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CPL delivers large disco themed webcast

Production specialist CPL was poised to deliver an elaborate show for a motivational event in Hall 4 of the NEC Birmingham, UK, complete with in-the-round staging, live band, dancers and artists when, during the dress rehearsals, Covid-19 intervened. The latest UK government advice at that time – 10 days before the national lock down came into force on 23rd March – was announced, and organizers took the unanimous decision to stop guests journeyin from all over the UK to be there. Instead, with under 24 hours’ notice, the event was transformed into a 4-hour webcast. The band still played, the dancers moved and grooved, and the skaters gyrated and glided – all the routines were pre-recorded by CPL’s video / camera crew and inserted into the webcast – keeping the good energy flowing across the ether. The stage was built in the centre of Hall four, an 18- meter diameter circle with an 8-metre revolve in the middle and runways on two sides. A 12m diameter circular main truss in the roof above was clad with 3.6 metre deep Roe CB5 LED panels covering all 360 degrees seamlessly, and in the centre of was a 2.8 metre mirror ball on motors. Around 200 lighting fixtures installed on the circular truss and a collection of outer trusses rigged in the roof around the stage including 130 moving lights … part of a design by Mark Jones and Iain Wood, with a grandMA2 console for control. A ceiling to floor laser cage effect was created with AC-MFL multi-functional lasers located on the circular truss. The circular video LED wall was all controlled via two Brompton Tessera SX40 processors with four Brompton Tessera XD data distributors running in a fully redundant system. For the webcast three monitors were positioned onstage displaying multiple outputs including now and next slide, the running schedule, count down timer, feed to web etc … also fed from the Barco E2 … so the conversion from live show to studio was properly complete. An L-Acoustics system of over 70 x KARA speakers plus KS28 & SB18 subs had been installed and ready to go for the main event. CPL supplied a Riedel Bolero wireless comms system with four separate rings which were needed for this set up.

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