Video and AV News

Webb and Doyle introduce DiGiCo’s D5 Live at PLASA
Monday, 9 September 2002

One of the most talked-about live music mixing consoles of recent months - the DiGiCo D5 Live - was launched at PLASA yesterday, with and Dave Webster and Bob Doyle making a special presentation to members of the press over an enjoyable Sunday roast. On stand D28, the D5 Live system is on demonstration in a fully working set-up with a digital multitrack concert recording sync’d to video.

Designed from the ground up to deliver high sonic purity and powerful, instantly accessible controllability, the D5 Live comprises the D5 Live console itself, a front-of-house Digirack containing A/D converters and I/Os, a matching stage Digirack and 100m of fibre optic cable. This is a complete, self contained system that does away with the need for a multicore, splitters, line drivers, dynamics processors and - optionally - an entire effects rack too. The D5 Live can even record live to multitrack with a single, simple MADI cable and a hard disk multitrack recorder.

Virtually every feature is visible at a glance, or at most a single, logical fingertip press away. The four LCD touchscreens present their rich feature sets exactly as an engineer would expect to find them on an advanced analog console, with instant access and no menus to navigate. This intuitive approach means that, despite packing in powerful digital dynamics, an optional effects package, total recall of every function, a 38x8 output matrix, up to 96 input channels and 40 multi-configurable internal buses, the learning curve will be as short as the feature list is long.

The D5 Live software provides flexibility i

We Will Rock You
Friday, 6 September 2002

So here’s the thing. I’m no expert in this theatre lark - is anyone? - but it seems to me that if your message is that the music business has gone bad, producing fake stars who do dull dance routines synchronized to synthesized backgrounds just to extract the maximum amount of cash from the fans . . . then the best medium for presenting that message is perhaps not a musical which heads dangerously close to that style, and for which you charge in the order of £40 per ticket.

But hey, a couple of thousand screaming Queen fans a night (after a slow start, ticket sales picked up following the cast’s promotional efforts at the real Queen’s Jubilee celebrations) suggest that the producers of We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre (the Queen back catalogue in the style of Stars in their Eyes, with Nigel Planer reviving his own old Young Ones role as an ageing hippy) know more than I do, though one suspects that the show will have to continue that success for some time to make its investment back (fit-ups measured in months rather than weeks do not come cheap).

Some of the money is visible on stage (particularly the tracking-and-flying LED video walls from Lighthouse, fed by Blitz’s new HRS graphics system, and run via Brilliant Stages’ motion control and Vertigo’s rigging, which re-arrange themselves into many different patterns during the show) and some if your eye wanders over to the technical infrastructure (let’s just say that the circle front conductor monitors appear to be plasma screens).

The show tells the story of

Lighthouse screens with Tomas LedinLighthouse screens with Tomas Ledin
Friday, 23 August 2002

Lighthouse LED screens, supplied by Massteknik, Scandinavia’s foremost giant screen provider, played a huge role in the visual aspect of the recent month-long tour by Sweden’s best-known and most popular artist, Tomas Ledin. A total of 77 panels of Lighthouse LVP1010D LED video screen (10mm pixel pitch, 1000 nits of brightness) was divided between three screens which tracked from side to side across the stage, forming either one giant screen of 11 x 7 panels (7.04 x 3.36m), or three smaller individual screens, with the centre screen being larger than the two outer screens.

Throughout the month of July, the tour visited open-air venues in no less than 30 cities around Sweden, sometimes on consecutive nights, with each concert attracting crowds of up to 10,000 people. This is the second year running that Massteknik has provided Ledin¹s entire video solution and, to make such a gruelling schedule possible, the stage, provided by Starlight Staging of Sweden, is built on the chassis of a truck so that it can be more easily moved from place to place. This truck has a built-in stage roof on top of a truss structure, with the screens being hung from the truss. To enable them to track from side to side with the necessary precision, Massteknik helped to design custom-built motors, with movement accurate to within 10mm, to provide a seamless screen when the three became one.

