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PRG Projects / PRG France - Phoenix Live 2017
10/24/2017

PRG delivers slanted floating mirror and dazzling LED Floor for Phoenix Tour

The French indie Rockers Group Phoenix started its’ world Tour, Ti Amo, in North America in May this year, before rocking the festival season here in Europe, then hitting the Asian continent and returning for their shows in London and Paris this month of September.

Once the whole of the creative design in place, Live Nation France, renowned organizer of prestigious concerts worldwide, approached PRG France with a very ambitious and challenging set design needing to dazzle spectators on a festival stage as well as an Arena stage, without changing the design.
The guideline resumed itself in ‘modularity and time saving touring concepts’ for this Phoenix World Tour, for which PRG France pulled in the PRG Projects team, who specializes in the integration and development of unique staging and visualisation items.

In very close collaboration with the client, PRG France and PRG Projects met this thrilling challenge by engineering, customizing and producing 126 Rolling LED Floor Risers with integrated magnets to enable an assembly in less than 30 minutes of an LED floor of up to 93sqm during the changeover time of a festival. 
The custom video risers were equipped with two ROE LED Black Marble 7 tiles each and had to be interlockable like Lego blocks. 

Second, but no less of a challenge was the request for an inclined floating mirror on stage, just above the band, which needed to be built simultaneously. PRG Projects designed two sets of 100sqm of mirrors, weighing 2,8 tons, which were suspended in a very strong aluminium frame from a separate grid with bumpers above the stage, to withstand any eventual windy passages. 


Matthias Leullier, Deputy Managing Director Live Nation France, comments: “I was very happy to work with PRG on a global production level for this project, because they came up with lots of solutions and managed to realize every aspect of this set design! Without PRG’s expertise and knowledge the whole thing would not have been possible!” 

Thierry Kra, General Manager PRG France adds: “I would like to thank Matthias Leullier, for the utmost confidence he placed in us for this challenging project! It was an absolute pleasure to realize this standout design and stage setup with him! 
Furthermore, I would like to thank the whole of the PRG Projects team as well as my own here in Paris for their dedication and team spirit! It was simply phenomenal!”

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Hamad Port Opening - ES:ME Entertainment - PRG Alliance
9/18/2017

The rigging specialist ES:ME delivers a custom-made structure for the inauguration of the Hamad Port in Qatar

ES:ME Entertainment Services is our PRG Alliance member in Qatar, working in both domestic and international projects involving customized rigging structures for the live event and entertainment industry in the gulf region. 

The opening ceremony of the Hamad Port took place on the 5th of September, for which the biggest challenge for ES:ME was to build a structure for two moving LED screens and the rigging for four aerial artists in front of these same screens.

Inspired by the port environment they used container handling trailers to compose the structures. With the support of their engineering partner Krasenbrink + Bastians, ES:ME developed and produced special steel adapters to fit the trailers and made all necessary load calculations for the composition of the supporting structure.

Safety was the main concern of ES:ME and a number of measures were implemented to make sure the structure would be used cautiously and defined the limits in terms weight and speed of the live performers and trucks.

 

Technical drawings of the custom-made LED structure

 

 

ES:ME team during the set up

 

 

Aerial artists rehearsing in front of the LED screen

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PRG Opening Ceremonies - SEA Games 2017 Kuala Lumpur
9/4/2017

PRG launches opening ceremony of Southeast Asian Games 2017

International production team for lighting, video and rigging in the National Stadium of Malaysia

The 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2017 took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 19th to 30th August 2017. A total of eleven nations, including the host country Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, fought for medals in more than 38 sports in the largest sporting competition in the Southeast Asian region. For the opening ceremony in Bukit Jalil, the event management service provider Memories Entertainment had extensive support from PRG.

Production Resource Group (PRG) was responsible for the Rigging, Lighting and Video as part of the large event in Malaysia's national stadium. This was a joint effort between PRG Germany, PRG Belgium, PRG Projects, PRG Gearhouse and PRG Japan, with the support of the PRG Alliance partner "The Show Companyā€¯. PRG Germany supplied the complete rigging and lighting technology, PRG Belgium the Video Technology and PRG Projects around 40,000 Pixel Tablets, which were developed in 2012 especially for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games in London. The team of PRG Gearhouse and PRG Japan supported the colleagues with event technology and manpower.

