Video and AV News

Kudos AV adds QC-check from Out BoardKudos AV adds QC-check from Out Board
Wednesday, 16 October 2019

UK - London based Kudos AV arrived on the Data Strategy stand at London’s PLASA 2019 exhibition to confirm its order of a two-bay QC-Check 660 Workstation, incorporating PAT-4 and CAB-5 test equipment from technology partner, Out Board.
Kudos AV is an event management company delivering full-service event production with high quality audio, visual, lighting and staging solutions. Data Strategy’s QC-check will provide the company’s stock and inventory system with increased levels of efficiency as well as safety.
QC-Check will interact with the company’s existing inventory management system, to automatically request and log product test updates from the workstation’s in-built industrial PAT and Cable inspection equipment from Out Board. One of the big advantages of the QC-Check system, Kataria explains, is its capacity to “aid the management of assets”. He adds, “The ability to test our equipment in-house will not only save time but give us greater control over workflow and output.”
Kataria asserts, “Safety and integrity of equipment is of paramount importance for any organisation. As a company that supplies and installs electrical equipment with such regularity, it is essential that we are 'on top' of our maintenance and testing. QC-Check will provide us with real-time status of our assets to aid the planning and prep of projects with greater efficiency.”
Data Strategy’s managing director, Iain Roche, said, “I’m very pleased Kudos AV has opted for a QC-Check now. As a fast-growing and successful technical production

Lucid Technologies grows Middle East presenceLucid Technologies grows Middle East presence
Wednesday, 16 October 2019

UAE - Lucid Technologies is showcasing the systems behind its art, on Stand 4B24 at this week’s ProLight+Sound Middle East exhibition.
Lucid Technologies’ recent presence in the Middle East has assured the success of vividly impressive projects such as the Saudi Arabia National Day projection at Samba Bank. With the company’s projection mapping expertise behind the event, the inherent difficulties of projection on to glass was meticulously overcome. Two facades of the vast 40-storey building in the new King Abdullah Financial District of Riyadh were rendered ablaze with colourful and flowing imagery for the celebration.
Lucid Technologies has a number of projects underway in the region and more on the horizon in the Middle East. The company will demonstrate the capabilities of BlackTrax for the tracking of both lighting and video, with a system driven by the company’s new Disguise VX4 media servers.
Specialising in the design of technical solutions to solve creative problems in live events and theatre as well as the corporate environment and for bespoke projects, Lucid Technologies is building towards a more permanent presence in the Middle East. The company maintains its focus on better collaboration, more highly integrated systems, and the break down of creative barriers caused by technical limitations.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
Nature One Festival dazzles with HippotizerNature One Festival dazzles with Hippotizer
Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Germany - More than 50,000 EDM fans descended on a former NATO missile base in August to experience the massive Nature One Festival. Germany-based Gerdon Design specified two Green Hippo Boreal+ media servers for the main floor, to power live IMAG feeds, Notch effects and pre-made content.
This year marked the 25th anniversary of Nature One, which is held near the western town of Kastellaun. Over the years, it’s grown into one of Europe’s biggest dance music festivals. Gerdon Design has been involved with Nature One since 2011, responsible for the stage, lighting and video design as well as creating the concept, audio and visual design for the timecoded highlights show.
“We were responsible for the content playback of all acts - except for those who were travelling with a VJ – so we needed a powerful and easy-to-use solution,” explains Gerdon Design’s Marek Papke. “We really like the versatility of the Hippotizer software – it’s very quick to set up and get great results. We organized all of the custom content and the DJ-specific content before the show and used a GrandMA3 FullSize to sort and program all the content for later playback.”
In addition to the two main floor Boreal+ servers as main/backup, Papke and his team specified a third Boreal+ to manage a Barco S3 Switcher and to generate further Notch effects for IMAG.
“Hippo’s CITP integration helped us a lot, because it allows us to see previews of the content directly in the console,” says Papke. “The quick and easy-to-use media manager was also great for add

