Adlib Invests for Mrs Browns Boys Tour

Date: 11/08/2015
Adlib Invests for Mrs Browns Boys Tour

Adlibs remarkable working relationship with the touring version of multi award-winning mega-successful sitcom Mrs Browns Boys hits the 15 year mark this year, with the Liverpool based company providing full technical production sound, lighting and video -  for the various legs of the 2015 arena tour, scheduled to conclude in December, plus a live DVD shoot in September.

Adlib also made a major investment in new Absen high definition LED screen, Sony broadcast cameras and Prolyte pre-rigged trussing in time for the first leg of the tour in the spring.

LED video screen has replaced the projection systems of previous tours this year taking everything up a level, complete with 252 panels of the new 3mm Absen A3 screen.

The lighting, sound and video production were all based around the brand new 2015 set designed by Frankie & Brian.

The entire production is tailor made to suit each of the various arena venue runs on the itinerary, explained Adlibs Technical Production Manager for the tour Kevin Byatt, who oversees all the equipment, logistics, prep, crewing, etc. This approach allows them to fine tune each performance space so its just right.

Adlib Video is Expanding

Adlibs Ian Tomlinson takes up the story of the Absen investment.

Adlib had been planning for some time to add an HD product to their growing stock of medium resolution LED screen. They explored several options before Ian and Adlibs MD Andy Dockerty finally decided on the Absen, delivered by UK distributor PSCo in time for Mrs Brown to hit the road.

With a multiplicity of LED products on the market, Absen was chosen for its light weight, practical and intuitive cabling and programming and the flexible rigging, which includes a straightforward ground-supported option ¦ in addition to being flown.

The build quality is excellent and its a great all-round choice for us and the variety of work that Adlib undertakes, confirmed Ian.

On Mrs Brown, the left and right IMAG screens each measure 6.5 metres wide by 4 metres high and the delay screen located at the back of the FOH riser for the convenience of those seated towards the rear of the venues is 5 x 3 metres landscape.

Adlib also purchased four new Sony HSC-100 Cameras for the tour, two of which are positioned FOH, fitted with Canon HJ40x10 long throw Lenses, while the other two are deployed either side of stage to catch the close-up action.

They are mixed by Mrs Browns Video Director, Eric OCarroll using a Blackmagic Atem 2 also from Adlib.

Adlib is currently expanding its video department in order to offer the best and most flexible and cost-efficient options to all its clients wanting video in their production packages. In addition to the new LED screen and cameras, the fibre signal distribution systems have also been upgraded.

One of the general requests from Mrs Browns production team was that they didnt want any cabling to be visible, so Adlib engineered a 47 metre cable bridge for the tour, emanating from the backstage drape line  to the rear of FOH which takes care of the cabling for the PA and LED delay screens.

Time Saving Truss

All aspects of the production are also designed to be time critical. With the first get-in at each venue on the day of the first show, tight co-ordination is needed with each of the venues crew so they can get their seats and infrastructure in place in time for doors.

The new Prolyte S36 trussing was specified and purchased with this in mind. The majority of the lighting fixtures stay in the truss for travel, saving considerable time during get ins and outs as well as being expedient on truck space, reducing the number of flight-cases needed.

Laughing Lighting

The 2015 tour lighting design was again created by Mike Summerfield who has been on-board for several years and is one of several familiar faces. The client likes to keep as many of the same team on-board where possible.

It features a selection of moving lights including Martin MAC Viper Profiles and Washes and ARRI 2Ks. The lighting aesthetic is bright, bold and rambunctious much like the humour!

Also new this year, Adlib added a pipe-and-drape specialist to their crew to look after the copious amounts of this ingenious production asset which is being supplied to provide all the quick-change areas, dressing rooms, green rooms, catering and other backstage facilities.

These are also all fed with a full show relay system - plasma screens, video and audio feeds, - all requiring a precision set up in addition to all the main stage elements of the show.

Hilarious Sound

FOH engineer Kenny Perrin has ensured Mrs Browns sonic excellence for the last decade and continues this year utilising another Coda Audio system from Adlib. The show has used Coda for some time with great success.

A typical set up will be main hangs of 14 x Coda LA12s with 3 x ViRAY under hangs a side, plus an array of 14 x ViRAY a side for side hangs, paired with four Coda Subs a side on the ground, A centre cluster of four ViRAY fills the mid stalls and two delay hangs of six ViRAY a side approximately half way down the hall, to get the vocal kicking right to the back of the room and maintain even levels throughout the space.

