Novatech Content Studio – Bringing Events to Life

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 09, 2015

Novatech Creative Event Technology’s in-house content production studio had a busy 2014, bringing the best of high-resolution video and studio quality audio to live events across Australia. Trent Heaft, Novatech’s Studio and Content Coordinator, has been leading a huge range of projects, including creative direction and content production for Port Power’s team entry – The Power Surge, wall-to-wall period projections for the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society’s 175th gala dinner, full court projections for the Constellation Cup netball in Melbourne and Sydney and collateral for the new-look Adelaide United Football Club day and Friday Night Football games.

“AUFC refreshed the look of all its material for both the day and night games for the new season including Friday Night Football,” explained Trent. “For the Friday night games, they’ve gone for a cool blue look, incorporating images of the stadium lights. So we’ve helped them out by redoing all the video and audio of their player profiles, attendance, match slides and adverts. It was definitely a big year for the studio creating twice the amount of content than the previous year and 2015 is already proving to be an even bigger year!”

It’s not just AUFC that has benefitted from Novatech’s capability to generate the highest quality video and audio content to spec. Organisations as diverse as Coca-Cola, Santos, Flinders University, Netball Australia and the South Australian Government have all turned to Novatech for content production.

“We work with video and 2D and 3D animation but what sets us apart from most commercial studios is that we regularly output video at 8K to 12K,” Trent continued. “As far as I know, PIXAR doesn’t even render out at that res! We run the Adobe Creative Cloud suite for video production, and for 3D animation we use Maxon’s Cinema 4D Studio.”¬

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3D Diamonds go national with Novatech

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on December 08, 2014

Netball’s Constellation Cup pits traditional rivals Australia and New Zealand against each other in a test match format. Played in matches on both sides of the Tasman, 2014 saw the Australian Diamonds deliver a whitewashing of the Silver Ferns with four wins to zero. Helping our Diamonds get revved up for the games in Melbourne’s Hisense Arena on the 8th of October and Sydney’s Allphones Arena on the 11th were elaborate projected visuals on the court backed up by audio and lighting, all from Novatech.

Three and half minutes of customised 3D content was created in-house at Novatech as a curtain-raiser for the game, tailored to the exact national broadcast camera shot, providing viewers watching at home with an elaborate projection mapped 3D illusion completely covering the 30.5m x 15.25m court. Two d34U v2.5 servers fed eight Barco FLM-HD20 projectors rigged with short-throw lenses, rigged just 12 metres above the court. Even though the lenses needed to be focussed manually, the crew had the entire rig in place, focussed, blended and ready to fire up the audience in under two hours.

A full L-Acoustics PA system backed up the amazing visuals, with six separate hangs consisting of six elements each of the new K2 line array, the first job this world-leading speaker system was deployed on since its arrival at Novatech. Amplifiers powering the system were flown next to the speakers at each end of the court, their signal sent to them via fibre optic cable on an Optocore system, and were controlled digitally via Network Manager software from a remote PC.

Lighting were tasked with creating atmosphere during the pre-game events and keeping the crowd entertained during the broadcast commercial breaks. 12 Vari-Lite VL3500 Spots lit the players as they entered the court and highlighted performers Samantha Jade and Dami Im as they sang the national anthem. 32 units of GLP Impression X4s provided a huge range of beam and wash effects courtesy of their 19 individually controllable LEDs, while 20 SGM X5 strobes and eight Clay Paky Sharpies completed the rig. Lighting control was via a grandMA2 Light console.

Courtside, 85 panels of Vuepix P10 LED panels were used for digital signage, fitted with custom brackets ensuring the images displayed correctly to broadcast. Novatech also supplied control and playback for all video within the venues, a camera and operator for vox pops and managed the event’s Twitter fall. All the gear, excluding the projection equipment, went on to the Canberra and Bendigo legs of the series, keeping seven crew on the road for the capital city tests and five for the regional legs in two 48 foot pantechs.