Video production, also provided by Massteknik, was from an OB truck located behind the stage. Three separate video feeds, each with its own content, were supplied to the individual screens and als

Electrosonic at Opel in BerlinElectrosonic at Opel in Berlin
Friday, 23 August 2002

About 600 guests, including the German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, and many famous politicians and actors, attended the recent opening of the new Opel Co-ordination Centre in Berlin. With a permanent exhibition of the latest models and numerous changing displays, ‘Opel in Berlin’ will be a genuine attraction for visitors. Art exhibitions and lectures will be staged and there is an ‘Auto-Media Café’ for the general public too. The whole exhibition was designed by Stadler Project of Offenbach, who were also the project managers.

Working with Scheiner Interaktive Medien of Langenfeld, who were responsible for the AV design and project management, Electrosonic supplied and installed all of the audio-visual systems in ‘Opel in Berlin’. On the ground floor the visitor can surf the world of cars in the Auto-Media Café, where there are 10 interactive displays, with Intranet and Internet connection, using 15" LCD Monitors and Trackball. Then they can follow the fascinating development process of a new car- ‘from the first vision to the latest Vectra’. Here there is a 15" 3D display, three Touchscreens, six LCD displays and an interactive LCD. The whole area uses eight channels of Electrosonic Video Server.

In the car showroom area, Electrosonic installed a 42" plasma display, a 15" LCD touchscreen, also served by an Electrosonic video server, together with four channels of Electrosonic ESTA Tapeless Audio. Also on the ground floor is the range of safety components which are built into Opel cars, displayed on

PLASA’s 25th Birthday Party
Friday, 23 August 2002

Sunday 8 September - 7.30pm till late . . .

This year the PLASA Show is celebrating its 25th year, and it’s something we’d like to share with as many exhibitors and visitors as possible. So, we’re hosting a PLASA Party on the evening of Sunday 8th September at 'The Bridge' (underneath London Bridge) - one of London’s newest venues, to which everyone is welcome. The all-inclusive tickets are just £50.00 (plus VAT) and include a champagne reception, buffet supper and all you can drink. Not to mention the chance to dance until late.

For further information call Mikaela Fenton-Jones on +44 (0)207 370 8207.

Quentor launch new Q-Fix range at PLASA
Wednesday, 21 August 2002

Quentor introduced its System Q Cases in 1996. Strong, good looking, weight saving products designed specifically for the demanding environment of Formula One motor racing, their benefits have been readily embraced by other industries.

Now the company has introduced its Quentor Q-Fix flightcases, which feature a new level of accuracy of manufacture almost unknown in the flightcase industry. The cases utilize a new, patented construction system offering unique, high strength and quality assembly. Quentor Q-Fix Cases are available in standard sizes or custom-built in almost any size, style, and colour. They are ideal for many applications within the AV, broadcasting and entertainment industries. The range includes trunks and racks, together with more specialized cases for lighting, cameras, and other AV equipment. The cases are available ready-assembled or as a flat-pack system, making them ideal for distributors/stockists or for users where space is at a premium.

Quentor can be found on stand C29.

Creative Technology flies the flag at Farnborough
Wednesday, 21 August 2002

CT Exhibitions, through its London and NEC offices, supplied audio-visual services to a number of design and production companies with clients participating at the Farnborough International 2002 air show (July 22-28). Specialists in providing the technical infrastructures for exhibition displays, the two operations pooled both their expertise and their equipment resources.

Design company IEDS contracted CT to equip two locations for its client, General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd, by providing plasma screens, DVD players and a 6ft x 4ft screen running off an NEC LT155 video projector in the hospitality chalet area. General Dynamics’ stand display was in the form of a multimedia projection show featuring four pods based around Samsung LCD monitors, along with a further two Barco 6400s, a 40" plasma display, control equipment and audio reinforcement. A significant amount of LED screen was also supplied elsewhere within the event. CT Exhibitions account manager Trudy Taylor confirmed that this included the AV fit-out for Parker Aerospace, via 4 Sight Design Group, with a 6 x 5 Barco i10 high-brightness LED screen, displaying content from a Sony DVD player.

