USA - ClearOne has been awarded a strategic new patent relating to power transmission for Power over Ethernet (PoE) systems by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Awarded on 14 April, 2020, the patent describes a simple method for providing power to multiple devices in a ‘daisy-chain’ series connection using PoE. Use of the new method can eliminate the 100m Ethernet distance constraint for power and data transmission.
ClearOne’s technology disclosed in this patent brings powerful benefits for at least two important applications. First, it is useful for devices such as audio products including microphones and speakers, security and conferencing cameras, remote sensors, smart home technologies like thermostats and alarm systems, as well as computers and displays, all of which can be freely deployed anywhere within the reach of an Ethernet cable.
As an example of this application, ClearOne uses the patented technology in its professional audio products, including its beam-forming microphone array ceiling tiles. The patented technology allows Converge Pro 2 DSP mixers to communicate with its beam-forming microphone arrays at distances that greatly exceed traditional distance limitations for conferencing equipment, providing additional deployment options when compared with other Ethernet technologies like Audinate’s Dante.
Second, the patented technology is also useful for transmitting power only, without data, where access to electrical power outlets may be inconvenient or power outlet safety is a concern. For example, mobile device cha
China - Looking to improve its service and to enhance user convenience, Roe Visual has developed a ballast calculator. The purpose of the Ballast Calculator is to help adding the right amount of ballast on stacked LED screens.
When you are building large video walls, one of the most prominent challenges is to do this safely. Even if you use the official Roe Visual LED stacking systems, in most cases it’s necessary to add extra ballast. Not all AV technicians are aware of the total weight a complete LED screen can amount to and what forces this can generate, even if you use it indoors.
For Roe Visual it’s of paramount importance that its customers are aware of these factors and can build their LED wall safely. “Creating awareness on safe working practices is one thing, we frequently touch on these issues in the ROE Academy training sessions, but with this simple calculating tool we actually help the AV technicians making their job simpler and safer”, comments Luc Neyt, deputy director Sales and Service Centre.
Available in six languages, the Roe Visual Ballast Calculator offers ballast information for a broad range of Roe Visual LED panel types, such as the Carbon series, Black Onyx, Black Pearl and Sapphire, but also the newly added panels Vanish V8 and Ruby.
“The calculator works fairly simply, but it’s the complex calculations, testing and structural analysis that are behind the results that are the true worth of this Ballast Calculator. No other LED manufacturer has put so much effort and attention to these vital details. In the
UK - With its latest release r17.2, disguise has introduced improvements to help users optimise their workflow at home such as Application Mode and devise new concepts to connect with audiences online with AR and 360° video.
A key new addition in r17.2 is the ability to run disguise’s Designer software in Application Mode. The new mode enables Designer to run alongside multiple applications so users can perform tasks concurrently and effortlessly switch between its software and other apps. With Application Mode, users can easily pull content from the web into a project to work up concepts and share work-in-progress with others to communicate progress, gather feedback and collaborate better.
r17.2 introduces support for HTC VIVE tracking accessories which make it possible to develop AR experiences at home without high-end tracking equipment. HTC VIVE accessories can be used to emulate camera or object tracking systems, so users can work up AR concepts from lockdown in their home office set-up, living room, bedroom, bathroom or kitchen - wherever they choose to augment their world.
r17.2 also allows users to create simple AR screens without the need for other tools so they can quickly test out ideas for AR experiences. By making it possible to render layers separately, users can also experience better overall project performance and a cleaner workflow.
With the new Spherical Camera in r17.2, users can now render 360 video content, in disguise, engaging content for online audiences. 360 video is also a valuable addition to users’ remote pro
USA - Demonstrating creativity and resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stampede is turning its Cleveland, Ohio Big Book of AV tour stop into a live virtual event on 14 May that will feature pre-arranged one-to-one manufacturer-reseller focused virtual sessions on Stampede’s new COVID-19 business engagement platform.
“Nothing is going to get in the way of Stampede helping its resellers to succeed in this challenging business environment,” Stampede president & CEO Kevin Kelly says. “Resellers all across North America rely upon Stampede to provide them with the latest new products, business development programs and training that will enable them to take their businesses to a higher level of success. In the current environment, we are pivoting to virtual events to meet our resellers’ needs.”
