Video and AV News

walesStage Electrics secures £2m ICCW contract
Friday, 11 May 2018

UK - Stage Electrics has been awarded the £2m technical contract to provide the infrastructure for production lighting, sound reinforcement and audio-visual services for the new £83.7m International Conference Centre Wales (ICCW).
Set in the Coldra Woods just outside Newport, the ICCW is a joint venture between the Welsh Government and Celtic Manor Resort. The project features a state-of-the-art auditorium, main exhibition hall with capacity for around 5,000 delegates and associated meeting room as well as breakout facilities and will be capable of staging major party-political conferences. Being built by John Sisk & Son and scheduled to open in July 2019, it will be the largest facility of its kind in Wales and the South West of England.
Stage Electrics has been working on the project since 2016 to develop the schemes and ensure allocated budgets are met. It will continue that relationship through to the opening date and will support the in-house team during the first few months of opening.
“As well as providing lighting, sound and AV infrastructure, we will supply lighting equipment from manufacturers such as ETC, Chauvet and Prolyte, audio equipment from d&b, RCF, Yamaha and Roland, and AV equipment from Symetrix and Kramer, which will enable the venue to become a world class conference centre,” says Simon Cooper, senior engineer at Stage Electrics.
Stage Electrics’ engineering teams have extensive experience of working in the convention centre market, having been involved with ICC Birmingham, Belfast Waterfront, EICC Edinbu

chroma-q-lighting-masterclass-pic1AC-ET backs Backstage Academy
Thursday, 10 May 2018

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (AC-ET) has agreed to provide technical equipment and run training courses for live events industry education provider Backstage Academy.
The partnership is part of a long-term strategy to offer Academy students the most up-to-date practical experience through AC-ET’s latest technologies from brands including ProLights, Chroma-Q, Green Hippo and BroadWeigh.
Jonathan Walters, AC-ET's UK sales director, comments: "We are delighted to be able to support up and coming generations of backstage technicians and creative people. The future of the industry is all about fostering the talent of tomorrow and letting them use the technologies behind today's live events productions.
“The partnership will give the Backstage Academy's students access to the latest LED lighting from popular brands such as Chroma-Q and ProLights, industry-leading video control from Green Hippo, specialist networking solutions from Luminex, plus industry-standard rigging chain hoists from CM Lodestar and innovative load monitoring from BroadWeigh."
Sara Gleadhall, Backstage Academy business development director, comments: "Today’s live events productions are becoming ever more technically ambitious as the constant advances in technology create fresh possibilities within lighting and video. It's great for Backstage Academy to receive this kind of support. We'll benefit because AC-ET, as a major provider of technologies to all areas of Live Events production, can ensure that we provide students with the most up-to-date practical train

ac-et-irelands-aaron-cripps-and-ac-ets-david-leggett-pressAC-ET Ireland opens for business
Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ireland - Entertainment equipment supplier A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has launched a new sister company, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ireland.
Registered in Dublin, the Irish branch will be helmed by County Limerick-based MD Aaron Cripps, who previously acted as AC-ET's representative for Ireland and has also worked as an account manager in the international sales division of AC-ET.
AC-ET’s managing director Phill Capstick comments: "I'm delighted that Aaron will be heading up A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ireland. With his extensive local experience and contacts, and strong relationships with key suppliers, he is well equipped to oversee the development of A.C.'s Irish business."
Cripps adds: "I am really looking forward to building the A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ireland business. The company has access to a fantastic portfolio of cutting edge brands covering lighting, rigging, audio and video system needs, so will offer its customers the same convenience of a 'one-stop shop' of products and services that AC-ET's customers have been receiving for years."
AC-ET Ireland will supply Chroma-Q, ProLights, Avolites, Luminex, Green Hippo, D.A.D and Tourflex Cabling products exclusively, as well as many of the other leading industry brands that are also available in the UK from AC-ET.
(Jim Evans)

