Video and AV News

bromptonBrompton processing at Third Encore Studios
Monday, 21 September 2020

USA - When the entertainment industry’s lights were switched off by the global pandemic, Fuse Technical Group, like many others, had to come up with new and innovative ways to continue serving its customers. The solution became evident when the full-service production company decided to partner with LA-based Third Encore Studios and Monsters of Rock Cruise (MORC) to build a virtual live production environment for content streaming.
Regular events including MORC’s PPV live streamed music performances are delivered in front of rich visual backgrounds thanks to the processing power of Brompton Technology and its HDR solution.
“Third Encore Studios is a well-known rehearsal facility in Los Angeles. We’ve crossed paths many times, but never worked together on a project like this before,” says Fuse project manager, Benjamin Johnson. “The coronavirus pandemic and the state of the entertainment industry meant there was a need to create new solutions and gave us our first opportunity to collaborate. We have solid technical knowledge and high-quality video and lighting equipment, and they have the perfect facility, all we lacked was great talent. That came in the form of the Monsters of Rock Cruise webcast, transmitted live via their Facebook page.”
Together with his team, Johnson built a high spec virtual event space, with an LED floor measuring 20ft by 24ft (43.2 sqm), enclosed by a 35ft wide by 12ft tall (38.9 sqm) LED wall. The space uses ROE panels; Black Marble 4 for the floor and Carbon 3 for the upstage and left/right screens, all runnin

nighthawk-shoots-nidieqztbqe-web#WeMakeEvents campaign continues to build momentum
Monday, 21 September 2020

UK - The #WeMakeEvents campaign aims to raise awareness around the current plight of the live entertainments sector and its urgent need for financial support if it is to support the COVID-19 crisis.
Last month, it was announced that it would be steered by a collective of industry trade bodies, businesses and freelancers; all working in collaboration with each other. Over the past few weeks, the team has continued to build momentum around the campaign, working endlessly to rally the government for much needed support.
Following last month’s Day of Action which saw buildings across the UK lit up in red as a show of support, the #WeMakeEvents team has been busy capitalising on the extensive media coverage and attention this received. One of those involved is White Light’s managing director Bryan Raven, who comments: “The Day of Action was vitally important for our cause as it finally got people talking.
“There were a few government figures who weren’t particularly listening to our concerns prior to this and didn’t fully appreciate the scale of the crisis we are in. That certainly seems to have changed now and, whilst it may appear that the campaign has been slightly quieter for the past few weeks, this is only due to us putting all of our energies into the various meetings and surveys we’ve had to conduct to ensure the campaign continues to gain momentum.”
Activities over the last few weeks include meetings with political advisors, who are helping to formulate precise action points of the campaign’s next steps, as well as coll

 
 
mezzo-series-screenshot-websitePowersoft premieres new-look website
Friday, 18 September 2020

Italy - Powersoft, has launched its fully overhauled website, with a clean new layout and simple navigation structure designed to help users to quickly and easily access essential information, while offering a comprehensive understanding of the company’s value proposition, technologies and solutions.
The new website is also fully responsive, meaning that it is compatible with all browsers and can easily be navigated using any mobile devices.
“Through this easy-to-navigate design, users can learn about Powersoft including the services offered, said Powersoft’s brand, communication and trade marketing manager, Francesco Fanicchi. “It also details the applications the Powersoft’s products are suitable for, as well as providing support material, product guides, tutorials, application examples, and case studies. We hope that this new design will help customers to learn about Powersoft solutions and their relevance to specific applications or market verticals.”
Another aspect of the new website is the introduction of MyPowersoft, which will allow registered users to have seamless access to Powersoft ArmoníaPlus software and ProManagerPlus multi-purpose configuration tool, without having to remember multiple accounts and passwords.
“MyPowersoft is not only the simplest way to connect with Powersoft users and partners by providing what’s relevant to them, but it also allows them to gain access to an exclusive set of tools and services,” said Fanicch

 
green-hippoJon9 enjoys benefits of Green Hippo’s Hippotizer
Friday, 18 September 2020

