CPL Glams It Up for AHDB Event

Date: 30/03/2018
CPL Glams It Up for AHDB Event

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) asked West Midlands based Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) to design and deliver all the technical elements for their 2018 annual staff conference and awards, which encompassed sound, lighting, video, staging and rigging.

The high profile event for 400 delegates was staged in Warwick Hall at the NAEC, Stanleigh. It comprised a fully seated conference presentation during the day, which was transformed into a glamorous setting for the evening’s dinner and awards.

The client wanted to use the width-ways orientation of the venue for sightlines, so CPL’s project manager Lee Gruszeckyj proposed a widescreen video blend as a striking visual starting point to align with the geometry of the space.

Challenges included dealing with the room’s sloping floor and an odd shaped roof with lots of ducting and piping, all of which had to be cleverly masked without losing height in the beautification process.

The 30 ft. wide by 10 ft. high upstage projection screen was flanked by gauze panels designed to take lighting nicely and elongate the space. These were flown on the same truss as the screen, and the look was neatly finished with a black backdrop right at the back. In front of that was the stage which measured 15 metres wide by 3 metres deep. There was a TV style studio set at one end with a sofa and soft seating for discussion sessions.

The screen was fed by two of CPL’s Panasonic 10K laser projectors flown on a front truss utilizing custom frames from sister company Rigtec which specializes in the design and fabrication of innovative rigging solutions.

The screen blending and projector alignment was achieved using Panasonic’s Auto Screen software, and at the hub of the video control was a Barco S3 for switching and screen management.

The sources were stored on a series of laptops running PlaybackPro and PowerPoint, and also which included some funky bespoke graphics and awards idents crafted especially for the event by AHDB’s in-house graphic design team.

A pair of 75 inch LED screens was positioned as repeater screens half way down the arena so those at the back could get a better view.

Lee and the CPL team decided to use lighting, colour, texturing and effects to help transform the room and create a wide range of different moods and atmospheres.

Over 50 moving lights - a combination of Claypaky Sharpies, Mythos and a.LEDA K10s fitted with B-Eye lenses, Martin MAC Aura led washes and Robe Spiider LED wash beams – were installed. These were distributed on overhead trusses and across the stage deck.

For key lights onstage, ETC ColorSource Spots were chosen, with some ARRI L5-Cs LED fresnels added to give the basic stage washes.

“The idea of using light almost as an optical illusion worked extremely well” commented Lee, “Used thoughtfully, it’s an extremely powerful tool for this type of application”.

The lighting during the day was subtle, lots of crisp whites, with some gentle colouring and breakup patterns, which switched to more dramatic and eye-popping effects for the evening, where the audience was bathed in colour to make the space intimate and swept up into the action and excitement of the awards with more energised lighting.

Lighting was run on an Avolites Quartz console with a Playback wing.

The acoustic challenges for audio included dealing with the width of the room and the extremely lively environment with concrete floor, brick walls and metal roof.

For speaker positioning, d&b’s ArrayCalc was again invaluable in suggesting the basic positioning and optimal coverage, with Lee and the crew doing some fine-tuning once on site.

The speakers were all d&b E8s. It was a point source system utilising 8 speakers, six in the room and two for front fills, running in conjunction with four B4 subs positioned behind the set, mixed via a Yamaha QL1 console.

The microphone package included two catch-boxes for the Q&As, eight Shure radios with DPA headsets and two Shure hand-helds as Q&A backups. The lectern was fitted with a Sennheiser ME34 chosen for its excellent spoken work clarity, and used for presentations and award winner speeches.

CPL had a full rig day to get everything installed with a crew of 10 locals, and a show crew of four ensured everything ran smoothly and efficiently.

“We really enjoyed taking a basic utilitarian space and making it into something totally different, avoiding clichés and presenting the client and their guests with a fresh and invigorating event,” stated Lee. “It looks like a flat room at first glance, but there’s about a 2ft slope across the floor and the roof shape is also idiosyncratic. Rather than just go for another draped off marquee look, we tried to be different”.



