At the beginning of 2019 Transition were approached by 4Wall Entertainment UK to supply full video support for the upcoming European leg for the Mariah Carey - Caution World Tour. The tour specified ROE CB5 LED, an upstage screen in the centre, with 3 staggered columns upstage, mid and downstage with further LED Riser Facias. The video playback was driven from Transition's M Box media servers which were triggered via the lighting desk.

The camera package compromised of 2 x Sony HXC FB80 camera with Canon XJ95 long lenses at FOH. Transition also supplied 4 x Marshall Mini Cams along with a Panasonic AWUE70 remote Hot-Head. The show was cut on Transition's custom PPU based on the Blackmagic ATEM 2M/E Switcher. 2 x Panasonic PTDZ21k 20,000 ANSI video projectors were supplied along with 2 x 20’ x 11’ Stumpfl projection screens for IMAG.

The show toured all over Europe for a month, including 3 dates at The Royal Albert Hall the final show at the famous Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam.

Catfish and the Bottlemen - UK Arena Tour

Transition were approached by production manager Ian Martin to come on board as the video supplier for Catfish and the Bottlemen for their UK Arena Tour.

Now in their third year working with the band, November 2019 saw the Transition team hit the road for their Arena tour. The band wanted a very video heavy show concentrating on camera feeds with a stylised black and white look with no integrated Graphics.

Transition brought in video director Jools Hogg who specified the Blackmagic ATEM 4k 2m/e switcher which allowed him to cut a different camera mix on the upstage screen to the IMAG screen to great effect. They implemented the ROE Carbon series CB5 5mm LED for both the upstage and IMAG LED screens along with their broadcast Ikegami camera system.

As the whole show was based on different camera cuts, they decided to add a couple of Panasonic PTZ cameras to get interesting shots of the band that you couldn’t get to with a manned camera, they also brought in camera specialist Polecam to road test their new Polecam Skyjib. The skyjib is a remote operated jimmy jib which is operated from side of stage, the jib was mounted on the front truss and gave those lovely jimmy-jib boom shots over the crowd without having a massive jib on the ground obstructing the crowds view of the stage.

Bruce Selkirk set up and operated the skyjib system and the results were fantastic. It was great working with Nite Lites on this project. Video, lighting and sound all worked well together as a team, which isn’t always the case on an arena tour.

Jamiroquai - Automaton Tour

When Jamiroquai announced their come back arena tour in 2018, Transition were keen to get involved. After a lengthy tender process, Transition got the news that they'd be supplying the tour.

Transition supplied an upstage screen measuring in at 14.4m x 4.8m, made up of ROE MC-7H 7mm tiles. Beneath the upstage screen were 5 LED pods, the outer 2 pods were 3m x 1.8m and the central pod was 2.4m x 1.8m, again using the same 7mm. On either side of the upstage screen were 2 portrait IMAG screens, 3m wide x 4.8m high. The cameras specified were 4 Ikegami HDK 79 EX III Broadcast HD Camera Channels, 2 of which on Canon XJ95 Box Lenses at FOH, and a further 2 Canon HJ11’s in the pit on Transition’s IDS track and dolly system. There were also 4 Panasonic AW-UE70 4K Hot-Head cameras positioned around the band on stage, for the key moments in the live cuts.

The PPU was based around a Blackmagic ATEM 2M/E 4k Switcher with Blackmagic 1M/E panel. Content playback and the effects engine was powered by the Photon media servers which layer effects over the camera feeds in real time, as well as playing back the content to the LED.

Jay Kay’s head piece, as you’ll see on the photos, was quite a statement piece and, interestingly, also part of the set. “Jay’s been wearing his promotional, motorised LED hat - which he controls with his gloves - for all of his promotional appearances and throughout festivals, so we wanted to incorporate it into the show, significantly,” mentioned Nick Clark-Lowes (Content Creator). “Andy made the hat in the shape of the camera pictures. We’re using animated content with animated Alpha channels to reveal both the hat pictures and the camera pictures,” he concluded.