Montpellier Gardens – Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016

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Having worked with Cheltenham Festivals on the annual Literature Festival for the last five years, Production AV were looking forward to being back for a sixth year providing the video solution to all the venues at the festival. From the 7th – 16th of October, Cheltenham Literature Festival promised to continue delivering an inspiring mix of debate and discussion by welcoming over 600 of the world’s greatest writers, poets, politicians, thinkers and stars to Cheltenham.

In Forum, the main venue of the festival, Production AV provided a full video solution using a our Barco S3-4K Screen Management System coupled with its Barco EC-50 Controller   which enabled us to manage numerous signals and outputting them to our Christie LHD700 Full HD Projector via a fibre system. Situated in front of house, three Sony PMW-EX3 HD Video Cameras provided numerous angles for the technical director to select during each event and one camera operator worked back stage controlling the two close up cameras using a pan tilt remote head system which enabled less intrusive production and greater communication between the technical team. The Barco S3-4K, also accommodated two laptops and was able to seamlessly switch between keynote and powerpoint presentations as well as raising the production quality by providing PIP’s of the camera feed when desired over presentations. The last output required from the Barco S3 was to the LG BD370 Blu-ray Player that recorded certain events for later use. Also provided for the guests was the Interspace MasterCue V6 Cueing System and comfort monitors leaving guests with the peace of mind that they can easily manage their presentation.

Cheltenham Lit Fest 2016 Forum Backstage Barco Setup

In The Pillar Rooms, the venue was more intimate and required a smaller technical setup. The main operating hardware was a Barco PDS-901 3G 9 in 1 Out Seamless Switcher that took feeds from two ASUS X555LA 15 Inch Laptops and outputted to an in-house projector as well as another LG BD370 Blu-ray Player for recording purposes. Comfort monitors and another MasterCue System was also set up in this venue to improve the presenting experience.

Cheltenham Lit Fest 2016 Chris Hadfield Talk

Working with Adrian Hensley and the team at Cheltenham Festivals is always a pleasure and getting to play our part in providing this yearly gathering of people with fantastic intellect as well as fascinating stories is always near the top of yearly event experiences! We would like to thank Adrian and the team for continuing this relationship between our companies into it’s sixth year and we hope it continues as it is such a rewarding and enjoyable event to be apart of each year.

Science Festival 2016 – Space World

Science Festival 2016 Screen Solution

Production AV were appreciative to be welcomed back to the Science Festival for the fourth year running to supply an immersive, audiovisual solution for the event space named Space World. Being asked to provide a complete solution, from collecting and editing content to programming the show, was a challenging yet enjoyable experience and we are proud to be involved in the education of the next generation in the topic of space travel.

Complete Mission Control Video Solution

Science Screens

Using four Samsung ME65B 65″ LED Flat Panels as the centre piece for the mission control experience, Production AV were instructed to find realistic and suitable content to put into a 10 minute video sequence that would show a rocket preparing for launch as well as taking off. To greater enhance the experience, QLab was used to program lighting and smoke effects at numerous points throughout the video sequence as well as syncing the timing screen to match the rockets take off. Once this was set up, control could be handed over to the mission control presenters who only needed to click the play button and the entire sequence would run unaided.

QLab Science Screens

Numerous other screens such at 50″ and 42″ plasmas were also installed around the venue and a Christie LHD700 Projector was positioned in the space dome tent as used along with other AV equipment to communicate with Tim Peake on his last ever interview on the ISS before he returned to earth. A massive thank you from Production AV to Adrian Hensley and the whole of Cheltenham Festivals for having us provide such a unique and creative solution. Below is a short clip from Tim Peake’s direct interview with the Science Festival.

Promenading our new LED


DigiLED 3.9mm LED Screen Investment

The BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall was the first outing for our new 3.9mm pixel pitch, digiLED HRi3900 LED screen where it took pride of place, flown as the central 7m x 3m screen.

Integrated Team Work

The scale of the venue, and required location of the screen means that only the brightness and intensity of the LED will give the required hi-resolution images. Working as part of  SFL Group, Production AV supplied the LED screen delivered to site with technicians for the build and operation of the screen during the events.

