Video and AV News

v2-mgt-team-1Version 2 strengthens management team
Tuesday, 8 March 2022

UK - Television lighting rental specialists Version 2 has announced a management reshuffle at its Reading operation with Emma Gale now as general manager, Sam Crook as technical operations manager, and Joe Marter as sales operations manager.
Emma has a strong track record in management and was instrumental in the transformation and growth of an independent transport company. “I am new to the lighting industry but can apply my skillsets in the various aspects of running a business to Version 2. I have always been responsible for vehicles being in the right place at the right time. Here it’s about delivering lights to a studio or location on schedule - the logistics are the same and I’m fast finding out about TV lighting.”
Meanwhile, long-serving Version 2 stalwart Sam Crook will continue to oversee equipment preparation procedures, equipment specification and procurement plus health and safety. Sam sums up his role as working with “anything that has wheels or gets plugged in.” He has a strong engineering background and is constantly looking to enhance the equipment offering.
Joe Marter has been promoted from within to the newly formed role of sales operations manager and will assume responsibility for commercial aspects of the operation, including heading up a team of account managers. “This fast-paced industry presents challenges to which we strive to find solutions to daily,” says Marter.
The trio will assume responsibility for all day-to-day aspects of operations at the Company’s HQ with immediate effect. Managing director

methodMethod Events stages The Drumsheds’ final shows
Tuesday, 8 March 2022

UK - The Drumsheds signalled the end of its tenure as a temporary venue in London with a series of sold out 10,000-capacity shows, staged by Method Events for Broadwick Live.
The venue, which is situated in Enfield, North London, consists of four lofty warehouses on a previously derelict, 10-acre industrial site. It was procured on a temporary lease in summer 2019 by Broadwick Live, who entrusted the delivery of several high-profile shows and a festival at the venue to Method Events. The lease has now been returned to Enfield Council, which is redeveloping the site as part of its £6bn, 25-year Meridian Water regeneration programme.
Over the past three years, Method Events have delivered a number of different shows at The Drumsheds. These included Field Day festival in 2019, and a series of summer festivals in 2021 headlined by Above & Beyond, Defected and Pendulum. The Drumsheds’ final three shows - The Hydra: To Be & Not To Be and a Hospitality Records New Year’s event - took place between November and January. They welcomed 10,000 attendees each and featured line-ups including Four Tet, Nina Kraviz, Jeff Mills and Andy C.
Method played a pivotal role in the transformation of the site from a disused space which was hidden by a thick carpet of overgrown vegetation, into one of London’s most vibrant and unique venues. They overcame a number of challenges at the site including proximity to an operating business park, as well as the fact it is flanked on two sides by canals which are protected by the Environment Agency. Local st

entec-annavalleyeventsanitisedEntec UVC SafeClean ensures event safety
Tuesday, 8 March 2022

UK - When AV technology provider Anna Valley held its 2022 showcase at Tobacco Dock in London’s Docklands, it relied on a number of partners to ensure that this Event Odyssey - designed to reveal the techniques and tools now required in an ever-evolving event landscape - was conducted in not only a high impact environment, but also a safe and sanitised one.
This was vital as visitors were guided through a number of environments, exploring the possibilities that extended reality, motion capture, holographic projection and other audio-visual solutions have to offer.
Providing this assurance to attendees during the week-long showcase were Entec UVC SafeClean - a recent start-up by the Entec Group. They provided a suite of products to ensure not only the purification of air transmission but also that all surfaces were cleaned and all pathogens removed. These included the Thor UVC mobile disinfection robot, Zeus - a smart, cabinet-based surface decontaminator, which is effective against all known pathogens, EIR 2000 high-capacity air filtration unit and four Goldensea Uvair 216 air purifiers.
These are already being used regularly by Entec’s sister company (and long-term Anna Valley partner) Chameleon Event Production. Entec MD, Noreen O’Riordan, explains: “Chameleon and Anna Valley have been working together successfully for several years and so I approached [Anna Valley director of business development] Dan Orchard, asking if they would like to use our UVC services to give confidence to their guests. Once he saw the standard of the techn

polygon-announcement-newsherodisguise-v2disguise targets the cloud with Polygon Labs
Tuesday, 8 March 2022

