UK - Production Resource Group (PRG) has announced the relocation of its London offices to a new space within the heart of the city’s West End. Less than a five-minute walk from Piccadilly Circus tube station, PRG Golden Square offers staff and clients 24/7 access to a light and airy, modern, and private office and meeting space within an 18th century Georgian terrace managed by Boutique.co.
The property is based in the centre of Soho, one of the busiest and most vibrant areas of the city centre, while also offering a shared break out space and café facility for all staff. As part of our membership with Boutique.co, colleagues and clients can also enjoy flexible working spaces across the group’s network of offices in London and Birmingham, providing accessibility to several workspaces within key locations in the UK.
PRG UK, CEO Richard Williams says, “By adding PRG Golden Square to our portfolio of locations in the UK, we are pleased to maintain our strong and steadfast presence in London while updating our facilities to what our teams need in this new post-COVID era. This new space gives our staff and clients a comfortable, flexible, and convenient place to work together, and we are looking forward to welcoming them through our doors.”
USA - Since the opening of the ICP Production Centre in Atlanta, In Concert Productions founder, Jay Rabbit, has been looking at expansion opportunities. The 30,000sq.ft facility is set to double in size by March 2024. The larger facility is predicted to offset production costs while creating jobs.
Rabbitt founded In Concert Productions (ICP) in the late 1970s. While the company was built on providing sound production and audio services, ICP quickly scaled into a full-service event production company. Its clients include the 1996 Olympics and Coca-Cola to long-standing television shows like Family Feud.
According to Rabbitt, ICP’s success stems from a commitment to being a one-stop service provider. “We provide an experience that the clients in LA and New York are used to getting. We make it easy for them,” he explains. The ICP Production Centre was inspired by a deep desire to provide focused, specialised audio services without scaling back ICP’s full-service capabilities.
The ICP Production Centre gives the Atlanta film and television industry access to local audio, staging, and lighting services. In-house partnerships include All Access, SoCal Rentals, and Atomic.
“Atlanta’s always been a strange market for production. It’s a big city, but it hasn’t really provided the level of production that people from New York, LA, Chicago, and around the world expected. One of the reasons we started the ICP Production Centre was so that there would be the people and equipment in stock, here in town, when people needed it,” sa
USA - Jetbuilt has announced a strengthened global footprint through new software enhancements, strategic developer partnerships and a worldwide team.
In 2015, Jetbuilt was established to accelerate projects and simplify collaboration for AV professionals. Jetbuilt has evolved from a simple sales tool to an end-to-end project management solution.
“As a commercial integrator in Southern California, I identified the need for a cloud-based platform that empowered fast collaboration,” said Paul Dexter, founder and chief executive officer of Jetbuilt. “At the time, there were a handful of AV software vendors and the community of integrators, including myself, had stressed the need to modernise their technology for the future of collaboration. They resisted strongly. Jetbuilt was established to not only fill that void but build a solution that would never stop listening to the growing needs of its customers.”
Recently, Jetbuilt has introduced various global translations to streamline project workflow. The latest enhancement enables Jetbuilt users to render professional, high-impact project presentations to clients in their native languages. Additionally, Jetbuilt’s powerful multi-currency functionality allows users to compile products across multiple currencies and propose a project in an entirely different currency.
Jetbuilt continues to partner with developers to introduce seamless integrations between Jetbuilt and industry-leading business platforms, such as Microsoft Dynamics 365, Salesforce, Solutions 360, Acumatica and many others.
UK - HireHop, the cloud equipment rental software, has been adding new features at a rapid pace and has just released their new maintenance module that can also be run as a progressive web app on any device. The addition is free and has been automatically added to the software.
The maintenance module allows you to track repairs, log tests and services, move assets to different depots, change what an asset is, and much more.
The maintenance module is fully adaptive to all mobile devices and can even use your phone camera as a barcode or QR code scanner. You can also use inbuilt or linked barcode scanners or an RFID reader.
Another feature is that it enables users to do batch tasks. For example, if you have 50 items that you have just tested, you can use the bulk scan feature (even with the phone camera) that will let you scan the barcodes of the 50 items and then at the click of a button, it will log the 50 tests all at once.
