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disguise gx range powers video intensive MTV 2019 VMA show Posted: 11/11/2019
disguise gx range powers video intensive MTV 2019 VMA and rsquo;s show

In August 2019, MTV hosted its 36th Annual Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, USA. The awards saw performances from some of the biggest names in the modern music including Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, Missy Elliot, and Miley Cyrus to name but a few. Broadcast globally, the show saw an audience of over 1.5million tune in to watch the show.

The show featured an eye-popping array of video elements throughout the show with used during performances and for stage design and text listings of performers and presenters. Entertainment design firm Visual Noise Creative LLC deployed ten disguise gx 2 media servers to facilitate the video intensive environment.

Jesse Ignjatovic, Co-Founder of the live entertainment production company Den of Thieves, executive produced this year’s show and helped spearhead the use of impressive visuals for the VMAs.

“MTV and Viacom continues to push the limits on television production year over year, and for us that means new scenery with massive amounts of integrated video,” says Trevor Burk, Creative Director and Screens Producer at Visual Noise Creative. “The set that Julio Himede designed this year was no exception and was almost entirely made of video. We needed a platform that enabled us to be creative, flexible and fast enough to get this monster of a show on its feet in a short amount of time.”

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KISS Embarks on the End of the Road World Tour with disguise Driving Complex and Dynamic Final Shows Posted: 30/10/2019
KISS Embarks on the and lsquo;End of the Road and rsquo; World Tour with disguise Driving Complex and Dynamic Final Shows

Iconic American rock band KISS are currently playing their last ever shows with the ‘End of the Road’ World tour. The band, who’s musical career spans over 40 years, opened the tour in January in Vancouver and will wrap up in Nagoya, Japan at the end of 2019, playing 112 dates in between.

True to the legacy of KISS, the larger-than-life tour is a massive production featuring lasers, floating drum kits, fire, pyrotechnics and more. disguise gx 2 media servers are powering a key part of the large-scale video for the tour, which features 17 LED video pods above the stage that move in and out via automated winches, a massive upstage LED video wall, and two side screens.

“KISS has an incredible visual legacy spanning multiple decades and multiple generations of fans,” says Danny Firpo, CEO of All of it Now. “Both Robert Long and Sooner Routhier from the SRAE team were incredible in their level of knowledge of the band’s catalogue on both a musical and visual level, and they spent days going through footage of the band from 1973 to the present. As a farewell tour, the content serves as a nostalgic retrospective, an environmental backdrop or as a dynamic lighting element while still being modular enough to make changes on the road to account for new songs and new content.”

Danny notes that, “What SRAE wanted to do with this show was use the content as an extension of the band’s stage presence without overshadowing them. This is why IMAG is such an important part of the show – because without all the bells and whistles, the band still puts on a pretty incredible show all by themselves.”

disguise’s gx 2 server was chosen for its Notch integration capabilities, Danny reports. “We’re not using a lot of video outputs for the show, but we have a lot of moments in the show where video needs to respond to audio, video or lighting data. The gx 2 gives us the graphics firepower we need to render some pretty complex 3D environments in real-time. The system was able to render out Notch IMAG effects effortlessly, and the linking of camera feeds to Notch scenes in disguise is simple and intuitive.”

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London-based Bild Studios invest in the latest disguise flagship hardware Posted: 25/10/2019
London-based Bild Studios invest in the latest disguise flagship hardware

disguise studio partner and workflow specialists,Bild Studios share how disguise has enabled them to create amazing live experiences and why they have invested in the new gx 2c hardware.

Bild is a London-based visual engineering studio and well renowned in the industry for helping to create spectacular live experiences, such as The Opening Ceremony for the Pakistan Super League, where 50 minutes of AR graphics replaced traditional pre-rendered content that usually is mapped onto projection surfaces or LED screens inside the venue.

Founders David Bajt and Rowan Pitts have been working with disguise for over 10 years, delivering hundreds of software training sessions globally, while also using the technology on some of their most ambitious projects.

Originally part of United Visual Artists, David and Rowan have been among some of the earliest adopters of thedisguise technology, having worked together on projects such as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers Tour in 2011, Coachella 2011, Coldplay’s ‘Sky Full of Stars’ music video, before finally opening their own consultingstudios in 2014.