SFL Group, who are the Royal Albert Halls’s preferred AV supplier, furnished the venue with four large projector screens powered by Barco HDX-W20 Flex 20k Lumen and Christie LHD 7k lumen projectors. The resulting quality of the images gave a cinematic quality that added to the ambience and ensured that the audience all had the best view in the house. Craig Lawrence, SFL’s Video & Projects Director, commented, “We were all blown away with the quality and performance of this new digiLED product.The fanless design, fantastic low brightness performance and great calibration make for a brilliant screen. ”

From flying to ground support, our new LED has been busy on corporate events as backdrop for awards ceremonies, as well as on television shows where it’s versatility has been utilised as 1m wide columns. Find out more about our LED Screens.

Nike Football Brazil Shirt Media Launch

Nike Football Brazil Shirt LaunchFull HD Projection Solution

With just 6 months to go until Brazil, the UK Media Launch of the new Nike Brazil Shirt couldn’t have been more important. The event was a slick multi reveal exhibition, designed & managed by Ear to the Ground; Production AV provided a full HD projection system and video playback solution.

It was an intimate launch for selected Media and young aspiring footballers held in the London Film Museum, Covent Garden. Nike Creative Director of Football, Martin Lotti and Brazil footballer, David Luiz, gave their views on the design process and insight into the innovative new kit.

Barco PDS Switcher

Using our Barco PDS 901 switcher and Christie Digital LHD 700 projectors, the event also showcased an interesting history of the journey of the humble football shirt, to its present day form.

Nike Football Hypervenom Launch

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Full HD Projection Solution

The Autumn launch of the long awaited Nike Hypervenom football boot, managed by Ear to the Ground, was a very special event.

The location, a derelict Welsh Chapel in central London, provided a unique gritty backdrop which was taken over and transformed into a football amphitheatre. A custom football cage was built in the main space and the venue was transformed through the creation of an immersive journey for guests.  The launch staged a 2 aside knockout tournament, and involved putting 200 young footballers up against each other under the watchful eye of Premier League players Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge & Christian Benteke. 

Christie Digital LHD 700 Projectors

Using Christie Digital LHD700 projectors, Production AV projected the all important scoreboard onto the venue wall, as well as supplying large screen flat panel displays throughout the building.  On the lower floor there was a NIKEiD exhibition area which employed our Christie projectors to project specific Nike videos and images.

After the tournament, Headliner, Giggs, the London based rapper, ensured the Hypervenom atmosphere continued.

Microtiles selected for Adidas showcase

Our Microtiles were recently selected for a creative media showcase on behalf of Adidas.  A large Microtile screen was built using Apple hardware to play back various media files.  A number of comments were made endorsing the colour matching and brightness of the image in replicating the very specific brand guidelines required by our client.  Do get in touch to get a quotation for this exciting product ….

Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2010 – Show Report

The 2nd-4th of February 2010 saw Amsterdam’s RAI Centre hosting Integrated Systems Europe. Despite the ‘Tough’ (!!) economic climate across Europe, the attendance was up 14% on 2009 to 28,489 across the 3 days.

Some of the team from Production:av went along to have a look at the new products and services on offer, with the aim of coming away with some new tools to help us meet our clients needs more effectively.

The Show

ISE spans across multiple halls at the RAI, giving a chance for Systems Integrators and AV specialists to see product ranges from all the major manufacturers such as Extron, Kramer, Barco, NEC, Mitsubishi and many more. With it’s size it’s hard to see everything in 1 day, so I’d recommend going for two days. We spent day 1 going from stand to stand to see what was available before returning to those that we needed to see more of. With the RAI being well connected to the city, it’s easy to get value accommodation away from the show and still not spend too long travelling.

There we several areas we went to look at:

Digital Signage.

This is a market that is continuing to expand, with more vendors entering the market with their products. There isn’t a huge variation – essentially there are media player type units (Onelan being one such manufacturer) which are often network-able, software solutions such as Nexus On Demands solution, and then integrated solutions in to screens such as those from Phillips. There didn’t really appear to be any groundbreaking releases, but more that products were becoming more mature and stable. We certainly liked the feature set of the Onelan products.


