UK - Panasonic has announced availability of its new PT-FRQ60 1-Chip DLP projector with 6,000lm brightness designed to deliver detail, colour and smooth motion for a wide variety of sectors, including offices, STEM classrooms, digital museums, and eSports entertainment attractions.
Panasonic has added Quad Pixel Drive to its proven 1-Chip DLP SOLID SHINE Laser technology to produce smooth, sharp and detailed 4K images for deeper content engagement. Smooth 240Hz image processing increases the sense of realism with fine textures resolved in grid-less images. Rich Colour Enhancer delivers accurate colours, faithfully reproducing content as the creator intended. Fast-paced action is clearly rendered at frame rates up to 240Hz/1080p with below 8ms latency.
In addition, the PT-FRQ60 is compatible with Panasonic’s ET-SWR10 Real-Time Tracking Projection Mapping System, a ready-to-use Software Developers Kit that enables projection onto fast-moving objects at up to 240 frames per second, expanding creative possibilities at theme parks, interactive museum exhibitions and more.
For convenient integration into 4K infrastructures, the PT-FRQ60 includes two CEC command compatible HDMI inputs enabling projector ON/OFF from the source device, while the single-cable DIGITAL LINK solution supports video and control-signal transmission over long distances. Flexible 2.0x optical zoom, V/H Lens-Shift, and Geometric Adjustment featuring Free Grid enable image position adjustment and remove distortion without a PC. The PT-FRQ60 also ships with preactivated upgrade kit
USA - tvONE and Green Hippo are inviting programmers, operators and designers who use Green Hippo’s Hippotizer range of media servers or tvONE’s CORIOmaster family of video processors to take part in the CONECT Control Competition.
Launched at tvONE’s CONECT Summit, which focused on how tvONE, Magenta and Green Hippo products can help professionals reimagine the AV landscape, the competition aims to showcase some of the best-use cases of the companies’ solutions for creative control.
Prizes of up to $1,000 will be awarded to the best entries in three categories: CORIOmaster Video Processors; Hippotizer Media Servers; and creative install using tvONE or Hippotizer products.
Submissions opened on 5 April and remain open until 14 May, with the winners announced soon after. To enter, contestants need to fill out an online submissions form and attach a file that describes their design, explaining the client brief and how tvONE or Hippotizer products were used to control APIs to the best effect. This can be submitted on a Word document or PDF. Entrants must also attach supporting documentation which could include an outline drawing, photos, video, client feedback or a configuration file for CORIOmaster or Hippotizer.
Frithjof Becker, director of EMEA sales for tvONE and Green Hippo, comments: “We have been storming ahead with new products, innovations, and upgrades throughout the pandemic, providing the industry with new technologies and ways to enhance their creativity. The CONECT events are part of our ongoing commitment to bringing the
USA - Evolve Technology is a video gear rental company serving the live event and virtual production industries, with offices across the U.S. The company’s ethos is built around the three equal pillars of rent, buy, and learn, where clients can get customised packages to meet their production needs, as well as hands-on education and training so that teams feel confident using any new piece of equipment. In the past several years Evolve has successfully expanded into virtual production consulting and training.
Recently, the company opened its new Evolve CX (Customer Experience) space in the Atlanta BeltLine. Evolve CX is a technology laboratory aimed at education and training specifically for the virtual production market, where professionals can gain valuable hands-on experience and creative studios can develop and demo content for their clients. The Evolve CX team, led by Brian Macauto, director of technology for virtual production, opted to equip the space with Brompton LED video processors.
“Brompton is very respected in the virtual production industry for its friendly user interface and flexible features for things like colour correction control and tuning the LED wall settings specifically to the camera,” explained Macauto. “Compared to other processing options, Brompton is just the best of the best, and that’s what this industry wants to use.”
The Evolve CX virtual production volume is equipped with Studio 1.9 LED panels at 7,680 x 2,048 resolution, driven by two Brompton SX40 LED video processors and six Brompton XD data distribut
UK - Stars including The Who, Yungblud, Paul Weller, Liam Gallagher and Ed Sheeran took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall in March in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust, backed by Production AV’s cameras, screens, servers and crew.
Taking place over seven consecutive nights, the series of live music and comedy gigs were performed as fundraisers for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), which provides care for people aged 13-24 with cancer. It was the second time Production AV supplied kit and crew for the events.