UK/USA - disguise has acquired broadcast data and content visualisation solutions platform, Polygon Labs. This marks a move towards cloud-based production for disguise, which the company believes will enhance its workflow to better address user needs in media production and broadcast.
Polygon Labs offers a cloud-native platform and turnkey services that have been trusted by broadcasters such as CNN, Univision, The Weather Channel and TV Globo. Its technologies dynamically control and deliver high-end Unreal Engine graphics with realtime data visualisation via cloud or on-prem solutions.
By adding Polygon Labs to its workflow, disguise will build integrations that enable xR studios to have access to a wider range of broadcast workflows which empower remote production and cloud-based collaboration. Users of both disguise and Polygon Labs will be able to benefit from easy-to-manage, data-driven graphics workflows running fully native Unreal Engine, as well as extended design and production capability for graphics.
“We are very proud and delighted to welcome Polygon Labs to the disguise team! This is a key turning point for both our user communities, partners and customers, and a huge step in our direction towards cloud and new media production workflows. The future is cloud-based remote collaboration and our work with Polygon Labs will unlock a whole new level of productivity and connectivity for all our users,” comments disguise CEO, Fernando Kufer.
“Over the years, Polygon Labs has helped some of the biggest broadcasters turn data into

conect-summittvONE and Green Hippo launch live summit series
Thursday, 3 March 2022

USA - tvONE is launching a series of educational AV and live events-focused sessions called CONECT. The initiative will initially take place online, with the first livestreamed CONECT Technology Summit taking place next month.
The free-to-attend event will include virtual demos, training, and panel discussion with industry leaders, also covering products and solutions from Green Hippo, and tvONE and Magenta Research.
Parent company Spitfire Creative Technologies has said that during the CONECT Technology Summit, participants will discover how tvONE, Magenta and Green Hippo can help reimagine the AV landscape.
“We’re inviting the industry to discover, learn, and interact with our latest products, solutions and strategies that enable complete end-to-end solutions, as well as understanding successful integration with other manufacturers,” says Mark Trevena, communications and training manager of Spitfire Creative Technologies. “Together, we’ll provide you with the framework to interact, connect and engage with your clients.”
The launch of CONECT follows the company’s announcement last month that it is developing ways to bring its innovative new technologies directly to partners and end users in their own countries, focusing on a series of localized tradeshow events around the world. This is in addition to a multitude of innovative virtual activities through 2022 to reach out to new and existing customers. Its aim is to showcase recent products and installations, explore industry trends, and discuss the future of AV. The team is als

calibre-general-graphicCalibre promotes LEDFusion Pro series
Wednesday, 2 March 2022

USA - AV integration professionals can discover the installation and operational benefits of the Calibre LEDFusion Pro series all-in-one LED video wall solutions by attending the upcoming LAVNCH Week 5 online virtual event.
“Exhibiting at LAVNCH Week 5 will accelerate Calibre’s growth and presence, especially in North America. It gives us a unique platform to connect AV professionals with our LEDFusion Pro Series that delivers fine detail, accurate rendering of images, increased efficiencies as well as reduced installation complexities,” said Steve Su, senior director at Calibre.
The Calibre session titled A New Visual Adventure Begins with Calibre LEDFusion Pro Series will be presented by industry veteran Raymond Budd, senior sales manager at Calibre UK. The session starts at 11:20am EST on Day 3 (Thursday, 3 March 2022).
The LEDFusion Pro Series is available in three different sizes from130 to 163-inch versions, its mechanical design ensures easy installation and maintenance. The 4in1 LED gives a robust design, smoother surface and viewing angle. The proprietary UltraX engine delivers ‘premium visual performance, greater text clarity, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, outstanding picture quality and energy efficiency’. Easy control options such as WebGUI are offered and it is compatible with Crestron, AMX remote control and more.

