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tvONE drives video walls at TomorrowlandtvONE drives video walls at Tomorrowland
Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Belgium - tvONE reports that CORIOmaster has been chosen by custom motion graphic creators Prismax to drive more than 1000sq.m of video walls at Tomorrowland, one of the world’s biggest dance music festivals held in Boom in Belgium each summer. The units were supplied by Belgian reseller, Intronics, and will be used by Prismax at other large events.
Prismax selected CORIOmaster from tvONE as it is a flexible video wall processor that allowed its designers to achieve striking visual effects. Ruben Gorissen, owner of Prismax says, “tvONE’s CORIOmaster video wall processor was chosen as it offers an efficient approach for building video wall systems. The CORIOmaster is modular, scalable and easy to use which makes it an ideal solution for the vast video walls at Tomorrowland. Eight years ago you had to use different cables for each set, nowadays everything is fixed together and in a compact size.
“Often, festivals hire a third party for switching between the different sources,” he adds. “Thanks to the CORIOmaster, Prismax can offer its customers a one-stop-shop show production.”
Prismax has worked with Tomorrowland for several years and CORIOmaster provided a video wall processor that allows easy switching between multiple outlets on a main stage which has up to six full HD outputs.
Almost every DJ in the top 30 has a team with own VJs and visuals. With the CORIOmaster, VJs change smoothly and without loss of time with each other because they can test their set in advance. Before the performance starts it is a matter of plug and

Medialon appoints product specialist for EMEAMedialon appoints product specialist for EMEA
Monday, 2 September 2019

Europe - Medialon, specialist provider of show control solutions, has hired Robert Chong as product specialist to service customers and installation sites across the EMEA region.
Chong brings more than 27 years of experience working with the Medialon brand and product range as engineer, consultant and integrator. His career includes sales and technical leadership roles for a range of AV companies across Europe and Australasia including Barco, Gibson International, Atea and ZKM.
Eric Cantrell, VP of business operations for Medialon, comments: “At Medialon, we are committed to ongoing to the support of customers and installations - both existing and new. Robert has worked closely with our team, customers and product line for many years and in his new role, will allow us to carefully consider the needs of all projects - developing and delivering the very best show control solutions for entertainment and attractions markets that consistently exceed expectations.”
In July, the team behind media serving company 7thSense Design led the acquisition of the Medialon brand and ShowControl activities from Barco to form a new company, Medialon. The new company joined the 7thSense Design family and operates from Orlando, FL., with satellite offices across the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
Absen MiniLED in high demandAbsen MiniLED in high demand
Friday, 30 August 2019

UK - The initial batch of 500 Aries AX1.5 - Absen’s newest mini-LED display - has sold out instantly, confirming the strong demand for 1.5mm fine pitch LED within the rental market. UK-based AV distributor PSCo was the first in Europe to invest in the product, with UK rental companies DB Pixelhouse, Onyx and Catalyst amongst the first to add the new product to their rental fleets.
Absen’s Aries LED display series is aimed at professional rental companies for high-end corporate events, conferences, auto shows, e-gaming competitions and broadcast applications, and is the first such product to combine a 4-in-1 integrated pixel design and Common Cathode technology.
Alex Couzins, head of brand and marketing for Absen Europe, comments: “We have really seen the demand for a 1.5mm fine pitch LED within the rental market kick off this year and we’re excited that PSCo is among the first companies in the world to offer customers the new Aries 1.5mm.
“Absen has dedicated two years of development to the Aries project; a decision that’s yielded a number of technological innovations and mechanical advances. This commitment has ensured that the product’s exceptional visual performance will not be hindered by the physical demands of the rental staging market.”
PSCo’s head of LED, Liam Winter, adds: “Absen’s new 4-in-1 mini-LED is an evolution and, ultimately, an upgrade to the traditional SMD LED technology, which sets the standard for LED performance today.”
(Jim Evans)

 
Brompton eases the load at Spin OffBrompton eases the load at Spin Off
Thursday, 29 August 2019