Another of CT’s clients was Meggitt, for whom they supplied a 3 x 3 cube wall via Global Displays Ltd, while the company also supplied further kit to other participants on a dry hire basis. Trudy Taylor summarised: "Once again CT has shown it can respond collaboratively to the quite different AV requirements of a number of design and production companies, thanks to our combined equipment resources a

New developments from CrestronNew developments from Crestron
Tuesday, 20 August 2002

Crestron has extended its popular line of handheld, wireless RF touch panels with the arrival of the ST-1700C. This is the industry’s only active matrix display, producing stunning on-screen picture resolution from 64,000 colours. In addition, the ST-1700C provides five engravable push buttons down each side, for quick and easy ‘one-touch’ control. The ST-1700 features new fast-charging long-life NiMh batteries, and is compatible with the CNRFGWA RF gateway. A two-way version (STX-1700C) is also available to allow feedback from RS232 devices on the panel.

Crestron has also announced the addition of a ‘mini-tilt’, one-hand-control extension to its award-winning Isys high-resolution touch panels. The smallest of Crestron’s table-top versions, the TPS-3000 touch-panel provides the industry’s highest resolution (640 x 480) on a 6.4" active matrix display and 64,000 colour graphics from its Isys engine. Multiple graphics can be displayed on the TPS-3000 without any shift in colour depth or quality. The panel also supports real-time video as standard and can accommodate balanced or unbalanced video, S-Video or composite.

The touch-panel’s audio capabilities include stereo audio speakers offering built-in volume control, a built-in microphone and built-in WAV sound file capability. Furthermore, it places centralized, fingertip control of any device including integration and control of audio, video and computer signals, and boasts full Internet compatibility. The TPS-3000 also comes with optional accessories.

(Lee Baldock)

Stardraw increases sales force in US
Monday, 19 August 2002 has appointed Lee Bennett to the position of National Rep Manager in the US. Bennett will be responsible for managing Stardraw's rep force whose principal responsibility is the sale of Stardraw's ‘shrink-wrapped’ product range. Inc president Randell Green sees Bennett's appointment as representing a vital link in the chain and an opportunity for Green to concentrate on other areas of the business. "In addition to seeing continued growth in our traditional markets, we are also expanding into new sectors such as custom development for manufacturers," said Green. "Lee will ensure that we continue to offer excellent support for our established core activities, thus enabling me to focus on emerging business opportunities."

(Ruth Rossington)

Lighthouse Screen SuccessLighthouse Screen Success
Friday, 16 August 2002

Lighthouse recently held its first Open Days at Shepperton Studios in Middlesex, where it gave the first European showing of its new LVP0630 and LVP1050 high resolution, high brightness LED screens, and followed on from a highly successful Infocomm exhibition, where confirmed orders for the new products topped $4 million.

Over 100 attendees, including both existing Lighthouse rental partners, integrators and potential new customers from around Europe and the UK, viewed the state-of-the-art screens in the art gallery-style setting of The Orangery, in the heart of the world-famous studios. The ultra-high brightness LVP1050 (10mm pixel pitch, 5000 nits brightness), and the high definition LVP0630 (6mm pixel pitch, 3000 nits) both feature Lighthouse’s new M4 technology. At 5000 nits, the LVP1050 is the world’s first outdoor SMD (Surface Mount Device) LED video screen. It features Lighthouse’s unique M4 Uniformity Control (which brings TV quality images to the giant screen), the Quarter Bin sorting process and 13-bit processing to produce one of the highest performance LED screens available, displaying 16.7 million shades of colour.

Lighthouse international sales and marketing director, Graham Burgess commented: "The number of people attending from all over Europe points to the tremendous interest in these new products, and we were very pleased to be able to show them to such good effect in these wonderful surroundings. We’re looking forward to attaining the high volume of orders in Europe that we have already done in the United States."

Round Table sessions address Industry Issues
Friday, 16 August 2002

L&SI magazine is running two Round Table discussion sessions during the forthcoming PLASA Show (September 8-11, Earls Court 1, London) designed to address some of the most central issues in the industry.

The first session Freelance Rates - Due for Review? will focus on the current rates of pay for freelancers, which over the years have shown a downward trend in real terms, and will be led by a panel of industry professionals on both sides of the fence. The second session, Discounting Rental Rates: Is it Economic Madness? will look at discounting in rental markets, and how companies may be devaluing the services they provide in their attempts to undercut competitors. Once again, the panel will be drawn from those who deal with these issues on a daily basis.

