On Friday 30th September 2016, the AV Awards took place at a glamorous event at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The awards, which celebrate the best product, projects, and people in the AV industry, was attended by a team from PRG XL Video, led by Executive VP & COO, EMEA, Gary Boyd.
Following the announcement of the shortlist for Production Product of the Year, sponsored by DB Systems, PRG’s GroundControl™ Followspot System was announced as the winner in the category which included products from Barco, Elation Professional, Sennheiser, X-Rite Photo and Video, and NewTek Inc.
The revolutionary product is already making waves across the production industry, particularly in the concert touring, theatre and television markets, and the judges commended the way the product is having a huge effect on the way lighting designers and producers design their shows and events.
The GroundControl™ Followspot System consists of a specially customized PRG Bad Boy spotlight which includes an in-built camera, and can be flown from rigging or mounted in locations around a venue which would not normally accomodate a followspot; a truss box which provides the link between the fixture and the controller; and the ground-based controller unit which can be operated from up to 610 metres away from the fixture.
GroundControl™ allows designers huge flexibility in where to locate their followspots and the operators can be safely located on the ground within the venue, without the need to climb rigging. In addition to the safety benefits, the GroundControl™ Followspot System also negates the need to remove seats to create traditional followspot positions – a revenue bonus for venues.
Gary Boyd comments: “I was delighted to accept the award for Production Product of the Year for GroundControl. The product is making huge waves across our industry, and we’re very proud to have developed this in-house. Our R&D team in Dallas have done an excellent job in creating a followspot system which is rapidly growing in popularity and demand!”
For a full list of the AV Awards Winners follow this link.
Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) is the world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event technology to a wide range of markets, including corporate and automotive events, concerts, sports, and special events.
The sports events market has experienced significant growth in the past years. Running, swimming, racing, cycling and golf events increasingly attract more participants and spectators. Therefore it is only natural that the customer’s demands grow in terms of prominent screens, able to display dynamic content, and strengthen the ties to the public.
PRG was asked to provide video screens for the KLM Open, a prestigious golf tournament, held in the Dutch Spijk. For the first time PRG used a new product, the PRG LED AIRWALL. This LED display 26m2 (640x352 pixels) is built on an inflatable platform of about 100m2 floating on a water surface. A 9mm pixel pitch provides the necessary quality to display live images of the event and to be seen from a considerable distance. Furthermore, this prominent display can also broadcast logos, scores, images, and team and player statistics.
Thanks to the PRG LED AIRWALL, PRG can now display video content in places which were impossible previously. The unique image of a floating screen on a lake, pool or other water surface gives a stunning impression to the public.
For more information on the PRG LED AIRWALL, please contact us.
2016 marked the 30th anniversary of Dragon Quest, one of Japan’s most popular role-playing computer game series, and for the first time, Dragon Quest was created into an original spectacle live show titled “Dragon Quest Live Spectacle Tour”. The show toured with great success in 5 cities from July 22 through August 31.
PRG Japan provided technical direction and production services for lighting, video, scenery, rigging, stage automation, flying effect and LED wrist bands.
London-based STUFISH designed the set and PRG Scenic Technologies in New Windsor made the DMX-control hoist system for the roll-down screens. PRG V476® control console was used to control the 52 roll-down screens to rise and lower individually and in groups, changing formations at each scene, and mapped video images projected on the screens created the digital scenery as the story on adventurous journey rolled on the stage.
PRG Netherlands started this summer with a challenging production. During the first weekend of July thousands of visitors enjoyed good music at Concert at Sea in Zeeland, on the Brouwersdam. Amongst others Faithless, Bløf and Skunk Anansie gave the best of themselves on the Zeeland stage. PRG Netherlands was in charge of the lighting, sound and video equipment for the three stages.
The artists on stage Zealand were treated to an excellent light show. Our lighting crew ensured a production that included the following impressive equipment list: 12 x PRG Bad Boys 12 x Vari * Lite 3500 Washes, 36 Robe MMX, 64 Robe Pointe, 24 Robe 800 Ledwash, 16 x ClayPacky Stormy cc, 16 x SGMs p5, 12 Spectral LEDPARs M800, 1x Biglite, 20 x 12-Lite Blinders, 24 x 2-Lite Blinders and 12x 1-Lite Blinders. On and off the stage, we installed a total of 5 Pixled F30 screens of 4m x 6m on a trolly PRG-Beam system, of an approximate length of 48m. Two MC-7 and two side screens Delay screens completed the picture. All of the screens were controlled by a GMA2.
