China - LED processor manufacturer Brompton Technology has expanded its operation in China, moving to larger offices and hiring three new members of staff to further support its customers in the territory. The expansion follows the development of Brompton’s HDR technology and the successful roll out of its new Hydra measurement system, which unlocks the power of Dynamic Calibration, the enabling technology for Brompton HDR.
The new office is adjacent to Brompton’s previous facility in High Tech Industrial Park, Nanshan, in the modern metropolis of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. This facility is double the size, allowing space to calibrate and test prototype panels on site.
New calibration support engineers, Alex Guo and John Lee, both have an extensive understanding of the LED screen industry and are well placed to assist Brompton customers in China with Dynamic Calibration. Helping to run the office is new office assistant, Noora Xu, who has experience in international trade and purchasing and takes over the role from Summer Zhang.
“The decision to increase both our office space and staff was made pre lockdown,” says Elijah Ebo, Brompton’s general manager (Asia). “The incredible interest in Brompton HDR and panel recalibration, following its launch at the end of last year, had meant we were getting busier and busier, so we needed additional calibration specialists. They are very hard to find. We had to search for the right people and were very lucky to find them.”
Whilst the intervening months have been understandably quiet, Brom
Ireland - Exertis Global Operations has announced a strategic partnership with Clear Touch, provider of multi-touch, interactive flat panels and software for education and business.
Exertis Global Operations will provide a supply chain solution for Clear Touch’s growing worldwide business. It will manage the vendor’s inbound product and solutions supply chain by assisting in the management of supply partners around the world, reducing time to market, and increasing purchasing scale.
Padraig Henry, Exertis Global Operations commercial director, said, “We are delighted to announce this partnership with Clear Touch which is entirely consistent with our strategy to support Pro AV brands with supply chain finance and factory to market solutions. Our innovative range of services will enable them to scale and grow their business by taking advantage of all of the opportunities available to them including executing materials purchasing, international trade and compliance, optimising working capital and logistical fulfilment.”
Commenting on the agreement, Keone Trask, Clear Touch president, said, “The combination of inventory financing, AR management, and supply chain support allows us to deliver products and services to our international customers in a more streamlined manner.
“Exertis infrastructure and purchasing capabilities give us a greater ability to meet the large scale implementation demands that we are experiencing due to rapid growth. This is an exciting development for the business and our customers, one that illustrates how the
Argentina - Buenos Aires-based AV services company Mediapro Argentina has recently turned to IP for a comprehensive technical upgrade of their facilities, where ESPN broadcasts sports-related programming for the region in Spanish.
The new IP infrastructure has been integrated by Unitetecnic, the Mediapro Group systems integrator and engineering company, and is based on solutions and knowhow from Lawo.
Lawo’s video, audio, control and networking solutions were chosen to ensure interoperability and maximum use of resources across the facilities.
In a first upgrade stage, Mediapro Argentina and Unitecnic have installed a V__matrix IP video system for edge conversion and signal processing as well as an mc²-based audio infrastructure featuring six mc²56 production consoles, Nova audio routers, five Lawo Commentary Units (LCU), VisTool-based touchscreen control panels and several R3LAY virtual soundcards for integrating PC-based audio solutions into the ST2110/AES67/Ravenna IP network.
Lawo is no stranger to Mediapro Argentina as they have already installed Lawo equipment in their OB van, using an mc²56 production console, Compact I/Os and LCUs since May 2018. In January 2019, Lawo supplied an IP solution for the complete facility of CONMEBOL (South American football federation) with four ruby radio consoles and twelve LCUs in addition to a fully customized VisTool solution and a central PowerCore for routing tasks.
Austria - The new production of the award-winning musical theatre extravaganza Black Rider at the Theater Bielefeld in Wallern uses Pixera media server systems, 4K projectors and tracking technology for realising a unique stage experience.
Since its original premiere in the year 1990, The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets has managed to combine classical culture, postmodernism and a music soundtrack to entertain audiences around the globe.
Robert Wilson's artistic vision, coupled with the narrative skills of William S. Burroughs and the music of Tom Waits, laid the foundation for the enduring popularity of this avant-gardist work.