Cleveland will be the first of several virtual Big Book of AV events. Calgary will follow. According to Kelly, participating manufacturers include Atlona, Vidyo, Sharp, Samsung, NEC, Newline, Mustang, LG, Planar, and Jabra, with more manufacturers expected to join.
Utilizing Vidyo’s video conference platform, the five-hour virtual event will feature one-on-one meetings with manufacturers from every product category that will provide resellers with information on the latest audio, video, display, projection, lighting and staging, digital signage, conferencing, digital content creation, networking, and signal distribution solutions.
Participating resellers will receive a free $250 Stampede credit for just for attend
USA - NanoLumens has announced a series of product upgrades to their outdoor Performance Series line of LED displays.
The upgrades to the Performance Series bring customers’ creative freedoms with the outdoor product more in line with what they’d enjoy designing a NanoLumens indoor product, says the company.
Announced upgrades include the addition of two new pixel pitches, at 3.1mm and 3.9mm, to complement the product line’s broad existing range of pitches, which currently extends from 3.1mm to 10.0mm. Another major change to the product line is the shift from using steel cabinets to smaller cast cabinets that measure 500mm by 500mm. These smaller cast cabinets grant greater design freedom with regard to display size and shape while allowing seamless alignment for the new smaller pixel pitches.
The new cabinets also improve the display’s heat dissipation, and therefore, its performance. An increase in max brightness has been engineered as well to help the displays stand out against strong ambient sunlight and despite the diverse alterations, the Performance line retains the same IP rating it has always boasted.
“Each of the NanoLumens product developments this year have focused on giving customers greater performance and flexibility and this continues that pattern,” said Brice McPheeters, director of product line management and customer experience for NanoLumens. “With smaller cabinets, more available pitches, and new cabinets, the Performance Series is more customisable than ever while improving upon its already strong display
Europe - During these challenging times, Christie continues to support its partners and customers in many ways, including the provision of online courses through Christie University, many of which are open to anyone with an interest in the technology, and free.
“Need to sharpen your understanding of processing with products such as Spyder, or hone your skills in content management or switching and distribution with products like Pandoras Box and Terra SDVoE technology? Sign up for one of our webinars for Pandoras Box or Christie Terra and Christie Spyder,” says Christie.
Germany - Hippotizer Media Servers were recently chosen to drive the visuals for the Cyber-Gen ShockWave tour. Featuring a line-up of Deutsch-rap and R&B artists signed to the Cyber-Gen music label, including YouTube stars TJ Beastboy, Young Mokuba, Wavvyboi and others, the tour played dates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland - and sold out in under 28 hours.
Lighting designer Otto Schildknecht asked Emanuel Jörgner to programme and operate the show’s video and lighting elements. “Because we needed a high performance server, which would ensure all the live notch FX ran smoothly, we chose the Boreal+,” says Jörgner. “The other good reason for choosing the Boreal+ was the fact that we could deform the content with the FX library.”
The display setup consisted of a 8m x 2.3m, 16mm pixel pitch LED wall positioned upstage, with alternative configurations for shows in the smaller venues on the tour. “Besides the LED wall, we integrated eight Astera AX-1 PixelTubes on each side of the screen,” explains Jörgner. “In special parts of the show we used the Hippotizer’s PixelMapper to map the video content to the PixelTubes.”
Jörgner merged ArtNet data from both the Boreal+ unit and the lighting console to control the PixelTubes, providing a wide range of effects possibilities.
In addition, the stage set featured custom-made cubes of 4mm pixel pitch LED panels. Each visible surface was mapped with a variety of video content and effects, while content was also fed to the top sides of the cubes for a complementary uplight effect
Thailand - To create an immersive AV solution for a wide range of events, Mahajak Development Co equipped Modena By Fraser Buriram Hotel with a Harman Professional Solutions networked audio system.
Located within walking distance of the Chang International Circuit racetrack and Chang Arena football stadium, the Modena By Fraser Buriram hotel features 152 guest rooms, a spacious foyer and a large ballroom and more.
