Video and AV News

kingsKings of Leon join Wrexham celebrations
Friday, 30 June 2023

UK - The triumphs of Wrexham Town FC and the kudos of Hollywood glamour bestowed upon them by owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are well known. That Kings of Leon should bring some added grandeur to the end of the season celebrations with two nights playing to sell-out crowds of 20k+ was however, a case of opportunism.
“In terms of a stadium that’s never hosted a big rock show before, it was comfortable,” said production manager, Bill Leabody. “Going forward, staging shows there in the future will not be impossible, but a lot more difficult than what we experienced.
“We were lucky, the main stand had been demolished at the end of season to make way for a new bigger one. What we got was a large open area to build an outdoor stage. The local authority worked really hard and are to be congratulated. That, and the huge efforts of SJM (Promoters) to get the newly flattened area properly compacted and stable for the stage build was crucial. SJM were very diligent in their preparations and I can’t thank them enough.”
The two Wrexham shows were but a brief UK visit by Kings of Leon, followed by a bill topping concert at Berlin’s Waldbuhne and headline appearances at Rock am Ring & Park. Three full production shows and two festivals in eight days and they were gone.
“It was entirely affordable because it was a show that had existed for some time,” explained Leabody. “The design by Paul Normandale at Lite Alternative, the video conception implemented by Video Design, and the PA from Eighth Day/Britrow were all safely in

queen-elizabeth-ii-by-michael-leonard-1985-1986-national-portrait-gallery-londonEpson brings art to life at Portrait Gallery
Friday, 30 June 2023

UK - Last week saw has seen the long-awaited re-opening of the National Portrait Gallery following the most extensive redevelopment in the building’s history, which began in March 2020. The redevelopment project, named ‘Inspiring People’, was designed to break down barriers and make the attraction as welcoming as possible to all visitors. HRH The Princess of Wales, Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, reopened the Gallery on Tuesday 20 June.
As projection partner to the National Portrait Gallery, Epson’s EB-PU2120W - the world’s smallest and lightest 20,000-lumen projector - is being used to help reinvigorate the visitor experience. Meanwhile, AV consultants Sysco Productions has worked together with Epson and the National Portrait Gallery as a key collaborator during the design of the spaces to help maximise the experience through audio visual technology.
A 15m x 8m wall behind its new visitor information desk is now a central welcoming attraction at the gallery, where art is brought to life powered by Six Epson EB-PU2120W laser projectors complete with ELPLU04 short-throw lenses. The projection displays a carousel of digitised portraits from the Gallery’s Collection and can also be used to show special displays. The digitised portraits have been given subtle animation effects to make the most of the display technology.
An additional EB-PU1007W is also installed on the first floor providing a separate, interchangeable digital art installation, and a 16k-lumen EB-PU2216B with ELPLM10 mid-throw lens is installed in the Ondaatje Wing

 
 
contrik-active-power-turtleXtreme Outdoor designed for all weathers
Wednesday, 28 June 2023

Liechtenstein - The Neutrik Group has introduced a range of products, from its Contrik brand of portable power distribution systems, especially designed for deployment in harsh all-weather application environments.
The range of Xtreme Outdoor (XO) / Active designated products includes Power Container, Power Rack and Power Turtle systems. Designed and precision manufactured, using high quality electrical and electronic components, in the EU, they are intended for mobile entertainment production applications, including video walls, stage lighting and audio installations.
The XO designation denotes the extensive environmental protection features, additional to Contrik’s usual certification standards, guaranteeing high levels of mechanical (IK) and environmental (IP) protection. These include enhanced protective housings and self-closing caps. Protection up to the IP65 level against particulate and liquid ingression, with CEE / cPot in mated condition. The ‘Active’ label refers to the products featuring active components like circuit breakers.
Power Container Xtreme provides a rugged, reliable and especially powerful distribution solution, ideally suited to the most demanding applications such as video walls, says Neutrik.
Power Rack Xtreme is a powerful and reliable distribution solution suited to integration in outboard electronics and amplifier racks.
Power Turtle Xtreme is an ultra-compact, lightweight, ultra-rugged solution for rapid, mobile applications, including the quick and easy extension of larger power networks.

