Video and AV News

seminar-lsi-pressreleasePLASA Show reveals updated programme
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

UK - PLASA Show, the worldwide event for entertainment technology, is returning to London Olympia on 16-18 September with a whole host of industry leaders and influential brands primed to deliver popular products, inspirational talks and expert training.
The exhibitor list has been rapidly growing with international brands spanning lighting, audio, AV, rigging and staging, and the programme is filling up fast with critical updates, exclusive panels and the latest projects.
In association with LSi, respected lighting designer Rob Halliday and entertainment architects Stufish will present Giudizio Universale - Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel, revealing the technical secrets of this stunning €9m immersive stage show created by Marco Balich, now at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome. Having worked on the show, Rob Halliday will discuss the richly pigmented, high-contrast lighting design drew on the style, colour and mood of the iconic paintings.
Another seminar comes in the form of Creating the Tempest. It will see Sarah Ellis from the Royal Shakespeare Company discuss the highly innovative digital technologies used in their recent production which could change the face of theatre.
Holoplot are hosting a session exploring wave field synthesis for 3D sound applications and challenging acoustic environments. Attendees will learn about how this technology can go beyond theory to produce real products and scalable solutions that can cope with harsh acoustic environments.
Back by popular demand is

umn-all-american-2PixelFLEX display in University of Minnesota
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

USA - At the grand opening of their 338,000sq.ft, $166m Athletes Village, the University of Minnesota ushered in a bright new chapter in the history of their Athletics programme.
Comprising three new buildings, the university wanted to create a memorable experience for their recruits, fans and the 700 student-athletes. Looking for a dynamic visual environment, which included the creation of their Letterwinner tribute, the University called upon the experiential design specialists at Advent who installed an immersive LED video display using 3.9mm FLEXLite NXG from PixelFLEX.
“The overall vision was to create a unique digital experience inside the new University of Minnesota Athletes Village with slightly different approaches in a few key locations,” began John Downie, VP of experience at Advent. “For the Football Hall of Fame area, we used the LED video in a very targeted way to create a custom and highly-impactful display using the FLEXLite NXG technology which recognises all Letterwinner student athletes in the football programme.
“We wanted to immerse the visitors in the story by creating it in an unexpected way that honoured these individuals and fit into the modern look and feel of the space,” continued Downie. “To do this, we decided to create an angled LED wall that would transition the visitors from a passive observer of the story, into something that was much more dynamic as we enveloped them in the LED video experience.”
Now complete, the University of Minnesota unveiled the new Athletes Village, ready to heighten the

maestra-london-expands-team-for-new-season-aug-2018Team expansion at Maestra London
Monday, 13 August 2018

UK - Event design and technical production company Maestra London has expanded its team in readiness for a busy autumn season.
Joining MD Justin Hammond and the London team are Matt Spark (senior project manager), Euan MacLeod (business development manager) and Cameron Pullar (warehouse assistant).
Spark started working at festivals and events like SW4 and the Isle of Wight and other international events, as well as becoming a freelance production assistant for a succession of artists. This experience took him to Australia for three years where he worked with a raft of brands including Star Wars, Quantas and Disney.
MacLeod worked in New York and Woodstock before relocating to Scotland to take a degree in Events & Entertainment Management at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Pullar worked at a Scottish LED company whist still at school and then studied Music Performance & Production at the University of East London. He’s subsequently worked as an audio technician at the New River Studios in north London.
(Jim Evans)

tollcross-international-swimming-centre-adi-modular-led-screensADI delivers LED for 2018 Euro Championships
Monday, 13 August 2018

UK - ADI supplied in excess of 900sq.m of LED screens across 12 competition and non-competition venues to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships for the benefit of over 250,000 spectators and brand partnerships.
The largest sporting event held in Scotland since the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games featured a combination of ADI’s mobile and modular LED screens - in addition to plasma displays - to suit the specific indoor and outdoor locations.
Nick Robinson, ADI’s director of screen rental, comments: “Nine months of planning have come to fruition with diverse, tailored solutions across a variety of sports and cultural venues. We’ve been able to add value through centralised project management of the screens and HD video signal distribution across all 12 locations. Our delivery of market-exclusive mobile and modular LED provides the very best quality to enhance production values and audience experience, while creating impactful digital platforms that elevate the European Championship’s brand and all associated partners.”
A variety of custom modular projects have been designed and built by ADI for the Games; The SSE Hydro features a 225sq.m screen in 4.6mm outdoor product, delivering in excess of 10,000,000 pixels in a single display. This creates a vast digital backdrop to the gymnastics, providing image magnification and supporting the broadcast of multiple live data feeds and timings. Over at Toll Cross International Swimming Centre - which has a capacity of 5,000 spectators - over 145sq.m of high resolution screens are located around

