Europe - LG Electronics and German Light Products (GLP) are among the companies to announce their withdrawal from next week’s Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) event in Amsterdam in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Seoul-based LG Electronics, one of the show’s top 250 exhibitors, was the first to announce that it will not be attending the exhibition.
“LG regrets having to make this difficult decision but the safety of its employees and customers continues to be its number one priority,” said a company statement. “With the World Health Organization (WHO) recommending that individuals ‘promote social distancing’, LG management believed that the most responsible decision is to avoid participating in large public events until the situation stabilizes.”
GLP’s CEO and founder Udo Künzler stated: “As I’m sure you know, business meetings and exhibitions are some of the highlights of our year at GLP, and we were looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible in Amsterdam at ISE!
“However, as we do not want to bear the current risk to the health of our customers and employees due to the Coronavirus, we have decided after careful consideration to cancel our participation in ISE altogether.
“This decision was not easy for us, but considering the known consequences of a possible Coronavirus infection, we came to the clear conclusion that we do not want to impose this on anyone in our personal or business environment. We know what really counts in life and today we decide in favour of the health of our visitors, em
USA - Audinate has announced that the Dante AV Product Design Suite (Dante AV PDS) will be shipping in Q1 2020 to manufacturers who have ordered it to develop AV-over-IP products that employ Dante AV technology.
The Dante AV Product Design Suite is a complete turnkey recipe allowing OEMs to build a high-quality AV over IP endpoint for visually lossless results with low latency over a 1Gbps network. It provides complete interoperability for audio distribution and control with the more than 2,500 existing Dante products from more than 450 different manufacturers, delivering independent, fully synchronized audio and video streams. Based around the Dante AV module, the Dante AV PDS may be modified, branded and differentiated by OEMs via software, control, and integration with other members of their product lines.
The Dante AV PDS is designed to be a feature-complete AV-over-IP solution for the Professional AV market, implementing a codec, local HDMI and HDCP, ancillary data channels, and control. The on-board Dante AV Module provides Dante clock synchronization, control, discovery, transport, messaging, management, updates and more. A comprehensive set of hardware documents, design files, and a complete software SDK allows OEMs to create complete, fully interoperable Dante AV products quickly and reliably with end-to-end HDCP support.
The Dante AV PDS includes a complete implementation of the intoPIX JPEG2000 codec supporting UHD and Cinematic 4K resolution, up to 60fps, up to 4:4:4 chroma subsampling, up to 10-bit colour depth, up and down scaling, and
Sweden - Following another prosperous year of business, Creative Technology Sweden, one of the largest AV technology companies in Europe, celebrated its success together with 150 invited guests at its Christmas Expo. Held at the company’s HQ in Kungälv, the annual event spread over two days and saw the company showcasing the latest in technical innovations, including Brompton Technology’s High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology.
One of the event’s head-turning moments was a three-year-old ROE Black Onyx 2.8mm LED screen that had been re-calibrated with Brompton’s new Hydra advanced measurement system, which is custom-designed for LED panels fitted with a Tessera R2 receiver card. The panels were measured with Hydra to benefit from Dynamic Calibration, the enabling technology for Brompton HDR.
Offering a new approach to delivering better image quality without requiring finer and finer pixel pitches, Dynamic Calibration unlocked the full potential of the ROE LED display, so that the HDR content could be shown with brighter whites, higher contrast ratios, more saturated colours, and true-to-life colour accuracy for beautiful, realistic looking video footage.
“The ROE screen re-calibrated with Hydra and running HDR content looked fabulous,” says Brompton’s business development manager (Europe), Dries Vermeulen. “No one actually thought that it was a three-year old 2.8mm LED display, so it was a perfect example of how Dynamic Calibration technology can give a fresh lease of life not just to new LED panels, but also to well-used LED displa
The Netherlands - German projection specialist Vioso will return to ISE with a range of technological and business advancements for ISE attendees. Demonstrations will include a 360° projection dome in partnership with ISE, as well as a high-end Panadome installation for the visitor attractions market.