This year’s set up comprised Production AV’s Desay M6 LED panels as a central 8m x 4.5 screen flown above The Royal Albert Hall’s iconic stage and a large, curved 23.2m x 0.9m banner of LED screen across the back of the main stage, to help drive donations. This was supported with a camera package for the relay of real-life stories and live performances to the screen. Production AV’s Sony Studio camera channels and Agile ArcLite PTZ cameras were out in force, with footage mixed on the company’s Blackmagic ATEM 4k PPU. McCrea and his team used their Barco S3-4k for switching and disguise 2x4Pro servers for the content playout.
McCrea served as PM and onsite Crew Chief, taking the helm with pre-production at Production AV’s HQ in Cheltenham, load-in at the Royal Albert Hall and onsite set up.
“The pre-production process started with conversations with Christie Lites’ Gordon Torrington, who served as Technical Manager on this project, in early 2022,” says McCrea. “We then moved onto liaising with the TCT med
Austria - AV Stumpfl recently released a new online information platform for its rapidly growing Pixera media server user community called the Pixera knowledge base.
In addition to combining the latest written Pixera documentation with video tutorials and animated clips of key topics, visitors to the knowledge base can also contact the Pixera team by creating a support ticket from the same interface.
The knowledge base covers topics related to Pixera media server hardware, software and the new show control system Pixera control.
Pixera control is a distributed, software-based integration and control framework that empowers users to seamlessly host new functionalities within the Pixera media server system and to control all aspects of an extended project environment. Anything users create and integrate can be distributed across their connected systems and shares itself.
Pixera project manager and trainer Florian Eder comments, “Our user community has grown a lot recently and is still growing really fast. We felt the need to create a one-stop environment where all available information could be collected and easily accessed, as well as enabling users to get in touch with our support team directly. Of course, updating and expanding the available materials is a never ending job, but with so much positive feedback from our user community, it’s a challenge we welcome.”
With Pixera being regularly used for a ariety of different application and programming scenarios worldwide, direct written input from experienced users is very welcome:
UK - PTZOptics, manufacturer of robotic cameras, has announced an extension to their distribution partnership with the Midwich Group into the UK and Ireland. Midwich (UK) and Square One (Ireland) now offer the full range of PTZOptics products, including from sister brands HuddleCamHD and TallyLights.
This partnership expands PTZOptics’s relationship with the Midwich Group, the global distributor of AV products that includes Midwich, Square One, and Starin, a current distribution partner for PTZOptics in North America.
“It’s been amazing to see, in less than a decade, the growth of PTZOptics into a truly international brand,” says Will Golde, director of channel development for PTZOptics. “Midwich Group is the ideal partner to help bring PTZOptics into new markets in the UK and Ireland. With their deep understanding of customer needs in the broadcast space, technical savvy, and customer support capacity, they are uniquely equipped to help dealers achieve project success with our product line.”
Midwich and Square One will now offer customers access to PTZOptics’s line-up of affordable cameras and accessories, including robotic PTZ cameras; stationary Z-Cams, ePTZ cameras, and livestreaming webcams; autoframing and autotracking cameras for videoconferencing, lecture capture, and live events capture; camera control joysticks; and tally light on-air indicator systems for multicamera shoots.
“We’ve watched recognition of the PTZOptics brand and demand for their products surge over the course of their partnership with Starin in No
UK - Hive Media Control has unveiled a new generation of media playback and control systems comprising four hardware video media players that promise to "dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of media player solutions". The product family has been designed for use by AV integrators, architects, event producers, show designers, and brand activations. The four products are known simply as Player_1, _2, _3 and _4. They deliver HD, 4K, 4K SDI and 8K SDI respectively, with the SDI models also supporting genlock from a reference sync source.
The range utlises the latest embedded GPUs by NVIDIA, and is said to offer "outstanding performance at a fraction of the cost and footprint" compared with other systems on the market.
Hive was founded by Dave Green, Trey Harrison and Mark Calvert, who have together delivered video systems for global projects including the London Olympics, the Tokyo Olympics, Dubai World Expo, Eric Prydz’s HOLO, Coldplay, and the National Museum of Qatar.
