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grandMA2 light Turns in Winning Performance at Academy Awards Telecast

We had 34 Hippotizer HD units outputting 53 discrete active outputs

grandMA2 may not have made it, but it was grandMA2’s night to shine, nonetheless. Jason Rudolph selected a grandMA2 light console to play the crucial role of controlling 34 media servers at the recent Academy Awards telecast, which fed multiple onstage screens via 70 video projectors.

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“It was an enormous undertaking, to say the least,” reports Rudolph. “I regularly program multiple media servers with grandMA2 – it’s my main console – but I hadn’t done anything of this size: The entire set at the Oscars was projection. We had 34 Hippotizer HD units outputting 53 discrete active outputs and some spares with control from the grandMA2 light console. In addition to the screens, we also took care of the scenic tracking for the moving elements which acted as projection surfaces.”

Rudolph had three grandMA2 lights on hand: a primary controller and backup plus a separate system located back of house for programming. “We could run one line to the show console and load the entire show into it,” he explains. Rudolph operated the console during the Academy Awards telecast.

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“Everything worked great. I did a lot of timecode triggers, and grandMA2 worked without a hitch. The grandMA2 light is a perfect size: It gives me all the features I need and plenty of workable space. I also like the new user interface, the way the macro system works, and the layout view,” he says. “It’s a very efficient system.”

VER provided the grandMA2 for the gala occasion. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting in North America.

About MA Lighting International

MA Lighting International, based in Paderborn, Germany, is the dedicated sales, support and service entity for the renowned grandMA control systems, digital dimming systems, networking tools and media servers of MA Lighting Technology, based near Wuerzburg, Germany. The product range offers cutting-edge solutions for control and dimming, including the award-winning grandMA/grandMA2 consoles, the popular Lightcommander and reliable digital dimmer racks and packs. With its innovative MA Video Processing Unit (VPU) MA bridges the lighting and video worlds. Today, MA Lighting is respected for its technical knowledge and has achieved a unique international reputation for its operational philosophy. The company offers 25 years experience and strictly follows a professional user-centric approach, getting as close as possible to the market via its own international offices and support centres in the UK, North America, Latin America, the Middle East/India, Asia Pacific and Scandinavia/Eastern Europe/Russia – supported by a world-wide distribution and service network.

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