 
LFPS in the spotlight at movie premieresLFPS in the spotlight at movie premieres
Monday, 14 October 2019

UK - Throughout a busy summer, event production specialists Light Fantastic Production Services has been supporting a number of major UK cinema releases, includingThe Lion King, Toy Story 4, Aladdin, Yesterday, Good Omens and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Working on behalf of client Limited Edition Event Design, recent projects required custom-built solutions tailored to the associated media campaigns and movie branding. 
Complementing the colourful look of Toy Story 4, LFPS built a series of frames to surround the LED video walls which flanked the red carpet. Finished in a gloss blue laminate, the surrounds incorporated over 400 LED cabochons to mimic the fairground theme in the films advertising campaign. The same look extended to a 3D ‘step and repeat’ structure used for cast photos and an interview stage.
The LFPS team were back in Leicester Square to provide decking structures for the UK premier of Disney’s The Lion King. With the premiere screened in both the Odeon and Cineworld cinemas on different sides of the site, the project required the construction of a pair of walkways and raised bridges which allowed guests and celebrities to pass from the central gardens over the perimeter railings and back down to each destination. LFPS also provided the ornate stage structure which formed the centrepiece of the event.
LFPS managing director Rob Myer comments: “Over the years, our design and fabrication

 
 

ARX appoints Gala Pro AV in the UAEARX appoints Gala Pro AV in the UAE
Monday, 14 October 2019

UAE - ARX has appointed Gala Pro AV as its distributor in the United Arab Emirates.
Based in Dubai, Gala is a leading pro AV and lighting solutions provider who also represents Bosch, Lavoce Italiana and Odyssey. The company is exhibiting at the upcoming Prolight+Sound Middle East expo (15-17 October) in Dubai.
“Gala are ideally placed in the UAE to strengthen our brand and to build sales in a market where we see a great potential for growth,” comments Colin Park, managing director of ARX Systems.
(Jim Evans)

 
Powersoft adds clarity to World Expo CityPowersoft adds clarity to World Expo City
Friday, 11 October 2019

China - Powersoft amplifier platforms have been chosen to drive the new audio system installed at Qingdao World Expo City (QWEC), a 32,000sq.m conference venue in the ancient coastal city of Qingdao.
The upgrade, handled by EZ Pro, focussed on QWEC’s Great Hall, which accommodates up to 1,500 people, has an area of 3,000 sqm, and can even be divided into two parts.
“We hoped to create a destination that is, in terms of scale and technology, far ahead of anything else in Northeast Asia,” says general manager Zhao Guangjun.
The venue was to be equipped with world-class audio-visual equipment to meet the needs of a variety of international and domestic high-end conferences. With this forward-thinking ethos in mind, Powersoft amplifier platforms were chosen.
“Powersoft products offer a traditionally amazing sound quality and reliability,” says Alan Ho, senior VP of business development at EZ Pro. “The Smart Rails Management (SRM) technology allows us to maximise the efficiency of the system and drastically reduce power consumption at any load and for any usage conditions. Its exclusive dampening coefficient compensation technology can also solve problems like line power loss that is caused by remote transmission.”
In total, EZ Pro installed 46 of Powersoft’s Quattrocanali 1204 amplifier platforms, as well as 23 of the Quattrocanali 2404 DSP+D. These particular versions of the Quattrocanali grant the integrator in-depth control and monitoring of all the signals via ArmonìaPlus, so that the sound can be tailored to suit any cu

 
 