In addition to the 40,000 Pixel Tablets, the event technology package included 88 Panasonic video projectors, five D3 media servers, around 800 Moving Lights from PRG, Vari-Lite, Clay Paky and GLP, 250 SGM Q7 LED floodlights, as well as a grandMA2 system.

The international PRG team comprised 43 people from Germany, Belgium, France, England, Spain and Dubai. In addition, 12 event students from Singapore worked as followspot operators during the live broadcast on TV and Internet. Despite the hot temperatures, the extreme humidity in Kuala Lumpur as well as the tight production time window, including constantly revised directories, PRG, in cooperation with other service providers, ensured a flawless and smooth running of the opening ceremony of the SEA Games 2017.

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Alliance BR - Suvinil Brazil
8/23/2017

Alliance BR sets the stage for BASF event in Sao Paulo

Alliance BR had several touch points on the technical production for the launch of the new Suvinil product from BASF.
 
The new product is a high performance paint for residential use. It gives a smooth coverage even on imperfect surfaces and facilitates easy cleaning even with the most difficult marks such as pen ink and pollution.
 

The Brazilian PRG Alliance member used high quality equipment for this launch event. The sound system was composed of an L'Acoustics Kiva system and SB28 subs, and the show was lit with Martin Mac Quantum Profile and Ayrton Magic Panel fixtures.
 
A special feature of the launch was a 3D projection mapping on both sides of the stage, which used Panasonic 21k projectors, Watchout V6 media servers and Barco E2 screen management system.
 

Alliance BR is available to serve international clients in Brazil with a variety of technology for upcoming corporate events.


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ESL Cologne 2017
8/16/2017

Aram leads the technical design and production for ESL One Cologne 2017

Aram, a PRG Alliance member, provided technical production services for the world’s biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament: ESL One Cologne powered by Intel, from 7th to 9th July 2017.  15,000 fans attended the Grand Finals live competition in the sold-out Lanxess Arena where 16 teams from around the world delivered top-notch gaming action. One of those teams proved to be above everyone else - congratulations to SK Gaming!

Aram’s services included completely new stage design, project management, planning and audiovisual equipment supply and operation, partnering up with companies as Fabryka, VIVA and Redsquere.

The technology enhanced every part of the show, with large projections and LED screens for the audience to follow every step of the games, and visual effects on the stage formed by a combination of show lights and LED video elements – transforming the atmosphere of the stage during peak moments of the games and highlighting the teams entrances on to the stage. The grand moment, however, was during the trophy award finale, with confetti and a big cheer from the audience.

“We have been in this market for 3 years, participating in the growth of eSports live events. We believe that in the future these events will grow even more with the addition of a large pool of sponsors and fans.” – says Rafal Mrzyglocki, managing director of Aram. 

Aram counts on the support of the PRG Alliance network to provide services for future ESL events around the world.

ESL One Cologne 2017

Pictures:  Turtle Entertainment GmbH

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Project Management Training - PRG Alliance
8/15/2017

Project Management Training Kick-Off for PRG Alliance Members

The companies Visual Europe Group from Hungary and FX Roadlights from Portugal were the first PRG Alliance members to receive the training on Project Management.

As presented during the last PRG Alliance Annual Summit, this training program is a way to transfer knowledge to the members about best practices in technical production, answering a common need from many members. 

The 2-day program focuses in areas that directly affect audiovisual technical production projects, including: Internal Communication; Technical & Commercial Proposals; Project Planning and Documentation; Reconciliation & After Sales; Process Workflow; Certification Programs and Effective Collaboration Among Members.

The next training sessions will be scheduled according to the availability of each member.


From the top: training at Visual Europe Group (Hungary) and FX Roadlights (Portugal)

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PRG Spaceframe
5/16/2017

PRG Launches New Technology Solutions as Concert Firsts on U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

Innovative Touring Frame and 4K Broadcast Camera System Elevate Operational Performance, Stage Design and Fan Experience

Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announced today that a new product innovation along with the application of an industry-first technology solution – SPACEFRAMETM and a 4K Broadcast Camera System – have been integrated into the design, production and operations for the U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. Both solutions demonstrate PRG’s dedication to innovating products that anticipate the needs of tour managers, designers and artists seeking to push boundaries and deliver a more immersive concert experience onsite or virtually.