 
hive-launch-HIVE takes flight with brand relaunch
Wednesday, 28 June 2023

UK - Known for its media control solutions, HIVE is a leading name in the media server market. The company has announced the relaunch of its brand with a new look, a new website and the appointment of several new staff members. The relaunch comes at a significant time, as HIVE moves into a new 3500sq.ft office space in Horsham, West Sussex, and expands its sales channels internationally.
Over the past few years, HIVE has established itself as a provider of video playback solutions, with a reputation built upon collaborations with industry players such as Panasonic on projects such as Frameless London and the National Museum of Qatar.
"The re-brand reflects the new energies coming into HIVE, and our disruptive nature will become clear as we launch our most exciting product yet, which will be coming in the upcoming weeks," states Mark Calvert, co-founder at HIVE. “We want our brand to reflect our values, and this relaunch is all about aligning on our shared vision for the future of the media control market.”
"After years of experimentation with small video devices, we've crossed the threshold where the amount of video processing power available in these small form factors creates incredible value,” says Trey Harrison, co-founder at HIVE. “We've brought on absolute top-tier talent to spread the word and help everyone transition to this new era of video control, and I'm very excited to be a part of it."
The upgrade of HIVE HQ has been pivotal for the brand's relaunch. The new office space occupies three floors, providing ample space for p

 
 
cabal3Cabal Esports adds Alfalite LED panels
Tuesday, 27 June 2023

Spain - Entertainment production company Cabal Esports has acquired 126 Alfalite Modularpix Pro VP XR 1.9 LED panels with ORIM technology to broadcast virtual production content in the different gaming events in which this Spanish company provides services.
Cabal Esports offers television broadcasting services, live events, gaming and eSports. It is a pioneering production company in esports competitions and streaming entertainment with extensive experience in audiovisual production for digital and terrestrial platforms, in addition to developing esports products and managing competitions for publishers and other industry players.
Recently, Cabal Esports signed a strategic alliance with Atresmedia to jointly create CTK, an international organiser of tournaments and gaming experiences.
Cabal Esports has installed the Alfalite LEDWall in its new studio in Alcobendas (Madrid). Depending on the event to be produced, the screen is assembled and disassembled in different shapes and sizes thanks to the versatility of Alfalite Litepix, the panel with which the Alfalite Litepix VP XR 1.9 ORIM solution acquired by the production company is built.
Cabal Esports has already used its new Alfalite LED panels as part of the set to play virtual production content generated with Unreal Engine in different types of events, such as Los Panas by Santalucía streamings, Ubisoft's Gaming Live events, CTK (Atresmedia) gaming tournaments, and PlayStation Channel's Twitch sets, among others.
“We are delighted that Cabal Esports, a reference company in

 
hippopark-row1--motion-mappingHippotizer drives projection at Park Row
Tuesday, 27 June 2023

UK - London’s Gotham City-inspired Park Row ‘theatrical restaurant’ has been installed with visual infrastructure by creative projection specialist Motion Mapping, to enable the venue to host immersive events.
At the heart of the setup is a Green Hippo Hippotizer Mayon+ MK2 media server, which is driving image and video content, including for a DC Universe game launch which saw a 280-degree projection of pre-programmed custom graphics onto four surfaces that enveloped the space, using seven Optoma ZH406ST projectors.
Motion Mapping was tasked with specifying a permanent projection and video manipulation solution for the venue, and designing a touch screen GUI interface that would allow simple operation of the content via the Hippotizer Mayon+ MK2 - Green Hippo’s two HDMI output Hippotizer system designed for smaller live events and installations.
“At our initial installation of the visual set up, we created a custom GUI to allow for simple touch screen control and content playback,” explains Motion Mapping’s Stuart Harris. “We utilised Hippotizer’s SHAPE software feature to navigate the 3D space and secure the desired coverage from the projectors, which were rigged from the ceiling and customised with black coverings, masking their original white casing.”
The first event after completion was the DC universe video game launch, heralding the arrival of one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the year. The DC-inspired projection-mapped content provided gamers with the mystique and ‘dark’ edge required as they experie