Kenny has substantial experience in engineering comedy performance and understands the detail needed to deliver the punch lines and gags so essential to the genre. Coda is absolutely brilliant for vocal clarity and definition, he affirms.

His console of choice is currently a Soundcraft Vi6, using all the on-boards with a selection of compressors and de-essers on Brendan OCarroll (Mrs. Brown), complete with a set of Lake LM44s across some of the vocal groups for fine tuning. Kenny has specified Adlibs new Vi7000 console for the next leg of the tour to give him more dynamic EQ via the onboard DPR-901 processing, which is an easy upgrade due to the show compatibility with the Vi6.

He also mixes monitors from FOH. For side fills they have been using a couple of L-Acoustics ARCS cabinets as stage monitors together with some Adlib AA81s for hot-spot speakers.

There are 14 people in the cast, however the channel count bumps up effortlessly to 68 with all the behind-the-scenes elements - record mics for the camera operators so they can hear the audience through their headsets, feeds to video world, the show relay mix to catering and the dressing rooms etc. plus radio mics, spares, and on top of that, a load of playback and spot effects run via MADI and his Apple Mac running QLab.

While getting perfect audio on the show is always challenging, especially with the amount of ad-libbing involved, keeping up with Brendan certainly keeps Kenny on his toes!

Im still laughing as much as I did when we started working with this show which is a good sign, he comments. There is always lots of fresh, new material and often a bunch of in jokes going on as well! The entire crew absolutely love and appreciate the experience of working on this!

Kevin commented, Its a fantastic tour for Adlib, the show is side-splittingly funny and highly entertaining, and after 15 years still at the cutting edge of humour. We also have a really fluid dialogue with everyone involved in the production side, and they trust us implicitly to deliver the best technical specs and very highest production standards.

For more information about Adlib please go to www.adlib.co.uk



Tags: Adlib | Mrs Browns Boys | LED | Sony | camera | DVD | IMAG
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Cogeco Connexion selects MediaKind end-to-end IPTV solution to drive next generation media experiences to viewers in Canada Posted: 15/08/2018
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MediaKind, a global media technology leader, today announces it has been selected by Cogeco Connexion, the second largest cable operator in Ontario and Quebec, to deliver immersive consumer experiences through the deployment of its next generation end-to-end IPTV solution. The new rollout of the end-to-end MediaKind solution will include MediaFirst TV Platform with Android Google Mobile Services, Encoding On-Demand, Video Storage and Processing Platform (VSPP), Content Management System (CMS) and Professional Services.

