The Ed Sheeran 2017 World Tour is a dramatic, video-heavy spectacular. The tour has five Brompton M2 processors running video across 350x Roe Carbon 5 tiles and 175x Carbon 5 half tiles, distributed via 3x 24 port switches.
The five M2s are fed by two d3s playing back the shows content and processing the live camera treatment by Notch. The overall canvas size is 2600x3640px (wxh). There is also a single M2 on standby as a backup.
The system has each of the five columns powered by its own M2. Within that are two settings for the flat video surfaces (crown and wall), and for the two pitched surfaces (ceiling and floor), with some colour correction and brightness changes applied to these tiles due to the angle in which they are presented to the audience. Colonel Tom Touring made use of OSCA to blend out any visible seams they were seeing between the touring frames.
Video Director Phil Mead of Colonel Tom Touring said:
"Having never used either product before, when we took delivery of the M2’s and Roe, it was amazing to see how easy it was to navigate and setup the project in the M2s. I’m pretty sure I put the kettle on and before it had a chance to boil we had video outputting to the screens!
To be able to take a MacBook out front and sit with the tours Show Designer and System Engineer while making the changes in real time was very beneficial.
The support we have received from Brompton has been faultless. Any problems we ran into were quickly resolved and feature requests taken on board for future releases of the software. It’s been a joy to have them support us in presenting this production."
Ed Sheeran Production Credits:
Video Rental Company: Colonel Tom Touring, USA (Barry Otto and Kevin Stoeckle)
Production Manager: Chris Marsh
Show Designer: Mark Cunniffe
Video Director: Phil Mead
Video Engineer: Bob Larkin
Screen Technicians: Eoin MacMahon, Patrick Gibbs, Anthony Whitehead and Marc Lawrence