desrochersdavid1Lawo strengthens US support team
Wednesday, 9 May 2018

USA - Lawo has welcomed Browning McCollum, David Desrochers, and Stanley Pan to its growing North American team of customer support specialists.
“Lawo’s growth in the U.S. and Canada just keeps accelerating,” says Sam Schauland, technical director, Americas. “More and more broadcasters and audio production professionals are realising that true standards-based audio and video routing and mixing are the only way to go. That’s awesome, for the industry and for us. We’re adding more positions all the time.”
Browning McCollum joins Lawo after a successful tenure with Viacom, Nashville, where he held the position of remote engineer in charge. McCollum, a 2016 Emmy Award winner for his work on Grease Live, also holds the distinction of having installed the first two Lawo mc296 mixing consoles. His role at Lawo will be as a broadcast technology specialist.
David Desrochers was most recently chief engineer and VP of engineering for The New England Sports Network headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts, where he designed, built and managed large-scale, mission-critical digital audio/video systems. Desrochers becomes a project manager for Lawo North America.
Stanley Pan will fill the position of junior network architect. Pan previously specialised in evolving IP technologies, including SMPTE 2110 interoperability testing, during his position as a Network Solutions Engineer with Evertz.
Recently, Lawo opened a new support and logistics hub in Elmsford, New York with testing facilities, a training centre and an East Coast sales

second-warehouse-is-now-available-on-mobile-devicesSecond Warehouse goes mobile
Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Europe - Second Warehouse is again simplifying pro AV cross rental as the service debuts on mobile and tablet. Based on a Progressive Web Application, Second Warehouse for mobile can be installed on your Apple or Android device with a single tap - no App store visit required. Now, even when you’re out on a job, Second Warehouse allows you to find and hire vital equipment within minutes while keeping your own inventory busy earning you money.
Dedicated to simplifying and speeding up the essential but previously time-consuming and costly activity of equipment cross-rental between pro AV rental companies, Second Warehouse allows rental companies of all sizes to trade with one another in a safe, fast, monitored and extremely cost-effective environment. A rental company searching Second Warehouse for AV equipment will find what they need in a matter of seconds, while every item returned in their search will be from a fellow rental company whose gear would otherwise remain unused.
Further, Second Warehouse only costs you money when it makes you money. For the supplier, the only cost is a small percentage commission, while for the hirer, the process is free. Companies are also able to select up to two ‘Preferred Users’, with whom they can trade on Second Warehouse as much as they like without any commission to pay. There are no sign-up or subscription fees. Since its launch in late February, the number of companies registering for the web-based service has surged beyond expectations.
Now, the same functionality is available in the palm of your hand.<

saftaEPH at the South African Film & Television Awards
Tuesday, 8 May 2018

South Africa - The 12th Annual South African Film & Television Awards was hosted at Sun City’s Superbowl on 24 March with a further 2.3m viewers tuning in to watch the live SABC televised production. EPH Productions were appointed by ATTV to supply the full technical and the set for the show, as well as for the smaller Technical Awards held a couple of days prior to the main event.
EPH Production’s Danie Janse van Rensburg wore three hats namely as project manager, technical director and set designer. For the proposal, with a lot of support from Leon Pheiffer (CEO, EPH Group), they came up with an idea to use suspended LED screens as the main feature, knowing that when complimented with the graphic material supplied by ATTV (Andrew Thabo Television), diverse looks would take the audience on a journey from glamour to triggering emotions with bright and patriotic colours. A special screen, in remembrance of former South African president Nelson Mandela, marked the centenary of the legend’s birth.
The show was designed for camera. Nine LED screens were hung on motors while two automated screens at the back of the stage closed to create a 7m x 3m screen. When the screens opened, serving as an entrance for artists to walk onto the stage, an additional 5m x 3m screen was revealed in the background.
“Spacing was the biggest challenge and next was to produce a uniformed yet not symmetrical look,” says Janse van Rensburg. To do this, he positioned the screens at different angles. “It gave a more natural appearance without being too rigid. It

