South Africa - DWR will host Hippotizer training and workshop on 17 and 18 March in Johannesburg.
Hosted by Dylan Jones, the course will cover a range of topics including Hippolauncher, Output Manager, Media Manager, Visualizer, Pinbridge, Multi-Controller, DMX control, Timeline, Videomapper, Pixelmapper and Shape.
Attendees are requested to bring a Green Hippo Server or Play Software on PC, Server Accessories and a valid ID.
The course will be held at DWR, C1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew. The cost is R1,800 and includes a light lunch and refreshments. To book, please visit this website.
South Africa - Truck and bus manufacturer Scania recently launched its new product line for the African market at a much-anticipated launch event, held at Montecasino in Johannesburg.
Blue Moon brought on board Dream Sets, one of South Africa’s prominent set and technical services companies, to manufacture the set and exhibition areas and to deliver technical services for the event.
Toni Van Oostenrijk of SpaceCadet, who took the lead role in designing the look and feel of the set for the event, drew inspiration from the front grill of the new Scania trucks, which he worked into the design of the bar and reception area. “When we first proposed this idea to the client, they seemed a little sceptical. However, as with so many of Toni’s designs, as soon as they saw it, they instantly fell in love with the concept,” says Dream Sets project manager, Billy van der Merwe.
Billy explains how Dream Sets, together with their partners, managed to conceal and then dramatically unveil three full-sized trucks inside a dome structure by using some very creative stage design.
The event was hosted in one of Gearhouse In2Structure’s 6 Bay SupaDomes, which spans 36m by 72m long. Designed and manufactured in South Africa, In2Structure’s Supa Dome boast a load capacity of three tonnes per arch for rigging, which provided Dream Sets with all the capacity they needed to load in an impressive amount of lighting and audio equipment, in addition to a number of LED screens and set pieces for the event.
The Scania launch event comprised several phases
Canada - APG Media Group has announced the opening of a new 15,000sq.ft Canadian corporate headquarters just outside Toronto.
Comprised of executive offices, training and testing centre, full line product experience centre, quality control lab and a massive warehouse, the new headquarters will provide the growing videowall rental and distribution company with the space it needs to accommodate projected growth, according to APG Media Group president David Weatherhead. The company is also in the process of expanding its inventory and service offerings at its U.S. headquarters in Orlando, Florida.
“Our rental and distribution businesses are growing in both Canada and the United States,” Weatherhead said. “The investments we are making in both headquarters facilities represents a tremendous opportunity for APG Media Group to bring to market the many new and exciting technologies that our customers are demanding.”
Weatherhead attributed the company’s success in both rental and distribution to APG’s ability to offer customers the very latest in LED videowall technologies and solutions backed by the industry’s most knowledgeable subject matter experts, training staff, and installation consultants. “The opening of this new Canadian headquarters, together with the expansion of our U.S. headquarters, will enable us to further enhance the quality and range of solutions and services we offer our customers.”
Singapore - AV Stumpfl has announced the Singapore based company Total Solution Marketing as its new Pixera media server distributor for Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, ahead of this year's ISE exhibition in Amsterdam.
The products and services provided by Total Solution are used for entertainment events and performing arts venues such as concert halls, theatres, large scale ceremonies, corporate events, product launches, schools, convention centres, galleries, public spaces, house of worship applications and museums.
Total Solution Marketing deputy sales director Terence Yee comments: "With so many different media server systems available on the market, we were very curious in 2019 to find out more about this multi award winning system called Pexera. Our engineers quickly identified the great potential of this new and exciting platform. One particularly impressive aspect is the unique GUI (general user interface) approach in addition to the sheer power of Pixera's 64-bit render engine. We are confident that this multi award winning system will soon become very popular in our region."
AV Stumpfl CEO Fabian Stumpfl adds, "The Total Solution team has an excellent reputation and more than a decade of experience when it comes to dealing with professional media server applications and projects. They are uniquely qualified to help us grow our media server market share in the SEA region. We could not have hoped for a better distributor and are looking forward to a highly successful partnership."