“SPACEFRAME and the 4K Broadcast Camera System perfectly demonstrate how PRG excels at seeing an opportunity for innovation that will add operational, economic and creative value from a customer’s perspective, allowing artists to more freely tell their story,” said Steve Greenberg, PRG’s CEO of Global Music/TV/Film.

SPACEFRAME™
SPACEFRAME is a revolutionary touring frame design seamlessly integrating LED panels to provide industry-changing operational efficiencies and the opportunity for unlimited creative expression. The carbon fiber touring frame is ultra-lightweight, collapsible and fully wind braced creating an intensive built-in structural strength. This allows for a free-form approach to stage designs enabling artists and designers to think outside the conventional LED box. This latest patent-pending technology from PRG also dramatically reduces pre-tour engineering time, shipping footprint/weight, carbon emissions, load-in and load-out times, as well as labor required on tour and locally.

SPACEFRAME features and advantages:

  • Carbon fiber fabrication and built-in wind bracing reduces overall weight increasing safety and savings
    • 10 times stronger when compared to conventional fabrication
    • 15 percent overall weight reduction
    • 35 percent weight reduction including wind bracing
    • Integrated wind bracing up to 72 kph
  • Profile reduction and integrated wind bracing results in up-to 50 percent savings in shipping cost in some cases and a massive reduction in the tour’s carbon footprint
  • Specifically for this U2 tour, truck loads are reduced from seven to three - or one less airplane - when compared to conventional LED frame load
    • Compact, lightweight design offers up-to 30 percent reduction of installation/dismantle time and a 25 percent reduction in overall labor cost

“The quality and resolution of LED products have vastly improved over the last decade, but the frames have basically stayed the same. At PRG Projects, we saw an opportunity to innovate the way in which LED walls were assembled and transported, to rethink the construction of the frame and how it might impact the operational side of the business as well as the design experience,” stated Frederic Opsomer, PRG Projects' Managing Director and innovation leader.

Leveraging in-house talent and partnerships already in place, PRG was able to produce the carbon frames from prototype to final product in just 17 weeks, enabling U2 to be the first to take advantage of the innovation. SPACEFRAME has allowed U2’s designer to create a 200 foot wide screen¬, custom painted in silver and gold to mimic the original artwork of their 1987 album.

4K Broadcast Camera System
The U2 tour also marks the introduction of PRG’s 4K (UHD) Broadcast Camera System as a first for concert touring. The PRG broadcast system, developed and integrated over three months, is a combination of products that can operate in 4K (UHD) and 3G SMPTE Standards. This design philosophy allows concurrent production to operate at the highest level of broadcast standards. The system delivers 60 frames per second (fps) with a UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The concert touring system interconnects cameras and LED wall processors on fiber because of the enormous amounts of data and length of signal distances. The entire broadcast touring system can be set up within an hour and is designed to be operated by one video engineer, eliminating the need for four-to-five onsite engineering positions.

“PRG has been a part of every U2 tour since 1992 and the band always challenges us with pushing technology to its limits,” said Wolfgang Schram, PRG’s director of video engineering. “We have to be creative and that is the fun part.”

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5/4/2017

PRG Uses Innovative Products on Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2017 in Kiev

PRG are excited to be an official service supplier for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Kiev’s International Exhibition Centre from May 9th-13th, as Ukraine hosts Eurovision for the second time. PRG are working in partnership with Litecom to support Lighting Designer Jerry Appelt and Stage Designer Florian Wieder by supplying lighting, video and rigging technology for the show.

 

Kiev is Jerry’s third time working on Eurovision, having also designed the shows for Dusseldorf in 2011 and Baku in 2012, as well as numerous other high-profile productions, such as the Commonwealth Games ceremonies for Delhi in 2010. Jerry said: “I’m very happy to work with PRG on this project, because aside from the enormous quantity of lighting fixtures and complex parameters, it’s essential to work with a company who has the resources to deal with all kinds of unexpected eventualities, who can deliver on the biggest occasions, in the most challenging environments. There are few companies who can provide this level of service, anywhere in the world. I know that whichever challenge I set PRG, they will deliver.”

