The RTR Productions team has been very busy this month with upgrades to some of our Venue partners. Most notable we spent a lot of time at the Encore Venue and function center making changes to the Video and Audio system.
It’s truly an amazing space if you’re looking for a venue to host your event we highly recommend Encore. The St Kilda beach sets a visually impressive view from within Encore. Great for weddings and corporate functions!
Here are a few photos from their website at encorestkilda.com.au
Sunday 12th November 2017, Oscar’s Law & One Little Indian Enterprises present Dogapolooza, Melbourne’s first dog friendly community music festival!
All proceeds benefit Oscar’s Law, Puppy Tails, Melbourne Animal Rescue, Greyhound Rescue Victoria, Stafford Rescue, along with our (other non dog specific) second tier beneficiaries The Orangutan Project, ISCP, Wildwood Shelter, Sydney Fox Sanctuary, Helping Hands Animal Rescue, Andara Wildlife Sanctuary and Little Wild Sanctuary.
It’s the one partnership in the watch industry that goes beyond just simply sharing logos. It’s an amalgamation of two cultures. Two cultures with one vision – ‘To design unique creations that generate a world of dreams and emotions’.
This year Ferrari celebrates its 70th Anniversary. Hublot announced its diamond partnership of Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary weeklong celebrations, during Motorclassica, from 9th – 15th October 2017, in Melbourne.
10 October: National Rally; where Hublot Ambassador, Michael Clarke drove from Albert Park to Cruden Farm with the largest collection of Ferrari’s ever in Australia
A new collection designed by Ferrari and crafted by Hublot clearly stole the show: The Techframe Ferrari 70 Years. A team effort that began with Ferrari in Maranello and ended in Nyon with Hublot, this new line in Hublot’s collection is intended to offer a watch that is deeply rooted in Ferrari’s DNA—combining strength, performance and agility—while being produced and perfected by the Hublot manufacture.
RTR Productions was extremely happy to supply and install a truss arch for Jacquie at Pages to make this awesome structure look this good. Thanks Jacquie and thanks Pages!
I’m a huge fan of automating processes with computers and hardware.
This month I had the absolute pleasure of working with two very talented Australian artists/curators (Judith Torzillo and Victoria Cleland) at the Melbourne City Library. It’s a pretty cool library that’s hidden on Flinders lane and hosts facilities to an eclectic group of people: locals, travelers, students, and creatives.
Judith Torzillo and Victoria Cleland have transformed the City library’s exhibition space with “Without a Jewel” videos, audio, books and paper.
Without A Jewel presents four artists currently exploring the edges of jewellery: Renée Ugazio (Australia), Anneleen Swillen (Belgium), Paulina Rodete (Mexico) and Zoe Robertson (UK)
RTR Productions helped Judith and Victoria with the Video and Audio Integration work which was fairly straight forward using Samsung professional screens and Brightsign media players. Where things got a little clever was the automation of content with scheduled playout. All of the video and audio equipment was automated with on and off times that was in sync with the library opening times. The system has been fully automated since August 2nd with no human intervention. The Exhibition closes this Sunday 3rd September, it’s free and I highly recommend a visit.
Working at RTR Productions is great, you get to see a lot of innovative technology solutions being used to solve adhoc problems for clients. This is mostly with audio video and lighting systems but also includes control systems, media streaming, staging and… well almost anything, I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone say “we don’t do that”.
There is a lot of planning that goes into production projects and in most cases, RTR stages a full run down of the equipment used at the Melbourne warehouse. This is why RTR has such good flow when bumping in on site.
Over the last few months, I’ve been working with the RTR Installation team that is headed up by Matthew Withey. Similar to the Productions team, the Installation team work on adhoc, custom solutions which require careful planning and attention to detail. They are also similar to the production team in that they get to work at some pretty amazing buildings around Melbourne. This is what I’d like to mention in this post.
I’ve been completely blown away by some of the architecture and venues we’ve been installing equipment in. The one venue I’d like to highlight this month is from the Melbourne University. I had the absolute pleasure of working with the guys from Soundcorp who installed a face recognition camera in one of the main lecture theatres, the camera identifies the lecturer and automatically follows them on stage, the video feed is then projected onto large screens behind the lectern and around the theatre, it’s pretty amazing to see working. The theater is massive in size and hosts seats for about 500 students.
The thing that really caught my eye was the wall paper which is a beautiful piece of art by Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel called Withered Flowers. Together, Job and Nynke created a handful of eccentric and quirky wallpapers, The Withered Flowers pieces is by far my favorite. It was exciting to see Melbourne University using some high tech which was beautifully camouflaged by the Withered Flowers wall paper.
Job and Nynke created seven pieces in total which you can see here.
I’m normally not someone that writes blogs but quite often I get asked about projectors, screen, displays, monitors, TV etc. However, I believe lots of people are a little confused between resolution and screen ratio.
Last week I got told from an old school friend that 16:9 is better than 4:3. “I’m not quite sure what you mean” I told him, do you mean you prefer the ratio 16:9 VS 4:3 or do you think the quality (resolution) is better on a 16:9 screen?
He told me that “a projector that projects an image on 16:9 is higher resolution than a projector that projects a 4:3 image as 16:9 is WXGA and 4:3 is XGA”.
I really like my friend and I didn’t want to have a heated discussion or even worst an argument so I told him, “on this one mate we have to agree to disagree!”
Here is the way I see it. (I hope my friend will read this one day)
The aspect ratio of a screen/image can be 4:3, 16:9, 16:10 etc. and is the relationship between the width and the height of the screen/image. Doesn’t matter how big or small the screen/image is, and if it is in mm, cm, metres, inches etc if the width is divided into units of equal length (for example on a 16:9 is divided by 16) and the height is measured using this same length unit, the height will be measured to be 9 units.
The display resolution of a projector, Digital TV, computer monitor etc, is the number of pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. This is to put it in a very simple contest and explanation, so even my friend can understand it!
It is normally written as width × height,(I think that’s where my friend got confused) with the units in pixels: for example, “1280 × 800” means the width is 1280 pixels and the height is 800 pixels. This is sometimes called “twelve-eighty by eight-hundred”
Another meaning of “display resolution” is for displays such as plasma display panels, LCD, DLP projectors and similar technologies, and is simply the number of columns and rows of pixels creating the display (e.g. 1920 × 1080).
So to end this brief blog, if you like an image 16:9 better than a 4:3 because you like that ratio better, that’s great but remember a 4:3 image can be of higher resolution that a 16:9 image, for example UXGA (1600 x 1200) 4:3 image VS HD720 (1280 x 720) 16:9 image.
Please have a look at the Vector Video Standard image below. (please note I did not make the drawing below, I got it from the net)
Should any of you have a friend like me and wants some help in clarify some details, please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com