Green explains: “As the AV market demands higher and higher resolutions, the cost and complexity of the media control systems required to drive displays has become unmanageable. With Hive, we have taken an alternative approach. The days of Heavy Metal are over! Instead of huge racks of expensive, power hungry hardware and complex signal distribution systems, we have a new generation of pocket-sized computers. These are also specifically designed to be more environmentally friendly, using less energy, as part of Hive's commitment to reducing carbon footprints.”
UK - Crewing platform Entourage Pro (EP) has launched its free to use and join freelance production crew resource. The service connects and sources freelance production crew and underpins traditional word-of-mouth methods for finding work and sourcing crew.
Partnered by major manufacturers of production technology including Robe, Avolites, Yamaha, d&b audiotechnik, MDG, Chainmaster and Marshall, EP is an online network of crew that has already secured thousands of members from over 60 countries around the world.
Initial uptake is being extended by EP’s partnership with Showcase Music, with the platform being promoted to over 350,000 rental companies, artists, labels, management, venues and production and tour managers from across the globe.
Searches by role, experience, availability, credentials, visas, rates, languages, qualifications and much more, gives the whole industry access to an unrivalled source of professional freelance crew from over 150 industry roles.
“The non-return rates of freelancers who had to leave the industry to find other work during the pandemic are frightening,” says EP director, Joel Perry. “We know the number of crew lost has reached into the 1000s, globally. Consequently, the opportunities presenting themselves for skilled video techs, riggers, staging, audio and lighting practitioners, are vast. EP can plug the gap quickly, efficiently and comprehensively.
“Entourage Pro was conceived well before the pandemic, and was able to act swiftly during lockdown,” adds fellow EP director, James Stanbri
USA - The eight-time Grammy Award-winner and R&B superstar Usher Raymond IV recently headlined a Las Vegas residency. Opened at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in July 2021, Usher delivered 12 shows in total – eight in July, three in December, and a final event on 1 January, 2022.
BrainHub and LMG Touring & Entertainment, both part of Entertainment Technology Partners (ETP), worked closely together and with the singer’s crew to design a larger-than-life experience featuring more than 500 moving lights, creative LED, and video solutions.
“When the pandemic first hit we did some work with Usher in our studio out in Vegas. That wasn’t based on LED setup, but we were very good at bringing team’s vision to life and serving it with a solution that directly corresponded their requirements,” says David Luchsinger, director of LED services at ETP BrainHub. “When Usher’s residency came around, his team reached out to Craig Mitchell, our managing director at LMG Touring & Entertainment [part of the ETP Group], who then involved BrainHub and LMG Touring account executive Juliana Stern.
As part of the collaborative work, the BrainHub team took charge of designing stage LED elements. “Usher’s team came up with a couple of different designs and we worked together with them to design a concept that would deliver five different scenic environments and tell a unique story for each musical act,” adds Luchsinger.
The final setup included 12 large 3D tracking ROE CB8 LED columns powered by Brompton Tessera Technology processors. W
The Netherlands - The Jeroen Pit House, a new children’s transitional care unit in Amsterdam, is now completed and ready to welcome chronically ill children and their families when the facility officially opens on 11 May.
With support from the AV community, the building boasts a sophisticated systems integration tailored to the special needs of its users. At a celebratory event last week, Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events and Wendy Griffiths, VP engagement and global development at CEDIA were in attendance to congratulate the project team on this achievement.
The Jeroen Pit House has been championed by ISE, along with ISE’s co-owners CEDIA and AVIXA, since planning began more than three years ago. The build has been supported with generous contributions from the AV industry to complete the eight apartments, dedicated cinema and presentation room, the communal area and a state-of-the art entertainment space. The project is part of ISE’s legacy to Amsterdam, the city it called ‘home’ for 15 years, until the show moved to its new home at the Gran Vía, Fira de Barcelona last year.
Over 30 AV brands generously provided services and product for free. CEDIA award-winning residential integrator Woelf in Belgium, along with commercial integration expert AVEX in the Netherlands, worked together to design the complex integration. Contributors include ACT, Antratek, Apart, Arcam, Attero Tech, Audac, Audinate, Audipack, Barco, Belden, Biamp, Bose, Chief, Cisco, Crestron, GenericAV, Intronics, Kenwell, Kramer AV, Legrand, Logi
UK - As if reopening the venue after a little problem with storm Eunice wasn’t enough, UB40 managed to implement several notable firsts of their own for their show at London’s slightly ragged O2 Arena on 25 February.
