System Solutions installed a brand-new Lighthouse SkyRoll VideoBlades LED screen at Freedom Park in Pretoria, a unique South African heritage destination site which commemorates and acknowledges major contributors to the freedom of South Africa.

The screen is used for outdoor display at the Sanctuary, an outdoor amphitheatre area where an “eternal flame” burns within in a tranquil fountain surrounded by stone plaques inscribed with the names of individuals who died in the struggle for democracy. This sanctuary is surrounded by beautiful grassy seating areas.

The amphitheatre is used extensively for outdoor events and the brief was to introduce a full colour outdoor video display with audio into the amphitheatre with minimal architectural and structural impact. The display had to be able to “pack away” when not in use to accommodate various configurations that the Park required within the Amphitheatre.

System Solutions proposed the Sky Roll VideoBlades retractable LED screen to provide the versatility required. Being such a lightweight system, it has the added advantage of not putting any stress on the building structure supporting it. 

This unique LED screen solution, made up of 270 individual video blades measuring 1000mm long and 75mm high; proved to be the most suited for this distinctive setting. These video blades have an IP67 rating, front and back, so are ideal for use in and around the fountain.

The 6m wide, 12.5 mm pitch, LED screen rolls down to the required length (max 3.75m – 16:9 format) by means of an integrated motor installed on the outside edge. This mechanical roll up, roll down feature is conveniently operated via hand held remote and the screen itself is controlled through a Lighthouse proprietary Bladerunner processor and a high performance FSR Indie 400 video scaler. The FSR Indie 400 is a scan converter, switcher and transcoder in one and supports both digital and analogue output formats. 

Truss extensions on either side of the screen incorporate a weatherproof JBL AMX 6315 /95 PA system. The system is linked to a Crown XTI 6002 amplifier system ensuring sound intelligibility on a par with the LED Screen’s remarkable brightness and clarity.

Story and Photo courtesy System Solutions

Jun 24, 2013

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