Australian Hotels Association Awards 2013

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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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