“Grant Hickey, who took the reins as LD in 2018 was stranded in Australia by travel restrictions,” explains Oli Metcalfe. “Things in our business are currently so unstable but we have to roll with it. Fortunately Grant set me up with a starting showfile which I ran with and then added to on the load-in day. Even so, it was quite something to go in hot with nothing more than a quick sound check for the London show.”
Metcalfe had formerly designed for UB40 himself and indeed on that last tour had directed video while Hickey ran the lights. “Luckily mine and Grant’s histories with the band goes back some way and this design is still his. With that experience, I’m inputting to video duties to some degree, assisting Luke Collins who is proving well up to the task as video director.”
Collins expands on the challenges faced by both men: “The first show of the tour is here at the O2, not the norm for any band and the only production rehearsal was here yesterday - how many bands get to do their production rehearsal at this venue?”
No kidding. Collins, who operates the D3 server as well as direct cameras for the production might well think about unusual firsts: “It's also the first time for me to direct cameras for a headline act.” Anything else he’d like to add? “Well, it’s a really big thing for the band an
Europe - LED manufacturer Absen has announced the start of a new recruitment phase in a bid to further expand its global partnership network.
Supporting the growth of the LED market, Absen – who currently operate in over 130 countries – is set to expand its global network of systems integrators and rental stagers by reaching out to other like-minded businesses who may apply to become an Absen partner representative in its commitment to remain market leaders globally.
Absen currently boasts 13 domestic and overseas offices, employing over 2,000 staff and representatives who are responsible for the completion of over 50,000 projects to date. To further establish the global partnerships already fostered from two decades in the LED industry, the company is committed to welcoming ‘businesses with similar ideologies, vision and drive’.
“We have, and will continue to experience, a huge expansion in the LED market. In line with this growth, we are committed to enhancing our existing network of valued partners,” states Laura Luo the vice president at Absen. “As technological advances are made with LED, and the applications in which LED can be used continues to evolve – so must our network of Absen representatives. There simply hasn’t been a better time for LED.”
Absen attributes its two decades of success as market leaders, pertaining to the same core values: honesty, gratitude and responsibility – and more importantly than ever before – sustainability.
“We are looking for potential partners who share the business ideol
Turkey - Earlier this year, Istanbul production company Autonomy partnered with virtual production facility MGX Studio and Formula 1 to deliver an immersive commercial project for the country’s financial hub and official sponsors of last year’s Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix, Istanbul Financial Centre (IFC). The project was filmed at MGX Studio, with Brompton Technology Tessera processing delivering optimum colour management for the LED wall.
From extreme close-ups of the F1 vehicle and the driver, to the revving engine sounds as the car navigates through the streets of Istanbul, and images of IFC reflected on the driver’s helmet, MGX Studio’s virtual production facility offered a spread of creative possibilities to the Autonomy team.
“Achieving optimum colour profiles and creating realistic reflections and natural background lighting were key challenges for this exciting project, and exactly why Autonomy decided to partner with us,” says Mete Mümtaz, virtual production operations coordinator at MGX. “The F1 vehicle was positioned on the stage in front of the LED screen, and we were able to map the reflections on the driver's helmet and the vehicle's reflective surfaces precisely as we and the client wanted them to be. The on-screen colour adjustment (OSCA) provided by Brompton’s Tessera software was key for what we were trying to achieve.”
The set-up comprised an LED wall with a stage radius of 16m, made up from Unilumin Upad III LED panels supplied by MGX Studio’s LED distributor, Ledeca, driven by three Tessera SX40 4K LED pr
Italy - Green Hippo has appointed Prase Media Technologies as its new distributor in Italy.
Working on applications in the install, retail and rental channels, Prase will distribute the full range of Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Media Servers and in addition, tvONE products.
“We are excited to announce Prase as the latest distributor for Green Hippo,” says Frithjof Becker, EMEA sales director, Green Hippo by tvONE. “Our goal is to continue developing the growth of Green Hippo product lines within the retail and rental markets in Italy. We can’t wait to see the next set of impressive projects featuring Green Hippo and tvONE products.”