The Netherlands - LED display manufacturer Absen, will return to the RAI in Amsterdam next month to present its range of MiniLED products for the fixed installation and rental markets and to introduce new and enhanced products.
Absen will occupy 324sq.m of floor space in Hall 12, representing the company’s largest ever presence at the show.
Absen’s MiniLED are ultra-fine pixel pitch LED panels, incorporating 4-in-1 pixel configuration (IMD) and common cathode technology. Demand for Absen MiniLED products has been very high since the launch of the CR series in 2018, and intensified significantly with last year’s launch of the Aries (AX) series, the market-leading sub-2mm MiniLED rental display, designed to meet the rigorous demands of the rental staging market.
Absen MiniLED now comes as standard in four core product lines: the Aries (AX), Acclaim (A27 Pro) and Control Room (CR) series, as well as the newly launched HC series for mission-critical environments.
The A27 Plus has been Absen’s best-selling fixed install product, seeing over 300% growth in 2019. The Acclaim series is Absen’s flagship display for indoor fixed installation, predominately in corporate and retail environments. This year’s ISE will see the series become available as a MiniLED range - the A27 Pro series - making it “better, stronger, and more efficient”.
Finally, the CR series will now be available in 0.7mm pixel pitch, which represents the company’s smallest pixel pitch and highest resolution display. As well as this improvement, Absen will also
USA - Audio, video, lighting, staging and broadcast company Panavid Inc. has recently invested in Brompton Technology Tessera SX40 LED processors and XD Data Distribution Units to work in conjunction with its new 1.5mm ROE Visual Sapphire LED display.
Located in New Jersey, New York City, and Dallas, Panavid has more than 40 years of experience of providing first class integration and production services to both domestic and international clients. The company has recognised the ever-increasing demand for increased pixel density and higher resolution in LED screens for live events and art installations, as well as an increasing level of interactivity. It is the first production house in the world to invest in the latest, ultra-fine, ROE Sapphire, along with two Brompton Tessera SX40s and four Tessera XD Units.
“Our mission is to provide our clients with the most quality, high-end audio-visual service in the market and Brompton is dominating the market in image processing for LED displays,” says Panavid’s CEO Rob Loehr. “The SX40 is the perfect match for our recent purchase of ROE Visual’s Sapphire LED platform. We loved that the SX40 is extremely user friendly and allows for full 4k resolution. The Tessera feature set provides a level of image quality that is unmatched in the industry.
“We recently used our SX40s and XDs at an event in New York City called Altitude, hosted by Fastly, a cloud computing services provider,” continues Loehr. “We used the SX40s and XD units in conjunction with two Sapphire displays, each measuring 9 ft.1.
The Netherlands - Canon Europe will be showcasing a new dimension of its business to visitors at ISE 2020 next month.
Visitors to the stand will have the chance to see its advanced imaging ecosystem, including Canon’s incredible HDR, 4K and 8K projection capabilities and unrivalled line-up of input to output solutions, including world-class cameras and lenses. Canon’s network cameras, comprehensive analytics software, and a robotic arm - provided by Denso - will be on stand demonstrating how visual analytics technology can support automation of various cumbersome tasks.
Matthew Koshy, European product marketing specialist, Canon Europe, comments: “We’re building on the success of ISE 2019 by expanding our input to output showcase, which highlights the importance of having an integrated line-up to deliver unbeatable resolution. Our range of high-brightness and high-image-quality laser projectors will be on display to show how cohesive projection systems offer systems integrators incredible optical performance, simple installation and low maintenance.”
At one of the dedicated zones on stand, Canon will showcase its imaging solutions which work seamlessly together to streamline workflows and guarantee optical excellence for system integrators.
Canon’s premium video camera range, reference display monitors and projectors, will offer visitors the chance to immerse themselves in a live 4K production simulation. Starring in this demo is the 4K production camera - the XF705, the renowned EOS C200 4K Cinema camera, the compact 4K camcorde
Austria - Back in 2016, Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) with its chief sound engineer Athanasios Rovakis, started investigating the possibility of moving the venue’s audio and video distribution to fibre. At first, the opera house modernised its audio system, purchasing a network fibre solution based around Optocore X6R-FX analogue devices and M8 MADI switch to bring together additional signal sources from distant places in the house, and to share signals for broadcasting.
