Newsletter from 05/10/2011
Live Events - Sport, Show, Culture
Sport Around the World
With its presence at major sporting occasions (including the Olympics, the World Cup, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Tour de France), Euro Media has become an established international player in HF broadcasting, slow motion technology, virtual imaging, graphics and 3D, with aerial and specialised camera equipment. Again in September Euro Media France was involved in several international sports projects: Rugby in New Zealand, Football in Eastern Europe, Cycling in Canada and Handball in France. Euro Media will present its portfolio at SPORTELMonaco from 11 - 13 October.
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Audi triumphs in Le Mans
The Audi Team triumphed at the 24 Hours Race in Le Mans on June 11-12, 2011 and relied for the 3rd time on its full service media technology partner Creative Technology – with Live Broadcast Technology and Streaming, LED, Video and Audio Technology in five locations around the race track. An exclusive highlight for the Audi guests was the live streaming of the 3 onboard cameras directly to the mobile devices (Blackberry, iPad, iPhone etc.) of the VIP guests, made possible by CT's streaming system broadcasting the audio and video signals live from the 3 Audi R18 TDI race cars. In the run-up to the event, CT Germany secured the services of Berlin-based MM Communications to capture the race for Audi's "Audi Race News" channel. The greatest challenge for the technicians was to secure communications between four key locations: the Audi Arena, the Audi Racing Club, the Audi pits, and an SNG position away from the track. As the two most important of these locations, the Audi Arena and the Audi Racing Club, were around two kilometres apart, the technicians opted for a glass fibre network.
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Lighthouse and TS Sports a Hit at The Big House
Michigan Stadium, home of the Wolverine’s nearly mythical football program, was built in 1927 and now seats 109,901 true blue Michigan football fans. With a string of 230 consecutive football Saturday crowds of 100,000 plus, Michigan Stadium is a college football icon. Enriching the already heady experience of Michigan football this season are the Lighthouse Impact 16 video boards, stunning 16mm outdoor LED video systems measuring 25.9m across and 14.5m high. Positioned in the end zones, the 16mm pitch LED video boards provide in-game broadcast capability, instant replay, remarkable animation, outstanding fan involvement sequences and colourful promotional videos. Once both teams are on the field, the new Lighthouse LED video system enables the University of Michigan to present what is likely the most intimidating pregame video in college football. Current Michigan football players come onto the screen with high-energy graphics and game highlights swirling around them.
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Hi-Motion II Just Stunning
The Hi-Motion product family has the only HD Ultra Slow Motion camera system employing 3-chip image capture technology. The Hi-Motion allows the user the flexibility of easily changing and recording speed from normal to 10x or more, while also allowing for the instant playback of previosly captured ultra slow motion imagery. Hi-Motion II Just StunningSince its development in 2003, the Hi-Motion has been embraced by sports broadcasters around the world, having been featured in the Olympic Games (summer and winter), the FIFA World Cup (Germany and South Africa), and the Asian Games, as well as professional golf, tennis, cricket, boxing, rugby, volleyball, basketball, hockey, baseball, swimming, diving, equestrian events, motor racing and much, much more. The Hi-Motion is on show at SPORTELMonaco 2011 at the NAC Image Technology booth.
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Purdue University Commits To Grass Valley Live Sports Production Technology
The University’s in-house production company has invested more than $1 million in Grass Valley production equipment to bring fans attending Boilermakers sporting events in Ross-Ade Stadium and the soon-to-be inaugurated Mackey Arena the highest quality multi-camera production to rival any collegiate or professional sports stadium. In addition, Hall of Music Productions purchased a Grass Valley-based fly pack rig that allows for HD video production capability across the entire campus, including its namesake venue, the Elliott Hall of Music, a 6,000-seat proscenium theatre. The first use of the new Grass Valley 3G equipment was used during the Notre Dame at Purdue football game on October 1. Hall of Music Productions provided the video board coverage of the ESPN-televised game, as well as producing content used on the school’s athletics website (purduesports.com) and the weekly coach’s TV show.
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Ukraine's STB installs Riedel and Lawo
To equip their new OB truck the Ukrainian TV broadcaster STB Ukraine decided to install a comprehensive Artist digital matrix intercom system that also offers the integration of the OB truck's Acrobat installation. Eight Artist 2000 series and six Artist 5000 series desktop control panels provide the needed communications ports. Artist intercom matrices can be easily expanded to up to 1,024x1,024 non-blocking ports. Their fully redundant concept offers maximum reliability. The new OB van is a 12m long expander, and STB’s chief sound engineer Ivan Zabaluiev and his deputy Anton Fedorov conducted extensive tests of audio consoles before settling on the 48-fader Lawo mc²56 as the most flexible, the most cost-efficient and the one with the feature set best suited to their shows.
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Broadcast Solutions Installs LYNX in KBS Truck
To meet the growing demand for HD entertainment and sports programming, Broadcast solutions was brought on board to aid KBS with the design and development of the new 16-camera high definition OB van. The project was completed over an eight month period. The new truck has been partitioned into four production rooms - video, audio, camera control / shading room, and equipment and was delivered to KBS on June 30th 2011. Its inaugural production was for the 2011 IAAF World Championship. The World Championship in Athletics is a bi-annual event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). This year it was held from August 27 - September 4, 2011 and Korean Broadcasting Systems (KBS) served as the events host broadcaster.
