Sweden - Panasonic projectors helped celebrate man’s understanding of Space with over 100,000 visitors seeing the spectacular projection mapping onto Stockholm’s City Hall (Stadshuset) as part of the Nobel Week Lights festival.
The installation is one of the largest video mapping projects ever seen in the city. The event celebrated the 2020 Nobel Prize in Stockholm with lighting installations created around the city inspired by Nobel laureate discoveries.
The creative result was SPACE, designed by Andreas Skärberg and produced by PXLFLD studios. The content is a 16-minute projection mapped, animated art installation celebrating amazing advances in space physics.
PXLFLD called on its partners Lumination of Sweden and Creative Technology, which specialises in advanced technical solutions for the live events and broadcast industry, to help make the vision become reality. The team deployed a total of 30 Panasonic PT-RQ22K and PT-RZ21K projectors for the display.
“We needed a laser-based projector that was easy to line up around all the sharp edges but also for the improved colour and contrast,” explained Johan Törnström, at Creative Technology. “It was also important that the projectors were compact and easy to set-up in the restricted space.” Johan added that the reliable Panasonic laser architecture was the single most important projector feature, as the installation ran over 12 days with many of the arrays were installed in portrait mode.
The Panasonic PT-RQ22K and PTRZ21K 20,000lm projectors combine 3-Chip DLP imaging wit
UK - Audiologic and TP-Link have announced a UK technology collaboration that has delivered a turnkey network solution optimised to ‘support the deployment and performance of business-class AV systems, through a range of pre-configured PoE+ switches’. The network solution offers the community a way of making networking plug and play.
The two companies joined forces to optimise a selection of TP-Link UK’s business-class PoE+ switches to power and support the level of AV traffic from professional deployments. Typically, this includes microphones, loudspeakers, processors, computers and cameras. A custom pre-configuration written specifically for professional AV installs was developed by Audiologic and integrated into TP-Link UK’s TL-SG2210MP - JetStream 10-Port Gigabit Smart PoE Switch with 8-Port PoE+ and T2600G-28MPS - JetStream 24-Port Gigabit L2 Managed PoE+ Switch with 4 SFP Slots.
"Partnering with TP-Link UK has enabled us to develop a bespoke, AV-based networking solution. We saw an opportunity to help our customers deploy more solutions, faster, creating an offering that saves AV engineers both time and money. These fully configured switches act as the centre to any AV solution, and continues to develop our portfolio of products,” says Ben Spurgeon, senior application engineer at Audiologic.
“Seamless audio-visual experiences are essential to the productivity and success of many businesses today,” says Will Liu, managing director at TP-Link UK. “By combining our business-class hardware with the AV expertise and knowledge of A
UAE - Procom Middle East has been recognised as a ‘power user’ of ON LX's Ctrl for iPad App.
Procom is a professional audio, lighting, video, rigging, and stage effects equipment supplier based in the UAE with a wide portfolio of entertainment technology brands hardware sales and distribution.
Ctrl for iPad first made its debut in 2018 and has been used in over 56 countries with over 21,000 downloads in the past six months alone. The idea behind the application is to give AV integrators and live events technicians a canvas to create a bespoke control interface using images, buttons, sliders and more, all capable of sending commands to different pieces of AV hardware.
Wiam Boutine of Procom comments, "Dynamic and complex lighting, audio and video installations are no longer exclusive to professional venues and sophisticated event stages. They are everywhere: from fitness studios to retail shops. With that, comes the need for an easy-to-use interface that operates across control platforms and communication protocols. Ctrl for iPad is just that. It creates the bridge between the most advanced controls systems, such as Avolites and Madrix, and a fully customized visual interface on an iPad. We are looking forward to supporting Ctrl for iPad users in the Middle East market."
ON LX’s operations director James Walton adds, “We’re incredibly proud to welcome Procom as a power user. With an expert team, a wealth of project knowledge, a strong integration background and an impressive project portfolio, we feel they'll be of great assistance to
USA - LEA Professional has partnered with Lienau AV to serve the company’s growing market in the US Mid-Atlantic Region.