at-hdr-h2h-88msAtlona releases 8x8 HDMI matrix switcher
Wednesday, 2 May 2018

USA - Atlona has once again expanded its range of high dynamic range (HDR) compatible AV integration solutions. Available immediately, the AT-HDR-H2H-88MA matrix switcher provides high-performance switching of 4K/UHD signals including HDR formats in a space-efficient, 1RU design. The new switcher will be showcased at InfoComm, where the company will continue its 15th anniversary celebration in booth C3576.
An 8x8 sibling to Atlona’s AT-HDR-H2H-44M matrix switcher, the HDR-H2H-88MA builds on the proven performance, reliability and integrator-friendly features of the 4x4 model with significantly expanded input and output capacity for larger-scale applications. Support for all video resolutions, audio formats, and color spaces in the HDMI 2.0b specification provides compatibility with state-of-the-art 4K/UHD and HDR sources and displays – as well as future HDR broadcast services – while HDCP 2.2 compliance enables switching of protected content.
“Our 4x4 HDR-H2H-44M has been very popular with systems integrators and end-users, and we’re excited to now offer similar benefits in an 8x8 matrix switcher for those with larger distribution needs,” said Joshua Castro, product manager, Atlona. “The HDR-H2H-88MA’s flexible format support lets users take full advantage of HDR-enhanced content, while its rich integration capabilities allow seamless incorporation into any environment or system design.”
(Jim Evans)

imagine-dragonsHippotizer Boreals control Imagine Dragons’ pods
Wednesday, 2 May 2018

USA - With total album sales topping 12m and more than 35m singles sold, Imagine Dragons continue to soar – and the Las Vegas band’s epic live gigs no doubt play a significant part in its swift ascension into ‘arena filler’ status. Last year witnessed the four-piece thunder its way through North America, wowing fans on the first leg of its Evolve World Tour which started in Phoenix, Arizona and is scheduled to conclude in Kiev later this year.
This opening stage of the global outing, in support of the band’s third studio album Evolve, comprised 31 North American dates and SRae Productions – owned and operated by Sooner Routhier and Robert Long – used a trio of Hippotizer Boreal Media Servers to control a stunning array of 30 LED pods. Mounting the pods on a brace of automated Axis the SRae team used four projectors to shoot on to physical roll drop units.
The three Boreals – two active, one acting as back-up – received location data via PSN information fed from Raynok Automation software. Here, Green Hippo’s SHAPE proved invaluable.
Matt Geasey, technical director of SRae reports: “We really enjoy the SHAPE function of Hippotizer, which quickly aligns and builds the show while utilising multi controller to accept and manage different pieces of information coming into the system. The ability to quickly adjust the SHAPE file while the system is online, and then sending the new file into the system is really handy for live implementation.”
SRae’s Green Hippo machines at the Imagine Dragons gigs were running

friendlyfires-brixton-academyReally Creative Media supports Friendly Fires
Tuesday, 1 May 2018

UK - Really Creative Media, digital and live production company, created live performance visuals for Friendly Fires’ one-off comeback gig at O2 Brixton Academy, 5 April.
Machine Management, brought in Really Creative Media’s video expertise to ensure Friendly Fires’ first UK gig in five years delivered maximum visual impact.
“Having worked with Clean Bandit since 2016, who are also with Machine Management, we knew the artist team at Machine,” commented Nick Dew from Really Creative Media.
Over the course of one month, creative director Jack James brought the bands’s‘psychedelic’ content vision to life, generating original footage filmed in-house during a series of one-day shoots followed by post-production editing.
Jack explains: “The band expressed a keen interest in us using practical effects such as ink droplets into water rather than trying to imitate effects through animation. We built a filming rig in-house, which allowed us to suspend high-speed cameras with macro lenses as well as the associated lighting kit in any position around our effects setups.
“We then used a variety of techniques such as dropping ink into petri-dishes of milk and water, and pushing air through liquid to create bubbles and continuous flow patterns. Different tactics like synchronising droplets of ink with the music and the use of speaker coils to affect the movement of liquid helped to create a range of visual looks to suit different songs throughout the hour-and a half set. It was quite an undertaking.
“This was a rewarding gi

avolites-plasaPLASA Focus Leeds: Avolites debuts new products
Tuesday, 1 May 2018