To deliver clear, detailed sound in the ballroom and throughout the hotel, Modena By Fraser Buriram hired AV integrators Mahajak Development to design and install a premium networked audio solution. Mahajak Development designed a networked audio system featuring solutions from JBL, Crown, Soundcraft and BSS.
“To ensure consistent sound throughout the facilities, we installed a networked audio system using Harman’s industry-leading AV solutions,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, director of project, Mahajak Development Co. “With the grand ballroom serving as a multi-purpose venue, we developed a highly customizable audio system with superb clarity for any event.”
Mahajak Development equipped the ballroom with JBL CBT 200LA-1 line array column speakers. To provide additional low-end support, Mahajak Development selected JBL AC118S high-power subwoofers. Additionally, Mahajak Development installed JBL Control 226C/T ceiling speakers throughout the facility to provide balanced, even coverage. The system is powered by Crown CDi 2|1200 and CDi 2|300 amplifiers, which feature pre-loaded JBL speaker tunings to help make installat
UK - Britannia Row Productions has joined ranks of audio providers investing in Outline’s Newton processors.
The purchase followed an evaluation period and product demonstrations made by CUK’s James Lawford and Outline’s product specialist, Fernando Rey Méndez,
BRP’s technical head Keith Cunningham comments: “Following several demos of the Newton, we were very impressed with the GUI, fast workflow and ease of use. The Newton is the all-in-one solution to many technical problems.
“The form factor is the real selling point, it's a constant battle for all manufacturers to try and shrink the footprint while retaining functionality - Outline has managed to find a perfect match between both. Fernando at Outline and James at CUK have been very receptive to our feedback and feature requests, which really inspires confidence in both companies.”
BRP’s Newtons went straight into action on the BRIT Awards at London’s O2 Arena and the MTV Europe Music Awards in Seville, Spain. Their technical projects manager Josh Lloyd was system technician for both events.
“On both MTV and the BRITs, the Newtons were used as the front-end matrix for the audio system, taking inputs from both the presenter and band consoles in multiple formats to give us true redundancy, so MADI, Dante, AES and analogue were all used simultaneously,” says Lloyd.
“With the complex system design and show layout, being able to take in large groups of inputs in multiple formats was a winner - the Newton has managed to replace multiple units which used to ha
Europe - American singer Halsey kicked off her Manic world tour in Madrid in February, supporting her just-released studio album, also called Manic. The tour spans 48 shows, with the next legs currently being planned for Asia and North America later this year. disguise gx 2c media servers were selected by All Of It Now to drive the show’s video and Notch IMAG realtime effects.
Numerous features of the disguise solutions came into play for the tour starting in pre-pro. “The show’s video design used a multi-layered frame, and the 3D workflow of disguise Designer allowed us to create parallel maps that placed content on the screen spatially without requiring specific renders for certain songs,” explains Danny Firpo of All of It Now, a disguise rental partner and workflow specialist based in San Francisco, who did the tour’s video programming with Cade Moore. “This gave us the creative flexibility to move content around the screen and explore different approaches for certain songs.
“The show used three different frame sizes for the tour - small, medium and large - but we did not have enough time to see all of the different sizes in rehearsal. We relied heavily on the 3D pre-vis in disguise to confirm how content would look on each of those different sizes. When we loaded in to the first venue using the smaller size, the content was mapped perfectly and required minimal changes during load in.”
The new EVO workflow was also used in the early pre-vis stages, merging the disguise and MA3D environments, and creating additional
USA - ATD Audio Visual, a full-service rental and staging event production company with offices in New York City and Los Angeles, provides high-end AV solutions for a range of clients in the live event space. The company was looking to add a reliable intercom solution to its AV equipment inventory and chose Pliant Technologies’ CrewCom wireless intercom system.
A key feature of the CrewCom system for ATD Audio Visual is its flexibility to meet the requirements of live productions of any size. “CrewCom has unlimited possibilities - you can expand it, you can split it into two separate systems - it does whatever you need it to do,” says Or Israel, president, ATD Audio Visual.
“We can easily add more transceivers for extending coverage in a larger venue, and/or additional Radio Packs (RPs) to increase user counts. The system is extremely flexible and modular, and simply a joy to work with. In addition, the cost-effective price point makes the system even more attractive.
