XL Video Celebrates The Big Ruby with The Stranglers

Date: 28/04/2014
XL Video Celebrates The Big Ruby with The Stranglers

XL Video is assisting maverick rockers The Stranglers celebrate a remarkable 40 years in the music industry which kicked off with some serious attitude in 1974 at the height of punk nihilism¦ and developed into an enduringly successful career balancing the tightrope of acclaim and commercial success.

Their eclectic music, which embraces multiple genres with an edgy intelligence and much of it highly political, has clocked up 23 UK Top 40 singles and 17 Top 40 albums to date!

XL was approached to provide an LED video and control solution for their much anticipated Big Ruby UK and European tour. Filmmaker and Video Designer James Reed spoke to XLs Project Manager Paul Macca McCauley following the success of working together on last years tour.

As the stage is a smoke-and haze free environment, for the Big Ruby tour Reed wanted to make a really large visual impact with the video¦ and came up with the idea of the four picture frames, which brings a whole new dimension to the stage.

By happy coincidence, this enabled Macca to again renew his acquaintance with the band having toured with them as PA Systems Tech about 15 years ago!

Very excited to be involved, Macca comments, Its been a huge pleasure working with The Stranglers, with James and Stage and Production Manager Louie Nicastro again. Seeing the band on such brilliant form and video used with such thought and imagination is fantastic!

Reed created all the tours video content for the tour from scratch, with the four picture frames upstage representing four decades of the band and the four original members in the lineup.

The frames are made up from XLs Absen 6mm LED screen product rigged in 3 x 4 portrait format. Reed had scenic fiberglass / polystyrene surround frames finished in gold built by Charlotte Maudsley at Props Unlimited, bringing a touch of Baroque opulence to the latest LED technology in a retro look.

In some songs, the frames are lit by MAC 101 LED wash moving lights on the floor which adds another layer of depth.

Reed once again specified a Resolume media server for control after using it on last years tour - which was the first time The Stranglers had used video as part of their stage production - some low resolution video columns were? also supplied by XL.

The content was all created as one flat file and mapped to the four screens, a task Reed finds very straightforward in Resolume, which is operated on the tour by Jake Butler. Out of all the media servers hes worked with, he thinks this is the most appropriate for this style of playback, and other features he likes include being able to lay the show out on a single page and edit in real time.

He took around four weeks to produce the content working in close collaboration with Stranglers bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel.

The first glimpses the audience get of the band onstage is during the video sequence of them descending on virtual lifts preceded by the words from The Aural Sculpture Manifesto. Video features in every song in the two hour set, offering four different styles and treatments.

For the classic Peaches there are multiple images of fruit and canned fruit presented in a factory production-line style with one cheeky bikini-clad bottom flash right at the end. Heroes, the second song of the set, features a selection of snaps and selfies from fans dressed as Stranglers which followed a Facebook campaign; for Threatened, he re-edited trailers to two vintage black and white movies, The Stranglers of Bombay and The Haunted Strangler.

Its a vehicle that adds humour, history, narrative visual drama and also some political reinforcement to a 28 song set action-packed with classic Stranglers edginess.

Photos: Louise Stickland



Tags: XL Video | The Stranglers | LED | Absen 6mm | Resolume media server | video
Submitted by Louise Stickland
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Today, Maxon announced the inclusion of Forger with all Maxon One subscriptions with the release of Forger 1.8, an update to the company’s professional-level, digital 3D sculpting application for the iPad. New licensing options include a free version that brings sculpting to all iPad users, and a subscription version that can be purchased independently from the Apple App Store. Maxon One subscribers can simply login to their MyMaxon account for access to Forger included with their subscription. This latest version also features a seamless workflow with Cinema 4D - objects can be imported into C4D to be brought to life, and 3D models in development can be moved back and forth between Cinema 4D and Forger to facilitate a seamless, iterative workflow. 