brahlerBrähler ICS UK rebrands as BUK Solutions
Monday, 13 August 2018

UK - Cambridge-based conference technology provider Brähler ICS UK has rebranded as BUK Solutions.
The change comes as the company marks 30 years of trading and enters a new phase that incorporates new distribution partnerships and a more diverse range of suppliers. The company is also offering enhanced complementary event services as part of its rental portfolio including consultancy, interpretation and translation. Launched in the late 1980s, Brähler ICS UK operated alongside German parent company Brähler ICS Konferenztechnik AG until 2012. It then became independent but remained a member of the global Brähler ICS Network until recently.
Simon Sainsbury, managing director of BUK Solutions, comments: “The success of our expanded portfolio, which now includes several new non-Brähler products and services, prompted us to redefine our identity in the marketplace and spread the word of our expanded capability in delivering custom solutions for the events and conferences market. With a wide range of event experience, from inter-governmental and global corporate conferences to elite premier league football clubs, BUK Solutions delivers both in the UK and internationally.”
He adds: “It felt appropriate to launch our new name and logo in our 30th year, giving us the opportunity to celebrate our heritage and achievements. Naturally, we will continue to provide the first-rate services that our clients have come to expect from our dedicated team of professionals.”
BUK Solutions has successfully provided AV technology for numerous majo

imelda11th Hour in the action at Hay Festival
Friday, 10 August 2018

UK - The Hay Festival, an annual festival of literature and the arts, held in Hay-on-Wye in Powys, Wales, has expanded to encompass a broad spectrum of cultural activities. This year’s 10-day event welcomed more than a quarter of a million visitors.
The festival site comprises temporary marquee structures of varying size (capacities vary from a few thousand to less than a hundred) connected by covered walkways and is located in a field on the edge of the town. The infrastructure required to meet the needs of the festival audience and the 800 or so events that take place is significant.
From lectures, readings, concerts and screenings, to discussions, sales, children’s activities, catering, media centre and more besides, Hay Festival presents logistical challenges that might bring a frown to even the most seasoned events professional. This year, Cardiff-based events services supplier 11th Hour was in the thick of the action having been appointed as the event’s lead production company.
To meet the needs of the site’s eight principal venues, as well as peripheral areas on what is a very compact site, 11th Hour supplied full production, including stage and site lighting, staging, audio and AV (in partnership with Stage Sound Services) as well as generators and mains distribution. The provision covered a varied range of requirements, from large concerts to intimate talks.
11th Hour’s project manager, Pete Morgan, reports: “The site is quite tight in terms of moving equipment around and keeping it discreet and safe. Whilst very detailed

audi-2BlackTrax helps unveil new Audi in China
Friday, 10 August 2018

China - When Audi introduced its A8L luxury saloon to the Chinese market, technical service company Redline turned to the BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system to help deliver the wow factor to the launch show.
Each of the cars featured in the show was fitted with BTBeacons which transmitted the exact position of the vehicles as they moved around the stage to BTCams, which then relayed the information to the lighting console so that any lighting look could be designed while automatically following the cars on the stage, regardless of speed or direction, with an accuracy that would not have been possible to achieve manually.
Another big part of the reveal, was the futuristic graphics projected on the floor and not only accented the beautiful car, it also helped explain some of the A8L’s new built in technology and features. The mapped projection interacted with the car as it drove around the stage. As well as the BlackTrax system, the Audi A8L launch show featured no fewer than 30 Panasonic PT-SRZ31KC projectors, 72 Acme lighting features - being used by Redline for the first time - two gx 2 and four 4x4pro media servers from disguise and motion graphics from Notch.
“The cars were the stars of the show - so it was vital that they were accurately highlighted by the supporting AV technology,” says Andrew Gordon, director of business development. “BlackTrax is unique in its ability to automate the tracking of moving objects by projectors, spotlights and so on - which is why it’s being used increasingly in major product launches worldwid

steven-hancock-coo--co-founder-of-melodyvr-and-ian-congdon-head-of-aren-1NEC Group offers virtual access to live events
Friday, 10 August 2018

