Eurovision Song Contest Rotterdam Ahoy
Location – Rotterdam Ahoy, NL
Photo credit – Nathan Reinds/ NPO/ NOS/ AVROTROS
All 39 participating countries could specify their specific video effects and other requirements. The most eye-catching was the set with the LED back wall 52 meters wide and 12 meters high designed by Florian Wieder, known from the Emmys and MTV Music Awards. A “runway” screen in the center of the auditorium created an extra dimension. Augmented Reality was also used more than ever before.
850 square meters of LED
In total, some 850 square meters of LED were used, supplemented in the hall by around 100 LCD screens. Faber also took care of controlling them with a group of about 10 technicians. “The integration of all kinds of techniques and the expertise of our people to make everything possible were on a special level,” said Sales Director Jeroen Jongenelen. “But really special, of course, is what effect it had on the audience, in the hall and at home.”
LED Screens and Media Servers
This 508 m2 LED wall was composed of ROE Visual’s latest indoor/outdoor product, BQ4, and controlled by Megapixel VR’s HELIOS LED Processing Platform. Furthermore, this wall contained two 12-meter-high LED doors in the middle, which visually shaped the theme “Open Up”. These could rotate 360 degrees, live, creating different looks and additional depth for performances in addition to a central stage entrance.
Also included in the design were 2 ROE BM4 LED floors, one measuring 127 m2 in the main stage and one measuring 27 m2 in the B-Stage, fitted with dark glossy glass panels, for the ‘top shots’ during live broadcasts.
A 110 m2 transparent ‘runway’ LED screen by ROE Vanish8 in the center of the venue created an extra dimension as a backdrop for the B-Stage when this screen was flown in.
For video content control, 12 Disguise media servers were deployed, 4x VX4 and 8x GX2c, with 24/7 support by Disguise, London. For pre-programming video content and lighting, and programming and operating in Ahoy, Jo Pauly of Visual Solutions and Lex ter Heurne of By-Lex were part of the Faber team. The latter also took care of the content network. The Barco Event Controller platform was used for the video switching.
Technical Production Eurovision Song Contest (ESC)
Technical production of the ESC was in the hands of Head of Production Erwin Rintjema, of Sightline Productions. Head of Video Hans Cromheecke was responsible for the video.