology management’. AMX systems are deployed worldwide in conference rooms, homes, classrooms, network operation/command centres, hotels, entertainment venues and broadcast facilities.
AMX is dedicated to integrating AV solutions for an IT World, solving the complexity of managing technology with ‘reliable, consistent and scalable systems comprising control and automation, system-wide switching and AV signal distribution, digital signage and technology management’. AMX systems are deployed worldwide in conference rooms, homes, classrooms, network operation/command centres, hotels, entertainment venues and broadcast facilities.
Andrew Loadman, head of video, Harman EMEA, comments: “Polar is the ideal AMX distribution partner for the UK and Ireland. A well-respected distributor in the AV market, Polar brings a depth of technical and commercial knowledge that has perfect synergy with the AMX portfolio. Polar will maintain close relationships with our resellers and consultants, to offer the most advanced and highly competitive AV solutions.”
John Midgley, managing director of Polar, adds: “We are very pleased to be partnering with AMX. In recent years we have br
Kazakhstan - Earlier this year, lighting designer, Dmitriy Karabetskiy utilised Vista by Chroma-Q’s Vista 3 lighting & media control system to deliver spectacular lighting for the inaugural series of Central Asia’s Got Talent.
A spin-off of the Got Talent TV show franchise - one of the world’s most successful reality TV formats, with versions in over 68 countries - Central Asia’s Got Talent showcases acts from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Season 1 premiered on the Khabar, Zo'r TV, KTRK, and Safina TV channels.
Dmitriy, who had previously worked on The X Factor Kazakhstan, was brought in to oversee the lighting production.
Dmitriy needed to create a lighting design tailored to the particular aesthetics of each performance, which ranged from dance and vocal acts, to magicians and acrobats. An important factor in his design was the need to create synergy between the accompanying music, and video footage used for LED screens within the set.
Dmitriy found Vista’s timeline and timecode features very useful for programming to the show’s format. Each performance was assigned a separate cue list, which was synchronised to the lighting and sound by MIDI timecode.
He commented: “What really distinguishes Vista from other consoles I’ve tried is its Timecode editing function. Shifting the start of all cue lists to a specific time is so easy, enabling me to re-arrange cue lists at a later date to match the final show running order. In addition, changing the timings of programmed events gr
UK - In celebration of their upcoming new album For Those That Wish To Exist, Architects performed an exclusive livestream show at The Royal Albert Hall on 21 November.
PRG supplied all lighting, rigging, media server (D3) and LED for the live performance which was streamed globally via the streaming service Veeps.
Production designer Paul McAdams utilised the space, creating a high energy design to showcase the venue and ensure viewers watching the stream could experience that same live energy from behind their screens.
“The team at PRG were extremely professional and supportive as always, constantly coming up with creative and effective solutions to any issue that arose on this show,” explained McAdams. “It was great to call on all members of the team’s vast wealth of knowledge to help deliver the design as intended. The shoot went off without a hitch.”
Martin Sceptron LED fixtures were used to create a flown triangular set-piece which was situated above the band. These were also used to edge the band’s risers.
To complete the look, PRG supplied the lighting floor package, which comprised of; Icon Edge, GLP JDC-1, MagicBlade R and Solaris Flares, and the ROE CB5mm video wall.
PRG music account manager, Gemma Oldfield said: “It was fantastic to work with the band and team again on what was a truly special show. Using this iconic venue as the surrounding for the livestream at a time when it is empty meant that the different spaces could be used to help create both intimate acoustic moments and big rock n roll
UK - disguise has recognised the need to take learning online. Users can now access the company’s full complement of training courses directly from a new online learning management system (LMS), free to anyone looking to upskill in any of the disguise workflows and disciplines. The launch of the online platform coincides with disguise’s decision to extend the free licence for their Designer software until June 2021 in an initiative to extend learning opportunities to all.
The disguise training team has redesigned the entire training programme, in order to facilitate remote and flexible learning. The new programme will split each major course up into two parts; one taught online on the new system, and the second, more practical part, carried out in-person. The programme will allow students to test their knowledge on specialist disguise equipment, and students will also have the option to undertake entire courses in a classroom setting should they request.