Christie RealLaser gets green light for LFF
Friday, 11 October 2019

UK - Following a successful debut last year, Christie has announced that Christie RealLaser is the flagship projection technology for the 63rd BFI London Film Festival (LFF) in partnership with American Express.
Once reserved for the premium cinema market, RGB pure laser is now affordable and ready for mainstream cinema adoption, making it perfect for the return of the much-loved 820-seat ‘pop-up’ Embankment Garden Cinema (EGC). Described by BFI head of technical services, Dominic Simmons as, “One of the highest quality temporary cinemas ever seen”, this year the EGC hosts its first international premiere (Martin Scorsese’s hotly anticipated The Irishman from Netflix) in a stellar line-up of gala screenings.
Christie has worked with the BFI on the projection set-up since the BFI first made the bold move to build a full, state-of-the-art temporary cinema, providing the festival with a central London venue nestled in the tranquil Embankment Gardens just by the river. “The EGC has become an absolute favourite and has gained a surprising level of affection in just four years. Many people say it is their favourite venue and a shame it’s only available two weeks a year,” remarked Simmons.
“It’s loved not just by the public and BFI staff, but filmmakers who are often really surprised at the quality. One said it was the best screening of his film he had seen. This a really high-spec install which is what we wanted, it is as good as a permanent cinema, especially using Christie RealLaser projection with such bright colours, higher

 
Audinate to host best practices roundtableAudinate to host best practices roundtable
Friday, 11 October 2019

USA - A roundtable discussion exploring the transformative effects networked AV has on learning and higher education will take place at 11am, PT on 29 October. The event includes an in-person discussion between multiple AV experts. A live Q&A, where webinar attendees can ask questions of the participants, will occur immediately after the discussion. Registration for the webinar is open now at: www.audinate.com/ddm-edu
The roundtable event is hosted by Audinate, developer of the Dante AV networking technology, and brings together experts from the University of Southern California, University of Oregon, Arizona State University, University of Colorado, Denver and Brigham Young University - Idaho.
“When we talk with our partners about how they are using networked AV we always come away impressed at their innovation and ingenuity,” said Joshua Rush, senior vice president of marketing at Audinate. “This is especially true in the higher education market. We realised it would be incredibly beneficial to bring together some of the leading minds utilising networked AV in higher education - and then share that discussion with the industry at large.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
Cast Software releases 64-bit wysiwyg R43Cast Software releases 64-bit wysiwyg R43
Thursday, 10 October 2019

Canada - Cast Software has released wysiwyg as a 64-bit application.
Available for download from the Cast members area, the application offers noticeable stability and performance increase across all modes and can now utilise more than 4GB of memory to open files.
Cast VP of product, Dino Mazza comments: “This is a special release for Cast. I am proud of the entire wysiwyg development team for getting us here, identifying the challenges along the way and finding the easy, and sometimes difficult solutions, and continuing to plug away at this project until its completion.
“R43 delivers our wysiwyg in a 64-bit architecture, and along with the increased responsiveness and improved user experience, which we know the users will love. But, also included are some new features too. I know there are some happy faces around Cast, and I’m suspecting the same is true amongst the wysiwyg R43 users out there as well.”
(Jim Evans)

 
AC-ET helps Visual Elements achieve its visionAC-ET helps Visual Elements achieve its vision
Wednesday, 9 October 2019

UK - Equipment rental supplier Visual Elements has made a substantial investment in technologies for its new video production services division, sourcing everything from A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
Established for 20 years, Visual Elements provides wet and dry hire solutions to music festivals, theatre shows and film premieres, as well as servicing London events venue Tobacco Dock.
After deciding to set up a video division alongside its existing production services, it approached AC-ET to help specify and supply a complete range of technologies from its portfolio of premier brands.
Video technical sales executive Chris Beardwell worked closely with Visual Elements’ head of video, Leon O’Neill to deliver a package which met all technical needs and maximised the available budget.
The order included Panasonic PT-RZ120 and 970 1-chip DLP laser projectors; over 60 Samsung UHD 4K TVs ranging from 40 to 82 inches; a Philips X-Line modular video wall; and a Roland V-1HD video switcher.
Related signal transmission products, cabling and accessories supplied included a B-Tech video wall stand, Unicol screen mounts and custom flight cases for all panels; Barco video switchers; Kramer HDMI distribution amplifiers; Blackmagic Design and Decimator HDMI/SDI converters; Interspace AV control; and over 1400 metres of Kramer fibre optic HDMI and Belden Neutrik BNC-BNC cabling.
Visual Elements received full delivery within four weeks of all 350 separate pieces of equipment.
Leon comments: “AC-ET has been fantastic. Chris’s p