The Umoja stage had a slightly smaller production, with 17 x Clay Paky's Mythos, 11 x Robe 800 and 4 x Martin Atomic Colors and lighting features. Adamson speakers operated on the three stages as well as subwoofers, plus a PRG S318 Fly & stacks on the Main Stage and some PRG EMF on the Beach stage.
All credits go to our crew on-site, who have managed a great performance. This production was the perfect kick-off for the summer season. Special thanks to Peter Daane, Production Manager, Sebastiaan ten Broeck & Bert Ploegh (system), Serge Patist and William van Rumpt (Operators), Peter Daane & Patrick Framer (Design) and Huijskes Fotografie (for the pictures).
The Swiss lakeside town of Montreux will once again host its famous Jazz festival. Over the past 50 years, the festival has seen some of the greatest acts in music history, including Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Prince and David Bowie, among others.
For this year’s festival, audioborn has developed a project allowing the festival to be captured through 360° / 3D video and sound recording technology for the first time. This content can later be rendered and used in virtual reality applications, permitting users to experience the selected acts in real-life quality.
Commissioned by the Metamedia Center of the University École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) together with the Montreux Jazz Festival, project lead and official technology partner audioborn is partnering with PRG Lab for the video expertise. audioborn is responsible for capturing and reproducing all concerts in 3D audio with its software real-time processor called Auratorium. The software system is designed for 3D audio and virtual reality applications. It uses a ray-tracing approach to calculate physically correct and 100% natural sound.
PRG Lab, a division of PRG XL Video, based in Germany, develops customized interactive and leading software solutions for the event and exhibition market. PRG Lab will be supporting the project with a 360° / 3D Nokia OZO camera system to capture a 360° spherical video of chosen acts at the festival.
The cooperation between audioborn and PRG Lab will be one of the first commercial uses of the OZO system in a production of this size. In addition to the standard multitrack recordings, audioborn will capture the sound in the form of a 3D recording, using the Sennheiser VR microphone prototype, and be able to reproduce highly realistic 3D audio for the recordings.
“The methods we use to capture sound – which is the most important part of Montreux’s Jazz Festival – will be pioneering for 3D audio sound recording as well as reproduction. Using our 3D software audio processor Auratorium, we will be able to achieve the highest possible degree of immersion for the jazz archive.” says Dr. Dirk Schröder, CEO of audioborn.
“We will have to determine how each instrument and sound will react depending on the position of the camera in the room. When sound and video are combined for VR playback, the virtual user should feel as if he or she is actually at the festival in person. Our goal is a total immersive playback experience in sound and vision. We are proud to work closely together with PRG Lab as our professional partner for 3D video capturing.”
“This project is outstanding in its dimensions. We are going to record a huge amount of data during the 16 festival days with the OZO system. This will be the most demanding challenge we have to face during the project.” commented Michael Ochs of PRG Lab. “This is very exciting, state-of-the-art technology being used at the Montreux Jazz Festival. It is the first project of its kind and we can’t draw from previous experiences. ”
One of the challenges of this project is the large amount of data collected through 3D recording. A concert of three hours would create approximately 2 TB of compressed data. Uncompressed it multiplies later in postproduction by factor 12.
PRG Lab is continuously expanding its 3D capabilities and will be using OZO production computers as well as the audioborn Auratorium software to create immersive experiences. The audio mixes can be rendered for multichannel 3D audio systems or binaural headphone reproduction.
Production Resource Group LLC (PRG) – leading supplier of entertainment and event technology solutions is working with global entertainment design software developer Vectorworks, Inc. to ensure a seamless Rock in Rio festival in Lisbon, Portugal. The Rock in Rio festival collaboration between PRG and Vectorworks will demonstrate the realization of workflows using ESP Vision software to previsualize each lighting designer's concept. As in previous years, PRG will be supplying lighting technology and all related rigging for the festival. The event technology specialist is now in its 13th year of working with Rock in Rio.