Tags: IPTV | Cogeco | MediaKind | broadcast | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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Post House DigitalFilm Tree Moves Facility to DaVinci Resolve 15 Studio Posted: 15/08/2018
Post House DigitalFilm Tree Moves Facility to and nbsp;DaVinci Resolve 15 and nbsp;Studio
Blackmagic Design announced today that post production facility DigitalFilm Tree (DFT) has moved its full pipeline, including editorial, color, visual effects (VFX) and delivery, into the newest release of DaVinci Resolve Studio, version 15, which was released this month.
Tags: Blackmagic Design | DaVinci Resolve | Resolve 15 | DigitalFilm Tree | Post Production | VFX | Editing | Color | Fusion | Fairlight
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ChyronHego at IBC2018 Posted: 14/08/2018
ChyronHego at IBC2018
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At IBC2018, ChyronHego will preview CAMIO 4.5, the next release of the company’s industry-leading graphic asset management solution, with key features designed to make producer-driven news workflows even more versatile, flexible, and cost-effective. CAMIO 4.5 enhancements include a powerful new render engine; the ability to publish content straight from the newsroom to social media; and the latest version of LUCI5, the HTML5 plugin for fulfillment interface.
Tags: ChyronHego | graphic servers | graphic asset management | weather graphics | news production | news workflows | IBC2018 | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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Combination of Dejero GateWay and FileCatalyst gives broadcast field crews even faster on the go file transfer abilities Posted: 14/08/2018
Combination of Dejero GateWay and FileCatalyst gives broadcast field crews even faster on the go file transfer abilities
Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that provide video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, has partnered with FileCatalyst, a pioneer in managed file transfers with a world-leading accelerated file transfer solution, to enable broadcasters to move large data quickly, securely, and reliably back to base while in the field.
Tags: Dejero | GateWay | FileCatalyst | cloud-managed solutions | accelerated file transfer solution | fast transfers | video content | blending cellular connections | Kevin Fernandes | IBC2018 | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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MBO gives Argosy renewed focus Posted: 14/08/2018
MBO gives Argosy renewed focus
Argosy, a leading international supplier of broadcast and AV cables and infrastructure products, has completed a management buyout from its previous parent company. It is now under the direct control of the existing directors, Chris Smeeton and Josh Simons.
Tags: Argosy | service technology distribution | infrastructure products | Chris Smeeton | Josh Simons | management buyout | AV industry | cutting edge technologies | life-style management | termination services | bespoke solutions | IBC2018 | MBO | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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Apantac Showcases New Modular Multiviewer with Router Outputs at IBC 2018 Posted: 14/08/2018
Apantac Showcases New Modular Multiviewer with Router Outputs at IBC 2018
Apantac, internationally recognized manufacturer and pioneer of cost-effective yet feature-rich multiviewers, video walls, extension and signal processing solutions will be demonstrating its new TX # (pronounced TX Sharp) Multiviewer with Router Outputs at IBC 2018, stand 8.E37.
Tags: TAHOMA | TX# | Apantac | Multiviewer with Router outputs | Multiviewers | IP Multiviewers | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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Apantac Showcases HDMI 2.0 Multiviewer for 4K UHD at IBC 2018 Posted: 14/08/2018
Apantac Showcases HDMI 2.0 Multiviewer for 4K UHD at IBC 2018
Apantac, internationally recognized manufacturer and pioneer of cost-effective and feature-rich multiviewers, video walls, extension and signal processing solutions is growing its already expansive range of Multiviewers with HDMI 2.0 supported products.
Tags: HDMI 2.0 Multiviewer | 4K Multiviewer | UHD Multiviewer | Apantac | UE Series | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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Apantac Launches KVM over IP Extenders Matrices at IBC 2018 Posted: 14/08/2018
Apantac Launches KVM over IP Extenders and amp; Matrices at IBC 2018
Apantac, an internationally recognized manufacturer and pioneer of cost-effective and feature-rich multiviewers, video walls, extension and signal processing solutions expands its line of KVM over IP extenders and matrices, which it will showcase at IBC 2018, stand 8.E37. These new solutions offer pristine picture quality and very low latency.
Tags: KVM over IP | Apantac | KVM over IP Extender | KVMP over IP Matrix | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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IBC 2018: Broadcast Pix Introduces BPswitch RX Mobile Integrated Production Switcher Posted: 14/08/2018
IBC 2018: Broadcast Pix Introduces BPswitch RX Mobile Integrated Production Switcher

Broadcast Pix will introduce BPswitch™ RX, a portable model in its popular line of integrated production switchers, at IBC2018 (Hall 7, Stand C06), which runs Sept. 14-18 at RAI Amsterdam. A self-contained unit complete with touchscreen display and integrated streaming to Facebook Live and other CDNs, BPswitch RX provides multi-camera production and high-end motion graphics for live production on location.

Tags: video production | mobile production | production switcher | IBC2018 | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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Euronews and Dalet Nominated for the IBC2018 Innovation Award Posted: 14/08/2018
Euronews and Dalet Nominated for the IBC2018 Innovation Award

Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, announced today that they have been shortlisted alongside Euronews for the IBC2018 Innovation Awards content creation category. Lauded as one of the most coveted awards in the media industry, the competitive competition celebrates technical and creative excellence, acknowledging collaboration between organizations like Euronews and Dalet to achieve clever and innovative solutions for real business challenges.

Tags: dalet | dalet galaxy | ibc | ibc2018 | innovation award | euronews | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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Qligent Amplifies QoE Monitoring with Vision-VOD at IBC2018 Posted: 14/08/2018
Qligent Amplifies QoE Monitoring with Vision-VOD at IBC2018

Qligent, a specialist in cloud-based, enterprise-level content monitoring and analysis, will introduce Vision-VOD, a new automated, file-based solution for front-end QC and back-end quality of experience (QoE) verification ofvideo-on-demand (VOD) content. The fully virtualized application stands apart from competitive systems by taking the responsibility for last-mile content verification out of the broadcaster’s hands, and without limitation as to where and how widely it can be deployed.

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