“We welcome Green Hippo’s premium media servers in our catalogue, and are thrilled to offer to Italian professionals the best-in-class technologies for creating an engaging and stunning multimedia experience,” says Luca Battistelli, business manager at Prase Media Technologies. “The partnership pairs with Prase's growing video proposal, mainly projectors and LED walls.”
Hippotizer from Green Hippo will be on display at MIR Tech in Rimini with Prase on 27-29 March.
Sweden - Sweden’s Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra performed a ‘musical adventure’ at the imposing Göteborgs Konserthus recently, enveloped in video projections driven by Hippotizer Media Servers.
The 90-minute orchestral performance, entitled The Crescendoing City, immersed the audience in a ‘visual flow’ designed to complement the piece.
Stockholm-based Pixelfield Studios - styled PXLFLD - was commissioned by the Gothenburg Symphonic Orchestra to design a visual concert experience based on ‘The City’ as an overarching concept. The PXLFLD team responded to the brief by considering what defines a city, taking in architecture, communications, culture and, most importantly, people. Over two nights of performances, audiences were treated to sweeping cityscapes, eerie urban scenes and flashes of abstract colour and patterns.
“We needed a reliable and flexible media server solution that had the power and capacity to drive super high-resolution imagery via the six projectors rigged at the concert hall,” says PXLFLD’s Anders Granström. “In order to maintain the flow of the visuals alongside the musical score, the media servers needed to offer flawless playback of multiple layers of high-resolution content and enable geometric fine tuning and colour correction.
“The right servers for the job were a mixture of Hippotizer Boreal+ and Taiga+ media servers, with two stand-alone Zookeepers FOH and Backstage. And we certainly made good use of Hippotizer’s ScreenWarp, LiveMask and PixelMapper features.”
All of the visu
UK - Specialist audio visual design and installation company, North Star Engineers is behind the ship-wide AV system design and installation of the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Global Mercy - the newly built vessel of Mercy Ships. The project has been designed and delivered from the head office of North Star Engineers in the city of York.
Mercy Ships is an international charity providing a team of volunteer nurses, doctors, surgeons and other crew from all over the world.
The Global Mercy was docked and open for physical and virtual tours in the Port of Rotterdam between 26 February-14 March 2022, before setting sail on 15 March for Granadilla Tenerife to continue outfitting in preparation for service within West Africa, the first of many new missions expected over the next 50 years.
The team at North Star Engineers has been responsible for all ship-wide technology system design, specification, procurement management, site supervision and project management, integration and programming.
Damian Andrews, technical director at North Star Engineers, notes: “Since 2013, we’ve had dream to provide AV technology for the first purpose built non-governmental hospital ship, providing medical care to some of the world’s poorest countries. In 2014, we had the honour of meeting with the team at Mercy Ships in Miami for the very first time and began the process of exploring and developing technology system for the new ship.”
North Star Engineers has designed, procured and commissioned all AV systems onboard outside of the engi
Australia - To gain the necessary power and versatility for their multi-functional event spaces, Rocco’s Bar & Gusto acquired a range of Harman Professional audio-visual solutions.
Rocco’s Bar & Gusto is a restaurant and venue located inside United Cinemas in Warriewood, New South Wales that hosts parties, private business meetings, sporting and dining events in its multipurpose event spaces. Because the venue space can be divided into multiple separate areas to accommodate a variety of events and meetings, the restaurant required an audio-visual solution with the flexibility to route and matrix signals to their respective zones. To meet this request, Rocco’s acquired a fully networked audio-visual system featuring solutions by AMX, BSS, JBL Professional, Crown and AKG.
“We wanted an immersive experience for Rocco’s Bar & Gusto, and the Harman solutions exceeded our expectations,” said Sam Mustaca, CEO, United Cinemas. “Just like the state-of-the-art sound found in our theatres, we wanted Rocco’s to have exceptional sound capabilities that elevate the customer experience.”
The installation team equipped the restaurant with JBL Control 47LP low-profile ceiling speakers and Control 40CS/T in-ceiling subwoofers for wide and consistent coverage throughout the venue while using minimal space. Additionally, an AKG WMS470 wireless microphone system ensures clear vocals and speech intelligibility for performers and speakers.
Crown DCi 8|300N amplifiers with DriveCore technology power the loudspeakers, and BSS EC-8BV Ether
UK - Whitwam AV Integration has solved intelligibility issues and improved audio coverage at St. George's Chapel Windsor with the installation of a new K-array loudspeaker system.