“CrewCom checks off all the boxes when it comes to what we are looking for in a wireless intercom solution, and the competitive price point is a nice bonus,” says Israel. “When we first tested out the system, we had one person stay inside the warehouse, and another person walk four blocks away from the warehouse, and the audio quality was crystal-clear - we were all really impressed with the system’s extensive range.”
Additionally, ATD Audio Visual has received positive feedback from its customers regarding the CrewCom system. “We have rented out the Pliant s
USA - Owing to the social distancing required to fight the coronavirus pandemic, live-streamed video has seen a surge in popularity over recent weeks. Individuals, organisations and corporations are all using this technology to stay in touch with their audiences, but many aren’t equipped with the necessary lighting technology to do it effectively. For this reason, ADJ has created a series of new lighting packages that are designed to make it easy and affordable for both individuals and organizations to enhance the visual appearance of their video recordings and live streams.
“With a bewildering amount of choice available, ADJ wants to make investing in the right live stream lighting as simple and cost effective as possible,” explains ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales.
“Our new Live Stream Lighting PAKs feature carefully selected bundles of lighting fixtures, with stands and other accessories included, that provide a one-stop-solution for live stream lighting. Ranging from a simple single light package suitable for individuals on a budget, through to advanced professional setups designed for multi-person broadcasts from churches or businesses, we are offering PAKs that cover a range of budgets and requirements. All the PAKs feature everything that’s need to get the lighting up and running, and all are designed to help make users look their very best when ‘going live’!”
The ADJ Solo Stream PAK is a simple and affordable package that combines an Encore FR20 DTW with an LTS6 tripod stand. Featuring a 2-inch Fresnel lens
UK - White Light (WL) and Gasoline Productions have announced the recent launch of Brave New World Comedy, an online pilot which uses the latest broadcast technology in order to deliver a range of virtual stand up performances which bring together audiences with comedians.
With most comedy clubs and venues temporarily closed across the UK, a void has been created for those usually present both on and off stage.
By combining the technical wizardry of WL’s SmartStage and Gasoline Productions’ experience of producing comedy evenings, Brave New World Comedy offers an interactive way of bringing a comedy club directly into the homes of its audiences.
“We’re using SmartStage as it’s an immersive video environment, which replaces the traditional green screen element of a virtual studio and allows both the comedians and audience to see and interact with the content around them,” explains Lee Dennison, WL’s head of business development. “As such, we are able to authentically recreate live comedy gigs by allowing both audiences and those on stage to feed off one another and interact in real-time. This allows everyone to become fully immersed in the event and makes it feel as if they are actually in a club together.”
Brave New World Comedy was filmed at WL’s London base where the SmartStage technology is situated. The set-up is easy-to-use, requires minimal crew and is cleaned thoroughly and re-set prior to each use; ensuring the complete safety of artists and staff.
Lee adds: “What’s great about Bra
Bahrain - The BLAST Pro Series Global Final, one of the highlights of the booming international e-sports market, was hosted in the Kingdom of Bahrain in December 2019, with Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Media Servers looking after the complex playback requirements. The event, an action-packed first-person shooter tournament spanning two days, attracted gaming fans from around the world to the 7,000-seat Isa Sports City Arena.
Working directly for the tournament organisers, Copenhagen-based specialist 4K Projects supplied all of the Hippotizers and AV equipment for the fast-paced event. Project manager Mikkel Samuelsen oversaw the project, along with operators Kasper Lange and Balder Thorrud.
Lange was in charge of lighting, video and design, whilst Thorrud set up and operated the Hippotizer Media Servers. The Green Hippo package consisted of three Boreal+ units, two of which ran content for all the main LED screens while the third served as a back-up. In addition to this, one Hippotizer Amba+ unit was used to feed auxiliary displays around the arena, including digital signage, scoreboards and TV monitors.
4k Projects’ Hippotizer and signal system set-up included a NewTek NC1 I/O Module for converting SDI (Serial Digital Interface) to NDI (Network Device Interface), plus a complete 10GB Network for distributing NDI data between servers and preview positions.
