PWL launches Virtual Event Studio
Leading lighting, visuals, show and production design practice Painting with Light (PWL) has opened – in partnership with NEP Belgium – a new Virtual Event Studio at its C-MINE HQ in Genk, Belgium, offering a slick streaming production / broadcast facility – including full virtual audience interactivity – to deliver the highest quality digital events. Based on a model created by Univate in The Netherlands, the new PWL Studio space offers an innovative and creative approach for staging virtual events of all types – from keynote speeches, corporate meetings and presentations to brand activation’s, product launches and conferences to seminars to album launches, parties and live music streams.
The 10 x 19 metre recording area is fully equipped with the professional audio & broadcast technologies empowered by NEP Belgium and the latest LED lighting technologies from Luxibel, together with moving lights from Chauvet and Robe. The Virtual Event Studio dynamics are enhanced with a real – physical – high resolution 3 x 3 metre LED wall made up from 3.9mm Unilumin Utile product. The big benefit of this is it removes the need to chroma-key the presenter and put them in front of a virtual background, resulting in a higher quality end result and better visual coherence. The audio set up includes a Yamaha QL1 audio mixer, DPA and Shure mics – sanitized after each use and supplied to each person in individually sealed plastic wraps – with four L-Acoustics 108P speakers in the studio. An adaptable lighting rig includes Luxibel B Panel 240CW cold white panels with barn doors, picked for features like the high CRI of 96 for perfect flesh tones, and because it’s among the best fixtures for green screening and chroma-key work. It can be dimmed manually or via DMX, and this plus all the other lights in the studio are controlled through a grandMA3 console. The control room – a separate area where all crew can work at least 1.5 metres apart and meet all the social distancing guidelines – features a Barco E2 image processor and two disguise d3 media server for creating sophisticated motion graphics and sending video content and live camera feeds to the remote and virtual screens.