Video and AV News

climateBen Sheppee of Observatory creates DRAWDOWN for Collusion
Monday, 16 November 2020

UK – Visual artist Ben Sheppee, innovator in immersive light-based environments and founder of visual design studio Observatory, is the latest artist to be commissioned by Collusion to create a major new site-specific artwork which is on free display for one month this autumn.
DRAWDOWN, which is running from 25 October to 24 November, is Sheppee’s first major installation in King’s Lynn and will consist of a series of five large-scale building projections. Each will explore how the effects of climate change can be reversed, presenting an often-overlooked positive angle on the most crucial environmental issue humans have ever faced.
“I personally feel like everyone has a general awareness and understanding of climate change, but many people feel ineffective as individuals to have an impact,” comments Sheppee. “I wanted to highlight the practical solutions in a way that provides empowerment through awareness. I would consider the works to be successful if they reinvigorate the public’s interest in climate change solutions.”
Supported by partners including Arts Council England and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, DRAWDOWN will feature projections on five King’s Lynn buildings - The Custom House, Greyfriars Tower, King’s Lynn Minster, St Nicolas’ Chapel and Tuesday Market Place.
“We’re looking forward to presenting Ben’s work on some of King’s Lynn’s most iconic buildings,” says Rachel Drury of Collusion. “We hope that the public enjoy walking around the town to see this beautiful and t

virtual-solutionsCalibre addresses webinar and event productions
Monday, 16 November 2020

UK - Calibre UK has announced several new features in its flagship HQPro1000 for Live Virtual Solutions.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating how businesses use technology to operate and is transforming the way that people work, interact and even how they live,” said Willy Tsai, managing director at Calibre UK. “Calibre’s Live Virtual Solution (LVS) meets the evolving needs of people working in virtual classrooms, conferences, webinars, event and studios enabling them to reach their audiences in an immersive and augmented way.”
Calibre’s LVS includes the HQPro1000 processor with modular architecture and 4K60 4:4:4 image processing. It offers support for multiple sources and layers, plus a confidence monitor output. Scaling is provided by Calibre's best-in-class low-latency proprietary HQUltra technology for true seamless, fast and transitional switching between scenes.
Virtual presentations can be fully customised using The Calibre LVS. For event virtualisation, it is possible to insert a virtual background transporting the presenter into any location or space.
New features of HQPro1000 for Live Virtual Solution includes high-quality chroma-keying and luma-keying with no requirement for any additional hardware or software preserving the latency for live presentation, objects or presenter where the background can easily be inserted. Advanced area of interest allows for versatile adjustments per layer to show what the users want to concentrate on, whether the source is a camera on a lecturer or something pre-recorded.
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brownestoneAtlona appoints rep for Pacific Northwest
Monday, 16 November 2020

USA - Atlona has designated Seattle-based Brownestone, LLC as its manufacturer’s representative for the Pacific Northwest region, effective immediately. Brownestone will bring its sales-focused operation closer to commercial AV customers in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.
As an A/V manufacturer’s representative in business since 1999, Brownestone considers Atlona’s product line a complement to its specialised line card. Atlona’s AV over IP based video distribution and networked control solutions especially strengthen Brownestone’s message as a complete AV solutions provider, alongside its range of videoconferencing, audio production, and projection solutions.
“Representing the Atlona product line immediately strengthens and enhances our company’s value proposition,” said Mike Charles, principal, integration channel sales for Brownestone. “Atlona helps us offer comprehensive and high-performance packages tailored to the needs of our commercial A/V customers, especially in the corporate, education and houses of worship verticals. They dovetail perfectly with the rest of our line card, and fills in gaps that previously prevented us from offering a complete package or solution.”
Charles sees strong opportunity for Atlona in the videoconferencing market as more companies seek to connect workers, customers, and partners remotely, and keep gatherings to a minimum for health safety. “When it comes to AV over IP networking and control solutions, Atlona really shines,” he said. “Atlona is a real asset wh

 
lol-shanghaiLeague of Legends goes virtual with ROE Visual
Monday, 16 November 2020