UK - Fresh from Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, Avolites is ready for the UK debut of its range of next-level control products and integrative system developments at the PLASA Focus expo in Leeds this week.
Visitors can catch up with the British brand on stand N-D01 where the team will be demonstrating the new Avolites Q3 media server, the latest updates in the Titan and Ai software and Synergy, the brand's pioneering light and video integration system.
"At Prolight we were inundated with people asking us for more information about Synergy and we are looking forward to the same high-level interest at PLASA Focus," says Stephen Baird-Smith, sales manager at Avolites. "With Synergy, users will be able to control light and video from a single user interface (UI) across one networked Avolites system."
Among the system's integrative features is Light Map, an update that allows users the option of streaming Ai video colour data through any fixture group, including both RGB and CMY fixtures, to instantly integrate them into a larger video canvas - meaning that everything from high-res LED screens to LED fixture groups can be controlled from one UI.
Alongside Synergy, the team will be demonstrating the Q3 media server, a compact server designed for use in shows, installations and corporate events. The Q3 unlocks 4k playback through a single DisplayPort 1.2 connection, with 2 x DVI outputs for HD displays. The server supports EDID for all three outputs, configurable via a dedicated front-end UI. The server allows for visually lossless playback with Avolit

acet-at-plasa-focus-leedsAC-ET debuts innovations at PLASA Focus Leeds
Monday, 30 April 2018

UK - The stand of A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (AC-ET) will provide the UK show debuts of leading innovations across its product sales divisions, at PLASA Focus Leeds.
Chroma-Q''s new Studio Force II is a powerful homogenised LED source for applications requiring high quality variable white light - complementing the multi-award-winning Color Force II RGBA LED cyclorama, wash & effects light. Also featured is the Inspire XT colour-mixing house light and Space Force variable white LED soft light.
ProLights' new Panorama IP WBX LED moving light delivers a massive output and pixel ring "eye candy" effects in an IP65-rated fixture ideal for temporary outdoor events. The brand's other show debuts include the JetSpot4 powerful, fully-featured LED Spot in a compact design, and the RA3000 high precision LED Profile. Other models will be featured.
Follow-Me's remote follow spot control is a network based software package that allows the user to harness multiple moving lights from any manufacturer in any orientation to follow multiple targets or performers. Independent and flexible, it requires no sensors, belt-packs or proprietary hardware, and provides seamless fixture takeover with any lighting console.
BroadWeigh's new BW-BSd wireless USB dongle enables users to connect to BroadWeigh shackles at a line of sight range of up to 500m. The portable, wireless solution is ideally suited for laptops and tablets running the full version of Microsoft Windows.
ProLights' OmegaPIX LED video screen range includes an IP65-rated 3.9mm pitch ve

leedsPLASA Focus Leeds opens its doors
Monday, 30 April 2018

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds has begun its tenth birthday celebrations on 1-2 May at the Royal Armouries, Leeds. The popular entertainment technology trade show provides a stage for over 175 global brands, and the show’s reputation attracts thought-leaders and taste-makers who share their expertise through seminars and training sessions.
The show floor will feature products fresh from European launches, and the seminar programme is overflowing with enriching talks and lively debates. The show caters to everyone from lighting designers and sound engineers, to riggers and production managers.
Audio enthusiasts can get under the skin of digital mixers with Soundcraft’s Andy Brown and Sound Technology’s Ben Todd, and can get to grips with Line Array systems with Harman’s Ed Jackson and Sound Technology’s Stuart Strachan. Visitors can learn about frequency response with Oran Burns of d&b audiotechnik, or touring monitors with Justin Grealy of Soulsound. Plus, Phil Ward and a pro audio panel will explore object-based and spatialised audio solutions.
Among the many new audio innovations will be Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision Series, Sennheiser’s Wireless G4 System, RCF’s JMIX8 two-way array speaker, and the award-winning LD Systems MAUI P900 column speakers from Adam Hall Group.
Lighting designers may wish to join the Association of Lighting Designers who will discuss issues for those unable to test their designs until technical rehearsal. Additionally, the ALD will join forces with PLASA to address the Eco-Design changes affecting