 
 
Absen LED floor helps winegrowers celebrateAbsen LED floor helps winegrowers celebrate
Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Switzerland - The Fête des Vignerons is held once every 20 years at a temporary stadium at the edge of Lake Geneva. The celebration, which features a vast troupe of performers donning elaborate costumes, as well as animals and vehicles, is held every day for a month to honour the winegrowers of the region, which stretches from Lavaux to Chablais in Switzerland.
Organised by the official Brotherhood of Winegrowers - la Confrérie des Vignerons - the show represents a year in the life of the vineyard through 21 action-packed scenes. This year’s event also received a technological boost in the form of a gargantuan LED floor from Absen subsidiary VISS Display, provided by rental house, Alabama.
As two decades have passed since the last Fête took place, the 200-strong technical team had to ensure that the 2019 edition lived up to expectations, as well as demonstrating the best of the last 20 years in live event technology.
With this in mind, a temporary 20,000-person arena was constructed in the Swiss town of Vevey to house more than 5,500 volunteer performers and 900 singers and musicians from the area.
“I grew up in the area and everybody around this region knows about the Fête des Vignerons because it is unique,” says the Fête des Vignerons technical director, Francois Mottier.
After the installation of the first technical elements in May 2019, the project evolved for budgetary reasons as well as from a creative perspective to guarantee it was in line with the vision of artistic director, Daniele Finzi Pasca - th

 
LED Creative supports Supermarket SweepLED Creative supports Supermarket Sweep
Tuesday, 8 October 2019

UK - Filmed at Maidstone Studios and hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal, the ITV2 reboot of the daytime TV cult classic Supermarket Sweep retains a stack of elements from the original. Inflatables, loud jumpers and the legendary trolley dash are mixed with a collection of new games and challenges, all taking place among the brightly coloured aisles.
Created by scenic designer Josh Grace, the gloriously bright faux supermarket set is awash with pastel shades, another subtle homage to its predecessor, mixed with an array of contemporary upgrades. Together with lighting designer Gurdip Mahal and operator Ross Williams, the team have constructed an environment which offers a fresh, modern twist on the original styling.
Helping build the look, the LED Creative team supplied their Alpha Neon and Sigma LED controlled via the company’s Megabyte Pixel Drivers.
LED Creative project manager Ges Smith says: “Our Neon is ideal for applications such as this, where the desired appearance is ‘traditional neon’ but the requirement is for a more versatile, controllable solution. Our Sigma LED and Megabyte system deliver a layer of flexibility which has been useful in creating the look and feel for the production.”
The flexibility of the LED ‘neon’ combined with its intensity and colour makes it suitable for creating the show’s vibrant in-store branding. For additional detailing, the Alpha was also applied to the custom graphics used throughout the set.
Providing further highlights throughout the set, LC Sigma was used to provide an extra la

 
 
Finnish National Opera adds HippotizersFinnish National Opera adds Hippotizers
Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Finland - Green Hippo has announced that the Finnish National Opera & Ballet (FNOB) has upgraded its stock of Green Hippo media servers with the company’s latest Hippotizer V4 systems.
The new equipment, supplied by Green Hippo’s exclusive Finnish distributor Msonic Oy, comprises seven Hippotizer Karst+ DVI, two Hippotizer Boreal+ DP and six Hippotizer Montane+ RTX servers - all with dual SDI input cards.
The new servers were specified by Johan West, video product manager at Msonic. A long-standing Hippotizer user, West has enjoyed a close relationship with the FNOB since specifying their very first Green Hippo systems back in 2008. Since then, he has been responsible for training the opera house crew, as well as advising on the use of Hippotizer on many productions. He also provides all Green Hippo training and support for the FNOB team.
“A series of new pieces are premiering and the designer wanted to use Notch and live camera feeds mixed together with content, in realtime,” West explains. “This gave us some things to think about: camera feed latency, latency of LED/video projector processing/signal distribution. Everything specified had to meet some rules: latency had to be kept as low as possible, it had to be flexible and it needed to work with existing signal distribution formats.”
He adds: “Hippotizer’s 3D toolkit, SHAPE, also plays a big role here. The opera house uses moving projection surfaces that are mapped using SHAPE. Also, some of the automation is pinned using automation objects in SHAPE.”
The new se

