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AC-ET Reports High Demand for Green Hippo's Hippotizer V4 Next Generation Media Servers

5th June 2015

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd.’s Video division is reporting substantial sales for Green Hippo’s all-new line of Hippotizer media servers, which have been completely re-designed to handle the manufacturer's powerful V4 next generation media control software.

Designed to meet the demands of shows today and tomorrow, the new Hippotizer V4 features include 4K+ support, more outputs, Output Manager, STRATA Caddy System, SHAPE 3D projection mapping, visualiser, multiple mixes, and a number of output options, including HD-SDI. The new Hippotizer range features the powerhouse Taiga with 4 inputs / 6 outputs; the tour-proof Boreal with 4 inputs / 4 outputs; the customisable Karst with 2 inputs / 3 outputs; and the compact Amba with 2 inputs / 1 output.

The models received much interest upon their unveiling on the AC-ET stand at PLASA London last year - and when demonstrated at the recent PLASA Focus show in Leeds. “PLASA London was a fantastic show and the buzz around the stand was not like anything we had witnessed before for new video technologies,” says Stuart Burdett, Technical Sales Executive for the company's specialist Video product division. “Green Hippo users from many different countries were visiting the stand to catch a glimpse of the new V4 software and hardware. Since then, interest in the range has been non-stop!

Some of the customers to have already invested in Hippotizer V4 include LED screen hire and video wall rental specialists, YSLV, respected TV lighting and visual media programmer, Russ Grubiak, and production services rental company, Urban Lites to say a few.

As big users of media servers, we were eagerly awaiting these new hardware releases from Hippo,” says James Whitmarsh, Operations Manager at YSLV, which has invested in a Boreal DVI server. “I knew that any product release from them would not be without thorough R&D, so the V4 was something I wanted to adopt early. The Boreal was ideal to launch with our V-Lite R3 - a real 3.6mm 77,160 pixels per square metre indoor LED display.

With four DVI or HD-SDI outputs, Hippotizer Boreal is designed for the rigours of life on the road. All video outputs are EDID managed, with dedicated hardware to ensure easy setup and operation in any environment. Each output includes a second parallel connection to enable local monitoring.

We were delighted to be able to provide the Boreal and an LED screen to an educational National Student Drama Festival in Scarborough - allowing students to be hands on with Green Hippo,” James continues. “We also support Backstage Academy in Leeds with LED products each year, and I look forward to seeing what the students produce with V4. The Boreal was trialled by our team for an event in Blackpool, which played host to the world’s largest line dancing awards. The server provided playback and live video input flawlessly. We premiered our Boreal at a high-profile international mobile phone exhibition in Barcelona, driving a huge 28 square metres of LED screen featuring a mix of 4mm and 3mm resolutions. The Boreal provided effortless, rock solid playback throughout the event.

Russ Grubiak has invested in two Karst servers. “I like the new hardware and capabilities of the new software for such a physically small machine,” says Russ. “The visualiser gives me and my clients great tools to view our setup, and play with new concepts that could work with video. It makes pre-programming possible with accurate frame rate and FX. The in-built SHAPE component means that adjusting the model when projecting onto a 3D surface is fast and easy.

The SHAPE 3D projection mapping feature of the new V4 software was recently awarded Live Design magazine's 'Projection Product of the Year 2014 - 2015’. The component unifies the 3D mapping workflow; from concept and pre-visualisation, to content creation and finally project realisation. Built-in surface modelling, image analysis and support for all common UV mapping methods, along with virtual projection, makes SHAPE a game changing approach to mapping onto non-linear surfaces. In real-time SHAPE can map incoming video (via HD-SDI or DVI input cards) to multiple projected outputs. This allows content creators to work with challenging projection projects live via plug-ins for their chosen 3D creation software.

Urban Lites also invested in a Karst server for their rental inventory, as they wanted to give clients access to the very latest form of media server technology for a number of recent film and corporate events in London. James Baker from Creative Video Design, who specified the Karst server, commented: “This is Urban's first step into media servers and the Karst is the perfect complement to their stock of projectors and other video equipment. At CVD we love the V4 software - the features are incredible, especially having support for 4K content. The fact that we can do offline programming at full frame rate is very useful. We chose the Karst server because it offers the full V4 software feature set in a compact design which can be used almost anywhere.

The Hippotizer Karst offers exceptional power and flexibility built into a custom, tour ready case. A host of customisable output and capture options mean that it can fit into many different roles. Featuring a total of 3 outputs, as well as dual control monitors, the Karst can drive the most demanding shows with ease.

AC-ET are the exclusive UK distributor for the Green Hippo Hippotizer V4 product range. The company will showcase the next generation media control system at a Video Open Day in conjunction with Green Hippo, taking place on Friday 14th August 2015 at the manufacturer's headquarters in Wood Green, London.

Get FREE Training on V4 - Green Hippo are offering FREE in-house HippoSchool training for individuals who purchase a Hippotizer V4 Taiga or Boreal before 5pm - BST on 30th June 2015.
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Get your demonstration of the Green Hippo range at the following upcoming tradeshow in June:

ABTT - London, UK, 24th - 25th June,
Stand A40 (Dealer, A.C. Entertainment Technologies)

Contact the AC-ET's Video division for more information on the Video Open Day, or to arrange your personal demonstration of Hippotizer V4, on 0113 255 7666 / email, or visit

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