Lienau AV was established in 1948 by founder Charlie Lienau to help electronics manufacturers develop their brands and connect them with the right distribution partners.
“We look for manufacturing partners that have a strong sense of brand identity and unique technologies that provide real value,” commented Chris Hutnick, partner, Lienau AV Associates. “We also like partners with a clear long-term vision. As you might expect from a company that’s been around for three generations, we like to grow things deliberately from the ground up. Establishing strong roots early to provide a stable foundation for maximum growth over time is what we’re all about.”
While 2020 was a challenging year for the industry as a whole, LEA Professional continued its growth trajectory.
“Our solutions are a perfect fit for a world where remote work is the norm,” said Joey Palkowitch, North America sales manager, LEA Professional. “We have seen a surge in demand for LEA Professional solutions over the past year, with many integrators utilizing not only the remote functionality but realizing the potential of a recurring revenue model. We look forward to continuing on this growth path with Lienau AV.”
UK - PRG has joined forces with the Saatchi Gallery in the heart of West London to create Saatchi Studios – a flexible, COVID-secure space, suitable for recording, streaming or basing virtual and hybrid events.
John Montague, director of corporate and events said, “We’ve had an incredible long-standing relationship with the Saatchi Gallery, and it’s been a pleasure to work alongside them once again to develop Saatchi Studios. We had our first client in the studio last week and it has been great to be back on site. The team and I cannot wait to continue this journey and are excited about the upcoming bookings for this month.”
PRG has created a studio package which includes bespoke backdrops (including a variety of LED walls), the latest robotic and manned cameras, professional lighting and secure, managed and uncontended internet access as standard. Basic sets or mini studio environments are also possible and easy to implement with direct freight lift access as well as rigging overhead.
There is also a digital studio being built in PRG’s Covent Garden Offices with a full VMix suite.
Stefaan Michels, director of music (video) said, “We have been seeing an increased demand for VMix and with a building which is currently underutilised and with the majority of the infrastructure already in place, it was no brainer.”
UK - Multinational giant Siemens partnered with Evoke Studios and disguise to host 8,000 customers from 90 countries at their Digital Enterprise SPS Dialog. The event offered customers engaging virtual content and introduced the new Siemens virtual showroom which showcased innovative 3D visualisations and tours using disguise xR.
The disguise xR workflow, implemented by Evoke Studios, powered the virtual showroom, which featured 56 exhibits in 12 topic areas, more than 130 product presentations and three real factory showcases. In addition, there were 21 stage presentations with 38 top-level industry speakers. A total of 8,000 customers from 90 countries connected to the event.
During five weeks of production Evoke Studios were charged with providing a high-end xR platform to help provide engaging content for the virtual showroom, allowing clients to interact with individual topics and solutions of their choice. Optionally, customers could choose one- on-one sessions with Siemens experts: More than 2,000 of these took place.
The xR production resulted in a natural connection between the speakers on stage and the xR environment, demonstrating how quickly inexperienced speakers felt comfortable on the xR stage and referring to what could be seen in-camera.
“Compared to the supporting green screen production, the xR production delivered a significantly higher level of quality in the end result,” notes Vincent Steenhoek, managing director of Evoke Studios. “There was a fast turnaround time between recordings and having the end result ready
USA - When the live music industry ground to a halt in early 2020, rock band Styx quickly pivoted away from their planned tour to focus on direct engagement with their more than one million fans who are members of the online Styx Lounge. As the band increasingly made remote collaboration and fan outreach a daily practice, bassist and self-described gearhead Ricky Phillips noticed that one component in his Austin, Texas home studio was limiting the experience: a barebones webcam.
“Music is my life, and video communication has brought artists and fans closer together than ever before” Phillips says. “From websites where we can share or post videos, music ‘magazines’ that host performances, online video fan clubs, the ability to record master classes and more, video has become a crucial tool for musicians to connect with fans and create new opportunities. My $100 store-bought webcam seemed good enough when we first began working from home, but when I recognised that video would be my main mode of visibility for the foreseeable future, I knew a more professional solution would make the experience far better.”