Originally built in the 15th century by King Edward IV, the chapel has been the scene of many royal services and weddings.
Whitwam AV Integration has installed a modern and sympathetically styled audio-visual system that has transformed the way that words and music are experienced throughout the building, blending with the magnificent and historically rich setting.
The loudspeaker system from K-array focuses on providing superior vocal intelligibility in what is a generally challenging acoustic environment with a typical RT60 of three or four seconds, so the audio design emphasised the placement of sources relatively close to the listener to increase direct sound and reduce reflections. Vyper half-metre long line arrays form the nucleus of the widely distributed loudspeaker system for the nave, with low frequency reinforcement from Rumble-KU44 subwoofers hidden behind grilles in the floor where the old heating pipes had once been.
“Since the previous sound system went in over 10 years ago audio technology had moved on considerably, and with it the need to improve sound delivery in the chapel. Our acoustic measurements highlighted areas of seating that suffered from reduced intelligibility," says Andrew Pymm, director, Whitwam AV Integration
Each of the pillars lining the nave carries Viper-KV52 line arrays; single enclosures on the outsides facing into the si
UK - Last August, after a two-year hiatus following a £60m refurbishment project, Theatre Royal Drury Lane opened its doors to Frozen the Musical. The story’s plot and scenery are brought to life in full, frosted glory thanks to ultra-realistic visuals displayed on the upstage LED wall.
Using Brompton Tessera processing to help accurately recreate shimmering snow peaks, fjords and mesmerizing auroras in incredibly fine grades of colour, bit depth and brightness, audiences are transported into the magical world of Arendelle.
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the team worked in close collaboration with Finn Ross of FRAY Studio who oversaw video design; Jonathon Lyle of Ammonite, in charge of developing system design; and video equipment rental company, Blue-i Theatre Technology, to bring this show to the heart of London’s West End.
“We had used six Brompton Tessera M2 LED processors on the original Broadway production of Frozen, as that was the version available at the time,” explains Jonathon Lyle, who is Frozen associate video designer, Frozen video programmer, and director of Ammonite. “It worked incredibly well for a single 4k screen. The Tessera SX40 was developed as the show’s use of high-res LED expanded, so it was a natural upgrade to the workflow.”
ROE Visual LED panels have also been deployed since Frozen first opened and are used to create the show’s backdrops, with real and digital scenery often seamlessly blended. “Unsurprisingly, much of the show includes auroras and snow,” says L
Germany - Held annually by audiovisual equipment supplier, Lang AG, at its Lang Academy in Lindlar, this year’s AV Innovation Days 2022 once again offered a platform to discover the latest highlights and developments, as well as encouraged communication and exchange of ideas by the AV industry’s key players.
Brompton Technology participated in the event, showcasing its latest Tessera v3.3 software and running demos of Frame Remapping, a Tessera feature that enables the significant benefits of multi-camera shoots on a virtual production set.
The two-day event saw 18 exhibitors in total, including Absen, Barco, Brompton Technology, Disguise, INFiLED, ROE Visual and Seervision, among others. There were more than 350 attendees from 130 companies joining between 2 and 3 February.
As well as Frame Remapping, Brompton presented additional Tessera v3.3 software features including Operating Modes and Per-Batch PureTone.
Brompton’s business development manager – Europe, Dries Vermeulen, also ran demo sessions on Frame Remapping at the Brompton booth, demonstrating how this Tessera feature makes it possible for multiple cameras to each see different content when viewing the same LED screen at the same time, opening up new possibilities for Virtual Production.
“The main objective of AVID 2022 was certainly to reconnect people within the industry. It also gave exhibiting companies the chance to launch new products that were originally planned to be revealed at ISE in February, in a suitable environment,” says Jennifer Wiehe, director ma
USA/Canada - Evolve Technology has expanded its partnership with Montreal-based Theatrixx Technologies by adding two new products to its inventory of Theatrixx equipment for sale, rent and lease in the US.
The new products are the North American-designed xVision Nomad 2.6mm indoor LED display and hardware-based media player, the xPressCue. They join Evolve’s roster of Theatrixx video converters, power distribution equipment and the 2.5mm LED Totem, which have been available for the past year.