matt-nixon-distribution-channel-sales-manager-uk-peerless-avPeerless-AV appoints UK sales manager
Friday, 27 April 2018

UK - Peerless-AV has announced that Matt Nixon has joined the UK professional division as distribution channel sales manager. Matt is responsible for developing and implementing the long-term business strategy, broadening sales opportunities, managing distributor relationships and providing support for the ongoing growth of key accounts.
“Matt is a great asset to the UK team, with the motivation, commitment and people skills needed to successfully manage and develop our distribution network,” comments Keith Dutch, managing director - EMEA, Peerless-AV. “He has demonstrated strong customer relationship skills and has a thorough understanding the AV and IT industry. His energy and experience will help us maintain our UK market leading position and explore new routes to market with our expanding portfolio.”
Prior to Peerless-AV, Matt was a commercial consultant at a cloud-based software provider and before that worked as an account manager at a specialist AV distributor.
(Jim Evans)

alton-towers-resorts-wicker-man-pic2AC-ET supplies Alton Towers’ Wicker Man
Friday, 27 April 2018

UK - Alton Towers Resort has turned up the heat for the new theme park season with its £16m thrill attraction, the Wicker Man, featuring real fire and stunning 'fire' effects created using a ProLights AlphaPIX video system plus various lighting supplied by A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET).
Wicker Man is the first wooden rollercoaster to be built in the UK for 21 years, with the thrill of fire. Burning embers light the ride's path as it speeds towards a six-story (17.55m) Wicker Man structure, who spectacularly bursts into flames as the coaster races through its chest three times.
To complement real flames on the structure and get flame-like effects even closer to the riders, the resort's entertainments technical manager, Alex Tweedie approached longstanding technology vendor, A.C. Entertainment Technologies to assist with specifying and supplying a solution. After discussing the details of the project with Chris Beardwell from AC-ET's specialist video sales division, projection was discounted as it would not be bright enough during daylight.
Chris recommended the ProLights AlphaPIX 6T LED display, featuring 5,500 nits brightness level to be effective in daylight, IP65 rating, and with the 6.6mm pitch option offering the best balance between a convincing fire effect and meeting the tight budget.
Based on the specification, Alex initially ordered 20 of the 640mm x 720mm modular panels, which were configured in various 'Tetris-like' clusters of different shapes and sizes around the Wicker Man structure - including overhead when the

adjADJ introduces Design Series LED range
Thursday, 26 April 2018

USA - When ADJ first launched the AV Series it disrupted the LED Video panel market by introducing a product that had the brightness and resolution to make a serious impact at a price point that made LED video wall technology accessible for users and applications where it had previously been cost prohibitive.
Now, ADJ is ready to push the boundaries of the market once again by introducing an innovative new range of LED video panels, the Design Series, that brings a whole new level of creativity to video and production designers.
Based on the same foundations as the AV Series – quality, reliability and affordability – the Design Series comprises four modular panels of different shapes that can be combined together to create video screens of “almost any conceivable size and shape”. The DS4(square), DS4T (triangle), DS4QC (quarter circle) and DS4HC (rectangle) can be easily linked together to create eye-catching video walls that fit perfectly with the shape of any venue, stage set or mobile lighting rig.
Offering a pixel pitch of 4.8mm, the Design Series panels utilise 3-in-1 SMD2020 LEDs to generate a brightness of 1200 NITS. The square panel has a pixel density of 104 x 104, which is equivalent to 43,264 per square meter, and the others have an equivalent density applied to their specific shapes and sizes. The panels have a recommended minimum viewing distance of 12.5ft. (3.8m) as well as a wide viewing angle of 160-degrees (horizontal) and 120-degrees (vertical), making them ideal for a wide variety of applications.
The Design Series p