The company will also take this opportunity to announce its new business structure with two separate departments, Vioso AV and Vioso Simulation.
The double walled, inflatable, 75m² Airdome VR - supplied and manufactured by aiRstructures.de - will boast 360° x 180° spherical projection surface. Measuring 10m in diameter and 5m in height, the soundproof structure will be located outside the RAI’s Hall 8 entrance. In the dome, Vioso will demonstrate their latest calibration and warping/blending software solutions. Powered by five Barco 4K projectors, the dome will offer a total resolution beyond 6K.
Showcased within ISE’s Innovation Zone Vioso’s Panadome will play an integral part in DepthQ VR, LightSpeed Design’s interactive VR theme park ride, where attendees will be taken on an aquatic ride without the need for a VR headset.
The VR mapped content will be projected onto a curved 1.8 x 2.75m Vioso Panadome screen using three E-Vision Laser projectors, courtesy of Digital Projection. With content synced in real time, the rider will be able to touch virtual objects, thanks to mid-air gesture technology, while spectators will be able to also enjoy the experience from their own perspective.
Emanuel Züger, head of Vioso AV, comments:
Germany - Munich-based fibre network specialists Optocore and BroaMan have announced the promotion of Dawid Somló to sales distribution manager for both brands.
Somló has been with the company for five years and during that period has managed relationships with existing distributors as well as significantly expanding the distribution network worldwide.
Stepping up to management level, and tasked with overall international sales and network responsibility, he states: “I am delighted to take up this new position and relish the challenge ahead, as nowadays technology allows us to make incredibly smart solutions with high bandwidths using all kinds of signal for different applications. I am honoured to be a part of this technological change on the board of such important companies as Optocore and BroaMan who can make this possible by utilising the optical fiber environment. More and more customers are starting to realise that thanks to our partners all over the world.”
Tine Helmle from the board of directors adds: “Dawid's promotion to this new position was a logical decision. He is a great person to work with and has grown our distribution network considerably in recent years. I am very happy to have him on our team.”
UK - US AVoIP solutions manufacturer Aurora Multimedia has appointed CUK Audio as its exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland.
“Aurora Multimedia is a true innovator in the AV industry and the number of firsts they have to their name is truly impressive,” comments Stuart Thomson, managing director at CUK Audio. “The IPX line of SDVoE based 10G AVoIP transceivers are a great example of the innovation they bring to the market, incorporating advanced features such as reversable USB, copper and fibre connectivity, integrated ReAX control processor, eight-channel Dante, audio DSP and wallplate form factor.”
Simon Druce, CUK Audio sales director, adds: “Since my first contact with Paul Harris at Aurora Multimedia, I knew this was a company we had to work with. The culture of innovation Paul has fostered in the organisation is impressive and the products resulting from that will enable our customers to improve the solutions they offer their clients.”
Aurora Multimedia will be showcasing their control and video distribution solutions at ISE 2020 on stand 5-T65.
UK - Lighting director Malcolm Reed used Green Hippo’s Hippotizer media server technology to manage the visuals for Coventry-born rapper Jay1’s performance on the UK’s popular football show, Soccer AM. Filmed at London’s Sky Sports Studios, the 90-minute show, which airs on Saturday mornings, includes a section where music artists from across the country are invited to perform their latest songs in front of a live studio audience.
Backing Jay1’s performance was a Martin LC 2140 5m x 2m LED screen fed by a P3 system controller. Visuals for the Jay1 performance, partly created by Reed and partly by the band, were simple but effective, based on band logos and a mix of custom and stock graphics.
Green Hippo’s Amba media servers were supplied to the production by specialist entertainment technology suppliers, A.C. Entertainment Technologies. Reed previously used Green Hippo’s Grasshopper media servers, but has since upgraded to the 1U Amba to make use of its capabilities. “One Amba unit, with its data splitter allowing up to four HD outputs, replaces two Grasshoppers,” he says.
