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Green Hippo media servers selected for ‘7 Days Live’ special
When New Zealand TV comedy show ‘7 Days Live’ visited the Queenstown Winter Festival, the festival’s production supplier, TomTom Productions, was on hand with their Hippotizer Karst media servers from Green Hippo.
“The brief was fairly simple,” says Hamish Edh, director of TomTom and designer of the Festival’s live stage video elements, “background eye candy that looks great on camera, as well as for the live audience, and having the ‘7 Days’ logo on the screens for the wide shots.”
“The design concept was based around mis-matching elements with different LED pixel pitches,” explains Edh. “To create contrast between the different pixel pitches, I used Martin Sceptron 20 battens in an array to complement the 6 mm LED panels and to add horizontal lines to the overall look.”
Edh used TomTom’s go-to media server system, Hippotizer Karst, running two outputs, one to the 6 mm LED panels and the other to the Sceptron via the Hippotizer’s Martin P3 System Controller integration.
The textures played out on the low-resolution Sceptron were from stock content, while the 6 mm panels showed custom content, created by Tim Goddard of TomTom, as well as the ‘7 Days Live’ logo where required. The operator was TomTom’s Matt Cooper.
Edh’s design included four horizontal LED ‘banners’ rigged at staggered heights, from the lower upstage to the highest above mid-stage, each with the ‘mis-matched’ pixel pitches of 6 mm panels and 20 mm Martin Sceptron. Visuals were controlled from a Hog 4 console.
Following the comedy performances, the stage design and the use of Hippotizer changed again. “For the music night we dropped the 6 mm screen and used the Hippo as a VJ machine,” says Edh.
(Photos: TomTom Productions/Still Vision/Hoiho Media)
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