TPi July/August 2022 - #270

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GEAR HEADS

AV STUMPFL PIXERA FOUR RS Following its launch at Frankfurt’s Prolight + Sound 2022, Hans Stucken lifts the lid on AV Stumpfl’s latest voyage into the rental and staging market…

Photo: AV Stumpfl

What was the goal behind PIXERA four RS? “We wanted to offer our customers a pre-configured version of our new, powerful PIXERA four media server, that would be perfect for cross rental scenarios. When renting or buying additional media servers for larger projects, it is important for many of our customers in the live event industry to be able to easily specify servers, without having to worry about whether they include some necessary basic components or not. The PIXERA four is a direct result of in-depth conversations with some of our key customers in the rental and staging market.” Which features will end users benefit from? “We are a true real-time system that offers a complete live preview of the whole show setup. In terms of the software, a feature is what we call ‘live preview editing’. It lets users edit timelines in the preview window while the output shows content from a different section of the timeline. This allows changes to running shows to be previewed by the operator and then blended into the output on the fly. Our Unreal Engine and Notch integration are additional factors that make using the PIXERA four RS attractive as part of productions that want to use real-time graphics tools.” How has PIXERA four RS been constructed to cope with the demand for versatility? “PIXERA four RS has been optimised for using our powerful render engine, perfect for realtime graphics applications and uncompressed 4K or 8K playout. In terms of the hardware, Framelock and Genlock, 12G-SDI Input/Output

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or four 3G-SDI, as well as a Dante virtual soundcard are just some of the components included in the PIXERA four RS. Some of the hardware highlights include: 16TB NVMe-SSD Storage; one GbE Quad Network Card; 25GbE Dual Network Card; 12G-SDI Input/Output or four 3G-SD; HDMI 2.0 Input; 10 GbE Dual network onboard; Framelock and Genlock and Dante Virtual Sound Card.” Why is now the right time to launch a solution for the rental and staging market? “Since our operator base has grown significantly over the past two years, it was important for us to diversify our portfolio and to offer more hardware choices at the ultra high end of the spectrum as well, especially for the rental and staging market. With PIXERA mini, PIXERA one, PIXERA two and PIXERA four, we are now offering hardware solutions of different sizes and with different capabilities for different budgets. Another factor was of course the resurgence of live events after the mass vaccination programmes worldwide.” What has the response been like since its exclusive launch at PL+S? “We have received a large number of orders from some of Europe’s leading rental and staging companies, since the product launch in late April 2022. Customers in the US have also begun to adopt the PIXERA four RS. We showed the PIXERA four RS at the InfoComm Show for the first time in the US. We recently received news of a number of tours of internationally known artists that will employ PIXERA four RS this autumn.” www.pixera.one