mz204Panasonic releases ‘world’s smallest’ LCD projector
Wednesday, 2 March 2022

UK - Designed for use in corporate meetings, lecture theatres and hybrid environments, Panasonic has announced “the world’s smallest, lightest and quietest 20,000lm LCD projector”. The PT-MZ20K offers cost performance and impressive image quality in well-lit rooms and over IP cameras to remote viewers, says Panasonic.
With a compact, 22.3kg (49.2lbs) chassis and quiet operation (36dB), the projector blends into the room. Panasonic’s time-saving technologies reduce installation complexity, effort and cost - making the PT-MZ20K ‘a smart choice for value-conscious customers’.
The PT-MZ20K has a tuned optical engine featuring new 1-inch LCD panels. Pure White Generator harnesses extra light to improve colour accuracy for vivid and engaging image presentation. Combined with Dynamic Contrast, which analyses video and adjusts light output to suit contrast requirements, images remain clearly visible at the back of the room, as well as for remote participants.
Compatible with a wide range of optional Panasonic lenses, such as the zero-offset ET-EMU100 Ultra-Short-Throw Zoom Lens, the PT-MZ20K can also be used for digital signage or in museums and entertainment venues.

lgblackdovelobby-with-jonathan-mccabe00LG Electronics partners with BlackDove
Wednesday, 2 March 2022

South Korea - LG Electronics (LG) has entered into a global partnership with the US-based Blackdove to deliver digital art experiences on LG’s advanced digital signage displays. Integrating software and curated art from Blackdove’s digital art gallery and NFT platform, LG’s customisable display solution will provide a convenient way to showcase digital art.
LG LED signage offers flexibility with simple-to-install, modular, scalable designs and premium picture quality with resolutions from full HD to 8K.
Available in markets worldwide starting this quarter, Blackdove curation software can be bundled with LG LED signage products including LG MAGNIT, LG LED Bloc, LED All-in-One and fine-pitch LED signage to deliver the gallery’s vast library of digital art assets. Hand-picked by Blackdove’s curatorial team, the selection of artworks by contemporary artists such as Jonathan McCabe, Kenneth Wayne, Meghan Cheng, Franck Lefebvre and Jamie Scott encompass a broad range of subjects and styles.
“LG is delighted to partner with Blackdove as this partnership allows us to engage our LED signage customers with a benefit that is unique to LG,” said Paik Ki-mun, senior vice president and head of the Information Display business unit of LG Business Solutions Company. “The option to transform LG LED signage into digital canvases in spaces such as luxury residentials, corporate lobbies, hospitals and retail stores is something we think the public will have a very positive reaction to.”
“We are gratified to have been selected by such an extra

pak-pr-imageVuWall introduces PAK video wall solution
Monday, 28 February 2022

Canada - VuWall is launching PAK, a solution for deploying and managing modular video walls in AV-over-IP environments. PAK is a networked, multi-decode node that can operate as a stand-alone device or be stitched with other nodes to build an IP-based video wall that is infinitely scalable. It simplifies video wall project deployments by reducing the number of connections and eliminating a single point of failure, reducing project risk, and offering improved reliability.
"If we peek behind many of today's video walls, we'd expect to see an incredible amount of expensive hardware and lengthy cable runs snaking from an overcrowded rack that takes many labour hours to deploy," says Mark Schmidt, chief technology officer of VuWall. "Unlike traditional video wall systems, it's extremely easy to build video walls with PAK. Whether large or small, all that's required are PAK appliances. To increase the size of a video wall, simply add a PAK. The only spare component needed to keep in stock is the PAK, reducing inventory costs and project complexity."
VuWall's PAK device features four HDp60 outputs or one 4Kp60 output and multiformat decoding up to 32 HD streams per device, including H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, NDI, PNG, JPEG and VNC/remote desktops or virtualized browsers. As part of VuWall's ecosystem, PAK is managed by the company's award-winning TRx 3.1 software platform.
Easy to set up and configure, PAK is designed for multiroom visualisation, situational awareness, control rooms and corporate workspaces. Its eco-friendly design boasts a compact form factor

silver-spoon-angela-cardettiSilver Spoon appoints head of production
Thursday, 24 February 2022