Looking to expand their communications outreach, by the following year they were considering further options provided by Optocore’s partner company BroaMan. This resulted in them purchasing a point-to-point set of Mux22 multi-signal transmission devices, with the new FrameSync8 board. Offering a superior upgrade to traditional frame sync technologies it allowed sync distribution together with eight video channels, IP and serial data.
But the upgrade path was far from complete, and this year the State Opera invested in a complete BroaMan architecture, with a system based on 10 Repeat48WDM, which provide five point-to-point transport systems with 12 video channels, each transported on a single duplex fiber; a Repeat48 electrical-optical media converter, with six SDI-In and six SDI-Out; and six compact Repeat8-NANO to convert SDI to and from fibre. All video is transported on multimode fiber.
“The audio control room has been steadily upgraded over the past 70 years, with devices from many generations and manufacturers - all with their own unique formats, connections and
South Africa - Fogtech, a Johannesburg-based rental and technical supply company, has purchased 140 Absen PL3.9 Lite LED panels from DWR Distribution.
Established in 2007, Fogtech initially specialised in Fogscreens alone. By 2010, the company expanded to include AV and video to their service offering and, soon after, started to deliver turnkey technical solutions for events, including lighting, audio and AV. The company has a reputation for being a friendly yet professional team, who deliver well-maintained gear to events and for cross rental purposes.
A practical and hands-on owner, Garth O’Kelly of Fogtech, comments: “LED is an amazing product and has revolutionised our industry, but it can be finicky. We looked at different brands and felt that Absen had refined their product to accommodate our working style. One of the biggest decision-makers was the after-sales support, and we’ve had such a great experience with DWR in the past that we knew that we could trust them to support us moving forward.”
At the end of August 2019, Fogtech took delivery of the panels and O’Kelly has been working alongside his team at most events to ensure set-up is carried out correctly.
“We are very happy with the quality of Absen,” he says. “It has been an easy process and we haven’t experienced any challenges to date. We recently did an event in Botswana where we had 288 panels running seamlessly. We set it up, switched it on, and had no issues at all. Our clients have also been extremely pleased. Worth mentioning is how effortlessly other t
China - New Year’s Eve presents a broadcaster battleground in China as the main networks compete for the most-viewers crown. Satellite channel Hunan TV rose to the challenge, commissioning a countdown-to-2020 live show featuring big-name artists backed by party-enhancing lasers, lighting effects and video content.
Shanghai-based Honest AV was brought in to deliver a video solution for the ambitious programme, specifying 10 Hippotizer media servers to drive visuals for more than 50 acts and events during the evening. The content was a mixture of live feed to IMAG screens and pre-made content by Ndimensions.
“Two Boreal+ and four Boreal DVDL Media Servers were used to play the video material, three as the main output and three as hot backup,” explains Fei Zheng from Honest AV. “A further three Boreal+ machines were used on the VJ elements of the show.”
There were three stages on site: the main stage, a water curtain stage, and a small stage. The main Boreal+ and Boreal DVDL Servers outputted 21 signals to all LED screens on site, a huge total of 4000 square metres of screens.
“The Ndimensions designers used the real-time rendering function of Hippotizer to simplify the time and cost of content production, using PREP to program in the early stages to improve work efficiency,” Zheng continues. “Before the performance, all content fed into the Hippotizer software was rendered and outputted through the After Effects component of FlexRes. Using this tool can greatly improve the efficiency of uploading materials on site, and protect c
UK - Lighting rental specialists Version2 supported The Brits Are Coming at the newly re-opened Riverside Studios. Working with award winning lighting designer Tim Routledge, the Version2 team supplied a comprehensive lighting package, including a healthy selection of recent additions to the company’s growing inventory.
The Brits Are Coming TV special is the reveal of the nominations for the BRIT Awards 2020. Hosted by broadcaster and presenter Alice Levine, the show featured special guest performances by nominated artists including Liam Payne, Aitch and Mabel.