Australia - The popular Spin Off festival returned in 2019 with an of over 20,000 at the massive 84m x 64m mainstage tent, presenting organisers, Five-Four Entertainment, with major technical requirements where the need for screens was paramount.
To meet this demand, technical provider, Adelaide’s Novatech Creative Event Technology, employed two onstage ROE Visual Carbon 5 IMAG screens, an upstage screen, a delay screen behind FOH and two delay screens outside of the tent, controlled from two Brompton Technology SX40 processors with three Brompton Tessara XD distribution units vastly simplifying cabling requirements.
“With such a big footprint, we needed to ensure that not only everyone inside the tent could see a screen but also outside,” explains Phil Pieridis, senior video project manager from Novatech. “Using many screens generates a lot of signal distribution but the latest Brompton SX40 processor, with its huge capacity, enabled us to run multiple screens off the same processor, whilst the brilliant Tessera XD units easily resolved any cabling issues.”
Staged on Adelaide showground, the sell-out one-day festival featured the headlining acts appearing at sister festival, Splendour in the Grass, including Catfish and the Bottlemen, Childish Gambino, and Ocean Alley.
“With so many top-flight artists, technical rider demands were high and changeover times pivotal but Brompton equipment drastically reduces set-up times and configuration is really quick,” continues Pieridis. “The ability to create custom scaling in the proces

 
 

MOG brings new solutions to IBC 2019MOG brings new solutions to IBC 2019
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

The Netherlands - MOG Technologies, supplier of end-to-end solutions for professional media, will present its latest developments at IBC 2019 (13-17 September, RAI Amsterdam).
The focus will be on the latest advances for the production management platform with MAM4PRO; a new professional media deck station; new enhancements to Vizzi online video platform, and various technical deployments throughout its solutions.
MAM4Pro is an enterprise solution designed for managing and executing all media operations - record, ingest, play, stream, encode, transcode and decode - in a native virtualised environment. MAM4PRO brings to the market a set of software services that focus on asset management, resources management, and media operations.
mDECK is billed as “the ultimate professional media deck appliance to record, ingest, transcode and play in any format of video content”. It supports Avid, OP1a, QT, MP4, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, XAVC, FLV, HLS, MPEG-DASH, WebM, MPEG-DASH WebM, MPEG-TS, Matroska, NDI and IMF formats. Supporting file-based and baseband, with full integration on hybrid workflows, mDECK is designed for small and medium-sized facilities, that need to switch between operations in short time frames.
With a unified OTT platform with Content Management SaaS and a top-tier CDN distribution, Vizzi offers extended multi-platform support and in-video interactivity with timed triggers that enable user interactions and enriches the viewing experience.
(Jim Evans)

 
Prolights plays key role in Scottish OperaProlights plays key role in Scottish Opera
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has provided Scottish Opera with a new surtitling system, utilising APIX2 by Prolights LED video panels.
Founded in 1962, Scottish Opera is Scotland’s national opera company and largest performing arts organisation. With a diverse annual season of productions embracing opera’s unique blend of music, singing and theatre, it is committed to making the art form available to the widest possible audience.
As well as performing its productions in mainstage and other venues across the country, Scottish Opera’s home is the Theatre Royal Glasgow, which last year celebrated its 150th year. Recently the Theatre Royal’s surtitling system was in need of an upgrade after 11 years of service.
Alex Reedijk, general director of Scottish Opera approached AC-ET to discuss alternatives. Chris Beardwell, technical sales executive in the company’s video division recommended the Prolights AlphaPIX2 screen, which is available as a custom surtitling package featuring various size displays and an independent software control system.
Reedijk comments: “After approaching AC-ET, we were very encouraged that they had already supplied the AlphaPIX2 surtitling system to two major UK opera companies. In addition, like us these other companies favoured the fact that the hardware was not linked to a dedicated software package, allowing for future hardware or software upgrades without the need to replace the whole system.”
Scottish Opera’s primary surtitling screen features seven side-by-side AlphaPIX2 LED panels

