Avolites Power Ras Al Khaimah’s National Celebration Day

Photo: Lighthouse Productions

18 million pixels of custom video and graphics content was powered by three Avolites Ai T Series media servers during the Emirati star-studded stage event FakhrakYaWatan (The Pride of the Nation) as part of Emirate Ras Al Khaimah’s National Celebration Day festivities.

The show was the result of three years of meticulous planning between Ras Al Khaimah’s national government and prominent Dubai-based production specialist Lighthouse Productions (LHP), that enlisted the power of two Avolites Ai T4 media servers and one Avolites Ai T8 media server to deliver the show’s substantial video element.

The Ai T Series media servers provided LHP with a total of 16 x 1080p HD outputs as well as smooth playback of multiplayer 4k and 8k media using the AiM Codec. LHP dedicated one HD output per screen including the stage’s video mapped floor.

“Two Ai T4 servers ran all the visuals across the mainstage’s five bitmapped and LED screens and drove the content for the projection-mapped stage floor,” said Terry Miranda, LHP Founder and Managing Director. “An Ai T8 media server was then networked to a direct feed from an outside broadcasting van and powered the live visuals on the stage’s two outer screens.”

FakhrakYaWatan saw a total of 800 singers, dancers and actors perform 15 different acts on a large 88m x 12m stage. Seven screens hosted the dynamic backdrop of LED and video mapped projection that complemented the diverse range of performances.

Miranda added: “The Ai T series’ Timeline and Timecode sequencers meant that we could load in all the content master files in chronological show order. This meant we could have virtual rehearsals before the actual live rehearsals which saved a huge amount of time.”

FakhrakYaWatan was performed in a temporary purpose-built site on the capital city’s Corniche Waterfront. LHP was responsible for the build of the 1,250,000m² site as well as the entire media production of the show that drew audiences of 10,000 from across the globe.

FakhrakYaWatan took place on 1st December 2016 as part of the UAE 45th National Celebration Weekend. The show was managed by Director Mohammad Al Amri, Ali Al Khawar, and Obaid.