Recorded for ITV in front of a live audience, this was one of the first and one of the largest productions staged within the newly opened Studio 3 at Riverside Studios. Following the extensive re-development of the historic West London site, Riverside’s hosting of the show conveyed a clear message that the production centre is back open and ready for business.
Commenting on working with Version2 at Riverside, Tim says, “I use V2 a lot for my broadcast work as they always go the extra mile and have a want to make a great show every time. This was also only the second show in the all new Riverside Studios which was a blessing - a fantastic new studio with a saturated overhead grid of lighting hoists and the ability to patch data anywhere, it was a really easy studio for this show to move to and it worked for us brilliantly.”
Over the past year V2 has been steadily growing their inventory to increase both the scope and range of products they have available. Ahead of t
USA - The new Christie Crimson Series of 3DLP laser projectors, introduced this week, deliver 31,500 ISO lumens for the same price as the Crimson 25 models with the same 60Hz processing and Christie BoldColor Technology in a compact, rugged package for rental, staging and fixed installation customers.
Users will also experience the same Christie TruLife electronics and the built-in warp and blend capabilities of Christie Twist. In addition, by adding Christie Mystique, users will reduce multiple projector calibration times from hours to minutes, saving both time and labour costs.
Designed with the technician in mind, the Crimson Series is built-tough and is easy to ship, handle and install thanks to its compact form factor, quiet operation and omnidirectional capabilities. Featuring an IP5X sealed, solid-state laser light source, Crimson projectors provide years of reliable, low-cost, and virtually maintenance-free operation while delivering vibrant, lifelike colours in theme parks, indoor and outdoor arenas and stadiums, entertainment venues, mega events, public spaces, and more.
“The new Crimson models – which are both upgradeable to 120Hz – support both Christie Guardian for real-time automatic blended-image correction when content is playing, and the Christie Terra input card for seamless integration into SDVoE networks,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “We’ve designed it with 31,500 ISO lumens for the same prices as the Crimson 25 models, providing even greater value for our fixed install, rental and staging cus
Finland - In the wake of the success of G Livelab Helsinki, the Finnish Musicians’ Union has opened a new - and bigger - venue in the city of Tampere, some 200km north of the Finnish capital.
The same team was deployed to realise the Tampere project, which is built according to the same ‘music first’ philosophy as Helsinki. The result is an extraordinary live music experience based on quality programming, modern design, and Genelec audio systems including the new 4430 Smart IP loudspeaker.
Housed in a striking red brick building which was formerly the boiler house of the Frenckell paper mill in the heart of the city, the venue hosts up to 250 people and offers a varied programme including jazz, folk, world music, pop/rock, chamber music, electronic music and more.
Akukon Oy designed the acoustics, electroacoustics, lighting, sound, video, communication systems and basic IT structure as well as the rigging systems, as they did for Helsinki, and leading Nordic AV integrator, Bright - another key member of the Helsinki team - brought Akukon’s vision to life.
“Genelec was already a tried and tested solution with the first G Livelab project in Helsinki which has had great reviews,” explains Bright’s head of installation, Santtu Sipilä. “People really liked what we achieved in Helsinki, so it was an obvious decision to equip the Tampere club with Genelecs as well.”
“We definitely wanted the new 4430s for easier cabling and added control; it’s opened up a world of possibilities for us,” admits Sipilä. “We have a f
The Netherlands - Visual design studio Tenfeet’s longstanding relationship with Dutch rockers BLØF resulted in some dazzling effects as the much-loved band played two sell-out gigs at Rotterdam’s 16,000-capacity AHOY Arena.
Tenfeet video programmer Pim Elberse specified and supplied two Hippotizer Boreal+ Media Servers - one main and the second as a full live backup machine - to handle pre-made content mixed with multiple effects and live feed blend. The content ranged from sweeping landscapes to computer-graphics, lyrics and pictures.
“We needed a system that could cope with various live feeds and feed a variety of content that was mixed with live, as well as control an SDI-matrix with 10 cameras on stage surrounding the band,” explains Elberse. “The Boreal+ provided total flexibility in combination with our Hog4 lighting console.”