The new approach allows disguise users to learn concepts anytime, anywhere at their own pace and recap material easily after they have taken the classroom courses.
Global head of training, Chris West, explains: “The purpose of having a learning management system is to have a central location where our customers can manage their learning journey through disguise. It provides a pathway for people to find the right courses to suit their needs and gives us the opportunity to deliver training directly to anyone across the globe.”
The system will include all major training pathways offered
UK - The fashion marketplace app Depop recently approached Flipside Soundsystem to design and install an audio visual AV system for its recently established front-of-house area - intended for holding team meetings of up to 150 employees while also showcasing new products from its sustainable fashion portfolio.
Requiring a comprehensive audio visual installation that was in-keeping with the brand’s niche aesthetic, the Flipside team were on-hand to deliver a solution that could disappear into the background when not in use.
In terms of sound, the speakers included two Yamaha VXL1W16 column speakers, one VXL1B8 and a final VXS10SW in white and black to match the walls they were installed on. The amplification and processing called upon a Yamaha MTX5D and an XMV4280 located in a hidden rack. Audio-Technica were the brand of choice for the wireless mics with two ATW-3211/892x and four ATW-3212/C510s, allowing presenters the freedom to roam without cables.
For the visual side, two white NEC P525UL 5,000 lumen native WUXGA projectors have been flown from the ceiling and fire onto a pair of motorised Sahara Pro Electric Hall Screens. Visual processing is handled by a Wyrestorm MX 0404 HDBT 4K, while conveniently located Single Gang 2XD and 4xD wall boxes complete the project.
“There was quite a lot to do,” comments Flipside managing director, James Cooper. “But it ended up being a fun problem to have - to design an AV installation that allowed the team to use each aspect dynamically, but present them with a user interface that is simple t
India - Responding to growing regional demand, ClearOne has bolstered its sales network throughout India with the appointment of its newest distribution partner, Trustech Audio Visual Solution LLP.
“ClearOne represents innovative AV industry leadership with their full portfolio of solutions,” said Hardik Shah, co-founder and director of Trustech. “Our partners’ needs vary widely, and we know we can count on the reliability of ClearOne solutions and their commitment to providing the customer support our clients require. We know we can support any type of installation with confidence.”
“As the breadth of ClearOne solutions continues to expand, we are tasked with finding those outstanding distribution partners around the globe with the history and industry knowledge upon which customers can rely,” said ClearOne chair and CEO Zee Hakimoglu. “Trustech stands out in India as a trusted authority for AV solutions and customer service.”
South Africa - tvONE, manufacturer of video conversion and AV signal distribution technology, has appointed DWR Distribution as a new distributor for tvONE and Magenta brand products in South Africa.
DWR Distribution offers full technical solutions for the entertainment, broadcast, architectural, and commercial markets in Africa. The company’s current band offering also includes Green Hippo, which is a sister company to tvONE.
DWR will distribute a full range tvONE and Magenta products, including video wall processors, scalers and switchers, multi-window processors, signal extenders, matrix routers, distribution amplifiers, racking solutions, and more.
This is an exciting acquisition for our company,” comments Robert Izzett, director and head of sales at DWR. “While we look forward to utilising the extensive product range in studios, which includes all the virtual studios that have come up since COVID-19, the door also opens for applications in the corporate world such as training rooms, houses of worship, and of course the rental market, which we can’t wait to see flourish once again. Andrew Rodgers of DWR has been appointed the tvONE brand manager.”
Frithjof Becker, EMEA sales director of tvONE, adds: “We are happy to partner with DWR Distribution to provide the best AV solutions and support to the South African market. We look forward to working with them and their customers in the future.”
Australia - Jands, Australia’s largest theatre and audio visual technology distribution company, celebrates 50 years of continual ownership on Friday, 27 November, capping five decades that closely tracks the history of live production and indeed, Australian rock’n’roll.
Starting with some psychedelic lights in the basement of their parents’ home, Brothers David and Paul Mulholland were soon joined by school friend, (the late) Eric Robinson and went on to buy the fledgling J and S Research Electronics on 27 November 1970. The business took off as live music boomed from the straight-laced 1960s and solid state technology took hold, allowing louder, larger amplifiers. Column PA systems gave way to horn loaded systems derived from cinemas while swirling psychedelic liquid lightshows were replaced with stage lighting systems.