After speaking with fellow gearheads and industry partners, Phillips discovered the ClearOne family of Aura videoconferencing cameras and microphones. Now, using a UNITE 200 PTZ that features programmable movement pre-sets for automated filming, a UNITE 50 4K ePTZ camera that provides full room coverage, and a CHAT 150 speakerphone, Phillips has a truly professional-grade, multi-angle home office videoconferencing solution with endless possib
Thailand - Mahajak Development Co recently equipped Naresuan University’s new multi-purpose building with Harman Professional Solutions AV system.
Located in the heart of Phitsanulok province, Naresuan University is one of the top government universities in Thailand. Originally established as a College of Education in 1967, the school was later renamed the Phitsanulok Campus of Srinakharinwirot University in 1974, and again in 1990 to Naresuan University, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of King Naresuan’s ascension to the throne.
Recently, The university completed construction on a massive 3,200sq.m facility than can function as a single 4,000-capacity hall or be split into two smaller rooms. To deliver audio and video quality for seminars and exhibitions in their new multipurpose educational facility, Naresuan University hired Mahajak Development Co to install the Harman system.
Mahajak deployed JBL Professional loudspeakers throughout the venue to provide pristine quality sound with consistent coverage for large audiences. For large events where the facility is configured as a single room, JBL VTX A8 line array loudspeakers deliver even, balanced sound with an impressive 110 degrees of horizontal coverage. VTX B18 and VTX G28 subwoofers provide powerful low-end support, while JBL AE Series loudspeakers provide additional reinforcement at the sides and rear of the venue.
The system is powered by Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers. A Soundcraft Si Performer digital live sound mixer provides control over the system and enables sta
UK - Technical production and LED screen hire company, iMAG, has recently pioneered a mobile Virtual Production facility, offering a 360° workflow, from in-house drawing team and rigging, to full LED set up controlled by Brompton Technology Tessera processing.
iMAG has joined forces with film production company Treehouse Digital, which works with major episodic streaming companies such as Netflix and Amazon, as well as on films and commercials, for the project, combining their extensive experience in filmmaking with iMAG’s hardware, knowledge and expertise gained through years of working in high pressure live environments.
“The true-to-life colour accuracy and image bit depth of High Dynamic Range (HDR) is becoming extremely popular, particularly within virtual production,” says iMAG MD and technical director, Alex Strachan. “We had already invested in ROE Visual LED panels and Brompton Technology processing for our live work. Now, having purchased a Brompton Hydra measurement system, our entire fleet of LED panels is Brompton HDR-ready, which means we can offer our clients the absolute best in terms of image quality.”
iMAG’s system is ‘tour ready’, allowing it to be transported either in full, or to specific dimensions, to any desired filming location. The largest set up has been deployed at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), and comprises a 20m by 5m curved LED backdrop using ROE Black Onyx 2.8mm with a ROE MC7 ceiling for ambient lighting, all controlled with Brompton SX40 processors.
“Our aim is to be a one stop
Finland - Helsinki’s Visual Monkeys design agency ramped up the visuals for Finland’s popular The Masked Singer TV show using Hippotizer Montane+ RTX and Karst+ Media Servers in December.
Visual Monkeys' founder Mikko ‘Bob’ Enäkoski, who says he is on a mission to bring stadium looks to Finnish TV, designed the show’s set and visual set up and was looking for a solution to create what he likes to call ‘a kick ass show’. This passion led him to the Hippotizer Media Servers.
“We are a team of around 20 people at Visual Monkeys and we like to deliver,” says Enäkoski. “For this season of Finland’s The Masked Singer, we went all-out, with pyrotechnics and scaled-up video content. Some of the biggest challenges we face are getting the balance right with the lights and the video, and ensuring the focus stays on the performer, backed up by a brilliant visual setup. That’s where Hippotizer came in, controlled by our main video operator, Lassi ‘Brandon’ Seppä.”
During the live shows, Seppä controlled both the Montane+ RTX and the Karst+ via a grandMA2. He says using a lighting console for control of the Hippotizers is an “excellent combination to help adjust parameters like the colours, brightness and effects on the fly, and in an instant”.