“The Amba Media Server allows us to split content across various outputs,” Reed continues. “We have a Christie Digital projector projecting wide screen images on to the floor of the performance area, while the two spare outputs give us options to run other kit too. For Jay1’s performance, the screens were driven by the P3 system controller directly from the Amba.”
He adds: “Green Hippo’s media servers work well with MIDI control, or run
The Netherlands - CAST Group will offer an interactive and informative new demo, including the launch of a new augmented reality product designed for broadcast.
The daily demos presented by CAST Group will showcase various BlackTrax applications for live entertainment and broadcast. These include lighting, media and virtual lighting, spatial audio, interactive games, talent-tracking and augmented reality powered by CONVRG, BlackTrax’s broadcast-control environment, and Helios, a new camera-tracking beacon. Mounted directly on the camera, Helios tracks and provides a synchronised data stream to broadcast systems and media servers, enabling real-time virtual and augmented reality graphics in any production.
For ISE 2020, CAST has joined forces with partners for a live entertainment show designed by MEPTIK, as well as a broadcast & XR demo programmed and supported by White Light.
Integrations at ISE will feature technologies from various partners, including Luminex for lighting applications, interactive media supported by disguise and Notch, virtual lighting by disguise and Panasonic, and Spatial Audio with SPAT Revolution and Adamson Systems.
For the broadcast and XR demo, BlackTrax and CONVRG will be powering the new Panasonic 8K ROI camera, capable of simultaneously streaming four HD crops from one 8K footage source. disguise and Notch will be running XR content for the SmartStage demo in conjunction with White Light.
The Netherlands - AV Stumpfl will present their latest projection screen products and a v1.6 preview of their media server system Pixera, at ISE 2020 in Amsterdam.
Pixera is a multi-award winning 64-bit system for real-time media processing, compositing and management, built around the key theme of usability. A radical new interface enables even first-time users to intuitively understand the main software mechanics. AV Stumpfl's Pixera combines a powerful render engine with “a revolutionary GUI approach”.
AV Stumpfl’s GmbH CEO Tobias Stumpfl comments on the system's successful introduction: "It's wonderful when old industry friends enjoy and support our new products, but to see the amazing enthusiasm of completely new users we only just met in the last twelve months is a uniquely gratifying experience. Pixera may be a comparatively new system, but the high speed with which we implement user feedback makes me really proud to have such a great team."
ISE visitors will be able to enjoy a short video design and projection mapping show at the AV Stumpfl stand, courtesy of the award winning Portuguese creative studio OCUBO, who created the content especially for the ISE 2020. Pixera will be used as the stand's mapping and playout system.
AV Stumpfl will also show a variety of their projection screen systems for displaying high resolution content, including 4K and 8K projection setups.
Saudi Arabia - Technical event production specialist LarMac LIVE recently delivered its largest ever project when MDL Beast welcomed over 130,000 festivalgoers to the outskirts of Riyadh for three-days of electronic music - pitching the festival straight into the top three biggest EDM events in the world.
LarMac LIVE answered the call from LemonX in late September 2019. Only 10-weeks later, it was showtime.
Company co-founder Ian Greenway explains: “The backbone to our business is multi-artist, multi-stage shows - large-scale festivals and TV shows. We like to think that we know how to keep multiple artists and stakeholders happy, usually in very changeable environments, and all of these skills were used like never before here.”
Spread over five stages - ranging from the 2,000-capacity Saudi Beast to the 45,000-capacity Big Beast - the festival was held on a piece of ‘blank canvas’ land just outside the capital city. The country has very limited technical entertainment resources, so LarMac LIVE coordinated the site-wide production and artist management effort with a streamlined pool of trusted suppliers.