atlonaontourmalaysiademoAtlona roadshow reaches Malaysia
Thursday, 26 April 2018

Malaysia - Following a successful run of Atlona On-Tour Roadshows across India, the AV collaboration and control specialist continued its series last week in Malaysia with a renewed educational focus on today’s most pertinent industry trends.
Attracting 20 regional systems integrators, dealers and consultants, the half-day event delivered a series of fresh presentations, hands-on product demonstrations and personalized networking opportunities. The overarching goal of the event was to educate on new business opportunities with emerging technologies, and problem-solve for today’s unique transitional challenges.
Taking place at the Grand Dorsett Subang in Selangor, Atlona experts offered focused segments on networked AV and control and management, with specifics across applying Atlona’s OmniStream for AV over IP, the SW-510W for BYOD-powered collaboration, and the HDVS-300 for soft codec conferencing.
“We have increasingly found that bringing these focused training and education initiatives direct to industry professionals is among the more efficient ways to reach those working in the trenches,” says Sanket Sawant, Atlona’s director of business development, Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.
“There is an intimacy to these regional events that offers exceptional educational value, and it is clearly a more effective use of their time. We will continue to emphasize these sessions around the Asia-Pacific region as we help our partners accelerate these transitions from legacy to networked AV systems.”
(Jim Evans)

craignewburyCraig Newbury joins Lawo in UK
Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Europe - Lawo, the German manufacturer of IP-based AV systems and control solutions, has appointed Craig Newbury to the position of director of sales and operations in the UK and Ireland.
Newbury brings with him over 18 years of broadcast related experience across a range of technical, operational and commercial roles. After several years of experience in senior sales management positions across the UK and Europe, he most recently held the position of vice-president of sales and marketing for Wohler.
Newbury comments: “Lawo is a progressive, engineering led company which holds values of innovation, quality and reliability at its heart. The company’s unique selection of solutions allows it to offer its customers a complete IP-based broadcast workflow across audio production, video infrastructure, control and analysis. Lawo’s technological innovation, future-oriented thinking, and absolute focus on customer satisfaction made Lawo a natural choice. I’m looking forward to continue to develop and improve Lawo’s presence in the UK and Ireland and helping our customers to fully recognize their visions.”
Jamie Dunn, head of global sales, adds: “We are very pleased that Craig is now a member of our Lawo family. He brings a lot of experience and has excellent relationships with both clients and partners. Craig is a perfect fit with Team Lawo as we continue to invest in important markets such as the UK.”
(Jim Evans)

sorinamoo-teamSorinamoo to distribute KLANG:technologies
Wednesday, 25 April 2018

South Korea - KLANG:technologies has appointed Sorinamoo as its distributor for South Korea.
Busan-based Sorinamoo is managed by CEO Dosung Shim and represents Yamaha, Meyer, Inter-M and Harman’s JBL, Crown, DBX and Soundcraft, as well as Blackmagic Design, Avics and ETC.
Phil Kamp, KLANG:technologies’ head of sales, comments, “We are pleased to welcome Sorinamoo to our expanding network of international distributors. With a great line of compatible brands, they are technically experienced and will bring our systems to the market with great presentation and support. I am confident they will do an excellent job in representing KLANG:technologies in South Korea.”
Yonghui Kim, section chief, adds: “Sorinamoo is constantly growing and developing ahead of our customers’ needs and we are continually looking for advanced new products to introduce to our market. We first came across KLANG:technologies on Yamaha's YouTube channel. Andy Cooper has produced a couple of great videos introducing KLANG and explaining its set up with Yamaha CL/QL Series consoles.”
“We evaluated KLANG further and were very impressed with the ease of use and exceptional audio quality,” continues Kim. “The advanced 3D technology presents a completely new paradigm for the IEM and sound field markets and we look forward to delivering this outstanding product to our customers.”
(Jim Evans)

zero-88-plasa-focus-leeds-2018-flx-range-groupZero 88 highlights FLX at PLASA Focus Leeds
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

