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EML Tours “Night of the Proms” with ArKaos

PLSN Staff • International News • November 21, 2009

BRUSSELS, Belgium — EML supplied lighting and projection controlled by two ArKaos A10 media servers for Night of the Proms. The 40-date tour, reaching some 600,000 people in five European countries, combines pop and classic music and is now in its 25th year. Performers include OMD, Roxette, Sharon den Adel from Within Temptation, jazz artist Toots Thielemans and Peter and Zoltan Katona.

Olivier Demoustier, EML’s Light Designer, began by spending a week in a WYSIWYG studio, setting up and testing the show before taking two days to program over 3,000 cues for the three-hour show and synchronizing them with the live orchestra.

Two ArKaos A10 media servers running the latest version, 1.1, of the MediaMaster software, manage the content for the two video screens. These are controlled through ArtNet by a ChamSys MQ200 Pro lighting desk, which simultaneously controls the lighting.

The servers display visuals on a 1024 by 768 ShowLED backdrop — which fills the entire back of the stage — and a 800 by 600 LED screen composed of Element Labs modules.

Demoustier used a VNC client to bring the interfaces from the servers to the front-of-house so that they could stay close to the screens.

“ArKaos combines greatly with professional lighting desks such as the ChamSys MQ200,” Demoustier said. “Since they both support MSEx, I can see the thumbnails from MediaMaster directly on the console and even get live feedback of the servers’ output. When there’s 15,000 people in front of the stage, it’s good to know that you can’t go wrong displaying your visuals!”

EML requested that ArKaos make some modifications to MediaMaster for this particular show to ensure proper synchronization of the visuals with the sound. ArKaos’ developers worked with Demoustier and the EML crew to fine-tune the playback speed functions (the LTC time code) in the application. Those modifications have been incorporated in the next release of MediaMaster.

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