Other features include assigning tests or repairs to staff, logging of parts and labour, plus more. The maintenance module is available for free to all HireHop users, including users using the free version of HireHop.
Vietnam - Christie HS Series 1DLP laser projectors brought to life the fictional planet of Nebula, enthralling audiences with immersive visuals in a dome set up within Dam Sen Cultural Park, a well-known amusement park in Ho Chi Minh City.
Titled Nebula – The Elemental Lighting Planet, this AV showcase took place in an inflatable dome measuring 15m in diameter and 8m in height. It employed various technologies including several Christie D20WU-HS laser projectors, interactive lighting, laser effects, and realistic props to transport visitors to an exciting universe inspired by Avatar: The Way of Water. The concept was conceived and executed by Christie’s partner Alta Media, which specialises in systems integration, digital content, and show entertainment technology.
“Nebula – The Elemental Lighting Planet tells the story of the four elements – air, earth, water, and fire – which are seamlessly weaved together using various technologies to create a compelling show featuring an idyllic universe, planets, and the trees of soul and life that bind everything together,” said Tai Hoang, co-founder & CEO, Alta Media. “Among the highlights of this show were projections accomplished by Christie D20WU-HS projectors installed on opposite sides of the dome. Each projector was equipped with a Navitar fisheye lens and we were able to fill the dome with spectacular images by placing the projectors about 1.8 metres (6 feet) from the ground.”
Hoang noted that the entire production of this project from conceptualisation to ins
UK - Christie projection has helped to elevate a spatial light art experience at a 19th-century church building in Waterloo, Liverpool. At Black Hole – End of Time, projectors were used to map striking content from visual artist Rocco Helmchen onto the interior of Old Christ Church, in conjunction with a soundtrack, lighting, lasers, and additional effects.
The performance was the brainchild of musician and lighting designer Paul Alty, with the projection content created by Helmchen. Funds were raised from ticket sales, a JustGiving page, and cash donations and were donated to BackupTech, which supports professionals in the entertainment industry, and local charity Friends of Old Christ Church.
Following a successful 2021 event, the show aimed to deliver an even more engaging storytelling spectacle with the addition of projection. “There was a lot of appetite to do the show again, and I committed to doing projection mapping as I felt like that was the next step,” says Paul Alty. “I felt that the church environment would really lend itself well to it, and it could be even more immersive. I was well aware of Christie, and know what a strong reputation it has as a brand. It was important to get the brightness that I wanted to make that impact, and Christie was able to deliver that.”
The narrative of Black Hole – End of Time tells the tale of Jim, an amateur astronomer and astrophysicist who inadvertently opens a black hole, which begins to consume everything in the universe. Christie projectors – mounted on trusses provided
USA - Anthony Leo’s Nashville-based AV production company 800 Pound Gorilla Media specialises in capturing comedy, recording everything from albums to live specials. Live comedy recording brings with it some rather unusual challenges, and Anthony relies on Lectrosonics wireless products – including the DCR822 Compact Digital and UCR411a Digital Hybrid Wireless receivers, HMa and SMQV Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitters, and HHa Handheld Wireless Transmitter – to get the job done right.
Anthony has been doing audio and video production in Nashville for 16 years. He originally co-founded 800 Pound Gorilla Media as a comedy record label, but the firm now does much more. “We do albums, shoot comedy specials… we aim to be a supportive service for every stage of a comedian’s career.”
Comedy venue recording isn’t like capturing a room for music, Anthony explains. “You want to grab stereo ‘pockets’ around the room, where the crowd mics don’t pick up too much of the comic’s voice through the PA. If there’s too much of the comic in the crowd mics, you can’t raise the crowd level without also raising the comic’s echo – that’s why some comedy albums sound like they were recorded in a tunnel. The PA is almost your enemy.”
Added to this, the production team has to work within the comic’s preferences for their project. “Comics get to select where their specials are shot, because they know the venue and their audience. We have to find places to mount mics for good capture without showing up on camera.”
