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Huddersfield University acquires Hippotizer HD from AC-ET

The new media server will be used as part of the university's course on Technical Theatre, as well as in the organisation's presentations.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies’ (AC-ET) video division has supplied Green Hippo’s latest and most powerful Hippotizer HD media server to the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, UK.

Specified by Huddersfield University’s Senior Technician and Manager of Resources for Drama, Theatre & Performance, David Wainwright, the new Hippotizer HD will be used by students on the BA Honours courses in Technical Theatre and Drama.

As a provider of industry standard technical facilities to educational institutions and markets, AC-ET were approached by the University when deciding to replace their original Hippotizer media servers.

“Our research confirmed that the Hippotizer HD is arguably the most popular and appropriate media server for the theatrical and performance orientated environment in which we teach,” said Wainwright. “There was never any other real competition – our previous Hippotizers worked extremely well, they were dynamic and reliable, so we stuck with a brand that we know and trust.”

Hippotizer HD can play multiple layers of media in sizes up to full 1080p resolution without compromising playback or output quality.

Producing around 40 shows a year, plus an end of year drama festival, the department and its students also work offsite producing shows in schools, community centres and a wide variety of venues in the locality.

Included in the package from AC-ET was a two-day on-site staff training course. Topics covered in the training included HippoNet, which allows for multiple components on a network to communicate seamlessly, making for a modular and scalable system; Timeline, a powerful show controller built directly into the interface of the Hippotizer; and PixelMapper LED, which converts pixel colour and intensity to DMX values and output them via an Ethernet port to create pixel mapping effects and patterns.

The Hippotizer HD will be used for teaching various course modules, particularly the video-specific ones in Technical Theatre, where students get hands-on with the kit. They are also intending to use the new media server for presentations.

Recently revealed at PLASA 2012, Green Hippo announced new V3 Hippotizer software features including 3D VideoMapper, which enables users to select an area of the source and map to an area of the output; Multi-Select, which allows users to select layers from multiple machines over Hipponet and control them together; and Mackie Protocol Support, which enables a Mackie MCU-Pro to act as a Hippotizer tactile interface.