The Freelance Rates session will take place on Monday 9 September at 3pm in the Westminster Room on the Mezzanine Level of Earls Court 1.The Discounting Rental Rates session will take place on Tuesday 10 September at 3pm in the Westminster Room on the Mezzanine Level of Earls Court 1.Both sessions are free for all to attend, but as space is limited, we would ask that you register in advance by contacting Jane Cockburn at PLASA Media at the e-mail address below:

Rosco Range at PLASA
Thursday, 15 August 2002

Rosco has a wealth of new, interesting and innovative products to be seen this year. The award winning ImageProGobo Slide Projector will be demonstrated on the stand allowing visitors to see how easy and effective it is to use. Also on stand will be catalogue of hundreds of images which have been specially selected for their value in theatre, opera, ballet, television and concerts. A CD containing the images is available from Rosco or available via the company’s website.

For traditional metal gobo users, Rosco has produced 60 new designs, including cloud images, break ups, windows and abstract graphics. Again, the entire range of over 900 other images can be seen on the Rosco website. Some or all of these new gobos can be used in the new Rosco Vortex 360 Single/Double Gobo Rotator. This new product offers excellent flexibility in a low cost package and can rotate one or two steel or glass gobos at fixed or variable speed. The speed of rotation can be set through a switch adjustment on the plug (for fixed speed) or by lowering the dimmer (for variable speeds). The Vortex 360 doesn’t require an additional power supply - the transformer plug can be plugged directly into a wall outlet or, using a low cost adapter, into a dimmer. The Vortex 360 fits the iris slot of such fixtures as the ETC Source Four, the Altman Shakespeare, the Strand SL, the Selecon Pacific and many similar instruments.

Rosco’s range of decorative material for events, promotions or theatrical design has been greatly expanded, updated and modernised. The materials have been improved, and

Distribute video and audio signals over low cost CAT5
Wednesday, 14 August 2002

AutoPatch, manufacturer of high performance and customizable audio, video and digital signal switching and routing equipment, has released its new Modula CAT5 Matrix Switchers and Point-to-Point transmitters/receivers. Users can now reduce the overall installed cost of a system by routing and distributing S-Video/Stereo or 2 x Composite/Stereo, point-to-point over 300m of unshielded twisted-pair (CAT5). In addition using the new AutoPatch Modula Matrix Switcher with CAT5 cards, users can achieve true Matrix configurations up to 32 x 32, 4 x 60 and 60 x 4 in a single 3U enclosure. RGBHV models will be released by the end of the year.

(Ruth Rossington)

Stardraw launches first web-based application
Wednesday, 14 August 2002

Software provider is to launch the world's first web-based CAD system. is a tool that allows users to design and document integrated systems through a browser using an on-line library of over 30,000 industry-specific symbols. represents the introduction of web-based technology which incorporates tools and data for all of the niche markets addressed by Stardraw's conventional software packages including Stardraw Audio, Stardraw AV, Stardraw Lighting 2D, Stardraw Professional and Stardraw Radio. As a result, users can now customize their symbol sets drawing from any or all of the above libraries according to individual requirements. Stardraw MD David Snipp explains: "Our conventional applications have established the sorts of tools that integrators find easy to use and valuable for system design and documentation. The web-based application has been written from the ground up to provide comparable functionality, but it is designed to run within a web page. Furthermore it encompasses everything we have ever done within our conventional 2D applications across a variety of markets, making it all accessible under the single heading of This is brand new technology and we believe we are the first company in the world to offer full CAD capability via the web."

Where traditional software is shipped on CD and installed, Stardraw’s web-based application is delivered through HTML pages, using tools which download themselves as and when they are needed. All of the functionality, for instance Cut, Copy, Paste commands

Stardraw announces Affiliate Program
Friday, 9 August 2002

Leading design and documentation software specialist has launched an Affiliate Program in a move that is designed to add value to the websites of all Affiliate members. The program, which is free to join and open to everyone, allows Affiliates to earn income from all online purchases at that result from a click-through from their site. The process is simple: having registered to become an Affiliate, Stardraw then supplies a link that is unique to each Affiliate to place on their website. Any customer that follows the link will be identified and logged, and any purchases they make will be attributed to the Affiliate's account. Commissions will then be paid on a quarterly basis.