USA - Silver Spoon continues to augment its realtime animation and virtual production capabilities with the hiring of new head of production, Angela Cardetti. The recent enlistment follows the studio’s expansion of operations to Los Angeles in addition to their New York base.
Angela Cardetti has over 15 years of experience in technical production across multiple disciplines of audio, video and lighting in both the broadcast and live event industries. In her previous role as director of video services for Brainhub Powering ETP, she led the crew responsible for designing and executing complex video systems for large-scale corporate events and entertainment touring projects.
Cardetti states: “I am thrilled to be at the intersection of creativity and technology with Silver Spoon, a clear leader in the world of virtual production. With the rapid growth we are experiencing, I am delighted to develop and lead teams of brilliant individuals to create and deliver sensational experiences that bring ideas to life.”
Laura Herzing, executive producer at Silver Spoon, comments: “Silver Spoon has experienced such tremendous growth over the last two years, and Angela brings a wealth of production and technical knowledge to our growing team. We are absolutely thrilled to have her here, and she will be a vital part of helping us continue to grow and expand in new directions.”

tv-onetvONE adds to CORIOmaster 4K60 capabilities
Thursday, 24 February 2022

USA - tvONE has released a new 4K60 output module for CORIOmaster, CORIOmaster mini and CORIOmaster micro. New versions of firmware and software are also available, continuing the evolution of the CORIOmaster family of multi-window video processors.
The new 4K60 output module (CM-HDMI-4K-SC-2OUT) gives ‘a smoother, more immersive video experience’ for up to 14 outputs for high-end LED installations, projection edge blends or monitor walls. Other new output choices using the new module include 4K60 output cloning or for dual, independent, 4K30 outputs. The dual 4K30 outputs double the amount of 4K outputs available, to allow connection to up to 28 4K displays, while the new cloning feature makes setting up repeat displays, duplicated side screens, and screen recording much simpler and more efficient to use.
In addition, the CORIOgrapher setup and control software for the CORIOmaster family has been updated to version 3.3. The latest version includes enhanced pre-set management, and a cleaner look and feel for simpler creation of display layouts. CORIOgrapher version 3.3 is available for CORIOmaster2, CORIOmaster, CORIOmaster mini, and CORIOmaster micro.

studio-technologies-and-all-mobile-video1AMV selects Studio Technologies for NYE
Thursday, 24 February 2022

USA - All Mobile Video (AMV) managed the pool feed for New Year’s Eve in Times Square, capturing audio and video of the crowd, its various stages, and the ball drop itself for the major broadcasters.
The company worked closely with production directors from multiple networks, such as ABC and Univision, to capture key events, including Journey’s performance for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. When AMV built out its new all IP, Dante enabled Eclipse truck this past year, the company relied on intercom solutions from Studio Technologies.
AMV incorporated Studio Technologies Dante compatible beltpacks into the new Eclipse truck, including 25 Model 374A Four-Channel Intercom Beltpacks and eight Model 348 Intercom Stations. According to engineer-in-charge Ian Vysick, building a new IP-based truck meant AMV had to reinvent its entire workflow for the New Year’s Eve production, as all the equipment had to function with Audio-over-Ethernet connections established across Times Square.
Vysick and the AMV team used the Eclipse truck as the basis for the production and then expanded on the intercom system to accommodate the scope and needs of the New Year’s event.
The enhanced comms system was based on an RTS ODIN digital intercom matrix with six Studio Technologies Model 362 Listen-Only Beltpacks, an additional 18 Model 374A beltpacks, as well as the eight Model 348 Intercom Stations from the Eclipse truck. Each Studio Technologies beltpack was assigned to a specific location, with local interface boxes housing the wiring