 
 
Powersoft gives Jason Mraz Good VibesPowersoft gives Jason Mraz Good Vibes
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Malaysia - Singesen Technical Production and Chan Lee Sound & Light selected a combination of Powersoft’s X8 and X4L amplifier platforms for American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, who stopped off in Kuala Lumpur for the third Asian date of his Good Vibes world tour.
The main hangs at the arena were made up of 12 JBL VT-4889-1 per side, with eight JBL VT4888 flown per side as side-fill and six JBL VT4888 in the centre. The 20 JBL VT 4880 subwoofers were ground stacked at the side of the stage, while a series of Nexo PS15 wedge monitors were placed along the downstage edge. A total of six JBL VTX A8 were used as front-fill.
The main system was driven by 11 of Powersoft’s X8 amplifier platforms, while a pair of the company’s latest touring product, the X4L (look out for a product review in the September issue of LSi, out next week) - were also used to power eight of the VT4880’s, with each channel driving just two of the subs. Jackie Ng, owner of Singesen, explains: “The gig was used as something of a field test for the X4L amps, before loading it with VT4880A long excursion subwoofers in the future.”
The Powersoft gear used to drive the Good Vibes in Kuala Lumpur were made available thanks to Singesen Technical Production’s recent investment in the Italian manufacturer’s technology.
Ng says: “We have used Outline systems for some time, so we were familiar with the reliability and high-performance levels of Powersoft amplifiers. When the opportunity to invest in Powersoft amplifiers presented itself, it really

 
Green Hippo delivers for 7 Days LiveGreen Hippo delivers for 7 Days Live
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

New Zealand - When TV comedy show 7 Days Live, produced by MediaWorks NZ, visited the Queenstown Winter Festival, the festival’s production supplier TomTom Productions was on hand with its Hippotizer Karst media servers from Green Hippo. The Hippotizer enabled them to deal with the additional visual requirements of the television recording.
“The brief was fairly simple,” says Hamish Edh, director of TomTom and designer of the festival’s live stage video elements. “Background eye candy that looks great on camera, as well as for the live audience, and having the 7 Days logo on the screens for the wide shots.
“The design concept was based around mis-matching elements with different LED pixel pitches,” explains Edh. “To create contrast between the different pixel pitches, I use Martin Sceptron 20 battens in an array to complement the 6mm LED panels and to add horizontal lines to the overall look.”
Edh used TomTom’s Hippotizer Karst, running two outputs, one to the 6mm LED panels and the other to the Sceptron via the Hippotizer’s Martin P3 System Controller integration. The textures played out on the low-resolution Sceptron were from stock content, while the 6mm panels showed custom content including Queenstown’s iconic mountains, created by Tim Goddard of TomTom, as well as the 7 Days Live logo where required. The operator was TomTom’s Matt Cooper.
Edh’s design included four horizontal LED ‘banners’ rigged at staggered heights, from the lower upstage to the highest above mid-stage, each with the ‘mis-matche

 
 
Huddle Room Technology partners with JandsHuddle Room Technology partners with Jands
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Australia - Huddle Room Technology (HRT) has appointed Jands Australia as its new distribution partner for the Australian AV and ICT markets.
HRT is the maker of Huddle Hub One, a multi-session wireless presentation system that supports up to seven concurrent sessions on the same hardware. Jands is showcasing the Huddle Hub One and One Plus at Integrate Show in Melbourne this week (27-29 August, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre).
“Having a partner like Jands with their extensive experience in the Australian market is a big win for HRT,” comments Stefano Spattini, CEO for HRT. “We are greatly looking forward to working with such a respected and professional distribution partner.”
“HRT's Huddle Hub is an impressive innovation that further complements our existing AV conferencing product portfolio,” adds Phil Muffet, national sales manager at Jands.
(Jim Evans)

