Wembley SSE Arena – Jack Savoretti Singing To Strangers Tour 2019

Production AV hotfooted it to Wembley in May to ensure man-of-the-moment Jack Savoretti’s flagship show was backed by the best camera, projection and IMAG screen solution to delight his ever-growing fanbase.

Production AV Kit is ‘IMAGic’ for Jack Savoretti at Wembley

Photo – Projoe Photography and Axletree Design

“We had just a seven-day turnaround to design and deliver the camera and screens package to Savoretti’s tour team, managed by Production Manager Neil Anderson,” explains Pete McCrea, Production AV MD. “As this was the big one – Wembley! – they wanted to ramp up the production and include video to enhance the audience experience. David McIntyre had created a real visual spectacular with the lighting, and they wanted to enhance this by relaying live on-stage footage as well as pre-recorded content to two large IMAG screens.”

Production AV supplied a pair of 11 ft. x 20 ft. (3.35m x 6m) portrait screens for IMAG, with 20,000 lumen Barco HDX W20 Flex Projectors. Switching was achieved using the company’s Blackmagic ATEM 4k PPU. A pair of Sony HDC 1500R Studio Channels on 95x lens at FOH and second camera on stage combined with Agile Arc360 PTZ remote heads and Marshall minicams offered a range of creative directing opportunities. There was a requirement for black and white effects for the first song, as well as the playback of a show opener VT.

Photo – Projoe Photography and Axletree Design

Pete McCrea served as Project Manager and Racks Engineer for the show, alongside his colleagues Anna Sadler as Vision Director, and Ste Webster and John Bowdler-Thompson as Camera Operators.

“It’s testament to our talented team at Production AV that we managed to put together such a strong kit package and creative solution in such a short amount of time – I’m very proud of them all and the results were fantastic. Anna, Ste and John made it look really awesome,” says McCrea. “It was brilliant to be working alongside our friends at Liteup, which provided the lighting and rigging, and the great team at audio supplier FE Live. On-site, it really came together as a collaborative production. Thankfully, Wembley is a venue we’re used to working in, so the load-in and delivery of the production was efficient!”

The project followed hot on the heels of another major London job, where Production AV supplied and operated a similar package for the annual Teenage Cancer Trust series of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring performances from Take That, Rudimental and The Script.

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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.

Barco HDX-W20 Flex – 20,000 Lumen HD Projectors available for hire.

New rental Stock – Full WUXGA Resolution 20,000 Lumen Projection

HDX W20 Projector available for hire from Production AV Ltd

Production AV is happy to announce a significant investment into the Barco HDX Projection platform in the shape of the flag ship HDX-W20 Flex product, and TLD+ lenses suite.

Available from the 24th of August, Production AV will be stocking these units, along with the Barco TLD+ high brightness lenses , as well as new PDS901 3G switchers.


Designed for the Road

The HDX series has been designed for rental companies, by rental companies. Based on Xenon Lamp and DLP technology, the HDX W20 Flex offers up to 20,000 lumens of light output with the ‘Light On Demand’ function, but also the ability to be dimmed in 2000 lumen increments, giving unrivalled flexibility. Unsurpassed onboard processing gives great 3D signal handling, onboard Warp and image manipulation, with a built in preview screen enabling verification of the signal path without having to power up the projector.

With the available brightness and rugged nature of the HDX platform, these projectors are ideally suited to large scale projection mapping requirements, and high fidelity corporate presentations. The Xenon light source also gives great colour rendition, ensuring that these projectors will display film content as the director intended.

The units also feature BarcoLink technology, that enables the transmission of WUXGA signals (1920×1200 @ 50/59.6/60Hz) over a single Coaxial cable up to 100 metres. This can greatly simplify setup and also reduce cost, as there is no longer a need for the use of fibre systems over longer distances.

Barco HDX inputs

With the additional WiFi and GSM Mobile options fitted to our units, we have the ability to wirelessly control the projector, and also make adjustments to the units settings without needing to be present with the units – including remote brightness level adjustments over the cell phone network.

Weighing only 50Kg, drawing 12A approximately, and having low noise fans, mean these projectors are equally at home in corporate events of rock and roll touring scenarios.

Flexible Rental Options

Production AV will be offering the HDX at all brightness levels – 10,000, 12,000, 14,000, 16,000, 18,000 and 20,000 lumens to suit your requirements for both brightness and budget. The units come with 3G HD-SDI inputs and a universal input via a DVI connector. Should it be required, other input cards can be supplied.

We will also be supplying the units with a single point rigging bracket and standard Barco 4 point rigging hardware.

For the Barco HDX Series Brochure please follow this Link: HDX Series Brochure.

Pricing will start at £2500 per day (ex VAT) for the HDX-W20 option, with a sliding scale with each 2,000 lumen light increment, with lenses priced at £150 per day ex VAT, and working on a 3 day week.

Please Contact us for a quote for your next event, or to find out more details on these units, or any of our other rental stock.