Despite the large venue, BLØF’s stage was only 10m wide, designed for an intimate feel. The stage floor was transparent, with lighting fixtures beaming up from underneath. Behind the band was a large LED screen, rising from the stage to a height of 16m - almost to the ceiling. At each side of the stage, multiple trusses held the lighting and worked in collaboration with an LED strip around the LED wall to enhance the sense of height.
“The staging and rigging structure gave us the freedom to create unique looks for every song and unite set, light and video,” Elberse continues. “During shows, besides running the programmed cues, I’m always controlling content and effects to integrate the vide
Belgium - Het Kunstuur (the Art Hour) is a new ‘interactive’ gallery concept developed by art collectors and entrepreneurs Hans & Joost Bourlon, presented in the former Holy Ghost Chapel in the historical heart of Mechelen, Belgium.
Thirty-two Belgian paintings from the 19th century are displayed in three gallery spaces where their stories are told by a series of well-known Belgian personalities.
Creative lighting design and media specialist Painting with Light (PWL) was asked to manage and co-ordinate and design the technical systems and control for lighting, video, audio and humidity control for this intricate and unique project.
Visitors wear headsets and listen to an audio track as they move around the spaces, prompted to stop / move on cue to designated areas by the audio track, where they watch and listen as the AV effects play out. The walkthrough lasts an hour, which inspired the name.
PWL was asked onboard by concept designer Wouter Verhulst of King Concept who created the original idea and storyline with the Bourlon Brothers and designed the gallery layout.
The first phase of the design process saw the whole museum virtually created in WYSIWYG and presented as a VR experience to the project’s initiators.
The PWL team, under the creative direction of Luc Peumans, was led on site by Céline Cuypers who project managed delivery of the full technical design including the projection system, creative lighting, audio track and control, plus specification, procurement and commissioning of all equipment and its impleme
Canada - Solotech has officially announced the launch of its e-commerce platform. Directly accessible in Canada and via the home page of the company’s website, the Solotech Online Store is a resource for individuals and shops looking for professional audiovisual and entertainment technologies deliverable at home.
Currently offering used professional audio, video and lighting equipment available for shipment everywhere within Canada, the platform will support, in a second phase, purchases made in the United States. Previously used by Solotech during the tours of international artists, all products displayed on the online store are tested by the company’s teams of specialists before being offered for sale and guaranteed 90 days.
“This is the outcome of several months of tireless work to deliver a dynamic platform with a selection of both high-quality and affordable AV products since as they are second hand. What we offer with the Solotech Online Store, is a simplified shopping experience for diverse clients, from the beginner DJ looking for their first mixer, to the entertainement venue owner who’d like to get their hands on premium-brand projectors, all in just a few clicks,” said Philip Giffard, president of the sales and systems integration division of Solotech who oversaw the project.
“The launch of our e-commerce platform is another turning point in Solotech’s digital initiatives. We are delighted to offer an online store allowing to shop used AV equipment with confidence at a supplier with a proven reputation. We are confident t
South Korea - Christie Digital reports that Gyeongnam Masan Robot Land, the world’s first theme park dedicated to intelligent robotics, has installed an extensive range of its laser projectors and real-time video processing and show control systems, which deliver spectacular visuals and enhance the visitor experience.
Located in the city of Changwon on the southeast coast of South Korea, Gyeongnam Masan Robot Land occupies 1.25m square meters and comprises a research and development centre, convention centre and theme park. Its main attractions, which combine robotics technology and entertainment, are powered by Christie GS Series and HS Series 1DLP laser projectors, as well as Christie Pandoras Box’s Single and Quad players, Dual and Quad OCTO Servers, Pandoras Box Manager and Widget Designer. These systems were installed by Christie’s Korean partners Star Networks and Digital Line Technology Group (D.L.T Group).
“As the first robot-themed attraction in the world, no effort was spared to deliver the best visual and audio experience to local and international visitors of Gyeongnam Masan Robot Land,” comments Seung Won Ham, head manager at Star Networks. “Christie’s laser projectors and image processing solutions have been the clear choice from the onset. Besides using high-performance projectors and media servers, we want to accomplish a fully integrated technology solution that the end user can confidently rely on. This decision resulted in the best outcome in terms of usability, performance, reliability and ease of maintenance.”
