ghoema_awardsWATCHOUT Premium Partner, PENMAC Audio Visual supplied Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software to manage visual and audio content for the creative layout of the stage, set décor and LED screen information at the second Ghoema Afrikaans Music Awards.

“For this project, the client required a complex video server solution to map the video content onto the required spaces. We ensured that multiple video and audio files were played back in sync and on cue during production,” explains Malcolm Finlay, Managing Director at PENMAC Audio Visual.

Sound designer Murray Lubbe required the flexibility of having 16 high quality audio playback tracks available to support the visuals during the two-hour broadcast production and that could be used for live band performances at the show. PENMAC Audio Visual integrated Dataton WATCHOUT with the Ovation media server and sequencer from Merging Technologies to ensure that multiple tracks played back in frame-accurate sync to the visual content.

“By integrating Ovation with the Dataton WATCHOUT timeline, it’s possible to achieve a very high specification multi-track audio server solution that has perfect frame accuracy.

“Once the server IP addressing in Merging Technologies’ Ovation is set, it really is as simple as naming your audio track grouped file with the same name as your Auxiliary timeline in WATCHOUT. Just play the visuals, and the audio follows – job done!”

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton says: “We’re delighted that WATCHOUT was used throughout the awards ceremony by PENMAC Audio Visual. Its open platform and ability to work well with software such as Ovation is testament to its integration flexibility and suitability for large-scale events.”

The Ghomea is an accolade by the Ghoema Trust to recognize outstanding music in the Afrikaans music industry. The 2013 event was held at Carnival City Big Top Arena on 14 April 2013 and sponsored by Kyknet and Rapport under the direction of Barry Pretorious from the Ghoema Music Trust. The TV director involved in the event was Andre Calitz from Blixem Productions.

Dataton and PENMAC will present Dataton WATCHOUT and WATCHPAX™ solid-state media server on stand H17, Johannesburg between 17-19 July 2013.

About Dataton

Established in 1973, renowned Swedish show control developer and manufacturer, Dataton this year celebrates its 40th year in business. The company serves its core markets in multi-media entertainment, visitor attractions, digital signage scenography, event production and corporate A/V. The company’s flagship products include the WATCHPAX™ media server, award-winning Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-display production and presentation system as well as the intuitive Dataton PICKUP™ audio guide. The entire range is supported by Dataton’s established global distribution and reseller network.

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