Evolve is the launch customer for the xVision Nomad 2.6mm indoor LED display; it is the first company to take orders for and offer an inventory of those new LED panels for US clients.
“Our new 2.6mm display is the first to feature TPEP (Titanium and Polymer Edge Protection) technology that offers unparalleled LED protection ” explains Jacques Tessier, CEO of Theatrixx Technologies. “Most LED products below 4mm are fragile and therefore often viewed as a short-term investment. We are proud to introduce TPEP technology and bring a definitive solution to this problem. In addition, our new LED is one of the first with a 7,680Hz refresh rate. This means it has a greater dynamic range and colour depth and can it therefore be used successfully for XR production.”
“Evolve is known for bringing new and innovative products to market that will hold up to the rigors of the road and prove to be more reliable on site,” comments Evolve CEO Tyler Mayne. “Theatrixx’s new LED is robust and reliable with a workhorse cabinet. We have tested it and believe
The Netherlands - DMT has introduced the E6-N 50 x 100cm LED pixel screen, a successor of the popular E6 updated to feature an onboard Novastar A5s receiver card. The indoor screen has a light-weight frame that offers flexible mounting in five angles.
The DMT E6-N is a 1,200-nit indoor LED pixel screen with a high resolution, intended for a minimum viewing distance of 6m. Its pixel pitch is 6.25mm, which makes for 80 x 160px in one 50 x 100cm panel. The new screen is equipped with an A5s receiver card from Novastar, offering a reliable control system.
The black-face LED screen offers a high contrast ratio for an outstanding image quality and dynamic colours. Its light-weight frame keeps the total weight low (11kg) and allows you to mount the panels in five different angles (15°, 7.5°, 0°, -7.5°, and -15°), making it very versatile and flexible to rig in any shape you want. The rugged E6-N LED panel is suitable for rental applications and for fixed installations.
USA - Nashville-based CTS AVL, a full-service audio, video and lighting company specialising in live events, has expanded its lighting inventory with a large complement of Ayrton Khamsin profile and Mistral-S ultra-compact spot luminaires. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting fixtures in North America.
CTS AVL had been an audio company for almost 40 years when it branched out to video and lighting about half-a-dozen years ago. The addition of Ayrton Khamsins and Mistrals, the company’s first Ayrton purchases, offers more high-end lighting options for customers across all markets and across the US.
“We needed a high-output fixture with framing shutters and an LED source,” says lead lighting technician, Carter Ranson. “We were looking for something with a big feature set. I saw Khamsins in use on the road and loved the fixture, and from the research I did they seemed very robust. Then I got my hands on Khamsin at LDI 2021.”
He expects CTS AVL’s roster of Khamsins to be used mostly as key lights thanks to their even, flat field. They will also be in the rig to create aerial effects and light scenic elements.
“We’re getting ready to do several large-scale corporate projects back-to-back, so there was a big push to get the Khamsins in for those events,” notes CTS AVL vice president, Mike Taylor.
The Mistrals will be slated for aerial effects and back lighting, according to Ranson, who saw the fixtures at LDI and in use at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. “We love how small they are for su
Australia - A new initiative and a first for Australia, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) recently transported the performance out of the concert hall and into the outdoors to present the Festival of Orchestra (FOFO), a six-concert series celebrating a mix of musical genres.
Supported by the Australian government’s RISE Fund and technical partner, Novatech Creative Event Technology, the event was staged at the Adelaide Showground, with the stage for the 5,000-capacity central arena fitted with three large LED screens in different configurations throughout the six concerts. Brompton Technology’s LED processing was deployed throughout, giving a sense of visual grandeur to the stunning music performances.
Established in 1936, ASO is South Australia’s largest performing arts organisation, with a membership of 75 world-class musicians, renowned for a diverse and versatile repertoire. The aim of the new festival series was to bring the world of orchestral music to a broader audience, opening with a traditional Classical concert, followed by the Ministry of Sound Classical, the epic Carmina Burana with massed choirs, highlights from Broadway musicals, a rock band fusion with The Angels, and culminating with the BBC’s extraordinary Blue Planet II comprising a score by Hans Zimmer and a special guest narrator.
To complement this extraordinary musical programme, ROE Visual Carbon CB5 panels were selected for their brightness and low weight, with the central LED screen used as a visualization tool displaying a mystical ensemble of ot