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KBS at the IAAF World Championships 2011
Red TX Brings Stunning Audio Quality To The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ New Album Launch
Production company Splinter chose Red-TX to handle the audio component of the project on the basis of its previous good working relationship with the sound specialists. Renowned live sound engineer and Red TX director Tim Summerhayes manned the desk on board Red TX’s new RED II truck and provided a live audio feed that achieved the same quality as the band’s in-studio performance. “This was a very special performance for everyone involved because it effectively launched the new album to the entire world,” Summerhayes explains. “We worked alongside Andrew Scheps who was a mix engineer on the studio album, while the Red TX team consisted of myself, Ollie Nesham and Mike Silverston. Everything was done digitally throughout with the final uplink to the world handled by Chris Bretnall from Creative Broadcast Solutions, who worked closely with the chaps from UNITED (Cinevideogroep) from Holland. So we had participation from Holland, Germany, England and America – a truly international effort!”
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AVC Provides YouTube Sensation 2CELLOS
Formerly cello rivals in the performance space, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser have teamed up to create one of the most unique pop music groups to date: 2CELLOS. Relying on HARMAN’s AKG IVM 4 In Ear Monitoring system and the world-renowned C414 XLS microphones, provided by Croatian distributor AVC, the duo delivers crowd-pleasing performances around the world. Within a month of uploading a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”, the video had 5 million hits – making the duo one of the most successful classical/crossover artists today. With an astonishing, yet brief history as a group, 2CELLOS has performed with greats such as Sir Elton John and George Michael and made appearances on TV shows around the globe – The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Lopez Tonight, Fox and Friends and Stefan Raab TV Total in Germany.
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Prism Sound/SADiE Helps James Guthrie Record The Wall Live In Athens
This spectacular tour culminated in Athens in July, where Waters performed three shows at the 2004 Olympic Stadium. These were captured for posterity by a crew of nearly 100 people just to tackle the filming, making this the biggest European concert film project for nearly 30 years. The video for The Wall Live In Athens was shot on mainly 4K high-definition cameras but video services company Panavision provided a brand new 5K super-high-definition unit as well. Given that the music was just as important as the visuals, Roger Waters called in long-time Pink Floyd producer James Guthrie to handle the sound recording and mixing. Guthrie, in turn, requested the services of Prism Sound to help build a mighty 96-track, 96kHz fully mirrored SADiE recording set-up modelled on that of his private studio, which overlooks the shores of Lake Tahoe in California.
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Sound Image and JBL Loudspeakers Rock the Boston House of Blues
Boston’s House of Blues is committed to great sound for great music, and its HARMAN JBL loudspeaker system is designed to let concertgoers hear their favorite bands and artists at their best. Operated by concert producer Live Nation, the Boston House of Blues can hold more than 2,000 people and needed a sound system to meet the demands of its expansive layout. The main audio system includes 20 JBL VERTEC® VT4888DP powered midsize line array enclosures with DrivePack® technology, six ASB6128 subwoofers, and JBL AC26 loudspeakers for under-balcony fill. The stage monitor system is comprised of 12 JBL SRX712M stage monitors and four VRX915M stage monitors.
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Searching for Pearls of Sound
The Zurich Opera House is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most successful theatres. Year after year it hosts over 300 opera and ballet performances, concerts and recitals, all at the highest artistic level. This season, the programme included Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ and Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’, as well as a premiere of Rossini’s ‘The Silken Ladder’. And now, in two stages, an upgrade of the opera house audio system has been completed with a Lawo mc²66 console at its heart. The Lawo equipment had to prove its full flexibility right from the start. On the first day of rehearsals, the balance between the different speaker groups was adjusted using an iPad, followed by a more precise set-up by the guest sound engineer from the ballet company, who used a laptop and a controller running the Mackie HUI Protocol. All three devices were connected to the mc²66 in the control room via a WLAN. With the rotary controls pre-programmed for EQ frequency, the controller functioned as a MIDI remote for the large console. Venghaus explains: “With a laptop, the setup is good to go and ready to start work on in only ten minutes. Remote control via the iPad and the Mackie HUI-ready controller was set up by Lawo employees especially to accommodate our requirements.”
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On top: Machu Picchu anniversary celebrated with grandMA2
When Machu Picchu was founded in the 15th-century by the Incas it was a completely unique town.The buildings were located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level, situated ona narrow mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru. Thecity was abandoned a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Often Machu Picchu is referred to as the "Lost Cityof the Incas", and it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World. The celebration involved lighting the historic city with a vast array of colour from high atop the mountains. 2 W-DMX F-1 G4 Transmitters and Receivers were used to send signal to 40 Vari*Lite VL3500 Washes, 20 Vari*Lite VL3000 Spots, 20 Atomic 3000 strobes and 2 Strong Super Trouper 2K follow spots. Lighting Designer was Gian Franco Di Vitto and Andres Cuadros was the equipment consultant. A grandMA2 Ultra-Light was used to control lighting programmed by Martin Tolentino with a WholeHog III used to control the conventional lighting. Equipment was supplied by Red Power Peru.
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