Video and AV News

absenAbsen to host Virtual Production forum
Friday, 7 October 2022

Europe - Absen is collaborating with tech-forward film studio Garden Studios and cinematography hire house Pro Cam Take 2, to host the Virtual Production Forum on 20 October.
Virtual Production allows filmmakers to shoot live-action footage within a pre-visualised virtual world, using 3D CGI modelling, high quality LED displays and precision camera tracking to make it all look as real as possible. The VP Forum promises fascinating insights into the world of virtual production, with an agenda covering a series of tech talks and panel discussions giving practical insights such as ‘Managing workflows and pipeline’ to ‘Changing the way we think about filmmaking: collaborative on-set experiences that allow filmmakers to think and work differently’. This one-day event has been created to showcase the potential that VP offers everyone in the content creation and film production industries, as well as studios and venues looking to enhance their facilities.
A highlight of the day will be the LIVE VP Experience: Pushing the boundaries of creativity: This case study from the VFX artists and technicians at Garden Studios, headed by Mark Pilborough-Skinner head of virtual production, will take attendees behind the scenes of a real production to explore the vision, how it progressed, the challenges and then experience the result.
Jess Golding, European brand and marketing director at Absen, explains: “Collaborating with Garden Studios and Pro Cam Take 2 has meant that we have been able to create an event that delivers the WOW factor that virtual prod

blackmagicBlackmagic broadcasts Reminisce dance festival
Friday, 7 October 2022

UK - The Reminisce Arena at 90’s dance music festival Reminisce in St Helens, Merseyside, boasts an impressive line-up of dance legends including 2 Unlimited, Baby D, Rozalla and Tall Paul, with Alice Deejay, 5ive, Fatman Scoop, Whigfield, Phats and Smalls and Pat Sharp appearing on other stages.
oXyFire Media has been supporting Reminisce for a number of years, and uses the Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2, Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio HD Mini and the Blackmagic Constellation 8K to broadcast the Reminisce Arena.
“It’s great fun, but the weather and the distances can make it an interesting challenge,” said Jay Rozanski, oXyFire Media. “But it also gives us the opportunity to keep improving how we operate.”
oXyFire Media chose a mixture of equipment for the festival, including the Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 on a 30ft jib and the Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio HD Mini and Blackmagic Constellation 8K run from an OB trailer. The content is then sent to a variety of destinations including a large LED wall outside the main arena, 75” screens in the VIP tents, screens in bars across the site, and also streamed to YouTube and Facebook.
“One new technique we’ve been using this year has been to remotely color correct the cameras without needing to use a streaming bridge,” continued Rozanski. “Blackmagic has open APIs, so we’ve also been able to build a box that connects to the local wifi network and passes control and tally data, giving us far greater adaptability.”
The oXyFire team also chose Blackmagic Design equipment beca

 
 
creative-technology-festival-image-featuredCT UK enjoys busy summer festival season
Thursday, 6 October 2022

UK - This summer, Creative Technology worked on a multitude of the UK’s largest and most popular major outdoor music events and festivals.
May marked the start of festival season for Creative Technology’s audio team with the return of The Great Escape Festival, followed by BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Coventry, delivering LED main screens along with LED columns and a DJ Riser.
June’s highlights included Liam Gallagher - Knebworth Park, where CT provided large I-mag screens and a control package for the singer’s largest solo gig to date – twenty-six years on from his show as part of Oasis back in 1996 where CT supplied LED screens, OB vans and cameras.
The audio team headed to Red Rooster Festival in the heart of Suffolk, while the video team prepared for the British-created rock festival, Download, where I-mags and FOH screens were supplied – shortly followed by the long-awaited return of Glastonbury. Creative Technology supported three of the famed festival’s main stages including the Pyramid Stage. On top of this, CT also supplied 30k laser projectors and media servers for the IICON Stage, creating a visual spectacular that successfully entertained the large crowds that gathered there night after night.
Shortly after, CT headed to Marlay Park in Dublin to deliver three gigs; Green Day, Guns N' Roses, and Red Hot Chili Peppers – providing curved LED screens, playback and camera package to the sold-out shows that had been on hold for three years, with eager fans elated to be back enjoying live music once again.
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mike-walkerWalker returns to CT as ME sales director
Wednesday, 5 October 2022

