Party time: XL Video celebrates opening of new HQ22 June 2007
The car park was converted into a barbecue, burger bar and hog roasting area. Greeting guests inside was a champagne reception, cocktail bar, and sushi bar, complete with posing tables. This end of the warehouse featured a long SoftLED backdrop, and the Cisco Globe – a unique 7 ft high MiPix construction commissioned by Cisco in the US – suspended in the ceiling. This is an excellent example of the bespoke in-house LED engineering for which XL is renowned.
Three warehouse aisles featured Nintendo Wii machines hooked up to Christie S+20 Roadsters and 14 x 8 rear-projected screens, so gamers could get right into their different worlds – which was mostly boxing – by the end of the night.
At the far end of the warehouse – normally used for LED screen hanging and testing – a full stage, dance floor and raked sofa seating was built, creating a dual purpose area. This started out as an early evening chill out zone, and later on become a grandstand viewing area for the band, Los Pacaminos.
Before the band commenced, XL’s MD Lee Spencer rounded up the guests to thank everyone present and those unable to attend, for their support in making XL a favourite video services company in the seven years since its foundation.
The stage backdrop was a striking mix of four columns of Chromatek 6mm LED, interspersed with three columns of MiTrix LED. Flanking the stage were two flying 20′ x 15′ projection screens fed by Christie S+20 Roadsters.
XL’s new and unique modular High Definition PPU was used, along with its five High Definition Grass Valley LDK8000 cameras for IMAG, all relayed to the stage and flanking screens along with other material stored on two Hippotizer and four Catalyst digital media servers. A digital sound console was utilised to mix audio for the band.