 
 
bromptonBrompton powers LED stage at NIPA
Friday, 23 June 2023

South Korea - The National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) is a government-operated organisation in South Korea that aims to promote and develop the country's IT industry. Recently, the organisation collaborated with South Korean XR, virtual production consulting and environment construction specialist, Ark Ventures, to create an innovative LED stage using technology, including ROE Visual panels powered by Brompton 4K Tessera SX40 LED processors.
NIPA collaborates with partners worldwide to create business opportunities and conducts research. This informs IT policy decisions and focuses on cultivating a skilled workforce and fostering international exchange to advance South Korean IT companies.
According to David Oh, general manager at Ark Ventures, the new LED stage has equipped NIPA to facilitate more innovative content development in the local market. “We were thrilled to be involved in this project and work with NIPA’s technical team to provide world-class LED equipment that is both future-proof and reliable. The new LED stage will enable NIPA to provide local companies with a cutting-edge virtual production experience in an optimal LED setting,” he says.
Featuring a curved design, the main LED wall is composed of ROE Visual Black Pearl BP2V2 panels measuring 16m by 4m, with a floor comprising ROE Visual Black Marble BM4 panels measuring 14.6m wide by 6.7m deep. The entire setup is powered by three Brompton 4K Tessera SX40 LED processors and six Tessera 10G data distribution units.
“Tessera features that will be particularly r

 
amxbrandlogobyharmanblueAMX by Harman receives JITC certification
Thursday, 22 June 2023

USA - Harman Professional Solutions was recently awarded the Joint Interoperability Testing Command (JITC) certification and listing on the Department of Defence Information Network (DoDIN) Approved Products List (APL) for 66 AMX products. The certified products include 4K60 DGX Modular Switching Systems, 4K60 DVX All-In-One Presentation Switchers, control processors, touch panels, keypads, and I/O extenders.
JITC certification is a requirement for technology solutions used in US Government facilities. This certification ensures that products meet strict security standards and can seamlessly integrate with other systems used by the US Department of Defence. The certification process includes a thorough evaluation of a product's security features, performance, and interoperability.
“Exceeding the security requirements of our most critical government, military, and corporate customers has long been a key design goal for our products and has resulted in Harman leading the AV industry in providing secure AV,” said Jamie Trader, vice president of video and control, Harman Professional Solutions.
“AMX by Harman has a long history of commitment to supporting the DoD and secure community, that includes being the first to receive the Cybersecurity Assessment Package for direct connection to DoD networks and helping to define the VDS category for the APL. These most recent certifications are a testament to our continued commitment to those communities.”

 
 
natgeoexp-3189CT supports National Geographic festival
Thursday, 22 June 2023

UK - Creative Technology UK supported the technical delivery of National Geographic Explorers Festival in London, a flagship event that takes place all over the globe, with previous locations including Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Washington, D.C.
National Geographic’s long-time partner e2k Events x Entertainment have a long-standing global relationship with Creative Technology and the UK team were very happy to support by providing video solutions to the event this time around.
2023 brought the festival to the Royal Institution of Great Britain, in London, attracting both leading and upcoming explorers ‘back to base camp’ for an experience of knowledge sharing and ‘science telling’.
The historic operating theatre style of the venue allowed for a unique viewing platform for all the attendees, creating an intimate and immersive space that brought the audience into the environments and topics in discussion using video. e2k’s set design utilised several projection elements, lending itself to the presenters and the audience, displaying beautiful video content of real-life environments created by 3Monkeys, which added an engaging visual dynamic alongside the fascinating presentations.
Being a listed building meant delicate and complex rigging solutions were required to safely and effectively install the technology needed - all of which had to be meticulously planned and executed to ensure no damage was incurred at any stage.
The event was in two parts: first, an ‘Explorer Spotlight’ showcased 15 up-and-coming explorers to