The Theater Bielefeld's latest production by Michael Heicks uses cutting edge AV technology that helps Sascha Vredenburg's evocative video content come to life on stage.
Within record time, the theatre developed its own health and safety plan as a reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, adding a number of innovative measures on top of government regulations, in order to make it possible for rehearsals to continue.
Some of these measures include an audio setup that allows for the Theater Bielefeld's own orchestra to play live music whilst being physically present in a different part of the premises, a few hundred meters away from the actual stage. On a smaller scale, changes to the pre-covid mode of operations also include individually allocated battery boxes to minimize the necessary physical contact between cast and technicians.
The play itself is loosely based on the German Freis
Austria - A new exhibition by sound artist Bill Fontana entitled Primal Energies opened 1 July at Kunsthaus Graz. Occupying the museum’s vast ovoid dome Space 01 Gallery, Primal Energies pays homage to the future of renewable energy through a mesmerising mix of video imagery and evocative soundscapes that portray our planet’s expanding wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal resources.
While viewing images on the eight large screens, visitors are immersed in a blend of energy-related sounds reproduced by 64 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers. The impact of the installation is further enhanced by dynamic spatial sound movements created and automated using a beta version of Meyer Sound’s soon-to-be-released Spacemap Go technology.
Sounds and images for the work were recorded on location by Fontana with assistance from Scott George of London-based Autograph Sound. During this preparatory period, Fontana and George - both of whom have long association with Meyer Sound - were recruited to serve as beta testers of Spacemap Go.
A spatial sound design and mixing tool that leverages the processing power of the Galileo Galaxy Network Platform, Spacemap Go provides ‘an easy-to-use interface for multi-channel panning using one or more iPads connected to systems comprising multiple Galaxy processors’.
“We used Spacemap Go extensively on Primal Energies,” says Fontana. “It’s the ‘digital brain’ behind all that is happening with dynamic spatialisation of sound. In that realm, it lets me do everything I did before usin
UK - SARM Music Bank in northwest London has transformed its rehearsal rooms into COVID-compliant live streaming, recording and session spaces in partnership with local rental specialists, Colour Sound Experiment.
Each studio now has a fully equipped, modular and scalable lighting, video and multi camera system ready to go. FOH, monitor and broadcast mixing are taken care of in house. Dedicated leased line broadband along with Source Connect is available if needed, and a suite of breakout rooms including dressing room, artist lounge, manager's office, interview rooms and a kitchenette are part of each studio.
Each step of the process has been carefully considered to ensure that artists and crew can operate safely, from a socially distanced chauffeur to contactless catering options.
Haydn Cruickshank, managing director of Colour Sound Experiment, was contacted by a band wanting to do a live stream. “Just down the road, Music Bank’s premises were already almost tailor made. They have a world class selection of Backline equipment for hire to complement Colour Sound’s vast lighting and LED stock, it was a perfect choice.”
Music Bank director Jimmy Mac had already been exploring the idea of setting up a semi-permanent flexible installation, to help artists still reach their fans. The rooms have been set up with a starting framework which can either support existing touring rigs or be enhanced using the two companies pooled resources.
“As soon as it became clear the live sector would have to write off this year, I started to look a
UK - Having cancelled their live London Executive Summit due to COVID-19, coaching organisation Vistage sought an innovative and fully digital solution enabling them to deliver this flagship event. To help bring the new digital format to life, technical solutions specialist White Light (WL) utilised its SmartStage studio in Wimbledon.
Formed over 60 years ago and comprising of 24,000 members from SMEs around the globe, Vistage annually connects more than 200 CEOs, MDs and senior business leaders for their live summit. Following cancellation of the London event, Vistage required an advanced technological solution to deliver a series of expert-led coaching workshops to their audience, conducted safely online via a professional platform.
Hiring WL’s SmartStage facility enabled the live presenters to access a safely isolated location and work together from a social distance, while connecting with other remote presenters participating from the USA.