“We actually ended up simplifying our supply chain as much as possible in partnership with Sela, locally assisting with procurement,” reveals Greenway. “PRG very quickly became the go-to company for lights and video, with audio equipment coming out of their German office. This was a real no brainer, primarily because we were using a lot of very few fixtures - it’s EDM after all - and so sourcing the assets was a huge factor in
Canada - Symetrix has announced the appointment of Quebec-based AVL Media Group as its sole distributor in Canada.
AVL Media Group caters to the live performance, broadcast, and AV integration markets across the country.
“Canadian customers look for high-value, high-quality products that offer long-term reliability and clear value,” comments AVL Media Group managing director Andrew Hope. “The combination of AVL Media Group’s strong national presence for sales, support, and service and Symetrix’s established reputation for high quality reliable and scalable DSP solutions is going to be a huge success.”
“AVL Media Group has a great team in place who are enthusiastic about Symetrix,” says Ty Robinson, Symetrix international & sales operations manager. “We are really looking forward to our partnership with AVL Media and seeing how far they can take Symetrix in the Canadian market.”
“We are very excited to partner with Symetrix,” adds Hope. “The Symetrix products complete our offering in the AV integration market, allowing us to offer our customers complete end-to-end audio solutions.”
UK - TechPro, a provider of lighting, video and sound services for the live events industry has announced Yvonne England as its new client account manager.
England, who brings more than a decade’s experience to the role, will be responsible for strengthening relationships with existing and new clients, as the business looks to build on its growing success working with live event agencies.
England comments: “TechPro appears to be one of the live event industries best kept secrets and ensuring prospects and clients understand everything we can do to make their lives a little easier will be an exciting challenge.
“Working closely with the directors and the marketing team, it’s important we not only explain what we do, but listen carefully to them to understand how we can make the workload of event agency teams simpler.”
TechPro director Rob Stokes says: “TechPro has achieved significant growth in recent years and we are ready to take the next important step in our development, which is how I see the appointment of Yvonne.
“We know we’re good at what we do and now it’s time for Yvonne to convince more agencies that if they want to look good in front of their clients, with an enhanced reputation for delivering flawless live events, then appointing TechPro as their AV service partner is a good start.”
Austria - From February, Windows 10 will be used for the entire Pixera server product line, AV Stumpfl has announced.
In addition to the latest security updates, servers with Windows 10 will also be delivered with many pre-installed tools and drivers. The engine GUI will also be replaced by Pixera Hub, a new toolset that will offer additional features, such as Autostart Manager and Pixera Version Selector.
"With our new and customised Windows 10 systems, we are choosing a technological path that will not only provide our customers with future security updates, we are also offering them more freedom on their media servers in conjunction with utilities that facilitate a better workflow," says the company in a statement.
The installation of the operating system will be via a USB stick, where all necessary drivers and software packs will be included. Customers, who had purchased a Pixera server with Windows 7 and would like to switch to the latest OS should contact AV Stumpfl.
USA - The ninth annual iHeart Radio Music Festival landed in the Nevada desert with stars including Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus and Green Day. The event, held at the T-Mobile arena, was broadcast live on FOX, complete with energetic sets and an array of musical talent. Green Hippo was at the iHeart of all things visual, with Boreal+ Media Servers powering pre-made content.
Jason Rudolph was at the helm as screens producer, using the in-built Hippotizer toolkit to manipulate content to fit each artist’s performance, in front of two ‘SuperWall’ LED screens, one on each side of the stage.
“We used four Boreal+ servers, as two redundant systems - an A and a B system for the A and B screens,” explains Rudolph. “Each main server was doing four outputs to drive all the content for the show. Everything feeds into two linked E2 frames to get onto the screen and allow for switching to backups, and also to accommodate any guests that show up with their own systems.”
The content was mostly produced by the various artists’ design teams, and the impressive line-up presented a challenge for Rudolph with so much video to deal with.
“Often, acts will show up with their tour content, which we need to adjust to fit our screens, and this is one place where all of the handles we have available in Hippotizer really help us to pull this show off,” Rudolph continues. “The content management capabilities in Hippotizer are one of the main reasons we use it on this show. We can be loading content onto multiple servers while rehearsals are going on w
South Africa - DWR will host Hippotizer training and workshop on 17 and 18 March in Johannesburg.