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Qumulo Simplifies Data Management for Active Archives Posted: 26/10/2021
Qumulo Simplifies Data Management for Active Archives

As file data continues to grow exponentially, it is a challenge for organizations to manage this valuable asset with the resources they have. Meanwhile, long-term data retention requirements in industries from financial services to healthcare and beyond make this challenge even greater as data footprints grow year after year with content retained to meet compliance requirements. With the K-432T, customers can manage massive amounts of long-term archive data with consistent performance for regular use.

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3P Studio Expands its Media Business with EditShare Posted: 26/10/2021
3P Studio Expands its Media Business with EditShare

EditShare®, a technology leader that enables collaborative media workflows for storytellers, today announced that Brisbane’s leading post-production facility, 3P Studio (3P) has expanded its investment in EditShare’s FLOW media management and EFS storage solutions to manage its growing editorial business. The full-service production and post-production house, which produces creative content for top brands like Isuzu Motor Company, Subway, and Allianz, has tripled its team over the past three years to support the rise in client projects and campaigns across broadcast, digital, and social channels.

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GlobalM presents their new software defined video network at Future Week Bergen 2021 Posted: 26/10/2021
GlobalM presents their new software defined video network at Future Week Bergen 2021 Recently, GlobalM was at Media City Bergen Future week 2021 presenting their software defined video network and mobile broadcasting mobile app.  The Broadcast as a Service (BaaS) replaces the need for satellite or private fiber video contribution from all types of events, remote productions and news coverage. Paul Calleja, CTO of GlobalM explains how this is achieved in the Future Week presentation from Bergen Media City, Norway. 
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Rohde and amp; Schwarz and ATTO Partner to Optimize Ethernet Adapter Capabilities for macOS Posted: 26/10/2021
Rohde and amp; Schwarz and ATTO Partner to Optimize Ethernet Adapter Capabilities for macOS

Rohde & Schwarz, a global leader inpost-productionmedia technologies, has joined forces with ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of network, storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, to optimize the new generation ofATTO 360™ Tuning, Monitoring and Analytics Software, as well as ATTO ThunderLink® N3 3102andNS 3252 Thunderbolt™ adaptersfor use with R&S®SpycerNode. Now, macOS customers – in addition to Linux and Windows users – can more easily connect to the SpycerNode media storage solution, benefitting from a significant performance enhancement, without the need for additional PCI slots.

Tags: Rohde and Schwarz | ATTO | Post production | connectivity | storage | SpycerNode | ThunderLink and Thunderbolt | macOS | media
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LOGIC media solutions makes changes to PORTAL Technology: PORTAL.vod becomes PORTAL.clip Posted: 26/10/2021
LOGIC media solutions makes changes to PORTAL Technology: PORTAL.vod becomes PORTAL.clip

LOGIC media solutions is giving one of its frontend solutions for AWS a new name. PORTAL.vod becomes PORTAL.clip. Living under the umbrella of the PORTAL Framework, with PORTAL Technology LOGIC offers frontends and workflows for cloud-based media workflows on AWS. PORTAL.clip is part of a whole suite of frontends for AWS and is already being used successfully by customers (see below).



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Beijing Gehua Cable (BGC) Overhauls Infrastructure with the Help of ATEME Posted: 26/10/2021
Beijing Gehua Cable (BGC) Overhauls Infrastructure with the Help of ATEME

ATEME, the leader in video delivery solutions for broadcast, cable TV, DTH, IPTV and OTT, today announced that major Chinese cable operator Beijing Gehua Cable (BGC) has deployed ATEME’s encoders to upgrade its cable TV services. This update delivers greater stability and video quality for viewers, while reducing BGC’s energy footprint.


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IBC kicks off 2021 show experience with the launch of IBC Digital Posted: 26/10/2021
IBC kicks off 2021 show experience with the launch of IBC Digital

IBC has kicked off the 2021 show experience with the launch of IBC Digital. The platform makes it easy for attendees to curate a unique mix of show activities and is the place to view exclusive content, including the IBC Innovation Awards taking place on 23rd November.