According to Stardraw marketing director Rob Robinson: "We're very excited about the Affiliate program because it is such a simple way for anyone that has any connection to or interest in Stardraw products to add value to their site and at the same time earn them money. It also has the benefit of introducing Stardraw to a wider audience, so everybody wins."

(Lee Baldock)

XL supplies Oasis at Finsbury ParkXL supplies Oasis at Finsbury Park
Thursday, 8 August 2002

XL Video supplied live video production equipment for the recent Oasis shows at Finsbury Park, to a specification from Cheese Film & Video. The Oasis video show was a collage of two elements - onstage screens/pre-recorded footage, and side screens/live camera shoot. There was an occasional crossover of the live footage onto the onstage screens.

The onstage graphics material was conceptualised by Oasis’ lighting designer Mikey Howard, and designed and created by Richard Turner and Claire Oxley, working closely with Howard. As the band’s artistic director and lighting designer, Howard wanted to create an integrated visual scheme that mixed both lighting and video medias. The show’s camera design was undertaken by live video director Dick Carruthers and his company Cheese Film & Video. Carruthers employed Dave Wright as Cheese’s live producer, to deal generally with all necessary video logistics, and effectively acting as the band’s video liaison officer.

The video specification came to XL via the Oasis production. XL’s relationship with the band dates back to 2000, soon after the company’s launch, when Oasis became their first stadium tour that summer. XL’s Des Fallon has worked with Oasis previous to that - ever since they’ve had a video production! For the three sold-out Finsbury Park shows, XL supplied a GVG4000 control system, PPU and 6 cameras with wide angle and long lenses, plus two side screens, and all the onstage LED panels, hard disk recorder and control.

The onstage pre-recorded footage was output via 96

CT’s camera solution for James Bond TV trailer
Tuesday, 6 August 2002

Contracted by RSA Films to assist in the shooting of the trailer for the new James Bond film, Creative Technology helped construct an ingenious rig at Pinewood Studios, based on the new Barco G8 projector.

The Wandsworth-based technology company had good reason to call upon the G8 DLP projector in view of its high output (8000 ANSI lumens) matched with compact chassis and low mass. This, according to CT’s project manager, Richard Landen, enabled them to mount it via a CT hanging bracket to standard scaff poles and clamps, onto a Vinten heavy duty head, which in turn was attached to a standard Giraffe camera-mount crane. "The projector worked effortlessly 12 hours a day, over a four-day period - taking up positions inside the famous Bond cars," said Richard. "It was an innovative solution which was only made possible by the degree in which the technology has moved forward."

After being recommended for the contract, Creative Technology first arranged a pre-test for the film company, where director Hugh Johnson declared that he was delighted with the results. "We were asked to project onto various aspects of the car, in different sizes and formats. On a film shoot, time is of the essence and with just a three-day shoot (and one day build-up) this camera/projection arrangement worked swiftly and efficiently."

(Lee Baldock)

RMS introduces five new versions!
Monday, 29 July 2002

RMS will introduce no less then five new versions of its well-known Rental Management Systems software. All new versions share the RMS planning engine and the easy-to-use interface, which assures fully reliable data at extremely high speeds.

The first version is RMS Touring, a software package designed especially for handling rentals of touring-companies. This version is excellent for companies that have large quantities of equipment out for longer periods. Together with the crew- and transport-planner, it gives full control over all touring-rentals.

Next is RMS Conference, designed for renting AV-equipment to conferences, hotels, etc. This version focuses on aspects like keeping track of serial-numbers, short-term rentals (even on an hourly base is possible) and maintenance schedules. RMS Exhibition is a version, which deals with the specific problems of exhibition rentals. Easier pricing schemes (pricing for the exhibition-period, rather then per day), project-management to oversee all jobs for a given exhibition, are some of the features of this version.

RMS Crew & Transport is the long-awaited version, which can be integrated with each of the above versions, or may be used as a stand-alone application. RMS Crew & Transport is capable of handling even the most complex scheduling-situations and makes them manageable. The last of the five new versions is RMS Demonstration, designed for manufacturers and sales organizations wishing to handle demo-stocks.