USA - As a specialist in visual content delivery, Jon9 has developed a productive relationship with the Green Hippo team and its Hippotizer Media Server range - the toolkit he finds best suited to enabling his vision.
Jon9 first used Hippotizers in building the media playback solution for Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE show in Las Vegas in 2004. It was a record-breaking system at the time. Since then, he has gone on to produce numerous immersive and experiential projects through his company Holonyne Corporation.
In 1987, he founded the first videowall programming company in the US - Programination Inc. From delivering 640x480 resolution visuals to trade show videowalls from ¾” tape decks, he progressed through Beta SP, to video discs and DVDs. “Disc-based media gave us random access and enabled interactive installations,” he says. “Finally, in the 90s, as personal and business computer technology evolved along with the emergence of the internet, we started seeing dedicated media servers in the entertainment and corporate markets.
“These players - ranging from very simple and relatively inexpensive to very powerful and very expensive - provided a lot more flexibility in how we produced content and how we delivered it to the display systems. Along with random access, media servers allowed different levels of real-time processing that could be controlled from lighting desks or a keyboard. We could link up multiple servers, synchronize them, and deliver high resolution content to videowalls and display systems of any size. This evolution tr

 
 
emergencytvONE CORIOmaster2 makes US debut
Friday, 18 September 2020

USA - Following the recent launch of its new CORIOmaster2 all-in-one, multi-window video processor, tvONE has announced the first installation of the product, as part of a system upgrade for a 911 Emergency Operations Centre in Peoria, Illinois.
The centre has been handling emergency ambulance dispatch and critical medical services for regions throughout Illinois and Iowa for almost a decade, and its previous audio-visual system was beginning to fail. To fix the problem, they approached local company IAS Technology, a specialist in the design and installation of professional audio/video systems.
“Because of the critical nature of the centre’s work, the AV system plays a vital role in the provision of services,” says IAS Technology’s CEO and chief design engineer, Jeremy Caldera. “It displays GPS mapping/tracking, call data, and other critical information, which can be seen at each individual workstation, as well as by the dispatchers and the watch floor manager on the high-resolution video wall.”
Caldera designed a system including two new 4K Laser projectors, with edge-blending handled by a brand new, high-powered processor that he knew had just arrived on the market, tvONE’s CORIOmaster2. A 4RU package optimized for 4K60 environments, the CORIOmaster2 can handle up to 40 4K video sources with no visible latency and up to 56 outputs.
“A common challenge with this kind of installation is working within the confines of a reasonable budget, while still utilizing new technologies and providing better resolution,” says Caldera.

 
presenters-on-stageAnna Valley delivers for GRM Daily Rated Awards
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

UK - Creative experience and performance designers, Black Skull Creative, transformed this year’s GRM Daily Rated Awards show into a blended reality experience with the help of Anna Valley and subsidiary company, Matrix UK Solutions.
The awards (hosted live at the Eventim Apollo in previous years) were streamed exclusively on YouTube and Ratedawards.com on 9 September 2020 from a digital environment designed to challenge the audience’s perception of reality – and to comply with social distancing restrictions.
The fifth GRM Daily Rated Awards sought to celebrate some of the biggest names in urban music and their contribution to the genre in the year leading up to June 2020. The show was hosted by Julie Adenuga and Mo Gilligan and winners included J Hus, Stefflon Don and D-Block Europe for Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year respectively.
Dizzee Rascal was presented with The Legacy Award for his lifetime contribution to grime music and performed a live medley of his most popular tracks from a mixed reality environment reminiscent of the cover of his first album, Boy in da Corner.
Black Skull’s concept for the awards’ setting was to use a combination of physical elements, digital content, reflective surfaces and virtual design to blur the distinction between real life and augmented reality.
To this end, Anna Valley and DB Multitrade built a cuboid set for the awards using a 6m x 4m LED back wall and floor, with mirrored sides and roof, at Anna Valley’s headquarters. The combination o

