Green Hippo parties with Veronica Maggio and Red Bull

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Visual design studio PXLFLD recently deployed Hippotizer Media Servers from Green Hippo to provide the visual backdrop for a live performance by singer‐songwriter Veronica Maggio. Conceived by Red Bull, the exclusive event, staged at the Nobis Hotel in Stockholm. Nikolaj Brink, Maggio’s lighting designer and a recent addition to the PXLFLD team, was responsible for the event’s show design, and called in his colleagues to deliver the show’s visual playback elements. PXLFLD’s Anders Granström explains, “The stage was built in the hotel’s grand lobby. To maintain social distancing, the audience enjoyed the concert from their hotel rooms, looking down at the performance, while a multi‐camera production was broadcast to their hotel room TV sets.”Granström’s playback solution used two Hippotizer Boreal Media Servers to handle the 8K projections, while a single Amba+ Media Server delivered the content for the LED floor. Visuals were mainly custom content created especially for the event by PXLFLD, plus some elements from Maggio’s touring shows designed by André Jofre and Anders Heberling. With the media server rack concealed beneath the stage, Granström and the team used their standard network‐based workflow to sync servers, media management and custom ZooKeeper layouts to keep a good system overview from the ‘front‐of‐house’ position (actually a second floor storage room). The entire show was seamlessly controlled from a GrandMA3 console. “We used PixelMapper and the usual Hippotizer tools to achieve the projection mapping,” says Granström, “and native Hippotizer engine effects were used for composition and final on‐site adjustments.”

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