Explosive Opening Ceremony for the 2019 IDEX

The International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) is a biannual arms and defence technology sales exhibition. The exhibition is the largest defence exhibition and conference in the Middle East and takes place in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.



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UAE (Abu Dhabi)

Two 16m x 9m LED screens were built into the upstage structures with access to work behind them and a 30m x 10m LED screen was built between the two upstage structures. These screens showed a combination of live camera and pre-filled filmed edits and animations to support the show.

Head of Video at Protec, Scott Walker, explained how a live show like this was delivered, “Video content was run from Protec’s disguise (D3) media servers and through our Barco E2 to switch between graphics and live inputs from our cameras. Signal was run with full redundancy of Neutrik 12 core fibers through our Lightware MX frame 32 x 32 matrix.” He added, “The biggest challenge for the video team on this show was the syncing of pre-filmed content with the live action of the show as everything had to be timed to perfection with the various aircraft fly-bys and military ground vehicle action.”

Lightware Equipment Used in Project