WorldStage’s solution? Three 4U quad-output media servers each outfitted with a 4x multi-display adapter. Two disguise 2U machines served as main and backup masters and provided additional video feeds. WorldStage also designed the signal distribution system including the aforementioned 4x units, a large matrix router and various signal converters. Since fragile and expensive fiber optic cable was not a practical option for a touring show, the company opted for HD-SDI via coax, which is proving to be a robust choice.
"Thanks to the collaboration of Darrel, WorldStage, disguise director Ash Nehru, we were able to come up with an extremely good solution", says Williams. "The system is rock solid and does more than we ever hoped it could. We believe were doing more video more aggressively on tour than on Broadway. That’s partly because the set’s walls are a little over half as tall as they were, but there are still the same number of monitors so their density is greater. As a result, they have a bigger impact."
Williams reports that every time he sees the show he’s amazed by the quality of the production and how solid it has been – we’ve had very few issues on the tour. We’ve got a system that works, is within our budget and delivers a product that’s just unparalleled.