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MEDIALON goes on board on the newly-built “Celebrity Solstice” cruise ship

ā€œCelebrity Solsticeā€? Cruise Ship - Theater

Integrated by FUNA, a German large-scale project experienced company, Medialon offers a full AV devices control system in the ā€œSolstice Theatreā€? on the newly-built ā€œCelebrity Solsticeā€? cruise ship.

Being the first on five to be built, ā€œCelebrity Solsticeā€? cruise ship is currently the biggest one ever built in Germany with a capacity of 2,850 guests (1,425 Cabins) and more than 1,250 crew members. The cruise ship operates in the Caribbean from Miami, Florida, USA.

The Medialon show and media control system is integrated in the ā€œSolstice Theatreā€?, the 1,000 seats capacity theatre located on the cruise ship. During a cruise the venue is used for various night time live shows with -or without- live music, dancers and performers. The theatre is also used for crew training, cruise drill, business events and large scale video events such as Super Bowl (American Football Final).

Sound system
The ā€œSolstice Theatreā€? has a big sound system with three clusters and various delay lines. The sound pit, located in the centre of the theatre, houses a big mixing system, various effects processors, hard disc playback systems, wireless microphone receivers, CD players, etc.

Lighting system
The lighting system features classical theatrical lighting as well as HMI moving lights, follow spots, fog machines and digital moving lights, all connected through an Ethernet-based lighting control distribution system. The lighting console is housed in the main control booth.

Video system
The main control booth of the ā€œSolstice Theatreā€? also houses the video and show control system operatorā€™s devices. The video system is a collection of analog and digital sources (disc, HDD and tape-based video players, PTZ Cameras, etc.). The sources are all transcoded to SD-SDI and can be sent through an SDI matrix switcher to two 103ā€? Plasma screens (located on the left and right of the stage), to various preview monitors in the control booth and to a 12,000 ANSI lumen LCD projector, integrated in the theatreā€™s balcony and used for various front projection purposes on the stage. There are also SDI video tie-lines coming from and going to the broadcast center so that – for example – satellite video feeds can be shown in the theatre if wanted (used for Super Bowl broadcast for instance).

Medialon Show Control system
The Medialon show control system includes one Medialon Manager V5 Pro license, one Medialon Show Control Machine, three Medialon Manager PANEL software and three Rugboards (touch screen PCs).

The show control system has been designed to be able to control any of the sound, video or lighting systems. The lighting console is connected to Medialon Manager via MIDI and timecode. The sound system is connected via timecode, serial control and MIDI, the video system uses serial and IR control.

As cable distance was an issue in the theatre, all serial, MIDI and IR interfaces are Ethernet-based so that the Medialon Show Control Machine only houses the Medialon Manager software and a timecode board which is connected to a timecode patch bay housed in the sound pit.

The role of the Medialon system is to be the main control system for the entire ā€œSolstice Theatreā€?. As well as functioning as a timeline-based system, it is also a general touch panel-based control system. As shows and use of the venue change over time, FUNA – thanks to Medialon Managerā€™s ability to create friendly-user interface-, has designed a basic show control programming, so that the client and/or the clientā€™s production company could easily start creating dedicated shows adapted to their current needs.

Medialon controls the following equipment: Video Tape Recorders (DVC Pro and HDV); DVD Recorders; BD/HD-DVD Players; HDD Video Players; Video Matrix Switchers (SDI, RGBHV and Audio); 2x 103ā€? Plasma screens; 12,000 ANSI lumen video projector; Lighting Console; Sound Mixer; CD Recorder; Audio Effects Processors; HDD Audio Players; Digital Audio Network; Rigging System (through Timecode).

ā€œThe main challenge was to get the system running up in time during rehearsals in the theatre. As always on a new cruise ship, the programming and commissioning time was pretty short but it ended up being a successful approach for all participantsā€?, declares Ingo Jakobs, Project Engineer Entertainment Systems from FUNA.

FUNA supplied the design, engineering, workshop work, onboard installation and commissioning of all lighting, effects, video, sound and control systems in the ā€œSolstice Theatreā€? as well as the entertainment systems for all the other public venues on board, the architectural lighting systems, and various security communication systems on board.

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