 
Adlib supplies 2019 Netball World CupAdlib supplies 2019 Netball World Cup
Monday, 7 October 2019

UK - Adlib supplied full technical production to the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup staged at the 11,000 capacity M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
Adlib’s rental departments implemented a fully integrated video, lighting and audio package linking in with broadcast elements for BBC and Sky. The spectacle took place over 10 glorious days of top sporting action which delivered world class netball to an international TV audience and many thousands packing into the court-side seats which were sold out for the duration.
This quadrennial event featured two distinctive criteria. First, a spectacular opening ceremony which wowed the crowds and got everyone in the mood for the sports to follow.
Adlib’s technical team worked closely with curators of the ceremony Culture Liverpool and Iluminos. Adlib provided six Panasonic RZ21K 20,000 lumen laser projectors mounted vertically to project the visuals created by Iluminos onto the courts below. Lighting and video effects combined to produce the spectacle enjoyed by the live audience and TV viewers alike.
On-court drama followed, produced by Sport Presentation specialists Red Sky at Night Events Ltd, this saw 16 nations compete for the coveted Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 trophy.
Adlib’s overall project manager was Dave Eldridge. He worked with a highly talented and experienced crew onsite, and closely with host broadcasters Televideo and several other contractors to ensure seamlessly delivery of a world class sporting event to a hugely enthusiastic audience worldwide.
Working with R

 
 
Ambion gets creative with BlackTraxAmbion gets creative with BlackTrax
Friday, 4 October 2019

Germany - Over 250 guests were in attendance throughout the nine-day Ambion Digital Jungle open-house event. Attendees enjoyed an hour-long sensory journey of innovative installations focused on tracking, immersive interactivity, sensor technology, realtime control and reactive, generative content using BlackTrax, disguise and Notch.
Ambion is a full-service provider that plans and produces technology for concerts, sports events, trade shows and congresses around the globe.
The company recently held open house days where they invited selected clients, partners, innovation agencies and event planners to attend. The Digital Jungle demonstrations focused on technology and its application in a live event scenario.
OBJ.Studio the Ambion design department has been trying some interesting light and media tech projects in Berlin. The last one was a smart installation with curved LEDs. It was a collaboration with another design studio and 22 digital artists from all over the world.
“Ambion has a BlackTrax Lab. Here employees from different departments come together and experimenting with the system. So, we build knowledge together and find creative new ways and solutions for clients and upcoming projects,” says Jo Rychlik, creative director & head of OBJ.Studio Berlin.
Ambion received their training directly from CAST Software at their headquarters in Kaufungen. They purchased their own system as well, going along with their brand of owning their own equipment to have ownership over their projects.
The plans for Amb

 
CP Communications partners with MultiDyneCP Communications partners with MultiDyne
Friday, 4 October 2019