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JVC Camera Upgrade Comes Into Focus at Weigel Broadcasting Co. Milwaukee Posted: 25/10/2021
JVC Camera Upgrade Comes Into Focus at Weigel Broadcasting Co. Milwaukee

Weigel Broadcasting Co. in Milwaukee, home to WDJT-TV, CBS 58, WMLW-TV, The M, WBME-CD, Me-TV and  WYTU-LD Telemundo Wisconsin, recently selected several GY-HC900 and GY-HC550 CONNECTED CAM camcorders for high-quality, flexible broadcasting. Products of JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, the cameras are part of JVC’s plug-and-play CONNECTED CAM™ series.

Tags: JVC Professional Video | CONNECTED CAM | broadcast cameras
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LYNX Technik Enhances greenMachine Features for HDR Evie+ and Testor Configurations Posted: 25/10/2021
LYNX Technik Enhances greenMachine Features for HDR Evie+ and Testor Configurations

LYNX Technik takes the approach to continuously build on the usability and functionality of its products to offer its customers and partners enhanced features on its robust and high quality platforms.

Tags: greenMachine | yellobrik | LYNX Technik | frame synchronizer | HDR Evie+ | 4K UHD | quad-channel | HDR to SDR conversion
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Tolka Announces TCAS for Widevine Posted: 25/10/2021
Tolka Announces TCAS for Widevine

Tolka announces a major addition to its portfolio of media-related telecommunication products and services. TCAS for Widevine is a conditional access system designed to make secure pay-TV content channels easy to establish, easy to operate and highly affordable. It simplifies the entire licensing process and reduces service-providers' operating costs. 1080i HD and 4K-UHD TV resolutions are supported as well as both SDR and HDR.

Tags: Tolka | broadcast media access | broadcast content security | targeted television advertising | personalised television advertising | personalized television advertising | OTT content protection | IPTV content protection | satellite IR | miniature DTV interface | D
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Newly Formed ACT Entertainment Makes First Public Appearance at InfoComm 2021 Posted: 25/10/2021
Newly Formed ACT Entertainment Makes First Public Appearance at InfoComm 2021

ACT Entertainment, the newly formed entity borne from the merging of the ACT Lighting and RHC Holdings families of companies, will exhibit under its new branding for the first time at InfoComm 2021 (Booth 5753). With a deeply rooted heritage in several key markets, such as pro AV, installation, broadcast, touring/live, retail, house of worship, film and television, and industrial markets, ACT Entertainment streamlines all of its brands into a collective, market-focused approach. In recognition of this new business objective, the company will be showcasing its recently launched Just Networking brand, along with MA Lighting, ProCo Sound and Aytron products, at the show.

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Lightware named as Official Platinum Sponsor of Cisco WebexONE 2021 Posted: 25/10/2021
Lightware named as Official Platinum Sponsor of Cisco WebexONE 2021

Lightware Visual Engineering is pleased to announce that it has been made one of the Official Platinum Sponsors for the upcoming Cisco WebexONE 2021 virtual event.

Tags: Lightware Visual Engineering | Matrix Switcher | AV-over-IP systems | Live Events | Corporate Market | Taurus UCX
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Net Insight and Grass Valley take ultra-reliable cloud and IP media delivery workflows to the next level Posted: 25/10/2021
Net Insight and Grass Valley take ultra-reliable cloud and IP media delivery workflows to the next level

Net Insight announces that it has joined the GV Media Universe (GVMU)Alliance, Grass Valley’s ecosystem of qualified partners that aims to enable media organizations to leverage the power of the cloud to deliver more content easily and efficiently. Net Insight’s platforms bring a complete range of agile and secure media delivery solutions for cloud, IP, and virtualized networks, allowing broadcast industry players to create frictionless, high-quality, low-latency live video workflows.

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Meet EditShare at InfoComm 2021 Posted: 22/10/2021
Meet EditShare at InfoComm 2021

EditShare® invites InfoComm 2021 attendees to booth 2809 to discuss how its award-winning FLOW media management and EFS shared storage solutions can simplify storytelling for video workgroups across Advertising, Broadcast, Corporate, Education, House of Worship, News, Production and Post-production.

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