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End-to-end Howard Theatre Renovation, Part 2

Apr 20, 2012 10:07 AM, With Bennett Liles

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The complete renovation of Washington, D.C.’s Howard Theatre was a big job, and the video setup is second to none. Amit Peleg from design and integration firm Peltrix is going to give us the details on the projection, the switchers, the cameras, and how Peltrix put the whole video system together, next up on the SVC Podcast.

SVC: Amit, thanks for being back with us for part 2 on the big renovation of the Washington, D.C., Howard Theatre for audio and video, and it sounds like with the big names that’ll be playing there what are they going to need there in the way of video displays?

Amit Peleg: Well hi first of all, nice to be back and I would like to, I guess, regarding the video we have to be able to accommodate corporate events and political events in addition to the music and as such we had to come up with a system that will be able to accommodate all those needs. So we have a—three screens, the main screens, one on each side of the stage and one on the center of the stage which is behind the stage which is 27.5 ft wide which can be used during musical events for—to create some kind of video effects, lighting effects on the screen can’t really use it for video because creates a loop with the cameras and then it also projects the light over the musicians so it’s mainly for effects or for corporate events it can be used for those needs if they need to show a video or if they decide to do some kind of a video festival which I heard might happen there, they would be able to use that for as well. The center screen is going to be projected on by a 15,000 lumen Sanyo projector. The two side screens are 7,000 those are actually HD projectors also Sanyo at 70,000 lumens. Right at the entrance to the venue we have two 70 in. screens and Panasonics mainly for the lobby area to show. It’s got a digital signage and also displaying what’s going on inside the room. [Timestamp: 2:25]

And you have some Da-Lite screens hung in there somewhere?

Yes, the left, right, and center screens; the main screens are Da-Lite. Those are the screens that are projected on by the Sanyo projectors. The large one is called a Cinema Contour it’s a 27.5x15.5. [Timestamp: 2:41]

OK and how far away are the projectors from the screens? What kind of projection throw are we talking about?

I believe that the center projector is 55 ft. away from the screen because of the stage depth which adds a little bit the stage is 20 ft. deep and that one is 15,000 lumens and the two side screens are 45 ft. away and those are 7,000 lumens. [Timestamp: 3:05]

What’s the source of the video? What feeds those projectors?

Sure, we have three cameras. A Vaddio PTZ cameras as sources, we have cable TV as sources, we have interfacing of computers all over the room for any kind of corporate events requirements or add more cameras if you want to add more manned cameras to the system. Other sources are Blu-ray, house media computer for any kind of house generated content and those are fed through a, both a matrix switcher and a production switcher—a seamless switcher. We are using an Analog Way production switcher and a Atlona matrix switcher—16x16 HD matrix switcher and the Analog Way seamless switcher is Eikos 400. [Timestamp: 3:55]

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