China - The 2020 League of Legends World Championship, one of the biggest events in esports, took place in Shanghai from 25 September to 31 October. Creative Technology supplied ROE Visual LED panels to create an immersive xR Stage to broadcast this international tournament.
The League of Legends World Championship is a yearly international tournament that brings together the top teams from each regional league in a battle to host the Summoner’s Cup and earn the title of World Championship. This year marked the 10th edition.
The event, like most, had to be re-envisioned in order to make it happen. Normally, the early stages of the tournament would be a traveling road show, with different rounds taking place in different cities. In 2020, things had to change. With travel restrictions in place, and fans no longer able to attend matches, the team at League developer Riot tried something different, with the intention to honour the great legacy of the game.
In order to make this work, Riot brought in some of the most advanced LED technology from Creative Technology (CT). They used the same Unreal Engine-driven technology used to film Disney’s The Mandalorian series to create an immersive stage setup that changed themes completely depending on the stage of the tournament.
The matches looked like they took place in a cloudy, cyberpunk Shanghai skyline or amid a flooded landscape. What could have been a drab competition in the absence of fans, turned into a really impressive contest with an exhilarating vibe.
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robert-izzett-and-jason-rallDWR to distribute Sharp NEC Display Solutions
Monday, 16 November 2020

South Africa - Sharp NEC Display Solutions has appointed DWR Distribution as a South African distributor for their professional projectors.
“While NEC has a vast product range, DWR’s specialty will be the supply of NEC projectors ranging between 7 000k and 35 000k, to rental companies, houses of worship, theatres and auditoriums,” said Robert Izzett, director and head of sales at DWR. “We’ve just sold our first 8k and 20k laser projectors to churches, and that’s exactly where we are aiming at.”
“We believe there is still good opportunity within the South African market for professional projection, and we were intent on finding a suitable partner with which to promote our world-class projection technology. After having met Rob and the DWR team, it was clear they are a group of keenly skilled people and an organisation with the necessary infrastructure and focus to help us develop our professional projector portfolio in South Africa,” said Jason Rall, Southern Africa country manager for Sharp NEC Display Solutions.
“I am grateful to have met Rob and the DWR team through a mutual friend and colleague and am very excited and confident about the synergy created by our two businesses.”
NEC's line of projectors consists of both multimedia projectors, providing clear images for large and small spaces, and digital cinema projectors.
“It’s always about relationships, and we are very glad that our paths have crossed with Jason,” said Robert. “We are excited to run with this new product range.”

 
cpl-volkswagen-investors-update-vw-5Second Sight invests in CPL for VW event
Friday, 13 November 2020

UK - Event producers Second Sight asked AV rental and technical specialist CPL to provide a 5m wide by 3m high Roe Black Onyx 3mm pitch LED screen for a key live stream presentation by Volkswagen UK for their retail dealership members and investors.
This annual event was presented from Stage B at Millennium Studios in Bedford.
Normally it would be a big show at a prominent event venue with a full stage set and multiple presenters, but with the pandemic this year, everything was changed as they shifted to a digital format.
As brands, creative agencies and technical delivery companies and organisations continue to come up with new and interesting ways of delivering events safely and Covid-compliantly, like so many others, the Volkswagen Investors Update flipped to a live-streamed event.
Second Sight’s Guy Shayler explained how they were already producing successful monthly digital presentation events for VW since the lockdown started, so when it came to the Investors event, they retained the basic format but scaled up and added production values and extra resources including the LED wall.
As their “go-to” option for additional and specialist AV equipment, crew and expertise, Guy asked CPL to provide the LED - complete with a Barco S3 switcher to split the signal - which joined the camera / PPU / graphics and media server package supplied by Second Sight.
The broadcast platforms and associated infrastructure were coordinated by Bizzabo as the selected supplier for digital event delivery at Volkswagen UK.
Initial ideas fo

 
 
fusion-commsbdo-rethink-2WL’s SmartStage helps create virtual world
Friday, 13 November 2020