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Lighting Open Day

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on December 11, 2013

Christmas has come early for Novatech! To celebrate this we’ve added a slew of new equipment to our rental inventory and we’d love it if you took some time to celebrate the end of the year with us. Grab a drink or two and see what new toys we have to offer at the Novatech Lighting Open Day.

Feel free to come along for as short or long as you like between 3pm and 6pm on Wednesday 18th or Thursday 19th of December.  Will also be showing off our freshly built Pre-visualisation Suite complete with ESP, WYSIWYG, MA, Vectorworks and d3 products !

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Australian Hotels Association Awards 2013

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on September 08, 2013

For our involvement with this event for the fifth consecutive year, Novatech wanted to try something unique. The result: The backdrop of the Adelaide Entertainment Centre was covered with over two hundred square metres of physical projection and LED video canvas.

To make this show happen, Novatech had the perfect product for the job - Three d3 Technologies 4U Media Servers which were employed to handle the task of running video & audio playback for the entire event. Before a single piece of equipment was loaded for the show, Novatech was able to walk the client through each cue in the comfort of our purpose built studio - Australia’s only d3 Studio. This gave the client a realistic vision of what the show would look like from any seat in the house and left enough time to make any changes necessary before rehearsals.

Novatech turned to Nils Porrmann of Dandelion & Burdock for a simple, all-in-one content solution. The choice to involve Dandelion & Burdock on this event was simple. We wanted an open dialogue during the entire creation process and it was helpful that Nils has vast experience with d3.

Running the recently released r11 software from d3 Technologies, three 4U Servers were used to output to five HD Barco projectors, one LED processor, and one LCD monitor. The seven individual outputs were fed through a Liteware FR33 DVI Matrix enabling seamless automated switching to a backup machine - in the unlikely event of a failure. With a large canvas size and running multiple video and graphics layers, each of the 4U servers were running an equivalent of 11.6HD videos at once – and with the new software release capable of running 12HD videos, this was achieved without a single dropped frame!

On top of all the awards content running from d3, a live camera signal was also fed into the system enabling it to be sent to any screen, at any time throughout the night. With an impressive delay of just two frames, you would be forgiven for assuming that a video switcher was in d3’s place.

To complement the immersive video environment, a large lighting rig was designed to include Clay Paky Sharpys, Varilite 3500 Spots, Mac200 Profile & Wash and the new Nexus 4x4 Panels
from Chauvet. The final result was an impressive show that exceeded client expectations as well as wowing the people in attendance.

The bar has been set at a very high level for next year’s event!

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Avitech Sequoia Multiviewer

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on July 17, 2013

During winter 2012, Novatech Creative Event Technology took delivery of three d3 Technologies 4RU servers. These revolutionary servers combine all aspects of a production and allow for the delivery of large scale projections. The integrated production suite has assisted Novatech to deliver key events including the South Australian rebranding, Holden VF Commodore launch, Samsung’s Smart TV launch and the Australian Hotel Association’s Annual Awards Dinner.

Novatech’s Research & Development team, led by Milenko Novakovic (Technical Director), designed custom cases, each fitted with custom patch panels, and a selection of adaptors and products. EDID Parrots, binoculars, and converters were all selected to compliment a Full HD monitor, keyboard, mouse, and headphones. LightWare was chosen to supply a 33x33 matrix, providing fully integrated and automated switching for complete system redundancy.

The d3 systems required a large space for setup at each event, with the four racks being supported in either a 2x2 configuration or by lining each rack up next to each other. As each computer required a keyboard, mouse and monitor the rig became expansive a less than ideal situation for cable runs and remedying any issues mid show. Our d3 operators, wanting to find a better way, found Avitech’s Sequoia Multiviewer. The Sequoia 4H allows for a single monitor, mouse, and keyboard to control four computers. There are a lot of Multiviewer solutions in the marketplace but the ease of use and feature base make it the best in its class.