 
 
clear-oneClearOne Conference Controller now available
Monday, 14 September 2020

USA - The newest Conference Controller from ClearOne is now available worldwide.
The Conference Controller’s 10-inch touch screen is designed for easy control of ClearOne’s Converge Pro 2 audio DSP mixers as well as Collaborate Live video conferencing room systems from a single device.
The Conference Controller functions can also be accessed from a personal mobile device, eliminating the need for touching shared surfaces by downloading the free mobile apps.
The Conference Controller can be paired with Converge Pro 2 DSPs, allowing users to make and receive VoIP and/or PSTN conference calls and multiparty calls with the easy-to-use, on-screen dial pad. When paired with Collaborate Live room video systems, users can make and receive video calls as well as manage content-sharing options.
A modern user interface makes controlling conferencing functions as intuitive and simple as familiar mobile and tablet devices.

 
absenAbsen wins China management accolade
Monday, 14 September 2020

China - LED display specialist Absen has once again been recognised in Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies (BMC) programme.
The BMC programme is a global initiative that identifies and recognises private companies with advanced management ideas and excellent business performance. Key factors in the evaluation of a company’s management ability include strategy, capabilities, commitment and financial strength. This year, the selection criteria also considered resiliency towards the Covid-19 pandemic. Absen was deemed to have shown extraordinary competency in all areas, allowing the company to weather these difficult times.
With a reputation for providing high quality LED displays, Absen once again achieved the #1 global export position for the 11th consecutive year and will next year celebrate its 20th anniversary. Absen has a manufacturing facility with an annual production capacity of 300,000sqm and places great emphasis on R&D and innovation. The company has built a strong customer service network with 15 domestic and overseas subsidiaries in order to support its customers worldwide.
Zhao Jian, BMC managing partner, says resilience creates sustainable value for enterprises. Long-lasting businesses and first-class enterprises have experienced several economic cycles, and will have more comprehensive and sophisticated strategies. The greater an enterprise's long-term mission, the greater its vitality. "Highly resilient enterprises" have developed strong immunity.
Alex Couzins, Absen Europe’s head of brand and marketing, said: “We ar

 
 
essay-videoEssay Video gets immersive with Brompton
Thursday, 10 September 2020

USA - Essay Video has recently announced the opening of its new virtual studio located in Norwalk, Connecticut. The virtual facility is equipped with the latest in LED technology, including Brompton Technology 4K Tessera SX40 LED processors, empowering Essay’s customers to ‘realise their creative projects and create complex, interactive and mixed reality presentations’.
“With the global pandemic, we had clients who had to pivot from live events and turn to virtual solutions,” explains Essay Video founder & CEO, Greg Fellows. “Our newly built virtual studio gives them a safe and healthy environment to make their creative projects a reality. We have multiple offices for privacy and social distancing, and we’ve partnered with HBO and Intel over the last six months to fine tune and perfect our virtual meetings. Whilst it’s not possible to hold a live show at the moment, clients can come and make the most of our virtual facility’s advanced technology, delivering the closest possible experience to a live event.”
Though Essay’s new virtual studio has only been running just over two weeks, its facilities have already attracted a number of high-calibre projects, including this year’s 13th annual Supima Cotton Design Competition, which will take place in September to align with New York Fashion Week. Following that, Supima will once again return to the full-service production company’s virtual space to deliver another fashion show, which will be simulcast during Paris Fashion Week.
“We are very excited about both projects and c

 
parliamentHippotizer blends ‘healthcare’ images onto Parliament
Thursday, 10 September 2020