Production management guru, Ola Melzig, has taken the reigns as Head of Production for the Kiev show, his 13th Eurovision. Ola said: “I’m returning to Kiev for my 4th Eurovision event in the city since 2005, and I am blissfully happy to be back. It’s a city I love, with great people, a lot of parks and green areas, a huge river running through the city centre and tons of yummy restaurants!” Ola gave an overview of the technology behind the show: “Eurovision is always a production of monumental proportions, we started the load in on March 27th, since then, we’ve emptied 200 trucks into the halls. It took four and a half weeks to do all the rigging, hang the lights and audio and then build the stage. After that, we went into rehearsals, which will get more and more intense as we approach the broadcast shows. This venue’s fantastic, there are few spaces around the world which can accommodate 233.69 tons in the roof, and only be at 70% capacity. Full credit to our Head Rigger, John Van Look, and his team of riggers from PRG for overseeing a complex rigging design, and a smooth load in and fit-up.”

 

John spoke briefly about the practicalities of the rigging design for the show: “The Eurovision rig uses 735 rigging points, spread over the stage, green room and audience areas. This is a complex design and a very heavy rig, one of the heaviest I’ve ever worked on. We have more than 20 points over 4.4 tons, including one centre point which is 13.23 tons—because the roof cannot support such a heavy single point, we split it into two separate six ton points. Because we were dealing with incredibly high loads we were unable to use conventions steels, and bought in products normally used for shipping and heavy duty cranes. To maximise the load bearing capacity of our trusses, we used Prolyte D75T in places, this is capable of carrying exceptionally heavy loads and normally used for towers, rather than as a straight truss; also being only 29.52 inch high, meant we didn’t lose as much trim height as we could have done using bigger truss. The roof is quite low here, so we need as much height as possible. The mother grid is made up of X4K 100, again due to it’s high load carrying capacity. This grid is monitored by over 100 Load Cells, so we can keep an eye on how the weight is being distributed; something which is very important, considering we have a lot of movement in the rig, utilising 112 Cyber Hoists to make that happen. The rigging load in took two weeks, with a team of 52 riggers working day and night shifts.”

Jerry leads a comprehensive team in the front of house area, which spans the full width of the back of the arena, including individual operators for the main show lighting, audience lighting, key lights, spot calls and video content. The lighting and video control network is one of the largest ever uses of GrandMA consoles, with five active full size GrandMA2, three GrandMA Light, and a selection of additional faders and playback wings. The whole network has reached the maximum number of active participants in a single session, 31, and are controlling 89,000 channels of DMX over 9865 programmed fixtures. This is driven through 20 GrandMA Network Processing Units (NPUs) and 28 nodes. There is, of course, substantial back-up, should anything not perform as it should. The total number of lighting fixtures is an incredible 1816. Amongst others, these include: 68 PRG Best Boy HP2, 56 PRG Best Boy Wash Blade, 55 PRG Bad Boy Wash, 130 Icon Edge, and the new JDC1 LED strobe from GLP.

Haze is provided by 6 MDG ATMe DMX hazers, positioned around the stage.

 

Followspotting for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is done exclusively with PRG GroundControl. The production in Kiev uses 14 PRG Bad Boy GroundControl Followspot systems and four of the new long throw version. Jerry commented: “GroundControl is a revolutionary product. It means we have all our operators on the floor, in two areas—with overall control taken by my spot caller on the GrandMA2. For this project it is perfect, because it saves time, space and weight.”

Ola Melzig added: “I first saw the GroundControl at LDI back in 2015, and I thought it was both really cool and incredibly practical. To have 18 of them on this show is amazing—and I’m very proud of it being the biggest deployment of GroundControls ever on a single show.”

 

In addition to the lighting technology supplied by PRG, we are also providing a comprehensive package of LED screens and projectors. The back screen is made up of ROE MC-12 and MC-18, with sections of MC-7 used at various other points around the rig. There are 56 high output projectors in use, which are used to map onto the stage surround, directly down onto the surface of the stage, onto two high transparency projection screens at the front of the stage, as well as various ‘standard’ screens in and around the arena.

