When visual cues get a reaction from the audience during a show it's always a exciting moment for those behind the scenes - and this is what's been happening - live and direct - on Mark Knopfler's "Get Lucky" tour, the first time video has ever been incorporated into his performance, projected courtesy of 4 Robe DigitalSpot 7000DTs.
The four units are rigged on the front lighting truss. They are soft-edged together and project one large image onto a 26ft wide by 16ft deep video screen hung on the back truss, which is covered by a pair of starcloth curtains for most of the show. They are controlled via ArtNet protocol over Ethernet from Tutchener's grandMA lighting console.
Footage is also taken from four surveillance style mini-cams (supplied by XL Video UK) dotted around the stage, plus one wireless camera from Broadcast RF. These are positioned on Knopfler's mic stand, on the drums, keyboards - with the wireless unit attached to the head stock of his Fender Stratocaster guitar.
The first hint of video - the guitar head stock shot - appears onscreen during the latter half of the classic Dire Straits track "Romeo and Juliet".
The tour has spanned Ireland, the UK and Europe over four months.
Critics have described the tour, which includes songs spanning Knopfler's 20-year career, as "classy", saying it has "thrilled" fans.