Infinity Park Gets Vista System Spyders for Events Center?s 360º Screen
(September 30, 2013)
Infinity Park Event Center is proud have a new Vista Systems Spyder X20 system. Infinity Park is a municipally-owned sports, entertainment and events campus in Glendale, Colorado. Blazen Illuminations LLC of Loveland, Colorado installed two Vista Systems' Spyder X20s at the core of a refurbished projection system dedicated to the venue's 360º screen.
Infinity Park is a unique site featuring an events center, fitness and recreation center, high-altitude training facility, expansive outdoor park and rugby stadium with a 4,000-person capacity.
"We were originally called in by the events center to maintain and program the High End Systems' DL.2 digital lights, but they were having difficulties handling the projection demands," says Nate Webb, Co-Owner of Blazen Illuminations. "We sat down with the staff at Infinity Park and developed a master plan starting with a pair of Vista Systems Spyder X20 1608s running in parallel that would drive the first 12 projectors to cover nearly the entire room in 360 degrees."
Nate Webb is familiar with the Vista Systems Spyder, so when the project came up he knew Spyder would be the perfect solution. "There are a lot of Spyder systems in the area, so we know it is a great solution," he says. "When event center clients find out we're using the Spyder they get excited! It actually becomes a selling point for the venue! They're confident that the Spyder will do everything they need for their show."
Blazen Illuminations was tasked with reusing the Christie Digital projectors from the DL.2s, so they removed those components and remounted them in a more conventional way. "After doing some engineering we incorporated 10 of the projectors as well as two other existing projectors already in the room," says Webb. "We also incorporated fiber optic HD extenders with HDCP to eliminate any potential of latency or image degradation. Those systems work phenomenally. Through HDCP the Spyder X20s can see each projector and we can send the correct resolution to each."
"All of the projectors are on a Christie net system so we can power them on and off from a PC. The DL2s did not always want to work. The new system saves us massive amounts of time. The DL2s all had on-board servers which had to be managed and updated through the ArtNet network. We would spend over 30 hours a week to develop and load graphics to each server for each show, now we can do the whole thing on the Spyder system in less than a day," Nate explains.
"We used to have to align everything daily and we were much more limited in projection quality: Alignment and blending used to be very time consuming. But the Spyder systems have taken all those problems away," he notes. "The production team saves 30 hours a week in graphic and tech work alone. Now we have three media servers handling all of the video playback and nine other input sources such as IMAG cameras, client laptops, and more, which can simply be placed anywhere we like on the giant screens."
In addition to saving time at the events center, the Spyder system requires less manpower to operate a show. "It used to take four to six technicians to operate a show, and now the production team only requires three," Webb reports. "The learning curve for in-house AV techs has been very quick, too."
The Vista Systems Spyder X20s are performing "excellently, and they are exceeding customer expectations" he says. Having completed the first phase of a three-phase upgrade effort, Blazen Illuminations hopes to "add more Spyder X20s for digital signage and lobby effects, as well as replace the projectors in the main ballroom." Nate notes.
About Vista Systems
Vista Systems' switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.
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About Blazen Illuminations
Blazen Illuminations offers a full range of services and solutions for the entertainment industry. Systems design and integration for state of the art audio, lighting, and video production and presentations in all markets. For more information, visit Blazen Illuminations at www.blazenlights.com.
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About Infinity Park
Infinity Park Event Center is a state-of-the-art event venue nestled in the heart of Glendale, Colo. next to the Cherry Creek shopping district, minutes from downtown Denver. The Event Center is the ideal place to hold your next customized event with our unique indoor and outdoor spaces.