Jands built all their equipment - including speaker cabinets and cases being handmade by the company accountant Robert Young, Strobes, Colour Organs, dimmers and amplifiers being made in the company’s Marrickville factory. When promoters began booking international acts for outdoor concerts more sophisticated sound systems were required. Rock festivals like Sunbury needed more and louder sound, soon the Par Can came along and Jands bought the first 20 Altman versions, quickly copying a hundred to fulfil the demand.
“There is no better example of the strength of Jands expertise than when we were asked to provide audio for the first Elton John tour of Australia and New Zealand,” recalls Chairman Paul Mulholland. “All
USA - ADJ has expanded its Vision Series of LED video panels with the introduction of the new VS3IP. Designed for concert tours, festivals and other events – taking place both inside and outside – the new product is ADJ’s highest resolution IP-rated LED video panel to date.
The VS3IP panel features a 150 x 150 matrix of 3-in-1 SMD1921 LEDs, delivering a pixel pitch of 3.84mm (0.15”) for a pixel density of 67,816 per square meter. It delivers an impressive maximum brightness of 4500 NITS with a contrast ratio of 5000:1, making it suitable for use outdoors, even during daylight hours. However, it also offers 0~100% brightness adjustment allowing the output to be reduced when required, for example for smaller indoor applications or to ensure that video content doesn’t overpower lighting fixtures and on-stage content when used as a backdrop.
Specifically designed for temporary outdoor use, the panel features protection of its front surface from liquid and particles rated to the IP65 standard. The rear panel, meanwhile, has an IP54 rating and the unit is fitted with IP65-rated locking sockets for power and data (RJ45). The input and thru connections for both are also fitted with rubber caps which provide added protection during transit and also if a thru socket is not in use for a particular deployment.
The panel’s quick lock system makes setting up a large video wall as quick and straightforward as possible. Locator pins on the top side make it simple to get the panel in exactly the right position, while easy to activate locking pins then se
UK - Vestel Visual Solutions reports that it has been selected by Reading Football Club as its official visual technology partner. Vestel’s digital signage, interactive screens and video walls have been deployed throughout the club’s training complex at Bearwood Park in order to support a number of activities, ranging from tactical analysis to providing players with fitness and nutritional advice.
The new Bearwood Park facility is home to Reading FC’s men’s and women’s first teams, young professionals (Under-23s and Under-18s) and Academy players from ages 8 to 18. It also houses the coaching staff and management team, alongside a significant proportion of the club’s administrative staff.
Reading FC has now equipped the facility with Vestel’s screens to digitally enhance areas such as the yoga room and first team gym, the media room - which includes an interactive screen that uses touch screen technology to support both interviews and analysis - the Academy and the women’s Academy, the manager’s office, the parent’s room, reception areas, the medical room and multiple classrooms. These solutions will support the education, training, rehabilitation and performance of the club’s players, as well as its corporate activities.
“Our commitment to the elite performance of our players meant we outgrew our old training facility, Hogwood Park, and as a result we’ve spent a number of years designing and building Bearwood Park,” said Tim Kilpatrick, head of sales and partnerships at Reading Football Club. “We chose Vestel to suppo
The need for music and connection between the artist and its audience is greater than ever - and Roisin Murphy chose this moment in time to get the band together for an emotional livestream from PRG’s Live Space!
Rhianna Kenny-Wybrow, Roisin Murphy’s manager said: “For Roisin to build a show inside such an incredible space, that usually would be a hive of activity during the autumn touring season, felt very poignant. Roisin, her band and crew have been hugely restricted this year due to COVID-19. Live shows have been such a massive and enjoyable part of our team for so long; connecting with audiences around the world and working and traveling together as a family. This Mixcloud performance almost feels like an ode to what we have all missed out on. Working with PRG and Squire has been an absolute pleasure and we are incredibly happy to have collectively pulled this off in such strange and uncertain times. The result speaks for itself and reaffirms Roisin's place at the cutting edge of visual and sonic creativity.”
The performance took viewers on a journey through PRG’s warehouse, which was lit with SGM P5 fixtures and GLP JDC LED Strobes. As Roisin walked the length of the building for the opening and closing track, PRG staff used Source 4 Lustr2 fixtures to follow her.
