September 20, 2016 marked the inaugural Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Premier of British Columbia, Hon. Christy Clark and Governor of Washington Jay Inslee were all in attendance to show their support for strengthening the technology and business ties between British Columbia and Washington state.
Proshow was selected to provide all the mission critical audio, video and lighting technology within the packed plenary and sub-plenary rooms as well manage the outgoing and backhaul feeds that were being transmitted to the Microsoft campus via satellite uplink.
In addition to supplying 120 square feet of 4mm LED for the stage backdrops, we provided all the HD cameras, switchers and playback machines as well as the latest Barco E2 & S3 switchers to manage the signal distribution to projection screens, confidence monitors and records.
To bring it all together, Proshow supplied an A-Level crew of 20+ professional AV Technicians who designed, installed, and flawlessly operated this highly complex technical package, and met the high expectations of this important event. The immense skill sets and dedication to excellence that our people bring to every show is always our biggest point of pride, and we congratulate our team on another success!
In the run up to Canada’s 42nd general election, we were approached by the planning team at the Globe and Mail to provide an integrated in-room audio visual and broadcast package. With a live audience watching on CPAC and via the web at globeandmail.com, the leaders from Canada’s three top political parties spent 90 minutes answering and debating questions posed by moderator David Womsley.
Proshow Audiovisual provided a turnkey solution that included bringing our television division, Proshow Broadcast to the table to supply our mobile production truck “Maestro” to manage all the camera feeds and broadcast sends. The in-room audio visual consisted of a very carefully thought out screen layout including a large, blended 10’x30′ screen and two outboard 9’x16′ screens positioned behind the stage to ensure that every camera angle had a digital backdrop.
The camera angles were carefully considered so that each leader and the moderator had a straight on camera shot whereby the Globe and Mail logo was perfectly positioned for maximum brand recognition.
The Globe and Mail Federal Leaders’ Debate on the Economy was selected as a finalist for a Global Media Award in the category of “Best Use of an Event to Build a Brand” to be awarded at the International News Media Association (INMA) World Congress May 22-24, 2016 in London, UK.
Watch the archived debate video here:
The “Brilliance Ball”
When the Brilliance Ball organizers wanted a multi-level set that would be flexible enough to house a variety of different visuals and performers, we began by working closely with the event producer e=mc2 events to help develop their vision into a feasible plan. Once the plan was laid out, we worked with the scenic designer and entertainment choreographer to build a set that fit the time and budget while still allowing the choreographer the artistic freedom to place up to 60 performers on the stage at any given moment.
We then collaborated with our post-production partner to shoot and edit the video elements well in advance of load-in. These elements were synchronized to the appropriate music track and became the visual backdrop for each performance piece. Since real performers would be moving in sync with their virtual counterparts, careful consideration had to be given to size and scale of each element. Multiple scale, pixel accurate drawings and renderings were created to ensure success.
Due to the ambient light conditions, a robust and powerful projection system had to be designed. In all, 4 Barco HDX-20K, 20,000 lumen projectors were used to provide the visual imagery on the upstage wall, and a 5th HDX-20K was dedicated strictly to the “dress” that was 8’ downstage of the wall and subsequently on a different focal plane.
Throughout the project, Dataton Watchout played a critical role in the success of the design; it handled all the video playback and positioning of video elements that were created with transparent backgrounds, as well as the image blending and feathering.
Award Winning AV Design
Proshow was co-nominated with our client and event producer e=mc2 events for a Canadian Event Industry award in the category of “Best Audio Visual Design for an Event”. We’re very proud that The Brilliance Ball won the Star Award at the 2014 Annual Canadian Event Industry Awards Gala held in Toronto.