New Zealand - Harman Professional Solutions has realigned distribution of AMX and SVSI in New Zealand with the appointment of JPRO.
JPRO, which has a long association with Harman having represented audio brands JBL Professional, BSS, Crown and Soundcraft for more than 30 years, will now add the complete range of AMX video control solutions and SVSI Networked AV solutions. Support, warranty and repair of AMX & SVSI products in New Zealand will also transition to JPRO with immediate effect. Warranty terms and inclusions will not be affected.
“We are excited to expand our partnership with JPRO and extend our distribution reach in New Zealand. This is aimed at enhancing access to Harman products and solutions across verticals, focusing on solutions-driven approach and elevating customer experience,” comments Ramesh Jayaraman, VP and GM at Harman Professional Solutions (APAC). “JPRO brings 30 years of experience serving the New Zealand market and we look forward to our expanded collaboration with JPRO and are confident their experience and in-depth knowledge will help us deliver the latest and most relevant technology solutions to our customers.”
“We are known in the New Zealand market for our strong market coverage, technical knowledge and customer service. Harman Professional Brands and Solutions are renowned for their world class quality and technological superiority,” comments Bruce Gray, owner of JPRO. “We understand our customers' need for world class products and solutions along with reliable after sales service support. With o
UK - Women in Data, the UK’s largest female data professional event, pulls in over 1,000 attendees from around the world. Held within the surroundings of the InterContinental, London O2 on the banks of the River Thames, WiD features keynote presentations from a host of guest speakers.
Having worked with Light Fantastic Production Services on a succession of previous events, WiD once again called upon the team to provide a complete technical, equipment and logistics production solution, custom designed to cover all aspects of the prestigious conference.
Branding for 2019 Women in Data was characterised by red to signify confidence, ambition and drive. Following this theme, LFPS applied bold, crimson hues throughout the stage set and lighting design, emphasising the colour as a symbol of strength and vitality. Continuing the look, the team extended the lighting design into the auditorium to create a more intimate feel within the space.
With a limited time frame in which to build the event, LFPS worked throughout the night to transform the hotel’s Arora Ballroom, taking care of all lighting, audio, video, rigging and scenic elements ready for the 9am start.
At its focal point, the main stage featured a sharp, smart design conceived around a central ‘W’ concept and flanked with distinct WiD branding and sponsor graphics. Designed in-house and constructed by the LFPS fabrication department, the scenic elements added depth and form to the substantial stage area.
WiD co-founder Roisin McCarthy says: “Once again Light Fantastic deliver
UK - The Tony Award-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen opened in London 19 November at the Noel Coward Theatre with video projection comprising the shows entire stage scenery.
Supplied by Stage Sound Services, three disguise vx 4 and four gx 1 servers powered projections for the show, highlighting the impact of social media on daily life and create an immersive social media environment on stage for the actors.
“The cornerstone of the play is Evan and his interaction with the real world through a social media lens,” says projection designer Peter Nigrini. “To successfully tell our story, social media needed to be a visceral part of the theatrical environment. After the set designer created a physical environment, my job was to bring this virtual world to life on stage and give it the emotional power that so many teenagers clearly feel in their day to day lives.”
Every surface of the playing space can be covered by content. Display surfaces include a front projection system, a series of portals and tracking panels, flat-panel LCD monitors and the stage floor. Eight projectors and 32 monitors are deployed.
Nigrini notes that, “every piece of scenery that moves in the design is automated, and we can track it in real time. In moving the show to London we were also able to pre-visualise the entire production in New York, make decisions about automation and scenery in response to the changed dimensions of the London production. We were able to feed this back to other departments so it could all be pre-programmed. Integration with
UK - Rising British singer and rapper Little Simz played her flagship show at London’s Kentish Town Forum in December, making video a priority for the first time to enhance her show for the tour’s largest audience.
Production AV was brought on board by Little Simz’s production manager, Eric Wade of EZ Services, who was on the lookout for a new video supplier. Wade was keen to ramp up the visual effect of the show and capture quality footage, not only for live stage to IMAG screens, but also for use in promo material.
