Video and AV News

arriOSF and ARRI build virtual studios
Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Europe - The ARRI System Group, part of the ARRI Group and virtual production technology company On-Set Facilities are coming together to service and deliver virtual production projects and provide integrated solutions for virtual production studios.
Director of technology and owner of On-Set Facilities Asa Bailey comments: “I’m very proud to have signed with ARRI to partner with the System Group. With this alliance, we can use our knowledge of virtual production systems to supply global clients with a lot more first class on-set technology. We can now design and provide complete, turnkey, on-set VFX and virtual production studio solutions with total confidence and better meet the growing on-set technology needs of major studios, production companies, and broadcasters.”
Founded in the Snowdonia Mountains of Northern Wales, building real-time, on-set computer systems, On-Set Facilities now has sales and support offices in Madrid and LA. The technology company develops a full range of on-set VFX and virtual production solutions covering in-camera VFX (LED), mixed reality (green screen), and fully virtual (in-engine) production.
ARRI’s regional business development director, David Levy, adds: “This partnership is one of many steps ARRI is taking to bring virtual production and real time solutions to our customers. We believe, especially in these uncertain times, in the value of these systems and how they will allow our customers to continue to make content and, more importantly, their art. Which we as consumers value more than ever.

encoshanefinchENCO appoints sales director
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

USA - ENCO, a specialist in automated workflow solutions for radio, television and professional AV systems, has appointed Shane Finch as sales director, effective immediately. Reporting to ENCO president Ken Frommert, Shane will focus on global sales and business development across all markets and product lines, and introduce ENCO’s automated workflow innovations into new business verticals.
Shane comes to ENCO with more than 40 years in the broadcast industry, including 35 years with broadcast groups in the Midwest and Florida, where he currently resides. His experience has mainly focused on radio operations, balancing a mix of on-air personality and director-level management roles throughout his career. He later transitioned into the technology space as vice president, business relations for MusicMaster, ENCO’s longtime music scheduling partner, where he spent seven successful years focused on customer relations and new business development.
“ENCO has long connected remote broadcasters to studio automation systems, and WebDAD extends this concept as remote broadcasting shifts from novelty to requirement,” comments Finch. “Furthermore, their AI and software-driven enCaption and enTranslate systems present a springboard of new business opportunities for ENCO and its partners, with exceptional value and performance for all of our end customers.”
“Shane’s experience with sales management and customer relations, along with his direct familiarity with ENCO’s technology and business culture, makes him a natural fit for this important ro

sphereSphereLabs launches multi-use PZ Sphere
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

UK/USA - New interactive LED sphere technology company SphereLabs has launched a futuristic LED display and interactive solution for the entertainment and corporate markets.
The PZ Sphere is 2m tall whilst its precision-engineered frame is covered with a tessellated arrangement of bespoke LED panels at a high-resolution 3mm pixel pitch. SphereLabs says the product will appeal to a wide range of customers, including production companies, agencies, record labels, producers, production houses, directors and designers.
It can also work to increase visibility and engagement with displays in settings such as airports and attractions, while with added interactivity, it can also as a unique touchpoint 360˚ information resource for information or navigation in venues such as shopping centres.
SphereLabs is a new-to-market collaboration between Light Initiative’s Bryn Williams and Dave Stevens and Steffan Jones of production and design company Production Zync.
“We’re thrilled to bring the PZ Sphere to market,” says Williams. “It’s the result of many months of input from talent at the forefront of LED sphere innovation and has the capability to transform the way information is displayed and experienced.”
SphereLabs says it is ready to roll out the PZ Sphere in both sales and hire capacities.
“With hire, we will manage, deliver, and execute the A to Z of technical production for anything live, be it an event, a concert, a sport half-time show, a tour, TV, music and so on,” Williams continues. “That can include not only the

glennbeckerESTA stalwart Glenn Becker passes away
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

