TrACME spots winners in Bird’s Nest
Friday, 21 February 2020
The show attracted a live audience of more than 60,000 in the stadium
China - Sing! China is a TV singing competition broadcast by Zhejiang Television. The show is contested by aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. The latest season of the show recently came to its climax with a spectacular Finals production staged in the Beijing National Stadium, known globally as the Bird’s Nest. Watched by millions on TV, the show attracted a live audience of more than 60,000 in the stadium itself.
The show’s production values were of the highest order, with its designers sparing no creative efforts in presenting the artists in an incredibly dynamic and high-quality presentation. On stage, a 360° rotating decoration with a four-sided screen was deployed to present every detail of the show and this year, the team fully upgraded its follow-spot technology to further enhance the audience experience.
In a large capacity stadium like the Bird’s Nest, which covers 21 hectares, traditional follow spots can be difficult to use to maximum advantage. The design team at Sing! China elected to use the Spotrack TrACME dynamic tracking system supplied by ACME.
The system enables an operator to remotely control from any location, moving lights as follow spots. Compatibility is key to the system - it works with any moving light and any lighting console, in any performance space and can be used in all entertainment sectors for live production from anywhere in the venue.
For the Sing! China Finals, the designers deployed eight TrACME systems, each of which is able to control up to four moving lights from any vendor in a single universe.
Spotrack CEO Liam Feeney comments: “We are delighted to see TrACME in use in such a high profile setting for what was a superbly produced event. The pressure to deliver every aspect of a show with absolute precision is ramped up by it being broadcast to millions on TV. The Sing! China team did a fantastic job and it was great to see TrACME deliver great results whilst making their job more efficient and less stressful.”
ACME lighting technician and Spotrack operator for Sing! China 2019, Mr Wen adds, “Having received numerous recommendations and then seeing the system in action at a trade show, we saw Spotrack as being very suitable for our needs. This was the second time we had used it on a large-scale production, so we were confident it would work well for Sing! China 2019.
(Jim Evans)

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