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Marco Borsato at De Kuip Stadium 2019 Posted: 21/10/2019
Marco Borsato at De Kuip Stadium 2019

Dutch megastar Marco Borsato recently played a stream of sold out record breaking shows at De Kuip stadium in The Netherlands. The set included a huge scale canvas in the form of a 1,000 square-meter LED screen. To power the impressive visuals needed for this event, Michael Al-Far of MalfMedia and Jo Pauly of Visual Solutions turned to disguise servers to provide the power. Six disguise vx 4 and four disguise gx 2 media servers played key roles in the innovative production driving the video content and facilitating real-time IMAG grading of the live feed and the integration of Notch VFX and multicam AR in the massive main screen graphics.

Marco Borsato consistently has been one of the most successful and biggest grossing artists in the Netherlands in the last twenty years. For the 2019 shows, Marco specifically requested that the starting point for the De Kuip shows would be the level of last year’s Sportpalais concerts where the team first introduced cinematographic content. “As an artist and photographer Marco felt the time had come for him to be involved in every step of this exciting project, so we had creative freedom, but he had the final say. Together with Set and Lighting Designer Carlo Zaenen we created the content book in which we outlined the look and feel of every song.” says MalfMedia founder Michael Al-Far.

“Marco Borsato was adamant that the live feed would be treated to fit better in the cinematographic content,” Michael notes. As a result, MalfMedia approached Lewis Kyle White to apply his vast experience in IMAG grading for live shows on this project.

The outdoor show posed a number of challenges: starting in daylight and transitioning to night; a canvas that was by some measures the largest screen ever used for an arena rock concert; the IMAG live feed embedded into the content and not shown on side screens; and a set list of 37 songs that all needed to have the same standard of quality.

Tags: disguise | live events | concert touring | AR graphics | media servers | vx 4 | gx 2 | Marco Borsato | MalfMedia | Visual Solutions | Notch | real-time rendering | Bubble Agency
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disguise hits the road on EMEA Open House tour Posted: 20/09/2019
disguise hits the road on EMEA Open House tour
disguise is the ultimate solution to imagine, create and deliver spectacular live visual experiences. After kicking off the EMEA Open House tour in Poland earlier this month, the roadshow will head to eight more locations across Europe and the Middle East over the next six weeks, including stops in London, Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona, Dubai, Berlin, Oslo and Gothenburg.
Tags: disguise | live production | open house | workflow | r16 software | hardware | vx 4 | gx 2c | Bubble Agency
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disguise powers giant 4K video display for esports Championship Series tournament Posted: 09/09/2019
disguise powers giant 4K video display for esports Championship Series tournament

Esports Championship Series (ECS) Season 7, the latest iteration of the world’s most-watched CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) tournament, took place earlier this year, culminating in a four-day final in June at The SSE Arena, Wembley, London. The 16 groups that started the event were gradually reduced to four teams, which then battled through a knock-out competition to determine the season’s champions.

Tags: disguise | FACEIT | Bluman | gx 2c | esports | live production | live events | gx 1 | gx 2 | media servers | 4K | Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
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Bluman Associates acquire first gx 2c media servers Posted: 17/07/2019
Bluman Associates acquire first gx 2c media servers

The gx 2c server features even more GPU processing power, more capture and storage, as well as 10-bit and HDR support. Creatives can now build environments with more particles, effects and richer scenes, at higher resolutions and smoother frame rates. As creative ambition increases, the GPU and memory has been maximised in direct response to user requests for greater real-time content performance.

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disguise introduces the latest in powerful hardware and software innovations at InfoComm 2019 Posted: 15/05/2019
disguise introduces the latest in powerful hardware  and software innovations at InfoComm 2019

InfoComm 2019, Orlando, Booth #521 – disguise will showcase the latest in its software integrations for the US market at InfoComm 2019. On booth #521 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando between June 8 - 14, disguise will preview the powerful new gx 2c server, and also introduce the award-winning vx 4 server.

Tags: disguise | media servers | software upgrade | InfoComm 2019 | robust hardware | gx 2c | vx 4 | Bubble Agency
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