USA - Glenn Becker, the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA)’s first president, passed away on 19 June aged 70.
“Glenn’s vision was about bringing the industry together to make it a better industry”, says ESTA. “He thought that competitors could come together and share ideas and solutions to make business easier and more successful for everyone. Because of that vision and Glenn’s hard work, the Theatrical Dealers Association (TDA) was born.”
Becker organised its founding meeting in 1987 and served as the first president from 1987 to 1991. In 1994, when the decision was made to form ESTA, the TDA board turned to Becker to chair the committee that rewrote the bylaws and set up the new organisational structure. The board would continue to turn to him over the years to take on special projects.
He became involved in theatre in high school. In 1968, Becker took a job delivering newspapers for the Chicago Sun Times and on his first day he read the paper and saw an ad for a job at Grand Stage Company which had been founded by Paul Tyler in 1947. Becker was hired and one of his first jobs was to assist in the company’s move to its new building on Lake Street - in the midst of the infamous Democratic National Convention. Becker started off coiling cable and helping in the rental department and within a year had worked his way up to become general manager. He also worked as a theatre electrician and stage manager across Chicago area theatres.
In 1977, Becker and his wife Janel took over the full running of the comp

puy-du-fouPuy du Fou upgrades with Optocore network
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

France - Ranked the second most popular theme park in France (behind Disneyland Paris) Puy du Fou is spread over 500 hectares at Les Epesses in the heart of Pays de La Loire region.
When it came to specifying a site-wide digital comms upgrade recently, the facility’s long-term head of technology (and resident sound engineer), Samuel Briand, was clear that an expansive Optocore fibre ring solution would best serve the park’s requirements. He explained that previously they had worked mostly in analogue but this has now been replaced with parallel Optocore, Dante and AVB networks.
“The first consideration was the vast distance,” he said, explaining the background to the specification. “The park is very large, requiring several hundred kilometers of cable length, and it was essential that we could pass the signals without loss of quality and without length constraints.”
The new system itself was conceived at the Park’s in-house design studio, overseen by Briand, with the company DV2 supplying the equipment and technical support.
Each of the featured shows has its own control room and runs autonomously, although the existing fiber optic network allows shows to be connected to each other if necessary. “When we create a show, we connect the audio mixing studio to the show concerned and mix in the attraction by moving the screen, keyboard and mouse from the studio computer. The sound travels in the Optocore environment between the studio and the show, thus saving us from having to carry a big flight case with a ProTools HDX,” Briand

viosoVioso helps create immersive studio space
Friday, 19 June 2020

France - From its inception, Lyon-based 13-2 Studio has been motivated by the need to provide innovative solutions for its customers. This drive has led the French company to create the Immersive Cylinder - a fully portable, temporary space that can host bespoke content and be used for presentations, training, entertainment, and many more applications besides.
“When we created this cylinder, we had the one objective in mind; put the human back in the centre of VR technology,” comments Amaury Chevrier, owner of 13-2. “We realised that there was a lot of 3D and immersive content in the market but when you’re wearing a VR helmet, you’re on your own. We wanted to create a new kind of immersive space.”
After months of research, tests, and prototypes, 13-2 Studio were led to create what has been billed as the first shared VR experience in France. The finished cylinder – which is made of aluminium and internally wrapped with projection material – requires only 6m x 6m of floor area and 2.95m of ceiling height to be set up, and is equipped with five Optoma 1080GTDarbee projectors, four Yamaha speakers, and a subwoofer.
As well as being compact, the cylinder can be built, calibrated, and ready to play within five hours and even split into two if the situation demands it. One of the key reasons for the cylinder’s ease and speed of deployment is the power of Vioso’s proprietary calibration software, Anyblend, which comes pre-installed on its Anystation Media server.
“We met with Etienne Servant from Vioso at ISE in 2019, who showed