 
sawRFS upgrades with Stage Audio Works
Wednesday, 21 June 2023

Namibia - RFS Fund Administrators (RFS), recently upgraded its Windhoek headquarters with the expansion of its boardroom. The doubling in size of the space called for a new audio-visual and voice conferencing system. Stage Audio Works (SAW) Namibia was contacted by RFS directly to assist with the installation of the new boardroom.
“The client knew exactly what they wanted and gave a clear and precise brief of their expectations,” explains Emcé Smit, technical manager at SAW Namibia. “They had enlarged the existing boardroom to double its size and required an upgraded system to handle conference calls and meetings in the new space.”
Measuring 84sq.m and containing 20 seats, through close collaboration with RFS accounting manager Nicolo Benade and associate director support services manager, Louis Theron, SAW Namibia specified a dual-screen room VC solution with basic automation capabilities.
“The previous boardroom was too small and the visuals, provided by projectors, were not clear,” recalls Smit. “The new system needed to be easier to use and include the most up-to-date technology.”
In the upgraded boardroom, two Samsung 85" Crystal UHD 4K Smart TVs provide crystal-clear visuals. The conference system includes a Logitech TAP MS Teams Base Bundle, an Aver VC520 Pro2 conferencing camera, and a Sennheiser Team Connect Ceiling Mic II. The audio setup also includes an Audac Public Address Amplifier with Audac CIRA 824 QuickFit 2-way 8-inch ceiling speakers.
An occupancy sensor and relays for lights provide automated contr

 
 
vince-schuster--kristen-oharatvONE augments US senior sales team
Monday, 19 June 2023

USA - Developer and manufacturer of video processors, signal distribution technology and media servers tvONE has augmented its sales team with the appointment of Vince Schuster as vice president of sales, Americas, and Kristen O'Hara as inside sales manager. The company has also fortified its support team by welcoming two new technical support associates, including Eric Sievers.
Vince Schuster brings more than 20 years of executive-level experience in audio-visual, information technology, digital signage, and display technologies. His career has taken him to roles including CEO and president of Salitek, a specialised manufacturer and distributor of video wall display solutions, plus key positions at Philips Professional Display Solutions and Panasonic Systems.
“We’re thrilled that Vince has joined the tvONE family,” says Andy Fliss, president, tvONE. “His professionalism leverages foresight and a thorough understanding of the value of unique solutions.”
Kristen O'Hara brings years of experience combining partnership growth, strategic planning, B2B/consumer marketing, and team leadership to effectively grow travel and tech businesses to her role as inside sales manager. At tvONE, her role will focus on delivering a great customer experience and cultivating business opportunities with new and existing customers.
Eric Sievers joins tvONE as technical support associate, armed with an associate degree in Audio Visual Production from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, and a two-year position as audio visual technician at ITA

 
wrestlemaniasofi-stadium--troutfarm27-2Hippotizer army takes on WrestleMania visuals
Monday, 19 June 2023

USA - Inglewood California’s 70,000-capacity SoFi Stadium hosted the 39th annual WrestleMania with a blockbuster two-night event enveloped in LED screens and scenic video technology driven by an army of Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Boreal+ media servers.
More than 161,000 fans witnessed WrestleMania over two sold out evenings, energised by high octane video content created by the WWE Media Graphics Department. The visuals were displayed on multiple entranceway LED screens, custom Ring Post, Ring Skirt, and LED Barricade. All these screens were supplied by ScreenWorks, a division of NEP. Upstaging provided Saber LED batons - a double row LED effects product that borders truss and scenic elements. In addition, the SoFi Stadium In-house Infinity Screen and five levels of ribbon boards were also controlled by the Hippotizer Media Servers.
The massive amount of content meant that the visuals team required a media management system and powerful interface. A total of 16 Boreal+, two Karst+ and a further two Karst media servers were supplied by Upstaging, with Tony Thompson serving as project manager.
“The biggest challenges were sheer output and machine count on this show,” says Thompson. “Hippotizer’s ZooKeeper interface for management of the machines is paramount - from being able to remotely monitor all the machines and configure from a remote machine, and then from the content management side. The robust DMX Control side of the Hippo is also vital for WWE, enabling the programmer/operator to be flexible, and have reliable cueing.”
Chris

 
 