Lighting director Tom Schofield created an amazing asymmetric design in the live space. The back wall was split in two halves, half was an LED screen, and the other half was created by an array of Claypaky Mythos fixtures and GLP X4 Bar 20s, creating a wall of light which co
The Netherlands - PPDS has announced the appointment of marketing specialist, Marion Chaignon, as its new marketing campaign manager, EMEA.
Part of PPDS’ continued recruitment and team strengthening across the European business, Marion brings a wealth of marketing experience to this important role, having executed major campaigns for some of the world’s most recognised technology brands, including Samsung Electronics, Asus, Nikon, HP, Lenovo and Logitech during her flourishing 12-year career.
Bilingual in French and English, and university-educated in business and business marketing, Marion joins PPDS from Red Pimiento, where she spent almost six years under various EMEA roles, including account director, project director and team manager.
Her roles have providing extensive marketing experience in promoting a wide range of specific industries, including retail, hospitality, corporate and healthcare - all key focus areas for the Philips pro TV and digital signage ranges - and Marion will soon be visiting the firm’s dedicated European training facility in Gent to get a deeper understanding of all current and future products in the portfolio.
Working out of PPDS’ global head office in Amsterdam, Marion reports to marketing director, Ron Cottaar, who hailed her experience as a “perfect addition” to help execute the manufacturer’s continued and ambitious growth plans and brand strategy, moving into 2020 and beyond.
“We’re delighted to welcome Marion to the team,” he comments. “She joins during an extremely busy peri
New Zealand - disguise has added Streamliner Productions in New Zealand to its worldwide partner network. Streamliner are now a disguise xR creative & rental partner.
The disguise partner network consists of over 200 partners specialising in the disguise workflow and hardware, enabling end-customers to source the best equipment as well as technical and creative talent to help bring live and virtual experiences to life.
Streamliner has recently invested in disguise’s award-winning vx4 as well as the newly-released rx hosting platform for third-party render engines - a key component of the xR solution, engineered for the future of virtual production. The technical production house has also undergone specialist training in the disguise workflows and xR technology to achieve the partner status and accreditation, also becoming the only official partner in the country to deliver a full end-to-end xR production.
“Our crew combines decades of live event experience with an in-depth knowledge of high-end video systems and we’re adept at working on high profile, time-critical projects”. says Richard Manu, Streamliner owner and GM. “We continually invest in the latest hardware, software and systems that gives our clients access to the most advanced technology. Introducing several disguise products into our workflow has brought together those systems and now coupled with the xR pipeline, nothing is out of reach.”
Since investing in the disguise ecosystem, recent work has also seen an official partnership between key players in the NZ film a
UK - Carallon Limited, an R&D company responsible for creating innovative control products, has announced it has become an employee owned business.
Carallon was founded in 2004 by seven colleagues who enjoyed working together creating new control products for the entertainment industry. All seven of those original founders still work for Carallon today, including Nick Archdale, Chris Hunt and Richard Mead who remain its board of directors.
Over 16 years, it has gone from strength to strength, growing substantially from seven to over 70 employees, and spawning spin-off companies Pharos Architectural Controls, Brompton Technology, and new start-up SixEye. Pharos and Brompton have both been regular winners of high-profile awards for their innovative products, with Brompton Technology recently winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2020: International Trade.
As of May 2020, Carallon is now owned by an Employee Ownership Trust, which acts for the benefit of all current and future employees, and through elected employee trustees gives all staff a say in major strategic decisions.
Managing director Richard Mead explains, “On day one, Carallon was set up as a business owned and run by its original seven employees. Although we’ve got bigger, we wanted to make sure that ethos was preserved and that there was a clear structure in place for the long-term future of Carallon. Employee ownership fosters a spirit of teamwork and less hierarchical management structures, so it fits with our style very well.”
“While the other directors and
Canada - 7thSense’s Medialon Showmaster LE show control solution has been installed by Production Resource Group (PRG) at the at heart of the new Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in Toronto. The five-storey immersive show brings the Dutch master's paintings to life using light, sound and movement.