The four way viewer has a number of different views, each with their own benefits. With the grid view it is possible to actively monitor each input and have full control over audio/keyboard/mouse in each workstation. This provides our operator with a holistic view of the production and increases response times to mission critical application functions, while at the same time providing a monitor from the LightWare matrix. The ability to monitor an entire operation but still have granular control to each item has made it possible for our team to produce a better end result without unnecessary expenditure.

d3 allows an operator to work via Ethernet or Wi-Fi and make real time projection modifications via a “mobile master”. This mobile master facilitates multiple technicians working on the same end result from multiple locations simultaneously. Avitech’s Hook software makes it possible for the entire network of servers to be modified from this remote location. The remote management alone saves many hours of work, hours that are often time sensitive and limited.

Avitech Multiviewer Key Features:

• Supports touchscreen functionality for custom GUI
• Communication cascade multiple Sequoia Solo units to manage all inputs with a single mouse and keyboard set for simple control of multiple systems
• Automatically detects computer or video source for intuitive operation
• Avitech Hook Software allows users to conveniently control monitoring interface layout with a laptop
• Freely adjustable windows with full screen capability for custom monitoring
• Compatible with USB and PS/2 based computers
• Automatic output monitor resolution detection
• USB hub supports portable USB devices
• HDCP compliant
• Plug-and-play for easy setup; automatic sensing of input signals for ?exible, straightforward integration
• Customizable background picture

Avitech Multiviewer Audio/Visual Control:

• Picture-in-Picture (PiP) overlay display
• Image overlay fader control
• Video loss detection/alarm
• Automatic or manual image adjustment
• Image cropping and panning
• HDMI audio output
• Embedded speakers/earphone
• Supports analog and embedded audio
• Audio delay ?ne adjustment to ensure lip sync
• User con?gurable audio follow video/image (AFV) or break-away switching

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d3, Powering Premier Events!

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on June 11, 2013

In September, 2012 Novatech Creative Event Technology “rolled out” Australia’s first d3 system. Since then the team at Novatech have been busy working on several major events utilising this technology.

Starting off 2013 in late January with the d3 Roadshow, Managing Director Leko Novakovic, d3 Project Manager Jayden Sutherland and I.T. Manager Jacob Thomas travelled to Melbourne & Sydney to meet several eager heavy weights of the industry. With support from experienced d3 trainer Nils Pormann of Dandelion & Burdock and Shannon Harvey of d3, these sessions showcased the technology behind d3 and gave show designers and technicians the opportunity to see the benefits of d3 first hand.

Moving into February, Novatech embarked on a busy period with d3 making an appearance on several high profile events. Starting in Melbourne with the launch of the VF Commodore at Melbourne’s Docklands Studios, d3 was used to create a semicircular projection that was used as a massive backdrop for the reveal stage. With a 40m wide cyclorama hung on a custom semicircular truss rig, the projection surface would have been a daunting challenge that most systems would struggle to map but the d3 4U servers handled the task with relative ease creating a seamless projection with amazing results.

Next on the agenda for the team at Novatech was a prestigious event held much closer to Home - the launch of the new state brand for South Australia on behalf of Kojo Events. This time the canvas was the exterior of the iconic Adelaide Festival Centre, as seen from Elder Park. With an extremely tight time frame made even tighter by un-expected delays on site the dedicated team had just one night to install and line up both the d3 systems and projection. Without the power and functionality of d3, the tight delivery time of this major event would not have been achievable. Four consecutive nights of shows saw the d3 system run without a glitch, showcasing its reliability.