UK – London’s Palace of Westminster became a vast projection surface in May to coincide with International Nurses Day, as a series of images thanking NHS key workers were beamed onto the building from 260m away across the Thames.
Projection experts at Motion Mapping deployed two Hippotizer Amba+ Media Servers to blend and warp the visual content to ensure it was beautifully displayed onto the intricate façade of the building. Motion Mapping’s Stuart Harris says he made good use of Hippotizer’s SHAPE feature to achieve great results.
“We had just 45 minutes on site to get the projection right, including all alignment and blending with the framework of Parliament, to going live with the world’s press covering the event,” says Harris. “SHAPE made it simple to warp and blend the images so that they appeared correctly, even while being beamed from such a long distance away. We even had to do some of this in real time, and the Amba+ servers handled it with ease.
“Hippo features such as Advanced Media Management and Timeline enabled us to change and amend quickly on site - it’s so agile and flexible. And when an issue arose, such as a light being left on in one of the windows inside Parliament, I could create a workaround in seconds, which is very handy when images are about to be broadcast around the world.”
The visual content varied from messages of thanks to three-storey-high pictures of famed ‘founder of modern nursing’ Florence Nightingale, to coincide with the 200th anniversary of her birth.
Setting up on the

 
 
modulopi-auto-calibrationModulo Pi launches multi-projector module
Wednesday, 9 September 2020

France - Modulo Pi has announced the immediate availability of a new multi-projector auto-calibration module. Available as an option for the Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic media servers, the auto-calibration system allows to automatically align multiple video-projectors on planar, curved, and dome surfaces for a pixel-perfect projection.
Working with Modulo Player, up to one server can be supportedfor example up to six WQXGA outputs, or four 4K outputs. Working with Modulo Kinetic, the auto-calibration option supports multi-server configuration, resulting in an unlimited number of outputs and resolution support. Modulo Pi’s auto-calibration system can handle independent calibration groups, as well-stacked video projectors.
In addition, a versatile masking feature ensures a fine-tuned projection. Fully developed by Modulo Pi, the auto-calibration module relies on Power over Ethernet (PoE) cameras to offer fast and simplified cabling. Using the Modulo Pi media servers equipped with the auto-calibration option, high-precision edge blending, warping, and media playback is achieved within minutes and with zero latency.
In summer 2019, design and production company ECA2 worked with a preview version of Modulo Pi’s auto-calibration module for The Legend of Pangu, a spectacular show in the new Chinese Culture Exhibition Centre in Lanzhou. The auto-calibration module was used to automatically align 20 x Christie projectors and deliver a 2.800 sqm 3D video mapping on a dome surface.
“This is totally revolutionary technology,” says Clé

 
kingswayBig screen returns to The Kingsway with SLLFX
Wednesday, 9 September 2020

UK - The Kingsway has screened its first films in decades thanks to SLLFX’ hire stock of audio and visual equipment. The site of the historic picture house in the Kings Heath area of Birmingham, which closed its doors in 1979, is now being used by Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema to host a seven-week film festival in COVID-safe conditions, with the local rental house called in to meet the technical requirements.
Only the frontage of the original venue still stands following a fire that destroyed the building in 2011. However, with the land behind the site now clear, it was seen as an opportunity to draw on the historic roots of the venue to host a socially distanced film festival. With the prestigious location found, Friendly Neighborhood Cinema needed technical equipment that could do justice to the traditions of The Kingsway. As such, it approached SLLFX to provide the screen, trussing and sound system, and given the iconic nature of the venue, the rental company was only too happy to oblige.
The team at SLLFX decided that a 5m x 2.5m screen created from its high definition P6 outdoor LED stock would be the perfect solution for the open air pop-up venue. This was complemented by an Electro-Voice ZLX sound system controlled via a mixing desk that was designed to cover the seating space but not spill over into the neighbouring residential areas as well as a wireless headphone system to provide a more intimate experience. Finally, a truss structure which could adapt to the uneven ground completed the setup.
“The biggest challenge we faced was the tu

 
 
2020-tech-track-100-logo1Research: disguise among the fastest-growing tech firms
Wednesday, 9 September 2020

