Our Technology & Services for Sporting Events

The competition for sporting events to have more and more impressive visual elements and peripheral attractions means our lighting and video technology services are in constant demand for national and international spectacles.

The requirements we are asked to fulfil for sporting events vary greatly, and always represent challenges unique to that particular event. PRG are a major, repeat supplier to certain international sporting events which take place every four years and draw a global television audience of tens of millions. Recent sporting events we’ve worked on are: the 2014 Tour de France launch in Leeds, the ATP tennis tour finals at the O2 arena, Royal Windsor Horse Show and the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Our lighting services for sporting events include: sports presentation lighting, broadcast lighting and pre-event light shows to heighten anticipation and excitement before the main attraction. Our video screens and technology can be used for a wide range of applications such as: ultra-widescreen effects projection with picture in picture blending, image magnification (IMAG) or standard playback. LED video screens can be customised to form whatever size or format needed. As well as the wide variety of screens we stock, we also have an impressive selection of cameras and portable production units (PPUs) to capture and process the action to be broadcast or replayed on screen.

Please view the options below to see what PRG XL Video has to offer and visit our news blog to see examples of the shows we’ve recently been working on.

  • Lighting Products
  • Projection Solutions
  • LED Video Screens
  • Rigging Design
  • Video Camera Systems
  • Media Servers
  • Pre-Visualisation
  • Video Design
  • Rigging
  • CAD Services
  • Logistics
  • Crewing Services

Lighting Products

Event lighting hire is one of the core services PRG XL Video offers. Our inventory of moving lights, LED lighting, conventional and tungsten luminaires, followspots and intelligent lighting products has a global reach. In addition to our own cutting-edge range of proprietary lights and control consoles, PRG stock lighting products by leading event technology brands including Clay Paky, Vari*Lite, Martin Professional, SGM, GLP, High End, Robe, ETC, Aytron, Lycian, Robert Juliat and Philips.

View PRG XL Video’s technology page for lighting technology

Projection Solutions

Video projection is a multifaceted effect that can be used in many ways, most of which can be defined as either image magnification (IMAG), ultra-widescreen effects projection or projection mapping over a 3D surface. The creative possibilities of video projection are immense, so why not talk to one of our team of video and projection product specialists and discuss a package that suits your needs? We have a well stocked inventory of projectors from Barco and Panasonic in a variety of different sizes, which enables us to manage intimate projects such as a small screen projection at an AGM, through to projecting on the exterior of a national landmark.

View PRG XL Video’s technology page for video projectors

LED Video Screens

The significant improvements in LED technology over the past few years mean that LED video screens are more popular than ever.

PRG XL Video have a comprehensive stock of LED tiles from manufacturers such as Barco, Unilumin, Lighthouse and ROE Visual, with pitches ranging from 2.5 to 40mm. Our LED solutions are easily customisable and offer almost limitless creative opportunities. Gone are the days of a single flat video screen at the back of a stage, as designers are increasingly using multiple layers of varied pitch sizes to create a multi-dimensional look to their stage set. LED video tiles have also been used to create backgrounds for major feature film productions, as high-brightness IMAG screens at outdoor music festivals, as well as making a car ‘disappear’ into it’s surroundings for a TV advert.

View PRG XL Video’s technology page for LED video screens

Rigging Design

The complexities and design critical elements of specifying your rigging requirements is the job of an expert. If you’ve dreamed up the perfect conception for a stage set, lighting rig or video experience, let our team of intrepid rigging experts help facilitate the rigging infrastructure needs of your project.

The rigging infrastructure which supports the weight of a lighting or video rig needs to be intricately designed, the particulars of which will vary depending on the rig and venue it’s being hung in. Our team of rigging experts and engineers are National Rigging Certificate (NRC) level 3 qualified and use the latest Autocad software to calculate your rigging needs and design a package accordingly.

PRG sits on the National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG)

For more information, please contact our Head of Rigging Services

Video Camera Systems

To work alongside our cutting-edge LED video screens and digital projectors, we use high specification portable production units (PPUs) which include the latest broadcast quality camera systems on the market. Our video camera hire stock includes models by leading manufacturers such as Sony, Bradley, Grass Valley and our own proprietary cameras developed for specific customer requirements.

