Analog Way’s Aquilon RS2 Drives AP Live’s New Virtual Production Studio in Tennessee

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AP Live, based outside Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee, is using its Analog Way Aquilon RS2 multi‐screen presentation system and videowall processor to drive virtual production in the company’s new studio. Known for providing AV solutions for corporate meetings and live events nationwide, AP Live found itself pivoting to a new business model when the coronavirus pandemic hit. “We took delivery of the Aquilon RS2 at the beginning of this year and our sister company, OCD‐Labs, built a rack for it to support it for our work on the road,” explains Cole Abshier, Technical and Creative Coordinator at AP Live. “Our Aquilon rack wasn’t ready for live events before the pandemic hit, so in early March we decided to set up and staff our 12,000‐foot Franklin warehouse with full virtual production capabilities.” The acquisition of a larger warehouse in La Vergne, had freed up existing space in Franklin to house a new virtual production studio featuring a 40 x 10‐foot curved Esdlumen 2mm LED videowall powered by 20 MacBook Pro sources and driven by the Aquilon RS2. “The possibilities are limitless thanks to Aquilon,” notes Abshier. “We can set up eight people on screen simultaneously along with graphics input, video, lower thirds, PIPs ‐‐ up to 16 layers on one source. Nothing else can do this. The Aquilon’s Web RCS interface is so flexible that we can make changes in real time, which would require a lot of programming on any other system. And we can integrate Bitfocus Companion for hardware interface control. It’s all scalable to the client’s needs.”

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