“We had a pretty tight schedule to implement the video aspects for the biggest show of the tour and going with Production AV made perfect sense,” says Wade. “We wanted to give everyone in the audience the same experience, regardless of whether they were on the balcony or tucked away some place where sight lines weren’t so great.
“Production AV were quick to meet, quote and crew the show. The efficiency of their work, the fluid nature of the crew and the fact that they were all stand up people made the overall experience very pleasant.”
Technical project manager Nathan Dunbar, who joined Production AV in 2019, oversaw the delivery and execution of the video solution, drawing on his experience on some of Europe’s largest AV projects including Glastonbury and the MTV Europe Music Awards and tours for artists such as Fall Out Boy.
“Production AV was brought on board because we understand the challenges of live music video in a demanding environment,” says Dunbar. “You only get one chance to make it per
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for Calibre’s HQUltra700 series of universal live events switcher-scalers with immediate effect. Sister Company, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ireland will handle distribution in the Republic of Ireland.
British-based manufacturer Calibre has been providing image scaling technology for over 30 years for use with large LED videowalls, designed for concerts, award ceremonies, rental/staging, advertising, and for image scalers for professional projection applications.
Calibre’s HQUltra700 series, consisting of the HQUltra730ASV and the HQUltra770ASV, are universal live events switcher-scalers with the ability to drive flat panel displays, projectors or LED videowalls.
Stuart Burdett, video sales manager comments: “Being able to provide our customers with a reliable product that can cope with traditional projection or irregular pixel accurate LED wall configurations is crucial. The features of the Calibre HQUltra700 series give our customers the ability to switch and scale anything up to 4K both in and out, making it a real must have in their inventories. I’m very excited to have Calibre in our portfolio as it complements our existing brands from the source through to the end display technologies.”
Germany - Optocore has appointed Dusseldorf-based United Brands GmbH (United B) as its new German distributors with immediate effect.
Tine Helmle, Optocore director of sales and marketing, comments: “With the expansion of our product portfolio such as Festival Box, AutoRouter and our Madi series United Brands was a perfect match. Due to their expertise and long-time experience in install and live events they bring huge potential in placing Optocore as the main sound distribution network on the market.”
United B’s Jens ‘Bubbes’ Steffan, who will largely oversee the Optocore account, adds: “We were familiar with Optocore technology through our distribution of DiGiCo [digital consoles]. So it was just a small step to contact Optocore. The company has a lot of very interesting products, which perfectly match our customers’ demands.”
Discussions had started back in early March, he reports. “We think Optocore is the only really professional solution for transporting audio in the digital domain. Based on our high standards with DiGiCo and Adamson, it is a perfect fit with all our other brands.”
United B has wasted no time in getting started. Having already received formal Optocore training, the company has purchased a demo system and stock comprising Festival Box Petit, AutoRouter, DD32R-FX, DD4MR-FX and X6R-FX in different versions.
“We will use all of these options to create awareness,” he concludes. United B will be systematically introducing clients to the new portfolio, with two key dates in January: Hamburg Open 2
UK - Media server specialist disguise has released r17, the latest update to its software. Launched in response to user feedback, r17 brings workflow and user experience enhancements, including Manipulators and PreComps, and introduces Network Device Interface (NDI) support.
Users can now stream an NDI source from content tools to the disguise stage in realtime, unlocking new workflows for esports, fixed installations, and TV productions. Integration with NDI can also be used as a streaming preview from content tools, such as 3DSMax or AfterEffects that enable users to finesse content accurately in-situ, saving time and speeding up workflows.
For compositing, PreComps is a new workflow that allows users to create a pre-composition of layers which can be reused in multiple locations, making timelines cleaner and more flexible. It also enables the routing of video content between different layers on the timeline, allowing users to blend and mix content sources.
Meanwhile, new previsualisation feature Manipulators give users the ability to select multiple objects on a 3D stage and offset, rotate and scale them. The feature improves efficiency and usability, reducing the time and effort needed to set up a project.
In addition, the usability of SockPuppet projects, which enable the control of disguise via a lighting desk, iPad or another networked device, has been improved to enable less complex set-ups.
r17 is now available from the disguise.one website.