Video and AV News

mergingAES Virtual Vienna student wins Merging award
Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Europe - Merging Technologies has supported the AES Student Recording Competition for many years, both at the European and US Conventions, by donating a prize of a Pyramix Native licence to the top student in the appropriate category.
The situation was rather different this year with the Vienna Convention being virtual; no Merging employee could present the prize. Nevertheless, the competition went ahead as normal and produced an excellent result for a student from the Detmold Hochschule für Musik. Kseniya Kawko was awarded the Gold Award in the Traditional Acoustic Category for the recording of the piece by Michio Miyagi Haru no Umi and Silver Award in the Immersive Category for the recording of the Mendelssohn String Quartet No.2 in A Minor.
Kseniya recorded and mixed both projects on Pyramix since Detmold and McGill University, where Kseniya did her previous studies, have been equipped with Merging products for many years. Merging operates a generous student purchase programme that is designed to assist those looking to make their career in music recording.

let-there-be-rock1Showtime lights rock dream livestream
Wednesday, 29 July 2020

USA - The coronavirus may have put a temporary halt to rock concerts, but it hasn’t done anything to dim the passion of aspiring stars who dream of one day taking to the arena stage. This relentless spirit was on full display at Let There Be Rock, a two-day livestream featuring a dozen bands from the Frederick Rock School in Baltimore.
Videoed at the improvised production studio in the Showtime Sound LLC warehouse, the event, which was streamed on Facebook and YouTube, featured a fittingly intense, hard-driving light show created by Aaron Kovelman, Showtime’s director of design & production.
“This was an important moment for students, so we wanted to give them something that made them feel special,” said Kovelman. “We wanted to create looks that were not only powerful, but were also different for each band to reflect their unique personalities.”
Helping Kovelman accomplish this goal were 13 Maverick MK3 Profile and 10 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures from Chauvet Professional. Taken from Showtime Sound’s own inventory, the moving LED fixtures were used to coordinate colours and patterns with the images displayed on a 10’ by 30’ horizontal video wall.
“We used a lot of different video content to give each band its own core look and add extra meaning to each song,” said Kovelman. “Of course, in order for this to work, and not have the video wall look out of place on our live stream stage, we need to coordinate it with strong color statements. Given that livestreams are often watched on smaller screens, we weren’t going to be

 
 
wemakeeventsredalertrgb#WeMakeEvents moves into Red Alert to save UK events
Wednesday, 29 July 2020

UK - Leading trade bodies and businesses are joining forces to issue a Red Alert and highlight the severe challenges faced by the live events industry and its entire supply chain due to the pandemic.
Planned for 11 August, the action will include social media and video drives as well as legal outdoor events, with other specific activities occurring on the day.
The initiative is part of the #WeMakeEvents campaign that aims to raise awareness of the sector’s struggles and to secure further support from the government.
“The live events industry supply chain that contributes to every single event in the UK is set to completely collapse,” comments Peter Heath, MD of PLASA. “Social distancing prohibits mass events, and even if this stopped now, long-term planning for events won’t enable a return until around March 2021. Now, the whole industry is coming together to initiate a Red Alert. We have been campaigning for financial support from the government using #WeMakeEvents because the sector is on its last legs.”
According to campaign research conducted last week, redundancies across the sector have already started. Of the companies surveyed, 10% said they plan to issue notices by the end of July whilst 15% intend to do so in August.
But 70% of those polled admitted they would make redundancies by end of the year, with a fifth expecting to lose 70% of staff.
Earlier this month, the UK government announced a £1.57bn rescue

 
shanghai-ff-imageChristie continues partnership with SIFF
Tuesday, 28 July 2020

China - Christie is continuing its long-standing partnership with the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) for the 12th consecutive year.
The 2020 festival, which runs from 25 July to 2 August, is the first major international film festival to be held in China since the COVID-19 outbreak at the beginning of this year. Christie cinema projection systems will be used for movie screenings in theatres across Shanghai’s metropolitan area throughout this nine-day event. In addition, a Christie cinema projector will also be deployed for adjudication of films nominated for the Golden Goblet Award for Best Film. A total of nine films from around the world will vie for this award this year.
“We’re delighted to continue our partnership with SIFF for the 12th consecutive year to deliver visually-engaging contents from around the world to cinema audiences in China,” said Peter Chen, executive director, cinema sales for Greater China, Christie. “This is a clear affirmation of the enduring partnership that Christie has built with the SIFF, which has become one of the largest film festivals in Asia.
“Over the years, Christie’s success has been based on our strong relationships with our partners and customers. We highly value SIFF’s confidence in Christie to deliver an unparalleled experience for movie-goers, and we are strongly committed to faithfully deliver filmmakers’ vision to their audiences using our tried and tested cinema solutions.”
In addition to SIFF, Christie is associated with major film events such as the Cannes Film F