UK - Virtual reality (VR) specialist MelodyVR is working with the NEC Group Arenas to offer virtual access to live events in its venues.
Concertgoers will be able to access a selection of live events held at the Genting Arena and Arena Birmingham venues, using the power of virtual reality technology, including performances from chart toppers Royal Blood, The Script and UB40 Feat. Ali, Astro & Mickey.
Over the coming months, MelodyVR will also live stream real-time concerts via VR and offer virtual tickets to sold-out shows with the biggest artists, enabling an unlimited number of fans to attend in-demand concerts around the globe.
The concerts, as well as virtual tickets, will be available to purchase via the MelodyVR app, on Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headsets (with more platforms coming soon). Information on upcoming shows will also be promoted on selected event pages on The Ticket Factory website - the official box office for the NEC Group Arenas.
Those who are unable to attend arena events in person, can transport themselves to the heart of the action through the power of VR and the MelodyVR app, says the company. By selecting different ‘Jump Spots’, MelodyVR users can choose to be in the front row, deep in the crowd, or up-close-and-personal with the band on stage.
Ian Congdon, head of NEC Group arena sales, comments: “VR is transforming the concert experience and shifting how fans can consume music, so it’s fantastic to partner with MelodyVR as pioneers in this field. Their usage of exciting featur

kate-butcher-key-account-manager-southern-region-peerless-avPeerless-AV strengthens UK sales team
Thursday, 9 August 2018

UK - AV technology specialist Peerless-AV has added Kate Butcher as key account manager (southern region) to its UK professional sales team. She will be responsible for maintaining and building on existing relationships with Peerless-AV’s reseller network, promoting new product offerings, and providing support on new tenders and sales enquires.
Butcher brings over four years’ AV sales experience, having held key account manager roles at Exertis-Medium, Sahara Presentation Systems and Beta Distribution. She studied International Theatre at the University of East London (UEL) and spent eight months at the University of Colorado Boulder campus in the USA.
Keith Dutch, managing director EMEA at Peerless-AV, comments: “Kate’s energy and enthusiasm, combined with her AV distribution experience and good industry connections, make her perfect for the Key Account Manager position. We value relationships above all at Peerless-AV and our team is renowned in the industry for being great ambassadors for the company. Kate has the qualities to help us develop this further and drive business growth in key accounts.”
(Jim Evans)

the-brewery-exteriorThe Brewery appoints Blitz as AV partner
Thursday, 9 August 2018

UK - The Brewery, the Grade II listed events venue on London’s Chiswell Street, has confirmed Blitz, a GES company, as its new in-house AV partner. The technical event production specialist has been selected with a brief to enhance the venue’s AV capabilities and manage the technology infrastructure.
The new partnership, which will start from 1 September, will see Blitz utilise The Brewery’s advanced technology and digital infrastructure, to “create show-stopping AV experiences; from breath-taking projection mapping installations, to top of the range widescreen blending displays and flawless audio performances”.
As well as AV services, Blitz will assist clients with digital branding and digital signage opportunities helping event organisers increase exposure while maximising sponsorship revenues and increasing ROI. The partnership also brings a range of new services previously unavailable at the venue, including digital and interactive technology, registration and RFID tracking and live audience participation.
James Varah, commercial director at The Brewery, comments: “Design, production and technology are at the heart of what makes events at The Brewery such standout affairs. Clients are looking for bigger, more exciting productions as well as providers offering an ‘end to end’ service, and we’re confident Blitz will do just that. We look forward to working with the team at Blitz to create incredible live event experiences for clients and their guests.”
Graham Pope, group commercial director at Blitz adds: “Event audien

lfps-hublot-01Light Fantastic kicks off Harrods World Cup launch
Wednesday, 8 August 2018