Tags: CPL | AHDB | conference | video | lighting | sound | staging | rigging | studio | Panasonic
Submitted by Louise Stickland
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IHSE USA Announces Draco compact ultra, All-New Prepackaged HDMI 2.0 Matrix KVM System Posted: 21/02/2019
IHSE USA Announces Draco compact ultra, All-New Prepackaged HDMI 2.0 Matrix KVM System
IHSE USA today introduced Draco compact ultra, a new, prepackaged KVM matrix solution for HDMI 2.0. Supporting configurations offered as 16 x 8 to 32 x 16, the Draco compact ultra enables lightning-fast switching of HDMI 2.0 computer video with embedded stereo audio and USB-HID for keyboard and mouse connections.
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Videons EdgeCaster Earns Best of Show Award at ISE 2019 Posted: 21/02/2019
Videons EdgeCaster Earns Best of Show Award at ISE 2019
Videon, a cutting-edge developer of 4K and HD streaming products that enable users to move media from any source to any screen, today announced that its new EdgeCaster edge compute encoder earned a Best of Show award at ISE 2019 from AV Technology Europe.
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ChyronHego at the 2019 NAB Show Posted: 21/02/2019
ChyronHego at the 2019 NAB Show
Staying on top in today's highly competitive and rapidly changing broadcast world is an ongoing challenge for news producers everywhere. The key success factor is the ability to produce more stories faster and as cost-effectively as possible, with robust and easy-to-use tools that don't require specialized staff. ChyronHego's solution is the CAMIO Universe, an end-to-end, all-software ecosystem for multiplatform news delivery. The CAMIO Universe drives template-based, unified news workflows and places the industry's most powerful storytelling tools at producers' fingertips. The heart of the CAMIO Universe is ChyronHego's award-winning CAMIO graphic asset management system. At the 2019 NAB Show, ChyronHego will highlight CAMIO's extreme versatility and flexibility for news producers, with a focus on its seamless integration with virtually any newsroom computer system (NRCS) in the world.
Tags: ChyronHego | 2019 NAB Show | News Workflows | PRIME Graphics | Vidigo News | NewsTicker | PAINT | Virtual Placement 7.1 | NAB 2019 | NAB 2019
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Yamaha Unified Communications Simplifies UC Deployments at Enterprise Connect Posted: 21/02/2019
Yamaha Unified Communications Simplifies UC Deployments at Enterprise Connect
Yamaha Unified Communications is helping enterprises move toward consistent, simple, and high-quality collaboration experiences in any conference room and meeting space with its latest solutions in booth 1027 at Enterprise Connect, March 18-20 in Orlando, Florida. Phil Marechal, Yamaha UC's vice president of business development and product management, will participate in an expert panel on huddle room trends.
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Bannister Lake to Highlight New Feature Set and NDI Version of Chameleon Data Aggregation and Graphic Management Solution at 2019 NAB Show Posted: 21/02/2019
Bannister Lake to Highlight New Feature Set and NDI Version of Chameleon Data Aggregation and Graphic Management Solution at 2019 NAB Show
Bannister Lake's industry-leading data and graphics management solution, Chameleon, will be in the spotlight at the 2019 NAB Show with a focus on the product's new election, sponsorship, and security functionality.
Tags: Bannister Lake | Feature Set | NDI Version | Chameleon | Data Aggregation | Graphic Management Solution | 2019 NAB Show | Product Improvements | Thought Leadership
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DVB to Make the Case for Standards-Based OTT at 2019 NAB Show Posted: 21/02/2019
DVB to Make the Case for Standards-Based OTT at 2019 NAB Show
At the 2019 NAB Show, DVB, an industry consortium that develops open interoperable technical specifications for the delivery of digital media, will demonstrate how it is enabling an open standards-based approach to OTT and broadband television, as well as Low Latency DASH (LL-DASH) and Multicast Adaptive Bit Rate (mABR) for video streaming applications. This marks the first time DVB has exhibited at the NAB Show since 2010.
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WORK Microwave at CABSAT 2019 Posted: 21/02/2019
WORK Microwave at CABSAT 2019
In the Middle East market, today's satellite operators need high-performance, cost-effective satcom solutions for delivering high-quality broadcast and high-speed broadband offerings. At CABSAT 2019, WORK Microwave — a market leader with more than 30 years of experience — will demonstrate its latest satcom innovations for all frequencies, including UHF-, L-, S-, C-, X-, Ku-, K-, Ka-, Q-, and V-band. A key highlight will be WORK Microwave's AX-80 modem, which is one of the only end-to-end solutions for wideband applications.
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NAB 2019: Remote Production Control Over IP Now Available with Commander UI for BPswitch Systems Posted: 21/02/2019
NAB 2019: Remote Production Control Over IP Now Available with Commander UI for BPswitch Systems

Broadcast Pix today announced the upgraded Broadcast Pix Commander, which allows browser-based switching on mobile devices, is now available. The touchscreen control platform for BPswitch integrated production switchers now provides IP-based remote control of servers and robotic cameras, access to all workflow tools, and full-motion viewing of production elements through a standard internet connection. The company will demonstrate the new Commander capabilities at the 2019 NAB Show (Booth SL4210), which runs April 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nev.