“Hippotizer gives us a simple, customized, fast access to all parameters via a lighting console or ZooKeeper, making my life much easier on a demanding show like this,” says Seppä. “ZooKeeper really gives a good overview of all parameters at once, and using H
UK - Audiologic has announced completion of a project with Taunton School, working with Practical Audio Visual on a design and installation project for the education facility including a sound reinforcement system.
The audio-visual integration company, Practical AV, have been in charge of the project design for the main dining room, consisting of two rooms that can function as independent areas or as a single space.
The team was led by Owen Finney, alongside Audiologic’s application support team. Together, they designed and specified a sound system centralising around an Ecler MIMO processor, with Ecler loudspeakers and amplification, as well as Shure wireless microphone systems.
Owen Finney comments: “Audiologic is our exclusive distributor for audio products with a particular focus on the high-end market. The Ecler and Shure products used were a perfect fit for Taunton School in terms of both performance and aesthetics. The newbuild dining halls at Taunton School offered the perfect opportunity for a brand new, designed from scratch, high specification AV system.
“Practical AV have been working with Audiologic for many years. They are able to provide design, implementation and on-site support, which we find unparalleled in quality.”
Anna Shahin, application support engineer, concludes: “It is always a pleasure to work with Practical AV and the Taunton School project was no different. At Audiologic, we pride ourselves on designing and specifying the best equipment for the job and the system for Taunton School was no different
UK - Artists including Sir Elton John and Radiohead are putting pressure on the government to resolve the problems around post-Brexit EU touring. UK artists will face red tape and fees for visas to play in some EU countries.
Sir Elton John told The Guardian: "Either the Brexit negotiators didn't care about musicians, or didn't think about them, or weren't prepared."
But Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage said the government had "pushed" for a solution and the door was still "open". She told MPs on Monday that the government had put forward a "very straightforward" plan to allow musicians to travel without work permits, drafted "in consultation with experts from the UK to creative sectors". She added: "Quite simply the EU rejected this proposal."
Brussels has previously argued the opposite, saying it was in fact the UK that turned down its offer.
Meanwhile, a growing number of MPs and Peers are rallying behind Tim Brennan’s petition and call for visa free travel for touring artists and professionals
Brennan’s Carry on Touring campaign seeks to secure free EU movement for touring artists and professionals. Carry on Touring is calling on the Prime Minister and the UK Government to take action and re-open negotiations.
Tim’s petition which has almost 300,000 signatures. asks the UK Government to negotiate a free cultural work permit to allow touring professionals visa free travel throughout the 27 EU states and to secure a Carnet exception for touring equipment.
“Support for my petition has been phenomenal,” says
Europe - Creative Technology (CT) UK has announced the formalisation of its new dedicated systems integration team for the UK and European integration market.
This long-term planned expansion that CT UK have been working towards over the last few years was accelerated by the rapid growth in customer demand for support in implementing permanent solutions and strengthened with the acquisition of Ion Solutions (now CT Ireland) back in 2019, says the company. Graeme Bunyan and Jack Strong are joining the CT team.
As director of technology, Graeme led the design development and technology strategy on major international projects including the UAE Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 and the Opportunity Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020, V&A Dundee (2019) to name just a few.
“Joining CT is an opportunity of a lifetime,” says Bunyan. “I am looking forward to working with so many talented people and helping develop and grow the integration business further.”
Jack comes to CT with a well-established reputation in the integration systems industry. He notes, “Ever since being introduced to CT during my time at Panasonic, I have been a huge admirer of their work and this is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside some of the most creative minds in the industry.”
John Roche, managing director of Creative Technology Ireland, says, “In recent years we have seen a marked convergence in services within the audio-visual industry, many clients now wish to bring the same levels of technical innovation into their permanent installations as they adopt in
UK - Guildhall School of Music & Drama has announced 15 new online courses that will run from April – July 2021. The school has transferred its most popular short courses online and created a range of new ones, working with tutors to ensure that they are “just as enriching and memorable as they would be within the building”.
The courses cover music, drama, music production for young women and girls, sound design for theatre, video mapping and an introduction to game audio. Participants will have the opportunity to learn with Guildhall School staff members, as well as guest tutors, in a range of workshops all held on Zoom.