 
Stampede Australia names sales manager
Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Australia - Stampede has announced the appointment of former Hills Limited AV national sales manager Nick Cocks, to serve as general manager of Exertis Australia ProAV, the new name of Stampede Australia that is making its debut at Integrate 2019 (27-29 August).
“Integrate 2019 marks the start of the next great chapter in the history of our company in Australia and southeast Asia with the rebranding of Stampede as Exertis, the global AV and IT distribution company that Stampede joined last year when it was acquired by DCC,” says Stampede president and CEO Kevin Kelly.
“With this rebranding, we send a clear message to the Australian and southeast Asian region that the combined resources, and commitment, of DCC and Exertis are now being put to work on behalf of our resellers and end user customers throughout the region. Under the leadership of Nick Cocks, our customers will now benefit from a loyal, strategic and focused sales leader who knows how to create solutions that meet every user need.”
According to Kelly, in addition to driving sales throughout the region, Cocks will lead the company’s expansion into “everything that is AV related.” As part of this initiative, Kelly announced that Exertis will be looking for new partners at Integrate 2019 from its show stand. “We’re looking for partners who share our vision of the future of a connected, experiential commercial AV industry,” he says.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
AED Display boosts ROE inventoryAED Display boosts ROE inventory
Tuesday, 27 August 2019

The Netherlands - AED Display has recently enlarged its stock of ROE Visual LED products with further investment. Investing in a series of new products released by ROE Visual will ensure AED’s rental fleet is completely up-to-date to respond to market developments.
“We constantly have to respond to changing market demands. Keeping up with new product releases is one of the strong features of AED Display, we scout developments and product releases of our suppliers on a regular base. When products make a successful entry in the market, we will see an increase in demand for these products at AED Display immediately,” comments Thierry Heldenbergh, managing director for AED Display.
The total investment in ROE Visual products encompasses Black Marble BM4 LED floor, Diamond DM2.6 and Vanish V8. With this investment AED can boast to have the largest rental stock in Europe, enabling AED to support companies that have invested in similar products.
“This investment will give our customers access to the latest LED products that are in high demand for live events as well as corporate shows”, states Heldenbergh.
“The ability to rent or cross-rent gives a boost to rental companies, that like to own their own LED equipment, but might run out of stock for larger shows. The great thing is we can trust ROE Visual to take that fact into account and reserve products from the same batch for a certain region.”
“We have a long and close relation with AED Display, they have been instrumental in growing our brand in Europe,” comments Roelof B

 
Creative Technology adds Sapphire platformCreative Technology adds Sapphire platform
Thursday, 22 August 2019

USA - Creative Technology has selected the ROE Visual Sapphire platform to expand its rental inventories with a NNP LED system. After a thorough selection process, the Sapphire platform was chosen as the best performing product.
CT has invested considerably in the Sapphire platform with 1,5mm LED panels. Using the latest 1in4 Mini LED technology, the visual performance is unmatched. The native 4K panels, with 16:9 measurements will be running on the new MVT processing platform by Megapixel.
“As soon as we noticed a rising market demand for NNP displays, we have been interested on adding this to our rental inventory”, states Graham Andrews, CEO of Creative Technology Group. “We always try to offer our customers the best and latest technologies available. However, applying an NNP LED system for rental purposes has proven to be challenging for many LED manufacturers. If we were to invest in such a system, we had to be able to offer a 100% guarantee of a flawless performance.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
MGG invests in BraceworksMGG invests in Braceworks
Thursday, 22 August 2019

