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Picture This step out from the screen

Production News
January 20, 2018

The members of Irish band Picture This appear to emerge from their video backdrop on their current tour, according to lighting designer James O’Neill.

He says he achieved the effect with video designer Mark Cunniffe by using a raised set with “wraparound” LED and a visual effects tool called Notch, controlled by an Avolites Arena console and Ai media server.

“Picture This had strong ideas on the video looks and content they wanted,” says O’Neill. “Mark worked with the band to create content for the live Notch effects on the screens. If you see the band performing downstage, they look as though they are standing on and performing out of the images, as opposed to just performing in front of them.”

Two Ai R4 Servers were used to provide prerecorded and live video control for a show at Belfast’s SSE Arena (cap. 11,000) in the UK. Both servers were running with Ai v10.1 which was optimised for Notch integration.

“I really like Notch as an addition in Ai,” says media server operator Tim Hornung. “It gives more flexibility when creating looks for the show. For Picture This we had looks with lots of small live camera pictures on the LED screen. Using Notch to rearrange and duplicate the live camera feeds to the right positions and sizes meant we saved a lot of the performance in Ai using fewer layers.”

Picture This also play Cologne’s Blue Shell (1,500) and Hamburg’s Prinzenbar (1,500), both Germany, plus Stockholm’s Debaser (850) in Sweden.

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