4-wall-24Wall Europe bolsters Elation inventory
Friday, 16 June 2023

Full-service video and lighting company, 4Wall Europe, added Elation Proteus Rayzor Blade tilt FX bars to inventory this past spring and immediately deployed the units on the European leg of Depeche Mode’s Momento Mori world tour. The Proteus Rayzor Blade is a tiltable linear LED light that can function as a wash, strobe or FX light, all inside a compact IP65 design.
Darren Poultney, managing director EMEA at 4Wall Europe, commented on the purchase: “We are thrilled to have invested in these impressive fixtures from Elation and to continue to grow our lighting fleet for concert touring, corporate events, exhibitions and beyond. The high-demand fixtures touched down in our warehouses and were very quickly prepped for Depeche Mode’s world tour, supported by our 4Wall US team who delivered the fixtures on the US leg. We can’t wait to see the results.”
The lighting fixture has been part of Jason Baeri’s lighting design since the start of the Momento Mori world tour in March in California. “The Rayzor Blade is a nice take on the bar light and fit that role really well,” he stated. “It’s a really high-output fixture with clean colour mixing and a zoom that has a great range. They definitely help to ground the downstage edge of the picture.” Elation Artiste Monet, Artiste Mondrian and Artiste Rembrandt moving heads also feature in Baeri’s design.
Sale of the Proteus Rayzor Blade units to 4Wall took place through Elation’s exclusive distribution partner in the UK, Entedi, working closely with Elation business developme

 
ricohpartnershipsome-1000x1000Ricoh Latin America and Kramer forge alliance
Thursday, 15 June 2023

USA - Ricoh Latin America and Kramer have signed an exclusive strategic alliance for the Latin American region. The alliance aims to provide effective and intuitive end-to-end solutions across various sectors (corporate, education, healthcare, etc.) to deliver audio visual experiences that enhance creativity, collaboration, and interaction in a hybrid world.
Ricoh Latin America offers interactive displays that integrate the Android operating system and a range of pre-installed applications. These displays allow for the viewing of MS Office documents, annotation directly on the documents with the ability to save them on the board or in the cloud, web browsing, and screen sharing, among other functions. Ricoh also provides interactive displays with the Windows 11 operating system, which is ideal for corporate applications as required by companies.
"We are proud to announce this alliance. Ricoh's partnership with Kramer is another significant step in our drive to accelerate customers' digital adoption, providing enriched learning and collaborative work experiences with greater flexibility to meet their needs,” says Jesús Santiago, vice president of sales at Ricoh Latin America. “Our goal is to deliver a strong and robust value proposition, equipping organisations with the necessary tools to work, collaborate, and create smarter through the use of innovative technologies."
"Today, Kramer focuses on delivering products, solutions, and services with a customer-centric approach, constantly listening to the market to help end-users stay more connected

 
 
mappingdisguise Cloud Platform adds Mapping Matter
Wednesday, 14 June 2023

UK - disguise has announced the integration of Mapping Matter into disguise Cloud, a significant update that will enable users across large-scale installations, location-based experiences (LBX), brand experiences, live events and more to plan and previsualise projection mapping projects - all in one place.
With the integration of Mapping Matter, disguise Cloud will be the only platform that offers interactive previsualisation and projection mapping tools directly in one web browser. Using the same tools leveraged by Cirque du Soleil, Moment Factory and Creative Technology for nearly a decade, live events teams will be able to take charge of their video projection specs, luminance levels and pixel densities while easily iterating on complex projector placements in the cloud.
All projection-mapped visuals can then be previewed within a 3D digital twin of the AV installation environment. This enables teams to effortlessly plan and manage entire projects in one platform ahead of the event date, saving time and resources so they can focus on creativity.
“It can be challenging for designers to accurately plan projector placement and coverage for large-scale or complex projects. On top of that, designers need to be able to share accurate representations and evaluate their projects with clients and their teams. Our platform makes the process fast, creative, easy and highly collaborative,” says disguise head of cloud solutions, Niall Thompson.
“A total breeze to use, Mapping Matter gives me a reliable evaluation of luminance and pix density, plu