The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit has become the world’s first immersive drive-in art experience after producers adapted the digital art show for the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Before its public launch in July, the exhibition’s artistic director, Massimiliano Siccardi debuted his plans to make the experience COVID-friendly by designing space for up to 40 cars to visit the exhibit at any one time, as well as welcoming visitors on foot with social distancing circles in place once lockdown restrictions had been eased.
The experience features a 35-minute show that showcases 40 pieces of the Dutch artist’s work, including Sunflower, Irises and The Starry Night, across the 600,000sq.ft space and its 8m-high walls. Bringing the paintings to life are 52 Panasonic projectors, and a VUEaudiotechnik audio configuration streaming an original classical composition by Luca Longbardi. A GLP lighting system completes the environment.
7thSense’s Medialon Showmaster LE manages all audio-visual components including projection system, media servers, lighting, and synchronisation for the entire show.
Leading design and production of the exhibit was Lighthouse Immersive, and PRG for system design and integration. Chris Arsenault of Armour Technical
South Africa - The Acts Christian Church, Midrand Campus, is a modern auditorium where technology plays an important role. The past seven months have seen the church invest in four Strand 300 S LED Softlights and two Strand 150 S Softlights for their live streaming studio and video material, a platform which has caught the attention of thousands of viewers.
The church has also purchased 16 Showtec Pixel Strip 40 for their main stage, fixtures that create an eye-catching background for both the live congregation and those watching from home, accompanied by a new Arkaos MasterPro 5 licence. On the audio side, a Waves Soundgrid System consisting of Waves SuperRack and a Waves SoundGrid Server One-C will complement their Midas console.
Pastor Peter de Fin was a guitarist and sound engineer who travelled across the globe for six years with Vinesong, a team of international missionaries who share the gospel through worship, before meeting his wife Tammy, an evangelist whose ministry was to go into nightclubs and preach the gospel. The pair were married started Acts Church in 1999, taking over what was previously a small mission church.
“We really wanted to focus on the local church and to build this city,” explains De Fin. “Both my parents and grandparents were missionaries and started churches in places like Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland. But we had the heart to train the local people and over the last twenty years have built four campuses. We also realized that the modern church has become very technical. It’s not about producing a show, bu
UK - Digital solutions company inurface media has partnered with Active International. This collaboration will allow inurface to offer several solutions and products and allow its customers to utilise the benefits of digital signage and health technology across any number and type of businesses by financing their investments through Active International’s trade model.
On this new partnership, Josh Bunce, CEO and founder of inurface, comments: "This new partnership with Active is something we are incredibly proud of. We want to ensure that as many people can access the technology solutions we have created and know that the Active team can help more people consider these options as viable. Right now while we are a business individually, but we rely on other companies opening and running to survive, so it is in everyone's interest to try and establish a situation which is as safe as possible for businesses in the hope this will stop any further disruptions or steps backwards. Active's expertise and client base are unrivalled in their field and we hope this is the start of a long-term partnership."
Kieron Murphy, media director at Active, adds: “During these times of continual change, the one constant that all businesses face is the need to find commercial solutions that preserve cash flow and boost consumer demand. We are delighted to be working with inurface media to provide our clients alternative ways to fund next-generation digital display signage to enhance their customers’ instore experience.”
UK - Creative Technology (CT) worked closely with the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) to help deliver its third annual conference from Riverside Studios Hammersmith. The virtual event was livestreamed to a global audience on 6-7 October.
The initial challenge faced by Rob Day (senior project manager) and Emma Rössl, (project manager), was to find a suitable venue that could guarantee the right internet bandwidth, which is key in establishing a high quality connection and vital in delivering a successful online event. All spaces at CT’s Crawley facility were fully booked so Riverside Studios provided Studio 2 for the two-day event.
CT supplied a curved LED screen, relay / comfort monitors, PPU, video switching, cameras and comms for the studio set up. Full lighting and rigging were also provided along with scenic and furniture to create a professional stage environment. In addition to this, CT pre-recorded and edited a three-camera shoot with LCD backdrop, lighting, and audio in a separate studio onsite for inclusion in the main event.
