ROE Visual proudly supports Faber Audiovisuals as oﬃcial technical supplier for video
The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) is considered one of the world's most prestigious live television events.
Being involved in this spectacle is an honor that many companies want to be credited with. Organizing the ESC in the Netherlands has given many Dutch‐based companies that unique chance. ROE Visual is proud to be involved.
Early 2020, just before COVID‐19, gave the world and our industry a diﬀerent outlook. The team from Faber Audiovisuals, including Jeroen Jongenelen, International Sales Director at Faber Audiovisuals, gathered at the ROE Visual booth at ISE to discuss possibilities and products that would be suitable for the ESC 2020. One thing was clear from the start, Faber Audiovisuals would bid for the ESC event with the ROE Visual products specified. Later on, the final bids were discussed; products were screened and evaluated in the technical ESC team, consisting of Hans Cromheecke, ESC's Head of Video Department, and Erwin Rintjema, ESC's Head of Production. The ROE Visual products made it through the final selection.
Having been used on many ESC editions before, both the ROEVisual products and the technical support they oﬀer have an excellent track record. When the ESC selected Faber Audiovisuals, they had a clear vision of which products would fit into the creative concept that lighting designer Henk‐Jan van Beek and set designer Florian Wieder had presented earlier. Fortunately, when canceling the 2020 event due to the Corona crisis, it proved possible to transfer the initial creative vision to the design for ESC2021.
Faber Audiovisuals is one of ROE Visual's largest customers on the European continent. The companies enjoy excellent cooperation, in which product feedback and technical knowledge are extensively shared. For the event, Faber Audiovisuals selected both new and existing products from ROE Visual. The complete video set comprises 600sqm Black Quartz LED panels, 415 Black Marble LED floor panels, and 110 sqm Vanish V8 transparent LED.
The whole video system ran on four 4K HELIOS processors and three eV4 processors. An OMNIS monitoring system kept the entire system in check, including the backup processors and 23 C24 smart PSUs. Technical Director for ROE Visual Victor Kortekaas and Steve Ackein and Ben Augenbroe, both responsible for video on behalf of Faber Audiovisuals, kept close contact to guarantee the systems ran smoothly. For a live broadcast show on this scale, you leave nothing to chance.
Photos © Nathan Reinds