Hosted by Dylan Jones, the course will cover a range of topics including Hippolauncher, Output Manager, Media Manager, Visualizer, Pinbridge, Multi-Controller, DMX control, Timeline, Videomapper, Pixelmapper and Shape.
Attendees are requested to bring a Green Hippo Server or Play Software on PC, Server Accessories and a valid ID.
The course will be held at DWR, C1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew. The cost is R1,800 and includes a light lunch and refreshments. To book, please visit this website.
South Africa - Truck and bus manufacturer Scania recently launched its new product line for the African market at a much-anticipated launch event, held at Montecasino in Johannesburg.
Blue Moon brought on board Dream Sets, one of South Africa’s prominent set and technical services companies, to manufacture the set and exhibition areas and to deliver technical services for the event.
Toni Van Oostenrijk of SpaceCadet, who took the lead role in designing the look and feel of the set for the event, drew inspiration from the front grill of the new Scania trucks, which he worked into the design of the bar and reception area. “When we first proposed this idea to the client, they seemed a little sceptical. However, as with so many of Toni’s designs, as soon as they saw it, they instantly fell in love with the concept,” says Dream Sets project manager, Billy van der Merwe.
Billy explains how Dream Sets, together with their partners, managed to conceal and then dramatically unveil three full-sized trucks inside a dome structure by using some very creative stage design.
The event was hosted in one of Gearhouse In2Structure’s 6 Bay SupaDomes, which spans 36m by 72m long. Designed and manufactured in South Africa, In2Structure’s Supa Dome boast a load capacity of three tonnes per arch for rigging, which provided Dream Sets with all the capacity they needed to load in an impressive amount of lighting and audio equipment, in addition to a number of LED screens and set pieces for the event.
The Scania launch event comprised several phases
Canada - APG Media Group has announced the opening of a new 15,000sq.ft Canadian corporate headquarters just outside Toronto.
Comprised of executive offices, training and testing centre, full line product experience centre, quality control lab and a massive warehouse, the new headquarters will provide the growing videowall rental and distribution company with the space it needs to accommodate projected growth, according to APG Media Group president David Weatherhead. The company is also in the process of expanding its inventory and service offerings at its U.S. headquarters in Orlando, Florida.
“Our rental and distribution businesses are growing in both Canada and the United States,” Weatherhead said. “The investments we are making in both headquarters facilities represents a tremendous opportunity for APG Media Group to bring to market the many new and exciting technologies that our customers are demanding.”
Weatherhead attributed the company’s success in both rental and distribution to APG’s ability to offer customers the very latest in LED videowall technologies and solutions backed by the industry’s most knowledgeable subject matter experts, training staff, and installation consultants. “The opening of this new Canadian headquarters, together with the expansion of our U.S. headquarters, will enable us to further enhance the quality and range of solutions and services we offer our customers.”
Singapore - AV Stumpfl has announced the Singapore based company Total Solution Marketing as its new Pixera media server distributor for Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, ahead of this year's ISE exhibition in Amsterdam.
The products and services provided by Total Solution are used for entertainment events and performing arts venues such as concert halls, theatres, large scale ceremonies, corporate events, product launches, schools, convention centres, galleries, public spaces, house of worship applications and museums.
Total Solution Marketing deputy sales director Terence Yee comments: "With so many different media server systems available on the market, we were very curious in 2019 to find out more about this multi award winning system called Pexera. Our engineers quickly identified the great potential of this new and exciting platform. One particularly impressive aspect is the unique GUI (general user interface) approach in addition to the sheer power of Pixera's 64-bit render engine. We are confident that this multi award winning system will soon become very popular in our region."
AV Stumpfl CEO Fabian Stumpfl adds, "The Total Solution team has an excellent reputation and more than a decade of experience when it comes to dealing with professional media server applications and projects. They are uniquely qualified to help us grow our media server market share in the SEA region. We could not have hoped for a better distributor and are looking forward to a highly successful partnership."