View PRG XL Video’s technology page for video camera systems

Media Servers

A media server is the central point of a video system which has the ability to deliver multiple streams of video to multiple playback surfaces. PRG XL Video stock a variety of media servers including the PRG MBox, d3, Catalyst, Resolume and Pandora’s Box. Common features of most industry standard media servers include projection mapping, live feed (IMAG), standard playback and live image manipulation as well as the ability to display live social media interactions on your playback surfaces.

View PRG XL Video’s technology page for media servers

Pre-Visualisation

Lighting and video will be some of the most important elements of your show and have the power to make or break the event. To aid the design process, PRG XL Video’s team of visualisation specialists use state-of-the-art What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) software to create a 3D render of your event, which can be used for planning purposes or pre-programming of fixtures. Video mapping can also be visualised using media servers such as Pandora’s Box. Our visualisation systems can be taken on site or used in the custom built WYSIWYG suite at our West London location in East Molesey. Allocating a little extra time and money at the start of a production period will save a lot of expense on site. Being better prepared enables you to spend less time in the venue and less money on crew and rental costs. Pre-visualisation can also be used as a pitch support tool, illustrating how the venue will look and demonstrating the different lighting moods and themes you will use.

Video Design

If you have an idea for a show involving video, but don’t know how to make it happen, we’re here to help!

PRG XL Video’s team of video specialists have a proven track record of making the impossible possible. We’ll always try to use an off-the-shelf solution so we can keep your costs down and don’t add any unnecessary complications to your event. However, if there’s no product or set-up already on the market, we’ll make it for you. PRG's Projects division in Belgium & China is an R&D and manufacturing facility dedicated to creating custom LED solutions. Whether it’s wearable LED panels, non-standard projection screens or custom metalwork, our team of innovative video experts can help.

Rigging

Rigging is the area of event production used whenever lighting, video or scenic elements need to be hung or supported.

Rigging is the little seen infrastructure that holds the show together and should be part of event planning and design from the original inception. Often bearing the weight of many tonnes of equipment, rigging is subject to many regulations and technical requirements, with which our rigging engineers are highly experienced. PRG XL Video have decades of experience providing rigging solutions for West End and touring theatre shows, music festivals, trade shows, light-entertainment television, music concerts and more. Our rigging inventory includes products by respected industry manufacturers such as Thomas Engineering, Tomcat, Columbus McKinnon (CM) hoists, Petzl, Lift All, The Crosby Group, Doughty and Kinesys.

View PRG XL Video’s technology page for rigging products

CAD Services

A detailed CAD drawing is essential for the planning and production of a live event.

Clients mostly approach us with their idea and a rough sketch of what they want. Our experienced CAD draughtsmen use the latest Autocad and Vectorworks software to create 2D and 3D scale drawings of your lighting, video and rigging requirements. As well as having a thorough knowledge of the technical requirements and rigging capacity for most UK event venues, we also have a comprehensive library of fixture blocks to ensure our drawings are as detailed and accurate as possible.

Logistics

Once you’ve picked the kit you need, you’ll need to get it to the venue or between multiple venues for a tour.

Why not let our logistics team take care of all your transport needs? Whether it’s a small delivery dropping a support package around the corner or multiple articulated lorries and tour buses if it’s a tour, PRG XL Video can take care of it. We have our own fleet of vehicles and an extensive network of couriers, freight forwarders and bussing companies around the UK. As well as booking transport, PRG XL Video’s freight team can also complete the relevant customs documentation needed when shipping outside the European Union.

Crewing Services

Cutting-edge event technology systems require highly skilled and versatile crew to set up and operate them.

Production Resource Group have a sought-after team of in-house event crew to compliment our extensive database of experienced freelance crew. Our Crewing Services team allocate site staff according to their product knowledge and expertise, ensuring our events are staffed by the best personnel in the industry. In addition to the hundreds of employees and freelancers in the UK, PRG XL Video can supply crew internationally through our colleagues in the 40 countries we operate in around the world. As part of our passion to ensure our crew are the best qualified and supported in the industry, PRG XL Video continually invest in the education and training of our crew so we can be safe in the knowledge our events are looked after by world class event technicians.

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Andrew Strachan - Senior Account Manager Andrew Strachan

Lighting Contact for Public, Sports & Major Events

Phone: +44 (0)121 477 1121
Email: acstrachan@prg.com

 

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Steve Greetham - Account Director, Special Events Steve Greetham

Video Contact for Public, Sports & Major Events

Phone: +44 (0)1442 849400
Email: sgreetham@prg.com

 

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