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Materie Event Production creates drive-in experience with CHAUVET Professional

Last year, music resonated throughout the beautiful Festwiese Apolda in Germany. Of course, these joyful sounds went silent following the COVID-19 lockdown. For weeks, the pastoral fairgrounds remained void of public entertainment. That changed on Friday May 15 when Studio D4 launched Autokino Apolda, a pop culture throwback to the 1960s-style American drive in, but with a decidedly high-tech touch provided by a bright 10-meter by 6-meter LED video screen built with CHAUVET Professional F4 IP panels supplied and installed by Materie Event Production. Mounted on a 2-meter high platform and supported by a solid rigging grid, the video panels deliver the kind of clear, crisp images that would have been unimaginable back in the glory muscle car days of the early drive-in movies. “The panels give us brilliant colors and sharp definition thanks to their 4.8 mm pixel pitch,” said Heiko Ullrich of Materie Event Production. “The black body of the LEDs means that we have great images even during sunlight. This was important, because the client needed vibrant colors and high contrast during the daylight as well as at night.” A combination of two Novastar scalers, a Blackmagic ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K, a Sony Blue-ray player, and three Decimator MD HX feed the video wall content. “The control we get is excellent,” said Ullrich. “We can run 120 panels on just one scaler.” The Materie Event team arranged six Maverick Storm 1 Wash and four COLORado Panel Q40 units over the big video wall. From this position, the IP65 rated fixtures are used to create stunning effects after the film showings, an “extra” that James Dean and Marlon Brando never had in their drive-in days!

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