Today the IAA in Frankfurt (Germany) opens for the public. I use this event as an opportunity to report on V-Control used as Show Control system. As far as I know, V-Control is used on the following booths: Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Bentley, Seat and Skoda. Responsible for media technology on all this booths is the company XL Video from Hamburg. XL Video trusts in V-Control since 2007.
At Mercedes we have three V-Control systems. One is used for the main show during the whole exhibition, and two are used for the press conference. The stage is one giant LED screen with a Hibino 4mm screen at the centre, F30 LED screens left and right, Mistrip and TAIT LED screens on the floor. The video content comes from 4 playback systems based on VVVV, each playing 4k content.
For the main show, V-Control controls a timecode generator that triggers the 4 VVVV playback systems. There is also a DVS Pronto 4 machine running in sync with the VVVV players as backup device. A V-Player is controlled to play audio effects during the show.
The press conference control room was equipped with two identical playout and mixing systems, one main system and one backup system. If the main system fails (what did not happen) we could switch over to the backup system by changing a router configuration. Each system contained 2 DVS Pronto 4, 6 VVVV based players, one Barco Encore mixer, a timecode generator and a V-Control laptop. V-Control controls all these devices by Timecode, RS232, RS422 and UDP messages.
Here is a video of the press conference:
Mercedes Benz Press Conference at IAA 2013
At Volkswagen, V-Control is used to control the 4 DVS Pronto machines.
At Seat, V-Control controls 9 DVS Pronto and a Encore Mixer.