ATEN ANZ partners with Exertis
Friday, 19 June 2020

Australia - ATEN Australia and New Zealand has announced a new partnership with Exertis Pro AV Australia. The lKVM manufacturer has signed a distribution contract with Exertis Pro AV Australia with the strategic aim to expand its AV market share in Australia and New Zealand.
Exertis ProAV Australia is owned by Stampede and parent company DCC Technology, which is one of Europe’s largest AV distributors. Exertis Pro AV Australia will distribute ATEN’s broad range of AV products, including their advanced video distribution, collaboration technology and control systems.
“This partnership with Exertis Pro AV Australia is one of the key steps in our expanding strategy in the Australia and New Zealand AV market,” says Wesley Wong, director of ATEN Australia and New Zealand.
“Exertis ProAV Australia is a new name in the local market but we believe with the strong global network and support, they will make our professional AV solutions more accessible to new clients in different vertical markets including retail, commercial spaces, healthcare and educations.”
Commenting on the appointment, Exertis Pro AV Australia president & CEO Kevin Kelly notes: “For more than 40 years ATEN has stood at the intersection of where AV and IT meet and provided customers across a broad range of markets with solutions that help customers to make better connections. The addition of ATEN to our portfolio of best-in-class brands provides our resellers with an opportunity to offer their customers a complete range of integrated connectivity and management

markus-spiske-ucbmz0s-w28-unsplashGovernment DCMS survey reveals COVID-19 damage
Thursday, 18 June 2020

UK - The damage across the UK culture, media, sports and digital sectors caused by the coronavirus outbreak has been laid bare in a government survey published this week.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has released the results of its Business Survey, showing the impact of coronavirus on organisations across the four sectors. The survey received 3,936 responses submitted between 23 April and 22 May.
Headline findings reveal the devastating impact of the pandemic on businesses, with more than a third (1,646) of respondents reporting their revenue has decreased by 100% year-on-year, whilst just 97 have seen an increase during the period.
In terms of how long businesses can continue to operate viably, the majority (1,156) of respondents selected ‘up to six months’, whilst 1,102 indicated that they could stay afloat beyond six months. However, 202 respondents said their businesses were already no longer trading; 155 stated they could only carry on trading for less than a month, and 902 reported they could only trade viably for up to three months. The remaining 408 selected ‘don’t know’. An overwhelming 2,668 respondents also indicated their business’ ability to trade was under threat due to the pandemic, with just 1,070 stating the opposite.
More than half (2,146) of respondents said they had accessed government support during the survey period, but nearly half (1,790) hadn’t. The headline findings can be found test

christieChristie introduces all-purpose Griffyn
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

USA - Christie Digital is highlighting its lightest and quietest RGB laser projector during this week's virtual tradeshows InfoComm Connected and Projection Expo 2020.
The new Christie Griffyn 4K32-RGB projector offers 360° orientation capabilities, and includes patented next-generation Trulife+ all-in-one electronics for ‘a blur-free experience, and unrestricted connectivity to eliminate the time and hassle of removable option cards’.
The Griffyn 4K32-RGB is Christie’s first projector to offer new digital convergence giving users the ability to select Red, Green, or Blue individually and adjust each colour by remote control, for easy picture-perfect image alignment that saves time and money.
Griffyn 4K32-RGB produces a wide colour gamut, achieving greater than 96% of the Rec. 2020 colour space - more than twice the colour of Rec. 709 and 50% more than DCI-P3-capable projectors - for a richer, more memorable audience experience. It also features optional high frame rate (HFR) capability to achieve 120Hz at 4K resolution or up to 480Hz with HD resolution for lifelike images.
“Weighing only 175lb (79.5kg) the Griffyn 4K32-RGB is packed full of powerful features that will enhance your audience’s experience including exceptional colour, sound performance below 50dB at full brightness, and superior video processing,” said Brad Martin, senior product manager at Christie. “Users can transport their audience to colourful new worlds since Griffyn not only raises the bar for RGB pure laser projection but soars above it. The Christie line

adjSpectrum hosts virtual dance festivals
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