In addition to these courses, Guildhall School is hoping to run several in-person Summer Schools from July - August. For a full list of in-person courses and to register your interest, you can go to the website here. Guildhall School hopes to be able to confirm whether these will go ahead at the beginning of April 2021. The courses would run at the School in London from 12 July to 7 August.
Online courses that may be of particular interest to LSi readers include:
An Introduction to Video Projection Mapping: Online - “This one-week course will give participants a unique opportunity to learn and develop the necessary creative and technical skills to prepare and project video onto a 3D structure, using industry standard video projection software Resolume Arena 7. Participants will b
Italy - Prolights has expanded its film and television division with the appointment of film lighting veteran Davide Bernarello as business development manager. Bernarello brings over three decades of experience across manufacturers, distributors and technical operator, having worked previously for companies including ARRI and Desisti.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Davide to our team as we look ahead to 2021 with a positive outlook into the future of our company,” comments Fabio Sorabella, managing director at Prolights. “Davide will certainly be able to bring an important contribution within product and business development in a growing division for our organisation, through his extensive international experience.”
“I'm truly excited to be joining an emerging family company such as Prolights,” comments Bernarello. “Their dynamic attitude is very stimulating, with lots of product development happening in Italy, and a careful focus on quality and performance.”
UK - FIX8Group is responding to the surge in demand for virtual events by partnering with the spatial visualisation and collaboration tool Cavrnus to enhance its event design and delivery solutions.
The move reflects the unprecedented challenges faced presently by the event industry, as more global events transfer to the digital domain and require true collaborative, online planning. Cavrnus enables event designers to build and share immersive and interactive 3D virtual environments, such as conference rooms, exhibitions and stores.
FIX8Group says that adding Cavrnus to its stable will facilitate enhanced options for anyone needing innovative technical delivery of online or hybrid events as the industry re-emerges.
“We're always looking at how we can use best-of-breed technology to help us produce world-class events,” comments Neil Trenell, creative director and founder of FIX8Group. “Cavrnus allows us to take our existing skillset into collaborative software environments to offer a solution that will work for both our event teams and our clients.
“By adopting this technology and absorbing it into our event design workflow we can open up new avenues for collaboration and event design in the virtual world. We believe this will offer exciting opportunities for our clients who wish to collaborate on a global scale. The world is changing, but new solutions are at our fingertips.”
FIX8 says that although video conferencing and screen sharing can be useful in creative collaboration, Cavrnus takes the process to “a whole new level
USA - Nautilus Entertainment Design, Inc. (NED) has announced that after 30 years in business, the company founders Laura and Jim Tetlow, are selling their stock to the company ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan.) With this sale, the company will become 100% employee-owned. Jim Tetlow will continue in a consultancy role as principal consultant and lighting designer for select shows and projects in an effort to provide NED’s clients with a multi-year seamless transition.
Jim Tetlow comments, “When we started the business 30 years ago, our focus was on lighting design for TV and live events. At that time, it never occurred to us that we would expand into so many more disciplines including architectural lighting design, A/V system design, and theatre consulting. One of our proudest achievements is the fact that we have built a team of professionals that excel in their work across live events, cruise ships, architectural installations and themed entertainment.”
Continuing in their leadership roles with NED are principal consultants Bill Havens and Brian Pratt, both of whom will assume the responsibilities of managing directors.
Joanna Rodriguez, vice president of business operations will serve as chief financial officer and came to NED three years ago from Bank of America.
Jim Tetlow states, “Laura and I are excited about this new chapter in the life of the company and we are confident that moving forward, Bill, Brian and Joanna’s roles will provide the continuity and leadership for Nautilus to continue to thrive and grow.”
USA/China - The World Championship (Worlds) is the crowning event of Riot Games’ League of Legends. Last year, like many other productions, the world’s most watched esports event migrated to the virtual realm and was broadcast live for over 240 hours using the most advanced and pioneering XR (Extended Reality) and MR (Mixed Reality) technologies, relying heavily on Brompton’s Tessera 4K SX40 LED processors to ensure quality image reproduction on its LED video set.
