The 2020 series of Finland’s ‘Tanssii tähtien kanssa’ – a version of the BBC’s popular Strictly Come Dancing TV show – climaxed at the end of December following a visual feast driven by Hippotizer Montane+ RTX Media Servers. At the visuals helm was Nordic events and experiences company Bright Group, headed up by designer and creative director Eero Helle, video operator Tero Kärpijoki and chief video tech Topi Rinne. The team specified two Montane+ RTX machines for the live shows, serving as one live and one backup. “The choice of Hippo was easy, as Hippotizer is my go‐to for big, live shows like this,” says Kärpijoki. “I’ve been working with Hippo servers for many years, and they always deliver for me.
Hippo is a perfect tool for when lots of looks are required, and when changes need to be made to each one in such short time scales. Being able to add effects and manipulate the visuals in real‐time, even during the show, is fantastic.” Kärpijoki controlled the Montane+ RTX using a grandMA2, which he says is “so fast and reliable, and easy to work with.” For signal distribution, they used a data splitter to drive the 4K feeds to LED processors, which enabled uniform colour data across the lighting and LED screens. “Hippotizer’s Output Mapping with Video Mapper was the heart of this set,” says Helle. “With mappers, getting all the pixels lined up for LED processors and preprogramming outputs was simple. Hippotizer’s Zookeeper UI is great and makes it really easy to modify the views for your own needs. There are so many user‐friendly and powerful tools we used on this show, including Colour Blocks and the in‐built Effects engine.”