USA - CP Communications has announced that it will add MultiDyne’s 22ft mobile van to its growing fleet of production vehicles.
MultiDyne introduced the van in 2018 as a ‘mobile marketing van’ that doubled as an exhibition showcase for MultiDyne products at North American tradeshows, and as a mobile showroom for MultiDyne road shows and training initiatives. CP Communications, a long-time MultiDyne customer, recognised an opportunity for both companies to collaborate on smaller live productions, including high school and college sports projects.
“Many high school and college sports venues have live production needs, but lack the workspace to accommodate a flypack or a large truck,” said Kurt Heitmann, CEO, CP Communications. “The MultiDyne van offers the perfect footprint for a four-to-six camera shoot, and solves our problem of carving out a workspace for live productions in tight spaces. It also provide a professional, low-cost acquisition model for our customers working on strict production budgets.”
“We have long considered how the professional design of this van can be leveraged for more than standard road shows and demonstrations,” said Frank Jachetta, CEO, MultiDyne. “Partnering with CP Communications, among the industry’s premier live production companies, offers a compelling way to provide real value to the broadcast and production community, while also ensuring that the CP Communications team has the best that fibre transport technology can offer for live services.”
MultiDyne will equip the van with its lat

 
 
Powersoft appoints GM for North AmericaPowersoft appoints GM for North America
Thursday, 3 October 2019

USA - Powersoft has appointed industry veteran Tom Knesel to the position of general manager, North America. Knesel, who will be located at the company’s US headquarters in Kearny, NJ and who will start on 7 October, will report directly to Luca Giorgi, sales & business development director, Powersoft. The announcement follows the successful relocation of Powersoft’s North American headquarters two years ago, and coincides with the company’s increased focus on the systems integration market and launch of the Mezzo amplifier platform earlier this year.
“We are very pleased to welcome Tom into the Powersoft family,” commented Luca Giorgi. “Two years ago, we began a significant restructuring of our U.S. operations, which included relocating our headquarters to the east coast, hiring new operational and sales staff, and realigning our entire North American sales rep network. Having successfully completed these tasks, we are perfectly positioned in this region for sustained growth and net new revenue opportunities.”
Before joining Powersoft, Knesel was regional business development manager, Americas, for MUSIC Tribe and responsible for driving revenue and managing the Americas for the company’s commercial audio brands - including Midas, Klark Teknik, Lake, Lab Gruppen, TC Electronics, Tannoy and Turbosound. Prior to that, Knesel spent several years in the manufacturer, design and systems integration markets
Luca Giorgi, who has served in a dual role for Powersoft as GM, North America and sales & business development director for

 
Harman solution for Northampton UniversityHarman solution for Northampton University
Thursday, 3 October 2019

UK - The University of Northampton has deployed a network of interconnected Harman Professional AV solutions to facilitate a cutting-edge collaborative learning environment at their new Waterside campus.
The university leadership decided to build a new, centralised campus in Northampton’s Waterside district. The project allowed the school to completely rethink how to best serve their students, resulting in a radically different approach that eschewed traditional lecture halls in favour of flexible, collaborative learning spaces.
In order to achieve these goals, AV distributer Midwich supplied the university with a range of AMX, JBL, Crown, BSS and AKG solutions to accommodate the complex technical demands of the ultra-modern campus. The comprehensive Harman solution was designed and deployed by Kinly, a service-led integrator specializing in the design, implementation & support of best in class collaboration solutions globally.
“It became obvious to us that we needed to teach in a more 21st century way, so we've adopted a new approach called Active Blended Learning,” said Andrew Taylor, digital services manager, University of Northampton. “I like to refer to it as almost the democratisation of learning, because it's not one person standing above everyone else and talking down to them anymore.”
The backbone of Waterside’s new digital infrastructure is a campus-wide matrix of networked AV equipment. Thirty-three AMX SVSI N-series encoder and decoder units stream 4k video to 116 flexible teaching spaces, 24 collaborative spaces,

 
 
Global Production takes RTS to Euro U21sGlobal Production takes RTS to Euro U21s
Thursday, 3 October 2019