UK - Eaton’s Zero 88 is looking forward to a busy PLASA Focus in Leeds next week, where the UK lighting control manufacturer will highlight its powerful FLX range of consoles, which will be running with the latest ZerOS 7.9.4 software on Stand N-B12, 1st and 2nd of May 2018 at The Royal Armouries in Leeds city centre.
The all new FLX S24 and FLX S48 consoles, the original FLX and the ZerOS Wing will be demonstrated at this event, which is also renowned for its conviviality, networking and being a meeting hub for industry professionals working and based in and around the north of the UK.
FLX S24 is a new console that runs up to 48 LED, moving lights and conventional fixtures and is easy to learn and straightforward to use, delivering flexibility and multiple features at an affordable price.
FLX S48, also new, has double the power of FLX S24, offering intuitive and hands-on control of up to 96 fixtures, and a touch monitor output for quick access to palettes / show overview. The quantity of available playbacks, groups and palettes are all also doubled.
Both FLX S24 and S48 are ultimately portable, powerful controllers with a small footprint and free apps available for wireless monitoring of the lighting rig, and support for a range of networking accessories.
Inbuilt tools include the award-winning RigSync, helpful step by step Guidance, and Auto Palettes to assist with the prep work. Colours can be quickly and accurately selected and applied via the multi-touch Colour & Image Picker or the encoder wheels or by selecting colours c

mean-girlsFRAY Studio crafts multiple worlds for Mean Girls
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

USA - The much-anticipated new Broadway musical Mean Girls, based on the hit film, premiered at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway in April. Responsible for the production's video sets is British video design team FRAY Studio, who worked closely with director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw and set designer Scott Pask to create the sophisticated, fast-paced and at times, surreal worlds of North Shore High's famous students.
"I love a gratuitously long fade but this was not the show for those," says Finn Ross, co-founder of FRAY Studio on Mean Girls' insta-fast scene changes. "Casey had an absolute stage vision for the show. He sees the video as part of the choreography, so that content moves and changes to the same beats and counts as the performers. The choreography on stage is very detailed, very fast and Tina Fey's script can change location in a beat. Our design approach had to be one to embrace and enable this speed."
Ross's creative partner and FRAY co-founder Adam Young explains: "During a number in the musical's first act we hurdle between present day, the past, fantasy locations, basements, school corridors, a swimming pool, a party, canteens and English classrooms! Using video, we are able to jump from place to place within a second, without disorientating an audience."
Ross and Young opted to use LED screens for the production's video display rather than projection to preserve the rich colours of the video content. Young explains, "Because the show's set is entirely LED, we could use colours and tones that we haven't bee

taitGLP fixtures light up RodeoHouston’s TAIT stage
Friday, 20 April 2018

USA - Known colloquially as RodeoHouston, The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) is the world’s largest livestock show and richest regular season rodeo, dedicated to benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. It draws more than 1.4m people each year to the 72,000-capacity NRG Stadium and over 2.5m people to NRG Park to enjoy the entire festivities.
Running for 20 days in February-March, it attracts the very top names in country music, from Garth Brooks through to Brad Paisley, who perform after the main rodeo event each day.
Such high calibre artists demand top concert production values and this year the Rodeo boosted its technological infrastructure by purchasing a new stage - built by TAIT in Lititz, PA. Working closely with TAIT, and leaning heavily towards GLP fixtures, were Houston based LD Systems. The company has been servicing the rodeo since 1985, and provided all technical design, live sound, concert lighting, HD video screens, custom truss structures, rigging equipment, production crew and logistics throughout the season.
LD Systems is headed by Rob McKinley, who has specified over 300 GLP fixtures, comprising 140 x impression X4; 70 x JDC1; 108 x X4 Bar 20 and 16 x X4 Bar 10.
The process of designing and building the new stage started after the 2015 event, which is when LD made the recommendation to HLSR to engage TAIT to provide a vibrant structure for the 72,000 capacity stadium. In deference to the Lone Star state, this was conceived as a

colour-sound-feeder-fee1701180872Colour Sound supplies Feeder’s Arrow tour
Friday, 20 April 2018