UK - Event venue ExCeL London has signed a new contract with audio-visual and entertainment technology company, Anna Valley. The new deal not only extends the organisations’ preferred partnership agreement, but also grants Anna Valley exclusive AV provider status in key parts of the venue - a move designed to strengthen ExCeL’s global congress and conference offering.
Anna Valley was first appointed as ExCeL’s preferred AV provider in December 2020. Despite the impact of the COVID pandemic on the industry at the time, the AV company invested in the staff, infrastructure and support network necessary to provide a hybrid event solution at ExCeL, and to support the return to live events over the following months. Since then, Anna Valley has delivered several international conferences and congresses at ExCeL.
“Over the last two years Anna Valley has demonstrated our capabilities in delivering world-class events at ExCeL by providing exceptional wholistic services,” says Anna Valley’s venue director, Dan Orchard. “Now, we’re looking forward to supporting ExCeL’s changing requirements as the venue expands and to collaborating with the venue team to grow their business in the global congress and conference markets.”
The desire to attract international congress and conference organisers to ExCeL is a key factor in the decision to appoint Anna Valley as the exclusive AV provider for the venue’s Platinum Suite and Gallery Rooms – spaces which are suited to meetings, gala dinners, product launches and award ceremonies. As the exclusiv
New Zealand - Kramer has announced a distribution partnership in New Zealand with Westan NZ, one of the largest AV/IT media technology distributors headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.
With this new partnership, Westan NZ will be able to market, distribute and support Kramer’s entire portfolio.
Marc Remond, Kramer president APAC says: “Partnering with a distributor as credible and professional as the team at Westan NZ makes me excited for the future of this collaboration. Together, customers in New Zealand will gain access to Kramer’s secure and reliable AV products, that is further boosted by the seamless support from Westan NZ, ultimately driving innovative audio-visual experiences that power creativity, collaboration, and engagement across New Zealand.”
Kam Aghtan, director Westan adds, “Kramer stands for a high level of innovation. The range of solutions ideally complements Westan’s wide-ranging product portfolios covering everything from interactive solutions for commercial to education verticals – the synergy is endless and we’re very excited.”
UK - Lighting controls specialist Pharos Architectural Controls has announced the appointment of Simon Hicks as its new chief executive officer. Simon takes over from Chris Hunt, a founder of the company, who will continue to serve as chief financial officer.
Chris comments, “Simon is the right person to be leading Pharos into its next phase of growth. He has been at the centre of our product innovation and development for many years now, resulting in the expansion of the company’s product portfolio, which now includes our new Expert range, our rebranded Designer range and our remote management solution – Cloud. It’s an exciting time for the business, and with Simon’s appointment Pharos will be in the best possible position as it prepares for significant growth during 2023 and beyond.”
Simon’s extensive experience in the sector spans 20 years and has featured several roles with Pharos and its suppliers, including when he led the team to develop Pharos Cloud under the SixEye brand. He has held executive positions on the board of Pharos for a number of years already, first as technical director in 2012 and more recently as product & marketing director.
Europe - Obsidian Control Systems has announced that MTG (More Than Group), a growing AV equipment supplier based in Belgium, has been appointed the sole distributor for Obsidian products in Belgium and Luxembourg. The distribution agreement is effective as of 1 January, 2023.
Despite being a relatively new distribution company, MTG boasts considerable experience in the AV industry, with its team having over a century of collective expertise. MTG's co-founder, Micha Meijer, has been a key player in the lighting industry for over three decades, holding roles as a lighting operator/programmer, technician, and designer.
Micha, who previously worked extensively with a different lighting console brand, reached out to his long-time acquaintance Bert Schmeits at Elation Professional. After thoroughly evaluating Obsidian's full range of products, Micha attended training sessions on the Obsidian ONYX platform.
“I was impressed by its capabilities and found it to be one of the easiest consoles to learn,” he said. “I believe it has great potential and am confident it will become a top-tier lighting console brand.” Micha also had the opportunity to get in depth with Obsidian’s new compact yet full-featured NX1 lighting controller. "The NX1 offers a remarkable array of features in a compact desk, including motorized faders,” he said. “Its small size belies the powerful capabilities it possesses. I was truly amazed. It can handle shows of any size and there is nothing it cannot do."