 
bromptonInfoComm 2023: Brompton turns on TrueLight
Tuesday, 13 June 2023

USA - Brompton Technology will be exhibiting its latest solutions at InfoComm in Orlando. Located on booth 761 within the Digital Signage Pavilion, Brompton will demo technology including its Tessera G1 receiver card and its new TrueLight technology.
“We’re thrilled to be returning to InfoComm, one of the biggest destinations in the U.S. to showcase innovations for LED processing,” shared Cesar Caceres, product lead at Brompton Technology. “This year we are proud to show our new next-generation solutions - the G1 receiver card and TrueLight.
“We created the G1 as a platform to future proof panels for the increasingly complex software and algorithms required to optimise visual performance on LED. Its incredible processing power and capabilities led the way for our new TrueLight technology, which offers control of LED panels that have additional emitters, and this is just the beginning.”
Brompton’s Tessera G1 receiver card delivers 20x more computing power than the current Tessera R2+. It is designed to drive next-generation LED panels that can meet the extreme requirements of virtual production and other fast-growing segments demanding maximum performance, such as simulators and eGames.
TrueLight, driven by the Tessera G1 receiver card, enables control of panels with extra emitters - for example, RGBW. This technology brings major benefits in situations where LED panels are contributing to the lighting of a scene, such as in a virtual production volume, where recreating reality is a top priority and the narrow spectral output of

 
 
lisbonEuropalco creates ‘box outside the box’
Tuesday, 13 June 2023

Portugal - Europalco, created the concepts for Caixa Fora da Caixa, a meeting staged by Portuguese public bank, Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD).
The seventh Caixa Fora da Caixa internal meeting took place at the Altice Arena in Lisbon and gathered 4,000 Caixa employees under the motto ‘Together we can go further’. The annual event highlights the results achieved in 2022 and the challenges ahead for 2023.
Agency Prestigio for Brands relied on Europalco to deliver an exceptional event for CGD. The Lisbon-based supplier provided the stage, furniture, sound, lighting, video, and rig, also a 40-people team that worked for two weeks and one day in-situ to prepare the event.
To project the brand, Caixa, and the meeting's concept, Caixa Fora da Caixa (Box Outside the Box), the project department worked on a theme of boxes that synchronised with the nine moving screen parts forming a 40x10m wall. Different elements of the same box worked separately but created a unique and cohesive piece.
The scenography lived mainly by projection to achieve this technological and futuristic effect of the lighting and the mirror effect, being the interior of the boxes, an innovative solution with a structure composed of Astera LED tubes and a light effect achieved through mirrors. The Europalco team of engineers involved in this project explained: "The idea was to give the screen a three-dimensionality; when the pieces of the screen were moved away, at the back, we had mirrors with LED tubes to give a depth effect."
Europalco used seven 30K video projectors f

 
epsom-1Epsom racecourse upgrades with Q-SYS
Tuesday, 13 June 2023

UK - As part of wider refurbishment works, Epsom Downs Racecourse has undergone an audio-visual overhaul to bring it into line with modern-day standards.
The site had a combination of audio and video systems which had been modified over the last 20 years, and needed rationalising into a single, dual control, easy-to-use system. The challenge was to find a single audio-visual system that was both reliable, and easy to use. The new system needed to provide top-quality service and remain ahead of the curve in terms of technological A/V innovation.
Epsom Racecourse contacted audio installer Audiotek. Chris Kmiec, UK director at Audiotek comments: “This ambitious project encompassed a comprehensive scope of work, from system design to installation and testing. The team responsible for the project was focused on delivering the ultimate immersive audio-visual experience, and to make this project a reality, reliable state-of-the-art equipment was required.”
The audio distribution system was replaced by a new Q-SYS system, supplied by Audiologic, incorporating two Q-SYS Nano processors running a redundant system, with 13 TSC-70G3 touch screens, and 2 TSC55G3 touch screens providing integrated control, along with QIO input/output processing.
The Audiotek team ensured that the installation of the QSC Q-SYS system ran seamlessly and that all the components were integrated. This allowed the creation of a reliable, easy-to-use audio distribution network - necessary for an environment such as Epsom Downs where reliability, functionality and quality are