UK - Event specialists, Light Fantastic Production Services Limited partnered with L'Atelier Five agency on the recent Hublot FIFA World Cup installation and product launch event at Harrods, Knightsbridge.
L’Atelier Five turned to LFPS to handle rigging and technical installation on their installation for Hublot watches in the store’s Hans Crescent entrance atrium. At its centre, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia themed project featured three large open frame ‘footballs’ constructed from aluminium with integrated LED lighting and video displays.
Finished in red, white and blue to reflect the Russian national colours, the trio of footballs needed to appear to float effortlessly within the atrium. Limited by extreme load restrictions on the rigging points and severe weight limitations on the sloping floor below which precluded the use of traditional lifting methods, LFPS were called upon to devise the creative rigging method to safely lift the structures to height. LFPS also took charge of the electrical installation providing a discreet supply to each football directly from the Harrods infrastructure.
Having installed the footballs, LFPS were also invited to return to the site to provide lighting, audio, video and scenic elements for the prestigious Hublot launch event staged in front of a VIP audience.
The team utilised their stock of Robe LEDBeam 150s to line the entrance corridor, which also doubled as the backdrop to the live proceedings.
The LFPS audio department supplied a number of d&b T10 and B4 speakers, selected from

furiousBlackTrax on track for Fast & Furious Live
Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Europe - BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system was instrumental in bringing the thrills of the Fast & Furious movie to live events in the UK and Switzerland, with further shows planned for the Czech Republic, Denmark, France and Germany.
Fast & Furious Live uses the most advanced technology and fans’ favourite cars from the series to faithfully evoke the most outrageous moments and stunts from the series. Recreating the underground streets of Los Angeles to locations that criss-cross the globe, Fast & Furious Live lets fans relive the most extreme action as precision performance drivers execute pulse-pounding stunts surrounded by blockbuster set design, authentic digital projections and state-of-the-art physical obstacles.
Kate Dawkins, already with a pedigree for creating content for spectacular live shows, was responsible for the creative art direction. She laid out the vision for the show’s projection content which heavily referenced the films, but took on a more stylised, graphical, game like aesthetic for this stadium environment. Dawkins explains: “It was great to add a layer of real-time effects to enhance the content.”
dandelion + burdock, mapping specialists and long-time collaborators of Kate Dawkins Studio, managed the complex and creative challenge of designing and creating the projection content and 3D animation.
The projection mapping, a key factor of this show, allowed the creative partnership to create ever- changing environments from a neon-lit downtown Tokyo to a street scene a

surrey2Surrey Business School upgrades with Shure
Tuesday, 7 August 2018

UK - An AV overhaul has transformed a 400+ seat lecture theatre at the Surrey Business School at the University of Surrey in Guildford.
The audio installation, a collaboration between Shure and systems integrator Snelling Business Systems, created a single AV system suitable for lecture theatre / classroom theatre, live events and cinema theatre without the need for prior training or dedicated IT support.
Shure’s technical team created a system designed for switchover from one user mode to another at the touch of a button. The team provided technical support and streaming tests across campus between lecture theatres to asses Microflex Wireless capabilities for RF stability and networked control.
“The vast capabilities of the system are perfect for the range of uses we have, from lectures to live events and conference, as well as a cinema,” comments Rob Purcell, head of learning spaces technology at the University of Surrey. “During everyday use, there is no set-up required, which ensures that the academic tutor is confident they can use the system without IT support. Traditional lectures and seminars can be recorded at the press of a button, making the resource perfect for today’s online learning environment.
“Another great aspect of the design is its adaptability. Within the first six months the AV system has enabled us to rearrange the space radically to facilitate multiple layouts and forums. Having an AV system with such high-tech specifications means that all of our events exceed the expectations of the often high-profile atte