League of Legends tournaments have traditionally featured a host country, with teams touring different cities for each round of the games. However, with the challenges posed for both travel and live audiences, Possible Productions, a creative developer agency that has been working with Riot Games since 2016, looked for a solution that would give a sense of evolution to the tournament while broadcasting the entire production live from Shanghai.
“The key challenge that Riot presented us with was extending the feeling of campaign throughout the entire month of the tournament without physically bringing people to different locations,” says Michael Figge, creative director at Possible Productions. “It quickly became apparent that in order to bring different places to us, we needed to build a highly advanced extended reality stage that would sustain hundreds of hours of live broadcast of mixed reality content.”
With a tight schedule, Possible Productions put a crack team in place, including those that had worked on the Disney+ The Mandalorian TV series, and Riot’s engine
The Netherlands - When Intronics, the tvONE distributor for the Benelux region, received an enquiry for a major order of tvONE’s CORIOmaster mini video wall processors, they called on the manufacturer to see what was possible.
The request, from a major European integrator, was for 55 of the processors, destined for a single installation project in The Netherlands. It would be the largest ever single order of CORIOmaster mini units, and with just three weeks before the required shipping date, time was extremely tight. And there was an added problem: the order could not yet be confirmed.
“Our customer told us that although they were 99% sure of the order, they did not yet have it in writing,” explains Intronics’ technical sales engineer Ben Franken. “Also, we knew that an order of that size would ordinarily take a few months to meet.”
However, thanks to Intronics’ long-standing relationships with both customer and supplier, what seemed like an impossible situation turned out to be anything but. “Because of the years of good relationship we’ve had, there’s a tremendous amount of trust and confidence between us all,” says Franken. “I spoke with Alan Greenfield, the tvONE sales manager for our region, and he gave us a quote and said they would need around three weeks to supply the 55 CORIOmaster mini units.”
To meet the imminent deadline, the tvONE team at the UK office in Margate began assembling the units in advance. This meant that, with the order confirmed at last, they could ship the entire consignment inside two wee
UK - After a three-year break, the MOBO Awards (MOBOs), the UK’s biggest celebration of black music and culture, returned in December last year – in a virtual format. The 90-minute awards ceremony was brought to life by a LED screen running on Brompton Tessera processing provided by Universal Pixels (UP), that delivered realistic looking, multiple video playbacks throughout the virtual ceremony.
Hosted by former BBC Radio 1 presenter Maya Jama and YouTube creator Chunkz, and with performances by Headie One feat. M Huncho, Ms Banks, Tiwa Savage and Kojey Radical, the event was conceived by creative company CC-Lab and delivered by creative agency, Satore Studio. It was streamed live on YouTube, followed by a BBC One broadcast.
“CC-Lab wanted to find a new way to present the MOBOs,” reports Tupac Martir, founder and creative director of Satore Studio. “Everyone was clear they wanted an LED screen, but I wanted to take it further. I suggested to Jason Hocking, co-founder and MD of CC-Lab, that we could use the work we’d done in virtual production and play around with it, running the VP experience alongside still imagery.”
In a departure from standard television formats, the team combined film techniques and technology in a TV environment, using a multicam setup with an off-stage camera capturing the entire studio. “With this last camera, we could show what was going on behind the scenes to highlight that we weren’t trying to imitate being somewhere else; we were combining the physical and virtual worlds, and being creative with how w
China - Christie GS Series 1DLP laser projectors are delivering vivid and lifelike visuals in a new dome theatre located in Xiong’an New Area, a self-sufficient and sustainable city in Hebei province developed by the government to prioritize “green development and environmental protection”.
Known as the Five Senses Bubble, it has a diameter of 8.5m and a height of 6.3m and is constructed using air-film reinforced concrete, while its exterior is adorned with golden spirals to create artistic effects that represent the different senses.
Inside, the visuals are powered by five Christie DWU8902-GS 1DLP laser projectors fitted discreetly around the dome theatre to display highly immersive images measuring 3.2m height. The projectors are installed and commissioned by Zhongqing Yingye Group, which has been appointed the distributor of Christie’s 1DLP projection systems in 2020. The company has extensive experience in professional audio and visual systems integration.