Following on from the success of the South Australian state brand launch, Novatech teamed up with Dandelion & Burdock to provide pre-visualisation facilities and replay hardware to Production Technologies of Sydney for the launch of the new Samsung Smart TV range. With content equivalent to over eight Full HD videos per machine streaming to seven individual outputs of both projection and LED, this was certainly a assive undertaking. The unique understudy system incorporated into d3 was tested during rehearsals by simulating a crash on the main playback machine. The understudy took over immediately, switching the Lightware router and taking over control of the show without a single frame drop. Combined with the spectacular graphics designed by Spinifex Group, the event wowed the audience at each show and left the client very impressed.

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SA State Brand Launch

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 13, 2013

South Australia launched a bold new brand for the state on Wednesday the 6th of March in the iconic Elder Park. Novatech was bought in to provide full audio visual services for the media launch event held in the park itself as well as provide the technical equipment required for the special reveal on the sails of the Festival Theatre.

Kojo Events managed the launch and worked closely with Novatech to ensure that the event was world class. For the official media launch a pavilion was built in the middle of Elder Park with a viewing platform facing the festival theatre. Utilising L’Acoustics 112P Speakers and 8XT for delays the audio was crystal clear throughout the venue. A Barco RLM-W8 projector was used for its high resolution output and accurate colour reproduction. This ensured that the new brand was shown the way it was designed to be seen. An LED video screen was utilised in the park for general public to view the event. This was run off a discreet output from a Panasonic AV-HS410 digital mixer. The conclusion of the event invited the gathered media and dignitaries to move to the viewing platform for the major reveal.

The reveal featured a full motion video created by some of South Australia’s best content designers projected directly on to the iconic Festival Theatre roof culminating in the unfolding of the new SA State Brand Logo. Designing a show for such a complicated projection and build was an intensive process, combining Kojo Productions designing the content, Kojo Events managing the extensive process, Novatech Creative Event Technology providing the hardware and projection design, and Nils Porrmann from Dandelion-Burdock designing the d3 project and assisting with content design. The event had a reasonably short lead time and a few challenges to overcome!

The projection surface included a number of faces of the Festival Theatre roof facing Elder Park, with a total canvas size in excess of 50m in wide. A further challenge was the only suitable projection point being over 18m above ground level! Novatech provided a 20m temporary scaffolding tower to support the 9 Barco HD-20 projectors necessary to cover the surface. The 9 HD-20’s were supported by 3 d3 4RU servers driving the content out of 5 individual full high definition outputs. All up with the projectors, d3 servers and cabling nearly 2 tonne of weight had to be hoisted to the top of the scaffold tower! Offcourse a spectacular video requires a moving musical score. To ensure the sound was as immersive as the video a single stack of 6 L-Acoustics KUDO speakers running in full range mode were installed on the grass in front of the Theatre. This system provided more than enough reinforcement to wow the audience.

Due to the challenging conditions and strict deadlines Novatech’s team of experts were able to build the entire revel system, align all projectors, map d3, and have the show ready in one night!

The entire reveal sequence lasted only five minutes but the audience was thoroughly impressed with the dynamic and edgy composition. This presentation was featured three times a night over five days, attracting a large amount of media attention.

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Lightware MX-FR33L

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on February 05, 2013

Novatech has added a Lightware 33x33 Digital Crosspoint router frame to our digital video inventory. With a HD-SDI, DVI-D and DVI-I input card (8 inputs of each type) and 3 DVI-D output cards (24 DVI-D outputs total) our MX-FR33R is both flexible and reliable.

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Premium Wine Brands

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on December 04, 2012

PIM Group and Novatech team up for the Premium Wine Brands annual conference

PIM Group and Novatech up once again to produce another world class event. PIM Group and Novatech Creative Event Technology worked closely together to come up with a concept for Premium Wine Brands international conference to be held in the Barossa Valley. The brief was to build a screen that engulfs the audience.

To fulfil this brief Novatech’s d3 system was used for pre-visualisation and media server duties in the build up to the event and as the media server and projection mapper. Using 6 projectors and a screen measuring over 45 meters wide Novatech was able to create an immersive image that was twice the width, 3 times as bright and 4 times the resolution of a standard cinema screen. 

