LD for XIII GSSE Ceremonies Uses Zero 88 ORB for Control

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• Created: August 18, 2009

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NICOSIA, Cyprus — Ben M Rodgers, production designer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) chose a Zero 88 ORB console for control. “I have used the ZerOS based consoles for many years now with the Frog 2 making regular appearances in Cyprus for large scale events,” said Rogers. “What was significant about the ORB was the restructuring of the control surface into a more theatrical style and the numerous updates and enhancements to the already strong operating system.”

These recent developments include a color picker and a full tracking back up solution.

“The tracking back-up was implemented just before the GSSE event,” Rogers noted. “In some ways beta-testing such an important feature when it comes to reliability was a little daunting, but we ran through a full set of crash and burn type scenarios with the main console in advance of the show and were able to establish the stability of this feature to the point that I was very happy to have both consoles running in sync for the live show.”

The ORB controlled the entire rig, including 40 automated fixtures by Clay Paky, six City Colours, 26 LED Panels, 148 dimmers and the Arkaos Media Master (eight layers of high resolution video) that provided content to 36 square meters of Martin LC + LED and 20 square meters of Color Web 250.

In total, the system ran over four universes of DMX, including two wireless universes using the SHoW DMX products and the rest being broadcast using Zero 88 1 universe Ethernet boxes.

In addition to the main ORB console, programmed by Zero 88 product manager Peter Kirkup, a 24 channel Zero 88 Jester lighting controller was linked to the DMX-in to emulate submasters, which gave Rogers live fader control for white light and effects to work directly with the TV feed and ensure the appropriate balance was maintained for the 11 camera broadcast feed.

“With such a large venue, a respectively small lighting system and a wide variety of performance and ceremonial content, it was essential that I was able to quickly and effectively realize the lighting looks for the event. The industry standard syntax, intuitive control, and reliability of the ORB console proved an ideal solution and the support offered by Zero 88 continues to be exceptional,” Rogers said.

The sun and sea of Cyprus were the focal points at the ceremonies, which included a cast of over 2,500, including 1,800 children, the Limassol Grammar School Choir, Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis and music by Michalis Hadjimichail, Yiorgos Perris and Echodrasi. The ceremony was broadcast live on Cyprus TV, syndicated to networks across Europe, and watched by 10,000 spectators in the stadium.

For more information, please visit www.zero88.com.

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