South Africa - MGG is the first rental technical company in South Africa to invest in Braceworks, an add-on module for Vectorworks Spotlight, which helps ensure safety and compliance and is an easy way to assess a temporary structure under load.
Gone are the days when a truck would arrive on-site and the technician would quickly chat to the client and only then decide where the stage and gear would be positioned. “Now everything is so well planned, right to the point of where the motors need to go,” explains Kevin Rieck, head of drafting at MGG. “Everyone can see what the final product is going to look like before the truck is even loaded, but with events getting bigger, we had to ensure safety first and this is where Braceworks comes in.”
MGG recently took ownership of Braceworks, purchased from DWR Distribution, and have used it on shows such as Miss SA, Classics is Groot a corporate event for Sasol. “We received Braceworks just in time for Miss South Africa 2019, and it helped me to come up with solutions and made the process immensely easy,” says Riek, who is typically given the stage, lighting and gear design that he puts together into one drawing. “Miss South Africa incorporated thin LED walls, which were placed very high up in the rig. The weight was in a central spot and we used four one tones just to pick it up.”
With heavy equipment, such as LED panels, suspended above people, safety has to be a priority. “Because of the way weight can be distributed, there is a lot of tension on the motors. Braceworks shows you when a m

 
Projection Artworks stages Poland: First to FightProjection Artworks stages Poland: First to Fight
Thursday, 22 August 2019

Poland - Projection Artworks has completed Poland: First to Fight, an ambitious outdoor live immersive experience to mark the 80th anniversary of World War II at Museum 1939, Gdansk.
The Projection Artworks team scripted, storyboarded, choreographed and produced Poland: First to Fight in collaboration with Museum 1939. The Museum’s dynamic external architecture is transformed into a skyline canvas, creating a 20-minute live sensory experience that integrates archive footage, animation, projection mapping, live action, music performance, narration and sound effects to tell the heroic story of Poland’s journey through the war. An interpretive dance is woven through the show, with dancers and actors interacting with the projection, choreographed by dance and theatre artist Rhiannon Faith.
Museum 1939’s façades are manipulated using 3D mapping illusions, with their surfaces becoming flexible parts of the show. Other surfaces are also projection-mapped, creating slow-animated bas-reliefs to fuse the physical with the digital.
Notch, the real-time VFX engine, was used to enhance the pre-rendered show and extend the creative tools available to Projection Artworks. This was achieved through image magnification of the live camera feeds of actors on stage, by treating them with stylised effects such as double exposure to filmic grain & camera reel effects to match the historic archive footage.
Creative director Gavin McArthur comments, “World War II represents a significant era in Poland’s history and it was of the utmost importanc

 
 
Absen and PSCo celebrate five-year partnershipAbsen and PSCo celebrate five-year partnership
Wednesday, 21 August 2019

UK - AV distributor PSCo and LED manufacturer Absen will be marking the fifth anniversary of their distribution partnership during the official opening of Innovation House, PSCo’s new, 50,000sq.ft purpose-built premises in Bracknell.
The partnership, dating back to 2014, has given UK customers access to the latest Absen LED displays, with a dedicated local service centre and in-house technical support for both rental and fixed installations. Within five years, PSCo - part of the Midwich Group - has become the top Value Added Distributor (VAD) in Absen’s European partner network.
To celebrate the opening, PSCo is hosting Innovation House Party, a free event for rental partners that on 20 - 22 August from 10am - 4pm at Innovation House, Segro Park, in Bracknell.
“We’re very excited to enter into a fifth year with PSCo as our exclusive distributor in the UK,” says Absen Europe’s head of brand and marketing, Alex Couzins. “Our LED sales here have grown year-on-year since 2014 and that wouldn’t have been possible without PSCo helping our channel partners to get such easy access to Absen products locally. PSCo were also the first partner in Europe to offer our now highly popular ACE training programme, helping customers get the most out of their LED deployments. The new Innovation House which has a dedicated showroom and fully functioning training rooms, provides the perfect base for delivering more technical trai