A spokesperson for Zhongqing Yingye Group commented, “The Five Senses Bubble dome theatre is a structure that integrates technology with arts and culture to strengthen community bonds in this new city. We are pleased to be involved in the projection component of this project, and the Christie GS Series laser projectors have been our top choice since day one. Not only do they deliver stunning image quality, realistic colour reproduction and reliability, their quiet operation and small footprint also make them remain ‘invisible’ during the shows.”
The projected contents emb
Brazil - One of the biggest Brazilian live DJ shows in 2020 took place in xR, as local DJ and musician Alok attracted 750,000 people to his Alive live stream in December, also clocking seven million views on YouTube. The disguise xR workflow drove the music special with a vx 4 media server and two rx platforms enabling the show to incorporate content from render engines Unreal, Unity and Notch.
Alok is one of the most prominent players in the Brazilian electronic music scene. Following the cancellations of all his live shows last year, the aim of the xR live stream was to bring a fresh way of broadcasting the artist’s performance to his large fanbase.
Project director Fabio Soares from OkeStudio along with TheForce invited Sao Paulo-based, full-service AV company Maxi to provide the xR workflow for the show, along with disguise workflow specialist Tito Sabatini on technical support.
Support from disguise “was something we couldn’t live without”, Jose Augusto Martins, executive director at Maxi, reports. “With a big project like this and all the tech video crew learning how to use xR, disguise’s support was key. It gave us the confidence to run things properly. We wanted people to feel the energy of a real show and that was achieved.
“‘Alive was a huge xR project, and we were doing it for the first time in Brazil, so we learned a lot during the process of making the project a reality,” Jose adds.
Maxi was the only rental company with the toolset to deliver the xR production, he notes. As the technical brief
Finland - The 2020 series of Finland’s Tanssii tähtien kanssa - a version of the BBC’s popular Strictly Come Dancing TV show - culminated at the end of December following a visual feast driven by Hippotizer Montane+ RTX Media Servers.
A host of Finnish household names participated in Series 13 of the show, ranging from politicians to rappers, actors to YouTube stars. Their performances were backed by a mix of live feed and pre-made content, displayed on a huge LED screen backdrop and on smaller screens behind the judging panel. The live shows were seen by an average audience of more than one million, which is a sizeable chunk of Finland’s 5.5 million population.
At the visuals helm was Nordic events and experiences company Bright Group, headed up by designer and creative director Eero Helle, video operator Tero Kärpijoki and chief video tech Topi Rinne. The team specified two Montane+ RTX machines for the live shows, serving as one live and one backup.
“The choice of Hippo was easy, as Hippotizer is my go-to for big, live shows like this,” says Kärpijoki. “I’ve been working with Hippo servers for many years, and they always deliver for me. Hippo is a perfect tool for when lots of looks are required, and when changes need to be made to each one in such short timescales. Being able to add effects and manipulate the visuals in real-time, even during the show, is fantastic.”
Kärpijoki controlled the Montane+ RTX using a grandMA2, which he says is “so fast and reliable, and easy to work with”. For signal distri
Canada - Vancouver-based Promosa has enhanced its 20 year-old legacy in film and television production by investing in disguise’s vx4 and rx machines and undergoing specialist xR training to become the first official disguise partner in Canada to deliver full end-to-end xR stage production.
With offices across Western Canada and in Washington state, Promosa is a full-service production management company specialising in large-format LED video screens – the largest inventory in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. They have been used in countless productions, including TV series DC Legends of Tomorrow, A Million Little Things, The Twilight Zone and the upcoming Disney+ series Turner & Hooch.
In partnership with Animatrik Film Design their Vancouver headquarters features the largest independent motion capture sound stage in North America and the first disguise-supported xR stage in Canada.
“At Promosa, we strive to be more than just a production company - we are a company that seeks new ways to be better every day,” says CEO, Baxter Wilson. “We continue to invest in the latest hardware, software and systems that provide clients with access to world-class innovative solutions. xR and the partnership with disguise was the piece we were missing.”
With that in mind, Promosa found disguise to be “the only reliable end-to-end virtual production solution on the market that can complement our expertise with film/TV and live events. Introducing disguise to our workflow has brought everything together, an