UAE-based production companies Rave and Dubai Artistic Innovation (DAI) combined last month to provide AV technology and service support to the recent gala event celebrating the tenth anniversary of Zayed University.
The highlight of the event, which was hosted by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan for the ministers of the Arab League Educational and Scientific Organisation, was the inclusion of a massive 16m x 9m display, which was used to project a documentary highlighting the development of the university and the rapid growth of the UAE.
The companies employed DAI's twin Christie HD+30K digital projectors to deliver footage shot on high definition to screens placed 80 metres away to the rear of the main stage.
The projectors were fitted with (4.3-6.1:1) HD zoom lenses and were located next to each other (with one acting as a back-up).
The main projector took feeds from an HD player and a multiple-camera PPU. The gala presentation also featured laser and lighting effects generated by a range of technologies including multiple Skytrackers.
The Zayed University celebration marked the second time the HD+30Ks had been deployed at a major event. The first took place within days of DAI taking delivery of the projectors last October. The company was called in to provide production support for Mubadala Development Company's fifth anniversary celebration staged at Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace hotel.
In this instance, an audience of around 800 faced a 14m x 8m backdrop covering a full-scale stage utilising a rear-projection set-up (with medium-throw lens), taking feeds from a Martin Pro Maxxys/Maxedia media server.