Micha has always played the role of liaison between end us
World – Green Hippo has unveiled a Hippotizer v4.8 software update for its range of media servers, packing in a range of new and upgraded features designed to power-up real-time media manipulation, playback and mapping.
A major enhancement is Show Manager, facilitating complete control of multiple productions and installations at once. It allows users to easily save and load various shows on one Hippotizer Media Server, simplifying show management and switching between events. Within this, shows can be duplicated to enable quick modifications without affecting the primary show data, and each show can be easily labelled for one-glance referencing. For productions run by multiple users of one machine, shows can be locked to protect them from any unwanted edits, and the popular HippoLauncher can now be controlled by TCP Commands allowing to start up or switch into the designed show.
Also upgraded is TimelinePlus, where pre-recorded looks can be easily transferred onto the Preset Timeline for quick, easy show programming.
The Hippotizer SHAPE tool introduces Dockable Windows, aiding customisable workspace management and enhancing 3D project visbility.
And the Hippotizer team has upgraded the built-in integration. Notable is the NDI update to version 5.5, which includes game changing features to its media over IP protocol, allowing for more creative freedom connecting any device with any location.
“We’re thrilled to bring the next level of features to Hippotizer, which are all designed to improve workflow and deliver more power to our e
Spain - Brompton Technology has announced the release of a new receiver card, the Tessera G1, which is the first receiver card to support 10Gb fibre connections direct to the panel. It is also capable of supporting a 1m pixel capacity for a new generation of ultra-fine pixel pitch panels, or up to 1,000 fps (frames per second). All this is made possible by a 20x increase in computing power compared to the existing top performer, the Tessera R2+ receiver card.
Cesar Caceres, Brompton's product lead, emphasises that the company's Tessera R2+ receiver card is still optimally positioned to deliver exceptional performance for a vast majority of LED fixtures. In fact, thousands of projects worldwide will continue to use LED panels integrated with R2+ cards with great success.
“We are definitely not forsaking the R2+ card and all its impressive capabilities,” Caceres explains. “We are simply recognising the rapid advancements of LED video technology. As a company, we are proactively positioning ourselves to meet and exceed the future demands of our industry.”
Already in talks with panel manufacturers, Brompton is working to integrate the new receiver card as the driving force behind the next generation of LED screens. Caceres notes that the benefits are not only about the substantial increase in pixels that can be processed thanks to the new card, but that it will also facilitate the integration of additional calibrated channels, which Brompton defines as RGBW, Red, Green Blue and Whatever.
“As with all our systems, we offer flexibility by
Spain - LED screen manufacturer Alfalite received the visit of His Majesty King Felipe VI on the first day of ISE. The Spanish manufacturer is exhibiting at the Digital Signage and DooH Zone in Hall 6 (stand 6H310).
Jesús Cabrera, CEO of Alfalite, was among the team welcoming Felipe VI. During his visit, Felipe VI praised Alfalite for their innovations in LED technology.
Jesús Cabrera says, "We feel honoured by the King’s visit to our company stand at ISE. We shared a brief talk about the company, its products and innovations. And we took the opportunity to invite him to visit our plant in Huelva."
The Spanish manufacturer has 20+ years of experience designing and manufacturing LED screens for advertising, shows, television and conference rooms with the most sophisticated technology. Its innovations for the display market include technologies like ORIM or Modularpix Pro VP XR line of panels.
The Spanish company was recently involved in major projects, including building a 132sq.m LED wall in record time for Plazamedia's hybrid studio near Munich to broadcast all FIFA World Cup matches from Qatar.
At ISE 2023, Alfalite is showing its Alfalite VP XR solution, a complete virtual production environment using Alfalite LED screens with a specific development and full integration into the production ecosystem of the UK manufacturer Mo-Sys. Alfalite's Modularpix Pro LED screens are also on display on some partner stands, including AVIXA (stand 3Q400), Novastar (stand 3B750) and nsign.tv (stand 6H400).
Spain - Electronic musician and composer, Jean-Michel Jarre, and contemporary French artist Eric Decastro teamed up with Coda Audio to unveil Space by Coda at ISE 2023.
