Nature One Festival dazzles with Hippotizer
Over the years, Nature One, which is held near the western town of Kastellaun, Germany, has grown into one of Europe’s biggest dance music festivals. Germany-based GERDON Design has been involved with Nature One since 2011 and is responsible for the stage, lighting and video design as well as creating the concept, audio and visual design for the time coded highlights show. “We were responsible for the content playback of all acts – except for those who were travelling with a VJ – so we needed a powerful and easy-to-use solution,” explains GERDON Design’s Marek Papke.
“We really like the versatility of the Hippotizer software – it’s very quick to set up and get great results. We organized all of the custom content and the DJ specific content before the show and used a grandMA3 Full Size to sort and program all the content for later playback.” In addition to the two main floor Boreal+ servers as main/backup, Papke and his team specified a third Boreal+ to manage a Barco S3 Switcher and to generate further Notch effects for IMAG. “Hippo’s CITP integration helped us a lot, because it allows us to see previews of the content directly in the console,” says Papke. “The quick and easy to- use media manager was also great for adding content on the fly and sync’ing with all the machines, which was especially handy as we had 17 acts playing back-to-back over two days with only 30 seconds of changeover! “Also, as we come from a lighting background, it is really easy to connect Hippotizers to a grandMA system. Hippo features like the Video Mapper helped us a lot in creating unique looks on the LED setup.”