UK/EMEA - disguise has landed a spot in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 index, which ranks the top 100 British private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years.
disguise was ranked at number 80 for the accelerated launch of its xR solution to meet the new market needs for immersive remote performance and virtual production. The company was also recognised as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2019 according to the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 index released last month.
“As technology continues to transform every aspect of how we live and work, visionary and ambitious companies will continue to be at the forefront of innovation,” says disguise CEO Fernando Kufer. “We are truly proud and humbled to be recognised for our efforts and to be included among these industry leaders. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic bringing all live events to a standstill, disguise has accelerated the development of xR and engaged with customers to transition them, at a deep level, to the new xR arena with free education to create new opportunities for them to meet market needs.”
Commenting of disguise’s ranking in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 index. Kufer adds: “We owe our position in this prestigious ranking to our continuous growth and expansion into new markets and territories, enabling our users, customers and partners to continually push boundaries and deliver spectacular live visual experiences with the help of our software-on-hardware solutions.”
With the halt

 
edu-dreamCAST offers students and teachers free wysiwyg
Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Canada - As part of their commitment to education, CAST Group of Companies has announced a free version of wysiwyg Design is now available to all students and teachers, enrolled on a full or part-time lighting design course at a university, college, post-secondary vocational or polytechnical school.
Used in over 300 educational establishments worldwide, wysiwyg offers a 3D environment where productions can be planned, designed and programmed, risk free, offering students a safe virtual lab where ideas can be tested and experimented with.
With wysiwyg Design, you can create professional lighting plots and paperwork, and clearly communicate design ideas through high quality renders and animations. Should you wish to connect to a lighting console to programme shows, you can upgrade your free wysiwyg Design to a 4 universe (2048 channel) or 8 universe (4096 channel ) version of wysiwyg Perform for only 99 or 149 USD per year respectively.
wysiwyg Educational software gives you the power to learn at your pace, in or out of the classroom. Once approved, your license is valid for 365 days.
Benefits of joining up with the WYSIWYG Educational Scheme include access to the popular wysiwyg forum, Getting Started Guides, and wysiwyg Reference Guide, installed with the software, are also there to help you to develop your knowledge and skills.
Students are invited to attend any publicly scheduled training courses at reduced cost and given the opportunity to enter the annual Design competition with a chance to have your work showcased on test

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atlonamustafabostanciAtlona grows EMEA sales and engineering team
Monday, 7 September 2020

Germany - Atlona has added two technical experts to its EMEA sales and engineering teams to help bring customers’ AV system visions to life. Mustafa Bostanci and Timo Schonmeier join Atlona as sales engineer and technical sales engineer for Networked AV, effective immediately. Both report to Kobi Levy, director of technical services, and are based at Panduit’s Customer Briefing Centre (CBC) in Frankfurt.
Bostanci joins Atlona from AVI-SPL in Germany, where as lead technician he oversaw the installation, inspection and approval of AV systems and collaboration solutions for their end customers. His expertise in software solutions is particularly beneficial for Atlona partners and end users transitioning to AV over IP systems. Bostanci also brings 12 years of experience as an IT and network technician with at Messe Frankfurt, a well-known trade fair and event organizer, where he managed installation, operation and technical support of AV and IT systems.
In his new role, Bostanci will help Atlona partners and dealers develop IP and circuit-based AV systems, and support both customers and Atlona sales managers through all design and documentation processes. He will additionally assist with product demonstrations and customer trainings online, at the CBC, and on the road as situations allow.
Schonmeier is an experienced system support engineer and joins Atlona from Extron, where he took on roles of increasing responsibility over an eight-year period. His most recent position as system support engineer saw him focused on the commissioning of AV systems

 
christer-svardExertis confirms international appointments
Thursday, 3 September 2020

