Dutch popstar, Marco Borsato, recently returned to Rotterdam’s De Kuip stadium for the first time in 15 years to host a five-date concert series featuring an ambitious lighting and video programme that turned De Kuip into a stage to rival all venues. The 50,000-capacity stadium was fitted with a massive and intricately designed video array comprising ROE Visual Strips combined with a huge back wall video screen which was then blended to an elegant display of lighting and augmented-reality (AR) video images.
Commissioned by Musica è and Mojo Concerts, Faber Audiovisuals supplied the LED screens, play-out, camera, and video facilities, with Visual Solutions and Malfmedia developing the AR and 3D video design, and disguise programming. Faber assembled four kilometres of ROE strips, which were managed by just seven Brompton Technology Tessera M2 HD LED video processors.
“4000 strips is arguably the highest number ever deployed in one single show to date. With numbers this large, when you start doing the pre-production and planning the infrastructure, only one thing comes to mind: ‘How do we set up so that if a problem occurs, we can resolve it easily?” explains Joel Schilder, project manager at Faber. “With Brompton processors, you have the ability to use layers and groups, enabling us to separate large parts of the set into smaller blocks or even string level. This made it very convenient for us to keep a clear overview of what was going on during the show, because you can turn layers on or off and focus on what you’re working on.”
With such a large canvas, which included the ROE LED strips plus 1000 square metres of ROE CB5, one of the biggest challenges of the show was to develop a cohesive content story. The 15808 x 1872 pixels resolution screen displayed edited live feeds of the concert each night, complemented with overlays of animated Luma mattes and effects. Some songs comprised more than 100 video layers, controlled separately and synchronised with the show lighting on the DMX desk. The concert was also full of impressive AR visual effects, right from the opening sequence when a virtual Marco Borsato walked on to De Kuip’s eaves and dived onto the stage.
“Another feature that makes Brompton stand out from the competition is the ability to import pixelmaps to the canvas. With projects like these, such a function is basically indispensable. Even better, if you’re using the processor’s internal GUI, you can just watch the processor’s input signal live on your canvas. This make it very easy to find addressing errors,” continues Schilder. “Another big issue nowadays is brightness levels, which are always programmed from the lighting desk where directors can have full control over it. With Brompton it’s a breeze to accomplish this, and even separate groups can be controlled over ArtNet or DMX with different parameters as well. Very neat!”
Brompton’s Tessera LED processing offers unrivalled creative and colour management features, power, flexibility, and performance, plus all of Tessera’s industry-leading processing features such as ChromaTune colour correction, Dark Magic and On Screen Colour Adjustment (OSCA). Brompton processing provides a cost-effective yet powerful system that will support the biggest and boldest LED projects.
“Not only did the Brompton team provide great support,” Schilder concludes, “there’s no other processing software I can think of that could have accomplished what was needed for that show, which was at the technical and creative cutting edge.”
Photo: Jorrit Lousberg
Credit: Musica É, Mojo Concerts, Faber Audiovisuals