UAE - Mike Walker has joined Creative Technology Middle East as sales director.
Walker’s career in the entertainment technology industry began with Creative Technology London joining as the company’s first business development manager and moving on to running the presentation and 3D graphics facility in Soho and then leading the combined Screenco and CT sales team as sales director.
After 14 years with CT, Walker spent two years as a freelance video consultant for major UK productions including the SKY TV HD launch and the historic Led Zeppelin concert at London’s 02 Arena.in 2010 Mike joined Martin Professional Lighting heading up their UK operation and moved on to a senior role with Harman Professional after they acquired the business.
“Joining the CT team in Dubai at such an exciting time in the company’s development is hugely exciting and it’s also a coming home to the company where my career first began,” says Walker. “I have maintained contact over the years and watched CT grow whilst maintaining its reputation and position as the leading global provider of AV services for live events and integrated system installations it’s great to be back.”

 
 
pixotapeAE Live and Pixotope to deliver turnkey service
Wednesday, 5 October 2022

UK - AE Live, provider of graphics and data solutions, and Pixotope are partnering to deliver a turnkey virtual production solution for broadcast, sports and live entertainment.
The integrated system combines AE Live’s expertise in on-screen graphics, data and augmented reality with Pixotope Camera Tracking technology.
“This end-to-end solution removes many of the challenges of traditional production,” said David Dowling, chief revenue officer at Pixotope. “It provides a full-service platform for delivering unique and immersive viewing experiences that are a perfect fit for the way audiences consume data and entertainment today.”
The joint AE Live and Pixotope technology solution has been deployed successfully on several events across Europe including football, horse racing and rugby, with plans to expand its use on sports and events in the United States.
The Pixotope real-time 3D tracking technology is an essential element of the company’s virtual production platform that incorporates graphics with camera tracking and talent tracking. The system is unique for its ability to combine all types of tracking methods, including mechanical, marker-based and through the lens (TTL) in a single software product.
AE Live delivers a full range of production technologies and services, from traditional broadcast graphics to augmented and virtual reality solutions designed to resonate with global audiences. The company’s graphics and data packages can also seamlessly integrate sponsorship opportunities to create additional revenue str

 
cpl-camper-callingCPL creates video looks at Camper Calling 2022
Monday, 3 October 2022

UK - CPL - via Urban Audio Productions - supplied a full video design and production package – screens, cameras, and control – to the 2022 Camper Calling festival which ran for three days over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire.
The CPL crew, led by Lee Gruszeckyj, relished the chance to return to this festival, which this year attracted much larger audiences than in 2021, when it was among the first round of live events able to operate as Covid restrictions were tentatively lifted.
This year organisers Jazz Events and everyone involved was buzzed to be back to the full-tilt energy levels of 2019 with a line up including Basement Jaxx, Starsailor, Shed 7, Del Amitiri and James.
Following on from the success of last year’s presentation, the side stage IMAG screens were again flown in portrait format, a move suggested by CPL to frame artist close-ups and full-length shots more stylishly. All the bespoke content could then be tailored to fit.
The two IMAG screens each measured 4.4m wide by 6m tall and were complemented by five different width columns of screen onstage – tapering down as they went offstage, all with a 4.8m drop.
The screen elements were constructed from CPL’s Roe CB5 product, with 115 panels in total on the project, driven by Brompton SS40 processors and XD boxes for distribution, running via a fibre system with loop redundancy.
Two operated Sony HXC 100 HD cameras were positioned at FOH either side of the platform for cross shooting.
The HD camera feeds were augmented with