Europe - Exertis has announced a number of senior appointments across its international division.
Christer Svärd is appointed managing director for Exertis Nordics. Christer was previously the CEO of Higab AB, a company that builds, manages, and cares for properties in Gothenburg and before that, he served as CEO of Volvo Parts, a global spare parts distributor.
“Being able to take charge of Exertis operations in the Nordics, in an exciting industry with a really strong owner, was an attractive prospect that I could not refuse. I have extensive experience in the supply chain and leading businesses with great growth potential which I hope fits very well into Exertis Nordics,” said Svärd.
Exertis Nordics also welcomes Helena Byström as supply chain director. For the past six years, Helena worked as a logistics manager at Zinzino, a direct sales company for food supplements where she oversaw the complete supply chain from purchasing inventory management to last-mile customer delivery. The role of supply chain director is new at Exertis Nordics and includes responsibility for the entire supply chain, the flow from suppliers to the end customer.
Exertis France has named Nadine Bloch as team director of purchasing and procurement. She joins Exertis after 20 years at Tech Data as purchasing and marketing director and five years at ADVEO as purchasing director. Nadine will be responsible for procurement processes across all business units of Exertis France.
At Exertis Middle East, Noel Shannon has been promoted to financial controller.<

 
 
bromptonBrompton Technology releases LED reporting app
Thursday, 27 August 2020

UK - Brompton Technology has announced the release of its DynaCal Reporting App which generates detailed, multi-language, browser-based reports that offer an objective assessment of a panel’s performance based on accurate measurements using the Hydra Calibration system.
This new tool allows Brompton customers to see at-a-glance headline LED panel performance figures such as achievable luminance and colour gamut, presented in terms of percentage coverage of the Rec 2020 colour space. There are also options to view comprehensive information down to a per-pixel level for each individual panel using convenient, interactive, visual displays.
The DynaCal reporting app is available for any LED panel that has been calibrated using Brompton’s new Hydra Calibration system. Utilising the detailed information collected by Hydra, reports can be generated for individual LED panels, or for entire batches. These reports can easily be shared and viewed in any browser without any special software installed, and the report language can be switched between English and Chinese on the fly.
“The great thing about DynaCal Reports is that our customers are just one click away from data that can help inform decisions about how their panels should be used,” says Thomas Walker, Brompton’s product manager. “The reports offer a quick and easy way of comparing panels and checking they are capable of delivering what is needed at any given point or for a specific project.”
Luminance maps show how the LEDs are performing across the entire panel surface, with addi

 
backstage-students-at-lightwaves-project-with-black-marble-led-floor-1ROE Visual and Backstage prolong partnership
Wednesday, 26 August 2020

UK - ROE Visual will continue its support for the Backstage Academy, enabling a new generation of students to acquire relevant technical skills, working with the ROE Visual LED panels.
ROE Visual firmly believes in the power of knowledge transfer. Next to the widely followed ROE Academy classes, supporting other training events and learning initiatives is self-evident in order to guarantee an influx of the next generation of young professional video technicians. The cooperation is an example of how industry-leading manufacturers can play a role in educating and inspiring the future generation of technicians.
ROE Visual has supported the Backstage Academy since 2019, enabling the students to work with a range of LED panels, that are the standard choice for tours, events and film and broadcast productions. Backstage Students have enjoyed access to BP3, CB5 and the Black Marble LED floor panels. These products have been deployed in numerous projects, assessments, workshops and showcases. With the continuation of the partnership, access to these products is secured for the Backstage Academy students.
“We are looking forward to enjoying another year of amazing support from ROE Visual”, states Miles Marsden, industry partnerships director at Backstage Academy. “2019 saw ROE products in numerous Backstage Academy practical lessons and special projects. Some of our students become noticeably animated and excited at the mention of ROE Visual products. With new developments for virtual production, we envisage this partnership will be even more mutually