The Netherlands - Production company Spectrum AV has created a blank canvas studio in its warehouse that it is renting out to promotors who wish to host virtual dance festivals during the coronavirus lockdown. Featuring an impressive lighting rig, comprised of 68 ADJ fixtures, it allows the atmosphere of a high-energy DJ set to be captured and live-streamed for fans to watch in the safety of their own homes.
Established for over 15 years, Spectrum AV is a full-service lighting, video, audio and effects rental and production company based in the village of Udenhout, which is located between Tilburg and ‘s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands. Although the company supplies a wide range of clients spanning across the entertainment and business worlds, it has developed a particular niche in the EDM festival market.
With a business model designed to make life as easy as possible for event organisers, the Spectrum AV team take care of all the technical requirements of many large-scale festivals and dance parties each year. This means that - like many other productions companies across the world - they were hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are only five miles away from where the first case of coronavirus occurred in The Netherlands,” explains Spectrum AV’s general manager, Lex Willems. “Within a week, every event with above 1000 guests was cancelled in our region and soon after even smaller gatherings were also banned, so we directly saw all of our markets collapse. Fortunately, one of our former employees is now working in the sol

howtosessionslogoLawo Lounge connects with customers
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Germany - Lawo has started organising weekly Lawo Lounge (Wednesdays) and How-To (Thursdays) sessions to stay connected with its customers and future Lawo users. The first sessions were streamed on Wednesday, 10 June and Thursday, 11 June to a large audience.
The aim of these sessions is to present entertaining and informative, short-form programmes about the media and entertainment industry’s transition to IP-based content production and delivery. Brought live from Lawo’s headquarters in Rastatt, Germany, the sessions offer product tips, application insights, new product introductions, customer interviews, interactive Q&A and more.
All Lawo Lounge instalments can either be watched live at 14:00 hours (CEST) on Wednesdays, with a replay at 20:00 hours (CEST), or on demand by clicking the relevant link in the Past Webinars section on the page.
The Lawo How-To sessions are streamed on Thursdays at 14:00 hours (CEST), with a replay at 20:00 hours. On-demand watching is also available.
Users are welcome to ask questions in writing during and until one hour after each session. Details about registering for each individual event can be found here.
Each session ends with a sweepstake where attendees can submit for Lawo swag and goodies.

danteAudinate releases new Dante AVIO adapters
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

USA - Audinate, developer of the Dante AV networking technology, is adding two new models to Dante AVIO line of audio adapters, offering USB-C and Bluetooth connectivity for use with Dante networks.
The Dante AVIO family of adapters allow users to easily use non-networked audio equipment on a Dante audio network. Cost effective, compact and rugged, Dante AVIO is available in 1- or 2-channel analogue input or output configurations as well as AES3/EBU, USB and now Bluetooth versions.
The Dante AVIO USB-C adapter allows devices with USB-C ports to deliver and receive 2 channels of audio with a Dante audio network. It is a class-compliant USB audio device that requires no additional drivers and works with any application, making it ideal for rapid setup of conference rooms, background music and more. The Dante AVIO USB-C adapter may be powered by the connected device or via PoE and it works with common USB-C to USB-A adapters. When using PoE, it features power pass-through for mobile devices, enabling smartphones to remain charged while connected to a Dante network.
The Dante AVIO Bluetooth adapter provides wireless connectivity to Dante networks for mobile devices and computers and is ideal for both playback from smartphones to larger sound systems, and for connecting networked speakers and microphones to conferencing software. Once configured, a user may rely upon Bluetooth to switch from local smartphone audio to a complete conferencing system to share what is being said with others.
“With the addition of those two models of Dante AVIO, we’

bdl-modulopi-2Digital arts centre relies on Modulo Kinetic
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