UK - Lighting and visuals rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting and video for the recent UK tour by Welsh rockers Feeder, who are back on the road with their Arrow album tour.
Bryan Leitch is the band’s LD and visual designer and the person who took the tour to Colour Sound after previous excellent experiences with the west London based company. “It was a video-based tour so ideal for Colour Sound,” he comments. Colour Sound also invested in some new lighting fixtures to ensure that Bryan had exactly the rig he wanted.
Bryan has worked for Feeder since 2004. On this tour he was joined on the road by technician / crew chief - and Colour Sound regular - James Hind.
His creative inspiration for the design started with three festival shows last summer where they used an upstage screen split into three sections, a format that lead singer / guitarist Grant Nicholas really liked.
Another consideration for the overall design was that it had to be scalable to deal the wide range of venue sizes.
This touring version utilised 60 panels of Colour Sound’s proprietary BT-6 LED screen, configured as four tiles wide and five high (20 panels per screen) which was upped to six-high for the London show at Brixton Academy.
Video content was a mix of existing material and new footage which was created by Bryan - much of the new clips were shot on an iPhone 8 - then edited and complied to fit exactly to the screen specifications. This was replayed via a pair of Green Hippo v4 media servers.
New kit bought for

green-hippo-courseDWR to host Green Hippo certification training
Friday, 20 April 2018

South Africa - A three-day Green Hippo Operator Certification course will be held on 14-16 May at DWR Distribution's Johannesburg address, Block C, Unit 1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew.
The course will be presented by Suzy Stenning from Green Hippo and will cover a range of topics, from Hardware Introduction and Configuration, Media Manager, Output Manager & Viewports, Mixes / MixMaster, VideoMapper / Pixel Mapper / ScreenWarp, Timeline / DMX2 / Multicontroller, Visualizer & Custom Layouts, Shape Introduction / Configuaration/ Alignment.
The cost is R2600 and includes lunch and refreshments. Attendees should bring their own Green Hippo Media Server or Laptop with Play Software Installed.
For bookings online please visit
(Jim Evans)

roe-visual-europe-team-ROE Visual enjoys successful Frankfurt
Thursday, 19 April 2018

Germany - ROE Visual enjoyed a successful Prolight + Sound 2018, introducing new team members, as well as two new products.
Roelof Bouwman, managing director of ROE Visual Europe, comments: “Prolight + Sound is an important exhibition for our industry, all the major players come together to share experiences and look for new products and innovations. The quality of the visitors visiting our stand has been outstanding. We were happy to illustrate our innovative drive, by showcasing both the new Diamond 2.6 series and the Vanish 18 panels. These new products, have received very positive feedback from our customers and users.”
Bouwman continues: “As commercial partner of the AV Alliance, we were asked to participate in a panel discussion on The future of LED during the annual meeting here in Frankfurt. This offered a unique opportunity to discuss the development of the LED business and its outlooks for the future. ROE Visual felt secured by the topics discussed, with our innovative strategy and drive to enhance the general knowledge on LED technology, the future looks bright. Passing on this knowledge is one of the reasons we have started our training programme, the ROE Academy.”
The Diamond 2.6 (DM2.6) is the new light weight, small pitch solution from ROE Visual, suitable for various indoor applications. With its ultra-light weight frame design, this superb LED screen brings lifelike viewing experience.
A carbon and magnesium frame design, guaranties light weight panels, where the black LEDs bring an incomparable viewing experie


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