Lightware is Solid Gear – Even in the Trenches
Creating a huge interactive exhibition is a challenge already big enough, but recreating it at different venues as a travelling exhibition may be the most challenging task facing an exhibitor organizer.
IEC Exhibitions took the challenge of translating the London Imperial War Museum’s permanent WW1 exhibition into something that can effectively flat pack ’n’ rack into a container.
The exhibition’s massive audiovisual equipment includes 17 Epson projectors, numerous 42 inch touchscreen displays and an automated audio tour - just to mention the core multimedia elements - and of course all the precious relics of the presented historical era also travel along. The exhibition’s project manager, Ki McGinty finds it fascinating how the possibilities have changed radically with the advent of HDBaseT. They had to find an AV solution that could travel the world: equipment that would be low maintenance and ‘keeps ticking away from a hardware perspective’ – so the AV has got to be reliable and robust.
Their choice fell on the 17 Epson G Series for projectors, because of the onboard HDBaseT, but to cut down costs, they also had to use 11 non-HDBaseT projectors as well and coupled those with a small Lightware HDBaseT receiver, the HDMI-TPS-RX95.
In the rack room they used Lightware equipment as sender (23 x DVI-HDCP-TPS-TX95 units), and as Mr McGinty put it: “Lightware gear has been pretty solid.” For joining the transmitter gear in the racks they equipped 23 Lightware EDID Managers which supply a constant resolution and refresh rate to the Dataton Watchout computers running the show – even if the machines are powered down.
Ki McGinty added that “Windows doesn’t like on/off and reboot when addressing screens and Watchout gets a bit funky, particularly if you’ve got multiple resolutions in one array, like the portrait-oriented Red Baron display, for example, it looks at it as a different resolution because it’s 1200 wide by 1920 high instead of the other way around. So the moment it kinda drops one resolution, it would kill all four projectors in the array. The EDID emulator helps settle things down.”
To read more about the travelling WW1 Centenary Exhibition and all the AV challenges it poses read the whole article here: http://www.av.net.au/wp/index.php/in-the-trenches/