 
 
pwl-playzuid-20230116-hr-001Absen lights late night TV in Antwerp
Monday, 12 June 2023

Belgium - Absen’s K Plus has been chosen as the videowall backdrop for a late-night panel discussion on Belgian mainstream television. The 3.2m-pixel display delivers relevant content to complement the lively on-screen debates. Visual experience design & production company, Painting With Light, supplied and installed the screen, working closely with Van Domburg Partners - a leading LED distributor in the Benelux region.
De Tafel Van Vier is a popular late-night chat show on Play4, a Belgian-Flemish commercial television channel which is filmed at Play Zuid, a live entertainment venue and TV studio in Antwerp. The show is hosted by Gert Verhulst, a well-known media personality in the region and covers current affairs that can provoke lively debates amongst the host and panellists. The live show is broadcast daily from Monday to Thursday, with panel guests who have played a leading role in the week’s current affairs.
The live entertainment venue and TV studio upgraded to the Absen LED wall to amplify the show’s talking points. The installation required a 10x2m LED wall to display still images, animated graphics and video playback, curating an interesting background to set the scene for various topics of discussion, all in 4K definition for televised programming.
Painting With Light (PWL) was asked to provide and install the best solution for the studio. PWL consulted with the distributor, Van Domburg Partners who ultimately recommended the Absen K Plus series; capable of meeting the challenge of providing a high-quality display to bot

 
racquetVirtual production facility opens in Eastbourne
Friday, 9 June 2023

UK - Racquet Studios, a new virtual film production facility has been revealed in the South East of England - located in Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park area, home to the Eastbourne International Tennis Tournament and the award-winning Towner Art Gallery.
The facility has been developed to support existing businesses and production companies through technical innovation to produce world-class creative content while creating a progressive creative economy, bringing investment, education and skilled year-round jobs to the region.
Racquet Studios’ complex comprises three main facilities, with two having been designed and built during the extensive, multi-million-pound redevelopment of Eastbourne’s Devonshire Quarter. The spaces, 93' x 57' and 75' x 52' respectively are both fully sound-proofed with three-phase power and air conditioning throughout. They have fibre & HD-SDI patching with on-site catering, showers, toilets, storage, wardrobe facilities, on-site crew and more.
Racquet Studios’ HQ houses an Absen LED volume, with high-speed [10G] internet speeds, a large green screen cove and all peripheral outboard equipment to drive your next production.
All image-based lighting running within the Absen volume is provided by a combination of Litepanels and Quasar Science products. High-output Gemini 1x1 RGBWW LED panels have been paired with Rainbow 2 and Double Rainbow multi-pixel linear LEDs to offer automated lighting alongside ambient lighting effects to augment the virtual set.
This space also provides the majority of research a

 
 
psco-mark-harrison-and-rob-stallardPSCo bolsters specialist team
Thursday, 8 June 2023

UK - Trade-only display specialist PSCo (part of the Midwich Group) has announced the appointment of Mark Harrison as image processing specialist, and Rob Stallard as consultant partner manager.
Harrison will be primarily responsible for providing pre-sales technical, commercial and solutions design support to customers and colleagues for large screen display projects. A key focus will be on growing the image processing category within the business and to strengthen PSCo’s ‘validated system’ approach to support channel partners with fully validated source-to-screen display solutions.
“I’ve worked alongside PSCo and Midwich for a number of years,” says Harrison. “They are a well organised group of experts who work hard for their customers. I’m very much looking forward to extending existing industry relationships and making many new ones in my new challenge to grow to the PSCo image processing business, both in terms of revenue and the technology solutions we offer.”
In his role as consultant partner manager, Stallard takes on a key strategic role within the PSCo sales team, working closely with architects, audio visual consultants, users, and other specifiers, to identify, develop and support complex project opportunities for the business.
Stallard previously held senior project management and technical support roles at Electrosonic and White Light
Graham Pow, general sales manager at PSCo adds, “We are delighted to welcome Mark Harrison and Rob Stallard to the team. They are two seasoned AV professionals whose stron