The Bahrain show was the last of seven BLAST shows worldwide for which 4K Projects provided their expertise during 2019. The Hippotizer set-up for each was similar, says Samuelsen, but the m
UK - Really Creative Media (RCM) provided screen content along with equipment and touring engineers for Jax Jones March tour, cut short by COVID-19. It was the company’s final gig before the UK entered full lockdown on 23 March.
RCM was enlisted to create the dynamic screen content for DJ Jax Jones’ first tour since the September 2019 launch of the artists Snack (Supersize) album. A month ahead of the tour, RCM’s Jack Fox liaised with creative director Aimee Phillips and the artist, working alongside lighting director Liam Griffiths of Stage Techniques and production management team Only Helix to create a new show with fresh material for the on-stage LED wall. They also re-purposed existing content from previous tours, before getting creative in the company’s London editing studio.
RCM worked with Aimee to build a sharp timecoded set, bringing the show up to date. Using some clever programming, RCM integrated the new song edits with automated live camera cuts, so that all of the onstage action was covered - an evolution of a workflow created by RCM for Clean Bandit.
Production manager Tom Nicol comments: “Jax popularity is on the rise and the team at RCM were brilliantly in tune with our aspirations, supporting a strong visual identity for the artist, then enabling us to take that on the road to deliver a great live experience.”
RCM’s touring engineers Bjorn Parry and Iain Harvey looked after the show on the road, using equipment from the company’s inventory. To capture close-up live shots, RCM provided three Agile Arc36
UK - Two industry companies have been recognised with a Queen's Award for Enterprise.
The awards programme rewards British businesses who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. This year, Brompton Technology and Peerless-AV were both honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.
“It is really gratifying to be recognised with such a prestigious award, and we want to thank all our partners globally who have been such an important part of this success story,” comments Brompton’s managing director, Richard Mead. “It is all the more poignant to be receiving it at such a difficult time for our industry and the world in general. This award is testament to the strength and dedication of the Brompton team. Right now, we are focussed on supporting our partners through these challenging times, but we look forward to an even brighter future for Brompton Technology.”
Keith Dutch, managing director - EMEA, Peerless-AV, comments: “We are obviously delighted to receive this prestigious Royal accolade, as it recognises the hard work and commitment, we have invested to develop our international business. I am confident that this respected award, and its globally recognised symbol, will drive our export business and the worldwide standing of Peerless-AV to new heights.” He adds: “I want to personally thank Melinda Von Horvath (VP Sales & Marketing - EMEA) who has been instrumental in our EMEA strategy and growth during this period, developing and nurturing the sales team.”
Europe - This week will see the continuation of Absen’s series of webinars, with two sessions on Tuesday 21 April at respectively 9am (Rental & Staging) and 1pm (Introduction to LED), one session dedicated to fixed installations (Corporate & Retail) on Wednesday 22 April at 9am BST, and a two parts session (9am and 1pm BST) on Thursday 23 April which will provide insights on Basic Technical Knowledge of LED Displays. More webinars will also be offered by Absen in the near future.
The inaugural session, which was held on Tuesday 7 April and focussed on Absen’s rental & staging products, had in excess of 350 registrations and over 200 attendees; 84% of whom rated it as being either ‘excellent’ or ‘good’.
The next rental & staging webinar, which will be hosted by Absen’s rental & staging industry director Christian Czimny, will take a more in-depth look at Absen’s key rental products from the inside out, as well as covering what to look out for when investing in LED. The session will also feature a Q&A portion at the end where attendees can have their product-specific questions answered; equipping them with all of the knowledge they will need when eventually returning to work.
The second webinar, hosted by Absen’s retail industry director Ben Phelps, will focus on the applications and benefits of LED displays for retail and corporate environments. This taster webinar is designed for system integrators and anyone else involved in the design, delivery, and support of LED systems, including ar
USA - Atlona is making easy and reliable HDMI and USB signal extension even more cost-effective for huddle spaces and small meeting rooms with the introduction of the new AT-OME-EX-KIT-LT HDBaseT extender. Available immediately, the new transmitter/receiver kit extends 4K/UHD HDMI video, embedded audio, power, control and USB data over HDBaseT while discreetly offering simple connectivity for collaboration and video conferencing.