"After talks with our diverse types of clients, we soon realized that, besides similarities, there are also

Dick Carruthers joins Metropolis Group’s M Productions
Monday, 29 July 2002

The Metropolis Group - which includes Metropolis Studios, Metropolis Mastering, Metropolis DVD and New York-based Sterling Sound - has strengthened its newly formed London-based M Productions by bringing in award winning director Dick Carruthers.

Carruthers will be working alongside Anouk Fontaine, executive producer and founder of the DVD content division of Metropolis Group. The pair have worked on a variety of multi-camera projects, as a producer/director team whilst at Done and Dusted. Past productions include Texas, Paris Live Concert; Channel 4 documentary and DVD; Nelly Furtado Live at the Forum for MTV US and the live webcast Backstage at the Brits 2001, nominated for the ‘Best On-line Music’ award.

Internationally recognized as one of the most experienced and creative directors, Carruthers has worked on concerts, documentaries, pop promos and DVDs for a vast selection of artists, including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Texas, The Stereophonics, Elton John, Britney Spears and Oasis - for whom he has been director of choice for six years. Utilizing his understanding of DVD technology, directing experience and innovative approach, Carruthers will help expand the division and work closely with artists to ensure excellent results.

The development of M Productions completes the ‘circle of services’ on offer at Metropolis’ Power House studios in West London. Renowned for their expertise in mastering, DVD and production, the new addition allows artists to have the option to complete all of their requirements under one roof.

(Ruth Ros

New Unitek screen kicks-off at NikeParkNew Unitek screen kicks-off at NikePark
Friday, 26 July 2002

XL Video’s recently-acquired Unitek MS17 LED video screen provided the backdrop for 15 days of exciting competition and entertainment at the NikePark Scorpion KO event, held at The Dome in Greenwich, London. Live video specialists XL Video supplied and operated the Unitek screen, which was used as a central feature of the main stage.

Themed on Nike Football’s hugely successful TV ad campaign, the Dome was transformed into a post industrial-styled football arena in which 16 different ‘Scorpion Tribes’ played off against each other for a place in the Scorpion Final held on the 15th June 2002. Over the course of the event, thousands of young footballers from all over the UK took part in the hotly-contested tournaments. The Dome event was just one of 13 NikePark competitions held simultaneously across the world, giving youngsters everywhere the chance to put their football skills to the ultimate test. In London Alone, over 165,000 boys and girls played three-a-side football.

The video production facilities supplied by XL Video were a crucial element in the success of the London NikePark event. The Unitek MS17 screen was used to run a mixture of live video, event information and Nike Football’s TV ads including their newest ‘Rematch’ commercial. The screen also played a prominent role in several evening events, including a live appearance by Ms Dynamite, which culminated in a prestigious awards ceremony hosted by Nike to recognize the achievements of their staff from across the UK and Ireland.

XL Video’s operations director,

LDPS New Zealand goes live
Thursday, 25 July 2002

Leading technical design consultancy LDPS has opened an office in New Zealand, to service clients in Australasia, the Pacific Rim and the Far East. The move follows four years of LDPS operation in Ireland and the UK, which will continue to be directed from the Cork office. LDPS’s Grant Collie told us: "I’ve had incredibly positive feedback on the New Zealand office and on the business we will be doing in these territories. I’m already working on several projects."

LDPS NZ will concentrate on the company’s core business as a performance venue technical consultancy. The team specialises in all aspects of design including sound, lighting, multi and mixed media facilities, audio-visual and stage technology. Working in the Southern Hemisphere will also give LDPS the opportunity to expand it's service to sports facilities, in particular the design of public address and broadcast video infrastructures.

LDPS also supplies its services for other areas like interactives at heritage projects, visitor attractions and museums, co-ordinating with specialist manufacturers of themed rides and similar facilities. Collie is expecting to continue this element of the business in the new territories, where LDPS can either work directly from the conception of a project, or with a client’s existing specialist consultants.