France - As Culturespaces opens the world’s largest digital art centre, the cultural operator continues its successful collaboration with Modulo Pi. Opened on June 10, 2020, the Bassins de Lumières (The Ponds of Lights) in Bordeaux relies on 30 Modulo Kinetic media servers to provide an outstanding immersive art experience.
Culturespaces Digital turned to Modulo Pi and chose the Modulo Kinetic media server solution in 2018, when it created the first digital art centre in Paris, the Atelier des Lumières. Opened in April 2018, the Atelier des Lumières already welcomed more than 2m visitors eager to experience a new immersive approach to the work of famous artists such as Klimt, Van Gogh, Monet, and more.
Since the opening of the Atelier des Lumières, Modulo Kinetic has become the exclusive media server for each existing or new digital art centre by Culturespaces Digital: the Carrières de Lumières (Les Baux-de-Provence, France), the Bunker de Lumières (Jeju island, South Korea), and now the Bassins de Lumières (Bordeaux, France).
Inaugurated on 10 June in Bordeaux, the Bassins de Lumières is the largest digital art centre in the world. Established in a former World War II submarine base facing the Atlantic Ocean, the venue is six times bigger than the Atelier des Lumières. The Bassins de Lumières include four vast ponds, a cube, and an immersive tank for a total projection surface reaching 14,000sq.m.
The AV set-up relies on 71 F80-Q12 and 24 G60-W10 Barco video projectors, 80 Meyer Sound CAL 32 loudspeakers, and 30 Modulo Kineti

camstream2bCP releases latest CamSTREAM systems
Friday, 12 June 2020

USA - CP Communications has announced the immediate availability of CamSTREAM2 and CamSTREAM2B, the second generation of the company’s Red House Streaming (RHS) all-in-one live production systems.
Available to rent or purchase, both systems support content acquisition, on-board recording and live streaming in fully integrated, turnkey packages, with CamSTREAM2 built for ProAV productions and CamSTREAM2B for professional broadcasts. Both systems are configurable to serve cloud streaming and user-hosted playout workflows.
Ease of setup represents the main departure from first-generation CamSTREAM systems. The new systems simplify and accelerate configuration for content creators, and cede production and control operations to remote CP Communications technicians. These two benefits remove the intimidation factor for less experienced content creators, including athletes, musicians and gamers, while providing the same premium technology and visual experience that professional organizations and viewers expect.
“We built our second-generation STREAM systems to reflect customer feedback, including the demand for more streamlined workflows and a cost-efficient at-home production model,” said Kurt Heitmann, CEO, CP Communications. “These systems will allow content providers to shoot and stream broadcast-quality video direct to Facebook, YouTube, a CDN, and/or studio-based playout servers with virtually no advance labor or local production expenses.”
The all-in-one packages, which integrate a Sony SRG-360SHE PTZ camera, a Mobile Viewpoint Agile

copper-candleCopper Candle to boost grassroots theatre
Friday, 12 June 2020

UK - A new company specialising in immersive technologies for theatre, performance and live events has won funding from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. Copper Candle will use the funding to develop a platform to help the grassroots of the UK theatre and music industry, both in the short-term during the COVID-19 crisis and far beyond.
Copper Candle’s innovative Break A Leg platform will help community theatre, choirs and schools to continue collaborating while under pandemic restrictions. But that’s not all: it will also open possibilities for more widespread online collaborations among creative communities in the future.
“This funding enables us to build a platform which will allow anyone, but particularly community theatre groups, to easily navigate through technology to create collaborative performances and turn them into shareable content,” explains founder James Simpson, a pioneer of the use of virtual and augmented reality technologies in live entertainment production.
“Keeping theatre alive means supporting amateur and community groups who will help to deliver the next generation of performers, artists and technicians,” adds Simpson, whose own career began in community theatre. “It’s an essential training ground for new talent in professional theatre and live events, both on-stage and behind the scenes. In future, Break A Leg will also enable technical crews and designers to add to the creative mix.”
Break A Leg will enable users to choose a song or piece of music, follow the backing track and lyrics and reco