James Thurlow, WL’s venue technical manager, explains: “We embedded the stream within a purpose-built microsite, which not only assisted in branding the event but also enabled other functionality such as peer-to-peer chat and the submission of audience questions. We relayed these questions back to presenters in real-time, giving the feeling of 'live interaction'.
“The website also gave us the ability to display event insights such as information on the agenda, keynote speakers and sponsors, as well as linking through to the client's social media channels. We added further variety to the transmis
Canada - Green Hippo has appointed DataVisual as its exclusive distributor for Canada.
Ottawa-based DataVisual will add Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Media Server product range to its comprehensive AV systems portfolio, improving its offering to clients across Canada’s pro-AV marketplace.
Having enjoyed a long relationship with Green Hippo’s sister brands Magenta Research and tvONE, DataVisual found the Hippotizer range a “perfect addition” to its technology offering.
“The fit between our two organizations has always been very good, as we both place a high value on the service and support required of more technically sophisticated products,” comments DataVisual CEO Lisa Kislich-Lemyre. “The addition of Green Hippo to that family was welcome news. We’ve had a lot of success with tvONE’s video wall processors, but Media Servers were the one piece of the content delivery puzzle that we were missing.”
She adds: “The more we learned about Green Hippo and their media playback solutions, the more excited we became. Suddenly we had a whole suite of playback options that we could offer, from a well-known vendor with A-list customer references.”
DataVisual, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, has grown from a small supplier of AV accessories to become one of Canada’s largest distributors of professional AV technology for the installation, infrastructure and live events markets. Key to its growth has been its focus on personalised service and support and its experienced staff of regional sales and business develo
Germany - The Hyperbowl studio has just opened its doors at Expo Munich, offering the largest virtual production space in Europe.
ROE Visual was selected as preferred partner to provide all LED screens for the studio, a concept by ACHT and NSYNK, realised by TFN in corporation with Fournell.
Trying to find alternative platforms for tradeshows and live events while the COVID-19 restrictions are in place for large scale events, companies are offering inventive solutions that involve a mix of live presentation with virtual audiences, so-called hybrid events. ROE Visual LED screens are increasingly used to create large, visual displays for these types of events, due to their perfect on-site as well as on-camera performance.
Early April, TFN set out to present their format to several interested parties, after which they were contacted by the Expo Munich. The Expo Munich fortified its interest, based on feedback from several of its clients, some of which from the automotive industry, and continued the conversation with TFN. The decisive factor being the Expo Munich providing a 10,000sq.m venue to build the virtual environment.
The virtual studio could be employed at least till September 2021, encompassing the annual car show, normally planned at this time. This interest in a virtual studio environment for an extended period, opened doors to look int the actual investments needed and parties to involve in the implementation and execution of the work involved.
Appointed to supply the LED screens and further technical infrastructure Fournell turn
UK - New virtual presentation software solution OctoCue has debuted its web-based service which enables smoother and more professional virtual events by allowing slide control from anywhere.
Developed by technical event specialist FIX8Group, OctoCue enters the market as a professional-level control solution to offer live notes feedback, multi-presenter capability and seamless presenter switching. It features an easy-to-use interface which simplifies show control, enabling speakers to smoothly deliver their message in a virtual environment from wherever they are in the world.
“Many of our clients were asking how they could present virtually, but with the same production values and wow factor that they could achieve with live events,” says Paul Williams, FIX8Group’s technical director. “In response, drawing on the expertise of FIX8’s team of event specialists, we developed a way of giving them the same level of behind-the-scenes cueing and control that makes live events so effective.
“OctoCue allows the presenters to focus on the job of presenting, and gives the audience a seamless, professional and impactful experience.”
The process allows remote presenters to use any web-enabled device to control their slides and simultaneously view real-time slide notes. Show operators can monitor presenters, preview their clicks, and switch slide control between them, as required.
“We’re thrilled to bring OctoCue to the market,” says Nick Roberts, head of development. “Seamless slide control for virtual events has been a problem f
China - The award-winning Christie Pandoras Box is delivering visual experiences to visitors at a newly completed five-sided 3D immersive visualisation chamber in Qingdao, a major sub-provincial city in China’s Shandong province.