 
christieInfoComm 2023: Christie gets set to inspire
Thursday, 8 June 2023

USA - Christie is ready to inspire at InfoComm 2023 with its range of complete AV solutions, from projection and LED and LCD displays to a preview of Christie Hedra, a powerful new video wall processor, in booth #1632. Attendees to InfoComm will see Christie’s newest smart technology solutions in action.
“We’re thrilled to return to InfoComm to meet old friends and new acquaintances in person and discuss how Christie’s powerful and customisable solutions can meet their needs,” says Arlonna Seymour, executive director, corporate marketing, Christie. “From the largest projection mapping projects to museums, auditoriums, and meeting rooms of every size, we have the solutions and industry-leading expertise to deliver the visual impact that your project requires.”
Christie’s range of RGB pure laser projectors will light up the booth with vivid colours. Designed for unforgettable large-scale experiences, the award-winning Christie Griffyn 4K50-RGB pure laser projector will illuminate a floor-mounted screen with stunning visuals, while a static Griffyn 4K50-RGB will be on display. Visitors can get an up-close look at the lightest and brightest 50,000 lumen projector currently available with best-in-class operational efficiency and reduced power consumption.
Also on show, in a double-stacked display, will be the rugged, reliable, and award-winning M 4K25 RGB pure laser projector that reimagines Christie’s extremely popular M Series projectors.
The M 4K RGB Series of pure laser projectors is growing, and attendees will have the opport

 
 
ataverprphoto-002A-T integrates with AVer PTZ cameras
Tuesday, 6 June 2023

Europe - AVer PTZ cameras are the latest addition to Audio-Technica’s roster of partners that integrate with the ATND1061 beamforming ceiling array microphone, delivering in-person authenticity to remote conversations.
Using the AVer PTZ Link software, supported on Windows and Mac, talker position data from the Dante-enabled ATND1061DAN can be used to recall stored pre-set position data configurations of AVer cameras. AVer’s PTZ LINK software will accept the ATND1061DAN multicast talker location data and coordinate with the AVer camera to quickly recall the respective camera preset location and position the camera to the recognised talker.
“Our collaboration with AVer creates advanced video solutions,” says Matt Markgraf, strategic partnerships and alliance manager at Audio-Technica US. “The Aver PTZ Link can analyse the ATND1061’s collected position data of speaking individuals, then proceed to point AVer cameras at the correct person speaking. This seamless system will help many users increase productivity and efficiency.”
Stanley Cheng, vice president of AVer, states: “Our partnership with Audio-Technica has allowed us to reach new heights in video broadcasting. As the ATND1061 is attached above the speakers and remains out-of-sight, it captures high-quality audio, allowing participants to focus on the important matters at hand rather than worrying about how their voices will be captured.”
The ATND1061 Beamforming Ceiling Array Microphone is a solution for conference rooms, boardrooms, and meeting spaces large and small.

 
tvoneinfocomm-2023InfoComm 2023: tvONE previews video solution
Tuesday, 6 June 2023

USA - tvONE will be exhibiting alongside its media server brand, Green Hippo, at InfoComm 2023 in Orlando from 14-16 June, 2023 (Booth #2901).
tvONE will be showcasing new enhancements for CORIOmaster2 video processors at the show including LED Tools for optimised set-up for complex LED, easy 8K source management using Source Link, fade to black and dissolve transitions, and new test patterns and grids. Also being previewed for CORIOmaster2 will be the new quad 12G-SDI input module for broadcast applications, which supports resolutions up to 4K60, available later in the summer.
Demos on the show floor include multiple interactive video and pixel-mapping techniques from Green Hippo, using the flagship model Hippotizer Tierra+ MK2 Media Server, and Mayon+ MK2. Green Hippo’s brand of Media Servers will also extend to Philips Professional Displays, providing video mapping solutions and playback on booth #929.
tvONE will also present a series of show floor seminars from Green Hippo case studies to an end-to-end, hybrid meeting room solution featuring CORIOmaster micro video processor in partnership with Lumens and Inogeni.
Additionally, tvONE will display a preview of its award-winning Calico Pro video processor, the first of a line of newly developed video processing solutions introduced at ISE earlier this year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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