UK - To facilitate BDO’s first ever fully virtual global conference, creative consultancy Fusion Comms produced a new digital delivery format. The BDO Rethink Festival, which is traditionally held as a bi-annual face-to-face leadership event, was instead broadcast to a global audience on 2 and 4 November.
Fusion Comms partnered with White Light (WL) to create a virtual world for the event, within its SmartStage broadcast facility at London’s Science Museum.
WL collaborated with Fusion Comms and their digital creators MalfMedia to design a flexible xR solution to facilitate three festival broadcasts to BDO’s managing partners from across the world. The visual identity for the xR world was conceptualised around the Rethink Festival’s existing logo and branding.
An entire virtual infrastructure of festival stages was built with the use of digital assets created in a media server system that for the first time incorporated teleportation, remote callers, in studio presenters and XR and AR graphics.
The use of Augmented Reality enabled multiple cameras to track the presenter, whilst the AR festival environment worked in sync with the cameras so the presenters could ‘walk’ from one stage to another.
Delivery of the plenary sessions included the live, full-body teleportation of five presenters directly into the xR environment. Three presenters were transported from studios in Canada Washington DC and Israel, with two more from their homes in Scandinavia.
The whole conference was streamed to a worldwide audience of over 2,500 de

 
brit-rowBritannia Row Training receives ‘government lifeline’
Friday, 13 November 2020

UK - Britannia Row Productions Training (BRPT) has been awarded £152,000 as part of the UK government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) announced by the Culture Secretary to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future.
Britannia Row Productions Training is one of 2,049 cultural and creative organisations across the country to have been awarded £409m of urgently needed support (up to 24 October 2020). The Culture Recovery Fund grants programme is being administered by the Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.
BRPT was founded in 2012 to provide holistic training for those wanting to enter the live events industry as live audio technicians. Courses available from colleges and universities are not targeted enough for this niche sector, making it hard for graduates to enter the workplace as invariably a certain amount of re-training is required. Furthermore, these institutions tend to lag behind with teaching the latest technologies, equipment and working practices.
All BRPT training courses are written, kept up-to-date and delivered by tutors who are industry practitioners working at the top tier of the industry. BRPT has developed and offered a range of courses which have allowed for part-time study through to intensive full-time courses and

 
 
modulopi-xreventsModulo Pi adds Extended Reality capabilities
Thursday, 12 November 2020

France - Modulo Pi has announced the addition of new Extended Reality (XR) capabilities to Modulo Kinetic, the fully integrated media server solution. Designed with the needs of Pro AV players in mind, the new version of Modulo Kinetic upgraded with XR features will make production of virtual and hybrid events significantly simplified and accessible, says the company.
Modulo Kinetic is a comprehensive media server solution successfully deployed in large immersive installations such as the Atelier des Lumières in France, also used on corporate events, and live performances like the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Over recent months, Modulo Pi has developed new XR features in Modulo Kinetic to address the need for virtual and hybrid events in the context of the Covid-19 crisis and physical distancing guidelines. The new capabilities include an enhanced chroma keyer, improved embedded 3D engine, as well as the support of camera tracking for the Panasonic AW-UE150, Stype, and Vive systems.
Based on these new capabilities, Pro AV players will be able to produce virtual events featuring background replacement, extended reality, augmented reality, and scenic extension. These technologies help enrich the elements usually met in physical events with immersive 3D environments, 3D objects, animations, and the ability to switch scenes, contents, and cameras in an instant.
Virtual events produced with Modulo Kinetic are compatible with LED screen configurations, but also with green screen setups to adapt to projects on a budget.
The Modu

