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  •   Entec Sound & Light Goes Green for Friends of the Earth Fundraising Show

Entec Sound & Light Goes Green for Friends of the Earth Fundraising Show

24th November 2009

UK production company, Entec Sound & Light Ltd., used a Green Hippo HippoCritter rack mount media server to provide video control for the sold out LIVEstock 2009 comedy event at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo.

The one-off evening of comedy and music in support of Friends of the Earth's Food Chain Campaign featured an impressive line-up of artists, including Jimmy Carr, Razorlight, Stephen Merchant, Richard Herring and Mark Watson, to name a few.

Entec Sound & Light provided lighting design and production for the event. With the show’s creative team requiring simple DVD video and PC PowerPoint playback for providing spur of the moment visual elements during the performances, Entec LD, Ryan Brown, suggested using the Green Hippo HippoCritter all-in-one media server solution.

Entec had recently invested in the HippoCritter after a demonstration by Lee House of the Video division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. Ryan commented: “We had been using our video control system for four or five years and decided it was time to upgrade to a newer technology. As a rental company, we wanted something that had widespread industry acceptance and support. We looked at several technologies and Green Hippo really stood out.”

The unit is currently out full-time on a 30-date Jools Holland Autumn Tour, which runs until the end of the year. On previous tours, the system had been used for video playback linked to one song at a time. The HippoCritter has enabled the production team to playback various effects across multiple songs, providing more flexibility and creative possibilities.

Ryan commented: “The HippoCritter took the place of two video guys, bringing down the size of the crew and our labour costs. It also enabled me to have the video as well as lighting under my own control. I’m really impressed with the HippoCritter. It’s so easy to use and has every feature you could ever need, providing complete functionality. A.C. Video were extremely helpful, providing support, demos and expertise when we needed it. They walked us through specifying and buying a Hippo system with video switching and casing, allowing us to buy on Monday and have it in a truck on Wednesday evening.”

Hippotizer Media Servers have long been recognised as one of the world’s best solutions for real-time video playback on events worldwide. From Theatre to Rock ‘n’ Roll via television, you'll never be far from a Hippotizer. The HippoCritter is a small form-factor media server for those looking for high-grade playback at a fraction of the cost. The HippoCritter is ideal for a wide range of permanent and temporary installations. Also, it is great when used as a remote node, minimising the need for video cable distribution. Featuring Artnet out as well, it is ideal when used with DMX fixtures as a pixelmapper, and benefits from the same functionality that users have come to expect with Green Hippo media server products.