 
Maestra Bahrain opens, partners with Ritz-CarltonMaestra Bahrain opens, partners with Ritz-Carlton
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Bahrain - Event design, technical and scenic production specialist Maestra Group has opened a base in Bahrain and announced a new partnership with the Ritz-Carlton resort and its 43,000sq.ft conference and exhibition facility.
As the resort’s exclusive event partner, Maestra will oversee all technical aspects of the new Arena facility, which offers a full set-up and capacity for large banquet receptions and global conferences.
Maestra’s Tom Clements comments: “We are extremely excited about this new venture and to be involved in such a high profile and incredibly well-designed event space. For Maestra Group, this is a logical expansion of our work in Dubai, and it will also be the first step in some strategic expansion plans for Maestra Group in the Middle East.”
“As Bahrain becomes a global destination for premiere conferences and events in the region, it’s our pleasure to partner with Maestra and unveil a new conference facility complemented with our signature Ritz-Carlton brand service we’re known for globally,” says Bernard de Villèle, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. “With modern interiors and high-tech capabilities, The Arena stands to be one of the sought-after venues in the region and a perfect addition to the resorts already existing portfolio.”
The new venue is designed to host all types and styles of gatherings and events, including conferences, trade shows, car launches, seminars, music concerts, exhibitions and more.
Maestra Bahrain will include a core project management and technical team

 
 
Treasure Island goes large with NanoLumensTreasure Island goes large with NanoLumens
Friday, 16 August 2019

USA - When Treasure Island casino on Las Vegas Strip decided a renovation would include a new sports bar, The Golden Circle, the casino knew it couldn’t be subtle if it wanted to stand out.
To shake things up and create a space for watching the city’s new, popular NHL team the Golden Knights, NanoLumens was contracted to design and deliver an ultra-wide 24ft by 5ft, 1.8mm pixel pitch LED videowall that is now the centrepiece of the all-new sports bar.
According to Shane Snell of National Technology Associates (NTA), the firm that installed the bar’s technology infrastructure, the NanoLumens fine pitch LED display was the best choice for a number of reasons.
“One of the most important factors of any casino technology installation is longevity,” Snell says. “For the most part, owners try to keep infrastructure relevant for as long as possible, only renovating rooms when truly necessary. That’s why NanoLumens’ cutting-edge and patented LED technology was such a great choice here, bringing customers something they can’t get at home, while also ensuring long-term operation with their unrivalled six-year warranty.
“Since casinos are generally open 24/7, it’s also crucial that maintenance can be performed quickly without interrupting daily operations and guest experiences, which NanoLumens nails with its patented front-accessible design.”
Along with more than 20 HDTVs located throughout the bar, the NanoLumens display is used to show sporting events, races, and live TV. The ultra-wide display was divided into three 16:

 
LED Creative joins Wireless 2019 experienceLED Creative joins Wireless 2019 experience
Thursday, 15 August 2019

UK - LED lighting specialists, LED Creative supported lighting director Stuart Pring with an array of low energy illumination solutions used to create the MelodyVR ‘backstage experience’ at Wireless 2019.
Working with Wireless 2019, the virtual reality streaming service gave fans the world over the opportunity to get up-close to the action with hip-hop royalty including J-Hus, Stefflon Don, Rae Sremmurd via the MelodyVR smartphone app.
Alongside the front of house live broadcast, Stuart and the team worked on creating the custom-built backstage VR area. Housed in twin interconnected domed structures, the LD used a selection of LED Creative products to light the spaces with artistic effect.
For Dome One, LC Sigma Neon was applied across the interior skeleton of the dome to form a futuristic, neon-web effect. Tracing the structure’s entire framework, the LED Neon delivered subtle yet effective, bold ambient illumination throughout the space.
Dome Two, housed the exclusive artists’ VR backstage area. Billed as a world first, the Dome Two backstage area allowed fans direct access to an immersive 360° experience and the chance to ‘hang out’ with some of the festival’s biggest names. Here the LD made good use of LC Pulse Wands to form the colourful linear backdrop to MelodyVR’s 360° view.
Throughout the venue, Sigma and Pulse Wands were used to full artistic effect, providing strong colour and movement to maximise the creative impact of the design. Control via the LC Byte system, allowed precise management over the total inst

 
 
PLASA Show reveals seminar programmePLASA Show reveals seminar programme
Tuesday, 13 August 2019