theater-vanemuine-12ASC innovation for the Vanemuine theatre
Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Estonia - Estonia’s oldest theatre - Vanemuine in Tartu - received new audio, lighting, video, and communication equipment supplied by Amptown System Company (ASC) as part of a major conversion project.
Berlin-based Ingenieur Gesellschaft Wibbeke & Penders was commissioned with planning and implementing the structural conversion work while Dr. Reiner Chemnitius was responsible for working out the fundamentals for media equipment selection and installation.
Working together with ASC project manager Jan Vandrei and his team, theatre planner Dr. Chemnitius developed and customized the complex redundant audio/video fibre optic system based on Optocore and BroaMan components exclusively for the Vanemuine theatre.
Two management consoles with the real-time capable media control system by adunas were eventually selected. The larger main console to the right of the stage features two adunas 22" touch panels allowing for easy control of audio, lighting, video, curtain, clock functions (stop, timer, time), feeding sources, and gong. For the rehearsals, a smaller mobile console is used which affords virtually the same functions as the main console with the exception of curtain control.
In the second construction stage ASC technicians integrated the lighting control panel into the modernised system, while the sound system was also configured and installed. This included speakers by Meyer Sound, SD7 and SD 10 mixing consoles with theatre software for scene management, and stage racks by DiGiCo plus microphone equipment based on a Shure Axient system

adlib-rich-rowley-gm-for-lighting-and-videoRich Rowley joins Adlib as general manager
Monday, 6 August 2018

UK - Rich Rowley has joined Adlib as general manager (lighting and video). Rowley has enjoyed a long relationship with the Liverpool-based full production and rental specialist over the years and brings more than a decade of senior management experience from working at XL Video and PRG.
Rowley will be concentrating on the already substantial lighting and video / AV aspects of Adlib as the company completes the transition from its original audio roots into one of the premier full service technical solutions providers in Europe.
The appointment comes at a pivotal time for Adlib, which is poised to move into a new warehouse and office facility.
Adlib owner and founder Andy Dockerty comments: “I am delighted to welcome Rich into the Adlib family. I believe it is testament to the growth of Adlib and the development of our lighting and video departments that we have secured the services of a character of Rich’s unquestionable status. His wealth of knowledge will enhance a tremendously focused and talented team.”
(Jim Evans)

lightactLightact deepens integration with Unreal Engine
Monday, 6 August 2018

Europe - Lightact, a Slovenian media server manufacturer, now features a two-way sharing of textures and variables between Lightact and Unreal Engine.
Version 3.0.5 also introduces LightNet and LightSync which enable multi-server syncing.
Mitja Prelovšek, CEO of Lightact, comments: "We are extremely thrilled to be able to release v3.0.5 as it further strengthens Unreal Engine workflow as well as expanding Lightact's core media server functionalities.”
Lightact is an integrated suite combining standard media server functionalities such as projection mapping, multi-screen video output and DMX lighting control with unique real-time rendering capabilities and reliability features aimed at permanent installations.
The suite includes Lightact Cloud installation monitoring solution and Lightact WebUIs client user interfaces. Lightact v3.0.5 is available on Lightact's webshop.
(Jim Evans)

jay-productions-4Jay Productions serves it up with Green Hippo
Monday, 6 August 2018

Australia - Jay Productions and Events are lighting, vision, sound, staging, and operations specialists, covering AV for the corporate market, activations, and special events. The company has recently added Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Karst to their inventory.
Jason Ghazal, the owner of Jay Productions, comments: “We are increasingly incorporating complex lighting with mapping to LED screens, and projection mapping. We needed a media server that is versatile and easy to use. We got advice from everybody we knew that does specialised work with media servers, and they all agreed that that Green Hippo was the best.”
Jason and the team plumped for two Karsts fitted with the DVI and DP output card option, incorporating Green Hippo’s PixelMapper, SHAPE 3D projection mapping tool set, and Hippotizer V4’s multipurpose pre-visualisation tool into a 2RU, road-ready case. The advice from his colleagues has been borne out by Jason’s experience. “I’ve found mapping screens really easy,” he adds. “The workflow is great, and it integrates beautifully with our MA Lighting grandMA. We’ve been running shows with integrated lighting all controlled by time-code triggers, and the Karsts have been rock-solid.”
Utilising both custom-made content and the Karsts’ included library, Jay Productions’ Hippotizers have already been out on some high-profile gigs, including American Express’ activation at the Overseas Passenger Terminal for Vivid. “That was running our Martin Sceptron rig and our content,” explains Jay. “We’ve also been do

bastilledayfoh2222Lawo performs at Bastille Day celebrations
Friday, 3 August 2018