 
 
hippoHippotizer Mayon+ makes its mark on Isle of MTV Malta
Monday, 3 October 2022

Malta – MTV’s Isle of MTV festival burst into life on the island of Malta this summer with a line-up of pop music heavyweights performing on the main stage, backed by shifting LED screens powered by a Hippotizer Mayon+ MK2 Media Server.
Isle of MTV Malta attracts more than 50,000 people to dance in the Il-Fosos Square. Now in its 14th year, the festival is shown on MTV as well as Sky and via online platforms.
Two Grammy-nominated artists headlined the 2022 event, kicking off with DJ Marshmello and followed by the multi-platinum artist French Montana and English singer Mae Muller, among many others.
UK-based video solutions company Digital Insanity was commissioned to deploy their characteristic dynamic, dazzling visual delivery and operation for the main stage, which featured an upstage LED screen, three further onstage screens which were moved around between acts, changing the look of the set, and four LED arches.
“Our role on this event was creating video branding to match the style of this year’s event, creating all pixelmaps and dealing with all of the artists’ video requirements, including video content for Mae Muller, [Maltese rising star] Shaun Farrugia, and half of French Montana’s video show as well as playback for several local acts as part of the pre-show,” explains Digital Insanity’s Richard Bagshaw. “The video designs were sent over and I designed a playback system which would support all the requirements, with the Hippotizer Mayon+ MK2 at the core of the system.
“It was a mixed bag of requirements, so we

 
arriARRI honoured with Engineering Emmy
Friday, 30 September 2022

USA - At the 74th Engineering, Science & Technology Emmy Awards ceremony on 28 September in Los Angeles, ARRI was honoured with the Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award.
With this prestigious accolade, the Television Academy recognises the company for its more than a century of designing and manufacturing camera and lighting systems as well as its development of systemic technological solutions and service networks for a worldwide complex of film, broadcast, and media industries.
Accepting this prize, named after the American inventor and television technician Philo Farnsworth and presented since 2003, was Dr. Matthias Erb, chairman of the ARRI Executive Board. “On behalf of all ARRI employees, I thank the Television Academy for this tremendous honour,” said Erb. “The Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award is a very special accolade since it recognises the entire history of our company. Since its inception, ARRI has been dedicated to creating the very best tools and solutions for the global production community. This award spurs us on to continue actively shaping the future of television.”
his year’s Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award winner was decided by a jury from the Television Academy consisting of television engineers. “Industry professionals have long relied on the stability and versatility of ARRI equipment in a portfolio that includes digital cameras, lenses, camera accessories, archive technologies, lamp heads, and lighting accessories. Along with offering exclusive technologies, ARRI Rent

 
 
amxYealink and AMX by Harman forge partnership
Thursday, 29 September 2022

China - Unified communications (UC) solution provider Yealink and Harman Professional Solutions have announced the integration of Yealink and AMX by Harman control systems that brings a convenient connection and simple control when users are meeting and presenting in meeting rooms.
With the combination of Yealink’s Microsoft Teams Rooms system and AMX’s devices including central controllers, video switchers and HydraPort connectivity solutions, meeting attendees can enjoy a simple switch between table inputs to determine which laptop will be shared in the Teams meetings. Additionally, the integration of Yealink and AMX allows users to control not only the camera on the Yealink MTouch II, but also the lighting and room temperature.
“The partnership between Yealink and AMX brings users a simpler and more friendly meeting experience,” said Alvin Liao, vice president of product at Yealink. “The integration enables meeting participants to focus on engaging with each other, not adjusting the devices.”
“Solving for the complexities of room control is a shared goal of AMX and Yealink’s, so integrating our respective technologies make for the perfect collaboration to give users an easier way to interface in the meeting room environment,” said Jamie Trader, vice president, video and control, Harman Professional Solutions. “We are excited by the opportunity to continue bringing together AMX control systems and Yealink's user-friendly Teams Rooms devices for a new level of capability to a Teams Rooms solution without adding unnecessary compl