Space by Coda combines advanced AV technology with art ‘to create a seamless audio-visual experience that is scalable and adaptable to any environment – and where the mechanics of what is a concert-grade audio experience are rendered completely invisible’.
“Conventional AV solutions are often a compromise between technical requirements and visual aesthetics,” explains Coda founder and MD, Svetly Alexandrov. “High quality AV solutions usually include projector and/or LED screens, multiple loudspeakers, mounting accessories, and a lot of cables as well as acoustic absorbers and diffusors. This is usually at odds with the vision of the architect and/or interior designer who don’t want loudspeakers, acoustic elements, cabling and other technology cluttering up their interior design. Space by Coda resolves all these problems.”
Space by Coda integrates high-end, immersive 3D audio, a 4K projector screen, ambient lighting and advanced acoustical treatment with the art or projection of your choice into a united system solution to transform spaces with audio. The result is the Space Panel.
At just 70mm deep, Space Panels can offer sound quality and performance surpassing that of conventionally designed (cabinet) loudspeakers. This driver-equipped canvas can transform spaces to feature invisible audio, enabling high quality, full-range sound in previously limitative envi
Europe - Hall Technologies has announced a new distribution relationship with ADI Global Distribution, a global distributor of security, AV and low voltage products. ADI customers across EMEA will now have access to the comprehensive line of end-to-end pro AV solutions from Hall Technologies.
“As part of our global expansion strategy, we’ve partnered with ADI to bring our human-centric products to their clients. Hall’s focus is on truly understanding what customers need and offering top quality products to exceed those needs. We look to ADI as a key strategic partner to help us grow our brand and customer base in the region. We’re thrilled to collaborate with ADI and look forward to our mutual growth opportunities,” says Hall Technologies vice president of sales and marketing, Hal Truax.
"ADI remains committed to expanding our Pro AV portfolio of products and providing our customers with the products they need to successfully design and install integrated solutions." said Chris Godfrey, senior category manager, Pro Av. "We're really excited work with Hall Technologies and further expand ADI's Pro AV product portfolio."
South Africa - Bridge Church in Alberton, Johannesburg, is a contemporary church that strives to be a catalyst of positive social change within the local community; ‘moving lives’ forward. The congregation has grown considerably in recent years, causing the church to undergo a renovation, increasing its capacity from 400 to 900.
As part of this renovation, Stage Audio Works (SAW) was brought in to design, supply and deliver a complete audio overhaul plus a turnkey house lighting and additions to the existing stage lighting solution, complete with flexible control for all of these systems.
SAW was referred to the project by their very own Lee Thomson, a SAW project sales manager, who is also a member of the church. Having observed the successful delivery of many similar solutions, he could confidently recommend SAW, who have an extensive House of Worship project portfolio, to help take Bridge Church’s system to the next level.
“This project was especially important to me as it is one of the initial Plus Audio installations that we’ve carried out in the House of Worship market. It’s great to see the technology being put to good use,” explains Thomson. “They get a new system providing the required headroom, coverage and even intelligible audio reproduction within a very reasonable budget. I can help my church operate and provide in situ training, and SAW can add another satisfied customer to the list - a win, win!”
SAW’s primary brief was to provide a significant upgrade to the church’s audio system. They completely replace
Spain - Harman Professional has announced its new AMX SVSI N2600 Series encoders and decoders. The Series combines affordability and versatility making it suitable for colleges and universities, corporate, casinos, hospitality, government or just about any streaming application.
N2600 models feature a low-latency 4K60 4:4:4 MWC codec that is ‘perfect for transmitting both live video and detailed content’. They also feature transport of full-bandwidth USB 2.0 signals between encoders and decoders, video preview images viewable from the built-in web interface or from a touch panel, and enhanced support for high-security networks.
N2600 encoders and decoders are available in wallplate form-factors in both US and UK/EU styles. Wallplate Encoders include both an HDMI input and a USB-C input that supports both video and USB 2.0.
