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News in pictures 20 April 2011

De Opera makes 120-inch Supernova its showroom centrepiece; Big shout to TiMax at Göteborgs Stadsteater; LG TV takes to the high seas; Austin powers Robert Juliat Victor followspots

Genesis Technologies Benelux has supported Dutch integration specialists, De Opera, in raising the home automation showroom at its headquarters in Oisterwijk to a new technological level. The centrepiece of the scheme’s home cinema is a 120-inch Supernova One from dnp denmark.

This is the first time that De Opera owner Jacco Troost has worked with dnp Supernova and it is a recognition that this professional, award-winning system is steadily migrating towards the home cinema sector.

Designed for bright environments, the revolutionary front-projection system features an active high-contrast filter — the screen reflects the projected image while effectively absorbing ambient light (undesirable light from other sources). The result is vivid, sharp pictures with up to seven times the contrast and double the brightness of conventional front projection screen images.

Originally, a smaller Supernova Screen was foreseen for the new showroom but it was agreed that the reduced size display lacked impact. Although the Digital Projection Mvision Cine LED projector is installed, De Opera and Genesis decided to go for the largest available Supernova One.

Product manager, Bruno Verhenne, says: “Even with the larger dnp screen, De Opera can conduct demonstrations with the lights only partially off. Previously, even using a more powerful projector on a traditional screen, that was simply not possible.”

Sweden’s Göteborgs Stadsteater, has recently added a TiMax SoundHub-R32 delay-matrix processor as the sound reinforcement system for its main auditorium with a TiMax Tracker (TT) performer tracking system. The project was overseen by head sound engineer at the theatre, Jorgen Eriksson, and the complete system is designed primarily to improve the vocal intelligibility when the on-stage actors use lapel microphones

TiMax SoundHub controls zone level, EQ and matrixed delay for the main front of house system. This comprises of seven d&b Q1s distributed around a central d&b Q10 hoisted across the proscenium, supported by two L Acoustic MTD115s and a further two L Acoustics MTD112s providing side fill back and front.

A total of 24 Tannoy 8” speakers act as delay fills to the upper and lower house and to the balcony, with fill by three EAW JF50S enclosures. Two 2 d&b J-subs and two L Acoustic SB218s located left, centre and right provide sub bass reinforcement.

Six TT Sensors, positioned proscenium upstage left and right, downstage left and right and house left and right positioned on the balcony facing back to the stage, track 16 TT Tags using real-time location analysis to follow the actors around stage and continuously adjust their delay-matrix to maintain accurate audio localisation for their individual radio mic feeds.

The TiMax SoundHub-R32 delay-matrix processor comes with the new AES-MIO digital I/O cards which support multiple sample-rates and also provide parallel analogue outs.

The world’s two largest super-ferries now offer multi-channel television to their passengers thanks to LG. The Stena Hollandica and the Stena Britannica ply the route between Harwich in the UK and the Hook of Holland near the Dutch capital Den Haag. The crossing takes six hours and 45 minutes, and many of the 1200 passengers take the opportunity to rest in a cabin on board. Each of the cabins is fitted with 22-inch LG LCD televisions, with 32-inch televisions in premium cabins. The coverage also extends to the cabins used by the crew, many of whom spend a week or more on board at a time.

There is a central rack of receivers which feeds the LG Hotel TV distribution system. This advanced platform encodes all channels to a common MPEG-4/H.264 format and delivers it via a complex RF network, ensuring stable performance on every screen. The result is that passengers can relax and catch up on television while crossing the North Sea.

“I have been using LG products at home as well as on some of our ships for years, so I know them to be very reliable,” said Richard Moon, audio-visual manager for Stena Line BV. “For the two new vessels I tested hotel television systems from several manufacturers. The LG televisions had the edge over the competition in picture quality, and their overall system offering gave us the best price as well as performance.”

Austin City Limits Live, a live-music venue that hosts the long-running “Austin City Limits” television show as well as 60-100 concerts and other live events annually, has taken delivery of three Robert Juliat Victor 1159 1800W followspots. The fixtures, which were supplied by Texas Scenic, made their debut at the gala opening of the new venue.

Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater is a state-of-the-art $40 million, 2700 + person capacity venue on three levels. It offers in-house sound and a video control studio as well as a 40 automated head lighting package with innovative optics, and digital consoles plus a conventional lighting package for TV.

“The Robert Juliat Victors are dedicated primarily to our concerts,” says Billy Heaslip. “As production manager, I knew that we’d be doing TV lighting beyond live concerts and I wanted an instrument with an excellent, even field of light distribution with a well balanced ballast to avoid any chance of flickering on camera. I like Victors’ mounting, and the easy access push buttons are perfect considering the angle of our catwalk. The lamp intensity played a big factor in my decision making as well. It was ideal for the venue’s throw.”