 
europalcoEuropalco supports UN Ocean Conference
Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Portugal - Europalco, one of the largest providers of solutions for events and shows in Southern Europe, was the global provider of the United Nations World Ocean Conference held at the emblematic Altice Arena stadium in Lisbon.
The five-day event, organised by the governments of Kenya and Portugal, was attended by more than 7,000 participants and brought together 25 heads of state and government and a hundred ministers.
Europalco dedicated a team of 141 people (120 technicians, five project managers, eight purchasing managers, and eight logistics operators) to the event, providing a comprehensive solution. The Portuguese company was in charge of setting up the stages, providing all the furniture and all the technology necessary for the event. It also oversaw sound and lighting, screens, video, and live transmissions, as well as teleprompter tools, simultaneous translation, and real-time subtitling.
In addition, it assembled the truss structures, provided the motors, and created quiet rooms with soundproof curtains.
Europalco used technological solutions from Ross Video, such as Ultrix FR5 routing and signal processing platform; Ultrix Carbonite production platform; and Carbonite Ultra production switcher. Also, Ross Robotics Furio Heads cameras captured the event, delivering super dynamic moving shots.
The challenge Europalco faced was to ensure that microphones, simultaneous translation receivers, and all connections worked perfectly in the 198 delegations located in three different rooms, considering the high movement of people within

 
 
missfinlandHippotizer Karst+ on the catwalk for Miss Finland
Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Finland – The annual Miss Finland pageant was broadcast live on TV from Helsinki’s Valkoinen Sali hall in September, with contestants ‘strutting their stuff’ backed by LED screens driven by Hippotizer Karst+ Media Servers.
The event, which crowns a winner who will go on to represent Finland in the Miss Universe competition, draws healthy viewing figures and sparks conversation on social media. It claims to promote not only outer beauty, but mental strength and charity work showcasing the women of today.
Helsinki-based Capital AV was commissioned by Miss Finland organiser, Finnartist Ltd, to create and operate the visuals for the event and design the staging inside the Valkoinen Sali venue, which was built in the 1920s. Capital AV’s Capital Creative arm designed and constructed a triangular catwalk from the hall’s existing stage, allowing the contestants to walk out into the audience and use the space effectively. Upstate and in shot for the TV cameras were two Absen T5 LED screens in a left-right formation with a central entry point space for the participants.
“We knew that the contest was going to be shown on live TV, so it was important to have the LED screens form a camera-ready, beautiful and soft backdrop for the contestants,” explains Visual Designer Max Lapinsuo-Sylwén from Capital AV. “The screens had to work both in wide shots and close-ups and we mostly ran pre-made, branded graphics but the pre-shot inserts were displayed on the screens simultaneously for the live audience.
“To achieve this in the most powerful

 
danteLand of Drama brought to life with Dante network
Monday, 26 September 2022

China - Spanning more than 100 acres and welcoming almost 10 thousand visitors each day (with nearly 20,000 visitors on holidays), Unique Henan: Land of Drama is recognised as ‘the world's largest fantasy city’. This self-guided, multi-media and immersive live performance experience tells the 5,000-year history of Chinese civilization around the Henan region.
A range of dramatic, full-immersion, panoramic storytelling encompasses 21 theatres and dozens of outdoor spaces, including 56 maze-like courtyards, multiple themed restaurants and food and beverage areas, and employs more than 800 performers. The attraction’s construction took four years to complete and cost nearly $930m.
The facility’s many lighting, video, and sound systems are controlled by a mix of pre-programmed, synchronised, time-code-based presentations, audio-triggered routines, as well as live production and mixing. At Unique Henan: Land of Drama, many elements of the global sound system and the many stand-alone systems are all built upon Dante audio networks managed and monitored with Dante Domain Manager.
“This is an amazing attraction. It's like a theme park, but it's all theatre and AV experience-based. There are expansive indoor and outdoor spaces, restaurants, panoramic vistas, and more," said Steven Cai, marketing manager, APAC, Audinate. “For sound design, each theatre has very different venue characteristics, different performance forms, and different construction conditions. Each theatre is different. The only way to manage such a set of venues and bring consist