 
 
yoop-photoSolotech partners with Yoop for virtual events
Monday, 27 July 2020

Canada - Solotech has announced that it has established a partnership with Yoop eSpace, a virtual and multifunctional production environment that enables content providers to create and stream events in an immersive and interactive way. Benoît Fredette, businessman and Yoop founder, recently launched the new two-way Yoop platform, which offers a real-time visual and audio interaction between artists and spectators.
The partnership ‘represents an opportunity to innovate and to go beyond the barriers of distance by bringing content providers and their audiences closer together’.
Solotech supports Yoop by providing its production expertise, its equipment and technical teams to ensure the audio, video capture and the broadcasting of events. The Yoop eSpace is already planning to open locations in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and the UK, adding to its first site in Montreal.
The combination of expertise will offer clients an interactive, simple and secure way to attend virtual events.
Martin Chouinard, president of the Live Productions division at Solotech, comments, “Yoop and Solotech have the same objective, to allow spectators to reconnect with their favourite artists through real contact where the energy can be felt on both sides. We are excited to bridge two worlds which have been distant for so long, it will help infuse a lot of passion into the great cultural community.
“Thanks to cutting-edge technologies, we can build a future beyond physical constraints, without sacrificing the quality of production and offer an ultimat

 
xrstudioExtended reality offered at AED Studios
Friday, 24 July 2020

Belgium - Starting in September, AED Studios in Lint will offer TV, film and event producers the opportunity to use a high-tech XR studio. Extended reality (XR) is the umbrella term for virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and other immersive technologies. At the XR studio, the physical and digital worlds are connected, allowing for new, expanded possibilities for audiovisual productions.
The XR Studio is a partnership between a number of specialised European companies - AED Display, MalfMedia, AV Wizard, by Lex Concept Design Control and Eurogrip - which fitted the Studio 4 complex at Lint with a high-tech XR setup. By using premium LED screens (floor and side wall screens), real-time rendering by powerful media servers, camera tracking systems and streaming facilities, the installation is immediately ready to use for interactive business presentations and for recording film and TV programmes.
Glenn Roggeman, CEO of AED Group comments, "Using this technology, we can focus on a broad range of audiovisual productions. Here film producers can shoot special scenes and effects, television makers can create interactive sports and fiction programmes or shows with a virtual audience and companies can turn their most ambitious ideas into dazzling presentations or commercials.
“The possibility of 'set extension' provides us with a unique way of adding virtual images, effects or elements to the shot in real time and allows the people actually on set to be immersed in a total experience. There are only a few such studios availab

 
 
christinacruzeiroatlonaAtlona adds sales manager for Canada
Friday, 24 July 2020

Canada - Atlona has hired Christina Cruzeiro as regional sales manager for Canada. Based in Toronto and reporting to Jamey Swigert, director of AV sales and business development, Cruzeiro is responsible for working with Atlona’s Canadian distributors and integrators, and expanding Atlona’s business across the country.
Cruzeiro’s AV industry experience took shape 10 years ago as a sales manager for New Toronto Group, where she led the company’s Adobe Connect Software product division for five years.
Cruzeiro’s experience with web conferencing and collaboration software over those eight years provided a natural bridge to the AV industry as business development manager for Stampede Presentation Products.
Cruzeiro says, “The industry will accelerate its transition to BYOD strategies in collaborative office environments, and businesses will invest more in technology for home offices. Our priority is to show how Atlona’s growing product line, notably the Omega collaboration product series and Velocity IP-based AV control, can help our integration partners build all-in-one solutions for end customers.”

 
lightsaredlaunchSouth Africa’s #LightSAred launched with live stream
Thursday, 23 July 2020

South Africa - In a live stream filmed at MGG Productions in Sandton, and hosted on SACIA's YouTube channel, the technical production and live events industry announced the launch the national campaign #LightSAred, to be held on 5 August 2020.
Sharif Baker, chair of the TPSA, announced that the technical production and live events industry will be spearheading a symbolic resistance campaign that will see buildings across the country lit up in red on 05 August.
"The colour red is the international colour of emergency," Baker explains. "We are following the example set by our colleagues in Germany and the UK in lighting our national monuments red to highlight the desperate plight of our industry under current lockdown policies and regulations." Baker went on to emphasise that the #LightSAred campaign is not affiliated with any political body or ideology. "We are simply an events industry in dire straits that is currently being ignored."
Joining Baker during the live launch was Kevan Jones, executive director of SACIA. "As a recognised industry association for the communications industry in Southern Africa, we have been trying to engage the Government and the Department of Arts and Culture for five months. We were the first industry to be shut down under the lockdown restrictions, and we will likely be the last to be allowed to return to full capacity. Despite this, we have not received any acknowledgement from Government to date.”
Projeni Pather, who is the chair of AAXO added to the debate, stating, “The events industry in South Africa has