“We started working with Rock in Rio back in 2004; during this time, we were able to supply lighting and video technology at festivals in Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Las Vegas and Lisbon,” said Christoph Hahnl, Senior Account Manager at PRG. “This year’s festival marks the 30th anniversary of Rock in Rio, and we are excited to be on board.”
Now owned by Vectorworks, Inc., Vision puts the power to previsualize and cue your show at your fingertips. The software enables entertainment designers to rehearse the look of a show before they arrive at the venue. Adaptations and changes can easily be made in advance, allowing for more efficient working.
"With the increasing need to simulate a lighting design before it's ever executed on a live stage, our collaboration with PRG at Rock in Rio Lisbon provides the perfect venue in which to demonstrate our commitment to empowering today's entertainment designers," said Stewart Rom, chief marketing officer for Vectorworks. "We look forward to showing the world how our two companies can contribute to the ultimate show experience in Lisbon this year and enable today's visionaries in lighting design to advance the way they work."
As part of their ongoing collaboration, PRG is working with Vectorworks' R&D department to create leading solutions and is among the first to use the companies latest software technologies. Vectorworks® Spotlight users are able to work with a catalog of PRG-owned gear in the software, making the design development and documentation process even faster for lighting, production and scenic designers. The close working proximity to designers allows PRG an active exchange of ideas to identify the latest requirements and be involved in leading the development of future technology. Spotlight is the industry-leading software for entertainment design that allows designers to work in 2D and 3D with integrated worksheet functionality and rendering capabilities.
“The collaboration with Vectorworks is well underway, and we have already identified ways to improve internal and external working processes,” said Götz Bauer, Special Operations Director at PRG. “By incorporating PRG’s gear into the Spotlight software library, users are able to work increasingly efficiently and improve working processes. Our close relationship with designers from around the world enables us to really make a difference by using their feedback, and our experience to create solutions from which the whole industry can gain.”
The festival will take place over two consecutive weekends starting on May 19, 2016. The lineup features acts like Queen + Adam Lambert, Maroon 5, Korn, Ariana Grande, Hollywood Vampires and Avicii. The lighting design for the festivals in Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon was created by lighting designer Terry Cook for Woodroffe Bassett Design.
PRG Netherlands held an Open House event this past Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th of May. Customers, Freelancers, Light Designers and other contacts from our industry came to visit our offices in Utrecht. This event was also the opportunity to launch the name PRG Netherlands, since the former EML Productions is now fully integrated within the Production Resource Group.
The guests were guided through the company via a red carpet and arrived into a virtual warehouse.
“The virtual warehouse shows the capacities and availability that PRG has in terms of audiovisual material. PRG Netherlands has chosen to operate with the warehouses located in Germany and in Belgium, in order to meet the requirements and wishes of our Dutch clients more efficiently. Integrating our resources into the European equipment pool, will grant us unlimited access and we therefore will be able to focus on providing the best service to our customers.” stipulates Duncan Verstraeten, General Manager, PRG Netherlands.
PRG NL also features its’ state-of-the-art proprietary products. One of the latest innovations is the GroundControl™ Followspot System, which could be tested during the Open House event. A PRG high output PRG Bad Boy® Spot connected with a camera and operated in a remote location. This allows Designers to have total creative freedom to put followspots in places that were either previously unusable or involved complex rigging. The system consists of 3 parts: a Remote Spot Luminaire, a GC Truss Box and a GC Followspot Controller.
The PRG Netherlands team had also built a Lighting Studio featuring the PRG Bad Boy, PRG Best Boy HP, the PRG Best Boy Wash and the Icon Beam for hands-on-testing, controlled by a GrandMa2. The guests were also introduced to the new WYSIWYG studio, which is at disposal for our clients.
Alongside the new PRG Netherlands, our guests had the opportunity to meet the new Account Manager, Rob Harks. Before joining PRG, Rob was active in sales in the domain of the exhibition and event industry. He has worked for the rental company Expo Gamma, the trade fair center MECC in Maastricht and the stand builder Total Concept.
Last but not least, the guests enjoyed a fresh Belgian beer and delicious Belgian fries. The Open House was a great success and we would like to thank everyone who came to visit us!
Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announced today a new brand for their creative LED special projects team, formerly a subsidiary of XL Video.
Now known as PRG Projects, the team, led by Frederic Opsomer and Kristof Soreyn, is renowned for creating and providing innovative custom video solutions. The teams are based at PRG’s location in Ostend, Belgium and in China. The new PRG Projects team will also incorporate, and work more closely with, the former XL Video research and development team based in Shenzhen, China. The combined expertise of the team has already been responsible for realizing some of the most technology-forward designs and custom installations in concert touring, large-scale spectacles, television, and sporting events, including ceremonies in Athens, London, and Sochi over the last several years.
In addition to working with the team in Ostend, PRG Projects in Shenzhen will continue to focus on sourcing LED products in China for PRG and for PRG Alliance partners.
“PRG Projects’ goals are now positioned to fit PRG’s overall vision to create bespoke creative LED products for all of the different market segments in which we are active,” explains Opsomer. “The designers and project managers that we have on our team, in both Ostend and Shenzhen, have decades of experience in creating and producing the world’s most innovative solutions.”
“PRG Projects leads the entertainment technology industry in advancing the creative application of LED technology and are an incredible asset for PRG and our clients,” says Stephan Paridaen, President & Chief Operating Officer, Production Resource Group. “The team, which consists of a range of creative and innovative experts in the field of custom video solutions, has a strong focus on innovation, product development, and system packaging. The team also works closely with strategic manufacturing partners to help develop and refine technology and options that meets the needs of producers and creatives in all of our markets.”
DB Schenker brings event logistic capabilities to PRG Alliance knowledge base
PRG Alliance is well known for its select membership with solutions in technical production for events and entertainment globally. Today it announces its expansion to a wider offering of services with logistic company DB Schenker as its newest member.
DB Schenker is a global leader in production and event logistics – with over 1,000 staff in 50 countries handling specialized event logistic operations dedicated to customer service, quality and sustainability – values that go hand-to-hand with the purpose of PRG Alliance.
Besides its integrated door-to-door intermodal logistic solutions, managing and operating customers’ transportation chains through land, rail, air and ocean freight services; the company has a specialized division for the events industry. DB SCHENKERsportsevents has expertise in sports tournaments, corporate road shows, concert touring and a wide range of international events providing unique services. They provide support during the planning phase, consultation on the specific regulations for each country, special transport for fragile items, temporary import customs assistance - and additional supplies such as crowd barriers, forklifts and cranes.
“We are eager to begin our partnership under the Logistics Category with this prestigious platform. Our worldwide reach matches perfectly with PRG Alliance locations and its visibility in the production and event industry”, says Nick Kashiparekh, Director of DB SCHENKERsportsevents.
PRG Alliance reaches an important milestone with the addition of DB Schenker to its membership. “We understand that a smooth logistic service is a game-changer in our industry. We are often working with tight schedules and being able to count on DB Schenker’s unique event experience is a great benefit to us. Our goal is to have additional event production services in the Alliance in the future, adding even more value to our members and customers”, says Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of PRG Alliance.
PRG Alliance is present today in 25 countries in all continents. The complete list of participant companies and news are available on the PRG Alliance website: www.prgalliance.com.
Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) recently marked the two year anniversary of its global partner network program with the second PRG Alliance Summit. Under the theme ‘Gearing Up For Success’, the Summit took place during the Prolight + Sound 2016 trade fair at the Festhalle Messe Frankfurt.
Since its inception, the PRG Alliance has grown in both size and reputation, and now offers technology, services and support to event producers in a total of twenty five countries.
There are now fifteen member companies which make-up the PRG Alliance. The newest addition is DB Schenker – the first member supplying services other than audiovisual. DB Schenker supports the Alliance members with specialized logistics for events with a large worldwide presence and multi-modal transportation requirements.
The PRG Alliance Summit is already a key date on the calendar for members, allowing them to meet face to face, share knowledge and best practices, and increase their collaboration. The location of the Summit at Prolight + Sound also enables them to meet at an event where the newest and most exiting technology is on display.