 
eno-09-20109ENO partners with ADI for drive-in opera
Thursday, 12 November 2020

UK - English National Opera chose live event specialists ADI to support them in the delivery of ‘the world’s first fully staged drive-in opera’, ENO Drive & Live at Alexandra Palace (19-27 September).
This ambitious outdoor project saw performances of Puccini's La Bohème take place outside Ally Pally, providing UK audiences with live opera for the first time since March. ADI supported ENO in delivering the drive-in experience by providing a complete event production solution, incorporating staging, structures, LED screens, lighting, OB and cameras.
Despite the creative and technical challenges of delivering fully-staged performances beyond their usual venue, ENO in partnership with ADI achieved the feat of transforming a car park at Alexandra Palace into a fully-featured outdoor theatre on a vast scale.
The production has been met with critical acclaim, with the 16 live performances hosting many sell-out audiences. The production was also broadcast live on Sky Arts.
ADI worked closely with ENO’s technical team to design and build a raised stage solution. This featured high resolution 4.6mm 45sqm LED screens on the wings to offer image magnification and coverage for up to 100 vehicles.
For audio, ADI and ENO explored several options, including delivery over Bluetooth via an app, but eventually decided on the traditional drive-in solution of delivering over radio signal to individual cars. This was supported by an onsite 5.1 audio system which covered the whole car park to ensure an impeccable aural experience from ev

 
 
hippotizerHippotizers power ‘virtual’ BGT Final
Wednesday, 11 November 2020

UK – The 2020 final of popular TV show Britain’s Got Talent wowed millions of viewers with a spectacular LED screen stage set and virtual audience, powered by Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Boreal+ and Karst+ Media Servers.
Three active Boreal+ and one Karst+ were used for the main system, with the same amount again running as backup for the live show. One Boreal+ fed the main stage LED display, driving 6K content to 3mm screens from supplier Anna Valley, with another Boreal+ dealing with camera overlay effects and live camera shots. The Karst+ fed Art-Net data from two lighting consoles to an array of SGM LED Tubes.
This was a very different finale, with no physical audience present in the studio due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In substitute, more than 1000 live feeds from viewers at home were fed to a new LED ‘audience wall’, positioned behind the judging panel. This was driven by the third Boreal+, with data fed in via NDI by broadcast graphics specialist, Happy Graphics.
The virtual audience was collated from PCs using real-time communications (RTC), and after being brought into the network via NDI was applied to a Hippotizer layer. Using VideoMapper, the team structured the feed to fit the different screens, using tint and colour match to unite them and make the virtual audience look harmonious with the video content and graphics, which were created by Ben Foley and Alex King at Buckloop Films.
Russ Grubiak served as Hippotizer programmer for the event. “As usual, we chose the Hippotizer because of the ease and speed we can m

 
holopops-ultra-holographic-projection-system-in-viral-debut-Holopops holographic system for Kardashian-West
Tuesday, 10 November 2020

World - When Kim Kardashian-West celebrated her 40th birthday this year, her husband Kanye West gifted her a hologram of her late father. Presented on the Holopops Ultra Holographic Projection System, the event was the debut outing for the innovative product but thanks to the occasion it secured a global launch that most manufacturers can only dream of.
Since then that single tweet has received over 35,000 quote tweets and over 18,000 retweets, with over 235,000 likes. Similar posts on Facebook and Instagram also went viral with over 14 million views of the hologram on Instagram alone.
Liz Berry, CEO of Hologramica and inventor and creator of Holopops, explains: “A social media frenzy started when Kim Kardashian West tweeted: ‘For my birthday, Kanye got me the most thoughtful gift of a lifetime. A special surprise from heaven. A hologram of my dad. It is so lifelike! We watched it over and over, filled with emotion.’”
The story has also hit global news channels and chat shows, bringing the Holopops Ultra unprecedented exposure.
Media outlets, including the BBC and CNN, have speculated on how the compelling and life-like holographic effect was achieved, but Berry can confirm: “We use our patent pending 3D Holonet in the Holopops Ultra Display System. This has already been proved to deliver high quality, super real imagery on full production hologram projects including BASE Hologram’s ground breaking An Evening with Whitney, The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour, Roy Orbison In Dreams tour and for opera fans, Callas in Conce

 
 
visual-displays-492Visual Displays releases XL CLD bundles
Tuesday, 10 November 2020