UK - PLASA has announced its line-up of seminar sessions in the run up to the PLASA Show 2019 (15-17 September, London Olympia).
In collaboration with top industry figures and brands, the programme will feature an array of creative achievements as well as advice on salient industry issues.
Pro audio journalist and consultant Phil Ward will lead a panel of industry figureheads - Chris Hill from Wigwam, Jim Griffiths from Vanguardia and Steve Jones from d&b audiotechnik - in ‘Equal rights for audio!’ They will assess how live performances, including the recent Spice Girls reunion tour, can neglect audio in the rush for spectacular video, lighting and set design.
Moving from concerts to theatre, Shure will present the future of audio for theatre productions, in association with Curtain Call. This panel will explore how the advancement of microphone technology, such as wireless and lavalier mics, continues to influence performance and push the industry forward.
Meanwhile, Women in Music will host a session on how to survive and thrive in the live music industry, sharing tips on how to create an impressive CV, keep busy during the slow season, gain recognition, and prevent burnout whilst on the road.
Continuing on this theme, Rose Bruford graduate Tom Harrison will speak on the lifestyle of technicians. Working on the road is notoriously hazardous for diet, sleep and exercise, but Harrison is equipped with the latest research and insights to help those interested in leading healthier and more sustainable lives.
James Simpson, L

 
Brompton packs punch for Rod Stewart tourBrompton packs punch for Rod Stewart tour
Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Europe - May saw the launch of Rod Stewart’s new world tour in support of Blood Red Rose, the artist’s 30th solo album and his first release in three years. Itself a product of life on the road, the new album features a string of relaxed recordings made with Stewart’s tour band in hotel rooms and private, post-gig, backstage sessions.
Helping to translate these new songs from ‘after hours’ to ‘centre stage’ is Colonel Tom Touring, who worked with lighting and production designer Mark Cunniffe to deliver a video rig for the full run of the European stadium, arena and outdoor dates.
Created to be easily adaptable for the tour’s various venue types and sizes, the video package includes an impressive architrave of 300 ROE Carbon CB5 LED panels, powered by Brompton Technology Tessera SX40 LED processors, working in tandem with the manufacturer’s XD data distribution units.
A curved ‘eyebrow’ header comprises 156 ROE CB5 panels in Air Frames, with processing from an SX40 and data distribution from two XD units. The stage is flanked by two portrait legs, each built from 72 ROE CB5 panels with two XD units per side to handle distribution. These legs are powered by an additional SX40.
The processing and distribution have echoes of Colonel Tom’s work on the recent Ed Sheeran tour, although here the team have implemented redundancy loops for the first time.
“One of the main advantages of the SX40 is the 4K workflow allowing us to get more tiles onto one server output,” explains Colonel Tom’s Phil Mead. “The

 
 
PixelFLEX releases FLEXUltra XT LED displaysPixelFLEX releases FLEXUltra XT LED displays
Monday, 12 August 2019

USA - PixelFLEX has introduced the FLEXUltra XT, LED video display series that benefit from impact- and scratch-resistant COB technology that promises “a dramatic decrease” in pixel failures.
Debuted at InfoComm 2019, FLEXUltra XT series are suitable for any live production thanks to three pixel pitch options – 1.5mm, 1.9mm and 2.5mm – that can reproduce FHD, 2K and 4K content. The panels also offer all-in-one optional ground support system and the PixelShield protective technology for a long-lasting and dynamic LED video experience, says the company.
David Venus, chief marketing officer, PixelFLEX LED, comments: “Understanding the challenges associated with the live production industry and the toll it can take on LED video panels, we are very excited to be releasing the durable and impactful FLEXUltra XT. Now, not only can video designers be sure they have chosen the ideal technology to fully bring their HD video designs to life, but they can also rest easy knowing they have a technology that was built specifically to alleviate the onsite technical obstacles that may occur using common LED video displays.”
(Jim Evans)

 
Absen LED for Trophée des ChampionsAbsen LED for Trophée des Champions
Friday, 9 August 2019