Powered by two Pandoras Box Quad Servers and a Pandoras Box Dual Server installed by Christie’s partner Marvel Vision, this visualisation showcase - known as The Light and Shadow Cube - is an initiative by the Qingdao Municipal Government to spur the growth of 5G high-definition video applications.
The Pandoras Box servers are used for the demonstration of spectacular DCI-8K video displayed on LED walls, achieving a total resolution of 8192 x 4320 pixels. This high-tech installation also features a number of technologies such as an active 3D system, a scent-generating system, a 7.1 multi-channel surround sound system, as well as 8K@30fps panoramic 2D-VR video and 8K@60fps panoramic 3D video capabilities.
“The Light and Shadow Cube is a highly-advanced installation that utilises a variety of cutting-edge technologies,” said Daniel Xu, manager, Marvel Vision. “We are very pleased to work with our longstanding partner Goldon Digital Creative Co, the systems integrator of this project, to accomplish the multimedia system design, on-site installation and commissioning, systems training and delivery of the Pandoras Box media servers.”
Xu noted that the Christie Pandoras Box has been chosen as the image processing system for the Light and Shadow Cube due to its ability to integrate real-time 3D rend
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will be holding webinars in conjunction with media server manufacturer Green Hippo this month.
Introduction to Hippotizer will take place on Thursday, 9 July at 3pm-4pm BST. It will provide an overview of the Hippotizer V4+ software and Hippotizer PLAY, the free-to-download demo version.
On 16 July from 3pm to 4pm BST, Get started with SHAPE 3D Mapping will go through the basics of how to set up your Hippotizer and 3D environment using SHAPE.
Visit the AC-ET website to find out more and register your place.
Germany - The end of June saw Brompton Technology take part in one of Europe’s first face-to-face industry events since lockdown, the AV Innovation Days (AVID), organised and hosted by LANG AG at its LANG Academy in Lindlar.
Designed as an accompanying event for InfoComm Connected, LANG hosted the three-day fair with both new and familiar AV technologies on display, whilst adhering to strict hygiene and safety rules. Leading LED panel manufacturers showcased their innovative solutions, with Brompton partnering with INFiLED to demonstrate how its panels have benefitted from Brompton’s HDR solution.
“The event offered a perfect platform to discuss some of the key developments in the AV industry, such as the increased use of curved, or faceted, applications which are based on a variety of corresponding products. Also, the emerging trend of virtual LED studios instead of green screen studios is an interesting niche marked right now, as protagonists can interact with their environment. That makes recording much more efficient and saves post-production costs,” shares Benjamin Valbert, director LED & displays at LANG AG.
Valbert notes that choosing the right LED processor is an important requirement in supporting these trends. Whilst most LED processors provide the basic functions necessary for video display, they can have limited to no adjustment capabilities compared to more full-featured processors, which have numerous options for colour adjustments and image scaling, and are designed with LED-on-camera applications in mind.
UK - Technical solution provider White Light (WL) and leading AV production supplier SFL have announced their intention to launch a strategic partnership.
Under the new partnership, both companies will continue to trade separately and keep their existing bases but will now share equipment and personnel when delivering a full production service. They will work on corporate events, conferences, festivals, ceremonies, concerts and any other form of live entertainment, as well as supporting events which take place within WL’s approved and managed venues as well as other opportunities as they arise.
WL MD Bryan Raven comments: “At WL, the question we always ask ourselves is how can we provide the very best service possible for our customers? Therefore, when the opportunity arose to form a strategic partnership with SFL, we knew this was something we couldn’t turn down.
“Whereas WL has its heritage in lighting, SFL is one of the leaders in supplying audio and video solutions. They also have an exceptional scenery company which our own in-house Production team has used on many occasions. As such, we will now be able to combine our expert teams, unparalleled inventories and years of experience to offer our existing customers, as well as new clients, the very best in full service technical production. It’s an incredibly exciting step for both of us and one which we cannot wait to embark on”.
SFL MD Tom Jeffery adds: “We are delighted to be able to support WL in delivering full-service production. We know WL and the brilliant team there
Europe - Shure is collaborating with Logitech to deliver ‘exceptional user experiences through superior video collaboration solutions for meeting rooms of all sizes’.