UK - The Complete Laser Display (CLD) bundles, newly announced by Visual Displays last month, have received such positive market feedback that the company has decided to take the concept of all-in-one macro displays a step further. The result is the new ‘XL’ version of the bundles.
Explaining the rationale, company director Greg Jeffreys states: “When we originally announced the CLD concept, the intention was to go head to head with flat panel displays starting from 100in. But the feedback we received suggested that we could supersize this, starting from 130in, as an alternative to dvLED.” The resulting CLD-XL bundles are as easy to use and maintain as dvLED, he maintains, “and at a fraction of the cost.”
Foreseeing possible outcomes in the educational segment as a result of COVID-19, Greg’s company has been quick out of the blocks. In the new world of blended learning and socially distanced classroom teaching, visual acuity from anywhere in the room, both on- and off-axis, becomes essential.
“With every inch of the teaching space now in use with these reduced classroom sizes, it is vital that we deliver optimum readability, and thereby ensuring students remain engaged with the media, without suffering fatigue or sheer boredom,” he continues. At the same time VDL knew the set-up needed to be both optimisable and operable by deskilled staff, be reliable, easy-to-use, lightweight (for simple wall mounting) and virtually maintenance free.
CLD-XL has been tailor-made for the higher education sector, where large-format and flat p

 
moduloModulo Pi servers drive Monte-Carlo gala
Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Monaco - Organised by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health was held on 24 September on the terraces of the Monte-Carlo Opera.
Dedicated to ‘Ocean, Earth, and Humanity’, an audience of ‘patrons, decision-makers, artists, and scientists’ gathered under an immersive dome.
For this event, designed and produced by the event agency TUFF Consult, the technical setup relied on five Modulo Kinetic and one Modulo Player, supplying 1,500sq.m of projection.
Since 2006, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has been working to protect the environment and promote sustainable development on a global scale. Since its creation, more than 540 projects have been achieved by the foundation’s international branches located in France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Spain, and China.
Running from 21-27 September, the Planetary Health Week reached its climax with its Gala held in the specific context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Presided by H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco with Sting as guest of honour, the gala brought together patrons, decision-makers, artists, and scientists to discover the initiatives carried out by the Foundation.
During the charity dinner and fund-raising auction, guests were immersed in images created by the studio Spectre Lab, featuring galaxies, forests, and ocean floors. To produce this immersive space, A/V provider Fosphor relied on 22 x Barco UDX-4K40 and four 20K Panasonic video-projectors to illuminate a half sphere o

 
 
absen-fairlight-partnershipFairlight to distribute Absen LED in Benelux
Monday, 9 November 2020

The Netherlands - LED display brand, Absen has signed a distribution partnership with Fairlight, a distributor of light, sound, and video equipment for professional users.
Headquartered in Bemmel, in the Netherlands, Fairlight will primarily be tasked with bringing Absen’s expanding range of LED products to customers across the Benelux region. The new partnership will allow prospective customers in the region to experience Absen LED at Fairlight’s Bemmel showroom, as well as taking part in product-specific training and making use of the company’s on-site maintenance and repair services.
“Our aim has always been to offer our customers a complete package of AV related brands,” said Michel Arntz, general manager at Fairlight. “The introduction of Absen LED displays to our inventory means we are now able to fill the gaps between our existing product groups. The versatility of the Absen portfolio will allow us to cater to our AV and integration-focussed customers just as easily as those interested in rental staging.”
Fairlight’s existing product range includes Epson, L-Acoustics, Martin Professional, CLF Lighting, Aurora, RGBlink, I3, Avolites, and Luminex. The company offers its services to a variety of customers including theatres, pop venues, TV studios, live events, and ‘architainment’.
“We expect a lot of growth in commercial displays, TV studios, and our rental offering,” said Arntz. “Together with our light, sound, control, and other video products, we will be able to provide a complete package of solutions. Movi