chemistryTFG delivers brighter AV for Burlington House
Friday, 12 June 2020

UK - Torpedo Factory Group has upgraded the audio-visual system at the London headquarters of the Royal Society of Chemistry, one of the UK’s oldest professional scientific associations, established in the mid-19th century with the goal of advancing the chemical sciences.
Burlington House, Mayfair, has been the RSC’s residence since 1857, and is famed for its historic library that not only houses a world-class collection of scientific journals but is also a leading event venue in central London.
Key to the Library’s attraction as a venue – prized by users for seminars, conferences, lectures, award ceremonies and private functions – is its integrated audio-visual facilities and, taking an opportunity to benefit from the latest technological advancements, the RSC decided this year to upgrade its systems in order to provide better coverage and improved intelligibility to meet the growing requirements of its many clients.
In consultation with Torpedo Factory Group (TFG), the RSC technical team, headed by Grant Verrel, discussed options for global connectivity – since amongst the many in-person activities hosted in the Library such as Q&A sessions and product launches, live streaming has become a popular component that clients are requesting.
The new AV system replaces one previously installed by TFG, which had served them well. “We’ve had a long and excellent relationship with TFG,” said Verrell. “Since they were intimately familiar with our existing equipment they were the natural choice for this upgrade, and we trusted fr

painting-with-light-virtual-event-studioPWL opens virtual event studio
Friday, 12 June 2020

Belgium - Lighting, visuals, show and production design practice Painting with Light (PWL) has opened – in partnership with NEP Belgium – a new virtual event studio at its C-MINE HQ in Genk, Belgium, offering a streaming production / broadcast facility – including full virtual audience interactivity – to deliver digital events.
Based on a model created by Univate in The Netherlands, the new PWL Studio space offers an innovative and creative approach for staging virtual events of all types – from keynote speeches, corporate meetings and presentations to brand activations, product launches and conferences to seminars to album launches, parties and live music streams.
The project is a response to the massive increase in demand for streamed, ‘delivered-live’ and recorded events and content to expand reach and visibility in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and new social distancing rules and guidelines.
The 10 x 19m recording area is fully equipped with the professional audio and broadcast technologies empowered by NEP Belgium and the latest LED lighting technologies from Luxibel, together with moving lights from Chauvet and Robe.
While fully customisable to client needs, for versatility, speed and efficient operation, several pre-designed event stages / spaces are also available embracing different styles and occasions, each of which can be individually branded to make every event eye-catching and distinctive.
Additionally, 3D assets and the design of any physical event, studio, trade show booth, etc., can be imported from

ruby-at-ise2020-2ROE Visual joins AV Innovation Days
Thursday, 11 June 2020

Germany - Taking its first cautious steps out after the COVID-19 lockdown, ROE Visual will be showcasing some of its latest products at the AV Innovation Days.
The AV Innovation Days, as organized by Lang AG, offer an alternative event platform for the cancelled InfoComm show and are held at the Lang Academy location in Lindlar, Germany.
With ISE’s sister event InfoComm 2020 turning into a virtual experience event, held from 16-18 June, Lang sought to offer an alternative programme. The AV Innovation Days will see a virtual programme broadcasted during the InfoComm Connected, combined with an onsite live event for regional visitors. Apart from ROE Visual, other manufacturers such as Panasonic, Samsung and Barco will present their current technologies and innovations.
As part of InfoComm Connected, the AV Innovation Days will give visitors the chance to discover the latest highlights and developments that would normally have been presented at the InfoComm show. The AVID days will be held from 17-19 June, 2020.
ROE Visual will bring its latest products, like the Ruby R2.3 screen, the Black Quartz outdoor screen and the Vanish transparent LED panels to the event. A team of ROE Visual experts are at the stand to answer all your questions. Erik Baum, Roelof Bouwman and Victor Kortekaas will be happy to help you, taking all the Covid-19 precautions to heart.
Equipped with features that are beneficial from build to performance, the innovative Ruby R2.3 LED panel is ready for the next generation. ROE Visual has developed its own 4in1 LED, ex