The Logitech Collaboration Programme is a customer-focused programme allowing customers to benefit from enhanced relationships with partners. Customers who purchase Shure’s Microflex Advance Ceiling Array, Table Top Microphone, IntelliMix P300 Audio Conferencing Processor and Microflex Wireless microphone products, along with select Logitech Video Collaboration products, now receive a solution that is optimised for groups to collaborate anytime.
“Shure and Logitech working together in the video conferencing space creates exceptional new opportunities for our joint end customers and business partners,” said Chris Merrick, director of global systems marketing at Shure. “This brings together the quality of Shure’s audio ecosystem with the strength of Logitech’s video to provide options for the best virtual conferencing experience.”
Customers will be able to choose from solutions that are scalable from medium to training rooms provided by Shure’s and Logitech's global networks of channel partners. These solutions include the Logitech Rally Camera, and Logitech Tap base solution for Microsoft Teams Rooms or Zoom Rooms paired with Shure’s Microflex Advance Ceiling Array, Table Top Microphone, IntelliMix P300 Audio Conferencing Processor and Microflex Wireless microphone products.
Both Shure and Logitech products in the solutions are certified by Zoom and Microsoft
USA - Needing to adapt to the challenges of how to produce a live event in conjunction with social distancing, the design team at Elite Multimedia Productions launched a virtual event production studio directly from their headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.
“Our owner Jeremy Byrd had kicked around the idea a while ago, so as we started to build-out our demo room with LED video, we decided to add in some of our lighting inventory as well,” explains Kenny Mason, production manager Elite Multimedia Productions. “Once the shutdowns happened, we saw that live streaming was going to be a vital component to keeping the production industry going and we needed to find a way to take advantage of that. Since we already had this new demo room with production gear ready, it was a natural progression to transform the space into a virtual production studio.”
As the team at Elite Multimedia got busy creating the new studio, their production expertise and extensive inventory would prove to be valuable assets. Understanding exactly how the infrastructure of a high-quality production studio should be built, they were able to create an engaging and robust design environment.
“When we came back to the office after the stay-home restrictions were lifted, we really hit the ground running,” continues Mason. “In the room, we now have an upstage 2.8mm LED video wall along with some decking that’s wrapped in EPIX LED lighting strips. On the back-end, we have our 3ME switcher that’s running multiple PTZ cameras due to social distancing guidelines.
UK - disguise takes on the new ‘normal’ with the launch of r17.3, its latest software release that delivers an improved workflow for enhanced efficiency and successful completion of projects post-lockdown. New features include Indirections, Multi-layer Editing, Object Assignment Hotkeys, Crossfaded Loop Section Mode as well as a number of improvements and bug fixes to further streamline the user experience.
Headlining the release is the introduction of ‘Indirections’, which gives all new flexibility to change keyframe objects. Users can now quickly and easily change keyframe objects such as mappings, video clips, textures and configurations remotely via third-party protocols such as OSC, DMX or a dedicated API. This functionality unlocks new workflows for esports, making changes to the visual experience in response to gameplay, for example, to spotlight who is leading the match at any given time.
The new ‘Multi-layer Editing’ feature, allows users to edit multiple layers quickly, saving time sequencing and simplifying workflows by assigning common parameter values across layers. The ability to select multiple layers and keyframe values to layers simultaneously allows users to respond to feedback fast, and ensure time onsite is maximised.
According to Wyatt Bartel, senior technical director at Lux Machina who had early access to the software: “There’s never a time I'm not trying to select two things at the same time. The new release should help end on-site frustration and build better relationships with directors. It also has real-wor
UK - Audio-visual and entertainment technology supplier Anna Valley has built its first off-site online event studio at indigo at The O2, transforming the iconic music venue into a live-streaming studio.
After being closed for over three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the popular South East London venue can now host online events for corporate and agency clients using the solution from Anna Valley.