The company can also assist in the preparation of entries for architectural design competitions.Grant Collie says: "We’re often called into a project when it’s at a fairly advanced stage, which can prove to be false

CT dials in to T. Mobile’s Blackpool ConventionCT dials in to T. Mobile’s Blackpool Convention
Thursday, 25 July 2002

Corporate event AV specialist Creative Technology assisted staging company Imagination to create a vivid platform for T. Mobile to make a key presentation to its staff at the Blackpool Hilton recently. The centrepiece of a full technical package was a pair of twin rear-projection screens, mounted stage right behind the lectern, while to the left were blow-up images taken from T Mobile’s advertising campaign.

The screen displays took separate Powerpoint, video graphics and camera-derived feeds projected from Christie S6 and X6 6000 ANSI lumens Roadster projectors. Incorporated in the complement of equipment were graphics machines running Windows XP with new 3D animations effects. CT also fielded a conventional three-camera PPU.

Sited at the end of a purpose-constructed entrance ‘tunnel’ - which ran behind the set and brought guests in at the stage - was a videowall provided by Imagination. Behind this, CT concealed a minicam so that visitors could see themselves on the display wall as they made their way towards the stage. They also fielded a separate DV camcorder, with a DV player stationed in the production unit, feeding pictures in from an exhibition area.

Finally, Creative Technology contributed a pair of plasma screens (situated at the rear), and LCD displays on the stage, which acted as prompt monitors for the presenters. The event was project managed for Creative Technology by Mark Woodhouse, assisted by Richard Landen.

(Lee Baldock)

Audace to launch SuperHub AV controller
Wednesday, 24 July 2002

Audace Ltd, manufacturer of the Intelliplate range of remote control panels for installations, has announced that the launch of the newest member of the range will take place at the PLASA show in September.

The ‘SuperHub’ moves the Intelliplate concept away from exclusively controlling audio towards more general AV control. It does this by providing more control ports, a proprietary scripting language - ‘IntelliScript’, more processing power and Ethernet capability. Benefits to installers will include the facility to access the control system remotely using a standard web browser, facilities for controlling multiple devices with one processor, an integral calendar for scheduled events and an automated error logging facility for diagnostic purposes.

SuperHub is a 1U device, which resides in the rack alongside the equipment to be controlled. It boasts two RS232 ports, two RS485 ports, an Ethernet port and an Intelliplate port, with the latter two on industry-standard RJ45 connectors. SuperHub can be accessed by the installer for programming purposes either via a frontal RS232 connector connected to a laptop serial port or via its Ethernet port, paving the way for access via a Local Area Network or even from off-site. SuperHub connects to up to 31 Intelliplate wall panels via a single Cat 5 cable and wall panels can then be configured, via the SuperHub, for functions such as presets, volume control,source selection, paging, device activation, room mode switching and muting.

Configuration and scripting will be facilitated by the provision of a free

E//T//C UK projects at Victor Hugo FestivalE//T//C UK projects at Victor Hugo Festival
Wednesday, 24 July 2002

E//T//C UK, the large format projection specialist, fresh from its success in illuminating Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Jubilee, has produced a series of breathtaking 40-minute projection shows for Guernsey’s three-month long Victor Hugo Festival. The free son et lumière show - specially produced by E//T//C UK - that recalled the dramatic life and times of Hugo, who spent 15 years in exile on Guernsey during the 1850s and 60s. The free, three-day son et lumière was timed to coincide with Bastille Day, and also illustrated the rich cultural heritage of the island. It was held on the waterfront at Guernsey’s capital, St. Peter Port, and was a massive success, attracting over 5,000 people. E//T//C’s Ross Ashton was approached by members of Guernsey’s Victor Hugo Working Party last year, following a son et lumière presentation at Chiswick House in London.

The brief was to produce a 40-minute show about Hugo, paying particular attention to his time in Guernsey. Ashton asked writer Elizabeth Fry to collaborate with scripting and storyboarding, and together they researched the project. With Hugo being such a prolific creative force, there was no shortage of archive material - on Guernsey, and in France and England. Guernsey’s Prieux Library yielded an impressive stock of pictures, as did Hauteville House, his abode on the island. Ashton and Fry’s main challenge here was containing the show to just 40 minutes with the available material!

E//T//C had the soundtrack - involving a narrator and four actors - recorded in Wales at KBM


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