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Broadcast Pix (Billerica, Mass.) announced that Tours by Sloan, a live-event production company based in Las Vegas, selected its Slate 5016HD switcher for use during live performances by Donny & Marie Osmond at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Slate 5016HD was first used for the performance during its engagement at the Hollywood Theatre in the MGM Grand Casino.
During the Donny & Marie show at the Flamingo, which recently was extended to a two-year run, the 2 M/E Slate 5016 HD will power video projection to three LED screens positioned at the back of the stage as well as an ILite Barco 8mm display screen and two additional Panasonic 7700 projectors placed at stage left and right.
Simon Greaves, live-event video director for Tours by Sloan, explained that the Slate 5016 comes with a set of features ideal for this particular production. Immediate access to all media including clips and frame stores ranks high, but multi-format capability was of greatest importance to Greaves.
"I'm dealing with 4x3 and 16x9 screens for this show, which can present a challenge when setting outputs with other switchers," he said. "The Slate 5016 has built-in functionality to instantly crop or stretch an image as needed. I can also select parameters beforehand to specifically designate how I want it to handle each format. I don't have to worry about images being distorted."
The Slate 5016 can simultaneously process 1080i, 720p, SD-SDI, HD analog component, analog composite, Y/C, component, DVI and VGA inputs, with both synchronous and asynchronous signals, in both NTSC and PAL, and in both 16:9 and 4:3 formats without distorting aspect ratios. Slate HD models can output both 16:9 and 4:3 formats simultaneously.