 
 
alwynwongSymetrix appoints APAC sales manager
Wednesday, 22 July 2020

APAC - Alwyn Wong has joined Symetrix as their new regional sales manager overseeing the Asia-Pacific region.
Wong comes to Symetrix with over 20 years of experience in the professional audio industry. He was first introduced to audio DSP’s while working on a system installation for the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. He later spent six years at Harman Professional as a technical sales engineer, and then as a senior application engineer.
Most recently, Wong came from Peavey Commercial Audio where he was the technical manager overseeing the APAC territory.
“It is my honour to work for one of the top Audio DSP brands where I can utilise my expertise in network audio,” says Wong. “With my ample experience in the Asia-Pacific market, I feel confident that we can navigate the audio-visual landscape and produce favourable outcomes.”
Wong will oversee the daily and long-term sales operations and performance of Symetrix distributors in Asia-Pacific and provide expertise and consultation on operations, sales performance, and growth strategies for authorized re-sellers, distributors and AV consultants.
“The SymFamily is thrilled to welcome Alwyn Wong to the team to represent Symetrix and to serve our partners across Asia-Pacific," comments Tylene Robinson, Symetrix international sales & operations manager.

 
conor-mcgillConor McGill joins Pixera team in the USA
Wednesday, 22 July 2020

USA - Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl has appointed Conor McGill as a global business development manager with a special focus on the US media server market.
McGill is the former director of strategic partnerships at Float4 in Montreal. At aV Stumpfl, he will focus on growing the customer base of the media server system Pixera.
"I first used an AV Stumpfl product for a projection mapping project at a NFL football stadium in the USA four years ago. That project was a smashing success and every interaction I've had with the company since has been stellar,” says McGill. “I feel very fortunate to have found my way to the company and am looking forward to working with old and new customers alike on cutting edge media projects with Pixera," says McGill.
In 2018, AV Stumpfl GmbH established AV Stumpfl Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, and has continued to grow its team and general market presence ever since.
Fabian Stumpfl, AV Stumpfl GmbH CEO, comments: “Although it is a cliché on one hand, it is true that a crisis offers opportunities. Since the early lockdown phase of the pandemic, our Pixera team managed to train more than 300 AV professionals by way of our immersive online training courses. Many of the participants came from the US, which is another reason why we are very happy to welcome Conor to our team. His wide-ranging experience as an AV industry professional and his great enthusiasm for our Pixera product family will help our next generation media server system become a household name

 
 
rwandaobcontrol1Rwanda Broadcasting OB van features Lawo
Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Rwanda - The first S12T Streamline OB van for the African continent has been successfully delivered to Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA). Built and outfitted by Broadcast Solutions in Germany in just three months, the Streamline S12T is a truck/box body combination with one extension for up to 14 workplaces. Accommodating up to 12 cameras, it also features the first Lawo mc²56 MkIII console for the African continent.
Arthur Asiimwe, director general at Rwanda Broadcasting Agency, comments, “We were looking for a flexible OB truck that is easy to deploy and to operate. The vehicle’s fast delivery time and perfect price-performance ratio were further decisive criteria for contracting Broadcast Solutions with the production and delivery.”
At the heart of the vehicle’s audio section, Broadcast Solutions installed a Lawo mc²56 console with 32 channel strips and a Lawo Nova73 compact core router to provide a flexible user interface with a host of control options right at the audio engineer’s sweet spot. The mc²56’s pristine audio quality and full support of the open Ravenna/AES67 and ST2110 standards were additional arguments to select the mc²56.
Ralf Schimmel, Lawo’s sales director for the African continent, says: “Lawo is delighted with RBA’s choice of an S12T truck and the decision to equip it with an mc²56 console alongside other top-spec gear. With well over 1,200 models sold, Lawo’s mc² series has been a staple for OB trucks built in Europe and used the world over - and now Africa is following suit. That this should be in Rw