tslTSL Lighting solution for Skillsoft live stream
Thursday, 11 June 2020

UK - TSL Lighting helped independent live events production company LRI create a Covid-secure lighting package for a live stream training session by e-learning company, Skillsoft, in May.
TSL was approached by lighting designer Tim Ball to supply a fitting solution for the project, with a specification that would provide the presentation with the perfect balance of lighting for the cameras filming the session.
Skillsoft had originally programmed its Perspectives 2020 session as an in-person event, but the Covid-19 lockdown meant that LRI and Skillsoft worked quickly to transform the production into a fully online, global digital experience.
Ball’s design included Chroma-Q Colorforce II 48 LED battens for scenic treatment, Arri 650 Plus fresnels for key lighting, ETC Source Four Profiles for graphics highlights and an array of battery-powered Astera AX3 LightDrop LED spotlights for backlight.
The event was prepped, delivered and installed onsite by Ball and Graham Loughman, with full consideration to the UK government's Covid-Secure guidelines, with social distancing in place for all logistics, build and de-rig.
“The brief from Elliot Levi at LRI was for a warm ‘daytime TV’ feel to the lighting,” says Ball. “The venue, an unoccupied space in the office building where the client is based, did offer some challenges, particularly the nine-foot high ceiling with no hanging possibilities. I decided to go with a single ground support truss for key light from four Arri 650W fresnels mounted on short barrels on top of the truss

john-deeres-hybrid-showcase-delivered-by-onebigstarOneBigStar delivers John Deere showcase
Thursday, 11 June 2020

UK - Farming showcase event Cereals should have been taking place in Duxford this week. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it has been unable to go ahead in its physical form this year. Instead, the event’s organiser Comexposium is holding virtual event Cereals LIVE 2020 with a programme that covers all the key demonstrations, exhibitors and seminars.
Regular exhibitor, John Deere is participating and shared an exclusive preview to select customers earlier this week. The online demonstration highlighted key feature updates to three of its best-selling machines and the benefits of its ‘My John Deere’ technology live to an audience of 250, utilising a purpose-built studio, presenters, cameras and live streaming technology, delivered by its long-standing exhibition and audio-visual partner OneBigStar.
With several new technological advancements added to four of its most popular models, the leading manufacturer of farming machinery was keen to demonstrate the updates to buyers in as live an environment as possible. OneBigStar with its extensive inventory of technical production equipment and expertise in live events, was uniquely placed to design and develop a solution that allowed John Deere to deliver an innovative and fully interactive showcase of its machines.
Reacting to the new situation and an inability to attend live events, OneBigStar designed a purpose-built studio to deliver an environment that was on-brand and to the standard that John Deere’s customers would expect. Working in-conjunction with John Deere’s existing

sterlingAbsen LED backdrop enhances Sterling studio
Wednesday, 10 June 2020

UK - Technical event production company Sterling Event Group has created Sterling Studio, a Manchester based studio space designed to boost the production value of webinars and other virtual events, over video conferencing and online meeting platforms such as Zoom, Go To Meeting, Skype and Webex. The studio, supported by UK distributor PSCo, boasts an impressive digital backdrop from LED display manufacturer Absen.
The idea to create a studio dedicated to virtual events was curated before the COVID-19 lockdown, just as the need for an events space with the capacity for high production quality was rising - a need that has only increased since.
“The studio space allows us to use our rental equipment and create a space for users to virtually present to their audience using state of the art technologies, without the obvious limitations that come with presenting from home,” says Dan Charmer, director of Sterling Event Group. “This facility is also a fantastic tool for companies who don’t want to invest in, or have the required space or equipment to record and broadcast such presentations.”
The 230sqm black box space offers a variety of features designed to not only provide presenters with creative freedom, but also to maintain current UK social distancing requirements. The space boasts an 11m wide stage, along with a 3.6 metre circular podium where presenters can easily maintain the appropriate social distance, fully kitted with a professional lighting and audio system, including digital mixing consoles and stage monitor speakers.

