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AV Stumpfl Brings in Chinese Year of the Dog at Hong Kong’s Ocean Park Spectacular
Hong Kong – Honest, just and loyal – such are the key characteristics of the dog, the eleventh of all zodiac animals. Apt then that when Hong Kong based Cosmo Pro AV was engaged for the AV consultation, design and integration for Ocean Park’s new prime theatre space – the Applause Pavilion – it trusted partner AV Stumpfl for a media server solution that would deliver time and again.
Ocean Park, Hong Kong’s most impressive theme park, merges education with entertainment. With 44 rides and a staggering 7.7 million visitors on average annually who come from all over the world to see its attractions, the park first deployed AV Stumpfl’s systems in 2016 for its Cyber Illusion Show, when it rented the Wings stage engine and RAW engine from Cosmo Pro AV. Such was its success that Ocean Park decided to invest beyond renting and instructed Cosmo Pro AV to design a comprehensive, permanent video system using AV Stumpfl technology for its Applause Pavilion.
Jason Yeung, sales engineer at Cosmo Pro AV, who project managed the installation from start to finish and trained the staff, explores Ocean Park’s unique requirements: “They needed a powerful and stable media server system that had up to four DVI outputs, in addition to live input, both 3G-SDI and SDI. AV Stumpfl’s Wings Engine Stage was simply the perfect solution.”
Versatile, powerful and robust – and uncompromising on performance – the Wings stage engine is a technologically advanced media server featuring a solid hardware platform, automatic camera based soft edge and warping calibration, as well as DVI/3G-SDI Live inputs. Harry Gladow, global business development manager at AV Stumpfl, remarks: “Whether as part of live events, corporate presentations or themed installations, the wide ranging feature set combines hardware reliability with software flexibility – perfect for the kind of environment and scenarios taking place at Ocean Park where these considerations are paramount.”
Alongside AV Stumpfl’s Wings Engine Stage, Cosmo Pro AV specified and custom built a 16x7m down roller OptiZ system hosting a Polynet hologram screen from Korean company Holotive to create visual projection effects. Completing the full AV suite was a Blackmagic ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K and Broadcast Panel, as well as a Novastar MCTRL660 LED Controller. In this set up, AV Stumpfl’s media server brings all the components together seamlessly – allowing for better control and execution, as well as opening up greater possibilities for Ocean Park’s creatives to explore with future productions.
The new AV set up with the Wings stage engine was put to the test during Ocean Park’s Chinese New Year celebration when it staged a ten-day live show spectacular (16th - 25th February 2018) called ‘Divine Drums’. Taiwan’s Chio-Tian Folk Drums and Arts Troupe presented six shows every day, immersing visitors in eye-opening Taiwanese Folk Temple rituals through an innovative stage production. With powerful performances by highly skilled drummers and dancers, their colourful facial paints and costumes, coupled with an impressive LED backdrop, special visual effects and strong, unique drum rhythms, blew the audience away.
AV Stumpfl’s new RX software coupled with Wings stage engine allowed to produce seamless multi-timeline changeovers, giving Cosmo Pro AV more flexibility to easily synchronise the system with the rest of the show gear, including lighting, audio and special effects.
Concludes Yeung: “We’ve had a fantastic experience working with AV Stumpfl on this project. Ocean Park is a very diverse theme park and there are lots of expansion projects with new hotel and water attractions in the pipeline. It’s inevitable that these will bring increased demands for show control and advanced media server technologies and capabilities, and AV Stumpfl has clearly demonstrated that it is leading the way in this field.”
6th April 2018
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