"This Series brings a lot of excitement into the streaming space and sets a new paradigm for what’s possible in high fidelity encoding and decoding, especially at this price point," said Jamie Trader, vice president of video and control, Harman Professional Solutions. “AMX Engineering continues to push the boundaries, making it simpler for our customers to do more with their investment in high quality video. The N2600 series really are products that we believe will stimulate new ideas and push new boundaries for hybrid-learning and enterprise streaming video distribution."
Spain - Amadeus has debuted a new 2.1 software version for its immersive platforms – Holophonix Servers, and the Holophonix Native app for macOS – plus two new configurations for its hardware processor offering 128 outputs and 64 outputs. The new 2.1 software update version is free and will be available on 1 February at https://holophonix.xyz/
The new Holophonix hardware configurations are available for order now and feature redesigned rear panels with Neutrik-housed connectors integrated into the aluminium chassis, including one powerCON mains connector, three etherCON connectors for remote control and Dante redundant protocol, as well as HDMI and USB 3.2 connectors for service.
The updated Holophonix processor models are 1.6x faster than the previous model. The 128 model offers 128x128 I/O at 96 kHz in Dante AoIP format, while the new 64 model offers 128 inputs for 64 outputs at 96 kHz in Dante AoIP format.
“Machined in three dimensions from a solid aluminium block – taking more than twenty hours to complete – the new Holophonix processor enclosure embodies all the technicality embedded and hidden within this unique tool,” states Gaetan Byk, Amadeus CEO.
“We designed some interesting features for the Wave Field Synthesis (WFS) algorithm over the last months, which figure among the most interesting algorithms built-in Holophonix, used in 90% of the systems that we deploy,” says Gaetan Byk.
“Recent work conducted at IRCAM helped us extend and improve our Wave Field Synthesis rendering engine. Originally restricted to 2
Spain - Video processing and AV signal distribution technology company tvONE is exhibiting alongside its media server brand, Green Hippo, at ISE 2023.
Exclusively at ISE, tvONE will provide an advanced preview of Calico Pro, the first of a line of powerful, newly developed video processing solutions. Calico Pro is an ultra-powerful video processor with multi-window, multi-screen and multi-layer based upon tvONE’s latest, fifth generation 4K/8K, 10bit processing engine on a new, high bandwidth, flexible, 2RU hardware platform.
Designed from the ground up, Calico Pro is suitable for direct view LED walls, extensive projector edge blends or displays, or even a mix of all three.
Additionally, key tvONE experts will be showcasing the company’s range of professional AV products, including its popular CORIOmaster2 video processor, recently used on the Council of the European Union press facility.
Also on the show floor will be Green Hippo’s powerful Hippotizer V4+ MK2 range of media servers, including the flagship Tierra+ MK2. With 3D pre-visualization with Shape Visualizer, large-scale 3D Mapping demos using Epson’s compact and versatile high brightness projectors, and PixelMapper demos showcasing the seamless integration between Martin Professional’s innovative P3-PC System Controller, gives you many more creative opportunities with the Martin creative LED video products, such as the VC-Grids, VC-Strips and the VDO Sceptrons, and lets you control up to 20,736 pixels directly from a Hippotizer V4 Media Server.
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Spain - Among a wide range of products being shown at ISE for the first time, on the Neutrik Group booth #E680 in Hall 5, are new audio, data and power connector series from Neutrik and Rean, and a portfolio of power distribution products from Contrik.
Neutrik’s signature speakON series of audio connectors expands still further with the introduction of the new speakON NL4FXX & NL2FXX 4-pole and 2-pole cable connectors. These new connectors feature a locking boot to protect against unintended opening, together with a unique two-compound housing to improve handling in daily operation. The connectors are easier and smoother to assemble, as the strain relief chuck snaps to the insert.
The new powerCON NAC3FXXA & NAC3FXXB cable connectors are colour coded blue – for power In – and grey – for power Out. These conform to relevant device standards, including IEC62368-1, IEC60799 and UL817, and safety regulations that require power mains supply connectors to comply with IEC/EN/UL/CSA 60320-1. Together with the powerCON TRUE1 TOP these new connectors make NEUTRIK the only supplier of fully 60320-1 compliant power connectors covering the range of 6mm to 16mm cable O.D. and wire gauges of AWG12 to AWG16 respectively 2.5mm² to 1.5mm².