 

On May 13th, the world will tune in and watch the Eurovision final, with an expected audience of over 200 million cheering on acts from the 26 countries who make it through to the final. After the winner has been announced and the party starts, the team of over 400, including around 100 technicians from PRG, will commence the load out. What took over a month to build will be pulled out of the venue in seven days, and planning for Eurovision 2018 will commence.

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3rd PRG Alliance Summit 2017 - Frankfurt - photo: Detlev Klockow
4/11/2017

PRG Alliance Builds on Success at the 3rd Annual Summit at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt 2017

Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) organized its annual summit for the members of its global partner network program – PRG Alliance – during the Prolight + Sound 2017 trade fair at Messe Frankfurt.

Currently in its third year, the PRG Alliance has 15 members in 28 countries delivering high quality technical production services worldwide.

The theme for this meeting was “Building on Success”, and celebrated numerous collaboration projects among the members, including some from Italy, Poland, and Portugal. During the summit they shared success case studies and discussed future initiatives to promote greater business and information exchange.

“The PRG Alliance is praised by our clients and the market in general. What started with a recognition of PRG partners three years ago, today is a substantial network of remarkable companies – and the largest resource pool of knowledge, qualified professionals and inventory in the world,” said Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of PRG Alliance and PRG’s CEO Central Europe.

“We invited the lighting and video designers from The Voice Portugal, Marco Silva and Ricardo Maia, who shared their experience of using PRG’s proprietary products, Bad Boy moving lights and MBox media server, for the TV show,” continues Van Hemelryck.

The summit provided the ideal occasion to welcome the newest addition to the group, Gil Teichman - the largest audiovisual provider in Israel. The company has been active for over two decades, leading the field of concept creation, designing and executing audiovisual systems, power and electrical work for the industry of entertainment and live events.

During the event, a variety of activities for PRG Alliance were presented and these included training in project management; PRG’s Global Sales Officer Jens Zimmerman hosted a session on global account initiatives; opportunities for participation in international exhibitions were discussion; and the latest PRG proprietary equipment purchase options were delivered. The event ended with a demo of the new PRG exclusive Icon EDGE lighting fixture, and a lively networking dinner which gave the members further opportunity for networking and to discuss collaboration.

The current PRG Alliance members are:
Brazil: Alliance BR
Greece: Sound and Visual
Hungary and Romania: Visual Europe Group
India: DynaMix Media
Israel: Gil Teichman
Italy: STS Communication & New Light Group
Morocco: Touareg Prod’
Poland: aram
Portugal: FX RoadLights
Qatar: Esme Entertainment Services
Singapore and Malaysia: The Show Company
South Korea: Ally&Co and Total Korea
Worldwide: DB Schenker and Production Resource Group

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DynaMix Media - PRG Alliance India
11/17/2016

PRG Alliance Announces New Member in India

The award-winning company DynaMix Media is one of the leading audiovisual technical production agencies in India.

With ever increasing demands for events in India, the PRG Alliance is pleased to announce a new partner in the region.

The new addition to the membership of the PRG Alliance is passionate about great results and meticulous in execution. DynaMix Media is a company recognized in India for their remarkable contribution to events and entertainment, having introduced the 270 degrees projection format to corporate presentations, and the first 300’ wide projection to the local market. The company has a growing number of immersive projection and projection mapping jobs under their belt.

DynaMix Media was founded in 2005 and is led by Mr. Suresh Madan. The company brings to PRG Alliance its vast understanding of video playback and networking systems, and its one-stop rental shop and services across India – offering complete services in video, audio, lighting, trussing, project management and content design.

“Our position in the Indian market is not only that of a company capable of delivering complex audiovisual projects, but also one which is attentive to international standards in processes and safety. It is a constant effort for us to implement these aspects in projects in India, but slowly the clients are accepting this is the right path. We know that PRG Alliance has the same principles and tapping into this great resource and knowledge pool will be very beneficial for our company”, declares Suresh Madan, Founder & CTO of DynaMix Media. This attitude has been recognized by the industry and DynaMix Media was awarded as the “Best Video Rental Company” by Palm Sound & Light Awards 2014.