This year’s Summit included a presentation of the PRG Alliance’s future plans from Alliance Director, Tom Van Hemelryck, and Account Manager, Luciana Rosa, which include expansion into new regions, opportunities for training, and the aim to include a wider variety of service companies. There are also confirmed regional summits around Infocomm in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Palm Expo in Beijing, China.
After the introduction, members of the Alliance shared their experiences and knowledge acquired during the past year, including a custom-shaped large-scale LED floor and wall for concert touring; special lighting for fashion shows; and the logistical issues facing shows located in unusual or remote locations.
Following this the PRG Projects team shared examples of their work with custom LED projects for major opening ceremonies including wireless hex panels and pixel tablets seen by millions around the world.
“Watching the presentations, we see the potential applications for these technologies in Italy – we are always eager to bring new services to our clients and we see the potential for customized LED solutions in our market,” commented Alessandro Rossani, CTO of STS Communications in Italy.
Members also enjoyed a presentation from Chris Reed of Restless Communications on the best ways for technical production companies to use social media to promote their brands; and this was followed by sessions from Minesh Pore, General Manager of Pico Europe on working with corporate clients and managing expectations, and Lee Charteris, VP Operations, Flash Entertainment on the challenges of producing concerts and events in emerging markets.
Alliance member Ally Yoon, CEO of Ally & Co. in Korea commented: “The content of the summit is very helpful to us in Korea. We are right now in the middle of a production with PRG for a corporate event in Seoul and getting the insight on client expectation helps us to improve our services.”
The Summit concluded with a dinner in the Festhalle which further enabled the members to network with each other.
“We see how the PRG Alliance is well established and continues growing through making personal connections between the members and with the market,” said Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of PRG Alliance. “We carefully select the members and I am happy to have such an unprecedented group of companies with high-quality technical production services working together on several events in the last year – success always comes from collaboration.”
The current PRG Alliance members are:
Brazil: Crialed Producoes Visuais, Loudness Sonorizacao, and LPL Lighting Productions
Greece: Sound and Visual
Italy: STS Communication & New Light Group
Malaysia: Orange Events
Morocco: Touareg Prod’
Portugal: FX RoadLights
Qatar: Esme Entertainment Services
Singapore: The Show Company
South Korea: Ally&Co, Total Korea, and Basictech
Sweden and Denmark: [Lite]com
Worldwide: DB Schenker and Production Resource Group.
PRG ProShop are hosting a mega sale of used equipment at the Prolight + Sound trade show in Frankfurt. We are operating pop-up warehouse close to the exhibition grounds for the five days Prolight + Sound is on. The sale will run from 4th to 8th April and will be open from 11:00 to 19:00. PRG XL Video are offering a huge selection of high-quality lighting, audio, video, rigging, LED and broadcast technology for sale, including moving lights, LED panels, audio consoles, overhead lights, speaker systems, lighting control consoles, microphones, conventional lighting, video cameras, network technology, followspots, trusses and much more.
A detailed list of the equipment available for sale in Frankfurt can be accessed through the PRG XL Video website. Further information with regards to the exact location will be provided on the site. All products are fully tested prior to being put up for sale, and are sold as seen without any warranty or option to exchange after the event. We will be accepting payment by debit or credit card as well as cash. For visitors to Prolight + Sound, PRG XL Video will have an information counter in the Festhalle where further details can be found, as well as information about the shuttle bus service we will be running from Prolight + Sound to the ProShop mega sale.
PRG XL Video, event service and event technology specialist, has opened its new branch in Vienna, Austria. The new location allows for closer proximity to Austrian-based clients which include companies, agencies and institutions.
PRG XL Video in Austria will be managed by Christian Wymetal and René Rarrel. The experienced LED specialists join the company as directors of “Outdoor LED” and will be the main customer contact. Due to their extensive experience in the field of international sport, the main focus of the new branch will be Outdoor LED and sporting events.
The new branch allows Production Resource Group to be physically present in the Austrian market. “Austria is an attractive market for our company“ says Carsten Zwerg, member of the board at PRG, “With Christian Wymetal and René Rarrel we have found two very knowledgable specialists who complete the Austrian team and enable us to support our customers nationally and internationally. We are pleased to have them on board.“
Christian Wymetal and René Rarrel will be present at (the) PRG XL Video (area) in the “Festhalle“ at the Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.