 
mogMOG passes 350 installations mark in Germany
Friday, 6 November 2020

Germany - MOG Technologies has completed more than 350th installation in the German market, reports the company. With the support of Broadcast Solutions, who’s been a partner for a long time, MOG has successfully delivered its 354th order to Germany with SWR’s latest purchase of 10 units of mDECK Densu X-2.
As a solution to increase flexibility in daily operational tasks, mDECK was developed to help production teams to record, ingest, transcode and play multiple channels of any media formats, while supporting file-based and baseband contents simultaneously. mDECK is also able to perform hybrid operations that can vary, according to its different models.
“From well known Central Ingest System to Powerful Professional Media Decks, MOG has been present in the German market for years, and we couldn’t be more proud for once more, achieve this huge milestone,” says João Pereira, sales director at MOG Technologies. “We are very thankful for the trust that both our partners and customers have placed in us, and our solutions.”
MOG’s products and solutions have been helping German broadcasters and media companies to simplify their production and post-production workflows, while reducing operational costs. They’ve been using mxfSPEEDRAIL, a family of turnkey software and appliances that can support multiple video gateways for years, and now, more recently, there’s been a higher demand for mDECK, one of its most recent products, that increases flexibility on operational tasks by performing multiple operations in a single box.
Additio

 
 
byte-controllersLED Creative updates Byte Controller
Thursday, 5 November 2020

UK - LED Creative’s Byte Controller has entered its fourth year of providing some of television’s largest shows with maximum control and small channel footprint.
The Byte Controller gives production companies and LD’s the ability to create a pixel map look without the cost of extra processing. This is done by the controller offering multiple FX layers and a background colour layer including adjustable speed, size and copies of the effects, this is all controlled from a maximum of 32 DMX channels driven from a lighting console.
Other control options are available to reduce the amount of DMX channels required while still giving the operator the utmost control.
New Features include: Virtual Canvas - allowing grouping over multiple controllers, meaning up to 140m of LED can be controlled as if it was one piece; Colour Wipe Effects, and New Channel Mode (32 channels) that allows 16 fixtures to a fit on a single DMX Universe.
Console Offset is increased to 16-bit allowing pixel by pixel control of linear effects even up to the maximum 140m of LED Grouped. FX speeds have been refined for even more control, while Setup Menus have been made more user friendly and faster to navigate. FX Stop allows the operator to stop or pause any effect at the desired point for any length of time.
Commenting on the software update LED Creatives owner Ges Smith says: “Here at LC HQ we keep striving to improve our already very versatile Byte Controllers, by listening to operators and technicians alike. Although most of the time these updates go without a

 
gamma1SLLFX LED screen boosts Gamma broadcast
Thursday, 5 November 2020

UK - SLLFX, executive producer Pete Goulding and PSP AV recently deployed the rental company’s new Unilumin UPADIII HD LED screen for a live broadcast from telecommunications provider Gamma Communications. The broadcast was organised as an internal event for employees and featured a number of musicians, as well as a Zoom call style karaoke section starring staff members from the Gamma Communications team.
SLLFX, has seen its livestreaming services in popular demand since the UK’s lockdown began.
The Unilumin screen is a new addition to SLLFX’ extensive inventory of equipment and is designed specifically for live broadcast. The curvable screen can be installed and disassembled by one person, with a handy modular design and optional ground stacking system for maximum flexibility depending on the application. SLLFX also supplied a pair of Novastar VX4S processors to control the visuals.
“This was a highly anticipated event, with the added pressure of it being a live broadcast, so we knew that a high-end solution was required,” explains Adam Turbill, MD of SLLFX. “The Unilumin screen is a fantastic addition to our stock because it’s so versatile for both indoor and outdoor events and it always delivers. It was the obvious choice for this project and gave the team at Gamma Communications exactly what they needed.”
The high-specification screen was used as a backdrop for the presenters to display branding, show information, animated logos, viewer polls and other elements. As well as the equipment, SLLFX’ team of technicians provid