assimilateAssimilate supports Tessera processors
Wednesday, 23 February 2022

UK - Assimilate has announced that its Live Looks, Live Assist, and Live FX software solutions now support integration with Brompton Technology’s Tessera S8 and SX40 LED processors, enabling live colour grading and compositing in virtual production workflows.
This integration is currently available in the new v9.4 releases of Live Looks and Live Assist, and in the open beta of Live FX. Taking advantage of Brompton’s API, users working in LED volumes can now send 3D LUTs in near-real-time to Brompton’s Tessera S8 and SX40 LED video processors, powering live on-set colour grading on the LED screen.
Assimilate’s Live Looks and Live Assist tools work in tandem with real-time rendered environments from game engines such as Unreal Engine or Unity, with Live Looks providing a powerful live grading solution and Live Assist offering record and playback, including in multi-camera setups. Live FX plays out plates and pre-rendered scenes and enables live on-set compositing for LED wall virtual productions, handling everything from previsualization through to final pixel in-camera VFX.
“Virtual production workflows are complex and still a pioneering field with the highest requirements. We’re happy to have collaborated with Brompton to create an amazingly straightforward and powerful workflow for DITs as well as VP operators,” said Jeff Edson, CEO, Assimilate.
“When we added 3D LUT import to our API, Assimilate were one of the first companies we spoke to about integrating with our LED video processors. It’s always exciting to work with in

xytechXytech MediaPulse helps 5stream run smoothly
Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Australia - When global streaming provider 5stream needed a configurable solution to streamline their scheduling and resource management, they discovered MediaPulse was the right fit. 5stream deployed Xytech’s MediaPulse to streamline the operations of their Broadcast Services division.
“5stream is a rapidly growing business. We previously relied on a homebrew system of Google Calendars, spreadsheets and custom CSV scrapers to manage over 1000 events each month,” says Mitchell Kalika, general manager at 5stream. “With increasing resource requirements and complexity across all our jobs, our existing system is no longer suitable, and we needed a solution to streamline our operations. MediaPulse allows us to effectively book and manage the large quantity of work and helps streamline and visualise complex broadcast workflows to reduce setup time for our MCR and Presentation operators.”
MediaPulse Transmission is an additional solution the team plans to implement to better visualise 5stream’s complex workflows and assign operators and MCR staff for non-automated jobs.
“MediaPulse’s main calling card for us was the ease of centralising all our various scheduling and resource management systems into one single point of truth, and reduce the time required to onboard new operators and get them up and running. With our previous system, it could take up to six months, given how the information was distributed,” explains Kalika. “As a cloud-first company, the cloud-based SaaS model works well with our ethos of remote operation. MediaPulse al

indiaChristie projectors illuminate Statue of Equality
Tuesday, 15 February 2022

India - Christie has announced that its high-brightness 3DLP laser projectors are employed for a projection mapping showcase on the newly inaugurated Statue of Equality in Hyderabad, which commemorates the 11th-century Bhakti Saint Sri Ramanujacharya.
The spectacle, which highlights the life journey and teaching of Sri Ramanujacharya, is accomplished using eight Crimson Series laser projectors and four Griffyn 4K32-RGB pure laser projectors. They were installed and commissioned by Christie’s longstanding partner, Tricolor India Schauspiel, a systems integrator specialising in architectural 3D projection mapping and son et lumière. The Crimson Series projectors were installed within two towers to deliver bright and intensely colourful images on the statue’s surface, while the Griffyn 4K32-RGB projectors were used to display captivating imagery on the gates and walls surrounding the statue.
Located in Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana state in south-central India, the 216ft-tall Statue of Equality is one of the world’s tallest metallic statues in sitting position. It is mounted on a 54ft-high base building named Bhadra Vedi, which houses a digital library and research centre, a theatre, as well as an educational gallery detailing many works of Sri Ramanujacharya. The majestic structure was officially inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an elaborate ceremony on 5 February.
“This is a landmark project and we’ve spared no effort in bringing this highly anticipated projection mapping showcase to fruition using a ver

green-hippoMidwich joins Green Hippo distribution network
Tuesday, 15 February 2022