Anna Valley launched the online event studio in June via a live stream demonstration of their in-house studio setup in West London. Online event studio clients were offered the option of hosting events from the audio-visual company’s 42,000sq.ft facility or having a customised solution built at a venue of their choice. The new installation at indigo at The O2 now provides London-based event agencies and corporate clients with an alternative off-site venue for virtual events, in a central location that offers all the benefits of a professional event space.
Anna Valley have already completed the studio installation at The O2, including a high-resolution LED backdrop and a multi-camera setup with record, edit and playout capability from the venue. The indigo team will provide audio and lighting equipment along with all the necessary security, safe working, housekeeping and parking needed for events.
“Anna Valley subsidiary, Matrix UK Solutions, has worked with and enjoyed a successful relationship with the indigo team for many years,” says Anna Valley MD, Peter Jones. “Installing our online event studio at indigo at The O2 provides ou
South Africa - In early March, before the arrival of the coronavirus, the University of Pretoria (UP) delighted hundreds of children from Pretoria, Mamelodi and Eersterust with a production of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen at the Masker Theatre.
The work was directed by Professor Marié-Heleen Coetzee and was developed through a collaborative workshop process with students studying drama the University of Pretoria, together with UP Drama Department alumnus, Ben Pienaar, who played the role of Snow Queen. The University’s outreach programme, UP Partnerships in Progress, sponsored attendance for learners from Mamelodi and Eersterust, providing many children with their very first theatre experience.
When Prof. Coetzee first conceptualised the work, she realised that funding for the production was going to be a challenge, especially as the story takes the audience on an epic journey from a rustic cottage in the woods, through the wilderness to a frozen castle in the wastelands and back again.
Knowing the work with virtual sets that South African theatrical lighting designer Wilhelm Disbergen is renowned for, she reached out to him for assistance. “Wilhelm is one of the most talented theatrical lighting designers in the country, and I was deeply humbled by his immediate willingness to come on board and turn our vision into a reality,” says Prof Coetzee.
Once onboard, Wilhelm used the Green Hippo Media Server to design “a breath-taking visual landscape” for The Snow Queen. “We wanted to transport the children
Europe - Realtime live visual technology specialist ArKaos and global LED display control solutions provider NovaStar Tech have teamed up to announce a strategic collaboration.
With the new release of ArKaos’ flagship MediaMaster 6.0 video control software platform, and NovaStar’s HDR (High Dynamic Range) ecosystem, much more of the world is coming to everyone, say the developers.
The preview version of ArKaos’ MediaMaster 6 is available today and allow users to test this HDR implementation.
The NovaStar HDR solution increases the dynamic range of the display image quality by nearly 5 times (from standard SDR systems), and the grayscale by four times, and up to 10 bits. The colour is fuller, the images look more exquisite and more realistic. The NovaStar MCTRL 4K Controller + A8s / A10s Plus receiving cards bring accurate analysis and the perfect display of HDR standard film sources.
ArKaos’ managing director Agnes Wojewoda comments: “We are very excited by the introduction of this HDR Playback Solution that will provide amazing video results and a friendly user experience”.
MediaMaster users can benefit from all the visual advantages that using NovaStar’s HDR display technologies brings to their work, a platform designed specifically to emulate the intricacies and detail of the human vision system (HVS) more closely.
ArKaos’ CEO Marco Hinic states: “This will assist everyone in the AV industry to move towards HDR solutions more quickly and easily. We have enjoyed some great teamwork and synergy with NovaStar and
China - State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) has installed China’s first full IP video mobile system for video production. This premiere mobile studio project uses the Lawo V__matrix software-defined IP-routing, processing and multi-viewing platform as its core technology infrastructure.
CCTV, in conjunction with Lawo China and video partner Acro-bright, worked in cooperation with China’s large regional system integrator, Beijing Yutian, to achieve this success, the latest in a number of joint Lawo / CCTV installations which include HD / UHD OB vans, audio SCRs, and studios in CCTV’s Beijing headquarters.
The UHD 4k designed mobile studio installation, originally planned to play a central role during the Summer Games 2020 broadcasts from Tokyo, began construction in January 2019 under the supervision of the CCTV Production Department. The project’s multiviewer design is based on three Lawo V__matrix systems using 19 C-100 core processing modules and 19 Virtual-Module installations of the Lawo vm-dmv, the world’s first infinitely expandable true IP multiviewer.
