Media Powerhouse was asked firstly to provide consulting expertise and recommendations as well as to supply the technical solution for the European conference of one of the world’s largest payment processing companies. The event took place in Berlin.
The brief required a super wide screen image complete with high resolution and standard definition video playback, camera relay and records, full manipulation of all images within the plenary area and breakout room. There was also an exhibition with LED floor entrance and central feature using LED to go up in columns and then across the roof like palms on a palm tree.
For the plenary area we used our own Widescreen Graphics System which meant we could produce an image 14m wide by 3.75m high giving a total pixel space of 3600×964. This was all generated from a single computer source which eliminated any loss of sync between the left and right images. This super wide image was then fed as two streams of HD (1920×1080) into a two processor Encore system which, in turn fed two stacks of two overlaid Panasonic PT-DW 10,000 lumens HD projectors, via Media Powerhouse’s fibre transmission system.
The Encore system was used not only to create the soft edge blend, but also to control and manipulate all the video and data signals being fed into the plenary room. This included all VT playback, camera images, Widescreen graphics, 16×9 and 4×3 graphics feeds both from on and off stage, and six independent stage signal feeds to plasmas used for both graphics preview on the floor, but also prompting on two flown 65″ Panasonic screens.
The Media Powerhouse ethos is to design and build each system bespoke to every contract; therefore the camera and VTR system (PPU) was designed and built solely with this event in mind. The system was based around a Panasonic AV-HS300 Multi Definition vision desk, and Sony DXC D55 digital camera channels. The SD VT play backs and records were Sony HVR-1500. By building a bespoke pre-built system we were able to ship the system in four 14U racks and had the video, graphics and Encore system built and running in less than ½ a day, enabling the Media Powerhouse team to rig and align the main projection and the exhibition areas.
For the Exhibition area the LED video floor was sourced prior to our involvement but we took control of this along with all the other main elements of the event. This included 136 panels of MiTRIX in the centre feature with video running up, down and around the LED with the panels being rigged vertically up in columns and then at right angles to the roof line. We designed the templates for both the LED floor and the MiTRIX to enable the software team at LGA to pixel map the images for each location in order to get the best out of the technology.
The video / graphics playback system used both high line rate data feeds and SDI digital video feeds controlled from one central point.