“We believe DynaMix Media is the best partner for PRG Alliance,” said Tom van Hemelryck, PRG Alliance Director. “When our clients go to India they need a reliable supplier, and DynaMix Media’s credentials and reputation is impeccable.”

For more information about DynaMix Media and PRG Alliance visit the website.


Projection Mapping Case: Fortis Memorial Research Institute Launch, New Delhi

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11/15/2016

PRG on tour in Europe with Night of the Proms

It’s that time of year again, Night of the Proms gathers young and old for a night of classical music, shaken up by modern pop artists. The concept of the classical orchestra Il Novecento, playing together with pop artists has been popular for many years, and it still does its magic. However, successful concepts also need some innovation to remain interesting. Under the supervision of Head of Production Alain Van Isacker and Light Design Company Arf & Yes, PRG was asked to develop a custom-made solution in terms of lighting, sound and video. 

The biggest eye-catcher in the show are the moving V-shaped trusses above the stage. The custom-made trolley beam system we developed last year for the Night of the Proms, is used here as well, though in a slightly different way. We added a Kynesis hoist in the middle of the rail system in order to move the truss in a V-shaped way. Overall, 6 of these custom-made V-shapes are hanging above the stage. Each V-shape contains 10 Robe Pointes, combined with 56 MiTRIX panels. 

On both sides of every V-shape, we added two custom-made triangular hanging brackets, each containing 6 Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330 fixtures. We also developed custom-made O-frames to be suspended on each side of the stage. The O-frames are made of 86 MiTRIX panels, combined with 10 Ledwashes that shine through the semi transparent MiTRIX LED panels.



As a backspot, we use our very own PRG GroundControl™ Followspot System. The floorlighting is composed by 66 GLP Impression X4S units that are supported by another 10 Robe Pointes underneath the main screen behind the stage. An Arkaos Media server is used for processing the video images. 

As for sound design, Patrick Demoustier was in charge of the configuration. For the first time, the whole PA set was built upon the Energia line from Adamson. The Main PA consists of E15 speakers, with E219 subs, E12 outfits and S10 frontfills. All this is managed by digital PLM amplifiers. All amplifiers are managed by a dual redundant Dante Network.

In collaboration with PRG, PSE invested in a digital wireless system for the choir, so they can move freely on the stage. For the whole show, we use 40 digital monitors and 25 in-ear monitors, together with a wireless intercom system. Our wireless specialists put in a lot of effort to keep all these signals standing! 

Like last year, PRG provides a complete DiGiCo console kit. A SD7 as main desk and a SD10 (for the pre-mix of the bugler, woodwinds and percussion) are used as FOH consoles. On stage, a SD5 desk monitors the orchestra and the choir. De monitor signals of the artists and the band are processed by a SD7 mixer. The strings are mixed in the backstage on a DiGiCo SD8, the choir on a DiGiCo SD8-24. All DiGiCo equipment operates in an Optocore redundant network. 



“Because the orchestra needs to change during the show and we don’t always have time to soundcheck, we make presets per instrument and musician so our technicians can apply specific presets according to the orchestra’s composition. A show like Night of the Proms is quite different from any other concert in terms of mixing, because we have to deal with so many in- and outputs. Each input is first processed in a submix, per group of instrument. Then, the submix is sent to the mixing tables. The Opto network processes around 500 channels at this time. This gives you an idea of the complexity we are handling.’, explains Patrick Demoustier. 

Night of the Proms started her tour in the Antwerps Sportpaleis on Saturday, November 5th. Last week, two shows followed in Antwerp on Thursday and Friday, followed by a last show in Belgium on Saturday in the Ethias Arena Hasselt. All credits go to the amazing crew under the supervision of Sound Designer Patrick Demoustier and Production Managers Jo Vaes (lighting) and Stef De Raet (rigging). In less than 12 hours, the whole set-up is moved from Antwerp to Hasselt. After 4 shows in Belgium, Night of the Proms travels to the Netherlands, Luxemburg and Germany.