Italy - RTS is well established as a go-to intercom choice for sports broadcasters all over the world. RTS equipment continues to be standard issue in OB trucks covering international competitions at every level.
A recent example is Global Production’s OB coverage of the European Under-21 football championships in Italy. The Turin-based company deployed its OB-8 truck to cover the tournament - the largest and most recently-equipped member of its fleet. In addition to this, OB-8 is also Global Production’s first truck to feature RTS intercoms.
“We have two other vehicles that use different systems,” recalls Luca Manfredi, OB manager at Global Production. “But when we came to making the technical choices for OB-8, we could see that the RTS system was superior.”
As a result of this decision, the large and modern production environment of OB-8 features an Adam intercom matrix with 50 KP-series keypanels optimized for use with powerful Omneo IP-networking technology - 35 KP-5032 and 15 KP-4016.
The full-sized Adam matrix supports up to 272 ports. It can be configured to form multi-frame systems of up to 880 ports and supports the widest variety of audio interface cards in the industry. “We opted for the Adam matrix due to the power of the available ports and the compatibility with Dante and AES 67,” explains Manfredi.
The next generation of European football talents was on show for the world to see, as Spain claimed a fifth title by beating Germany 2-1 in the final in Udine. Thanks to the work of Global Production and the capa

 
Digital Projection’s Titan for Tosca visualsDigital Projection’s Titan for Tosca visuals
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

UK - Following on from the resounding success of its production of The Flying Dutchman in summer 2017, Theater Regensburg has once again pushed the boundaries of open-air opera with its latest offering - a version of Puccini’s semi-staged concert performance in three acts, Tosca.
Like its predecessor, the event was held at the West Port of the bayernhafen business park, a freight traffic hub in the East Bavarian town of Regensburg. The stage was situated on the historic Municipal Warehouse side, while the audience of nearly 3,000 was seated opposite on the North Quay. The side of the warehouse itself served as a gigantic projection surface upon which visuals were beamed, courtesy of Digital Projection Titan laser projectors.
“The video aspect was the main part of the show,” comments video operator, Wolfgang Frauendienst. “The actors and their audience were around 100m apart, so we needed a projector that could provide as much brightness as possible over a long distance. We decided to use four Titan Laser projectors arranged in two stacks of two, with each stack covering one half of the building.”
The Titan Laser 37000 delivers up to 37,000 (WUXGA) or up to 31,000 (4K-UHD) lumens from a relatively compact chassis, making it the ideal projector for the most demanding of large-venue applications.
“Where bright, pin sharp images are required there should be no compromise,” says Digital Projection’s vice-president of global marketing, Mark Wadsworth. “The Titan Laser utilises the very latest in connectivity, includ

 
 
Hippotizer offers a Bryte solution for The 1975Hippotizer offers a Bryte solution for The 1975
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

UK - The 1975’s video for new single People sees the band performing the alt rock track inside an LED cube, supplied and installed by 80six Ltd, displaying swirling lyrics and quickfire, colour-changing content. Filmed at London’s Black Island Studios, the production was an ambitious surround-video setup, powered by a Hippotizer V4 Taiga servers from Green Hippo. Directed by Warren Fu, the video featured premade content inspired by the band’s lyrics, created by Jon Emmony.
Simon Harris, project manager at Bryte Design, was approached by The 1975’s tour director James Valpy to project manage the video content delivery. “Set up was simple, utilising Hippotizer’s Output Manager and VideoMapper to map the five sides of the cube, outputting six HD signals via Evision LED processors,” says Harris. “As the content was running to timecode, playback was simple and straightforward.”
In addition to the LED cube video content, the main Taiga server also fed content via PixelMapper and Art-Net data through a grandMA2 to a rig of Astera LED tubes and ARRI SkyPanels used to light the band with complementary colours, providing illumination consistent with the screen content. Mike Smith, managing director of Bryte Design, operated these, as well as moving lights, on the grandMA2.
“As the content was very fast moving and contained quick colour changes and strobes, this was the ideal way to light the band effectively and synchronously,” adds Harris. “Pixel-mapping the Astera tubes and SkyPanels was a last-minute request, but we had the

 
ArKaos praises ‘great’ PLASA 2019ArKaos praises ‘great’ PLASA 2019
Monday, 30 September 2019