Neutrik is also extending its opticalCON Advanced fibre portfolio with new MTP high speed, high capacity connectivity systems, creating a standard solution for point-to-point connections in pro AV and broadcast applications.
Two new additions to the series are the single mode opticalCON MTP16, and the mul
Philippines - Located in the central business district of Makati, Philippines, HIT Productions is a 31-year-old post-production studio known for creating award-winning work serving the advertising, music, film, and streaming localisation markets.
With recent changes in how content is created, distributed, and consumed, HIT realized that its old facility no longer met the needs of its production teams and clients. Studios in the old facility were based on analogue point-to-point connections built back in the era of specialised rooms with limited signal routing options, resulting in inefficient use of space and resources. When a new building became available in 2021, HIT jumped at the opportunity to build a new facility that would allow them to meet the challenges of a constantly changing technology ecosystem.
Dennis Cham, founding partner and chief technology officer of HIT Productions, decided to implement Dante AV as the transport mechanism for all audio and video between rooms. He recognized the new facility needed to have a flexible AV design to support the physical reconfiguration of the studios for production needs, with seamless re-routing of audio and video streams as required.
Because the pandemic forced many employees to work remotely to keep onsite headcount down to minimize infections between staff and on-air talent, the AV system also had to support hybrid workflows for the company’s employees.
“Dante AV gave us the flexibility to connect rooms in any number of combinations with standard Cat 6 Ethernet cables,” said Cham
Qatar - Creative Technology Middle East supported broadcaster Fox to deliver the largest temporary studio in Qatar on the Doha Corniche waterfront promenade, for the live broadcast of the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Fox sports broadcast all 64 World Cup games live across the United States from their set featuring four different stages, each having a backdrop of the West Bay illuminated skyline of Qatar's capital.
CTME delivered the studio’s AV requirements across the impressive space which span across 148ft x 33ft within two stories. The onsite build started on 22 October and ran 24/7 until FIFA went live on 20 November.
The AV solutions consisted of 500sqm of LED controlled by multiple Novastar H9 splicers and Barco E2 screen management system to manage over 22m pixels. A bespoke lighting package consisted over 700 lighting fixtures.
CT also managed all of the daily systems and operations, providing critical support for Fox Sports. A team of six engineers were working on a rota to ensure all the requirements were met.
Irum Ashraf CTME’s general manager comments, “Our journey with Fox sports started early in 2021 when we first met with top level senior executives. With the pandemic still looming it was almost a miracle that were able to sit around the table with the FOX team. They had a great vision of how they wanted the studio to look and nestle itself amongst Qatar's most renowned locations.
“The historic relationship between NEP/ CT and Fox played an instrumental role in the award of the project as we proved that we as a
Spain - ISE 2023 sees Leyard Europe highlight its range of new products and a collaborative solution.
First in the new product line-up is DirectLight Pro, an LED solution based on MicroLED Technology. A 1.2mm pixel pitch DirectLightPro will be on display, offering the opportunity to experience its service-friendly interior and front-access for easy maintenance of the redesigned cabinet.
In a dedicated control room area, the company will present its solutions for Videowall processing, including the new netPIX Controllers and videowall management software, eyeUNIFY Software. A first for ISE, both products will be showcased in newly developed versions.
Also on display will be creative solutions, including a 1m diameter, LED-sphere, a 0.7mm pixel pitch video wall constructed from TX Series MicroLED, the latest generation of micro-pitch LED display products; a 2.6mm pixel pitch LED interactive floor; and a large installation of the successful fine pixel pitch, stackable, front access TVF series.
Additionally, and in cooperation with Cyviz, suppliers of video wall and room management for command and control, executive meeting rooms and other versatile environments, a curved,1.2mm pixel pitch AT series video wall will demonstrate a Microsoft Front Row solution.
The Leyard Europe stand design will also underline that its solutions are made in Europe, which brings significant advantages in terms of fast delivery and low carbon footprint to its European customers.