Photos © Freya Goossens All Rights Reserved

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PRG @LDI2016
10/20/2016

PRG to Showcase New Product Lineup at LDI 2016

PRG, the global partner of choice for the world’s leading entertainment and event producers, designers, and creative talents, announced today the debut of GroundControl Longthrow™ (GCLT), a revolutionary new product addition to PRG’s GroundControl™ Followspot System. In addition, PRG has announced Mbox v4 software for media server professionals as well as enhancements to the RH+A ReNEW-LD–a line dimmable LED Retrofit Assembly. PRG’s new product lineup will be showcased in Booth #2236 with daily demos and hands-on access to products provided during LDI 2016 held this week in Las Vegas, October 21-23, 2016.

“Our goal is to be the market leader across all product categories offering our customer a single-source solution for the most innovative, functional, high-performance, intelligent products and services,” stated Jere Harris, Chairman & CEO of PRG.

Chris Conti, Product Manager for GCLT, added, “At this year’s LDI event we’re very excited about introducing our new GCLT, a precision engineered automated luminaire, built from the ground up to have a small footprint, big feature set, high output, and fully optimized for long throw followspot applications. The GCLT is not just an incremental improvement of a traditional followspot. It’s going to revolutionize a category that has seen very little innovation over the past 30 years.”


PRG NEW Product Lineup at LDI 2016

Get hands-on with the updated GroundControl™ family of products — Including the GroundControl Best Boy Spot HP, Ground Control Bad Boy Spot HP, GroundControl Longthrow (GCLT), 4-way switch box, and the new v3.0 software. The GroundControl™ Followspot System consists of specially customized PRG luminaires which include a built-in camera, and can be flown or mounted in locations around a venue which would not normally accommodate a followspot.

GroundControl™ allows designers huge flexibility in where to locate their followspots and the operators can be safely located on the ground within the venue. In addition to the safety benefits, the GroundControl™ Followspot System also does away with or minimizes “seat kills,” the need to remove seats to create traditional followspot positions – a revenue bonus for venues.

NEW: GroundControl Longthrow (GCLT)
Long Throw 150'+. Ideal for Award shows, Arenas, Stadiums, Key FOH spot and much more.

PRG’s new GroundControl Longthrow™ (GCLT) Luminaire is a precision engineered automated luminaire, built from the ground up to have a small footprint, big feature set, high output, and fully optimized for long throw followspot applications. The GCLT feature set includes an ultra-narrow, 2º to 6º zoom, variable frost, a dichroic cross fading CMY color mixing system, variable dichroic color correction, framing shutters, and an iris; as well as full pan and tilt control. All of these features are remotely controlled by a GroundControl Followspot Controller from up to 2000’ away, keeping the operator safe while giving designers more creative tools and options for placement.  The GCLT changes the fundamental way in which big long throw followspots are employed by changing the dynamics of safety, rigging, accessibility, and even trucking costs as well.

Experience the all new Mbox v4 software — With live in-booth demos in LED Video, projection, and multiple output systems. Recently used on the Drake ‘Summer Sixteen’ tour, Mbox v4 is a must-see for any media server user looking for a simple, robust solution that provides professional results.

Improved UI: Mbox’s revised user interface provides new controls for patching, output setup, mix setup, and preferences. And the UI now supports independent windows for each output plus the setup window.

Increased Playback Layers: In a dramatic upgrade from previous versions, Mbox v4 increases the number of playback layers in each version of the software along with the maximum content size and output size to allow for 4K playback and output, enhances the pixel mapping, and allows for up to 32 independently mastered outputs (Mbox Designer).

Updated Playback Engine: One of the most significant upgrades to the Mbox software is the heavily revised playback engine. The switch away from QuickTime technology to AVFoundation has unlocked new potential within the software, enabling more layers for simultaneous playback, playback smoothness, both 4K playback and output, and more outputs.  With these updates, the software can more efficiently and effectively manage additional pixel mapping capabilities like group mastering and merging, plus the new configurable sources for pixel mapping.


Also on the LDI Show Floor from PRG:

The new RH+A ReNEW-LD— LD Line Dimmable LED Retrofit Assembly + the Bullet 2.0 focusable and compact LED luminaries for a range of architectural and entertainment applications. The line, which includes a daylight and tungsten white light version and a powerful UV blacklight spot, has been installed in a wide variety of themed entertainment, retail, and architectural lighting projects.

The all-new PRG ProShop— Professional Used Gear Website. Come by booth #2236 for a quick tour of the new site with expanded category offerings. 

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