 
 
arkaosArKaos partners with DWR Distribution
Thursday, 22 September 2022

South Africa - ArKaos, the real-time visual processing technology provider for live performance, architectural installations, LED applications and broadcast, has appointed DWR Distribution as a reseller in the South African market.
In October 2020, InMusic announced the acquisition of ArKaos - a company founded in 1996 - and has continued to focus on engineering advancements, design and technology. With an emphasis on customer expectations, DWR Distribution’s appointment includes sales, service and support. After 20 years, the ArKaos development team consists of the same people.
“When ArKaos changed management, it opened the doors for communication, and we are very excited to reinstate DWR as the official distributor in South Africa, said Nils de Laeter, brand manager at ArKaos. “DWR is a strong and well-respected distributor, is familiar with our products, and we look forward to supporting them with training, tradeshows and projects.”
“With the new ownership and some new faces, we are excited to be able to promote a product that offers new functionality and features,” said Duncan Riley of DWR. “ArKaos is respected right around the world and fills a gap in our market, allowing us to offer quality, functionality and affordability.”
Robert Izzett from DWR agrees, “We are very excited to be back on board with ArKaos and look forward to many wonderful years together.”

 
leyard-roger-watersRoger Waters ‘first farewell’ features Leyard LED screen
Thursday, 22 September 2022

USA - Regarded as his ‘first farewell tour’, Roger Waters has embarked on a marathon four-month tour of North America, Canada and Mexico, showcasing music from across his career, with an ambitious 360 immersive production based around a CarbonLight Series LED screen from Leyard.
Building on Waters’ legacy of technically renowned visual productions, the This is Not a Drill tour develops visual storytelling to create an immersive experience, staging the production for the first time in-the-round, with a lightweight 650sq.m cross-shaped Leyard screen, suspended from the roof as the centrepiece, provided by video equipment suppliers, Universal Pixels (UP).
"With the screen, audio and lighting all hung from the roof, this ‘heavy’ rig required a lot of advance planning. The Leyard LED screen was chosen because it is lightweight enough to reduce the overall rigging load, whilst still staying true to the overall design concept. The result is a truly immersive 360 canvas for Roger Waters' creative narrative," explains Jeremy Lloyd, co-director at London-based Wonder Works, a long-term partner, which was appointed to deliver production and technical design services for the tour.
The first task for the Wonder Works design team was to carry out a detailed weight study, as not only would the proposed LED screen be large but, as an in-the-round show, there is three times as much audio, lighting and video, compared to an end-on show. The team was faced with the challenge of designing a lightweight system, which would be logistically possible to

 
 
disguisedisguise software release unlocks scalability
Tuesday, 20 September 2022

UK - disguise has announced the launch of r22, a new software release that will help users scale their disguise-powered projects like never before. Developed to save hours of time on manual processes such as media distribution or spatial calibration, r22 introduces new features that will help enhance content resolution, production set-ups and media file management.
New features include Intelligent Media Distribution - built to help users save time on manual media file distribution and maximize on server space by synchronizing and distributing only the media files within the video layers that are needed across each disguise server.
Single Large Canvas (SLC seamlessly combines multiple video fragments into a single view output when used alongside multiple projectors. This creates a single, gigantic canvas that can be used for everything from live event projections to immersive installations, without limitations to the overall resolution of the video.
Faster Spatial Calibration enables spatial calibration to be completed in less than half the time of previous releases, helping users save hours setting up their extended reality stages.
With r22, disguise is also growing its platform integration capabilities by adding support for a new major real-time engine. disguise’s proprietary RenderStream infrastructure, enabling bi-directional data transfer between disguise and third-party render engines, now supports the integration of TouchDesigner. This integration, made possible thanks to RenderStream’’s new support for Vulkan API, will allow us

 
walter-pretorius-of-the-led-hire-companyThe LED Hire Company chooses Absen
Tuesday, 20 September 2022