France - All of France marks the beginning of the modern French nation each year on 14 July, with events taking place all over the country. As in previous years, Lawo mixing consoles helped deliver the audio for more than 500,000 Concert de Paris spectators at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
The Concert de Paris is one of the largest classical music events held anywhere in the world, and is followed by a traditional firework display. The show – featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of Radio France, along with internationally renowned soloists – was relayed to TV viewers and radio listeners in France and beyond with the Lawo setup.
For the central celebrations on the Champ du Mars next to the Eiffel Tower – the highlight of the National Holiday – Radio France used an mc²96, Lawo’s flagship audio production console, for ultimate FOH mixing performance. Four hands operated the large mc²96: those of Stéphane Desmons took care of the orchestra, while Alexandre Martin was in charge of the choirs and solo singers.
On the stage, the monitoring position was equipped with an mc²36 operated by Stephane Touvenin. In Radio France’s OB Truck n.5, an mc²66 was in the expert hands of Laurent Fracchia for the live broadcast of the event on France Inter and France 2, the main public radio and TV stations in France.
“The super comprehensive interface and advanced multi-user features of the mc²96 gave us the opportunity to reduce the quantity of equipment we needed, while increasing the working capabilities of our

tall-shipsGreen Hippo salutes Tall Ships festival
Thursday, 2 August 2018

UK - The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 saw a fleet sail from Liverpool to Dublin and then on to Bordeaux. Marking the fifth time Liverpool has hosted a Tall Ships event, extensive celebrations were very much captain’s orders and Stage Sound Services who, complete with Green Hippo tech, was on duty to deliver a brace of projection-mapped light shows.
Taking place during late May Bank Holiday weekend, the two events brought the power of projection mapping to huge audiences. In Birkenhead’s Hamilton Square, the Stage Sound Services team, working with the creative at Illuminos, used a pair of Hippotizer Karst Media Servers to help map a spectacular show - inspired by Birkenhead’s people, places and history - on to the Town Hall.
The same team also put on another example of projection mapping in Liverpool’s Cunard Building - one of the three graces of Liverpool’s Mersey front. Both light shows formed key parts of the weekend’s celebrations, including being promoted as lead attractions.
For both events the creative teams used Hippotizer Media Servers to control projections on to the buildings. Hippotizer also played back audio for the Birkenhead event’s sound team, and in Liverpool it chased TimeCode that was sent from sound, syncing the audio with the pyrotechnics. For both shows, the teams used SSS Midi Trigger Boxes to control the timeline in the machines.
“We chose Hippotizer for a few reasons, primarily the smooth playback the engine provides, especially the frame blending,” comments Richard Gilbert of Stage Sound S

second-warehouse-introduces-sms-supportSecond Warehouse introduces new features
Thursday, 2 August 2018

Norway - Second Warehouse is introducing SMS messaging and a built-in search assistant as it continues to refine the online pro AV cross-rental platform.
The SMS feature will offer another communication channel to customers, whose email requests might be halted by spam filters.
The search assistant, named ‘Ask Sam’ after inventory manager Sam Nesbitt, would enable users to gain the manager’s direct assistance if the platform’s search utility fails to return all requested items.
Second Warehouse founder Stuart Kerrison comments: “SMS support is being introduced to make sure that even if you miss the email, you won’t miss the deal. Email is the principle way that we communicate with our users, but it’s really important that Second Warehouse users don’t miss the opportunity to make money because of an overenthusiastic spam filter. That said, we passionately believe in respecting the privacy of our users – Second Warehouse will only ever send an SMS to help a user hire out equipment or with information about their account. We will never use this system for marketing.”
Launched fewer than six months ago, Second Warehouse simplifies and speeds up the essential process of pro AV cross rental.
(Jim Evans)

bt-dancer-1BlackTrax appoints distributor for South East Asia
Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Malaysia - CAST BlackTrax has appointed Acoustic & Lighting System (A&L) as its South East Asia distributor.
A&L serves the local market as well as Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand through a network of nine offices and 200+ staff. It already represents Avolites, Claypaky, disguise and Luminex among others.
Andrew Gordon, BlackTrax director of business development, comments: “BlackTrax has already executed over 9,000 events around the world, but we continue to look for strategic opportunities to grow the business, and the South East Asia market represents a considerable market potential. A&L is the ideal team to help us establish a strong presence in the region. Their extensive experience, technical expertise and commitment to customer support represent what we strive for in a partnership.”
Eugene Yeo, general manager of Acoustic & Lighting, adds: “We work extensively in creating lighting and video for major live events, and it has become clear to us that BlackTrax will be a very valuable complement to what we can offer our customers, helping us provide them with a more complete solution. BlackTrax has become famous for its ability to support the creation of truly amazing shows - such as new product launches, spectaculars, visitor attractions, grand openings and so on – and that’s what our customers are looking for.”
A&L has already taken delivery of BlackTrax demonstration equipment and is receiving training from a BlackTrax local support team.
(Jim Evans)

