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- George Strait's farewell tour wows fans - FULL ARTICLE
- Setup challenges
- “No-frills” video
At the end of the day, O’Neal said there was nothing really “frilly” about the video setup, but that it was built to be reliable and entertain the audience; and it performed flawlessly on both accounts. His video team worked hard and with a sense of urgency, as Strait has said next year (2014) will be his last tour, ever.
This year’s tour ended in April with a huge show that O’Neal said was much more complex than usual. Then, after a break, the video team will be back at it in 2014.
“I’ve engineered a lot of sports and all types of live events, but this tour has been the most challenging, and exhilarating, project of my entire career,” O’Neal said. “Every venue is different, so the logistics change on a nightly basis, but I’m working with the King of Country. [Strait has more number-one country hits than any other artist.] It never gets old.”
- Onstage Systems/George Strait Tour video staff: Chase Anderson, projectionist; Matt Guthrie, handheld camera operator; Dave Hare, lighting and video director; Valentino Hernandez, robotic cameras; Brian O’Neal, tour video engineer
Technology at work:
- AJA Video: Ki Pro tapeless recorder, FS2 AV processors
- Barco: FSN-150 video switcher, FLM R22+ projectors, ImagePRO-II HD video scalers
- Canon: long zoom lenses
- Gepco: video camera cables
- Iconix: HD point-of-view cameras
- Sony: D50 handheld cameras, BRC-700 HD cameras
- LUXMAX: LED wall
—Michael Grotticelli regularly reports on the professional video and broadcast technology industries.