As with any virtual event that heavily relies on remote contributors, link testing and pre-records were integral. One week prior to the show, CT performed remote link up tests to each of the speakers and a number of pre-records. These included the show Producer and GCCA’s communication and policy director, Paul Adeleke, who joined these records via a separate Zoom link, which gave them the ability to feedback on the pre-recorded presentations in real time.
Marantz AVS combined webcam, ring lig
USA - A Hippotizer Tierra+ Media Server from Green Hippo is driving the videowall content at the WVU Football facility at West Virginia University’s new Puskar Centre, in Morgantown, WV.
Providing spaces for players, coaches, staff and visitors, the WVU Puskar Centre development is, with the help of Hippotizer, transforming the home of WVU Football, putting its facilities very visibly ahead of the competition.
The video playback solution was designed by BrightTree Studios and installed by its parent company, Synergy Media Group, preferred technology suppliers to WVU. It encompasses five large screens in the spacious, luxuriously modern locker room, including a main video wall and four ‘end-cap’ screens located at the ends of the locker rows. The Tierra+ Media Server will also handle content feeds and mapping duties for screens in other areas in future phases of this major construction project.
“This was our first project using Hippotizer, and we’ve had a great experience with it,” says David Vargo, principal of BrightTree Studios. “It allowed us to create the space using the Visualiser software so that we could plan and vision the spaces with the client before the actual construction. This allowed us to develop customized content with WVU’s video producer, Austin Gaines, months before installation, which helped to keep the project on schedule.”
Lead AV designer at Synergy Media Group, Cory Sarzotti, explains, “This ‘show’ realm, or ‘theatre space’ is not really an area that corporate AV has had a lot to do with in t
Australia - Big Picture is always looking for new methods to allow creative and technical professionals to tell stories in fresh and innovative ways, especially during COVID-19. One area that certainly required a COVID-revamp was the award show format. So, with the Dally M Awards looming, thinking caps were put on by the teams at Fox Sports and Big Picture.
“Usually the Dally M Awards are staged in a large event venue, but with COVID-19 we had to rethink how we would stage the 2020 production,” remarks Paul Slater, senior producer at Fox Sports. “We still wanted to have a big auditorium feel, but we didn’t have the budget or resources to shoot something like that in reality.”
Paul turned to Big Picture for inspiration, who in turn demonstrated how an xR (extended reality) broadcast could work. The technology impressed, marking a vote of confidence for Big Picture, as a live broadcast xR production had never been done anywhere in the world.
xR technology allows users to blend virtual and physical worlds in live production environments to create fully immersive experiences.
“We were approached by Fox Sports who had been looking at several technologies to integrate a virtual component into a live multi-camera environment,” explains Josh Moffat, special projects & business development at Big Picture. “With only a short lead time up until the event, we designed a technical solution around the disguise xR workflow.”
The event took place at Fox Sports in Sydney where the main Studio setup comprised a 12m x 3m ROE Black Ony
USA - With a portfolio of clients including Apple, Vogue, Amazon, and Spotify, GUM Studios is a New York Qualified Production Facility, offering expansive and versatile spaces that can confidently cater for any requirement and shoot.
Recently, GUM turned to 4Wall Entertainment to provide lighting and video equipment for its new Virtual Production (VP) facility. The high-spec virtual environment includes ROE Visual Black Pearl 2 LED video panels, which are driven by Brompton 4K Tessera SX40 processors.
“GUM is a long-term customer of 4Wall’s, and we have been supplying it with equipment for years,” says 4Wall’s account executive - video production, Wayne Romanowski. “With Virtual Production tipped to become a standard for how major motion pictures will be shot going forward, we were honoured when the GUM team contacted us about supporting them in bringing this cutting-edge technology to their clients.”
4Wall provided 333 ROE Visual Black Pearl BP2 (2.8MM) LED video panels to create a curved wall 40' wide, 15' tall and 20' deep. The company also supplied 51 Full and eight Half ROE Visual Carbon CB8 (8.3MM) LED video panels for an approximately 25' wide x 20' deep ceiling for lighting and reflections.
The entire set-up is driven by three Brompton 4K Tessera SX40 LED processors and five XD 10G data distribution units, out of which “two SX40s along with four XD units are used for the LED wall and the rest are deployed for the ceiling,” adds 4Wall’s account executive – sales, John Velez.
“We are aware of Brompton’s 24/7