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Lyon 2012


wpid-wpid-IMG_0529.jpgAfter a good trip last year to Lyon, we went to Lyon for a second time this year. After last year of driving to the airport overnight to make the early flight we decided it would be a much better idea to go the night before and get some sleep in a hotel before getting up and walking 2 minuets to checkin. Read more … (more…)

Who wants to be an American Idiot


Shaun was down again this weekend for going to see both American Idiot: The Musical today and Ice Age Live which is tomorrow.

American Idiot was in the Welsh Millenium Centre. The start of the show set the scene for what was to follow lighting wise. The lighting for the majority of the songs was more or less the same. So much strobe throughout the whole show which was very unnecessary. Sound wise the show started with hardly any bass and too much high frequencies. It improved a bit further in with some more bass but was still overly top heavy.

There were two bits that were really good in the performance: the video; and the flying.

The video used in the performance was excellent. Lots of screens mounted on the wall each with separate feeds. With at least 2 (or 3) projectors mapped onto the walls of the set with no obvious seams. The best bit of the performance.

The human flying which was so smooth must have been automated, which is the best piece of human choreographed flying my boyfriend has ever seen.

It was an ok show but I wouldn’t see it again. The video used in it was the best use of video in a show that I have seen.

Playing in the mud with the Hippo


For Uni we have an assignment for our Performance Lighting Design module where we are to create a design for a theoretical concert on a stage in a place. We have been given two songs to light and have to come up with the full lighting design for those two songs. Using CAST Software’s lighting visualisation software WYSIWYG. Click More to read the rest of the post: (more…)

GHOST floats away


Last weekend Shaun and myself went down to London to see the last show of GHOST the musical in the Piccadilly Theatre on the west end.

We were sat in the centre of the stalls. The show went amazingly and even the actors started crying on stage in some parts, making it even more realistic. Okay the storyline isn’t the best but the technical aspects of it are absolutely amazing. It is such a shame that it is being replaced by a jukebox musical – Viva Forever. GHOST had some great actors and actresses playing their roles very well.

There was a very nice speech by the director at the end of the evening and Shaun got the program signed by most of the main actors – apart from one who didn’t really do the role justice as the original actor playing him.

I loved the video aspects of it with the moving LED walls and front projection with all the illusions too. The way video was integrated into the show was superb and was the part of the performance that I was impressed by the most. It was an amazing atmosphere, being the last show, with most of the audience knowing that it was the final performance. IT was great to be part of the last performance of a great show.

Video to Climbing


I managed to get a lot of coursework done during the day yesterday and am close to completing the LS9 coursework. The only thing that is annoying me at the moment is a cold I have which is heavily affecting my chest and making me cough and be very wheezy the last few days.

We had our last video practical yesterday as well, which was assessed. We looked at some of the possible test signals for PAL systems to see what the different signals looked like and what they are used for.

After our practical we took a trip to the Rock UK Summit Centre in Treharris. Below are the pictures that I took of them all climbing.


Who plugged that in there?


Yesterday evening for our Live Sound Technology 2 module it was our last assessment for this year. The brief was to create a sound system for a medium scale talent search event. We had to design a talkback system and all the routing to get signals between several different areas including: the main stage; the foyer stage; the backstage area; the stage manager; outside; and a broadcast feed

I believe the practical went very well. The basis of the groups design was from my original plan. The majority of the system worked straight away, apart from a couple of cables that did not work or were in the wrong connection, and pressing of the wrong buttons. Everyone seemed to pull their weight for this practical more so than a couple of other pracs we have had.

Below is the time-lapse of the setup that we ended up doing, I could have done with a couple of cameras to have the full system in view as wherever it was placed would miss some of the action. I regret not doing it for the rigging practical as well because that would have been a very good one to do.

A Fully Fed Hippo: with Photos


The labs at Glamorgan University were open again this weekend on Saturday from 10 till 3 as they will be until the end of term. I went up to work on my sound assignment mostly but also wanted to have a better look around the Hippotizer.

I set the hippo up with two projectors overlapping in Pan mode, also with two monitors for the GUI. After all the problems with the Hippo on the Friday, I turned it on today and it worked straight away, with all screens and projectors live and displaying an output.


Zookeepers and Hippos


We had a video practical today where the plan was to have a go with the Green Hippo Hippotizer which the university owns. The Hippotizer is a Media Server. We had several problems in getting it to work. We spent three hours with no success and then I decided just out of interest what happens if I swap the H Sync and V Sync connections on the break out to VGA.


ATRiuM – Video Practical


Had an early start today to get down to the ATRiuM, which is Glamorgan University’s Cardiff Campus, for our practical in their TV Studio for our Video module. We went there earlier in this academic year and I enjoyed that, but really enjoyed this practical even more. Just wish there was even more time we could spend down there because we have only been able to scratch the surface, but we can only get down there in their reading weeks.

I really enjoy working out how different parts of the system work, trying to route different signals to different places. We had a go setting up the cameras and using the vision mixer. Being given the opportunity to use the equipment and studio in the ATRiuM is a great help to the course. I would prefer more time with the equipment though to make best use of it.

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