The Netherlands - LED display manufacturer Absen, will return to the RAI in Amsterdam next month to present its range of MiniLED products for the fixed installation and rental markets and to introduce new and enhanced products.
Absen will occupy 324sq.m of floor space in Hall 12, representing the company’s largest ever presence at the show.
Absen’s MiniLED are ultra-fine pixel pitch LED panels, incorporating 4-in-1 pixel configuration (IMD) and common cathode technology. Demand for Absen MiniLED products has been very high since the launch of the CR series in 2018, and intensified significantly with last year’s launch of the Aries (AX) series, the market-leading sub-2mm MiniLED rental display, designed to meet the rigorous demands of the rental staging market.
Absen MiniLED now comes as standard in four core product lines: the Aries (AX), Acclaim (A27 Pro) and Control Room (CR) series, as well as the newly launched HC series for mission-critical environments.
The A27 Plus has been Absen’s best-selling fixed install product, seeing over 300% growth in 2019. The Acclaim series is Absen’s flagship display for indoor fixed installation, predominately in corporate and retail environments. This year’s ISE will see the series become available as a MiniLED range - the A27 Pro series - making it “better, stronger, and more efficient”.
Finally, the CR series will now be available in 0.7mm pixel pitch, which represents the company’s smallest pixel pitch and highest resolution display. As well as this improvement, Absen will also
USA - Audio, video, lighting, staging and broadcast company Panavid Inc. has recently invested in Brompton Technology Tessera SX40 LED processors and XD Data Distribution Units to work in conjunction with its new 1.5mm ROE Visual Sapphire LED display.
Located in New Jersey, New York City, and Dallas, Panavid has more than 40 years of experience of providing first class integration and production services to both domestic and international clients. The company has recognised the ever-increasing demand for increased pixel density and higher resolution in LED screens for live events and art installations, as well as an increasing level of interactivity. It is the first production house in the world to invest in the latest, ultra-fine, ROE Sapphire, along with two Brompton Tessera SX40s and four Tessera XD Units.
“Our mission is to provide our clients with the most quality, high-end audio-visual service in the market and Brompton is dominating the market in image processing for LED displays,” says Panavid’s CEO Rob Loehr. “The SX40 is the perfect match for our recent purchase of ROE Visual’s Sapphire LED platform. We loved that the SX40 is extremely user friendly and allows for full 4k resolution. The Tessera feature set provides a level of image quality that is unmatched in the industry.
“We recently used our SX40s and XDs at an event in New York City called Altitude, hosted by Fastly, a cloud computing services provider,” continues Loehr. “We used the SX40s and XD units in conjunction with two Sapphire displays, each measuring 9 ft.1.
The Netherlands - Canon Europe will be showcasing a new dimension of its business to visitors at ISE 2020 next month.
Visitors to the stand will have the chance to see its advanced imaging ecosystem, including Canon’s incredible HDR, 4K and 8K projection capabilities and unrivalled line-up of input to output solutions, including world-class cameras and lenses. Canon’s network cameras, comprehensive analytics software, and a robotic arm - provided by Denso - will be on stand demonstrating how visual analytics technology can support automation of various cumbersome tasks.
Matthew Koshy, European product marketing specialist, Canon Europe, comments: “We’re building on the success of ISE 2019 by expanding our input to output showcase, which highlights the importance of having an integrated line-up to deliver unbeatable resolution. Our range of high-brightness and high-image-quality laser projectors will be on display to show how cohesive projection systems offer systems integrators incredible optical performance, simple installation and low maintenance.”
At one of the dedicated zones on stand, Canon will showcase its imaging solutions which work seamlessly together to streamline workflows and guarantee optical excellence for system integrators.