 
 
uberKilowatt AV delivers at Uber safety summit
Wednesday, 4 November 2020

South Africa - Kilowatt AV is known for delivering a polished production, and they did exactly that at the Uber’s Tech for Safety Summit hosted at Levelthree Premium Venue in Kramerville, Johannesburg on 22 October.
With hybrid events on the rise, the Kilowatt AV team are implementing the same passion and dedication they would for a large-scale show, and for the latest progressive event for Uber South Africa, a client for the past three years, supplied the design, manufacture and full technical.
Hosted for the second consecutive year, Uber’s Tech for Safety Summit, attended by 120 people and joined by 2 000 others via live stream, tackled Africa’s most pressing safety-related concerns now further complicated by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
With the participation of various leaders, innovators and talent across the spectrum, and journalist and former radio presenter Redi Tlhabi stepping in as the master of ceremonies, the event incorporated numerous speakers and panels both at the venue with others interacting via a live stream.
While social distancing measures were in place, Kilowatt AV utilised equipment to create an enticing atmosphere and the important visual element. The equipment included the use of an Absen 2.9mm D2V LED screen (Kilowatt AV own 400 panels). “The set-up for the LED was pretty straight forward with a 16:9 format (4.5m x 2.5m),” explains Neil Zaayman, chief operating officer at Kilowatt AV. “We've always been very happy with Absen, it’s a solid product.”
While Kilowatt AV has worked numerous virtual and hybr

 
zero-88-congress-theatre-cwmbran-img0392Cwmbran’s Congress creates virtual theatre
Tuesday, 3 November 2020

UK - It’s been a tough time for all performance venues and especially for community theatres like The Congress in Cwmbran which cancelled all its shows in March as COVID-19 took hold, mid-way through one of its busiest seasons.
However, through successive lockdowns, the venue has been reimagined as The Congress Virtual Studio, a fully equipped streaming facility encouraging local artists and businesses to record and broadcast music shows and engage in events, generating interest and at least some income during this period.
Cwmbran is also the home of Zero 88’s manufacturing facility. There are close ties between the popular lighting control brand and the 300-seat venue, which has Zero 88 Chilli dimmers installed, and furthermore, Zero 88’s international sales manager Tyler Holpin is actively involved as a volunteer on the technical side.
The Congress Theatre opened in 1972 and became a charity run venue in 1992 after being faced with closure. Martyn Redwood then assumed its management 16 years ago has seen many challenges over that time, but it’s always managed to keep going.
Jon Salman and Green Room Events based nearby in Abertillery are also regular technical suppliers to the theatre, and he, Tyler, Martyn, and a few others came up with the idea of transforming the space into a studio.
Green Room Events are providing video including six cameras - two operated and four PTZ cameras - plus a PPU, LED screen, media servers and additional audio equipment together with lighting control which happens to be a Zero 88 FLX console the

 
 
inmusic-arkaos-visual-ial2inMusic completes acquisition of Arkaos
Monday, 2 November 2020

USA - Music technology hardware, software and consumer electronics specialist inMusic has confirmed the acquisition of ArKaos.
ArKaos and its entire engineering department will now become part of inMusic’s R&D family, which includes several music technology and consumer electronic brands such as AIR Music Technology, Akai Professional, Alto Professional, Alesis, BFD, Denon DJ and Denon Professional, Engine DJ, HeadRush, ION Audio, M-Audio, Marantz Professional, MARQ Lighting, MixMeister, Numark, RANE, SONiVOX, SoundSwitch and Stanton.
Agnes Wojewoda, outgoing MD and founder of ArKaos, comments: “We have successfully closed the acquisition of ArKaos. We are very excited and happy about this new chapter. The integration to inMusic Brands creates an amazing perspective for ArKaos to continue to develop and meet with our customers’ expectations.”
ack O’Donnell, CEO inMusic, adds: “inMusic continually redefines the landscape for Music, DJ and visual technology. With ArKaos joining the home of the world’s premier technology brands, inMusic’s ground-breaking advancements in engineering, design and technology guarantees to put ArKaos at the forefront of their industry, and closely integrating them with our other brands will provide consumers an all-encompassing experience.”
Founded in 1996, ArKaos specialises in video processing technologies, including software and hardware for projects like architectural installations, LED applications, broadcast and live events.
Started by developing dedicated video systems for innovati