The overall installation integrates 12 Sony UHD camera channels and one EVS. The IP network is of a spine-leaf topology employing Huawei switches for the infrastructure backbone, with two CE8850 switches for the redundantly-designed core and four CE6865 switches as leaves. The vision switchers and cameras were purchased from Sony.
“Lawo turned to be not only strong in audio consoles but also in IP video processing,” says a CCTV video engineer. “The success o
USA - NEP Group in partnership with Skyway Studios has installed the first general-production LED' smart stage' in Nashville to support the local entertainment market as well as national broadcasts and live events.
Using the latest in Ultra High-resolution LED, the NEP-Skyway Smart Stage transforms the typical flat-wall stage into a true 3D environment, allowing for unlimited creative possibilities and a more natural exchange between the talent and the virtual space. Presenters and performers can walk on stage and immediately feel comfortable in the space, reducing or even eliminating the need for additional rehearsal time.
Designed to accommodate a full national touring act performing a complete concert in the space, the stage is the largest of its kind for production rental and offers a dynamic, virtual backdrop for a wide range of productions - including concerts, touring acts, news/politics shows and events, film and TV, entertainment and sports award and talk shows, still photography, corporate meetings/events and more. The 38ft wide x 20ft deep x 14ft tall stage is part of a 150,000sq.ft facility with many amenities
The facility opened its doors last week, featuring video content and 3D graphics developed by Lightborne Communications to give visitors an inside look at the creative possibilities of the technology.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the opening of the Nashville Smart Stage. Our teams have worked very hard to build out the studio quickly with this technology,” said Graham Andrews, global president of NEP Live Events.
Europe - The ARRI System Group, part of the ARRI Group and virtual production technology company On-Set Facilities are coming together to service and deliver virtual production projects and provide integrated solutions for virtual production studios.
Director of technology and owner of On-Set Facilities Asa Bailey comments: “I’m very proud to have signed with ARRI to partner with the System Group. With this alliance, we can use our knowledge of virtual production systems to supply global clients with a lot more first class on-set technology. We can now design and provide complete, turnkey, on-set VFX and virtual production studio solutions with total confidence and better meet the growing on-set technology needs of major studios, production companies, and broadcasters.”
Founded in the Snowdonia Mountains of Northern Wales, building real-time, on-set computer systems, On-Set Facilities now has sales and support offices in Madrid and LA. The technology company develops a full range of on-set VFX and virtual production solutions covering in-camera VFX (LED), mixed reality (green screen), and fully virtual (in-engine) production.
ARRI’s regional business development director, David Levy, adds: “This partnership is one of many steps ARRI is taking to bring virtual production and real time solutions to our customers. We believe, especially in these uncertain times, in the value of these systems and how they will allow our customers to continue to make content and, more importantly, their art. Which we as consumers value more than ever.
USA - ENCO, a specialist in automated workflow solutions for radio, television and professional AV systems, has appointed Shane Finch as sales director, effective immediately. Reporting to ENCO president Ken Frommert, Shane will focus on global sales and business development across all markets and product lines, and introduce ENCO’s automated workflow innovations into new business verticals.
Shane comes to ENCO with more than 40 years in the broadcast industry, including 35 years with broadcast groups in the Midwest and Florida, where he currently resides. His experience has mainly focused on radio operations, balancing a mix of on-air personality and director-level management roles throughout his career. He later transitioned into the technology space as vice president, business relations for MusicMaster, ENCO’s longtime music scheduling partner, where he spent seven successful years focused on customer relations and new business development.
“ENCO has long connected remote broadcasters to studio automation systems, and WebDAD extends this concept as remote broadcasting shifts from novelty to requirement,” comments Finch. “Furthermore, their AI and software-driven enCaption and enTranslate systems present a springboard of new business opportunities for ENCO and its partners, with exceptional value and performance for all of our end customers.”
“Shane’s experience with sales management and customer relations, along with his direct familiarity with ENCO’s technology and business culture, makes him a natural fit for this important ro