 
birminghamPowersoft powers Roxy Ball Room experience
Wednesday, 22 July 2020

UK - Audio manufacturer Powersoft has supported Leeds-based audio integrator, Audioserv, in creating a vast audio system for Roxy Ball Room, Roxy Leisure’s bowling alley and bar experience in Birmingham.
The American style venue harbours a 10-lane bowling alley, which also includes a bar, creating a vibrant experience with the help of a modern audio system. Audioserv, who have also provided audio systems for over 15 of Roxy Ball Room’s locations, took on the task of providing and installing audio equipment for the venue, with support from Powersoft audio distributor CUK.
“We’ve been working with Roxy Ball Room since the beginning of the brand in 2013,” explains Pete Rollinson, technical director of Audioserv. “For the Birmingham venue, we designed a system to give consistent coverage across the whole space, with an added impact in certain areas of the venue, like we did for the other Roxy Ball Room locations.”
In order to create a system capable of meeting these requirements, Audioserv, together with Roxy Leisure’s Matt Jones, designed a sound system that had the ability to sound like a club system when required, but also could provide balanced, quality background music. The system was created using Turbosound loudspeakers, Powersoft amplifiers and Audac enclosures.
In order to create a directional sound system from the back, upstairs part of the ball room to the end of the bowling lanes, the placement of the equipment was carefully considered. Mounted horizontally on the back wall upstairs of the venue, five Turbosound TSC122

 
 
GearSource launches G3 global marketplace
Thursday, 16 July 2020

USA - GearSource Holdings, operator of the GearSource.com web platform since 2002, is launching in August the G3 Marketplace, the company’s third major generational upgrade to its platform.
Founder Marcel Fairbairn comments: “It’s funny, but people have become so complacent in their beliefs that all software should magically perform with perfection, while following advancements in technology you’d see from tech giants including Google, Facebook and Apple. In fact, I remember a customer saying to me, why can’t your search just work - like Google. The obvious answer is that we don’t employ thousands of world class engineers to work exclusively on our search functionality. In fact, we have three great coders, developing and maintaining our entire e-commerce platform,” says Fairbairn.
Fairbairn understands the challenges of bringing a complex project to life during such uncertain times for the live events and production industry. “COVID has dealt a massive blow to our entire industry, resulting in people losing their jobs while the companies they work for are on the brink of total failure. In fact, a leading industry trade publication reported that 70% of the industry has lost over 80% of its cashflow, while 65% of businesses have been forced to layoff their employees.”
He adds: “We began work on this platform over two years ago, but I knew the moment this pandemic took hold, our industry, and the global market for pro gear would forever change. We needed to push hard to complete the marketplace and make a difference when it’s re

 
ct-the-bridgeCT’s The Bridge in video streaming project
Thursday, 16 July 2020

UK - Earlier this month, Creative Technology (CT) worked closely alongside long-standing client, George P. Johnson (GPJ), to professionally pre-record and edit a series of videos for their client, to later be streamed as part of two online events.
The initial brief evolved over the weeks leading up to the event and as the vision was developed and realised, the final brief was to provide polished, edited, and high-quality pre-recorded presentations and panel sessions. These were then uploaded and streamed to the event platforms being used for the two events they were involved in.
The project was run and managed from Scotland by CT’s senior project manager, Chris Greetham-Ellis, using remote producer and project manager tools which enabled him to clearly see, hear, and direct the event without the need to be physically on-site. In addition to this, CT also provided a project engineer, audio lead, and comms lead who were based on-site to bring all the technical elements of the event together.
To support this event, CT utilised a number of existing and new technologies and facilities, including newly built remote production suite, The Bridge, based at CT’s headquarters in Gatwick.
All presenters were dialled in for this show from their homes or offices using the CT Home Studio system. There are two tiers to this set up which consists of either Quicklink’s Studio-in-a-box that can be shipped to presenter locations, or a software link that can be used in a browser on a presenter’s laptop to utilise their webcam and headset. The Studio-in-a-

 
 
bromptontechnologynewchinaofficeBrompton Technology expands operation in China
Thursday, 16 July 2020

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

 
Exertis strikes partnership with Clear Touch
Wednesday, 15 July 2020

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

 
 
mediapro2020lawomc256frontMediapro Argentina upgrades to IP with Lawo
Friday, 10 July 2020

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.

 
blackriderhp2481joseph-rubenPixera joins latest Black Rider production
Friday, 10 July 2020

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

 
 
primalenergies1Meyer Sound’s Spacemap for Primal Energies
Thursday, 9 July 2020

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

 
studio2sideColour Sound and Music Bank create streaming studios
Wednesday, 8 July 2020

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

 
 
vistage-chair-sally-wellsWL’s SmartStage hosts Vistage digital summit
Wednesday, 8 July 2020

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

 
data-visualDataVisual appointed Green Hippo distributor
Wednesday, 8 July 2020

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

 
 
expo-munichROE Visual delivers for Munich’s Hyperbowl
Tuesday, 7 July 2020

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

 
octocueFIX8Group launches virtual presentation solution
Monday, 6 July 2020

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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