 
calibreCalibre launches channel partner programme
Friday, 30 October 2020

UK - Under a new Calibre Premium Channel Partner Programme, Calibre UK will incentivise companies selling commercial Calibre LED and image display solutions.
“It takes more than just a product to be the supplier of choice,” says Paul Wilson, account manager EMEA at Calibre UK. “We’ve introduced a new partner programme to enable our business partners to deliver innovative and high-quality solutions to integrators and specialists across a broad spectrum of applications, markets, and geographies.
“Based on vertical markets, other revenue and business models, the Calibre Premium Channel Partner Programme will reward partners with several benefits to help partners win business and make money.”
Benefits include online training opportunities, increased knowledge transfer, a web portal for web-based product support, promotions such as e-shots and newsletters, strategic consulting, sales and marketing support, and competitive product discounts, leasing and financing options. Several companies have already joined the programme.
“Working with Calibre and their new partner programme has enabled us to provide French-speaking customers based in France with immediate product and support for their video needs, says Frédéric Collino, Distrimedia, France. “Our partnership with Calibre demonstrates how a reseller and vendor can work together to deliver excellent results.” -
“The Calibre programme is hugely advantageous for our entire integrator community and it allows us to do what we are good at such as supporting small to large pr

 
 
medialon-by-7thsense7thSense completes merger with Medialon
Friday, 30 October 2020

UK - 7thSense has announced the completion of its merger with Medialon. In June 2019, the team behind 7thSense acquired the Medialon brand and ShowControl activities from Barco to form Medialon Limited. Since then, the Medialon team and product line has expanded from offices in North America, Canada and the UK.
As part of the integration strategy, which became effective on 1 October 2020, all Medialon products have been added to the 7thSense product portfolio and Medialon product names remain the same.
All Medialon staff will now join the 7thSense team and continue to work on the development of the Medialon product line.
Matt Barton, 7thSense CEO, comments: “The synergies between Medialon and 7thSense have been demonstrated since the 2019 acquisition - this merger is intended to cross pollinate the knowledge and skills of both companies, while maintaining independence and flexibility of each of the product lines which will continue to be developed. Both Medialon and 7thSense are well known for their commitment to the support of products and users. By combining our teams, we will continue to build on that reputation. We are now proud to be one.”
As part of the merger, Eric Cantrell has moved from the position of VP business operations, Medialon, to the position of director of products, 7thSense. He will also maintain product manager responsibility for the Medialon product range in his new role.
Speaking about the change, Eric Cantrell notes, “We are keen to share functionality between product lines, where beneficial to do so, but w

 
arts-council-logo-440-tnArts Council DYCP fund opens for applications
Thursday, 29 October 2020

UK - Arts Council England has opened its £18m Developing your Creative Practice (DYCP) fund to a wider pool of creative practitioners in light of the COVID-19 effects on the workforce.
Able to apply for a grant this year will be DJs, performer/creators, arts and cultural educators, community practitioners/engagement specialists, movement directors, cultural conservators, creative enablers and creative technicians.
“We know that COVID-19 has had a significant impact for individuals, and many will need to develop themselves and their work to respond to the new environment,” says the Arts Council. “We want to support as many people as possible to reshape and redefine their work and continue to make a positive impact on creativity and culture.”
The grants, ranging from for £2,000 to £10,000, will be awarded for development activities from practitioners working across music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, libraries, combined arts, and museums practice. This includes professional development or researching or creating new work.
The money will be allocated in four rounds running until October 2021, with the first round now open to applicants. To be eligible, practitioners need to have one year’s experience, be based in England, have a UK bank account, and be aged 18 or over.
The first round closes at noon on 5 November, with decisions announced in the week commencing 21 December.
To apply, visit artscouncil.org.uk/DYCP.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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