UK - Green Hippo has welcomed Midwich as a new distributor for Green Hippo products, particularly the full range of Hippotizer media servers, across the UK and Ireland.
Frithjof Becker, EMEA sales director, Green Hippo by tvONE, comments: “We are excited to announce our relationship with Midwich for fixed installation projects in the UK and Ireland. Our goal is to continue developing the growth of Green Hippo product lines within the install market. With an award-winning solutions provider like Midwich, we can’t wait to see the next set of impressive projects.”
Robert Phillips, video processing specialist at Midwich, adds: “Midwich are delighted to partner with Green Hippo to offer their leading range or media servers to customers looking to incorporate real-time media playback, 3D mapping and visualisation into their projects. Green Hippo works perfectly with our extensive range of LED, projection and video processing solutions and we have already delivered multiple major projects with Green Hippo at their core.”
Hippotizer products are on show at Innovation House, Midwich Group’s UK experience in Bracknell, alongside complimentary solutions. Green Hippo will also be showcasing at Midwich’s upcoming LED event on 23-24 March at Innovation House.

hypervsn-smartv-wall7Hypervsn introduces SmartV
Monday, 14 February 2022

UK - Hypervsn is launching a new platform called Hypervsn SmartV. It has onboard HDMI, which allows SmartV to connect with the wider ecosystem of products involved in the pro AV and digital signage markets. The inclusion of the HDMI also means that SmartV can now be used to display both 2D and 3D content, says Hypervsn.
A larger, but lighter 3,000-nit Hypervsn SmartV model is launching, alongside an ultra-fine pixel pitch (0.65mm) medium-sized solution. These new solutions will successfully complement Hypervisn’s current range, whilst addressing a wider scope of customer needs.
Kiryl Chykeyuk, Hypervsn co-founder, comments: “We’ve spent the last three years completely redesigning the previous generation of Hypervsn technology. We have developed proprietary accessories to enable new, exciting interactive features and various installation options SmartV technology is available to order now via Hypervsn and our authorised partners across the globe.”

christieChristie projectors add brilliance to light garden
Friday, 11 February 2022

South Korea - Christie laser projectors are delighting visitors with an array of mesmerising nighttime projections in an outdoor park located in the northeastern part of Seoul.
Known as Nowon Light Garden, it is situated in an area surrounding the old Hwarangdae Station, which was one of the stops along the now-defunct old Gyeongchun Line. During the day, the park’s biggest attractions are old steam locomotives and narrow-gauge trains that used to ply this route. When the sun goes down, a 400m section of the railway park is transformed into a garden of lights. Decorated with themes of Secret Garden, Tree of Life, Music Garden, Fantasy Train Station, Milky Way Garden, and Forest Fairyland, Nowon Light Garden is the first permanent night lighting park in South Korea.
Adding to the illuminations are projections on the façade of Hwarangdae Station using a Christie D16WU-HS 1DLP laser projector, an interactive game zone using two Christie DWU630-GS 1DLP laser projectors, and panoramic projections at the Forest Fairyland using five Christie LWU900-DS 3LCD laser projectors. The projectors were supplied by Christie’s longstanding partner, SNC Alliance, while the installation and commissioning were accomplished by Mega Link, a local systems integrator.
“Nowon Light Garden is the first outdoor park in Seoul that showcases night illuminations aimed at promoting the development of Nowon district, and serves as a healing space in the city where anyone can come and enjoy comfortably,” said Dong-Woo Lee, CEO, SNC Alliance. “As this is a landmark project