Leko Novakovic, managing director of Novatech, said “We were told that it couldn’t be done. Rigging 6 projectors from a pavilion and blending them together while battling winds and the settling of the structure into the ground made it a challenging task. At the end of the week when John Stevens played his last song we had achieved what was supposed to be impossible.”

To make the conference part of the event more engaging a custom built white news desk for that talk show like feel was integrated into the set. Discreet sound reinforcement, lighting, a videographer, speaker support staff and video production were also supplied.

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Novatech Symphony of Light

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on October 11, 2012

The Novatech Symphony of Light at the 2012 Royal Adelaide Show was a resounding success. With well over 100 people at the first show Novatech made the decision to double the number of viewings a day from 11 to 22. Over the two weeks of the Show the performance had been ran over 280 times and was viewed more than 50,000 people.

Novatech Symphony of Light was a spectacular orchestra of light perfectly synchronized to iconic classical concertos. Two of our experienced lighting designers chose one song each to create spectacular and contrasting effects for. Boasting 82 individual lighting fixtures consisting of 42 GLP Impressions, 33 1m LED Tubes, 16 Litecraft LED Multipars and 8 Vari*Lite VL3500Q’s controlled from a GrandMA2 lighting console. The 4000 plus cues were programmed in house at Novatech’s Underdale facility using GrandMA 3d over several months.

The Royal Adelaide Show’s new technology pavilion was the perfect place to showcase this exciting new concept and Novatech is looking forward to the 2013 Royal Adelaide Show to bring another spectacle to the general public.

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Novatech d3 Studio!

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on August 20, 2012

Novatech Creative Event Technology is also pleased to announce Australia’s first d3 studio at its offices in Underdale, South Australia. Novatech has created a unique world class studio to complement our investment in d3. The d3 studio allows designers and producers the opportunity to completely build their projects from the ground up and test them in the 3d environment.

When building the studio Novatech made the decision to incorporate a brand new Content Production suite which has become home to the latest full spec Mac Pro system loaded with the full suite of Adobe CS6 Master collection as well as Final Cut 7 and a vast variety of design and support programs all delivered on dual Apple 27” Cinema displays with sound delivered by Grover Notting Code 5 monitor speakers. If that wasn’t enough Novatech also threw in a Pro Tools HD 3 96 channel Recording and Playback System.

Novatech demands the absolute for d3, so we decided to add a HP Z800 workstation dedicated for d3 pre-production and design. This unit has 48GB of RAM, dual quad core Intel CPU’s, solid state media drives, dual nVidia Quadro 5000 GPU’s, with a nVidia Tesla K20 card on its way! The powerful combination is backed by Microsoft Windows 8 Pro, Adobe Master Collection CS6, and a d3 designer dongle. This unit has four others in hire, ready to serve all d3 or content production needs.

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Stereosonic 2011

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 01, 2012

Stereosonic continues to grow as one of Australia’s biggest music festivals and when the event rolls into Adelaide Novatech are the first choice to provide the large scale technical production required.

Novatech supplied, installed and operated four stages worth of sound, lighting and video.

There were over 200 moving lighting fixtures with a total of 589 lights all up. The main stage alone saw close to 100 Martin MAC2000s and MAC700 fixtures.

Audio consisted of 286 speaker cabinets?made up of L’Acousitcs KUDO, KARA, KIVA and KILO line array boxes along with SB28 and SB218 subwoofers. L’Acousitcs ARCS and XT coaxial boxes provided foldback and sidefill.

We installed 214 LED video panels?utilizing kilometers of fiber optic cable. Video processing included the use of Barco Screen Pro 2 and Encore Presentation Systems.

We installed over 90 rigging points and everything was held up on 357m of trussing.

The crowd of approximately 20,000 people partied to the sounds of Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, LMFAO, Afrojack,?The Bloody Beetroots,?Benny Benassi?and more.

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