Christie M-Series Projectors Bring Globe Travel to Live
The awards are voted for solely by travel agents, and the event is widely regarded as the pinnacle of the travel industry calendar. Hence production company, Three Media Creative (Three MC), designed a highly creative technical infrastructure that would befit this auspicious occasion, which was hosted by comedian Jimmy Carr.
Manchester-based A to V had been introduced to the event by local VT house Editz, who were assisting Three MC with the content for the show. They knew that A to V had a cutting-edge inventory — including the HD10K-M projectors, whose role on the night to honour the occasion was far from straightforward.
Working alongside Three MC’s creative director, Steve Csanyi, A to V rigged three stacked pairs of projectors to fire onto a 40ft x 10ft edge blended main screen, while the remaining four projectors fired onto four further 12ft x 6.9ft screens, which were formed into a cube, and suspended from the ceiling.
This required enormous flexibility on the part of the service company, as the cube had only been introduced to the production at the very last minute at the request of the main sponsor.
With HSL providing the lighting, including over 40 moving heads and a Colourweb LED lighting backdrop, A to V’s Allan Hindley knew the projectors needed to be both bright and accurate.
“We had taken the precaution of double stacking the projectors for each segment of the blended area,” he stated. “However, with the cube I wanted to keep a similar level of brightness — and I realised that by doubling up on the main screen this would have been too high. The Christies were sufficiently bright to ensure that we didn’t need to use the doubles and I’m glad I took that decision, since it effectively gave us hot back-ups for the main screen.”
To cover the five hour production, A to V fielded a four-camera HD PPU (as well as switching and scaling processors, with one camera locked off at balcony level, two manned at the rear of the ballroom and a jib. The background content was delivered from a Hippotizer media server. “We used four discrete outputs from the Hippotizer to feed the processor, which then delivered the graphics and camera images as overlaid PIPs to the main screen and the cube.”
Typically, said Hindley, the projectors behaved flawlessly. “We used 1.16-1.49:1 zooms on eight of the units with 1.4-1.8:1 zooms for the remaining two projectors. We used a bit of warp in a couple of instances because of the awkward projector positions and aligned everything else with optical lens shift.”
It has been nearly two years since A to V chose these devices to fulfill their midrange inventory and they have endured a heavy duty cycle, always reliable and firing up straight out of the truck, confirms Hindley. After evaluation he had felt that the Roadster M-Series offered the best combination of features, image quality and cost effectiveness and he has had no reason to modify that assessment. “The M series really does what it says on the tin,” he states.
Outputting 10,000 ANSI lumens (with 350W dual mercury lamps) the series offers high efficiency and low cost of ownership by drawing a maximum power of 1320W — in other words providing more brightness while drawing less power. The HD10K-M has 1920 x 1080 native resolution and a variable contrast ratio of 2500-10,000:1 using dynamic iris (Full On / Full Off) / 650:1 ANSI for crisp, detailed images. And all this is packaged in the smallest chassis in its class.
Other entertainment was provided by world champion street dance group Flawless, X Factor finalist Rebecca Ferguson, and Radio 1 DJ Trevor Nelson, while the audience was also treated to a spectacular condensed version of the musical Les Miserables.
Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images.Christie Digital