disguise vx4 servers boosts Eurovision 2019

Australian contestant during its performance at Eurovision 2019. The video server was from disguise

A chorus of disguise vx4 and 4x4pro servers was at the core of Eurovisión 2019, event whose final was broadcasted to 200 million viewers in Europe and around the world.

The contest featured a 250 sq.m. high-resolution LED, diamond-shaped stage, backed by a 36 x 12m high-resolution LED wall made up of 12 individual screens, all supplied by PRG. More than 16,998,976 pixels lit up the stage, making it the highest resolution LED set in Eurovision history. With over 50 live acts, Eurovision Production Manager Ola Melzig, and Head of Video and Stage Technology, Shay Bonder, needed a system capable of processing the massive amount of data with multi-station editing capabilities: “A major challenge for us was making the pre-programming process as accurate as possible and then operating it in perfect sync, without issue. disguise’s software allowed us to pre-programme with cameras and automation – the camera directors actually showed the camera operators the render from the Designer machines in order to give them instructions, and the ability to programme one track while another is playing, plus the power to easily feed content to DMX screens and quick calibration of projectors,” said Shay.

Specifically, six disguise vx 4 servers and two 4x4pro servers were implemented. The vx 4 servers were used as Pure Master, output slaves and Backup servers. The 4x4pro servers were used for add-on elements and backup. The vx 4s were loaded with HDMI 2.0 VFC cards; the 4x4pros had on-board Quad-DVI VFC cards.

The disguise servers received LTC, ensuring the main cues were triggered at the correct time. Much of the programming was completed in the run up to the Tel Aviv events, using disguise’s r15.3 software to pre-visualise the whole show and sequence the content. The team used disguise’s Visualiser Camera feature and then virtually mapped and sequenced each camera shot and path to the directors’ requirements. From there, they transferred the project from the Designer’s machines to the actual hardware.

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