living-heroes-10Manchester’s key workers to be celebrated in light
Wednesday, 10 June 2020

UK - A call has gone out for people to nominate their hero to feature as a portrait, digitally projected onto one of 33 trees in and around Manchester City Centre, as part of a project being delivered by Greater Manchester charity City of Trees, Hits Radio and projection artists, Illuminos.
Hits Radio launched their Hero Hour to promote the people who are going out of their way to keep us healthy, safe and fed during this time.
Greater Manchester-based projection artists Illuminos - the force behind many large scale art projects including the Lunar Loops Blue Dot festival illumination at Jodrell Bank last year, and the ‘Momentous’ projections on Leeds Civic Hall - were inspired by Hits’ Hero Hour. They have teamed up with charity City of Trees, who aims to plant and nurture at least 3m trees - one tree for every person living in the city region, for this project.
City of Trees has created a tree trail in Manchester City Centre, which identifies 33 notable trees in key areas such as Manchester Cathedral, Stephenson Square as well as green spaces across the city such as Sackville Park and St John’s Garden. Trees include a Giant Sequoia, Tree of Heaven and a Paper Bark Maple.
During June these trees will be connected to 33 individual key workers through video projection of one portrait onto each tree, created over several evenings.
Rob Vale, artist with Illuminos explains: “Sentinels is our response to the coronavirus outbreak, and a way of using our artistic practice as celebration of those people who must continue

rose-bruford-panel-2White Light hosts presentation to 2020 graduates
Wednesday, 10 June 2020

UK - Technical solutions specialist White Light (WL) recently hosted an exclusive digital session for the 2020 graduates of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, in collaboration with key industry partners.
Senior representatives from disguise, Royal Albert Hall and The Society of British Theatre Designers remotely joined the panel for the insight and Q&A discussion, delivered from WL’s SmartStage studio in London.
The session aimed to inspire the next generation of skilled creatives starting their careers at this unsettling time of Covid-19. The panel explored some of the new opportunities arising from the different corners of the industry, as businesses are adapting and pivoting their services due to the pandemic. A key theme was the rapid advance we have seen in recent months, immersing everyone even further into a digital world of work, communication and collaboration. The unanimous message conveyed hope and reassurance that exciting opportunities lie ahead for the graduates, as the resilient and highly adaptable creative industry begins to recover.
Bryan Raven, WL’s managing director comments: “We felt it very important to engage with the graduating students at this time, to share insight into the different ways our industry is preparing for recovery and re-invention. Developing creative multi-skills has never been more important as technology continues to evolve and we have all seen how this can elevate the potential for digital communication across sectors. We are grateful to our supporting partners for sharing invaluable

Exertis ProAV Australia to distribute Unilumin
Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Australia - LED display and lighting solutions provider Unilumin has appointed Exertis ProAV Australia to distribute its product line of LED displays in Australia, according to an announcement made by Exertis ProAV Australia president and CEO, Kevin Kelly.
“Since its founding in 2004, Unilumin has grown to become a leading LED display provider with expertise in LED product development, manufacturing, sales and after-sales service in more than 100 countries,” Kelly said. “We look forward to bringing their industry-leading indoor and outdoor displays and lighting products to a broader range of customers across all of the verticals we serve.”
Unilumin Australia director of business development Bo Li,comments: “Unilumin Australia commenced operations in 2017 and in a remarkably short period of time we have earned the respect of customers who expect the very best product and service support. Now, with this distribution agreement with Exertis ProAV Australia, we will be able to take our sales and marketing programs to a whole new level of success.
“Exertis ProAV shares our commitment to exceed our customers’ expectations in all areas of performance, reliability and support. We are excited to partner with them for the betterment of our customers.”
Exertis ProAV Australia general manager Nick Cocks says: “Unilumin’s high-definition full-colour LED displays cover all of the major product categories that our resellers require to meet the needs of their end-user customers, from fixed to rental and indoor as well as outdoor models.


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