There were a few new projection products. Projectiondesign’s new remote light source projectors have clear benefits for use in meeting rooms where projector noise is not ideal, and also makes changing lamps easier in projectors that might be mounted in inaccessible places.

Christie Digital Launched the Microtile – a 10″x16″ rear projection LED driven DLP projection cube, that works to about a 720×540 resolution, with a very thin bezel, beating the new crop of ‘Seamless’ LCD’s.  Utilising the ‘ECU’ they can be stacked and tiled in a multitude of shapes. It’s great idea, and looks brilliant, with the LED’s giving a great colour range, but I’m unsure that it’s going to take much work from Seamless LCD’s. It takes about 4 tiles to be a simillar size to a 42″ LCD, but each tile is about twice the price of a single LCD…. I’m also not convinced that the rigging has been thought through properly, but once we get an onsite demo, then we may be convinced otherwise.


Is everywhere! Apple have probalby helped to bring this technology to the fore with the iPhone and now the iPad, but many others are working to create large visuals solutions that embrace the technology. I think the two high lights for me were the NEC Multi-Touch ability of it’s 70 Series Projection Cube. The ability to scale google maps on a large screen, and across the seams was impressive.

The other impressive option was the Multi Touch rear projection film that enables Multi Touch for shop fronts and other display scenarios. Although the demonstration unit was a proof of concept rather than finished product it worked well. They hope to have large areas (2m Diagonal and above) available around 2nd quarter 2010.

3D – LED, TV’s and Projection

Again, it looks like 2010 could be the year of 3D- I haven’t even got an HD ready TV at home yet! That said the slab of 3D LED that Video Equipment Rentals were demonstrating was pretty clever. The 3m viewing distance didn’t do it justice, but in an arena sized venue it must work a treat.

There were also a few different 3D systems in evidence. From those that use polarising or shuttered lenses to those that didn’t require glasses. I think there’s still work to be done on the 3D front – being a glasses wearer, I don’t want to have to wear another pair of glasses to watch TV. And when it comes to the systems that require no additional paraphernalia, there’s still work to be done, as I’m not somebody that can sit still for that long.

Other bits.

There were a few other bits that shone out – Yamaha’s Digital Video I/O boards which enable audio from the desk to be embedded/deembedded onto an SDI video feed (useful for sending Video/Audio over a single BNC to a remote room).

Then there is the Neutrik Optical Con Quad – a ruggedised 4 pole fibre connector connector, that combined with the relevant fibre cables will give a very robust system for the deployment of DVI and HDMI (and if you feel the need, Audio!) systems in the events sector.


Would we go back? Yes. It’s a great way to see and compare equipment, and a good chance to find those useful bits that you need but didn’t know where to find them. It also gives a chance to catch up with the manufacturers, find out what’s new and potentially save some time compared to taking various hours out to chat with the reps.

Did we find the bits we were after? Yes. Keep an eye on the website for upcoming news about products and services that we’ll be bringing to you.

All in all, a worth while trip. See you at ISE 2011!

Christie Digital LX50 5000 Lumen XGA Projector

Christie Digital LX50:

  • 5000 Lumens
  • XGA Resolutions LCD Projector
  • DVI, VGA, RGB, SVideo, Composite Video Inputs
  • Interchangeable lens system
  • Horizontal Lens Shift
  • Kit includes 1.2-1.8:1 Lens, 1.8-2.4:1 Lens, remote and mains lead

Rental Prices:

  • £345/Day
  • £1035/Week

All Prices exclude VAT at the relevant rate.

Christie Digital LX380 3800 Lumen XGA Projector

Christie Digital LX380

  • 3800 Lumens
  • XGA Resolutions LCD Projector
  • DVI, VGA, RGB, SVideo, Composite Video Inputs
  • Interchangeable lens system
  • Horizontal and Vertical Lens Shift
  • Kit includes 1.3-1.6:1 Lens, 1.6-2.4:1 Lens, remote and mains lead

Rental Prices:

  • £150/Day
  • £450/Week

All Prices exclude VAT at the relevant rate.