olearys3O’Leary’s adopts AMX networked AV solutions
Friday, 11 February 2022

Sweden - As part of an ongoing partnership, Effektgruppen AB recently equipped multiple O’Leary’s restaurant locations across Europe and Asia with AMX SVSI networked AV solutions to provide the international chain with a powerful and scalable solution for controlling dozens of TV screens in each facility.
Based on a Boston pub, O'Learys is a Swedish restaurant chain with operations across Europe and Asia. Featuring an abundance of screens constantly airing a variety of sporting events, the restaurants provide an American sports bar experience where patrons can watch their game of choice while socializing, dining and playing traditional pub games such as darts and bowling.
In the 25 years since O’Leary’s opened its first venue in Gothenburg, new franchises have been added in places like Singapore, China and the United Arab Emirates. To provide each location with a seamless solution for controlling dozens of screens, O’Leary’s hired Swedish AV integration company Effektgruppen AB to equip each facility with AMX SVSI N2300 Series encoders, decoders and control systems.
“For a mid-sized venue, there’s usually at least 40 to 50 screens,” said Jörgen Olsson, project sales specialist at Effektgruppen AB. “The general idea is that guests should always be able to see one or two screens. The challenge is making sure everyone has a screen within eyeshot. We calculate the positioning of each display, factoring in where each guest is seated, the size of the screen, and so on. If you want to ensure a good viewing experience, you need a lot of

floridaChrist Fellowship Churches invest in Hippotizer
Wednesday, 9 February 2022

USA - The Christ Fellowship Churches in South Florida are enjoying new visions during services at five locations this year, following a major investment in Hippotizer media servers to playback pre-made content and drive LED pixel strips with swathes of colour.
Three of Christ Fellowship’s largest locations, in Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie are now enjoying the user-friendly, visual impact of Hippotizer Taiga, Karst and Boreal Media Servers respectively. They were specified by the church’s technical director, Neil Zimmerman.
“We were previously using a tired, software-based visuals solution but found that the graphics cards within our computers had major limitations and required constant updates,” says Zimmerman. “I was aware of the power and intuitive interface that Hippotizer offers, and as the church grew, I knew this was the best option. Other churches in the US are using them, and I’ve experienced Hippotizer first-hand.”
Zimmerman approached Tim Corder at Hippotizer dealer, Diversified, who suggested media server solutions from a number of brands. “Tim was phenomenally helpful, and we knew Hippotizer was the best fit for us,” Zimmerman continues. “Knowing that the dedicated Hippotizer hardware is designed to support our needs was a big plus. We’re working with some fairly large pixel spaces, so we needed hardware that could do the heavy lifting, and we also needed a solution that scaled across multiple locations and sizes. We love that we can leverage clean sustainable workflows for Sunday services, but wh

hippotizer-nevis-used-on-charlotte-maxeke-mother-of-black-freedomHippotizer Nevis+ tells a story at Expo 2020
Tuesday, 8 February 2022

South Africa - Team South Africa participated alongside 190 countries at Expo 2020 Dubai, which opened its doors on 1 October 2021, under the theme Identity: South African Culture. Wilhelm Disbergen, a production designer for the past two decades who specialises in the set, lighting, and AV design for theatre productions, put his new Hippotizer Nevis+ to work for the musical theatre production Charlotte Maxeke, Mother of Black Freedom held on 16 October and presented by The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and The South African State Theatre during the exhibition.
The aim of Dubai Exp 2020 is to create a platform where citizens from around the world can share ideas, come up with solutions, build bridges between nations and attract interest and investors. One of the stories South Africa told during this time was that of mama Charlotte Maxeke, a religious leader, political activist and the first black woman to graduate with a university degree in South Africa with a from Wilberforce University Ohio in 1903. Her legacy continues, and the former Johannesburg General Hospital is now known as the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.
Charlotte Maxeke, Mother of Black Freedom, was written by Aubrey Sekhabi and featured big names, Thandiswa Mazwa and Mafikizolo. Wilhelm Disbergen of Yellow Bunny Productions NPC, who created all the visual content and was responsible for the lighting and set design, took ownership of a Nevis+, supplied by DWR Distribution, only days before flying to Dubai. Disbergen already owns two Hippotizer Ra

christieChristie projectors elevate Delhi’s Beating Retreat
Tuesday, 8 February 2022