South Africa - The LED Hire Company, a Johannesburg- based rental company that specialises in the hiring of LED screen solutions, content creation and creative design and renders, has invested in 100 sq.m of Absen PL2.9 lite LED panels. The panels, supplied by DWR Distribution, form part of a large shipment containing 2 080 units all of which recently arrived in South Africa.
“I’m looking forward to this,” said Walter Pretorius, general manager at The LED Hire Company. He started in the industry as a lighting technician but teases that AV chose him and has become the love of his life. “Our company offers different types of LED, but when it came to this purchase, I wanted to go with Absen as it provided the quality I was looking for.”
The LED Hire Company has positioned itself in the market to help other rental companies with the supply of extra panels when needed. “There are so many companies who have LED, but who sometimes fall short when working on larger shows,” said Walter. “It’s also great to know that there are 2 088 panels from the same batch in the country, which means that we could pull off a massive event if everyone got involved.”
Peace of mind was equated when opting for Absen. “Working with DWR Distribution was fantastic,” Walter explains. “We came to their offices a while ago for an informative AV Open day and everyone accepted us with open arms. Having backup and support for the new LED panels is why I wanted to go with DWR.”
Duncan Riley of DWR concludes, “It has been awesome dealing with The LED

 
 
absenAbsen panels prove popular in South Africa
Friday, 16 September 2022

South Africa - The live events industry in SA has invested in 2080 (520sq.m) Absen PL2.9 lite LED panels, each upgraded with a NovaStar A8s-N receiver card, shipped to the country by DWR Distribution. It started when Cape Town-based Marcel Bezuidenhout, owner of Audio Engineering, wanted to find like-minded technical suppliers who would invest in the same LED panels to enable sub-hiring when needed.
Marcel previously owned Absen D2V panel and while satisfied with the product, he was an island regarding larger batches whenever he needed additional stock for larger set-ups or multiple events. More recently, he was in discussion with someone who suggested buying panels in batch which could reduce the cost of the initial investment and provide a larger hire pool. “I was after the Absen PL2.9 based on our previous D2V panels that did well for us," Marcel explains.
"There is space in the market, especially in Cape Town, for larger panel quantities and this solution would further enable us to help our partners needing this screen pitch. For me it was important to choose equipment that would be backed up by service and support. I decided to contact Duncan Riley of DWR Distribution, thinking that surely a few other rental companies would be interested to jump on board.”
DWR’s support team includes Bruce Riley, Tyler Pugin, Dylan Jones and Derek Kruger who painstakingly handles repairs. Having a facility to repair screens at the DWR premises really brings peace of mind to investors.
With live and hybrid events gaining momentum after the two-year

 
duncan-riley-welcomes-darren-durbachDWR welcomes Darren Durbach
Thursday, 15 September 2022

South Africa - DWR Distribution has welcomed Darren Durbach, a well-known name in live events and AV, to the sales team.
“When I left school, I ended up studying electrical engineering,” Darren recalls. “But I had a passion for sound, and I was blessed that my brother was friends with Joe Copan’s middle son and that’s how I got in as a junior.” Darren completed his 18-month internship at Wild and Marr, a professional audio distributor, then for a very short stint worked at a computer-based company before being given a permanent position at Wild and Marr in February 1995. He stayed at the company for the next 27 years.
“I was mentored and guided by a subline human who regrettably is no longer with us,” Darren recalls of Joe who passed away in 2019.
“Darren has a commitment and passion for the industry which stands out,” says DWR’s Duncan Riley. “He is someone I respect and who puts in tremendous effort in all he does. I believe his passion will be contagious.”
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to join this dynamic team with its premier brand offering, to regurgitate my love and my passion for this industry and to connect again with all my loyal friends,” says Darren. “I am committed, hardworking and I’m very aligned with the whole mantra behind the people first concept. I think it’s all about relationships and making customers happy. I am looking forward to the opportunity.”

