Gefen Supplies Paul McCartney Tour with Video Extenders

Live Event Producers, Nocturne Productions, Rely on Gefen VGA Extenders to Create Video Wall Backdrop for Paul McCartney US Tour

When Los Angeles -based Nocturne Productions needed to create the massive 50 -screen video backdrop for the US Paul McCartney tour, they turned to Gefen for a little assistance.

The 12 member crew, led by David Panscik, aimed to send video to 50 projector screens stacked in rows behind the stage, each capable of displaying a small part of one overall master image or separate images, depending on the music.

They selected 50 VGA Extenders from Gefen to send video long distance with no noise, interference or delays.

"We have two Electrosonic vector video signals treating the 50 screens like an video cube wall with the entire image stretched across all 50 screens," explained Panscik. "To do this we needed to send the video signals about 150 feet from the equipment racks to the lighting truss, which hangs the 50
video projectors."

The team explored several options to accomplish this: fiber optics transmission, RGBHV cable, digital video or a VGA extension solution capable of canceling noise occurring along the distance.

Their search led them to Gefen, a leading manufacturer of digital and analog audio/video support solutions.

"Gefen's VGA Extenders were chosen because the video looks very good even at the end of a very long cable run, and the Gefen extenders are resilient to continual setup and tear down; this tour is in a different city almost every night," said Panscik.

He estimates that they're using about 15,000 feet of CAT -5 cable in a straightforward setup that relies on 50 Gefen VGA Extenders to send video behind the stage for the powerful all -video backdrop, which displays images of bandleader Paul McCartney, his band mates and other images tied to the

The biggest challenge? Keeping the equipment cool. "We pulled off the metal enclosures on the Gefen boxes to help keep the temperature down," he explains. "So I guess we forfeited the warranty, but we aren't worried. It's a plug and play formula. We connect the signal and the video appears."

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