China - The Trophée des Champions returned to Shenzhen on 3 August, for its 24th edition, which saw Paris Saint-Germain go head-to-head with Stade Rennais. This is the second year that the French Super Cup has been held at the Shenzhen Universiade Centre.
Absen was the exclusive and official LED display supplier of the event, providing 200 panels of perimeter LED and onsite support throughout the event.
The game, which was attended by over 31,000 spectators, saw the defending champions Paris Saint-Germain retain their title following a 2-1 win, making it their seventh Trophée des Champions title in a row, and their ninth overall.
The company in charge of onsite management, Kaisa Culture & Sports, selected Absen’s 9mm resolution LED perimeter display system for the event, which was installed around three sides of the pitch and used to play adverting and sponsorship content throughout the game.
“The event was a great success”, said a representative from Kaisa Culture & Sports. “The LED system performed very well and the Absen team were extremely professional, showing a deep understanding of our needs and ability to get the job done. We really appreciate the hard work put in by Absen and look forward to future cooperation.”
“In order to achieve the best results, the Absen team have been working very closely with the organisers, as always,” says Allen Lv, Absen sports engineer onsite. “We monitored the system closely and performed multiple tests before the game was played in the evening. I’m very proud that th

 
 
Powersoft drives Tokyo arthouse cinemaPowersoft drives Tokyo arthouse cinema
Thursday, 8 August 2019

Japan - Uplink’s Tokyo cinemas can be described as mini theatres, including the city’s smallest such venue, which is located in the city’s Shibuya district. The company has embarked on a quest to offer cinema goers the best indie and foreign films in a country where Japanese blockbusters are becoming increasingly popular at the expense of both Hollywood movies and foreign arthouse titles.
Over the last decade, the number of mini theatres has declined as multiplexes have flourished, but Uplink and its president, Takashi Asai, have remained true to their belief that the future is bright for arthouse mini theatres in Tokyo. The way to ensure this, in their opinion, is to offer a pristine AV experience to their customers.
As a result, Uplink has chosen Powersoft amplifier platforms to drive the bespoke audio systems in its venues in the Kichijo-ji area, one of the city’s most fashionable districts. The audio setup in each of the venue’s five screens is driven by Powersoft Ottocanali amplifier platforms, which power Taguchi Acoustic Lab speaker systems.
“The visual side of cinema is constantly evolving,” opens Asai, “But, quite surprisingly, the audio side seems to have stagnated a little in the last few decades. Obviously, SPL in cinemas has increased and dedicated subwoofers have become commonplace, but I have felt for a while that we, as cinema proprietors, could be doing more.”
Asai began conversations with an old friend - Kazunori Taguchi, director of Taguchi Acoustic Lab - to understand how to take Uplink’s audio system

 
LFPS supports Unbound at the BreweryLFPS supports Unbound at the Brewery
Thursday, 8 August 2019

UK - Independent event production specialists Light Fantastic Production Services returned to The Old Truman Brewery, London to support innovation festival Unbound with a complete event solution.
Featuring presentations by a host of leading brands, the two-day symposium attracted over 5,000 visitors.
The LFPS team worked with Unbound to transform the capacious venue into a series of zones, including the Main Stage, Future Stage, Networking Zone, Partners Lounge plus individually-branded spaces for over 140 exhibitors.
The guest speaker presentations and panel style discussions were hosted within custom designed auditoria, built from the ground up by the LFPS team. Covering every aspect of the installation LFPS provided all lighting, audio, video and staging along with an extensive suite of stylish exhibition stands, digital event branding and signage.
Commenting on the project LFPS managing director Rob Myer says: “We’re delighted to have once again partnered with the Unbound team for this phenomenal event. With our 50 strong crew, we provided the organisers a single source solution for all equipment, technical support and full production management.”
Central to the event was the 500-seat Unbound Main Stage. The set design wove together LED video panels and 3D fragments of the Unbound logo to create an abstract, modern setting around a 10m upstage video wall. This LED wall was fed via a Barco S3 switcher with Panasonic laser projectors deployed on IMAG duties. In addition to the live audience, all sessions on the main stage were st

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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