The newest extension solution in Atlona’s Omega Series of AV system components for modern workspaces and meeting environments, the OME-EX-KIT-LT provides the powerful core functionality of Atlona’s proven AT-OME-EX-KIT in a lower-priced configuration optimised for small spaces with shorter extension requirements.
“Our OME-EX-KIT has become a preferred choice of systems integrators and end users for long-distance signal transport in AV environments as large as auditoriums and lecture halls, but its 330 foot extension capabilities are unnecessary in smaller spaces such as huddle rooms,” said David Shamir, director of product management, Atlona. “The OME-EX-KIT-LT offers a more economical option for these rooms while delivering similar versatility, feature-richness and integration convenience as its sibling.”
The OME-EX-KIT-LT’s USB 2.0 interfacing and extension capabilities make it suitable for soft codec and web-based conferencing in conjunction with applications such as Zoom, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, BlueJeans and GoToMeeting. Supporting a host PC and two peripherals at the transmitter
France - Modulo Pi has announced the launch of a new eshop. Available through modulo-pi.com/eshop, the eshop provides dongle, software licenses, and accessories to support designers and technicians in their daily projects and workflow.
The eshop provides cost-effective options for those willing to discover the Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic software and their advanced capabilities. A mapping kit is also available for technicians interested in training on Modulo Pi’s media servers. The mapping kit includes shapes, a self-assembly castle, a media kit, and in-depth tutorials to learn how to use Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic step by step.
Licenses for Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic Designer will also offer the opportunity for offline programming. Thus, operators will be able to pre-programme any project from their PC without having to be connected to a media server. The pre-programming work can be saved for later use, and easily transferred to the media server whenever needed.
In addition, monthly subscription plans are available for Modulo Kinetic Designer 2D+3D. Meant for designers and technicians, the licence will provide access to some of Modulo Kinetic’s advanced tools such as project study and simulation, real-time interactive VR, as well as creation of generative and interactive content based on the media server’s 3D particles engine.
Yannick Kohn, founder & CEO of Modulo Pi, explains: “Through our new eshop, we intend to make our technology available for anyone willing to find out more about our Modulo Player and Modu
UK - Peerless-AV has announced the availability of the 86" UltraView UHD Outdoor TV (UV862-EUK). Providing 4K resolution and a brightness that is three times that of the average of indoor TV, it is designed for use in outdoor spaces such as bars and restaurants, stadiums, hotels, cruise liners and more.
Aluminium construction materials provide protection against various climates, corrosion and discoloration. The model is equipped with a High TNI panel, which allows for direct sunlight readability without the risk of isotropic blackout, and internal speakers provide quality sound.
The 86" UltraView UHD Outdoor TV includes a dedicated Outdoor Flat Wall Mount to provide a secure installation. Other features include an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts screen brightness to best match the lighting conditions, and an IR extender input and IR repeater output for providing flexibility for integration with control systems.
“We’re pleased to announce the availability of the 86" UltraView UHD Outdoor TV in EMEA after a successful first time showcase at ISE 2020 in Amsterdam,” said Keith Dutch, managing director – EMEA, Peerless-AV.
“As well as the home install and hospitality market, the product is ideal for outdoor sports bars, throughout stadium concourses and many more applications. The outdoor TV provides customers with a safe, enhanced display option that is bright enough to be viewed in direct sunlight and intelligent enough to automatically adjust brightness for low light viewing.”
UK - The beginning of 2020 saw the finals of the IFMAR 2020 1/12 World Championship at Milton Keynes’ Centre MK. Event production supplier, SFL, provided a zoned AV system for the event, made all the more challenging by the Championships being held in a working shopping centre that remained open to the public throughout.
The IFMAR 2020 1/12 is hosted by the BRCA (British Radio Car Association), which races over 13 different classes of radio-controlled model racing cars. It took place over five days in Centre MK’s dedicated 1800sq.m exhibition space, which is situated within the main shopping area, and attracted an impressive 100,000 visitors to watch the thrills and spills of this exciting event.