Canon’s premium video camera range, reference display monitors and projectors, will offer visitors the chance to immerse themselves in a live 4K production simulation. Starring in this demo is the 4K production camera - the XF705, the renowned EOS C200 4K Cinema camera, the compact 4K camcorde
Austria - Back in 2016, Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) with its chief sound engineer Athanasios Rovakis, started investigating the possibility of moving the venue’s audio and video distribution to fibre. At first, the opera house modernised its audio system, purchasing a network fibre solution based around Optocore X6R-FX analogue devices and M8 MADI switch to bring together additional signal sources from distant places in the house, and to share signals for broadcasting.
Looking to expand their communications outreach, by the following year they were considering further options provided by Optocore’s partner company BroaMan. This resulted in them purchasing a point-to-point set of Mux22 multi-signal transmission devices, with the new FrameSync8 board. Offering a superior upgrade to traditional frame sync technologies it allowed sync distribution together with eight video channels, IP and serial data.
But the upgrade path was far from complete, and this year the State Opera invested in a complete BroaMan architecture, with a system based on 10 Repeat48WDM, which provide five point-to-point transport systems with 12 video channels, each transported on a single duplex fiber; a Repeat48 electrical-optical media converter, with six SDI-In and six SDI-Out; and six compact Repeat8-NANO to convert SDI to and from fibre. All video is transported on multimode fiber.
“The audio control room has been steadily upgraded over the past 70 years, with devices from many generations and manufacturers - all with their own unique formats, connections and
South Africa - Fogtech, a Johannesburg-based rental and technical supply company, has purchased 140 Absen PL3.9 Lite LED panels from DWR Distribution.
Established in 2007, Fogtech initially specialised in Fogscreens alone. By 2010, the company expanded to include AV and video to their service offering and, soon after, started to deliver turnkey technical solutions for events, including lighting, audio and AV. The company has a reputation for being a friendly yet professional team, who deliver well-maintained gear to events and for cross rental purposes.
A practical and hands-on owner, Garth O’Kelly of Fogtech, comments: “LED is an amazing product and has revolutionised our industry, but it can be finicky. We looked at different brands and felt that Absen had refined their product to accommodate our working style. One of the biggest decision-makers was the after-sales support, and we’ve had such a great experience with DWR in the past that we knew that we could trust them to support us moving forward.”
At the end of August 2019, Fogtech took delivery of the panels and O’Kelly has been working alongside his team at most events to ensure set-up is carried out correctly.
“We are very happy with the quality of Absen,” he says. “It has been an easy process and we haven’t experienced any challenges to date. We recently did an event in Botswana where we had 288 panels running seamlessly. We set it up, switched it on, and had no issues at all. Our clients have also been extremely pleased. Worth mentioning is how effortlessly other t
China - New Year’s Eve presents a broadcaster battleground in China as the main networks compete for the most-viewers crown. Satellite channel Hunan TV rose to the challenge, commissioning a countdown-to-2020 live show featuring big-name artists backed by party-enhancing lasers, lighting effects and video content.
Shanghai-based Honest AV was brought in to deliver a video solution for the ambitious programme, specifying 10 Hippotizer media servers to drive visuals for more than 50 acts and events during the evening. The content was a mixture of live feed to IMAG screens and pre-made content by Ndimensions.
“Two Boreal+ and four Boreal DVDL Media Servers were used to play the video material, three as the main output and three as hot backup,” explains Fei Zheng from Honest AV. “A further three Boreal+ machines were used on the VJ elements of the show.”
There were three stages on site: the main stage, a water curtain stage, and a small stage. The main Boreal+ and Boreal DVDL Servers outputted 21 signals to all LED screens on site, a huge total of 4000 square metres of screens.
“The Ndimensions designers used the real-time rendering function of Hippotizer to simplify the time and cost of content production, using PREP to program in the early stages to improve work efficiency,” Zheng continues. “Before the performance, all content fed into the Hippotizer software was rendered and outputted through the After Effects component of FlexRes. Using this tool can greatly improve the efficiency of uploading materials on site, and protect c