 
 
vergeaeroVerge Aero takes radio show to new heights
Tuesday, 25 August 2020

USA - iHeartMedia, the USA’s largest radio station owner, called on Verge Aero’s drone show technology to add some high-flying, high-impact visuals to local station Q102’s broadcast announcement of its 102 Grand in the Sand competition in Philadelphia.
Amid 2020’s pandemic restrictions, 102 Grand in the Sand switched from a physical treasure hunt to a virtual one, with lucky listeners winning prizes worth $102,000 dollars. To ensure maximum engagement for Q102’s announcement of the competition, local drone show innovator Verge Aero delivered the attention-grabbing aerial imagery. Although the show was flown in central Philadelphia, it was not pre-announced to limit social gathering.
Flying high above the Philadelphia Museum of Art – the steps of which are known to movie lovers everywhere from Sylvester Stallone’s 1976 film Rocky – the 11-minute drone show was synchronized with the music soundtrack and live announcements broadcast on Q102.
Verge Aero’s fleet of 130 drones created a colourful, choreographed performance, featuring the logos of iHeartMedia, Q102 and the competition sponsors, plus support for the Philadelphia Flyers ice hockey team, the Flyers’ crazy-eyed mascot Gritty, and of course, Rocky himself, gloves raised in celebration, accompanied by Eye of the Tiger on Q102.
This was the latest in a string of projects in which Verge Aero’s drone technology, custom-developed for the requirements of entertainment production, has proved a perfect tool for reinforcing branding and sponsorship

 
Ben Erwin appointed CEO at PSAV
Tuesday, 25 August 2020

USA - PSAV has announced that Ben Erwin has been named chief executive officer, effective immediately, and will maintain his current title as president. In his new role, Erwin will be responsible for driving the strategic direction of the company and overseeing the execution of its business plan.
Says the company, “This leadership transition occurs as PSAV continues to take a leading role in helping its customers adjust to the current environment of the meeting and events industry. Erwin succeeds Mike Mcllwain, who has served as CEO since 2011.”
“I am honoured to assume the role of CEO during this pivotal time,” Erwin said. “We are focused on positioning PSAV for a return to growth and long-term success as we continue to provide creative solutions to our customers and venue partners.”
Erwin continued, “On behalf of the entire team, I want to thank Mike for all he has done for PSAV during his tenure and, personally, for his mentorship and guidance to help me prepare for this role. His impact will continue to be felt by our organization long after his formal departure from the business.”
“Ben has been an important partner in supporting PSAV’s growth over the last five years, and he has the right combination of leadership skills and financial and operational acumen to guide the company well into the future,” Mcllwain added. “Along with our full board, and Blackstone as our owners, I am confident in his ability to step seamlessly into the CEO role and build on our more than 80-year history of helping to bring unforgettable

 
 
vj-dayCreative Technology delivers for VJ Day celebrations
Tuesday, 25 August 2020

UK - Creative Technology (CT), in a year where a magnitude of events across the globe have been postponed or cancelled, found themselves with just over a month to pull together a large-scale, stadium-size event that would normally take months of preparation.
The BBC decided to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day with an audio-visual spectacular located at the famous Horse Guards Parade in London, aired on 15 August on BBC One. It was an unprecedented opportunity to use this iconic venue, available only because of the unforeseen social distancing restrictions put in place which had halted the usual timetable of parades and public viewing access. CT were thrilled to be able to be a part of creating something both beautiful and monumental for people across the country to witness.
The decision was made by the BBC to cover almost the entirety of the Horse Guards Parade with projection. This scaled from the Old Admiralty all the way through to Dover House. The huge buildings with complex geometry proved quite a challenge for the modelling team who divided the buildings into three equal sections pitting AutoCAD, Rhino and Modo against each other in a race to complete this colossal task.
Meanwhile, the modelling team provided a high poly mesh of the entire scan, which was then reduced into something usable and dropped into a software application called Mapping Matter. The team then used this to create a highly precise study to help determine the number of projectors required to achieve our target lux of 300 and to work out how to minimise any shadow

 
mountain-view-staging-virtual-studio-san-francisco-620x330-1Star Wars inspires virtual studio LED video
Friday, 21 August 2020