SFL’s involvement with IFMAR started four years ago at its UK National Meeting, the first IFMAR event held at Centre MK. "I took a small van, set the gear up and then raced,” recalls SFL’s Mark Payne, who has a passion for model car racing. "Sadly, other commitments mean I don't compete any more, but it's still great to be involved."
SFL supplied a distributed video and audio system. Multiple d&b loudspeakers were positioned around the track for bystanders, in the pits for the drivers and the rostrum for commentators and referees, along with a four way Sennheiser RF system for handhelds mics and in-ears monitors. Two 60" LCD screens were provided to give spectators basic, but important information about the race such as drives, position and timing, along with live action from the track. Three 42" LCD screens were placed inside the pits to gi
UK/USA - Green Hippo’s product specialist team has strengthened on both sides of the Atlantic with the appointments of Zep Mouris as Hippotizer product manager at its new London HQ and Nick Spencer as product specialist, based in Chicago.
The move comes as the company focuses on delivering enhancements to its range of real-time video manipulation products for the AV industries. It follows hot on the heels of a recent leadership change at Green Hippo, which saw the appointment of David March to sales and marketing director and Ryan Brown to operations and product director.
“Zep has been a cornerstone of software development since joining Green Hippo in 2013 and we’re thrilled that he now takes the role of Hippotizer product manager,” says March. “He has been instrumental in the design of many much-loved Hippotizer software innovations, including SHAPE, the advanced 3D mapping toolkit which integrates with all Hippotizer V4 Media Servers.
“We’ve worked alongside Nick on numerous projects over the years in his roles as freelance lighting and video programmer and witnessed his many talents. We welcome them both and look forward to rolling out developments for our end users born from their enthusiasm and skill.”
Spencer graduated from Western Michigan University with a BFA in Theatre: Technical Production, before freelancing for five years in video for festivals, touring productions, films, corporate events and installations.
“I met and began working closely with Green Hippo during my time with design company Dunaway Designs
UK - In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, disguise has launched disguise OnDemand - a virtual hub that features access to free training and webinars exploring key features and elements of the disguise workflow. Held in multiple languages, multiple times a day, the platform will feature exclusive content, including the opportunity for the community to take part in specialist discussions on key industry topics, and hear from customers during spotlight discussions on showstopping case studies.
Designed as a place for the community to learn and keep up-to-date on all things regarding disguise, free online training sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are planning on running a condensed version of the Fundamental and Pre-Production Workflows Training, broken down into a series of six one-hour sessions where attendees can learn the core features, including the timeline, stage, configuring output feeds, and how to set up devices.
As part of a wider initiative to reach out to the disguise community, disguise is also offering the Designer software free until September, and giving a series of discounted USB dongle giveaways, as well as partnering with Notch on a ‘codemeter’ dongle sharing scheme, allowing more people to access to both their software.
“We understand this is a really hard time for our industry, and disguise is committed to doing what we can to support our community of freelancers, partners and customers across the globe,” said Fernando Kufer, CEO at disguise. “These initiatives are vital to support our communit
UK - Prolyte's LSU modular LED screen support system is now available for hire from Impact Production Services (IPS).
The Prolyte LSU system can be used to create freestanding LED screen support systems in a range of sizes. Designed to be used indoors for almost any LED screen system that has modules in 500mm wide multiple, it can also built to almost any size required. The kits from IPS contain a selection of components, and by combining different numbers of kits all kinds of screen support sizes can be constructed. If the screen needs to start higher, then IPS can supply a LiteDeck platform to boost the structure to the height required.
The system has already been deployed on a range of events, including on a corporate event in Paris for Showstyle where an 18m wide by 3m high LED screen was the centrepiece of a large room design. The LSU system was chosen particularly as it provides a clean finish to the front of the screen, with nothing sticking forward into the stage area. IPS project manager Tom Warden said: "Getting 18m of 2.9mm LED screen to line up seamlessly was one of my big concerns going into this project, and the Prolyte LSU system was brilliant onsite," adding that "the LED techs onsite all were very complimentary of the system, and how easy it was to set up".
The LSU system has adjustable feet on each base to make sure that the bottom horizontal connecting bar is level, and then vertical ladder truss sections attach to support the height of the screen. Arms then clamp onto the ladder sections and attach to the rear of the scree