 
 
boxingHippotizer packs a punch for Joshua and Usyk
Monday, 12 September 2022

UK - London’s Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane was the setting for a pre-fight press conference by British boxer Anthony Joshua and his Ukrainian opponent, Oleksandr Usyk, with a stunning LED screen backdrop driven by a Hippotizer Nevis+ Media Server.
The heavyweight champions were giving interviews to the global sports press, prior to their match in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, at the end of August. The questioning centred on the importance of winning; the real attraction of the press meet-up was purely visual, focusing on the plush surroundings, the famous photo-op face-off, and the video content that ramped up the spectacle.
Reading-based video production company Digital Insanity was commissioned to operate the visuals for the high-profile occasion by events company VME.
“We were hired for the playback job as we have a reputation for delivering shows as per the client’s brief,” says Digital Insanity’s Richard Bagshaw. “All of the content was supplied by the event promotor, to be played back on the upstage LED screen behind Anthony and Oleksandr as they addressed the press. It was a straightforward project, to be honest, helped by the fact that using our Hippotizer Nevis+ we could use VideoMapper and MultiController alongside audio playback on the VTs reliably and quickly.”
Space in the room on the first floor of the hotel was at a premium, such was the press interest in the fighters’ conference. This meant that Bagshaw and his team were offered only a tight space to set up visual control. “The Nevis+ gave us all the power, features a

 
clint-hoffmanHoffman joins Lightware Visual Engineering
Thursday, 8 September 2022

USA - Lightware Visual Engineering has announced Clint Hoffman as vice president of business development for the Americas. Hoffman will establish and build customer relationships and support business development with global enterprise partners.
Hoffman has more than 35 years of success in sales, marketing, operations, and product development in the professional AV industry. Hoffman has worked with leading manufacturers, including Sony, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, and Kramer Electronics. Most recently, Hoffman served as the president and country manager for Kramer North America.
Hoffman brings a background in promoting and championing the professional AV industry through his leadership at AVIXA International. Hoffman is currently an adjunct faculty member of AVIXA International
“I am delighted to welcome Clint to our team at Lightware Visual Engineering,” said Jason Tirado, president of Lightware Visual Engineering. “Clint is well-recognized throughout the AV industry for his leadership over the last three decades. He will be instrumental in supporting Lightware’s continued growth and business success globally.”

 
 
ibc-wall-dante-av-hAudinate launches Dante AV-H software solution
Thursday, 8 September 2022

The Netherlands - Audinate has announced Dante AV-H, a new software solution designed to allow original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the ability to incorporate Dante control into existing H.264-based IP video product designs. Part of the Dante AV product family, the company also announced 10 partners who will build products with Dante AV-H, including AVer, Avonic, Bolin, BZB Gear, HuddleCam, Lumens, Minnray, Telycam, Televic, and ValueHD.
H.26x remains one of the most widely used compression standards today and is available on products that use H.26x codecs available on most Systems on a Chip (SoC). The software-based Dante AV-H lets OEMs develop fully manageable video products that fit into the Dante ecosystem. Dante AV-H provides IT-level management to cost-effective IP video products such as PTZ cameras and encoders/decoders using Dante Domain Manager. Dante AV-H integrates industry standard Dante Audio into AV-over-IP products, giving users the ability to independently route audio to wherever it is needed.
“Dante AV-H brings the power of Dante Audio and Video control to products and customers that are in more cost-sensitive markets,” said Wim Roose, senior product manager, Audinate. “Dante AV-H brings interoperability to AV-over-IP products, providing easy-to-use discovery, connectivity and manageability while using the familiar, reliable H.264/265 codecs already supported in common hardware. Also, because Dante AV-H is software based, it is easier, less costly and faster to integrate than hardware-based solutions. We are excited to see the