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EditShare Flow 2019 Extension 2 Expands Support for Enterprise Installations Posted: 21/02/2019
EditShare Flow 2019 Extension 2 Expands Support for Enterprise Installations
EditShare®, a technology leader in intelligent scale-out storage, AQC and media management solutions, today announced the release of Flow 2019 Extension 2. The software-defined media asset management (MAM) solution simplifies media sharing and collaboration with embedded production tools to track, search, retrieve, and edit media across on-premise and cloud-based storage solutions.
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Grass Valleys Peter Centen Honored with Prestigious Dutch National Order Posted: 21/02/2019
Grass Valleys Peter Centen Honored with Prestigious Dutch National Order

Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, congratulates Peter Centen on being awarded the Order of the Netherlands Lion for his significant contributions to Dutch society and the broadcast industry. Presented on behalf of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, this Order is given to only a limited amount of people each year who have distinguished themselves by exceptional artistic achievement, scientific performance, technical innovation or inventive entrepreneurship. Paul Depla, mayor of the city of Breda, awarded Centen on January 31st, 2019 a reception hosted in his honor. Centen has led the camera research and development group located in Breda for the past nine years.

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Artmotion Goes Live with PlayBox Neo AirBox and Cloud2TV Posted: 21/02/2019
Artmotion Goes Live with PlayBox Neo AirBox and Cloud2TV

Artmotion, one of Kosovo's largest telecommunication and cable-TV service providers, has chosen PlayBox Neo AirBox Channel in a Box and Cloud2TV as the core playout solution for its new multi-channel broadcast television platform. The new system was installed at Artmotion's headquarters in Kosovo's capital, Pristina, by broadcast systems integrator DV Group.

Tags: PlayBox Neo | Channel in a Box | Cloud2TV | channel in a box | CIAB | broadcast asset management | integrated media asset management | broadcast systems infrastructure | IT-based broadcast systems | disaster recovery centres | disaster recovery systems | digital med | CABSAT 2019 | CABSAT 2019
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Towers of Power: Litepanels Gemini Lights Up the Stars of ITV Hit Series Dancing on Ice Posted: 20/02/2019
Towers of Power: Litepanels Gemini Lights Up the Stars of ITV Hit Series Dancing on Ice
Litepanels' Gemini 2x1 Soft LED panel is the behind-the-scenes star of the U.K.'s popular "Dancing on Ice" (DOI) program, currently airing its 11th series on ITV. For the latest series, the show's producers turned to an innovative new lighting strategy — 40 Gemini panels mounted on five towers around the on-set ice rink.
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InSync Technology at the 2019 NAB Show Posted: 20/02/2019
InSync Technology at the 2019 NAB Show
A specialist in motion compensated frame rate conversion, InSync Technology will demonstrate the superior-quality conversion available from its FrameFormer software. FrameFormer is ideal for situations where content assets aren't in the format or frame rate needed for an application, such as in international content distribution or repurposing of material for new projects.
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Black Box at the 2019 NAB Show Posted: 20/02/2019
Black Box at the 2019 NAB Show
At the 2019 NAB Show, Black Box will showcase products across its high-performance Emerald™ unified KVM (keyboard, mouse, video) portfolio and will unveil a new offering that enables even greater flexibility in establishing agile remote desktop connectivity. The Black Box booth, SL12716, will feature demo areas dedicated to Emerald KVM solutions that address the need for convenient and intuitive real-time access to multiple computers from multiple locations, whether across rooms, floors, buildings, sites, or even cities. Black Box offers consultation and design services along with every solution delivered, and the company's representatives at the 2019 NAB Show will highlight complete IP-based and 4K AV visualization and distribution solutions tailored to the unique requirements of modern control rooms, post and media productions, and broadcast playout environments.
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The Switch to Introduce Digital Media Delivery Service, Enhanced At-Home Offering and eSports Service Offering at 2019 NAB Show Posted: 20/02/2019
The Switch to Introduce Digital Media Delivery Service, Enhanced  At-Home Offering and eSports Service Offering at 2019 NAB Show

The Switch®, a global leader of managed, private cloud services that enhances live video productions anywhere in the world, will be showcasing its latest service offerings designed to support the evolving landscape of media at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas (Booth SU3714 or N1921). These innovative new services include The Switch Digital Connect™, which greatly simplifies the syndication of targeted social media and over-the-top feeds, The Switch eSports™, a service that extends The Switch’s cloud production and transmission to worldwide gaming events, as well as a greatly enhanced and highly flexible version of The Switch At-Home™.

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