USA - With the implementation of high-resolution LED video environments that have become the backbone of such award-winning production designs as Star Wars: The Mandalorian, production houses across the nation have begun to look at applying this type of technology for the benefit of their clients.
Such is the case with PixelFLEX rental network partners Mountain View Staging and Elite Multimedia Productions, who have taken their live and virtual event capabilities into a new realm of possibilities using production designs with LED video.
“We saw how they were using the camera-tracking technology in conjunction with LED video and an Unreal Effects Engine to film the Mandalorian series and we thought this was something we could offer to our corporate clients to make their live events even more exciting,” began Robert Johnson, vice president of operations, Mountain View Staging. “We own a lot of LED video panels and have studios with cameras set up in our warehouses across the nation, so it was a great way to pivot to the new reality we are living in to continue to meet the demands for large-scale live events done in a unique way.”
“Once the shutdown’s happened, we saw that live streaming was going to be a vital component to keeping the production industry going and we needed to find a way to take advantage of that,” said Kenny Mason, production manager, Elite Multimedia Productions. “Since we already had a demo room with production gear ready, it was a natural progression to transform the space into a virtual production s

 
 
mvpiq-spxcamUpgraded Sports Producer aids streaming
Thursday, 20 August 2020

USA - CP Communications has announced the next generation of Mobile Viewpoint’s IQ-Sports Producer (IQ-SP) family of automated live sports production systems.
Powered by AI and supporting a range of outdoor and indoor sports from football to hockey, the updated series brings several key technology enhancements and adds a new entry-level model - IQ-SP Lite - built for customers focused on single-sport productions with one output stream.
Designed to remove the need of an onsite camera crew, IQ-SP makes professional sports production affordable for minor leagues, training camps, universities - and now, with IQ-SP Lite - smaller colleges and high schools previously hindered by budget constraints. CP Communications is the exclusive North American distributor of Mobile Viewpoint solutions.
Mobile Viewpoint developed IQ-Sports Producer to easily capture, stream and re-publish sports events with ease, and also gives players and coaches an affordable solution for recording practices and create game footage. Mobile Viewpoint has strengthened the AI capabilities in the new generation of IQ-SP systems, which will prove especially invaluable as live sporting events gradually return during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Foremost amongst the new AI features is automated highlight creation. IQ-SP can automatically detect scoring plays, and create individual replay clips or post-game highlight packages for publishing to social media and other outlets with minimal manual intervention, saving producers significant turnaround time, effort, and staffing costs.

 
mmcstudiosvirtualproduction5770ROE Visual Diamond LED in virtual showcase
Thursday, 20 August 2020

Germany - With the demand for virtual production space steeply rising, Entertainment Technology Concepts GmbH (ETC-Europe) and MMC Studios organised an informative event to update their clients on the latest available technology and hardware, involved in creating successful virtual film productions or events.
The cooperation partners MMC Studios, LAVAlabs Moving Images and ETC-Europe presented their virtual production showcase on 30-31 July 30 on MMC’s soundstage 32 in Cologne. The virtual production set offers a dynamic backdrop for a variety of productions.
As a full-service event provider, ETC-Europe offers tailored turn-key solutions for trade fairs, film and TV productions, concerts and stage events.
MMC Studios operates the Coloneum in Cologne, Germany, one of Europe’s largest and most advanced TV and film studio facilities.
The digital content was provided by LAVAlabs, a multi-discipline animation and creative studio based in Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Frankfurt.
“A range of creative and technological aspects come together to stage this type of productions, it’s not something you just take from the shelf. At ETC-Europe we have specialized in-house knowledge to bring all the key technological components together”, comments Alexander Klaus, managing director at ETC-Europe. “With our partners in this project, we wanted both to inform clients on the possibilities that virtual production can create, but also to raise awareness on the technological complexity, when all the aspe

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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