 
tvonegreenit24corioGreenIT24 invests in tvONE CORIOview
Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Germany - Conferencing specialist GreenIT24 has created a unified communications solution for companies using MS Teams and Zoom rooms, with a tvONE CORIOview multi-window processor at its core.
The Osnabrück-based company, which specialises in video comms and IT for organizations looking to optimise internal communications, collaborated with German AV technologist and supplier Exertis Pro AV to create a system that would aid remote, multi-site video meetings between team members.
“Due to COVID, we have had an increasing demand for this type of solution, in terms of implementing hybrid classrooms and workspaces with different sorts of content sources and multiple cameras,” explains GreenIT24 Product Manager, Tobias Blaser. “Usually, the client requires two to four input sources with variable resolutions - 1080P or 4K - which need to be displayed in different, flexible layouts. We needed a powerful multi-window processor to form the core of the system, which would enable seamless and easy-to-control set up and operation and the tvONE CORIOview fit the bill.”
GreenIT24 and Exertis Pro AV’s system uses tvONE’s MWP-MTO (Made to Order) version of the CORIOview, which allows the user to select mix and input/output types to cater to specific signal needs. The setup, housed in GreenIT24’s ‘Videocase’ all-in-one unit, consists of the CORIOview along with a Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub (Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows), four 1080P Lumens Box Camera, a Dual-Display Setup, a Bluetooth headset for wireless and flexible comms during the call, custom

 
 
vcsprassetXytech shows Media Operations Platform at IBC
Wednesday, 31 August 2022

The Netherlands - Xytech will be showcasing its Media Operations Platform at Stand 1.C21 during the upcoming IBC Show from 9-12 September at RAI Amsterdam.
Xytech creates intuitive solutions allowing media, broadcast and production teams to create and deliver content; orchestrate crews, resources and facilities; and schedule logistics - on time and on budget. Xytech delivers operations expertise to more than 400-plus global customers, including CBS, FOX and Sony which all run their business on the Xytech Media Operations Platform.
"We are very excited to be attending the 2022 IBC Show," said Greg Dolan, Xytech's COO. "Over the past few months, Xytech has undergone strategic changes that continue to position it as the leader in media operations, including announcing its new leadership team and a new CEO, Keith Buckley. We are excited to be able to show IBC attendees first-hand our industry-leading Media Operations Platform."

 
ed-sheeranBrompton delivers LED processing power for Ed Sheeran
Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Europe - Ed Sheeran kicked off his Mathematics (+–=÷x) tour, his largest to date, on 23 April in Croke Park Stadium, Dublin. Since then, the singer-songwriter has been playing stadiums across the UK and Ireland, with further dates planned across Central Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, Latin America and North America as part of his mammoth 2022 / 2023 world tour.
Continuing its long-term relationship with the artist, Colonel Tom Touring (CTT) is once again supporting the production, supplying over 1100sq.m of a variety of ROE Visual LED panels, all powered by Brompton Technology LED processing.
The spectacular 360-degree stage design incorporates a giant circular ‘halo’ video screen, comprising 462m2 ROE Vanish V8T high transparency outdoor LED panels, fixed over a 90m2 revolving LED stage built from ROE BM5 panels.
The stage is surrounded by six 30-metre-high masts, with 398m2 of ROE CB5 making up six plectrum-shaped, double sided IMAG screens dangling from the masts, and further 220m2 of ROE CB5 half panels completing the LED hoops around the outside of the masts. The giant LED set-up is powered by five active and one backup 4K Tessera SX40 LED processors, as well as 20 Tessera XD 10G data distribution units.
The tour’s video director Phil Mead has been working with Ed Sheeran for 11 years and still remembers the first time CTT used ROE Visual technology with Brompton LED processing.
“The first time we rolled out Brompton’s Tessera LED processors and ROE panels was on Ed’s last tour, the Divide Tour’ 2017 – 2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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