vectorworksVectorworks training in Johannesburg
Tuesday, 31 July 2018

South Africa - DWR Distribution has announced details for its annual Vectorworks Training presented by Francois van der Merwe in September at DWR Distribution in Johannesburg.
Basic training will be held on 17 September and will cover the fundamentals of Vectorworks, Layouts, Palettes, Basic Tools, Classes and Layers. The cost for this one-day training session is R850.
Intermediate Training will be held on 18 & 19 September, with a focus Preferences, Basic Spotlight, Basic Renderworks and Intermediate Tools. The cost is R1 700.00.
Advanced Users are invited for training on the 20-21 September. The course will cover Working Planes, Advanced Modelling and Advanced Renderworks. The cost is R1 700.
Training will be held every day from 9am to 5pm and will be hosted at DWR Distribution, Block C, Unit1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew.
Bookings can be made online on DWR Distribution’s website.
(Jim Evans)

stage-shots-3036Video Design rings the changes in Hyde Park
Friday, 27 July 2018

UK - On 6 July, Roger Waters performed at Barclaycard BST in Hyde Park London. Water’s show is like BST itself, centred upon a huge widescreen presentation, but there the similarities end.
“BST sees the entire stage enclosure, backwall, sides and wings totally covered with LED video; right up to roof height 94 linear metres of it,” explains Alex Leinster of Video Design who provide all the video hardware and infrastructure. “But Waters’ show needs a much flatter screen, so we were asked to move the entire backwall section downstage as a far as possible.”
No simple task, Water’s show was the first night in a run of three, with the Cure headlining the very next night. “What Jeremy Lloyd of Wonderworks conceived as the solution to the BST festival set-up was flawless,” explained Waters’ video director Richard Turner. “We got pretty much just what we wanted. The origins of Roger’s show come from Desert Trip festival in the US in 2016. That stage is similar to BST with the stage interior wrapped in LED screen.
“We knew from that early experience that Roger’s show didn’t really work. His show is very filmic and compositionally that set-up is very difficult because what works from one angle doesn’t from another as far as the wider audience view is concerned. So we had to put Alex and the Video Design crew through it and they really pulled it off.”
The switch back to the normal BST configuration for a headline show by the Cure the following night would be tight. The Cure’s production manager Phil Broad consulted clo

dh100yr-gloss-black0500pxAtlona appoints D&H as national IT distributor
Friday, 27 July 2018

USA - Atlona has announced that D&H Distributing Company has become its first manufacturer’s representative to focus exclusively on IT professionals tasked with managing AV systems over the network. Based in Harrisburg, PA, D&H Distributing Company will represent Atlona on a national basis, with an emphasis on marketing Atlona’s AV over IP solutions to its small-to-medium-size business (SMB) customers.
Pete Hurley, sales director for D&H Distributing Company’s SMB PROAV Division, comments, “Atlona’s inclusion in the projects calling for Cisco, Intel, commercial displays, integration projectors, screens and mounts provide an important differentiator from competitive IT distributors that lack a strong AV over IP partner.
“Cat 6 cable drives virtually everything today across the AV ecosystem, and IT resellers are the first professionals working behind the walls in any project,” he continues. “It’s pertinent that we speak directly to the professionals that will ultimately play a defining role in how IP-based technology will drive collaborative and multimedia spaces in tomorrow’s AV landscape. Atlona’s strength and innovation across its AV over IP product line will position us a strong, valuable and relevant partner to IT professionals faced with the challenges of managing AV systems over IP networks.”
D&H will focus on marketing three key Atlona AV over IP product lines to IT resellers: OmniStream, Velocity and AMS.
D&H and Atlona will work closely on training and education initiatives for IT resellers s


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