India - Christie laser projectors deployed for a spectacular projection-mapping showcase on the Secretariat Building in India’s capital, Delhi, have elevated the scale and solemnity of the annual Beating Retreat ceremony to new heights.
The North and South blocks of the Secretariat Building are lit by over 40 Christie D20WU-HS laser projectors
The captivating visuals, specially designed to commemorate 75 years of India’s independence, complemented the grand ceremony at Vijay Chowk, which included military bands, pipes and drum bands, buglers and trumpeters from India’s armed forces. Held annually on 29 January, the Beating Retreat ceremony is a centuries-old military tradition dating from the days when troops disengaged from battle at sunset. In India, the elaborate military ceremony is conducted to mark the formal conclusion of Republic Day celebrations.
Over 40 Christie D20WU-HS laser projectors were deployed for the six-minute projection mapping performance on the parapet walls of the Secretariat Building’s symmetrical North and South Blocks, which feature Indo-Saracenic revival architecture and house key government offices. They were installed and commissioned by Christie’s longstanding partner, Modern Stage Services, a renowned systems integrator with numerous high-profile, large-scale projects across India under its belt. This is the first time that a massive projection mapping performance has been staged during the Beating Retreat Ceremony.
“We are thrilled to be given the honour of delivering the first-ever projection mappi

eric-churchEric Church returns to touring with BlackTrax
Friday, 4 February 2022

USA - Eric Church set out on The Gather Again Tour this fall with the intention to unite fans and celebrate the return of live music, promoting his most recent Heart & Soul albums. Church is fuelled by the energy he receives from the audience and his interactions with them. Now, he doesn’t have to worry about being at certain mic positions for certain moments. With the format of The Gather Again Tour, special moments can be created anywhere on stage at any time during the show, thanks to BlackTrax.
While The Gather Again tour shows take place in arena-sized venues, the stage is set up in an intimate, in-the-round style where the audience surrounds the performer from all sides. It’s a setup that needed a brand-new stage from the ones that Eric’s used to performing on for prior tours.
The design brief mandated that 64 automated follow spots (Robe BMFLs) simultaneously tracked the eight different targets; eight fixtures allocated per target. Butch Allen, the show’s production designer, worked very closely with TAIT (Staging and automation vendor for the tour) to develop a new flying camera system, now called the Navigator Camera System. BlackTrax sends positional information to TAIT via RTTRP-M so the flying cameras can automatically track Eric Church in real-time.
Throughout the show, the Navigator Camera System flies the length of the arena, capturing a 360º view of the stage and the audience surrounding the stage while also tracking the performers via BlackTrax. The results are stunning, and many of the shots and m

saracensVersion 2 partners with Saracens rugby
Thursday, 3 February 2022

UK - Saracens rugby club has announced a new partnership with Version 2 as its official lighting partner. Version 2 will be supporting all three teams in the Saracens Group - the men, women and mavericks. Their strap-line ‘Shining a light on Women’s Sport’ shows how in tune the two organisations are with the passion to develop the game. Their logo will be prominently featured on the Mavericks’ dress as their lead partner, and also visible on the women’s rugby kits as their principle partner.
Saracens CEO Lucy Wray comments, “We have got to know Nick and the team at Version 2 and it has been great to see how passionate and proactive they have been in their approach to getting behind our women’s teams.
“As an organisation, we are really energised and excited about both our women’s teams and how we can give them the best possible environment to be the best possible people and athletes that they can be. This would not be possible without dedicated partners like Version 2 who not only contribute financially but get behind the teams with their time and passion.”
Nick Edwards, managing director at Version 2, adds: “We’re immensely proud to align ourselves with one of Europe's most successful rugby clubs. Recent years have seen a paradigm shift in broadcasting, with increased programming being allocated to women’s sport. Lucy and the Board at Saracens have placed women’s sport at the forefront of their plans, we’re equally committed to support their teams to achieve success both on and off the pitch. We’re thrilled to be pa


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