UK - ArKaos, realtime visual processing technology provider for live performance and displays, enjoyed a busy PLASA 2019 expo in London Olympia (15-17 September) on the stand of its UK and Irish Republic distributor, Entedi.
ArKaos highlighted the latest version of its flagship MediaMaster Pro 5.6 realtime video control software, which is also now available with a License Rental service that enables weekly rental periods of MediaMaster Pro usage. This greatly increases flexibility and affordability for anyone involved in specific projects or events on which they want to use this award-winning platform, says the company.
ArKaos CEO Agnes Wojewoda comments: “PLASA was great! A lot of buzz and activity at the show and a lot of interest in MediaMaster Pro in particular and in the new Licence Rental options for this as well as some other ArKaos products. It’s a good show with great networking for anyone active in entertainment and live events sectors.”
On working with Entedi, she adds: “We are really pleased to be working with Cally [Bacchus, Entedi MD] and this team. They are great people with an excellent reputation and a wide reach across all areas of the entertainment industry.”
Bacchus says his company saw more high-quality and serious visitors than last year, underlining PLASA’s place as a hub for the UK’s entertainment technology industry. He adds: “We have seen ArKaos develop over the years and add a huge amount of user-friendliness, power and simplicity to the real-time control of video and pixel sources. Like us,

 
 
iMAG invests in Brompton TechnologyiMAG invests in Brompton Technology
Monday, 30 September 2019

UK - iMAG, Poole-based creative technical production and LED screen supplier, has just invested in a whopping 300 panels of ROE Visual Diamond 2mm indoor LED screen and has chosen Brompton Technology’s SX40 processors and XD 10G data distribution units as its perfect accompaniment.
Working with a diverse range of clients, from well-known brands such as Dyson, Samsung and Calvin Klein, to a multitude of festivals and conferences, iMAG knows that having the best products available in its portfolio is vital.
“ROE Visual is an industry leader. We’ve been using their LED screens since the very beginning and they’ve always worked really well for us,” says iMAG co-founder and director, Charli Harding. “With requests for hi res indoor screens increasing significantly, we decided that now was the time to add ROE’s Diamond 2mm to our inventory.”
With such a substantial investment, iMAG needed to ensure that they were going to get the very best out of their new panels and also chose to invest in four of Brompton’s Tessera SX40 processors and 10 XD data distribution units.
“We always analyse and research the LED market before we make any investment,” Charli continues. “For this new purchase, robustness and cutting-edge design was key; our clients are buying into both the sheer numbers of pixels this screen can create and, of course, its concave and convex curves, which makes it a really creative solution.We wanted to match it with the very best in processing, and that is Brompton. We already have Brompton processors in ou

 
Christie co-stars in aus LICHTChristie co-stars in aus LICHT
Friday, 27 September 2019

The Netherlands - As part of a 15-hour performance spread over three days, Dutch National Opera performed major parts of Karlheinz Stockhausen's aus LICHT cycle.
One of the world’s top five opera companies, the Dutch National Opera opted for a combination of Christie Terra for AV distribution and processing, and Christie Pandoras Box for content management and control of the four LED video walls, cameras and projectors used throughout the performance space.
The performances were produced in cooperation with the Holland Festival, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the Stockhausen Foundation, and held at Amsterdam’s Gashouder, a former industrial hall that now serves as an event space. The audience experienced some of the highlights from the artist's seven operas, named after weekdays, during the three-day performance. This is the first time that a summary of aus LICHT has been staged.
Christie partner Rolight supplied the Christie Terra AV distribution equipment. Two Christie Pandoras Box Managers and two Christie Pandoras Box Quad Servers supplied source signals to Christie Terra Transmitters. Four Terra receivers supplied signals to each of the four LED walls, and four more Terra units were used for previewing AV sources and broadcast feeds. The system operated from a 10G Ethernet switch and a Terra Controller was used to configure and control signal routing.
The large-scale production was recorded, with the aim of reproducing the entire sound universe of Stockhausen's aus LICHT, with three wireless cameras in

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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